Stashbusting Outerwear

Now that summer is officially over and the kids are all back to school, it’s time to bust that stash!

For a couple of years, I’ve been participating in the Stashbusting Sew along. It’s a very casual sew along, where the goal is to use up the fabric (and patterns and sewing notions) that you already have. There are themes each month and people are encouraged to participate when they can – which is exactly the type of easy going sew along I like best.

Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.
Brindille & Twig slouchy beanie.

This year, there are guest leaders, and this month it’s me! My theme is outerwear, and seasonal change- both of which are perfect for september sewing.

In my sewing room, the one fabric that keeps piling up is fabric for outerwear – but often it’s “reserved” for big, complicated projects that I never seem to get around to. So my goal this month is to complete some outerwear projects.

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

But I also wanted to share some cool links for outerwear projects to help get people in the mood. I decided to feature some independent patterns that you might not have spotted before, and to choose ones that are especially quick to make. Hope you see something that inspires you!

The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Spring Showers Jacket sewing pattern by Elegance & Elephants.

Outerwear Sewing Patterns for Kids

Hats
slouch beanie by Brindille & Twig
Little Cap by by Leila & Ben
Huck Finn Cap by Sew Liberated
Balaclava by Make it & Love It (free)
Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew.

Shoes
Toms-Inspired Baby And Toddler Shoes by Homemade Toast (free version available)

Coats, Jackets and Capes
Agatha Coat by papillon & mandarine
Urban Weekender Coat by Heidi & Finn
The Cape by Vanessa Pouzet
Lars Jacket by Zonen 09
Black Pearl Coat by papillon & mandarine
Quilted Baby Coat by BurdaStyle
Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial by The Sewing Rabbit

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Men

Mister Comet Hoodie by DaWanda
Honey Crisp Conductive Mittens by Seamster

Outerwear Sewing Patterns For Women

Hats
Slouchy Beanie by Imagine Gnats

Jackets
Jett Biker Jacket by StyleArc
Zinnia Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
909 Jacket by Shwin Designs
Bernadette Quilted Jacket by République Du Chiffon
Jacket Vest by i love sewing (free)
Manufacture Top by aime comme Marie

Coats
Sophia Coat by Tamanegi-kobo
Eagle Jacket by Vanessa Pouzet
Frakke Coat by Stoff & Stil
Eve Coat by Schnittchen

Some Vintage Inspiration from my mother’s sewing pattern stash.

Simplicity 5928
Vintage pattern from my mother.
Vogue 9308
Vintage pattern from my mother.

And maybe this year, I’ll finally make myself a cape…

Simplicity 7866
Vintage pattern from my mother.

Stashbusting in 2015

Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge
Stashbusting Sewalong Challenge 2015

For the third year in a row I’ll be taking part in the Stashbusting Sewalong and this year I’m also a monthly theme leader. It’s a super casual sew-along where everyone is encouraged to use what they already have. Instead of going fabric shopping, we try to shop our fabric stash.

Personally, I have trouble finding the time to sew all the things I plan. That means that the fabric (and patterns!) start to pile up. Making a game out of using up what I have helps keep everything under control. I also like that this sew-along is very low-key. My favourite kind of sew-along is the kind where there are no deadlines and no pressure.

I just added everything up and it looks like this year I sewed about 47 metres of stash fabric. Crazy! And that’s not counting all the notions, batting, buttons, etc. I used every piece of batting I have larger than a place mat. Next year, I’ll try for 10 pieces of fabric. I’ll count up the metres at the end of the year.

This year there will also be monthly leaders and I’m one of them! I’m super excited! I will be stash busting outerwear this September. Will I finally get that wool coat made? A cape? Or maybe a Minoru jacket? Find out this fall!

If you’ve followed the sew-along before, you’ll notice there are new themes, and project sew-alongs too. But you can also participate by sewing whatever you like, as long as it is from your stash.

Optional Monthly Themes:

January: Renewing Sewing with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind
February: Fabric Contest with Judy at Stoney Lonesome Sew Works
March: Patterns We Have with Heather at Handmade by Heather B
April: Vibrant Color with Kristen at Sew Classic
May: Lingerie with Andrea at Obsessive Creativeness
June: Knits with Nancy at Surfing in Surf City
July: Dresses with Sarah at Musings of a Seamstress
August: Face your Feared Stashed Fabric with Jagoda at Fit Not to Fit
September: Outerwear and Seasonal Change with Shannon at The Finished Garment
October: Sewing for Charity with Orsolya at Borsmenta’s Creative Room
November: Containment and a Japanese Bag Sewalong with Sue at Fadanista
December: Christmas Mayhem with Emily at Tumbleweeds in the Wind

The sew-along starts this month and runs all year. So if you’d like to join the sew-along, hop over to the official 2015 Stashbusting Sewalong webpage to join and then sign up for the Stashbusting Facebook group and/or Stashbusting Flickr group. Hope to see you there!

Field Trip Tees for the Kids

I’m not sure how your October was, but mine was crazy! October is when work gets busy, homework piles us and then, Halloween! I managed to get a bit of sewing done for Kids Clothing Week (KCW). But did I get around to blogging it? Of course not.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.

I try to sew my kids what they need, so with the approach of crisp fall weather, some long-sleeved tees seemed like a great project. I used the Field Trip Raglan T-shirt pattern by Oliver + S, and sewed it up in sizes 2, 4, and 6.

This is a super fast project. The instructions are great and there are only a few pattern pieces. The only change I made was to add bands to the sleeves. Partly, this was because I like the look, and partly this was because my kids are on the tall skinny size and I wanted to be sure the shirts last through the winter. Next time, I might go up a size, at least for the three bigger kids.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I added bands to the sleeves for a bit of extra length.

