Princess Rosalina

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Since I’ve been a Mario fan for what feels like a billion years, I could not resist participating in the sew-a-long for February’s CraftingCon theme. You would think with me being a Mario fan since way back that Peach would be my favorite Princess but my heart belongs to Rosalina.

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I created the Princess Rosalina inspired hoodie using the Hazelwood Tunic & Hoodie by Love Notions as a base. Since the the pattern starts at 12 months I had to reduce the pattern a bit so it was not too big on on Pen.

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The jewels on the crown and star broach I both stitched and glued in place. Those suckers are not going anywhere! I also drafted my own template for both the crown and star broach.

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For the Luma I made a template based on an image found via Google.

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I love this project so much I see a whole bunch of geek themed hoodies for Pen in the future. Now I just need to decided which theme to do next!

BOYS can wear PINK too!

Boys can wear pink too!

Kelly of Handmade Boy had the great idea to host a month-long blog series all about boys wearing pink and today is my turn!

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What can I say about pink? Well, I was the girl who would put on her best dress to roll around in a muddy hole because I was Indiana Jones – in a pretty dress.  If I had been born couple decades later I probably would have been Indiana Jones – in a tutu. I did not wear that dress because it was the best choice to wear while searching for ancient artifacts, I wore it because to my young mind it was the most exciting choice.

I hope to instill in Seb the fact that clothes can be fun and exciting. Something I think that has been lost when it comes to males and fashion, in some places. Pink is just one of many colors that he could use in his wardrobe to his heart’s content.

Boys can wear pink too! Boys can wear pink too!  Seb is a big fan of accessories and picked out much of what we used for the photo shoot. In the first photo he wears his zebra print glasses that he proudly got as a reward for being good at the dentist, a cat hat I grabbed second hand with Seb in mind because he loves house cats and a scarf made a pink buffalo plaid that he hand picked from my fabric stash. The second photo he wears the blue and pink glasses he picked out at the store last weekend, white knit beanie that belongs to me but Seb is known to “borrow” and I used the Recces Raglan by See Kate Sew as the pattern for his pink and gray shirt.

Boys can wear pink too! Boys can wear pink too!

For the jacket I (slightly) used a blend of polar fleece, sweat shirt fleece and knit jersey to make a modified version of the Samson Sweater by Love Notions. The “View C” is in a winner in my book. It has the comfort of a sweatshirt but cardigan style front makes the jacket look a bit more stylish than your ordinary hoodie.

(The above link is an affiliate link but I really love the look of the jacket so much I would have picked it for the outfit anyways)

Boys can wear pink too! Boys can wear pink too!

I say “modified” because the jacket is fully reversible! Seb picked the multi-colored bird print knit from Girl Charlee to be used in this project.

Boys can wear pink too! Boys can wear pink too!

Boys can wear pink, don’t you think?

It was so much fun working with Seb to come up with pieces for this series! You can find a complete list of series participants over at Handmade Boy. I love everything I’ve been seeing and I highly recommend checking out the other posts.

Mabel Madison has a great selection of fabrics for BOYS (and everybody else) and is generously offering 15% off with the code PINKBOYS until 2/28.  Mabel Madison is just one of many fabulous sponsors for the Boys Can Wear Pink giveaway. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below the enter.

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One winner will receive:

One yard of Stenzo Pit Stop Poplin in pink from Mabel Madison
$25 gift certificate, plus a surprise fat quarter from Phat Quarter Shop
One yard of solid cotton/lycra & one yard of coordinating fabric from Purple Seamstress
One pattern of choice from Paisley Roots
$20 store credit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
One pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates
One pattern of choice from Mouse House Creations
Bottoms Up Pants Pattern from If Only They Would Nap
One Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

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Boys can wear pink too!

Haven Acres Mini Collection Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Haven Acres Mini Collection Pattern Tester Tour! Last week I posted my final tester outfit and now you get to see a twist on the Dressage Leggings and Sweet Pea Cap (affiliate links). While photographing my final tester photos, Seb started questioning me why he did not have pants like his sister. Inspiration hit and I decided to make my stop about making a Haven Acres look for Seb!

