Monday, April 13, 2015

Shandiin times two.

A few weeks ago, a friend pinned the Shandiin Tank and I commented that it was an easy sew and she could totally make it.  A little bit later, she asked if I would be willing and said of course!  She wanted something springy and coordinating for her girls, so I went through my stash and gave her a bunch of options.  


So she chose two she liked and left it up to me to decide if they should have contrasting fabrics for the bindings and back, and who would get which print.  I thought it would be fun, and in true coordinating fashion to make the contrasts out of the opposite main fabric.


I just love the back of these tops.  The one I made for Abby was only worn once other than pictures, sigh.  But I remembered not liking how low the arms were cut for her, so for the bigger one I sized down the top and added length since her oldest is tall and thin.

It's always fun to sew for others, at least I think so.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A pair of Popovers.


So, Easter outfits didn't get finished, but I am okay with it.  I completed George's dress, two pairs of Art Museum trousers (one for each boy), and nearly finished a Fairy Tale for Iz (still needs the sash and hand sewing).  I am easily distracted, though, and needed a quick and mindless project after having sick kids and deep cleaning a bunch of rooms in the house.  So when Rachel posted today about sewing for dolls I decided the girls needed popovers and matching doll dresses.  

The whole time I was making them, they were asking 'awe my dwesses finished yeeeeet mooooom?'  So I decided to give them the dresses before I made the doll ones, or before I told them about the doll dresses, just in case I don't get to them for a while.  


They pretty much love the dresses, George decided she *had* to have the bug one, and set about convincing Elizabeth she should like the striped one.  (It's hard to tell here, but there are diagonal stripes in peach and cream).

They loved the dresses, but not so much taking the pictures. 

It was a struggle to get them both to look at the camera.  


Let alone stand up straight at the same time.


Then Elizabeth decided we should recreate the pose from this post, it's the background on my phone and she loves looking at it.


So then Georgia reminded her that it was her head on Izzy's shoulder, to which Iz refused because it was 'her turn'.


This one cracks me up.  Side eyes.


So Iz decided to help Georgia look, but of course couldn't be bothered to look herself.


In the end, I settled for a semi blurry one.  Plus, it was time for Grandma day.

Okay, so deets on the pattern.  I used the Oliver + S Popover Sundress in a size 4 with the length of a 5.  It is still quite big on George in the chest, so I wanted to add length for extended wear.


When Grandma day was over, I took my camera there to snap a few more.  But, Elizabeth had just woken up after falling asleep in the car and wasn't really in to cooperating.  I told her she could have a creamy if I could change her shoes and take a picture really quickly.  Nope, she didn't want to change the shoes- that was fine.  And insisted on keeping the popsicle in the picture.  Meh, I didn't have high expectations.


In this picture you can see the stripes a little bit.  I used a chambray for the yoke and bias straps and added a bit of piping just to the front.

She has this tick when she is upset or anxious, she twists her hair.  It is better if I keep it in a pony tail or pig tails, we have had to undo knots when left down.


For Georgia's I used fabrics I have had for-ever!  A few years back I scored a bunch of Riley Blake + Michael Miller prints for under $3/yd and these were both from then.  I was waiting for the perfect project, it feels nice to finally use them.

When I showed them the dresses, George shouted 'just like my panda dolly dress!' She has been playing a lot with Abby's dolls, so (someday) when I finish her matching dress I am sure she will be so excited.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A bubble dress.

I have a plan for Easter sewing, a dress for each of the girls and a button down and pants for the boys.  It is an ambitious goal considering I am only just now starting, but as with years past I am not going to kill myself trying or be disappointed if I can't get it all done.  


I started with this yard of fabric, my whole plan revolves around it.  I picked the other two girls dress fabrics based on the colors in this dress.

I was going to wait on photographing the outfits until I had them all finished and could do them together, but I found this incredible spot this afternoon on a walking trail.  It happened to be one of the few spots accessible from the street (it is off a twisty narrow road), and pretty much the only spot that you can't see houses in the distance or power lines.



