Halloween 2016: Ninja Turtles

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There was a lot of back and forth this fall before I finally got the boys to settle on their Halloween costumes. For a while, I thought they were going to be superheroes again but then they finally settled on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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I was pretty excited because this seemed like a fairly straightforward costume. I would start with the same base as last year and then add the accessories. It ended being a little more of a brain-bender than I had anticipated figuring out how to make everything, but in the end I’m super happy with the results!

ninja-turtle-costumes-9-of-10My one qualification with handmade costumes is that if I’m going to spend a ton of time on them, I want them to be wearable the remainder of the year. Last year’s costumes got worn as pjs all year long, and I was hoping for the same results this time….meaning everything needs to be washable!

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I started with a very basic outline: Flashback Tees for the tops (sized 4&5)and Fancy Pants leggings for the bottoms (sized 4&6). Eliot’s pants are a wee big but at the rate he’s growing hopefully that just means they’ll last a while longer! The green fabric is Laguna Jersey in Grass which Rachael at Imagine Gnats was so kind to stock for me when I contacted her to see if she had any of this green color I needed! Other than that green jersey, all fabrics are from my stash.

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I used some more laguna jersey from my stash to make the elbow and knee bands. They are stitched on with some stretch thread so that the threads won’t break with movement!

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The shells on the front of the tees are made with yellow Kona cotton and a layer of quilt batting in between the tee and the shell. I wanted something to add a little bulk but since it had to be washable, I didn’t want too much bulk. The quilt batting gave the perfect extra layer to the shell. I just free cut and stitched these based on some pictures I had of the cartoon ninja turtles.

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The belts are made from some strips of brown laguna jersey: velcroed closed at the front and the felt initial circles are stitched on over the velcro.

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The back shells are little backpacks made of felt. Not washable but not meant to be worn all the time either. I stitched a shell design on the green felt and then stuffed the backpacks with fiberfill stuffing and stitched them closed. I also added a piece of cardboard inside them against the back of the backpack to add some firmness to the shell.

ninja-turtle-costumes-10-of-10I made the boys some masks with more jersey scraps but they’re not sure they want to wear those. Eliot completely boycotted his and Oliver only wanted to wear one for a few pics. We shall see what happens at Halloween. Masks are always a bit iffy so I didn’t spend a lot of time on them .

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These crazy boys and their photoshoots… I asked them to act like Ninja Turtles and these are the poses I get! But they really love their costumes, and I’m so happy I got them finished! I have plans for a full family set of Ninja Turtles for our Halloween costume party this coming Saturday but we shall see if this very pregnant lady can manage to get the adult versions done too! At least the kids are good to go now.

Nautical Baby Quilt

nautical-baby-quilt-2-of-6I’m back with baby niece number 2’s quilt! This sweet babe is due a mere 10 days before my own little boy, so it’s very exciting to have all these cousins coming so close together! My brother and sil are doing a nautical baby nursery with the main colors being red and navy blue.

nautical-baby-quilt-6-of-6I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to include the nautical elements into this baby quilt so I did some Pinterest searching for inspiration and came upon this gem. I basically copied this idea pretty closely.

I had one yard of white kona cotton to use and figured out my dimensions around that. The large middle white section ended up being around 20-22″ by the width of fabric and the striped sections are about 2.5″ by WOF.

nautical-baby-quilt-5-of-6For the anchors, I found a template online, used that to trace the anchor shape onto my fabric, applied heat n bond lite to the back of the fabric, and then appliquéd the anchors to the quilt. The anchors are around 7″ tall.

The final quilt size ended up being about 41×45″… I used some navy kona cotton to bind the quilt and this awesome lightweight chambray anchor print for the backing. I had bought this chambray at the beginning of the summer to make shorts for the boys and never got around to it. It ended up being the exact size I needed for a backing so it was awesome not to have to piece anything for the back!

nautical-baby-quilt-4-of-6The quilt is free motion quilted with a pretty dense loopy stipple on the white sections. I thought all that white fabric needed some dense quilting to add dimension. And then I left the color strips and anchors un-quilted to let them pop a bit.

