KCW Day 3: Finished Pants

KCW Day 3 — it’s almost half over!  A week sounds like a long time, but boy that goes fast, especially when you have a long list of “needs” to make during that time.

Last night I finished J’s first pair of summer Parsley Pants.  I love this pattern.  Perfect fit, easy sew, good-looking finished product.  The Clean Slate Pants are my go-to if I need traditional pockets and a zip fly, but when I want a quick pair of elastic waist pants, I inevitably reach for the Parsley Pants.

Parsley Pants in brown chambray sewn by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Summer 2014 Kids Clothes Week (KCW)

Summer pants — very useful in Kansas.

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KCW Day 2: Pink dress in the books

It’s not typical for me to have a finished garment this early during a KCW but I’m bucking my trend this time around!  It helps that this dress for N went together really fast.

Modified Popover Dress in Anna Maria Horner voile made by Katie @ Creative Counselor

Modified Popover and a very happy girl!

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KCW Day 1: Prep

Hey, hey, hey, it’s Kids Clothes Week!

Okay, so I’m not normally a person who gets all excited about sewing kids clothes, but for some reason I’m really psyched about it this time.

I’d like to think that I’ll blog my progress as I go this week and while I’ll try, let’s be real here.  It probably won’t happen, at least not consistently.  So if you’re interesting in following my KCW, come follow me on Instagram here (@kglee01).

I spent my first day of KCW prepping since I didn’t get around to it last week.  As I started thinking about what to sew, I identified hole after hole in my kids’ wardrobe, particularly N’s.  I won’t be able to fill all of them this week, but hopefully I can plug up a couple and maybe even carry a bit of my momentum into next week to address a few others.

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Dapper little dude

Goodness, how am I just now getting around to blogging the suit I made for J back in April?!? Time flies when you’re overwhelmed, I guess.

Anyhoo, J was the ring bearer in Leslie and Bob’s wedding and walked his little sister down the aisle.  Naturally, he had to have a proper suit for the occasion!

Basic Blazer and Clean Slate Pants suit and review by Katie @ Creative Counselor

My dapper little guy.

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Coffee Date {#27}

Sorry I missed our coffee date last Friday!  So glad you could join me today though.

Come join me for a coffee date!

If we were having coffee today, I would probably lament to you about my day job.  When it rains, it pours it seems.  I’ll go along a while with no emergencies and not a lot going on and then, BAM, everyone has an emergency at the same time.  And naturally right before I have a trial!  That’s what last week was like.  On Wednesday, I was up until about 3am working on pleadings, went to bed for 2 1/2 hours and then was up again to be on a conference call with the client at 6am.  Yuck.

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Planning: My vacation capsule wardrobe

It wasn’t too long ago that we all trucked it out to California for our friend Leslie’s wedding.  Well, in September we get to do it again.  This time, my brother is getting married in Florida.  We’re headed down there with the whole fam, including Obaachan and Mimi and Papa.

I am once again making N’s flower girl dress (J will likely wear the suit I made him for the last wedding), but in addition to her dress, I really want to make my own clothes for the trip.  And I’ll need more clothes than I would typically bring on vacation, simply because of all the events we have to attend down there!

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Creative Counselor: Easy DIY handmade patriotic outfits for the Fourth of July

Handmade Holiday — Fourth of July

I know I’m a couple of days late, but I hope everyone had a great weekend, and that all the Americans had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!

We spent the holiday weekend visiting my parents in Iowa.  J begs every year to go to Mimi and Papa’s house.  We typically would go over Thanksgiving but last year (since we would have a 2-month-old at Thanksgiving), we decided to go over the Fourth of July instead.  And oh my GOODNESS — can I take a moment to express just how much nicer it is to go to Iowa in July instead of late November?!?

It’s warm and sunny and beautiful in July where it is cold and damp and windy in November.  It’s not uncommon to have snow on the ground for an Iowa Thanksgiving.  After living in Missouri and Kansas for the last 10 years, that’s something this girl just isn’t used to anymore!  In July, we could go to the park, play outside, drive without sliding on ice, etc.  Needless to say, we decided to stick with that schedule this year.  Maybe we’ll go up for Thankgiving as well, but don’t hold your breath on that one!

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My very own chambray Archer — finally!

Yet another top that I started during Back 2 Basics and planned to finish that week.  But then … yeah, well life happened and I just finished it last week!

But I’m so glad I did — I love this shirt!

Grainline's Archer Shirt sewn up in chambray by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Back 2 Basics week

My chambray Archer!

Sewing bloggers have been singing Archer‘s praises for months, and they are all right on.  This is a great pattern!  It’s well-drafted, well-written and yields a great finished product.

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