Monday, April 14, 2014

One final KCW post

Well, I survived my very first Kids Clothes Week. I started off with this:

I ended up with this, these, this outfit, four skirts, and finally some KID shorts! I cheated a little with a few refashions but I was really trying to use what I already had on hand. There are even a few more things that are still in the works that I'll share as I finish. 

Here is what I worked on this weekend. An oliver + s sailboat top and pants.

For the sailboat top, I used a vintage cotton from my stash and top stitched with a magenta and added pink buttons for  little color pop. I was going to use yellow and red for a more nautical feel but Miss B vetoed that idea. "I want pink!"

I've had this pattern since 2010 or something crazy like that, and I've never used it until now. I sewed up a 3T, it fits Miss B nicely and will hopefully still fit her when fall shows up.

For the pants, I wanted these to fit somewhat "capri" like, so I made a size 12m for the length. They ended up really cute!

I love the detail on the front, so cute. The fabric was a remnant from Joann's that I had in my stash.

Again, there was no standing from my model.

That's it, my first Kids Clothes Week is complete! Did you participate this time around?


Friday, April 11, 2014

KCW Day #5.

Today is a shout out to Dana from MADE. Dana's blog was on of the first sewing blogs I started following waaaaay back in 2008. She (along with a few others) inspired me to start this little blog here. Dana creates great patterns and tutorials, they are simple, bright, fun and quick. That seems to be her recipe for success and I love it. Her KID Shorts pattern does not disappoint and that is what I sewed up for day #5 of KCW.

I made three pairs. A size 5, and two size 12 months. 

Miss L picked out the fabric for her shorts, it is Premier Prints from It's sort of heavy weight and seemed like it would work well for play shorts. We ran into a bit of a problem with the sizing though, they were too tight for her to wear. Miss L is five and is a completely normal and average size for her age, so, I would say this pattern runs just a wee bit smaller than what I am used to. All was not lost as Miss B gained a cute pair of pink (score) polka dot shorts and Miss L will just have to wait a few weeks and I'll sew her up a size 6.

I made the flat front version of these shorts and thought the white buttons added a nice pop. Since these will take a beating, I made sure to reinforce all the seams by pressing them open and then folding each raw edge under and top stitching them for a neat, finished look. Another option is to serge your unfinished edges together, press to one side and then top stitch.

Next up, the racer shorts with pockets, so fun! The green fabric is from my stash from forever ago, it is almost linen like? The pop of color from the bias tape is awesome, I love that contrast.

I added back pockets and I think I may have placed them a little too high. Please don't judge my pocket placement skills, I need to work on them. :) Good thing that someone has a diaper booty and will make these shorts look cute no matter what.
 Last but not least, my favorite. This is the flat front pattern with pockets. My goal was to make sure that those lines matched up and I think I did ok. I may fall short in pocket placement but I make up for it with pattern matching. :) This is another from my stash, I bought it at Joann's eons ago.

I made all three pairs of shorts in an afternoon with a few interruptions here and there. These are fun to make and there are endless options. For an $8 pattern, I think it is an excellent deal.

This little guy started walking full time this week and of course when I wanted him to stand up and show off his cute shorts, all he wanted to do was sit and play with his shoes. Oh well.

Now, go make some shorts!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

KCW Day #4.

Today was a day all about skirts.

I made four skirts, two for each little lady. I could have made more, but I thought that would be taking it too far. :)
It's hard to stop when you can whip one up in about 20 minutes.

These are all made from fabric that I've had in my stash for a while, so it was nice to finally use some of that up. Clear out the old stuff so I can buy new stuff! I've got problems with fabric hoarding. But hey, at least I can admit that I have a problem.

 Dana, from MADE, has a great skirt tutorial called the simple skirt. Be careful though, once you make one you'll want to make a million.

 Cute skirts! Just in time for a gorgeous Georgia spring, y'all! (on the left is my refashion for KCW day #1)

Kids Clothes Week is halfway over, can you believe it?
What have you sewn so far?
I still have a quite a bit left to complete, including outfits for Easter, whew! Let's see if I can keep this pace up and finish everything.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

KCW Day #3.

Another refashion! My daughters and I absolutely LOVE Lil Blue Boo dresses. They are made of the softest knit with a cute drop waist, twirly skirt, and fun screen print designs. I am pretty bummed that the owner Ashley has closed up shop, but I am excited to follow her on her new adventure, but that is another story and I am getting off track.

