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I have completed Phase 1 of my Maternity Wardrobe! I say phase 1, because of course I already have plans to expand it and include more 🙂

When planning, I took into account a few things.

  • I don’t currently own maternity clothes (purged with the move).
  • I’m a stay at home mom so I already wear a lot of things that could work well for awhile (leggings, jogger pants, slouchy tops).
  • I live someplace cold, but will be travelling while pregnant (Mediterranean Cruise! and a month in Florida) so knew I would need clothes that work for variety of climates.
  • I didn’t want to make jackets, sweaters, etc that are dedicated maternity items, but instead plan to use existing ones I own and layer up.

This is my fourth pregnancy so I know what I like to wear later on….some tops that will cover my belly and not ride up and dresses that are easy to throw on are must haves, as well as at least one pair of full belly panel jeans. I also knew that I wanted clothes to be somewhat nursing friendly so that they would work postpartum as well.

Here’s what I came up with! Just imagine a huge belly for all of them instead of my “I ate a few burritos too many” look.

First up, the jeans. I used the SOS pants pattern from Patterns for Pirates with the over belly maternity band from their pirate peg legs pattern. The fabric is denim look french terry from LA Finch. I wish I had way more yardage of that french terry. It is slightly stiff so it looks and feels like denim from the outside, but it’s slightly stretchy and soft like a sweatshirt on the inside. Perfection. For the belly band, I used some performance knit athletic wicking fabric from LA Finch, so breathable and soft but nice firm hold so they stay up great.

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These are by far the most perfect pair of jeans ever. I have already worn them a couple times and my non maternity jeans still fit just fine (I pushed out belly for pics haha)

Next, nice comfy dress. I went with the Boundless dress from Patterns for Pirates, tank option. It has sleeves available in the pattern but wanted more versatility and figured I could easily layer. The floral is double brushed poly from Knitpop and the cream is bamboo jersey sheets from target (I bought a sheet set years ago on clearance for the sole purpose of using the fabric). It has nice roomy pockets also that I put a little lower than the pattern suggests because I was worried about having them too high with a growing belly….I maybe shouldn’t have lowered them as much as I did though. They are definitely still functional.

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It was from this dress that I made most of the rest of the fabric choices….so next up, I made a pair of Layer Me Up tank tops with the maternity add on (sides are ruched with elastic and there’s more space for a bump). Really love how these turned out. The teal one is luxe rayon from LA Finch, the other is some viscose jersey from Minerva Crafts.

My favorite maternity t shirt through previous pregnancies was a simple black v neck. Perfect for when you dribble food on your belly because you are too awkward to eat like an adult (only me?), so I used the Favorite Tee pattern with the LMU maternity mod to make my own (luxury viscose jersey from Dress Fabrics).

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I felt pretty good about basics at this point. With these tops and some existing oversized tunic ones I own, I can make a lot of outfits happen. On to some outerwear to layer over them!

First up, the Mama Claire hoodie. I love my other Mama Claires I’ve made and know from the roomy fit I didn’t need modifications for maternity (when you sew it up with drapey fabric that is, fabric like cotton lycra or brushed poly hugs the body more). It’s sparkly gold/beige sweater knit from Dressfabrics.ie that reads a little olive in my opinion, so layers well with everything so far.

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I wrote a whole post on how I hacked this already.

Next, Pumpkin Spice Dolman. It’s a super neutral taupe french terry (Also from knitpop) so think it will match everything. This is an incredibly roomy fit top so I didn’t do any modifications for it, either. I hate the pocket so let’s ignore that for now…it’s being removed later. For both of these, I went with the banded hem to help anchor it under the growing belly.

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Last, some more bottoms to pair with all of these. The Pirate Pencil skirt is maybe not so functional here in Ireland, but it will come in handy on the cruise and in Florida. Also, it can be styled as a scarf or tube top according to a huge mega clothing company, so I went with it. I added a modified maternity band to it, kinda like a contoured waistband for a little extra space. I don’t remember where this fabric came from either…feels like a not very stretchy cotton lycra.

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And last, some athletic leggings. I have had this issue with my gym leggings not fitting so well over my burrito belly so needed some gymwear….but figured they could also double as just fun leggings for later on when the gym is not so attractive to me. I used athletic nylon spandex from LA Finch so they are super breathable and comfortable to wear, in all weather. I did the low waist maternity band from the peg legs pattern.

