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“Deer” Niece’s Birthday {Project Sew It}

For the final Project Sew it of the year, sort of splurged.  The recipient it my youngest niece, and the only little girl I ever get to sew for! project+sew+it+grey

There’s something inspirational going on this year.  Celina of Petit a Petit and Family created Project Sew It.  You can read all about it here, but the basic premise is to sew one thing every month.  I’m putting my own twist on it by sewing one thing for each of my nieces and nephews for their birthdays this year.  It won’t end up being once per month, and sometimes it’ll be more than once per month, but it’s my goal!  I sew so much for my kids, that I want to share the sewing love.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed some tiny girl things for her when she was born, but now that it was her birthday and she’s mobile it was time for some bigger things.  Not like that was going to be a hardship…

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I started with the free Girl’s Peplum Top pattern by Sew Much Ado.  This pattern is free only for size 18 months, which was exactly what my niece needed.  This pattern is also available for purchase from Sew Much Ado in larger sizes.  The reason I chose this pattern was for the ease of movement for a crawling, active, mobile child.  A dress or skirt would get in the way, but a peplum is perfectly girly solution.  For the fabric, I used Girl Charlee’s fawn silhouette fabric (currently available in different colors.)  The only change I made to the pattern was to split the peplum part of the top into 2 pieces so the little deer would be right side up on both sides of the top.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

A peplum can’t be worn by itself, so a pair of leggings was in order.  The Lollipop Leggings pattern affiliate link (without the skirt this time!)  using the button tab option turned out to be a perfect match.  I used some fabric I’d found at JoAnn’s because it matched perfectly.  As I was searching for the perfect buttons in my rather small button stash, nothing was grabbing me.  Then I remembered my bead stash which is insanely huge.  Since these buttons are non functional, beads worked here.  I just happened to have some with darling little animals on them.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

The final piece in my final Project Sew It creation for the year wasn’t necessary, but the star of the show, of course!  I’m referring to the Evergreen bonnet by Twig & Tale.  I had to use the free Reindeer Add On to keep the deer theme going of course.  For the fabrics, I used a brown flannel for the outside, and the softest white fleece I could find (leftover from this canvas jacket project) for the inside.  Then there was the perfect ribbon in my stash, so this whole bonnet was free to make, how could I not?  I could just picture my niece in it!  And then my sister-in-law sent me photos and I was blown away.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

It was even better than I could have imagined!  Plus my sister-in-law says it’s the go to hat for her daughter for the cold weather this winter.  It covers her ears better than any other hat they have, and stays in place.

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m so delighted to have completed my goal of sewing something for each of my nieces and nephews this year through the Project Sew It inspirational challenge.  They’ve just announced their challenge for 2017, and I’ve declared myself in!

Project Sew It birthday present for a "deer" girl sewn by Skirt Fixation

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Where the Wild Things Play {Twig & Tale Blog Tour}

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Wild Thing vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sometimes you get to be part of something that is just plain fun!  That’s what today’s sewing is about…Where The Wild Things Play.  Warning: it’s a picture heavy post, but I think you’ll see why.  And if you make it to the end, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Recently an Indie sewing company decided to change it’s name.  The former Big Little pattern company changed their name to Twig + Tale.  It perfectly describes what this company is about.  Fun, nature, wild things, upcycling, and did I mention fun?  You simply must go over and check them out.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

To celebrate the name change, Twig + Tale decided to host a blog tour.  We chose to use the Pathfinder Vest pattern and use the Wild Things upgrade to embellish the vest.  You can buy these two pattens bundled here.  We ended up sewing 4 Wild Thing vests.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There are 14 different animals you can make using the Wild Things pattern.  Of the 3 different wild thing vests the kids chose, only 1 of them has specific instructions, so that gives you an idea of how good this pattern is!  Only the panda is included, so we used the fox to create 2 wolves and the dinosaur to create a dragon.  Let’s go over the dragon first.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a free dragon upgrade, but it wasn’t released yet when we made the dragon as part of our Sewing For Kindergarten mini wardrobe.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you look at this photo, you can see the horns were originally made from heavier weight leather.  But they flopped over, and so I changed them out for faux leather that matched the dragon’s spikes.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then I added the wings, of course, as soon as they were released.  Since I was adding them after the vest was already sewn, I added some pipe cleaners in the “bones” of the wings to give them structure.  Then I turned under the part of the wings by the spikes and stitched them down there and at the shoulders.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I showed David all the animal choices he wanted to be a dragon, so a dragon it was.  The outside of this dragon vest is some green fuzzy fleece from our stash, and the lining is Luminaries Gold by Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line for Art Gallery Fabrics.  This was a nod to the “Reach for the Stars” theme of the mini wardrobe.  I added a zipper to this vest instead of using the button and loops at the top.  There is a tutorial for how to do this here.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

