The blue one somehow turned out a little smaller, but it'll be fine without an undershirt. The kid and I are probably going to collaborate on a little freezer paper stenciling on this one since it's so plain.
I've mentioned my previous frustrations with this pattern - but the red one turned out just like I though a recess raglan should. I don't know why this one was different than all the others, but it's just encouraging enough to give it one more shot - maybe short sleeves in the spring.
Yesterday I promised a break from neutrals - and break from them we did!
Another pair of Lovely Rita Skinnies. I just love this pattern so much! I've made them four times now. Previously in red, in gray, and in dots! Maybe it's time for a plain pair...
I've only ever made them by cutting up another perfectly good pair of pants - and this is no exception. These were on clearance at Old Navy for, I think, about $7. Can we take a break for a minute and talk about how crazy it makes me to hear about everyone out there buying thrift store and clearance clothes for only a dollar or two? I know everything's more expensive up here, just the way it is...but c'mon! I think I've finally accepted that I'm not going to be finding those kinds of prices and have moved on to the mindset of: would I pay this much for the garment I'm going to make from it? And yes, I would pay $7 for these pants.
As with day one, my garment completed yesterday for day two was also previously started. I spent Tuesday's hour finishing up the hemming, button-holing, and button attaching. There was A LOT of button-holing and attaching...
This is the second time I've done this remix of CINO's Junebug dress. The first time was just over a year ago. If you want to see a year's worth of baby hair growth, I recommend checking out that post. Also: pre-glasses. It's like a whole different kid.
I love those rows of buttons...and the clever little pocket. She, of course, agrees with me about the buttons. Pockets aren't really her thing, though - she likes to be able to show off her treasures, not hide them away.
I feel like I should probably have more to say about this dress than is coming to me right now. I feel kind of like this:
Oh - just thought of something. In case you're worried about this being the week of boring neutrals - I do have some snazzy new pants for Lisi Loo that I finished up today that I'll be posting tomorrrow. Definitely not neutral - although they are blue. I can live with a theme of blue, though. Blue is a much more colorful word than neutral, after all.
It's that time again! KCW (aka Kids Clothes Week)! The objective is to spend an hour a day for the week sewing for your kids - and I usually go all gung ho and just sew my brains out for the week, but I think this week it probably will be only an hour or so each day. And actually, this week will be a lot about finishing up previously started projects...like the two here today. First...a new roller skate tunic:
I made my other during KCW last summer - this is just the plain and simple version though.
A sort of ticking stripe passed-down fabric on the outside, and a super cozy passed-down navy flannel for the lining. And a couple little brown triangle buttons. Girl's really into buttons lately.
Now, we live in New England. I don't think it's even supposed to hit 20 degrees today, so short sleeves aren't totally practical for a winter wardrobe. So I made what I'm calling a peplum cardigan.
I used the same ponte de roma that I made the bow out of for the Big Bow Swing Tee. Self drafted pattern.
I like the two pieces but I'm not sure this combo is the best option for either. I think the cardigan will look better with a simpler and slimmer tee underneath, and I have a more traditional cardigan cut and on my sewing table that I think will be better with this tunic.
Lastly - since I'm always so quick to complain about taking pictures of this little lady, I would like to take a moment and apologize publicly to her. I may take that apology back tomorrow, but for today - she was an ANGEL! Walked right over to the wall - stood straight and still! Always keeps me guessing, this one.
I had intended to make this two posts, the first of which was to be published earlier this week. But we've had snow days and two year molars and a few other hiccups to that plan, so, even though they are in no way matching, I'm putting them in one post for the sake of just-getting-it-done-already!
We'll start with his...because he was so lovely to photograph, what with actual cooperation and all.
The striped fabric is a french terry from Girl Charlee - found here as of this typing, but looks like it's almost gone. The bands are a ribbed knit I got at Joann ages ago.
He looks pretty miserable in these photos, but he's just a pretty serious kid a lot of the time. Nothing a little kitty photo-bomb couldn't cure...
In stark (three year age) difference, I really thought, for a little while, that publishing pictures of her thrashing about red-faced on the floor was the only way I was going to get modeled shots of her shirt. Then I made oatmeal, she "helped", and I took my shots. Not ideal, but done.
I would have liked to make it long sleeved, but this was an upcycle (really a destruction) of a woman's shirt from Old Navy clearance and I just couldn't make it work with the amount of fabric I had.
I'm not in love with this shirt. There's something that doesn't sit right with me about the way this pattern comes together for me - especially the necklines (I'm hoping his shrinks up a little once washed). I don't think it's the pattern because I've seen plenty of lovely versions sewn by other people. Maybe raglans just aren't "me." Who knows. I have two more cut out (for the boy!) to sew up during KCW next week. Then I may retire the pattern. What won't I retire?
Loving how cute this crazy kid makes my crazy (and decidedly not cute) 50's kitchen look.
It's another Bimaa...straight-up, as written this time. I'm on a bit of a knit kick, lately. Before my hiatus, I ordered a bunch of fabric online - I'm still working on mastering the online-knit-purchasing so that I actually buy what I think I'm buying - anyway, now I'm sewing my way through it. I bought this sweater knit from Girl Charlee - I think this is the same.
I ordered it with the boy kid in mind, but the black stripes are just slightly sheer. The girl kid always wears a tank/onesie under her shirts so she inherited the fabric instead. 'Cause she needed more shirts, right? ha! Who am I kidding...I'd be sewing for her regardless. I just.can't.stop.myself!
And a little of whatever this was...
In other news, I think my prepped pile for KCW is a little extreme. I got a little carried away and it resulted in more cut pieces than I think it humanly possible to assemble in just one week - oops! I guess we'll just have to see where the week takes us, won't we.
I know I promised no more swing tees this season...but I just couldn't help myself. This fabric -- an oatmealy stretchy french-terry-knit fabric that is oh-so soft but no longer available from fabric.com where I ordered it from and where I would order 10 more yards of it from if it WAS still available -- well, it NEEDED a fool-proof fail-safe pattern or I wouldn't have been able to bear cutting into it. So, you see, and I hope you forgive, a swing tee it had to be.
I also had this chevrony (I'm so specific this post) ponte de roma that I used to make a nice big bow for added interest. I'm pretty sure I saw the idea on MADE a while ago but can't find any related posts there now. I didn't follow any tutorial or reference any blog post when I made it, anyway. Wing-it is my middle name.
It ended up being the perfect color/texture/size to really compliment the top without being too distracting.
As far as the fit goes, it's the exact same pattern I used for all the other swing tees, so no surprises there (kinda the point). And Happy New Year to me - this was a rather fun shoot!