Week 17: Sew Something with a Pocket

I was thrilled a few weeks ago to be selected to be part of the Winter Wear Designs Just Jean Blog Tour. Which happily coincides with “Sew Something with a Pocket” week in the 52 week sewing challenge. I love being able to st stretch myself with completing a tour and making it work for the challenge and this blog tour is no different.

I was given the option to choose between Ladies Real Deal Jeans, Sk8 Skinny Jeans for Boys, or Phresh Jeggings for Girls and received the pattern from Suzanne for free to participate in the tour. I have to say it was a tough decision to which pattern I would pick because my tween boy loves skinny jeans and I, myself, need new jeans. In the end, I went with the Phresh jeggings though because Sweet Pea is in desperate need of separates to wear as we transition from winter to summer.

I found the instructions for the jeggings to be very clear to follow with lots of photos plus an introduction to sewing the jeggings that is quite charming. I love that Suzanne warns you that you will top stitch everything and she is 100% correct.

I love that these jeggings have more of regular pant feel to them and if I had any complaints it would be that there is a faux pocket rather than real pockets on the front but on the size 2 that I made for Sweet Pea, that makes for teeny tiny pockets that probably wouldn’t get used. But I do love the look of them.

I paired these super cute jeggings with All the Bells and Whistles tunic with the collar and pleating.

Normally, I would not make white pants for a pre-schooler but I am dreaming of spring and summer with our cold Vermont weather. But I think it pairs lovely with the black and white tunic I made.

I wish little miss was feeling up to better photos but with having been sick as long as she has, these are the best we could get since she insists on having her blanket lovie and a coat on at all times because she’s constantly freezing. But this little outfit is adorable and I cannot wait to make the riding pant version in the near future!

Don’t miss any stops on the Just Jeans Blog Tour

Monday 4/23

Tuesday 4/24
Wednesday 4/25
Thursday 4/26
Friday 4/27
Lisa Dawson for Winter Wear Design

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Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns: GiGi’s Bowtiful Top with the Skirt add on

What a busy week it has been! This tour coincides with my children being out for spring break and my mother coming to visit. So fitting in time to sew around every one being home was complicated. To make matters worse, I had a sick Baby Cakes to deal with so modeled pictures were limited because she’s so sick still. But I ramble!

For the Sew into Spring Tour I wanted to make something I never made from Pickle Toes Patterns, so I made the newly released GiGi’s Bowtiful Top with the Circle Skirt Add On.

I used some lovely fabric from Firefliez Fabrics that I had been hording but when Sweet Pea asked for it in her sweet sick voice, I couldn’t resist.

I chose to go with the tunic length because even though we like dresses we have tons in our house currently and needed to add to the tops we have. I did use the slim cut and after sewing it while I like the fit for her, it is perfect-too perfect😂. I typically prefer more room in the top so we can get some more use out of the clothing. But the fit being spot on is wonderful so I look forward to seeing if the regular fit works as well on Livi too, since I tend to have width issues on fit for her.

I am not going to lie, even as an advanced sewist I tend to sew lots of woven over knits. AND a top with facings, colorblocking, add in that I was doing the add on skirt, felt a bit overwhelming. The pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow though and really didn’t take me as long as I thought with all the details. Sweet Pea loves the flow of the circle skirt. And I used sleeves that are also a bow which will be released soon!

I also made the cuffed version Pollywog leggings and to complete the look added a bow style cuff to it (the cuff is part of the Pollywog package but the bow will be added later too as I understand it).

This was a fun project and I love the look of the bow on the back and I look forward to making many more for Sweet Pea as time goes on.

Poor kiddo wasn’t able to be cooperative for photos, so I only got two of her wearing the top before she dissolved into a puddle of tears because of ear pain. So once I can get better photos, I’ll add them to this post!

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to the blog tour and that you will finish out the tour by reviewing the other lovely posts further down (all linked to make it easy for you to find) plus don’t forget to join in on the Rafflecopter giveaway at the very bottom of the page.

