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Indiana Jones Cosplay Outfit

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The second theme during season 11 of Project Run & Play is Cosplay Craze.  If you’re not familiar with the term Cosplay, it’s basically dressing up as a character from a movie, book, cartoon, etc.  The Project Run & Play theme had one stipulation; the creation should not be a costume.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

My son has been asking for a leather jacket for a long time, so I used that request to tailor (see what I did there?) this prompt to fulfill that request and one other of his requests too.  If you haven’t guessed, our cosplay inspiration character is Indiana Jones.   Here’s the details on how we created an Indiana Jones cosplay outfit.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

After looking at several photos of Indiana Jones, I decided it was time to fulfill my son’s request that the next pair of pants I sew for him have a real zip fly instead of a faux fly like the previous two pairs of pants I’ve made for him.  So I turned to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for their classic chinos pattern.  (affiliate link)  It’s a great pattern, and you really do end up with (wait for it) classic chinos!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made in 13 sizes from 3 months to size 12.  Thomas is almost in the largest size for length, but only an 8 in width, so I should be able to make this pattern work for a while yet.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

I found the pattern very thorough and easy to follow except for one little instruction on the welt pockets.  After checking with the Melly Sews welt pocket tutorial, I was good to go.  I won’t have any trouble in the future, but it was my first time constructing them this way, (also known as the REAL way!)  The zip fly came out impressive, so Thomas can be assured of real zip flies on all the pants I sew for him in the future.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

You should recognize the shirt pattern we used if you’ve been around Skirt Fixation any time at all!  It’s the Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt.  Allegra embroidered Indiana Jones’ iconic bullwhip on the front.  I did make two changes to the pattern this time; I added sleeve cuffs and a band around the bottom.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Apparently Thomas has grown since I made him a long sleeve version of this pattern and the sleeves were too short.  So then I added a hem band also to make it more like a sweatshirt in cut.

Refashioned into a leather jacket

Finally the leather jacket.  I started with a suede leather skirt of mine and a suede leather jacket I picked up at a thrift store.  By serendipity, they were exactly the same shade of brown, and it was a good thing since I used most of both of them to create this Indiana Jones jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Unfortunately much of the original jacket had become brittle, or started to rot?  Anyway it tore very easily.  So I basically harvested the zipper and used part of the sleeves from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

 

If you are interested in the full tutorial on how I made it, you can find it here on Refashion Co-op.  I used the Downton Duffle Jacket pattern (affiliate link) and tried to preserve the cool pockets from the original jacket.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Thomas requested a secret pocket on the inside, so I was able to use one of the pockets for that.   I realized as I was refashioning this skirt into a jacket that I had done exactly the same thing for one of my very first sew along entries for Project Run & Play!  Lots of work, but impressive and long lasting results.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

The snap tab from the other pocket became a snap tab at the collar.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

That’s it except a few details about the photo shoot.  Allegra had an awesome Indiana Jones photo shoot planned in an area that would have been perfect, but then she got sick!

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

So Thomas and I walked out into the woods on this icy cold day.  It was all going great until my iPhone, my only camera, decided to shut down because of the cold!  (Did you know they’ll do that?)  So we only managed to get a few photos and they’re far inferior to what could have been, but I tried to fill in the gaps with some flat lay detail photos.

Indiana Jones cosplay outfit created and sewn by Skirt Fixation

Be sure to hop over to Project Run & Play to see what the contestants made (prepare to be awed!) and don’t miss the sew along entries too.

