KCWC finale: Vintage patterns....

C and I had a morning date to the antique flea market, and while he was busy inspecting and buying a vintage cash register (seriously, for work), I stumbled upon these gems. Priced at $2-3 each, I absolutely could not resist. image

none of them are the right size, but I can grade the size 1's up, and save the 6....

The Bean, of course, wants this dress with the doll first. sorry, not going to happen....

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I ADORE this sunsuit, and cannot WAIT (until after market) to make it. I'm thinking something polkadot....

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btw, does anyone know the dealio with sharing vintage patterns? B/c I'd be willing to scan/share, but I dunno if it's legal....

and isn't this the SWEETEST little dress? I think it'll be fun for her to wear this summer, though I can already foresee that C and I will not agree on hem lengths for his little princess... (if it weren't for the politics/religions involved, I think he'd like to dress her in a burka, or just lock her up in a tower)

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 success dress

I admit, one of the reasons I love having a daughter is so I can sew for her.

I mean, those sailor pants were cool, but that boy would rather play in his underpants in the mud than sew and model...

so this morning, the Bean and I made this...

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This dress has achieved something very few other dresses have done yet. It looks vintage and old fashioned and satisfies my love of classic clothes, but it's got lots of elastic and ease so it's easy to put on and off, and is comfy....

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obvi, since it's for the Bean, it also has pockets (this time with hearts stitched across the top, her request).

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the skirt is a full circle, so it's fun to spin in...

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the waist is elasticized in a casing, as is the collar...

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I love flutter sleeves, so that's what this one has... The fabric was from Joann's yesterday, at her insistance...

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roomy enough to play, but still be true to my 1950's inspiration...

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I love the drama of this picture...

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unfortunately, I have no pattern, I totally just winged this one, drawing with pencil directly onto the fabric, based on her sloper...  But I think she might need another dress just like this...

KCWC day 5: dress and MAIL!

we had to go buy RK supplies this morning, at Joanns (double sided fusible interfacing is not something I stock in large amounts), and the Bean found this butterfly fabric, so here's her new dress... image

I had exactly this much of the Kona solid left from a quilt top for one pocket, and I used a butterfly stitch on my Bernina to decorate the top quickly...

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the dress is really really simple, just shirred necklines for easy on/off

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I think she likes it, as she has been playing butterfly since she put it on...

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here she is hiding in the garden with the teeny flowers....

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as I was trimming the threads, before I put it on her, my mail arrived, and LOOK at today's bounty! (I also got an ultrasound reminder from my doctor, but no junk mail, or bills, just GOOD STUFF)

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I am absolutely SO thrilled to get to sit and plan! KCWC needs to last for at least another week!

 

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...

Day 3: KCW challenge

I bought this birthday card from Trader Joe's several months ago, for no reason other than that I LOVE the dress. image

Since my Ottobre Kids mags *STILL* haven't arrived (ok, magazines from Norway or wherever they are have a right to take a while), I think I'm going to attempt this today. Time to see what stripey fabric I have in my stash...

BTW, Day 2 of KCWC was spent knitting (and binding a quilt), not sewing, but since I was knitting another pair of longies for Baby Crockett, I think it counts.

 

KCWC day 1: a red froggie dress

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I spent all day on a quilt for C, (for his office), and then realized that it was the first day of the challenge, (and the Ottobre Kids magazines I ordered haven't come yet), so I grabbed some Kona Tomato (left over from the bunting quilt), and some scraps of this frog print that the Bean totally loves, and whipped out this dress...

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It's just a simple raglan, with shirred neck, and 2 pockets, (her favorite aspect of ANY dress).

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she's not posing cutely because she was distracted by the lollipop in her mouth, but at least the dress is cute.

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I love dresses like this, because I can whip them out in under an hour, and she LOVES them.

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I'm not sure how many more of these she's gonna get this week, but I have a LOT of fabric to use up....