sewing

panda bear

I’m making a few things for Natalie’s upcoming birthday.  I can’t believe she’ll be 6, for her it’s not soon enough – all her friends are 6 already according to her.

We’re madly in love with pandas, so I’ve been searching high and low for panda things.  Luckily I had this little idea tucked in the back of my brain for a little while.   I used the Square Bear pattern from the book Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan as a starting point.  I used black flannel for the panda eyes, ears, legs and arms.  Put in a little pocket for top secret stuff (maybe even a lost tooth someday) and there you have it.

I think she’s gonna love it.

kids clothes, sewing

yoga pants

I am so thankful I know how to sew.  My youngest daughter is so small in the waist that I can hardly ever find anything in the store to fit her.  And since I know it has to be comfortable and soft, the only way to get her to wear stuff I make is to use knits.

Slowly but surely knits and my serger are becoming my BFFs.  I love how quick it can be.
[twin needle magic, loving it!, if you’re looking for some good info on twin needles, check it out here]

I used Lil Blue Boo’s Perfect Short Pattern as a starting point and made them into yoga pants.  I slimmed down the pattern and just measured Emily’s inseam measurement to make them into pants. I also inserted elastic into the waistband casing just to make sure they stay up.  I really thought that helped, especially with the knits I wasn’t sure about how their stretch recovery might be. 
3 pairs down, now she has enough clean pairs of pants that she will actually wear and actually fit.  Yay!
I also quickly tested out the size of the shorts pattern for Natalie and made her some shorts out of some knit scraps.  She claims to not like them, but I’ll let her pick out the fabric next time, hopefully that’ll do the trick.  
giveaway

Ottobre Kids Magazine Winners

I got distracted last night sewing some kids clothes for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Hopefully will be blogging about those successes tomorrow.

And the winners of the Ottobre Magazines are:

#20

BloggerTara-ComfyandPrettyBlog who said…
Thanks for great giveaway!
and the second winner is:
#136
Bloggerthatmoxiegirl who said…
What an awesome magazine!
I’ve emailed the winners! Thanks everyone for entering, wish I could each give you one! See you tomorrow.  ♥