Thursday, 28 February 2013

Chromium: Chambray Tunic

So I have the most ridiculous collection of pins on my Girl Style board. But oh my goodness so inspiring! I wanted to sew something up for Eddie, and I saw this pin and decided it was doable.

I originally started using the Geranium Dress as a base pattern, but to figure out how to add sleeves to it, well I know I've done it before but today it just wasn't meshing in my brain. So I scrapped that idea, grabbed a little dress of Eddie's that had sleeves and a collar and used that as a base for my pattern.

I chose an old chambray-look shirt that Tim used to wear when he managed a phone store. It was his uniform for when he left the shop and had to do official things. I don't know. This was made entirely from the back of the shirt and the collar was cut from the bottom of one front of the shirt. I'm really stoked with my pattern-making-from-existing-clothing skills were today! The collar fit the neckline PERFECTLY. I fist-pumped in real life.

I stitched the bodice pieces to the skirt pieces, then attached the placket. I did a contrast placket {and successfully did not get a photo of it} using this tutorial. In case you are wondering the inside part of the placket is blue tartan. You can see a tiny bit of it peeking out the top of the tab.

The tab buttons on, although to get the shirt on and off I unbutton just the one side. It's a really cute little tunic, and in a little while I will upload the {refined} pattern for it. I think it will fit her for a long time, but if I made it as a dress it would fit her even longer. The placket needs to be a teensy bit longer as it was a bit of a tug to get it over her beautiful round head.

I've been sewing tunics for her lately, like mini-dresses that are actually shirts. Although she can't crawl yet, I know that a dress will just get in the way. Thus, tunics!


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Celebrate the Boy!

So it's the third year of Celebrating the Boy! Way back when Vince was a little baby, Dana and Rae started this cool series with nothing but tutorials and inspiration for Boy clothes! It was so perfect, and really kick-started me into sewing for Vincent! You can check out the archives for previous years here and here.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some sewing for Vinnie done this year, after Project Run & Play he's pretty over me making things for him {it's the measuring him & the taking photos part he hates now} so I've been working on some cute little things for Edison instead.  I DO have some stuff cut out and half-sewn up, I don't care what Vinnie says, I like making him clothes ^_^

Here is a little post of things I have made, and things I have written tutorials about that is just for Boys! Don't forget I also have a few masterlists {I need to update all of them soon!} of free shirt & jacket patterns & tutorials here, and also a masterlist of free pants and shorts patterns & tutorials here.

You can also check out my Pinterest boards here for:


Make a trendy toddler slouch beanie with this free pattern & tutorial!

Make a dapper-looking tuxedo tee! {Pattern - 3T}

Liven up a plain t-shirt with this dripping pocket tutorial

Necks can stay warm quickly & easily with this Toddler Cowl scarf tutorial!

Turn a t-shirt into a Hooded Hipster Singlet {with 3T pattern}

Keep him snuggly & warm in his own college jacket

You can't go wrong with a Robin shirt! This thing now has popped seams, is pilky as heck and the sleeves are too short. It's so hard to get on him but he LOVES it to death. Time for me to make a new Robin shirt I think! Check out the tutorial here

T-Shirt + Button-Up shirt = Landon Shirt tutorial

Potty-training? Cut up some old tees to make him some cute little man boxer briefs {Size 2T pattern}

Here is a tutorial for a faux henley tee!

Make some comfy fleece shorts with the Watch me Jump! shorts tutorial...

Old pants into new suspender pants! Chim Chiminey Chim Chiminey...

Make a little cardigan for the guy!

Make your little prince a crown! {tutorial & free pattern}

Make a Nightwing tee! Subtle, but geek cred!

Redo some old jeans and make them Kingston Rossdale style ^_^

Here is a tutorial for a bathrobe/dressing gown!


When Vinnie was too little to fit into any store-bought raincoats. I cut an adult sized one up & made a dinosaur one for him!

I made a basic t-shirt, and added a tiger face {with ears!} to one of the sleeves! It's subtle, but cute.

Turn two thrifted sweaters into one super super easily!

Vinnie's blue military jacket, gold bat shirt & black drop-crotch ninja pants won me Project Run & Play!

Turn a meme into a tee ^_^ Sad Keanu!

With a bit of an effort & a lot of cutting, how about a Mummy hoodie?

Accesorise with a perler bead/hama bead bow tie! Pattern at the bottom of this post

I used the DBS baggies pattern {free} to make these from an old shirt for Vin.

With this guy, you can't go wrong with a superhero tee {cape attached ^_^}

Old jeans & patches turned into a punk vest

Make a Superman hoodie! This thing has been worn to bits & when he grew out of it I had to make him a new one!

Some cute fabric & clever stitching can turn into some adorable button-up shirts!


Can't find the fabric you want? Why don't you paint it, like I did with these pants!

Using crayons & sandpaper, Vincent drew a sun & I transferred it onto a blank shirt for him! It washes & stays!

I made Vincent's first ever blazer from red tartan with teal lining!

I've promised and I swear that one day I will write a tutorial for these Greasemonkey coveralls!


Make a cool little guy suit, that isn't like an suit you can buy!

I used the Skinny Jeans pattern to make some skinny shorts for Vin


Freezer paper stencilling can turn anything into something, like these Wiggles tees the boys wore to the Wiggles concert!

Or this Strong Man singlet!

I used old t-shirts and a pair of Tim's boxer shorts to make this urban Hoodie for Vin