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!

Funbots!

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I'm making some robot toys for the Robert Kaufman spring quilt market booth. They're completely inspired by Ann Kelle's Funbot fabric. And BOY ARE THEY FUN!

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This boy gets bonkers everything he gets to help play with them as I make them.

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They completely bring out his inner silly.

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(His #amineko, Green, is in for the fun too)

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He thinks we need to make another one that's even BIGGER.

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So that's what i'll be doing tonight.: )

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With his "help" stuffing. Of course.

Quick 'n' Easy

I whipped out a tablet cover/case/pouch-thing sleeve for C to take on a trip. 30 minutes, including quilting!

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I'm super lazy though, so I didn't change the white bobbin thread to match the black top thread. I actually think the white flecks are my favorite part.

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I've been hoarding this fabric for years, (originally purchased to make him camera straps, but he said he didn't want straps), so I'm thrilled I finally got to use it! It's lined with flannel to keep the screen safe.

bags and greens.

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Another 2ball knitting bag (this one for my friend Liberty)

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A fold-over purse, (is it a clutch if it has a handle? Mostly copied from my friend Natalie's awesome bag) is my new favorite make.

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A shirt for C. Fabric is a yummy flannel from DryGoodsDesign, pattern is a Vogue pattern. Made it with short sleeves to test the fit. C has the worlds biggest shoulders, so I'll have to grade up the chest/shoulders before I make another.

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The Vogue shirt got buttons within 24 hours of being made, unlike this one, which sat, WITH BUTTONHOLES, for 2 years, awaiting only buttons. Lucky C got 2 shirts this week!

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And finally, the greens. I'm working on an all green Scrappy Trips Around the World at D's request. But Crockett thinks it's yummy...

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For an adorable architect

My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out: image

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he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...

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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KCWC raglan t-shirt

My son has a really big head, so when I saw this snapped raglan shirt pattern from Ottobre Magazine, I KNEW I needed to make it for D. But it's only in toddler sizes. SO, I decided to make the pattern in the largest toddler size for the Bean, and the then figure out how to size it up for D.

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so we made it this afternoon, just in time to wear to a party at My Gym. I made it a little longer than the pattern, and did a lettuce hem instead of real hem, and left off the cuffs, because I wasn't sure on sizing, but it's PERFECT.

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I also used snaps on my snap press instead of buttons, because I only had tissue jersey, and wasn't sure how it would hold up to buttonholes....

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I LOVE the collar, it was so easy to put on her! (she has a big head too), and the whole thing took about an hour, so I foresee MANY more of these for both kiddos.

also, it's really hard to stay motivated to do stuff when this is happening on your bed....

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don't you just want to snuggle in with Radiator (smaller/darker/fatter) and Killian (fluffier, bigger)?

KCWC sailor pants

trying to photograph a five-year-old boy is an exercise in frustration... image

except that this one is so goofy, I can't help laughing...

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neither can he.

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he also can't hold still.

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or just look nicely at the camera.

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at all. ever.

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so here's a picture of the pants on the hanger last night...

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check out these AWESOME buttons from my grandma's button jar. PERFECT match.

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These are from the Summer 2011 Ottobre Kids magazine. I made the right length, but they're pretty snug at the crotch... perhaps it's a european thing? I'm gonna grade the top part up a size or 2 before I make another pair (which will probably happen tonight, as I have about 5 more yards of this wonderful RK navy twill fabric, and it's perfect for pants)

KCWC: Monster butt Longies

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I'm *still* waiting for my Ottobres, which I want for D, and the Bean has been such a disaster I'm totally unmotivated to sew for her from her sloper. So I'm knitting another pair of longies for Crockett. I'm using the Budgie Bloomers pattern again, but I think I figured out how to make them into monster butts. Hopefully they'll be cute. I haven't decided if I'll put teeth on or not...

A boy doll for the Bean's boy...

My daughter's love is a little boy called Pickle (fate, right?). For his birthday she and I decided he needed a boy doll so he didn't always have to play with the girl dolls. She chose the Eddie doll from Wee Wonderfuls, and we made it yesterday and today. I used the scraps from the t-shirt I made for D to make Eddie's shirt. The Bean chose everything else. image

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Crockett pants

Im preparation for the new arrival.... image

a pair of wool longies (hopefully a long size 3-6m)...

just because, I knitted the Fibonacci sequence in on one leg.... (starting on the left, with the orange: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and then the cuff...)

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I also drafted out a pair of 3-6m pants, with extra roominess for the cloth diapers, made with flannel Dr Seuss scraps from the back of the pennant quilt.

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I think they'll be cute with a dark blue shirt....