Project Run and Play: Nothing But Knit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Welcome Project Run and Play fans!! I am so thrilled to be a part of this season's competition. This is the only week I am guaranteed to be here, so I'm hoping to make the most of it. The challenge of Nothing But Knit is sure to bring out the best of each competitor. Eager doesn't begin to explain the excitement I have in sharing my look with you!

Wikipedia defines Athleisure as, "a trend in fashion in which clothing designed for athletic workouts at a gymnasium, sometimes termed activewear, is worn outside of the gym to go to the office or shopping or other social occasions." Spinning off of the athleisure apparel trend, I created a design that would transition from soccer practice to a movie date with Daddy. 

The cardigan is the key accessory that takes the look from just function to trendy fashion. I used a pattern from a Japanese sewing book, lengthening and slimming for the fit I wanted.

Because I love the look of quilted sweatshirt fabric, I incorporated this special touch on the oversized collar and pockets. I drew my design on some fusible stabilizer then ironed it to the right side of the fabric. Stitching over my lines and tearing away the stabilizer revealed the patterned design.

Color blocking just makes me happy. So do these colors!! All of the knits except for the sweatshirt fabric are Art Gallery Solids from Imagine Gnats. The stretch and recovery of these fabrics are perfect for an outfit that needs to move with an active girl making the pieces work for the athletic side. The top is a heavily modified Cecille Peplum from Lilygiggle. In addition to the color blocking, I redrafted the sleeves to be straight and fitted. 

The leggings started with the Dressage Leggings from Jennuine Design. I inserted a seam to the outside of the knee to add a strip of faux piping. I made sure to serge all of the seams using stretch thread for maximum strength and stretch.

The voting has begun over at Project Run and Play. The lineup of designers is incredible, so I am sure each look will not disappoint. I hope to be back next week to show you my cos play designs!

Cozy Heart Sweatshirt

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Isn't it funny how something simple and uncomplicated can make you so excited!?! I hope that isn't just a me thing. I really love this sweatshirt, and there isn't anything about it that screams extra special. The fact that Avery loves it certainly helps!

By the way, I'm pretty sure Avery has the slowest growing teeth of anyone I know. I'll miss the toothless grin when both of those awkward big teeth eventually come in, but gracious it has been forever!

I have to also mention that Avery was cautious about not disturbing the fresh snow of the front yard before we got our photos. Where do they learn this stuff?!? And, don't worry she had plenty of fun in the snow before and after our photo break. We only get snow once or twice a year, so we must take full advantage!!

More about the shirt. The pattern came from this Japanese pattern book I picked up on my trip to NYC before Christmas. Out of all of the Japanese pattern books I've used so far, this one is a bit trickier to translate. Thankfully I started with a very simple pattern!

Here is how the pattern is intended to look in both long-ish sleeves and short.

I naturally didn't leave things as is. Obviously I went with a thicker weight fabrics. The red is fleece and the great quilted heart sweatshirt fabric is from Joann's. (I had previously used the heart fabric here.)  The sizing only goes up to 120, and Avery would normally be at least 130. Because I was sewing with a stretch fabric, I kept the width as is, but I lengthened the body and sleeves a good bit.

And, I added cuffs. The back of the pattern included a closure, but I omitted it because of the stretch of the fabric. I added a neckband instead. 

I'm not usually one for hand stitching, but the heart fabric was calling for a little embellishment. First. I scorched the wrong side of the fabric when I tried to iron on a stabilizer. I'm testing out a patch of interfacing I applied (with a cooler iron and a press cloth) to see if it will last. Then, I tried a satin stitch to fill in the heart, and it turned out all kinds of wonky. A simple backstitch was the best I could get this go round. I'm glad I gave it a shot though.

Did you see what Mie has started over at Petit a Petit and Family? There is going to be a whole series on Sew Japan with Mie. If you like sewing from Japanese patterns, you will have to follow and sew along. I hope it will challenge me to pick up my Japanese books more often! I almost always love the results. 

