Wedding pants for the baby (and my first TESTER call!)

We are headed to my lovely sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend. As I was gathering clothing for the boys and putting together outfits, I quickly realized that the baby had NO pants that didn’t have holes in the knees (hello, fourth child) or that were wedding appropriate. Bonus: it’s Kids Clothes Week and I actually sewed something!
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So I whipped up a quick pair of pants out of some grey twill I had in my stash. These pants are (eeek!) my first pattern that I’m in the process of working on releasing!

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They are flat front, elastic back and designed to fit over the fluffy cloth diaper booty. If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you’ve seen me sew them many, many times for my boys. (You can see my most recent ones here)

DSC_0441I had originally added pockets, but as cute as I thought they were when I sewed them up, they were a little low. Plus, the blazer I had planned for him to wear with the pants was a bit too short, making the pockets look even lower. Then I decided the pockets didn’t match the sweater as nicely. So I ripped them off… they’re a work in progress, these pockets. ;)

DSC_0546If you’d like to be picked (heh… see what I did there) for testing this unisex pattern, apply to be a tester by entering your information here. The pattern won’t be ready for testing for a couple more weeks, and since it’s my first pattern, I expect my timeline to go a little slower than designers who’ve done this before. But the pattern is coming!!

Happy sewing, friends!

P.S. This pattern has no name yet… any ideas??

Why I’m not waiting for perfect anymore

Life is too short to wear clothes I don't like

I find myself buying fewer and fewer pieces of clothing for myself, because I look at them and think “surely I can just make this for myself instead!” But the thing is, I’ve been saying that for a long time. And I keep holding back, waiting…

To find the perfect pattern.

To be done breastfeeding.

To not be pregnant.

To finally lose the baby weight.

To find the perfect fabric… And then never cutting into it, because there’s no pattern good enough for this amazing fabric.

To have perfected all my sewing skills (ha!)

The past few days, I’ve been taping patterns and choosing fabric for dresses and shirts that I’ve been wanting to sew for awhile. But I keep getting hung up on my fabric choices, hesitating to cut into fabrics that I love, because what if I suddenly lose ten pounds and it doesn’t fit anymore (that’s a lovely dream, isn’t it?) Or what if I decide I don’t like it, and then I’ve used this expensive or hard to find fabric on something I’m never going to wear?

There will always be excuses to keep me from sewing for myself. But really, now is the perfect time. Because there is no perfect time. If I keep waiting for the stars to align and for life’s circumstances to be exactly what I hope they will be, I’m never going to do it. Today I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold out for perfect. I’m going to embrace the imperfections of my life and my circumstances. I’m not going to save my favorite fabrics for someday. I’m going to sew for myself, even if I haven’t met my “ideal weight.” I’m going to sew garments that aren’t perfect, but that I feel good about wearing, because they were made by me. And I’m going to make mistakes and I’m going to “waste fabric” as I try new things.

Because life is too short to wear clothes that I don’t like and to spend my days waiting around for someday. If (when?) I lose that baby weight, I may have to make myself some new clothes.. but then I get to make myself new clothes. And they’ll probably be better, because with each garment I sew, my skills improve and I learn how to fit my body. And goodness, there will always be pretty fabric. I do love buying new fabrics.. :)

So over the next few months, you’ll be seeing more sewing for me. And if you don’t, you have permission to yell at me. Well, gently remind me of this post anyway.

Will you join me?

Happy sewing, friends!

Fall Favorites Giveaway!

Today I’m joining up with my friend Alyson and bringing you an awesome fall giveaway. Fall is definitely my favorite season. Between my birthday and boot-scarf-cardigan-wearing weather and the changing of the leaves, I’m one happy girl. Just don’t ask me how I feel about winter, okay? ;)

Take a look at all the amazing prizes –  a $55 Gift Card for Starbucks (um, y’all know I’m a coffee girl!), a scarf, a zipper pouch & key fob, a fall print, an arrow clutch, and a fall sign! I love teaming up with and supporting handmade shops, so hopefully you’ll meet a few new makers that you can check out for some of your holiday shopping. These lovelies are super talented.

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Happy Fall Y’all, print from This Girls Doodles

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Arrow Clutch from The Barefoot Seamstress

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Navy Blue Infinity Scarf from Forgotten Cotton

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Fall Sign from Prim & Proper Signs

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Fun Zipper Pouch & Key Fob from Little Ms Fancy Pants

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I really wish I could win, because, wow! Lots of really great stuff. And, $55 to Starbucks?! That’s a LOT of coffee & tea, or some super cute mugs. A total value of over $150. 

Good luck!!

click HERE to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Striped Neptune Tee

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know my love of all things Pattern Anthology. Four of my favorite designers put out a collection of patterns together for a limited time discount, then the patterns go to their individual shops at regular retail price. Every single time a new Pattern Anthology collection comes out, I’m so impressed. There’s usually some squealing involved. (You can see a few of the things I’ve sewn from previous collections here) The ladies have just come out with another fabulous women’s collection, 8 Days a Week, and I sewed up the Neptune Tee.

