Summer Time Blog Tour with Winter Wear Designs

Wow the end of the school year is sooo busy!

Between getting the big kids for the summer, all the end of school events, ending baseball and getting ready for summer camps (plus the Baby Bear sprained his ankle), it has been a stretch for me to sew much. Plus I have to get ready for the annual camping trip the kids demand. So while joining in on the tour this month while it’s so hectic probably wasn’t the best idea in the world, it did give me the push I needed to sew.

Typically with the summer camping trip approaching, I usually like to buy several lightweight shorts that are made of knits with draw strings. It was the perfect chance for me to try my hand at making my own this year.

So let’s talk for a second about camping, when we travel it’s 4 kids, 2 adults and 2 cats. Because of this space is very limited and I prefer to change clothing once a day. This means my clothing needs to be comfortable enough that I can wear the clothing to bed but still look decent enough for me wear out and about when we sightsee.

Last week, I made a peplum top I know will get use during the camping trip and was really excited to sew up the Endless Summer Shorts to compliment them.

I used the leftovers of this fabric as well. I’m still excited that Walmart offers these precut deals.

The pattern is designed for wovens, and since I used knits, I sized down one size. This knit does not have the a huge amount of recovery and felt comfortable with going down the 1 size. If the recovery was better I would have taken a chance with sizing down a tad more than 1 size.

I did have to lengthen the shorts by several inches because I’m so tall, I added 1 inch in the rise, and the rest of the length in the leg length since most of my height is in my legs. I love the fit of them. I made them without the pockets (which was silly because there are never enough pockets when camping) so my next pair will definitely have them. I also opted for a knit waistband and added a drawstring to mimic my more usual knock around camping shorts.

I have already started another 2 pairs since I only have 3 weeks until our camping trip.

Don’t miss any of the inspiration in our summer tour:

6/24
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North
6/25
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/26
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/27
6/28
Josianne of Sewista Fashion
Florence guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
Kristen guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
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Seen and Sewn Together Blog Tour

What an exiciting time of year in our house! It’s the last week of school, my husband’s boss has been on leave and the agency he works for picks up big time in the Spring/Summer, baseball season is winding down and my big kids come in to town tomorrow!

I got the chance to participate in this amazing blog tour for Seen & Sewn Patterns and I was lucky enough to get to sew the Parker Peplum. I was a tad nervous as I am at the high side of the sizing for the charts and I typically need a full bust adjustment and I decided I would make a straight muslin (aside from adding length because I am 6ft tall.) I ran off to Walmart in search of fabric that would work for a quick muslin. I found this fabulous fabric

That I knew if I wasn’t happy with the muslin and needed to redo the pattern with an actual FBA, I would be ok with making another in the same fabric😂.

So I set to work. Arielle, has fabulous instructions and because I like to time myself on a first round of makes, was shocked that the actual sewing time was (and I switched between machines, and even had to rethread my serger too.)

Look at that timing! This means taping to cutting the last thread was total around 1 hour- I love a quick sew!

Also I really love the binding style neckline.

So I finished my top and aside from being slightly off on my lengthening, I am very happy with my muslin and will be definitely making more! I chose to style it below in my home look (with lounge pants which is typically how I dress when sewing)

and for a normal day running errands with my favorite hat I wear during baseball season.

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This is a great staple wardrobe piece and I will totally be making pj shorts to wear with this top too because I love being able to pack lightly when we travel so much during the summer. This way I can wear it out and about and at the campsite when ready for bed!

Go get your copy of this pattern and others with this amazing coupon code for $1:

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Welcome to the Seen & Sewn Together blog tour.

Arielle from Seen & Sewn Patterns is creating patterns with a focus on encouraging people to join the #handmaderevolution by sewing their own handmade wardrobe.
A nice group of sewing bloggers have joined together to share with you how we’ve taken the Seen & Sewn Patterns and let our creativity loose with them. We want to inspire you whether you’re just starting or well on your way to building your handmade wardrobe.
The extra fun part for you is that we have a prize pack giveaway from Seen & Sewn Patterns that you can enter below. The prize pack for US residents includes 1 pattern of choice, a Slow Fashion Tee, and a Slow Fashion Pin. For our international readers the prize pack includes a copy of all Seen & Sewn PDF Patterns. Bonus! All entrants will receive a coupon code for a $1 pattern of choice -so make sure your email is up to date in your profile when entering.

The tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Monday June 17th

Sew 4 Five, Sewing A la Carte, Aurora Designs

Tuesday June 18th

Idle Sunshine, That’s Sew Lily, House of Estrella

Wednesday June 19th

Mahlicadesigns, Sewing with D, Fee Bricolo, Aurora Designs

Thursday June 20th

Let’s Go Hobby, Sewing from Scratch, Craftstyle Living, Mama You Can Make It

Friday June 21st

Claire Cruse, Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

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****Disclaimer I did receive this pattern for free to write this blog post.

That was a looonnnng break😂

It has been a while since I posted anything to the page, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Actually, I have sewn quite a bit!

