Last season of Kid’s Clothes Week got me so wrapped up in “upclycling“, that I have continued to turn two more dresses into shirts for Cadence. One is another Juicy Couture dress from her Mimmy (that was way too short for me) and the other is an Ann Taylor dress of mine that hung in my closet for 2 years with the tags still on.
As they were both striped dresses, I thought the Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt pattern was a very good choice for an upcycle project.
Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt
What a wonderful pattern! I have never gone wrong with Violette Field Threads, and I just love the ruffles on the back! I made the similar Adele Dress pattern awhile back and was very pleased with the results. This time, I wanted a simpler look, so I omitted the top ruffle. I had enough fabric left over with the grey and pink Juicy Couture dress, to make a scarf for a very sophisticated look.
I laid each dress out flat and cut along the side seam so there were two pieces (a front and a back). I folded the front piece in half long wise and laid the Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt front bodice pattern at the fold. This way, I was able to keep the neck line from both dresses!
I repeated the process with the back panel. The rest of the back was a large enough piece to turn sideways in order to create the back ruffle with contrasting vertical stripes. The only thing left to do was sew up the sides, and create the straps/sleeve bias with left over fabric. Some of the easiest sewing I have done yet!
American Girl Dolls; every little girl’s love. Well, maybe not every little girl’s love, but definitely mine! And! We have the “fortunate luck” to live within minutes of a giant American Girl Doll Store!
However, when Christmas came along with the the American Girl Doll catalog, I just knew that the whole thing would be full of circled items. I was not mistaken! With “the sky’s the limit” wishful thinking coupled with sky high pricing, it was hard to pair down the Christmas list.
This was a call grandpa and some DIY!
DIY American Girl Doll Wardrobe
On the top of the list (coming in at around $300) was the Isabelle Wardrobe. It did not come as a surprise to me as she had recently received Isabelle as a birthday gift (in October). However, at that price, it would be all she would receive for Christmas. So, I started my Pinterest hunt for the perfect DIY American Girl Doll Wardrobe. I didn’t have to search for long, because I found a cute design with plans and everything right here!
I enlisted my father (whom is lovingly called Baba) to help with the word-working, and I sanded, primed, and painted. With the suggested Target washer and dryer set (an additional cost), the wardrobe was complete! The finished product ended up costing less than $50 and was more than we could have dreamed.
It is now the last day of Kid’s Clothes Week, and I have accomplished 3 out of 4 intended projects. I’m going to take that as a win!
This last project includes my two girls: Cadence and Winifred Rose. Winnie is one of my kids too, right?! I couldn’t help including her in this wonderful theme: Upcycled!
After finishing a simple skirt for Cadence, from a Tory Burch Tank Top that no longer fit me, I had plenty of fabric left to make…..something! I thought about it, and decided to make a matching sweater for Winnie! How cute would that be!
How to Sew a Dog Sweater
1/4 yard fabric of choice (mine is knit)
1/4 yerd fleece (contrasting color)
4 inches of velcro
Neck Measurement (where the color would go plus 1 inch)
Chest Measurement (largest Part
Tip to Tail Measurement (from neck to bottom)
*Winnie’s measurements are: 10 X 12.5 X 10
From there, simply draw a rough oval with the given measurements (adding an inch on all sides for seam allowance), and leaving a small flap on the side for the Velcro. Cut out the neck (about 2 inches in a half circle shape (with enough room on either side for Velcro strips.
Sew right sides together, leaving a small opening to turn right side out. Once turned, sew shut and attach the Velcro. Wallah! And that is how to sew a dog sweater in its simplest form. I have a feeling I will be making many more!
The skirt turned out nicely too. For a simple skirt tutorial see here.
Kid’s Clothes Week Day 4: Floral Pants To finish up Kid’s Clothes Week: Wild Things, we decided to make a pair of skinny jeans: wild flower style. Floral pants have been all the rage lately showing up in magazines, in stores, on Pinterest, and in the streets! It was only a matter of time before […]
Kid’s Clothes Week: Wild Things I love Kid’s Clothes Week! This season’s theme: Wild Things sparked my attention early on. There are just so many possibilities! However, when my rapidly growing up almost 9 year old announced she was “too old for animal faces on her clothes”, I was stumped. I wanted something cutsie! She wanted something trendy. […]
The Garden Party Dress from Oliver + S is something I have been meaning to blog about for some time now. It was the dress that got me sewing again after a 5 year break during which I finished a Master’s Degree.
I came across Oliver + S by accident, searching for a dress to buy no less! I saw the adorable patterns and images, such as the one featured (and the Pinwheel Tunic, my next spring project), and decided to pull out the old Janome and make a dress.
Fall Garden Party Dress
My first attempt was from an unknown cotton fabric I had in my closet for some odd years. The dress ended up being the perfect nightgown as it was slightly see through and extremely soft.
My second attempt ended up being simply wonderful! I was so proud after all these years that I could still make a pretty dress on the second try! It was all thanks to the amazing tutorial included in the pattern and the easy to follow instructions provided by Oliver + S.
I used a Fall Floral Corduroy print from Hobby Lobby. It is currently out of stock, however, there is a dark blue version here. I used a Grey Corduroy for the contrasting waist band.
Now that it is colder, the dress still looks fantastic paired with leggings or tights and a long sleeved shirt. Such a versatile dress!
