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

Sew Festive Holiday!

It’s that time of year when we start working on holiday gift ideas. I really love including at least one handmade gift for my children so this year I am making several gifts from the Winter Wear Designs 12 Days freebie items to figure out what I actually want to make.

This post I am all about the stocking stuffers and small gifts that won’t take very long for last minute gifts….

I wanted to work on a variety of projects that will free me up from last minute rushing that seems to always happen at the beginning of winter break. I listed my projects in order of published dates but I worked on them 20 minutes here and there over a few days.

The Animal Scarf: I really love this pattern. It is super cute and quick (except for trying to decide which features to give the critter you pick.) I went with knit for the accent pieces because Sweet Pea wanted her unicorn scarf to be a rainbow unicorn. I also used minky which while it created a plush cuddly scarf, its quite fiddly and I would recommend gluing the seams so they don’t slip or shift. I love the length for child size so I know for the few adults I’m gifting these to, they’ll be a great length. The knit fabric is from TKB Prints.

This project took the longest out of all the projects I made. It took me roughly an hour because of the choices that Sweet Pea chose.

The Wine Bottle Gift Bag: This is a gift that will be paired with a spiced holiday wine called gluhwein in a gift pack. This freebie has htv files so you can decorate with some fun sayings, take a look below.

Or you could go with a fun or funky fabric for something a bit more playful like I did.

This sew took 15 minutes and that’s only because I had to change my sewing feet to create a button hole. If you opted for tying the ribbon around the neck instead of making a casing for the ribbon, this project would take just a few minutes.

Alpine fingerless gloves: This pair specifically was sewn for the little Sweet Pea who is a children’s size 3/4 in width and 5 for length on things. The Alpine gloves begin at childrens 8-12. Since she is just outside of the range and the seam allowance is 1/4 inch, I know doubling the seam allowance would decrease the sizing over all by 1 inch and would probably work. I did have to rework the construction a bit because the sizing was so small. I started with sewing the thumb seam (using the 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of the original 1/4 inch one.) Next, I hemmed the thumb and finger holes. I then sewed up the side with the thumb hole with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, hemmed the bottom and finished with sewing up the last seam with the same 1/2 inch allowance.

This project took me 20 minutes start to finish even with changing the construction for the smaller size.

Christmas Cactus: This was a freebie was a bit more time consuming. In 35 minutes, I made these 4. I did not use full felt because I had a fun fat quarter of Christmas lights fabric and thought it might make the cactus look decorated. So I chose to use fray check on woven edges and backed with felt. I also used Pellon EZ5S Easy Steam Fusible Webbing to bind everything together prior to stitching. The bulk of the time I spent on these was the detail stitching, you could skip it (as well as stick with felt or fleece fabrics) and this would make a 20 minute or so project giving you 4 small gifts. These will go on containers of chex mix with tags for the kiddos teachers.

Earbud case: This was a super quick sew. I knocked 2 in about 20 minutes. I will eventually make 12 more for friendship gifts for the kids and wanted to try both the snap and the zipper to see the kids’ preferences for their friends. The beautiful Chibi Sailor Moon cats is a current preorder from Cosmic Fabric Creations. This preorder includes Sailor Moon, the Valentine Glitter hearts I showed off in the last blog I did and coming soon Baby Kevin. This project also comes with HTV emoji faces to decorate and has the button, zipper and snap options plus a hanging or wrist strap option.

The Hipster pack: This one might be my favorite gift so far. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. Typically, I muslin everything but went straight into using a beautiful hand dyed knit from Over the Selvage that is a current open preorder. The fabrics in this round are all designed to be dyed, colored or painted. I really don’t want to give this gift up because it is amazing.

This project took me roughly 30 minutes.

So there we go, half of our handmade Christmas gifts are all done! Which freebie do you like best?

Don’t forget to join the Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook Group to see this year’s freebies.

