Christmas gifts 

I was pretty busy sewing Christmas gifts these past few months. Now I can finally share what I made!

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My older boy got a new flannel button up. The pattern is the Sketchbook shirt by Oliver + S in size 4 sewn out of Kaufman mammoth flannel in color plaid gold. It’s so thick and warm it’s practically a jacket! Perfect for the single digit temperatures we get this time of year.

For my husband’s and my parents I made a set of four mitered-corner watercolor linen dishtowels. Both the free tutorial and the fabric are available at Purl Soho. I’ll be making more of these soon, but for myself!

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For my younger boy, I finally finished his embroidered baby blanket! It took ages. Seriously. He’s not exactly a baby anymore but at least it’s done now!

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The front is linen which is embroidered with an adorable little fox and owl scene. Part of the embroidery is a pattern purchased from MyBearPaw but I did expand upon it a little. For the backing I used a sumptuous thick organic bamboo velour. So cozy!

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Last but not least, my daughter requested this fancy dress up dress as her Christmas gift. I was happy to comply!

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It’s a colonial era gown sewn from Simplicity 3725. I used shimmer fuchsia taffeta, gold satin, and gold floral lace plus a few beautiful handmade buttons off of Etsy. She’s thrilled with it! I’m pretty pleased with it myself 😉

Merry Christmas!

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. 

Spring in Neon

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What can I say, when I take a break from blogging I REALLY take a break. And from sewing. And from everything. But now I’m back and here’s what I’ve been up to; a little neon sewing for spring.

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I have a tradition to sew my daughter a birthday dress each year and this year I decided to go the casual route with this fun everyday-wear dress. The pattern is the Soliel dress pattern by Baste + Gather which I sewed up in a glorious neon watercolor ombré knit fabric. My daughter adores this fabric and so do I! So fun and vibrant.

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A very cool feature of the Soliel dress pattern is this open back. It adds so much visual interest, plus it’s a great way to keep cool in our crazy hot summers.

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I’ve been sewing for the boys too! Each got a tee sewn from Oliver + S school bus tee shirt pattern. For my older boy I added a pocket out of black Kaufman laguna jersey.

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The main fabric is this awesome neon confetti knit fabric in neon orange, green, and yellow.

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My younger boy also got a neon confetti tee, but with a black contrast neckband.

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Hello handsome.

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My youngest also got this sweet dragon zip up hoodie which I made a few months back during my blogging hiatus, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s sewn using the high-five hoodie pattern by Peek-a-boo pattern shop from luscious organic terry with leather tag detail on the front and added elbow patches and dragon spikes. It’s been well worn and he’s almost too big for it now!

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Yay for spring! Yay for neon! Maybe this will be the beginning of more blogging and definitely more sewing 🙂

Baby track pants and onesies

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It was high time to sew a few new things for the baby. A couple onesies and some killer track pants to the rescue!

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The onesies are sewn in size 3-6 months using this pattern from Etsy in the same knits I used for my older son’s tees. I did modified the pattern slightly by adding some self drafted front pockets. Overall this pattern is straight forward and easy to follow but I would sew the neck opening smaller next time by overlapping the front and back shoulders more. Also since we use cloth diapers around here I’ll be adding some extra length to accommodate them as the length is a bit tight.

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The track pants are this pattern in size 3-6 months and are so stinking adorable! I used this organic french terry which I also used to make my son this pair of shorts. I can’t recommend this fabric enough! It is wonderfully soft and holds up very well to repeated washings. The pattern works great over a cloth diaper (yay!) but I did modify the pockets to be MUCH smaller otherwise you end up with the pockets all the way down to the knees! I also altered the waistband finishing by using one thick piece of elastic rather than 2 separate, and did a few rows of topstitching. The drawstring I changed to be faux rather than actually go all the way around the waist.

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Finished outfit on the baby!

This kid is growing like a weed. Need. Moar. Clothes.