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My goal with this quilt and the previous one was to only use fabric from my stash. With the exception of the yard of white kona that I had to buy, everything else was stashed! I think I used up every single piece of navy blue and red fabric that I own but I had enough! Apparently navy and red are not colors that I use a lot.

nautical-baby-quilt-1-of-6I love how this turned out and I am excited for my baby niece to get to use it!! FYI I blurred her name out on the label because it hasn’t been announced to the general public yet, and I wanted to let her mom and dad do that, not me!

 

Striped Rowan Sweatshirts

I’ve got a post over on imagine gnats showing off the boys latest sweatshirts. I absolutely love this indigo striped knit by Robert Kaufman and had so much fun mixing and matching the details up to make them each a fun sweatshirt. I love that they coordinate but aren’t completely matching…

Head over here to see lots more pictures and get all the details! denim-knit-sweatshirts-2-of-11

 

Birthday Raglan Tees

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I haven’t had a chance to show either of the boys’ birthday shirts yet so I thought I’d just take pictures of both at once to show you. I started this tradition of birthday number tees back for Oliver’s first birthday and although I’m almost always sewing them the night before, I have yet to miss a year!

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This year I used the safari raglan pattern for both boys. In the past I have done more intricate designs (see last year’s superhero stormtrooper), but with all that’s going on this year, I needed something quick and easy.

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I finally realized that there was a short sleeve option on the safari pattern (duh!) so I printed that off and used that to make the short sleeves. I can’t quite remember now, but I think they are wearing a size 3 and 5. And as you can see, they are completely unhemmed…birthday tees are meant to be fun and casual. Who needs a hem on that?

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Both boys’ tees are made from Laguna  jersey from the Imagine Gnats shop... I’m telling ya, it pays to keep a variety of colors in stock for last minute tee-making needs!

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Oliver’s stencil turned out a little harder to read than I had anticipated…I started out with a black stencil but you couldn’t see that at all so I mixed white and black to reach a nice gray shade and repainted it. But on that dark gray tee, it ended up a little more subtle than I had planned. It does have kind of a nice echo effect with the black paint behind the gray though.

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Eliot’s stencil is the result of me searching pinterest for 3rd birthday shirt ideas. I saw several variations of the three fingers tee and thought it was perfect for him as he loves to hold up his fingers and tell everyone how old he is. Unexpected side effect: I made the shirt green as that’s his favorite color and now he calls it his Yoda shirt because Yoda is green, therefore anything green belongs to Yoda. 🙂 Kids and their logic.

And that’s a wrap on birthday tees for another year! I don’t know how long they’ll want me to keep making these but I’m going to keep going as long as I can. 🙂

 

Thing 1 & Thing 2 Tanks…and a Thing 3

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Soooo, there’s a reason my sewing has been sporadic lately. Which you may not have noticed but I have felt the lack of quite sorely. There’s another Crook baby coming late November 2016. Yay…and yikes. 🙂

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We are all very excited, and I am very excited to be exiting first trimester next week. Time to get some energy back around here! Obviously a new baby means some reveal sewing was in order! I have wanted to make the boys Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts forever and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that…and throw a little thing 3 in the mix. 🙂

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I used the Twisted Tank pattern from Titchy Threads- non twisted version obviously. Love this pattern for perfect summer tanks! Eliot’s is a size 3 and Oliver’s is a 4 with a 1/2″ added in length and a little extra width as well (I didn’t have the 5 traced and couldn’t find my pattern pieces to trace it out so we improvised).

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I found a template online for the logos and did some freezer paper stenciling to make them. I haven’t perfected doing two different paint colors on a stencil yet, but these turned out pretty good overall. I had to remind myself no one will see all the little imperfections in the paint.things 1 and 2 tanks (1 of 9)

Tank fabric is Laguna knit in red (what else did you expect? 🙂 )from Rachael’s shop– currently on vacation but will re-open the end of the month.

