Another Cinderella

I believe I mentioned that the Cinderella dress I made last year for Maya was not authentic enough for her.  “Her dress is all blue.  She doesn’t have any white”.   It was getting really short on her anyway, so I didn’t mind making a more authentic dress for our most recent Disney World trip.

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Last year’s Cinderella–look how little Maya is!!

The pattern for Cinderella is included with the Snow White pattern I used here.

I made the dress extra long and then hemmed it several inches so that she will be able to wear it for several years.

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This dress came together pretty quickly compared to Snow White.  There’s no big detachable collar nor cape.  And I must say, my invisible zippers are getting easier to install.

So there you have it.  Another Cinderella.  🙂

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And here’s Mr. Jacob.  Really not impressed with Cinderella this year.  lol.

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The Prince (aka Prince Ferdinand) – a little tutorial

I’m a wee bit late with my Disney posts…but better late than never, right?

You can’t have Snow White without her Prince.  And a handsome prince he is. (If I do say so myself).  I had to google it, but yes, Snow White’s prince’s name is Ferdinand.  But I think in the movie, he is referred to as “The Prince”.

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I had a hard time finding a pattern for his outfit.  In fact, it’s hard to find Disney-esque costumes for boys.  That is why I am forced to come up with my own from patterns that already exist.

The Prince’s top looked sort of art smock-ish, so I started with the “bias-trimmed apron” pattern from Little Things to Sew (by Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S).  I pretty much just winged this costume, but I took some photos as I was going along so I’m going to explain my process as I go.

The Bias-trimmed apron has full sides and a velcro or snap back to make it easy to pull on.  I wanted to make it even simpler, so I used only the front pattern piece and used it for the front and the back.  Because it’s made with woven fabric with no stretch, I cut the front neckline a bit deeper so it would go over Jacob’s head.  I kept trying it on over his head, till I was happy.  In hindsight, I probably should have kept some sort of opening at the back, but as a costume, I think it turned out just fine.

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I didn’t use the instructions for the apron, just the pattern piece.

I started by sewing and serging the shoulder seams.

I wanted it to go over his head and I also wanted it to close with tabs instead of being fully enclosed on the sides.  I knew I was going to be wrapping some sort of gold rope around so I wanted it as open as possible to decrease the bulk when the rope was tied.

To create the tabs, cut out 8 tabs from your fabric.

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Sew 2 of them them wrong sides together  (4 times, to make 4 tabs), and flip them right sides out pushing the rounded edges out with a knitting needle to make a smooth curve.

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Attach  each tab partway up the sides.  There were notches on the pattern piece where the original sides should have been attached; use these for placement.

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Baste the tabs to the wrong side of the smock.

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I bought some gold bias trim by the meter and attached it cheater-style to the outer edge and the neckline.  By cheater style, I just sandwiched the fabric in the bias and edge stitched it in place.

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Lastly was the fun bit.  Not!  I bought some gold cording in the drapery department of Fabricland and hand stitched it to the back neckline, up to the shoulder seam.  By stitching it only at the back, it’s easier to adjust the fit as kids get bigger.  I just sort of wrap it around and tie in the front.

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Now for the cape.  I just sort of winged this one as well.  I found several tutorials online for Prince capes, but in the end I just sort of drew the general shape on my fabric and attached the same gold bias, leaving tails long enough to tie.

So there you have it.  One Prince Ferdinand costume.

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I know I’m biased….but how cute!  Prepare for photo overload.

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Cape and autographs!

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Snow White

Maybe we went to Disney World a month ago.

So that means my kids needed some additional costumes.

Last year, you may recall, I made both kids a bunch of Disney outfits.  The good thing is they all still fit!! Thank goodness because I didn’t have it in me again this year to make all the costumes.  Maya’s grown a couple inches over the past year, so her dresses are getting shorter on her, but that is OK.  And Jacob’s were starting to get a wee bit short, but they were fine for this trip.

I asked Maya if she could have one new princess dress, what would it be.  Hands down, Snow White.  She has a dress up Snow White costume that she received for her birthday one year and she loves it.  She’s never actually seen the movie, but she knows who Snow White is.

