Scrap/vintage sewing

I made this sunsuit from one of those vintage patterns I bought last month... it's a size 1, and I mostly wanted to see the construction and assembly... I think it came out cute enough that I'll draft a larger version for the Bean later this summer... image

I used leftover Essex Linen in awesome Hot Pink, (and my snap press instead of buttons)...

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I would imagine this would be even cuter with the bulk of diapers underneath....

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the fit was actually ok, except that she's WAY taller than the wearer is supposed to be... the straps would NOT reach.

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but it's still pretty cute. and the pattern as written was pretty neat. I'm thinking if I just took off the bib, and made the straps way longer, it'd be a super cute, vintage-esque shorts pattern for her to wear this summer.... I have some Essex in medium aqua left over... I might need to make a pair like this for Baby Crockett...

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not sure why she needed to stand on her toes for every shot, but it was so cute....

Another Ottobre shirt

This shirt honestly takes longer to cut than to sew, (the whole thing takes well under an hour), but the finished product is AWESOME. (it's an Ottobre pattern). I used scraps from my market sewing to whip this out last night... image

IMO, it would look nicer with some solid colored pants or a skirt, but she insisted on wearing it with the helicopters. (because they have pockets).

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the Remix heart print is a new knit by RK, and it's a great weight. light enough to wear in the summer, but thick enough to sew easily....

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I've made a size 92 again, but I didn't lettuce-edge the sleeves, and they're definitely too short, even though the fit of the rest of it is perfect....

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I use snaps instead of the buttons on the pattern, but that's the only mod. and it's just because I'm lazy and have a snap press.

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....

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.