The Eared Earflap Hat! a tutorial

Bringing another tutorial home today! Things are crazy here! I’ve missed sharing with you this week! I’ll be back to normal soon, I hope! But while I’m doing too much at once, why don’t you make a fun hat!!

EarFlapHat-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI was competing in Project Run and Play and got behind in other things. If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos!

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It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! All you need is two pieces of fleece (or you could use just one color too) and cutting tools! And you can download the pattern here.

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Step 2: Cut out the pieces. You’ll need 2 of each color/print for the main pieces and the little ears. And a 3 inch strip about 15″ long (you’ll trim this later, so it doesn’t need to be exact!)

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Step 3: Cut the slit in the outside fabric. You can do it on the inside pieces, but I’ve found with fleece that it doesn’t really need the darts on the inside.

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Step 4: Make your ears. Sew the ears together and then turn right side out.

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Step 5: Place the ears in the hat.

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Step 6: Sew it together! First sew the ear slit closed. Then sew the middle 3″ slit between the two side pieces. And sew the middle strip and side pieces of the inside pieces together too.

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Step 7: Trim the excess of the middle piece off. I trim it in a slight curve between the two sides.

Step 8: Put the inside and outside together, one inside the other, with right sides facing.

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Step 9: Sew along the side edge. You do need to leave a hole, about 2 inches.

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Step 10: Optional, but you can trim the curved pieces. With fleece it’s not quite as critical, but if you were sewing it with a different fabric, this really helps to get the fabric to lay flat. Since the fleece kinda stretches around, it’s not as critical.

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Step 11: Pull through the hole.

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Step 12: Hand sew the hole.

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And you’ve got a hat! Pretty easy! It would also be fun to recycle a sweater for this project!

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And what about in green?? Do you see it? A frog hat? hehehe!

The ReFashion Project- Project Run and Play Week 3

oh, my… I can’t believe it’s Thursday and I am just getting this posted…

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If you follow along with everything I do, I reuse or recycle or whatever you want to call it all the time! I love it! So this week’s Project Run and Play challenge was one I didn’t think would be a challenge. I was wrong. I came up with what I wanted to make first. Maybe I should have found the materials first….

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The coat was the only piece I bought. I mean the original coat, that is. It started as a woman’s coat that I found in the Men’s department at our Goodwill! I was going for more of a solid wool coat, but the kiddo and I went shopping and found a handful, or armful, of coats on half price that we liked. So we brought them all home to see which one we liked best. And this is the one the kiddo picked!

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For the coat I self drafted the pattern based on other coats and based on the pieces of the coat I wanted to reuse. Some pieces were upside down cuts where others were little pieces from here or there! Once I was putting it all together, there was part of me cursing the fact that I could have just bought a stinkin’ coat for him for a lot less time and energy! But in the end I’m happy with what I accomplished! I love the little elbow patches! The lining is the only piece that’s not a recycled fabric.

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The pockets were originally smaller and all three were the corduroy and smaller. I liked it. Then I didn’t. Neither did my husband. (do you see a recurring theme with my husband and I and my pockets??? remember the fox coat pockets?) So off they came. I enlarged them and changed them. I have to give credit to the husband for some help with the pockets this time.

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And then the sweater.. I know the picture is a bit blurry, but I loved it anyway…. So I bought the coat, but the rest of the pieces I wanted to come from my stash. Whenever my husband and I clean out our closet, I always pull a few things and add then to my recycle stash. I love the orange! (my apologies on the color scheme to any Bama fans that might be reading…)

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The sweater was also self drafted. Just a simple copying of another sweater that fits! Easy Peasy!

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And the tee. I knew the look I wanted was to have a collared tee with the sweater and coat. And again I had to corrdinate from my stash. Well, I didn’t HAVE to… But I wanted to… And yes, I know, the tee on it’s own, doesn’t go great with the pants…  just ignore that. The pants are from the fox outfit and I loved them with the coat and sweater…

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The tee is the great old standby, The Flashback Tee once again! But I added the collar and the open front. And then the blue shirt that I wanted to use was too short, so I added the grey to the bottom!

