Reindeer Bedtime Story Pyjamas

Phewf…I did it.  My final post of 2014.

Right now Maya loves to be “twinsies” with Jacob.  Anytime they can wear something identical or at least similar, she gets super excited.  So I made them identical sets of pyjamas.  I’ve used the pants pattern from the Bedtime Story PJs before, but this is the first time I’ve made the top.  I don’t know that I’ll make the top again, because it doesn’t seem to be the most practical/comfortable to sleep in, but it is really cute on.  The pants, on the other hand, I love.  I like that the pants’ hems and waistband are separate pattern pieces so you can add a contrasting fabric to an otherwise simple PJ pants pattern.

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I don’t have a lot to say about this pattern, other than it is an Oliver and S pattern so of course it was well written and I learned some new techniques.  I didn’t find it to be as well written as the others I have made, however.  I was a little confused when sewing the ties on.  They are sewn on after the kimono-style top is put together and I thought they seemed a little “unfinished”.  But I’m sure there is a specific reason for this that I probably just don’t understand.  I’ve learned in the past to follow instructions, especially from Liesl for Oliver and S.  But all in all, it was a great pattern to follow.

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Jacob’s pants are an 18-24 month and his top is a 2T.  In hindsight, I wish I had made the pants a 2T and the top an 18-24 because I can see him outgrowing the pants by mid winter.  Maya’s are a size 4.

I'm 3 years old!

I’m 3 years old!

I had JUST enough fabric to make these and I cannot remember what fabric this is.

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I’m hoping one day my kids will pose nicely for photos together, but for now I will enjoy the chaos of us trying to get them to at least be in the same room when the camera comes out.

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Twinsies!!

Twinsies!!

Stay tuned over the next few days for a quick recap of my sewing projects from 2014.

On that note I wish you all a Happy New Year!  Here’s to a wonderful 2015.  Thank you so much for reading.

 

 

Holiday Sewing and a letter to Santa

It’s still New Year’s Eve so I haven’t missed my deadline.  We were supposed to go out for dinner and to a party tonight to ring in the New Year, but alas, 3 out of 4 of us are not feeling so great.  Thankfully I’m getting over it, but my husband and my little man just seem to be getting the worst of it.  The joys of winter and sickness.  So anyway, here I am, blogging away.

Christmas was so exciting around our house this year.  Maya was so excited and Jacob followed right along.  This year Maya “wrote” her first letter to Santa and she also “wrote” Jacob’s for him.

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Yes, Maya thought Jacob should get some bandaids (which they both did, in their stockings) and she was very adamant on the vacuum cleaner.  The thing that kind of surprised me was the penguin purse.  A penguin purse?  Where had she seen a penguin purse before?  Why a penguin?  She’s not a huge lover of all things penguin like she is for bunnies.  So I was on a mission.  I didn’t think I’d find a penguin purse in a store, so I didn’t even bother trying (turns out that when I was in Gymboree a few days before Christmas they had the cutest penguin purse ever!).  Instead I found a pattern on etsy and made my own.

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The pattern called for fleece, but I decided to use felt instead.  I just love how it turned out.  The only real time consuming part was hand stitching the lining around the curve of the head.  All in all though, a pretty easy sew.  And pretty cute, too.

I thought I was going to sew so much for Christmas this year.  Turns out, I had very little time, so I didn’t.  I didn’t even make Maya a Christmas dress nor Jacob a Christmas tie.  I did make them jammies, and a few gifts for others.  But that was it.

These pillows were gifts for both my mother and on of my sister in law’s.  I used this tutorial for a one piece envelope pillow.  Super quick and you can just cover pillows you already have.  We don’t have many any throw pillows around our house, well we do, but they are all put away.  But making these has made me excited to start making throw pillows for every occasion/season/holiday/random Friday. So simple and really pretty.

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The big pillows are 20″ x 20″ and the smaller ones are 14″ by 14″.  The pillow inserts were all purchased at IKEA.

