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PR&P – boys sew along


I’m excited to sew along this week. Since I usually sew for my boys this is right up my alley. My 2 little guys are big make believers so I wanted to make something that would add to their play.

Robot Shirts !


I knew I was on the right track when I asked big man K if he wanted his new shirt to make him like a robot with buttons and stuff. He started talking about big triangle buttons and then lil’ E started walking stomping around the house like a robot.


whirr boop bop beep !

Our photo shoot was a bit wild, it was really hard to get them to be still. There was lots of laser blasting and stomping as their imaginations took hold.


I wish you could hear all their great sound effects!

Like others sewing along, I wanted to use up some of the stash fabric. The shirts are made out of up-cycled T’s. The colours are all bright and fun! Much brighter than my usually choices. The stripes on the arms of E’s shirt were chosen with the idea of flexible hoses in mind. The components on each boys shirts are individual but similar, I wanted them to look like different models from the same factory.


It was a real blast making these shirts. The boys helped by picking some of the colours and shapes. K’s favorite colour is green and he needed triangles, as well as blaster buttons on the arms lol. My favorite is the zipper detail around the cogs on E’s shirt. The square gauges on the bottom are also a pockets, cuz who doesn’t love a pocket!


I stepped out of my comfort zone here, as I don’t usually pack this much detail onto my pieces, but once I got rolling I really enjoyed the creativity of it. The piping was added to make it all “Jetsons” space age. I have been wanting to add piping to something for a while now and this was the perfect project. Ashley at Make It and Love It  has a great tutorial on piping (and lots of other stuff too)

robotsontherunNeedless to say the shirts are a hit! Looks like we will have robots on a rampage for some time at our house.


Stripes – PR&P sew along


The theme for week 2 of PR&P is stripes and polka dots and I’m sewing along

I chose to do some comphy pants for little E out of an up-cycled jersey knit cardigan. The pattern is the go to pants pattern for me, Dana’s Basic Kid Pant. The design evolved when I realized E was getting much too tall for 1 shirt to be large enough for pants.

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I wanted the stripes to be going lengthwise down his legs, but could not fit all the pattern pieces onto the cardigan. Solution, slim the upper part of the pant off ( the part that makes up the rise ) and add a butt panel. The stripes are flipped 90° so they run in opposite stripiness. Cute but subtle I thought.


Since one part of the pants had some great stripiness going on , I thought why stop there… so the shin part of the pant also has the stripes flipped 90°. The legs have a slight taper modification to them,  and the waist is gathered with a wide band of dark blue ribbing, like a yoga pant. The overall effect makes them look like a baggy pirate pant. arrg!


Since the fabric is light weight, and it is January I added a lining. This is made from some jersey knit sheets I grabbed at $5.99 each a bit ago for sewing ( I know, way cheaper than fabric on a bolt .) The lining is constructed the same as the pants, only the legs are one whole piece ( no flipped shin stripes seam) and sewn with extra cm deep seam allowance so they fit easily inside the outer pant.


Almost all the seams were sewn on Betty the serger, and wow what a difference it made. There was very little mis-shaping or stretching. It really sped up the process to sew and finish in one step. I did somehow manage to have her eat my material though. I thought that it was a bit impossible for a serger to do that, apparently not 🙂 It took a bit to extract too. And re-thread ….then make her happy again.


I’m really pleased with the way these  pants turned out, first off they are light weight but cozy, due to the lining.

Second they are supper soft feeling, nice buttery jersey knit up-cycled cardigan, so they feel like your fav old shirt.

Last but certainly not least, after all the raised eyebrows from the teen and “those are pajamas for inside, right ?”  from the husband, both like them on lil’ E and think they are cute.


So there you have it funky stripy toddler pants.

time for project run and play


are you guys excited? I sure am, a new season of Project Run and Play !! There are some very talented designers this season and the new linky pool has already lead me to a few new great blogs. so go over and check it out and don’t forget to vote.

I have a few things in mind to sew along to, I guess my new years ideals of getting some sewing done for myself will have to wait.