Archive | April, 2013

Skater Dress – KCW Finale

29 Apr

Wow. I’m exhausted, but I managed to complete two more garments during KCW. Really, I finished the final hem at 11:45pm last night! ImageSince I’d finished all 5 garments I’d prepared before the week started and the kid was spending some quality time with her Poppa, I cut out a Skater Dress yesterday morning. I was feeling bold with my semi-success with knits from the day before, and had this cute pattern in the queue since winning it in a Crafterhours giveaway. I also had this crazy plum/white double knit that I’d thrifted (what? no one used this up in the 1960s?) that had no other role. I cut out the 18m/2T size, which is unlike me since I tend to size up for maximum wearing time. The bodice went together quickly, but after an attempt to slip it over my very intelligent (ahem, large headed) 3 year old, I realized there wasn’t a chance this was going to fit her. I went ahead and stitched it up since I’d already cut out the skirt and sleeves; this also gave me time to contemplate what I was going to do for a 2nd version since my daughter had already voiced her love for the fabric.

During naptime, I cut out a 2nd version: I went with the 3T/4T size, but adjusted the neckline to the 5/6 size since the 3/4 didn’t seem like it would be big enough. I’m glad I trusted my instincts with that, because even the 2nd version is snug going over this gal’s head.Image

I’m not sure if it would be different using a jersey knit or something with a bit more stretch – I’ll have to experiment.

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Anyway, this dress is adorable, a breeze to sew, and a hit with the kid!

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I think the skirt is a bit long for great playground mobility, but that really is yet to be tested. I’m just excited about the versatility of this pattern – I think I can even use it as a base for t-shirts, and of course I haven’t tried sewing up the long sleeve and sleeveless versions. Thank goodness for more knits in my stash!Image

Pattern: Skater Dress by Kitshy Coo

Size: 3T/4T with 5/6 neckline

Newish Skills: I got to practice using a double needle for the hemline!

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Sunki Leggings

29 Apr

I have a goal to learn to sew with knits.

I’ve been saying this for at least a year. Kid’s Clothes Week was a good excuse to dig right in.

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I used this leggings pattern from Figgy’s (I made the dress over a year ago) and I think I’ll use it again and again. There are only 2 pattern pieces total. I love a pattern that takes so little time to cut out! I bought this coral fabric at Pacific Fabrics just before the start of KCW. Yes, I had wanted to use my stash for this week of sewing, but in my defense, I’d been looking for a pair of coral leggings for the kid with no success. At $10 for the yard I bought, this was a pretty good deal, not to mention I still have enough fabric to make another pair.Image

While I said these went together quickly, it’s worth mentioned that I actually did end up sewing them twice. Yes, that’s right. I made them once, and then as I hoisted them up over my daughter’s rear on Thursday morning, I heard the dreadful sound of breaking threads. So, like I indicated, I don’t have a lot of experience with knits. I tried to follow the directions for sewing knits with a regular machine, but the directions are for people with modern sewing machines. I sew on a vintage Singer from the 60s, and it wasn’t until I googled what my stitch should look like that I realized I needed to do some trial and error to get a good, stretchy stitch.

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I had to rip out all of my seams (pretty easy, actually, with just a stretch of the fabric!) and redo. It was well worth the effort – these pants are well fitted, super comfy and the perfect shade of coral. And I know I’m biased, but I’d say they look pretty great under that sweet belly.Image

Pattern: Sunki Leggings

Size: 2/3

Fabric: Coral jersey knit from Pacific Fabrics

New Skills: Learned that a great stretchy stitch for knits on my machines is a zigzag with a width of 3.5 and a length of 15.

 

Scirocco – KCW Day 6

27 Apr

ImageConsidering this is the 2nd time I’ve made this dress, it was a bit of a struggle. Most of my mistakes were silly errors: I ended up ripping out several seams after sewing wrong seams together and catching one of the many ruffles in my thread. I also had a lot of trouble getting the shoulder seams correct, even though I was referencing the very good tutorial from Figgy’s blog. I’m going to chalk it up to being tired near the end of a very full week of Kids Clothes Week, but the truth is, I perservered and am quite proud of the final product!

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I used a fabric I had in my stash: Petals by Michael Miller which I picked up at Esther’s during a day trip to Bainbridge Island last year. I love it for this pattern. I used a lovely coordinating ribbon for the trim that runs down the middle of the bodice. I had no reason to make a Scirocco, other than the fact that I already had the pattern traced in size 2/3, and the one I made for my gal was getting a bit short. Note that I only used the top and middle ruffles for the dress I made last summer as I didn’t have enough fabric for the bottom one; however, it was a good length last August for my then 2.5 year old to wear with a pair of leggings. Now that dress fits like a tunic. See here for a picture when it was a dress.

