I read about Kids Clothes Week a long time ago and keep meaning to actually sign up and do it. I have a million and one things to do this week, so why not add another! Essentially it boils down to sewing an hour a day for your kids. Every day for a week. I figure I can do that. I already have quite a few projects lined up for my duo: a surprise project I have been working on I can’t wait to share next month, a few fun things for back to school, and I have even started prepping for the onset of winter with a bunch of flannel for new, warm pajamas.
Today I finished cutting this pile into what will become super-secret-awesome-my-kids-won’t-stop-begging-me-to-finish project.
Tomorrow we have a busy morning with activities and a playdate, but I committed to this hour a day working on stuff for my kids, so I am going to stick to it. (I did spend about 4 hours today working on stuff for other people’s kids, by the way.)
Kids Clothes Week is underway, but you can jump in anytime! There is plenty of motivation to get something cute, handmade sewn for your kiddos.
A couple months ago I finished a set of Harry Potter inspired outfits for a special family’s special trip to Orlando. I truly loved working on these and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! I loved reading the Harry Potter books and I can’t wait until my boys are a little older and ready to read them too!
The middle kid got this bowling shirt, which I tried to make look like a house scarf. The placket and the collar are pieced from two different fabrics for the striped look. I used the same dark red fabric for all three outfits, which has swirls and stars and a “magical” vibe.
The oldest sister got this dress, also with the pieced straps and sash. The dress has a total of 3 appliqués, one of Harry, Ron and Hermione.
The littlest guy got this little romper to match his older siblings. (It is reversible with Mickey on the other side.)
And finally, though I did not have a better photo, I made shirts for the parents to wear too. They are going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so why shouldn’t they join in the fun?
I hope they have a wonderful trip. I loved making these outfits, and love how they turned out.
I am taking preorders for Christmas Pajamas in the month of June. I realize it is just finally summer and some of us had snow less than two weeks ago. (Mother Nature clearly lost her mind!) I intend to enjoy this summer and warm weather, right after I plan what my kids will be wearing on Christmas morning. I offered these pajamas last year and got great feedback from customers. They are thick, soft, and so adorable! My boys enjoyed wearing them to the Santa train, a party at school and many many nights since Christmas. They are so cute in Christmas morning pictures, too! In addition to the kid’s PJs offered last year, sizes 6M to 12Y, they have added Adult sizes, Doll PJs, and Infant gowns for size 0-3M. Colors are Red/White, Green/White and Red/Green. Adult PJs are only available in the Red/Green combo. (Please see sizing charts below for both kids and adult sizing.)
Prices (Includes custom embroidery/appliqué design of your choice.)
(Order 4 or more sets and you will get the discount price for all 4 items.)
- Orders due by June 30, 2014
- Deposit of 50% due at time of purchase via paypal. (You are free to pay the full amount and estimated shipping costs instead.)
- Balance (and shipping) will be due November 1, 2014
- You chose your design
- Pajamas will be shipped to you by December 1, 2014 so you have time for Christmas card photos, visits with Santa, and all the fun December family activities.
These UNISEX pjs are made using premium 95% cotton and 5% spandex providing a soft comfortable feel that holds any decoration nicely. They are available in three different colors which are red with white, green with white and red with green. They are sold and priced as sets which include one top and one matching bottom
The pjs are available in sizes 6M-12Y and a size chart is provided below with the exact specificationsOur Size Chart is measured in inchesThe length is for the length of the shirtThe waist is measured from hip to hipCompliant with all CPSC regulations for snug fitting sleepwear
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I love adding custom shorts to complement an embroidered t-shirt. My go-to pattern for shorts (and lounge pants!) is The Scientific Seamstress Easy Fit Pants. They are so, well, easy! Like her other patterns, The Easy Fits pattern is almost like a sewing lesson, so if you haven’t made pants, no worries, it will walk you through. I have used flannel to make PJ pants for my boys and nephew for Christmas, lightweight summer PJ pants, and lots of shorts. They are super quick and always look cute.
This time around I made a little modification, I added buttonhole elastic and made the waistband adjustable. I have two boys who share clothing, one who has a bigger waist. Their commercial pants that have adjustable waistbands are a huge help in keeping pants up!
This same method can be used on other patterns for anything that has elastic in a casing, including pants, shorts and skirts. (If you have the pattern, this step inserts before step 4 in the construction, before forming the casing.)
To add an adjustable waistband you will need:
- Two Small buttons (about 1/4” size, they won’t show so they don’t have to go with the outfit. I used grey.)
- Buttonhole Elastic
- Ruler or Tape Measure (I use a Centering Ruler which is super handy!)
- Sew-in or fusible interfacing (A small scrap is plenty)
- Disappearing Ink Pen or Chalk
- The ability to make buttonholes
Fold the casing over as it will sit when stitched, and measure for your buttonholes. I used the centering ruler from the front-center seam and measured 2.5” inches to each side and marked where the button holes should go. These shorts are size 3T, leaving about 5 inches between the buttonholes seemed about right. I estimated, larger sizes should be placed a little further apart. (I aimed for the holes to hit about the hip bones in the front.) The important part is to make sure they are equal distance from the center so they gather evenly,
My marking pen is purple and disappears quickly, you can see the purple mark on Nemo’s face.
Once marked, open the fold again, you will need to add interfacing to stabilize the buttonholes. Cut small scraps of interfacing and apply to the back of where the buttonholes will be. This will reinforce the buttonholes and the buttons. I cut mine about 1” x1.5. They should be less than the width of the casing.
With the casing folded open, stitch the buttonholes where you marked. By stitching open, when you fold it over, the buttonholes will not show on the front of the shorts. After your buttonholes are stitched, add a button about 1 inch to the side of the buttonhole, on the side toward the center seam.
