Halloween Dress

26 10 2010

As Eleanor refuses to wear anything other than a dress and I had some cute halloween tees I bought several years back on super duper after Halloween clearance, something had to be done. So I cut off the bottom edge of her t-shirt and added the bottom section of a large adult black t-shirt to get the length I wanted. This gave the dress more of a dropped waisted vs the empire cut of the last t-shirt dress I made her.

I also wanted to add a little more fun to it. After all, it is a halloween dress. So, I made the little purple ruffle out of scraps left over from this dress. This shot is before it was washed. It ruffled up even more once washed and the ends started to curl.

After it was finished I still had some purple scraps left over, including a sleeve. A few snips later and I had a nice little kerchief to compliment the dress. The sleeve is from a medium shirt, but I think I’ll try out a large for a little more drape in the back next time.

I might just go make another halloween dress right now for her to wear to school tomorrow. Besides, I need a break from costume sewing.

KCWC Success!

22 09 2010

Meg over at Elsie Marley is hosting Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I try to avoid signing up for things because more often than not I let myself down. However, sometimes I just need a kick in the pants to get going. So with nothing to loose I signed up. I didn’t make any announcements that I signed up for fear of failure. But I needn’t have worried so much. Here’s how it’s gone so far:

Day 1: Found the bottom of my sewing table! Spent some quality time cleaning the table off and organizing stash and supplies. Though technically not sewing, I couldn’t actually do any sewing without this step.

Day 2: Although fully intending to start on the Oliver + S syllabus, I couldn’t find the right fabric and ribbon in my basement to satisfy both my daughter and myself. I came close to bailing and then was inspired by this shot of my kids. In this picture Eleanor is wearing one of her favorite dresses. In fact, not only has it been through a few girls before her, but she wears it so often that it’s basically starting to disintegrate. Add that to the fact that Eleanor is obsessed with wearing dresses and yet has drawers full of tops and pants and I had an eureka moment. I could actually make a similar dress with the top of one of her unused long sleeve t-shirts and the bottom of an adult t-shirt! Not a new concept I’m sure, but a good one none the less. So I set to work pairing shirts, cutting and reminding myself how to make gathers.

Day 3: One completed dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only remaining questions are – Will she like it? Will she wear it? Will it fit her? I can’t wait until she gets home to find out. If it’s a success, how much do you want to bet I start another one tomorrow? (I already have the shirts picked out.)

Acid Wash

29 07 2010

Went to a fabulous pARTy at Jen’s last weekend. I have lots to show you. So much so, that I’m breaking it into chunks. First up, acid wash. It was really neat to see what colors the tees turned after application of the bleach spray. I made this one for me. If I did it again, I would twist up the shirt and then spray it down. I think that would make for some cool striations. The brown was definitely unexpected.

I also made up a cosmic tee for Seth. I tried really hard for a milky way type feel. It was odd, but the sprinkles worked way better than blasts of spray. I had pre-washed both shirts, but his resisted the bleach much more so than the black shirt above.

Don’t pay too much attention to the rocket yet. I’m under strict instructions from the little man to add wings. It was made with a bleach pen and hopefully I can duplicate timing of saturation. Fingers crossed!

Super Seth!

15 11 2009

To tell you about Seth’s Halloween costume I have to take a step back to July for Seth’s birthday party. Which is good because I’ve been having mommy guilt over the fact that I never posted about it. He wanted a superhero birthday party and that’s just what he got. There were only 3 activities, one of which I completely forgot until 2 days later. The thank you gift was part of the 1st activity – superhero dress up. The 2nd activity was a water gun fight, which I have conflicting feelings about. I don’t allow play guns in the house, but somehow can’t say no to water guns on a hot summer day. The 3rd activity, which I forgot to get out, was decorate your own super hero mask. Unfortunately, I had gotten the masks so far in advance I had to hide them because Seth wouldn’t leave them alone. I apparently hid them from myself too. Out of sight, out of mind. The kids didn’t seem to mind. And although it was unseasonably cool and therefore the water guns weren’t used much, they didn’t seem to mind that either. Besides there was cake.

So why did I need to tell you this in order to tell you about Seth’s halloween costume? Well, the dress up portion, of course! Steve and I freezer paper stenciled each child’s first initial onto t-shirts. Honestly, Steve did most of the work with this one. I found cheap t-shirts on sale, each a different color and size. Would have been easier to do all the same color, but the huge size differences in the kids made that impossible.

While Steve was stenciling I was making play silk capes. I kool-aid dyed more silk scarves as before only in a slightly smaller size. Then I made 2 folds on one of the edges and sewed a longer strip of ┬ábias tape to make the collar edge. Love pre-packaged bias tape, all folded and ready for you. I was nervous about the sewing as I always am with sewing but it was a breeze and no-one could tell or would even mind that I can’t sew a straight line. Finally I added a little strip of iron on velcro to the ends of the bias tape. Easy on, easy off and no potential strangulation possibilities – just how I like it. They turned out great, if I do say so myself. And as a bonus they pack down really small for putting away at the end of the day. Or shoving in a corner as the case may be.

This all made for a very colorful backyard of kids.

Seth had no problem picking out his halloween costume this year – a superhero. He was set at least a month if not 2 before and never wavered in his choice. Whenever he was asked what he wanted to be, they always followed with the question “which superhero?” To which Seth gave them an odd look and either ran away or stated defiantly “Super Seth!!” He doesn’t really know a lot of the traditional superheroes, so to him this was a ridiculous question.

I finished off the outfit by dying one of those masks I had set aside to match his cape. And since t-shirts don’t fly in Minnesota at Halloween we added plenty of warmth with long johns, sweats and gloves. Unfortunately, although Seth liked the mask I made him it and wore it on several occasions, he couldn’t bring himself to wear it trick-or-treating. He found his swimming goggles much more appropriate.

Of course, even those didn’t make it the whole evening.


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