I planned too many halloween projects this year. And finished every single one.
The White Witch (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) dress and cape were self drafted. The white fabric was some free swag from JoAnns from the GNO a few weeks ago. The cape is just fleece. She loved it. Nobody knew what she was but that's ok.
I was super excited to draft the collars on both the dress and the cape. Thanks to a little lesson from Carrie I think I nailed them!
I'm particularly in love with the mermaid costumes. The skirt is self drafted, as are the capelets. One capelet has a collar. The other doesn't. All fabric was from JoAnns. The leotard was a pattern from one of the big 4. I don't recommend it though. I had to alter it a ton to make it fit a regular sized child. If my kids were about 20 lbs heavier they might have fit well.
And it's a good thing those are leotards because that's one large slit up the back I made. Yowza! At least they could still run!
Yes, the fins are quilted. That's my favorite.
He adores the Incredibles but thought this was the worst outfit ever when I put it on him. He tried to get it off for 15 minutes then caved. One point for mom.
As all the Halloween projects get wrapped up we're all starting to fade into Thanksgiving and Christmas gear. So much is going on around the sewing blog world. Have you heard of any interesting series or events? Here are a few fun ones for you to check out:
Basic Bodice Design Series at iCandy Handmade. Learn how to use a basic bodice to make a lot of different designs. This series will really help you learn how to draft your patterns for yourself! Three months of guests and opportunities for you to join in on the fun.
Knock It Off: A series at Elegance & Elephants. A whole month of designer knock offs from a bunch of talented bloggers. I'm excited to be included in the bunch!
I'll be kicking this off November 1st with an adorable pillow I've been working on.
Do you sew for Christmas?
Miranda from One Little Minute is here to show us how to sew a giant lollipop! This homemade lollipop prop is as cute as they come! And this fun tutorial completes her adorable Shirley Temple Costume! Check that out on her blog. But now for the DIY lollipop tutorial!
(Psst. Don't forget to check out all the other costume tutorials from other fabulous bloggers!)
Hi there! I'm thrilled to be a part of Andrea's awesome Handmade Halloween series today! I was lucky to meet cute Andrea in person at Sewing Summit, but let me start by introducing myself to you! My name is Miranda. I'm married to a wonderful, supportive man (we just celebrated six years!), mom to two energetic, hilarious boys, and a lover of all things handmade. I sew in most of my spare time (aka after my kids are in bed for the night!), but I also love to run, read, sing, ski, travel, play scrabble, and eat. I really love to eat. I share pieces of my life and adventures on my blog One Little Minute. You're welcome to join me anytime!
Amazing, adorable, baby dinosaur costume tutorial from Mama G. & Co. Gwen is here today to show us ho to make a dino costume! I love this tutorial. Adorable and simple yet looks so much better than store bought! Thanks for the tutorial Gwen!
Check out our whole Handmade Costume Series for tons of great tutorials!
Hi there, my name is Gwen, I’m a stay-at-home mum of two cute munchkins and love to sew, knit and do other crafty things in my spare time. I blog about family and crafts over at Mama G. & Co where you’ll find tutorials like the Maternity Belly Band and how to convert a cardboard box into a toy box, as well as recipes like these French butter biscuits. I’m really excited about guest-posting here today and I hope this tutorial inspires you to make some cute costumes for your babes.
You are in for a treat. These costumes are. amazing. Sabra from Sew a Straight Line is simply a magician with fabric. She's here to show you her amazing Nacho Libre costumes and she even has a tutorial for el Luchador mask!
Good morning, Train to Crazy readers! I’m Sabra and I blog at Sew a Straight Line.
I have been a Train to Crazy fan for years, and I’m excited to play along with Andrea’s Handmade Costume Series. I have three boys with crazy imaginations and tons of energy. I love making my kids costumes and encourage them to dress up year round. It’s so fun to see them mix and match the costumes I’ve made them over the years, and come up with their own alter ego creations.
This past summer my kids watched Nacho Libre approximately 7.3 million times. My four-year old now refers to tortilla chips as The Lord’s Chips. All day long we hear “Eagle powers, come to me, please!”, and every meal is complemented by “mmm, good toast.” So, in honor of Nacho and my sons’ obsession with him and Esqueleto, they designed, and I made them each their own luchador mask.
I'm enjoying Sewing Summit right now so I made these ahead but thought I'd show you a couple more outfits I made this last week.
The tank top on the left was self drafted. The tops on the middle outfit are store bought. Outfit on the right was blogged here.
I'm over at the Southern Institute today showing you a fun way to "Jazz Up Leggings". Stop on by!
Once again I'm making samples for my Kids Clothes Week Challenge. Today we've got a Go To Signature Dress (in the tunic length) paired with some Go To Leggings.
