Friday, May 22, 2015

Project Run and Play: May

Another month, another Project Run and Play challenge! We've had so much rain all week long, I had to settle for indoor photos today.
This month's remix is the the Summer Chevron shirt. It's a great free pattern from Crafty Cupboard. It reminded me a lot of the above Persnickey photo I pinned (literally! I'm talkin' old school pinterest) on my inspiration board in my craft room. (The outfit is no longer available from Persnickety- it's like two years old).  I have wanted to recreate this look for a long time, and this pattern was PERFECT for it.
I had this great green print I got from the same fabulous estate sale I keep mentioning. I have no idea what type of fabric it is, but it is soft and has a great drape (and also frays like crazy). I knew it would be great for this look.  The beautiful blue vintage buttons also came from the same estate sale. Then I had some white muslin that I have yards and yards of. You always need lots of white muslin right?
So let's talk about how I remixed this pattern. I started with the size 3. I trued up the corners on the neckline so it would hang nicely and be a little less square, then I added 3 inches to the skirt width for a nice gather, then I lengthened it by several inches to make it a dress. Then I turned the bodice around so the buttons would be in the front. I altered the closure slightly so I could have an overlapping button placket to be like the persnickety dress.
Then of course I NEEDED those ruffle shorts that almost look like a petticoat. I drafted the shorts by adding a few inches in width and waistband to my basic shorts sloper. Then I added two ruffles. ADORABLE. I am in love.
Do you notice anything fancy about the finishing on the ruffles and the flutter sleeve? That's a ROLLED HEM!! I have owned my serger for TWO years and I finally was brave enough to do a rolled hem. Let me tell you, it is so EASY! I was terrified about removing my stitch finger on the serger, but it's really easy to take on and off. I am going to do rolled hems a lot now that I know how to do this! I watched this super helpful video from CKC and read this blog post from LBG and that's it. They each suggest different settings and I experimented and ended up using a combo of their suggestions. I used a 5 for my right needle, 5.5 for upper looper, 7 for the lower looper, 1 for the differential feed, R for stitch length, and R for stitch width.
Seriously, those ruffles would have taken forever to hem. Instead I just ran them through the serger so quick! and I loooooove how pretty the rolled hem looks!
Does that blue stripe bother anyone else? I didn't pay attention to the fabric and just gathered and sewed it, and it happened to end up just askew to the blue buttons. Hmph.
Anyone spot the green lego? Can you tell I pushed aside a huge pile of legos to take these pictures?
Don't let Miss sassy pants trick you into thinking she's being sweet here. She's thinking about her Twilight Sparkle My Little Pony carriage she's going to buy with the dollar I bribed her with to let me take these photos interrupting her lego-crushing monster-free time (aka Jacob's nap time).

Check out all the other Project Run and Play entries here

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spruce Shorts for Fluffy Bums: Free Pattern Add-on

I was surprised by how many of my pattern testers use cloth diapers. About half! They asked me for suggestions on how to adjust the spruce shorts for fluffy bums (an affectionate term for cloth diaper babies) Should we add 1" to the height? Should we sew a size larger? Well, the true answer is that they need a different shaped back piece to allow for the extra bulk. So they convinced me that I needed an add-on pattern piece for the pattern. (you can find the free download here)
This is what the difference of original back piece (blue) and the fluffy bum back piece (gray). So you see there is a longer back rise and extra width. 
These were NOT tested with the usual care I give my other patterns. I am not a cloth diaper expert, plus there is SO much variation in cloth diapers. It depends on what brand you use, how many inserts you use, and the shape of your child. For some, you might not even need the extra piece, the original pattern may work just fine for you. The above photo shows the regular Spruce Shorts with cloth diaper on.
This mommy called this diaper her "huge nappy" (it's a baby beehinds diaper if you were curious) and you can tell the regular pattern would never get over that adorable diaper! I hope this is helpful to cloth diaper mommas! You can download the free pattern add-on from my Craftsy shop here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

