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spring challenge 2019: day 3

Hello hello again!!! Day 3 has flown by hasn’t it?! I was able to fit in an hour today to get yet another quick sew finished. Quick projects are so satisfying, especially the ones that you can bang out in an hour! It just feels good to be able to finish multiple projects throughout the week thanks to those quick sews.

For this project, I pulled out this panel I purchased a few years ago from Whimsy Baby Customs (sadly, it seems it’s no longer available). I originally bought it for Logan, my superhero loving kid, but I feel like now it’s a little young for him so I decided to sew Josie a tee with it instead. Those two love playing batman and batgirl together. We have multiple masks and they’ll both be running around the house ‘catching bad guys’.

So to make it a bit more ‘girly’ for this munchkin, I opted to pair it with a vintage floral knit that I had in my stash. It took me forever to finally use this knit fabric on a project. Not sure why but I just couldn’t picture what it would become. Once I pulled it out though and set it next to the panel I felt like it had finally found it’s match. I also decided to try my hand at some simple colour blocking. But we’ll talk about that in a minute

Once I had the fabrics for this tee, I went back to my trusted Safari Raglan pattern. I decided to cut out a size 3 for this girl, even though I already had a size 2 ready to go. It’s a tad big on her, in hindsight, I should have just gone with the size 2 and lengthened it. But it’ll be ok…

Now the idea I had to make it a bit more fun and girly was to bring the flower fabric towards the front, matching the raglan seam angle on the bottom of the tee.

To do this, I cut out a square piece of paper, placed it until the front bodice so that it was square with the side seam and traced the angled portion of the sleeve. I cut the square where the line I traced was and then placed it square on the bottom of the bodice and and mirrored the cut in the pattern, while leaving room for the seam allowance as well. Not sure if that makes too much sense but this is my first foray into colour blocking without a pattern. It wound up turning out ok. I had envisioned the flower portion to be a bit bigger, so next time I’ll play around with my measurements a bit more and hopefully have a proper tutorial for you guys!

In the end though, I’m still really happy with the results and this first attempt. It’s definitely a jumping point to learn from and I’m excited to try again on another project. How about you guys? Are you trying any new techniques this Kid’s Clothes Week season? Or any new patterns?

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spring 2019 challenge: day 2

Good morning!! As you’ve noticed, the day 2 post is coming at you at little late. It was definitely a crazy day 2 around our own house yesterday, but I still managed to get my hour of sewing in. I just had to break it down into two smaller chunks to make it work and wound up finishing late last night.

Let me just say this though before I get into the sewing details, it’s not always easy to get that hour in, I hear you and I get you! But an hour isn’t that much time in your day either, so committing yourself to achieve it even if it’s in smaller chunks (say 45 minutes here, 15 there…. or 30 and 30 minutes), will still get you to your goals!! And it’s worth it at the end of the week to be able to look back and say, yes, I did it!!!! 😀

Now on to some sewing!!! Yesterday turned out to be (as I mentioned) pretty crazy, and I reallllllly needed a quick and satisfying sew. So I opted to sew up this Avengers tee for Logan. This guy loves his superheroes and can tell you the different between Marvel vs DC, but he still loves both. I found this fabric through FB marketplace and can’t really seem to find it online (I’ve linked it but it’s sold out). But as soon as I showed him his eyes light right up and he asked me for multiple things out of it. I only had 1 yard though so I knew I had to ‘make it count’.

He’s in dire need of some new tees. So I opted to go that route. Since I wanted a quick sew, I went with my tried and true Flashback Skinny Tee. This guy likes a slimmer fit tee! And I love how they look on him, but they’re so hard to find store bought.

Based on his measurements, I sewed up a size 7/8 and then I added about 2 inches to the length, just to be on the safe side (since his height measurements put him more into the 9/10. I probably should have just added an inch rather then two sine it’s a bit long on him now, but you don’t even notice it. Plus he seems to have sprouted right up and has a tall chest/frame these days!

I’m really happy with how this tee turned out on him. I was a bit worried it was really busy pattern wise, and debated putting a small chest pocket in a black fabric to contrast it a bit and tone it down. But I actually really love how it came together! And best of all was the reaction I got from him when I handed it over. He wore it to bed last night and to school this morning… if that’s not a win I don’t know what is!

So what about you guys? How’s your week going so far? How are you finding time for your hour?

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#minimemademay 2019

Every year our blog roll and instagram feed lights up with amazing ‘me made’ outfits! It’s a phenomenon that happens once a year, and lasts for an entire month. If you’re not aware of this or haven’t guessed what I’m talking about already… it’s Me Made May! The idea is simple, Zoe who’s been hosting this event for 10 years now (yes TEN!!) has a post on her blog where you write your pledge for the month (usually to wear only me mades, or one me made a day, etc… whatever you can, after all it’s your pledge and you decide) here. And you go about your month all while trying to keep to your pledge.

So this year, we’ve been talking and we decided to take part in it too! If you’re on Instagram you might have noticed the hashtag #minimemademay before. The idea is that it’s a kid’s version of Me Made May. So we’re informally hosting a kid’s version of the challenge!

Our plan is to have our kids wear as many handmades as possible during the week, and we’ll be documenting how we’ve all done with a blog post at the end of the week on the blog. We’ll also be sharing our daily progress with the hashtag #minimemademay and over on instagram.

May 1st is a week from today! Let us know if you’ll be taking the pledge in the comments or by sharing the image above in your feed and tagging us!