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And yeah, they are covered in martinis and wine glasses…so maybe not a maternity print per se, but I can think of drinks I once used to enjoy?

Now, the fun part. Here’s some combinations I came up with using all these pieces. I tried very hard to make sure they all worked together and feel I achieved that. I have existing clothes to mix in also, and plans for future items already but it feels pretty stand alone as is. Should make packing easy!

Any other combinations you see? What else would you include? Next up….Mama Isabel dress/duster cardi out of some taupe/black/teal/mustard print…another favorite tee in mustard luxe, some brassie joggers in a floral mustard/black print, a Kingston jacket in denim, maybe with french terry sleeves and a hood, an Emma top in navy/flourescent yellow print, some white skinny jeans……okay, maybe overly ambitious. We will see what I manage to finish!

**This post contains some affiliate links to help fund my sewing addiction….opinions are always mine though!

In my last post I talked about the Capsule Contest from Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates. I am preparing all my pieces now for the fall contest and decided this time to make them all maternity friendly since I have ZERO maternity clothes. And will need them very soon. I thought ahead to nursing and tried to pick things that would work postpartum also. The Claire definitely checks both boxes, and I have already made a couple. But more on that later….first, I’ll share a quick tutorial on one piece I made for my capsule!

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I saw a shirt on pinterest that looked like the coziest wrap hoodie and knew I could recreate the look with the Mama Claire from Made for Mermaids. Hoodies are perfect for Ireland since they are #1. warm and #2. help keep the drizzle off of me. It’s not really rain here…Florida rains. It just sort of mists at you and if you’re like me and have big hair once it gets slightly humid out, a hood comes in handy.

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I chose some sparkly sweater knit from Dress Fabrics. First, I cut 2 2″ tall bands from the full width of the fabric to ensure I’d have long pieces for the new neckband piece that would incorporate the hood. I wasn’t sure how long they would need to be yet and didn’t want to run out of long strips. Next, I cut out all the pieces I would normally need for the Mama Claire, plus a hood.

For the hood, I chose a crossover hood I had in my pattern stash (I used the riviera raglan crossover hood from New Horizons). I will explain later how I trimmed it to fit the Claire. Any oversized hood will work. You can always trim it down later on in construction.

Start with preparing the hood. You will need to attach the hood sides together along the center seam. I chose to do a french seam so that there wouldn’t be a serged edge visible when the hood was down. Start with fabric WRONG sides together, sew, trim the seam. Then press it with fabric RIGHT sides together and sew again to encase the raw edge (There’s videos available out there if that’s not making sense…or feel free to ask me for help!). I topstitched that seam down as well, but purely optional. **You could also just do a fully lined hood or line the whole thing for extra coziness, no bands, and lots of warmth! Kelly over at onwednesdayswesew.com did exactly that.  Just double your pieces and use the bottom band to attach it all after you flip right sides out.

Next, I sewed the shoulder seams together for the bodice like the pattern has you do first, and pressed them towards the back.

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I then found the center of the back, matched it with the center seam of my hoodie, and pinned it around. I checked fit and thought the hoodie needed to have a little less….so this is the shape I ended up with.

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You could easily use the Henley or Slim Fit Raglan hood from Patterns for Pirates with the slight modification shown and it will get you to the same shape!

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I didn’t stretch the hood as I pinned, and also made sure that it came around in the front to stop in the same place on each side. Go ahead and sew the hoodie onto the bodice now.

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(I used a serger for construction, but you could also use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine–this is my favorite setting for sewing stretchy knits on my sewing machine)

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Next, the band. I measured the length from one end of the bodice crossover, around the hood, to the other end. Mine for size purple was 66″…I multiplied that by .9 to calculate the band length. Usually for neckbands I use .8 or .85 depending on the stretch of the fabric, but I went with .9 because I wanted a looser more relaxed feel. Thankfully, I didn’t need to join two pieces together because my fabric was wide enough to get it out of one piece. If it wasn’t, I would have divided that measurement in half, added .25 for seam allowance, and serged two long pieces together.

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To attach the band, I found the center and pinned it to the center seam of the hood (if you have two pieces joined together, you’d want to match that seam here). I then continued to pin around the hood without stretching my band at all. When I got to the seam to the bodice, I pinned at each end, found the center, and pinned again so that it stretched through the bodice piece. Attach the band, nice and slowly. Lots of pins. Then, press the seam allowance in and away from the band. You can topstitch if you’d like, but I didn’t.

