Summer Tops For Girls

When Spring hits the birds chirp and the sewing machines whir…

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I have a self drafted pattern that I love to use for my preschooler’s summer wardrobe. It’s roomy and light, with a super easy elastic neck (shirring – MadeByRae has a great tutorial) so that she dress herself without me needing to fix things; which we both love!

This is a design I could never purchase at a store and since she must wear an undershirt, always, it’s essential I make her comfortable during the high heat months. The width is not only super cute on my short stack, but allows a nice breeze to cool her off. When the temperature dips as it sometimes does, these are pretty easy to layer also!

Now that I think of it, a ruffle sleeve would be super helpful to prevent shoulder burn…

Here are a few styled.

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What are your spring sewing plans??

Until Next Time,

Laura

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Starting Cascade Handmade

I have been working on a handmade business and it’s been really fun! I’m going to quickly share some of the best and unexpected parts of starting a business.  However I have every intention of continuing this blog for my personal sewing projects and only want to share Cascade Handmade in this post.

I am in love with this image of rough and tumble kids running around in the woods with adventure packs!

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I created four products and sewed them all up (about 50 items in all) and I’m finding that sewing in a sewing business is not the highest priority! Very unexpected. I used the heaviest canvas my machine could handle (10oz) and love how the sturdy attitude comes out in them.

Here is my handmade gear:

Little Things Pouch

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Adventure Cap

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Sidekick

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Adventure Pack

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It has been very exciting, but now the buzz is wearing off and I get to find my rhythm. I was surprised to find out that marketing is the biggest part of a start up. It is a fun thing to have to play on line for your job. There are so many outlets, Instagram, Blogs, Twitter & Website design – and I have been on a steep learning curve to figure out the different attitudes in each.

Flat lays have been a big part and I really enjoy bringing whimsy to my products; as well as learning photography and editing.

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And the final thing was the incredibly tiring and rewarding weekend of photo shoots done by Anna Caitlin Photography

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What an experience! If you’d like to poke around you can find me at cascadehandmade.org 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my designs or if you’ve been through this yourself and want to chat, please leave a comment!! I love this community of sewers!

Until next time,

Laura

St. Patrick’s Day Color

I have been working on a very big project the last few months; so in between hectic hours I sewed up a few festive outfits for my kids. We just love celebrating the holidays as they come month by month and there really is something special about over doing it!!

 

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My son got this really bright and fun shamrock’s & rainbows and he loves it.  McCalls M6099

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My daughter was with me when we picked out the fabric and she fell in love with sparkly dogs. I love to let them embrace these fanciful colors while they’re young…I know it won’t last forever…

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I find it increasingly difficult to photograph the 4 year old so none of her in the dress but it is a vintage Simplicity S7904 circa 1980’s I believe. Just a cute gathered dress with a bib.

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Next post I will reveal my big project. I love knowing that I still have this blog to show my personal makes. It just gives me a bit of fun to look forward too.

Until next time

–Laura

A Handmade Christmas – Boy Edition

I think it is important for gifts to be thoughtful and not just shiny and new. This year since I had the time, I set out to make a few special things for the kids in addition to the regular haul of gifts.

This jacket is part of a highly interactive gift… A Secret Agent Kit!

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I’m not going to lie, this coat was meant to be a quick and dirty, cheaply made jacket; but as my spouse pointed out, I can’t make cheap clothes. So instead it is a heavy-duty, fully lined, trimmed with vintage silk, boys coat to resemble the Odd Squad.

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My attempt at a badge…it will have to do!

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Here is a tidbit I discovered; my idea of a detective is a brown trench coat wisping around corners with a dark hat (inspector gadget anyone?), but my kids see it as a crisp blue suit solving math problems in a secret lab. I must say their version does sound pretty fun!

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Then comes the bag where all the goodies will be stored. The fabric itself was a little more elderly, but I think we were able to punch it up with all the add ons.

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I sewed a spiral on the flap for some fun, but forgot to change the patch thread, but he won’t care!

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I did have to order some fun gadgets and spy science books; did you know there are invisible pens? Super cool!

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The last portion of this present will be about 8 “crimes” to solve. He’ll have to find clues hidden around the house, crack codes (like Morse, riddles, decoder rings and such), use magnifying glasses and binoculars. It will be a math & science treasure hunt, perfect for a boy!

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His second gift are a couple super hero toys……..WHICH FLY…..AND HAVE CHANGEABLE CAPES….enough said!

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Use a rubber band to fling them across the room…so fun!

I used this Pattern.

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Some of the best parts were the kids trying to catch a glimpses here or there of what Mom was up to, and having “don’t tell your sibling” moments where they got sneak peaks.

I was pretty early with with my sewing (starting in late October) so I am done with the kids.

Do you enjoy making something special for the holidays?

-Laura

 

 

A Woolen Coat

This is a little woolen coat that I fell in love with more at every stitch! It is a vintage hounds-tooth wool from someone’s collection that was never utilized, then given away in hopes it would find the right home. Well I am so delighted that it came my way.

I used the pattern Simplicity 8305, altering in a soft lining and making sure the faux sherpa exceeds past the cuff. When dealing with wool this itchy I made sure to keep any edges off her skin.

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I just can’t get over the cuteness of this one. Maybe it’s because I had been binge watching Call the Midwife with all their 50’s & 60’s fashion…

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The only problem I had was that together these materials were so thick I was basically forcing the binding into place, I just went over and over with the thread and surprisingly you can’t tell too much.

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These pockets are fantastic, able to fit a proper Benjamin Bunny book with room to spare…

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I hope your fall sewing is going as great as can be!

Thanks for taking a look,

Laura

A Fall Collection

I made a few new fall outfits with some favorite and new patterns. The first is a vintage Simplicity from 1975. I just love this overall/skirt. I made it in lightweight denim & golden unicorns from Joann’s.

 

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I widened the front pocket for more use and that was appreciated by my daughter. A hodgepodge of buttons completed this look.

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The next is a quick dress (turned out too big), however the request for a giant pink bunny will make this a favorite next spring.

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And this last was a work in progress for a present that I did not get a finished picture of. Lovely linen to work with and I hope it is worn happily!

After a long haul of coats and jackets these felt refreshing and quick. Thanks for taking a look.

–Laura

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Edition

Here we are, the weekend before Halloween! I don’t know about you, but our costumes get loads of action the week before Halloween. We are headed to our 3rd party tonight so I wanted to share the costumes the kids had this year.

I admit I favor the simple way you can put together a fun costume, and then we are not limited to what is sold in stores.

This year we have a purple bunny, black cat, and black bat. I used the classic PJ pattern from Peekaboo patterns. I sized up and that seem to do the trick — some fun costumes that will be worn as pajamas all winter as well!

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They are all made out of fleece and I assure you no coats are needed this year as the kids all seem to be pretty hot when taking them off. Simple props were all that was needed, wings, a tail, a bunny hat…

Hope you all have a fabulous & safe Halloween!!

Laura

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