Friday, October 25, 2013

Kids Clothing Week

Hey - It probably feels like I have disappeared since the end of the Project $0 series - I've been sewing up a storm, but a large part of it went off to Quilt Market and I can't share it quite yet...
But I have been sewing for KCW - I just love Kids Clothing Week.  I have been mostly sticking to the one hour each day because this is a busy week for me, but it is amazing how much you can accomplish in that little time.

Over the weekend I whipped up my baby girl's Halloween Costume (this is a modification of the Amelia Peasant Dress by 5 Berries using the tutorial found HERE).

Then On Monday I cut out two Norahs by Mouse House Creations and on Tuesday I sewed them both up (you can see my full review of them HERE)

On Wednesday I cut out some Peek A Boo Skinny Jeans and the Four Seasons Peasant Dress By Foo FOO Threads.  I got the Skinnies all sewn up on Thursday - they look so good on my boy (next time I will increase the rise of the yoke of the back for m boy's bubble butt)

I'm hoping I can sew up the dress today... all in all a successful week I think ;o)

What have you been sewing up for KCW?????

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blank Slate Patter Tour - and my last Upcycle from September

Today I am participating in the Blank Slate Pattern Tour - and you can read my full post HERE.

If the tour had been a week earlier -this would have been my submission to the PR&P signature style ;o)

This is also my final look from Operation Project $0.  The sweater was upcycled from a women's Small wool sweater - I loved figuring out how to adapt the pattern to include the original cuffs, waist, pockets, and button band.  The Jeans are an upcycled pair of old jeans.  The stripes, front pocket linings, and waistband facing are all made from scraps from the curtain panel that I used to line the Bova Jacket.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Operation Project $0: Day 23.. What YOU MADE!

First I just have to say THANK YOU to everyone who has participated and followed along in this year's journey of Operation Project $0.  I have had so much fun not only sharing my own creations, but getting to see all the posts by our guests bloggers and the entries into the flickr group.
Tomorrow I'll be doing a round up of all the things I created this month and how close I came to that elusive $0 goal.

But now here are some of my favorite items that people have entered to the flickr group over the past week!

Beth Being Crafty linked up her adorable matching dolly and girl popover dresses that she made out of a a women's skirt.  I love how she was able to work in the original embroidery.  Great Job!

Amanda H of Araneedesigns submitted this great sweatshirt - I an totally smitten by the colors and how soft and cozy it looks - I wish I knew more about how she made it!!!

With the Holidays quickly approaching, I am a huge fan of this skirt tutorial that Squiggly Twigs e-mailed to me.  Who doesn't have an old Formal dress (prom, bridesmaid, formal ball, etc...) that is just eating space in their closet?  A few easy steps, and voila - a gorgeous twirlable skirt for all the holiday events ahead!

HEre's one more from Beth Being Crafty (I'm just really in love with her blog, her photography and her sewing... you really need to check her out!).  This whole look was $0 and she has a great tutorial for keeping the profesionaly finished top of jeans when you up-cycle them!

Golf of GolfLuna submitted this SWOON-worthy hoodie that she made from the Peek-a-boo Hangout Hoodie using an old shirt as the base.  How adorable is it and her daughter!!!
The extremely talented Vera Luna made up one of my favorite patterns of all time - the Bubble shorts by Elegance and Elephants - using a pair of old lightweight jeans... that red piping just looks so cool!!!

And last  - but certainly not least - my gal Max.... I am gaga over her Poe inspired "Nevermore Dress'.  This features a FREE pattern: The Baby Slip Dress by Suburbia Soup

You can check out my other two features from the Flickr Group HERE and HERE - and make sure to go to the group itself to check out all the awesome sew along projects!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Operation Project $0: Day 22, PANTS PANTS PANTS!!!

I legitimately get to say that three times today, as I made three versions of the brand spanking new and just released Rosemary and Thyme Pants by Stitchwerx Designs.  And they all fit into Operation Project $0!
*This pattern will release on Wed, October 9th at an amazing introductory price!!!

I tend to go for classic modern looks for my children - interchangeable pieces that aren't too matchy matchy.  But, as baby girl gets older I am being seriously seduced by the boutique ends of girl clothing - tons of ruffles, coordinating fabrics, a hint of vintage flair.  I'm taking baby steps ;o)

Anyway - the cool thing about these pants is that they can bridge the gap for me between classic modern and boutique.  They come with options for shorts, capris, or pants; a contrasting band, single ruffle, or double ruffle; and TWO pocket options.  Great options from a single pattern!!!  Kim, the genius behind Stitchwerx, made sure to create a great fitting stovepipe pant with a ride that is higher in the back than the front and accommodates diapered bums perfectly.

These pants are already be worn on a regular basis in our house and are perfect for fall and spring - only time will tell how those ruffles hold up in winter snow ;op

I am so happy that I was able to test this pattern! Free Pattern = $0

The White pair are made from a polyester skirt that was handed down to me and the grey bands are leftover scraps from a quilt my mom made for my niece.  Materials: $0

The Grey pair were once a pair of maternity pants, since I never plan on being pregnant again, lets cut those babies up!!! I really love the look of the double ruffle.  Materials: $0

The Brown pair were another maternity pant throw away, I love the fabric on these!  I used scraps from another outfit I made for baby girl to line the pockets. These have the single ruffle.  Materials: $0
***The Brown pair were from the second round of testing after Kim reworked the rise and fit, the proportions are spot on in the final version!***

*poor baby girl was soooooo sick when I was trying to take these pictures

I did have to use elastic I bought at the store(I can occasionally salvage elastic from old things, but I didn't have any on hand for these)  - but all three pairs took less than one spool of $2.00 elastic... so we'll say maybe $1.50 worth of elastic.

$1.50 total for THREE pairs of pants - I'll take it ;o)

You still have time to enter your own $0 creations to the Flickr Group - there are so many GREAT projects over there, so make sure you go check them out!!!  I'll be highlighting some of my favorites tomorrow!