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 ombré 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 ombré 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. ❤

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! 😉

Mini Hudson shorts

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Have you heard of the Mini Hudson sewing pattern by True Bias? They are pretty much the most perfectly fitting bottoms I’ve come across in the land of kid’s sewing patterns. To say I love them would be an understatement! There will be many MANY more to come this fall/winter. But I digress..

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For this pair I sewed them in a roomy size 3 plus modified them into shorts by cutting the length out as View B, and simply omitted the bottom cuff and hemmed them up by an inch. Perfection.

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For my fabric I used a really wonderful medium-weight organic cotton/lycra french terry which I purchased from here. This fabric is serious heaven and I plan on sewing lots more things for the kids from it. The drawstring is some scrap Kaufman laguna knit from my stash and the white detail on the pockets is cotton ribbing from JoAnn’s.

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Photobomb. This kid is too much!

Have you sewn a Mini Hudson? There’s an adult version too called the Hudson which has my name written all over it!

Even more PJs

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I’m finally back from babyland! Well mostly, in a sleep deprived kind of way. Anyways, these PJs were sewn quite a few weeks back and I never got around to blogging them. So here they are!

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Since I am always sewing this kid PJs I opted to made them pretty huge in size 3T with the hopes they will fit for a while. The pattern is “Alex & Anna winter PJs” by Peek-a-boo pattern shop. I modified the pattern by cropping the sleeves and pant legs to make them summer friendly, but there is a summer version of this pattern available if you don’t wish to modify it yourself.

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The fabrics are a random assortment from my stash, including Kaufman laguna knit solids and Lillestoff vikings.

Hopefully these will last him for next summer too! Did I mention I’m sick of sewing PJs? 😉

Organic Baby Rompers

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Finally, I’m nearing the end of my baby sewing list, and not a bit too soon with my due date being in nine days! Here’s the latest sewing project for the June boy; five organic knit rompers.

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I used this romper pattern from Etsy and I really liked it; it’s easy to follow and made an incredibly cute romper! I made all five in size 0-3 months. These will be just perfect for our crazy hot summer days.

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Detail shot of bottom snap opening. The snaps were all size 15 metal snaps from Snapsource.

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The fabrics are the same from my other previous baby layette post; a mix of organic knit prints and solids from birch plus a couple solid organic knits from my stash. I just love these fabrics and am so glad to have gotten so many layette pieces out of the small amount of yardage I had bought!

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I seriously can’t pick a favorite color combo. Mineral with elk?

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Taupe with feathers?

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Teal with darling gold bugs?

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Or how about cream with mint bugs?

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Ok, ok, I can pick a favorite. I love the midblue with coral feathers. Swoon!

I think that’s it for baby clothes, well, in the newborn – 3 month size at least. Any bets on whether or not I can get a baby blanket done for this kid before he appears? 😉