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My Little Superheroes Blog Tour

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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.

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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.

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Featured · Holidays · Projects

Halloween Hack: Baby Strongman Costume

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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.

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

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Pattern Test · Projects

Pattern Test: Denali Jacket from GYCT

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pattern Test · Projects

Pattern Test: Women’s Raglan from Patterns for Pirates

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I had a chance to test the Women’s Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates, (affiliate link) which is another fun, comfortable women’s top. I do usually sew for kids, but it is nice once in a while to make something for myself.

This pattern has a ton of options, and is a great basic staple. I made it in less than an hour, start to finish. It has short, long and 3/4 sleeve options, hemmed or banded and even has elbow patch and neckline-V options too. It is incredibly comfortable and the pattern is easy to follow. I can’t wait to make more of these!

Definitely a versatile pattern and you can get it on sale this week through Craftsy.

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I was given a copy of this pattern to test, but was not compensated otherwise for this post. Opinions are my own.

Pattern Test · Projects

Pattern Test: Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie

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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.

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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.

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

Projects

A Very Special T-Shirt Refashion

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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.

 

 

 

Etsy · Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Out of this World First Day Outfits

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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!

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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.

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