Mermaid Seashore Sundress

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Mermaids are kinda a “thing” right now, incase you’ve missed it😉 I’ve been wanting to sew my daughter a dress inspired by mermaids but not something costume-y. And so this dress happened! It’s sewn using Oliver + S seashore sundress sewing pattern in size 6.

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My inspiration picture. Such pretty mermaid awesomeness. Lots of pastel rainbow colors happening here.

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To capture the colors I chose an assortment of pretty pastel colors from Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons in shell, aqua, violet, and pink.

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I did modify the sewing pattern a bit. I scooped out the front neck a little, as well as cutting off the back straps, scooping it out, and finishing the top edge with a casing through which elastic was threaded. I also made the skirt fuller and sewed the straps into the front of the dress.

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The straps have button holes in the back to button onto these beautiful mother of pearl buttons which are sewn into the back of the dress. Such a perfect mermaid-y touch!

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My daughter adores this dress and she’s already told me she’s never taking it off. Success!

Do you try to sew clothing that satisfies the want to dress up without it being a full out costume?

 

Camouflage cargo shorts

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This was a particularly satisfying project to complete having been on my “To do” list for ages. My older boy was (and still is) in desperate need of shorts as he only had one pair that fit him for this summer. Well now he has two😉

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The pattern is a mash up of Oliver + s Museum trousers and Field trip cargo pants sewn in size 4 from Robert Kaufman Camouflage jacquard woven chambray in color jungle . I pretty much followed the museum trousers pattern (cropped them into shorts) and added the cargo pockets from the Field trip cargo pants.

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Close up of a cargo pocket. I added velcro closures to the flaps to keep them closed.

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Back leather detail and welt pocket. There are belt loops on the pants but they’re hard to see. I guess the camouflage is working😉

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Model shots!

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He loves his new shorts and has been wearing them non-stop! Need. Moar. Shorts. 

Rainbow cropped tee and chambray culottes

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It’s Kids Clothes Week! If you haven’t heard what KCW is all about click here! After not participating in the last two KCW’s due to new baby/exhaustion I am so excited to actually sew something for this go around.

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My daughter got a new rainbow crop top tee and chambray culotte shorts. The patterns are the Mini Briar top and the Mini Tania culottes both by Megan Neilsen. I adore these patterns! They are quick to sew but also detailed and adorable.

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The tee was sewn in size 6/7 from a gorgeous heathered rainbow ombrĂ© knit from Funkalicious Fabrics on Etsy. The heart is from basic white performance knit from Joann’s.

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The culottes I also made in size 6/7 using Kaufman’s tencel chambray in color powder. It’s very lightweight and works quite well as a floaty pair of culottes.

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The only modification I made was to add tassels to the front.

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Finished outfit! I love the belly🙂

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Tassels!

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KCW is off to a great start! Even if I get nothing else done I’m still calling it a success. Anyone else sewing this week for their kids?

 

 

 

Spring in Neon

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What can I say, when I take a break from blogging I REALLY take a break. And from sewing. And from everything. But now I’m back and here’s what I’ve been up to; a little neon sewing for spring.

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I have a tradition to sew my daughter a birthday dress each year and this year I decided to go the casual route with this fun everyday-wear dress. The pattern is the Soliel dress pattern by Baste + Gather which I sewed up in a glorious neon watercolor ombrĂ© knit fabric. My daughter adores this fabric and so do I! So fun and vibrant.

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A very cool feature of the Soliel dress pattern is this open back. It adds so much visual interest, plus it’s a great way to keep cool in our crazy hot summers.

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I’ve been sewing for the boys too! Each got a tee sewn from Oliver + S school bus tee shirt pattern. For my older boy I added a pocket out of black Kaufman laguna jersey.

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The main fabric is this awesome neon confetti knit fabric in neon orange, green, and yellow.

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My younger boy also got a neon confetti tee, but with a black contrast neckband.

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Hello handsome.

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My youngest also got this sweet dragon zip up hoodie which I made a few months back during my blogging hiatus, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s sewn using the high-five hoodie pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop from luscious organic terry with leather tag detail on the front and added elbow patches and dragon spikes. It’s been well worn and he’s almost too big for it now!

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Yay for spring! Yay for neon! Maybe this will be the beginning of more blogging and definitely more sewing🙂

Watercolor floral peplum dress

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You know when a fabric just speaks to you? Well this gorgeous floral knit whispered “peplum dress” to me from the aisle of Jo-Ann’s fabrics. It also whispered to me a few other pieces that need to be sewn for my daughter’s fall wardrobe, but for starters, here’s the peplum😉

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The fabric is a watercolor floral slub knit that I cannot get enough of (seriously did I buy enough yardage?!?) which was sewn up into peplum awesomeness using this pattern. I made it in a slimmed down size 5 and custom fit the length of the sleeves and skirt.

