Monster Tour!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

Costume making time.

My children start figuring out what they want to be in June because sometimes they want more than one costume. Costuming and cosplay allows my children to display their creativity in play and allows me to stretch myself with new patterns and pattern hacking to get the looks I want. This year, I was a tad bit sad when Baby Bear picked a store bought costume this year (his first one since grandma bought him his Thor costume when he was 3). Buuuttt Sweet Pea will keep me busy since she gave me a tall order of 3 costumesšŸ˜‚

The priority costume is her Trick or Treat costume. We go Trick or Treating at malls and Trunk or Treat events rather than going house to house, so there are no limits on how ornate the costumes are (except whatever the children choose, they have to be able to wear thermals or base layers if needed because Halloween can be very cold here in New England).

She decided for it she would have me make her an Elena of Avalor costume. First, we had to figure out if we wanted Elena’s ballgown or every day look. She decided that she would go with the every day dress.

I was kind of hoping she’d go for the ballgown because that would have been a HUGE stretch for me.

I am a big fan of hacking and mashing patterns as well as using patterns I already own, so I knew I already had the perfect patterns to create the perfect Elena look.

To get the look, I had to mash 2 different patterns and I wanted to stay with only one pattern company. I wanted to use Eunoia Patterns since I knew they had a skirt with flounces, The Paradise Wrap. That would be the outer skirt to create the Elena look.

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And the Kaleo for the base skirt and top.

I decided to do a separate skirt rather than creating an actual dress so that Sweet Pea can wear the top if she wanted and I really love the fact the Kaleo came with a top as well.

I started with the skirts. Using the Kaleo pattern, I followed the pattern as written until I got to adding elastic to the waistband. And constructed the Paradise as written to the waistband, as well. It was lots of gathering but I love the ruffle on the Paradise Wrap Skirt. Initally, I put a waistband on the Kaleo (sometimes all those gathers can break a needle and at that point I hadn’t started the Paradise yet to know if there would be gathers, plus I needed to check the length on my petite child) but in the end I created a binding with the original waistband so that there would be less bulk at the band. I made another Kaleo waistband and attached it to the Paradise with the binding of the Kaleo skirt.

Next up was creating the top. I used the Kaleo top but made a few modifications to it. Its a snug fitting fully lined top but since I was adding the flounce along the neckline, I had to rethink that construction. In the end, I decided that I would bind the top, and that allowed me to get rid of the lining as well. Also the top is designed to use a band, I just added the additional length a band would add to the top.

To create the flounce, I used the width of the ruffle on the Paradise top. After measuring the neckline, I multiplied that measurement by 1.5 so that the flounce would be ruffled but not so heavy with gathers it would make the binding thick.

 

Once I got to this point Sweet Pea decided she needed a “pocket” for the Elena sword Daddy got her for her costume. That would have come in handy prior to attaching the waistband, but since it was an after thought I had to figure out a solution. Enter a sash!

I made a simple sash that could tie around the waist and attached FOE (I just got this pretty sparkly FOE in and Sweet Pea was adamant I use it rather than the red I picked out) 6 inches from the center so she can have her sword attached for both Trick or Treating and for play and she isn’t limited to which side it’s on).

I love how the whole thing came out! And I cannot wait to get pretty outdoor photos in the next couple of days (they will get added to the post once taken).

The little princess squealed and immediately asked to put it on. I saw thats a win šŸ˜‰

This post is part of the My Monsters Blog Tour hosted by Tibecca Yao of Sewing by Ti. Come join us on a journey into a world full of costumes and Halloween inspired outfits!

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

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Week 42: Halloween Blog Tour

Happy October! Today I get to be lucky enough to be a part of the DIY Halloween Sewing tour.

This year I decided out of the couple of tours I am participating that I was going to make me a priority and actually dress up. I’m not sure if I have seriously dressed up since I was pregant with Baby Bear.

So I asked my children what should I be for Halloween, Baby Bear said a princess and Sweet Pea said a purple witch (go figure šŸ˜‚).

After look through and discarding tons of ideas, I had a testing opportunity that helped me make the decision!

When the All Hallows Eve Hat from Eunoia Patterns (formerly Karrington Paige Patterns) came across my app, I knew it was fate for me to finally be the witch I always wanted to be.

