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!

New Years Eve in style and comfort

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I’ve had this yard of blue sequins just waiting for the perfect project and occasion.  I picked it up for a steal from Fabric Merchants during our last trip to LA.  I kept thinking I’d use it for my girls but man, they get all the fun fabric.  A quiet morning and the perfect pattern and now I’m the proud owner of my very own sparkly top!

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Pair it with my luxe stretch velvet Hudson pants and I’m feeling fabulous!

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I’ve been pinning sequin tops and really wanted to recreate this beauty.  I thought about using the Striped Swallow Hideaway to achieve it but knew I’d have to modify it for my tastes.  And alas I only had a yard of this pretty fabric.  I turned to my favorite woven tee pattern- the Shoreline Boatneck from Blank Slate patterns.  I squeezed it out of my yard of fabric and knew it was meant to be!

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The only modifications I made was to use a knit facing for the neck and sleeve hem.  It helps to not have the sequins against your skin and adds more stability too.  This was my first time working with sequins and I’m happy to say I only broke two needles in the process.  I sewed all the seams on my regular machine and finished them on my serger, which also covers any sequins on the inside making this really comfortable to wear.

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I love that I can dress it up if the occasion arises (hubby totally wanted to hit the town after seeing this outfit!).

I think it will get the most wear layered under a cardigan (I can totally wear sequins to church, right?) or a denim jacket for a more casual cool look.

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Here’s the obligatory back shot for ya’ll 😉

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I absolutely love this outfit!  I’m ringing in the New Year in style.  We spend the evening with my parents, the kids, and cousins.  It’s usually a night of good food, movies, games, and great times- one of my favorite nights of the year.  I hope you all had a great 2017 and here’s to a fantastic new year!

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!

 

 

 

True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts

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I was thrilled to test the new Mini Emerson Crop Pants and Shorts from True Bias.  I’ve always loved Kelli’s patterns and this is another to add to your collection.

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I love the classic design and super professional details.

The fit is fantastic and my daughter loved these so much she picked them for the first day of school.  My fabric is a remnant of quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby- I love an economical project!  They would be so good in chambray or linen too!

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I even learned a new skill!  I did my first bar tack and I love the small detail it adds!  It’s those little extras that make this pattern so wonderful!

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I can’t wait to make more next summer and hopefully we can get a pair of crops made up before the snow hits 😉

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Dive into Dolmans Round-up Review

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Can you believe the end is here?  I’ve had such a blast with my co-bloggers and have learned so much.  Did you pick a favorite pattern?  Maybe find a couple you just HAD to have?

Here’s a little run-down of what we reviewed:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 1

Sewing By Ti- Sew Much Ado Seafarer
Creative Counselor- Sewing Cake’s The Tee
Sew Sophie Lynn- Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice
Made By Melli- Patterns for Pirates Sweet Tee

Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice- Jalie Dolman #3352

Diving Into Dolmans Week 2

Sewing By Ti- Create Kids Couture Donna’s Dolman
Creative Counselor- Blue Dot Patterns Georgia
Sew Sophie Lynn- EYMM Kymy’s Dolman

Guest bloggers: Rebel and Malice- Kzjo Poppy
Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Little Kiwi’s Closet Take Flight Dolman

Diving Into Dolmans Week 3

Sewing By Ti- Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee
Creative Counselor- Seamwork Aberdeen
SewSophieLynn– Hey June Aurora
Made by Melli-Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Guest Bloggers: Sew Far North – EYMM Assymetrical Top
Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sleeve Sweater with Assymmetrical Collar
Dos Natural Sistas- Hey June Aurora

Diving Into Dolmans Week 4

Sewing by Ti: Jalie #3352 Dolman
Creative Counselor: Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee
SewSophieLynn- Itch to Stitch Carey
Made by Melli – Shwin Day Tripper

Guest Blogger: Sew Far North – Seamingly Smitten Women’s Dolman Sleeve Sweater
Mahlica Designs: Fancy Tiger One Hour Top

Diving Into Dolmans Week 5

Sewing By Ti: Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice
Creative Counselor: EYMM Natasha
SewSophieLynn- Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Guest bloggers: Sew Far North – Nap Time Creations Easy Breezy Summer Tee
Lulu & Celeste: Shwin Day Tripper

Diving Into Dolmans Round Up

Sewing By Ti
Creative Counselor
Sew Sophie Lynn

Guest Bloggers: Bubba and Bug

 

I love seeing them all together- what a variety of fits and features! All dolmans are definetely not created equal.

