Nothing beats a snuggly cutie in a pair of super soft, stripy dinosaur pajamas except for TWO snuggly cuties in matching stripy dinosaur pajamas. I mean, am I right? Look at these squeezable, lovable pj boys! It’s a happy, happy Kids’ Clothes Week make.
The theme of this round of KCW is up-cycling and, on that front, these pjs don’t qualify. I did, however, pull all of this fabric from my stash. I never would have put the stripes together with this particular dino fabric if I hadn’t been aiming to use up my stash. (more…)
I know that the weather is way over tank tops, Halloween has passed and our heads are in full Thanksgiving meal mode. But I realized I forgot to share these adorable twisted tank tops and the photos are too fun to pass up. I don’t know what gets into these monkey boys sometimes but it sure is fun!
Also, can we talk about arm muscles! When did these two get those guns? It was hard enough when they lost their baby fat, I can’t handle actual muscles.
The tank pattern is from Titchy Threads, it’s called the Twisted Tank. I was lucky enough to be asked to be a pattern tester, which means I received the pattern for free before it was in final version and I provided feedback. I really didn’t have much to say, however. I always find (like these jeans) that Titchy Threads patterns are really thoughtfully created with clever little details that teach me something new.
The Twisted Tank pattern is no exception. The interesting thing about these tank tops is they have no side seams. The pattern is constructed such that the pieces twist around the side and the seams are formed with the diagonals in the front and back. Genius, right? I swear Laura’s brain must operate in 5D. This might sound weird but I really envy her spatial ability. It must be like The Matrix in her head…she can see the world in a way we cannot.
The little diagonal pocket is also fantastic. So flipping cute and surprisingly easy to get it in the right place and constructed properly, again because of the great pattern instructions. My only critique of the pattern is that the sizing is on the small side. Both tanks are pretty tight on the boys and they don’t really like a tight fit. Before long, J grabbed C’s tank and wore that one instead. Easy solution. But, when summer rolls around and I make more of these I will definitely size up. For the fabric, I was able to use stuff in my stash. The light blue is actually an old jersey knit bed sheet that I upcycled but the rest is stuff I had around and was able to squeak out just enough to make these tops. Just another great thing about making clothes for kids in summer. Looking at these tops makes me nostalgic for summer wear, so easy, so little fabric!
I squeaked in just the right amount of Kid’s Clothes Week making this week and man, oh man was it a success. I’m talking, of course, about these awesome Knight Hoodies. The pattern is from Charming Doodle and it is bang on! These two boys hate wearing sweatshirts and jackets or basically anything that will keep them warm or save them from a cold and desperate death from pneumonia. Not that this makes me anxious or anything. Ahem. Without diving too deep into my neuroses, let’s just say I am always searching for ways to make staying warm an inviting and irresistible proposition.
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.)
Back to this little zippy jacket! Oh, how I love it. It fits J just right and is so snuggly soft. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
This is my favorite Kid’s Clothes Week project to date. As I mentioned, when I told the boys about the Kid’s Clothes Week theme (kid art) they both got excited to design their own soccer badges. See, they each have elaborate imaginary worlds that they love to describe in detail. It was only natural that they would combine their obsessive love of soccer with their imaginary worlds. They drew so much more than badges, they drew entire soccer outfits.
I’ll admit I was a bit flummoxed by how specific these ideas are and I was really concerned I was going to get something wrong and they would be devastated. After lots of deliberation, I had THEM draw the actual badges and it worked great. I gave them multi-colored Sharpies and white fabric and they drew the badges. It saved me from trying to figure out how to make the badges exactly they way they want them and it got them involved and excited. A part of the whole project.
I gathered all of the fabric at our local Goodwill by purchasing lots of huge t-shirts in each color. I had a hard time, however, finding the right stripes for little J’s stripy outfit but he was fine with the red/black stripes I did find. He’s a flexible one, that kid. They also wanted names on the back of the shirts, which I applied using an iron-on transfer. It was an iron-on from Target and it started to degrade & crack as soon as they put the shirts on. Super big bummer. Thankfully, I am the only one who is bothered by it. I usually use an Avery brand iron-on but I was being cheap. Learned my lesson.
The boys are literally wild about their outfits and needed to play soccer IMMEDIATELY when I finished sewing. They were actually pacing outside of my sewing room, waiting for me to finish. I felt both like a sewing rock star and a sweatshop worker with a demanding boss. I didn’t even have time to take a photo before THE BIG IMPORTANT GAME, as you can tell by their dusty, sweaty faces.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about the patterns! They are the same as with the matching pajamas except I tweaked my random shorts pattern to fit little J better. Otherwise, the t-shirt for C is self-drafted to fit him and J’s tee is modified from the crossover tee in Growing Up Sew Liberated. Did you make anything for your kids this week? I’m so happy to have made everything on my list. Now back to regularly-scheduled making for me!
Look! I made pj’s for the boys! Thanks to kids’ clothes week I’m back making stuff for these two monkeys. And, I even hung a sheet in the bedroom and got some proper pictures of them wearing the whole getup.
The best part is they love them! We had so much fun taking pictures, they were being hilarious and I remember how much easier it is to get picture of kids wearing handmade than to get around to the awkward process of taking pictures of myself. Of course, I did my usual; bribed the boys with M&M’s (not even the fake health food store ones, real M&M’s). But, they love the pj’s and loved taking pictures especially when I suggested they get their favorite teddys in the shot.
The details: Fabric is a super-soft think jersey knit from Wanderlust. I love the colors but the fabric has a bit of polyester content that might just pill over time. We will see. Other than that, it is perfect for summer pajamas because of its softness and lightweight-ness (think I just invented a new fabric term with that one).
The pattern for the bottoms is a complete mystery. I am pretty good about labeling patterns but I have this one pattern labelled “short sweats size 4/5”. Maybe I drafted it way back when? Anyway, it looked humongous for a 4/5T size and just right otherwise. Sure enough, it fits C perfectly who is a 7T and it’s pretty roomy on J who is a 5T. Go figure? I used it because I felt too lazy to search for another shorts pattern. I’m glad it worked because it could have been a disaster and I would have had my laziness to blame. For the tops I modified the ‘crossover top’ from Growing Up Sew Liberated (affiliate link) for J’s shirt and drafted a top for C based on his measurements because the crossover top only goes up to size 5T. Both of the tees fit well, which is great because I can use them again.
Now, kid’s clothes week has a theme this time around and that theme is kid art. These pj’s don’t have anything to do with kid art, the boys just needed summer jams. But, I did ask the boys if they had any ideas for things they might draw that I could sew and they both drew elaborate soccer outfits complete with detailed soccer badges from their respective imaginary worlds! I couldn’t say no. It looks like the rest of my kid’s clothes week hours are spoken for. Those t-shirt patterns will be quite useful and I will probably be tweaking the shorts. I’ve already traveled to our local Goodwill and found huge t-shirts in just the right colors that I can deconstruct. I’m not yet sure how to make the elaborate team badges, though? I was thinking maybe use a t-shirt transfer? Or freezer paper stencil? I have the sinking feeling I’ll be trying a couple techniques. Yes, it’s thursday. This operation could leak into next week but I don’t think these guys will mind.