KCW summer 2013: Op style shorts

How was your Kids Clothes Week?  Or, as I like to call it- Neglect-Your-Household-Week.  Phew, this place is a disaster!

I actually did work on making clothing all week, but first project a wash, so it got scrapped.  Thankfully my week was redeemed when the vision in my head came to fruition.  Op shorts!

Dana’s pattern goes So. Cal in this version which I designed after the classic Ocean Pacific corduroy shorts.

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I used the 4-year-old girl size, flat front, and racer short hemline.  I simply extended the pocket all the way to the hem, and we are right back in 1985.

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The cotton I used was a nice weight for these shorts- probably cotton twill?  Its been in my stash for a while.  Purchased at Les Fab.  I’d love to actually try these with some corduroy.  I made a freezer paper stenciled shirt to go with!

I’ve been singing, “I want my, I want my, I want my MTV” for days now!

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I am so happy to have this pattern to work from.  A good pattern makes sewing fun!  Dana’s corresponding tutorials are really helpful.  I love that she doesn’t assume how much we know about sewing.  She takes her time to explain each step. A beginner can do this!

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Avery is trying to show you that I actually did line the pockets with a pretty butterfly fabric.  I could have exaggerated it on the seams.  You can’t really tell from the front.  This is how my pockets looked before I placed them:

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I will say that the racer short hemline was a little too short for this project.  I only ended up folding my hem under once.  Also, bringing the pocket down to the bottom will make the hem a lot bulkier.

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I tried to keep the photo shoot going by handing Avery some props.

“Sweet wallet.  Is this vintage?”

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“What, no money?”

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“I don’t work for free, lady.”

Later…

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A bribe is a bribe.

Enjoy catching up on your housework!

~ Caroline

#allvoileallthetime

Here’s my first completed KCW Summer project.

A breezy colorful dress for my littlest gal, Coco.

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I realized halfway into sewing this that is the 4th consecutive garment I’ve made with cotton voile.  Hmm.  Might I be a one-trick pony?  Probably… but I love sewing with the stuff!  That hashtag up there? Yeah… could not get that out of my head white I was working on this.

Too much Instagramming I guess. 😉

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The pattern is one that I drew up last Summer (here and here). I’ve hinted before at a possible tutorial, but every time I make one I change it up a little and still don’t feel like it’s quite perfected!

The voile solids in Mist and Coral are by Free Spirit, that I purchased from Hawthorne Threads– one of my favorite online fabric shops.  And the AMH print is one I’ve had for a while… Actually, I kind of hoard it in every colorway, so be prepared to see it again and again.  You’ve been warned.

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The basic construction of the dress is easy.  A long rectangle folded in half for the bodice, A couple of ruffled straps, and a gathered skirt piece.

Since voile is so thin, I decided to line the bodice (that print is one piece of fabric folded over) with a piece of folded over muslin.  It made for a nice weight that hopefully will hold up better than the last ones I made which got pretty wrinkly and shifty over time.

Anyway, the straps are two pieces of voile pieced together, then folded and shifted over.  I then zig-zag the raw edges, shape them with scissors, and make a little casing for elastic.  Pretty easy.

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I love the coral peeking out from underneath the print.

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I added a couple of paper-thin white buttons that were begging to be used for a sweet dress like this.

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 And a big vintage coral button to close the back.

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So there you have it.  One KCW project down.  I’ve got a couple of pairs of shorts on my list, but Summertime has been CRAY-to-the-Z around here, we’ll see if I can get around to it.  Oh, and they won’t be made with voile.

.-0P

Not that this face would mind.

#HappySewing!

-Erin

p.s. WordPress just wished our blog a Happy 3 year Anniversary… Thank You wordpress.  And Thank You lovely readers for visiting, and all you awesome sewing peeps out there for making it fun.  :::The Hungie Gungie girls blow you kisses::: #MWA!  #sorrylasthashtag

Pants for the boy (kcwc day 5)

I couldn’t end my week of sewing without making something for my boy, Grant.  Nothing, too exciting here- except for the fact that he’s actually getting some homemade clothing love, which is rare in these parts!

