Happy Monday Morning! I’ve been a little MIA on facebook/instagram since the Zulily event! It was such a huge push to get everything ready, then finalized & shipped out that I’ve kind of been enjoying a much needed break from such intense sewing! Naturally my house got somewhat out of order and I’ve been feeling the urge to do some spring cleaning. I also realized since we made my son’s loft bed this past winter, I hadn’t done much to finish his room! So I’ve been busy tearing up the house, clearing things out and moving furniture around. I’m still not done, but I’ve made great progress and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the same mood strain, I’ve been finishing up some UFOs (UnFinished Objects)! I just finished up a pattern test, which I’ll be sharing with you next week, but in order to meet the deadline I had to leave some things half done. One was a second pair of the Camo Cargo Shorts (Way Cool Shorts) for my son.
Yes, now he will be able to go all summer in Camo – any 6 year old boy’s dream, right?! I also did two quick t-shirt to v-neck alterations for a friend. You can see the tutorial here.
And finally, I made my son’s sewing bag so he has a place to store all his supplies for lessons this summer. This is a pattern I got from the Sewing Rabbit Pattern Membership. It comes in three sizes so I made the largest to make sure there was room for scissors and whatever supplies might be added as time goes on. I used the fabric left over from his Downton Duffle Coat made last November so it has a very sophisticated look, perfect for a little gentleman.
So what’s next?! I have FOUR Anna’s on the docket. Have you heard of the Anna pattern? You won’t be surprised to find out it’s the adult version of the Maggie Mae, or at least Maggie Mae inspired. You can see it here. Everyone who has ever seen the Maggie Mae comments, “Oh I wish that came in my size!” so it’s very exciting. Two will be in dress form for my mom and then I plan to make two tops for me, one casual version in knit and one dressier version in some silky wovens, both from F&M Fabrics.
So I’ll see you on facebook and instagram to show my progress. It’s felt good to clear out some space, both mental and physical, and I look forward to charging forward into new projects. Please feel free to share some links in the comments to let me know what you’re working on!
Boy, has it been a busy week! Besides the Cargo Duffle Bag with Karen last weekend, I hardly got to touch my sewing. This past week was our last week of Kindergarten home school and next week is All-Sports Camp all the way on the other side of town, all five days. It will be a challenge to be up and in the car by 8am each morning so we can get there on time! (Don’t laugh!) I mean, one day a week we have a SUPER early morning, but the rest of the week, especially in the summer, is pretty chill so it may be a bit of a shock to our system. I’m sure he’ll have fun and hopefully he will find a sport he might want to try during its season this year.
One thing I DID finish were these Way Cool Shorts by Tie Dye Diva! (Affiliate) I started making my son shorts last year and posted here and here. This fabric is one he chose from F&M Fabrics (online as www.thefabricmarket.com) at that time and I managed to grab the rest of the bolt a few weeks back for this year!
These cargo shorts are quick to sew up since there are only the one set of pockets. And I LOVE the way the pockets are made! You sew the pleats down before attaching and then stitch all layers down at the bottom. That way, I’m hoping, they won’t turn into a big lump of wrinkled fabric on either side after washing and drying.
They are plenty long and plenty roomy, with a full elastic waist, guaranteed to last all summer, maybe longer! If you’re looking for a shorts pattern for your little one, I really recommend the Way Cool Shorts. The pattern comes in sizes 2 to 8 so you could make them year after year. Now if I can find some time to make (or buy!) him some shirts that fit. 🙂
Thanks for reading and be sure to stop by Friday for some BIG NEWS – can’t wait to tell you!
It’s no secret that I love the new explosion of independent designers producing .pdf patterns I can print at home and sew the same day. So I was excited at the opportunity to chat with Jen at Tie Dye Diva Patterns and try out one of her patterns. My DD and I chose the Daydreamer Dress from her extensive online catalog and I knew the Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood fabric would be adorable for this style. I took my Little Red out for an adventure photo shoot and here are the results! (This post contains affiliate links)
This dress was so fun to sew up! Did you notice? There are no closures! That’s right – no buttons, no zipper, no velcro! The front waistband is self-faced so there are no scratchy seams to bother your persnickety princess. The only gathering is the bottom flounce since elastic does the job for you at the neckline. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and the pattern pieces are part printout and part rotary cutting. Sizing is from 2T to 9/10 and would make a great summer staple.