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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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kcw spring 2014 :: cozy raglan sweater

12 Apr

i had to skip posting yesterday to start/do our taxes (bluuuuugh), but i did have this finish i’ve been excited to share.  it’s so soft you guys!

upcycled raglan sweater

this week’s “sew my upcycle pile” theme stemmed from me sorting through and getting rid of a bunch of stuff that i knew i’d never sew with.  i have a small sewing room and there was just too much STUFF in there.  while i was sorting through it all, i found two banana republic sweaters of mine – they were short sleeved, crew neck sweaters that i wore a ton when i was pregnant with this little miss, but not since because they were all stretched out and not very flattering.

upcycled raglan sweater

however, the material is great – it’s a cashmere/acrylic/other blend that is washable, super soft, and warm.  i had a cream one and a purple one whose colors looked nice together….and the perfect amount of fabric for a new color blocked raglan sweater for the girlie!

upcycled raglan sweater

the pattern once again is the Oliver + S field trip raglan (quickly becoming my most-used O+S pattern!).  i made a 4T for her (cut to full length even though i used factory hems for a little extra growing room).  i tend to use my t-shirt patterns a lot for O but not much for E, but i’m trying to change that because she loves picking out her own skirt/top combos these days.

upcycled raglan sweater

i made her skirt a while ago but never blogged it – it’s just a quick no-ribbon lazy days skirt in Heather Ross’ Far Far Away iii linen/cotton blend.  i was excited to spot it at Center Diamond last spring and it’s such wonderful apparel fabric.  oh and did you see Heather is re-releasing Far Far Away with Windham soon??  can’t wait!!

upcycled raglan sweater

as you may have noticed, i added a self-drafted kangaroo pocket to this sweater.  Liesl talked about doing that here – i think it’s a cute addition to make it look more “sweater-like,” and kids always love pockets!

upcycled raglan sweater

i backed the pocket with a scrap leftover from this dress - a woven so it’d be more stable to work with.  i sewed around it right sides together, trimmed seam allowances and turned it through an opening i left, then topstitched the curvy hand openings.  i figured out placement on the sweater and marked each point with water soluble fabric marker, then covered each of those marks with 1” squares of interfacing on the inside so the weight of the pocket wouldn’t pull and create holes in the sweater.  then i topstitched it on around all but the curvy hand openings.  i used my walking foot for it all since the sweater material was very stretchy and a bit thick.

upcycled raglan sweater

this is the type of outfit that gets worn around here a lot during Portland springs/summers.  our mornings start cool but afternoons are nice and warm, so we layer a lot.  she has a couple cardigans in her wardrobe but no pullover sweaters, so it was a nice addition.

honestly though, i’m kinda bummed this new-and-improved version isn’t my size!!

you can see all my kids clothes week projects here.

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kcw spring 2014 :: postman shorts

10 Apr

i’m just gonna start off with the silly photo.

postman shorts

this guy’s a pro.  in about 30 seconds he goofballs his way through a photoshoot and then he’s on with his day.  such a crackup.

postman shorts

anyway what am i talking about?  shorts.  he doesn’t want to wear anything but shorts.  this started in february or so, the daily fight to get him to wear pants.  at least now temperatures are high enough that shorts are acceptable and i don’t look like a terrible mother for occasionally giving in when it was only 45 degrees outside and raining (he’d gladly wear a giant winter coat and thick socks as long as he could wear his beloved shorts and he’d NEVER say he was cold…kids are so weird).

postman shorts

the pattern is Dana’s kid shorts, a great pattern with lots of sizes and options for girls and boys.  it’s only $8 but super versatile, sews up fast, fits great, and i love it.  he’d long grown out of the ones i made him last year, so i upsized to a 3T and these are too big.  oh well.  pretty sure he’s in the middle of a growth spurt so i’m sure they’ll fit fine by the summer.

postman shorts

the fabric is upcycled, once again, this time from a pair of my old gaucho pants.  remember those?  it was a super unflattering style on me and i didn’t wear them much, but it gave me tons of soft corduroy fabric to work with here!

postman shorts

i wanted to add a little extra detail, and he STILL loves to wear his mini kingsley zissou outfit, so i added some bias tape from my grandma’s stash centered on the side seams to try for a similar look.  when i was done i realized they reminded me of US Postal Service uniform shorts.  but they’re still cute on him, i think?

postman shorts

didn’t add anything else…just basic, comfy shorts for him to grab and put on in the morning.  he usually comes out of his bedroom fully dressed these days, such a funny kid!

by the way, do you remember which outfit his shirt came from?  the answer!

you can check out all of my KCW projects here.  i’ve got some girl sewing up next!

