Monday, July 28, 2014

grouchy tiger, hooded dweeb

I have a few more Kids Clothes Week items to show.  I thought I’d try to kill two birds with one photoshoot, and do Ivy’s new shirt with Kael’s new hoodie.  But Ivy was not impressed with the idea of sharing the limelight.  And Kael was just…being Kael. 

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The resulting pictures are as good an insight into life with these two as I could probably ever capture.  So I give you…

a Sew a Straight Line production
starring patterns by Pattern Anthology

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Both top patterns are from the latest Pattern Anthology release, Make Believe.  There are four patterns in the collection, and then you can add more patterns from previous releases by the designers, too.  All of it is perfect for girls and boys.  It’s pretty awesome.  The collection, as a collection and at a great discount, is only available through today.  You should check it out.  Fast.

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Ivy is wearing the Adventure Tee.  This is the second Adventure Tee I’ve made.  Seth got the first, as seen in the Harry Potter Tee post from a couple of days ago.  It is a fantastic tee pattern.  Lots and lots and lots of options, simple, great fit.  I did the higher neckline and capped sleeves with this one.  The fabric is one of my favorites: Ice Tigers by Znok! picked up at Kitschy Coo, and also seen on Kael’s muscle tank HERE.  Ivy hated the tigers at first, and freaked.out.completely the first time I tried to put the top on her.  But she came around after being told they were “princess tigers”.  heh.  In spite of her attitude for the pictures, she really does love this top now and has worn it three times in five days.  She just doesn’t like that her brother is just off-camera, watching her.

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So those were the best pictures I was able to get of Ivy. 
And then this is what I got out of Kael:

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This is the Explorer Hoodie by See Kate Sew, again, part of the Pattern Anthology collection.  I was super excited that this one goes up to size 10.  I only had to extend the sleeves a little bit to get the perfect fit for Kael.

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I also bound the pocket openings and lined the hood, so that there are no exposed seams and it looks more finished.  The pattern has the hood more off to the sides, open, but I brought the ends of the hood more towards the center of the front, so when closed, there is very little gapping.    

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I did struggle a little with the Explorer Hoodie.  One of the things I love about this pattern is the option for the off-center zipper option.  I went for that option, but somehow ended up with a crooked-looking zipper, not near as off-center as it is supposed to be.  I’m sure part of it was because of my bringing the hood more towards the center.  But I’m happy with the end result anyway.

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And Kael loves it. 
I used a ponte knit from Jo-Ann stores that I’d picked up a few months ago out of the red tag area.  It is perfect for this pattern.  Sturdy with a good weight, but not too heavy or bulky at all.  This will be a favorite come cooler weather, I’m sure. 

Speaking of favorites, one day I need to do a montage of all the pictures I have with Kael doing his favorite pose.

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So, hurry hurry hurry run to Pattern Anthology and grab the Make Believe collection.  I can’t wait to sew up the other two patterns in the collection.  But you only have through today to grab them as a group and get the discounted package price.  Think of how grumpy you’ll be if you miss out!

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Hoodie:  Explorer Hoodie by See Kate Sew for Pattern Anthology.  Fabric is Ponte De Roma and cotton knit from Jo-Ann Stores.  Size 10, extended sleeves
Shorts:  Gap
Flip Flops: Old Navy

Top:  Adventure Tee by
Go To Patterns fir Pattern Anthology.  Fabric is Ice Tigers by Znok! From Kitschy Coo.  Size 18 months
Shorts:  Old Navy
Sandals:  Keen

I was given the Pattern Anthology Make Believe collection so sew and share.  It’s awesome, grab it before it’s gone!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Harry Potter Transfer Tees

Happy Harry Potter’s Birthday Week!! I’m celebrating with RaeGun Ramblings, queen of all things Harry and YA fiction, today with some fun and versatile Harry Potter transfer tees.
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Using Transfer Artist Paper (affiliate link), or TAP, you can customize any tee shirt, or anything, into some brilliant Harry fanwear.  And I’ll show you how to use your own or your kids’ unique handwriting to make the whole thing even more personal.

