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Today is just WOW. Today I’m taking part in the Sew in Tune Blogseries by Melly Sews and Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy crafts. This is a series that I’ve really loved in the past and when I got the invitation from Melly and Stacey to participate this time I couldn’t quite believe it. It’s such an incredible round-up of talented women!

Well, let me quickly summerize what this series is about: We were asked to do some musical inspired sewing. Pretty much: Pick a song and sew something inspired by it. Doesn’t sound too difficult? I thought so, too. Turned out I was totally wrong. I must be a very mainstream person, because I kept choosing songs that after a quick google search I realised had been done already during the last seasons (“Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Sunglasses at night” by Corey Hart, “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams).

I knew that I wanted to sew something for my son. He just turned two. He talks a lot, but often people outside our family don’t understand too much of what he says. However, when he “sings” everybody is surprised. He obviously doesn’t sing the words, but rather hums. Nonetheless one recognizes the songs easily. This boy has such a good feeling for rhythm! It was thus an easy decision to sew something musical inspired for him. While I couldn’t do “Happy” or “Sunglasses at night” which would have been perfect for him, too, I’m even more happy with the song that I chose in the end: Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader.

My son is a very big fan of the moon. Almost every night he wants to look outside if he sees the moon and if so he says “Mo” several times. The same accounts whenever he sees the moon in a book or on tv! A song “about” the moon is just perfect for him. Even more as the song is very groovy and happy just like J.
When I looked at my stash for some sewing inspiration the blue corduroy with stars caught my eye. I have had it for some time and this was just the moment to give it some use. I sewed a Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads (the 2T free pattern). I really took my time in making these and I LOVE how they turned out. They fit way better than most of the hand-me-down jeans that J has and they are much cooler!
When I had sewn the pants, I was a bit stuck as I realised that I didn’t really have any fabric in my stash that worked with the blue of the pants. I thought that a kind of “salmon pink” would be perfect, but that I would never be so lucky as to find some. Can you imagine how I felt when in the very first fabric shop that I went to in Munich to look for suitable fabric I found sweater fabric in just the right colour? And they even had matching ribbing! I used an Ottobre pattern (Beagle Boy 4/2013), but altered it slightly by adding a waistband and sewing the hood slightly different. The pattern is normally for jersey and I made sure to size up which also made sense as J has enough clothes at the moment. This way he’ll be able to use it instead of a jacket in spring.
I wanted to “pimp” the hoodie a little bit. I decided to include the moon somehow and after some playing around ended with this “Dancing in the moonlight” graphic. My nice friend Miriam helped me cleaning up the lines and cut it from some iron-on vinyl for me. I just love how it turned out. Do you want to something using this print, too? You could use the silhouette like I did or you could cut it with the exacto knife. And you don’t even have to use iron-on vinyl. You could easily cut it from freezer paper and make a nice stencil! (You might have to consider mirroring the image for printing!). Also: If you are interested in more freebies, have a look here.

Download the print here (personal use only!).

Thanks again, Stacey and Melly, for letting me join: Even though I had a hard time coming up with the right song, I now really love the whole outfit. It’s special and unique and so perfect for my son’s personality!

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