Sew Long Summer Tour

It’s the end of the summer, and the kids are finally back in school- yay! And most of us that sew are starting to shift our focus sewing on Halloween costumes and Christmas gifts.

This year rounding out the summer sewing for me are a variety of capsule style items that can be used with layering pieces. Sweet Pea loves dresses so long sleeve bodysuits and skirts that are longer and paired with leggings and leg warmers underneath allow her to still feel like a princess but be fully covered.

This year I decided I want to do a series of photos of Sweet Pea embodying different types of Goddesses and fairies. And I knew this was the perfect opportunity to start that series. As we go into fall my inspiration uses beautiful dark rainbow watercolor fabric from Cosmic Fabric Creations.

We sat down with some croquis and tried to figure out what would fit the guidelines for the end of the summer- it needed to have sleeves yet still work for layering, otherwise as we are going into very long months of cool weather there would be very little wear of a fabric Sweet Pea absolutely adores.

In the end this is what my daughter decided on.

I started with picking out the green so I knew what kind of body suit to go with. In the end Sweet Pea chose a muted green which was perfect for the new Logan Bodysuit from Rad Patterns. This is a snap crotch lapped bodysuit going from newborn sizing all the way up to a size 20+ in childrens (plans for an adult version are in the works currently.) It is part of the accessibility line that Rad Patterns offers. And it is currently on sale so get it before it goes to regular price.

I love it because the fit is amazing (I graded between a size 3t width and 5t length and I imagine I will have to make several more to go under overalls, dresses and skirts. And when she wears skirts and dresses we can leave off the bloomers and she can get in and out of it on her own to use the bathroom.

After that it was on to the skirt using that beautiful fabric above. The Kaleo Skirt from Eunoia patterns seems like a perfect fit. Since it had lots of gathers and was long like a princess skirt. Now Sweet Pea has a beautiful princess dress to wear for school fall music concerts and for when she just wants to be a princess. The Kaleo has excellent drafted instructions and since the skirt pieces are rectangles, offers both pattern pieces and a cut chart. The pattern also includes a slim cut top that can either be a crop or long and have short or 3/4 sleeve. I would have used it since it came with the pattern but Sweet Pea wanted something that would stay tucked in while playing.

She added a paper flower crown and I think she looks like a woodland fairy or Goddess and I feel like this looks almost exactly like the croquis above😍

We’re kicking off the Sew Long Summer blog tour this week. We have some really fun and inspiring creations for you again this year.
Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along and comment on their posts this week.
Sept. 9th Sewing A La Carte, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing With Sarah
Sept. 10th The Bear and Pea Atelier, Auschick Sews, Stitched by Jennie, Miss Marah Sewn
Sept. 11th Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, A Rose Tinted World, mahlicadesigns
Sept. 12th Little Heart Threads, Lulu and Celeste, The Crafting Fiend, Fils Anddraps
Sept. 13th Petite Font, Sew 4 Five, The Sewing Scientist, Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Kitty Makes It

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Sew Fab Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of several blog tours this next few weeks for rounding finishing out the summer and getting back to school. The Summer Bundle Tour features so many fun patterns from brands I had never tried before and one of my favorite designers to test for.

Sew Fab Patterns is a group of sewists that love good patterns and appreciate an exclusive sale every few months. You can sign up to join the Collective here.

This current bundle features designs from:

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Jennuine Designs

Duchess and Hare Patterns

The Eli Monster

Tie Dyed Diva Patterns

Cucicucicoo

Goober Peas Patterns

Golden Rippy

I decided to work with The Eli Monster patterns and sew both a dress and pants for this tour. Their patterns and was excited to try not 1 but 2 new patterns and since they were pants and a top or dress, I get a really nice feel for the designers fit in a lot of ways.

About the Eli Monster

“The Eli Monster formed after Stephanie began sewing cloth diapers for her own little monster, Eli. After months of searching popular brands for cute and edgy diapers while sewing for her own E and then for younger monster Girly, she discovered that other moms were in the same boat. So Stephanie began the long process of designing and redesigning a diaper that was both trim and well fitting for skinny minis and buddha babies alike. Using her original pattern and skills learned while in school (Southern Illinois University-go Salukis!) she began creating diapers that are both trend forward and practical.

Now that her children are a bit older and out of cloth diapers, she has turned her attention to creating digital sewing and knitting patterns for all the clothing she has sketched out. Making patterns is a great way to continue making NEW things.”

I started with the Nieux Dress which my child asked for the tunic length because as we head into fall, jeans and leggings are a huge part of her wardrobe. Sweet Pea tends toward dresses more than anything but I knew where she needed fill ins was tops and pants. Off to the store we went looking for great fabric. Sweet Pea settled on Minecraft fabric using the last few Kimmy Snabric snaps I have.

I really love the simplicity of this tunic. I also love that there is the option for a lined bodice or to use bias trim (which is what I opted for.) And I really love that start to finish the entire tunic took me 1hr. I did opt for using lace for the hem facing because Sweet Pea said it looked like lava rather than the regular facing.

Next up was the Reizen Pants. I love the elastic plus fuller hip yet narrow ankle, that creates a casual relaxed look that will look great with jackets and chunky sweaters as well as t-shirts and blouses.

The pockets are super cute and had an interesting construction I had never done before. This pattern went together super quick and it is the first time I have made pants for Sweet Pea that I didn’t have to take an excessive amount off the hem or adjust the rise, everything sits perfectly on her.

I really enjoyed being introduced to a new brand and participating in this tour. I will definitely be getting the pattern bundle offered at Sew Fab Patterns to have the rest of the other patterns and I am incredibly excited by the other patterns offered by The Eli Monster and having new patterns that fit my tiny human so well!

I also made the Goober Peas Campbell Jacket during a sew along last week with Run Amok Fabrics, you can check out how cute that came out below. My daughter’s favorite jacket ever is the Campbell and my son loves the vest as a layering piece beneath his winter coat.

Back at Blogging!!!!

It has been a very busy summer between half day summer camps, 1 kiddo gone for several weeks and the other acting out because she misses big brother and the other Bigs that had a shorter visit than usual this year.

Sewing has been minimal but now as Baby bear comes back this weekend, it’s time to get back into school mode as we head into the last week of kids being home for the summer. I imagine this last week will be full of all kinds of feelings as since Baby Bear does not handle transitions well and this is a year of BIG changes for my babies.

This year we have 1 starting kindergarten, 1 starting middle school, 1 starting high school and 1 starting their senior year.

All that said- my next blog post will be next week—as part of the Sew Fab Blog Tour.

In the mean time- check out some of these sews I did get finished this summer with all the chaos.

See you next week!

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

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.

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