Another Christmas gift I sewed this year was for my little sister.  This is the Lickety Split bag by Made by Rae.  I used fabric from Art Gallery’s Winged Fabric collection for this bag.  It’s a little bit “springy” for the winter time, but I just love these two fabrics and I think it made a gorgeous tote bag.  Jessica is a teacher so I hope she can get much use out of it.

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It’s also reversible, which is always a bonus in my books.  I interfaced the whole thing with lightweight fusible interfacing because Art Gallery fabric is very fine and flow-y and I wanted to give a bit of structure to the bag.  I also only decided to put pockets on one side, even though I had them cut and interfaced for both.  I just really liked the butterflies to stand on their own without the busyness of the coordinating print.

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Finishing things up

I almost did it.  I tried and my sister tried, to get Maya to wear the last few dresses I sewed for her so I could get most of my sewing documented.  But, alas, you cannot make a strong-willed 3.5 year old wear something she really doesn’t want to wear.  So instead, I’m just going to show photos of what I do have and just pretend that’s what I had initially intended to do.

First up:

The Cowl-Neck Jumper Dress by Heidi and Finn.

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This is not the first item I’ve sewn by Heidi and Finn.  I actually made the Cocktail Swing Coat with bunny ears for Maya last year (and she still fits in it, too) but for some reason I cannot find any of the photos of her actually wearing it.  I assure you, it is stinkin’ cute though.

I purchased the cowl neck pattern when it was first released a month or so ago and quickly sewed up this really sweet dress.  This was my second time sewing with knits and my first time consciously lining up patterns and stripes across seams.  It took a little brain power to make sure it all lined up in the end with strategic pattern piece placement, but it turned out as close to perfect as I could get.  This is a size 4.

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The fabric is a sweater knit I found at Joann’s.  One of the pattern testers used this fabric for this dress and I just loved it, so when I saw it I picked it up to do the same.  I tried making Maya another cowl neck dress with fleece and it doesn’t fit over her head.  I was so disappointed as I was also making one for a friend’s little girl in fleece as well.  They are both still sitting unfinished in my sewing room. :( Guess fleece just doesn’t have enough stretch to it.  Lesson learned for next time.

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Next up is the Sailboat Top and Pants Set from Oliver and S for Mr. Jacob.  This is considered an easy sew .

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I just love all the little details on all Oliver and S patterns.  The little side slits on the bottom of the pants, the facing on the inside of the pants and top, the contrasting topstitching and cute little buttons at the top of the shirt.  I was a tad bit confused with the construction of the pants, but it wasn’t enough to deter me from making these again.  In fact the more I look at them as I’m typing this up, the more excited I am to make them for both kids in the spring.

Inside of pants.  Love when I can use a nice patterned fabric for facings.

Inside of pants. Love when I can use a nice patterned fabric for facings.

The intent was to lengthen the cropped pants to full length pants, but for some reason I just couldn’t get it figured out.  I need a good lesson or two or three on adjusting patterns.  I know for pants you can’t just add to the bottom of the leg.   I really need to look into that a bit more.  Jacob really hasn’t worn this outfit at all other than when he tried it on immediately after I made it for him. Like I said, I really wanted the pants to be full length and they aren’t.  And I made this outfit in September when the weather was getting cooler.  Not so smart.  Luckily, my little guy isn’t huge, so “maybe” they will fit him in the spring time.

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It's the little details

It’s the little details

Cute cropped pants

Cute cropped pants

The other reason he hasn’t worn it is that my husband thought they were jammies.  And that’s when I realized it’s hard to find “boyish” fabrics with prints that don’t look like jammies.  So my quest is to find really nice fabrics that will work for boy clothes.  It’s really unfortunate that we don’t have a great selection of fabrics in Ottawa.  There are a couple great quilting stores that have great quilting cottons that I use all the time for dresses for Maya.  But the only other option nearby is quite sad in terms of selection and organization.  Even if they do look like jammies (maybe my husband was right), Jacob is still super cute wearing them.

