Love a Simple Pattern Mash-Up

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Today I’m over at Tie Dye Diva with a super easy pattern mash-up tutorial!  What’s even better is the patterns that I’m using are both on sale until March 3rd, so if you’ve been on the fence about these, now’s the time (I’m a total enabler!).

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The Opal Knit Flutter Tunic and Dress had been on my radar for awhile when I bought it last year during one of her sales (I have such a weakness for pattern sales!).  I really love the ruffle detail in the front, plus I have been planning this lace overlay for awhile.

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

My girl wore this dress to a birthday party last weekend where the kids ran around like animals and the wind was blowing, and her dress just flowed around her and stayed modest the whole time.  Yay for not showing our knickers!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The gray sparkly fabric is a rayon jersey blend, but for the life of me I can’t remember where I found it.  The lace overlay is tiger stripes in coral, and I want to say I picked it up at Fabric.com awhile ago.  It was really easy to do the overlay, I just cut the same pieces in the bodice for the gray fabric as the lace fabric and basted around them (or use wonder tape).  After that treat them as one piece.

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

The sleeves are from the Garnet Dress/Skirt/Top pattern, and I’m glad the mash-up was a success!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

That look!  She slays me!

Opal and Garnet Mash Up

Run!  The chickens are coming!  Go ahead and hop on over to Tie Dye Diva’s blog if you want to see more mash-up pics (not just of my little one 😉 ) and the mini tutorial!

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Ficus Cardigan – A Ladies Peplum Cardigan

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Almost immediately after Sew Like My Mom released her Fern Cardigan, there was demand for a ladies version.  It really is such a lovely cardigan (and I do so love cardigans!), so I was excited to test the Ficus Cardigan.

The Ficus Cardigan is available in XXS through 3XL and is intended for knit fabric.  It is a fitted cardigan with a large collar, three sleeve options, and includes a tie option for a more polished look.  She includes lots of tips and recommendations for selecting fabric to get your right fit.  For example, if you have 30-50% stretch, you would select your size based on your chest size, but if you have more stretch, then size down.  I tested size XXS with long sleeves and no tie.

Ficus Cardigan Muslin

I did make a quick muslin to check for any bodice length changes, as the bodice and peplum are supposed to meet at the natural waistline.  I used a scuba knit which was probably not the best choice, but I just wanted to check length for changes.  After seeing it I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to shorten it or not, so I didn’t make any changes.

Ficus Collage

My next version I used a lightweight French Terry that had almost 50% stretch.  I tested the length before adding the collar, and it definitely needed to be shortened an inch.  I was able to remove the peplum and remove the inch from the bodice, then reattach the peplum.  In the image above, you can see the before on the left, my gorgeous hand carved seam ripper in the middle (#sve2017), and the after on the right.  I also had to remove an inch from each end of the collar.

Ficus Cardigan

It was very simple to sew together, most being done on my serger and hems on my coverstitch.  This material is also quite soft and easy to sew with.  I picked it up a few months back at Fabric Outlet.

Ficus Cardigan

I’m very happy with the way it looks, and I added my own belt to help tie it together.  I really loved all of the testers’ Ficus Cardis.  Seriously a flattering pattern.  It has such a wide variety of looks depending on the fabric selected.  Some looked very polished and others looked quite casual.

Ficus Cardigan

The Ficus Cardigan is now available on sale through Wednesday.  It is also bundled with the Fern Cardigan on sale as well.  I can’t wait to make a Fern for my little one and be all matchy matchy 😉

How to Make Fabric Jewelry

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I’ve always wanted to make fabric necklaces, but for some reason I just never got around to it.  I finally made some with a really fun fabric collection called Panda-rama by Maude Asbury (which was provided by Blend Fabrics to Tie Dye Diva).  The Rice Paper fabrics are perfect for fabric jewelry!

Fabric Jewelry

My girl and I threw some wood beads into the mix to add to the boho feel of these, but when paired with the Garnet Top/Skirt/Dress pattern from Tie Dye Diva, they also look so sophisticated!