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The before and afters! I almost forgot! The coat and the corduroy. The corduroy wasn’t something else before, but I did purchase it second hand… The big sweater to little sweater. And the navy tank top, grey t-shirt (not pictured) and the men’s shirt turned t-shirt!

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I don’t know. Not my best work, I don’t think… But I like it! Thoughts? I have no idea why that one collar corner keeps popping up! Ha! And since it’s also Kids Clothes Week, can this count as three outfits?

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Where are we off to next? Want to come along?

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The Good, the bad and the ugly- Project Run and Play Week 2

First, off, thank you thank you thank you to everyone that voted for me last week. Unfortunately, I was the one to be voted off the island first! The competition was fierce! Fantastic ladies with amazing outfits! And the competition was fierce on an emotional level for me, which surprised me. But that doesn’t mean I’m not playing along still! So let’s get right to it!

TheGood-Main-ImFeelinCraftyIt’s Movie Week at Project Run and Play! And I chose to make a cowboy look based on Clint Eastwood’s character in The Good The Bad and The Ugly!

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We were headed to Palm Springs before Christmas, so I wanted to do an outfit that would work with the awesome Mid Century Modern architecture. But I just couldn’t figure out which movie to use. I was stuck. Then my husband suggested a western movie. Then somehow I found this movie. It’s not a kid’s movie by any means. But I know one kid that had a great time acting like a very serious cowboy…. I won’t name any names!

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This is where I should probably warn you that this post is very heavy on the photos. It was super hard to edit them down. Changing from an in city photoshoot idea to the desert photoshoot was a great idea! We had such a fun time!

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For the shirt I started with my new online ‘BFF’s’ pattern, the ‘Jack and Jill Colorblock Shirt.’ Since I had just made it the week before I made this one, it was fresh on my mind. I changed it out to be a slimmer fit on the kiddo and changed the pocket to a more traditional pocket. The biggest change I made was the sleeve cuffs.

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For the sleeves, I taught myself how to do a traditional dress shirt cuff. I just happened to have a men’s shirt that I could cut apart. SO I did that and added it into this shirt. It’s probably a good thing I am not ‘competing’ anymore, because I didn’t get a great shot of this detail. I was so proud of it, too! So I’m not sure how it slipped my mind to photograph this detail… ergh…

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I love the vest! For these pictures I left the vest, just like in the movie with just a leather tie holding it together, but I’ll add a closure detail so it’s easier to put on and off! While I was designing and gathering fabric I bought a couple of different ‘leather like’ fabrics, but they just weren’t right….

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Then I remembered this old coat I had that I’d been saving to make a vest for the kiddo! Hello!!! So that’s what I did!

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I cut it up and used the inside for the outside, then sewed on a Sherpa fabric on the inside. The coat didn’t actually have any large pieces, so I had to then use smaller pieces and piece them together, which ended up looking pretty good. In the movie the vest is a bit more pieced together, but I did want it to be something the kiddo could wear, I liked it better this way, so….

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The jeans were fun (I like making the kiddo pants), but I really loved the fun belt details! I used the same coat leather and a little leather paint to change the color and texture a bit. The gun belt and holster were a lot of fun, especially after we decided to use a banana for a gun! I have to say I laughed a lot while I was making this outfit!

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And the poncho! I had sent some pictures to my family without the poncho and they all said the outfit was cute and looked like a cowboy, but it wasn’t Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad and The Ugly without the poncho! And I said, oh… I have the poncho!

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Yep, I have the poncho! The funny thing is, if you google the movie you get tons of pictures of Clint in the poncho, but it looks brown. So I had brown felt. Then I watched the movie while I was sewing and realized the poncho is really green. And my husband agreed, that I couldn’t make it brown! So at the last minute, I sent my husband down to the local fabric shop that doesn’t have a lot of selection in felt by the yard. And luckily, they had it! Yea! Then I proceeded to embroider the pattern.