Miss B has a favorite LBB dress that is a racerback. She wore it constantly last summer and she would put it on herself by stepping through the neck hole. No matter how I tried to get her to put it on over her head, there's not much you can do to stop a stubborn two year old. Anyway, she stretched the neckline out really bad, the dress was becoming unwearable and I couldn't bear to let it go just yet so I gave it new life as a skirt.

Lay your dress out flat and figure out where you will cut. Make sure to leave about two inches for the waist band. Click here for a more detailed tutorial on the tranformation

I also cut out the skull silk screen because I had plans for that as well. I ended up ironing interfacing to the back of the cut out and sewing it on to a t-shirt to complete the outfit.

 Yay for another quick project!

Now, ready, set TWIRL!

Cheers to another KCW project! What are you working on?


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KCW Day #2.

I've made a few matching sets of dresses for the girls and I think I'd much rather make coordinating outfits. Especially since Miss B gets the leftovers when Miss L grows out of everything. And we all know it's no fun getting a bigger, used version of something that you just grew out of. Instead, I like to sew them the same dress, but coordinate the fabric so the girls feel unique.

This time, I went out on a limb and switched it up a little and matched the fabric, but made two entirely different dresses. I had two yards of this lovely Riley Blake print from fabricworm and I had just enough to make two oliver + s patterns. I had to be fussy with how I cut these out, there was barely enough fabric!
There was no posing without their lego creations. I was told that these are guns, but they end up being used more like magic wands. We are in full blown princess mode around here.

I made Miss L a 5T roller skate dress. It was made completely reversible by sewing together the lining and the outer material at the bottom instead of hemming each separately. I have a feeling I won't ever see the orange/cream side since she is obsessed with all things pink. The lining is a fun Andover print from fabricworm which you can see in the picture below.

This is the second time I've made this dress and I already have plans for another. Why not, I mean you can sew it up in an afternoon and the wearer adores it!

(She looks so much older in this picture. Where is my toddler?)
For Miss B, I made my second family reunion dress in a 3T. You can find the first one I made here

I absolutely love this pattern. The pin tucks, the detail stitching on the hem, I love it all. Despite the detail, this is another quick sew. It only took part of an afternoon. Now, let's just hope that she will wear it! She's been so stubborn about clothing lately.

Are you sewing for KCW at all? I have so much planned for these next few days, I hope I can finish everything! I spent two weeks planning, cutting, piecing. I really went all in and so far am having a great time!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's finally here!

Kids Clothes Week is here! I am finally participating this time around and I couldn't be more excited. I thought I would start off the week with something rather simple, like a quick refashion...

 Miss B loved this dress last summer and she was ecstatic to see it again and put it on as soon as the weather would allow. Apparently she grew about 3 inches because this used to hang to her knees! It is way too short to wear as a dress now. Usually, I would drop it in the donate box, but I thought I should give it new life since she loved it so much last year.

This dress it perfect for this project because of the full skirt and empire waist. Don't mind the stains, she plays hard in her clothes and I didn't wash this before tackling the project.

 I cut off the bodice, leaving as much of the skirt as possible.

After cutting, fold down the waist band to get ready for elastic. I used 1 inch elastic so I folded the top down 1/2 inch and then another 1 1/2 inch, pin it down and then start sewing. Make sure to leave a few inches for an opening to thread your elastic through. Sorry, no pictures for this portion because I had to rush before the baby woke up!

The whole project took about 20 minutes from start to finish. Now, Miss B can enjoy her favorite dress, in skirt form, for another year! 


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Playdate dress

I love the oliver + s playdate pattern. It's so simple, yet has so many beautiful little details. The pleats in the front, the hem facing, the pockets, the sleeve pleats...need I say more?

I've made two of these dresses previously. This time, I sewed up a 3T for Miss B and I shortened the sleeves to accommodate for a hot, southern summer. The dress reminds me of something Shirley Temple might have worn.

The fabric and bias tape were leftover from this dress that I made for Miss L late last summer. I had just enough of both leftover for the playdate dress, I love it when that happens! 

 The buttons were from my stash, they matched the yellow/orange in the print perfectly.

Miss B is going through a very picky stage with her clothing. For about a month it was all "boy clothes" which meant no dresses, no skirts, just shirts/tunics and leggings. With warmer weather emerging she is finally embracing the idea of dresses and skirts again. But, for some odd reason, she won't wear this dress. So anyway, as cute as this is, it has been hanging in her closet for a few months and she won't touch it. Ah well, you can't win every time, right? 

Have you ever made something that your children refused to wear? How did you handle it? I don't want to force her, but I want her to wear it so my hard work doesn't go to waste!

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