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KCW – May 2016 – Day 1

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Pattern: Street smart sweatshirt collection

Size: 7

Material: kmart tshirt and stash

Well, what would you know, I’m actually sewing and posting on DAY 1 of kids clothes week this season!!! shock horror, I’m usually so behind that I sew up 4 days in one day and post them all at the same time.

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Well I got a little warning – well 1 day – but that’s enough and I did have a few things that I was planning to sew so they are getting done in the name of KCW.

Today was a streetsmart sweatshirt in hi-low for Brylie using a kmart tshirt that was in a size 10 or something like that, anyway size doesn’t matter, in the up-cycling world “bigger is better” is always true.  I got the front and back cut from the tshirt and I used some stash material for the sleeves, it just went together perfectly and Brylie just loved it.

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Are you sewing along this season?  I’d love to see what you are sewing too.

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Kids Clothes Week Day 4 – Shorts for Elijah

So Elijah always seems to get left out when I’m making clothes, I’m not sure why, maybe because the girls clothes are cuter and I can make them matching.  But anyway, today I decided to make him some shorts as hes still wearing size 3 from a couple of years ago.

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Pattern: The shorts from the Sleepy Kiwis nightwear

Size: 4 for my skinny boy with a little added length

Fabric: from my stash

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I added some big pockets because every boy needs pockets.

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My serious little boy!

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This is what I get when I ask for a smile!!!!

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And he had to do a funny face.

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And when I asked him to pull them up a little, he wears his pants right down on his hips.

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Kids Clothes Week Day 3 – Every day party dress for Portia

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Pattern: The Party Dress I’m designing at the moment

Size: 18month with knee length skirt,

Fabric: quilting cotton from my stash, buttons from my stash.

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So as you know, my tutorials have photos scattered through the instructions, and the only way of getting these is for me to make an item in each of the options!!! and take photos along the way.  this usually means that my children end up with multiple items when I’m designing a new pattern, its lucky I have 2 girls and I’ve already made 5 dresses from this pattern, 3 for Portia and 2 for Brylie.  Elijah even asked for one, but yeah I can’t really bring myself to make him one!!! I think he just feels left out, I must make him something tomorrow!

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This dress has beautiful flutter sleeves and I managed to squeeze it out of the tiniest little piece of fabric ever.  I did have to chop 1cm off the bottom of the bodice and line the sleeves to do it, but I did it and I love the result.

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My button jar came to the rescue with buttons to match, it was lucky that I had 3 of the same, as my jar is a bit of a hodgepodge of choice.  Please notice that this time I got the button holes on the right side and it looks so much nicer!!

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Kids Clothes Week Day 2 – Harem Shorts

 

Day 2 was a bit of a fail, I sewed these in the evening hence no modeled photos.

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Pattern: Peekaboopocket pants

Size: 18m

Fabric: nursery knit and ribbing from my stash, a little piece of batik dyed woven and a transfer.

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I love this pattern, it is my staple for my kids when they are in nappies, and all so past nappies, though my husband doesn’t want me to make them for Elijah or Brylie as they are not really the style he likes on his kids.  I still make them for Portia as she can pass for a baby!!!

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I adore the round pocket and how it can be sewn in a woven fabric, it just gives that little pop of colour.

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My mum gave me a sheet of transfers years ago and this little flower one matched perfectly, it was so nice to finally use one.

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I cut the legs about 2cm above the 0-3month length to create a short length, and added a shorter wider cuff.  I cant wait for real summer weather so Portia can wear these.

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Kids Clothes Week – Day 1 – Matching sister dresses

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Day 1

Pattern: New LKC pattern (just about to go into testing)

Sizes: 18 months for Portia and a 5 width with 8 length for Brylie (she really must stop growing)

Fabric: from my stash.

So Kids clothes week has crept up on me once again, and I’m really excited to sew some summer clothing for my kids.  The girls both need some nice church dresses as well as some simple summer beach ones.  Elijah really does need some new shorts, poor boy is still wearing ones I made him over 2 years ago!!

So to start with I thought I’d share these two I made (I didn’t make them today but I finished them two days ago so I thought I’d share them anyway as they are just so gorgeous.

The pattern is the latest that I’ve been designing, its a party dress with many options (as usual)

the fabric I was given by my husband’s Aunty and amazingly I had enough to make both the girls dresses from it.

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I sewed puff sleeves for the girls as our sun in New Zealand can be really hot and burns, but also because it just give such a classic look to the dress.  This photo is also my attempt to make these dresses fit the theme (I never fit the theme) the girls are blending in with the flowers!!!!

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I also did the pleated skirt, which is such a different look to a gather skirt, I really like the simplicity of it.
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I just had to include some of the funny faces Portia was pulling. She is such a character.

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The whole dress is fully lined (except the skirt) but I did a woopsie when I was sewing the button holes and put them on the wrong side!! ah well. it still looks lovely.

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Pattern testing – Carey Top

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I’ve been taking a wee break from pattern designing and have been testing a few patterns for other designers.  Its nice to once and a while step back and do something different for a change.  Don’t worry though, there are other patterns in the works!!

One pattern I tested is the Carey Top from Itch to Stitch.  When I saw this tester call, I jumped at the chance to test as it’s the very style that I’m loving wearing at the moment.

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I didn’t have quite enough blue fabric so I colour blocked with the lace and I really like the look.  It really ties in with the lace paneling on the shoulders.

The pattern is really easy to make and I think it took me about 1 1/2-2 hours in total, the part that takes the longest is creating the paneling down the shoulders and creating the channels for the elastic/ties.

Its super comfy and is designed for light weight woven fabrics but as I found out, it works perfectly in a light knit also.  I’m looking forwarding to make another one soon, I have bought the fabric already!!!

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So go on and buy it, I know you’ll love it.

two other little tests I’ve done recently are some free motion applique designs, one from StitchART and one from Made4Bug.

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Check out this little pirate girl from Made4Bug, this design comes with so so many options its just so fun to play around with different hats, swords and other accessories.

You can purchase the design here

 

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And the second design I tested was the “vege Girl” from StitchART.  I also did her mermaid cause its just so cute.

You can purchase these designs here.

KCW – June 2015 – Day 4

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Day 4

Pattern: skirt in the design process (take 2)

Size 7 for Brylie

Fabric: random pieces of wale cord in my stash and home made bias binding.

So as per usual when I join in with Kid Clothes Week, the things I make generally follow the pattern or patterns that are in development.  Well at the moment it is a wee denim skirt with multiple options, one of which you saw yesterday.  Portia’s one was a very simple hi-low with no pockets and a simple as waistband.

Brylie’s skirt is a bit more complicated.  It has a tickle pocket and a flat front!!! (i know wow, I never thought I’d get good enough to do one of those!!)

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Once again I did the hidden accent hem which I love, but kept it thin as when I made Portia another one with pockets and a non hi at the front, but still a low at the back.  I did a wider accent and it was a bit tricky going around the side with the height change.

But hers still looks super cute, and was actually the one that prompted my idea for the pocket…  The skirt I up-cycled had a double layer at the top and I cut the front piece without thinking, then I was like, oh, what do I do with this flappy bit and was going to cut it off!!!! but thankfully, sense prevailed and the tickle pocket came into existence.

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As you can see the back is nice and long with a dramatic hi in the front, accentuated by Brylie majorly lone legs!!! jealous much?

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I used a wale cord that I had in my stash, it actually was all pieces when I pulled it out to cut so I had to do some creative piecing so the front and back both have seams down the middle.  But you can hardly see it, especially in the front where it is covered by the pocket.

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sewing along with KCW are you?

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