First Day Back to Preschool
Quinby’s first day back to preschool was yesterday. We were all so excited! I made her this little kitty cat dress with Sevenberry pinstripes and Tammis Keefe reproduction kitty fabric.
This dress was also a first for me. I made bias tape for the neckline! Super easy and looks way nicer than the store bought plain.
First Day of Kindergarten
Today is PZ’s first day of Kindergarten, (sigh). I’m a bit of an emotional wreck this morning. Plus I’m EXHAUSTED! Does any Mama sleep the night before their child’s first day of school? Well, I sure didn’t. She didn’t get much sleep either so I’m hoping she doesn’t drag her way through the day.
Happy back to school everybody!
So I said to my friend Yancey today, ” I’ve decided not to do ANYTHING productive until school starts.” I then proceeded to go home and make these two skirts. Yep. After days of going into my studio looking at fabrics, searching through patterns, drawing up sketches, etc., I just went in, grabbed some fabric from off the floor, and knocked these two guys out in less than an hour.
The fabrics are all vintage pieces I’ve gotten from Knitt’n Kitten over the past few months. The main fabric is a quilted cotton, I’m guessing from the 80’s, with little flowers on one side and big ones on the other. The plaid feels almost like a calico and the pattern looks like 60’s to me.
Quinby’s is the big flower side of the quilted cotton and a red and white striped flannel. I may go back and add pockets to the skirts. Not sure yet. I like that these were all super cheap vintage fabrics. Both skirts all together probably cost me $2 to make. Not a bad way to spend an unexpectedly warm afternoon.
Phew! I finally made it through all the blogs on the SMS May Giveaway Day. If you have some time, or actually a LOT of time, and you’re feeling lucky you should definitely check it out! If you’re looking for MY giveaway, its right here.
Now I can get back to sewing and blogging and heck!, even parenting. When the SMS Giveaway Days happen, I kind of shut down. Anyway! I’ve been trying some new stuff around here. I’ve got the new serger now, and finally sat down and pulled out some of my vintage knits to play around with. Here is what I made in approximately 15 minutes.
If you look closely, you can see the necklace that PZ made all by herself. I actually think its pretty awesome and a really cool way to get your kiddos thinking in patterns.
We worked for about 2 hours on necklaces on Sunday. I pulled out all my old beads and jewelry making supplies. It was kind of neat to see all the old stuff. This was something new for the girls. We’ve made felt jewelry, but this is the first bead work we’ve done. We all got frustrated many times, beads rolling off the elastic string, Quinby choosing to toss more than floss. But we got through it and both girls are very proud of their work and so am I.
Here’s a last picture of the knit dress. I wanted to show a close up of it so you could see the cute vintage fabric. It’s blue alligators at the beach! This was another Knittn’ Kitten find from awhile ago.
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I have always been into vintage, even more so lately if that’s possible. Vintage kids books, vintage patterns, and especially vintage fabric. You may have seen some of the cute tops, shorts and dresses I made for my kiddos during KCWC.
To celebrate my love of vintage, this May Giveaway Day I’m going to make something out of a great vintage fabric for one of you lucky readers. I can do a dress or top for little girls NB to 6 or a pair of pants or shorts for little boys NB to 6.
If this sounds too crazy and you just want something you’ve already laid your eyes on, feel free to check out my shop and pick any item $15 or less.
Let me know in the comments what your favorite color is and a little about the kiddo I’ll be sewing for. I’ll pick the winner at random on May 26th. This contest is open to everyone, even my international readers.
If you have any feedback about my shop I’d love to hear that, too. Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog! We’re going to be doing a lot of fun stuff this summer.
NOTE: The items pictured in this post are NOT the item being given away. The item the winner will receive will be handmade by me after the giveaway is closed.
It’s kind of like if you give a mouse a cookie, only in this case its if you make one of your daughters a princess dress you can be pretty sure the other one will pout until you make her one too. Thus, day 6 of the Kids Clothes Week Challenge was dedicated to making a princess dress for Miss PZ.
(This picture is horrible, but I couldn’t get her to stop watching her favorite documentary, Babies. Both girls love that movie). The skirt of the dress is a really great double gauze cotton with Tink and Peter Pan on it. (Another favorite movie). The top is the same blue linen I used for sister’s sleeves yesterday only I’ve used alternating hot pink and pearl pink thread for the shirring and I used a pink and white striped linen for the straps. The purple sequined sheer fabric I gathered at the ends and sewed on as part of the strap so they hang down her shoulder a bit. Best I could do to add a bit of sparkle. I’m hoping to add wings to both girls dresses, but don’t have any wire (and no, I don’t have wire hangers either. We wouldn’t want it to get too Mommy Dearest over here).
