Monaluna Simple Life Tour

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Gorgeous fabric gets me EVERY TIME!  When Gemia from Phat Quarters Fabric and  Kelly from Handmade Boy mentioned a tour featuring Monaluna’s newest fabric line, Simple Life, I jumped on board in no time!  Throw in a chance to sew for this kiddo and I was in heaven!

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I sewed up a Submarine Pullover from Shwin Designs for my man.  I used this incredibly soft poplin (available in the Phat Quarters Shop) for the main.  This fabric is quite possibly the softest cotton on the planet.  I would love a whole wardrobe for myself made out of it.  It drapes beautifully but still has a bit of weight making it great for so many projects!

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The hood is lined in the cutest bear fabric- Nature Walk, also available at Phat Quarters.  This color combo is so cute and stylish.  I really love that this line is so ideal for boys without being over-the-top.  It’s perfect for those of us eager to please our little guys without giving in to characters and crazy themed clothing.

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I’m anxiously awaiting spring and warmer weather and this hoodie is the perfect transition piece!  It works great layered over long sleeves for now but I also think it’ll be the ideal swim cover-up come summer too.

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The sleeves feature a button-tab detail that makes it easy (and stinkin’ cute!) to roll up the sleeves come warm weather.

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I made one small change to the pattern.  I used the pocket piece on the fold and cut two of them (it’s lined in the blue fabric).  I centered the pocket on the front and sewed the top and sides.  The bottom is caught in the hem band.  An easy hack and one my little buddy appreciates.

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There’s just something about a little boy in a hoodie!  The way it frames his cute face is just about all my mommy heart can handle 😉

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Make sure you head over to all the other blogs for tons of cute boy inspiration!

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Boys Can Wear Pink

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I jump at any chance I get to sew for my boys.  I’ve enjoyed following the  Boys Can Wear Pink Tour from Handmade Boy the past two years so I’m really excited to be joining in this year!  Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post too!  Lots of awesome goodies coming your way.

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This little guy was focusing on colors in preschool and was supposed to dress in the appropriate color each day.  It was another perfect excuse to sew up some pink!

My boys are very picky and I don’t sew for them much because of it.  This guy had to pick out the fabric and every detail of the hoodie.  There’s a reason you don’t see him on the blog more even if he does look darn cute when it’s all said and done.  He definitely turned on the model charm for this quick shoot!

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan and Add-on pack for this cute hoodie.  I did the cross-over hood option.  The Jolly Roger is my go-to for this boy.  I love the fit and the add-on options make it so much fun.  I used my favorite french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the main and a remnant of athletic fabric from Hobby Lobby for the hood.  He was very specific and if it was going to be pink it better be neon!

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My new Silhouette machine I got for Christmas has been getting a workout lately.  I love, love, love it!  It’s so fun being able to really personalize our clothes.  I love when my kids come up with an idea or saying and just like that we can slap it on a tee!  I’m an 80’s kid and this ‘Stay Rad’ just fit with this sweatshirt.  It was a simple design to make and really makes this top, like, totally wicked dude!

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I’m sorry my kid is so much cooler than me.  I’m pretty darn lucky I get to hang out with this stud everyday.  He’s such a sweetheart and mama’s boy that I think my heart will break when I send him off to school everyday this fall.  It’s so much fun having a little buddy to hang out with!

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Ready for the good stuff?!  The prize pack for today includes:

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Watcha Wearin January Kids Style

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As I was contemplating my second post for the Watcha Wearing January tour I knew I wanted to do it for kids clothes.  My closet is probably only about half handmade but my girls are close to 90% (I’ve yet to make jeans for them since I can pick them up for ten bucks and pj’s are about half rtw since they are just too darn cute!).  You guys see plenty of cute styled pics like the one above but I wanted to give you guys a glimpse into our reality.

I’d like to share what actually gets worn in our day to day.  I never really know what will be a favorite and what will sit on the hanger.  I always try to involve my kids when I sew and let them pick out fabrics and patterns and sometimes we hit the jackpot.  For pattern tests I usually ask which girl likes the pattern the most.  They have such different personalities that I’m getting pretty good at sewing for their own styles.  My boys are all about the comfort and I know I can’t go wrong with comfy pants, raglans, and hoodies.

A glimpse into our laundry baskets this week will find:

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This velvet Andromeda Top has been worn at least once a week since I made it.  She has a matching one for her doll that is too cute too!

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The Butterfly Cardigan is a new addition and both girls wear it whenever possible.  It’s just such a cozy layering piece!

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The Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) from Love Notions is another top that this one wears constantly.  I really need to make her a few more.  I just love the yoke detail and all the fun options it has.

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This outfit of a Jolly Roger Raglan and Boxwood Joggers is his absolute favorite.  It’s comfy, warm and in his favorite colors so of course it’s worn as soon as it’s clean.

For a real dose of reality I grabbed pics of my kids if they happened to be in mama made this week.  They were usually taken after school or right after they woke up so they are lookin’ good!

