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Yet another Goodwill find a while back was a men’s hooded tee–very large and very upcyclable! The most awesome part was that it was clearly only worn a couple times. I wish you guys could feel this fabric, because it is insanely soft! (And the hood hem is just folded and looked crooked from being washed before I took the pics.)

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I used the usual flashback skinny tee pattern with the existing sleeve hems intact as well part of the hood serging. ¬†I only had to do a tiny bit of stitching on the hood piece to make it the right size. I left the bottom hem raw, since it was such a lightweight knit, it would curl perfectly, and–let’s be real–I’m lazy! I drafted my own hood pattern piece.

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My sister thought I bought this one and has claimed it’s her fave thing I’ve made for LM so far! I must admit, this one passes for store bought around here, and I’m okay with that!

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thegreencateye.comLittle Man has been in love with the Grinch for a while now. When I went on my usual Goodwill trip to get some tees to refashion for last year’s spring kcw, I found a brand new, ¬†tags-still-on-it adult size Grinch shirt for only a couple bucks. I was stoked (even if it was 9 months too soon for me to kid-size it for him)! It’s unfortunately one of those bulk tees with the stiff ick kind of fabric, but I was determined to make it work.

I used the usual flashback skinny tee pattern but added a little extra to the side and sleeve seams. I don’t love how the face had to be cut for a zoomed-in look, but family and LM love it, so I’m calling it a win!

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I used the existing sleeve hems, but did a simple zig-zag hem on the bottom after LM said the shirt was “broken on the bottom.” I used my usual yellow interlock for the neckband. The bonus for that one is it works great styled with his old “Silly Goose” hooded henley I made last year! Sure, the sleeves are getting a bit short, but this kid loves hoods now, and hello! The colors match perfectly! This dimly lit pic comes from Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and is the only reasonable one I could find of him wearing it.

I have more posts lined up and pics already edited and loaded, so hopefully you’ll be seeing more soon! Thanks for looking! ūüôā

Over the busy summer, three-year-old Little Man got to go to the movies for the first time.¬† Then a second and third time.¬† He’s a fan!¬† His favorite part is the food and candy that he¬†truly does not stop eating from the beginning of the movie to the end of the credits (yes, we sit through the credits).¬† We buy popcorn there, but always stop for “theater candy” at the drugstore on the way (to smuggle in…).¬† Little Man’s candy of choice?¬† Junior Mints and M and Ms.¬† A child after my¬†own heart!

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When the themes for this season were posted for Project Run and Play, I had already been planning some fall clothes for Little Man, and candy had nothing to do with them.¬† But this week’s theme is “candy inspired” so I thought on it for a bit to come up with this outfit.¬† M and Ms seemed too rainbow and would end up unwearable around here, so Junior Mints won out.¬† (I also have an almost-finished outfit from last week’s theme of the pop-over dress, but life is more important to me than the internet and self-imposed deadlines, so you’ll see that one when it’s complete!)

And I apologize in advance for the sub-par pics–we finally got a break from the massive storms today, and these were the best I could do. ūüė¶

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I’ll start from the top–the tee!¬† The collar for the tee¬†was cut¬†from a brown thrift store interlock tee.¬† This green shirt was made from a thrift store tee I originally bought to make into a Hulk tee for my nephew, but I made him something else, so it’s Little Man’s now!

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I used the existing hems on the sleeves and bottom hem to save time and stress.¬† My favorite part about the original tee is¬†its tag, and I didn’t notice until after I bought it.

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For two US dollars, I got a super-soft tee that was in great shape.¬† And it’s made in the US under fair wages conditions!¬† Part of why I sew for Little Man is to avoid “fast fashion”, the environmental impact of all that fabric, and the conditions the clothes are commonly made under in other countries.¬† This shirt was more thrilling for me than you can believe!¬† But I digress…

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I used the Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern in a 5T and shortened the sleeves based on the length of some of his other tees.¬† I also made sure it was longer than most tees, because he’s always yanking on the back of¬†his shirts¬†even if¬†they’re practically strangling him from the front as a result of said tugging.

