Now available: Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie

Written by jen. Posted in Projects

I had a chance to test a new pattern for myself last week, and I love it! It’s the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie  (affiliate link) and it is the grown-up version of the Hangout Hoodie, which is what I used for the Superhero inspired hoodies I made last month. It was easy to make and is super comfy. I used knit I picked up specifically for this project, but I would love to make one in heavier sweatshirt fleece for winter. It’s a quick sew and looks great. 

We snapped a few pictures before my husband rushed off to work on a particularly cold and blustery day last week. It 40 degrees cooler that day than the day before, so the hooodie was definitely nice to have. 

My only issue was with the hood, it seemed big and kind of has this Jedi-master gapingness thing going on (some might be just the wind that day.) but I understand the pattern had a couple revisions, one of which corrected some feedback about the hood. Honestly, though, I think it is really great with or without the gaping hood, it will definitely be a staple of my winter wardrobe.

Peekaboo Hampton Hoodie

Peekaboo Hampton Hoodie

Peekaboo Hampton Hoodie

Peekaboo Hampton Hoodie

Peekaboo Hampton Hoodie

I was given a free copy of the pattern for testing, and was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

A Very Special T-Shirt Refashion

Written by jen. Posted in Projects

Zee's Tee Upcycle | Just-Joshin.com

I loved the BundleUP Boys pattern bundle so much. I had a great time previewing the Field Pants and Lumberjack shirt, but I got so many great new boy patterns I wanted to try them out ASAP. The next one I did was an upcycle, a re-imagining if you will, of a couple adult sized t-shirts I have had for 2 years.

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These t-shrits were event tees from a memorial fundraiser a couple years ago in honor of my father, who was a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty when I was 11. My mom and brother were at the memorial event and sent our whole family t-shirts, unfortunately the smallest size available (It was a motorcycle ride, there weren’t many kid participants) was adult medium. I had them tucked away in a closet but it will be a while before my 4-year-olds are wearing adult medium. 

I found this amazingly adorable police fabric, which was über expensive and imported from Europe. I only bought half a meter and decided to make it work. I used the Zee’s Tee pattern from TieDyeDiva, (Affiliate Link) which was in the bundle, but is now available individually. The pattern has very good directions for up-cycling, and has options for long and short sleeve, color block or yoke tees as well as standard t-shirt style. 

The t-shirts I used have my Dad’s name on the back and a small chest logo. For these shirts I decided to swap their location, I thought my boys would like to see their Grandpa’s name on the front. The logo of the ride I added to the back yoke. I was able to squeeze out both these shirts from my half meter of the Euro-knit fabric and still have a scrap large enough left to make one for my nephew if I can get another shirt. The sleeves I used a jersey bed sheet I got at a thrift store for $1. It is a nice heather blue and I was able to use the finished hem for the sleeves. I did add a new ribbed neckline and learned how to use the twin needle to finish the hem and neckline. (Thanks to the tutorial from TieDyeDiva!) 

I made the size 5 for my almost-5-year-olds and it is a perfect fit. I will definitely add this to my go-to pattern pile, it was so quick and easy, and now that I get the twin needle thing I feel like I would whip one up in no time! My boys both love their shirts, and I love that they can wear them now and don’t have to wait a decade to fit into them. 

Zee's Tee Upcycle Just-Joshin.com

Zee's Tee Upcycle Just-Joshin.com

Zee's Tee Upcycle Just-Joshin.com

Zee's Tee Upcycle Just-Joshin.com

 

 

Back to School: Out of this World First Day Outfits

Written by jen. Posted in Etsy, Projects, Theme Week

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This is the last day of Back to School week here at Just-Joshin. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my kiddos’ outfits as much as I have enjoyed sharing them. I sew for my boys because I love doing it, and I know they love the special outfits I make for them. They have been super cooperative this week with multiple photoshoots, and only required minimal bribery. Next week they start back to preschool. This will be their second year of preschool, and they are both excited to go back. I decided to make special first day of preschool outfits, what with this being their last-ever first-day-of-preschool. (It’s a real thing. I am sure of it.) Next year: Kindergarten!

The t-shrits are a design I offer in my Etsy shop, and I made matching shorts for them. Since my boys are really into pockets, I chose the Castaway Cargo pants from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. (affiliate link.) I used this pattern before to make safari shorts and they were so cute. This pattern can be used for pants or shorts, and goes together really quickly, despite having 4 pockets. (There is an option for welt-pockets on the back too, which I did not add.) The waistband is stretchy knit casing over elastic so it is easy for little guys to dress themselves. They love the cargo pockets, of course. I left the button/snap option off so they can more easily access the pockets. I figure if losing things becomes an issue I can always add snaps later. I asked the boys which they would prefer for the pockets, blue flaps or the space fabric. I got one of each. They also chose the colors for their t-shirts, based on their favorite colors. They also like how their shorts are like Miss Frizzle from the Magic Schoolbus

Even though school doesn’t start until Wednesday, they begged to wear these outfits the rest of the day after we were done with photos, and even asked if they could wear them to bed. I guess they like them!

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

And now, off to school next week. I am sure I will miss them at least a little. I won’t know what to do with all the quiet around here, though. More sewing, I suspect.

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Out of this World Back to School | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School: Space Robot Henley

Written by jen. Posted in Projects, Theme Week

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Next up, another favorite from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, the Boardwalk Henley (Affiliate Link.) This was another print I found (and loved) from Spoonflower, but in order to stretch my one yard of custom printed fabric, I mixed in some solids and some clearance-rack stripes. Both the blue and orange were scraps I had that coordinated perfectly, and the stripes I used in the sleeves were on clearance for $2/yard. This was definitely a learning experience. I attempted to use the twin needle to hem it, but failed, and my buttonholes are terrible (I have since learned my machine has a special setting for knit buttonholes.) 

My kids don’t care, though, they love their robot space rocket shirts. This pattern has an option for a hood or collar, and can be made into a shirt or a dress. Next time I might use snaps instead of buttons, but I love this style shirt and will definitely be making more of these.

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

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