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Kids Clothes Week recap

I didn’t do as badly as I thought I would! I certainly didn’t fit in an hour per day but I was able to sneak 20 minutes here and there when both husband and toddler were mesmerized by food or television or computer.

I finished the weiner dog shorts AND the London buildings shorts! Behold…

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I really cannot be trusted to change the thread out on my serger, because I will never change it back to white or black or something neutral. I changed it to this royal blue for my Star Charts Washi/Liam’s Star Charts pants and I haven’t bothered to change it out yet. At least it’s kind of in-theme for the London buildings shorts.

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Obviously we need to work on smiling.

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He hasn’t worn his weiner dogs shorts yet – probably tomorrow. I still refused to change the thread on my serger so I was inspired to do french seams all over for these shorts.

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The little doggies! They kill me every time.

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Here are his Star Charts pants in action again, ready to go to his great-grandpa’s 80th birthday party. I wore my Star Charts Washi and husband wore a green polo. It was kind of adorable.

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And here, have a picture of a toddler eating a comically large ice cream cone:

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Kids Clothes Week!

Ok so the first two days of my first Kids Clothes Week were a bust. As in, I did zero hours of sewing.

In my defense, Mr. L decided not to sleep on Sunday and Monday night, and I was clever and used last night to catch up on some much-needed sleep. I did spend a good deal of this past weekend cutting out some shorts/pants for L out of my excess yardage stash, plus I did finish a pair of pants for him so I at least have something to show this week. I also have two baby girl dresses that I had to wait to blog about until after they were given as presents.

Here are L’s new pants! I really like Dana’s kid pants pattern because 1. it’s free, 2. it’s super easy, 3. there are a lot of options to switch it up, aaaaand, it’s free. Hard to beat that. I love the flat front option. I also sew his nametag to the outside of the back waistband… mostly because I think everyone should see how awesome my work is.

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This is Lizzy House’s Star Charts in navy, which I may or may not made a Washi dress out of… which I may or may not have worn to a birthday party with Liam wearing his Star Charts pants. I’m planning on matching clothing with Liam until he refuses. My goal is age 12, or whenever he threatens to declare himself emancipated.

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I also cut a few pairs of pants/shorts, again with Dana’s pattern. It’s probably lucky that I only had enough to make shorts out of the Michael Miller weiner dogs fabric because they probably would’ve looked too much like PJs as pants.

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The London Buildings fabric are also destined to become shorts. The London fabric is excess from making my little sister a Washi dress but she has so far failed to provide me with decent pictures. She lives in NJ so I told her when she left my house that she needed to take pictures of the dress and send them back to me within 3 business days or I’d go Cinderella’s stepsisters on the dress and rip it up. Threats apparently don’t work on her. She tried sending me crappy phone pictures and I demanded new ones. God, her seamstress is a jerk.

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I also cut pants out of a gray linen-cotton blend but that is just way too boring to photograph, sorry. Here are the dresses I made for L’s friend for her second birthday:

Free itty bitty baby dress from Made by Rae – quilting cotton from Joann’s:

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Geranium dress also by Rae – also random Joann’s fabric 

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I got to use my new snaps plier. It gets lots of terrible reviews but I think it works just fine. Plus, not having to make buttonholes!

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So that’s where I stand on Kids Clothes Week. I hope to get all or most of these pants done this week – I’ll probably end up binge-sewing this weekend rather than doing an hour a day.

And let’s not talk about how I made another Washi dress for myself, making it number 5. Only 2 of which have been blogged. I also made one for my sister and am working on one for another sister. Three sisters. Three Washi dresses. TOTALLY WORTH IT.