I used my regular sewing machine, as a I don’t have a serger, but this worked really well.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Love those stripes.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The polkadots are fun too
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Who doesn’t love rainbows?
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Love this colour combination.

The kids picked these fabrics themselves ages ago. Mostly I used cotton jersey from the Riley Blake collection, but the dark grey is from the Robert Kaufman Laguna collection. The Riley Blake colours are really bright, which I love, and the kids do too.

This pattern looks great colour blocked, especially with stripes. I’m seriously considering copying at least one of these tees using a grown-up pattern.

Jersey is usually about 60″ (150 cm) wide, so I found I had a lot of extra fabric left over. But that just meant that I had enough for a couple more cute projects that I’ll be blogging soon. Yay!

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the shirt in size 2.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 4.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is also a size 6, but Kid No 1 is just a bit taller.
The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the size 6.

I really, really love these shirts. Even though they were super quick and easy projects, I’m really happy with the results. It’s really hard to find t-shirts that are fun and bright but that aren’t pink with sparkles or covered with logos. I’ll definitely be making more.

This project was part of Kids Clothing Week and the Stashbusting Sew Along.

Summary

Pattern Review: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S available in sizes 6m-12.
Fabric: 

  • Cotton Jersey in Heathered Knit Pepper from the Laguna collection by Robert Kaufman.
  • Cotton Jersey in small chevron in aqua, small chevron in rainbow, small dots in red, solid red, and 1/2″ stripes in red, all from the Riley Blake Knits collection.

Sizes: 2, 4, and 6.
Cost: Pattern: (gift). Fabric: About $10/shirt.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added bands to the sleeves, and didn’t put pockets on all the shirts.
Results: Amazing. My kids love these shirts and wear them at least once a week.

The Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Peekaboo!

Summer Skirts

We’re just experiencing the last bit of summer here, so I’m taking the opportunity to show you one of my very last summer projects – two fun summer skirts.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
These skirts are super popular with my girls.

I used the Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt by Oliver + S, which I’ve used before, and quite like.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
Love this skirt!

It’s a very quick, easy pattern, and makes a nice, basic skirt. I made this in sizes 4 and 6. The only changes I made were to lengthen the size 4 by one inch, and the size 6 by two inches, and lower the kick pleat to match. I also added the pockets from the Oliver + S Sandbox Pants, to the back of the larger skirt.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
I lengthened both skirts
The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
After I lengthened it, the skirt is just right for looking for chipmunks.

I used stash fabric for both skirts, leftover from other projects. This pattern takes a little under 3/4 of a yard of fabric, per skirt, which is what I had.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
The print is really fun for summer. I’m glad I could get two garments out of the fabric I had.

It’s a great pattern if you have just a little bit of fabric left over. But unfortunately, it meant that pattern matching was out of the question. Since this fabric would have been wasted otherwise, and these skirts were meant for casual fun, that seemed fine, this time around. I settled for an absence of awkward print placement, but I had to trace out the pieces with chalk a couple times in the size 6, to get that right.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This print is Bella Flower in Blue by Lotta Jansdotter. And I swear I ironed it right before this photo was taken.
The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
This print is Scoot Scoot in Blue from the Havana collection.
The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
Each skirt took less than 1 yard of fabric.

The skirts are a big hit and seem to get worn at least once a week, which is a lot with my sometimes finicky kids.

This project was part of the Sewcialist Scraptember Sew Along and the Stashbusting Sew Along Kid Challenge.

Summary

Pattern Review: Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt by Oliver + S available in sizes 6m-8.
Fabric: 

  • Bella Flower in Blue by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.
  • Scoot Scoot in Blue from the Havana collection by Monaluna (organic).

Sizes: 4 and 6.
Cost: Pattern: 0$. Fabric: 0$ (all was leftover pieces from other projects).
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I lengthened the skirt, by 1-2″, depending on the size, and lowered the kick pleat.
Results: Great. These were fast, are super comfortable, and are now in heavy rotation.

The Sunday Brunch A-line Skirt sewing pattern by Oliver + S, as sewn by The Finished Garment
These are still comfortable for playground fun.

Back to School Stashbusting

I have two kids in school this year and both needed new pencil cases. I had great success with the Perfect Zip Bag pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!, so I decided to use it again. Why mess with a good thing?

Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This bag was made using the Seven Seas collection by Cloud 9.

The first bag was made using leftover scraps from the Seven Seas gym bag I made last year. Now it’s a matching set! Kid No 2 helped pick out exactly which creatures needed to show on the outside.

Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This bag was made using leftover fabric from my latest pj sewing project.

The second bag was made with leftover fabric from my latest pyjama sewing project, and from a quilt I made ages ago. Kid No 1 picked all the fabrics. Even the interlining is from scraps from another project.

All scrapbusting, all the time!

This project was part of the Sewcialist Scraptember Sew Along and the Stashbusting Sew Along Kid Challenge.

Summary

Pattern Review: Perfect Zip Bag pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!
Fabric:

  • Laddies and Poppets, Sea Critters, and The Fleet in Grey from the Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.
  • Rainbow in Purple, from the Angry Birds collection and licensed to David Textiles by Rovio Entertainment, LTD.
  • Ta Dot in Mustard, from Michael Miller fabrics.
  • Flannel scraps for the interlining.

Size: Large (View A), with inner pocket and wrist strap.
Cost: 0$
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: None.
Results: Great. I would strongly recommend this pattern and would make it again.

Just to be clear: The Angry Birds name is trademarked by Rovio Entertainment, LTD and used by the fabric manufacturer under licence. The bags shown here are not official licensed products and are not available for sale. But you can always buy some fabric and make your own!