Arctic Trapper Hats

I live on Hoth. It’s the only way to describe temperatures hovering around -38°C (-36°F). I really wish that were a typo.

Anyway, I saw the weather forecast last week and decided that my babies needed added warmth, so I got these hats and neck warmers sewn up.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
Arctic Trapper Hat and matching neck warmer.

I actually cut these hats out ages ago, but then didn’t get around to them when it was cold, and then didn’t feel motivated when it was warm. It is no longer warm.

The hats are the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew. They are two-layer hats with a hipster feel. I added ear flaps, and I used two layers of fleece to make them warmer. The inside is super soft and the outside has a bit of a berber texture. It’s the same fabric I used to make them mittens.

The hats really do fit quite large, so it’s probably good that I waited a year to sew them up (shuffles feet, avoids eye contact).

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
The hats fit quite large.

The hats turned out really well, but there are two things I might change. The ear flaps poke out a little, so I think I’ll get some buttons for them, like the real grown-up versions. And second, I think they might be better with a chin strap so that they stay flat against the ears to keep them warm. Of course, if I didn’t live in Hoth, they would be just great as is. In fact, I may make another set out of corduroy for fall when chin straps are unnecessary.

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
I added ear flaps, but I might want to add a chin strap.

The neck warmers were made without a pattern, but measure about 10″ by 10″. They also have two layers.

Since all my kids have the same sets, I sewed different coloured ribbons into the seams of the hats and neck warmers so the kids could tell them apart. They picked out the ribbons themselves.

I had these made up for the beginning of January, but it was just too cold and snowy for an outdoor photo shoot. So I had to wait until this week for a balmy -16°C (3°F). Brrrrrr. Where’s my tauntaun?

Arctic Trapper Hat sewing pattern from See Kate Sew, made by The Finished Garment.
I used two layers of polar fleece, and sewed ribbons into te seams so the kids could tell them apart.

This post is part of the Stashbusting Sewalong.

Project Summary

Pattern Review: Arctic Trapper Hats by See Kate Sew, available in sizes 12m-8 (in 4 different sizes).
Fabric: Two layers of polar fleece.
Sizes: 12/18m, 3/4, and 5/6.
Cost: Pattern: 6$. Fabric: $0 (leftover from another project).
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added ear flaps.
Results: Great. This was fast, and I love the hipster look.

Blue Cowl Neck Dress

Back in the fall, I did a round of pattern testing for the Cowl Neck Dress and Sweater by Heidi & Finn. Unfortunately, Kid No 4 did a great job of evading the photo shoot. You can’t reschedule nap time!

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress.

So here are the pics I finally managed to wrangle this fall, just before the weather turned cold and snowy.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used ponte de roma, which works really well with this pattern.

This is a really quick pattern to sew and the results are cute and trendy. This was my sixth time sewing this pattern, so for detailed information, please read my original review.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The dress is really comfortable and cozy for winter.

Summary

Pattern Review: Cowl Neck Dress and Sweater by Heidi & Finn, available in sizes 12m-12Y.
Fabric: Ponte de roma.

  • Ponte de roma in dark teal – (medium-weight knit, 50% Polyester/45% Rayon/5% Lycra).

Sizes: 2T.
Cost: Pattern: 0$. Fabric: About $16.
Sewing Level: Confident beginner.
Modifications: None
Results: Great. This was fast, and I love the trendy look.

Disclaimer: The pattern was generously provided by Heidi & Finn, in return for testing the pattern. As always, my opinions are my own.

Heidi & Finn Cowl Neck Dress sewing pattern, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I really like the colour of this dress.

Neon Blue Mini Hudson

This year, my only boxing day shopping took place at the fabric shop. I didn’t find much, but there was some gorgeous french terry in a neon turquoise for only 5$ a metre.

I wasn’t sure what to make so I let the kids decide and Kid No 2 and Kid No 4 chose pants. I didn’t have much in the way of knit pant patterns, especially not for fabric this thick, so I bought the Mini Hudson Pant pattern from True Bias.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
These were a really quick project.

There is a Mini Hudson blog hop going on at the moment if you want to see more versions. I’m not part of it, but since everyone is posting their mini hudsons, and I just made these last week, I figured I’d hurry up and post mine too. You’ll have to excuse me for showing up to the party uninvited.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I made the size 7 and size 3.

