Love Notions Thomas Track Pants

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There’s exciting things happening in the Love Notions Pattern world.  Kelly has joined Tami as an assistant designer and has just released her first pattern!  I love working with Kelly and know she’s been after a great track pant pattern for ages.  So it was obvious they should be her inaugural pattern.

(This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through these links provides me a small commission that I use to keep up fabric hoarding obsession.)

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The Thomas Track Pants are so full of options!  You’ve got to check out Kelly’s ah-mazing cover pair.  Pockets, colorblocking, and hem zippers make them perfect for your little athletes.  They come in sizes 2t-14 and I’m thinking my teenage soccer players need some too!

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Charlie asked for some cozy pajama pants and picked out this plush fleece for his first pair.  After trying them on he declared them soooo soft and comfy and had to wear them to school that day.  So they may have started out as pj’s but have become his go-to pants whenever they are clean.  This is the basic no pocket, solid version.  They’re a super quick sew and the perfect fit!

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I made Charlie a couple Moto Maxx tops and he needed a pair of track pants to match too!  This version features the cool colorblocking.  I skipped the other bells and whistles which made these another quick sew.  I used the much sought after oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics with some olive heathered french terry (also from RCF but currently out of stock) for the accent.   His top is also made with RCF cotton lycra jersey (so soft!).

Just in case you need the perfect top to go with your new track pants, I can’t recommend the Moto Maxx enough!  I love being able to mix and match prints and that shoulder detail is too cool.  Boys clothing can be boring but not with this pattern!

I’m so excited for Kelly to be joining the design team and to be dreaming up more boy patterns.  I love sewing for this kid and know Kelly will do some fantastic things!

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I’ll leave you with this gem.  He’s pretty convinced that ‘matching’ means wearing head to toe of the same color.  He just had to wear his new shades and I think he’s doing his best to intimidate you into grabbing this pattern!  I know you’ll love it as much as he does!

 

Love Notions Allegro Pants and Skirt

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Tami at Love Notions was in my head yet again with her latest pattern release.  My go-to for those lazy-I-don’t-want-to-shave-my-legs-days are lightweight, flowy pants.  I’ve got a handful I wear faithfully but I’m always on the hunt for more.  The Allegro Pants and Skirt (affl. link)  are those comfy, yet stylish pants we all crave.

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For my pair I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA.  I skipped the drawstring to keep this a little more versatile.  I like being able to dress them up a bit too.  I love the looser through the thigh, slimmer through the calf fit of these.  Totally comfortable but not sloppy looking.

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The front slash pockets are nice and deep and perfect for my phone.  I’ve turned into a pocket connoisseur and these totally get my approval!

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These are my tester pair and I really love when a tester garment is 100% wearable.  I’m between sizes and went with my waist size for this pair, sewing a straight medium.  I think for my next pair I will try a small to get a little more slimmer fit.  My current favorite pair of lightweight pants is from H&M and they are almost identical to this pattern, only a bit more fitted.  I’m almost giddy that I can now recreate them any time I want!

Are you ready for all the options with this pattern?  There are two shorts lengths and two skirt lengths too!  I’ve got a lovely rayon gauze on my sewing table ready to be made into a fun beach skirt!  I can’t wait!

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Make sure to grab your copy on sale today!

 

 

Watcha Wearin January Kids Style

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As I was contemplating my second post for the Watcha Wearing January tour I knew I wanted to do it for kids clothes.  My closet is probably only about half handmade but my girls are close to 90% (I’ve yet to make jeans for them since I can pick them up for ten bucks and pj’s are about half rtw since they are just too darn cute!).  You guys see plenty of cute styled pics like the one above but I wanted to give you guys a glimpse into our reality.

I’d like to share what actually gets worn in our day to day.  I never really know what will be a favorite and what will sit on the hanger.  I always try to involve my kids when I sew and let them pick out fabrics and patterns and sometimes we hit the jackpot.  For pattern tests I usually ask which girl likes the pattern the most.  They have such different personalities that I’m getting pretty good at sewing for their own styles.  My boys are all about the comfort and I know I can’t go wrong with comfy pants, raglans, and hoodies.

A glimpse into our laundry baskets this week will find:

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This velvet Andromeda Top has been worn at least once a week since I made it.  She has a matching one for her doll that is too cute too!

