Week 9: Sew Something Green or Environmentally Friendly

Chugging right along into the 9th week of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. I was very excited to check into the group to post my sew for the week and saw that my kiddos made the cover photo for the week from last week’s sew (sew with knits.)

This week is sewing something green or environmentally friendly. I went with using some fun Minecraft snaps from Kimmy Snabric and fabric my son had picked out a while ago that matched.

After asking a friend which pattern I should go with, I decided on the Menta Bootie Pattern Bundle.

I really like this pattern. It has very easy to follow instructions, add on packs to create fun slippers and is a really quick sew! Start to finish (and photoing/editing photod) both booties took 3hrs total. So this makes a wonderful gifting pattern.

Week 8 : Sew with Knits

Rolling right along into the 52 Week Sewing Challenge! As we head into the final stretch of winter here in New England, this week’s challenge is Sewing with Knits. This is something I regularly work with so a challenge easily accepted!

I got some fabulous strike offs from Run Amok Custom Fabrics and I was off to figure out which patterns to use for the challenge. I love Emily Harkness’ commitment to inclusivity. In this round, she focused on PBS and added something very fun to some of the panels.

We were lucky enough she supported Sweet Pea’s low vision/blind community with adding Braille to some of the panels. I started with trying to use French knots but since the fabric is cotton lycra, I was not happy with the puckering the embroidery caused. I ended up using black dimensional fabric paint which kept the fabric soft and flexible but raised the Braille enough my daughter can still easily feel the dots to recognize what she is grabbing from her closet.

One of the things I just adore about Emily is that she supports my children’s relationship with modeling and loves including both my children in modeling. No easy task, I may add, because Baby Bear is a tween has ADHD and SPD and with Sweet Pea, being a preschooler, we deal with her blindness and low hearing. To be able to find prints that speak to both of them is amazing

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Sweet Pea got to have Daniel Tiger, and the Big Boy got Mr. Rogers (both favorites in our house!) Isn’t that coordinate fabric beautiful.

I had to look through several patterns to figure out which way to go with showcasing these beautiful fabrics.

For Sweet Pea, I tried a new pattern by an International pattern designer, Zuckerwolkenfabrik. I went with the Sweatie, which has tons of options. Scroll down to the end to see some fun construction photos. This is a pattern that is not offered in English but has a ton of photos to guide during construction. It is cut more generous (probably because it is a gender neutral pattern) and more like a wider sweatshirt, rather than the slimmer cut as you typically see in European patterns.

I went with a favorite pattern for Baby Bear. One that is one of his few favorite colorblocked patterns- Sofilantjes’ Regem pattern. Sizing runs 12mo-14 yrs but is European sizing, so my son who typically wears 18/20 is able to still fit in patterns from this designer. Even though he is not a huge fan of colorblocking in general, as the seams can provide bulk that rubs and irritates him. The colorblocking on this pattern hits in a place that is not irritating to him.

These fabrics are amazing and so fun!

I also was lucky enough to get a cuddle blanket topper. My son quickly claimed it for himself  (though I did promise Sweet Pea she could get a blanket topper the next round) because he loves ultra soft fabrics. He said he didnt care how I finished it and initially thought purple binding because it’shis favorite color, but when I was at the store found this lovely rainbow binding and couldn’t resist it with the message on the blanket topper.

Everything came out just perfect. My kids are in love with everything about these projects for them.

Holiday Wear with Winter Wear Designs

I love getting ready for the holidays. Sweet Pea is the lucky one, she ends up with several fun holiday looks. Last year’s official Holiday and Visiting Santa look was a fun non-traditional frock.

This year Sweet Pea asked us for a fancy dress to see Santa this year. I had been eyeing the Winter Wear Designs Bateau Garden Dress and Bateau Bolero and knew it was the best dress to make.

What I love about the patterns is that both come with Suzanne’s wonderful instructions and great sizing. The additional features for the dress include a side zipper, 2 different back options and a fun petiskirt. The Bolero will add a nice touch to add a little something to the dress by allowing me to create a basic garment with beautiful fabric and change it up with adding a cute cover up. Because I live in New England I am going to hack the bolero to be a full sleeve to give my daughter that little added warmth.

