Category: children

Coordinating Christmas Dresses

Seeing as Christmas was almost an entire month ago, now seems a great time to post those pictures of my two girls in their Christmas Dresses!  🙂  Better late than never… Pigg#2’s was made with Bella Sunshine’s Adaline Dress and Tunic and Pigg#4’s was made with Terra’s Treasure’s Evening Primrose Dress.  So glad I made them!  Pigg#2 wears hers every Sunday.  Pigg#4 still wants to wear the dress whose decorative stitching is coming undone and sequins snag my nylons and skirts.  🙁  At least Pigg#2 loves hers!     Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps fund fabric for testing and reviewing patterns. Regardless, I only recommend what I believe is...

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Pattern Test: Shoulder Snap T-Shirt and Seated Panel Pants Harem Style

After I finished testing the Overlap Bodysuit for Kylie Crettenden of Fresh Stitch Patterns, she invited me to test two more patterns she had in the works.  This is probably vain of me, but I was flattered to actually be ASKED to test a pattern instead of applying and hoping to be selected…so I said yes.   Plus, Kylie is really nice to test for.  Her patterns come to testing already fitting very well and only needing slight changes for fit.  And the clothing turns out looking quite professional.  That being said, I don’t LOVE the style of Harem Pants.  Not my thing-at least not for my girl (I think Kylie is working on a version for older kids who don’t wear diapers anymore.  I can see these being really comfy pajamas for Pigg#3).  However, these have grown on me and look like they are really comfortable.  Pigg#4 got sick over Thanksgiving while at my sister’s house and I put her in these so she’d be comfy. One of the great things about these pants in there are only 3 pattern pieces!  They come together so stinking fast!  And Kylie has a link in her instructions for putting the elastic for the waistband directly on the pants with a serger instead of creating a casing, which makes these even faster to whip out.  The cuffs are folded up in...

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Costume Hoods

Pigg #1’s school class put on a simplified play of the book Charlotte’s Web this past week.  His class is bigger than in previous years so his teacher needed to add some characters to the play, and needed some costumes for those characters.  I volunteered to help by making these hoods.  I used the Oliver + S pattern for the Cozy Winter Hood as my base and tweaked the patter to make them look more like the animals they needed to be.  I used materials I already had around the house and cut up a couple old costumes, shirts, and skirts to get what I needed.  The kids loved them and they should hold up for years and years to come!  The play was great and I loved seeing my son get to perform that way and seem to enjoy it too.  Dog-although my kids kept calling it a bunny…  Cow-this is my favorite!  I should make more for going to the Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation day!  Cat-I know that the print isn’t a traditional cat, but it’s what I had on...

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Ruffle Fabric Tunic

My family had pictures taken while at a family reunion this past summer and I really tried to coordinate the clothing for my family.  I happened to have some white and blue ruffle fabric in my stash.  Pigg#2 loves anything ruffly or girly but my personal style is a bit more simple.  So when I saw this dress on Amazon, I though I’d try to make a similar dress with the ruffle fabric.  I had to line the tunic I made with some really lightweight white knit because it was a bit sheer.  The front and back are the same, just a little lower neckline in the front.  She loves to wear it! I told her to do a pretty pose like a princess and caught her in the movement. And Pigg#4 joined in the pictures.  She has so many hand me down clothes that I don’t really sew for her. Sad.  Baby girls are Way. Too. Much. Fun!...

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Pigg#2’s Christmas 2012 Dress

I made a dress for Pigg #2 in time for Christmas and even got a picture of her wearing it.  I really like how it turned out and she’s been wearing it every week since. All the strips on the circle skirt are bias strips and they hold up pretty well in the wash.  Not fraying at least.  The strips that are completely cotton bunch up a lot and have to be ironed (boo) while the other ones continue to lay flat after a wash. I’m glad it worked out since I was piecing together different tutorials and patterns to make the dress I wanted.  I ended up making a ‘v’ in the back so the zipper could be lower in the back because the only zipper I had on hand was one I ripped out of some of Mr. Jigg’s old pants.  The zipper was fine, but not very long at all.  Usually her hair covers up anything odd.  The only other thing is that the neck line ended up a bit too wide.  Sometimes I feel like her little shoulder is going to slip out.  But overall I really like it and I’m thrilled she is actually wearing something I made for her!  Maybe next year I’ll get vests done for the other...

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