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I’m so behind on blogging, but this has been such an awesome week of sewing and learning. I’ve had a blast! (Though it’s been just a little bit stressful too, wondering wether I’ll have time to meet the day’s hourly quota–I have family in town right now!)

On days three and four–or was it two and three?– I completed two on-the-border skirts. I have been longing to make these skirts since last year, and I am so excited I finally got to them!

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The pattern: The pattern comes from Mary Abreu’s book “Little Girls, Big Style.” Even though the actual sewing was slightly more time-consuming than the average gathered skirt, the hardest part of this project was actually finding the right fabric!

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The fabric: When I saw this border print on Sarah Jane’s newest line , I knew I had to use it for this project. My girls normally go for princesses and fairies and that sort of thing, but it was not hard to convince them to wear this lovely print. The chevron fabric on the yoke also comes from the same line, and the yellow stripes were supposed to, as well, but fabric.con has ran out, so I bought the closest thing. I live how it turned out.

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The sewing: the sewing was very basic: cut, hem, gather, and it was fun to watch the project come together so quickly. The worst part of it is that I am sewing for two, so I have to repeat all the steps a couple of times. The best part if it is that the second time around you already know and understand the pattern, so it sews up faster. I have gathered a few tips on sewing for two that I will share once the sewing frenzy is over 😉

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I love this fabric so much that I am buying more to have for when they outgrow these skirts. For some reason, my two-year-old’s skirt is just a bit short; I can tell she’ll be out of this one faster and I want to be ready.

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They liked them so much that they wanted to leave them on! (We took them off just before dinner. They are white skirts, after all…) here’s also a sneak peak at my next project: knits!

How are your projects coming along?

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Here they are! This is the second pair I make this month and it was so much faster the second time around. From cutting to hemming it took me, I would say, about four hours. Not bad!

I’ll use Meg’s format for my description:

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The pattern: this is the second o+s pattern I use, and I am just fascinated by the ease with which these garments come together. I love these pants and I will make them again, maybe in corduroy? I have been using croquis paper to trace my patterns and it’s been fabulous. I bought my roll of paper at Staples.

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The fabric: I had bought this chambray back in February from Fabric.com and, originally, I had planned to make hopscotch skirts from it. It didn’t happen, and earlier in the month, my eldest had a birthday party and I had hoped to finish the pants for that–it didn’t happen either. Here they are, though! I opted to not go with the contrasting ruffle after seeing a solid navy pair in the Flickr pool, and I am very pleased with the results. I may try contrasting with the next pair.

The sewing: as I said, these came together so easily, I was very surprised. The one thing I hate, though, this little detail here:

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You would think that, being the second pair and all, that would not happen, but it did… Hopefully, with a long-ish tee, no one will ever be able to tell 🙂

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I really like them!

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What have you been making?

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I have wanted to participate in Kids Clothes Week Challenge at Elsie Marley for a long time, and this time I’ll make myself do it *fingers crossed* I even have guests in town next week! So, I guess, I will just do my best.

Anyway, planning the pieces to sew has been great fun. Coordinating a wardrobe has always been a little tricky for me; sometimes I will love something that ends up getting little use because a) it doesn’t go with anything else in the closet; b) impractical style; c) did not love it to begin with. I sew for two girls who really know what they like, and really like to get dressed. This is what I am, eventually, going to finish for them:

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-Two On-the-border skirts from Mary Abreu’s book. I am using one of Sarah Jane’s border prints for one of them that will be darling.

-Two knit shirts in pink and yellow (which coordinate with the two skirts)

-Polka dot class music blouse. I will next sew a long-sleeve one, but not for this week.

Eventually, I want to make the hopscotch and music-class skirts in either chambray or denim, which will go with all of our tops. A rule of thumb of wardrobe planning is to have two tops to a bottom–that should cover it!

-I need to finish another of these pants:

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And I will have to make some kind of jacket. The Hailey would be perfect!

-I need to make pajama pants for my nephew, and pjs for my girls, if I can.

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Meanwhile, I’ll be working on the smocking to this dress and cutting up patterns. Hopefully, my fabric will make it on time for the challenge. What are you working on?

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Happy Fall, everyone! I have been waiting for this since fall ended last year and I could not be more excited. Among the fall projects I would love to tackle is, of course, Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge I have dreamed of participating for so long, but the timing always seemed to be off. It still is this year, but I am determined!

I would also like to try embroidering a fall kitchen towel, maybe making a table runner for the living room… I have some baby projects that I should be tackling, like sewing my diaper bag, or recovering my car seat (which is pink!) but I have not been brave enough to try. What projects are calling your name?

This week I am working on pants for my girls. I am using the After-school pants pattern by Oliver + S that I have had since last year! This is the second O+ S pattern I use, and it is an absolute dream. What a joy to watch the garment come to be! So easy! So cute!

Something I have learned these past couple of weeks as I have been sewing is that it’s all in the details. Let me show you:

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Look at that shot of my pants; one side is top-stitched, the other one isn’t. I cannot believe that something so simple as taking the few minutes to topstitch that pair of pants would make such a difference, but it does! If I am already spending all the effort to sew up the pants, why not do my best? It was a big revelation for me this week. Sewing is a labor of love, and I can really make it count as I try hard to 1) follow instructions and not be rushed, and 2) take my time! (which is the same as # 1, but I am so impatient and need a reminder).

So, for me that meant that my girls went to the birthday party without wearing a new outfit. And that was okay! By the time I am done with these pants they will have something comfortable and beautiful to wear that we will all feel so happy with, and that is what counts.

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There’s another picture of the view of the pockets. This is the cutest pair of pants you ever did see!

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I love smocked garments, but their price has always been a turndown. For a while, I have been meaning to smock something of my own, but I thought I could not do it because I lacked the fancy equipment. I did not want to dismiss my dream so easily, but I looked for instructions high and low and it was very difficult finding any.

And then I found this article on Marie Grace Designs. Here was the answer!

I have finally gathered the courage (and supplies) and started pleating. This is what the back looks like:

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And this is it, threads pulled:

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I am still working on the rows I need, so have not blocked it yet. This is my very first time doing this, so it is a work in progress but, at least, it looks like it might work!

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Mini Art Folios

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I recently made these cute mini art folios to give as favors for my daughter’s “birthday playdate.” the pattern is by Ginger Cake and I actually loved sewing these. I have made both the regular size folio and the mini folio and have received many compliments on them.

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Pattern Review
I love this pattern. The instructions are very well written, with many pictures to help visualize what you are actually supposed to do. It sews up quickly and, if you have many to make, I recommend setting up a serialized operation where you cut, “fuse,” iron, and sew. It is an easy craft that provides a lovely, practical, useful result.

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This time I just made a small drawstring pouch to put them in. I love making this project; it is a quick, easy, and very inexpensive gift.

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