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A Flash Tee

Lately, the boys have been obsessed with superheroes. I’m constantly hearing the boys ‘argue’ in a super deep voice to imitate Batman, flying like Superman, having super strength or running super fast like Flash.

It’s been interesting to see what L likes, and how it’s changed over the past year. Especially throughout the summer, he’s been sticking really close to A and C, which means whatever they like, he does. And whatever they don’t like (that he does) he’s usually quick to dismiss…. Like paw patrol. Which made me feel a bit concerned that maybe he’s not getting his voice out there enough, but then he has these moments that make me second guess it…. For instance, he proclaimed two weekends ago, after trying out the older kids’ kayaks, that he wanted his own, and it had to be pink!

This just makes me realize that I need to spend more one on one time with him, well all the kids really, but especially him. So anyways, on about the top! When I saw these panels by TKB Prints I just knew I had to get a hold of them! Especially since superheroes was something that he was more interested in and that the older two got hooked on. There are actually two panels in this ‘set’, this striped one that I’ve used here, and a ‘fastest man alive’ one as well. I sewed up both last night in about an hour. But only have pictures of this one for you today (yup, this is how you turned two basic tees that could have been one post into two posts!!).

This panel was about 1/2-1″ shorter then the panels from Whimsy, probably just because of cutting, but it made it so I definitely couldn’t use either of them for C. I was a bit bummed about that, since I had planned on the second one for him, but regardless, L needs tees more! For the pattern, I used the Safari Raglan again (previously made here, here and here), and made the size 5 and it’s about half an inch shorter due to the panel length. I paired it with a black jersey I had on hand from Fabricland, nothing fancy πŸ˜‰

He absolutely loves it! And best part is… They’re talking about making more of this style panels with other superheroes (like batman!). So I’ll definitely be on the lookout for those, because this guy is definitely Batman obsessed. And now, my panel obsession continues….

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KCW: Beetlejuice Bathing Suit

Kid’s clothes week was over on Sunday… And today I’m sharing my final make. A bathing suit! Yup… Another bathing suit for A!! Words cannot describe how much I now love swimsuit sewing. It’s definitely nothing like I thought it would be, in fact, it’s a lot easier.

For this suit, I sewed up Sewpony’s Cosi Swimsuit. And since I sewed it up last year, I’m not exactly sure of what size I sewed up, but I’m 90% sure that it’s the size 5 lengthened to a size 8. Thankfully, it was a bit long on her last year, but now fits her perfectly, with still just a bit of room to grow. Which is a good thing, because her last store bought swimsuit was on it’s last legs (with the elastics breaking apart with each wear lately).

For views, I loooove the amount of options that come with this pattern! There are 7 views, which if you want to can customize even more. This is view B, without the frills on the leg holes. I also went really simple and just did the halter neckline, rather then the crossback straps of some of the views. I love the simplicity of this! I was worried though at first that she wouldn’t find it comfortable, but no complaints, woohoo!

For the fabric I used a spandex that I grabbed out of my grand-maman’s stash two years ago. She had purchased it I think to make us girls (me, my sister or cousins) a swimsuit. And let me have a go at it when I asked if I could use it. I wanted to play up the stripes, so I cut the side panels of the suit crossgrain. Which since it’s a really good 4way stretch makes no difference really. The pink spandex is a happy surprise that Rachael sent me in my last order from her shop.

The funny part about that though, is I had desperately wanted to find a hot pink spandex last year, and couldn’t be bothered to order it online… I was too excited to sew up the swimsuit. But back to why I wanted the pink… I had hoped to do a sort of piping detail along the inside of the front panel pieces to tie in to the hot pink straps. Unfortunately, when I sewed the front together I couldn’t find any locally, so I skipped it and sewed on. Oh well, I’m still happy with it and love the pop of colour that the straps provide.

I definitely think I’ll be sewing up more swimsuits in the near future! I’ve got a couple I have printed out and some more patterns that I’d like to grab and try out. If only time was limitless πŸ˜‰ That or you know, if I stayed up all night long!! But unfortunately four kids can tire you out. Oh and one more thing I really like about this swimsuit pattern…. The bum coverage! Not that you can really tell in these pictures, but while she’s wearing it, it never looks like it will ride up! And covers the bum really well. It’s got an almost retro look to the back tush area which I really like. I’m kind of digging the look of retro swimsuits this summer.

We’ve already got some good use out of it over the weekend! And this is probably one of those things I’m most proud of making at the moment. It’s turned out exactly how I wanted it and fits her perfectly. Can’t wait to sew up another one. Have you made any swimsuits this summer?

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KCW Day Two: I Solemnly swear…

This is my day two make for kid’s clothes week! I couldn’t get it loaded and onto the computer yesterday (or today actually… I’m having difficulty with my one camera card for some reason and loading it on my laptop). So this one is coming at you on day four! Ugh…. Oh well, point is I am making and keeping on track this season right πŸ˜‰

This make is another one for C with a paneled front bodice piece. I received this panel in the same order as the don’t be smart panel, and as soon as this guy saw the Harry Potter on it he claimed it! I hadn’t originally bought it for him, thinking the image was a bit young/childish looking for him. But he did NOT care about that and said it was HIS no matter what…. Ummm, ok! I’ve never had such a strong reaction from him on anything I’ve bought to use for makes… So I was definitely sold!