About the pattern maker and pattern itself, is offered free on the Eunoia Patterns page. Eunoia means beautiful thinking, and I love Shannon coined the phrase “Sewing patterns to inspire your beautiful thinking.” Shannon has an amazing design team working with her to create a beautiful catalog for a variety of styles. As for the All Hallows Eve Hat- it comes with sizing for toddler to adult, comes with a 26 page instruction book, plus mouse ear and bow instructions and svg files to make your ultimate witch hat.

Off I went to Joann fabrics to find the perfect accessories.

I may have gone a tad overboard but hey go big or go home, right?

The instructions were easy to follow and the only place I really struggled was with the clamping off the metal wire at the end AND figuring out how to place my accoutrementšŸ˜‚

After I got to this point, I stuffed the hat so I could figure out the other placement of accessories. I will say next time I am going to accessorize before putting the wire in and stitching the bias tape closed.

I hand stitched everything and I probably should have hot glued some of the accessories on but honestly I couldn’t find my glue gun.

I went through my closet found a coat I held on to from my club kid days and off I went to cast some spells.

I can’t wait to wear my costume for Halloween!

Are you ready to see all of the new Halloween costumes on the DIY Sewing Pattern Blog Tour? Me too!! Go ahead and follow along with us!

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Week 39: Sew Something Brown

This week for Sew Something Brown, I got to sew up some cuddly pajamas for the Sweet Pea. Pop on over to my post on theĀ Winter Wear Designs September Hack-a-ThonĀ Blog tour to find out about the top I made to use for her pajama top. This post is about the new release fromĀ Rad PatternsĀ Savannah Smiles Pattern.pants

This pattern comes in mommy and me sizing but I opted for making a pair for Sweet Pea as pajama pants (I am sure I will sew a pair for me some time this winter too). Sizing is generous. The pants are a drop crotch slim through the knee fit making one think almost of MC Hammer pants of earlier years. The pattern release price is $7.00 for the momma version or kids version (increasing to $10.00 after the release sale), and $12.60 for the bundle ($18.00 after release). Sweet Pea really loves that she can roll around and has plenty of room for movement in these pants, and I super love that she is going to get tons of wear out of them!

 

This floral double brushed poly came from Hobby Lobby and allowed me to fit the theme of the 52 Week Sewing Challenge since there are little brown flecks. No way was I getting away with something predominantly brown but the brown in flowers works- right?

Winter Wear Designs September Hack-a-Thon

How in the world can it possibly be the end of September already? Here in New England the leaves have started changing, kids are getting back into the full swing of school and we are finally getting settled into our house as we moved from Vermont to New Hampshire at the very beginning of the month. My sewing room looks like an explosion of machines and notions but it is operational-yay!

Just in time for me to join in on this tour. I love hacking patterns. I have posted in the past hacking WWD patterns for the boy child. This time, I decided that I would use my hack-a-thon samples to work on creating a perfect top for Sweet Pea that will eventually become a Supergirl cosplay outfit. *****At the time of publication the blue Supergirl one is in the middle of construction.****

There are still so many patterns with Winter Wear Designs that I have not sewn, I decidedĀ Perfect Panel Tee seemed very popular in the Facebook group so I was going to use this as my chance to check it out.

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Just a bit about this specific pattern. It comes with the standard WWD 1-14 sizing and offered as a unisex pattern. There are 2 different fit styles for this pattern (European or slim fit and regular fit), plus you can opt for the tshirt style or a-line if that’s more your thing. The sleeves are offered in a standard short, 3/4, and long but there is also a fun knotted option. This shirt is super fun because it has lots of colorblocking options already built into it, making it perfect for custom panels but also for creating a unique look every time you sew. This is the perfect pattern for a new sewist ready to try colorblocking with a step by step option to make it easier!

Now how to hack it to fit the theme of this tour?Ā  My daughter has a burgeoning obsession with pockets. She loves collecting rocks, leaves, carrying toy trains with her and is now at the age that she is starting to enjoy all the treasures pockets can hold. I consulted her to see if we wanted to do patch pockets or a kangaroo pocket, then had the brilliant idea to do inseam pockets instead. I sketched out a pocket on a piece of a paper after measuring Sweet Pea’s hand length and width. The cut out 4 of them.

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After laying out my pattern pieces and reading through the instructions, I was very interested in seeing that the sleeve would be an inset sleeve (which I am not used to seeing in knit patterns). How exciting!

I constructed the front panel per the excellent instructions that Suzanne puts out, then lined up the front and back pieces so I could decide where I wanted the pocket to be.

