the flannel that took forever

all snapped up the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

The lovely and talented Kelly Hogaboom inspired me to make a lovely flannel for my kiddo. When I saw one of her’s (she has made the pattern many times) it reminded me of when I ran around town wearing a giant, quilted plaid logger’s jacket. I wore it until it had holes and literally was falling to pieces. It was a XXL of my father’s when I was only 13, so I was a bit ridiculous. I’d share photos but I really hope that none actually exist!

the sleeves are long in the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

It was a bit tricky as I was struggling to make the pattern big enough for some growing room, but my little man’s rib cage is gigantic for his small body. His dad is 6’5 and tall and lean, and I am 5’5 short and stocky. I keep really hoping he will be more tall and less wide! So I may have made it a little too big, but he will grow right? He is tucking his hands up in this photo though, it’s not that big! He likes long sleeves.

I have mad plaid matching skills. Here is the under arm to prove it.

plaid matching

He hasn’t taken it off since I put the snaps on. I may make him another one with a lining, which was my original intent, or even add a quilted layer in the middle for some warmth during our chilly days. This vintage pattern has a lovely and easy to construct collar too. I like it!

bird and bicycle logo


cuff and snap and sleeve placket on bird and bicycle's plaid flannel shirt


smiles in flannel plaid shirt

Pants Pants Pants

Ok so who else has a messy work table? I swear I clean and organize before every project. I promise! But when an emergency sewing need pops up everything turns into a giant pile. Don’t look too close… the fabric dust bunnies are over-populating.

pants by bird and bicycle sewing for kids

I keep saying I won’t sew for my kid and then he grows an inch overnight. Sewing for your kid means a few unusual things happen. He has no patience for things like zippers and buttons. Accordingly, I stitched up new pull-on pants, one lined for colder outside days in marvel flannel. (The other I will post tomorrow!)

marvel flannel lining in pants by bird and bicycle

If you think it is hard to photograph red, trying taking a photo of the lining in pants. Challenging.

pants by bird and bicycle sewing for kids

Sewing for him provides him the opportunity to make requests. He was disappointed that the fun fabric was only on the inside, so against all reason I gave him a knee patch in flannel. Lucky kid. The fabric will deteriorate in quick fashion and will annoy me, but why not let him have his fun?

pants by bird and bicycle sewing for kids marvel pants

They are still a little big, which means they will just fit longer!

super hero kid pants by bird and bicycle

He wore the pants today for our Valentine’s Party at school, a “wear red” day. I finished them last night so it was just in the nick of time! Kismet!

super hero kid pants by bird and bicycle

He doesn’t love getting his photo taken, but he does love his new pants!

super hero kid pants by bird and bicycle

The pattern is from Ottobre again. I have another cut out to finish tonight!


Here is my little super hero, showing me his awesome moves:



Sewing in this New Year

My sewing year has started off with a bang! I wasn’t able to sew the month of December, and when January hit I jumped head first into a promise I had made to my kid for some pajamas in fabrics he choose. Trust a four year old child to pick dragons and power rangers.

The How To Train a Dragon fabric is from Funkulicious, the Facebook fabric group. Their fabrics are expensive and not necessarily worth the cost for quality, so I bought their “seconds” which had minor print runs. I never found the print error, score!

Knit Pajamas by Bird and Bicycle

The pattern is the knit pajamas from Melly Sews, and I did his usual adjustments (add 1″ to the back rise of the pants and add 6/8″ to the width in the shirt.) I think the pattern and all her patterns run slim. I like to add as much room as possible to give my kid freedom of movement. I had to color-block the shoulders with some scrap Laguna knit because he is so big I can’t use 1 yard cuts to make him an outfit anymore! Those kids just keep growing!

knit pajamas pattern by melly sews made by bird and bicycle

My other promised pajamas are the Melly Sews Holiday Pajama pattern. I both love and hate this pattern. The piping is a fun addition and really makes the pajamas look professional. I love buttons and snaps. I dislike her decreasing the size through the chest (slim fit I suppose) and the shoulders are very square. I reshaped them but not as smoothly as I would have liked. I hope to never make this pattern again.

holiday pajamas by bird and bicycle

Dang it I made another one.

holiday pajamas in avengers flannel by bird and bicycle

My other recent make is using some thick and soft knit I was gifted from GMarieSews,  I made him a cowl neck pullover. I had to use three pieces to get the hem band complete, but it works ok. It’s a little bulky around the seams, but that reminds me of those big fisherman sweaters you see.

cowl neck pullover by bird and bicycle

My customer was very happy and calls it his “armor” – we use this for family walks in our cool winters. My upsizing means he can hopefully wear this into next fall!

bird and bicycle

Below are two quick shirts I made from my always loved and appreciated Ottobre Designs. Their patterns are top notch and their designs are fun and unique. The green is actually some athletic knit from Joann’s and the bottom is from my Funkalicious order. I really like the small cuff bands on this design, and am going to start doing that to most of my kid’s clothes.

ottobre designs by bird and bicycle

ottobre designs by bird and bicycle

I have been sewing so much you have probably seen all these on Instagram. I am terrible at waiting to post things on my blog – the “insta” part of Instagram is just too satisfying.

Up next will be all my makes for my darling niece – stay tuned!