Nature Walk Pullover for Jacob

I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I used to.  I blame this on several things.  Firstly, I am seriously lacking time.  I’m lucky if I get sewing time these days, let alone find time to actually blog about what I’ve made.  Secondly, I realized that I don’t really NEED to blog about EVERYTHING I’ve made.

I knew I wanted to make the Nature Walk Pullover by none other than Oliver and S, for Jacob as soon as I saw Gail’s version.  I even sort of copied her fabric choice.  Well, I didn’t “sort of copy”.  I pretty much entirely copied, except for the colour.  It’s Shetland flannel in denim from Robert Kaufman.   This was the first time I’ve sewn with really nice flannel.  I think what I’ve thought of as flannel, has actually been flannelette.  Which is fine for jammies, but THIS is fantastic for garments.   I had no idea!

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I actually made this around five months ago.  Maya and Jacob were having class photos taken and I wanted them each to have Mommy-made clothes on, but I didn’t want them to be matchy matchy.   Maya wore her Jumprope dress and I wanted Jacob to wear this.

It was a really enjoyable sew.  I was even able to use some coveted fabric (Moon Patrol by cloud 9) as subtle details in the facings of the pockets.  Like Gail, I chose to use all one fabric for the pullover.  I like the simplified look of a single fabric sometimes.

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I love the kangaroo pocket on the front, though I do have to remind Jacob that it’s there.  He doesn’t have near the obsession with pockets as Maya has.  🙂

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As much as I love it, it is a little tricky to get on.  It is a woven pullover afterall so I suppose that’s to be expected.  I’m not sure it would work in a knit. If someone has tried it, I would love to hear about it.

These two steal my heart every day.

These two steal my heart every day.

And yes, those are photos taken in line to see Santa Clause…..on Christmas Eve.  We made it in the Nick of time.

I had a sad moment the day I got the proofs back for the kids’ class photos.  Jacob was wearing his fleece jacket on TOP of his awesome shirt!  Now I don’t know if he didn’t want to take it off, or if his teachers thought that his jacket was a sweater.  Either way, he’s super adorable in his photo.  And I can’t very well post Jacob’s school photo and not Maya’s, so here she is, too.  🙂

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This photo was taken on Christmas Eve.  We live in Ottawa, which is ridiculously cold in the winter.  And the kids are eating popsicles.  It was unseasonably warm this year and there was no snow to be seen.  In fact, if I hadn’t put their bikes away for the season a month earlier, they would have been able to bike.  On Christmas Eve, 2015.  Craziness!

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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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Back to School

Well, both kids are back to school.  I realize Jacob is only 2.5, so saying he is in “school” seems like a stretch.  But alas, they are both at school.

This year Jacob moved from the toddler program into Casa.  So he and Maya are actually in the same class.  They were both so excited to be together.  They aren’t actually together the whole day.  They have a work period with the whole class (casa 1, 2 and 3) and then they split up for much of the rest of the day.  Jacob goes to the sleep room in the afternoon for a much needed nap,  and Maya goes to the resting room. I wonder how much “rest” she’s actually getting.

Anyway, onto the clothes.

As you may recall, my husband and I went to New York City for a quick weekend getaway for our 5th wedding anniversary in May whereby I discovered the mecca of all fabric stores:  Mood Fabrics.  You could literally spend a week in that place and not see it all I think.

I bought this shirting fabric there.  It is so soft and drapes so nicely.  And though it’s 100% cotton, I don’t think I could wrinkle it if I tried.  Which is perfect, because I hate ironing finished garments.  (Just ask my husband about his button up shirts).

I think it works just as well for dresses for girls and shirts for boys.

This is the first time I’ve sewn both of these patterns.  Maya’s dress is the “Jumprope Dress” by Oliver and S and Jacob’s shirt is the “Sketchbook Shirt” also by Oliver and S.  Have I mentioned before how much I love Oliver and S?!

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Neither of them were a quick sew.  But I knew that going in.  I’ve seen plenty Jumprope dresses in blog land to know what I was getting myself into.

