Wednesday, April 23, 2014

a little chibi easter. 2014

So I had a crazy week last week.
So crazy that, in fact, I didn't think I'd have anything special for the girls to wear for Easter!!! We're not a church going family as I have mentioned before, but we really love holidays and celebrate them thoroughly!  We do a big Easter egg hunt in the backyard (heck I was surprised that the Easter Bunny hid eggs in the front yard as well this year ;-)  And we have a tradition of hubby making authentic Italian Easter foods!  Unfortunately I am off eggs for the duration until little miss Akira can handle them in my breastmilk which made the holiday a little heartbreaking for me!  We had a lovely holiday otherwise!

The dresses.  I had much more grandiose plans for everything originally, but who would have thought it, having a newborn makes things really hard to get things done!  It's especially hard since we are an anti-pacifier family who hadn't even brought up the swing until a week ago!  We had a good run at not needing contraptions for the first month; never lasted this long before with the others!  But sweet little thing that she is, needed to be in just the right conditions for me to get some sewing done so promises could be fulfilled.

My secret to surviving that week:  swing, tucked with blankets, lights off, and Blossom Dearie on constant rotation.  Hey, you do what ya gotta do sometimes, am I right?!
So let's dissect these outfits:

If you follow me on Pinterest you would have seen my Easter outfits idea board and you can check out where a lot of the inspiration got pulled from. Alas, the headbands and other accessories I was hoping to make proved to be impossible to finish in time.  My love of sewing occupies a vast amount of my time and mental capacities, but I allow myself to completely unwind and enjoy what's around me, which is why I am such an infrequent blogger.  Heck, I'm embarrassed to check when the last time I did a post that was not obligatory!  But I am a perfectionist about content so, blogging is an event for me every time. 
So no accessories :-(
Let's start with Akira

I wanted a fuzzy romper of the animal persuasion and allowed my husband carte blanche on the color scheme.  I wanted the gold, and since the colors he chose were on the more masculine side, I added pink fuzzy dots.

I also drafted this romper from scratch, having hoped to share a pattern for it but it needs to be tweaked so perhaps someday. No promises, but I really would like to.  
I wish you all could have held her in person in this thing!  It was on the snug side (fits but not gonna get a ton of wears out of it) and when you held her, it felt like you were passing around a doll or stuffed animal!  Soft, compact, and was so amusing!

For Azriella's outfit I started with a very basic bodice that I highly modified from A Sunny Spot.  Then I decided I wanted all the other elements:
  • concealed button placket
  • peekaboo bunny feature
  • Easter egg pockets
  • simple but outstanding colors
  • full, layered twirly circle skirt with swoops
  • drawstring open back bodice

The peekaboo bunny feature was a necessity because if it's not fun to wear then I feel a failure.  I basically did this:  made a buttonhole through the bodice main and lining. sewed on the pocketfusible webbed a bunny together and stitched a ribbon 18" long to the bottom of the bunnysewed a buttonhole through the skirt layerssewed the pocket on. finished the dress. threaded the ribbon through the buttonholes and tied a knot at the end once it was threaded into the skirt pocket.   
This was the first time I had done a concealed button placket!  I feel like a ninja!
The flutter sleeves make me so happy... The yellow was a last minute decision because I had realized I cut out sleeves from two colors... looks amazing to me now!  
In fact, I have declared my new favorite color combo mint and aqua!  Don't be surprised when you see it again in a bigger arena here!
As much as I don't like to play in to the princess mentality, she was so pleased to "feel like a princess" and that makes a maker mamma's heart happy.

Finally Sephira.
In a word: piecing.
I wanted a mosaic look that utilized scraps from Azriella's cut outs and pockets that could be disguised as just part of the design.  This was mostly self drafted again, but also, once again, I used a pattern from A Sunny Spot as a platform for my vision.  For hers I also didn't want a full twirly skirt,  I wanted a more playful look.  I went with a layered half circle skirt look with a shorter length to give it a younger feel.
As always, the buttons are handmade.
I have another tradition:  Easter Egg Hunt dresses.  Time to pass the torch to Sephira!  There are a total of six pockets on her dress.  Have you find them all?
So that's that!  
I can't believe how fast my girls are growing up these days!!!  
Only other thing I want to talk about is SEW GEEKY!!!  
A Geektastic Sewing Series!
 Max and I are working hard to make our May Sew Geeky an Extravaganza to remember!!  And we are eager to get you all in to join the fun!!!  Email us if you would like to be a part of it in some way!  We are beside ourselves with bringing back our series!  We will keep you all posted with the goings on as soon as they happen!  But MARK YOUR CALENDERS FOR MAY THE FORCE,err 4TH  and check back here then!  
Until then,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Calling All Kids! An homage to Man Man and max-california

Sorry I've been in hiding!!!
We recently had our third baby, Akira! I just adore her so much but man oh man has it been hard to juggle them all and blog.  There has been some sewing going on though!
 And while I normally wouldn't think about signing up for a blog tour knowing all my time would be devoted to my newborn (she actually turns four weeks old today!), I just couldn't pass up this kick ass tour by one of my, for realz, favorite bloggers: Alida, called Calling All Kids!
Alida Makes Presents: Calling All Kids
I feel like her reputation for being rad superfantabulrad precedes her, but if you aren't familiar with her I suggest perusing her blog and checking her stuff out.  It's spot. on!
So- let's cut to the chase:  the challenge: create a gender neutral outfit for your kiddo.
Awesome. I am constantly taking the things Azy is interested in like Pokemon and Adventure Time, comic book characters to anime and making wearables for her inspired by them... she loves it all {plus the obligatory girly stuff like My Little Pony}
I decided to look to two of my favorite things: my bloggy life partner: Max-California
and Philly indie rock bands. Being this is a sewing blog, a lot of you probably know about Vincent, Max's adorable little boy and muse.  But- I'll bet a lot of my readers do not know about Man Man.  Guys, Man Man is the BEST.Want to know what they sound like?  Click on the song below!  Black Mission Goggles is my favorite but it's hard to pick one song when they are so bad ass!
 Black Mission Goggles by Man Man on Grooveshark
  Seriously, we listen to them aaaalllll the time in our house!  The girls love man man dance parties!  The last live show I went to was a concert in Rittenhouse Park the week before I had Azriella and the band? Man Man. Aw, yeah.
Let's check out what's going on here.
Photo credits:  (Top Right) (Bottom Right) Max-California