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We had such a fun time photographing this outfit on location at Joshua Tree National Park! The kiddo slipped right into character. He was soooooo acting just like a cowboy the whole time!

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But I did get a few smiles and a ‘silly’ break!

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Have you seen the movie? I kinda figured not many people had, btu then I found out that it’s a pretty famous movie. But just in case you haven’t seen it, I thought I’d share some pictures I took of it of some of the details I was studying while I was watching the movie! And the main image you see everywhere if you google it, with what looks like a brown poncho….. And I’ll admit it here. I totally have a movie star crush on the young Clint… Yep. I do. Seriously.

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I only did The Good guy!

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Here’s to another week of Project Run and Play! I hope you enjoyed my photo filled post!! And I hope you agree that my kiddo did a pretty good Clint Eastwood impersonation!

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The Arctic Fox Stencil

It’s the last day to vote and I still need support! So please don’t forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m still in last place and still kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do! In case you missed it, you can read about the whole outfit here.

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Today I’m sharing my stencil! It’s not an easy one! Well, it’s not that it’s not easy, it’s just a lot of detailed cutting. You need a sharp exacto blade! Start with a new one, for sure!

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So you’ll need to print the stencil, which you can download here (and vote while it’s downloading!). Then cut it onto the freezer paper. Cut out the white triangles. You can follow the Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial here for how to use the freezer paper.

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I’m thinking I want to blow it up huge and make a quilt. A quilt with just this face! What do you think??? I think it would be cool! hmmm….

The Arctic Fox Mask! A Project for You!

Dont’ forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m in last place and kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do!

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I don’t know if you remember, but what looks like ages ago (the kiddo looks so little in the pictures), I made a fox mask.

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So of course, I used this as a base for my arctic fox mask!

I’m not going to redo the tutorial that you can find here, but I did update the mask pattern. You can download the pattern here (And vote while it’s downloading here). Print the pattern and then follow the tutorial for your very own arctic fox mask!

I used grey stitching around the eyes for a little accent! Enjoy!

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What Does the ‘Arctic’ Fox Say?- Project Run and Play Week 1

Just in case you want to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! But don’t forget to come back and read all about my outfit!

I can’t believe that our season of Project Run And Play has started! I’ve been nervous for the last couple of days waiting to see what the competition is bring on!!! This week’s theme is Winter Wonderland! My thought process=Winter Wonderland=Winter=Snow=White=Fur=Arctic Fox!  When you think Winter Wonderland, does your thought process end with Arctic Fox, too??

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I was brainstorming and that’s where my mind went, to a cute little arctic fox that I’d seen on a drive to Alaska back in my more adventurous days!

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The arctic fox inspired my color and fabric choices. My first plans were for an all white outfit. But I sew for the boy. And all white on a 5 year old boy who lives in the wet, wet Seattle climate and likes to jump in puddles just didn’t seem too ‘practical.’ So I started bringing back in the grey accents from the fox! And…. We decided all white was a little too girly for the boy!

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Starting with the main piece of the outifit, the coat. I wanted to bring my quilting into the outfit which I did in the coat, by quilting the outside of the coat and hood with a layer of nylon and a layer of fleece. Most of the quilting I do, is meant to not be perfectly aligned, but this time it was different! I wanted each of my lines to be perfectly straight and line up at the seams. And to maybe, just maybe, have the quilting lines of the sleeves align with the body… I rarely even try this with striped fabric. Ok, I’ve never actually attempted this. When I put the pieces together and it did align… If only I had a picture of the smile on my face and a video of the happy dance!

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See? I was super excited about this, but somehow forgot to take great pictures of it. So you might have to zoom in a bit!

