kcw summer 2013 [day 7]

July 21st, 2013

beetle tank and sporty shorts by elsie marley

That’s Mr. Muscles up there kissing his giant biceps and wearing his new shirt and shorts. I almost got two shirts and two pairs of shorts done for each kid, but the last pair of my daughter shorts refused to happen. Still, 5 tee shirts and 5 pairs of short is not too shabby.

beetle tank and sporty shorts by elsie marley

And this whole outfit is self drafted!  The binding on the tank is not perfect, but it was the first time I had ever done it. I used a strip of jersey like it was bias tape to bind the neckline and sleeves. It’s very narrow and I liked the look of it so much, I used it for most of the tops I made this week. I might even feel compelled to write a tutorial, because it looks so nice when you use it with Rae’s Flashback Tee pattern.

beetle tank and sporty shorts by elsie marley

The shorts I drafted myself because I liked the style of running shorts, but I wanted a waistband. The blog-o-world has not embraced the separate waistband and I really can’t figure out why. It’s not that much more work and it ends up looking so much nicer. Plus it makes adding pockets super easy.

two jersey shirts and two pairs of shorts by elsie marley

Obviously, my boys like blue.

ice cream shirt and chambray shorts by elsie marley

This one requested and ice cream shirt and he’s the youngest, so an ice cream shirt he got. I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and bound the neckline like the tank.

ice cream shirt by elsie marley

I really love Bobo Choses (a kidswear clothing line) and their printed shirts are extra good. I was going for that look with these two shirts (and a few more waiting to be finished). I did them with freezer paper stencils and fabric paint. Remind me next time though to get the good paint, because the cheap tulip brand stuff is crapola–the black is really charcoal gray and it turned a muddy brown in spots when I ironed it. Lame! At least he doesn’t mind.

chambray shorts by elsie marley

The shorts are, boring boring, the pattern I always make from Happy Homemade vol 2. But super exciting news: Happy Homemade vol 2 is coming out in English this November! Woo Hoo! I smell a sew-a-long.

ice cream shirt and chambray shorts by elsie marley

Did you sew along this summer’s kcw? Follow along? Either way stop by the kcw blog to see today’s featured clothes. Happy KCW (and later this week for the big wrap up)!

14 Responses to kcw summer 2013 [day 7]

  1. Karin says:

    tutorial! tutorial! love everything you make :)

  2. Caitlin says:

    I love the t-shirts and the shorts (I really like the look of the waist band)! A tutorial would be wonderful!

  3. kristin says:

    yes tutorial! curious to see how you do it and have it look so nice. the shorts are great and so are your FPS’s – love how it all looks on your cute summertanned boys!

  4. Caila says:

    I love both of these outfits, Meg! Super awesome! And I agree about the separate waistband thing. Seriously, they are so easy and so much nicer. But maybe I agree because I learned how to sew shorts from Happy Homemade… :)

  5. marisa says:

    Wow you have been super-productive, and everything looks great! I already have Happy Homemade vol 2 in English – you can get it through the Book Depository – but did notice it will also be coming out as ‘sew chic’ in a few months’ time. Oh, and YES PLEASE to the tutorial.

    • marisa says:

      Just editing my post because I realised I made a mistake – for anyone desperate to get Happy Homemade in English right now, it’s available through Bookworld, an Australian company, not book depository :)

  6. Tara says:

    oh man, I love these outfits! The skinny binding on the shirts looks great, and I definitely want to try it sometime. So, I was just lamenting to Kristin that I hadn’t found that go to shorts pattern yet that I can default to whenever I want to mindlessly make a classic pair of shorts for my kids. Part of the problem is that I don’t want a fold over waistband because I think the separate waistband looks a lot nicer. I hear ya on cheap ass fabric paint too. In desperation I grabbed some tulip at joanns once and hated it, haven used better stuff already. What I tried recently is martha stewart craft paint with her fabric medium, and that went on pretty nicely. There are so many pretty colors that it might be what I use for the most part now.

    I’m thinking that in order to continue on in life I might need to own happy homemade and a few ottobre issues. Every time I see ottobre patterns in flickr groups I get intrigued as to what it is, and then it’s always from one of the issues. Too bad mothers day and my anniversary have already passed, or I would pull out that card for a 4 issue subscription. heh. For now maybe a single issue off etsy, but it’s hard to choose one. Okay. Unusually long blog comment: over

  7. Jewel says:

    I love the ice cream shirt. Have you ever tried using acrylics/textile medium? A much cheaper option than going with fabric paints and it works pretty well! You just mix acrylic paints (larger variety of colors too) with textile medium. It is here: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/ceramcoat-textile-medium-31583/
    You’ve inspired me to give it another go and pull out my freezer paper for something other than pattern tracing!

  8. lisa g says:

    i love the skinny knit bindings, i’ve been doing it that way for a long time! i’m so with you on the separate waistband for shorts. it looks so much better and is only a minimal amount of extra work. love all the pieces you’ve made here!

  9. Abby S says:

    YES! PLEASE…. a waistband tutorial would be MUCH appreciated.