Wednesday, August 15, 2012

some summertime sewing

Summertime is hands down my favorite season for children's clothes.  There is nothing like that beautiful exposed baby skin.  I could just kiss that chub all day long.
So before the season is over and these clothes get packed away I wanted to take pictures of my girls wearing the outfits that I made for them this summer.  If you want to learn how to sew or you already do sew, consider making some of these next year for your children.  I can't tell you how much joy it brings me to see them wearing something that I created and something that can be passed down to the next generation.

1.  First up... The Ella romper.  I bought this pattern off Etsy from Sew Happy Designs by Carrie and I love the way it turned out.  This is the last summer that it will be appropriate for Lael to wear a romper/bubble and I pretty much milked it for all it was worth.  I am SO going to miss putting her in these.

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2.  Next up is the same exact pattern, but I tweaked a couple of things.  I widened the straps and the ruffle at the top a bit.  The girls wore these for one of Ruthie's birthday celebrations and for the 4th of July.  After the 4th I took the American flag buttons off and put on these white ones.

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3.  In these next pictures Ruthie is wearing a Children's Corner romper called "Taylor" and Lael is wearing a Children's Corner pattern called "Winnie"...

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Lael actually wore this one last summer so we've gotten two seasons out of it which is just awesome.  Of course, it's a good bit shorter on her this year so I just paired it with some big white ruffle bloomers and it looks precious.  Plus, I prefer short dresses on toddler girls anyway.

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Ruthie is wearing a romper that I made long before we had children.  It was actually one of the first garments that I made when I was learning how to sew.  Lael wore this one too, and it has held up so well.

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4.  These are what I like to call our "Sound of Music" clothes because the fabric reminds me of the curtain fabric that Maria uses to make the children's play clothes. :)  You may remember seeing it on the blog last summer here.  I used the "Winnie" pattern for Lael's and the "Taylor" pattern for Ruthie's.  

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Again, Lael's dress was much shorter this year so I used the Children's Corner "Frannie Baby" pattern to make some matching bloomers.

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5.  Lael's dress, again, was from last year and I made the "Frannie Baby" bloomers to match.  Ruthie's is from the "Taylor" pattern.

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6.  Lastly, Ruthie's is from the "Taylor" pattern and Lael's is from the Children's Corner pattern "Lucy" and paired with "Frannie Baby" bloomers.  Both of these were Lael's last year, and though the romper was a tad bit big for Ruthie, it worked and it was great to use them as coordinating outfits. 

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For both of these I used a lining fabric that was complimentary to the outer fabric.  I love to do that when I can.  Just adds a little somethin'.  Or as Lael likes to say these days, "sumpin'". :)

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And because I have been asked before to post photo shoot out-takes... here ya go.  For every sweet, smiley, angelic picture there are about 10 like these...

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6 comments:

  1. These are awesome! If baby M is a girl I'm definitely commissioning you to make her some cute rompers! (: I'm so impressed, Kelli!! (oh, and I LOVE the one of Lael licking Ruthie...what are little sister for, anyways?!) (:

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  2. Hey Kelly, this is totally random. You and I both grew up going to the same church, I'm a few years older than you so you may not remember me. My brother, Adam Becker, was closer to your age. I also took sewing lessons for many years from Karen Johnson and when she found out I was from Lexington she would talk about your days sewing with her. Anyway, I've been meaning to get in touch with you for a while because I also have a daughter with an "R" name (Ruth Ann) & I also have an embroidery machine so most of her clothes get an R on them...I've gotten away from putting her name on too many things. Some of the nicer things we have I try to sell at consignment sells, but I use a lot of Target or Walmart shirts and those I just give away...I was curious if you might be interested in them. I still live in Lexington, so your mom could pick them up as we finish with them or you could get them if you're ever in town. My email is taramccarty1978@gmail.com

    Let me know if you're interested!

    Tara

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  3. Kelli,
    These outfits are precious. I am going to have to get down to "learning" how to sew things like this. Did you take sewing lessons? I am so proud of you. Can't wait to see you again and enjoy more of your babies. Love, Diane

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  4. Precious, Kelli! I've made the Lucy and the Taylor for Mae Wells. I love summer time baby clothes - quick, fun and easy! Have you ever tried the Sydney (can't remember who made it?). This is a picture of it on Eliza: https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10102159600470193&set=a.891619500263.2636916.5242927&type=3&theater

    Where do you shop for fabric? Online? Or a local place in Greenville?

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  5. Hey Kelli! I am a total stranger but absolutely love your blog! I want to sew sooo bad but have never had a lesson in my life. I have a machine that my mother in law gave me but I was wondering where do i start? Did you take lessons? or can I teach myself and if so what would you recommend? I have always dreamed of my daughter wearing clothes that I made for her. Any suggestions would help! Thanks so much! Beautiful family you have!!

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