Monday, October 5, 2015

Monochrome Fairy Tale dresses.

Ever since I heard about the monochrome project I have had this specific dress in my head.  I wanted to make a thick striped, pleated Fairy Tale, and a white with black block printed Fairy Tale.  Well, one of those came together in time.  Then I saw a gorgeous Cotton and Steel black and white print at my local shop, then spotted a pretty black lace and knew it was fate.  

The girls were so excited when they saw the dresses.

I can't believe I've never made a sleeveless version of this dress, I love it.  In retrospect, I should have had white at the top of the skirt, oh well.

I pieced together the black and white fabrics, then cut out the dress.  I found it oddly satisfying.

I made the underskirt the same length as the over skirt and added lace to it, but it wasn't like I had imagined.  In my mind, you'd be able to see it peeking out at all times, but that didn't quite work.  So I also added some to the outer skirt.

I also left the darts off both dresses.

George loves this one.  I tried to put the stripes on her, and she said she wanted 'the pretty one'.

And Iz was just excited to get a new dress.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Swingset skirts.

Did you see?  Oliver and S just released the swingset skirt in a giant size range, and better yet, all in the same file.  Previously it only went to a 5, now it goes to a 14!  Seriously a 14!   I am super excited about that especially as Abby is nearing size 10/12 in them.  While I am firmly a #teampaper kind of girl, I knew there wouldn't be too many pages to tape together as I have the smallest sizes in paper.  

I started with one for the twins, and since it's still so unbelievably hot here I styled it for summer. This is a size 4.

As soon as George saw it, she claimed it as her own.  Then, she said 'mommy, can we puhweese take a picsha so I kin wear it?'.  She knows the rule, can't wear it until it's officially photographed, haha!

I took a chance and showed it to Abby, I was so happy to see when Liesl introduced the pattern she included it on older girls, that's what sold it to her.  I still wasn't convinced she'd actually wear it, though, so I made it out of my go-to cheap fabric.  My magical hardware/fabric shop has this poly gingham that is so cheap and doesn't wrinkle, it's fabulous.  I used the rest of this awesome pre-made bias tape I have been slowly working my way through.  I nearly went neon pink, but I am glad I went with this.

She likes her skirts at least to her knees, so I went with the size 10 and used 14 for the length.  She LOVES it.  Put it on immediately and plans to wear it tomorrow to school, that's the highest form of praise from her.

I also made her a School Bus Tee size 12 with length.  I went with elbow length sleeves and added a cuff.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lots of basics.

Still playing lots of catch up here, I need to or else I wont remember the details as I have been slacking with adding size tags- oops!  

I have been really (surprisingly) enjoying making my kids basics.  The Oliver + S School bus tee has been getting so much use lately.

One of Ben's friends posted on facebook about going with his wife to a Taylor Swift concert, but don't worry, he wasn't loosing his indie cred.  He put this on a shirt and posted it.  I loved the graphic, and he was kind enough to share his source.  So I used some transfer paper and Abby picked the color she wanted.  This is one happy chickie, this shirt gets so much wear.  She was excited that it also struck up a conversation between her teacher and student teacher, apparently they both approved.

She measures in to a 10 in this pattern, but I have been making her 12 (as this one is), longer wear isn't a bad thing.

Sammy is wearing an 18 month here, also with his 12 month Lullaby pants from last year, and they are still big enough he will get quite a bit more wear from them.

I had a vision in my head of an outfit for Jack.  Since it was a new to me pattern, I decided to work out the kinks in a smaller size, luckily.  This is the Peekaboo pattern Great Outdoors Vest.  Sigh, it needs work.  The pattern didn't even line up at the front and back bottom, and the instructions aren't great.  Luckily I didn't want a zipper because I would have pulled all my hair out.  The batting I chose was too thick.  It only addresses choosing batting by saying the thicker, the puffier.  Which is true, but it didn't even cross my mind at how hard it would be to feed through my machine, even with a walking foot.  The pockets don't have a placement mark, just general directions of approximately where to place them.

Glad I didn't make my real one the first go.  On the bright side, my new machine takes topstitching thread like a boss.  Here I come Field Trip Cargos!

So for the second one.  This is the fabric I want to make Jack one in, I am going to break my no matching self-imposed rule.

These vests are both a 2t as per what Sam's chest measured.  I evened out the pattern pieces and instead of folding the arm holes under and sewing together like the first one, I used bias tape turned to the inside to finish.  Much better.

I made this one after seeing the post for the monochrome project.  I had this planned already, it just bumped it up my list.  Happily, these are another pair of Lullaby Layette pants from last year.

