Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Four Corners Butterfly....

You know how sometimes a particular fabric screams at you, demands to be made into a certain pattern RIGHT NOW?  Or is that only me?

Have you seen the new fabric line Four Corners by Simple Simon?  It's their first fabric line for Riley Blake, and we sell it in our shop.  Well, I was cutting some of this fabric for an order....a seriously bold print (right up my alley), black and white (also right up my alley) with gold metallic accents (right up Julia's alley) Julia saw me cutting this and asked me what I could make her from this fabric.

Lying on my table waiting to be used was the Butterfly Blouse and Skirt pattern from Oliver + S.  Yes, that would work!

So, while I still should be sewing school uniforms as my child really only has two complete outfits, I decided to join in with the Oliver + S Monochrome Challenge...even though the gold probably really doesn't count....

The skirt is a size 5.  I wanted a short cropped top and was looking at the Oliver + S Lunchbox pattern....but I knew I'd never make culottes.  So, I remembered the old standy - the Sailboat Top.  I made it in black ponte de Roma double knit from my shop.  I shortened it into a crop top and used snaps for the shoulder closures.   I used a size 6 to get the boxy look I was going for.

To get more use out of this adorable top, I decided to use some old gymnastics leotard fabric leftover from my leotard sewing days.....I used the Playtime leggings pattern from Oliver + S also.  I only have this pattern up to a size 4 and realistically should invest in the size 5.  This is a pattern I've gotten a TON of use out of if only for the leggings.  So these leggings are a size 4 with about 4 inches added to the length.

These have a kind of Peg Bundy vibe especially with the zebra print clogs.....I've stopped using elastic at the waist of this legging pattern and lower the waist by about 2 inches at the front and add ribbing.  Works perfectly.

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Anyone For Origami?

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the world-wide fashion show being put on by Madeit Patterns to introduce their Fold 2 Collection.

Here's what they have to say about this collection:

Inspired by the Japanese art of origami our new collection brings you a fresh and modern range of patterns for stylish and adventurous kids.
Each piece incorporates unique detail; clever folds, beautiful pleats and concealed pockets.
We don’t think kids should save clothes for special occasions, we think they should look good everyday.

I chose to combine the Playsuit Top from the Supplement pattern with the Pocket Fold Skirt.  I asked my child to model, and model she did!

 Ok, so that's a lot of pictures!  As the inspiration was origami, I used  Urban Threads' Origami Crane to add detail to the center placket of the top.  All fabrics are from Robert Kaufman - white shirting, the plaid accents, and the lightweight denim skirt.

But, here's a sad sewing machine died while making this outfit!  Luckily, I had - actually, Santa had - gifted Julia a Janome Hello Kitty machine last, this outfit was sewn on a Hello Kitty machine!  It worked great actually....I highly recommend it both as a kid's learning machine, and as an emergency backup!

The top was a quick sew, but the skirt definitely takes a bit of thought....the pattern directions are very clear, and the result is really impressive.  All seams are finished, the facings bound in contrast bias....very nice touches!

Definitely check out their patterns.....and giveaways on Instragram through tomorrow!

20% OFF Madeit patterns I hope you are as excited I am, here is the complete list of shows to keep your eye open for...

Monday 31 August

Kid Approved Girl Like the Sea Huisje Boompje Boefjes Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy Pienkel East and Eden Chi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki In a manner of Sewing Glitter + Wit Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow Fliegfederfrei Fairies and Bubbles Co Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom Sansahash Miss Castelinhos Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya My Cosy Co Paisley Roots Diorella Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews: Needle and Ted Climbing the Willow Swoodson says

Monday, August 31, 2015

My Favorite Oliver + S Pattern....

I'm over on the Oliver + S blog today talking about my favorite Oliver + S pattern.  It sure was hard to choose!

Here's a few more pictures of what I created....

The leggings are the Oliver + S Playtime leggings - made in a size 4 with about 5 extra inches in length because I don't have the bigger size....

Thanks for stopping by.....more sewing soon - plus some very boring school uniforms!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Bedford in Double Gauze...

I have been sorely neglecting this little blog lately....I have been sewing, but not doing such a great job of documenting.

I have lost a bit of my sew-jo - at least for right now.  Julia will be going to a public school next year (kindergarten - finally!) and they wear uniforms.  Navy blue, white.  The end.  Nothing else.  I went to my local shop and bought some white blouse fabric, and a bunch of navy in various substrates - very nice, but boring nonetheless.

