Creations: Fun for Kids

Let me start with a disclaimer: This post is about children’s clothing. I will be blunt and say that I myself is not that interested in reading about children’s clothing so if you aren’t either you have my permission to carry on. However, for my own documentation I want to post about the kids’ stuff I’ve sewn, but to not clog my blog feed I will sweep them all up in one post. Most of them are from the same pattern as well, so there’s not much to talk about.

Leggings!

Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler

Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler

 

I’ve talked about the leggings for little E previously. I have made her two pairs, with cassettes and hearts (which did not make it to the photo session). The Cassette fabric came from my old nursing t-shirt (and scraps) and the heart jersey was leftovers from toddler skirts I made for my nieces. The pattern is really simple, I just traced a pair of leggings she already had. It’s so easy to sew for kids, the front and back are the same and they’re not fiddly with fit.

T-shirts!

T-shirt #1 in a cute print and happy colour

T-shirt #1 in a cute print and happy colour

The kiddo has had the honour of receiving two long-sleeved t-shirts this fall. The first one was a surprise for him as I saw the fabric in the store when I was shopping for myself and I knew he would like it. I used Burda 04-2012-144 as a base for the bodice and sleeves and then I changed it as I saw fit. I added a neckline band and cuffs to the sleeves (since I accidentally cut them too short), I made the neckline a bit more narrow and omitted the pocket and elbow patches. As for instructions, I didn’t use them and did it my way by setting the sleeves in flat, so much easier!

Cutest matching brother and sister

Cutest matching brother and sister

A few weeks later I asked the kiddo if he wanted that I make matching t-shirts for him and his sister. Obviously the answer was yes. He got to pick the fabric and decided on the purple with penguins (kiddo=major purple fan) (other options were pink with owls and blue with dinosaurs). The kiddo’s t-shirt is identical to the green one but with longer sleeves and slightly shorter cuffs. For little E’s t-shirt I used Allt om Handarbete 05-2008-6 as a base. The pattern is simple in the way that front and back are the same piece, but advanced in the fact that it is meant to have a button placket in the back. To me that seemed overly ambitious for a toddler t-shirt and just did a regular neckband. I lengthened the sleeves and added cuffs. Two simple t-shirts and two very happy children. Kiddo’s eyes were glowing when he got to put on his new t-shirt, made with love.

Cap!

This cap is so much cuter when a cute toddler is wearing it

This cap is so much cuter when a cute toddler is wearing it

Yes, the first category with only one finished product. I cut up my Envy dress, which I pretty much only wore for Me-Made-May and didn’t feel really comfortable in, to make little E a fall cap. I used this free pattern (to be cut on two folds, that was tricky!) from Stoff och Stil and it made for one adorable cap. Perfect for that in between weather.

My selfless sewing so far this year, although one can argue that it’s not completely selfless as I get a huge kick out of seeing the joy coming out of the kids’ eyes. Well, mainly the big one so far, little E kept pulling off her cap when I tried it on her. And I think she thought it was thrilling to wear the same shirt as her idol as well.

Kids clothes are quick and easy to sew, especially if I stick to t-shirts and leggings. I should take time and sew a few pieces now and then for the kids, they love it so much. But now, it’s back to me, me, me!

Do you enjoy sewing kids’ clothing? Do you enjoy reading about it? Or are you a selfish sewer?

Under hösten sydde jag några snabba projekt till mina barn. Jag gillar utmaningen med vuxenkläder, men för att rensa hjärnan mellan projekt är det rätt bra med att göra en snabb barntröja eller byxa, där passform inte är lika viktigt och sömnaden går fort. Min lilla har fått två par leggnings (varav bara ett par har fastnat på bild), en t-shirt och en mössa. Stora har fått två stycken t-shirtar med lång ärm. Kassett-leggingsen och mössan är återbruk av plagg jag sytt till mig själv, men som jag inte var nöjd med. Nu har de fått nytt liv!

