Hi everyone! I’m hanging out with the lovely Shaffer Sisters today for some “mommy sewing”. Woo!!! Stop by and say, “Hi!”.
My favorite part of creating patterns for kids has to be the research. I love looking at clothes from the past up to the present and trying to figure out how I can twist them up to add a bit of today or yesteryear to them. Today I’m thrilled to be participating in Heidi’s Knock It Off series again. Last time I created a “mirror” knock off of Axel and Fore’s adorable polo shirt, but this time around I thought it might be fun to play around with the knock off a bit. When I saw these coveralls from Blu Pony Vintage, I knew I’d found my blank canvas.
Blue Pony Vintage’s clothing for kids has a very soft, 20s – 40s kind of feel to me (Their last season and current one.) I thought it would be fun to change the silhouette, fabric, and details just enough to make this knock off fit the personality of my 7-year-old: Fun, energetic, and super “cool” with lots of personality. Ha! Ha! Sounds like the 70s to me.
I started off by redrawing the coveralls, trimming the silhouette to give it more structure.
I went back and forth on the fabric. The original design is in a lightweight denim. I decided to forgo the denim and opted for a medium weight, sturdy cotton. It gave more “body” to the design and made the lines more crisp.
While I kept a lot of the design elements the same like the pockets, collar, and waistband, I did add the following:
- Shortened the sleeves and added tabs
- Changed out the buttons from contrasting to neutral to “dress up” the look
- Slimmed the silhouette
- Added a functional hidden button fly
Both the coveralls “jumpsuit” and the hat were self-drafted. The original design is $156. I used fabric from my stash and had everything else on hand, so $0. Yay! My favorite kind of knock off! My son loved it. Now my littlest one wants one in green.
Thank you for stopping by today! I love the Knock it Off series. Want to do your own knock off? Join the Knock It Off Flickr group and share your work.
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I learned this morning that I’m one of 5 finalists in the Project Run & Play designer selection (Yay!). If you’re not familiar with Project Run & Play, it’s the online version of Project Runway, except it’s for kids clothing, the competitors are a lot nicer :), and you can design at home along with the designers and win prizes, too. They are looking for their last two designers and are asking for your vote.
Voting begins today, Friday, December 7th and ends this Sunday, December 9th. So, go and vote for your favorite (The voting bar is in the top left column of the website). If you sew, don’t forget to participate in the sew-a-along group in January when the competition starts. I’d love to know if you voted. Leave a comment here or send me an email: littlekidsgrow (at) gmail (dot) com.
Have an awesome weekend!
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I just wanted to make a quick announcement today to let you all know about the Knock It Off Series that a good bloggy friend of mine (Heidi from Elegance and Elephants) will be hosting in the month of November. Heidi just won second place in this season’s Project Run & Play, so believe me when I say that her Knock It Off series is sure to be AMAZING!
Here’s a a piece of her description:
Have you ever seen an awesome shirt, dress, pants, etc in a store or online for the little one(s) you sew for, and wished you could figure out how to make it yourself? Save some money and make it your own? Or maybe it’s something one of your favourite fashion icon (or their kid) has worn? Well, all next month, an amazingly talented line up of designer moms are going to do just that: knock off a look, garment, or accessory, and show how they did it! How cool is that?! All childrenswear…all knock offs…all November!
She’s also created a Flickr group for everyone to join. (I Loovvveeeee it!)
I’m super thrilled to be one of the featured designers in the series along with an amazing group of talented designers that I’ve admired from afar:
Nov 2 – Elegance & Elephants
Nov 5 – a girl and a glue gun
Nov 6 – Running With Scissors
Nov 7 – nest full of eggs
Nov 8 – The Mother Huddle
Nov 9 – Caila Made
Nov 12 – Naptime Crafters
Nov 13 - Elegance & Elephants
Nov 14 – Little Kids Grow (ME!)
Nov 15 – Daisy Chain Creations
Nov 16 – My Handmade Home
Nov 19 – Simple Simon & Co
Nov 20 – Sew Country Chick
Nov 21 – you & mie
Nov 22 – Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, & Whatnot
Nov 23 – Sewing Like Mad
Nov 26 – Delia Creates
Nov 27 – Let’s Do Sew/Petit à Petit & family
Nov 28 – Frances Suzanne
Nov 29 – Melly Sews
Nov 30 – The Train to Crazy
Hop on over to her blog and grab a button to show your support. (You know you need to stretch those sewing skills, right? I’ll be right here supporting you all the way!)
