handmade

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.

Sharp as a shark

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

shark11

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.

shark 16

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

shark8

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.

shark3

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!

shark7

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.

shark 19

I love the contrast of the front zip.

shark14

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!

shark12

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??

shark 21

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!)

shark9

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.

shark5

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? :)

shark10

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!

shark13

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

Alter a shirt pattern to a gathered tunic [a tutorial]

One of the great things about sewing your own clothes is that you can make them how YOU want them to be. Have a great shirt pattern? You can make a tunic from it really easily!

Alter a shirt pattern to a gathered tunic  If Only They Would Nap
When Melissa of Blank Slates Patterns offered to send me her Shoreline Boatneck Top and Dress  [affiliate link] pattern, I was super excited. I love her children’s patterns, but I have yet to sew one of her women’s patterns. This pattern has both shirt and dress options… but I’m a girl who likes to have it all ;) so I decided to make it into a tunic.

DSC_0247
You can do this with pretty much any shirt or dress pattern you own [or you can even alter a shirt you have in your closet!], and it doesn’t take much.

step 1
1. You’re going to cut the front and back bodice into two pieces. Firs, cut the top portion, both the front and the back bodice piece – but cut them about where you want the gathering to hit. Measure down from your armpit. The Shoreline Boatneck has a line on the pattern piece to lengthen/shorten, and I cut my bodice piece about an inch lower than that. The front and back bodice pieces should be the same length.

step 2

2. Cut the bottom of the back bodice the same width as the pattern piece, but slightly longer. Measure down from where your gathering will hit down to where you want the tunic to end. [I ended up shortening mine after trying it on.]

step 3

3. Now cut the bottom of the bodice front. You want it to be longer [the same length as you cut the back piece] and wider, to account for the gathers. I made mine about five inches wider, cut on the fold.

step 4

4. Gather that front lower bodice piece you just cut. There are several different ways to gather. In this picture, I stitched a basting stitch and pulled on the bobbin thread to gather it. It’s more “proper” to use two lines of stitching.. but I tend to break the rules. ;)

step 5

5. Gather your lower bodice piece to match the top of the front bodice. You want them to be the same width.

6. Sew the two front pieces together, then sew the two back pieces together.

7. Continue to follow the rest of the pattern instructions to complete your tunic!

DSC_0295

This mint green and cream striped Ponte de Roma fabric from Girl Charlee is amazing. I may or may not have snuggled with it after it arrived, it’s that soft. Don’t judge… you’ll do it too. It drapes really well and has a great weight. It has pretty quickly become one of my favorite knits to work with, I think.

DSC_0264

One of the things I love about Melissa’s patterns is her sleeves. They’re always perfect! I also added pockets to the tunic – because everything is better with pockets.

DSC_0253

Now excuse me while I go fill my entire wardrobe with Ponte de Roma tunics… :)

This post is sponsored by Girl Charlee, who provided the fabric for this tutorial. [Thanks, Girl Charlee!] All opinions are my own.

 photo b9b7fdd7-f58e-471d-bdad-f41d70ed1a05_zps64e30f76.jpg

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.

sew in tune collage
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.

DSC_0714

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.

DSC_0662
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.

green pants

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

how to add a tuxedo stripe to pants

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

DSC_0577
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.

DSC_0576

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

DSC_0582

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

DSC_0623
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.

DSC_0722
I upcycled a black tee and used a fabric that reminded me of planets.

DSC_0650
This was his “make my mouth the same shape as a planet” face. :)

jumping
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!

Sew-in-Tune 250

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.

lullaby line

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.

DSC_0459

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.

DSC_0464

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.

DSC_0600

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.

DSC_0553

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. :)

DSC_0490
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]

DSC_0612

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!

DSC_0609
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.

DSC_0605

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

Image Map

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.

DSC_02867. Place the sunglasses right sides together and stitch around the curved edges.DSC_0289

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.

DSC_0374

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

Bond Top Pattern Tour [a pattern review]

Recently, my lovely friend Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy [and my partner in crime for Handmade Gifts for Boys] launched her pattern shop Beatnik Kids! She has three super adorable boys, so she has a passion for unique boy designs.

