The Twofer

Zander is ready to kick it old school in his new hoodie. This was the second hoodie I made using this pattern and it came out almost perfect – to my standards at least.  If you try this pattern, be sure to use these tips to align the pockets. It didn’t work perfectly for me, but it was definitely an improvement from my first hoodie.  The best thing by far about this hoodie is the “twofer” factor. That’s right, two jackets in one!

I know what you’re thinking. In the age of smart phones and media players, he’ll never know the true beauty of cassette tapes.  Well, thanks to his Daddy and Auntie Angie, he’ll grow up with a complete set of 80’s mixed tapes and an original Sony boombox to play them with.  Here’s a pic of Z at 9 months, ready to jam.



Herringbone Hoodie

Since Zander outgrew his favorite grey hoodie from Baby Gap, our options were to:

1. Shell out another $45 for a similar one


2. Make an even better one for much less

As you can see, I went with option 2. I started with this pattern and adjusted it to be one-sided. I also added in the herringbone around the hood and elbow pads which aren’t part of the pattern.  Zander now has a one-of-kind grey hoodie with a hint of herringbone.

Cost of materials: $12

Seeing my son wear something I made: Priceless!

3 Tees = 1 Reversible Hoodie

As you all know, I have lots of t-shirts from my husband’s collection and my own, as an Inker. I couldn’t think of anything better than to make my muse, Zander, a reversible hoodie. For once, I purchased this pattern instead of trying to figure it out myself. Smart choice considering it took me 10+ hours to figure it all out WITH the pattern and instructions in front of me. Using bits and pieces from 3 different shirts, I had enough material to make him this sweet hoodie:

Zander is officially ready for Spring in his new reversible, color-block hoodie. Hope this inspires you to make something new for your Spring wardrobe.

[Long Sleeve] Tees for Tykes

After looking around for some new (stylish) long sleeve shirts for my ever-growing baby boy with very little luck I was on a mission to make him some myself. This, in addition to my Upcycle project was a good excuse to get my hubby to go through his overflowing dresser full of clothes – mostly t-shirts. He has the largest t-shirt collection of anyone I know. Considering I’m an Inker, it’s pretty astonishing I’M not the one with the larger t-shirt collection. Making a small dent in his collection, he let go of about a dozen shirts. Using the 90 minute shirt tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, I transformed my husbands old shirts into brand new long sleeve shirts for my sweet Zander. The first version I made (navy with white trim) took MUCH longer than 90 minutes (more like 300 minutes), but I’m thrilled to say I can make him a shirt in LESS than 90 minutes now! Hope this inspires you to think twice about your next Goodwill donation.

Something for…me

For once, I decided to make something for myself! I got inspired by this dress I came across while cruising through Pinterest (my newest obsession). This was the very first dress I’ve made – ever, so of course, I didn’t have a pattern or any clue how to make it. Needless to say, I winged the whole thing. I used one of my fitted dresses and a jacket to draw the pattern for the lining and dress. Luckily, the dress fabric doesn’t fray so I was able to cut the scallops at the ends of the dress and leave the edge raw. Start to finish, I completed the dress in one evening – 3.5 hours (Project Runway style). I was thrilled that 1. It fit. 2. It didn’t take long. 3. It looked good enough for me to wear to a wedding the following week! Hope this inspires you to make something special for YOURself!

Rad Like Dad

Z is stylin’ in his custom printed shirt with tattooed sleeves to match Daddy’s real tattoos.  For his shirt, I silk screened a basic white onesie using my Yudu machine. For the sleeves, I cut a small piece of cardboard to act as the platen.  For the pants, I followed the flat front pant tutorial on Dana Made It and added the knee pads myself. I didn’t follow her knee pad tutorial since it was a bit more complicated than I wanted to make them. I simply:

1. Sandwiched two pieces of fabric together (right sides together)

2. Sew around edge (leave opening for turning)

3. Turn inside out

4. Hand stitch opening

5. Top stitch onto pant leg

Boots with the…fleece

I made these boots a few months ago for Z and whadaya know, he’s already outgrown them! I used the 12 month pattern from I Think Sew. Last I went to their site, it was down, but I’m hoping they’ll come back up. They have tons of great, easy to follow patterns. Making these were a bit tricky, but totally doable. Just remember to switch the Velcro and buttons of the flap on the opposite shoe, or else you’ll wind up with ‘2 left feet’ (like I did the first time around). Now sing it with me…”Boots with the fleece”…”The band-aids make everything complete”