I recall when I sewed for my older children, school uniforms really became the demise of my sewing.  Once they wear school uniforms, and are involved in sports, really all they wear are athletic wear and uniforms.  For a while, I sewed my older daughter's gymnastics leotards.  Then, I took about a 10 year sewing hiatus.....

Anyways, I've been working slowly on a super-cute top for the past couple of weeks.  It wasn't difficult; I just get interrupted and side-tracked very easily.  The top is the Bedford Top from Brooklyn Patterns.  This is their second pattern release - previously, they opened up shop with one pattern - the Franklin Dress.  I bought that pattern as a result of the many cute ones on their blog tour...but haven't had a chance to sew it yet. 

The Bedford Dress and Top has an amazing back - even my daughter said to me that she loves the back and that the people who made it did a really good job on the pattern.  Now that's a serious compliment!

This is a size 4 with 6 length.  Seriously, this back!

The pattern is drafted very well - line drawings, not photos in the instructions.  I'm personally huge on line drawings and not a big fan of photos in instructions - but that's just my personal preference.  I spent a good deal of time putting in the zipper.  I actually hand-basted it in because I wanted to get it just right.  When you have a bold feature, you want to make sure it's not wonky!

I actually intended to make the dress, but due to a cutting error/fabric miserly mistake, I ended up with the top.  The fabric is a Kokka double gauze from my shop - it's really Julia's favorite fabric substrate. 

How goofy is the child??

Ok, just a couple more photos.....

There will be more sewing soon - and I hope it's not all navy blue and white!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Spring 2015!!

*****The giveaway is now closed - thanks to all who entered!******

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's the scoop of what I'm giving away - a $40 gift card to my shop!

Yes, I not only sew most of my 5 year old's clothes, but I also have an on-line fabric shop, Urban Sew.

These are all items I made with fabric from my shop....if I only had more time to sew!!

We carry quilting cottons, garment fabric including linen and double gauze, Japanese fabric like Kokka and Yuwa, and knits - something for everyone!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tula Pink meets Oliver and S for Kids Clothes Week

In the next late-blog post that should have been written last week....

Here is an ADORABLE skirt that has already been worn twice since I made it -

This skirt - the Oliver + S Hula Hoop Skirt.  It's reversible.  It's girly, but not frilly.  It has a drop waist, and a flounce that shows off the underside accent fabric.  Enough said?

Once I figured out where the notches go, it took me no time whatsoever to put this together.  Since I made this one, I slapped together another one that is waiting patiently to get photographed....

The fabric is quilting cotton from Tula Pink's Elizabeth line from my shop.  I love using a bold print for a skirt; it doesn't overpower the kid and you can be as funky as you like.  And, I seriously love some funky prints....obviously!!

And, yes, you can dance in it!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

First up for Kid's Clothes Week Spring 2015....

This is how blogging during Kid's Clothes Week ends up - a back burner to the actual sewing and photographing.

This dress was made probably in 5 minute spurts; lots of them.  This was actually how I used to sew in the "old days" when my 3 older kids were little.  I would just leave a project out on the sewing table, and every time I walked by, I'd sew a teeny bit.  Things actually did get made that way.

This dress started because we got a bunch of really nice linen in the shop.  Now, when I was a kid, and I would shop with my mom, she would always tell me never to get linen because it wrinkles too much.  Since learning more about fibers, and kids clothes, I think that linen is perfect for kids clothes.  Yes, it wrinkles.  Yes, you can both wash and machine dry it.  You can iron it.  It's super durable.  So, if you can stand an imperfect slightly wrinkled look on your kid (which I actually like) then linen is for you.

This pattern is the Little Ellie dress from Peach Patterns (formerly Wink Designs).  It's a really sweet pattern - what I absolutely love is the round yoke.  The directions are excellent, and the yoke kind of goes together like a magic trick with no exposed seams anywhere. 

So, the red linen is a great dress weight.  My child likes breezy dresses, and this is what she gets.  The print fabric is a quilting cotton - a very large scale print by Jane Sassaman's Wild Child collection.  I'm a huge lover of large scale prints, but probably not on an entire dress.  When you cut it up as an accent, it's pretty much perfect.

See the butterfly?  So, it works for Kids Clothes Week theme of Wild Things, right??
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