Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fall Sewing: Another French Pattern

I got my first French sewing pattern, the Columbine Blouse from Papillon and Mandarine, last year. Apparently I forgot how easy it is, because I didn't sew any more until last week! I don't have very many long sleeved top or dress patterns, so this is a good option for us.

I had a yard of Cinderberry Stitches Enchant, which wasn't quite enough for this pattern. I used some navy blue Kona Cotton from JoAnn's for the extra length strips around the bottom and the ties. The overall length of this top is somewhere between the blouse and the dress.

I was not sure which size to make. Last year I made a 2 and a 3. When I made the 2 it just fit, and the 3 was a little roomy. Since Miss H was sleeping when I cut this out, I decided to go ahead and trace the size 4. I'd rather have it too big for her to grow into than too small. I'm happy with the size on her. It is big enough that she can grow quite a bit and still wear this. The sleeves are a few inches too long, but they turn under nicely.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall KCW: Art Museum Vest

I wasn't sure if I would have time to make it through my last Kids Clothes Week project or not, but here it is! I loved the vest in the Art Museum pattern when I first saw it. The pattern gives excellent instructions for sewing welt pockets, something I was a little nervous about. The vest is a pretty quick sew, and takes a remarkably small amount of fabric (much less than the pattern states!).

This is a 3T. I used some Anna Maria Horner scraps for the vest front and back strap. The back and lining are some aqua chambray that I got online earlier this summer. Instead of buttons, I used my favorite snap source snaps.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

KCW: Playtime Apple Dress

Well, here's my second Playtime pattern all sewn up! It is so quick! 

I made this one out of a 2 yard cut of corduroy that I found on a $4 a yard special this summer. I made the pockets with some pink quilting cotton so there wouldn't be too much bulk and extra weight hanging. I also used a lighter weight interfacing for the yoke lining so it wouldn't get too stiff. 

This is very similar to the strawberry tunic I made. I made the full length dress. Miss H and I both love it. I am impressed how good it looks on a skinny mini while still having a roomy top.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall KCW: First Playtime

Well, this is one of my busier weeks of life, but it also happens to be Fall Kids Clothes Week! I have been able to keep up with house cleaning and baby shower planning enough to do a little "extra" sewing.

I've had the new Oliver + S patterns sitting in a pile, waiting to be sewn for a few weeks. I knew I wanted to make some long sleeve tops and dresses. Mostly dresses. Miss H is partial to dresses and skirts right now. She loves things she can wear tights or what she calls squishy pants with, rather than jeans. Most of my to-be-sewn-stash-fabric are one yard pieces. I used to be able to eek anything out of a yard for her. Well, now in a 3T that doesn't seem like as much of an option! I settled on the Playtime Dress, Tunic, and Leggings pattern. It said I would need a yard and a half, but I made a yard of the Heather Ross Briar Rose work, along with a strip of some red on red pattern that I had.

I left the pockets out to save fabric. I ended up with a length somewhere between the tunic and dress, and I love it! (I already have another one cut out.) I had a little problem with the back bodice pattern. Some of the ladies on the Oliver + S discussion boards kindly pointed out that a corrected pattern piece had been released for this.

I chose to use the faux peter pan style collar top stitching. I was worried I wouldn't be able to see it well, even with a contrasting color. Again, the discussion boards had a great suggestion. I used two spools of red thread on the top of my machine, one spinning clockwise and one spinning counterclockwise. I was worried my machine's tension would freak out, but it did just fine. I will try this trick again!

My next version will be the dress length in corduroy. This was a quick sew and was approved by Miss H!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Miss H and I got to spend a morning a Zulily a few weeks ago. 
Here are the results! She looks like such a big girl. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Woodinville Lavender Farm

Last summer Miss H and I discovered the newly opened Woodinville Lavender Farm. We loved wandering around the fields. This year, we made sure to back once all the plants were blooming.

Miss H loves purple flowers, and tells me almost daily that she smells "labender." We make diaper cream with lavender essential oil, we have several plants in our yard including a giant bush that came with the house, and we have tried several crafts involving lavender.

This year she enjoyed running through the grassy fields, letting me take pictures while we explored. The smell was amazing. It was fun to pause by the bushes and just listen to them literally buzzing with bees. One of the first things Miss H noticed were the bees. She rushed up to the edge of the field and said, "Thank you for making honey, bees!"

The farm sells fresh and dried lavender and plants for your yard in many varieties. We already have a few of the basics, but this year we added a Spanish lavender and a white lavender to our mix!

If you want to visit the farm, make sure you do so in the next week or the lavender will all have been harvested. We are looking forward to going back again next year!

Summer KCW: Roller Skates

I'm sorry it has taken me a while to post my summer Kids Clothes Week projects! Life has been so busy. I cut out both of these tops and the dress using my Oliver + S Roller Skate pattern several months ago. Since then, I have had very little time to sew. However, last week I finally had a chance to put these guys together!

I made size 2T like before, but I made the elastic around the middle a little longer. The neckline on this pattern runs a little big on Miss H. so I am hoping these will fit her next summer as well. The only other modification I made is my standard snap rather than button swap. The previous pieces I've made with this patter did have buttons, but my little girl's hair keeps wrapping around the button, needing to be cut off. I am very happy with the way the snaps look.

It has been a few months or more since I got the fabrics for these pieces, so I'm not entirely sure who made them all! The dress is a blue ombre by Moda from a local quilt shop. The daisy top is a mix from Moda's PB&J collection. The green top (my personal favorite) is Jack and Lulu's All Hands on Deck in Fisherman Green.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ten on Ten: Busy Day

It has been a few months since we've participated in A Bit of Sunshine's Ten on Ten (not for lack of trying!). Today Miss H and I managed to remember our camera and to use it! Hope you enjoy some of our adventures! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ten on Ten: 30

Again, it has been a few months since we participated in Ten on Ten. Today was a great opportunity for this blog follow-along because it wasn't a Sunday like the last few, and it's my 30th birthday! I spent the day with Miss H and my Chicago-livin' sister. We met Tom for lunch and had a fun family dinner. The theme of many of these photos appears to be hands!