TL:DR

Patterns: GiGi Bowtiful Top, Add on Skirt Pollywog Leggings

Fabric: Firefliez Fabrics

Final thoughts: While the pattern looks confusing, it’s easy to follow and fits very well.

Welcome to Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns. Join us for 5 days of sewing our patterns as we prep for the transition from winter to spring. We were lucky enough to have 10 bloggers join us sewing up lovely creations and to have Evelyn at Seweird Fabric sponsor our bloggers and offer us a store credit for one of our lovely readers. You can find Evelyn on Facebook here. At the end of the tour join us for a rafflecopter giveaway featuring a $20 credit from Seweird and a $20 shop credit from us.

Monday

Welcome from Pickle Toes Patterns ****You are here

Liza Azman Miinomastudio, Night Night Gown

Tuesday

Brittni Harris PBJ* Boutique,Pickled Tink

Chelsea Newey Momma Newey’s Makes, Pickled Tink and All Seasons Top and Dress

Wednesday

Kathy Bruckman Kathy’s Kwilts and more, Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday

Kelly Keith Kelly’s Sewing Creations, Spring Mini Capsule

Jessica Cotriss Jot Designs, All Seasons Top and Dress

Nadine Feebricolo, Lazy Days Shorts

Friday

Laurie Roberts Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, GiGi’s Bowtiful Top with Skirt Add On

Becca Olsen, Turtle Trax Too, All Seasons Top and Dress

Tee Bee, Fairytale B&T, Safari Tank

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Doris Skirt

Today is Feature Pattern Day and I feel like I have been waiting so long to share this amazing skirt with you.

First up was finding fun fabric. Sweet Pea went with fun stripes and dinosaur combination that came from the Doodles line at Joann Fabrics.

Next came working on the pattern. It was my first time testing and sewing a Misusu Pattern and the chance to sew up a Rowan Tee, which I have had taped together for forever!

Working with the designer, Elles Lanfer, is amazing. She’s very sweet but very organized and efficient. She took all the feedback from the testers and incorporated the changes that were suggested and provided clarification as needed. Additionally, during this test I had a very sick child that had surgery and she was so kind with the delay and lack of communication that I had during the end of testing.

The Doris Skirt features fun color blocking and piping options. It is a lovely fitted skirt so blending is super important. Fortunately, Sweet Pea fits 86 in width and 98 in height so blending was very easy for us.

I love the fit so much and since the pattern requirements state a more stable knit is preferred, it makes this skirt perfect to pair with boots and leggings!

As a matter of fact the day we took these photos it was 15° out😱. But Sweet Pea had the enegy to sing I’m a Little Tea Pot during photos.

So because I always 100% complete a test exactly the way a designer tells me to but have a love of hacking, I had to be a rebel and try a second skirt with a yoke and in a less than stable knit, bamboo lycra. Sweet Pea must be dreaming of summer and the pool because she picked fun fabric from Kimmy Snabric and asked for a top to show her bathing suit off so I thought why not lets play with the Rowan again and add some colorblocking to it.

She loved how it turned out and now its off to make a bathing suit that matches😂.

So if you’ve made it this far, then thanks so much! Come follow my IG The Bear and Pea Atelier to see if there is a special suprise on Sunday!

Week 13: Use a Pattern You Own But Never Sewn

Part of the busy-ness of the last 3-4 weeks also inclided a husband that travelled for a few days. Getting him out the door provided quite the chaotic monkey wrench when dealing with sick kids, especially when he decided fairly last minute he needed a bag for his travel. Not a simple bag either😂. Handily enough I was able to make the bag fit the sewing theme for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge for week 13 Use a Pattern You Own but Have Never Sewn. So for me that meant sewing up Sew Sweetness’ Amethyst Project Bag with just a few modifications.

I have to give major praise to Zipit Etsy Shop. I went to 3 different shops around town looking for a 42 inch zipper and couldn’t find one. My friend Jacky from Leader Seaming Reusables sent me to them because they have quick shipping. But not only that, they sent a fun little zipper pull and wooden buttons with their package. Check them out below or on my YouTube Channel here.

