Retro back-to-school baby shirt

Back from some lovely R&R in Italy and France… Axel is starting daycare part-time this week and I thought this little shirt I made had a bit of a back-to-school feel to it.

As you can see I’m a bit fixated on the blue chambray and red gingham combo😉

I’ve bought KAM snaps in many different colors as well as the special tool you need to install them and boy do I love those things! No more tedious buttonhole sewing for me! They add a very cute touch to children clothing I think, and they make dressing a wriggly toddler much easier!

FREE: Tiny Explorer Pants pattern and tutorial

I wanted simple pants for my almost 1-year-old that could be sewn during nap time but still have cute details. They had to be comfortable and roomy in the diaper area but not ride up the leg when crawling. I could imagine a hundred customizations of this very basic pattern! I hope you’ll have fun with it🙂

Pour le tuto en français et le patron, cliquez ici!

Click here for pattern. Scroll down for step-by-step tutorial:

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve made this pattern available for free for your personal, non-commercial use. I hope you enjoy it! Please don’t post, copy or distribute any elements of this pattern (including the photos). Instead, please link back to my blog, Frogginette Makes Things, https://frogginette.wordpress.com. You can post the main pattern photo as long as you link back/give credit.

Please email me at lchemery(at)hotmail(dot)com if you find any errors, thank you!!

 

You will need:

  • – a printer and 3 sheets of A4 size (i.e. “regular” sized) paper. A word of caution: set page scaling to “none” in the print window to ensure that the pattern gets correctly printed.
  • – about 1/2 yard of fabric + scraps for pockets and tabs if you want to  make them from contrasting fabric
  • -1/2” to 3/4” wide elastic for waistband: the length I used was 19”, which is my son’s waist measurements minus 1″ (for optimal fit, measure it on your child)
  • – 4 buttons: 2 for pockets, 2 for tabs
  • – safety pin to insert elastic band into casing
  • – thread / pins / scissors…

Note about size: This pattern is intended for 1-year old babies. I’m sorry I don’t have the time or skills as of yet to grade this pattern and offer more sizes. However, it would be very easy to modify it for slightly older or younger babies (probably from 6 months to 2 years old): 1) adjust length of elastic to fit your child at waist 2) just add (for bigger size) or substract (for smaller size) 1 to 2” from leg length, pant width and crotch rise.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1- Print out and cut all pattern pieces and tape pant pieces together along lines A and B

2- Place assembled pattern along fabric fold, cut back side of pant (seam allowances are already included). Fold top of pattern piece along diagonal fold line, place pattern along fabric fold, cut front side of pant. (Tip: if you want, you can then make the “V” at the front of the pants slightly rounder, it will make it easier to do the waist casing.)

3- Cut 2 pockets and 2 side tabs (seam allowances are already included).

You should have 6 pieces total: front, back, 2 pockets, 2 tabs.

4 – To make pocket (repeat twice):

Fold pocket in half (wrong sides together) and sew down 1” from folded edge (as shown on left-hand side on below pic). Then open and press the tube you’ve sewn down:

Fold 1/2” under the sides, then bottom of the pocket, press down and sew the hem in place about 1/4” from edge. Then fold top of pocket under 1/4”, then 1”, press down and sew the hem in place across the pocket width, about 3/4” from top of pocket:

Note: I didn’t make any buttonholes since the pockets are not functional, but you could easily add some at this stage!

5- Pin pockets to back of pants (on right side of fabric). I placed mine approximately 4” above crotch and 4.5” from side edges:

Sew pockets onto pants along outside of topstitched line:

6- Make tabs (repeat twice): fold each tab lengthwise with right sides of fabric together and press down. Sew 1/4” down length, then across. Clip corners. Turn the tube you’ve made inside out, and tuck in the raw edge 1/4”. Press down. Sew all around, 1/4” from edges.

7- With right sides of fabric together, sew front and back of pants together along side seams, 1/4” from edges. Serge or zigzag raw edges to prevent fraying.

8- Hem pant leg by folding 1/4” under twice and sewing hem into place. Do this for each leg.

