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.

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.

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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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15 comments

  1. Very cool. My first thought in seeing the tuxedo stripe tutorial would be to sew the original leg seams wrong side together so the contrast strip would enclose the seam making it extra comfy and good looking on the inside, just my preference. It looks like the photo shoot was a lot of fun. Have a lovely weekend

  2. Jess, I love the Bond Top with a zipper! What a great idea! And it does go perfectly with this song which is constantly stuck in my head too. Good things its such a good song! Thanks so much for sewing along with us!

  3. Yes, I agree with Sabra, it’s a super FUN outfit you’ve sewn for your son, Jess! Bright green pants with a COOL zip front top — looks comfy and casual, so ideal for jumping on the bed! PERFECT outfit for “dreaming about all your future could hold … like jumping on the moon!” Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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