Halloween Edition

Here we are, the weekend before Halloween! I don’t know about you, but our costumes get loads of action the week before Halloween. We are headed to our 3rd party tonight so I wanted to share the costumes the kids had this year.

I admit I favor the simple way you can put together a fun costume, and then we are not limited to what is sold in stores.

This year we have a purple bunny, black cat, and black bat. I used the classic PJ pattern from Peekaboo patterns. I sized up and that seem to do the trick — some fun costumes that will be worn as pajamas all winter as well!

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They are all made out of fleece and I assure you no coats are needed this year as the kids all seem to be pretty hot when taking them off. Simple props were all that was needed, wings, a tail, a bunny hat…

Hope you all have a fabulous & safe Halloween!!

Laura

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Roaming Buffalo Plaid

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I’m Pretty excited about this project. I had some awesome blue buffalo plaid in flannel that everyone has had their eye on but I held off using it until I came across some vintage patterns. Blue is the new favorite color of my son so here we go.

Simplicity 9595  1970

boy coat20170917_10051720170917_10070420170917_095731A labor of love for sure, I quilted the flannel to some batting (I was going to use the batting to make a blanket for the kids when I realized that is never going to happen), and used a turquoise poly/cotton material for the lining.

There are some fun details on this coat; the sewn in elastic on the bottom, the pleat I added on the inside for flexibility, a cool flap for the snaps closure, & patch pockets. I changed the zipper front to snaps.20170919_145831(0)This is a very sturdy coat and could be worn for a lot of the dry cold winter days.  One thing I love about these children’s vintage patterns is that they come in only one size so there is no guilt about cutting into it (and ruining other sizes), and also the directions are so easy for me to follow since not every detail is lined out. It assumes you know what you want and it is surprisingly refreshing.

We tried out this new coat on a crisp fall day in the apple fields…20170923_10463920170923_10530020170923_11325220170923_10480520170923_105755(1)I’ll be honest, I am obsessed with this coat, and I am not the only one! I now have an order from my husband for a matching grown up version!!

What? Has the day arrived where my macho mate wants to be twinsies with his boy!

So lots of fun fall sewing ahead for me. A very cozy time of year.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

–Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Purple Dress

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So I had good reason to sew up a new little outfit… our 12 year anniversary was a few weeks ago and we had a fun outing planned without kids! How fun to be us!

I made McCalls 7159, a pattern I planned to use for everyday dresses.

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However, I was short material on my original pattern and improvised with this McCalls. It worked out well. A nice simple dress as I had anticipated.

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This is a wrap around so it is a little flattering. Also a pleat in the back that gives lots of room for moving around. Overall this still feels very casual and I do wish I had made something a bit more fancy for my date.

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And where did we go you may ask…the Circus of course!!

Cirque Du Soleil was in town and we absolutely loved it. Such a great time to reconnect on something fun.

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Laura

Eclipse Baby, Yeah!

So here we are at the solar eclipse 2017! There has been a lot of hype for our Oregon state as we are the first ones to get the show. I must have subconsciously known to hold off on this sewing project, because really — wolf’s with sunglasses…it’s too perfect!

20170821_085725This is McCall’s 6099 and I will say the pattern runs very wide so I’ll be cutting down the width in the next shirt. The wolf was so cute and a great ‘buy on a whim’ for a boy. Can you find the pocket? Probably not, it’s a green wolf on the left to help you out.

20170821_090039(0)I thought it would be fun to take photos during the eclipse so some of the pics were quite dark, whereas the sunny spots came out blurry as the camera tried to adjust itself. ( I guess I know for the next eclipse in 70 years).

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It was pretty fun even though we stayed low key; snacks on the back patio, kids jumping around.

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About 99% lunar eclipse here.

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The birds (and kids) got real wild and loud up until it got dark-ish…then silence.

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Overall a fun day for science exploring (explaining) and I’m happy to have made this souvenir for a boy who might remember this day in years to come!

-Laura

Muted May Colors

And here we are in May, my favorite month, my birthday month. It’s when you can really get a taste for what the summer will hold.

I just can’t get enough of these two together!! So this will be a double feature…

The dress is McCalls 7115. It’s a cute summer dress or shorts romper.

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I wanted to try this out before cutting into a more expensive fabric and I had just recently purchased this lightweight green cotton at the bargain store so it seemed a good fit. I love the army green color on this design.

It’s very loose and comfortable, however I may sew 2 size smaller next time since it seems a little too loose.

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This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!

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Next up is a fabulous wool coat!

But why a wool coat when the days are warming to a toasty 80*?? Because I can… and also because of camping…

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So the story here is I am part of a facebook sewing group and everyone is raving about their vintage wool blanket finds from thrift stores. I thought I want a a vintage wool blanket!! So I promptly went out to find one — this really heavy pink one.

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When I got home I realized no child would want to wear THIS thick of a wool cape, coat, skirt, anything. I decided I could try an adult coat and see how it goes. Luckily I did because I LOVE this thing!!

I grabbed a denim pattern (butterick 257) from the mid 90’s and gave this sucker a try. It is heavy and stiff and half way through making it I realized there has never been a better camping jacket. The sleeves even stop at the 3/4 length so as to keep my new coat out of the dirt and grim.

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The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.

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Naturally I had to line this thing. I had no idea that the wool would still itch through the beige fabric!! Still looks great and the itch factor is tolerable.20170522_085525

This pattern did not include a lining so I quickly looked up the basics on this tutorial. Basically adjust the armhole a little and include a gusset on the back.

I did both those things and it must have worked because I do not notice any hindrances.

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I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!

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Thanks for taking a look.

-Laura

 

Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!

 

 

 

 

Summer Top

I was excited to try a pattern from a Japanese  sewing book I gifted myself over Christmas, from Yoshiko Tsukiori, Stylish Dress Book.

It seemed like a bargain to get over 20 patterns for $12, but now I see that there is quite a bit of work in tracing and cutting a template. However we are always trying to learn new things aren’t we! I like to think of this simple top as a great candidate for the 4th of July!

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I appreciate the darts in this loose style, without them it would be too baggy.

My ruffles leave room for improvement…

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This top was a quick make and so it shall be a quick blog post too!

Thanks for taking a look-see.

Laura

 

Two From Seamwork

Hello everyone,

I have a complete outfit to show you today! These are both from Seamwork magazine that I just subscribed to. It’s a fun way for me to try lots of simple patterns that are quick to sew up.

The first one is the Akita from Collette patterns.

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I think I like it. Simple, easy to construct, fits well.

The odd thing about this pattern is there is only one pattern piece!! That means you can’t use it for one-direction fabrics. Also the instructions have a very odd idea about using bias tape along all seams. I tried it on the first one, but will be using my own ideas next time.

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I will need to go up another size on the next one, to a 10.

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The next pattern is Moji from the same Seamwork/Collette pattern company.

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This is my second pair. The first was a disaster that cannot really be worn. I looked up how to do a Full Butt Adjustment and it helped tremendously. I do believe I need another small FBA because they run a little tight still. I am not sure if I will do another pair.

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This picture shows my point although in all fairness there is 0% give in this grey material. Luckily I had purchased enough discount/trial fabric for 2 separate pants. I’m just not sure I am a fan of these on me. Also the tie waist does not seem to secure on my waist very well.

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I will give the Akita Blouse another go. It’s comfortable and casual and a quick sew.

The Moji Pants I will have to pass on in the future. Not the pattern for my shape.

 

Thank you for stopping by and having a look.

-Laura