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Star Wars T-shirt DIY {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kids Clothes Week day 3 brings a new outfit for my 4 year old.  David has a dimple, a lisp, huge eyes with eyelashes a mile long, and other adorable eccentricities that make this mama’s heart swell!  I’m not one of those moms whose kid has a speech therapist, I always am a little sad when the lisp or speech impediment goes away.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David calls Darth Vader “Dark Zader!”  Isn’t that a perfect name?  I think the creators of Star Wars should have thought of that.  And since a Darth Vader shirt for a four year old is probably a little, well, dark, I decided to add his funny little saying to the shirt.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The black fabric was left over from this skirt I made for Allegra, and the white is an old t-shirt of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s.  I used the existing hem and didn’t even hem the sleeves because this bamboo knit from The Fabric Fairy is so awesome and never frays.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used is Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  Look familiar?  (Like you just saw it yesterday?)  Well, when you have a succesful formula, don’t change it!  And I also had David’s size all ready to go from the summer Kids Clothes Week, so this was another fast and easy sew.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So fast, in fact, that it gave me time to make him a pair of Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants.  David has been requesting a pair of pajama pants that don’t slide up when he is sleeping, so immediately I thought of this pattern.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think he’ll be wearing them for more than just sleeping, though!  They are so soft and comfy and well constructed that I want a pair to sleep in!  The blue fabric is sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee, leftover from my jacket, and the gray sweatshirt knit is leftover from this knight hoodie.  A new item from scraps?  Win!  In fact, all the fabric in this little outfit is leftover.  (I keep forgetting to put up the Sew My Stash 2015 score, but this is 100% so I’ll just pat myself of the back now!)

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This would be a perfect outfit to link up the the sew along at Top Stitchers for the prompt Kids Say The Darndest Things.  There are over $600 in prizes to win, so you should really check it out!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you think this little graphic is as cute as I do, here is the free printable for you to grab and use.  I reversed the image for you so you can just iron it straight on.  You can see I forgot to do that for myself, so I had to cut the words off before I ironed it onto my fabric and write it by hand.  Oh, and I just wanted to give a little plug for the photo transfer paper that I used.

My sister put me onto it, and it is absolutely the best I’ve ever used!  It’s so disappointing to put a lot of work into an item of clothing and then have it get ruined the first time you wash it, which is what’s happened with some other photo transfer papers I’ve used.  So be sure to use this one.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boys are so fun/funny to have a photoshoot with.  Instead of pretending they are having a tea party, they want to have their stick gun and play war during the photos!  Love em!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s back to sewing for me!

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O+S Raglan Tee for Kids Clothes Week Day 2

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This week blog posts are going to be shorter because it’s Kids Clothes Week and that means sewing takes the stage, front and center!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

You might remember that last season of Kids Clothes Week we were contributors.  Yesterday our School Belle Skort was featured on the Kids Clothes Week blog.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Today’s Kids Clothes Week sew is an Oliver+S Field Trip raglan t-shirt for Thomas.  Thomas requested a long sleeve shirt for fall, and I was more than happy to oblige.  I picked up this airplane fabric from Mabel Madison during a crazy good sale.  You can see the other Mabel Madison fabric we used for All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel  Madison here and here.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Since I’ve sewn Thomas this pattern before three times, it was quick and easy to cut out and sew up another one.  Except this time I used the long sleeves instead of short sleeves.  Actually, there is no short sleeve pattern piece, that was just my modification for summer!  And this is not the first Field Trip Raglan T-shirt I’ve made for Thomas with an airplane theme during Kids Clothes Week.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This field trip raglan is color blocked with the back being solid navy.  I did this because while the airplane fabric is fun, I thought too much wouldn’t look right on a 10 year old boy, and just used it for the front panel.  The navy blue fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics knit from Imagine Gnats.  The sleeves fabric is some “famous maker” fabric from JoAnns.  It doesn’t have quite the stretch as the other two knits used on this shirt which makes the sleeves quite skinny.  But they happen to fit Thomas’ arms perfectly, so it’s all good!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Alright, I told you it was going to be short and sweet!  Now it’s back to sewing for me.  But if you want some more sewing inspiration, pop over to Sewing Stadium where today’s sewing competition is OVER THE TOP!  You will be awed…