Have Acres for BOYS

Have Acres for BOYS

Have Acres for BOYS

The Sweet Pea Cap works great as a boys hat. I made no modifications to the hat design other than leaving off the ears. I used the same jersey material that I used on the leggings and used a sweatshirt fleece for the brim and lining. I thought the stiffer fleece would help the hat maintain its shape while still having more “give” than it would if it had been made with woven fabric. My son loves the hat but insisted that I had it all wrong when I placed it on his with the brim facing forward, the hat must be worn sideways according to him.

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For the Dressage Leggings, I did choose to do a few modifications. I normally sew a 4T for Seb and make waistband adjustments for his tiny waist. Wanting a slightly looser look to the leg I printed 4T, 5 and 6. After comparing the pattern pieces to an existing pair of pants I decided to cut 4T for the length and waist band but cut according to the size 6 lines for the rest .

Have Acres for BOYS

Have Acres for BOYS

I also added cuffs using black knit ribbing. Before cutting out my fabric I folded back the leg pieces 3″ to shorten the hem. I skipped the hemming step on the tutorial and once I had the pants assembled minus the legs being hemmed I measured the opening lying flat. Based on the 4″ opening I cut four rectangles of black knit ribbing measuring 3 1/2″ x 6.25″. The width is slightly smaller than the opening (also accounting for seam allowance) to give the cuff a nice fitted look and the length is the amount I subtracted from the leg pieces x2 (since I fold the piece over) plus seam allowance. I sewed the long sides of two of the rectangles, folded the piece in half with the serged (or sewn) edges on the inside and then attached the cuff over the right side of the pant leg with raw edges in the same direction. Repeat with the other cuff.

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Seb likes a wider waistband so I used 2″ elastic and cut the knit waist band 4 1/2″.

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Even though the Haven Acres Mini Collection is advertised as a patterns for girls, I think both the Sweet Pea Cap and Dressage Leggings make for great casual pieces for the boy in your life.

The Haven Acres Mini Collection (affiliate link) is still on sale until tomorrow (2/15) don’t miss the chance to get the pieces for 20% off no coupon code needed and even if you missed the sale I think the patterns are definitely still worth grabbing!

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“I’m a snake now. I’m done taking pictures.”

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my twist on the Haven Acres Collection. Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour.

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This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the link. Of course opinions of the pattern are my own and rest assured that if I was not 100% happy with the pattern there would be no affiliate link or glowing review. Thank you for your understanding!

Psst! Hey you! Not only is today my stop on tour and Valentine’s Day BUT it is also the one year blogiversary of Pen, Seb & Rox. I’m so excited about completing my first year blogging that I’m hosting a giveaway (with awesome fabric from Mabel Madison) over on this post.

It’s my blogiversary and I’m having a giveaway! Hooray!

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One year later and already too cool for my heart shirt…

I spent months (yes, months) planning the perfect start to my blog. Despite all my planning, one day I got excited about the last minute Valentine’s Day shirt (my first knit project!) I whipped up for Seb and that became my first post… on Valentine’s Day… unintentionally… At least it makes the date easy for me to remember!

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Since today is all about love, I wanted to show my appreciation to my readers (old and new) and celebrate my blogiversary with a giveaway! I recently spoiled myself with a euro knits order from Mabel Madison. The knits I picked out were amazing and I was very pleased with how quickly I received my order. One of the things that kills my creative mojo is realizing that I need to order something and then having to wait… forever… Stores that ship quickly are #1 in my book and Mabel Madison is one of those shops.

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Seb’s favorite print from my most recent order is the Stenzo “Gnomes on the Bus”. As a nod to the knit project for Seb being my very first blog post I thought it would be fun to offer one lucky winner one yard of Stenzo Jersey Knit “Gnomes on the Bus” in cream and half a yard of Stenzo Jersey Knit Solid Red for your own knit project. The awesome Mabel Madison has also offered to throw in half a yard of Verhees Euro Poplin “Mustache” in green and half a yard of Verhees Euro Poplin “Midget Magic” in blue, also to the lucky winner. Mabel Madison has a great selection of boy prints for your little guy… or gal… Pen likes just about everything her brother likes!

