Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Holiday Wear with Winter Wear Designs

Today I have a Carousel Christmas Sister Set! My oldest doesn't like to model for me anymore, but she couldn't resist the matching outfits with her little sister, and I'm so pleased. They're so cute!

I have "formal" ideas for Christmas dresses, but when I started thinking about a more casual look, the Carousel Collection came to mind. There are dress and tunic options, a fun circle skirt, sleeveless and sleeved bodices, and a legging addition (that can also be built into the skirt for a skort if desired).

All my fabrics come from Raspberry Creek Fabrics & Custom Printing. Diana just started adding double brushed poly to her selections, so I picked up the fun plaid deer print and the black polka dot, and then a cotton spandex red polka dot. The dresses are both lined in their matching legging fabrics, so the girls can differentiate whose is whose.

I managed to squeeze two tunics out of 2 yards of the DBP! I had to forgo sleeves, but that'll be fine because I have some cute little shrugs planned to go over them. :) The leggings are separate pieces, and I like that the dots are neutral enough to go with a lot of other things in their wardrobe as well, so these outfits can go a lot further.

I'm so thankful to Suzanne for giving me the Carousel Collection pattern - not only for the purposes of this tour, but it really pushed me to think ahead and now my girls have some holiday wear (and I'm not waiting until the very last minute for once!) December will be less stress. ;)

You can pick up this pattern collection for yourself (and make sure you see all the inspiration posts this week, there are a lot of great patterns to grab) during the Thank You sale - running November 19-26, there are two different codes to make sure you can stock up as many WWD patterns as possible for the best prices! For 35% off all patterns AND pattern bundles, use code THANKYOU2018. (This offer does exclude the WW Wardrobe Builders, as they are already set at low prices.) For a BOGO offer (equal or lesser value), use BOGO2018 (also excludes WW Wardrobe Builders).

Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts!!!


Livia of Liviality

Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Spotlight on: Rosemary Cowl Sweater and Camas Knit Top

Today I'm sharing a couple of favorites (an old favorite and a new favorite!) from Phat Quarters Patterns. I first made the Rosemary Cowl Sweater not long after it was first released, and though my oldest wore it for a good 6 months, I never managed to get decent pictures of it! So many outfits I never take photos of, so sad! I am more than happy to have these coordinating tops to show off Gemia's beautiful designs today, and to have some photographs for the future!

Gemia asked if I would make a Camas tee to go with the Rosemary, and I had the perfect fabrics. This was my first time making Camas, and it definitely isn't the last. Such a beautiful and simple top, but with some great details (who doesn't love drawstrings?!), and I love the neckline facing option. It's super easy to enclose tags in, for one thing, and it gives such a simple, polished look, without having to worry about getting a neckband just right. (There is a neckband option, too, though, if you prefer!)

I opted to place drawstrings on the bodice, but there's also an option to put them on the sleeves, which would be really useful for long sleeves and kids who never seem to know if they want their sleeves up or down! I know my oldest will be a fan of those. For Sam's, I added cuffs, and I love the wearability of this top. It's covering enough to keep her warm in chilly weather, but she doesn't have to worry about sleeves being pushed up to keep them clean while at school. The neckline facing and this gorgeous peacock print fabric are dressy enough feeling for church, but it's a sturdy cotton spandex perfect for play as well.

For Rosemary's part, all those clean finishes are the best thing about this pattern. Or maybe it's the fact that because of them, it's fully reversible. I bought two coordinating hacci sweater knits, and immediately could see them as Rosemary. Bonus, they coordinate with the peacock print!

Rosemary has three cowl options (split, button, and simple) - I chose the simple option to let the floral print speak for itself. The sleeves are finished with a neat clean finish, and the cowl as well - I closed my turn hole there with invisible thread and a ladder stitch, so you'd never know it was there! This is the full length sweater with a contrast panel, so I could show off the coordinate as well.

The best thing about all of this, of course, is that Sam loves them. She already told me she's wearing them to school tomorrow, and it's always gratifying to make things that my kids will wear again and again! If you want to grab these for yourself (or any of the other great Phat Quarters patterns - see my Alderwood Pullover in this previous post), I hear there might be a Black Friday sale coming!! Join the Facebook group for updates, and of course to share your own PQ creations!

Fabrics: Peacock print cotton spandex jersey from Mood Fabrics
Fuchsia Ivory Roses on Teal Green Hacci Knit and Fuchsia Pink Stripe Hacci Knit from Girl Charlee

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!)