Kid’s Clothes Week

Kid’s Clothes Week

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Last week was Kid’s Clothes Week, and as usual I made some pajamas. To celebrate, finally, refurbishing my  ugly mustard dress I used up the rest of the fabric. The non-childish print is very sweet on her, making me wish I’d sewn her a dress instead.

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Casper got a pair of underwear, which he would not let me photograph on him, but they are also adorable.

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The Details
Tank Top Ottobre 01-2013-22 Size 116
Adeline’s underwear Jalie 2568 Size H
Casper’s Underwear Ottobre 01-2013-16 Size 104
Fabric Type Jersey
Stretch Factor 75%

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Rocket children

Rocket children

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Many moons ago, Casper rocked a cute pair of rocket PJs, often (although I could not find photographic evidence) on a matching rocket baby blanket. But something was wrong with the blanket, something on the inside had disintegrated making the blanket lumpy.

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The blanket sat lonely in the sewing room for many years, until one day it was freed of its lumpy interior.

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It was freed from the copious amounts of thread binding it together. P450-IMG_2141
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The blanket was surprised at its transformation, and even more surprised to find Casper had been transformed too. No longer was he a tiny baby obsessed with the washing machine, but instead a handsome, loving brother.

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And this happy reunion was all due to Kids Clothes Week.

All black

All black

It is Kids Clothes Week ; I signed up and then immediately regretted it realizing it’s a crazy busy week. I have participated twice, and each time I try to get too much done. These were already cut out and needed to be completed; perfect starting point.

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The kids are in a Musical Theatre class every Saturday, where the required dress code is black and yellow, so finally I had incentive to use this flocked heat transfer material which has been sitting in a drawer for eons. And yes, in case you are wondering, that is a tiny monster eating a strawberry, a drawing I found on the back of one of Casper’s spelling tests, soon to become a family logo, since his dad and I both want shirts with the same picture. Adeline picked out her unicorn, but was disappointed it didn’t receive as much attention from her classmates, and has since submitted drawings of her own to turn into T-shirts.

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I was featured on the KCW blog! May 2016

Update–Check out Day 5 where Casper’s shirt was featured. So excited to be next placed next to so many beautiful projects!

I really love the fit of this T-shirt; I have made a few raglan Ottobre T-shirts, and this is one my favorites. Incidentally, pants are the same pattern as these pants.

The Details
Pattern Ottobre 03-2010-12 Cacao Bean Size 122
Fabric Type Jersey
Stretch Factor 50%

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Adeline’s shirt is supposed to have a square neckline, but it’s a bit saggy. My fabric may have been too drapey.

The Details
Pattern Ottobre 03-2012-31 Size 116
Fabric Type Jersey
Stretch Factor 75%

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The leggings have a very cute detail at the cuff. 116 is her usual size and is even sometimes large on her, but these are too low in the waist and a bit tight. They’ll do for now, but I will make another in size 122 soonest.

The Details
Pattern Ottobre 04-2012-15 Size 116
Fabric Type Interlock Knit
Stretch Factor 25%
The fruit of Kid’s Clothes Week

The fruit of Kid’s Clothes Week

Kid’s clothes week has come and gone. I had planned to sew up several sets of matching PJs for the kids who are in dire need…well Casper is in dire need of new PJs and I have a compulsive need to dress my kids in matching sets. At least I don’t make them wear matching outfits outside of the house – not very often anyway. Regardless, the plan for several sets resulted with only one completed.

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450IMG_8013Once Adeline and I agreed on the fabric, I asked Casper if he would like PJs from the cupid fabric too. He whole-heartedly agreed, only to be disappointed when he learned it was not the reindeer Cupid. His disappointment was short lived and he loves the new PJs, he is easily pleased. I decided to stray from my go to long john pattern (see them here), and I am pretty pleased with this Ottobre pattern. The differences are subtle, but it’s nice to change it up.

