Tour of my sewing room.

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On the weekend Jessica, of Gracious Threads, posted a challenge in her Facebook group. The goal was to cleanup your sewing space before Friday.

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During my this round of re-organization, I dubbed the space the “Faceless Room” because I have difficultly describing what the room actually is. The room has no “face”.

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It is centrally located in the house between the living room and kitchen. It’s technically the dining room. We eat at a small table in the kitchen and host few parties so the space has long functioned as my office/sewing room, a playroom for the kids, and something of an art gallery to display their creations.

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There are definite plus sides to having a space right smack in the middle of main floor. It is very easy to spend 10 minutes here and there working on projects. The ability to work in small bits of time instead of trying to find large blocks is of great benefit to me. I’d probably never finish anything if I had to go upstairs to work. It is enough to override the negatives of sharing a space such as my desk becoming the dumping ground for every broken and homeless object. It also means that there is no bribing Mr. Rox to watch the kids for a few hours  on the weekends while I hide in my sewing room.

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It also means that all the storage space is shared. Storage has always been something of an issue in this house. Our home is 135 years-old. No foolies! There is a closet that was added to the room during the 1950’s but it is just fitted into the pre-existing space like many of the other “modern” features added during the same time period. It is better than nothing but is something of a puzzle to get it to work the most efficiently .

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I completely forgot to take decent “before” shots of the closet before I started to clear it out. It held toys, pantry items, and stuff left over from when we pretty much lived only the main floor while we renovated the second floor.

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I decided the second rod was a good spot to stick my giant roll over tracing paper out of the reach of the kids. Who would love nothing more than to TP the house with it…

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Spring cleaning has been going on around the house for several weeks now which was a big boost in getting this project done quickly. Mr. Rox had installed a cabinet on the enclosed porch off the kitchen a few weeks back. After, I moved some of my kitchen items that I needed often enough that they still needed to be nearby but not so often that they needed to be right in the kitchen. This space in the kitchen was just waiting for the pantry items.  Mr. Rox had also taken over a spare bedroom upstairs for his office so I felt no guilt in handing him a giant box of his stuff that was in the closet.

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I’ve actually also been devoting an hour or two on Sunday each week to a personal cleaning project. Everything in the before photos might have looked like chaos but it was something of an organized chaos. My patterns and fabric were already mostly sorted, I just needed to move it all to new homes.

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The “junk” drawer on my desk became the new home for patterns waiting for assembly or are in rotation.

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This window gets strong light through it at certain parts of the day and the glare makes it hard for me to work in front of it. It used to be covered with a curtain but back in February I got the idea to swap it out with a “curtain” made with those over-the-door-shoe-racks.  Having that already setup was a big help in organizing the random odds and ends I have floating around.

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I also made the discovery that my rulers had holes for hanging…

I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes now and others are going “WAH?!” like I did.  I honestly hated my rulers for being so hard to store and I really wish I would have noticed the holes sooner!

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Thanks to Starly altering me to  this cheap-ish plastic folding table with adjustable legs, I will no longer feel ancient after long hours hunched over the dining room table. It is by no means the best solution for a cutting table since it is pretty small (48×24 inches) but the size allows me to keep it easily stashed away since it will only be out when I have cutting to do. Since I’m sharing the space with the kids, they still need access to their drawing board.

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The hutch is also still the best place to keep Seb’s Legos out of Pen’s reach and to store things like craft paper for the kids. Some of the other toys/games once stored there stacked out Pen’s reach were moved to the top shelf in the closet since we don’t need them daily. After my re-organization of the room I see that I definitely need more fabric in my life!

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Thanks for taking a look at the “Faceless Room” and thank you to Jessica for giving me the extra motivation to finish one of many re-organization projects I’ve been working on.A tou

Do you have a devoted sewing room or are you squatting in a communal space like I am?

