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Beach Cover-up, Maternity Style

It’s definitely summer here in Mississippi, and I’m avoiding going outside. I know that’s terrible because being outside is so good for the soul, but man it’s hard to stay sane in this outrageous heat being pregnant. This is my third Mississippi summer pregnancy and I know how to manage. AC and popsicles are my friend. BUT, my kiddos love being outside and the heat doesn’t bother them, so if we do go out, it’s to the pool or beach!

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Beach Baby Bump!

The first time I was pregnant I didn’t even know how to sew. Then I miscarried and sewing became a hobby and way to sew for a potential future baby of mine. But I mostly sewed for my nieces. Then I finally got a baby of my own and I sewed all the things. Baby blocks, blankets, bibs, crib dust ruffle, and so much more. Then my baby became a little dude and I fell in love with sewing for boys. Fast forward 5 years and I still love sewing for boys, but have also sewed a bit for myself (and my two girls). In the 5 pregnancies (two loses), I had yet to sew one maternity item for myself. And, here I’m embarking on — what I feel like is my last pregnancy — and about to sew almost my entire maternity wardrobe! I am beyond excited. I don’t even care that I may never wear these beautiful handmade clothes again. I’m going to wear them and love them for the next 6 months. And, that’s all that matters right now.
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That has been a glimpse into my sewing journey and not even the main reason for this post.  So, let’s get to it! This awesome beach ball shirt was so fun to make. I did get some inspiration from a store that sells shirts very similar to these, but knew I could make my own. 

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And now, after trying it on and seeing photos, I’m realizing this shirt will be way cooler when I’m bigger. But, I’m not one for getting all bent out of shape; instead I think this will be such a fun photo shoot to try and re-create every month or so! Watch the beach ball inflate….Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Beach babies! And by beach, I mean the imported sand next to the reservoir where we live. But, hey, my kids don’t know the difference. 😉Beach Baby Bump | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Shirt details:
Pattern: Cara Maternity Shirt by Megan Nielson Patterns
Fabric: Purple Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee
Vinyl: Silver glitter and white from USCutter

Star Man Pants {Ottobre October}

So, I started a challenge to sew only Ottobre patterns this month and then fell off the face of the blog-o-sphere. Darn cold snap that made my entire family sick. But, I’m back and sewing up a storm now. So, hopefully there will be more fun Ottobre-inspiration around here and I hope to see yours as well. Plus, there’s a Portuguese Blog Tour starting on October 15, so you’ll have to check that out as well (once I get some links, I’ll be sure to share those here!).

Side note: It’s this man’s 5th birthday today!  Happy Birthday Carpenter!! I’ll probably be a tad bit more emotional over on Instagram at some point today…

Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Yea, it’s my birthday! Now, where are my Legos?}

If you’ve been around my blog at all, you know that I’m a tad obsessed with stars. But, in fact, I really don’t sew up my star fabric because I’m nervous that I’m not using it on just the right project. Well, hopefully I’ll get over that fear. I’m taking baby steps today. I have some amazing star sweatshirt fabric that I really wanted to use for these pants, but yea, didn’t want to cut them up.

Instead, I used a small bit of green star jersey knit that I scored at a L’Oiseau presale (you can find out about their presales from their Facebook page) in combination with a less expensive solid sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee.

Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I love the way they turned out and do plan on cutting into the star sweatshirt to make Carpenter another pair of these. He loves them!Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I added the green stars for the pockets and the he, even though the hem called for ribbing. It looks way cooler with stars.
Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And yes, this photoshoot was on my back deck with his PJ top on and no shoes. It’s been a week, ok? 🙂 But, really, does Carpenter ever wear shoes? They’ll just slow him down.

Star Man Pants Cost - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern:
Ottobre 6/2014, #11 Star Man Sweatpants

Fabric:
Gray sweatshirt from Girl Charlee
Green stars jersey knit from L’Ouiseau

And don’t forget to share your Ottobre October looks on Instagram! Use the hashtags #OttobreOctober and #OttobreOctubre. Or email me with your looks at sew.thrifty.blog[at]gmail.com or link up in the comments.

Madeit Fashion Show Week

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Carpenter is taking kid’s fashion by storm this week. Literally. He’s lightning from head to toe. It all started with his recent love of lightning bolts, a challenge, and some rockin’ creative time.  (I do my best work jamming out to David Crowder or needtobreathe; anyone else a Christian rock fan?)