Our Sunday looks:

You can find pretty pics and details on these here, here, and here.

After church casual:

Boxwood Joggers and a poncho I knit way before I even had a daughter (this is one of those things that kills me that she loves!).

School looks:

We have a super old Skipper Top, Baby bear joggers, Jolly Roger Raglan with cowl, Blair Top, and Hatteras Hoodie with Mini Hudson Pants.

It was fun to reflect on sewing for my kids and what makes something actually get worn.  What are your go-to patterns for your kids?  Anything that surprised you that they’ve fallen in love with?

Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour this week:

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Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday

Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu

Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs

Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox

Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful

Make sure you head over to Sewing by Ti to enter two HUGE giveaways!

Holiday Freebies with Made for Mermaids and Petite Stitchery

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Anyone doing any last minute holiday sewing?!!

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I’ve got a few holiday freebies from you from some of my favorite ladies.

The ladies at Made for Mermaids generously continued their 12 days of Christmas this year with 12 super fun and easy patterns and tutorials.

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I sewed up the Annie Apron for my buddy in the kitchen.  It’s a quick sew and so easy to customize.  It can be made with a couple of fat quarters and some fabric scraps for the waistband.  Such a great stash buster!

My littlest got an Earwarmer in his favorite fabric scrap.  There are sizes for the whole family and I know I’ll be sewing myself one real soon!

The bowties complete any holiday outfit for the boys in your life.  You can even make dad one to match.  Seriously fast and oh so cute!

The girls on your list could all use a cute lace Dress and Top Extender.  I love a hint of lace and these extenders are so great!  I know my girls have a few tops that I’d love to last through the winter and this extender is just perfect to add a couple inches to the length.

Make sure to check out all of the Made for Mermaids freebies!  There’s something for everyone on your list!

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Petite Stitchery has also been rolling out some quick holiday freebies and my kids are obsessed with the Tinsel Cowl.

There are three options- button, fringe, and simple.  My kids have been making them themselves and loving it!  My daughter did her first buttonholes and loved picking out trim for her button version.

It’s another great use for all those fabric scraps you’ve got lying around.  Those precious pieces of velvet will be scarves in no time!

What’s on your Christmas sewing list still?  I’m dying to dig into some American Girl doll sewing for my girls.  My scrap hoarding will pay off for matching duds from some of my favorite makes this year.  Stay tuned for a post on that goodness!

Pattern for Pirates Joggers

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It’s not very often I get to sew for my big boys so I jumped at the chance to test Pattern for Pirates newest joggers.  Best part- there is a pattern for the whole family!

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On any given day in our house at least 3 or 4 of us are sporting joggers of some kind.  My big boys live in their woven ready-to-wear versions and love to lounge around in comfy knit ones too.  My littlest will ALWAYS pick ‘soft pants’ and I can’t make them fast enough for him.  Now me, you know I’m a fan (here, here, and here).

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This guy is growing like a weed and we have the hardest time finding pants long enough for him.  These are perfect for him!  We didn’t need to add length this time but it will be an easy alteration in the future.

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He likes his joggers nice and skinny and was pretty happy with the fit of these- loose through the hip and thigh and tapered calf and ankle.

For his, we did slat pockets, elastic waist with drawstring, and cuffed bottoms.

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This guy is still tiny!  He’s finally growing a bit but his waist/hips are staying slim.  The fit on him is a bit bigger since I went with his waist measurement and not his hips which would have took him down a size or two.

He likes the fit and has worn them any chance they’re clean.

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His pants feature the patch pockets, elastic waistband and rolled hem.

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A winning combo!

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Charlie is super easy to please.  He picked his fabrics and is one happy camper!  All of the fabric for our group shoot is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

His love of comfy pants is hard because he’s got a tiny waist and long legs.  RTW elastic waist pants are usually too big in the waist for him.  So unfortunately (wink, wink) mom has to sew him a drawerful of cute pants.

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These are a size 5 with a 4 yoga waistband.  The yoga waistband totally ups the comfort factor even more!

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I struggle with fitting my calfs in other jogger patterns and I love that calf measurements are included in these.  I made a size small graded to a large at the calf and then back down to a small at the ankle.  The fit is just perfect!

Make sure to pick up your copies today! You can get the bundle or buy them separately- Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear.

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One Thimble Issue 13 Blog Tour

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The newest issue of One Thimble is here!  It’s packed full of unique and fun kids patterns and so much sewing inspiration.  I’m excited to join in the release day fun and share two of my makes from Issue 13.

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I was immediately drawn to these two bottom patterns- the Peg Shorts by Tadah Patterns and the Orbis Skinny Harems from Sofilantjes.  I love that they both come with a ton of options!

charlie4The Orbis Skinny’s are a unisex pattern in sizes 12 months to 14 years.  They are loose in the hips then almost legging tight through the calf- such a hip silhouette!  You can make them in 3/4 or long length.

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The pocket is one big piece that is so unique and such a great place to use those fun scraps.