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Harry Potter Transfer Tees, let’s do it! 

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You’ll need a tee shirt, some fabric for the image, I used a rayon/cotton blend knit from Jo-Ann Stores (light fabrics work best.  Fabric content isn’t supposed to matter, according to the TAP package, but I’ve only every used cotton and cotton/blends), and Transfer Artist Paper, or another iron-on medium, but TAP is my favorite.

And you’ll need a graphic to transfer. I found lots and lots of awesome Harry Potter related images with just a quick Google search.  I ended up using the Azkaban “mug shot” of Sirius Black from the movie, and a free amazing printable of the marauders map from HERE.  You want to download as high-resolution image as you can.  Once downloaded to your drive, print the image onto the TAP.  Make sure your settings are set to “mirror image” or “t-shirt” setting.  This will ensure that your images print backwards onto the TAP, so they then will iron forwards onto your fabric.

Once printed, cut out the image, as close to the graphic as you can/want.  The extra, non-printed TAP that you don’t cut off can still show up on darker fabrics.  See this post here where you can see that in action better.  I haven’t had an issue on white fabric, but be aware of it just the same and cut out accordingly.  Then, just follow the TAP package directions to transfer the image onto your fabric.
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After ironing, when you start pulling off the back paper of the TAP, if it resists at all, lay it back down and iron on that resistant area.  If you keep pulling, the image can pull up or get distorted just a bit in that area.

After transferring the image, I also like to lay a pressing cloth down on top and iron it again without the paper, just to set the TAP as much as I can.

Now, cut out your fabric graphic.

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And pin to place on your shirt.  A good rule of thumb for placement is about two inches from the stitch line of the neckband, no matter the size.  Any lower, and the graphic looks too low, in my opinion.  

If you are making your own shirts (not using store-bought), pin the graphic(s) on after completing the shoulders and neck, but before sewing the sleeves or side seams.  If using a store-bought shirt, be sure not to pin through both sides of the shirt. 

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Now, sew in place.  Use a jersey or ball point needle in your machine, and go slowly, smoothing out the fabric with your fingers as it feeds under the presser foot.  If it starts to pucker and bunch, stop, smooth it out, and restart.

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I wanted to add some fun phrases to my tees.  You can print out lines typed out with a font on your computer, use your own handwriting, but I wanted a more “kid” handwriting on mine.  If you type something, make sure to print it in mirror image or t-shirt.  If you handwrite it, or have someone else handwrite it…

Write the phrase out on some white scratch paper.

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Trace over what was written with a dark ink and flip the paper over.  Use a light box, or tape the paper to a sunny window.  Place the TAP over the top of the paper, and trace what you originally wrote.  This way, you’re getting the phrase traced out backwards (so it irons onto the fabric forwards).  It also means you can fix spacing or add the missing “w” your kid forgot in “swear”.  I fixed spacing and missing letters, but my eight-year old wrote his N and P backwards, and I totally left those because I thought it was cute.
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You can add the phrases to the graphics, like I did at the bottom of the Marauder’s Map, or make individual appliqu├ęs, like I did on the back of the shirts.

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And that’s it. 

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Mischief managed!

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Brown tee pattern: Ottobre 3/2013 Diamond Tee (#33), 158 cm.  Fabric is cotton knit from Jo-Ann Stores
Black tee pattern: Adventure Tee by Go To Patterns for Pattern Anthology, size 8.  Fabric is cotton knit from Jo-Ann Stores.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Otto for Kids Clothes Week

This boy.  He just keeps growing and I am scrambling to keep up.  For Kids Clothes Week, he got a new pair of shorts, and today we’re pairing them with a muscle tank I made earlier in the summer and never posted about.  Both are Ottobre, or as I say, Otto, because we’re tight like that.

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He’s been wearing the tank everywhere and anywhere.  The fabric is an organic knit by Znok! purchased from Kitschy Coo, and it’s washed so well.  Ice cream, snow cones, syrup, soda, pretty much any thing sticky and stainy, he’s dropped it down the front of himself, and it’s all washed out and looks brand new still. So worth the extra money.  Remind me of that the next time I’m tempted by some cheap jersey, please.

