After a whole week (and really the last few months) of lots of girl sewing I’m excited to bring something for my little guy today! The Game Day collection designed by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake is SO fun! It’s the perfect mix of juvenile but still cool for older kids, even the girl said, “hey, that’s awesome fabric, can I get something too??”
After using knits for so much it takes some thought for me to decide on woven patterns. Recently this kid has outgrown ever jacket in the closet and while it’s starting to warm up, there are still those days that need something lightweight. So, jacket it was! Plus a jacket has been on my bucket list for awhile now, might as well check it off right?!
I looked at a few pattern options but ultimately loved the versatility that the Starboard Jacket from Peekaboo Pattern Shop provided. Can be made with wovens, knits, nylon, PUL, really almost anything since it doesn’t require any ease or stretch. While I did have to make something with my nemesis, the zipper, I have to say it really wasn’t so bad and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!
My favorite print from this line was the Sports Ticket in Navy, so I went with that for my main fabric. The jacket is full lined with knit gray and white 1″ stripes, also from Riley Blake.
Huge thank you to Lori for the invitation to join in her release tour! And to Riley Blake for generously sending both fabrics for this project. Also to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for providing a copy of the Starboard Jacket pattern!
Don’t miss the rest of the stops this week to see some other awesome inspiriation for this fabulous collection!!
What a week!!! Thank you so much to everyone who followed along with us, I hope you’ve found some new inspiration and ideas to use with your own kids. I know I had a great time seeing all the different looks everyone created.
Just a quick recap of what we’ve looked at this week –
Welcome to day 2 of our tour! It’s been so fun to read all the comments shared about what challenges you face or what tips you might have when it comes to sewing for your older kiddos. One of the things I saw mentioned a few times was finding fabrics at a reasonable cost, or not being able to see/feel them ahead of time because you’re having to order online. Trust me, I face those same things! I do have some secrets to share though…
I’ll admit, I miss being able to make some of the cute character things for her, i’m in SO many custom fabric groups that it’s really tempting. Ultimately what she wants, is fabrics that are going to blend into the background; prints that looks most like those we could buy at a store. Fabrics like this beautiful plaid from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is one of their Club fabrics, essentially one that is designed for them and then printed in house. For those that don’t have a touch and feel computer screen it is SO SOFT!! Even better, they are afforable! At roughly $10-12 a yard I don’t feel super guilty making items that I know will get worn on a regular basis.
That bring us to the next thing… patterns that are “approved” by the boss for every day wear. Lately she has been designing her own patterns… meaning she draws it out and expects me to translate that into something I can make, HAHA! Often there are some patterns that I can make minor changes to or combine to get just what she wants. Here is her latest design
Another favorite, is just about anything athletic related. So while I picked up the New Horizons 11th Hour Gear to use for my little guy, Ry has also decided she LOVES the pants!
Want a chance to win ALL the patterns I mentioned, PLUS giftcards for fabric to make them??? Dont miss out on our awesome giveaway!! You can enter HERE! Huge thank you to all our sponsors, these prizes are really impressive!!!
Welcome to our debut Growing Up Handmade blog tour! I am so excited to be hosting this amazing group of bloggers, they have some really great ideas to share with you all!
As a mom to a fabulous, independent, driven and sometimes full of attitude 9 year old, it’s been increasingly difficult to find that common ground when it comes to homemade clothing. I have to be sure to find trendy fabrics and patterns so that what i’m making doesn’t just hang in the closet unworn. I thought if I was having this issue there had to be others in the same boat, and wouldn’t it be great to have a whole week dedicated to ideas and styles that might make everyone’s job a little easier?! So that brings us here!
Follow along this week for lots of ideas that you can hopefully incorporate into your summer lineup! BUT to sweeten the week, we have an AWESOME group of sponsors and we’ve been able to put together TWO incredible prize packages totaling over $500!!!!!
Your first chance to win is simple, just click HERE and check out all our fabulous sponsors! Contest ends on Thursday 4/20 and winner will be announced on Friday the 21st. This prize package includes over $100 in giftcards for fabric from Raspberry Creek, Phat Quarters and Purpleseamstress, the FULL Girls Boho pattern collection from Petite Stitchery plus additional patterns to bring that fabric to life from Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, Love Notions, Patterns for Pirates, Striped Swallow, SisBoom, EYMM, Simple Life Pattern Co and StitchART free motion.
