Sunday, January 14, 2018

Week 2: 52 Week Sewing Challenge, an upcycle, and pattern testing!

Heeyyy! Week 2 went just as well, sewing almost every day (and when I wasn't actively sewing I was prepping patterns or planning!)

First up: my week 2 pieces (yes, two!) for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge - sew something with the last fabric you bought.

I did actually buy fabric after this black/white rib knit from Miss Mollipolli, but it hadn't arrived yet, so I went with last fabric received since I hadn't bought any locally. I intended it for binding on these Pilot Caps (I love making these!), and digging through my upcycle bin I found this tie dye dress that  I just had to pair with the black and white. I love the juxtaposition of the two fabrics.

The dress is from a local thrift store here, but it originally was a blank, I believe, from Dharma Trading Co. (to my knowledge they don't sell already-dyed clothing.?) I meant to just cut it down enough to make it fit my girls, but I love this transformation even more! It was just the right amount for a 12-18m hat and size 1 MBJM Harem Pants.

Also this week I tested the Bowmont Tee for GYCT Designs. I've tested for Chelsea before, and I'm glad she's back to the sewing/pattern making world after some time off! I'm a sucker for shawl collars, and though my first tester (above, cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek) is adorable, I really feel like this sweater knit from Sincerely Rylee stole the show. The drape is perfect for that collar, and I had to make two matchy-matchy for my sweet boys. I can't get them to model together though. ;) My 3 yr old is a willing participant in a photo shoot as long as he gets candy!

He is the sweetest boy. I told him to smile "big and cute" - definitely got that!

This is his "it's cold out here, mom" pose.

Today is the last day for the Grand Opening sale at, code GRANDOPEN. The tee isn't on sale any longer, but you can get all your purchases 20% off - don't wait! Sale ends tonight.

The Bowmont includes the shawl collar option, as well as a hood or plain neckline. Long sleeves, short sleeves, or sleeveless. There is a banded hem option as well as sewn hem, and an optional kangaroo pocket. All of mine were cut at the same time, shawl, banded, sleeveless - the shawl collar has since been updated to be a bit longer and overlap just a little more in the front, but this is about a 1/2" overlap in my photos.

Some other sewing this week:

Fabric: Scuba knit from Pretty Posh Prints

Another MBJM Harem Pants and Little Lapsi Patterns Pilot Cap set for a baby gift

Fabric: Butterfly Doodles interlock knit from Joann Fabrics, cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress

Stay tuned for my (mis)adventures with muslining - I'm doing the Make a Muslin Challenge with the Real Deal Jeans (Winter Wear Designs) along with the Sew Altered Style group!

Monday, January 8, 2018

52 Week Sewing Challenge: Week 1

2018 is starting off with a bang! I've been sewing every day (amazing), and actually finishing projects (double amazing). I've joined a couple of IG challenges; Sew Altered Style and Curvy Sewing Collective have bimonthly themes, so I've made up my 2018 #makenine list to try to fit in as many of those as I can. This year my wardrobe will get a serious overhaul if I get as much done as I'd like! Not to mention I've committed to #rtwfast2018 with Goodbye Valentino - no buying clothes, just making them! (For myself, anyway. But I'm trying with my kids' stuff, too!)

I also joined the 52 Week Sewing Challenge group on Facebook. The idea is to sew one item a week, and each week has a theme that participants can follow if they see fit. There are sponsors for giveaways, and if you post in the official thread a photo of your finished project (either "Challenge Accepted" or "Challenge Rejected" if you sewed something not fitting the theme), you're entered to win. I also have an album for my creations, that aside from the challenge item I'm posting everything else I make in 2018, to have a visual record.

Week 1 is over - the theme was "warm and soft". Easy for me in cold Wyoming! We had a week of negative temps; now it's been in the 40s, but you still need a coat. (The wind..!)
I pulled a pattern from my stash that I've intended to make myself for a few years now - the Midnight Slippers from Stitch Upon A Time. They're not on the site, but if you join their FB group there is a file with the free pattern download.

Back in December I was shopping thrift stores for an ugly sweater party, and I found a lambswool beauty from Old Navy. It wasn't the right size to wear, but I knew I had to take it home and felt it for another project! Turns out it was perfect for the slippers, and I even have enough left for some mittens or a hat! I bought the end of a bolt of Sherpa fleece at Joann a few weeks back, and used that for the lining, opting out of a "pad" layer since the two fabrics are so thick. Now that I've been wearing them a while, I wouldn't mind having another layer, but they do the job. I sew in the basement, and the tile-over-concrete floor can get COLD - not to mention the drafts.

From this...

to these!

Other First-Week-of-January sews:

Astronaut Mittens (Puperita) in anti pill fleece from Joann Fabrics and French terry from Koshtex

Little Lamb Zippy Pouch (Stubbornly Crafty) - turned cat; face is Siser vinyl and was designed by my 6 year old. Quilting cotton from Walmart; lining is a woven Lecien print, manufactured in Japan.

Summit Peak Hoodie (New Horizons Design) in Starfluffle Fabric Alphabet Tree custom French terry and red and green cotton spandex from Purple Seamstress.

*Alphabet Tree print is no longer available; this was purchased in the last reprint round, September of 2017. Check the Starfluffle BST Facebook page.

Green Tee (Greenstyle) in mulberry rayon spandex from Pretty Posh Prints.

*Pretty Posh is in the process of relaunching their website; the Green Tee is free with a code in the Greenstyle Patterns Facebook group.

Duckie Skirt (Felicity Patterns) in quilting cotton from my stash.

*The Duckie Skirt is available for free; instructions on Felicity Patterns' blog.