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Pinktastic Secret Star Girl! {Ottobre October and Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1-3}

This girl is a kick and a half. She’s a gymnastic-dancing-super hero-fighting-pinktastic-princess. She loves to nurture her baby dolls (and her baby sister), but has to defend herself from her “evil” big brother. And in between she just wants to dance and wear all things pink. Plus, she’s my middle child and is so easy that she tends to get neglected. But, no more! Pinktastic Secret Star Girl gets all the attention this Kid’s Clothes Week!Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The look began with this crazy pink sweatshirt (Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17). River has been begging me to make her something with this pink sweatshirt fleece knit I snagged for $2/yard last year. And I did need to make her some outwear for some of the chilly evenings we’ve been having. But it’s Mississippi, so it’s still 80 degrees during the day here. (C’mon fall, pleease!!)

Anyway, this simple sweatshirt was perfect. It was easy to whip out and I already had some coordinating white ribbing for the details. Eventually I’d like to put some sort of graphic or words on this sweatshirt to tone the pink down a bit, but for now it’s going to stay plain.Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, the pants.  These pants. Phew. If it weren’t for Kid’s Clothes Week I’m not sure I would have finished these pants. Ottobre patterns are amazing….except when you have no.clue.what.they.are.taking.about! Sigh. I’m not going to let this blog post take me longer than sewing up those pants. So, let’s get to it.

I began by embroidering three pink stars throughout the pants (can you spot them all?). Then I began the process of piecing everything together. I fell in love with all the top stitching details and was really on a roll. Day 2 of Kid’s Clothes Week was spent finalizing the pants, but I sewed one of the zippers on upside down, had to redo it all, and then it got late. I was so close.  Day 3 came and I spent my hour literally just trying to figure out the waistband and what the directions meant. So, I pushed forward and finished the pants in a second hour. I really wanted to get these done so I could make something else this week! And then I was so nervous that they wouldn’t fit her, that the material wasn’t stretchy enough, that she’d be able to wear them for one time and out grow them, or that she wouldn’t even like them. Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

But, much to my surprise all my worries vanished that next morning. She was overly delighted to put them on (I didn’t even ask her!), they fit like a glove, and the material is perfect. She didn’t want to take them off and eagerly let me do a photoshoot right then. Rock it girl!
Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The boots cover up the zippers, but I wasn’t about to make her change out of them since she was pumped about letting me take her picture. Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Eventually I did convince her to let me see those zippers. Eeps, I love them!Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Plus, this whole look cost just over $10! The boots were hand-me-downs (thanks sis-in-law!).
Pinktastic Sweatshirt Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Secret Star Pants Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Sweatshirt:

Pattern: Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17
Fabric: Pink sweatshirt knit on clearance at Hancock Fabrics ($2/yd)

Pants:

Pattern: Ottobre 4/2014, Jump Rope Jeans #25
Fabric: Star Denim on clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics ($3/yd)

See ya Later (Alligator)! {Kid’s Clothes Week: Days 2 & 3}

When I first found out about Kid’s Clothes Week’s theme WILD Things, I had just taken my crew to the local zoo. And Carpenter was all about the alligators….that we didn’t even see. And I’m not even sure we have alligators at our zoo, which is hilarious because we have alligators in the water about 1 mile from our house. Yes, I’ve seen them. And yes, I’m terrified. And yes, Carpenter wanted to get closer. Um, no.

But, the dude likes alligators and that was his animal of choice, so here we go! The idea in my head was to combine pieces of old t-shirts to create the stripes of an alligator’s belly for the front of the tank. Initially, I was going to make it an ombre style look, but then realized I just didn’t have the proper greens to make it work. So, I found these two olive greens that were slightly different and decided to stick with just those two to make the stripes.  Then added a pocket because Carpenter requests pockets. Always.

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For the back, I did the stripes vertically to mimic the back of an alligator, and then the shirt just took on a mind of its own. I added the graphic “See you later (alligator)” and pieced the whole tank together. And THEN, the tank was begging for me to really make the back look like alligator ridges, so I cut little triangles all down the center of the back. Phew. Done.

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{CHOMP!}

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And he likes it!

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See you later! (seriously, come back tomorrow for my last little WILD thing of the week)

I used FishSticks Designs FREE Tank pattern, some leftover gray ribbing, a scrap of black from a Target jersey sheet, and 2 old green t-shirts.

Here’s the breakdown:

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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!

Garments of Kids Clothes Weeks’ Past

It’s like the ghosts of Christmas past, except not really. Anyway…since it always takes longer to sew and blog about something than just to sew it, I’m going to preview this Kid’s Clothes Week with some garments I’ve sewn up in previous seasons. And here’s to hoping I’m able to make and blog throughout the week!

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Fall 2014 {Theme: Storybook}

My kids needed clothes during this KCW, so I didn’t follow the theme. I had big plans for this week and didn’t achieve all of them, but I did make 2 pairs of pants and 1 top for Carpenter, and 1 top for River.

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 Treasure Pocket Pants from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe*. Fabric from an old pair of khakis and rocket fabric.

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 Deer Bimaa with fabric from Girl Charlee *

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 Viking Hoodie. Pattern from Ottobre (4/2014) , fabric from Kitschy Coo

Winter 2015 {Theme: Upcycle}

I was so excited about this theme, I could hardly handle it…and then I got carpal tunnel half-way through the week. I was still able to muscle out 3 shirts for Carpenter and some footed pants for Lioness though.KCWPast-6

Raw-Edged Raglan from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe*.  Fabric was a white t-shirt and a pink Target jersey sheet.

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Snap Button v-neck (without the snaps, ha) from Ottobre 1/2013. Fabric from a men’s XL shirt and teal jersey scrap.

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Another Raw-Edged Raglan from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe.*  Fabric upcycled from two Old Navy shirts.

As you can see, I’m a bit in love with the Sewing for Boys book and Ottobre too. In the coming months I’m going to share with you about how I chose and what matters to me when it comes to patterns.

Now, here’s to a productive Kid’s Clothes Week!

Kids Clothes Week

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Kid’s Clothes Week comes around four times a year and I try to never miss it. It’s such a fun week of inspiration, encouragement, and community-building all centered around kid’s clothes! One day I hope to be a contributor for their blog, so maybe if I show how excited I am for this week to start, they’ll pick me…please…maybe?!

What is Kid’s Clothes Week?

A week-long worldwide event where sewers and crafters commit to sew one hour a day for seven days. Recently, the organizers have come up with awesome themes (storybook, upcycling, and this season’s: WILD things) that you can grab onto or simply sew what your kids need for the upcoming season.

Check out all the inspirations here, here, here, and here. Fur, faces, feathers, and more!

Why participate?

Why not? If you sew, want to sew, or are an avid seamstress, Kid’s Clothes Week is a great time to knock out some unfinished projects, get inspired, build a sewing community, or show off your creations! Plus, when you sign up to participate you are automatically entered to win some awesome fabric and a book.

You can go here to sign up. Do it! Even if you’re not sure you’ll be able to sew every day, just join the community and be inspired. Link up your projects for a chance to be featured or peruse others’ works

Kid’s Clothes Week: Sew Thrifty

I will be posting behind-the-scenes goodness over on Instagram and you can post with #kidsclothesweek on any social media outlet. Leave a comment here if you plan to participate and let me know what you create!

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See you next week with my first products of Kid’s Clothes Week!