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

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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 8: Upcycle something

This week’s challenge was upcycle something. And the perfect week to finally alter this shirt my mom got Sweet Pea in Ireland. When I asked her what she wanted a shirt or dress she opted for Bella Sunshine Designs Maggie top and dress in the tunic length. Sweet Pea then picked a fun floral with varying shades of green and blue and insisted on it being included in her new top.

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I got to work cutting carefully along each of the seams to cut apart the neckband and sleeves then finally the side seams.

I cut the sleeves out on the sleeves of the tshirt, using the hem so I wouldn’t have to hem them. Then opted for a pop of color blocking just above the hemline creating a fun cuff look.

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Next, I cut the bodice piece under the armscye and added a 1/4 inch seam allowance to the new top and bottom pieces and cut my fabric. I sewed the top and bottom pieces together then continued with construction as directed from there. I reused the same neckband from the original shirt because it was a fabulous tubular knit.

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I love how it turned out and I am pretty sure that Sweet Pea likes it too since she just had to wear it to see the Trolls movie.

MCM Tilly Dress

This month has been busy. Busy with illness, busy with pattern testing and busy with trying to find a rhythm for my sewing. This is a special bonus post for a pattern that I started testing a while ago with The MCM Studio Designs. Linda Joyner Lehn has fabulous dress patterns with classical looks. If you are looking for lovely woven fabric patterns, MCM is the place for you.

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The Tilly Dress is listed as an intermediate pattern since it uses methods such as burrito method for lining the bodice and sewing curves. The dress has a kimono inspired bodice with sleeve flounces and the option of a single or double layered skirt with ruffles. A very nice feature of the dress is the fact there are no zippers or buttons making this a relatively quick sew, even with doing hand gathering for the skirts and ruffles😊.

I had originally planned on using my tester version and upcycling and altering it to focus on hacking the pattern because while Olivia loves the dress as it is, she keeps wanting to wear pants with it (silly Sweet Pea). But honestly with me getting flu that has lingered so much longer than has expected, and a seriously lack of awesome woven pant patterns on the market, I just had more ideas in my head and not enough time to work! So I may do another bonus post next month and feature the hack then😉

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It really is an adorable dress with lots of twirl factor and is sure to make your little one feel like a princess. This pattern is temporarily on sale for $5 and youcan get a code for an additional 10% off by heading over to the MCM Facebook Group.

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