Another size 18 month with slightly lengthened sleeves, and if you're interested in the faux sleeve look, I did a tutorial for them.

This is a size 7 with 8 length, and quite a bit of length added to the sleeves.  I guess my kids have super long arms?

It is made from the very last bit of fabric that I also used for one of his favorite shirts from a few years back.

Size 7 + length.  I ordered him this minecraft panel and made the mistake of telling him I did.  He asked me every day (literally) for over a month if it had arrived.

I colorblocked the tee as the panel wasn't big enough for the whole front, he chose the shade of blue (and the fact that it was blue) on his own.  He wore it to bed and then to school this morning, I think he may have been a leeetle excited.

 I made Jack a pair of mini hudson pants, size 7 with 8 length.   He still wears his size 6's all the time, but they are getting a little short and tight.  I used french terry that is just dreamy, that was his first remark 'they are so soft, mom!'.  I could live in this stuff.  In fact, I have some things planned for me in other colorways.

And he decided his lion shirt isn't that bad after all.  That's usually his game, he hates things at first, then likes them and eventually loves them.

One more delicious french terry item.  I made Sam a hoodie using the School Bus tee.  I sized up to a 3t width, 18 month length and added cuffs, a hem band and a hood.  I did a tutorial, if you're so inclined.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book nerd.

Girlfriend has been requesting some comfy pants for a while now, and she is on the verge of outgrowing her mini hudsons from the spring so I have been looking for a replacement.  

I used the Oliver and S Parachute Sweatpants and sized up to a 12.  She *probably* should have had a ten, but I figured she wouldn't mind them being a bit baggy at first and for them to last for a while.  I found this rad double sided knit at Joanns last week, they had it in a few different colorways and I also picked it up in raspberry.  

I changed it up a bit by adding a cuff instead of the elastic in the cuffs, but that added length.  I really should have waited until she was home from school, but I am a naptime/impatient sewer, sooooo these ones will be extra long.  I do like the look of the cuff, though, when she pulled the pants up a bit.  So next time I will take off some length and do the cuff again.

I also made my TNT, always go-to, Field trip raglan.  I used a white cotton lycra and a Riley Blake spotted knit.

This outfit got her seal of approval, which is a big deal as of late.

Cocoon Dress.

I have been craving a pretty little dress to sew, lately I have been making lots of shirts and some pants, it was time for a dress.  

So I chose the Heidi and Finn Cocoon dress.  I wasn't going to buy the pattern initially, but then I saw an adorable plaid version in the facebook group and it changed my mind.

I made both the girls a size 4t with 5t length.  Since I was only going up one size in length and the lines were fairly close together in width, I graded out from the 4t to a 5t right where it starts to curve, so the chest is a 4t width and the curve width is a 5t.

These tights are ridiculously big on her.  To be fair, I had planned for Iz to wear these, but George wanted to wear these boots, so she got this one (for today).  They are also big on Izzy, but not *as* big.

The pattern calls for heavier fabrics to hold the unique shape of the garment.  For this dress, I used a heavyweight stretch denim I bought online forever and a day ago, before I learned how to buy fabric online (pay attention to how many ounces!).  It sat in my stash for so long, but it was like it had just been waiting for this dress all along.

The pattern calls for an exposed zipper, but also has a button closure option.  I really dig the look of the exposed zipper, but couldn't find any cool ones.  Then it hit me, jeans zippers.  They were just the right length and I found some pretty rad ones at my local hardware/fabric shop.  It is hard to tell, but this zipper has a diagonal blue and white stripe.

This dress is made from a ponte de roma, and while it is one of the heavier weight knits (the pattern specifically recomends stable knits), it still doesn't hold the shape quite like the denim does.  But it isn't a bad thing, I quite like the way it moves while she's wearing it.

I just adore both these dresses, they will be so fun to layer up in the fall.  Now they just need cute cardigans or jackets to go with them.

I changed up the zipper a little from the pattern.  It instructs you just to lay it down and sew it, but I wanted a cleaner look, so I tucked the bottom raw edges under.  Much better, in my opinion.  In fact, I completely unpicked the zipper in the blue dress to change it as it was the first one I made.  That's saying a lot, because I hate my seam ripper.

They are so much harder lately to photograph together, ugh!  Luckily they are pretty adorable...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lane raglans.

I am currently in the middle of an obsession with the Hey June Lane Raglan. I love elbow length sleeves, and now that it's *sort of* transitioning in to cooler weather (read: under 100* most days) they can be worn without dying.  I can get the sleeves in just about a half yard, so I have been rummaging through my stash to see what isn't too little kiddy.  

