Suit Up For Summer Day Three

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Welcome to Day 3!!  Please tell me you’ve been so inspired and are reading this while prepping to sew your very own swimsuit!  I’m really hoping that we can calm your fears and give you the confidence to tackle your family’s swimwear needs.

Today I faced one of my big fears- the dreaded sewing for a teenage boy!  I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Before I was brave enough to sew for big brother I got to sew for a much easier critic!  This little man was dying for a swimsuit out of this cool shark boardshort fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (one of our lovely tour sponsors!).

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I used the Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads.  I hesitate to promote this pattern in my boy post since it’s drafted for girls in sizes 6 and up but I think these fit his little body well.  I absolutely love the construction and the bias goes on so smoothly.  I used store bought but there are directions to make your own.  I switched up the waistband to just be one wide casing after Brittney’s advice.  I also used swim mesh for the underwear liner inside- I might switch it up to regular swim fabric in the future just for more comfort.

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You know I like to involve my kids in as much of the sewing as I can and with this suit I gave him a handful of drawstring choices.  He shocked me with this choice but was very adamant on the coral cord (a trimmed up shoelace!) because it glows in the dark.  I tried to tell him that at five-years-old he won’t be doing very much night swimming but he was very insistent!  I love it!

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So little brother’s suit was a breeze- cut and done in about an hour.  This guys was a different story!  I used Jalie Boys/Mens Board Shorts pattern and am really proud and happy with the results.  He is too which is such a relief!  I love that I was able to easily modify these to his taste.  We cut about 4 inches from the hem (he’s almost 6′) and brought in the inner leg about an inch so the legs weren’t so wide.  He really likes the more retro fit and I think it suits him well!

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I have such a love/hate relationship with Jalie patterns.  I love, love that they come with so many size options in one pattern.  I could use this same pattern on the 5-year-old and my XL husband- you really can’t get that anywhere else.  I love how well they go together, the end product is always amazing and the finishings are fantastic!  That being said they are usually not my standard quick afternoon projects.  I know I need to concentrate and take my time to achieve a great looking garment.  The instructions are pretty basic (you can preview them before you purchase a pattern to make sure it’s something you want to tackle).  This is where my love/hate comes in.  I love the conciseness.  I tend to read the instructions one or two times through before I start a project and then just go for it, referring back to the directions only occasionally.  With Jalie, you can print the directions on just a couple pages and have them right next to you as you sew.  With this pattern though, I could have used a little more hand holding.  I learned a lot and these were constructed different than I have done anything in the past.  Not bad obviously, just different.

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Lucky for me, my sister came over and manned her coverstitch machine and I did the sewing and serging.  I don’t know what I would have done without her help and the coverstitch.   Almost all the seams are topstitched which can be done with a double needle on your regular machine too but that would mean a TON of switching back and forth between a double and single needle, or if you’re really precise, faking the look by running two single stitches side by side.    Even with the two of us, this project took a good few hours. Granted we were sewing with a lot of little helpers running around too 😉

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This awesome fabric is also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can find the coordinating navy also.  I can’t wait to share with you all our fun CLUB line suits tomorrow!

Looking for more boys swim patterns?  Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Titchy ThreadsLife Sew Savory, and Made By Jack’s Mum all offer them!

Have you entered the link up yet?  I’m loving what I’m seeing so far! You won’t want to miss out on your chance at the fun giveaways!

Now go check out all the other amazing bloggers joining in the swim party:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & Tell / Me Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Raspberry Creek’s Newest Club Line

biggroup1 Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest CLUB line is here and now available for retail purchase.  It was so fun to sew up these gorgeous fabrics with a few of my favorite sewing buddies.  Of course we had to get our cuties together to show you all the goodness!

L-R: Kainara Stitches, Ammon Lane and Little Fish.

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My girls loved posing with cute Inara from Kainara Stitches.  Her mom Anna always picks the cutest fabric combos and I can’t get enough of this lil redhead.  These pretty watercolor florals are so soft and sweet.  Inara’s is perfectly paired with the mint dots.

Isn’t that stripe so pretty?!  I love mint and coral together!

The soft colors on this peach watercolor are so springy!  It’s even more gorgeous in person!

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How cute are these kiddos of Enjoyful Makes?!  Halle is adorable in her mustard/navy plaid.  The airplanes are every boys favorite!

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We also love the coral/mint plaid.  It pairs so well with the coral dots!

This watercolor stripe is a fan favorite.  You can’t go wrong with a grey stripe and bold flowers!  Seriously pretty!

I love all the different floral/stripe prints and how unique they all are.  This bold navy version is too cute on my girly.

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Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek and check out the whole CLUB line.  Diana is busily printing away and adding prints hot off the printer.  Yes, that’s right!  I forgot to tell you all the best part!  RCF is now printing in house featuring fabrics milled right here in the US.  This CLUB line is printed on the softest, best quality cotton/lycra and french terry.

Stay tuned for more CLUB fabrics coming soon!

A Tie for the oldest

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This guy has all but disappeared from the blog.  At not quite fifteen he is almost as tall as his dad and totally too cool for mama made.  When he asked for a tie to match his sisters I was all over it!

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I used Purl Soho’s FREE Father’s Day Tie pattern for my initiation into tie making.  It was a simple to follow tutorial and a fairly quick project.  I used some lovely Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs quilting cotton.  The option to use quilting cotton for ties makes the possibilities endless!  I’m so excited to make more- ikat, florals, stripes…eek!

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My woven clothing labels made a perfect keeper loop!

In the future, he’s requested skinnier ties.  I will definitely trim the tail end skinnier too.  I used my machine to attach the lining pieces but next time I’m hoping to hand sew them per the instructions.  Overall though, I’m strangely proud of this make.  I’ve for sure made more difficult projects but I loved the new techniques and fresh possibilities this opened for both me and my son.  He’s on the high school soccer team and they all wear Sunday best to school the days of home games.  His dressy wardrobe needs a little sprucing up with the extra wear!  Challenge accepted 😉

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This is his, “Mom, you promised no photo shoots if you made me something” look.  I just couldn’t help grabbing these early morning shots before he headed to school!  He’s not as easily bribed with a piece of chocolate like his siblings 😉

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!