Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I'm finally getting around to posting about these! I've been excited to share and am excited for them to get used all week long on our vacation that we take off for this weekend. I made all four of these a couple weeks ago. They were very fun and pretty quick to put together. My groove came to a halt when Wal-Mart ran out of the orange bias tape I needed. Both stores were out, Hobby Lobby didn't carry that particular orange, and JoAnn's is all the way across town. My youngest son's cute little robe just had to lay there unfinished for a week until I was able to find the right color. The striped towel I got on clearance at Wally World, but it was only big enough for the main body pieces. Instead of rushing back to the store I just grabbed an old white towel we had in the linen closet and used it for the hood, tie, and sleeves. I used the same towel for my other son's hood and tie. The other towels are adorable PBK towels that my mother in law got for the kids a few years ago, the edges were raveling so I gave them new life.
Let's talk sizes and options. My oldest son is almost four and wears a size four. The 3T-4T fits him great, with room to spare even. I made that one first and tried it on my daughter who is five and a half and wears a size 6. It fit her great as well just needed some added length. I think I added about 3 inches or so. For my youngest son I made the 18 months to 3T size. He wears 24 months and it fits him great with plenty of length for growing. My youngest is now in size 6-9 months. I modified the smallest pattern size (9-18 months) and created a slightly smaller version with a slightly different shape. I also nixed the tie and added a couple of bright buttons. I made a full tie for all of the others, added fun ribbon tags, and lined the hoods (except for on my baby girl's robe). The light green fabric is jersey knit from a t-shirt, the other is fun quilting weight fabric. They are not perfect, the bias tape edging around the curve of the ties did not come out too pretty. Either people are having the same problem or they have more talent or information than I do. Even still I'm thrilled with how they turned out. And for a mom of four the idea of not having to tote a huge bag stuffed with towels to the pool is fantastic! I have enough stuff to carry. Can't wait to see all my little ones running around in these next week!
You can check out and purchase the pattern here. I think I definitely got my eight dollars worth!
*Ha! Got my pics in the order I wanted by messing around with the html codes!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Made another pair of Kid Shorts out of the discarded khakis for my oldest son. They fit great and he loves them :). Jackson looks like he's posing for a Senior picture or something, too funny.
*Still haven't figured out how to control the order of my photos, I'm sure I'll figure out the magic formula eventually.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Here are a few fun vintage finds I've found here and there over the last month or so. The cutie leather sandals are definitely vintage and I'm hoping will fit baby #4 next summer. The flower pot seems to be vintage. The label was old and it was made in Japan. The leather purse is a guess as well, if not vintage it was a cool handmade find. The patterns are all from the late sixties and early seventies. I hit the jackpot and scored these for about thirty-five cents a piece. I was giddy with excitement as I pulled one great style after another from the pattern pile at my local thrift store. Most of them are close enough to my size to modify I think (other than the girls dress and coat of course. Those my girls will get to benefit from). I'll be tinkering with that after I lose my baby weight. If I'm going to put all the time and effort in I want to be able to wear the pieces for a long while :).
*If anyone knows how to control what order the photos occur on Blogger please clue me in. I had a system a while ago and it no longer works! Was also going to post more close-ups of patterns but Blogger is being weird, sorry!