9- Open pant side seam and with wrong side facing you, pin tab over seam so that slightly more than half of tab sticks out, as shown in below photo. Sew top of tab to pant leg. Do this for each tab. (Note: as with the pockets, I didn’t make any buttonholes but you could easily add some at this stage)

10- With pants inside out, sew 1/4” along crotch seam. Serge or zigzag raw edges to avoid fraying:

11- With pants still inside out, fold under 1/4”, then 1 1/4” for hem. Press down, making sure that front curves and dips evenly. Sew around hem, leaving an opening of about 2”:

12: Using a safety pin, insert elastic inside of casing through opening. Zigzag ends of elastic together. Make sure the elastic is not twisted. Turn pant inside out, sew buttons onto side tabs and pockets. VoilĂ !

DĂ©fi’13: Sa(fari)ouel

Notre explorateur intrĂ©pide perçoit d’abord un bruit… comme un couinement Ă  peine perceptible…

D’un bond souple, il s’Ă©lance sur les traces de sa proie…

… et s’avance tel un guĂ©pard, Ă  pas rapides et feutrĂ©s…

Enfin! Notre chasseur est nez-Ă -nez avec sa victime!

Et son regard fĂ©roce dissuade tout rival de la lui disputer…

Une lutte sans merci s’ensuit…

Jusqu’au coup de grĂące!

Et notre chasseur triomphant savoure une victoire bien méritée!

2 chutes de rideau en velours

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2h de sieste de l’explorateur

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une petite bidouille style safari/savane, que je referais bien dans un tissu un peu plus pratique Ă  coudre, comme du lin ou du vichy… C’est tellement facile que je vais essayer de faire un petit tuto!

The DĂ©fi’13 challenge is a monthly knitting or sewing project in the French blogosphere (hence the return of French on this blog). The challenge’s theme this month was The Savanna, so with 2 hours to spare and no pattern, I grabbed a leftover piece of velvet drape and improvised these little sarouel pants, which I thought were very safari-like. It’s so simple that if I can find the time in the next week or so I will put together a how-to. I think this would work particularly well in linen or gingham.

Another kind of knit

One of my resolution this year is to sew more. I also now have a very mobile little guy who needs comfy and low-maintenance clothes. I bought some lovely and soft Michael Miller interlock jersey a while back and found some ribbing on Etsy, and voilà! My first foray into knits = a no fuss romper. 

These photos were taken a couple of months ago. Sadly he went through a growth spurt immediately afterwards so the romper got very little use. To be fair, I also underestimated the collar to crotch length. Note to self: diapers add bulk! Perhaps I should chop it in half and add some ribbing and elastic at the waist to make it into a pajama top and bottom… Ha, something tells me I’ll never get around to it.

The main issue that I had while sewing this was that as soon as I figured out how to use the double needle to sew the ribbing on, I somehow broke it, so it doesn’t look as polished as it could have. Then, with my double needle broken, I got lazy with the hems and left them raw. Can you hem knits with a regular needle without them getting all wonky? Any tips there? I thought of using more of my precious ribbing but since it’s pretty hard to find for some reason, I decided to leave well enough alone.

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For a special boy I know

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Voici deux petites choses pour Dil, le neveu de Gabe, qui, à trois ans et demi, a déjà un style trÚs funky (pas trop le genre à porter du Liberty)

J’espĂšre que ça lui ira, vu que je ne l’ai pas vu depuis bien longtemps! Donc zou, une petite chemisette (il a usĂ© la derniĂšre que je lui ai faite jusqu’Ă  la corde!), et un petit bermuda long. En plissant un peu les yeux ils vont super bien ensemble😉

J’ai choisi des tissus plein de bestioles amusantes et des boutons-numĂ©ros pour apprendre Ă  compter, comme ça c’est plus rigolo pour lui!

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octoshirt

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CUcollar

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pantsfront

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pantsback1

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CUpocket1

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I just made these two things for Dil (Gabe’s nephew) whose style is already quite bold, even though he is only 3 years and a half.

I hope they fit, as I haven’t seen him in a while. I decided to make him another button-down shirt (the last one I made for him was worn to death), and below-the-knee shorts. If you squint a bit, they even sort of go together!