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I used Riley Blake’s “Fly Away” for the top with red topstitching and red KAM snaps on the shoulders.  The pants were made with a red cotton-polyester twill with standard run of the mill plastic buttons and using the same “fly away” fabric as a contrast.

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the cuteness!

the cuteness!

And now….another Rollerskate dress by Oliver and S.  You can see my others here.  I really love this pattern.  It’s so simple and really allows you to showcase big, bold patterns.  I’ve had this “nuts for dinner” by Riley Blake for some time but I only got around to sewing it up a little while ago.  I really should have made this in the Fall instead of Winter, I just really didn’t have the time with all the Disney sewing and I didn’t want to have to wait an entire year because I love this print.

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I didn’t do the notched neckline in my previous versions of this dress, but I really like it, so I think my future versions will definitely have it.

She’s worn it once…to see Santa…makes sense.  😉

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I started with the tunic length pattern and added length to use as much of the pattern as I could.  This is a size 4 and though she wore it with leggings, I still think it looks very dress-like.

 

 

Maya’s Most Favourite Dress: A Twirly 3rd Birthday Rainbow Dress

Earlier this year, when Maya turned 3, (in March) she wanted a “rainbow” themed birthday party.  So of course I had to find the perfect pattern to make the perfect dress for her.  And oh boy, did I find the perfect dress.  It’s the “Rainbow Twirl” by Boo! Designs.

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There is some serious twirl in this dress.  And a LOT of gathering!  I think the bottom tier was 172″ long that needed to be gathered.  Though time consuming, the dress itself is really quite simply constructed.  It’s six layers of ruffled fabric all sewn together then sewn up the side.  The shirring was probably my most feared part because it was my first time attempting it.  But the instructions in the pattern were impeccable and the dress came together flawlessly.

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Maya would wear this dress every single minute of every single day if she could.

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I made this one in a size small which is meant to fit children 2-4.  I think she’ll be able to wear it longer if she wears it with leggings.  I think she’ll be wearing a lot of her mommy made dresses longer than she probably should because I will just put leggings underneath.  I am going to have a hard time putting things I’ve made away when they get too small.

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I’m not sure whether to pass them along to family or friends or to keep them stored away in a box somewhere.  There’s a lot of love and work that goes into handmade clothing.  I’m a very sentimental person, so I imagine I’ll just keep them all stored away and when my kids are away at university I’ll go through those boxes and reminisce about all the fun times we had and what they were doing in those clothes.

That is the main purpose of this blog.  To document my children growing up, the sewing is just an excuse for me to actually document it.  I’m getting all teary sitting here typing these words, not in a sad way, but in a “I can’t believe I have such amazing kids”.  I am so lucky.

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This little beauty is going to 4 in March.  Where has the time gone?

Our super awesome family vacation to Disney World: Part 5 – A forgotten Mickey shirt

I cannot believe I forgot to post this with my Disney posts.  It is one of my favourite shirts I have made to date.  I know I don’t make as much for Jacob as I do for Maya.  There are some really cute patterns out there for boys, and I have quite a few of them.  But there aren’t many fabrics available that aren’t girly.  And the ones that are designed for “boys” seem to have either super heroes or are meant for a newborn’s nursery.  It’s really frustrating to be honest.  But when I find a fabric that I think will make something uber cute for my little man, I nab it.

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I found this Mickey toss fabric online.  I wish I bought more than a yard of it because Jacob LOVES this shirt.  He didn’t even know who Mickey Mouse was before we went to Disney World, and the whole time we were there he called him “that”.  He would get really excited for “that”, but he really didn’t know who he was.  Let me tell you something….he KNOWS who “that” is now!  He wants to wear “Meeee Mouse” all.the.time.

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This is the Classic Oxford Button-Up Shirt in size 2T from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. This was also the pattern I used as the base for Jacob’s Prince Charming costume found here and here.  I followed the pattern to the letter for this one.  I made the easiest version though because I wanted it to be more casual and I was using a quilting cotton to do so.