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The Butterfly Cardigan is a new addition and both girls wear it whenever possible.  It’s just such a cozy layering piece!

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The Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) from Love Notions is another top that this one wears constantly.  I really need to make her a few more.  I just love the yoke detail and all the fun options it has.

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This outfit of a Jolly Roger Raglan and Boxwood Joggers is his absolute favorite.  It’s comfy, warm and in his favorite colors so of course it’s worn as soon as it’s clean.

For a real dose of reality I grabbed pics of my kids if they happened to be in mama made this week.  They were usually taken after school or right after they woke up so they are lookin’ good!

Our Sunday looks:

You can find pretty pics and details on these here, here, and here.

After church casual:

Boxwood Joggers and a poncho I knit way before I even had a daughter (this is one of those things that kills me that she loves!).

School looks:

We have a super old Skipper Top, Baby bear joggers, Jolly Roger Raglan with cowl, Blair Top, and Hatteras Hoodie with Mini Hudson Pants.

It was fun to reflect on sewing for my kids and what makes something actually get worn.  What are your go-to patterns for your kids?  Anything that surprised you that they’ve fallen in love with?

Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour this week:

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Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday

Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu

Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs

Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox

Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful

Make sure you head over to Sewing by Ti to enter two HUGE giveaways!

Petite Stitchery Fall 2016 Collection

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My girls are always in need of easy, everyday clothes so I’m happy to be joining in on the Petite Stitchery and Co. Everyday Wear Tour.  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to win a pattern of your choice!
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I picked to sew up the Maize Tunic and Dress along with the Sparrow Top and Fawn Leggings.  This Maize in soft cotton flannel is such a great top for school, in fact she wore it the very next day!
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The Maize has multiple options and is a quick, fun sew.  You can pick a straight, curved, or hi-low hem and short, 3/4, or long sleeves.  I picked the keyhole button closure but you can also do a tie.
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I love the full skirt and feminine puff sleeves!
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Pockets make everything 1000x better, right?!
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This little miss love peplum tops and hates wearing jeans. This Sparrow/Fawn outfit is just what she wears everyday.
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The Fawn leggings have an adorable tuxedo stripe option.  Done in Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics they are comfy and totally cute!
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The Sparrow Top has a darling peter pan collar option and keyhole back that I chose to leave off. I used a mustard liverpool that I wanted to keep basic.  It’s a top that will work great with the rest of her wardrobe.
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There are a few sleeve options and different peplum lengths too!
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You can check out the other ladies joining in on the fun:
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Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter to win your choice of a Petite Stitchery Pattern!

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Head on over to the Petite Stitchery Facebook Group for tons of inspiration and to get the latest on sales and coupons (hint, hint!).

Pattern for Pirates Joggers

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It’s not very often I get to sew for my big boys so I jumped at the chance to test Pattern for Pirates newest joggers.  Best part- there is a pattern for the whole family!

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On any given day in our house at least 3 or 4 of us are sporting joggers of some kind.  My big boys live in their woven ready-to-wear versions and love to lounge around in comfy knit ones too.  My littlest will ALWAYS pick ‘soft pants’ and I can’t make them fast enough for him.  Now me, you know I’m a fan (here, here, and here).

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This guy is growing like a weed and we have the hardest time finding pants long enough for him.  These are perfect for him!  We didn’t need to add length this time but it will be an easy alteration in the future.

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He likes his joggers nice and skinny and was pretty happy with the fit of these- loose through the hip and thigh and tapered calf and ankle.

For his, we did slat pockets, elastic waist with drawstring, and cuffed bottoms.

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This guy is still tiny!  He’s finally growing a bit but his waist/hips are staying slim.  The fit on him is a bit bigger since I went with his waist measurement and not his hips which would have took him down a size or two.

He likes the fit and has worn them any chance they’re clean.

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His pants feature the patch pockets, elastic waistband and rolled hem.

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A winning combo!

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Charlie is super easy to please.  He picked his fabrics and is one happy camper!  All of the fabric for our group shoot is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

His love of comfy pants is hard because he’s got a tiny waist and long legs.  RTW elastic waist pants are usually too big in the waist for him.  So unfortunately (wink, wink) mom has to sew him a drawerful of cute pants.

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These are a size 5 with a 4 yoga waistband.  The yoga waistband totally ups the comfort factor even more!

