8.28.2015

Sewing for Kids: Upcycled Zip-Up Hoodies

I'm so excited for fall! I'm ready for crunchy leaves, layering clothes, and pumpkin everything. I'm starting to get ready for cooler weather because I want it to come right away and because I don't want to be blindsided with no warm clothes when it does cool down. And these hoodies were so simple because I upcycled two adult hoodies which cuts down the sewing time. These came together so fast, and so far my kids like them.
I used the Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern. (I love this pattern and have used it tons!) I have upcycled hoodies before, but if you'd like a tutorial check out the 30 minute hoodie refashion over at One Little Minute. I first cut it out too long and luckily checked it before sewing it. I shortened it a little and now it's the perfect length. The sleeves and body circumference are much tighter than I'd like, but I hope he won't get any wider in the next year.
Henry really loves the jacket, the stripes, and the guitar zipper pull. Let's hope he wants to wear it when it cools down. I used an adult jacket that I thrifted, and it still had the tags on it.
For Claire I used a hoodie that my sister used to wear. She loved it, but it was too short in the body to be wearable. Aren't the little whales so cute? I also used the Billy Bright Eyes Snappy Tee pattern for Claire. I forgot to check the length on hers so the body is WAY too long. It reaches down to her knees! I'm so glad that girls can wear sweatshirts dresses so that it's still wearable! It might fit her for two years instead of one because the sleeves are a little long too. Maybe my problem is that I think she's bigger than she really is because she acts so much bigger than she is. (Don't you love her cute little Nike shoes? Henry used to wear them and now it's Claire's turn. I really love seeing favorites passed down between siblings.)
Heather

8.25.2015

Sewing for the Girl: Quilted Vest

I'm slowly starting to get the kids' wardrobes ready for Fall and Winter. It is still really hot outside, but I don't want to be blindsided with cold weather and not have any warm clothes for them. I found some great turquoise quilted fabric in the remnant bin at Joann's. I wanted to use it for myself, but it wasn't quite tall enough. I used almost all of it for this cute little vest for Claire.
I made it really simple and used bias binding for all the edges. The bias binding is a really pretty floral cotton woven fabric. Then I used some turquoise snaps for the front. It came together really fast. I kind of love the collar even though I made it up, and I know I sewed the seam allowance wrong (up instead of down).
Sorry for the messy face, she's a mess that I can't keep up with. (She always finds the dirt or Henry's snack!)
I love the colors of the vest and trim. I can't wait to pair it with hoodies and leggings and skirts this Fall. I love that this color will pair great with pink. She has lots of pink clothes so anything non-pink is great.
Heather

8.21.2015

My Favorite Purchased Patterns

I've finally gotten to the point where I've reused some patterns enough to know they are my favorites. They are printed out, and I use them over and over and over. (Especially since they are printed out.) I feel like I've found my style, patterns, and fabrics that I like. I'm sure I'll keep learning and finding new fabrics and patterns, but it's nice to have a couple of favorites in my back pocket (or printed out in my file). 
I rarely recommend buying patterns since there's so many free patterns and there's a lot of flat pattern work you can do on your own if you learn, but every once in awhile you come across some perfect ones. None of these are affiliate links, I'm just sharing some love of these great patterns.


Favorite Patterns

1. Union St Tee Pattern: I cannot sing enough praises for this pattern. It is the best knit tee pattern I have ever used. I can really tell that a whole lot of work went into the pattern. I love it. Here are five versions that I've made, but there are three that aren't pictured. polka dot teemaker teewhite teestriped tee, and floral tee
2. Perri Pullover: This is a great momiform pattern. I love long, cozy sweatshirts. This winter I want to make some with tight, long sleeves. I think I might like that fit a little bit better. Here are my four versions: Striped pullover with leather pockets, terry knit pullover, medallion print pullover, and striped pullover
3. The Staple Dress Pattern: I love quick dresses with an easy and comfortable fit. I really love this style. I know it's not everyone's jam because it's not fitted, but I love it. It's easy to wear and easy to style, and I can't wait to wear them with button up shirts or fitted blazers.
Silk shirt, sparkly LBD, navy swiss dot henley dress, polka dot shirt, and striped floral surplus dress
4. Hudson Pants Pattern: Best pattern ever. They are so comfortable and trendy (right now). I will be so sad when track pants go out of style.
Tuxedo stripe pants, polka dot capris, and floral track pants. I have two other pairs that I haven't blogged about yet. One day.
5. Matilda Leggings: I'm a mom and I want to wear leggings all day every day. They are the most comfortable when I'm bending over, up and down on the floor, and chasing my kids around. Jeans don't cut it like they did before I had kids.
Both navy and black versions. I have another one I have not blogged about yet.
6. Pleated Pencil Skirt: I really love pencil skirts, but I hate deep slits up the back. I love the pleat on this skirt for movement. I did have to do some extra alterations to make this fit me well, but it was worth it. Every loved pattern is worth it to make it fit you well.
Triangle print skirt, gray herringbone skirt, and floral jacquard coral skirt.
7. Button Up Shirt: I love button-up shirts that are long and semi-fitted just like this pattern. It has side darts but it doesn't have front waist or back darts. I'm a preppy at heart so I love button up shirts. I want to make more of these when I get some good fabric.
Ikat button up shirt and chambray dot button up shirt.


