kcw fall 2014: storybook

October 21st, 2014

I Can Fly! // elsie marley

The theme for this season’s KCW is STORYBOOK. I have a lot of favorite kids’ books, but this one is my favorite favorite. It’s fun to read, which is a must when it comes to kid’s books. I hate slogging through poorly written bleh books (I’m looking at you Berenstain Bears). But I Can Fly is wonderfully written, which is not a big surprise seeing that it’s by the great children’s book author, Ruth Krauss. She’s written some fantastic books. A Hole is to Dig is really good too: random and perfectly kid.

ruth krauss

1. I’ll Be You and You Be Me 2. The Backward Day 3. A Hole is to Dig 4. The Carrot Seed (affiliate links)

I Can Fly! // elsie marley

The other reason this book is spectacular is the illustrations. They are done by Mary Blair, the artist force behind Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and many other films. Her style is referred to as an “explosion of color” and it’s hard to argue with that! You really could be inspired to use any palate when looking at her work. I was drawn to the pages pictured above and below: pinks, oranges, yellows, and blues.

I Can Fly! // elsie marley

I made an outfit for a new-ish baby: a fuzzy sweatshirt, stretchy pants, and a drooly bib.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

The sweatshirt is a lot like the one I made for my daughter last year. The salmony pink material is super fuzzy and soft on the inside. I knew it would be warm and snuggly for a baby. And the color just looks fantastic with that burnt orange.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

I made a sweet little heart tag on the back. Then as I was finishing up the hem I noticed I missed the tiniest bit and it was fraying. ARgh! So I just went with the heart theme and patched it.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

The pants I made from tracing a pair I have tucked away for just that reason. The material is perfect. It’s a thick knit with a good amount of structure and stretch. I’ve heard ponte described that way. Whatever it is, it’s buttery and soft and durable and perfect.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

I needed a little more explosion of color in the outfit and every baby needs a bib right? I used this free bandana bib pattern and I’m not sure I like it or not. It’s designed to be a little poofy in the front to mimic a bandana, but it seems little too poofy. It’s a little hard to tell if it works or not because I don’t have a baby to try it on.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

 

I’m nervous about putting snaps in. When I put snaps in the first bib I made I went to unsnap it and they ripped right out of the fabric! Some not-so-industrial-strength snaps are on the shopping list. Though I might wimp out and use velcro.

handmade baby outfit // kcw on elsie marley

There you have it: book –> baby outfit! You can see more about these projects on my kcw projects page.

Hello! Sorry I haven’t been updating the old elsie marley, but I’ve been working on the new season of Kid’s Clothes Week! There is so much good stuff going on over there! This season’s theme is STORYBOOK (good, right?!). Our amazing contributors have been hard at work coming up with clever ways you can use that theme.

sewing kid's clothes inspired by kid's books!  // KCW

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creative assignment due: twofer

September 24th, 2014

Last week I gave you guys an assignment, a creative assignment. First, you gave me a list of words. Then I paired them up randomly and gave them back to you. From those two words you were to make something, anything! And you made all kinds of awesome things! There are actually too many to show here, so I thought I’d feature them on the elsie marley facebook page throughout the week. But I can’t not show you a few of my favorites:

creative assignment on elsie marley

Erin is an artist who make fantastic plush dolls. She sells her creations in her shop, Boolah Baguette. She made this alligator sailor for the creative assignment and I totally fell for him: stripy tank, jaunty hat, how could you not love him?!

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twofer: squid + printer

September 18th, 2014

creative assignment: squid + printer

I sent out all the creative assignments earlier this week.  I took all the words you gave me, numbered them, and then had a random number generator spit out pairs. Some of the pairs were super random! Check these suckers out: 

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creative assignment: twofer

September 10th, 2014

creative assignment: twofer

It’s been a little while since our last Creative Assignment and I’m ready for another! How about you? Just the promise of Fall has me feeling refreshed.

creative assignment: twofer

1. lincoln 2. banana 3. dj felix 4. cyclops 5. doorbell 6. diy sticker mandala

New ideas are the new thing these days. It sometimes seems our economy is riding on the hope of “new ideas.” As humans we are always looking for the exciting new thing. As modern humans we are looking to wow our boss or get famous or make bank, all with the one new idea.

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