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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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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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Handmade Wardrobe: Dolman for the Girl

This year I’m challenging myself to make my older daughter’s complete wardrobe. I know I’ll eventually get all her cousins’ hand-me-downs, but I’d like for those to be fillers for her mostly handmade wardrobe. So I haven’t bugged my sister-in-law for any summer clothes yet.

First up: a simple, super easy and fast dolman! I made a dolman for me when I was pregnant and loved how easy it was and how great it fit. Plus, I got a tip when Carlie’s Dolman from Everything Your Mama Made & More!* was on sale for $1 (yes, $1!) So I snagged it. This is a piece I will make in all sizes (one of my requirements for buying any pattern).

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One huge reason I love the dolman style is because you don’t have to deal with sleeves! The first time I did a traditional sleeve I was a mess…..and so was the shirt. If you’re looking for a good first project this one is it!

My girl is obsessed with pink right now (and with her birthday coming up all she wants is PINK! Is this even obtainable?! Ha.) I’m always worried that she’s going to turn down the clothes I make for her if they are not pink. And I have one pink fabric…it’s a sheet from Target…and I’ve already made something for her out of it. (Don’t worry too much about my pinka-tastic girl though, I’ve recently acquired a few more pinkalicious fabrics). Anyway, this dolman is purple, a gorgeous purple tonal stripe, but purple nonetheless. (Fabric from Girl Charlee (aff link)).

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She LOVED it!! And now tells me she likes purple too. (Purple for the win!!)

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 I chose the hi-low hem, option and love the results. I’m sure at some point I’ll do the other options available in the pattern, but the hi-low is just so cute it’s going to be hard not to do this one every time.

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 (she saw her brother’s silly face on Instagram and had to compete. It’s not only boys who make silly faces!)

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Project Run & Play: Star Student Muscle Tee

When the Project Run & Play challenge for February was announced, I was just about beside myself!  The tutorial, from Living with Punks, was the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee. I LOVE muscle tees! One of the first items I started sewing for my son was a muscle tee. So, I knew I was going to create a look for my son, and tailor it to fit him perfectly.

My son LOVES to read (seriously, when he was a 1 year old he would sit still longer than most 3 year olds if someone was reading to him). He also loves school and is very smart, picking up concepts faster than I can even comprehend.  I wanted to create a look that was centered around the idea of his big Brain muscle, but also look cool. We’re pretty big nerds in our family (Doctor Who, anyone? And I may have an advanced degree in applied statistics. Oh, and my husband is a gamer and a programmer. Yea, nerds.) But nerds can look cool too, right?
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Since my son is in preschool at home, school looks like the woods, the beach, the kitchen, and anywhere else where we can explore, get messy, and learn by doing.
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The shirt was created to celebrate my son’s accomplishments. Preschool is about fun and play and encouraging learning of all kinds. Stars are a great way to show kids that they did a good job (plus I love a good star fabric, so it was a no-brainer).
I used a raw-edge raglan look for the shoulders and kept the sleeve edges raw as well. The star was appliqued on with an orange contrast stitching. The gray fabric was upcycled from an old men’s t-shirt. I even cut out the neckline from the men’s shirt and cut it down to fit this muscle tee. All fabrics except the gray were from Girl Charlee (aff link).
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These shorts are supposed to mimic a piece of paper – stripes with thicker sections in between. I was going to place letters on the shorts, but once I got the look together, I just loved it this way – nice and simple. These shorts are made from a ponte knit with scrap ribbing for the pocket outlines. The cording is taken from the bags a Target sheet comes in {FREE!}.
And here’s the breakdown:
Muscle Tee:
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Green Baggies:

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(You wanna piece of me?)

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(Just kidding, I’m really very sweet)

Now, go check out all the other amazing entries this month!

 

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