Storybook pjs

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For Kids Clothes Week this season the theme is Storybook, and let’s face it, the theme is awesome! So why in the world am I only just now getting around to sewing something four days in? Well, I guess I’ve been enjoying a little bit of a break and it’s been pretty wonderful I must say 🙂

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I really didn’t want this week to go by completely without doing at least one storybook project, so I decided to sew my boy some much needed pjs. As luck would have it I had some gnome and fox fabric in my stash which perfectly fit this book that my kids love, “The Tomten and the Fox.”

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I sewed them using the Alex & Anna winter PJs pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 2. I’ve been hoarding that gnome fabric forever not quite sure what to do with it. I’m so glad I finally used it! It makes such cute jammies!

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Looking cute in his fox pjs!

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The fox fabric is an organic knit from spoonflower. When I had ordered this fabric the scale ended up being much larger than I thought, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it and it sat in my stash for a bit. Pjs to the rescue!

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I’m so glad I didn’t flake out of KCW all-together! Heck, maybe I’ll even try to squeeze in a second project before the week is out 😉

How’s your Kid’s Clothes Week sewing going? Anyone else barely have anything to show for the week or are you cranking out one thing after another?

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Some selfish sewing

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I don’t often sew for myself but of course the urge should hit during KCW, exactly when I should be sewing for my kids not myself! Oh well, I’ll just roll with it and hope to get something completed for them before the week is out 😉

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Remember that sweatshirt I sewed for my daughter during PR&P signature style week? Well, I loved it so much I made one for myself too!

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The pattern is from a modified Oliver + s metro t-shirt sewn in the gorgeous Liberty of London sweatshirt cotton fleece. I made the body and sleeves wider and added cream ribbing to the bottom cuffs and waist.

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Have I mentioned how seriously dreamy this fleece is? This sweatshirt pretty much my favorite item of clothing ever!

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Since I was in the swing for sewing for myself, I also made another modified Metro t-shirt from this pretty Joann’s floral jersey. For the modifications I scooped out the neck some and finished the bottom sleeve edges differently, like you would if you were sewing a ribbing cuff.

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The scooped out neck! I had to lengthen the neck binding piece quite a bit to make up for making the neck opening larger. I also nipped in the waist a bit for a sleeker silhouette.

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Shirt back.

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And while I’m blogging about things I’ve sewn for myself, here’s a pair of shorts I made a few months ago that somehow fell between the blogging cracks.

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The pattern is the City gym shorts from purlbee. They offer both children’s and women’s sizes and the best part is that they’re free!

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For my shorts I used my very favorite Liberty from my stash plus some Kaufman linen blend chambray also from my stash and Kaufman interweave chambray as the bias binding. I love these shorts and pretty much lived in them this past summer!

I’m not sure why I find it so hard to do a post on things I’ve sewn for myself. Goodness knows I put if off long enough! Anyone else have that problem?

On to KCW!

Announcing the school day’s jacket sew-along

Guess what? Oliver + s is hosting a school day’s jacket sew-along and yours truly will be a guest contributor! If you’ve had a hankering to sew a winter coat or a spring rain jacket please join me, Janice, Deb, and Sharon as we sew through this pattern together!

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The sew-along will start Monday November 3rd so you have some time to plan and stare at fabric. Speaking of fabric, here’s some idea’s for you on fabric selection!

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If it’s a winter coat you’re planning to sew you’ll probably want to get melton wool. There are a few places with a great selection such as fabric.com and nyfashioncenterfabrics. I’ve bought from both places and the price cannot be beat from fabric.com, however if it’s top quality wool you’re after go for nyfashioncenterfabrics. For this coat I bought my wool from nyfashioncenterfabrics.

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For a rain jacket you’ll want a waterproof or laminated fabric. Fabric.com also had a wonderful selection of lovely laminated cotton fabrics. Another place to check is Etsy which has a huge selection of unique and cute laminates available from different sellers. This red-riding hood laminated linen I bought off of Etsy.

