Zebras Galore!

There was a time, not that long ago, when I decided to try my hand at sewing.  I enjoyed it right from the first stitch.  But I couldn’t ever see myself sewing a wardrobe for anyone.  Fast forward a couple of years, and tada! Maya’s closet is more than 50% filled with clothes I have made for her.  I haven’t bought her any summer clothes this year.  She has clothes that still fit from last year and she also has clothes that I bought in previous years “for the future” that now fit her.  I have no intention of making all of her leggings, underwear, undershirts or pajamas.  But dresses, tops and skirts…sign me up!

Off to the park to do some yoga

Off to the park to do some yoga

Onto the goods.  This is the LOL Swing Top by Jennuine Designs.  It’s a really loose and flowy, racer back tank top.  It’s almost a circle top…kinda sorta anyway.  It’s much wider in the back than the front which makes it super swingy.

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It’s a pretty straight forward, simple sew.  I had a bit of trouble attaching the back yoke to the front.  The way Jenn has you attach them together is clever, but I mixed my left from my right and had to unpick and restitch.  It’s just a matter of paying attention and going slowly for that step.  I’m not always the best at taking my time, especially when I tend to sew late into the night.

I just love the contrast back yoke.

I just love the contrast back yoke.

The pattern calls for single fold narrow bias binding.  I wish I had cut my own binding because I used regular double fold bias and it does look quite thick on the armholes and neckline.

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This top can be made in knit or woven.  This one is woven.  I haven’t tried the knit version yet.  Maybe next year.  The woven version has a button on the shoulder so you can actually put it on.  The knit version is stretchy enough that you don’t need it.  I used a snap that blends in pretty well with the back yoke.

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This fabric is part of the Origami Oasis line by Michael Miller.

Summersault!

Summersault!

Now for the shorts.  Seeing as I have a love affair with Oliver and S, I thought I would try the Puppet Show Shorts.

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This pattern also comes with a cute blouse.  This is one of several patterns released that only go up to a size 5.  If you want to check out the “size 5” project over on the Oliver and S blog, you can find it here.  I decided to “unofficially” take part.  Maya is in a size 4, so I still have a bit of time before she outgrows those patterns, so I plan on making them all (we’ll see if that happens).

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These shorts have a subtle bubble look.  I was worried they might be too tight on Maya’s legs, but they are absolutely perfect.  There’s not much to say about the shorts. They have an elastic waistband, and super cute bubble pockets with trim.  The hem of the shorts is gathered slightly into binding.  They are a simple sew and oh so adorable!

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And now for some photos, just because.

I love how close Maya and Jacob have gotten.  Now that Jacob is a bit older, they really play so nicely together.  Usually.  Of course they still have their trying moments.  But for the most part they are best friends.  I love watching them grow.

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Origami Oasis Class Picnic Shorts

I am determined to blog quite a bit over the next couple of weeks. I have made quite a few things over the past couple of months, and haven’t found the time to take photos or write about them. So here goes.

As you may remember from this post, the gauchos I made for Miss Maya were actually too small. I was going to try to alter them in some way to make them fit, but summer came on quickly and the kids were in shorts quite a while ago. So instead of trying to fumble my way through an alteration (which I have never done before), I decided to try a new pattern using the same twill fabric.

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These are the Class Picnic shorts from Oliver and S. They really are adorable.  I made a couple of the Class Picnic blouses a few months ago, but this is my first time sewing the shorts.

It was a really straight forward sew, thanks to the awesome instructions. The only part I found a bit fiddly, was trying to get the accent fabric curve to be perfectly smooth. If you don’t look too closely, I think they look pretty good.

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These have a flat front and an elastic back. I love the clean look of the front, with the ease of elastic for Maya to dress herself.

Flat Front

Flat Front

Elastic Back

Elastic Back

The pattern pieces look intimidating at first, until you start to put them together and it all makes perfect sense.

I decided to use leftover Origami Oasis border fabric from the Grace top for the contrast on the shorts. They didn’t turn out exactly as I had envisioned. The birds are fairly sparse on the fabric so you don’t see as many of them as I would have liked. Oh well. They’re still cute.

These shorts are perfect for all sorts of fun summer activities.  Like:

running

running

swinging

swinging

 

sliding

sliding

running up hills

going up hills

running down hills

running down hills

rolling down hills

rolling down hills

and looking at the sky

and looking up at the sky

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Happy sewing everyone!  I hope you’re having a great summer!

Kids Kaftan

I’m going to start this post by saying, it took a lot of bribing with chocolate to get Maya to even put this on.  The only reason I’m even writing about it is because we actually got some photos.  I had this rainbow fabric that I bought because Maya LOVES all things rainbow and I thought she would also love it.  I’m not sure why, she won’t give me a straight answer, but she does NOT like this top.

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I used Pattern Emporium’s Kids Kaftan pattern for this.  Talk about options.  I had a hard time deciding which options to use to make this top for Maya.  In the end I chose a keyhole opening with bias trim tie, elastic casing and a curved rolled hem.

Keyhole opening with bias trim

Keyhole opening with bias trim

Elastic casing

Elastic casing

Curved rolled hem

Curved rolled hem

This top is really quite simple in its’ construction.  Basically a big rectangle sewn up partway with elastic to cinch the waist and a tie at the neck.  It would have been a naptime sew if both of my kiddos would have had a nap.  Maya is on the “it’s the weekend I don’t need a nap” phase.  She “usually” naps at preschool.  So I’m okay with her not napping every weekend, but it sure does cut into my sewing time.  😉  All things considered though, it’s kind of nice to spend a couple of hours with my little girl without Jacob messing up her “work” (like puzzles, or games or colouring pages, or lego…pretty much anything that a 2 year old will get himself into).

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Seeing how well it twirls

Seeing how well it twirls

I made this kaftan in “beach length” thinking she can wear it to cover up her bathing suit when she goes to the splash pad at the park this summer.  She can also wear it with leggings and shorts.

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It’s such a cute, comfy top.  I really don’t understand why she doesn’t like it.  Oh well.  At least I got some photos.

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