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Wedding suit for Liam

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Here is where I admit that I am a big fat cheater when it comes to Kids’ Clothes Week. I pretty much NEVER sew an hour a day for a week when it comes around. For example, this time I spent roughly 4-5 hours total on the Saturday and Sunday BEFORE Kids’ Clothes Week, and I am totally counting that as my participation for this round. I regret nothing.

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(In my defense, I have a full-time job that keeps me out of the house 50 hours a week.)

Anyway, because I’m a totally reasonable person, I decided to make L a suit for a wedding we went to this weekend. Kev was planning on wearing his brown suit soooooo… brown suit it is! I found this polyester suiting fabric at Jo-Ann’s. I know, polyester suit, UGH… but I am pretty sure I would never pay the premium for high quality fabric for toddler formal wear. I just don’t have it in me. This fabric, though, is super staticky and frays like mad. EVERY seam was either french seamed or serged, let me tell you that.

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I used the Basic Blazer pattern from Blank Slate Patterns (same as his corduroy blazer from Christmas) and I still love it. My welt pockets turned out MUCH better this time – still not perfect but definitely an improvement. I lined it with this fun poplin from the new Lisette collection for Jo-Ann’s. I feel like it makes the brown suit a little more… toddler-friendly.

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His pants were the usual Parsley Pants from Made by Rae. I left the pockets off and used flat fell seams on the inseam. I hemmed them with a blind hem by hand.

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I’m realized that I totally have enough fabric to make a vest for him too. I bought Simplicity 4762 a few months ago to sew a Christmas present (actually I have a few finishing touches to add to it, oops!) and it was actually really easy so I might make it! Although now that the wedding is done, I’m not sure if he’ll have occasion to wear a three-piece suit while this still fits him. Friends and family, please get married this year!

I bought tan Sperry’s for him to wear but they were too small! When did we discover this? Why, at the hotel fifteen minutes before ceremony, of course. (What respectable mother doesn’t have her child try something on – especially shoes – ahead of time? Just me, probably.)

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He ended up wearing his red Converse which, in my opinion, turned out way cuter. He got compliments all day long.

Below is the only shot I got of him standing up in the suit and it is, forgive me, a cell phone shot AND in an elevator.

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In case you’re wondering, the bow tie stayed on the entire time. How much longer can I expect this to continue? This is a magical time.


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Star Wars pajamas

Happy Snow Day, friends! We’re stuck at home with 5 inches of snow. I’m trying to do some work-from-home, Kev is building Liam’s big boy bed (sob), and Liam is mainly trying (and succeeding at) distracting me from work.

I always want to sew something for Liam for special occasions, and I feel like PJs are a perfect Christmas present. (I know I love getting PJs at Christmas, and somehow my family never fails me in that regard. Every year!) So I made Star Wars flannel pajamas for Liam!

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This fabric is from Jo-Ann’s. I’ve been eyeing it for years and finally bought two yards!

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I didn’t make any changes to my Oliver + S School Days shirt hack except for lengthening the bodice, and I cut a 3T using Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern – boy is getting too tall for his own good!

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Not much else to say about these PJs except Kevin said they look like prison pajamas, but he’s evil and mean, so what does he know? Ok, they totally do. But I still love them and I hope Liam does too!

This picture makes me laugh… he’s making the pirate nutcracker ride the reindeer. I think the French nutcracker is helping him up too.

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Parsley Parsley Pants

As soon as I saw Rae’s Parsley Pants, I knew I needed to make them in green for Liam. What kid doesn’t want green pants?

I found a bright green bull denim at Jo-Ann’s. First of all, let me just advise against using this fabric. It starts out very stiff, eventually softening up after several washings… but only after turning absolutely everything light-colored in your laundry GREEN. I mean, they’ve gone through the wash at least 5 times now and they’re still turning things green.

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It ain’t easy being green. Kermit would know.

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I tried out the pintucks and I love them!

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The bull denim fades a lot too, which is kind of nice looking, but makes the pants much more casual.

