Friday, November 21, 2014

Concert time!

I almost titled this post "How to dress a boy for a concert". True. It's awfully long for a title, though. But really, that it what this post is. Did you know that you have real choices when it comes to what you can dress your little man in for his little holiday concert this year? You don't HAVE to do khakis and a button down, or a polo. Really. I mean, if you want to, go for it! But you can do so much more!

We went with hipster musician.

Nobody ever said that musicians have to be composed. ;)

But we can fake composed.

So, want the details in this outfit? I knew I wanted to do a giant bow tie. I used Peek-a-Boo's  Little Gentleman's Tie. It was really fast to sew up. And I love that all the seams are hidden or enclosed so it has a really nice finished look. I did a child size for a slightly over sized look. And really, yellow polka dots had to happen.

Okay, maybe we can't fake composed.

His shirt is Peek-a-Boo's Classic Oxford. Hands down, one of my favorite patterns. The results are so professional looking. You can't see it, and that's okay, but the collar and cuffs have fun contrasting fabrics. I love little touches like that. He knows he has bikes on his cuffs and he loves it.

Now the vest. That vest melts my heart! It's brand new in the works from Love Notions Patterns. You can follow her facebook page to find out the minute it's released.  The vest pattern is great! A very fast sew! And this can be casual, or dressy like I have done here. I want to make another and add welt pockets. 

Wow, he looks way older than 4 in that picture above.

The pants are Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Titchy Threads. I have eyed that pattern for quite a while now and finally took the plunge and bought it for this outfit. Gotta say, LOVE it! Such professional results! The sizing was good. Thomas measured a 3 for his waist and hips and a 5 for length. I extended them a few inches past to do a cuffed leg.

And then, we have the purple Converse. He decided he wanted purple shoes last week. He was thrilled when we went and bought them. I had a heck of a time keeping them clean for the concert because he wanted to wear them every single day.

There you have it! One very stylish boy. We received a lot of compliments on his little outfit. And I gotta say, he did stand out a little bit. It could be because he was making faces like this though.

He was so excited to play on the stage. He has watched his sister preform for years. Unfortunately, my seat, though excellent for pictures of Thomas, was not so hot for getting pictures of Kate.

This was my view, if I hung my head out into the aisle. And the teacher leaned slightly to the right.

 And I could only see her for this one part of the concert. For her other song, with the larger group, I couldn't even find her shoes. LOL

I did get this one before the show. Not a good one. She was too busy chatting with her friends to hang with me for a minute to change camera setting between a bright stage and a dark corner.

 (sssshhhh! that dress is store bought. It's a hand me down from her sister from several years back. She almost went with a handmade dress, but then saw this hanging. And well, this was a bit fancier and she won't really have another chance to wear it.)

Oh well, I do have many beautiful shots of her from her past five years in the program.
Just not tonight.

He concentrated so hard during his songs. He has practiced hard since he started playing in early October. Or was it September? I can't remember. Bad mommy moment. I should be able to count the days he has been playing, right. Oh well, fourth child and all that jazz.

"What?! You don't know exactly how many minutes I've been playing cello?!"
This guy couldn't have been a bigger ham. Such personality.

So now are you armed with ideas for what to sew for your little man for his holiday concert?

Take a bow, buddy. You worked hard and you deserve it.


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

One Thimble

Have you heard of One Thimble? It's an amazing digital sewing magazine packed full of pdf patterns of all types. Boy sewing, girl sewing, home sewing, it's in there! And at the end of this post, you have the chance to win a copy of this quarter's issue!  When I had the opportunity to review a pattern for them, I jumped at it! I chose to review the Make a Splash Swim Bag.

Because One Thimble is based in Australia, this quarter's issue is full of summer patterns. But that doesn't mean that they can't be used in the parts of the world that are moving into winter! I'm in the heartland of America and winter has arrived a bit ahead of schedule. So instead of a swim bag, I made a back pack. 

Today my son put the elephant one to the test at the library.

He packed it up! He had nine books inside and had plenty of room for more, had I let him. This bag is a seriously good size!

The wide opening made it really easy for him to get the large books into the bag independantly.

The draw string style was easy for him to cinch up and throw on his back.

Even though it is a bit large, my 4 year old had no problem wearing it and toting his collection around the library with him.

That's a LOT of books for a back pack that fits comfortably on a child!

Wonder what else fits in this bag?