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Then comes the greys. A light gray fur aligning the zipper and wrapping around the hoodie and a light grey knit for the cuffs and waist band. I have never done a hoodie with two pieces that need to line up with the front two pieces of the jacket, either. Again, I was giddy when they aligned like they were supposed to!

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And lastly, the dark grey interior of the coat. Originally I was going to use the light grey fur that I used as the accent on the front, but then switched gears to this darker fluffly fleece that I’ve been holding onto for about 9 or so years. seriously. And I almost just purged it not long ago. Thank goodness I held onto it, because I think it was a great decision to move to the darker. And yes, it’s fully lined and can be reversible!

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I have a habit of planning and planning and not sewing til too late. Well, this outfit I planned and planned, but switching the lining fabric wasn’t my only change! Originally I had done a different pocket. Using my accent teal color. Again, you don’t know how excited I was about these pockets! I used a quilting tutorial meant for my do. Good Stitches quilting bee to get the nice circle. (and you can see the stitch lines aligning at the seam again!)

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But then the next morning my husband said, ‘The coat looks great! But…. The pockets?’ My smile was wiped right off my face! But he was right. A little girlie… And yes, he was very supportive in saying that the pockets were ‘fantastic… on a girls coat, but you’re not designing a girls coat….’ Yes. And I took them apart and I grumbled. That is until I got the final pockets on! Lined on the inside with the soft light knit with the touch of the soft darker fleece on the outside!

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Besides the coat, my favorite part is the fox shirt! If you follow along on my blog, you know that I am going through an origami inspired animal pahse, so I wanted to bring that into the outfit as well. Using coordinating knits with the coat, I designed the tee in a variety of greys and then stenciled my fox design on the shirt using a freezer paper stencil. I wanted to bring in all the shades of grey. The light sleeves and side accent, the middle tone on the front and back and the darkest grey at the neckline. I was stoked with how the sides turned out, but even more excited about my arctic fox stencil!

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Then came the pants, a cute little pair of grey skinny jeans with a tiny bit of the teal accent color to coordinate with the fox stencil eyes!

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And I had to make a couple of accents, the mask and the funky hat! When I came up with the inspiration and the design, I knew I had to have at least the main picture include the arctic fox mask. It was mostly for fun, obviously not for keeping warm and dry!

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But the crazy hat, is a full on piece of the outfit! The kiddo wanted the ears on the coat and I didn’t. Although my outfit is totally inspired by an animal, I didn’t want it to be cartoony. And I felt like the ears would make it cartoony. So with the husband as the negotiator, the kiddo and I compromised with a silly arctic fox with a Mohawk warm furry hat to coordinate with the rest of the pieces! And I promised to add the ears! I love how when he wears the hat with the coat, it flows together and almost looks like one piece! Again, I used the same fleece and fur from the coat.

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And that’s Look 1! My Arctic Fox in the Winter Wonderland of Project Run and Play! I do hope you like it and I’m crossing my fingers you VOTE FOR ME. One, because I love my outfit. And two, because my project for next week is hilarious and I can’t wait to show it!

Project Run and Play!

AHHHH!! I can finally talk about it! I was shocked a couple of months ago to get invited to participate as a contestant in the world famous Project Run and Play!!!

pr&-season8I couldn’t believe it! But of course I said YES!! Right away! Then I freaked out! What am I doing???? Then I saw the competition and again I freaked out! Then I thought and thought about my looks…. Then I sketched and thought and thought… See where I’m going…. I didn’t start sewing… THEN I started sewing! So I’m hoping yall love my looks! And I’m hoping yall vote for my looks!! Please! hehehe… I can’t wait to show you everything I’ve been working on!

Click on over to see my Intro!

 

Some Stripes and Some Dots

Update!! We won! We won the Reader Challenge for this outfit!! Yea!!

This week’s Project Run and Play challenge is Stripes and Dots. So welcome to my Stripes and Dots upcycled sweatshirt! This project might remind you of another upcycled sweatshirt I made for the kiddo. I don’t know why, but I love the oversized hoody look on my son!