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I used a red contrasting thread for the top stitching.  It’s really subtle but it adds that little bit more I find to make it that much cuter.  And you may have guessed it, I used KAM snaps instead of regular buttons and button holes.

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This boy is the sweetest little guy.  I am really going to try to make more things for him in the New Year.

A Cupcake Treasure Hunt Skirt

Hello again.  Long time no see.  I’m really on a roll.  I’m determined to get everything up here and so far, I’m pleased with my progress.  I told myself I wasn’t allowed to sew until I had done so, so I am doing so.

This is the Treasure Hunt Skirt by Aivilo Charlotte.  It was on sale a few months ago for dirt cheap when it was released and I loved the big pockets so I bought it.  Maya looooves pockets.  She loves putting treasures in them.  It makes doing laundry interesting, but I’m okay with that.  I had to try this pattern because it was the perfect skirt for my treasure hunting girl.

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There was really nothing complicated about the skirt.  The pattern is more of a tutorial per se, in that all of the pieces are cut from measurements.  I don’t love this way of constructing a garment.  But that’s probably because I’ve been spoiled by Oliver and S patterns.  Seriously though, when a pattern is only a few dollars, I will give it a try.  It went together in about a couple of hours, and I’m a pretty slow sewer, so that was awesome!

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Did you notice my big mistake?  I have no idea how that happened.  But it did.  And I wasn’t about to rip the bottom band off to fix it.  It wasn’t super noticeable (except by me) so I just left it.  I still shake my head though at how I could sew the band on with the side seams at the front and back.  Oh well.  I figure if I make a mistake once, I won’t do it again.  I hope not anyway.

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The fabric I used was “mini cupcakes” by Michael Miller and the contrast bands and pockets are a pink polka dot from Joann’s.  This is a size 4.

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It’s not very twirly, so it’s not something Maya begs to wear, but it is adorable nonetheless.  Oh yeah, and it is purple, so that is a plus as well.  :)

 

A Leafy First Day Dress and Bow Tie

I know it’s Christmas time, but like I have mentioned, I am really trying to get myself up to date blog-wise.  This is the first of the two First Day Dresses I have made.  It was also the first pattern I have sewn from Made (Dana Made It).

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I had read mixed reviews of this dress (due to sizing issues), but I just love the look of it and the fact that there are so many options:  A-Line Dress (I made this one, also shown here), Swing Dress and Swing Top with different finishing techniques.  Both versions are fully lined and there are absolutely NO exposed seams anywhere.  This dress is as beautiful inside as it is out.  The negative reviews I have read have to do with the difficulty in putting in on your child.  The thing about this dress is that it is meant to be slightly fitted in the bodice.  And because of this, it is going to be a bit trickier to get on.  I really haven’t had an issue getting it on over Maya’s head and getting her arms in, though I can see how you may.  If I was a more experienced seamstress I would change the keyhole opening in the back with a zipper.  I’m great at following a pattern and making slight changes, but adding a zipper to a lined dress that isn’t meant to have a zipper is a bit intimidating to me.  But if anyone knows of a tutorial on how to do so, I would love to see it.

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I made a size 4 for Maya and it is perfect.  She loves this dress for one big reason.  It twirls!  A lot.  It’s a circle skirt so is absolutely perfect for my always dancing, twirling little girl.  I chose this fabric (which of course I can’t remember the name of) specifically to make Maya a Thanksgiving dress.  Yes, I know Thanksgiving was in October (I’m in Canada for my international readers) but I just haven’t had a chance to post this dress till now since I was so focussed on our trip to Disney World.

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The headband Maya is wearing is one my sister, Jessica, made to go with this dress.  I love it!

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Maya asks to wear this dress quite often so that makes me happy.  It’s such a sweet little dress.  No ruffles, which I prefer, with lots of twirl.

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It’s so rare that I make something for my little man.  But I thought this fabric would make the sweetest little bow tie.  And it sure did!  I used Peek A Boo Patternshop’s Little Gentleman Tie pattern.  This is also the pattern I used to make Jacob’s Prince James Bow Tie found here. This tie is the single layer, as opposed to Prince James’ double layer bow tie.  I just love bow ties on little boys and I especially love them on my little boy.