Green Sweater for Kiddo

Some days ago I got the urge to sew. Not trace, not cut, not do prep-work, not learn my new overlocker, but SEW. Since I didn’t want to do any of those things I decided a project for the kiddo was in order. It would need to be cut, but that’s easily done and then it’s off to an instant gratification project.Grön sweatshirt (2)

The fabric was a bribe purchase. I took the kids to the fabric store to browse the scrap bin. I found that they had moved the scrap bin away from the toy area, too far to leave the kiddo on his own. So while I bought lucious things for me (a teal satin, purple interlock and black denim) I found a piece of green sweatshirt fabric and asked the kiddo if he wanted something in that fabric. He said yes.

Grön sweatshirt

Reducing flare

I browsed all my magazines and settled on BurdaStyle 10-2011-41, marked as a “girls sweater”. It featured raglan sleeves and a bit of flare. I reduced the flare, it didn’t seem good for a boy sweater (plus the kiddo is ridicolously slim and I wanted to add a cuff) and made it longer. Other than that I stuck to the pattern.Grön sweatshirt (1)

The neckline is a bit wonky, I probably should have stabilised it and the zipper insertion is a bit off, but other than I’m pretty pleased with it. I wanted an instant graftification project and, to be honest, I don’t put my most ambitious work into clothes for the kids.

Project summary:
 Pattern: Burdastyle 10-2011-141
Alterations: Reduced flare, made it longer, added cuffs at waist, neck and sleeve ends.
Difficulty: Novice

Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric and”cuff fabric” (recycled from failed project)
Notions: Zipper (recycled from an old pair of pants),
Estimated price: ?

Project rating:
I’m pretty pleased. The zipper and necklines could have been better, but now I know that for next time. The kiddo says he likes it, but so far I haven’t been able to photograph him wearing the sweater (either he wasn’t in a sweater mood or he’d put it on but objected to being photographed. I respect that).

Getting some sleep…

For the first month of her life baby E had terrible nights. She was awake for up to two hours and would only go to sleep on either of her parents. We were getting desparate and I turned to the web for ideas, any ideas on how to get her to sleep by herself, even if it still was in our bed. One of the ideas I came across was a babynest.

So, what is a babynest you might ask. In short it’s a padded matress for small babies, made to be snug since that’s how babies like it (it’s not that they have a lot of room in the womb). Another thing one can know about the babynest is that the “official brand” retails them at an incredibly high price, 849 SEK (€100). However, if one can sew…

Babynest

A babynest seems to be a Swedish thing since I could find many tutorials here, but not many in English. Perhaps my googling skills are dwindling. Anyway, it’s a padded matress with extra padding around, which is drawn in using a drawstring. It creates the baby’s one space, snuggly but the baby still has room to move.

This was quite a quick make, to be fair I didn’t worry too much about seam finishes and polishing. I don’t remember how much the fabric cost (which I needed one metre of), but the stuff I bought was about 100 SEK (€11.71) and I think the fabric could have around80-100 SEK (€9.37 – 11.71). Either way, my babynest is less than 1/4 of the retail price.

Babynest (2) The real verdict, however, lies not in price or quailty but if baby E likes it. The first night I was able to put her down in her new nest after nursing and she fell asleep herself. The second night was not as good, but after a few nights she’s getting used to it and does fall asleep on her own, in her nest, for most part. Success! Although I don’t know if she would have done that either way, but from what I’ve gathered about her, she probably wouldn’t. We’re all getting better sleep now and soon perhaps we can move her, and the babynest, out of our bed and into her bassinette. I can slowly feel my energy returning…

(Yes, I am aware of the fact that sleepless night will be part of our lives for some time to come. But those nights when you can sleep, that’s what you want).

Christmas Stocking

The last day of the year and time to present the one Christmas sewing (by machine) I did this year. A Christmas stocking for the kiddo. Every Advent Sunday Santa came by and gave him a small gift, something that was typical for the season; a snowglobe, a rolling-pin (for making gingerbread cookies), a book on Christmas and clothes to wear on Christmas Eve.

Julestrumpa 001

I used this tutorial, which was easy to use since it came with a pattern as well as instructions, not too much to think about. The only thing was that I couldn’t figure out if seam allowances were included or not, but I added them and it should have been an easy fix if they weren’t.