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I struggle with fitting my calfs in other jogger patterns and I love that calf measurements are included in these.  I made a size small graded to a large at the calf and then back down to a small at the ankle.  The fit is just perfect!

Make sure to pick up your copies today! You can get the bundle or buy them separately- Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear.

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One Thimble Issue 13 Blog Tour

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The newest issue of One Thimble is here!  It’s packed full of unique and fun kids patterns and so much sewing inspiration.  I’m excited to join in the release day fun and share two of my makes from Issue 13.

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I was immediately drawn to these two bottom patterns- the Peg Shorts by Tadah Patterns and the Orbis Skinny Harems from Sofilantjes.  I love that they both come with a ton of options!

charlie4The Orbis Skinny’s are a unisex pattern in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  They are loose in the hips then almost legging tight through the calf- such a hip silhouette!  You can make them in 3/4 or long length.

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The pocket is one big piece that is so unique and such a great place to use those fun scraps.

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The asymmetrical faux fly is such a show stopper!  My little guy wanted snaps instead of buttons and I love the finished pants.

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Those pockets and the amazing french terry have won this guy over.  He has worn them constantly since I made them!

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I was loving the Peg Shorts pattern and was excited to make them work with our quickly dropping temperatures.  In a gorgeous red cordoroy layered over tights, these are just perfect!

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I love the buttons on the front and the classic style.

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Gold details make these a fab choice for the upcoming holidays.

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They come in sizes 3-10 and have a ton of adorable features.  You can do back welt pockets and Kawaii ruffles or a skirt front as well.  The back elastic waistband makes these super comfy too!

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We struggled to get photos in after school one day.  Anyone else struggling with Daylight Savings?  I love the sunshine in the morning but it seems like it gets dark so quickly these days!

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This tour is full of amazing bloggers and so, so much inspiration.  Make sure you check it all out and pick up your issue here.

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

I’ll leave you with this cutie 😉  Pants not pictured just luscious blonde locks in need of a haircut.  Everytime I cut his hair he looks years older and it just about kills me.  This mama is struggling letting go of her ‘baby’.

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Pattern Emporium Blog Tour

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I’m beyond thrilled to be kicking off Pattern Emporium‘s very first Blog Tour!  Lucky, lucky me!

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Pattern Emporium is so highly regarded in the sewing world and I can now see what everyone raves about.

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If this is your first time to my blog, welcome!  I’m a stay-at-home mom to five busy kids and I sew to stay sane.  We rush from one thing to the next so I cherish my quiet afternoons with my machine.  I’ve also learned that I love to take pictures of my kids almost as much as I love sewing for them so be warned that this post is loaded with pics!

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I’ve had the Ladies Harem Pants pattern cut out and sitting on this fabric for an embarrassingly long time (we’re talking months).  This tour was the perfect push to get them done and I couldn’t wait to sew some up for my girls too!

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect woven joggers forever and this pattern is exactly what I envisioned it would be.

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I made mine up per the pattern with diagonal relaxed pockets and elastic casings in the ankles.    They are so comfortable and fit like a dream.  My fabric came from the LA fabric district and is a rayon challis.

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I love the waistband and pockets!  The pocket holds my phone perfectly which is always a struggle with this type of pant.

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My oldest daughter’s are similar to mine but with a curved front pocket and no elastic in the ankle.  She really wanted ‘flowy’ pants!

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Hers are sewn with rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This style of pant suits her easy-going but sophisticated little personality.

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My younger daughter is all about comfort.  For hers I left off the pockets and cropped them quite a bit.  I also used the same size as big sister’s so they are a bit looser.  For ultimate comfort I traded the elastic waistband for a knit waistband.  All fabric for this pair is also from Raspberry Creek.

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These will be perfect for my little dancer.  I love that she can push the cuff up for a true harem pant look or pull it down for a cute crop pant.

I honestly can’t get over the options that these patterns have.  I could see these being a summer staple for sure.

My little guy may even get a comfy knit pair too.  Really, I think he’ll be jealous if he doesn’t!

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Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what the other great bloggers have to share for us.  My first jump into the Pattern Emporium world has been such a thrill.  If you aren’t a member of the Pattern Emporium Facebook Group make sure you join to be blown away with inspiration!  Kate’s newest pattern The Heartlight Skirt has been filling it with gorgeous photos you won’t want to miss.