David had so much fun during the photo shoot playing the part of a dragon wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The original plan was to sew a wolf vest for Baby to go with David’s dragon vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

These boys love the book “Where The Wild Things Are” and Max (the main character) puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief.  So Baby had to be a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The outside of this wolf vest is Golden Husky Faux Fur from Cali Fabrics.  In a nod to the line from the book, “That night in Max’s room a forest grew, and grew, and grew!”  We used Mystical Woods fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics designed by Maureen Cracknell.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Every time Baby put on this vest for a fitting and then for the photo shoot, he would begin to howl like a wolf.  A very cute, baby wolf.  Serious cuteness to see Baby trying to act tough and scary like a wolf.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

I used the fox ears and tail to create the wolf vest.  I inserted pipe cleaners into the ears to try to make them stiffer and stand up better.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, the pockets were omitted from this vest, simply because the sewing with faux fur was complex enough without trying to figure out pockets!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Because I ordered a yard of the wolf fur, Thomas asked, and I acquiesced to making him wolf vest.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Simply because wolves travel in packs, I had enough to make them both, and making two was about as easy as making one.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

This was not the original plan, so I didn’t have any fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining.  But Thomas just wanted black anyway, so a black lining fabric from the stash (leftover from a skirt refasion!) it was.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Even though I put pipe cleaners inside the ears, they are larger than the small wolf ears and ended up a little floppy, probably due to the heavy weight of the faux fur.  Thomas is cool with it, deciding at times to be a bear, a wolf, or various other creatures!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

He’s just pleased to have gotten a vest out of the deal.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

At his request, Thomas’s wolf tail is detachable.  It attaches to the lining with a snap.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Also, he is much more realistic at playing the part of a scary wolf!  I used a toggle button and some hair elastic to make closures for both the wolf wild thing vests.  Buttons or zippers just weren’t an option with fur that has this long of a pile.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sewing with faux fur was a learning experience for me, and I’m sharing 30+ tips (so you don’t have to make the mistakes I did!) over on the Cali Fabrics blog.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Probably because there were so many cute options, and I had the outer fabric in my stash, I decided to sew a 4th wild thing vest for Annie.  She was overjoyed when she discovered she was getting a Wild Things vest too.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking for the options, she decided to be a panda.  I knew there was only one possible fabric to use for the lining, so at the last minute, and relying on her notorious super fast shipping, I ordered some Pandalings Pod Shadow knit fabric (designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics) from Imagine Gnats.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Wild Things add on (which by the way is meant to be added onto a coat, but it’s very easy to add onto a vest, obviously!) included instructions and all the pattern pieces for a panda.  It was pretty easy to make.   Annie made the pom pom tail herself by following the directions included in the pattern.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pockets have a fun paw print detail on them.  Using knit for the lining is not one of the recommended fabrics, but it worked out fine.  I just made sure to keep the knit fabric against the feed dogs when sewing the lining to the vest, to help pull along the knit fabric.  The knit fabric also makes this a very, very soft vest inside and out!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Instead of the button loops and buttons recommended in the pattern, I made actual buttonholes since the fur I was using has a low pile and isn’t too thick.  For the photo shoot, Annie wore her Uptown Downtown maxi dress made from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

She didn’t think panda bears are very vicious, so had fun playing the part of a more gentle wild thing.

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a closer look at each of the fun linings.  It was really fun and rewarding to sew these Wild Things vests.  The dragon and smaller wolf vests are the same size, and so the boys will be able to interchange them.  Then when they outgrow them, they will have the opportunity to play panda, and wolf all over again!

Wild Things vests sewn by Skirt Fixation

As for me, I think it’s time to retire from the Wild Thing sewing business.  For a while, anyway, at least until I get all the fur cleaned up out of my sewing room!  Although there are still quite a few animal variations I haven’t sewn yet.  Which one would you make?

 

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway!

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