DIY Moto Joggers

You can choose your favorite Jogger Pattern. For my son, I prefer the Patterns for Pirates Baby Bear Joggers.

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Now don’t be intimidated, this hack will only effect your front pattern piece and construction method for the pants will not change.

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First get your pattern printed off and then it is time to free style.

Determine your knee line, then decide how large you would like your knee patch (you can see that I chose to have about a 5.5″ inch in length knee patch), but you can decide how big you would like your patch.

***Consider patch placement, if you would like the patch evenly above and below the knee then you will want to make sure your knee patch piece is centered around your knee line.

Full disclosure: my son was asleep so I eyeballed where I wanted the patch. So don’t be afraid to dive in blindly, like me. haha!

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Go ahead and slice your front pattern piece into 3. Then cut your fabric (mine is a French Terry from Michael Levine with rayon/spandex for cuffs and waistand), remember to add seam allowance to your new cut lines!

Now I took just my knee patches, drew my preferred stitch lines on the back, in my case I used a .5″ spacing in a cross hatch pattern and then you will top stitch.

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Since this pattern is drafted for knits, I went with a triple zig zag stitch (stretch stitch) for the top stitching. You will likely get a little puckering as you sew, it’s okay, just press it every now and again and it will come out just fine.

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Note: If your machine wants to “eat” your fabric go ahead and stick a piece of tissue paper under it while sewing to help it feed through and then tear it away when you are done.

Now sew your pieces back together and top stitch, if desired.

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AND THAT IS IT. Follow the rest of the pattern instructions! It’s that easy!

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I am really happy with the finished look for my big guy’s 6th birthday. (But is he six or 16? Time is moving way too fast!)

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I love elastic, athletic style waistband that comes in this pattern.

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For more info on this method you can see my Stitch Upon a Time Goldilegs here.

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For the deepest discount, I recommend purchasing the P4P Jogger Patterns in the family bundle.

And please join the community and be inspired by all the amazing creations over in the Patterns for Pirates Facebook Group.

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The NITTY GRITTY:

Pattern Description: Patterns for Pirates, Baby Bear Joggers: “jogger style with a relaxed looser top and tighter fitted calves…Comes with roll up hem, elastic hem, cuff hem, elastic waistband, yoga waistband, drawstring, slat pockets, and patch pockets! These are drafted for a more stable knit like french terry.”

Pattern sizing: Size 6, my son was right on the high end of a size 5, by measurments and I decided to sew up a size 6 so that he can get longer wear out of them.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern when you were finished sewing? Yes
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow? yes, lots of pictures are included in the tutorial.

Fabric used: Stretch French Terry

Did you use the recommended fabrics in the pattern: Yes

Did you alter the pattern in any way? Yes, I altered the front leg piece to add moto patch: INFO HERE

Was there anything you disliked or would change? No, I love this pattern and have used it a few times, my son loves it too. They are some of his favorites.

Would you sew it again? Yes, I’ve already sewn in a few times.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Beginner

Seam allowance used in the pattern? 1/2″ (some seams are smaller, but are clearly noted)

Made for Mermaids Ava: Scuba Dress

Made for Mermaids Ava and the Mama Ava  Patterns have been favorites in our home since their release last year. It is just the perfect bodice for my daughter and fits well according to her measurements. Here is my baby girl last fall in the mid-length sleeve, curved tunic option.

 

Ava comes together so quickly and finishes beautifully. It is also a work horse in our house. I know it well and often use it when I need to sew something up quick for my babe.

She loves beautiful florals and when she saw this scuba come home from Angel Textiles after a trip to the Downtown LA Fashion District, I knew I wanted to sew it up quick. So I grabbed Ava and got to work to make this beautiful little dress.

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I used the bodice as is, with those mid-length sleeves again, because I love the length on her. And when cutting, I cropped the bodice about 3 inches below the armsyce. Then just cut 2 rectangles of leftover fabric for the front and back of the skirt. Each rectangle is cut to correspond with the front and back bodice pieces at approx. 1.75 times the width (and as long as desired). Sew up the side seams. Pin bodice and skirt side seams, pin center front and center back and serge the skirt to the bodice pulling the bodice to fit the skirt piece (I highly recommend adding clear elastic while serging to help support the weight of the skirt and to gather it in).

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Instead of fighting with a scuba neckband, I opted to finished with Fold Over Elastic. (I find the best deals for FOE on Ebay). I like to baste it on with a zig-zag stitch to the wrong side of the fabric, then fold over and triple zig–zag top stitch.

