kcwc fall 2012 – the last bits

Well goodness.

I didn't actually mean to be gone for so many days. I did keep sewing… and chasing a puppy… and we made our maiden kayak voyage of the season. With the weather cooling, we are all finding ourselves outside and taking up projects. I have lots to share next week…

But back to the last bits of kid clothing.

First, Sophie also got some new pajamas. I traced her favorite capri lounge pants for the pattern and used freezer paper to stencil her matching shirt.

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

These pajama pants all came together so quickly. I am seriously considering getting started on some solstice pajamas this year. At least, once I'm done sewing costumes. And speaking of Halloween…..

I fumbled through this cape for Sophie's costume. I cannot divulge the full details of her costume at this time….. but she had her mind set on a very specific cape. We found this fabric on sale and while it seems innocent enough. It is not. It's slippery on one side, velvet on the other, slightly stretchy, and frays easily. I sewed it together with french seams and top-stitched the whole cape to ensure it was durable. It made the construction time consuming, but I think the results were worth it.

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

kcwc fall 2012 - the last bits

 

It's a tiny bit wonky from stretching a bit as I sewed, but I'm okay with that. And of course, no one here noticed but me. I stitched a decorative design along the edge in deep purple and used a bit of handmade bias tape for the bottom hem. Sophie picked out the toggle closure at the fabric shop and this is by far her favorite piece of the cape. She wore it all evening, commenting on how cozy it was and that she would wear it around the house once Halloween was over. Which is exactly the sweet thing a mama loves to hear when she just finished up an entire afternoon of sewing for one garment. Ahem~

I hope to show you all some sneak preview bits of costume development in the next few weeks. I see a lot of coffee and late night sewing in my future. Especially since my deadline is October 23rd. My Aunt is teaching a quilting retreat in Cordova and my mom managed to piece mileage tickets together and get me there for a long weekend. It's all really crazy, but I'm so excited to see my Aunt (it's been six years!) and travel with myself, my knitting, and my sewing machine. I hope it fits under the seat in front of me.

Hope the rest of your weekend is lovely. 

Thanks to Meg for another inspiring week of sewing kid clothes.

See you next week for the regular random posts you're used to.

xo~

stephinie

 

16 thoughts on “kcwc fall 2012 – the last bits

  1. Gorgeous cape, Stephinie! I want one in my size!! My husband banned me from sewing costumes after I agreed (as a relatively novice sewer) to make my boys capes/cloaks out of slippery material while I had a baby who wouldn’t sleep without me and always wanted me to hold her. Mama meltdowns ensued…(but we still have them! I got them done!) I’ve snuck little touches in here and there since, helped the kids freezer stencil shirts, that sort of thing, and I agreed to sew my youngest a sparkly cape this year–my husband’s been away so he wasn’t here to stop me. πŸ™‚
    However. I said Absolutely Not to sewing a Captain America costume…

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  2. Gorgeous indeed!
    I hear you on the late nights…it’s hard to justify sewing while I’m surrounded by boxes, but I did vow to make lil’ man a sorcerer’s hat this year to go with the (orange!) cape I made him for his birthday. I LOVE the stitch you used around Sophie’s cape and the trim. Oh my! I usually take so much time trying to figure out the math of cutting the fabric without a pattern that I am just glad to be done. But I love the detail you add to your work. Inspiring!

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  3. Oh my…. as a novice sewist I once made two satin dragon costumes. It was traumatic. Truly. Sewing those slippery sides together on a not-so-great sewing machine. I should share that story here around Halloween πŸ™‚

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  4. Oh the boxes…. impending doom for us πŸ™‚ This is the first year I goofed on cutting and had to improvise. Hence the extra sewn in piece on the top of her hood…. it worked! I was very careful when cutting the remainder pieces though…. and there are so many more to sew! Oh boy!

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  5. I was wondering where you were headed…A quilting retreat makes me envision a movie I had seen once with women sitting in rocking chairs, hand stitching their piece of the quilt…
    Love the cape.. My mom made capes for my boys 20 years ago and they have made their way around the family. I’m ready for a new sewing machine..Not that I mind my gramma’s 1950’s table model Singer. It does the job..But,fabric gadget wise,is limited. I would love a new computerized version with all the gadgets and options..Christmas is coming!!!
    Halloween…speaking of sewing mishaps..Lessons learned.. Never drink wine and think you can work on a project…Back to the fabric store for me…OOPs!!

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  6. I love that owl fabric! The stenciled shirt is fantastic too- it matches so well!
    I’m glad she loves the cape. There aren’t many things more satisfying than a child happily wearing something handmade. I just knitted my daughter a sweater and she claimed it was too itchy every time she touched it but now that it’s done, she’s worn it every day for a week and hasn’t mentioned the ‘i’ word once. πŸ™‚

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  7. My Aunt is an amazing quilter…. and I’m excited to take the class. But truly… I am even MORE excited to have a few drinks and many (MANY) laughs with these two amazing women in my life.
    I’ve done the wine+sewing thing here too. Big oops πŸ™‚ haha!

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