I had the privilege of testing and now touring [if I say it like that, it kinda makes me sound famous, right?] with her very first pattern release – which can be for boys or girls – the Bond Top!

Bond Top // if only they would nap

This pattern is so unique, it combines knits and wovens, so it’s comfy but the collar and bib front dress it up a little.
Bond Top // if only they would nap

I lengthened the sleeves for the striped top, but kept the 3/4 length for the Star Wars top. [yes, even the two-year-old knows who Darth Vader is!]

Bond Top // if only they would nap

Because of the button placket, I wouldn’t suggest this pattern as your first foray into garment sewing. But I think even a confident beginner could handle it, as Stacey’s instructions and pictures are super clear. And once you get the hang of a button placket, the top comes together really quickly.

Bond Top // if only they would nap

I rounded the edges on one bib and kept the sharper corners on the other. Which way do you like better? I can’t decide..

Bond Top // if only they would nap

Pay close attention to the head circumference chart that’s provided in the pattern. My large-noggined kiddo may or may have contributed to her decision to put that in there… [have you ever tried to squeeze a too-tight shirt over a two-year-old's head? no? it's not pretty]

Bond Top // if only they would nap

I used one large vintage button on my six-year-old’s top, and I really love the added detail.
Bond Top // if only they would nap

We’re obviously Bond Top super-fans. :)

I am just LOVING all the Bond Tops [and Bond dresses!] that are on the tour. There’s so much you can do with this pattern! Hop over to Happy Stitch to check out her version today too, and all the other stops:

 photo BondTopTour_zpsfb3bb10d.jpg

If you want your own copy of the pattern [which of course you do] you can get it here for $2 off until Friday with the code BONDTOP

Disclosure: I was given this pattern in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly recommend it. :)

Felted Wool Tablet Case [a Handmade Winter project]

Recently some lovely bloggers put together an ebook called Handmade Winter. And when I got my copy, it didn’t take me long to pick out my first project, a felted wool tablet case.

 photo b4cfb25e-c950-4da0-8d9e-79f150578856_zps4b504797.jpg

This tutorial caught my eye, partly because I love the coziness of felted wool, and partly because my hubby gifted me a tablet for Christmas that needed a new home.

 photo 897d2f76-6c89-4a77-8a59-89e5ef3080e8_zpsbab04fe5.jpg

I had already felted this thrifted sweater awhile ago, so this case took only about 15 minutes to put together.

 photo ca589744-2fca-4ea6-ba58-9fcad461b34b_zps65402003.jpg

The case in the ebook has the seams sewn on the outside, but I decided to sew them on the inside instead. I also chose to attach my lining with a blind stitch. And while we’re talking about the lining… Flannel. Orange. Bikes. It’s just too fantastic for words.

 photo 39cdef33-4b31-42e5-954e-0f53d09a9734_zpsef45fe6b.jpg

One more element of cozy added to my naptime reading corner [also known as, the place where I hide from my children].

The photography in the Handmade Winter ebook is stunning. The pictures really make you want to curl up with a cup of coffee and snuggle under your warm, wool blanket. Or eat that glorious raspberry deliciousness there..!

 photo HandmadeWinter-Gather_zps045cfbfd.jpg

It’s filled with recipes, party ideas, winter traditions, kid crafts, and some really lovely sewing projects.

 photo 9b31d00b-8c0f-4861-b16c-997f3d6a48ad_zps6a03ac61.jpg

You can read more about Handmade Winter here.

 photo 3e59c62c-2368-4026-be8e-992e1437d2b3_zpsce7ba311.jpg

Now if you need me, I’ll be right here… just don’t tell my kids. ;)

 photo b7716462-7937-4f57-810c-c1dc5aa030b9_zpsc52109fe.jpg

Disclosure: I received this ebook in exchange for my review. All opinions are, of course, my own.

DIY Leather Notebook Cover [and a leather giveaway!]

