Summer Capsule Wardrobe for a Toddler #1

Here’s a peek at how the sewing for Kai’s Summer Capsule Wardrobe is going. I made a Twig + Tale Evergreen Bonnet and Pixie Shorts from a 100% wool blazer. The blazer was a great thrift find. It was a size 16 so there was lots of material and it was Pendleton wool so it was great quality.

I did felt the wool before cutting (an extra long hot cycle in the washer and a fully dry hot cycle in the dryer). This was my first time sewing clothing with a sewing machine and I think it went really well. The Twig + Tale patterns were really easy to follow and had embedded video for some of the tricker things incase you were confused.

I think it’s off to great start!

Buy Nothing: January

So January shouldn’t have been too much of a challenge at only 16 days (we started on the 15th, due to inspiration striking late.) It was and it wasn’t.

On January 15th, Kai threw my phone, and it hit the bathtub spigot screen first and then fell into the filling tub. It was toast. Toastier than toast. So on the first day of my buy nothing challenge I bought a new iPhone. FAIL.

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Project: Sew a Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Don’t you hate it when you know your kid has plenty of clothing but you can’t find the one shirt that they want? I do, a lot.

As you all have probably seen, we’re doing the Buy Nothing challenge. One of the things I’m not buying is clothing for Kai. I could just thrift the stuff she needs for summer, but where’s the fun in that? (Also our thrift stores never have kid clothes. I think people sell to Once Upon A Child and trash the rest). So I am sewing Kai a summer capsule wardrobe.

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Buy Nothing 5

It’s been a hard winter over here. My husband hurt himself and the recovery was slow, and then Kai caught pneumonia and was scary sick for a longer time than we would’ve wished. Everyone is finally back up and moving, and so I’m working on my New Year’s Resolution: blog more!

From January 15th to June 15th, we’ll be doing the Buy Nothing (New) Challenge.¬†Between a huge pile of medical bills coming our way and generally wanting to increase our savings and pay off our student loans, we’ve been taking a good hard look at our lifestyle and are ready to make a change. So we are going five months without buying any new consumer goods. We’ll be using up, fixing up, and making do.

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