CATOBER! how to make a tshirt dress

 

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(She’s mad because we took away Grumpy Cat^ :( )

Tshirt dresses are a super fast way to make a cute dress and a great project if you have a cute quilting cotton fabric that you want to use. For this one I used a pink graphic tee (with a cat of course) and some bright citron yellow cotton.  H&M is always stocking the most adorable cat tees. I picked this one up with the intention of making it into this tshirt dress, a simple half store-bought and half homemade play dress. It took about half an hour!

You’ll see Grumpy Cat in a few of these photos, he’s going to be our official CATOBER mascot! This is the first series with an official mascot, so I think that is a big thing! I just couldn’t not bring home this cat to inspire me during this series. I laugh every time I look at it. And don’t worry his new caretaker strokes him all day long. She loves this cat so much, haha!

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How to Make a Tshirt Dress:

Materials//
-1 tshirt
-1 yard of cotton
-1/4″ elastic
-rotary cutter and ruler

Tshirt Dress Tutorial:

1. To make this dress, find a tee that you want to use. Measure the hem of the shirt.

2. Cut 2 rectangles of fabric for the skirt. Use this formula:
width: hem measurement X 3
length: desired length + 1″

3. Sew side seams of skirt with right sides together and finish seam allowance.

4. Sew 2 or 3 rows of baste stitching at top of each panel of fabric, ending at the side seam. (It’s hard to gather fabric over seams, so you’ll get a better result if you gather the front and back of the skirt independently.) Pull ends of thread to gather fabric until it matches the width of the shirt.

5. Pin fabric in place with right sides of skirt matching right sides of tee. Use lots of pins and sew in place with a straight stitch, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

6. Sew elastic over zig zag stitch. Elastic should be approximately 1″ less than child’s waist measurement. First create a circle with the elastic by sewing ends together. Then stretch it around the seam you just made and pin in place. Stitch on with a zig zag stitch. The elastic will help maintain the weight of the skirt.

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And you’re done!

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SUPER easy tshirt dress made with a graphic tee and less than 1 yard of fabric!

 

More cat tutorials coming tomorrow! I’m feline good about this series ;)

 

it’s CATOBER!

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I have a thing for cat themed clothing, kitschy stuff, and the like. My kids are totally obsessed, too. Even if you don’t like cats, how can you not embrace the cat trend? Am I right? Anyways, I hope you’ll indulge me in a little series I put together for the rest of this month, it’s CAT-ober! We’ll be putting cats on everything for the next two weeks, a new FREE tutorial each day with a few free patterns thrown in. And don’t worry I will throw in as many cat puns as humanly(feline-ly?) possible. It will be PURR-fect! ;)

This series starts MEOW! Here are a few peeks at the projects that are coming!

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See you to-MEOW-row! (Cue the laughing/crying emoji now.)

IT GIRL // LOOKBOOK part 2 + an explanation on why I started using models

There were SO many good photos from the IT GIRL lookbook photoshoot, I just had to post a few more! I said before that this photoshoot was just so much fun. I enlisted a few of my best friends to help and I think we just had a blast. My college friend Katie was my model for this collection. I know it’s a change to see models on my blog, I’ve used a few others at times, but generally you just see photos of me (ME ME ME!). I am not a great model, obviously, but this is my blog and it just makes sense for me to model (the clothes I make for myself).

But…with my husbands work schedule (two jobs, ugh) and two kids to chase around, finding time to go take photos of an outfit I made has become really difficult. I’ve found myself sitting on projects for weeks just because getting a photoshoot in with two kids screaming in the car and my poor overworked stressed out not-quite-photographer husband is too much to think about on a Friday night.

So I finally realized that if I could take the photos myself, they would turn out exactly how I wanted them and it would be stress-free for my family. I do like a little bit of control, and since photography is one of my passions, it drives me crazy to try to explain my vision to my not-photographer husband who tries to get it right but sometimes relaying a vision effectively is just simply impossible. Run-on sentence for dramatic effect. He does a great job and I should be more grateful. But this is sometimes why I look mad in photos. JUST FOCUS ON MY EYES PLEASE ;)

These photoshoots with some of my best friends have seriously been a blast for me/us. It’s really fun to sew up a whole wardrobe for a friend that you love and think about how the colors and fabrics will look on her instead of on ME (for a change). Then I style the whole photoshoot in my head, find hairstyles and makeup for my friend Karlie to whip up. I get to be behind the camera. Then we hang out for a few hours and sometimes eat junk food afterwards. I don’t believe in doing things that aren’t FUN. I hope that by using my friends as models it also boosts their confidence in themselves and it gives us an excuse to hang out. With kids, you sometimes have to make weird excuses like “Hey, want to model for my blog??” asked a sheepish, it’s-okay-if-you’re-not-into-that kind of way, just to hang out. Most of my friends are into fashion, too, so it’s just a good time!

I just wanted to explain this because (although I have struggled with body image like everyone else), this change isn’t about bodies at all! I appreciate that some of you have come to like seeing my “normal/ate-too-many-cookies” self modeling my clothing and I will be sure to be here lots lots lots! Modeling, these new patterns, old patterns, etc, etc. When photos allow! (And when I haven’t eaten TOO many cookies, you know. ;) )  I really appreciated the feedback on the lookbook, so THANK YOU!