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Entering the giveaway is real easy, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions. Only the comment option is required. A suggested comment topic is: “What your favorite project over the past 12 months has been?”. Since this giveaway is all about love, sharing the love by sharing this giveaway on the social media site of your choice will earn you extra entries!

One lucky winner will receive a total of 2 1/2 yards of Euro fabric.
– One yard Stenzo Jersey Knit – Gnomes on the Bus – Cream
– Half yard Stenzo Jersey Knit – Solid – Red
– Half yard Verhees Euro Poplin “Moustache” in green
– Half yard Verhees Euro Poplin – Midget Magic – Blue

This giveaway is US only. I’m sorry international visitors. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to notification email otherwise I will re-draw.

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“Broken and Sideways” Heart Tee

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I showed Seb the cut pieces for applique for this years Valentine’s Day shirt and he commented that the heart looked “broken and sideways”. After telling him that is how you make a heart on the computer he now insists that all hearts should be “sideways”. I’ve yet again used the Recces Raglan by See Kate Sew for this festive tee. Upcycled from one of my old skirts and knit scraps I’m very happy with my final project for Kids Clothes Week.

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I’m even including a PDF of the graphic I used because while the “<3″ looks simple enough, I ended up spending quite a bit of time looking at various fonts and scale before finally settling on this version. Printed at 100% I think it would work on 4T (my son’s size) or bigger, 75% would be great for toddler sizes and 50% for infants. Be sure to print from your PDF reader and not the web browser.

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After printing the heart I ironed a piece of Heat Bond Lite to the back of a scrap of jersey, used the printed graphic that cut out as a template to trace the shape on onto the backing paper of the Head Bond, cut the final shape out, remove the backing paper and place on the shirt, iron to set and finally I zigzagged around the edges with my sewing machine but you can use any finishing method your prefer. If sewing is not your thing you could even substitute the Heat Bond LITE for the Ultra which does not require sewing!

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 What a difference a year makes!

Haven Acres Mini Collection

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One of my Kids Clothes Week projects has been whipping up my final look for the mini-collection I’ve been testing by Jennuine Design. You may recall my testing of her adorable LOL Swing Top way back in the summer with a very tiny Pen. The Haven Acres Collection (affiliate link) consists of leggings, blouse and a cap. Inspired by riding fashion the pieces very much have an equestrian lifestyle look to them. The Dressage Leggings has a paneled and basic version, Sweet Pea cap features ADORABLE pony ears and the Haven Acres Blouse comes in a long and short sleeved version.

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I have to confess that I do inwardly groan a bit when it comes to sewing what I call “fiddly” baby size garments and at first I thought the Haven Acres Blouse might just be one of those “fiddly” projects but I assure you that looks may be deceiving. The blouse comes together quickly for an experienced sewer and would be perfectly suitable for a beginner with moxie.

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Much of the fabric used in the outfit came from upcycled sources. The tweed was an old skirt and the material for the blouse came from a dress that would have probably never fit me again (haha!).  The Dressage Leggings, especially in baby sizes, would be perfect for using upcycled pieces of knit since the design consists of several panels. I made MANY test versions using all sorts of scraps with cute results.

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The Sweet Pea Cap rounds off the collection.  I love animal eared hats on kids and even if your child is too “mature” for ears the cap would look great without them. Like the Dressage Leggings, the panel design would be perfect for using smaller pieces of material if you wanted to make a slightly funkier version.Haven Acres Mini Collection // pensebrox.com

Oh my the cuteness! Can you resist the adorable ears on the Sweet Pea Cap? Next week I’ll be one of the stops on the Haven Acres blog tour. The tour has a bit of a twist to it so be sure to check it out.

