Friday, November 9, 2018

Boys in Pajamas: Cozy Kid Coveralls

Back again with Mister 3 to showcase a new-to-us Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern, the Cozy Kid Coveralls!

 (The pattern was provided to me free of charge for the post, as part of this tour.)

This tour is hosted by Made for Little Gents, and sponsored by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. At the end of the post, you'll see a giveaway to enter for a $20 shop credit to Peekaboo Pattern Shop!

Boys in Pajamas: Blog Tour sponsored by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Hosted by Made for Little Gents

I've sewn up several of Peekaboo's pj patterns and really liked them, so I wanted to try something I hadn't made yet. The Alex & Anna pjs (winter and summer) are staples around here! I enjoyed making several of the Classic Zipper Pjs a few years back for a new baby, so when I saw the Cozy Kid Coveralls I really wanted to try the snap option instead (and I'll be making a few more, with a hood, for day wear!)

I ordered this fun school bus fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics in a cotton spandex jersey, originally thinking I'd use it for my youngest, but when this guy saw it he HAD to have it. Oh well, I think maybe the 2 year old doesn't really care what I put on him...

We had fun finding his Fisher Price school bus and picking out a "bedtime story" for his pictures (in the middle of the day). He likes "modeling" for me because it usually involves candy bribery of some type! ;)

I love several features of this pattern. The raglan sleeves (they are cut on the fold, just a note); the snap placket that is so easy to construct and easy for kids to dress themselves; the gusset that allows for ease of movement and comfortable wear; the versatility! I picked up some French terry for a heavier daytime outfit, and it can also be made with fleece and sized up for an outside coverall in cold weather.

Did I mention the feet? My kids love footie pajamas (he has two older sisters who made me bring them to pick out fleece for their own after they saw these!) and I have a stash of non slip fabric just for that reason. I lined them with the same denim blue cotton spandex as the toes, cuffs, and collar, for comfort.

Isn't he cute? I've never seen a kid so happy for new pajamas!

We're all sewing up Peek-a-boo Pattern's pajamas, and there are sew many to choose from! See some new ideas every day by following along with the tour below: 
Mon. Nov 5 Our Play Palace 
Tues. Nov 6 Made for Little Gents 
Wed. Nov 7 Phat Quarters Fabric 
Thurs. Nov 8 Family of Makers 
Wed. Nov 14 Sewing with D 

 Ready for the giveaway to Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop? Here you go! Good luck! 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sew Thankful Tour

It's November, and it certainly feels like it! Snow has already fallen (and is again, now, as I'm writing this) and it's suddenly ridiculously cold. I wasn't ready!

But I kind of was. I've been bitten by the sweater bug, and in the past month-ish I've made myself three new ones. Sweaters are so fun to sew! And wearing them is one of my favorite things (maybe one of the only things I like, actually,) about cold weather. There's nothing like a cozy sweater on a chilly day to brighten your mood as much as it warms your body.

I am one of those people who is perfectly happy to let Christmas start as early in November as it likes, but I love this tour for the reminder to stop and remember that other major holiday I celebrate, Thanksgiving! Of course, I am aware of all the things I have to be thankful for throughout the year, but I appreciate one day set aside to really think about them. Now I am thinking about them early (never a bad thing)! Big or small, they all matter - I'll only mention a few here. ;)

One: I am thankful for a family. This little guy is my 3rd of 4, and he's such a joy. I sewed him up a couple of Alderwood pullovers, and he was just so pleased with them! Every time I get fabric he is poring over it with me and telling me all sorts of things I can make him.
He tells me often I'm his "fwavewit". He's (one of) mine. ;)

This pattern is by Phat Quarters. The fabrics: motorcycles from Girl Charlee; distressed jersey from Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe; scales from So Sew English.

And along with him, my two beautiful girls, and my naughtiest-in-the-world toddler boy, we're expecting #5 next spring (a tie breaker!) Another blessing to be thankful for!

Sewing maternity clothes is something of a novelty for me. Before this I had the same Target maternity clothes through a few kids, and after Landon was born I got rid of them, because I was sick of looking at them. Add in a ready-to-wear fast, and suddenly I had to sew my own just to have something to wear!

I particularly love this Jemma pattern from Sinclair Patterns. It's tunic length, which means tunic now, top later (ha!). The asymmetrical collar is a beautiful detail, and I loved picking out the gold buttons from Grandma's button tin to accent the gorgeous burgundy color. (PS - no button holes! They're just decorative!) And need I mention the pockets? They're huge, and so perfect and cozy for cold hands (and a cell phone, or almost anything really.)

The fabric is a soft, drapey (I never know if that's a word, but we'll go with it) baby French terry from Simply by Ti. And in my favorite color! I love anything red, and darker tones of it look better on me than fire engine brights. I used a burgundy double-brushed polyester for the collar and as it's just a tiny bit darker, it pops just a little bit.