Fancy Garden Party Dress
Coming back to the Garden Party Dress last week in anticipation for the holidays, I attempted a more dressed up version. I chose a wired tulle from Joann’s from All That Glitters Fabric in coral with a simple nude stretch knit from Sew Classic Knits as a lining. I simply cut out each fabric in all pattern pieces expect for the facing and sleeve lining in which I only used the knit. Once cut out, I laid the tulle on top of the knit and sewed as directed.
There was slight puckering on the waist band, which I am confident would have not been there had I been in less of a hurry, but despite everything, the dress is still gorgeous!
The Kid’s Clothes Week Fall 2014 theme is: storybook. There are so many ways to go with this theme! There is the more obvious costume feel (like my Princess Anna here) or a more inspired look (like these comfy reading PJ’s here). Some opted to screen print quotes or images onto tees or skirts. There are just so many wonderful ways to interpret this seasons theme.
I chose my storybook theme to center around one of my childhood favorites that I am now sharing with my children: My Father’s Dragon.
For the dragon dress, I chose the Adele Dress by Violette Fields Threads with Robert Kaufman Laguna Stretch Jersey Knit in Royal (here) with red tulle accents. I coupled the dress with DIY Leggings in Riley Blake Jersey Knit 1″ Stripes in Yellow (here). With the boots we got from Hanna Andersson, the dress could not be a more perfect dragon!
For Elmer, I chose the Rowan Tee by Titchy Threads with Riley Blake Jersey Knit 1″ Stripes in Red (here). I added a light blue knit color band and accent pocket with scrap knit I had.
What is the best part of Fall? Leggings! The most comfy thing a girl (or boy) can wear!
As part of Kids Clothes Week, I am making a pair of leggings. The great thing about leggings is that they are incredibly easy to make.
This tutorial will walk you through how to make a pair of leggings by using a pair you already have as a guide. However, you can check out this other fantastic tutorial here, if you need to make them from scratch using your own measurements.
Let the DIY Leggings Tutorial begin!
DIY Leggings Tutorial
1/2 yard knit fabric (for tiny ones!)
1 inch elastic band for waist (about 1/2 yard)
1/4 inch elastic band for rushing (about 1/8 yard)
poof of tulle for accent (optional)
matching polyester thread
marker or pen
ballpoint or stretch needle
double needle (optional)
Fold your pair of leggings in half length-wise to use as a guide. Trace around the leggings onto a sheet of paper (or many sheets taped together) with a pencil or marker. Once the outline is created, we are going to adjust. Because the elastic band has made the waist slightly smaller, we are going to draw lines straight up to meet the top as shown in the picture below.
Add 1/4 inch seam allowance to the side that is not straight up and down. The side that is straight up and down will be placed on the fold.
Add a one inch seam line to the bottom of the leggings as shown below.
Add 1 1/4 inch seam allowance to the top to allow for a 1 inch elastic waist band. If you prefer a smaller waist band, use that size plus 1/4 inch.
Cut out fabric carefully. Knits are prone to stretching, so they should be laid out on a flat surface. Try not to stretch the fabric as you cut.
Since 2 legs are needed, you will need to cut out two pieces on the fold. If the fabric has stripes, make sure the stripes are lined up by using one piece of cut out fabric as the pattern for the second as shown below.
Using your walking foot, double or twin needles if you have them, and polyester thread (for maximum stretch): Hem the bottom of both legs by folding the fabric in 1 inch. #5 on my machine provides a good amount of stretch, however, a straight stitch can work if you slightly stretch the fabric while sewing.
Note: If you want to do the ruched sides, now is the time! Iron the fold seam, open fabric, and sew the elastic to the wrong side of the material at the bottom of the pant leg.
One the bottom hems are complete (and side ruched detail), with a single ballpoint needle, and the zigzag stitch of your choice: sew the leg seam together until you reach the curved point (crotch). I like the zigzag with the straight line best: #10 on my machine. However, anything that give stretch to the fabric will work.
Once both legs are complete, sew the seams up the front and back (all in one go) making a U shape.
Add the elastic band to the top by encasing it in the excess 1 1/4 inch fabric. Now the product is done and any decorations (such as the tulle poof can be added)!
When we decided as a family to adopt rabbits into our life, the first and foremost decision we had to make was: indoors or outdoors? In the house or in a rabbit hutch? There seems to be a philosophical debate on whether or not rabbits are indoor or outdoor animals.
There are numerous websites dedicated to the philosophy of “house rabbits” detailing the reasons why indoor environments are vital to the well being of bunnies. Many of these reasons are related to social interaction, harsh outdoor climates, and an increased lifespan in the home. The philosophy of house rabbits tends to be very adamant that keeping a pet rabbit indoors is the best possible outcome for both the pet and the pet owner.
The other side of the debate tends to agree with all the positive aspects of indoor habitats, yet recognizes that rabbits are rabbits and, if properly cared for, can live a happy life outdoors in a rabbit hutch.
After careful debate, we decided that we would keep our rabbits outside – with the resolve to play with them outside every day. However, we wanted to make sure that they had ample space and excellent accomodations, so we recruited my father to design and build a DIY Rabbit Hutch: what we now refer to as the “Rabbit Mansion”.
DIY Rabbit Hutch
My dad’s philosophy is “use what you have”. In the case of the DIY Rabbit Hutch, we used wood left over from our newly assembled fence, hinges from old cabinet doors, and scrap wood from various projects for the top addition flooring and stair case. The DIY Rabbit Hutch is built in two pieces: the top piece fitting on the bottom piece like a lid to a pot.
Needless to say, the kids were thrilled with the new addition! The rabbits were too! For more woodworking projects by my dad, please see our “Tufted Headboard Tutorial” or visit his website, Masterwork.
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