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PR+P Week 3: Dracu-Lou

Patterns for Pirates, sewingKaty McKinleyComment

Welcome everyone coming here from Project Run + Play!  I'm in disbelief that I'm still around for the third week...and completely honored to still be in the running.  Thank you so much for all of your support!  This week's theme is Halloween (which is basically my favorite holiday EVER).  Are you ready to see what I made?

BUT FIRST!  Are you stopping here before heading to the PR+P site?  Before you read any more, head HERE to place your vote for your favorite Halloween costume!  Go go go!!

I love to make Halloween costumes for Louis.  It's super fun.  You can be as weird or ridiculous or out there as possible and there's no such thing as theme-ing it too much.  It's also my favorite holiday because of the kitchy-beyond-means ways about it.  However...I had the hardest time of PR+P with this week.  We even had to reshoot these pictures because I waited too long and it was starting to get dark and my flash and I weren't being friends.  It was like a mini curse on my sewing extravaganza.

The only thing I can think of is that this is super early for costume making and I like to put it off for a while longer.  Last minute costume sewing is the only form of costume sewing, am I right?

HOWEVER.  The second shoot of this costume resulted in Louis killing it with photos.  And my excitement was immediately dialed back up to eleven.

We went with Louis to a Halloween party last year and there was a little girl with a vampire costume on that he played with a bunch.  From then on...Louis has wanted to be a vampire for his next Halloween.  Some people have children who change their minds twenty times the week before Halloween.  And then there is Louis, who decides a year in advance and won't budge an inch.  A classic vampire is super fun.  But I was worried about how to translate it into a sewing competition.

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We decided to go red/black/white for a classic movie-vampire look.  So starting with the pants, I made him some Pirate Playground Pants in a black ponte.  Super quick and easy and they have more than enough room to layer underneath (in case it's cold on our trick-or-treating night).

My second piece included taking the Lumberjack shirt and making a basic white dress-shirt, kicked up a tiny notch by giving him some Victorian-inspired sleeves.  Louis is a kiddo who rolls every single long sleeve he owns up.  So I thought making his sleeves a little shorter would be better for him, and the bell-sleeves wouldn't drive him nutso while wearing them.  Plus, I plan on chopping the sleeves down when Halloween is over and adding this button-down to his closet for that always-needed-never-seem-to-have-it staple shirt.

The last two pieces of sewing were both self-drafted.  I created a vest with some fun, dramatic points and curves on the hem.  And then I cut a ton of bats in varying sizes out of a black knit and fused them onto the vest, in a cascading manner.  In hindsight, I should have just saved myself some time and cut/ironed them on with some heat transfer vinyl.  But I wanted to keep it all fabric...and apparently torture myself a little bit.

The cape was also self-drafted.  And easy once I started making it.  Believe it or not, I'm not out and about making capes all day.  So I wasn't quite sure how I was going to tackle it.  In the end, it was a quick design and, with the help of some stable fusible foam in my purse making stash of goodies, I had a stand-up collar.

I went back and forth about needing to make an ascot for Louis or not.  In the end, I decided to have the ties on Lou's cape be extra wide and long.  That way, we could have the look I was going for with an ascot, but not have to make one.  I think it worked out well!

Dracu-Lou was loving being in character for these photos.  He's been really fun to do these shoots with and has been making up a lot of his own poses.  It's quite refreshing to not have to bribe him to cooperate any more!

Want some info on the outfit?  No problem!

Patterns: Pirate Playground Pants by Patterns for Pirates | Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates | Cape (self drafted) | Vest (self drafted)
Fabric: all found at my local JoAnn Fabrics

**As always, you'll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I've recommended.  Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!

Sunday Lately :: Week 91

Sunday LatelyKaty McKinleyComment

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and myself. We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We'd love if you could join us!

