ELIAS and MAXI Show Your Stoff

Welcome to day three of the Show Your Stoff blog tour. We’re featuring  Zierstoff Patterns throughout the tour.

I’m one of several bloggers Showing My Stoff today, so please be sure to stop by and see what everyone has made and tell them what you think in their comments section.

Thread and ScissorsKaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns

Wednesday teaser collage

For my little guy, I’m drawn over and over again to patterns that have details built into them that I can colorblock or use contrasting colors with. The ELIAS tee and MAXI pants have both.

I paired this truck print from my stash with some turquios cotton lycra from Simply by Ti to get the look.

Elias 8

For my 4.5 year old who seems to be timing his growth spurts with me sewing him something new, I sized up to a 116 (5-6yr old) in the ELIAS and in the MAXIs. Now where is that growth spurt?

Elias 7

I found I needed to trim down the neckline of the ELIAS tee by 1/2 (front and back) for the tee to lay smoothly around the neck. All else about the tee goes together very easily and I love the look of the envelope neckband.

Elias 4

On the MAXI pants, I decided to do a hemed versus banded leg opening so I could extend the life of the MAXIs with a really deep hem that I can let out later. Without a contrasting band to break up the print, I added a turquois side stripe to do the job. This was extra fun as the little guy and I worked on his first try at sewing with me. I operated the foot pedal and helped him feed the fabric through the machine to topstitch along the stripes. He did really well and was so excited to show daddy. The practice scrap is still hanging on the art wall in his room.

Elias 6

My little guy tends to think a knit top and bottom equals pajamas, and with the fact that the top and bottom are so matchy matchy he may just end up being right about that. So is his new outfit destined for casual day wear or bedtime coolness? Time will tell.

Have you missed some of the tour? The Full Tour includes these wonderful sewists:

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews,  InspinrationTenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday
Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstressmahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, FABulous Home Sewn
Wednesday April 12-  Thread and ScissorsKaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns
Thursday April 13- Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina MakesThread and Scissors.
Friday April 14- Tales of a TesterBless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Saturday April 15- Musings of A Seamstress,  Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B HandmadeGlitter in my CoffeeAnne-Mari SewsStitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches

As always, thanks for visiting the bloggers on the tour.

Want to Show Your Stoff too, use code MahlicaDesigns30 to save 30% off Zierstoff Patterns during the month of April.


Zierstoff Patterns provided the patterns for the tour bloggers to use, no strings attached.

Back to School Blog Tour with mahlicadesigns

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


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.

Also consider entering the Sew Along, and visit my fellow bloggers. We have a variety of Back to School makes to inspire you.

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star