Twisted Trousers goes on an adventure…..

When Laura from Titchy Threads and Craftstorming contacted me, I was beyond excited. At that stage I already owned and sewn three of the amazing small fry skinny jeans. You can find my favorite one HERE. It is my favorite pattern for jeans for the kids . Pictures of the twisted trousers started popping up all over blog world and I knew I just had to have it for the kids. Laura beat me to it and offered me the twisted trousers as well as the tank pattern and a bonus of the rowan tee. Very Lucky Girl aren’t I ? I have since also bought the azure swimsuit pattern and it is ready to be made. There are so many reasons I can recommend all of Laura’s patterns – I have learned something new out of each and every one of them, they are very cool, hip, gender neutral, well-fitted and quite ingenious.

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We are heading into summer here in Kentucky so I instantly knew I was going to make light pants. It is also tick and mosquito season so I went with Long pants with drawstrings on the bottom to protect them from any unwanted bites. The fact that it is warmer I knew the kids are bound to get wet and chose Boardshort fabric from the Fabric Fairy for both of their pants for the reason that it will dry fast . Because this pattern is reversible I added white net fabric ( the kind that is on the inside of sport jackets and football jerseys are made of) on the inside. I made a twisted tank for Isabella with grey and white gingham knit from Girl Charlee and a Rowan Tee for Arthur also with knit from Girl Charlee…

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For Arthur’s pants we stuck with his beloved sharks and I machine stitched some waves and a shark fin on the back pocket. for the pockets lining I used some shark quilting cotton purchased from Fabricworm. The first picture below shows you how nicely designed this pattern is – Laura explains very well how to make the pants reversible and I am excited to make a reversible pair in the winter with some knit on the inside and solid on the outside. These pants have endless possibilities with different type of fabrics, colorblocking etc. .

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For Arthur’s seams I used my Janome coverstitch machine to topstich on all the seams which gives it a beautiful even finish on top and still cover the inside seams without having to serge them. I chose stripes for the rowan tee. Again endless possibilities you can play around with . ( I’ve made a few rowan’s for Arthur in the past couple of weeks – The pattern has a kangaroo pocket/chest pocket – bands or no bands and a hoodie option. Another must-have staple pattern for your pdf library…..

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For Bella’s pants I used mint green boardshort fabric and gave her star pockets. I added grey bias piping on the side, back and pocket seams. For the shirt I used the twisted Tank pattern and played around with the gingham in different directions. I added a frill around the neck to girly it up and a zipper at the bottom because what 4 year old doesn’t like to play with a zipper?

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Isabella’s has been done for a while and she was very happy that she could finally wear it today.

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I am guessing we will have plenty of Adventures in these.

Twisted Tuesdays has just begun – Hop on Over to Craftstorming every Tuesday till the 9th of June and see all the amazing Twisted Trousers, Tanks and Rowan Tee’s.

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Till next time…….

Wild Flower Pool bag and swimsuit

so it is the fourth day of sewing for me for Kids Clothes week and I am getting my blogpost up later and later 🙂 I am also cutting it very close to the Project Run and Play sewalong for April so I finished up my bag for Project Run and play as well as sew 2 swimsuits for Bella.

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This month is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts with her FREE Reversible Sling bag pattern . I have been following Mandy for the past few months on Instagram while they are building their Dream house and it is just amazing to see how things are getting done and all the progress.She has a wonderful style! So moving on to the challenge – I was not sure if I was going to sew along this month for many reasons but ended up going for it which I am glad I did. We are planning a Beach trip in May to Florida and Bella needs her own bag for her towel, dry clothes and pool toys which this bag has more than enough space for. I made it and interchangeable bag with flowers and bows which can be attached with Kam snaps.PicMonkey CollageThe Process…..

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She loves snapping them on and off and keep all the flowers and the bow in one of the pockets on the inside. The zipper on top keeps everything in place. I used a Robert Kaufman Essex linen for the bag and added coral piping all around. The inside contrast fabric is the Wanderer Art Gallery premium cotton.

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After finishing up the bag I thought I might as well do her swimsuit. I bought Liberty of London swimwear fabric at fabric.com about a month ago after seeing a simple leotard style swimsuit on instagram. Even though it is expensive it is so worth its price. I bought half a yard and only used half of that so I can easily make another swimsuit for Bella next year with it when she outgrows it. For the swimsuit I just used a basic leotard pattern and shortened the sleeves and added a circle frill with a rolled hem around the neck. I tried it out first with a green gingham swimwear fabric and the fit is really great – now she already has two swimsuits for the season. I love the sleeve because it helps preventing a rash from the life jacket or the wings. The fabric also goes perfect with the WILD theme of Kids Clothes week.

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Hop on over to Project Run and Play for more Sling bag inspiration and don’t forget to join me and all the others for the rest of Kids Clothes Week

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KCW – Panda love

Today’s outfit for KIDS CLOTHES WEEK was inspired by Panda’s. Both me and kids loves the WILD theme and we will just not have time to fit in all our favorite wild things but Panda is high on our list.

