Sewing For Kindergarten 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I had so much fun participating in Mie's Sewing for Kindergarten series for my oldest daughter that I practically begged Mie to let me join again for Tandy. She graciously made a spot for me!! 

Mie provided a few questions to answer, so I will sprinkle them throughout the post. First, Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten? If not, which number child is this? Tandy is my second and last child to enter Kindergarten. Reading my first Sewing for Kindergarten post sent back a flood of memories!! Tandy should technically still be in pre-K since she is four until the end of October. Her school has allowed her to advance to Kindergarten with the premise that she will likely repeat Kinder again. She is thriving and school ends at noon for her, so the schedule suits us both just fine.

What kind of school does your child attend? (Public, charter, private or homeschool) Tandy attends a Classical Christian private school. 

The school adheres to a pretty stringent uniform policy down to the tote bag. The flexibility this year is with P.E. days (bottoms only) that are twice a week, and the occasional denim day. I decided to capitalize on that bit of wiggle room for two looks. Since Tandy's school day ends at noon, she will use the tops for the remainder of her day.

I sewed the PE bottoms using the mini Hudson pants pattern. The cropped slim fit of the leg is stylish and cool enough as the weather transitions. The fabric is Telio Ponte Leggero from I love the weight and feel of this stuff! Now I just need some for Hudson pants for me!

The top is by German designer Elle Puls called Bethioua Kids. Be watching for an English version releasing with Naeh-Connection soon!!!

The sleeves are velour and the body is french terry. 

Another Question from Mie: Do you feel like crying or celebrating? And what about your child?

We were both excited. My husband teased me about being a little too excited. We had a wonderful summer, but public schools around here started two weeks before we did. That meant that our pool closed down, and things just got down right quiet. We were all ready to get back to a routine and see friends again.

Maybe it's this way with each year, but I feel like Kinder and 3rd, for my oldest, are big years. I'm so excited to watch and help Tandy learn to read! Avery has just reached the point where we have to go to the library once a week to keep enough books around. These are big milestones to me!

I simply could not join a blog tour hosted by Mie, the queen of Sew Japan, without including some Japanese sewing patterns! 

These are patterns N and O from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids. Check out my book review here

This sweet top features raglan sleeves, a button placket and gathers at the neckline and just below the placket. If you plan to sew this top, I do have a couple of suggestions. The instructions leave installing the buttonholes until the very end. I recommend sewing the buttonholes just after you stitch the plackets in place and before you overlap them. This will give you more room to maneuver everything around your machine. I would also recommend securing the gathers with a zigzag stitch before covering them with the lace, or in my case, bias tape. The raw edges are exposed on the inside, so this will help reduce any tendency to unravel.

 The body of the top is Honor Roll fabric by Anna Maria Horner, and the sleeve fabric is Michael Miller Cotton Couture. I have used both fabrics before for big sis.

Tandy still struggles with a zip and button fly, so elastic waist pants are perfect for her and less trouble for her teachers. We have plenty of skinny jeans, so these wide leg pants are a fun alternative. The fabric is a super soft lightweight tencel denim. I did the topstitching in jeans thread for a traditional look. I cut these extra long just to be on the cautious side. I ended up doing a 1.5" hem, and I love the look for the wide leg pants!

The last question from Mie is for my kindergartner: What has been the best and the worst part so far?

Best: Swinging on the playground, being a line leader, and going to the treasure box.
Worst: Doing homework.

A bit predicable I must say!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Sewing for Kindergarten tour!!

Back to School Heartland Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I was pretty excited when I was asked to join the Back to School Heartland blog tour. With the soft colors, florals, geometrics, and owls, choosing the fabrics was the hardest part! Pat Bravo created a collection with endless possibilities!!

My girls love their boots, and their Texas grandparents kindly fund the supply. Thankfully they last through 3 girls in the family! The boots play nicely with these fabrics and dresses. 

Art Gallery Fabrics produced the Heartland Fabrics in voile, canvas, quilting cotton, and knit. This first dress combines Trekant Rows Candid in knit and Art Gallery solid knit in Chrystal Pink.

The pattern is the Aubrey Dress by Modkid. The almost hidden kangaroo pocket is her favorite feature!! 

I photographed each step while I sewed this one up, so be on the look out for an Aubrey sew-along coming soon to the Modkid blog

I switched from geometrics to florals and from knits to quilting cottons for the next dress. I must say that not all quilting cottons are alike. The feel and drape of this Art Gallery fabric is top notch! The pattern is Modkid Gretchen available only as a paper pattern. It features side ties, a square neckline, and generous sized pockets. Oh, and no closures to sew!!

The pieced front bodice leaves a great space for embellishment. I just love the way Pat Bravo played with the rain drops for this Regn Drops Sun print. Sometimes the simple things tend to be my favorite. 

The floral print featured is Blomma Garden Pastiche. The blues, grays, and rose pinks steal the show here!

We've had one of those super hectic couple of weeks. I literally had 10 minutes to take photos while we were on our way somewhere else. When we pulled up to the spot the light was bad, but within a few seconds the light cooperated and the girls did too. Some days it is so nice to be thankful for small miracles!