The fun critters and some numbered buttons ought to grab his interest for about 3 seconds and a half =)

New York Shopping #2

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Alors: si vous prĂ©voyez d’aller Ă  New York et de vous approvisionner en chouettes choses par la mĂȘme occasion, c’est tout Ă  fait possible, il y a vraiment l’embarras du choix. Evidemment on se dit que ce sera probablement plutĂŽt musclĂ© question prix mais pas forcĂ©ment en fait.

Je vous ai fait une petite liste des endroits qui pourraient vous intĂ©resser selon votre itinĂ©raire (bien sĂ»r, on peut avoir d’autres bonnes addresses, hein – et je suis preneuse au fait!)
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A MANHATTAN:

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1. Mood Fabrics: magasin avec pignon sur rue, profusion de tissus de qualité, mais prix costauds.

2. Paron Fabrics: je ne suis pas encore allĂ©e mais ça a l’air trĂšs prometteur, il y a apparemment une salle au fond avec des soldes permanentes sur certains tissus (moins 50%)

3. M&J Trimming: un immense magasin avec des milliards de boutons, rubans, passementerie en tout genre.

4. PS Fabrics: si vous ĂȘtes dans le coin de Chinatown et que vous avez besoin d’ĂȘtre dĂ©pannĂ©e, ils ont une bonne selection de tissus et de laines basiques. Contrairement Ă  ce qu’on pourrait penser (la devanture est un peu miteuse) les prix sont honnĂȘtes mais il n’y a pas de mĂ©ga affaires Ă  faire Ă  mon avis.

5. Purl Patchwork: charmante micro-boutique avec des tissus trop jolis (Japonais en particulier). Dans un coin trĂšs sympa de Soho, ce qui ne gĂąche rien.

6. Purl: juste Ă  cĂŽtĂ©, non moins charmante micro-boutique avec des laines trĂšs luxueuses… (les 2 boutiques font partie de la mĂȘme enseigne) Mais moi les boutiques trop petites ça m’intimide… Je m’en suis tenue Ă  la vitrine😉

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Micro boutique!

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Une halte devant chez Purl...

Une halte devant chez Purl...

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Mais dites moi... ce ne serait pas un Trendy Chùle, ça??

Mais dites moi... ce ne serait pas un Trendy Chùle, ça??

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A noter: Purl Patchwork et Purl Soho ont un site/blog vraiment superbe avec plein de tutos et de crĂ©ations, The Purl Bee — Ă  dĂ©couvrir absolument pour celles qui ne connaissent pas!

7. Downtown Yarn: du cĂŽtĂ© du East Village, cafĂ©s et boutiques sympa aussi, donc si vous ĂȘtes dans le coin…

8. Habu Textiles: laines japonaises uniques et tissus avec des textures incroyables… Ultra raffinĂ©.

9. Annie and Co: aprĂšs avoir fait un petit tour Ă  Central Park, une halte bien sympathique, une trĂšs grande sĂ©lĂ©ction (j’y ai achetĂ© mon Organic Cotton et mon mĂ©rinos Malabrigo — voir post prĂ©cĂ©dent). Un peu “Upper East Side” prout-prout, mais pas mal du tout.

10. Knitty City: cette boutique est aussi prĂšs de Central Park, mais de l’autre cĂŽtĂ©, le Upper West Side. Je n’y suis pas encore allĂ©e mais elle a excellente rĂ©putation, et les prix semblent plutĂŽt raisonnables.

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A BROOKLYN:

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11. The Yarn Tree: en plein Williamsburg un quartier de Brooklyn trĂšs branchouille (mais sympa!) — les horaires de cette boutique sont un peu bizarre (ouverte en fin de journĂ©e uniquement en semaine)

12. Fiber Notions: Ă  Park Slope, un autre quartier sympa de Brooklyn (plein de “brownstones” et de petites boutiques). Cette petite boutique regorge de toutes sorte de choses intĂ©ressantes: imports du Japon entre autres, matos de broderie, tissus, crĂ©ations d’artistes locaux, et bien sur laine.