To check out my other beloved dolmans you can head here.

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Ready to see my picks?  Drumroll please….

My surprise favorite is …

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The Itch to Stitch Carey Top!  I love, love this top!  It’s not super versatile (like, I think people will catch on if I were to sew up a dozen and wear them everyday) BUT I will make more for sure.  I really want a light woven version for summer.  The gathered arms are just so fantastic and unique and really elevate this pattern.

Most comfortable goes to…

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The Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti.  It’s such a cute, comfy silhouette and very easy to wear.  Not the most flattering but most days I don’t really care 😉

The one I’m most anxious to sew up again is…

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The Hey June Aurora Tee.  I love the side colorblock option with this pattern and definitely need to try it.  I also want an easy-breezy short sleeve version for summer. Adrianna recently posted the cutest slouchy Aurora tee hack here that I’m dying to try  too.

Most flattering goes to…

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EYMM Kymy’s Dolman.  My poor little chest and lack of waist gets camouflaged great in this silhouette.  I’d love to try the side rouching option for even more belly hiding.  I think in a drapier fabric it will be even better!

My cool weather staple will be…

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the Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates.  I love the silhouette of this tee with the long sleeves.  The volume up top with a fitted sleeve and waist works wonders on my frame too.  I will definitely be making more of these when the weather cools down.

My go-to staples will remain the same…

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Sew Much Ado’s Seafarer Top is so quick and I love the slim fit of it.  It’s the perfect basic top for me.

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Shwin’s Daytripper Top is another go-to that I can’t give up- pockets in a top are genius!  I’ve even hacked this one into my favorite loose-fitting maxi dress.  It’s just so good!

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The Love Notions La Bella Donna Top is so super flattering and could potentially dethrone my other got-to’s.  I need to make a short sleeve version stat but I absolutely adore my long sleeve ones.

K- are you feeling overwhelmed?  That’s a lot of dolmans, right there!  The great thing about the pdf world is that there is something for everybody.  I certainly loved following my co-bloggers on this adventure and even with my abundance of dolman patterns I think I may pick up a couple of their favorites too.  Dolmans are so versatile and each pattern has it’s own unique fit and options that I hope you found the perfect pattern (or two…or ten!).

A HUGE thank you to the designers who so willingly gave patterns for this series and to the other bloggers who worked so hard each week.  Thanks Ti for letting me join in the fun.

And thank ya’ll for following along! I hope to see you around here again soon!

Floral Cropped Hudsons

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The Hudson Pants from True Bias are one of those things I could make in my sleep.  Between me and my little ones, I’ve made too many to count.  I needed some quick comfy traveling pants before our trip so I instinctively grabbed my Hudson pattern.

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Now, while I’m thrilled with the final pants, that fateful Friday-the day before we left, was the sewing day from down under.  I usually share all my butterfly and rainbow sewing tales but this was just an awful day.

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I whipped through these pants and almost two raglans all on my serger when I realized my serger tension was off.  Like way off… looking great coming off the machine but a little stretch and it would unravel.  In my five years of sewing with my serger I’ve rarely had tension issues.  My good ol’ Brother 1034D just is that amazing!

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So, instead of being done with my projects in an hour, I spent three fiddling with tension, tearing everything apart and RE-SEWING everything!  AND, I was silly and didn’t interface my grommets so one came off while threading the drawstring and while I thought I could be tricky and put a grommet in with the waistband attached I managed to punch a hole clear through the other side of the waistband.   Somedays are just like that… even in Australia (to quote our favorite book of the moment 😉

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So these pants are fabulous though!  I can’t wait for warmer spring weather to wear these ALL THE TIME!  This Club french terry is so soft and delicious!

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I finally fiddled with the pocket size on the Hudsons and love them!  My phone fits perfectly and it’s not too bulky- win-win-win!!

Do you ever have days like that? What’s been your worst sewing disaster?  I’ve had patterns not work out for me but I think this was especially bad because it felt like an old friend, my trusty serger, had turned on me.  With a little work we’ve gotten back together and will have many more rainbow and butterfly stories to share with you!

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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