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I sewed the simple version, but the pattern comes with these amazing triangle cutouts.

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A T-shirt and jeans is pretty much my mom uniform, and I love the fit of this tee. I brought mine in around the hips a little bit, but made no other alterations and it fits perfectly.

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The pattern comes together super quickly – a naptime sew (yay!) So basically it’s quicker to make myself a new shirt than to wash one that’s dirty. Hmmm….

DSC_0102I especially like the armbands. … and this fabulous GLITTER striped fabric that I’ve been hoarding (from either JoAnn’s or Hancock Fabrics a couple years ago) Since my life is all superheroes and Thomas trains, a boy mama needs a little glitter fabric in her life, am I right?

DSC_0027While you’re looking at this gorgeous tee, you can also notice that I have to remove my stove knobs … life with a toddler, my friends.

DSC_0054I was given the Neptune Tee pattern in exchange for testing, but I always stand by my reviews – and I super love this shirt. You can get yours along with the rest of the 8 Days a Week collection until October 6th, or from See Kate Sew after that date.

Happy sewing, friends!

Kudzu Coveralls Dress

Last weekend, I went to my cousin’s baby shower and she’s having a GIRL! Since my world is all boy sewing, I was a little giddy with excitement at the idea of sewing a dress – the Kudzu Coveralls Dress from Sew Like My Mom!

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I picked up this butterfly corduroy at JoAnn’s in the remnant section awhile back. Since I don’t have a big need for girly fabrics, I like to scour the remnants and find smaller pieces that hide out in my stash for just these situations.

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The sweet little gathers in corduroy! Is there anything cuter?

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I lined the bodice with a vintage floral and used Kam Snaps. Just like the overalls, the dress version of the Kudzu is super easy to follow and comes together so quickly. And the itty bitty dress that comes out is freaking adorable.

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I also made a little headband, using some fold over elastic and this super easy flower tutorial.

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I can’t wait to see this little cousin wearing this sweet little dress! (wait, if she’s my cousin’s daughter, what does that make her to me… once removed? second cousin? I truly have no idea..)

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This, my friends, is more pink than my sewing machine usually sees.

Happy sewing!

DIY Boxy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Zipper pouches are perfect for basically everything… and a boxy pouch that can stand up? Better than perfect. It’s easily a naptime sew (you know how I love those), so let’s get making!
Make your own boxy zipper pouch

Supplies:

  • outer fabric
  • lining fabric
  • zipper

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1. Cut two outer fabrics and two linings. I made mine 8in x 8in x 8in x 10in. to make a trapezoid – but you can adjust the size as needed.

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2. Sandwich your zipper (mine is 7in) between one of the outer and lining, right sides together, and sew using your zipper foot. The outer fabric should be on the top of the zipper.

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3. Flip the fabrics back, press carefully (without melting your zipper!) and topstitch.

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4. Now repeat with the other set of fabric.

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5. Open the zipper (don’t skip this step!)

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6. Lay the lining and outer fabrics right sides together. Carefully pin together. Sew along the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining.

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7. Flatten the bottom of the lining and the outer fabrics. Sew across the corners and cut off the leftover triangle.

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The bottom should look like this when you’re done.

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8. Turn the pouch right side out, using the hole in the bottom of the lining. Then sew the lining shut. I like to hand sew this with a blind stitch, because I think it looks cleaner, but you can also straight stitch along the entire bottom seam with your machine.

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Then rejoice in your beautiful standing zipper pouch!

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Fill it with make up or hand sewing projects or throw it in your purse to hold all that random junk that doesn’t have a place.

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Happy sewing, friends!

Boy Sewing: Inspiration + Tips

When it comes to sewing for boys, one of the top complaints I hear in sewing circles is that it isn’t as fun as sewing for girls or that you can’t find good patterns and inspiration. Well, as a boy mama, I completely disagree. Sewing for boys is far from boring, and to show you what I mean, I’ve got a roundup of boy sewing inspiration that is sure to get your creativity flowing! Plus, you may find a new blog or two to follow!

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(And P.S. I know that many of these tips and ideas would be equally lovely for girl sewing, so you girl mamas can get inspired too! But because the point is to inspire some sewing for boys, forgive my gender inequality today please.)

1. Costume turned everyday

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One of my favorite blogs to follow for boy sewing inspiration is Sew a Straight Line. Sabra knocks it out of the park every single time. and her details are amazing. She recently sewed the Knight Hoodie pattern by Charming Doodle. It veers toward costume-y, but still make something suitable for everyday play. Plus, is this not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in your life?

