It’s Back to School again!
The rest of America is out fighting the crowds to buy cheap, fast fashion that’s guaranteed to fall apart in a month. But not us sewists (is that even a real word?)! We scour the fabric shops, looking for the best and comfiest materials. We buy up ALL the new trendy patterns. We use up all of our ink and paper (to print all of said patterns). Spend countless hours cutting and pinning (watch your fingers!), seam ripping, maybe some cursing and swearing, and of course SEWING.
I know, I know, everyone and their Grandma’s are posting what they’ve made the kiddos for Back to School. I debated jumping on the band wagon and boring everyone with more pics of more Back to School clothes. But I figured, if you have the talent and the know-how to sew a new wardrobe for your kids, you might as well show it off! Right? And with all the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into all of it (literally), it at least deserves a little mention. Lol 😀
And, just look at how excited he is to start school…..
My little Liam is going into the 2nd grade this year. He has ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder AND Social Anxiety (phew!) Being in a classroom full of rowdy kids can be overwhelming for him. One thing we’ve found that helps him cope is to wear a hood during class. It sort of serves as a comfort blanket and helps him get through the day. And his teachers are really awesome about it too. So that was the focus of his Back to School wardrobe this year. Hoodies!
This pattern is the Marty Hoodie from issue 11 of the e-zine, One Thimble. I love it because it goes together so quickly (for a hoodie). I made this one with ultra cozy french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. In fact, most of what you’ll see in this post was made of materials from their shop. If you’ve never heard of them or visited their shop on Etsy, I encourage you to go check them out. They have one of the best selections of french terry out there, along with other wonderful fabrics to choose from too.
This next one is also the Marty Hoodie, but this time with jersey knit (also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics). Just as cozy but lighter for warmer weather. I should mention too that Liam picked out ALL of the fabrics you’ll see here:
This next hoodie is the only item I made that doesn’t use all RCF fabrics. The lining material (which I think is the focal point of the vest anyway) is another jersey knit from RCF’s Club Line. But the grey outer fabric is french terry from Knitpop and came out of one of their famous mystery sweater boxes. With Fall right around the corner, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on some of their luscious sweater knits. Oh! I just want to pet them all 😀
Ok, so these next 2 aren’t hoodies. They are just for fun because Liam insisted on getting a couple Halloween prints. He’s a funny kid, lol! These shirts (including the red one under his vest) are the Waffle Tee from Me Sew Crazy. You might remember I was part of the Sew What Club a while back. It was a club that sent 2 patterns each month to “feed your pattern habit.” The Waffle Tee was the first pattern of the year for 2016. It’s a super cozy, loose-fitting raglan tee that’s just perfect for Fall.
Last but certainly not least, this hoodie is my absolute favorite. The Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs. Takes a little longer to make with the color-blocking but the extra effort is sooo worth it. I made him one last year when the pattern released and he got so many compliments (see it here). I just had to make him another one 😀
His 12 yr old older brother (who is far to cool to wear anything his Mommy might sew for him) liked Liam’s Elevation Hoodie so much that he requested one too! Luckily, the pattern goes all the way up to a size 16 (unheard of!) so I was more than happy to whip one up for him too. I let him scroll though the Raspberry Creek Etsy page to pick out what he wanted. He went with all cotton lycra in grey, red and burgundy. Nice!
All in all, I think Liam’s new Fall wardrobe (and big brother’s Elevation Hoodie) will be a big hit this year. I love that I can use my skill to provide clothes for my kids that are better quality and meet their needs better than anything store-bought.
Next on the list? Halloween costumes! Can’t wait! Now, if they could just decide what they want to be…… 😉
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