Saturday, April 19, 2014

Small Fry Skinny Jean Shorts in Geometric Print

I'm back for my second pair of Small Fry Skinny Jeans
Such a great pattern. 

For this pair I chose to make shorts for my son who just turned two in March. He's a short stocky boy who is cloth diapered (big ol' bum ladies). 
I purchased the larger package feeling a little sad that the bundles went from infant-2 yo then 3yo & up.  I thought that meant that he was going to have to wait until next year to get a pair, until I found that her size 2t free pattern was still available for download (SCORE!). 
Print, tape, sew... fast forward some and see that they turned out even better than my first pair. They also took me significantly less time as I was more confident with my flat felled seams and had a better understanding of how the pattern went together. 

I hadn't planned on doing the large outside front pockets but the free download only includes that option. After finishing them, I'm glad that's the route it went. Even with such a bold pattern, the pockets don't make the pants too busy. 

I didn't get too fancy with the stitching on the back pockets. Again- that bold pattern just didn't call for a lot of extra's and instead does really well on its own. Oh, and with this pair my sewing machine did perfect with the belt loops! I can't believe I even put them on this pair after last pairs nightmare, but I'm a bit stubborn and couldn't let it go until I was the champ.
(picture me jumping up and down like rocky)

I finished them up while kids were napping and could hardly wait to try them on him when he woke up. He was still a bit sleepy and kept giving me this face. 

Regardless of his facial expression, they fit wonderfully! I'm glad I was able to put them on him to check length before he laid down since it required me to cut around 2.5 in. off the length (2.5 in. MORE than what I had eyeballed when cutting them out). Goodness, this kid is a shortie! It's such a drastic sewing change from my girl who is very tall and skinny. All he wanted to do was play with the kitty, so I let him roam and watched as the pants moved well with him.

After sewing this pattern up twice, I'm even happier with it. I feel like it will become a staple in their wardrobe whether it be warm or cold weather. Plus, I continuously fall in love with the versions I see from other bloggers, fueling my drive to sew MORE MORE MORE small fry skinny jeans.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend and that where you are, you're experiencing nice weather!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcycled Summer Pajama Shorts

New item of necessity? Summer pajama shorts for Archer. 
It seems like winter dragged on forever, then suddenly without warning, we had a day where the temp was 86 degrees. Whaaaat? So, like a smack in the face, spring showed up and I realized that though Archer had plenty of tees to sleep in, but he didn't have many pairs of shorts to go with them. He really can't go without shorts on or he'll rip his diaper off and scream "Mommy, help me!" until I come in and put it back on. I'm also not a big stickler for matching pajamas- in fact, it seems like anytime I expect items to go together the kids pull out their opinion cards and tell me they want something different. oy. I give up, wear what you wish little ones. 

So, instead of making the matching pajamas I normally do, I grabbed an old tee and upcycled it into two pairs of summer pajama shorts. The shirt was from the band "The Who" and really made for some cute shorts. 

I made one pair using the existing hem at the bottom of the legs and the second I did a ribbed cuff as the pattern called for. I even got the main "The Who" logo on one pair, though the second only has the flag. 

These were very quick to sew up, taking me about an hour between the two of them. A perfect nap time sewing project really. 

Pattern: Alex & Anna Summer Pajama's by Peekaboo Pattern Shop
Fabric: Upcycled Mens T-shirt

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KCW Wrap Up & Mix N' Match Gender Neutral Baby Outfits

I finished KCW feeling amazed at all of the items I managed to sew in a weeks time. Here's a pile of my baby items. It didn't have Lily's green dress since she was wearing it at the time of the photograph. 

I ended with:

3 Diaper Covers
1 Newborn Hat
2 Newborn Geranium Dresses
1 3-6 month Summer Breeze Dress
1 Newborn Romper
1 Racerback Dress size 5

While some of the items will be worn alone or may need to have a tee underneath, I made many of the items to join up with the clothing I had made for baby prior to KCW. 
I really focused on keeping the basic items gender neutral (aka black white& grey) so that I could use them whether the baby is male or female. 

I worked up a little photo to show the mix n' match capabilities of the outfits. 
See? There's tons of outfit there! I wanted to be sure that I had some pants for chilly nights as well as diaper covers to wear during the warmer days. Plus, a hat for good measures. May babies might not have a TON of uses for a newborn hat, but just in case I'd like to keep one handy. 

What do you think, could a girl or boy pull off the outfits? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

KCW Day 7: The Racerback Dress in Green

On the last day of KCW I decided that I had sufficiently stocked up on newborn/small sized baby clothing and that this day I would have a little fun. Of course the project was finished towards dinner time when light was less than ideal, so I chose to wait to photograph. I even tried (for a good twenty minutes) to see if I could play with lighting/settings on my camera to get a decent photo and found it futile. For my level of photography skill, proper natural light is needed. 