Patterns I Want To Try

1. The Oliver and S Gallery Tunic and Dress Pattern: This one just came out and looks fantastic. It's the exact style that I want to wear all the time. I have looked for and tried a couple different tunic/collared/loose/woven shirts and haven't found the one. I might get this one with my birthday money.
2. The Sewaholic Minoru Jacket Pattern: I'm ready to have a really great raincoat or lighter waterproof winter coat that's flattering and cute. And that has a hood. I really hate coats and jackets that don't have hoods. This is also on my birthday money list.
I'm on the lookout for a really great sweatshirt pattern. I would wear them all winter if they were cute enough and in my colors. I'm deciding between the Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt or the Simplicity Pullover Knit Top. Have you tried either of these?
I'm looking for a long cardigan with pockets pattern. Right now I'm decided between the Burdastyle oversized cardigan which I would shorten a lot, or the Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan which I'd add a button placket to the front. Do you have a favorite cardigan pattern?
Heather

8.16.2015

Me Made: Fitted Blazer and Easing Tutorial

I love blazers. I wish I had them in all the colors and multiple styles because I love them all. They can be so casual or dressy. It always makes my outfits feel complete (when it's not too hot to wear one). The one thing that holds me back from making a blazer is easing in set-in sleeves. I used to loathe it, but I learned a industry trick for easing in sleeves that makes me actually enjoy it! I have a post over on craftsy that tells you the quickest way to ease a set-in sleeve. This is the only way I ease sleeves now!
Now let's talk about this jacket. I am planning on using some gorgeous Ikat faux suede to make a blazer, but I needed to do a mock-up first. I thrifted some pretty gray suiting fabric that I decided to use for a mock-up and turned out well enough to be wearable! I used a Burdastyle fitted blazer pattern. I did have to do a lot of alterations, but they were all things I could do in the process of construction. I was careful to transfer them to the pattern, so I can use them again. I lengthened the body and sleeves and took in the sides and sleeves. It's great!
I used a dark gray lining fabric so it really is a basic solid jacket. I wanted a basic jacket that could match with everything. I really love it so far and can't wait for the weather to cool down.
This pattern is an advanced pattern. It has two welt pockets which I kind of hated during the process, but I love them now. I love having pockets in my jackets. I love the princess seams in the front and the back. The lines are so flattering. Here's to cooler days and wearing jackets!
Heather

8.14.2015

Fall Wardrobe Planning

Since Henry is going to be in preschool this year I'm already thinking of our Fall wardrobes. It's much earlier than the last couple of years which is usually in October, and then I'm usually scrambling a little bit. This is much nicer, but it is a little hard because I'm planning a transitional wardrobe. I have to plan a wardrobe for the end of summer (it'll still be hot for a month or two) and the beginning of Fall. I think the planning, picking fabrics, and coordinating outfits is my very favorite part of sewing. 
This time I used the free Fall wardrobe planning printable. Becca from Free Notion has some great posts about planning, picking fabrics, and she is also planning some Fall wardrobes. This is a sudoku planning tool, and it's super cool. I didn't coordinate it when I first started drawing and coloring because I was focused on planning.
I'm planning on cutting up all the squares and coordinating the outfits in square pieces. I am excited to play around with outfits. Claire hardly needs anything. She'll need a lot of warm things, but I'm not going to work on those yet. Henry has lots of shorts and tees from the summer. He just needs some jackets, and some nicer transitional button-up shirts.
This is my plan. The majority of these were finished this summer. I need mostly jackets to help me transition into colder days. I'll share the outfits once I'm all finished. I need to cut these out and play with them too.
Here is a small part of the fabrics I'm using. Some have been chopped up, and some projects have already been finished. I can't wait to plan some outfit pictures with all these cute new clothes.
What are you planning for the Fall?
Heather
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