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I didn’t want the outfit to scream “I LOVE CANDY!”, so I came up with a more subtle approach (as usual per my regular subtle nods to popular things).¬† I made a freezer paper stencil for decorations on the tee.¬† I free-handed some Junior Mints in a row, some from straight-on, some turned to the side, and all intentionally imperfect.¬† I do regret the side-view pieces now–they didn’t quite turn out how I hoped.

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I typed the lettering for the “Junior” and “03” and traced them to make the stencil.¬† I asked Little Man if he wanted the number to be “13” for the year 2013 or “03” for his age, so this was his pick.¬† I also¬†think I might need to buy some new freezer paper, because the past few stencils have leaked far too much.

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The pants are a bit of a mash-up pattern-wise.¬†¬†After the crotch curve issues I had from the Parsley Pants pattern (totally a personal¬†fit thing, you should absolutely buy the pattern!), and the awesomeness that came from¬†MADE’s KID Shorts pattern, I knew¬†the two needed combining for my impossible-to-fit little guy.¬† So I taped the shorts pattern together as a one-piece pattern and¬†traced the crotch curves from the shorts onto the Parsley pattern.¬† The result–KID¬†Shorts lengthened to pants with very little effort!¬† Rolled up, they are a great length for him right now with shoes.¬† But¬†I think I may need to shorten them a little.¬† How do you decide how long is enough growing room for pant length?

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The main fabric was purchased last spring and was LM’s pick.¬† It’s light-weight¬†brown linen with black pinstripes from Joann.¬† I added scrap¬†black twill to the pieces as a lining¬†before construction to make them a little more durable and appropriate for winter.¬† I made oval knee pads per the Parsley pattern, and added front patch pockets with black bias trim.¬† I also made them with a flat front.

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I love how the pockets turned out!¬† I planned to add back patch pockets as well, but I’m not much for welt pockets, the sharp points of¬†a standard pocket didn’t fit with the curves of a Junior Mints theme, and a curved pocket seemed too feminine.¬† So we went sans rear pockets.

Little Man is stoked for his new Junior Mints outfit!¬† And I’m stoked he now has a nicer pair of pants for any of our future (non-existent) fancy outings!¬† I hope to share last week’s look with you soon!

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I’m baaaaack!!¬† I’m sure some of you were beginning to wonder if I had become one of those blog-abandoners, but I’m still here.¬† After the paid project I mentioned in my last post, I kinda lost my sewing mojo for a bit, then we had an impromptu family vacation to Chicago, which helped motivate me to make a few things to use for the trip (stupid, yes, but don’t all¬†we sewists do this??).¬† While pondering what projects I could eek out the fastest, I got such an awesome shock that Dana FINALLY released her KID Shorts pattern!¬† So, it was fully decided then and there.

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You may remember I used her free pattern for KID Pants as my main pattern for Little Man’s pants through the winter months.¬† Right after perfecting the fit of the rise and such from having to grade it up a size or two, he had yet another growth spurt that I had zero motivation to deal with.¬† I was over grading that pattern, and decided to wait it out until she produced a graded version of the pattern, which, by the way, I would’ve happily paid $40 for, because her pants pattern worked out so well for us!¬† But don’t worry it’s actually only $6, and you if you have a hard-to-fit kid, you should absolutely give it a shot!

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Though I normally try to use thrifted adult-sized clothes for anything I make for LM, he had requested yellow shorts, and Goodwill had none I could utilize.¬† I had passed this neon yellow stretch denim at Joann a few times and always thought LM would love wearing something made out of it.¬† It wasn’t until his yellow shorts request that I decided to just go for it.¬† And this fabric is so yellow!¬† I don’t think the photos even really do it justice–the woman at the cutting counter even commented about how bright it was and perhaps one would need sunglasses when looking at it.¬† But LM loves it, and that is always what matters!