The rest, you sew up just like the pattern says. Attach sleeves, sew sides, hem or attach a bottom band. I went ahead and centered the seam of the bodice band on the back instead of the side since this Claire is most definitely not reversible….unless you’re into the hood over the face look. I remember someone did that on Project Runway once but I’m pretty sure he went home for it….

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Don’t forget to weave in those serger tails! I also shortened the sleeves on the pattern and added some armbands instead of a hem, too. Nice and cozy!! Much better pictures, and how it looks with the other pieces are to come.


Let me know if you try it out and ask if you have any questions!!

 

So it’s been a few years since I have written on the blog (or accessed the dashboard to do so….holy moly it looks intimidating) but it’s time for my triumphant return. First, let’s take a look back on some things that have happened since my disappearance, shall we?

  1. A huge reason why I stepped away in the first place was a little guy I was growing. Remember that birthday party I didn’t have the heart to do much for? It was because I was so.sick all the time. Funny how I went as a house for Halloween that year…I was perhaps hiding a bit of a bump behind it all 😉  After the first few weeks of the pregnancy, things did improve dramatically. Baby Heath arrived in June 2014. He’s a little firecracker now of course.img_1698
  2. While pregnant with Heath, we of course took on the kitchen renovation. And by pregnant, I mean 9 months along. I had called and asked for some shelving to organize the kitchen a little in a nesting rage…and that night the husband starting knocking out  walls. Anyway, it turned out gorgeous.
  3. We’ve done plenty of other house projects too, including both kids rooms, front door, and backyard. Maybe I’ll write about them one day. Probably not.

    4. I’ve still been cooking and sewing and schooling nonstop throughout it all.

    5. And we have done a few ridiculous birthday parties…12238248_10107734921237651_4402035916461737501_o6. As well as epic Halloween costumes…

    The biggest news of all though is what is yet to come, and the reason for my return to the blogisphere. We are embarking on the next huge chapter of our lives–a move to IRELAND! What?!? So in an effort to document that journey, I am back!

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I’ve made quite a few ring slings. It has become my go-to baby shower present, mostly because it has been the most useful baby item for me personally. Since I’ve made so many, I’ve learned what I like when wearing one and have developed a different way to sew it up, but I was originally inspired by Sleeping Baby Productions and Jan Andrea’s awesome tutorial for a pleated shoulder ring sling.

Let’s get started! This tutorial will make a one size ring sling with two pockets.

You will need:

2 1/4 yards of solid fabric (I suggest Kona cotton)

2 1/4 yards of print fabric (quilting cotton)

A pair of rings (I prefer large aluminum rings from slingrings.com)

fusible lightweight interfacing

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**Sew and use at your own risk!! Read this. There are also directions on how to properly wear a ring sling on her site. Safety first!!

First, pre-wash your fabric. I just do express wash on my machine with a little vinegar in it, dry on medium in the dryer. Next, you will cut the extra width of your fabric. Your fabric will be 44/45″ wide when you purchase it, but I find that around 30″ wide is comfortable for a ring sling. So to make this step easier, I fold the fabric in half and then in half again so that the selvages (the factory edge of the fabric, not the edge that they cut in the store) are lined up.

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Then I measure and mark 12″ from one selvage and cut through all the layers at once.

Fold up your solid fabric the same way, lay your print on top and cut it to match and you should have two pieces that are 2 1/4 yard x 32″ and two pieces that are 2 1/4 yd by 12″.IMG_0054

Put the larger pieces of fabric aside–they will become the body of your sling. Next we will cut the pockets from the 12″ wide pieces. I firmly believe that every ring sling should have at least one pocket, but prefer they have two (when wearing a ring sling, I rarely bother with a diaper bag or purse. My wallet, phone, and keys fit nicely in one pocket, the other pocket can usually fit a diaper if necessary, or burp rag, or snack, or whatever you feel you must carry around. I like two pockets so that if I have a dirty diaper it doesn’t have to hang out with my cell phone!)

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Cut two pieces of fabric that are roughly 9″x6″ and two pieces that are 8″ x 18″. Really whatever size you want though. The larger pieces will be folded in half to form the pocket, the smaller ones will be folded in half to form the envelope style top to the pocket to prevent things from falling out. Yes, you can do zippered pockets or some other style that close in some way, but this is the absolute easiest way to get a pocket that things won’t fall out of.

