Monday, July 21, 2014

KCW Day 1 and Some More Refashioning

It's Kids Clothes Week!!
Here is my Day 1!
kid's clothes week
Before Leah was born, I cleaned out my clothes closet.
I got rid of a lot of clothes that didn't fit, weren't modest, or were just getting really old.
(I have a lot of really old--like high school old!)
In my pile of cast-offs were four tank tops that weren't up to my standard of modesty, so they got cut up.
I made my daughter undies.
There are only 3 pairs in the pictures but I made 6 pairs--two from each tank top plus the white tank top for the binding.

I love refashioning or up-cycling clothes like this.
It's less wasteful and it's a fun challenge seeing how I can arrange the pattern pieces to get as much usable fabric out of the garment!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Estherlyn's Jumper

*Warning--cuteness overload!*
When Linda from Merry Church Mouse put out a call for testers for her Estherlyn Jumper, I knew it'd be perfect for Leah!

I was quite impressed with Linda's first pattern--it is very professionally done and it's a great canvas for all kinds of fun embellishments.
I tried lace for the first time, and I love how feminine it is.
Plus, I strayed quite far from my usual pink...
and I love the result!

The fabric was from Fabricland--buy 1 meter get 3 free, the lace was in my stash from a long time ago--it is thrifted and the buttons were also from the thrift shop!
The lining fabric is from Walmart--plain white cotton.

And, I cannot leave without throwing in these pictures yet--love this little girl!
You can get a copy of the Estherlyn Jumper here for 25% off using the code, LAUNCH.
Sizing is 3m to 10 and Leah is wearing a 3m at 2 weeks old (9lbs 11oz)--just a smidgen big! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Refashion Month--Knit Dress to Maxi Skirt

House of Estrela is hosting her refashion month!
And, I'm joining in!
I found this dress at the thrift shop and it is completely not my style.
I prefer a more modest top, and it is see through....maybe it was a swim cover-up, I don't know!
Either way, I bought it thinking I could salvage the fabric for something.
This pattern is amazing--it has 9 different length options, slim and regular width, and wide or narrow waistband.

I chose to make the slim, petite maxi skirt, and I love how it turned out.
I threw in a second, above the knee length skirt to make the skirt modest--it's attached right at the waistband, with the side seams facing out to make it nice and comfy. And, that fabric was a long sleeved $3 tee from Walmart that I chopped up, so also a refashion!  
I used both original hems, so no hemming--this skirt was done from start to finish in less than 1/2 hour!

Now, the question is: What do I style it with?!
I had originally worn the grey shirt on the bottom, thinking grey and pink--one of my favourite combos.
But, my dear husband thought I should wear white with it.
And, I threw in the other option as a possibility--a bit of a layered look for fall, maybe?
Let me know what you think--would love to have your thoughts!

Either way, I love it--it's so comfy!
And, I'm eyeing my stash of knit fabrics thinking they'll make some more comfy maxi skirts...maybe I should just make another trip to the thrift store.
And, now for the giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And, you can add pictures to the Refashion Flickr Group to be entered to win a bundle of patterns as well!!

Make sure to stop by all the other stops for Refashion Month!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Catherine by BebeLambs

I had the privilege of testing a tutorial from BebeLambs!
This cute little dress or top is called the Catherine.
It's a tutorial--there are no pattern pieces, but there are measurements to cut the pieces.
And, it's on sale for $3.50 through July 4th!
I made the 3 month size for my little girl in the dress length.
There are measurements for top, tunic, dress, and maxi.
Plus, there is a ruffle option.
Sizing goes from 18" doll to 10, so it can be used for many years!

The fabric I used is Nursery Versery by Heather Ross and the green is a Kona solid in Avocado.
Both fabrics are fabrics that I won in previous giveaways.
To get your Catherine pattern, visit the BebeLambs Etsy shop or her website!
Plus, there is a coupon for 25% off her website with a cart total of $7.00 using coupon code INDEPENDENCE.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Finally--the Tinny!

I finally got around to the Tinny Dress from Straight-Grain that I had been hoping to sew up for my girl!
I sewed up a size 4 with size 5 length--I dislike when she grows out of her dresses in a couple of weeks.
The fabric is from Betz White and I managed to just eke this out of what I had left after this top.
So, lining up flowers at the (invisible!!!) zipper was out of the question, unfortunately.

Some of the instructions I found a little confusing, especially with the collar and facing, so I just improvised with what I knew would work.
It is definitely a fun pattern with the different collar styles, different sleeve cuffs, and different skirt options!
I did the notched cuffs, pleated skirt (I didn't have enough fabric for the circle skirt), and the asymmetrical collar.

My girl was so excited to go for a photo shoot--and after we picked a small bouquet of dandelions, she was even more excited.

And, the second youngest wanted to be in on the pictures too...

My friend Jess, from Gracious Threads gifted me the e-book, Style that Kid by Alida Makes as a 'baby gift.'
I've tried to incorporate some of what I've learned into this shoot--a prop (dandelions), getting as natural light as possible, etc.
The pictures are not perfect--quite far from it, but I'm excited to be learning!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rag Blankets Added to Shop!

Finally! I've finally added some more rag blankets to my Zibbet shop!
Click on the pictures to be taken to that listing!
I love myself a good rag blanket/quilt.
These are all baby size--29" x 34".
Perfect for a crib or car seat!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Fabric Painted Flags

My sons (especially the oldest) are war buffs.
World War 1 and 2, the American Civil War, etc.
So even though we are Canadians, my oldest especially loves the American flag and wanted to make one to use as a 'war flag.'
We cut up an old sheet and used a mix of acrylic and fabric paints as I didn't want to use all fabric paint since it's much more expensive than the acrylic.

He used stencils for the stars and freehanded everything else.
Excuse the wrong number of stars and stripes--he was going for the look, not accuracy so much!
My second son's loyalties are divided...

Those are the same flag. One side is his version of the American, one is Canadian.
He got me to tie it onto the stick...I love how 'carefree' he is about a two-sided flag--he tells his brother when they play war, that their 'team' is the Americans and Canadians!
My older son on the other hand had a much larger flag and was insistent that it needed a good stick.
So, my husband picked up a dowel from the hardware store.
Then, it had to be attached with grommets and hooks.

He ran outside to do a battle charge so my husband quickly snapped some pictures.
My son is pretty proud of his flag!
Ha, and a funny story: they were done (the oldest, one side and the younger, both sides) and wanted to take pictures of it--just like Mom does when she makes something. I think they're learning a little something from my sewing and blogging!
So, to all my Canadian readers: 'Happy Canada Day on the 1st!'
And, to all my US readers: 'Happy Independence Day on the 4th!'

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