How about all of this! And there was room for me! This is a set of size 5 jeans, size 6 light weight hooded jacket and tee shirt and two piece pajama set. Oh and can't forget the teddy bear. All of this is in the bag in the picture below.

In the flower bag, I have your gym gear basics, women's running shoes, large water bottle, small towel, workout shirt and capris. I could have also gotten my knee brace, shower towel and small toiletry bag in there.

The pattern itself was really easy to read and follow. There are no pattern pieces to fit, instead measurements are given to cut out. It's really simple to do! Each bag took me about 30 minutes to complete.

Would you like to sew your own up? Enter to win a free copy of One Thimble!

And check out the rest of the tour to see more great samples and reviews of the patterns in this quarter's issues of One Thimble. 

Saturday 11/15: Handmade Boy
Sunday 11/16: Mimi's MomRebekah Sews
Wednesday 11/19: Made by SaraBee Quilted Beauties

I was provided the pattern I used in this post free of charge in exchange for sharing my opinion of the pattern. All thoughts are my own. Yep, I have some.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day of the Dead Blog Tour

My family LOVES Halloween. It's not because of the treats. Stick around though, because I have a treat for you at the end of this post! We love Halloween because it's a super cool way to dress up and be somebody else for an evening. My kids spend months trying to decide on the perfect costume. And they are not at all limited to what is available in the stores or the patterns offered for costumes by McCalls or Simplicity. I'll hack a pattern, or two to give them the perfect look.

Last year, my youngest daughter wanted to represent Dia de los Muetros.

So, this year, when Melissa from Rebel & Malice started talking about hosting a Day of the Dead tour, I knew I had to share our look!

To achieve the sugar skull look, I knew we had to nail the make up. I spent about 45 minutes painting her face.

It was far from perfect. After the fact, I found out people often use temporary tattoos to get a clean look. Genius! I just used the costume make up sold in Halloween stores. Not the best stuff, as you can see. But she was thrilled with it!

Her hair was a French braid that started in the front and wrapped around the side and back of her head, ending in a messy knot bun with a black flower hair clip as an accent.

Weirdly, as much time as I spent on this costume, I don't have many pictures. This is the only shot I could find of the back of her hair.

Her costume was made using Candy Castle Patterns Princess Dress and Jocole's  Little Miss Derby Jacket. I lined the jacket with fleece to keep her warm. And she was! It was very chilly and drizzling or raining most of the evening. She had no complaints of being cold.

I used a lot of trims, as you can see to make the look extravagant. It was! She received a lot of compliments last year.

 The skirt of the dress is three layers. All the fabric were purchased from JoAnn's. The top was a fancy fabric that had those gathers built into it. It added quite a bit of weight to the dress. I added a ruffle that I put a black rolled edge on with my serger. Next layer, I cut a bit short, you can see a bit of lace peaking out, that's it. LOL The third layer had a ruffle at the bottom and then a ruffled trim over the bottom hem. The long skirt and high boots allowed her to be able to wear black sweat pants under her dress.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our Day of the Dead influenced look! I hope it inspires you to create your own! Or even better, take time to celebrate Day of the Dead. Halloween is so much more than dressing up and going to your neighbors to collect enough candy to end up in a sugar high that will last a week. Celebrate your past. Honor your loved ones.

For more fantastic inspiration, check out the rest of the tour!

October 27: From a Box - Paisley Roots
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 29: Sewing Sober - Two Novembers
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)

And of course, we have a treat for you! Enter below to win a cool prize!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Look out! It's a girl post! More out of the Aviator Pants

This year my daughter (10) wanted to be Catwoman for Halloween.
She kept pointing out all these skin tight costumes in her online searches.

Yeah, not happening.

I must admit, Halloween is the time of year that I am hands down most grateful for my ability to sew. I have only been sewing for serious sport for about four years. I have been sewing Halloween costumes for 15. Once a year I would get out my machine and go to town. Some years, following a big four paper pattern, and some years, making it up as I went along. I would make them whatever they wanted to be. I just knew hands down, that my girls would not be sporting one of those skimpy, sexed up, hardly any fabric involved, costumes the stores supplied.
Have you ever googled "tween girls Halloween costume"?

Yeah, again, not happening.

Now back to Catwoman. I'm not a prude. At all. BUT, I will not be allowing my 10 year old daughter to wear a skin tight spandex body suit. Nope, again, not happening. But of course, this is what she wanted to be! After a little thinking, I found a way for both of us to be happy.

