Flashback Tee for Hugo

Flashback Tee for Hugo

Hey! This little monster turned three last week. THREE! Can you believe it?

He’s such a hoot. This really is the cutest age, I swear. I feel like I’m constantly writing down the hilarious things he says. And he’s still small enough that he’ll wear all the clothes I make for him (unlike his older siblings, who naturally have their own opinions, sometimes strong, about the things I sew for them. Ahem, CLEMENTINE. *coughs*). He definitely has his favorites though, and this Flashback Tee is one of his current favorites.

Flashback Tee for Hugo

I’m sure it helps that this rib knit is crazy soft. I made this tee from the leftovers from this tank dress, so yes, that means we can be (and are often) outfit twins. I never manage to snap a pic on the days we’re both wearing them at the same time, though. You’d think I was busy or something…hahah.

Flashback Tee for Hugo

Flashback Tee for Hugo

Flashback Tee for Hugo

Josephine with Tassel Ties

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

How long have you been reading this blog? Long enough to remember how much I love a good bit of pattern improv? Maybe you love it too! The desire to mix it up (constantly) is really what drives me to create patterns that are not only distinct, but work well as blank templates. I just love a pattern I can make over and over again yet never end up with the same thing twice. At first glance the Josephine Sewing Pattern might not seem like a great blank template, being limited in some ways by the pleating detail on the front which lends it a very distinct look and feel, but as soon as you lose the tucks on the front it turns into an entirely different animal.

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

For this blouse, I dropped the hemline in the center to create a shirt-tail hem, like Beatrix or Gemma, extended the bias binding to create ties and added tassels, and gathered the neckline instead of pleating the bodice. The result is a silhouette with more ease (3″ more, in fact) than the original pattern and an overall look that’s quite on-trend, especially in this dreamy Loominous fabric designed by Anna Maria Horner.

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Here’s how to modify the Josephine Pattern to get this version!

How-to: Josephine with Tassel Ties

  • Cut out the A/B bodice using the View C cutting lines (unless you are extremely busty you won’t need the C/D bodice. Skipping the tucks creates additional ease, so even if you’re pretty large-busted, there will be enough ease in the pattern that you won’t need the larger cup size. Check the finished measurement chart and then add 3″ to the FM for bust if you’re not sure!).
  • Drop the center of the hem a few inches when cutting out the pattern to create a shirt-tail shape. Draw an S shape with chalk before cutting, remembering that the hem line needs to intersect center front and sides at a right angle.
  • Gather the neckline edge along the pleated areas with elastic thread (see my shirring tutorial) or with basting stitches. I also gathered a couple inches in the back as well. See photo below:

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

  • Follow the instructions for View C, but add the sleeves as if you were making View B. I also used elastic thread to gather the sleeve caps and ends of the sleeves…it’s just SO. QUICK. !!!

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

  • After sewing the center seam, press and fold under, then stitch down the edges of the center front extension, since the edges won’t get enclosed by the tucks like they usually are.
  • When binding the neckline, extend the bias binding past the center front edges to create ties, then stitch it shut and add a couple tassels to the ends (I like Liesl’s tassel tutorial over at Creativebug. I used DMC embroidery floss for these)

And that’s it! Wear and enjoy!

Josephine Top with Tassel Ties

Please let me know if you try this version of Josephine. I’d love to see how yours turns out!

For even more Josephine variations, check out the Josephine page. You might also like this version with with release tucks, or this one with release tucks and sleeves!

Sidewalk Showcase Finale!

Today I’m wrapping up the Sidewalk Showcase, an online showcase featuring my Sidewalk knits collection for Cloud9 Fabrics, with a few more fantastic makes from some of my favorite makers online!

Vanessa of LBG Studio made a Waterfall Raglan for her daughter. She looks so cute in her new top, doesn’t she?

LBG Studio sidewalk showcase

Meredith over at Olivia Jane Handcrafted made such sweet coordinating Bus Stop outfits for her two older kids. This is just one of the three adorable garments she made — check out her blog for the others. This guy is slaying me with his cheeks. Adorbs.

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And finally, Sara of Made By Sara self-drafted this gorgeous dress for her daughter out of the Prize Garden print. Check out her post with even more photos on Instagram.

Made by Sara sidewalk dress

And just in case you missed my recent Sidewalk posts, I made undies for Hugo...

