I have been sitting on a little secret for just over three months now that I am so excited to finally let out.
In February I was invited to contribute to an incredible project, Stylo Magazine. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a Kids Fashion Magazine entirely composed of clothing that you could make. All pattern links and fabric links are included and contributors are encouraged to outdo themselves with fun styling and photos. Even if you don’t sew or aspire to sew it is incredibly inspirational and fun! The kids, clothes, and photos are just amazing.
I ended up making seven different garments for the issue, five with patterns that I had never used before, and one pattern that was in Dutch and I had to Google translate (and head scratch) my way through. Luckily the photos in the tutorial were very helpful and I was so pleased with the way that everything turned out. I was especially happy to have a good excuse to sew for Jayce and I just adore his look.I even made a tutorial for the pineapple pocket dress that is pictured above, and it will be up on The Sewing Rabbit later today. I love that dress.
I’ll be back later on in the week with some more details on some of my looks, but I don’t really see any reason for that now because you really need to just go check out the magazine itself here.
Grab a warm drink and take your time because it is beautiful!! I love the things I made but my co-contributors really outdid themselves!!
Last Sunday Chris ran a half marathon that he has done for the past three years. We met him at the finish line and he ran in with the kids, as he has done in past years. Just for kicks, the previous years’ pictures are below. Read More
Some days, when it’s cold or rainy, and the kids need to burn off some steam but Chris and I aren’t up for a park trip we do this. ‘Pillow jumping’ is what the kids call it. We bring down one or both of their mattresses, every pillow from every bed in the flat, make a big pile and let them jump and jump.
There is a (sturdy) table behind the back of the couch that the kids jump from, so they get a little bit more height and distance than if they were just jumping from the couch to the floor. Sometimes they flip a little bit, sometimes they land on their backs, sometimes we throw pillows at them while their jumping, which they try to avoid (or try to jump into), but there is always lots of giggling.But there is always hair flying, some cool moves, and lots of giggling. It is probably one of Chris’ most proudest accomplishments, the invention of this game for when boredom strikes. Because honestly, the park is really great, but sometimes we just can’t, and this fits the bill in a way that makes everyone happy.
I am so excited that I finally got my hands on the Antalya Dress pattern by Olga at Kid Approved this week! It is the first of several new patterns by the Willow & Co pattern company and the details are just so fun. I love it! Actually the pattern has a special introductory price this week, so jump over and get a copy now!
(Also, in an attempt to distract Hannah from running away I asked her if she could stand like Princess Aurora, and this is what she did-a kiss. I don’t know. There were lots of flowers to be picked and she was a girl on the move!)
Back to the dress. The Antalya has a slightly loose fit with dolman sleeves, so a good comfortable fit in the armpit and bodice area, perfect for running around at the park. The swooping curved line on the front extends up the bodice on the back, but I decided not to break up this beautiful floral panel on the back, and I topstitched along the curve instead. There is the option to close with a button panel or an exposed zipper, but the best zipper option I had was invisible so I went with it, thinking that it would still peek out a little. Ironically it is the best invisible zipper installation that I have ever done, and you can barely see it when she’s standing up. Oh well.
I love how this pattern gives you the option to do some cool color blocking between the sleeves, the main portion of the dress, and the back panel, or you could use the same fabric on the whole dress and accent the lines with piping. I have been sewing through my fabric stash this winter and spring and didn’t have enough of any one piece of fabric to do the whole dress in, but that is what’s happening next time. Piping accents everywhere! 🙂
I made Hannah a size 2 per her chest measurements but added extra length at the bottom that I hid up in a wide hem that I’m sure will be let down later this summer. She has been growing in height more than anything else recently and I didn’t want this dress to graduate to a tunic anytime too soon.
She loved this dress and was particularly happy with the spin factor on the skirt. It got a full thumbs up for scooter-riding too, which you can’t really beat.
I’m linking this project up to Kids Clothes Week. I have a few more things up my sleeve that I hope to finish off in the next few days, so that’s all for now!