Back to School with Jalie Patterns

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I’m wrapping up my contributions to the Back to School tour with Jalie #3242; Underwear for Men, Women, and Children.

I really coveted this pattern from Jalie for two reasons. 1. The whole family’s needs are covered and 2. We’d be set for life. One of the really wonderful things about how Jalie creates their patterns is the incredible size range -29 sizes in this pattern. With one pattern I can sew for the little guy into his adulthood and we can all choose between styles.

Jalie Boys brief

I used cotton spandex remnants to make a coordinating set for the little guy. I skipped the elastic in the leg and used a fabric waist band, relying on the stretch in the fabric. So far, so good. In the future, I’ll try to work out adding in a front fly.

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I muslined myself a pair of the women’s bikinis and will do a pair of trunks next for the hubby. I’ve already traced and transfered pattern pieces to cardstock for repeated use. The only way I see an underwear shortage is if I run low on elastic.

As always, thanks for reading today.

Please visit the other bloggers on the Back to School tour too.

Back to School 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube     Bloggers: Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Host: Lulu & Celeste       Bloggers:  Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers:mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017  Host: Lulu & Celeste    Bloggers: Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers: SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

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*Jalie Patterns provided the pattern for me to sew my creations for this post- Thanks for getting us covered.

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Back to School with Gracious Threads

Puffin and Everest banner collage

My second outfit for the Sew Back 2 School blog tour is from Gracious Threads and is all about pieces that I know the little guy will need.

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A Puffin Vest is a must on my list. As it cools off this fall and even through most of our winter, we’ll have extra warmth and look good too.

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In my mind outwear = lots of construction steps, details, and time; but the Puffin was so easy to construct.  I think I got lucky too that my zipper was just the perfect length; so no fiddling around with that either.

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A pair of flannel lined Everest pants are going to come in handy when we do get a super cold winter day.

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I used a lightweight (7oz) denim from my stash and a basic flannel from Joann’s as the lining. The pants were also pretty easy to put together, but the added details of the pockets, knee darts, faux fly, and topstitching make these look like a sofisticated little pair of pants.

Everest Pant 2

As always, thanks for reading today. I’ll be back on Friday to share a few more things I’ve made. In the mean time, please visit the other bloggers on the Back to School tour.

Back to School 2017

 

Monday, September 25, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube     Bloggers: Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Host: Lulu & Celeste       Bloggers:  Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers:mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017  Host: Lulu & Celeste    Bloggers: Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers: SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

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*Gracious Threads provided the Puffin Vest and Everest Pant patterns for me to use in todays post. Thank you, I love them both.

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Back to School with Sofilantjes Patterns

As a kid I remember being very excited about back to school shopping for new clothes. The new purchases would usually be for the coming cold weather months, but I would be so excited about the new outfits that I would be wearing those corduroys as soon as I could.

Now that my little guy is starting kindergarten, I’m feeling that excitement again. This time though, I’m excited that I can make outfits for my son. Like me, he’ll have to wait for the weather to cool down a bit too.

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The first outfit I’m sharing this week for the Back to School blog tour is from Sofilantjes Patterns.

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I’m so glad to finally get around to making the Semper Sweater. The options for color blocking are many and the choice of cowl neck or hoodie let you fit your kid’s tastes.

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I think this is the first item I’ve made him that he didn’t want to take off.

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The Domi Pants go so well with the Semper. There are two pocket options, both of which allow you to use your color combinations to reflect the Semper or whatever top you want to pair them with.

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My little guy chose the circle shaped pockets. The pockets are distinctive and fun, but I would lengthen the pocket bag next time to make them a little more functional for little boy treasures.

Domi flat 2

As always, thanks for reading today. I’ll be back on Wednesday and Friday to share a few more things I’ve made. In the mean time, please visit the other bloggers on the Back to School tour.

Back to School 2017

 

Monday, September 25, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube     Bloggers: Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Host: Lulu & Celeste       Bloggers:  Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers:mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017  Host: Lulu & Celeste    Bloggers: Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017  Host: Sprouting JubeJube        Bloggers: SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

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*Sofilantjes provided the Domi pants pattern to help me complete the outfit for this post (I already owned the Semper Sweater pattern)

Lightning Tee for Petitboo Blog Tour

I’ve been doing a little better about spreading out the sewing love and sewing for my little guy. I’d like to share about the Lightning Tee from Petitboo Patterns (formerly E+M) that I made up recently for the PetitBoo Blog Tour to help promote their rebranding. (Discount code below)

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The lightning tee was an easy pick for me because the lightning shape is so graphic and gives a superhero look; and there are all kinds of color blocking options in this shirt. The puppy heros fabric in my stash was just right to play off the graphic shape.