Penny’s Portable Kit: Free Pattern @ CraftingCon

Penny's Portable Kit // pensebrox.com

I have yet another guest post live at CraftingCon today. April’s “steampunk” theme inspired me to create a tutorial and FREE pattern to create a small portable kit that can be used for all sorts of things. Penny’s Portable Kit, the perfect project for the adventurer! Be sure to check out my post.

Upcycled Kids Clothing

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Hello to my regular visitors and those coming from the Earth Day Blog Hop organized by Ula from Lulu & Celeste. It seems fitting that I discuss some of the upcycled kids clothing I made so far during April This month I had two goals…

  1. Continue working on Pen’s handmade wardrobe.
  2. Start spring cleaning in the attic, which just so happens to hold my stash of clothing ripe for upcycling. It was either upcycle or donate!

I figured it was inevitable that I’d make upcycled kids clothing during April. It was a handy coincidence that New Horizons Designs (formerly Terra’s Treasures) is hosting an upcycling themed giveaway that runs from 4/1 – 4/25. This lead me to plan my upcycle projects based on the two New Horizons I already owned, Paris Tea Time Dress and the Streamline Tee. Plus I love any excuse to make upcycled kids clothing!

Note: I am in no way affiliated with New Horizons Designs and gain nothing from referring people to the giveaway. In fact, the more people I refer the less chance I have to win! Ha! Here is just a gal that wants a random chance to win a Silhouette. You should give the contest a shot too. 😉

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One of the things I love about upcycling is the ability to reuse components that might otherwise be a time-consuming to make. I hacked the Paris Tea Time Dress pattern by combing the skirt with the bodice to create a single a-line front that allowed me to salvage the button placket from the dress-up skirt.

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Again I combined the bodice with the skirt to salvage the pleats from the original blouse. This time I had to go for a tunic length since I did not have enough “fabric” for a longer dress. Sometimes you have to roll with what you have. I’ve shortened skirts, slimmed sleeves, used smaller gathers, and made all sorts of changes for the sake of necessity.

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Not only does upcycling give new life to old clothing but sometimes the clothes hold a little deeper story. I thrifted this vintage skirt way back when I lived in Paris (France). I fell in love with the print but since the skirt was a combination of flaws and a weird size,  I felt it was never destined to never be worn as-is again. I knew one day I would find the PERFECT way to revive it. I let the fabric speak to me and it told me to hack the Paris Tea Time Dress. I took two inches off the bodice length, adjusted the skirt length accordingly, added 4″ to both skirt pieces for a slightly fuller shape, and changing the the straps to elastic in a casing.

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I love (love, love, love) raglan sleeves and I thought the Streamline Tee would be great hacked into a few upcycled knit dresses for Pen. Adding a skirt to a t-shirt is a great way to upcycle both knit and wovens. Unfortunately I think this version came out much boxier than I imagined but it will still get use as a play dress . I’m still investigating the “why?”. Right before I started writing this post I actually just finished two more hacked Streamline Tees for Pen using the same pattern, a similar idea, and slimmed down a bit. I had no time to grab photos for this post though. Boohoo!

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Of course, I can not resist sewing for Seb despite him having at least 3x the amount of clothing Pen does thanks to hand-me-downs from neighboors. I upcycled a variety of old knit shirts (and pants) into a series of Streamline Tees for him. I totally enamored with how well the design fits him without any fuss. Seriously, I’m totally retiring the copy of the Recess Raglan I have printed in Seb’s size.

Hopefully some of my recent upcycled makes have inspired you to make upcycled kids clothing for a kiddo in your life.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other participants on the tour. Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you would like to see a peek at the other two upcycled raglans I’ve made Pen. I’ll be taking photos at some point this week.

Check out all the stops on the Earth Day Blog:

April 18:
Vicky Myers CreationsCoral and Co.

April 19:
Seam of My Pants

April 20:
EYMMCreate 3.5

April 21:
PenSeb&RoxCandice Ayala

April 22:
Lulu & Celeste (Round Up post)

#WANNABPHOTOG :: Mabel Madison’s Duds for Dudes

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I’m big on sewing through my fabric stash this year (then I’ll have an excuse to buy more, right?) and the Duds for Dudes tour was a great opportunity to break out more of that awesome euro poplin from Mabel Madison that I had horded stashed away.

