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After I had so much fun with family Christmas pajamas last year, I decided to go for them again this year!  I decided to continue the “tradition” (if it’s only 2 years, is it a tradition yet??) of choosing a fabric that has images to relate to something our family has enjoyed in that year.  When I was browsing flannels, I found this great camel print, which of course made me think of the Slugs and Bugs’ Camel Song! Our whole family loves this song, and even though we’ve been listening to this album on repeat at Christmas for years now, the camel song makes me laugh every time.  So, I bought the camel flannel (which is also fun to say five times fast…).

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The pajama pants for Husband and I were made from Simplicity 1504 (lengthened for him, modified for me), and I brought out my beloved Blank Slate Patterns Snuggle PJs pattern for the kids’ pants and shirts.  I bought (at a very good price) 3 matching long-sleeved T-shirts from Old Navy, and after putting one aside intact for Husband to wear, I cut up the other two to make matching shirts for the kids.  I wanted to use a fourth to make a Texana Tank for myself, but I completely ran out of time!  Thankfully, I had a RTW royal blue t-shirt on hand that coordinated!

Merry Christmas from our family!

 

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This past weekend, I went on a girls’ getaway with two of my cousins.  Besides getting to spend quality time with these quality ladies, the point of our weekend was to be able to craft non-stop.  We rented the same AirBnB (<–referral link…) as last year, brought all of our gear, and dove right into our work.

Unlike last year, when I prepped a number of projects ahead of time, I had nothing ready.  As in, the Thursday afternoon before I left on Friday, I was still making lists of potential projects to work on (and let me tell you, the list is a long one!).  One of the items on my list was a new purse (I’ve been using THIS ONE nonstop ever since I made it–for over 2 years!–, and while it has served me well, it was definitely time for a fresh one), but as of Thursday morning, I didn’t know what I would make.

Enter my cousin Abbe, who is a bag-maker extraordinaire (seriously, check out her work– she makes gorgeous bags and takes custom orders!), who texted me to ask if I was interested in testing a great-looking bag pattern for a new pattern-maker she’s working with– Nosy Pepper Patterns.  YES!  Of course!

She generously offered to supply some fabric for the outside, since I didn’t have what I wanted on hand (thankyouthankyouthankyou, Abbe!).  I hurried out to the store on Friday morning to purchase interfacing, zippers, and hardware (and snacks for the weekend!) before heading out for the weekend getaway.

Not only was it a *great* weekend, but I completed my new bag!  Here it is– the North Shore Hobo, by Nosy Pepper Patterns— all the glamour shots!

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The front of the bag is a showstopper, with two zipper pockets along the central panel.  I chose to make this central panel feature this enchanting snail pattern, but I’ve seen some stunning bags made with all one material.

 

 

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Each zipper opens to its own pocket– the pockets are layered on top of each other!

I also made the back of the purse with the “feature” fabric:

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The top is open,  simply closing with a magnetic snap, which is exactly how I like my bags– not too fiddly when I’m in a hurry and with my hands full with my kids!

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The pattern includes instructions for a slip pocket and a zipper pocket inside, but I chose to do two zipper pockets, one with a pink zipper, just for fun!

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The pattern also gives options for straps: a shorter handle, and a longer adjustable strap.  I’m glad that my cousin suggested that I make both– this bag is a perfect shape for wearing cross-body!

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The hardware really makes this bag look fantastic, and Abbe let me use her industrial strength rivet press to add these final touches.  Oooh, don’t they look nice?!

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I loved the opportunity to test this pattern from Nosy Pepper!  It is set to be released this weekend, so check it out!

P.S. Check out all the tester bags in THIS POST from Cyndi!

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It’s rather fitting, I think, that I would make a Blank Slate Bookworm Button-Up for our little book character this Halloween.  Our little man is quite the bookworm, too!  I anticipate that this shirt will get a lot of use this fall/winter after he wore it for the costume.

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The pattern is very straightforward, and it has a ton of options.  I decided to make view A, but I did change the pockets to simple rectangular slip pockets, rather than pleated pockets with a flap.

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I think the button tabs to hold the rolled-up sleeves are such a cute feature.

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I think this is a really versatile pattern, and wouldn’t it look cute sewn up with a novelty print for a fun twist?  (and…I have plans to try out the girls’ crossover back option with bow sleeves and pocket in the future!)

 

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The part of Wendy was played by our 6 (almost 7!)-year old daughter.   (Find the group photos HERE)

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For V’s costume, we referenced the Wendy from Disney’s animated movie.

The pattern that I used for this dress was Simplicity 1507, this time in the girls’ sizes.  This is a tried-and-true old friend of a pattern.  Remember the princess dresses in the past?  Sofia and Elena were both adapted from the little girl/toddler size range of this pattern, and my mom made V a couple dresses from this pattern, too!