Let’s start with the challenge. Just a few months ago, I wrote that you should invest in patterns that stand the test of time.  So when Olu challenged  asked me to participate in Madeit Fashion Week featuring their new pattern collection FOLD|2 inspired by origami, I was excited, but really didn’t think my mind could be changed about trendy patterns. Are they really worth the cost?  Let me tell you ….. they are! And I can honestly say that this outfit (mainly the pants) is one of which I am most proud. I will make these patterns again (reason #5 of when to purchase a pattern), plus the patterns cover a wide range of sizes (reason #2), they are unisex (reason #1), they provide excellent photos and instructions (#4), it’s definitely something I couldn’t figure out on my own (#7), and if you purchase this week, they will be on sale (#8)!

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Say wha? My mom actually likes trendy patterns now?}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{You better believe it!}

The look all started with the shirt. I selected Madeit Pattern’s Kite Fold Tee because it was relaxed and fun. Carpenter and I went up to my sewing room, and I let him rummage through my stash.  (I had originally bought the lightning bolt fabric with the intention of making something for him, but he quickly dismissed it. So I had resigned myself to using it for me.) But, he saw it and immediately thought of Lightning McQueen (we had just let him watch Cars for the first time) and begged me to make him a “Lightning McQueen shirt.” All right dude, you can have your fabric back, I guess.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

After selecting the lightning fabric (purchased from Girl Charlee), I paired up some navy scraps that I had lying around and added the yellow. The yellow knit was given to me by a friend, the gray from a Target sheet, and the other pieces were scraps, so the whole shirt cost less than $2!

This is such a fun shirt, and you really can use up some scraps, or cut up some old t-shirts and piece them together. The pattern gives recommendations for piecing four different fabrics together, but you could use different fabrics for each pattern piece or use fewer than the recommended amount for a totally different look.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, onto the pants, and my rockin’ creative time. I started with the Book Fold Trousers because, how cool is that fly?! Carpenter wanted red lightning pants, so I had to make sure these pants lived up to his expectations. First, I had to find the right fabric. I don’t typically have a lot of woven fabric lying around, and I definitely didn’t have any red pants that could be upcycled. So, I had to (gasp) buy new fabric. Luckily it was on sale. For the pocket linings, I was able to upcycle an old dress shirt, and included some star fabric for the hem (because…stars!).

Originally, I had thought to make a big lightning bolt on the back pocket of the pants, until I went back and looked and saw that the pockets were hidden! So, the challenge was on (again). Then I started sewing and brainstorming. Everything ended up happening while I was piecing and sewing the pants together. I threw in a lightning bolt on one of the front pockets, hid one on the inside of the back pockets, top stitched in white (even when it didn’t call for top stitching), and widened the belt loops so I could sew on some more lightning bolts.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The end result….a pair of pants unique for Carpenter and just what he wanted! He got excited as I showed him all the bolts, especially the hidden one.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

AND, these pants mark the first time I’ve ever: successfully installed snaps, sewn on belt loops, used button hole elastic and altered a pattern the first time I sewed it. So, yea, I am PUMPED about these pants. Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

There’s the real Carpenter! He’s not a high fashion kid at all, but he plays it really well. Thanks dude for being so awesomely inspiring and loving what I make for you!

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Book Fold Trousers by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Love these patterns as much as I do?

Check out how you can win your own Madeit pattern this week:

Correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that will be posted on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

Or maybe you would like some free fabric?

Here’s how you can win €50 NOSH voucher:

All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on Sunday September 6 about what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you.  A random winner will be selected from the comments.

And there will be another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 NOSH voucher. 

And let me know how I did on the origami challenge! Ok, ok, I use the term origami loosely, but it was fun to throw in a few props to the photoshoot.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Even if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any of the patterns in the Fold collection by using the code MFW20.

Check out the rest of the fashion here:

 Monday 31 August

Kid Approved | Girl Like the Sea | Huisje Boompje Boefjes | Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy | Pienkel | East and EdenChi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki | In a manner of Sewing | Glitter + Wit | Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

Thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow | Fliegfederfrei | Fairies and Bubbles Co | Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom | Sansahash | Miss Castelinhos | Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya | My Cosy Co Paisley Roots | Diorella | Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted | Climbing the Willow | Swoodson says

Upcycled: Boy’s Baggies (Shorts)

Welcome back to week two of Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid’s Wardrobe. Today I’m going to share with you my new go-to shorts for boys. And you can make your own from a shirt, sweatshirt, or pants.  Are you ready?!
Upcycled Boy's Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

This is the third time I’ve made these shorts, and I love the results every time. My first edition ran a bit large since the pattern indicated 2/3 T, and Carpenter wears a 4/5. I enlarged the pattern, and the shorts were way too big on him. So, the next time, I kept the pattern just the way it was, and they helped complete my Project Run and Play look back in February.