After clipping the right sides together for the pocket pieces and the front and back of the shirt, I serged down the edge to attach the pocket pieces to the front and back panel pieces. From there I proceeded with construction as usual, attaching the shoulder then sewing down the sides but making sure to attach the pocket pieces together.

Once you have finished sewing your garment you should have some fun treasure pockets.

*********For my muslin, I did not topstitch the pocket (I forgot in my second one too) andĀ  I would recommend topstitching prior to sewing the side seams so that your pockets remain inside the shirt. I used thinner fabrics, similar weight to my fabric for the Supergirl dress in the works, had the fabric been a heavier custom lycra, I probably would have been ok without the topstitching. But since I was using 8oz cl and dbp the pockets in the end needed the topstitching to keep the pocket in place.*************

Version 2 was made purely because Sweet Pea wanted pjs after wearing the black and pink shirt to school. We tried it in DBP because she wanted cuddly fabric.

Here she is enjoying the new pajamas (house shoes and all) I made for her early in the morning while I was getting my son out the door.

And wearing her pink one

I cannot wait to finish the Supergirl version, but that one has to wait just a bit!

Even though today is the last day of the tour, join in on the giveaway fun over at theĀ Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook GroupĀ and read up on the other posts hacking lots of fun patterns from the WWD catalog!

 

Don’t miss out on any of the stops along the tour!!!!
9/24
Jess of Jot Designs
9/25
9/26
Livia of Liviality
9/27
9/28
Patricia of Sew Far North

 

Week 26: Sew Something with Stars

Week 26, here we are officially half way into the year! This week, I accepted the challenge by sewing up lots of new panties for my potty training pre-schooler. I was lucky enough to get to test theĀ Hip KeeneyĀ pattern fromĀ Plucky Butterfly Designs patterns.

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Right away I knew I would love testing for Pam. She does an immediate check in with measuring her 1 inch square and requires that members of her test place photos either in pm to her or to the dropbox link she shares with you. Because these are panties and exposing children, I really appreciate the trouble that Pam goes to so that my child is safe during this test. She is also quite specific with what photos are acceptable and deletes all photos during the various phases. I felt very comfortable working with her because of her attention to detail and her concern that no child is to be exposed.

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Another really nice feature to working with Pam is that she has comfort in mind for kids with sensory and medical issues, which is fabulous for Sweet Pea since she experiences tummy bloat from her thyroid meds. I also love how the crotch seam on these panties are completely enclosed. Pam provides excellent instructions but for those that struggle there is also a video provided!

I love this pattern and while I made several for Sweet Pea, I look forward to the ladies version for me and hopefully working with Pam again as a tester! Check out all the pairs I made here—>

Week 25: Sew Something Blue

For the Week 25 challenge I am combining a bit of Week 26 (stars) too! I love TKB products, their stars and HP Wand Motions fabric made the perfect night dress for Sweet Pea. The pattern used this week is fromĀ Plucky Butterfly Designs.Ā The Mooney Rooney Nightgown is a super quick make and for $2.00 (free if you join theĀ Plucky Butterfly Facebook group). This nightgown does not include the colorblocking that I used and is a naptime make because with a serger the sewing time is literally 20 minutes.

I completed this nightgown while testing theĀ Hip Keeney pattern, so that Sweet Pea would have a lovely nightdress to work well with all the fun panties I would be making for potty training. I’ll discuss that pattern next week.

But for this pattern, I simply cut where I wanted my colorblocking and addedĀ  1/4 seam allowance. The instructions are very clearly written and I really enjoy Pam, the owner of the company. Her attention to detail is spectacular.

Week 28: Sew a Tank Top

Sew a tank top! Challenge Accepted, it was the perfect opportunity to test and sew the newĀ Pickle Toes PatternsĀ Boys Triple Play TankĀ for my daughter. I am always looking for great patterns that provide modest coverage for the day-to-day wear during the summer time for my youngest. I love there is the option for colorblocking or the option to have a plain front AND that there is also the ability to have 3 different styles of back; full coverage, atheletic, and racerback. There is also a pocket option with 2 different styles. My children both opted for no pockets.

For this version I went bold with bright red cotton lycra fromĀ Central TX FabricĀ which I have mentioned several times in previous posts (she just started doing monthly subscription boxes for this same knit so head over to the group and get in on that action- 3yds solid is just $28).

My son’s version does not have colorblocking but I knew to make the best use of the Dr. Suess fabric, I had to get the colorblocking on. I opted for the athletic back on the tank for Sweet Pea.