Our 2nd package includes $70 in fabric giftcards from So Sew English and Simply by Ti, plus your choice of a pattern (or two in a few instances) from each of the following designers Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, 5 out of 4 Patterns, Striped Swallow, EYMM and Simple Life Pattern Co. To enter for THIS package just join our linkup party!! One person that shares will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday also.
What, you thought I was going to say three bears?? Haha! Well, techincally you’re right but not today.
I am always thrilled to be part of sharing new fabrics from Riley Blake. This gorgeous new collection from Jill Howarth is no exception. She has such a whimsical but very classic illustration of the ever loved Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. I only touch on a few of the colors/prints but you can see the full collection here.
I knew I wanted my pattern choice to be a more simple style but still something that highlighted the main scene as well as the coordinates. The Molly Dress from The Simple Life Pattern Co was perfect! With the updated slim peter pan collar, it has a modern twist on a very classic look.
I modified the pattern slightly to include a bottom band and tuxedo ruffle, utilizing this beautiful teal mushroom coordinate and this ever so subtle hatch also in teal.
For the collar I decided on the cream bears, again its a subtle print but works amazing with the collection.
The back of the Molly dress is probably my favorite aspect of the design. The lower scoop back with the continued collar is stunning!
My sweet model was a little under the weather (she’s usually all smiles) but was such a trooper to still work with me on these!
Now for my surprise!!
Katie from The Simple Life has graciously to give away any pattern of your choice from her collection! How awesome is that?!?!
There are still several days left of our tour so don’t miss any of the other fabulous inspiration using the Goldilocks collection. Be sure to check Riley Blake for links to the participating bloggers each day.
I can’t believe its already time for a new One Thimble issue!! Seems like just yesterday I shared Issue 13 (maybe because it was one of the last few posts i’ve written… man that was a long holiday break, huh? sorry!)
I feel like I say it every issue but Jen and the contributors really knocked it out of the park! Inside of Issue 14 you’ll find 10 full patterns, 6 awesome tutorials, 4 cool techniques to try, articles about your handmade business and a partridge in a pear tree… haha just kidding about the partridge but the rest is no joke! OH… and if you get your issue before 2/13, you’ll get an early bird bonus!
These issues are so chalk full of information that printing them would be insanely expensive, so One Thimble is neatly packed into an E-Zine that you can easily swipe/scroll through on your table or pc and the patterns are all provided in PDF form so you can just print what you need. It’s GENIUS! and it keeps the price at only $25 AUD (for us girls in the US its under $20!!)
I’m dying to try the fabric covered snaps, and make a belt… do you know how hard it is to find toddler belts???
I whipped up the romper from Thread Faction for my little guy and seriously I see about 100 more of these for our summer months! I had planned a tee under it but he had a mind of his own this morning so we went with it… SO. IN. LOVE.
I used an organic cotton interlock from Birch Fabrics, it was the perfect weight and so soft! I also found some vintage buttons in the stash from my grandmother that were exactly what it needed. These straps are non-functioning, but really easy to get on/off. This goes from a 2T to 10 so I might try to convince miss opinionated 9 to try one too, if i’m lucky, lol
I also made one of the Hottie Covers. I thought i’d move away from my norm and try this piecing, its so fun!! I’d have to say I think he likes it. AND If you’re thinking to yourself, “We don’t even own a hot water bottle for that”… never fear, I have a solution that i’ll be sharing later this week!
I used some knit scraps that were laying around and fleece but this would also be a great project to upcycle some old sweaters.
Want to see more inspiration from this issue?? Check out the other blogs on our tour, there are some fabulous items to share!
In a time where gender roles seem to still be so prominent, its nice to see that my efforts as a parent to let him be who he wants to be are paying off. He seamlessly goes from playing with his trains and trucks to superheroes to dolls. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has a big sister… of course all her dolls and toys seem so sparkly and exciting (since they are supposed to be off limits) compared to his. It’s really not uncommon to find him playing with her American Girls while she isn’t looking.