Sidewalk Undies

and posted my Prize Garden Isla Dress:

Isla Dress in Sidewalk Knit

Looking for more Sidewalk knits inspiration?

Thanks for following along with our Sidewalk tour! Are you excited to make something fun with these knits?

Undies!

Undies for Hugo

Sidewalk Undies

Undies for Hugo

I went on an undie-sewing binge for Hugo a couple weeks ago and whipped these babies out assembly-line style. It was so very satisfying. Plus omg the cuteness. I used three prints from my Sidewalk knit line for Cloud9, some black and lime baby rib knit obtained some time in the past from who knows where, and a yellow interlock knit (on the bug ones) from Cloud9’s debut knit collection, which is quite possibly the best yellow hue I’ve ever found in a knit fabric. It’s just a really lovely shade of yellow with a hint of green and a slightly unsaturated quality that makes it look great with nearly every other shade of yellow even if it’s not a perfect match. Plus their solid interlocks are super duper soft.

Sidewalk undies

If sewing your kids’ underwear falls solidly into the “Why would I ever sew that?” category for you, let me give you a few reasons why it’s worth trying:

  1. They take very little fabric. Like next to none.
  2. They come together remarkably fast, especially if you use a serger and sew more than one pair at the same time
  3. So much cute for for such a tiny little sewing project
  4. These make potty-training more fun!

Speaking of potty training, Hugo is now done with diapers, woooohoooo hallelujah for that. I decided to bite the bullet after Christmas, and as should be expected it hasn’t been all clear sailing (we still have accidents, pullups at night which I swore I would never do), but overall he’s on board with the concept and has been excited about both his new green potty chair and his new underwear. His parents are thrilled to be done with diapers forever. Yeehaw.

Sidewalk Undies

Just a few notes about the pattern: I used the Little Fishies Undies pattern, which I bought a print copy of years ago from Bonnie of Fishstick Designs. She’s since discontinued direct sales, but it is available as a PDF from Girl Charlee. I like the gender-neutral, simple design and I’ve made a handful of these for all three kids over the years and they fit well. Probably one of the best features is the waistband has elastic encased inside it so they stay up really well. Plus the way that they are cleverly constructed hides the waistband seam between the lining and outer layer so it’s smooth on the inside of the waist and comfortable for the wearer.

Sidewalk Undies

I clearly took way too many photos of these undies. I’m gonna just decide to be OK with that.

Sidewalk Undies

Isla Dress in Sidewalk Knit

Isla Peplum in Sidewalk Knit

Aww yeah is it Spring yet? This dress is definitely screaming “SPRING” to me! It’s an Isla Dress made with the “Prize Garden” floral print from Sidewalk, my line of knits for Cloud9. This print has been really popular and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Also: cute with my cropped cardigan, no?

Isla Dress in Sidewalk Knit

Isla makes a great template for this showy print.

Isla Dress in Sidewalk Knit

The Isla sewing pattern is the first women’s pattern I designed for knit fabrics. I’m thinking about doing a sewalong for Isla this spring. But I don’t know…Cleo would also make a really fun spring sewalong too. What do you think?

Isla Peplum in Sidewalk Knit

Weekend Trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

Quick trip to NYC

Quick trip to NYC

Quick trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

Quick trip to NYC

Quick Trip to NYC

The weekend before last Mr Rae and I took a quick weekend trip to New York City for our anniversary. It’s always tough finding a good place to go in February for just a couple of days, but we knew even if the weather was awful (it wasn’t), New York would be fun. We’ve both been there a number of times before but it’s usually been for a conference or workshop, so neither of us had ever done much of anything “touristy” on previous visits. We spent one day at MoMA and saw the Lion King for the first time (I know. How late am I to that party?), and the next day at the Met. We went to the top of the Empire State Building, walked through Grand Central, and make a quick stop at Purl (of course!!). We ate some really good meals (we had dinner at the National, Blue Ribbon, and Hudson Clearwater), and of course savoring a long breakfast with coffee and a copy of the Atlantic is nothing short of luxury when you have three kids at home. The first day it was so warm and lovely that we even walked around Central Park. I think my favorite place we visited was the Met. I just couldn’t believe the scope of the collections there. Just ridiculously impressive; we only spent a half day there and I really hope to go back again. You’d need weeks to see everything. Of course we were happy to get back to our three favorite monsters, but it sure was fun to get away!!

kiddos

What’s your favorite spot in NYC? Favorite weekend getaway spot? Send me a note or leave a comment; I’d love to hear what you think!

