In the last few weeks I have had a flurry of testing opportunities. I love having a chance to work with different designers and offer my proofreading and sewing skills. Testing for Amy of Peek a Boo patterns is always a pleasure and this occasion was no exception. Amy was revamping her Little Gentleman Suit Jacket and I was able to sew up a 2t during the test.
I used a piece of suiting that I had purchased at a thrift store. Sadly, I didn’t have enough to make the matching vest but Amy has patterns for all 3 pieces so your little gentleman can be prepared for the most formal of occasions. Her directions and photos talk you through the complicated steps like attaching the lining to the outer layer at the cuffs and how to sew the vent in the back. I love how that touch makes it look just like an adult jacket.
I am also kind of excited that this pattern gives me an excuse to buy a tailor’s ham. I need to find one somewhere because pressing those shoulders is impossible without one! Most of all, I am so happy that he loves it and he will be looking quite dapper for Easter this year!
Happy New Year! I am going to try and write a few posts to catch up on some of my sewing that I never shared back during the end of 2014.
Way back in November and December I did a bunch of PJ sewing. I got the Happy Feet sewing pattern from Peek a boo patterns which solved a big problem at our house. As the weather got cooler, we discovered that my 2 year old was not willing to wear 1 piece pjs. He also wouldn’t keep socks on at night and this was leading to me being woken often late at night by a chilly little boy.
Lots of sewing pj’s led to some very silly night time photo shoots.
Here is a pair made from some thrifted adult pjs.
This pair is flannel with upcycled t shirt knit for arms and the tops of the feet.
These were made with ABC knit fabric I bought forever ago at a thrift store and fleece cut from a snuggy of all things. I don’t recommend the reusing the fleece. It has not held up well to washing.
Looks like those happy feet really made him happy!
These were made from a knit remnant and some thrifted pjs. This was while they still had feet. Turns out my daughter hates sleeping in footy pj’s so the feet were removed after a few wears. Since the knit won’t fray, it was a simple chop. She loves them now.
I also made some Christmas pj’s. I hope I got pictures of them. Will have to look and see what I can find. Will be back soon with more to share! Thanks for reading.
I am super excited to be taking part in my first Blog hop from Mdm. Sam of Sew we Quilt. From March 5th through the 14, check out the hop to see lots and lots of ruffles. I have loved reading along with all of these hops from Mdm. Sam for a while. With a little girl who loves all things ruffled, I knew this one was too good to pass up. Stop by on March 11th to see what I dream up.
On Friday I pulled out the pattern for the Sally Dress from Very Shannon. I won this pattern a while back from Jess of If Only They Would Nap. Click here if you want to see her adorable version. This pattern is so cute and I knew Annabelle would love the big pockets. She needed a few simpler dresses so she could wear some of the cute patterned tights she got for Christmas and I had a giant corduroy skirt that I snagged from the thrift store quarter bin a few weeks ago. The skirt had buttons down the front. I was determined to keep the button placket for the back of the dress and I wanted to be able to still use the buttons, so I had to make a few changes to the pattern. It would have been a much simpler sew as the pattern was written. I especially like how the gathered seam allowance for the skirt are tucked between the bodice layers. This makes it look very clean on the inside. And then the square neckline comes together with these cute points at the shoulders. I love that too!
Here are the buttons:
I made the sleeveless version figuring that Annabelle could wear it with a shirt underneath. Although A is growing out of a size 4 in some store bought clothes, her measurements put her squarely in the size 4 pattern. I am very pleased with the fit. I cut the skirt a little long hoping it will work for a bit longer. The raindrop fabric was one I bought by the pound from the remnant bin at All About Fabrics. I love the modern colors and she does love the big pockets!
She tried it on Saturday and pouted when I made her take it off. She wore it to church on Sunday and I grabbed these quick pictures outside the restaurant before we headed for home.
That was my final Kids Clothes week finish as Sunday I had a headache and used naptime to catch a nap in the lazy boy. It was wonderful and I am not sorry at all! I am still working on one more pair of skinny jeans then I am going to take a break sewing clothes and get back to quilting for a bit. I am hoping to finish an ancient WIP (work in progress). I started it in 2005 or 2006. It is definitely time!