Monday, May 23, 2011

KCWC Recap and Exciting News

Did anyone else get lost in the wake of the KCWC hosted by Elsie Marley?  I did.  I definitely met the goal of spending at least one hour each day on sewing kids clothes, but you probably noticed that I didn't get around to actually posting about it much.

Oh the life of a blogger.  There's a fickle balance between making things and then actually having time/opportunity to take decent pictures and then go to the trouble to write about it all.  I'm not complaining, just excusing myself for being so late.  :)

Anyway, here's a general wrap-up of what I made during Kids Clothes Week.

Clothing Set #1: These penguin pants for Olivia (blogged about it already HERE)

... and five matching pairs of pants in various sizes for some fun cousins we'll get to see this summer.  They've turned out really cute, but the more I worked on them the more I realized how loopy I am for making penguin pants to give to kids in the summer.  Oh well.  They're all finished now except I need to add the elastic on the waist of 4 pairs.  It's kind of the boring part.  We'll see if it gets done before we move.  Ha.

Clothing Set #2: This peasant top and leggings combo for a friend

We're lucky to have lots of friends who live close by, but Olivia has two little friends in particular (a brother and sister pair) who we see quite a bit.  The mom and I are good friends and go walking all the time and for the past couple of months we've been trading off babysitting each others kids every weekend so we can each go on dates with our husbands.  (Yay!)  So these three kids see a lot of each other.  And they love it.

We wanted them to miss us sufficiently when we leave, so I thought I'd make a little something for each kid.  For the sister (4 years old) I made this little peasant top (using THIS PATTERN that I love) and some leggings that I totally guessed on.  The fabric from the top came from my bloggy friend Jess and the leggings are made out of a really stretchy ribbed knit t-shirt.  I had initially envisioned the leggings as being a bit more tight, but they're kind of loosey goosey.  They still look pretty cute on her though.  :)

Clothing Set #3: This sweatshirt for a friend

The little brother (age 2) is one of Olivia's little BFFs.  Here's proof:

They sat together like this for at least 20 minutes.  :)

They are so chill together.  They'll follow each other around and share toys and chat.  Of course I had to make something for him too.

I made this comfy little sweatshirt from THIS AWESOME PATTERN from Lil Blue Boo and two soft old t-shirts.  So it's nice and comfy-cozy, but it'll be the perfect weight for spring and summer weather here.

I haven't had a chance to take pictures of our little friends in their sweet new threads, but they look awesome on them.  So, so darling.  I wish I could make fun little clothes for all of Olivia's friends.

Clothing Set #4: Panties, panties, panties!

So this is exciting piece of news #1: I'm working on making a pattern for these!  They come together SO easily and they're so cheap to make (since they're made entirely of old t-shirts and a little bit of elastic).  I want to be able to pass the underwear fun on to all of you, so I (read: Bryan and I) have been working on developing a pattern that will hopefully be available for sale in the near future.  The process is a little slow since I've never made patterns to sell before, but we're working through it and it's going to be GREAT once it's done!

Anyone out there interested in being a pattern tester?  I'm going to need people to test the following sizes: 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T.   Anyone chosen to be a pattern tester will get a copy of the finished pattern and tutorial for free.  Hooray for free patterns!  I'll give preference to those who have blogs (so I can see your skill level) and to those who have kids who currently wear one or more of those sizes.  Please leave a comment on this post or shoot me an e-mail ( if you'd like to get on my list of possible testers.

*NOTE: For those of you interested in being pattern testers, please include in your comment and/or e-mail the following information:

  • your e-mail address (so I can get in touch with you easily)
  • what size(s) your kid(s) wear
  • your blog address (if applicable)

That's it for my Kids Clothes Week stuff.  But I do have one more piece of exciting news that I had to share with all of you.  Are you ready for this?

I've made over 100 sales in my shop.

Seriously?  In only 4 months?  You guys rock.  And we just recently had two giveaways, but I still want you guys to feel the love, so until next Sunday it's free shipping for everybody!  Just enter the coupon code "FREESHIPPING" at checkout.

Thanks so much for your business and all of your love and support here on the blog.  You are amazing!

Have a great week everybody!


the momma said...

I'd love to be a pattern tester for you!

Mini MNM's said...

I would love to be a pattern tester for you. My son wears a 2-3t size pants/underware.

Leah said...

I would love to be a pattern tester for you. I am just starting my blog. So this would be great for the both of us. I have a daughter in between 2t and 3t. She loves to be a model and to have things made for her.

Lckevan said...
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Lckevan said...

I will totally be a pattern tester for you! Those look so cute by the way! Sadie wears size 3t to 4t undies. :)

my email is lckevan @ gmail . com

Misty said...

I would LOVE to be a pettern tester for you! I have daughters that would wear sizes 3T and 5T, I'm guessing. I've been wanting to make some of these, and yours are so cute! :)

Janie said...

I'd love to be a tester. Robert is in 18-24 month clothes now, but obviously, the panties wouldn't be for him. :) I'm happy to test any size.

janiebt at gmail dot com

Paxton said...

I am TOTALLY in love with the sweatshirt you made for the little boy! There needs to be more cute things out there for boys that don't have skulls and cross bones, or "i'm a little punk" written all over them. Just simple, easy, and absolutely adorable!
I wish I could test a pattern for you, but my sewing machine is in storage until october :-( If you want someone to try making it by hand though, I am totally willing!
I have a daughter 3T and a son 18 months. my email is and the blog is ;-)
But I totally understand, because of the lack of sewing machine for now! Good luck, can't wait to see what you are planning!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be a pattern tester! I have a daughter who will be in 2T soon, a son in 3T, and a son in 5T... Crazy, I know, but you can see why I'd love to be a part of this! My email is mrscasebolt @ gmail dot com, and I do have a blog but haven't updated it often, it's at I haven't posted for awhile but I'll try to update a bunch tonight. I also have an etsy shop, but I only use it for selling to friends etc (won't be selling the underwear, I promise!).


Kristie said...

I would love to test for you. I have a 4 year old, and a 2 year old. The 4 year old is in 3T and we are working on the 2 year old right now. But this would be an awesome pattern, especially if I can figure out how to make it taller, my daughters panties don't fit so well in length. I am so tired of seeing crack!
Love your blog!

The Gibbons Family said...

I would love to try out some patterns. I am a self-taught sewer. I usually create patterns as I go, but would to just follow a pattern rather than create one every time an idea pops into my head.

I have GGB triplets that are getting into size 3T clothes (that we don't have much of yet). I also can't forget about their big borther who is outgrowing his 5T in length (but not in waist).

I have a personal blog, but have put one some of my sewing.

shaynaandscottplusalot blogspot com

the momma said...

I failed to mention I would need size 4/5 for my daughter. I've also got a 2 year old who is currently in diapers, but if it'll be awhile before the pattern is ready for testing - I could use a size 2/3 for her, too.
I don't label my posts (BAD momma, I know...) but I could send you links to some sewing posts if you'd like....
tralou at coxdotnet

Steve and Nicole said...

You are so creative Katie! I havn't seen that little baby boy in awhile and he is getting so BIG! What a cutie, tell his mamma I said hi :)