Yes, that skirt is part of the leggings.
I told you this was a "Go To" leggings pattern! These leggings are cropped length. Clearly. There are 4 lengths included in the pattern.
And my favorite feature of this particular version of the Go To Leggings:
I'm joining in with the Kids Clothes Week Challenge over at Elsie Marley. I dug into the stash to make this Lucy Tunic top and Jeggings. I used this plaid cord for a messenger bag last Christmas and had never used it again. When I purchased this fabric I had intentions of using it for a front button up dress. I never made that dress but I think the Lucy Tunic is perfect for thie print.
I was lazy while sewing the buttons on and didn't bother to check where the pattern says to put them so they're a bit low bt this top still functions perfectly.
I lined the top with a hot pink fabric. I decided not to make it reversible by putting buttons on both sides because I don't want to see a hot pink tunic walking around my house.
The leggings are one of the many, many pairs I've been making lately. This fabric was also from JoAnn's but I bought it more recently so you can probably still find it. It is very soft and comfortable.
My new Go To Leggings pattern will be out soon! You can count on lots of fun options.
Toddlers and preschoolers look pretty adorable in dwarf & gnome costumes. Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings is here with a great super queick and easy dwarf or gnome costume tutorial. It would go great with this gnome hat.
Check out all the Handmade Costume Series tutorials.
Hi everyone, I'm Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings. Costumes are one of my all time favorite things to sew. I seriously use any excuse to dress up my nieces and husband in coordinating costumes, oh yes he's a trouper like that!
Halloween is my busiest time for my Rae Gun Etsy shop so I'm usually sewing non-stop (this year is no exception). A couple years ago after a lot of work on my older niece's Snow White costume I needed to throw something together for the little one. We decided she'd make the perfect Little Dwarf.
Having a well stocked dress up box is fun for all kids. Leisel from Brown Paper Packages created a Jasmine costume and is here to show you how! Check out the dozens of other costumes in the Handmade Costume Series as well!
Hello there! So excited to be a part of Handmade Costume Series. Sewing for my three little girlies is one of my favorite things to do-- and sewing costumes is a close second! My name is Leisel and I blog (occasionally) at Brown Paper Packages. Come take a peek at a few of the other costumes I have made in the past.
After years of sewing for my girls, I am finally getting around to making them a few dress-ups. This should have been on the list long, long ago, as store-bought dress-ups don't last longer than a few weeks. I found my inspiration on Pinterest (where else?) a few weeks ago to actually make it happen. The concept is to use a simple peasant dress to make various different princess dresses. Genius! First of all, The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben is my absolute, most favorite pattern ever. Second, even my youngest will be able to dress herself in a peasant style dress. And lastly, I can whip out a couple of those babies in an hour!
My second oldest munchkin requested Princess Jasmine as the first of many. . . and so, I thought I would share some of the process with you.
I'm working on some big self imposed deadlines. So I started another project. Naturally. I designed a few iPhone cases that I think you'll like! You can also buy these in prints, greeting cards, canvases, etc. Check out my Go To Designs Society6 shop.
When I was growing up, my mother ALWAYS made our Halloween costumes. I still remember our annual trips to the Joanne's to look through the costume patterns. It was so amazing to watch her "spin" the fabric into the character of my dreams. I can't say my three boys feel the same way. Alas, it's getting harder and harder to argue against store bought Transformer and superhero costumes that light up but I intend to do so for as long as possible.
Do you remember Peaches n' Cream Barbie? Narelle from Cook Clean Craft made a fantastic dress up costume based on that Barbie. Sew one for your little girl with her easy dress tutorial. We now have dozens of costume tutorials here for the Handmade Costume Series so don't forget to check them all out!
Hi, I’m Narelle from Cook Clean Craft, sharing household tips, recipes and fun crafts, including sewing, cardboard and crochet.
Our house is seriously lacking in dress up clothes, so this series was just the motivation I needed. Thinking back to my childhood, who did I want to dress up as? Barbie, and there was no Barbie more pretty or elegant than Peaches’n’Cream.
So here’s the toddler dress-up version:
Vanessa from Designs by Sessa is here with the cutest little cowboy tutorial. She even shows you how to make chaps! CHAPS! How cute are those? If you enjoy this tutorial don't forget to check out all the other tutorials in the Handmade Costume Series!
This amazing owl costume tutorial is from Kiki and Company. What a great way to reuse old maternity clothes! This "how to" is so fun I know every little kid needs one of these in the dress up box. Don't forget to check out all the other Handmade Costume tutorials from the series!