I have some beautiful raw Japanese silk I would have preferred to use for me, but because I had a scant 2 yards, I was limited in its usage. But first to alter the Bolero to be longer in the sleeves, I took the pattern piece and taped an additional piece of paper to the pattern. I held the pattern up to Sweet Pea so I could figure out how much longer the sleeve needed to be. In the ended we decided she would be happiest with a 3/4 length sleeve. I extended out the sleeve length with a straight edge to create a longer line on the sleeve, giving Sweet Pea the coverage she needs to go without a jacket in the cooler air.

Next it was off to get into fabric cutting and sewing. I really love the pleats of the Bateau skirt. It creates a beautiful shape for the dress. I really love the under-stitching technique used on the neckline. It is one I feel does not often get used enough to keep the lining in place.

 

The finished dress and bolero are adorable! I cannot wait to go see Santa with this pretty dress! I love that the bolero is also reversible. I used the silk on one side and a pretty hacci on the other. I look forward to the weather being a tad less damp and getting a few pretty photos of my girl wearing her new “fancy dress” as she likes to call it.

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Monster Tour!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

Costume making time.

My children start figuring out what they want to be in June because sometimes they want more than one costume. Costuming and cosplay allows my children to display their creativity in play and allows me to stretch myself with new patterns and pattern hacking to get the looks I want. This year, I was a tad bit sad when Baby Bear picked a store bought costume this year (his first one since grandma bought him his Thor costume when he was 3). Buuuttt Sweet Pea will keep me busy since she gave me a tall order of 3 costumes😂

The priority costume is her Trick or Treat costume. We go Trick or Treating at malls and Trunk or Treat events rather than going house to house, so there are no limits on how ornate the costumes are (except whatever the children choose, they have to be able to wear thermals or base layers if needed because Halloween can be very cold here in New England).

She decided for it she would have me make her an Elena of Avalor costume. First, we had to figure out if we wanted Elena’s ballgown or every day look. She decided that she would go with the every day dress.

I was kind of hoping she’d go for the ballgown because that would have been a HUGE stretch for me.

I am a big fan of hacking and mashing patterns as well as using patterns I already own, so I knew I already had the perfect patterns to create the perfect Elena look.

To get the look, I had to mash 2 different patterns and I wanted to stay with only one pattern company. I wanted to use Eunoia Patterns since I knew they had a skirt with flounces, The Paradise Wrap. That would be the outer skirt to create the Elena look.

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And the Kaleo for the base skirt and top.

I decided to do a separate skirt rather than creating an actual dress so that Sweet Pea can wear the top if she wanted and I really love the fact the Kaleo came with a top as well.

I started with the skirts. Using the Kaleo pattern, I followed the pattern as written until I got to adding elastic to the waistband. And constructed the Paradise as written to the waistband, as well. It was lots of gathering but I love the ruffle on the Paradise Wrap Skirt. Initally, I put a waistband on the Kaleo (sometimes all those gathers can break a needle and at that point I hadn’t started the Paradise yet to know if there would be gathers, plus I needed to check the length on my petite child) but in the end I created a binding with the original waistband so that there would be less bulk at the band. I made another Kaleo waistband and attached it to the Paradise with the binding of the Kaleo skirt.

Next up was creating the top. I used the Kaleo top but made a few modifications to it. Its a snug fitting fully lined top but since I was adding the flounce along the neckline, I had to rethink that construction. In the end, I decided that I would bind the top, and that allowed me to get rid of the lining as well. Also the top is designed to use a band, I just added the additional length a band would add to the top.

To create the flounce, I used the width of the ruffle on the Paradise top. After measuring the neckline, I multiplied that measurement by 1.5 so that the flounce would be ruffled but not so heavy with gathers it would make the binding thick.

 

Once I got to this point Sweet Pea decided she needed a “pocket” for the Elena sword Daddy got her for her costume. That would have come in handy prior to attaching the waistband, but since it was an after thought I had to figure out a solution. Enter a sash!

I made a simple sash that could tie around the waist and attached FOE (I just got this pretty sparkly FOE in and Sweet Pea was adamant I use it rather than the red I picked out) 6 inches from the center so she can have her sword attached for both Trick or Treating and for play and she isn’t limited to which side it’s on).

I love how the whole thing came out! And I cannot wait to get pretty outdoor photos in the next couple of days (they will get added to the post once taken).

The little princess squealed and immediately asked to put it on. I saw thats a win 😉

This post is part of the My Monsters Blog Tour hosted by Tibecca Yao of Sewing by Ti. Come join us on a journey into a world full of costumes and Halloween inspired outfits!

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

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