Catching up : baby boy sewing

In my continued effort to catch up on project sharing, I bring to you some sewing for O and for some dear friends having baby boys. The first gift was a pair of pants from the Oliver+S lullaby layette pattern: Lullaby layette pants: Lizzieville 11 These are size 6-12 months in Kaufman double cloth in indigo.  This double cloth is so soft and cozy and I want to use it for all kinds of projects in the future.  You can see the indigo and the white side here: Lullaby layette pants: Lizzieville 12 Lullaby layette pants: Lizzieville 13 And those pockets.  I love those pockets!  I’d say the sizing on this pattern is generous because O could actually squeeze into these.  Earlier in the summer I’d made him his own pair, in 18-24 months with 12 month length.  They’ve fit for a few months now with plenty more room to grow.  Here you can see a comparison of the two pants (shortened 18 month on the left, 6 month on the right): Lullaby layette pants : Lizzieville 1For O’s pair I used andover chambray and I love how lightweight but sturdy it feels.  I also appreciate that is wrinkles so much less than the interweave chambray and essex linen I’ve used a few times.  Here are a few shots of O in the garden this summer, enjoying his roomy pants: Lullaby layette pants : Lizzieville 2 Lullaby layette pants : Lizzieville 3For another gift I turned to an old favorite, the divided basket pattern from Noodlehead. This is my fourth go at this pattern (previous here and here) so it came together easily. My only change was to shorten the basket height by 1.5 inches as I’ve done before. The prints were from my stash and the main body is Kaufman essex linen in blue. Divided basket: Lizzieville 1 Divided basket: Lizzieville 2 I loaded it up with some diapers, wipes, zip sleepers, and patchwork wash cloths (you can see them better here) and it was ready to go: Divided basket: Lizzieville 3 Thanks for reading!  And now, back to work on E’s Halloween costume…

KCW : seersucker dungarees


I did manage to get a third item done for Kid’s Clothes Week.  These overalls are from the book Sewn With Love.  I made the smallest size, 18-24 months.  The fabric is Kaufman seersucker in sky.

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This book has super cute, vintage inspired clothing but there are some issues with the pattern pieces and the directions.  This was a common theme in the reviews.  Oliver + S, these patterns are not.  I had some serious doubts that it would all come together.  But in the end it (mostly) did.

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There are some sweet details in this pattern and I like the straps and how the shorts section isn’t gathered at the bib.  Little kids in seersucker make me happy and I like all the possibilities with the stripes.  I think it does make a more formal looking outfit though, more suitable for a wedding or fancy brunch or something.  We have nothing of the kind planned so O will have to wear these in the backyard.

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Also, the fit on O is a little bizarre.  The crotch pulls too tight (even without a cloth diaper) and the waist is too big.

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So, does anyone have a favorite overalls pattern?  I think I could use what I learned in this pattern and add a bib and straps to a different pants pattern that fits O, but a complete pattern would be easier.  Some little corduroy overalls would be perfect for the fall.

Baby bibs, three ways

Now that O has joined the dinner table I thought some new bibs were in order.  First, a messy kid bib from Little Things to Sew:

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I used a snap for the closure as O rips off velcro bibs.  The front was made using iron-on vinyl, as suggested in the pattern.  I did manage to get a few stray threads stuck between the vinyl and the fabric so I’ll be more careful next time.  And I’m not sure if I picked a lower-quality vinyl but it tends to wrinkle up quite a bit with use.  Nothing like ironing your child’s bib.  But I do like the large size and this has become our go-to bib for O.

messy kid bib :: lizzievilleI also made a bapron from the Craftiness is not Optional pattern:

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This pattern is very clever and O makes zero attempts to pull the bib off.  You can see below how the bias tape wraps around the arms and ties in the back.  I made the smaller size, suggested for 6m-18m.  I wish I’d made the larger (24m-3t) size because this is snug.  I will make this pattern again in the larger size but with vinyl, as the shape is perfect but wipe-off bibs get more use around here.

bapron back :: lizzievilleBoth of these patterns were very straightforward.  My only frustration with both was on the bias tape application.  I’ve gotten into the habit of hand-sewing the finish on my bias tape because otherwise I can’t get things lined up nicely.  The stitching wavers and ends up missing the tape entirely in some places and running too close to the middle in others.  I applied the tape fully by machine in both cases and it is not pretty.  But functional for a bib, I suppose.

Finally I made an art smock, also from Little Things to Sew.  E wears her smock so much I figured O needs one too.  While she uses the smock now for cooking and art projects, when E was little we often used smocks as a bib because they stay put and have better sleeve coverage.

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I made the small (fits up to size 3).  It is way too big on him now.  When I put it on him, E informed me that it looked like a dress.  I’m sure he’ll grow into it soon.  The only change I made to the pattern was adding length to the neck elastic as E’s has gotten a bit snug.

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O was done cooperating with photos by this point and tried to crawl away.

