Holiday Wear with Winter Wear Designs

I love getting ready for the holidays. Sweet Pea is the lucky one, she ends up with several fun holiday looks. Last year’s official Holiday and Visiting Santa look was a fun non-traditional frock.

This year Sweet Pea asked us for a fancy dress to see Santa this year. I had been eyeing the Winter Wear Designs Bateau Garden Dress and Bateau Bolero and knew it was the best dress to make.

What I love about the patterns is that both come with Suzanne’s wonderful instructions and great sizing. The additional features for the dress include a side zipper, 2 different back options and a fun petiskirt. The Bolero will add a nice touch to add a little something to the dress by allowing me to create a basic garment with beautiful fabric and change it up with adding a cute cover up. Because I live in New England I am going to hack the bolero to be a full sleeve to give my daughter that little added warmth.

I have some beautiful raw Japanese silk I would have preferred to use for me, but because I had a scant 2 yards, I was limited in its usage. But first to alter the Bolero to be longer in the sleeves, I took the pattern piece and taped an additional piece of paper to the pattern. I held the pattern up to Sweet Pea so I could figure out how much longer the sleeve needed to be. In the ended we decided she would be happiest with a 3/4 length sleeve. I extended out the sleeve length with a straight edge to create a longer line on the sleeve, giving Sweet Pea the coverage she needs to go without a jacket in the cooler air.

Next it was off to get into fabric cutting and sewing. I really love the pleats of the Bateau skirt. It creates a beautiful shape for the dress. I really love the under-stitching technique used on the neckline. It is one I feel does not often get used enough to keep the lining in place.

 

The finished dress and bolero are adorable! I cannot wait to go see Santa with this pretty dress! I love that the bolero is also reversible. I used the silk on one side and a pretty hacci on the other. I look forward to the weather being a tad less damp and getting a few pretty photos of my girl wearing her new “fancy dress” as she likes to call it.

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All About the Outerwear Blog Tour

I love fall! It’s absolutely one of my favorite times of year. The unfortunate thing is that I am always cold. Especially since I live in New England. I virtually live in cardigans and wool socks from October until March each year. Which is why I was very excited about a blog tour all about outerwear.

I love Suzanne over at Winter Wear Designs and I love discovering how each pattern that I make for both Sweet Pea and me turns out to be a good fit for us. This time I decided to go with the Twin Peaks Cardigan for me for the tour instead of something for Sweet Pea.

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The pattern has a semi fitted drafting being fitted in the bust and flowing out over the hips. Sizing goes from 00-24 and the sleeve is not cut on the fold so the armscye fits really nicely. It has the option for several different blocking back styles which means I get a pattern with multiple looks- that’s a huge win.

I also decided it was the perfect time to use some brand new hacci sweater knit I got from Honeydew Kisses Custom Fabric . I love buffalo plaid and while I have never sewn hacci knit before I was excited to receive this just in time for the tour.

I opted for the pointed back color blocking detail in stretch leather that I picked up in a destash. While Suzanne’s instructions are fabulous as always, I struggled with the point on the back detail but even though its not as pointy as it should be, it was still a pretty quick sew. I even decided to pull out my recently purchased coverstitch and have it join in on the fun.

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I love how my kids have picked out rainbow thread this last time I got thread because now I have hidden rainbows in all my seams. But even more I love that this is a cardigan made from a fabric print, I have always wanted to own and that even better it has pockets.20181024_0857154872038959980941867.jpg

Working with hacci is like working with any other knit fabric. It was lighter in hand than I expected and has a beautiful drape, however my serger did need a cleaning afterward because it had lots of fuzz. The stretch leather had nice movement but is a bit stiffer and why I opted for only using it for blocking (I had originally planned on using it for the neckband as well.) I really love that the two fabrics together give you just a bit of edginess while still being school errand friendly.

My husband is out of town this week and there goes my usual photographer but I am so happy with how this turned out I have a feeling I will have a ton of photos to update this post with once he gets home next week.

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I love, love, love this so much and am going to get so much use out of this new cardigan and already have a second out on the cutting table (I am thinking about hacking it with cuffs because I love thumbhole cuffs too)! Check in with the rest of the bloggers and see all their awesome outdoor makes below!

