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It’s Kid’s Clothes Week! And look at that, the button matches my first project. I should probably just quit now while I’m ahead.

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Oscar’s dear friend had her first birthday last week, and since I don’t have a little girl to sew for anymore, I thought it would be fun to make her a birthday dress.

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The pattern is the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, and it’s basically the same dress I made for Lila’s third birthday, but with some peachy-coral/minty-aqua prints thrown in. I used something new to me for the main dress fabric – an In the Beginning Modern Solid (in Lead) – these are yarn-dyed solids with two tonal colors woven together, which gives them a similar iridescent quality to shot cotton. They’re very soft like the shots, but slightly more substantial. I wasn’t sure the recipient would appreciate getting out the iron every time the dress was washed, so I picked this fabric in hopes that it wouldn’t wrinkle quite as much. That’s the one downfall of shot cottons – they wrinkle like crazy.

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Oscar was kind enough to try it on for me, but it barely cleared his big old head. His 6-12 month sized days are long gone…


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The calendar indicates that Oscar will be a year old in 11 days. So I made him some birthday trousers.

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The pattern is the Oliver + S Art Museum trousers. I made them in railroad stripes last month, and that pair ranks as one of my favorite items ever sewn. For real, those pants make me so happy. It’s hard to say just why – the miniature grown-up details, the fit, the fabric – but it might also have something to do with starting to love boy sewing just a little bit. Anyway, another pair was in order.

These are made from Robert Kaufman’s soft, lightweight 21-wale corduroy in tan. I bought mine at Fabric Depot (and it’s all 40% off this week). I’ve sewn with this stuff a lot, and the quality is really nice.

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I did the top stitching in orange to spice things up a little, and used Heather Ross’ guitars for the waistband facing and welt pocket lining. It’s pretty much impossible to get a photo inside those tiny welt pockets, and the insides will never be seen, but I can’t help it, I like knowing it’s in there anyway.

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If you’ve never made a welt pocket, this is the place to learn. I’ll warn you though – if you’re making these for the first time and you haven’t made the vest, the welt instructions and diagrams are in the vest section, so you have to do a little extra thinking to transfer it all over to the pants. But it’s well worth the effort.

See how happy they make him?

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That’s it for now. Next up is a little Halloween sewing. See you tomorrow!


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It’s Kids Clothes Week again! I’ve been working on a couple things, and first up is a little knit top for Lila.

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I recently got my hands on some Elk Fam in Pool, a dreamy new knit from Birch Fabrics. I love this stuff. It’s 100% organic cotton interlock, which means it’s stable and easy to work with – it keeps its shape nicely and doesn’t shift or stretch too much under your scissors or presser foot. If you’re new to knits, interlock is a great place to start, and of course this stuff is extra special – besides being organic and super buttery soft, it’s covered in elk!

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There are other great prints in the Elk Grove knits line, too – poppies (like the canvas I used for Lila’s fall jacket) and chevrons. And the colors divine, especially the yellow. Oh yes, it’s the perfect shade. I picked up a little of that too, for Oscar.

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I decided to try a new-to-me pattern (the top is new to me, anyway) and chose the Oliver + S Hopscotch top – the skirt is a favorite of mine and I’ve always wanted to make the top/dress part of the pattern. I like the cross-over style and the gathers, the details are nice and simple. It all came together very easily and took one night to sew (albeit a late night), including tracing and cutting out the pattern. My hems are wavier than I’d like, which is one of the reasons I don’t sew with knits much. I tried tissue paper under the presser foot with the bottom hem, and it helped, but it’s still not perfect. And don’t look too closely at the hem in my photos, because I didn’t pick out all the tissue!

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Also, I made a size 3 lengthened to 4, and I only ended up turning up a 1/4 inch on the hem because it wasn’t looking long enough. The width is just right, but I like my tops longer, so I’d probably add an inch or so next time so I can give it a proper hem.

She’s wearing it here with one of her many Swingset skirts – this one was made during last fall’s KCW.

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My mind has been spinning a bit with all the great things you could make with these knits. Baby things mostly – blankets, little beanie hats, sleep sacks…all those cute Ottobre outfits I’ve got pinned on my “sewing for baby” board. And kid stuff too, of course – t-shirts and leggings and dresses and all sorts of other stuff. Good knits are hard to come by, and these are really, really good knits.

