Fall Mini Hudson Joggers

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This little guy is always asking for me to sew him up new clothes.  He loves wearing mama-made but I think he’s really in it for the photo shoot bribes!  I’ll take it though because there’s nothing I love more than looking at that smiling face!

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He has a severe hatred of ‘hard pants’ aka jeans.  To satisfy both of us, I’ll happily sew up some slim fitting joggers.  They’re a quick sew and I love how they look on him!

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I have several jogger patterns I like and for these I used the Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.  I love the fit of these and it was a great twist of fate that I already had a size 7 traced and ready to go.   He’s growing like a weed and I can’t keep up with those long legs so none of my patterns from the spring would work for him.

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I did modify the waistband for multiple reasons.  One, I’m lazy!  Two, actual drawstrings always come out in the wash. And three, again, I’m lazy, lol!  The pattern calls for wider elastic than I had on hand and then you create a casing for a drawstring.  I simplified the heck out of it by doing one big casing and attaching a faux drawstring to the front.  These joggers were done from cut to finish in less than an hour.

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I used this cotton modal french terry from Knitpop for these.  I had originally ordered this luscious stuff for myself but when it arrived the color was a bit more brown than I wanted.  I knew it’d be perfect for my boys though.  It’s seriously some of the softest stuff I’ve worked with and I’m slightly jealous of these beauties.

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Another easy peasy project in the books!  I think my family might just hold the world record for most joggers in one household.  If not, I think I better keep it up because that’s a title I’d proudly take!

Sewing for Kindergarten Blog Tour

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Man, oh man!  The day I have been waiting for FOREVER has finally come.  My youngest baby started kindergarten!  My emotions are all over the place but one huge positive thing is I get to join in the Sewing for Kindergarten Blog Tour.  I’ve been following this tour since the beginning and it’s super exciting to be joining in this year.

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I think we all are a little torn seeing our youngest head off into the big world without us.  It’s hard knowing that this is where it all starts.  With one in high school I know all to well how quickly it goes by.  There were definitely tears shed on his first day.  Such a bittersweet moment in time.

This photoshoot reminded me what a fun age this is.  In some pictures he’s channeling his inner teenager (like the one above, hello!).  In others he’s giggling like a little boy, carefree and innocent.  I love watching him navigate the world of friends, rules, responsibilities, and life.  I’m taking it all in- trying to freeze as many of these moments as possible.

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It just about kills me that this little guy isn’t by my side 24/7- now it’s just 22/7, haha!  I was dreaming of lazy afternoons watching tv, eating chocolate, and sewing like crazy.   Who knew that two hours would fly by in a matter of seconds?!

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This kid is all about comfort, I think every kid is at this age.  I did a mix and match look with five coordinating pieces, all knit for extra softness.  Here we paired a Jolly Roger Raglan  from Patterns for Pirates with a sweet pair of Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias.  Both of these patterns are staples and I think I can make them with my eyes closed at this point.  They’re just classic pieces that can be paired with so much.

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The raglan features a darling cut file from Thread and Grain.  This kiddo is Future Class President material for sure!  I used a fat quarter from Spoonflower for the sleeves- he picked the print himself and has been so excited for his new tee.

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The Hudson pants are done in a subtle houndstooth that I had set aside for myself- luckily there’s enough left for me too!  I love this print and the hipster vibe it brings.

Here they’re paired with a Fighter Tee from Handmade Boy and an Aztec Vest from See Kate Sew.  (And yes, he is blowing spit bubbles.  I told you he’s still all boy!)

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The Fighter Tee is such a fun spin on a loose fit t-shirt with panels that run from the sleeve down the side.  I used the perfect boy print- a limited Halloween print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I know the spiderwebs will be a hit year-round!

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The Aztec Vest is such a quick, cute layering piece.  I sewed this one up in french terry from Raspberry Creek.  I had this zipper in my stash and I had to giggle when he saw it and exclaimed, “A golden zipper?!! Yesss!”  It doesn’t take much to make him happy!  I simplified the construction even more by omitting the pockets making this such a fast sew.

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His final piece is the Moto Maxx pants (affl. link) from Love Notions.  I can’t say enough good things about this pattern.  They’re comfy and cute and the extra layer at the knee not only adds to the cool factor it also makes them extra durable.  So perfect for busy little boys!

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I’m loving all the prints in these looks.  I tend to stick with stripes and solids with my boys, mainly because cute boy prints are so hard to find.  These prints though are right up my alley- not too childish and so easy to mix into the rest of his wardrobe.

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Thanks for stopping by my little stop on the tour.  Make sure you head to these other amazing bloggers- I can’t believe we all have kiddos starting kindergarten this year!  What a fun milestone to share!

 

 

 

Kids Clothes Week Part Two

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Another Kids Clothes Week has come and gone-phew!

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I finished the weekend off with a few quick sews.

The weather is warming up so I wanted to add to my girl’s spring wardrobes with some comfy french terry Mini Hudsons.

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My french terry is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (it’s currently out of stock but new french terry arrives almost weekly!).

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I did the pink pair calf length and the purple pair I cropped a couple inches higher to be bermuda length.

