I was delighted when Sewing By Ti invited me to be a part of the Sew Ready for Fall blog tour! Fall is my absolute favorite season for so many reasons! I love the changing leaves, the perfectly mild weather, and the beginning of the holiday season! School starts for the kids and we (hopefully) get into a routine. And what could possibly be better than cozy fall clothing – hoodies, cardigans, tunics, and leggings!? Nothing.. nothing is better!
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Stylish Fabric sponsored this blog tour, and generously provided each blogger in the tour with fabric to create our fall looks! They have an amazingly large selection of fabric, with almost any kind of apparel fabric you could possibly want! Of course, this made my fabric decision very difficult! I kept going back and forth between french terry, sweater knits, rayon spandex, etc. This amazing chevron patterned sequined jersey knit jumped out at me immediately and I just couldn’t get it out of my head, so I went for it! I haven’t worked with sequin fabric very much, but I just dove right in – cut as usual, sewed up as usual, hemmed as usual, and it turned out great! 🙂 I will probably order more, especially because it comes in so many amazing colors!
In addition to having such a vast selection of fabric, their prices are amazing! When prices are this good, you sometimes worry about quality. I was very happy with the quality of the fabric I received and can’t wait to order more! Make sure to check out Stylish Fabric at all of their social media outlets!
As a busy stay-at-home mom who wears many hats, my wardobe HAS to be comfortable and functional above all else. If it happens to be stylish, that’s just a bonus 😉 I have to be able to comfortably walk, bend over, change diapers, sit cross-legged on the floor, take photographs, drive around, cook, sew, etc in my clothing. On the chance that I have to actually be seen in public, it’s definitely a good thing if my comfy clothes happen to be cute, too! For all of these reasons, I basically live in leggings and tunics.
Sewing an outfit that would transition from Summer to Fall was a fun challenge! I decided to sew up one of my favorite tunics – the Mama Mya from Made for Mermaids. I adore the fit of this tunic. The neckline is modest enough that there is no need for an undershirt, which is perfect for those warm days where you want to limit the layers. I thought the 3/4 sleeves were a perfect compromise between too hot and too cool, which basically makes this a perfect transitional piece! The curved hem tunic length is nothing short of perfection for pairing with leggings! It provides the right amount of coverage in the front and back to still be modest and comfortable. I can bend over to pick up the food my baby throws all over the floor, and not worry about anybody getting too much of a view! The Mama Mya is slightly fitted at the bust, and flows out in a beautiful a-line shape. It’s modest, comfy, and flattering! Check, check, check.
Check out that perfect amount of booty coverage! I paired my Mama Mya tunic with a pair of my favorite P4P Peg Legs. These are made in an amazingly soft black brushed poly from So Sew English. And want to know a secret? They are cropped length leggings (perfect for summer!!) but I wore them with a tall pair of socks and my favorite fall boots! Again, perfect for the Summer to Fall transition! With the wide, stretchy, and non-restricing waistband of the Peg Legs, these leggings couldn’t be any more comfortable. I might as well be wearing pajamas!
I love that this fabric really takes this tunic up a notch, and makes it even more versatile! Since it’s a lighter weight jersey knit, it is absolutely comfortable enough to wear all day while running errands or driving the kids around. The sequins definitely dress it up a bit, and I would totally wear this to a social event, school programs, or out on date night!
The sequins do affect the stretch of the fabric as you would expect, so I wouldn’t use this fabric on a pattern that is more fitted. For this flowing a-line tunic, it worked perfectly! I couldn’t be happier with the way this top came out, and I’m thrilled to start off my fall wardrobe with it! A special thank you to Stylish Fabric for allowing me to try out this lovely fabric!
Tibeca of Sewing by Ti has put together an amazing giveaway for the blog tour, including a brand new Brother sewing machine, a Stylish Fabric Sewing Box, and gift cards and patterns galore! You really don’t want to miss out on this one. For more details on the giveaway and to enter, visit the Stylish Fabric Blog.
Make sure to check out all of the other stops on the Sew Ready for Fall Blog tour! You are sure to be inspired, and gain some insight on many of the amazing fabrics that Stylish Fabric has to offer! Then grab your favorite fall patterns, some gorgeous fabric, and get to work transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall!