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I got the fabric from Linh at LiMa Sews – she has the whole line of Elk Grove knits in stock if you’re looking, as well as lots more from Birch, including the new Eiko line. So much good stuff, I tell you, and lots of great new arrivals coming in all the time. I can’t wait for Birch to release the Flight print in knits this Decemeber, and I think I saw a preview of a beautiful stack of Birch organic fleece on Instagram (please order that stuff too, Linh!).

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So the only bad news about this cute little top is that Lila says the yoke seam is itchy, and she kept complaining and tugging at it. I wonder if I could bind it with something soft…rabbit fur, or marshmallows maybe. I’ll be working on that.


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I got my hands on some Briar Rose this weekend, so I had to squeeze in one last KCW project.

Oliver + S and Heather Ross are one of my favorite pairings, but I think this is the first time I’ve put them together myself. This is Ice Cream top meets Cricket Clover. Ohhhh, those little crickets….

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I’ve used the Ice Cream Dress pattern twice before, and each time I marvel at the clever construction and the way the yoke hides the seam allowance so perfectly inside. It’s so neat and pretty. And the whole thing comes together amazingly quickly. I want to make this pattern over and over again.

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Which I might get the chance to do, since I somehow decided to make a size 3 instead of a 4….and it’s not all that roomy.

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The only change I made to the pattern was leaving the rounded neckline intact rather than cutting the notch. I’ve done it that way each time…just a matter of preference, with the added bonus of being slightly less work!

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And back to Briar Rose…the fabric is soft, the prints are sweet, and the colors are easy on the eyes. This stuff doesn’t disappoint, not one bit. I’ve noticed that a lot of the big online shops have already sold out of Briar Rose – if you’re looking to order online, Llama Fabrics (my lovely sponsor!) still has all the prints in stock, though I’ve been told they’re selling fast. And I haven’t seen a better price anywhere – $8.50/yard! Get it while you can, my friends!

So that wraps up summer Kids Clothes Week. Now I’m off to browse the project pool!


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There’s a lot of “take-two-ing” going on around here for Kids Clothes Week, and next up is the Clever Charlotte Sandpiper Top, which is another outgrown favorite from last summer. This is a great pattern, and the quickest, easiest little top to sew. So breezy and comfortable for hot weather, too.

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The fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s Lou Lou Thi Summer Totem. I love this print but it might be a bit big and bold for such a little canvas. Lila likes it though, and I think it’s growing on me.

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I made the same change to the pattern that I made last year – instead of cutting the back corners to dip down into two points, I evened them off to go straight across the back.

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The pattern is fully reversible, and the other side is a peacock-colored shot cotton. Much more subdued, and can be worn with the new Class Picnic shorts!

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That’s it! Have a happy weekend!


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My second project for summer KCW is a simple one – a Made by Rae Flashback Skinny Tee for little Oscar.

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With a pocket, of course, because babies need tiny pockets. To hold their washi tape and such. Lila insisted on shoving that in there.

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It didn’t last long, though.

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The long sleeves aren’t very summery, I know, but 12-18 months is the smallest size, and I knew it would fit better in the fall. Even though it’s big on him, I still love the fit of this shirt.

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The knits are re-purposed t-shirts from Old Navy, and the blue is a cotton/lycra blend, since the neckband needs to have some stretch. I preserved the hem from the gray shirt, making this extra fast and easy to sew up. I had forgotten how quick these are to make – it’s a super satisfying project and one that’s sure to get lots of wear.

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I made one silly mistake on this shirt. The front and back pattern pieces are identical except for a little dip in the neckline on the front. This is my second time making this size, and apparently I only printed out one pattern piece the first time around. Since it had already been cut on the front/back line, I ended up cutting out two fronts without even noticing. Luckily it doesn’t seem to make any difference when the shirt is on. But when you prepare your pattern pieces, print out two separate pieces for the back and front so you don’t make the same mistake!

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It’s Kids Clothes Week again – summer edition!


