For Yuki’s 4th birthday, we decided to throw a small party with a couple of her friends. We were talking about a theme (though the theme was definitely more for me, than for her), and I was really hoping that she wouldn’t say “Frozen.” Not that there is anything wrong with a Frozen party, but I just didn’t have it in me to do anything else Frozen related. So I googled “summer party themes” and as we were scrolling through, Yuki yelled out “watermelon!” It’s one of her favorite fruits. She probably called out a few other ideas, but I was pretty psyched about a watermelon theme, so I steered her in that direction (I love that we can still do that with her and yet she totally thinks it was all her idea) and off to Pinterest I went!
I started a Watermelon Party Pinterest board to collect my ideas, but the project we started with first was the invites, of course! I think I was inspired by these party favor holders, but I basically thought it would be fun to get Yuki involved by painting some watermelon invites!
Phew – I say it every year, but this time of the year is crazy busy! It kicks my butt every time. I’m back at work (I run an after-school program at a TK-8 school) and the last month has been tons of prep and yesterday was our first day of school. Hideko is also an educator so work has been super busy for her as well, and smack in the middle of it all is Yuki’s birthday. I seriously wish I could change her birthday – maybe June? July? Even early August would be fine – she’s too young to notice, right!?
Well, somehow we have a 4 year old now. It’s pretty unbelievable. I had this idea last year to do an interview with Yuki when she turned 3 and then we’d do it every year and we could look back and see little snapshots of what she was into or some of her thoughts at the time and how she changed over time. I never actually got around to doing it last year, but I was pretty determined to do it this year. So I came up with some general questions to ask her and then I wrote up her responses exactly how she answered. I’m really excited to do this with her every year! And eventually with Kaya too.
Besides the summery “Elsa” dress, I made 6 other garments for the girls before our trip to Florida and they are all MATCHING outfits (3 things for each girl)! Haha. Didn’t really think that I was the type to go all crazy with matching sibling outfits, but I can’t help it – it’s just too cute! I hadn’t made anything matching since their panda shirts, but Yuki really gets a kick out of it, and whenever she’s wearing her outfit, she usually wants Kaya to put on hers too.
Anyways, these projects are also exciting to me because they are SWIMSUITS. I don’t know about you, but sewing swimsuits has been on a different level of sewing in my head. Something a little more intimidating than regular kids clothes, it just seemed complicated and tricky. The fabric, the elastic, the fit . . . I was nervous to try it, but since I love learning new skills, I was also really excited to try it.
I know, I know, the last thing the world needs is another Elsa dress!! But here’s one for ya anyways :P
So a month ago, my family and I traveled across the country to Florida for a reunion. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale for the first part of the trip, but we figured we might as well hit up Disneyworld while we were all the way out there! I knew there was a good chance that we wouldn’t be going back out to Florida any time soon and we also knew that Yuki would have an absolute blast.
But I kept hearing horror stories about the Florida’s heat and humidity. So between the unavoidable heat and all the fun activities we were going to be doing, I came up with a sewing list that was ridiculously long. Then I had my very own Kids Clothes Week and though I didn’t even get through half my original list, I did make 7 pieces of clothing in about a week or so! I’ll be sharing them throughout the next couple of weeks. First up, Elsa’s summer dress.
Hey! It’s Shorts on the Line time! Have you been following along this series hosted by imagine gnats and small + friendly? If not, you can catch up here. So many awesome shorts have been shared during Week 1!
I was excited to join in the series, but Yuki doesn’t wear shorts, so I figured I’d make some shorts for the baby. But then Britex so generously offered to provide me with some fabric and I couldn’t turn that down. And when Britex offers you fabric you don’t use it on your 10 month old baby who will literally just poo poo on it. So I decided to sew for myself and use the one shorts pattern I own for women but had never sewn, which is Colette’s Iris Shorts. I bought this pattern in August of 2012, people. 2 years ago!! So I’m really glad I got this push to finally try it.
Ack! I can’t believe it’s the last week of July – where has the summer gone!?! *sniff sniff* So I’ve actually been suuuuper busy sewing and having all sorts of fun. Did you catch my weekend getaway on Instagram? Ridiculously fun times were had with some very awesome people. You should check out our hashtag #seamripcity. Anyways, I’ve got so much to share, but I’m still lagging with my blog posts. So here’s a tutorial on making a sleeveless bodice from a sleeved pattern that originally appeared on the Oliver + S blog as part of their “customizing” series. This top (made with super vintage nani IRO fabric that you can read more about here) is absolutely one of my favorite things I’ve made for Kaya so far.
Hi! I’m going to show you how to modify a sleeved pattern to a sleeveless version and finish the armholes with bias tape. I am using the Lullaby Layette Shirt pattern (View B) in this example, but you can do this with pretty much any pattern!
So I have exactly one project coming out of this Kids Clothes Week, but I’m pretty damn excited about it! The (optional) theme for this season was Kid Art and while this dress was probably the last thing I needed to make, I got really excited by the idea of getting Yuki involved in creating a one-of-a-kind garment for herself. I had all sorts of ideas like fabric painting, stenciling, iron on transfers, etc. But I knew I didn’t have much time so I could only pick one thing. If you know me, you know that I looooove fabric painting (like this cardigan, this hat and bag, and this dress) and I thought Yuki should have a go at it since she loves painting too!
So I’ve got a new project for you today. But when I say new project, I mean it’s never been posted before, but it’s something I actually made a year ago. And then photographed a couple months ago. And I’m just finally getting around to blogging it now. Oops! Better late than never right?
I call it the Strawberry Edelweiss Dress because, well, the strawberry part should be obvious and you may recognize the pattern as the Edelweiss Dress by Hey June. This dress is actually a knock off of a dress I saw a little girl wearing in a picture. I’m pretty sure it was a store bought dress and I thought it was adorable and I immediately realized the Edelweiss pattern would be perfect to recreate it. Later on I saw a little girl wearing the same dress in blue at IKEA, so I’m thinking the original may be from a big company like Carter’s or something, but I don’t have a picture of the original.
I’m back with a fun review and giveaway! Not related to sewing, but so relevant for many of us, I’m sure. Any of us who have messy eaters in the house.
When we started Kaya on solids, I was secretly dreading it. Whether you make your own food or buy it, there’s just soooo much work and clean up and the food rarely ever ends up in their mouth. When Yuki was a baby, we tried all sorts of bibs – cloth, plastic with a pocket, laminated cotton. They all had their pros and cons, but I hadn’t really found one that I loved. So as we were gearing up to start solids with Kaya I reached out to Katie of Snap Bibs to see if she’d let me try them out. And she kindly agreed!
This month I’m taking a bit of a blogging break and enjoying time away from the computer. I’ve done a lot of sewing recently though, so I’ll have a lot to catch up on when I’m back! Reposting this project, originally published here, as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers series. Mmmm . . . triple gauze . . .
Ooooh, do I have some amazing fabric to share with you today!
TRIPLE GAUZE. Did you know it existed? I did not, until very recently, and I am now a huge fan! If you think single gauze is lovely and double gauze is dreamy, well, triple gauze is downright heavenly.
The triple gauze available in the Miss Matatabi Shop is reversible, which makes it even more awesome! Before I washed it, it was smooth and soft. When it came out of the wash, it was like a fluffy cloud! Double and triple gauzes are multiple layers of gauze fabric that are attached every couple of centimeters, essentially basting or quilting the fabric. After washing and drying, the fabric was already like a perfectly lightweight quilt. Continue reading