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We all know that when spring arrives, and boy has it taken its time coming this year, we love to have a clear out of the old and think about freshening up our lives and our wardrobes. So with the sounds of my son bouncing around in the garden I have been thinking about what’s new here at Caboodle and what fabrics I might use to freshen up the family wardrobe and get sewing for Spring.

My son is 9 now and like many pre-teens it is harder to predict what prints he is going to choose. He got very excited about our Ombre Dragons and anything with a subtle rainbow is jumped on when I unroll new deliveries.

He got very excited by the large delivery of Space Adventures which came last week declaring it  “fabulous colours” and the roll of Ocean Explorers jersey was soon a little shorter as he insisted he needed new leggings. The new Happy Worms print has also been given the thumbs up.

As with all kids of his age he seems to grow constantly with the occasional overnight burst which prompts all trousers to suddenly be too short. So next on my sewing table for Freddie is the Waves and Wild high tide trousers which I’m planning to make from some of the new super soft corduroy but I’m also going to try a pair in double layered poplin for the warmer days. I was recently reminded that I also have the Twist and Shout pattern which I haven’t tried yet so I will be giving that one a go too.

Freddie’s favourite new item of clothing is his brushed back french terry star jumper. While his obsession with constantly wrapping himself in alpine fleece is fading, he does still love a plush backed fabric. The soft backing of this brushed french terry prompted all sorts of oohs and ahhs on first wear.

This kind of french terry is ideal for this time of the year as the sun begins to shine but there are still plenty of chilly days.

Our go to trousers of late are the waves and wild free leggings pattern. Being very tall in his body for his age we adjust the rise height at the back of his waist which seems to work well with this pattern. He particularly suits this style and likes them snug to fit. What I love about this pattern is I can add longer waist bands and cuffs on if required without having to make whole new trousers each month.

For jersey fabrics we are a fan of the Elliedactyl Jadyn Party PJ trousers which have the feel of a legging but have colour blocking options too. Freddie wears these for bed but also for his gym class.

For me this spring I’m looking to try expanding my wardrobe colours. I think the time is right for new waterfall cardigans and an attempt at the LAVitaly asymmetric top . Its not something I’ve tried before so I will let you know how it goes. My wardrobe is really in need of a bit of variety adding. I may even try some of the new floral jerseys. No time like the Spring time eh!

My husband is harder to please. I’m still looking for the perfect men’s tee pattern so if you have one you can recommend please do let me know.

Want to share what you are sewing for spring? Why not join the FB group and get chatting as well as being supported on your sewing journey. You’ll also get access to the cheaper pre orders mentioned in this blog. You can join the group here.

Happy Spring.

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