Birthday Sewing · Sew For Boys

Stitches in the Wizarding World, Part II

Even though I love the Deathly Hallows outfits I showcased in Part I, the true inspiration motivating me to sew for our visit to the Wizarding World was this Marauder’s Map fabric from Joann’s. 20190818_092412

Unfortunately it rained early in our visit to the park on the day the kids wore these, so I wasn’t able to get another photo shoot in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley. I was only able to get a few photos on our way into the park that morning.

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As you can see, I chose not to be quite as matchy matchy with these outfits. I was really looking for comfortable makes that the kids would be happy to wear anytime.

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Baby Bear

One of my favorite patterns for Baby Bear is the Over It Alls by Made By Jack’s Mum. She is just so comfortable in them, no matter what she is doing.

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There are a bunch of options, including different lengths, pockets, and linings. I have only used the semi-lined option, but I would probably try my hand at a reversible pair if we lived somewhere with cooler weather. I love the look of the semi-circle through pocket, and how it allows for the use of panels or other fabric you want to showcase on the front of the over alls. 20190812_073959

The snaps are not hard to open and close, but there is enough room for a potty training toddler to just slip the straps down off the arms in an emergency.

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Peanut

Peanut had to have a skort, of course. This child is rarely seen in shorts or pants outside of BMX. I used the Bonny Leggings pattern by Made For Mermaids. It is a quick sew and Peanut finds it to be comfortable. I’ve used the pattern several times for her but, as she grows, I find myself leaning towards other patterns that have a gusset. She’s an active kid and I like the ease of movement that a gusset provides.20190820_163054

I paired the skort with an Explorer Raglan by Made By Jack’s Mum. This is the same pattern I used in Part I, but I chose not to use the optional side panels.

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The Bug

I have plenty of t shirt patterns to choose from when sewing for the Bug, but one of my all time favorites is the t shirt from the Moto Maxx pattern by Love Notions.

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It has the perfect slim fit for him and I really like the shoulder details. Being able to add a coordinating fabric really helps the main fabric pop.

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These makes are sure to get a lot of wear from the kiddos as they jump around flinging spells at each other.

What are your favorite patterns to use when sewing for kids?

 

 

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Sew For Boys

Boys Can Wear Pink – BMX Style

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Today is the final day of Season 4 of the Boy’s Can Wear Pink blog tour hosted by Handmade Boy. I hope all of you have enjoyed following along as much as I have. I have been part of this tour from the beginning, with a little break last year when Baby Bear joined our family, and it has been amazing watching all of these boys grow. The Bug hardly even looks like a little boy anymore, and at 6 years old he’ll be quick to tell you he’s not one. You can check out my posts from Season 1 and Season 2 if you want to see for yourself how much he’s grown.

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As I read through the posts this week I noticed many of my fellow bloggers mentioning society’s influence on how our boy’s feel about the color pink. I have to admit, when planning out the Bug’s outfit I had similar thoughts. I knew however, that if I played to his interests, he would not hesitate to wear it, no matter what society tells him about the color. The Bug doesn’t really have strong feelings one way or another about the color pink, but he LOVES BMX. He would race everyday if he could, and nothing can turn a bad day around for him faster than a couple of laps around the local track. So a BMX themed outfit and photo shoot were sure to be a hit.

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His only concern was with wearing the pink helmet, and not because it was pink. You see, that pink helmet belongs to his little sister (yes, she races BMX too) and he was afraid of people mistaking him for her. He had no qualms about wearing the color, he just didn’t want people thinking he was his little sister. After a quick conversation about the meaning of this tour he quickly decided it was pretty cool to be able to show other boys that it’s OK to wear whatever color they want, even if it meant wearing his sister’s helmet for a little while.

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I have to say, even if he never wears it again, he rocked the pink helmet for the few minutes it took to get these photos.

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Now, this is a sewing blog, so if you’ve made it this far you’re probably wondering about the clothes he’s wearing. I used the Moto Maxx Set by Love Notions (affiliate link). The pants are stretch denim from Mood Fabric and the tee is double brushed poly from Purple Seamstress. The graphic on the tee was done with heat transfer vinyl.

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I love the slim fit of the Moto Maxx pants for the Bug, especially because it helps me not worry about him getting a pant leg caught in his bike chain. The reinforced knees are such a fun and practical detail for active kids too.

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I chose the curved hem option for his shirt, which gives him just a little extra coverage as he works to develop those bike handling skills. Those skills have certainly come a long way from when we first stumbled into the world of BMX. Ironically enough, that was about the same time the Moto Maxx Set was first released. I was still pretty new to pattern testing then and Tami was so great to work with.

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He’s grown just a tiny bit, but he still loves his bike and BMX just as much. After 4 years of following and sewing along with this tour the one thing I come away with each year is how important it is to listen to our boys and allow them to give us input in to what we create for them. Try to incorporate what they love, be it any color of the rainbow or their favorite activity. They’ll love you for listening.

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The Bug and I both want to thank our friends at Life As Art Photography for the amazing photos. We met them when we stumbled into the BMX world and we are so glad we did! If you want to see some amazing photos of some pretty incredible BMXers of all ages, check out their Facebook page.

If you haven’t already, check out the other awesome creations from Season 4 of the Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour. There are a lot of talented mamas here creating some amazing things for their boys.