Be sure to check out all of the other fabric and pattern combinations along the tour!!

World Map Shorts for My Nephew

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It all started when Todd's cousin suggested we try the Stack the States App. We, in turn, suggested the app for my nephew. This kid, Ford, has one of those genius minds. He now knows every state and it's capital and has moved on to knowing each an every country. He is probably doing 3rd or 4th grade math. How old you ask? SIX.

Ford requested a geography party for his 6th birthday, and I spotted the Our World fabric by Riley Blake while searching for party inspiration for my sister. When they requested shorts, I turned to the Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids Japanese pattern book. I had previously made a pair of these shorts for another nephew.  They are pattern L, the knee-length shorts. I love the wide hem, front slant pockets, and rear patch pockets that comes with the pattern.

I know Ford checked the fabric for accuracy. I was actually a bit fearful that the pocket placement or seam line might make the shorts unworthy. Whew!! I love a quick project that can bring a smile! Many thanks to my sister for sending these photos.

Modkid Tessa

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It feels good to get another jump start on outfits for the cooler temps that should be just around the corner. 

This new Modkid Tessa pattern is perfect for play time or snuggling up on the couch.

I bought these See Kai Run shoes on deep discount at the end of last season. I knew they wouldn't go with everything, but I went for it. I guess one advantage of sewing is searching out the perfect fabrics to create an outfit around an accessory. 

Tandy was being a little stinker for this photo shoot, and she thought it was really funny that she wouldn't look at the camera. I think these photos turned out to be some of my favorite despite or maybe because of all that!

Both fabrics are from JoAnn Fabrics. The top is fun quilted knit, and the pants are a space dyed ponte. I want to get the pants fabric in every color. It was wonderful to sew with and a great weight for these pants. 

This is the second time I used this mystery green trim from my grandmother for a drawstring. The first was a Linville Romper dress. I never would have guessed that this green would work with such a variety of things. It gives the perfect pop to this outfit.

I guess I should share a bit more about the pattern features. The sweatshirt is a bit of an oversized look with a hi/lo hem. The sleeves are intended to extend down the hand a bit for a relaxed look. The pleat detail at the hem really sets the look apart from a standard sweatshirt.

The jogger pants also feature the pleat detail above the cuffs. The waistband includes both elastic and a drawstring. The inseam pockets and a cropped length complete the style.

Back To School Blog Tour

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Be sure to read to the end for the prize details!

The back to school sewing is in full effect!! My daughters' closets are pretty full of summery clothes, so I have been taking the opportunity to sew up some fall wardrobe options.

Can you tell Avery was excited about getting back to school?!? 

The colors and style of this tunic are perfect for fall. The pattern is the Sydney Dress by Modkid. It is a paper pattern that includes a dress or top length with three sleeve lengths. I opted for short sleeves since I thought it would be equally cute layered as the temps drop. Add some leggings, and you are good to go!

Can you believe the skirt fabric is flannel?!? I am hoping to convert a few of you to thinking flannel isn't just for button-ups or pajama pants. This dress is perfectly cozy in Patty Young's Acorn Valley flannel. The bodice and hood exterior are denim from the stash I inherited from my great aunt. I almost forgot to mention that Avery sewed her own coordinating headband!

 The pattern includes two hood variations. This pixie hood is warm and playful with the flannel lining.

Tandy needed a jump on fall attire too. As much as these girls love their flip flops, they have been begging to wear boots again too.

For this outfit, I modified the Modkid Cassidy pattern. The good news is I have a full tutorial for the changes on the Modkid blog today. 

Once again, I paired the denim with flannel from the Acorn Valley line. I highly recommend incorporating a little flannel into your garment sewing for fall!

The secret is out!! There is something good for you too!! Use coupon code BTS2016 for 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy store. There are tons of other discounts provide by the tour sponsors too! Check those out here.

Today's Prize: 1 PDF pattern from Modkid and 1 PDF pattern from Audrey & Tiffany
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Be sure to visit the host blog post for details on the sew-along and grand prize for more chances to win!!

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Modkid Aubrey

Monday, August 22, 2016

The dress that first appeared in my Signature Style post for Project Run and Play has inspired the latest pattern from Modkid.

Today, we are introducing the Modkid Aubrey!!


The Aubrey is a simple knit dress with special details including the curved seams and a hidden kangaroo pocket. 

Pattern features include two neck binding styles and three dropped shoulder sleeve lengths; short, elbow length, and long.

Here is the extra special pocket design. Kids love the surprise when they didn't even know it was there! Both fabrics shown here are by Art Gallery Fabrics.

These fabrics happened to be scraps from my good friend Jenny! Thanks Jenny! It just goes to show that this fun design only requires minimal yardage!

You can get the Aubrey an any other pattern your heart desires for an amazing price! Coupon code AUBREY2016 gets you 40% off your entire order on our Etsy store.... this makes this and any other full-price pattern only $5.99!!! But, hurry, the coupon code expires exactly 24 hrs from now. Go ahead and stock up for the Fall! Pattern link in the comments.

Just in case you thought their modeling went unrewarded, I'll leave you with this!!

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