Camouflage cargo shorts

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This was a particularly satisfying project to complete having been on my “To do” list for ages. My older boy was (and still is) in desperate need of shorts as he only had one pair that fit him for this summer. Well now he has two 😉

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The pattern is a mash up of Oliver + s Museum trousers and Field trip cargo pants sewn in size 4 from Robert Kaufman Camouflage jacquard woven chambray in color jungle . I pretty much followed the museum trousers pattern (cropped them into shorts) and added the cargo pockets from the Field trip cargo pants.

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Close up of a cargo pocket. I added velcro closures to the flaps to keep them closed.

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Back leather detail and welt pocket. There are belt loops on the pants but they’re hard to see. I guess the camouflage is working 😉

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Model shots!

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He loves his new shorts and has been wearing them non-stop! Need. Moar. Shorts. 

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Baby accessories

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Accessories tend to make the outfit, don’t they? Even if you’re just a little baby 😉  So I decided to spend some time making a few beautiful and useful accessories to go with my baby’s layette. First up is a pair of leather shoes.

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I made the shoes in size 0-6 months from some beautiful leather scrap I bought off of eBay. The laces are 3/8″ cream twill tape. The pattern was this free shoe pattern which I modified by scaling it up (printed at 110%), did two lacing holes rather than three, omitted the heart cutouts, added some topstitching, and also changed the shape of the heal piece to create the look I was after on the shoe front.

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I love these little shoes!

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Next up are some reversible bandana-style drool bibs.

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I sewed them using this free tutorial in size 6-12 month and included the optional size adjustment snap to make them fit at a smaller size as well.

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The fabrics are various ones from my stash (a lot of them are Kaufman railroad chambray’s) and the snaps are size 15 metal snaps from Snapsource.

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Lastly I made a little reversible bucket hat from the free Oliver + s pattern available here. I made it in size XS out of Robert Kaufman Railroad Poplin and Cotton & Steel Tokyo Train Ride Harajuku in color aqua. I did modify the pattern by widening the brim a little and I added a little chin strap with velcro closure.

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Reverse side. I just love those cute animals!

Only a few weeks left until I welcome this little baby! I wonder how much more sewing I can get done for him before he arrives.

Does anyone else enjoy the nesting energy before baby comes or do you prefer to do nothing and take it easy?

An Easter suit and dress

There’s something so wonderful about this time of year; flowers, new life, warmer weather, and new Easter clothes! I have a bit of a tradition going now to sew my daughter a lovely new dress for the double occasions of Easter and her birthday (as her birthday also falls in April). Last year my son got new pants and bow tie but I decided he needed to really be included in the tradition this year and so he got a full ensemble as well!

For this year’s dress my inspiration was an old childhood Easter dress of mine.

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Please excuse my blurry iPhone picture. I had no other “before’ pictures of this dress before I hacked it up 😉 Check out this early 90’s awesomeness! I loved this dress so much as a kid!

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Up-cycled! The pattern I used was the Gardenia dress pattern by Cali Faye Collection sewn in size 4 width with 5 length. The fabric which I up-cycled from my old Easter dress is a sheer cotton gauze which I lined with the original white cotton lining. For the yolk and sleeves I used off-white organza from Jo-Ann’s.

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I modified the pattern a bit by adding a back bodice overlay so that the entire back wasn’t organza.

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I also used the original dress petticoat to make the skirt extra full and flouncy.

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The piping was also up cycled straight from the old dress. Love the little time savers 😉

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For my son I pulled out all the stops and made him an entire new suit set consisting of shirt, blazer, shorts, and bow-tie.

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The shirt (yes it’s been worn. Wrinkles!) was sewn from Oliver + s sketchbook shirt in size 2 width 3 length from blue cotton with contrast white cotton collar and cuffs. I chose tortoise shell colored buttons to complement the beige and browns which made up the rest of the suit set. I also flat-felled the seams for a professional look.