I have 4 little munchkins, so you can guess that Halloween is an exciting time around our house. As I thought about what I would make for this series, I simply went to my closet to shop..(well, actually to an old bin of maternity clothes) and what I found inspired me promptly to make an entire outfit out of things I already had. I didn't have to go to the store for anything..thus why my project is called "Owl for free"..or "All for free" .:)
So you need to know how to sew an elephant costume? Good! Jess from If Only They Would Nap is here with a great DIY tutorial to help you make someone into a cute little elephant! Don't forget to check out the rest of the Handmade Costume Series as well!
Hi there!! I'm Jess from If Only They Would Nap! You can find me there drinking lots of coffee and sewing for myself and my three little boys. If you're in the market for some DIY maternity pants or to make some prefold cloth diapers, those are two of my most popular tutorials.
When I asked my almost five-year-old what costume he wanted to wear for trick-or-treating this year, he didn't even have to think about it. "An elephant. And make it yourself, Mama, okay?" Well, if I must... So, if your house needs an elephant for your dress-up box too, here's how you can easily make one of your own. I find a lot of my fabrics, especially for costumes, by upcycling clothing that I find at thrift stores or that we no longer wear. [Go ahead and take a look at a few costumes that I've done in previous years... it's alright, I'll wait for you right here] Of course, you can just as easily use fabric from the store to make this.
A Batman costume is essential in any budding superhero's dress up box. This easy DIY Batman mask and gauntlets tutorial from Cheryl at Sew Can Do is fabulous! Don't forget to check out all of the other costume tutorials in the Handmade Costume Series!
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A conductor's hat is just a great item to keep in the dress up box. Kids love hats and what little boy or girl doesn't like trains? This conductor's hat pattern comes in two sizes and is sure to fit your child of any size.
Some adults aren't that interested in dressing up. Enter the headband ears. Ears on a headband were the greatest invention for underachieving adults who want to put on a costume without really putting on a costume. Of course they're good for kids too! These DIY animal ears headband tutorial is about as easy as it gets.
Welcome to the opening day of the Handmade Costume Series! Two months of costume tutorials! There will be opportunities for you to link up your own costumes as well!
I'm so pleased to announce this year's Handmade Costume Series!! You'll find all your favorite bloggers sharing DIY costume ideas just in time for Halloween and Holiday gifts! Check back all through September and October for all the costume tutorials you could need! Don't forget to check out all 26 costumes from last year's series!
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I've been working long hours on my next pattern(s). If you follow me on instagram (thetraintocrazy) you've seen some photos and sneak peeks. The patterns are nearly ready for testers! Here's a little glimpse at one of the patterns.
Have you been over to GoToPatterns.com lately? A few more patterns and designers have been added and there's a bit of a new look too! Search for patterns by type, designer and difficulty level.
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Have you had made a Go To Signature Dress yet?
Put your photos on the flickr group! I love seeing what you've made!
My girls have always been fascinated with sewing. They began begging to learn at an early age. Not a surprise, of course! Now they love it so much I want my machine back! Teaching litle kids isn't as daunting as it seems!
First teach safety. Yada yada.
Next teach how to raise and lower the foot, backstitch, press the foot pedal, etc.
Finally, give him or her a scrap and let them scribble sew. Easy!
I don't see the point in restraining their creativity while they are young. They don't need to think sewing has to be a certain way with straight lines and perfect corners. In fact, they'll probably surprise you by what they come up with!
This is a typical scene from my sewing machine. My 3 oldest and the neighbor girl. All taking turns digging through scraps and sewing masterpieces.
I recently made a gathered duvet cover and had a bunch of leftover fabric. Using the duvet as inspiration I decided to make sunglasses cases. I love the way they turned out!
First cut your fabric. For the front you'll need a 6.5"x4.75" piece of cotton batting and a 10"x6.5" piece of quilting cotton.
For the back cut a 20"x4.75" piece of fabric and cut the batting 10.5"x4.75".
For the lining cut a piece of quilting cotton 16.25" by 4.75"
You'll also need a hair elastic and large button.
STEP 1: Gather the front and back pieces of fabric so that they are gathered on the top and bottom of the fabric. The front piece will be gathered as below. The back piece will be gathered so it is now 10.5" by 4.75"
STEP 2: Baste the front and back pieces to their corresponding batting piece, right side out.
STEP 3: Stitch the hair elastic to the top of the sun glasses case. See photo for location. Make sure you use a small zig zag and stitch across many times. (see photo) Sew button into middle front of front piece.
STEP 4: Stack front and pack pieces together, right sides facing. Sew along sides and bottom ede with a 3/8" seam allowance. Fold and sew the lining piece. Leave an opening in the side of the lining for turning later.
STEP 5: Stuff the lining and outside together, right sides facing. Pin so that side seams match up. Sew around the opening edges. Make sure not to sew that top opening closed!