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The back features some athletic mesh from J0-Ann Stores, and the binding is also from Jo-Ann: a denim-look knit I used in these shirts almost two years ago.  The pattern is the Ottobre 1/2013 #15 Victor Mesh Tank, same as I used in this tank last year.  Only now he’s outgrown the pattern range, so I had to grade it up for him. 

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I think I could have made it a bit wider, but other than that, I’m happy with it and need to make a few more quickly before he grows again! 

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Now the shorts.  He’s pretty much been wearing the same two pair of shorts all summer.  I know.  But I just haven’t made the time to make him any more.  Thankfully, Kids Clothes Week gave me the push I needed and a 3.5 hour nap from Ivy gave me the time. 

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Another Ottobre, these are the Simple Style Bermudas from 3/2014 (#38), shortened.  The pattern goes to mid calf, and I wanted right around the knee.  I went with View A, which has the back pockets and the really rad arced piecing along the bum and back legs.   The fabric is some camo cotton ripstop from Jo-Ann.  I had it leftover from Uniform pants I made here.  I barely had enough to get these shorts cut out, so it’s a good thing I wanted them to be shorter than suggested.  I did make the shorts a size too big.  Hopefully they’ll last him through the next couple of months!  And I guess now, I need to start making him pants for fall.

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Ottobre 1/2013 #15 Victor Mesh Tank, graded to size 152.  Fabric is organic knit by Znok! from Kitschy Coo, athletic mesh and dark grey knit from Jo-Ann Stores
Shorts:  Ottobre 3/2014 #38 Simple Style Bermudas, size 158.  Fabric is cotton ripstop from Jo-Ann Stores 
Belt: Thrifted
Flip-Flops:  Old Navy
Jewerly: an old ring of mine from college he found and has been wearing ever since

And the obligatory “Kael” pose
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Riverwalk Dress

Let me show you my new summer dress I made with the Riverwalk Dress pattern from Seamingly Smitten.
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Super fast to sew, you can use wovens or knits. I used a fabulous border print knit from Walmart, of all places.  It’s actually a really great quality, a nice drape and not too thin, and has washed well so far.  I have a friend you used to joke that there were two Sears, the regular Sears where you’d buy boring whatever, and then Sears Actually, where you somehow would find something amazing and cute and when someone would ask you if you got it from some hip little place, you’d say, “No, Sears, actually!”.  I kind of feel like saying that about this fabric: I got it at Walmart Of All Places!

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And it was $2/yard.  Crazy.  I bought it a few months ago, with no particular project in mind.  When I saw the Riverwalk Dress pattern, I knew it would be the perfect thing to show off a border print.  And I love how it turned out!

The Riverwalk is a women’s pattern with a great size range of 0-26, that flatters pretty much any body type.  There are a couple of different options, including various skirt lengths.  I extended my skirt length even further than the pattern options, making mine a maxi.  

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I really wanted to belt my Riverwalk, but have yet to find a belt that I really like with it.  There is an option in the pattern for a sash, and I may end up making one out of the purple border.  Maybe.  Or I will just keep wearing it as is.  It’s super comfortable and easy to style.  It’s just a perfect pattern for summer, then throw a jacket over the top, and some boots on your feet, and your set for cooler weather, too!

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I was given the Riverwalk Dress pattern to sew and share.  It is a great pattern, clear and well drafted.  You should buy it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sassy Little Soleil

Oh, hi!  Remember me?  I know, it’s been a while.  Summer, you know how it is.  And now, suddenly, summer is half over and I guess now’s as good a time as any to show off some of the things I’ve been sewing, but haven’t gotten around to sharing yet.  Like this little sassafrass’s Elephant Soleil dress.

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You may remember this fabric from my first attempt at the Hey June! Kensington Dress, you know, the last time I posted, oh, three weeks ago.  Ivy loves this Happy Elephant fabric.  She saw it up on my knit shelf shortly after I received it from Kitschy Coo, and demanded I take it down for her to look at.  She clung to the fabric, grinned and said, “Oh thank you, mommy! My Elephant Dress!” and then got super, super upset when she unrolled the yard and discovered it was not yet a dress, or anything really, other than a yard of Happy Elephants.  But lucky, spoiled little girl, now she has two Elephant Dresses: the Kensington for next year, and a Soleil for now.

