I’ve been seeing lots of project roundups from last year pop up on other people’s blogs over the past week, and I realized how much I enjoy them. I love seeing a bunch of things from the entire year presented in one place! So satisfying. It just appeals to my visual side. So I started to look through all of my projects from this past year to see if I could sum up my 2012 projects in photos. It turns out that’s a pretty big job, yikes. At the same time, I definitely started to see some general trends. For instance, I sewed a TON of stuff for me this year, especially dresses and tops (YAY!!):
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On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….four colly* birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!
….and Rae gave to me a Charlie Tunic sewing pattern!
As you can see, there is no shortage of cute going on here:
Check out the Charlie Tunic Photo Pool on Flickr HERE.
The tunic looks just as adorable as a dress, which is easily done using the…
This week, as part of my personal countdown to KCWC, I’m throwing pictures at the blog of things I’ve made for the kids this year that never got blogged. It’s my own little challenge, to try and “clean out the virtual closet” before I go and make more clothes for them next week. I’ll even show you some of the new kids patterns I’ve been working on. Fun Fun!
I cut these pants out last December (you may remember me bemoaning my chronic procrastination and the ginormous pile of unfinished projects in a post entitled Overcoming Christmas Craft-Related Despair, this was one of those projects, I declared at the time that they would someday become “the Awesomest Pair…
Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge is coming up next week. I always feel a little sheepish participating, because I actually *do* have plenty of time to sew each week (the challenge is to take 1 hour every day and sew for your kids) because I am already lucky enough to have 2 or 3 days each week when the kids are both in preschool and kindergarten, and I’ve designated that time very strictly as “work-time” so that I can write blog posts, design patterns, and sew. It’s surprising though how little of that time actually turns into real sewing time for stuff for my kids though, so KCWC is a great motivator for me to look through the closet, find the gaps, and make the things…
I’m so excited to be part of Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea Blog Tour today! I’m going to show you the adorable Charlie Tunic I made for Elliot with two of the Out to Sea prints, along with a tutorial on how to add the button placket.
The Out to Sea collection is absolutely stunning. Sarah is so talented! We met last Spring at Quilt Market and got to see this collection first hand in all of its glory. I also really love her first line, Children at Play, with sweet illustrations that show the carefree days of childhood. I think it’s great that her fabric collections have both featured a number of designs for BOYS! …
One of the projects I worked on at the Weekend Sewing workshop a couple weeks ago was an Oliver+S Schooldays Jacket for Elliot. The moon fabric is from the Far Far Away II collection by Heather Ross, and the flannel inside is by Robert Kaufman.
When Elliot is riding in the car he gets really excited when he sees the moon. He’ll point out the window and yell, “there’s the MOON!!!” It’s cute. What really kills me is that when we turn a corner and he sees the moon again a few minutes later he’ll yell, “ANOTHER MOON!” It’s as if, in his little universe, there are more moons around every corner. And of course this fabric just…
If you’re wondering what the title of this post has to do with a tennis racket, you’re obviously not my kid.
Hard to decide if it’s more fun to play tennis or rock out with it, really…
Two rockstars are always better than one:
(She’s holding my old racket here, but don’t worry, we bought another one in her size this weekend. Wimbleton here we come)
His old swimshirt* was all worn out from multiple years of use so I thought to myself, is a swimshirt something one can make? Then I thought, why ever not, you dum-dum? Plus I’m all about experimenting lately. His other swimshirts have always been raglan style (sleeves go all the way up to the neck) so I used the Tee for Two Pattern by Figgy’s that gets so much use around here and $10 worth of swim material from Fields. You could definitely use another t-shirt pattern and get a similar effect though. I made him a whale swimshirt, because he’s into whales lately:
*Other (normal) people call this a “rashguard,” but the thought of my…
Here’s another new item of clothing for the little E’s wardrobe:
To be honest I’m a little nervous about showing you these pants because although they are totally “me” in a colorful/loud/over-the-top kind of way, I could see where some people would think they were insane even for a small child. But I really like them, and the best (and possibly most unbelievable part) is that E really likes them too. We’ve at least temporarily left the “if-you-put-this-on-mommy-will-give-you-a-piece-of-chocolate” phase and he’s starting to — joy of joys! – actually pick out the things that I have made for him in the morning. Now I’m no fool, I know part of this is because his poor little Type-A-Oldest-Child…
I know it’s just starting for all of you, but Celebrate the Boy has been on the brain over here for a long time. For the last month I’ve dedicated a good portion of my sewing time to just making clothing for Elliot. I love how sewing for a child makes you spend time thinking about them. For one thing it’s made me realize how very little baby is left of him.
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