It provides that fuller coverage for the tank but I think next time, I’ll opt for the racerback option.

Instructions are easy to follow and this is a great intro pattern for someone wanting to start colorblocking but is a bit nervous. It took me approximately 30 minutes to sew the top up, so its also a great nap time sew!

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I think the next one I may also make out of swim material because it would make a great swim top for my kiddo that sometimes doesn’t want to wear a traditional bathing suit!

Week 37: Sew Something You Have Sewn Before

So it is Week 37 in the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. There had been some discussion as to whether the challenge would be sew something you have made before or if it was sew something you have never sewn. I had documented something you have never sewn before and even had this post with never included in the title. At some point in time, I guess they changed the category. No biggie, we roll with it but I had already planned a new pattern and since I am one to augment the challenge to fit me, I am making something new, with a fabric type and company I have sewn before for this challenge and blog tour. I am also going to change how I am posting this challenge since I already posted this week with a blog tour and I am not going to make a completely different post or combine weeks and tours like I have previously. You can find my post about the pattern and fabric I used hereĀ Sew Long Summer Blog Tour.

The pattern for this week’s challenge isĀ CoEmi Mini Jessi

Fabric is the FABAUG preorder round atĀ Kimmy Snabric

 

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Sew Long Summer Blog Tour

Here we are, working our way into fall and winding down on summer. I’m not sure about you but living in New England, mornings are cold and the afternoon can range from hot to cool. This means transitional patterns are a priority in our house.

I got to join the SEW LONG SUMMER BLOG TOUR, which is perfect timing for my fall sewing for my tiniest one since she just had a recent growth spurt! And also amazing timing for this beautiful fabric I got as a strike off* from Kimmy Snabric. (READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN PRIZES!)

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Isn’t it just beautiful? A bit about the fabric, it is a preorder fabric and this is the panel and coordinate set. It is pre-sale at $19 and what you get is a FH that is the panel and a FH that is the matching coordinate. What is nice about these types of sets is that you can order 1 yard and get plenty to make a complete outfit for a small child or use it for a hoodie since the panels are large enough for adults! Take a look at the other fabrics offered in this round here. This is a very nice weight cotton lycra that will be able to layer over the thin shirts my daughter prefers during the fall transition.

For the pattern, I decided that I would try my hand at an International pattern. If you follow my blog, you know that I tried my first International pattern earlier this year ( Week 6: Sew Something Red or Pink) and had to work fairly hard on that project because I had to translate the pattern, which was time consuming. I purchased the CoEmi Mini Jessi pattern quite some time ago but after my last International pattern was not quite ready to tackle translating another pattern. Then amazing news came, there is an English version! (Coincidentally, this pattern is currently included in the 2 euro sale on Makerist.) I had been hanging on to making the pattern for this transitional weather but also waiting for epic fabric to make something that had wow factor.

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I will say that while the instructions are translated to English, the pattern pieces do not have English translations. There are very nice photos but I did end up with a piece I cut out that I wasn’t sure based on the translation where it should go (I assume it is another cuff with a different width but I’m not sure since I only have the English version).

The instructions are clear enough though that quite honestly the hardest part was deciding how to actually mix and match fabrics.

I found the hardest part of this pattern lies in creating the pockets in the front. This is because of the angle indicated where my finger points between clips. I did not find it complicated but the tutorial mentions pinning in several places and going slow and I have to agree this is important to create the front panel and pockets lying smoothly and creating the correct shape. I opted for adding piping after seeing the photos further up and deciding that the pop of the piping would help the panel stand out better against the coordinate.

I am very proud of how this “sweatshirt” came out and know that this style is one my little will wear a ton and she has already asked to go through the fabric for another. I will be sizing up when making with french terry to allow for lots of room for growth and layering but for a transitional fall piece, I really could not be more thrilled with how this came out.

She was soo happy to have such a beautiful top!

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TOUR HERE:

Welcome to the Sew Long Summer blog tour. We’re going to have a fun one this year.

A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too (read on for details and prizes)

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.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random drawing.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

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

Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine, mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing Ć  la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

*A strike off is a fabric cut offered by a company to test an upcoming round to see if the print, color and scale are accurate. It is the opportunity for a fabric host to decide if they are happy with a current round then authorize the printing for a preorder. I sometimes sew strike offs that are given to me free for photos and sometimes I receive compensation on click throughs for utilizing the links in my posts.

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