celebrate the boy: closing out


whew!  it’s been a busy two weeks with celebrate the boy.  and while countless reasons remain to celebrate this exceptionally precious specimen, it will be awhile before i again acknowledge that by making him clothing.  like any sew along, ctb has encouraged me to focus my attention at specific goals, step outside my comfort zone, acquire new skills, get through some blunders, make some new friends, and when all is said and done, walk away with some nice additions to the wardrobe of this budding male model.   Continue reading

ctb: project eight, blue jeans

DSC04534it’s true what they say–jeans go with everything.  however, for kids and even for adults, i think they can sometimes be a little stiff and unforgiving (i’m a big fan of the marriage of spandex and denim that has gained popularity over the past few years).  a big button and zipper right in the middle of that squishy little belly seems a bit harsh.  you can pick up really soft, light denim fabric from joann’s, and while you lose some durability, you gain a lot of comfort and breathability.  i think it’s a fair exchange, especially as we head into spring and summer! Continue reading

ctb: project seven, white rhino


i still have a few projects to get through, but guys, this one is going to be hard to beat.  great pattern, repurposed material (i.e., free), quick assembly, very wearable and the kid loves it…it seems i’ve peaked midway through this sew along.  but it’s ok, this shirt is worth it!  and don’t worry, this face is still happening: Continue reading

ctb: projects four, five & six, pants pants revolution


just look at this kid.  i’m trying to figure out whether it’s possible to go head over heels from him *just* from pictures, without witnessing the little magical elf trounce around in person.  i don’t know, what do you think?  at least you must be gaining an appreciation for his keen eye for fashion.  i digress. Continue reading

ctb: project two (and three), retro raglan


i have made many pants for my boy, but never once a shirt.  this is largely because woven materials don’t usually make awesome shirts, and until this week i kept jersey far, far away from my sewing machine (although it literally makes up 99% of my own wardrobe, including formalwear).  however, i’ve been building courage and momentum to finally take the plunge, and after the relative success of the hoodie earlier this week, i was ready to go all in.  there’s a reason i dress myself completely in this material daily–soft, pliable, stretchy, unwrinkly, so low maintenance, so me.  it just felt wrong that it was so tricky to sew. Continue reading

ctb: project one


i would like to open this sew along with this pullover hoodie that has been cut out, waiting patiently for over a month.  i bought the pattern and the fabric (on sale at joann’s) back in december, but just couldn’t manage to fire up the sewing machine until this week.  after so many weeks of working tirelessly on projects, yet feeling like nothing is actually happening, it’s so nice to return to sewing and the instant gratification it brings. Continue reading

celebrate the boy: preamble

reese Collage i was enjoying a leisurely recovery from the party that took over our life for the past month and a half.  i had just finally picked up my collette sewing handbook, which i’d not laid eyes on since early december, to perhaps learn how to sew something for myself.  but approximately 36 hours into this rest period, i received a friendly tip from my long distance partner in crafting crime, alyssa, that a new sew-along was slated to begin in just a week’s time.  Continue reading