Two, and three: I am thankful for sewing, and a patient husband. He tolerates every fabric purchase, every frantic question about does this go, or is this pattern going to work, even if he has no idea - he answers anyway. He's as supportive as possible, and for something he doesn't understand! Sewing is mine. I am a mother, and a wife, and a homemaker (after a fashion), and all of these things involve so much doing for others. Sewing is something I can do for me, because I love to, and it's mine alone. It's connected me to people I am thankful to know, and taught me patience and perseverance.

What are you thankful for?

Coming up over the next few weeks, more bloggers will be sharing their Sew Thankful inspirations and stories. Below is a schedule so you can be sure to follow along (and don't forget to read the rest from this week prior to today, too!)

Week of November 6th:

Week of November 11th:

Week of November 18th:

Week of November 25th:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Winter Wear (Designs) Outerwear!

A chill is in the air and the leaves are falling - time for layers and fun accents on jackets and sweatshirts, because who says our indoor wear should have all the bling?

I recently got a Silhouette Cameo 3 and had to add some vinyl to this Fashionista Jean Jacket - not that the jacket needed any punching up! All those pieces make for a very interesting garment. While it takes some time and care to assemble, it's 100% worth it in the end - look at those shoulder pieces! The pieced back! It's a beautiful addition to the girls' fall wardrobe, and it's something they can wear every day.

Side welt pockets are big enough for hands and small treasures, and are super easy to construct - I almost left them off, thinking "I don't have time for welt pockets!" But then I read over the pattern (ALWAYS do that!!) and realized they would take no time at all. So glad I didn't skip them! Every bit of detail that goes into this jacket is well worth the effort.

 We've had some beautiful 60ish fall days, and a lightweight jacket is perfect for the late afternoons when the sun starts disappearing (or mornings - getting on the bus always requires a jacket or sweatshirt, though it's long gone by the time they come home!)

I made this Fashionista from a decor weight fabric from Walmart! Can you believe it? I would never have looked at it, except my girls liked the color, and when I picked it up I realized it had a great weight and similar mechanical stretch to a jacket weight denim, which would have been my choice otherwise. I opted to add snaps so they can get this on and off easier themselves, and because I didn't have that many fun purple buttons!

Designing and adding that vinyl was so fun, and instantly got the girls fighting over who was going to wear it first! Sammy won, since she's a more patient model - haha! The sleeves are long on her, which means they'll be perfect on her older sister, and they work perfectly rolled up a little too.

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:

October 22
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse

October 23

October 24

October 25
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA

October 26
Livia of Liviality

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

One Thimble Issue 20: Fun in the sun (and sand!)

I've been sewing in circles! One Thimble Issue 20 is out, and two of the 10 excellent patterns involve large circles, and I was lucky enough to try out both of them to share with you today.

First off we have the Piccolo Beach Mat from Piccolo Studio. I wanted to try and make my shares with as little shopping as possible, so I found some crinkly muslin-y fabric is my stash and a remnant of terry cloth. The crinkly fabric was rather narrow, but I managed to stretch it out enough to match the size of my terry cloth! I cut the biggest circle I could manage, and came up with a little mat just perfect for the baby to sit in the sand (or on the rather rocky beach at our favorite lake spot - which we haven't been to at all this summer! :( )

I simplified some Urban Threads embroidery designs so I could add a few fun details to my beach mat. A sea monster, treasure map, compass, and a whale! They add some color which is always a bonus for babies - gives them something to look at. Even my three year old likes it - "Look Mom! X marks the spot!"

The pattern also has instructions to quilt strips together to make a more detailed mat, and calls for larger pieces of fabric so it's satisfactory for a larger child as well. 

The second thing I get to share are the Noble Cubs Rock Pool Creatures, with a pattern for a magnetized fishing pole to catch them with! I loved sewing these little guys and their rock pool home. (The rock pool bag itself was a bonus tutorial with a preorder.) 

The creatures do take a little time, but none of them are difficult - and it's so fun to pick the different fabrics, find yarns and trims and things to accent them...and see them suddenly appear. Pop in a washer, and suddenly you have a little octopus, or starfish, or goby, ready to pick up with your fishing pole and play with!

My preschooler loves his fishing game, and I love that he can pack it all up in the neat drawstring bag and set it away when he's finished!

If you've made it this far, make sure you enter the giveaway below - Jen is generously giving away a $50 credit to One Thimble!! Wow! Which magazines are you missing from your collection?

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Thanks for reading! Check out the rest of the posts on this tour - featuring all 10 of the amazing patterns in this issue of One Thimble! I can't wait to sew a few more (or all of them!)





Monday, July 16, 2018

Poolside with Winter Wear Designs' Coquette

Summer is here and we're loving the sun! Living in the middle of a prairie, a beach isn't exactly readily available, so the kids "make do" - with their favorite summer toy, the kiddie pool!

Sam was having fun hamming it up for the camera! We've had some really hot days, so the pool has been in constant use. For the tour, I chose to sew Coquette, but turn it into a swim cover - although Sam is pretty sure it's also an everyday dress. (Versatility! ;) )

I used a comfy baby French terry from a case pack I bought (too long ago!) from LA Finch Fabrics, and a stretch mesh from Pretty Posh Prints. This was my first time sewing with stretch mesh. I knew I wanted something really lightweight and breathable, and the print is so pretty! It compliments the pale pink of the French terry so well.

