Kid's Clothing Week was an adventure. At times it was thrilling, and at times it was just plain exhausting. During the past week I made four pairs of leggings, two tops, one skirt, one dress, and one hoodie. Nine whole projects in one week! The problem is that there is still soo much more I wanted to do!!! Crazy right? I really needed to make a couple pairs of shorts- and at least one other top. I guess that's what summer KCW will be for. I did challenge myself to work with, and expierence with knits and I am really glad that I did- I have so many ideas of things to make now! I think the most challenging part of the whole week was finding time to photograph, and blog the outfits. Coming up with ideas, making them come to life, photographing, blogging, AND working is a lot for a week. I do however, thrive off of deadlines so having deadlines was fantastic! Did any of you guys sew a long this week? What did you think of the whole experience? Do you think you will do it again?
Monday, April 14, 2014
This isn't really a full outfit because I shared the top in the last post. However, I still feel it earned it's own spot on the blog because these leggings started as the jumping off point for my KCW collection (for lack of a better word).
The plan was actually to make these leggings and several tops that would match with them. I was drawn to the bird print- because who doesn't like a good bird print. Cordelia is also about two inches too tall for all of her pants and she keeps fussing about them being too short!
I only got one of the tops made- but I guess you could wear these pants with her knight hoodie and her sparkle top, so that's good enough for me. Cordelia likes them too- which is the most important part.
I originally thought I would just make outfits that looked like things I would wear, or I would recreate an outfit that I wore as a child. However, then I started thinking how cute it would be, just this once, to really make Cordelia a mini me.
So, just this once, I did. We will probably never wear these outfits at the same time ever again, but it was fun for these photos!
I made my skirt several years ago, and my chambray I purchased while working at Madewell. I was a little resistant to the chambray idea in the beginning, but i'm glad I caught on in the end because it's a go to in my wardrobe. If you don't know what to pair something with- pair it with chambray and you will be golden.
I didn't want to make Cordelia a button up chambray because she normally doesn't dig button up shirts, I did want to make it collared to keep the two tops similar so I added a darling peter pan collar, and the top zips up the back to add some fun. The skirt is a simple circle skirt (with built in shorts for modesty while twirling). I think we look pretty cute together!
Friday, April 11, 2014
The theme of Kids Clothing Week this spring is "Mini Me". I was a little stumped at first by the theme (which is totally optional) so far I have done one outfit that was made from something of mine, one outfit that really had nothing to do with the theme, and now I give you one outfit that is something I totally would have worn. Which brings me to this question- how come I never made myself shinny spandex pants? I wore all sorts of crazy things over the years- and I really don't regret any of it, most of it I would never wear again, but I love that I have always had fun with fashion.
The fabric for these pants I bought on a whim yesterday while I was picking up buttons for this Knight Hoodie, and I'm glad I did because Cordelia was really ecstatic when she saw them. I'm not used to working with knits or spandex so I made them too big and they grew a bit as she wore them, so I have some adjusting to do. However, I think they were a perfect compliment to the hoodie.
I made this hoodie from Charming Doodle's Pattern and I cannot recommend this pattern more. The instructions are wonderfully clear and the end result is just soo fun!
This is the second Knight Hoodie I have made and it won't be the last. In fact I am anxiously awaiting the release of the pattern in adult sizes. My nephew is dying for one- I'm thinking black and charcoal gray with neon green stitching- but that could change many times before I make it. One of the people who tested the pattern for Charming Doodle made the hoodie out of wool and I love the look and I'm thinking about doing the same for a light winter jacket for Cordelia.
I cut down two sweatshirts for fabric, and used fun, light pink, sparkly buttons. I like the way it turned out, and at the same time, I like how many ways I can change it for the next one when she grows!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I couldn't help but add another photo from between the pillars- Cordelia loved looking through them. The location that we took these photos at is actually right up the street from our hose- right next to one of the parks we go to all the time. This little pavilion is in the not so maintained area next to our city's official buildings and Miss C thinks it's her own little stage, she has a lot of fun singing and dancing and being crazy inside of it.
I was really happy to find this fabric at my local Joann's- I had been stalking it on the internet and I was able to pick it up as soon as it hit our store- and with a coupon (the main reason I hadn't ordered it online from someplace else). It's cotton- my favorite fiber to work with and it features one of Cordelia's main obsessions - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
These days I don't know which she likes more- Ninja Turtles or Princesses! She was totally stoked when she saw this fabric- and when I asked her about piping color she insisted I used blue- because that's her favorite turtle. I love being able to sew because it gives me the ability to make her things that are unique just like she is- she is such a girly girl, but she loves Ninja Turtles, and it's so hard to find her things that aren't super boyish looking.
The dress is self drafted, with tulip sleeves, two large pockets in the skirt, and a zipper in the back. This is the first time I have done pockets like this and she got a big kick over how much stuff she could keep in them. I made them a little low- but it will be ok once she grows a bit. I made the dress a size big and plenty long because she is growing like mad these days!
I'm pretty excited to have two outfits done so far (the second one will be posted tomorrow). I'm a really big procrastinator so I kind of thought I would be sewing everything at the end of the week. However, I cleaned the house, and made my lists on Saturday so I was all ready to sew, sew, sew this week!
Cordelia honestly loves this top- which has me soo happy. This only took me 30 minutes or so to draft and sew up because it's actually an upcycled skirt of mine. . .a very short skirt of mine. . .from High School when I lacked common sense about how long skirts should be.
I whipped up my first pair of homemade leggings to go with them- super easy and I'm not sure why I never made leggings before now (well, except my fear of knits). This pair was self drafted from a store bought pair- with several inches added to the bottom because she is just sooo tall!
I loved all of the crazy happy faces she made while we were taking pictures this time <3 p="">
Friday, April 4, 2014
Since I started reading sewing blogs I have been amazed by Kids Clothing Week- I love stalking the blogs to see the amazing creations these creative and talented mamma's make for their kids- and I also love checking out the pictures of the messy sewing rooms on Instagram when the week is over! If you aren't familiar with Kids Clothing Week it is a seasonal sewing challenge where you commit to take a hour a day- every day for a week to sew for your kids. It's amazing how big a community participates in the challenge.
This year, I'm excited to tell you that I registered to participate! I have my sewing desk cleaned off, my projects planned, my fabric picked out- and I cannot wait to get started. And on top of it all I talked my friend Corey into participating too- If you don't follow her you totally should, she blogs all sorts of great D.I.Y projects and amazing recipes- both paleo and delightfully chocolaty- over at Domestic 360. Wish us luck, and stay tuned for posts with Cordelia rocking her new clothing!