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The Details
Casper’s Top Ottobre 1/2013 Pattern 20 Size 116
Casper’s long johns Ottobre 6/2013 Pattern 36 Size 116
Adeline’s nightie Ottobre 6/2015 Pattern 31 Size 116
Fabric Type Cotton Thermal
Stretch Factor 50%

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I need some time to forget the trials.

I need some time to forget the trials.

Looking at these pictures, the pants don’t look too bad, I’ve been putting off blogging about them. Those pockets are still super cute. He wore them for the day and I noticed they hung a little low on him. I traced out size 116, so I could size down the shorts I’ve cut for him, but I think I’ll add elastic to the back waistband for the shorts. I’ll probably make him another pair of pants in size 116, since the pattern is traced out and all.
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I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump. Looking at my April sewing plans  I am way behind. The weather has warmed up and the kids no longer need mittens, so that’s off my list.

These are my Burda Challenge project for April. I still have a few days to crank something else out, but I’m thinking about cutting my losses. I’m pretty terrible about knowing the date, I just checked and there are no more days in April. And now, since April is over, I’ve apprehensively come to the decision to participate in Me-Made May.

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It’s an awesome idea, and there are millions of other participants to prove it. I have pledged to wear something handmade everyday, and to make it extra, extra challenging for myself, I am pledging to wear everything I have made for myself at least once.

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The Details
Pattern  Burdastyle 04/2013 Pattern 140
Size  122 (with some reductions)
Fabric Navy Blue Chambray Shirting
Notions Interfacing, 3″ zipper
Shrimps and Snails.

Shrimps and Snails.

Casper was such a trooper going outside to take these pictures. I can’t get over how adorable his shrimp are. He asked for ghost shrimp on his shirt, and after looking at some shrimp pictures, I didn’t think I could render a shrimp drawing. I love how kids have no inhibitions like that. “Sure mom, you want me to draw the shrimp! No problem.”

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I’m glad I chickened out of drawing the shrimp because his versions are adorable, but I feel like there is a lesson to be learned here. Why let my fear stop me? There are so many things I don’t do because I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m going to try to be more like Casper and just do stuff.

Take a picture of this shrimp too!
Take a picture of this shrimp too!

A while ago Casper made a book about his fish tank, and these snail drawings were featured. I really love how they look on the shirt.

Do I get a jellybean for this?
Do I get a jellybean for this?

For this shirt I used the flatlock feature on my serger. Usually for T-shirts I use my serger and my coverstitch. Flatlocking means I can do hems and seams with my serger; makes sewing up a shirt super quick.

Both shirts were stenciled with freezer paper cut on my silhouette cameo. I’ve finally conquered the trace feature in the silhouette software thanks to this tutorial.

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The Details
Pattern Ottobre 6/2013 – 35 Size 116
Fabric (Shrimp) Type  Teal Blue Jersey Knit
Content 50% Rayon, 47% Polyester, 3% Lycra
Stretch Factor 50%
Fabric (Snail) Type Spa Green Jersey Knit
Content 100% Rayon
Stretch Factor 50%
Ribbing (Snail) Type  Spa Green Ribbed Knit
Content  100% Rayon
Stretch Factor  75%
Notions Pebeo Glitter Paint Diamond for the shrimp, Pebeo Transparent Fabric Paint for the Snails
Kid Clothes Week Progress

Kid Clothes Week Progress

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It’s Kids Clothes Week. I spent Monday sewing beautiful tiny welt pockets.
I spent Tuesday inserting the perfect fly zipper.
I spent Tuesday inserting the perfect fly zipper.
Wednesday I ripped stitches. The pants are way too big.
Wednesday I ripped stitches. The pants are way too big.

Will I never learn to measure my child? I also have a pair of shorts cut to the same size. Tonight I’m going to work on a T-shirt. Casper’s choice for wild thing was a shrimp. After looking at some shrimp I asked him to draw me a picture; and he drew me some adorable wild shrimp. Here’s hoping I have better luck with the shirt.

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