 

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:

October 22
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
October 23
October 24
October 25
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
October 26
Livia of Liviality

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 costumes😂

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 😉

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

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 😂).

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 accoutrement😂

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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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 decided 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?  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) and  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 the Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook Group 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

 

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 à 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.

Back 2 School With Winter Wear Designs

Oh My Goodness—-where to begin with this back to school post! This week has been ridiculously busy trying to get the final coordination of our move settled while my son enjoys his last few days playing with his friends before their school days start and our move officially begins. But since the preparation for this tour actually began at the beginning of the month, all of my sewing was completed the first week of August so during the chaos I just had to photograph the Sweet Pea and actually get this post written (nothing like having a quick deadline approach).

Lately Sweet Pea has been all about going through Baby Bear’s old t-shirts he is outgrowing and asking for a variety of them to be upcycled to fit her. Her most recent acquisition from her brother’s closet is a Batman t-shirt he has worn since he was her age. We talked about this tour as we usually do and she told me she wanted “Rock N Roll” pants and a sparkly jacket to go with it so I thought it would be perfect to create a “Rock N Upcycle” mini capsule. And it was the perfect opportunity to make another pair of Phresh Jeggings and hack them into moto jeggings. And Winter Wear Designs has the perfect Back to School Bundle currently on sale for $20 (down from $36.50) which included the perfect patterns for an amazing mini capsule. I left out the All the Bells and Whistles because I made one of those in an earlier post (check it out here Week 17: Sew Something with a Pocket) and added to it a pair of basic Aviator pants made with a cuddly brushed French terry because Sweet Pea said she needed that fabric used.

To make the Phresh Jeggings into moto jeggings, I started with measuring my daughter’s leg for the knee placement, then marked the knee placement on the pattern. I, then, drew the knee patch shape that I wanted (you can see I drew the shape several times until it was the shape I actually wanted.) Next, I used a piece of fabric 13 x 11 (as a side note Lolli is 38.75 inches tall, I used a size 3 width with 4 length so she will be able to get all the way through the winter with the pants. I would recommend that you cut your piece slightly larger for this than I did. I have made moto jeans a bunch and knew what I wanted for the pleat width but if you are new to pleating, cutting this piece big will allow for room for error).**** Don’t forget to add your seam allowance to the pattern pieces so that when you sew them together, you have the appropriate size. I used 1/4 inch for mine because I am used to eyeballing adding that with a rotary cutter. ******Additional tip, keep your upper and lower left leg together but away from your right upper and lower leg pieces.

From this point, you can proceed a couple of different ways. A beginning method is to fold, press then sew your line. For this pair I folded down 1 inch (wrong sides together) then press, then sew 1/4 inch from the fold, fold down from that line 1 inch and press, then sew; continuing down the fabric. Some may find this method easier because you press your pleats down as you sew them keeping them out of the way. My method I like is to fold down and press and pin, continuing down the length of the fabric. Then, I go to my machine and sew 1/4 inch from each press line. I find this construction method easiest for me because I am at the iron then at my machine which is across the room from the iron, rather than up and down.

Once your moto patches are completed, you’ll cut each pattern piece (make sure you cut mirror images so whatever curves you have line up correctly and that you keep your left leg pieces together and your right leg pieces separate, if you don’t you may end up having to pull out your seam ripper.) Attach your patches to the appropriate leg piece and top stitch around your patches. Then proceed with the instructions as written.

I love that this bundle gave me the chance to really play with my daughter’s wardrobe and that she is such an out of the box thinker with her clothing.

Next up is the Phresh Blazer, again I went with the size 4 option. I used a midweight knit and did not apply a button or snap per the tiny human’s request. If you remember I mentioned she also request it be sparkly and decided last minute it needed stars. Because of the design of the blazer, it was easy to squeeze the stars she picked into it!

The photos do not do justice to the sheer amount of sparkles on this blazer! This sew like all of Suzanne’s has clearly written instructions with multiple options for ruffles or no ruffles, puffed sleeves or not and different lengths of sleeves, making this a great transition piece to add to you or your child’s wardrobe.

