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DIY geometric typography tee [a tutorial]

My friend Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy asked me to join in on her Fashionable Type series – celebrating all kinds of typography in fashion. I had a few ideas right away, but with the Straight Lines and Angles series still in my head, I decided to go geometric again.

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I was inspired by this amazing typography, and I used some scraps of striped knit to create a similar design.

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I made my T-shirt out of some absolutely delicious Ponte de Roma knit from Girl Charlee, though this could be done on a store-bought tee as well. Here are the super easy steps…

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1. Cut out the letters from knit scraps and iron lightweight interfacing on the back.

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2. Trim any extra interfacing

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3. Pin the letters onto the shirt’s front. If you’re sewing the shirt, do this before you sew the front and back together. I like to pin the corners to keep the letters from shifting around.

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4. Then carefully top-stitch the letters onto the fabric. Go slowly and carefully so they don’t shift out of place. Since knit doesn’t fray, you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges of your letters. A ready-to-wear shirt will be a little bit trickier to maneuver in your machine, but if you go slowly, it should be no problem. :)

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A couple notes about this knit… I LOVE Ponte de Roma knits. They’re quickly becoming my favorite. They sew together gloriously and are super comfortable. My tunic that I made out of stripey Ponte de Roma (also from Girl Charlee) is one of my favorite handmade garments. Plus, how fun is this vibrant orange?!

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Funny side note: I actually made this shirt for my two-year-old. But trying to get a two-year-old to wear something when he doesn’t want to… yeah, that’s not a battle I’m willing to fight. Lucky me, I have another boy waiting in the wings who is more than willing to let me take his photo and just a wee bit taller than the aforementioned toddler.

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This is fun, right? ;)

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Now make sure you pop over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the giveaway for Dead Ringer Designs, which has some sweet t-shirts, and to enter the link party.. and see what kind of typography fun A Jennuine Life for the series today too!

Spring Showers Jacket Tour

This week’s forecast is calling for a LOT of rain. So it’s a good thing that we’re prepared with our new…

Spring Showers Jacket

Spring Showers Jacket, from Elegance & Elephants!

Disclaimer: I’m an affiliate of Elegance & Elegance and this post contains affiliate links

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This pattern is nothing but fantastic. It has everything your kiddo could want in a raincoat (or even just an everyday coat).

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I picked up a tablecloth at Target in the clearance section quite awhile ago. It’s some kind of polyester… not stiff at all, and super wearable. I had in mind to make a jacket out of it, so when Heidi came out with this pattern, I knew it was a meant to be!

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My six-year-old calls it Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors, which is obviously the perfect name. :) The fabric is not 100% waterproof, but I plan to scotch guard it (thanks to Alida’s suggestion). I lined it with red flannel, since we don’t get a lot of rain when it’s super hot out. And it was the only solid color that I had enough of in my stash…

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I love how Heidi even thought to include a way for your little one to hang up their jacket! I used some twill tape, though there’s directions in the pattern for how to make your own.

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I just adore the hood. The visor is awesome. It keeps the rain – or sun! – out of their eyes. I would love to make a fall coat, without the visor, using a different fabric.

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And just because I can’t help but share… epic pattern matching!

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The pockets are so great – they are nice and big. You could easily snap or button them down if you want too.

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We’re big fans of pockets. :)

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This jacket is SO comfy. Perfect for running and playing. He seriously wears it around the house, he loves it so much! A stiffer material might be different, of course, but I love how Heidi designs with real kids in mind.

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Real, giggly, playful kids. :)

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The Spring Showers Jacket pattern is available for sizes 2-12, and is perfect for girls or boys! You can see this and all of the Elegance & Elephants patterns here.

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You can get your pattern for $1 off with the code TOUR. Make sure you check out all the other Spring Showers Jackets on the tour – there are so many great boy and girl versions!

Turtle Kudzu Coveralls

Recntly, some blogging friends and I decided it would be fun to surprise our friend Melissa from Sew Like My Mom with a pattern tour, because we think she’s super awesome and her patterns are crazy fab. Also, surprises are really fun. :)

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I absolutely love sewing overalls for my boys – because really, how cute is a little boy in overalls?! I’ve made them with sweaters, knit fabric, corduroy, and mushrooms. When Melissa came out with her Kudzu Coveralls (and dress) pattern, I died with cuteness.

