Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KCW: Matching Striped Pajamas

These matching pajamas have been a long time in the making.
I wanted to use two new pajama patterns (Brindle and Twig Footie Leggings and Heidi and Finn all you need jammies) for the kids' Christmas pajamas, but I didn't have enough fabric for mistakes. I had never used either pattern so I wanted to check sizing fit. I would hate to cut out a size too small and not be able to pull off my Christine jammie dream.
So I cut out jammies for both kids in this fun striped neon knit I got from Girl Charlee for crazy cheap. It's a thin light weight knit, not good for winter, but PERFECT for summer.
I finished the pants, but for the shirts I only sewed one arm and skipped hemming completely because I only needed to test length and I had Christmas jammies to sew! As soon as I knew how the patterns fit I moved on the Christmas ones and threw these unfinished ones in my cast aside projects pile.
And there they sat. Unloved. Then for KCW Winter last January I meant to finish them. Well, I didn't get too far. I finished Christine's shirt but didn't touch Jacobs.
But THIS kids clothes week, I had great momentum, I already finished my list and still had a day to go plus I had the double needle set up on my machine, so I finished this bad boy up real quick. Now the kids look stinkin' adorable in their matching jammie sets.

I got the nonskid bottom fabric with cute little footprints on it from etsy shop Lilbabythangs but it looks like they are going out of business and getting rid of their inventory. Too bad because the nonskid fabric is adorable.

As for the patterns. I really liked the Heidi and Finn all you need pajamas- pj top. There really isn't anything special about the top I choose to sew up. I really need to try out all the other options that it came with. The Brindle and Twig pants pattern was okay. The soles were a little small, and honestly I wished I had purchased Peekaboo patterns' Happy Feet Pajamas instead.

Regardless, these pajamas are so cute and the kids love to match. The light-weight knit make these perfect for summer around here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

KCW: Panda Shirt

 Jacob's striped shirt made it to the top ten over at Project Run and Play! I'd love for you to go over and vote for me!
I decided to not even try to blog all my Kids Clothes Week projects last week to help me get my entire list sewn, and it worked! I was super productive last week. Except now it's Tuesday and I'm writing about KCW and I feel like KCW was "sooooo last week". Most of the bloggers who sew for KCW AND blog about it actually sew all their stuff a week or two before, which I feel is not in the spirit of the challenge.
 I'm sure you all saw a little sneak peak of this panda shirt on the post about Jacob's shirt and shorts.
The theme for this season's KCW was Wild Things. So I wanted to do something with that. The panda face was super simple. I created the face on my Silhouette software and cut it out of heat transfer material, and ironed it on to the front of the shirt. Bam! adorable shirt!
I drafted this t-shirt pattern- which I'm calling the Marigold tee. I love the length and the curve and the slight flare. I've written before about how Christine needs extra long shirts for preschool, and this shirt is PERFECT for preschool! The fabric is from my stash (leftover from a dress I made myself-yep we can wear them at the same time and be twinners).
 I am for sure going to make some more animal face shirts. I think Jacob needs a bear face shirt!

Monday, April 27, 2015

KCW: Embroidered Geranium Dress

KCW is all done, and I finished my entire list! I'm so excited.

This dress was definitely a project for me, not stubborn girl here. She is so picky with her wardrobe I wasn't sure if she would even wear this. But luckily she informed me that Snow White has deer friends, and so it's a princess dress. Nice.
I have been wanting to try embroidering a dress bodice for a long time, and I finally did it! I used an embroidery pattern from Tamar Nahir Yanai she has this pattern available in her etsy shop here. But I actually got my pattern from a craft magazine I bought last October in San Antonio. Isn't it adorable? I'm not sure how the hand embroidery is going to hold up in the wash. I embroidered some baby bibs four years ago that have been washed like crazy and they are still holding up strong, so I'm hoping for the best.
I used the Geranium pattern with my own drafted flutter sleeves, because her flutter sleeve pattern piece is wackadoo. I am NOT going to put a raw edge sleeve on, sorry, just can't do it. I used a 2T bodice with a 4T length skirt for skinny miss here. The skirt fabric is from Aneela Hooey's Petal line, that I got on my Dallas fabric warehouse shopping trip. The sleeves I used some orchid kona cotton that I purchased for quilt I am going to be making soon.
For the back buttons I used some adorable orange buttons I found at an estate sale a few weeks ago (I bought yards of fabric, vintage patterns, and piles of vintage buttons. It was an awesome score, maybe I'll post about it soon).
Christine jumped in front of the camera for this shot. She's so funny. She loved her dress and wore it yesterday to church. I'm excited about the extra length on this, hopefully she won't outgrow it too quickly.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Project Run and Play: April Challenge

I've been sewing! Check off green shorts and Project Run and Play shirt off the KCW list!

