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Simply Sweats & Shorts Pattern by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

 

Happy Memorial Day! If you’re in the U.S., today we celebrate those who gave their lives for our freedom. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it – what an amazing sacrifice.

Today Dandelions n’ Dungarees is releasing their Simply Sweats and Shorts pattern!

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I had this Girl Charlee sweatshirt knit sitting in my stash so when I saw the tester call, I jumped on in! All my daughter’s shorts are too small and we all know how hard it is to find girls’ shorts with any length on them!closeup

This is a pattern you definitely want to choose your size by measurements and not by ready-to-wear size. My daughter will be 4 in July but she measured in the 24 months size! I was nervous to cut such a small size but they fit perfectly! If you are new to knits, this would be a great introduction to them, as sweatshirt fleece doesn’t have too much stretch.side

This pattern comes in Baby sizing, Child sizing & Tween sizing – or you can get all the sizes here. This week only single patterns are $5.00, 2 size pack bundles are $7.99 and all three sizes are $10.99. You can make them with a ribbing covered elastic waistband, optional faux drawstring or drawstring.back

Each pattern set includes long sweats with a rib knit cuff, capri length or shorts. I love that they are unisex because my son lives in sweat shorts over the summer. I cannot wait to find some sweatshirt knit to make him a few pairs!baller

The sale is this week only so head on over to Dandelions n’ Dungarees to grab your copy at a great price!

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Super Hero Happy Camper

I am so excited to share with you my newest project available for sale here in my Etsy shop. It is definitely a one of a kind item!! It all started when I was browsing Etsy for fabric (when I had no business doing so) and I saw the Robert Kaufman Heroes PanelImmediately I thought  – that would make a great shirt. I have plans to make the Maxwell Shirt from ShwinDesigns, but the pockets and detailing of that shirt pattern weren’t quite right for this panel. My sister in law mentioned it might make a great hoodie. I loved that idea but I was afraid a hood might cover up the newspaper print I planned to feature on the back. Then Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop came out with their Happy Camper pattern {affiliate link} and I knew immediately it would be perfect.

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This is what I get when I ask for a “serious” face – haha

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I washed the panel and started making decisions about what I wanted where (with some input from my model). After carefully cutting the panel apart, I started placing the various elements on the pattern pieces to see where I needed to add fabric to make it work. The front features the two super heroes at the base with the BANG and POW! pieces sewn together on an angle.

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Each seam is professionally finished and topstitched.

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My model chose two more pieces from the panel to be featured on each sleeve. These are appliqued on to the sleeve just above the city-scape. The sleeve hem is gathered by elastic to keep the cold out.

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As mentioned, the back features the newspaper article from The Hero’s Herald with a full color photo & “Super Hero Saves the Day!” headline.

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In-seam pockets of anti-pill fleece keep your little guy warm.

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The jacket was designed so there are no exposed seams inside – Just the warmth and comfort of anti-pill fleece fully lining the body and sleeves.

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This would make the perfect One of a Kind gift for your Happy Camper size 6/12 months up to size 12 years. These are made to order so please allow for construction time and shipping.

Model is wearing the Perfect Cargo Pants also available in my shop here. The Pattern, Blank Slate Coastal Cargos, is available here {affiliate link}.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

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The Coastal Cargos

As I started getting back into sewing the past few months , I found a few new independent pattern companies had popped up since I had been here last. And to my great delight! Finally! Someone has started to fill the gap in the pattern market by making boys clothing patterns that were modern and realistic. Style is one thing, but the fit in the pattern I’m about to share with you is incredible. I’ve written several times about how the big pattern company’s patterns are always far too wide and sometimes short. But even then, there isn’t much to choose from.

One of the pattern companies I’ve joyfully stumbled upon was Blank Slate Patterns. As soon as I saw this Coastal Cargos pattern {affiliate link}, I was excited, but at the same time hesitant. I had previously had some bad experiences with boys patterns, but I went on to purchase the pattern and looked forward to when I could give it a try. I signed up for a Back To School handmade clothing swap and got paired with a mom in Arkansas who’s boy was near my son’s size. We decided the Coastal Cargos would be a great pattern so I headed off to F&M Fabrics to get supplies and then got to it.

front_outsideThese pants have so many great features – there are pockets everywhere, as well there should be in a pair of cargo pants. There are front pockets, back welt pockets, and of course, cargo pockets, but all of them are optional. The most obvious and fun feature is the bias tape at the side seams and inseam. Not only does it look good, but the way it’s done makes for a very smooth inside because the seam allowances are sewn on the outside.

2013-08-03-13.35.20My son is a skinny guy so the elastic in the back is a MUST for fit, not to mention great for comfort. There are belt loops too in case you need a little more security around the waist. I found the coolest little buttons at F&M Fabrics  and attached them to the cargo pocket flaps.

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Sorry for the blur!