This week's themes: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

Planning. Our weekends for the rest of the year.  And it's starting to give me a mild heart attack.  We are officially into fall, people!  The holidays have hit, even if they haven't yet.  And every weekend is JAMMED full of events, birthdays, holidays, and parties.  

Loving. P4P Raglan Week!  We've had a full week of celebrating all-things raglan over at Patterns for Pirates and everyone has excitedly joined in.  It's been a blast seeing all of the creations going on over there!  I made a newbie and pulled out a couple of my favorite raglans from last year's makes.  Yay!

Reading. Does Harry Potter count?  We've been slowly reading that with Louis, in between all of the books he brings home from the school library.  Can I just add that library day at school is exciting for Bennett and me too?  We die over seeing what Louis brings home with him.  His choices are so Louis, and sometimes super random.  It's great.

Wishing. My Momma could move juuuuuust a little closer.  She's started a new schedule at work that gives her longer weekends.  But it'd still be nice not to have that drive.  

Feeling. Great!  And super active lately.  It's weird that, once you get into an exercise habit, you crave activity.  We went yesterday with Lou's best gal pal and her Daddy to the park...where we explored, climbed trees, threw rocks into the waterfall, had a picnic, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.  It was basically the most perfect way to spend a Saturday!

PR+P Week 2: Well Dressed Fox (I'm an Autumn)

sewing, Patterns for PiratesKaty McKinleyComment

Welcome everyone coming here from Project Run + Play!  I am honored to be back for the second week (and a little shocked that I'm still in the running...hello fierce competition!)  You are about to witness one of my favorite single pieces I've made for Louis.  Are you ready?!

BUT FIRST!  Are you stopping here before heading to the PR+P site?  Before you read any more, head HERE to place your vote for your favorite "I'm an Autumn" look!  Go go go!!

If nothing else happens, I have at least captured this photo above here.  It is about to be printed onto canvas and hung on our living room wall.  I adore it so much!!  Eep!  Isn't he just to die for in this photo?  Those eyes, that face....gah!

Okay, okay.  I'll get to talking about what I made.  
Allow you to introduce you to my Well Dressed Fox.

The theme this week was "I'm an Autumn".  And the only instructions were to: create a children's look using the warm colors of autumn for your primary color palette.  (Reds, Oranges, Yellows, and Browns.)  Sounds easy enough, right?  Well....it took a little bit of thinking it through.  Louis' favorite color is blue.  Followed by red.  And then gold and green and basically not the most autumnal colors.  So I had to figure out how to make something he would want to wear, that would fit the theme.

I chose to work with orange, because I'm a pumpkin fanatic [freak] and nothing screams fall more to me than some oranges.  And come to find out, Lou's favorite animal is a FOX!  Wooo!  Perfect!  I love, love, love making fall jackets for Louis.  Three years in a row now I've made him a Lumberjack shirt for his jacket and it's been my favorite thing for him to wear as outerwear.

My first step into making a foxy outfit was to take the Lumberjack pattern and add some inseam pockets.  Okay, so that didn't make him into a fox.  But pockets are necessary.  I also changed the pattern from the standard cuffs to come knit ones...because knit anything is always more comfortable.  Am I right?

I hacked open the hood piece and created some fox style ears, that fold down a little toward the front so they have standing-power.  And then gave him a face with some cute button eyes.  I love me some button eyes!

My second task was with a basic tee, but stepped up a notch.  I took the Jolly Roger Raglan pattern in a soft off-white and hand stitched a fox face onto it.  The fox pattern was borrowed from this insanely overpriced shirt at Anthropologie that retails for $168.  Um.  WHAT?  I think a soft cotton, handmade tee for under $5 trumps a weird, cutout, pleather one any day.  But who am I to judge fashion, really? 

Louis is becoming more and more in control of his photoshoots.  We were trying to figure out where to take pictures and he insisted we go into the woods.  "Because that's where foxes live."  And he loved howling for photos.  Honestly, I loved watching him howl for photos so it was a win-win type situation.