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As you may recall, recently I kicked off Pen’s warm weather wardrobe with an “April showers” themed dress using an umbrella print Verhees poplin. Back when I grabbed that fabric I also got a yard of this snazzy Verhees camera print. I’m a vintage camera enthusiast (I collect working 35mm models) and channeled the Gollum while hording the fabric. Nobody steals the precious!

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When the opportunity came for me to join the Mabel Madison Duds for Dudes tour, I knew it was time to finally use the fabric. The apple did not fall far from the tree and Seb has a blossoming interest in photography. Yay! I have all sorts of warm and fuzzy memories of taking photos with my Dad using a large format box camera, then developing the negatives in the bathroom.

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Exhibit A

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Seb totally deserved a pair of camera “pants”.

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Since warm weather is sooo close I decided to make shorts and not pants. I used Momma Quail Patterns “Just Chillin’ Reversible Sweats” with no cuff and a few inches shaved off to make them a long shorts length. Since he is a skinny dude, I went for a 4 slim fit overall, 3 waist band, and added/subtracted length as needed. I also did not line the shorts since the poplin is a good weight for summer weather without it.

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The pockets and waistband I trimmed with the mini dot Stenzo knit from Mabel Madison that they so generously gave me to go with the other coordinated fabrics that I had previously purchased. Some knits are full of fail when used in stress positions but a quality knit like Stenzo holds up well.

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The mini dots I also used for the sleeves and details on the Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew (How many of these have I sewn now?!) I made to complete the look. I’ve never made the rolled sleeved option before and deviated a bit from the pattern by doubling up the cuff and slimming the tab. The cut of the pattern is pretty slim fitting so I made Seb solid 5.

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2DSC_4732As you might of already guessed, of course the Stenzo chunky stars knit is also from Mabel Madison! Originally I planned on a solid knit for the main body buy noticed how beautifully the blue on the stars knit matched the blue touches on the poplin.  I was already determined to use the mini dot since it also matched dotted details on the cameras.

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Despite all the prints used, I think the combination of color matching and pattern scale is what makes the look work.

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Plus it helps if you have a spunky 5 year-old boy rocking the outfit!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m really glad I discovered Stenzo and Verhees fabrics via Mabel Madison. The quality is top notch and works great for kids clothes.

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 Be sure to check out the posts from my fellow contributors for the Mabel Madison Duds for Dudes Tour today: Beri Bee Designs and FABulous Home Sewn.  You can also find all the other links on the Mabel Madison blog.

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Thank you for checking out the duds I made for my dude. I’m currently working on a bunch of upcycles and finishing up a Steampunk-y tutorial that will be at CraftingCon next week. My Instagram is full of sneak peaks so be sure to follow!

The $3 Maggie Mae Dress

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

Another warm weather piece finished for Pen! I put the final touches (hemmed the tulle and added the button closures) this morning on this Maggie Mae (by Shwin Designs) that I started sewing last week.

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

The fabric I used is a cheap quilting cotton feature frog princess themed print and I added a layer of tulle that I grabbed from a remnant bin at a big box store.

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

While the materials used are not nearly as fine feeling as the euro poplin I used for the dress I posted about yesterday. It works for a play dress. Especially consider I used probably $2.50 worth of the quilting cotton and the tulle piece was a quarter!

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

I modified the Maggie Mae by adding the waist bodice piece to the skirt instead of cutting two separate pieces, added extra width to the under skirt for french seams, and adding a tulle skirt that was 4″ wider for extra floaty-ness (if that is a word). Instead of the series of buttons on the back with a placket, I changed to three elastic loops closed with three gorgeous iridescent vintage buttons.

I actually REALLY like the look of a long series of interesting buttons on the back of dresses and that is one of the reasons why I initially bought the pattern. At this stage in Pen’s life I’m much happier with simpler closure options or none at all, which is why I deviated from the pattern.