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Happy Thanksgiving…errrr…I mean Merry Christmas!  :)

An Oliver and S Round Up (Part 5) Kind of Christmas

I can’t believe I am sitting here at my computer on Christmas night, but the kids are sound asleep, I cleaned up after the tornado of gift opening and Christmas lunch eating and my husband and I even watched some tv.  But instead of posting about our Christmas, I’m posting about sewing.  But in the spirit of Christmas and the general holiday season, I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.  Here is our Christmas photo of the kiddos this year.  I just love it!

Like I said in my last post, I am really trying to start the New Year with a blog that is totally up to date and I am bound and determined to do that.  But I figured with all of the festivities that come with Christmas time (we have 5 different family functions within a week so free time is at a premium) I would have to combine some things into a single post.

I love many different pattern designers, but as you may have guessed, my favourite by far is Liesl of Oliver and S.  Her patterns are so timeless. Though I’m not a huge fan of the most recent patterns, but they may end up growing on me after I see what other people come up with.  It’s unfortunate that Maya is wearing a size 4 at the moment because it means I’m going to have to start buying the next size grouping.  There was a 50% off sale a couple of months ago on the paper patterns so I stocked up on the larger sizes.  I bought a couple of new ones as well that I’ve really wanted to try.

Love when this type of mail arrives on my doorstep.

Love when this type of mail arrives on my doorstep.

I’m going to start with the ruffled halter I made last summer.  This is one of the free patterns and you can find it here.  It is seriously one of the cutest tops I’ve made.  I’m really hoping this will still fit Maya next summer, but I have serious doubts.  I made this is a size 3T.  The ruffles are cut on the bias so they hang really nicely, but if you are going to use a directional patterned fabric, just be aware of this.   You can probably get away with cutting it on grain, but it may not lay as nicely.  This went together really quickly.  The edges of the ruffled tiers are left raw, there is some stitching to keep it from fraying too much, but I really like the look.  At first I was a little leery, but then I reminded myself it was an Oliver and S pattern and just followed the directions.  I’m certainly no fabric expert, I am still learning, but I believe because it was cut on the bias it doesn’t fray nearly as badly as it would had it been cut on grain.  The fabric is called Gumball Dot from Lakehouse Dry Goods.  I just love the bright colours of the polka dots.

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These photos were taken on my family’s farm.  I love that, although we live in the city, my parents live only an hour away and the kiddos have the opportunity to visit quite often.

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Next up is the Library Dress.  I made view B without the collar and with 3/4 sleeves.  This is a size 4.  I made it in the summer with thoughts of the fall.  I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it.  We call it her 4 seasons dress because it has elements from all four seasons. It went together flawlessly and it was a really fun sew.  I don’t love the full button closure on the back, but like usual, I used KAM snaps instead. The sad thing about this dress is that because it doesn’t twirl, getting Maya to wear it is a chore.  I think she’s worn it twice.  This dress looks a lot more complicated to make that it was.  I love a challenge.  I enjoyed making this dress so much, that I made another one for my little niece in a size 12 -18 months for her first birthday (was in September).  I don’t have photos of either Maya or Emma in this dress which makes me sad, but hopefully one day I can convince Maya to wear it again and can sneak a quick photo of her in it.

Maya’s dress is made with Storybook Lane by Kelly Lee-Creel for Andover Fabrics.

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My niece Emma’s is made with the same bunny fabric found in the lullaby layette I made here.  It’s from the littlest line by Art Gallery fabrics.

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I LOVE these bunnies so much.

I LOVE these bunnies so much.

