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handmade halloween 2014: luke skywalker

29 Oct

the Star Wars obsession hit fast and furious with this kid.

jedi luke skywalker costume

it started with him watching A New Hope with daddy (who had to field a barrage of questions about every little detail of the movie as it played – hilarious) and quickly progressed into checking out books from the library, building Star Wars lego sets, and turning every tubular object in the house into a lightsaber.  his knowledge of the movies is super impressive – i’m pretty familiar with the movies but he already has me beat on some of the details.   Continue reading

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kcw fall 2014: lumberjack layette pants

20 Oct

after my last post, i got requests for more baby C on the blog.  aaaaand it just so happens the kid is in need of pants, plus this week is kids clothes week, so here ya go!  baby toes in baby pants!

lumberjack layette pants

remember back when i pattern tested the lullaby layette pattern for Oliver + S?  this fella wasn’t born yet, so my nephew modeled them for me.  i chose to test the jacket and the bodysuit, but did not test the little pants in the set.  i received the finished pattern when it was released as part of my payment, but had actually sort of forgotten about it until Tara sewed some and inspired me, as she always does! Continue reading

citron elephant pajamas

14 Oct

i wanted to sew something quick/easy/functional as a “palate cleanser” before i jump into Halloween costumes and while i’m still waiting for the go-ahead to blog a few other more involved projects that i’ve been sewing (i have like 12 or 13 things i can’t blog yet – it’s getting ridiculous).  plus, i recently realized i haven’t shown baby C on here for a while (he’s 8 months old already!!!!!) so i had to fix that.

now please enjoy my pile o’ children in their homemade pajama pants.

fanfare elephant pajamas

they’re all wearing flannel elephant pants; citron, gray, and pink elephants from Rae’s cozy Fanfare Flannel line for Cloud9 Organics.  teehee! Continue reading

french terry (+ a touch of neon) hudson pants

6 Oct

went and made myself some more comfy pants.

french terry hudson pants

i bought this fabric right after i made my first pair of True Bias Hudson Pants (and even mentioned it in my blog post).  it took me way too long to get around to sewing them – August, finally – and then of course didn’t get photos until now.  it’s been bugging me, because i’ve really wanted to share them!  i just LOVE these pants.
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thank you foldover clutch

1 Oct

before i show you the sewing, i’ve got a little story.

it’s no secret that my little gal has a strong affinity for elephants.  she has since she was about a year old, and the obsession continues to this day.  it’s pretty cute to have this feminine little girl that loooooves giant gray mammals with huge noses, but hey she loves what she loves!

well.  she has about 20 stuffed elephants, but her favorite has always been Frankie, and E is very attached to her.  Frankie is Real in the Velveteen Rabbit sense – loved to the point of shabbiness.  one day, E dropped Frankie somewhere between summer camp and home, and we didn’t realize she was missing until bedtime.  her absence caused a panic.  E has a huge heart and tons of empathy for everyone and everything, and she was so certain that Frankie would be very sad and lonely without her.  of course, E was very sad and lonely without Frankie.  my husband and i were worried that someone would see a “ratty old stuffie” on the sidewalk and would just toss her in the trash.  it broke our hearts, and after making the walk himself to look for her, my husband even found and ordered the same type of elephant on ebay (though of course Frankie could never be replaced).

fortunately, this story has a happy ending.  in fact, E happened to drop her in front of pretty much the best house possible.  Monica, a mom of three little boys that could see how loved Frankie was, noticed her on the sidewalk and kept her safe that night.  my husband and i actually went to high school with Monica and say hi when we see each other in the neighborhood, and her son was even attending the same summer camp!  it was a wonderful coincidence that the next day at camp (after I had searched the place top to bottom) she came over and said “is anyone here missing a stuffed elephant?”  i freaked out, hugged her, and beelined straight to her house, where she had kept Frankie dry (yet visible!) during the overnight rain…

valley of azure clutch

i mean!  oh man!  it made me cry!  E was thrilled to be reunited with her special stuffie, of course, and thought it was funny that Frankie “spent the night in a tree.”  i had to make Monica a thank you gift.  wouldn’t you??  an especially good deed deserves a handmade thank you, for sure.

valley of azure clutch

i made a foldover clutch from my tutorial (with two tone variation tutorial by Cherie).   Continue reading

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