Quinby wore her princess dress out and about today, so I’m no longer concerned that it will spend more time on the floor than on her body. Of course, that means the dress is already in the wash after having had OJ and pancakes liberally applied to the front of its skirt.
In other news, look what I got last night. Bangs! I’ve never had short bangs before and I’m totally in love with them. Yay! BTW: My best gal pal Cory from Freecycle Jewelry made my fascinator. You can check out some of her stuff locally at House of Vintage.
After the great shorts fiasco yesterday, I decided to switch over to tops. I did this little top to “go” with the sailboat shorts I made on Sunday. I had seen this picture from katie did‘s blog when she first posted it and the little shorts are actually what I liked about it, but the ruffle on the top caught my attention as well. So I just decided to free hand a similar top and it came out a little strange, but wearable.
The straps still need some adjustment. PZ wasn’t feeling particularly willing to stand around trying the shirt on over and over again. Unfortunately, she gets super freaked out when trying clothes on with pins, so I end up sewing it before I have her try it on and having to redo it several times before I get it right.
I also almost finished an apron top for PZ, but we had friends come over for burgers on the grill. Yeah! It is finally starting to get nice enough to eat outside! Sunny Portland days here we come!
I’m very excited for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I’m planning on making the bulk of my girls’ spring/summer wardrobes this week. Yay! All last week I’ve been pinning tutorials and inspiration photos and am ready to start sewing. In case you are just hearing about KCWC or are still trying to find that perfect piece to sew, here are a few of the tutorials I’ve been considering.
Schwin & Schwin’s Petal Sleeve TopMakin’ It ImMACKulate’s Summer TopPrudent Baby’s Pillowcase Dress
Everyday Chaos’ Apron Dress
From an Igloo’s Shirred Twirly Dress
Me Sew Crazy’s Old School Shorts
Sewing for Scarlett’s Smock Top
This has been a crazy week. I’ve been fighting a cold since Tuesday and literally haven’t done anything since then. Luckily I finished this cute little nightgown for PZ on Monday evening. She’s been wearing it all week and I really need to get a picture of her in it.
She had asked me to make her a nightgown because baby sister has one I got at the resale shop by Mini Boden. She wanted it to have yellow roses on it. As fate would have it, I just happened to snag this pillowcase at a rummage sale last summer and see this tutorial a few weeks ago. Kismet I tell you!
In other news… I just bought a serger! I’m so excited for it to get here. I’ve been thinking about getting one for what seems like forever and I just took the plunge! Now I’ll be able to do all those cool repurposed t-shirt tutorials I’ve been drooling over. Yay!
I saw Fiona Bell’s (Their Nibs) book, Sewn with Love, on Sew, Mama, Sew last November and immediately looked it up and bought it on Amazon. I was so excited. This book looked like just what I needed to expand my sewing kids clothes knowledge and help me refine my style with all the little vintage details. These are exactly the kinds of clothes I like my girls to wear and didn’t look intimidating like the few vintage patterns I’ve picked up and tried to decipher.
Now its the New Year and I have time to sit down and see if this book is as good as it looks. There is only 1 review on Amazon as I’m writing this and I’m a bit confused as to why. Usually these sewing/craft books are blogged about like crazy. I’m thinking maybe its because Fiona doesn’t have much of a web presence. At least no blog that I can find. She is on twitter, so I’ll probably let her know how this little experiment goes.
The book covers sizes 0-3 months to 7-8 years and has patterns for boys and girls and even a quilt and a few toys. It has four sections – Babies, Playtime, Parties, and Bedtime. I have no babies anymore so I’m going to skip that section, but other than that I’m going to attempt to try all the patterns in the book. Sounds like fun, right?!? Like a Julie & Julia kind of thing. If you’ve done or want to do any/all of the baby patterns I’d love to hear from you and of course I’d love it if anyone out there would like to sew/craft along. Feel free to join in. I consider myself an intermediate sewer and it would be nice to have someone to bounce questions off of.
I’m having Hubs print out the Button-Through Dress and the Dirndl Skirt today so will be starting work tonight.
Hubs and I were talking debt today. Eeeekkkk! Nuff said.
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