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Julie Morin

spring, summer

a skateboarder’s tee

My oldest son has recently discovered skateboarding, and even saved up his money to buy his first skateboard. I’m all in for encouraging them to be outdoors whenever possible, and I feel like this came at a perfect time for him. Last week as I was trying to get ideas for things to make him that he would wear, I went out and asked what kind of clothing he’d like to see added to his wardrobe. His response to me was simple, some tees, maybe a hockey one, maybe a skateboard one.

Since we’re going into summer, I figured the skateboard idea was more appropriate! I mean I love that he’s passionate about hockey but sometimes one needs a break right?!?

I was a bit stumped with what I was going to do for a tee when he suggested a skateboard shirt. So I turned to Pinterest to try to get some ideas but I wasn’t coming up with anything that I liked or that was kid appropriate. Then I turned to Etsy. This is my favourite resource for svg files when I’m stumped and can’t come up with my own ideas. I just searched skateboard svg and went from there.

Since the older they get, the more opinions they have, I asked him to sit down with me and tell me what he wanted and liked. He quickly landed on this listing. It’s a good thing he picked because this was honestly NOT what I was going to go with! hahaha. In my mind it’s just not what I thought he was describing when he said he wanted a skateboarding tee… and that is why I get them to help me now 😉

Now came time for the actual shirt. I decided to go with my trusted Rowan Tee pattern by Titchy Threads. According to his measurements he fit into the size 8 for chest and 10 for length, but he prefers his shirts on the looser side, so I went with the size 10 overall. I’m really pleased with the fit. It’s loose fitting on him, without being overly baggy like a store bought shirt would have been.

When it came down to the colours of the shirt, he chose a basic white jersey I had on hand (similar to this laguna jersey) and decided he wanted the transfer to be in gold. Again, not colours I would have picked if he wasn’t there so I’m glad I asked his opinion first! And a quick side note here, this is the beauty about sewing isn’t it?! You can easily and quickly make a basic and plain tee for your kids that fit properly and the material will last so much longer then if I had gone to the store and bought a plain tee to do this transfer on! Not even considering the fact that plain tees are so hard to come by!!! Ok now back to details….

The transfer was a little hard to photograph since it has a bit of a sheen to it, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used this teckwrap vinyl and so far it’s lasted me pretty good, although I would like to actually compare it to Cricut’s vinyl. This metallic one came out even better then the regular coloured ones, so that was a really good surprise.

Overall he was really excited about this tee and wore it’s already being worn to school! Which in my books, is a total win! Even better when it gets snatched up the second they see it’s finished!!

pattern releases

monthly pattern releases: may 2019

May has been a bit of a whirlwind month around here! So much has gone off, both on and off the blog. That it’s crazy to think the month is almost up. And with that, comes the May pattern release wrap up! Man I feel like I might have missed quite a few this month since things have been so crazy, BUT nevertheless there are some good ones in here! We’re definitely seeing that switch toward warm weather clothes. And thankfully, here in Canada I’m also seeing that warm weather trend happening!!! And I’m pretty excited about sewing for summer now.

Pollywoggles released the Kluane Dress and Top, a sweetheart halter peplum top and dress that offers a couple different lengths plus a tiered maxi option.

Sofiona Designs released two patterns this month, first up is the Moss Hooded Dress and Top, it has great line detail options and an oversized hood option, with multiple length (top, mid and maxi). It would make a great casual dress choice or even a good beach coverup to go along with their other release, the Narwhal Swimsuit. This swimsuit pattern offers a one piece and a two piece option, the two piece is a high waisted bikini bottom with side panel options and both one and two piece come with a front panel option that can include a criss cross detail. I like the coverage on this one especially for my older daughter!

The Eli Monster has also released two patterns this month, both very similar but each has their own offerings. The Zoet Tee is a basic tee that includes a nipped in waist and slimmer fit, with a short sleeve and a ‘not quite cap’ sleeve option. Where as the Drop Tee is a basic tee that’s ‘not quite boxy’ but offers a great unisex fit. It also comes with short and long sleeve options and a great crew neck design.

New Horizon Designs came out with the Austin Tee, a classic fit knit tee that has a front V accent in the neckline and a split hem detail. Also comes with long and short sleeves. I’m interested in the neck detail of this one since it’s something different from a neck binding.