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First of all, Melissa is a pattern writing genius. This pattern requires printing only a few pages, and the way she puts the pieces together is really something you have to see for yourself.

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The Kudzu can be sewn as overalls or as a dress, and has ridiculously cute appliqué options. And it is SO fast. We all know how much I love really fast sewing projects. ;)

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My little guy is a year, but he’s small, so I wasn’t sure how the 12-18mo size would work. I ended up taking it in a bit on the sides and adding two snap settings. It’s still a little bit big, but still wearable for now, and perfect for growing into this summer.

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I adore everything about this pattern. It’s super comfy and gives you the perfect opportunity to use those adorable woven fabrics that you can’t really use once your kids get older. ;)

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And you know I was right, how can you resist this overall-clad baby?!

The Kudzu is not the only pattern from Sew Like My Mom, so pop over to visit these other blogs to see some more amazingness from the Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern Tour! :)

Sew a Straight Line
Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
Melly Sews

Sharp as a Shark – Project Run and Play week one

Friends! Today is the day! Project Run and Play season 9 is starting today! (let’s just pause a moment while I squeal a little and try to catch my breath!)

The theme for week one is “Put me in the zoo” – looks inspired by animals. I pretty much knew immediately that my inspiration animal would be a shark.

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I’m not going to lie – I love every.single.thing. about this look.

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My goal with this outfit was to have pieces that were very wearable and that could be worn separately. I also didn’t want to be super obvious with my inspiration. The hood of the jacket, of course, is the most obvious – shark’s teeth! – but there are hints of inspiration throughout the whole look.

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Boy looks are all about the details – especially if you aren’t using a lot of prints.

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Since we’re right in the middle of the Straight Lines and Angles series, I had the geometric trend on the brain. So I used some iron-on vinyl to add these triangles. They also reminded me of fins or shark’s teeth.

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The jacket is made from a black denim that has some stretch. I based the jacket very loosely off of the shape of a raincoat we have in our house. There are a lot of pieces in this jacket, and a lot of seams. It was definitely a labor of love!

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The jacket is fully lined, and because of the stretch in the denim, I cut the lining on the bias, matching the stripes to match the lines of the fins.. or the waves. Or both. The pockets are set in the front seams, and peak out just a little.

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I love the contrast of the front zip.

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Speaking of zippers. How pretty is this zipper fly?? So pretty. After my last zipper fly (or should I say my only other zipper fly!), I might be addicted to making them. My pants are never going to be the same!

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The pants were drafted from a pair of ready-to-wear pants, with a lot of changes in the fit and style. The grey twill is super comfy, and I love how it looks with the red piping and top stitching. There also seemed to be something fitting about using red with a shark look…. am I right??

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In addition to the zipper fly, the pants have an elastic back waist, inset front pockets (with a super fun whale print, just because I could!), and back patch pockets (some of those aforementioned details!)

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The tee is made of a super stretchy and comfy knit, self-drafted to be more fitted and with longer short sleeves, because I love that 70s T-shirt look.

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Funny photo shoot story: I took the kids to a park on Lake Michigan to play and take pictures (because you have to take shark inspired pictures by the water, obviously!) I wish someone was taking pictures of me, because I’m sure it was hilarious. Picture me with a baby strapped to my chest, chasing my two-year-old out of the water, all while taking pictures. Sounds fun, right? :)

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It was a little bit, actually :) He really loves this outfit, and he had no problem running and playing on the beach (well, as much as you can do in 40F weather). And I really love this look too. It really is exactly what I wanted it to be!

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Okay, now run – don’t walk – over to the Project Run and Play blog to vote for my look!
Please and thank you :)

 

Fabric sources:

grey twill/black stretch denim: JoAnn Fabrics
blue and white stripes: thrifted
white knit: JoAnn Fabrics
ribbing: upcycled

Counting Stars and adding a tuxedo stripe to pants

The lovely Melissa and Stacey, fellow boy mamas from Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy are in the middle of their Sew in Tune series. It’s super fun – sewing that’s inspired by music!

Confession: I don’t listen to a lot of pop music. I get a lot of my modern day musical education from The Voice. Or random songs I hear on Pandora. Which is actually where I found this one: Counting Stars, by One Republic.

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This song has a really catchy tune, and I find myself singing it throughout the day. Okay, and dancing in my kitchen with my boys. When I first heard this song, it made me think of my oldest, because he loves – I mean LOVES – anything that has to do with stars and planets.

