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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?


spring 2019 challenge: day 1

It’s Monday, and quite possibly the only Monday I’m ever excited about… why… Because it’s day 1 of the KCW spring challenge!!!! If you’re new here and have never heard of the Kid’s Clothes Week challenge, here are some quick details. The challenge is simple, to set aside 1 hour a day for 7 days to use to sew for your kids. See? Super simple! This challenge season we’re keeping it low key and just using the hashtag #kidsclothesweek .

This season I’m really hoping to focus my attention more on my older kids. If #minimemademay has made me realize anything… it’s that I’ve neglected my older kids in the past year or two when it comes to making them things! They have hardly anything that fits them that I’ve made them at this point, and I’m hoping to rectify that!

As with most of you, Monday is usually a prep day for me. I try to sew something if I still have the time but that’s if I’m lucky. I did try to do a prep throughout the weekend for this season though since today is actually a holiday for us and everyone is home. But not as much as I’d hoped for. So here’s a few things (pictured above) I’m hoping to sew up that I’ve gotten prep or at least pulled out and set aside for this week.

Top left: OK… I said I was going to focus on the older kids but I’ve had this flower super hero tee I’ve been wanting to sew up for Josie sitting on my sewing table for two weeks. Hoping to bang that one out quickly! I’ll be using the safari raglan pattern for this one.

Top right: Either a raglan with a white base or just a plain tee that I’ll make for Caleb, but I’ll spice it up with an iron on transfer. Still debating on if it’ll have a skateboard or a hockey ‘theme’.

Bottom left: This one will be a flashback skinny tee for my superhero loving Logan. If I have enough, I might try to also get some pyjama bottoms out of it and sew up a coordinating shirt… that’s still up in the air though.

Bottom right: And finally… the ‘famous’ unicorn fabric (in my house at least). Both girls are fighting over this fabric claiming it as theirs and I only bought one yard. I’m hoping to make Amber an altitude pullover and I might try to squeeze out a front zip hoody for Josie (possibly a hatteras?!? or maybe a zip crew?), the second sweater will definitely depend on how much fabric I have left over and if I need to order some though.

Alright.. well I think that’s a good start. Hopefully I can get all those done and then I might think of adding some other projects. What about you guys? What are your plans for the week? A few simple projects? One big one? Let us know!!