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I had a plan for the sweatshirt, pants and a scarf, but didn’t quite get the whole ensemble! I’ve been working on some other fun stuff that I can’t wait to share!!! Anyway… back to the challenge at hand!

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I’ve had the idea floating around in my head for a few weeks now, since the challenges were given out back in December. But it didn’t quite come together as I planned. I knew I wanted to use this old brown sweatshirt. But I also wanted to use some other orange and brown shirts that I have in my recycle stash. At the last-minute I decided that they didn’t go together and I had to scramble to pull something else warm and soft together.

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We found the dot fabric, but nothing to go with it, so for the pockets I pieced together the same color flannels that are in the dots to get my stripes!

As I was looking through the pictures I realized that the pockets are a hit. In almost all of the pictures he has his hands in the nice warm pockets!

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One thing about the sweatshirt is that it was ripped down the front. I think it was too tight around the neck for my husband so he made it into a ‘slit neck’ sweatshirt! I wish I had taken a picture of my first fix. well, maybe I don’t, it looked really bad! Then I found Errant Pear’s tutorial on binding a slit neck. OK, so mine doesn’t look as fantastic as hers does, but it looks 100 times better than it did! Trust me!

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When my son first saw what I made him, it was, ‘Awwww… Man… That’s not what I wanted. I wanted blue and red and orange and green….’ But then while we were taking pictures he said, ‘I do like it after all!’ A crazy face, but a double thumbs up! Sweet kid!

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Party Dress Turned Ninja Costume

It’s time for Project Run and Play! Season 6! Are you sewing along?? I never have, but I love to watch and Vote! I’m always amazed at the pieces the contestants produce!! And this year, I have decided to sew more clothes, for both myself and my son, so I’ve decided to sew along.

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This week’s challenge is The Party Dress Remix! The pattern is a beautiful dress from The Cottage Home! And if I sewed for girls I probably would have made a beautiful dress, but… I sew for my son. And he and his Dad might be kinda weird about me dressing him up in a dress.

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My son is SUPER into Super Heros, especially Spider-man. For Christmas he also got a Ninjago Alarm Clock and he loves it. His older cousin is SUPER into Ninjago characters, so now my son likes them too. So… When I saw the party dress, I also saw the little Ninjago character….

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This really is a remix! Let’s start with what I kept from the pattern. I kept the bodice. And I kept the gathered skirt, kinda. I kept the button back. Ok, that was fast…

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Now for what I remixed…. I added sleeves. I lengthened the bodice. I super shortened the skirt. I narrowed the waist strap and added a tie. I replaced the fabric button closure with painted red elastic. OH, and since it’s a costume, I chose not to line it.

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Once my son got it on and looked in the mirror he was convinced that this isn’t what a Ninjago Ninja looks like. So I had to take him downstairs to the computer and bring up the picture above on the computer. He was coming around and starting to agree with me, but he stuck to his guns. He pointed out that he didn’t have the yellow face and the round black hands weren’t like his costume….. Ummm… I can sometimes go to great lengths to get things just right, but I wasn’t going to chop off his hands and add round, lego hands or paint his face yellow today…. Once we cleared that up, he was on board that this costume looked like a Ninjago!

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My little  Ninjago has his eyes on you…. (I’ve still got to finish the hat/mask thingy… I forget the real name for them…)

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Even Dad was pretty impressed with the remix. He definitely had his hesitations when I told him I was making our son an outfit out of a dress pattern! This has now opened up a whole new way of looking at all the little girl clothes out there. Boys kinda get the shaft sometimes when it comes to the clothes options. But I feel a little free-er after this project. Free-er in knowing that just because it’s for a girl, doesn’t mean I can’t change a few things to make it more BOY!

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And how would you remix the Party Dress?? Are your kids obsessed with Ninjago? Mine isn’t obsessed yet, but it seems to be an extremely hot toy with the boys!

 

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