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No Doubt inspired sewing: Sew in Tune

Today I’m letting the music be my muse, with one of my favorite blog series: Sew in Tune! I super love this series, put on by Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts and Melissa of Melly Sews (you can see my looks from previous years here and here). Last year I came across an amazing pair of pants that were crying out to be upcycled, and as soon as I saw them I thought of Gwen Stefani.
No Doubt inspired sewing for Sew in Tune

If you’re a fan of 90s rock (and if not, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. kidding. sort of.) you certainly know No Doubt. I was a huuuuge No Doubt fan in the 90s. In the Spiderwebs music video, Gwen Stefani wears these rad plaid pants:

So when I found a pair of red plaid pants at a thrift store, I knew they’d be perfect for this song. I mean, red.plaid.pants. What’s not to love?


 Communication, a telephonic invasion
I’m planning my escape…


In a nod to the old school phones all over the place in the video, I appliquéd one onto my little guy’s shirt and free motioned the phone cord. Of course, he has never seen a phone like this in his life. But 90s rock is educating in so many ways.DSC_3650

Sorry I’m not home right now
I’m walking into spiderwebs
So leave a message
And I’ll call you back


I re-used the existing waistband from the original pants, because I loved the three silver snaps. The fabric has a little bit of stretch to it, so they’re super comfy. I kinda wish I would have made this look for me instead, though I’m not sure I’d rock it quite as well as he does!DSC_3702

The pants have a little flare – I made them almost the same as these pants, and I’m thinking of drafting them into a pattern, because I love the fit.DSC_3782

The shirt? It’s a self-drafted top that’s upcycled from a jersey bed sheet. I love the stripe-plaid combo, and feel like Gwen would approve.


A likely story, but leave a message
And I’ll call you back

There are many more Sew in Tune posts that you have to see (and you’ll probably get a song or two stuck in your head)! Make sure you check them out over at Melly Sews and Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts. Plus, head over there this weekend for an awesome giveaway!

Happy sewing!

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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

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.

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

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

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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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.


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

Sew in Tune: Sunglasses at Night

Today I’m over at Melly Sews, sharing the rockstar look I talked about yesterday, as part of the Sew in Tune series.DSC_0367Click over to see a fun tutorial for the shirt I made for my little rocker. And to check out the rest of the awesome song inspired looks!