Bunch-o-shirts

BunchOfShirtsSo this was actually part of my Kids Clothes Week project list, but I didn’t quite finish it that week.  I did finish the “All My Friends Are Dead” shirt and Yuki liked it so much that I was excited to get these done as well.  If you recall, she requested a dinosaur shirt, a robot shirt and a shirt with stripes.  So there you have it!  Three more t-shirts for my tomboy.

I didn’t actually intend for them to be so boyish.  I did make a bright pink one first but the rest of the knit that I had laying around happened to be dark.  The pattern is the Flashback Skinny Tee by Made by Rae in size 3T.  My daughter is more like a 2T, but since I wanted it to fit a little looser and fit for a long time, I went a size up.  I would recommend doing the same if you want a less “skinny” fit.

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The first one is a simple tee with contrasting arm cuffs and neckband.  This was the easiest one to make not only because I didn’t paint anything on it, but also because adding cuffs is way easier than hemming sleeves (in my opinion).  Rae has a tutorial for making a short sleeved FBST here.

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The second tee is the robot tee!  Simple solid black knit with hemmed sleeves.  I just used the same fabric for finishing the neck.  For both this tee and the Stegosaurus tee, I just searched for simple images/silhouettes on google image to use as a stencil.

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I printed them out at the size I wanted, cut it out to use as a stencil, traced it out on contact paper and cut the shapes out.  I know everyone talks so much about freezer paper stencils, but honestly, I have no idea what freezer paper is!  I really need to find out though, because contact paper does not work all that well.  It doesn’t stick to the fabric as well as I’d like, so it leads to wobbly lines and such, if you’re not careful.

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Yuki’s favorite of the three is by far the “dinosaur shirt.”  Between this, the pink “dinosaur shirt” and the original (store bought) red “dinosaur shirt,” now she has three dino shirts!!  And I honestly think that I have to make 4 more because she wants to wear them EVERY DAY.  When we get dressed in the morning and give her some options for clothes she can wear, she keeps asking for “dinosaur shirt!”

DinoShirt2This is honestly my favorite too.  It’s made from a super thin, soft and comfy knit.  The stegosaurus wraps around the side slightly and I just used a bunch of different fabric paints in blue, green, silver and white to give it the multicolored look that it has.  At the last minute, I decided to take a quilted paper towel and lay it over the painted area.  I pressed it down on the paint to pick up any excess and when I lifted it, it gave it this really cool textured look.  Like a real dinosaur!

So, no pics of Yuki in the shirts, but I can tell you the dinosaur shirt is getting really good wear.  The others are comfy too, but they aren’t getting as much love.  :(

BUT I LOVE THIS PATTERN.  So basic.  So quick.  So many ways you can mix it up.  As of now, I’ve used this pattern at least 6 times and that’s more than any other pattern I own.  It comes in two size ranges: 12-18 months-5T and for bigger kids, sizes 5/6-13/14!  If you don’t own this pattern yet, I think you should go get it now.

I didn’t actually finish all the projects that I had lined up for Yuki during KCW, but the rest are on hold for now.  I have two fun projects coming up for next week – one is for the Roly Poly Pinafore Pattern Tour (a pattern by Imagine Gnats) and the second is my post for Elegance and Elephants‘ fun series, Knock it Off (the series is already underway, so go check it out!)

AND ALSO . . . I’m trying to sew more for ME!  So if any of it comes out decent and I work up the courage to model them, you may get to see some of it :)  We’ll see!

(Oh hey!  Did you enter the Zakka Sewing Book and Fabric Giveaway yet?  There’s still time!  The giveaway is open until Friday, May 10th at 5pm PST.)

 

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KCW Spring 13: All My Friends Are Dead

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Ok, so I feel like I need to tell you a little bit about this shirt.  A lot of different little factors went into the creation of this shirt, so bear with me.

So not too long ago, Hideko bought a red T-rex shirt for Yuki at the store.  She hadn’t necessarily shown too much interest in dinosaurs, but it was a cool shirt and maybe because we loved it so much or maybe because one of her classmates also had the same shirt, Yuki decided it was her FAAAVORITE shirt.  She wanted to wear it every day.  She would ask about it even when it was no where to be seen.  I’ve never seen her so attached to a piece of clothing before and I decided that I wanted to make something for her that she loved and wanted to wear as much as that dinosaur shirt.

When I was planning for KCW I decided to make her a bunch of t-shirts since that’s what she wears 90% of the time.  I asked her what kinds of things she likes or what she’d want me to put on a t-shirt.  She said . . .