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I widened the neckline to make it more of a boatneck look, and I also modified the skirt.  The pattern’s original skirt was a wide rectangle, gathered quite a bit at the waistline.  I decreased the width of the waist seam so that the gathering was more of a 1:1.5 ratio, and I swept out the hem so that it was fuller (the resulting piece looks more triangular).

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I used costume satin to sew the dress, and since it was so very shiny, I decided to use it wrong-side-out for the main dress.  I used the shiny side to bind the sleeves and to make the sash and hairbow.

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V was very excited to have her hair curled for this costume, and on Halloween morning, we even got up extra early before school so that I could curl it again for costume day at school.

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our sweet Wendy Darling

 

 

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Our 4-year old son played the part of Peter Pan this year. (Find the group photos HERE)

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We referenced the animated Disney character, the character description and illustrations in the book the kids read with Husband this summer, as well as the licensed costume I spotted at the Disney store one day when walking through the mall.

I loved the look of a leaf tunic over a green collared shirt, so the first thing I made was a button-up shirt– and since by itself, it’s just a nice cotton top, I’m excited that B will be able to wear it throughout the rest of the fall and winter.  In fact, I’m going to dedicate a separate blog post to that shirt!

I used the Blank Slate Snuggle PJs pants pattern as the basis for the green leggings– I simply narrowed the legs so that they appear more leggings-like, and I left off the bottom cuffs.

The pièce de résistance of the outfit, in my opinion, is the tunic.  Husband did an amazing job of developing the pattern for this garment, which is supposed to look as if it’s been made out of large leaves.  A couple of years ago, a friend gave me a roll of upholstery fabric that was absolutely perfect for this project– there are stitched embellishments that look like leaf veining!

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I added a seam in the front so that the neck opening would be a bit wider and more comfortable, and I set some eyelets through which I threaded some fake leather thong as lacing.

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Of course, we needed some accessories to go with the costume to complete the look!  Husband drafted up the patterns for each of these sewn accessories:

A jaunty cap– I used more of the upholstery fabric and lined it with some of the extra green cotton.  I added a flat loop in which to slip a red feather.

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Elfin-looking shoe covers– these are kind of like spats: we slip them onto B’s ankles, and he wears his actual shoes underneath.  We found some vinyl “pleather” on clearance, and it was perfect for this!

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We used more of that pleather to make a sword holster!  We looked at some LARPing inspiration on Pinterest and found this basic design to be managable–both to make and for B to use.

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And of course, that leads us to the sword, which might be B’s favorite piece of the costume (although I think he really does love the whole outfit!).

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Husband whittled the blade out of some scrap wood we had on hand, and B took great delight in helping Daddy paint it (they used several coats of metallic craft paint).  Husband wrapped the grip in black electrical tape both for looks and also for comfort.

B is so excited about this little wooden sword, and he is quite the fierce swordfighter in his imaginary duels!

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When Captain Hook shows up, you fly!

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just look at that cute, mischievous face! so very Peter Pan…

 

 

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This past summer, Husband read Peter Pan aloud to our children, and after they’d finished the book, they also watched the Disney animated film.  Somewhere along the way, B declared, “I want to be Peter Pan for Halloween!” and upon hearing this, V exclaimed, “And I could be Wendy!”

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And thus our costume plan was born.  We had originally intended to make it a full-family affair, putting to use again Husband’s Captain Hook costume— and I was going to be Tinker Bell!!  But the lack of an event for adults (besides taking our kids trick-or-treating) led us to conclude that perhaps my time/money/energy would be better spent on other things.  However, I am so delighted that our family is still willing and able to do group costumes together.  (Here’s to many more years!)

In this post, I’ll share some costumes of our Peter Pan and Wendy together, and also with our Hook (who dressed up for the photo shoot!  yay!).  I’ll have a couple more posts coming up soon with the details of each of the new costumes!  HERE are the details about Peter Pan, and HERE are the details about Wendy!

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I sewed the Wendy dress and hair bow, the tunic, shirt, hat, and pants for Peter Pan, as well as using vinyl “pleather” to make the shoe spats and sword holster.  Husband designed the pattern for the leaf tunic, sword holster, shoe spats, and hat!  I’ll share all those details soon!

Of course, we need some action shots!

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about to take off!

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And then Captain Hook showed up, and Peter Pan had to do a little sword fighting!

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And then they had the idea to reenact the scene in which Wendy is tied to the mast of the Jolly Roger, and Peter Pan is fighting to rescue her– thanks to a convenient tree in our photo shoot location!

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Melissa is re-releasing the Marigold dress with an extended size range over at Blank Slate Patterns!

I participated in the testing for the re-release, and I decided to go for a color block effect, making the bodice from a tone-on-tone cream stripe and the skirt from a solid blue.

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The Marigold pattern has a number of sleeve options (split-sleeve, cap sleeve, and long sleeve) and can also be made as a peplum top instead of a full dress.  I also made the sash that is included with the pattern to go with my dress.

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I also styled my dress with a wide black belt I had in my closet for a different look:

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I think the color block look gives the dress a retro/vintage looking vibe, which I really like!

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