Aren’t they adorable?

Ok so back to the project at hand. Hubby decided he needed a travel technology bag so I modified the bag just a bit from having a pencil holder to having larger spacing for cords and got rid of the elastic and buckle in the main storage part. I also added pockets on thr front for him to slip is ipod and phone into for easy access. For a test run on a bag I am fairly happy with it.

Now that he is back from his trip Big Daddy had one comment to make about the bag, that he’d like a smaller one for just his tablet, phone and ipod as well and that the pockets in front need a bit of modification. No biggie on the pockets because those werent included in the pattern pieces and I kinda winged that part but he got several compliments on his fun new bag. And I know what to do next time to make a much better bag😊

Week 12: Something with Felt

I am so far behind sick kiddos and a surgery for the yougest one will totally do that for you! So I am playing catch up with a couple of quick posts for what I have sewn then back to the regular blogging schedule.

In the 52 Week Sewing Challenge, week 12 was sew something with Felt. Normally, I would pick a lovely hand sewn project but with mu kids being ill and running from doctor office to doctor office trying to determine what to eek out, I decided I would make a dolly my son had been asking for. Barnacle Buddies are a freebie offered by the Made for Mermaids team and its super adorable. Baby Bear has been asking for one since the pattern came out at Christmas time, so off I went to sew for him.

He picked a pirate boy with purple hair and a blue peg leg (the hair and pegleg will be felt). I have never made an actual dolly so this is challenging me a bit. I wanted to hand embroider the face in but ended up with a time constraint and ended up painting the face on and likewise did not get as many photos as I normally do😖.

For the pattern itself, the dolly turned out bigger than I thought. I ended up cutting 2 out, one for the boy and one for the girl child (I have yet to sew hers). I downloaded the pattern pieces then used the online tutorial. I found it easy to follow and aside from my usual gripes of having to turn small-ish pieces the stuffie goes together fairly easily amd quickly.

I did struggle with the construction with putting the whole dolly together for my son but I assume it is because I over stuffed the body and legs or because I put the turn hole in the wrong spot but I will figure it out on the next one and report back here with an edit😊.

All in all it wasnt a terrible experience and I will happily make one for my daughter and even make a couple for friend’s children if they would like.

He may not be the cutest dolly in the world but Baby Bear is happy to have a doll made especially for him. Up next are some shirts and his pirate hat and to figure out how to make the eyepatch removable but that’s a project for another day😊

Week 11: Breaking Ground with Something with Green

This week in the 52 Week Sewing Challenge Group we are tasked with sewing something green. I also signed up for a blog tour called the Breaking Ground Tour which is tour about working with something ground breaking for you. I opted to combine these two challenges in sewing not only something completely out of the wheel house for me but also making something for my husband and daughter to share. Stick with the entire post for a contest at the very end!

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Flosstyle Patterns was amazing enough to offer patterns to bloggers for free and I chose the Kanga Carrier because I have never made a Flosstyle pattern or an actual baby carrier before (I have however made soft structured carriers for dollies).

I love babywearing, it has strengthened the bond I have with my child plus allowed me to have freedom while shopping, provide a safe space for my child when she is overwhelmed and made it so much easier in high-paced, crowded spaces. I personally have never been much of an actual soft structured carrier fan, preferring to use woven wraps and staying away from waistbands because I have an incredibly short waist, however my Sweet Pea had far outgrown the Ergo carrier that my husband uses on the rare occasion that he wears her. So rather than buying a new carrier, I figured this was the opportunity to really stretch myself and break new ground with both a new designer and pattern style (see what I did there).

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So off to find supplies for the carrier I went. First, I allowed my daughter to pick out her fabrics and she chose a vintage inspired science themed fabric that had been in my stash for quite some time and green duck fabric since green is her favorite color. Finding webbing and buckles was a bit more challenging (as is finding foam for the structured part of the carrier). I opted for using a yoga mat because they are readily available and super easy to find then ordered my webbing and buckles from Allielane in Abbyville which has kits that have all the supplies you need for making your carrier.

