Etsy · Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Out of this World First Day Outfits

Backtoschooljustjoshin

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

Etsy · Holidays

Decking the Halls with Custom Aprons

I am chipping away at a pretty long to-do list, happy to say these custom order Christmas Aprons shipped out yesterday. I love these little Gingerbread Men and Women, they will be so cute come Christmas Cookie time for all the littlest helpers. I added them to my Etsy Shop and will be accepting custom orders from now until the holiday ordering deadline in December. How fun would a Ginderbread House party be with all your kids’ playmates in custom aprons?

Kids Holiday Gingerbread Apron | Just-Joshin.com

Kids Holiday Gingerbread Apron | Just-Joshin.com

Kids Holiday Gingerbread Apron | Just-Joshin.com

Kids Holiday Gingerbread Apron | Just-Joshin.com

Projects · Sew Alongs · Theme Week

Kids Clothes Week: Boys Board Shorts

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!

IMG 0020

DSC 0282

DSC 0279

kid's clothes week

Giving Back · Projects

Muggles and Wizards and Deserving Kids

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!

IMG 2574

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.

IMG 2576

IMG 2577

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.

IMG 2580

IMG 2579

IMG 2582

IMG 2583

IMG 2584

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

IMG 2586

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?

IMG 2594

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

Announcements · Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

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.)
DSC_0284

Prices (Includes custom embroidery/appliqué design of your choice.)

Screen Shot 2014 06 02 at 2 58 25 PM

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

 
DSC_0322
  • 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.

IMG 9129

IMG 9130

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

Kids Pajama SizingUnisex Adult Pajama Sizing

Featured · Projects · Sew Alongs

Book-inspired Sewing and more

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.

The Scientific Seamstress
 

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.

DSC 0139

IMG 0976

IMG 0980

DSC 0149

DSC 0156

DSC 0147

Holidays · Projects

Keeping Busy

Despite curbing my Etsy business recently, I have managed to stay pretty busy with lots of other fun projects. 

I finished these two Halloween Minnie and Mickey dresses. The Minnie one sold and has made its way to its new owner in Canada. (The Mickey one on the right is still available!  Size 4) These are incredibly fun dresses with lots of great colors and details. 

DSC_6680

 

These sets were a birthday gift for twin playmates. I made Minnie Mouse dresses for their birthday last year. This year they love Doc McStuffins so when I found that purple and pink polka dots I knew it was perfect for Doc. They even got corresponding outfits for their dolls.

DSC_6675

DSC_6677

 

These outfits call into the “Giving Back” category, they went to a family for a Make a Wish trip. The little girl is 4 and has leukemia. She has an almost-3-year-old brother, so they each got a special outfit. The girl’s mom sent me a message saying that her daughter declared it the best dress ever and that the princesses at Disney World will know she is a princess too. Neither one of the kids wanted to take their outfits off. 

IMG_6949

IMG_6963

 

And this swashbuckling duo is getting ready for a Disney trip too, these are their outfits for their Pirate makeover at Pirates League when we visit over Halloween for their 4th birthday. 

IMG_3155

IMG_3160

 

And one more set of Disney-inspired sibling set, these dresses were made for a college-friend’s daughters. They just got back from their trip and I am told the dresses were a hit. Her younger daughter reportedly told Tiana all about the dress, even though she wasn’t wearing it at the time.

https://i0.wp.com/farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/9541433094_4e447de927.jpg

I am off next week to Sewing Summit, but I am hoping I can start ramping up my business again now that my kiddos are spending at least a little time in preschool, and the holidays are on the way. I just received the Christmas PJs so I will be starting on those in the next couple weeks. If you pre-ordered holiday pajamas, keep an eye out for an email to finalize your designs.

Projects · Quilts

London Calling Quilt

DSC 0887

I finished up this custom quilt a while ago, but waited to post it, lest the recipient’s surprise be spoiled by social media. This was a custom order for my friend’s cousin who is in love with all things British. We were at the Sewing Expo together when we found this fabric and she said, “I want this in a quilt for my cousin!” even though it wasn’t quite enough for a quilt, and it was out of print fabric. I got creative and ordered more from two different places online and the Union Jack panel I custom printed from Spoonflower which is avery cool site you can upload your own artwork, or in my case an unlicensed artwork, and have it printed on fabric. I could not be happier with how this turned out! The flag is a solid piece, printed, but I traced all the lines with quilting so it has a nice dimension. The back fabric was in short supply so I ended up splitting it with matching fabric in both red and blue, which I love. And who doesn’t love a striped border, especially when it ties together all the colors.

DSC 0889

IMG 6605

IMG 6622

DSC 0894

Announcements

A Different Direction

I started my etsy shop almost a year ago, and at the end of June I shipped my 200th order! This started as a little project while my kids napped and has exceeded my wildest expectations. Most of the orders I get are for sibling sets, 2, 3 or more shirts that go together, so I am doing at least 100 shirts a month.  I am thrilled that so many people like what I am doing, it’s exciting and humbling.

