Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pink Kitty Cat Costume

As promised, here is more info on how I made my daughter's kitty cat costume.

I started with a jersey sheet in pink. Normally, I wouldn't recommend using jersey sheets to sew clothes, but this is a costume that doesn't need to last and doesn't need to look perfect, so it's a good way to get a lot of fabric for cheap. I also found some of the pink cheetah knit fabric in my stash and decided it looked cat-like.

First I made those cute ruffle pants from Jocole's Everyday Ruffle Knit Pants. Aren't they adorable? This was the first time I made them, but I think we need more for everyday wear. I made her a size 2T width and 3 length and they fit great.

Then I made the shirt. You could use any regular t-shirt pattern. I used this Jalie #2805 pattern. Then I used the basic instructions from the ruffle pants to make the same ruffle on the sleeves. I cut out the round piece and appliqued it to the front with a zigzag stitch.

Then the extras. For the ears. I cut out some triangles, stuffed some batting inside and glued to a headband. For the tail,  I sewed a tube from the pink fabric and stuffed it with batting. I wanted the tail separate so that the pants and shirt could be worn again throughout the year. So I stitched the tail onto a piece of elastic to make a belt.

And the final touch - a nose and some whiskers using my eyeliner. :)

And there you have my take on a pink kitty cat.

Monday, October 27, 2014


We had our first Halloween costume event last night - a Trunk or Treat at church. So we got the kids all dressed up in their costumes! Take a look.

We had loads of fun and the kids loved getting dressed up. 

My son is into all things creepy and wanted to be a zombie. So we just found some old clothes and roughed them up. We cut a few holes (in addition to the ones that were there) and did our best to get them nice and dirty. Then a little makeup on the face - white base, dark around the eyes and some red for blood - voila, zombie!

The girl insisted on being a kitty cat, and not just a kitty cat, a PINK kitty cat. I made her whole outfit from scratch - I'll tell you how next time. 

Uh-oh! This cute, unsuspecting kitty is about to get attacked by a zombie!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Pine Lake Pullover

So this post is about yet another item made from PeekaBoo Patterns*. Can you tell I love her patterns?

This is another Pine Lake Pullover*, similar to the one I made my son here

Of course, the one for my daughter had to be pink. So here it is. Pink fleece with those cute owls from this Riley Blake fabric

I made her a size 3 with a little extra length, just like I normally do. I didn't change much from the one I made my son, but there were a few little changes.

First of all, this fabric was slightly different. My son's was a regular fleece, like a polar fleece of some kind. (It's on sale at Hancock right now for $3.83/yard if you want to grab some. It probably doesn't get much cheaper.) This one is more of a microfleece. Both were good choices for this top, but they were a little different. The polar fleece was much more structured and stable, making it very easy to sew with. And I think it gave it a more structured look overall. The microfleece is a little thinner and stretchier, but so soft. The stretch made it a little different to work with. Maybe a little harder just because you have to account for that stretch. The final look is a little softer, more like a sweatshirt or layering top than a jacket. But I love both.

The other thing I did differently this time was to add some interfacing to the facing piece. I think this made it a little easier to install the zipper. So although it's not necessary, I think I would recommend using a little interfacing, at least a strip of it at the zipper seam. Then it won't stretch out of shape while you are working with it. 

One more word of warning - I had a lot of trouble because I ran out of my trusty wonder tape, and found some of this basting tape in my sewing drawer, so I tried that. Let me tell you now - don't do it, it's not the same. Perhaps you all are smarter than me and would not have tried this. I did not read the package where it clearly says "do not stitch through tape". Well, I tried to stitch through it and it was a mess. Big fat mess. So that darn zipper took a lot longer than it should have. That and I installed the zipper backwards the first time (actually only half of it was backwards - how did I manage that?) and I had to unpick stitches.  Well, I finally got it done and I am glad I did. I love it.

And of course the picture of the thumbholes. The kids love those. 

Both kids wanted to wear their pullovers to school today. They don't normally get very excited about clothes. Yes, even if mommy made it and she is very excited about it. But they were pretty excited about these. I would say it's a win. What do you think?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Pine Lake Pullover

Another great pattern from Peekaboo Patterns*. This one is the Pine Lake Pullover*. I made this one in gray fleece for my son with knit camo accents (Camo fabric found here - As per my usual, I made him this one in his normal size 6 with a little extra length for growing room.

This one looks complicated, but it came together way faster than I thought. It does have a zipper, which can be a little tricky, but the directions are clear. And I used my favorite method of basting the zipper on - Wash Away Wonder Tape*.

I think he likes it. And the best part - thumb holes!

Next up is a pink one of these for my daughter. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christmas Pajamas

Is it too early for Christmas sewing? I don't think so. Well, I finished my first Christmas project - PJs for the kids. Every kid needs PJs for Christmas morning, right? Maybe every adult does, too, come to think of it. I might have to make myself something.

These are made with the Alex and Anna Winter Pajama* pattern from Peek a Boo Patterns*.  (I heard she is working on a new update for this pattern, but these are prior to the update.) All her patterns are easy to follow and fit well.  (This is completely my own opinion and I have recieved no compensation.) I will be making more of her patterns, too, so stay tuned.

My kids love their PJs. It's still too hot here to actually wear them, but I had to have the kids try them out. They were super excited and immediately started dancing around in front of the mirror pretending to be elves. :)

And here's one of the many outtakes - anyone else have this problem taking pictures of their kids? I have one that wants to flash peace signs and one that wants to make scrunchy faces. Sigh. This is what most of the pics look like.

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