Flamingo Boatneck Tee

Flamingo Boatneck

Pretty soon I’ll be introducing my next pattern for women, Jade, which is a knit t-shirt pattern. Here’s an early prototype that I made last spring with the flamingo print from my interlock collection for Cloud 9, Sidewalk. As a grown woman, I wasn’t sure I could pull off a flamingo tee, but I rather like it. If you’re looking at your screen and giving this the side-eye, perhaps flamingos are just not your thing LOL??

Flamingo Boatneck

The “pink” in this flamingo fabric (if you can call it that) is really more of a neon coral. One of the surprises for me with this knit collection is how bright this hue came out. At first I wasn’t completely sold, but within days of making this tee I discovered that I already owned multiple things that matched and coordinated, including a pair of neon striped socks and my watermelon Baggu tote (shown above). MEANT TO BE? I THINK SO. Since then this shade of coral has done nothing but grow on me.

Flamingo Boatneck
Also: works with my vintage GAP Jean Jacket. Is it too early to call something I purchased in 2001 “vintage?” I really hope not.

Jade will have an elbow-length sleeve — the length will be a bit shorter than this one — and one of the necklines will be this boat neck style. This version has a visible neckband, and I decided to finish the boat neckline in a completely different way for the pattern (I think you’ll love it!), but there is an optional binding piece so that if you like this you can still make it this way too. We also redrafted the sleeve cap after this version so I think you’ll find that there is substantially less underarm wrinkling in the final version, but it’s not bad for a prototype. Definitely wearable. Can’t wait to unveil more details on the final pattern for you soon!

Flamingo Boatneck

You can follow the Jade hashtag #mbrjade on Instagram to see more peeks at this pattern and tester versions (there’s quite a few already), and sign up for my newsletter here if you want to know right away when this pattern is ready!

Issie Top in Sidewalk Knits

Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

We’ve had a bit of extra yardage from my Sidewalk Knits kicking around for a while, so when Suz of Sew Pony emailed to see if I’d like to try out her new Issie Top pattern for kids, I was excited to try it out with the little shoe print. If you’re not familiar with the Sew Pony brand, it’s got a great lineup of children’s sewing patterns that each have unique details. I especially love that they often have a bit of a retro vibe to them. In this case, however, I thought Clementine would fall for the shoulder ruffles on this cute tee (she did).

Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

I’ll take a minute so you can recover from the shock of how old Clementine looks in these photos. It feels like she’s aged a million years in the last year. She’s definitely grown like a weed — she’s almost as tall as Elliot, who is 2.5 years older than her!!

Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

After a brief warming up period with this top, where she refused to wear it for a couple months and I decided I’d never get a photo of her in it, ever, she tried it on (finally!) and now wears it every week. Welcome to the on again off again relationship that is sewing for my 8.5 year old daughter. I am happy that the size 9 that she measured in the pattern last fall still fits her with plenty of room, so I think she’ll be able to wear it for at least another year. Yay!! for kids’ clothes that fit for a long time, especially handmade ones, amiright?Issie Top in Sidewalk knits

Suz just launched the Jeune Twin Set, a lovely skirt and top pattern, so check that one out! She also kindly offered readers of this blog a 10% discount on the Issie pattern with the code ISSIEBYRAE10.

You can find the Issie Top pattern in the Sew Pony shop!

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

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:

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And just in case you missed these from last week…

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

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

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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.

Snake top by Melissa

Melissa's snake top

Melissa's snake top

When Melissa started working for me about a year and a half ago as a studio assistant, she didn’t know how to sew. It may surprise you, but most of the work of running a small pattern business doesn’t involve sewing. There’s organizing and editing photos, categorizing expenses, printing pattern pieces, taping pattern pieces, cutting fabric, pressing, and plenty of other things to keep an assistant busy, so as far as the sewing goes, I can pretty much manage it by myself. Melissa really wanted to learn how to sew, though, so I’ve been teaching her basics like threading the machine and doing basic stitches. Last semester I decided it would be fun to have her come in a bit early once a week (she usually works a few hours a week, between her classes), so she could work on sewing something fun to wear. The result was this top that she cut and sewed herself, with some coaching and help from me, of course. We picked Astoria from Seamwork to start with.

Melissa's snake top

I showed her how to add 2″ to the length of the bodice (you may remember from my Astoria pencil top that it’s a cropped length, and Melissa is even taller than I am), and I think it was the perfect amount. She picked the long sleeve rather than the 3/4 length, and now I think I need one with long sleeves too. We also flipped the neckband to the inside again, as you can see below.

Melissa's snake top

I love how the snake print from Sidewalk (this print is called “Off the Trail”) looks with her white jeans. So awesome, right? I love how these photos turned out. This girl can rock anything.

Melissa's snake top

I especially love this candid shot I got of her when she was picking music on my iPad at the beginning of the shoot. That red matches the snakes perfectly.

Melissa's snake top

I’m excited to see what she sews up next!! So fun!

I think I might make a tee for Hugo with this print next. What would you make with these snakes??