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Maya is all about her dresses being authentic.  She even pointed out to Minnie Mouse last year that her dress was similar, but not the same (I added lace to the bottom and clearly Minnie doesn’t have lace on her dress).  So I knew I had to find an authentic Snow White pattern.

In comes Simplicity patterns, pattern 2817 to be exact.  This is my third time using a non-pdf tutorial based sewing pattern.  I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years in my self taught sewing ability, so I didn’t find it as complicated as I thought I would.  There were a couple of parts (sewing in the zipper and attaching the cape loop) that I know I didn’t do properly, but even after going back, I still don’t really understand what the instructions were trying to tell me.  So I did my own thing.

This dress has everything!  A detachable collar, cape and headband.  Except for the slight colour differences, if this isn’t Snow White’s dress, I don’t know what is.

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The bodice front and back have darts.  This was my first time sewing darts that actually gave shape and structure to a bodice.  And it was first time making my own piping.  I will be adding piping to garments from now on.  It was so simple and gives such a nice look.

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I didn’t have the heavyweight interfacing required for the collar, so I used medium weight but interfaced both sides of it, so I think the end result is the same.

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The headband is covered in fabric with a poly filled bow on top.

Maya loves this dress.  Like LOVES this dress.

Seeing as this post is about Maya’s Snow White dress, I will save Jacob’s Prince Ferdinand’s costume for another post.  But there’s a little sneak peak up there.  I may even try to add a bit of a tutorial for it.  Hopefully I can get back into the sewing groove again.  I have a whole list of things to make before Christmas and time is a tickin’.

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Till next time.  Happy sewing.

2014 at a glance and some sewing resolutions

I thought I would make a collage of all my sewing from 2014.  Turns out, it wouldn’t fit in one collage.  So I made several.  I tried to combine them in ways that made the most sense.  Some really belonged in 2 groups, but I didn’t want to have to start cross referencing patterns and blog posts, so I did what made the most sense to me.  Hopefully all of the references link to the proper blog post.  If there’s a broken link anywhere, please let me know and I will fix it.

Alrighty, here goes.

First up, Oliver and S.  Of all the designers, I’ve sewn these patterns more than any other single designer.  Not surprising.

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1.  Bucket hats      2.  Hula Hoop Skirt        3.  Ruffled Halter        4.  Swingset skirt

5.  Hide and Seek Dress   6.  Library Dress      7.  Library Dress     8.  Sailboat Set

9.  Lullaby Layette   10.  Popover Sundress    11.  Music Box Jumper  12.  Hopscotch Dress

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1 and 2.  Rollerskate Dress   3.  another Rollerskate Dress

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1.  Bedtime Story Pyjamas  2.  Bedtime Story PJ pants   3, 4, 5.  Sleepover Pyjamas

Next up, Disney!!

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1.  Cinderella (here and here)  2.  Prince Charming (here and here)  3.  Mike Wazowski

4. Minnie Mouse  5. Sofia the first (here and here) 6. Prince James (here and here)

7.  Star Wars Mulberry Tunic  8. Mickey Mouse  9. Toddler Anna (here and here)

10.  Kristoff (here and here)  11. Elsa and Olaf (here and here)   12.  Mickey Oxford

Various Designers:

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1.  Fly Girl  2. Savannah Party Dress  3. Izzy Top  4. Party Dress

5.  Elise  6.  Blue Ribbon  7.  Savannah Party Dress

8.  Reversible Romper  9.  Hummingbird  10.  Sandpit Romper

11.  Treasure Hunt Skirt  12.  Penguin Purse  13.  Pillows  14.  Lickety Split Tote

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1.  Rainbow Twirl  2.  First Day Dress  3.  Bow Tie

4.  First Day Dress (here and here)  5.  Fawn Lily  6.  Little Mini Shearwater Kaftan

7.  Bubblegum Dress  8.  Cowl Neck Dress  9.  Amelie

Ok…so I guess I sewed quite a bit this year.  This doesn’t even include everything.