For a limited time (until 2/15) the Haven Acres Collection (affiliate link) is being offered at 20% off no coupon code needed!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the link. Of course opinions of the pattern are my own and rest assured that if I was not 100% happy with the pattern there would be no affiliate link or glowing review. Thank you for your understanding!

Kids Clothes Week is here!

KCW: Upcycling

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Kids Clothes Week has arrived and this time the theme is something right up my alley… Upcycling! In preparation for the upcoming week I devoted some time last week to purging our wardrobes. Over the past few years I’ve been really trying to reduce the amount of clothing duds I bring home so my upcycling supply from our own closets has been slowly dwindling but on my latest purge I did find a few treasures.
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While hacking off the sleeves of this ladies knit top with the intention of using the sleeves on a project for Seb, I decided to use the rest to whip up a top for Pen. What I always loved about the shirt was the collar area so I made sure to cut the pieces with re-using that part in mind.

I recommend using a shirt at a guide when making the pieces if you don’t have a pattern in mind for the project. During my project, Pen was happily entertaining herself and I did not want to cause a disruption by moving her so I could go search for a top to use a guide. This lead me to using the technique know as “eyeballing”. The resulting top is a bit wider than I would have liked but I really think it came out great considering I’m TERRIBLE at eyeballing things.

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The leggings were another upcycle project from a few weeks ago. I’ve been testing an upcoming mini pattern collection by Jennuine Design and I used another woman’s top to make the basic version of the leggings.

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At 7 months Pen is quite the mobile gal and this is what she thinks of me having her sit for photos!

That is my first project of the week. What will you be working on this KCW?

Introducing the Willow Wrap Top & Dress

Love Notions Willow Top Review // pensebrox.com

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the sale if you make a purchase using the link. Of course opinions of the pattern are my own and rest assured that if I was not 100% happy with the pattern there would be no affiliate link or glowing review. Thank you for your understanding!

The Willow Top by Love Notions (affiliate link) was just released, an attractive knit top with a wrap style front. Available with both a regular or asymmetrical hem with side ruching, the top has two neckline options and modesty panel that also functions well for nursing mothers. A dress version was also released as Willow Top’s sister pattern the Willow Dress.

Willow Wrap Dress & Top

It was a great experience testing Love Notion’s Willow Top. Tami was very interested in what the testers had to say. She was especially responsive to the feedback from nursing mothers such as myself. For example, creating a modesty panel that is not just an attractive neckline option but also an extra level of convenience for nursing mothers.

Since I sew mostly for my two young kids, with any adult pattern I make there is always an initial “I have to tape how many pieces together?!” but assembly is a clear and straightforward process that passes quickly. The top itself is so quick to cut and assemble, you could easily make several on a quiet afternoon or whip one up during nap time if you have young kids like me!

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I made View B (the regular hemline) with the modesty panel in a large with no adjustments to the length. With my high bust measuring 39″ the top fits great with enough room in all the right places. The two fabrics I used fell at opposite ends of the stretch guidelines with the green having more stretch and the purple close to the 50% stretch mark. Despite the difference in stretch, both versions of the top fit comfortably and did not hug those spots that I’d rather not draw attention to. *ahem*

Willow Wrap Dress & Top

Love Notions is offering 15% off either the Willow Wrap Top or Willow Wrap Dress, just use the coupon code “willow“. Both patterns are available separately or bundled with a special 25% off no coupon code needed. I personally can’t wait to find a spare afternoon to not only make myself a few more Willow Wrap Tops but also give the Willow Wrap Dress a whirl! (affiliate links)

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January CraftingCon: Doctor Who

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Today I throw my hat in the ring for the January CraftingCon Doctor Who edition. The outfit I put together for Seb is heavily influenced by none other than Captain Jack Harkness. Be sure to head over to my CraftingCon post to not only see my entry but to also check out the other Doctor Who themed submissions for the month of January!

WINNER!!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog during Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day event! I wish I had the time (and shipping fees!) to send each of you something.

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Random.org select #35 as the winner of my giveaway. Congratulations PT! I already got in contact with her and will be shipping the shade out soon.

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