Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Some shorts for day #3

Just a quick post today. I made another pair of oliver+s class picnic shorts for Day #3 of Kid's Clothes Week. These are for Miss L, but she is visiting Grandparents for the summer so they will be TRAVELING to her via USPS tomorrow. See that? I went with the theme, traveling shorts. I knew I could do it.

This is a stretch denim that from Joann's and the trim is quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby, I also used it for Miss B's dress on day #1. 

I must be on a contrasting thread kick because I used black thread on white again.

And here's the back, an easy gathered waistband. Anyway, that's that, another pair of cute shorts for my cute girl.


Monday, June 22, 2015

It's that time again!

Yep, Kid's Clothes Week is here again. I missed out on last year's summer session because we were on vacation. But, this year I am home and ready to sew. This summer the theme is Traveling. This dress has nothing to do with traveling, so there's that. I've never been very good about following along with themes anyway. I usually just do my own thing.

First up, is a dress that I've had in my imagination for quite a while. I bought the fabric for it last fall and I may or may not have forgotten about it until last week.

This is the oliver+s Tea Party Dress, I've made two other versions, here and here. This pattern is special to me because it is what brought me to oliver+s. I saw a version on a blog (can't remember which one) and I instantly fell in love with it. I ended up purchasing the Birthday Party Dress as my first o+s pattern but the Tea Party has always had a special place in my sewing heart.

Making this dress was bitter sweet as I made a size 5 and the pattern only goes up to size 5. I think Miss B will be able to wear this again next summer as it is pretty roomy and I can easily add length if I make another next summer. But still, it's always sad when your kids size out of a pattern. Or maybe I'm just weird.

The fabric is from Hobby Lobby, just not-fancy quilting cottons. 

 I lined the bodice with a white kona cotton and the black piping is vintage from my stash. And that fuzz in the pictures above, that's cat hair in case you were wondering. :)

I finished the hem differently than the pattern called for because hand sewing was the last thing I wanted to do, but I like how it turned out. I think it is pretty cute. The seams were finished with a clean finish edge which added some nice contrast to the outside of the dress.

And that's it! Happy Kid's Clothes Week day #1! I leave you with some extra cuteness. Please, excuse Mr. Ben who is still in his pajamas.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stocking up for summer.

This summer I really wanted to try and complete Miss L's wardrobe with mostly handmade items. Miss B doesn't need clothes since she gets to surround herself with barely worn items Miss L grew out of last year. The girls share a closet and Bella's side was bursting with summer clothes, while Leilani's side was looking a little sparse. I decided to start with basics and made her a pair of shorts. 

This is the oliver+s Class Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern. I've had this pattern for two years and it sat unused. At first I thought that was a waste and was mad at myself for not using it sooner, but these shorts are a size 5 and fit Leilani just fine. If I had tried to sew them up when I first got the pattern, they would have been huge!

The shorts are made from a sparkly, stretchy denim I found as a remnant at Joann's and the trim and blouse are Riley Blake from Fabricworm. Both have been sitting in my stash for a few years, so I am glad I finally found a use for them.

The shorts are a fast sew and cute, I like that they have a bit of a retro vibe with the trim and curved edges. 

The shorts come together quickly which is always a plus and Miss L loves to wear them, another plus!

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the blouse. I thought she would love it, but I was wrong. The pattern itself is lovely and easy to sew with some cute details, but I chose poorly with the fabric. First off, it's too warm to wear right now, but I figured that was no big deal since she can pair it with jeans in the fall. However, she suddenly doesn't care for tops that are made with wovens. I don't blame her, knit is where it's at when you want comfort. Ah well, lesson learned. I have another blouse cut out using a cotton jersey so I hope that will get more wear. As far as sizing, I made a size 6 and only hemmed the bottom up 1 inch because my child is a torso child and I didn't want this to be a crop top. The pattern called for a more substantial hem, two inches I think, which looks great, but I would have to add some length to be able to pull that off.

I thought using bright green thread would be a fun detail, it's hard to see, but it's cute up close.

Well, I think that's about it. Another oliver+s pattern in the bag! They really are the best.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Sewing for Easter

I think my favorite season to sew for is spring, especially here in the south. Spring starts early and with a bang. Everything blooms at once and if you blink, you'll miss it. After about two weeks of spring (I may be exaggerating just a little) summer settles in and everything is bright green and bushy. And, it's warm, really warm. I love it! But I digress, what I really came here to talk about is sewing. What better way to sew for spring than to make two adorable Easter dresses for my girls?

These were a first for me. The first time I've sewn the oliver+s Fairy Tale Dress. I don't know why I never purchased this pattern. It really is the perfect special event dress and I will definitely be sewing more of these. The fabric is a cute, metallic Michael Miller print from Miss L's dress is a size 6 and Miss B's is a size 5. They requested no sleeves, although I really wanted to try the tulip sleeve. Maybe next time. 

These dresses are so sweet and classic. I love how they turned out. Of course I added two layers of pink tulle. What little girl doesn't like pink tulle?

I sewed these up assembly line style and they took about a week to complete. It's not a difficult pattern, it just requires quite a few steps. They are fully lined with a thin broadcloth that makes the inside look very finished and professional.

Bella's dress required a little more effort because I had to match the plaid pattern. But, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Not perfect, but pretty good. I was able to showcase my elite invisible zipper skills, as well. I'm joking, but for some reason I like to put in invisible zippers and seem to do a pretty good job. I guess I have my machine to thank for that. Thank you, Baby Lock Grace. :)

 Sunshine feels good on those little toes!

I hope you are enjoying your spring/almost summer as much as we are!


Friday, June 5, 2015

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, not too long ago, at a Hobby Lobby just down the street, I saw the most lovely fine wale corduroy that I had ever seen. I knew immediately that it needed to be made into something for Miss L and Miss B. Does fabric ever speak to you like that? It does to me all the time. I walk by and can feel it pulling me in. Before I know it, I have a two yard cut and am standing in line at the checkout counter. It's like it takes me hostage and I have no willpower. But hey, if I make it into something pretty, I'm not going to complain about it's power over me. What can I say, fabric makes me weak.

Anyway, since this fabric hostage situation happened back in November, this beautiful corduroy was made into some cute Thanksgiving dresses. I've started a tradition of making the girls dresses for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas for two simple reasons. Reason #1: November is a less hectic month than December. Reason #2: the girls are gifted at least 3 gorgeous dresses for Christmas each year so there's no point in me trying to make them another.

On to the dresses!

Miss L's dress is the oliver+s hide and seek dress view A. I didn't do anything special to modify it, which is weird for me. Sometimes I am lazy. I'm thinking next time, if I use a solid for the contrast fabric, I should move the buttons to the front for some detail. 

Miss B's dress is the oliver+s Library Dress. I've made this pattern for their Thanksgiving dresses in 2013 but did a short sleeve version. This dress is adorable without the collar and the color looks so cute with my little Bella's blonde hair.

This is the best picture that was taken of the girls in their dresses. Unfortunately that is what happens when you cook your first Thanksgiving turkey and play hostess for the first time as well.