Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Child's Apron Pattern - available for PDF download!

I am so, so EXCITED to finally be sharing this with you!  It's a little something I have been hoping to make available to you for quite some time.  It's a little something that has burnt all my midnight oil.  It is a little something that I truly hope you can enjoy.  

I have partnered up with Ashley, from Make it and Love it, to bring you this Child's Apron Pattern.  

Found in the Make it and Love it pattern shop (also available is a "Rights to Sell" limited use contract).

I have so enjoyed working with Ashley!  She is kind enough to let me post my projects over on her website from time to time, as a contributing blogger, and it has been a great experience to do that.  I've learned a lot, it pushes my creativity, and let's be honest . . . a lot more people see my stuff over there then over here ;).  I actually had the chance to tag around with my husband on a business trip over in sunny Colorado, where she lives.  I practically knocked down her door I was so excited to meet the amazing maker of Make it and Love it (and bonus - her two littlest ones who don't go to school yet)!  Any way, we got to talking, and I mentioned a pattern that I always wanted to make available on this world wide web.  She gave me the go-ahead and I totally jumped on it!

Now after about 3 weeks of blood, sweat, and tears (or more like cereal for dinner, digging through dirty laundry to dress my children, and one filthy house), it is done!  I'm exhausted - but totally satisfied - and I hope it will come in handy for many of you!

Let me tell you about this pattern!

It is 1 pattern, 5 sizes, and 6 possibilities - giving you the most bang for your buck!

It is designed for sewing levels from beginning to advanced.  If you are just starting out in your sewing journey, this pattern will guide you through every single step of the way.  It not only comes with clear pictures and detailed directions, but I offer you sewing tips and suggestions along the way to help you make this apron look as professional as something you would find in a store - probably even better! 

 If you have been sewing for quite some time, this pattern will do all the thinking for you.  No need to fuss over methods of sewing or measurements . . . it is all there for you and you can sew one up in no time!

Everything you need to know about sewing this apron is layed out in a clear, easy to follow format.  You'll find information on design possibilities, sizing, fabric choices, how to piece your pattern together, supplies you'll need, and more.

You'll be amazed at just how easy it is to create a one of a kind apron suited for the little one it's made for!

Now let me tell you more about the apron.

Perhaps the best feature of the apron, is that it is very child friendly.  Your child will need little or no help putting their apron on and taking it off.

The Velcro closure for the waist band is not only simple to sew on, but provides easy adaptability for your child.

They have the capability to be taken in 3 inches at the waist, or taken out 3 inches.  This apron can adapt to your growing child for possibly a couple of years.  Pattern sizes range from approximately 2 years old to 12 years old.

For the full aprons, the Velcro attachment on the neck also allows for the length to be extended or shortened as need be.

Each method has it's own style of pocket, allowing these aprons to function in many ways.

Now let me discuss each design with you.

The CURVED AND RUFFLED design gives this apron a little girly twist.

Make it a half apron, for a sweet little cafe girl or kitchen helper.  "May I take your order?"

The full apron makes for such a darling little mommies helper!

My little one insists on wearing it most the day!

But of course, no one ever said boys can't wear aprons!

This POCKET FULL design has deep, long pockets.  Perfect for a tool belt or to keep items handy when helping out on the job.

Or give it a full cover, to protect clothing while still keeping the essentials close at hand.

My little artist is thrilled with her new apron!

Sometimes, it is best to just keep things simple!

This SIMPLY SQUARED apron with a squared pocket does just that.

These simple pockets still allow your child with enough "stuff space" to help around the house or yard.

And they are a perfect fit for little hands.

Whatever design you choose, I am sure there will be plenty of smiles!

Special thanks to my little helpers!!

Make sure you head over to Make it and Love it for all the purchasing details!

And if you make an apron, we would love you to share your creations with this pattern!  Here are a couple of ways you can do that:
  • Add your images to the Make it and Love it Flickr group.  
  • Share on Instagram, by tagging your photo with #childsapronpatterntidbits and tagging one or both of us with @camitidbits or @makeitandloveit.  
  • Or feel free to send me an email at camitidbits at gmail dot com.

Of course, you could always just tell all your friends about it, too!

I do hope you enjoy!

