All About the Boys – Signature Style

I am a proud boy mama. As much as I enjoy a good ruffle every now and then, my signature style is definitely boy stuff!

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And these boys are just so cute, I can’t help but make cute things for them! On the left is my almost-three-year-old, John, and on the right is his best friend, Tasha’s three-year-old, Miles. Quite convenient that our kids are best friends, huh? The baby’s are engaged…

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First up we have some Submarine Pullovers in sweatshirt fleece. It’s from Girl Charlee and the softest stuff in the world!

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Aww – they’re such good friends :)

I freezer stenciled a London guitar on Miles’ and the words “Aim High” on John’s. They both go the whole way under their arms:

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To the backs:

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The guitar is definitely my favorite. And of course, he’s a size bigger than John so he’ll get this back eventually. Ulterior motives? Nonsense.

I also added to each a zip welt pocket, a zipper in the left front shoulder instead of the placket, and a tall collar that closes with elastic loops over buttons.

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And the shorts. Small Fry Skinnies. No way! Yes way. These are like my twelfth-ish? They are the second and third time I’ve made the shorts and this time I added a contrast panel in the back.

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You can see the pockets here, too. They are also British flags, centered over their left pockets and extending onto the right. I was just going to do it on Miles’ but ended up liking it so much I had to do it again on John’s!

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Their tees are Anytime At All Tees and pretty much sum up their personalities!

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Miles’ says “Long Live Heroes” and is gray and black colorblocked with a little interest over the shoulders (you can just see in his front shorts pocket that I used the chevron there, too). And John’s has a T-Rex on the pocket and says “Destroying everything seems like the best option”.

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“Who me? Just look at this innocent face!”

I extended the gray to the back of Miles’ shoulders and really like how it turned out! Kind of superhero outfit-y.

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I did gray on the back of John’s shoulder too, but going all the way to the side seam (this is one of the options in the pattern).

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I love how John is dropping some funky beats and Miles is like “Buddy, you need to get that checked out.”

And of course, any time you take pictures of two rambunctious three years olds, you get the good pictures like these:

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These are some of the very few that came out in our outside shoot. Mostly it was too cold and they were distracted by the dirt.

And then you have the… fun… ones like these:

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Notice it’s mostly the “destroy everything” child causing the problems? You’d never know he’s such a good model when there’s no one else around!

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I hope they made you smile like they make me :)

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Fruity Fresh and Edwardian England Mystery Challenge

You may have read that title and said, “Wait – what?” Amy and I are involved with the Mystery Challenge, set up by our friend Stephanie from Swoodsonsays.com. You can read the full details here.  Basically we were each paired with a different blogger and given a sewing challenge. Tasha’s partner is Irene from Sugaridoo and she gave Tasha “Fruity Fresh” (check out the Willy Wonka Challenge Tasha gave her!). Amy’s partner is Meirel of Create3.5 and she gave Amy “Edwardian England” (be sure to see Meriel’s Circle Challenge!). We split our looks into two posts since they were kind of long. You can see Amy’s here.

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As soon as I saw Fresh and Fruity I instantly knew what pattern and what fabric I wanted to use. I had picked up one of those great quilt bundles that had bright fruits and imagined it being a fantastic spring/summer apron. The pattern I chose to use is this great vintage Simplicity pattern!Mystery Challenge: Fruity Fresh  {{FriendsStitchedTogether.wordpress.com}}

I did pattern “F” in a size small/medium. The top was small and the bottoms were medium… and with as “full” as her tush is I could have done it a bit bigger!

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I color blocked the top and the bottoms. I added a polka a dot cuff to the capri pants and then added and embroidered apple to the bottom! She would catch a glance at it and try and pick it off her pants!

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I even had enough left from the pack of fabric to whip up this great apron! I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked so I made one up as I went!! I will be offering the pattern for free along with a tutorial later this week!

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And check out how cute and subtle this red fruit ruffle came out! :)

Go see what everyone else made!

Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says

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Mystery Challenge: Fruity Fresh and Edwardian England

You may have read that title and said, “Wait – what?” Tasha and I are involved with the Mystery Challenge, set up by our friend Stephanie from Swoodsonsays.com. You can read the full details there.  Basically we were each paired with a different blogger and given a sewing challenge. Tasha’s partner is Irene from Sugaridoo and she gave Tasha “Fruity Fresh” (check out the Willy Wonka Challenge Tasha gave her!). Amy’s partner is Meirel of Create3.5 and she gave Amy “Edwardian England” (you can see why further down – be sure to check out Meriel’s Circle Challenge!). This post got long so we split it into two: You can see Tasha’s here.

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Edwardian England – Amy

Meriel first gave me the challenge of the 1930′s era. I really liked the idea until I realized I had seen all the inspiration pictures I was looking at before – and then I remembered I had just done a 1920′s look in January! So I asked if I could have a different challenge and Meriel graciously agreed. She threw out a couple different eras and said “I didn’t want to give you something horrible like Edwardian England or anything!” Pride and Prejudice (the mini-series, not the new movie) is one of my absolute favorite shows, so I immediately said “Challenge accepted!”  Now technically P&P is set during the Regency Period, but men’s fashion takes a while to change, and the looks are pretty similar, so I’m totally counting it :) Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} I knew I had to sew for Timmy, because what could be cuter than a baby in a waistcoat? With tails, no less? Here is a picture of the look I was going for (The Bingleys and Darceys on their wedding day): waistcoat; vest (sometimes striped, sometimes plain); a white collared shirt; loose, linen pants (they are often seen in knee breeches, but that’s just a little impractical :P). Mystery Challenge: Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} I used the Lily Knit Blazer (affiliate link), modified by adding tails, a wider collar, and using twill instead of knit. It’s lined in a chevron cotton from Joann. Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} It has fake welt pockets on the front, three buttons to close, and two buttons on the back above the tails. I also shortened the front to get that waistcoat length. Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} The pants are the Sailor Shorts (affiliate link), lengthened into pants. Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} They are linen with orange bias tape (because he is still a baby and can’t be boring!) and blue buttons. I added a little watch fob – which is just a flat disc from the jewelry section. I intended to cut that off after the pictures, but Tim loves playing with it and it actually makes a great little bell as he’s crawling around so he’s easier to keep track of :) These are perfect summer pants as they protect his knees but are light enough that he won’t overheat – I actually have more sitting on my sewing stack right now! Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}} The vest started as the Vintage Vee Neck. I used the 18 month size (he wears a 9-12) because I wasn’t using knits. I used an upholstery sample piece, added a little stand up collar, split the front, fully lined it with with gray satin, and added KAM snaps.

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This picture will be going up on my wall!

I don’t usually care for vests, but I think it actually turned out to be one of my favorite pieces of the whole outfit! The shirt is the Anytime At All Tee. I added a snap placket and a collar both out of woven. I also added little vents to the sides because it’s still a little long.

I completely forgot to take pictures of the shirt until we were outside playing bubbles!

I completely forgot to take pictures of the shirt until we were outside playing bubbles!

I hope you enjoyed my take on Edwardian England as much as I enjoyed sewing it! And Timmy now has a nice little jacket to wear for Easter :) Thanks for the challenge, Meriel! Edwardian England Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}

Like his little vampire teeth? He has two on the bottom front and his canines. My milks (as the two year old delicately puts it) are not happy…

Go see what everyone else made!

Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

 Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says

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Berkshire Blazer Sewalong

I got to test the Berkshire Blazer from Melly Sews and it quickly became one of my favorite patterns! It’s a little tricky with the shawl collar and the set-in sleeves, but as always, Melissa walks you through it and makes you feel like a professional. So when she announced the sew along, I knew I was going to join in!

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Thumbs up for Melissa!

I used a mustard yellow linen from Joanns. I was aiming for a sort of old-fashioned shabby-safari look, but ended up using some leather accents and it’s more trendy than I was going for :P I still love it :)

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John’s wearing his test version of the Coastal Cargoes and his Bond Top.

I made double welt pockets (which I learned how to do from Melissa, of course!) instead of the patch pockets.