The final pieces of this mini capsule are the Tutu Twirl Tunic. We went with a sleeveless and no ruffle for a panel I had been saving for a while AND that amazing Batman tee she just couldn’t live without. I was a bit surprised she wanted the ruffle with it in a bold white but I love how the hemline looks on this one soo much I am going to making these frequently I imagine for her. She loves the ease of the tee combined with the frilly aspect of the tutu and is the perfect combination for her, I love the fit of the tank version and I imagine it and the Aviators I made (so sorry no action shots of those because they are a thick French terry and it was 90 degrees out) will end up being favorites during the cool New Hampshire evenings because she can layer the tank and the pants are cuddly.

So this was a super long post but I loved every piece in Back to School Bundle and I am sure you will too!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the tour:

Back 2 School Blog Tour 2018
Monday 8/27
Intro from Winter Wear Designs
Tuesday 8/28

Larissa of Connected by a Thread

Wednesday 8/29
Carrie of BeriBee Designs
Livia of Liviality
Thursday 8/30
Diane of Sewing With D
Jackie of
Friday 8/31
Jessica of Jot Designs
Patricia of Sew Far North
****This post contains affiliate links and I received some patterns free in exchange for this post.

Ellie and Mac Back to School Tour!

Does any one else feel like this summer has been crazy busy? I signed up for a variety of Back to School tours to keep me motivated during such a hectic time of year. This is tour is sponsored by Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns.

Can you believe I have been sewing PDF patterns for 4 years but I have never sewn an Ellie and Mac Pattern? A bit about the company and their designer, Lindsey Essary,

“My greatest wish for you, is to dream big, create fearlessly and go after the things that bring you and those around you joy!
I found my love of designing and sewing when I had my first daughter, Aubrey.  I wanted her to wear the cute, boutique style clothing I had found online but I couldn’t afford it.  I decided to ask for a sewing machine for Christmas and proceeded to teach myself to sew.
Along the way, I realized that I had something special when it came to putting fabrics together and I loved the adorable creations I was making. “
She is correct about making something special. Her pattern catalog is rather extensive and she seems to put out patterns frequently that are very well loved. the design astethetic is playful with lots of options and colorblocking.
So on to my sew for this tour! I chose the Shark Bite Top Pattern because Sweet Pea has lots of fussy dresses and I am adding to the pants and top category but need layering pieces since our days often start at about 50 degrees and with no A/C the temps in the afternoon are swealtering at 85. I love that there are 3 sleeve options and sizing goes from little girl to big girl.
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As with any first run on a pattern Sweet Pea got to pick her fabrics, she opted for a lightweight but bright fabric that makes a great transition for the Vermont/ New Hampshire leaf peeping season we are approaching. I was a bit disappointed that I could not convince her she needed sleeves but the sleeveless will get tons of use with sweaters and can easily be layered with a turtleneck underneath if she wants.20180821_0710021.jpg

This pattern was shocking in how easy it was. The instructions were clear and concise and the pattern pieces for the size 4 that I made (sizing up to give Sweet Pea more of a chance to wear it since she opted for sleeveless). I used a serger for construction and opted for my daughter’s favorite top stitch (zigzag) in red thread that she picked out. This is definitely a nap time sew as sewing with the serger took roughly 25 minutes. I was a tad concerned about the method of making the points for the “shark bite” part but as stated earlier, Lindsey walks you through clear instructions for a nice clean point.

Sweet Pea loves that its a top that can be worn with shorts, pants or with wool tights. It made her feel like a princess while being comfy and casual and allowing for lots of play! Even though this was my first Ellie and Mac pattern, I will definitely be making more of this top and more from their catalog.

If you’re late joining the tour; visit all the bloggers on the Back To School Sewing Patterns Blog Tour Featuring Ellie and Mac and enter the giveaway to win a $50 store credit below!