Modkid Daphne

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to sew up the Daphne pattern by Modkid. Honestly, it has taken me even longer to blog it. A zip up jumper for fall / winter is just about perfect.

I used prints for this one. The gray is by Josephine Kimberling and the mustard is by Jennifer Paganelli. Both are pretty old prints I've had in my stash. I really think I need to make this in some solid corduroy next. Denim would be a great option too.

I love the zipper front and pretty collar shape. Avery is a fan of the easy closure for dressing too.

I omitted the cuff ties. I love the gathered cuff without it being to poufy. The sleeve length is perfect too! This was a super quick photo shoot. As you can see by the goose bumps on Avery's arm, it was a tad chilly.

I also omitted the pocket flaps. I just wanted the look of the pockets peaking out. I think I widened the opening by 1/4" to accentuate them a little more. (Like I said, it had been a while.)

Side Button Pullover

Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is one of those outfits that I've had in my head for a while, and I am happy to have it out! I haven't typically been one to layer much during the colder seasons, but that may just be my Texas roots. It certainly isn't often necessary to layer up in Texas!! 

I love this fun mix of textures for the layers in the look. Of course, the fashion police may track me down and say otherwise! I used the Lil Luxe Collection Haute Shorts for the corduroy shorts with cuffs. 

My favorite piece is the pullover top. The heart quilted sweatshirt fabric is from Joann Fabrics, and I'm seeing it pop up all over online sewing pages.

The undershirt is from the Gap. Tights are from Target (on clearance last year). And, the boots are from Zara.

Tandy still resists the higher neck of a mock turtleneck momentarily, but she's pretty quick to get over it. As you can tell. 

The pullover is a fun little pattern hack using the Modkid Hailey pattern. Head over to the Modkid Blog for all of the details to make your own.

Merry Christmas 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!!

These pajamas were one of my favorite makes of 2015 and definitely one of my favorite photo shoots. You can find a little more about them on the Modkid Blog.

May you enjoy the season of Christ's birth when God sent His Son for salvation for all.

Luke 2:30-32 "For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

Christmas Brewster's Bubble Skirt

Monday, December 21, 2015

I couldn't resist one more Christmas outfit for Avery this year. The Brewster's Bubble Skirt was just the right quick sew that could use up some of my scraps from Christmas dresses in the past. 

I think this skirt runs a little big. I made a size 6 for Avery who is closer to an 8 in ready to wear. I would probably lengthen it a little if she wasn't going to be wearing it with tights, but she's not likely to have bare legs this time of year. 

 Wouldn't you know it? The day I finished up this skirt, her school sent out a memo that the kids could wear a Christmas shirt with jeans for the last day of school before the break. Of course she doesn't have a shirt; she has this adorable skirt. I know I could have whipped up something that night, but we headed out for Star Wars. We made due, and she survived. Sometimes I do actually learn when to step back and not try to do it all.

You can check out this post for Tandy's gingerbread skirt

We hope you are enjoying this amazing advent season as we anticipate the celebration of Christ's birth. I just had to share this story that is a great reminder from Ann Voskamp:

"So a good friend with a strong, brave laugh, she says that she went to turn on the spotlight just right now for the nativity scene she's got out on the front lawn -- and, well, it's up & gone. Somebody ripped off the spotlight for the nativity. Somebody stole the spotlight from Jesus.

And before I go thinking of some kid slinking across Helena's front lawn to swipe the spotlight from the manger -- I'm thinking I've got this to-do list this week that could snitch all the the attention from Jesus, a pile of pressure that could pilfer Jesus of the holy focus over the next couple of days, a mess of things that could flat out burglarize God of His worthiness in the coming string of sacred days.

Easter's got its own thieves hanging on both sides of Jesus -- no way Christmas needs any band of robbers like me with a well-meaning to-do list to go stealing the focus from Jesus. 
There a thousand inconspicuous way to steal the spotlight from God in the manger, God in the marginalized, God in our midst.