After my first panel attempt, I decided to make this one with a raglan, to see if I could get the panel placement better and I am super happy with this one! I used Titchy Thread’s Safari Raglan which I’ve now made several times (here and here). I sewed up the size 5. And since I already had the pattern traced out, I just added about an inch to the bottom of the hem to make it work for C for length.

The panel is once again, from Whimsy Baby Customs and the black and white (back bodice) jerseys are Laguna jerseys from imagine gnats. The white laguna doesn’t quite match, but once I throw it in the wash I think it’ll be fine. Although Whimsy has said they’d start stocking just the plain white so you can have an exact match to the panel, so I’m interested to hear more about it when it comes in!

C is my only one really into Harry Potter, both the books (though he hasn’t gotten through a whole one yet) and the movies… I’m thinking that I may just splurge on the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the fall so we can read it at night together. He’s really surprised me over the past year or two by the amount of reading he does. Poor guy has literally devoured every chapter book I’ve given him AND his sister (yup, he’s read the Lili B. Brown mysteries and I think he was reading one of the Never Girls books I got for A at one point… I could be wrong…) So new books for him are definitely in order!

I’m hoping to get a couple more projects knock off my to sew list this week… Time will tell though how it goes, luckily, I haven’t had to pull out my seam ripper too much yet! Woohoo!

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KCW Day one : Don’t be smart!

It’s finally Kid’s Clothes Week (and yes, I absolutely meant to publish this YESTERDAY! oops), which means it’s time to put in that one hour a day for the week and see what you can get done! So, to start my week off right, I picked some super easy projects πŸ˜‰

And by easy, I meant super easy! I sewed this up about two weeks ago, and then it sat unhemmed in pile WIPs pile…. So yesterday I finally pulled it out and hemmed it and I had one THRILLED boy! C doesn’t usually get much handmades, and I’ve sworn to change that this year…. It’s only taken me until now to see what he does and doesn’t like and go from there!

This guy has a personality of his own! And plain or just patterned tees don’t seem to quick cut it. Every once in a while yes, but not all the time…. Which brings me to this tee! I recently discovered custom fabric groups on facebook, specifically the ones that sell panels! How fun is that! You don’t need to worry about stenciling or finding your transfer paper that has mysteriously gone MIA and the detail is already done for you πŸ˜‰

The only thing I’ve noticed with the couple of panels I’ve ordered to try are that they seem to be a tad short to fit my tall kids. So this meant I needed to do some coloublocking. I used the Rowan tee by Titchy Threads and chopped it a few inches below the neckline to create a second piece for the coloublocking. I also did the binding in the same knit as the top of the front bodice, which is an Art Gallery knit that I got from imagine gnats that is no longer in stock, boo! I also got lucky and matched the panel with a white organic knit (for the back bodice) I grabbed the last time I went down to the fabric district in Toronto. The panel itself is from Whimsy Baby Customs on facebook.

For sizing, I used the size 5 with an 8 length. Which worked out perfectly. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the panel reads ‘Oh don’t be a smart ass’. Which we had to explain to him with the donkey being the ass…. He thought it was funny (and he knows he’s not supposed to really say that! lol). He did really love the sketch of the donkey when he first saw it!

I’m already working on another quick tee, with another panel for this guy! I’m playing around with patterns to see how they fit and which ones I like better (I personally think the graphic is a tad low on this…). I’ll share it this week πŸ˜‰ Are you making anything for KCW?

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A Mustang Sullivan Dress

This past weekend was a long weekend, which means we took a bit of a mini vacation by heading north to the cottage. We left early and came back late. And let me tell you, man do we feel refreshed! And the kids, well since they stayed up super late and only breathed in fresh air, needless to say I may be enjoying some sleeping in from their part this week πŸ˜‰
Before we left though I’ve been doing quite a bit of sewing! And I’m finally going to be starting to share some of it, on top of all the projects I’m currently working on as we speak… So today, I’m sharing with this Sullivan Dress by Sew Much Ado.

I had the chance, yet again, to pattern test for Abby. And let me tell you, pattern testing for Abby is always such a pleasure! You can see some of my other tests here, here and here. Now let’s talk about this dress, it has SOO many options! I sewed up view H in a size 5, with 8 length.

We’ve started horseback riding lessons last month, and A has found a new love for horses. That, combined with her love of maxi length dresses was the perfect opportunity to shop my stash yet again for this fabric!

I used this Mustang print by Melody Miller from Cotton + Steele’s first fabric collection. It’s on the unbleached canvas. I had been saving it for a bag of some sort, but decided that it was better used and loved then sitting on my shelf (I still have lots left I think for a bag anyways). Let’s speak about that substrate for a minute…. I didn’t think it would have been suitable for this, but decided to go against better judgement and test it out and I was SO wrong! It’s not too thick, although it does have structure to it, so it was perfect as the upper bodice, since it’s meant to sit above the skirt piece to give it almost a two piece look.

For the skirt portion I used a linen blend I had on hand that I grabbed locally. It’s light and airy, which gives some nice flow to the skirt. Next time I may add yet another inch or two of length so that it touches to floor, but I think she’s grown a bit since the last time I took her height measurements.

I think next time I’ll be doing the scallop hemline on the bodice with another maxi length. The girl sure does love the maxi… And those mustangs! If I don’t wind up using in for a bag maybe I’ll make her something else out of it πŸ˜‰