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My husband’s hobby is photography and since I have this blog and am trying to get better pictures, we have a lot of photography equipment.  This includes, photo lights, which also have stands and umbrellas, a tripod, seamless paper stands, and there is probably more that I am forgetting.  When he needed to take the photo lights to work to get pictures of his coworkers he came up with the idea of having me make a bag that would hold all of the stuff.

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So we worked together to come up with the design for this light stand bag.  Essentially, it’s a gigantic crayon roll but with a flap and handles.  We decided on five pockets and since they are pretty large, a few smaller items could actually fit into one pocket if needed.

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We added a flap to cover the equipment so it doesn’t scratch from rubbing against something else when it’s rolled up.  It’s actually multifunctional, because when it’s rolled up, the flap also helps to keep the equipment from sliding out the end.

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We used duck canvas from Joann’s and he decided on black for the outside, blue for the flap and inside, and grey for the pockets.  The buckles and 1 1/2” webbing straps are from Sewing Supplies on Etsy.  I think I have talked about this shop before, but I highly recommend them.  The quality of everything that I have purchased from there is great.

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We made it so that the side straps are adjustable depending on what is inside.  So if it’s completely full, the bag can still be closed the same as when there isn’t much in it.  The handles are separate from the straps so that the adjustment doesn’t affect the way the bag is carried.  We also made the handles wrap around the bag for extra support.

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We both liked the idea of the pop of blue peeking out when the bag is rolled up.  I’m not going to lie, this bag probably cost more to make than it would have to buy one, but it was a great experience for my husband and me.  We worked on it together and it was definitely a challenge!

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Not only were we sewing large pieces of fabric together, but they were also fairly heavy pieces of fabric.  The weight of the fabric when it wasn’t on the machine, pulled it off to the side.  So one of us sewed and the other tried to keep the fabric from pulling.  (Notice the snow out the patio door?  We started and stopped this project out of frustration many times, so it took a lot longer than necessary to make)

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My machine also wouldn’t sew in a straight line (actually looks pretty good in this picture).  I’m not sure if that is because of the fabric pulling or if we needed to adjust the tension more.  We used a jean needle and upholstery thread so I would think that it wasn’t an issue with those.  So who knows what was going on.  It’s a good thing we weren’t making this to sell!

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Even with not so straight stitching the bag still turned out awesome and exactly how we planned.  It fits everything that we wanted it to fit and is easy to carry.  Of course it’s a little heavy, but that is to be expected considering the items that we are putting in it.

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We haven’t officially used it to transport any of the items to and from a photo shoot, but it’s great for storage and my husband is really happy with it.  So I would say that is a win!

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Since a post can’t be without a picture, here is a pillowcase I made for Lillian.  It’s another travel size pillowcase, but this time I cut my main fabric 18 x 26, accent 2 x 26, and cuff 8 x 26.  It’s still slightly narrow, so next time I might cut each piece to 27 or 28 instead of 26 inches.

If I’m MIA in the next few weeks it’s because they are getting ready to start working on the basement, so instead of sewing, I will probably be researching all of the design sites to help finalize all of the decisions for the basement.  I’m scared excited if that is even possible!

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Shortly after I discovered Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop I purchased the Pier 49 Convertible Pants pattern.  I really liked how the pants on the cover were made of white fabric so I decided to make a pair for Lillian.  I knew this could be a bad idea for a 4 year old, but oh well.

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As you can see, these pants can be either pants, capris, or shorts (probably best as long shorts, but you could definitely make them as short as you would like).  I made them capris, but you could easily change where you put the button and tab to make them shorter.  Amy explains that in the pattern as well.

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I have to confess….I actually made these a while ago, I think before summer was officially here.  They were way too big for Lillian then so she didn’t want to put them on.  Then I kind of forgot about them and just didn’t take the time to pressure her into wearing them for a picture.

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I’m so glad I had her try them on again because they fit much better now.  I still need to find some cording to make a belt for them, but otherwise, I think they are super cute.

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These were the first pics of our photo session on Sunday, so she was having a lot of fun with getting her picture taken.  To stay more up to date on what I’m working on be sure to like my page on Facebook.

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I let Lillian pick out the accent fabric and she of course wanted purple.  When looking for buttons to put on the pockets, I knew it would be near impossible to match purples, so I instead chose green.

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Speaking of the pockets…I changed the way they are attached to the pants.  They aren’t really pockets, just the flap, so I decided to sew them completely down.  That way, after being washed, the corners don’t curl up.  Which ultimately doesn’t matter too much since I used quilter’s cotton.  It gets pretty wrinkled after washing so I need to iron the pants anyway.  Hey, I tried!

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Overall, the pattern was easy to follow.  I did get confused with the elastic waistband, but that is because I didn’t follow the pattern as closely as I should have.  For these pants you just put the elastic in the back, and I was thinking it was all the way around.  So that caused a few issues, but I got it to work in the end.

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I think the pants are adorable.  If you have a super skinny kid like I do, you could easily use a larger seam allowance in the legs to make them not so wide.  But now that they fit Lillian better, I didn’t notice that the pant legs were too wide.

I already purchased some fabric for another pair, but I might wait until next year to make them since we are getting closer to cooler weather and the fabric is sort of thin.  Or maybe I should try to line them?

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Lillian was invited to another daycare friend’s birthday party.  This time it was a little boy and being the mom of a girl, I really didn’t know what to make for him.  I did know that I wanted to make something though!  I did a little research and came up with a superhero cape.

