Welcome back to the Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Blog Tour! When I heard about a blog tour all about making clothes faster than you can do a load of laundry, I jumped at the chance to join! If you know me in real life, I hate to fold clothes. Once I finally fold them, I then hate putting them away. Why do my kids wear so many clothes? I feel like the laundry multiplies in the clothes basket and in the washer and dryer! So what’s better than folding clothes? Sewing them! Feel free to sew your own laundry this week so you can link up for a chance to win a great prize package.
For this tour, I decided to whip up some new shorts and a shirt for my second son. I knew I could sew an outfit much faster than the approximately 90 minutes it takes me to wash and dry a load of clothes (if I remember to switch the washer as soon as it’s done!). Keep reading and make some guesses as to how long this outfit took me! I didn’t count printing and cutting the paper pattern because I also tape and trace it onto freezer paper because I need multiple sizes for my kids.
For my son’s new outfit, I chose a fresh sew (something I’ve never made before). Amy over at Peek a Boo Pattern Shop provided me with both the Coastal Craze Baggies and Play Date V Neck Pattern. Thanks, Amy! Peek a Boo Patterns are some of my favorites to sew for my boys so I was super excited to try two new ones! As always, Amy’s instructions were easy to follow, the finished product turned out great.
For my Play Date V Neck, I sewed up a size 8 for my just turned 7 year old. I hit the jackpot at a local store where they had mens XXXL t-shirts on clearance for $4! I was able to reuse the bottom and sleeve hems for my son’s shirt cutting down on the sewing I had to do 🙂 Anytime I can avoid hemming, I do! I used the charcoal gray cotton lycra from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop for the neck band. The only issue I had with the shirt was that the neck was a smidge small for my boy, but he does have a big head. Next time, I plan to just use the next size up for the neckline.
The Coastal Craze Baggies are a great addition to any kid’s wardrobe because they can be made of woven or knit as long as you use a knit waistband. I used a denim look woven for my shorts with the navy cotton lycra from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop for the pocket bands and the waistband.
Here I sewed a size 8 also even though my son is skinny. He is on the tall side for his age so I didn’t want him to outgrow them right away. I customized the waist elastic to fit his waist perfectly. The fit is spot on. Guess how I know he likes them? The morning after these pictures, he asked if he could wear them to school for “Wacky Games Day.” Any time my boys want to wear what I sewed more than once, I consider it a hit!
Have you figured out how long it took me to sew my son’s new outfit yet? Counting cutting out the fabric, it took me just under an hour! I have a feeling that next time I’ll be able to cut that time down since the patterns will be familiar!
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