My Little Gentleman

Did you hear the good news?

Project Run and Play is back again and another season is about to begin! I believe it’s the 15th season and I’m super excited!

I’ve drooled over the amazing makes from past competitors. Jessica from Skirt Fixation is taking over from liZ and Elizabeth of Simple Simon and Company. She’s put a link party on the site for those who want to compete in this round of competition that’s going to happen in March. One person will be chosen by a panel of past competitors.

Soo…I got the crazy idea to try my hand at entering the competition.

Introducing my entry for Season 15 Project Run and Play…

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My Little Gentleman

L has grown up so much since starting Kindergarten. He’s learning his numbers and letters, has started to read, and has matured so much. As a mom, there’s something so beautiful (and yet so sad!) of seeing your baby grow up.

My brother is getting married in the beginning of May and I’ve made it my personal goal to make an outfit for all four of our boys for the wedding. L’s outfit is the first one. I’ll probably make neckties for all of the boys too, but for now I’m calling it done.

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L’s pants started out with a pair of my brother’s pants that I repurposed. I used the Dax Trousers by Gracious Threads. This was a fun and rewarding sew. Jessica is great at walking you through the steps and the welt pockets and working zipper fly went together easily with her great instructions. I added a fun pop of colour with some navy cotton fabric for the waistband and pocket linings. I love the extra pop of colour that you wouldn’t find in store-bought pants. I added an adjustable waistband since my 5 year old still likes to pull his pants on without bothering with the button and zipper.

Next, I sewed the Basic Blazer by Blank Slate Patterns. This is the second blazer that I’ve sewn with this pattern and I love how versatile Melly’s patterns are. I changed up the pockets for a different look from the welt pockets. I actually used the pocket pattern pieces included with the blazer and curved the bottoms to get the pocket shape. L measured in the size 4 range, but I added 3.5 inches to the pattern pieces to get the right length for his tall, slender frame. I repurposed a men’s shirt for the jacket lining. Actually… the only fabric that I purchased for this outfit was the navy twill for the blazer.

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Well… here’s to hoping for another great season of Project Run and Play! Even if I don’t get chosen to compete, I look forward to following along (and maybe even sewing along!).

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Marigold Dress

I sewed myself a dress! I’m always skeptical of sewing for myself because it never fits quite right and I’m never completely satisfied…until now that is!

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I love this dress and I’m so glad I went for it. The Marigold by Blank Slate Patterns is a must sew. It’s a great fit and very easy to customize. But, to be honest, I haven’t sewed one thing from Blank Slate Patterns that I haven’t absolutely loved.

Melly is great at walking through each step and there are plenty of Marigold dresses on Pinterest to give you an idea of how it will fit and look with different fabrics.

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I used snaps for the sleeve cuff for easy dressing for myself and skipped buttons on the bodice placket since I wear a camisole underneath. I lined my navy rayon with a cotton for added warmth. I ended up basting the top pieces together and following the pattern as written. The skirt I gathered the lining and rayon fabric separately.

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I love how easy and neatly this dress came together! I have some fabric waiting already for my next dress. I’m hoping to make a short-sleeved version for the summer months.

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Overall, this dress was a success! I definitely recommend the Marigold and love how it fits, sews, and comes together so nicely.

Busy Sewing!

Some weeks it’s hard to find time to sew. This wasn’t one of those weeks for me. Although my week was still plenty busy with running around and regular routine, the urge to sew this past week was strong :).

First up…a little dress. I was looking through my patterns debating whether or not to make something for myself and instead I opted for sewing a gift. This dress is a size 3 from New Look 6854. I tacked some ribbon bows to the shoulders for added interest.

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The fabric was from the line Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts. I loved how soft and cute this fabric was!

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Next up… nursing pads. I intended to give these as a gift to my pregnant friend, but didn’t have a cute bag to put them when we got together to go maternity shopping (my intention was to make a cute drawstring bag for them…great for throwing them in the laundry as well).

I traced around a CD to get the round shape, sewed darts in each piece, and serged around the edges. I have 3 layers of flannel (for absorption) and 1 layer of fleece (a great water repellent).

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I used up quite a few of my flannel scraps for these nursing pads. It feels great to get rid of some of my scrap pile and know they’re going to be useful at the same time!

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Finally…a top for myself. I rarely sew clothing for myself. I don’t know…I may be hooked! I had this fabric for a while in my cupboard and I’m glad now that I used it up! It’s a super soft pointe de roma (a thick knit fabric which was super easy to sew with) and it makes this tshirt so comfortable! I used the breezy top pattern found at It’s Always Autumn. I modified it slightly by making it more narrow and lengthened it by 5 inches and added ruching to the sides for added interest. This top is super roomy on me and oh so comfy!

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I struggled at first with the double needle on my machine, but when the kiddos were in bed and the house was quiet, I managed to conquer the technique. I’m really happy with how the hem and sleeves turned out. The neckline was probably the nicest neck to date that I’ve made. So, overall a success!

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Until next time,

Rachel

Lined Baby Sleep Sack: An Afternoon Project

I’ve decided that once I’ve started to sewing for babies, I can’t stop! There’s something really fun about sewing something miniature and cute! It doesn’t hurt that they’re usually a quick and fun sewing project :).

I used this tutorial for this 0-3 month sleep sack.

Since this sleep sack is intended for a baby that is going to be born in the cold winter months here in Canada, I chose a super cozy chenille for the outside fabric and a breathable cotton for the inner fabric.

