Friday, August 15, 2014

Knock It Off Series - Picnik Birthday Outfit

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

I was so excited to be asked by Heidi of Elegance and Elephants to be a part of her Knock It Off series this year! I discovered a new passion for sewing for my kids when I discovered this series last year and sewed along. I mean seriously. If I can make clothes so similar to rtw, save loads of $, and have them wear designer-esque fashion, it's a win, win, win!!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

So when I was trying to decide what to make, I of course turned immediately to my Pinterest boards for inspiration. And it was tough to narrow it down! SO many outfits I'd like to make for both my boy AND my girl. I finally settled on this outfit for the boy that I found via Picnik. I fell in love with the shorts and the shirt color first. Then as I started planning my execution and took a closer look to the graphic on the tee, I realized I could kill two birds with one stone with this outfit!

You see, E's 5th birthday is next week (!!!) And a 5th birthday definitely is cause for a new birthday-ish outfit!

So as I took a closer look at the tee and realized the graphic incorporated balloons, I thought, why not customize them to FIVE balloons for my soon-to-be five year old!?

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

He is completely thrilled with his birthday tee!

To make the shorts I used a khaki twill and black bias tape, both from Joanns. I started with the Clean Slate Pants pattern and then referenced Dana's tutorial on how to turn them into racer shorts. I added a bit of ease to the side seams (about 3/4") and also used a rib knit for the waistband, inspired by the Picnik shorts. (Which I don't have a photo of, sorry!!) And those changes really did up the comfy factor of the shorts alot!

For the tee I used a thrifted polo and used existing hems (I LOVE doing that!). I used the Anytime At All Tee pattern by Shwin Designs. I'm really happy with the fit of the main tee. I did however have to alter the neckline quite a bit. I made a muslin first and the neckline was cut out way too much, it wouldn't even stay on his shoulders. So for this tee, I cut the neck quite a bit smaller by referencing a tee pattern that fits well and the outcome is great. In fact I think it's the best fitting tee I have made him to date. Also, pay close attention to the size chart, this is a straight size 3t. I had lengthened the muslin tee but decided it was too long. The 3 fit is great on him.

For the graphic, I of course used my trusty freezer paper stencil method. To make the stencil, I combined a free printable image for the waves, drew the balloon shape on the computer and free handed the strings. Do whatcha gotta do! :)

I am so so happy with how his outfit turned out and I can't wait for him to wear it to his birthday bash next week!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

Now as to how much money I saved??
Their shorts: $41.72
My shorts: $4
Their tee: $56.74
My Tee: $4

Theirs: $98.46
Mine: $8

I saved a whopping $90.46!!!

And no photo shoot with E is complete without a few goofy poses!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

And jump shots are just fun :)

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

Be sure to check out all of the other blogs included in the series, there are some amazing looks being created! You can also sew along and submit your photos to the Knock It Off Flickr Group and be entered to win one of two amazing prizes valued at $100 and $50 from Gold Star Tools!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Sewing!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

KCW Summer 2014 - Sewing For Twins!


Happy Monday!

Apparently I have taken an unplanned "blogging break" the past couple weeks :) And to be honest it has been very refreshing! I've been focusing on some house/remodel projects that have been needing to get done and also having some much needed summer fun with the kiddos. Our favorite has been meeting Daddy at the park for lunch!

Now I'm playing catch up... Way back during Summer KCW, I sewed these two fun little baby outfits! It's kind of hard to tell in these photos just how tiny they are, but they are tiny! At least the some of the tiniest things I've sewn (3 mo).

Friday, July 18, 2014

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // Basic Tee Roundup


It's a 2-posts-in-one-day kind of day around here!!


As the 5th and final day of the All About Boys Series, we are offering you one last day packed full of inspiration! I am rounding up all of the Basic Tees I've made in the past year and April & Brooke are sharing their fall sewing plans for their boys. I can't even wait to see what they have planned! They are making me think I should make my own list...

Cosi Swimsuit Tour

Cosi Swimsuit - A Pattern by Sewpony Vintage

Hi friends!! I am so thrilled to be part of the Cosi Swimsuit Tour!! 

Sewing a swimsuit was not something that I ever really thought about or even considered making. It was one of those things that I just thought would remain a "buy" item, not an item that I could MAKE! But when Suz announced that she was working on a swimsuit pattern (!?!) and needed testers I totally jumped on board. And even without really thinking about it. I mean, what WAS I thinking???

But once I signed up (and was accepted!!), I started reading about others' experiences with sewing swim suits and started noticing the cute fabrics available, I got really excited!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // Summer Time Cool

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition featuring Sunny Days Shorts & Dana's Basic Tee

Hi friends!! Welcome to Day 4 of All About Boys! I hope you've been inspired so far, and I hope the next couple of days bring loads more for you! Brooke & April are working on some fun posts today that are positively overflowing with ideas!

