Friday, July 25, 2014

Scirocco Dress - KCW Days 4 and 5

Fabric: Main - Mormor Collection by Lotta Jansdotter
            Lining - Cotton from stash

This is the first thing I've made for my biggest girl in ages. She's at that age (10) where the cute little girl patterns are too cute and she's still too young for the true tween stuff so I just haven't been sewing for her. Enter Scirocco, I think it's the perfect blend of cute and sophisticated. Figgy's patterns are great like that. This pattern only goes up to an 8/9 size but I was able to add 1/2" all over to get it to fit and it fits perfectly. I love when projects turn out like that! This is for an outdoor family wedding we're going to in September, the bride's colors being mint and peach. I loved the really simple pattern of the fabric, I think it really helps the details of the dress stand out and is modern and fun. And the details of this pattern are great, the twist in the back is my favorite part! My pre-tween loves how "sassy" it is which makes the whole thing a huge success in my book since she's so picky about dresses. 

There were a few tricky parts in the sewing, mostly finishing the bodice lining but nothing too overwhelming and the construction is very clever. For the most part it was easy and quick. I even used my rolled hem foot for the ruffles! It was the first time I've been able to use it without cursing and wanting to chuck it. 

Up next is the Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver + S for my little girl who's the flower girl in the wedding! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sewing for Baby - KCW Days 2 and 3

It's kind of sad how long it's been since I did a Kid's Clothes Week or even blogged for that matter. When I saw the KCW posts popping up on Monday I jumped at the chance to get some baby sewing done. I'm on reduced hours at work right now so finding the time has been a lot easier and it's honesty been nice even though the reduce pay is hard. We're expecting surprise baby number 3 in October and since I had absolutely no baby stuff left I've been sewing a ton. It's been fun and a great way to use up all the fabric I've stashed over the years. Here's the details on what I made for Days 2 and 3:

Pattern: Baby Sleep Sack from "Growing Up Sew Liberated"
Fabric: Knits from my stash
Cut out and sewed up within an hour, I adore this pattern and will be making more! It's super easy and a great canvas for customizing. I'm thinking some freezer paper stenciled ones would be really fun. I remember loving these sleep sacks when the girls were tiny babies, they're perfect for middle of the night diaper changes. I made the 0-6 months size so we should be able to get a lot of wear out of it.

Pattern: Envelope Tee from "Growing Up Sew Liberated"
Just Hatched Leggings from MadebyRae
Fabric: Knits from stash and Monaluna Woodland Knits Collection
These outfits I've had cut out and half done for a month or so, so it was pretty quick to finish them up this morning. The envelope tee is just like the Baby Sleep Sack in construction, again really easy and fun to customize. I've made probably six of these total so far. I'll share the rest I've made soon. The tees I made the 0-6 month size so they'll probably get worn a little longer than the leggings but I think both will last awhile. I love that the leggings have a little extra room for big cloth diapered butts. Most commercially made stuff is just too slim.

I'm also working on a dress for one of my big girls today that I'll hopefully be able to finish tomorrow. I forget how long it takes to sew bigger things, I've been flying through the baby stuff so fast!