Slouchy wool cardigan

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It’s that time of year; with confused weather that isn’t sure if it wants it to be winter or spring yet. My son was in need of a layering piece and this lightweight wool cardigan was the perfect solution!

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The pattern I used was the V-neck cardigan by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 3 for a slouchy fit. The fabric is a lightweight brown wool rib knit which I bought a while back from here with some bright green elbow patches using Kaufman laguna jersey knit scraps.

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A useful attribute of wool is that is will breath and allow you to cool off if too hot, or warm you up if too cold, which is why I choose to use wool for this project as the range of temperatures this time of year can vary widely here in Montana.

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Slouchy cardigan! You can see it’s.. well.. huge on him. It seems that’s been my luck these days with sewing projects for my boy.

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Elbow patches.

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At least it will fit him for years to come ūüėČ

Are you finishing up any winter projects before spring’s arrival?

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Valentine’s nightgown

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Valentine’s Day was going to slip by this year without sewing a project for it, but then I remembered there were¬†two yards of this lovely valentine cotton flannel fabric sitting in my stash and were asking to be used up. My daughter had been particularly hankering for a new nightgown as her¬†one and only (which I had sewn for her two years ago) was now almost above her knees! Plus it occurred to me¬†that it would be fun to make a matching outfit for her doll. And so it came to be that Valentine’s Day did NOT get to sneak by without a project in its honor ūüėČ

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The sewing pattern is a modified Ruffled Empire Peasant top/dress from the “Little girls, big style” sewing book by Mary Abreu. The doll pjs pattern was self drafted in the same style for a 13″ doll. Both were sewn from this really lovely flannel fabric from Joann’s which looks like it’s been covered in cross-stitch embroidery. When I first saw it I was reminded strongly of Anna Maria Horner and decided to pick up a few yards.

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Lily and Pearl in their matching nightgowns! My daughter was simply thrilled to have her first matching outfit with her doll.

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The colors look great on Pearl too!

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I did try for some outdoor shots since the light was fantastic, but it was 25 degrees out. COLD!!!

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I told her to smile and we could go inside. This is what I got. Oh well… ūüėČ

Do you like to sew projects to commemorate the different holidays?

Organic cotton and wool comforter

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Last year I began working on bedding for my daughter, making her¬†an organic mattress, an upcycled wool mattress protector, and¬†sheets. The next thing on my list was a new comforter as her last one was crib sized and entirely too small for her new twin-sized mattress (not to mention it almost didn’t cover her feet anymore!) And so I made her¬†an organic cotton and wool comforter.

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For the 68×86 shell I used 5 1/2 yards of 100% organic cotton sateen in a creamy white which I bought from here. It was listed at a¬†fantastic price as it was a last in stock piece and is a great way to save some money if you are looking to do the same.

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The  wool batting I bought from here in the thick twin comforter size option which came to three pounds of wool. After assembling the comforter I hand-stitched the layers together to prevent the wool from shifting (pictured above) with several running stitches using pearl cotton embroidery floss.

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And voila! A finished organic, fluffy soft, heavenly cloud of a comforter!

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Don’t poke your sister.

KCW – Color block raglan tees

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For the last day of Kid’s Clothes Week¬†I decided to fill out my boy’s wardrobe with some much needed t-shirts.¬†They are quick and easy to sew plus they were on my “must sew before spring” list, so the timing was perfect.

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The pattern I used was Oliver + s Field trip raglan T-shirt in size 2 sewn out of Robert Kaufman Laguna cotton jersey knits in colors heather pepper, tangerine, grass, emerald and heather gray. These knits are amazing! Soft and sturdy, not too lightweight but not too heavy, seriously just perfection. If you’re looking to make some t-shirts I would highly recommend these knits!

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I love using color-blocking for tees; it’s a quick and easy way to create a one of a kind piece.

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For the pocket on this tee I used some scrap bamboo stripe knit that I used for these shorts and this top. The neckband is black ribbing from Joanns.

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Model shots!

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And with that KCW comes to an end. I’m looking forward to next season already!

Did you sew anything for Kid’s clothes week? If not, why not join in next season? There’re prizes ūüėČ

KCW – Upcycle wool cape

This season’s theme for Kid’s Clothes Week¬†is “Upcycled”. The theme is optional but it sure is fun to participate in it, especially since they tend to be awesome. My other projects for the week¬†don’t fit the theme, but this one does; an upcycled wool cape for my daughter. Here’s a few before shots.

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It was a suit set my mother-in-law picked up from the thrift store. She tends to find really nice wool to upcycle!

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After! The pattern I used was a free tutorial from here. She even provides printable patterns for sizes 2/3 and 8 plus a tutorial for an optional hood.

