Calling All Kids! Military Inspired Tee

Are you following the “Calling All Kids” series at Alida Makes? Alida has four kids full of personality – who don’t necessarily go for the chain store fare. The series highlights clothes that showcase that personality and aren’t necessarily gender specific. While my four-year old will *literally* jump up and down and clap her hands for a skirt covered in pink sequins, my seven-year old almost wholly rejects dresses, skirts, sequins, ruffles and anything that might be called “girly”. Calling All Kids is the perfect series for her! Her interests are 95% “boy” activities. We’re talking through the finer points of what the military is and what they do and which parts do what, and she was all kinds of excited about a military inspired tee.

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I used Kitschy Coo’s Dolman pattern and sliced a bit off of the top of the front and back to add the shoulder stripes. My quick sketch made this look easy-peasy.

calling all kids sketchThe closest fabric store is… umm… maybe 40 miles away. In  ”use what you have” mode I used a navy heathered sweatshirting for the bands and shoulders and a lightweight royal jersey for the body. Slightly less than easy peasy to mix the weights. The lightness of the jersey meant I needed to double it up to avoid transparency. (Transparency in government = good. Transparency in t-shirts = bad.) The sweatshirting was fantastic to work with. It’s super stable. The lightweight jersey is the chiffon of knit world and as such slightly maddening, but since we’re talking fabric world here, not a crisis. The neckline ended up with a gathered effect I wasn’t going for but at least it’s mostly even. I decided the nix the nutcracker-esque button/round thingies.

She’s pretty insistent about tucking shirts in a la Steve Urkel lately, so we had a bit of an argument over the high-low hem as a design feature. Because I was the half of the argument with control over the ginger lemon cookie she wanted (we’ve graduated from M&Ms as payment for modeling services) I won. This time.

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Did you know 7 is the new 13? That’s what I’m seeing lately.

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Thank goodness for plenty of silly moments, too.

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Head over to Alida Makes to see the rest of the Calling All Kids series! And enter the ginormous giveaway!

Drawer Stickers for Hanging Shelves!

When Kim at A Real-Life Housewife ordered drawer stickers recently I looked at her beautiful photography I thought she’d be perfect to ask to share how she used them. LOOK at the adorableness!

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I’ve found that kids love these because they feel a lot more able to help. It turns a chore into more of a game. And parents enjoy them too because… in all seriousness… when are we NOT tired? Reminders are so helpful. I can’t count the number of messages I’ve gotten from Moms who say their husbands need drawer stickers most. And as a mom myself, I appreciate them every single time I put things away. It’s not realistic at my house to have the kids help ALL the time, but no matter who is doing it, they speed up the task.

As a random aside, when I first shared these I kinda thought of them as more of a girl thing. Maybe just because girls are what I know best. But boy stickers actually slightly outsell the girl sets! So funny, right? I’d be happy to hear theories on why what is. But however they’re used, I love the feedback I get about them. I haven’t heard of a kid removing them from drawers or bins yet – they’re made with such sturdy adhesive. And yet you can peel them off in one piece without surface damage when you’re ready.  That’s the best of both.

I asked Kim whether I could sponsor a post and I’m so glad I did. Kim didn’t use them on drawers – she uses them on a hanging closet organizer! Go see her setup – and there’s a spring cleaning giveaway to enter!

New Pattern: The Kensington Dress and Tee

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The Kensington Dress and Tee is here!  This pattern is for a beautifully tailored knit dress or trendy hi-low hem tee.  It can go from casual and comfy to polished and buttoned up depending on what options you choose to use.  And oh the options! So many options!

You can choose from:
- a placket
- a pocket (use 1 or 2, or leave it off)
- short sleeves
- long sleeves
- button tabs for rolled up sleeves
- a dress
- a shirt
- an exposed neck binding
- a hidden neck binding

If you choose to leave off the placket and pockets, you’ll have yourself an easy, beginner-friendly wardrobe staple.  But I promise that even if you’ve never sewn one before, the placket is much easier than you’d think.  There is a photograph for every step to help you through, and by the time you’re done you’ll want to placket all the things!

