Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cozy, Hooded Coat

When I started sewing a few years ago, I never thought that I would be able to make the clothes that I am sewing today. I made a little dress for M, before she was born, and it was riddled with mistakes.

I made a few more simple things after that. Then I found this coat pattern. It had all the the things I had never done before.  Sleeves, fully lined, buttonhole, top stitching. But it was so cute I had to try.

I made one, then another, then a few as gifts. I added a hood, some applique, and even did a custom one based on M's specifications. It was so simple and so adorable. After sewing this coat, I knew I was up for more challenging things.
She finally outgrew her green, hooded jacket so it was time for another. The pattern only goes up to a size 4 so I guess I need to learn how to alter patterns! Because this is definitely a favorite in our house.

Here's my newest version. I lengthened the sleeves since I want this to last her at least a year. I made an error with the hood size and I figured it out once it was completed. Oops! Luckily I have some amazing sewing friends and got some great advice on Instagram. That's how I ended up with this adorable contrast band on the hood and going along the neckline. I may add a snap so it will stay closed but I love how it looks folded down as well. 
The Little Mademoiselle Coat by ManiMina Studio. Size 4. Outer is corduroy and its lined with a cozy flannel. And of course, her personalized wood button looks perfect with these colors!

Now we are ready for some rain and puddle jumping!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Outfits for H and M
This was originally posted as a part of the 12 Days of Christmas over at Craftstorming. But these pictures are just too cute and I had to share them here as well!

I love Christmas. The lights, decorations, the smell of the tree, the Nutcracker, spending time with family, Christmas carols, I could go on and on. Since Mi was born it has been fun figuring out our own traditions in addition to the ones we celebrate with our extended families. This past summer M took ballet lessons and has been in love with ballet ever since. I found a short(er) Nutcracker ballet and I'm taking her in a few weeks. I hope this can be a new tradition for us and that she loves it as much as I do!
When I was planning the outfits for my kids I found a polka dot home decor fabric in my stash. And knew immediately that I wanted to use it for M. Then I searched for coordinating fabric for H. Not the traditional red or green but with a touch of those colors. I wanted outfits that they could wear throughout the next year.

One Christmas, when I was little, my mom made my cabbage patch doll and I matching dresses. I absolutely loved wearing that dress and took her with me everywhere that day. Side note, I don't remember my dolls name! Here is a picture from Christmas Day.

After I sewed M's dress I ran across the picture above and decided that she needed a matching dress for her baby doll. I surprised her with it right when I started the photo shoot and she was absolutely smitten! I found a free pattern and tutorial for her American Girl Bitty Baby and I think it took me as long to sew as the dress I made for Miette! So cute but I'm not sure how many clothes she will be getting for her doll. I made M the Debbie's Birthday Dress by SewPony. I have had this on my list of things to make to since I purchased it quite a few months ago and I knew that it was the perfect match for this fabric. I sewed a size 5, kept the design simple since the print is so bold and I used a thick red piping where the bodice meets the skirt. I absolutely love it! I paired it with blue tights and sparkly brown shoes. Because she is really into sparkles lately.
My baby boy. Gosh, he's pretty adorable. I re purposed a women's sweater for his shirt. I knew it would be perfect for him and I love how it turned out. I used my tried and true Charlie Tee pattern, size 18 months, but this was the first time using long sleeves. The fit is just perfect. His pants are a blue corduroy and I used this skinny jeans pattern. He normally wears cloth diapers so I sewed him a size 2T but with a shortened length. Oh boy, these do not work well with a bulky cloth diaper. So he now wears disposables with these pants and the fit is great!
These shoes. So cute! I found them, before he was born, at Old Navy for only $.47! I wish I had them in every size because they look adorable on him.

I love these kids. They are so funny and they love each other so much! I'm excited to spend another Christmas with them and can't wait to start making new traditions.
Thanks so much for hosting such a fun series Suz and Laura! I can't wait for the kids to wear these outfits on Christmas Day! Please check back to see all the beautiful creations by these wonderful bloggers.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Johnny B Good Hoodie // Pattern Testing

I was dressing H for church this morning and put him in this shirt.  And then I realized I never shared it with you! 

I made this a few months ago (I was able to test the pattern) and the weather is finally cool enough for him to wear it.

This pattern is part of the Winter Wonderland Collection by Pattern Anthology. It has an option for a collar, pocket and short sleeves.

The pattern also provides instructions for making a shirt or hoodie using fabric or up cycling a long sleeve button down. I chose to use this shirt I had in my stash.
 I used the existing cuff, button facing, hems, and pearl snaps and that saved a lot of time!  I added the contrasting yoke and shoulder details, which I adore!
I think he may need a few more of these in his wardrobe. Maybe one to coordinate with daddy? So cute. 

