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Kids Clothes Week: Starboard for Swap

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If you really want to be technical about it, I finished these on the eve of Kids Clothes week, but hey, I am gonna count it, because they are adorable and I want to share. I signed up for a sewing swap in a Facebook group for Peekaboo Pattern Shop, (affiliate link) which has tons of cute boy (and girl) patterns. Facebook groups are really a lot of fun and a great resource for sewing, since not a lot of my in-real-life friends sew, or those who do generally don’t do a lot of boys’ stuff. I love seeing what other people make and love having a community to share and learn. The swap was simple, one-for-one. Everyone signed up their kid or kids, and someone paired everyone up. I was paired with a family in Utah who also had two boys. We exchanged emails with likes and dislikes, but the decision of what to make was entirely mine. The boys’ Mom said they were into all things that move like trucks and trains, but the older one loved space and rockets. I found these two fabrics that were sort of similar but different, and tried out an entirely new (to me) pattern I hadn’t made before.

The Starboard Jacket is a great lightweight jacket that is perfect for Spring or Fall. It can be made with woven or knit fabric. I have recently started trying some knit patterns, so I did these in a little of each. The outer is a twill-weight cotton, the lining is jersey knit. They even have a zipper! (which were my 2nd and 3rd zipper ever, by the way.)

I noticed the rocket fabric had squares that looked like stamps, so I used the one that had a “5” as the size tag, and mimicked it in the firetruck too, so inside there is a little detail of the outer fabric with the size.

All in all I love the way they turned out, they aren’t perfect but they are cute and, most importantly, the message I received from the Mom with photos of the boys modeling their jackets, saying that the boys love them, so that is all that really matters! She shared the pictures of her kiddos modeling their new jackets.

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Kids Clothes Week: Boys Board Shorts

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The first project I finished up this Kids Clothes Week is this adorable outfit for the first day of preschool. This was made by request, the customer even picked out this fabric. (Which I LOVE!) I used the Long Beach Board Shorts pattern from Terra’s Treasures, which is a super easy pattern and looks so nice with the piping accent. I love the panel on the back to use two different fabrics on shorts. I skipped the drawstring option, instead went with regular elastic. 

I love making custom shorts to go with embroidered tees. Especially for boys, it really makes for fun outfits.

One Kids Clothes Week project done!

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May the Force be With You: Star Wars Inspired Sewing

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I never really shared these outfits I made for May the 4th this year, so better late than never, I say. We are a huge Star Wars family. My kids were just old enough on our last trip to Disney World to participate in the Jedi Training Academy, which they loved. Our local library has a special even for May the 4th with members of the 501st Midwest Garrison dropping by for a little visit. Here are a handful of Star Wars inspired looks I came up with for our little Padawans.

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The Force is Strong with this one. Baby’s first May the 4th for this little guy. This is the Scientific Seamstress Reversible Romper pattern which is so cute. (the reverse side of this is Monster’s Inc.) 

 

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This is one of my very favorite patterns (which is probably obvious since it is the one I make most often!) the Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt. I love how much I can customize these, and how cute they are on the kids. My kids have a dozen or more bowling shirts, and are always asking for more!

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And the last outfit was a Polo I embellished with R2-D2 and the Long Beach Board Shorts from Terra’s Treasures. I love the little accent fabric in the back, and the piping detail on these shorts. 

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Kids Clothes Week

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I read about Kids Clothes Week a long time ago and keep meaning to actually sign up and do it. I have a million and one things to do this week, so why not add another! Essentially it boils down to sewing an hour a day for your kids. Every day for a week. I figure I can do that. I already have quite a few projects lined up for my duo: a surprise project I have been working on I can’t wait to share next month, a few fun things for back to school, and I have even started prepping for the onset of winter with a bunch of flannel for new, warm pajamas. 

Today I finished cutting this pile into what will become super-secret-awesome-my-kids-won’t-stop-begging-me-to-finish project.

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Tomorrow we have a busy morning with activities and a playdate, but I committed to this hour a day working on stuff for my kids, so I am going to stick to it. (I did spend about 4 hours today working on stuff for other people’s kids, by the way.)

Kids Clothes Week is underway, but you can jump in anytime! There is plenty of motivation to get something cute, handmade sewn for your kiddos.

Muggles and Wizards and Deserving Kids

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A couple months ago I finished a set of Harry Potter inspired outfits for a special family’s special trip to Orlando. I truly loved working on these and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! I loved reading the Harry Potter books and I can’t wait until my boys are a little older and ready to read them too!

