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 abovešŸ˜

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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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 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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