Sunday, July 27, 2014

Partly Cloudy Dress

 Lately my little bird has been making lots of cloudy rainbow scenes in her drawings. I wanted to make her a dress that captured the lone fluffy white cloud in a perfectly sunny sky. Here's what I came up with! Sewing this was a fun challenge. I used my self drafted dress pattern that I use for the base for all the fox dresses in my etsy shoppe and simply drafted a the cloud collar for it.
I love working with light weight cotton when sewing for children. It's comfortable, breathable, forgiving and easy to wash!

Romping Whales!

Another day another romper!
I found this pattern at Joann's when McCall's patterns were like 99 cents each and I immediately saw potential in the easy breeziness of this pattern! My little bird and I were walking down the aisles the same trip and she picked out the whale fabric herself! I couldn't resist! :) adorable!
The pattern was easy to use and simple but it did run about a size and a half too big... maybe my seam allowances were off (I'll allow that) but she'll be wearing this more next summer for sure! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Drawing together and sewing together

The time has come for another kid's clothes week!!! I spent this past weekend at my best friend's wedding and then the next morning we flew out to Chicago for my college roommate's wedding! Needless to say the beginning of this week was spent sleeping, napping and wishing I was sleeping! Hence the late start in posting projects! The inspiration this time around is Kid's Art. I loved the idea of the kid's art inspiration and since my daughter spend so much of our time watercolouring, crayoning over our watercolors, then penning/inking over all that I figured why not spend some time drawing on some fabric to make my little bird wearable art!
Years ago my dearest friend gave me a box of these awesome fabric crayons! I looked for more of them on amazon since mine are getting pretty old (at least 15 years???) and they are so cheap! We'll be doing way more projects with these in the future! My 2 year old had such an easy time using them! I made sure to tape down our fabric so it wouldn't slide around but they draw on as easily as oil pastels and blend just as nicely (though we aren't really at that point yet!!). I think our next project with these will be a pair of lounge pants or maybe a box mailed to my nephews with precut fabric for pj pants for them!
 This was my very first time rouching or smocking with elastic thread on the bobbin in my machine. Super easy! Absolutely adorable! I used the end of a bolt of muslin I've had for forever and used to make all the curtains for my downstairs as well as lots of pattern pieces. I LOVE the simplicity of muslin. It's perfectly light and breezy for summer! I just keep thinking I need to make more clothing for myself out of muslin!