This pattern makes a drawstring pant that works well with heavier fabric and is cut narrower near the ankle and wider at the hips. I used jersey scraps from two previous projects (coming soon to the blog) in black for my son and hot pink for my daughter. The pink and blue combo is a little bright, but if you can’t wear neon turquoise and hot pink when you are two, when can you?

The pants ended up a little big, but that’s a bonus in my book. The hipster styling isn’t quite as obvious for now, but it won’t be long before the kids grow up an inch or so.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used french terry for the pants and jersey for the trim.

These are really quick to sew and pretty foolproof. The only modification I made was to leave off the drawstring. Kid No 2 doesn’t like fiddly closures, even when they are just decorative and Kid No 4, at two-years-old, doesn’t need the hazard factor. And the only thing I would change in the future would be to make the waistband a bit wider, but just because I like that look.

Once again, these went right into regular circulation and so I didn’t get quite as many photos of the larger pants as I would have liked. My smaller kid was quite happy to mug it up for the camera though.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
So silly!

Summary

Pattern Review: Mini Hudson Pant from True Bias, available in sizes 2T-10.
Fabric: 

  • Neon turquoise french terry.
  • Cotton spandex jersey in black and fuchsia by Stenzo.

Size: 3 and 7.
Cost: Pattern: $8. Fabric: About $5 per pair of pants.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I left out the drawstring.
Results: Cute and comfy.

Mini Hudson Pant sewing pattern from True Bias as sewn by The Finished Garment.
These are really warm and comfy.

Red Squirrel Dress (Simplicity 2063)

I made the same dress, Simplicity 2063 from the Little Lisette collection by Liesl Gibson, twice over the holidays.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
This dress is finished with bias tape at the arms.

This time I made the size 5, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same dress as I made previously. Same super soft corduroy, same colourful piping, this time in red and grey.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
I really like the red piping.

It’s a nice simple pattern that makes a really cute dress. This one was so popular that no one would sit still for a photo shoot.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
These buttons were in a mystery button jar.

Summary

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2063 from the Little Lisette collection by Liesl Gibson, available in sizes 3-8, and now out of print.
Fabric: 

  • Corduroy, in Grey Squirrel by Stenzo.
  • Kona solid for the flat piping.

Size: 5.
Cost: Pattern: $0 (used once already). Fabric: About $18.
Sewing Level: Adventurous beginner.
Modifications: None.
Results: Really cute and very soft.

A Blue Gnome Dress (Simplicity 2063)

I think I’ve had this pattern (Simplicity 2063 from the Little Lisette collection by Liesl Gibson) in my stash for ages, but I was looking for just the right fabric.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
The fabric is amazing. It’s corduroy, but it’s very soft, almost like velour.

Then I found this cute corduroy online. It’s super soft. The fabric is light-weight but it feels almost like velour. Perfect for little ones.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
Lately I’ve been making a lot of lined dresses, but this is finished with piping and bias tape.

The pattern is quite simple. It’s an a-line, panel dress with flat piping to set off the panels. It wasn’t difficult. The instructions were good. The bodice is finished with bias tape at the arms, but I think I might prefer a lined bodice next time.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
The a-line shape is really flattering.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I just followed the pattern instructions.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
I made the size 3, which should be a little big, but the fit on the dress is just right.

My youngest is growing so fast that it’s hard to keep up. I made the smallest size, size 3, and hoped it wouldn’t be too big, but it seems just right. Good thing I didn’t try to grade it down a size.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
I really like the flat piping on this dress.

There always seem to be so many events to attend over the holidays, so a new dress is always handy for the kids, especially when it is as cute and comfortable as this one.

Summary

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2063 from the Little Lisette collection by Liesl Gibson, available in sizes 3-8, and now out of print.
Fabric: 

  • Corduroy, in blue.
  • Kona solid for the flat piping.

Size: 3.
Cost: Pattern: $1. Fabric: About $18.
Sewing Level: Adventurous beginner.
Modifications: None.
Results: Really cute and very soft.

Simplicity 2063 Little Lisette Dress as sewn by The Finished Garment
Kid No 4 loves the dress.