Fleece pants: Five Ways

My Mom calls my fleece pants Hot Pants

She says she is cold blooded and they are a big help in keeping her warm. She’s kind of my tester. I send her a new style whenever I come up with one.

I thought this song would be appropriate to this post: Please listen while you read.

 

All five styles listed below are made with the same warm and very cozy fleece: Polartec® Power Stretch®.

It has Lycra which provides four-way stretch and makes an especially comfortable fit. It is also treated to wick moisture away from the body and adds nylon on the jersey face for additional durability while the velour back feels very soft next to skin.

Fleece leggings

These are a simple style, with a slightly gathered elastic waist for a smooth, very comNavy Fleece Leggingsfortable and sleek fit. I love these  pants the most & live in them during the spring, fall and all winter long, wearing them as both tights and leggings. People who work out doors in the winter wear these fleece leggings as long underwear, (roofers  and the ski patrol swear by them). My Mom sells them everywhere she goes, my 5 sisters all have at least one pair.

 Women’s Fleece Pants

Fleece pants Yoga GreyMy yoga inspired pants are a little dressier look with no elastic in the waist. Instead I use the fleece fabric as a separate waistband. I made uncounted samples until I was satisfied with the width and length to get just the right fit and feel. The waistband can be worn two ways: left flat to sit higher on the waist or can be folded down to lower rise. These pants are fitted through hips and thighs and bootcut for a slight flair from knee to hem.

Polartec Fleece Pants with Pockets

fleece pants yoga with pocketsI’ve had many requests to add pockets to all my pants. I’ve added them to the yoga boot cut style as well as creating a version that are cut like the leggings. Two set-in side pockets lay flat, don’t create a bunch of bulk and stretch with the pants. The pair pictured here are the same cut as the yoga inspired above: fitted through hips and thighs with boot-cut legs

 

 

Pegged Fleece Pants with pockets

fleece pants: leggings with pocketsI had a customer special order this style as she preferred the smaller hem opening. I didn’t think it was going to work but when she came and tried them on they looked fabulous on her! So I’m adding these to my line as well. They have the same self waistband as the yoga pants but are pegged at the ankle like the leggings.

Last but not least: Tights!

Fleece tightsI’ve been trying to make leggings for my two teenage daughters that they will wear. We have bought them from several other venders over the years but they always look like crap after 2 or three washings and don’t hold up in general. I think these are tights because, well they are skin tight, but that’s the fit they were looking for. They are very tight fitting, a lower rise  and narrower waistband then the yoga style fleece pants. I made 8 pairs the other day and posted about on my Facebook page and sold them all. (Well,honestly, 4 pairs went to the girls)

 

Winter Hats: We are family.

The Story behind my women’s fleece winter hats

I think of these fleece winter hats as the seven siblings hats.  I’ve been making versions of this hat for several years and the style never seems to get stale for me or my customers.

As always, I like you to listen while you read: Sister Sledge – We Are Family)

The Frock kids, six sisters and one brother

We were gaggle of  7 kids who travelled in a world so different than today: no car seats, bike helmets, barefoot all summer, playing outside at all hours with no adult supervision. We’d put a blanket out in the backyard and be ship wrecked all afternoon or play kick ball on the road, and spent years getting ready to perform a broadway show, singing along with the album, but never actually launched a production.

After many mutations

Winter Hat Blue fleece with black inner brimthis hat now begins with 7 squares, a circle and a couple of wide strips to form the two color brim. When the brim is rolled up it shows just a little of the under brim color like piping. As always with my fleece I use only polartec the best quality I have found and made in the USA. Making these hats satisfies some of my need to work with color and different color and texture combinations. I always cut a few of these whenever I get a new fabric. Sometimes when I’m sewing these I ask myself why….it takes a lot longer to cut and sew seven pieces then it would if I made them from a single piece one then I remember why and happily make more.

 

These winter hats are a tribute to those childhood years

Even though we are all grown up now with smaller gaggles of our own I still often remember those crazy childhood days. They are like an island of the best memories that hold a golden star in my heart that shines brightly through all my days.

Flock of hats

 

Hats off to you!

Ann, Carol, Scott, Laura, Kristin, Clare

 

 

Peace, Beth

 

PS: See More boysenberry hats

New Fall Styles

I’ve been working hard on new fall styles and want to share but I have a tendency to get so bogged down in the blog posting, over thinking and getting overwhelmed by saying all the right things.

