Tuesday, October 23, 2012

School Photo Dress

It has come to my attention that I never posted this dress.

So here it is, The Bug's dress for her Kindergarten school photos.
Gotta love a model with attitude.
The pattern is Kate's Dress from Lily Bird Studios.  The Bug picked it out, as well as the fabric. I totally had her pegged to choose a brighter more flamboyant print but she surprised me by choosing this sweet Kokka fine whale corduroy
The pattern was really well written and easy to follow. I made the size 5 and it fits perfectly.
Since it was school photos I knew the dress would only be seen from the bodice up so I added really thick red piping and these exaggerated vintage buttons.  I also used red thread to do all of my top stitching. I love those details and how they help pull the little bit of red out of the print.
I realized a bit too late that September is generally too chilly for a sleeveless dress in these parts. So reluctantly I paired it up with this sweet little lettuce hemmed turtle neck. (made my The Childrens Place, not me!) I think it looks cute and classic and very sweet.
The little ruffled sleeves are so cute. And you can see the print a bit better here too.
I bought three yards of this on clearance at The Needle Shop several years ago. I remember thinking it was so pricey at around $11 a yard.  I had no idea.
I've hoarded it since then. No project was quite good enough.  
I'm so glad we used it for this.
The back is held together with a few simple buttons.  All brown but somewhat mismatched.  It's hard to find matching buttons in Grandma's button jar!
The sweet little hair bow was made for us by one of the girls in our youth group. She makes these bows and sells them (Crafting Compassion) so that she can support a Compassion child. I love that. And she did a perfect job with it. It looked so cute.
So there we have it.
A sweet, simple little dress for her school photo.
And she must have liked it, because she actually smiled!


Friday, October 12, 2012

KCWC Days 1 & 3 Finishes

I had a chance to photograph my two "finishes" for the KCWC so far.
The first one was a simple "fix" to a too short pair of pants.  It seemed simple and cute.

It wasn't simple. It should have been. But the ruffles weren't long enough if I followed the tutorial. So I wound up cutting and hemming a completely unusable strip of fabric.  I hate hemming.
It's not the patterns fault, I'm sure it was mine. But it made me cranky.
 And then when they were finished? It just wasn't my thing.  I don't think I'm a "boutique clothing" kind of a girl.  But we decided to give them a whirl at Kindergarten today and the Bug likes them.  She said her teacher did too. 
  So obviously, I'm the one with the problem.
This picture is cute. They might be growing on me.
I do love that I'm giving a pair of jeans that were too short before they were ever worn a second life. That appeals enough to my inner cheapskate that I'll keep these in the rotation.
 I feel the complete opposite about this dress.
I'm in love with it.
I want one for myself. 
 The pattern is the cowl neck dress from Heidi & Finn.
I bought it a while back and have been dying to make it.  KCWC was the perfect excuse to give it a go.
I made the 6T and it fits perfectly. Whew! Good thing I made this one up since that's the biggest size it comes in.
 It's super cute for fall with a pair of tights.
I think it would be equally cute dressed down as more of a tunic over leggings or jeans.
 It ties in front. I wasn't sure if I'd like that but once I saw it on, I preferred a front tie to a back tie.
The neck turned out to be more turtle neck than cowl neck but it's still really cute and warm.

Tonight I start the Oliver + S Puppet Show Tunic! Wish me luck!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

KCWC Days 1 - 3 (and a couple of bags)

I imagine I had very typical "first time participant" expectations for this Kids Clothing Week Challenge.  An "eyes bigger than stomach" kind of deal.  
Although I still think my list was fairly realistic (we're talking an hour a day, so seven hours of work here!).

I wanted to finish lengthening a pair of too short jeans (by adding ruffles per this tutorial), make a cowl neck dress and start an Oliver + S pattern (maybe the school days jacket) and then maybe some simple leggings--but only if there was time.
Monday I got a half hour of sewing in. In two 15 minute increments. Yikes. Not what I was expecting. And they were frustrating 15 min. increments because something just wasn't quite right with the ruffle hem jeans. Maybe it's just not my thing? I'm not in love with them. I can't even bring myself to take a picture.

Tuesday I knew I'd have more time because the Bug would be at dance class with her BFF.  But instead of hitting up my list, I worked on some alterations for a friend.  I did manage to get the cowl neck dress cut out but the sewing would have to wait.

So last night. . . finally I got to start sewing the cowl neck dress. It's such a simple sew I'd really planned to be done with it by now. But I'm not.
So here's my 11 pm, thank God it's almost done, Instagram photo of the thing (and my awful, disorganized fabric storage as well).  My dress turned out looking more turtle neck than cowl neck but we'll see how it looks on.  I still need to hem it. Bottom hem and sleeve hems.  It's knit so I could get away with not hemming but that's not really the look I'm going for.  I also am trying to think of something to do with those ties. They are too thick for my liking. I think I may have her tie them in back, not front. Maybe that will help.  I do love the fabric. It's this amazing color (that just doesn't come through on a cell phone photo in the dark of night, imagine that!), a grey-ish purple heather knit. I love it. And I had JUST enough to cut this dress out. There are no scraps left.
Hooray for the Vogue remnant section!

