Monday, October 28, 2013

KCW: day six

Okay, it's Monday and I'm still blogging what I did on Saturday. I finished the metro dress, took photos, and even uploaded the photos to my computer on Saturday, but I ran out of time because it was time to get ready for the trunk or treat. 
Christine was a little annoyed at taking more pictures (you have to take my picture again mom? didn't we do this yesterday? and the day before? and the day before that?) I had to pay out a boxed apple juice drink for this, and she demanded that she dictate where the photos were taken (she chose her playhouse) AND that she could wear her new "glass slippers" (that were for her Cinderella Halloween costume) in the picture.
This dress is a knock off of a jcrew dress (from 2011, I'm so not trendy am I?) that Shwin and Shwin did a tutorial for. Except I didn't follow the instructions and fully lined the dress instead of adding a facing. If you've been reading my KCW posts, you know that adding the lining doubles the amounts of darts you have to sew. But once you've sewn those and avoided turning the dress into a scarf it isn't too bad. In fact this was one of those projects that pushed my skill set. I love those type of projects (when they are done), they are so satisfying.
Christine is probably glad that KCW is over, but I am going to miss the momentum I had going. (not that I am going to stop sewing, for those of you who know me, I am always sewing!)

Friday, October 25, 2013

KCW: day five

I almost forgot to share this shirt! I sewed up a flash back skinny tee in briar rose cotton jersey knit. I sewed it at the same time as the bimaa. Seriously, if you are going to sew a shirt, just sew two at a time because it hardly takes any extra time.
I actually finished the sleeves and neck hole with ribbed knit and it was sooooo ugly, like bad 80s ugly. I couldn't do that to my beautiful Heather Ross fabric! So I pulled out my seam ripper and cut out some new pieces from the briar rose knit. much much better.
I didn't get any sewing done today. But I did go to the fabric store, does that count? Tomorrow is the last day of KCW. Sadly, I don't think the skinny jeans are going to get done. My goals are to finish sewing the sash on the metro dress and get it photographed. We'll see if I can do that.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

KCW: day four

We went out today and took some real pictures! Much better yes?

Let's talk details. This is the Bimaa pattern from Lou Bee Patterns. If there is a "pattern of the season" right now, it's the Bimaa. I almost bought the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle a few weeks ago just for the Bimaa, but then I realized that buying the pattern at full price was much cheaper than buying 30 patterns I wouldn't use (plus I already owned several patterns included in there). Let me say, this is an AWESOME pattern. I can't wait to sew it up again with a contrasting cowl like here, and again with the shawl collar like here. And I kinda want to make it for me like Suz did here. It is actually a really easy pattern and sews up really quick.

For fabric I used this cotton jersey fabric and it is sooooo soft! I want to make myself a t-shirt out of it, maybe an exact matching shirt, and then we can wear them together and be SO COOL! (that's my sarcastic voice btw)
As for my remaining KCW sewing, I am almost finished with the Metro Dress. I sewed a little bit this morning before breakfast and all of a sudden it started coming together really quick! I was just kind of winging it because 1- I was too lazy to read the tutorial instructions and got derails from the original pattern (I did a full lining instead of a facing) 2- I get arrogant about my sewing skills thinking I am the sewing master (I'm not) and all of a sudden I realized that I was beyond my skills.  I had in my hands a dress with a full lining (I have never sewn a full lining before) and an invisible zipper (I think this would be my 4th invisible zipper ever). I was just making this up as I went along! So I went to the true sewing masters Coletterie and found this brilliant tutorial. I sewed up the zipper and the stars aligned so beautifully. With my ego puffed up again, "I AM the sewing master!" I moved on to the next step- sewing the lining to the dress part and I tried to turn it right side out, and I couldn't...
.... I had just made the world's first infinity scarf with 16 #$% darts. (I am going to digitize this pattern and sell it for $10 and make bank because every sewer is going to want to sew one of these! (sarcastic voice again))
 Looks pretty good no? the 16 darts really make it fabulous

Anyways. That's my update for KCW so far. Tomorrow I hopefully will have final photos of the completed Metro dress (Yes, the infinity scarf is no more). Then it's onto the last item on my KCW list. I have pieces cut out for the white skinny jeans, but I'm not sure how much I will get done on them. Friday is my cleaning day.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KCW: day three

Photographing wasn't ideal today. Someone didn't have a nap today and was a little ca-razy. I am going to have to retry tomorrow. I need better lighting and better bribes!
Here's how the Metro Dress is coming along. I decided to fully line the bodice instead of doing a facing as the tutorial calls for. BAD IDEA. Do you know why Shwin and Shwin did a facing? because there are 8 darts in this baby. Add a lining and that's 16 darts! What was I thinking??

