Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chinese Dragon Tee

Up until now, I haven't shown anything on my blog that I haven't made (with the exception of a few family photos).  I ordered this shirt for my son from Lil Blue Boo.  I just couldn't resist!  Ashley is an amazingly talented woman!  She makes beautiful clothes!  I like it so much I wanted to share some pictures with you.  Enjoy!

I took Connor to the Japanese garden at Como Park to take these photos.  He really liked the giant rocks! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Something Simple

Instead of sewing something today for the Kids Clothing Week Challenge, I decided to just embellish.  That's actually a very dangerous word.  Too often people go overboard with embellishing.  That said, I hope you don't think these are too much.

A little tiger shirt for my son.  I borrowed the graphic from his school - they're the Bengal Tigers.  I used freezer paper for this.  Too simple.  Now he has a fun new school shirt. 

For my daughter, a sparkly lady bug.  This one I just sketched a design right onto the freezer paper and cut it out.  I did an undercoat of red fabric paint (just in case the glitter all came off) and then used soft fabric glue and fashion glitter (then finally removed the freezer paper).  I've never used the fabric glitter before.  Anyone have any experience?

Tomorrow I tackle a pair of pants that need upscaling into (smaller) pants and a hat for my son. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Little Late Night Sewing

Last night (or rather very, very early this morning), I decided to cut out fabric for a Sienna dress I was going to sew today.  And then an hour later I had the dress made.  It was very late and I was tired, but I just got so into it.  I wanted to finish it.

I took my daughter out into the rain this morning to take some pictures while she played. 

She loves her little umbrella and rain boots!

I think she liked the dress.  When we came back inside she didn't want to take it off (even though it was quite damp). 

Here's a few close ups. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Popover Dress

I cut this fabric over a month ago.  Yup.  A month ago.  It was warm and sunny.  I got a little carried away cutting fabric for projects and just placed each into a clean ziploc bag.  Well today was the last day of summer (or at least part of the day) and in honor of Elsie Marley's Kids Clothing Week Challenge, it was time to pull it out and finish it. 

It's the popover dress from Oliver + S (which you can download for free here).  It's a very simple dress and paired with a simple fabric (from David Walker's Hopscotch line) and a bit of jumbo ric-rac, I think it looks great. 

I actually made french seams on this one, just for fun.  Looks so nice, I don't know why I don't do it more often.  Oh, right, . . .  serger.  Those things are just too fun.

I know she'll wear it into the fall paired with a cute pair of jeans and boots!  I'll have to negotiate about a sweater.

Of course, can't leave the dolly out of the fun.  (Get that free pattern here).  My photography assistant (my 5-year-old son) insisted the doll hold a flower. 

Must go cut fabric for tomorrow's project! 

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I received a phone call today, just a little past noon and I got the great news that our friends finally had their baby!  Yay!  This baby was due on the 8th, but he wanted to stay in a little longer.  He was SOOOOO CUTE!!!  And no, his name was not Stanley, but this little guy is . . . . . .

Meet Stanley the Stegosaurus.

True story.  When I got the phone call about the new arrival of the new baby, I suddenly had the urge to drop what I was doing and make something.  I waited until my daughter was napping and my son and husband were off having some guy time and I pulled out some paper and I started to sketch out a little dinosaur. 

Two hours later I had Stanley.  I think he turned out well for a first shot. 

He needs a bit of improvement, but new little one will (eventually) like holding him and pulling on his tail, because, of course, he is a friendly dinosaur!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mr Bear Returns

My little nephew just turned 1!  What better gift than a little bear to snuggle and hold. 

I've made this bear before, and he is so much fun to make.  

The bear is made with fleece so he's easily washable!  Perfect for a little one-year-old. 

Happy birthday little "Wolfie"!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bike Buckets

I loved these bike buckets over at Noodlehead as soon as I saw them.  They are too cute and the perfect thing for my kids bikes.  I had intended to make this a little earlier, but you know how it goes.  The pieces were sitting on my table and I finally got to them.  The weather here is nice and cool, perfect for biking!

The handlebars on the tricycle were shaped a little differently than the bike, so I made two straps and moved them apart just a bit so it would fit.

The fabric is David Walker's Hopscotch line and Boys will be Boys line.  As a side note:  I am currently crazy about David Walker fabrics.  Perhaps it has something to due with the fact that after I published this post as part of the Ice Cream Dress Social, I received an email from David Walter himself!  He said he loved how I used his fabric and hoped my daughter liked the dress.  How cool is that??  I was beaming for days!

Anyway . . . . .

My son is constantly stopping to pick up rocks, sticks and flowers on our rides and now he has the perfect place to put them.

For my daughter, it's all about the dolls.  Now they'll have a great view for the ride (instead of stuffed inside mommy's purse).

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kindergarten (OR - I can't believe my son is going to school!)

I can't believe my little boy started Kindergarten.  He was a tad nervous since he was going to a new school (no more preschool), but still very excited.  We took a little trip to the school last week to meet his teacher and as he put it "see where they keep the milk and toys, oh, and the potty" -- all very important things when you're five.  After meeting his teacher, he wasn't so nervous and we set out to one of my favorite fabric stores to let him pick out fabric for the backpack I promised to make. 

This is what he picked out! 

Echino - Cars in Turquoise

I love it!  So him - especially since his current favorite show is Top Gear (he watches it with daddy).

To make his backpack, I used Rae's (from Made By Rae) Toddler Backpack pattern.  I had to enlarge it a bit since I wanted to accommodate normal sized folders and books.  I simply increased the width by 2" and height by 3" all over.  I made this backpack (unmodified) last year and I loved it.  So did my son.

Here's the finished backpack!

I decided to use some extra strong denim thread for the straps and bottom of the bag.  It also added a lovely decorative quality.  I do like how the stitching turned out!

So, backpack made.  Time for new shoes.  Here's what he picked out!

Then off to pick up a lunchbox (to bring his snack in) with dad.  Don't forget to pack a healthy snack!

Here's one little boy - excited and ready for school!

Don't forget the picture for the teacher!

I had to throw in this photo.  My husband on his first day of Kindergarten next to my son on his first day.  Two different schools, two different towns, but two very similar boys!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Great Ugly Knit Upcycle

I'm a finalist in The Great Ugly Knit Upcycle!

#11 Recycled Haute Couture

Check out all the great entries and vote for your favorite!  I had so much fun searching for old ugly knits at thrift stores, garage sales and rummage sales.  Here's a closer look at what I did:

First I started with these:

I modified some LBB patterns for the dress I made: 

The front piece was the front of the Halter/Tie-back dress.

The arms were skinny versions of the Sienna dress arms.

I sewed the collar facing down with the stitching showing.

The lower back was from the twirl skirt (changed a bit so it's lower in the back center).  

The top back was just a smaller piece of the Halter/Tie-Back dress front.  I left a small opening at the back, just for fun, but finished the edges with other pieces of fabric.

So here's the final result. . . . . . .

I also found these ugly knits and saw some potential:

I turned them into simple twirl skirts.  They look so much better!

I'm always on the look-out for knits to transform.  Now even ugly one's aren't safe!


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