With that said, here are a few more of those photos I promised:

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Of course, these patterns are available in my shop! The ICON paper pattern is still for presale right now. Bits and pieces of the final printed pattern are coming together and it is exciting! It will be ready in a few weeks.

I hope you’re ready for an ICON SEWALONG! I’ll announce more details soon, but I’m working on more coats right now. (For myself. I have a coat fetish…is there a number of coats that is too many?)

 

 

IT GIRL // FW 2014 LOOKBOOK

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I’m excited to share my fall/winter pattern lookbook with you today! I’ve been working on this for months and the suspense has been killing me! Fall is my favorite season for fashion, so this was really fun to dream up. I’m introducing two new patterns with this lookbook, The ICON coat and the DREAMER top! This lookbook also debuts my first PAPER pattern and my first PLUS patterns! I hope this will bring my patterns to more amazing seamstresses! (Scroll all the way down for a special coupon code!)

This lookbook features 6 see kate sew patterns: The ICON coat, the DREAMER top, the PENELOPE peplum,
The EVERYDAY maxi, the NEPTUNE tee and the ZIPPY top !

Let’s start with The ICON coat! If you follow on instagram or facebook, you may have seen sneak peeks of this brand new coat pattern. This coat is part Twiggy, part Jackie, part modern and 100% iconic! It has pleats in the front and back for a swingy style. Buttons up the front and on the long sleeves add a mod pop of color. The collar is oh-so-sixties and the finishes are so professional! This coat will boost your sewing confidence and you’ll have a statement piece to wear all winter! This coat is flattering on all body types, which is great because sizing goes up to 3X! Sew-a-long coming in a few weeks!

The ICON coat will also be available in PAPER in a few weeks! Preorder today and you’ll receive your copy first, just in time for the sew-a-long. This is a great one to get in paper because the pattern pieces are pretty big, you’ll save a lot of paper and taping time with the paper pattern! I’ll share more details about the paper patterns soon!

The ICON coat includes a shorter sleeve that hits about the elbow. You can wear it with long gloves for fashion’s sake or just wear it as it. Also includes welt pockets and a professional bagged lining!

The ICON coatBUY THE ICON COAT PDF HERE or PAPER HERE.

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The other brand new pattern is the DREAMER top! This is a carefree knit top with just 4 pattern pieces. It’s SO fast to whip up and you will love wearing it! You can use any knit fabric for this top. I love making them in sweater knits. The one shown below is a wool blend that is so perfect for cooler weather! I’ve also made a bunch with jersey (sheets from Target) and they are so comfy, too!

This top also comes in sizes XXS to 3X and looks great on everyone! The loose style is fun and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. The DREAMER top is a women’s version of the popular KALEIDOSCOPE top for girls, so there is a new mommy&me bundle available if you want both!

Buy the DREAMER top HERE!

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I was SO excited to make the PENELOPE peplum in PLEATHER. I think it speaks for itself! Perfect for fall!

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The EVERYDAY maxi is one of my newer patterns. This is a knee-length version, which is a simple hack. Paired with tights and stilettos, it is ready for a fancy dinner!

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I had to include the ZIPPY top in this lookbook because it is one of my most worn patterns for myself personally. I wear Zippy tops all the time! Although it is a short sleeved pattern, it’s great with a cardigan over the top.

This ZIPPY top is made with Cotton + Steel fabric on the front and a solid on the back for a colorblocked look.

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And finally, the NEPTUNE tee is finally available through my shop! This is a basic top in a grey and white stripe.

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Use the code “ITGIRL” to save 15% on your entire purchase!

 

handmade outfit remix with 8 days a week!

Today I’m finally sharing my sewn pieces from 8 Days A Week! You only have one more day to purchase the whole collection at 40% off. The sale ends Monday night, so go grab yours today! I sewed up all four pieces and created 3 outfits with old and new handmade pieces, mixed with some ready-to-wear clothing, too! It’s so fun to sew up a new piece of clothing and then figure out all the outfit combinations you can make with your current closet.

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I’ve been living in the Go To Knit Pants, they are so comfy! In fact, I’m wearing them right now! And I love the shape of them, I think they are super cute lounge pants but can also pass for dressier pants if you pair them with the right things. I made these out of jegging material, which is soft and really fun to work with. Also wearing a graphic tee from my shop and wedge booties.

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The McCartney Jacket is a unique addition to my wardrobe. I chose to sew it in a radiant orchid color denim with blue ribbing and a turquoise zipper. I paired this with a Penelope Peplum circle dress.

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The Marigold pattern has a skirt option which I knew would be really cute in a vintage sheet I got a few months back. The edge of the sheet has a panel pattern so I used that for the bottom of the skirt. I paired this with a plain grey Neptune Tee.

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed seeing my outfits from this collection, you can purchase the whole collection HERE!

We’ve been compiling a gallery of all our looks from the collection along with bloggers and friends who have sewn them up! It has been awesome and inspiring to see how versatile these patterns are! Check them out below!

 

Explore our site to see even more photos and to purchase the collection!