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small fry skinny cords

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I’ve been following along with Laura (of Craftstorming and Titchy Threads)’s Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern tour this week, and the theme I’ve noticed among participants thus far seems to be “Holy #@!%, I just made JEANS!” Well I’m here to echo that same statement – I can’t believe I made these puppies.

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I really can’t take any credit, though – Laura has created a pattern with all the professional details and finishing techniques of store-bought jeans, and she tells you exactly how to make it happen. It’s a commitment, but it’s so completely worth it. The whole process was kind of exhilarating, and I feel a little giddy just thinking about those flat-felled seams. Granted, I haven’t accomplished a whole lot in my life – but I’m telling you, finishing these pants felt kind of huge.

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Don’t worry though, there was nothing inherently difficult about making them – it’s all very approachable, and you can dial in your own difficulty level by choosing from the multiple options included with the pattern.

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I went with the half-fly (zip fly is another option), the inset and coin pockets (patch pockets are also included), belt loops, and all the top-stitching. BTW, I came dangerously close to running out of top-stitching thread. Listen to Laura when she tells you to buy two spools.

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Anyway, yes, these were time-consuming. Cases in point: I marked a lot of my top-stitching lines with a fabric pen to get them even. I performed a multitude of thread changes between regular and top-stitching thread. I pulled to the inside and tied off my top-stitching threads to avoid back-stitching. I stayed up very late.

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I know this type of thing is probably not for everyone, and that a lot of people might say it’s ridiculous to spend three nights on a pair of pants you could buy for $12 at Old Navy. But I can’t help it, this level of detailed sewing makes me happy. I caught myself smiling and feeling all accomplished as these came together, and I’m pretty sure no Old Navy jeans that could evoke any of that.

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I don’t have any details about the fabric – it’s just some plain old brown corduroy with a little stretch. And I made them in 18-24 months to make sure there was plenty of ease around his chubby belly and thighs. I love how they fit.

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Oh – and one last brilliant feature of this pattern is that you can now print each size separately (here’s how).

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Laura is offering 20% off the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern during the tour – enter TOUR20 at checkout to get your discount. Personally, I think this pattern is well worth it’s $10 price tag, so I’d cash in on the discount while you can!

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Paisley Roots RebekahSews Handmade by Brienne If Only They Would Nap Mingo & Grace La gang à Nat Lexi Made Sutures & Sandpaper Elsie Marley Probably Actually Groovybaby and mama 2 Little Hooligans Sew Jereli Kitschy Coo Sew a Straight Line A Jennuine Life Lauren Dahl Miss Matatabi Welcome to the Mouse House Things for Boys Skirt As Top sewpony Charming Doodle EmmylouBeeDoo Caila Made Heidi and Finn Max California Petit à Petit and Family Sewing Like Mad I Seam Stressed

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I’ve seen plenty of Milo vests pop up, but this version could not be ignored. Luckily my mom and I were in agreement, and she knit one for Oscar.

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The link to the Marching Elephants chart in the original post didn’t work, so we had to do some digging. Here’s the chart if you’re looking.

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We used different yarn, but as you can tell, it’s pretty similar to the original one I pinned – silver elephants on teal. If you’re logged in to Ravelry, you can browse lots of other nice color combinations here.

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There’s something so cute about babies (yeah okay, toddlers) in sweater vests, and I love how it fits all snug around his enormous middle. I can’t offer any hard evidence, but I’m pretty sure this kid is way outperforming his peers in belly circumference.

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I wanted to make something for Lila to wear on Valentine’s Day. It was supposed to be pink or red or covered in hearts, but try as I might, nothing brilliant came to me. So instead I just finished the Oliver + S Roller Skate dress I cut out and abandoned during Kids Clothes Week. I had major trouble getting motivated for this round of KCW – I guess sometimes you feel like sewing, and sometimes you feel like watching bad TV.

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Anyway, it’s my second try at this pattern, and I really like the Roller Skate dress. It’s simple to put together, very customizable, and uses only a yard of main fabric for a size 4 – it’s really rare to be able to make a dress with just a yard anymore. I made View B with the neck facing but left out the notch, much like I do on just about every pattern that includes a notch.

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She’s about to size out of the smaller range in most Oliver + S patterns, but this size 4 actually came out pretty roomy. I like the fact that it can be worn with a shirt underneath, too.

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The fabric is a chambray stretch shirting from Robert Kaufman (available here). It’s very lightweight and drapey, and I think it worked pretty well with a lined dress like this one. I’m always looking for good chambrays, and I’m hoping this one will wrinkle less than Essex linen.

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And those colorful half-square triangles are Gem in Mango from Helens Garden by Tamara Kate, which I bought to make a skirt but decided I could spare a little bit for the facing. It doesn’t take much, and I wanted to use something that would stand out since the dress is otherwise very simple. I added the ribbon (another option in the pattern) for that reason, too – it just needed a little extra color.

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That’s all. Many more dresses to come, I hope.

koi canvas floor cushion

Rae made me do it.

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I immediately fell in love with the big velveteen square floor cushion she posted on Instagram a few months ago, and as luck would have it, she wrote up a great tutorial for making one of my very own!

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The cool thing about this cushion is that it’s pretty sizable, but only takes one (albeit entire) yard of fabric. I chose It’s a Plus from the Koi Canvas collection by Rashida Coleman Hale. It’s her final line with Cloud 9 Fabrics and I’m excited to see what she has in store with Cotton+Steel this spring. Her designs are beautiful and the canvas was just right for a cushion like this.

