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Kids’ Clothes Week :: When Your Kid Wants To Be A Mailbox

Mailbox Costume

I am not normally the kind of crafty-mama that makes Halloween costumes. Everyone assumes that I do because, apparently, most of the crafty mamas in the world are all over Halloween costumes.  The truth is, my kids usually change their mind in the lead up to Halloween and they tend to want very specific costumes such as characters from their favorites games or shows. I don’t like sewing drama so I tend to stay out that last minute, this-doesn’t-look-like-Obi-Wan-Ken-Obi mess. This year, however, was very different.  J decided months ago that he wanted to be a mailbox.  I thought this idea would pass but he was telling everyone we saw “I’m going to be a mailbox for Halloween”.  Experience told me, “he still might change his mind, don’t jump into making anything”.  Another month passed and he stuck to this idea; getting more and more excited.  Thankfully, my husband was a believer and got started painting a blue box in ‘Postal Blue’.  There was no denying, this kid wanted to be a mailbox. As it was Kid’s Clothes Week and all, I finally converted to believer.  We painted a logo and I got busy sewing an entirely blue outfit with a hood to complete the look. (more…)

Twisted Trousers and Maxwell Shirts :: Perfect Wedding Outfits

Twisted Trousers and Maxwell Shirts :: Perfect Wedding Outfits

Oh, these two cuties. I can hardly wipe the smile off my face looking at these pictures. Scrumptious boys. Their perfect faces are courtesy the fresh, clean air of the Pacific Northwest where we were for a wedding-related vacation a month ago.  The dressy-casual outfits were wedding attire of the mama-made variety…they both wore a pair of Twisted Trousers and Maxwell Shirts. (more…)

The Great Pattern Hack Wrap Up {and Challenge}

The Great Pattern Hack
The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up

What a wonderful past two weeks.  I’m sort of heartbroken that The Great Pattern Hack has come to an end but so thrilled with all that came out of it. Look at all these amazing pattern hacks! I’m mean, really.  It is incredible.

The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up So many ideas for how to tweak a pattern came out of this series, it blows my mind! Of course, the pattern hacking was the whole point but the artistry of everything is also positively stunning.
The Great Pattern Hack Wrap up

This, my friends is why we sew.  Because making beautiful things that fit into our vision, our style and our lifestyle isn’t something you buy off the shelf. It’s something that means so much more when it is shaped with our hands.  I’m still a little stunned that I was able to co-host this series with Michael Miller Fabrics.  I feel so grateful to them for running with this idea in such a big way.  I feel so incredible lucky and so indebted to all of the amazing bloggers who pattern hacked their way to a seriously impressive collection!  Not to mention the pattern designers who generously gave us use of their patterns!

The Great Pattern Hack Wrap Up 2

Along those lines, here is everything from the top, left to right:  Kait turned an Anna Blouse into a dress; Jess transformed BurdaStyle shorts into a skort and made a tiger sundress from a Simple Simon & co pattern; Jane served up a patriotic trio and shortened a Burdastyle jumpsuit, turned the Josephine dress into a romper, and a Charlie tunic into a tank; and I tweaked a Marigold Dress into a top and mashed it with an Alder Skirt for a Dress.  Rachael added a double-hem to the LOL Swing Top and Tamara widened the legs on a Burdastyle romper.  Celina re-styled the Twisted Trousers; Sanae transformed the Southport Dress into a strappy top and romper; Delia added a button closure to a Sunki Dress; and Erin turned a Senna Tote into a laptop carrier. Betsey took the sleeves off a Gathered Top and Tunic ; Laura turned a Portside Duffle into the perfect hospital bag; Kristin added pockets to the Antalya dress; and Celina romper-ized the Sunki Dress.

Whew!  It’s a lot of goodness.  And, everyone of these stunning creations was made in the spirit of “Hmm..I wonder what happens if I try this.”  You’ve already heard me pontificate on the virtue of the hack.  I think the experimentation, the trial and error, the creativity…it might seem small but it’s a bold move and it fuels the fire.  It feeds the desire to make things!

Now that I said all that, I’m turning the tables and making it YOUR TURN! Michael Miller has launched an exciting Great Pattern Hack Challenge!

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge

Honestly.  I think you should stop what you are doing right now and enter this challenge.  The details are all up on the Michael Miller blog, Making It Fun.   I don’t want to give away too much but there is a boatload of fabric and patterns up for grabs….AND A SEWING MACHINE!  I KNOW! It’s wild.  And, I’m not going to promise anything but I have incredibly good luck when it comes to winning sewing machines (I’ve won every time I’ve entered to win them.  For real. It’s a little weird.).  So, head over, investigate, sew and WIN! I’m hoping some of my good luck will rub off.

