Monday, March 31, 2014

Princess Belt

You would think after such a long break I'd have more to show then a belt but alas I don't.  My serger broke and has been replaced.   I've nearly finished a lovely knit dress for myself except that I need to hit a few seams with the new serger.  I'm in the middle of a crazy detailed Easter dress for Emily but won't have it done for a while.  I also have almost finished knitting my first sweater.  It fits but needs buttons and the ends woven in.  Well that and for me to figure out how best to wear it but maybe ya'll can help with that.

Emily has a few pairs of shorts for this summer that are a little big in the waist and did not come with adjustable elastic (seriously Justice?). I've added some to the back of the worst offender but decided it might also be high time for little miss thing to start wearing a belt.
I found a tutorial for this cute little belt on pinterest.  OK like most things I found and pinned it a long time ago but finally got around to making one last week.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Little Bitty Emily

This is the dress I made for Emily's 1st Birthday.  Its so hard to believe she was ever this little.  I used the Olivia dress pattern with no added seam allowances despite the fact that she was still pretty tiny and it worked out pretty well.  I say pretty well because it fit her again for her 2nd Birthday.

Even when she was this age she still really only got taller so if you look closely you can see that the sleeves were a bit short here.  I made her a fancy dress for her Birthday pictures both years but its just more comfortable to go to your party in a knit dress.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mermaid @ Heart

I had a bit of a bad mommy slip this week.  I completely forgot that Emily had a Daisy Girls Scouts event that they were supposed to come to dressed as their favorite princess.  Now a few years ago I made some princess dresses but sadly most of those do not fit anymore.  Add to that Emily's favorite princess is Ariel and we did not have that dress.  I figured all of this out Friday morning.  The event was Saturday morning.  Thankfully I did have a tutorial for a mermaid tail skirt.
I used this tutorial from Girl Inspired to make the skirt.  I bought some craze shiny dance wear fabric that was on sale.  It was an absolute bear to sew and my machine threw a fit.  I have a good machine and usually it doesn't complain but it hated this stuff. 
The tutorial was good and aside from fabric issues the skirt was easy to put together.  Its designed to have negative ease in the hips which did not work super well with this fabric since it wasn't very stretchy.  This also made it a little hard to walk in so in the future I will probably just use her hip measurement.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Seussical Outfit

Emily's kindergarten class celebrated Dr. Seuss day on Monday.  I simply had to make her a special outfit.  Mostly I made the outfit because I had a yard of the Dr. Seuss fabric from a few years ago that I wanted to use before she got too old to want a skirt out of such childish fabric.
I also took this as an opportunity to use some of the tutorials that I had pinned.  I used this scort pattern to make the skirt.  I asked her if she wanted a scort but she said she just wanted a skirt.  Honestly, I sort of prefer to just do a skirt anyways because that allows us to wear whatever length leggings or playground shorts that we want under the skirt depending on the weather.
The tutorial I used for the shirt has been around for years as in it predates the indy pattern that is very similar.  The tutorial is just for the yoke so I used the tee shirt from Sewing Clothes Kids Love as a base.  I lowered the neckline by about 1inch and added a bit of length.  I usually just hold the pattern piece up to a shirt that I know fits her and add however much it will take to make the tee that length.  I also used yellow fold over elastic for the neckline instead of fabric.
This project was also a big win from a stash diet standpoint.  I've had the Seuss fabric for years, the green fabric came in a mystery box a while back, and all of the trimmings were also in my stash.  I didn't even have to by thread to make this one.
I wasn't sure about the tiny little yoke on the top of this skirt but I went with it just the same and as it turns out I really like the look.  It keeps the bulk off of her waist while still having plenty of twirl power.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

