Monday, July 28, 2014

GYCT Designs Jean & Jamey Jammies

I was so lucky to be chosen to sew up these adorable pajamas for my son as a tester for GYCT Designs. I am thrilled with how these turned out! The instructions were super clear, even with so many options available. You can make your jammies with long or short sleeves, shorts or pants and you can choose to add cuffs to your pants as well. Oh and there is a cute gathered top option for girls also! Soooo many choices! We went with short sleeves and pants with cuffs on them and I couldn't be happier!

 I love how you can use smaller bits of knit that is left over from other projects for this. You can get totally crazy with this and mix and match all sorts of fun prints together for an completely unique look.
We went rather classic and used this ooga print I've had on hand for a few years now paired with some white interlock. Simple, calm, clean look and totally comfy.

We had a lot of fun with this photo shoot too! Thomas thought it was hysterical that I drug his bed out, loaded it into the van and plopped it down in the middle of a field. Amazing how doing something so crazy can cause him to be a wonderfully cooperative model. However, if I do this again, I will check to see if the field has four inches of mud in it BEFORE I carry the bed into it. At that point I was already invested and just placed the bed in the least muddy spot possible.

It made for some great pictures though so I'd say it was worth the small bit of mud I got on it.

This real smile is a hard one to catch.

The pattern is on sale Monday and Tuesday on both Etsy and Craftsy  so snag it up quick for only $5.95! But if you forget, or whatever, it is totally worth full price! So many options, have I mentioned that?! It's like you are getting four patterns for one price!

If you are super lucky, Chelsea is giving away two free copies on her blog GYCT Designs so go check it out and sign up!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CraftingCon Come to the Dark Side

When I saw the announcement for CraftingCon I KNEW I wanted to sign up! I have never participated in a sewing competition before and I admit, I was way nervous because I am such a newbie blogger, but it was so fun!

The rules were to create an outfit that fits our theme that is practical. No costumes, it has to be everyday wear that they can play in and something that "they can wear to the grocery store." Props are allowed and it has to be fun and have an element of play. I can do that!

There were a list of themes we could pick from and I chose Star Wars. I am not a Star Wars geek myself so much, but my dad is and he has pulled my children into loving it, especially my oldest daughter and my youngest son. So, I knew I had to sew something Star Wars. And I knew who was going to inspire my look.

Darth Vader.

Thomas thinks he is just way cool. And what's not to love?! He has a light saber and a cape! 

So I got to work googling the different styles Darth Vader has sported over the years. Pulled out one of my favorite patterns, Peek-a-Boo's Boardwalk Henley Hoodie and got the work! I knew this pattern was perfect. I used gray and black striped knit fabric to mimic Darth Vader's armor. Then I used scraps of knit fabric to applique the design of the buttons on the control panel on Darth Vader's chest and the shape that is inspired by the belt buckle. Applique is a super easy way to dress up a basic boy's shirt! You can find lots of tutorials on how to do it like this one here. I used a really short stitched zig zag stitch to mimic a satin stitch on my shirt, but I could have easily just used a quick straight stitch since knit doesn't fray.

 Bam! The perfect everyday Darth Vader look!

And, it has a cape. Of course! Thomas made sure of that. I added this cape the same way I added the cape to this shirt here, only this time I used the hoodie option of the shirt instead of the henley.

He is one super happy kid!

I paired the Little Sith Lord's shirt with a pair of Peek-a-Boo's Castaway Cargo shorts. They are made of some super comfy charcoal gray knit that is perfect for playing in. Or the random light saber battle.

Yeah, I know Darth Vader's light saber is red. My daughter has made that VERY clear. But, we had a blue light saber on hand and I couldn't find a red one. So, blue will do. ;)

This picture cracks me up!

I am so happy I was able to participate in CraftingCon! Go check my post out at Friends Stitched Together!

Happy sewing and may The Force be with you!