One of the reasons I designed the Parsley Pants the way I did (as a 2-pc pant) was so that I could whip out pairs for my kids in no time flat. Seems the other patterns I had for pants often involved zip flies, recessed pockets, multi-pieced waistbands, or some sort of extra finishing at the cuffs or hems, and while I love those pant patterns too, they just aren’t FAST. You know? I wanted something like the Flashback Tee (another new striped Flashback for Clementine is shown below) something that could come together in an hour without too much hassle. And thus the Parsley Pant pattern was born.
But…there’s something that makes them even faster: upcycling…
I’m a bit behind on my fall sewing for the kids because I’ve been sewing so much for myself. Heh. Not a *terrible* problem to have, but the other day Mr Rae mentioned that Clementine didn’t really have any pants that fit. Oops. Must remedy. I missed the boat on Kid’s Clothes Week this fall because it was also the week of Quilt Market, so now I’ve started to catch up a bit, starting with their PJ’s (posted Monday) and this cute strawberry tee and scarf for Clementine!
By request: blue foxes for E and pink foxes for C.
You didn’t think they always got along, did you? They do pretty well though.
She’s four today! Yay!!! *kermit arms*
Wait, how did she get so BIG??? *sobs*
Birthdays are a mixed bag. On the one hand, I’m so proud of what a fun, silly, smart, capable girl she is becoming. On the other hand, I wish she would always stay my little baby. You know? Yes, you know.
This is the birthday dress I made for her, a simple shirred design with bows on the shoulders. I la-la-love it! I think Clementine has always been particularly cute in yellow. She’s been wearing another shirred sundress that I made for her last fall quite a bit lately, mainly because it’s easy to get on and off by herself. So rather than go with something complicated and time-consuming,…
I had considered making her a matching Flashback Tee to go with them, but this morning she put together this genius ensemble, making me wonder why I ever bother making matching clothes for her. I can’t say it would have ever occurred to me to put these two things together, but it works (shirred Pierrot tunic blogged here).
They look a little puffy in the bum, but that’s because there’s an entire ruffled hem tucked in there.
Here are some “new” poses she insisted on (please don’t pin these…
With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed appropriate to post these fun little pants with heart kneepads.
So easy, all it takes is four little hearts cut out of fabric. I already have another pair planned out (grey pants, pink hearts).
Just cut out four hearts, sew them together two at a time with a small-ish (1/4″-3/8″) seam allowance, leaving a turning hole.
Notch or grade the seam allowances and press them flat.
Then pin and sew them to the pant leg in the desired location. As you can see I like to use a worn pair of pants to help me locate the spot where the knees are. Then sew up the pants and you’re finished!
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…
I would be remiss not to mention the bunnies, since that is what she loves the most about this top, but personally I love the foxes and triangles on this print (one of my favorite prints in Lizzy House‘s Outfoxed line from last year. Her new line, Constellations, is just arriving in shops now. This ex-science teacher, for one, is very excited! Phases of the MOON, y’all!!!)
I made this little top to test out the new Geranium Dress pattern, just released last week. The top view is included for all of the sizes in the pattern. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a slight difference in fit between this top and the pink dress I posted last weekend;…
I convinced Clementine to let me take some photos of her in her new Geranium Dress the other day. And when I say I “convinced” I’m sure you know that what I really mean is “bribed.” With one peppermint Joe-Joe and two large marshmallows, if you must know. The girl drives a hard bargain.
note: I’ve enabled pinning with the Pin It buttons for a few of these pics; feel free to use them if you like
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