Sew For Boys

Sewing For Boys: Team Pteranodon – Love Notions Mashup

Two weeks ago, Love Notions Patterns (affiliate link) issued a challenge. Take the Mallory Dress pattern and get creative. The only rules being that part of the Mallory Dress pattern must be used in the design, and any other pattern pieces have to be either an original creation or part of another Love Notions pattern. The prizes for the top 3 creations include Love Notions patterns and gift certificates for Pink Zeppelin Boutique, Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops, Cuddle Muffins Fabric, and KNITorious Fabric. The top creation will also have the option of having their design professionally drafted and added to the Mallory Dress Pattern.

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Challenge Accepted.

And just to make it more challenging, I decided to sew for the Bug.

I started with examining the Mallory Dress pattern, looking for elements that I wanted to include. The crossover hood of the Mallory Dress opened up in my imagination, trailing under the sleeves and creating wings. Wings led me straight to a pteranodon.

If you live with a toddler (and are American), you are probably familiar with the popular PBS Kids show “The Dinosaur Train.” On this show, the plucky Pteranodon family time travel through out the age of the dinosaurs with their children, learning about different dinosaur species. With as often as my children request to watch it, it is not surprising that I have dinosaurs on the brain.

To create my pteranodon vision, I morphed the Mallory Dress with the Moto Maxx Tee and mixed in a little of my own design. I modified the Mallory Dress back bodice piece to have the length of the Moto Maxx Tee to create the shirt back. I then used the same piece and lowered the neckline a tad to create a shirt front. I also used the cuffed sleeves from the Moto Maxx.

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Pteranodon wing

The Mallory Dress front bodice piece became the wings. It was modified by widening it so it would reach the cuffs of the sleeves when opened up, and a contrasting triangle of fabric was used to connect the base of the bodice piece down the side hem of the shirt. I thought the wings might sometimes get in the way, so I decided to use hook and eyes to attach them to the sleeve cuffs so they could be wrapped around the front of the shirt and hooked out of the way. I left a space in the wing side seam to accommodate the wrapped wing.

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Wings wrapped and secured out of the way.

To complete the pteranodon look, I added a crest to the back of the hood and a beak to the front. These elements were the most difficult to incorporate. The beak needed to be supported so it would not hang down and cover the Bug’s face, and the crest needed to stick out straight behind the crown of the hood.

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I stabilized the fabric of the crest and beak with Decor Bond interfacing. For the beak, I used interfacing on both the outer fabric and the lining. The hood lining does not include the crest. I used polyester horsehair braid to stiffen the top and back hood seams. I hoped this would be enough, but it was not. My next step was to cut up one of the Bug’s flexible plastic place mats, and use strips between the hood layers to support the crest. The place mat was too flexible to keep the beak from falling down and covering his face. That required two coated copper wires twisted together and inserted into a fabric tube sewn to the top and back of the hood. The fabric tube is sewn closed inside the hood, but is closed with a snap under the beak. This allows the wire to be removed when necessary. I suspect that boning could be used in place of the place mat and the copper wire, but didn’t have time to order any if I was going to meet the contest deadline.

Black buttons for eyes were the final touch.

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Checking out the beak

The Love Notions contest ends tonight. To be eligible to win, entries must be linked up by midnight (CST) tonight. Winning entry or not, the Bug loves his new shirt. He just wasn’t sure about wrapping his wings up. He likes to run around flapping his wings and pretending to fly.

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“Where’d my wings go?”
Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Love Notions Willow Wrap Top

Love Notions Patterns really hit it out of the park with the most recent releases, the Willow Wrap Top and Willow Wrap Dress. I was fortunate to be chosen to test the Willow Wrap Top Pattern. This pattern is designed for knit fabrics, and is available in sizes XS-XXL.

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This pattern features multiple options, resulting in many different possible looks.  There are higher and lower neckline options, three sleeve lengths, and asymmetrical or straight hemline options. The optional modesty panel is great for color blocking, or for that special fabric that you just don’t have enough of for a full garment, and combined with the lower neckline makes this pattern great for nursing mamas. The faux wrap of the front bodice can be finished off with either pleats or gathers.

I love to express individuality and personality with my garments, and the use of contrast fabrics is a great way to do that.  The lower neckline allows the modesty panel to really pop with a contrast fabric. The asymmetrical hemline is another one of those little details that really allows for the creation of a flattering garment. The combination of the two options allows attention to be drawn away from the midsection.

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Living in Florida means that short sleeves are good for any season, but I can also see myself using the other sleeve lengths for a winter top. I’m sure this pattern will become a staple in my wardrobe, and I am looking forward to trying out the companion Willow Wrap Dress Pattern.

The Willow Wrap Top and Willow Wrap Dress Patterns are currently on sale at Love Notions Patterns (affiliate link). Use the coupon code “willow” at check out for 15% off either pattern through Sunday, January 25, 2015, or purchase both patterns bundled for 25% off (no coupon required).

Love Notions Patterns is becoming one of my favorite indie pattern companies. The tagline “Modern Patterns for the Whole Family” really sums it up. Love Notions offers patterns for women and children that can be used to create cute and comfortable clothing. The patterns are optimized for viewing on a tablet or laptop, including embedded links for easy navigation throughout. They also feature layers which allow for printing only the desired size, saving both ink and paper.