Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Scarf and Giveaway

It is still snowing here in Columbus and therefore I'm still thinking of cute ways to keep my little boy warm. I whipped up this scarf the other day and I love it. The best part is that he loves it too and will wear it whenever I want as long as I want. It is a cute cotton fabric on the outside and rich, warm black fleece on the inside. There is a slit on one side to slip the other end through so it won't fall off.

He has been wearing this almost daily since I made it. Thankfully it washes up beautifully.
Guess what!?! I had just enough fabric left over to make another one, so you can have one of your very own! It would make a great gift and would be great for a boy or girl. All you have to do is leave a comment here before Sunday February 21 at 10:00 PM PST. Do you want a double chance to win? Blog about this giveaway on your blog and leave a second comment.

Striped Shorts

You may be getting tired of all these little boy clothes but I am on a roll! I can whip up a pair of these shorts blindfolded at this point. I also love that they don't look 'home sewn'. I feel like I am finally capable of creating commercial looking clothes for Calder. Hopefully I can start making more for me with such success.

These are once again the same pattern as the last few pairs of pants / shorts. I love it. You know it. To set these apart a little bit I used a drawstring waist. I still used elastic but sewed twill tape to the ends of the elastic. That way it has a lot of stretch but the elastic doesn't show. I also added a little tab of ribbon to the right front pocket. Just because.

Pattern: Simplicity 2907
Size 2

If you're loving little boy sewing as much as I am right now you should check out Made By Rae and Made. They are hosting Celebrate The Boy month for February. I am so inspired and have a list a mile long of projects I want to do.


I have had really good luck with finding small cuts of denim on sale. I love it! I paid $2.00 for this piece and have a bunch left over. I love the dark wash and it has a tiny bit of stretch so hopefully it is more comfortable. Once again I used the lovely Simplicity pattern I used for these shorts and these pants. I am just digging this pattern. It's easy, fits well and is easy to personalize.

To change things up a bit I added belt loops and white contrast stitching. I love the way it looks. I found a pair of little boy Diesel pants I loved and sort of copied their stitching. I'm especially fond of the back pockets. I had a lot of fun with these.

Pattern: Simplicity 2907
Size 2

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Calder's Backpack

I've been wanting to make Calder a backpack for a while. He has been using one of my purses to store his toys and carry them around the house. The poor kid needed something. It took no time at all to whip it up this morning. I was surprised how quick it was. Calder loves it. It's so fun to see him carry it around. Right now it is packed with all his stuff for church tomorrow.

I used the pattern from Lotta Jonsdotter's Simple Sewing. I did make one small adjustment. Since I used heavy canvas instead of lightweight cotton my straps couldn't both fit through the top casing. I just made one long strap instead. That also decreased the length of the straps but the original pattern was for an adult so it's perfect for a toddler.

New Pillows

My friend Cassie and I whipped up these adorable owl pillows. The crazy thing is they are made completely out of stuff we already had leftover from other projects. I love it when that happens. We made the pattern ourselves and I love the way they turned out. I'll have to take a picture of hers. It is really cute. I'm not really sure where it will end up in the house. It may move up to Calder's room. We'll see.

And, I decided to make new covers for my couch throw pillows. I was totally inspired by Danielle. Hers are beautiful. I've made one so far and now I'm debating about what to do with the other. I don't know that they need to be the exactly same but I kinda like the look of two of the same. I don't know. We'll see. When I decide what to do with the other one, I'll blog about it, I'm sure.

This one is made of butter colored fine whale corduroy. Wait, does that sound familiar? It does happen to be the same fabric I used for Calder's pants. I loved it so much I went back and bought more.

I box pleated a 3 inch strip of fabric. Each pleat is 1 inch wide. It was very easy since I ironed as I went. Then I basted the strip. I cut the pillow fabric exactly where I wanted the pleated strip to go, sewed it together and done. EASY.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Yellow Cords

These are by far my favorite pair of pants I've made for Calder yet. I think it's all the contrast stitching. It doesn't hurt that it lines up and everything. They are a bit big but that's because I want them to fit through the Summer. From my Summer sewing list these are the pants that can be rolled up to shorts. They are the same pattern as the gray shorts but with length added and different back pockets.

The pockets are lined with a fun plaid cotton that I plan to make a shirt out of. Calder loves the front pockets. He spent the day putting stuff in them.

I really like the fabric. It is a yellow fine whale corduroy. I LOVE corduroy. I know it is often thought of as a Winter weight fabric but in a fine whale and a soft yellow, I think it works.

Pattern: Simplicity 2907
Size 2

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Jacket

One of my New Year resolutions was to sew more for myself. I'm pretty good at sewing for Calder and stuff around the house, but not so much for me. So, I chose this jacket as a challenging but fun project. I really like the way it turned out.

My husband doesn't.

In fact, he hates it.

He says it's the pocket design. Oh and the sleeves are too big. So, I was wondering what you thought. I'm not going to be offended if you don't like it. I would prefer to hear the truth. I used a pattern, so it's not my design or anything. So, here's what I want to know:

Does it look 'home sewn'?
Would you buy it?
What store(s) could you see it in?
Do you think it would look better with a belt?
Does it seem frumpy or MOMish?

Like I said, I like it. But I'm worried that because I put the time in to making it that I see it differently than everyone else. I'm also thinking really hard about the belt. I think it would help give it a little more shape. Please share your thoughts.

Calder's New Jacket

I had this t-shirt that I bought at Warped Tour about 6 years ago. I've probably worn it about 6 times. The shirt was skin tight. You see, for some reason they think girls want skin tight t-shirts when they go to Warped Tour. It was a size bigger than I normally wear. Anyway, I love the band and wanted to keep it somehow but obviously it wasn't doing much in my closet. So, I cut out the decal and sewed it onto a hoodie for Calder I found at Target for $1.75. $1.75! Yes!

I'm terrible at taking 'before' pictures so you'll just have to imagine a very small blue t-shirt.

And can I just say how much I love his pants. They were a thrift store find - strait from the 70's I tell you. I love it!


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