I can't believe it's been two years since I last made this pattern, the girls wore those to death, until they became indecently short.  So, I figured to knock out two birds with one stone, Easter sewing and the size 5 project.  This is, of course, the Oliver + S Bubble Dress in a size 4.  It is a really quick sew, and able to be made out of just one yard, well, one yard for the main and one for lining.

Georgie was so excited while I was sewing this dress, 'It's just for me?!' 'Do I have to share?' and Iz was so confused, 'but why is there only one?'.  Haha, I usually assembly line two for them, but I figure it probably isn't a great idea this time as their closets are quite full already and I want to make other patterns in the stash...

So, I plan to make Izzy a Fairy Tale, Jack and Sam a Sketchbook and Art Museum, aaaand Abby is my only question mark.  I am thinking a Garden Party, but we will see how she feels.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

At the orchard.



These two can be so sweet it kills me dead.


Except all day long when they were fighting over who got the feather dress.  Then I winked at Abby and pointed to the purple one while asking her which was her favorite, so she answered purple and from then on it was Elizabeth's favorite.  Iz looks up to her big sis like crazy.


I had this crazy vision in my head after seeing a similar dress with a striped bodice and a floral skirt.  I was determined to make it work with only fabrics in my stash and late at night to boot.  So I thought through my patterns and decided on the Oliver + S Playtime Dress, modified to my 'needs'.  I wanted short sleeves and a curved front bodice, so I simply left off the sleeves and sketched out a curve on my pattern piece until I got a shape I liked.  I probably could have made the curve a little higher.  


I made a size 4T and lengthened the skirt.  I forgot that (in my opinion) this one runs a little long- which really isn't a bad thing.

Speaking of the skirt, it is a knit.  I really love the way it moves and hangs, she loves that it is so soft and twirly.  I used the full width of the fabric and made the seam run down the center back.


For the bodice I pieced together strips of cotton, I was crazy excited when I realized I had the exact green in my stash to match- what are the chances of that?  Last year I picked up a yard each of some random colors that caught my eye that I wouldn't normally buy, apparently it paid off! HA!


To keep it nice on their skin I fully lined the bodice, which also conveniently finished the sleeves at the same time. I did the same with the all stripe dress.


I love making the girls coordinate, so then I decided I needed a stripe dress, this time using bigger strips (because small strips were a pain!).  I alternated the direction of the stripes for kicks and giggles.  Plus, I thought it would be a fun look, though at the last minute I nearly kept them all horizontal.


With this one I kept the bodice as per the pattern.

Supposedly they will share these dresses, as George promised Iz she could 'wear da feaders next time Eez!'.  Don't think I believe it, but at least Elizabeth decided to like the purple one.  




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mini Hudson for school.

 This week is book week at school, in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.  In years past they have dressed up as a book character, but not this time.  This time it's things like wear a hat (two days, come on guys, be more creative), build a snowman treat in class, wear winter clothes (which is humorous being two weeks ago we were in the high 70's but we seem to have been hit by some cold weather which put us in the low 50's- still not winter), aaaand wear your jogging/exercising clothes.

Since other mini hudsons were calf length I threw her together a new pair on short notice (yesterday after school) so she could participate.  That, and I am not one to take all the kids to the store in a rainstorm.


I had this print in mind for some mini hudsons for a bit, though I was thinking calf length.  I like these, though, and so does she.  Again I made a size 10, but I added 1.5" to the length, I could have added more to make them last, apparently.  Good thing I added something!

I am sad they only go to a 10 because we will have to find another pattern to fill the void before she fits the women's sizes.


Ben says they are... very flamboyant.

That's okay, I kind of love them.  And better on her than me. I had planned to make them for the twins, but I think Abs will get more wear out of them, she loves these kind of pants and the fact they are 'trendy' now and she can get away with wearing them to school- even better in her eyes!


Side view for personal fit reference.


Same for the back.


