Thomas Track Pants

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The newest pattern from Love Notions is another one for the boys! My son is old enough to see everything I make for the girls, and he asks me to sew for him more often. A few weeks ago he asked me to make him some soft pants to wear at home, and he emphatically told me he wanted them to have pockets. Shortly after that, the test came up for these, and I knew it would be perfect for him!

These are the Thomas Track Pants. I kept it simple with my versions, but there is a great color block option included that makes it really fun to mix colors. The pockets are deep, and the waistband is wide and comfy. The sizes included are 2T – 14.


Since these are track pants, there is also an option for a zipper at the bottom of the side seam, to make it easy to take off without removing your shoes. There is also an option to line the pants. Love Notions does a great job covering all the options you will need, and spells the steps out clearly in the tutorial!

I made my first pair out of orange french terry with almost 0 stretch. The pattern can be made from woven or knit, which makes fabric selection easy, or harder, if more options overwhelms you 🙂 The second pair I made, inseam lengths were added, and so I cut the length I thought his inseam measured, even though it was a length shorter than his height, and they ended up a tiny bit too short. If I would have sewed according to his height, they would have been perfect. I measured his inseam while he was standing on the top bunk bed, with pants on, so I wasn’t very accurate. Don’t be like me. He has a little brother who will happily accept hand me downs, so it’s not a waste.


You can grab the pattern on sale during release week, for $7. The sale will go through Monday, February 5th. This will be a hit for all ages, I think! My son has already washed and worn these multiple days.

You also get to see my son pre and post haircut. Haha! He hates getting his hair cut, so we wait as long as possible, and it gets pretty shaggy 🙂

Thomas Track Pants

Fabric sources:

Orange French terry: Hancock flat fold table (still sad they’re gone)

Green micro fleece: Joann

Riviera Raglan

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I recently applied to join the promotional team at New Horizons, and was excited to be accepted! I’ve made several of their patterns, and I really love the style and quality of her designs. Most I’ve made have been for personal use, not testing, so since I wasn’t required to take good photos, I didn’t 🙂 But I have loved this company for a long time!

The first pattern I chose was the Riviera raglan. I almost didn’t because, raglan. Everyone has a raglan pattern, or 546736 in their pattern stash. But even though I own several raglan patterns too, I have a few favorites for different reasons, and I thought this would be another great option to try, since the amount of options are CRAZY in this thing!

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Well, I saw an inspiration image, and decided I needed to go and add another option to this pattern. Ha! It’s the simplest thing, though, so I took a couple of pictures to show you what I did. My inspiration was a dress length raglan, with lace short sleeves, so I wanted to use the tunic length of this pattern, and extend it down to dress length.


After cutting out the tunic length of the pattern, I held it up to me, to see how much length to add. I decided to add 6″ and I am 5’7″ for reference. To cut it out, I placed the pattern on my fabric, and cut around the bottom hem, and up the side, just to the bottom band cut line marking. Then I scooted the pattern up 6″ and cut the  rest of the pattern out, cutting straight down to finish the side cut. Do the same thing for the front and back pieces, and you’re done!


This fabric is rayon spandex from Simply by Ti. I love her prices and selection. You will have to check her out for all your basics, and more! She regularly has fun fabrics, sparkles, tie dye, fun prints, etc… and lots of different bases, on top of having excellent quality french terry, cotton Lycra, and rayon spandex solids.


Riviera Raglan

Fabric sources:

Black rayon spandex: Simply by Ti

Black lace: Joann

Ida Dress

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Hi! I think this might be my first post of the year. I’ve been sewing more slowly, trying to take a break from the holiday pace where I was sewing through all the Christmas gifts I had to make like mad. But I have been sewing. My goal this year is to stay more true to my style. To be careful with my time, to sew things that I know we will wear, or want. I signed up for this blog tour for DG Patterns a while ago. I am newer to her patterns, so this is the first one I’ve sewn. I had a hard time choosing a pattern, since I love her style, and a lot of her designs were calling my name! In the end, I was able to narrow it down to knit, since I don’t have a lot of scenarios to wear woven in my life. Something simple to sew, and simple to wear, and then to top off all that simplicity, I made it in heather grey french terry from Simply by Ti Fabrics. Can’t get any more “me” than that, and I am happy to be sewing something I’ll wear, instead of worrying about how well the fabric will photograph or “sell” the clothes.

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I did have to make a few adjustments to the pattern for me. After taping and cutting the pattern, I held it up to my body, the real, technical way of seeing how something will fit, 😉 and determined that I was going to want a lot more length to wear this. Based on how it hit, I decided to add 3″ mid-torso, and cut and sewed a quick muslin. After trying that on, I thought I would be more comfortable with another inch, so for this version, I added the same 3″, and then added another inch in the neck/arm section. I think it feels great now!

This is a good style to wear on it’s own, or layered with skinny jeans or leggings. I should have taken my own advice and tried that! It’s going to work fine for summer, or for winter as a layering piece. My photos were taken in single digit weather, with my kids as bundled up photographers, so we didn’t go crazy with style changes. But I hope you can see some ideas! I don’t have many photos because I was COLD, and my neck was scrunched into nothing in most of the pics. Ha!

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DG Patterns is having a 50% off sale during the blog tour! It would be a great time to check out a pattern or two to see what you think! Use code FRESHSTART50 at DG Patterns.

Welcome to the Fresh Start Tour

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It’s that time of year where we’re thinking about getting a fresh start on our habits, new wardrobes, and trying new things. Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we’re getting a Fresh Start with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway)
DG Patterns is offering a 50% discount during the tour to help you get some fresh patterns. .
Your Fresh Start Tour bloggers are:

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