It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…..

Otherwise known as time of year that PDF pattern companies end up offering freebies! This year I will do my usual sewing from Winter Wear Designs because there are always soo many great freebies… further down the blog you’ll find links to past freebies I have sewn from WWD.

I get incredibly excited this time of year when practical gifts come out as freebie patterns. This year, I was soo excited to see that bowl covers were on the list for WWD! We have been trying to make the transition to using more sustainable items for our home, we are really working this year to cut out plastic bags. Try as I might, breaking my tiniest one from plastic bags has been HARD. She has become compliant and happy using containers and snack bowls but we struggled with the 1 gallon size bag the most. Her favorite daily snack is popcorn and she happily pops the corn and leaves it in a bowl for me to put in the ziploc because she won’t eat it if it “goes stale” but I HATE the plastic. So I figure this might be the prefect way to wean her off of going through a box of 1 gallon bags a month!

The standard bowl we use is roughly 9 inches in diameter and was happy to see that there were multiple sizes. I really also loved the fact that there are multiple options for construction. I went with the serged version so that it would mean I could avoid a casing. I chose some vintage fabric that I have had for quite some time because it has some of her favorite colors (and I have found over time using fabrics she likes has been key to the transition of helping her make a change!)

I love the fit on both our smaller bowl AND larger one! AND amzingly enough because I picked the serged option, I spent more time measuring my bowls to know which size to pick and cutting out the fabric than actual sewing. This would be an awesome gift for anyone that works on sustainability as you could very easily batch cut and sew and have I would say be able to sew 10-15 in 30 minutes…..Guess what my kids teachers are getting, also any last minute gifting needs as I can whip up a few and just have them on hand! Also you can pair them with the Totally Tote and Produce Bags amd have a perfect gift to encourage sustainability!

She looks really happy, so lets see how long she uses it!

Check out my last year post where I sewed a bunch of my favorite freebies: Sew Festive Holiday!

Check out the last few days from the WWD site!

The 12 Days of Christmas 2020: Day 8 December 08, 2020

The 12 Days Of Christmas 2020: day 7 December 07, 2020

12 Days of Christmas 2020: Day 6 December 06, 2020

12 Days of Christmas 2020: Day 5 December 05, 2020

12 Days of Christmas 2020: Day 4 December 04, 2020

12 Days of Christmas 2020: Day 3 December 03, 2020

Pattern Review and Sale: The VersatiliTee from Buttons and Bibs

I recently joined the Sew PDF Pattern Showcase as an affiliate so I now get the opportunity to sew lots of small independent pattern companies. As an affiliate I will be receiving a small commission for any sales generated through the links posted.

I’m posting this late so the sale that ran for Buttons and Bibs Versitilitee no longer is running (sick kids and spouses make you loose track of time.)

I was dying to try this pattern because I wanted to use my wine fabric I had been keeping for a bit and I wanted a new lounge shirt (that will go with quarantine loungers soon hopefully.

Pattern details:

  • Sizing runs 00-38+
  • Front Neckline options: Boatneck, Scoop and V-neck
  • Back Neckline options: Boatneck and V-neck
  • Sleeve options: Sleeveless, Short, Elbow, 3/4, long with ruching options for 3/4 and long sleeves.
  • Side Rouching option
  • Full Bust Adjustment piece included
  • Thoughts on pattern fit:
    I enjoy the overall fit of the pattern. I love that a full bust adjustment is included so that means the only alterations I needed to do right away are for my height. I added 1 inch in the shoulder and 2 at the waist since the pattern is drafted for 5ft 5. In the future, I should do a narrow shoulder adjustment as the shoulder seam sits a bit wide on my shoulders (it is not unusual for me to need to do a narrow or round shoulder adjustment.) Though with knits I typically don’t worry about it, I am pretty happy with the width of shoulder coverage. In the end this pattern will be a keeper to make more in the future for myself.

    May the Fourth Be With You!

