Thursday, January 23, 2014

Another catch up post

I'm going to keep this post brief.  These are all tester pics spanning from fall to just before Christmas.  Above is  Peekaboo's Classic Jumper.  I loved this pattern but really should have made a size bigger.  S outgrew it within the month. 

This is B in Heidi & Finn's Slouchy Cardigan, size 3t.   The best cardi pattern there is, in my opinion.  Of course I had to make a matching one for S.

Here is Kikoi's Peter Pan Collar blouse.  I'm a big fan of their patterns.  Great fit, simple and classic styling.

This is Schwin Designs' Jude Jacket.  The wing embroidery is from Urban Threads.

The Desmond Jacket, also from Schwin.  I really do love the cut of this jacket.  The instructions for welt pockets are the best I've seen.

Ellie Inspired Urban Girl.  A classic, knit layered dress with lots of options.

 Here's another Kikoi Pattern, the Lily Ruffle Blouse.  I've had that fabric in my stash for maybe 10 years!

 And here's another reversible pinny by little kiwis closet and another chance to use my embroidery machine.

The Tilly Dress, also by Little Kiwi's Closet.  She grew out of this one fast!  Now it's in B's closet.

Goto Patterns' latest: the Belinda Dress, another fabulous pattern by the talented Andrea.
And one of my all time favorite patterns: the Gatsby Dress by Heidi & Finn.
Whew!  I think I might have missed a couple, but it's been a fun retrospective of the fall season and makes me realize how much I've accomplished! And a huge thank you to the talented designers for letting me test their wonderful patterns.
Some selfish sewing coming up, I promise!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lovely RIta's and Endless Dress

Remember my last post in which I was debating between leggings and Peekaboo's Skinny Jeans?  Well, I decided to go somewhere in between in terms of complexity.  These are the Lovely Rita's by Shwin Designs
They were super duper easy though and took a couple of hours at most.  I love that they have just enough details to make them look polished and unique and still be an easy sew.

On reflection though, I probably should have done the topstitching in a contrasting color.  The pockets got a little lost in the print.

One more project to share: this is the Endless Dress by Jocole.  This is a pattern test for a new-to- me designer.  The pattern includes a bunch of options but you can also purchase an add-on that includes a pattern piece for a placket as well as instructions for a pieced chevron bodice, applique embellishment, and freezer paper stencil.  Seriously, the options are "endless."

Poor S had to model outside in almost blizzard conditions that day, thus the expression on her face.  I have some selfish sewing projects to share in a future post, but did you know it is almost time for another KCW? 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

sewing with kids

I made this top, See Kate Sew's Pippa Peplum Top in under 2 hours from start to finish.  There's an adult version too, and she's having a sew-along on her blog.  But honestly, it's such a simple and straightforward pattern that I  hardly even needed to read the directions. 

Oh, and look!  S got a sewing machine for Christmas.  This is the one she got.  Its a Janome 3/4 size Hello Kitty sewing machine.  I admit, I am a sucker for hello kitty and that color.  We started lessons the day after she opened the box, then her friend (her birthday twin) joined us for a 3 day sewing camp.

I used a couple of blogs to help with lesson plans.  Ikat bag was helpful with the types of projects that 5 year-olds can handle.  I referred a lot to this post.   Welcome to the Mouse House has an ongoing series on teaching kids to sew with a lot of good info and tips. 

The girls completed one project per session, which lasted about 2 hours each.  They were super-motivated and such great listeners.

 On the last day of our sewing camp, both girls completed this skirt.  It's a very simple reversible skirt with an eyelet trim and elastic waistband. 

Of course, they both needed a lot of help and are not totally independent, but I'm pretty impressed with the progress they've made.