It’s hard to believe this is the 3rd year I’m getting to participate in such an awesome movement. With age comes independence and choices and this kid is starting to know what he wants, what he likes. If you ask him to pick a color, he’d probably say purple, which is really just about as good as getting him in pink in my book. Lucky for me, he’s an easy kid… pockets and hoods. That’s all he really cares about when i’m sewing for him.
So pockets and a hood is what he got! We used the nest pattern from New Horizons, the 11th Hour Gear collection. Seriously folks this pattern has it all! It includes a top, 2 styles of bottoms (joggers and lounge pants) and comes in sizes 3-6m all the way to big kid 16.
I lined the pockets with the pink beetles and also added it for the cuff of his joggers (although a little harder to see). Can you tell he’s gearing up for baseball season? He swings just about anything… maybe that’s just a boy thing?
Seriously though, photographing a 2.5 year old??? Most of our pictures looked like that… always on the go! Believe it or not, I got a few standing still but we just couldn’t lose that shovel, haha!
Our fabric choice this year is from Znok Designs, pink for sure, but look at all those bugs! I had planned on using it for Ryleigh but honestly I’m loving it for him!
For the hoodie I went with a German patter from a company called Rockerbuben. The Mini Flo. Euro patterns can have a learning curve for sure but with the help of Google translate and a little bit of experience they can be really awesome!
I’d been looking for a new hoodie pattern (you know to add to the 20 that I already have, haha!) This one stood out to me, I loved the colorblocking and the little insert in the hood, so fun!
He was SO determined to get this sucker picked up with the shovel, LOL
Apparently he wasn’t the only one who really wanted that sucker either… hahahaha! Meet our monster goldendoodle, Lilo! I don’t think I’ve shared much since we got her, but my guess is she will find her way in to our pics here and there.
Thanks for stopping by to check out our look during this season of Boys Can Wear Pink, its so fun to share with everyone! But…. You know what makes this blog tour even better? (yes, I know its hard to believe thats possible) — PRIZES!!
Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes
Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale
Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns
Pattern of choice from stitchART
Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly (bundles excluded)
Be sure to follow along with the rest of our tour, there are so many amazing kiddos that are are excited to share!
My how time flies!! I can’t believe its already release day for a new issue of One Thimble! I’m hoping by now some of you have bought past issues and have been able to enjoy first hand all the awesomeness that lies in those virtual pages. This issue is no different!
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What you can expect when you get your issue –
258 pages filled with informative articles, tips and pattern pieces
10… yes, TEN patterns!
Active hyperlinks throughout, making it super simple to jump to exactly what you want read or a visit to a shop being advertised (can’t get that with that ‘ol paper magazine!)
3 extra tutorials with directions/cut instructions
PLUS!!! If you purchase before 11/14 you can get an EARLY BIRD BONUS! A gorgeous printable 2017 calendar featuring vintage Singer sewing machines.
How much you ask? While you could expect to drop a pretty penny on such valuable information, each issue is only $25 AUD (at the current conversion thats less than $20 USD) That works out for us Stateside folks at under $2/pattern!!
Reading through this issue, I was excited to see an article from Kristie Gilbert of Boo! Designs about sewing with knits. Knits are my passion for sure and so many people are afraid of trying them. She has some great ideas and work-around tips for everyone to give knits a shot! Boo! Designs also has a lovely swim pattern included… stay tuned next week for my pictures of that sewn up!
There are also some fantastic tips about working with and choosing leathers as your medium. This is the perfect time to try sewing with leather, especially since there is a beautiful clutch pattern included!
I also love reading up on the business related articles, making Facebook and Pinterest work more effectively for my own business is always welcome information!
How about a holiday gift guide?? A collection of items you can make for all your fiends and family from issues past… oh yes its there!! And if you need to give anyone ideas for gifts for you… what about a One Thimble subscription?? Its a gift that keeps giving!
There is so much more to read but I can’t give away all the good stuff right??? You will have to pick up your own copy to check out the rest!
Now, I know your thinking… but you said there were 10 patterns and all we’ve heard about are articles…. the wait is over! I had this fun donut fabric hanging around and it was beyond PERFECT for Danny Donut. Danny Donut is one of 3 free motion appliques in this issue. This one is great if you have never done free motion before, as it can really be done as traditional applique as well.
