Monday, October 20, 2014

Making Jeans

Pin It Do you sew your tween's jeans?  I think this is one of the most intimidating of all articles of clothing for a home sewer.  There is the fly and then all that topstitching.  But really, they are not as hard as they look and with the right hardware and embellishments, you can make a very cool looking pair of jeans.

But are they worth it?  You can buy jeans pretty cheap at most kids clothing stores, so you may wonder if it make sense to make jean.  I (Major Moma) did not feel like making any one year for my daughter and Old Navy had their back to schools sales with $10 jeans.  How could I pass that up?  Well, the first day my daughter wore a pair that I bought, she went riding on her bike and fell; the knee in those jeans had a huge rip in it.  On day one.  Isn't that supposed to be the beauty of denim, its strength and durability?

I have made several pairs of jeans for my son and a few for my daughter and the fabric at Joanns (not a retailer known for its high end fabrics) is a high enough quality that it takes a lot of abuse to wear them out.

So it may be worth it to you to sew jeans.  But what patterns to use?  Sew Cool has reviewed a couple patterns and so you can see what we think of some options.

Ottobre 3/2010 by Land of KA
Burda Kids 9500
Burdastyle #149

Below is a roundup of various patterns, some I have sewn and some that I have seen around on the internet.

Slim Jim Pants by Felicity
Burdastyle corduroy pants 11/2013

Only up to size 10; but Peek-a-Boo skinny jeans
have great reviews.
Burdastyle Boy's corduroy pants 08/2013

small fry skinny jean

And now that you see some options, we would like all of you to show the jeans patterns that you love and share your experiences.  We have a special linky party open just for jeans and pants.  Please link up any jeans patterns that you have sewn for your tween or at least the pattern has tween sizes.

Finally, we have started a new board on our Pinterest account that is solely dedicated to jeans.  You can pop on over to there to see various patterns and tutorials to make you home made jeans custom and cool.

Let's sew some jeans!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Making Colored Fur Coats

Pin It Now that you have decided whether your tween would wear colored fur, how are you going to make it?

Pale Cloud

Fur is not hard to sew, but it does have some special considerations.  One is all that fur.  What you will need to do in order to reduce bulk, is to trim the seam allowances down.  That way, you can sew without all that fur in the way and your seams will not be too bulky.  Second after sewing, you will need to take a small tool, like a stylus, and gently pull the fur on the right side out of the seam.

For more tips on how to sew fur, you can go to this Instructables post or Sew 4 Home.

Several stores carry colored fur and minky is a nice alternative to faux fur.  Here are a couple fabric options that caught my eye on

Minky Crushed Cuddle fabric

Minky Soft Lattice Cuddle fabric
Minky Crushed Cuddle fabric

There are several jacket patterns out there, many that we featured on our "Making Moto" post in September.  But as winter is coming around the corner, I thought I would also point out some great heavier jacket patterns.

Burdastyle Long Dress Coat

And if making a whole coat is not on your list, then what about a hat, scarf, or some mittens.  Then your tween can follow this trend without you giving up a couple weekends.  Here are a few tutorials you may find useful.

Sew Creative
Flamingo Toes

How to Sew a Fur Hat video  

If you make something with fur, colored or otherwise, we would love to see it and hear about your experience.  You can link up to our monthly party or shoot us an email and maybe we can have you guest post!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October Linky Party--Special Jeans/Pants Edition

Pin It Link up any jeans or pants that you've sewn for your tween in the last little while.  We're all about sharing the love here and not only would we, but others as well, would love to see your go-to pants pattern for your tweens!
We'll keep this one open a little longer and would love for you to invite others to share as well.  We've had some requests for great pants patterns and since we can't sew them all (nor do they all look good on our tweens), we thought it best to open it up for you to all share!  So link a way!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Would they were that? Colored Fur

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It is time for another installment of Would They Wear That?   And this time I am featuring a very fun and wild trend ... colored fur.  I know that tweens can be very self conscious and not want to stand out, and this is definitely a stand out kind of trend.  But, I also think when you are young, you can really have fun with some of these crazy trends.  When you are young, you do not need to worry about looking 'professional' or being taken seriously.

So here are a few takes of colored fur that are on the runway for this fall:



And the colored fur trends are not staying on the runway or in adult fashion.  Several boutique children's designers are using colored fur in their lines.

Pale Cloud

Mayoral Girls Pink Gilet

Super Trash girls jacket

I love how different designers are using the colored fur to create accents or go all out bold and rocker. This is a style that I think my daughter would love because she has always enjoyed a little bit of edge or something different in the clothes that I make her.

So what about your tween?  Would they wear colored fur?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pattern Review: Ethan Shirt

Pin It Hey there! This is Audrey from over at Skirt Fixation! Although we mostly blog about skirts, today we won’t be mentioning the word! That's because one of the two tweens we sew for is a BOY! We’re here today to tell you about an awesome shirt pattern for tweens. We love this one so much we’ve sewed some version of it 3 times for 2 different tweens!

3 Ethan PDF patterns

Name of the pattern: Ethan Shirt

Pattern Source: Sis Boom Patterns

Sizes available: 1-14 I sewed up two size 7s and a size 14

Special materials required: Interfacing and patience

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner or Intermediate Seamstress

How you came to choose the pattern: This pattern was the Flip This Pattern choice for August over at Frances Suzanne. But we’ve been challenged by the males in our family to learn to sew tailored men’s clothing, so we were on the lookout for a good button up shirt pattern anyway!

Did you deviate from the pattern? If yes, how? You can read all the details of how I changed the Ethan shirt when I flipped it into a Black Denim Jacket here on our blog, Skirt Fixation. The only change I made when I sewed it up for my 9-year-old boy was to make it a button down collar. Because of the aforementioned challenge from the males! For the vest he is wearing, I did use the Ethan pattern, but I changed it quite a bit. (This was the easiest of the three ways I sewed the Ethan Shirt.) You can read exactly how over on the blog for the vest tutorial.

3 Ethan Shirt patterns

Good: If you want to look like an accomplished seamstress, this is the pattern you will sew! And, as an accessory to go with this shirt I made a bow tie and learned how to tie it. Bonus skill!

Bad: As mentioned above, this pattern takes time and patience. Don’t plan on sewing it all in one sitting because you will get tired and mess up!

Ugly: We won a prize for our flip of the Ethan Shirt into a denim jacket. Between that and the way the males in our house are gloating over our sewing abilities, we are now strutting around like peacocks! This pattern will seriously inflate the size of your sewing ego!

3 Ethan Shirt patterns

Overall pattern rating: 5 bolts. Seriously! You can do it…just be patient and take your time!