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mr. littlejeans

5 Dec

seriously, what is this baby’s deal?  i can’t keep him in pants that fit!  he went from my smallest baby at birth to my biggest by the time he was 6 months old, and it seems he does nothing but grow out of all his clothes.  pants are the main problem.  WELL I’LL SHOW HIM.

lullaby layette jeans

i really like how his lumberjack layette pants fit and they seem so cozy.  i thought the style would look cool with jeans-esque topstitching, and they’re fun to sew, so i just went ahead and made another pair.

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hide and seek library dress

1 Dec

i got some pretty fabric, and i made a pretty dress.

horaguchi library dress

there are times i want to push my limits, try new things, make the unexpected choice.  and then there are times i just want to make a new dress for Em.   Continue reading

sewing by E: a lazy days skirt

25 Nov

E sewed herself a skirt!

lotus pond lazy day skirt // skirt as top

she had asked me if we could sew something together, and i suggested that she try the same thing i first made – a lazy days skirt!  free pattern, always cute, not too complicated, fun to sew. Continue reading

archvillain for STYLO 3

6 Nov

any good detective has a nemesis out there, just one step ahead and always hatching evil plots.  for STYLO i knew i wanted to make two looks, and i thought it would be really interesting to have the same kid playing both roles.  whereas my detective look was classic, i wanted the villain look to be fashion-forward.  i wanted a dramatic silhouette and to push the envelope a bit.

archvillain for stylo magazine // skirt as top

my villain resides in an ultramodern lair on top of a mountain.  she is shadowy, angular, cunning.  i used basic patterns sewn in new ways with interesting fabrics, and made a few accessories to complete the look.  but oh man, the location was the icing on the cake!

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girl detective for STYLO 3

5 Nov

and now, more about my detective look for STYLO 3!  have you made it through the magazine yet?  so good, right?

to tell you the truth, i’d been keeping a secret pinterest board with STYLO ideas since before the second issue came out in the hopes that someday it might come in handy.  i had sort of an ethereal floral theme going on that was pretty, but once i was actually invited to participate, i had a different brainstorm.  i really liked the idea of creating a detective, a smart, strong, capable girl – Sherlock Holmes influenced for sure, but still feminine, layered, fallish.

girl detective for stylo magazine // skirt as top

bit by bit, i gathered ideas and built my pinterest board with the help of some friends.  i tend to approach creative challenges by mulling them over and over in my mind until i’ve figured the whole thing out, and only then can i dive into the actual making.  i like to start with a general idea or theme, then work out the details – using the powers of deduction! Continue reading

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