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#WANNABPHOTOG :: Mabel Madison’s Duds for Dudes

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I’m big on sewing through my fabric stash this year (then I’ll have an excuse to buy more, right?) and the Duds for Dudes tour was a great opportunity to break out more of that awesome euro poplin from Mabel Madison that I had horded stashed away.

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As you may recall, recently I kicked off Pen’s warm weather wardrobe with an “April showers” themed dress using an umbrella print Verhees poplin. Back when I grabbed that fabric I also got a yard of this snazzy Verhees camera print. I’m a vintage camera enthusiast (I collect working 35mm models) and channeled the Gollum while hording the fabric. Nobody steals the precious!

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When the opportunity came for me to join the Mabel Madison Duds for Dudes tour, I knew it was time to finally use the fabric. The apple did not fall far from the tree and Seb has a blossoming interest in photography. Yay! I have all sorts of warm and fuzzy memories of taking photos with my Dad using a large format box camera, then developing the negatives in the bathroom.

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Exhibit A

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Seb totally deserved a pair of camera “pants”.

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Since warm weather is sooo close I decided to make shorts and not pants. I used Momma Quail Patterns “Just Chillin’ Reversible Sweats” with no cuff and a few inches shaved off to make them a long shorts length. Since he is a skinny dude, I went for a 4 slim fit overall, 3 waist band, and added/subtracted length as needed. I also did not line the shorts since the poplin is a good weight for summer weather without it.

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The pockets and waistband I trimmed with the mini dot Stenzo knit from Mabel Madison that they so generously gave me to go with the other coordinated fabrics that I had previously purchased. Some knits are full of fail when used in stress positions but a quality knit like Stenzo holds up well.

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The mini dots I also used for the sleeves and details on the Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew (How many of these have I sewn now?!) I made to complete the look. I’ve never made the rolled sleeved option before and deviated a bit from the pattern by doubling up the cuff and slimming the tab. The cut of the pattern is pretty slim fitting so I made Seb solid 5.

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2DSC_4732As you might of already guessed, of course the Stenzo chunky stars knit is also from Mabel Madison! Originally I planned on a solid knit for the main body buy noticed how beautifully the blue on the stars knit matched the blue touches on the poplin.  I was already determined to use the mini dot since it also matched dotted details on the cameras.

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Despite all the prints used, I think the combination of color matching and pattern scale is what makes the look work.

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Plus it helps if you have a spunky 5 year-old boy rocking the outfit!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m really glad I discovered Stenzo and Verhees fabrics via Mabel Madison. The quality is top notch and works great for kids clothes.

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 Be sure to check out the posts from my fellow contributors for the Mabel Madison Duds for Dudes Tour today: Beri Bee Designs and FABulous Home Sewn.  You can also find all the other links on the Mabel Madison blog.

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Thank you for checking out the duds I made for my dude. I’m currently working on a bunch of upcycles and finishing up a Steampunk-y tutorial that will be at CraftingCon next week. My Instagram is full of sneak peaks so be sure to follow!

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