These itty bitty leggings are just the cutest things, aren’t they?
I don’t have a serger, and I’ve never really sewn knits on my standard machine (although you’d never know it by the number of them I have in my stash). I’ve wanted to try, but like so many people, I was a little apprehensive to take the plunge. So when I saw this pattern from Made By Rae, it seemed like a good starting point. Simple pattern, and only a small amount of fabric needed. Besides, how can anything so incredibly cute be intimidating? Right???
I read quite a few articles and posts with tips and tricks for sewing with knits (here’s a good one if you’re looking for somewhere to start). After all of the reading (and worrying), the biggest lesson I learned is that there’s really no reason to be afraid of knits! It’s that simple. Test your fabrics. Try things. Expect mistakes, and don’t give up!
My fabrics were all slightly different, and I learned more with each tiny pair of leggings I sewed…
white and black arrow cotton spandex knit
fawn silhouette cotton jersey blend
feathers on silver peony cotton jersey blend
These are so stinkin’ cute, and they come together so very quickly once you get the hang of things. With the number of people I know that are expecting little ones, I can’t wait to make more!
I’m not sure how I feel about harem pants on adults, but they’re pretty cute on the littles. I knew I wanted to make some pants for my nephew and this seemed like a fun option.
This pattern is from suburbia soup, and it’s just great! It has a few options to play with, which is always fun. After making the pocket version, I’m thinking I have to do the basic version too!
I chose one of my coveted Jay McCarroll fabrics for this because, well, it’s awesome! It has a graffiti-esque quality that I love, but it also feels somehow tribal. Perfect for the little dude man!
I was a bit unprepared for how much fabric this pattern takes, and I had to make a slight modification to the back by making it two pieces instead of one (just add the seam allowance to the center cuts). But it’s hardly noticeable with this print, yay!
I can’t wait to see how these fit the boy. More pictures to come, hopefully :)
***UPDATE*** If you follow Suburbia Soup, you might be wondering where the blog went… I managed to contact Venus and she let me know that her site isn’t gone, just moved. She’s still working out the kinks, but doesn’t have any plans to stop (hooray for that!). I’ve updated the link above, or just click here to stop by. And spread the word, she needs help letting people know she’s moved! :)
Wow! This week really slipped by, didn’t it? I’ve been having so much fun sewing that I’ve slacked on sharing what I’ve been up to… So here it goes! (I’ll keep it short for now, but I’ll most likely revisit many of these patterns again).
First up, one of the patterns from Made By Rae that I’ve been wanting to try…
This is the free version of her wildly popular geranium dress pattern.
It’s tiny, and oh-so-cute!!!
The fabric is Ric Rac Rabbits. I’ve had it in my stash for a while and I just couldn’t resist using it.
My gathering skills could definitely use some work, but it’s so cute that I didn’t feel the need to take them out and try again. Oooh! And I finally got the chance to try my buttonhole foot on my sewing machine. And a button sewing foot? I didn’t even know I had that! Am I way too excited about this? Absolutely!!!
I decided to add some little bloomers with my leftover fabric. I used the baby bloomers pattern from see kate sew.
They were quick and easy. They’re technically reversible (front to back, not inside-out), but I love the idea of the little bunnies on baby’s bum, in place of ruffles. These would also be cute with a simple t-shirt for less dressy occasions.
These patterns were so much fun! I have a feeling that I’ll be making more of both in the future :)
Spring Kid’s Clothes Week is officially kicking off, and I couldn’t be more excited! For those of you who are familiar with it, I’m sure you know why. For those of you who are new to it, it’s a pretty simple and fun idea– for 1 week, dedicate 1 hour every day to sewing for the kiddos in your life. You can read more about it here.
The best part about it is you can do as little or as much as you want, or have time for. And it brings out people of all sewing levels, beginners and rock stars alike. So, just because you’re a newbie doesn’t mean you can’t participate. It’s so fun seeing what everybody does, and I guarantee you’ll walk away with a ton of inspiration!
I participated in the Summer 2013 KCW, but only had time to make one thing– a super cute bubble pocket skirt that I absolutely love. This time around, I’m a little more organized. I have a few things planned out. Potential fabric choices have all been pre-washed. Patterns are all ready to go, and so am I! Now the big question… Where do I begin?
I predict this week will fly by. I’ll be sharing snippets and peeks along the way on Instagram and all of my finished projects right here. If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, you can register here.
Have a great week!