Once I got into the actual project sewing, as intimidated as I was, I found it to be very smooth with the instructions from Flosstyle. It took me roughly 5 hours start to finish and found the most complicated and frustrating part of sewing the carrier to be getting the padding into the straps. Incidentally, I found the tip of using pantyhose to help with making the padding slide in easier incredibly helpful. I feel like if anyone wants to make the leap to making carriers for themselves this is a great pattern to start with that is very easy to follow and confident beginner friendly.

Now you ask how do I like the carrier? Surprisingly for not being a fan of soft structured carriers I find it very comfortable. I feel like using the yoga mat was huge in helping with my personal comfort level as it is flexible and mold-able without feeling stiff. It also meant that I had thinner straps which I found infinitely more comfortable. Unfortunately, my husband wasn’t able to try it out prior to this post going live but I think he is going to love it (and I’ll get pics of him and Sweet Pea in it and add them to this post once I can)!

I loved the experience of making the carrier and look forward to when the day arrives that I need the preschool sized one, I will be confident in my sewing ability to make one then!

 

***this post includes affliate links and the Kanga pattern was provided for free becauseI participated in this tour.

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers 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.

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist

Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

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Week 10: Something with Colorblocking

I love color blocking. It is an amazing way to use up scraps of fabric plus offer a pop of color. This time I decided I would use a retiring pattern from Pickle Toes Patterns called the Acute Tee Pi. From now until April 1st you can get either the baby size or childrens size for $1.00. And while you are there, pick up copies of the other retiring patterns (each$2) Leia and Adorabelle. It is the perfect shirt for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge and to complete the Spring Into Color Sewing By Ti Blog Tour for March.

In this month’s tour we are using the 2018 Pantone color Report and my Sweet Pea chose Cherry Tomato and picked out some solid cotton lycra from Central TX Fabrics and a fun dinobones scrap fromFlying Pig Fabrics on Facebook that I had been saving for a fun smallish project.

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It has been a really long time since I had made the Acute Tee Pi. It was one of the first couple of pattern tests I had ever done and it held a very special place in my heart because of that. I was extremely intimidated during that test because all the color blocking, so revisiting it for this tour I realized how far I have come with my own sewing because it took me literally 20 minutes for complete construction. Mostly because I used a serger for the entire construction of it and I have never done that before😊.

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I have had my new to me serger for about a month and had yet to use a serger start to finish on a project. I hate bands however I will definitely be using more bands to avoid hemming in the future😂😂😂.

Look at that happy kiddo

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She was literally itching to get it put on immediately and to go pick out hair bows. I love how easy this shirt was to construct and will be so sad when its finally gone. And I adore how bright the cherry tomato color is, its perfect for playing in the lingering snow.

Check out the rest of the Spring into Color Tour Here:

Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro.

2nd: Tenille’s Thread

Monday, March 5th: Confessions of the Pink Obsessed

6th: Sewn By Lone

7th: Sewing By Ti, Stylin Stacy

8th: EYMM

9th: Stitched by Jennie

10th: Elli and Nels

Sunday, March 11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier You are here😊

12th: Very Blissful

13th: My Heart Will Sew On

14th: Sewing Blue

15th: Seams Like Style

16th: Kate Will Knit

17th: Twinado Alley

Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den

19th: My Sewing Roots

20th: Our Play Palace

21st: Kathys Kwilts and More

22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin

23rd: Oak Blue Designs

24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics

Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing

26th: Seams Sew Lo

27th: Ma Moose

28th: Back 40 Life

29th: Auschick Sews

30th: Manning the Machine

31st: Mermaids Den

Tl:dr

Challenge: accepted

Pattern: Acute Tee Pi from Pickle Toes Patterns

Fabric: plain cotton lycra Central TX Fabrics and Dino Bones Flying Pig Fabrics

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Week 9: Something with Buttons

I love buttons! This week makes me so happy that it’s sew buttons during the 52 week sewing challenge. I love sewing buttons because I have a machine with an automatic buttonhole foot but I would have enjoyed the challenge even without it. Buttons add a lovely charm and detail to patterns. I love how the type of buttons you use can totally change the look of an outfit. Plus I received a large box of vintage bone colored buttons with tons of variety and I love combing through my button boxes to find the right ones for a project.