Pattern: Johnny B Good Hoodie
Size: 12-18 months
Fabric: Used a thrifted men's shirt. Hood lining, back yoke and contrast details were from linen fabric in my stash.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Herringbone Jacket for the Little Man

Are you ready to see the most adorable jacket? Ok, here it is!
I'm in love. With both the adorable boy and the jacket! I found this fabric, on clearance for $2.95/yard, from It's a wool blend and has a nice weight to it. I knew it would make a great jacket. Then when I found out Shauna from Shwin and Shwin was re-releasing this pattern (in extended sizes), I was able to test the pattern. This fabric was perfect for the Desmond Jacket pattern. 
My camera is broken so bear with my camera pics. It's so hard to get crisp, focused pictures when my little man just wants to run!
The jacket came together easily and I was done in about 3 days (mostly nap time sewing). I had the hardest time deciding on the cuff and elbow patch. I even asked for a vote on Instagram! And I'm so happy with my choice.
The fit is great. The arms are on the long side but he's growing so fast I wanted it to fit for awhile. I added elbow patches and I was able to use these personalized wood buttons. They have his name on them and they are a perfect match for this jacket!
The small details in this pattern make for such a professional looking jacket. It's fully lined with hand warming pockets, cuffs, and the cutest little curved yoke on the back. 
I highly recommend this pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and the finished jacket is amazing! My husband wants one in his size!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gray, Black, Cream and White. Dressing for Cool Weather.

Does anyone else have trouble narrowing down pictures? I'm sure I'm not the only one. Sometimes there are just so many adorable pictures that it is hard to choose! So be prepared for lots of pictures.

I'm so happy that it is fall. Although it won't really feel like fall for another month. But I will take advantage of cool days when I can. We can wear our tights, boots, sweaters and coats. And I'm so happy about that!
Size: 5
Fabric: Outer is a home decorating cotton (not sure of the name). Lining is a cream colored cotton.
Adjustments: Took up the sleeves about 4 inches. Added thick piping to the collar and waistband. I love how it looks!
Details: I tested this pattern a few months ago. When the weather was in the 90s! I wanted to wait until it cooled down so I could take some pictures with tights and these adorable boots. Its still not "cold" here in SoCal, but the weather was nice for these pictures. This pattern is great. Easy to follow instructions, a fully lined coat, pockets and it looks just adorable!

Dress/Top Pattern: Vintage McCalls 2635, View B.
Size: 4 and its a perfect fit.
Fabric:  Main, gray and white gingham. A pillowcase I found at Ikea for $.99! The collar and sleeves are a solid gray cotton. The lace is vintage from a recent estate sale.
Adjustments to Pattern: I omitted the bow and went with buttons instead. The lace and collar makes this top pretty frilly so I didn't want to add to much more.
Details: I found this vintage pattern awhile back and decided to sew version B. Its supposed to be a dress but the length is perfect as a tunic. I love the bones of this pattern and I was a bit overwhelmed by the lace and large collar. Until I paired it with the rest of this outfit and now I love it!! Miette, however, is not a fan of the elastic in the sleeves. So we will see if she actually wears this.

Shoes: I need these in my size. Gray chukka boots from a company called Montana Enterprises. Found on Zulily. So cute.

Shorts Pattern: Bubble Pocket Shorts by Elegance and Elephants
Size: 5/6
Fabric: Essex yard dyed linen, in black, by Robert Kaufman. Vintage gray lace detail added to the pockets.
Details: This is my 5th pair of these shorts that I have made. And for some reason, I made so many small errors! But they still turned out adorable. I think they are my favorite pair yet.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cashmere, Cardigans, Elbow Patches: These are a few of my favorite things

I'm so happy to be part of this wonderful series "Family Photo Stitched with Love" hosted by the sweetest sewing sisters Shaffer Sisters. 

I was just thinking today how blessed I am to have family surrounding me. Both my family and my in-laws are wonderful and we can drive to visit them anytime. My parents live 5 minutes away and my in-laws are only 25 minutes away. So my kids get to see their grandparents (and great grandparents) quite often. Brothers, sisters, nieces, much love! And my own little family makes me so happy. My husband and I have been married almost 15 years and we waited 10 years before having kids (no one believed we would wait that long!). We look at them daily and can't believe they are ours! They make me laugh, cry, frustrate me, amaze me, challenge me, encourage me and I love them to pieces.

These past 6 months instead of buying clothes, I have been exclusively sewing clothes for M (excluding a few basics that I just don't feel like sewing). And I have been sewing quite a few things for H as well. So when the opportunity came up to sew some things for fall, take family pictures and share it with you I said YES!

We live in Southern California and as is typical we just had a heat wave. 97 degrees this past weekend. So even though I would love to make tons of cozy thick sweaters, hats, scarfs, etc. I have to remember where we live. Layers are important. The mornings are chilly with warm afternoons and a cool down in the evening. I also decided that I would sew mostly from my existing fabric stash and try not to buy any additional patterns. And I'm happy to say I only needed to buy fabric for H's cardigan and I bought the Maggie Mae pattern on sale! Hooray for a very affordable new outfit for both of them.