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
Gray all Day
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self
Made By Melli and Sew Far North
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
Frivolous at Last and EYMM
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti
Hello all you lovely LLK Fans (or soon-to-be!). It’s my turn on the Winnie Pinnie blog tour and I’m so excited about it! I was actually signed up to test this lovely pattern, but it happened to be the week that Jason’s grandpa passed away and we hopped in the car to drive to NY for the funeral! I’m glad we were able to spend that time with family, but I was so bummed that I had to back out of the test – so I’m making up for it now!
This dress is just sweeter than candy. I really love the clean lines and the simplicity of the pattern, and then BAM. There’s this stunning cut-out in the back. I was all heart-eyes throughout this shoot with Maci, and even more so while editing the photos. As Cassie explained over on the LLK blog, the dress has a vintage-inspired vibe, and I’m diggin’ it! And I don’t think I’m the only one! 🙂
It was so obvious how much Maci loved this dress! First, she flat out told me she loved it. So there’s that. But, she was also pulling out all kinds of poses, and faces, and twirls the whole time she was wearing it! She was beaming! Can you blame her? One thing I adore about this dress is the full skirt. Before I read the tutorial, I was planning on cutting the skirt pieces width-of-fabric because I wanted a nice, full skirt. Well guess what? That’s basically what the pattern called for in Maci’s size (size 7). Perfect! Maci was swishing the skirt around and twirling endlessly.
I really loved the pattern and design of this dress as-is (Cassie did an amazing job!) so I didn’t make any major modifications to Maci’s! The only change I made was using Kam Snaps instead of buttons on the back bodice. The pattern calls for 1 button for the top tab, and 1 button for the bottom. I used 2 size 20 Kam Snaps on each tab instead! I love the look and the back bodice is held securely in place and those tabs are lined up perfectly! I tried the dress on Maci before placing the snaps so I could get a customized fit. I love the way it turned out!
Here’s a little more info about Winnie Pinnie:
- Sizes 12 months – Girl’s 9
- Top or Dress Length
- Simple Full Skirt or Bias Pieced Skirt
- Clean finish (it looks pretty on the inside, too!)
- Layered Pattern
- Easy to follow instructions with photos
This beautiful pattern screams easy-breezy summertime, but you better believe Maci will be layering this through the fall and winter as well. This dress has instantly become a new favorite and we will get as much wear out of it as we possibly can 🙂
Enjoy a little photo overload, and scroll down to the bottom for a coupon code!
Grab your copy of Winnie Pinnie and use the code WPTOUR at checkout – you will receive 20% off ! Code is good through 8/1/2016 midnight EST.
Make sure to check out the other bloggers on tour and all of the fun hacks and mods they did! (links are below!)
The Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour Calendar
Monday, July 25th- Kick off post with Little Lizard King (Sale Begins)
Monday, August 1- Raedene | Little Lizard King | (End of Sale)
Summertime – sunshine, parades, swimming, small town festivals, salt water taffy, playing with friends, celebrating our country and heritage. It doesn’t get much better than summertime! Here in Utah, almost every town has their own festival during the summer, complete with parades, fireworks, small carnivals, and endless fun week after week. We are also lucky to have a rich pioneer heritage, which we celebrate on Pioneer Day – July 24th. It’s an added Summer bonus for us and a day that we get to celebrate the pioneers who settled here so many years ago. For most, it’s also an extra day to wear our red, white, and blue and celebrate our beautiful country!
We got together with our friends from Sew Sophie Lynn and Paisley Roots and did a really fun little photoshoot at a place called Pioneer Village in Provo. It was such an amazing little place to visit! They have original pioneer homes and structures that we were able to tour, as well as many authentic items that show what life was like back in the Pioneer Days. Pioneer Village doesn’t charge an entrance fee, and they have volunteers dressed as pioneers who offer tours and can give more insight into what life was like for the early Pioneers.
One of the kids’ favorites was the handcart that they had the chance to pull. It’s hard to imagine the pioneers pulling these carts full of their children & belongings across the country, day after day as they trekked to Utah. It made me so very grateful for our air-conditioned vehicles, and moving vans available for rental at a moment’s notice!
