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Green Lanturn hoodie


Since I haven’t been at the machine in weeks and it looks like more weeks will pass before I sew anything, I thought I would post an old project. Now it was blogged on a previous site  (i changed the name of my blog in Jan) but better a re-do than a no post.


I made this hoodie for K last fall, and he was all excited to wear it to school this past week.  I love when the littles enjoy there home made designs.  I’m also gonna post this in the sew geeky pool too. if you don’t know what that is please go check it out its so awesome. I am a geek who sews and just love this series by Max California and Sew Chibi.

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The fabric is all up-cycled hoodies and T-shirts. It was my first attempt at a jacket so naturally I added the complexity of lining it. If ya look close you can see the imperfections. BUT Mr. K loves it ! Who wouldn’t love a Green Lantern Hoddie. It’s based on this Green Lantern costume from the newer Justice League. Which was a bigger decision than you may realize. He has had many costume variations over the years.


The pattern was some old 80’s pattern  inherited from a somewhere. I’ll never use a kids pattern from the 80’s again working the fit was yukki, it was so big and baggy in ways I’m not used to. So save yourself the trouble and just use an awesome blogger’s pattern !


I do confess it became a bit of a me against the garment kinda roller coaster project. Sew feel great…try on have it be too big, feel sad…. rework fit….rip out again….sew feel great….add zipper ….hate zipper…mess with lining….question why I sew… see progres….feel encouraged….


The applicae was hard. I was really worried about it matching up right so I did it after the zipper. Not sure if that was a good idea, working close into the zipper was tricky. It does line up nicely. At the end of it all I got a complement from my lovely teen “Its nice Mom, you can tell its homemade, but it looks home made in a good way.”


I learned a tone from this project and again K loves it. which is the point of it all right. Cool custom stuff that they love and will wear. The lining makes the jacket stretch from fall into winter here on the rainy west coast so it has seen a tone of wear over the past year and is still in one piece.


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.

Super Gift


Well Christmas has arrived so I can post the secret project that I’ve been working a way at. There are 3 small boys in our extended family, my 2 and my cousin’s small boy, so when I started making super hero hoodies I wanted to include our little K. He is younger than my boys so is not currently obsessed with super heroes, but his dad is a huge comic fan.


I chose to do Superman! and was very pleased with the outcome. I used the reglan T-shirt from Oliver and S. I modified it into a hooded sweater by cutting down the middle of the front piece and adding 2cm (remember I’m Canadian.) Ribbing was added to the cuffs and waistband instead of a traditional hem. The hood was drafted from an existing hoodie. Remember if you do this to check the circumference of the neckline so that your hood fits the sweater you are making. Otherwise you will have some neat little gathers to create in a not so noticeable place. Yes I am speaking from experience 🙂


The hood is covered in the same light weight knit of the cape. The cape is detachable (any excuse to use my snap press) and so light that it will not interfere with car seats.


The zipper came from the stash and was a bit long. I cut it and folded the hem over. Zippers are a bit scary for me, and I still have issues getting them straight. Here is  a great site for learning zippers. make it and love it Ashley has really great tutorials for all kids of techniques.


My first attempt at one of these hoodies taught me lots about applique patches. For the green lantern I sewed the parts of the patch directly to the hoodie, there was lots of stretching and fretting and presser foot adjusting. For superman I used fusible interfacing to give each piece some stability, then made the patch which I sewed on in one step. The results was a nicer patch and less shifting.


I think the very best way would be to find something that is iron on and sticky on both sides. then I could stick everything together and have not stretching or shifting at all…sigh there must be some thing out there that does that.

All in all I am very pleased with how Superman turned out. The best part was giving it to little K. Merry Christmas