One Hour Sewing – Fall Kids Clothes Week

I squeezed in one hour yesterday afternoon to sew something for my kiddos and participate in the fall edition of  kids clothes week.  I had high hopes of challenging myself this time around (I didn’t), but like every time I turn on my machine, I’m inspired to create more.  I will hopefully soon cut into some patterns and fabric that are sitting around.  Even when my machine collects dust, the ideas are always there.

Although, I’ll call this my lazy mama creation, it does remind me that something can be created in just one hour.  Lucia’s dress was made the same way that I made these dresses last spring (I’ve since fixed the hem!).   Adrian’s shirt was made by cutting out a triangle,  using seam-a-seam, and sewing a wide zig zag stitch along the border.  Good ol’ Mod Podge was used to create the headband and mask.  The awesome fabric is from Spoonflower.simple sewing matching childrens clothes black triangle fabric

Check out some amazing talent at and #kidsclothesweek on instagram – you won’t see any lazy mama creations over there!


Mama Dress to Girls Dress – Kids Clothes Week {Summer}

I once loved this dress by Hazel Clothing, but my improper laundering stretched it into an official potato sack.  So I chopped it up to recycle into a dress for my best girl.  I played around with the fabric (a lot) and ended up creating a large pocket, which I sewed onto a black camisole.  I gathered the bottom portion of the dress to create a skirt and attached it to the cropped camisole.  I also added a few hanging ribbons for fun.  The dress stretched the camisole a bit too much, which I fixed by cutting the straps to create tie straps.   It was quick and easy, and I’m a sucker for beautiful pre-existing hemlines!

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The Little Lady was instantly pleased with her new dress.

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And her flying little brother too.

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Lucia kept it on for our usual evening outdoor antics (yes, her brother is wearing his sister’s unicorn crocs).  Their latest includes something they coined chalk smashing: drawing pictures, scribbling all over them, sweeping the colors together and rolling around in their new creation.

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I’m pretty sure that this dress passed the LP test.

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Big thanks to kids clothing week for helping me dust off the old machine once again.


Kids Clothes Week – Sewing Round Up {Spring}

I started sewing for my children two years ago, and since that time, my machines have accumulated more dust than I’m happy with.  I’m on a quest to create time for things that I enjoy and decided to join in on Elise Marley’s Kids Clothes Week to carve out some serious sewing time.

I decided to start with a simple skirt from cute Japanese fabric that I had in my stash.  When I messed it up (who messes up a skirt? I mean!)  I thought about calling my friend and sewing guru Caroline over at Hungie Gungie.  Feeling like I already bugged her enough this week (with photo texts questioning my fabric’s ugliness factor), I decided to stalk her site instead, in search of her sister Erin’s Vintage Pillow Case Tank Dress Tutorial.  Cutting up a tank and attaching it to the skirt was a perfect and easy solution to my Kids Clothes Week skirt fail.

I decided to call this The Whoopsy Daisy Dress:
I liked it so much that I made another:
And another:

Most importantly the little-big-girl was pleased with squeals of delight.  I believe she likes the mermaid dress (and wand) the most.  The fabric, from Spoonflower, was sitting in my fabric collection for well over a year.  The third Whoopsy Daisy fabric (by Anna Salander) was purchased from Ikea with the intention of making sectional covers. It looked hideous in my living room (whoopsy daisy!).  Although I wasn’t sure how well it would translate into a dress, I’m happy with the outcome (I’m into triangles these days).   I steam-a-seamed an additional triangle onto the tank and zig-zag stitched around it.  I also added a grey pom pom trim because my girl LOVES pom poms.

I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted with visions of (yet unmade) cool shorts for my boy in my head.  We had a bit of a rough week when both bambini’s were admitted to the hospital with severe gastroenteritis.  They had excellent care, quickly recovered as I received a swift dose of mama-gratitude.

I did manage to crank out an Oliver + S Popover Sundress in pretty Amy Butler fabric for one of my new favorite tiny human’s baby Anya.  I met her mama when we were teenage lifeguards and I can’t wait to reunite with her in person someday soon.  I also had the chance to connect with some amazing talent via Instagram and am sure that I will continue to be inspired by their creativity.  I’ve been drooling over the Kids Clothes Week Wrap Up Post and flicker group photos and am determined to dedicate a bit more time to this sewing thing – even when faced with big old whoopsy daisies.