As for me, I sewed up another outfit ;) My boy was in desperate need of shorts and muscle tees so I couldn't help it. I have a bit of an obsession with all things b&w lately, so when this outfit idea popped in my head I couldn't go without bringing it to life.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All About Boys: Modern Handmade


Hey friends!! It's Day 3 of our fun series and my dear friend April of Modern Handmade is showing off her AMAZING outfit! I absolutely love the details she added to the shorts, they are absolutely perfect for her scrumptious little man. And. She made SHOES!! She's my hero :)


Head over to read her post, you don't want to miss it!

Happy Sewing!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All About Boys: Day 2 with Oliver's Fancy


It's Day 2 of our All About Boys series!! Today Brooke of Oliver's Fancy is showing of her seriously adorable outfit for her little man. Seriously. Adorable. I love the changes she made to the patterns and the fabrics she used. Head over to her blog to see for yourself the cuteness!!


Happy Sewing!!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

All About Boys!! Destination: Ice Cream Shop

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

Welcome to Day 1 of our fun new series, ALL ABOUT BOYS!!

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition (Featuring: Basic Tee & Sunny Day Shorts)

This season we are featuring 2 FREE patterns and showing you fun ways to customize them and make them unique and all your own!

The free patterns we used are the Basic Tee and the Sunny Day Shorts.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A New Series Coming: All About Boys!!!!

All About Boys Sewing Series: Free Pattern Edition

A little while ago a few friends and I started a little conversation on Instagram about sewing for boys and how there is just so much more going on in blogland for girls than for boys. I know we are not the first to have these thoughts, but we decided to do a fun little series for the boys, featuring FREE PATTERNS that are available to all of us!

This time around we are featuring 2 free patterns, The Basic Tee by Dana and the new Oliver & S Sunny Day Shorts. Those of us participating in the series all have boys of different ages so you will get to see how we each customized an entire outfit (or 2!) to fit our boys! It's going to be so much fun you guys!! Hop over to Modern Handmade (April), Oliver's Fancy (Brooke) and Our Family Four (Erin, who is sitting out this season) and find out a little bit more about the fun ladies whom I'm happy to be able to call friends and are my partners in crime for this series!! :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Chambray Clover Shorts


Thank you all so much who voted for me in the Flip This Pattern fun! Congrats to Marte who won the viewers choice award, it was much deserved!

Along with the Charlie Flip, I felt the shirt needed some cute little chambray shorts and I turned again to my current fave girls' shorts pattern, The Clover Shorts.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Zonen 09 Charlie Flip

Zonen 09 Charlie Flip - Tutorial

I'm sharing my full post and a bit of a tutorial on the process of how I flipped the Charlie pattern for my little miss.

Also, voting has opened today, so you can head over to Frances Suzanne and vote for your fave. AFTER reading how I did my flip of course ;) I'd loooove it if you would vote for mine, so in other words, I'm hoping mine is your fave!

So let's talk a little bit about the flip...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Flip This Pattern: June Competitor!


I'm sure you have probably heard of the year long sewing series "Flip This Pattern" that sisters, Ashley & Emily, of Frances Suzanne hosted last year. I sewed along a few times in the past year and it was so much fun! I wished I had time to play along each month!

Well, they have brought the series back for a second year! And they invited me to join in the fun as a competitor!! I was so thrilled and I'm kind of in love with the outcome, you'll have to head over to their blog to see the whole thing. :) And then on Friday the 27th, voting opens to the public and you get to choose your favorite Charlie flip. I'm hoping you might just choose mine ;)

You can see my previous flips here, here, and here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matinee Dress and Peplum Top Tour, Discount Code AND Giveaway!!!


I am so excited to be on the Matinee Dress tour today! 
This fun and adorable dress and top pattern is designed by Jenn of Jennuine Designs. For the tour today, I had a little bit of fun with the pattern and created a sweet little peplum top for my little miss that I know will get TONS of wear.

Let's start off with a little honesty here shall we? ;) When I first saw the design for this dress I wasn't sure about the open back style, I just wasn't sure it was "me" or that I wanted O to wear something with that sort of design. Well, then Jenn asked for a little help for a pre-test in the bodice size that O wore and I whipped up a couple of "quick and dirty" tests. Just those couple of simple bodices, checking fit, made me completely smitten with this sweet design. So when she asked if I wanted to be part of the tour I couldn't wait to make a peplum top from this pattern because I knew I'd love it, and I totally do. Even more than I thought I would!!