Friday, 12 October 2012

KCWC Day 5

Silly me! I thought today was the last day for KCWC, turns out it's a full week, so I have two more days to sew for my kiddos.

Last night I was tired, and struggling to come up with ideas. I finally settled on making slippers for my biggest guy. He was commenting on how cold his feet have been, and so I offered to make him slippers, which he was excited about. Well I didn't get around to it until last night.

The slippers are made from felted wool sweaters (recognize the tops from Jasper's cardigan. I will be making him a pair too, to match his cardigan) from the thrift store, and the soles are suede from a suit I also found at the thrift store.

I didn't have a pattern, so it did take quite a bit of fiddling around, once I figured it out, they were super easy to put together. I can't wait to make more for the rest of us!

Jai said he loves them, and they are awesome! What more can I ask for from an 11 year old?

Have a great day! We are off for a field trip to see the Raptors in Duncan. It's going to be a great day!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

KCWC Day 4

And back to my regular colourful sewing schedule. 

After Jas saw Jude's red pants yesterday, he requested a pair for himself. These are just simple sweat pants with a fitted yoga waist.

The cardigan is from a felted wool sweater from the thrift shop. 

And now for the blurry photos. My camera has decided not to do auto focus anymore, and I'm finding it difficult to remember to adjust the light meter, AND focus at the sametime, plus I'm in the habit of just pressing the button and letting it focus for me. Sigh!

Tomorrow is the last day of KCWC Fall 2012! I feel like I need to go out with a bang, and still have no clue what I'm going to make. Hopefully inspiration hits me soon, because I'm not likely to last long today. I was up late (until 2 am) reading the second book of the Hunger Games, Catching Fire. OMG! I can't wait to start the third book! 

Staying up until the wee hours of the morning is not such a great idea for me, and I wish I had a little more self control, but it's just such an exciting book, and I couldn't tear myself away from it. So there is a chance I will be making something simple and not too exciting, but keep your fingers crossed for me, because I'm not a coffee drinker and have to make it through without help. 

Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

KCWC Day 3

Remember these, from my inspiration board?

Source: via Jamie on Pinterest

Well I really wanted to try and duplicate them as best I could, because they are so awesome! Who doesn't love leggings on littles? I especially love them on my littlest, with his skinny little, tiny baby legs. I know he isn't a baby, but he is to me.

I have a ton of red heavy knit, perfect for warm cozy leggings. My aunt passed it on to me when she moved to the mainland. It's funny because I'm used to working with tiny amounts of fabric when I'm upcycling, and sometimes struggle with using particularly cool pieces. Deciding how to use them when I can only make one item. For some reason that's how I've been feeling with the red knit. There is so much of it, I can't decide. Plus I love everything to be one of a kind. Anyways, I'm weird that way.

The outfit. Upcycled raglan Tee. Pattern from Sewing for Boys. Leggings altered from Sew Liberated pattern.

A bit of detailing. It was difficult to capture on my fast moving 4 year old.

I apologize for the messy bedroom photos, but he would not let me take them anywhere else! Jude has been asking for a pair of red pants. I'm not sure if you are familiar with Bionicles, but Jude loves Bionicles, and his favourite is Ferno. Ferno is red. The photo right next to Jude's head is a photo where Rob photoshopped Jude's face onto Ferno's body. Jude was pretty excited to have new red pants. Also, he was building a Bionicle, and this is his after building dance/excitement!

I didn't get the zippers on, I just didn't have enough time to remove zippers from old jeans and then put them on the leggings, but I do have plans to add them in the future, hopefully the near future, but I can't make any promises.

So there we have it, Day 3 complete. Now Jas wants some red pants of his own, and refuses to get dressed until I make him an outfit. Oh dear! What have I started?!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

KCWC Day 2

Day 2.

I managed to get Jude into his new outfit, AND have pics taken, with no resistance. Thank goodness for big brothers.

So, I have just finished reading Night Circus, which may be influencing colour choices for these outfits. If you haven't read or heard of Night Circus, you should check it out. It's a good one. I loved it because it is everything I dreamed of in a circus and more. At first I was skeptical because of the love story, but it is really well done, and never cheesy. Just to give you some insight on how it has influenced me, there is a lot of black and white, with a splash of red. 

Update: Here is The Night Circus
Source: via Jamie on Pinterest

As you can see Jasper and Jude's pants have been made from the same pair of pants. Two pairs of pants, two different styles. I made Jude's pants long, so he can grow into them, with knit front pockets and a fitted ribbed waist. 