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A lot of my fabric stash looks like this. Bunches of men’s pants that I’ve either thrifted or gotten from my husband. I have the hardest time finding durable fabric that can take on the rough and tumble of my boys. I’ve tried varies bottom weights at my local fabric store, but they’re just not the same. Plus, I can thrift a pair of men’s pants for $1 or $2 or for free. I actually prefer using store bought pants for something quick and easy because I can use the existing seams, hems, AND pockets.
Since my boys really needed pants, that’s what I’ve been working on for my second KCWC project. The grey pair on the right was one that I made a couple of weeks ago to test out my single pattern. I did the creme colored pair not too long after that for my 5-year-old , but didn’t realize he’d grown so much, so today I added a cuff to lengthen them. The only complete pair that I worked on today is the green pair (left). They’re nothing fancy, but they are durable and great for playing, running, jumping, spinning, kicking, and wrestling :-).
My boys like them, and apparently, Thomas the Train likes them too!
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How many of you are participating in KCWC (Kids Clothing Week Challenge) by Meg at the Elsie Marley blog? If you’re not familiar with the sew-a-long, twice a year Meg invites readers to commit to sewing clothing for their kids (or other people’s kids) for 1 hour a day for a week. You know all of those half done projects you have stashed in the corner to complete when you have more time? (Ha! Ha! That’s me! ) Well, KCWC is a great push to get those pieces (and new ones) completed. This fall’s challenge runs October 8-14. I’m taking a few days to pause from the Moms Know Moms series to share what I’m working on. There are still more interviews to come, so don’t go too far!
For day one of KCWC, I made these two full skirts. They have a waistband with a back zipper and Mexican Pleating (or Wave Tucks) on the center band for detail. The tops are not new, you can find the tutorial here. Of course, my camera’s battery is missing (Honey?), so I grabbed my phone again for some quick pics.
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Happy Tuesday everyone!
I’m back this week with another pillowcase top remix! I’ve made it a personal challenge to see how many designs I can come up with using a pillowcase (Woo! :-)). This week’s tutorial is for The Halterneck. This pattern is adaptable to any child’s size up to a slim adult. Just remember that the width of your pillowcase will determine how the top drapes. If your child is particularly thin or tiny, you may have to narrow your pillowcase’s width by turning it inside out and sewing an inch or so down each side and trimming. This can also be used as a dress tutorial depending on your child’s height.
What you’ll need:
1 standard pillowcase (Or king size for a child’s dress)
Hook and eye (for neckband closure)
Armscye (armhole) length measurement. Using a child’s existing garment (of like fabric), measure around ½ of the armhole from top seam to base seam. If the top seam does not run across the top of the shoulder, measure the entire armhole and divide by 2). We want the armholes to fit snugly, so subtract 1 inch from this measurement to get your armhole measurement for the halter.
Top length – Measure from the collarbone to the desired length.
Neck circumference – Measure around the base of your child’ neck. (You’ll add 3 inches to this number for the neck band’s overlap.)
Neckline width – 1/2 of the neck circumference. (My child’s neck circumference is 11″, so my neckline width is 5.5″)
Step ONE (Top length)
Take your top length (plus 1/2″ seam allowance) and measure from the open end of your pillowcase. Cut the top (closed side) of your pillowcase off at this point and place to the side for later.
Step TWO (Armholes)
Fold the pillowcase in half lengthwise. To find the starting point for your armholes, subtract your neckline width from the pillowcase’s width. Divide this number by 4. Measure this length from the open edge toward the center fold of the pillowcase. Mark your point. (My pillowcase width was 19 inches. I subtracted the neckline width of 5.5″ to get 13.5″. Divided by 4 to get 3.375. I rounded this number up to 3.5″)
Place the top of your ruler (or measuring tape) at your marked point and measure down your armscye length (plus 1/2″ seam allowance) to the open end of your fabric. Draw your diagonal line here and cut through both layers of fabric.
Surge or zig zag the raw edges of your shoulder openings. Fold under 1/4″. Iron. Stitch this hem down close to edge.
