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Art Museum Trousers


Seth needed some new Sunday pants, so I used my Oliver + S Art Museum Trousers pattern to make him a pair. I’ve used this pattern a few times before and I really like it.

The pattern is for pants with an elastic waistband. I wanted these to be really nice dress pants, so I added a zipper. I used the fly pieces from one of my jeans patterns and just cut them a little smaller.


I used some stretch twill from fabric.com for these. It is great fabric-just the right weight with a slight bit of stretch.

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I also made Seth a new tie with my men’s tie pattern to go with these pants. We shortened the pattern to make it boy-size.


I am really happy with how these pants turned out. I think he looks pretty sharp in them!


Ezra’s Field Trip Cargos


I finished another pair of pants for Ezra for school. I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo Pants pattern for them because I’ve used that pattern several times for my boys and I really like it.

Ezra is going to be six in about two weeks, but I cut a size 5 for him and I think I could have even cut a size 4 and they would have fit. Most of that is because he’s such a little twig, but I also think this pattern runs just a tad bigger than the other Oliver + S patterns that I’ve used.

He insisted on holding his glow bracelet for all these pictures.

He insisted on holding his glow bracelet for all these pictures.

I used some stretch denim from Joann that I had left over from making me some shorts.


I put buttons on the cargo pockets this time to keep them from flapping around.


The first time I made a pair of these pants, the cargo pockets started coming loose after just a few washings. I couldn’t reinforce them very well at the tops because the fabric was so thick that I couldn’t get my needle to go through it. But now I have learned to hammer my fabric to flatten it out and then it goes through my machine really well.

After hammering these pockets, I sewed back and forth over the top edges a few times and then I also added a little zigzag stitch underneath where I sewed back and forth to be double sure the pockets aren’t going anywhere.


I’m glad Ezra says he likes them and I hope he’ll get a lot of wear out of them.

More School Clothes

I’ve been dutifully working on Seth and Ezra’s school clothes. I’ve got two weeks left to finish my goal of three outfits each, and I’m so going to make it!

I finished another pair of Oliver + S Sunny Day Shorts for Ezra. I made them the same as the other pairs I’ve made because I know Ezra will wear them if they’re like that.

I used some tan twill I had left over from some Sunday pants I made for them awhile back.






He's so twiggy that it almost looks like there's no body in these shorts in this picture!

He’s so twiggy that it almost looks like there’s no body in these shorts in this picture!

After I finished the shorts, I made two more t-shirts for each of them. I used my  t-shirt pattern for all of them, and I color blocked them. It’s kind of boring that I made all their new shirts just t-shirts, but that’s really all they want to wear.

I used Kaufman Laguna Stretch fabric for all of them too, with the exception of one of Seth’s t-shirts. I wanted a little bit of black for that one and all I had left was some black that is not good quality. I thought it would probably be ok, and it was ok but the fabric has no recovery so it stretched when I serged the collar on and never rebounded back. Grrr!

Here’s Ezra’s new shirt #1:


He chose green and black because he said they are “ninja colors”.


and Seth’s new shirt #1.


Seth doesn’t care what colors I use.


And here’s Ezra’s new shirt #2:


I put a sassy little pocket on this one.


and Seth’s new shirt #2. This is the one with the neck that stretched out a little bit.


This is his I can’t believe you’re asking me to put on another article of clothing so you can take a picture of me face.


Then I said something that made him laugh.


Now to make them two pairs of pants each. I hope the fabric I ordered for Seth’s second pair gets here in time!

Cords For Jon And Seth

In my last post, I talked about my school clothes making goals for my kids. I also have a goal for husband clothes-I want to make Jon two pairs of pants and a shirt for work before his 7 week summer break is over and classes start again.

I finished a pair of pants for him last week.

The dog matches.

The dog matches.

I used the same Burda pattern that I used for his last pair of pants. I made them the very same way, except that I tapered them a little bit more from the knee down this time.

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I used some stretch corduroy from fashionfabricsclub.com for these. The stretch in the fabric made them a little bit looser than his last pair, but I was having a hard time finding some medium weight corduroy that I liked that didn’t have any stretch in it.

The brown ended up being more reddish than it looked online, and that makes them look slightly 1970ish. But I think it’s ok.

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I had enough corduroy left over to make Seth another pair of Sunny Day shorts.


Now I have one whole outfit finished for him for school. Two more outfits to go.

I will probably make all the rest of the shorts I’m going to make for the boys out of the Sunny Day pattern. If I get a pattern to where it fits great, then I’m going to use the heck out of it! And my boys don’t mind having a lot of clothes from the same pattern. I think they prefer it.

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I think I put those yards of corduroy to good use. All that is left is a tiny scrap. Plus, matching is cool.


Sunny Day Shorts For All Three


I finished a pair of Sunny Day Shorts for all three boys. I love this pattern-it has a really cute fit and it’s very simple.

I added front pockets (just like I did in the pair I made for Owen awhile ago) and back pockets to all three pairs. I used the front and back pocket pieces from my Oliver + S Field Trip Cargo pants pattern.

I used scraps of stretch denim I had lying around for all of them. I love stretch denim for my kids because it has that extra give that comes in so handy when they’re running and tumbling around.

Seth’s pair:

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I had to add about 3″ of length to his pair because I think this pattern is too short for boys.


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His pair is too loose on him, but I didn’t realize that until I already had the waistband on. Next time, I’ll take the outseam in for him. And I also added length to his pair.

And Owen’s pair:

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I added rivets to his pair just for fun.

I didn’t have to add length to his pair because I cut a size 3T and he usually wears a 2T, but I did use 1 1/2″ wide elastic for his waistband and I only used 1 1/4″ in the other boys’ pairs, and I think that extra 1/4″ helped to make them longer too.

The summer is flying by so fast and I need to make all of them more shorts before the summer is over!

Seth’s Sketchbook Shirt


Seth got a new shirt. I used the Sketchbook Shirt pattern from Oliver + S for this one. This was my first time sewing a shirt out of this pattern, and I wasn’t disappointed. All of their patterns are so nice and have great directions.

Their sizes go up to a size 12, and I do wish they had bigger sizes though. I thought that maybe Seth would fit into a size 12, but I made a muslin to check for sure. He’s the only one of my kids I make muslins for because he’s a little tricky to fit.

I ended up adding about 3 1/2 inches of length to the pattern. I think this pattern is a little short for my liking because Seth isn’t really tall for his age and even the size 12 was too short for him.

I also added 1/2 inch of width to each center front because the muslin fit a tad tight across his chest. Of course then I had to add an inch of length to the collar too.

And lastly, I dropped the armpit down 1/2 inch to give him some more room because it was too tight there too.

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I’ve been trying to talk Seth into wearing button-up shirts for awhile. It was a no go until I told him I could embroider his name on the front pocket. He thought that sounded awesome and said he’d wear one if it had his name.

After this shirt was all finished I gave it to him, making sure to show him the awesome pocket with Seth written across it. I held my breath as he put it on, hoping he wouldn’t find something he hated about it right away.

“I love this shirt!” he said with a huge grin on his face. But after a few seconds he looked at me with wide eyes and said, “The buttons are touching me, Mom!”

He hates it if anything itchy or rough touches him so I was worried it was all over and I’d never get him to wear it. But I got him to put on an undershirt with it and he wore it the rest of the day. Whew!

I used a cotton poly gingham just like I did for Jon’s and Owen’s last shirts. I kind of have a thing for gingham right now.

I will definitely be making more shirts with this pattern. I think I’ll have to buy it in Owen’s size too so I can make everybody one.

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