Dressing a squirmy toddler needs to become a competitive sport!

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

Maggie Mae Dress // pensebrox.com

I still have another Glass Onion and Maggie Mae  ready for sewing. Hopefully I’ll get those finished up and the pile of upcycles I have cut this week.

Working on anything special this spring?

Glass Onion Dress in Poplin

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers // pensebrox.com

Today, I’m guest posting over at Mabel Madison showing off Pen’s dress that I whipped up last week inspired by spring and an adorable umbrella print euro poplin from Mabel Madison. The dress is a modified Glass Onion Top (by Shwin Designs) and I thought I’d take a moment to discuss the changes a bit more.

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This post is all about the pattern I used to make the dress and fitting. I talk about the snazzy euro poplin I used to make Pen’s modified Glass Onion over at my Mabel Madison guest post. The fabric is just one of many poplin yards I purchased for making kids clothes. Be sure to check out the post to see all the photos and read some of my thoughts about the euro poplin.

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Instead virtually waving my arms around trying to explain what goes through my mind when looking to buy pattern, I made a pie chart. Most of my pattern buying is a fine blend of:

Idea – Is it a pretty unique design or something I don’t want to bother with figuring out on my own? The core design plays a huge role in my pattern buying decision and can gloss over some flaws in my next point…

Easily Estimate Fit – Does the pattern listing have a size chart, some clear photos, and maybe even a few line drawings so I can quickly visualize the intended fit? This is where the “idea” comes into play, I won’t put much effort into figuring out the fit with a raglan pattern but depending on the design I might like the pattern enough to go around asking questions.

Cost – I’ll be willing to give a super cheap (or free) pattern a shot that is lacking in some area way more than a $12 pattern that I had launch a Sherlock Holmes style investigation to find out what the back looks like.

Everything Else – I do take other things into consideration when pattern buying but things like the tutorial, hand-holding, or layers , while nice, are just icing on the cake for me. I learned using paper patterns so the printing just what you need scheme seems like witchcraft to part of my brain!

Glass Onion Top // pensebrox.com

The version above was the first Glass Onion Top I made with a modified back. The smallest pattern size calls for a 20″ chest, Pen has a 18″ chest in this photo which lead to it fitting wide overall. Not the patterns fault, I just wanted to check the fit without any changes to size. The retro vibe I think lends itself to a boxier feeling so I opted not to grade down the sizing but I made sure to adjust the neckline a bit on later versions.

Glass Onion Top // pensebrox.com

Out of the box, the design has an overlapping “petal” back with two options and that is what initially sold me on the pattern.  It looked different from the standard cross-over back pinafore blouse but had the same features: cute retro feel, simple assembly, and no closures to fiddle with. I purchased the pattern right at the start of cold weather season and despite loving the back design, I opted to modify it slightly to a single piece and gathered. Not having the overlapping pieces also save a bit on fabric!

Glass Onion Top // pensebrox.com

A fun trick I found with my Glass Onion Top experimentation is that you can get away with a really minimal scoop on the back piece IF you use a knit fabric for the front bodice. I love using woven for the front skirt, back piece, and knit for the rest. You can easily finish off the neckline with knit ribbing in lieu of the facing the pattern calls for.

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers // pensebrox.com

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers // pensebrox.com

The Glass Onion top is a prime example of what I look for in a sewing pattern. Attractive design that is a bit different, I can generate a pretty good mental image what the pattern would look like on my own kids with the information given, and a bonus is that it can easily be modified according to my whims. Like this version I made using poplin from Mabel Madison.

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers // pensebrox.com

With this version, I based the back piece on comments seen in the official Shwin Designs Group on Facebook. Pen currently has a 19″ chest which gave some wiggle room to have the less roomy back bodice and still be able to get it over her head without closures (or a huge toddler battle). I think the fit is the perfect middle ground between being able to comfortably get the top on without closures, a breezy warm weather fit but no extreme sliding or gaping. I do think I’ll be able to still get this on her when she has a 20″ chest but the little extra ease we have right now works well for dressing a wiggly toddler. I’m considering adding an exposed zipper to the back if it ever become problematic getting the dress over her head.