This month challenge inspiration is the Reversible Sling bag from Sugar Bee crafts. I thought it would be really fun to remix it into a boys t-shirt. I loved the contrasting stripes on the bag and decided to focus on that one element.
I used the flashback skinny pattern and shortened the sleeves for short sleeves. Then I sliced the pattern into thirds for the color blocking like the purse. I already had the perfect blue/grey striped knits in my stash from Girl Charlee.

For the back I decided to slice the pattern at a diagonal. I think it turned out pretty cool. I never would have thought to color block with stripes without this challenge, I'm definitely going to do it again.
For the shorts I made a pair of Chestnut pants, cut off 5" from the hem, then rolled the  hem up 1.5" for some fun spring shorts. I forgot Jacob's waist measurement and he was napping at the time so I guessed on the elastic length, and as you can see the pants are a little loose. I'll probably unpick the seam and pull the elastic out a little more so the pants fit better. On the cuffs, I didn't like how the white serged seam allowance was showing so I lined the seam allowance in bias tape for the cool stripe on the cuff. I choose an aqua/mint fabric to go for the blue/green color combo that's popular right now.
See? somebody says it's trendy right now.

Monday, April 20, 2015

KCW: Spring 2015

kid's clothes week
Kids Clothes Week is here! You all know how much I love KCW. Winter KCW wasn't very successful for me because I decided to tackle my WIP pile. Not so much fun. I've learned my lesson, and this time, I'm doing all FUN projects, and I'm even going along with the theme. A first for me. 

Here's my list

1) a Geranium dress with an embroidered bodice
2) a panda face chevron t-shirt
3) a green twill pair of Chestnut Pants turned into shorts
4) my project run and play entry- a blue striped t-shirt

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The New and Improved Spruce Shorts

Last Tuesday I announced on facebook that I re-released the Spruce Suspender Shorts! Ever since I put out the pattern last July I have received several requests for larger sizes. So after I put out the Chestnut pants, I knew I wanted to work on the Spruce shorts. (NOTE: everyone who previously purchased this pattern should have received the updated pattern in their inbox- if you did not receive the email simply re-download the pattern from your Etsy account or email me!)

While I was working on it, I was able to add some features that I have in the Chestnut pants- the biggest one being layered pattern tiles. If you have never used layered pattern tiles before, let me tell you, they are awesome! Layers allow you to turn on and off different sizes, so if you want to print just size 6-9 months then you turn off all the other sizes, hit print, and your printer will only print size 6-9 months! This saves on ink, and also makes it easier to see exactly where to cut (sometimes when sizes are nested together and all the sizes are converging together it's hard to see where exactly your size is- but not any more!).
This is my nephew. My sister was visiting last week and I convinced her to let me sew up a pair of shorts for him and get him to model the new larger sizes. My kids are pretty skinny so it's sometimes hard to visualize how the shorts are going to fit, so I was excited to get some pictures of the shorts on a meaty boy!
 He is wearing a size 3 shorts with no modifications. He has a 20.5" waist and wears size 3 store bought clothes.
These shorts are pretty fitted, so it's important to sew the correct size on these. I wish I could make these shorts fit EVERYONE just by going by store bought sizes. BUT what store? Target? Gap? Dillards? Mini Boden? All those stores fit differently too. That's just the nature of the pattern beast. You get a size chart (in my case the ASTM standard for body measurements) and you go by that size chart. So the best way to get the best fit is to READ THE SIZE CHART! Pull out your measuring tape and measure your child. Especially on those suspender straps! Lots of kids vary in height and torso length so read all of the fitting instructions that are included in the pattern.
 Jacob here is almost 2 years old, but has the waist of a 6 month old (18"). So I made him a 6 month old size (I should have followed my instructions and blended the sizes and used the length of a 2T, but I didn't. I also didn't follow my instructions and left off the second button hole on the suspender straps to be able to shorten the straps so they wouldn't be floppy like this. But I didn't, you see my sewing room was doubling as a guest bedroom at the time so the sewing machine was a little hard to access. So loose and floppy straps it was.
I had a REALLY great group of testers on these. I will admit, I may have got a little baby hungry looking at all the cute baby pictures coming in! Just as a heads up these pictures were taking in various stages of the testing process. The pattern gets changed a bit during the testing process. We played around with different widths of suspender straps, shorts length, and I added a little bit more to the back rise.
 I love the contrasting thread color of the top-stitching on these.
 Bow ties on babies are SO CUTE!
 I think that the piping on the suspender straps here is just a fun idea!
 I love how this shows how the shorts can be casual too! (note to self: buy Jacob a grey t-shirt)
 Square buttons! Isn't that so much fun?
And these adorable shorts? UPCYCLED men's pants! Man, I had some CLEVER testers. I think I need to convince this fabulous lady to do a tutorial for us here!

Now that you've made it through a bazillion adorable pictures. What is next for Zuzzy? I am working on a pattern extension for FLUFFY BUMS! There are a lot of cloth diaper mama's out there (half of my testers!) So I want them to be able to enjoy these too. As you guys know I don't have much spare time so it's hard to work on pattern drafting, but I hope to get it out soon.