KCW: Matching Striped Pajamas

These matching pajamas have been a long time in the making.
I wanted to use two new pajama patterns (Brindle and Twig Footie Leggings and Heidi and Finn all you need jammies) for the kids' Christmas pajamas, but I didn't have enough fabric for mistakes. I had never used either pattern so I wanted to check sizing fit. I would hate to cut out a size too small and not be able to pull off my Christine jammie dream.
So I cut out jammies for both kids in this fun striped neon knit I got from Girl Charlee for crazy cheap. It's a thin light weight knit, not good for winter, but PERFECT for summer.
I finished the pants, but for the shirts I only sewed one arm and skipped hemming completely because I only needed to test length and I had Christmas jammies to sew! As soon as I knew how the patterns fit I moved on the Christmas ones and threw these unfinished ones in my cast aside projects pile.
And there they sat. Unloved. Then for KCW Winter last January I meant to finish them. Well, I didn't get too far. I finished Christine's shirt but didn't touch Jacobs.
But THIS kids clothes week, I had great momentum, I already finished my list and still had a day to go plus I had the double needle set up on my machine, so I finished this bad boy up real quick. Now the kids look stinkin' adorable in their matching jammie sets.

I got the nonskid bottom fabric with cute little footprints on it from etsy shop Lilbabythangs but it looks like they are going out of business and getting rid of their inventory. Too bad because the nonskid fabric is adorable.

As for the patterns. I really liked the Heidi and Finn all you need pajamas- pj top. There really isn't anything special about the top I choose to sew up. I really need to try out all the other options that it came with. The Brindle and Twig pants pattern was okay. The soles were a little small, and honestly I wished I had purchased Peekaboo patterns' Happy Feet Pajamas instead.

Regardless, these pajamas are so cute and the kids love to match. The light-weight knit make these perfect for summer around here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

KCW: Panda Shirt

 Jacob's striped shirt made it to the top ten over at Project Run and Play! I'd love for you to go over and vote for me!
I decided to not even try to blog all my Kids Clothes Week projects last week to help me get my entire list sewn, and it worked! I was super productive last week. Except now it's Tuesday and I'm writing about KCW and I feel like KCW was "sooooo last week". Most of the bloggers who sew for KCW AND blog about it actually sew all their stuff a week or two before, which I feel is not in the spirit of the challenge.
 I'm sure you all saw a little sneak peak of this panda shirt on the post about Jacob's shirt and shorts.
The theme for this season's KCW was Wild Things. So I wanted to do something with that. The panda face was super simple. I created the face on my Silhouette software and cut it out of heat transfer material, and ironed it on to the front of the shirt. Bam! adorable shirt!
I drafted this t-shirt pattern- which I'm calling the Marigold tee. I love the length and the curve and the slight flare. I've written before about how Christine needs extra long shirts for preschool, and this shirt is PERFECT for preschool! The fabric is from my stash (leftover from a dress I made myself-yep we can wear them at the same time and be twinners).
 I am for sure going to make some more animal face shirts. I think Jacob needs a bear face shirt!

Monday, April 27, 2015

KCW: Embroidered Geranium Dress

KCW is all done, and I finished my entire list! I'm so excited.

This dress was definitely a project for me, not stubborn girl here. She is so picky with her wardrobe I wasn't sure if she would even wear this. But luckily she informed me that Snow White has deer friends, and so it's a princess dress. Nice.
I have been wanting to try embroidering a dress bodice for a long time, and I finally did it! I used an embroidery pattern from Tamar Nahir Yanai she has this pattern available in her etsy shop here. But I actually got my pattern from a craft magazine I bought last October in San Antonio. Isn't it adorable? I'm not sure how the hand embroidery is going to hold up in the wash. I embroidered some baby bibs four years ago that have been washed like crazy and they are still holding up strong, so I'm hoping for the best.
I used the Geranium pattern with my own drafted flutter sleeves, because her flutter sleeve pattern piece is wackadoo. I am NOT going to put a raw edge sleeve on, sorry, just can't do it. I used a 2T bodice with a 4T length skirt for skinny miss here. The skirt fabric is from Aneela Hooey's Petal line, that I got on my Dallas fabric warehouse shopping trip. The sleeves I used some orchid kona cotton that I purchased for quilt I am going to be making soon.
For the back buttons I used some adorable orange buttons I found at an estate sale a few weeks ago (I bought yards of fabric, vintage patterns, and piles of vintage buttons. It was an awesome score, maybe I'll post about it soon).
Christine jumped in front of the camera for this shot. She's so funny. She loved her dress and wore it yesterday to church. I'm excited about the extra length on this, hopefully she won't outgrow it too quickly.