Overalls for Hugo

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Yes, I know, I know; I have a pile of things to finish but sometimes you just gotta make something in your head, you know? I had this idea to sew a pair of overalls with my Small World corduroy and I couldn’t get it out of my head, so during a nap I hacked my Parsley Pants pattern to make a little pair of overalls for Hugo. The Parsley Pants pattern starts at size 2 but is meant for potty-trained kids so the fit doesn’t account for a huge cloth diaper; I figured if I just cut off the legs and added a bib thingy on the top they would work just fine! Hmm. I was *almost* right.

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I am lucky to have quite a bit of Small World sample yardage to work with, so testing out an idea like this isn’t a huge risk for me, but if I were trying this with fabric that I had less of, I definitely would have made a test version first. I will be completely honest: they don’t fit him very well.

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What the photos here don’t show is that I had to put him in a disposable diaper instead of his normal cloth diapers just to get them on, and then they were so tight he looked like he was stuffed into them like a little baby sausage. Mmm…delicious little baby sausage (sorry I couldn’t resist — remember this post?). Anyway, it’s back to the drawing board if I want to make another pair (and I do!). Just need to lower the crotch / shorten the legs / lengthen the waist / widen the entire thing…you know, just a few minor tweaks and it’ll be downright perfect. Hah.

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I wanted to share these anyway; as you can see things don’t always work out when I just jump in and whip it up. Sometimes it pays off…but sometimes it doesn’t!

Doxies for Rossie

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My friend Karen LePage works with me here at the studio at least once a week; she’s been designing a new wrap skirt pattern for women for her brand new clothing label, Gentle Clothing, that we thought would be really fun with the Red Rover print from Small World. And who better to make it for than our local friend Rossie, dog lover and quilter extraordinaire? Rossie expressed an affinity for the red rover print pretty early on, so Karen whipped up this reversible skirt along with an indigo crossweave that I think is a fantastic combination. It was at the studio the other day, so I snapped some pics for our It’s a Small World (blog tour), after all.

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The little hand-stitched dog is just a great touch, don’t you think?

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As far as the pattern is concerned, the “Wander Skirt” from Gentle Clothing will be available soon. You can follow Karen at @gentleclothing on Instagram or sign up for her newsletter at GentleClothing.com if you’d like to know when it’s ready!

I think that about wraps it up for our It’s a Small World (blog tour), After All! Here are all the posts in the series if you’d like to take a look. I hope you’ve found it as fun and inspiring as I have!!!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’ve been sewing with some Small World of your own, please share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool. I’d love to see what you’ve been making!

Small World baby pants

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Though I have tons of ideas for things I want to sew with my Small World corduroy, the first thing to make it out of the gate was a pile of baby pants. Specifically, Big Butt Baby Pants. For most of Hugo’s life he’s been wearing these flannel ones and these (he’s just growing out of those ones now), so I started with a couple 12-18 month ones (the yellow and blue and pink) and then made a few 18-24 month ones (the balloons and apples) and then moved on to a 2T pair of Parsley Pants in the red. I’ll probably send a few to Penelopeanut but Hugieboogie is still going to be one Sporty Spice.

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He’s been pretty fond of moving himself around via the Retro Rocket and the Beep Beep, even though he still cannot walk or crawl. He also can’t really steer. But that just makes it a little more interesting.

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One more thing: for the first time, I’ve started putting size tags in the backs and good grief WHY DID I NOT DO THIS BEFORE?? Answer: because I hadn’t stumbled across this Etsy shop yet (she’s on vacay as of this writing but should be back soon). You’re welcome.

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We’re winding down our It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All this week. Here’s a list of the other posts in the series:

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

Up So High Moss Skirt

Hello everyone! Jess is stepping in today to show you the Grainline Moss Skirt she made as part of our Small World Blog Tour!! Without further ado, here’s Jess:Small World Moss Skirt
Heyyy there Raeders! (or do you prefer to go by Raesins?) I thought I’d show you that big kids can wear Small World too! I’ve had the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt Pattern for a couple of years now, and I’d even sewn up a muslin and made sizing adjustments before setting it aside. But the second this Up So High yardage entered my sewing lair, I started cutting out this little number.

It is kind of little, eh? It’s advertised as a mini skirt, though, so I can’t complain. I usually wear skirts like this with tights or leggings, and they’re more of a cold-weather staple for me, but this does make for a wonderful summer skirt if I do say so myself. Lest the mini-ness of this skirt deter you from trying it, let it be known that (a) my legs are disproportionately long for my 5′ 6″ body; and (b) the Moss Skirt pattern does have an option to add hem bands for extra length. Also: since I purchased my copy, Jen has updated the pattern with a little added length, and it’s now available in print format too!

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The pockets on this skirt are fully functional. Look! I can actually fit my big man hands into them! This is the single most exciting thing about this pattern; all my store-bought jeans and skirts have tiny, pretend, why-bother pockets, and this is such a great example of why making my own clothes is so gratifying.

