Birthday/camp sewing

image This boy turned 7 this week. he requested a full Luke Skywalker/Jedi costume. Pants (pegged so they bunch up), Tunic (over a white t-shirt, and with the flappy vest-y bits sewn on to a simple shirt), and, of course, the jedi robe.

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he also "needed" (I.e. has been hinting since Xmas that he would really like) a smaller amineko that is easier to take places. Here they are doing yoga at a mall fountain.  I used sock yarn and a "C" crochet hook. 2 days of constant hooking, finished in the parking lot with 2 minutes to spare!  His name is Pierre la Vert. (I also made that stripy green shirt for his birthday)

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LUCKILY for me, his birthday was wednesday, and today is Hollywood Dress Up Day at their camp.  So, obvi, D wore his new costume, but the Bean was desperate for a new costume too.

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last night at bedtime she finally decided on Cinderella's fancy dress, so here it is.

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It does twirl, but I've decided that I HATE gathering knits. Also I'm not a huge fan of dirndl skirts in general, SO much bulk at the waist! I might actually remake this one, if she's going to wear it a lot, with a nicer (read: circle/a-line) skirt.

now back to work!

(all jedi fabrics from Joanns, Green t-shirt fabric from the -by-the-pound section at Michael Levine's, and the princess dress is the dreamy Laguna Cotton Jersey from Robert Kaufman in Aqua and Cloud)

 

I drafted all the patterns myself, but if people want them, I can scan them in, so let me know!

Snow White (aka: My Crowning Achievement as a Mother)

I dunno if I'll ever be able to top this. I'm bouncing off the walls with self-pride and anticipation of The Bean's excitement in the morning. image

 

Look at the perfect pointy waist bit!!!

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I put a big red ribbon bow in the back, because.... why not?

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it's a little long, at her request.... I sorta want to get it above the knee, but she can have it long for a few days, and then I'll hem it for good... right now it will probably hit mid-calf.

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It's all cotton knit. The bodice is navy interlock, the sleeves are blue t-shirt jersey and red tissue jersey, and the gold skirt is cotton/poly interlock from JoAnn.

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I'm seriously SO proud of myself I could BURST. It came out so much better than I had hoped.

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(Here's a work in progress shot, after I hand-stitched the tear-drops, as I started cutting away the blue to show the red...

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I always get nervous when I start cutting, but SQUEE isn't it cute?!?!?!

 

Another Robot Dress

  I'm working on getting another dress pattern up and running, and so I have been testing my pattern frantically.

One of The Bean's friends recently had a birthday, and since they're the same size, I decided to make a dress for her.

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Since they're besties, I thought they might like to have similar dresses, so I used Funbots again.

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I love that it's got the pinks, etc, that girls seem to love, but it's not princesses. Robots and science are COOL!

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and here's her Robot pose. I'm still not sure what a Robot does with arms like that. ;)

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I know it's a hit, because she did NOT want to take it off to give to her friend.

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But she did, and they were SO excited to have coordinating dresses at preschool yesterday!

 

 

Dress testing

Last week we were at Disneyland, and TheBean asked for one of the (overly-priced, nasty-polyester) dresses in the BibbityBobbityBoutique. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Disneyland. But... ICK. She's never seen any of the princess movies (her choice! Darren has, and I'm fine with them)... But the dresses.. I see these kids at D-lamd, tottering around in uncomfortable plastic shoes, soaked in sweat in these dresses, unable to run and play and climb, and I just CAN'T DO IT.

SO. I remembered reading some blog some time ago about making the dresses from T-shirt fabrics... I searched, and couldn't find the one I remember, but it seems that it's such a smart idea that LOTS of moms have done it.

The key is to start with a simple dress, and then embellish it with enough details that it resembles the princess but is still washable and comfortable...

So this morning I re-drafted a simple bodice with puffed sleeves and a full A-line skirt.

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it passed the spin test

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the sleeve band was too big

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the bodice was too short, and the neck too high...

that's why it's just a muslin. But it was comfy, and she's sleeping in it right now, so I can't fix it.

After looking at LOTS of pictures of Snow White (who knew there were SO many versions!?!), I'm starting with the sleeves. I'm going to reverse applique the red bits of her sleeves a la Alabama Chanin at bedtime tonight.

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I'm already plotting the next dress!

(the blue is from an old t-shirt of mine, and the red is a scrap of silky jersey remnant from JoAnn)

 

Funbot Dress!

  I had a little bit of Funbot fabric left over after making all the stuffed robots, so I decided my Bean needed a dress. She LOVES robots.

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she couldn't hold still, she was so excited.