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I think they’ll be perfect for playing come spring and summer.

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I squeezed in one more Pistachio Tee from Sew Like My Mom.

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I did an elbow sleeve hack with a peplum skirt.

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The floral fabric was from Hancock’s ages ago and the stripe is from a Girl Charlee knitfix about a year ago.  They had little stretch but worked great for this semi-fitted tee.

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She loves a good peplum so much!!

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I’m kicking myself for not sewing this pattern sooner.  It just has so many options and is perfect for all my littles.

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To finish things up, I finally sewed up the stack of undies waiting for Charlie.  I use Mo’s Comfy Fit Unders.  They are made for children with sensory issues which makes them super comfortable for all kids.  The coverage is great and they totally stay put!  I love to cut them out from scraps and sew them up in between projects.

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I’ll leave you with this super cool pic my hubby edited.  He’s always been the photographer in the family and I’m slowly trying to learn everything I can from him.  He loves a good artsy edit and it’s always fun when I find a gem like this that he’s been playing with.

I hope your KCW was a fun and productive one!  Anyone else ready for a break?! I think I better clean my house now 😉

Club Line 2 for the Boys

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The boys in my house have been loving the new Club line from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, too!

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I seriously can’t get over how versatile these prints are!!

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So far they’ve gotten things made with the Club aztec and buffalo check but I think stripes are in their future too.

Charlie was the first up.  He got a comfy new pair of Mini Hudson Pants out of buffalo check french terry.

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He always grabs sports pants when he dresses himself and I love that these have a bit more style.

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This time he got a 3t with a 4t length for the perfect fit!

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Next up, Alex requested a tee like Tanner got out of the first Club line.

I used the Jalie Men’s/Boys T-shirt again.  I like the slim fit but next time I’ll need to lengthen the sleeves.  Too short for his taste even if mom thinks it looks great.

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I used the Club aztec in cotton lycra and solid white and charcoal cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek also.

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I think it’s a win and he loves it paired with his new joggers out of this french terry.  I used Gracious Threads Lazy Day Lounge Pants for him since he’s sized out of the Mini Hudsons (they both go to size 10 but the LDLP was a few inches longer).  We modified the pockets to be like the Hudsons.

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Finally, Charlie got another Samson Sweater from Love Notions (affl. link).

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I did a simple version with a lined hood and added length. I used this french terry combined with the aztec.

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This is a first round aztec strike off and the colors have changed a bit since.  The red in the print now is deeper and is a great match for the burgundy in the shop.

I love, love these prints on my boys and Tanner has already requested a hoodie with the aztec.  I love that they let me sew for them and have even been spending a lot of time in the sewing room with me this winter break.  My big boys both made their own pj pants and love to help pair and cut fabrics.

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I’m also loving any excuse to get pictures of these two together.  Charlie is such a mini Alex and it’s so fun to see them together.  Best friends one minute and bugging each other the next 😉

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Kids Clothes Week Final Day

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Dealing with some serious jet-lag in our house has it’s advantages.  I’ve had quiet early morning hours to sew away.  After a long vacation I couldn’t wait to get back to my machines.

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I had a little bit of this gorgeous floral french terry left after making myself some Brassies.  Just barely enough to eek out some mini Hudson Pants for my girls.

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I had to get creative and do the leg fronts in two pieces but I’ll call it a design element 😉

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After making myself view B of the Halifax Hoodie, I’ve been dying to make one up for my girls.

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I had a bit of this cute ponte left from this shirt and I think it’s such a fun match to the floral.

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I’m just loving this outfit so much!  Glad I have a nearly identical one myself!

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I’ll leave you with this beaut-

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Totally Payt!

Kids Clothes Week- Fall 2015

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My favorite time of year in the virtual sewing world is Kids Clothes Week.  It’s a week of inspiration and motivation to build my kids wardrobes.

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This KCW I’ll be out of the country and so sad to not be sewing along with everyone.  Before I left, I couldn’t help myself and whipped up a few things for Charlie.

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He asked me the other day to please make him something so he could have a photo shoot.  I was flattered until I realized he was in it for the prize I give the kids when they ‘model’ for me.  I sewed up a couple of Recess Raglan‘s and two pair of Mini Hudson’s.

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I’d been crushing big time on this darling Birch knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is so soft and lovely and I’m kinda jealous of this shirt.

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I made up a second raglan, this time using this solid white and the Club diamonds.  We are loving Where the Wild Things Are and this vinyl from Sew Fancy iron-on vinyl is just darling!

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This boy is all about comfy pants so Mini Hudson Pants are so perfect for him.  A little more stylish than his running pants but still so cozy, especially out of french terry.

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He got one pair out of light grey french terry with charcoal accents and a second all charcoal pair.  On the darker pair I added moto-inspired knee patches and I really, really like the look.

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He also got a cheater tee made from an Old Navy raglan with another cute vinyl added.

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Anyone who has ever attempted to photograph a 3-year-old know just how many pictures were taken to get these that were semi-blog worthy.  He’s such a busy guy!

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Are you joining in on Kids Clothes Week?  I wish I was sewing along with everyone but I’m off enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.