We had so much fun with our friends learning about the pioneers and getting a little taste of their lifestyle. It was an extra challenge trying to get a picture of all of the girls together, but so very entertaining at the same time 🙂 They all looked darling decked out in their mama-made red, white, and blue attire! Maci wore her patriotic M4M Riley Dress for the occasion. We just love the twirl factor!
These two girls were especially fun to photograph, because they had their model faces on-the-ready at all times! Some of the other children weren’t quite as interested in posing for pictures 🙂
I truly just adore the online sewing community and the real-life friends I have gained through it! This photoshoot was so fun, and Maci keeps asking when we are going to meet up with our sewing friends again! Hopefully it won’t be too long!
I’m also thankful that we had the chance to learn more about our pioneer history amid all of the fun we were having! It was humbling to say the least, and gave me a renewed appreciation for the modern technologies and conveniences we often take for granted!
We are ready to celebrate Pioneer Day here in just a couple of days, and we will remember the sacrifices the Pioneers made by coming to Utah. What are your favorite Small Town traditions?
Make sure to visit these other sewing bloggers today to see how they celebrate and sew for their small town celebrations!
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Boy, has life been crazy lately! I feel like I’ve been going 100 mph, and it has taken a toll on my blogging! I have so much catching up to do, but I’ll get to that another time! Today, I am reviewing the fabulous Sun Kissed Tee PDF sewing pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop (PAB). I have been sewing with PAB patterns since I ventured into the PDF world, and they never, ever disappoint. One of my very first pattern tests back in the day was a PAB pattern – the Rosalie Ruffle Tee.
My sewing and photography skills have improved greatly since then. At least I think so 🙂 Anywho, back to the pattern at hand! Here’s the nitty gritty on the Sun Kissed Tee pattern:
|Printable pattern pages/copy shop version||13 for standard tee or 15 for ruched tee|
|Measurements for Rectangle Pieces||No|
|Size made||XXL graded out at waist & back in at hip|
|Options chosen||Standard Hem|
|Fabric Requirement for your size||2 yards|
|Measurement Chart||Bust, Waist, Hip, Upper Arm, Finished Measurements|
|Pattern Printing Layout||No|
|Suggested Fabrics||Light-Medium Weight Knits with at least 30% stretch|
|Layer Printing Option||No|
|Neck Line Options||Neck Binding|
|Hem Options||Standard Hem or Ruched bottom|
|Separate add-on pack||Yes – Maternity Add-on|
|Fit||Fitted at bust, semi-fitted at waist & hip|
|Easy to read instructions||Yes|
|Drawing or photograph instructions||Color Photographs|
One thing I can always count on with a Peekaboo pattern, is that it is going to be well drafted. While you can’t print with layers, the patterns are digitally drawn and color coded for easy assembling and cutting. There is a diagram printed on the pattern pieces that show how each piece goes together. This pattern was easy and quick to assemble, the pieces went together flawlessly, and I was on my way to cutting fabric and sewing without breaking a sweat!
Based on the measurement chart included in the PDF, I chose to make an XXL and grade out a little at the waist. As I have mentioned before, I am far from an “hourglass” shape – my waist measurement usually falls one or two sizes above my bust/hip measurements. In ready-to-wear (RTW) clothing and in most patterns, I am an XL, so it was a little hard to embrace the XXL. While I wanted to cut the XL for vanity’s sake, I knew better and went with the size my measurements indicated. It was definitely the right choice. I ended up with a shirt that fits well and will definitely get worn!
I love the way this turned out! It is slightly fitted at the bust, and then has a little more ease at the waist and hip. It is very flattering and floats away from my least appealing feature (my belly!) The sleeves are also nice and roomy without being overly huge, and it’s a very comfortable shirt to wear! I am slightly below average height (5’4″), but I decided not to shorten the pattern. I love the length and wouldn’t change anything about the fit. Not bad for my first time making this pattern!
