Monday, October 27, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: Unicorns

This is my last Kid's Clothes Week project! My mom found this cute unicorn fabric by Heather Ross in Santa Cruz last month. Miss H is fascinated by unicorns right now, so this dress is a hit.

I used the Oliver + S Family Reunion Dress pattern. I haven't made it since Miss H was a baby, but I love the pleats! This is a size 4. It will work well now that the weather is getting cooler with leggings and sweaters.

I think this fabric is a voile or something similar. It is so soft and much lighter weight than quilting cotton. The neck contrast are some Essex yarn died scraps. I finished the back with my favorite snap source snaps rather than pesky buttons.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: Deer in the Wood Dress

I am in love with this pattern and with the finished dress! I've seen this dress around the blog land and finally purchased the pattern last week. This is the Little Girls' Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo. Miss H loves all things that involve deer, elk, and moose, and this fabric fits perfectly with one of her favorite books right now; A Deer in the Wood, one of the My First Little House story books.

I used some organic knit by Birch Fabrics that I found in Santa Cruz last month. This probably took just about a yard. I have no complaints about the fabric. It isn't flimsy, didn't stretch while sewing, and didn't roll back up on itself! I am looking forward to making more with Birch Fabric knits. (Their store is about a 4 hour drive from us, hoping to visit some day soon!)

I made a 3T/4T after comparing measurements. This sounded a little small for Miss H, but it is actually just a bit roomy. I am hoping to make a few more in this size for this fall and winter.

The sewing went pretty quickly, but could be oh so fast with a working serger! I ended up zig zagging all my seams after stitching the pieces together to get a more finished look. I'm glad I did it. I attempted a double needle hem on the dress skirt, but either I didn't read enough about using double needles, or my machine just wasn't made for them. I didn't have any issues with the pattern pieces or instructions, other than a few typos that I'm surprised haven't been fixed by now


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kids Clothes Week: Peacock Costume

This year, rather than just choosing what Miss H will be for Halloween, I let her pick from a couple options I knew I could manage. She chose to be a peacock because she loves to look at the peacocks at Grandpa's work. After looking at different ideas, I decided against using real feathers. I saw a few ideas using felt, and I loved the colors from the Eric Carle peacock illustration, so that's how I started pulling my idea together.

I used the tutu pattern from the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book. I used the pattern a couple years ago and loved the result. This time, rather than use 5 layers of tulle, I used 4 in typical peacock colors. Each layer is cut to be 1.5" shorter than the previous for better color visibility. I made a tying band out of chambray because I don't love using grosgrain ribbon.

I cut 28 peacock feathers out of felt and pinned them to just the folded green layer of tulle. I sewed them on in lines with my sewing machine. Then I stacked all 4 layers of tulle, pinned, gathered, and sewed into the waist band. I love the way it turned out!

I decided to make a little felt mask for Miss H rather than decorate a headband. She still doesn't like to wear headbands, but loves masks. I sewed the outline using my machine with a walking foot to keep the layers all together.