The cardigan is upcycled from a thrifted sweater. I have been wanting to make a cardigan for a while, and I am so happy with the finished product, but what I love most is how easy it was!

My two little goof balls. I love them,

Tomorrow I may add some colour.

Monday, 8 October 2012

KCWC Day 1

Here it is! Day 1 of KCWC. I made this outfit last night, but was in a rush this morning to take the photos, and barely had time to load them on the computer before rushing out the door for Thanksgiving brunch with Rob's parent's. So I apologize for the poor picture quality. Rob did edit one for me tonight. Bet you can't guess which one. Actually I'm pretty sure you can. It's pretty easy to spot.

So what have I made? A cowl neck sweater with puffy pants (for lack of a better name at this hour of the night). Both have been upcycled. I had the best of intentions to take before and after photos this time, but of course once I stepped into the sewing room, all memories of photo taking left my mind and I went straight to work. 

I made the cowl neck pattern myself!! Yay! It took couple of tries to get the cowl right, but I'm pretty happy with it:)

The pants I had to guess the right length, because Jas had already gone to bed, and I of course forgot to measure him. The puffy part is supposed to be just below his knee with the fitted part being longer. I kept the existing fly, waist band and back pockets. 


Voila! We shall see if Jude will put on the outfit I have made for him for tomorrow, and if he does, will he let me take pictures? 

We shall see.

Good night. I will be dreaming of patterns and sewing for the remainder of the week:)

Monday, 1 October 2012


So I have decided to join up with the kcwc (Kids Clothes Week Challenge) on Elsie Marley's site. I am very excited, slightly intimidated, and very much looking forward to the inspiration. If you haven't heard about kcwc then I suggest heading over to check it out, and perhaps join up in the fun.

I have been preparing myself for this upcoming week by pinning any, and every cute boys clothing I come across.

Here is some of my inspiration:

Source: via Jamie on Pinterest

I adore these pants! I will most likely be unable to duplicate them, but I sure as heck would like to try.

For some reason the pointy hood won't let me write underneath it, so I am placing my comment here, not to intentionally cause confusion or disorder.

I love pointed hoods. Always have and probably always will:)

Source: via Jamie on Pinterest
I love this style of pant. Not only are they awesome, but they are great for our rainy wet weather, when your kids pant cuffs drag in puddles, slowly soaking up the entire pant leg, and your kid has to change pants like a hundred times a day! Yes we have boots, and rain pants, but somehow, the pant cuff always finds a way to sneak out from under all the rain gear.

And I just love stripes and cowl necks at the moment, so I hope to make a couple of these.

It is very ambitious of me to think I could make all of this in one week, so I am trying to set the bar low and just use these as inspiration.

Of course I will be sticking with my values and I will be making upcycled clothing for my kids.

I am a huge fan of clean, simple designs, blending colours, and fabric patters such as stripes, polka dots, plaid etc.. to make fun, comfy and practical clothing.

Wish me luck! and hopefully I will see you in the challenge:)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Pole Raising Ceremony at Government House

It has now been over 2 weeks since we attended this ceremony, and I uploaded these pictures the day after, but haven't found the time to actually write the post. Life is so busy right now that I'm having a difficult time setting time aside to write posts:(

At this very moment my kids are causing chaos upstairs, when they should be quietly eating their snacks, so I am going to keep this short.

You can read about the ceremony here: Pole Raising Ceremony at Government House

That's my granny with the head dress on.

My mom

My aunt holding the paper. Going over the schedule.

Moi! Rob has a talent for capturing the most unflattering photos of me. This was the best of the bunch!

Waiting, and listening to the speeches.

More waiting. It was sooooo hot, and I was happy that no one brought my regalia. I was dripping sweat just from the thin shawl I was wearing.

The raising of the pole!

A lot of team work is required for this part.

There it is.

Time to dance

The ladies dance.

The fun dance.

The Lieutenant Governor and his wife. He is an amazing man. I was so grateful to hear his speech.

The beautiful blankets that were gifted. I have a black one. I can't decide what to do with it. It's too beautiful to use as a blanket, but I don't want it to sit in my closet either.

Okay! Deep breath. That is my short and sweet post. Sorry for the lack of details, but I think the article will do a better job of covering the event then I will at this point. 

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