A 5th birthday party

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This April was packed full of birthdays! My birthday fell the week right before my daughter’s, and sandwiched between the two was Kids Clothes Week! Unfortunately as a result not a single thing was sewn for KCW, but there was loads of birthday planning, cooking, decorating, and a little sewing for my girl’s doll that was done instead!

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My daughter wanted a princess themed party, so princess was what she got!

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Loads of yummy pink food served on pink glass table settings and embroidered table clothes courtesy of my mother-in-law.

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The only sewing project for her birthday was a new princess dress and crown for her Waldorf doll Pearl. The pattern was self drafted and sewn out of silk dupioni bought from JoAnn’s.

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Painting and bedazzling jewelry boxes.

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Blowing out her birthday candles! Happy 5th birthday sweet Lily!

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Lullaby layette

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What do you do when you are down to your final 10 weeks of pregnancy? Sew baby things like mad, of course! In fact until the baby is born I’ll be pretty much just sewing baby related things, and I’m very excited about it 🙂

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My first baby project is the Lullaby Layette set by Oliver + s in size 0-3 months and the free Sweetpea pilot cap by Sew Liberated in size XS.

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The jacket was sewn from Cotton & Steel Tokyo Train Ride Harajuku in color aqua for the outer and Cotton & Steen Basics Dottie in color goldilocks for the inside with Robert Kaufman Railroad Poplin as the binding.

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I modified the pattern a little by adding elbow patches plus quilting the entire jacket.

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Here’s a close up of the quilting and the awesome print. I love this jacket!

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The bodysuit is sewn from some luxurious organic cotton blend knit fabrics in colors cream and taupe from lowpricefabric.com. I  made a few modifications by color blocking the sleeves and snap facing, plus adding a little pocket sewn from the same Robert Kaufman railroad poplin.

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The pants I sewed from more of the lovely Robert Kaufman railroad poplin (I kinda love this fabric..can you tell?) and modified the pattern a bit by adding little knee patches.All the seams were flat-felled to make the pants more durable.

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The contrast back pockets were sewn from the same cream organic knit as the bodysuit.

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The completed ensemble! I can’t wait to put a little baby body into this 🙂

Does anyone else get crazy nesting at the end of pregnancy?

An Easter suit and dress

There’s something so wonderful about this time of year; flowers, new life, warmer weather, and new Easter clothes! I have a bit of a tradition going now to sew my daughter a lovely new dress for the double occasions of Easter and her birthday (as her birthday also falls in April). Last year my son got new pants and bow tie but I decided he needed to really be included in the tradition this year and so he got a full ensemble as well!

For this year’s dress my inspiration was an old childhood Easter dress of mine.

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Please excuse my blurry iPhone picture. I had no other “before’ pictures of this dress before I hacked it up 😉 Check out this early 90’s awesomeness! I loved this dress so much as a kid!

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Up-cycled! The pattern I used was the Gardenia dress pattern by Cali Faye Collection sewn in size 4 width with 5 length. The fabric which I up-cycled from my old Easter dress is a sheer cotton gauze which I lined with the original white cotton lining. For the yolk and sleeves I used off-white organza from Jo-Ann’s.

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I modified the pattern a bit by adding a back bodice overlay so that the entire back wasn’t organza.

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I also used the original dress petticoat to make the skirt extra full and flouncy.

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The piping was also up cycled straight from the old dress. Love the little time savers 😉

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For my son I pulled out all the stops and made him an entire new suit set consisting of shirt, blazer, shorts, and bow-tie.

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The shirt (yes it’s been worn. Wrinkles!) was sewn from Oliver + s sketchbook shirt in size 2 width 3 length from blue cotton with contrast white cotton collar and cuffs. I chose tortoise shell colored buttons to complement the beige and browns which made up the rest of the suit set. I also flat-felled the seams for a professional look.

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The blazer was sewn from the “Little Gentleman” pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 2. The fabric I used was a beige 100% linen suiting from Jo-Ann’s, plus leather scrap for the elbow patches and real leather buttons.

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For modifications I used the Oliver + s welt pocket instruction from the Museam vest & trousers pattern rather than those provided by Peek-a-boo patterns. You really can’t beat the clarity and professionalism imparted by Oliver + s and these welt pockets show that for sure!

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I also added additional decorative buttons on the sleeves.

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The lining is a super soft cotton called Menagerie in color timberwolf. I adore this fabric and have had it in my stash for a while waiting for a perfect use for it!

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The shorts were sewn from Oliver + s Museum trousers pattern in size 2 using the same fabrics as the blazer.

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Welt pockets!

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I modified the trousers into shorts plus flat felled the seams for a neat finish.

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Lastly, he got a bow-tie which was also up cycled from my old Easter dress. I followed the prudent baby double bow-tie tutorial which produces an amazing bow-tie!

And now for a modeling photo-bomb…

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My daughter had to wear a previously sewn white slip to prevent her dress from being too scandalous 😉

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Back.

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Pockets.

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Love the finished look! So glad his outfit came together as I envisioned it in my head.

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Handsome dude 😉

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Easter success! That was a lot of sewing and I’ll admit, I’m glad to get to move on to something new… perhaps baby layette? 🙂

How was your Easter?