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May 2018

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Kitty Millie Dress

I feel like all of a sudden I’m sewing a bunch of dresses for this little one! I never thought she’d be very girlie, she always seemed to be more a tomboy then anything. Always preferring to play with her brothers and hanging out in the hockey change room. But lately, she’s playing more with her sister and choosing things that have twirl.

 

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I’ve had this Lizzie House catnap print for ages!!! Hoarding it for I’m not too sure which project, but knowing it would need to be something that would be loved! Since this little one is really into dresses these days, I figure I could finally test out that Millie Dress pattern that has been a constant on my instagram feed.

 

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I went with the size 2 for her, but I could have easily made a size larger (knits are so forgiving!) or added a bit of length since it sits right at the knees on her. Regardless, it fits her very well and I love the flounce detail on her. The pattern itself was a very simple sew and would work great if you’re a beginner looking to up your game. It’s not complicated at all! I would just suggest to make sure to mark your bodice pieces well once you’ve cut into it for the flounce, but this is already in the instructions. So if you follow those you’re fine, but if you’re like me and like to glance at the diagrams rather then read throughly then just make a quick note of it 😉

 

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As you can clearly see in these pictures, she loves this dress. I finished it during the day time and she was so convinced she’d wear it immediately that I couldn’t stop her from putting it on (seriously, she tried putting it over her clothes until she realized that wouldn’t work and started to undress herself! I’m glad she loves it since this will definitely fill a hole in her mini wardrobe that she has.

 

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Next up for this girl will be shorts and tees. Something I don’t think I’ve ever really sewn for her 🙊 I know right?!? What are you favourite toddler girl shorts patterns? I’m curious to see what you guys have made, I think I may make her some clover shorts… or mini hudsons capris.

Sewing for Boys

Chewbacca Tee

Now that the spring challenge has wrapped up, I’m making more of an effort to sew for the kids again. In doing so, I want to try to sew for the boys a bit more. They’re always lacking in that department, and since I didn’t complete a project for this guy. I figured I should make him a quick one to please him.

 

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As he’s getting older, it’s become harder and harder for me to think of ways to please him in the clothing department. It’s no secret that he’s into the more athletic looks and it’s all about comfort. Tees are always a good to, and they’re typically those graphic tees that you can get at Old Navy or what not. About two months ago, I received a Cricut Maker, ordered some iron on vinyl and then waited until I figured out what I wanted to make…. And then Cricut sent out a newsletter last Monday with their new Star Wars cartridge.

 

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Outside of anything sport related, Star Wars is always a win win. So in the hopes of making him a tee that he would wear, I let him pick the character that he wanted and used my cricut machine to cut it out onto the iron on vinyl. Since I didn’t have much for solids other then this black jersey and really wanted to sew from my stash, I thought a high contrast would be nice and printed the iron on vinyl on white.

 

I used Titchy Thread’s Rowan Tee in a size 7 to make the tee. I added about 1″ to the length, since his measurement are pretty close to L’s other then the height. Once I had it sewn, I measured the front of the tee and placed the vinyl centered width wise and about a 1/3 of the way down from the top length wise. So far, this tee is a win, and I’m highly debating sewing up a bunch more from that Star Wars cartridge! Especially since he’s so excited about the new Solo movie coming out and is hoping for one of those rare movie dates.

 

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I used to find sewing for this boy especially intimidating, but the more I’ve grown to understand my sewing and the more I’ve grown to understand his own style, the more I know what sorts of things he’ll wear the most. It’s taken me a lot longer to understand him compared to the others, but now that we’re getting there, it’s definitely been worth all the mistakes.

spring

KCW spring wrap up + giveaway winner

This spring season wrapped up on Sunday. And I wanted to take a day to think about the past week and reflect on what I’ve accomplished and what you guys have made!

 

I was able to get my hour in almost every day. Sometimes it was for prepping patterns and sometimes it was for sewing itself. I had set a goal at the beginning of the week to try to sew one thing for every child. Although I didn’t accomplish that (I have yet to finish something for the big guy, but I did start on something for him!), I still managed to complete 4 pieces. Which for me was a big deal considering this is the most amount of sewing I’ve done for any of them in the past few months! My sewing has been more down then up lately, until last week!

 

We also had some technical issues with the website and the community pool. In all honesty, we’re still having issues at the moment and I’m hoping to have it all fixed soon. This is the first time something has been beyond my understanding since I’ve taken over, so it’s definitely been a learning curve! And I’ve been working on it none stop since we found out about the problem to begin with.

 

But even though we had technical problems happening on the site, that didn’t stop you guys from sharing! Look up  #kidsclothesweek and you’ll see that we were still all in this together and the projects that were made this season are just as amazing and inspiring as any other season. This is one of the reasons I love KCW, the community feeling that you get when we sew amongst one another for our kids. We’re all different but our goals are all the same and what we create is always amazing!

 

All this being said, I’m definitely looking forward to what’s coming next. I’ve got plans, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy them! But for now, let’s announce the winner of the Puzzle Pattern giveaway!!!! I’d like to congratulate Liesbet Rommens!!!! You’ve won the entire Playtime Collection by Puzzle Pattern!! I’ll be sending you an email shortly 🙂

 

Happy sewing!

 

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