Moon Sweatpants

Part of the fun of making a new pattern is pushing the envelope with fabric choices to see how versatile it can be. Originally I envisioned more flowy, lightweight fabrics for my most recent pattern — Moon Pants — but it works surprisingly well when sewn up in a sweatshirt fleece, as you can see. I’d say it’s a win. They’re baggy sweats, to be sure, but I think they’re pretty cute, don’t you?

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It might seem somewhat unseasonal to post sweatpants in May, but the weather here in Michigan has been so. crazy…cold one day, hot the next. Case in point: yesterday it was 80, and today it’s 50. So these are very much in Clementine’s wardrobe rotation yet, and if this summer is anything like last summer they will get a ton of use. I also made a pair for Elliot in solid sweatshirt fleece (without the moon pockets, but with a drawstring). More on that soon I hope!

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Voile Beatrix with contrast bands

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My latest pattern project as you may already know is the Beatrix blouse (first blogged here); it’s no secret we’ve been working on it for some time and I’m hoping to release it soon. This was a version I made of Beatrix last fall that had some “extras” added: the contrast bands at the sleeves, the hem, and in place of  the button plackets in the back. We’re calling this “View B” for the pattern. The construction is more involved, but it’s the same basic pattern, just amped up with more pieces.

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The contrast bands really add some fun options to Beatrix, which is already a versatile pattern. Even though this gold voile version has all three bands added, I’ve used the same fabric here for contrast by simply turning the fabric sideways. You could also use a totally different contrasting fabric for a big statement. Sara, one of our testers, made this version which she posted on Instagram last week and I love how the two contrasting colors look. You could just as easily add just contrast button bands and skip the sleeve bands and hem bands, like I’ve done with this version.

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It’s a little hard to see it in these photos, but the hem band breaks at the side seams. I like how that looks plus it leaves a little more room for the hips. Are you getting excited for this pattern? I certainly am! I’ll post a few more Beatrix blouses over the next couple weeks; we’re getting closer and closer to the pattern launch!

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this week

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We’re in West Michigan this weekend for a cousin’s wedding. Left Ann Arbor just in time to avoid Graduation Weekend Chaos, and then realized it is Tulip Time Insanity here in Holland. Next year: somewhere else.

beatrix: my newest pattern, Beatrix (you can see a version I’m working on, upper right), is in the works. We’re working very hard to get it done and get it done right. We’re finished with our second round of testing as of this week. You can see some great photos over at Cherie’s blog and more under the #beatrixpattern tag.

mmm15: I’m going to try to wear handmade this month as many days in a row as I can for me made may ’15. Never participated before, we’ll see how it goes. I certainly have enough handmade clothing to go for a month straight; the challenge seems more to be about getting a decent selfie more than anything else. Logging my ensembles over on The Gram.

baby update: dropped Hugo’s crib down to lowest setting and pulled up the rail now that he can reliably pull himself up, second tooth has appeared. Discovered he CAN crawl, but he’ll only crawl on our bed, not on the hardwood floors.

haircut: am feeling v. springy with a newly coifed head of hair, some teal extensions. This is my second time with color extensions (the first set was pink and much more subtle). I really like how you can just have them taken out when you’re sick of them. Cut off about 8″ of hair; it was nearly long enough to donate, but not quite.

watching: The Good Wife (very good), just finished Daredevil (enjoyed this quite a bit), the latest season of Girls (i love this show, but this season was a little meh), and some of The Americans (SO GOOD). I used to sew at night, now I watch TV. Must be the three kids thing.

pants: am reading Pants for Real People. I don’t have much to show for it yet, but I’ve decided that sewing pants for myself is on the agenda for this year (and FYI “pants” does not mean “knickers” here in the US; it means trousers).

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!

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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!

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