Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KCW Day #2

And, we're back! Another day of KCW in the books. I finished this one early this morning, what a nice way to start the day.

Going with the "Wild Things" theme again, I thought this brightly colored feather knit paired well with some beautiful orchid knit, both from Girl Charlee, of course. 

 The pattern I used is one of my favorites, but I did a bit of a hack job on it. It is a size 6 oliver + s roller skate dress, and here is what I did differently with this dress: Since I was using knit fabric, I didn't use a lining, so it's not too thick and perfect for a hot, Georgia summer. 

I dropped the waist a few inches and put a channel for the elastic waist on the outside to break up the feather pattern a bit, since it can be a little busy. Since there is no lining, the dress has a simple hem which I finished with a double needle. 

The sleeves and neckline are trimmed with knit, so I didn't have to add any length for hemming. The back pattern piece was cut in one piece which I reduced by 1 inch to account for loosing the seam allowance. Since knit is stretchy, there was no need for a back closure, easy! 

This took me about 2 hours to sew, with interruptions. I would say that's pretty fast!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, April 20, 2015

KCW Day #1

I cheated a little and worked on this dress yesterday, but don't tell anyone. I think the theme for Kid's Clothes Week this Spring is great. There are so many fun ways to interpret "Wild Things" and it is going to be quite enjoyable to browse through everyone's projects.

For day #1 I whipped up a Lulu Dress using knit from Girl Charlee. The horses fit the theme perfectly! And, what little girl doesn't like wild ponies prancing all over her dress?

The black is a cotton spandex knit and the blue is a cotton jersey knit. The blue knit is so soft and lightweight, but not see-through. Perfect for a summer play dress.

This pattern is so easy to sew and fun to customize. If I make dresses without pockets, I am in trouble, so of course I added pockets. We like the pockets.

I asked her to pose once more and show me the dress and this is what I got. An airplane? An eagle? Who knows...


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring and stuff.

Hi again. I took a little blogging break. Only two months. You know, pretty normal for me. I may have been absent from this blog, but I was not absent from life. I was lovin' on my family and my sewing machines.

It has finally warmed up around here. The daffodils and tulips cautiously bloomed last month and then the bradford pears and flowering cherry trees exploded a few weeks ago. Then, last week, it snowed. Not the snow you're thinking of, not white snow. More of a bright green/yellow snow. It's called pollen, or southern snow. Although I don't care for the pollen and the itchy eyes that it brings. I'd rather put up with pollen than the real snow stuff because pollen means the weather is warm and the sun is out!

Anyway, in the two months that I was gone from this space I was sewing a few things in my limited spare time. 

I made this scarf out of a baby hacci sweater knit from my December Knit Fix from Girl Charlee. It's a fun aztec print with such pretty muted colors.

It was my first try at an infinity scarf and it is a little narrow so it's more of a necklace. Oh well, still cute and still wearable for Spring.

I also made this self drafted shirt from the same fabric. I traced an existing shirt but couldn't add a band at the bottom because I ran out of fabric.

Although I love the fabric, it's so soft and has a nice drape, I don't love the shirt. It fits ok and gets worn around the house, but I may turn it into a t-shirt for one of my girls. I wish that everything I made was my favorite, but it can't always be that way.

After cutting the scarf and shirt out of my 2 yards, I only had scraps left so if you ever wondered what you can get of two yards, there you go. :)

I'll be back tomorrow for the start of Kid's Clothes Week!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

And another one.

Here is another shirt I made! This is actually the first, but I've worn it so much that it is usually in the laundry whenever I think about taking a picture of it. It is another Hey June pattern. This time, the Lane Raglan. According to the sizing chart I was a size M, but a size M is a little too roomy for my liking. I think this fits more like a sweatshirt and would be really cute with a thicker knit, but this is a jersey knit so it's just a little baggy. But that's ok! I still like it and I still wear it often. The fabric is from Girl Charlee and it was on clearance (yay) so I picked up two yards and used it to make the girls some tops and had enough to make myself something too.

Awkward city take #2! At least these pictures were taken during day light hours and I "hired" a photography assistant to use the remote for me. I'd say they are an improvement from last time.

Look at that side seam, perfect! 

This side, not so much.