    I know it’s been a bit since my last post. Quarantine life has been complicated and getting into ANY KIND of routine is hard. I have been sewing masks off and on but I did take some time out to sew for my sweet girl.

    We celebrate May 4th in this house like we celebrate a birthday— fun foods, new clothes. With the quarantining we had to go super simple and Sweet Pea was bummed she didn’t get to go to school wearing her new dress.

    I participated in the George and Ginger Sew Along for May 4th, which had lots of people sewing a variety of patterns with varying levels of love for the Star Wars franchise.

    I opted to use a favorite designer of ours, Goober Peas Designs. We opted for the new Emilia Dress, which we got to test.

    Sweet Pea showing off the beautiful hemline.

    We love the angled hemline so when Sweet Pea asked that we use this pattern with some modifications, I said sure!

    The Emilia has lots of features and was formerly the Gingersnap Dress by George and Ginger.

    Sizing now 0-3m through 14. Sleeve lengths include sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 and long sleeves.

    From the website:

    “The Emilia Dress is a mini dress (hitting well above the knee at center front and back) that looks great with leggings, or on its own as a dress for those who are comfortable with the length.

    The loose and flowy fit is very stylish and lends itself to a “grow” style—being worn for years, first as a mini dress and then as a tunic. There is a grow cuff option for the long sleeves, allowing them to be folded up at first and then unfolded as the child grows. Other sleeve length options include short, elbow length, and sleeveless.”

    I used double brushed polyester (DBP) from Boho Fabrics. They do have a delay on shipping do to the current quarantine but they shipped within the time frame stated on their website. This DBP has a thick in hand feel and lovely drape.

    I used a new htv vinyl my husband purchased from Walmart because I couldn’t find what I needed for curbside pick up from Joann Fabrics and I noticed after a few days of wear I need to reapply the heat press. It is very thick vinyl and with applying to DBP I used a lower temp and it’s possible I did not use enough timing for the heat application.

    I added length just under the armscye to take the dress to floor length and added a snap on cape.

    We finished up the look with a felt mask from a shop on etsy and went outside for a photo shoot!

    Spring Fling Blog Hop

    Oooh it’s been a minute- I have been sewing weekly but it is that chaotic time of year where it’s the perfect storm of sport seasons changing, annual appointments for all of Sweet Pea’s specialists and now with the self quarantining and having to teach school. I’m going to be doing something I have never done before and if you read all the way to the end AND COMMENT, I’ll draw a name for a free pattern from Goober Peas Designs Patterns (the pattern company I used for this post today!)

    I love when spring comes. It feels so delightful to be outside with a light weight jacket after being bundled up for so many months on end. But with that shift in weather comes digging through my children’s closets to ensure they have what they need for the weather transitions.

    This year Sweet Pea asked for ALLLLLL the dresses. Which isn’t all that unusual for her, she loves dresses. She added she wanted length and twirly to the request.

    So this means figuring out new patterns or even better, with all the uncertainty currently going on, digging through the depths of all my patterns and creating fun mash ups.

    I decided to fill the request of the wee one I wanted to use bits and pieces of a couple different patterns from Goober Pea Designs Patterns to create a whole new look for her.

    I got a super fun farm print from Shear Madness Fabrics and I knew I wanted something with colorblocking.

    I started with the Hip 2 B Square tee which has a ton of features:

    • Youth sizing of 0-3mo to size 20
    • Basic Tee
    • Short and long sleeve options
    • Sleeve colorblocking with optional venting
    • Full or partial color blocking of the bodice

    I opted for the short sleeve (Sweet Pea is not a fan of long and it would have been my preference due to the time of year but she was having none of that) with colorblocking of the sleeve and bodice. I left off the bottom colorblocking panel on the bodice and trued the back to match since I was attaching a skirt to the hemline. I also lengthened the sleeve a bit because Sweet Pea prefers elbow length sleeves.