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I had made and attached some very cute peekaboo elbow patches with the leather and the lining, and even took pictures for a tutorial, but realized after it was finished and I put it on John that I had them on the front of the sleeves instead of the back. I may have muttered a few “Eefffff”s under my breath… I saved them so I may add them to the back someday. Let’s not kid ourselves – that would involve hand sewing. I’ll add them to something else.

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Horrible iPhone picture, but at least you can see the welt pockets and the cool buttons Tasha picked out.

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The sleeves are a little long, but it will fit him for a while :)

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I even love how the back looks! The darts are much easier than they look, too.

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I used a green zebra print (safari, remember?) for the lining with green satin for the sleeves. Once John figured out how I wanted him to hold it to show the lining, he wouldn’t let go!

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Funny story: later in the day he was flapping his arms and told me with a disappointed look, “No fly. Want fly like seagull! My fly broken.” Poor little man. You’ll fly someday, sweetie :)

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Soleil Dress Test Pattern

I was able to test pattern a super cute dress for an up and coming pattern maker Lauren over at Selvage Designs!

The Soleil dress is her first ever pattern and let me just say, she did awesome!!

The dress range is between 12 mo-12 years old. You have the option of doing an open back design (like on Princess B) and a closed back design!

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I had gotten this great knit fabric at the local senior center for $0.75!!! There was over a yard of this wonderous stuff!!

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I did the 12 month old sized for the lil chunk chunk!!

 

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Tasty Tuesday – Krunchy Kale Chips!

This is going to be a short Tasty Tuesday, but still a very yummy one!!

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We have been eating healthy here in the P. home, and sometimes we find it hard to refrain from delicious crunchy salty snacks! That is until I made Kale chips!

 

They are super duper easy and you really only need 3 things!!

 

Kale – pre chopped to save you some time!

Olive oil

Sea Salt

 

That is it!

Here is what you do!

Pre heat your oven to 300 degrees.

Next take your bag of pre chopped kale (It really is a huge time saver, because the stock on kale is really hard and not very fun to chop!) spread it out on parchment lined cookie sheets.

I found some great organic olive oil that I put in a spray bottle and sprayed the kale. This means less oil and a more even coat!

Sprinkle on your salt and throw those puppies in the oven!

Bake for 10 minutes or until you see the edges browning.

Once out of the oven let them cool…if you can!

And then enjoy!!

 

I think they smelled wonderful and tasted great! The teenager on the other hand thought they smelled like bad farts! I did make her try one and she said they tasted way better than they smelled!

Two thumbs up for the Krunchy -fart smelling- Kale Chips!

 

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Design Your Fabric Challenge

Design Your Fabric Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}I knew when I saw the challenges for this season of Project Run & Play that I wanted to set aside two weeks for my nieces and nephew. You can see last week’s challenge with Blaine and Sydney here. This week is Cass, Ali, and Abby.

Instead of coming up with a design that they may not like (sewing for kids gets harder when they have opinions :P) I bought three yards of ivory knit and had the girls come over and paint it themselves.

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Of course, John had to get in on the fun. He loves his cousins and there’s no way they could do something like this without him being involved! I ended up making a lot of pieces, so there are a ton of pictures coming up – unfortunately, it was windy and bright the day we did pictures, so they’re squinting in almost all of them…

First up is Cass:

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When I met Andy (her uncle, my husband), Cass was five and to see her now, almost a teenager and so pretty is just amazing! She’s also quite the sweetheart: she let John take over her painting. I used my own doodles as the front of her shirt and did some careful cutting to get the back with her own design. This is the Lucy Slope Tank in an XS. It’s still a little big (that’s her pink tank underneath), but not too bad. I lettuce hemmed the bottom to give it a bit more flow.

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I widened the leg, gathered the bottom, and added a band. I used this fantastic mustard and metallic gold polk-a-dot from JoAnn’s for the cuff and belt and I used a remnant of something for the actual shorts – it’s lightweight and slightly stretchy with a subtle paisley pattern woven in.

