Happy Homemade Sew-along // the hoodie

Did you finish your pull-over for the Happy Homemade Sew-along!?  Today is the day you want to get your pictures into the Flickr group!  Be sure to do that by the end of the day.  Someone asked me what time “end of the day” is and I don’t have an exact hour, but basically by the time Monday finally slips away from this earth, try and have your pictures in the pool.  Or before you go to bed tonight – whatever.  Then check back in on Wednesday for our round-up and to find out if you’re the winner of the sew-along prize!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Though you’ve seen my hoodie throughout the sew-along, I thought I’d share some pictures of it finished and on my daughter.  It’s always one thing to see a garment on a hanger and then another to see the actual fit on a person.


I made my hoodie in size 2, based on my daughter’s measurements.  Looking at other people’s pictures in the Flickr pool, I probably could have gone a size up so it would last her longer, but at least she’s got a sibling who will grow into it eventually as well.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The modifications I made were adding the kangaroo pocket, lining the hood and also adjusting the shape of the hood slightly.  Meg mentioned the hood being too small, so I also angled the straight edge of my hood forward and then I rounded out the back of the hood a little.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

I think that it helped, but even still, there’s something a little strange about how this hood fits and the shape. I think it has something to do with the very open and low neckline.  When the hood is up, you can see how it starts at the shoulder, as opposed to closer to the neck like I’m used to.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But besides that, I really love the hoodie.  In these pics, they are styled a little more appropriately for fall, but I like the versatility.  It can be layered for the cooler months, or paired with shorts and a tank top for warm weather, or thrown over a bathing suit as a cover up.  And I love that it looks great on all kids, boys and girls.

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

The main fabric I used is double gauze that I bought at Bolt back when I visited Portland in 2013.  I’d been saving it for who knows what.  I have to say, I LOVE the way it looks as a hoodie, but part of me is really sad because I don’t think Yuki will wear this and I really really love the fabric.  The first time she saw the hoodie she said she liked it.  Then when it was time to put it on she said she didn’t like it.  When I said that it made me a little sad to hear that since I had worked so hard to make it for her, she said, “Well, I LIKE it, I just don’t want to wear it.” 😦 Hah!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

But this is basically how Yuki feels about it.  Sigh.  Maybe her sister will wear it someday…

The lining and drawstring were made with double gauze that I bought from Imagine Gnats.  It doesn’t actually match the color of the red stars, but close enough!

You guys know that I love double gauze.  It’s really soft and comfy.  Feels warm but still really breathable and perfect for hot weather.  I wish this hoodie fit ME!

Happy Homemade Sew-along: Pull-over Parka // you & mie

Anyways, it has been soooo exciting seeing all the of the hoodies pop up in the Flickr group!  I love how they are all so different!  Everyone put such a unique spin on it with their choices of fabric and other modifications.  It’s so great and really makes me happy that people actually participated!  Thank you SO much to everyone who sewed along!  Be sure to check back in on Wednesday!!

Happy Homemade Sew-along // elsie marley and you & mie

See the rest of the sew-along posts here:
Announcing . . .
Where to buy the book
Hoodie Inspiration
Mixing it Up
What you’ll need
Schedule and Sew-along Prize
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five


Signature Look for PR&P

It’s done!  Finally!  I finished my outfit for the Project Run & Play Sew Along.  The theme was Signature Look.  Like every other week, I thought and brainstormed and mulled for a loooong time and then finally made a decision and ended up cramming in late night sewing sessions just to BARELY get it done in time.  I’m a procrastinator, through and through.  I think THAT’S my signature style!

But really, I think this outfit captures a lot of my signature styles.  Most of my children’s clothes is inspired by adult clothing.  I tend to like clothes that doesn’t look like it’s for kids, but is still totally wearable and appropriate for little tykes.  I like to make clothes for Yuki that I would wear myself.  I think my style leans towards classic, simple, and modern, but can also be soft and feminine.

I decided on three pieces: pants, a top and a light pullover.  Although it’s still on the chilly side here in San Francisco, in my head, I’m in spring mode.  I’m ready for warm weather and wanted to make something for a day at the beach.

We totally lucked out with AMAZING weather today for our photo shoot.  It was perfect for a day at the beach and I had so much fun taking a ton of pictures.  Get ready for a photo overload!!

I’ll start with the top.  Besides some issues with the fit, I really like how it came out.  I was inspired by the fabric.  I had this GORGEOUS double gauze fabric by Nani Iro that I bought awhile back and when I noticed it in my stash I thought it’d be perfect for a spring/summer top.  Double gauze is amazing fabric.  It’s super soft and light and breathable.  It’s meant to help you keep cool in hot weather.  If you ever see some at the store, please buy it and make something beautiful with it.  It’s pricey, but so worth it!!  I can’t find a link to any of this particular fabric online, but just do a search for “double gauze nani iro” and you’ll see some of the stuff I’m talking about.

Anyways, back to the top . . . I just threw in some fun elements like the pintucks and the keyhole in the back to add a little interest to an otherwise simple piece.  I wanted it to look soft and clean so I made sure to have no visible stitches.  It was a fun challenge and I like the finished look.

The second piece is the pullover.  I actually LOVE the way this came out.  I don’t think I’d change anything about it.  I used a cotton/linen blend and wanted to make something to wear in the spring/summer as a cover up when it gets chilly or to put on over a bathing suit.

I decided to line the hood with linen stamped with stars.  Yuki is OBSESSED with stars right now, it’s her favorite word and every time she sees the shape or anything that vaguely resembles it she says, “staaa!  STAA!”  I think it’s awesome because I LOVE stars and had a slight obsession with them myself when I was in high school/college.

So I carved up 2 star stamps and mixed some fabric paint to match the pants fabric and stamped it randomly on some white linen.  I cut out one of the extra stars and appliqued it to the pocket.

I don’t really know what to say about the rest.  I like the loose fit and the star and stitching details.  I can imagine Yuki wearing this a lot.

As for the pants, they came out ok and I love the color, but the fit is not perfect.  They are a little too skinny and might be better in a knit fabric so they don’t feel so tight or restrict movement.  I did have a lot of fun with the details on these though, like the pocket stitching and the faux fly.

Super HIGH rise for that diaper booty 🙂

High rise pants provide full diaper coverage!

And that’s it!  The three pieces that make up my “signature look.”  I’ve had a ton of fun sewing along with Project Run & Play for the last 7 weeks and will probably talk more about that later, but it feels good to be done with my final outfit.  I hope you like it!

Here are my bloopers from today’s shoot.


And I can’t even tell you what’s going on in this photo sequence, but this is her new favorite move.

Our little yogi/dancer 🙂

I just have to say a huge THANK YOU to Hideko and Yuki for being such big helpers and super troopers through, not only this photo shoot, but the whole Project Run and Play season.

And thanks to you for stopping by and checking out my sewn creations week after week!