  1. August 20th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. August 21st: Seams Sew Lo
  3. August 22nd: Momma Newey’s Makes
  4. August 23rd: Mama You Can Make It
  5. August 24th: DIYDanielle
  6. August 27th: Mijn11jes&ik
  7. August 28th: Tenille’s Thread
  8. August 29th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
  9. August 30th: My Sewing Roots
  10. August 31st: SequioaLynn Sews
  11. September 1st: Mijn11jes&ik
  12. September 2nd: Crafty Curly Couture
  13. September 3rd: Sew 4 Five
  14. September 4th: Our Play Place
  15. September 5th: Fée bricolo
  16. September 6th: Jot Designs (USA)

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Back to School with Bella Sunshine Designs

Oh my goodness- I made it! Made it through the end of the summer. Well not really, our schools don’t start for another 3 weeks but boy has this been the longest summer by far! Here we are winding down from all the camps and most people are looking at supply lists. I always loved back to school when I was a child because it meant that I got new pencils and folders and I just love new supplies. For us in Vermont, our school system pays for everything, even down to providing breakfast, lunch and a snack for our children- so my only joy for back to school is creating something fairly epic for my kids to wear.
This year in honor of the Back to School Blog tour being hosted by Bella Sunshine Designs, I decided I was going to tackle the beautiful Gabriella’s Winter Coat because in Vermont back to school means we need to winter gear since snow can hit as early as September and as late as May!
As you have read on my blog before, Sweet Pea has a very definite style aesthetic and often for outerwear will make requests and this year is no different. She had to have a dragon coat. So off I went to modify a really beautiful pattern to make my dragon child happy!
First things first I chose beautiful silk jacquards from my stash (well ok Sweet Pea dictated which colors) because I wanted the coat to be a statement piece and make use of some of the gorgeous fabric that had been given to me. I knew that a coat out of these materials would be lush and rich while being functional for Vermont’s long frigid winters. I went with the size 3 because Sweet Pea, while measuring a 2, will want to wear this coat over her winter gear and over multiple layers.
Next I scoured several different online tutorials, plus used a combination of other patterns to figure out the dragon wings, spike and tail. I did a mash of 5 different styles to get the shape for these wings and opted for spikes that were 2 inches wide and 3 inches in height. For the tail, I used a Dino Tail Tutorial and measured how long I wanted it to hang and began trimming it down from there. I used regular interfacing for the spikes and foam interfacing for the wings. On the tail, I created a placket to attach the tail rather than the circle and straps that the tutorial uses.
Initially I thought I would directly attach the tail and wings however one of the requirements for children here at school is that clothing cannot be distracting AND since Sweet Pea is still in a car seat, additional modifications had to be made. Enter KAM Snaps ( I purchase mine from Kimmy Snabric), I made the wings and tail able to come off so that they do not impede her sitting completely flat in the car seat.

So much snap placement, checking and rechecking the modifications. I opted for 2 snaps on each wing, checking the placement between the spikes so they would be consistent. I went with 4 snaps on the tail to allow for the width of the tail I created. For the actual coat, since the back pieces are cut on the fold, I added 1/4 inch seam allowance and cut out 1 pattern piece into 2 pieces. On the skirt I also cut that pattern piece in half and added seam allowance so the shape of the coat stayed 100%.
You can see here she is in a dragon frame of mind. While I know Sweet Pea wont go very long without the wings and tail off, I love that I can keep her car seat safe but she gets the coat she loves.
The coat pattern is spectacular. It is very easy to follow (I have never made a fully lined coat before and only got hung up in one place.) Make sure to take your time with putting in that lining is all I can say! The structure of the coat has a vintage vibe with the swing shape and double breast closure. We opted for snaps there instead of beautiful vintage buttons because this coat is all about Sweet Pea and she struggles with button closures. I feel like while the snaps are small, they still look great and work well for accomodating kiddos that need to have snaps instead of buttons. The standing collar is going to work perfectly with a winter hat that will snap under the chin (I am off to find the perfect pattern to make for this coat – if you have a suggestion for one, pop it in the comments for me and I’ll definitely credit you if you find me the perfect winter hat.)
The results are gorgeous and this was the perfect back to school make for her!

PS There is a current Back to School Special (girls patterns are $6, ladies are $7, and bundles are reduced to $12) running until Sunday. Run and get your Gabriella’s Winter Coat while you can. And while you are there check out those Sansa Flare Pants if you need a quick pair of pants with excellent fit while your at it!
If you are joining us for the last day of the tour and missed out on the other posts, catch up on them below.

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