Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys

My nephew Julian is here to show us how to rock L’Ouseau fabric: Harley Davidson Style!

Hangout Hoodie: Harley Davidson Style

Last month I made my niece and each nephew a pair of pajamas. My goal was to sew them each something that matches their unique personalities. I let each kid choose fabric from L’Ouseau. Julian selected the softest, stretchiest bamboo rayon/cotton; and I don’t have to worry about fading or pilling.

Hangout Hoodie + Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants : Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys!

Julian doesn’t ask me to make him things, and you know the squeakiest wheel (Sofie!) always gets the oil.

He likes the black and gray stripe. He’s too cool for characters or anything cutesy. I wanted his “pajamas” to be really special, so I tried to make separates that could be worn as for playing or sleeping.

Harley Davidson Loungewear For Boys

Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants from GingerBaby Patterns

His pants are Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants From GingerBaby Patterns. I omitted the ankle cuff and tapered the length back to the hem for a straight leg version.

I made him another pair this summer, so I know the fit is great. I endorse the heck out of this pattern. I like to stick with tried and true sewing for this kid.

Honestly, Julian is as picky as most teenagers, with a really fierce sense of fashion. He’s more particular about matching  and being on trend than the rest of my crew.

Boys Hangout Hoodie from Peekaboo Patterns | SewsNBows

Also tried and true: the Hangout Hoodie by Peekaboo Patterns. Last time I made a “secret zip-pocket” version for him.

This time I added some Harley Davidson hardware to the neckline. This is a bootlace plate. Harley boots usually come with an extra set; so I have another one too:) I’m feeling very clever because the placket is exactly the width of the plate.

Harley Davidson Bootlace Plate as a Clothing Embellishment!

The Hangout Hoodie pattern* goes up to size 10. It’s a roomy design, so I knew it would still fit well. I ended up needing to add a little length to the bottom (big surprise, he’s my linebacker) so I added a 2″ banded hem. I ran out of striped fabric and had to cut on the cross grain.

This striped fabric is a bamboo Rayon/cotton jersey. It has plenty of stretch in both directions, so it was nice to be able to eek out some extra length. It feels so nice too.

Hangout Hoodie + L'Ouseau Fabric | Harley Davidson Loungewear

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Harley Davidson loungewear in Louseau Knits

P.S. Interesting facts about Julian- because I don’t get to brag about him much here:

I call him Bean, because he has a perfect little Lima bean shaped head with just the right amount of tiny freckles across his nose.

He is double jointed and loves to creep me out by twisting his wrists, elbows, and shoulders around into weird, unnatural positions. Below, it looks like I photoshopped his head on backwards! Super freaky/awesome!

Hangout Hoodie | SewxNBows

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Sunki Dress Pattern from Figgy’s (tween sizing!)

The Sunki Dress pattern has grown up! It’s now available in tween sizes; and you can get yours as a bonus pattern in the Tween Pattern Parcel #5.

Sunki Dress pattern: Tween Pattern Parcel #5

I think I’m the biggest Sunki Dress pattern fan on the planet. I made 2 for my niece last year, and it’s just as cute on toddlers as it is on big girls.

Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's- with new tween sizing!

Just like my 80’s Sunki Dress, I used faux leather for the inserts and added a back yoke for a fun twist. Bella’s dress has a narrower yoke with a bit of a curve.

Leather yoke: tween Sunki Dress pattern flip | SewsNBows

I also used the Sunki dress pattern to make a bitty denim and lace version.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #5: Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's

The Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 sale includes the little girl and tween sizes, so it will go from pre-k to pre-tween. (And beyond!)

Sunki Dress pattern from Figgy's with new tween sizing | SewsNBows

I was excited to find out I get to make this dress for my uber cool tween daughter. I knew the style would be suitable for her fashion aesthetic, because it’s not frilly with just the right amount of edge. It’s kind of hard to get her in a dress, y’all.

Tween Sunki Dress | SewsNBows

I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another one. They can easily be made in knit, which is a huge bonus. It’s actually designed a little short, as sort of a dress/tunic hybrid to be worn with leggings. My brat is kind of short so she can totally wear it as a dress until it gets chillier.

Figgy's Sunki Dress pattern | SewsNBows

I used a herringbone wool in grey, and it highly recommend a lining for this type of fabric.

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

I’ve really enjoyed sewing from this Pattern Parcel, including my Everyday Yoga Pants & Asymmetrical Drape Top. Tell me, what’s your favorite pattern from the parcel? Click below to purchase, and set your own price!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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The Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

I did some sightseeing this weekend and wanted to give you a tour of the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66. You can see more photos and read about the Big Round Barn’s history at ArcadiaRoundBarn.com. The old photos and restoration process are beautiful.

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

We’ve listed our house in the city and the place we want is minutes from here. We got an offer this weekend and we went for a Sunday drive to mull it over. I’ll tell you about while I show you iPhone pics of some interesting things at The Big Round Barn.

Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

Katy Railroad baggage wagon, found in the Katy Depot on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma

It’s really scary to sell our house without being sure that we’ll get the farm we want. There will be a period of time in between selling our house and buying our new house where I’m not sure where we’ll live.

Antique Corn Sheller : The a Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66

Sometimes I wonder if we’re crazy to uproot our lives. Construction is heading this direction, so it makes sense financially.  We’ve been feeling like we want a slower, simpler life. Tired of the hustle and bustle.

John Deere horse breaking plow at The Big Round Barn on historic Route 66

I can’t wait for my little girl to be in a classroom with 15 kids or less.

Horse Drawn Potato Planter at the Big Round Barn on Historical Route 66

And you know, the airs smells different outside the city. It’s so fresh and clean! I’m also trying to be funny; because I’m about to show you photos of a restored outhouse.

Outhouse, originally on Main Street in Arcadia Oklahoma

Outhouse, originally on a Main Street in Arcadia

Outhouse at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

Now we climb upstairs and go inside The Big Round Barn. This is the ceiling:

Ceiling of The Big Round Barn in Arcadia, Ok

Hubby had to sit down and admire that for a minute.

Admiring The Big Round Barn on Route 66

As a craftsman, you’d have to appreciate how it was constructed. Green wood was soaked and placed into special jigs at the sawmill that was built just for putting up this barn.

Loft area of the Big Round Barn

It reminds me of the old adage, “Anything worth having is worth waiting for.”

View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia

View of Route 66 from The Big Round Barn in Arcadia

Anything worth having is also worth working for.

Saw

one of the original saw blades that built the Big Round Barn

Here is a framed photo of the Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66 before the restoration:

Framed photo of The Big Round Barn before restoration

I’m so glad someone thought it was important and beautiful. I still have the downstairs museum and gift shop to show you, but I’ll save it for another day. It’s been harder to sew lately, and I might need an excuse to come say hello if I have to pack up my sewing machine.

Until next time!

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Asymmetrical Drape Top for Tween Pattern Parcel

I’m sharing another project from the Tween Pattern Parcel #5: the Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM! You can purchase your pattern parcel at the end of the post. This bundle is a righteous edition to your sewing stash!

Asymmetrical Drape Top pattern from EYMM | SewsNBows

Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM

A classic girls tee, with a twist! One side has fun draping that adds a unique detail to the everyday t-shirt.

Asymmetrical Drape Top pattern from EYMM | SewsNBows

Pattern size ranges from newborn- girls size 18; so you can use it pretty much forever!

Asymmetrical Drape Top from EYMM

We added a lace pocket on a whim, and love the way it turned out. This little girl has requested several more…

Asymmetrical Drape Top | SewsNBows

Her ideas include camouflage, stripes with a floral pocket, and a stretch lace version to be worn over tanks. She has great style, I can’t deny it!

Asymetrical Drape Top from EYMM | SewsNBows

Did you catch my Everyday Yoga Pant sew and show? It’s another rockin’ pattern in this collection. You won’t want to miss my tween Sunki Dress (coming soon) either! See all the great designs and purchase your Pattern Parcel by clicking the button below:

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Friday, September 19
Pienkel ||
Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, September 20
Sew Busy Lizzy ||
The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21
Keep Calm and Carrion ||
Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22
Radiant Home Studio ||
Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23
Sew Fishsticks ||
La Pantigana ||
Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24
Shawnta Sews ||
Sprouting JubeJube ||
Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25
Make It Perfect ||
Mimi’s Mom ||
Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26
Needle and Ted ||
Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27
Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28
Stitches by Laura ||
Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29
Cookin’ and Craftin’ ||
The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30
mama says sew ||
FABulous Home Sewn ||
The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1
lady and the gents ||
That’s-Sew-Kari ||
Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2
Gracious Threads ||
Blogs Like A Mother ||
SewsNBows

Friday, October 3
sew chibi ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Made by Sara

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Everyday Yoga Pant Pattern : Tween Pattern Parcel #5

I’m excited to be a part of Tween Pattern Parcel #5! Today I’ll show you what I made with the Everyday Yoga Pants pattern from Greenstyle. Then we’ll talk about the sale!

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern by Greenstyle

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern from Greenstyle

I couldn’t be more satisfied with this pattern. I’m a huge fan of Greenstyle so I knew the Everyday Yoga Pant would have easy to follow directions and a nice fit.

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern by Greenstyle

This has quickly become my most high traffic sewing pattern for Bella. Yoga pants are great for dance class and loungewear. This pair in a fun, nubby stripe gets a ton of mileage and lives up to the “everyday” in the title!

Everyday Yoga Pant pattern from Greenstyle

You can get your Everyday Yoga Pant pattern in the Tween Pattern Parcel. I’ve sewn up a number of looks from this collection, so stay tuned for my Sunki Dress & Asymetrical Tee. I couldn’t be happier to sew things my daughter loves.

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5, and you’ll automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy’s. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven. The pattern includes size 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. I’ve made this dress in the smaller sizes several times, see here and here. It’s one of my faves!

Click below to purchase your pattern bundle!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

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