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: Look number 2!

It’s my second day posting on this tour and I am super excited to share with you how I used the amazing jacket I made earlier in the week and layered it with a new outfit! You can find my earlier post HERE.
This time I made the brand new Collared Shirt Pattern that recently released. I would have loved to make the dress for me but with it being the week of Halloween I have been in a last minute rush and was not able to get to the store to get me fabrics for my own, so of course Sweet Pea lucked out. In my previous post, I paired the Phresh Blazer with a tshirt and jeans look that completed a look that Sweet Pea wanted. In this post, I really wanted to accomplish a fun almost Harry Potter school uniform look with layers and textures and knew that the newly released pattern would be the perfect dress for the look I was creating.
Features:
  • Sizing in 1- 14y
  • Shirt or Dress lengths
  • Suitable for all genders
  • 2 shoulder widths (THIS PATTERN INCLUDES A WIDE SHOULDER ADJUSTMENT)
  • collar and collar stand
  • Inseam pockets
  • Chest pocket
  • 4 sleeve lengths- cap, short. 3/4, long
  • optional cuff on the long sleeve

The back yoke allows for fun details. Sweet Pea opted for a black yoke, placket and collar to match the skirt portion.

Model mesurements:

  • Chest: 22
  • Waist: 20
  • Hip: 20
  • Height: 41.5

Size made 5t with a 6t bodice length because Sweet Pea’s girth is very long.

This pattern features really great instructions for the placket, so if you are afraid of that you don’t have to be. Also you can swap out snaps if buttons aren’t something you enjoy (or in my case snaps are easier for Sweet Pea to close.)

Starting on the placket

Enclosed shoulder seams

I feel like we achieved the perfect vision with being able to layer the jacket and let it get 2 completely different looks—- what do you think?

Oh and the Harry Potter fabric, for those interested, is a current preorder from Cosmic Fabric Creations and they have all the houses available. The in hand feel of this woven has a slight stretch and lovely drape. The white and black were thrifted from my stash.

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

Back at Blogging!!!!

It has been a very busy summer between half day summer camps, 1 kiddo gone for several weeks and the other acting out because she misses big brother and the other Bigs that had a shorter visit than usual this year.

Sewing has been minimal but now as Baby bear comes back this weekend, it’s time to get back into school mode as we head into the last week of kids being home for the summer. I imagine this last week will be full of all kinds of feelings as since Baby Bear does not handle transitions well and this is a year of BIG changes for my babies.

This year we have 1 starting kindergarten, 1 starting middle school, 1 starting high school and 1 starting their senior year.

All that said- my next blog post will be next week—as part of the Sew Fab Blog Tour.

In the mean time- check out some of these sews I did get finished this summer with all the chaos.

See you next week!

Summer Time Blog Tour with Winter Wear Designs

Wow the end of the school year is sooo busy!

Between getting the big kids for the summer, all the end of school events, ending baseball and getting ready for summer camps (plus the Baby Bear sprained his ankle), it has been a stretch for me to sew much. Plus I have to get ready for the annual camping trip the kids demand. So while joining in on the tour this month while it’s so hectic probably wasn’t the best idea in the world, it did give me the push I needed to sew.

Typically with the summer camping trip approaching, I usually like to buy several lightweight shorts that are made of knits with draw strings. It was the perfect chance for me to try my hand at making my own this year.

So let’s talk for a second about camping, when we travel it’s 4 kids, 2 adults and 2 cats. Because of this space is very limited and I prefer to change clothing once a day. This means my clothing needs to be comfortable enough that I can wear the clothing to bed but still look decent enough for me wear out and about when we sightsee.

Last week, I made a peplum top I know will get use during the camping trip and was really excited to sew up the Endless Summer Shorts to compliment them.

I used the leftovers of this fabric as well. I’m still excited that Walmart offers these precut deals.

The pattern is designed for wovens, and since I used knits, I sized down one size. This knit does not have the a huge amount of recovery and felt comfortable with going down the 1 size. If the recovery was better I would have taken a chance with sizing down a tad more than 1 size.

I did have to lengthen the shorts by several inches because I’m so tall, I added 1 inch in the rise, and the rest of the length in the leg length since most of my height is in my legs. I love the fit of them. I made them without the pockets (which was silly because there are never enough pockets when camping) so my next pair will definitely have them. I also opted for a knit waistband and added a drawstring to mimic my more usual knock around camping shorts.

I have already started another 2 pairs since I only have 3 weeks until our camping trip.

Don’t miss any of the inspiration in our summer tour:

6/24
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North
6/25
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/26
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
6/27
6/28
Josianne of Sewista Fashion
Florence guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
Kristen guest posting at Winter Wear Designs

That was a looonnnng break😂

It has been a while since I posted anything to the page, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Actually, I have sewn quite a bit!

But it’s baseball season, and the schedule has got me straight up confused on which day of the week it is😂😂😂.

Now that we are down to a week before championships, I’m hoping to get back to the more regular-ish posting! But look at my boy…

So since it’s been a bit, I am going to post my favorite make of the last few weeks.

This cap both challenged and stretched me Apple and Fig Street Kred Trucker Hat. I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow, but found my machine likes to be tempermental with foam😂. And I went ahead and made the adult version but after he put it on, I realized we could have gone with the large, but that’s ok Baby Bear will get tons of wear out of it! I became aware of the pattern because of a sew along in the Rockerbye Destash BST Facebook page, and had they not offered it, I probably would not be bold enough to try this, especially with strike off fabrics.

Speaking of strike offs, the fabrics are a current preorder from Run Amok Fabric and like always the big boy picked his fabric blocking and placement.

All Dressed Up with Winter Wear Designs Blog Tour!

I love fancy dress clothes. I love them for me, I love them for my kids, I love them for my partner. I also love when a blog tour allows me to indulge in pretty fabrics, a great pattern and over the top dress just because.

This month’s theme with Winter Wear Designs is all dressed up which is right up my alley!

Sweet Pea has been pestering me since her birthday for a new tea party dress so we desided the Sightseer Sun Dress would fit the bill perfectly.

I love that its a dress that offers a full dress and tunic, but my favorite thing is the fact it also offers a vintage length (which is Sweet Pea’s preferred length and not many dress patterns offer it.)

So off Sweet Pea went to look through my stash, she found a fun pink chiffon and pink woven left over from a princess dress I made for her friend. So now to make it work— and then she found the last few pink sparkle snaps I had left from a preorder from last summer with Kimmy Snabric. This left me with figuring out how to incorporate the snaps but still keep the line of the dress true to the pattern.

In the end, I kept the pattern true to instruction but added 1/2 inch to the skirt width. This way I could interface those sections then fold them over to allow for the snap overlapping. It took some fussy placement with attaching the skirt since I needed the overlap.

I feel like it came out amazing.

I love the piping on this dress soo much.

I really love how the chiffon has so much movement. I did use Suzanne’s advice for the bodice construction for preteen bodies and lined the front (she suggested lining both the front and back but I only chose to worry about the front since Sweet Pea doesn’t wear a bra or undershirts yet. )

Look how happy she was- she literally hasn’t taken it off in 2 days. I’d say that is a positive endorsement for more of this sweet dress. Go get your copy of this cute dress perfect for summer and tea parties!

Don’t miss out on any of the stops on the All Dressed Up Blog Tour:

Monday 4/22
Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs
Tuesday 4/23
Wednesday 4/24
Patricia of Sew Far North
Thursday 4/25
Friday 4/26
Aurelie of Maglice and So

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 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.

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