The baby onesie is also freezer paper stenciled…onesie is courtesy of carters. Hehe, I don’t sew everything!

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Boys shorts are also handmade Sunny Day shorts from last summer…so glad they still fit because I just love how cute they are.

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And for inquiring minds, yes I will find out what it is! Who knows whether there will be girl sewing in my future or not… Oliver is convinced it’s a girl but we will be happy either way. I mean, I’ve got the boy sewing thing going for me already so I’m ok with another cute boy. 🙂 And if it is a girl, I’ll be needing all the girl sewing patterns you can throw my way! things 1 and 2 tanks (4 of 9)

 

Mini Hudson Pants: the workout edition

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I first discovered this fabric because Rachael sent me a bit to try out. It was just so soft and squishy I knew that I needed more!! I promptly ordered yardage to make hudson pants for the lot of us, plus a running sweatshirt for me (more on that very soon!). The fabric is a terry-backed lycra wickaway. (Main fabric is the piston green color way.) It works really well for exercising in so if you’re needing some cold weather exercise clothes, you’ve gotta try this! I know it’s kinda silly to make clothes for the boys out of the wickaway but it was so cute that I couldn’t resist. Hey, they get sweaty playing too! Plus Eliot is in love with “comfy pants” and so I knew he would love these.

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I would like to point out that I actually bought this particular color for Eliot and an orange colorway for Oliver but when I went to make O’s, he decided he wanted to match his brother and I managed to have enough of the green to make two pairs. (The fabric is crazy wide!). So I didn’t set out to do the matchy-matchy thing…It just kinda happened.

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I seem to be the last person in the sewing universe who has yet to make mini hudsons for their kids. I’ve been dying to make the boys some, but just hadn’t had the time yet. And now that I finally got around to it I give it two thumbs up. Love it! Super quick and easy especially if you use the serger. I made the boys a size 3 and 5….Eliot’s fit great but Oliver’s are kinda big. Which is fine because he will grow into them but I think next time I’ll make his skinny self a 4…

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And yeah, I could not get any good pictures of the boys together! They were being such goobers but it was so cold outside that I didn’t want to force them to stay outside too long. Headless shots are better than yucky indoor lighting. Also well aware Eliot’s shirt doesn’t match… #realkidsrealclothes, y’all… He’s even wearing his brother snow boots to complete his crazy get-up…Kids. But when he asks in his cute little voice to wear “the comfy pants you made me,” I’ll let him wear whatever he wants with them. He’s a good schmoozer that one.

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Chambray+Meadow Tiny Pocket Tank

In my previous summer sewing post, I alluded to the fact that I had finished one of the items on my first wish list and here I am to share it with you. I am pretty pumped about this tank because it was one of those ideas that I had in my head and it actually turned out as well as I had pictured! I have seen a couple of color-blocked tanks and tank dresses around the inter webs (Sew Caroline has a version here) and really wanted to make a version of my own. I made one of these tanks last year, (blogged here) had some trouble getting it fitted correctly since I had just recently birthed a baby and my body was a bit out of proportion. V. happy to report I re-measured myself for this tank, was able to go down several sizes this time, and ended up with a much better fit! Yay for body normalcy finally returning.

 

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Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios, size 8.

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Bicycle shorts for the birthday boy

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A Saturday post this week because blog things got moved around a bit, and I have more to share next week. Yesterday was Eliot’s first birthday. Cannot believe my little baby is already one year old! Time really does fly. This little boy has such a sweet laid-back personality and is a loving, happy little boy. I just wanna hold him all day and slow him down! He’s walking along everything right now and even taking 3-4 steps at a time. Going to be walking all by himself before we know it!

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With Eliot being the second child, he really doesn’t need any new clothes/toys and sometimes I get mom guilt that all he wears/plays with are hand-me-downs. I know, it’s silly but I like him to have a few new things all to his own, so I decided to make him a birthday outfit to celebrate his happy day. I think these birthday outfits are becoming a tradition of mine. (Oliver’s second and third birthday outfits blogged here and here.)

