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KCW Spring 2016 Part 2: Sleepin With Deh Fishies

KCW Spring 2016 Part 2: Sleepin With Deh Fishies

It's literally has been yeeears since I planned to make, on time, and post, on time, for Kids Clothes Week!  I am making this year my most creative yet because I had a bit of a misstep motivation wise last year, so LOOK OUT!  I am planning some big changes so I am feeling all this drive and fire to just GO BIG!My plan came together as soon as I heard the KCW theme was TOYS.  I went straight away to drafting out lil buddies to stitch into their outfits (because if I don't, they'll just lose em'!) so they can play with them whenever they wear them!  I love making things with little surprises!  

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3 Looks for Kids Spring Fashion: Kids Clothes Week 2015

3 Looks for Kids Spring Fashion: Kids Clothes Week 2015

I'm always late to the blog party lately, mainly because I just allow my kiddos and our adventures come first.  We're constantly checking off our seasonal bucket list so I blame that for my breaks between posts 😁  I decided on a whim, last minute, to partake in Kids Clothes Week this spring!  I recently flipped out when I found that my favorite sewing book, A Sunny Spot, just put out the newest edition a couple of weeks ago.  I decided to freak out and immediately order it (and another little pattern book) from Amazon Japan. 

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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:

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 tiny...it 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 pocket
  • fusible webbed a bunny together and stitched a ribbon 18" long to the bottom of the bunny
  • sewed a buttonhole through the skirt layers
  • sewed 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!!!  

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!

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KCWC Spring 2013 Day 6: Her Lazy Day Brights

KCWC Spring 2013 Day 6:

Her Lazy Day Brights

Patterns Used:

  • ShirtDoli Tank PDF Pattern Courtesy of LouBee Clothing
  • Skirt:  "A Sunny Spot" Japanese Pattern Book, Pattern I

Pattern Deviations:

  • Skirt: I omitted a hem for the skirt and opted for serging the underskirt hem and just stay stitching and fray checking the over-skirt.

I'm so please to be making a quantity of summery pieces that I know will get tons of use!!!  One quick note about my choices for the skirt:  I have always been a sucker for a raw edged look but had never really done it!  I serged the under-skirt because I fear that it would just fray completely away if I did not and I don't think it really shows which is good.  The purple linen has a fuchsia stay-stitching 1/4" away from the edge and fray checked it (which won't touch her skin so I didn't worry that it would be uncomfortable) .  I did it twice and made sure that it wasn't perfect to go along with the comfy casual look of the outfit.  I think it captures beauty, color, and girly fluff without being at all fussy.  And that is exactly what I was looking for!!!

Come on back tomorrow for more!!!

Look back at the rest of my Kids Clothes Week Challenge!

Outfits so far:


Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

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KCWC Spring 2013 Day 5: Sparkles + Unicorns

KCWC Spring 2013 Day 5:

Sparkles + Unicorns


  • blouse: pattern K from "A Sunny Spot"
  • pants: {affiliate linkHosh Pants PDF by LouBee Clothing

Pattern Devitations:

  • blouse: As always lately, I make Azy's sizing the width of a 2T with the length of a 5T.  Also, handmade buttons from FIMO polymer clay
  • pants:  added side belt loops, and I opted to not make them adjustable this time.

It's really hard to photograph the radiance of these pants!!!  They shimmer so much and are the perfect accompaniment to Azy's colorful unicorn blouse!  I made the Hosh pants in a size 5T and they are perfectly skinny, however I will be sewing a pair of old leggings into them because she complained that they were too "stikey" (she's wearing them underneath in the pics above).  That's my bad.  I was so dead-set on finding the perfect compliment to her shirt that I guess I misjudged what is comfortable to a 5 year old.  She was perfectly happy with the addition of the leggings.  And yes folks, there is no way that shirt was a miss.  As soon as she got off the school bus I asked if she wanted to wear her new unicorn shirt (which I finished two minutes before going to the bus stop!) Of course her sister had to bomb the photoshoot (again).  

That's it for now!!!  Oh and did you jump over yet to check out the outfit that Max made?  I sent her that fabric because I know how much she loves Star Wars!!!  You have to go check out the cuteness!!!

Until tomorrow!

Check out the rest of my KCWC creations so far:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

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KCWC Spring 2013 Day 4: Hipster Star Wars Outfit

KCWC Spring 2013 Day 4: Hipster Star Wars Outfit

KCWC Spring 2013 Day 4

Hipster Star Wars

Patterns used:

  • blouse: Pattern C from A sunny spot

  • shorts: re-purposed jeans to cut-offs

Pattern deviations:

  • blouse: Handmade sparkle buttons. Added one line of shirring

  • shorts: I added a line of stay-stitching to the hems. Azriella made the Star Wars elements herself!!!

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KCWC spring 2013 Day 3: Heartbeet Dress

KCWC Day 3

Heartbeet dress & Harlequin tights

Patterns Used:

  • Dress:  Pattern G from "A Sunny Spot"
  • Tights: Refashioned and self drafted


  • Ikea quilting cotton Veggie motif
  • Nylon for tights

Pattern Deviations:

  • Handmade buttons for the dress
  • Inset scallops in side seams, one set red, one set baby pink (to match the tights)

I had hoped she'd walk around barefoot but that was a no go.  Daddy swinging her was her reward for a good photo-shoot!  Seeing her in this dress, in our yard gives me a distinct My Neighbor Totoro Feel.

See you tomorrow!!!!  

Look back at KCWC!

Day One

Day Two

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KCWC day 2. everyday summer outfit.



  • These bloomers are not "technically" a pattern in the book above.  I altered a pattern from the book and did a separate waistband and made binding for the legs, about 14" long to give a super poofy yet not fitted look.  This is my favorite thing to see my little one in these days and in hindsight should have just did 8 different ones for Kids Clothes Week Challenge.  Check out these that were made for Easter!  Nothing says "chibi" quite like a mini me in ultra pooftastic bloomers.  Extra points for neon.

See you tomorrow!

OH!!!!  And check out my latest post on GMS!

It's all about what makes kids clothes epic to me!


All about Sew Geeky!!!!!  Coming May 25th!

Look back at KCWC, Spring 2013

Day 1

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So when you start out blogging, it's a very singular thing. In the beginning it's pretty intimidating to be the new kid on the block. And, for me, I knew that I was definitely a little different from the others. That comes with its ups and its downs. But pretty much from the very beginning of Sew Chibi I gained a fast friend in Ari better known as Max-California. I was stoked to find another rainbow haired sewing mama out there!  And the more I found out the cooler she became!  We share a very similar creative philosophy which is to make fun things our kids will want to wear.

Our friendship really flourished when she went on to compete in PR&P and appointed me as one of her designer advisers and I became an everyday cheerleader for her.  But just before all that I shared an idea with her that I wanted to do a series with her.

We already knew that we both shared a fondness for geeky stuff: she's like a Marvel comic counterpart to my Funimation anime. We're like a yin and yang of epic geeky proportions. So it quickly became clear that our series should be handmade geek inspired clothing.

And thus Sew Geeky was born and the rest as they say is history. We have found an invaluable friend in each other. We make one heck of a dynamic duo and I just love her to bits!

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