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Captainess America: The Third Baby-venger

The number of times my husband and I go to the movies is inversely related to the number of kids we have (I told you I like math).  For those non-mathematicians out there – we have three kids. We don’t go to the movies, like, ever.  But today…today…

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out!

And, we will be going to see it. In a real movie theater. With no kids. I cannot wait!!

So to celebrate, I’ve dressed up my baby:

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{Siblings, assemble!}

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{I’m loyal to nothing, Mom… except Milk.}

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{Give me milk now, or I will not be responsible for what comes next!}

Did you catch those Captain America quotes? 😉

The headband was made with scraps of red felt, white knit, and blue knit and soft elastic. I wanted to use all felt, but didn’t want to buy anything extra and that’s what I had on hand. I simply hot glued the pieces to each other.

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The skirt is a simple circle skirt using MADE’s tutorial, but instead of a circle, I just left it as a square. Red stripe knit fabric is from Hancock Fabrics.

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The bodysuit was purchased pre-made (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and I reversed appliqued a white knit star to the middle.

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The total look cost $4.81 and took about an hour and 15 minutes.

Have a great weekend!

My Deerest Baby {Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1}

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I always like to have something quick on the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week –  enter the baby circle skirt. Top it off with deer fabric from Girl Charlee* and Lioness has a fun outfit to fit the WILD things theme. Boom.

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I used MADE’s tutorial for the circle skirt. Since I used to make these for my Etsy shop, I’ve come up with an average for all the sizes, ranging from newborn to 8.  I’ve listed them here for your reference. Be sure to click over to the tutorial here to understand these measurements.

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These are averages based on a knee length skirt. Keep in mind your girl might differ from these measurements or you may want a shorter or longer skirt. (You can even make one for yourself; I have!)

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 Hello deer baby!

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Toes!

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 She looks like a baby doll to me in this photo for some reason. She’s definitely her big sister’s baby doll, so it’s fitting.  🙂

Here’s the breakdown:

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Have you sewn anything for Kid’s Clothes Week yet? Share a link in the comments to your projects (blog, Instagram, whatever); I’d love to see what you are working on!

Tutorial: Update Baby Clothes for the Warm Season

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One of the best ways to be thrifty is to refashion old clothes into new ones. And this tutorial will show you just about the easiest way possible to do that! Follow along to see how you can change baby bodysuits from winter (long sleeve) into spring/summer (short sleeve) attire.

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Materials necessary

Long sleeve bodysuits (search your previous baby’s stash, hit up your friends, go thrifting, or check out a local garage sale! Be sure to wash the garment first if it hasn’t been previously washed just in case there might be some shrinkage)
Scissors or rotary cutter
Iron
Thread (coordinating or contrasting, depending on what look you like)
Twin needle (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Cut sleeves
Step 2: Iron sleeves
Step 3: Sew sleeves

This is really so simple, so let’s get started:

First step: Cut off the sleeves. I measured another bodysuit of the same size that already had short sleeves. If you don’t have that, just give a guess (and add a little); you can always cut off more later if necessary.

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  I ended up cutting off 4.5″ on this one and a little less on the others, since their sleeves were a bit shorter in the original bodysuit.

Step 2: Fold sleeve under 3/8″ and press. You don’t have to do anything to the edges of these sleeves since they are knit. You could serge or zig-zag the edges if you’d prefer though.

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Step 3: Finish/sew the hems. I wanted to try several methods for finishing the sleeves.

First up: single needle! This method is for those of you out there who haven’t invested in a twin needle. I highly recommend a twin needle and they aren’t much of an investment, but just in case you don’t have one, here’s another way to hem your knit edges.

As I usually do with knits, I chose a zig-zag stitch with the shortest width possible (.5 on my machine).  This stitch looks straight, but gives a bit of a stretch and is the best stitch to use when working with knits. Then I added a second stitch to mimic the look of a professionally finished garment. It’s nearly impossible to get the two lines to match up, but I did my best.

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As you can see, this finish isn’t perfect. I think I might go back and use the tissue paper method (see below) while using a single needle.  But, I wanted to show those of you without a double needle how you can finish the hem of your bodysuit.

Next up: the double needle.

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This one turned out fine, but I definitely had to iron the hem to make it a bit straighter.

 Finally, I decided to try the tissue paper method I recently read about. I was a bit skeptical at first. I mean, I like to get things done quickly and really didn’t want to add time to hemming. BUT, for the sake of showing different methods, I tried it. And can I tell you, I am a TOTAL convert! I will never sew a knit hem again without tissue paper. Once you finish sewing the hem, simply rip apart the attached tissue paper like so:

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And be amazed at your incredibly professionally looking hem:

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So. Much. Better!!

There you have it. Four “new” bodysuits all ready for your lovely baby to enjoy this spring or summer!

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Then let your baby enjoy his/her new clothes!

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Here’s the breakdown:

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So, what are you waiting for?! Go look through your kids’ baby clothes, bug your friends for some hand-me-downs or hit up the next garage sale and find some bodysuits for updating!

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Your baby will thank you!

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