But it’s baseball season, and the schedule has got me straight up confused on which day of the week it is😂😂😂.

Now that we are down to a week before championships, I’m hoping to get back to the more regular-ish posting! But look at my boy…

So since it’s been a bit, I am going to post my favorite make of the last few weeks.

This cap both challenged and stretched me Apple and Fig Street Kred Trucker Hat. I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow, but found my machine likes to be tempermental with foam😂. And I went ahead and made the adult version but after he put it on, I realized we could have gone with the large, but that’s ok Baby Bear will get tons of wear out of it! I became aware of the pattern because of a sew along in the Rockerbye Destash BST Facebook page, and had they not offered it, I probably would not be bold enough to try this, especially with strike off fabrics.

Speaking of strike offs, the fabrics are a current preorder from Run Amok Fabric and like always the big boy picked his fabric blocking and placement.

All Dressed Up with Winter Wear Designs Blog Tour!

I love fancy dress clothes. I love them for me, I love them for my kids, I love them for my partner. I also love when a blog tour allows me to indulge in pretty fabrics, a great pattern and over the top dress just because.

This month’s theme with Winter Wear Designs is all dressed up which is right up my alley!

Sweet Pea has been pestering me since her birthday for a new tea party dress so we desided the Sightseer Sun Dress would fit the bill perfectly.

I love that its a dress that offers a full dress and tunic, but my favorite thing is the fact it also offers a vintage length (which is Sweet Pea’s preferred length and not many dress patterns offer it.)

So off Sweet Pea went to look through my stash, she found a fun pink chiffon and pink woven left over from a princess dress I made for her friend. So now to make it work— and then she found the last few pink sparkle snaps I had left from a preorder from last summer with Kimmy Snabric. This left me with figuring out how to incorporate the snaps but still keep the line of the dress true to the pattern.

In the end, I kept the pattern true to instruction but added 1/2 inch to the skirt width. This way I could interface those sections then fold them over to allow for the snap overlapping. It took some fussy placement with attaching the skirt since I needed the overlap.

I feel like it came out amazing.

I love the piping on this dress soo much.

I really love how the chiffon has so much movement. I did use Suzanne’s advice for the bodice construction for preteen bodies and lined the front (she suggested lining both the front and back but I only chose to worry about the front since Sweet Pea doesn’t wear a bra or undershirts yet. )

Look how happy she was- she literally hasn’t taken it off in 2 days. I’d say that is a positive endorsement for more of this sweet dress. Go get your copy of this cute dress perfect for summer and tea parties!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the All Dressed Up Blog Tour:

Monday 4/22
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
Tuesday 4/23
Wednesday 4/24
Patricia of Sew Far North
Thursday 4/25
Friday 4/26
Aurelie of Maglice and So

Breaking Ground Tour 2019

Here we are, year 2 of my participation in the Breaking Ground Tour (you can find last year’s post here [Week 11: Breaking Ground with Something with Green.]

This year again I will be using a sponsor’s pattern the Rosemary Crop Top from Phat Quarters***. It’s an adorable pattern that will see us through the winter to spring as well as the fall transitions in New England.

I chose the pattern because of it’s versatility. It offers 3 collar types, 2 different lengths and sleeves and is reversible. Sizing rund 2t-12 so my daughter has plenty of time to enjoy the pattern.

The sizing on this pattern is a little more generous on the height side than some of the other brands I have sewn for my daughter. Which will be very nice for her long torso, I typically have to add 2-3 inches because she’s so long!

Since this was a first time for me with both the designer and the pattern, I opted for the reversible crop with simple collar and cuffs.

The pattern is well written and I found a new technique in the instructions for creating the ability to be reversible, I love when a pattern teaches me new techniques. And I really loved being able to sew and complete a project during an episode of Hells Kitchen, so that makes it a great sew for a quick gift or instant gratification sew.

It’s a perfect sew for the upcoming spring where weather can be unpredictable in New England. And I am very excited about checking out more patterns at Phat Quarters!

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves.

(Read on for Giveaway info)
The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:
Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik
Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors
Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom
Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura
Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

****I recieved this pattern for free to be able to write this post.

Week 9: Sew Something Green or Environmentally Friendly

Chugging right along into the 9th week of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. I was very excited to check into the group to post my sew for the week and saw that my kiddos made the cover photo for the week from last week’s sew (sew with knits.)

This week is sewing something green or environmentally friendly. I went with using some fun Minecraft snaps from Kimmy Snabric and fabric my son had picked out a while ago that matched.

After asking a friend which pattern I should go with, I decided on the Menta Bootie Pattern Bundle.

I really like this pattern. It has very easy to follow instructions, add on packs to create fun slippers and is a really quick sew! Start to finish (and photoing/editing photod) both booties took 3hrs total. So this makes a wonderful gifting pattern.

Week 8 : Sew with Knits

Rolling right along into the 52 Week Sewing Challenge! As we head into the final stretch of winter here in New England, this week’s challenge is Sewing with Knits. This is something I regularly work with so a challenge easily accepted!