I used the donut fabric on a pair of Orbis Harem Skinny Pants from Sofilantjes. We went with a cropped version, and no pockets (per miss things request)
I love the angled button placard, what a fun detail!
Ryleigh was so proud of the phrase she came up with on her shirt we’d love to share with everyone… how about a free cut file to add the same text to your Danny Donut?? Click HERE to download.
There is SO SO much more to share from this issue and all the insanely talented ladies below are going to be adding some things in along our tour over the next week so be sure to check in with them all!
Can you believe its that time again already?? The newest issue of One Thimble has hit the virtual stands and its amazing! (as if we had any doubts, right?!)
I have a few things i’ve been making from this and i’m going to share one of them today. I was in a little fender bender this weekend and its slowed my sewing down a little so I do apologize. Stay tuned for this sweet little number still to come!!
But while you wait, I have been dying to share these pictures of the Thread Faction #111 Dress. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sure this is my first Thread Faction pattern and all I can say is WOW! I really love the simplicity of the #111 dress. Oh and don’t let the word simplicity fool you though… there is nothing plain about this dress. I can see endless possibilities to add your own twist or style to it, making it so super special.
Here in the midwest we have hot fall weather pretty frequently, so I moved on from bright summer colors and paired up this gorgeous geometric fox print (from Sweet N Charmed Fabrics) with a drape-y tan slub knit. We are loving it for back to school and it will be perfect as it cools down too, layered with long sleeves and leggings.
The pattern comes in sizes 2-10 and features a fully lined bodice. Its a great pattern for intermediate beginners who already have some basic sewing skills. The skirt is actually gathered with clear elastic which is a great technique to learn if you haven’t tried it before.
Afraid to commit to the whole magazine? You could always just buy single patterns but lets do some math…. The Thread Faction dress i’ve shared today is $8.00 … the other patterns range from $6-$15 and include everything from accessories to a woman’s skirt. For $25 you get 10 … yes TEN patterns, plus over 20 articles with tons of tips and tricks of the trade. No brainer right?!?! Or you could go ahead and just buy the 3 or so you want and spend $30… your choice! 😉
So go check it out, find some amazing inspiration and come back and share what you loved. Leave a comment with your favorite pattern for a chance to win a free yard of fabric from my stash!
Also don’t forget to follow along the rest of our tour for more lovely items from this issue!
I’m thrilled to be helping celebrate Sofilantjes’ 2nd Anniversary! Anne is an amazing designer and her patterns are so well loved in our house. I’ve been fortunate enough to be on her testing team for several patterns and I’m always in awe of her unique ideas.
It’s always a huge plus for me when I can use the same patterns for both kids. I have a horrible wonderful pattern buying habit and I suppose being able to reduce a few here or there is probably helpful, haha! Even better, is when you can (with a little experience) throw a few patterns together to get something completely new!
The Summer Surprise Top has been on my list to try for awhile now. It has a sweet back bow and little pleat in the front that takes just a simple tee/tank and bumps it up a notch.
The Domi Sweats are in my tried and true stack of bottom patterns. We love the rounded pockets (although Miss Thang said she didn’t want pockets this time) and since they come in shorts or pants they are perfect year round.
To combine the two I started with the Skinny Top version and lowered the bow by about an inch in the back. I wanted to make sure it was easy enough to slide up and down over the shoulders, but not too easy. Then I added a few rows of shirring along the bottom of the top.
I made the pants per the pattern, only shortening them a little to an in between shorts/capri length. Instead of adding the waistband I just attached the pants directly to the top. Voila!
Can you tell she loved it?? With just a few days left of 2nd grade she says her outfits have to be just right and I was informed this one makes the cut! Go mom!! haha! (side note… I cannot believe my baby will be in rd grade!!)
As she gets older cutesy fabrics just don’t fly around here for anything but pj’s. For this one Halla Fabricss sent me this gorgeous blue chevron from Znok, isn’t it amazing? And the gray Stenzo solid from Mabel Madison was a perfect match!
Want to try mashing up a few on your own? With code CELEBRATE you can take 25% off all Sofilantjes patterns (bundles excl.) through May 29th.
We have some fabulous sponsors with amazing gifts for those of you following along!! For today, Day 2, we have 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time) ENTER HERE!!
Want more chances to win? And more gorgeous inspiration? Follow the rest of our tour –