Let’s start with the smaller pieces. Fold each individual piece right sides together along the short side so that the long edges line up. Sew starting from one short side, pivot at the corner with needle down, and sew halfway along the long side. Stop, leave a space for turning, then sew the rest of the long side and the other short side. I used 1/2″ seam allowance for everything, by the way.

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Clip at the corners as shown, then turn right side out and press.

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Top stitch along the side with the opening to close the opening.

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Repeat with other small piece, and do the same thing for both of the larger pieces as well (you’ll be folding them in half to make rectangles that are roughly 9″x8″).

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Now we will add some interfacing to the sling pieces where the pocket will attach so that it won’t rip over time from the abuse that pockets tend to get. On the WRONG side of each of your 2 1/4 yd x 32″ pieces, iron a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing startingabout 10″ from the short side and centered. It should be bigger than the pocket pieces you created, so I used a piece about 10″ square (lay your pocket pieces out to be sure you have enough). Do this to your solid piece as well.

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Now flip it over so right sides are showing and pin the larger pocket piece where the interfacing is. The stitched side should be on top (the ‘top’ being the side where more fabric is)

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Flip it over and make sure you are going to sew it so that it’s on the interfacing!

Stitch around the three sides (left, top, and right in the above picture).

Make sure to back-stitch really well at the corners!

Next, overlap one of the smaller pieces over the open edge of the pocket. I went with a solid pocket and print pocket top for this one, but it’s totally up to you. It should overlap just about 1/4″-1/2″ Stitch that down along the three sides (not the pocket side….you don’t want to close up the opening, of course).

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Now you should have a pocket!

Repeat for the solid piece to add another pocket if you’d like.

Now that the pockets are on, it’s time to sew up the body of the ring sling! Place both of the large pieces, right sides together (making sure both of your pockets are on top of each other and not on opposite ends). Sew starting from a long side AWAY from the pocket, then down along the bottom short end (where the pocket is) and up the other side, leaving the last short side open. I used 1/4″ seam allowance, but use whatever you prefer.

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Clip the corners at the bottom, and turn the whole tube of fabric right sides out.

Get your iron hot and ready! It’s time to press this whole beast.

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Make sure that as you press, the seam is pulled all the way out and you aren’t leaving fabric folded in.

After it’s all pressed, you can top-stitch all the way around for a more finished look.

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Now let’s deal with that raw edge. We are going to sew the rings in. Place it print side up on your work table and measure how far across it is. It should be around 31″ roughly, depending on the seam allowance you used.

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Mark the center.

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Fold the sides in toward that center mark.

 

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Measure and mark every inch on the folded pieces.

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Starting on the outside, fold into the first mark.

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Then fold from the outside in one more time to the second mark.

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Make sure that your pleats don’t overlap on top of each other. You don’t want to have more than 6 layers of fabric in any one spot.

Press well with the iron to help hold your pleats, then use a basting stitch (longest stitch length you have) to baste about 1″ from the raw edge and again about 6″ from the raw edge. you want the pleats to be slightly wider at 6″ down so it’s okay if they spread a little as you go.

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(Oh, I serged my raw edge too. You can use an overlock or zigzag stitch on your machine to finish that raw edge if you don’t have a serger. It won’t be visible but you don’t want it to unravel)

If you haven’t already, now is the time to switch to a heavy duty needle. You will be demanding a lot from your machine here getting through all these layers!! IMG_0110

Put the rings in, and fold over (the solid fabric will be on the outside and print on the inside). Pin in place. It’s a good idea to draw a nice straight line to follow for this part (I followed my basting stitch), but you will start by just sewing with a straight stitch close to the rings….use the longest stitch length you have here. We are just basting and making sure it is all looking good.

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Make sure everything looks good at this point…that you caught all layers as you went.

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Next, use a strong stitch and go over the last line you made (or directly next to it if you want to stitch rip your first line out). One of your decorative stitches is fun to do here. It might be easiest to leave long ends and tie the ends of by hand instead of backstitching since your machine will already hate you enough for having to go through all of that fabric.

And that’s it!! Go back to that link on the top for how to thread and wear your ring sling if you aren’t familiar with them. It will be a little stiff, but after you wash and dry it a few times it will be super soft!

