Monday, April 20, 2015

30 days of Shirley Temple! Modern Romper for the Kawaii Kid

Morning all!  Today I'm sharing the outfit I made for my little sugarplum for Max-California's 30 days of Shirley Temple

So I love classic looks with a wacky modern twist. That's my thing, that's my go to combo.  So for me I had to think of a way to make this idea of Shirley Temple work with my personal aesthetic in which wouldn't involve 100+ yards of gathering fabric for a pettiskirt.  I mean, I love the look of them on my kiddos but the time intensiveness of making one at the moment was a bit overwhelming!  I thought then about what other things I love on pics of child fashion from yesteryear that you don't see so everyday.  And I love Korean kids fashion.  I mean, I'm a bit obsessed.
 

I took a romper pattern that I used previously, modified the face a bit, and added a pleated top skirt to the look.
Right before the photoshoot I decided to make a kerchief for her to wear!  ^_^
I wanted to give the pictures an old magazine or storybook feel!

All in all I think it turned out pretty darn cute!  Thanks Max for having me!  
 My little garden gnome!
Hugs and Stitches and many many smooches,
Kat

Here's a couple gag pics for your amusement!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Handmade Octonauts Inspired Easter 2015!

  I don't know about your kidlings, but as of recent, mine have become quite taken with Octonauts!  The show is basically kawaii aquatic adventurers who go around saving the sea creatures that fall into peril around them!
   Of them, Azriella quickly requested to be Tweak the Bunny and shortly afterwards Sephira chimed in that she wanted to be the "pink Vegimal" which she later learned was named "Codish".  I decided that since Azriella was a bunny, that the little carrot Vegimal, named "Barrot" would be perfect for her! 
 The Vegimals get their names from, you guessed it, vegetables crossed with animals, more specifically varying fish varietals.  I started getting really excited about getting started on these outfits!
I knew I wanted to incorporate vinyl.  I get really excited pushing myself to try things I haven't seen done before or at least things I have tried before and I thought a slight waterproof look would be a nod the underwater inspirations.  I had to change up a couple of my ideas as I had originally intended to do full vinyl covered Kona cottons, but that proved to be not only impractical but did not hone the consistent results that I was trying to achieve.  So I improvised by fusing the bottoms of the outfits with a light, contrast colored blue broadcloth fabric for each kiddo so that it had a element that tied the outfits together.  The blue hems on them all make me think of them as the waves of the ocean!
The dresses and outfits were, for the most part, all self drafted, with the exception of the two toned blue Hosh pants pattern that Akira is wearing. I'm super into Korean kids fashion these days and so I have been all about cuffed pants for kids and babes!  This will not the be last set of cuffs you see from me this year!  
I wanted to make halter looks for the Vegimal girls with their straps resembling the green bits of their respective character, and I just had to give them sweet little faces!  I originally wasn't planning on Akira wearing an undershirt but after weeks of summer-like weather here in the Northwest, a rainy cold front moved through Easter weekend. -_-  Soon, hopefully, I'll be able to let her wear her new little belly exposing baby crop top the way I had intended!
Azriella's dress I wanted to be a little more classic so that she could wear it for a while, not that having something wacky and fun to wear has ever stopped her!  I love that about her!  She also required a tiny wrench made for her dress.
 The stiff finish of Sephira's dress makes me legit, s w o o n.  It's funny: that's the dress that probably gave me the most trouble and it turned out, secretly my favorite.  I don't know.  I can't really pick a favorite!  I love them all so much!
 I had originally made Azriella's dress do be completely covered in vinyl but after a pregame Easter Egg hunt the day before Easter, I decided that it looked crap and decided to rip the skirt out, buy new fabric, and make a new bottom!

So yeah!  Easter 2015!
Also hidden in the yard for the older girls were giant eggs filled with small eggs that had Shopkins inside!
Derp Akira!
  Not as many pockets as usually (the girls do have them though) but still pretty adorable if you ask me!
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 Stay tuned soon because I'm cooking up a little Shirley Temple inspired outfit (with the extra "sew chibi" panache you would expect!) for my bloggy bestie, Max-California's April series which focuses on a month of the little starlet's fashion style! Yay!
Until then!
 Hugs and Stitches and many many smooches,
Kat

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Panda Pi. Akira's First Birthday Outfit!