fleece onsie

One of my goals for 2014 is to sew a bit more for my son.  He always appreciates me taking time to make him things and truthfully as he's getting bigger and outgrowing kids stores all while not really growing into adult stores or styles its becoming a bit more necessary.  Believe it or not he already has two pairs of fleece one piece onesie style jamies but they are all he will wear no matter how dirty they are so with all our lounging around the house days he needed one more pair at last.
I used M6475 and fleece from my stash.  I'm not sure why I had the pattern I must have felt compelled to buy it during one of the many patterns sales at JoAnns.  Its not a great pattern but its not bad either it just sort of is what it is I guess.  The instructions for the pockets were not very good and mine ended up uneven so at that point I gave up on the instructions and just did what I wanted.  The fit is good though.  I cut him an adult xs.  He is almost 5ft 4in but very skinny and they fit well.  I did add wide elastic to the sleeve and leg cuffs since they were both just a touch long but the way he's been growing there was no way I was actually going to shorten anything.
At first I didn't think I had enough fabric to make him these bc I didn't have 3 yards of any particular fleece.  I'm on a stash diet though so I decided to use a 2 yard piece of grey fleece plus some green that was left over from making Neil's fleece jamies a few years ago.  I think they work together plus we are not talking about church clothes here.
Here is the back view.  He is pleased.  His only complaint is that these do not have feet.  The pattern did have booties but I know him well enough to know that those would have just gotten lost.  I know Jalie has a version of this with feet but since it seems to be a pretty easy to find Big3 style I will probably just stick to those.  I'm not a huge fan of tracing patterns and don't trace Big3 ones since I always buy them on sale.  I'll just label this on XS for if and when Emily is this size and wants one.  When he needs a bigger one I may buy the bigger pattern and find some fleece on sale.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

love love love

Let's see where to begin.  My one project at a time rule is going well at least in terms of not feeling so overwhelmed despite the fact that we have been quite busy and some of my other goals have kept me from my sewing room a good bit so far this year.  Its also lead to my finishing some things well before they are really needed.
That was certainly the case for Emily's Valentines outfit.  I think most of this fabric came from a mystery box that I ordered a year or two ago.  I had a large scrap of the languages of love main print and matching stripes and less then a yard of the heavier pink fabric.  All three went together but I knew I needed to get them used before she got too much bigger.  This outfit already required some creative pattern piece placement in order to get all the pieces cut out of these 3 fabrics.  That's part of why the pants have ruffles.
Both patterns are from Ottobre.  The top is the number 18 jersey blouse from the 1/2009 issue.  It was fairly easy to make.  I didn't really read the directions so I'm not sure how they were I just put the top together.  It was supposed to have some shirring in the front but I didn't feel like doing that so I just gathered the bottom panel onto the top one for the front and back.  I also used fold over elastic for the neck and sleeves instead of ribbing.  Emily likes the top but it is very hard to get over her head.  If I  make it again I will cut the neck a bit larger.  The pants are number 13 from the 1/2010 issue.  They are supposed to be made from woven fabric and do not have ruffles but  I liked the leg shape so I went with them.  My initial plan was to just add a tiny ruffle at the bottom but my fabric not long enough so I cut them as long as I could and then cut a ruffle from the leftover fabric.  Emily loves these and I like them better then some of the ruffle pants patterns I have tried bc they are a bit slimmer until you get to the ruffles.
We haven't been to school since Tuesday because of the snow.  Emily had to wear this outfit though.  She has been waiting for weeks now.  Here she is writing love in the snow.  Don't worry though I've washed the outfit so that she can wear it to school on Monday.  This also counts as a stash diet post.  All of this fabric was in my stash I think it only ended up being about 1 and 1/2 total yards though plus a scrap of fold over elastic.  Oh well its still fabric leaving my stash which is great.  I feel guilty when I look at all my unused fabric so its nice to be reducing that a bit as a time. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

100 Days of School

After our first round of snow days Feb 10th ended up being our 100th day of school this year.  I did not sew anything but I did fancy up a ready to wear tee shirt with my silhouette and 100 sparkles using my hotfix applicator.
I'll be honest and say this seemed like a great idea and it was but putting on 100 tiny little things one at a time took a while. 
We took a before school picture and it was just too cold to go outside for better light.  Emily was pleased though and her class thought it was neat.