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I asked his mom what his favorite color was and you can probably guess that it is green.  His name starts with an “M” so I wanted to use the letter on the back to make it even more personable.  (Yes, that is Lillian in the pic above and not the little boy!)  The only problem I see is that the quilter’s cotton is going to wrinkle and crease easily. 

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For the shape of the cape, I based it off of this tutorial.  I made a few changes so that the shape was more of what I was looking for.  I started out the same way by cutting my fabric to an 18” x 27” rectangle and then folding it in half with long edges together.  Then on the folded edge I made marks at 1 1/2”, 4”, and 6 1/2” (the same as in her tutorial). 

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I then took a compass (you know the ones you used in geometry class?) and set it to 2 1/2”.  Then put the point at my line that was 4” down from the top; so the middle line.  My fabric marker wouldn’t fit into the compass so I had to use the pencil, but instead of marking on the fabric with it, I just made dots with my fabric marker right next to where the pencil was.  Then I connected the dots to make the half circle for the neck opening. 

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Next, I measured 1 1/2” from the folded edge and drew a line from that mark toward the circle that I just drew.  This is again the same as the tutorial.  I also measured down 10 1/2” inches from the top on the non-folded edge.  This mark was to get the shape of the cape, just like in the tutorial, but I actually ended up with a curve that only went down about 9” from the top.  This step kind of depends on the look you are going for.  At this point, if you wanted rounded bottom corners, you could easily draw a curve at the bottom edge on the non-folded side.

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Next it was time to cut out the actual cape.  I just needed to cut along the lines that I drew and I had a cape in which both sides were matching.  Since I needed a front and back piece, I then used this first piece as my template and cut out the other piece the same exact way.  I pretty much used the first one as a stencil and just placed it on top of the other piece of fabric and cut.  You could also just trace it and then cut.

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For the “logo” on the cape I searched for a shield on Google images.  I ended up finding and liking this one.  I then went off of what Whitney used, but didn’t have the same font, so I chose Gotham Bold and used size 400.  For the “M”, it fit perfectly inside of the shield, but the size might have to be adjusted for other letters.  I did cut off part of the bottom of the “M”, but I like the way that it fit together.

To attach the “logo” I just used Heat n’ Bond Lite (make sure it’s lite, otherwise it’s not sewable!).  For a great applique tutorial check out Melissa’s blog Sew Like My Mom.  I decided to use a blanket stitch because I like the way it looks, but you could easily use a zigzag stitch.

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So I first attached the shield and sewed it on, then the “M”.  Once both of those were attached, I was able to sew the front and back pieces together.  Since Whitney used felt, which doesn’t fray or unravel, she didn’t need to do any sewing.  I used quilter’s cotton so I had to take my two identical pieces and sew them together with right sides facing, leaving about a 3 inch opening in the bottom.  I then turned right side out, ironed, and top stitched all the way around the cape.  After that, I attached the Velcro, and the cape was done.   

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I would say it was a success!  As soon as the little boy’s dad put it on him he immediately started running around the yard.  Oh, and one other thing about the cape…I made the underside a different green than the side with the “logo” on it.  I think it just adds a little something to it. 

What have you made for little boys if they aren’t yours and you aren’t sure what to make?  The only other boy project I made was the car cozy for our neighbor boy.

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I think these Winter Pajamas by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop were my second project to make with my serger.  I wanted to try sewing knit with it, but thought it was safer to try pajamas.  That way if it didn’t work out the best, it didn’t really matter.  I didn’t think I was going to completely ruin them, but didn’t know if I would do well enough to make a shirt or pants that Lillian would wear outside of the house.

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Like I mentioned above, this is the Winter Pajamas pattern by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  It would have been easy to sew if I weren’t still learning how to use my serger.  The fabric is from Girl Charlee and it’s a cotton thermal knit.  It’s not as stretchy as the jersey knit I have used, but still has a decent stretch.  Which is good considering it’s knit.

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It took me FOREVER to get my serger set up to properly sew knit and I’m still not sure I had it set up correctly.  Can you see the wrinkled edges?  I think that means that the tension was slightly off.  Not really knowing anything about setting the tension on a serger, I think it’s fairly decent.  I’m still learning!

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I think the inside looks pretty awesome!  I’m still pretty excited with how professional a serger makes the clothes I sew look.  It’s ok to be giddy about it, right?

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I made a 3T knowing that they would be a little big, but that they might fit by the time she would actually be wearing them.  Actually, I made these before Easter and she was able to wear them a few times before it got too warm out.  As you can see, they are definitely too big.

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Here she is with some of her goodies from the Easter bunny.  You can see that the sleeves are a whole cuff too long so we had to roll them up.  I still think they look pretty cute on and she asked to wear them, so that is a plus.

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My biggest issue was the seam in the neckline.  If you look closely at the right side of the neckline you can see where my serged edges show.  I tried multiple times to fix it, but for some reason I couldn’t.  I’m not sure if it’s because it was knit or because I just don’t know how to finish an end on a serger.  If you have any tips, please do share!

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No matter what I did, the inside seam was showing on the outside of the shirt.  I also attempted the double needed again on my sewing machine and it wasn’t any more successful than the last time.  I even lengthened the stitch length this time.  I will keep trying though!

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Like in my post about the basic skirt, I finished the elastic waistband with the serged edge showing.  I was successful with the double needle on the waistband, but I think that is because I also sewed over the elastic, so it didn’t suck the fabric down into my sewing machine.  Can you see the small zigzag stitches above the waistline?  That is the back of the stitch of the double needle.

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