Navy & Pink Popover Sundress

There is a very good reason for this girl’s closed-mouth smile:
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
A missing tooth!
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
I think it looks awesome. Or rather, the absence of her tooth looks awesome.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
The little tooth next to the gap is wobbly. At this rate, it will fall out before her new tooth has a chance to grow, widening the gap. I’m not sure why I find this super exciting.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
Anyhoo, I made Froo a dress! The Oliver + S popover sundress. A free pattern for the best kind of summer dress–one that can quickly slip on and off over a swimsuit. The pink anchor print knit fabric is the same thin jersey knit that I used for Froo’s scoop neck shirt. I love the hungie gungie version of the knit popover and wanted to make a similar dress with added gathers for fullness. I started with a size 6, then added 6 inches to the width and 2 inches to the length of the dress.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
I opted for packaged bias tape and piping in navy. I added fusible interfacing to the yoke to give it more structure. Otherwise, I sewed up the knit exactly the same way I would sew a woven, since the seams don’t need to be stretched.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
This is the best full-length photo I got of Froo’s dress. Every time I ask Froo to stand for a photo, she starts to dance, causing all sorts of blurriness and pulled faces. The dancing is pretty funny, as are the faces.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress
This smile. Hee hee. Not a bad way to end my 100th blog post.
Navy & Pink Popover Dress

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KCW: My 2nd Geranium Dress!

For KCW Summer 2013, I am repeating myself from the last spring edition. I made a Geranium dress for the first time and while it is a lovely dress, I have learned from my mistakes:

  1. Put the back bodice piece together properly. (Previously, I missed a good 1 1/4″ section that made the dress too tight! Oops.)
  2. Get Froo’s input for fabric choices. (It turns out cream & brown are not her faves.)

The last time we went fabric shopping, Froo picked a gorgeous print as soon as we walked in and wouldn’t change her mind. The fabric is called “Treasure” in Courage–part of the Wish collection by Valorie Wells. It is a cotton voile, which is much lighter and finely woven than quilting cotton–perfect for summer!

I chose to make this Geranium dress with faux cap sleeves and a pleated skirt. The only modification I made was to lengthen it by an inch and sew up the sides of the skirt with French seams. Froo did not want pockets, saying, “pockets are not fancy”. She has a point, I guess.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Froo picked matching buttons in a frosted aqua.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
I used muslin as my lining. Since the cotton voile is somewhat sheer, the ivory lining keeps the colours looking a bit “softer”. I was going to use white lining, but somehow, the fabric seemed to brighten up too much at the bodice. The dress is sheer enough that you can see Froo’s silhouette in sunlight, but I think the fullness of the skirt makes it acceptable without lining.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Froo’s first pose:
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Froo was really excited to try on the dress as soon as she woke up. We don’t have the best light in the morning, so my photos are not stellar. Which is perfectly fine with me–what really matters is the smile on her face.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
In the next photo, you’ll notice that Froo got a haircut! A couple of weeks ago, she went to a hair salon for the first time–my mom used to cut it, but since we’ve moved, it has grown out of control. I think she looks much older, but I still deny it every moment I can.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
The pink tulle and bead trim adds a delicate touch to the dress. I bought it months ago at Fabrix in San Francisco for $0.25/yard. I bought 10 yards, not knowing what for, except for the fact that it only cost me $2.50!
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium DressKCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Froo says the cutest things sometimes, such as: “I’m not a princess, I just look like one” or “people think I’m a princess because I wear princess dresses” or my favourite, “when I turn 5 years old, can I still play with my bunny?” Of course you can, my princess. To which she would respond, “I’m not a princess, I just look like one!” Sheesh.
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Froo is in a 5T Geranium dress, so I think this is the last year that she’ll be able to fit into it. Rae recently released the Big G, Geranium Dress in sizes 6-12, which I might have to pick up soon. It’s crazy how fast my little girl is growing!