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge Great Pattern Hack Challenge

 

The Great Pattern Hack :: Celina Bailey Part 2

The Great Pattern Hack  Celina Bailey Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! Celina from Petit a Petit and Family is back with a second pattern hack and she done the unexpected once again! This time she used glitz bars fabric with cotton couture accents on Twisted Trousers from Titchy Threads.  I myself have made somewhere around 5 pairs of twisted trouser and love them. (I should really blog about them soon!)  So, it was extra fun to see what Celina did with hers! Go check out how all of her small tweaks added up to a great pair of pants…be sure to note the back pockets! So fantastic.

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
I’m loving all of the amazing creativity and new ideas packed into The Great Pattern Hack.  Don’t miss the Pinterest board created to keep track of all the hacks!

Are you pattern hacking?  Following along? Join us!  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming. There will be even more giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up {and Surprise Giveaway!}

The Great Pattern Hack :: Celina Bailey

The Great Pattern Hack  Celina Bailey

Co-hosting this blog hop has been a little bit like Christmas…I asked people to participate and Michael Miller sent them fabric and patterns; we talked a little about details and then at the appointed time I get the pleasure of seeing what has been made! It’s like opening the most beautifully wrapped gift.  It’s such rich creative fuel that it might even be better than Christmas.

Today brings yet another captivating pattern hack. I’m am delighted to present Celina Bailey who is joining the growing list of amazing makers with a post today and Monday.  Today, she  discusses how she turned the Sunki Dress by Figgy’s into a fantastic romper using the Growl and Stripes prints from the Seedlings fabric collection.  Don’t miss her wonderful post; as always her photos are mind-blowing.

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
It’s so much fun to see how different people use this fabric!  I’m loving all of the amazingness packed into The Great Pattern Hack and I hope you are too! Are you pattern hacking?  Following along? Well, dive in and join us!  Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show off what you made so you can play too!  Hack a pattern and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming. There will be even more giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads {Wrap up and Giveaway}

Small World Sewing : Music Box, Playtime and Abbey Jacket

Small World Sewing : Music Box, Playtime and Abbey Jacket

I am lucky enough to live twenty minutes away from the organic fabric company, Cloud 9 Fabrics and sometimes I get to sew samples for them!  It’s pretty awesome because their fabrics are just straight up amazing.  I was thrilled when they sent me the Small World fabrics from Rae Hoefstra to work with.  Thrilled! I mean, LOOK, it is so bright and colorful and it’s corduroy but lightweight corduroy.  It’s so perfect.  I love all of the prints, they remind me a bit of some Boden textiles except they are also perfectly Rae!  Cloud 9 asked me to make three things for them.  So for my small world sewing I stitched up a music box jumper, a playtime dress and an abbey jacket.  Mostly, I want to gush over this fabric but the patterns are really exciting, too and they deserve a review. Given that the fabrics have just been released AND it is Kid’s Clothes Week, it seemed a good time to show and tell. (more…)

kids’ clothes week :: upcycled sweatpants with stripes!

upcycled sport pants for boys

You know what makes the easiest pair of sweatpants ever?  One old t-shirt (with funky stripes) and a pair of women’s (or mens) jogging pants!  Or, in my case two old t-shirts and three pairs of jogging pants to make 3 pairs of sweats.  Now, these are just plain old no-pocket sweats but I’m really excited about them.  (more…)

Kids’ Clothes Week :: Cozy Winter Robes

There is a funny thing that happens at our house and it happens every. single. day.  C & J run around the house like mad after school, usually playing soccer or basketball.  It makes them sweaty and hot so they peel off any warm sweatshirts or long-sleeve tees.  As a result of their near-naked status they start to shiver once they are sat down (and still!) for dinner.  Combatting this phenomenon is why I’ve had robes on my to-make list for a while now.  Kids’ Clothes Week was just the motivation I needed to finally make these cozy winter robes!

Cozy Winter Robes for Boys | Made by Melissa Q. at a happy stitch

The pattern is from Purl Soho, I picked it as a freebie when I signed up for their newsletter. I am pretty happy with it but it is a little tight around the armholes for C, which is a bummer because comfort is key when it comes to a robe.  It fits J perfectly, though.  (more…)

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