Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PR&P 7: Candy Inspired (Boy Version)

Hi guys!
Well I had a bit of an embarrassing thing happen with last week's girl remix-I sewed it almost completely up, went to try it on my daughter to make sure I was adding the right length of ties and realized...she has most definitely grown since the last time I made an outfit like that for her! I probably would have been fine if it had been out of a knit fabric but not so much in a woven. So that remix will be done at a later date-probably after PR&P 7 is over or maybe for a signature look.

So that all being said :) On to this week's theme! first I was a little stumped on a boy outfit with a candy theme; with Halloween coming up it brought to mind candy corn, then smarties and mike n ikes (those are my favorite candies) but then I thought about a few more traditional candies like Brach's Wintergreen mints and the green and brown mints that everyone has around Christmas.
I thought an wintergreen and chocolate mint outfit would be a great classic easily wearable inspiration.
I used the same shirt pattern I drafted from the Popover last week for the shirt, used a leftover scrap of a thrifted green and white tee shirt for the sleeves and a green bella band I made from a thrifted long sleeved tee shirt during my last pregnancy. The neckline is a bit big but I probably stretched the neckband and shirt as I sewed it on I think and it is drafted to have lots of growing ease.

A drawn detail he helped me with (covering stains I will be honest) done in 2 shades of green and brown.

The color of the sleeve stripes is brighter then the main body but close :)

And the back-all the stripes and the drawn band match up perfectly!
I know I really need to brush up on my photo-editing skills. Strangely enough I am really good with photoshop both photo editing and photomanipulation (See? I swear I am not too bad) Or at least I used to be; I have fallen out of practice for both the past 2 years.
And for his pants I used Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop's Skinny Jeans Pattern in 3t going up a size for extra ease since I knew I would be using a pair of my husband's old work jeans to refashion into pants inspired by this pin I saw Super cute colored pocket lining and cuffs and guessed it was fabric paint so very diyable and kidlet friendly!
I had to patch some holes in the jean fabric once I cut out the leg pieces-I actually opened the jeans up at the inseam and then cut one piece that was both front and back out of each leg, using the existing side seams for the side seams of the pants. I also didn't add back pockets; instead I painted on green pocket shapes to match the insides of the front pockets.
The front of the pants.

Where my son decided to "help" me paint some green onto his pants.

These patched holes are super cute to me for some reason.

More patching over some tiny thinning spots and the faux fly.

The biggest hole thankfully ended up on his rear-it is very sturdily patched and hopefully he won't pick at it and make it bigger with it in back.

The painted pockets.

Overall I am pretty happy with this whole outfit. I wasn't sure I could pull off a Candy Themed outfit without rainbow pastels or brights. But I think this works, it is quite sturdy for playing and has room to grow and has completely been from thrifted clothes that got quite a bit of wear to begin with so it really makes me happy to get more use out of the fabric. And get a whole coordinating outfit for nothing but a day of my time. 
Now for my girl look...with a new round of measurements for my daughter! 
Ta ta for now,
Bonnie MS

Monday, September 9, 2013

PR&P 7: Oliver & S Popover Sundress Remix (My Boy Version)

Hi there guys!
As many of you know; Project Run and Play Season 7 started today. And I am hoping to sew along with an outfit or piece of clothing for each of my younger two children as they both just went through super growth spurts and really need clothes!
I am sewing exclusively from my stash that I have already-both fabrics and refashioning clothes-So there will probably be quite a bit of refashioning by way of resizing going on at my house this month.

Week One is the pattern remix week and this season the pattern is the Oliver & S Popover Sundress.
This pattern is a A-line sundress with shoulder ties so it was a pretty basic starting point. At first I wasn't sure how I should remix the pattern for my 2 year old son. Shoulder ties are definitely not boyish and boys really don't have a whole lot in the A-line garment department other then maybe a rain coat. But alas I don't have the right fabric for a raincoat! How son will be needing one soon here in rainy Oregon.
Anyone know how to turn regular fabric into raincoat fabric?
My next thought was a t-shirt...but I have never made one in a woven! Is there such a thing?
I kept thinking I had seen something similar and I had Max California Woven Tee Awesomeness!
So I decided to try that. At first I tried to use Sewing Mama RaeAnna's Scrubby Jams Top pattern to combine with the Popover to get a good woven tee and well...I had no idea what I was doing so I turned  my 2 year old woven tee project quickly into a colorblocked blue tunic for my 8 month old daughter.