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I made some bloomer pants with double Gauze from the The Imagine Gnats shop and I used the Kid Shorts pattern – I made the shortest version and cut it a little wider, add elastic to the seam at the legs and did some elastic shirring on the two middle fronts. ( I think I am going to make a few of these because they are great to wear under dresses and also looks very cute with leggings, high socks or tights)

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For the shirt I found a Panda face online, made it bigger and printed it out on Avery transfer iron-on for dark fabrics. The rosy cheeks is coral knit appliqued to the shirt. I appliqued around the eyes and the mouth because my kids loves to pry those iron on images off. The knit for this shirt is a very soft buttery knit from Girl Charlee . I used the Rowan Tee pattern from Titchy Threads – omitted the sleeves and lengthened the shoulders into a drop shoulder , widened the neck opening and added a curved bottom.

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The pants is the Go to Leggings Pattern and the striped knit is also from Girl Charlee.

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This kid has so many poses lately I am not sure which ones to use – See you tomorrow!

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and Remember to join in on the fun over at Kids Clothes Week…..

KCW – Wild elephants

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I love it when it is time for KCW- Kids Clothes Week, and I can stock up on clothes for the kids for the upcoming season. This time around the theme is WILD – so cool and versatile. First child up is Bella. I used my Upcraftclub fee to get the Persimmon Dress pattern from Willow + Co. The fabric is some essex linen and the blue double gauze is from my favorite Imagine gnats shop. First I made a elephant stencil with speedball eraser blocks and then used Speedball screen print ink for fabric to stamp the elephants on the essex linen.

this is a horrible picture(it was done last night so the lighting is very bad) but you get the idea….

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The linen and double gauze is a perfect match and Isabella is in heaven.

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We were fortunate to be able to get some pictures in the backyard inbetween rain very suiting to the WILD theme.

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Go Visit the KCW Blog for some inspiring outfits posted by others that are sewing along …….

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Till tomorrow……..

Blog Tour – The Verona Dress by Jennuine Design

I am very excited to join Jenn from A Jennuine Life for the blog tour of her newest Pattern the Verona Dress. The pattern is currently on sale for $7.50 and you can get it HERE. I was very excited when Jenn included me in the test for The Verona Dress. I have been following Jenn since I started reading Blogs a couple of years ago. I have also sewed a couple of the Dressage Leggings HERE and HERE so I already  knew that I was in for a treat. All of Jenn’s patterns are very well explained with illustrations and Step-by-step instructions. Jenn is always available for help which makes her a great pattern designer. Isabella and I loved it so much I ended up sewing 4 versions in the 2 weeks of testing and another one last week to complete Easter outfits.

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The Verona Dress is available for sizes 0 – 12 years. Unique characteristics of the Verona is that there are no button closures/zippers ( the baby sizes have a button in the back so it is very easy to get the dress over a baby’s head) and the beautiful fold back collar with a notch on the back neck line. On top of that there are lots of options – Long sleeve, short sleeve, cap sleeve and sleeveless. You can add pockets and/or Tulle. It is also fully lined with the lining peeking out from underneath the top skirt. The middle back has an elastic that makes for a beautiful and comfortable fit. I have tried them all except the long sleeve just because I am done with winter and want to sew nothing that makes me think of it 🙂 . The dress works great in woven or knit fabric.

The first one I did was just a muslin which I ended up finishing because Isabella loved it so much. It is the sleeveless version. I used my ruffle foot to make the gathers for the skirt. The fabric is a denim chambray with mint green dots and the underskirt a peach kona solid. I do not have modeled pictures but I do have this one ( I can also add that this dress is so comfortable that it doesn’t stay clean- she does EVERYTHING in it – which makes me happy and sad at the same time)

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The next one I made was the Yellow Eyelet and Teal chambray Verona that I already shared with you in my previous post. This one I did the short sleeve version with elastic. The eyelet makes for a beautiful Verona and make sure to follow Jenn’s suggestions for open and sheer fabrics.

Next up was the Blue and orange Verona. I did the cap sleeve with this one and this sleeve is my personal favorite. I used Blue Shwe Shwe fabric from my stash that my lovely mother brings  when visiting from South Africa . The underskirt is an orange Kona Solid. I added orange hand stitches to the collar to keep it in place but really am still deciding if I like it or not.

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Following was my personal favorite dress. Isabella has received many compliments from Adults that would love to have this as an adult version. I used a Mustard and Ivory striped cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee for the top and a grey knit also from Girl Charlee for the underskirt and bodice lining. I added the pockets for this version which I love with the knit. I made a belt with the grey knit and cream-colored kam snaps. I added kam snaps to the collar so I would not have to iron it after each wash and I have to say that this one needs no ironing when coming out of the tumble drier.

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Last but not least was a cap sleeve Verona for the Easter egg hunt at Church on Saturday. I added Tulle for this version and this just takes this dress up one notch and will please any Princess in your life. The bodice I created a faux double-breasted placket before cutting out my pattern by just folding and stitching to create the panel effect. For the skirt instead of gathering I made wide flat pleads instead. The fabric I used beautiful April Rhodes for Art Gallery, Wanderer, Serape Dream Premium Cotton from Fabricworm and a peach solid cotton for the bottom. Isabella loves bunnies so I made a little easter bunny with leftover wanderer fabric and imitated the buttons and collar to go with her dress.

