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Handmade Church Clothes

This was so exciting for me.  Matching but not overly matchy-matchy clothes to wear on Easter Sunday for the boys.  


Of Course there’s no pictures of them both looking at the camera and smiling, but that’s life.  This photo-shoot was actually the pre-easter trial run anyway.  I wanted to make sure they fit right.  Owen’s is a bit big, if I wanted to have it fit perfectly, I should have used the 12 month pattern but I opted for 18 mo.  It looks good though.  The romper was downloaded from  It was quite doable for a novice sewer like myself.

About a week ago, I found THIS pattern for a little boy’s tie.  I found the pattern so simple to follow, but I shortened the tie since D is so young.  I also used the interfacing from one of Andy’s ugly ties.  It was perfect considering I really didn’t have enough of this fabric to make Deacon a matching romper, and he’s getting a bit old for these anyway.  

Andy found matching blue shirts with the tags still on at the thrift store for $.25 each!  Those were a great score and Deacon’s pants were only a couple of dollars also.  They were in beautiful condition.  It helps to keep your eyes open at the thrift stores.  

A few ladies at church told me that they have sewing machines and really have no idea what to do with them.  SO… I’m thinking of starting a very small sewing group so that we can share our knowledge with each-other.  I just need to find some ladies that actually know how to sew so that they can help the rest of us!

Late in the evening, Andy asked me to hem the pants for a newer suit that he has acquired.  So we got them a few inches shorter so he could look classy for his first Easter Sunday as a minister.  Isn’t he so handsome?

8 Responses to “Handmade Church Clothes”

  1. Devona

    If you can’t find a more advanced sewer to help you guys out, you can have everyone buy a copy of Amy Karol’s Bend the Rules Sewing. there’s a link in my Amazon Recommendations on my website. There are so many cute projects in there designed for people who don’t have traditional sewing knowledge. You can learn so much from the simple projects. And with everyone working together on a project you can work out the difficult parts together.

    A sewing group sounds like so much fun. I wish I could come!

  2. ellielaveer

    I was actually thinking of organizing for us to do a project from that book. I don’t own it, I should maybe get it. Our library apparently has one but it wasn’t in the right spot this morning and my kids were too wild for me to go on a hunt.

  3. Andy

    Thank you, Ellie, for hemming my trousers. You really did a perfect job. How about learning how to adjust jacket arm lengths??? And, since you’ve learned how to do button holes, what about converting some of my jacket arm-buttons into working buttons???

  4. ellielaveer

    it’s more fun to make brightly colored children’s clothes and aprons, dear.

  5. Andy

    Then I suppose you’re going to have to teach me how to hem and make button holes!

    You can make me some brightly colored bow ties and pocket squares!

  6. Devona

    Andy, I wouldn’t touch adjusting a jacket sleeve with a 10 foot pole. The hem isn’t continuous, there is that place on the seam where it has the tab-y thing. You’d have to undo the seam and move the buttons and then hem it and adjust the lining! That something it pays to have a tailor for. Don’t do that to your wife.

  7. Sharon Joy


    Love the clothes! I’ve got to get my blog up and running! You have inspired me!

    Hey…don’t forget Kay Burklin is an AMAZING seamstress! She emailed me the other day and said that you’ve met! (She also does framed fabric art, as well!)

    Lots of !! in this comment! I must be excited!

    Take care!

  8. ellielaveer

    I was just thinking about you the other day! I’m glad you found the site alright and found your way back to FL without any trouble.
    Stay in Touch!

    I’m off to check out your site now….


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