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I used my HennyPenny dress pattern, modified a little bit to have a back opening and a facing. (and, as always, I put pockets on the dress. This girl LOVES pockets as much as she loves robots)

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I love this pattern because a) it's quick and easy, and b) the large pieces allow a special fabric to really shine. No fussy cutting or chopped off robots or anything.

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she's a perfect size 4 (and she's 4.5 right now).  Below is a picture of her "being a robot:"

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I'm not sure what kind of robot she is.

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but she's SUPER CUTE!

 

Modern Bliss

I used some scraps from sewing up a Modern Bliss lap quilt to make a little mug rug: image

I'm taking a Craftsy class (strip paper piecing) to improve my skills, and this was one of the blocks in the class. I feel much more confidant with my paper piecing now, and am bummed that I've now done all the blocks. I might need to get a paper piecing pattern book (suggestions welcome)...

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(this is the back. I'm loving wide binding on the back right now)

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I put lots and lots of quilted rays on this one. the whole finished block is 7.5", so it's quite small.  A little bit of sunshine in perfect weather right now.

I also used some bits to make a little dress for the Bean. she's so funny, because she's super girly and pink and wants dresses, but also climbs trees and roars when I ask her to pose. LOVE her. (also love that she's tiny enough to make clothes for from scraps)

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Birthday dress in a Jiffy

I have a stash of patterns that my Grandma gave me, used by her in the 60's (for my dad's little sister)... some of them are SO awful it's funny, and some are just plain wonderful. this one was wonderful.

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it's the Jiffy Dress on the upper right side....

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I tried really hard to get her to hold still so I could photograph it, but this is the best I could get.

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and this is the shot of the back.... ;)

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Luckily, it really was pretty quick to make up, because her first time wearing it, we went to Busy Bee and then picnicked in the park with friends, and her dress was soon covered in meatball sub.

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but she loved it, so it was worth it.

Another nursing-dress muslin

I had the sick 6 y/o take these pics, so my apologies for the quality (but yay him for being my photographer!) image

I made this dress up last night, based sorta on the schoolhouse tunic I wore yesterday. it's another wearable muslin (this fabric is by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman, and is a 1930's floral ditsy print. tiny red flowers on white. LOVE it), while I try to figure out a flattering and functional fit. It felt really shapeless (despite bust darts). I think the back is still too big, but adding a "belt" (aka a strip of batik selvage tied in the back) helped a lot, I think...

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or at least it did in the mirror/my head... I need to hem the sleeves and skirt, but I think this could totally work. I'm loving the pockets and the easy nursing, and it's the perfect amount of clothing for the mid-80's weather we're having.

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I put a zipper in the back (an invisible one, obvi), but because of the giant slit in the front, it's totally unnecessary, so I think I'll take it out and just sew it shut.

I love this fabric enough that I think I'll keep this dress and wear it a bunch, and now I think I'm ready to start sewing "real" dresses...

Oh, and I used Built-By-Wendy Dresses as my jumping off point. the shift dress, size L.

 

Schoolhouse tunic

I need more nursing-friendly clothing. I emailed Meg at Sew Liberated, and she was super helpful about how to use her patterns for nursing.

So I bought the Schoolhouse Tunic, and last night I made a muslin (a wearable muslin, oxymoronical as it may be).

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I think I need to take it in in a variety of places to give it a more flattering fit.

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(can you tell I'm tired? Last night we had a very sick kiddo)

I made a size 14/16, based solely on my bust measurements, but I think I could easily fit into a 10/12.

But it was pretty easy to make, and works like a DREAM for nursing with a nursing tank underneath,

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I added pockets in the side seams, just because I like pockets.

The fabric is red Cambridge Lawn, and I have no words to describe how awesome it is. SO soft, but still densely woven enough to be durable. Here in LA, wearing 2 layers is often too much, but a tank and a lawn tunic is JUST bearable. and it will be perfect for the colder days. I think I'll add some trim or something to the front, but as it stands, baggy and all, it's totally wearable, I LOVE the fabric and the color, and look forward to making more (smaller) Schoolhouse Tunics in the very near future.

Baby pants, etc

there's something ridiculously appealing about baby butts. .. He's way too small for the basket, but it's so cute, we use it in the front yard when his big sibs want to ride bikes out there...

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he's so teeny and smooshy!

he's had his first photoshoot (for the sleep sack pattern I still haven't actually written...)

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I've been knitting him a hat in my spare moments...

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so I made a little bag for my small knitting projects... it's about 8" square.

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and I sewed the little dude a bunch o' pants... ok, some are shorts (I used 1/4 yard cuts and scraps to make them all, so they came out different lengths... I don't think he minds)

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progress is being made on the cutting space...

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