Sunday, August 22, 2010

More of the Fun Pants

So I managed to get some laundry done - surprise!  

I hate applique-ing letters.  William will probably never have his name on a shirt because his name is 7 letters long - suddenly rethinking my stance on nicknames.... ha!

The bug one is the only one where I used the extra energy to make contrast cuffs - they're cute but not worth the extra effort for me most of the time.  I'm head over heels for the red seersucker Georgia outfit - even Sam thinks it's cute!!

Not sure why this picture turned out so dark and the others didn't...but... the duck has brown corduroy pants - I can't wait for cooler weather.  The frog might be one of my favorites.  I had to redo his eyes - at first I had just put flat white buttons there and he, the frog, looked a little possessed...ha!  Not exactly what you want your cutie patootie one year old son wearing around town!  The elephant is Sam's favorite.  It's really soft brown and turquoise houndstooth and my mother-in-law actually thought we had bought his outfit!!  One point for me!

So - there's William's entire fall wardrobe (haha - just kidding - this kid has a better closet than me!)  Now go sew something! ;)

Friday, August 20, 2010

I'm Obsessed

Sam will be the first to tell you - I am 100% obsessed with making pants at the moment.  I've never been able to pattern shorts/pants that I'm totally happy with - believe me - I HAVE tried!  I've gotten close many many times but something was always a little off about how they fit and then it happened.  MADE BY RAE made her Big Butt Baby Pants pattern available for sale on her blog.  Now normally I am morally opposed to paying more than $2 for a pattern but these were so cute and I could print off the pattern that very second and all my pants woes would be over - so I paid $10 for the pattern and haven't looked back.  I am pretty sure that if I paid retail price for pants I would've already made my money back, easy.

So - what I'm saying is - if you sew - go buy the pattern!!  Now!! Or in a second.  Or maybe just eventually.  But seriously, go do it at some point!

What's so great about it is there is so much room for adding special touches, especially for girls, the leg is wide and cute, she told me how long to cut the elastic!! (a personal issue of mine...), and the pattern is graded - you can use it from birth to 2T!!  I've already made 3 gifts, two newborn and one 24 months, that turned out darling - this is in addition to the seven pairs I've made pepito and one sitting on the cutting board!  Oh - did I mention that I can cut, sew, and finish these pants in less than an hour?!  Now you really NEED to buy this pattern!  haha!!

I've been loving them so much, that there only three clean outfits I could take a picture of, all others have been worn and sitting in the neverending laundry pile....

Oh - and my other obsesseion?  Applique T-shirts.  I swear, William is going to be in a million variations of this particular outfit for the next two years.  Not even kidding.  Including the T-shirt (Garanimals from WalMart 3.00-3.50 depending on sale days), the whole outfit usually costs about $6.00-8.00.  Insane for a matching top & bottom, appliqued and ADORABLE!  Heat and Bond has changed my life.

After I do laundry - maybe I'll get to it this weekend - I'll post pics of the other outfits.  Seriously too cute not to show you!  You will die.  And then go spend $10.  If only I was getting paid for all this advertisement.... Seriously - I'm just THAT excited!!

Happy Sewing!  (JoAnn's is having a pretty awesome sale with great coupons this weekend...just saying..  AND Hancock's has all notions 50% off!!)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Boy, New Overalls

No - I didn't get a new boy - but he did just become a bit of toddler and not so much baby.  And with that comes new overalls!!  Well, not really overalls, but romper? jumper?  I never have figured out the "correct" term for children's clothes...oops!  Anyhow.  I finally found a pattern for little boy's clothes that was on sale and in stock and I love it.  4 easy pieces, plenty of ways to dress it up, and it's oh so cute.  It's cut a little wide for my sweet squirt (and he still has some room to grow taller) but I'm going to pretend it's part of the charm because I'm way to lazy to figure out how to take in the facing pieces appropriately.

the ONLY picture I have of him standing still in it...

birthday cupcake applique, green piping on the top edges, fun green buttons = love

how cute is my family?!

turquoise/white linen plaid, pineapple applique, white buttons = classic

OH - and the pattern for those that want to know - Butterick 5439.  And the great part is - this particular pattern also has great girl stuff - it's perfect!  Granted, I haven't made anything but the romper as of yet, but if the rest of it is as simple, I'm 100% sold.  Now - go buy the pattern - when it's on sale for $1 of course! ;)