May 20, 2015

Blank Slate Perfect Polo

I got the chance to sew up the Blank Slate Perfect Polo shirt for my boy.  We are both pretty excited about how it turned out!  He has been getting a lot more of my sewing time, he loves everything I make for him, and it is so rewarding for me to have him get so excited about the things I make!

The day before I received this pattern, my husband had given me a couple of shirts he didn't want anymore.  One of those shirts became this shirt!  It was a bit of a challenge to squeeze this size 6 polo out of a Large men's shirt, but I got it! I used the hem and sleeve bands from the men's shirt, which saved me some time and the shirt sewed up really quick!

If you have never sewn a pattern from Blank Slate Patterns I highly recommend you try!  Melissa has a lot of really great patterns for boys, girls AND women, and they all have really great, easy to follow instructions and professional finishing techniques.  If you are looking to learn a new technique, her patterns are a great way to learn!  Like this polo placket for example, if you have never done one, this would be a great pattern to try!

The Perfect Polo shirt pattern can be made for boys or girls and has size 18 months through size 8.  It features a collar with a button placket, saddle shoulders, a chest pocket, and options for short or long sleeves.

I made my son's polo in all knit from the upcycled shirt, but you can mix knit and woven on this pattern.  The collar, placket, pocket, and saddle shoulder accents can all be made from woven, which is a great option if you are sewing for a boy because I boyish knits can be so hard to find!

You can check out some of the other great Blank Slate patterns I have made here and here.  And you can grab the pattern to make your own Perfect Polo here!

May 18, 2015

Clue inspired kids clothes for Craftingcon

I have been so excited to share this post with you!  Remember last year when I made that Harry Potter look for Craftingcon? Well, I am participating in Craftingcon again, and this month it is board game themed!

In case you are not familiar, Craftingcon is a competition and sew along inspired by geeky things.  The idea is to make kids clothes inspired by the theme but NOT a costume, it has be be wearable in everyday life, but costume-y accessories are OK.

For my board game inspired look, I chose one of my old favorites, the classic "who dunnit" game of Clue!  And I made each of my kids and outfit inspired by one of the suspects from Clue.

Clue is detective a board game where you strategically move your games piece around the board to different rooms in a mansion and through secret passages, trying to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy, the mansions owner.  You have you use your detective skills and process of elimination to determine which of the six game suspects killed Mr. Boddy, in which of the nine mansion rooms, and with which of the six weapons.

I chose to dress my kids as Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock.  Was it Colonel Mustard with the rope...or Mrs. Peacock with the candlestick?

Colonel Mustard is a military man and a sportsman.  He is sometimes depicted in uniform and sometimes more casual, like in the white tee and tweed sports coat he had on in the version of the game I used to play.

For my sonsColonel Mustard look, I made a pair of Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads, modified for a relaxed fit because I knew my son would not wear skinnies.  Next, I upcycled a men's yellow plaid shirt into a button down using the Archie shirt pattern from One Thimble, I also modified this a bit, mostly just so I could get all the pieces to fit on the men's shirt.  I changed the hemline slightly, made it short sleeved and trimmed down the pocket from the old shirt and added it back on. I also used the Archie shirt pattern, modified quite a bit, for a military inspired cardigan with front pockets and shoulder tabs like the uniform Col. Mustard is depicted in.

Mrs. Peacock is a rich older lady, she has been married several times and all of her husbands have mysteriously died.  She is always depicted dressed to the nines, in the game I had, she wore blue with fur and jewels.

For her look, my daughter got a Norah dress by Mouse House Creations.  I picked a peacock color fabric with a shimmer-y pattern on it for her dress.  I made the dress sleeveless and I added the collar and tie options.  Then I made a fur shawl, it is simply a long oval shape with a jeweled button closure.  Then I made a quick fabric bow to match.

So that is a total of 5 pieces for my Clue inspired look!

Head over to Friends Stitched Together today to see more of my Clue inspired look!  And also check out some of the other great board game looks while you are there!

May 12, 2015

Color Me Quilt

I am joining the Color Me fabric tour again today with another fun project made with the Color Me fabric designed by Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House for Micheal Miller Fabrics!

Did you catch the coloring mat I shared last week?  I used some more of the space themed Color Me fabric and made a quilted blanket for my kids!

This has got to be the easiest quilt to make, just front fabric, back fabric, batting and cutting and piecing for this one! And it turned out so fun!  My kids had a blast coloring it, but I even like the quilt in plain black and white. Here is the quilt before my kids got a hold of it...

And here is they are proudly displaying their work!

Even I got in on the coloring action!  It was so fun to lay down with my kiddos on this giant coloring page to help color the space scene. 

Want to make a Color Me quilt?  You will need...
  • 1.5 yards of Space Adventures Color Me fabric
  • 1.5 yards of To the Moon and Back Color Me fabric
  • 1/2 yard of binding fabric
  • quilt batting
Sandwich the batting between the two pieces of Color Me fabric and quilt.  I quilted straight lines about 4" apart on my quilt.  Trim the edges and bind...That's it!  

For more tips on quilting, you can check out my post on assembling your quilt and quilting and my post on binding.

Some of you may already know this about me, I work as an OT.  Laying down and coloring is one of my favorite activities for building strength in little ones shoulders and arms.  That shoulder strength is so important for other fine motor activities, like handwriting!  And it is a really great stress reliever for big people like me :D

This quilt is such a fun springtime activity, we had a blast coloring in the grass in the spring sunshine.  It will also be perfect to take to big brothers baseball games, then little sister will have a place to sit and some coloring to keep her occupied!  

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Color Me quilt!  Make sure you check out all the other stops on the color me tour for more great inspiration!


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