SEWING FOR KIDS

STYLO MAGAZINE FEATURE

November 4, 2014

I was lucky enough to participate in the current issue of Stylo magazine.  If you don’t know what Stylo is, it’s a super hip online magazine dedicated to sewing (mostly children’s wear) and is the brainchild of Celina Bailey and Jessica Abbott.

I was asked to be a part of the One fabric Five Designers article which meant that I received some amazing surprise fabric in the mail from Miss Matatabi and I could make whatever I wanted with it.  It was really hard to decide, but in the end I went with the Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads that I have been wanting to make forever and then embellished a Voila Top from Cali Faye with some metallic thread.

First of all that fabric.  It’s a beautiful floral Japanese Nano Iro fabric from Miss Matatabi.  That base is gray with purples, pinks, and of coarse the metallic gold.  There are also some other color ways that she carries and I am drewling over her red and blue ones.  The fabric is a brushed cotton so definitely for the colder weather. It was really great to work with and I can confidently recommend it.

The Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads have been on my list for awhile.  I have seen so many versions pop up and they always look so great and professional.  I had a really positive experience sewing up this pattern.  It has photos for instructions so it feels a lot like a sewalong and she did a really good job of walking you through all of the steps.  I did taper the legs more and raised the back pockets to make them look more feminine (I feel like they were maybe drafted for a boy because the ease feels more like what I am used to seeing on boy skinny jeans).  If I made them again I may go down one more size.  The only negative thing I can say is that it’s a lot of work to put into kids clothing.  I am kinda a selfish kind of sewer and usually stick to really simple and quick projects for my kids unless it’s for a special occasion.  I am totally planning on making up the ginger jeans for myself, but not sure if I want to put the time into making jeans for my kids again.  Glad I did this time though.  Because they are pretty fun.

The top is the Voila top by the Cali Faye Collection.  It’s a really simple and fast make and I could see myself making up a few more daughter.  I lengthened the sleeves a little on this one to make it more fall appropriate.  I also added some topstitched embellishment with gold metallic thread.  I was a little nieve in thinking I could just buy the thread and start sewing with it – wrong.  It started unraveling and splitting and pulling immediately.  After doing some online research I realized that I should use a special needle for metallic thread.  I didn’t have time to hunt one down so I started trying the needles I had in my stash.  In the end my jeans needle worked fine.  I think it just needed a bigger eye in the needle so that the thicker and coarser thread could run through it smoothly.  The fabric is just some cotton voile that I picked up at Mood.

If you havn’t seen the latest issue of Stylo yet you can see it here.  You can see my daughter on pages 21-22 and page 215, but you really should look through the whole thing if you have the time because there are some great projects in there.

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30 Comments

  • Reply katie November 4, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    She is the cutest! I’d definitely wear this whole outfit myself, especially the jeans. I did not know Nani Iro did a brushed cotton… off to browse Miss M now.

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      oh she does! and those other colors are pretty freakin amazing.

  • Reply Jennifer November 4, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    those jeans are so cute! and i really love the pattern of the fabric too – definately a winning combo with the top 🙂

  • Reply kristi November 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Beautiful outfit! I am in love with this fabric combination, and the quilting is just perfect.

    I tried metallic threat for the first time while making halloween costumes. I made a hot mess. I’ll have to give it another try.

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      ok, glad i am not the only one who struggled with metallic thread. it was a serious nightmare before i changed needles.

  • Reply maddie November 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Beautiful, just like her momma 🙂

  • Reply Emilie November 4, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    That photo of Alpha smiling with her hands down looks exactly like you Kelli! SO beautiful!!!

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      thanks emilie. such a little mini me.

  • Reply lisa g November 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    these are great pieces! i love the look you created.

  • Reply oonaballoona November 4, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    congratulations! and that last shot, well all of them really– perfection!

  • Reply Heather November 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    This outfit is adorable, can you make it for me in my size! Your daughter is a lucky girl! Well done Kelli!

  • Reply liza jane November 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Adorable! I saw the issue but didn’t realize you did the metallic thread on the top. I love it. And your photos are fantastic!

  • Reply Amanda November 5, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Very cute! She’s totally working it. I can see where taking all that time to make kids clothes wouldn’t be fun all the time though. And I know you have a background in photography, but I just wanted to say that the quality of your photos is amazing! Jealous.

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      thanks so much amanda. my degree really comes in handy with the blog.

  • Reply Trine November 5, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Love the outfit!!

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      thanks trine. my goal in life is to dress my kids half as cool as yours 🙂

  • Reply Kay November 5, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    She is adorable Love her clothes.

  • Reply lindsay November 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Yay for your spread in stylo! Those slacks are absolutely beautiful, I want some in my size!

  • Reply Rachel November 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    So fun to see everyone’s take on sewing up this fabric. Beautiful sewing!

  • Reply Ginger November 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Alpha is so cute! I wish my hair looked half as good as hers.

    • Reply True Bias November 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      you are so nice. and your hair is great. what are you talking about.

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