Sequins & Ikat

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Project Run & Play is doing things a little differently this year; instead of one crazy jam-packed month they’re doing a once a month sew-along project, and I really do love the new relaxed pace! This month Alida from Alida Makes has chosen her bubble dress tutorial for us to sew along with, and I couldn’t resist using up some stash fabric to make my girl a little something special.

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The skirt is a bubble skirt sewn using Alida’s tutorial (which I did modify to fit my girl as a skirt) from gold sequins fabric I had picked up from Hobby Lobby this past fall.

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I knew I wanted a top to go with the skirt so I made a sleeveless version of Oliver + s sketchbook shirt sewn from some slinky woven ikat fabric also from Hobby Lobby. I’m wild about this crazy fabric. My daughter said it’s like a sunset and I agree! But what it really reminds me of the aurora borealis which I got to see this past November while in Iceland.

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I sewed the shirt in size 4 width 5 length. For modifications I left the sleeves off and cut some 1.5″ strips of bias tape to finish the armholes with. This is a peek at the inside of the finished armhole. I also took the sides in a bit to make it slightly slimmer fitting.

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The finished outfit! Girl’s ready for a party!

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Month one of PR&P done! I’m looking forward to next month’s challenge.

Will you be sewing along with Project Run & Play? I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations!

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Winter pjs

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It seems like I spent half my sewing time making pjs for these kids. With the extreme temperature difference of summer vs winter, not to mention them growing like weeds, they need new pjs all the time! Plus with my resolution to not buy clothing for the kids anymore (haven’t bought them clothes since last spring!) that means many of my sewing projects for them are practical things. And so, here we have some winter pjs.

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The sewing pattern was the “Classic footed pajamas” by Peek-a-boo pattern shop. I sewed these in size 4 for my girl and size 2 for my boy from some cotton flannel I picked up from Joann’s.

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For the non-slip foot bottoms I used up some slipper weight suede I had leftover from these house shoes I had made myself a while back. I love using “real” materials where I can.

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Joann’s has a killer selection of flannel fabrics right now. I’ve been enjoying in increase in quality and selection from them for a while. I still remember the dark ages of Joann’s where you would count yourself lucky to find anything cute!

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I also made my son this ridiculous looking thing called a lounge sack. It’s basically a sleep sack with feet holes 😉 I have the dilemma where my son refuses to keep blankets on at night, but also hates sleep sacks with the fire of 1000 burning suns. I thought maybe having his feet free would take care of the problem but no; he hates this too.

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It’s a great idea though and if you’ve got a little one in a similar situation you may want to give one a whirl. The sewing pattern I used is McCall’s M6427 sewn out of fleece from Joann’s. I’m so glad I used an inexpensive fabric to try this out on him; I almost used some gorgeous 100% merino washable wool. You can guess how happy I am I didn’t!

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Here’s the kids in their footed pjs! They both love them 🙂

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Say “Gouda!”

What things have you sewn that your kids refuse to wear?

Albion men’s wool coat

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Welcome to my first men’s sewing project; a wool coat for my husband. He asked for a coat several months back and I thought it would be a great birthday/Christmas gift, although it ended up being late for both! But it’s done now and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out as I’ve never sewn clothing this BIG before.

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I used the Albion pattern by Colette Patterns in view 1, the “classic duffle style coat”. I sewed it in size M width L length from gorgeous heavyweight melton wool I bought from here.

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For the lining I found this awesome medium weight Japanese fabric by Cosmo Textiles called Vintage London Map in color tea. The weight of the two fabrics together makes this one beefy coat!

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There’s lots of little details included in the coat pattern, like this button up neck closure…

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…and decorative tabs on the sleeves.

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I did modify the pattern slightly by leaving the top flap off of the front patch pockets. It makes the front much more sleek and simple which is a look both my husband and I prefer.

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The coat pattern calls for toggle buttons, which are thankfully surprisingly easy to sew on. Plus they lend a finished and professional look to the coat.

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As a finishing touch I sewed in a hand-stitched label which contains a bit of an inside joke 😉

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I love how this coat looks on! It’s definitely getting used in all this crazy cold and snow we’ve got going on here in Montana. An all around a success!

Ever sew for your spouse or do you prefer to keep the projects little? I certainly can’t wait to get back to tiny clothes sewing again 😉