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kcw spring 2014 :: constellations pajamas

16 Apr

i’m way late on blogging this but i did sew it on day 5 of kids clothes week, so it’s getting labeled as such.  we had friends coming into town last weekend and their little guy had recently turned one, so i had to make him something!  HAD TO!  but what to make?

constellations pajamas

i started with just the eye shirt, which was heavily inspired by this one i spotted on pinterest.  pretty fun, right?

constellations pajamas

i drew the eyes and freezer paper stenciled them onto a 18-24 month short sleeved flashback skinny tee.  i didn’t hem it because i ran out of black thread (ha!) but works as a casual/pajama shirt.  the black is a basic t-shirt weight jersey knit.

but i couldn’t stop there…i made a pair of pajama pants too!  there was some serious speed sewing here – i made this entire outfit in an hour and a half.  this, apparently, is how mothers of 3 are able to sew – gotta take advantage of those naps and sew like the wind!

constellations pajamas

the pants are bedtime story pajamas in 18-24 months.  i picked a larger size than i thought he’d need and figured they’d probably be huge on him (because my kids are so shrimpy that’s what i’m used to), but he’s a bit big for his age and they fit with just the right amount of growing room.  i’m so glad i “sized up!”  nothing worse than sewing a too small gift.

constellations pajamas

neither of his parents has red hair, but check this kid out!  such a cutie.  i have no idea how to dress a redhead but took a guess that he might look good in black, and he does.

constellations pajamas

the pajama bottom fabric is from Lizzy House’s Constellations line (pretty sure this print is out of stock online, I got it a long time ago) with kona olive bindings.  i recently stocked back up on my beloved kona olive – i still maintain it goes with everything!

constellations pajamas

he’s gonna get ya!

constellations pajamas

aw just kidding.  ;)

okay that wraps up my KCW sewing!  didn’t upcycle anything in this outfit, but that’s okay.  i’ll break my streak for this kid.

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thermos toss changing pad cover

27 Feb

hello!  still enjoying settling in with baby but i felt like blogging, so here i am with the changing pad cover i made just a couple days before C was born.  i had a major nesting/sewing frenzy there at the end!

this was on my to do list for months, and finishing it was probably one of those “final straw” things that let me go into labor.  that’s what i’m telling myself anyway.

thermos toss changing cover

as i mentioned before, the “theme” of the boys’ shared room is Camp Ivanhoe, the Khaki Scouts’ base in the movie Moonrise Kingdom (affiliate link).  my Pinterest board is here.  i actually got the Camp Ivanhoe idea BECAUSE of this fabric!  it was sent by the lovely folks at Dear Stella, who offered me some fabric at the end of last year.  Em’s Christmas dress and Laura’s tote bag were both made in gold confetti sparkle, but this was my fun bonus choice – Thermos Toss flannel from their Take a Hike line (you can buy it online here).

thermos toss changing cover

i love these retro thermoses – i remember my dad taking a thermos to work in the wintertime, and the quirky plaid nostalgia grabbed me.  it seems that the Khaki Scouts would probably carry these around in the colder months too.  and the flannel is so cozy and soft for baby!

thermos toss changing cover

i figured out a pattern to cover our contoured changing pad myself after searching unsuccessfully online for exactly what i wanted.  i made two end pieces that are elongated, shallow U’s, then i wrapped a long piece around the middle, matching up the centers and then turning sharply at the corners and sewing down the edges.  i folded the bottom edge under and added 1/4” elastic and it fit really nicely.  after stressing about how i was going to figure it out, it ended up working just fine.  phew!

want to see a bit more of the room so far?

thermos toss changing cover

here’s a little peek – the brass bugle was a $3 thrift store find, and i made the troop 55 flag out of felt.  my sister in law made the “Be Brave” pennant (inspired by one in this shop, different phrase sold here) as a Christmas present and i love it!

