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!

 

 

 

Simple Summer Sewing II

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Yesterday’s post was all about the skirts.  Today I’ve got some simple go-to tops for you, plus my second take on my newest favorite pattern hack.

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These are pieces I know I will grab again and again.

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The Santa Fe Top from Hey June has quickly become the most worn top in my wardrobe.  I’ve got a couple I made in testing that were getting lots of action and I’ve been itching to make more all summer.

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I love being able to use small scraps and to mix fabrics in this view.  I had just enough of this gorgeous floral rayon spandex from Pretty Posh Prints for these sleeves.

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I love, love the flowiness of this top.  It’s perfect to throw on with jeans or in my case it’s usually jean cut-offs.

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Another go-to tee pattern for me is the Neptune Tee from See Kate Sew.  I just love the basic version so, so much!

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In a yummy cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics I’ve been hoarding away, it really couldn’t be any more dreamy!  It’s another great tee to just throw on to run errands or chill at the park.

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Surprise, surprise!  I just had to make another Neptune dress.  My first I have deemed my ‘naked dress’, as in I feel like I’m in my birthday suit it is so comfy!!!

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This super soft rayon spandex makes THE perfect easy tee dress.  It’s to die for, I tell ya’!

(I got this in a Girl Charlee Knitfix ages ago but So Sew English has had it in stock lately!)

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I’m seriously not a dress girl but I could wear these EVERY day!  And the best part is- come night time I’m already in my pj’s 😉

Well, that’s my real summer wardrobe for you.  I’ve got the glamorous job of shuttling kids around all day or cleaning up after them if I happen to leave them on their own for too long (anything over five minutes, right moms? ;).  Comfort is the key and I love my new pieces!

Swing Dress Hack

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I’ve been after the perfect swing dress pattern all summer.   I finally took matters into my own hands and I couldn’t be happier!

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I used my favorite tee pattern- The Neptune Tee by See Kate Sew and turned it into a twirly, yummy knee-length dress!

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You can find tutorials here and here using your favorite RTW tee or tank.  I used a similar method to my Laundry Day Dress (and tutorial).  I took my tee pattern and drew a line from the armpit seam down and out to my desired length.  I then curved the hem an inch or two and sewed it together per the tee pattern instructions- EASY PEASY!

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Here I am in all my dorkiness showing off that awesome twirl factor!  Yes, I was actually that giddy over it 😉  You can never outgrow a good spin!

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I think I may live in these all summer!  I made this one in a random rayon spandex from my stash (I absolutely adore this color!) but I need to head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics ASAP to stock up on her newest rayon spandex.  How cute would it be in this floral, this tie dye, or this simple charcoal grey.

Do you have a favorite tee pattern?  This hack would work for any tee that fits you how you like through the shoulders and chest.  I was tempted to use the Union St. by Hey June Handmade or the Tabitha Top (affl. link) by Love Notions.  The Neptune just has always been a favorite of mine in the neck and shoulder fit and since that’s what’s most important in this hack I went with my trusty tee.

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Perfect summer uniform!

 

A Maxi for Sophie

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It’s rare that I get to sew just because but ever since I got this fabric it’s been calling to me.

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I knew when I saw it that it would become a maxi skirt for Soph.  The colors and print are so bright and totally her.

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The top is a Lil Zippy top from See Kate Sew in a mystery rayon blend from Hancock’s.  I love the almost neon color of it too!

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For the skirt I used Mingo and Grace’s Crop Top Set as my base.  I lengthened the skirt and I used the width of fabric instead of the skirt pattern piece.  The skirt fabric is also from Hancock’s (man, I’m going to miss their apparel fabric deals!).

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I love the drama of this outfit but also that it’s comfy and practical enough for church on Sundays.  She wore this to church and didn’t want to take it off the rest of the day.  Maxi’s are the best for Sunday lounging!

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This is totally another outfit I’m wishing I’d made in my own size.  If only I didn’t need twice as much fabric…

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I loved this shoot!  We drove past this little water feature a few days ago and she immediately said, “That’s perfect for a photo shoot.  I really want to do my skirt pictures there!”  Is she a pro or what?!!

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And this my friends, is why I sew!  She’s thrilled with her new outfit and I couldn’t be happier!

 

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.

Panda-monium

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Halloween is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing around here.  Costumes are not my favorite things to sew so when an easy idea comes along we are all over it.

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This little miss just adores pandas so it was no question what she would be for Halloween this year.  We went the easy route and I whipped up a costume in no time.

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The leggings are from this post and are perfect to keep her little legs warm while trick-or-treating.  The tee is an easy-peasy Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew.  I got the tutu on clearance at Target and the fur mitts at Wal-Mart.  The headband is simply felt ears hot glued to a headband.  I told you it was EASY!

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These are my favorite kind of costumes- memorable because it symbolizes an obsession in her life right now and simple, no-stress to put together.

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What’s on your sewing table this Halloween?

Pattern Anthology Gwen

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I’ve got another great Pattern Anthology post for you today.

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The minute I saw the Gwen Pattern I knew I had to sew it up.

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The pattern comes with a million options to customize and really make it your own.  But..

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I went as boring as you could go.  No frills, no touches of contrast, no button placket, just a simple basic top.

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And I love it!!!  One of my go-to t-shirt patterns is See Kate Sew’s Neptune Tee.  I usually make it plain and simple but it’s got a great shape and I love the way it fits my body.

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For my first Gwen I wanted to see how it would fit and I knew an easy tee would fit perfectly in my wardrobe.  I used a gorgeous pink houndstooth ponte that I picked up in LA.

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I love that I can dress it up with a simple skirt or throw it on with a pair of jeans.

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I’m excited to add some bells and whistles to my next one.  I’m also thrilled to use the bonus pencil skirt pattern that it comes with.  Options, options, options… Kate is speaking my language!

This is your last week to pick up the Pattern Anthology Unbiased Collection  for $29.95.  Hurry, you don’t want to miss this amazing offer!