Monday, March 25, 2013

Bunnies and Chicks

Last weekend the boys went out of town for Elijah's 10th birthday.  That's hard to believe but he really is that big.  Emily and I stayed here and had a girls weekend.  It was yet another exhausting weekend mostly because I made way too many plans so we were going here and there for three days straight.  We had fun though and one of those plans was a mini photo shoot with our favorite photographer.  It was a 10 minute session with bunnies and chicks plus a certain smart mama scheduled us last so she got to play with the chicks a little bit after the shoot before we went to find the new cupcake place.
I usually make her clothes for photo shoots and this time was no exception.  The skirt is the circle skirt from the Favorite Things Little Hip Skirt pattern and the top is the Oliver and S Classic Picnic Blouse.  Now if your saying, "I'm sure she didn't have the Classic Picnic pattern at the beginning of the year,"  you would be correct.  Let's just say I'm enjoying the freedom to buy patterns.  I actually bought it for the shorts pattern but the blouse seemed super cute for this time of year.
The skirt was incredibly easy to make and I'm sure I could have used a tutorial the accomplish the same thing but it turned out supper cute and it was nice to not have to measure her and do the math.  I actually got it in a flat rate box at some point so I'm not sure that I would have purchased it but I do think its a nice little pattern.  It goes up to a girls size 14 which is something I'm starting to really appreciate as Emily is getting bigger.  I made a size 5 for her and it fits very well.  It also has three different skirts.  A circle skirt, a pleated skirt, and an aline skirt are all included something that is becoming unheard of as more and more independent designers sell patterns where very slight changes are sold as a different pattern.  I made two changes to this pattern.  I cut the skirt in one pieces instead of 4 gores since my overlay was sheer and I left off the sash since Emily does not tuck in shirts.
This little top took a bit more time to sew but like all Oliver and S patterns the directions were precise making it a relaxing project.  I followed the pattern for a size 5 exactly and it fits her well though she has a touch of trouble getting her arms in so I've added a little more volume to the next one.  I think its a nice variation to your regular old peasant top.
As for fabric the pink I used for the blouse and skirt lining were part of my Christmas gift this year.  The sheer dots is something that Emily picked out at the fabric store last year.  It comes with a very similar story to the fabric for  this dress.  The main difference being that this time I also put of sewing it bc I wasn't sure what it would be like.  Thankfully it seems to be washable and at least somewhat ironable.  I did just serge around the bottom though as I didn't want to deal with hemming it and didn't think it could take the weight of contrasting bias trim.

I hope you like the pictures.  I'm almost done with her actual Easter dress so hopefully I'll have some more pictures to show soon.  I've also been super busy with this whole parenting and life thing so while I'd love for spring to arrive if it gets here too fast I might have to take Emily shopping.  I've already gotten her some cute graphic tees though.  She is getting older and likes shirts with cute pictures so I think I'll focus more on skirts, shorts, and capri pants for the start of spring.  Hopefully some cute stuff for me as well.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


This is my wearable muslin of Vogue 8817.  I'm calling this post imperfection because that is how I feel about the top.  I love the style but some of the techniques I used were not so perfect for the top and to put it nicely the shirt has its imperfections.  For that matter so do the pictures themselves.  It was cold outside and we were getting ready to go to dinner.  Not the best time to take pictures but I knew that if I didn't get them taken I wouldn't get to them any time soon.
I used two different fabrics.  One is a cream jersey with little gold birds that look a bit like the mockinjays from Hunger Games.  The other is a cream onion skin with little gold flecks.  Both are a bit too see through so I have a cream tank under.  The shirt sticks to this one a bit so I may have to figure out another option or a may just not worry about it on days when I'm not taking pictures.
I sewed this shirt on my regular machine using a narrow zig zag as was suggested in the craftsy course I took.  I also used this stitch for the top stitching.  I think this is what caused the sort of ripple effect on some of the seams and will be basting and serging on my next version.  I really like the style of this shirt with the princess seams though and plan to make a light purple one eventually.  I also like the look of the tunic version and think it would be great with leggings or skinny jeans so if not this spring then in the fall.

Friday, March 1, 2013

a little needful sewing

I know I've declared this to be the year that I sew whatever I want and believe me I'm working on that but this post is more about sewing something that was needed in my household.  It was time to make Emily some more undies.  I know that you can buy them but she doesn't like the leg elastic and truthfully I don't like the quality of the cheap ones I've looked at and can't bring myself to order the Hanna Anderson ones when I can make ones that are just as nice out of scrap fabric.  Plus my knit scraps were starting to take over a closet.  I worked on these a bit at a time and took pictures each time I finished a few and handed them off to the little one.
This is the first pair I finished and the only pair I used my coverstitch machine on.  The two of us are still bonding I guess.  When it works well I love it but when it decides to eat my projects I want to throw the thing out a window.  I went through this with my serger as well so I'm confident that we will get there but we are not there yet.
All of these are made from the That Darn Kat pattern and they are all a size 6 with slightly tighter binding.  I think I took less then an inch off of each measurement.  I just like to cut round numbers on my big mat.
As you can tell I also decided to just you white thread for everything.  I have a lot of white thread and didn't want to bother with changing my thread and bobbin to match each pair.
These are made from a variety of knit fabrics.  The leg binding has to be cotton lycra but the rest can also be jersey or rib knit.  I have to say though I prefer cotton lycra for all the pieces so if your buying fabric just for undies keep that in mind.
Right now it bugs me a little that the binding doesn't match on some of these but it doesn't bother Emily at all.  I will probably make some more in this size in a bit but we are good for the moment and she loves them all.  Next up is a cool Vogue shirt for me.  Its all sewed up I just need to clip the strings and wash off the markings.