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Hem and you are done!  It’s perfect for special occasions or dress up and comfortable enough for playtime.

 

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I know she will get a lot of use out of this dress and that we will get even more use out of the Ava pattern. (And stay tuned to see how I used this fabric to sew something awesome for myself from the newest Patterns for Pirates Pattern about to drop!)

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Fabric Shopping 101: Downtown Los Angeles Fashion District

So you want to shop the district? Don’t be intimidated! It’s awesome and totally worth braving LA traffic.

What do the boy scouts say? Always be prepared? It’s the first step to bringing home amazing fabrics at deeply discounted prices.

  1. Bring cash, it’s not 100% necessary. You can find plenty of shops that accept cards. But for discounts on the street and food from the vendors, I highly recommend bringing at least a little.
  2. Bring a cart or stroller (or a strong armed assistant). I confess, I love to have my kids with me, they are a great excuse to bring a stroller. But last time I borrowed this cart found on from my mom and it was perfect.
  3. Plan your route ahead
  4. For the deepest discounts be prepared to haggle and buying in larger quantities helps.

Stop first at Fabric Merchants, 1430 S Grande Vista Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90023.  It is a great way to ease into the district. It is a few minutes outside the city and parking is free.

 

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They have a discount bin out front and a great selection of apparel fabrics inside. If you are excited to shop the district, but intimidated by downtown, this is the perfect place for you. Steve, the owner, is nice and personable and his staff is  kind, and super helpful. Bring swatches if you have them and ask for help, they can assist you in finding exactly what you need quickly.

Now it’s time to head into the heart of the district. When my husband drives he usually snags street parking. Brush up on your parallel parking if you are going to go this route. I generally like to park in the lot on San Julian between Olympic and 9th. Depending on the day it will cost between $3-5 for the day.

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Any of the lots in the area are fine. The cost of parking is worth the trip, I promise.

When I am just browsing, I head to the Michael Levine Loft first. The Loft is across the street from the Michael Levine retail store (920 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015) It is a legend and shouldn’t be missed.

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A pay by the pound treasure hunt. I have found all kinds of great fabrics here…but be warned there is a time warp in there and you could easily spend most of your time digging to the bottom of those bins. So try to stay focused and make it quick. You are welcome to cut any of the fabrics here.

LA Alex is a hidden gem. I buy my serger thread, plain elastics, zippers, and stretch denims in here. Their rolls of elastic and cone threads are the cheapest I have found.

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Angel Textiles & JB Textiles

Angel is my favorite spot in the district. They offer great prices, are organized, know what they have and give generous cuts. Rayon Spandex Prints and Solids, Cotton Spandex, Liverpools, Ponte, and Sweater Knits are my favorite finds here.  They have a huge selection and I feel I have only scratched the surface. I have spent as little as $2 a yard and as much as $5 a yard. The guys here are super helpful, will pull and carry your bolts for you and are just all around nice guys.

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JB textiles has a great selection of prints and I often find a few treasures in there, again amazing deals. Just like their neighbor, they are worth browsing.

If you parked where I did, on your way out, stop at Target Trim to grab any elastics or trim you need for your projects. This place is epic. I think they have any trim you could dream up and are floor to ceiling, jam packed.

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Cheat Sheet:

Bargain Bin Shopping: Michael Levine Loft, Fabric Merchants

Plain Elastic, Zippers, Boning, Cone Thread: LA Alex

Decorative Elastics, Plush Elastics, Trim: Target Trim

Sweater Knits: Fabric Merchants, Angel Textiles

Sweatshirt Knits: Fabric Merchants

Lightweight Apparel Wovens: Fabric Merchants, Micheal Levine Loft, Angel, Street Vendors

Stretch Denim: LA Alex, Angel

Rayon Spandex: Angel, JB, Fabric Merchants

Cotton Lycra: (I haven’t featured her as I have never been, but I hear Purple Seamstress is the place to go.) I find mine at Fabric Merchants and Angel

Brushed Poly: Fabric Merchants, JB, Angel

I’m sure there are many more places to shop and that many of these places offer a complete variety of fabrics. These are just my favorites. I encourage you to go on an adventure and find your own favorite spots!

To stay up to date and in the know regarding fabric shopping in Southern California I suggest joining this Facebook group.

Happy Shopping! Let me know if you find other great spots or better deals!