Fabric Jewelry

This was seriously such a fun project, and now there’s a tutorial on Tie Dye Diva’s blog to make these really simple necklaces and bracelets.  The greatest part is all you need are some fabric scraps and beads.  It’s also super kid friendly, so this would be a lot of fun to make with kids too (just make sure they don’t try to swallow those beads!).

Fabric Jewelry

I was glad to finally get around to making the Garnet top and dress.  Goodness!  That skirt has some serious twirl.  I loved watching the movement of it as she walked too.  I know more of those are coming down the pike, along with some shorties underneath!  I love the waistband too.  It’s a knit (also called a yoga) waistband which is comfortable on her.  In addition to her sensory issues, she gets lots of tummy aches, so I know this is a very welcome addition to her wardrobe.

So are you going to try out some fabric jewelry?  Such a great way to use up those scraps!

A Peplum Top Pattern Hack

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Today I’m over at Tie Dye Diva sharing a fun New York Minute peplum hack.  I finally made one for big sissy (can you see how happy this made her?!) after little sissy already had two of them, plus a third on the way!

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This is such a quick sew too as I’ve taken all the guess work out of it with the tutorial.  I really love the little kitty pocket too!  I’m thinking these little kitties would look so cute as back pockets… Anyway, head on over there and take a look!

Liberty of London Hearts

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Isn’t she such a sweetheart?!  My cheeky little model.  This is our first post for Tie Dye Diva on Fabric.com’s blog, How to Sew an Underlining, so hop on over and take a look.  Let me know what you think?!

Daffodils and Hearts

Fabric.com provided Tie Dye Diva with the fabric in exchange for a tutorial, so I was quite excited to have at it!  I loved sewing with a Liberty of London print that didn’t look traditionally “Liberty of London”, although I do love their florals!  I just couldn’t pass up those hearts though, and the colors are gorgeous.  The Brussels Washer linen for the capris is a rayon/linen blend, and so so luxurious to sew with!

Daffodils and Hearts

I also played around with Illustrator.  I can see why some pattern designers would prefer to use the illustrations over photos in their patterns.  I personally don’t have a preference, whichever is clearer, but it was fun using illustrations for the tutorial.

Daffodils and Hearts

I used Tie Dye Diva’s Daffodil Top and Daffodil Capri patterns and was quite happy with them for this project.  I’ll share more on those later, but go check out my underling tutorial!

Fern – A girls peplum cardigan

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I absolutely love the classic look of a circle skirt peplum.  It provides just enough sophistication to make any outfit appear more than just thrown together, even for a little one, but realistically, they’re one of the easiest things to sew.

The new Fern Cardigan by Sew Like My Mom features a perfect little peplum below a fitted cardigan bodice.  The front collar pulls it all together, and you can even add a bit of contrast if that’s your thing.

I was able to test it in size 24 mos/2 years.  The Fern Cardigan pattern is available in sizes 12 mos – 8 years, and 6 years – 16 years.  I made the long sleeve version without the belt.  There are three sleeve options including short and 3/4 length sleeves.  The recommended fabric is knit with at least 30% stretch such as interlock, french terry, cotton lycra/spandex, and sweater knits.  I chose a double knit for the main body and a brushed poly for the collar.

Fern Cardigan

I was very happy with the fit, and it is supposed to be fitted.  This is probably best layered over t-shirts and tank tops, or sleeveless dresses.  This is the perfect cardigan for warmer winter climates like where we live.

Fern Cardigan

My girl liked pretending the sides were her bat wings and was just being silly, so most of our initial pics came out quite crazy!  Since I used a double knit you get a little peek-a-boo when the side flips out whilst being tugged on for bat wings.  I believe here she was probably saying something like, “What do you want from me mom?  I’m only 3!”.  Of course I’m paying her in Batman toys so you know, we’re all good.