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You’ll also need four yards of 6/32″ piping – I was really hoping to find it pre-made, but no luck, I had to do it myself. Not my idea of a good time (I kind of hate it, in fact), but I do think the bigger piping looks nice. If you make your own and use this size piping, I’d recommend cutting your bias strips 1.5″ wide rather than 1.25″ – those ended up too narrow to accommodate my piping cord and still end up with 3/8″ seam allowance. But I already put my 1.25″ bias strips to use on another project, so it’s all okay.

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There was a lot of indecision when it came to filling this thing – Rae used fabric scraps to stuff hers, and there’s no shortage of those around here. I wish I were the type of person who could do that without over-thinking it, but I’m a horrible saver of things, and I just couldn’t pull the trigger.

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But then we were snowed in for days and I couldn’t get out to buy fiberfill, and that empty shell of a floor cushion was just begging to be stuffed. Or maybe Lila was begging to stuff it, I can’t remember.

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So we started filling it, selectively, with fabric scraps. Then we cut up some unused sweatshirt fleece. And some cotton batting. And some poly batting. And then when I thought it was finished, I stuffed it some more. But it still wasn’t full enough (this thing is big!), so my lovely neighbor trekked over in the snow with her batting. Lila helped with the cutting and the stuffing, which made it a great snow day activity…of which we were forced to come up with many over the course of the past five days. Our list included heart shaped anything and everything, more Hidden Pictures than ever thought humanly possible, crying our eyes out watching Charlotte’s Web, and around 236 other things. Snow is exhausting.

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Anyway, this cushion is already well loved around here – I half-heartedly tried to sell it as a reading pillow, but there’s nothing she’d rather do than jump from point A to point B, especially when point B is an enormous pillow on the floor, so I think it’ll get more use in that department. And, of course, Oscar just loves anything that Lila loves.

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indian summer divided basket

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Awhile back I attended a baby shower for none other than skirt as top. I guess you’ve got all the gear you need by the time you get to baby #3, so this was a diaper shower. But I couldn’t very well bring diapers without sewing something to hold them. Kristin has sewn a multitude of Divided Baskets as baby gifts, which I figured must mean she thinks they make good baby gifts, right? So I went with that. I looked through her Camp Ivanhoe Pinterest board to see what might work with the baby’s new room, and picked out a fabric from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line.

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The Divided Basket is one of many wonderful Noodlehead patterns. This is my third basket (first two here) – it’s such a fun pattern with such a useful end result, and it’s surprisingly quick to sew after you get everything interfaced. This time I followed Anna’s advice from this post and used Pellon 809 in conjunction with fusible fleece for the main basket pieces. If you’re using all quilting cottons, this combination of interfacing gives the basket a nice amount of structure.

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I also made some burp cloths by binding the edges of some cloth prefolds, same as the ones I made before Oscar was born.

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Baby skirt as top, I can’t wait to meet you and maybe even mop up a little of your cute spit! :)

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Pattern :: Noodlehead Divided Basket

Basket Fabrics :: Sarah Watson’s Woodland Pine, Moda Crossweave in Aqua, Kaffe Fasset spots in Sprout

Burp Cloths :: Joel Dewberry’s Herringbone True Colors in Turquoise, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelet in Tin Man, Dena Fishbein’s Tarika in Moss

Oscar is making a triumphant return to boy clothes today:

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And the elk are back! I was sure the (new to me) Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan T-Shirt would be a pattern worthy of the yellow Elk Grove knit I’ve been hoarding since last Kids Clothes Week. It’s true, I almost never cut into the good stuff on my first attempt at a pattern unless it’s Oliver + S.

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This pattern is now available on its own in digital format, so if you’re looking for a great raglan pattern but aren’t interested in the accompanying cargo pants, you can buy just the T-shirt portion of the pattern. Same goes for the Playtime Leggings and the Seashore Bloomers – both are available as stand-alones. I love the idea of splitting up the patterns this way so you can pick and choose just what you want to sew. Of course, you never know – I’ve purchased a few patterns for just one garment and ended up loving the one I thought I’d never make (Class Picnic Shorts!). But still, this is a great option to have.

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Anyway, Lila’s elk Hopscotch shirt ended up on the small side, and I think I may have overcompensated with this one. It’s an 18-24 months and it’s all-around pretty big on him. It’s definitely a more relaxed fit than the one other T-shirt pattern I’ve tried, so I think lengthening the 12-18 month size would’ve been fine. He’s suddenly a huge kid though, so I’m glad this one will fit for awhile – this fabric really is an all-time favorite.

Oscar still walks like a drunk man, which means a lot our photos looked like some variation on this:

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We called it quits after four minutes, and he already had wet hands, wet knees, and a wet behind. His modeling skills are still developing.

P.S. My elk came from LiMa Sews, but it looks like she’s down to a couple Elk Grove Chevron knits. The Flight knits are coming soon though! And thanks to Liesl for providing this pattern – my opinions are, as always, my own.

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It’s Kid’s Clothes Week! And look at that, the button matches my first project. I should probably just quit now while I’m ahead.

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Oscar’s dear friend had her first birthday last week, and since I don’t have a little girl to sew for anymore, I thought it would be fun to make her a birthday dress.

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The pattern is the Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress, and it’s basically the same dress I made for Lila’s third birthday, but with some peachy-coral/minty-aqua prints thrown in. I used something new to me for the main dress fabric – an In the Beginning Modern Solid (in Lead) – these are yarn-dyed solids with two tonal colors woven together, which gives them a similar iridescent quality to shot cotton. They’re very soft like the shots, but slightly more substantial. I wasn’t sure the recipient would appreciate getting out the iron every time the dress was washed, so I picked this fabric in hopes that it wouldn’t wrinkle quite as much. That’s the one downfall of shot cottons – they wrinkle like crazy.

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Oscar was kind enough to try it on for me, but it barely cleared his big old head. His 6-12 month sized days are long gone…

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