Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Shorts

 The younger girls had a real problem finding shorts that fit and were a style they liked this year.  I had searched all our usual kids' clothing stores but we had no luck.  The shorts they do have are starting to become quite worn out.  Luckily, Ottobre Design had a pattern that I thought might work.

pattern:  Ottobre Design 03/2014, #34 'Minnie Mouse' shorts
size: 128, added about 1/2" to the length
fabric:  cotton twill in stone from Organic Cotton Plus, leftover from my shorts here

Both MG and I are happy with how they turned out.  The only qualms I have is that they are a bit short and the seat of the shorts is a little baggy on MG.  I ended up serging and turning up the hems to preserve as much length as I could.  Next time, I'll add an inch so that I can do a double fold hem.  As for the baggy butt, it's just the way things fit on her.  If she wasn't going to outgrow the shorts in 6 months, I'd see about doing an adjustment. 

Summer meant next to no sewing for me between work, taking kids to practice, and taking kids to their summer jobs.  I spent more hours in the car than anything else this summer.  Though I was able to spend several mornings at the beach each week since my son's cross country practice is held at a state park across the street from the ocean.  So there were a few perks to being the taxi driver!
School has started now and even though I am still working, I'm going to do my best to squeeze a little sewing in. I've missed it!  Now the question is, do I go ahead and trace off BK's size to make a pair or move on to fall sewing?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Run, Jump, Throw

My little girls are following in big sister's footsteps and are exploring the world of Track & Field.  Two of K's high school coaches run a track club during the summer for kids 5-18 years of age.  Practices are held 3 nights a week and it's been very hot here.  The girls had several athletic t-shirts but 100 degree weather really calls for tank tops.  

crafterhours teal run
fabric:  Performance Fabric from Jo-ann Fabrics
size:  5-6 for M and 7-8 for B
modifications:  lowered armholes, shortened length

crafterhours teal

crafterhours purple jump

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Butterfly Blouse + Skirt

pattern:  Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse + Skirt
size:  7, the skirt was cut at an 8 length
fabric:  Lily Pond woven cotton* and White cotton interlock, both from Organic Cotton Plus
mods:  eliminated the peplum from the Butterfly
*I received the Lily Pond fabric for free from Organic Cotton Plus in exchange for a honest review.  However, I purchased the white interlock.  I've been very happy with all the fabric (rib knit, twill, jersey) OCP has sent me over the past 18 months.  I hadn't actually purchased from them and when I needed some white knit, it was time to put my money where my mouth is.  Spoiler:  I'm very happy with the fabric I bought!

It's been awhile since I've bought a pattern right after it was released.  But I really liked the Butterfly blouse and the fact that it could be sewn out of a knit or a woven fabric.  MG likes simple, unfussy clothes so I eliminated the peplum.  I took the peplum pattern piece and taped it to the front and back bodices, overlapping the 1/2" seam allowances.  I also folded out the extra width of the front peplum pattern piece. 

Knit tops are what my little girls prefer to wear.  I usually use cotton/lycra knit as that seems to be the easiest to find but I prefer the weight of a good interlock.  The interlock from Organic Cotton Plus doesn't disappoint! I'll be ordering more to use for some selfish sewing.;)

I used cotton voile (OCP included a scrap at my request with the Lily Pond print) for the keyhole facing and the bias binding at the neckline.  I love the keyhole opening in the back!  Some of my favorite tops from Gymboree have that same detail.  I used elastic instead of a thread loop to hold the opening closed.

Like so many others have said, the Butterfly skirt sews up really quick.  The pleats in the front add a little interest to an otherwise simple skirt.  MG likes that the front waistband is flat.  

It's a great pattern to use a fun print.  I love the whimsy of the lily pad print.  The fabric looked familiar to me but I couldn't quite place it.  Then it dawned on's part of Rae Hoekstra's Lotus Pond fabric line.  I did a quick search online and it looks like Organic Cotton Plus has the fabric for $1 less than other retailers.  They also have a few other prints from the Lotus Pond fabric line. The fabric is a little lighter weight than your typical quilting cotton...perfect for a summer skirt.

As you can see, MG is very pleased with her new outfit!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day (Easter) Dress

pattern:  Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress, View A
size:  8
fabric:  Lisette poplin print from the Spring 2012 collection and white Kona Cotton
mods:  piping on the sleeves and I omitted the belt and bow 

a little crumpled from being worn 

BK picked the fabric and the pattern.  I wanted to leave the sleeves off but she insisted that the dress have sleeves.  There was a brief moment of panic when she tried on the dress midway through construction and complained that it was uncomfortable under the arms.  I went back and trimmed the seam allowances and crossed my fingers.  Happily, there were no complaints today when she wore the dress to church!

Also, per BK, I left off the fabric belt.  I still think it would look cute with something at the waist.  I'm keeping my eye out at work for a white girl's belt.  If I can find one before the dress is outgrown, I'll add thread chain belt loops to the side seams to help hold the belt in place.  Assuming of course that BK will wear it.;)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Swimsuit Season

My oldest wanted a one piece swimsuit for her lifeguard certification class and around that time Shelley made one for her daughter.  It was a Jalie pattern that I had been eyeing and seeing it made up by someone I know was all the incentive I needed to purchase it. (I sewed this swimsuit 2 months ago but didn't have a chance to get photos until we were on vacation this past week.)
pattern:  Jalie 3134
size: O at top, Q at bottom, and U for length
fabric:  Peacock Blue Tricot Satin Matte Nylon Spandex Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee (this color is no longer available)
I screwed up a little when tracing the pattern.  There was quite a bit going on around me at the time and I kept losing track of what size I tracing!  No fault of the time I'm blending between sizes I'll wait until the little girls are in bed or at school;)
Per K's instructions, I kept the swimsuit all one color and didn't add any piping. 
 The back pattern pieces are where I messed up while blending sizes.  Luckily, despite my blending blunders, the swimsuit stays in place while swimming laps and practicing rescues!  K wore it for all 5 of her classes and reported that it was comfortable to wear.  While it won't get much wear this summer at the beach, it'll come in handy when she swims laps as part of her cross training during track season.
I also made myself a new swimsuit...well, bottoms at least...for our recent vacation in Florida.  I only have this one picture that K snapped before trying out our Go Pro camera underwater.  Sadly, I seem to have left the bottoms some where in the Florida Keys as I couldn't find them when we were back in Kissimmee and I had K all ready to take some pictures. 
size:  4, mid rise
fabric:  Black Tricot Satin Matte Nylon Spandex Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee
mods:  I fully lined the bottoms and skipped the gusset.
*Full disclosure: I tested the pattern so I received a copy for free.
After numerous swims in the pool and several beach outings, I have found my new favorite swim bottoms!  The key difference from all my other (6!) bottoms are the bands at the waist and leg openings.  They hold the bottoms in place but don't dig in to my skin like elastic has a tendency to do. I promise that I will be sewing more for the summer and I'll make sure I get photos.;)  I basically lived in these while we were on vacation (until I lost them).  Bonus: the Barrie Briefs are a really quick sew since you don't have to fiddle with elastic. 
We had a wonderful time in Florida and got to spend a few days in the Florida Keys which was a new experience for everyone but my husband.  I even got to meet up with Alisa from Making More With Less who was in Orlando with her husband. This vacation was just the break the entire family needed after a very busy past 7 months. I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from our time in Florida...
Kissimmee, FL l resident gator in the lake behind the house we stayed at
sunset in Key West