one little octonaut

i did not predict how having a second boy would affect my sewing output.  i should’ve – i’m a pretty practical person.  but now i know that if i spend time sewing for O, two little fellas will be able to wear it.  C now wears O’s handmade hand-me-downs, and it’s pretty darn cute.

plus i’m a firm believer in “boy clothes can be fun and exciting too,” especially when the kiddo has a say in them!

octonaut sailboat top + kid shorts

so once again, this guy gets to show off a whole new outfit.

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kcw: upcycled art museum khakis

as of today, i’ve been blogging for four years.  i’ve been “a blogger” for most of this kid’s life!  kinda crazy.

upcycled art museum trousers // skirt as top

i started the blog after resisting jumping into it for a while, but after Erin and Danielle both made me realize it would be way better than just posting photos on flickr, i finally went for it.  blogging really has changed my life in a bunch of ways – i’ve met people around the world (and even here in town) that i never would have met, it’s pushed me to sew things i never would’ve sewn, i’ve felt encouragement and support and i’ve learned so much – it’s just been really cool.

my posting has been a bit more sporadic since kid #3 came on the scene – basically i realized sleep is really important (i’m getting better at limiting my obligations to others so i can sew/blog at my own pace), but i still love having this space, am proud of what i’ve built here, and excited to continue to share what i make because i love the give and take of it all.  so hey!  thanks for a great four years!  let’s talk about some pants. Continue reading

reversible rayon roller skate dress for oliver + s

hey guys!  i have been sewing along a little with kids clothes week this week but not as much as usual – largely because i was working on a tutorial for Oliver + S (and tutorials take me foooorrrreeeeeveerrrrrrrrr)!

would you like to learn how to make the Roller Skate Dress (one of my favorite dress patterns) fully reversible, blind hem and all?  WELL!  i can show you how.

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

E loves her new springy dress and it’s made out of the brand new Cotton + Steel rayon!  i’ve got to make something for myself with this stuff.  it seems like a dream to wear, and it’s just so darn pretty too.  but of course it is.  it’s Cotton + Steel.  ;)

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

spring has come early here in the Pacific Northwest, a far cry from last year at this time!

reversible roller skate dress // skirt as top

head on over to the Oliver + S blog to see my tutorial and more photos of this dress, and hopefully i can wrap up my KCW sewing and pop in later this weekend to show you.

an orange unicorn dress

at the same time i made CINO Jess her purse, I made her daughter Sadie a dress for HER birthday and mailed them off together.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

it was painfully late – Sadie’s birthday was in August and i sent the dress in November.  LATE November.  the problem is, CINO is one of the best gifters you’ll ever meet, and i always feel the need to put together amazing gifts in return (which inevitably leads to procrastination on my part *cringe*).  Jess made E a beautiful Heather Ross lulu dress for her birthday in May when she and Sadie came to visit, plus brought a gift for O and cookies and decorations for the Frozen party…anything i did would feel inadequate, but I had to try anyway.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i made her an Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress, a simple design but such a cute fit, and it’s a perfect dress to show off a print.  E and Sadie are almost exactly the same size and seem to have growth spurts at the same times, so i just sewed what fit E and knew it’d probably work.  so this is a 5 and i believe i added a little length to it, probably to the 6.  that’s my typical adjustment these days.  helps when E can model for me, ha!

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

yeah i took these photos in November.  it was still fall then.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

the fabric is red-orange unicorns from Heather Ross’ Far Far Away – the re-release.  i got this fabric at Fabric Depot but it’s not available online there – though it is available over at my sponsor LiMa’s shop – she has a bunch of the prints!  it’s quilting cotton but super soft and works well for apparel.  Heather always seems win at  having her designs printed on the best base material.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i lined it with a thrifted vintage sheet.  also very soft, duh.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

this button came from another sewing pal i met on the internetz and then in real life – Kelly!

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

it’s a fun, bright dress and E wanted to keep it.  but she was happy to send it to her buddy Sadie too.

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

orange unicorn roller skate dress // skirt as top

i really need to make E another one of these dresses!  i’ve got a pretty substantial quilting cotton stash and the more she grows, the fewer dress options i have!  ridiculous!

fairy tale christmas dress

oh hey!  how’s it going?  did you have a nice holiday?  right around the time of my last post, our entire family got sick over the course of a week, with two different and nasty little viruses…and then it was nearly Christmas!  i decided it was as good a time as any to take a little blog break.  i did sew a few things, though, so hopefully i can get myself back into the blogging groove.

once we were healthy, suddenly E’s school program was only a few days away and she needed a dress!  i tried to talk her into a nontraditional Christmas dress using fabric from my stash, but she sweetly insisted on a fancy green dress with a gold sash, so i hit Fabric Depot right before they closed one night to grab everything i needed.

fairy tale christmas dress

given the fact that that happened on a Monday and the program was on Thursday, i really should’ve kept it simple.  i thought about the Hanami but no, in the end, i had to go all out and sew my first Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress, which Liesl calls “the ultimate special occasion dress.”   Continue reading