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!

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 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)

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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KCWC early start

So last year, a friend gave me some of her old clothes to refashion.... I turned this pair of stretch cord jeans into maternity pants a while back, but the stretch is a little too much, and the maternity aspect makes them fall down. I thought and thought about how to fix them, and then decided just to refashion them entirely. So, this morning, the Bean and I made her a new pair of pants. image

Given that she is still wearing her 12- 18m pants as shorts, I just copied a pair of those, and made them way longer.   Too long, perhaps, but we cuffed them for today, and as she's finally growing, maybe they'll actually fit perfectly soon....

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She loved the color, the sound, and the inserting of the elastic (she got to do a lot of that herself, whereas I only let her sit on my lap, no touching, while I sew).

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when I ask her to turn around, she insists on doing a full turn, so the best I can do of a backside shot is mid-spin, but then, you don't really need to look at my daughter's butt.

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All my planning for KCWC is making me itch to sew RIGHT NOW, especially as I don't know how busy I will be with market stuff next week (right now I'm in a holding pattern, waiting for design decisions....)

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....

Pre-wash

image Here's the quilt for our baby boy, as designed by me and the Bean.

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C bought me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so this was my first time using it. LOVE.

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here's the back, pieced with scraps.

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here's the oops on the back. just so I don't get a swelled head.

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here's the folded pretty sitting on the porch...

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and the original idea behind both quilts: I cut all these little triangles off as waste from the roof tops when I made this quilt, (Obvi I'm greedier than Angela, as I kept every little bit of these scraps!) and so I sewed them all together, and thought it would make a fun baby quilt, so I ran with it, and now we have 2 matching boy quilts in the house. perfect.

This one measures 50x50 (ish, i'm totally guestimating) and will be for the baby, NOT D.

also for the baby:

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these soon-to-be pants. hopefully done by the end of the week.

 

30-minute pants...

I did my workout tonight (yoga, which I like, but it's 2 hours long! plus a shower, leaving me not much time to play!), and then C said he was coming home from work early (sad that midnight-ish is early, huh?), so I knew better than to start cranking on the western shirt for him...

instead, I did a little more hooky stuff:

and then I churned out 4 pairs of summer pants for D.

Dana, from MADE, has her now famous 90-minute shirt... therefore, these pants must be called the 30-minute pants... seriously, cutting and sewing, all in under half an hour (of course, at this point, I've made about 40 pairs, over 2 years, so I've gotten faster, but even my first time, probably about an hour... Nowadays I don't even use a pattern, I've memorized the proper shape, so I just have to measure down from the top to the crotch to well past the hemline, and cut my "j" to make the right shape... LOVE IT

this time around I did natural linen, black linen, white-dyed-teal linen, and loosely woven green cotton...

They all need hems, but I have to see how long my boy is first, and, as it's midnight, my 3yo is asleep and un-fit-able.

I make them reversible, no outer side seam, just a crotch seam, with cargo pockets on the hip, (not the knee, too low for little hands), simple elastic on the waist, so my 3yo can put them on and take them off all by himself. He's a RTW 6-8 now, 'cause he's so big, but he can't possibly do all the buttons and zippers expected of a 6-8yo, so I have to make ALL his pants...

luckily for me, they're super fast!

the world's ugliest muslin

I know I've kvetched enough about how hideous this fabric is. and I should totally stop, since I'm the one who ASKED for it (my grandmother thought it was so ugly she was embarrased to offer it to me, but I said, no, ugly sheets make great muslins... but this is beyond ugly, isn't it?)

anyway, I made a muslin of these vintage pants for D.
As I was cutting and sewing, I realized that there was absolutely NO WAY I would ever let him wear these out of the house (or around the house for that matter!), I hate the fabric THAT MUCH.
therefore, I didn't worry about clipping threads, or making fancy pockets, or even putting the button/snap on the waistband.

I just wanted to see the fit, and make sure I understood the directions...
I graded the pattern up a bit, which was pointless, since the elastic back had plenty of room. all grading up really did was make the legs super baggy. oh well, luckily these were really ugly!
I didn't bother hemming, or even lining the pockets (patch pockets, after all, can look patch-like and be fine, so I just serged the edges).
So, not a waste, I'm glad I didn't use good fabric, as then I would have to take this apart and trim it down, and re sew it back together, whereas, with this piece of hideousness, it can go RIGHT INTO THE TRASHCAN! (after I take out the zipper).

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