Awhile back, I was contacted by the Leather Hide Store, asking if I wanted to sew something with their leather. After taking a peek at their website, I got pretty excited. So. Many. Options. I settled on Dark Copper Mountain Saddle, and they sent me a remnant. And when I say remnant, I actually mean a super ginormous piece of leather.

You guys, this leather is ahMAYzing. Seriously, the smell…. ahhhhh. SO fantastic. It arrived right before Christmas, so I decided to make a notebook cover for my brother [who is now a lawyer, so obviously needs fancy-pants leather notebook covers] and liked it so much that I made one for my husband too. Did I say husband? I meant me. Sorry, honey.

DIY Leather Notebook Cover // if only they would nap

Supplies:

  • leather [the amount you need will depend upon how big your notebook is]
  • sewing machine/thread/scissors
  • Wonder Clips or binder clips

*I didn’t use any fancy supplies – just my regular machine and a fresh needle. You may find a roller foot
or a leather needle helpful [affiliate links]… I didn’t have either of those on hand, but had no problems.

You may also find it helpful to make a mock-up of your cover out of felt. I got this tip from Jodi, and I used the felt to decide how big my leather pieces should be, without wasting any leather in the process.

1. Lay your notebook out flat and cut around it, leaving about an inch of seam allowance around the entire notebook. This will give you one long rectangular piece of leather. You can curve your corners or leave them square.

 photo f53d2504-933f-497d-8127-3a144b7e6d33_zps524f68e8.jpg

2. Cut two pieces of leather that will be the inner pockets. These should be about two-thirds as long as your notebook , with the same one inch of seam allowance all around [as you can see in the picture above] Use your long leather piece as a guide, so the leather pieces match up and are the same size.

 photo 6867a427-a324-4455-8537-53b1f6394979_zpsd6445fb9.jpg

3. Place the leather pieces right sides together, with one pocket piece on each side. Do not pin the leather together. Use binder clips or Wonder Clips [affiliate link - but I seriously love these things] to keep the pieces together.
 photo ea1d2f73-2663-4130-86d9-91982be9daa4_zpsb93a07ae.jpg

4. Slowly sew only along wrong side of both pocket pieces – you’ll sew in a U shape and stop when you reach the end of the pocket piece [do not sew where there is only one layer of leather]. Sew with a 1/4in. seam allowance and trim the seam allowance a bit when you’re done. But don’t trim too close to your stitches! Leave more seam allowance than I did in the picture above.

 photo 8ad5b0b4-8a6c-4e82-8018-a367c9d79c40_zpsd16d6f5d.jpg

5. Now carefully turn your notebook cover right side out. Press the corners out gently. Clip all around the edges, including the center, folding over the one layer of leather. Then topstitch slowly around the entire notebook cover and trim your loose threads.

 photo d5255f73-962a-49e4-b8bf-47ee616702c3_zpsee227755.jpg

When you’re finished, you’ll have a notebook cover that looks super professional and also smells really, really good. :)

 photo 32017a0d-ed55-4926-aa97-afaa106e0a9f_zps4a70d151.jpg

Don’t be afraid to sew with leather! Just remember to go slowly. Lengthening your stitch may also help. Also, the leather from the Leather Hide Store sews like butter. Well, better than butter, because what kind of crazy person tries to sew with butter….

For more leather-sewing tips and project ideas, check out this Pinterest board full of
leather inspiration and DIY tutorials!

 photo b555234e-cc92-41bb-ae62-4df529b77cf0_zps26623eb1.jpg

You can also use your notebook cover to carry a tablet or e-reader, protecting it from scratches. Slip a small notebook in the other side if you’re like me and need to do all your list-writing on actual paper.

 photo 0c341746-9bef-4d67-8d36-19e4cc362677_zps1683ee94.jpg

Obviously I’ll be using mine at the coffee shop… or in my house pretending I’m at the coffee shop and hoping someone doesn’t spill my coffee all over my fabulous leather.

Leather Hide Store is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers. The giveaway is open until 8pm CST 1/19.

 Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for $50 to the Leather Hide Store!

