Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Hello Kitty dress with a hidden pocket

My daughter loves Hello Kitty. I mean LOVES Hello Kitty! The same girl that plays hockey and wants to learn about hunting can't get enough of this cat!

I tried to give her free rein over this dress. However, I had to pull her in a bit. If she totally had her way, she'd look like a circus that threw up. The girl is not afraid of color or being noticed. (Oh heard)

So, I kept it pretty simple. I had this suiting material sitting around and I thought this might give kitty a sophisticated look. I paired it with some red and white cotton material, a zipper and some buttons as embelishments and called it a day.

The best part is, that while the kitty looks like only an applique, it's really a hidden pocket!


(Excuse her while she smoothers kitty to get at her loot.)

The back has an invisible zipper and the hemline was finished with red bias tape.

Needless to say, she loves it. I have a feeling she will be putting in an order for more dresses like this for summer. I think next I'll give her full control over the design. I guarantee she will have every color in the rainbow in her design, with no rhyme or reason as to what goes where. A walking circus tent, if you will.

(Ra da da da da da da da circus Da da da da da da da da afro Circus afro, circus afro, Polka dot polka dot polka dot afro)
At least she's not camera shy.


I am participating in 'the sew off' at Nap Time Crafters.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Inspired by a pigeon!

While perusing all the fun things in my blog reader last week, I came across this great post on the awesome blog, No Big Dill. How fun! Create an original piece, using inspiration from children's books. I knew right away I wanted to play. The finished item evolved over several days and several revisions.

I rummaged through books and decided on the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. (So did Christie!) My first grader got a kick out of these books, so we picked up The Pigeon Wants a Puppy at his school book fair last year.

I decided to take the pigeon illustration and replicate it as a fun jacket.

I incorporated thrifted and new items into the design. I started with a cotton button down shirt in blue. The blue is a bit darker than the pigeon in the books, however I wanted it to coordinate with a cute polka dot cotton window panel I already had. I used the polka dot as the lining. I gave it a white ruffled collar like Mr. Pigeon has, a black outline and yellow buttons like his beak. I added a white shash belt and embroidered the first line in the book. "Oh, hello."

It's playful, colorful and not something I would have put together otherwise.

This was a great lesson in learning to look at things differently and taking inspiration from the things I live amongst.

...and my product tester approves!

Monday, October 31, 2011

New item in my Etsy Shop

I might be on a roll with this new little number I created. After seeing my daughter parade around in it this weekend, I got a better idea of how it wears, fits and holds up to her craziness.

Here's how it happened:I was going for a woodsy, natural, plaid look but with a playful touch. I think I achieved it. I also wanted to mix materials. I did that by using the knit t-shirt as a ruffle to outline the entire piece. The reverse side is a cotton bed sheet in a playful car design. Yes. That makes this lightweight jacket fully reversible. Love that! 2 looks in one!

Just for fun, and something different, I chose not to add a closure to this jacket. Instead, I made this simple knit flower belt which keeps everything together. It's a soft elastic band which slips over her head or can be stepped into.

Here's what I like about that:

1. She can put it on herself. No zippers or buttons to fuss with.

2. It keeps it shut even with tons of active 3 year old movements.

3. It cinches in at the waistline just enough to see the cute shape and the slight flare, but doesn't create additional bulk.

4. The flower is just cute. Period.

I also love the fact that it's reversible. The slightly folded over collar and rolled up cuffs expose a glimpse of the secret lining.

I hope to add more to my shop soon. My plan is to upcycle as much as possible. I'll be using mens dress shirts and knit ruffles with a fun, unexpected lining. Stay tuned.


Monday, October 24, 2011

My little JEWEL - Rio Style

The movie Rio quickly became a favorite at our house. Blank stares, crooked necks, wide open mouths and long blinks in front of the tv, are usually an indication of a good movie! This is when my daughter decided to be a McCaw. Not necessarily for Halloween, but just in general. Her subtle 'tweet-tweet' hints, sent me to the fabric store for blue felt.

Here is the girly little bird I'm speaking of.

So I began to sew. I started with just the wings. At first they tied loosely around the neck and two elastic bands around the wrists. This was enough to please her. But I felt it needed more.

I decided instead of a face mask adorned in feathers, a hood was the way to go.

This way I was able to incorporate the features that make Jewel, Jewel.

The beak, the long eyelashes and of course the pink flower.

Every birdy needs to be able to shake her tailfeather. Viola! Tailfeathers.

This poor costume was run ragged this weekend. It spent most of it's time jumping off the furniture indoors and swooping through the neighborhood outside. Did you know McCaw's can drive 4-wheelers, eat push pops, frolic in a sandbox and serenade an ice cream truck? They do where we live.

But in the end, I have this smiling face, looking right back at me. This one is kid approved!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Finally, an update!

I've come out of hibernation and finally added a listing to my shop today! I need to move some knits out before I can step foot into another thrift store. (Yah right, that is highly unlikely to happen!) It's a good thought though... Here is a preview of what I have awaiting the sewing machine and a USPS first class trip to a new home.

More selections can be found in my flickr set, here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Friends Forever

I recently just participated in my first ever sew along. The Chloe & Mieko Friends Forever t-shirt was just too cute to pass up. Read more about this great cause here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Knit in the round

While this may sound like a knitting post, it's not! Knitting is one thing I struggle with. (well, one of many things like emptying the lint trap in my dryer, going only 9 over the speed limit instead of 10, finding a way to organize my recipes, actually 'using' the coupons I cut out instead of thinking I'm going to and then end up letting them expire..... and THEN... knitting!)

SO! This is actually just a post about knit fabric. T-shirts in fact. Since I might be in love with a new skirt style and I might be on the brink of compulsive t-shirt collecting, I thought, why not marry the two?

Using the wonderful instructions provided by Dana at MADE I created my own circle skirt pattern to fit my almost 3 year old. It was actually super easy and really satisfying to see it all come together so quickly. As a test skirt, I grabbed two somewhat compatible t-shirts and pieced them together. The end result: a comfy, free flowing, casual twirl skirt for any budding princess. (Or not. I can't tell if I have a tree climber or a girl fit for a tea party, just yet. Perhaps a happy combination of both?)

I think she enjoyed it though. I even got a little dance out of her. She had to test out the twirl factor. I am pretty pleased with the end result. Now I just need to get creative at combining 2 unrelated, yet coordinating shirts.

I left the seems serged and exposed on the outside. Again, adding to the casual feel of the skirt.


Whew! After all that, a girl needs to rest!

"I am SO over this twirl skirt!"