Made for my kids

Made For Kids 2014

It’s JULY! and that means that Made For Kids Month is officially over! This challenge was really fun! I went easy on myself and told myself it was OK if I didn’t get a photo of my children wearing handmade every day, not only because they had a few days when they were less than cooperative, but also because they didn’t actually wear handmade clothing EVERY day, which is fine. It also revealed some holes in their wardrobes (for instance, Elliot wears these red Parsley shorts almost every day, so it might be time to either make or buy him some more shorts). A no-pressure challenge was just about the right speed for me right now. Anyway, I managed to catch a photo of my kids wearing handmade every few days, so about a third of the time. Not bad for a mom with a newborn, right? How did you guys do? If you put together a round-up of your month, please post a link in comments so we can all take a look!

Made For Kids 2014

For more information on what this Made for Kids thing was all about, you can see my intro post HERE. Special thanks to Liesl for being such a fun co-host (you can see her Made for Kids posts right here, and her final roundup here), and thanks to everyone who played along! It was so fun looking at the #madeforkidsmonth tag on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram and seeing all your kids in handmade!

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Made for Kids Month June 2014

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Rapunzel Outfit for C

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I went on a bit of a Lillestof buying binge a couple months ago; one purchase was the Ninja print for E that I posted about last week, and I also picked up this absolutely adorable Rapunzel print for C from Simplifi along with a few other prints. I think with busy prints it’s best to use a simple pattern, so I decided to make a couple of short-sleeved Flashback Dresses.

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Please feel free to pin any of the cropped photos in this post, but please do not pin or reuse photos that include Clementine’s face. Thanks!

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The Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern comes in sizes 0-5 AND 6-14. I also used my tutorial for short-sleeves, and the tutorial for turning it into a dress.

I used the Go To Leggings pattern for the leggings that my friend Andrea sent over years ago (thank you Andrea!!!) and they are fantastic. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to finally make them, but I’m so glad I did; the fit is excellent and leggings are SO easy to make! They are a little long on C because she’s tall so I went up a size, but she can just grow into them.

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Fanfare for Baby!

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Fanfare for Baby Hugo!

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Pants: Big Butt Baby Pants in Fanfare flannel + yellow Shot Cotton. Perfect for his cute little cloth diaper bum.

Crib Sheet: made using Dana’s Crib Sheet Tutorial (I had to modify the dimensions a bit because the flannel shrinks down to about 41″ wide)

Changing Pad Cover: this is a FREE printable tutorial that I put together last summer, available from the Cloud9 website!

Nursery Prints: by Ingela Arrhenius; I found them here. Wall color is Sherwin Williams Waterfall.

Fun news: Fanfare is being REPRINTED in MORE COLORS and will be available later this summer! You can sneak a peek here, and I’ll post pics of my new samples soon!!!

More pics of the baby. I can’t resist.

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Fanfare for Baby Hugo!

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Summer is for Josephines and Rubies

Some hot and steamy days are ahead of us, so I wanted to share some of my favorite summery renditions of my Josephine and Ruby patterns.

Even though we released the Josephine Tunic & Blouse when hot weather was the furthest thing from my mind, View C has instructions to make a sleeveless top with side vents. Jaime from Fancy Tiger Crafts made a gorgeous version out of Cloud9 Fabrics’ Palos Verdes Voile.

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Terri at Fa Sew La has made a bunch of Josephines already! Here’s her sleeveless one:

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As the mercury rises, I’ve rekindled my love for the Ruby Dress & Top pattern. It sews up so quickly, and it’s versatile: wear it with shorts or a skirt, or enjoy it on its own as a light, breezy dress.

Sarah made this bright and cheery dress and blogged about it here.

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I love the bold prints paired with solid yokes on all of these:

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Above, Top Left: I Sew You Sew’s Ruby top with a Washi Expansion Pack [shortened] sleeve!
Top Right: Meagan blogged about her top here, and put a nice curved Wiksten Tank hem on it. Nice mashup!