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I wanted to add patch pockets but UGH the bull denim! *shakes fist* It was way too thick for my machine to handle all the layers after the pockets had been assembled.

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But green pants!

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Even better when you’ve got fruit snacks!

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And yes, he totally ate that.


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Flannel PJs for L

Well, I’ve gone and outed myself to friends & family. I finally let them all know that I blog about my sewing adventures here. I guess I have to stop using swear words. Not that I do much. One time I accidentally dropped the F-bomb when my mom was in the room and she yelled at me to go to my room. This was last year. In my home.

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Anyway it’s been getting cold here so I decided to make some flannel pajamas for L. I hacked the Oliver + S Sketchbook shirt pattern that I just used for Fix-It Felix, Jr. and finally got around to using Rae’s Parsley Pants pattern for pajama pants.

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I found this flannel at Jo-Ann’s – can’t find it online but keep an eye out for sales on flannel! I used two yards.

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Weirdly enough, I’ve never made L pajama pants so it was really refreshing to sew these up so quickly! I also hemmed them by machine while I normally do a blind hem by hand on most of his pants.

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I drafted a new back pattern piece for these pajamas as I didn’t think the yoke and back pleat were necessary, and I just thought it might be a little more comfortable for L. It was a pretty easy pattern hack: I just overlapped the yoke and back pieces 1 inch to remove the seam allowance and followed the pattern edge so they matched up. I cut it with a straight hem all around. I traced it on to freezer paper so I can make this up again quickly! I’m tempted to shove everything off my queue and just make these PJs over and over again.

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I don’t know why PJs always have a little breast pocket. Who would put something there?

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I went with the hexagon snaps again… I can’t help it. Sometimes L is a struggle to get PJs on so I thought snaps would shave off a couple of seconds.

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Oh my God these moose are just killing me.

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This boy cracks me up too.

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I made this the background on my phone, because how could I not smile when I look at this fantastic smile?

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Blurry but MELTS MY HEART.

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These PJs are perfect for snuggling with Daddy.


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Chambray Parsley Pants

I think baby pants are probably my favorite clothing item to make. They’re so easy, and there are so many ways to personalize them.

Take the Parsley Pants – I made a pair out of my new beloved Robert Kaufman chambray in about 2 hours. They looked amaaaazing and beautiful and pretty darn professional, if you ask me. (Beneath them is the pair of gray linen-cotton blend pants I hinted at during last KCW but never blogged. I had planned on taking pictures of them too but we had to run out and I didn’t get a chance to take photos of L wearing them.)

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Then I realized they were too big. Blah.

I just guessed that L would be a 3T since he has some retail 2Ts that are getting too small so I just sized up. Unfortunately they are too big and I was so so sad. That’s what I get for all this naptime-sewing… I don’t get to fit the clothes to him as I sew! Luckily he’ll have pants for next year too.

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I’m running low on my tag supply… must make more! I’m thinking of going with see kate sew’s method.

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I made them flat front with the pouch pockets, and I lined the pockets with some leftover Star Wars blueprint fabric (from Rosie’s Washi). Husband was tickled by the idea of the pants holding the hidden secret plans to the Death Star. And yes, I made both pairs of pants exactly the same way. This is an AT-AT foot. I may have cut the pockets lining out upside down. Oops.

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Little man styling the pants. He’s finally at the point where he knows to ham it up for the camera, which is hilarious and fun. He was a bit distracted this time with his toothbrush. Right now he’s going through a loves-brushing-his-teeth phase, bless him.

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Another phase he’s going through right now? Everything-is-a-sword phase. Especially wooden spoons.

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Little Converse. I’ve bought him a pair since he was I think a size 4? We’re on size 8 now (and I’ve already bought 9 and 10) and it’s still the most adorable thing in the world.

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Verdict? These pants are AWESOME. I don’t ever want to buy pants for L again. I have plans for these again in fine wale corduroy and flannel for PJs!