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I worked hard to make sure my seams were nicely finished. Not bad for my vintage Singer (who needs a serger?). ImageThere are so many things that are right about this dress. The style is unique, edgy and adorable and the ruffles are very appealing for a little gal who likes to boogie. My one disappointment is with the fit of the bodice. Maybe it’s because my daughter is on the wee side, but it rides up a bit and then the straps hover over her shoulders. Image

Perhaps once she stretches out a bit more it’ll be better. Time will tell on that.

Regardless, she loves it and didn’t want to take it off before lunch so I could get a few more detailed photos. That is a win. Image

Pattern: Scirocco by Figgy’s

Size: 2/3

Fabric: Petals by Michael Miller from Ether’s Fabrics, Bainbridge Island

oliver & s bucket hat – KCW Day 3

26 Apr
I had extra material from The Michelle Jacket and thought I’d love to see it as a hat, too. Not wanting a perfect match with the jacket, I switched up the coordinating fabric and used a lively bee print (Locally Grown) by this gal. How perfect that my gal was watering her garden while modeling.
This was a fun hat to make. I found the top stitching around the brim meditative and used different colored thread in my bobbin (yellow as opposed to dark pink) to ensure a perfect match on both sides.

IMG_9767 IMG_9766IMG_9775 I was a bit flummoxed to find the directive to hand stitch the 2nd cap onto the rest (I’ve never been good at reading the directions all the way through before starting something), but with a 2 hour meeting for preschool on Wednesday, it turned out to be just fine. The hand stitching wasn’t as bad a I thought it would be and I was able to fit the cap in a way that I didn’t think possible when first slipping it over the rest of the hat (it actually seemed like it was going to be way too big). I wouldn’t have liked the results had I skipped that step; I tried, believe me.

Next time I make this, I plan to use the modifications made by Jessica, cutting a longer brim and avoiding the hand stitching. Yes, I do think there will be a next time as I don’t think it will fit my kid for much longer.

Pattern: reversible bucket hat from Little Things to Sew
Size: Medium. This fits daughter perfectly, so next time (and there will be one) I’ll make a large.
Compliments: my sweetie said it looked store bought, and then apologized that that’s even a compliment. I’ll take it!

My 3rd Geranium

25 Apr

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When my daughter picked out a fabric featuring Canadian Geese during a visit to The Island Quilter, I immediately knew I was going to knock off Kristen, who knocked off An, and make a Geranium Dress with it. I was able to cut a size 4t from 1 yard of fabric, using a marigold colored cotton for the front bodice lining as well as the self-made piping (I would have used the same for the back lining piece, but didn’t pre-wash enough of it so used more of the geese instead).

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My first Geranium for the kid was size 3T, and while it fit, I opted to cut out one size bigger for longevity. I think it fits very well, and is not even too crazy long for my shorty.

Pattern: The Michelle Jacket by Shwin Designs

Size: 4t

Fabric: Canadian Geese Print from The Island Quilter on Vashon

New Skills: I made my own piping!

The kid is very happy with her new dress! She even broke out the happy dance for me.Image

Kids Clothing Week! Blog Start! The Michelle Jacket

25 Apr

I’m using Kids Cloths Week as a reason to start documenting my crafty endeavors by blog. Yea! This is the first time I’ve participated in the brainchild of Meg, though I’ve been tempted for the last couple of years. I put together a haphazard plan attempting to use as many things (fabric, patterns, etc) as I had on hand and started tracing and cutting last week, managing to prepare 5 whole items by Sunday evening! On Monday, I had a free morning, and was able to work on 3 different items, though didn’t complete any of them for various reasons. Sigh. On Tuesday, I finished The Michelle Jacket, a pattern by Shwin & Shwin that I purchased during a pre-holiday sale a few months ago. I used a thrifted canvas-y floral print that I thought my daughter would love – it is pink and purple after all. I did buy the floral print and the orange piping at Pacific Fabrics (Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda). Love this! Image This pattern came together pretty easily, but does require a lot of pieces. I didn’t love that the instructions didn’t include layout directions, and some of the directions were not as detailed as some patterns are, but the results are adorable! My kid loves her new coat! Image Pattern: The Michelle Jacket by Shwin Designs Size: 4t for my size 3 gal; rolled up sleeves will make this one last awhile Fabric: Thrifted Floral Canvas and Cuzco (Embroidery Indigo by Kate Spain for Moda) New Skills: I covered the buttons! ImageImage