 

 

For the past month or so, Dexter has been VERY clear with his Christmas list, describing the particular Lego set he wants with great detail to any Santa he sees. Charlotte however has given me nothing to work with. She mentioned once that she would maybe want a baby doll though so I ran with it. I tried to find a nicer one within budget, but those bitty babies and similar are a little ridiculously priced. Even used. I didn’t want just another not so special baby doll, and it had to be SILENT for everyone’s sanity….so I settled on trying to make her one…

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I went with Simplicity 2809. She said she wanted a boy and a girl and wanted them to look like her and Dexter…but didn’t want to get too ambitious so I started with the girl doll. It actually sewed up pretty quickly!! I changed the face embroidery a little and constructed it a little different than it said to (like sewing the yarn into the seam on the face instead of hand sewing afterwards and stuffing the arms and legs before sewing them on instead of having to handsew 6 openings like the pattern would have me do). I don’t know if I love it, but she does and tried to steal it already, so I guess it’s a win? Maybe I’ll make the boy doll after all.

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For the clothes, I started off with a set of diapers…(scrap flannel and velcro, using the provided pattern)…

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But Charlotte was peeking over my shoulder as I worked and kept asking where her dress was so she could be a dancing girl doll (her way of saying ballerina…I’m trying to get her to change the vocabulary there and she’s not budging).  Unfortunately, the pattern had layette type things…shirts, sleep gown, etc.  No dress.  So I drafted a wrap dress out of scrap fabric starting with the kimono shirt the pattern provided.  I just shortened the shirt a little, added a skirt, and done.  Of course I finished all seams (even though doll clothes are never made with finished seams) because I wanted it to hold up a little better.

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It closes with velcro so that there’s a CHANCE that she will be able to take it on and off without me doing it for her (at what age do children dress their own dolls and not just shove them on mommy’s lap and demand that they be changed?)

Of course, that wasn’t enough random side sewing.  I also had planned awhile ago to make Charlotte an apron for Christmas, since Dexter already has one, and she sort of had one but it was part of an old Halloween costume, and I sold the costume, so she was pretty sad that she couldn’t dress up in her apron when helping mommy or playing in her kitchen.  Logically, as I was going to cut the apron out and sew it up, I decided to make her doll one first…but both sewed up in about an hour so not so bad.  The pattern is Simplicity 2492 and I just drafted the doll one freehand.

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Now I swear the pajamas will be next….hopefully….

I couldn’t leave Dexter out of course, so I decided to whip him up a vest to match Charlotte’s dress.  I searched through my never ending pile of patterns and of course I didn’t already have a vest pattern, but I found this tutorial online and it was meant to be!  It’s even the right size!  I didn’t want the lapels, so I just left those out.  I basted it up to check fit and tried it on him, and he says “Great job, Mommy…but I think it needs a pocket.”   Um, okay.  I added a welt pocket instead of the faux pockets in the tutorial (how angry would he have been with a faux pocket?!?), sewed the rest of it up, and had him try it on again.  “Super, Mommy….now you just need the buttons and it’s done!”  Oh, right.  I guess I can throw in some buttons…sigh.  It turned out really cute I think and they were a big hit when I took them out in their matching looks!

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Next up, Family Pajamas (tradition around here….hopefully I finish before Christmas Eve!)  What are you working on?

I found some clearance fabric and it inspired me to sew Christmas outfits (for the first time).  Seems a little silly that I’ve never made them dedicated Christmas wear in the past…I guess I’ve just always found really cute second hand stuff and didn’t bother before.  For Charlotte, I wanted a vintage-inspired classic look, and I’ve wanted to sew a circle skirt dress for awhile, so I decided it was time.

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I started with a basic bodice pattern (drafted from other patterns I own and a t shirt that fits), added some sleeves (modified also from another pattern I’ve made in the past), and finally made a circle skirt pattern (from Dana at Made).  I also cut lining for the skirt and bodice from black kona cotton.

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It sewed up pretty quickly (aside from running out of thin elastic for the sleeves).  I added black grosgrain trim along the bottom of the bodice before sewing the bodice together (being very careful to keep seam allowances consistent so that it would match up as I went).  I used single fold bias tape to finish off the sleeve seems, and provide a channel for the elastic to gather them up.

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Big bonus for this dress….no gathering!!  Probably my least favorite step in dress making….gathering and pinning.  For the skirt, I finished the main fabric with black bias tape, and then just did a rolled hem (using the rolled hem foot on my machine) for the lining.  I didn’t have a ton of room on the back bodice for buttons so I went with snaps to make my life easier (there wasn’t much space to overlap since I really wanted the plaid to match up nicely).  Snaps are a lot easier to attach than buttons and buttonholes anyway 😉

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It seemed a little plain so I added the bow on the front.  I wish I could say this is my favorite dress ever and I’m in love with every aspect, but alas, I made the bodice shorter than I should have (poor planning, whoops) and so the skirt hits higher than I had hoped it would, and makes it overall on the short side.  Sigh.  I still love it, and Charlotte is smitten with it…especially how spinnable the skirt is, but I do wish the fit was a bit better.  I’ll have to make another with some minor changes for her….perhaps a tutorial is to come?