And Jesus stays in the light this week -- when we let go of all the pressures and feel the lightness of His grace... 

Thinking about picking up a spotlight at the hardware store tomorrow for Helena's front lawn nativity and surprising her -- 'cause nothing anywhere can stop the spotlight from being on Jesus this week."

Modkid Arianne

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Modkid released the ARIANNE pdf pattern today just in time for some special holiday sewing!! I am a big fan of raglan sleeves, so I am thrilled with all of the possibilities with this pattern. There are three sleeve lengths provided, short, 3/4 length, and long with cuffs. The pattern includes the option for dramatic pintucks that radiate around the neckline too.

This first dress I made for Tandy the day we left on our Thanksgiving trip. All that to say, the short sleeve version without the pintucks is a very fast sew!

I used linen for the collar and Anna Maria Horner rayon challis for the body of the dress. The vintage black faceted buttons add a touch of glam. This was my first time to sew with rayon challis, and I loved it!! The dress is so softy and flowy. Tandy insisted on wearing on our plane ride to Texas.

For the next version, I wanted to create a dressy Christmas dress for Avery. The pretty pintucks and cuffs add those perfect details.

Before my great aunt passed away, she had gifted me with amazing buttons and trims from her vast collection. I knew she had been an avid seamstress, but I have recently found out that she was a designer for children's clothes for a period of time. We often talked about sewing, but somehow this never came up. How I wish I had some of her designs now! What I do have is a large collection of some of her fabric. My great uncle told me to go through a chest and take anything I thought I would use. It is an amazing collection. I have never sewn with most of the apparel type fabrics from silk to wool. I can't even identify most of them especially since I am so unfamiliar with them. This red fabric is just one of those. I washed a small sample before sewing with it to make sure I wasn't making something that would be dry clean only for a 7 year old. I am guessing it is some sort of silk blend, and the black fabric is probably some sort of suiting material. As you can see it wrinkles pretty easily.

I had to get a few shots without those wrinkles, and with Avery's hair up to highlight the pretty neckline. I went a little crazy with the Joyfolie Black Friday sale, and bought these pretty shoes. Avery LOVES them, and I kind of wish I had bought them in my size!!

Be sure to grab the Arianne pattern today at the sale price!!

Merry Modkid Katie Skirt

Friday, December 4, 2015

Have you seen the inspiration shared this week during the Merry Modkid Blog Tour? When I put this tour together for Modkid, I was giddy with excitement over the bloggers who agreed to participate. I've been blown away with their creations, and it makes me want to sew every Modkid pattern in a holiday style!

Since I was organizing, I decided to jump in on the tour with a simple and playful look for Tandy. I have had gingerbread houses and cookies on my mind, so that inspired this version of the Modkid Katie Skirt

The top ruffle on the skirt is actually a flouce (cut in a circle) that gives it a little extra fluff. While that would be terrible on my hips, it's pretty adorable on a child. 

The pattern uniquely utilizes the fabric left from the center of the circle flounce to create pockets, but I opted to omit those and continue my theme with the jumbo ric rac for icing on the "cake".

My mom found the cute gingerbread buttons at Joann's so I added a few along the front of the skirt.

My grand intention was to sew the Rachel Dress as a top to go with this skirt. The buttons would have been so cute down that front ruffle, but time got away from me. I added the buttons to a ready to wear shirt to tie it all together instead. 

Here are a few more details you don't want to miss!

Rafflecopter Giveaway:  Patty Young is offering 2 PDF patterns of the winner’s choice to celebrate the tour. Be sure to enter to win!! 

Discount Code: The coupon code MERRYMODKID25 gets 25% off an entire order on the Modkid Etsy store, valid Monday 11/30 through Friday 12/04 at midnight EST.

Finally, be sure to visit the other bloggers who have participated in the tour. You will not be disappointed!!

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