I’m so pleased with how it came out and can see using this pattern over and over again.

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At first I was a little concerned that I picked a tough pattern with all those angles to sew in, but the bodice pieces are layered over each other and topstitched together instead. So easy.

To make sure I lined things up evenly, I used my chalk marker to mark the 1/2in seam allowance on one side and then lined up the raw edge of the other piece along the chalk line to get a perfect 1/2in overlap. I did just fine pinning and sewing along the topstitching lines of this seam, but I could see how something like Wonder Tape would work great here too.

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I made a size 5/6 for my almost 5 year old and he has plenty of growing room as planned.

The hardest part of this pattern was picking out which colors to use where.

I have my eye on the Hemlock tee for boys too- another a colorblock tee with a nice buttoned shoulder and side split at the hem.

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The Fabric: I paired my stashed print with a turquoise cotton lycra from Simply by Ti*. The cotton lycra from Simply by Ti worked perfectly for this project; it has good recovery, doesn’t curl up after being cut, and was easy to sew.  The front piece is topstitched together along the lightning zigzag and there was no problem with stretching or rippling of the cotton lycra. I had 1in of shrinkage in my one yard cut after washing cold drying low/med heat. There was some edge curling after washing but I find that to be normal.

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I have a discount code for you from Petitboo etsy shop!

Use code: petitboo50 for 50% off in the etsy store.
Good from Monday (March 6th) 12:00 am to Friday 11:59 pm (March 10th).

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Please join my blogging friends for more from the Petitboo Pattern tour this week:

 

 

As always, thanks for visiting today!

 

Petitboo Patterns provided me a complimentary copy of the Lightning Tee pattern to use in the Petitboo Blog Tour.
Simply by Ti provided me a sample of her cotton lycra in exchange for a review. These are my honest observations of the fabric.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Bucket Hat and Rohan Hoody, a taste of warm and cool weather

This month I planned ahead to participate in Kid’s Clothes Week and Sew Your Pattern Stash. That planning was worth the effort, but I still missed the KCW deadline by a mile. Oh well.

KCW challenges you to sew one hour a day for one week as an encouragement to sew up clothing for kids. This season’s theme was upcycling. Awesome, I have two sacks of items waiting for a purpose.

First up, the reversible bucket hat, a free pattern from Oliver + S; utilizing an old tee and a button down from daddy. We’re taking a sunny vacation soon, so a brimmed hat with an absorbent lining was just the ticket. It came out well except that my little one whips it off his head immediately.

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Second project in line was the Rohan Hoody from Crafty Kitty. I upcycled a purple tee and used some remnant sweatshirt fleece from my stash. I modified the pattern to include a zipper front. I simply added 1/2in to the CF to be the seam allowances for the zipper and cut out as two pieces (instead of one piece on the fold). I also used a seam finish (pictured later) to give the neckline seam a neat look.

Even though I planned ahead pretty well, I came to a stop midweek when I decided the hoody needed a purple zipper to go with the lining of the hood.

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Since I had a little extra time to work on this before I could get out for a matching zipper, I used more of that purple tee to cover the seam at the neckline.

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I also added an edge finish to the hems on the sleeves to peak out when the cuffs are rolled up. I made this hoody a couple of sizes too big so the little one can wear it more than one season, so I’m sure that detail will make an appearance.

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So, here I am all finished well past the official KCW, but so what. I have two items my little guy needs, I used up fabric from my stash and used patterns I already owned for the Sew Your Pattern Stash challenge.

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The bucket hat should take you about an hour to make.

The Rohan Hoody took about three hours to make.

Whaaat…a pajama rama party?

Pajama Rama pattern

I was not anticipating having to knock out more pajamas this year. (Sorry Core Wardrobe you’re at the back of the line again.) In rare form, I planned ahead for winter clothes for the little guy, even making one more set of pjs for him in August. Now all of a sudden toes are popping out of footie pjs and torso and arms are longer than his pj tops.

Thank you Shwin & Shwin for your free Pajama Rama pajama set pattern to solve my dilemma. I made this 4T pattern for my almost 3T little guy with the hopes that I can just lower the really deep hems next winter.  We’ll see.

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Aren’t those puppies so cute? This flannel was originally intended for his Christmas Eve pjs, but necessity meant he was wearing these early. -And yes I know flannel isn’t made for kids pjs. I’m a grown up, my choice.

Do you see my goof up?  Puppies on one sleeve are “uppa see down” as my son would say. Yeah, I didn’t notice until I was sewing the button holes, so you know, not gonna fix it now.

Here’s a second version I made out of a stretchy polartec fleece.

Pajama Rama pattern

Little guy says these are “so soft and fluffy”

This last set I made this week is under wraps until Christmas Eve.

Pajama Rama pattern