Today’s version is slightly different since I upcycled them from 95% from this polo shirt and 5% from the lime green shirt I used for Carpenter’s raglan.  So, grab yourself a polo shirt and the pattern and make some awesome shorts!

Pattern
Boy’s Baggies by Designs by Sessa

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

Instructions

I started with this short-sleeve men’s XL polo:

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut down the sides of the shirt:Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Since this shirt was striped, I wanted to make sure the stripes would line up perfectly on my “new” shorts. It was pretty funny that the original stripes on the shirt didn’t even line up perfectly! Just another reason to give yourself some credit when sewing – not even mass-produced clothes are perfect.

I wanted to make sure I used the original hem of these shorts, so I started lining up the stripes beginning with the bottom and worked my way up from there.

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here are the short’s front panels. You can see there’s a little bit of white stripe at the top of the right piece, but it will get hidden once I place the waistband over it. Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Also, since I was using the same stripe fabric for the inside of the pocket, I wanted to make sure the front pattern piece’s stripes matched up with the inner pocket piece’s stripes. I simply placed the original shirt down first, then the pocket pattern piece, and then lined up the short’s front piece on top as you can see here:

Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I maneuvered the pieces…and made the stripes line up!

Next, I cut off the collar of this shirt to use as the waistband. I love how Vanessa from Designs by Sessa also uses an old shirt for her baggies too – and here she uses the bottom of the terry pullover for the waistband.Upcycled Baggie Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And remember my son’s raglan made from this shirt:Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

I cut off the lime neckband to use as the ribbing/bias binding for the pockets. Other than that, I followed Designs by Sessa’s tutorial and finished my shorts.

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Boy's Baggy Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Upcycled Boy's Baggy Shorts {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:Upcycled Striped Baggies Time and Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Feather’s Flights has some awesome shorts and pants today as well! Go check out her denim shorts and cargo pants for some inspiration.
Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Are you enjoying our upcycled series? Have you made any clothes for your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, friends’ kids out of thrifted or used clothing? We would love to see them! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram and see what others are creating too.

The Bimaa: Spring Edition Hacks

SpringBimaa copyI LOVE the Bimaa. Love might be an understatement, actually. I tell everyone to buy it and am constantly sewing one up.

But, it’s spring (here in the US, and in Mississippi it’s practically summer already) and River needs some quick tops.  So, I thought I would play around with the Bimaa pattern. I know she’s in a 4T in that pattern, so I can cut a whole bunch without having to check fit.

I’ve already turned the Bimaa into a dress and loved the result. So, here goes for some tops.

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First up: Shortened sleeves and thin neckband.

I kept the main shirt the same, including the waistband with a contrasting fabric. I shortened the sleeves by using a shirt River already had as a template. Then, I added the sleeve cuffs and a thin neckline band. I wanted to use the shawl version of the neckline, but I knew it just wouldn’t last much in this heat we get for 5 months out of the year.

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I can’t believe someone GAVE me that yellow fabric, and it matches perfectly! The elephant knit is from JoAnn’s, their Doodle collection (picked it up while it was 50% off). They had monkeys and lions too; I was very tempted to get all of them, but I refrained. You know, trying to be thrifty and all. 🙂

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{Look mama, I’m an elephant!}

And the breakdown:
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Next up: Slight cowl neckline, shortened and hemmed sleeves.

For this version, I kept the front and back pieces and waistband the same and altered the sleeves and neckline again.  This time I made the neckline a semi-cowl by cutting a strip about 4″ wide by the length I needed to go around the neckline. Also, I hemmed the sleeves instead of using a band.

One of the things I love about the Bimaa is how it’s finished – you don’t have to hem anything! But for some reason, I wanted to hem these sleeves. Why oh why? I like the way it came out, but it made me not want to make another one with a sleeve hem. I like quick projects, and this one was quick until I had to hem, switch to a double needle, etc. I just wasn’t wanting to do that on this project. Also, since I made the neckline a bit thicker, it hangs down a little too much. If I use this neckline again, I’m going to add about an inch to the middle of the front pattern piece.

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I love this knit deer fabric; this is my second deer Bimaa made for her. The previous one was on a different colorway. Both deer color fabrics are from Girl Charlee*.

