Our new friend at Connected By a Thread is here to show off both woven and knit fabrics from Stenzo.  The planes and moons have been a favorite around here at MM - always fun to see them in action!

I have been wanting to try Mabel Madison fabrics for a while now. I had heard nothing but great things about them, but as often happens, if I dont have a deadline, "fun" sewing usually gets put on the back burner. Today for Mabel Madison Monday, I picked some Stenzo Poplin and Knit that are perfect for my almost 3 year old! I love the selection of prints for boys!

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Lets start with this shirt! I was thrilled when Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs showed me this shirt for boys...in WOVEN!!! It is the Long Board Shirt.

The basic shirt has a plain front and back with a large placket and 3 buttons and button loops. This shirt has a relaxed fit and can be worn alone or as an over shirt. Check out all the options: • Plain back with shoulder details • Straight back with yoke • Pleated back with yoke • Fully lined sleeves • Partially lined sleeves • Sleeve tabs • Mandarin collar • Traditional collar • Hood • Kangaroo Pocket • Side seam Pockets • Short, 3/4, and long sleeve lengths

It is perfect for all those woven fabrics that you just love but can't see as shorts or pants! I sewed up a size 2 for my guy, and knowing that he is on the taller side, I used a smaller seam allowance at the shoulders and bottom hem. His next one, I will blend sizes with the 3 or even the 4 to give him just a bit more length. I already have more fabrics picked out and planned for these! I love the look of the hood, but he wasn't a big fan, so I might try a mandarin collar on the next one. He did love the kangaroo pocket in front though! He found some snails while we were out taking pictures and was trying to put them in his pocket "to keep them safe"...thankfully, we avoided that!

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Planes & Moons - Blue - Stenzo Cotton Poplin

Big Stars - Royal - Stenzo Cotton Poplin


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The Poplin is buttery soft and was so nice to cut and sew with! The downside was it did wrinkle a bit during our photoshoot, which isn't really a deal breaker for me, as with an active boy, everything ends up wrinkled!

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Lets move on to those shorts! I love the Aviators by Winter Wear Designs. They are available in sizes 18 months to 14y. Options include: Pants with optional triangle accent and cuffs Shorts Side slash pockets Yoga or elastic waistband

I ended up making him 4 pair of these shorts because he loves them so much! He has 2 pair in the blue with gray accents and 2 pair in gray with the blue accents! He loves the shorts and the pockets are the perfect size to put his cars in. He is wearing a 4T RTW, but they tend to be really wide on him. He is potty trained, and this is a size 2 width and 3 length, and the fit is perfect for him! This knit is not too thin, but not so thick that he will be too warm this summer. Think like a high quality tee shirt knit rather than sweatshirt knit (which seems to be the only knit shorts I can find for him in stores!).

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They have an option for elastic in the waistband, but I made his without and they stay up just fine, just make sure you use a knit with good recovery (this seems to be holding up fine after a day of wear and playing!) I see these being a staple in our summer wardrobe this summer!

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Solid - Royal - Stenzo Jersey Knit

Solid - Grey - Stenzo Jersey Knit

Also, I used the patterns to decide how much fabric to purchase for these, and had enough to make 2 shirts and 4 pair of shorts (and still have leftovers). So keep in mind, if you are on the smaller side of the size ranges, or you are making shorts, it will not require as much fabric as the chart states.


Just love the way all those colors blend so well!  Stenzo for the win, again!  Thanks so much for joining us on Mabel Madison Monday.  Happy sewing!