Sewing for Kindergarten!

Hi there!  Thanks for joining me on this stop of the Sewing for Kindergarten sewing series. There are so many amazing bloggers here, I feel so special to be included.  Head over to Sewing like Mad to check out the other inspiring stops!  Wait, don’t go yet!  I haven’t shown you the outfits yet!

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My inspiration for my creations is actually from my kindergarten-er herself.  Like her mom she is a huge fan of prints.  Unlike her mom, she is brave enough to sport her prints. Sometimes all at the same time.  It makes for some interesting combinations.  With this in mind, I decided to make  coordinated outfits.  The only restriction I had was with regards to the school dress code.  I’m not going to get into that but these outfits are school “appropriate” and yet I managed to exhibit her style.  At least I hope so.  I’ll let you be the judge of that.

First up is this short sleeve + shorts combo.

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Here she is modeling how she posed for her school photos.  I thought it was most appropriate for this series.

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The top is the Glass Onion Top by Shwin Designs.  The neckline is designed to be finished with facing but in my experience with my wiggly child, facings tend to pop out.  Additionally, B is not a fan of seams so I try to make clean finishes where ever possible.

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The details of my hack:

I modified with a narrow bias tape to eliminate the need for the facing.  I cut on the bias with a 1″ width and pressed one side up.  The unpressed side was sewn around the neck line right sides together.  Then I folded the bias tape over to the inside with the pressed fold hiding the raw edge.  I contemplated sewing down the tape with my machine but wasn’t excited about how that would look in the back.  I was concerned it would screw with the beautiful pleats in the back.  So I hand stitched the tape down.  I know, Blech.  But it was worth it I think.

 

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The fabric is Cotton and Steel which is simply amazing to work with.  My favorite part of the pattern is this back.  The cap sleeve are pretty darn cute too!  The best part in B’s view, no neckline seams AND no fasteners (buttons/zippers/hooks) to deal with.  It just pulls over her head.

Now for the shorts.  Oh these shorts!

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I don’t know why I only have this one close up photo of these shorts.  But I love them so much!  I used a linen and a lace trim.  Can you see the scalloped waist band??  It also has good sized pockets.  It’s a flat front waist band with elastic in the back.  The Papillion Shorties pattern was created by Jessica and Angie of Lil Luxe Collections.  Seriously, I’m in love with these.  I have 2 more planned.

Next up, a more relaxed casual feel because my B is all about comfort. I think C will be different.  She wore a pair of ballet flats that rubbed her feet wrong and she refused to take them off because they were “princess shoes”.  B wore those shoes for all of 5 minutes and refused to put them on again.  Funny how kids are so different!

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This is the comfy knit outfit.  The top is the Mini Briar by Megan Nielsen.  The only modification is that I put an interfacing under the heart so that it would be sturdier.  The jersey knit was too thin and I had nightmares of the middle of my tee getting chewed up by the feed dogs.

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The Joggers bottoms are by Cali Faye.  I really love the pleats in the front.  The next one I make though, I think I will take out the pockets or have to under stitch them because they keep poking out.  It may have been because of the fabric I used though.  It was almost as thick as a scuba.

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I am a huge fan of the shape of the joggers and the look of the wide cuff.

Third up is the picture day outfit.  It’s the Emma’s Herringbone pattern by Simple Life Pattern Company.

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Surprisingly, piecing together this bodice didn’t take as much time as I thought it would.  It also inspired me to start on another quilt.  Which will get finished. .. someday.

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The only modification I made on this pattern was that I hand stitched the bodice lining down around the waist.  Also, I used a French Seam along the sides of the skirt.  So the dress is as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.  I’m excited to see how the school photos turn out.  Last year when B was in transitional kindergarten I completely forgot about school photos.  So this year I am starting with a win! hahhaa.

Last, but not least, no school wardrobe is complete without a pinafore.  In my mind at least!  The Pembridge Pinafore is probably my favorite pattern of the year.  It’s another creation by Lil Luxe Collection and it’s the perfect blend of modern and vintage.

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So this outfit is a bit of a cheat because it’s actually from a pattern test.  BUT, I planned it with thoughts of school in mind.  B loves wearing dresses to school.  The top under the pinafore is a modified alley cat romper.

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The back waist has elastic and the straps can be either be crossed or just straight back.

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I hope you enjoyed the outfits!  I certainly had fun putting together this mini wardrobe.  It was a great kick in the butt to get going on her school clothes.  She recently had a growth spurt and everything is getting too small.