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Like I said the last time I made a Soleil, I love this pattern.  It is just so stinkin’ cute.  The fit, the pockets, the binding.

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And that little opening in the back.  Ack! Adorable Perfection.

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Especially when styled by Ivy with her favorite pink cowboy boots.  I was going to put her in some sandals for the photoshoot, but this look is *so* Ivy, I decided to just go with it.  

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2.5 feet tall and looking for trouble.

Dress: Soleil Dress Pattern from Selvage Designs, fabric is Happy Elephant by Znok! from Kitschy Coo
Boots: Circo from Target

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hey June! Kensington Dress!

Last day of my Hey June love fest, and I am really excited about this one.  The Kensington Dress.  It is so cute.

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This was the second Kensington Dress I made.  The first, I ignored the sizing chart and just went with a size 2.  Ivy doesn’t wear a size 2 in anything, but I was using some fancy-shmancy imported fabric, and didn’t want to make something she’d quickly outgrow.  So I made a Happy Elephant Kensington that ended up pretty much drowning Ivy.  But now she has a fun dress waiting for her next year!

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The Happy Elephant fabric is by Znok  Design, purchased from Kitschy Coo HERE

I’m not sad about the too-big dress, though.  And not just because Ivy will grow into it.  I had originally wanted to make a Kensington nearly identical to the striped with floral one featured on the cover of the pattern.  Ivy had insisted on the elephant fabric for the first, and then I didn’t have enough of it left over to make a second Kensington.  So I used the leftover elephant fabric to make her a dress from another pattern to appease her demands  (that I’ll blog about later, and that Ivy is wearing in the pictures with my Union St Tee), and made her the Kensington I had wanted to make her all along, this time in her in actual size.

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And the fit is awesome, with a bit of room to grow but not too big.  Crazy how helpful size charts can be!

The blue/white stripe knit is from Girl Charlee and the contrasting woven fabric is Indian Summer leftovers I had from her Clover Shorts I made a few weeks ago.  I adore the Indian Summer line, and this particular design is my very favorite, so I was super excited to get to use what little of it had left over in such a prominent, fun way. 

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The Kensington pattern has a ton of options for sleeve lengths, tee or dress, placket or not, bound neckline, pockets.  I had done a really straight-forward, simple Kensington with the elephant fabric, not finding anything in my stash that I liked to go with it.  But I love the details the placket and pockets add.  So very cute, and just make the dress seem more polished and professional.

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The first dress was a super fast sew.  The pattern is clear and detailed, easy to follow, and everything came together without an issue at all.  The second dress, with the added options, took more time.  But the instructions are so good.  I struggle with plackets that have that little extended tab at the bottom.  They just confuse me to no end and I’ve never had one turn out like I would have liked.  Until now.  The Kensington instructions walked me through it so well, that I had it finished and looking awesome before I even realized it.  I got to the step just before being completely done with the placket, and went back through the instructions to see what I had missed, because I couldn’t believe it had been so easy and it was already done!

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And once the pockets and plackets were in place, the rest was easy-breezy.

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And I think, other than how adorable it is, that’s what I like most about this pattern:  that it can be as simple or as complicated as you want (and the complicated isn’t that complicated).  I can make play dresses and tee shirts for her wardrobe staples, and then add fun pieces like tabbed-sleeved tops and front-placket dresses, all from the same pattern.  And the pattern range is 18 m – 10, so we’ll be using it for a long, long time.  
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You can pick up the Kensington Dress pattern HERE, see all of Hey June Handmade patterns HERE, and see my other posts on the Hey June patterns I’ve sewn by clicking each of these:

Greenpoint Cardigan and Edelweiss Dress
Union St Tee
Lane Raglan.

In conclusion, I really love my Hey June patterns, they’re pretty much the best. 

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