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fun with top stitching

After finishing Lila’s coat I took a little break. It’s possible that I may have shirked some of my other duties last week in favor of sewing, so I took the weekend to catch up a bit. And all sewing and no play makes for a grumpy toddler, so we took a trip to the pumpkin patch.

This big pit full of corn was the highlight for sure. Corn angels!

I did manage to make one more item from my list this weekend. So KCWC days #6 + #7 = a sort of fall version of the rainbow sprinkles skirt, only the rows are stitched by machine rather than by hand.

This time I chose a fall color palette:

The fabric is a straw-colored “uncut cord” from Joann’s – it’s super soft and cozy, like a sturdy weight velveteen.

I wanted this project to be quick, so it’s just a simple, gathered skirt with an elastic waistband (the Simple Skirt tutorial on MADE is great if you’ve never made one of these).

I just used my presser foot as a guide to keep the rows straight and even and about 1/4 inch apart. The triple straight stitch (16 on my machine) makes the colors pop a bit more than regular top stitching.

And a tag to match, because why not.

Lila, this is the last time I’ll make you model this week, I promise….

So long, KCWC, I’m signing off…I did manage to put in an hour a day this week (and sometimes waaaaaaaaaay more than an hour), but I didn’t even start on my Sunday Brunch jacket, and there’s still a pair of pants (the one thing Lila could have actually used!) I want to make. The bummer about putting in so many sewing hours during the week was that I barely had time to look through the elsie marley flickr pool! So that’s one thing I caught up on this weekend, and I must say, there’s some amazing and inspiring clothing in there. Nice work everybody!!

P.S. There are lots of great fall-colored projects (and a contest with prizes!) over at Celebrate Color!

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school days coat

Ta-da! It’s finished. It’s photographed. KCWC Day #5 = about 7 days spent on this coat:

It really was a lot of work (16 pieces to cut out!), but it was fun to make, and I’m pretty excited that I didn’t screw this thing up! So get ready for yet another gratuitous display of photos…

It’s been so hard to hold off on this project – the wool was purchased back in July and I’ve been anxiously waiting for fall so I could legitimately sew a coat. But starting this made me so nervous – I’ve never dumped so much money into one garment, and I really, really wanted it to come out like I’d envisioned it. Turns out I was in good hands with the School Days Coat pattern. Good old Oliver + S – they never let you down!

I used a blue-green Moda wool from Fabric Depot and lined it with a Kokka Trefle print from Cool Cottons.

When I bought the Kokka I never imagined it would end up hidden inside a coat, but this beauty convinced me to forge ahead.

We tried on this lovely coat for sizing (thanks Trinh!) and went with the 2T – it fits on the big side, which is perfect.

The sleeve and lining hems are finished by hand. I always dread hand sewing, so I enlisted my mom to do some (okay, most) of it for me. Here’s the sleeve I did after she showed me how to do a proper blind hem stitch.

I thought a special coat deserved a special tag inside, so I embroidered Lila’s name on a piece of twill tape and sewed it in the lining:

This is cheesy, but I kind of wanted to cry when she tried on the coat for the first time. And not because she jumped for joy and thanked me for it (that never happens! but that’s okay, I have no illusions that my sewing is for anyone but me). I was just so relieved that it all came together with no horrible, glaring errors, and that I had made a real coat! It’s the kind of project I never would have attempted at this time a year ago, and I just felt really….happy. Sewing makes me all emotional!

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déjà vu

Prepare yourself for some big time excitement, because KCWC day #4 = exactly the same thing I made yesterday!

Look familiar?

Same Lazy Days skirt, this time with the blue chevron ribbon. It’s destined for a preschool auction, so I pinned a little tag to it with the size on the back.

Two ribbon colors down, four to go. Nah, I think I’m done. For now.

I finished my School Days Coat yesterday too, but my photo session was thwarted at every turn – sucky weather, an uncooperative model, stuff like that. Hoping conditions improve tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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lazy wednesday

All this sewing is exhausting, I tell ya. I wanted to take it easy today, so KCWC day #3 = me being lazy. I did some hand stitching on my School Days Coat (almost finished!) and made a fall Lazy Days skirt.


The skirt is a free pattern from Oliver + S. I’ve made loads of them – they’re so quick and easy, and really satisfying for 30 minutes of work.

Yep, it’s my same old standby gray chambray.

I found this chevron ribbon months ago at Fabric Depot. Perfect for skirt hems if you ask me.

Instead of one seam down the back I opted for two side seams – I pressed my seam allowances open and top stitched either side of the seam with thread to match the ribbon. Kind of subtle. Actually, kind of not that visible at all. Oh well.

I also added a little piece of ribbon to the waistband to mark the back of the skirt.

I’m not usually much for pinks and purples, but for some reason the purple version of this ribbon was my favorite. Looks nice with the lavender.