I made this before I had a twin stretch needle so I just top stitched around the cuffs, hem, neckline and armholes with a single needle for some detail. This shirt is soft and casual, just my style. I have a bright blue scarf I like to pair with it, but yesterday, when I took these pictures is was a balmy 63 degrees and no scarf was necessary. Today, however, it is 35 degrees and I will be wearing my parka all day and sipping hot tea. I'm such a cold weather wimp.

I loved this pattern and have another in the works. I'll be sewing up a size S this time and I think 3/4 length sleeves? I figure that will bring me some warm weather.

Happy Thursday y'all. I can see Friday from here!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sewing out of my comfort zone

I sew for my girls quite a bit. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I'm no novice, either. One area of sewing I don't venture into very often is selfish sewing, sewing for me. In fact, since I started sewing again after Leilani was born, I have made myself about 2 things. No joke. This doesn't include the 5 or 6 refashioned items that I made years ago and blogged about. The 2 items I did make, never even made it onto the blog. That's how much I liked them, ha.

Well, that has changed. Since January 1st, I have made myself two shirts. Two shirts that I actually like and that I actually wear. I didn't like what I made before because they were made with woven fabric and not comfortable, these shirts are knit and so soft and comfy.

I ventured out of my comfort zone even more and took some pictures of myself in one of the said selfish sewing items that I made. Please pardon the awkwardness of what you are about to see. There was a crying toddler involved who was not going to wait for mama to take pictures of herself, much less let me properly focus my photos. It was nighttime so light was non-existent, plus, I think I'm just awkward in pictures.

This is the Union St. Tee and the fabric is from my December Knit Fix from Girl Charlee (duh). It's the same stuff I sewed with for for Day #2 of KCW last week. I've said it before and I will say it again. This fabric is SO soft and I love the print. It is almost too busy to wear without a cardigan, but that's ok. I think it would look good with a navy blue infinity scarf to distract from the floral madness going on there.

 The pattern is great for those just starting out with knits and you can customize your sleeve length or add a v-neck. I opted for the scoop neck and applied the neckband in the way I usually do to reduce bulk and make it look more store bought, I guess. I used my double needle for a nice top stitch on the neck line, arms and hem, it helps with a clean, finished look.

So yeah, I am pretty proud of myself for sewing this up and actually sharing it. I see myself making more and more items for myself because I can make what I want and enjoy the process. Win win!


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #7

Well, Kids Clothes Week is over. I don't know what happened, but by the time Friday rolled around I just lost my motivation to pick up my camera. I finished Both of these skirts for Day #5 but just didn't get around to posting them. 

These skirts made from "upcycled" new tank tops (thank you, clearance racks), a few t-shirts that I didn't wear anymore and the skirts are cut from the bottom of two sundresses that I hadn't worn in ages. 

I used this tutorial for making these skirts, but used 2" elastic as the waistband. They were easy to sew up and the girls really like how fun and "ruffly" they are.

Here are a few "sort of" before pictures.

And here's after!

Bella was absolutely thrilled to be posing for pictures today. Be careful, she can see into your soul with that glare.

Look, those are BARE legs, it was actually somewhat warm today! I hope it lasts...

I had so much fun sewing for Kids Clothes Week, can't wait until the next one! Hope y'all are having a good weekend.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Day #4

Whew! Still going strong with Kid's Clothes Week. I finished these Lulu Dresses yesterday, and my girls love them! 

Leilani's dress was my first time using this pattern so I stuck with the instructions on the neck/armhole application. Her dress also has fun pockets!

I switched up the trim application on Bella's dress to reduce the bulk and I like how it looks. I folded the trim in half and reduced it's length until it was about 75% as long as the arm hole or neck hole. Then I stretched it out to fit each hole and serged it up and then top stitched the seam for a nice finished look. That probably doesn't make sense, but it's done exactly how I did it when making the Lulu Top for Day #3.

Bella said NO pockets and then whined when her dress had buttons instead of pockets. Go figure. :)

The fabric is from Girl Charlee, the white is a plain old t-shirt jersey, so it's a little thin but perfect for when it is hot and sweaty here in the south. The blue print is so cute! It is also from Girl Charlee and is a Cotton Jersey Blend. It is nice and think and so soft. If I have enough leftover I would like to make myself a skirt for this summer. Can you tell I am yearning/wishing/hoping/praying for warm weather?

Benny Boo had to get in on the action, but no, I didn't make his outfit.

This is such a fun pattern to sew! There are so many cute options. I can't wait to sew up a few more for warmer weather.