Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KCW Day 3: Let it Go!

Welcome to Kids Clothes Week day 3! I am having a blast sewing so far. Here is my twist on Elsa's icy dress. Now, I know, that besides every other little girl this Halloween, there is no one else that wanted to be Elsa, so this costume is totally original. Ha. All joking aside, I think my take on Elsa came out pretty cute.



Again the bodice and skirt are separates. I made a peasant style top using a pattern for the sleeves and a self drafted bodice (yay, me!). The top is a sheer sparkly netting overlaid on a white costume satin (thank you, Joann clearance bin). We opted for short sleeves because this will be put in the dress up box and my girls don't like long sleeves on their dress up clothes. The blue sparkles on the bodice are courtesy of some crazy sequin/netting stuff that I thought would be terrible to sew with. My machine chewed it up like a champ, no broken needles and no bunching or slipping. So I didn't have to do any hand sewing, yay! My serger, however, made it about an inch and then protested by snapping a needle in half. I gave up serging sequins after that. Oh well, who needs serged edges anyway? (Sing that to the tune of "the cold never bothered me anyway...")

Instead of serging the lower edge of the shirt, I used some bias tape to contain the raw edges, it gives it a nice finished look and keeps L from leaving trails of sequins wherever she goes.


 
The cape is another type of sparkly netting that I attached to the back of the bodice. I gathered the top to fit and finished the edges up and also trimmed the bottom in a crescent shape to make it seem more "capeish" (is that a word?).



The skirt is a simple circle skirt, I did some fun circle math thanks to Dana's tutorial. Instead of an exposed elastic waist, I created a waistband and put the elastic inside that, just because I like a clean finished look. The skirt passed the twirl test, that's for sure.

 
The look on her face when I showed her the finished dress was PRICELESS. She was beyond excited. We may finish off the costume with the Rapunzel wig that I made last year. I would just need to add some white yarn to it to make it more like Elsa because "Mom, you know that Elsa has white hair, not yellow, right?"



xoxo
crissy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

KCW Day 2: A is for Anna

My girls are 5 and 3 and they love Frozen (duh). The hysteria died down around April, after watching the movie 8.4 million times, but as Halloween approached I started to hear murmurings about wanting to be Anna and Elsa. I tried (unsuccessfully) to steer them towards non-Frozen characters for their costume inspiration. That didn't work, so I gave in and made a few sketches of my ideas. My sketches were approved by the boss ladies and then I went to Joann's to shop their costume fabric section. I got lost in the sparkles, sequins and yards of tulle. It looked like an atomic glitter bomb had gone off in that section of the store, so fun! I made it out alive and went to work cutting and sewing like a crazy lady.

May I introduce, our first Frozen inspired look, Princess Anna's Coronation gown.

I opted for a green crushed velvet instead of black for the bodice. I used a pattern for the sleeves and drafted the bodice on my own (gasp!) that's a big deal because I've never really done that before so I was worried I would completely screw it up. Fortunately, I didn't. The bodice detail is just freehand with some fabric paint. No freezer paper stenciling for me, I'm lazy.

The bodice and skirt are separate, not sure why I went that route but I like it and it's easier for her to put on by herself.

May I have this dance?

The skirt is pleated with box pleats but I was lazy and left out the pretty stenciling that the "real" Anna's dress had. That just looked like way too much work. Instead, I sewed a darker green ribbon down the inside of every pleat and called it good.

Here's the only problem with the bodice and skirt being separates. When there is serious jumping involved, there's a little bit of belly button peeking.

I'll leave you with a sneak peak of tomorrow's costume, take a wild guess at who it is. I know, it's a really difficult guess, it isn't obvious at all.

xoxo
crissy

Monday, October 20, 2014

KCW Day 1

It's Kid's Clothes Week! I missed out on the last week in July because my sewing machine and I were separated by about 2600 miles. So I have been looking forward to this week for a while. It feels good to sew again, I haven't been able to since mid-June!

For day #1 I sewed up another oliver + s Garden Party Dress. You can see my first version here. I used a silk that I thrifted about 3 years ago, I have no idea what it is other than it says "thai silk" on the selvedge. It's been sitting in my stash and I never quite new what to make with it. It is very sheer and unravels easily so I lined it with a simple broadcloth and made sure to serge all my exposed seams, which I usually do anyway. The blue accents are some satin that I got from the clearance bin at Joanns. It has also been sitting in my stash for a few years (notice a pattern here?)



I didn't have a blue thread that matched so I used a contrasting green because I was too lazy to load all four kids up to get one spool of thread. I am glad that I didn't succumb to the temptation of matching thread because I like the contrast that the green provides and I also like my sanity. Bringing four kids into a fabric store will steal your sanity (or make your head explode), even if they are pretty well behaved, just in case you were wondering.



She was a little disappointed whenI told her this was not a bike riding dress. She is such a fun mix of princess and daredevil.



Bella insisted on being in the picture too. These two are lucky to have each other.

xoxo
crissy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Why, hello there.

I took another blogging hiatus. I didn't mean to, but life happens. Blogging is always in the back of my mind, but after a long day of preserving the life of my toddler (he's a climber), teaching Leilani to read (we're homeschooling now), making sure Bella feels included (middle child syndrome) and then, of course, helping my 5th grader with his homework (stubborn like me), sometimes there just isn't time for much else. Usually, my bed looks way more inviting than editing pictures and trying to come up with a witty paragraph or two. 

Some days I feel like I am in survival mode, barely making it through the day until my knight in shining armor comes home. Other days, I actually get everything done and find an hour or two to make a creative mess. Usually it's not the latter, but I can always hope. I know this is just a busy (physically/mentally exhausting) season and things will get easier as my little climber gets older (at least I keep telling myself that). Until then, I will become a pro at toddler proofing my house. I mean, who knew that you could use a high chair to climb onto the counters or climb baby gates to get into the bathroom and proceed to unroll an entire roll of toilet paper into the bathtub, or use a seemingly harmless toy to inflict the most searing pain my shin has ever felt. Toddlers are nuts, completely nuts. This kid would climb the walls if he could! 

He's lucky he is so cute.



I hope to be back here a little more frequently, sharing pictures and perhaps even some creative endeavors. Wish me luck!


xoxo
crissy