K.I.D.S. – Delia Creates

I am so blessed to be able to call today’s guest a friend – the lovely and talented Delia of Delia Creates.

Unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you are familiar with this incredible Momma and her gorgeous creations. Delia never ceases to astound me with her lovely posts day after day. She is one of the blogs on my reading list that I simply cannot miss.

But what you may not know is just how incredible Delia is in real life!  I had the honor of meeting her this past trip to Utah for Alt Summit, and I was blown away by how adorable she was in person. Just as sweet as sweet can be. Not only that, but I discovered that what you see is what you get with Delia. The persona I get from reading her blog, is exactly who she is in real life. She is truly beautiful, inside and out, and I am honored that she is here today as a part of K.I.D.S.


I absolutely love this series and was thrilled when Jessica asked me to play along this round. Creating with my kids is something I love to do and am always wanting to do more often.

When I asked my boys to draw something, my four year old opted out, but thankfully, my eight year old son Owen, was willing.

He came up with a couple sketches. A tear drop shaped bag and a romper for Natalie (which he called those shorts thingies that are all one piece) :). I teetered back and forth between the two ideas but eventually chose the romper. The bag had cool details, but he already has a few bags, and I thought it was sweet that he designed something for his sister. I had the romper half figured out and partially cut, when my daughter got sick.

Not wanting to have her model anything right now, I had Owen go back to the drawing board.

I told Owen to really go for it this time. I encouraged him too draw anything…a jacket, pants, or shorts with any crazy detail he wanted. I was surprised to see that what he came up with was a simple, red, long sleeve tee with a flame design on the front.

I asked him if he was sure he didn’t want me to make anything else…. He was sure. :)

Looking back at all his drawings together, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised. All his designs follow a similar theme and he is already developing his own aesthetic. Simple, minimalistic, colorful, comfortable, and bold.  I love that this challenge helped me learn that about him. :)

So, I whipped up a long sleeve tee using my own pattern (yep, still working on that neckline : / ) in red ribbed knit. It was my first time sewing with ribbed knit, so I was pleasantly surprised when the edges didn’t roll up. This made cutting and sewing a tad easier and lended itself nicely to a serged hem.

I added gray ribbing to the sleeves and neck, because the red ribbing in my stash, clashed with the muted red of the ribbed knit.

Owen didn’t seem to mind that change, but he did mind that I did not include the black outline to the outside of the fabric painted flame. I made this shirt while he was at school, so I admit, I started taking creative liberties :).

When I started taking pictures, he pointed out the missing detail, which I quickly fixed with a fabric sharpie.

He was satisfied. (phew)

Since I usually “design” the photo shoot when I design the clothes, I asked Owen to plan the photo shoot this time as well.

He opted to take pictures doing one of his favorite things. Going outside to play and ride bikes.

Good choice Owen.

I made another shirt for Owen for Project Run and Play, which he wears all. the. time. Out of the ten or so shirts he owns, he always seems to make sure he wears that one at least once a week.

It makes my Momma heart happy to make him another shirt stitched with love. The fact that he designed it this time, makes it doubly special.

Thanks for bringing us together in creative ways with this awesome series Jessica!


That shirt is on fire Owen! It totally reminds me of a superhero shirt, I love it! What a talented young man. But I am so very sorry to hear your daughter got sick, that just breaks my heart. I hope she is feeling better now and giggling her angelic little laugh again making Momma’s heart even happier. Thank you so much for being here today Delia, you are an amazing mother.

I took a moment recently and stopped by Delia’s tutorials page, and my jaw hit the floor…

Nuff said.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    That is so sweet, that he gave you instructions on what he wanted in putting the black line around the fire. He definitely took ownership of the project. My son is currently telling me I have to draw dinky cars on the Spiderman pajamas I made him at his request, because that is what Spiderman uses to shoot webs. (??) Kids know what they want.

  2. says

    Oh, you should have linked to Delia’s french knot bloomers from the white sheet challenge in PR&P!!! I just loved that look! And Delia, your son has such a great design taste! This shirt is so cool!

  3. says

    Thank you so much for your sweet intro. You had me in tears girl. And thank you all for your kind comments. Rae Anna – I feel flattered you remember those! :)

    Oh and I totally was singing “This boy is on fire” as I sewed this up. Your comment about that at the end was perfect! :)

  4. says

    What a great series! I wish I could sew and do this for my son! I’ve painted his drawings on shirts using the freezer stencil method, but how cool to be able to make the whole shirt… Looking forward to seeing more of these kid designs!


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