Back to School Blog Tour with mahlicadesigns

Coatal Cargos label 4

O.K. my little guy just started preschool a couple months ago, so he’s not technically going Back to School this fall, but boy does he need some nice looking fall clothes for preschool and church.

Coatal Cargos label 2

I’m getting started sewing for this guy by using some untouched patterns from my stash.The first pattern to try out are the Coastal Cargos, a casual pant made a little dressier when made in a corduroy.

Coastal Cargos

The Pattern: Blank Slate Patterns are designed so that you can easily add or remove options to make the clothing you want. I found this to be true in the Coastal Cargos too. I eliminated the front pockets, belt loops, side stripe, and button tab used to secure a rolled up cuff. These are options my little guy won’t need for now. The smaller sizes of the pattern include elastic in the back portion of the waistband which is a nice feature.

Coastal Cargos

The Fabric: A light to mid weight stretch corduroy. The corduroy is a little heavier than the recommended fabrics, but worked just fine with a little extra care needed for turning and sewing through the thickness of the pocket flaps.

Coastal Cargos

The Response: I really like how they came out and the pattern is super cute. The little guy is less than enthusiastic. This was our conversation the first time he tried them on:

Me: Do you want to try on the pants I just made you.
Little Guy: Definitely not.
A few moments later…pants are on.
Me: Aren’t these nice, do you like them?
Little Guy: I’m done

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He was only just slightly more cooperative for taking photos. Well, that’s kids for you. I’ll keep trying.

In the meantime, you should enter today’s Giveaway for a PDF pattern from Love Notions and a PDF pattern from Sunday Girl Designs. Check back with our hosts LuLu & Celeste or Sprouting Jube Jube for daily giveaways.

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #76

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning: The Sew Alongs & Contest facebook group has just started the next Seasonal Sew Wardrobe (SSW) challenge (August to December 15th).  Here’s what I’m planning, with a focus on pants fitting.

SSW Destination suduko

Liana Jeans, Megan Shirt, Santiago Jacket, clutch-self drafted, Birkin Flares, Zircon Sweater, SVEA Pants, & Mechelen Sweater

Loving: Let’s all just give thanks this week for our local libraries. I hope yours are wonderful too.

Reading: …little kids books, over and over.

Wishing: We’re starting to get slightly cooler days. I just wished they lasted longer; it seems like we go from hot summer to freezing winter too fast.

Feeling…excited to make a visit to my sister in Nebraska next week.

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Chi-Town Chinos #SewingDare by mahlicadesigns

Chi Towns feature banner

A couple months back I took a #SewingDare from Gillian at Crafting A Rainbow. Gillian’s challenge: “I love your mustard skirt, and how it stands out against the neutrals in your wardrobe… so I dare you to make something else bright that can mix and match into your wardrobe!”

My stash is almost all neutrals, so I  grabbed the most colorful fabric in there and started brainstorming. Generally I’m not a florals person, but this cotton twill has moved between my stash and my giveaway pile so many times it’s a little silly. The challenge and the recently released Chi-Town Chinos was a good push to getting cutting.

Chi Towns front

I really like the chino style of the Chi-Towns and have put the skirt version on my Sew Everything list. I definitely want more of these shorts, but that will have to wait for Spring sewing.

Chi Town Chino shorts

The Pattern: Chi-Town Chinos shorts from Alina Design Co. in size 10 based on my measurements. The pattern includes a shorts or skirt version and four options for back pockets.

I liked that you get all the pattern pieces ready right at the start and that the single piece front pocket is nicely finished with facings and french seams. There is a lot of attention to detail that makes everything about the shorts a step above.

Chi Town Chino shorts

The pattern and instructions have fitting built in, which is great for your first time sewing the pattern. The back pattern piece includes an extension that makes it easy to fit the waist and in my case a fuller seat. The instructions walk you through basting and fitting the back piece before you do your final sew.