I adore this Ice Green Quatrefoil jersey I used for my Sun Kissed Tee. It is a nice springy color and I’m a sucker for that geometric pattern! While I chose to do the basic tee with standard hem, this pattern also comes with a cute Ruched Side option. It’s a fun detail to add to an otherwise basic shirt 🙂 If you are pregnant, there is a handy Maternity Add-On available for this top as well. Talk about super quick & cute maternity shirt!
In my opinion, the only downside is the lack of variations included with this top. I would have liked to see a tunic length option and other sleeve length options. Overall, it is a solid pattern that is drafted well, fits well, and goes together quickly and easily! And in case you wanted to see this on me from my worst possible angle, here you go….
Something I want to mention about PAB patterns in general is that the instructions and photos are always very clear, straightforward and to the point. There are additional notes or tips added in when necessary, and I never have a problem trying to understand the process described. Something else worth mentioning is that for every purchase you make at Peekaboo Pattern Shop, you earn reward points that can be redeemed for discounts on future purchases. And there are so SO many amazing patterns to choose from. On top of all that, there are also bundle discounts available. If you’ve never sewn with a PAB pattern, take this opportunity to grab a pattern or two (or ten) and give them a try!
As if you needed any more motivation, Amy has generously offered a discount code for the Dive into Dolmans Blog Tour readers! Use the code “SUN15” for 15% off of the Sun Kissed Tee and/or Maternity Add-On pack, through April 17, 2016.
Now be sure to visit the other stops on the Dive Into Dolmans Blog Tour today! And make sure you stick with us, because there will be an amazing giveaway at the end of the tour!
Diving Into Dolmans Week 3
Hello, and welcome to Week 1 of the “Dive into Dolmans Blog Tour”! Every Thursday for the next 5 weeks, several bloggers (including me!) will be featuring different dolman-style shirt PDF patterns and comparing them side-by-side. It seems that there are roughly a bajillion PDF dolman patterns, so we want to break it all down and help you find the one that is perfect for you! We will cover everything from fit, to adjustments, to how many pages need to be printed, and SO. MUCH. MORE. Each of the main bloggers has a pretty distinct body type, and we will be talking about any adjustments we make to suit our bodies. There are several guest bloggers who will also be popping in to share their comparisons as well! We have a handy dandy chart that we will be using in each review, so it will be super easy for you to compare!
Follow along with us, because at the end of the tour there will be a roundup of all of the posts.. and of course – a giveaway! 🙂
For week 1, I will admit that I took the easy way out and I am featuring a dolman that I had already made and photographed for a pattern test! Between other pattern tests, photo shoots, and Easter this past weekend, I have been completely swamped. So without further adieu, today I will be talking about the Sweet Tee from Patterns for Pirates!
For starters, here is the review chart with all of the important details about this specific PDF pattern.
Let’s just talk about that size range for a second. There are a total of TEN sizes included in the Sweet Tee pattern. It is amazing to have so many sizes covered in a single pattern. For my Sweet Tee, I made an XL according to my bust measurement. Based on my waist measurement, I should have graded out to XXL at the waist, and then back in at the hip. With most knit top patterns, I don’t usually take the time to grade between sizes, since knit fabric is so forgiving (read:stretchy!) Since I didn’t grade out as I should have, you can see that the shirt is more fitted on me all the way down, instead of the intended “semi-fitted at waist & hip” fit. I also used a medium weight 95/5 cotton/lycra blend, which is a slightly thicker and sturdier fabric, which also affected the overall fit of the shirt.
Patterns for Pirates drafts their women’s patterns for an hourglass figure, which is clearly not me. By grading my pattern out at the waist, I could have easily achieved the intended fit. Even though it is more on the fitted side, it is still completely comfortable and wearable! To see an illustration showing the intended fit of P4P’s different shirt patterns, see her blog post here. The pattern is drafted for a height of 5’5″ and I am 5’4″, but I typically don’t shorten my tops, because I like the coverage the extra length lends! There is a live link in the pattern that will lead you to this blog post that will walk you through lengthening or shortening the pattern according to your height. I chose short sleeves (come on warm weather!) and the tall waistband option. Again – more booty coverage! 🙂 My next Sweet Tee will definitely have a curved hem!
