falcon

October 29th, 2014

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

Halloween is not my jam. I think I’ve said this before . Somehow it’s made worse because I sew. I could just go to the thrift store and let them pick out whatever they want, but then a cloud of guilt follows me around until November. So I ask them what they want to be, and after all the “I want to be this! No I want to be that!” I put off the costume making. I know I am not alone on this.

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

I have to admit though, I wanted to make this one (the pirate and Sensi Wu on the other hand, I am blowing off until Thursday night). If you don’t watch the Super Hero Squad–and you shouldn’t, it’s mostly booger jokes with some superhero stuff on the side–then you might not know that this is Falcon!

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

That is pretty much all I know: his name is Falcon and I think he shoots things out of his wings. Obviously, I am not versed in superhero. But I can sew a superhero, especially a superhero with wings. I have wanted to make wings like this for a long time. My kids only rarely use the dress up box, so giant wings are not in high demand.

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

Giant wings are so fun to sew! And so easy!  There is a tutorial on Llevo el Inveirno, but really you could just wing it (ha! thank you, I’ll be here all week).

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

I had zero red fabric–weird I know, but I don’t care for the color (or as my kids would say, it’s my worst favorite color). Luckily, my friend hosted a clothes swap last week and I grabbed a red linen shirt and red polyester pants. They worked perfectly. And KCW was perfectly timed to get me to sit down in front of my sewing machine and sew.

I sewed the wings to some cuffs I cut from an old t-shirt and whipped up that mask in 5 minutes flat. There you have it, one happy 5 year old superhero!

falcon super hero costume // elsie marley

 

moon phase sleeper // elsie marley

This KCW has been all about making gifts for babies. I thought it would be super quick and I could crank em out. Not so. As I’ve gotten better at sewing, I’ve gotten slower. Seems counterintuitive, I know. Yes, I can sew faster, but now when I make things I want to make them better not faster. That means slowing down and ironing a hem before I sew it–pinning it even! [just as an aside: I listened to a podcast where the interviewee, Soyna Phillip, said the same thing. It's a good one, go listen]

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bunny lovey

October 22nd, 2014

handmade bunny lovey // elsie marley

You know how yesterday I made a baby outfit inspired by this page from I Can Fly? Well, after staring at that page for so long, I had to make a bunny too!

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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.

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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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