Friday, May 13, 2011

Kids Clothes Week Challenge - Days 2 & 3

I couldnt bear to post pics of unfinished projects, so I'm combining Day 2 and Day 3 and just showing the end result.

Two pairs of Kids Pants with a Flat Front , thanks to Dana from Made!
I printed off the pattern and tried using it as-is (meaning size 2T-3T) but shorter for a pair of Sunday shorts for my 2 year old.  Apparently that kids gone through a growth spurt lately, because I wrestled with him for 5 minutes to try them on and I could barely squeeze his cute little rear in!

Lucky for me, the "shorts" make a great pair of Sunday pants for my 9-month old instead!

Both pairs are upcycled from polyester old-manish pants.  The one on the right is an attempt to make it bigger, but I did something wrong with tweaking the pattern because I'm going to have to add an actual waistband so that its not too short through the rise of the pants.

Boys Tunic from Upcycled Mens Shirt

This is such a lightweight cotton, it makes this the perfect summer shirt!
I drafted the pattern myself, and it needs a little work so I think a couple more tunics are on the way. 
(And that yellow button on the top...I thought I'd like it.  I don't.) 
My only worry about this shirt is that it might be a little girly.  This was reinforced when my husband tried putting it on our daughter the morning after I finished it.

I also sewed a twirly floral dress from the cutest vintage fabric (thrift store find!  woo hoo!) for my 3 year old daughter.  She has yet to let me take pictures of her in it...isn't the terrible twos supposed to magically end when they turn 3?!?!

And I whipped out a light summer cap for the baby...and he has yet to leave it on his head long enough to let me snap a picture of it!

All in all, I am LOVING the Kids Clothes Week Challenge - it was just the motivation I need!!!!!

I didnt finish any projects last night so Day 4 and Day 5 will probably be combined in a post tomorrow.  You know, in case you're just dying to see what else I might create. ;)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kids Clothes Week Challenge - Day 1

This time last year I stumbled upon Kids Clothes Week Challenge on Elsie Marley, and I had every intention of joining in...but didnt.

This year, I almost dont have a kids have out-grown all the hand-me-downs from their cousins (and actually are bigger than most of their cousins now!) and I can't really let them run around naked, even if the weather is finally warming up!

For the challenge, you're supposed to sew an hour a day on kids clothes.  My personal goal is to sew an hour a day per child.  I have a tendency to want to make fun girly outfits for my 3 year old, but my two boys need clothes MUCH more than she does!

Here's last night's hard work:

I got a few yards of stretchy knit from the thrift store awhile back, so I thought I'd try to make some easy t-shirts.  It would have helped if I'd thought to take my kids' measurements before I sent them to bed last night!  I ended up re-doing a lot after trying them on the kids this morning.

I also cut out a pair of shorts for my 2 year old (it took an hour because I had to print the pattern too - more on that for Day 2s post!) and I sewed them up this morning, only to realize they were JUST BARELY to small!

The good news is, they'll make great pants for the baby!