rainbow lulu dress

this is E’s “back to school” dress and i took these pictures last fall.  i feel like i need to give you that disclaimer lest you think we’re all tan and wearing flip flops around here in january.  no.  the photos are seasonally out of date, but since this is E’s favorite dress of the moment, i couldn’t skip blogging it!

rainbow lulu dress

JoAnn Fabric has really upped their apparel fabric game lately.  i’ve been finding a lot of great knits, in particular, and we all know how hard good knits are to come by.   Continue reading

jane hat

i’m not sure why i thought i wasn’t a “hat person.”  i just don’t wear them very often, and hadn’t even considered knitting myself a hat until last year.  i met up with Kelly and saw her amaaaazing hat, and bought yarn to make my own that same day (with her encouragement!).

jane hat

i actually knitted this hat last winter, but after i’d sewn the brim under and tried it on, it was WAY too small!  i had also made a pretty big mistake right by the brim that i didn’t notice until i unsewed the brim to see if that’d help it fit.   Continue reading

mini kitty briar + virginia leggings

there’s a new player in the kid clothes pattern game, and i’m very excited that she asked me to help get the word out!  it’s Megan Nielsen – a previously adult-ladies-only designer who is known for her darling ranges dress, her briar tee, and her fantastic maternity patterns.  but this week, she released three patterns for children, and i get to show you my take on two of them today!

or rather, my little rock star does…

mini kitty briar + virginia leggings

this is E at her coolest.  she just can’t help it when she puts this outfit on, she immediately grabs a mic and starts singing/posing.  she and O even have a band name – “The Rockin’ Beatles” – and they’ve composed some original tunes.  :)   Continue reading

handmade halloween 2015: vampire bat

back with O’s Halloween costume!  for a long time he had told me he wanted to be a vampire this year, which i was pretty excited about.  thought it’d be fun to have a classic Dracula little guy.  but the week before halloween, AFTER i had already bought fabric for a cape and black trousers, he said no, he actually wanted to be a vampire BAT.  like the animal.  so i sort of went with a hybrid.

vampire bat costume

i started with his cape/wings, which i insisted on lining with the red nylon i had gotten at Mill End to look more “vampire” like.  i drew the pattern out on a big sheet of easel paper, making the wingspan match his armspan and sort of echoing the style of last year’s Toothless costume.  then i cut it out of some microsuede type fabric my mom had given me plus the red, sewed right sides together then turned, and quilted the lines in from the neck to each point of the wings.   Continue reading

handmade halloween 2015: kid catwoman

Halloween costume sewing seems to divide our kind into three camps: “i love sewing costumes!,” “i hate it, but do it anyway FOR THE KIDS,” and “nope, i’m going to Target.”

i fall in the first camp…within reason.  costume sewing is a fun creative challenge for me, and my kids play dress up pretty much constantly, so these are not one-time use AT ALL.  only the big kids got handmade costumes this year though; our little guy is suddenly a huge Curious George fan and borrowed a monkey costume from his cousins that he was thrilled about.  so anyway, here’s handmade costume #1 – Kid Catwoman.

kid catwoman costume
E settled pretty quickly on Catwoman once it was time to lock in the costume requests.  O’s superhero love has rubbed off on her a bit, and i made a slapdash Wonderwoman costume one afternoon for dress up purposes, but for Halloween she wanted to be a villain.   Continue reading