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The middle kid got this bowling shirt, which I tried to make look like a house scarf. The placket and the collar are pieced from two different fabrics for the striped look. I used the same dark red fabric for all three outfits, which has swirls and stars and a “magical” vibe.

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The oldest sister got this dress, also with the pieced straps and sash. The dress has a total of 3 appliqués, one of Harry, Ron and Hermione.

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The littlest guy got this little romper to match his older siblings. (It is reversible with Mickey on the other side.)

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And finally, though I did not have a better photo, I made shirts for the parents to wear too. They are going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so why shouldn’t they join in the fun?

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I hope they have a wonderful trip. I loved making these outfits, and love how they turned out.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

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Custom Christmas Pajamas by Just Joshin

I am taking preorders for Christmas Pajamas in the month of June. I realize it is just finally summer and some of us had snow less than two weeks ago. (Mother Nature clearly lost her mind!) I intend to enjoy this summer and warm weather, right after I plan what my kids will be wearing on Christmas morning. I offered these pajamas last year and got great feedback from customers. They are thick, soft, and so adorable! My boys enjoyed wearing them to the Santa train, a party at school and many many nights since Christmas. They are so cute in Christmas morning pictures, too! In addition to the kid’s PJs offered last year, sizes 6M to 12Y, they have added Adult sizes, Doll PJs, and Infant gowns for size 0-3M. Colors are Red/White, Green/White and Red/Green. Adult PJs are only available in the Red/Green combo. (Please see sizing charts below for both kids and adult sizing.)
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Prices (Includes custom embroidery/appliqué design of your choice.)

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(Order 4 or more sets and you will get the discount price for all 4 items.)

 
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  • Orders due by June 30, 2014
  • Deposit of 50% due at time of purchase via paypal. (You are free to pay the full amount and estimated shipping costs instead.)
  • Balance (and shipping) will be due November 1, 2014
  • You chose your design
  • Pajamas will be shipped to you by December 1, 2014 so you have time for Christmas card photos, visits with Santa, and all the fun December family activities.
Here are samples of last year’s pajamas, and this year’s offerings. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order.
 
justjoshincreations at gmail dot com.

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These UNISEX pjs are made using premium 95% cotton and 5% spandex providing a soft comfortable feel that holds any decoration nicely. They are available in three different colors which are red with white, green with white and red with green. They are sold and priced as sets which include one top and one matching bottom

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Custom Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Sizing Info:
The pjs are available in sizes 6M-12Y and a size chart is provided below with the exact specificationsOur Size Chart is measured in inchesThe length is for the length of the shirtThe waist is measured from hip to hipCompliant with all CPSC regulations for snug fitting sleepwear

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500 Fans Giveaway!

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My little Facebook Page has (almost!) reached 500 Fans! Please join me in celebrating with a giveaway! I have teamed up with some talented and crafty ladies to bring you some fun prizes, check it out and enter to win. Giveaway runs April 10-14, winners will be announced on my Facebook page. Good Luck!

Enter below to win one of five winners of these fantastic prizes!

  • A Custom Shirt from Just-Joshin. Your Choice of design. Includes short sleeve shirt and shipping
  • One pair of Superhero Cuffs From Just Joshin. Use for dress up and pretend crime fighting (not to be used in actual crime fighting) of your choice of color or design.
  • A Custom Home or Car Vinyl from Personally Yours by Dory
  • A Custom personalized Tooth Fairy Pillow from My 3 Little Monsters
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Adding an Adjustable Waistband to Easy Fit Shorts

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I love adding custom shorts to complement an embroidered t-shirt. My go-to pattern for shorts (and lounge pants!) is The Scientific Seamstress Easy Fit Pants. They are so, well, easy! Like her other patterns, The Easy Fits pattern is almost like a sewing lesson, so if you haven’t made pants, no worries, it will walk you through. I have used flannel to make PJ pants for my boys and nephew for Christmas, lightweight summer PJ pants, and lots of shorts. They are super quick and always look cute. 

This time around I made a little modification, I added buttonhole elastic and made the waistband adjustable. I have two boys who share clothing, one who has a bigger waist. Their commercial pants that have adjustable waistbands are a huge help in keeping pants up!

This same method can be used on other patterns for anything that has elastic in a casing, including pants, shorts and skirts.  (If you have the pattern, this step inserts before step 4 in the construction, before forming the casing.)

