Christmas clothes, 2013 edition, part 2

With one (holiday) weekend to go before family Xmas photos, here’s what I have left to do:

Daughter – jacket – haven’t started yet.
Son – vest: side seams, closures.

And which items are totally finished:

Daughter: Shirt, skirt.
Son: Tie, pants.
My dress 😀

I’ve got quite the pile of items that are very close to being done. I think I’m going to try to get those knocked off in the next couple days and focus next weekend on my daughter’s jacket, which should be pretty involved and for which I’m adapting three different patterns.

Here’s an in-progress photo of my son’s vest, which will be reversible – this is one side, and the other side is the same material as my and my daughter’s skirts, a navy blue floral. (My husband, upon seeing me laying out these pieces: “You know, there’s no way he’s going to wear it the other way, right?” I think I’m mostly ok with that, as long as I can get one photo of my kids wearing their matching outfits.)

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Selfish sewing week

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I’ve been planning to make this dress for 10 months… The perfect project for selfish sewing week! Still need to hem the bottom, add cuffs to the sleeves (which I think I may shorten as well), face the neckline, put in the zipper and sew up the rest of the back seam. I’m debating adding a bow to the front (it’s an option in the pattern). Really hoping to be able to finish this dress this week, so I can start on my daughter’s Halloween costume.

This is based on the same pattern as my 80s dress, but I added sleeves (modified an existing sleeve block), and it’s sewn from the leftover fabric from last year’s Christmas outfits.

5 patterns for $5!

JoAnn had one of their 5 Simplicity patterns for $5 sales over Mother’s Day weekend… I made the mistake of taking the kids with me, so they picked out some costume patterns, swearing this is what they will want for Halloween… Here’s what we ended up with:

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My son says he’s going to be the Knight (top right image on top left pattern) for Halloween, my daughter wants to be Tiana (but check out that awesome Mad Hatter costume in the same package), the stuffed animals were a compromise (we actually wanted the stuffed animal pattern on the previous page in the book, but the chicken/egg thing is cute), and the bottom two are going to be used by me for the next Project Sewn challenge.

Did you make it to the 5 for $5 sale? What did you grab?

Custom girl’s reversible dresses, part 2

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I modified my size 7 pattern to a size 4 (ish) and a size 2t (or so), for the two custom dresses I’m working on.

All four total “sides” of the two dresses are now at least cut out, and some pieces are even sewn together 🙂

The above photo is the four bodices… The Lightning McQueen dress is my kids’ favorite, and one of my favorite things I have made, ever. The kids told me I should make “One hundred and one thousand” like it. Anyone want a Lightning McQueen dress?