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The blazer was sewn from the “Little Gentleman” pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop in size 2. The fabric I used was a beige 100% linen suiting from Jo-Ann’s, plus leather scrap for the elbow patches and real leather buttons.

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For modifications I used the Oliver + s welt pocket instruction from the Museam vest & trousers pattern rather than those provided by Peek-a-boo patterns. You really can’t beat the clarity and professionalism imparted by Oliver + s and these welt pockets show that for sure!

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I also added additional decorative buttons on the sleeves.

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The lining is a super soft cotton called Menagerie in color timberwolf. I adore this fabric and have had it in my stash for a while waiting for a perfect use for it!

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The shorts were sewn from Oliver + s Museum trousers pattern in size 2 using the same fabrics as the blazer.

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Welt pockets!

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I modified the trousers into shorts plus flat felled the seams for a neat finish.

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Lastly, he got a bow-tie which was also up cycled from my old Easter dress. I followed the prudent baby double bow-tie tutorial which produces an amazing bow-tie!

And now for a modeling photo-bomb…

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My daughter had to wear a previously sewn white slip to prevent her dress from being too scandalous 😉

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Back.

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Pockets.

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Love the finished look! So glad his outfit came together as I envisioned it in my head.

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Handsome dude 😉

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Easter success! That was a lot of sewing and I’ll admit, I’m glad to get to move on to something new… perhaps baby layette? 🙂

How was your Easter?

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 😉

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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 😉

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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?

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!

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!

Project run & play “hand – me – down” makeover

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For week two of Project run & play we were given the challenge to sew something from hand-me-downs or thrift store finds. I had decided beforehand that this week would be about the boy, so I asked my husband to weed out some things from his closet which he no longer wears and wouldn’t mind me using. He gave me four Jcrew t-shirts, an Abercrombie cable knit sweater (from high school!), and I also had a thrifted wool sweater plus some scrap leather which I forgot to include in the picture. To add to the challenge, my sewing machine was in the shop and I could only use my serger or sew by hand! Thankfully everything I wanted to sew primarily required the serger anyways.

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From my husband’s Jcrew t-shirts I made a raglan color-block tee with leather patch pocket, and a pair of drop inseam sweatpants. The pattern for the raglan tee was the Field trip raglan t-shirt by Oliver + s in size 2. I sewed it using the two green and beige tees in a very cool color-blocked style of different colored sleeves. I found the look on Pinterest and just fell in love so I had to recreate it!

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For the sweatpants I sewed them from the striped Jcrew t-shirt using a self drafted pattern. They have a drop inseam, cutout bum color-blocking, back patch pocket, faux drawstring, and bottom cuffs. They are ridiculously adorable on if I do say so myself and the kid has been living in them since I made them! (Edit – there is a new pattern out that is a very close to these pants called the Mini Hudson by True Bias).

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Detail shot of the leather pocket. Since my sewing machine was out of commission I made sure to cut the bottom edges of the shirt and sleeves from the already hemmed edges of the tees so I didn’t have to worry about hemming them. The patch pocket I stitched on by hand and I really love the look!

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Detail of the pant back pocket.

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From the Abercrombie cable knit sweater I made a henley style pullover with leather buttons reclaimed from an old sweater of mine, plus leather elbow patches which I stitched on by hand. There was a fair amount of hand stitching on this sucker, but the finished look is so great! I think it may even have turned out better than if I had attempted to use the sewing machine on this thick knit. The pattern for this was self drafted with reference to the Oliver + s jumprope dress pattern for constructing the placket.

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Last but not least I made a slouchy beanie from the thrifted wool sweater. This pattern was also self drafted and very simple!

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And finally the completed outfit! Prepare yourself for an action shot photo bomb 🙂

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Elbow patches!

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I seriously love that tee! And those pants. And that beanie. And that kid 😉

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Oops took my hat off! But don’t worry mom, got it back on. 😀

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Heart breaker.

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Week two done! If you want to see the great things sewn for this week by the competitors you can check them out here.

I can’t wait to get cracking on week three! See you then!