Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monkey Pants and craft fair sewing

Fall has gotten off to a busy start around here!  I've been planning to share this outfit for awhile.  The pattern for the pants has been on my "To Sew" list since around the time Carter was born.  The pattern is from the second One Yard Wonder book.  In the book they call them Monkey Leggings but, I think they're pants. It is a very EASY pattern, only 3 pieces and is a quick sew.  I only made one adjustment.  I felt the waist was too high and took it down about 2" which I thought seemed like more natural  fit.  I also made the 6-12 month size which was plenty big for my 13 month old.  

For the shirt I used the flashback skinny tee pattern.  I've used the pattern a few time and have been very pleased with it.  It fits my skinny guy well!  The idea for the outfit came together when I saw this cute monkey fabric at Banberry Place.  Immediately I thought this would be the perfect fabric for trying out the pants pattern.  That is often times how I work.  I catalog patterns that I like and when I see the perfect fabric then I am set! What guides you, the sewing pattern or the fabric?    

My husband told me these are pajamas, but I plan on him wearing these during the day.  :)  We like comfort around here! Especially for lounging and watching TV! (I wish he'd watch a little TV to give me a break!  He just likes the remote.)

Which bring me to craft fair sewing.  My favorite part of sewing is trying something new and using fun fabric.  I like to sewing in single units, but once a year I do a craft fair through my husbands work, and it is that time of year!  What I love about doing a craft fair is, well the little bit of extra income first and foremost.  However, I do love the "game", figuring out what people want to buy and what fabrics to choose.  What I don't like is sewing in quantity.  Making 15-20 of something is a bit to repetitious for me, what gets me thorough is the fabric! :)  Do you sew any for money?  I'll share a bit more about what I am making as the fair gets closer.  All the mass sewing leaves me with less time to create all the ideas floating around in my head, but I am planning to do KCWC this year for the first time. Usually I just drool over all the great things everyone makes.  

Here is a look at the back.  That is most of the pictures I get of Carter these days.  He is constantly on the go.  In this instance, the backside was perfect! :)  

 Thanks for visiting, I am so glad your here!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Oh how I love this dress!

Preschool for our house started back up this past Tuesday.  Peyton is now in the 4 year old/pre K room.  She's been attending the same school since she was two, so she knows the drill! :)  The new part is going 5 days a week and also attending a very academic preschool two afternoons a week.  We are busy around here!

 I decided she needed a new dress, any excuse to sew a dress, and I'm in!  I went with another Go To  Signature Dress because well, I love the pattern, and I already had most of the pieces cut out, and if you change just one or two elements in the array of choices the pattern has you've got yourself a totally different dress!

The last time I made this dress I did the capped sleeve with ribbing, this time I decided to just do the capped sleeve with no ribbing.  I still shirred waist, because I just love that I've mastered shirring! My other change was to make the dress longer.  She really wanted her next dress from this pattern to be a maxi but I just couldn't do it!  It didn't seem like it would allow enough movement for school, but what I did do was add 3" to the bottom of the pattern.  Which I really loved, and will probably do from now on!  It reminds me of the length on Land's End dresses, which I like.  On that note.  This fabric was $8/yd and I only need one yard for this size 6 dress.  So with about 2 hours I made a very nice dress that, as I said before reminds me very much of some other places dresses for around a third the price. Does that mean I should make 2 more?!  

I had our ladder out to use for the chalk driveway pictures that were only semi-successful. :)  And she must have climbed up and down it like 20 times, I captured a few interesting shots of her during her little workout. The adorable flowered headband is from Craftiness is Not Optional.  She has some fabulous felt flower tutorials there!

Good luck this year Peyton, Kindergarten will be here before I know it!  Hope you will still want me to sew you dresses for a few more years!