So that's been my Kids Clothing Week thus far. Highs and lows.
I did finally get a chance to take photos of a bag I made for a friend! It's been done for  week (maybe two?) and just waiting to be photographed.  What is my problem?
Anyway, it's the same pattern as my own purse--you know, the Granny Bag?--with just a few changes.

But first, lets all take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous fabric. 
AMH, you are a genius.
The bag is from a pattern in the book, Carry Me.  It's the cover pattern actually.
This time, I made it with a bit stiffer interfacing and way more pockets inside.
She's planning to use this to carry her crochet projects so I made skinny little pockets all down both side for her hooks.
And there is a big zipper pocket too.
I think the bag will be great for carrying some yarn, some hooks and whatever she's working on at the moment.
I also made her a smaller project bag that she can either carry on it's own or put in the big bag as further help organizing everything.  This pattern as well is in the Carry Me book although it's simple enough I think I could have made it without a pattern. 
I did make the bag a bit bigger than the pattern at my friend's request.
Added bonus, this one is reversible.
Totally unintentional. It was a fun little discovery.
(Love that Amy Butler fabric too! Thank you FQS 50% off sale!)

So there you have it. More KCWC info to come I hope! (I hope, I hope, I hope!) 
It can only go up from here, right?


Monday, October 8, 2012

BFF Birthday Gift

It's Kid's Clothing Week over at Elsie Marley! I started on my list a bit this morning and got 15 minutes in before the Bug woke up.  Finding an hour a day to sew is going to be hard but darn it, I'm going to try!

In the meantime, a post that's been in the hopper for a while. . .

This happened ages ago. A whole month.
The Bug's BFF turned 5 and had a party! A Hula party!
These two! They are just right for each other. Equal parts silly and fun loving. The Bug is bossy and a tad overbearing at times and Miss K is full of grace and patience.  They are like sisters, full of fierce love for each other while at the same time bickering and giving out the silent treatment like no ones business.  They always make up though.  They can't stay mad for long. And always they remain, "Bestest Best Friends".  What a blessing that these two "onlies" have each other.
I made a sweet dress for the Birthday Girl with a matching dress for her brand new American Girl doll.  The dress is made from the Little Lizard King, Catie Dress pattern.  I chose it because it was the only dress pattern I have in my stash that came with instructions to make a matching doll dress!
Going into fall, it's not the most practical thing in the world to make a sweet little sun dress, but I figured it would be cute over a long sleeved tee shirt with tights too.
I hand sewed a bit of pom pom trim around the bottom just for a fun little detail.
The doll dress was made with similar trim.
The two dresses are similar but not identical. I like them that way.
The fit under the arms seems to be a bit of an issue for poor Molly here. It's the same for Miss K unfortunately. Darn that ruffle. I made a few changes to LLK's pattern by shirring the bodice instead of using an elastic casing so that's probably where the fit error came in.  No worries though, I have some ideas for a fix that shouldn't be too difficult. Perhaps then we'll have Miss K model hers as well.

If the Catie Dress looks familiar. . . it was one of our very first Crafting Hope projects! We made a slew of them for a mission in Haiti. It's a great beginner sewing project!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tooth Pillow

We are finding a new groove around here.
The Bug started Kindergarten in August and with that schedules change and I'm still trying to find my new pockets of time to spend in the sewing room.  It's been tough.

But last night when the Bug came home from her class apple orchard field trip proudly sporting one very loose bottom tooth (courtesy of a Golden Delicious) I knew I had to ignore the dishes, the laundry and the cookies that needed to be baked.

Thank goodness I had some unused wool felt in my stash. It was supposed to be a birthday crown but that never happened. 
This sweet little pillow was inspired by one I saw years ago on mmmcrafts. Since I was working quickly, I didn't print out her tutorial or pattern, I worked from memory.  

I drew my own tooth free hand in disappearing ink right on the felt and then cut out two identical pieces.  From there it was just a matter of adding the mouth pocket and embellishing.  Since it's felt and won't fray I didn't bother with sewing right sides together and then turning. I just sewed it wrong sides together and left the seams exposed.  It was a huge time saver and I don't mind the look of it.

I'm still debating adding embroidered eyelashes. If I can find my embroidery floss.

The whole deal took about an hour.  Thank goodness the Bug had a friend over to keep her occupied. Although they both periodically checked in to the sewing room to see my progress.
I hand sewed the tutu on in the evening. It's a nylon chiffon ruffle left over from a CanCan Skirt. I really throw nothing away. Ever. But it made the perfect little ruffly skirt didn't it?

The best thing ever is that the Bug loves it. She gave it a big hug this morning and was all smiles.
A smile that will soon be one tooth shy.