1 Sep 2014

Retro Maroon Zippy Jacket for Perfect Pattern Parcel

I'm really excited (and honored) to help promote another Perfect Pattern Parcel today, and thrilled that this time I got to involve my favorite little guy.   
Maroon Zip Hoodie  Our Family Four 6Have you heard of Perfect Pattern Parcel?  I've written about them before here, here, and here with a bundle that I sewed for myself, but this time the parcel is for boys and it is a good one!!
Perfect Pattern Parcel is an incredible idea and I love being able to support them and show off a few of the designs that are a part of their bundle.  Not only does this collection give you an a group of patterns that compliment one another to fill your little guys fall wardrobe, but PPP donates 100% of all profits to Donors Choose, an organization that provides for classrooms in need.  The patterns are offered at a discount from what you would pay if you purchased each one individually, you choose the price that you pay for the bundle, your purchase supports the designers behind these small businesses, AND ALL PROFITS go to CHARITY!  It's a complete win-win situation.
The bundle is only available for a limited amount of time and that time is almost up, so grab it quick!!
Pattern Parcel #4
If you spend more than $25 on the bundle, you get this incredible 6th pattern for free.  Just look at this!!  A Knight Hoodie?!  Yes, please!
Pattern Parcel #4
When I was looking at what to sew for Jayce it was an easy decision.  He doesn't have much need for back to school wear since he is in a full uniform at school, BUT since we live in the UK there is ALWAYS a need for another jacket, so that's exactly what he got. 
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I was thrilled to be able to sew up this jacket for my boy.  He is not used to being my model so there was a little trial and error in our photo shoot on this afternoon.  He would be walking around or playing, I would call his name, and he would stop and strike a pose, like this hands-in-pockets, knee-forward, full-eye-contact number.  This boy!!  
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Luckily for him (and me, maybe?) I'm not really into very posed-looking poses, I'd much rather get him in action.  So I let him charge around on the river front and just followed him with my camera. But this is exactly how I need to see something that I've sewn for my boy.  I'm not interested in how it works for him when he's standing still, I need to see how it works for him when he's running around and doing his thing, and it didn't disappoint.  Now I just need to see how it works for him when he's playing with his legos...
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I found this wonderful thick maroon knit at Jo-Ann's last month when we were home and knew that it would be a great addition to Jayce's wardrobe.  I tend to dress my boys in 3 colors: gray, blue, and striped.  Are you the same?  But I knew that maroon would mix in happily with these colors and patterns so that is what I went with.  I used this thick heavy-duty gray ribbing for the cuffs and bottom hem of the jacket and was thrilled by how it added substantial weight at sturdiness to the garment.  (The ribbing is from a local fabric store in London.) 
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I just love this jacket!  It's classic, easy, and I love the fun half-circle shape of the pocket.  I took the opportunity to play up the shape a little bit with this cool black and white striped ribbing, (black and white striped RIBBING!!) and I love the contrast.
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Since we are already firmly in autumn weather here in London, I also opted to line the jacket, so I used some of the softest gray knit fabric, also from Jo-Ann's.  This wasn't too difficult to carry out since that the cuffs and bottom hem were finished with ribbing, but attaching the lining to the inside of the zipper required a little thought.  Luckily I had made Hannah this Imagine Jacket a few months ago which was also lined, so I used a portion of that pattern to walk me through the process with this jacket.  
I used the striped ribbing on the collar as well, and even though it is cool and striped, it is also a little thin and flimsy, so I added a layer of thin interfacing to the back to give the collar a little more shape and help it to be less floppy.  This is just a small detail but these are just the sort of details that I'm starting to be drawn to the more and more that I sew.
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I know I said this before with Hannah's Aster swing coat, but it is becoming increasingly important to me how a garment looks on the inside as well as the outside.  Particularly with something like outerwear, which will very likely be seen by people other than just my husband and myself since it will be hung up at school, church, friend's houses, etc.  So I am really proud of the seamless, professional-looking inside of this jacket in addition to the stylish outside. :)
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Jayce loved this jacket!  He wore it around the house the first few days after I made it, and even showed it to Hannah and Chris saying, "But feel how soft the inside is…" which is what really won him over.  I can't say that I blame him, soft fabric has the exact same effect on me. :)
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I'll be back on Wednesday with one more pattern from this bundle, and let me just tell you, it's amazing. :) 
Pattern Parcel #4
If you have read this far down into the post, thank you!  But don't wait another second to get this bundle, you can purchase by clicking through on the button below.
Buy Pattern Parcel #4