Bottom Left: Spencer’s dress
Bottom Right: Katie’s dress

Have you made any summery Rubies or Josephines? Share them with us on Instagram with hashtags #rubydress and #josephinepattern, or in their Flickr photo pools!

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Ninja Boy!

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He’s my little Ninja. Er…I guess not so little anymore? Medium-sized Ninja?

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The kid is always throwing punches and kicks and generally bouncing off the wall. I’m not sure where all the energy comes from but it seems to be infinite. So a NINJA Flashback Tee (with short sleeves and a shoulder mod) seemed perfect. Paired here with some blue twill Parsley Pants that were oh-so-simple to sew: just the basic pants with an elastic waistband and a “tuxedo” stripe with a scrap of fabric my friend Chris gave me at the Weekend Sewing Retreat last fall stitched down the side. There’s also a quick tuxedo stripe tutorial at this post, but it’s also one of the many options included in the Parsley Pants Pattern.

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After talking about how awesome Lillestof knits are in my favorite knits post, I figured I should put my money where my mouth was and actually sew with them to see what all the fuss was about. Um, yeah. They’re awesome. Lovely amount of stretch, very soft, wash well, don’t fade. LOVE. Definitely worth the extra dollars in my opinion, and trust me, I’m a sucker for cheap knits too so I think I know what I’m talking about. I got this ninja print at Simplifi but you can find more sources for Lillestof in that favorite knits post.

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Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic today, but it gets me a little choked up when I think about how many of you “know” this kid. Like, you’ve read for years and watched him grow up, and make his silly faces and poses and be a goofball (you need to go look at at that Hansel post if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s kinda my Opus) in more than one post, and even though it’s through the screen, you feel like you have a sense of his personality, you know? I suppose some people could get creeped out by that but the glass-is-half-full me thinks it’s pretty fun that so many of you can enjoy his great personality. On the other hand, I am acutely conscious of the fact that he’s never had a say about (or even really comprehend the concept of) having his face be so familiar to literally millions of people. I’ve started talking to him about that, because I think he’s old enough to start understanding what that means. Someday he may ask me not to put his pictures on my blog and I will say OK, but at least for now he’s having fun.

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Pink Dotted Geranium for Clementine

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Other people might be fooled by your doll-like appearance, your proclivity towards pink. But I know the truth, Clementine: you are a tough little nut and every ounce as stubborn as your mother. Delicate would not be a word I would use to describe you. Strong, silly, fierce, smart, mischievious. Then also: adorable, affectionate, and sweet. An interesting combination that keeps us on our toes.

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You draw ninjas instead of princesses. Another recent drawing that comes to mind featured a bomb. And a person cut in half on the ground.

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You have a spider-sense for locating lost objects, which comes in handy given the fact that I am a complete space cadet. When something’s missing, we ask “Hey Clementine! Where’s Hugo’s pacifier??”

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You have the most hilarious expressions and faces. Cross-eyes, silly smiles, teeth over the bottom lip. The fact that you can’t say your “R’s” yet makes it even cuter.

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Despite your many tantrums and screaming fits (what IS it about this age??), you also know how to snuggle like nobody’s business. You can’t stop giving Hugo cuddles and kisses. And when you crawl in bed with us in the middle of the night after a bad dream and fall asleep next to Daddy, you look like an absolute angel. You know, as long as you’re asleep.

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Dress: Geranium Dress Sewing Pattern, with a velvet ribbon added at the bottom of the bodice
Fabric: Michael Miller Pearlized Dots, purchased at Pink Castle

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Made By Rae Geranium Dress

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Lots of kids in handmade

We’re almost halfway through Made for Kids Month! Here are just a few of  my favorites from the Flickr pool:

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Top, Left to Right: green pants, spider web hat, green dress, peach top

Middle, Left to Right: book report tee, three kids, four kids

Bottom, Left to Right: homemade icecream, disco flares, jump

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The baby is 2 months old already. Whaaaaaat?!