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My daughter loves this dress. She’d sleep in it if she could get away with it😉 It may also help that this is the first dress I’ve made her in over five months so she’s really appreciating it!

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The back. So cute. I want one for myself…

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There will be more peplum to come! Yes sir, lots of peplum.❀

Liberty Hello Kitty rain jacket

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Liberty of London makes laminated fabrics, yes they do! And if you’ve ever seen Liberty fabrics you know how stinkin’ gorgeous they are. So when I came across laminated Liberty Hello Kitty fabric of course I had to make my daughter a rain jacket from it!

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Here’s a close-up of the print. It’s called Hello Kitty Fairy-tale. Basically perrrrfection. I had bought this fabric two years ago and it’s been languishing in my stash. I’m so glad I finally sewed it up!

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The pattern is Oliver + S School Day’s jacket sewn in size 5 length and 4 width. I’ve sewn this pattern a number of times and it always turns out so sweet. Oliver + S instructions can’t be beat!

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I modified the pattern slightly by using snap closures instead of toggles or buttons.

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I also had to use some butter yellow PUL as the facing rather than the Liberty fabric as I didn’t have enough of it on hand. The lining is Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in color Lilac.

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Yay for end of summer rain jackets!

I think it’s time for some fall sewing now, don’t you?

Baby track pants and onesies

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It was high time to sew a few new things for the baby. A couple onesies and some killer track pants to the rescue!

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The onesies are sewn in size 3-6 months using this pattern from Etsy in the same knits I used for my older son’s tees. I did modified the pattern slightly by adding some self drafted front pockets. Overall this pattern is straight forward and easy to follow but I would sew the neck opening smaller next time by overlapping the front and back shoulders more. Also since we use cloth diapers around here I’ll be adding some extra length to accommodate them as the length is a bit tight.

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The track pants are this pattern in size 3-6 months and are so stinking adorable! I used this organic french terry which I also used to make my son this pair of shorts. I can’t recommend this fabric enough! It is wonderfully soft and holds up very well to repeated washings. The pattern works great over a cloth diaper (yay!) but I did modify the pockets to be MUCH smaller otherwise you end up with the pockets all the way down to the knees! I also altered the waistband finishing by using one thick piece of elastic rather than 2 separate, and did a few rows of topstitching. The drawstring I changed to be faux rather than actually go all the way around the waist.

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Finished outfit on the baby!

This kid is growing like a weed. Need. Moar. Clothes.

Color-block school bus t-shirts

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Simple sewing patterns that allow for customization are some of my favorite. This pattern is the School Bus T-shirt by Oliver + S and it’s a pretty perfect basic tee as is, but I wanted to add a twist with some color-blocking.

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Here’s the back. Both front and back look identical with the same free-hand diagonal pattern. I just took my big ruler and chopped up my pattern pieces (in size 3), added in seam allowances, and pieced them together from a selection of Kaufman Laguna knits from my stash. I love how they turned out!

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Pretty stinking cute! Oh the tee is nice too😉

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Back

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I think my older boy is finally set on t-shirts for a while. On to sewing for the next child!

Retro pocket tees

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It’s been mighty hot this week and my son’s collection of tee shirts is rather slim, so I’ve sewn him several to help get him through the rest of summer.

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For the pattern I used this one off of Etsy sewn in size 3. I did modify it some by scooping out the back armholes in an attempt to make them racerback but I didn’t scoop them out nearly enough! I also added contrast front pockets of my own design.

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This awesome abstract geometric fabric I got off of Spoonflower and the Batman print I got from here. Both are perfectly retro. My husband described the purple print tee as “rad”. Yes, I think so too🙂

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A look at the back.

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Looking very rad.

Anyone else got a soft spot for 80s fashion awesomeness?

Lace edge camisoles

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Time for a few basic camisoles for my daughter! The pattern is self drafted and includes stretch lace for the straps and arm/neck holes, plus lettuce edge hemming for the bottom.

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This was my first time doing a lettuce edge hem on my serger. It was very quick and easy to do! This will be a fun technique to try out on more knits for my daughter. Here’s a nice tutorial on it if you’d like to try it out as well!

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I made the camisoles in white, purple, and black medium weight cotton knits from here. The 3/4″ stretch lace trim came from here. There are so many beautiful colors of lace I want to make them all!

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Here’s a look at the back.

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I love how these camisoles turned out! These will be a new sewing staple around here as she grows bigger, and maybe I’ll get to work through more of those great lace colors!😉