There’s a collar, button placket, sleeve tabs, belt loops and buttoned pockets.  Nothing necessarily “new” to me, but I haven’t sewn so many of these elements in a single garment before.

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It’s not that the pattern is difficult, it was just time consuming.  Combining the facts that the kids are going to bed later (bye bye 6pm bedtimes), I work full time and I’m trying to keep on top of all things family and home related, I don’t get as much time sewing.  So my hour or two here and there are really precious.  I think this dress took 4 or 5 evenings from start to finish.  But I LOVE it.  Like, really love it!  I kind of want one for myself.

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I may have had to cut the bodice out a couple of times because I forgot to match my plaids the first time around.  But I’m glad I noticed and that I had plenty of fabric to recut the back and match it to the front.  That’s the only problem with plaids…the matching.  But it’s not difficult to do, especially with well marked patterns.  It’s easy just to match the notches on a certain “mark” on the front, find the same repeating “mark” and place the back piece.  I love Oliver and S for that.  It makes matching patterns really easy.  As long as you actually remember to do it and don’t just put your pattern piece down willy nilly.  But enough about that.

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Maya actually likes this dress!  It’s all in the delivery.  I told her it was twirly and had secret pockets and bam! instant love.

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I decided to use pearl snaps instead of buttons.  A bit finicky, but I love the look.

Now onto Jacob’s shirt.  This was my first time making the Sketchbook shirt.  I’ve made the shorts before (here), and I have made button down shirts (here and here).  But this pattern was new to me.

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I chose to do a combination of view A and B.  The collar from A with the short sleeves from B.  I definitely chose well by making it short sleeved for several reasons.  One, it’s chilly in the morning, but still gets quite warm by noon.  Also, the kids’ classroom is quite warm and my kids are furnaces on a cool day.  But mostly because the short sleeves are simple.  A hem and that is all.  I “may” try to make a long sleeved one some day, but all the details that make it super handsome (extra buttons and plackets) are also that details that are still a bit intimidating to me.

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My collar is definitely not perfect, and I had a bit of trouble attaching everything (seems to be a common occurance based on my research), but I still like it.  It doesn’t help when you start something the day before your child needs to wear it either.  I would recommend giving yourself 2 to 3 evenings to sew this shirt, instead of the afternoon and evening I took.

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I cut the placket and the back yoke on the bias.  I think it adds a little something extra.

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When I finish something for the kids, it’s always at night when they are sleeping.  I don’t sew when they are awake.  I barely get to see them with school and work getting in the way, so I always wait to sew till they are sleeping.  Because I finish at night, I like to put whatever it is on a stand or mannequin and then put it in their room so they see it when they wake.  It seems to make them really want to wear it.  The morning they saw these was extra special, not only because they had matching outfits (I’ll be sad when they don’t want to match each other anymore), but also because it was Jacob’s first day of Casa and them being in the same class.

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How have my babies grown so much!?  Wasn’t Jacob just born?!

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A Sailboat Shirt

It’s about time I sewed some clothes for my little guy.  He gets so excited anytime I make him something.  His eyes light up and he’s so appreciative.

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I purchased this red striped knit when we were in New York City from Mood Fabrics.   I made Maya a dress from it (haven’t blogged about it, but I really should) and I made Jacob a “matching” raglan T-shirt.  They were beyond excited to have “matching” clothes.  Unfortunately, the t-shirt was a tad too small for him.  He wore it a couple of times, but his tummy liked to peek it’s way out.  He kept asking for his shirt when Maya would wear the dress, so I had to get my butt in gear and make him something.

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He saw me cutting the fabric one day and asked me, “Is that for me?”  And when I said yes.  In his cutest little voice every said, “thank you thank you thank you”.

This is not the first time I’ve sewn a sailboat shirt from Oliver and S.   I made one for Jacob about a year ago, but it looked like jammies, so he didn’t wear it very often.

This pattern can be sewn in woven or knit.  My first was woven, and this one is knit.  I think I prefer it in knit to be honest.  Mostly because it’s way easier to get on a squirmy 2.5 year old.