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The back modification and adding patch pockets were not the only changes from the pattern. I fully lined the bodice, sleeves, finished those seams with binding, and added extra width to the skirt pieces so I could enclose the side seams with a french seam. I like how a clean french seam becomes nearly invisible. Something about working with a nice fabric like euro poplin makes me want to emulate the techniques on the vintage clothing I love collecting.

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers // pensebrox.com

Throughout the day it became obvious how much Pen liked the dress and how comfortable she is in it. I have a second cut waiting for sewing time using the same changes and will assemble it this week. I also have two Maggie Mae’s (also by Shwin Designs) in the works.

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If you did not come here from my Mabel Madison Monday post, be sure to check it out. The poplin I used for this version of the Glass Onion Top is genuinely pretty awesome AND you see my favorite photos of the dress.

For the Love of Legends: Huginn and Muninn

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For my the Love of Legends tour stop, I present you with Huginn and Muninn. Two ravens of lore who gathered information for the Norse god Odin. This project was both a chance for me to get my geek on and to follow through with the need to expand the kid’s dress up clothing collection.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

As part of this tour there is a link up when a prize for one lucky participant and a Rafflecopter giveaway. Be sure not to miss the relevant information at the bottom of this post. Also, don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour. This tour has all sorts of awesome!

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

When I was planning this project, I was pretty excited about the upcoming season of Vikings and really wanted to draw inspiration from Norse mythology. Around the same time I saw a dress Michelle  (Falafel and the Bee) made that featured a collar created from scrap fabric. Making  fabric from scraps was something that I’ve wanted to try ever since I saw Ajaire’s (Call Ajaire) scrap fabric dress last spring. Michelle’s project was a great reminder that this was something I really need to do!

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Starting at an early age, I found myself interested in legends and stories from mythology. I especially like hearing stories about the Norse gods.  Like many kids of the 80’s, I thought Jim Henson and all his productions were the beesknees. I REALLY loved the not as well remembered Jim Henson series The Storyteller.  It combined tales from mythology with imagery in line with classic Henson films like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. How could I not love it?

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

What I always find striking about the puppets in those shows is how rich the colors and textures are. My mind is so infused with the visuals that when I think about mythological creatures the visuals are very Henson-esque.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

The rag quilt I made back in January for Pen has such beautifully textured edges. I thought using raw scrap fabric as part of my legends project would add a textural element almost emulating the more downy and feathery parts of a bird.  One of my many “things I do to do” is expand the kid’s dress up collection. Bird masks and wings would be a welcome addition.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Lucky for me and my idea, there are birds in Norse mythology. Odin’s two ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). I’ve always presumed that the ravens you catch glimpses of in the series Vikings are Odin’s.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Patterns used for Seb’s look:
Scrappy wings and mask
Any Time At All Tee by Shwin Designs
Moto Pants by Love Notions (previously seen as part of his Starman outfit)

Patterns used for Pen’s look:
Scrappy wings and mask
Any Time At All Tee by Shwin Designs (modified slightly)
Hosh Pants by Lou Bee (previously seen as part of her Annie look)

The fabric came from numerous sources. I used all sorts of left over bits from yardage and previous upcycles. The leftover bits from the scrap “fabric” that I made for the masks I used embellish Seb’s shirt. I used leftover feathers from the wings to embellish Pen’s shirt. Her shirt I slightly modified by adding a few inches to the front panel and gathered to add a fuller appearance.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes // pensebrox.com

Thank you for taking the time to check out my project for the Love of the Legends tour. Regular visitors may have noticed my mini-hiatus. My cold has returned with a vengeance and is kicking my butt all over the place. I’ll be back soon!

 

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
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The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
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Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
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Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
3/17
The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
3/18
PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson SaysFriends Stitched Together

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Goodbye February! Hello March!