Jack was super excited to wear his too.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Field Trips for the whole family.



Spring is coming!  (or in our case, is basically here)  Which means, of course, that the kids need warmer weather clothing.  Enter, one of my top 5 favorite patterns, the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan.

I am making an effort to make things with the kids input, it is a struggle (haha).  But if I want Abby to wear it, she needs to have a say.  Jack is still pretty easy going, and the twins will wear whatever I make, but they do have color preferences.


And an obligatory photo of all five of them in their new tops.  Getting that many little kids to look at you (and not make bunny ears) is a challenge.

I recently (as in today) counted up the number of times I have made this pattern, and the number very much surprised me.  Counting these, I have made the tops 34 times and the pants 4 times, one being shorts.  I don't know why it surprises me, I have a ton of kids, haha. I also have two more tops cut for the baby and two pairs of shorts for Jack. Talk about a TNT, not to mention getting my monies worth many times over.



Georgia's favorite color is purple, so this one was a no-brainer.  I made a size 4 so the girls could share, but let's be honest, there's no way she will let Iz wear this one.  So I could have done a 3, but it is easier to just make the size already traced.


Abby, oh Abby.  She has decided she only wants to wear knits, so most of my patterns are now out of the question.  I don't know why I haven't thought to show her this one before, but she was SO excited.  I gave her a few options, this is what she chose.

Hers is a size 10 with 12 length.  She has requested more, so I told her she could use the line drawings Lotta put together to design some more tops.  That will make it easier for me to sew for her, as I will have an idea of the colors and prints she likes, etc.


Jack, he's my easy one.  He is currently obsessed with Minecraft (what kid isn't?) and requested a Minecraft shirt.  I gave him the option of green sleeves or a different color, he chose gray.  I have to admit, I was trying to steer him towards green, but I like the way this came out.  My lines aren't straight enough for my liking, so I will go back and fix them after it gets put in the laundry.

His is a size 7.  He is still wearing his 4 with length, so I knew this would fit for a while.  He is also wearing his mini hudsons, he is obsessed with them, who can blame him?  They are so soft.  He even wore him to school the other day, even though he swore he never would.


Sammy is wearing a size 12 month and also his sandbox pants.  Poor little guy has been sick all week and now is super drooly, I am wondering (worrying) if he is getting another tooth.  He is up to 8 already!  Speaking of 8, he is 8 months old today!


Elizabeth, girlfriend has a style all her own.  She loves all the animals on this print and kept asking if I was done yet.  Hers is a size 4.

A combination of everyone (except George, knock on wood) being sick this week and Ben working out of town made these really slow going.  I can typically knock one out in about 25 minutes from cutting fabric to the last stitch, so the kids were really anxious for these by the fourth day.  The squeals of delight and declarations of love made all the waiting worth it, though, they were each so excited to try theirs on.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pants for the boys.

Jack has torn holes in two pairs of pants at the knees, he refuses to wear them now so he has been 'surviving' on 3 pairs.  The kid needed some pants to give me a break, I couldn't keep up with keeping them clean as he plays pretty hard.  


I made him a pair of size 6 Sandbox pants.  He is still wearing his size 5 red convertible pair, but they were getting too short so I figured why not size up the waist too.


The last time I made them with buttons he wore them to death, popped off and lost the buttons, I expect these to be the same.  I did stitch the crap out of them, so maybe they will stay a little longer this time.  


I also made Sam a pair, because assembly line sewing is apparently my thing.  His are a size 12 month and I was so excited I was able to barely squeeeeeze these out of barely 20" of material.  I had this scrap left over from my Everyday Skirt that I held on to not quite sure if I would find something to use it for.


Baby toes.

Oh, and he is wearing his School Bus Tee too.

I added some orange buttons just because, I kind of love them.


Next up I have a stack of Puppet Show Shorts cut and ready for the sew-along.  Are you following the Size 5 project?  I am over on the Oliver + S blog talking about the shorts pattern and doing a sew-along, come sew with us!