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Star Wars T-shirt DIY {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Kids Clothes Week day 3 brings a new outfit for my 4 year old.  David has a dimple, a lisp, huge eyes with eyelashes a mile long, and other adorable eccentricities that make this mama’s heart swell!  I’m not one of those moms whose kid has a speech therapist, I always am a little sad when the lisp or speech impediment goes away.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

David calls Darth Vader “Dark Zader!”  Isn’t that a perfect name?  I think the creators of Star Wars should have thought of that.  And since a Darth Vader shirt for a four year old is probably a little, well, dark, I decided to add his funny little saying to the shirt.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The black fabric was left over from this skirt I made for Allegra, and the white is an old t-shirt of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s.  I used the existing hem and didn’t even hem the sleeves because this bamboo knit from The Fabric Fairy is so awesome and never frays.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used is Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan Tee.  Look familiar?  (Like you just saw it yesterday?)  Well, when you have a succesful formula, don’t change it!  And I also had David’s size all ready to go from the summer Kids Clothes Week, so this was another fast and easy sew.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So fast, in fact, that it gave me time to make him a pair of Oliver + S Parachute Sweatpants.  David has been requesting a pair of pajama pants that don’t slide up when he is sleeping, so immediately I thought of this pattern.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think he’ll be wearing them for more than just sleeping, though!  They are so soft and comfy and well constructed that I want a pair to sleep in!  The blue fabric is sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee, leftover from my jacket, and the gray sweatshirt knit is leftover from this knight hoodie.  A new item from scraps?  Win!  In fact, all the fabric in this little outfit is leftover.  (I keep forgetting to put up the Sew My Stash 2015 score, but this is 100% so I’ll just pat myself of the back now!)

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

This would be a perfect outfit to link up the the sew along at Top Stitchers for the prompt Kids Say The Darndest Things.  There are over $600 in prizes to win, so you should really check it out!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you think this little graphic is as cute as I do, here is the free printable for you to grab and use.  I reversed the image for you so you can just iron it straight on.  You can see I forgot to do that for myself, so I had to cut the words off before I ironed it onto my fabric and write it by hand.  Oh, and I just wanted to give a little plug for the photo transfer paper that I used.

My sister put me onto it, and it is absolutely the best I’ve ever used!  It’s so disappointing to put a lot of work into an item of clothing and then have it get ruined the first time you wash it, which is what’s happened with some other photo transfer papers I’ve used.  So be sure to use this one.

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Boys are so fun/funny to have a photoshoot with.  Instead of pretending they are having a tea party, they want to have their stick gun and play war during the photos!  Love em!

Dark Zader Star Wars t-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s back to sewing for me!

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O+S Raglan Tee for Kids Clothes Week Day 2

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This week blog posts are going to be shorter because it’s Kids Clothes Week and that means sewing takes the stage, front and center!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

You might remember that last season of Kids Clothes Week we were contributors.  Yesterday our School Belle Skort was featured on the Kids Clothes Week blog.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Today’s Kids Clothes Week sew is an Oliver+S Field Trip raglan t-shirt for Thomas.  Thomas requested a long sleeve shirt for fall, and I was more than happy to oblige.  I picked up this airplane fabric from Mabel Madison during a crazy good sale.  You can see the other Mabel Madison fabric we used for All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte & Mabel  Madison here and here.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Since I’ve sewn Thomas this pattern before three times, it was quick and easy to cut out and sew up another one.  Except this time I used the long sleeves instead of short sleeves.  Actually, there is no short sleeve pattern piece, that was just my modification for summer!  And this is not the first Field Trip Raglan T-shirt I’ve made for Thomas with an airplane theme during Kids Clothes Week.

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

This field trip raglan is color blocked with the back being solid navy.  I did this because while the airplane fabric is fun, I thought too much wouldn’t look right on a 10 year old boy, and just used it for the front panel.  The navy blue fabric is Art Gallery Fabrics knit from Imagine Gnats.  The sleeves fabric is some “famous maker” fabric from JoAnns.  It doesn’t have quite the stretch as the other two knits used on this shirt which makes the sleeves quite skinny.  But they happen to fit Thomas’ arms perfectly, so it’s all good!