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}
And the breakdown:
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So, there you have it: the Bimaa for Spring!

Do you love the Bimaa as much as I do!? I’d love to see your versions, hacked, or not.

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See ya Later (Alligator)! {Kid’s Clothes Week: Days 2 & 3}

When I first found out about Kid’s Clothes Week’s theme WILD Things, I had just taken my crew to the local zoo. And Carpenter was all about the alligators….that we didn’t even see. And I’m not even sure we have alligators at our zoo, which is hilarious because we have alligators in the water about 1 mile from our house. Yes, I’ve seen them. And yes, I’m terrified. And yes, Carpenter wanted to get closer. Um, no.

But, the dude likes alligators and that was his animal of choice, so here we go! The idea in my head was to combine pieces of old t-shirts to create the stripes of an alligator’s belly for the front of the tank. Initially, I was going to make it an ombre style look, but then realized I just didn’t have the proper greens to make it work. So, I found these two olive greens that were slightly different and decided to stick with just those two to make the stripes.  Then added a pocket because Carpenter requests pockets. Always.

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For the back, I did the stripes vertically to mimic the back of an alligator, and then the shirt just took on a mind of its own. I added the graphic “See you later (alligator)” and pieced the whole tank together. And THEN, the tank was begging for me to really make the back look like alligator ridges, so I cut little triangles all down the center of the back. Phew. Done.

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{CHOMP!}

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And he likes it!

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See you later! (seriously, come back tomorrow for my last little WILD thing of the week)

I used FishSticks Designs FREE Tank pattern, some leftover gray ribbing, a scrap of black from a Target jersey sheet, and 2 old green t-shirts.

Here’s the breakdown:

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My Deerest Baby {Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1}

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I always like to have something quick on the first day of Kid’s Clothes Week –  enter the baby circle skirt. Top it off with deer fabric from Girl Charlee* and Lioness has a fun outfit to fit the WILD things theme. Boom.

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I used MADE’s tutorial for the circle skirt. Since I used to make these for my Etsy shop, I’ve come up with an average for all the sizes, ranging from newborn to 8.  I’ve listed them here for your reference. Be sure to click over to the tutorial here to understand these measurements.

CircleSkirtMeasurements

These are averages based on a knee length skirt. Keep in mind your girl might differ from these measurements or you may want a shorter or longer skirt. (You can even make one for yourself; I have!)

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 Hello deer baby!

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Toes!

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 She looks like a baby doll to me in this photo for some reason. She’s definitely her big sister’s baby doll, so it’s fitting.  🙂

Here’s the breakdown:

DeerSkirtTimeCost

Have you sewn anything for Kid’s Clothes Week yet? Share a link in the comments to your projects (blog, Instagram, whatever); I’d love to see what you are working on!

Garments of Kids Clothes Weeks’ Past

It’s like the ghosts of Christmas past, except not really. Anyway…since it always takes longer to sew and blog about something than just to sew it, I’m going to preview this Kid’s Clothes Week with some garments I’ve sewn up in previous seasons. And here’s to hoping I’m able to make and blog throughout the week!

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Fall 2014 {Theme: Storybook}

My kids needed clothes during this KCW, so I didn’t follow the theme. I had big plans for this week and didn’t achieve all of them, but I did make 2 pairs of pants and 1 top for Carpenter, and 1 top for River.

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 Treasure Pocket Pants from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe*. Fabric from an old pair of khakis and rocket fabric.

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 Deer Bimaa with fabric from Girl Charlee *

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 Viking Hoodie. Pattern from Ottobre (4/2014) , fabric from Kitschy Coo

Winter 2015 {Theme: Upcycle}

I was so excited about this theme, I could hardly handle it…and then I got carpal tunnel half-way through the week. I was still able to muscle out 3 shirts for Carpenter and some footed pants for Lioness though.KCWPast-6

Raw-Edged Raglan from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe*.  Fabric was a white t-shirt and a pink Target jersey sheet.

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Snap Button v-neck (without the snaps, ha) from Ottobre 1/2013. Fabric from a men’s XL shirt and teal jersey scrap.

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Another Raw-Edged Raglan from Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe.*  Fabric upcycled from two Old Navy shirts.

As you can see, I’m a bit in love with the Sewing for Boys book and Ottobre too. In the coming months I’m going to share with you about how I chose and what matters to me when it comes to patterns.

Now, here’s to a productive Kid’s Clothes Week!