My Little Superheroes Blog Tour

Written by jen. Posted in Featured, Pattern Test, Projects

My Little Superheroes Blog Tour 2

 Calling All Superheroes! This Dynamic Duo is about to turn FIVE. All the fingers on a hand! In a couple more weeks I will be the Mommy to two five year olds. When I got the opportunity to test out the new My Little Superhero Set from EYMM, I knew exactly what to make: Birthday Boy capes! We have a superhero party planned in a couple weeks and though we are the proud owners of several capes and superhero costumes, I loved the idea of special birthday outfits.

I used the cape pattern in the size 4/5 which is plenty long and I was able to make each side from 1 yard of fabric. My boys are different heights, but wear size 4 and 5. The next size up would have been too wide and would require more yardage. Unlike other capes I have made, this one is very wide, maybe even wider than it is long, and has great drape and flow. It has a nice wide neckline that rests on the shoulders more than across the throat, which also makes me feel better as a paranoid my-kids-are-gonna-choke-to-death Mom.

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

 I took my boys with me to the fabric store to pick fabric, one wanted green and one blue, I even managed to find those colors in the same zigzag pattern. I had planned to use something more superhero-ish for the reverse side but didn’t find anything I loved so I went with grey dots. I used an embroidery frame I had in the keystone shape and text that says “Birthday Boy” on each in the opposing color. 

The birthday shirts are the Peekaboo Grand Slam pattern (affiliate link), which I added the appliqué to as well. I was planning to just buy long sleeve tees but couldn’t find any that I loved. I made these from grey jersey knit and the sleeves and collar are blank adult shirts I cut up. These are casual enough they can wear to school on their birthday and beyond, and they have already asked if they can wear their Birthday Boy capes to school for their birthday too. 

The cape pattern also includes a mask, belt and wrist cuffs, also. It comes in newborn to size 10 and a bonus doll pattern too. If you buy it before 10/21 you can save 40% with the coupon code HEROSET on EYMM.com. I received a copy of this pattern in exchange for this blog tour. 

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

EYMM Superhero Cape | Just-Joshin.com

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Halloween Hack: Baby Strongman Costume

Written by jen. Posted in Featured, Holidays, Projects

Strongman Just-Joshin.com

You might have seen this little guy before, and he’s the lucky recipient of his very first Halloween costume. His mom Amanda is my closest friend and my own personal professional photographer. He is the subject of much affection from my boys, who can’t wait to teach him all. the. things. (Like hide and seek and how hilarious the word butt is.) For now, though, he is 9 months old and ready for his First Halloween.

Amanda asked if I could make him a Strong Man costume. I immediately thought of the Scientific Seamstress Reversible Romper pattern I used to make his Star Wars romper. It would need some modification but I was up for the challenge. Who knew the hardest part would be finding the right fabric. We both agreed it should be vertical stripes, so I searched high and low for red and white stripes. Eventually we found red and black in the Halloween section. It isn’t the best quality fabric, but the price was right and it fit the bill for a short-term-use item.

The romper pattern, like all the Scientific Seamstress patterns is versatile and easy to follow. I have made it a few times in baby through toddler size and it always turns out adorable. It is designed for woven fabrics and fully reversible so it is like two outfits in one.

For the Strong Man, I made a few modifications to the pattern and I actually ended up making two versions. I let her decide which would work best. Both versions I elongated the U shape in the front, which is normally around chest-level, making it much lower. I also shortened the straps and stitched them closed, rather than using buttons or snaps like the pattern suggests. I lined it, it would be completely reversible, but the inside is just grey jersey knit for softness and stretch. Both fabrics stretch enough that I used the size 6 month pattern, even though he is closer to 12M in size to achieve a snug fit. 

The outrageously addable baby and the mustache though is all Amanda’s doing. I can only take credit for the little outfit. 

Strongman Just-Joshin.com

Strongman Just-Joshin.com

Strongman Just-Joshin.com

Definitely check out all these other fun costumes on the blog tour, and make sure you enter the giveaway! I was not compensated for this post, I purchased the pattern and the opinions are my own. Photos taken by Amanda at Loch and Key Photography.

 

Blog Tour!

Wednesday, October 1st: Rebekah Sews & Dog Under My Desk Thursday, October 2nd: Friends Stitched Together & Sew Pandi Friday, October 3rd: That’s What She Crafted & Everything Your Mama Made & More Monday, October 6th: Shawnta Sews & Handmade Boy Tuesday, October 7th: Muse of the Morning & Swoodson Says Wednesday, October 8th: Call Ajaire & Sew McCool Thursday, October 9th: Once Upon A Sewing Machine & imagine gnats Friday, October 10th: The Sewing Geek & Feather’s Flights Monday, October 13th: Get Your Crap Together & Needle and Ted Tuesday, October 14th: The Shaffer Sisters & The Inspired Wren Wednesday, October 15th: Pattern Revolution & Just Joshin

Scavenger Hunt!

Time to go trick or treating! Use the Rafflecopter below for a digital scavenger hunt. You’ll be looking at each blog’s posts for the month of September to find this icon: for a chance to win one of THREE awesome sewing prize packs! Three winners will be chosen randomly (and their form completion verified) and emailed within 3 days of the hunt’s closure. A big thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes! Pack 1 { $30 to The Ribbon Retreat +2 patterns from GYCT Designs + 1 pattern from Dog Under My Desk} Pack 2 {$30 to The Fabric Fairy + Kids Pattern Package from imagine gnats} Pack 3 {$30 to Fat Quarter Shop + 2 patterns from Everything Your Mama Made & More +Ramblin’ Raglan Mega Pattern Pack from Muse of the Morning} a Rafflecopter giveaway

Halloween Hack: Here Comes Santa Claus

Written by jen. Posted in Featured, Holidays

I have a confession to make: I didn’t make my kids’ Halloween costumes this year. (Please don’t revoke my crafty mom card.) Both my boys spotted the Star Wars costumes at the Disney Store months ago and have never once wavered from their desire to be a Storm Trooper and Darth Vader. While I could probably have made them, the Disney Store ones are nice, have lots of detail, and I would have spent twice as much money and infinite frustration on creating them, so I feel OK about it. Plus they LOVE them, and they play dress up daily with a dozen clearance rack store-bought costumes so I know they will get used beyond Halloween.  

