Thursday, April 4, 2013

Handmade Kids Clothing Swap

You guys I'm so excited to be participating in a Handmade Kids-Clothing Swap with some of the most stylish and creative ladies around!

Each of us participating designed and sewed an outfit for another person's child, based on their pinterest board/s. Make sense? We all gave the details of our kids measurements etc. and a link to our pinterest board for inspiration, and didn't know who was sewing for us until our package arrived in the mail.

I was really excited when my package arrived and it was from my friend Kristin of Skirtastop, because I knew whatever she'd made would be amazing. But when I opened my box I was floored!

She made an entire outfit for both of my kids and a bag for me. Each of them impeccably sewn, and so thoughtfully designed. Just my style but with special touches I wouldn't have thought to do. And totally above and beyond-- but if you are familiar with Kristin, not surprising at all. As I inspected each item, I nearly cried. And I don't cry about a lot of things.

But as someone who sews, I know how much time, thought, and love went into each little seam. And it's so special to me to receive something that was crafted by Kristin's own hands.   

Kristin sent me this little note, so I'll let her explain the outfits:
I was so excited to draw your name for this project, Danielle!  You're one of my very first bloggy pals and your encouragement was one of the main reasons I started my blog in the first place, so I feel like I owe you a lot!
This swap theme was "Inspired by Pinterest," and I sort of stuck with that.  I scanned your kid style board for inspiration, but didn't pick any pins in particular - I looked at the  "vibe" in general.  Frankly, I had an idea what I wanted to make for Avery right away - you had said nothing too tight in the bodice and that she loves purple.  I know YOU love peter pan collars, and I knew I had pinned a couple dresses that I thought would fit the bill nicely - this one and this one.  So I made a roller skate dress in size 8, with a self-drafted sparkly peter pan collar.  The purple is Violet Cotton Couture, and the collar is a glittery knit.  It's lined with a stripey vintage sheet. 
I had to make something for Ollie too, mainly because I thought Avery's dress was more of a standalone piece, not easily turned into an "outfit," and I had a little extra time (hehe).  The boy looks you pinned have a lot of earth tones and a vintage style, with a little surprise added to them.  I made a short sleeved flashback skinny tee (in 3T) from a really soft old Anthro shirt of mine, and stamped brown/gold triangles on the hip that wrap around to the back of the shirt.  I also made him some sailboat shorts in (also in 3T) in Essex Yarn Dyed Black Linen with mint buttons. 
It was so fun to sew for your kids, though it's really hard to get the fit right when you can't try it on them halfway through - I met your kids in person last summer, but had no idea how much they'd grown since!  Hopefully they enjoy and get some good use out of them!  :) 

For Avery:
Avery squealed when she saw this dress. "It's purple!"
And how perfect is that sparkly collar?

Avery is a little tricky to sew for. Kristin picked the perfect silhouette and style. It's so comfortable and will fit for a long time.

I am in love with the button detail! I would never have thought to do it that way. It's perfect!

And that lining is so soft and darling! Such a fun surprise.

For Ollie:

I love his whole outfit! I mean, how darling...

Those hand-stamped triangles on the softest t-shirt...

Those perfectly sewn shorts!

Such cute buttons. Not one out of place.

For me:
Don't you just love this fabric?  I've been meaning to make myself something like this but I am just not that productive. I love this bag. It's just so stinking darling!  Above and beyond girl!

Kristin, I really can't thank you enough! 
You are amazing.  I will treasure each of these things forever.

And if you're curious about what I made, head on over to Robin's blog to see what I sewed for her little girl:

And be sure and check out all of the other swaps happening too! Here's the full list of everyone who participated:

cherie from you and mie
danielle from my sparkle
delia from delia creates
heather from well-crafted
kristin from skirt as top
meg from elsie marley
sanae from sanae ishida
vanessa from lbg studio
robin from nested in stitches


  1. Kristin! You embodied Danielle's style superbly! Nicely done, girl!

  2. This is gorgeous! Well done Kristin! (oh and I totally grabbed your link list at the bottom and put it on mine. Hope that's okay. ) :)

  3. the sparkly peter pan collar is crazy perfect!

  4. GORGEOUS! I'm swooning over every detail - Kristin, you rock and Danielle, your kids look fab!

  5. great job Kristin!
    I love your look you sewed for nested in stitches! Perfect fabric combination!

  6. i love it all! that sparkly collar is so super special, as is having anything handmade by skirtastop :)!!!

  7. That sounds exactly like the kind of dress my 4 year old would want - purple or pink, girly but comfortable. What great outfits and what a great idea!

  8. Both looks Kristin made for your kiddos are amazing - you lucked up!!!

  9. Amazing as usual, Kristin! Two outfits plus a bag? Can't decide if I'm surprised or not. ;) I love everything... but that outfit for Ollie with the hand-stamped triangles is so awesomely cool. Thanks again for joining in!

  10. Really Kristin? Outfits for both kids and something extra for Danielle?? Way to make us all look like slackers. :P

    These outfits are absolutely adorable and they look so comfy, flattering and fun! Such craftsmanship too!

    Danielle - I'm in love with the outfit you made for Robin's daughter. So. So. Cute. So. So. Perfectly precious!!

  11. LOL Cherie...well when the deadline got pushed back a bit, what else was I supposed to do? Hahaha.

    Anyway, thanks everyone and than YOU Danielle for the sweet words!! This was such a thrill for me (though a bit nervewracking since I've never sewn a size 8 before!). Its an even bigger thrill seeing your beautiful children and beautiful photos showing my clothes! It's a little surprising, actually! I'm not used to seeing someone else's photos of what I make. ANYWAY!!!

    I LOVE THE OUTFIT YOU MADE FOR ROBIN!!!! It's so flippin' perfect. You should sew more. ;)

  12. I'm having so much fun seeing what you all made! I love these outfits! I love the t-shirt! I wish I knew where to get knits like that!

  13. Such great outfits! Love the peter pan collar on the RollerSkate dress - adds another level of interest that makes the dress extra special. And what little girl doesn't love a little sparkle?! And those shorts . . . I kind've think I want some for myself:) Love them.

  14. I love the concept if this whole thing. So fun. The sparkly Peter pan collar?! Stop it! So perfect.
    Yours is so darling as well! Love it.

  15. What a FUN idea! I am obsessed with the fabric on your bag :)

  16. Adorable. The glittery peter pan collar is perfect! I love the outfit you made for Robin's daughter too!

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  18. Hey there, I was wondering what pattern you used for the little tunic with the peter pan collar and the shorts. I absolutely have to make it for my Monkey. It is the cutest thing ever.

  19. Sparkling, and gorgeous photos, Well done!

  20. Love the softness of these PJ. They also have a nice long shirt, which stays tucked in all night. They are also just the cutest on.
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  21. Danielle, what pattern did you use for the top you made for Robin's little girl? It's beautiful! Those Oliver + S shorts are next on my list to make for my little girl - they look great in that linen!

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