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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.

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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!

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

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

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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

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Space Robot Henley

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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

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Knights of the Fingerpainting Table Raglan Hoodies

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Next up in the Back-to-school wardrobe are these lightweight hoodies, made with adorable knights fabric I had printed from Spoonflower.com. I used the Scientific Seamstress All the Rage Raglan pattern, (affiliate link) which I have had forever but haven’t made for a couple years. It is a super-easy pattern to make and turns out so cute. I have been sewing with knit fabric more lately and finding cute boy-themed knits has become quite a challenge. I have found a couple online sites that offer small-run custom printing, I am looking forward to creating more cute, comfy shirts for these two from those. This print was ordered from Spoonflower, it isn’t my design, but the nice thing about Spoonflower is you can have a design printed on as little as a quarter yard of fabric. I have designed and ordered my own fabrics for projects, though this time I bought two different designs from other people. This knight fabric was too cute to pass up, especially when I could get two shirts from one yard when paired with a solid jersey knit. 

The raglan pattern has lots of options for customization, short and long sleeves, faux layered sleeves, hood or collar. I think the hooded look in grey goes with the knight look pretty well, and of course I do love hoods on the boys. I can see making a bunch of these without the hoods as PJ tops for winter.

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

These will be great for layering as the weather changes, and the hood is so cute. They are great out of lightweight jersey knit, but I have also used this pattern for fleece which made great sweatshirts.

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

This is what you get when you request, “Your bravest knight face.”

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through that link, I get some back. I paid for the pattern and was not compensated for this post.

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Jackets for Car Lovers

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Up next in Back to School week at Just-Joshin are these outrageously cool classic cars jackets. As a mom of twins, I love when I find the same fabric two different colorways. My kids have dressed similarly since they were babies, which I am sure might seem weird because they are so different looking. As infants it was cute and easy, plus I had this weird guilt that one would be dressed cuter than the other so I ended up pairing most of their outfits either identically or corresponding. Now they are four years old and they still have matching and corresponding outfits most of the time, though not for the same reason: The fight over everything! Anything that reduces fights is a winner for me.

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We took these jackets out for a test drive last week at cruise night in a nearby town. It was a perfectly cool evening to check out cars and snap some photos. First, I love this fabric, which I found online and was delighted to find out it was heavy canvas, not just lightweight cotton, so it it a great weight for the Starboard Jacket from Peekaboo Pattern shop. (Affiliate Link) I made this jacket the first time for the swap I did last month, and loved how it turned out. I immediately tried to find the perfect fabric to make some for my boys for back to school. The lining is soft jersey cotton in colors I pulled from the design and the way the jacket goes together, the jersey lining makes the jacket so soft on the inside. It will be a perfect weight for cool Autumn days. I made the size 5, which is plenty roomy for layering as it gets colder. My kids love the kangaroo pockets.

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

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Classic Cars Starboard Jacket | Just-Joshin.com

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This pattern might seem daunting, since it is lined and includes a zipper, but the instructions are easy to follow, and it goes together easily. I love the canvas outer with jersey knit lining, but it could just as easily be lined in fleece for a warmer jacket, or use nylon or oilcloth shell for more weather protection.

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Varisity Baseball for Superheroes

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It’s Back-to-School Week here at Just-Joshin! I am showing off all the cute new fashions my kids will be sporting when they head off to preschool next week. First up are these not-quite matching Superhero Baseball Style Shirts. (Can you tell we LOVE Superheroes here?) These are bright and colorful and so cute! The boys picked out the Superman and Batman fabric on one of our many trips to the fabric store and demanded I make something for them. I used the Dandelions and Dungarees Old Tyme Baseball Shirt pattern and pulled an accent fabric from the colors in the pattern. I debated on adding an appliqué to the back, but opted instead to leave it plain and I love the way it turned out.

I love how this pattern goes together. The piping is a great detail, and the fit is loose and comfortable. I can see making a lot more of these in the future. They go together fast and the way the trim facing attaches, almost all the seams are hidden. I love when patterns lend themselves to accent fabrics like this one.

Superhero Muscles were not included. 

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Superman Baseball Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Superman Baseball Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

Superman Baseball Shirt | Just-Joshin.com

I was not compensated for this review, and purchased the pattern myself. All my opinions are my own. Photos provided by Amanda at Loch and Key Photography because she is amazing.

Featured · Projects

BundleUP Boys LumberJack Shirts and Field Research Pants

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Have you seen the awesome BundleUP boys pattern bundle? It’s available today (and only for a limited time) from Pattern Revolution. The bundle has so many cute boy patterns from twelve incredibly talented designers. You can get it until August 29th and if you sew for boys, you will definitely want to check it out. I know I have been itching to get it. 

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I had a chance to preview two patterns from the bundle and I am thrilled show them off. I made the Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates and the Field Research Pants by Scientific Seamstress. Since I have twin boys I made two of each. I am so excited to finally share these, it is so hard to keep a secret like this! They turned out so great, and I can’t wait to try out the other patterns in the bundle, so many cute boyish options!

The Lumberjack Shirt has tons of options: lined and unlined, hood or collar. I used a thick, incredibly soft flannel from the Primo Plaids collection. I left these unlined so they can be layered for Fall and Winter. I did add a jersey knit lining to the hood for a little contrast. The two plaid fabrics I used are both from the same collection so they work together without being too matchy. I cut out each shirt and then swapped the yoke lining and the cuffs for a little pop of the other pattern without being too much. I have already set aside some more flannel to make another set of these shirts for this winter.