Fern Cardigan

I serged most of the garment and used my coverstitch to topstitch the sleeves and hem, but you can do this with a sewing machine too.  Construction is pretty quick and simple, and as always, Sew Like My Mom’s instructions are very clear and detailed.

Fern Cardigan

I wouldn’t recommend the brushed poly for the collar though.  Since it has so much excellent recovery (great for leggings), it’s not really great for this cardigan’s collar.  It just tugs up the front corners.  Can you spot Minnie Mouse peeking out of the flowers though?

Fern Cardigan

She wore this all day, and it stayed on even without the belt.  I was thinking I’d need to add maybe a snap or hook, but I’m glad I don’t.

While testing this I also got to see all of the other testers’ versions, and I must say that every single one of them was adorable!  If you want to grab one of your own, they’re on sale for $6 individually (links above), or the pattern bundle (all sizes 12mos-16 years) for $10 through Monday, February 6th.  I totally recommend getting one, but you know, I love all of her patterns, so I’m totally biased 😉

Edited to add these other lovely blogged Fern Cardigans!
Anne-Mari Sews, La Casa Cactus, Replicate Then Deviate, Neva Couture, and Coralu Handmade.  This cardi looks so great on everyone, I love it!

DbCA’s Paneled Jumper – A big girl dress

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I’m already planning for warmer weather and making clothes for my girls that can be layered now but worn come Spring and Summer.  The Paneled Sunsuit by Designs by Call Ajaire has been on my to-sew list for awhile now, and while I was looking at Call Ajaire’s new site with my daughter, she begged to have a sunsuit top just like this one.

Of course there is no way I’m making that in white for my girl (although it looks absolutely stunning in white)!  I did have a light floral cotton lawn sitting in my stash for a long time, where I picked it up from I have no idea, but my girl gave it the thumbs up so yay!

Her measurements put her in the size 3 for chest, 18 months for waist, and 5 for hips and height, but I measured her neck to waistline (side note, it’s so awesome that Call Ajaire adds all of these measurements into her patterns as it makes it tremendously easier to blend sizes for my girls), and decided to use a size 3 top graded to a 4 waist.  I’m also using the size 3 sleeve add-on and shortening it like Ajaire did in her beach post, and a size 5 skirt graded to a 4 waist.

Paneled Jumper

It sounds like a lot of grading, but it’s not really, and there are directions on how to grade the pattern to get the best fit.  I love when patterns provide all of those details for me!  I used the cotton lawn for the top and sleeves, and I used a pink cotton linen fabric I picked up at Discount Fabrics awhile back.

Paneled Jumper

Construction was for the most part straight forward, but definitely read each step.  There are several steps, but none are very difficult.  Probably the step that took me the longest was sewing the lining to the main fabric since I added the sleeves.

Paneled Jumper

I’m so happy with how it turned out though, and she feels like a big girl wearing it.  At first I was concerned the chest portion was too tight, but it’s the elastic in the back that gets the front to have a more fitted look.  She said she was very comfortable, and the elastic wasn’t tight at all.  Of course I had to tug at it, and it wasn’t tight, just the effect of the elastic.  Very cute!

Paneled Jumper

Not sure what she was doing there, but it appears she may be giving me a knuckle sandwich whilst wearing her sassy new jumper 😉

DbCA’s patterns come with many options, and she often provides add-ons after they release.  I have so many ideas of cute outfits to make my girls, I know I’m going to be revisiting this pattern soon. If you’re interested in trying out her patterns, now is the time to do it!  She’s having a grand opening sale to celebrate her new site.  You can find the coupon code for 25% off all patterns in the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook Group.

Paneled Jumper

I really do recommend her patterns, especially if you’re an adventurous beginner wanting to learn new techniques.  She provides lots of details, and the goal of her patterns is to help you expand your sewing skill set.  She definitely holds your hand throughout and provides lots of tips and hints, so you won’t feel confused or lost.  Plus, there’s always her Facebook group where you can ask questions if you do.

I can’t wait to try the tank top version next with the shorts for summer.  Who else is ready for warmer weather?!