Oh, yeah. The wild boy got some new duds. When I bought the fabric for the pajama tops I also nabbed this great fox fabric (from Emrose Fabrics). I don’t often buy fabric just because I like it, but in this case I couldn’t resist. And, as soon as J saw it he asked me for a shirt. He asked me! I didn’t even have to beg him. So, I decided to pair this fox tee with a pair of twisted trousers.
This kid. He’s a bundle of the best contradictions: wild and hilarious and soft-hearted and cuddly and definitely still the baby of the family. He’s started this thing of very nearly using a swear word but not quite. He likes to draw out the word SSSHHIIIIRT. He gets away with a lot. Just look at this personality, it’s explosive and sweet in the same nanosecond.
You know your mom is a blogger when you are on vacation, getting ready for bed and she says, “Oh my gosh! The sunlight is so good right now! Get out on our teeny, tiny, snow-filled deck so I can take pictures!” My poor children. Actually, I think it’s pretty clear from these pics that they loved it. How can you not love these awkward monster pajama shirts!? These are the sort of monsters that would definitely snuggle and kinda,sorta, maybe even protect you. (more…)
Happy New Year everybody! The book is officially closed on 2016 and personally, I was getting worried that damn door was never gonna shut. I know there are battles ahead in 2017 but it feels refreshing to be on the other side. I’m feeling optimistic and ready. Our family had a lovely, restorative winter break complete with waterpark adventures, puzzles, family time and so many games! (Friends with elementary-aged children, do yourself a favor and pick up the game Catan Junior.* It’s such a fun game for everyone!)
Looking back on 2016, I feel proud. Guys, I did it. I stuck to my continuing goal of buying no new clothing for a second year. That is two straight years of only making or buying secondhand clothes. My Nothing New Project is going strong with no end in sight. And, honestly, this has become a bigger focus of my attention that I will be talking about a lot more this year. (more…)
It’s quite possible that hidden inside of most sewists is a desire to make dresses for little girls. I’m don’t even think it stems from a longing to put clothing on a small being. It’s really about two factors with irresistible appeal, 1) little girl dresses look great in fun fabrics and 2) they don’t involve complicated fitting issues. Basically, kid bodies are popsicle sticks and little girls look adorable in every print known to the universe. Whether or not one gets to follow through on this perfect sewing storm depends on circumstance and for me the circumstances rarely arrive. It’s the downside of having two wild boys.
I could feel the pull to make a girly dress getting stronger, though, when I received the Sundressing book and it was full of so much cuteness for little girls. So many cute dresses! I hatched a little plan to make one for a friend’s daughter but didn’t realize it was going to turn into an all-around magical adventure. My friend Sabrina is a super talented photographer and we decided on a swap…she would spend a few hours giving me a one-on-one photography lesson and I would make her daughter a dress. What a win. I really want to improve my photography so I was thrilled she agreed. All of these gorgeous photos are hers, by the way, I’ve not mastered it yet! But, I’m really hoping that as I work with her, you will start to notice the difference. By the way, don’t miss exploring her website, it’s stunning and heartwarming. (more…)
A few weeks ago the boys and I tried out ice painting and made some really fantastic ice painted tee shirts. At first glance, they look a bit like tie-dyed tees but they are so much more painter-ly (that a word?) when you look closer. Awesomer, too. Way awesomer. Making t-shirts has become something of a summer tradition around here. Last year we tried tie-dying and sun printing dyes and loved it. There seem to be these unplanned, looser, low-key moments in summer that allow for messy projects. It’s one of my favorite things about summer with the boys at this age. I got the idea to try ice painting from a Sweet Paul Magazine video on Facebook, which I unfortunately can’t find anymore. Sorry.
The good news is that I took lots of pictures of what we did and remember it all so I can share our tee shirt making with you. (more…)
Keeping up with my Kid’s Clothes Week tradition of making the boys pajamas, I introduce to you the best pair of pajamas for aspiring pirates! The skull and crossbones pajamas! (more…)
It is pretty well-established how much I like my boys in raglan tees. I’ve been making these tees for so long that I’m no longer working off the real pattern (from *Sewing For Boys) and am just adapting a pattern that was previously adapted. A tweak of a tweak. I’ve realized that my kids arms grow bigger and they get taller in a greater proportion than they grow outward and I just make adaptations based on that general information. It seems to be working. It will come as no surprise then to hear that I have made my (by-now) compulsory raglan tees for this Kid’s Clothes Week. (more…)
It’s become something of a tradition for me to make the boys pajamas during Kids’ Clothes Week. Considering how much they love wild animals, especially wild cats, it was only fitting that this time around the pajamas have wild animals on them. It’s also fitting because these days the two of them together act like wild animals most of the time, complete with wrestling and showmanship; even heavy, dramatic emotions that dissipate quickly. Parenting them is like watching one of those natures show with dry commentary, “Together, the cubs play by jumping on and running alongside each other…even starting small fights intended to prepare them for the alpha male fights to come in their grown-up years”.
Yup. Wild animals in pajamas with wild animals on them. That is what these two are. More specifically, one cheetah and one alligator. (more…)