I am so excited to be the next stop on the Fancy Pants Leggings Blog Tour!
This pattern is quickly becoming one of my favorite and one of my most sewn! Why, you may ask? Because it's such a quick sew! And, because the results are adorable! I have sewn so many of these leggings (8 so far) that I can nearly do it with my eyes closed. Well, okay, that's a bit of a stretch...
The pattern itself comes together so well. Laura gives fantastic and thorough instructions, including some tips on sewing with knits. And, if you are like me, and don't add the leg cuffs (because I'm kind of lazy like that, but also, I like them that way) you can whip up a pair in twenty minutes!
And that twenty minutes is why I've got not one, not two, but three pairs of Fancy Pants shorts to share with you today...I just couldn't stop myself.
(Side note, so sorry for the dirt on the bum of the ruffled shorts, maybe you can't see it, fingers crossed, Violet really does where these all the time, they are clean, honest. It's a good thing I have more fabric, I'll probably need to make some more!)First, a ruffled pair.
I had this vision of a little ruffled bum under a skirt, which indeed would be super cute, and incidentally these look awesome under the my first Roly Poly pinafore (and match the second perfectly, but that was accidental, and you've got to wait until next week to see that)
But, these hold up on their own too! Violet loves this pair! Between the ruffles and the turquoise color, I think she would wear them everyday if I let her.
The ruffled fabric is from Girl Charlee. I actually broke down and bought some knits, what can I say I was starting to use up my t-shirt stash! This is the first time I've ever sewn with ruffled fabric and, while it's not difficult, it's not easy either. The fabric is slippery, you have to pay attention to where your ruffles are laying as you are sewing, and you have to be careful how you cut. I accidentally cut into one of my ruffles, you can see it at the top, oops.
Next, I made the birthday boy a pair of car pajamas for a birthday gift.
Curse you Laura for telling me that I could buy Heather Ross fabric at Spoonflower! Anywho, I bit the bullet and bought some knit, the cars got me!
I used Rae's Flashback Skinny tee pattern for the shirt (another many times sewn pattern). I love the siren sound...
This knit from Spoonflower is so super fabulous soft! I took advantage of the cream border and left the selvedge as my "hem" instead of hemming the bottom of the shorts. Since I wasn't adding the cuff I cut my shorts about an inch below the cut line on the pattern. I think it worked out really nicely that way.
Henry loves them...
They also, apparently, are great for showing off your muscles...
Goodness, it's hard to take any normal pictures of this boy lately!
Last, but not least, Violet got some new pajamas too, because I could not resist a fat quarter of Heather Ross' sleeping beauty.
I used the selvedge as the hem again (I cut my shorts about an inch below the cut line on the pattern), and yes, you can see a bit of the words, but I didn't have much choice since I only had a fat quarter. I added an applique to a shirt we already had to make the pajamas a complete set.
Violet, is crazy for these!
Just like I am crazy for this pattern!
She also just gets crazy when I let her stand on the bed...
Alrighty, so sorry for the photo overload, but come on, two sets of jammies and some ruffles, what's a girl to do?!
Oh, one more thing, I used the size 4 for Violet who usually wears size 5
and size 2 for Henry, I chose their size according to the measurements
in the pattern.
I love this pattern and I would urge you to go buy it and give it a try yourself!
But, you are also in luck because I have a copy of the pattern to offer as a giveaway today! To enter "Like" either (or both) Titchy Threads or Craftstorming on Facebook and then leave a comment telling me you did. Bonus entries for liking Buzzmills on Facebook and/or following me on Bloglovin'. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day next Wednesday.
And don't forget to check out the rest of the blog tour!
Several months ago I bought some mini cars by Kokka fabric during one of Purl Soho's yard sales (you can really get some fantastic deals then!). In my mind I was planning to make some car shorts or pants for Henry during KCW. But, in reality I didn't get to it...
Well, that's only partially true. They actually didn't even make it to the list of clothes to sew because, as it turns out, the skinny mini still fits into all of last years shorts. So, the car shorts were put off for a bit. And then two things happened. First, Rae came out with her Parsley Pants pattern and then, Henry decided he wanted a cars birthday party.
It was like kismet! And behold, mini car parsley shorts were born!
I made them in a size 2 (based on Henry's measurements) with the flat front, box pleat pockets and pintucks.
Love the pintucks. I think between them and the color and design of the fabric, that these shorts feel like they belong somewhere circa the 1950s.
The pockets, of course, are awesome too, especially for this little rock collector of mine!
Even with making the size 2 I still had to tighten the waist up a bit.
I've really got to fatten this boy up, he takes after his dad.
I love all of the options given in this pattern. They sewed up quickly and easily even with the addition of the pintucks and pockets. I can imagine how fast sewing up the simplest version will be!
I made them a little long, partly because I like them that way, partly to protect those little knees as they climb things, and partly because I am fairly certain that they will still fit next year.
Henry loves them too! In fact, it was pretty much impossible to get pictures because all he wanted to do was run and jump around. And then, he was just done...see you later mama!
Bottom line, great basic pants pattern, especially since the size range is so large.
I've promised Violet a pair next!
And, before I leave, a parting shot...
Note, cars everywhere! Shoes, shorts and shirt too! He loved it!
Over the weekend we celebrated Henry's 3rd Birthday! Three?! Come on, really? Goodness, the time does fly so fast, doesn't it. Henry's third birthday also marks three years living in our first house, we moved in a week after he was born, and I've got to say that there really has been quite a lot packed into these past three years.
But, I digress...
When we asked Henry what he wanted his first friend birthday celebration to be he stated, "A Lightning McQueen, train party!", and then it was a train party and then Lightning McQueen and back and forth...We finally settled on Lightning McQueen.
I have no idea what it is with Lightning McQueen, we've only watched each movie once, and he doesn't have a large presence in this house, but oh Henry does love him! Every red car we see must be Lightning McQueen! It's because he's fast, that's what Henry says anyway.
As it turns out it was only loosely based on Lightning McQueen though and more just a car birthday party, he didn't mind nor did he notice.
I made the invitation by cutting out scraps of paper to make a collage car and then photo copied it to make many.
I printed out extra cars on card stock and connected them with brads to use as decorations...
I also shrunk them down to address label size and printed a bunch out to use as cupcake toppers...
The extras were put in a little cup on the food table. The kiddos loved them and used them to decorate their hot dogs and such.
I bought a few yards of checkered material and used it for table cloths, banners, and a race flag to great our guests.
I also made miniature race flags for each child to take home with them along with a little sewn envelope filled with stickers...
Yellow Duct tape arrows pointed our guests around to the back of the house
Where they were greeted by a clothes line filled with colorful race car shirts. I made a car freezer paper stencil and personalized each with their age, and in their favorite color.
We had cozy coupe obstacle course races.
The kids colored in their own wooden cars for car races...
And there were running races too...
running with cookies in hand... It turned out to be a pretty dreary day. There was rain off and on. The party moved from outside to inside multiple times throughout, but no one seemed to mind the rain and the venue changes. The birthday boy seemed to enjoy himself...
And so did everyone else.
Oh, and hey, Lightning McQueen did show up after all!
Henry's request, a strawberry shortcake with McQueen and Mater on top! He beamed! And then excitedly played with them afterward...
It was a good day!
We are still "recovering" from a weekend filled with birthday celebrations, a party on Saturday...
and then the actual birthday yesterday...
I've got loads and loads of pictures to through and lots of projects to share, just not today.
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