I got some fabulous strike offs from Run Amok Custom Fabrics and I was off to figure out which patterns to use for the challenge. I love Emily Harkness’ commitment to inclusivity. In this round, she focused on PBS and added something very fun to some of the panels.

We were lucky enough she supported Sweet Pea’s low vision/blind community with adding Braille to some of the panels. I started with trying to use French knots but since the fabric is cotton lycra, I was not happy with the puckering the embroidery caused. I ended up using black dimensional fabric paint which kept the fabric soft and flexible but raised the Braille enough my daughter can still easily feel the dots to recognize what she is grabbing from her closet.

One of the things I just adore about Emily is that she supports my children’s relationship with modeling and loves including both my children in modeling. No easy task, I may add, because Baby Bear is a tween has ADHD and SPD and with Sweet Pea, being a preschooler, we deal with her blindness and low hearing. To be able to find prints that speak to both of them is amazing

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Sweet Pea got to have Daniel Tiger, and the Big Boy got Mr. Rogers (both favorites in our house!) Isn’t that coordinate fabric beautiful.

I had to look through several patterns to figure out which way to go with showcasing these beautiful fabrics.

For Sweet Pea, I tried a new pattern by an International pattern designer, Zuckerwolkenfabrik. I went with the Sweatie, which has tons of options. Scroll down to the end to see some fun construction photos. This is a pattern that is not offered in English but has a ton of photos to guide during construction. It is cut more generous (probably because it is a gender neutral pattern) and more like a wider sweatshirt, rather than the slimmer cut as you typically see in European patterns.

I went with a favorite pattern for Baby Bear. One that is one of his few favorite colorblocked patterns- Sofilantjes’ Regem pattern. Sizing runs 12mo-14 yrs but is European sizing, so my son who typically wears 18/20 is able to still fit in patterns from this designer. Even though he is not a huge fan of colorblocking in general, as the seams can provide bulk that rubs and irritates him. The colorblocking on this pattern hits in a place that is not irritating to him.

These fabrics are amazing and so fun!

I also was lucky enough to get a cuddle blanket topper. My son quickly claimed it for himself  (though I did promise Sweet Pea she could get a blanket topper the next round) because he loves ultra soft fabrics. He said he didnt care how I finished it and initially thought purple binding because it’shis favorite color, but when I was at the store found this lovely rainbow binding and couldn’t resist it with the message on the blanket topper.

Everything came out just perfect. My kids are in love with everything about these projects for them.

Week 6: Sew Something to Make Sewing Easier

So last week I didnt post my week 5 make, may be I will get around to blogging it later (I did sew something, I just want feeling blogging about it🤷‍♀️.)

This week over at the 52 Week Sewing Challenge was to sew something to make sewing easier. And while I really wanted to do a sewing apron for me, time ticked down quickly on me and I couldn’t decide on a fabric from the ones I had at home. So I decided a crafting project to make Hubby’s life easier was both more functional AND less time consuming😂

A while ago I made a Flosstyle Hip Aid for a swap gift and my husband had commented that it would be a great thing for him to have for drill and router bits, screws and nails that he often goes back and forth to to his work bench for.

But he of course wanted several changes to meet his needs better. No zipper because that pocket is useless for his needs and he didn’t care for the small pockets being differing sizes. So I set about making the small changes he asked for.

I went digging through my fabric to find a suitable choice for him. This fabric was gifted for an apron (which I am sewing later) and I knew had plenty extra to make the hip aid.

I had a complicated time picking thread. But ended on the bottom color above.

I think it turned out great! The first time I made this project it was a long and slow process, this time it was a project that cutting to handing over to husband took 45 minutes total (I imagine adding the zippered pockets would have added maybe 15 minutes). So that makes my list of quick gift items list.

What are your 1hr and under gifts you like to make?

ReSEWlutions Sewing: Placket

OOOHHH what a busy out of sorts month it has been! Finally my husband got to go back to work which means I end up with me time again. But then we had the polar vortex that happened and so my kids were out a school or had late starts to the day several times. And Sweet Pea has been sick off and on. But now that things are getting back to normal its time for my first blog tour of the year.

Suzanne Winter with Winter Wear Designs decided that this month she would focus her tour on plackets, I was very nervous about timing of taking on plackets because trying to sew in such chaos is complicated at best. I chose Hepburn Henley because I tend to wear lots of tunic length tops and as a mom, I have a tendency to buy and make for the kids over making for me.

I had never made a placket for a ladies top (I have installed many on skirts and made 1 henley for Baby Bear), but I am always happy to try something new with Suzanne’s patterns because they have such great instructions. This was my first time using this kind of rib knit too so this sew was an adventure all the way around.

Doesn’t that placket look pretty. I went with a tunic length with a v-neckline and 3/4 sleeve. As always, Suzanne did not disappoint on the instructions- there are multiple views for the actual placket installation, which I found very helpful. I really love how the top feels on and will be making more for me because this henley makes a perfect everyday top!

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