The next dress I made was my very first attempt at sewing with knits.  I knew I wanted to try knits and I figured that if anyone was going to teach me properly it would be from an Oliver and S pattern.  So I dove in head first and made the hopscotch dress.  I originally purchased this pattern to make the skirt because I loved Gail’s versions so much.  But I’ve yet to actually make this skirt.  I have the fabric to make it, but I just haven’t had the time. Instead I made the dress (view B).  This is a size 4.  I love this dress and how easy it was to put together.  I find the v of the crossover in the neckline to be a little bulky, but it doesn’t seem to bother Maya.  If I make this into a dress again I will add a couple inches to the length.  I find it a little bit short to wear on it’s own, but paired with leggings it is absolutely adorable.

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The fabric I used is coral poppies, a birch organic knit.  This stuff is heavenly.

The next dress is another free pattern.  It’s the popover sundress and you can find it here.  It’s a very simple dress but is super cute.  I just love the bias trim used for the shoulder straps and I also really like the yoke detail with the ric rac trim.  I wanted to use yellow ric rac to go with the yellow bias, but in the moment I couldn’t find it in my mess of a sewing room.  I found it right after I finished sewing the white trim in and I wasn’t about to rip it all out.  I think the white is fine, but the yellow would have been nicer.  I made this dress in a 5 and it is much too big.  My idea was to make it for our Disney trip, but because she had so many other cute outfits and costumes to wear and that it was ginormous on her, she never did wear it.  Why did I make a size 5 you ask?  Because I wanted her to be able to wear it next summer and I figured she would wear a T-shirt under it in Florida.  I think it’s still going to be quite big on her next summer, but she is growing like crazy so maybe it will end up fitting her.

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The final Oliver and S pattern I’m going to share today is the Music Box Jumper.  I bought this purple corduroy on sale in the summer and I immediately had visions of a cute jumper.  This is another one that Maya likes, but doesn’t wear very often because it doesn’t twirl very much.  She’s really in a twirling phase.  I apologize for not having any photos of her in it either, but again, hopefully I can convince her to wear it and can snap a few photos of her in it.  It was another straight forward sew thanks to Liesl’s fantastic instructions.  I made view B.  I really like the pleats in view A, but I figured the corduroy probably wouldn’t behave very nicely if I tried to pleat it.  :)  I FINALLY used something fun to line a dress!  That never happens.  The lining fabric is “crazy love” by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit fabrics.  I also sewed all the buttonholes and stayed away from snaps and they all lined up, too!  I was pretty impressed with myself.  I just love the pop of colour the fuchsia buttons give to an otherwise simple jumper.

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So there you have it, a bunch more Oliver and S patterns.  I have another one up my sleeve, but it will have to wait till I go through our Christmas photos.

Hopefully I can stay on top of things in the New Year.  I’m going to try to come up with a list of patterns I definitely want to try this coming year along with the fabric I hope to use.  I’m really going to try to sew my stash hoard of fabric this year and really try to limit the new fabrics I buy.  I have so much fabric and really not enough time to sew through it all.

 

Our super awesome family trip to Disney World-Part 4: A little of this and a little of that

I think this is the final Disney post.  It’s now been over a month since we’ve been back and I promised myself that I would get caught up on blogging before the New Year so that I can “try” to stay on top of things.  I still have many outfits to blog about, and not much time to do so.  I’ve also told myself I can’t sew again until I get caught up.  So here goes.

I posted about this dress during Kids Clothes Week, so I won’t go into any detail.  But since I hadn’t posted photos of Maya actually wearing her Elsa-inspired First Day dress, I’ll post some now.  I made a size up (a size 5) because I wanted her to be able to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath.  This dress is also quite fitted throughout the bodice, so I’m happy I did make a bigger size so it’s a tad bit easier to put on.

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I made the Swingset Skirt by Oliver and S (surprise, surprise) for Maya quite some time ago in some Frozen fabric I had.  When I made it I wasn’t thinking about our upcoming Disney trip, but I’m glad I decided to pack it.  It’s such a cute little skirt.  I love it’s simplicity (in both look and actual sewing).  I also love the two rows of elastic casing (though it was a little tricky to get just right) and the pretty ribbon detail on the side (and it’s also functional).  Maya will be able to wear this skirt for a while.  It’s unfortunate the pattern ends at a size 5.  I believe this is a size 4.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get away with just adding to the length for years to come.  It seems very forgiving around the waist.  I haven’t made the Swingset tunic yet, but it’s on my list of things to make for next summer.   The t-shirt is store bought that just happens to go really nicely with the colours in the skirt fabric.

