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it’s been a while!

Well well… it’s been quite a while hasn’t it?! I’ve been watching my kids grow up and with that… I had been getting this sense of ‘why am I sewing for them’? I was feeling a bit of burn out in terms of sewing. I was making these clothes and outfits because I was enjoying it, only for them to either not seem like they were appreciated, weren’t getting worn or were being outgrown so quickly. It made me feel like I had to sew at a faster pace to keep up with their growing, never mind trying to keep up with the daily life, where I ran from one place to another to drop them off at their extra curricular activities.

I was honestly feeling the burnout. I wasn’t seeing the point of sewing, something I had gotten into because I needed that creative aspect in my life. Something I loved because I enjoyed the process of creating a garment from scratch, the ideas coming to fruition, instead it brought me stress about ‘how much time’ I had to dedicate to it. And so I bailed…

And then life slowed right back down thanks to covid…

If there’s one thing I’m thankful for during this crazy past year, it has been the slow down of things. First, this obviously sucks for my kids, their hockey seasons were cancelled (twice now), my oldest daughter who’s synchronized skating team qualified for provincials never got to attend, and my youngest, well her first year of school (the year she’d been talking about for two years) got cut short. So I understand that it was a crummy year and I truly can’t wait until we return to some sort of normal.

But with it I decided to look at the positives, we started enjoying more of the little things together, like a family game night during the first few months… something that we didn’t have the time for in the past. Lots and lots of family hikes. We read books, spent lots of time together (in a good way) and just genuinely enjoyed the little moments.

And with that joy, that freedom and that time, my sewjo slowly returned. At first I focused on sewing things for myself, still am I fact. But it’s also brought me back to my sewing roots too. I go through my fabric stash and keep looking at the fabric that I had bought with my kids in mind. Knits that had cute prints that I’d never be able to pull off myself. Wovens that are so soft that my first thought might have been a pj for one of my kids.

All this to say… I’m back! I’ve seriously missed this sewing community. I know it looks a little different from the last time you were all here and that’s because we’re getting a fresh start and a fresh new look. We’re switching from the community site over to a Facebook group to share all our makes, which you can join here. You can share anytime of year!

I’ll also be putting together our seasonal challenges again! Our first one will be in the spring, and I’ll announce the dates soon. If you’re new here, you can find out more about the challenge here.

Now since I’m back, I figured I could at least share with you all something I’ve made too! To get back into sewing, especially for my kids, I always find a quick and easy project is the way to go. Something that doesn’t take too much mental capacity, that you could almost sew with your eyes closed and maybe just a quick glance at the instructions.

Of course to find something to sew, I first decide to dig through my stash of fabrics for something that would catch my eye. I pulled out three fabrics. Two of which I had a good idea of what I’d like to do with, one I had zero…

Like any normal person, I chose to go with the fabric that I had ZERO ideas for…. I felt like it was a good blank slate and the print of this Art Gallery Knit was just so cute and fun and spring feeling. I kept thinking about the spring/summer aspect and, maybe it’s the polar vortex that we’re currently feeling, but I just had to go with it.

I didn’t want to just do a plain tee, but I had it in my head I wanted to do some sort of top. So I grabbed the Pearlie pattern from Peach Patterns and decided to cut out a straight size 5 in the slim fit option. It’s been so long since I’ve sewn for these kids that I decided to skip my own advice to always check chest measurements and add length when needed. But that’s ok, even though it turned out a bit wider then I’d like, it still hangs nicely and there’s no gaping neckline.

The top has a sweet curved hem at the bottom with a touch of hi/lo. I can see why people LOVE this pattern. It offers just a few slight changes that you can really turn this top in a versatile wardrobe staple. I wouldn’t mind sewing a dress for the summer out of this!

Anyways, that’s it from me today! Happy sewing 🙂

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!!


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?