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

KCW: day two

I woke up this morning with a sore throat. not good. ug! I hate being sick. If I don't feel better quick, the dress and skinny jeans are going to get kicked off the KCW list. As for the long sleeve shirts, they are done and just need to be photographed. So at least there will be a few more pictures to come.
 The leggings used to be a nightgown of mine that I never wore, and the shirt used to be this shirt
After I saw this photo I realized I needed to stop wearing that shirt. It actually was in the re-purpose pile once, and then as we were packing up to move I pulled it out and moved it back to my dresser. haha. Now there is no chance it will move back into my dresser drawers!
I used the flash back skinny pattern for the bodice, and then just eyeballed the sleeves (obviously I didn't do a fabulous job- I may revisit this top to perfect the fit a bit).

I actually drew out the idea for this shirt in my sketchbook, and then noticed later as I was skimming through my pinterest sewing tutorial pins, pretty much the exact same idea on Craftiness is Not Optional called The Playdate Dress. So while I thought I came up with the idea, I clearly was just remembering the dress that my brain had carefully stashed away.

More KWC goodness here

Monday, October 21, 2013

KCW: day one

Today is the first day of KCW! If you read my KCW plans, you know I wanted to knock the Halloween costume off the list very first thing.
Cinderella dress? check!
Christine is SOOOOO into princesses right now, and wanted to be Cinderella for Halloween. I was all for it because it means we now have a Cinderella dress for our dress up collection. I have grand visions of one day having loads of handmade dress-ups. (I may have to call in reinforcements for that though... Grandma???)
I chose to go simple, simple, simple with this one. I did a basic peasant dress pattern (there are loads of free patterns/tutorials online like this one by Create Kids Couture). I cut the pattern off at the waistline, and did as long of a rectangle as I could get from my remaining fabric (I bought 1 yard of this blue shiny polyester stuff). For puffy things? (what ARE those called???) I cut four half circles and sewed them together and gathered them up a little bit and tucked those in between the bodice and skirt as I sewed the two together. I am regretting not following this tutorial (Oh look they are called bustles! thank you Rae Gun Ramblings) so they would be a little more dramatic, but I am still happy with my results.
See all the great KCW projects here. I am also linking this up with the Project Run and Play Costume Party

Friday, October 18, 2013

KCW: the plan

kid's clothes week
Kids Clothing Week begins on Monday. I am so ready! I have my patterns picked out, my fabric chosen, and some of the pieces already cut out.

For those of you who don't know, Kids Clothing Week is an online blogging event where sewers are challenged to sew for one hour a day for an entire week. Sewing bloggers (who usually sew an hour a day) typically do a big sewing marathon- a "make as many kids clothes as you can in one week" if you will. Yesterday I went to craft group (the crafty ladies in our ward meet together at each other's houses every other week to craft while our kids play together), and I brought some fabric to cut out pattern pieces. As I was trying to explain what Kids Clothes Week was, I got the "woa this lady is crazy!" look. haha That's totally okay.

The KCW plan:
(working from the top of the fabric pile down)
  • Make a Bimaa long sleeve with cowl neck long from this super soft zig zag cotton jersey
  • Re-purpose this teal t-shirt of mine into a playdate top Christine
  • Re-purpose a polka dot knit night gown that I never ever wear into leggings to match the teal shirt
  • flash back skinny long sleeves shirt from Briar Rose Strawberries cotton jersey knit fabric
  • Metro dress from the solid dusty pink fabric and floral fabric as lining
  • Skinny Jeans from the white denim (Nap Time Crafters is having a sew-along next week, how could I resist?)
  • Not pictured (because I am cheating and getting a head start on this one) before I sew any of the above, I must finish Christine's Halloween costume- a Cinderella dress.
See you Monday! Hopefully with a finished Cinderella dress!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What I've been up to

For those of you who follow my little blog here, you probably already know that I am still in the "baby stage" of life. Each week, life is getting easier and more routine. I have figured out how to go grocery shopping on my own with 2 kids (answer: leave right after baby wakes up from nap and is fed, park right next to the grocery carts in the parking lot and bring goldfish for the toddler to eat) and how to go to the fabric store (answer: put the baby in the infant carrier-I use a Beco Butterfly- so that toddler can be strapped down in the cart, and make a game of trying to find Dora or Cinderella fabric so toddler is entertained). So hopefully that means I will have a little more time to pop in at the blog more often.

Last week I had an email from a reader saying they were hoping to see the bigger size in the suspender shorts. I am actually in the middle of reworking that whole pattern. (Well, a little here and there in between sewing difference projects because I can't work on just one project at a time now can I?? I am a little crazy like that). This summer I bought a fabulous book called Metric Pattern Cutting for Children's Wear and Babywear. I have been learning a LOT about pattern design, and how to do it right. not just trace a t-shirt and call it good. So I redrafted the shorts and they are awesome. Except, that is as far as I have reached. I want to have a pants version too and have it all available in two sizes- 0-6 months and 6-12 months. But since there are people out there who want a size 6-12 months shorts pattern, and I HAVE a 6-12 months size shorts pattern, why don't I share? I have added it to the original post here.

Kids Clothing Week is coming next week, and I have some big plans! This means I will be blogging frequently for a little while (well for a week a least) so check back Friday.