The ferocious lion baby and his half-eaten antelope mama wish you the very happiest of Halloweens!
5's been wearing (most) of his lion costume all day. I'll officially call it a success! He was even willing to demonstrate his fearsome roar for the camera a few times. Lucky us!
For those of you who don't follow Elsie Marley, last week was KCWC. That stands for Kid's Clothing Week Challenge- in order to participate, you agree to spend one hour a day working on making kid's clothes for one whole week. I did not officially participate, but I did sew some clothes for 5 last week!
If you've never heard of it, you should definitely check out Elsie Marley and her KCWC flickr group.
5 is still a huge fan of spending as much time outside as possible, regardless of the weather. With the increasingly colder weather, we've been trying out some new warmth-inducing outfits. The boys reached a consensus on overalls with a long pants, long sleeves one piece underneath. We only have one of each of these, so Fred requested some more for dirty outside playtime...
I'll have more (and better) pictures of these soon, but for now, here are the details:
The Pattern: I drafted a pattern from his existing ones, simplifying a few of the extra fussy details.
The Fabric: The outside is from Jessica Jones' Outside Oslo line, and the inside is brown cotton flannel from Joann's
The Sewing: I decided a flannel-lined overall would be the best for cozy-ness. I only ended up using 1/2 yard of each fabric, which was super exciting.
They came together surprisingly easily, probably 2-3 hours total sewing time. My pattern for the legs turned out a bit wonky, so I had to re-cut and then bind the hem. I really liked the result though.
I used snap tape on the inseam and replaced the buckles and standard overall buttons with regular buttons. That was a bit of an adventure as I sewed the button holes completely random sizes and then just tried buttons from my stash until I found ones that fit. Almost all of them are different sizes.
Overall, I'm calling them an unmitigated success. 5's reaction- "wooooooooow"!
The long pants, long sleeve one piece was way easier and faster- I will definitely crank out a bunch more of these! Again, proper model-y shots coming...
The Pattern: drafted from his existing one, minus the hood and button placket on front, converted to raglan sleeve.
The Fabric: recycled T-shirts and red cotton ribbing from Joann's (plus snap tape bought online from an Etsy shop a few years ago)
The Sewing: This is like a fancy version of his raglan shirts that I can whip out in about 15 minutes! This one probably took me 30ish though, because of the snap tape. Seriously, I cannot stress enough how easy this was- sew sleeves to body, minus last seam, add ribbing and top-stitching around the neck, sew up last seam, sew side seams, sew crotch panel, add snap tape, sew on ribbing around the bottom of legs, done!
Overall, super fun with bonus sense of accomplishment!
Coming up in the next week or two- a new recipe and a perfect holiday/ baby gift tutorial!
::These days are filled with raking, raking and more raking.
::These days are filled with overalls, flannel-lined goodness
(and plans for making more!)
::These days are all about leaf stomping- on the sidewalks, in the yard, in the parking lot, anywhere and everywhere.
::These days are full of requests for appole sidow (apple cider of course!)
::These days are full of more demands than requests, with a "please" tacked on occasionally...
::These days are full of appreciating every last second of fall.
What are your days filled with?
My name is Ansley Knoch. I am the creator of Rispok, a line of accessories for big and little people made from repurposed materials. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my husband, Fred, and our son, also Fred, better known as 5.