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

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Inkodye Sunprint T-shirts

Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationThe traveling theme of Kids Clothes Week inspired me to finally try something new that I’ve been wanting to for over a year!  I used the sun to print fabric! Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationInkodye projects have been catching my eye and I even bought a kit last year for the Project Run & Play theme, Make Your Own Fabric.  But then the sun never came out, I was pregnant, and we did this project instead. Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationAs part of my inspiration post as a Kids Clothes Week contributor, I featured an Inkodye rocket project, and was determined to pull out the kit and try it again.Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationI was disgusted I had waited so long to try it after I found out how easy it is!  Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationWhile there are a few little things I’ll do differently next time, I am so thrilled with the way these Inkodye t-shirts turned out! Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationFirst the changes:  1.  Next time I will make sure to choose photos to work with that have lots of contrast.  You can see more contrast in Thomas’s horse shirt than in David’s construction shirt.  That’s because there’s not much color contrast in construction equipment.  Not that David has even noticed, much less complained!!  Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationChange #2.  Next time I will use less Inkodye liquid.  As you can see, I slopped a little around the edges.  While I love this grunge-y look, it did use up more of the liquid than necessary.  Which means less liquid left for more projects!Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationAnd (needless to say) this was ridiculously easy and there will be more Inkodye sun printing projects around here soon!Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationNow the particulars.
I used this kit to create the shirts: Inkodye Print Fabric with Light kit Blue

I followed these instructions to the letter.

I used the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt pattern, size 5 for David, size 8 for Thomas.

Fabric: The navy fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics organic solid knit from Imagine Gnats.  The white is cotton knit from JoAnn Fabrics.

Process:  I cut out the shirt fronts, sun printed them, laundered them, and then sewed up the shirts patterns. Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationThe photo on Thomas’ shirt is a vintage photo of Roy Rogers riding his horse, Trigger.  These two are some of Thomas’ favorite characters.   And it’s pretty well been established how much Thomas loves horses and cowboys.  Like here.  And here.  And here.Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationThe boys were literally waiting for me to take these off the sewing machine, and tried them immediately on. Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationActually, I had to make them take the shirts back off so I could hem them!  David went to bed in his Inkodye shirt last night too!Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt FixationI love these rough and tumble boys and was so delighted for a chance to make them some special t-shirts while learning a new skill, Inkodye sun printing!Inkodye t-shirts for boys created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Kids Clothes Week Inspiration

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Today we are over at the Kids Clothes Week blog sharing our inspiration for the traveling theme.  We put a lot of time and effort into this inspiration post and we’d love it if you go check it out!  You’ll definitely be seeing some of the ideas we had during Kids Clothes Week.

Project Linus Quilt

On another note, do you remember the quilt we made for Project Linus?  We would love it if you click over to Pinterest and vote for your favorite quilt for Project Linus by liking it.  The quilt with the most likes gets 10 yard of fabric, so we’d be honored if you like ours by clicking the little heart in the top right corner.  Thanks!

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Tractor Backpack {Kids Clothes Week Day 7}

Tractor Backpack

Tractor Backpack

Tractor Backpack for Kids Clothes Week Day 7

I made it to Day 7!  In case you missed it, for Kids Clothes Week, I sewed something everyday for each of my children, making seven things sewn in one week!  (That’s a lot of sewing, that’s why I’m just finishing up the blogging now!)  I made David a tractor backpack.  He requested tractor pants when he saw the fabric, but I really just couldn’t make him a garment I’d never let him wear outside of the house!  (Now that I’ve seen the pajama pants tutorial from Melly Sews, he just may get his tractor pants…there’s gobs of this fabric left!)

Tractor Backpack

This project had to wait until the end because I was waiting for the blue tractor ribbon you can see as the carrying strap on the top.  I had ordered it from Pink Chalk Fabrics, and they are a little busy right now as they are clearing out all their fabric!  But that’s okay, I had a lot of other sewing to do.  So I cut out the pieces and it sat until the very last day.

Tractor Backpack

I used this tutorial from Crazy Little Projects.  It’s a great tutorial, and I only made two little changes.  I used wide elastic for the straps rather than fiddle with making straps, and I added an exterior pocket on the side.

