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CraftingCon: STITCHED by Crystal

 Crystal of STITCHED by Crystal is a very talented seamstress who loves to sew for herself and her adorable children. Someday when I have a girl, my little girl’s wardrobe will look like the beautiful one Crystal has created for her daughter. I mean, take a look: here, here, here, here, herehere and here…. I could go on! But I’ll let her take over now and show you the fabulous Harry Potter inspired outfits she made for her cuties.


Hi there! I am Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, and I am so excited to be a part of CraftingCon!  There are so many great CraftingCon themes but when I got the email to sign up for a theme, I rushed to get a spot for Harry Potter month.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and while my kids are still a bit young to get into Harry Potter, I have already started reading the books to them!  I have not done much Harry Potter crafting, I only have some Harry Potter peg people under my belt, but I was so excited to take on this challenge!
I think the hardest part of the challenge was deciding WHAT to sew.  It had to be something inspired by Harry Potter, but not a costume, something casual enough that it could be “worn to the grocery store”.  I ended up deciding on some Quidditch inspired outfits and I am so excited about how they turned out!  I made outfits for both my son and daughter, inspired by a Quidditch player and a Quidditch fan.
Let’s start with my sons outfit, he for his outfit, I took some inspiration from the Gryffindor Quidditch team outfits.
I really wanted to recreate the Quidditch team sweater, but that just wouldn’t be practical for summer in Florida.  So instead of a sweater, he got a T-shirt inspired by the sweater.  I used one of his shirts to draft a pattern, and then I made the shirt with some Gryffindor red colored knit and appliquéd a yellow stripe across the chest.
His shorts were inspired by the grey pants the Gryffindor Quidditch team wears during their matches.  Again, not wanting to make pants because of the hot weather, I used the One Thimble Ranger shorts pattern and sewed up the shorts out of some grey Kona cotton.  Then I added some leather knee patches, like the leather pads they wear to play Quidditch.  And of course, you can’t play Quidditch without a broom!  So with a stick, a handful of pine needles and some ribbon, I whipped up a toddler sized Quidditch broom.  It is not something he would take to the grocery store, but a fun prop for photos!
For my daughters look, I gathered some inspiration from Hermione Granger…who doesn’t play Quidditch, she doesn’t even care for the sport.  But she does splay an important role in Quidditch, like the time she helped Harry win his first Quidditch match by starting a small fire in the stands and distracting Professor Quirrell who was casting a spell on Harry’s broom, or the time she used a impervious spell to waterproof Harry’s glasses when he played a match against Hufflepuff in a downpour.  Plus, I really like her style and my daughter has the perfect blondish curls to play the part of a toddler Hermione!
In the movies, Hemione always dresses in layers, she wears a lot of sweaters and cardigans.  So I made an Aster Cardigan by Willow & Co. in Gryffindor colors to give my Quidditch fan that layered look.  I used the same red and yellow knits I used for my sons shirt, and even had just enough left over to make a Gryffindor flag for her to wave.
Under the cardigan, she has a Gryffindor Tee.  I cut up one of my husbands old shirts and made it into a shirt for her.  Then I sketched out a lion on freezer paper and stenciled it on with a sparkly gold paint.  It is perfect for cheering on Gryffindor, but also a really fun shirt for everyday wear.  This was my first time doing freezer paper stenciling, but I know it won’t be my last. I was really happy with the results, I was worried the lion would be too detailed for this technique, but even the tiny little teeth on the lion came out just perfect.
For her shorts, I took some inspiration from the pleated grey skirt Hermione wears as part of her school uniform and made some pleated grey shorts.  I used the Clover shortspattern, also by Willow & Co., it was perfect for the look I wanted.  Then I gave her a touch of leather too and made a tiny belt with a buckle I found in a stash of buttons I inherited from my grandmother.
And probably my favorite part of her outfit are the shoes, they are snitches!  I picked up a pair of white canvas shoes, painted them with the same sparkly gold I used on her shirt and made some silver wings to attach to the laces for some cute snitch inspired shoes.
So those are my Quidditch inspired outfits for my kids!  They are perfect for a trip to the grocery store, playing at the playground, or stopping by the Leaky Cauldron for a Butterbeer after the game!
Thank you to all the lovely CraftingCon hosts for having me! And thanks for reading! Swing by my blog sometime and say hi!

Also, take a moment to stop by Friends Stitched Together for a Harry Potter inspired guest post by Darcie of Mimi’s Mom.

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7 Responses to “CraftingCon: STITCHED by Crystal”

  1. Crystal says:

    This was so much fun! Thanks so much for asking me to be a part of Craftingcon!

  2. Ren says:

    Oh my! Those sneakers are too perfect! Both looks are darling. And that broom is truly adorable. I love it all.

  3. Ajaire says:

    There’s so much work in this 🙂 It all looks great! The shoes are too cute.

  4. Jessica Berry says:

    Wow! Love those sneakers! And your little girl’s gryffindor griffin shirt!

  5. Max California says:

    omg dead. those little shoes on those cute little baby legs! I’m not even a Harry Potter fan but I LOVE this

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