One of the biggest issues for me with buttons in the past was ensuring that the alignment was correct. One of my favorite gifts I ever received was a Simflex Expanding Button Gauge. I first heard about one of these during a contest in the Bella Sunshine Designs Facebook Group. I ended up winning a prize for an Easter dress (I used the Juliet Dress with Zelda fabric) and ended up having a very tough time deciding between the bias tape maker and the gauge. I ended up with the bias tape maker because at the time I was using tons of binding but the gauge went on my list of items I give people that want to know what I would like for a gift. My friend Jennifer ended up getting it for me, and it is by far my favorite tool that I am not sure what I did before I got it. The gauge helps with alignment based on how many buttons or snaps you would like to do. You literally put your fabric pen in the indention and just mark along and it works wonderfully for making sure my button holes have perfect alignment. So I say all of this to tell you I am excited about button week because I get to use my gauge.

I went with one of my favorite pattern brands of all time Bella Sunshine Designs because I love the classic beautiful lines and finishing that their patterns offer. I decided on the Sweet Lily Pintuck Dress because it has buttons in the front and back plus sweet ruffles every where- on the sleeves, the bodice and on the skirt itself. I sewed the top version which actually could be a vintage or babydoll length dress when paired with some bloomers or pairs nicely with the Sansa Pants I made (in denim cut on the bias) previously. Check out the wonderful sale going on for 30% off (no code necessary) and head over to the group linked above for a special 3yr anniversary freebie (mommy and me Eden leggings) code.

I  love this little top. Sweet Pea came home from school sick but was thrilled with the little faeries and the ruffles, It is another sweet pattern from BSD and will be on our list to make again soon!

 

TL:DR

Pattern: Bella Sunshine Designs Sweet Lily Pintuck Dress in the top length

Fabric: Michael Miller’s Pink Petal Flower Faeries, white islet purchased on a destash page and green kona cotton

Size: 18mo width 2t length

Misc info: BSD is celebrating their 3 yr anniversary with a site wide 30% off plus free code for the new Eden leggings

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Feature Pattern Post: The Spirited Dress from Candace Ayala Patterns

Good morning all!

Last week was spent very slow dealing with illness and this week was spent catching up on all my work😊.

So today’s post is focusing on a brand new pattern designer- Candace Ayala Patterns. If you are a pattern tester or strike off sewist chances are you are familiar with Candace Ayala via another Facebook group – SewingPortfolio Community. And if you aren’t you should totally join the community. Candace has been instrumental in building a community that focuses on portfolio building for sewists. In the Facebook group, there are both fabric and pattern calls for new talent frequently. On SewingPortfolio.com, you can organize your sewing work, keep track of your progress and growth as both a sewist and photographer plus apply for a variety of tests. It was through SewingPortfolio.com that I answered the call for a promo/blog hop that brought me to Candace’s first pattern.

 

So here we are ready to focus on the pattern. This pattern is named The Spirited Dress for the high spirit of her daughter, which fits right in to my style of sewing for Sweet Pea. This, as a first pattern for a designer is pretty great; sizing runs 2-9, it has a beautiful Queen Anne neckline, the option for facings or a full lining (which I prefer), circle skirt, and a bonus undie/panty shorts pattern that works wonderfully over Sweet Pea’s diapered bum.

 

I love the idea of reflecting your child’s spirit into the dress. Sweet Pea’s spirit is high flying, wind tangling her hair and constant joy lighting her face so I knew it was time to finally use our paper airplane fabric I had gotten during a destash. She has been begging me for weeks for “HHHUUUUUUGGGGEEE paper planes momma” and this was definitely our opportunity.

 

It’s a great first pattern for a designer but even more exciting is the fact that this pattern launches in One Thimble Issue 18 * is a huge deal. Grab your pattern from the One Thimble link above while its on sale there.

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