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CraftingCon: Handmade Martini

For this season of CraftingCon we are having a sew along! We’re running it in our Facebook CraftingCon group and is open to anyone who wants to join in (and if you don’t like this month’s theme, you’re more then welcome to join now and play along with a future theme!) The linky is at the end of the post, and is open to entries without a blog post attached. 

Today our guest is Michelle from Handmade Martini. Just last week for KCW she made some adorably nerdy chemistry shirts. And this Bimaa with the orange and patterned cowl is still one of my favorites. If you’re looking into making your own piping, she has a tutorial for making the cord you need, I’m definitely planning to try it! After you finish admiring Michelle’s look, hop on over to Friends Stitched Together.


Hello, Crafting Con fans! I’m thrilled to be sharing a creation for you inspired by Super Mario Brothers!

Our kids haven’t played the old-school Nintendo version of Super Mario Brothers, but they’ve watched the show thanks to Netflix. In fact, that was their first introduction to the characters. They were impressed by the fashion on the show: bright colors, Converse shoes, and of course the hats. When it came time to choose a theme for which to sew for Crafting Con, the boys resoundingly voted MARIO! Then they got a Wii for Christmas and fell in love with Mario all over again through the newest version of the game.

There are two things my son Daniel wants in clothing — comfort and cool. He loves hoods and soft knits. He doesn’t like jeans, but will wear anything with a comfortable waistband.

I wanted something that nodded to Mario but that he could wear every day. I chose the Bimaa Sweater with the hood option (my first time making this variation) and used Robert Kaufman Laguna knit; the hood lining and stripe came from my stash. I added the Mario silhouette for fun.

The pants are made using the Blank Slate Patterns Clean Slate Pants; I felt like the slimmer cut suited that ’80s-Mario style. I upcycled my favorite GAP khakis and used an upcycled flannel bathrobe for the pockets, pocket linings, and welt pockets. I’m really sad the elastic in the back made it difficult to photograph the welt pockets because they turned out really well.
Finally, the hat is made with the Newsboy Hat Sewing pattern from Butterfly Tree on Etsy. I used plain black quilting cotton for the lining and the same flannel bath robe for the exterior fabric; however, the hat is completely reversible, so either side can show!


Thanks for having me! It was fun to collaborate with the boys for this outfit. Please visit me at Handmade Martini for more photos and reviews of these patterns. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook!

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3 Responses to “CraftingCon: Handmade Martini”

  1. Ajaire says:

    I love the combo Michelle! I confess that I also haven’t made a hooded bimaa yet. I’m made a ton of them, but it’s been all shawl and cowl over here 🙂

  2. JaimeSews says:

    Very well done! A great nod to Mario without being too literal.

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