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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.


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.


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.


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.


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:




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


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!


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.


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Hopefully the last napkins I’ll ever sew again

Ok, who am I kidding? I will probably make napkins for every bridal shower/wedding forever.

I went to a dear college friend’s bridal shower this weekend and I made her a set of 8 cloth napkins, 4 coasters, and 2 oven mitts. I used this fantastic Michael Miller Edges Ombre print. I really cannot resist when sends 15% off coupons or runs sales on Michael Miller.


I used three yards total, and three yards of a navy kona cotton. Making cloth napkins, by the way, is NOT cheaper than buying them unless you insist on buying Williams-Sonoma napkins at 4 for $50. I estimate I spent about $45 for the whole package – just so you get an idea of how much you’ll spend if you use designer fabric. You could probably do it for a lot less but I like to splurge a bit if it’s going to be a present.

It took absolutely every ounce of energy and determination to finish this present, by the way.

I made four napkins. Then I took a picture, put the napkins away so I wouldn’t have to look at them, and sewed something for myself. I think it was my Staple Dress because I can see it in the background.


Then it was back to napkins. I noticed at some point that if I started and ended the topstitching on a dark blue dot you can hardly see the backstitching! Excellent! (Is that not exciting enough for an exclamation point? I don’t care.)


Aaaaaand done! As always, I do love a stack of freshly pressed napkins. I just hate getting there.


The coasters were way easier on my nerves. Partly because I only made four of them, and partly because they’re only four-inch squares rather than SEVENTEEN. Damn the napkins! We were visiting Kev’s super crafty cousin sometime last year and I noticed her cute coasters – she said they were super easy so I Googled them as soon as I got home. I think I used this tutorial (they’re SO easy you never need a pattern or tutorial again if you just do them once), except I don’t use fusible web and I substitute in a layer of Insul-Bright or thin batting.


Side note: I just found this tutorial for a triangle variation, adorbs! I might need some of these.

The oven mitts were less simple. I sewed them up easily the first time, with an inside and outside fabric and a layer of Insul-Bright. Then I tried them on and couldn’t help but notice how THIN they felt. Not good. I had to unpick them all – and let me tell you, unpicking seams out of Insul-Bright SUCKS. Even if you do it from the fabric side, you get fuzz EVERYWHERE.

I added two layers of low-loft 100% COTTON batting (no polyester, you don’t want melty oven mitts) and resewed, very grudgingly. No good! This time they were so thick that the mitts became tiny. It was around this time that I sounded my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. I unpicked them again – batting is even worse to unpick seams out of and I was proportionally furious with myself. I sewed them up again, with an outside fabric, Insul-Bright, cotton batting, and inside fabric. I forgot to take a picture but I made extra wide bias tape out of the navy kona cotton and bound the layers together with that.

And, FINALLY! Cutie pie oven mitts. I will probably make some for myself someday but I’m going to need some recovery time. I’m ashamed to admit that I seriously considered only making one oven mitt but thankfully I convinced myself (probably with a very large glass of iced coffee) that I needed to make the second one. At this point I was so done with it that I don’t think I took a picture of all the presents together.


No need tell the bride-to-be how much angry swearing when into her gift. I promise, if you get cloth napkins from me as a gift, you’re clearly high up on my list. (And if you don’t… it probably just means I ran out of time and had to run out and buy something instead. Which has definitely happened. Sorry.)

I have to note – the bridal shower invitation had a blank recipe card enclosed and we were supposed to fill in our favorite recipe to help the couple start a collection of recipes for their new home. So sweet! I chose our favorite recipe for cream of mushroom soup, which is the reason why I never need to buy canned cream of mushroom soup ever again. It’s really quick and so delicious!

Also, no one could believe I made those cloth napkins. I promise, if you make them, everyone will think you’re a hero. A hero with… sewing capabilities? You can even make your own cape.


Two Washi dresses – FINISHED!

Ummm I might have a Washi dress problem. I made two in one day.

I totally acknowledge that I have posted two Made by Rae patterns in a row but I can’t help it. I swear I’ve used other patterns; I just haven’t taken pictures of them yet!

I call this one my Washi Doggies. It’s Michael Miller and I’ve had this fabric on my WANT list for about a year. Finally!


I think I might rip out the stitching holding down the front facing and do a blind stitch. I don’t like how OBVIOUS it is on this particular dress. I did use a pretty heavy black thread and I’d rather have the uninterrupted houndstooth pattern. Ha, houndstooth!


I call this the Birthday Washi. I found the fabric at Joann’s and knew I needed to make a dress out of it. Yes, it’s quilting cotton but I actually like the stiffness for this dress. It makes the skirt more substantial somehow. While I was there I also picked up a kona cotton in navy and think I need to make another Washi with white piping.


I wore this one to my nephew’s 4th birthday party and it is soooo comfy. I might need to wear it for every birthday forever. The pockets are the best.


Loooove this pattern. I’ve already worn the Washi dogs twice: once while I was visiting my parents and again to work this week. I wore it with a kelly green sweater, because, YES. I clearly like my houndstooth with kelly.