Tractor Backpack

The pocket is the only place you can see the denim skirt I used to line the inside of the tractor backpack.  Because Allegra, our photographer, didn’t know I needed photos of the inside.

Tractor Backpack

And David was being quite rambunctious, she had her hands full getting these!  But anyway, the inside of this little tractor backpack is fully lined with a former denim skirt.

Tractor Backpack

And of course David had to ride on a tractor for a picture…

Tractor backpack

I think this little tractor backpack will get lots and lots of use!

For a recap, here are all the projects I made for Kids Clothes Week October 2014:

Kimono for KCW Day 1:

Mask for KCW Day 2:

Knit Skirt for KCW Day 3:

Scallopini Skirt for KCW Day 4:

Baby Shirt for KCW Day 5:

Reversible Hat Tutorial for KCW Day 6:

And last but not least…this tractor backpack for KCW Day 7!  I think I’ll go put my feet up now!

Tractor backpack lined with a skirt!

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Reversible Fleece Hat {Kids Clothes Week Day 6}

Reversible Fleece Hat

Reversible Fleece Hat

Reversible Fleece Hat: Kids Clothes Week Day 6

When I asked my teenage son what he wanted for Kids Clothes Week, he was certain he didn’t want me to sew him anything.  But later he found a hat that needed repaired, and said if I really wanted to I could make him another one like it.  So today I have a reversible fleece hat tutorial for you.  Because you are going to want to make one of these!  I made this for my 14 year old son who refused to model it for me and is too big for me to make him.  (Seriously~ he’s several inches taller than me and I’m six feet tall!)

Reversible Fleece Hat Tutorial:

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Start with a hat that fits well on the recipient.  Start with fleece, flannel or some equally soft material.  I used fleece and a fleece baby romper.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Cut out 4 hat pieces, two that are shorter and two that are longer.  Use the existing hat for the width measurement plus a 1/4 inch.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Sew each of the matching pieces together, right sides together.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Sew a partial seam across the top on each piece.  Pinch a small seam using your fingers.  This shapes the hat to fit the head better.  (I actually only did this on my fleece material because the Bears graphic was in the way on the other piece.)

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Tuck the longer hat piece inside the smaller hat piece and line up the edges.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Sew together the two hat pieces, leaving a small 2 inch slot for turning.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Turn the hat.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Hand stitch together the opening.

reversible fleece hat tutorial

Stitch together a short amount (1 inch or less) at the top to hold 2 hat pieces together.

reversible fleece hat tutorial There you have it!  Now you have 1 hat, 2 looks.

Reversible Fleece Hat

Go Bears and no bears!  Sorry.  But you will seriously need one a reversible fleece hat when cold weather hits.  Thanks to Thomas for his modeling skillz.  The hat is sized for a bigger head, and super duper warm!

See the other Kids Clothes Week Days here:

Kimono for KCW Day 1:

Mask for KCW Day 2:

Knit Skirt for KCW Day 3:

Scallopini Skirt for KCW Day 4:

Baby Shirt for KCW Day 5:

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Maternity Shirt Refashion {Kids Clothes Week Day 5}

Maternity shirt refashion

Maternity shirt refashionKids Clothes Week Day 5

Alright, we’re back with Kids Clothes Week Day 5.  Yeah, we know that Kids Clothes Week is officially over, but we aren’t done blogging about it!  Today we have a maternity shirt refashion.

Maternity shirt refashion

Since I made the Ethan Shirt, I know the hardest parts of making a tailored shirt are the collar, the button placket, the sleeve placket and cuffs, so that’s exactly the parts I salvaged from the maternity shirt.  (What was wrong with the maternity shirt, you ask?  The baby’s on the outside now and the shirt is too big!)  Then to these salvaged pieces I added some of my leftover fabric from the Patchwork Twirl Skirt, and wham! a new shirt for Baby!

Maternity shirt refashion

This shirt was so easy to make because I’d taken all the hard parts off of another shirt, and so I had time to add little details like lots of topstitching, a box pleat in the back.

Maternity shirt refashion

The whole sleeve is cut down from the end of the maternity shirt, and I almost made it too skinny for Baby’s chubby arms!