The third, and final piece, I made was the Cpt Comfort Jeans in a darkwash denim, with some bright yellow topstitching.  I also added a cuff to the bottom of the jeans to tie the color scheme back into the entire look.

I hate making clothes for tests / contests / blog tours that will only be worn for promo photos and then never again.  So I've been approaching this contest as a way to stretch my creativity, but still create wearable clothes for Louis.  Like, clothes he can just pull out of his closet and wear whenever.  These pieces all fit into that requirement for me. 

Louis has actually been wearing this jacket every day since I finished making it.  It's been cool enough in the mornings that he can wear it to school, and he makes sure he does.  I love when his little face lights up when people compliment what he's got on too.  Makes my heart warm into a mush knowing that he's just as excited as I am that we made this.

Sewing isn't about the necessity.  It's about the process.  The final piece.  And the connection to what you're wearing.  And the pride that you were capable of making it.  It's a thrill ride to me!

Now that you've made it all the way to the bottom of my post, I need to ask again.  Have you gone and voted?!  PLEASE DO!  We can only advance if we are in the top four this week.  Fingers crossed I get to keep playing!

GO VOTE HERE!!

And now for the details:
Patterns (all Patterns for Pirates): Lumberjack Shirt | Jolly Roger Raglan | Cpt. Comfort Jeans
Fabric (all from JoAnns locally....no links again this week. Sorry!)

**As always, you'll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I've recommended.  Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!

Jolly Roger Raglan Add-Ons by Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates, sewingKaty McKinleyComment

Woohoo!  We've reached yet another release day for Patterns for Pirates.  And this one is JUST for the kiddos!  We've gone and updated the original Jolly Roger Raglan to have some new features (you can read all about them on the P4P blog HEREand we created a new add-on pack for the JRR!  So fun!

It's not a shock when I say that I love making raglans for Louis.  They are scattered allllll over this blog, and within his wardrobe.  They're the fastest, cutest, easiest way to mix/match fabrics and create something more than just a "basic" looking tee.  I love them to death!  The Jolly Roger has just enough of a relaxed fit, that it goes perfectly with these add-ons.  So you can basically make your kiddo a hoodie if you'd like and it'd fit them perfectly for this upcoming fall/winter season!

^^ I've mentioned before that Louis has been into making his own poses for pictures, right?  He's KILLING me with some of these.  So much drama and personality in one little person, I tell ya!

Louis thought that the thumbholes (included in the add-on pack!) were SO COOL.  But it was also crazy muggy and rainy while we were taking photos and he quickly decided that maybe this shirt is better off in the winter.  He's still a trooper for letting me get these shots of him.

All together in this one shirt, we used the kangaroo pocket, the cross-over funnel hood, and the thumbhole cuffs.  I didn't realize how cute the funnel hood was until I put it on Louis.  Something about that little added cross-over makes it extra sweet on him.  Or am I just Mommy goggles-ing it too much right now?  (Newsflash: I always am!)

If you were ever wondering where a good place to start with sewing apparel is, I would 100% recommend a raglan style shirt.  The sleeves are so easy to handle (because they aren't set in like a traditional shirt sleeve) and they come together super quickly.  To celebrate all-things-raglan...and to encourage more crazy raglan sewing, we are having a P4P Raglan Week over at Patterns for Pirates!  All week, we are bringing you little hacks, tricks and special things related to raglans. 

So basically what I'm saying is that if you've ever wanted to start sewing.... a) Raglans are where it's at. AND b) This would be a great week to do so!!

And here are your links!!
Patterns: P4P Jolly Roger Raglan | P4P Jolly Roger Add-On Pack (or find them bundled together HERE)
Fabric: Quilted Knit (similar) | Navy Ponte (similar) | Grey/Navy Stripe (similar)

**As always, you'll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I've recommended.  Thanks for helping to feed my sewing habits!