Sunny Day copycat shorts

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On the right are some awesome chambray BabyGap shorts I’ve been drooling over for a month. On the left are my copycat version. Pretty good right? I wasn’t aiming for an exact copy, just something close using what I had on hand. I absolutely love how they turned out!

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The fabric I used was Robert Kaufman interweave chambray with cream linen for the front pocket linings. I love the weight of the chambray for this project; definitely more of a medium weight and very sturdy which is perfect for little boy shorts!

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I used the Oliver + S Sunny Day shorts pattern in size 18-24 months as the base. I then modified them by adding front pockets, belt loops, a faux fly, faux draw string, a cargo pocket on the back, flat felled seams, a button, and lots of topstitching. Whew, that’s a lot of modifications! But I think it came out amazing and looks very similar to the inspiration shorts.

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Cargo pocket and belt loop detail.

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Here’s a peak at the cream pocket lining plus the topstitching detail.

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I left the length slightly longer and I’m so glad I did. The length is perfect on him!

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Action shot!

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I’m kind of in love with the whole copycat idea now. I think some “jcrew” shorts for my girl will be coming up soon!

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Linen sketchbook shirt

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Spring can be rather short lived here in Montana. I think summer is making a fast appearance with today reached 90 degrees! Wasn’t there snow on the ground earlier this month? A breathable linen shirt is definitely in order.

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This is the Oliver + S sketchbook shirt sewn in size 18-24 months. I used an airy white linen from Joanns plus Eiko waves by Birch for the lining. You may recognize these fabrics way back from KCW day 2 where I gave you a sneak peak of it. Yes it’s taken me this long to finish it!

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You can’t be too hot with these waves lapping at your neck, right?

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I decided to add some contrast color by sewing a running stitch across the pocket as well as the shoulder seams and back yolk seam in a sea green embroidery floss. I used the same thread for the buttons as well.

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I wasn’t sure how I’d like the decorative stitching but I’m so glad I did it! It adds a little pop of color in an otherwise all white shirt while still keeping its versatility as a staple wardrobe piece.

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He was so happy to have his picture taken! Or not so much 😉

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Linen is such a great hot weather fabric and is one of my favorite fabrics in general. I have a feeling I’ll be sewing quite a bit more for the kids from linen in order to make it through our very hot summers!

What about you, what kinds of fabrics do you like to use for your summer sewing?

Cricket Ice Cream tunic

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Have I mentioned I love Oliver + s patterns? No? 😉 This is the Ice Cream dress sewing pattern by of course Oliver + s sewn in Heather Ross’ Cricket from her Briar Rose collection. It’s sewn in size 4 length and 3 width.

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I modified the pattern a bit by making it into a tunic using the dress view A pattern pieces but leaving off the bottom band and instead lengthening the top piece by an inch and a half.

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This fabric and pattern are just perfect together! I wish I could take credit for pairing them first, but no, I’ve seen other ice cream shirts/dresses in this print. This may be the first tunic though!

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Glamour shot. I love the notches at the neckline and pockets. I wasn’t sure at first if I would like them but I really do especially with the allover print I used! They add a little something special plus some visual interest that doesn’t get overwhelmed by the print.

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Look mom! A squirrel!

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If you’ve not tried out any Heather Ross fabrics in your sewing, please do! Just look at that adorable cricket.

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This tunic was an instant favorite plus it’s perfect for the warm spring days (yes it’s finally warm!) of Montana. So glad I sewed this one up!

A Washi dress

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I don’t do much sewing for myself. In fact I think I’ve made a total of 3 practical things for myself in the last 20 years! I’m so glad I decided to change that. This is the original Washi dress sewing pattern by Made by Rae which I sewed in Nani Iro Little Dot brushed cotton. I LOVE this dress. I think I’ve worn it just about every day since I’ve made it.

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I’ve seen this dress done in this fabric before and I think it suits it perfectly, so I didn’t mess with perfection.

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Sorry for the chopped off face. My eyes were closed and I am too lazy to take another! I did make a few modifications to the pattern. First, I scooped out the neckline a bit to make it slightly deeper and wider.

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Next, I lengthened the bodice front as well as extended the back waist by two inches, and added several more rows of shirring on the back so that the bottom line of shirring matched my new waist seam.

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And last I cut the skirt out in a size larger and added several more pleats into the skirt, including one in the center front, and changed the direction of some of the pleats so that they all went in the same direction.

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I love this dress pattern and can’t wait to try out the expansion!

 

 

Itsy bitsy spider sailboat top

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It’s the start of the rain and thunderstorms here in Montana, and something about a sailboat top with Itsy bitsy spider detail seemed so appropriate 😉 And what a sweet little shirt this turned out to be! I’ve had the Oliver + S Sailboat pattern living in my stash for quite some time but never got to making it for my daughter before she grew too big for it. So I really wanted to make it for my boy and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

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I sewed size 18-24 months in Robert Kaufman’s Railroad deluxe shirting stripes in color denim-blue with the yolk lining in Heather Ross’ Itsy bitsy spider. The fit is a bit smaller then I anticipated, probably due to this pattern being sized for knits too. It fit’s him perfectly now and I think he may grow out of it very soon! So sad, I just love this top on him.

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Hello little spider. You are adorable. You may remember these fabrics from KCW day 2 where I gave you a sneak peak at this project in the works. Yup, this project has been sitting on my sewing table unloved for a few weeks! So glad to have finally finished it.

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Detail shot. I found these robot eye wooden buttons on Etsy from the shop shop4craft and they are a prefect finishing touch.

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My model was very uncooperative so please excuse my blurry pictures. It would have been great to take him outside in the grass and sunshine, but it’s snowing out right now. Yes, snowing! So blurry indoor shots it is.

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Back shot. I love the curved shirt bottom! It’s great little details like that which set Oliver + S patterns apart.

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I’m a huge fan of this top! I need to try this in a knit next.

Kimono Shoes

Well I’ve done it! For the first time in 20+ years I sewed something practical for myself. Yup, 20 years. The last time I was about 8 and I hated it so much I swore never again. But this week is selfish sewing week so I’m breaking the curse with these much needed house shoes.

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The sewing pattern is ThinkSew Kimono Shoes. This pattern was easy to follow, quick to sew, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needed some house shoes. However I did find this pattern to run wide, either that or I’ve got some skinny feet, so I took them in quite a bit on the sides.

For the fabric I used Kaffe Fasset Narrow Stripe in dusk for the outer and Kaffe shot cotton in pool for the lining. My husband said they look like TOMS. That makes me happy 🙂

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For the bottoms I opted to use something more sturdy then cotton so I bought some 5oz suede off of Ebay. I was a little worried to be sewing this on my machine, but all I needed was my leather needle and it sewed up just fine. Now I can walk around the kitchen in these bad boys and not worry about stepping in little spots of water that inevitably get on the floor.

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The inside soles are removable and I thought it would be nice to add some padding into them, so I put two layers of quilting batting into each. The batting keeps my feet much warmer plus it’s nice and soft to walk on.

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Action shot! Please don’t mind my oddly sunburned legs 😉