I used a the “quick-change trousers” pattern from Handmade Beginnings.  It took a long time to cut the pattern pieces and all the fabric since these pants are reversible.  I had to scrounge for some boyish fabric… I had a lot of this charcoal blue corduroy, and some random clearance fabric.

They definitely fit well, a tad big, but if he can do his normal thing like climbing on tables and chairs- I’m happy.

I’m glad I took part in KCWC this time around… I did my fair share of sewing, but I am definitely out of steam.

Looking forward to several days of beautiful weather while my sewing machine takes a nice long nap.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Erin

**one more thing… here’s Ellery actually wearing her new sweater.  She kept it on for most of the day at preschool… success!

UPcycled: dad’s sweater into girl’s cardigan (kcwc day 2)

This was a project that I didn’t really know where would end up. I wanted to upgrade one of Dean’s old sweaters into something for Ellery…

I used one of her T-shirts as a pattern and cut the sweater to about the same dimensions… I used the existing sleeves, but took them in a lot and kept the bottom cuff so i didn’t have to worry about hemming… I used the bottom of his sweater (the ribbed part) for the neckline.  Then, I kind of just winged it- cut some strips and left the raw edges and attached them to the edges of the cardigan so I didn’t have to do any sort of hemming….

I intended for the placket on the sweater to be off-center, but you can’t tell very well in that picture.  The felt circle flower is removable- I had it lying around and it was the perfect thing to cover up the akward area where the two sides of the front of the cardigan meet.

This cardigan took about an hour and a lot of swearing.

And the kid that it was meant for didn’t want to try it on.

So….

yeah.

I’ll bribe her with some chocolate chips tomorrow and try again.

Check ya!

-Erin

Corduroy and Knit Top

Here’s my first project for KCWC… A top for my girl.

 It’s like, 80 degrees here in central VA, so I know she’ll get some use out of it for a couple of more weeks before having to wear long sleeves underneath it.

I used an old Urban Outfitters dress of mine to make the yoke and the ruffled capped sleeves… and used the buttons from that dress on the front and the back.  I then used an dark teal blue jersey for the rest. Lace hem tape to add a little somethin’ to the front, and then instead of bothering to hem the bottom, I just sewed it to the raw edge!

It’s such a gorgeous day today.  Off to the park…

-Erin

Kids Clothes Week Challenge fall 2011

Tomorrow begins the start of Kids Clothes Week Challenge a.k.a KCWC over at one of my fave sewing/crafting blogs, Elsie Marley.  Basically, Meg is challenging sewists out there to sew for one hour a day for 7 days to create clothes for their kids.  Then you post your creations to the flickr group- and you can take a look at what everyone else has been up to and get some inspiration.  Meg hosts it twice a year, and I’m excited to hold myself to it this time around!  It’s a good way to get your butt in gear and finish up some projects that have been bunched up on the floor, or ideas that have been looming around your head.  My preschooler needs shirts, so I’ve been getting some fabric cut and ready to go so all I have to do this week is put it all together.  I’m really trying to re-purpose clothing that we have already, so I’ll let you know how that works out for me- one idea I have is turning one of my husband’s sweaters into a little cardigan for Ellery… I hope I can figure it out.  Anyway, if you have kids and you sew, think about taking part in KCWC this week!

One another note, I have made a few dresses for E using one pattern and playing around with it.  Actually, the shirt I have in the works for KCWC is also a version of it… Here’s the first one I did.  I used jersey knit (and cotton for the yoke) and to my surprise it wasn’t hard to sew at all.  All I did was use a stretch needle…

She loves it (but really, what’s not to love… it’s a striking shade of magenta!).

For the second one, I used a soft blue cotton.  I changed the neckline too…

The third one might be my favorite- I love the apple print and the red knit.

I made simple long sleeves and added a little notch in the neckline….

I’ll post my KCWC progress over the next week.  Hope to see some of you there too!

Catch ya on the flipside…

-Erin