the garland was made by Cherie and the phrase in the middle says “here to make friends,” the opposite of the ubiquitous reality show mantra.  i might change that out for a moonrise kingdom quote eventually and once he’s more mobile (and sleeping in the crib) i’ll rearrange the garland for safety.  Cherie also made an perfectly campy divided basket for the room!

thermos toss changing cover

the National Parks poster is from Schoolhouse Electric as well, an awesome Christmas gift from my inlaws.  it goes really nicely with the divided basket that Gail made (currently in our room for middle-of-the-night-and-every-day diaper changes) and the quilt Jess made!  having generous and talented crafty friends is truly the best.

i want to hang some rustic-ish shelves, style a few more things, get more art on the walls, and then i’ll do a full room tour and show O’s bed too.  the room is one of my favorites in the house already, though!  kind of cool to have a design that looks better the more handmade/thrifted items that are in it.

canvas portside duffle

10 Jan

next in the gifting line up, the thing i was most excited to make – a portside duffle!

portside duffle

when Jen of Grainline Studio released her Portside Travel Set pattern a few months ago, i really wanted to get it for a “someday in the future” project (the pattern includes a duffle, dopp kit, and small zippered pouch – awesome value, really, and would make a great wedding/father’s day/graduation gift!).  i exercised restraint and held off on buying the pattern, though – until i drew my brother-in-law’s name for our family gift exchange and i knew it would make a great gift for him.

portside duffle

he’s a tall guy (it’s a huge bag!), he’s a musician (needs to haul stuff around!), and he’s a creative person (appreciates handmade!).  plus i feel like i have a good sense of his taste.  it just seemed like the perfect thing.  when he opened it he seemed to really like it, and didn’t even realize i made it until he saw his initials inside (see below), so it paid off for sure!

portside duffle

i’ve been interested in sewing with heavier materials lately.  i bought a beckel tote for my mother in law for Christmas and the thick canvas and the heavy duty topstitching was fascinating – i bought it at this awesome bazaar in town where i could talk to the woman that sewed it (on an industrial Juki, she said), so this was sort of my chance to put my Bernina 380 to the test and see if i could make something similar in style.

portside duffle

i bought heavy thread, cotton webbing, and a bunch of metal zippers at JoAnn, plus natural and camel colored canvas duck in the outdoor section there.  some of the hardware was harder to find and i had to get it at Mill End.  the bag is lined with yarn dyed essex in leather, which i got as a remnant at Bolt.

portside duffel

my husband said the machine sounded different as i sewed this bag – i honestly don’t think my old machine could have handled the super heavy material!  walking foot, size 16 needle, i pulled out all the tricks to keep it running smoothly.

i quilted the bottom with a layer of batting to help it sit upright if he set it down.

portside duffel

and skipped the dopp kit, but made the little pouch…easy and quick:

portside duffel

i ran into just a couple snags – i think there was a missing pattern mark on the end pieces as to where i should place the straps, and i found the lining a bit too large for the bag, which may have been due to the fact that it’s linen and stretchy versus the decidedly non-stretchy nature of the outer.  not sure, i’d have to make it again to find out.  and my husband has requested one, so it’s on the horizon once he figures out the colors he wants!

portside duffel

pretty fun making such a heavy duty, masculine bag though!  it just feels so LEGIT, you know?  when you finish a project and have that sense of “wow, i actually made that!”, it’s always fun.

lickety split field study bag

6 Jan

for all the sewing i’ve done from Rae’s patterns over the years, i’d never made one of her purses!  she was kind enough to send me the lickety split and the bonsai bag patterns in advance of the holidays, and i sewed up a lickety split for our awesome day care gal as a Christmas present.

lickety split field study bag

Rae actually released this pattern in 2009 (forever ago in sewingbloglandyears)!  i’ve always thought it was a neat design and it looked like it could be sewn quickly but also had nice style to it, so it seemed like the perfect project for my gift sewing spree this year.