And if you need just a few more ideas of how to sew up these adorable designs, check out the bloggers below who have been sewing their versions of these patterns for the last 10 days or so.    
Friday, August 22
casa crafty ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23
Max California ||
Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24
little betty sews

Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper ||
Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana ||
Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts ||
Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect ||
Modern Handmade ||
GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted ||
Mae & K ||
Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29
Pienkel ||
Once Upon a Sewing Machine ||
Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn ||
Gray Skies ||
The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches ||
Max California ||
Oliver's Fancy ||
Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1
a happy stitch ||
lady and the gents ||
Our Family Four ||
Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson ||
Things for Boys ||
The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four ||
Rebekah Sews ||
a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line ||
la inglesita ||
Made by Sara ||
Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal ||
Gracious Threads ||
Sofilantjes ||
Max California

30 Aug 2014

Aster Swing Coat Re-Mix and Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies

When we landed back in London two weeks ago, the impending school year was suddenly in my face, and when I saw that Willow & Co was hosting a back to school sew-along using their incredible patterns I knew I'd like to join in.  I've just baaarely made it but I'm so glad that I did!  I bought a few patterns from this company when they were having a summer sale, but I wasn't able to try any of them out before our trip, and this was the perfect excuse to dive right in.
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With the weather firmly planted in the 60s and 70s, I knew Hannah needed some warmer options and the Aster Cardigan was front and center on my radar.  But once I decided on a great fabric, I wanted to line it, and then I started playing with the shape and before I knew it I had taken the adorable Aster bones and mixed it into a warm and polished little swing coat.
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As for bottoms I knew she'd be better off with pants then shorts so the Kudzu Cargos were the obvious choice.  I am DYING over these pants, but more on those in a minute… Watercolor Kudzu Skinnies  Our Family Four 16

29 Aug 2014

Around Here: Singing, Sewing, and Calling Chris Dan

School starts for Jayce on Wednesday, we picked Chelsea up from the airport this morning, Chris has been back at work since the day after we landed and I've sewn 3 full garments in the past week to get ready for school.  Even though we are pretending like it is still summer a little bit, it seems like fall and back to school season have finally arrived. 
Now that we've been back a few weeks I'm attempting to get back to swing of the every day stuff around here.  But there are a few "right now" stand out moments that need to be recorded.
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1.) Jayce.
About 2 days before we left for our trip I was having a really stressful day and snapped at the kids in that unfortunate but memorable "mom is losing it" sort of way.  That night before bed, Jayce turned to me and asked if I would like for him to rock me in the rocker.  I didn't really know what I was up for, but I said yes.  We went into my room where the rocker is, he instructed me to sit down on the rocker, handed me his bears and blanket, sat next to the chair and rocked it back and forth, with me in it, and sang me a song that I usually sing him when he's really tired.  
I was so blown away!!  What a sweet little man we are raising!  Needless to say it really caught me off guard how perceptive and nurturing the whole thing was.  My little buddy. :)

26 Aug 2014

The Big Girl Bed

Hannah s bed 3For some reason I have lucked out not once, but twice, with children who loved their cribs and never bothered trying to climb out of them.  It's amazing.  It's also part of the reason why we just moved Hannah out of her crib and into a toddler bed a month after her third birthday.  We moved Jayce out of his crib when I was 7 months pregnant with Hannah, just before he turned 3, and what persuaded me/us to finally move Hannah was our impending vacation.  We would be staying at several different places over the course of the trip, and she was too big for a pack n play, so she needed to be bed-ready.

4 Aug 2014

Planes, Delays, and Disney-Bound

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Just over a week ago, we boarded a series of planes to bring us stateside for a quick 3-ish week visit.  3 weeks always sounds like a good chunk of time, but never is quite enough to visit both families, friends that are spread all over, and have a little beach vacation time just us 4.  But we do our best to make the most of it, and this trip is no exception.

19 Jul 2014

Elsa Swirl Explorer Hoodie

I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and Friday was the Imagine Jacket and today is the Explorer Hoodie.
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18 Jul 2014

Rose-y Girl Imagine Jacket

MBOFFI was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and today is the Imagine Jacket.
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