I love the contrast options on Coquette. The yokes are perfect spots to use little bits of special fabrics, or fussy cuts if you want a specific detail. There are instructions to layer sheer fabrics on the back. There's a drawstring option, but for simplicity's sake I gathered the skirt with clear elastic. 

There are tunic, dress, and maxi options, and 11 sizes from 1-14y. I love Coquette for a quick simple swim cover - comfy enough to wear all day, warm and cozy when she comes out of the cold water, and easy to slip on and off!

Make sure you visit the Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook group for a chance to win 2 patterns from WWD, as well as a $50 gift card to Boho Fabrics!

Pull up a lounge chair and a cold drink, and don't miss a single stop on the Poolside Blog Tour:

Jackie Burney for Winter Wear Designs
Meriel of Elli and Nels



Diane of Sewing With D

Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sewing Blue Blog Tours: Change Up the Tee!

Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour
What a fun tour this is! Sewing for boys has always seemed trickier to me; the designs and details just don't seem to be as varied! But it just forces you to think creative, and there are tons of options for dressing up basics to make them fun and unique. Even a small change can take a simple tee to the "next level".

I am a big fan of welt pockets, and I love the look of zipper pockets. I decided to put one on the chest of the GYCT Designs' Primary Tee (provided to bloggers for the purpose of this tour). Welt pockets using knits isn't one of the easiest things I've ever done, but I think it turned out pretty well. And I must have been paying attention somewhere, because I did this one off the top of my head! ;)

This little guy is such a patient model for me. He loves his new tee - "It's GOLD, mom!" - and I love how it looks on him. I made him a size 4 (he's a 3-4 RTW) and it fits perfectly. Pockets are always the perfect addition to children's clothing (and adults, too, let's face it!). A zipper adds interest, both visual and tactile. Try mixing it up and placing a kangaroo pocket, or add them to the side seams.

The Primary Tee & Dress is a unisex pattern in 11 sizes from 12 months to 12 years, so you can use it for a long time. It's a great basic wardrobe builder, and Chelsea has a great free Knit So Scary ecourse on her blog, so with that and this pattern, a beginner has the perfect base to start - and an experienced sewist can make up a whole wardrobe in no time!

Tee Pattern: Primary Tee (GYCT Designs)
Tee Fabric: Zicca Fabrics Quilt Illusion (other colorways available here)
Shorts Pattern: Olli Summer Shorts (Misusu Patterns)
Shorts Fabric: Shetland Flannel from LA Finch Fabrics


Thanks for reading! Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below: 

Mon. July 2 Family of Makers 
Tues. July 3 Made for Little Gents 
Wed. July 4 Frullemieke 
Thurs. July 5 Made by Laura! 
Fri. July 6 Auschick Sews 
Thurs. July 12 My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels 

The pattern is on sale until the 15th, so you still have a few more days to grab it for $2 off! Use code SEWBLUE in the shop!

 Ready for the giveaway to GYCT Designs Shop? Here you go! Good luck!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sew Americana: Day 3

It's Sew Americana time again, hosted by Katy at Wild + Wanderful! Last year I sewed up matching outfits for my boys - they still wear them! - but this year Katy from Sly Fox Fabrics offered fabric from their Sew Americana collection, and I couldn't pass up the chance to pick out a fabric for myself!

I recently picked up the Tabor V Neck (Sew House Seven) and sewed myself the curved hem version with an overlapped neck binding. I think the overlap gives it a slightly more casual feel than a mitered neckband, as well as the cuffed sleeves. I lengthened it by a few inches; long tops are a personal preference. Sly Fox has a beautiful triblend jersey, and I'm in love with this "Tabasco". Red is my favorite, favorite color (perfect for this time of year!!) and I have a weird recent love for orange/rust tones - this color is the best of both worlds.

The shorts are the Tess Tulip Shorts by Bella Sunshine Designs. I just have to point out something here. I have not worn a pair of shorts in YEARS. Not even when I lived in Phoenix. I don't know what happened, but when I started thinking of what to sew, I suddenly had to make myself a pair of shorts! And - I love them. I'm still working on "the perfect fit", but these are darn good, and I have actually worn them - on purpose - in public twice now! So yay me! And yay Melissa from BSD, because you accomplished the impossible and now I won't be spending another whole summer in jeans. Thank you!

I'm really loving having such great summer clothes in my wardrobe. The fact that I make them myself is such a bonus! What's your favorite thing to sew for summer? I am not stopping at one pair of shorts! I got this star print stretch twill from Denver Fabrics, and I've made SO much with the 4 yards I started with. I'm only sorry it was a clearance fabric and I may not be able to find it again!

There's so much Americana inspiration celebrating our red, white, and blue with handmade beauties - links below! Don't miss a stop on the tour!