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blogpic4 - CopyI can  truly say that both me and Bella loves all of the versions. Recommendations from me would be to make the correct size (check measurements and size when cutting out the pattern) and also make sure that the elastic is not too tight in the middle back or too loose ( I have found that the elastic guide on the pattern is a perfect fit on Isabella’s body) This will make for a beautifully fit and comfortable  dress. I hope that if  you do not have the pattern yet you go grab it while it is still  on sale.

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You should join the Blog tour and go see what all the other testers sewn up. Really cute dresses –

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Till next time – I hope that when I see you again I will be able to share some Boy outfit images with you……….

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A Girl Charlee Easter outfit…

As you know I am no stranger to Girl Charlee fabrics – To be honest I have to slow down a bit because I have a huge stash that I have to sew before my next purchase. They have some beautiful Easter Knit fabrics in their shop right now.I have been busy sewing Easter outfits for Bella and I have  one in the works for Arthur too. She needs three because all of the Easter events are 3 days in a row and there is no way one outfit will stay clean for the two days. I made Dressage leggings with pink ponte and the blue gingham. For the shirt I used the Rowan tee pattern by Titchy Threads and added a circle hi-lo skirt. I am not a bow person but Bella loves Bows lately so I added one with a belt that she can still take off if she wants to.

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 The Dress definitely have some twirl Factor…

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Till next time.

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The Girl Charlee fabrics can be found HERE.

and the Dressage Leggings pattern can be found by clicking on the link below.

The Verona dress by Jennuine Design

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Are you looking for a Easter dress pattern for your little girl or maybe just a pattern for a dress for your little princess that is well-written with step-by-step illustrations – Look no further.

I was very fortunate to be chosen as pattern tester for the Verona dress from Jennifer from A Jennuine Life .

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The Pattern is only available on UpCraftClub this week and you can find it

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I will let the pictures do the talking. ( The pattern is for ages NB up to 12)

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 I really love this pattern and will soon share the other ones I’ve made……

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“knot” a dress

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UPDATE: This look made it to the Top Ten of Project Run and Play. MARCH -The Knot Dress Challenge. I am nr 1 in the Line-up.Please go VOTE

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So I have made the switch from Blogger to WordPress for a few reasons. I really loved Blogger but I started to have problems with adding buttons without having to change a lot of things so hopefully that will be easier on WordPress. I am still figuring things out over here so be patient with me.

This month at Project Run and Play is Jessica from the Sewing Rabbit with her free Knot Dress Pattern. If you want to get it for free download it HERE . I am definitely planning to make it as is for Bella but because this is Project Run and Play I had to add a twist to it.

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The Original Knot Dress from Jess has 5 knots total and so I ended up adding two knots to the shirt, two to the pants and one to the cape. It is still very much winter here but we have high hopes for spring soon – so I ended up making three pieces that can layered in between colder and warmer weather.



The Shirt:

I printed out the dress pattern and used both the front and back pieces to draw the top. I wanted the top fitted so I used the 3t pattern even though Isabella is in a 4T. I omitted the ties on the shoulders and added sleeves. I used the knot pattern to add a cuff and tie to the sleeves.In the back I omitted the tie ( Bella tends to not like clothes with big buttons or any ties in the back for when she sits down) and made a drop back.The fabric is knit from Art Gallery fabrics which I purchased in the Imagine Gnats shop

The Pants:

I drafted some knee-length pants and added ties just like the sleeves at the bottom with a wide panel and elastic in the back.The double gauze is from the Imagine Gnats shop.

The Cape:

After I finished the shirt and pants and ended up deciding that this outfit needs a little cape and  an internet search led me to  The Forest Path Cape from Oliver+S . How cute is that? They have an adult version and I just have to have that for the next fall and winter. This ended up being a bigger project than I anticipated but I love the result and the extra work was worth it. I used beige double gauze and teal chambray from The Imagine Gnats Shop . wanted to have a quilted effect so I topstitched all those squares with teal thread on the double gauze . I omitted the buttons in the front to add a tie and added a flap on the back with a button.  I decided that the cape needed pockets and added welt pockets with beautiful turquoise leather I had in my stash.

Accessories:

I made suspenders with one inch white elastic and some of the turquoise leather. ( somehow Isabella is always losing her skinny jeans so these might come in very handy.) I made the felt flower headband from  wool felt  I ordered from the Benzie design Shop.

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In the summer she can just wear the pants and shirt and in the fall/winter she can just add the tights and cape. I love these colors and hope to build Bella’s summer wardrobe around it.collage

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Before heading outdoors for our ” winter ” look…

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We  ended up having lots of fun exploring the wooded area behind our house. The snow was just deep enough to cover the ground but not too much that the kids disappeared in it. In the summer it is too overgrown and we only get to do it in the winter.

Here is one of  our goofy pics,

Till next time……

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