Sooo...On to a knit version I thought-I could do that! Make a color blocked knit tee for my son with a gentle A-line shape out of 2 thrifted adult tee shirts? Totally doable! But obvious...Did everyone else with a boy think color blocked tee shirt too? Oh well =D Onward with the cuteness!

I took a thrifted black Dutch Bros. Boulevard-tee that I had previously refashioned into a maternity shirt when pregnant with my daughter and a super soft red "Popchips" shirt (what are popchips? does anyone know?)  and drafted my franken pattern knit tee using the Popover for the body and I used Dana @ Made's Basic Tee to modify the armscye. I also used her sleeve pattern piece, lengthening it to be elbow length on my son. I made the A-line much more gentle, the back is more narrow widthwise then the front, I cut out a 4t on the Popover and shortened it, used the top as my color block seam to keep the pattern lines-changing the armholes to use the Basic sleeve took away that little scalloped armhole bit the original sundress has.

I do think it turned out pretty great-the A-line is there but not to obvious and girly and the color blocking somehow reminds me of a 50's rockabilly shirt :) I almost added a flaming 8-ball applique.

I will update with pictures of it on sometime this week after I post my girl remix :) that was much easier! And I am hoping to get some pants made to go with this shirt, he really needs basic everyday wearing clothes.

Ta Ta for now!
Bonnie MS

Linking up to the PR&P Linky Party and Get Your Crap Together's Fall Clothes Party

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ugly Patterns Oh My

I saw this ugly pattern link party and had to take some pictures of the ones I can find.

Somewhere in moving my pattern boxes got separated so these are not my worst of the worst ugly patterns but they are kinda ugly. I think dropping the weird lace details and using updated fabric will make them wearable :-) that blouse pattern really gets me but the white blouse with black polka dots and black ribbon details speaks...sort of Anne of Green Gables mixed with Fifties style with a dash of school girl...I have no idea it just speaks to me even though the other views are not so cute.

I think I may attempt all of these at some point soon if I can figure out what is up with my Kenmore. I have had non stop problems with her and think I should go get her completely gone through since I know pieces are missing and it is waaay out of whack.
My darling husband actually was going to buy my a new sewing machine from walmart for the mean time with the thought that I sew enough that if its a walmart lemon I will know within a few days and can return it for a new one until I get one that doesn't error. I had no idea until he sent me pictures of what he was looking at haha oh my...he was looking at sergers and an embroidery machine and a sewing machine he just had no idea what he was looking for and knew I have talked about all three. Love that man so much! Sewing is calming to me so he was trying to help me. Everyone has been sick and my 21 month old son was naughty and into everything today aagh...while I was making dinner I came out to him threading and unthreading the Kenmore sewing machine (no this is not something he is allowed to touch so that makes it all the more frustrating) he was using all the thread guides and everything...gaaaghck...clever naughty child isn't even 2 yet! How does everyone else teach their children about safety around the sewing machine? Is it completely off limits, a no touch, or what?
Anyone try a walmart sewing machine?
Bonnie MS

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best Christmas Present Ever!!!

Our little girl has arrived! She made quite an entrance and gave us a couple scares but we are so delighted to finally meet her!
The little Miss arrived December 15th and has grown a ton already.
I had made her leggings with 2 different patterns, some shirts with the tiny-t pattern ( from The Allison Show blog I believe) a dress from the same pattern with some length added and some baby booties-most of which she has already outgrown!
Self drafted little red felt moccasins with soft leather ties.

I love the fringe on the toes but she already outgrew them.

Cute booties fully lined, hand painted, hand stitched and also already outgrown.

I made these with all vintage fabric, mother of pearl vintage snaps and some new Tulip fabric paint.
I will post more on the process for the shoes and probably a tutorial and free pattern for the moccasins :-)
I am hoping I will be both sewing and blogging more this year, starting next month because we are also finally moving! We have been through so much this past year we were trying to move and it never came together but now it really seems too be coming together now.

I have been following Project Run and Play pretty closely this season-what does everyone think about the linky parties for the sewalong now? I have outfits designed and some cut out but haven't participated beyond that really this time. Maybe next season ( starting March 25th I believe) since I have my sewing machine cabinet out but it's sort of command central for sorting things like paperwork for moving, my husband's medical stuff and such.

So moving will uncover that :-)  I have a fair bit of blogging to do and will probably blog more like this (using my Toshiba Thrive Tablet) on the go and less in front of my desktop.
On that note, I should try to either shower to get the baby spit up off, or try and get some sleep. Tomorrow could be the day we get the keys to the new place! *Happy dance*
Bonnie MS