PR&P – Mad For Plaid

Week 3 at Project Run and Play and this weeks theme was mad for plaid. While browsing fabric.com I came across some red and black plaid flannel and inspiration was born, a lumberjack vest for my little man! The husband is constantly telling me I don’t sew for the boy enough so this was the perfect week to sew for Daxton and go all out with his outfit! I think this is a problem a lot of us parents with both boys and girls have, but thankfully all these great indie pattern makers are coming out with some pretty awesome patterns for boys.

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Dax’s outfit started with a reversible vest using Go To Patterns Study Hall Jacket as the starting point. I used the fleece for one side and some plaid shirting that I got locally for the other. I needed to make a couple modifications to turn it into a vest. The pattern had raglan sleeves so first I changed it back to a normal armhole. Because I wanted the vest to be reversible and look good from both sides I added the welt pockets to both layers. The pockets on the flannel side are stitched closed and I cut off the pocket bag to eliminate some of the bulk. First time sewing welt pockets and it was surprisingly easy! For a closure, I eliminated the zipper and went with snaps. I had every intention of putting in a zipper but could not find a zipper that would separate and be reversible. Honestly wish I had been able to find one, snaps are such a pain! To finish the armholes I used double wide store bought bias tape.

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To go along with his vest I also made Daxton some black pants using Blank Slate Patterns W pants. The back yoke was a great chance to feature some more of the plaid fabric. These pants came together super quickly! I added the zipper welt pockets to the yoke and did a faux fly. Although the pants are adorable I am not crazy about the fit. I made the 18month size for my 16month old son so I expected them to be too big which they are, but that is okay because it means room to grow. What I don’t love is the fit of the back yoke. There is a bunch of extra fabric in that area and the zippers barely fit on the yoke and they make the extra fabric stick out a bit. Overall I do like them though and will be trying them in a bigger size for Finnley.

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To finish the outfit I made Dax a simple t-shirt using the recess raglan pattern from See Kate Sew. This was my second time sewing this pattern (see first version here) and I love how quickly it comes together. And the fit is so great. I envision many more of these in the future, in fact I have a few planned already! For this shirt I used some white organic knit with black sleeves upcycled from a shirt in my closet. To tie it in with the mad for plaid theme I added an applique dinosaur using the plaid shirting. So simple but adds that little something special!

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Taking pictures of a 16 month old is always an adventure. It started with a lot of this

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but after a break ended with this.

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Yay for adorable boy clothes!

Elizabeth

Linking up with: Feather’s Flight // The Train to Crazy

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PR&P – Strawberry Twizzler Inspired

Week 2 at Project Run and Play and this weeks theme is to create an outfit inspired by a candy. When I was initially looking at the themes this was the one week that I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in. Although the idea is fun I was envisioning outfits that were far too costumey and if I am going to take the time to make my kids something it needs to be practical. Obviously I changed my mind but the idea for this project came from my sister and blogging partner Sara. What I decided to do was a outfit inspired by strawberry Twizzlers.

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The inspiration for this started with this adorable strawberry knit fabric from Heather Ross. Originally I had planned on using it to make leggings but apparently I wasn’t thinking correctly when I ordered this fabric and I only order half a yard which was not nearly enough. So then I thought maybe I could make some cropped leggings but it is September and fall is coming so not very practical. Ended up making a T-shirt with it using the recess raglan pattern by See Kate Sew. Cut out the body and went to cut out the sleeves and realized the only way I could squeeze them out of the strawberry fabric was to cut them against the grain which meant a quick trip to my local fabric store for some organic red knit.  To make the most of my strawberry fabric I decided to do the version with the cuffs.

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This shirt came together super easily, especially thanks to my brand new serger! The only change I made to the pattern was instead of using ribbing for the neckline I used the strawberry fabric. To neck the neck I used the pattern piece but extended it by 2 inches since it was not as stretchy as ribbing would have been. Worked out pretty well I think!

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When you look at a twizzler they have a ridge that twists around the licorice. In order to incorportate that idea into the outfit I decided to make a tiered ruffle skirt using some red voile I had in my stash. I used Dana’s tutorial but unlike last time I lengthened each ruffle layer by half an inch so you would not see the connecting layer.

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I am pretty happy with how these pieces turned out. Ended up with a super girly outfit that Finnley will be able to get lots of wear out of.

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Excited to sew something for my little man for next week!

Elizabeth

PR&P – High Low Tunic

Project Run and Play time again!  This was the very first sew-along that I participated in last spring so I’m so excited to be sewing along again.  This week was the pattern remix challenge and my first attempt at making more than simple changes to a pattern.  The challenge was to remix Oliver + S’s free pattern, the Popover Sundress.  Although the dress is simple and sweet, it is September and time to start thinking about sewing for fall.

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I decided to turn the dress into a tunic with a high low hem that was inspired by Megan Nielsen’s Briar shirt pattern.  My favourite part of the original sundress pattern was the contrast yoke so I knew I wanted to keep that and make it even more pronounced by both raising and extending it.  I made the bottom of the yoke curved to follow the shape of the hem, with the front being concave and the back being convex.  The yoke is lined and has a slit with button and loop to let it fit over Finnley’s head.

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I love adding pockets to everything I make for Finnley but I usually add inseam pockets, which she never uses.  The original pattern had tiny little patch pockets so I stuck with that idea but made them much larger and extended them all the way to the hem of the tunic.  Keeping with the curves I made the bottom of the pockets follow the curve of the hem.  Thankfully Finnley loves these pockets and it was difficult to get pictures without her hands in them!

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These are the faces I kept getting when I would ask her to take those hands out of her pockets!  Little lady doesn’t like being told what to do!

Hopefully this tunic will transition well into the fall with a cardigan over top or even a long sleeve shirt underneath.

Elizabeth

Linking up with: Feather’s Flight // The Train to Crazy // We Did It Wednesday Sew Much Ado// Too Cute Tuesday // Ginger Jamboree