I had big plans for Easter clothes this year. Big plans! I was making new clothes for all of us! Make all the clothes! I think my list was something like 15 items total. Kind of insane. And then life happened, and we ended up traveling over Easter anyway, so no need for fancy-schmancy clothing. And then it was two weeks after Easter when I finally finished up item 12 ,and I just called it good. The kids were all outfitted. The husband and I can wait. I’m tired of Easter clothes.
Let’s call this the Spring Formal Collection, instead, and pretend like my plan all along was to participate in this week’s Project Run and Play theme!
For the ten-year old:
-Crazy long tie from Patchwork Kids. Super easy tutorial for a nice-looking tie. The only catch is that the ties end up super-duper long. Like, the one I made for my four year old was down to his knees. I made a tie for each boy, but after seeing how long they were, Kael got the size 4 tie and the other two were tossed aside for when my kids grow a few feet taller. The fabric is a lime gingham, cut on the bias, from Fabric.com
-Button-down shirt, drafted by me, using a couple Ottobre Design patterns to get the baskic pattern block. I’m kind of really proud of this. I’ve been working on pattern blocks for my kids and I think I’ve got the shirts down. I especially like the detail at the pocket. I added a little bias tape made from the same linen as the boys’ pants as both a button reinforcement and a side tag…thingy. The fabric I think is from JoAnn. I got it a while ago, so i can’t remember. It’s a cotton gingham.
-Brandon Pants from Ottobre 1/2013. These were a total pain. They look like the same pattern the other two boys are wearing (Relaxed Pant from Otttobre 1/2013), but there are a few differences. There are back darts for a better fit, which I like. The waistband is faced, rather than a separate piece; different, but kind of fun. The fly has a super funky cross-over button piece on the inside that was so incredibly confusing to try to sew in, I nearly gave up entirely.
If Ottobre had pictures with their instructions, I don’t think it would have been a big deal. But they don’t. And I’m super visual. So I was all kinds of confused and frustrated.
But they got done, and I do like the end result. Also, this kid is too handsome.
Speaking of handsome, here is my seven year old.
His shirt is also my own design. I didn’t pay attention when ordering the fabric, just saw blue and “shirting” and went for it. When this blue shirting came, it was a really funky polyester. And I’d ordered, like, four yards of it. yay. I just couldn’t see this fabric as a regular button down, after feeling it and seeing it in person. I kept thinking uniform. And so I just went with it. I’m calling this shirt the Captain Jack. It reminds me of something from the Love Boat. Epaulets, patch pockets,button-down collar, and a back yoke. I actually really, really like it. A lot.
I made both the younger boys Relaxed Pants from Ottobre 1/2013. This is the third and fourth time I’ve used this pattern, and I really like it. There are welt pockets on the back with buttoned flaps, along with full fly zippers and belt loops. Great pattern. The fabric for all three boys’ pants is a linen blend from Fabric.com. I made the pants bigger this time, and I think I went too big. They should fit for quite a while. I hemmed them with a wide stitch so I can lengthen then later, too.
Because the tie I’d made Seth was too big, and the shirt doesn’t really lend itself to a tied-down look, I used the lime gingham to make a belt. I have a couple of these fun metallic belt closures I bought years ago.
The four year old got a bit shafted. His original tie was way too long, and then I got tired of sewing before I got to his shirt. So he’s wearing the Greenpoint Cardigan I made him this past fall and a quickly-sewn Retro Pointed Bow Tie from the lime gingham.
Love this kid.
And now the girl. I’m calling this the Tulip Dress and I’m crazy proud of it. The pattern is my own, and maybe one day I’ll actually get around to releasing it. Wouldn’t that be fun? The fabric is all stretch charmuse from Fabric.com. I pieced the different colors together on the skirt.
The dress is fully lined, and has a sewn-in tulle petticoat to give it the full shape.
I did tullip-style sleeves.
I also made her a diaper cover to match. I started off with See Kate Sew’s free Bloomer pattern, and cut it down to a simple cover. Lastly, I took a fabric flower and glued it to a hair clip. I’m totally claiming that as one of the items I made, too.