you can see in the older patterns how Rae’s pattern writing and digitizing skills have progressed over the last four years, but even though it’s an “elderly pattern” it’s still digital, a smart design, clearly written…and a lot of fun to sew!

lickety split field study bag

i used a really pretty Anna Maria Horner Field Study linen (Flower Circuit in Sunny) for the bag, which was given to me by Jess (that gal seems to have become my main fabric provider lately, hehe) and lined it with a pink kona cotton from my stash.  i skipped the outer pockets but added one to the inside.  the bag can be reversible if you want!

lickety split field study bag

it took a bit more fabric than i expected due to the looooong handles and being cut on the fold, so i ended up piecing two outers together on one side which looked completely fine.  after taking these photos, i decided to add a snap (just a normal size 16 metal snap, nothing fancy) at the top center to keep it from gaping open.  it just took it from “tote” to “purse” a little more, too.

lickety split field study bag

my big ol’ belly makes it look a little small and out of proportion maybe, but to me it’s the perfect size bag to use everyday for lots of different applications (diaper bag, errand-running bag, gym bag, lunch bag, grocery bag, car bag for road trips) and i love that the straps can be tied to be longer or even separately (say onto a stroller handle or cart) if desired.  the boxed bottom is great, too, gives it a nice shape.

lickety split field study bag

the title of the pattern actually describes both the design and the sewing…it truly came together lickety split!

i’ve got fabric picked for another one to keep for myself.  ;)

girls’ trip to gilroy

30 Oct

first of all, thanks so much for your kind words and well-wishes from yesterday’s post!  i really appreciate it.  :)

okay.  so i know i’ve mentioned a few times recently that i went to visit my friend Jess from Craftiness is not Optional.  today, it finally works out that we can post about it!

Jess and i both had to back out of going to Sewing Summit this year, her due to a nursing babe, me due to first trimester total lack of energy, but we both reaallllly wanted to meet each other and i had some saved up airline miles, so we decided to plan a trip when timing worked better!  AND since Em and Sadie have become such cute little long distance buddies, we thought it’d be extra special if she and i went to visit the CINOs together.  a girls’ trip!

oh boy was Em excited to go play with Sadie in person.  we had an EARLY flight but i had never seen her jump out of bed so fast!  i’d never taken a solo trip with her before, but she was so proud and happy to be going, travel was a breeze.

girl's trip to gilroy

we flew down the second weekend in October, at a time where Portland weather had already turned to fall, but central California weather still felt like summer!  no chill in the air at all, it was so nice.

girl's trip to gilroy

we hit the park, and the girls played dress up/my little ponies/barbies pretty much nonstop all weekend.  it was super fun to have them all wearing handmades, and to see Jess’ creations in real life!  at one point, Em, Sadie, and Charlotte were all wearing roller skate dresses.

roller skate trio

hehe i think Charlotte and O are twins with their “slow to wake up-ness.”  ;)

i slept in Jess’ sewing room, a pretty amazing place to be – girl has a seriously enviable fabric stash!  once we finally got the girlies to settle down and sleep at night, she and i pretty much talked blogging and sewed until it was time for us to crash too.  here’s Jess serging with her hand on the pedal whilst dodging my suitcase.

girl's trip to gilroy

it’s always more fun to sew with a friend, and though i was super slow because of all the chatting and unfamiliar setup, i did manage to sew most of this blouse while i was there (and took photos of her in her version too!).  Jess cut out like a million leggings for KCW (which she posted about here).  oh and we also fabric shopped, of course, at a store we don’t have in Portland – Hancock Fabrics.

girl's trip to gilroy

we picked out a joke fabric challenge for the other one to sew with, so look for that at a future date.  Jess posted our stacks to Instagram and people guessed right away which stack belonged to which blogger – i mean, i HAD just found out i was having another boy, so i guess it’s pretty obvious, eh?  ;)

and then i went animal style at in-n-out for lunch.