Trying to see what's inside.

Trying to see what’s inside.

 

Unfortunately we didn’t get many any decent photos of Maya in her skirt at Disney World, but my sister, Jessica, had at the end of the summer after I made it.  (See…that’s how far behind I am in blogging).  So here are some from September.  :)

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I found this Star Wars fabric at Joann’s a while ago and I knew I had to make Jacob a top with it for our trip.  I used the Mulberry tunic from the Willow and Co pattern co-operative.  This is a 2T.  I did a pretty simple version.  No button tabs on the sleeves.  I love how it turned out.  Hopefully he has a chance to wear it again on a regular day.  The fabric is pretty thin, so unless I put a long sleeve t-shirt underneath, I think I’ll have to wait till the spring to put it on him again.  I’m totally fine with my kids only wearing something I’ve made once, it’s the process of sewing that I love.  But it’s a really nice bonus if they can wear it more than once, and by can, I mean want.  :)  This was quite a straight forward sew.  I will most definitely be making more of these for both kidlets.  Instead of actual buttons, I used KAM snaps in silver.  I don’t mind making button holes, I just have a hard time lining them up perfectly on my sewing machine.  So when I can get away with it, I use snaps.  Such a happy boy!

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I’ve been to Disney World many times so you would think I would have remembered that we would see Mike Wazowski at Hollywood Studios and NOT at Magic Kingdom.  But I totally forgot and didn’t bring their Mike outfit to the Studios.  Oh well.

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Here they are in their Mike Wazowski outfits.  Maya is wearing the Tulip Pinafore in a size 5 from Too Sweets patterns.  I chose to make a size 5 because I wanted to put a t-shirt underneath.  It’s closed at the back by a single button and is very open.  I’m sure it’s cute without a top underneath as well, but I wanted Maya’s back covered.  I learned a valuable lesson making this top.  FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.  Sometimes I think I’m smarter than the pattern designer.  I am NOT.  I ended up having to rip the whole thing out when I was sewing the lining.  I’ll just leave it at that.

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I cannot remember for the life of me where I found the template for the appliqué I used.  I will keep looking (I’m sure I pinned it, but I cannot find it anywhere) and update this post when if I find it.  I just layered all the pieces together and machine stitched them on with a straight stitch.  I used “heat n bond” fusible webbing and I used a fusible stabilizer on the back.

Jacob’s Mike Wazowski romper is the other side of the Scientific Seamstress reversible romper from here.  I’m dying with the utter cuteness of these outfits.  I may have had the most compliments from passersby on these outfits than any others.  They were really quite easy to put together.

Poor little man fell and cut his lip at our hotel.  It didn’t seem to bother him, but I felt so badly for him.

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And that’s our Disney trip in a costume-related nut shell.  We had an amazing trip.  It could all be in my head, but I honestly think the kids are getting along so much better now.  They play together all the time and although Jacob has always admired his big sister, she admires him now, too.  Usually.  😉

 

Our super awesome family trip to Walt Disney World: Part 3- Princesses and Princes

The next time we go to Disney World I’m going to try to have our days planned before the costumes.  And I’ll tell you why.  Our first two days, because of the meals/character experiences I had planned, meant that the kids wore the same two costumes both days in a row.  Not ideal, but thanks to on site laundry, also not the end of the world.  It would have been nice to have thought a little bit on this though.

In the afternoon of our first day at Magic Kingdom, we had fast passes to see Cinderella and Rapunzel.  Thank goodness I only had a Cinderella dress for Maya, otherwise we would have had to do a quick costume change between characters.  😉  (j/k, I’m not that crazy).  It’s really too bad that they don’t have the princes with the princesses because Jacob would have loved that.  I won’t talk too much about the actual Cinderella and Prince Charming costumes because I’ve already written in depth posts on them here and here.  But I will share some super cute photos.  Maya was in her glory meeting the “real” princesses.  She was a real chatterbox and I think everyone got a kick out of her.  Jacob, on the other hand, was still a bit timid, but he was oh so handsome in his Prince Charming outfit.

