Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Girl's Dress Pattern No. 15 Blog Hop

If you are here from Sew Cool for the Tween Scene thanks for stopping by!
I wanted to share my other version of the Girl's Dress Pattern No. 15 made by E+M Patterns with you.  This one is being called the Rainbow dress, by my daughter.
She too, loves how comfortable it is. I love how fast this dress came together...from cut to finish was just under 2 hours.
And while it looks like a summer dress, both my girls have plans to layer it with long sleeve shirts, leggings and's very versatile!
Making this dress, even though it is a quick and easy sew, taught me something that I had never done before. Can you believe that I had never shirred something before? Well now I know how!
So if you are interested in a great, easy knit dress pattern you should go check out the Dress Pattern No. 15 by E+M Patterns. Right now there is a discount code TOUR15 or you can try your hand at the give-a-way below.

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(If you want to check out the other stops, Sprouting Jube Jube has all of the links at the end of her post...I'm being kind of lazy here:)
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tinley Tee Tour

Have you ever wanted a 'Go To' pattern that is quick and easy, but fits every time? Well your search for a great tee shirt pattern has just ended.
This is the Tinley Tee designed by GYCT Designs and I love the way it turned out!
This pattern has 4 sleeve options and 2 hem options...but I added a third. My girls love it when I lettuce ruffle the edges of knit.  Maybe it makes it more girly, more special looking, more something...but if I'm doing a knit outfit they want it.
 Clara picked out the fabric and since it was a statement on it's own, we decided to keep the design simple.  She needs long sleeve shirts (even though it's still hitting 90 degrees here...just thinking ahead) so I did the long sleeve version, with the ruffled cuffs.
The fabric we got at JoAnn's and she loves it. It is so soft and feels great on the skin.  The colors are completely her personality.  As for the pattern...go check all the other great versions on the tour (as well as the Love Me Knot stinking cute, but my girls really didn't need shorts this go around).
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Must Haves

 A couple of weeks ago I had the lucky chance to test the Magnolia Skirt and Hemlock Top designed by Heidi over at Elegance and Elephants.  Just go check out her 'Look Book' for the great Fall patterns she'll be releasing in a matter of days.
First up the Hemlock Top...It's a simple knit top with a lovely little shoulder ruffle...perfect for dressing up or down. Clara loves how comfy it is (and she's excited to have a top to match mom's).
 I loved how it came together so quickly and how Heidi's patterns are so easy to follow.  Clara is already asking for more and since she doesn't have many long sleeve shirts...I'll just have to oblige her.
Now on to the Magnolia Skirt. It's a 6 paneled knit skirt with an elastic casing and it all came together in an hour.  Really a fun hip pattern that has a lot of potential for customization! I had fun alternating the sides of fabric of the knit I used to get a little contrast going.
 Again, it's going to be a great Fall staple as it can be dressed up or down...whatever your fancy. And the best thing about it according to my girls...the twirl factor. What little girl doesn't like a spin-y skirt?
 I knew Sophia would love the skirt and since she fell into the size 9 measurements, I tested the skirt for her as well.  The trendiness as well as the simplicity of it lends itself to the older set as well.  She loves how comfortable it is and is even willing to wear it to middle it must look pretty good too. 
 Heidi will be releasing both patterns this week.  If you want 2 patterns that allow you to get a whole outfit done in a matter of a couple of hours, that have the possibility of dressing up or down, you really should check these out!
 She and I have brainstormed some fun ideas of what you could do to customize it...6 different panels to play with means there is a lot you could do!  
And she is still a girl at heart that loves to twirl.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another Flip of the Sis Boom Ethan Shirt Pattern

Since it's such a great pattern I had to give it another go...
my second FLIP for the ladies over at Frances Suzanne.
And whew! I made it by the hair of my chinny chin chin. 
Yes this is another FLIP of the Sis Boom Ethan Pattern. Much different from my other FLIP.
 This time it's a dress with an Asian flair.
 I left off the collar and just used the collar stand to create a Mandarin collar.
 I added 2 pockets, made it dress length, and cuffed the sleeves with a tab.  All accented with black piping. 
 She likes it. I like it...although it kind of reminds me of Sound of Music.
 You should really check out this's a great one with so many possibilities!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sis Boom's Ethan Shirt Flipped

