Oh, yeeeeaaaaaah! It’s that time again, y’all. It’s time to sew for YOU, and it’s the perfect time, because the sun is starting to reappear and with it enough daylight to see that the sad sweater you’ve been wearing every day for the past four months is not going to cut it anymore. The birds have decided that this side of the planet is actually habitable! The air smells like worms!! It’s time for a Spring Top Sewalong!!! And let’s not drag our feet here, people. Because you know that any day now there will be another KCW(C)*, and then it will be all “let’s sew for the KIDS!” again, so there’s no time like the present to sneak in that selfish…
Happy Monday, everyone!!! It’s Elliot’s birthday today! Want to see the cake I made him?
He loves Guido. We had a fun birthday party yesterday with family: lots of presents and food and attention, so it was a bit hard for him to go to school today.
I’m currently knee-deep in pant pattern production, so I don’t have much to show for myself, sewing-wise (except for piles of pant samples. Do you want to see those? Might be kind of boring…), but last night I found five minutes to read some blogs, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you. I think these will make you smile!
Matsutake – Katie is a DIY queen who always, ALWAYS…
A couple of weeks ago I made a guest appearance on the Pink Castle blog for their Spring Cleaning series with a post about how I organize all my patterns, especially the printouts and tracings that can really pile up in my sewing room over time.
I also talk about tracing patterns with Swedish tracing paper, something that I highly recommend. Head over to the Pink Castle blog to read all about it!
The saga of my kitchen’s transformation from meh to yay continues with…
After hanging up the new curtains a couple of months ago, I couldn’t help but think it needed just a little bit more of something…so I wrote Melody an email suggesting that if she were, say, to create some wall decals of the happy dishes for Spoonflower and put them in the Melody Miller Spoonflower shop, I would have no choice but to buy them and hang them on my kitchen wall. She happily obliged me. I’m sure it helps that we are BFFs IRL* (Melody will be one of the teachers along with me at Camp Stitchalot…
Couldn’t resist a little CTB encore today with pictures of the new Tic Tac Toe shirt in action.
Bonus points to you if you even know who Cthulhu is (it’s pronounced “ka-thoo-loo”). Our little Cthulhu enjoys current status as the most loved of all of Elliot’s “guys,” which is what he calls the entourage of stuffed animals (this includes Kermit) that inhabit his bed. It may seem like an odd choice for a stuffed animal, but Mr Rae and I thought it was completely hilarious when Elliot used to put a bowl in front of Cthulhu at the dinner table and tell us, with his slight little lisp, that Cthulhu was eating…
This round of Celebrate the BOY has been phenomenally fun! I’ve had a great time sharing this series of posts with you, and getting the chance to collaborate with the ever-talented and amazing Dana over at MADE is always a wonderful experience!!! I hope you’ve enjoyed following along and sewing for your own boys! You’ve posted your projects in our Celebrate the BOY flickr group, and that’s been really cool to watch; so many cool projects and ideas in that group. Feel free to keep adding your projects throughout the year. I love checking in to see what everyone is making!
Here’s a quick look at the clothes I made this year for Elliot:
We’re wrapping up Celebrate the BOY this week, but I have just one more how-to post I wanted to share. Today I thought I’d talk a bit about adding kneepads to pants. You can add kneepads while you’re making pants OR after they have been worn through at the knees. All three of these kneepads have been tested by Elliot, and each one has proven to hold up over time. Kids can be rough on their clothes, and kneepads are a great way to ensure that your hard-earned sewing efforts don’t go to waste!
The first kneepad goes across the pant leg and is made of a basic rectangle.
In this tutorial I’m showing you how to add the kneepad to a four-piece…
I mentioned my love of piping yesterday, but I think it’s worth revisiting. I love the way piping instantly makes something more snazzy and profesh, like the little collared shirt for Elliot that I posted yesterday. I’ve used piping on little backpacks, pants, on my own clothing, and on purses. In fact, I think I will boldly say that I have NEVER seen a sewn item that piping did not improve. Which brings me to my fourth (and final, at least for this round of CTB) rule when it comes to sewing for boys:
Piping has been popping up a lot lately in the Celebrate the Boy Flickr group. Here are some of my favorite piping pics…
I love piping. It makes everything better. Truly.
When Elliot saw this “stitched” fabric (designed by Aneela Hoey) he said, “It looks like tic-tac-toe!” so that’s what we call this shirt now. The “tic-tac-toe” shirt. Sidenote: playing tic-tac-toe with a kindergartener is hilarious. I can beat the pants off of him every time, so most of the time I just let him win, though he’s slowly figuring out the tricks. It’s just funny to imagine a time when tic-tac-toe was still novel.
In addition to the pockets and cuffs shown above, I added piping to the collar, yoke, and front edges of the shirt to give it a fun retro look.
Just in case you’ve never made your own piping, let me briefly…
Have you noticed the mustache trend lately? It seems to me that mustaches are suddenly all over the place…and adding them to boys’ clothing seems like a fun way to ride the trend! What do you think?
Neon mustache tee from Oon, blogged here (we’ve been featuring her stuff regularly in our roundups this CTB. You absolutely must follow her if you don’t already.)
The picture at top right here totally KILLS me…so hilarious and great!!
And one more from Oon :
The photos in this post came from the Celebrate the BOY…
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