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Our next day was at Epcot, and for lunch we had reservations to dine with the Princesses at Arkeshus Restaurant in Norway.  This was probably our best dining experience of the whole trip.  On the way in you are greeted by Belle and during our meal we got to meet Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty.  They were all so great with the kids.  My favourite moment was when Cinderella saw Jacob (aka Prince Charming).  Jacob had some food on his face and Cinderella took his napkin and cleaned his face.  Afterwards she gave him a great big kiss.  So cute!!  Ariel was equally awesome with Maya and even came back to get her during the parade around the restaurant.  I don’t really remember the food, but I do remember the look on the kids’ faces and how happy they were during the whole event.

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On the third day we went to Hollywood Studios.  Maya absolutely loves Sofia the First and this is where Maya got to meet her.  The line really wasn’t very long, but like every other line we stood in, Maya made many new friends.  She is quite the social butterfly that little girl of mine.  Jacob made friends as well being all handsome and saying “Hi” to everyone he saw.

They had big easels set up outside of the front doors of the hotel so Maya and Jacob decided to draw before getting on the bus.

They had big easels set up outside of the front doors of the hotel so Maya and Jacob decided to draw before getting on the bus.

I’ve posted about Maya’s Sofia the First dress here and Jacob’s Prince James outfit here, so I won’t talk about them in this post.  Instead I will post our photos.

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I had several cast members come up to me to tell me how awesome Jacob’s costume was.  Apparently, no one dresses their kids up as Prince James…go figure.  😉

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Hollywood Studios was quite the busy day.  Sofia and Prince James in the morning, and Elsa and Kristoff in the afternoon.  Because I had Elsa and Anna for Maya to wear, I had to decide when she would wear each dress.  We decided that she would be Elsa for the Frozen Sing a long at Hollywood Studios and Anna when she actually got to meet Elsa and Anna at Magic Kingdom a few days later.  This was mostly because she was very excited to wear her Elsa costume again.  Again, I won’t go into details of the costumes themselves because I have already done so here and here and also here.

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So it would appear that we didn’t really get any photos of Jacob dressed as Kristoff, and very few of Maya as Elsa during our time at Hollywood Studios.  :(

And finally, Anna with Kristoff.  Thank goodness Jacob didn’t get his Kristoff tunic too dirty because I was able to spot clean it.  I still don’t know how to clean it properly with that fake fur trim.  I think it may need a trip to the dry cleaner.  I had heard that waits to see Anna and Elsa at Magic Kingdom could be upwards of 2 hours.  There was NO WAY I was going to partake in that nonsense.  So I had a plan.  Luckily, we were going to be at Disney World the first week of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party where at 7pm the park closes to regular guests and in order to stay beyond 7pm you had to have tickets to the “party”.  In theory, the crowds would be lighter.  Normally we were back in our hotel room by 7pm, but not tonight.  We were going to see Anna and Elsa.  During the day, the wait was 135 mins, and when we went it was 55 mins.  Still a long time to wait, but definitely manageable.  The kids were awesome in line and Maya again was the life of the party, and Jacob was the sweetest little Kristoff ever.

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This character meeting was probably the highlight for both kiddos.  Jacob developed a sort of crush on Anna when we were at the Frozen sing a long so as soon as he spied her from around the corner he was calling “Anna!  Anna!”  He really stole the show being all cute and Kristoffy.  Maya had a great conversation with Elsa, but an even more amazing one with Anna.  You’d never know that less than a year ago Maya was such a shy little girl.  Now there isn’t a shy bone in her body.  Jacob talks a lot too, but most times I’m the only one who can understand him.

I can’t wait to take the kids back to Disney World.  I’m already thinking of the princess dresses and handsome prince  outfits I will make for that trip.  :)