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Now to make Dexter something to coordinate!  Action shots to come when everything is done 🙂

It was time that I sewed something for the little man….it seems Charlotte gets 4 things for every one of his lately.  I printed and cut out a few pdf patterns and he was intrigued, so I let him come over and choose what he wanted.  We had purchased green corduroy together while we were rowing Corduroy with plans to make overalls for his bear and pants for him (side note, homeschool is going great–I should write an update!), but it didn’t happen yet…I was sure he would pick the green corduroy pants, but no.  He picked underwear.  I did want to try the pattern out and him asking for it might have been the extra kick I needed, so I let him pick some fabrics and got started.IMG_1093

I went with the Undercover Bottoms Boxer Briefs Pattern from Fishsticks Designs.  I have made Tinkle Time Trainers for both kiddos in the past, and even made underwear versions of them, but there are A LOT of pattern pieces, so it can be a little tedious.  No step is difficult, but it’s just a lot of cutting.

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I purchased both the boxer briefs and the little fishies undies in hopes that I would make more cute underwear for the kids without being so intimidated by the 16 pattern pieces.  It seems the store bought underwear tends to stretch out and fade pretty quickly….or my kids are rough on it.  But yes, it is definitely something easier purchased than made.

That being said, the boxer briefs did sew up in about 30 minutes, including cutting, while holding a child and explaining to another child all about how a serger and sewing machine work.  I did use the serger the whole time (except for the topstitching) so it was fast.

I really love the fit, since underwear seems to come in 2t-3t and 4t-5t, and the former is too tight and latter is super loose, but he says they are too tight and refuses to wear them.  I guess he’s a boxer kinda guy. What do you think?  Worth it to make yourself?

KCW day 2 started out with 1) Thinking about sewing for the kids  2) Realizing that finishing up Halloween costumes made much more sense….so I made a wig for Hubby.  Fail on kid’s sewing, but WIN that Halloween is DONE!  Anyway, here’s an older project that I haven’t shared yet 🙂

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I had a strange urge to sew up a peplum top the other day. I think it came from me finally realizing what a peplum was (I really thought it was fabric….realizing now I was mixing it up with poplin) and project runway bringing it up a lot. Or maybe they only said peplum once and it just echoed in my mind. I wasn’t really a fan of the look because maybe it reminded me of clowns, but i guess it grew on me. Whatever. I have a lot of pencil skirts though and love pencil skirts, but sometimes I have a hard time wearing them. Tight on top and tight on bottom is just a bit much, right? So a versatile peplum top would solve everything. I tried on a few in stores, they all flared out like ON my ribcage. Not so flattering. My goal in wearing a peplum top would be to accentuate the waist, minimize hips….not look like an empire dress that fell. So I pulled out Lisette 1666 and decided I’d tackle my own. That’s when I got distracted and made yet another pencil skirt. For fabric, I wanted it to go with a variety of things but still be interesting, so I decided on basic white cotton with a little stretch and a lace overlay. I did make a muslin since I’ve never made a fitted top before, but I managed to screw up the muslin so badly sewing pieces together upside down or in the wrong places that I just threw it out and decided to tackle it with the actual fabric instead, wishing for the best.

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I lost a little along some seams because the lace didn’t always match up and behave. I also managed to slice into it with my serger blade along a shoulder, so that had to be taken in to hide that mistake…..but other than that, I like it. I am still pretty nervous about wearing it….like it screams “I made this myself!”

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What do you think? Anyone else as horrible at muslins as me?

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It’s Kid’s Clothing Week!! The goal is to spend an hour a day working on sewing for your kiddos, so despite this being an impossible time of year to take on more sewing (halloween!! And a party to plan for my darling soon to be 3 year old), I am doing it anyway.

Today I cut out a Sunshine Dress tunic. I had already made a dress and it came out really cute, but went with a tunic since I didn’t have enough skirt fabric for the dress. I also tackled some more Halloween sewing….almost done…here’s a little preview:

 

 

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