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You can see my cape has more seams in it than the tutorial. It was necessary to seam rip and piece together the suit set in order to have pieces big enough to cut out my cape. I tried to place the seams where they would look appropriate on a cape anyways.

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For the lining fabric I used Poppies and raindrops by Anna Maria Horner from her Field Study collection. I had this sitting in my stash for a while and I’m glad to have found a lovely use for it!

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Button tab feature.

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And now for some modeling shots!

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This will be a good one for spring. Just the right weight!

Upcycle project completed! What kinds of things do you like to upcycle?

KCW – Leather shoulder raglan sweatshirt

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For Kid’s Clothes Week this season I really wanted to crank through a few projects that have been sitting on my “must sew before spring comes” list, and this was one of them; a leather shoulder raglan sweatshirt for my son. It’s a straight up copy-cat of this sweatshirt from Groovy Baby and Mama. She has some fantastic style and I love everything she sews for her kids!

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For my version I used the Oliver + s Raglan t-shirt pattern and modified it a bit by making it wider in the body and sleeves, skipped the pocket, widened the neck band, added sleeve cuffs and bottom hem band, and stitched on leather shoulder patches appliqué style onto the sleeves before sewing the whole thing together.

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The sweatshirt fabric is this incredibly soft organic cotton sueded fleece in color camel which I bought from here. It’s pretty much the softest thing I’ve ever felt! I think I need to order more in all the colors ūüėČ

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Action shots! You can see it ended up being a bit huge on him. I’m debating whether or not to take it in or not. One the one hand, he’ll be able to wear it for several years the way it is. On the other hand.. it’s huge.

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But he still looks pretty darn handsome either way ūüėČ

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Holy smokes is KCW already almost half way done? I’d better get cracking.

Do you sew your kids clothes big enough to grow into or do you prefer to have a good fit right away?

KCW – Heart appliqu√© red wool dress

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Kid’s Clothes Week is in full swing and to kick it off I made a much needed warm winter dress for my daughter.¬†The pattern I used was the¬†Oliver + s school bus t-shirt size 4 which I modified to have a gathered skirt and a neckline finished with facing rather than a neckband.

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For the fabric I used some bright red wool interlock from here, and on the elbows I stitched on some dark gray cotton knit hearts, perfect for Valentines Day!

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To create the skirt first I trimmed the shirt front and back to the desired bodice length plus bottom seam allowance (I used¬†a 1/4″ seam allowance). This seam should be where you want the skirt and bodice to join each other to create the waist of the dress. Next measure from this waist seam down to where you want the skirt to end plus seam allowances on both the top of skirt and bottom for the hem (I used 1/4″ for the top seam and made my hem 1″. Total length for my daughter was 16″). Lastly, I took my daughter’s waist measurement and multiplied by 3 (for my daughter 21″ x3 = 63″.) This was to be the total circumference of the skirt. I cut out my skirt in two pieces which were 31.75″ wide x 16″ long. (31.75″ + 31.75″ = 63″ skirt circumference including 1/4″ seam allowances). Sew your two sides together, gather the top, and pin to the bodice right sides together evenly distributing the gathers. Sew this seam together with a 1/4″ seam, hem up the bottom as stated in the pattern, and voila, a dress!

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I love the brilliant red of this dress.

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And who doesn’t love heart elbow patches?

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Now for some action shots!

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What a great start to KCW! Anyone else sewing like mad this week?

Blackwatch birthday

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My boy turned two in January (how time flies!) and I decided to sew him an outfit for the occasion. He got a new pair of Blackwatch plaid pants, matching bow-tie, and linen dress shirt.

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For the pants I used the Oliver + s Museum trousers pattern in size 2, sewn in a lovely Blackwatch plaid worsted wool. These puppies are quite warm, which is perfect for our frigid winters here in Montana.

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I love the welt pockets in this pattern. Very adorable!

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I finished the outer leg seams separately in white bias tape to create this roll-up-racing stripe look, which I also did with these shorts for last summer. The inseams I finished with a flat-felled seam so that they are neatly finished when rolled up.

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Here’s a look at the innards. I added some white cotton fabric from the welt pocket bags up into the waistband to hide the seams to the welt pocket. It didn’t turn out quite as neat as I wanted and will have to play around with it a bit still.

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For the shirt I used my beloved Oliver + s Sketchbook shirt sewing pattern sewn in white medium weight linen. I’ve sewn this clothing pattern more times than any other in my stash!

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I added buttons to the collar, as well as a little leather detail on the front pocket. Adding little details is one of my favorite ways to customize a pattern.

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The bow-tie was sewn using this¬†PrettyPrudent tutorial. I used their “double bow-tie” option and scaled down the size a bit for my boy. It is also sewn from the Blackwatch worsted wool.

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Obligatory model shots.

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And now for a few action shots…

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Happy birthday baby boy!