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kcw fall 2014: moon phase sleeper

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]

I wanted this little sleeper to be especially perfect because it’s for a brand new baby. I made sure to strengthen all the seams and sew all the hems with a stretch stitch. Wrestling a baby into clothes is hard enough without seams popping all over the place.

moon phase sleeper // elsie marley

The stencil was inspired by Goodnight Moon. “Oh barf,” you’re thinking, “she took her inspiration from such an obvious book.” Or maybe you’re not that snarky. Still, Goodnight Moon is everyone’s go to kids book (I think we were given no less than 5 copies). You’ve read it a thousand times I’m sure, but have you ever noticed the moon?

Clement Hurd drew the moon and the stars moving through the sky as the book progresses. The moon slowly rises as the bunny goes to sleep. He even drew the clock to show the passing of time. Look at the clock on the mantel next time you read Goodnight Moon. The bunny’s bedtime is 7pm and it takes until 8:10 for him to get to sleep. That’s about right :)

There are some gifs of the clock and moon movement here (be warned this post gets ridiculously pedantic).

goodnight moon

I was always struck by that attention detail and loved the book so much more because of it. There are actually a lot of little hidden details. You can read the “allusion and references” bit in the wikipedia entry for even more. And did you know there is a sequel to Goodnight Moon?  It’s called My World (affiliate link) and it follows the bunny through his day.

moon phase sleeper // elsie marley

For the stencil I cut the phases of the moon out of freezer paper freehand. I wanted it to look like a sketch, so I didn’t fill in the stencil completely. There are a couple flubs, but it turned out even better than I hoped.

I made a few bibs too, with that same bandana bib pattern I used before. I think this turned out to be a nice little baby gift!


see more about this project here


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. (more…)

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


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…)