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You can see the paisley a little better here (it was hard to get pictures of!) – also the swirls on the front of her shirt. I added a rounded pocket to this side with elastic at the top to gather it and a tiny gold bow. I guess I didn’t so much “design” this fabric as do some pattern matching :)

Ali is almost ten.

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She painted a shield on her part of the fabric. On the front, I used red paint and a Lego as a stamp. Naturally I forgot to get a close up of that. I used the Beachy Boatneck with a bit of width added and modified into a tank.Design Your Fabric Challenge {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}I think that extra brown splotch was probably from John :) She used silver to outline the shield, so  I used the blue and silver version of Cass’s mustard and gold to embellish her Small Fries.

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I also cut out circles and appliqued them on using a wide zig zag stitch. And I used the eyelet function on my machine to get random polk-a-dots on the back pockets. I like the effect of all the different size dots!

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And that brings us to Abby. She’s five and into dresses of all kinds!

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I used a dress from Ottobre 1/13 for her. Left off the sleeves and added a little ruffle accent to the front.

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Normally I would never have used black as an accent for this princess girl, but the more I played with colors, the more I really like it. It makes the purples, teals, and greens she (and her mom) used pop!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Spring Showers Jacket Test

Heidi of Elegance&Elephants has some of the cutest patterns around – like this fedora or these bubble shorts. Her newest pattern is the Spring Showers Jacket and I got to test it!

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It’s fully lined and has a visor on the hood, patch pockets, and a zip shield. The hem dips in the back to protect from splashes :)

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I used a Navy bottomweight from JoAnn’s for the shell and orange broadcloth for most of the lining.

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I bought two yards of Michael Miller Heaven and Helsinki Puffy Birds (from Fabric.com – it’s no longer available there) a while ago and have been saving it for something special. The hood and zip shield were the perfect place! And they’re small enough, I still have plenty for other projects :)

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I happened to have the perfect metal zipper on hand, too, so everything came out of my stash which is always a win!

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John is such a pocket boy.

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It rained while I was sewing up the jacket, but it was all gone by morning, so we just pretended to jump in puddles :)

And since you made it through all those pictures, here’s one to make you laugh:

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Military Monthly – April

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Time for Allen’s April box! (You can read about this series here) Obviously we went for an Easter theme this time.

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I should really take better pictures for these, but honestly, they’re iPhone snaps as I’m putting things in the box :P I filled the eggs with sixlets – those are probably my favorite candy (I’m not a candy person, so I buy two bags in the spring and that lasts me all year). Except for one. I know he won’t get this in time – should have planned better – but today is April Fool’s, so I put a surprise in one:

Military Monthly - April {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}I’ve been hiding these all over the house today for my husband to find. I think it’s annoying him more than anything… I even put one under the toilet lid for him to find first thing this morning!

Military Monthly - April {{FriendsStitchedTogether.Wordpress.com}}And the picture from John. He drew that weird guy in the corner all by himself! Not bad for an almost three year old, huh? I put a note on it saying John must have been thinking about Allen when he drew it :)

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Bear magnet – I realized when I started sending pictures, my bachelor brother wasn’t going to have anything to hold them on his fridge! So John picks out one to send him every month.

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I had to use a medium flat rate box instead of the small because of the eggs, and then had all this empty space, so I threw these in, too. Double walled party cups and mini red cup shot glasses. And then I stuffed it with plastic bags to keep things from breaking and cause we’re classy like that.

Thanks for stopping by! As always, if you have a good idea of things to send, pleaseplease let me know before I run out of my own ideas :)

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Spring Break Week

Spring Break Week on Project Run and Play! Your favorite vacation or your dream vacation spot. My look works for both :) As long as I’ve know my husband’s family, we’ve been vacationing on the Oregon coast. And, since this June is our fifth anniversary, we’ve been talking about vacation places and have almost decided on the Mediterranean. I used this Greek clothing line for most of my inspiration and my twin niece and nephew as models. I’m just going to apologize right here for the five billion pictures coming up… But if you make it all the way to the end, you can see one of my favorite pictures I have taken so far :)

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Let’s start with the coats. Both are from Ottobre 1/13. The theme of the shoot is Traveling Around the World and as soon as I saw this on the page with these coats, I knew I had to make them!

