Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winter Hats

It is that time of year again. It is getting cold. It is only the middle of November and we have already had a bit of snow. Anyway, I have been making the kids' hats every year. This year I let the boys pick their own colors (sort of). Hugh's new winter coat is dark gray with a red fleece interior and Hugh's favorite color at the moment is "golden". So we added the gold/yellow. It looks a bit like a Gryffindor hat to me and Hugh is just thrilled with it.

 Side view. Hugh HAD to have the ear flaps. He was not interested in a hat unless it had them.

Now, for Owen's hat. His only request was that it matched his blue puffy coat. Said coat is a medium blue with a dark blue fleece lining and a green zipper. So, the hat is just like Hugh's hat, only in the two tone blue and lime green.

He got ear flaps just like Hugh.

Here they are!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Star Wars Art Smock

Way back in the middle of September I made a bunch of bias tape. I made it so I could make Hugh an art smock for school. It should have been done way back in August but I was having trouble figuring out exactly how I wanted to make this. I wanted it to 'grow' with him and easy for a 6 year old to get on and off. I also have a very opinionated boy who very much had a say on the fabric choices.

This is what we ended up with.....front


 I have tons of PUL fabric for making cloth diapers/covers. So, I used that for the body of the smock. It is completely water proof. Nothing is getting through it. To get the shape, I just laid out a t-shirt of Hugh's and traced out the neckline and arm holes (making a point to add a couple of inches for growth). Then we went through my stash and Hugh picked the Star Wars fabric. That was a good choice because I had a blue to match it in the PUL. I would have done a black or a blue bias tape but Hugh wanted Yoda green. The Star Wars fabric has been divided into 3 pockets.

As for the belt, well it was the best way I could come up with that would be easy for him to put the smock on and off himself. It has snaps to adjust the size. The belt is attached to the back part of the smock and then wraps around the front, holding everything together.
 The back is completely plain

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Halloween Costumes

I know, I know...this post is coming a bit late. I have been both busy and a slacker.

This year I mainly focused on Miss Faye's costume. Owen decided to go as Superman...which Hugh had done a couple of years ago so we already had that one. Hugh decided to go as Wolverine, but not the cartoon Wolverine, the movie Wolverine. So, I hit the store and bought him a muscle shirt and the claws. Easy and done. For Miss Faye, I decided to make her a ghost. I kept seeing the tutu ghost costumes all over and I knew that would be easy and adorable so that is what I did.
The tutu skirt was easy. I just bought 2 yards of tulle and cut it into strips. I know you can buy it in the 6 inch roll but it cost more that way. The strips were just looped around a piece of ribbon. Easy and done.

 If you look closely you can see sparkles. I did splurge on one roll of glitter white tulle. I only put a few pieces in the skirt as it was really stiff and scratchy.

 For the top, I used a long sleeved white onsie that we already had in Faye's drawers. I added eyes and a mouth out of black scraps from my stash.

 I put a quick and easy running stitch around the edges in white to make it stand out.

 Here I am with Miss Faye in her costume. I didn't get very many pictures that day. I'm thinking I will dress her back up to get some better pictures. As you can see I made myself up with a sugar skull. If it had not been raining and gross I would have attempted fun clothes to finish the look.

....and here we all are, heading out to trick or treat in the rain. Don't mind that Owen does not have red bottoms on. I had them but we could not find them anywhere.

ETA...I took some pictures of Faye in her costume. She moves around so much that these were the best I could get.