Julestrumpa 003

All fabrics are cotton from Stoff och Stil (outer fabric, no sites for the others). The lining fabric is padded so I didn’t need to add any extra padding as required by the tutorial. I liked using the padding since it gave the stocking more body and it doesn’t just hang down. I bought some extra so I can use the same padded fabric for a new stocking in an upcoming year.

The first thing the kiddo did was to pull it on like a regular sock, it covered all of his leg. Then we hung it up in his room and Santa snuck in to give him the gifts. A quick and easy project.

Cassette T-shirt in Action

For the kiddo’s second birthday I made him a cassette t-shirt. I never got around to posting about the finished t-shirt, so here it is.

The kiddo at his birthday party opening one of his gifts. I still haven’t mastered jersey, which can be seen in this t-shirt. I’m not very good at finishing, both necklines and hems. For this t-shirt I used a bias cut strip to finish the neckline, which turned out a bit big. For the hems (sleeves and bottom) I haven’t mastered the twin needle, I probably need to practice to find the proper settings on my machine, I usually end up with a “buldge” between the seams. I need practice!

I really like the t-shirt and I have enough of it to make myself a top too. We’ll be matching in cassette t-shirts! (If I get mine done before he outgrows his).

At the moment I don’t get much sewing down, the husbie and I spend our evenings watching Le Tour de France. It is pure torture as it feeds on my France-withdrawl. I love France, it’s such a beautiful country and I want to go there at every given chance (but still wanting to go other places, too). Ah, France…

My husband usually cheer for the one he thinks is the best, I usually cheer for the cutest one. They coincide, but unfortunately Andy Schleck is not competing this year due to being injured. So the tour is just longing for France.

The last gifts

Before Christmas I finished my last homemade gifts. Then I was struck down by the flu and derailed in blogging. I was lucky that I was able to finish my last gifts.

The “big” gift for the kiddo from us was a kitchen. So, it only made sense that he would get an apron too, he loves helping us out when we cook or do the dishes. I used the same fabric as I did for his cousins last year, but only the animal print, there was not enough giraffe print fabric left. I used this tutorial, with the suggested changes.

In stead of tying the bands around the neck, I added a snap for closure. I topstiched all around the edge to get some more stability. Before Christmas the kiddo liked it, now he has otitis, so he hasn’t really payed much attention to his Christmas gift. But they can wait while he heals.

My final gift was yet another grocery bag. Charlie, again. This one is in a cotton jacquard, courtesy of the scrap bin. It was for my aunt and uncle, who really liked it, especially the pouch feature.

Mushroom tunic

The Christmas sewing continues! Since I ran out of sweatshirt fabric after making three jackets the youngest cousin to the kiddo will get another garment.

She’s getting a tunic in this adorable mushroom fabric (the next time I’m in the fabric I must see if they still have the blue/turquoise/green jersey mushroom fabric, I hope so!). This is a woven. The pattern is from Allt om Handarbete (Ingeliese) 05-2008-7.

The neckline is a keyhole neckline finished with a drawstring. I imagine that it can be used even in the wintertime with a long sleeved shirt underneath and then later with a t-shirt. Bright and happy colours are needed in the darkness of winter!

There are pleats along the front, held in place by a panel. I really like pleating on children’s clothes.

g cousin who didn’t get a jacket.

Project summary:
Pattern
: Allt om handarbete/Ingeliese 05-2008-7
Difficulty:2/5, AoHS’ rating  – I agree. It was very simple sewing with no hard techniques.
Alterations: None

Fabric: Printed cotton.
Notions: Thread.
Price: Fabric 40  SEK (€4.42), thread 1 SEK (€0.11).
Total: 41SEK (€4.53).

Project Summary: The fabric is really cute, and I like the style. I can see why people like sewing children’s clothes since it’s so fast. What I don’t like about it is sewing the small bits. Plus I don’t get anything from it. Anyway, I like the fabric and the style and I hope that the kiddo’s cousin (‘s parents) will like it too.