I shared this tutorial for the Shorts on the Line series in July at Imagine Gnats. I love sewing shorts. So quick and fun and they get worn a lot! Today I'm sharing a fun tutorial for making Faux Wrap Shorts for girls (or women if you love them that much). A fun DIY for any level of experience. This shorts tutorial has a cute ruffle wrap front that I know your little girl will love.
Cute right? With a little fabric, a pair of shorts that fit well, some 3/4" elastic and a couple hours you can make these too!
Are you enjoying the pattern tour?? I'm just loving how many completely different dresses and tops are being made!! Which has been your favorite so far? Don't forget to check out the Flickr group for all Go To Patterns!
The Go To Patterns review team reads and approves every pattern submitted to the store.
That's why I'm adding patterns slowly! It takes time to check them carefully. Plus I need an assistant. How does one get an unpaid intern around here??
So go see what's in the sewing pattern store!
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Sometimes a simple bed just needs a little something to make it go from boring to fabulous. I bet you can guess that involves a ruffle, of course. Friends, adding a ruffle to a sheet is probably the easiest project you can ever do. This tutorial seems almost unneccessary but here it is!
Seriously, this so easy you'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier.
It's here! It's really here! Day one of the pattern tour is TODAY! Please go visit Katy at No Big Dill and see what she thought of the pattern. I'm sure you are familiar with Katy's work (if not you SHOULD be). She's an incredibly talented seamstress and photographer. Her blog will make you smile. Speaking of smiling, this is the Go To Signature Dress she made.
Yesterday was Independence Day here in the U.S. and I completely forgot today was Thursday. Each week Make It Wear It creeps up on me and for some reason I refuse to schedule them ahead of time. Sorry I didn't post it but we'll be taking a break from it until August. Keep coming back though because there will be SO many fun things going on here in July!
My kids woke up Tuesday morning and asked me to make them outfits for the 4th of July. I should have said, "No" but I said, "Let's go to the fabric store!" First off, the fabric store with four kids at lunch time BEFORE they eat is just a bad idea. Really bad. But we survived and managed to get some fabric. I didn't have time to calculate how much I'd need or how many pieces because all the crying from the little guy really distracted me. So I bought a lot.
We rushed home, washed it and then started sewing. They alternated sitting on my lap and I didn't get much done. So once they went to bed I set to mad sewing. By 10 p.m. I was done with 2 outfits. The last 2 are pretty simple and shouldn't have taken me long but they took forever. First my serger refused to thread. I have a Babylock so if the threading mechanism doesn't work, it doesn't work. I fought it for an hour then gave up. Then I tried doing some things I that didn't work out and finally decided on designs and finished around 4 in the morning. Did I mention I didn't use any patterns and decided not to do simple skirts. WHY was that?
At that point the baby was crying "ouch ouch. I want mommy" so not a lot of sleeping happened after that point.
The sun came up and I took the girls to the parade in our neighborhood. Baby was still not feeling well so didn't get to wear his outfit.
One of the most common questions I get currently is "Where can I buy good knit fabric online?" Fortunately for you I know many of the best places to buy knit fabric!
Ixat—Tons of print knits you won't find anywhere else. Shipping is a bit high but she ships worldwide so perhaps it is cheaper to your part of the world.
Fabric.com— Wide variety of cotton and synthetic knits. You can find the new designer knits here.
The Fabric Fairy— Great variety including fun prints for kids. Ships from the U.S. worldwide.
Fashion Fabrics Club— Lots of knit fabrics in adult prints. I've never purchased from here but it has been recommended. They ship from the U.S. to a short list of other countries.
Chez Ami— Great quality knits. Fun prints and stripes for children. I've purchased many fabrics from here and they stand the test of time. U.S. based but ship internationally.
Girl Charlie Fabrics— Loads of great knits for kids and adults. Very large section of cotton knit jersey. Ships from the U.S. internationally.
Harts Fabrics— Great selection of adult knit fashion fabrics. Ships from the U.S. to Canada, U.K. and Australia and U.S. Armed Forces.
Etsy— There are numerous shops selling all types of knit fabrics on etsy. Just do a search for knit fabric and you'll have thousands of options from shops around the world.
Spoonflower— Create your own fabric or buy one someone else designed. So many fun designs here.
Banburry Place— Ships from the U.S.
Kids Fabric— Ships from Canada
Sewzanne's— Ships from the U.S. This is where I buy my Ottobre magazines too.
Sew Baby— Ships from the U.S.
Nature's Fabric— Ships from the U.S.
Print Knit Studio— Ships from the U.S.
So tell me, where do you buy knit fabrics? Especially those of you outside the U.S. Now that you know where to buy knit fabric go pick up your Go To Signature Dress pattern!