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One of my favorite lines of the song says “I’ve been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be.” And that’s one of the best things about my boy – he dreams big.

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The pants are self-drafted, with this super soft neon green corduroy [I believe it’s Limeade 21 Wale from Robert Kaufman] and tuxedo stripes out of a fabric that looks just like a sky full of stars.

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They have a slight flare to them and are flat front, with pockets in the back.

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I added tuxedo stripes to the pants, which is really easy to do to any pants pattern.

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1. Sew each pant leg together at the outer seam. Cut a long rectangular strip of fabric the length of your seam. How wide you cut the strip depends on the size of your pants and how wide you want the stripe to be. Remember to leave room for your seam allowance.

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2. Fold over and press the long sides of the strip. I folded mine over about 3/8 in.

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3. Pin the fabric along the seam and sew in place with a straight stitch on either side. So easy!

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I used the Bond Top from Beatnik Kids for the shirt, modified without a collar and with an exposed zip. This is my third Bond Top now, and I really love this pattern.

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I upcycled a black tee and used a fabric that reminded me of planets.

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This was his “make my mouth the same shape as a planet” face. :)

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An outfit perfect for dreaming about all your future could hold… like jumping on the moon.

Make sure you check out all the other amazing looks in the Sew in Tune series at Melly Sews and Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy!

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Lullaby Line Pattern Tour: overalls and bodysuit review [and a giveaway!]

Today I’m joining up with the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop lullaby line tour! I’ve blogged about many Peek-a-boo patterns in the past [Coastal Craze shorts and Lazy Day rompers here, the Classic Oxford here, just to name a few], and I haven’t met one I didn’t like.

The Lullaby Line is no exception. I sewed up the bodysuit and the overalls [affiliate links], and well, they make this cute baby even cuter, if I do say so myself.

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The Lullaby Line is sold as a bundle [affiliate link] with every pattern you could need for baby basics or you can purchase each pattern individually. The patterns include the bodysuit and lap tee, shorts/pants, hat/mittens, gown, baby and toddler sleepsack, and the overalls. A couple are just for babies [like the gown and the hat/mittens], but some of these patterns go up to size 4T, and the sleepsack goes up to a 5/6.

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I was pretty psyched to sew the bodysuit. I mean, babies pretty much live in these things. And if you don’t have a baby, you probably know someone having one who will need like fifteen million bodysuits.

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I upcycled one of my hubby’s old shirts, and it came together super quickly and easily. My almost 11month old is a little peanut, so I sewed the 9month size, but used the 12month length, since he wears cloth diapers. I also added longer cuffs to the sleeves.

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The overalls are fantastic. They can be made in nearly every fabric [knit, woven, fleece, corduroy…] and have some options to girly them up too. And I think even a beginning sewer could sew these up with Amy’s clear pictures and instructions.

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He’s pretty content to be ruffle-free, though. I sewed the 9month size again, but with the 12month length, so he has some room to grow. I will probably add another snap setting on the strap, because the top is a little big on him. But like I said, he’s itty bitty. :)

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They have these great side vents and you can add pockets in the front and/or the back. I think that overalls are a great way to showcase a super cute print. Like this mushroom fabric. Mushrooms! So adorable. [I got it from Drawstring Studio, though she doesn’t have it in stock right now]

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I love sewing comfy clothes for my kiddos, that they can nap and play in without being restricted. I love that about Peek-a-boo patterns!

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Who can look at a baby post without a close-up of baby toes??!

Make sure you pop over to the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop blog to see more Lullaby Line reviews and adorable outfits! You can also click on the graphic above to go directly to the participating blogs.

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But wait, there’s more! Three super lucky winners will win a $50 gift certificate to Peek-a-boo Patterns! Woot!!

 Click here to enter the giveaway

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Sewing a Secret Sunglasses Pocket

Did you see the announcement that the Sew In Tune series is coming back to Melly Sews and Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy? I had so much fun last time, and I’ll be back again this year! As I’m prepping for my post, I realized that I never shared my full post here on my blog! Woops… so a year later, here it is. :)

The first song that popped into my mind for this series was Sunglasses at Night, sung by Corey Hart. Classic 80s, my friends. Oh how I love the 80s.