Now for my sewing resolutions:

1.  I’m going to attempt to make myself something.  I have a couple of patterns that I hope to try out.  I made myself a skirt last year, but it really didn’t suit me very well so it is still hanging in the closet waiting never to be hemmed.

2.  I am going to sew more for Jacob.  His wardrobe is massive, but is lacking in the mommy-made love

3.  I am going to try to sew with the fabrics I have before I buy more.  I have way too many and not enough time.

4.  I am going to try to plan out my sewing for the upcoming months instead of just deciding on a whim.  Not that there is anything wrong with deciding the minute before I start cutting, but I have so many patterns that I have never even tried so I would like to be a little more organized.  I will still sew on a whim, because I love not knowing what I’m going to sew when I start out, they just won’t all be that way.  Planning can be a good thing.

That’s it for now. 🙂

Thank you so much for following along.  I hope to gain new readers and keep the faithful ones.  Hopefully this coming year I learn a lot and maybe even teach a thing or two as well.  Happy New Year everyone!!

 

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.

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.

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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.  🙂

 

 

Our super awesome family trip to Disney World: Part 2 – Mickey and Minnie

We arrived at our hotel, Art of Animation, around 3pm.  I realize this is a sewing blog, but I just have to say that the family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are fantastic.  They are really quite large, have a kitchenette, 2 full washrooms, a separate bedroom and enough sleeping space for 6 plus a crib.  We only used the sofa bed for Maya and had a crib for Jacob so we didn’t get to try out the Murphy-type wall bed, but apparently  it’s pretty neat.  The space was glorious; we didn’t feel cramped at all.

On our first full day, we went to Magic Kingdom.  The kids were beyond excited even though they had no idea what to expect.  I brought several outfits for the kids to wear each day.  One thing I would have changed would have been to bring fewer “regular” clothes for the kiddos.  They spent 90% of their time in costumes/Disney-themed clothes I made for them.  I’ll have to remember that for next time.

We saw Tinker Bell first.  Maya was a bit timid at first, but warmed up to her within a minute or so.  Jacob didn’t know what to think, so he stood back and hugged my leg for the most part but then ventured a bit closer.  I dressed the kids in their Mickey/Minnie attire.  Maya’s dress is the Mackenzie Classic Twirly Dress by Fairytale Patterns and Jacob’s is the reversible romper by Scientific Seamstress.  This is the second time I’ve made the reversible romper, you can find the other one here.

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As we exited out of the Tinker Bell area, along strolls up Snow White right behind us!  Maya was so excited!  And so was I.

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The Mackenzie dress was a super simple dress to make and turned out perfectly.  The only thing I would do differently is think ahead.  It has a waist band sash type thing that is meant to be a contrast, I was too quick to cut out my pieces.  Next time I would just add the “sash” piece to my bodice since I wasn’t adding a contrast anyway.  Oh well.  I didn’t have enough fabric left to recut the bodice, so I just left it.  I still think it turned out pretty sweet.  It has a peasant-type bodice and a circle skirt, so it is perfect for twirling. This is a size 4 and though it is a tad big, it is totally fine and will last at least another year.   I also made Maya’s bloomers to be very “Minnie-esqe” and upon comparison with Minnie’s actual bloomers, Maya agreed as well.  I used the bloomer portion of the Cloud 9 PJs from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop and added eyelet trim to the hems.  Oh yes, I made her headband as well, but that was quickly replaced with actual Minnie Mouse ears with a proper Minnie bow.  They were originally mine, but Maya was quick to claim them as her own.  🙂

Jacob’s reversible romper is one side Mickey Mouse and the other side….well, you’ll just have to wait and see. 😉  I decided where I wanted Mickey’s pants to sit and cut the pattern pieces accordingly (adding my seam allowances of course).  This romper is a fairly simple sew.  I appliqued the white buttons on with my sewing machine.  I also made the black t-shirt he’s wearing using the School Bus T-Shirt by Oliver and S.  You wouldn’t think it should be difficult to find a plain black t-shirt in a 2T.  Turns out it was.  So I made one using a men’s black t-shirt I bought at Wal-Mart.  This t-shirt came together super easily because I used the existing arm hems and bottom hem.