 G U Y S !  
Guess who JUST turned 1?!  I mean, I can hardly believe it myself!  As hard as I tried to keep her my tiny baby forever (I mean how much coffee and junk food to you need to feed a baby to keep her small?  TOTALLY KIDDING, OF COURSE!!!), she just keeps growing and growing!  Sheesh!  The weird thing is she doesn't seem to change physically at all!  I mean, sure she gets taller but her face looks the same as it did when she was six months old!  And man, oh, man do I love that face!
So a little bit about her birth story.
  • I worked up until past my due date because I like to make sure I have off as long as possible for maternity leave with my babies.  I actually almost picked up a shift on a day that I later had a false labor pains!
  • I had two due dates because she was measuring over a week ahead of schedule.  When I went into early/false labor between the due dates and wound up at Labor and Delivery, Jon and I were given the opportunity of picking a due date to try inducing because of the issue of transportation since Jon would have the car for driving to work.  We planned on a day when he could be off for the day and we were basically given the choice of either March 14 (Pi day) or March 17th (St. Patrick's Day).  So since one of my least favorite holidays is St. Patrick's day (blame on working in the restaurant business and dealing with the over drinkers for a zillion years) and we're both ├╝ber nerds so it was really a no brainer!  
  • It was weirdly liberating to have a day planned to go in to labor!  I woke up, had a slice of toast for breakfast, and you know what I did?  I made something!  Yep!  I couldn't find my snugglie thing... you know, the little pocket blanket with the flaps that velcro, so I decided to make one, last minute.  I got to put on makeup, Jon got to pick out the lucky birth T-shirt (we vividly revel in the previous ones!  There was Black Butler for Azriella and a purple one with Snoopy in green shades), the Goonies, and we got to get all ready to go!  

  • We tried a whole bunch of things to naturally induce labor that didn't work for h o u r s in the hospital room.  Eventually I succumbed to getting medically induced and jeez did it work!  The meds didn't get there soon enough!  I hardly wanted to interrupt the conversation to tell them to start the epidural because things were getting excruciating.  
  • When she was born, she looked just like a little panda because of the shape of her eyes and her chubby cheeks so that's how she adapted the nickname "Panda Pi" since Pi day and all.
  • This was the quickest I've ever been sent home back with baby from the hospital.  Not even 24 hours later we were home with our new little bundle of awesomeness!

  • Akira was also the only labor I've had with no complications and she was my biggest at 8lbs at birth!
  • Sidenote:  while I knew I wanted my first girl to be named Azriella, it took a reeeeallly long time for Jon and I to decide on a name for Sephira.  Akira?  Yeah that took all of maybe 30 to agree on!  
  • Akira has been from day one has been an excellent sleeper.  She never woke in the night from her first night; I always had to set an alarm to wake her to feed her!  She's like a professional baby, hardly ever cries when going down for naps and she even once fell asleep on my chest as I was wearing her whilst I was in the middle of bowling!  
  • She is definitely the easiest baby I've ever had and she never ceases to amaze me with how much my heart can be filled up by just having her in my life.  
A little about her outfit:
 Since I don't believe in putting babies in dresses till they can sufficiently stand and walk on their own because A.) I don't think you can ever get the full effect of the outfit unless someone holds them up and B.) because it's really really difficult for crawlers to do their thing if a dress keeps getting stuck under their knees.  So, I went with a fashion forward, Korean kids fashion inspired outfit that would be super comfy, easy to slip on and off, would be great as separates, and that could be used for most occasions.

  • hood pattern: free pdf from A Lemon Squeezy Home (I honetly have used this pattern no less than 6 times! Love it!)
  • sleeveless raglan: heavily altered Sweet Bonnie PDF by Shwin + Shwin
  • lil sweatpants with cuffs:  self-drafted 
  • fabrics used are faux suede in black and faux suede in white to give the appearance of a little lux without being uncomfortable.  Hood lining is black with white polka dots cotton.  

AND A MOST HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY MOST PRECIOUS AKIRA!  

many many smooches, hugs and stitches,
kat 

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