Thursday, June 9, 2016

Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Tour: a tunic and bloomers in less time than a load of laundry!

 When I heard about the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Tour, I knew it was perfect for me! I do have a husband who is perfectly willing to wash and dry clothes, but he won't fold them - my least favorite part! More often than not, the clean clothes end up sitting downstairs in baskets until I get sick of looking at them - I'd much rather be sewing new ones!

So - the idea here was for me to take a "fresh sew" - something I'd never sewn before - and time myself, to see if I could get it done in LESS time than it takes me to do a full load of laundry! Now, my washing machine is old, and crazy fast - like less than 20 minutes to wash. The dryer, however, takes about 45 minutes, so with (reasonable!) folding time (about 10-15 minutes per load, depending on the size and how much I have to put away myself), I figured I had about an hour and 15 minutes, give or take...

I chose Modkid's Tandy Tunic, and since I didn't want to do the dress length, I figured I'd better add Winter Wear Designs' Tout de Suite Bloomers to the list for a full outfit! I finished both with time to spare, earning myself this:


The tunic took the bulk of my time - about forty minutes. The style is similar to a raglan, with a separate yoke, and gathered all the way around - so a good chunk of time was just me fiddling with the gathers (and they're still not perfect! Lol.) I love the style - the little fluttery sleeves, that gorgeous crossover front! The yoke is lined, so I used the metallic stripes on the outside of the front and the softer solid gray on the inside for her comfort (the metallic threads make it a little scratchy!)

The bloomers were FAST - I did View A, which is a basic elastic waist and hems. I did everything on my serger, which cut down my time enormously - all but the topstitching on the waist and hems. I even did a fast stretch-and-serge technique on the elastics rather than making casings - that probably cuts elastic application time in half. I think the sewing time spent was only about 20 minutes, and since I took 15-20 minutes putting the patterns together and cutting fabric, that filled my time! Not bad for new-to-me patterns! :)

I didn't finish the sleeves or hem on the tunic, either - the fabric I used is so soft and drapey, I didn't really feel it was necessary! The end result we both love - a sweet summery outfit with a sophisticated color palette. I found the perfect finishing touch, the gold button, in a button jar that belonged to my grandmother.

The metallic stripes were in the remnant bin at Joann Fabrics, one of their clearance fabrics - the gray jersey I had lying in my stash and I'm really not sure where it came from!

Thanks for reading - keep going for some awesome giveaways, a link up to share your own Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry creations, info on all the amazing prizes, and a tour schedule!

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.

A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes!

George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns
  Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns
  Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns
  Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns

 These codes are good through June 12th! Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

 I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages:

Prize Package 1:

1 Pattern of Choice from each of the following:

Patterns for PiratesBrownie GooseMuse of the MorningCall AjaireStitch ArtThe Wolf and The Tree

2 Patterns from each:

Paisley RootsHey June

3 Patterns from EYMM

Prize Package 2:

1 Pattern of Choice from the following:

2 Patterns from Paisley Roots

or right here: An InLinkz Link-up

Link-up Prize Package
Link Up Prize

Here's the full tour schedule for more laundry-avoiding inspiration!



  1. I love that sweet little Tandy Tunic! I need to make one for my toddler to wear when her sister wears her Lexi by Modkid!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Thank you :) I love it too, I've made her two now - they go together so quick and look so cute!

  2. Love that Tandy Tunic!! Great idea to switch the fabric for the inside of the yoke! Hope you share this in the Modkid Fan Group on Facebook.

    1. Thanks Courtney! I will do that :) Love Tandy!

  3. This is the second time I've seen that Modkid top used on a tour I've been on. It must be a good one. Thanks for joining us!

    1. It's awesome! Really quick and so cute :) Thanks for having me along!

  4. So cute! Love the combo of fabrics.

    1. Thank you! I had such a little bit of the metallic stripe, but I'm glad because the solid grey was sooo much softer :)

  5. Such a cute outfit! I think the Tandy is something I'm going to have to get! Seems so loved!

    1. Thanks Karly! It's definitely a good "staples" pattern. Cute and quick.