Once you have your buttonholes and buttons attached, fold the casing over again, and stitch in place. You do not need to leave a space to insert elastic like it instructs in the pattern, you will insert it through the buttonholes. You can use a zipper foot to stitch around the buttons, if you want. I just used my standard foot and went slowly near the buttons to stitch the casing.
Once you have the casing stitched, insert the buttonhole elastic. Since it will be exposed on the ends, you should melt the ends with a candle or lighter to seal and keep it from fraying. I buttoned one side and fed through the other with a safety pin. Once they are attached on both sides, stretch evenly to spread out the waistband gather. To loosen, just move the button further down the elastic, that simple.
The front will have a flatter look than it would normally since there is no elastic gathering.
And you’re done!
(Link to the ruler is an Amazon Affiliate link. If you buy it I will get a few cents. Thanks! The other links are not affiliates, though I could not recommend the Scientific Seamstress Patterns more highly, I love them!)
My “babies” are regular kids now, notsomuch babies anymore, but I am lucky to have a close friend with a new little guy, so I *may* have gone overboard with baby sewing. It’s just so cute! I whipped up one more Book-inspired sewing project for the little guy, a Romper for the summertime based on old favorite, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. It’s reversible, and oh, so cute.
I have done a couple other recent baby projects, these reversible Poofy Pants with matching onesies turned out too cute! These make great baby gifts are are designed to have a little extra room in the backside to accommodate cloth diaper bulk, something I wish I’d had when my babies were babies with fluffy cloth diapered backsides!
I am adding both the reversible rompers and the poofy pants baby sets to my offerings soon,they can be made in any colors or themes just ask!
After a little hiatus, I decided to get back into the swing of things. My Etsy shop is stocked, I opened a new shop on Zibbet and I recently joined a group of designers on Facebook that has launch events and auctions. The first one ended yesterday and I am delighted that my ready-to-ship items all sold, plus I got orders for several more! Busy few weeks coming up.
One thing I wanted to take a little time for was something special for my kids. They got plenty of fun custom stuff for our Disney trip, of course, and they usually get special shirts for holidays and events. But when I saw that the Scientific Seamstress group on Facebook is having a month-long contest for Book-inspired sewing. When I saw this fabric, I knew I had to play along. My son Joshua’s favorite book lately has been Green Eggs and Ham. I let them pick what fabric they wanted, Joshua chose Green Eggs and Ham, Justin chose The Lorax.
I finally got time to work on them yesterday and finished up the last of them this morning. The pattern is my beloved Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt which I have made dozens of times. It’s so incredible versatile and so cute for boys! I love the colors and the themes of their shirts, and the boys are in love with their special shirts from their favorite books.
Despite curbing my Etsy business recently, I have managed to stay pretty busy with lots of other fun projects.
I finished these two Halloween Minnie and Mickey dresses. The Minnie one sold and has made its way to its new owner in Canada. (The Mickey one on the right is still available! Size 4) These are incredibly fun dresses with lots of great colors and details.
These sets were a birthday gift for twin playmates. I made Minnie Mouse dresses for their birthday last year. This year they love Doc McStuffins so when I found that purple and pink polka dots I knew it was perfect for Doc. They even got corresponding outfits for their dolls.
These outfits call into the “Giving Back” category, they went to a family for a Make a Wish trip. The little girl is 4 and has leukemia. She has an almost-3-year-old brother, so they each got a special outfit. The girl’s mom sent me a message saying that her daughter declared it the best dress ever and that the princesses at Disney World will know she is a princess too. Neither one of the kids wanted to take their outfits off.
And this swashbuckling duo is getting ready for a Disney trip too, these are their outfits for their Pirate makeover at Pirates League when we visit over Halloween for their 4th birthday.
And one more set of Disney-inspired sibling set, these dresses were made for a college-friend’s daughters. They just got back from their trip and I am told the dresses were a hit. Her younger daughter reportedly told Tiana all about the dress, even though she wasn’t wearing it at the time.
I am off next week to Sewing Summit, but I am hoping I can start ramping up my business again now that my kiddos are spending at least a little time in preschool, and the holidays are on the way. I just received the Christmas PJs so I will be starting on those in the next couple weeks. If you pre-ordered holiday pajamas, keep an eye out for an email to finalize your designs.
In a month, I will be traveling to the Sewing Summit conference. I am really excited to go. I wasn’t sure I would be able to, but ultimately decided that sewing isn’t something I am likely to quit anytime soon. One of the things I like about the Sewing Summit is their initiative to Travel Handmade. Last year when my family went to Disney World, most of my kids’ outfits were handmade by me, as well as a set of shirts for all the adults in our group and lots of embroidered t-shirts. I am hoping I can make myself an outfit for the opening night mixer, and I made this bag for carrying my stuff around the conference. I have never made a bag before and this one whipped up faster and easier than I imagined. I used leftover fabric from another project, so I had to modify the directions a little. But I LOVE the results.
I finished up this custom quilt a while ago, but waited to post it, lest the recipient’s surprise be spoiled by social media. This was a custom order for my friend’s cousin who is in love with all things British. We were at the Sewing Expo together when we found this fabric and she said, “I want this in a quilt for my cousin!” even though it wasn’t quite enough for a quilt, and it was out of print fabric. I got creative and ordered more from two different places online and the Union Jack panel I custom printed from Spoonflower which is avery cool site you can upload your own artwork, or in my case an unlicensed artwork, and have it printed on fabric. I could not be happier with how this turned out! The flag is a solid piece, printed, but I traced all the lines with quilting so it has a nice dimension. The back fabric was in short supply so I ended up splitting it with matching fabric in both red and blue, which I love. And who doesn’t love a striped border, especially when it ties together all the colors.