Peek A Book Clothing Swap and Kids Clothes Week Wrap Up

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This past weekend was my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She chose a princess theme and wore the dress I made her for Halloween last year.

Foo Foo Threads Princess Dress | JaimeSews

It’s pretty beat up by now so I was glad it made it through the birthday. I’ll just have to make another one a little bigger for dress up this year! 🙂 (Maybe in cotton, just sayin’…satin is a mess to work with!)

So you know it was Kids Clothes Week last week and that I had some swap items due. I was being top secret to make it fun for my swap buddy, but the items were delivered Saturday so the coast should be clear! If you’ve not participated in a crafty swap before, it’s so much fun! This particular swap was through the Peek A Boo Pattern Shop facebook page, organized so that we were matched equally (as best they could). So our swap partner had a boy and a girl that I got to sew for and she sewed for my boy and girl!

Our swap partner lives in Hawaii so they had no need of winter clothes and were looking for something other than Hawaiian print. I made her DD the Savannah Pleated Party Dress in this bright, happy Alexander Henry Fabric I had in my stash. I got the Grosgrain Ribbon at Hobby Lobby for the belt.

Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

I chose the cap sleeve and pleated front options, but the pattern offers sleeveless and plain front options too! I just love the classic feel of the pleats. Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

Since I got my Kam Snaps pliers, I’ve been Kam Snap Happy so I used pink snaps up the back.Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

For the boy, I made another Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt, this time in a bright Teal and Red plaid I got at F&M Fabrics.

Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

I instantly loved this plaid and had fun placing the yoke and the front pocket on the bias.Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

I love how the buttons I found really bring out the dark blue stripe.
Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

For bottoms I chose the Castaway Cargos for their style and comfortable knit waistband. I also found this red twill at F&M Fabrics and even though it’s not the darker red predominate in the shirt plaid, it matches well with the lighter shade and coordinates without being matchy-matchy. There are front pockets…Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

…& of course, cargo pockets. I made them with the extension so they’re nice and full, but to simplify, you can do a flat pocket with no extension. Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

There is also an option for a back welt pocket.Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

Last Thursday I shipped them off to Hawaii and can’t wait to hear back how everything fits!
Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

We received our swap items from Hawaii a couple weeks ago, but I don’t have pictures yet so stay tuned! The kids really love the items they got and beg me to wear them every day, but they are for fall/winter and it was 104 this weekend! I really recommend a swap if you’re interested. It’s fun to get to know other sewers and the kids really enjoyed receiving handmade gifts in the mail!

Have a great week!

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