Monday, February 2, 2015

Not My Daddy's Sweater Cardigan

It's a case of who wore it better.

My latest upcycle project is this adorable sweater cardigan for my little guy.  This used to be my hubby's sweater, but I found it in the pile of cast-offs, knowing it would be perfect for a sewing project someday.  When Kids Clothes Week announced the upcycle theme for this go around I was SO excited!  Many of my projects are upcycles (see here, here, here and here) since I don't have a big budget for all the beautiful fabrics on the market these days.  Sigh, someday.

I LOVE this smile.  He was so excited that I actually made something for him and even more so when I told him it used to be daddy's.  He told everyone he came across, that it used to be daddy's and now it's his!  Like it was some kind of magic trick.  This is why I do it.  My kids think I'm cool.  

He might actually be saying "ta da"!  

The pattern is Cool Cardigan by Blank Slate Patterns.  Now this little guy is just about 4, but fits perfectly in size 3T clothes, however when I checked the measurements on this pattern he was a 2T.  I went with that and I'm glad I did, because it is STILL big on him.  He can still wear it with a little roll at the sleeves.  So it's not too bad.  And on the bright side, he will be able to wear this for well over a year, I'm sure. I look forward to making another.  Maybe one for my girlie with one of my old sweaters.

And the before picture when it used to be my hubby's sweater.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Little Guy Polo

I often find myself gravitating towards the many adorable patterns and fabrics for girls. Unfortunately this results in my little guy getting very few homemade items.  The poor kid is always asking if my projects are a shirt for him or if I've started working on his Jake costume yet.  He's so patient and sweet.  So he was super excited when he learned this shirt really was for him.  I love that he asks for "the shirt that mommy made me".

I've been on an upcycle kick lately (see here, here and here).  This one started out as my husband's shirt, but a random little hole on the front (I swear I didn't make it on purpose) made the shirt unwearable.  So this seemed like a great time to make a mini me shirt, using the Perfect Polo Pattern by Melly Sews.

I cut out the 2T pattern, he's 3 yrs, but a little small for his age.  The 2T fit perfect, although I might add an extra inch to the length next time.  I made two changes to the pattern, I omitted the saddle shoulders and used snaps instead of buttons.  He likes that he can do the snaps by himself.

This was my first time sewing a collar, the pattern notes said this could be a tricky part to work with.  I found myself rereading steps and studying the pictures for the placket and collar quite a bit, but was able to pull it off with few problems.  Phew.  For these pieces I used a different grey t-shirt for contrast.

The shirt is a great staple for his 3 yr. old wardrobe.  It's perfect playing in the park, climbing trees and hiding from mommy in tree trunks.  This was his way of telling me he was all done with pictures.

Daddy's shirt before it was cut apart.  My two handsome boys.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Hats off to you

I have been oogling Oliver & S patterns since the moment I discovered them.  There are so many cute patterns, It was hard deciding where to start.  But I think the combination of my little guy outgrowing his sunhats and our upcoming vacation finally got me motivated to sew up the Reversible Bucket Hat pattern (which is a free pattern, SCORE!).

This is my first hat pattern and I was surprised at how easy it was to put together.  I love the rows of stitching on the rim.  The instructions were easy to follow and the end result is cute and professional.

For my daughter's hat, I picked up a sweet blue and pink floral and large dot quilting cotton from Joann's.  The interfacing gives just enough stiffness to the rim to fold it up.  I think the rim would be interesting to mix up in future versions.  Maybe a wider rim, fold up the rim and pin with a flower or even add a little mini pom pom trim to the edge.  Lots of options.

For my son's hat, I also used quilting cotton, a yellow and green plaid with oversized green dots on the reverse.  Since he is only one years old, I wanted to add some ties to the side to help prevent him from taking it off.  When sewing the bucket piece to the rim, I left a half inch space on each side that would allow me to pull the ties to the reverse side.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sewing for Kindergarten

My sweet little girl started kindergarten last week!  There were no tears for either of us, I think we were both ready to start this adventure.  But I have to admit, the afternoons seem a little long and lonely without her.  I find myself checking the clock for when it's getting close to pick up time.  But hopefully I'll be able to make use of this free time to get some more sewing and blogging done.  With her in kindergarten and my little guy in preschool, I have exactly 2.5 hours 3 days a week all to myself!!!   WooHoo!

To get the school year started off right, I made a new first day of school dress.  I love the Geranium Dress pattern, but oddly enough, I have only made two, one for her and one as a gift.  So I figured it was time for a new one.  We found this dress in my upcycle pile and she
asked me to use it because it was blue and reminded her of Elsa from Frozen.  Yes, we are all Elsa all the time.

Since I was upcycling, I didn't have quite enough fabric to make the cap sleeve version so we decided on the flutter sleeves.  I got all the pattern pieces cut out and was ready to start sewing when I realized I forgot to cut the interfacing.  I grabbed one of my pattern pieces to measure the length and cut, only to find that I accidentally cut the front bodice piece almost in half.  Err!!!  Did I mention this was an upcycle and I had JUST enough fabric to make the dress?

So I had to get a little creative.  After a little perusing some of my favorite blogs, I decided to add a gathered front placket to hide the mistake.  Not exactly what I was envisioning, but I think it turned out pretty cute and my daughter LOVES it.  So far, we've had 6 days of school and she has worn it twice.  I had to hide it this morning so she wouldn't pick it a third time.

Off she goes into the world!

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