Friday, February 27, 2015

Flashback Friday Princess Sofia Costume

The Halloween that my niece was two she was absolutely in love with Princess Sofia.  I was thrilled to stumble across the Melly Sews Inspired by Princess Sofia the First – Dress Tutorial.  I knew that Ladybug would be happy with any purple twirly dress, but having the stencils for the design on Princess Sofia's dress helped grownups to know who she was.  I made a peasant style bodice with an attached circle skirt out of knit fabrics.  I wanted to be sure it would be comfortable and stand up to lots of play. 
She was still playing with it in the summer, so I think it passed the durability test!

Linked up at Tatertots and Jello

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shark PJs

Most of the sewing I have been doing lately has been for Ladybug.  I figured it was Bug's turn to get in on the fun.  I had been intending to make him something with stash fabric, but I happened upon a remnant of shark fleece that was just the right size to make him some PJ pants....  I figure I should shop the remnants as long as he is small enough for them to work!  I'm sad that I can no longer turn t-shirts into pants for him.  I added a shark applique onto a long sleeved t-shirt so that he could have a complete outfit. I figure that gives him cute and cozy pajamas to wear on pajama day at school.  The fabric for the shark came from one of his mother's old t-shirts.  I think that will make him quite happy. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flip this Pattern - Infant Peasant Dress

I had a great time checking out the free patterns linked in the Flip this Pattern: February “Free for All” link up.  I was thrilled to see Infant Peasant Dress Pattern. I love sewing peasant dresses for little girls.  I love how quick they are to sew up and that they do a good job of showing off prints.

The only change that I made when sewing up this little owl dress was to skip the elastic in the sleeves.  I like the flutter sleeve look that you get when the elastic is skipped in this kind of dress. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Project Run and Play Mademoiselle Muscle Tee Challenge

I have enjoyed reading blog posts about Project Run and Play before, but I have never participated before. I was inspired by the sweater vest that Angela from Snippet made for her daughter.  We've had a cold and snowy winter making it hard to imagine making anything sleeveless until I saw her sweater vest.   After making the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee pattern as a sweater vest I think I will try it again for summer wear.

I'm still on an upcycle kick after Kid's Clothes Week.  I upcycled a sweater which allowed me to use existing hems.  The front of the sweater was knit in one by one rib and the back in two by two rib.  I used the one by one rib to bind the arm holes. I had just over four inches of one by one rib left after cutting out the front of the vest, so I bands are a bit narrower than the pattern recommended.  I didn't have enough fabric left to add a band to the neck so I used some cotton jersey from my stash.  I'm not sure if it needs any embellishment.  Any suggestions?

Linking up with Frontier Dreams: Keep Calm Craft On 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kids' Clothes Week Inspiration

I really enjoyed seeing what people came up with last week for Kids' Clothes Week.  I found some great new blogs to follow and added some sewing to my to-do list.

Do you have any other great sewing for kid patterns to recommend?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week Project 4

Earlier this week I used two receiving blankets to make some PJ pants for Bug.  I thought it would be fun to turn a receiving blanket that I had made for Ladybug into some PJs pants for her to wear. The receiving blanket was one of her Mom's favorites. I think the pants will also be favorites.  I'm sending them off to Ladybug un-hemmed as she has been going thorough a bit of a growth spurt. 

Kid's Clothes Week Project 3

I've really enjoyed the challenge to upcycle and create clothing for kiddos.  I decided to turn a scarf I don't wear into a skirt for Ladybug.  I used a t-shirt that her mom used to wear for the waistband.
The scarf was lightweight so I used a double layer.  This made it so that I didn't need to hem the skirt.  I love it when I can skip hemming!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kid's Clothes Week Second Project

I rather enjoy making peasant style dresses for my niece.  They fit for such a long time turning into a tunic once they are too short to work as a dress.
These show Miss Ladybug wearing the same sized dress over a 16 month period.  I suppose she could still wear them if I were to ad a ruffle to add some length.

I decided to upcycle a plain t-shirt into a nightgown for Ladybug.  I always like to make a special pair of pjs for the kiddos for their birthdays so I thought it would be fun to use some scraps of iron on glitter vinyl to add some unicorns so the nightgown could be part of Ladybug's birthday present. It just so happened that I had enough glitter vinyl scraps to cut out four unicorns for her fourth birthday.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kids Clothes Week Upcycled PJ Pants

I'm late to the party.  I got started with my Kid's Clothes Week sewing a bit late.  The theme of upcycled encouraged me to finally pull some of the receiving blankets that my sister gave me to upcycle out of my stash and get to work.  This afternoon I turned two receiving blankets into a pair of PJ pants for Bug.  It's a good thing that I put the fabric to use now.  He's getting so tall I wouldn't have had enough fabric soon.  I like that you can see the polka-dots for the back peeking around front.  I think he will get a kick out of the fact that these used to be blankets for him when he was a baby. I'm excited to try more upcycling projects.