Tuesday, November 17, 2015

pattern anthology sew along: denver

denver. this is the pattern that i really loved at first glance!  i had a hard time picking fabrics for it as i wanted it to be soft and comfy but not bulky.  i excitedly settled on a great combination from organic cotton plus.

the body is this super soft and cozy grey stripe interlock.  so wonderful.  you need some so here's the link!  and for the trims i used this beautiful plum stretch jersey also from organic cotton plus....the ladies of pattern anthology set up coupons to a bunch of great fabric shops for buying their group of patterns, and OCC is my favorite fabric shop with all their organic goodness, SO, i have a few (more) yummy organic cottons in my stash now, yay!

this pattern has all my favorite things: the perfect cowl neck, pockets, flattering seams, and many styling options!

i would also like to point out how well i matched up my stripes!  i was hesitant to do the stripes for this reason, but it wasn't as painful as i thought it would be!  i also happened to use some organic cotton thread from occ for my sewing and topstitching.  love the thickness and quality of their thread. you need some in your stash.

now, i love plum and other dark jewel colors so when i saw this jersey i really wanted it for my stash and have some more plans for it.  but i should have picked up this rib knit for the trim pieces instead of using this jersey.  i don't know how i didn't see it, but it's all good, because the jersey is stretchy and has lovely recovery but i did have to make the pieces a bit longer so the pieces would fit well.

piece number 2 complete, sweet!

pattern anthology sew along: adora

i am always more motivated to sew for myself when there's a little sew-a-long to stitch to!  the ladies of pattern anthology created some really fabulous new patterns and have inspired me to sew up a capsule wardrobe for the fall and winter.

Adora was the first pattern and i had the perfect fabrics in my stash.  a grey/blue bamboo knit from L'oiseau Fabrics for the body and victoria albert museum bromley ikat cotton voile i picked up from sew me a song, (2 years ago!) for the yoke.

my favorite part of this pattern is the back yoke.  so unique and a flattering shape.

Yay!  first wardrobe piece complete, 3 more to go!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

first day of school clothes

somehow i forgot to post the kiddos first day of school outfits, so here they are.

For my son's clothing I used the Oliver + S raglan shirt, size 5 and added cuffs, and for his pants i used the new Jasper Joggers from Gracious Threads in size 5.

my daughter on the left is also wearing an oliver + s raglan, made into short sleeves, size 10, and some of made-by-rae's parsley pants converted into shorts with some sweet bias tape edged pockets. 

my other two daughters are wearing the big joey dress from make it perfect, size 10. i didn't hem the bottom of either dress, just serged them as i found them to be *just* long enough and the next ones i'll add length.  the woodland and the butterfly knits are from joann fabrics. this is the first time i have purchased knit from joann's and found them to be decent. the horse fabric is from fabric fairy.

silly faces.

obligatory cute baby hanging on the edge all by himself photo.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

kcw: toddler pants for fall

my cloth diaper wearing toddler needed some pants so it was bbb pants to the rescue!

first up, some flannel horse pants.  this boy loves horses!

next, camo pants to match big brother.

lastly, i upcycled some llbean flannel lined jeans and reused the hem for that genuine jeans feel.

phew, it's tough being this cute!

kcw: fall pajamas

why did i wait so long to make wool pajamas?!  so soft, so cute and so warm!

i used peekaboo pattern's alex and anna winter pajama pattern 2T.

I like everything about the fit and sewing it was easy, except i kind of botched the neckline.  it's a very thin neckband and i was going a bit too fast with the serger, but it's all good.

i used interlock wool from nature's fabric.  it's natural color organic merino wool. so delightful!  i used light grey thread from my serger so unfortunately the seams show more than i would like, lesson learned.
I wash them with sheepish grins wool wash soap and hang them to dry.  i also tried the handwash cycle on my washing machine after a large spill of hot cocoa down the front of himself and that worked well. i didn't notice any fabric shrinking.  the next pair will be in this navy wool!

also, note to self, do not let almost 2 year old play outside in wool longies right before wanting to photograph.  oh well, if i knew how to hashtag, it'd be #reallife.

Monday, October 19, 2015

kcw: fall edition

the theme for this week is disguise and hopefully i'll get to a little costume stitching, but first priority is filling in the wardrobe gaps for some of my kiddos.
fall is in full swing here in the northeast so my baby needed a cool weather cap.

i used the newsboy pattern from Butterfly Tree Patterns.  i've done up this pattern a number of times and love how professional it looks every time, it's reversible too!

this side is a mid weight wool plaid and the other side is a light weight red plaid flannel....which i didn't get a pic of....
the wool is decently soft but he'll probably just wear it this way.

i love how it can be worn two ways too, pinched up for the newsie look, or pulled down to cover those little ears! i sewed up a child's large because he measured at the top end of the medium size, and i wanted to be safe, cause there's nothing like spending 4 hours sewing something that's too small. haha.

this is him wanting more running down the hill!

love this face.
oh, there's that red flannel peeking out from under the brim :)

project one checked off the list, now on to cool weather jammies!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

baby shower times TWO


sent along these sets, as well as some of my sized 12 month shoes to a friend having twins, a boy and a girl!  it's such a gift to share in this new journey.  i wanted colors a little different than traditionally done for boys and girls but still honoring the beauty that is being a brother and sister pair and the bond of twins. the fabric is a light weight and soft organic cotton jersey from organic cotton plus.