10.31.2014

Fall/Winter Collection 2014: Striped Tulle Baby Skirt

I'm taking a little break from the kids' collection to share a fun and simple skirt: the Betty Skirt by the Shaffer Sisters. The funny thing is I just used scraps that I have, and it matches the colors of the collection perfectly. I used gray and navy for this skirt, so I must really be drawn to those colors right now. The black leggings are from the collection that I haven't yet taken pictures of. I paired it with Henry's old Barf Vader shirt which Claire spit up on right before the pictures, so these are as real as they get.
I've been struggling a little bit with figuring out my little girl style. I think it's similar to mine: a mix of feminine, casual, and masculine. I don't like anything too girly for me or her. The skirt looks very feminine because of all the gathers and the tulle, but the colors ground it from being too girly.
The tulle is gray tulle from the bargain bin which was $.75! The striped fabric is leftovers from my floral and striped dress. Underneath the striped fabric is some gray shiny organza which helps give the striped fabric some shape and gives a little peak of shine. I love how this skirt has so much shape and pop. It keeps the skirt out of the way of her knees while she's crawling. I made a size 6 mos, but I wasn't thinking because she'll grow out of it really quickly. 
This skirt pattern is great and the Shaffer Sisters are all so nice. There's a couple different styles and there is a huge range of sizes. My favorite part about this skirt pattern is that there's a cutting guide and pleat guide. So I didn't have to print anything! I love PDF patterns, but sometimes I get really tired of printing and taping patterns. My other favorite part is that this skirt can be cut out and sewn during a single naptime. It is so quick to put together. That's a win in my book.
Sorry for all the pictures on the chair. It was the only way I could get her stay not crawl away so I could get some pictures. Or the picture on the right when she watched Henry run away to his friends house. She was so sad to be left behind!
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Heather

10.28.2014

Fall/Winter Collection: Dress Up Outfits

Today I'm sharing some of the kids' nicer outfits that they can wear to church or nice events. I tried to make each item as versatile as possible.
The pants are the Tree Climber Trousers pattern. I really love this pattern. I like the slim fit, knee details, and back pockets. I changed the front patch pockets to normal pockets, left off the belt loops, did snaps instead of buttons on the back flaps, and kept the faux fly. I was going to do a real or half-fly, but I realized I needed to make going potty as easy as possible so I just did an elastic waistband. I used some gray suiting scraps that my sister gave me, but I used every possible bit and barely made it. I had to use lining in more places than the pattern suggested to make it work.
For the shirt I cut up a large men's button up shirt to make it smaller for Henry. It's still WAY to big for him and probably won't fit him for another year. It looks great under sweaters though. I reused the sleeve hem, collar, front button placket, front pocket, and back yoke.
Henry had these boots last year. We got them a size larger thinking that his feet would grow a lot. Well they haven't so he still fits into them but the front was all scuffed up. So I added some leather to the front tips just like this leather patch tutorial. I don't think they'll hold up well, but they're easy to glue back on or add a new piece.
For Claire I made another sweatshirt dress, but this time I made it out of a jersey tee. It looks more like an oversized shirt, and I really like the look. The original shirt had gathering at the hem, collar, and sleeve hems, so I reused it all. The sleeves are a little long as is the hem, but it's great for growing into.
The skirt is from an empire waist woven cotton shirt. I just cut it at the length I wanted, added an elastic waistband casing, and wham: a new skirt with pockets and a cool hem detail. It's a fun print, but very subtle which is great for mixing with other prints because I have a print obsession. I was going to pair this outfit with some white leggings I made, but they were in the wash. I was too lazy to make a big effort, so she is wearing some RTW leggings.
My babies. They have awesome facial expressions.
Come back soon for one more day of the collection!
Heather

10.27.2014

Fall/Winter Collection: Inspiration and Story

When I started sketching and planning, I chose the colors gray, green, blue, navy, black, and white. I chose them because I had lots of clothes and scraps in those colors. Gray and green made me think of a forest and wolf cubs romping together. I searched for some pictures and came up with these inspiring images that directed my designing.
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After I kind of got going, I realized I had so much fabric and clothing to refashion that I could make almost the whole collection without buying any new fabric or cutting into any new fabric. I ended up cutting into a little bit of sweatshirt fabric and buying a shower curtain for something coming up. 
I am really proud of myself for not using any cuts of fabric, but using lots of clothing because it was starting to pile up. This also means that this collection cost less than $20. I love being able to clothe my children for cheap, and still have them look great and the style I like.
These are two reversible pinafore dresses that I made for Claire. I used a free pinafore dress pattern. I used two skirts and some scraps to make them. They are still WAY too big for Claire. I'm hoping they'll fit her sometime this winter. It'll be great over tights or leggings and long sleeves.
Heather

