Cow Appreciation Day 2014

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I’m back to share with you the other project that I sewed in advance for Kids Clothes Week. It feels kinda like cheating to share something I made 2 weeks ago but an hour a day is the same even if it’s completed before the actual sew along week, right? I knew I wouldn’t be able to get much done this week and I couldn’t not have something to share! I think this one goes well with the kid art theme too since the tank graphics look like kid writing.flashbank tanks v2 (2 of 7)

Every year in July Chickfila hosts what’s known as Cow Appreciation Day where if you dress like a cow, you get free food. We are a bit of Chickfila addicts around here so this is one of our favorite days of the year! Continue reading

Striped Star Wars Tanks

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It’s Kids Clothes Week this week and since I knew that I was going to be out of town the beginning of the week, I made up a few outfits in advance. Actually these tanks were supposed to be the boys’ 4th of July outfits but I ran out of time to finish them so they ended up wearing them without the graphics. Which now that I’ve finished, I think I liked them better without the graphics. Win some, lose some.

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These tanks are a hack of the Flashback Skinny Tee. Fabric is a cotton/spandex knit from Girl Charlee. Eliot’s is an 18M with 1.5″ length added and Oliver’s is a 3T with 1″ length added. I used Tara’s tutorial as a basis for how to make the tank out of the tee pattern but ended up changing it up even more. Continue reading

All About Boys: Fall Sewing Plans

Today I’m back to share with you some of my fall sewing plans. These are all patterns that I currently own but have yet to try. You will notice a heavy Oliver + S theme going on here. I’ve been collecting some of their patterns when they run occasional sales and have GOT to make some of these this fall before Oliver sizes out of the patterns I bought! The ones I got only go up to size 4! FYI if you sign up for their email list, they will run sales several times a year and it’s a great time to stock up on patterns you’ve been eying since their patterns are not cheap- but totally worth it!


Oliver + S School Bus tee- I actually bought the family package of these tees so I have the entire size range and the women’s and men’s patterns. Excited to try all of them out this fall for family tees! I’m curious to see how I like this pattern compared to the flashback tee.

cardiganGreenpoint Cardigan- It is unisex even though the pattern picture is of a girl. I got this during a bundle sale last fall- I think the Sew Fab? Anywho Oliver is definitely getting himself a cardigan this year. Won’t he look so cute in it?


Field trip raglan t shirt- I actually just bought this during their 20% off June sale and thought I bought the larger size range but I didn’t- boo. Oh well. I’m hoping that I like this raglan pattern better than the one I’ve previously used from Sewing for Boys. I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts when I make it.

Sailboat TopSailboat Top and Pants- I am hoping to make a top for both boys from this pattern and a pair of pants for Eliot. You notice I don’t have much variety in pants patterns because I like to stick with the basics but I think this one would be cute for E. I’ve actually had this pattern for several years and have put off making it. Really, Brooke, what’s wrong with you?!

Hawthorn-Half-Zip-Stripes-512x768Hawthorn Zip Up Sweatshirt- Got this during the Willow+Co Sale about a month ago. I’m thinking this would make a really comfy sweatshirt for Oliver. Gonna try to find some cool knit to make it in.

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Nature Walk Pullover- Another cozy outer layer. We spend a lot of the fall in layers so it’s nice to have several options to throw on the boys over their tshirts. I’d like to try out the knit pants too for some wearing-around-the-house pants.

So now that I’ve gotten this list all made, I realize how many patterns I own that I haven’t used yet. Now I’ve made a promise to myself to try all these out before I am allowed to buy any more. And I’m putting this list on the internet to keep myself accountable to you all! Be sure to ask me how I’m doing on this goal if you think of it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week that has been all about boys. We are excited to continue this series and are brainstorming some fun ideas for this fall. Think: awesome theme, sew along, maybe some fun prizes…Hopefully we can continue to develop this series and encourage everyone to sew more for the boys in their lives. Make sure to check out what Heidi and April have to share with you today!

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All About Boys: My Favorite Patterns

I hope you enjoyed seeing how the three of us interpreted the 2 free patterns in different ways. I know I really enjoyed seeing what April and Heidi came up with! It’s so fun how the same pattern can look completely different with just a few adaptations. Make sure you check out Heidi’s second look she has featured today! (She outdid us all and made 2 separate outfits!) April has a pattern round-up for you as well today so I’m excited to see what she has to say.

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To round out this week of boy sewing, I want to share some patterns with you. Today I’m sharing a list of my favorite boy patterns (though all of these patterns are in reality unisex so these could be used for girl sewing as well) that I’ve actually sewn and the corresponding outfits that I’ve made from them. I have them listed in order from easiest to hardest (in my opinion). The links on the pattern names will take you to the blog/online store where you can purchase them. If you click on the picture, you will be directed to the blog post where I wrote in detail about them. Tomorrow I’ll be back to share with you some new sewing patterns that I would like to try out this fall. Note: none of these are affiliate links in any way- just giving you my honest opinions. :)

KCW Spring 2014Flashback Skinny Tee- seriously y’all. My go-to t-shirt pattern. The end.

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All About Boys: Modern Handmade

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The last blogger I have to share with you this week is April from Modern Handmade. She made this seriously cute outfit for her little man- I mean hem tabs on the shorts. Why didn’t I think of that? Seriously gonna use that idea ASAP! And she made SHOES! She has inspired me to finally try to recreate some shoes of my own- something I’ve been putting off doing for a while. Make sure you head over to her blog and get all the details on her outfit. And check out more pics of Mr H while you are there. What a cutie!

photo 2I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you some of my favorite patterns for boy clothing to give you a little more inspiration to sew some fun things for your own boys!


All About Boys: Picnic at the Park

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Welcome to my stop on the all about boys week. For my destination, I wanted to make an outfit suitable for a summer evening picnic at the park. We have a great little downtown here in my town and spend a lot of summer evenings walking around the park and biking along the trails. We happened to remember this really cool Rock Quarry Garden near downtown that would be perfect for the photo shoot!

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As mentioned previously, the goal for this week was to show you different outfits you can make using 2 free patterns: Dana’s basic tee and Oliver+S Sunny Day shorts. Continue reading

All About Boys: Handmade Frenzy

Just popping in today to point you over to my friend Heidi at Handmade Frenzy where she has our first All About Boys post up and ready for your viewing pleasure! I love what she did with the freezer paper stenciled popsicle! And how great are those stripes?! Head over here to read it! And then you’ll probably have to go get yourself some ice cream because she’s got some drool-worthy shots of that yummy cone!