It’s our PARTY DAY for the Mister Domestic Playroom Project Party! Yay!!! If you haven’t had a chance to check out Mathews new line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics you really have to make the time because it is so so cute! Inspired by his daughter Helena’s playroom Mathew has created a pallet of playful soft colors in the cutest prints that include florals, geometrics, handprints, art supplies, and graphic lettering!
As soon as I saw Mathews new line the “retired” art teacher in me was definitely geeking out a little 🙂 So I was super duper excited to get started sewing up matching outfits for myself and my little guy! One of my favorite things to sew are garments which lets face it there isn’t always time to sew just for fun so a project party was the perfect excuse to make that happen!!
For my little guys outfit I used the Brindle and Twig harem coverall pattern. I LOVE this pattern and so does this little stinker. It’s a one piece jumpsuit that is so comfy it feels like pjs (I mean who wouldn’t want to wear their jammies all day right?!?) It’s a simple quick sew and definitely a great pattern for a beginner sewist looking to try their hand with knits. Did I mention Art Gallery Fabric knits are seriously the BEST!!!! Thick but not too thick and so so soft that they are a dream to sew with.
5 tips for sewing for kiddos:
Choose high quality fabrics so they can take the wear & tear of busy kiddos some of my favorite places to pick up knits other then our local fabric stores are Hawthorne Supply Co. and Blackbird Fabrics
Reinforce your seams! I always sew my seam then serge the edges just to make sure they hold up to all the jumping, running, squatting, rolling, playing that happens on the daily.
Scrap bust your garment scraps make great little pieces for toddler neck lines, ankle cuffs and short sleeves, etc.
Assembly line sew! Sew multiple sizes at once and store the larger sizes for them to grow into. Kids clothes sew up fast so you can definitely sew a few at once.
Involve them! Let your kiddos help pick out their own fabrics or choose designs that you know they will love (my son loves puppies so anything with a dog on it he is all about!) or even have them “sew” along side you. They will be invested and chances are more excited to wear their handmade attire!
For my matching top I used the same print Bella Aquarelle just in a cotton! I knew I wanted to make a button up something that I had never done before but I was definitely psyching myself up a little about the buttons, the crisp precise lines of a button up… about it all if we are being real here. I ended up going with the Natalie 3081 by Seamwork. I loved Mathews print with this specific pattern and I think it suited it well. I feel like it gives off an artsy vibe 🙂 Now that I have made it I definitely know that next time I need to make some specific alterations in order to get a better fit in the shoulders but overall for my first button up it turned out pretty great… and the buttons were so so easy to sew… go figure! TAKE THAT DOUBT!!!
I know so many people who always comment with how they want to sew their own clothes but are afraid too, or I have friends comment how hard it looks to do. If I listened to myself every time I had one of those thoughts and never took a chance at a new pattern I honestly would still be sitting at an empty machine. I am for sure a newbie here and have never claimed to be otherwise, but what I love is figuring out the process and learning though it! Every time I sew something whether I love it or hate it I learn something new which pushes me to be better! So next time you are feeling doubtful jump in with both feet and go for it! Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome!
…And a gigantic shoutout to Mister Domestic for taking his own chance with us and welcoming us into his Master Makers group! This guy is one of the most supportive, encouraging, positive people you will ever meet ya’ll! So so happy we get to party with him again!
…And another huge shout out to Nicole Bridges for taking our photos on a whim with her already busy schedule. You are amazing Nicole Bridges Photography!! Thank you!
Be sure to follow along with all the other super talented makers that are part of Mister Domestics Project Playroom Party for the next 5 weeks! You can get all the details here on Mathews blog!