While I didn’t make my own kids’ costumes,I did make a couple Halloween costumes for other kids, so I guess I can keep my crafty cred. I am thrilled to share these. The first is one of two Halloween Hack PDF Costumes and might be one of the most original requests I have had to date. A few months ago a college friend contacted me and said her 7-year-old daughter wanted to be Santa Claus for Halloween and could I make her an outfit she could wear for Halloween that could also be Christmas pajamas. Hmm, sure, why not? Then I spent a few months thinking about the logistics of such a request.

I decided on the Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt and Easy Fit Pants, both of which I have made dozens of times so I know the patterns well. I was able to make some adjustments and I love the way it all came together. The bowling shirt pattern is short sleeve, so to start, I lengthened the sleeves and added a cuff. I dug through my printed patterns to find one that was a similarly sized long sleeve and franken-patterned a sleeve by folding the long sleeve and taping them together in the middle. Very low-tech. Because it has a fleece cuff I didn’t have to make a sleeve placket. The main fabric of both the shirt and pants is solid red flannel, which should be soft and warm as pajamas later on. The trim is white fleece. 

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In addition to elongating the sleeves, I also added a few inches to the length of the bowling shirt and extended the placket a few inches too.  In addition to the 4” I added in length, I also added a 4” band around the bottom before I added the placket. I just measured the finished length before I cut the fleece plackets. I skipped the interfacing that is normally in the placket so keep it soft and fluffy.

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The Easy Fit pants make awesome flannel PJ/Lounge pants, and I did them with the standard directions plus the cuff. It should add longevity to the pants since it can be unrolled for a few extra inches in length. The whole thing should be roomy enough to layer or stuff a pillow in for trick or treating, then cozy up around the tree come Christmas.

Since I live in Chicago and the little girl I made this for lives in Kansas City, a local friend kindly borrowed me her similarly-aged-but-slightly-smaller son who was willing to model. (Thanks, P!)

Santa suit PDF Pattern Hack | Just-Joshin.com

And just like that, Ho-Ho-Ho! I hope she absolutely loves being Jolly this Halloween. Check back tomorrow to see the other Halloween Hack costume. You won’t want to miss it!

 Definitely check out all these other fun costumes on the blog tour, and make sure you enter the giveaway! I was not compensated for this post, I purchased both patterns and the opinions are my own.  

Blog Tour!

Wednesday, October 1st: Rebekah Sews & Dog Under My Desk Thursday, October 2nd: Friends Stitched Together & Sew Pandi Friday, October 3rd: That’s What She Crafted & Everything Your Mama Made & More Monday, October 6th: Shawnta Sews & Handmade Boy Tuesday, October 7th: Muse of the Morning & Swoodson Says Wednesday, October 8th: Call Ajaire & Sew McCool Thursday, October 9th: Once Upon A Sewing Machine & imagine gnats Friday, October 10th: The Sewing Geek & Feather’s Flights Monday, October 13th: Get Your Crap Together & Needle and Ted Tuesday, October 14th: The Shaffer Sisters & The Inspired Wren Wednesday, October 15th: Pattern Revolution & Just Joshin

Scavenger Hunt!

Time to go trick or treating! Use the Rafflecopter below for a digital scavenger hunt. You’ll be looking at each blog’s posts for the month of September to find this icon: for a chance to win one of THREE awesome sewing prize packs! Three winners will be chosen randomly (and their form completion verified) and emailed within 3 days of the hunt’s closure. A big thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes! Pack 1 { $30 to The Ribbon Retreat +2 patterns from GYCT Designs + 1 pattern from Dog Under My Desk} Pack 2 {$30 to The Fabric Fairy + Kids Pattern Package from imagine gnats} Pack 3 {$30 to Fat Quarter Shop + 2 patterns from Everything Your Mama Made & More +Ramblin’ Raglan Mega Pattern Pack from Muse of the Morning} a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pattern Test: Denali Jacket from GYCT

Written by jen. Posted in Pattern Test, Projects

Just joshin Denali Hoodie 7

In addition to testing a top for myself this week, I also got to test a kid’s jacket pattern from Get Your Crap Together. The Denali Jacket  (affiliate link.) is a unisex pattern that has options for boys and girls, color blocking and two different hoods.  I made the size 6 for my boys, so it will be a little big and they can wear it layered. I only finished one so far, the other kid is begging for his ASAP. 

I color-blocked the back as well as the front (the pattern only calls for the front) so I could use a remnant of the Batman fleece. A half yard is just a little too short to do the size 5 or 6 in one solid piece. Using the solid fleece for the sleeves, hood, yokes made the project really affordable since the solid is much cheaper than the character fleece. I used thrift-store means t-shirts for the hood lining and facing, they are sometimes on sale for as little as $1 each and make great accent knits.

This is a great lightweight jacket for fall or spring, and is thin enough my kids can wear it in their car seats without loosening the harness. Perfect for those little fleece remnant bin scraps.

You can get the pattern from Craftsy.

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