Recently Raspberry Creek Fabrics came out with their own line of fabrics, and they are fantastic.  Diana has a facebook group and she is just the sweetest, also she has fantastic prices, great selection, great customer service and fast shipping.  No, I am not being paid or anything for saying this, I just want her to stay in business so I can buy all the fabric.

Anyways, a gal in the facebook group posted a nearly identical top (her's had a gray neckband) and I knew right then I wanted to copy her.

I love this one, I think it's my current second favorite.

This was actually my first one, I still wear it, but this is a size bigger than the rest so the neck is too big on me and can sometimes show a bra strap.  That's what I get for panicking when choosing a size.

I added a few inches to the length to make up for not doing a hem band as I was trying to quickly make this before a vacation, but it was unnecessary.  Apparently I am short, I should have remembered that.

Not much to say here... just documenting for myself, haha.  Oh, and Riley Blake knits are rad.

This one is my current favorite.  I added a sleeve cuff to this one.

On all of the shirts, I left off the hem band.  I added one to my gray and floral, but it hit me at a weird place, so I cut it off and just hemmed it.

 This is the Raspberry Creek french terry, the top shirt was the jersey.  I should have sized up on this one since this french terry doesn't have a lot of stretch, but it's just motivation to keep up on my exercising, I guess!

The only change I made, was to line the hood.

So, in conclusion, I super love this pattern.

Friday, August 14, 2015

A post for catching up.

I have fallen pretty far behind on blogging, there are things from this spring that I still haven't even loaded the pictures on to my computer.  Sigh.  Since I use the blog as reference in the future for sizing and changes made, I need to be better about it.  I am pretty good about uploading to flickr and instagram, but I am not great about adding notes there.

So, here is a big ol' post full of variations made with the Oliver + S School Bus Tee and the Field Trip Raglan.  I love a pattern that I can alter to fit my needs or wants, and these two definitely fit the bill. 

The latest make, as in this afternoon, is a hoodie mod from the School Bus.  I made a size 3T for the shoulders and width, 18 months for the length.  Sam is currently wearing 18 month RTW and 12 or 18 month in handmade.

I think I may have added too much length with the hem band, but I would rather have it too long than short.

The stencil is a freebie from girl like the sea.

He is ridiculously adorable in it, if I can be so bold.

It is tricky to get him to stand for more than a split second.  What you don't see just out of the frame is Ben.  He was standing on the step, trying to get him to stand.  Sam would laugh and fall to his knees almost immediately.  As Ben isn't interested in nice photos for my blog, he was only willing to help for three tries, this is the best I managed.  That's okay, he's still pretty cute.

Jack's is a size 7 with 8 length.  He isn't a fan of this shirt, but gets compliments every time he wears it.  The back is solid white, btw.  He says he doesn't like the stripes and that's why he fights wearing it.  I may have bribed him to wear it to school today, he reported home that his teacher said his shirt was 'so cool'.  Maybe a non-family member can convince him it isn't all that bad?

He loves this one, though.  It was a long requested shirt, in fact.  He designed it on his own, I had the vinyl and he sorted through all my blue fabrics to determine the two he wanted, and went through his closet to show me the type of shirt he wanted (raglan).  He was so happy and wore it to school for the first day.

This is another long wished for shirt.   Abby is obsessed with The Killers and it is one of the few bands we all agree on in the house, even Jack sings along.   This one is a size 12, I don't think that I added length, but can't remember...

She requested it for the first day of school, and I managed to get it done with an afternoon to spare.

Here is a better look at the graphic and my inspiration.

Photographic proof of their first day of school, fifth for Abby and second for Jack.

Abby is also currently obsessed with owls.  After making the twins Skater dresses I wanted to make on for her, and she agreed.  The only problem was, I couldn't find a pattern in her size.  I shortened the bodice of the School Bus and added a circle skirt. I mistakenly thought it would be a good idea to size up so it would last, but it made it look more pajama-ish than I am happy with.  The back is pretty loose, but the front isn't too bad.  She wears it constantly, though, and is excited to wear it with a denim jacket if it ever cools down.

This one is a copy of the one I made before.  Sadly, the first one didn't survive the wash, the letters started to peel off.  This time I used a heat transfer vinyl and it has survived this time.  I altered the School Bus to be a faux layered sleeve, he had a RTW similar last year that he wore every time it was clean.

This one is a School Bus turned romper, size 18 month.  I used an existing romper to get the shape for the bottom.

This is a Field Trip Raglan and a Tea Party Sunsuit bottom, size 18 month.

This is a School Bus and Tea Party, appliqued like his onesie from last year, another favorite.  I will likely make it another shirt or onesie in the football theme while he is still cute enough to get away with it, and hopefully it will cool down enough to need to wear pants someday.