Sweatpants that Shine!

Hello!!  I hope that, for those of you who celebrated, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, gratitude and food!  I’ve been enjoying a bit of a break from sewing and blogging recently, but I’m here today with a long overdue Miss Matatabi Makers project!

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants by you & mie

The main project is a pair of Hudson Pants that I made for myself with this Metallic French Terry (on sale this weekend!!) and you can see the details of these comfy pants on the Miss Matatabi blog.

But after I cut out my own pants from the fabric, I realized I had enough to make little sweatpants for both of my girls!  I couldn’t resist.

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

I talk a lot more in depth about the fabric in my post over on Frances’ blog, but it’s shiny, cozy and on sale, so I’m not sure what else I need to say :P

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

I wanted to mimic the general shape of the Hudson Pants, but didn’t want to spend a lot of time drafting or altering a pattern, so these are super simple.  I’d recently made both girls pairs of pants from the Oliver + S Playtime Leggings pattern, so I started with that as a base and made some easy adjustments.  I added cuffs and a waistband and then some width/ease around the top half to make them a little looser in fit.  No pockets or drawstring.  It wasn’t a perfect science, more like some fun experimenting.  They aren’t perfect, but they’ll do!

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

 The girls are super obsessed with these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle drink bottles they have.  They did not want to let them go.

After I made these, I heard that True Bias is about to release a Mini Hudson Pant pattern for kids!!  So if you’re looking to make a pair of comfy but cute knit pants for your kid, look out for that release in a few days!

Metallic French Terry Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

 Uhh . . . can I have my drink back?

So now the three of us have some snazzy matching metallic sweatpants!  Haha, super dorky, I know!

Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants and Mini Sweatpants by you & mie

So be sure to check out all the details of MY Metallic French Terry Hudson Pants on the Miss Matatabi blog.  And don’t miss the Black Friday sale going on at the Miss Matatabi shop! And then go and have yourself a wonderful weekend!!

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Princess Unikitty of Cloud Cuckoo Land!

Alright, so I know Halloween is over and people are already moving on to *gasp* Christmas!?  But I’m behind as always and like to drag my feet as much as possible when it comes to all things, but especially the holiday season :P

So I’m sharing this super last minute costume that I made for Kaya for Halloween!  The Nightmare Moon costume I made Yuki took up pretty much aaaall my time the last couple of weeks, but somewhere in between I got it in my head that I wanted to make another costume for Kaya too.  She already had a (slightly too short) Totoro costume, but I really only made that for the tutorial and I considered it a back up costume.  I know, I’m crazy like that.

Unikitty Costume by you & mie Continue reading

Nightmare Moon

Nightmare Moon Costume by you & mie

Nightmare Moon Costume by you & mie

Phew!  This Halloween costume has been in the works for, what feels like, fooorever.  It’s ridiculous when I start thinking about just how much time (and money) I’ve spent on this kid’s Halloween costume!  But it was such a fun challenge for me – I really love making Halloween costumes!!  I get a lot of enjoyment out of trying to figure out ways to translate a picture or a character into something tangible, an outfit, or a costume.  So here’s the back story . . . Continue reading

Franklin Dress by Brooklyn Pattern Co.

Franklin Dress by you & mie

Recently, I was contacted by Erin, the designer behind Brooklyn Pattern Company, to review her debut pattern.  Erin had worked as a pattern maker and draper for 15 years on Broadway, and in the ballet, theater and circus.  After the birth of her second child, she launched her new indie sewing pattern company and the Franklin Dress for kids is her first pattern.

I have to admit, when I first got the email from Erin, I was hesitant to accept the offer.  I’m all about promoting indie designers, but I’ve sewn patterns from many people and companies, and some of them are just not very good and have been frustrating to sew (and blog about).  So knowing that this was her first pattern, I was worried about the quality and that I may not have a positive experience.  But I liked the style of the dress and after taking a look at her website, (I was drawn to the clean design), and skimming through her professional looking pattern, I decided to give it a go.  And I’m glad that I did!  It turned out to be a fun project that gave me just the break I needed from my crazy Halloween costume to do list. Continue reading

Totoro Costume Tutorial

Totoro Costume Tutorial by you & mie

Hello!!  I’m here with a tutorial today that I’m really excited about!  3 years ago, I made a Totoro costume for Yuki and it was a huge hit with Totoro fans around the world.  Since then I’ve been getting regular emails about custom orders for costumes or selling the pattern for it, but I don’t do either.  I figured the least I can do is a tutorial for the costume so people can try their hand at making one themselves! Continue reading

To kick off October . . .

Hey!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted over on the Miss Matatabi blog as a Miss Matatabi Maker, but I’m back!  And in honor of it officially being October, I’m sharing quite the Halloween project over there.

Halloween Party Dress by you & mie

Wanna see what I did with this fabric?  I’ll give you a hint – it’s something for ME!  Check it out here.

Happy October 1st!

A Joey Dress

**I just heard that Toni is having a HUGE sale on all Make it Perfect patterns – 50% off!  You’ve got about a day left to take advantage of the sale!**

Joey Dress by you & mie

Awhile back, Toni of Make it Perfect contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out one of her new patterns, the Joey dress for girls.  I dunno if you’ve noticed, but Yuki is aaaaall about the knit dresses so I was excited to add another knit dress pattern to my collection – and this one is so cute!  I love that kangaroo pocket and the different sleeve lengths, making this pattern great for all seasons. Continue reading

Alder Shirtdress for All the Seasons

Plaid Alder Shirtdress by you & mie

Happy Saturday!  This past week has been Selfish Sewing Week, a week to focus your sewing energy on things for yourself!  I love this idea, because though I have a huge list of things I’d love to sew for myself, those things usually get pushed aside to make things for the kids.  This year Rachael of Imagine Gnats invited me to be a Featured Stitcher for Selfish Sewing Week which was great because, honestly, if she hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have sewn anything for me!  I had also just bought the latest Grainline Studio pattern, the Alder Shirtdress and needed the push to actually make it instead of joining the epic “to do” pile. Continue reading

Sew Geeky: Jiji the Cat

Jiji Sweatshirt by you & mie

So so so much sewing going on over here!  I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sew more!  But who doesn’t right?  I’m here with a post for Sew Geeky, a fantastically nerdy series hosted by Sew Chibi and Max California.  Each month, they pick a theme and invite some people to sew along with them!  In fact, everyone can sew along!  Everyone is encouraged to celebrate their inner geekiness!

This month’s theme is Studio Ghibli.  I jumped on this opportunity, because I’m a HUGE Ghibli fan.  If you’re not familiar with Studio Ghibli movies, I urge you to go and look some up and watch them immediately.  The director/writer/producer that is most strongly associated with Studio Ghibli is Hayao Miyazaki and he has created some of my favorite movies.  He is the genius behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and many others.  And Studio Ghibli has produced other amazing movies as well, like Grave of the Fireflies, Arrietty and Whisper of the Heart.  Seriously, go watch them all now. Continue reading

i-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers

I-know-where-it-goes drawer stickers // you &mie

I have a fun review today of a product that I think is awesome!  Around the time that Yuki turned 3, she started dressing herself.  That year, she also started being in charge of putting away her own clean laundry.  Crafterhours makes these awesome drawer stickers that help label your child’s dresser drawers to help them remember where things go.  They are fun and practical! Continue reading