So today I’m going to try the direct approach.

Here are two of new fall styles I have made and just want to show them off  and to see what you think.

New for fall salmon baby jacket

 

New Fall Styles Jacket

This jacket is a lovely pinky salmony color with velour fleece on the face and a shearling finish on the inside. A contrasting red zipper and elasticized hood for ease of use and extra cozy fit. As always we use the amazing polartec® for this fleece baby jacket and it is wind blocking and water repellant as well. It would make a perfect baby shower gift, new baby gift or holiday gift. Very limited quantities. Sizes: 9 month, 12 month, 18 month, 24 month.

 

new for fall baby hatsNew Fall Styles Baby Hats

A pretty print on the crown and warm fleece ear and neck cover in a pinky salmon with velcro to attach under the chin so this fleece baby hat stays on. Mothers and fathers love this feature. Baby will be adorable and the hat will keep her head warm and cozy. If you are looking for unique baby gifts for the new or soon to be little bundle in your family, we think your search is over. Our handmade fleece baby hat is Vermont made with premium Polartec® polyester fleece – the same high-performance fabric in our entire fleece line. Plush, soft, lightweight and warm, carefully handmade with best quality Polartec® fleece and guaranteed to keep the newest heads warm and cozy. A truly unique baby gift.100% Polartec polyester fleece. Supplies limited.

Stay tuned!

Peace, Beth

PS: Coming soon: Adult versions of the velcro baby hat!

 

Fleece Color Trends: Ice Ice Baby

000_0749Fleece Color Trends

Ice Ice Baby

I’m a color person. Everything I wear, any room I decorate, every new project I work on revolves around color. Earlier this year I was reading an article on WeConnectFashion.com, which was about some of the fashion and color trends seen on the runways for this fall. I was looking for a couple of new colors that work well with jeans. We are pretty casual here in Vermont, jeans are worn by many at work and it’s cold here so my Polartec® fleece line is a valued addition to the wardrobe.

Among the new colors this year were pale blues, and lighter teals. As crazy at it might sound I often buy fabrics because I like the name of the color: Ice Blue and Mermaid were two colors that I couldn’t resist and they fit what I was looking for my winter line-up at boysenberry.

The Mermaid inspired me to play a little.  It is a much more vibrant and less sophisticated color then the blue that lends itself to baby clothes and funky color combinations. I love green and purple together and went to town with this mix. Mermaid Bunting These make me feel happy and wish I had a baby to give a gift to. Also, looks great with jeans & my ever favorite, black.

The first time I was working with the Ice Blue fleece, I got the song Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice stuck in my head. Now it starts up every time I even think about this color. I know it’s a silly song that makes no sense, written sometime around 1990. Vanilla Ice is still making hay with this song and he was on the Today Show this Halloween singing it. It’s one of those songs that you hear on a regular basic. I also have a certain fondness for this song because my daughters dragged me kicking and screaming to see 13 Going on 30 several years ago, which I was shocked to find really funny and there is a scene where the song is played. We still watch it together from time to time when we are in the mood for a brainless chick-flick.

So with Ice Ice Baby playing in your head…imagine a cool pastel blue fabric with a sort of silvery undertone. (I know that description make it kind of sound like wine, but that’s how I am about color). It looks smashing with denim. My first products in this color are available now: Ice Blue Vest , Baby Bunting, Women’s Hat

While I was working on this post my teen-age daughter and her boyfriend stopped by my store to catch me playing Ice Ice Baby at top volume. The boyfriend was shocked and appalled that I would even know that such a song existed although the song was written something like 10 years before he was born. I started singing & dancing just to get on their nerves. There was a lot of eye rolling and head in the hands drama from the kids. He said he wasn’t embarrassed for me, his mom is worse. I think he doesn’t realize yet that the adults in his life were teenager once too. My Chloe took it all in stride, she’s used to me.

Tonight at dinner we were talking about Winter Ball, the social event of the high school every January. I’m making her dress, which I think is awesome especially since my older daughter, (although she was happy to let me make some amazing Halloween costumes), would never let me make her fancy dresses. Chloe is worrying about it being ready on time and wanting me to get started on it even though the dance is not until after Christmas. I told her I’d get right on it and then a light bulb went off in my head and I realized the color she has picked for the dress is, well ice blue…so I whispered to her “Ice Ice Baby”

Peace, Beth

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