Well, it’s two days in and I’m still going! The kiddos have cooperated and the school photo dress is coming along. The bodice is all together with kangaroo pocket and zipper both installed and the collar is on. Next up sleeves and hemming. This is one seriously involved little dress, but I think it is going to be worth the effort. It’s already adorable. Here’s a bit of the lining as it lay on the ironing board tonight before I got it in the dress.
Are you familiar with Kids Clothes Week? The gist is that a bunch of people spend at least an hour a day for 1 week sewing for their kids and then post pictures of the end products. I love looking through the finished garments and keeping up with the blog posts, but I’ve never participated because I’m a little intimidated. Some of these people crank out some serious wardrobes during one short week and with three tiny ones I’m not sure if I can finish even one piece! This time around I decided to go for it. Even if I don’t finish anything, I figure it’s good motivation to sew for my own. So I’m signed up and I have my first item cut out and ready to start sewing, but….
all three kids are sick.
For the first 24 hours Norah was pretty much glued to me. She could only sleep upright and I don’t get great sleep in the recliner:/ The second night we managed to get her to start the night in her bed. I had about 5 minutes between getting the last one to sleep, before one of the others woke back up and needed me. By that point I was pretty thrilled with my 5 minute pee break. We’ve had three rough nights now. Norah is on the mend. Silas is coughing and running like a faucet and Jude is just tossing and turning a lot at night. I can usually count on having a little time after the kids go to sleep, at least most nights, but when they are sick sewing gets put on the back burner. This is actually our first time to have 3 sick ones at once and I gotta say I don’t know how we would do it if not for a hubby with a flexible schedule and in house grandparents!
So all that said I’m still going to try to participate in KCW, but no promises! My main goal is to make an Oliver + S school photo dress for Norah. I’ve had this pattern for some time and it’s finally time to get one made. If I finish that and have any time to spare I’ve got a couple of summer items for Norah that need to be finished. I hate to just sew for her, but I don’t have things ready to sew for the boys right now. There is a small chance I could throw together some fleece mittens for them, but don’t hold your breath! I do hope to make some linen pants for them this coming spring/summer, but that is just not gonna happen this week. I want to use the Number 9 Trouser pattern and it looks pretty involved.
I’ll be making a run over to the Lazy Daisy tomorrow morning to drop off a few new items!
I didn’t take a close up of this fabric, but I just love it. It has a sort of nubby texture going on, but it’s super soft. The buttons are metal and fully functioning.
I’m gonna have a hard time parting with this next one! I love the yellow, love the lace, and that button. The envelope shape + lace makes me think of a love letter. I guess I have Valentines on the brain.
Here’s a closer look.
Both pillow covers are fully removable for washing and come with the insert pillows. The buttons on both are functional; You actually unbutton them to remove the insert. This probably matters to know one, but I really don’t care for decorative buttons. It’s the same reasoning that caused me to have an actual veil that initially covered my face when I got married. I know, I’m weird. And in case your wondering, I’m pretty sure at least one of my children got the weird gene as well! So anyway, the pillows are $25 each.
And here’s a 4T skirt I’ll be taking over as well. It looks better in person. That floor just wasn’t the right background color to go with this There is a kangaroo pocket going on there and the accent fabric wraps all the way around the back of the skirt. I think some little girl will have lots of fun filling that big pocket! This is $20.
You really need to come check it all out for yourself. The Lazy Daisy will be open 10-4:30 Friday and Saturday.
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My biggest undertaking was a bunch of tea towels made from my Mema’s recipe cards. These weren’t particularly difficult, but took some planning to get the fabric printed in time and I made 16 of them so the sewing took a while. I had seen this tutorial for this project ages ago on PInterest and it was finally time to do it.
It’s really pretty simple. You photograph your recipe cards, format them, have the fabric printed at Spoonflower, and hem the edges. I deviated from the tutorial a bit when prepping my photos for printing. It went like this: photo recipe cards in not so excellent light, open photos in photoshop, hand the computer to husband who is way better at photoshop. 🙂 If you don’t have a photoshop skilled husband you can give the actual directions using Picasa a try.
I, ahem my husband, did follow the sizing directions in the tutorial to get these to come out the right size for 4 towels per yard.
I went with the linen cotton canvas recommended for these. If I’d had more time I might have ordered some swatches, but I’m pretty happy with the fabric as is.
You may be thinking by now that I neglected to iron these before taking my photos, but the fabric is just that easily wrinkled. I don’t think it will matter much when I have them hanging on hooks in my kitchen, which is what I intend to do with my own set. I don’t currently have any hooks and I’m not in my own kitchen, but here’s one hanging from a chair to give you the gist of it.
The tutorial explains how to put a contrasting color in between the cards. Not only does this end up giving you some pop on the back side, it also super simplifies the pressing under of the hem. I went with a very neutral color since I was making these for 8 different people. I used a bit of linen ribbon (from Hobby Lobby) for the loop on the back.
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