Thursday, April 10, 2014

Umbrellas and arrows.

Confession:  These Roller Skate Dresses have been cut out since the last Kid's Clothes week.  That makes it  what, 3 months in the UFO pile?  I was beginning to worry I hadn't added enough length being they have both really shot up the last few weeks. 

But never fear my dears!  They turned out just fine.  I made a size 2T with the length of a 3T and elastic placement of a 3T.  I remember these being a little generous fitting on the twins (I have made these plenty of times already) so I sized down from what I usually make in O+S.

In fact, they are still wearing their 18 month Roller Skates, originally shown here,
(Sad face due to the fact I wanted to take a picture of her rather than sit in my sewing chair)

and this one here.  Also George is wearing an 18 month Jump Rope Dress seen here originally.  It still fits well once it is on (the JRD) but it is a little tricky getting her arms in, but she loves it, missing button and all.

Little Miss George claimed the umbrellas straight away, and there was a little bit of a fight over who would get to wear it, but eventually small one won.

Iz is still digging the "don't look at the camera no matter what" game.  Nice.

I am glad I finally sat down and made these, I do love the prints and they are perfect for spring/summer.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

KCWC day 2.

I got lucky today, not only was I in the mood to sew, but the house wasn't completely wrecked to the point I would feel guilty sewing and Jack decided it would be fun to play with the twins after school and before nap time- that doesn't happen often. 

So after yesterday's bodysuit I knew I wanted more, like lots more.  If you haven't noticed, once I find a pattern I love I become a bit obsessive.  Just getting my money's worth, right?  

So I remembered I had this really soft plaid that I thought last year I would make some shorts for Jack with, but I was afraid how they would hold up for my rowdy five year old, perfect for this project!

I again made the bodysuit from the Lullaby Layette Set, this time in a 3 month size.  The one yesterday is the only newborn or 0-3 month thing I will be making (unless the knit onesies I already have cut are 0-3... I can't remember!), like I said before, I make 'em big, maybe I will be pleasantly surprised with a small babe but I doubt it.

I was torn though, he is due just before the 4th of July so unless I go over this would have been perfect!  I am not usually one to make special outfits for the holidays, but this would have been adorbs.

For fun I thought I would add a pocket cut on the bias.  I used the pocket included in the pattern intended for the pants, I made the size 0-3 month pocket as I didn't want it too big.  Ben always jokes about the reason for infant clothing with pockets, but I think it is totally cute.

I have been holding on to this print for far too long because I was unsure what to use it for.  Still, I am undecided, but what's done is done.

I used the yardage the other day to take my nephew's monthly progression pictures and last night it clicked that this would probably work.  I remembered the ships being a little closer together, but I went with it anyways.

I wasn't quite sure how to place the ships, especially on the sleeves.

Not too bad for a few days of sewing, though I think it may be time to switch to another pattern before I end up with ten of these, ha!

Monday, April 7, 2014


This has been cut out for a week now, and the applique done for the last few days, but I haven't had the time nor felt up to sewing (oh the horror!).  But I got the itch today, finally.  

This is from the Lullaby Layette Set by the always amazeballs Oliver + S.  It was amazing timing, this set coming out, like it was meant to be!  I was so happy when I learned that just in time for me to sew for my new little bub Liesl would be releasing a baby line, I really wish some of her boy patterns were smaller than 6m like a few of the girl ones.

At first I was a little nervous that it would be too "poofy" for a little boy, but a friend who tested the pattern assured me it was perfect for a little boy too.

This is the 0-3m size, though I didn't have that tag so I used a newborn one instead.  As with all O+S the instructions are perfect and everything comes together with ease.  I can see many more of these in my future, so long as my mojo comes back.

P.S. hemming the sleeves on this size was a beast, make sure you follow her instructions to a T for this part!

I was unsure of what fabric to use, nothing in my stash seemed right.  So although unpractical for a newborn who will be releasing all kinds of bodily fluids, I went with white, because I always have that in my stash and this particular fabric is very light weight (and slightly see through, oops).  With him being a summer baby the light weight will be perfect, I think, although the fabric really hated my iron no matter how I ironed it I always ended up with creases.

I wanted something more than just a plain white onesie, so I added a little paper airplane.  I stitched it down on my machine then added a little bit of embroidery thread for the tail and used a little scrap of interfacing underneath to keep the threads and knots away from his sweet, fresh skin.

Jack has requested a shirt just like his baby brother's, and while I am not one for matchy-matchy I think I may just add a little applique plane on his next shirt, he is sooo excited for a little brother.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A-line dresses.

As mentioned earlier, I had these A-line Dresses from Lily Bird Studio to photograph.  The twins were *somewhat* cooperative today.  They are much easier to take pictures separately, but I do love the ones I get of them together.  

George is usually the good one, she will keep focused on the camera, though she gives me some really funny faces about half the time.