DSC_0363My three-year-old adores wearing sunglasses. When he wears them outside, he usually insists on keeping them on when he comes inside too, so I thought this would be a fun one to design for him.

DSC_0337I grabbed some fun rockstar knit fabric for the shirt and added a sunglasses applique that has a little secret to it. Keep reading for details on that. I also have a tutorial on the pants, made out of an unlikely fabric choice for a boy!

DSC_0365The jacket is upcycled from a pair of pants [that attract a LOT of lint] and is a self-drafted pattern…

5133X4BYPYL._SL500_SS500_…inspired by this Corey Hart album cover. Every rockstar needs a rockin’ jacket, I say.

 photo 6a97ec03-a08e-4928-a91b-47c1ae401877_zps60687158.jpgNow, a tutorial for the tee! Sew up a T-shirt using the pattern of your choice (I drafted my own by tracing a tee that fits my son well). I like the look of shirts that are more fitted and have cuffs at the wrist and a matching neckband, particularly when they’re in a fun color to add a bit of pop to the shirt. If your pattern doesn’t call for them, they’re super easy to add.

DSC_02981. Cut two pieces of knit fabric the width of your sleeve and double the length you want the cuff to be. Mine measured about 4in. x 8in. when folded (like seen in the picture above). The stretch of the fabric should go left to right when your fabric is folded like mine.DSC_0301

2. To add a matching neckband, cut a strip of fabric that is slightly smaller than your neck opening. Mine was about an inch and a half wide before it was folded.DSC_0314

3. Sew up the long, unfolded sides of the cuffs and the short sides of the neckband.

DSC_03334. Fold the wrist cuffs so the seams are on the inside. Attach them to the ends of your sleeves using either a serger or a stretch stitch.

DSC_03355. Do the same thing with your neckband. You can also topstitch over your neckband with a double needle.

DSC_0294But wait… we’re not done yet! The sunglasses! Because three-year-olds love surprises, these sunglasses also double as little pockets for holding treasures and cars and all the random things that three-year-olds love so much.

DSC_02856. After cutting out two of a simple sunglasses shape, fold over the top edge and straight stitch it in place.

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8. Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance.

DSC_02909. Flip the sunglasses right side out and stitch them onto the shirt, leaving the top-side open.

DSC_029610. Carefully stitch down the back side of the sunglasses as well, to make your little one’s secret pocket!

DSC_0369I also ended up stitching a small line in between the two lenses, just to keep the front of the glasses from flopping over when there’s something in the pocket.

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Between this dude’s hair and the way he sings the Thomas the Train theme song, he may just be a future rockstar. ;)

Study Hall Jacket – Go To Patterns Tour!

When Andrea of Go To Patterns came out with the Study Hall Jacket pattern, I may or may not have squealed out loud. It is so.darn.cuuuuuute. And I bought it right away. Because after sewing up the Casual Lady [three times] and knowing how much I loved it, I knew I was getting a really, really good pattern. So when she asked me to join up with her pattern tour, it was the kick in the pants I needed to finally make it.

[Disclosure: I’m an affiliate of Go To Patterns. All opinions are, as always, my own.]


Study Hall Jacket  If Only They Would NapThis pattern has a bazillion options. You can girly it up with ruffles or keep it simple. Welt pockets, zipper pockets, hood… pretty much whatever you could want in a jacket.

DSC_0536I sort of mostly followed the pattern, but changed up a few details. I’ve never been a by-the-recipe kind of girl..

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I used a light corduroy for the main part of the jacket, and sandwiched a layer of flannel between the corduroy and the lining… because we live in Wisconsin, people. It’s cold here. Nearly all the time. [pants tutorial found here]

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DSC_0527This baby is an upcycled bedsheet from Target. It was on clearance. It was calling my name, obviously.

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The pockets were not in the pattern, but I wanted a print on the outside of the coat too. This was the other sheet set on clearance… it also called to me. I made the collar a little differently too. More like this jacket. The ribbing cuffs [which I made a little bit longer than the pattern called for] and waistband make this jacket so super comfy. Though there are options for these too if you don’t want to use knit fabric.

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I was pretty amazed at how quickly this pattern came together. I maaaay have freaked out before I sewed it, thinking I wasn’t going to have it done in time [since my sewing time is pretty unpredictable], and then I did it in a few hours. Which included me cutting the wrong size hood and not realizing it until I was trying to attach it and then scrapping it and going with the collar… which I like even better. I love happy accidents like that!