Maternity shirt refashionMy favorite part of this maternity shirt refashion is the bottom part that I cut off a stained onesie.  I just sewed it onto the bottom of the shirt, and now Baby’s shirt never comes untucked!

Maternity shirt refashion

I think I will find stained onesies and add snaps to the bottom of all Baby’s shirts so they all stay where they should.

Maternity shirt refashion

Since he is trying to crawl the snaps from the onesie keep him covered.

Maternity shirt refashion

And he loves to stand…little stinker!

If you are interested in seeing the other creations, here are the others:

Kimono for KCW Day 1:

Mask for KCW Day 2:

Knit Skirt for KCW Day 3:

Scallopini Skirt for KCW Day 4:

Maternity shirt refashion

And come back tomorrow for Day 6!

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Jocole A-Line Skirt {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Jocole A-Line Yoga Skirt

Kids Clothes Week Day 3

Back when I made the Jocole A-line yoga skirt for Aria and I, Allegra was a bit jealous.  She saw how comfortable they are and how often we wear them, she requested one for herself.  And then there was this super comfortable knit fabric we got from Imagine Gnats.  (I’ve seen this fabric over in the Imagine Gnats link up where you can enter to win Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself!  Have you linked up?)  So for Allegra’s day of Kid’s Clothes Week, I made her a Jocole A-Line Skirt.  It went very smoothly, and I whipped it up after everyone had gone to bed for the night.  This skirt really is a very fast and easy sew.  You can read more about my review of this pattern here.  So, of course there was a problem!  I made the skirt just one size too small for her!  Arrrrgh!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

But since I’d also ordered a coordinating grey fabric from Imagine Gnats, I added grey tuxedo stripes to each side.  This mistake may actually be my favorite part!  But if I intend to add tuxedo stripes to the Jocole A-Line Yoga skirt again, I will definitely do it at the first, not pick apart the side seams and piece in a skinny strip later.  That was much harder!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Aria took these photos for us.

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Here you can see the back.  I was so glad Allegra wanted a skirt from this fabric, because that is exactly what I had in mind when I ordered the fabric!  I toyed with the idea of making another raglan tee for myself, but the skirt just works!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Three projects down, four to go…

You can see the others here:

Kids Clothes Week Day 1 {Kimono}

Kids Clothes Week Day 2 {Mask}

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Tween Kimono {Kids Clothes Week Day 1}

tween kimono

tween kimono

Kids Clothes Week Day 1

This week is Kids Clothes Week!  We’re going to do several thing differently this week, the foremost being blogging “in real time!”  This means the posts probably aren’t going to be scheduled ahead of time, so be prepared for some tardy posts.

If you don’t already know, Kids Clothes Week is a week where many, many seamstress-bloggers sew for an hour (or more) per day for one week.  This happens several times in the year, and you can use the search box on the sidebar to search Kids Clothes Week to see what we did last time around.  If you’re interested!  This time, Kids Clothes Week has a storybook theme.  So this week I am being inspired by 2 storybooks.

Heckedy Peg

Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood is about a Mom with 7 children named Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  How cool is that?  I mean, if I’d have known about 17 years ago that I’d be having 7 children…

The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman.  This book is about a mom whose seven children all have very silly eating preferences.  And there’s a cello in there somewhere too!  These books don’t really have much in common except 7 children and their Mom.  So this week, I am going to sew one thing each day for my 7 children!  I may have to spend more than an hour each day, but I (and they) are excited about the prospective outcomes.

Tween kimono by Skirt FixationAria received the first day’s project, a tween kimono.  She has been wanting a kimono for over a week now, and found the perfect fabric in the stash!  There are lots of kimono tutorials on the internet, and so we mashed several together to make this tween kimono.  (I promise to post the tutorial next week, with another kimono I made for me!  But this week is all about kids…)

Tween Kimono

Allegra both styled Aria’s outfit for this post and took the photos.  Aria is very happy with her new kimono.  Kimonos are all the rage right now and very comfortable and fun to wear.  (Believe me, I know!  But more about that next week!)

tween kimono

Are you sewing along with Kids Clothes week?  What storybooks inspire you?  Did you see Annie’s book inspired skirt?  Don’t worry, she’s getting something this week too!  After all, the Mom and 7 kids thing!

tween kimono

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