Saturday, September 25, 2010

kcwc: day 6

Kids Clothes Week Challenge: Day 6
I love how this turned out! It is a Heidi & Finn pattern, the 'Everyday Coat'. I got the black heavier weight fabric at the thrift store for $2 and my mom let Moo pick the polka dot fabric, so super cheap to make it! I am thinking yellow buttons, but I'll have to see what is available in our area. It might have to wait a week or two until I head out to JoAnn's.

The pattern was super easy, but I did make the mistake of not lying out all the pattern pieces on the lining fabric and ended up piecing one of the sleeves. Oops. It took one morning to make with kids interrupting, so definately worth the time to make a cute jacket!

Friday, September 24, 2010

kcwc: day 5

Kids Clothes Week Challenge: Day 5
Today Bug asked to make a small batch of cookies to take to grandmother, so that's what we did! She took her Red Riding Hood Dress off long enough for bed, then this morning she was right back in it. Oh, how I love it when the girls love what I make! Since I didn't really want to bake cookies, I pulled some felt from our stash and whipped up a couple cookies. As far as clothes, I did wash fabric for a coat for Moo and am working on cutting out the pieces, hopefully to sew it tomorrow morning before work. I am excited to try this pattern I just bought from Heidi & Finn!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

kcwc: day 3&4

Kids Clothes Week Challenge: Day 3&4
Yesterday was a super busy shopping day, so I didn't get any sewing done. I did manage, however, to score a great red & white gingham, yards of red interlock and two different black remnants at the thrift store. That counts as time towards kids clothes, right? Bug has been begging for 'Red Riding Hood Clothes' so I was super anxious to get to work on these! When I saw this capelet tutorial, I knew it would be prefect with a hood for this project. I just used a hoodie from their closet for the hood pattern, and changed the dimensions from the tutorial so it turned out big enough for Bug. For the dress, I used a thrifted shirt and added a twirly circle skirt and a 'belt' to the bottom of it. I now wish I had tried the shirt on Bug beforehand and not made it a drop-waist dress, but she doesn't seem to mind in the least. It's perfect for twirling and going to take grandmother cookies. Total for both pieces: $4, with enough leftover fabric to make another capelet for baby sister.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

kcwc: day 2

With Bug off at Joy School, Moo and I were able to whip up two pirate girl skirts this morning! My mom found this great stripe and it totally works! I did a small elastic casing at the top with 1/2" elastic, then five rows with elastic thread. I am considering pockets... what do you think?

Monday, September 20, 2010

kcwc: day 1

Kids Clothes Week Challenge: day 1
I have to admit, with as excited as I have been for this challenge, I did absolutely no prep work ahead of time. I woke up this morning with not one idea. So, I mulled around this morning trying for inspiration in the fabrics that I had on hand. I finally came up with this easy shirt, inspired from here. I did get a little heartburn cutting into the fabrics, but Moo loves it and that's what counts. Then I turned Dora's Pirate Adventure on and got started on pirate costumes! I got two of these vests done, and although they don't look like much now, they will work with the costume as a whole. They are fully lined and reversible. One of the great things about having my girls so close in age (and size!) is that I only need to draft one pattern and it fits both of them! More 'pirate gear' coming this week!

Friday, September 17, 2010

i've got a secret...

On the way home from the Farmers' Market today, my kids had the following conversation:

Bug: mom, MooLunker is making me really mad!
Moo: {chanting} i've got a secret, i've got a secret...
Bug: no, i have the only secret, she can't have one!
Me: you can both have secrets.
Bug: no we can't! i am going to take hers away from her!
Moo: oh no!
Bug: i took your secret!
Moo: oh no, she take my secret, mom!
Bug: AND i am going to eat it!
Moo: {really in distress now} she ate my secret mom! she ate it!
... I just laughed. There was no logical way to explain what a secret actually was, and there was no way to eat it... so I laughed. and laughed. love those girls!
{this is one of my favorite pics from the Farmers Market this summer. cupcake ice cream cones. yum!}

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

One of a kind

Bug has renewed interest in her Bitty Baby she got for her birthday, but has been concerned that she didn't have a blanket of her very own. I let Bug pick fabric out of the kid scrap bin, and opted for an easy design. A mini ticker tape! I have been wanting to make a bigger one, but this baby isn't very big, and I was short on time so this is what we ended up with. I love how it turned out, and I would love to make another bigger, more colorful version soon! Bug and I both seem to love this pink fabric, I wish I had yards of it! When Bug showed it to daddy, she said "Look, Dad! I made it one of a kind!"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


... for this! Maybe it will be the motivation I need to make some fall/winter kid clothes! Stop on by Elsie Marley for more info!