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kcw spring 2014 :: baseball raglan

8 Apr

i think we can all pretty much agree that the best part of sewing for our kids is indulging their idiosyncrasies and obsessions, right?  for instance, if your kid insists on dressing like a “sports boy” most days but thankfully doesn’t know about brands yet, you can go ahead and make him a shirt with a baseball on it and he will be one happy camper.

baseball raglan

i upcycled my old tank top plus a maternity shirt whose blues complemented each other nicely.  since this KCW has a “mini me” theme, i’ve decided to use fabric from my upcycle stash as much as possible this week.

baseball raglan

the pattern is the Oliver + S field trip raglan tee (available with cargo pants or standalone) sewn in a 2T…but i used existing hems and still cut the shirt body to the cutline (even though i didn’t have to hem it) to gain a bit of length and make it fit more like a 3T.  i also cut the sleeves to be short sleeves (the pattern comes with long sleeves) and preserved the existing hems there too.

i only had the baby’s naptime to sew and he’s an unpredictable napper, so even though i should’ve made the 3T outright, i sewed what was already traced out on my table.

baseball raglan

aren’t those blues nice?   i love that raglan tees make color blocking so fun and easy.

baseball raglan

on the front, i freezer paper stenciled a baseball.  O is quite the little t-ball player (in our backyard) and i knew he’d like it.  i just sketched it super quickly onto freezer paper (after my basketball and soccer ball attempts didn’t work), drew over it with a sharpie to thicken the lines a bit, then quickly cut it out with x-acto knife.  i wanted it to look a bit messy/sketchy like i’ve been seeing around the Pinterests lately.

baseball raglan

i showed it to him and he said “oooh can i put it on right now?!”

woo!

baseball raglan

now maybe i can clear a couple 18-24 month shirts that he still squeezes himself into out of his drawer?

baseball raglan

the littlest fella actually napped long enough for me to start some shorts for O, too.  i went into this KCW cold (nothing cut out or prepped and only vague ideas of what i want to make) so i’m just taking it as i can.  if the baby sleeps in his bed for any stretch of time, i’ll sew like the dickens!!!!!

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striped knit baby pants

1 Feb

DAY 3 – 4 of baby prep week: blog, run important errands like picking up my contacts prescription and making a Target run for things to put in the hospital bag, sleep, have lots of braxton hicks contractions and watch my belly drop even further, throw some stuff into hospital bag, go on 10th wedding anniversary dinner date with husband.  :)

DAY 5  of baby prep week: sew some baby pants!!!!!

comfy stripe baby pants

teehee!  aren’t these kid of silly but also adorable?  i think they are.  i’ve actually had this idea to make some super simple and comfy skinny-legged knit newborn pants for a long time now based on my favorite ones that i used all the time with the first two kids.  the annoying thing about shopping at actual stores is they’ll have something great one season, never to be seen again – so i had some favorite 0-3 month baby pants from when Em was born that i’ve been hanging onto but have seen better days.

i just went ahead and used them as a template to make these out of scraps from my maternity pencil skirt (it’s a ponte knit), eliminating the center seam to try a sort of drop crotch look (heavily influenced by Tara) and big cuffs.  ain’t nobody got time for hemming teeny tiny baby pant legs.

comfy stripe baby pants

they were super quick and fun to make, took very little fabric, and i have no idea if they’ll fit.  if they do, i’ll probably make a bunch more and release this as a free pattern and tutorial for your baby sewing pleasure.  they’re so fast and i THINK they’ll be so cute, but perhaps they’ll be ridiculous in a clownishly bad way, in which case i’ll do some tweaking.  i’ll let you know.

comfy stripe baby pants

it’s a bummer that i don’t have a little baby to try them on NOW because i kinda want to whip up about 5 pairs of these out of old t-shirts and knit scraps immediately.  i’m gonna take them to the hospital…with a backup outfit in case they’re just wrong.  haha.

but yeah, a baby pants design that’s been floating around in my head is finally an actual real-life garment, so that’s another item off my random pregnancy brain “to do” list (current remaining items include having a new kitchen sink installed and sewing a changing pad cover out of this fabric to go in the boy’s room).

hey look i match the button!

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