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Shorts are Dana’s Kid Shorts pattern. They are the basic elastic waist version, size 18 month with front bias-trimmed pockets. I love the little extra pop the bias tape gives the pockets. FYI if you cloth diaper, you may wanna size up on these shorts. Eliot can wear 12 or 18 month in shorts but the 18 month just fits over his fluffy bum. Fabric is a Michael Miller bicycles print that I picked up several years ago at fabric.com and it looks like they still have it in stock here.

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Tee is a basic store-bought shirt, and I added the ONE appliqué onto it. Note: I find that this age is the hardest stage to take pictures of- constant crawling about, walking along everything, getting into everything. You just have to snap as they move and hope for some good shots. I am up for any ideas on how to get good photoshoots with a young toddler! Forgot how easy it’s gotten now that Oliver is older and like photoshoots, errr- bribes. 🙂

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We just had a simple little family party last night with my siblings, parents, and some homemade chocolate cupcakes. Just enough partying to make mom feel like it was a real birthday but nothing overwhelming. A fun night for my sweet little baby boy.

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Summer Sewing Wish List, part 2

Here’s part two of my summer sewing wish list. I had this all typed up and uploaded on Tuesday but my laptop crashed and deleted all my edits. Boo. 😦 Finally getting a chance to sit down and re-do it. In the meantime, I’ve managed to finish one of my items on my previous wish list! Woot. Will get pictures taken this weekend and have a post for you next week about it. If you follow my instagram (@oliversfancy) you got a sneak peek of it already and I hope are as excited about it as I am. 🙂

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Archer Button Down by Grainline Studios, swiss dot fabric found at Hancock. Note: I don’t actually own this fabric yet, but I saw it on a recent trip to Hancocks and couldn’t come up with a reason to buy it but after I saw Kristin’s Archer I knew I needed to copy hers. I’m thinking a sleeveless version for summer would work really well.

Weekend Getaway Blouse by Leisl + Co., Robert Kaufman Chambray in Slate- purchased at Westwood Acres but no longer in stock. Again with the Kristin fan-club, I’m totally knocking off her version here…except for the pregnant part…no babies here for a long while!

Everyday Skirt by Leisl + Co., Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Woven Dot purchased at Pink Chalk Fabrics.

Well that should keep me busy for a while, huh? Gotta get these knocked out especially since I may or may not have already ordered some more fabric specifically for garment-sewing. I think I may have a problem…

Halloween 2013

While I really wanted to make Oliver a handmade costume this year for Halloween, I also knew that practically I would not have much time to make said costume. I also didn’t want to spend hours on something that would be worn once and then discarded. I went through lots of ideas until I saw this post on KCW making a kid’s tee with a cape sewn into the shirt. What a brilliant idea! Oliver has some Batman pajamas given to him by a friend and he absolutely loves to wear them so what better costume for him?! Plus I had an old gray polo of Ian’s and a black knit dress of mine just waiting around in the upcycle bag so no shopping was required.

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I used my trusty Flashback Skinny Tee pattern in a 3T and followed this tutorial for the cape. It’s sewn into the shoulder seam while the shirt is being constructed. I didn’t have quite enough of the polo for long sleeves so I added black cuffs. I considered attempted freezer paper stenciling for the batman logo but I didn’t have any paint at home so I went with applique instead. I traced out the bat logo from Oliver’s pajama shirt onto the same black knit I used for the cape.

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The best thing about using the polo is that I was able to keep the existing shirt hem! Less work for me! 🙂

I really wanted to make him a mask and pants to go with the shirt, but there’s no way he’s keeping a mask on his head and he already has gray pants so we went the easy way this year. But I’m very happy that I ended up with a cute costume that can be worn over and over this fall and winter. Sorry we don’t have any really great pictures. Batman was just not in the photo taking mood this past week!