Jacob didn't really know what to think of this big guy at first.

Jacob didn’t really know what to think of this big guy at first.

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I ended up in a lot of the character photos because Mr. Jacob was a little bit timid for the most part.

I ended up in a lot of the character photos because Mr. Jacob was a little bit timid for the most part.

One more thing about this Mickey Mouse visit…he TALKED!  Full on spoke.  His mouth moved and everything!  I’ve been to Disney World 5 times now and I’ve never seen a full costumed character speak.  And not just generic sayings either, he actually interacted with the kids.  It was pretty cool!

Maya was a little sad that we didn’t get to meet Minnie Mouse our first day, and to be honest, I just assumed that Minnie would have been with Mickey, like she was the last time (when Maya was a bitty baby).  But we got to meet her the next day at Epcot.  Thank goodness for laundry on site at the hotel because I had to quickly wash and dry the kids’ outfits before morning so they could wear them again.  But Day 2 at Epcot was no disappointment.  Mickey (again), Goofy and Minnie Mouse.  Too bad Jacob was asleep for most of it.  He did wake up just as we were about to leave, but they were really good about letting him meet Minnie Mouse.

I added eyelet trim on the hemline because I thought Minnie Mouse also had eyelet trim on her dress, but when Maya actually got to meet Minnie on our second day (at Epcot) she was quick to tell her that her dress was a little different and that “Mommy thought you had this, but you don’t”. She was totally fine with the difference, she just felt she needed to explain why her dress wasn’t exactly the same.

Warning: Photo overload! 🙂

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My sweet, sleeping boy

My sweet, sleeping boy

I love this photo, so much

I love this photo, so much

Watching carefully as Goofy signs her autograph book

Watching carefully as Goofy signs her autograph book

Loving these Minnie bloomers

Loving these Minnie bloomers peeking out.

And FINALLY!

Going for a little stroll.  Minnie came right up to Maya and brought her to her area.  So cute

Going for a little stroll. Minnie came right up to Maya and brought her to her area. So cute

Just a little twirling with her new pal, Minnie

Just a little twirling with her new pal, Minnie

Comparing shoes.

Comparing shoes.

Maya trying to put her headband on Minnie

Maya trying to put her headband on Minnie

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Deep in conversation.

Deep in conversation.

One last hug

One last hug

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our super awesome family trip to Disney World-Part 1: Olaf Jammies

First of all, I want to apologize for the quality of these photos.  It was first thing in the morning and they were taken with a phone.  They were all I had, so they’ll have to do.  🙂

All the work I’ve done over the past few months has definitely paid off.  Maya and Jacob had the time of their lives for 8 days at the Happiest Place on Earth.  Originally I was going to post everything in one big, long post.  But I decided to split it up.  Prepare for photo overload  over the next few days (and a few words sprinkled here and there).

We started the day by waking the kids up at 6:00am to make it to the airport for our morning flight.  Thank goodness the airport is only 10 minutes from our house and we didn’t have to wake them up even earlier.  They went to bed in their Olaf jammies and we went straight to the airport like that.

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I used the Oliver and S Bedtime Story Pajama pants and appliqued Olaf on store bought long sleeve t-shirts for the top.  I love when my kids can be all matchy-matchy.  I know it won’t last forever, so I take it when I can.  They were such a simple and satisfying sew.  It was the first time I’ve made these particular PJ pants, and it certainly won’t be the last.  These would look great with a contrast waistband and hem a la Gail at probably actually, but I didn’t have any coordinating flannel fabric, so I just kept it simple and left it all the same.  In theory, I could have just added an inch or so to the bottom of the pants instead of sewing the hem bands on, but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead when I was cutting out my pieces.