All in all, we were kind of sad to pack these up and ship them off, but we can only hope the recipient will love them as much as we did and head back to the fabric store to get supplies to make another pair for my son! The Coastal Cargo pattern fits sizes 18 months to size 8 (how AWESOME is that). I foresee a new pair every fall…

OnTIf you’d like to make your own pair, Designer Melissa Mora hosted a Coastal Cargo Sew-Along on her blog Melly Sews and the posts are still there for you to enjoy. It’s a great way to get a little extra guidance while you’re sewing them up and then share and be inspired by others. Have a great weekend!

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Summer Boys Shorts Pattern Review, Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! I’m picking up where I left off on the last post!

The second pattern I’ve been using to make shorts for my son is McCall’s 6548.

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This pattern is for “Children” as opposed to “Toddlers” so the sizing was quite different. This is one we can continue to use for a few years. It is a great pattern, simple and quick, and I ended up making two pair. My son, being as impressionable as I am, wanted the green/blue/black color blocking as show in the pattern picture and those colors were easy enough to find.

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As you can see, they are a little more roomy than the other style (see previous post for comparison), but still comfy for summer with some room to grow. I made a second pair in white/gray/black and took a larger seam allowance on the side seams and that helped quite a bit. So here goes with the Q&A:

  1. Pattern Description: Children’s/Boys’ Shirt, Top and Shorts
  2. Pattern Sizing: CCE (3, 4, 5, 6) or CHJ (7, 8, 10, 12, 14)
  3. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
  4. Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I usually only scan them so I’m maybe not the best person to answer that question!
  5. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Just the dependability of the brand, pieces all lined up, everything went together easily. It is a simple pattern but you can make it fun with different fabric choices. This did start to go down the road of the wide fit, but as I mentioned above, I changed things the second time around to combat that.
  6. Fabric Used: Cotton (black) and more mysterious “bottom weights” from the warehouse fabric store. Pretty sure the blue and green had more poly than cotton in the blend, but still a blend.
  7. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I took an additional 1″ in on the side seam allowances on the 2nd pair I made to make them a little slimmer in fit. The first pair was too baggy/wide.
  8. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! They were quick & easy & my son loves them. If they don’t fit next year, I could definitely see breaking this pattern out for a few more pairs next summer.

So that’s it! Was it helpful? Do you think you’ll use either of these patterns to make up some shorts for your family members? Thanks for reading!

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Summer Boys Shorts Pattern Review, Part 1

As some of you may know, I’ve been having a shorts extravaganza in my new little sewing room. In fact, I made my son 5 pairs of shorts for this summer and the patterns I used were so fun & easy, I wanted to share them with you!

ImageImageFirst up is Simplicity 2907. I fell in love with those kids on the front of the pattern a few years back. In fact I think I bought the pattern for the dress. I don’t know if it was the colors or the adorable curls they both had on their sweet little heads, but this is one I’ve had in my pattern collection for a while. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who buys patterns for the styling on the front!) At any rate, when I was looking to make shorts for my T-man, I really liked the stitching detail on the one pant leg and I could see them made up in many different fabrics. The first pair I made was with black cotton.

After a trip to the fabric store, the camouflaged pair was in high demand.

And then, because I’m so impressionable, I had to make them in khaki with the stitching detail (pic shown before washing, hence the marking lines still showing).

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Believe it or not, these shorts go together QUICKLY! First time through was two hours from cutting to finish. I like shorts that have elastic all the way through

(instead of in the back only) because they seem to fit my son best. The only downside to this pattern is that they are for Toddlers. My son is hardly a toddler so the 2nd time through I used smaller seam allowances. Even though the first pair fit, I wanted to make sure he had room to grow throughout the whole summer. So this means that unless I can hone in on some pattern grading skills between now and next summer, I’ve exhausted the use of this pattern…and right.in.time! 

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So to follow the standard Pattern Review format, here are some questions and answers:

  1. Pattern Description: Toddler Separates, Toddler Pants, Shorts, Dress, Shirt or Vest.
  2. Pattern Sizing: 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4
  3. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly!
  4. Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I tend to browse the instructions and go with the techniques I’m comfortable with, but I followed these (mostly) to a tee and they were very clear.
  5. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? You mean, besides the picture on the front? 😉 Well, they were slimmer in fit than most kids patterns. For some reason, kids patterns seem to be made wide and short. These were slim and long, possibly due to the fact that they were toddler shorts made for my 5 year old son. I dislike that they don’t go bigger than size 4.
  6. Fabric Used: 100% cotton (black pair), khaki and camo “bottom weights” (purchased at a warehouse-like fabric store where I simply asked, “Where are your bottom weights?” – probably a cotton or mostly cotton blend)
  7. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: none.
  8. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes – it was a great pattern, quick and easy. If you’re relatively new to sewing with a few projects under your belt, the pockets will be a nice challenge.

So that’s it for that pattern. Stay tuned for part 2 of my shorts pattern review in the next day or so!