Summer Sewing

When I found out that I was going to be the mom of boys, I was a little bummed that I wasn’t going to have girls to sew for.  The clothes for girls are SO CUTE.  The dresses with ruffles and bows.  The tutus and matching onesies.  The baby leg warmers and hair bows.  You get the idea.  Being the mom of boys, I have dressed them in comfortable clothes that are easy to change.  Sure, they have their dress-up duds that keep them looking cute, but our day-to-day look is very easy.  Our three year old picks out (whatever) he wants to wear.  Our one year old is put in something easy.  We are busy people!

I had a lot of fun sewing for my boys over the fourth of July weekend.  They were in need of some shorts with the weather in the mid to high 80s.  And do you know what?  They sure looked cute when I was done with them!  Not ruffles and bows cute, but an awesome boy cute.

I love the shorts that Dana has designed over at MADE.  I bought the Kid Shorts Pattern with some specific fabric in mind to try it out.

G shorts

The first pair, one for each boy, was made from Timeless Treasures Retro Geek print.  I picked up the fabric while we were on vacation.  I absolutely adore it!

flat front short

I made the flat-front version of the Kid Short pattern.  I didn’t change anything about the pattern this go-around, nor did I measure my kids’ waists.  I just made the pattern in their corresponding commercial size.

F retro geek

They fit great!  Of course, I had to appliqué a matching shirt.

IMG_0430This model was getting a little frisky with the camera:

retro geek shortsI love the pockets on those shorts.

The next set that I made was from the same pattern, but just the plain shorts.  Fabric from JoAnns, shirts from JC Penney.

superhero shortsThe super hero shorts.  This model would only pose with food.  My other model was a bit uncooperative.

The pattern was easy to follow and simple to sew.  I will be making it again, probably for years to come as it goes up to a size 8 or 10!  I see more shorts in our future!




Sew-eet Tooth Creations Labels

All labelsIt took me awhile to get to where I am at.  And not just in life, but here on the blog.  It was before Finn was born that I thought about sewing and possibly selling my finished products.  I can remember flying home with John from our honeymoon, talking about what was next in our lives.  Of course, kiddos were on the horizon, but we both need creative outlets to help us find our zen.  Mine is sewing and other crafts, John’s is writing and music.  (And I’m the one that started a blog? Hmmm….)  Having just moved back to Helena from Portland, I realized that there was a niche for handmade goods.  This was years before Frayed Sew was even in existence.  We brainstormed where in Helena one might even think about selling handmade garments, coats, or women’s apparel.  That would be a challenge.  I dabbled in pattern making.  I read books about it.  I bought software to draft patterns.  I soon realized that it would be a full-time job to even think about trying to sell custom or handmade coats and/or apparel!

Well, the years have gone by since I thought much about selling or custom making anything.  I still need my creative outlet, just as much as I need time with my kids and husband.  With dentistry full-time, two kiddos, and trying to get back into some semblance of a fitness routine, carving out time for sewing and crafting often takes a back burner.  With one exception.  I always try to give something handmade or created when it comes to gifts.

After gifting enough burp cloths, car seat covers, bibs, blankets and such to friends for baby showers, my mind started wandering back to branding my creations.  About six or eight months ago, John and I were sitting around (getting the kids ready for bed), and I told him about wanting to make labels.  My only hitch was, if I was going to make labels, I wanted to have a good name.  Something that embodied me, but also was fairly marketable, should I choose to do that in the future.  We brainstormed name-based labels or using my initials, dental monikers, or that sort of thing.   Sew-eet Tooth came out somewhere in the brainstorming session and I was immediately in love.  It was everything…dentistry, sewing, my love of sugar (yes, too!)…all in one.  The hardest part was deciding what to put after Sew-eet Tooth.  Nothing? Designs? Garments? Creations?  I originally liked Designs, but when I wrote out the initials, STD, it really didn’t sit well with me. (Go figure). So Creations it became! STC worked.  Sew-eet Tooth Creations.

Next up was researching clothing labels.  I read on MADE ages ago how she had her clothing labels made.  It seemed pretty straight forward, I just needed to get a little further in my process.  I worked through a graphic designer to get my Sew-eet Tooth logo up and running.  I designed it with a wrapped hard candy in mind, but then altered the ends of the wrapper to be a tooth…and voila!

CandyOnlyLogoI used Clothing Labels 4U, and they were awesome.  As soon as you make contact, they send you samples of different types of labels.  Once you figure out what you want, including label types, colors, etc, the process is fast and easy!  

All labelsI decided to get two types of labels in a couple of colors.

Logo labelOne with the logo on it, finished on all sides.

Candy labelsI also did the candy only in two colors.

Blue candyThe candy labels are end-folded so they can be sewn into a side seam.  I love them all!

If you have ever thought about making the investment in labels, Clothing Labels 4U is a great choice!  I am sure there are other options out there, but the quality is top notch with these!  They look professional, but the design is whimsical.  I can’t wait to sew them into more projects!