There’s now a brand new community KCW website where you can upload your projects, check out other participants, and browse through patterns. The site is still a work in progress, but it’s really cool and just keeps getting better – I encourage you to check it out! If you haven’t visited yet, there are a few video tutorials on the KCW blog to help you get rolling: here’s how to register and sign up, and here’s how to add a project. And if sewing-related data entry sounds appealing, you can even help build the site by signing up to add patterns to the database. I’ve added a bunch, it’s fun!

Anyhow, my first project is a pair of Oliver + S Class Picnic Shorts.

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As I was thinking about sewing for the summer, I realized Lila is about to size out of all of my Oliver + S patterns (boo hoo!). So I figured I better get some final use out of them.

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I loved her in last year’s Class Picnic Shorts and secretly hoped I’d get them out this summer and they’d still fit. But alas, she is no longer a size 2. I ended up making these in a size 4, but I think a 3 would have fit fine. I had to cinch up the elastic quite a bit in the back, but it works, and I think I’ll be glad I made them big when I get them out next summer!

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The main fabric is my tried and true Robert Kaufman chambray, same as I used for that first pair, but this time I went with a contrast fabric just to change things up. It’s from Rebecca Bischoff’s Blythe collection for Robert Kaufman. I made myself a Washi dress from this fabric, but I haven’t decided just yet if it’s fit for the public eye. I love the fabric though, so I used some of the leftovers on these shorts.

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The only change I made when constructing these was using a little extra interfacing on the waistband – it calls for interfacing the waistband facing, but I added interfacing to the front waistband piece as well.

class picnic shorts-5782The chambray is really lightweight, and the waistband on last year’s shorts was a little floppy. This one holds its shape better.

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That’s it for now, I hope to be back later in the week with more kids clothes!

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Much like the all-powerful Geranium dress, I could not resist making a Roller Skate dress.

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Verdict is: yet another great Oliver + S pattern. Sooooo many possibilities with this one.

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I chose the option with the neckline facing, but omitted the V after seeing Lucinda’s amazing version of the dress.

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There are many things to love about this pattern, but one of my personal favorites is that I was able to cut a size 3 (with an inch of added length) out of 3/4 yards of fabric. I think the pattern calls for 1 yard, but I squeezed it in. There might be a little selvage hiding in the seam allowance, but that never hurt anyone.

Fabric :: Bloomsbury from Felicity Miller’s Charleston Farmhouse collection (which, incidentally, I think I cut upside down)

Pattern :: Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress


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I had a couple things cut out and ready to sew last night, but zero desire to start either one, so I made a tried and true Lazy Days Skirt. It’s one of the simplest, most satisfying things to sew, ever.lazy days 1-3834

It’s nothing exciting, but I knew it would take me under 45 minutes, and I knew Lila would wear it. And both of those things came true!


Lila picked the fabric – it’s Michael Miller Bird Chat, left over from the curtains in her reading nook.


The weather has been insanely gorgeous here and I’m having major trouble motivating myself to sew. It might just be Lazy Days Skirts for the rest of the week…

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Happy Kids Clothes Week!

When I planned for possible projects for the week, I decided I wanted to make a few things for Oscar. I’m trying, I really am, but I’m still struggling with the whole sewing-for-boys thing. There have been a few attempts here and there, but they’ve all left me feeling hemmed in by “boy” choices, and I just end up fantasizing about how the project might look if I were sewing for a girl.

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These little pants, however, made me perfectly happy to be boy-sewing.

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I started out with the Basic Newborn Pant pattern, a freebie available at Made by Rae. Kristin made Oscar two adorable pairs when he was born, and the longer pair still fits well at almost six months. So it seemed like a good pattern to play with.

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The star knee patches (inspired by Mini Boden) were appliquéd with Steam-a-Seam 2, then secured with embroidery floss and a running stitch around the edges. If the patches look a little low it’s because he was asleep when I placed them, and that was my best guess. Baby proportions are elusive.

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Pattern :: Rae‘s free Basic Newborn Pants (legs lengthened by a little over an inch, and waistband folded down an extra 1/2 inch to lose a little of the rise). Cuff tutorial courtesty of you & mie.

Fabric :: Essex Yarn Died Linen in Denim, and Moda Crossweave in aqua for the stars.

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