The lovely ladies over at Frances Suzanne are doing their FLIP series again and this month was for a pattern that I've been eyeing for some time.
So with the incentive of a discount code, I bought myself the pattern, Ethan Shirt for Boys by Sis Boom and...
flipped it into something much more girly.
Here is my FLIP of the Ethan Shirt...a collared tunic in a mix of fabrics.
The blue is poplin, with red with white polka dots cotton woven for the pocket and inside the collar stand and then a very soft, cherry printed knit for the tunic skirt and sleeves. The buttons are these really cool vintage ones from my stash.
As for the changes, I made the bodice by the pattern, chopping it off at the chest, just below the pocket placement.
I rounded off the collar, to make it a little more feminine and added some red stitching around the edge before attaching it, for some contrast.
I cut the inside of the collar stand out of some contrasting fabric as well for a fun pop of color.
The big change was adding the 'skirt' and making it tunic length. I made the skirt all one piece and over lapped it in the back. To do this I measured the front and back width, adding the back width in again to get the overlap. Then before I attached it I lettuce ruffled the edge of the knit in red thread and rounded the back corners.
The sleeves are out of the knit as well. I used the sleeve pattern piece and just cut them the length I wanted and lettuce ruffled the edge in red thread. I had originally planned on making a cuff at the upper arm out of the blue and the red, but I just didn't like the way it busy for a comfy tunic.
This was the first time I sewed a Sis Boom pattern and I was impressed with the way it was written and how the shirt came together. The pattern had some new to me techniques/way of doing things, which was a fun change of pace and I learned something new.
I love how the tunic turned out and Clara loves how comfortable it is. It's perfect to wear with shorts and will be great to wear with leggings in the winter.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Deliah Top for Ladies Blog Tour

I had the lovely opportunity to sew something for myself and be a part of the Deliah Top Blog Tour.  It's a pattern sold by Golden Rippy and it's not only easy and fast to make, but it is a WINNER. How do I know that? Well not only did all 4 of my kids compliment me on it, but my husband came home and said what a nice top it was too.  That's on top of the fact that it is SUPER comfortable and super flattering.
The Deliah Top comes with great detailed instructions, including a printing guide, 2 sleeve options, embellishment options and goes from XXS to XL. Oh and it's meant to be made out of knit (I got mine from JoAnn's), and if you are new to knit, this would be a great pattern to learn to sew with it.
I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, so this top even seems a little fancy to me. Both the arms and the bottom hems are banded, making for a little more flattering fit. I chose the short sleeve option and then kept it simple without adding the embellishments. I was actually going to add some sort of embellishment using just the circle from the flower pattern included, but realized when I held it up to the shirt that with the business of the print you couldn't even see the embellishment.  Maybe if I stumble across a good contrasting fabric I'll still add.
Like I said though, even without the embellishments, I felt kind of fancy in the Deliah Top. Not only will it go well with jeans, but I could easily wear it with a skirt as well. Just to let you know how much I love it, I already have another one cut out and ready to sew!
So if I've convinced you that just need to get this pattern, Golden Rippy is having a give away:

And here are some gratuitous dragon fly pictures...this little guy was flying around while my son took some pictures of me (hence the faint blurriness). 

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Great PJ Pattern

If you are looking for a new pajama pattern with lots of options...look no further. GYCT Designs has a new one, released today, that has now become my girl's favorite pajamas.
 It's for knits and it has lots of options. 2 different tops, short sleeve or long, color block or not and shorts or pants.  I'm telling you, this pattern has it covered for year round pjs!
 If you are interested, first you should check out the blog post over at GYCT because she is giving away 2 copies!
 But if you don't want to wait, it will be on sale until Wednesday too.
 So go check it out HERE or HERE.
It really is a great pattern and would be a perfect pattern to jump into sewing with knits.  


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