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(and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-i-ight!)

Blogging! It’s making a comeback! I am pretty sure of it! My mid-year resolution is to blog more, and I think you should too! Unless you are Violet and never stopped blogging multiple times a day. My hero!

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Trust me, I’m a blogger. A blogger who needs a haircut.

A lot of my Twitter friends blog, but if I met them through Twitter I wasn’t following their blogs. Which, ack. So today I am collecting URLs to add to feedly. In the process, I found myself looking at some of the feeds that are still on my list but haven’t been updated in forever, and I happened to find this post, which is where I first got the itch to have a closet full of Simplicity 3835s. It was six years ago. OMG.

We went to the renaissance fair on Saturday (pictures to come!) and while we were out the postman left a slip for two packages. The children and I walked to the post office yesterday and picked up my fabric order and part of my Old Navy order. My new wardrobe is underway! And just in time, because I got rid of more clothes after my last post. The patterns for Dress No. 1 and Spin Skirt arrived last week, and I bought a digital download of Violet (because I couldn’t stomach $6 shipping for one pattern).

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Riley Blake Cherries for a summery Spin Skirt

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Birch cotton voile Flight for Violet

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Robert Kaufman Essex linen blend for Dress No. 1

First up, I am going to make a muslin of 3835 (with unbleached muslin I found in my fabric stash) and one of the dresses (I don’t think I need to make a muslin). Place your vote for navy, orange, or lime! (The grey is a remnant that I might use for pockets or more likely to make something for Grace.)

December Project #4

I made a Christmas bunting!

I collected the fabrics last year and the year before, a quarter yard at a time. (There is a fifth print, holly on a yellowish background, but it didn’t fit with the others as well as I’d hoped so I’m saving it for something else.) The candy canes are Michael Miller, the trees on cream are Riley Blake Designs, and the other two don’t have markings on the selvedge. I think at least one of them is Alexander Henry.

I cut triangles, alternating direction, across the width of the fabric and taking up the (approx. 9 inch) height, stopping when I had eight of each print. Each triangle is six inches wide at the top.

Because I alternated direction, half of the tree print triangles are upside down, but that worked out fine. I sewed them wrong sides together along both long sides of the triangle, turned right side out, and sewed the tops to the ribbon, with the upside right trees facing out. If I had a better setup and/or were less lazy, I would have ironed them before sewing to the ribbon, but I don’t/am not.

Cutting and sewing took about an hour. CRAFTING IS AWESOME.

I sewed some more! I am unstoppable!

You guys, I made four more things. FOUR. And one is reversible. And actually, I made a fifth thing–a pair of bandanna pants–but it is not for my kids so I’m not counting it.

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Above is the Swing Swing Smock from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing. It is EXACTLY the right thing for this fabric.

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This is the Gemini Jumper from Very Baby. I bought the dandelion fabric last year (actually, my mom bought it for me) knowing that I wanted to make a reversible dress for Grace with it. I waited until the universe provided me with the exact pattern that was in my head. I think it turned out pretty good.

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And my very favorite:

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This is the free Oliver & S Popover Sundress.

I pulled the purple print fabric out of my stash because I needed a yoke fabric to go with the pink linen, which my sister picked up last month. I think the purple is an old curtain or something–it’s from my mom’s stash and is probably older than me. Since the pattern needed less fabric than I had, I decided to make two dresses. I’m so glad I did! But very worried about fit. I made size 2, and Grace only wears 18 months, but I was pretty carefree with the seams and might have made it too small. Luckily there is a ton more of the purple, so if I have to redo it I can.

Kids Clothes Week is over, but I hope I will find some more things to make for Sam. He needs a wardrobe as awesome as Gracie’s.

I sewed some more! I am unstoppable!

You guys, I made four more things. FOUR. And one is reversible. And actually, I made a fifth thing–a pair of bandanna pants–but it is not for my kids so I’m not counting it.

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Above is the Swing Swing Smock from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing. It is EXACTLY the right thing for this fabric.

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kcwc-gemini-reverse

This is the Gemini Jumper from Very Baby. I bought the dandelion fabric last year (actually, my mom bought it for me) knowing that I wanted to make a reversible dress for Grace with it. I waited until the universe provided me with the exact pattern that was in my head. I think it turned out pretty good.

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And my very favorite:

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This is the free Oliver & S Popover Sundress.

I pulled the purple print fabric out of my stash because I needed a yoke fabric to go with the pink linen, which my sister picked up last month. I think the purple is an old curtain or something–it’s from my mom’s stash and is probably older than me. Since the pattern needed less fabric than I had, I decided to make two dresses. I’m so glad I did! But very worried about fit. I made size 2, and Grace only wears 18 months, but I was pretty carefree with the seams and might have made it too small. Luckily there is a ton more of the purple, so if I have to redo it I can.

Kids Clothes Week is over, but I hope I will find some more things to make for Sam. He needs a wardrobe as awesome as Gracie’s.

Kids Clothes Week Challenge!

It’s Kids Clothes Week again, and I got off to a terrific start yesterday:

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and also:

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which is totally reversible:

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(It still needs some sort of closure. I just have to lug the snap press downstairs.)

(Also, I need to iron it. Shhh.)

