Kids Clothes Week - Day 6! July 26 2014

Today we're back to boys clothes and Johanna is showing us some stinkin' cute shorts she made for her two little fellas! 

There's no shortage of fabrics and sewing patterns on the market for girls clothing these days, but it can still be difficult finding good patterns and interesting fabrics for boys clothes. 

Johanna has made an art out of both.  She's used Anna Maria Horner and Pattern Anthology patterns and made them into some truly cool threads for her boys.  And then taken it to a whole other level with great fabric pattern/colour combinations - coral lions (Cotton+Steel!), black and white buses (Echino!), blue and red radios (no idea who designed them, but love the retro print!).

Read all about it on Johanna's blog and view some jumbo photos in our Fabrications Flickr Pool

Are you sewing for boys?  What have been your go-to patterns?  Do you go for patterned fabrics or are your kids more into solids?  Show us what you're making - drop a few photos into our Flickr Pool!

Tomorrow we'll be returning to girls' clothes for one final piece to share for the summer season of KCW.  If you'd like to join us for the next season of KCW and share a few of your own makings, drop us an line and we'll get you into our line up.  It's so much fun to see what people make with all the fabric that comes through our shop!

Kids Clothes Week - Day 5! July 25 2014

Day 5 and we're on the home stretch with Kids Clothes Week.  Sarah here (again!) and today's post is going to be a shorty. 

Before we get to KCW, we're going to pause for a little double-gauze love.  This arrived in the shop today.  Oh my!  (will have it up online shortly!)

Ok, back to our regular programming re: KCW.  Feeling quite chuffed that I've managed to wedge at least an hour of sewing in each evening despite a somewhat hectic week.  Sure, there's a giant pile of laundry waiting for me, but I'm good with that.

I make a few of these reversable pinafores each spring for my eldest daughter, as they are a go-to top here all summer and they work with a long-sleeve shirt in the fall/winter.  I wish the pattern came in adult size, but no such luck.  This 'red birds' version was almost finished over a month ago and has been worn and washed a few times since.  However, the two side seams on the inside (pink floral) layer remained unfinished.  So, that's what took up my KCW hour today!

The pattern is the Sweet Pocket Pinafore by Heidi and Finn. It's only 6 pattern pieces and sews up in an hour or so, minus the final side seams which need to be hand-stitched.  I've made a stack of these pinafores for my two girls and as birthday presents for others.  It's a loose and comfortable fit, so sizes are quite flexible.  French pattern-maker, Citronille, does a very similar pattern with button flaps at the shoulders.  And while it makes it easier to get it onto a small wiggly person, the straps never sat well, so I returned to using the H&F version.

In the version above, the fabrics are both quilting weight cottons.  The bird fabric is an Alexander Henry print from this year.  Carrie had a stack of bunting made of it sitting on the coutner at Fabrications one afternoon and I walked out of the shop with the remaining yardage.  The cerise floral fabric peeking out from the inside is a few years old. I'm thinking Anna Maria Horner or Amy Butler? 

Ok, that's it for today.  Johanna's back tomorrow with some more goodies for her boys!



Kids Clothes Week Challenge - Day 3! July 23 2014 1 Comment

Carrie here! I can’t believe it’s my day to post already.  Like most people now a days, I tend to have an overly full schedule and sometimes fitting in a bit of sewing for the kiddo, or myself for that matter is not always as easy as it might seem.  This is why I’m loving the KCW challenge!  It’s a reason for me to pull back a bit at night and instead of convincing myself that I need to answer a list of emails, or make a schedule, or clean the house, I can just sew.  One hour, not a lot of pressure or commitment – just sew.  What a great stress reliever. 

This week I decided to take my hour of sewing and finally finish up the Anna Maria Horner, Baby in the Hood jacket I’ve been making for my son Owen.  This is the cutest little jacket, not overly difficult to sew, and lets you use three different fabrics! Being able to mix different colours and prints in one project just sets my little heart a flutter.  This is partially because I love trying out different print combinations, and partially because I’m never very good at deciding on just one.  I usually find myself staring aimlessly at the wall in Fabrications. Sometimes this is a daylong process which is sad since I'm there almost everyday and I know exactly what we have. 


For the main outer fabric I chose to use Monaluna’s  Leaves from their Urban Patch collection.  The button placket and hood stripe are Art Gallery’s Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine, and the lining fabric is Cloud 9’s Arrows by Michelle Engel Bencsko. I love them all, and I love them all put together in this little item of clothing. 

About the pattern, like I said, this is the Baby in the Hood pattern by Anna Maria Horner. It came from her Handmade Beginnings book, which I just love.  It is filled with projects for both Moms to be and baby.  While some are very quick and easy, this one was a little trickier – at least for me.  I have never set a sleeve in a garment quite so small and I found it to be the one part of the process that both tested my patience and taught me a new skill.  In the end it really wasn’t too tough and I only had to use the seam ripper once.  A small price for the sense of accomplishment that comes when you try something new and realize that you can in fact do it, and it doesn’t look horrifying.  The instructions are great and the illustrations help with the more confusing steps, though there really aren’t many.  My only beef – and it’s a small one – is the sizing.  My little O is 13 months old but I had to make the 24 month size plus, it’s a touch short for my liking.  If and when I make this again (because I will make it again), I will be adding a few inches onto the bottom. 

All in all, I am a pretty happy girl right now.  I made a great item of clothing for my favourite guy and I carved out that precious me time to make it happen.  Kids Clothes Week - we are friends.

*Sick baby makes for unhappy photo's - we did our best.