The past six weeks, though,  I have been struggling with many challenges, and it is causing me to rethink my business. I have had an ongoing machine malfunction with my newer embroidery machine which has rendered it unusable since late May. I have been getting by using the smaller machine, but have had to turn down requests, spend countless hours troubleshooting and driving to and from the repair place. It has taken a toll on me physically, with daily migraines, and the stress from the demand and my inability to complete things as promised has been unpleasant for me and for my family. It is evident that if I cannot rely on this machine I use to create these embroidered shirts, I can’t run my business in a way fair to my customers. I am not writing this to air my grievances with the business who sold me the machine and has failed repeatedly to fix it,  there is plenty of that going on in my life as I am seeking a resolution. I want to be open and honest with myself and my customers. I can’t run the type of business I want mine to be, a business that exceeds expectations, delivers ahead of deadlines, and meets the demands of my products. I cannot do this with a sub-par machine, poor, unreliable service and hours of wasted productivity. Truthfully, I also cannot afford to replace the machine since it was already a huge investment and it’s not paying for itself packed up in a box. It is beyond frustrating.

Each embroidered shirt takes about an hour to complete. This does not include time spent marketing, creating and testing designs, packaging, shipping, etc. Now my kids are threatening to give up napping, which greatly reduces the hours I have to work. The newer machine was faster, when it was working, and I was able to get more done in a shorter period of time. Without a nap time break, I lose at least two hours of time I can work on my orders every day. Paying someone to watch my kids so I can work on Etsy orders would not make sense financially, since I would essentially be working to pay someone to watch my kids (which is why I quit my job to stay home in the first place)  I would have to charge $40 for a t-shirt.  My main job is to care for these two little boys who deserve a Mommy who can be there for them, not stressed about meeting the demands of my business and dragging them to and from a deplorable business who has failed time and again to provide me with a reliable machine. 

So what does this mean for Just-Joshin? I am cutting back, refocusing. I started this venture when I started making custom clothing for my boys to go to Disney World. We are planning a trip back again this year and I have a list of new outfits I want to make for them. I have been asked to make items for friends for their Disney trips this fall. I have a ton of fabric I bought at various times with grand plans and I would love to actually complete some of those ideas. I will still be taking custom orders, but they will be more limited. My Etsy shop has been thinned out significantly, and I am carving out a schedule for custom stuff. I will be taking orders through my website and Facebook, and will offer ready-to-ship items as I finish them. Right now I have two quilts in progress that have been in progress way too long, and those are a priority. In the next week or two I hope to have a storefront option added to my website, and a price list for custom items. 

If you have already ordered shirts, Christmas PJs, dresses or outfits for Disney World or a quilt, your project is on my schedule and will be done ASAP. If you are interested in any custom orders, please contact me. I will still be happy to do t-shirts for your special occasions too, but will be cutting back on paid advertising and marketing through etsy. I am going to rely on friends, family, repeat customers and word of mouth. If you have requests for the holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, let me know now. Look for a new product list and ready-to-ship items for girls and boys coming to my shop soon.

And always, thank you all for your support and for your business.

Jen

Announcements

Countdown to Christmas?

947066 595012517199979 1094908941 n

Here in Chicago, it’s finally starting to warm up and feel like Summer, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas, right? I didn’t think so either until I saw these outrageously cute pajamas from my favorite blank-shirts supplier. They are available now for pre-sale and supply is limited. I can’t wait to whip up some custom Christmas PJs for my own boys. I love our holiday pictures of my boys in matching PJs and these are just too adorable.

As a first, I would like to offer pre-orders for Christmas Pajamas. I will be collecting a $12 deposit per pair, with the total due at the time of shipping in November. (That way you have time for Holiday pictures if you want to use them for your Christmas Cards!) Available in sizes 12M to 12, and in red or green unisex design.

Please look at the sizing chart to determine what size is best for your children. When making your deposit, specify what color/size you would like for each. I have tons of Christmas designs I will be happy to work with you to make sure your order is customized for your family. If you need more than 4 sets, I can send a custom invoice, please just let me know.

Deposit Option
One Set PJs $12.00 USD Two Sets PJs $24.00 USD Three Sets PJs $36.00 USD Four Sets PJs $48.00 USD
Notes (Color and Size)

Details:
$30 each or $50 for two. (Each additional set is $25.)
Can be customized with design of your choice, names added for no additional charge.
$12 each deposit due by June 21 to guarantee order for Christmas. Balance (Plus shipping if required) Due November 1, 2013.

993058 595012573866640 1267777275 n

 

601933 595293377171893 342002728 n

I mean, how cute would these PJs be in a twin set with this Naughty/Nice design?

DSC 6210