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These cute shirts were my last finished project for KCWC. The girls have *loved* them.

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The pattern: The pattern is Oliver + S Hopscotch Shirt , which was my first successful knit experience. The pattern itself is so easy to follow! I have said this of every O+s pattern, but it’s so true. The first shirt I made was easy enough, but once I had sewn that one up, the second came together in no time. It’s love for me! I’ll be making this one many, many times, for sure.

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The fabric: It was so easy to make these, and I think a great part of it was the knit I was working with: a ribbed knit from fabric.com. I know rib stretches more, and time will tell whether it was a good choice or not, but the weight of the fabric made it incredibly easy to work with, especially for someone without a serger, like myself. Also, the pattern calls for stabilizing some key areas with interfacing, which really helped.

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The sewing: I am very satisfied with the results. These are the settings I used for sewing with this fabric:

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-A narrow zig-zag

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-As wide a stitch as I could use for joining pieces.

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-A narrow stitch for finishing hems.

Another important tip (I read this somewhere, but can’t remember where!) that made a world of difference is to match your thread to the fabric. Because the zig-zag will always show a bit, having the thread be a color match helped so much!

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See what I’m saying?

Now, I am not sure if I will hem these… Any thoughts on how best to do that?

Thanks, everybody, for the inspiration to try new things, especially Meg! I loved being a part of it, and can’t wait for next time.

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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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It’s finally finished! And I am so pleased with the results. I have never *ever* worked on such an ambitious project, and I feel so happy I stuck with it and got it done. Thank you, Tasia, for such an awesome pattern and sewalong!

Materials: red wool crepe; lining: print quilting cotton, both from www.fabric.com I got the notions through Amazon, if you can believe it. It was great, I did not have to go anywhere!

Adjustments: The only adjustment I did on it was shorten the sleeves. Oh, and I did not add Velcro to the pockets.

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Notes about the fabric: It was great to sew with these two fabrics. They are both very forgiving when it comes to using your seam-ripper. The wool does not press well, but I was okay with that. Such a lovely color! It is the perfect fall/spring weight.

Difficulties: Stitching in the ditch and the final hem were the hardest for me. They look a bit wonky, but not too bad considering… I was scared to sew in the zippers, but everything turned out great. Tasia’s instructions on the pattern are absolutely fabulous.

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Techniques learned: I am not rembering the proper names for these right now, but I learned so many things! The most important lesson was to take my time preparing to sew– it is so worth it in the end! I also learned neat techniques for attaching lining, new ways of transferring pattern markings, the meaning of stitching in the ditch, a review of slipstitching, among others. It was great!

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Favorite features: I love everything about this jacket but, especially, the raglan sleeves with gathers, and the cinched waist. Gorgeous! My four-year-old asked me if she could get this jacket when she grows up 😉

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Thanks again, Tasia, for such a fun sewalong!

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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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Fantasizing and daydreaming about upcoming projects is a favorite pastime of mine. Here I share what’s been on my mind lately, hoping to make these come to reality!

1. Being more intentional about learning with my girls. This week, I received More Story Stretchers and Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, which I am hoping to begin on Monday. Now, the trick will be to conduct two craft activities with two children at the same time…

2. Minoru sewalong! Tasia is wonderful and this sewalong has been incredibly fun.

3. Planning a Spring wardrobe. Inspiration here, here, and here. What are, really, the basics in a spring wardrobe? Growing up in a place where the seasons were practically nonexistent, seasonality is a concept that both fascinates and bewilders me. I’m having fun exploring all the options.

4. Developing your personal style. Loved this post by Sarai of Colette Patterns, this one by the Cottage Mama, and this one by the talented Kristin, from Skirt as Top. Great thoughts!

5. Loving these patterns: Tee, Made by Rae, and this Tunic, by Shwin & Shwin, and Sweet Little Dress, by Leila and Ben. Gorgeous all!

Lastly, I’ve been wondering if I’m brave enough to smock an Easter dress. Or two.

Have a good weekend, all!

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