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kcwc guest post: meg from sew liberated

meg from sew liberated

I started following Meg’s blog, Sew Liberated, back when she was a Montessori teacher in Mexico. She’s moved back to the states and had a few boys since then, but her loving, teacherly voice is always present. Meg’s patient, creative Montessori spirit shows through not only in her parenting, but in her home and sewing too. If you haven’t seen her latest book, Growing Up Sew Liberated, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy!

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

At first, I had visions of using one of his dad’s old tee shirts to make him an indie-chic Flashback Skinny Tee. But then Finn entered the sewing studio. And, as we all know, almost-three-year-olds have very strong opinions about certain things. (Well, I’ll be honest – at first, he just wanted to cut the car fabric. Cutting, his all-time favorite activity, was just what I was about to do (with another fabric) so we went ahead and cut the car fabric together for his shirt.) In the end, I can most certainly say that this was our first creative collaboration.

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

He handed me pins, pulled out pins, and trimmed threads. Thanks to Rae and her super straightforward pattern, the boy and I had a lovely time together. I now have a sewing assistant.

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

Why stop at the tee, though, when the tee came together in less than an hour? Finn needed a pair of shorts, so I shortened the Basic Pocket Pants pattern from my book Growing Up Sew Liberated and altered the waistband so that I could use the knit fabric instead of the conventional woven-with-elastic method. I attached the stretchy knit waistband in the same way that you attach the collar to the Skinny Tee.

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

The boy and his pockets, which are always filled with sticks and weeds.

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

For Finn’s Skinny Tee, I opted for the 1 inch cuff finish, and used my all-time favorite lazy person’s finish for the shirt’s hem: Lite Steam-a-Seam2. Just apply the strip close to the raw edge on the wrong side of the fabric, remove the paper, fold up the hem, finger press, then make the bond permanent by pressing with an iron.

matchy matchy skinny tee + basic pocket pants

Happy sewing, everyone!

kcwc: a call out


pattern tracing sewing machine

You were expecting another lovely guest post, I know. Somehow I forgot to schedule someone for Tuesday and then double booked Wednesday. Oops! Actually this gives me the opportunity to ask you something. Last fall’s kcwc we had 360 participants and last spring there were 450 people sewing! This spring we are almost up to 300, but I know we can do better than that.

So I am calling on you to call out all the sewers out there!


Let’s make this kcwc bigger than ever. The more people there are sewing next week, the more people there are motivating you, the more you’ll get done!  Ok, go!



kcwc guest post: anna from noodleheads

KCWC gets started next Monday already! Do you have a plan? a list? a giant pile of fabrics on your ironing board? Before we are all up to our eyeballs in half finished garments next week, I thought I’d show off some beautifully finished pieces this week. Five very talented sewers (and bloggers) have agreed to do have a little pre-kcwc sewing party. I gave them all the same pattern–the Flashback Skinny Tee by Rae (thanks Rae!)–and I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with.

Today the lovely Anna from Noodlehead has popped in with two springy, matchy-matchy cuties.  This shirt, it seems, was made for dancing!

Hey! Kids Clothes Week Challenge is back,  I’m happy to be guest posting today!  I got to try out Made by Rae‘s Flashback Tee pattern!  I can tell you that if you have children in your life at all, you really should have this pattern in your arsenal.  Rae has every detail covered, so if you’re new to knits, you can jump right in and feel at home.  Seriously.

I did struggle with picking out my fabrics, I’ve got a huge tub of knits that I have stashed, for no real reason.  The only thing is that I didn’t really have anything that my girls liked.  Except this one print.  I love it!  I ordered it from Girl Charlee a long time ago and have been saving it for the perfect thing, this was it.  I made both a 5T and a 3T long sleeved out of 1 yard.  And if I ever complain that my kids wear matching clothes more than I’d like, you can kindly refer me to this post and tell me it’s my own fault.

Oh and I also busted my twin needle right before I went to thread it. Bummer.  Lucky for me there’s more than one way to hem a shirt, love that about sewing (and Rae‘s lovely tips).

I can’t wait to see all the awesome kids’ clothes coming up, thanks for having me us Meg!


kcwc spring 2012 inspiration

kcwc tutorials

  1. quicky a-line skirts
  2. euro swim trunks (pdf pattern)
  3. boy’s tie
  4. pieced scallop applique

I have piles of fabric and patterns and half started garments all over my kitchen table. There is too much for me to finish in one week, but I keep finding more things I want to make for my kids.  There are so many lovely things that people have made and even made tutorials for it’s hard to not want to sew. Here are a few tutorials that caught my eye this week (and one awesome pattern). I found these and so many more (too many?) on Pinterest. I’ve organized my boards a bit from last year:

kcwc handmade

  1. brombeertje (care bear hoodie)
  2. iro tee
  3. marimekko tee
  4. figgy’s ayashe top

These lovelies are all handmade. I’ll be posting more tutorials and handmade goodness on my pinterest boards all week, so follow me there if you don’t already. And leave your pinterest handle–if you have one–in the comments section. Or if you have a favorite tutorials leave that too! We are all hungry for new patterns!

kids clothes week spring 2012

big button for kids clothes week challenge

Spring has sprung and that means it’s time again for kcwc! Kids Clothes Week Challenge is a bi-annual event here on elsie marley where I challenge you to sew one hour a day, each day for 7 days.  The idea is that we all have the urge to sew clothes for our children, but we don’t always give ourselves the time to do it.  If you commit to sitting in front of your sewing machine, or tracing patterns, or cutting fabric, for one hour each day, then at the end of the week you will have some very well dressed kids. And a very proud mama (or papa) too!

button for kids clothes week challenge

All you need to do to sign up is leave a comment on this post. If you would like to know more about kcwc you can check out the kcwc faq page. You can also head to the elsie marley flickr group to check out creations from kcwc past or see all my posts on kcwc here.

If you would like to sponsor elsie marley during kcwc, I would love to have you! Kcwc has become wonderfully successful, so much so that traffic to this little blog doubles during kcwc month! Sponsor spots go up a bit in price ($40) but it’s totally worth it. Drop me a line if you’d like to get in on the action.

Okay! leave a comment and sign up! spread the word! and sew like crazy!


kcwc spring 2012 buttons: