kcwc day 4 – basic boy pants

 

This is my first time participating in KCWC although I’ve been wanting to for awhile.  I just never seem to get in gear.  To be honest, I almost missed it again.  But, I knew I had to start sewing when I saw that elsie marley was using Dana’s Basic Kids Pants in her pre-kcwc countdown.  I love Dana’s tutorials, many of them have been on my to do list, including these pants.  So it was time to start sewing.

I have never sewn pants before, nor had I sewn anything for my son.  So I guess this post has a lot of firsts in it!  I ended up using her pattern as is.  My son is wearing 18-24m sizes right now, but when I attempted to draft my own pattern it was pretty much the same, so I just went with hers.  I increased the seam allowance to 1/2 in. to slim the pants a little and it worked perfectly.  I added pockets too and I love them!  They really finish the pants nicely.

The fabric is a home decor weight that I bought at Joann’s years ago.  But I liked the stripes and thought it looked kinda boyish.  I made a little mistake when cutting the pattern because I didn’t notice the VERY subtle difference between the right and wrong side of the fabric.  Sooo, I ended up cutting the pattern twice and maybe in the future I will sew another pair with a smaller seam allowance when he gets a little bigger.  I used some left over plaid to line the pockets.  The pattern leaves plenty of length in the pants so hems can be let down as your kiddo grows.  I thought I got the hem at the right measurement, but I was little off, so I’ll redo that shortly.  In the meantime he’s sporting a rolled cuff.

 

Here’s the pocket facing.  It’s always a fun touch to mix up the fabrics a little bit, it makes it more interesting.

I love these, I think they turned out great!  I’ll re-hem and we’ll be good to go.  Tell me that hair isn’t awesome.



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Just Girly Enough

When my sweet baby girl was born 3 years ago, I wanted her room to be feminine but not overly girly. While I love the color pink, I’m not a big fan of the all pink all the time for girls.  So I bring you the Just Girly Enough room (that my daughter happens to love).

I found some paper butterflies (which are no longer available) from Pottery Barn Kids.  But they were kind of pricey and they seemed easy enough to make with scrapbooking paper.  See my tutorial for making them.  By starting with the largest size at the bottom and smaller toward the top, it gives the impression that they are flying away.  Love!  I saved one to use at the top of the vintage beveled mirror, it reminds me of the bluebirds in Cinderella flying with her dress in their beaks.

I also made this scalloped ruffled bunting with her name.  This was super simple to make.  I traced half of one of our dinner plates on some cute shabby chic fabric, stenciled the letters using fabric paint, sewed the front and back of the scallops together then sewed a ruffle across the top.

Other personal touches include this amazing zebra pixel art that my husband did in high school, his baby shoes, sentimental photographs and a lovely photo album I received at my baby shower.  And I LOVE these pink poodle bookends that I randomly found at a garden center.  I used all kinds of pregnancy excuses to justify this purchase to my husband.  They are just to cute, they had to come home with me.

Several months after she was born, I finally got around to sewing this box pleat valance for her room.  I thought the brown polka dot fabric gave the room some balance since the furniture is two-toned.  The little bows make it sweet but not two girly.  I tried the bunting under the window too, but learned quickly that my growing babe could reach it and pull it down.  You might also notice that a couple of the lower butterflies are also missing.  The taller she got, the faster the butterflies disappeared.  So sad.

I wanted to show this room now, so I could savor the memory of her sweet arrival and the home we made for her.  As she is now approaching 3 and a half, I am starting to think about what her new big girl room is going to look like.  I guess this time she will have some input on the decor, but I am looking forward to it because she is such an imaginative little girl.

Skirts, skirts, skirts

So now that it is finally summer around here, I thought I should finish up some sewing before this short season ends.   So I scoured my favorite blogs and Pinterest in search of something fun to make and came across these adorable Simple Skirts from Made.  These have been on my list for awhile, which is ridiculous considering how easy they are to make!

Seriously these can be whipped out in an hour…if you have that much uninterrupted time.  Which I don’t, so it took two evenings.  I want to make like a hundred of these.  They are so cute, they are easy and Delly loves them.

For my first attempt I made a simple single layer skirt using this adorable purple kitty cat print.  It’s been in my stash for awhile and I new Delly would love it.  I love Dana’s tip about top-stitching around the top of the elastic casing to make the waist stand out.  I will be doing this again for sure.

I also made a double layer skirt using some yellow gingham and checkered print fabric I picked up at a rummage sale.  This fabric has a really nice drape and it looks wonderful even after a day with a three year old.  This has quickly become my favorite skirt.  Not only for the cuteness factor, but because I finally got the nerve to try out my new serger on this project.  And I fell in love.  It is amazing, it makes the skirt look even better.  The serger seriously makes my little homemade hobby look professional.  I LOVE it!  It still scares me a little, but I’m trying out some different things to see what it can do and get more comfortable with it.

So, there you have it, my version of a simple skirt.  I’m looking forward to making a fall version with corduroy or chambray.

The Pillowcase Dress

I love the simplicity of a dress.  They’re so easy and versatile.  And what could be more simple than a pillowcase dress?  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite awhile, so when I came across this sweet set of pillowcases during my last thrifting expedition I thought I could sew up a perfect summer dress for Delly.

The dress is simple to put together which is why the style is so popular.  It’s basically just a casing around the top and armholes.  Measurements don’t need to be exact,which is right up my alley.  Although next time I will trim the sides of the pillowcase a bit, so the bodice is slimmer and add bias tape around the arms for a more finished look.  I left the the full width of the pillowcase and it’s a bit large for Delly, but I guess this way it will fit her for quite awhile.

It’s a perfect lightweight summery outfit.  Now if we could only get some consistent sunshine here in the northwest, she could actually wear it!

There are dozens of tutorials and inspirations available.  Some of my favorites include these by Aesthetic NestPrudent Baby and The Mother Huddle.

Vintage Sheet to Pretty Twirling Dress

Admittedly, I am a newbie sewist and I am learning along the way.  I am absolutely one of those people who sees something and says, “I could totally do that”.  Never mind that I’ve never sewn, knitted (insert any craft here).  I can figure it out.  Usually this involves lots of trial and error, a trip or two to JoAnn’s, constant approval seeking critiques from my husband and an end result that looks kinda sorta the way I was hoping.

But not this time.  This time I feel like I got it right, and I’m pretty excited about it.  Of course there are still some techniques to improve on, but we’ll get to that later.

The Twirl Dress

I think this dress was meant to be.  Within a week I found this beautiful dress that inspired me AND I happened upon an amazing fabric score.  I picked up a super cool printed sheet at a rummage sale…for $ .50!  I know, amazing.  I have always been so envious of the fabric deals other people find and now I have one of my own!  But, most importantly I found the time to sit down and make the dress.

Inspiration Dress:  www.joules.com

www.joules.com

I didn’t follow a pattern, I traced the outline of an existing dress and added seam allowances.  I had trouble figuring out how to sew in the lining and how to use elastic at the waist to make it easier to get in and out of.  But, I think next time I will add a zipper to the side seam, I just couldn’t make the elastic work the way I wanted.  I will also add bias tape to the arms and neck opening to give it a more finished look.

But for now, I’m very happy with the dress.  My daughter loves it and it has excellent twirl capabilities!