Step THREE (Neckline)
Sew 2 rows of gathering stitches at the top edge of each side of your halter.
Pull/Gather threads until neckline measures your neckline length on front and back
Step FOUR (Neckband)
Working with the closed end of the pillowcase that you cut off earlier, measure down 2 ¼ “. Cut the closed end of your pillowcase off at this point.
Your neckband length = neck circumference plus 3″ (plus 1/2 inch for seam allowance). Cut your band to this length (cutting off one closed end only)
Open your band up and fold raw edge of short end under 1/4 “. Iron. Close band and top stitch this end closed (close to edge).
Both ends of your band should be closed now. Fold 1/4″ of your band’s open end under. Iron and stitch. (Do not close your band’s opening. Just stitch your 1/4″ hem down)
Open your band and place the front neckline about 1/2″ inside of your band flush with the right closed end. Pin in place through both layers of your band.
Open your top and lay flat on its side. (Your front halves should be facing and your back halves should be facing)
Open the rest of your band and slide the back of your top into the band about 1/2″ right next to the front of your top that’s already pinned. Pin the back of your top through both layers of your band.Following your previous neckband stitching, attach your neckband to your shirt extending your stitches to the end of your neck band.
Have your child try on the top. Gently close the neckband (not tightly) with the longer end of the band concealed behind the front of the band and mark your points for where you’ll add your hook and eye. Attach your closures.
Optional: Attach a flower using my Easy Peasy Flower tutorial here. (I cut 4″ squares for this flower and opted not to sew a jewel or button.)
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I’m always on the look out for something inspiring to recreate. It helps me improve my sewing and design skills. This week I decided to let the blank canvas of a pillowcase inspire me. I’ve had this oddly patterned pillowcase in my stash for almost a year now. I’m not sure if you can tell by the picture, but it’s white with orange puff ball designs all over it. It kind of reminds me of Thing One and Thing Two’s hair on the Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
I’ve seen a lot of pillowcase dresses and a few tops around the NET, but I wanted to try something a little different. I cut off the closed end of my pillowcase to make my raglan “puff” sleeves. I inserted elastic in the shoulders and sleeves. I then added a modified pleat in the front and back of the top for shape. Oh, and 4 white buttons! It was a super simple top to make.
(*Please excuse the low quality pic. You thought I did that on purpose didn’t you? The battery went dead on my regular camera just as I started the upload. This lovely pic is from my trusty iPhone.)
Do you want to make one of your own? Follow my tutorial HERE.
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Appliqué is one of my favorite techniques for personalizing a garment. The process is a simple one and is not just for kids. You can use abstract designs to add flavor to anything from a simple A-line skirt to the lapel of a tailored jacket. The sky’s the limit. It’s all about your creativity.
My crafting time is limited, so I’m always looking for the simplest route to a quality product. If I’m out of something, I’ll figure out a way to make it work with what I have on hand. In this tutorial, I use fabric adhesive and interfacing in place of fusible web; however, I’ve added additional links at the end of this tutorial to give you more options.
What you’ll need: Garment, Appliqué fabric and matching thread, fusible interfacing, water soluble drawing tool, fabric adhesive (I used Liquid Stitch)
*I used a medium weight fabric for this tutorial, but this process is also great for heavier fabrics like denim, brocade, and even corduroy. I don’t recommend sheer fabrics because of the fabric adhesive.
Um, well, I can’t exactly say why I chose jodhpurs for my inspiration project this week except that I think they look really cute on little boys. My husband keeps asking me, “Where’s the horse?”, but I’m ignoring him for now. You don’t need a horse to wear jodhpurs (says the mom who owned a pair of neon yellow, black and red plaid pants in elementary school :-).) (more…)
Isn’t it funny how a project can morph into something completely different and unexpected? This top started out as a dress. I had it all drawn out on my pretty paper. I even colored it with my brand new markers (Ha! Ha!). It wasn’t until I cut out all of the pieces and started assembling everything that I began to rethink things. There was something about the extra long straps in the back that I thought would look much better draped over a pair of jeans than a puffy skirt bottom. So, I went with it. Plus, it’s almost summer time, and I have a strong suspicion that my girls will spend a lot more time outside chasing their brothers than they will inside having dainty tea parties. So, a summer top it is! The skirt pieces will definitely be used, just not today:) (more…)