    Next to work on the twirl factor and make a dress from the top. I could have gone with the Addison/Sadie add on pack that would have added a circle skirt but I knew with the request of maxi dress length it meant making an adjustment. So I decided to hack/mash it with the Talia Tiered Dress (which is free to newsletter subscribers.)

    Talia has a few fun features:

    • Sizing from 0-3mo- size 14
    • Sleeveless, short sleeves, long sleeves
    • 1,2 or 3 tiers to make peplum, tunic or dress length

    Since the 3 tiers puts the dress at close to a tea length, I knew it would be easy to add a 1.5 inches to each tier to get close to ankle length. It was soo much gathering. I also added clear elastic when attaching the skirt because I was worried about the weight of the skirts with the added length.

    She literally wore this dress for a week straight once it came off the machine so I would say this ended up being a successful mash up!

    Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop! 

    Sew Much Charm kicked off the Spring Fling with the  Spring Fling Giveaway!  A huge congratulations to the winners: Lorna P. of England & Patti V. of Texas!  Each prize package had a retail value of $191!

    Let’s keep the fun rolling this week with more sewing and more fun.  Sew Much Charm is now also hosting the Spring Fling Blog Hop and I’m going to introduce to you our Bloggers for the Blog Hop!

    Be sure to check each day by 6AM (Central Standard Time)!  Each day there will be a blogger (or more) doing a giveaway!  So be sure to check each blog post & just comment on their blog post from this blog hop and you are entered to win!

    Monday Sew Much Charm & Vlogger Sewing From Scratch

    Tuesday –  TPtheModestDoll22 & That’s Sew Venice

    Wednesday –  SewGr8ful & Sequoia Lynn Sews

    Thursday –  Let’s Go Hobby! & The Sarcastic Sewist

    Friday –  The Bear & the Pea Atelier & Wildflowers & Whimsey

    Week 5: Cheryl’s Pick, Upcycle Something

    This week I opted for more of a refashion over the upcycle. My definition of choosing refashion comes from using a RTW t-shirt we have had for a bit and turned it into a 100 day t-shirt for school.

    I asked Sweet Pea what she wanted for a design element and after a bit of time she opted for an appliqued unicorn.

    We went with a Unicorn Applique from the German Makerist and I got to work making a unicorn in the colors that Sweet Pea wanted.

    It was lots of stitching and a bit awkward since the shirt was a rtw shirt (note to self, next time I work on an applique for a shirt, it should be done before sewing the top together.)

    It turned out really cute now it was up to Sweet Pea to add 100 dots with various colors to decorate it.

    Our final product came out great!

    100 days of school all summed up in a fun project.

    Week 3: Sew with Sweater or Swim Knits

    So this is one of the few challenge rejected. I did sew a knit fabric, just not what was suggested.

    I did use one of my favorite fabric company’s in a strike off fabric Cosmic Fabric Creations that will open up mid-February.

    I chose to sew up new slippers for my tiny girl that always has cold feet. I went with the Canmore Cuddle Slippers from Goober Peas Patterns. I love that I can get a slim narrow for for her tiny width feet and ankles. Its the first time we have had slippers that fit more like a sock and close to her body.

    Eeking Out the Last Scraps

    I sometimes am lucky enough to get fabrics that my kids get super excited about, like this Ladybug fabric (opening soon from Shear Madness Fabrics) and like to try to use up every last scrap. This is so when they outgrow that epic hoodie or dress or whatever I have made them, they get to keep a piece that isn’t just for wearing. Favorite ways to preserve these fabrics in the past has been using them for chapstick holders, small bags, pencil bags.

    I recently got into making patches with the fabric that has larger artwork and it’s something Baby Bear really loves. Here is a tutorial using hot glue and painting but you can easily do the same with fabric. My favorite method is similar to this tutorial using a regular sewing machine. If you are using fabric I would recommend using heat n bond in between the decorative fabric and heavier weight interfacing then stitch around the design. My son prefers a more flexible patch so I just heat and bond the back of the fabric but for a more traditional weight patch, you would need to use the heavier interfacing. Make sure to use a heavy duty, jeans or leather needle as the interfaced fabric can be thick and universal needles will sometimes skip based on the decorative fabric with the interfacing.