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Don’t miss out on any stops along the tour:
November 25
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
November 26
November 27
Alyssa of the Sewing Goat Herd
November 28
Patricia of Sew Far North
November 29
Livia of Liviality

One Thimble Tour- Issue 22

I was really love One Thimble Magazine. So I was gobsmacked when a call for a blog tour came out and I got to apply for it and I was accepted to create a post. I feel like One Thimble does a great job getting designers that create designs that work for my little Sweet Pea.

There are so many great designers this round:

And includes hacks from patterns by these designers:

I opted to start out with the Oceaan Shorts from The Eli Monster because I had lots of successs with the Neuix Tunic and Reizen pants (and Sweet Pea really wanted a new pair of shorts), you can see my notes on those patterns here–> Sew Fab Blog Tour. Sweet Pea settled on this lovely fabric from Cosmic Fabric Creations.

And off I went. As usual, the instructions have been amazing and we really love the button deals.


It was 6° outside so we had to go for an indoor photo shoot and still needed sweatshirts and tights.

I also got to sign up for the as Gentleman’s Polo which (yes, I made for my sweet girl) from Orange Daisy Patterns. I have never used any of this designer’s patterns and was hoping Sweet Pea would pick the long sleeved version. She opted for the midsleeve length, which is not a length we usually go for but I really like how it comes all the way down to the elbow. The placket construction was slightly different than I was used to but was quite easy to follow. We used the skirt from the Hickory & Spice Henley and colorblocking on the shoulders because Lolli was insistant upon it. The collar fit on the pattern quite nicely and I was quite proud to get nice sharp points, though I realize now after looking at the photos Lolli tucked the collar in so you can’t even see them🤦‍♀️


I’ll need to update with some more photos in a day or 2 to show off the really lovely collar. I really enjoyed the chance to work on this blog tour, get to discover a new designer and create fun stuff for my daughter to wear!

For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 22 – Summer 2019 please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here.Open until 12am Wednesday November 20th AEST

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

November 13

Idle Sunshine

Rebel & Malice

Sew Cucio

November 14

Curtiepie

Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

November 15

The Graham Crafter

Marvelous Auntie

The Accidental Sewist

November 16

Beri Bee Designs

{Spools+Oodles} of Fun

November 17

SewSophieLynn

That’s-Sew-Kari

Max-California

November 18

The Crafting Fiend

It’s Liesel

November 19

Lulu & Celeste

Idle Sunshine Tour Wrap Up!

Fall Into Sewing: My Pin-speration meets a blog tour.

I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Here in New England the cool temperatures lend itself super well to layers. And since I have kiddos it frequently means my sewing is all about filling in their wardrobes!

This year Sweet Pea has been very specific about her likes and dislikes when it comes to clothing so we frequently have to scour pinterest to find styles for her with an overall look then try to replicate pieces of the look with adding fun custom pieces.

She has been super big on the patterned jacket look and I have to say I fully support that! Her favorite picture she keeps going back to is this one below. I knew immediately I wanted to revisit the Phresh Blazer but go with the regular sleeve and no ruffle design.

I got some really amazing fabric to work with from Cosmic Fabric Creations (House Owls are currently on preorder until November 7th and Jennifer has all your houses covered.) If you want more updates on this round check out Cosmic Fabrics Facebook group to stay up to date!

I knew this fabric was destined to be a part of the pin-spiration look I was going to go with and would be the perfect layering piece!

Pattern information:

Sizing: 1- 14

Pattern options: gathered sleeve, straight sleeve, regular length, 3/4 sleeve length, ruffles, welt pocket

Model size:

Chest: 22

Waist: 20

Hip: 20

Height: 41.5

Size made: 6, chosen to be able to layer sweatshirts as winter comes and heavier layers are necessary.

As I’ve made this pattern several times (I think we have 4 Phresh blazers), I won’t go into a review of the pattern because we love it in this house. But I will say this is the first time I made a plain version (every other one has puffed sleeves and or ruffles.) And I am no less smitten by it as I was the first time I made one (you can check out my original post here where I talk about hacking the Phresh Jegging pattern too.)

These photos were taken “hot off the pressing table.” I think Sweet Pea did a great job picking her accompanying items to look like her pin board.