Also - I can't end this without sending the biggest virtual (and literal) hug to my sweet husband.  He not only made us dinner, and cleaned the house while I did this, but he is also to thank for turning my hand drawn pattern into digital format.  Finally, his engineering degree put to good use!  Ha!  Love that man!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Red Riding Hood Costume - The Medieval Version

I am pretty sure I am going to make you throw up with all the pictures in this one post.

But there was just something about these images.  Something about this girl.  Something about this costume.  Something that just made it so I couldn't decide which pictures to keep, and which ones to toss.

So I kept all of them.

And I am pretty sure I am going to run out of things to talk about, before I run out of pictures.

So feel free to skip past quickly, or not at all.   I'm doing it solely for my own pleasure.  Hopefully at least this little girls grandma's will enjoy this mother load of images of her in her Halloween costume.  ;)

Though, they certainly put a smile on my face.

Now, mind you . . . it's not because she is my favorite.

No.  A mother cannot have a favorite child.

Each one of my babies fills my heart to completion.

But a mother can have a favorite costume.

I knew from the moment I envisioned this dress and cape in my head . . . the other costumes (here and here) wouldn't stand a chance, no matter how much I loved them too.

How could anything compete with that cape, after all?

I believe I have dreamed of having a red satin cape my whole life.

Except, a funny thing happens when you become a mother.

Your dreams are so much more fulfilling when you watch your children experience them.

Why is that, do you suppose?

From the moment I put this finished costume on her tiny body, I felt complete satisfaction.

I would watch her frolic around and she would complain, "Mom, why are you watching me all the time!  I can't play when you watch me!"

So sorry dear.  I can't resist.

Luckily, she patiently allowed me to snap picture after picture while she played outside.

I was in camera heaven, if there is such a thing.

Whenever I start a project - whether it be sewing, crafts, or decorating - I always try to imaging what it will look like behind the lens.

Taking pictures of the final project, is for me, almost as rewarding as completing the project.

So, I was soooo happy when she let me do so many pictures!

It is a secret between her and me, that her costume was the one I was most excited for.

When she said she wanted to be Red Riding Hood, my heart skipped a beat!  

When I asked her if it could be a "Princess" version, she was all for it.

But in reality, I knew from the start I wanted to make it in the style of Medieval times.

So I started with a simple raglan sleeve top, gathered at the neckline (same pattern as my pirate version, here).  It is made from inexpensive muslin.  I gathered the sleeves in 2 places.  I added some tie strings in the back, to form it to her body.

She is excited to wear this as a nightgown when Halloween is over.

Then I used the same vest pattern that I also used for the pirate Halloween costume, only lengthened it and curved it.  This formed the over-dress, as I call it.

I added some trim that matched her cape, and small loops between the trim and over-dress.

Then I laced up some black ribbon through the ties, just like they used to do in the Medieval/Renaissance times.

She is so comfortable in this dress.  It makes me wish this style had stuck around a bit longer.  Sweet and simple.

Then I sewed up the cape, using a tutorial from Make it and Love it as a guide.  I also glued some scraps into a dollar store basket.  Perfect for candy.

When people ask her what she is (duh), she tells them, "Princess Red Riding Hood".

She was totally dumb-founded when the dentist asked her on dress up week, if she was a vampire.

She gave me this look, like . . . who's he kidding?  

I tried to explain, that she was probably the first Princess Red Riding Hood there ever was.

She was certain that everyone would want to be her next Halloween after they saw her costume.

I agreed.  I know I do - and the Elsa phase will be over by then.

It's going to be all about the red satin cape next year.

You wait and see.

I may even make that cape for myself, and see if it comes even close to satisfying me as much as seeing it on her.

But, today is Halloween, and I am so burned out from making my girls costumes - I think I will just get in my pajamas and hand out candy tonight while my husband takes them trick-or-treating.

If anyone asks, I'll tell them I'm dressed as a totally exhausted mother of 4 kids.

Pretty scary.

And in case anyone is wondering if I have forgotten about my son - I have not.

I told daddy (a loooong time ago), that he was in charge of dressing up his one and only son.

He was all over it, but I have yet to see what that will be.  I saw a fake face goatee show up in the mail.  Since my husband already has a goatee - I imagine that is for our 9 month old baby.

Should be interesting.

Any way - I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

I managed to chat until almost the end.

And if you are still here -

you must be related.

Or crazy bored.

But thanks - either way!