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The Denver Tunic

Sometimes you sew something and as soon as you make it, you quickly realize it’s going to become a favorite. This is one of those garments. When the latest Pattern Anthology collection came out, the Denver (affiliate link) caught my eye, and I knew it would be perfect for cozy winter wear. So I sewed it for my post over on Melly Sews, and I might be a little obsessed with it. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m totally obsessed and wear it all.the.time.Denver Tunic Sewn by If Only They Would Nap

I sewed up the tunic version, and it is SO comfortable! The fit is superb, and it comes together very quickly. I cut this pattern one day, and sewed it up during naptime the following day. There’s nothing I enjoy better than a nap time sew!


There are multiple views to this pattern, so you can sew a dress or a top, which makes it a wardrobe staple, year-round.DSC_2609

I sewed this up with a thick jersey knit and a french terry, both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The floral didn’t have quite enough stretch to be comfortable on its own, but with the french terry, it’s perfect. I had to add a teensy bit of length to the cuffs and the neckline due to the stretch, which made it a fantastic fit. These fabrics by the way? Amazing. This french terry is divine, and I want to french terry all the things.DSC_2579 copy

The deep pockets on this tunic are amazing. I love the look, and they’re so practical for those blustery days or for tossing your phone in your pocket when you don’t want to carry a purse.

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The princess seams make for a great opportunity to showcase two of your favorite fabrics. I love the diagonal of the pockets against the curve of the seams near the shoulder!


I could easily fill my closet with Denvers… all I need is more sewing time! Currently, you can find this pattern in the Pattern Anthology collection or in the Blank Slate Patterns shop.


Super Skinny Pants over at Melly Sews

My post for the Blank Slate Sewing Team is up, so head on over to Melly Sews and check out the Super Skinny Pants I made for my little man!

super skinny pants

Hack a Full Zip Pattern into a Half Zip

Today I have an easy tutorial for hacking a full zip sweatshirt pattern into a half zip. I used the Zippy Jacket (affiliate link) from Blank Slate Patterns, as this post was originally posted for the Blank Slate Sewing Team, but you can do this to any zip-up pattern.

Hack a full zip pattern into a half zip

I originally had no plans to modify this pattern, but I really wanted to use a red zipper. I counted four 7inch red zippers non-separating zippers in my stash (why??) but nothing long enough to make the jacket. But perfect for a half zip!


I made the size 7/8 for my tall seven year old. The fit is just perfect, and he says it’s really comfortable. It must be, because he wears it all the time.


The pockets are my favorite feature of this pattern. You don’t find a lot of sweatshirts with these rounded pockets, and they give you a great chance to give a little peek of an accent fabric.

If you too have a stash of way-too-short zippers (or a little one who does better with a pullover), turning the Zippy Jacket into a half zip is really easy.

1. Instead of cutting two separate pieces for the front, cut one on the fold.

DSC_07502. After sewing your pockets, begin your zipper install. Draw a line from the neckline about five inches. (You may have to adjust the length if you are making a very small size – this one was size 7/8)

DSC_07783. Cut down your five inch line. Fuse a small square of interfacing to the back, allowing your interfacing to go over your cut. Then make a slit thorough your interfacing, like in the above photo.


4. Fold the front piece in half, right sides together. Sew a basting stitch from the neckline down to the bottom of your cut. Lay it right side down and press your seam open.

DSC_00315. Lay your zipper down on the seam. You want the bottom metal part of your zipper to be just below the end of your seam. Your zipper will be sticking out over the neckline, and that’s good. You can tape or pin your zipper in place. I like to put a couple of pieces of scotch tape on the back and then pin a couple times on the front.

DSC_07966. Turn the front piece over and stitch around the zipper with your zipper foot. Make sure you leave about an inch at the top (as you can see in the photo) to attach the collar. Then use your seam ripper to open up your basting stitch and remove the stitches.

*Truth be told, I like to remove my basting stitch first, before I stitch around the zipper. I like when the zipper is a little bit more exposed, when I’m using a colored zipper like I did here. If you do that, just make sure you pin around your zipper to keep it securely in place. So my picture above shows more zipper than yours would if you did yours the way I originally described. But I’m a sewing rebel like that..


Then, complete the rest of the pattern according to the instructions, except for the waistband. Attach the waistband as you did the sleeve cuffs (I did not alter the waistband’s size), since there is no longer a zipper going to the bottom.DSC_0860

This is really a must-have pattern! I may or may not have have squealed with joy and sent pictures to a sewing friend after I finished it.