New Horizon also released the Melbourne Top and Dress, which offers a curved bust line, and multiple necklines, includes this criss cross neckline. The gathered skirt portion can be made in top, tunic, knee and maxi length, plus there are multiple sleeve length options as well.

Lowland Kids released the Tip Up Tank, a relaxed fit tank that ties at the waist made for table knits. It offers pocket, faux placket or full strip to give this top different looks. They’ve also released Joggers, a great basic jogger pattern that offers a size range from newborn to size 12. Meant to be a bit on the slimmer side, theses are a great staple! I’ve also seen a few shorts version pop up on different sewing groups and I’m excited to try these.

Heather Handmade has just released her first pattern, her pattern concept is to utilize a piece of clothing and how to upcycle it. Her first pattern, Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress gives you the pattern pieces and tutorial on up cycling a t-shirt into a romper or a dress for your little one. This is a great option if you’re into upcycling, sustainable fashion or just starting out and not sure how to go about up cycling clothing for fabric.

Patterns for Pirates released the Minute Maillot, this is a great basic swimsuit pattern. A classic shape, it also comes with different back neckline options (low, mid or high) and a hip ruffle option as well.

Made for Mermaids come out with the Reagan Rash Guard, this rash guard comes in both regular tee length or a crop banded length. It also offers a ruffle detail for the raglan sleeve which make it fun a feminine. But you could definitely use the basic pattern (short or long sleeved) for boys as well! This pattern is part of their Mermaid Shores Collection. Which I’ve previously sewn up a pattern from here and enjoyed!

And finally, we have Made by Jack’s Mom that released the Fell & Dale Flat Cap, a traditional style flat cap that fits for sizes newborn-xl adult. This would make a great accessory to finish off any outfit!

There’s a few patterns I’m hoping to try out this month amongst what I’m already hoping to cut out but I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty much added all these to my future ‘to sew’ list!! What about you guys? Any patterns you’re excited to sew up?

Also.. If we’ve missed any pattern releases, please let us know in the comments!!!


spring challenge 2019: day 3

Hello hello again!!! Day 3 has flown by hasn’t it?! I was able to fit in an hour today to get yet another quick sew finished. Quick projects are so satisfying, especially the ones that you can bang out in an hour! It just feels good to be able to finish multiple projects throughout the week thanks to those quick sews.

For this project, I pulled out this panel I purchased a few years ago from Whimsy Baby Customs (sadly, it seems it’s no longer available). I originally bought it for Logan, my superhero loving kid, but I feel like now it’s a little young for him so I decided to sew Josie a tee with it instead. Those two love playing batman and batgirl together. We have multiple masks and they’ll both be running around the house ‘catching bad guys’.

So to make it a bit more ‘girly’ for this munchkin, I opted to pair it with a vintage floral knit that I had in my stash. It took me forever to finally use this knit fabric on a project. Not sure why but I just couldn’t picture what it would become. Once I pulled it out though and set it next to the panel I felt like it had finally found it’s match. I also decided to try my hand at some simple colour blocking. But we’ll talk about that in a minute

Once I had the fabrics for this tee, I went back to my trusted Safari Raglan pattern. I decided to cut out a size 3 for this girl, even though I already had a size 2 ready to go. It’s a tad big on her, in hindsight, I should have just gone with the size 2 and lengthened it. But it’ll be ok…

Now the idea I had to make it a bit more fun and girly was to bring the flower fabric towards the front, matching the raglan seam angle on the bottom of the tee.

To do this, I cut out a square piece of paper, placed it until the front bodice so that it was square with the side seam and traced the angled portion of the sleeve. I cut the square where the line I traced was and then placed it square on the bottom of the bodice and and mirrored the cut in the pattern, while leaving room for the seam allowance as well. Not sure if that makes too much sense but this is my first foray into colour blocking without a pattern. It wound up turning out ok. I had envisioned the flower portion to be a bit bigger, so next time I’ll play around with my measurements a bit more and hopefully have a proper tutorial for you guys!

In the end though, I’m still really happy with the results and this first attempt. It’s definitely a jumping point to learn from and I’m excited to try again on another project. How about you guys? Are you trying any new techniques this Kid’s Clothes Week season? Or any new patterns?