Sewing: KCW- scrappy color block dress

It’s Kids Clothes Week and I was finally able to spend a bit of time sewing on Wednesday.  I self drafted this little color block raglan sleeve number for my Tessa girl.  DSC_0023 (3)The pattern needs help, so I’m not sure how much wear we’ll get out of this.  Perhaps I’ll take it apart and make the necessary adjustments because it’s kind of cute.  I love the floral print and coral combination. 

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Until I take the time, though, this will remain in its unhemmed, ill-fitting state.  Ah well.  It’s the thought that counts, right? 

I finished a semester of school yesterday and felt like I needed to get behind my sewing machine and create something.  So, this was more a therapeutic project than anything anyway.  Some projects are like that- more for my soul than to actually make something usable.

Sewing: More plaid- button up and Fawn Lily dress

Plaid button up:


Are you sick of this fabric yet?  I had some leftover from all of the other projects I’ve made from it (actually I think I have more), so I thought I’d try something for the boys.  They have very few short sleeved dress clothes, so I decided to give it a go.  If it worked… great!  If not, no big deal.  I think it worked, but my picky kiddos won’t put it on, so I am not sure.


Fawn Lily dress:

This is a another pattern from the Wanderlust collection by Willow and Co. Patterns.  I made the yellow one first with my little baby gal in mind.


I had *just enough* of each of the fabrics to do the 0-3 month size, so this thing is tiny. The combination is a little unusual.  I love it, though. 


This next one I made because there are lots of little girls set to be born in the coming months.  So, I thought I’d start building a stock pile of baby shower gifts.


It’s a 3-6 month size with a crossover yoke.  I like that there are no buttons or zippers. 


Since making these, I have put away all of my sewing stuff.  I can’t see having much time in the next few months for sewing, so these may be it for a while.

Shorts for the boy

I made Liam some shorts using the Kudzu pattern.  Image

I used some denim from a pair of jeans Mike was getting rid of. 

The first thing he said after putting them on was, “Mom, they’re so comfy!”  So, that’s a good thing.  This pattern doesn’t have buttons or zippers; the waistband is ribbing (but I added elastic to help keep them up- the denim is a little heavy).  Image

Yay for new shorts!


Willow and Co Patterns: Wanderlust

Today is the day!  Willow and Co Patterns is releasing their first pattern collection, called Wanderlust.  It is a “glamping” collection with easy breezy, cute and versatile, interesting patterns for kids 6 months to 12 years.  I tested the Ash Jumpsuit, as you may recall… and I flash tested the Kudzu Cargos, which will be released at a later date. 


I mostly tested the fit on these, so the fabric is not necessarily what I would have chosen if I were to make them for reals.  :)  I kind of like the crazy combo, though…

ImageThey have some really great details and finish up really nicely.  I love the knit waistband- no elastic, no zippers, no buttons… but they still stay on. 

ImageI also love the pocket details and the pleating on the front. 

ImageThey look pretty cute on my skinny guy’s little hiney.

ImageWatch for this pattern to be released soon. 

In the meantime, head on over to Willow and Co to pick up all of the other Wanderlust patterns!

A blessing dress for baby girl

It is funny.  Usually, by this time in a pregnancy, I’ve made blankets, burp rags, blessing outfit, several other outfits, a take home outfit, bedding, crocheted items, room decor… the list could go on and on.  Maybe because it’s my fourth baby, maybe because I’m in school and have no time, maybe it’s because we’re going to move and don’t want to accumulate or do too much rearranging… I have not done nearly the amount of nesting as normal.  Little miss will be in our room, in a pack-n-play, for the first several months.  We won’t be using a crib until after we move, so I don’t have bedding to make.  We aren’t setting up a nursery, so there’s no decorating to be done.  I’ve made a couple of outfits and done some crocheting, but not necessarily specific for MY girl.

I NEEDED to make a blessing dress, though.  And, I wanted to get it done before she came because, as busy as I am now, I know how much busier life gets with a brand new baby. 

peasant dress, lace overlay, satin underlayer. Blessing dress?

This is the dress I found a while ago thinking that it would be beautiful for a blessing dress.  I didn’t want to buy new fabric, though, so I decided to use what I had on hand and see if I could make something pretty enough. 

Normally, I would have self-drafted a pattern, but I just didn’t want to/ couldn’t take the time, so I used a pattern I own: Simplicity 4243, making modifications where I needed.

It was a quick and easy dress to sew, but I decided to make it reversible, so I had to think a bit about the order I sewed things together. 


At this point, I thought it looked a little too casual for a blessing dress.  I decided to press on and add the bow, though, thinking that I’d just use it as an everyday kind of Sunday dress.  But, the bow kind of makes it!  I think it dresses it up just enough. 

ImageI also made a little grey stretch lace diaper cover and matching headband to go with.  I plan to make some little shoes- either out of the grey fabric or crocheted… maybe the stretch lace?  How would you make shoes out of stretch lace?!