10.25.2014

Fall/Winter Collection 2014: Triangles, Stripes, and Floral

I decided to make somewhat matching pants for Henry and I. I'm not really apart of their collection, but Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs just came out with her Aviator pants for women and I basically begged her to be apart of it. I had planned some Aviator pants for Henry for this collection and couldn't wait to make some similar ones for me.
I didn't do them exactly matching (like Henry and his dad's pants) but I used the same charcoal and black striped fabric for the main part of my pants and the bottom of Henry's pants. Instead of going trendy track pants, I decided to make myself some comfortable lounge pants. So here are Henry and I in our lounging glory: no make-up and lots of fun.
Henry's shirt is a Billy Button Bright Eyes Tee made from one of my husband's old t-shirts. I love the argyle print on it. His pants are the Aviator Pants by Winter Wear Designs. I really love these pants and the awesome style lines. I used a true green sweatshirt fabric for the main part of the pants and a soft interlock for the bottom part. I also used it for the cuffs which was a little tricky but looks great in the end. I made a size 3 length and size 2 width.
I used the same interlock for my pants. It has a heavier interlock feel, but it's really soft to the touch. I used a floral ponte de roma knit for the bottom. I wanted to make floral pants but couldn't find floral sweatshirt fabric, so I decided to use ponte de roma instead. I love it. It's a little too drapey for my liking, but it still works. I used some orange rib knit for the cuffs and waistband. I made a size small and lengthened it by four inches. I love the fit, tight but not too tight. (I'm even wearing them while I type this.)
We're showing off out "triangles."
We are cheesers. Henry had a lot of fun pushing the button for our pictures.
I couldn't leave out Claire. I made her a simple hi-lo skirt. I made it hi-lo, so that it wouldn't get it the way of her crawling. It turns out it doesn't look hi-lo because of her adorable diaper baby bum. It's the same floral fabric I used on this dress, shirt, and onesie. I paired it with pink tights and the gray cardigan I made before she was born.
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Heather

10.23.2014

Fall/Winter Collection 2014: Rocker Babies

Now these aren't exactly rocker outfits, but the plaid on Henry's shirt reminds me of a rockstar outfit. And Claire's leggings could be seen as edgy. I just kind of went with it. I wanted a basic black sleeve shirt for Henry to wear under other clothes, but I didn't want to keep it boring basic. I added a plaid yoke to the back that peeks over one shoulder and added the plaid down the underside of the sleeve. I used the Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee for the shirt.
I have not purchased anything or used any big cuts of fabric, so everything is scraps or refashions. That means the shirt body came from some old black leggings and the sleeves came from an old black t-shirt. Hopefully, they fade the same color! I really love the plaid that peeks over one shoulder. I had to because I didn't quite have enough fabric for the body and used the plaid. The jeans are the same jeans I refashioned a couple of weeks ago. The jeans are a little big for him even though they are a size 2 but he has lots of growing room. I also lengthened them two inches.
I love this little cheeser.
I also love this little girl and her little bit of sass. I took more pictures of her because she stays still for slightly longer than her brother. Claire is wearing a sweater I made before she was born. It's the perfect fit and color. I love it. I throw it over something to keep her warm or to dress her up because it can be pulled down for a sweater dress.
When she moves around it bunches up around her waist, but it can be pulled down to mid thigh. I love that it's like a dress, but it doesn't get under her knees and prevent her from crawling.
The leggings are made from an old women's tee. It was really thin so I lined it with white jersey. It keeps Claire extra warm. The printed fabric isn't very strong, so I'm sure all the crawling will destroy them pretty quickly. Maybe I'll have to add some knee pads. I used the free baby leggings sewing pattern. The shoes are some leather baby shoes I made this summer. They are still WAY too big for her because her feet are so small. She might not fit into them for another 6-12 mos!
She's a mover and a shaker. Once she decides to do something, watch out. This summer I made her a little leather bow from some leftover leather. I love it. I do forget to do her hair, but when I do it's really cute. Especially with a leather bow!
Heather
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