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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

SPAAAAAAACE!

The title comes from my son’s favorite joke…

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?

Space.

Space who?

SPAAAaaaAAACE!!!!

 

 

There is a very important 5th birthday coming up at our house and I have been busy with all thoughts Solar System.

*Can a sand pit be a Lunar Landing?

* Can a plastic riding car be a foil wrapped Space Ship?

*Can I convince everyone party favors are Planets?

YES IS THE ANSWER!

Clearly the party is for a boy and I wanted to make a simple little party favor the kids they could wear, but I was at a loss. What could I make? I knew there was an answer, and then I thought of it. Boy Space Bracelets!

I know everyone makes felt flowers and dolls and hair clips…but it’s time to represent the boys!!

I PRESENT BOY SPACE BRACELETS!

I know these will be a hit because my hair ties disappear faster than a tidy bookshelf.

I was so excited I had these guys cut out within a couple hours. I won’t lie…it was a blast looking up fun symbols related to space expoloration. I am proud to have remembered star trek and NASA badges. I made a couple extra in case the adults feel compelled to steal some.

Reluctantly I embroidered all 10, mostly because I don’t have a glue gun and I didn’t want to wait until morning to find one. And after a few miss-haps trying to find/make a bracelet I just went with plain old elastic (but I did have to pick out about 3 meters of stitches first from previous fails). The elastic looks best out of everything I tried and it is most comfortable for the kid’s wrists.


 

I am pretty happy with these, now I just have to plan everything else. Should be a fun shin-dig!

Thanks for taking a look!