My son, Bubba (you guys know that is not his real name, right?) is amazing….I love him to pieces. Okay…I’m going to go off on a tangent real quick. I decided to call him Bubba on the blog here, because that is what my Grandpa used to call him. (He passed away this past year, but I can still hear him saying, “Bubba, come give me a kiss.” You couldn’t leave Grandpa’s house without giving him a kiss.) Okay, back to Bubba. He has an amazing personality. His personality exudes “I don’t care what you think about me….I know I am awesome.” But that “I’m not going to follow the crowd” attitude is combined with a gentle, compassionate soul. He is pretty awesome (but I am his mom…I’m sure all moms think that about their kids, at least I hope they do). Well one of his favorite things to do is paddle board, so I thought I would make him a paddle board t shirt. I sewed up this gray v neck t shirt (from a vintage Simplicity 9996 pattern), had my husband draw me a silhouette of Bubba paddle boarding, cut away the design from freezer paper and painted away. Can you guys see the freezer paper stencil on this shirt? Yeah, I can’t either, but I know it is there, and more importantly Bubba knows it is there. Other than my lack of forethought on the fact that black fabric paint won’t show on dark gray fabric, I love this shirt. And Bubba loves that his shirt holds a secret design. When the light hits it right, you can see the design, maybe! And Bubba, being his strong little personality, won’t care if you can see it or not; He knows it is a paddle boarding shirt and that is all that matters!
It’s Kids Clothes Week…and this is my first time participating! I have been a spectator many other times, but I am happy to pledge to sew one hour a day, every day of this week just for my kiddos. Yesterday was the first day my kids were back from Camp Grandma, and they were exhausted. Both of the kiddos slept in ’til past 10 am, which gave me a lot of sewing time. Sweet Pea is in need of some shorts and I had picked up this vintage pattern from the thrift store a few weeks ago.
This is the first time I have made real shorts, with a real fly, and it actually wasn’t that difficult! The previous owner of the pattern had written in a few notes and added a little pattern modification, which I followed. I think the fly looks good, and amazingly it functions…I’m floored! This pattern also had a faux cuff at the bottom, which I love. And the fabric, I’m a little jealous I used these for Sweet Pea’s shorts. I would love a pair of shorts in this blue floral fabric. A pattern for me would not have fit on that tiny bit of fabric I had left; I barely squeezed these shorts out of the fabric I had.
I think another pair of shorts will be cranked out this week, maybe next time in pink. I am pledging, though to sew for both of my kids, so my goal is to alternate one item for Sweet Pea followed by one item for Bubba. I’ll keep you posted every day this week on my kids clothes sewing endeavors! Have you joined in the challenge? What are you sewing this week?
This week the kiddos have been off at Camp Grandma’s. It’s a tradition my mother in law started five years ago; Sweet Pea and Bubba are invited every summer to spend a week at Grandma’s, no parents allowed. The first few days this week, I was kind of floundering while Josh was at work, lost without a schedule and a super quiet house. Then I decided to make myself a to do list, and man I have accomplished a lot.
The sewing machine and I have spent many hours together this week, daylight hours, which is unheard of here! One thing on my to do list was to test out April Rhodes’ newest pattern, The Date Night Dress. The pattern is still in the making, and is due to release this month. Oh, what a great pattern this is. April’s directions are incredibly thorough, kind of like she is standing by your side guiding you through each step. She explains how to make a box pleat, french seams, hem a curved edge, and every step has a picture to accompany the written instructions. And the dress, isn’t it cute! It has a slight high low hemline and very feminine fluttering sleeves. The dress has a low opening on the side, so a slip is required, and April has given instructions and a pattern to make that as well. I have already made two slips, and I love them just as much as the dress. I think it’s very appropriate that I’ve had a chance to sew up this Date Night Dress, when Josh and I have had many dates this week while the kids are off at Camp Grandma’s! We have one more night out planned before we are off to pick up the kiddos!
Back when I started this blog, one of the first projects I planned to post about was an Archer. Jen had just released her button up shirt pattern and I quickly bought it! She announced she was going to have a sew along, so I waited a day or two for the sew along and then started on my first Archer. I was a bit impatient, and quickly sewed up my Archer, without waiting for all of the sew along steps. Saying that I needed the extra advice would be an understatement. The front button placket was sewn on incorrectly, the collar was wonky, the fit was not great. It ended up going in the trash after a couple wears.
So this time when I started another Archer, I slowly worked through it, making sure I paid attention to tiny little details. And this time I feel like I got it spot on! I did french seams on the inside, matched my pattern at every seam, and in general, just took my time and avoided the urge to rush through this project! I LOVE how this one turned out.
It was not the easiest sew. This is a slippery chiffon material, making everything a bit of a nightmare. It was difficult to cut out, difficult to iron, difficult to match seams. I wish I could say I only added one pocket because I like that better as a design, but truly, I was just tired of working with this material when it came time to iron and sew on the second pocket. I think I could learn a few life lessons from sewing this shirt! I need to remind myself to slow down….take your time!
The other day I went to Hobby Lobby and found this super soft gray knit in the remnant bin. I snatched it up with plans to make a t shirt.
When I got home, I unrolled the fabric, only to find it was a little small. There was no way I could make a t shirt out of this cut of fabric (unless it was for one of Sweet Pea’s dolls). I couldn’t get my mind off of the gray t shirt I wanted, so I started to think about piecing together a shirt.
I used that small piece of gray knit to piece together the front of the t shirt and then found some blue and white striped knit in my stash to piece together the back!
I love how it turned out. Sometimes accidents bring out the best finished product. With the little bit of striped fabric left over, I cut out a tiny pocket to sew to the front! When Josh was taking these photos, the wind was incredible! He loved how my bangs would stand straight up…I just had to include a pic of my great hair day!