Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!

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This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!

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About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?

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They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.

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But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!

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Shorts! Perfect!

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My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…

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I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!

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What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

More KCW Mending

Another boring post about my mending progress! Sorry…  I think it took longer to edit the photos then it did to do the mending!

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My son has these pj’s that he loves. No, I didn’t make them…

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But… They are huge! His aunt gave them to him, not last Christmas, but the one before. And they are too big, but he loves them. He has refused to let me make them fit. Unfortunately he looks kinda like a hobo when he wear them. He loves them too big, but he trips over them. and falls.

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So I put my foot down and he finally agreed that we could make them fit a bit better!

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Although I did hem the sleeves a bit shorter then we agreed upon. And of course he noticed!

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The pants needed a bit of a hem too. And they got it!

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Even now that they fit he still loves the pj’s. He can even to his ninja moves without worrying about falling down!

Go HAWKS!!!

And the last day of Kids Clothes Week!

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This whoel city has been Seahawks crazy this week! So to get a shirt, it was either super expensive or a lot of lines… So I found a little green tee, but it was kinda big!

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Before….

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But I got it for 3 bucks, took it home and took it in!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been a bit of quilting obsessed and haven’t been sewing for the kiddo much. So this project is a quick and easy one! Just taking in the shirt and printing a seahawk logo on an iron on and…

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GOOOOO HAWKS!!!!

 

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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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Yo Ho Ho Are you Ready for KCW?

You’ll never believe it, but I have made another costume for the kiddo! Do your kids like costumes as much as mine does?

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The year before last my family was a silly band of pirates for Halloween. My son’s uncle had given him a pirate costume the Christmas before that. It was just a fun store bought costume. My son loved it! It was a hit at his birthday party. The problem with is was that it couldn’t be washed. If the red striped shirt got wet, it bled. And you can only imagine after a year of play, a birthday party costume and a Halloween costume, it needed a wash. So it had to go away. That was over a year ago.

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The kid kept asking for a new one, just like his old one!

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So I finally got down to it and it took all of two hours! Um. Hello?? WHy do I put off these things?

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I used the Flashback Tee pattern. Lately, I haven’t’ been using a lot of patterns, but sometimes it’s easier to just pull it out and cut. No thinking…. I used a red and white striped tee from my recycle stash. I was going to make the arms red, but it just wasn’t working for me. Instead I raided my husband’s ‘t-shirt to turn into rags’ recycle pile for a plain ole white shirt.

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The vest was actually the one his Dad wore for Halloween, just cut down smaller! And then pants are just comfy pants I made with fleece!

And the pirate hat and other pirate party accessories are available at my etsy shop!

what are you making for KWC?

 

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KCW- Purple Shorts

Ok, it’s not much today, but I did make something!

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I had to finish up my last pair of dragon wings for the Halloween season, then I turned to some Kids Clothes Week! Some purple shorts! I started with the pattern for the Kickin Back Sweats from Sewing for Boys. I thought, that since I had the pattern, I should use it. Right? It’s super simple. But they are HUGE! This is the size 2/3 on my 5 year old! And I even sized it down a little from the 2/3! Either way, they fit great!

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And I cut out the green pj’s to go with the purple shorts… Know where I’m going with this????

It’s Kids Clothes Week Again!

I can’t believe it’s Kids Clothes Week again!

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And I’ve been swamped with etsy orders so I wasn’t able to prep until now! And we’re going out of town this weekend, so I don’t know if I’m in for the whole week or not… But either way, I’m going to try!

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But don’t get too excited, I’m not going crazy with anything too exciting! My kiddo wants costumes and needs pj’s. So that’s what he’s getting!

What are you making?

KCW- More Overalls!

I know, Kids Clothes Week is technically over…. But I’m still going!

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Another pair of overalls! Yep!

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This time the boy version. A real version!

It’s pretty much exactly like the version I did yesterday. I’m still working on the kinks in the pattern and pattern directions. I’m thinking I’m going to learn how to make patterns! This is totally inspiring me to go for it!

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This is the real pair that I’ve made for my friend’s son’s adoption on Thursday. So first, I’m crossing my fingers it gets there before Thursday! And secondly, since they are about 3000 miles away, I’m crossing my fingers it fits!! Ahh!!

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And since it’s the real thing, I actually did all the top stitching and finishing of the seams, etc!

Originally I had the fabric picked out to be this super thin, bright green corduroy. Then realized that it’s hot in Florida about this time of year. SO I changed to just a bright green cotton with an owl accent fabric. Then last minute, with the husband’s help, we totally switched to blue and brown star fabric! I’m thinking it was a good choice!

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OK, I’m taking a break from overalls for a couple of days!

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In a way I wasn’t as productive this season. In the sense that I didn’t get 5 to 7 garments made. But in the sense that I designed a pair of overalls for my friends son and got the practice pair made, I was successful!

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I was supposed to do this last season of KCW. But I procrastinated… These are supposed to be for my friends son’s adoption and there’s nothing like a deadline to get me to finish something! So I’m cramming now!

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I made the pattern. I got a pair of 18 month overalls as a starting point and then created my own pattern. Then I tried to make it! And realized I had forgotten a few pattern pieces here and there and made those on the fly. And of course the pattern wasn’t perfect the first time around, so there was some tweaking!

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This is my ‘muslin’ pair. I was actually out of muslin and had this huge duvet cover that I had bought for fabric at Goodwill some time ago. And it ended up being perfect with the two coordinating fabrics!

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I added a couple of pockets here and there….

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With this pair I didn’t do all the topstitching I typically would. Just trying it out! And there were a pieces places I forgot to do something and added later, so you see extra stitching…

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Here’s full back view! I wanted the waistband to come all the way around to the back. Technically, it doesn’t really do anything since I added the elastic waist. But I like it and I’m going to keep it!

So now I’m about to make the ‘real’ version to mail out tomorrow! And I’m crossing my fingers it fits! I don’t have an 18 month model at my fingertips!

I’m considering drafting this in multiple sizes and listing it for sale. What do you think? Worth the trouble? Would you be interested? It will be my first foray into pattern making…

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KCW-Update

I don’t have much to show for the work I’ve been doing, but I thought I’d give you an update and let you know I’m still working!

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And, man, I feel like I am thinking this into the ground…. Cutting and sewing tomorrow! More soon!