April 2013 archive

Kids Clothes Week + Class Picnic Blouses

By Melissa LeRay

Class Picnic in Riley Blake

I had suuuuuch big plans, but then life happened, and all I got was this t-shirt (or 3 in my case).  Isn’t this everyone’s lament for Kids Clothes Week?  It was all set up so perfectly.  Hubby was even OUT.OF.TOWN. for 4 of the 7 nights.  You would’ve thought I’d be swimming in free time.  Ha!  Is any mom-of-two-under-two ever swimming in free time?  These Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouses were cut out months ago, at the same time I cut out the After School Shirts.  I thought that gave me a huge leg up and that I’d be on to other projects in no time. Because I sew at a turtle’s pace, you’ll get to enjoy all of my would-be KCW garments for weeks to come. Lucky you!

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Oliver + S After School Shirts, with modifications

By Melissa LeRay

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I’m embarrassed to say that these Oliver + S After School shirts have been cut out and sitting around since October.  We took a trip to San Francisco, then came the holidays, then a new baby, and my poor sewing machine sat neglected for quite some time.   Simultaneously, Elise was rapidly sprouting, and all of her clothes are either too small, too short, or worn out.

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oliver + s 2+2 blouse equals 3

By Melissa LeRay

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The Oliver + S 2+2 blouse has long been on my to-do list.  I’ve been trying to get in the habit of making multiples whenever I sit down to sew.  So much of the time spent crafting a garment is in the tracing, cutting out, learning the pattern, etc.  Since time is of a premium now, I want to make the most of it.  I picked out a few new prints and one of my favorite London Calling prints and got to work.

This first top was made with London Calling Paisley in spring.   This 100% cotton fabric feels like Liberty of London – surely that was no accident.

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