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 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. 🙂

PicMonkey Summer Part 2 Collage


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.

Oliver batman

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.

Oliver batman

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!

F is for Fanfare flannel fabulousness

When I saw Rae’s preview of her new fabric line months ago, I knew that come this fall I would have to have it! Foxes, elephants, and bunting all in organic cotton flannel…need I say more? Thankfully right after it came out, Pink Castle Fabrics had an amazing 30% off sale and I stocked up! Got enough for some pjs for the boys, pj pants for me, and a little extra for other misc. projects that come up needing soft, cozy fabrics. 🙂

I have been so busy that I hadn’t had a chance to dig into them yet but determined to make something with them this week after seeing Rae’s Fanfare blogger’s tour full of amazing ideas!

I have to admit that Eliot’s outfit is a partial copy of probably actually… I had already planned on making him the pants but loved her idea with the onesie applique to go with. Eliot’s pants are the Oliver + S bedtime story pajama pants. Love the coordinating waistband and hems on this pant pattern.

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Oliver’s pants are Rae’s Parsley Pants… (double Rae factor with the fabric and pattern 🙂 ) One note on the pants: when I went to pull out the pattern, I realized I never printed the final version- I just have the tester version which is a bit baggier than the final version. However the cut is perfect for pajama bottoms so I went ahead and used it. Also Oliver picked out his elephant fabric all by himself. I bought enough of the elephants and foxes that he had several choices, (in fact I had planned on using the gray elephants for him) and I asked him several times which fabric he wanted. Every time he asked for the blue elephants. I am finding it fun that he now has an opinion about what I make him- although I know that works in reverse too!

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I just love the softness of this flannel! I want to keep the boys in their pajamas all day! Now if only someone could tell me the trick of how to get a good photoshoot with a toddler and a baby, I’d be all set! Also the settings were weird on my camera and I couldn’t quite fix them so everything is a bit pixelated. Boo! 😦

fanfare pjs

fanfare pjs

I have more fanfare set aside to make pajama pants for me and hope I can find the time to get to that very soon!! By the way, these outfits were done just in time to coordinate with no big dill’s sew all 26 letter F!

New Year Update…

And we’re back! That was a bit of an unintended, extended break, but we are back up and running folks! Wanna see what’s been taking up all my time and energy?
Baby #2 Ultrasound

Yep, you got it…another little rugrat will be running around our house come June. And we are excited to announce that it is yet another boy child so let the boy crafting keep coming! No ruffles and bows at this house, peeps. Having an active toddler running around while going through the loveliness that is pregnancy sure has set me back a bit. However crafting must still go on and I am excited to get back into this space and share some fun projects I have been working on. To begin with, let’s just do a quick recap of what’s happened since I last visited this space. Most of the pics will be instagram since these were all captured on the go.


I was in two craft fairs. The first craft fair was a small, local affair and I must admit to being a bit disappointed at the amount of money I made for all the work involved. The second craft fair was located just a little ways from me in Columbia, SC and turned out to be a huge success! I loved everything about the Crafty Feast and hope to make it an annual event! My thoughts on craft fairs- they are tons of work, but if you pick the right one, the outcome can be quite good. I think I will pick one or two a year to focus on because any more than that is too much time for this part-time crafty mama.

My first little craft fair booth

Second craft fair- notice the new contraption the hubs made me to keep my hoops on. This worked out great!


I didn’t set too many goals for Christmas crafting because my last craft fair was December 15 and I knew that I wouldn’t have much time for handmade gifts this year. I did manage to make a few things though. I made a little side table topper for my mother to match a vintage quilt in her guest room. This was a fun, easy little project. I used a quarter square triangle tutorial to make a version of the Ohio Star block

The other big Christmas gift I managed to make was a Clemson quilt for my brother. This was a joint venture with my parents. They asked me if I would make the quilt if they provided all the materials. I don’t have any pictures of the finished quilt- seriously, how terrible is that? However, I made the quilt was a copy of the one I made my dad for Father’s Day so I’ll cheat and show you a picture of that one as an example.


That about wraps it up for now. I am hosting a baby shower at my house this weekend and I cannot wait to show you the cute decorations we have made in preparation for this shower. However, the decor is a surprise to the mama-to-be so I shall have to wait till next week to reveal the cuteness. 🙂 I will be back later this week to show some fun house projects that I have completed in anticipation of all the visitors that will be here on Saturday.


Where I’ve been…

This past week has been quite full…. family time, a sick little man, car trips, hand quilting, and practicing new skills. I so enjoyed the family time we had with the hub’s extended family, but I am very happy to be back in my own house and on a normal schedule again! Since we’ve been back, the poor little man has not been feeling well and has needed extra momma time- resulting in less sewing time for me. Oh well, he’s only little for a short time, so I need to enjoy every minute, right? I did sneak some time in during our 8 hour drive home to finish the hand-quilting on my quilt. Just have to add the binding and it’s done! I have also been working on some new projects that I hope will turn into more of a lucrative venture for me… more to come on that if it works out!

A photo collage of said activities…

my nephews and their handmade vests

new fun project!

rough day on the job

hand quilting- check!


Kid’s Clothes Week Challenge

I’m in; are you? It’s kid’s clothes week challenge time! I have decided that after a month of selfish sewing for the spring top sewalong, I need a push to work on some kid’s clothes. I will be making some things for Oliver, but I also will be stockpiling gifts for upcoming baby showers. I always have great hopes of making handmade gifts for baby showers but, more often than not, run out of time to put these ideas into concrete form. The goal for this challenge is to spend one hour a day working on your projects. To join, add a comment on elsie’s post. Check out her flickr group to see what amazing things others have made in past years. I’m hoping to gather more inspiration as I peruse this group. I will have to utilize nap time wisely in order to accomplish this challenge because I also have a special little boy’s 1st birthday party to plan! Oh where has time gone? I will pop back in several times this week to show you my progress on my to-do list.

Here’s my list for this week. It’s a bit ambitious, but reach for the skies, right?

Baby gifts

For Oliver

  • Reversible Vests (for church)
  • Summer shorts- I haven’t decided yet on exact pattern but I plan on shortening a pants pattern= either the treasure pocket pants or AMH quick change trousers
  • Bow ties
  • Birthday crown

Morning nap is in progress…off I go to sew! Here’s a few pictures for inspiration.

Easter vest

Treasure Pocket Pants

Last year’s quick change trousers/shorts