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I love the finish on this smock.  It is such a satisfying sew that I was going to make E another one in the next size up.  Then she saw the bias-trimmed apron from the same book and requested that instead.  Maybe that will be a good opportunity for me to conquer bias tape application.  It would also give me one more project (previous projects here) before the Little Things to Sew: Cover to Cover Challenge runs out at the end of August.

Plaid and chambray bucket hat

I had originally intended to do a roundup of our handmade clothing from the past week but I ran out of motivation to get pictures each day.  O repeated the same few items of clothing and E is not particularly interested in cooperating for any photographs.  So instead, I bring you O’s new hat.

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This is the reversible bucket hat from Little Things To Sew.  I made a size medium (3-5y, 20″) after trying on his sister’s hat and discovering that it fit just fine.  O’s head is big but I also think the sizing on this pattern might run small.  I didn’t add any inches to the brim this time but I wish I’d added at least a little.  This isn’t the best for actually keeping the sun off his face (and cheeks).  The hat is andover chambray in blue with a plaid of unknown origin for the reverse.

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With E’s hat I added straps after the hat was finished and was never happy with how this looked.  So for O’s hat I cut out two fabrics strips (about 1.25 x 17 inches each), double folded as if for bias tape, and stitched along both edged.  I attached them to the hat after finishing Step 6 of “Making and Attach the Brim.”  I also made buttonholes so the straps could switch sides and the hat would still be reversible.  If you’re adding straps in this way I’d suggest assembling the less-busy side first (for me that was the solid blue) so that your hand stitching and the strap through the buttonhole all happen on the busy side (for me, the plaid).  You can see the strap attachment during construction here:

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A few months ago my husband taught O to play peekaboo where he puts his baseball hat on O’s head and O pulls it off and laughs hysterically.  It is an adorable and fun game and we all love playing it with him.  Unfortunately this now means that O thinks any hat on his head is a game.  To slow him down a bit I made the straps extra-long to tie, rather than using velcro as I had on E’s hat.

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While I was trying to get pictures O was busy pulling off the hat and crawling off the blanket.  

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This little baby is growing up.  But at least he now has a hat for the summer.


Made For Kids Month : Week 3

Week #3 of Made For Kids Month nearly complete and we mostly had repeat handmades around here.


I didn’t document the repeated clothing items but do have a few new things to share.  E wore her Oliver+S field trip tshirt that I originally made last winter.  I’d added a cuff to the bottom and the sleeves to avoid hemming knits.  But the neckline got so horribly stretched out while sewing that the shirt was unwearable.  I fixed that problem by chopping off the neckline and adding a bimaa hood.  Which pretty much makes this a bimaa sweater with raglan sleeves and a roomier fit.

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You can see it better in these pictures I took a few weeks ago.

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It’s always nice to salvage something from the rag pile.

And this week I finally got around to making O his first Oliver+S clothing.  I can’t believe it has taken so long.  Here he is wearing his plaid sailboat pants.  I made a size 18 months for him (he’s huge) and they fit nicely over his cloth diaper.  The pattern is for cropped pants so these are a bit long but work well enough.

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I love this pattern and look forward to making O many more pairs.  The top does pull a bit funny though and I’ll try to adjust my button placement a bit on future pairs.  Or maybe it’s just the big belly/diaper combo.  Either way I just want to squish him all day.

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Made For Kids Month : Week 2

I continued to document our handmade kid clothes for week two of Made For Kids Month. Week one and more information about this month-long challenge here.


First up, O in his Cameron baby sneakers and E in her sunny day shorts:

Cameron baby shoes :: Lizzieville

Sunny day shorts

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Modified class picnic shorts (or tennis ball shorts, as my husband likes to call them):

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Hopscotch dress:

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Last summer’s sailboat pants (still holding up after heavy wear, although getting a bit snug):

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Handknit sweater made by E’s grandma, worn on our first rainy day in June.  I love the rain, and two weeks with rain is so unusual around these parts.

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And rounding out the week, some sibling playtime in (backwards) big green pants and sunny day shorts:

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That’s my round up!  I’m still loving all the handmade items and lovely, everyday moments in the Made for Kids Month Flickr pool!

Made For Kids Month : Week 1

When I read about Made for Kids Month from Liesl (Oliver + S) and Rae (Made By Rae) I figured it would be fun to document the handmade things my kids wore in June.  You can read more about the month-long challenge here and here.


E picks out her own (sometimes wacky) outfits each morning.  I knew that I’d have little luck encouraging her to wear her handmade items but by chance she picked out quite a few this week.  First up, a geranium tunic (from last spring- still fits barely!)

Geranium top :: LizzievilleCircle skirt (too big last year, finally seeing some wear now)
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LTTS backpack and Love Your Lunchbox Lunchbox
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Roller skate top (another barely fits from last spring) and circle skirt (again!)
Roller skate top and circle skirt
Oliver+S bedtime story pajama pants (made over the winter and never blogged)
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Circle skirt (yet again- clearly E needs some more skirts!)
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Roly-poly pinafore
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My only O picture for the week:

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If you (and your children) are participating I look forward to enjoying your pictures in the Made for Kids Month Flickr group!