To add an adjustable waistband you will need:

  • Two Small buttons (about 1/4” size, they won’t show so they don’t have to go with the outfit. I used grey.)
  • Buttonhole Elastic 
  • Ruler or Tape Measure (I use a Centering Ruler which is super handy!) 
  • Sew-in or fusible interfacing (A small scrap is plenty)
  • Disappearing Ink Pen or Chalk
  • The ability to make buttonholes
Once you have your shorts (or pants or skirt) assembled, it might look sort of like this. The bottom hems and the top elastic casing are the remaining steps. With the garment inside-out, place the front side up, since that is where the adjustable elastic will be placed.  The Easy Fit pants pattern has you press the casing fold before sewing the legs together, you can see the creases. 

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Fold the casing over as it will sit when stitched, and measure for your buttonholes. I used the centering ruler from the front-center seam and measured 2.5” inches to each side and marked where the button holes should go. These shorts are size 3T, leaving about 5 inches between the buttonholes seemed about right. I estimated, larger sizes should be placed a little further apart. (I aimed for the holes to hit about the hip bones in the front.) The important part is to make sure they are equal distance from the center so they gather evenly,

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My marking pen is purple and disappears quickly, you can see the purple mark on Nemo’s face.

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Once marked, open the fold again, you will need to add interfacing to stabilize the buttonholes. Cut small scraps of interfacing and apply to the back of where the buttonholes will be. This will reinforce the buttonholes and the buttons. I cut mine about 1” x1.5. They should be less than the width of the casing.

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With the casing folded open, stitch the buttonholes where you marked. By stitching open, when you fold it over, the buttonholes will not show on the front of the shorts. After your buttonholes are stitched, add a button about 1 inch to the side of the buttonhole, on the side toward the center seam.

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Once you have your buttonholes and buttons attached, fold the casing over again, and stitch in place. You  do not need to leave a space to insert elastic like it instructs in the pattern, you will insert it through the buttonholes. You can use a zipper foot to stitch around the buttons, if you want. I just used my standard foot and went slowly near the buttons to stitch the casing.

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Once you have the casing stitched, insert the buttonhole elastic. Since it will be exposed on the ends, you should melt the ends with a candle or lighter to seal and keep it from fraying. I buttoned one side and fed through the other with a safety pin. Once they are attached on both sides, stretch evenly to spread out the waistband gather. To loosen, just move the button further down the elastic, that simple.

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The front will have a flatter look than it would normally since there is no elastic gathering. 

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And you’re done!

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(Link to the ruler is an Amazon Affiliate link. If you buy it I will get a few cents. Thanks! The other links are not affiliates, though I could not recommend the Scientific Seamstress Patterns more highly, I love them!)

Gifts for Babies

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My “babies” are regular kids now, notsomuch babies anymore, but I am lucky to have a close friend with a new little guy, so I *may* have gone overboard with baby sewing. It’s just so cute! I whipped up one more Book-inspired sewing project for the little guy, a Romper for the summertime based on old favorite, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. It’s reversible, and oh, so cute.

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I have done a couple other recent baby projects, these reversible Poofy Pants with matching onesies turned out too cute! These make great baby gifts are are designed to have a little extra room in the backside to accommodate cloth diaper bulk, something I wish I’d had when my babies were babies with fluffy cloth diapered backsides! 

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I am adding both the reversible rompers and the poofy pants baby sets to my offerings soon,they can be made in any colors or themes just ask!

Book-inspired Sewing and more

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After a little hiatus, I decided to get back into the swing of things. My Etsy shop is stocked, I opened a new shop on Zibbet and I recently joined a group of designers on Facebook that has launch events and auctions. The first one ended yesterday and I am delighted that my ready-to-ship items all sold, plus I got orders for several more! Busy few weeks coming up.

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One thing I wanted to take a little time for was something special for my kids. They got plenty of fun custom stuff for our Disney trip, of course, and they usually get special shirts for holidays and events. But when I saw that the Scientific Seamstress group on Facebook is having a month-long contest for Book-inspired sewing. When I saw this fabric, I knew I had to play along. My son Joshua’s favorite book lately has been Green Eggs and Ham. I let them pick what fabric they wanted, Joshua chose Green Eggs and Ham, Justin chose The Lorax. 

I finally got time to work on them yesterday and finished up the last of them this morning. The pattern is my beloved Scientific Seamstress Bowling Shirt which I have made dozens of times. It’s so incredible versatile and so cute for boys! I love the colors and the themes of their shirts, and the boys are in love with their special shirts from their favorite books.

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