13. Brooklyn General: LA dĂ©couverte de mon rĂ©cent sĂ©jour… La boutique est bourrĂ©e de choses merveilleuses ( tissus vintage, patrons “indie,” etc) sans compter une sĂ©lection de laine et de tissus vraiment judicieuse… La boutique elle mĂȘme a un petit cĂŽtĂ© rĂ©cup/vintage que j’adore. Ils sont en train de refaire leur site web donc pour l’instant il n’est pas vraiment reprĂ©sentatif…

Quelques photos de la boutique (c’est la que j’ai achetĂ© mon baby alpaga, le kid mohair et le tissu Ă  faons psychĂ©dĂ©liques – voir post prĂ©cĂ©dent):

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Caverne d'Ali Baba

Caverne d'Ali Baba

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Du Libertyyyyyyyy!

Du Libertyyyyyyyy!

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C'est pas beau ce joyeux bazar?

C'est pas beau ce joyeux bazar?

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Et celui qui fut un ange de patience...

Et celui qui fut un ange de patience... lĂ  je crois qu'il n'en pouvait plus

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VoilĂ  j’espĂšre que ça vous aidera si vous prĂ©voyez un petit sĂ©jour Ă  New York, sinon, ça fait voyager😉

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Above are some good addresses for yarn and fabric stores if you are planning a shopping spree in New York City! I put some pics of Purl in Soho — check out their blog, the Purl Bee, if you live in a cave and don’t know about it yet😉

I also put some pics of Brooklyn General (note: their website is being completely redone and you’ll be able to buy online soon! The owner warned me that right now the website is very outdated). I loved this store so much, it has a little vintage/industrial vibe that is very inspiring and warm. And they have so much cool stuff: vintage fabrics, an amazing selection of yarn, the coolest designer fabrics (including beautiful Liberty fabrics), indie sewing pattern etc… As you can tell from Gabe’s exhausted face, I spent way too much time in there!

If you have any other suggestions for good New York shopping destinations, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know!

New York Shopping #1

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Bon c’est pas tout ça mais j’avais promis de vous montrer mes emplettes New-Yorkaises!! (et j’ai quelques bonnes addresses pour celles que ça intĂ©resse… ce sera dans le prochain billet )

Alors voici le résultat des courses!

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Kid Mohair, Baby Alpaga, ruban à éléphants trop joli, et tuerie de tissu motifs faons psychédéliques!!

Kid Mohair, Baby Alpaga, ruban à éléphants trop joli, et tuerie de tissu motifs faons psychédéliques!!

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Et un gros plans parce que bon, peut-ĂȘtre que vous n’aviez pas bien vu?

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Regardez moi ces yeux, franchement! Et les champi hallucinogÚnes à cÎté!

Regardez moi ces yeux, franchement! Et les champi hallucinogÚnes à cÎté!

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Je craque pour ce petit motif éléphants

Je craque pour ce petit motif éléphants

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Tout ça je l’ai trouvĂ© Ă  Brooklyn, dans une boutique absolument gĂ©niale — plus de dĂ©tails dans mon prochain post. Et mon butin du Upper East Side, le voilĂ :

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Organic cotton de Blue Sky Alpacas... rhaaaaa

Organic cotton de Blue Sky Alpacas... rhaaaaa

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Du mĂ©rinos Malabrigo (le rose -- mĂȘme laine que mon Trendy ChĂąle -- et du Organic Cotton (encore!)

Du mĂ©rinos Malabrigo (le rose -- mĂȘme laine que mon Trendy ChĂąle -- et du Organic Cotton (encore!) en violet

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Bon et puis j’ai achetĂ© deux trois bricoles en plus mais rien d’aussi photogĂ©nique…

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Above is my Big Apple Bounty, I can’t get over the psychedelic deer fabric, isn’t it the coolest? Look at the baby deer’s eyes! And the hallucinogenic mushrooms right next to him, that’s just too much! And of course, I’m still petting the yarns I got, they are so yummy I can’t stand it. In my next post, I’ll tell you a bit more about where I found these goodies.