Check back with me on Friday to see how this jacket does double duty with a fun new dress😊

Don’t miss any of the stops along the tour:

10/28
10/29
Laura Hinze of Custom Made By Laura
10/30
10/31
Patricia of Sew Far North
11/1
Livia of Liviality

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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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.

Week 8 : Sew with Knits

Rolling right along into the 52 Week Sewing Challenge! As we head into the final stretch of winter here in New England, this week’s challenge is Sewing with Knits. This is something I regularly work with so a challenge easily accepted!

I got some fabulous strike offs from Run Amok Custom Fabrics and I was off to figure out which patterns to use for the challenge. I love Emily Harkness’ commitment to inclusivity. In this round, she focused on PBS and added something very fun to some of the panels.

We were lucky enough she supported Sweet Pea’s low vision/blind community with adding Braille to some of the panels. I started with trying to use French knots but since the fabric is cotton lycra, I was not happy with the puckering the embroidery caused. I ended up using black dimensional fabric paint which kept the fabric soft and flexible but raised the Braille enough my daughter can still easily feel the dots to recognize what she is grabbing from her closet.

One of the things I just adore about Emily is that she supports my children’s relationship with modeling and loves including both my children in modeling. No easy task, I may add, because Baby Bear is a tween has ADHD and SPD and with Sweet Pea, being a preschooler, we deal with her blindness and low hearing. To be able to find prints that speak to both of them is amazing

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Sweet Pea got to have Daniel Tiger, and the Big Boy got Mr. Rogers (both favorites in our house!) Isn’t that coordinate fabric beautiful.

I had to look through several patterns to figure out which way to go with showcasing these beautiful fabrics.

For Sweet Pea, I tried a new pattern by an International pattern designer, Zuckerwolkenfabrik. I went with the Sweatie, which has tons of options. Scroll down to the end to see some fun construction photos. This is a pattern that is not offered in English but has a ton of photos to guide during construction. It is cut more generous (probably because it is a gender neutral pattern) and more like a wider sweatshirt, rather than the slimmer cut as you typically see in European patterns.

I went with a favorite pattern for Baby Bear. One that is one of his few favorite colorblocked patterns- Sofilantjes’ Regem pattern. Sizing runs 12mo-14 yrs but is European sizing, so my son who typically wears 18/20 is able to still fit in patterns from this designer. Even though he is not a huge fan of colorblocking in general, as the seams can provide bulk that rubs and irritates him. The colorblocking on this pattern hits in a place that is not irritating to him.

These fabrics are amazing and so fun!

I also was lucky enough to get a cuddle blanket topper. My son quickly claimed it for himself  (though I did promise Sweet Pea she could get a blanket topper the next round) because he loves ultra soft fabrics. He said he didnt care how I finished it and initially thought purple binding because it’shis favorite color, but when I was at the store found this lovely rainbow binding and couldn’t resist it with the message on the blanket topper.

Everything came out just perfect. My kids are in love with everything about these projects for them.

ReSEWlutions Sewing: Placket

OOOHHH what a busy out of sorts month it has been! Finally my husband got to go back to work which means I end up with me time again. But then we had the polar vortex that happened and so my kids were out a school or had late starts to the day several times. And Sweet Pea has been sick off and on. But now that things are getting back to normal its time for my first blog tour of the year.

Suzanne Winter with Winter Wear Designs decided that this month she would focus her tour on plackets, I was very nervous about timing of taking on plackets because trying to sew in such chaos is complicated at best. I chose Hepburn Henley because I tend to wear lots of tunic length tops and as a mom, I have a tendency to buy and make for the kids over making for me.

I had never made a placket for a ladies top (I have installed many on skirts and made 1 henley for Baby Bear), but I am always happy to try something new with Suzanne’s patterns because they have such great instructions. This was my first time using this kind of rib knit too so this sew was an adventure all the way around.

Doesn’t that placket look pretty. I went with a tunic length with a v-neckline and 3/4 sleeve. As always, Suzanne did not disappoint on the instructions- there are multiple views for the actual placket installation, which I found very helpful. I really love how the top feels on and will be making more for me because this henley makes a perfect everyday top!

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