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There’s not much to say about the pattern.  Like usual the instructions and the end result were perfect.  I really like the curved hem and boat neck.  I also love using facings instead of hemming, especially when there is a curve like this one.

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I used snaps instead of buttons and button holes.

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Jacob was a little sad in the morning when he saw the shirt.  He was expecting it to be a dress just like Maya’s.  His exact words were, “That’s not a dress.  That’s a shirt”.  But he eventually decided he liked it and he wore it to preschool.

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I made this in a 3T.  It’s a bit big on him, but that’s okay.  He’ll definitely be growing into it.

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Notice it’s long sleeved?  Yeah…it got cold here….fast!

 

 

Tiptoeing through the tulips (?) in his sketchbook shorts

Before I looked through Jacob’s dresser for his summer clothes, I decided to make these shorts.  It’s a good thing I made them before I knew he had about a bazillion pairs of shorts, because I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

Look how cute!

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These are the sketchbook shorts from Oliver and S.  Such a fantastic pattern.  Like usual, all the pieces fit together perfectly.  The little details, like the fake fly and the side pockets put these shorts over the cuteness edge.  I even added a button to the front.  There’s an option to do a flat front, and if these were a dressier pair of shorts I would have chosen that.  But seeing as these are pretty casual shorts, I kept it simple and just added elastic throughout.

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Jacob isn’t a very big boy.  He still wears 18-24 month store bought shorts.  2T normally look like capris and fall down when he walks.  That’s the great thing about making clothes yourself.  You are able to adjust the waist and shorten or lengthen the legs among other things.  I decided to still make the 2T in these because based on the pattern pieces, the length looked okay and it is simple enough to shorten the elastic in the waist to ensure they don’t fall down.  Also, this way I’m pretty sure he will be able to wear them next summer as well.

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We went to the Canadian Tulip Festival a few weekends ago.  Turns out, going on the last weekend of the festival means the tulips are pretty much all dead.  In past years we’ve gone  closer to the beginning of May and there are many more tulips in bloom.  The kids still had a blast.  There was a clown, afterall.  And ice cream.

These two love each other so much!

These two love each other so much!

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The fabric I used was Military Plaid from the Military Max line by Riley Blake.  I love the plaid. Originally I bought it to make a button up shirt, but I much prefer them as shorts I think.  I thought it was going to be tricky to match up the plaids, but it turned out to be easier than I thought.  Not too shabby.

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This little guy steals my heart every day.  He is such a happy, sensitive, loving little boy.

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He’s definitely not a baby any more.

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But he sure is handsome!

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(Another) Mulberry Tunic

Here it is!!  A shirt for Jacob!

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You might remember this Mulberry tunic I made for Jacob for our trip to Disney World last year.  It’s one of my favourite shirts that Jacob has.  I just love the loose style on my little man.

When I saw this post by Rae over at Made by Rae I knew I had to get some of that fabric (snail trail in multi, part of Rae’s own Lotus pond fabric line from Cloud 9).  At first I was going to make Jacob the Sketchbook shirt by Oliver and S, but I figured that would pretty much be copying exactly what Rae had done, and I didn’t necessarily want to do that, even though I LOVE what she did.

When I showed Jacob his new shirt, he was so quick to try to take the shirt he was wearing off so he could put the new one on.  I know there will come a day when my kids don’t want to wear what I make for them anymore.  So I’m enjoying the excitement they show now.

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I don’t have much to add about the construction of this shirt seeing as I’ve made it before.  This one is also a 2T.  The original one I made back in November is still a bit big on Mr. Jacob, so I decided to make the same size.  I’m glad I did.   Not only did it save me time because I already had the paper pattern pieces cut, but also because had I made a 3T, he would be swimming in it.

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I still find that “boy” patterned shirts tend to look like jammies but he is 2.  I think he can pull off that look.  And I think this will look adorable in the summer with his blue and green shorts.  It’s finally starting to warm up here.  We may get summer after all…eventually.

