Easter Colors & Outfits

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Easter! I love the spring and all the excitement it holds for us during the warmer months. I ran to the nearby craft store and let my daughter pick her favorite fabric, then trying to coordinate colors for the boy and myself.

What a success it was! The whole day was filled with friends and family fun and the kids continue to pull out their bright clothes for everyday wear.

Lets start with this frilly dress! it came from a Japanese sewing pattern book called Girly Style Wardrobe by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Most patterns area actually quite simple and comfortable and I’ve been enjoying the inspiration.

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Thin quilting cotton will make it cool for summer

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Loving this contrasting orange zipper!

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Next came my sons outfit. He was not with us while shopping so I just guessed that a green strip (a newly favorite color) would work for him. This shirt is my own drafted shirt that has slowly been increasing in size over the years and will soon need a re-work. Another favorite detial of his were the different colored buttons.

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This pocket made the shirt a winner in his eyes.

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As for myself I liked the violet flowers with birds. This fabric just cries spring to me. I pulled this out from a different Japanese sewing book by the same author; Stylish Dress Book . The women’s patterns do not translate as nicely into usable fashion and I wonder if the style is not quite mature enough. But there are still plenty of designs to try out and I enjoy sewing with this book still. There was not enough fabric to make the correct length so this dress sits a little awkwardly above the knee.

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I enjoy this ruffle detail that I paired in green gingham. 20170414_102110

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A Small Back Pack

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I made a sturdy back pack to make the trek cross-country. I am pretty excited about this project. It is part of a self drafted pattern I’ve used a few times to try and get the kinks out.

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There are 2 front pockets and a secret side pocket near the zipper. The inside is lined with hot pink buffalo plaid in order to stay true to the owners love of all things pink.

The outside is a a really cool denim by Nano Iro. I picked it up on a remnant table so it must have been from a collection a while ago.

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The only thing to reconsider is ribbon cannot be substituted for actual webbing for the straps. I had to tie knots at the adjuster towards the end of the trip.

This is a great preschool back pack and I am considering making several to sell. We shall see.

Thanks for checking out my project!

Laura

A Few Extras!

I found myself with extra time and extra holiday fabric so I made a toddler tunic and boys shirt. Both kids like the comfort and ease of the clothes and the snowy trees can take them well into the winter.

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The tunic is a mash up of this project A Very Pink Dress For Little Miss and a tunic I saw from Burda style. I loved the idea of pockets big enough to dump toys into. The back is pulled in with elastic and the tie is for show (the original tie feature was too hard to loosen up).

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This shirt is our standard button up, however we love the ease of snaps. A rounded pocket was requested. These are both a hit in our house. Fabric from Joanne’s, during a 60% off sale. There is a fair amount of sparkle that the camera hasn’t shown.

We did get a few weeks of snow which has made for extra time spent indoors. We hope the holidays and Christmas finds you well!

Take care,

Laura

Expecting Sun Overalls

I came back from vacation with a renewed sense of creativity. It’s odd how we can grow from holding back sometimes.

When we arrived home I immediately organized my precious stash of fabric and circled it like a famished shark. I have recently acquired new material; some from the remnant piles of stores, a little from homes being cleaned out for rentals or selling, and some off the tarps of the flea market (my newest find was an entire bolt of blue fabric for $10!!…yes people were hounding my husband as he carried it around for me). This fresh blood, so to speak, has given all the cottons and knits colorfully folded a new vibrant feel. I plunged in .This was the result:

WP_20150426_11_31_01_ProWeirdly enough I made a template for this in one pattern piece…that’s right, these overalls are just one cut into the material. It is the longest, most misshaped pattern you’ve ever seen, but it worked. I paired a favorite pants pattern with the front and back shirt bodice, with loose measurements I made the straps extra long so they could fold on themselves to allow extra growth.

I did decide to make a lining. In hindsight I would have the lining extend almost to the crotch so that the awkward center seam does not irritate baby skin. I stitched the lining and overalls together at the waist in two rows and put a cute drawstring in for detail and because I didn’t know how loose it would be on her. A couple button holes worked perfect in the outer material to let the ribbon through. One other detail I put extra time into is a folded cuff, I think it adds a little charm since there is not a lot of visual design to this outfit.

Overall these came out great. I am taking into consideration that there were no fittings or clear cut way to do this; however that center seam is probably going to have me rethinking the top piece. This outfit will work for the season.

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What gives you a rush of inspiration?

Threads From The Past — Classic White

The third and final Threads From The Past is the classic white baby dress.

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This project was not so much from, or inspired by, the past; however the tradition of the simple white baby dress goes back centuries. In fact, until very recently all young kids wore these slips going back so far into history that it coincided with adults wearing the same garments; case in point — the tunic. Enough history!

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Small gathers and hand stitched binding around the neck

I was asked to make a simple white blessing gown and was a tad nervous to have an important dress requested of me; however I could not say no.

The story of where the material comes from brings all the reasons to make clothes by hand into sharp focus. 

The mother had received a very special white eyelet shirt as a wedding present from her own mother and she treasured this gift even though the fit was not right and never wore it. It sat and was toted around for 10 years, the cotton just as special as when it was received. When the woman became pregnant the shirt was pulled out once again with the excitement of new beginnings, however it was again adored but never worn. So finally, when faced with needing a special dress for her first baby on a very special day she remembered the white cotton in a dream and was happy it had been saved.

In honoring the beautiful and simple story we decided on a simple and classic pattern.

It came out great and I’m glad I could play a small roll in the celebration.

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She is so delighted with herself!

So to tie in with my theme of Threads From the Past I found some family portraits with babies in white (just don’t ask me who they were!)

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A baby of the Roy family

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This little baby is held by my Grandmother, not sure of who she’s holding…

It’s a sweet way to wrap up this idea. And it gives a reminder to cherish what we have already.

Thanks for stopping by.

Threads From The Past — Intro

Threads From The Past — Family

Threads From The Past — Historical

Historical Threads From The Past – Recreating Clothes & Attitudes From Old Photos

The second post for Threads from the Past has a historical twist. I loved this old photo from my town, with kids 100 years ago standing in front of a camera for an uncomfortable class picture. It’s nice to know some things don’t change! I can remember all those years cramming next to classmates unsure if it was worth the trouble to miss an hour of work. My son even recreated the expression pretty accurately; attitude courtesy of an almost 5 year old.

Knickers / Short Pants

So here is the comparison:

So I decided I HAD to make some short pants…I may have a semi obsession because I continue to revisit this idea every year or so. I tried a few different versions and felt as though I had failed until I pulled up the original photo, and I think I did a bang up job! The extra bagginess in the original knickers, I now realize, is due to a mother trying to get an extra year and a half of growth into those pants. If I had tucked the cuff in on itself I think it would have been identical.

I started this project with a baby version, because I had a nice sized remnant from a present (see previous post here). I made a little pleat on each front and back side; I love the little details. Some wonderful golden short pants.

 

 

Then there were the Mickey short pants that actually ended above the ankle in the most awkward place. I rolled them up and they look exactly like board shorts. Just look at this flaunted pose.

 

So for those of you wondering what the relevance of knickers are in today’s world, I will end with several examples:

*Bubble Shorts

*Board Shorts

*Baseball Pants


 

Other posts in this series:

Intro : Threads From The Past

Family Threads From The Past