May is Floral month over on Project Run & Play - and I was asked to contribute a boy's floral post. Unfortunately it won't be published as scheduled because of a question of the appropriateness of taking boy's sewing inspiration from men's fashion - but that won't stop me from sharing my research and tips with my own readers! I hope you all enjoy and employ these tips to add some floral influences to your son's wardrobe. Check it out!
Happy belated Easter, friends! It was a gorgeous day for it here in Central VA - full of neighborhood festivities, family, worship and brunch. (Lots and lots of brunch!)
I’m feeling pretty accomplished, too, because I managed to pull off not one, not two, but THREE whole outfits for the holiday! I’ve already shared my swiss dot Dove, and my daughter’s Charlie dress - both of which I adore - but I saved the best for last with Everett’s sweet 3-part getup. Let’s break it down, shall we??
The super hero phase is fleeting. Milk every last drop of cuteness from it with this easy cosplay DIY!
Why did I do this survey anyway??
Today I'll be sharing your list of most adored Boy Sew Patterns! You read me right! This is "your" list. 125 of you lovely readers shared your pattern recommendations in this survey. Thanks so much for your help!!
How do I avoid judgey looks, AND indulge my son anytime he brings "girly" fabric to my sewing machine, begging me to "make that, momma!"?? Why... I NEUTRALIZE it, of course! Here's how I do it:
Who says you can't sew outerwear from Quilter's Cotton? Come by and see what I used to beef up this kid's jacket to withstand that winter chill.
Despite my best efforts, I have continually found *THOSE* kid toys in my home. The ones that make noises, light up, make sounds - OR hurt like heck to step on!? They're the cockroach of kids toys, and they keep.coming.back. I can't donate them to Goodwill as fast as they sneak in via birthday gifts, Happy Meal toys, or the neighbor's kid's rejects. And then there's the issue of replacing them with their quieter, softer, mom-approved versions.
If you've hung around Free Notion lately, you know I've been overwhelmed with kids sewing projects. For a self-care-sewists like myself, this can get very, very, tiring. But alas, kids need school clothes, and once a year even the most reluctant of crafty mommas (me, me, me, me!) has to suck it up and destroy her sewing space with felt, fur, and/or sequins (...and her finger tips with hot glue. amirite!?).
This cutie is getting around sew-blogging land nearly as much as his momma! I shared a fun post last week on Sew The Show about staining clothes with coffee. It's a cool little trick I tutorial-ed - but also just learned this morning that it used to be super common! People would stain pantyhose and undergarments to get the perfect nude shade for their skin tones. Cool right?? Click through to see how it's done :)
At long last! I reveal my kid's capsule wardrobes!! (And get back on track to sew my own... :P)
Raise your hand if you've seen the phrase "FMA" float around your sewing circles. Well, if your hand isn't raised yet, it should be now. You've officially heard of "FMA"! But what is it, and how do you do it?
HAVE YOU MISSED ME?? I've missed you!! It's been a crazy couple of weeks, as I'm sure you know already. I took on sewing THREE new Fall wardrobes - one for myself, and one for each kid. But before I can really tackle those, I had to wrap up an earlier sewing commitment - that I made to THE Kate Spain of Moda Fabrics!
CHOO, CHOOOOOOOOO! The Surprise Birthday Blog Train has pulled into the Free Notion station!! Welcome, welcome everyone!
Happy Friday everyone!! If you've been following my instagram this week, you already know I've been hard at work planning my kid's Fall Capsules. (What?? You didn't hear?? My awesome friend and fellow Top Stitcher, Melissa, is coordinating the kids' back-to-school equivalent of my women's seasonal capsule series! See all the details here, then join in the fun on facebook!)
A brief break from momma sews and muslins to make my "super kids" super happy :)
...even though if this photo is from big sis's 3rd, and it's baby bro who had his 2nd yesterday. Happy birthday, E-man! Oh how I miss those mega-blonde whispies :)
Pictured: Fawn Lily Dress & Aviator Pants in Mabel Madison Euro Knit.
I've now sewn two quilts. So obviously, I'm qualified to write this post on quilting, right?? Let's call it "first impressions" then ;)