girl's trip to gilroy

last time i’d had those burgers, i was newly pregnant with Em.  i wasn’t sure if i had built them up in my mind as being better than they actually were, but they did NOT disappoint 6 years later.  SO FREAKIN GOOD.

on Sunday, i got to hang out with my pal Cherie and her lovely family, including her new baby girl, at an amusement park nearby while Jess was at church.  Em and Yuki rode a ride together!  such a fun bonus to see Cherie and visit with her while i was in town!

girl's trip to gilroy

the week before the trip, i went on a little sewing frenzy and made little gifts for each of Jess’ girls and Jess herself (plus a couple little gifts for Cherie’s girls that I didn’t get photos of, gah!).

here’s the CINO rundown at least…

a simple doll blanket and doll diaper from this free pattern for Charlotte, the 3 year old little mama.

doll blanket and diaper // skirt as top

the diaper has a buttonhole to pull a tail through, just in case she’s more of a stuffed animal gal than a doll gal (like I did for Em here).  it’s made out of fanfare pink elephants, with some toweling on the inside.  the blanket underside is a pretty gray gauze.

doll blanket and diaper // skirt as top

an apron for Sadie (the 5 year old) to cook in (found out Jess is one of those “purple haters” while i was visiting…HA!  oh well, DEAL WITH IT, JESS!!).  ;)

fat quarter apron // skirt as top

the fabric is anna maria horner’s sinister swarm in blueberry, with a michael miller cotton couture in violet pocket.  it’s made out of a fat quarter and i keep meaning to do a tutorial, it’s a quick and fun little kid apron and great for gifting.

fat quarter apron // skirt as top

for Ava (the almost 1 year old), a briar rose crickets skirt with bias tape finished hem.

briar rose skirt // skirt as top

i figured she’ll be walking soon and it’ll be skirt wearin’ time!

briar rose skirt // skirt as top

and for my hostess Jess, a foldover clutch out of violet craft domino dot in clementine, with yarn dyed black essex linen contrast panel.

foldover clutch // skirt as top

clutch tutorial is my own, with contrast panel supplemental tutorial over at you & mie.  it has a minty green zipper and lining.  thought it’d be a good date night purse for Jess.

foldover clutch // skirt as top

i interfaced the outer fabric so it has some nice sturdiness to it, and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

foldover clutch // skirt as top

Jess overwhelmed me with gifts for me and my little ones (including baby!), which you need to go check out in her post today!  she is quite the fabulous gifter.  here we are doublegramming (side-by-side stolen from Jess, hehe thanks girl).

instagram-nerds-cino-and-skirt-as-top-1024x602

it was really an inspiration to see Jess in action.  the girl just gets stuff DONE, ya know?  i’d always wondered how she does it all, and basically she doesn’t seem to procrastinate or hesitate to do anything.  she finishes a garment, gets photos, edits them quickly, blogs it.  she wakes up, starts breakfast, cleans up immediately.  there is just an efficiency, motivation, and positive attitude to her both in blogging and in life that i really admire,  she’s an amazing mother, super patient and sweet with her daughters, who are in turn really sweet to each other.

three little girlies

she was such a joy to be around, especially in the mornings.  whereas i stumbled groggily out of bed and made some tea to wake up, she already had crepes halfway done.  :)

i came home with a new outlook on how to blog more efficiently and less “in my head” like i tend to do.  plus i just really love what she’s built with her blog and we had some really great discussions about blogging in general.  it was cool.  i LOVE meeting blogging pals in real life, and for our kids to meet too was icing on the cake (speaking of cake, she is really an awesome baker – whips up all sortsa stuff like you wouldn’t believe).

thanks sooooo much for having us, Jess, and thanks to Rory for allowing two strangers into your home for a weekend!  we had a blast, and we’re already talking about how Jess and Sadie can come visit us next time and we can do a “tasting tour of Portland.”  :)

check out Jess’s post about our trip here!

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