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I think I’m going to start making more PJs for the kids.  I just love how they look and they are a super simple one evening project.  Maya’s are a size 4 and are a tad long, so they will definitely fit her for quite some time.  Jacob’s are 18-24 months and they fit.  In hindsight I should have made him a 2T, but I didn’t want him tripping over his pants.  I have quite a bit of the Olaf flannel left, so he may have another pair by the end of the winter.  The fabric I used was Olaf flannel by Springs.

The kids had a great time at the airport!  They had an activity cube thing at our gate (thank goodness) so they played with that while Bill got us some breakfast.  Maya made friends with a flight attendant earlier when we were checking in and she asked Maya to help her collect the garbage near the end of our flight.  Maya was thrilled.

Playing so nicely together at the departure gate

Playing so nicely together at the departure gate

All ready to collect some trash

All ready to collect some trash

The Waldorf-inspired doll Jacob is holding was made by a friend of mine.  She has an Etsy shop and a Facebook page.  Her dolls are absolutely beautiful.

A Frozen Halloween

This is the very first year I hand made my kids’ Halloween costumes.  Last year Maya was an owl that I picked up at Walmart, I believe.  And Jacob was a Tiger that I picked up at Carter’s.  Nothing exciting.  But that was okay, because we only went to one house.

My little owl.

He’s so little. Not even 1 year old yet.

Now that I am in love with my sewing machine, I had to step it up a notch.  The kids are getting handmade costumes from now on.  We probably won’t go to many houses this year either but they are going to be super adorable for those 30 minutes we are out.  🙂  Update:  We actually went to a whopping 4 houses and were gone for about an hour.

I really didn’t have much choice in terms of costumes this year.  It’s a Frozen kind of year.

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I’ve already blogged about Maya’s costume here.  But two additions were a crinoline under the skirt to make it “pouffy” and a perfect princess tiara to finish it off.  Maya was in heaven.

My little snow queen, complete with sparkly shoes and white gloves.

My little snow queen, complete with sparkly shoes and white gloves.

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Jacob HAD to be Olaf.  There was no alternate.   I used Joy2Sew’s Olaf costume.  It is absolutely perfect!  The pattern itself is very straightforward and fun!

It comes as a hat (that can be worn as a winter hat if you line it with fleece) and as a torso.  I used white fleece from Fabricland as well as orange fleece for the nose and felt for the “hair” and facial features.  To keep the hair pointing up, there are pipe cleaners inside.  The felt facial features are glued on (I used Aleene’s fabric fusion).  I didn’t trust it to hold the pieces on, but after letting them dry over night and touching them up a bit in the morning, they aren’t going anywhere.

Olaf!!

Olaf!!

The torso is lined with cotton-polyester broadcloth and is stuffed with polyfil.  It closes in back with a zipper.  This was the first real zipper I have sewn.  It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.  Turns out zipper insertion isn’t nearly as complicated as I thought they would be.  The buttons are felt and stuffed as well.  The buttons aren’t quite straight and I wish I could say I did that intentionally.  I thought they were straight.  Turns out Olaf’s buttons are a bit “off center” anyway, so mine were unknowingly perfect.

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I made Olaf in a size 2-3 so that both kiddos can wear it.  It’s pretty forgiving, so I think they will both be able to dress up in it for quite some time.

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Seeing as we live in the Great White North, it is usually freezing on Hallowe’en night. Because of that, I decided to make Jacob some cozy fleece pants as well.  I used a free pants pattern from Fleece Fun.  It isn’t the best pattern.  The rise in the front and back is the same.  So there’s really no accommodation for diapers and the size 2T was slightly too short on my short legged little man.  Apparently this is a known issue and the designer is working on adjusting the pattern.  In the end, the pants came together in about 15 minutes, and for the one time he will wear them, they are perfectly fine.

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What’s this?

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The night was amazing.  The kids had the time of their lives.  Jacob got to bed just a wee bit later than usual and Maya stayed up till we had no more candy to give.  I think she enjoyed giving out the candy just as much as she did going out.

Sibling love!

Sibling love!

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There you have it, a Frozen Hallowe’en.  And a perfect one at that.

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Sorry for the photo overload.  Jacob’s costume was just so darned cute.