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The Moss Skirt pattern is definitely more advanced than the average women’s pattern in my stash, but the details aren’t too tricky with a little practice. Know that it is completely worth your time to do a couple of practice zipper flys before diving in on the real thing. You might even have a small temper tantrum when you attach the pockets to the pocket linings, but that’s totally normal if you cut out the wrong-sized linings (ahem).

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This corduroy is so soft and easy to work with. I didn’t have any trouble with the fabric stretching and shifting while I sewed, which is something I’ve previously experienced with other corduroys. I can’t wait to make more garments with Small World. Don’t you think a pair of Maritime Shorts would be amazing in, say, the Apples print?

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Big thanks to my friend Kanitta in DC for the photo shoot!

Here are the all the stops on the It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All so far:

Stay tuned for more Small World…I’ve hopefully got a couple more posts coming yet!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

Small World Backpack

I was going to post a new Small World project of my own today, but yesterday got away from me and Hugo is on nap-strike today so that’s just not happening. But then Cherie went for the big win with her SECOND Small World post of the week and it was so amazing I just had to make sure I posted about it:

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KILLING IT, I tell you. The Cuteness.

CLICK HERE TO SEE CHERIE’S SMALL WORLD POST

Here are the all the stops on the It’s A Small World (blog tour), After All so far:

Stay tuned for more Small World…I’ve hopefully got a couple more posts coming yet!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

Lemons and umbrellas

Today is Day 4 of It’s a Small World (blog tour), After All! Deborah over at Whipstitch made this pinafore for her daughter with the lemon print. Deborah is going to release the patterns for both the pinafore and the under-dress in her post, so soon we can all make this amazing outfit!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE DEBORAH’S SMALL WORLD POST

 Meanwhile, Cherie of You and Mie has made this adorable umbrella dress for her youngest. That polka-dot pocket? Such a sweet contrast!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE CHERIE’S SMALL WORLD POST

Here are the all the stops on the blog tour so far:

Check in tomorrow for more Small World!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

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Welcome to Day 3 of It’s a Small World (blog tour), After All! Gail of Probably Actually made a Lotta Skirt for her daughter. I love the contrast pockets!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE GAIL’S SMALL WORLD POST

Here are the all the stops on the blog tour so far:

See you tomorrow with a couple more sweet Small World projects!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

Balloons and lemons

I kicked off the Small World Fabrics blog tour yesterday with Oh My Darlin’ (Clementine wearing clementines = dream come true). Today, let’s check out what my friends Tara of Girl Like the Sea and Kristin of Skirt As Top are up to! First, the most adorable little pair of balloon trousers from Tara:

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CLICK HERE FOR TARA’S SMALL WORLD POST

and Kristin’s sweet (and sour?) mini-Boden-inspired lemon jumper:

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CLICK HERE FOR KRISTIN’S SMALL WORLD POST

I’ll be back tomorrow with more links to amazing and inspiring Small World creations!

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Small World is printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now. My sponsors Fancy Tiger Crafts and Fabricworm have it in stock now.

If you’re already sewing with some Small World of your own, please JOIN US! and share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #smallworldfabric or in the Small World Flickr Pool!

Oh my darlin’

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After I finished this dress yesterday I surveyed my handiwork and thought, I think I’ve finally achieved what I set out to do here. I can quit now, right? My work here is done. It’s my own little clementine fabric design in my own (spectacularly popular, still have to pinch myself sometimes) Geranium Dress pattern, on my own little Clementine herself. And now it’s on my own little blog. Done and done. Time for my retirement partay!?! Yeah…kidding. I love it too much.

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As you can see the corduroy is incredibly sweet and lightweight enough for a dress. She’s already decided it will be her birthday dress in July, so I suggested that we have a clementine-themed birthday party and to my utter delight she was on board. Her birthday is still four months out, however, so let’s be realistic: the chances of her changing her mind and requesting a Rainbow Dash or Elsa (GAH, kill me now) themed party are pretty high. But one can hope, right?

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The dress is a mashup of the Geranium Sewing Pattern: View A with pom-pom trim added (see my tutorial on Adding Trim to Geranium for instructions) with a View B skirt so as to include the inseam pockets, but instead of pleating the top of the skirt it’s just gathered between the outer pleat marks. Easy peasey, Clementine squeezey. Or something like that. Also: she’s finally in a size 6 (waaaah!!), so I’m super glad we decided to make this pattern go up to a size 12. The girl is TALL like her momma. And weird.

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My Small World fabrics are printed on 100% organic baby wale corduroy from Cloud9 Fabrics and is being sold in shops now! This post is part of the “It’s A Small World (blog tour), after all” Blog Tour. The redundancy of that sentence is amusing me. Stay tuned for more posts this week showing off these fun and springy fabrics!

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