In general, dolman tops have an easy fit, and sew up very quickly since there aren’t separate sleeve pieces to set-in. This pattern is no different! You could easily have a Sweet Tee cut & sewn in under an hour. The tutorial is short and sweet, and very easy to understand. A confident beginner could tackle this pattern without too much trouble!
The verdict? I love my Sweet Tee – the fit is great (even better if you make adjustments based on your body type), it’s a quick sew, the pattern is layered and has no-trim pages, and there are several options to fill up your closet and take you through every season! If you consider the size range and options included, this pattern is an incredible value at $9.00. And bonus – there is a girl’s version, too (Sugar Pie). Double the fun and make some cute Mommy & Me tops! 🙂 If you need both patterns (you do!) you can grab the bundle here and save yourself a buck!
Make sure you check out the other Week 1 posts at the links below! So many amazing patterns are being reviewed this week by some amazing sew-bloggers! See you here next Thursday for Week 2! 🙂
Diving Into Dolmans Week 1
Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice
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Hello and thanks for stopping by for the Spring Break PJ Party blog tour! In all reality, Spring Break here isn’t until next week… but that won’t stop us from partying with everyone anyways! 🙂 I’ve got a little bit of a different post than most of the other stops on the tour. This is the Spring Break PJ Party – Newborn Edition! So keep reading for some cute, TINY little PJ’s, squishy newborn cuteness, and of course we can’t forget the discounts and giveaways from our lovely blog tour sponsors!
This little nugget, Coby, is my very first nephew! He was born this past Saturday, and I was honored to be in the room & photograph my sister’s labor and delivery, and this precious guy’s first moments out of the womb! Being part of a delivery is an experience like no other! I have given birth 3 times, but it’s so different when somebody else is doing the pushing. Firstly, I have to give my sister a huge shout out for doing the whole thing without an epidural – what a rockstar! I’m a wimp and I love my epidurals 🙂 Secondly, isn’t this boy just adorable? Maybe I’m biased as the proud auntie, but I think he is a keeper for sure. I mean, look at that hair! #allthehearteyes
Sewing for newborns is so fun, because everything is just so adorably TINY! When my first child and first niece were born, there really weren’t many newborn PDF patterns on the market. How that has changed! There is such a huge selection available now that it can be so hard to choose. Several patterns even come in preemie sizes, which is handy since all 3 of Coby’s big sisters were preemie sized at birth! For Coby’s Batman PJ’s, I used the Lullaby Line Baby Gown pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop(PAB). The Lullaby Line is an amazing collection of PDF patterns for staple baby items. PAB’s patterns are always well drafted, extensively tested, have clear instructions, and always fit well. The baby gown is drafted for sizes Preemie through 6 months, but most of the Lullaby Line patterns go up to 4T.
The gown is perfect for the first bit of baby’s life for many reasons. You don’t have to fumble around with zippers, snaps, or buttons for those super fun middle-of-the-night diaper changes. The bottom of the gown has eleastic that allows you to just pull the gown up for diaper changes. The lap-shoulder design also makes it easier to get over baby’s head without too much of a struggle. My children all have enormous heads, so the lap-shoulder is a MUST. In my opinion, the best feature of this gown pattern is the built-in scratch mitt option. If you’ve ever been around a newborn, you know they can’t control their hand/arm movements and their startle reflex often causes them to claw their faces! These mitts will help keep baby’s face scratch free, and they weren’t hard to sew in either!
My sister also pointed out that most baby gowns available at retail stores come in one size: 0-6 months. That is a huge range and basically means that a newborn will be swimming in it unless they are giant! 🙂 It’s great to be able to make the gown in a size that will fit an actual newborn. If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, or like to create handmade baby gifts for friends and family, I fully recommend this Baby Gown pattern, or any other pattern from the Lullaby Line! (including the snap PJ’s which I had the opportunity to test on my little man a while back)
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Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Lulu & Celeste to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st! PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US. Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!
And now for today’s giveaway!
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Want to win more prizes? Visit Made By Jaime tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Create 3.5’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 23rd)!
Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:
Monday, March 21st
Tuesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, March 23rd
Thursday, March 24th
Friday, March 25th