The first project I finished up this Kids Clothes Week is this adorable outfit for the first day of preschool. This was made by request, the customer even picked out this fabric. (Which I LOVE!) I used the Long Beach Board Shorts pattern from Terra’s Treasures, which is a super easy pattern and looks so nice with the piping accent. I love the panel on the back to use two different fabrics on shorts. I skipped the drawstring option, instead went with regular elastic.
I love making custom shorts to go with embroidered tees. Especially for boys, it really makes for fun outfits.
One Kids Clothes Week project done!
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.
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.
With Christmas in the rearview mirror and the New Year upon us, it is time to start thinking of all things love. I have been working to add some new cute Valentine designs to my shop, and just posted the first two today. With these, I have introduced personalization. I have been working with embroidery design software to put together cute designs and fonts to make these designs more personal. I have several other Valentine designs, as well as lots of other fun stuff in the pipeline.
I started this endeavor with the crazy idea of making custom shirts for my own sons for our Disney World trip. We are going in about a month and a half, but I started sewing them clothing for the trip months ago. What started as one shirt each has exploded into not only an entire Disney-themed wardrobe for them, a handful of things for the parents and our friends, but a whole working-from-home business.
Of the shirts I have made for our trip, I have only let my boys try one set on, and only briefly. I really don’t want them ruined before our trip, so they are quarantined until then. I made an exception this week, though, since we were invited to a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party for another twin family. I made the girls their Minnie birthday dresses, which they loved and looked so cute in for their party. I let my boys wear Mickey Mouse shirts I made. And of course they got pink frosting on them. Sigh. Luckily, nothing that didn’t wash away, thankfully.
And now, the inspiration for Just Joshin, my sons Justin and Joshua in their Mickey Mouse shirt test run (and the adorable newly 3-year-old girls.)