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The asymmetrical faux fly is such a show stopper!  My little guy wanted snaps instead of buttons and I love the finished pants.

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Those pockets and the amazing french terry have won this guy over.  He has worn them constantly since I made them!

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I was loving the Peg Shorts pattern and was excited to make them work with our quickly dropping temperatures.  In a gorgeous red cordoroy layered over tights, these are just perfect!

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I love the buttons on the front and the classic style.

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Gold details make these a fab choice for the upcoming holidays.

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They come in sizes 3-10 and have a ton of adorable features.  You can do back welt pockets and Kawaii ruffles or a skirt front as well.  The back elastic waistband makes these super comfy too!

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We struggled to get photos in after school one day.  Anyone else struggling with Daylight Savings?  I love the sunshine in the morning but it seems like it gets dark so quickly these days!

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This tour is full of amazing bloggers and so, so much inspiration.  Make sure you check it all out and pick up your issue here.

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

I’ll leave you with this cutie 😉  Pants not pictured just luscious blonde locks in need of a haircut.  Everytime I cut his hair he looks years older and it just about kills me.  This mama is struggling letting go of her ‘baby’.

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Three Things I Learned from Project Run and Play

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It’s been a week since the winner of Project Run and Play was announced and two weeks since my departure.  It’s so nice to be on this end of the adventure and to be able to reflect on the crazy month that we all had.  It was such a blast and I thought I’d share a few things that I learned.

1- I have the most AMAZING family and friends.  That’s the biggest thing I will take from the competition.  It was so fun to have my close family rally behind me.  From the fabric store runs with my ‘creative consultant’ sister-in-law to the pattern discussions over the phone with my sister, I couldn’t have done it without them.  I loved sharing preview pics with my photography loving dad and having my parents spread the word to everyone they knew.  Let’s not forget about my brilliant little models!  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED our photo sessions.  We had such a blast each time and they really blew me away with how good they were.  They were the cutest things each week when I told them the results.  I’m hoping it’s something they remember for a long time- that one time when mom was in that crazy sewing competition 😉

My heart was full each time I shared a look and friends from near and far would comment with support.  Facebook is incredible that way.  Friends from my childhood to brand new sewing buddies, each comment or like really made my day.  I appreciated my local friends always asking how it was going and sharing their love- I know most of them really could care less about this little sewing world I’m in but it sure meant a lot!

Finally, I am so grateful to the new friends I made during the competition.  The ladies sewing furiously along with me each week are the best of the best in every way.  It was so nice to have people who knew exactly what I was going through and to be cheering me on too.  I honestly wanted everyone to win and the final results couldn’t have been more perfect.

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2- I can sew WAY better than I ever thought.  Guys, I’m lazy.  There, I said it.  Sewing is my way to relax so for the most part I sew easy, quick projects.  The kind that don’t take too much brain power.  The kind that you can follow step by step and end up with a great looking garment.  I rarely veered from the pattern and would much rather buy a whole new pattern than hack a pattern I already own for the same look.  Whelp, that was then sistahs!  This competition taught me to push myself and the joy that comes from spending a bit more time and effort on a project.  All those pattern tests have sunk in and I remembered skills I had learned with each one.  Zippers, understitching, pinking curved seams, burrito bodices, and buttonholes galore!  I CAN do it!  It was a great feeling to have it all come back to me.

I really learned to trust my tastes and to go with my gut.  I agonized over each weeks designs and often would change my plan when I found the perfect zipper (week one’s Pikachu look was originally going to be a crop top/pant set) or couldn’t find the fabric I hoped for (I envisioned week two’s floral dress as a gorgeous fall plaid maxi but couldn’t find a print in the right colors).  But… it all worked out.  I stayed true to myself and my style.  I also realized how well I know my kids.  I worked with them on all the designs and we would always be on the same page.  It was such a joy to see their excitement at the finished pieces.  So, so worth it my friends!

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3- Well, this one’s  a work in progress but I’ve learned I need to slow down.  This lil ‘ol blog started as a way for me to share my pattern tests and love of fabric.  It’s grown pretty fast and new opportunities are always coming my way.  It’s so easy to get excited about the newest pattern release or the next blog tour but sometimes it’s just too much.  I’m a worrier and I’m constantly thinking about my next project.  When I’ve got a dozen projects on the calendar my mind goes crazy!  I can’t sleep because I’m thinking about how great this fabric would look as that pattern or which kid gets the next pattern test.  So, I need to say no.  I want to sew what I want sometimes.  I have a pair of trousers for myself that I’ve been dying to make since the pattern released last winter but not sure when I can pencil that one in to the calendar 😉  I’ll still be sewing everyday but I’ll hopefully be spending a little more time on our new sofa too.  The house just might get a little cleaner too (a girl can dream can’t she ;)!

Thank you so much for cheering me on and for sharing this adventure with me.  It truly was a blast and one I will never forget!

Eleri from The Sew and Tell Project created a link-up for us all to share our thoughts on the competition.  You can check them out here:

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