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kcw fall 2014: storybook

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.

kid’s clothes week: fall 2014

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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summer kcw 2014: striped tank and green shorts

summer kcw: striped tank and green shorts

It wouldn’t be KCW if there wasn’t some sort of screw up. I really thought I would have a new outfit each day to post this week, but no. These shorts were supposed to be for my 7-year-old boy, but they were way too big. I had a black t-shirt I made for him too. I was about to iron on a design he made, but then his younger brother’s shirt came out of the dryer. (more…)

summer kcw 2014: rainbow pocket tank and linen pants

rainbow pocket tank // elsie marley

This outfit is inspired by this season theme KID ART, but only a little. The tank I made last summer, well made most of. I never bound the armhole (armcyes? both words are ridiculous) or put on a pocket. I wanted to do something theme related with the pocket, but I don’t have a lot of kid art-like fabrics in my stash. When I found this old rainbow shirt from the 70s I immediately thought of my daughter’s rainbow obsession. She drew them on everything, everywhere! We had a rather epic rainbow birthday party, complete with a rainbow dress and cake and playdough and a pinata! (more…)

kcw summer 2014: ice scream shirt

ice scream shirt on elsie marley   I think if you have one artist in the family, the other kids shy away from it. My daughter draws all day long. My sons, barely ever. It’s hard for me to get my youngest to even pick up a pencil. It doesn’t help that he the lone lefty in a family of right handers. But he does know how to write all the letters and if you catch him in the right mood, he’s game.

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