I’m so happy school has started.  It’s really nice to have a normal regular schedule again.  Since I work 4 days a week, it is hard to juggle all the different summer camps during the summer.  Thankfully my parents have been an ENORMOUS help!  I could not have survived this summer without them.  THANKS MOM!  I think that this transition into kindergarten has been easy for me because last year B was at the same campus going to transitional kindergarten.  They play in the same yard and know all the teachers so she didn’t have any nerves going into the year.  B is most happy that she has one of her best friends in her class and is already fond of her teacher.

Don’t forget to head over to Sewing Like Mad to catch the rest of the series!  Thanks for having me Mie!

Sun-Kissed Sunsuit

Fall is supposed to be approaching us as we are back in school.  However, here in drought ridden LA, we are still feeling the heat.  I’m sure you aren’t feeling too bad for us!  ;)

At any rate, it’s a good thing we are still in the middle of summer weather.  This is because I have an adorable sunsuit romper to share.

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This dreamy pattern was cooked up by Bella Sunshine Designs. This versatile pattern can also be a dress, maxi, or a halter top, all with or without a ruffle flounce. I chose the ruffled romper with the snap bottom because I really love rompers on a toddler/preschooler, but I need quick diaper/potty time.

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The ruffle is so float-y and lovely.  It’s also perfect for embellishing.  For this flounce I chose to use use lace and have it hang over the edge of the ruffle.  I really love the look of the lace trim for this romper.  One of the testers used poms and it was simply adorable.

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The bottom legs of the romper has a ruffled edge that is actually easier than it looks to construct.  The only issue I had was my own doing.  The fabric looks soft and gauzy when in fact it is actually rougher than expected.  I cut the pattern piece for the leg band in half lengthwise and added 3/8 SA.  Then I cut out the main piece (the scratchy fabric) and then the softer lining fabric.

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I did the same for the straps as well.  The bodice had a facing, so I was able to just cut the facing from the lining fabric.  I think this worked since my daughter told me that her romper felt soft like a pillow!  It’s more work but wouldn’t you do anything for this little face?!DSC_5820

I’m happy that C will be able to keep wearing this for a couple of months.  After that I think I might cut off the bottoms so she can still wear the top under a little cardi.  Sometimes I’m sad that she’s my last baby and that I won’t have little to sew for.  But then I look at my 5 year old who is coming into a fantastic era of self-sufficiency and I really can’t imagine going backwards.

Here’s to cherishing the time I have now!

 

 

Monarch Top by Lil Luxe Collection

When I blog, I post multiple entries in an evening.😀

I was so lucky to get the chance to test the Monarch Top by LLC.  This is a stunning top is classic in its beauty.  It features a lovely ruffle collar, and stunning button placket.

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If you just extend the skirt, you can easily turn this top into a dress. (Edited to add that the pattern includes the skirt dimensions for a dress)  After I make one of these tops for B, I’ll be making dresses for both girls too.  Check out the stunning button placket!

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Here’s a view of the back of the top as well.

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The baby blue fabric is from Joann’s.  It’s similar to a swiss dot.  Even better, I found it as a remnant.  The collar is a floral by Lucien.

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C is a huge fan of the top as well.  She twirls around it in and claims to be a princess.

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The neck line is finished with bias tape and the skirt is installed by sandwiching it between the bodice and the bodice lining.  The skirt is a french seam.  If you hand stitch the neck line and the button placket like I did, there are no raw edges!  Making the top a comfy pattern to hop in…

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To explore in..

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To collect rocks in . . .

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AND to look fabulous in!

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I think this photo is probably my favorite of the set!

The pattern is on sale now for a limited time.  Head over to http://www.lilluxecollection.com to pick up your copy before the sale is over.

Maker’s Tote for Travel

It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged or posted.  Don’t worry I’ve been busy sewing like crazy behind the scenes.  What’s that old saying about a duck, calm on the surface and paddling hard under water?  At any rate, I have felt underwater!

With a trip coming up on the horizon, I wanted to make sure the girls would be well entertained and busy while traveling.  My first priority was to have a bag that could store all the activities and toys that I planned to make/buy.  After the list grew to over 7 items per kid, I realized that I need a bag with LOTs of pockets.

While thumbing through IG, the Maker’s Tote by Noodlehead popped up.  I fell in love with the bag immediately and decided that it would be the perfect bag for the girls.  Picking the fabric was the fun part.  I already had this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland print that I had planned to turn into a bag for B.  I also had a cute panda print that would be ideal for C.

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Then I just had to find coordinating prints for the pockets.  I thought of using a deep purple for B’s tote.  But B loves colors and pink so I went with a vibrant pink for the bias binding and pink hearts for the lining and the pocket.  I found this adorable bunny key chain at Daiso (Japanese Dollar Store) to use as a zipper pull.  I wish it was a white rabbit to go with the bag theme but this pink one coordinates well.

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Now for a look at all the goodies packed inside!

