The Caroline Dress

I recently bought the Caroline dress pattern and decided it was a perfect to make two for my nieces. My brother helped us put in a new tub and drywall in our bathroom and I felt like dresses would be the perfect payment, I'm sure he will agree ;0)

At this point I need to remind you I only have boys and I haven't yet given these dresses to my nieces yet so...two of my very lucky children got to "model" them for me.

 This dude actually loved wearing a dress, lol! I was seriously dying over how cute he was in it! If my husband and I ever have a girl we sure would make a cute one, haha!

 This guy made me pay him and promise not to show his face. It was a serious battle to get him in the dress I tell you but he did buy candy and a spider (at the dollar store, I don't pay that good!) and thought they were pretty cool prizes. I don't know why it was such a big deal to me to have a model but it sure was fun (insert evil grin)!!!

The pattern was so easy to follow! I have never done a zipper (aside from these shorts) and Hayley explained how to do it so well I never had one bit of trouble. The sizing seems pretty true to size from what I can tell (I did try it on my boys but I imagine they are similar to girls at this age?).

 The one tiny confusing part, for me, was after you did the collar and attached the full lining the instructions said to under stitch the collar if you wanted it to stay down. There weren't any instructions beyond that so I googled it but the only things I could find were how to under stitch a collar with facing and I couldn't do it with a full lining so I improvised and top-stitched right under the collar only. I think it will have the same affect.

Two dresses that are perfect for my cute girls

Ps. No boys were harmed in the making of this post, haha!


SewBoy Features for August!!

Its time to see those boy tutorials! I have been doing this for a few years now and if you go to the SewBoy page you will find hundreds of boy tutorials! Its nice to have them all right where I need them when I'm looking for something to make :0)

These are my latest pins in SewBoy on pinterest:
 Images sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Here are the rest of the SewBoy features:
my boys would love this! make a DIY leather deck holder for Pokemon or Magic cards - great gift for tweens!
 These pocket holders for Pokemon (or other collector cards) are such a great idea! My boys are all over their cards and this is a perfect idea, go here for the tutorial.

I'm in love with this real map, kids will absolutely love this and its easy to make-bonus! Go here for the tutorial!

This is a great list of quiet book pages ideas! My boys still love these types of books so you can't go wrong making some for any age :0) Check it out here!

upcycled tshirt shorts
This is a great tutorial on how to upcycle shirts into shorts, check it out!

I LOVE this idea! It looks so easy and I like the look of it so much! go here to see how to make a wallet out of an old shirt sleeve :0)


Tutorial: Mens button-up shirt to boys

Hello friends! I feel as though I have fallen off the face of the earth the last few weeks, my instagram feed and facebook posts have been lacking lately. Its amazing how much news I gather from those sources and it really feels isolating when I'm not on them much, funny isn't it? I didn't use them my whole life and was fine but now...Anyways I digress, on to the post ;0)

I am going to show you how I resize a mens shirt to fit a boy! I don't know about you but between my husband and brothers I have a lot of shirts I can use to re-purpose for my boys. Which I not only like to do but it also saves money and helps the environment...somehow, I'm sure :0)

 Remeber the shirt I made Broc? Well Here is what I did to resize it and turn it into a boys shirt!
You'll only need a few basics to do this:
Sewing machine
Your child or whoever you are fitting it to

 First I cut along the side seams of the shirt starting at the hem and go up to through the hem of the sleeves. Then you need to try the shirt on inside out on your child.

I like to start with the shoulder where it meets the sleeve and pin where it fits good. remember to add seam allowance 1/2" is usually a good amount :0) I kind of forgot on this shirt and had to redo it so learn from my mistake ;0)

 Then  following your pins sew along the sleeve/shoulder seam.

 Try it on the shirt and make any adjustments necessary before cutting off the excess fabric and re-fit if needed.

  Now pin up the sides starting at the sleeve and down to the hem. Pin it so it fits a little loose, making sure to sew along your pin line.

Sorry I don't have a picture of this step.
Now hem the bottom of the shirt so it is the right length, try it on and cut where needed. Be sure to add an inch to whatever length you deiced. Now fold over half an inch, iron, fold another 1/2" iron then sew. Try the shirt on and see if it fits and if you need to shorten the sleeves, sometimes you don't need to but check it to be sure.

Put the shirt on and look at how nicely it fits!

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