Good morning, friends! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! Mine was spent sewing and sewing and sewing…you know, I always make these impossible lists of goals for myself and then I’m completely shocked when I don’t get through even half of the list. Such was the case for this KCW.
I am, however, quite happy with what I was able to get through. Warning: a mega-load of pictures to follow…First up, the adorable sleeveless top and shorts combo. I should mention that I completed the shorts on Saturday, so the post title should technically include “part of day 6”.
I know that the fantastic Elepants and Elegance bubble shorts pattern is all over the sewing blogosphere right now for good reason, but the ones I made are from this book. They’re called “Kabocha”, which means pumpkin in Japanese. I used a butter yellow cotton. I’ve had these shorts on my to-do list forever, though I’d love to try Heidi‘s version with the buttons – the cuteness slays me.
The top is from the same book and in fact, I sewed up the same combo shown in the book — something I don’t do too often, but I love how they look together. The fabric is the GORGEOUS Nani Iro “Peaceful Cooing” in grey (I made culottes with the green colorway). I want to be wrapped in this fabric when I die. I may have said this about other fabric, but I mean it this time. I cut against the grain because I wanted the effect of the fluffy, cloud-like bits falling.
Remember that K’s been really into sharks lately? Well, I made her some shark-themed clothing. I’m realizing now that I should have added eyes to the hoodie, but A for effort, I say. This is the same luscious mystery knit I used for the half-leggings here. Do you like her purple ankle socks? She was initially insistent about them but almost slipped and fell after trying the handstand, so took them off rapidly.
The teeth are made out of felt and hand-stitched in. I figured they’ll get funky pretty quickly and she’ll grow out of the shark phase in a minute so I wanted to be able to easily take them out. Friends, the piece de resistance is the zipper. It’s polka dot. I am beyond excited about this. I also got a black zipper with white polka dots. LOVE. They’re from here and I believe there’s also houndstooth.
If the hoodie and raglan tee look familiar, it’s because they’re the same patterns (and in the case of the tee, same fabric) as the outfit I made for Meg’s son. I had less tragic accidents with the hoodie this time but I used my sewing machine instead of my serger for the most part, which helped. The hoodie is from this book and the raglan tee is Oliver + S.
The tee was originally meant for Meg’s son, but the hem was so wavy and the neckline a total botch job, that I couldn’t stomach the idea of sending it. Because it was in my ‘fail’ pile anyway, I thought it would be a good canvas for a shark drawing. I did it freehand with a silver sharpie, then I outlined it with silver embroidery floss. It’s OK. Just OK. It looks a little too amateur to me. I do like the sun that K drew though. The important thing is that K loves it and couldn’t wait to try it on. (I know that photo is totally blurry, but I love it so much)
And the shorts! The same pattern as the madras ones here. Such a great pattern! The fabric is a green linen plaid from my stash – I believe my mom thrifted this one and the yellow cotton used for the kabocha shorts.
I have one last outfit that I’ll post tomorrow…oh, the bribes that needed to be wielded to get these shots! The photo shoots are always the hardest part, but I’m always so glad to be able to look back on all the photos, especially the super silly ones (there were some ridiculous and hilarious shots of K with half her clothes off, not post-able obviously…).
While I was sewing I listened to a lot of TED talks. Inspiring! Though I always feel bad for the speakers when their jokes fall flat. Much like it was for me when I was teaching art to fourth graders last week. A tough crowd, fourth graders.