Recently, I was able to team up with Whimsical Fabric to put together these samples for the December Sew-a-long. The patterns called for a brother/sister set so I borrowed a friend’s twins. Another gracious friend took these photos when my own kiddo got sick and we had to cancel our photoshoot last minute. It takes a village, as they say.
This Brother/Sister set is comprised of two Modkid patterns: The Dapper and Riley. Both patterns are available individually or as part of a kit for the Sew-along though Whimsical Fabric. The Sew-Along starts December 1 and includes prizes for participants, so hurry and order before the Thanksgiving break! Use the code MODKIDLOVE when checking out to receive a discount. The code is good through Sunday, November 30th.
And now for some twin cuteness!
The Riley Dress was easy to follow and is very cute. The front panel is perfect for showcasing a favorite fabric. The bow allows for some cinching in the pattern so it can be worn for a while, even for growing kids. The dress pattern is size 2T to 10. It can use from 1-3 fabrics for the front/back/sides and has optional hems or ruffles for the bottom and sleeves. The pattern also has short and long sleeve options. I did a hemmed sleeve but added a ruffle to the bottom.
And the Dapper. OMG I love this. As a boy mom and someone who makes mainly boy clothes I am over the moon about this. (I have already made multiple sets of these!) The suspenders and bowtie are to-die-for cute and all adjustable so they fit nearly anyone. The pattern includes instructions for kids or adults, so everyone can have bow ties and suspenders! The hardware is available from Whimsical Fabric too. I can definitely see lots of these in my future for holidays and birthdays! I mean, seriously, look at how adorable these are!
I was invited to participate in sewing up samples for the Whimsical Fabric Sew-Along and received the pattern and fabric at a discount, but I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.