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Kids Clothes Week, Day 4

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For Kids Clothes Week, day 4, I made this hat for baby girl. She really needs to wear a hat along with a long sleeved swim shirt if she’s going to spend a day on the beach for sun protection.

I used McCall’s 6762 View A for the pattern. I measured her head and selected a size S, as her head is was 19″. That didn’t work very well. It was much too small. So I let out all the seams to 1/4″ seam allowances, as I’d assumed they were meant to be 5/8″. Maybe I’d missed something as size small was not 19″ when sewn at 5/8″. Oh, well. It fits now, and I think its cute. The crown is a little too tall for her, if I make another, I’ll shorten it by 1/2″.

Its of the same fabric as her swim shorts, made for KCW, day 3. As a polyester, it won’t hold much moisture, which makes it a good choice for “swimming” [read: splashing in the shallows and persistent attempted pebble eating, possibly just to make Grandma panic repeatedly].

I selected a contrasting fabric for the lining. As a conservative, its almost too wild for me.

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To finish up, here’s a photo of my babe with the swim shorts I made yesterday (hurray- she’s got a complete girly swim outfit now- no more Thomas the Tank Engine and extended family gathering at the lake house forgetting our newest family member is a GIRL). She was not very interested in modeling today, so this is the best photo I’ve got. They are more becoming on her when she’s not smooshing her back against the couch in attempt to get farther from the camera.

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Hope you’re enjoying KCW as much as I am 🙂

Kids Clothes Week, Days 2+3

Yesterday was a tough day to get much sewing done for Kids Clothes Week. Yet, today I am pressing on 😉 Here’s the swim shorts I made for baby girl.

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Swim shorts for a baby girl? Yes! She is very fair and for long days by the lake with Grandparents (there’s the traveling theme again!), we have found protective clothing to be superior to sunscreens. Note the long sleeved swim shirt. I intend to make her a matching sun hat for this outfit, if fabric and time permit. She is not modeling her new pieces today as she is napping- which is why I am blogging! And my poor husband will be doing the dishes tonight 😦 since this is how I am spending nap time.

I chose tutti frutti for these swim shorts because polyester doesn’t hold much water, so it will dry really quickly, and they won’t be super heavy when wet. The little lady selected the little bird print herself. The thick waistband is to help them stay up and prevent tummy show, while the back rise is significantly longer, and the backwaist is elasticized, both to provide coverage and movement. They’re a modification of the PJ shorts pattern from day 1. I trimmed down the casing allowance (so the shorts themselves end at the part of her tummy where her pants usually rest + added seam allowance), created a wide waistband (which will sit higher on her tummy than usual) and trimmed about 1/2″ off the width of each leg (so she won’t have so much extra fabric to weigh her down when wet).

I also revisited that pajama top from day 1 as well. I decided to make her a second one, which fits better. I completed the modifications I mentioned in the day 1 post. It was very quick sewing, and I will try to include a pattern and a tutorial here on the blog in the next few weeks as it may be something other seamstresses might enjoy.

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Kids Clothes Week, Day 1

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This is my first time sewing along for Kids Clothes Week. Here’s what I made today- a pair of summer jammies for the tiny girl. I wanted her to have something cooler and cuter than a onesie to wear to Grandma’s lake house while all the family is visiting this summer. That fits the “traveling” theme, right?

I used fabric from my mom’s stash, that she brought to me. It is likely 100% polyester, not ideal, but it should be cool anyway. I love the design, but I wish I’d made the top smaller. I plan to reuse the shorts pattern later this week; they are already a modification of a pants pattern I drafted earlier this year for her. She’s a tough tiny to fit, and I am satisfied with this pattern, though it isn’t perfect. If I had time, I’d modify the top by replacing the straps with narrower ones, take in the elastic 1/2″ across the bodice front and back, and lower the casing about 1/2″. Next time I sew a top like this I will also put the bias tape around the arm holes before I stitch the casing across the bodice front and back. Don’t know I didn’t this time…

I look forward to tomorrow’s project and seeing what everyone else is making 🙂

but why don’t they have eyes?

I made these stuffed animals for my children today from fleece scraps and these lovely free patterns (whale, turtle, pig). Of course, I modified them a bit, because I have to (not because the patterns needed it, they were great, I just can’t do anything exactly like its ever been done before).

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Looking at the collection, my oldest says, “But why don’t they have eyes?” Good question, son.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Eph 1:16-21

Good thing God gave us eyes…may He open the eyes of our hearts to know the hope to which He has called us!

(and too bad I can’t embroider.)