Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ringer Tee Pattern Release

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I recently released my latest pattern, The Ringer Tee.  It is available here on Etsy and here on Craftsy.  

The Ringer Tee is a basic, unisex tee shirt pattern that can be used to create ringer or classic tees in short or long sleeves.  It is available in nine sizes from 12 months through size 8.  It is perfect for boys or girls. 

The pattern is very versatile and is great to create wardrobe staples.  With an optional pocket the shirt can be made for anything.  It goes well with jeans, leggings, shorts, skirts, or even as jammies.


I drafted this pattern at the beginning of the summer and have been making the boys all sorts of tee shirts ever since.  The ringer tee is especially fun with prints.  I made shirts with dachshunds!  They boys call them their Hundley shirts (from Curious George).  These two are obsessed with George.   


It looks great as a classic tee, too.  


It is also a great layering piece.   


Or for taking pictures.

 Check it out!


Saturday, November 22, 2014


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This what happens when a 2-year-old finds your remote control camera shutter while you are checking said camera.

Looks like he's trying to change the channel.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fox Scarf

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I don't know how it is where you live, but in Iowa it is pretty damn cold.  We got snow last weekend and it is still here (usually if we get snow before or after winter it melts pretty quickly).  I will admit that I am usually a snow-lover.  However, I appreciate it much more when it stays in it's season.  It is really hard to enjoy fall when we have to bundle up to go outside.  The boys' barely got a chance to wear their new fall jackets!

So when I stumbled across this awesome DIY fox scarf by Prudent Baby I knew it would be the perfect cold-weather accessory and a great way to use up the rest of the fleece from the boys' bomber jackets.  

I used warm flannel for the fox body and sherpa fleece for the underside.  The scarf is incredibly warm.  Using the free pattern I added the arms, legs and ears of the little fox.  I also added a little strip of elastic to the back of the fox's head to hold the tail in place when around my neck.  

I love it.  It is so much fun.  I made a couple more to give a Christmas presents.  

Are you staying warm?


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hooded Cowl

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I recently knitted a hooded cowl for my sister-in-law.  I used the Burton Bear Cowl knitting pattern by The Velvet Acorn.  


The pattern calls for bulky-weight yarn so the whole thing came together fairly quickly.  

It's pretty cute.  I think I might knit one for myself next!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Super Hero Angry Birds

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Halloween is right around the corner.  However, we have been preparing for Halloween since August.  Little Man has been planning his costume since November 1st 2013 (he's already talking about what he wants to be next year), but finally settled on an idea in August.  He wanted to be an Angry Bird with a cape.  

That idea evolved into Super Hero Angry Birds.  I managed to convince him that he didn't need a cape (he only has four capes at home).  Not all super heroes wear capes.  Mini Man went along with the idea.  He didn't seem to care much other than he had to be the black bird.  Last week Mini Man did tell me he wanted to be a snake for Halloween and he told my parents he was going to be an octopus.  Fortunately, he didn't seem to remember that when it was time to put the costumes on for our family party.  Both children were happy with their costumes.  

Little Man was fairly involved in the costume design this year.  He drew an elaborate picture of what he wanted his owl to look like (he wants his owl to have a costume too).  We decided on Angry Bird hats to help distinguish the different birds, vests (like Robin), and leggings with the built-in underwear.  The boots and gauntlets were my addition and they very much complete the assembles, in my opinion.  

The hats were the first things I made.  I made up my own pattern for each hat.  Both kids and Husband have giant heads so typical hat measurements never fit.  I used the Angry Bird plush patterns by Obsessively Stitching as a guide for the the shapes of the eyes, beaks, etc.  I had to increase the size of everything, but it gave me an idea of what I needed.  I used the Obsessively Stitching pattern for Angry Birds toys in March.    

The vests were next.  I wanted to make something that adds to the costume, but is practical enough to be worn without the costume..  I opted for puffer vests.  I used the Great Outdoors Reversible Vest pattern by Peekaboo Patterns.  I used sweatshirt fleece (with no stretch) for the outer fabric and cotton broadcloth for the lining.  

The lining is Angry Birds fabric, of course.  The lining for Little Man's vest is the same that I used for his Birthday Pants with the hope that he'll wear the two together.  There are also pockets in the vests which feature the same fabric as the lining.


I lined the fleece for the vests with batting and then quilted simple lines.  The batting and fleece should make the vests very warm.  The vest pattern was easy to follow and offers lots of options for customization such as a removable hood or snaps instead of a zipper.  I appliqued an Angry Bird to the back of each vest as well as the front. 


After the vests came the t-shirts and leggings.  I drafted my own pattern for the leggings and used my Super Hero t-shirt pattern for the shirts.  I added the underwear applique before sewing the pants.  I made pants like this before for Little Man's Super Hero party.  I decided to applique another bird to each t-shirt.  Originally I was going to only applique the vests.  I decided add one to the shirts in case the vests come off during warmer, day-time parties.  


The boots and the gauntlets were made from felt.  The boots strap on over the boys' shoes and Velcro in the back.  I used the gauntlet pattern from my Every Hero's Cape pattern.  

The boots and gauntlets are really the only 'costumey' parts of the costume.  Everything else, I'm happy to say, can be worn again on any other day.  My hope is they will be worn a lot.


Husband and I got hats and matching t-shirts only.  I think that was all we needed.  Husband got a pig and I got a yellow bird.   I think I look a bit like Bert (of Bert and Ernie). 

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bomber jackets

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I recently made my boys new fall jackets.  I used the P51 Flyer Jacket pattern by Terra's Treasures.  I loooove how these jackets turned out.

I used sweatshirt fleece instead of leather or pleather.  I was able to find medium to heavy-weight sweatshirt fleece with zero stretch.  It is nice and warm and with no stretch it wasn't a pain to sew.  I lined the bodice with sherpa fleece and the sleeves with jersey knit.  I think the jackets should be nice and warm until the snow starts flying.


The zipper is asymmetrical which I love.  I love how the lapels are created when the jacket isn't full zipped.  All the seams are top-stitched, which can be tedious, but looks great.

I didn't change anything about the pattern.  I even added the tabs and snaps which I don't think are entirely functional.  I could have left them off, but they complete the look.  The tab and snap on the collar are a bit too far apart.  When snapped, it makes the collar a bit tight.


The pattern was constructed well and the instructions were clear.  They pdf also has the pattern sizes layered so you have the option to print just one size.  That is very helpful when trying to trace the pattern pieces and there are a ton of sizes.  Unfortunately I didn't notice that was an option until I had printed everything!

The jackets did take a while (about 4-5 hours each), but I think it was worth it.  The pattern goes up to size 16 (12-18 months is the smallest.  I love the broad size range.)  so I definitely will be making this again.

And in case you ever thought these photo shoots look just adorable, here is what ninety percent of the pictures look like:

We are ready for fall!