project 3: The double happy suit

Project 3 is all about separates. I have four different fabrics and I want to put them all together and make them a happy blended family, sort of like the Brady bunch of garments. They also need to look fancy mixed with other pieces in Mr S.p’s wardrobe.    

 

Its two for one! The double happy suit!

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project B-ball in the basket!

I’m going to try and finish this post without making too many basket ball themed puns…. Ok I’m lying. I totally slam dunked this project!

 bball2I tackled quite a few firsts with this outfit. Sewing with knit fabric, ribbed neck and arm holes, and snap buttons (those took a few tries) appliques… None of it was a major pain. Thank you Youtube tutorials!!

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First I want to give a mention to my fabric supplier, Landofoh on Etsy. Its like Korean fabric heaven. I’ve bought a bunch of different fabrics from them (which will be appearing in future projects) and i love love all of them. Also being in aussie, shipping from Asia is Ruh-diculous (seriously its like $4). Yardage is totally reasonable, and I can still get away with buying single yards for Mr S.p (please don’t grow any more!).

And just to prove how awesome they are, Landofoh are offering friends and followers of Small Pants a 12% discount on any purchase between now and December 31st. No minimum purchase required! Just use the code  aysha12 at checkout for a sweet discount!  Go on get your fabric on!

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Heres a random boy fact: Boys must always find a suitable stick for going on walks. Its some kind of unspoken law. The bigger the better. You never know when you will need to defend yourself… Or poke something.

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If you look very carefully you can see a small boy camouflaged in this picture!

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This pattern turned out to be such a winner. I’ll definitely be making more of these. Its was so easy to construct and more importantly its comfortable and functional. It really stood up to the rigors of Mr small pants testing. The only thing that’s wrong with it now is that its super dirty!

 

Onto project 3! yeeeha!

hooray for pants!

Just put the finishing touches on my photos, and project 1 is officially done and dusted!  I think I will mark this as a success. 

One thing I didn’t count on, is Mr S.p’s inability to pose for pictures. I copped a few strange looks from people watching me run after this child with a camera begging him for one more photo like a creepy paparazzo.. Oh well, we had fun..

SO! Here are The beach-bum pants, and Mr small pants in person!

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I started off with a basic girls harem pants from burda, and to put it mildy, I took the pattern to the “chop shop”. A seam here, a pocket there, and we had a brand spanking new pattern!

beachb6I used this gorgeous woven cotton from India instead of the recommended knit because I like to live on the edge (and I was working with a size 4, so i figured we had enough room to move).

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I have a whole bunch of these guys in my craft kit, left over from my brief excursion into jewellry making (very brief), so I put them to work as the draw-string dangle doodles.

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I wasn’t feeling too confident about pattern making skills, so I did a test sew using a pair of uncle Z’s old batik pants that had a big tear in the bum (thank you unc Z). I even salvaged the drawstring. Less work = more happy.

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Aaaand finally, because good things come in 3’s, I made these little gems out of a four pack of bandannas. I actually love the crap out of these. All in all I think they turned out pretty cutsey, and I’m totally pumped for project 2!

Hooray!!

The Small Pants challenge

Hello! Welcome to my sparkly new blog!

I suppose your all wondering what i’m doing here.

Well. Once upon a time, there was a young girl, who loved fashion…..

Yes, i love all things fashion and textiles. In fact, many centuries ago, i did study to be a designer. Since then i have sewn approximately 3 things! Oh dear…

Thats not where the story ends though, the exciting part happened 2 years ago, when i had a gorgeous little fella (Mr small pants). It was then, that i discovered the desert that is boys clothing. I don’t know who made the rules on colour and style, but i’m ready to break them! 

So heres the challenge: Take my sketches, (I have 2 years worth) and turn them into a wardrobe for Mr S.p. 

I’m not a sewer, and I’m not a pattern maker, but i am determined! 

I invite you to come along on my little adventure. I hope you enjoy….