After scooping the little pieces up off the ground, she asked if we could go home and put them in a vase.

Then she sat back and admired her work.

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brooke dress

KCWC day #2 = the Brooke Dress. The pattern is from Brynnberlee on Etsy. I saw the dress first here (check out that dreamy cloud fabric!) and knew immediately I had to make one.

I’ve never made anything with pleats before – do you have to iron them back in after you wash the dress? Yikes.

The dress has a really simple design, but there are some nice little details, too. The flutter sleeves and the square neckline remind me of the Citronille Apolline pattern (only this one has the advantage of being in English!)

The fabric is Painted Flowers from Moda’s Sugar Pop line (same fabric as the Storybook Woods Bonnet lining, different colorway), and the bodice is lined with Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in Mushroom.

It was way too cold and rainy for a sleeveless photo shoot, but I made Lila suffer through it. I did graciously allow her to wear a sweater for the first few minutes.

As soon as I exposed her arms she hightailed it back inside!

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paper airplanes

For as much as I like to make stuff, I’m always behind on new baby gifts. Especially when it comes to boy babies. There’s plenty of adorable and inspiring boy stuff out there, it just takes a little extra effort on my part since I’m generally in a girl-sewing mindset. So my first project for KCWC is a little outfit for one of the baby boys on my delinquent gift list.


And a shirt:

I used the Oliver + S Bedtime Story Pajamas pattern for the pants, but decided to forgo the kimono top for an appliqued t-shirt (less time consuming for me and might get more wear anyway). Using Kristin’s paper airplane applique template saved me even more time – I didn’t even have to draw the thing myself! I added a little motion stitching (inspired by these cute shirts) with embroidery floss.

The paper airplane fabric is from Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line, and the yellow crosshatch is Haybale by Riley Blake.

I bought two plain t-shirts at Target – one got the paper airplane, and the other got a number 1 for my nephew’s first birthday.

Tied up…

and ready to give away!

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It’s time to get serious.

I’m going a little bit nutty getting ready for KCWC at Elsie Marley. So many ideas, so little time. It looks like a tornado tore through my sewing area.

My plan (after tidying up a bit so I can get to work) is to move through my stack of Oliver + S patterns, including this one, which I started early with the hope of actually finishing it at some point next week.

I cut out a Sunday Brunch jacket last night, too:

This little dress is also on my list (and it’s not going to be my usual gray or blue or green!), along with a delinquent baby gift, a couple of things for other people’s children, and something involving changing my thread eight times.

We’ll see what actually gets done. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

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I’m going to backtrack and write about the dress I made during Kid Clothes Week Challenge on Elsie Marley.

You know how things become much more desirable when you think you can’t have them? That’s my story with the Playdate Dress pattern. I think this pattern went out of print around the time I became obsessed with Oliver + S patterns. My obsession consisted mainly of spending ridiculous amounts of time sifting through photos in the O+S flickr pool and fantasizing about what I might someday like to make. I really hope no one has been secretly keeping track of the hours I’ve spent doing this, because I wouldn’t want those totals to get out. Anyway, the Playdate Dress was never my favorite pattern, but there were a couple versions of the dress I kept returning to. Every once in awhile I’d decide I needed the pattern, search for it online, not find it, and move on to something else. But I found it during my latest search and figured it was probably the last available copy left on earth, so I paid full price, plus $6.50 shipping. When it arrived a couple days later I put everything else on hold – the pattern only goes to 3T and Lila is already two. I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth.

I loved the idea of a white yoke with a Japanese print like these two fabulous dresses, but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to cut into $17/yard fabric for a pattern I was making for the first time. Especially a pattern I wasn’t all that confident I could complete (I had never attempted three scissors).  So I went with something plain, because I liked the robin’s egg blue and the subtle stripes, and because sometimes plain works better than the bold prints I’m normally drawn to. I wasn’t planning on adding the optional flat piping, but I found a polka dot that matched nicely and decided to use it for the hem facing and the piping.

I had read that people had trouble with the yoke, so I was expecting it to be tricky. Constructing the yoke itself went really well, but fitting it to the dress was challenging. The yoke seemed too big for opening on the dress, and there was a moment when I was ready to rip the yoke apart to figure out what I’d cut or sewn wrong to cause the pieces not to fit together. Luckily I resisted that urge, and what finally worked was picking up the yoke and the dress and bringing them to meet each other, rather than trying to join them together on a flat surface. If that makes any sense. After working that out, the rest of the dress went together without any trouble.

With pattern tracing and cutting and sewing and hand sewing the hem, it took me several nights to complete the dress, and it ended up being the only thing I finished for KCWC. Lila seems to like the dress (I think it’s those side seam pockets), and I really should have cut it to a 2T length, because I can tell it’s going to be short on her very soon. Oh well, I’ll make her another one. And I think I’m ready to break out the Kokka for the next round.

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