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I¬†prefer the board shorts look, but I made them as long as I could without the risk of his knees catching them when he’s climbing around like a monkey.¬† And though I love the color for him, the stretch of the fabric was a pain to sew.¬† My brain kept thinking “light weight denim!”, but my machine was obviously sewing something more kin to a knit.¬† The back pockets–which I made too big to begin with–ended up slightly stretched at the corners, and there was a row of topstitching at the bottom of the¬†hem that I had to rip out from waviness.¬† Might I also take this opportunity to announce that topstitching is officially my KRYPTONITE.¬† I suck at it on so many levels.¬† When doing the front patch pockets, I somehow managed to make the inner row of stitches so far inside that there was a good half inch between the two rows.¬† So to pretend it was intentional, I added a third row in between them.¬† I don’t like it, but luckily the thread color is close enough that it’s not too noticeable.

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As far as the pattern goes, I obviously love it!¬† But if I’m being completely honest, I will share the few downsides I find with it.

-The only sizing help she offers prior to printing is the finished waist measurement.¬† There are no finished hip measurements or sizing help here at all.¬† She does offer the finished length, but that’s something you adjust after you find the proper hip/waist size.¬† I printed out and taped together¬†one set of sizes just to find it was identical to the size that he had just outgrown.¬† So I had to print out another size and tape all that together, too.¬† Though only having two or three sizes per print out makes it easier if you don’t have a color printer, it’s a pain for finding the proper size.¬† We ended up with the 5Y size even though LM is only 3 years old.¬† But he’s huge for his age, and I wanted room to grow, so I would consider this okay.

-If you loved her free pants pattern from the Celebrate the Boy series, I think this fit is nearly the same.¬† But if you are comparing your pattern to the new one, note that she has shifted some of the front piece’s ease onto the back piece.¬† It doesn’t effect the fit at all (I don’t think), but be sure to actually measure both the front and back pieces to find a total measurement for your comparison.¬† I first only compared the front pieces and was surprised to find it smaller, but the back piece was bigger.¬† (I hope this rambling makes sense…)

-All directions for sewing these shorts is on her website.¬† ALL OF IT.¬† While I love that she is opening up her pattern to a plethora of free tutorials you can do with any basic shorts pattern, I don’t like having to go online to find so little as a seam allowance for a pattern.¬† **UPDATE: In the comments, Dana pointed out that the seam allowance is printed on the back pattern piece for all sizes.¬† I don’t look much at patterns after cutting, so that must be how I missed it!¬† Thanks, Dana!**¬† I also was ready to add back patch pockets to his shorts, but she hadn’t posted the fresh¬†tutorial yet–she has an older tutorial for her standard KID PANTS pattern, so you won’t be completely in the dark there.¬† I will likely have to just print some info from her site to have that handy for future reference.¬† (We live out of normal WiFi range,¬†and¬†we literally pay by the gig for our internet, so I try to avoid excess internet use.)¬† I would love to see at least the instructions for the basic advertised pattern¬†included in the file download.

-The shorts seem very long.¬† It could just be me, I folded up inches of excess into the hem.¬† Granted, I can let that hem down next summer after LM grows again, but there seems to be drastic differences in length between sizes.¬† However, this is minor, since it’s not hard to shorten a pattern.¬† (Some may even wager that the size I chose is too big to begin with, so it may not affect you at all!)

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You can still see a bit of that waviness on the bottom hem here where I ripped out the topstitching.¬† Hopefully after more washes it will shift back into place.¬† I’m also hoping that bit of flared-ness shrinks up…

Even with all these things, I still love this pattern.¬† It has awesome versatility and can last for many years with gobs of variations (my favorite kind of investment!).¬† And the best part is these are the first shorts he has worn that I haven’t had to tug on throughout the day!¬† I realized near the end of our day in Chicago that I hadn’t had to pull them up or fix them even once since putting them on him that morning (except bathroom breaks, of course), and we were on the move all day!¬† I’m also thinking I will just trace the crotch curve onto the Parsley Pants Pattern to make for some perfect pants, since that was the only flaw¬†I really had with Rae’s pattern!

I’ve also already made a second pair of shorts as a birthday present for my nephew.¬† I used thrifted plaid shorts for them, but the original shorts weren’t big enough to fully “harvest” fabric from; so I made a one-piece shorts pattern from the Kid Shorts pattern and kept the original side¬†seam and hem¬†intact (I’ll get pics later).¬† This pattern is great, people!¬† Buy it!¬† I’ll be back soon with a post about¬†Little¬†Man’s¬†new shark shirt.

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