I say this about all my patterns, but I think this might be my favorite one yet.  I love how with this one pattern you can make every day tees, easy play dresses, or a more tailored button up.  The sleeves have a slight puff for a cute feminine detail.  The dress is shaped at the waist to give it a fitted look, but is still comfy for every day wear.  The shirt features a slouchier straight fit with a dropped back hem to add a little interest.  The pleated pockets are optional and you can use 1 or 2.  They feature a little pocket flap with a button closure.  If buttonholes scare you, you can just sew it on for a faux-flap!  Or just replace all the buttons with snaps.  There are so many ways to change up your Kensington to make it your own.

As always, the Kensington is named after a place I’ve been.  I spent many an hour nursing my baby (now 5!) in the park while my 2 yr old (now 7!) ran around on our London vacation.  The city is full of hipsters and socialites alike, and the multiple personalities of the city felt appropriate for this pattern.

Now here’s a photo dump because A. I like to see lots of different views before I buy a pattern, and B. I’m kinda fond of these kids and I have a hard time editing myself.

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You can buy your Kensington Dress and Tee here!

The Rainbow Loom Project – UPDATE!

Saturday posts are sorta rare on crafterhours but I really want to share this NOW. A Rainbow Loom Project update!

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Remember The Rainbow Loom project post? Talk about an example of a social media wildfire. Jen’s idea reallllly caught on. She just shared all of the details on her blog – and I think you should go read all about it so that you can cry happy tears too. Kids in the US and Canada got to do something they love with their own hands that will physically reach the hands of kids on the other side of the world – and arrive with critical funds to help those kids. 

While I’m here, I’ll also mention that in addition to our crafterhours Facebook page, we’re also periodically contributing to another page full of sewing bloggers called The Daily Sew. Facebook was instrumental in spreading the word about The Rainbow Loom Project and it was so heart warming to watch the word spread. If you haven’t already, go “like” ‘em both!

Hexagon Pocket Skirt for Straight Lines and Angles

It’s my turn on the Straight Lines and Angles tour!  Jess from If Only They Would Nap had the great idea to have a bunch of bloggers sew up some geometrically-inspired projects.  I’ve had this idea to make leather hexagon coasters with neon stitching since before Christmas, but it never got done, so I figured this would be a good kick in the pants to finally make them!

But they sucked.  So instead I made this simple hexagon pocket skirt!  I really love this one, so I’m kinda glad the coasters sucked.  I mean, they’re fine for using in my house and all, but the stitching is all wonked.  I might show them to you on instagram if you’re good.

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The skirt is just a simple swing skirt in a beautiful chambray.  I actually made this skirt for myself for Project Sewn, but it was a reject, so I finally got around to slicing off the adult waistband and some of the width and reconstructing it for my daughter.  DSC_0003

The pockets are made with some of my long-hoarded Washi fabric from Rashida Coleman-Hale.  I love this one so much.  I think the bright colors and fun print make a big impact without using too much of it.  I also added a couple lines of decorative stitching at the hem to give it a little more character.DSC_0007

For the pocket, I simply drafted a hexagon in the size I wanted, cut out one in the washi fabric and one in lining fabric, sewed them right sides together leaving a hole for turning, turned them right side out, then sewed around the edges to close the hole and add a little decorative top stitching.  I sewed the bottom three lines of the hexagon to the skirt and attached the top part with a button.  A hexagon button, no less!  I rarely have exactly the right notion in my stash, so this was a happy dance-inducing situation.  DSC_0018

My girl loves the swingyness and twirliness of this simple skirt, and I love that it pretty much matches all her tops.  I’m pretty sure this will be her spring and summer uniform.DSC_0008

Make sure you check out all the Straight Lines and Angles contributors, there have been some really beautiful projects already.  Here’s a full list of participating bloggers:

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And you can enter the rafflecoptor giveaway below for your chance to win $30 to spend at Imagine Gnats, a pattern from See Kate Sew, a pattern from Very Shannon, and a pattern from Sew like my Mom.  You can read more about the giveaway here. Good luck!

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