Color-block school bus t-shirts

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Simple sewing patterns that allow for customization are some of my favorite. This pattern is the School Bus T-shirt by Oliver + S and it’s a pretty perfect basic tee as is, but I wanted to add a twist with some color-blocking.

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Here’s the back. Both front and back look identical with the same free-hand diagonal pattern. I just took my big ruler and chopped up my pattern pieces (in size 3), added in seam allowances, and pieced them together from a selection of Kaufman Laguna knits from my stash. I love how they turned out!

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Pretty stinking cute! Oh the tee is nice too 😉

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Back

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I think my older boy is finally set on t-shirts for a while. On to sewing for the next child!

Retro pocket tees

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It’s been mighty hot this week and my son’s collection of tee shirts is rather slim, so I’ve sewn him several to help get him through the rest of summer.

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For the pattern I used this one off of Etsy sewn in size 3. I did modify it some by scooping out the back armholes in an attempt to make them racerback but I didn’t scoop them out nearly enough! I also added contrast front pockets of my own design.

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This awesome abstract geometric fabric I got off of Spoonflower and the Batman print I got from here. Both are perfectly retro. My husband described the purple print tee as “rad”. Yes, I think so too 🙂

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A look at the back.

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Looking very rad.

Anyone else got a soft spot for 80s fashion awesomeness?

Mini Hudson shorts

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Have you heard of the Mini Hudson sewing pattern by True Bias? They are pretty much the most perfectly fitting bottoms I’ve come across in the land of kid’s sewing patterns. To say I love them would be an understatement! There will be many MANY more to come this fall/winter. But I digress..

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For this pair I sewed them in a roomy size 3 plus modified them into shorts by cutting the length out as View B, and simply omitted the bottom cuff and hemmed them up by an inch. Perfection.

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For my fabric I used a really wonderful medium-weight organic cotton/lycra french terry which I purchased from here. This fabric is serious heaven and I plan on sewing lots more things for the kids from it. The drawstring is some scrap Kaufman laguna knit from my stash and the white detail on the pockets is cotton ribbing from JoAnn’s.

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Photobomb. This kid is too much!

Have you sewn a Mini Hudson? There’s an adult version too called the Hudson which has my name written all over it!

Even more PJs

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I’m finally back from babyland! Well mostly, in a sleep deprived kind of way. Anyways, these PJs were sewn quite a few weeks back and I never got around to blogging them. So here they are!

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Since I am always sewing this kid PJs I opted to made them pretty huge in size 3T with the hopes they will fit for a while. The pattern is “Alex & Anna winter PJs” by Peek-a-boo pattern shop. I modified the pattern by cropping the sleeves and pant legs to make them summer friendly, but there is a summer version of this pattern available if you don’t wish to modify it yourself.

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The fabrics are a random assortment from my stash, including Kaufman laguna knit solids and Lillestoff vikings.

Hopefully these will last him for next summer too! Did I mention I’m sick of sewing PJs? 😉

Organic Baby Rompers

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Finally, I’m nearing the end of my baby sewing list, and not a bit too soon with my due date being in nine days! Here’s the latest sewing project for the June boy; five organic knit rompers.

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I used this romper pattern from Etsy and I really liked it; it’s easy to follow and made an incredibly cute romper! I made all five in size 0-3 months. These will be just perfect for our crazy hot summer days.

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Detail shot of bottom snap opening. The snaps were all size 15 metal snaps from Snapsource.

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The fabrics are the same from my other previous baby layette post; a mix of organic knit prints and solids from birch plus a couple solid organic knits from my stash. I just love these fabrics and am so glad to have gotten so many layette pieces out of the small amount of yardage I had bought!

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I seriously can’t pick a favorite color combo. Mineral with elk?

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Taupe with feathers?

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Teal with darling gold bugs?

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Or how about cream with mint bugs?

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Ok, ok, I can pick a favorite. I love the midblue with coral feathers. Swoon!

I think that’s it for baby clothes, well, in the newborn – 3 month size at least. Any bets on whether or not I can get a baby blanket done for this kid before he appears? 😉

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?