I started out by digging through my upcycle pile, a real go-to lately, and finding a green mens t-shirt. I had wanted to make another Racerback Dress for Lily since I so enjoyed the tank I made from the pattern just a few weeks ago. I decided that I would move up a size and keep the width of the 3/4 size to accommodate Lily's tall& skinny figure. It concerned me that narrowing the width could cause some issues with the openings for her arms (I KNOW there's a technical term for this but I cannot for the life of me put my finger on it.. starts with an s... lol). I decided that the upcycled t-shirt would be the perfect fabric to try it out since it held no sentimental importance to me. 

It worked out really well. The opening was slightly smaller, but because her arms are just as skinny as the rest of her body and the design was for a slightly larger opening, it all worked beautifully. I don't think I'll attempt to keep the original neckline (from the t-shirt) on my next version. It ended up to be a little difficult trying to line up the neck binding from the front and back pieces cleanly, and I'm not particularly happy with the results I got.

Overall the dress looks great, though! I also took a bit of time to finish up a silly purse I created for her. I'm not sure how sports and ice cream fit together, but I'm running with it. I felt she needed something summery to put her items into and settled on an ice cream cone with two scoops and sprinkles - yum. I put a zipper in at the top, though I didn't bother lining it. It was a great scrap buster too!

Although I have a few other things I want to show, I'll be back next with a KCW round-up. See you all soon. 

Pattern: The Racerback Dress  by Crafterhours (free) ; Purse - Self Drafted
Fabric: Dress - Upcycled Mens T-shirt; Purse - Upcycled T-shirts& Scraps 

Friday, April 11, 2014

KCW& Calling All Kids Day 5: Newborn Geranium Dresses

Another great pattern I have found for the new baby is the adorable Little Geranium Dress offered on Made By Rae.  

First I made it in this rainbow wheat print fabric that I've had in my stash for a long time. I love that it's beautiful but not girly. 

To keep with the wheat's earthy feel, I picked out wooden buttons. 

It was crazy quick and easy to sew up. I really liked the shape of it and immediately cut out a second. 

The second dress I decided to use a striped dark blue& yellow fabric. I really adore it and used it on a few items for lily last summer. 

To have a bit of fun I cut the bodice and skirt opposite, using the stripes to create visual interest. 
I don't know why I didn't take a photo of the back but I used dark blue buttons. 

I'm really excited that I got not one, but two dresses done today. Friday is our busiest day of the week because we attend a homeschooling coop in the morning. It's always a mad dash in the morning, followed by a crash in the afternoon. So, to get home feeling good enough to sew is unheard of.  The kids really did an amazing job and so tonight we'll have a campfire and toast marshmallows for s'mores.

I'll be back tomorrow, though I have no clue what I'll be showing. 

Fabric: top- Joann Fabric, bottom- gifted from family

Thursday, April 10, 2014

KCW & Calling All Kids Day 4: Summer Breeze Dress in Geometric& Yellow

Whew- busy busy day! I'm going to make this a super brief post. I just cannot justify keeping these kids inside a moment longer than absolutely necessary to share my creation. 
It's gorgeous outside, hooray for spring!

I woke up a bit early this morning& very carefully snuck downstairs to get myself a cup of coffee, then went straight into my sewing room to finish the dress I started sewing last night. 

It's a lovely free pattern by Shwin & Shwin called the Summer Breeze Dress. It comes in size 3-6 months which works great for my May baby. 

The name obviously is a nod to how quickly it comes together. I've been able to squeeze in a little time at nap, and then once the kids are in bed I jump back on my machine for 30-45 minutes before settling down and relaxing for the night. I'm not much of a night time sewer. I'd much rather be in full daylight buzzing away on a project. 

That 60-90 minutes of sewing time has been the perfect amount needed to create tiny baby items. It seems that each day I've been able to finish one item and cut the following one, ensuring that I have an adorable outfit to show you each and every day. It may also be my nesting kicking in, who knows. 

I've been working my way through the great resources of newborn & baby outfits offered free online. I simply didn't have very many small patterns& wanted to be a bit frugal. Turns out, there are a TON of awesome patterns online. The outfit I will finish tomorrow is Made By Rae's free newborn geranium pattern & it's another CUTE one! 

Can't wait to come back and share it with you, see you then!

Fabric:  bodice-"Diamond Eye" Geometric Print from Joann Fabric, skirt- Thrifted Sheer Yellow 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

KCW & Calling All Kids Day 3: Baby Romper In Blue& Buses

Last night I had an unexpected surge of sewing power and started on my version of  The Baby Romper offered as a free pdf pattern by Shwin & Shwin. I made it over a year ago as a baby shower gift but this time it's for me!

My gender neutral version is made from an upcycled men's button up & echino fabric for the lining. The shirting fabric is really light and comfortable, I think it was from Express& I'd saved it for something fun.

I went for really neutral buttons too.  

& the buses of the echino fabric poking out. 

I had a little bit more time & cut out another free shwin pattern, the Summer Breeze Dress. This one is a size 3-6 month. I did kind of realize that if we have a little girl, I don't have any girl specific clothing (like dresses) for her. I passed Lily's down a long time ago. 
So a girl item seemed appropriate- though it's still in yellow, black, and white. No pinks here, I'm taking advantage of controlling wardrobe choices again. :) It seems like even Archer is getting independent about picking out clothes lately. What a ham.