Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 :: Two Zippy Jackets

Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

Um. Tough guy up there got two new zippy jackets! School still hasn’t started around here (!!) so these will be perfect for back to school.  The pattern is part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 and it’s from Blank Slate Patterns. I couldn’t resist a ton of adorable pictures because, well, two sweatshirts need twice as many pictures! You know.  (I know you think I’m neglecting C but he’s losing interest in my mama-mades, except for this.  Despite his lack of interest, however, I am hoping to make him some zippy jackets, too.  Probably around Kid’s Clothes Week.  So, don’t fret.  He’s fine.)

Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

Back to this little zippy jacket!  Oh, how I love it.  It fits J just right and is so snuggly soft.  I made the 5T for him.  Red is his favorite color so the first one I made in red with sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee and snippets of black pepper knit from my stash.  As much as the zipper looks intimidating the pattern walks through every step and makes it easy.  The only thing was, I didn’t know what to do with the hard plastic bit at the top of the zipper.  By the time I made the second sweatshirt, I realized I was supposed to tuck it out of the way NOT leave it out.  Argh. It’s not that big of a deal, doesn’t seem to bother him. Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitchI didn’t actually intend to make a second zippy jacket but I couldn’t resist when I saw this fabric while picking up my sewing machine from a tune-up at Rock Paper Scissors. It had to be a sweatshirt.  The ribbing and cuffs are from a nightshirt I picked up at Goodwill.  Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

Look at those sweet little fish! This fabric is an interlock jersey from Birch fabric (organic!) and so it’s lighter weight. J told me it feels like wearing a hug and he kept it on all morning despite the warm weather.  Aw.  Warms a mama’s heart.  Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

Of course, he followed up this sweetness with enough ‘boy’ to keep it real.  He was getting pretty tired of all my picture-taking by this point and he kinda crapped out. Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

I kept taking pictures while he picked tomatoes from our little veg patch in the backyard. We are better at growing tomatoes than we are at mowing the lawn, as you can see. I guess it’s one of the consequences of a maker-mama.  Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

We have a hard time convincing both boys to wear sweatshirts, they always seems to be hot and they find sweatshirts cumbersome.  It’s a side effect of their constant motion, I guess.  So, it’s a serious win to be able to add these two sweatshirts to the wear-able pile! Adorable Zippy Jacket from Melly Sews | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

The Perfect Pattern Parcel sale ends today. You decide how much you want to pay for it and how much of what you pay goes to a school-based charity.  For $26 you get the bonus pattern, The Knight Hoodie, which is totally worth it, in my opinion.  Also, I don’t get gushy about this too much but this package of patterns is all from indie designers. Moms, mostly, working hard and finding creativity and inspiration in a way that supports their families.  There is so much to be excited to support if you decide to buy this package of patterns. On top of that, It’s a no-brainer if you have boys because good boy-oriented patterns are already so hard to find. If you are considering it at all, jump on it.  Today is the day!

Pattern Parcel #4
 

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Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion
Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose
Sunday, August 24 little betty sews
Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio
Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together
Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs
Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi’s Mom
Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together
Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor
Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver’s Fancy || Friends Stitched Together
Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says
Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor
Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch
Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal
Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California

Disclosure: I received the parcel as a part of my participation in the inspiration tour but my opinions are my own, of course.  Also, I am entered into a lottery to win money for fabric every time you click on the pattern parcel links.  So, if you are inspired that would be so kind. :)

Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 :: Small Fry Skinny Jeans

Boy Jeans!! small fry skinny jeans pattern by twitchy threads| from the Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

Sometimes I like to make a whole bunch of easy things and feel the thrill of accomplishment that comes from making lots of things.  But, sometimes, I want to stretch myself and learn something new, gain skills and put another skill in the skill box.  These jeans (!) represent some of that stretching and pushing.  And, howdy-do I have made real-live jeans! Old cheesy face up there isn’t showing it but he really likes them.

Boy Jeans!! small fry skinny jeans pattern by twitchy threads| from the Perfect Pattern Parcel 4 made by a happy stitch

These are the Titchy Threads pattern company and are called Small Fry Skinny Jeans (part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #4 bundle) and I would not want to break into the world of jeans with any other pattern by my side.   (more…)

Perfect Pattern Parcel #4: an upcycled Maxwell Top of dapper foxes

Upcycled Fox button-up top for boys | Pattern from Perfect Pattern Parcel #4, The Maxwell Top made by a happy stitch Remember the sneaky pipe-smoking fox I tucked into the pocket of my shorts? Well, it is finally getting its moment in the sun with this dapper top for little J.  And…the verdict is he LOVES IT! Not that this is a big surprise, I mean who could resist this adorable stinking top?  It’s far too cute.  The pattern is the Maxwell Shirt and it is one of six patterns included in the latest Perfect Pattern Parcel #4. (more…)

How To :: Make an Easy Workout Headband

Oh, this blog is sooo on an August schedule these days! I’m writing blog posts in my head all the time but, so far, I haven’t figured out how to convince little elves to turn all of that internal chatter into an actual conversation here. Boo.

How To- Make an Easy Workout Headband

That must mean it’s time for a kick in the butt.  For this reason, I’m going to teach you how to make the easiest ever workout headband.

As you may have gleaned, I am a runner.  Nothing serious, no super long distances; I’m not keeping track of my personal best time or working toward anything at all, really.  I run a steady ten minute mile and I try to run three or four times a week even if sometimes I only run a mile.  It clears my head and it keeps my happy.  When I am out running it’s my time, just for me, and I think better when I run so I often solve family or work problems.  Maybe this blasé attitude officially makes me a ‘jogger’, who knows? I don’t care.

Anyway, I had been running with the same stank-y headbands when I decided I needed an upgrade.  But, workout headbands can get weirdly pricy.  I saw one for $15! Say what?!  And, the cheap ones sometimes fall off.  So, I grabbed some excess jersey knit and devised this easy headband-making method.

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