Monday, April 18, 2016

Triangles.



If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am a huge fan of Raspberry Creek Fabric. Diana is super sweet, and amazing to buy from.  Her fabrics are great prices and she ships suuuuper fast (and always refunds shipping overages!).  We were chatting recently and she asked if I would like to sew up some of her triangle strike offs from her in-house Club Fabrics.  I, of course, jumped at the chance.  Her club line is so, so good.  It is a great weight and washes up so nice.


So I decided to make Jack a color blocked School Bus T-shirt.  I cut the front of the shirt just under the arm pit and added seam allowance to the bottom of the shirt and cut section, sewed them together and then sewed the shirt like normal.  This is a size 8.

The olive, charcoal and white (below) solids are all also from Raspberry Creek.  Again, they are a great weight and I haven't had any pilling or fading even after washing a ton.  I mean, a ton.  I have been using the solids for months now and haven't had any problems.


For Sam, I used the Field Trip Raglan in a size 2T and added some HTV to the front.  As soon as I saw the triangles, I knew they just had to become a FTR.

Since I went the color blocking route on both these tees, I have enough left to make something else.  I am thinking maybe a pair of capri leggings for the twins...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A pair of Playtimes.



Continuing on with projects sewn but not blogged, two sets of Playtime Dresses and leggings.  I was contacted in December by Danielle, the owner of Whimsical fabric, to see if I was interested in stitching up and photographing a few sample kits for an upcoming sew-along she was running.  I said of course, and she sent me the fabric for these two sets.


Though I have made the Playtime many, many times before I hadn't made them in knit before.  I didn't even think that they would fit a little bigger than the woven ones.


Both the tops and bottoms are a size 4, the leggings I added a couple of inches to for longer wear.


The blue dress I used white stitching and topstitched the neckline collar and the back detail.  For this cream dress I used orange.


The kits came with everything needed, including the buttons.


By the time I made them up in January, it was already starting to get warm here, so they haven't been able to wear them more than a month or so.  But we did have a cold snap last week so I made sure to pull them out.

Friday, April 8, 2016

A trio of Geraniums.


 

As George wore this dress today, I realized I never blogged it or the other two recent Geranium Dress makes.


I have been obsessing over print mixing, particularly floral and stripes.  I have made so many of these in the past, I thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit so I added a curve to the front bodice.


This is a size 4 with length.  The twins have been growing up and not out lately, it seems as though they have been in size 4 forever.


Again, mixing things up, I added a hem band and piping in between the skirt and band.


This one was just basic, but the first time I did gathering rather than the pleats.

I saw this tapestry at Target a year or so ago and decided it had to be mine.  I finally decided to cut in to it and don't regret it at all.  It is actually kind of nice, it must be some sort of poly blend because it doesn't wrinkle easily.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Camden Raglan.



I got wind Adrianna from Hey June was planning to start a juniors line (sizes 6-16) and I started dropping not so subtle hints I was super excited for it.  So, she sent me an early version of the raglan pattern and I sewed up two versions (not pictured on the blog) then joined in with the testing group when she got that far.  Abby was so excited, she had long commented on my Lanes, I knew she would love this one.


The Camden Raglan is a more fitted and shaped raglan, ie, definitely not a unisex raglan.  And as much as I love my Field Trip raglans, I wanted a more fitted, less brother could borrow it kind of shirt. 

The pattern includes sizes 6-16 and lots of options.


The sleeve stripes are one of those options.  I had this HTV I had been sitting on for a while, not sure what to do with it.  Abby requested it because Taylor Swift.  22 is one of her songs and Red is one of her albums, so Abby wanted a red 22 on a shirt.  


By the time I made this, I wasn't sure if she'd get too much wear out of it.  She had already stopped wearing hoodies to school in the morning, but it ended up being perfect for our vacation we took last week to the beach.  She wore it on those cool morning walks on the beach, and I am sure it will be perfect for camping this summer.



These next two were made with earlier versions of the pattern, but since  I like to keep record of all my makes and she wears them constantly, I am including them.


Again, early version.  I love the long cuffs on the pattern, next fall I want to try them on my beloved Lane.

Rumor has it eventually there will be more mini size patterns based on some of Adrianna's adult patterns, I for one am crazy excited for a mini Union.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A new tee for every day of the week.


This is what a whole week's worth of new shirts looks like.  I haven't made anything for Jack in what feels like forever, and then I go and over do it, ha! 



This is where it all started, I ran across a photo of a similar shirt on the internet, I think it may have been from Nordstrom. I immediately decided Jack needed it in his life, he didn't agree so much, but I am sure once it hangs in his closet a bit he will love it.  This kid usually takes a little to warm up to new things.

I drew the graphic in Photoshop then cut it from heat transfer vinyl with my silhouette.  I wasn't sure how much use I'd get from the SIL, but I am absolutely loving it.  


After designing the first one, I stayed up way too long past my bedtime designing a few more for him.


I used the same pattern for all of the shirts, the Oliver and S School Bus t-shirt in a size 8.


He wasn't thrilled with this one either, but the fabric is super soft, so I am sure he will end up loving it.


This was Abby's favorite, she asked for an identical one, though she currently has enough shirts in her closet so if it does happen it wont be for a while.


This one was his favorite, he even requested it after I made Ben a shirt just like it.  The kid has no idea who Ron Swanson is or why he is so funny, but he loves what the shirt has to say.


This one was a close second, and I don't blame him.  Not only do I love the print, but it is oh so soft, too.

Not a bad way to round out Kids Clothes Week.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Size test.


Do you ever get an idea that you just can't shake, and have to execute as soon as possible?  I do, too much.  Sam is growing out of his current t-shirts and doesn't currently have any shorts, so I decided to do a quick run through of these patterns before I cut a stack out. 

I haven't tried the Sunny Day Shorts before because honestly, I thought they were boring.   Yeah, maybe they are boring, but they are perfect for a beginner, fit just as I thought they would and were a great quick sew with lots of customization possibilities.  Plus, you can't beat a price tag of $0. 

I made these in a size 2t and kind of panicked that they would end up too big, but really, they are perfect.  I managed to get them from a weird sized scrap I held on to for a 'just in case' that I didn't ever think I would actually use, so it kind of is like they were free, ha! 


The t-shirt is my go-to Oliver and S School Bus T-shirt in a straight size 2t also.  Again, I thought I'd end up setting it aside for a while, but it fits just fine.  A little long, but that's how I want things to start- I can't keep up with growth spurts sometimes!

I added a heat transfer vinyl to the shirt I cut with my silhouette, so much faster than freezer paper, ha!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Bohemian Babydoll Dress.



I recently bought the Elegance and Elephants Bohemian Babydoll Dress after thinking about it for a long time.  Not sure why I didn't buy it sooner, probably because I already have a million dress patterns, but I am so glad I finally did.  

I made a size 4 width with a 5 length and it is just perfect.  


There are no closures but it still goes on and off with ease, sometimes tops without closures can be tricky to get in to.

George was so excited it was the same fabric as their Playtime Dress they always fight over, this way they each got to wear a dress from it was her thinking.  But what she doesn't realize is, it will soon be too warm for long sleeves.


I really love the silhouette of this dress and it's slight hi-lo hem.  I am sure I will be making more of these soon.