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I figure it’s about time for a HUGO UPDATE! He’s now…um…about 2 and a half months old, so here are the photos I took of him when he turned 1 month and 2 months old. I especially like that first one where he is cross-eyed. In my head, I was going to post awesome weekly photos of him in his handmade clothes on my blog with updates on his developmental milestones, you know, in between all of the other amazing things I was sewing for my other kids. BWUAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!!! That’s a good one.

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In reality, he grew out of most of the newborn stuff I made him before I could take any pictures (WHEN did THAT happen?), I haven’t sewn much at all, for anyone, and I’ve forgotten to write down most of the cool things he’s been doing like chewing on his hand and smiling at us and that one week when he started crying real tears instead of just making a lot of noise and it just about broke my heart.

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I only slept about 4 hours last night (which is actually pretty strange because overall he’s been doing quite well at night) so I really can’t think of anything else interesting to say because my brain is just going MORE COFFEE MORE COFFEE MORE COFFEE right now, so I think that may have to be it for this post. XOXO, Rae

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Lotus Pond + Green Bee shorts and top

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Oh heyyyy there. Look who got aNOTHER new outfit! Clementine is sporting the Anya Top & Shorts from Green Bee Patterns (the same ladies who designed C’s Sally Romper HERE). This top is a great project to mix and match some Lotus Pond! Here we have sleeves in the orange Lotus Drop print and the bodice is the pinky peach Fluttering Fields. I just love these prints together.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

We made the shorts out of Interweave Chambray, a lovely line of cotton chambrays from Robert Kaufman (I also LOVE the Union Chambrays which are flowier and perfect for dresses and tops). Clementine wasn’t sure the shorts and top matched until I convinced her that the shorts are the same color as the antennae on the butterflies. *phew* close call there. In retrospect, we could’ve made the bows out of one of the top fabrics, eh? But anyway, can you even handle these shorts? The bows! The gathers! Too darn cute.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

Pattern notes from Jess:

This was another really fun sewing experience for me, with a little more challenge than the Sally Romper. I’d call this an intermediate pattern, with a couple of tricksy elements that take a little bit of precision and skill. Based on Clementine’s measurements, I traced the pattern for the height of size 5 and the width of size 4. This worked just fine; the only thing I had to watch was to be consistent in transferring markings to the fabric after cutting.

The shorts were a total breeze to make, and the bow cuffs are so slick and easy! I’ll definitely be incorporating bow cuffs into future projects (now taking suggestions on how to wear shorts like that without looking like a child).

In the next couple of photos, you can see where my greatest challenges were.  I just couldn’t get the back button placket to lie flat, which is probably partly due to my inexperience and partly due to a tricky construction. With some practice, I think I’d probably get it right (and THIS is why we make muslins, right?) After I sent the outfit to Rae, they did some remedial work at the studio and just look at that placket now. And hello, cute buttons!

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The top has an inset sleeve construction that was new to me. It allows for some really fun colorblocking, but you have to be careful and patient to put it together. Sewing the sleeve on is a bit tricky because you have to turn two sharp corners and pivot the pattern pieces to match as you go. But as long as you keep the seam allowance perfectly even throughout and pin each section as you go it turns out fine!

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

One of my favorite things about Green Bee patterns is that they use really sharp finishing elements. They suggest using a serger or zigzag stitch to finish all exposed seam allowances before sewing any pieces together, so the inside of the garments all look really nice. Additionally, the sleeves on this top (and a lot of their other patterns) aren’t simply folded and hemmed: they have cuff facings! This does add a pattern piece and a couple of extra steps, but the result is a stable, crisp cuff, and you could even use a contrast fabric for just a little barely-visible fun detail.

Anya Top and Shorts by Green Bee

You can see the entire line of Green Bee sewing patterns over at the Green Bee Shop, and to see all the posts from our Lotus Pond Extravaganza, click HERE.

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