KCW Spring 13: All My Friends Are Dead


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.


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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KCW Spring 13: Toddler Swing Tank and Green Parsley Pants


My third sewing project was this Toddler Swing Tank.  It’s a free pattern from true bias (in size 2T only) and a super simple sew.  Are you starting to pick up on my “super simple” theme here??

ToddlerSwingTankIt’s only got three pattern pieces (front, back and a button loop), I added the pocket myself.  It fits Yuki perfectly when it’s on but because the fabric has no stretch, it’s a bit of a squeeze getting it on and off of her.  😦

There aren’t any pictures for the pattern, just numbered instructions, but because the construction is so simple, I didn’t really need any.  I just kinda made it the way that made the most sense to me.  It’s a lot like the Wiksten tank for women.

SwingTankandGreenPants2The back is made with 2 pieces and sewn up the middle with and opening and button/button loop to close at the back of the neck.

These pants were not really meant to be part of this outfit, but they were project #4 and I figure I might as well get it all photographed at once.  In fact, these weren’t part of the original KCW pile at all, but got added to help with some last minute testing stuff for Rae.  They are the newly released Parsley Pants!  And fittingly, in green!

GreenParsleyPantsIt’s the same awesome pattern I sewed up a few days ago as shorts.  I added the pouch pockets again and this time tried the pintucks too.  It’s a fun lil detail, no?

GreenParsleyPants2The pattern is great – I rave about it a bit more in my last post and you really should check out Emmmy Lizzzy’s collection of Parsleys if you haven’t already.  My only piece of advice after sewing this pair is that if you’re going to do the pouch pockets, stick with lighter weight fabrics for the pockets (at least for the lining).  I used bottom weight fabrics for the pants and both layers of the pockets so when it came to folding over the waistband it started to get crazy thick and my machine didn’t appreciate that much!

Well I had two more versions of these pants cut out and ready to sew, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week.  I’m about to attach a stack of t-shirts I really want to get done!  But I’m also starting to feel a little burn out aaaand my crazy allergies have started to morph into a cold.  Booooooo.

How you doin’?

KCW Spring 13: Little Letter Halter and Parsley Shorts

Quick post for the outfit I made yesterday . . .


I started with a super cute and simple halter top from the Japanese sewing book, あかちゃんの服、てづくりの服 (Baby clothes, handmade clothes), (also available on Amazon here).

100000009001404289_10204Robin so kindly sent me this book with the clothing swap outfit she made because her daughter had grown out of the sizes already.  It’s got a lot of baby stuff, but some great basics for toddlers too.  When I saw this picture in the book, I nearly died from the cuteness.

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So that became my inspiration for outfit number 1.  The construction of the top is very simple and I made it even more simple by using a piece twill tape instead of making the strap out of fabric like the pattern instructs you to (although I may go back and change it), so it was a really fast sew.


I used the beautiful Nani Iro Little Letter double gauze fabric that I bought from Miss Matatabi (though I can’t tell if that’s the exact same color as the one I used), and I only had half a yard, but it was just enough to cut out the pattern AND the strap if I wanted to.  The color band at the bottom of the halter was a last minute add.  When I saw the picture in the pattern book, I thought the top looked a little short.  And when I was tracing the pattern piece, I also thought it looked a little short.  And then I totally forgot about it and just cut it out anyways.  Well before I was going to hem the top, I really thought that it’d probably hit just at her tummy which would be adorable, but probably too short.  And besides the length, this halter would probably fit for a long time!  So I decided to add some fabric to the bottom and luckily I had some shot cotton leftover from the dress I made Sanae’s daughter and the color (and weight) happened to match perfectly!  I’m glad I added it – it’ll definitely add many more months to the life of this top.


The shorts are from the soon-to-be-released JUST RELEASED Parsley Pants pattern by Made by Rae.  Rae was awesome enough to let me help test out the pattern and let me tell you, this pattern lives up to all of the other amazing Made by Rae patterns awesomeness.  After seeing all the versions that Emmmy Lizzzy made, especially her cute shorts, I was inspired to make some for Yuki too.

I used a linen blend, but accidentally cut it against the grain (if you look closely at the picture of the shorts hanging on the line, you might be able to see the lines on the pockets go up and down but the grain on the rest of the shorts goes horizontally).  I don’t exactly know what that means.  Will it wash up funny or change it’s shape?  Well, we’ll find out.


The pattern is fantastic.  Super simple sew, so many variations to make, excellent directions and images and great fit too.  I’m planning on sewing up a couple more this week if I have time.

So that was day one.  I only got a little bit of sewing in this morning, but here are a couple little peeks.

photo 4 photo 5I’m off to sew a little more before bed!  How was your day two?  Get much done?

KCW Spring 13: Getting ready

My partner said to me yesterday:

“I’m not a big fan of KCW . . .
except for all of the cute clothes that comes out of it.”

HAH!  Kids Clothing Week is here and it’s definitely caught me off guard a little bit.  Not because I didn’t know about it, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I didn’t really start thinking about it until the weekend and I barely had a chance to get prepped.

So I’m taking it a little easy this time (or so I say) and I’ve made three simple challenges for myself:

  • sew with patterns I already own
  • sew with fabrics that I already own
  • sew super simple projects (so far each project I have planned has only 3 pattern pieces!  score!)

And of course, hopefully I’ll be making things that my daughter will actually wear.  That basically means t-shirts and pants.  No ambitious patterns like the Jump Rope Dress or the Swing Coat this time around.

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So here’s my pile o projects.  Yes, it looks like a lot and honestly, I probably won’t get through it all.  I should also point out that 7 of the projects come from only 2 patterns.  That’s right – lotsa t-shirts and pants.

photo 1Day one was very productive!  I started with a fun but simple Japanese pattern which I’ll share more about tomorrow when I get some pics of Yuki in it.  I was able to bust out a pair of shorts too!  Sticking with simple patterns can be extremely rewarding 🙂

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How was your day one?