2. Root, root, root for the home team

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Have a sports lover in your house? Sew up a jersey, or a t-shirt that looks like one! Melissa of Melly Sews sewed her boys these jerseys so they can show their school pride.

3. Create your own graphic tees

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 1. Delia Creates         2.  If Only They Would Nap      3. Shwin&Shwin

I think both Delia and Shauna do graphic tees really well (among so many other things). I’ve seen them both share a variety of techniques and graphics that any boy would love. Plus, this one doesn’t actually have to involve sewing – you can add graphics to a T-shirt you buy at the store.

4. Color blocking

Kids can get away with some pretty rad color combos, so don’t be afraid to mix it up.

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Color blocking can really crank an outfit up a notch, as Monica from Adirondack Inspired shows with this fantastic chambray outfit. Plus, this is stunning, am I right?

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Color blocking + exposed zipper =  See Kate Sew is a genius.

5. Bring out your inner animal

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Adding ears, spikes, wings, etc. makes your little animal lover happy. Also, a baby in a bear hoodie is just too.much.cute. Marissa at Raegun Ramblings is a new boy mama, and I think she’s already got the boy sewing down.

6. Layer it up

vests and cardigans for boys1. If Only They Would Nap   2. The Crazy Tailor   3. Sew Much Ado
4. Quietude  5.  Lady and the Gents

 Since boy mamas aren’t adding ruffles and gathers to their clothes, add interest with layers – vests and cardigans! They can be dressed up or down to fit your boy’s look.

7. Pattern Play

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Don’t let the girls have all the fun when it comes to using prints. Whether hiding in the lining like Sharon at Zonen09 and her amazing Lars jacket…

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..or used as your main fabric like Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts did with this rad houndstooth Bimaa. Her boy rocks the prints!

8. Add accents and bright colors to pants

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                      1. Piping           2. Neon + Tuxedo Stripes          3. Neon Color Blocking

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No more boring clothes excuses here! Adding accents to pants is one of my favorite ways to personalize boys’ clothing. Whether it’s piping or patch pockets, your boy’s pants can match his style. Caila at Caila Made added these awesome patch pockets in this geometric fabric, changing the entire look of the shorts.

DSC_2271The subtle color additions to these pants from Laura at Craftstorming is a perfect touch.

9. Embrace the Overalls

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Okay really, is there anything cuter than a little boy in overalls? I’ll tell you. No, there is not.

10. Be a Hero

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Adding a little super hero to a boy’s wardrobe is nearly always a win and super fun. (See what I did there?) I love the way Max California used Green Lantern as her inspiration for her son’s motorcycle vest.

Are you feeling inspired for some boy sewing?? I know I am! If you’re looking for some boy patterns, make sure you check out this Mega List of Boy PDF Patterns from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts.boy megalist pinterest

Cars + Arrows for the baby

Sometimes, when you’re immersed in the beginning of a new school year and working on things that aren’t ready to be shared yet (read: I’m working at a snail’s pace due to all.the.children), you sew up a quick outfit, just for the fun of it.

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The shirt was a quick pattern-less draft that I eye balled while the babe slept, so not perfect, but good enough.

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The arrow is painted on with fabric paint and I totally love it.

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I love a little cloth diaper booty.

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I’ve got some good things coming in the next few weeks, so make sure you follow on Bloglovin’ or Facebook, because exciting things are in the works (oohh mystery and intrigue! ;)

 

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Thrifty Sewing – some PDF pattern sales!

Happy almost weekend! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about a couple of deals I’ve seen floating around the online sewing community. (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with these deals, but good sewing friends enable help each other out, right? ;)

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The Perfect Pattern Parcel is a bundle deal where you get to pick your own price, and the proceeds go to charity. I have sewn two of these patterns (the Zippy Jacket and the Skinny Jeans) and they’re must-haves. The deal ends today, so if you’re looking for deals on patterns good for boys or girls, hop over and check this one out.

September-Pattern-MemberHave you heard of Pattern Member? This is the brainchild of the amazing Jess of Sewing Rabbit fame. When you become a member, you get three patterns each month at a steal of a price. This month’s pattern bundle includes two patterns that I’ve sewn and love – Surfer Slacks and Sally Dress, along with another pattern – for only $10!

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The lovely ladies at Frances Suzanne have been hosting a super fun Flip This Pattern competition (you may remember my flip), and this month they are doing a September Showcase! They are featuring patterns from indie designers who have five or fewer kids’ patterns. They have a pretty sweet giveaway, but also they have a HUGE list of discounts from the participating pattern designers. So scoot on over there to see the list and find the discount you maybe didn’t even know you were waiting for.

Have you spotted any good PDF pattern deals lately? Leave a comment if you have, I’d love to hear about them!

 

Zippy Jacket for the Blank Slate Sewing Team

Happy Friday, friends! Today you can find me over at Melly Sews, sharing a tutorial for this half-zip pullover. Pop over and check it out!

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