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Blaine’s has elastic around his face and a visor on the hood. Trying to get that elastic in there nearly broke my brain. I finally did it my own way instead of trying to follow the directions in the book (with no pictures!).

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There are four pockets on the front (they’re kind of hard to see in the pictures, but there are two on his chest) and I used a parka zipper so it can un-zip from the bottom too – that was a joy and a half to put in with the zipper shield and the way it folds over on the top, but it’s one of my favorite features.  The shell is a bottomweight from JoAnn’s and is fully lined with quilting cotton with inner cuffs out of gold rib knit.

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Sydney’s is also made from bottomweight fabric and lined with quilting cotton. It’s such an pretty spring-y green and the lining looks amazing with it! I love the dropped waist with the ruffle on the bottom. (This is the coat I used in my Coat Sleeve Magic Trick post)

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I used silver accents on the welt pockets and for the belt loops. The buttons are from JoAnn and match perfectly.

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I did not realize how spoiled I was learning to make welt pockets from Melissa Mora until I tried these ones! It took three practice pockets before I got it! I added a fake vent on the back with a box pleat in the middle.

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Sydney’s dress started as the Beachy Boatneck. I slashed and chopped and added until I had this:

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It’s an A-line silhouette with each strip being just slightly larger than the one above it. I used the stretch of the knit to match them up instead of gathering.

I used this tutorial for the fabric butterflies. I should have done a different color on one side because they look like bows until you get up close. Oh well – I still think they’re gorgeous and how often do I get to play with butterflies?

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I used my double needle for the first time on the top and around the arm of Sydney’s dress. I had a strip of the yellow to bind it and I knew I wanted just a little to show from the outside. I didn’t really feel like going around twice to tack everything down, so I dug that thing out. With as many times as it bound up and I had to re-thread, I might as well have done it twice! Since then I’ve talked to Tasha and I think I know what I did wrong, but I almost threw the needle in the trash :P

The dress and Blaine’s shirt are made with ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. It’s a little thicker than I thought it would be and feels almost like a sports jersey, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. Good thing since I still have a couple yards left for my boys and I love the Navy and mustard combo.

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Blaine’s shirt is the from Ottobre 3/12 – can you tell I’m getting good use out of the two books I ordered? It was a pain getting used to the directions and adding seam allowance, but I’m getting the hang of it now and loving all the patterns! I modified the neckline, added a slanted contrast panel on the bottom – also from Girl Charlee – and a KAM snap placket, using Melissa’s continuous placket tutorial. Man I’ve learned a lot from that lady! The snaps on the sleeve are also KAMs from ILoveBigButtons.

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You will never guess what pattern I used for his shorts. Oh you got me. Small Fry Skinnies (I made these a few weeks ago and he just asked for more, so it was a total win and the reason I sew this pattern all the time!). They’re dark wash stretch denim and I used the cotton from his jacket inside the fly and to line the back pockets – one of them is a double pocket – and they both have some fun olive green stitching.

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It’s lucky we live on a lake that was just perfect for these pictures :)

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His coat’s not really that fluffy – it was just really windy!

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I would totally claim this as my house, but my mother-in-law reads my posts and it’s actually hers :) And of course, I can’t take any pictures without John being involved. He absolutely loves his cousins – I’m just lucky he was only in these two!

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Sydney wouldn’t take her coat off – yay!

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Ready for my favorite picture?

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Yes? Yes!

It was kind of nerve wracking to sew for ‘big’ kids (they’re almost ten) who actually have opinions on what they wear and how things fit. And then a photo shoot where I can’t bribe/threaten them into doing what I want? I was starting to second-guess my decisions, there! But they seemed happy and have requested more things, and didn’t need threats or bribes, so that made me feel pretty good! Plus every time I look at these pictures, I have to remind myself they’re wearing things I made.

Now I’m ready for vacation! Thanks for making it all the way down here :)

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