Here in the lovely midwest, it is typically pretty chilly on Halloween. So the entire outfit is made from cozy warm microfleece. It has the fitted look that says "Catwoman" to her, but isn't skin tight, which makes her daddy and I very happy.

She also got to wear a bit of make up for this shoot, which she absolutely LOVED. Not going to happen on a regular basis, but for Halloween, totally appropriate.

We went with the Julie Newmar version of Catwoman. I am thrilled with the whole look.

Somebody please tell this kid she is only TEN!

Her pants are the super awesome Aviator Pants from Winter Wear Designs. I so love these pants! This is the basic version, no pockets, no accents. I took them in a bit at the hips and thighs to make them a bit more fitted, but left them loose on the bottom. The only thing I would change is that I wish I would have taken advantage of the waist band and used it as the belt, instead of making it separate. But this way they are more wearable after Halloween is over. :)

They are clearly comfy enough to take on Batman with some fierce foot moves.

The shirt starts from Heidi & Finn's All You Need Jammies. I widened the neckline and added the short cowl to it to mimic the neckline in the original costume.

I love that she can use the base of the costume for everyday wear. This top will be darling with some jeans and boots this winter.

The ears and mask are self drafted. The ears are simply two layers of fleece sewn wrong sides together and hot glued onto a headband. The mask is a sheet of glitter canvas held on with an elastic strap tucked under her hair. The necklace was a cheap score from Walmart of all places.

The belt is some fantastic gold spandex. I just cut a length a couple inches smaller than her waist and sewed it into a tub.

The entire get up costs around $20 and is not a one time wear. She loves it, I love it. It's a definite win!

My little super hero and his villainess. If you want to check out how to make the Batman costume, I have a full tutorial over at Peek-a-Boo!

Don't let them trick you, they are total goof balls!

And totally ready for Halloween!

If you missed anybody on the Aviator Pants tour, go back and check them out!

Tour Stops:
Pattern Revolution       10/20
Paisley Roots                10/21
Handmade Boy             10/22
Sew a Straight Line      10/23
Lady & the Gents         10/24
Shaffer Sisters              10/24
Additional Fun      10/25
Want a little treat of your own before Halloween? Head over to Winter Wear Designs and take advantage of her first site wide sale! Use the code AVIATORTOUR for 15% off any pattern (except bundles) until 10/26. Or you can buy both the women's and children's aviator pants bundle and save 30%!

Friday, October 24, 2014

He wanted to sew something

For the past week, Thomas has been begging me to teach him to sew. Last night was a pretty good opportunity so we ran with it. I asked him what he wanted to sew and he said a coat with buttons. We decided some simple pajamas pants were a better idea. He asked if he could pick his own fabric. Of course!
We ended up with these.

Yucky grainy picture. Sorry, he only let me grab one and then he was off. So no chance to actually correct my settings after getting this way underexposed shot. It happens.

Pony fabric. Never mind the yards and yards of super boyish prints I have. The kid wanted ponies. He loves My Little Pony and can name them all.

He was super thrilled to get to sew! Until, I made him pin. He didn't care for pinning. Can't say I blame him, I don't like to pin either and avoid it as much as possible.

He LOVED feeding the material into the machine though.

And he did a super job at keeping his seam allowance nice and even. He is detail orientated and this is a task where it paid off!

We had to make it so he could use the foot peddle. That was his favorite part!

And the ironing. Let's hope he always likes to do that!

He was a very proud boy when he was finished! Of course he didn't do it ALL himself. I cut the pieces, serged, pinned the inseam to make sure it lined up and threaded the elastic.

He, of course, wore them to bed last night and has no desire to take them off today.

People may have been shaking their heads, but I did let him wear them to the grocery store today. He had on shoes at least, no slippers!

Goofy face when he realized I was taking picture of him eating his cereal and watching Curious George this morning. 

Of course, I had to make him a shirt to match his new pajama bottoms. ;) It's a good thing his dad is super cool and not a "my boy must be a BOY" type of guy. He did shake his head, chuckle, and remind me about how thrilled I was to have another boy when Thomas was born. LOL Hey, my boy can wear ponies and purple!

I can see these sewing lessons continuing. He is very proud of himself and we actually got this accomplished in about an hour. Not bad.