Love Notions Vanguard Set

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Two boy posts in a row- hallelujah!!!  Boys clothes are kinda boring and they tend to get overlooked for all the cute girly things I’d rather be sewing.  Until now…

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I showed you an amazing hoodie yesterday on my big kid.  Today my littlest guy gets to show off the Vanguard Set by Love Notions (affl. links).  It’s on sale now through Sunday, March 6th.

It’s a versatile top and pants set that any boy will love.   It comes in sizes 2t-14 to fit all the little boys in your life.

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The details on these pants are so extraordinary!  Big cargo pockets are perfect for storing all kinds of little boy treasures (like rocks and wood chips, of course).

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Side slash pockets, knee darts, and a faux fly all add to the details that take these pants to the next level.

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Elastic ankle cuffs and a knit waistband make these as comfy as they are cool!

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The tee has so, so many fun color blocking options.

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I went for a simple short sleeve version but there is a color blocked long sleeve option too!

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I did the crewneck version but a v-neck and hood option are included.

I love that you can use this pattern all year long!  I’m excited to make a long-sleeve hooded version come fall.

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This set is just the ultimate in little boy fashion.

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For the tee I used my favorite cotton lycra solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and Purple Seamstress.

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This amazing fabric for the pants is duck cloth from Hobby Lobby.  I originally bought it to make pillows but I love it as ‘Explorer Pants’!

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My sweet little guy wasn’t feeling so great when we did this shoot.  He was so excited to get outside but this shot is so sweet and sad at the same time.  When your littles are sick their eyes say it all!

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The fresh air was great for him and he still couldn’t help but be my cute, goofy little buddy!

Make sure you pick up the pattern here!  Another Love Notions pattern that will be in constant rotation at our house!

Love Notions Samson Sweater

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I love a pattern that can be used for all my kids.  If you haven’t noticed, I’m kinda obesessed with making sweatshirts too.  The Samson Sweater from Love Notions just feeds both of those needs (yes, sewing sweatshirts is a NEED for me).

With a crewneck, hood, and jacket option this pattern will get lots of use around these parts.

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Charlie got a crew neck with a flannel front and french terry back and arms.  Another combo I can’t get enough of.   Both fabrics are from Raspberry Creek Fabric.

He said it was so cozy and didn’t want to take it off.  He may or may not be going on day two with it on…

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Payton got a hood version out of Girl Charlee knitfix floral french terry and a stripe french terry from Girl Charlee as well.  The hood and band is oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek that matched perfectly!

I made her a size 8 and Charlie a 4 with the banded bottom.  As with most patterns, I will have to lengthen it in the future (that’s what they get for being so darn tall and skinny!).

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These two have such a cute relationship.  They are usually giggling away together and having a blast.  It’s always fun to see the baby of the family grow up and start having real relationships with their siblings.  It was fun to capture some of that.

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Love Notions is having a great Black Friday sale and you can pick up this pattern (and the dozen others you’ve been eyeing) for 40% off with code thanksgiving15.  Here’s my affiliate link if you need anything 😉

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Gracious Threads New Look Blog Tour

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I’m super excited to be on my first blog tour today.  Jess at Gracious Threads has a new storefront with a whole new look and feel to her website and blog.  To celebrate I’ve joined with other bloggers to showcase a ‘New Look” for us.

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I had a hard time picking which kid needed a new look until I realized this boy has already started creating his own fresh look the past few months.  He started middle school this year and it’s been fun to see his wardrobe go from comfy sport pants and tees to skinny jeans and button-up shirts.

He is just barely hitting a size 12 and I knew the Jasper Jogger pattern would be a great choice.  We headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration before we started.

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These are made with grey stretch denim from Joann’s.  I used the wrong side of the fabric for the main pants because it felt more lived-in and less dressy.  I used the right side as contrast on all the pockets and waistband.

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This is the one bum shot I was allowed 😉  I made a couple alterations to the pattern to get the right fit for my skinny guy.  I tapered the waist and hips about an inch and cut off three inches from the length.  I added a drawstring and grommets to the waistband too.

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We headed to his school one night to get some pics and loved our little shoot.  He brought a buddy along because what is middle school without your best friends?!!

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I love the casual look of these pants but he loves how comfortable they are too.

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Ready for the best part?  To celebrate head on over to the new Gracious Threads Shop and use code ‘ANEWLOOK’ to get 40% off all patterns (offer good from November 16-29)!  See how excited he is…

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Make sure to check out the other great looks on the tour from some amazing bloggers.

Nov 16 – Handmade Boy * From A Box * Inspinration * Blessed X 5

Nov 17 – Sew Starly * Sewing by Ti * Climbing the Willow * Kopy Kat Kidz

Nov 18 – Rebel and Malice * Willow and Stitch * Tales of a Tester

Nov 19 – Sew Happily Ever AfterLulu and Celeste * Sew Sophie Lynn

Nov 20 – Handcrafted by Red * Just Add Fabric * Made by Sara

Nov 21 – Create Three Point Five * Lacasa Cactus * The Wholesome Mama

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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.

Hey June Hatteras Hoodie X3

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I’ve been pattern testing a lot lately and while I enjoy it, I’ve gotten more selective on what projects I’ll undertake and sign up for.  I rarely will sew anything that takes more than a couple of hours- I try my hardest to sew only during naptime and I hate leaving unfinished projects.  That said, there are still certain designers I jump at the chance to test for and Adrianna of Hey June is one of them.  Her latest pattern is really three patterns in one and it is fantastic!

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I made view C in a size 12 for my eleven-year-old.  We both love, love this hoodie.  He picked out the french terry and it was perfect for this pattern.  I sew a ton but there are still so many techniques that I’ve never done (meaning I’ve avoided them as long as possible ).  This was my first zippered jacket and Adrianna walks you through it beautifully and the finish on the inside is so profesh!

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I proudly held up the finished sweatshirt to my husband and said, “You’ve got to see this!” To which he said. “Oh yeah, I saw that.  I totally thought you bought that so I didn’t say anything.”  I’ll take that as “that-sweatshirt-is-incredibly-well-made-and-looks-like-a-million-bucks” and all the glory goes to Adrianna’s impeccable finishing techniques that make the inside as clean and pretty as the outside.

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Sophie got view A in a size 7 out of yummy sweater knit from LA.  It’s got a touch of my favorite knock-off Liberty print as the facing.  With Sophie, I’ve decided that if I would wear it then she would love it too.  She is my mini-me in so many ways and I love that we share almost the exact taste in clothes.  I’ll live it up while I can.

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I love this picture I caught of the two of them- totally their personalities.  Alex is always a crack-up and Soph has got this model thing down.

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After the two I tested I couldn’t wait to recreate a hoodie I’d seen on Pinterest.

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My version-

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I used view A and sized up two sizes for ease, leaving off the bands.  I used a mystery gauzy-linen that had some give to it and it was exactly what I was going for.

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It just reminds me so much of growing up in Southern California.  It’s made for bonfires at the beach and cool summer nights. This one is my favorite and I want it in my size so badly! We’re twisting Adrianna’s arm to get a ladies version out pronto!