April Showers Bring May Flowers

Yay! It’s finally here! I get to compete on the Top Stitchers Challenge over at Pattern Revolution! I’m up against Kari – she’s one of our CraftingCon friends and has made several fantastic outfits for the Princess theme (here and here). Believe me, I’m a little nervous to be pitted against her!

For those who don’t know, Top Stitchers is an Iron Chef-inspired contest and the details can be found in this post. My prompt is:

“April Showers bring May flowers” – but why wait a month for sunshine and blooming gardens to look fabulous?? Your child will be the most fashionable puddle-jumper there is when you hack two or more apparel* patterns to create a full rainy day ensemble. *non-outerwear patterns only – let’s really challenge ourselves!

Fun, right? Lets get to some pictures!

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Most of the details are in the post over on Pattern Revolution, so I’m mainly going to let the pictures do the talking. For those who are visiting from there, as promised, here is the “fox-eared fedora lined with foxes wearing fedoras”.

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And a close-up of the embroidery:

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That took so long guys. I’m actually kind of annoyed that I didn’t make it for myself! At least I can look at it hanging up on the wall though ;) And John loves his “beautiful shirt”. So it’s worth it, right?

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I really considered making an outfit for one of my nieces. The real truth is that boy-sewing rarely wins sewing contests (and apparently I’m more competitive than I thought ;) ). I have nothing against girl-sewing and do it often – it’s always so fun to go over-the-top with girly stuff! It’s a little harder to translate that to a boy outfit. But my boys are my inspiration and the main reason I sew, so I decided to stick with what I know and love and boy, I’m glad I did!

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Be sure to go vote for your favorite look – we’ll be over here dropping some funky beats…

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Pattern info (yes, there are twelve of them!):

Fedora:

Jacket:

Pants:

Shirt:

Embroidery:

17 comments

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thank you – I could never have done all this without the support of friends like you! Not only did I use your patterns, I needed your input and encouragement!!

      The pants are kind of overshadowed by the details in everything else, but I do love how they turned out :)

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thank you Dana! I’m so happy I decided to go ahead and sew for my boy – it is what I know, after all :)

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      You are so sweet, as always Jessi! I normally hate hand work, but I really got into this embroidery and had fun with it -the trick was Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy (say that ten times fast…)! It worked like a charm :)

  1. Becca DuVal says:

    WOW! How did I miss SO MANY of the patterns you incorporated into your hack?! What awesome awesome work! And the “mayflower” is just my kind of corny :) You really did think of everything!

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