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The hood lining is thin and lightweight but soft. I folded it over the seam so it created a trim around the hood, which I think really adds a nice detail. I love hoods for fall and winter, much easier to keep track of than hats, for sure.

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This was the first Pattern for Pirates piece I have made, so I followed the pattern pretty much exactly, except I added kangaroo pockets which were not in the original. When I told my boys I was making these shirts, they specifically asked for “those pockets that go across your tummy” so I used a general pocket shape from another pattern, though it would be easy enough to draft a kangaroo pocket. The pockets are bias-cut like the chest pockets, and are also jersey lined. I was worried the plaid on plaid on plaid was going to be too busy but when I cut out the pockets and arranged them on the table to see how they would look, one of my sons came in and said, “This is perfect! Just like I wanted! Can I wear this camping it looks like nature!” So they stayed. And I have to say whatever reservations I had, once they were done I knew they are perfect for these shirts and for my pocket-loving boys. 

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I love the details on these shirts and I think they turned out perfect. They are warm and comfortable, but rugged just like my boys. 

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The Scientific Seamstress Field Research pants complete the look perfectly. I have made most of the Scientific Seamstress patterns, but I think these take the cake for options and details. I don’t know that I have ever spent as much time on a project as I did making all the cargo pockets for these pants. I used an entire brand-new spool of thread just on creating and topstitching the dozen pants pockets. Each pair of pants has six pockets: two inset hip-pockets and four cargo pockets. Add to those the two kangaroo pockets and the two chest pockets on each of the shirts and I made a total of twenty pockets this week! Was it worth it? Absolutely. My boys are loving all the pockets. When I had them try on the outfits for the first time, they ran over and stuffed them full of action figures. They’ve already put treasures and rocks and sticks in them. I can’t wait to see what I find in my laundry! 

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The Field Pants pattern includes options for pants, shorts or zip-off-leg convertibles. We are still in Summer for a little longer, but Winter in Chicago is long and cold, so I opted for the pants in heavy denim. I also think they would be easy to make lined in flannel for extra warmth in winter. With all these options, they are great all-around boys’ pants. (The pattern also includes belt loops which I did not add since my boys don’t own belts.)

I won’t lie, I don’t make a lot of pants for my boys, they are hard on pants and I can still find a relatively decent selection at thrift stores and resales in their sizes, but I can definitely see making more of these. (Maybe with reinforced knees!) All the store-bought 4T pants from last year are way too short, but I was able to use the 3/4 size pattern and the longest length (I actually added about an inch for room to grow.) and they fit well. I roll-cuffed them on one son but he’s growing fast so by winter I am hopeful they will fit nicely. These pants are a slim fit, with nice straight legs and a classic, casual look. The waist is elastic in the back but has a flat front with a faux fly option, easy on and off, comfortable for exploring and plenty of storage for treasures.

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These patterns combined into perfect outdoor-exploring, running, playing, rock-throwing, frog-hunting, treasure-collecting, walk-in-the-park-with-your-brother outfits.

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You will definitely want to check out what the rest of these talented bloggers have done with these patterns. I am seriously in awe of the other projects I have seen so far, and I am honored and humbled to have the chance to sew along with these ladies.



I was not compensated for this post. I did receive free copies of the two patterns featured, but all the opinions and experiences are my own.
 

 

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Avengers Inspired Hoodies for Everyday Superheroes

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I am super excited to share these projects, which I have been struggling to keep to myself for a few weeks now. I am competing in CraftingCon Avengers Month, a wonderfully geeky sewing contest over at Friends Stitched Together and I am so thrilled I finally get to unveil these awesome Avengers-inspired looks I made for my very favorite little Superheroes.

When the opportunity came up to participate in Avengers month for CraftingCon, I leapt at the chance. My twin boys are huge Avengers fans who could name dozens of superheroes before they could even say all the ABCs. Recently when the kids were playing with their little action figures one said, “Mom, you need to make me a Hawkeye outfit.” (It is outrageously frequent for them to request costumes and outfits for every little thing.) I looked at the little Hawkeye figure I thought hey, why not make something for CraftingCon? Things started to come together when I was going though a rack of kids’ clothing at a thrift store when I found a like-new red and white striped shirt that I knew was too big for my boys but was so much fun striped fabric to repurpose. Since I am a mom of twins, I can’t just make one special shirt, I decided the striped shirt would become details on a Captain America shirt to accompany Hawkeye. 

I ended up with this.

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Using the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hangout Hoodie pattern (Affiliate Link), about a yard to blue jersey knit, a size large plain purple t-shirt and a $1 thrift store striped tee, I was able to create two very happy, comfy superheroes.

For Hawkeye, there are a few iterations of his outfit, I opted to go with the blue and purple like the tiny action figure we have.  The pulldown mask attached to the hood was a direct request from my son. The little arrow-in-lieu-of-button detail was my idea, brought to reality with a metal scrap-booking decoration from the craft store.

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com 

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com

Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com

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Avengers Inspired Sewing for Boys | Just-Joshin.com 

 

You can download the Hangout Hoodie pattern, as well as lots of other cute, easy to make kids clothing from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. If you use the affiliate link I will get a little bit. I paid for the pattern and was not compensated for this post. And a huge thank you to Loch and Key Photography for the incredible photos of my little Avengers. 

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