1. Dinosaurs
2. Robots
3. Stripes
4. Boxes (we’re currently receiving all my sister’s wedding gifts while she’s on her honeymoon, so we’ve got a tower of boxes in our living room that Yuki is obsessed with)

But seriously – proud mama moment!!  I love this kid.  A dinosaur, robot and striped shirt!?  I can do that!!!

So I cut out 4 Flashback Skinny Tees (3 solid colors and one striped) with plans for stenciling on a dinosaur, a robot and maybe stamping some triangles on the last solid one (and the striped one would just be plain ol striped).  But when I was talking to Hideko about my plans for a dinosaur shirt, she told me about this book that one of her alumni had written, All My Friends Are Dead.

Let’s take a look at it shall we?  No really, go and google image it and you’ll be able to see pretty much all the pages of the book.  Is it not the funniest thing you’ve ever seen!?  No?  Then you should probably just stop reading and go somewhere else, cuz really?  This ish had me cracking up!!!

So then I was pretty much obsessed with making it into a t-shirt.  Totally inappropriate for a toddler?  Perhaps?  Totally awesome?  I think so!!  I love it.

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I wasn’t sure how to make it into a shirt at first – stencil it and hand paint the details?  Nahh . . . too much work.  Luckily I had some iron on transfer paper for dark fabric, so I used an image I found online and added the speech bubble myself (so I wouldn’t have to cut out the individual letters) and ironed the design on.  Looks waaay better than any stenciling/painting I would have done.  We’ll see how the transfer holds up through wash and wear.

Allmyfriends_shirt3The pattern is Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee in size 3T (Rae has a post on how to make the FBST with short sleeves).  Normally I’d make 2T for Yuki, but I wanted these shirts to last awhile and not be so “skinny” on her.  After talking to Kristin and seeing the awesome Back to the Future/DeLorean shirt she recently made for her son in 3T (our kids are about the same age/size), I figured it was the right choice.  And I’m so glad that I did!  It fits Yuki perfectly (though I coulda made the neckband a little larger) and it will hopefully fit her for awhile.  AND . . . she LOVES it!!  Of course, she has no idea what it says, but it’s a dino shirt and it’s bright pink, so she’s happy.  None of her classmates or friends can read, so I’m hoping this shirt doesn’t get me into too much trouble.  Weird looks from other parents?  Maybe . . . but it’s worth it.

Allmyfriends_shirt4I’ve still got three other shirts to assemble and paint, but those may not get done this week.  I’ll definitely share them when they are done but let me tell you, it feels so good to make something that my kid is actually TOTALLY excited about.  And maybe after making all these t-shirts I’ll finally feel more comfortable sewing knits??

Well the week is winding down for me, although there is technically two more days to KCW.  I MIGHT have one more project in me for tomorrow, but I’m not sure.  You still sewing or are you calling it a week?

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KCWC Day Two – Flashback Tee and Basic Pants

Day Two, people!  Today I have a Flashback Skinny Tee that I made on day one, and a pair of super comfy simple pants (based off of Dana’s Basic Pants) that I finished this morning.

The tee is made with Rae’s pattern and it’s my first time sewing it up as a regular tee.  The only other time I’ve used this pattern is for this cardigan.  It’s a great pattern to have in your collection because it’s such a classic style.  I can imagine making a good solid handful (in long and short sleeve) in every size – it’s a wardrobe staple.

The brown and blue knit that I used is suuuuuper thin and soft, so it was a bit tricky to work with (the machine tried to eat it several times, just like Meg’s!), but it worked out OK in the end.  And the finished shirt is really comfy – Yuki didn’t want to take it off and she wore it to bed!

The pink pocket was added for a fun splash of color.  I decided to just cut a rectangle and sew it to the shirt without folding or finishing any of the edges.  A very raw look.  I like how the top of the pocket rolls out.

The back pants pocket was originally made for the shirt, but I didn’t like it, so I used it on the pants instead.  This pocket is finished on three sides, but has two unfinished edges on the top.  Double roll.

The knit that I used for the pants is a super thick, comfy, cozy, warm, delicious white-with-gray-pinstripes knit that I got for super cheap.  It reminds me of a new sweatshirt.  I bought a lot and I’m hoping that there is enough leftover to make something for me!  So these pants are basically sweatpants, but I wanted them to look like a regular pair of pants and I think the stripes and pockets help make them look more trouser-ish.

They were made based off of Dana’s Basic Pants tutorial and pattern.  I used her pattern for the shape and then resized it to fit my tiny 2 year old.  I also added a separate waistband (on top of the original pattern, which is meant to be folded over), which was great because it added to the rise of the pant.  I feel like most of the pants/shorts I’ve made for Yuki have not fit well because there is not enough room for her enormous diaper booty, but this pant has great coverage!