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

Alright, I told you it was going to be short and sweet!  Now it’s back to sewing for me.  But if you want some more sewing inspiration, pop over to Sewing Stadium where today’s sewing competition is OVER THE TOP!  You will be awed…

Oliver+S Field Trip Raglan T-shirt sewn by Skirt Fixation KCW day 2

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Footprint Tractor Field Trip Raglan T-shirt

Today we are over at Oliver+S with the step by step instructions on how to create the footprint tractor shirt you see in this post.  So we’re going to spare you a lot of words today and just give you photos of this happy boy in his new tractor shirt.  Just one disclaimer; it was a very hot and humid day and we put the shirt off and on several times before these photos were taken, so the neckline is a bit stretched out…  Just concentrate on the smile and the dimple!

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Now we’ll see you over at the Oliver+S blog with a full step by step photo tutorial on how to make one of these for your little tractor loving guy!

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Reverse Applique Tutorial for Fox Shirt

reverse applique fox shirt

Girl Charlee knit fox fabric

Yesterday I reviewed the Playhouse Dress and showed you the knit fantastic fox fabric I used from Girl Charlee.  Well, since I bought 2 yards of it, there was plenty left, so I decided to make good on my promise to sew more for my boys.

fox pajama pants

I decided to make a pair of pajama pants for 2 of the boys.  First of all I used Dana’s basic pants tutorial to make a pair for David.  These were very easy to make, thanks Dana!

Baby pants

Then I graded up the newborn Footed Baby Pants from Sew Much Ado to accommodate a 9 month size baby.  This was also a very easy and fast sew as I had used this pattern before for Magda’s baby gift.

reverse applique fox shirt

Then I decided David needed a fox shirt to go with his fox pajama pants!  Enter another reverse appliqué creation!  This time I am going to document a small (mostly picture-less) reverse appliqué tutorial so that when I go to do this again (it really is that easy and fun!) I don’t have to hunt all over the internet and combine my favorite tutorials to make one!

1: Cut out pieces from white for shirt.  Cut out piece of red knit size of fox for under layer.  This time I used Once Upon A Sewing Machine’s raglan tee tutorial.  And I used old white t-shirts from Daddy, so this is a refashion too!

fox for reverse applique tutorial

2:  Scan fox fabric onto computer, enlarge my favorite fox and print out a black & white version!

3:  Trace fox onto wax or tissue paper, NOT freezer paper!  (Lesson learned there!)

4:  Iron wax paper onto shirt front piece, pin red knit piece under white shirt front piece, sew around outline.  I also sewed around the white markings on the fox.  I used red thread to accent the fox shape on the white shirt.

5:  Peel off wax paper.

6: Cut out inside and close to stitching.

reverse applique fox photo

7: Sew shirt together as instructed.

reverse applique tutorial

That’s it!  So fast, fun, easy, and spectacular results.  This photo shoot is more of the same as yesterday’s post at the fair when we had it all to ourselves!

reverse applique fox

The location was so great and colorful and had so many things to keep them interested.  All photography credit (once again) go to Allegra, our chief photographer.

fox shirt reverse applique tutorialI made these things during Kids Clothes Week.  You can see the footed baby pajamas here.

fair photo shoot

The fox shirt can be seen on KCW here.   And the bigger fox pajama pants here.

reverse applique fox shirt

This was our first time sewing with Kids Clothes Week, and we made 6 things!

Fox shirt at the fair

David likes to wear the fox shirt often, and also with his matching pajama pants.

Girl Charlee knit fox fabric

When they go out together, they are matching, but not so matchy-matchy that it’s suffocating!

girl charlee knit fabric with foxes

This boy had such a great time “driving” the cars…he had them all to himself!

reverse applique fox“Where’s everyone?”

climbing into a truck

I found out that this exact fabric is no longer available at Girl Charlee, but it would be so cute to do with this fawn fabric!  Then I discovered that Girl Charlee is going to stock this fabric in slightly different background colors which you can pre-order now!  But the fawn fabric would be awesome, too!

Photo shoot at county fairFoxes are so in right now…but let us know, what are you going to use this reverse appliqué tutorial to make next?

fox applique tutorial

Make it beautiful,

Audrey