Just back from our quick jaunt up to Minnesota and sewing like mad for KCW! I totally forgot KCW was coming up. You can view all my past makes here on my project page as well. Kids Clothes Week happens four times a year where we sew for our kids for one hour a day for a week. It’s perfect timing as Ami had a request for a new red dress (this from the girl who always wants pink and purple!) I’m also working on finishing up the kids Halloween costumes. Ami’s fabric, a lovely vintage red organic knit is on its way from Marcy Tilton as well as some organic black knit fabric for Nigel’s skeleton costume. I have quite the stash of clothing to reuse from my mom and husband so a bunch of skater dresses and tops are on my list of projects for the week.
Minnesota was so lovely. What a refresher from our Florida long and hot summer to feel some nice cool and crisp weather, hike trails and collect colored leaves (saved in wax paper) for Nigel. We went for my grandmother’s funeral and had a wonderful time visiting with our extended family. We haven’t all gotten together in five years so it was fabulous to see everyone and reconnect. The kids had a blast with their cousins (Nigel now wants to move to CA to live near his second cousin) and playing outdoors in the tree house, climbing hills, playing Lego’s and crafting and having an awesome s’mores bonfire.
The funeral itself was just beautiful and my uncles gave wonderful eulogies. It was such a lovely celebration of an amazing woman. I proudly wore my new Vintage Vogue dress (getting many compliments) and read the second reading (I was practicing all week!) during the service. My kids got a bit restless as they’ve never sat through a mass before and Ami cried when I got up to read but all in all it went quite well.
So here are my first makes for the week. Two cute girl’s skater dresses from Kitschy Coo. I love this pattern as its so quick and easy to make. I made these two dresses in a little less then two hours start to finish during Ami’s afternoon nap- while watching my shows I missed last week, project runway and new girl :) I’ve made a ton of these already, for both the kids and myself (the Lady Skater) as regular dresses and altered to swimwear. Later today I’ll be working on two shirt versions for my son.
Both dresses are made from knit shirts my mom gave me to refashion. Every time she cleans out her closet I get a pile of clothes to reuse and I knew Ami would love all the pinks and purples. I used three different tops to make these, both in a 3T/4T using the long sleeve version. I did add a few inches in length. The pink floral top above has the bodice in the floral and the reverse side for the collar and the purple skirt is the reverse side of the purple print on the second dress’ bodice you see below. I love how when the cuffs are rolled the reverse side looks. Both are so comfy- a big factor in what Ami will actually wear. I’ve given up on making her woven dresses for now- they just don’t get worn like the knits do.
Ami loves these. She’s been showing them off too- telling everyone her mommy made them- so cute! Ami is not as into posing for me lately so we took her baby and carriage outside on the landing for pics. In between pretty poses she did some hilarious crazy face runs up and down the breezeway. Enjoy the cuteness…
Ami’s Maleficent gown is done too- but I’m saving the pics for my Halloween post so stay tuned. Happy sewing!