I knew there would likely be a fight over the dress with ice creams so I added some fun little bobble trim to this plain one.  While she still wanted the ice cream dress, she warmed up to this one.  Um, it could have also been the promise of a doughnut hole if she let me take her picture...

Look!  Elizabeth is actually looking at the camera- and smiling!! That almost never happens.

She enjoyed peeking at the neighbors yard through the cracks and holes in the fence.

Excuse the wonky stitching on the ribbon it was shifty... and the permanent marker tags, I have some how managed to misplace all my 3T tags!

The dresses are partially lined and I chose to line each one with the opposite fabric.  These are actually a size 2 but I forgot and am not unpicking my ribbons.

They have seriously sprouted up in the last few weeks.  They have worn dresses all this week and every time someone different has commented on how they are outgrowing them.  I added a little length but I think I could have added more, especially if I wanted them to last longer.  That's alright though, just means more little girl sewing down the line;).

The pattern is super easy, in fact, I think it would be a great beginner pattern.  I had both cut and sewn within a couple of hours.

Now, what to sew next? ...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shorts with pockets.

It's getting warmer here and that means we are in need of some shorts around these parts.  Around the time I was testing the Laura dress/tunic for The Lily Bird Studio she also was requesting a few people to sew up some of her patterns to get more pictures so I volunteered for a pair of shorts and an A-line dress (that pictures will be coming for when the twins are up to it).  

These are the Shorts with pockets in size 8 which is what she would wear in RTW if she wasn't so darn tall for her age, ha! If I buy any bottoms for her they have to be a 10 for the length, which means they are huge on her in the waist.  Sadly that is what she has been dealing with for pants all winter as I wasn't feeling up to sewing much due to being in my first tri with little brother.

I chose chambray, I think I could use chambray on everything but try to limit myself.

They have elastic for the waist attached to some strings of fabric for a faux drawstring look.  I am struggling to tie it right... (that's all me, not the pattern)

Nice deep pockets.

I am not sure if she can get away with them for school due to the length, but she is going to try as they are her "most comfortable pair of shorts ever!".

She is also wearing her Classic Picnic blouse that she has pretty much worn to death.  She will wear it 2-3 times a week if it is clean, ha!  It's getting a little short so she will soon need a new one, but who can blame her with that yummy lawn?

Don't forget, now until March 26th you can get 20% off your whole purchase of $6 or more by entering the code sewing4four at the Lily Bird Studio's website!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Laura Dress and a tunic.

 I was asked a while back to test a new pattern for Lily Bird Studio called the Laura dress and tunic.  I jumped at the chance when she sent along a picture of it, so cute!  So I decided that the twins would get one of each, a tunic and a dress.

The box pleat kills me dead.  I didn't have time before leaving on vacation to get a better location for a shoot than my front yard, so I thought why not pack them and get some in a place I wont ever get to shoot again?

Yeaaaaah, Elizabeth was less than cooperative.

To be fair though, these were taken after she had just had a bath after seeing the ocean for the first time.

No matter how many fruit snacks or pleads from me would work on her.  Even George was trying to tell her to stand still and smile, ha!

She wasn't having any of it though.

Poor frustrated George.

She loves having her picture taken in new clothes though.  A few days ago I bought her a new RTW shirt and she insisted on me taking a picture of her wearing it for the first time, silly girl.

I eventually gave up and moved on though.  No matter how hard I tried I wasn't going to get a good shot of them together.

So, on to the details of the pattern:

There are actually two collar options (even though I only chose one), a peter pan and a rolled collar.  The rolled collar is super cute to though, make sure to check it out!

Oh how I love snaps, especially at this age.

The sleeve is really neat, it is fully lined.  I love the look it gives, and the satisfaction I got from learning a new technique.   It is also gathered a little, which gives it a nice shape.

There is also a front and partial back facing and understitching.  Oh how I love understitching, it is so nice that it keeps the facing in place.

To be honest, the peter pan collar and the box pleat sold me on the pattern, but I love all the extra little details.  I definitely want to try the other collar option soon.  The girls love them and have already staked their claim to their favorite (the ones they are wearing in the pictures).

The pattern will be out soon, and I will update when it is in her shop.  It is now available! Check it out here, the introductory price is $5- totally worth it IMO!  Also, if you spend over $6 in her shop, Cecilia has kindly offered 20% off your entire purchase using the code sewing4four, so go crazy! ;)  P.S. that code is good from now until March 26th!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Argh Matey.

For my fourth and final set this go-around, she chose pirate themed.  (firstsecondthird).

 The inspiration for these dresses were found here.

I used the Oliver + S Roller skate dress, modified, of course.  Also, in a size 4 and a size 12m.  I constructed it slightly different as I didn't want the raw edges shown on the black layer (aka lining layer).

I used the pirate as the "main" layer, black as the "lining" and attached the striped fabric to the black.

I think they turned out pretty well, and similar to the inspiration dress, my friend seemed to like them too.  Can't wait to see pictures from her vacay and live vicariously through her, haha!