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I should have taken more photos of the inside of the bag without all the toys, but I’m a bum and I’m not going to.  I will say though, I love love love the pockets on the inside!  There are four pockets, 2 pleated pockets and 2 slip pockets.  The main fabric I used for the pockets are from a scrap pack that I purchased from @Llamafabrics on IG.  Maybe later when I’m not being such a bum I’ll take some photos of the lovely cotton and steel fabric.

My guess is that the doll probably catches your eye first.  :)

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This adorable little doll is from a cheater doll kit that is already printed onto the fabric.  The fabric is by Stacy Hsu for Moda.  The fabric panel also has directions for sewing up the doll.  I only changed how I sewed the skirt.  The instructions has you created a casing around the waist band and using a tie to fasten the skirt.  I chose to put elastic into the waist band and use french seams for the sides.  The doll as a blanket, wolf friend, cape, skirt, and a pillow.  I’m hoping that B’ll have fun tucking the doll in and playing with her accessories.

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In addition to the doll, there are a ton of other goodies; a container of bitty plastic animals, a magic ink Dory coloring book, 1 blank notebook, 1 lined notebook, 3 ink cartridge pen, cracker snacks, lollipops for takeoff and landing, and colored pencils.  Where are the colored pencils?

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Ta-Dah!!  I made a bag for them.  These are thick short pencils from Ikea and the plastic container that it comes with was too bulky to use in the bag.  This was my first crack at the idea.  The bag is fully lined, which makes me happy.  My husband drilled a hole into the pencil sharpener so I could tie it to the bag to keep it from getting lost.  It’s so nice to have such a handy husband.  Thanks honey!

Now for all the fun in C’s bag.  Check out the panda zipper pull and the leather strip zipper pull.  It was slightly difficult to pull through, but if you trim the leather strip at a diagonal you can wiggle it in.

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Now for all the toys!

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C has a bit more toys because the iPad doesn’t hold her attention as well.  So she has; a mermaid doll and accessories, a container of bitty aquatic animals, matching shape cards, lacing cards, 2 notebooks (blank and lined), fish stickers, snacks, pompom stuffer/sorter, ribbon felt caterpillar, and colored pencils.

The doll has a skirt and a mermaid tail.  Again, I used the elastic in the waistbands, and french seams for both the skirt and tail.  She has an adorable little sea horse buddy as well.

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The ribbon caterpillar and the pompom stuffer were ideas that I saw on pinterest.  You thread the felt squares through the buttons attached to the ribbon.  The pompom stuffing toy was also an assist from my husband.  He helped drill holes into the butter container.  The plan was to paint the lid white and the edges of the holes the color of the pompoms so she can sort.  I might still do it but I might be travel kitted out now.

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The colored pencil bag was my second go at it so I also interfaced the fabric and slightly curved the edges of the flap.  It’s still fully lined.

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If I have time, I’ll make boxy bags for the dolls and their accessories.  I have a feeling I’ll be chasing all the doll accessories if I don’t have a special bag for them.

And that’s it!  If you made it this far, hope you found these bags and their toys interesting!

 

Starlight City… For Me!

It’s been quiet over here, but I assure you, I’ve been busy sewing up a storm getting ready for the spring and summer.  As usual Lil Luxe Collection has come to the rescue.  Remember the Starlight City girl’s dress?  Jess and Angie worked together to size up the gorgeous Starlight City dress for teens and ladies sizes.

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This amazing pattern is designed for knit fabrics so it’s so comfortable.  It feels like you are out and about in a cloud.  One thing you should know when you choose your fabric is that it is really really important to use a 4 way stretch for the bodice.  The reason for this is the unique twist in the back.  I used a jersey knit and in my opinion is perfect for this dress.

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The twist is strategically designed to sit right at the bra strap.  Awesome, right?!  You can wear a stunning open back dress and you don’t even need to find a special bra.  Depending on the print you chose, this dress can go from a flowy beach dress to a night out on the town.

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The waist band has a soft elastic encased for extra structure and support.  It also helps keep the pretty shape of the dress, and accentuate the waist.  There are several options with this dress too.

  • The top and skirt can be made as separates
  • The sleeves can be short or 3/4 like mine
  • The skirt can be body con, short and gathered, or maxi

My plan is to make the separates next.  I’m thinking to make a black/navy top, and a floral maxi skirt.  For now though, I’m wearing this dress every chance I get.

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Just a warning, be prepared to get lots and lots of compliments.  The Starlight City was released on Monday and will be on sale just for a week.  Lil Luxe Collection doesn’t have sales very often so be sure to snap this up for you or your teen!

Thanks Jess and Angie for this beautiful pattern!  Credit for the photos goes to my talented friend Todd Allaria.