Baby pants, baby shoes

In my quest to find good pants patterns for chubby babies in large cloth diapers, I made O another pair of pants.  These pants started life as women’s pants, picked up at the thrift store to repurpose.  They have a bit of stretch to them and I liked the color.  I used them to cut out some pants for E from the Sew Chic Kids book, completely forgetting to add seam allowances.  I was able to recut them for O by using a shortened MADE kids pants with the addition of the back panel from the fancy pants leggings.

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Then I added a waistband and cuffed the ends as they were super long.  They are huge and comfortable and I’m imagining many months of wear for these pants.

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Now that spring has arrived O is out and about in the grass, wood chips, and dirt more.  So I thought it was time to make him some shoes.  These are the Cameron baby sneakers  in essex yarn dyed linen and echino helicopters (I bought it locally but found a listing here).  I made a size 3 based on O’s foot measurements and the hope that too small might be better than too big for someone who always kicks off his socks.

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These stay on better than I’d expected and I love the snaps.  Next time I might use a bigger size but add some elastic to the back.  I’ll also do a better job transferring all the markings.  I had some headaches and off-kilter straps that I probably could have avoided.

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O enjoys chewing on them whenever possible.

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KCW : fancy turtle pants


I realized that E is quickly outgrowing most of her pajama pants.  So I decided to make her a new pair for Kid’s Clothes Week using the fancy pants leggings pattern from Titchy Threads.  After cutting out a size 4, I realized that there was just enough left over to make a 12 month pair for O.  And so we have matching turtle pants:

fancy pants 1 : lizzieville1The fit on O is perfect after chopping off 2 inches from the length.  E was sleeping when I made her pair so I just used a straight size 4.  They ended up being quite roomy so I’m hoping they’ll fit for a while.

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I really enjoyed the instructions for this pattern.  Helpful color-coded pictures, clear instructions without being too wordy, and tips for using a serger (which I ignored a bit and did the entire things on the serger and it worked out fine as far as I can tell).  These pants were fantastically easy and satisfying to make.  Getting pictures of them was a bit more of a challenge as E enjoyed flopping on the bed,

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And O enjoyed pulling his sister’s hair.

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And then they cuddle up oh so sweetly.

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Although I sure wish I’d had enough fabric to match the prints a bit!  Anyway, I have one more KCW outfit to finish up and then that’ll be a wrap for spring Kid’s Clothes Week.  Next I want to look through all the fabulous projects and get inspired for more spring sewing.

2013 year in review

I didn’t have plans to do any kind of 2013 wrap up, partly because I had no idea how to create the lovely, linked mosaics I’ve been seeing on so many blogs.  Then Liesl suggested using Mosaic Maker in her last blog post and I had to give it a try.  It was really easy- and fun to see everything put together in this one place.

First up, my Oliver+S sewing:

o+s sewing 2013

1. Sailboat pants, 2. 2+2 Blouse, 3. Class picnic shorts, 4. Ice cream blouse,                     5. Bucket hat, 6. Class picnic shorts, 7. Puppet show shorts, 8.Ice cream blouse,              9. Sailboat pants, 10. Ice cream dress, 11. Roller skate tunic, 12. Library dress

Some sewing from other pattern makers:

other clothes 2013

1. Quick change trousers, 2. Debbie’s Birthday, 3. MADE pants, 4. Knight/uptown hat,      5. Quick change trousers, 6. MADE pants, 7. Newborn pants, 8. Round neck top,             9. Geranium dress/baby shoes, 10. Beach Robe, 11. Geranium top, 12. MADE pants,     13. Newborn pants, 14. Round neck top, 15. Geranium top, 16. Reversible circle skirt

Some bags, baskets, baby items, and other sewing:

other sewing 2013

1. Divided basket, 2. Sidekick tote, 3. Sidekick tote, 4. baby washcloths,                           5. Baby burp cloths, 6. Fabric bowls, 7. Fabric bowl, 8. Divided basket,                             9. Lunchbox, 10. wallet, 11. Felt bookmarks, 12. Pincushion

And a whole lot of knitting:

knitting 2013

1. Christmas mittens, 2. Felted bowls, 3. Milo vest, 4. Baby mittens,                                     5. Baby shoes, 6. Gnome hats, 7. Vintage knits hat/booties 8. Pebble vest,                 9.Cable baby hat, 10. Saartje’s Bootees, 11. Baby bear, 12. Puerperium cardigan,         13. Baby slippers, 14. Mini fishy fish, 15. Big Ears the rabbit, 16. Doll shoes,                     17. Saartje’s Bootees, 18. Marisol the mouse, 19. Doll sweater, 20. Jelly bean socks

Hope your 2014 is off to a lovely start!