Color Me Fabric Tour!!!

Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well! I’ve got something a little different to show you today- kid sewing!

I met Hayley of Mouse House Creations last year and immediately wanted to be best friends with her. She’s super fun, sweet, and is involved with so many cool crafting adventures that it’s kinda crazy (she’s the designer behind Mouse House Creations and a co-founder of the Willow & Co pattern collective). So when she asked me to be part of the blog tour for her new fabric collection, I was stoked! And get this: it’s fabric that you can COLOR on! How fun is that?!

The collection is “Color Me” by Hayley Crouse for Michael Miller Fabrics. There are two variations, “A Royal Life” and “Space Adventures”, and each variation has a border print in addition to an all-over. Hayley worked with her kids, Ethan and Ainsley, to design the fabric, so everything that’s included on the fabric was requested by those two. Fun! I would have been so excited to customize my own fabric when I was a kid… I used to agonize for ages before picking out my Lisa Frank designs, so how great would it be if you could avoid the choice and have both killer whales AND golden retrievers?! Mind. Blown.

I decided that this fun fabric was a good excuse to sew something cute for my nephew. He’s two years old and is absurdly adorable, and now that he looks more like a little boy than a baby, it’s prime time to start making him cool clothes! So I chose “To the Moon and Back” for him because ALIENS. What kid doesn’t want a shirt covered in flying saucers?!

I mean, look at this little alien. I LOVE IT. It’s ridiculously cute.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a little buttondown for Noah. He’s too big for M6016, a tot-sized pattern that I used to make a teensy Magnum P.I. shirt. So I did what I always do when I’m stumped- I asked the friendly folks on Twitter for pattern recommendations! Becky Jo suggested I try Ottobre, and was kind enough to send me the 3/2012 issue. There are so many cute patterns packed into the magazine! I’m looking forward to trying out several of them.

I used pattern #19 in a size 96 (he’s between sizes, so sizing up seemed prudent). I made some modifications to the pattern to simplify it a bit- since the print is so over the top, the bias-bound hem and faced sleeves would be a bit much. I mean, the shirt is covered in aliens and planets! It doesn’t need anything else! 😉

Oh, and before I forget, the fabric is printed on Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture fabric, so it’s a bit thicker and softer than the quilting cottons in my stash. I think it will make for a really comfortable shirt!

I couldn’t resist… I had to try a little coloring myself! 😀

Thank you for letting me be part of your tour, Hayley, and thank you for the fabric, Michael Miller! If you are interested in this fabric, check out the store locator, and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour! The first blogger, An of Straight Grain, made an adorable fabric coloring book. I’ll be making these for the little people in my life, for sure!

One last thing: if Noah goes crazy coloring on all his clothes, it’s not my fault. 😮

Ginger Made: Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

OK, remember wayyyyyyy back in October when my neighbor spied me photographing baby dresses and requested a dress for her granddaughter?  No, because that was OCTOBER and now it’s February?  I don’t blame you.  Well, I finally made it, and what I lack in promptness I hopefully make up for in cuteness-of-dress.

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Sophia is 8, and she stopped by my apartment one day when she was visiting her gram for measurements.  She didn’t know why she was getting them taken, so when I told her I was making her a dress, her face lit up with a huge smile that nearly melted my heart.  When I asked her what she liked in a dress, she uttered just one word, “PINK!”  So this is suuuuuper pink!  Hopefully she’ll love it!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Historically I’ve not been that excited about kids’ sewing, so I wasn’t really looking forward to this project.  Someone suggested (Andrea, maybe?) that I find some fabric that I love but can’t really get away with wearing, so that’s what I did.  It was really fun to pick out something for a little girl, and seriously, I wish I could wear this print!  Prints like this are totally absent from the Garment District, so I ordered this from Etsy on sale.  It’s Briar Rose by Heather Ross.  It reminded me of a treasured pair of Strawberry Shortcake gym shoes that I had as a little girl (and kind of wish were still in my closet!).

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

I used the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress pattern.  It’s really cute, and isn’t that fitted, which I liked since I wouldn’t be able to have Sophia try it on while I was making it.  I first saw this pattern during the Super Online Sewing Match on Sew Mama Sew- you can see the contestants’ fantastic versions here!  The name reminded me of skating on quads to the Ghostbusters theme song with my aunt and her high school boyfriend (don’t be a pervert, she was in high school, too, you weirdo!), so that was an automatic plus.  It’s kind of an expensive pattern, so hopefully I’ll have a reason to use it again down the road.

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

The dress goes together easily, so that’s a major plus.  You have to sew pretty carefully around the steep curves in the sleeves and the neck facing, so I couldn’t go at my usual pedal-to-the-metal pace, but that’s fine.  The dress is fully lined with a soft pink shirting from Chic Fabrics, and the finishing is really clean and neat.  I made view B (with the contrasting neck facing), used a covered button (covered by Man Friend!) for the back closure, and added a bow to the front using Tilly’s tutorial.  The only thing that annoyed me was that it took forever to mark the stitching lines for the elastic casing on the front of the dress, and by the time I was ready to sew them, the chalk had rubbed off, so I had to mark it again.  No one’s fault, but I wanted to complain, OK?  I’m also a little bit irked because I didn’t notice the print was directional when I was cutting, so the front has the stems facing up and the back has the stems facing down.  I’m guessing no one will notice… but if someone DOES notice, it will probably drive them crazy!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

I really got into this dress as I was making it.  It was fun to think about what might make an 8-year-old happy.  I hope she loves the dress and feels really special every time she wears it!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

Can you remember any favorite outfits from your childhood?  Any special dresses that made you feel like a million bucks?  Is there any chance that it’s socially acceptable for a woman in her thirties to wear a strawberry-print dress in Pepto-Bismol pink?

Oliver + S Roler Skate Dress by Ginger Makes

A wee strawberry button!