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And… what’s a photo shoot without a weird face, right? That means he likes it.

If you haven’t already, definitely check out all the other stops on the Go To Patterns tour over on Andrea’s blog. I have really loved seeing what everyone has been sewing. I’ve especially loved Stacey’s cowl neck Casual Lady and Justine’s comic Anywhere Dress. So cute.the-tour

And because Andrea’s so super awesome, she’s got a sale on her patterns this week –

Use code KCW10 to get 10% off your entire order

Use code KCW20 to get 20% off your order of $30 or more

Happy sewing, friends!

Mustache Vintage V-Neck

If your kids are anything like mine, they wear a lot of T-shirts. I mean, a lot. So when Melissa asked me to be a part of the Blank Slates Pattern tour, I knew I had to try out her Vintage V-neck.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Blank Slate Patterns. I received this pattern for free in exchange for my review and get a small percentage for each purchase. All opinions are my own.
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As I’ve grown to expect of Blank Slate Patterns, this pattern is very well done. The instructions and pictures are so clear and easy to follow.
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And one of the greatest things about sewing T-shirts? They are ridiculously fast. Pretty sure this one took me maybe 20 minutes. [not including the time that I had to nurse the baby, break up a fight between brothers, and switch a load of laundry]DSC_0468

The grey fabric I wanted to use was an eensy bit too short, so I used a strip of accent fabric at the bottom to make it work.
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My three-year-old likes to wear clothes that we can name… like “the train shirt” or “the shirt with the shoes” … so this one is the mustache shirt. I love that something as simple as that can make getting dressed just a bit easier. And I’m aaaallll about easier.
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Mustaches go well with long eyelashes, don’t you think..?

DSC_0509Before you check out all the other stops on the tour, you should know that Melissa is donating 50% of all her proceeds this week to the Komen Foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month and her late grandmother. I have had some amazing women in my family who have beaten Breast Cancer, so this hits me close to home too.

Blank Slate Patterns - PDF Sewing Patterns for Kids and WomenMelissa has such a great variety of patterns in her shop, Blank Slate Patterns. I’ve truly never been disappointed with any of them. Please go pop over to her blog, Melly Sews, to check out all the other amazing garments that have been made. They will definitely spark some inspiration!

 

Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter the Sally Dress pattern giveaway!

Casual Comfort: Sewing for Kindergarten

This year, my oldest started kindergarten. [cue the mama tears!] Yes, we are homeschooling… but that doesn’t make it any less “my baby is growing up too fast!!” But since I have a kindergartener this year, I get to be a part of the Sewing for Kindergarten series – hosted by Sewing Like Mad!

 

While we could stay in our jammies all day if we want to, I’m not usually that kind of mom. I like to get myself dressed and ready for the day – and the kids too. But we do like to keep it casual and comfy.
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Not only is this look comfy for school at home, but it’s also totally appropriate for field trips or our weekly homeschool group.
DSC_0982The sweatshirt is upcycled [if you’re new here – that’s my jam] from a thrifted sweatshirt. People.. this is the softest sweatshirt ever.in.life.

DSC_0029The pattern is the Paperback Writer Cardi from Shwin Designs. [affiliate link]DSC_0975

Shauna is the sweetest and sent me this pattern, just because she thought my boys would like it. She’s so amazing like that. I knew it had to be a part of this outfit. This fabric gives it an old-grandpa-sweater feel, which I totally love. The pattern is a dolman-style cardigan, so it doesn’t have separate sleeve pieces [even though it looks like it does here… that’s just because of my upcycle]

DSC_0101The T-shirt is another upcycle, from a local band that sadly broke up. This boy was in my belly at many of their shows, little does he know.

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Now the pants… I have had these color blocked pants [my own pattern] envisioned in my head for quite some time.DSC_0060They’re fun and bright, just like my boy.

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I’ll admit that I’m not super crazy about this denim, because it’s a little on the stiff side until it’s washed a bazillion times. It’s the same denim I used on these shorts.
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DSC_0030Who are you sewing for this year? Mie at Sewing Like Mad has three different flickr groups for you to post your outfits for all different ages, then she’s giving away prizes! [Prizes!] Plus, isn’t it just fun to show other people what you’ve sewn for your kid? Says the blogger…

Thanks for letting me sew along, Mie!