7.24.2014

Stamped Fabric: Creating My Own Prints

This week I taught some of my friends how to stamp on fabric, so I got to make some of my own. I haven't stamped in awhile and I forgot how much I love it. I really enjoy creating my own prints. And this is my only contribution to Kid's Clothes Week because we're moving in a week. Hopefully I'll be able to sew with this fabric in the next month!
I stamped this soft striped peach jersey that I have used in multiple pieces. First I stamped some bright blue whales. It didn't feel quite finished so I used some gold and stamped some anchors. I really love this fabric. It's only about half of a yard so I'll probably make and outfit for Claire. I'm thinking leggings and maybe a tunic or dress. It depends on how much I have left I guess! What knit top or dress patterns do you love for babies?
My SIL made this skirt more than a year ago and gave it to me when she was tired of it. I wore it and then got tired of it. I decided to stamp some dark gray walruses on it. I'm thinking a long-sleeved top for myself for this winter. A simple design so that the walruses and stripes can shine.
This last one I haven't decided how I feel about it yet. I cut open a men's blue t-shirt. I wanted to stamp a word so I chose Aaah because it's something kids say. I stamped in black first, then a bright blue so the black is like an echo. I wanted to make it more readable so I added some light blue dots as the negative space in the letters. I don't think it's that readable. I love the idea, but I don't think it was executed that well. What do you think?
Heather

7.22.2014

Leather Baby Shoes

My brother and his family are moving across the country so they are getting rid of lots of stuff. My SIL had purchased a leather hide awhile back to fix her couch. She decided not to take it with them, so she gave it to me. Can you believe she gave me a hide of leather?! To repay her I made her daughter a bunch of new leather shoes and I made doubles of each for Claire. Leather was actually satisfying to work with and wasn't too difficult.
These bow shoes are basic baby shoes with a bow added to the top. I altered this baby shoe pattern to make it work with the leather. I really like the simplicity of these shoes with a statement bow on them.
I decided to make some mary janes for nicer functions. I altered the free pleated mary jane pattern. I eliminated the pleats because they would be too hard to do with leather (or maybe I was too lazy to figure it out.) I added elastic straps that hopefully will be tight enough. My SIL got all leather on the outside, but I LOVED the look of the suede so I tried flipping it for Claire. It stretched more so I had to add two little pleats at the toes.
I also made some little leather boots, and they might be my very favorite. They are so simple but will be great for winter. They will look so cute with tights or leggings. I used the free little red riding boots pattern. I had to alter them a little to work with leather, but it's easier because I don't have to line them. The suede is so soft and comfortable inside.
All new leather shoes for a winter baby. Hopefully Claire's feet will be big enough this winter!
Heather

7.17.2014

DIY Loose Polka Dotted Top

I think I have a problem. I have made multiple versions of The Staple Dress and have more versions I want to make. It might also be because we're packing up to move in a couple of weeks, and it's the only pattern easily accessible.
I added leather tabs and snaps to the shoulders and sleeve hems. I love the little details it adds to the simple look of the top. (You can tell I added shirring to the waistline and took it out because I didn't like the look.)
Pattern: The Staple Dress. I cut it into a hi-lo shirt, raised the neckline in the front and back, and added leather tabs.
Fabric: Peachskin from fabric.com. (It's on sale right now too!) It is a polyester, but it has a really soft hand and fluid drape. It breathes well too.
Time: 2 hours
Cost: $2.79 per yard and I used two yards, so $5.58 plus a little bit of leather and some snaps.
Heather

7.16.2014

Graphic Print Challenge

I had the fun opportunity to participate in Skirt Fixation's Fabric Swap Challenge this month. I signed up for the graphic fabric swap. Go over there to see how I turned the fabric on the left to the top on the right! and don't forget to vote for me on Friday!
Heather

7.10.2014

Polka Dot Sweatpants and Tuxedo Stripe Sweatpants

I haven't purchased workout or lounge pants since before I was married. It's gotten to the point wear it's a little embarrassing and don't even really have pajama pants. When Kelli from True Bias released her Hudson Pants pattern, I fell in love with the pattern and purchased it. It'll fulfill a need that I've had for awhile, and she's also having a small contest which is fun to participate in. (I was not paid or asked to review this pattern. I just love it!)
The first version I made is a gray polka dot calf length version. I had just enough gray sweatshirt fleece to use. I fabric stamped polka dot all over it before sewing it.
On these I skipped threading the tie all the way around and just sewed on a little bow to the front. I didn't alter the pattern at all so they are shorter than they are supposed to be, but I wouldn't have had enough fabric otherwise. I paired these pants with my ASOS nursing top. It's comfortable for staying in, but nice enough for going out!
It's so fun and girly, and these pants are SO comfortable. I want to wear them everyday all day. 
My second pair I used black sweatshirt fleece that I had in my stash and added some medallion print terry knit. I lengthened the pattern six inches because I'm tall and pieced a tuxedo stripe down the side. I used the terry knit on the main pocket piece and on the stripe.
The stripe adds such an awesome detail. I love it. I love these pants also because I've never had sweatpants long enough for my legs! They're always so short that I have to wear them really low on my hips which isn't too comfortable.
On these pants I added the tie to the waistband, and I think I prefer the tie going all the way around instead of skipping it like my first ones. I'm so happy with both these pants though and really enjoyed using this pattern.
Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric, ribbing, and terry knit
Time: 5 hours total
Cost: $6 for fabric and $8 for the pattern (I got it when it was on sale). $7 for sweatpants is a great deal!
Heather
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