    And now that Sweet Pea is getting older, I am hoping to get her into patches too. But for now I am happy with inventing a new way for her to play. I took this fabric and fused it with heat and bond then fused to felt for felt story board play.

    A variety of Ladybug and Cat Noir characters and kwamis cut into smaller shapes on felt backing. The Chloe character is already sewn around.

    I sewed around the characters then cut them out as close to the stitching as I could.

    And since I gave these to Sweet Pea, she has already engaged in several hours of fun.

    Sweet Pea plays on her storyboard with the felt Ladybug and Cat Noir characters and Kwamis.

    Don’t have a felt board like we do, no problem. You can cover cardboard, or poster board with regular eco felt. You can even get fancy and duct tape 2 pieces of cardboard together then cover with felt so that it is a collapsing storyboard to take places with you.

    All the characters on a rainbow blanket all laid out.
    A happy Sweet Pea smiles while holding up the characters and Kwamis for Ladybug and Cat Noir.

    Hours of fun, entertainment, and storytelling just by using a few scraps.

    Week 3: Sew Something for Health or Fitness.

    Here we are 3 weeks in to the sewing challenge this year and I am already running behind….

    The last couple of years I have tried to literally follow the challenges of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge and if it wasn’t literal then I would mark it as challenge rejected or going rogue. This year I decided that instead of just following along to meet a sewing ideal that I would look at my current sewing and how I could interpret it to meet the needs of the week’s suggested sew.

    THIS week is sewing for health or fitness. Many in the group chose to sew with athletic fabric or using patterns that were designed to facilitate a healthy journey. I did see some fun sews that assist with both like a running belt and lunch boxes. I went a some what more vague route by sewing pajamas for Sweet Pea.

    I chose to interpret this as being sewing for health because it is necessary to have warm clothing for our very cold winters here in New Hampshire. I was fortunate enough to be brought into a current pattern test with Eunoia Patterns to take photos of a soon to release night set (Goodnight Darling Robe and Nightgown set) and I knew that it would be the perfect pattern to stretch the definition of this week’s sewing challenge.

    Sweet Pea holds a purple puppy that wears a crown named Princess Hot Dog that she is looking down at. She is wearing just the nightgown and the photo is a close up of the offset bodice with pink snaps. The nightgown is white with tiny pink rosebuds. You can see the pretty gathering of at the wrists.

    From the Eunoia Website:

    “The Goodnight Darling Robe and Nightgown is a nostalgic nod to long ago with a lovely floor length robe and sweet tea length nightgown. This delightful pair is perfect for flannels, eyelet lace, embroidery or vinyl embellishments, vintage buttons and even matching doll looks for your child to match their doll.”

    Sweet Pea looks down at her feet. She is wearing the Goodnight darling nightgown in white flannel with tiny pink rosettes all over it. Her little feet are sticking out crossed beneath the hem of the nightgown.

    Sizing is 2t-20 and the relaxed fit allows for comfort while playing and sleeping. We found it was perfect for all the playing that Sweet Pea likes to do before story time and bedtime.

    Up close of the collar piping detail while Sweet Pea reads a book with a purple puppy under her arm.

    We love the sweet details from the ability to use piping to the offset bodice of the nightgown and sweet gathers at the wrist.

    Sweet Pea in Vamperina RTW pjs with the robe over top.

    I also love how the robe can be paired with favorite rtw pajamas we already own to give a tad more warmth.

    Sweet Pea lifting the robe and dress up while she steps out.

    Check out this sweet pattern while it’s on sale for $7.50 (regularly $12.00) with a code in the Facebook Group to get the dolly pattern for free during the release sale. The doll pattern is priced at $2.50 and also includes both the nightgown and robe as well.


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