DSC_0922The main portion of the jacket was upcycled from an XXL sweatshirt I picked up at a thrift store. With the zipper and pockets in the front, I used the original front of the sweatshirt and made it into the back. We gotta show our Wisconsin pride!


I’ve already dreamed up three other Zippy Jackets (affiliate link). Good thing I have three other boys who also enjoy a good mama made garment!

Happy sewing, friends!

Quilted Camera (diaper!) Bag for Blank Slate Sewing Team

Today I’m over at Melly Sews, with my Quilted Camera Bag turned diaper bag! Head over and see what has gotten me more compliments that probably anything I’ve ever sewn!

Quilted Camera Bag sewn by If Only They Would Nap

Wool Berkshire Blazer

I’ve already shared about the pants I made for my dear sister-in-law’s wedding last weekend. But I spent most of my time sewing up this amazing wool Berkshire Blazer for my oldest, who was one of two ring bearers in the wedding.
Berkshire BlazerI’ve sewn the Berkshire Blazer (affiliate link) from Blank Slate Patterns once before, in sweatshirt fleece, so I knew that it was the perfect choice.

DSC_0093The wool came from a rummage sale in the neighborhood two years ago, and everything else was in my stash as well.

DSC_0113If you’re going to make a wool blazer, leather elbow patches are a must.

DSC_0110And when you’re sewing for a seven-year-old boy, you need to throw in a little surprise lining. Wedding appropriate on the outside, party on the inside.

DSC_0105There’s so much to love about this pattern. Pretty much the only thing I don’t like is that we’ve reached the highest size! I’ll have to size it up, because the design is exceptional and I’m in love with the final product.

DSC_0081And what boy doesn’t look adorable in a wool blazer? I’ll tell you.. none.

DSC_0072Case in point.

DSC_0119I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorite things I’ve ever sewn. Bonus: he loves it too!

Happy sewing, friends!


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!

Zippy Jacket with a half zip

Floral Shoreline Boatneck

One of my goals for the summer is to sew more for myself, and the Shoreline Boatneck (affiliate link) from Blank Slate Patterns is just what my wardrobe needs. Especially one in floral!
Shoreline Boatneck TopI’ve had this fabulous floral knit from JoAnn Fabrics in my stash for awhile. I used it ages ago on this top for my niece, but I had just enough left to make this suuuuper comfy top.

Floral Shoreline Boatneck

Like all of the patterns fromBlank Slate Patterns (affiliate link), this one is so well done and makes an incredible garment.

DSC_0452I sewed the short sleeve knit top version, but the pattern can be sewn with 3/4 or long sleeves and also as a dress. Plus, you can even make it in woven fabrics. I’ve also changed it into a gathered tunic (tutorial here). I love a pattern that can be used in so many different ways!


And did I mention it’s a super quick sew? I made this one during naptime, from cut to hem. I may not have had time to do a load of laundry before the baby woke up, but hey, a girl’s gotta have some priorities… ;)


I love the hem of this top – it swoops up on the sides. This means that it’s long enough to cover everything you’d want a shirt to cover, and there’s no awkward pulling it down while you’re chasing after the kids.

DSC_0449…not that I ever do that. Ahem.

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.
mustache vintage vneck  if only they would nap

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.

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.

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.

Hooray for comfy clothes!DSC_0479

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!


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Big Island Board Shorts!

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If you are a Blank Slate Patterns lover like I am, you might have seen that the retro summer collection was just released this morning.

summer-vibe-collectionIf you’re not already a fan, you will be after looking at this collection. Click here to visit Blank Slate Patterns.big island board shorts | if only they would nap I think Melissa has some of the most well-written patterns I’ve ever used. Every direction is so clear and the photo-instructions are excellent. And the Big Island Board Shorts came together like a dream. Click here to view more detailsDSC_0843These shorts are designed to be swim trunks if you want – but they could also be regular shorts. The pattern includes an optional swim trunk lining, which I can now add that to my list of things-that-are-easier-to-sew-than-I-expected-them-to-be.DSC_0825I made mine out of PUL [cloth diaper fabric], since I had some on hand. But you can use any quick-drying fabric.DSC_0844I even used some vintage bias tape that I’ve been hoarding, waiting for the perfect project. I think this showcases it beautifully!DSC_0839It hasn’t exactly been beach weather here, so our indoor photo shoot required chocolate bribery.DSC_0687I tested the 18month size, which was perfect for my 22 month old. They have plenty of room for a swim diaper, and are also perfect without [but if your child is potty trained at 22 months, don’t tell me… I don’t want to know]. I can even squeeze his cloth diapered bum in there – important for the drive to and from the beach or pool!DSC_0715Now all we need is some sunshine!