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Sidewalk Showcase

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to show you some of the fantastic projects that have been posted as part of our Sidewalk Showcase! Brooke at Oliver’s Fancy managed to make a little something for each of her boys in the green Art Class print. Plus, her newest little guy Charlie made his debut on her blog. Oooooh so cute!

olivers fancy

Teri at Fa Sew La made this sweet dress for herself out of the Fancy Steps print.

Heather Dress 1

Meg at Mama Liberated incorporated the Art Class print into this amazing hoodie for her son Finn:

sew liberated sidewalk

Anna over at Noodlehead made a cozy baby gift set:

noodlehead sews 2

And just in case you missed these from last week…

Natalie at hungryhippie sews made these buggy pajamas for her daughter Ruby:

Bugs Life 011

 

Caitlin at Fancy Tiger Crafts made these adorable rompers with matching hats for her sister’s twins:

Made-By-Rae-Sidewalk-Romper-Shoes

There are even more projects in the works for next week, so stay tuned here on the blog, on Instagram, and on Facebook. And remember to share your projects too! Use the #sidewalkfabric tag if you share on Instagram; I’d love to feature a bunch of those projects, too!

Sidewalk knits are designed by me for Cloud9 fabrics and are 100% organic cotton interlock. The entire collection is now available in shops both online and locally (visit this post for a shop list). For more Sidewalk, check out the Sidewalk projects I’ve posted here on the blog or the #sidewalkfabric tag on Instagram.

Buggy Pajamas for Hugo

Buggy Jammies for Hugo

Here’s a little set of pajamas I made for Hugo earlier this fall with the green and white “Bug’s Life” prints from Sidewalk Knits. I used the base pattern from my Charlie Tunic Sewing Pattern for the top, and my Parsley Pants pattern for the bottoms. I added front plackets, snaps, a collar and cuffs to the top (so yeah, not really Charlie anymore), and hem bands to the pants.

Buggy Jammies for Hugo

Buggy Jammies for Hugo

Hugo is completely obsessed with Spiderman. Elliot was at this age too. All of the shows are pretty scary and aimed towards older kids, who as far as I can tell are over the Spiderman thing by the time they get to the age where they can actually watch them, so we’ve been reading Spiderman books to him instead. Here’s his Spiderman Crouch:

Buggy Jammies for Hugo

I think almost three is quite possibly the BEST AGE. Hugo has just potty-trained, he’s snuggly and adorable, and he is starting to say the funniest stuff. It finally feels like we’ve gotten past that phase where it seems he is sick and cranky all the time (I think age 1-2 has to be the worst for sickness, especially when your kid’s in daycare at least some of the time, right?), knock on wood.

Buggy Jammies for Hugo

I hope you’re enjoying all of the things I’m making from Sidewalk! I’m certainly having a ton of fun making them!!!

Sidewalk Showcase starts today!

My Sidewalk knits collection for Cloud9 Fabrics is now available in shops, and I have really enjoyed seeing all of the projects that are cropping up online (there are some really great ones under the #sidewalkfabric tag on Instagram)! I’ve asked a few of my sewing friends to share their projects over the next week, and we’re kicking off the Sidewalk Showcase today with two great posts:

Natalie at hungryhippie sews made these pajamas for her daughter Ruby and took some super cute and funny photos!

Bugs Life 011

Head over to Natalie’s blog for even more awesome pics of these jammies (and the dog!!), as well as a great recommendation for those of you wanting to learn more about sewing with knits.

Caitlin at Fancy Tiger Crafts made these adorable rompers with matching hats for her sister’s twins! GAH THE CUTENESS. I can’t even handle it.

GreenBee-Modern-Layette-Romper

Head over to the Fancy Tiger Crafts blog for more details and pics of these cute little garments!

We’ll have a bunch more posts to share next week, so stay tuned here on the blog, on Instagram, and on Facebook. And remember to share your projects too! Use the #sidewalkknits tag if you share on Instagram; I’ll be featuring a bunch of your projects in the coming week as well!

Sidewalk knits are designed by me for Cloud9 fabrics and are 100% organic cotton interlock. The entire collection is now available in shops both online and locally (visit this post for a shop list). For more Sidewalk, check out the Sidewalk projects I’ve posted here on the blog or the #sidewalkfabric tag on Instagram.