The one thing that I could have changed is maybe adding another layer of fabric (or interfacing) to the front of the waistband, because it slouches a bit.  But it’s probably comfy this way and the pants stay up just fine, so it’s all good.

Maternity pants!!  She looks a few months along.  JK!  Don’t they look comfy though?  I wish I could get away with wearing elastic waisted sweat pants all day.

So I feel like I got off to a great start, but I’m already exhausted and I think I’m getting sick!!  Time to slow down a bit.  How was your day two?  Are you just getting rolling or are you already burning out like me?

Time for sleep.

Painted Purple

So this week’s challenge for Project Run & Play was COLOR.  We were supposed to pick a color and design an outfit around that color.

My idea for this outfit came pretty quickly to me.  There are two things that I’ve been DYING (hint hint) to try.  One was painting fabric and the other was dyeing fabric.  So this was the perfect opportunity to give them both a try!

The color I chose to use was purple which is kind of surprising, because it’s not one I’m often drawn too.  I like the color just fine, but I’m pretty much a blue girl.  But when I imagined the dress I wanted to make, a dusty purple was the only one I thought would work.  So here it is, my painted and dyed purple outfit for Yuki.  A bit vintage and a touch of modern.  I think it works.

So first was the cardigan.  This was the project that I actually started and practically finished during KCWC.  When I first saw Amy’s daughters painted rainbow shirt, I knew I had to try these watercolor like transparent paints!  I loved the soft muted look and how the colors bled together.  They are Setacolor Transparent Fabric Paints.  When I bought them I had a completely different project in mind, but this seemed like the perfect chance to test them out and get familiar with the process.  Now I have a TON of different things I want to try with them!

Anyways, I used some cheap white knit fabric and used a water soluble pen to make lines one inch apart.  Then I mixed my paint, added water, and started painting lines.  I wanted it to have a very handpainted feel, so I like the abnormalities, though I did have to be pretty careful about not being too heavy with the paint because it bled a lot.  It’s a good idea to test this out on scrap fabric till you get the color and water amount just right.

After I finished painting the stripes, I just dunked the neck and arm cuff fabric into the leftover paint to get a more solid, but still handpainted look.

After it dried, I heat set it and cut out my pattern pieces using Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee pattern with adjustments to make it into a cardigan.  It came together pretty quickly, the button placket being the most time consuming part.  I really want to make this pattern again soon, but just as a shirt next time.  I’m still very hesitant to try sewing with knits, but this pattern is so straightforward, it’s a good one to practice with.

For the dress, my inspiration came from this ridiculous pile of trims and doilies I have.

For some reason, every time I see some of this cute trim, I think I should get some to add to a skirt or dress and then I NEVER use it.  I remember hearing that different fabrics, laces and trims pick up color from dyes differently even when put in the same dye bath for the exact same amount of time.  So I thought it’d be fun to construct a dress first and then dye it and be surprised by the results.

BEFORE

The dress is made out of cheap unbleached muslin and the trims were all off white.  I sewed the dress together using off-white and white thread because that’s just what I had (I guess I really don’t sew with purple very often).  But just a note, if you are going to do a similar project, you should use thread that is close to the color you will be dying it.  Thread doesn’t dye, so if you will be able to see all of your stitching very clearly if you dye your garment a dark color (you can see the white thread along the bottom of the dress in the next picture).

AFTER

I like how it came out, but honestly I thought there would be more variation in color.  It almost all looks entirely the same except for one trim.  And the most disappointing part was that I used this awesome doily from Japan that I’ve had FOREVER to accent the dress, but since it’s the exact same color as the rest of the dress, you can barely see it at all.  I’m tempted to try and paint it with some bleach or color remover to see if I can get it to stand out more.  Thoughts?  I’d hate to try it and totally screw up the dress.

I have to say, I was SOOOO SCARED to dye this dress.  Like, my heart was pounding, scared as I was about to dip the dress in the dye.  The results just seem so permanent and uncontrollable.  I guess that’s what I get for making the dress first and then dyeing it.  My tip for dyeing fabric, is also test out the dye on a few scraps before your actual fabric.  And remember that the color will come out lighter once it’s dried.

Next week is “Let’s Go To the Movies,” an outfit inspired by a movie.  I have an idea, but it’s kind of a large project to take on and we’re going to be out of town all weekend.  Sorry if it’s quiet around here.  I’ll likely be focusing my time and efforts on sewing.

Have a great weekend!!  We’re going CAMPING!  First trip of the season :)