Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter KCW: Hello Petal Nightgown

Last week Miss H and I stumbled upon a few pieces of Aneela Hoey's new line of fabric called Hello Petal. She and I both fell in love with the pink kitty piece and decided it would make a good nightgown.

I used the Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse pattern, and modified its length. I did this last winter with some flannel, and I loved the result. I used the size 3 pattern, and added an extra 8 inches in length. It used less than a yard and a half of fabric, probably much closer to a yard. This is one of the easiest patterns to sew!

(Note: I had a hard time with the lighting in the pictures. I'm hoping for some editing help later, so just maybe there will be a better picture!)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter KCW: Apple-Picking Dress

I received the Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress pattern for Christmas, and have been anxious to sew it up for Miss H. I chose some pink and gray flannel that I got for $2/yard at Joann in December. It has been a while since I've done much with flannel, and I forgot how stretchy it can be. It actually ended up working in my favor as I was trying to get some of the plaid stripes to match up!

In addition to the bias cut neck tie, I chose to cut the front placket on the bias as well. I'm glad I did, because that would have been entirely too much plaid matching! I used snaps rather than buttons, and am happy with the way they line up so well. I knew that if I tried to line button holes up, it could end very frustratingly for me.

This is a size 3, which I am hopeful will still fit next fall. It is not as long as I envisioned, but there is definitely enough room around the middle and neck for growth.

Miss H loves that it is pink and twirly. My favorite perk of this pattern is that the last step is not hemming!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter KCW: Swingset Skirt

My first completed Kid's Clothes Week project is an Oliver + S Swingset Skirt. (This pattern is now only available in the digital format, but if you are like me and prefer the printed version, you can likely find someone selling it on etsy, amazon, or in a local fabric shop.) This is my favorite skirt out the different pattern options I've tried. I made one last summer for Miss H, and it was her favorite too!

Even though her waist hasn't changed size and she can still wear last year's 2T, she has gained some height so I made the 3T this time. I had to use significantly less elastic length than was suggested, but it fits her well!

I used some Plum Architextures fabric that I got last summer with this skirt in mind, and some lavender shot cotton for the drawstring tie. I love that the shot cotton it is a little lighter weight, which made it easier to thread through the small space. I lined this skirt with some muslin I had hanging around. I already have a second one cut out for this week. It is such and easy sew!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Playtime Dresses for a Friend

A few months ago, a friend asked if I would be willing to sew a couple dresses for her daughters. It took us a while to pick fabric and get that all coordinated, and then there was Christmas, so I just got them finished a couple weeks ago. (Note: if you sew with Oliver + S patterns for profit, you are required to purchase and include a branded label in the clothing.)

I decided to use the Oliver + S Playtime Dress pattern. I made a 3T and a 6-12 month size using some of the Cinderberry Stitches Enchant line. My personal favorite is the blue dress.

I followed this tutorial by Jessica of A Little Gray that the Oliver + S blog hosted for the pink version's collar contrast. It was easy to follow and understand, but it came out pretty thick. If I choose to make this version again, I will probably just use a stabilizer for the collar lining or reduce bulk.


This is the first time I have had a reason to sew coordinating outfits, and I loved it!