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I kept things simple this time with a classic white for the inner and outer fabric. I have made this sleep sack with a cute owl and bird applique, but I was on a time constraint to get it done so maybe next time!

Until next time,

Rachel

Cloth Baby Shoes- An Afternoon Project

So, my baby turned four yesterday! Lots of fun was had here at our house and now it’s time to wind down and get back into the normal rhythm.

Also, great news came in the form of a phone call from my maid of honour on Sunday! They’re expecting a baby in January and I couldn’t be happier for them! My maid of honour and her husband have been close friends since high school so it’s even more exciting to be able to raise our children with theirs. I’m through the roof excited!

So, naturally with baby on the brain, I had to get my baby sewing fix in! Since my sewing time has been minimal this past week, I wanted a quick and easy afternoon of sewing. It turns out that I had cut the fabric pieces for this project and had left them in a plastic bag with the pattern. So I grabbed the pattern pieces and got to sewing. An hour later (with a few distractions from the kiddos) the shoes were sewn! Now to decide who to gift them too- my super cute nephew or my expectant maid of honour. I may be making a few more before their baby is here!

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These shoes are great for using up scraps. I used scraps of flannel (boyish print and green) and batting scraps for the sole insides.

The free pattern for these shoes can be found here.

Until next time,

Rachel

On the Sewing Table: Birthday Quilt/Play Mat

My oldest is going to be 4 next week! It’s so much fun seeing him grow up before our eyes.

With his birthday coming up, I’ve been setting aside presents for him. We, as a general rule of thumb, don’t go super extravagant for birthdays in our house whether it be gifts or party decor. We keep it pretty low key- as in family comes over and we have a good time with a few presents for the birthday boy.

So when I went to a local quilt show and stumbled on a road map panel for a bargain price ($4 for 2 yards!, yeah!), I instantly thought that it would be great for L’s birthday. Here’s a sneak peak at how I put it together:

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I marked this quilt with a piece of a regular soap bar which works great! I measured every 6 inches and drew a grid over the entire quilt.

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I trimmed the edges when everything was marked and pin basted.
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Here’s a closeup of the backing- just a big enough piece of fabric from my stash.
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This is how I stitch my quilts together on my regular sewing machine. Lap and twin sized quilts are my preferred size for this method although I have finished a queen sized quilt like this as well.

Just thought I would give you a quick look into my sewing for the week! When it’s completed, I hope to get a quick picture of it with the birthday boy which I’ll show to you in a later post.

Hope you’re having a good sewing week as well!

Until next time,

Rachel

Oliver + S Bucket Hat Pattern Review- With a Crazy Twist!

With the warmer weather here, I’m a little behind on summer clothes for our boys. This season has definitely sneaked up on me! So, I’ve been eyeing some patterns to get me through the transition from long pants and sleeves to shorts and t-shirts. With this summery season upon us, the sun’s rays are something I need to keep an eye on especially with fair-skinned little boys. So, that led me to the Oliver+S reversible hat.

I had the pattern printed and went to grab my fabric choices. With three boys, I usually have quite a stash of boyish prints and solids ready for the next project. My only problem is that after a while that stash begins to diminish (while the girly prints seem to be growing for some reason- maybe time for me to stop buying all those irresistibly cute flowers and bows for a while :)). Anyways, I had a huge pile of small scraps from recent projects for the boys which I decided were taking up too much space and needed to go!

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I decided to make some fabric from all my scraps and give it a crazy quilt look. Never crazy quilted? It’s loads of fun and very therapeutic, in my opinion. It’s also a break-the-rules kind of quilting where you don’t need to measure (or you can…if that’s your thing!) and you can just sit and mindlessly sew. Don’t know how? I’ll try my best to explain…and if you would rather watch a video to get the concept, Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company does a really great job of it here  (I love watching these videos and how down-to- earth normal Jenny is!).

(Just a note- I skipped the interfacing that the pattern called for because I had extra weight due to the crazy quilting.)

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1. Cut your pattern pieces out of scrap fabric (this will be your background fabric). Cut around the pattern pieces with an extra 1/2 inch.
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2. Cut your first piece of scrap fabric and lay on the background fabric. I cut mine roughly and made it 5 sided.
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3. Grab another scrap piece of fabric and lay it on one of the 5 sides. Pin in place if desired.
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4. With a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch a straight line along the 2 scraps of fabric.
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5. Flip over the 2nd piece of fabric and press.
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6. Grab a third scrap of fabric and repeat numbers 4 & 5.
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7. Repeat all the way around the first piece of fabric until your pattern piece is covered.
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8. Trim extra bits of fabric in your seam allowances when needed to reduce bulk.
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9. This is the finished pattern piece waiting to be trimmed up.
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10. Trim your fabric by pinning your paper pattern on top and trimming the excess.
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11. When all of your pattern pieces are crazy quilted, finish the hat following the directions provided.

And here’s the end result :

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Pattern Review:

Sewability: I thought this pattern was well put together! I’m definitely planning on making more hats for the boys in the very near future. I love that it’s a quick project that can be done while the kiddos are sleeping.

Skill level: I would recommend this pattern for those with a little sewing background. That being said, it’s a very easy project for adventurous beginners. Plus, Oliver+S has a great forum on their site if any questions arise while in the middle of sewing their patterns. For example, I was thinking that I wanted to add straps to the next hat I sew and there were some helpful hints on their site on how to do just that!

Overall review: Great pattern! I’m definitely recommending this one for any and all that are interested! Great pattern to see what Oliver+S has to offer.

Price:FREE! You can’t beat that!