These patterns are both from Leila & Ben. Above is the Sweet Little Dress, made from an old cowboy-style shirt of mine. I kept the original hem, so it’s kinda womlu, and I think I need to add some sew-in snaps to keep it closed better (or possibly just sew up the front), but it’s adorable and fits her perfectly. Below that is the Unisex Vest, which I made in Sam’s size.

But wait, there’s more! I also sewed Grace another dress, which also just needs snaps, but I ran out of light to take a photo and wasn’t home at all today. AND I cut out the sweetest little smock for her from green bird fabric that makes me swoon. I bought bias tape for it today and will sew it up tonight or in the morning. Probably morning, as the light here sucks once the sun goes down.

I feel so productive!

Kids Clothes Week Challenge!

It’s Kids Clothes Week again, and I got off to a terrific start yesterday:

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and also:

kcwc-vest2

which is totally reversible:

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(It still needs some sort of closure. I just have to lug the snap press downstairs.)

(Also, I need to iron it. Shhh.)

These patterns are both from Leila & Ben. Above is the Sweet Little Dress, made from an old cowboy-style shirt of mine. I kept the original hem, so it’s kinda womlu, and I think I need to add some sew-in snaps to keep it closed better (or possibly just sew up the front), but it’s adorable and fits her perfectly. Below that is the Unisex Vest, which I made in Sam’s size.

But wait, there’s more! I also sewed Grace another dress, which also just needs snaps, but I ran out of light to take a photo and wasn’t home at all today. AND I cut out the sweetest little smock for her from green bird fabric that makes me swoon. I bought bias tape for it today and will sew it up tonight or in the morning. Probably morning, as the light here sucks once the sun goes down.

I feel so productive!

An Important Distinction

Yesterday I told Will that I believe my fingers might fall off before I am done with my Christmas sewing. He rebuked me for such an awful image and suggested that I instead say that I would sew until my fingers bleed.

Yeah, I don’t know either. But I do know that I have a LOT of sewing to complete before, like, right now. Luckily, my parents don’t care if their presents arrive before Christmas, but I really need to finish Grace’s present because I insist on building a habit of being fair to her for both Christmas and her birthday and we got Sam the best present ever.

Oh man so much sewing. It’s a good thing I like sewing.

Batman & Robin

Sam is OBSESSED with Superheroes. All he wants to do all day is watch Batman, Superman, and Spider-man movies and cartoons. He’s been into Batman for ages, since before he’d even seen any, and his fourth birthday party was Batman-themed (though he wound up dressed as Iron Man at the party–I think it’s better not to question the logic).

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Sam’s leggins were $4 at Target. His shirt is a black pocket tee that he already had, with a felt bat symbol stitched on in a few spots (for easy removal for washing–felt shouldn’t go through the machine). My mom bought his cape at this shop (it reverses to Superman).

The utility belt is my absolute masterpiece. I cut a 4-inch wide, 24-inch long piece of black felt, folded it lengthwise, and zig-zagged it shut. I took two pieces of yellow craft felt (minus enough for the symbol on his shirt) and cut rectangles of various sizes. One was sewn in half to make the buckle, with the bat symbol stitched on. The rest were sewn into pouches, three of which were sewn directly to the belt and two of which attach with snaps. The belt has two snap settings, making it adjustable for his waist, hidden by the “buckle.” I bought heavy-duty poster board at the art store and had Will cut bat-arangs out of it to fit in the front pouches of his belt.

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For Grace’s Robin tunic I used the 90 Minute Shirt tutorial. I made the sleeves green because Robin wears a green leotard with a red tunic over it, and that seemed like an absurd number of layers for a ten-month-old in Southern California. The neckline is the only part I’m not thrilled with. When I went to Joann’s to pick up yellow ribbing for it, the store was in chaos and half the fabric was waiting to be re-shelved. I was out of time so I grabbed some double fold bias tape. Unfortunately, it had almost no stretch despite being cut on the bias, so it doesn’t look great. But it worked! I made the R symbol with felt and used embroidery floss to make the stitching down the front.

I made her leggins (in place of tights) the way I make bandanna pants, using a pair of her leggins as a pattern. The waistband–which you can’t actually see here–is done with elastic covered by more bias tape (I would have used ribbing for that too), to imply Robin’s utility belt.

I made her cape, based on Sam’s but a little smaller and with a snap instead of velcro.

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Total cost was under $30 (not including Sam’s cape) and I have a ton of fabric left over. In fact, I found enough felt for a little side project…

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(Incidentally, I spent ALL DAY on Halloween trying to get decent photographs. It was impossible. Not only were my models understandably uncooperative, but the light in my apartment SUCKS ASS. It is the Human Centipede of apartment lighting. Seriously. We are hoping to move in the new year and I think good lighting is above a good kitchen on my list of musts. And you know how much I cook.)

I made this.

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I was inspired, and I had some Alexander Henry fabric my mom gave me, as well as an empty bag from a box of Joe’s O’s. I rounded up some ribbons from various presents and made a sandwich–two pieces of fabric, right sides facing, with ribbons tags tucked between, and the bag, cut into a single sheet, on one side. I stuffed the whole thing through my sewing machine, turned it right-side-out (with fingers crossed that I’d put everything in the right order), and top stitched. It took almost no time and the kids LOVE it.

I tried to get a picture of Gracie with it but just got blur, so here is a photo of her playing with a ball last week:

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Or rather, a photo of her seconds after abandoning the ball in hopes of eating Mama and/or the camera.