Feature Designer: Winter Wear Designs Romp-along Tour

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It has been a stressful month or so and I decided to step back from sewing and having such an active presence in the testing community because of illness in the family, sometimes it feels like its a constant battle trying to keep everyone well and on task. And lets be honest, as we round out the end of the school year, I am just exhausted from running in 20 different directions. But I digress.
This post is all about the Romper Love. I must admit, I have not owned one as an adult but I love the look and ease of them for the summer time. I was super tickled to see that as I ended my sewing hiatus, Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs was hosting a blog tour focusing on just that! Lucky me. I typically tend to sew for Sweet Pea because its easier and I am not sure if I ever really, really love what I make for me. Wellllll I got so lucky because I not only love mine but I also love the one I made for Sweet Pea.

I first had to figure out which Romper I wanted to use and for simplicity and ease decided that perhaps we needed Mommy and Me semi-matching rompers for some fun when we are out and about, so I ended up selecting the Boho Breeze Romper bundle started out with sewing Sweet Pea’s first because I had some beautiful linen pants that no longer fit me plus had some wearing in the thighs.

 

I knew I wanted to use them because of the beautiful detailing on the sides of them. So that required me to carefully separate the seams so that I could get the most out of the pants that I can. I did have to modify the pattern just a bit to allow for me to make use of the detailing on the linen. I essentially removed my seam allowance from the front and back pieces by drawing a line then attached them so that instead of the 4 pieces, I only had 2.

Then I was off to figure out what to pair it with. I decided that classic stripes would look amazing with the khaki linen and I was not disappointed because as I was constructing this romper my excitement grew and grew.

 

I think one of my very favorite things about sewing is that I get to see my vision come to life and sometimes its the details of an outfit that truly make it fun and unique.
I did use a tubular knit for the neckband elastic rather than using the striped knit but that was because I was selfishly saving the rest of these stripes for my romper. I also did not use elastic in the sleeves so that the sleeve would have more of a flutter to it. Unfortunately due to rain I haven’t had a chance to get photos of the both of us together so my bathroom selfie will have to do until I can update this post (perhaps tomorrow since the rain is finally supposed to break when I have someone home that can take photos of me).
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I have to say this and I never say anything like this when it comes to clothing but I am in love. I love the off the shoulder fit (although because I am larger busted, I did end up adding the shoulder straps so that my bra could be covered and I am not forced into wearing a strapless). And I am extremely happy with the drape over the hips which seems to be the area I struggle with my happiness when it comes to a pattern. I cannot wait for the weather to clear up so I can have some nice photos for a fun mommy and me!
Even though its the last day of the tour, go check out the other great blog posts and run and get your 20%off discount while you can using the code ROMPON at checkout.
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Don’t miss any of the spectacular rompers
on the Romp On Tour!!!
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Sewing Gifts!

Happy Birthday Ti! I am excited this month to take part in the Birthday Tour Week where we are sewing gifts. I thought long and hard about the gifts I wanted to sew (I have several random projects for each kiddo to surprise them with thinking of you or just because gifts). I thought animal storage bean bag chair, wallet for Baby Bear and in the end I opted for a Tooth Fairy Pillow for my tooth obscessed Sweet Pea.

For well over a year now, she has mentioned how much she wants to be a dentist when she grows up and wanted a pillow like her big brother has to use when he looses his teeth. So off to hunt down a pattern. The Rebecca Page Tooth Fairy Pillow fit the bill perfectly since it gave me a ballerina and monster option (making for lots of gifts for friends later) and its free!

I recently became enamoured with embroidery and was excited to see I would get a chance to work on my handstitching skills (which I will admit need lots of work😂).

Sewing this pattern was quick, even with the hand stitching took less than 2 hours start to finish making for an excellent last minute gift for those that need them.

Because Sweet Pea loves ballet, I opted for a pretty pink ballerina tooth and figure she will want a matching monster one later too! I did opt to cut the tutu in half and used lace to decorate the tutu instead. I was supposed to gather the pocket but struggled a bit with it given the thickness of the pocket so next time, I will pleat it instead but I think it still looks cute.

After I hung it on her door knob and Sweet Pea got a peek at it, her response was thank you Momma, I love it so much.

And isn’t that the response we all want when giving a gift?

Go check out the rest of the gifting tour for more ideas on fun stuff to make!

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

Week 17: Sew Something with a Pocket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TL:DR

Patterns: GiGi Bowtiful Top, Add on Skirt Pollywog Leggings

Fabric: Firefliez Fabrics

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

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

Monday

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

Liza Azman Miinomastudio, Night Night Gown

Tuesday

Brittni Harris PBJ* Boutique,Pickled Tink

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

Wednesday

Kathy Bruckman Kathy’s Kwilts and more, Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday

Kelly Keith Kelly’s Sewing Creations, Spring Mini Capsule

Jessica Cotriss Jot Designs, All Seasons Top and Dress

Nadine Feebricolo, Lazy Days Shorts

Friday

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

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

Tee Bee, Fairytale B&T, Safari Tank

As a thank you for joining us for our Sew into Spring with PTP, make sure to enter the Giveaway

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Week 15: Something with Woven Fabric

The 15 week challenge is sew something with woven fabric. This one isn’t much of a challenge to me, mostly because I sew lots of woven patterns all the time (80% of my sewing is for woven patterns). But I did step out of my wheel house sewing a Bella Sunshine Designs Charlotte Dress in the top length

Sweet Pea picked out this lovely unicorn fabric a friend sent me. So I knew the top would end up super fun for her and would look beautiful with the style it had and the vibrant fabric Sweet Pea picked out.

This dress has a placket (which I am not a super big fan of though the directions in the pattern are fabulous).

It offers a delicate cut out on the back which I opted to use vintage bone buttons for.

As usual, BSD did not disappoint with how the top turned out.

The length of the top version hits in a very nice place to have Baby Cakes wear shorts or pants. Since it still feels like winter here in Vermont, we still need pants so we paired it with the Sansa Pants.

It’s love for the little princess and she has already asked for another one!

TL:DR

Challenge: Accepted

Pattern: Bella Sunshine Designs Charlotte Dress and Sansa pants

Fabric: gifted by a friend

*this pattern contains affiliate links

Week 14: Something with Flowers

****I am still catching up on the sewing challenge from dealing with sick kiddos.

Week 14 was Sew something with flowers. I absolutely love the Sahara Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs. It has been a staple in Sweet Pea’s wardrobe from the day it came out. It has a lovely fit plus a nice skirt for twirling.

I had a lovely fabric from Hobby Lobby and set right to making a tunic version right away.

For once I got enough fabric for me to have a selfish sew!

So I made the Ladies Sahara for me.

My husband is a big fan and said its his favorite thing I have made for me.

I love that the ladies version automatically includes a full bust adjustment which makes altering the pattern very easy for me. And over all its a quick sew even with hemming !

TL:DR

Challenge: accepted

Pattern: Bella Sunshine Designs Ladies Sahara and Girls Sahara

Fabric: Hobby Lobby Rayon Lycra

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Doris Skirt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 13: Use a Pattern You Own But Never Sewn

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

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

Aren’t they adorable?

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

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

Week 12: Something with Felt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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