Monday, December 15, 2014

Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls Book Review

Recently I received Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls in the mail. I was pretty excited to receive another Japanese sewing book. As much as I love to make big over the top dresses for my daughter her clothes preference is more laid back. She loves clean lines and she loves to layer.

First I wanted to tell you a little about the book. Author, Yuki Araki is one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-children movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY sewing favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki's simple mix-and-match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they're both cute and comfortable.

Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the sewing patterns in this Japanese sewing book are simple, casual, and look good on any girl. Araki provides westernized patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame.

I included a picture of the 24 pieces that can be made using this book. I really love the separates included in this book and even some mommy and me patterns!

I decided to make my daughter the camisole dress that is shown on the cover for two reasons. One it is usually hot here in AZ so this is the perfect summer dress and two it is so easy to layer this piece for colder days. I let her pick the main fabric and she chose this cute cat print that I had bought to use for the new baby.

I used bias tape to do the top of the dress and I omitted the faux wrap skirt. It is a great project for beginners and it only took me 30 minutes to sew it up. The tucks in the front give it a nice little detail. Just a note on fit. My daughter is tall and thin and she usually wears a size 6. I made her the size 7/8 and it fit her a tad short. Next time I would add more to the length.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Baby #3 is a .....

I am currently pregnant with baby #3 and this has been a very difficult pregnancy. As you may have noticed I haven't been posting as much as I usually do. After a very scary incident at home I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. It has made it very difficult to take care of my two kids and the daily household activities. I am 26 weeks now and it seems that the symptoms are finally getting better and I am able to keep up with my daily life. I am so beyond elated that I can finally get back to some sewing and crafting, just in time for the holidays.

I have some great projects that I have started: a rag quilt, Christmas pajamas, and the kids Christmas outfits. I have also been working on a sweet tamale recipe for the slow cooker, perfect for the holidays. I also have some great book reviews coming  up as well.

And baby #3 is a GIRL, much to my daughter's delight. We are all very excited to have another little girl in our house. My head is  busy thinking of all the matching outfits I need to make before she gets here. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada

This post is brought to you by Tuttle Publishing

When I was asked to do a book review for Sew Chic Kids I immediately said YES! I love the clean designs of the Japanese sewing books and I loved that this book had designs for girls AND boys. I had lots of questions from readers when I first posted about this book on my Instagram. So let me answer the question most of you have, "Is this book in English?". I am very happy to say YES the entire book is in English so you don't need to know Japanese to read it.

I also had a lot of questions regarding the book layout and the paper patterns themselves so I thought I would address all of those questions in this post.

The book comes with 20 sewing patterns, and like I mentioned before it has patterns for both boys and girls. I have included the table of contents just so you can get an idea of what kind of patterns this book has.

I am in love this shirt, is this tiered blouse not the cutest? I also love how this book includes separates as well as cute dresses for the girls.

I can not wait to make this outfit for my son. He is going to look so handsome and stylish in this pull over parka and shorts set.

Since I received questions about the sewing instructions I wanted to show you a sample for the above gingham dress.

As you can see the pattern pieces required, the pattern layout, and the materials needed are all displayed at the beginning of each sewing instructions.

The actual garment sewing steps follow. All of the patterns are very clearly labeled at the beginning of the book, with wonderful pictures, so you know exactly what page you need for the instructions.

As for the patterns included in this book they are all paper patterns and come in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is a wonderful sizing chart inside of the book with some great instructions on how to measure your child. There are also some wonderful sewing tips and tricks inside of the book as well.

The actual paper patterns come printed as shown above and their is overlapping between the pieces. You will need to trace your pattern onto paper since these pages are also double sided.

You can order Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada at Tuttle Publishing. As many of you know I love to sew for my daughter so I will be posting a cute dress I made her from Girls Style book by Yoshiko Tsukiori and H.H. next week. If you wanted to look at the book before my next post you can find it online at Tuttle Publishing along with some really cool women's sewing books I have been eyeing.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Catching Up Today

Well it has been quite some time since I have had a chance to post on my blog. I am expecting baby #3 and unfortunately this has been a rather hard pregnancy. At 19 weeks I am still experiencing morning sickness, albeit at night, and I just haven't had time to get much sewing/crafting done. I am hoping that I will be feeling better soon and get to enjoy some second trimester energy before the third trimester hits. Fingers crossed!

I did get some sewing done last week, finally! I made my daughter the Janey Jumper from The Cottage Mama. I created the patchwork for the main fabric using three different fabrics I had in my stash. I add pink piping to the contrast strip. At first my daughter wanted nothing to do with this dress, I don't like it were her exact words. After some convincing she finally put it on to model and then she magically liked the dress, thank goodness.

Halloween is coming up so I hope to have some costume tutorials up soon, if my pregnant body cooperates.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Summer Summer

Hello!!! It's been a long time since I had time to write a blog post. The summer has been quite hectic this year. My daughter has been home from Pre-K and she starts Kindergarten in a couple of months. I can't believe it! She will be at school every day now and I am going to miss her lots. I can't think about it for too long because I get teary eyed. My little boy is 13 months now and is walking. He is always on the go and can't sit still for longer than 5 seconds. He is a real dare devil too. I'm going to have my hands very full with that one.

In order to prepare for Kindergarten, I have been doing daily science experiments with my daughter. It has been such a great experience, I highly recommend it. I added some toddler science experiments to my Pinterest.

I have decided to start selling my handmade goods and it has taken up lots of my free time. I did loads of research and I will have to write a blog post very soon about it. I never knew how much work was needed to get compliant and to get all your taxes in order. Starting a business is hard.

I also have some great giveaways and tutorials coming up so stay tuned!