Disclosure: Leather Hide Store gave me leather for this project, but all opinions about the leather are my own.

a Commuter Cowl and an infinity scarf

Recently I participated in a [mostly] handmade gift swap with some blogging friends of mine. I say mostly handmade, because many of us sent fabric instead of something handmade, but who doesn’t love that?! I got a fantastic pile of fabric that will  be seeing the cutting table soon.

I made a couple of scarves for my swap partner, RaeAnna. As I’ve gotten to know her, I knew that she would love these two chevron prints I had in my fabric stash.

 photo 852ff9b2-0d41-4900-8f1b-5639e8c112f6_zpsb42cf9eb.jpg

With this flannel chevron from JoAnn Fabrics, I made a Commuter Cowl [pattern by Very Shannon]. Shannon is also the amazing designer behind the Sally Dress I raved about here.  photo b367d1bb-9a57-4bb1-bbc1-1ec9573efa47_zpsb655aa3b.jpg

I bought this pattern two Christmases ago to make for my sister [though I forgot to photograph it], and I really love it. I think it’s a super unique cowl, plus it comes together very quickly and easily. Great for those moments when you’ve procrastinated and don’t have a gift for someone… not that I would ever do that [ahem]. Scarves are one of my go-to gifts, and I really recommend having this pattern in your collection. photo 7ba1f405-7e73-4b19-808c-992b30d9831d_zps99462e2d.jpg

And I whipped up a quick infinity scarf out of this chevron knit from Girl Charlee to send along with the Commuter Cowl. Even though I’m not usually on the chevron bandwagon, this fabric was so yummy and soft that it seriously made me want to hop on board.

Next week I have a tutorial and a ridiculously awesome giveaway for you! To make sure you don’t miss a post, subscribe via email in my sidebar or via Bloglovin’ with this handy dandy button:

Follow on Bloglovin

Happy sewing, friends!

Charlie Shirt: a pattern review

Not too long ago, I came across the European pattern designer Zonen09. When I saw her patterns, I seriously could not peel myself away from her site. Not only are her patterns unique and stylish, but she designs for BOYS!

So when I contacted the oh-so-sweet Sharon who is the designer behind Zonen09, she was so gracious and sent me two of her patterns to review!
Charlie Shirt // If Only They Would Nap

The first one I sewed was Charlie. This was the first of her patterns that caught my eye, actually. The style reminds me of the vintage clothing that I tend to gravitate toward at the thrift store, that late 70s/early 80s style that my brothers used to wear.

 photo DSC_0484_zps8affd37e.jpg

This collar!

 photo DSC_0469_zps321c249b.jpg

The cuffs and waistband, well, I always love a shirt with those features. When you sew for boys, you aren’t going to be adding ruffles or lace, so contrasting fabrics give your garments interest.

 photo DSC_0455_zps5c148800.jpg

The main body of the shirt is lined, so it’s nice and sturdy. All of the pattern instructions and pictures were really clear and easy to follow, so I really think that if you’ve sewn a couple of things with knits [or like to challenge yourself a bit!], you could easily graduate to this pattern.

 photo DSC_0473_zps27e08619.jpg

Also, argyle. I mean, seriously. [I don't know where the fabric is from, sorry to say. I got it from my lovely friend Alida, who has amazing style and taste in fabrics] photo DSC_0482_zps1594bdda.jpg

The only thing challenging about this pattern that a beginner might balk at is that seam allowance is not included. So keep that in mind if you don’t want to go through that extra step. This pattern and Jacob [which I'll be blogging about soon!] are both on my list of 15 must-have patterns for boys. These are also the only two patterns she currently has in English – so know that before you buy! Two of her patterns are currently only in Dutch.

 photo DSC_0467_zps2fc4cfd5.jpg

I’ll add a bit of length to mine next time, as my two-year-old seems to have gone through a recent growth spurt. If your kiddo has a longer torso, I’d recommend that. But other than that, the fit was spot-on and was a really quick sew… you know, other than my forty zillion interruptions.

 photo DSC_0458_zps186f09b4.jpg

You can find Zonen09 here or on Facebook.