So I knew that I wanted layers for both kids. I was looking through all my fabric and found a vintage sheet. Floral with gray, orange and brown. Perfect. I found a lot of coordinating fabric and then it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to make for each person. I kept adding to the outfits and started running out of time to sew. I really wanted to make a shirt for my husband but I needed to make a muslin and ran out of time. But I will make him something. Very soon!

H is just getting his walking down so was a little wobbly on his feet. He had more fun finding leaves and trying to sneak a few nibbles. 


We ended up going to the pumpkin patch later that day and were able to get a family shot. The kids had a few wardrobe changes but they were still in entirely handmade outfits!

I had a lot of fun designing these outfits and it makes me so happy seeing the kids wearing (and liking) the clothes I make for them. I've listed each item, in detail, below.

Outfit Details for M
Cardigan, Fabric: I used a gray cashmere sweater that I picked up at an estate sale for $2. Its so soft and in such great condition. Size 5 and I'm happy that there is room to grow!
Cardigan, Pattern/Tutorial & Size: I used this tutorial for the cardigan and I cut my pattern pieces from the Hangout Hoodie. I used the sleeves, front (with modifications) and back pieces only. I was able to use the ribbing from the original cardigan so I didn't need to hem the sleeves or bottom!
Cardigan, Details:  Let's talk about those elbow patches. How cute are they? I'm obsessed and want to add them to all of their sweaters. I found this tutorial and I didn't sew them on, just used a heat 'n' bond and ironed them on. So easy!

Shirt, Fabric:  Main fabric: The gray, brown and orange floral is from a vintage sheet, I found at an estate sale. So cute, right? Accent fabric: A tan linen-blend.
Shirt, Pattern & Size: I absolutely love this pattern. Its the Maggie Mae and it is amazing! I made a size 5 and it's generous in size so should fit her for awhile! Hooray!
Shirt, Details: My first time making fabric covered buttons and I am so happy with how they turned out. A friend gave me a huge box of buttons and in it were the button templates. So I was happy to try them out. So easy to do and it makes the shirt look so pretty.

Knickers, Fabric:  Main fabric: Brown linen. Ruffle fabric: Tan linen-blend I used in the shirt.
Knickers, Pattern & Size: Daphne Knickers pattern (my second pair) but this time I made a size 6. The first pair I made was a little snug so I wanted these to last her through the winter.
Knickers, Details: I used a contrast fabric for the ruffle to match the shirt and I also used fabric covered buttons.

Outfit Details for H
Pants, Fabric: I've been hanging on to a pair of pants that I used to wear. I knew they would make a great pair of kids pants. They were from Anthropologie about 10 years ago!
Pants, Pattern & Size: The Inside or Out Pocket Pants. Size 2T. They are a little big on him but fit perfect over his bulky cloth diaper and should fit him for awhile! And look at those pockets. How cute are they?

 Shirt, Fabric: Cut out both the orange and brown from men's t-shirts I found on clearance. I kept the original hem for the sleeves and bottom.
Shirt, Pattern & Size:  The Charlie Tee. Size 18 months. I've made him a few t-shirts using this pattern and they come together so quickly! And my husband was so surprised that I made it, thought I bought it at the store. That made me feel good.

Cardigan, Fabric: Main fabric: From a thrifted dress. Sleeves: A stretch corduroy I had in my stash. I didn't have enough of the main fabric so I searched around and found the corduroy fabric. I just adore how it looks! I also used the buttons that came on the dress. Total price: $1.99
Cardigan, Pattern & Size:  The Greenpoint Cardigan. Size 1. Such a great pattern. My first one was for Miette and I have a few more in mind for my little man!

Outfit Details for Me

Shirt, Fabric: An orange sweater knit from SAS fabrics in Hawthorne. This turned out to be a nightmare to sew! I made it work but I think the rest of the fabric will be turned into infinity scarfs!
Shirt, Pattern & Size: The Seafarer Top. Size S. My favorite pattern. This is my third Seafarer top and I've made Miette about 4 of the Skipper Tops. Both are amazing patterns and so simple to sew.

I have been busy sewing even more clothes and I can't wait to share those with you! In the meantime, 
be sure to check out all these wonderful bloggers and see what they have stitched for their families!
October 8: Bethany from I Married Superman
October 9: Jo from Shaffer Sisters
October 10: April from Modern Homemade
October 11: Al from Shaffer Sisters
October 14: RaeAnna from Sewing Mama RaeAnna
October 15: Jenn from A Jennuine Life
October 16: Heather from Feathers Flight
October 17: Olga from Kid Approved
October 18: Rebecca from Rock the Stitch
October 21: Scary from Shaffer Sisters
October 22: Highlights from the Flickr Group


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