The SHEs over at That’s What She Crafted are having their own craft-off this week. The winner gets to compete in September for our Princess month! Be sure to check it out and vote for your favorite!
As I hinted in my post about the new Poplar Pup Tent, I sewed two looks for the boys this month! Since I ended up with so many pictures, I figured I’d do each in a separate post – you’ll see John’s Han Solo look later this week. New to CraftingCon? You can find out more info here – there’s also a sign up sheet if you want to play along!
I don’t sew enough for Timmy. It’s sad, but it’s the truth. He’s at that age (he just turned one!) where he outgrows things in about two days, plus he’s getting the clothes I made for John when I had one kid and more time! But I’m realizing just how far I’ve come in the past two years – often, I’ll pull out something that used to be John’s and find myself too embarrassed to put it on Tim!
Which is a nice segue to: This is our 200th post! When Tasha and I decided to start a blog, I had no idea we’d be where we are now. We were both pregnant and each had a toddler, so our posting schedule… well, wasn’t a schedule – it was pretty hit-and-miss. Our writing wasn’t polished, our pictures were not that great (half the time they were iPhone pics!), and yet, we loved it (and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that – everyone has to start somewhere, and isn’t one of the points of life to better ourselves?)! Then we had our babies (they’re six weeks apart) and the poor blog fell by the wayside. Finally at the beginning of this year, we had the time and energy to start working on this again. Even just since then, I can see massive improvement in my pictures, my writing, and my confidence. I guess that’s what happens when you basically turn in a writing assignment 2-5 times a week! And gosh, I type fast now – my mom is so proud :) I feel like I have something to offer the sewing world now, instead of just using the ideas of others. I’ve also met some incredible people who blog! Some of them I’ve become true friends with – I think that’s the best reward of all!
Don’t worry, I can hear you: Skip to the end (Princess Bride, anyone?)…
OK! Enough maudlin, on to Timmy’s outfit!
My idea for this was that Tim’s a little Ewok who got drafted into the Alliance and got his own forest uniform, loosely based on Leia’s uniform, since all the Ewoks loved her!
I used the Mulberry Tunic for the shirt. Ab.so.lute.ly love it. In case you didn’t catch the CraftingCon Blog Tour, Stephanie did a tutorial for adding Ewok ears to a hood, which I used. I kind of never want him to wear another shirt!
The top portion is a camo knit and the bottom a very lightweight corduroy, both from JoAnn’s. Because the top is a separate piece, the button placket is so easy. It’s not very often that a woven shirt takes about an hour! I used a scrap of leather from John’s vest to applique a Rebel Alliance patch on the sleeve.
I lined the hood in the corduroy so you can’t see my messy stitching in there! A small seam allowance plus faux fur equals scary seams (for the ears, not the shirt at all – they’re a little fiddly, but so worth it! The main problem is getting that fur to do what you tell it)! I also did KAM snaps on the front instead of buttons to save time.
I made the Coastal Cargoes, using linen from JoAnn’s, and turned them into actual shorts. The button tabs are just for looks, but so cute!
I love this little outfit for my baby! I made the smallest size of each pattern (18 months), which means Tim will be able to wear them all summer!
You may have noticed the tears and not-so-happy looks Tim was giving me in these pictures. I’m not gonna lie – he hated doing these! This is what 80% of the pictures look like:
He’s so sad, but I crack up every time I look at this! John had much more fun – I can’t wait to show you what a little heart breaker he is! Come back on Thursday if you want to see the cutest Han Solo you can imagine :)