Chambray Trousers & Hello Kitty Top sewn for Mabel Madison // pensebrox.com

Goodbye February! Hello March! My last post for the month of February was posted yesterday on the Mabel Madison blog. You’ll get a glimpse of the start of Pen’s upcoming Spring wardrobe. Making that wardrobe will also be a big topic during the month of March. Be sure to subscribe to this blog or follow up on Instagram for updates as I go along.

Completed February Projects

Pin dot chambray pants and Hello Kitty top. (guest post on another blog)
Self-drafted robot skirt with large pockets for Pen.
Seb’s signature style is showcased in a casual silly animal themed outfit, with pink!
Matching Penguin inspired tops for both the kids.
Space-rocker themed outfit for Seb.
Pen gets a sweet Little Orphan Annie inspired look.
I show myself some love by sewing something for myself!
Seb got a pirate-y themed Valentine’s Day shirt.
I knitted a tutu for Pen, that was the perfect touch for her ballet inspired outfit.

Tutorials Posted During February

How to make waistbands smaller quickly and attractively.
How to make jersey (t-shirt) yarn yourself.
A few quick sewing machine cleaning tips.
How to replace the knives on your serger.

Coming soon in March

Pen needs clothes and this will be a big focus for my upcoming sewing and blog posts.

I have a fun green themed tutorial coming up soon.

I will finally review the sewing machine I bought back in January. This is something I took my time with because I wanted to have some real experience with the machine before writing my post. After all that sewing in February, I definitely have that experience now!

I’ll be participating in a fun “legends” themed blog tour. I’m drawing my inspiration from Huginn and Muninn.

I’m also working behind the scenes on a new project that will be revealed in April.

Sunday Lately: Week 61

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This week has been another busy one. I created “penguin” tops for both the kids, I wrote about my own reflections on the idea of my own signature style and worked with Seb to create a snazzy outfit, and drafted the perfect pocket skirt for Pen.

The Sunday Lately themes for this week are Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, and Feeling.

Planning
I am planning MANY things and it is almost overwhelming. My daughter’s handmade wardrobe, a couple of projects for this blog and a new blog, and I’ve gotten bitten by the pattern drafting bug.

Loving
This weather. The 40’s at this time of the year is practically a tropical paradise!

Reading
I’ve spent the past 3 days refining a guest post for the Mabel Madison blog. I’ve read the post so many times, I can now quote it by heart.

Wishing
I had a fast forward button. I’m at a point where I know I can get a lot done over the next few months but knowing the work involved I start to get intimidated.

Feeling
Tired, so very tired. I need more sleep in my life.

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe
The Sunday Lately link up is found here and you are always welcome to join the Blogger Tribe Facebook group if you are a blogger looking to join.

Kids Clothes Week: Mr. Roboto Skirt

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

Recently, Pen has discovered pockets. Magical devices with which she can load up with all the rocks she finds outside and believes are really “coins”. If only money were that easy to find…

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

This development has made it obvious to the both of us that a lot of toddler clothing lacks pockets. If by chance the item of clothing has pockets then either it is too hard for toddler hands to navigate, are just for show and hold little to nothing, or everything falls right back out once Pen really gets moving.

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

With all this in mind, I started to consider it as my sacred duty to make the ultimate pockets for my little girl. I decided to attach those pockets to a skirt since Pen seems drawn to skirts.

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

I had a very specific vision for the skirt which lead me to drafting a pattern myself. This is my first official clothing drafting project, if you don’t count making things from a series of rectangles. Or making tons of awful scrap fabric Barbie clothes as a kid.

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

With Kids Clothes Week in full swing, I thought it was the perfect time to use the robot themed leftovers from a baby blanket that I made for version 1.0. Everybody in the house loves robots!

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

I definitely want to tweak this design a bit but I’m very happy that this version his all the major marks I set out to accomplish…

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

Mr. Roboto Skirt // pensebrox.com

Creating the best pocket skirt ever for a special little girl!

 

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