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Both the wool coat and rain jacket version would be wonderful with a removable quilted lining for extra warmth! There’s an almost endless amount of awesome fabrics to choose from with only a few limitations; you won’t want anything with stretch, or anything too light or heavy that you’ll have problems quilting it. Quilting cottons work wonderful here, as well as flannel, chambray, and double gauze. For an eyeful of beautiful quilting cottons check out the selection at hawethornethreads!

Are you excited yet? Then grab a button and mark your calendar! We’ll see you November 3rd!

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PR&P week 4 – signature style

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It’s the final week of Project run & play, and the theme for this week is “Signature Style”. This week was the easiest for me to plan and was actually the first look out of all four weeks that I had figured out! My signature style is definitely all about luxurious fabric, unique details, and a bit of Japanese influence. I’ve dubbed my collection for the week “Linen & Liberty”.

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First up is an ivory linen blouse sewn from a modified Oliver + s apple picking dress in size 4/5. The buttons are of a beautiful green vintage glass which I found on Etsy.

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Here’s another look at those buttons. I just love how the green pops on this otherwise plain top.

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Next is a pair of striped linen wide leg pants. The pattern I got from this Japanese sewing book. I sewed them in size 110 from a lovely linen bought from Joann’s.

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The pants are quite simple which makes for a crazy fast sew!

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And I really love those patch pockets!

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The last piece of the ensemble (and the “arc de triomphe”) is a sweatshirt sewn from the gorgeous floral cotton fleece by Liberty of London. I sewed it from a modified Oliver + s school bus tee, adding in extra width to the pattern plus ribbing on the bottoms of the sleeves and at the waist.

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I also included some decorative stitching at the neck.

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Close up of the print. It looks like an impressionist painting.. I just love it!

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And now for some shots of the outfit on! First just the blouse and pants.

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Looking quite lovely!

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The outfit all together!

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Well there you have it, week 4 finished! I’m in love with that sweatshirt and will be making one for myself 😉 And as luck would have it, I have enough fabric to make one more for a special little girl out there! If you’d like to purchase it for a little lady in your life, please check out my Etsy listing for it here.

Have you had a chance to see the final looks of the competitors for Project run & play? You can check them out here!

PR&P week 3 – Denim challange

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It’s week three of Project run & play! This week the challenge is to sew an outfit out of denim. I really loved this theme; it helped to fill in my boy’s wardrobe ;). I decided to sew him an indigo blue chambray shirt, burnt orange denim pants, plus a quilted denim and chambray puffer vest with detachable hood.

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For the shirt I used the Sketchbook shirt pattern by Oliver + s sewn in size 2 from Robert Kaufman union stretch shirting in indigo. I added a front flap to the shirt pocket as well as a small leather tag on the pocket for some extra detail, and decreased the size of the collar for a slim look.

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Detail shot! I really love including little bits of leather on my boys clothes. It adds such a great finishing touch!

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The pants were sewn from the small fry skinny jeans free pattern provided online here. The free pattern only comes in size two and with patch pockets rather then traditional jeans pockets. I altered the pattern to have the traditional pockets with penny pocket. I sewed them from a gorgeous burnt orange denim with Indian Summer menagerie as my lining. The size two is quite roomy and my boy will be able to wear these for quite some time!

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I also added some quilted knee patches because I love to quilt all the things. 😉

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The back pocket also got a little leather tag.

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To complete the look I made him a denim quilted puffer vest with detachable hood.

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The pattern is the Great outdoors reversible vest by Peek-a-boo pattern shop sewn in size 2 from Kaufman Newcastle denim and lining in Indian Summer menagerie. The hood I color-blocked with Andover chambray in color gray. For the batting I used reclaimed wool which I found on Etsy. Wool is seriously warm and cozy; perfect for the cold weather here in Montana!

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The completed look!

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Love the color-blocked hood.

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So happy with his quilted knee patches!

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Vest close up with leather tag embellishment.

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Denim challenge completed!

Have you seen the looks created by the competitors? Check them out here.

Onward to week 4! See you then!