Kid Stuff


At the beginning of December I showed you the many projects I was working on. I finished this dress for my daughter (and matching shirt for my son that I'll show you tomorrow) in time to give them as gifts for Hanukkah. The kids wore them for the last night of Hanukkah when we celebrated at our synagogue. While singing the Dreidel song she spun around (the whole time!) and the dress proved to be great for spinning. It has a really full skirt. I'm always amazed at how much fabric going into ruffled things. I think the dress I made for her first birthday took 2 yards of fabric.

This is the second time I made this pattern, the Jewel's Stripwork Dress by Create Kids Couture. The first one was in summer of 2014 and she's finally outgrown it. A few months ago when I was fabric shopping with the kids I had a plan to make a new version of this dress. My daughter picked out the baseball fabric and together we found the red to coordinate with it. The pattern goes together very easily. And even faster with just one fabric in the skirt portion. I made the 4T size this time (I think the last one was a 3T) and it's sure to fit her for quite some time.

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I'm linking up to Adrienne's 2015 Q4 Finish Along post. See all my Q4 goals here.


My daughter picked out this crazy frog fabric on a summer shopping trip. I knew that I'd use it to make The Nelle dress, by Brownie Goose. I have made the BG Lazy Susan a couple times and wanted to try a different pattern. I will certainly be making more of these. The Nelle went together very quickly (though it would have been faster if I could have found my rolled hem foot for my machine!). I look forward to playing around with adding trim or using more than one fabric next time I make this dress. Perhaps it's finally time to cut up my coveted Tula purple raccoons to make her a dress. It's more likely I'll pick something else for the next one, but maybe the one after that. ;-)

This isn't exactly a winter dress, but we're in California, so throw on some leggings and a sweater and she could wear this now. It's also big enough that it will still fit her in Spring/Summer. To be honest, I kinda want one in my size (though maybe not this fabric). ;-)

I think this is a great beginner pattern with just one piece of elastic in casing and nothing too picky to fiddle with.

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I'm linking up to Adrienne's 2015 Q4 Finish Along post. See all my Q4 goals here.


May was a bit of a whirlwind. I was out of town twice (for the Tinkerbell 10K at Disneyland with my sister and some friends, and then to Monterey for a relaxing couple of days with my husband) and I threw a birthday party for my three year old daughter in between. For all these reasons and some previous procrastinating, the apron and chef's hat I had planned to make for her birthday was a belated gift. ;-)

I've made three sets of these before and I just love them. The pattern (links to patterns available on Making It Fun) is thorough and it's a well finished product. My son loves his Very Hungry Caterpillar set and my daughter is quite pleased to have her own. She was even willing to do a bit of wiggly modeling.

A little blurry, but I wanted to show how I tie the apron on the tiny child. The neck strap has an adjustable D ring, but if I cinched it up tight enough to keep the apron from nearly dragging on the floor it would be choking her. So, I put the waist straps through the neck loop before I tie them which keeps the apron up nicely. It will grow with her for many years. The hat has a velcro closure, so it will also fit for quite some time. Truth be told, it's a little big for her at the moment.

She was "over it" on the modeling so here's the other side of the reversible apron.

I'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes for completing my May goal and the Sew Darn Crafty link-up.

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This finish is one of my Q2 Finish Along goals. I'm linking up with the Q2 Finishes party.