I found I did not need the extension or need to do a full butt adjustment in my size, but I did have a lot of excess fabric in the back of the legs below my seat. I think this is an indicator that I need to size down and do a full butt adjustment for the smaller size.  I ended up removing 1 in at the inseam and side seam of the back piece only. I like the fit I have now, so I probably won’t experiment with going down a size.

Next time I will also adjust the front crotch curve. I find it scoops out just a little too much for me.

I’m pretty impressed that most of the fitting issues were worked out on the first try by following the pattern instructions.

ChiTowns back

The fabric: One yard of Cone Mills cotton twill and about a FQ of lightweight cotton both from inherited stash.

I’m pleased that the shorts do work with several tops, but honestly the jury is still out on this print. I’ll need to give these some wearing around before I decide if they are “me” or if they will be downgraded to around the house shorts.

Chi Towns feature banner

The Chi-Town Chino shorts took me about 5 hours to complete, including fitting and adjustments. I’m hoping to cut that down to 3.5 hours next time.

Total Cost: $13.75    Fabric $0 (inherited stash)        Pattern $12      Notions: $1.75

Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #85

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Writing, Scheduling.

Completing: Another thing off the to do listThis week I organized my little guys closet a bit. I was storing all sorts of baby stuff and boxes and stacks of clothes that are outgrown or waiting for him to grow into. Now the closet will be usable and we’ll be passing these things on.

Visiting:  The little guy and I had a nice visit with our best friends as we took them to the airport. As a bonus we learned the benefit of taking the toll road home during rush hour. $3=45min drive (vs. 75min)

Repeating: I’m fine tuning some instructions so there’s a lot of reading and editing on repeat.

Writing: …

Scheduling: Oh, you know just the regular stuff.

 

 

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #79

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Updating, Remembering, Needing, Wearing, Being

Updating…some of the ways I keep my schedule and planning organized for the better. I find Trello is working pretty well for me.

Remembering…that even when a day is totally disappointing and frustrating, that day comes to an end.

Needing…to be done trying to fix our moped. My hubby gave it a long great effort before taking it a pro, but it has been one thing after another. Enough already.

Wearing…shorts and sleeveless top one day and had to pull out a pair of pants the next. Fall is reminding us of its imminent presence.

 

 

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #83

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Creating, Finding, Switching, Forgetting, Craving

Creating:  I haven’t accomplished much of the goals that I set before myself for this year; so I’m revamping and reprioritizing what the remainder of this year is going to look like.

Finding: Finding that now that I have some personal time, I still don’t want to do the things that I told myself I would do when I have more time. Shocker.

Switching: I haven’t made the summer wardrobe I was hoping for by a long shot, still I’m planning and sewing for fall. I’ve already started working on the Sew Long Summer blog tour that I host in September; started sewing a few things for the cooler weather; and since a crazy hail storm annihilated my plants, I’m slowly getting the yard and garden cleaned up for winter too.

Forgetting: This prompt always generates that sarcastic response: If I knew, it wouldn’t be forgetting.

Craving: If you were to randomly ask me this, the answer almost always would be something chocolatey combined with caramel or cream.

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Sunday Lately on mahlicadesigns #82

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Sunday Lately is a fun way to share a little more about myself while reflecting on the past week.

This week’s themes are: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting

Doing: Breaking one of my sewing rules. I work one project at a time from start to finish, with little exception. I do this to keep UFOs out of my life and it is a rule that works well for me. This Saturday I attended an all day sew-in hosted by the Denver Sewing Collective for the first time. I cut out four projects to take along with me.

Appreciating: My husband because he is a wonderful man, husband, and daddy. I don’t imagine you’ll ever see his face here, so here’s a pic of the legs (he he) that are always ready for “I want to be carried”, that do the manly work around our home, and that would go to the ends of the earth for his family and faith.

Star Wars pjs by mahlicadesigns

Designing: I’m working on a new bag design and tutorial for August. I just need to find the motivation to work up some samples.

Humming: Don’t Stop Believin’ -Journey.

Hum/sing along with me, I bet you can’t stop.

Expecting:  Someone in my family is expecting, so I’m glad to be rounding up some of the baby gear to share (and get out of my house).

 

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