Doesn't she look like a chibi version of Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) and yet she also looks like Vincent's twin?!  Well, I guess as close as a six year old girl can be!
For this look, I wanted it to look like an album cover with a bit of a cartoony feel to it.  And I chose all white because that's what Man Man typically performs in, complete with face paint.  Check out this video to get the idea of what they are like live. (if you're watching with impatient kiddos, the song starts at min 1.07)

video credit: Arkhangemon

video credit: Woodshop Networks

I used a self drafted t-shirt pattern.  I used fabric paint for the bodice front and back, and I used knit binding for the seams.  I made long Hosh shorts and added black binding down the sides and made some welt pockets on the sides as well.
For those who are familiar with Vincent, doesn't this outfit remind you of him?!  One of the things that Max and I have in common is our love of pushing the fashion envelop and constantly making what our kids love.  I made the little beanie to make her look a little more like our fave little Aussie hipster and his adorable style.
We had the best photo shoot!!!  I forgot how much listening to music can inspire Azriella to pose like a boss! Well, it's mostly dancing so a lot of them came out like this:
Let's look at this shirt:

 It's the same shirt pattern as before but I colorblocked it and I made iron on transfers of the "MAN MAN" and confetti bits.  The confetti was comprised of trials and errors on figuring out these transfers.  I also made the neckline a V.
I love that she can go from goofball...
to badass from frame to frame.  I love this girl so much!

I also want to make an announcement about Sew GeekyMax and I have decided to make it a little more geek friendly insomuch as we are not going to have themes anymore, but instead, we just are going to make something dedicated to our love of geeky culture each month and blog about it.  And we will encourage you to do the same with us!!  Plus we plan on doing a super colossal Sew Geeky Blog Tour to really let your geek flags wave! Just click on the Sew Geeky badge at the top to find out more about how you can join in on the fun!

Well, that about does it!  Did you like the little mustache I made her?!  What about the outfit?!  I want to know what you think!  Also, I want to send out the biggest thanks to Alida for having me on her tour.  It was incredibly fun!  And hey!  There's also a Rafflecopter giveaway too!!!!  Click on the link to enter!

I think that about covers it!
I promise to blog some pics of Akira soon!  The weather just got awesome in Portland!  Yeay for better photoshoots!
I leave you with a few pics of Azriella, behind the 'stache!

Until next time!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Would Celina Do? Blog Tour! A Kawaii Collection ^_^

Greetings all!
It has been a busy 2014 so far!  Not only am I working extra at the brewery, but I'm scrambling to get some chibi sewing in for the newest littlen coming in early March!  Eeek!  So today I have a special treat for you all! (At least I think so ;-)
 My little baby's soon to be homecoming outfit!!!  What is the full inspiration behind all this?  Well, as we create, we sometimes think of people in the field that we admire... people who shock you with how impressive their ideas are.  I have frequently asked myself:

In fact, when I made Azriella's last birthday outfit, I had Celina in my thoughts the entire time!  So when Laura decided to put together this intriguing little tour, I just had to be on it!
Often times of late, I try to multipurpose my blog tours with the big events that are coming up.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to make my first outfit for our newest little girl: a cute little outfit, totally comfy, happy, and unique!

Let's talk about the outfit!
For starters, why did I choose a kawaii look?  Well, one of the most fantastic things about Celina (to me) is finding similarities in our handmades.  It really blows my mind because her looks are soooo put together and on the cutting edge of kids fashion.  But it's true, sometimes our styles overlap... and she has on occasion made a few kawaii creations herself!  We all know that anything anime, lolita, bright, geeky, silly, odd, japanese inspired is what my sewing style is all about.  I always seek to make an outfit fun for whomever I'm making it for.  It's important to me that I make clothes that my girls want to wear... not just because they are fashionable but because they will make them happy, proud, excited to wear.  I constantly seek their input in almost everything I sew.  

So- since I can't ask my baby what she wants since she's still in utero, I figured I'd go with something fluffy and ├╝ber soft like this double minky fabric.  I made a little face out of black fleece and pink minky scraps and appliqued them to the front of the sweater dress.
 Speaking of the sweater dress, the pattern is one I bought on Etsy and is so crushable.  It's a sweater dress pattern by Brindille and Twig. I completely fell in love with it.  And, it comes in sizing from 0-3months all the way up to 5-6T which is perfect for my 2year old and teeny 6 year old!  So rarely can you find a pattern win like that!
The shoes are from a Winterpeach pattern and are the smallest things I've ever made.  They are seriously like 3" long.  
 The leggings I decided to do something a little different.  I made a reversible pair with wittle minky knee pads on both sides. 
There you have it!  A collection of teeny handmades completely inspired by one of my very favorite bloggers: Celina.  A sweet lady with and friggin sweet sense of style.  
I hope I did her justice ^_^!
I figure it's a great 'last blog tour' before baby comes, don't you?! 

Make sure to stop by Craftstorming to check out all the other lovely handmades inspired by Celina. 
Image Map
And keep on stopping by while I rush to make as many chibi clothes as I can!
I can't wait for her to come in to the world!

Until then!

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