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.
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)
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.
last night at bedtime she finally decided on Cinderella's fancy dress, so here it is.
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!
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!
This boy gets bonkers everything he gets to
help play with them as I make them.
They completely bring out his inner silly.
(His #amineko, Green, is in for the fun too)
He thinks we need to make another one that's even BIGGER.
So that's what i'll be doing tonight.: )
With his "help" stuffing. Of course.
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Do you know Carrie?
I met her a few years ago at the Long Beach Quilt Show, while walking around, shopping, with my friends, Jules and Tess. Carrie is AWESOME (and so is her mother). We were drawn into the SUCH Designs booth, and gabbed for hours, and felt like we'd known each other for years. She's so warm and friendly and wonderful, she probably makes everyone feel as welcomed and loved as we felt, but we certainly left feeling special. We STILL feel special to be friends with *SUCH* an amazing woman. (see how I did that? )
She's written fantastic patterns, and gotten lots of press for them, and now she has a fabric line that's being released by Windham. She wrote to me a few weeks ago, asking if I would like to sew some samples....
One of the things I like best about people like Carrie is that she's honest. So here's my real truth: I was completely overwhelmed and crazed with work and parenting, and I had NO creative energy left. But Carrie is so wonderful that I said that I was super busy, but wanted to help, so to just send me the fabric and pin on notes saying what to make with what, and I would get it done.
A few days later, I received a box o goodies from her; that night, I whipped out a pair o pants (self-drafted to fit my boy), and a dress (the new Oliver + S Rollerskate Dress to fit my girl), snapped some quick shots in the morning, and mailed them back to her.
Luckily for Carrie, she was able to find some cute kids locally to model the clothes I made,
they seem just as goofy as mine...
(these two pretty pictures are OBVIOUSLY not mine. Photo Credit belongs to Jill McNamera
I'm totally proud of my workmanship on the clothing, but I have to give credit where it's due, fabric choices and creative decisions on these garments were entirely hers.
So there I was, with her scraps, my deadlines over for a few days, and time to finally soak it all in. As I admired Carrie's beautiful and thoughtful work, inspiration struck. (Scraps can be so liberating, as there's no pressure). I had been playing around with an idea in my head, and I used the purple polkadot scraps to test out my idea for a bag to hold yarn for knitting socks 2-at-a-time.
and then I was on a roll. I made a few others to try different dimensions or variations in assembly, and then, yesterday, I bravely cut into some gorgeous bits, and made this version:
I even started a new pair of 2-at-a-time socks to match the bag!
I love that the fabrics in COLLAGE are playful without being novelty. The polka dots are my fave, maybe? but I also love the letters. This line has some FANTASTIC low-volume prints, and text, very on-trend. I can have a vibrant bag that's mature and thoughtful. Thoughtful is probably the word I think of most when I think of the whole line of COLLAGE.
If you've managed to read all the way down to here, you deserve a prize, so...
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and 1 winner will get a free copy of my new SockSack pattern
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I whipped out a tablet
cover/case/pouch-thing sleeve for C to take on a trip. 30 minutes, including quilting!
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.
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.
Another 2ball knitting bag (this one for my friend Liberty)
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.
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.
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!
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...
pants for the boy (simplest version, to test for fit. LOVE. pants pattern is Jacob, in dutch (thank you, Google translator)
jacket for the girl, from the same fabric. (lined with Robert Kaufman lawn.) LOVE. pattern is the Molly jacket. I need to add buttons.
Bonus shot of the two of them matching. and her being SO thrilled to be in a picture with her big brother.
now back to work. so tired.
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:
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...
perfect for keeping all those little mini-figs and their accessories safely stored, at home or on the road.
Fabric is Vroom by Leslie Grainger, and Essex Linen green scraps
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...
he's so teeny and smooshy!
he's had his first photoshoot (for the sleep sack pattern I still haven't actually written...)
I've been knitting him a hat in my spare moments...
so I made a little bag for my small knitting projects... it's about 8" square.
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)
progress is being made on the cutting space...
Right? I cut out a big pile on Sunday, and sewed a lot yesterday, so today he has 5 new pairs.
All are Robert Kaufman fabrics... the top is a nice light weight denim, then Essex Linen, then navy, burgandy, forrest Twill. (love this stuff, super strong, but not too heavy for littles)
All the pants have bright, semi-coordinating RK scraps (leftover from making this quilt) for the waistbands and pocket linings, and contrasting buttons (except the middle pair, I can't find anchor buttons (per his request) so I'm still looking)
the backs all have butt-pockets, with various decorative top stitching, (and using the denim selvage for the jean pair), and all have elastic waists (except the jeans, because I ran out of elastic)
CLEARLY, I had a lot of fun choosing colors and buttons and topstitching thread.... I LOOOOOOOVE sailor pants on little boys. and despite being huge, mine is still a little boy.
I bought a vintage Davy Crockett costume pattern on etsy a few weeks ago, and then got ahold of some gorgeous Essex Linen (in Camel), and gave up on finding nice vinyl or leather fringe, and accepted the faux stuff they sell at Joann. Luckily it came together really well, and the boy-o woke up today (his birthday), and found this complete costume awaiting...
He's actually using it to play "Woods Runner" (because he loved the book by Gary Paulsen), not Davy, but that's the joy of costumes, right?
the fringe was stiff and icky feeling, so we washed and dried it really quickly this morning, hence the wrinkles, but the essex is so soft and wonderful, that he's loving it.
the tough faces are due entirely to his needing to hide from the Hessians and Redcoats, not because he's unhappy about the costume or photos. Fully in character.
I LOVE them. made in a size 9m, so hopefully he'll be at least scooting, if not crawling, while wearing these, so his cute little cloth-diapered monster butt will be visible.
pattern is based on the Budgie Bloomers (from ravelry) pants... with lots of improvised modifications....
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.
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.
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....
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....
don't you just want to snuggle in with Radiator (smaller/darker/fatter) and Killian (fluffier, bigger)?
trying to photograph a five-year-old boy is an exercise in frustration...
except that this one is so goofy, I can't help laughing...
neither can he.
he also can't hold still.
or just look nicely at the camera.
at all. ever.
so here's a picture of the pants on the hanger last night...
check out these AWESOME buttons from my grandma's button jar. PERFECT match.
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)
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...
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.
This spring's KCWC doesn't start till next week, but I'm getting inspired, so I whipped a t-shirt for D out tonight. All stash fabrics from the garage, pattern traced from a currently fitting shirt.
I'm a little worried about how it'll hold up, as it's made from tissue thin jersey, and he has a GINORMOUS head, but hopefully it'll fit (we'll find out in the morning).
even if he only gets a few wears out of it, it's worth it to me, as every inch of fabric space is appreciated, and as each time, I gain confidence working with knits....
UPDATE! It fits perfectly!
Im preparation for the new arrival....
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...)
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.
I think they'll be cute with a dark blue shirt....