As for Boo, he is still our photo bomber extraordinaire:
KCW Summer 2013: My Second Geranium Dress
Finally, a couple of Instagram photos of our weekend spent at Half Moon Bay and having some carnival fun, with Froo & Boo in their new KCW summer outfits:
KCW Summer 2013: Froo & Boo
KCW Summer 2013: Froo & Boo
KCW Summer 2013: Froo & Boo
KCW Summer 2013: Froo & Boo
KCW Summer 2013: Froo & Boo
We have traded in our swimming suits for snow pants with iceskating lessons on Saturday afternoons! Keeping it Canadian in the Froo & Boo household, even though the kids are the most tanned they’ve ever been. Hope the rest of your weekend is ever so lovely!

KCW: Summer outfit for Boo

I’m excited about the KCW (Kids Clothes Week) new website! It’s loaded with new features, including a database of patterns and projects by participants—such a cool concept! I’m looking forward to seeing the website grow and change, but mostly, to use as a source of inspiration for handmade kids clothing.

My first outfit for KCW Summer 2013 is an outfit for Boo. He is in need of a new pair of shorts. I have been taking Froo & Boo to the outdoor pool for swimming lessons, which is really nice in this weather. However, it’s not-so-nice trying to wrangle myself and 2 slippery kids into our clothes afterwards. I made Boo a pair of shorts for KCW Spring 2013 and love the simplicity and ease of an elastic waistband.

I decided to make Boo a summer shirt to match. The shirt pattern is great as a basic pattern, but it does require a bit of guesswork in terms of pocket and collar placement. Both prints are from the Indian Summer collection by Sarah Watson: the shirt in Woodland (Pine) and the shorts in Forest Trail (Mountain)–also used to make my A-line skirt.
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
A closer look at the pocket and pearl snap buttons:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
There is a small pleat detail in the back of the shirt:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
I added a hidden tag to the bottom of the shirt that is only visible when the buttons are undone.KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
The shorts are super simple, without front and back pockets. Since the fabric is busy, I figured that they weren’t necessary. I added a tag to indicate the back of the shorts:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
Both patterns for the shorts (modified from Ben & Mia Pants) and shirt (Summer Shirt for Boys) are from the Lily Bird Studio. When I made Froo’s Burberry-Inspired School Coat, I bought a 4-pack bundle and have now used all of the patterns! Here’s a round-up of all of the garments I made with The Lily Bird Studio patterns:
The Lily Bird Studio Pattern Roundup
Today was Boo’s first day of preschool. He was on a waitlist for the summer session and a spot opened up for him. I was nervous about how he would handle it, but he just walked right in to play, amidst a bunch of wailing toddlers. I was completely stunned at his independence.

I wanted Boo to wear the outfit for school, but the shirt was collarless and buttonless this morning. So he wore it after his nap:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for BooKCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
There used to be a drawing on the wall. Froo & Boo had friends over yesterday–I drew a picture of all of them on chart paper, so the kids could colour it in altogether. Boo is the boy on the far right.
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
Then Boo had this look of what I call “premeditated naughtiness”:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
It only takes a split-second for some Boo-induced destruction:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
Which ends with this face:
KCW Summer 2013: Summer Outfit for Boo
This is the face that he uses when he pretends to emote guilt. I must be a huge sucker because I fall for it every single time. Now that he can talk, he is learning how to say exactly the right things, with a look of feigned sincerity: “Really, really bad. Never ever again. Sorry mommy.” I’m pretty sure Boo thinks “never ever” means, “again in 5 minutes”.

I am currently working on another geranium dress, but I forgot to prewash my lining. I’m hoping to finish by Sunday’s deadline! My A-line skirt did not make it to the next round of the Super Online Sewing Match, so I should have some time to finish. I’m a little disappointed, but I’m very happy to have taken part in the entire experience. I’m still sewing and dreaming up new projects, just not obsessively!