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Jacob is such an easy going, happy little guy.  I just love him to bits.

You can find the pattern for the Mulberry tunic here.

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Tea Party Playsuit

You know those friends who live far away (like in another province, 14 hours away) who you rarely get to see, but when you do, it’s as though time hasn’t passed?  My good friend from my university undergrad days came to visit with her husband and new-to-me baby boy (he’s 6 months old, but I’ve only seen photos before (thank you Facebook)).  They should have arrived 24 hours earlier, but they were snowed in and couldn’t even leave their driveway.  Anyhoo, I really wanted to make their little guy something.

I decided on the Tea Party Playsuit by Oliver and S.  It’s a pattern that’s sort of hidden away.  By looking at the patterns available on the Oliver and S site, you would never know that this darling little romper is included with the Tea Party Sundress.  I saw several versions in the Oliver and S Flickr Pool and decided that’s what I would make.

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I decided to go ahead and make the 6-12 month size, but after I saw their little guy, I probably should have gone with the 12-18 month size.  Hopefully he can wear it at least once or twice when the weather gets nicer, but I’m not holding my breath.

This was a pretty straight forward sew and I love the result.  I always get nervous when I sew button holes, and this was no exception.  Don’t you wish you could sew the button holes right off the bat so that if you mess up, it’s done before you’ve sewn the whole thing together?  My button holes always end up working out, but they still scare me every time.

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I used a cotton broadcloth in a pale blue for the bodice and “auto vehicles” by makower uk, for the shorts.

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I’m definitely making one of these for Mr. Jacob for the summer.  This may be the last summer I can put Jacob in a romper.

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Elephant Parade: A work in progress

I don’t remember how I came across the “Pet Parade” patterns from Ruby Jean’s Closet on Etsy.  But I’m sure glad I did.  Originally I wanted to purchase the bunny pattern, but at the time, the elephant was on sale, so I went with that.  Maya and Jacob love pretty much all animals anyway, so I knew either one would be a fine choice.  And honestly, now that I look back on the bunnies, I think the elephant was the better choice because the bunnies look a tad bit more complex. 🙂

I have been making a conscious effort to sew with the fabrics I have in my stash.  If you’ve ever seen a picture or been in my sewing room, you’ll know that I have way too many different fabrics.  They are all lovely and I have ideas for each and every one of them, but I know I will probably never get through them all, so the least I can do is try.  So that being said, I needed to find something to make the actual elephants from.  In comes grey flannel.  I originally had purchased it to make Jacob’s Kristoff tunic from, but then realized flannel would be way too warm for Disney World.  Good thing I didn’t use it because it was perfect for the elephants.

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The elephants are made almost entirely out of the grey flannel except for the ears.  I wanted something that would be a little bit neutral because I didn’t want their ears to clash too badly with the outfits I will be making.

Jacob’s elephant is Scribbles in Blue from Ed Emberley’s Picture Pie line by Cloud 9 fabrics.

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And Maya’s is Hearts in Multi from Riley Blake Fabric.  This is the perfect pattern set to use up small pieces and scraps you may have lying around.

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They went together fairly easily.  I didn’t have any problems at all.  The instructions are pretty straight forward.  The only thing I don’t care for was sewing the eyes on.  They are shank buttons and you are meant to sew them on after the elephant is fully stuffed.  I believe the point of this is to try to sink the shank into the head and thereby creating dimension to the elephant’s face.  I don’t know if it’s because I overstuffed my elephants, but I didn’t get the buttons to “sink in” very well into the head.  I still think they turned out really cute, but if you look at them from the sides, you can see the shank of the button.  It’s nothing I’m going to worry about and I’m certainly not going to redo them, but just worth a mention.  I think if you’re into toy making, the button issue I had would be a non issue.

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One thing I learned in my stuffy making adventure is that I don’t care for making stuffies.  Not really sure why, I just don’t.  I think I’ll stick with clothing.

Stay tuned for the carry case and some super cute elephant wardrobes.

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!!

 

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.