A Busy Molly Dress

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I love a simple dress pattern. ¬†One that showcases a beautiful fabric. ¬†Why then did I use the busiest fabric in the world for this one? ¬†Well, because that’s what my bossy kindergartener told me she wanted. ¬†My husband was trying to explain the “trust the chef” concept to her, but no, she wanted nothing but squirrels and nuts!

Molly Dress

Anyway…the neckline on this dress, I love it! ¬†It’s Molly’s Scoop Back Top, Dress, Maxi¬†by Simple Life Pattern Company. ¬†I picked it up when it was first released because I knew I wanted to make something with that darling scoop neckline!

Molly Dress

I convinced her to let me add the collar and pocket (from the Geranium Dress pattern) though, something to break up all that squirrel!  I made a size 3 bodice and 5 length, and I think it turned out rather well.  With this bodice, you need to make sure your chest measurements are right on to get the nice scoop neckline.

Molly Dress

I’m not super happy with the collar though, as it tends to flip up constantly, but when it’s down, it looks good. ¬†I went back to the pattern and realized that the topstitching around the neckline was actually including the collar (I stitched around the neckline not including the collar). ¬†I find that strange, but I will go back and do that now!

Molly Dress

Also, there’s no gaping at the front neckline which I’m very happy about. ¬†She wore it all day with perfect fit, no gaping at all!

Molly Dress

Overall I’m very happy with this dress and the size combo. ¬†It was pretty simple to put together, and she even includes a video for the placket piece. ¬†If you’re curious about the fabric, the Squirrel and Nuts is part of the Get Together collection by David Walker for Free Spirit, and it’s a very soft baby corduroy. ¬†The collar and pocket are Herringbone from the Flora Collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit too.

What do you think, should I skip the collar on my next version? ¬†I’m making a Halloween top for her with cute little witches all over it.

 

The Surprisingly Awesome Sky Raglan

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I’ve sewn many Shwin Designs patterns before, but they’ve all been for my girls. ¬†I’ve never tried any of her ladies’ patterns before, so when she was calling for testers for her Sky Raglan top, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to¬†test how her sizing fits on me!

I must be honest, this isn’t really my style of top. ¬†I do layer clothing, but typically in the traditional sense, you know, cardigan over top. ¬†The Sky Raglan is a knit raglan over a faux button down top (there are no buttons, just the look of a shirt front and back).

The fabric requirements¬†call for thinner knits and thin woven fabrics, think rayon jerseys and voiles. ¬†I selected a knit that Girl Charlee snuck into my order for free (thanks Girl Charlee!), a thin, stretchy fashion knit, and for my faux shirt pieces, a crinkly woven fabric. ¬†It’s basically all I had that coordinated in my stash, surprisingly enough. ¬†My measurements put me in the¬†XXS size (except for my waist which really wasn’t a big deal because it’s a loose top), so I made no pattern alterations.

Sky Raglan Ladies Top

The construction is very simple, and the instructions were clear.  She did add instructions on lengthening the top in the final version.  The pattern is supposed to be a bit of a crop top (the knit portion), but many of the testers wanted it longer.  The knit portion has a high-low hemline too which works for the layered look.

Sky Raglan Ladies Top

I’m really happy with the way it turned out, even with the awful black crinkly fabric. ¬†I’m definitely going to make more for myself now that I know it fits and sews together easily. ¬†I saw some super cute tester versions too, always good for some inspiration!

Sky Raglan Ladies Top

I think the only thing I would change next time is to make the faux shirt back longer. ¬†It just wanted to sit on top of my derriere instead of fall over it which gave it an awkward look from the side. ¬†You can’t see it above since I’ve pulled it down, but pretty much just wanted to rest on my bottom the rest of the time.

The Sky Raglan is on sale for $7, and it coincides with her release of the Glass Petal (ladies version of the Glass Onion pattern). ¬†I have to say overall I was surprised by how much I like this top and the fit. ¬†I’ll be sharing some more versions shortly too (I finally ordered a dress form, so no more trying to take pics of myself)!

Have you ever sewn up something you thought would be alright and ended up super awesome?

Get to the Point! Boxwood Joggers Yeah!

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In getting ready for colder weather (yeah, like still a few months away, but, sewing.), I noticed my sewing list has pants for pretty much both girls and myself.  I really like the fit and ease of leggings for my girls, but I really wanted to find a fun pattern for a heavier knit fabric that would be suitable for colder weather.

Then Sew Like My Mom was hosting a pattern test for her new unisex Boxwood Joggers pattern (awesome timing!), so I thought what a perfect opportunity to make some pants for my big girl.

Boxwood Joggers

The fabric recommendation for these pants are french terry. ¬†If you’ve never sewn with french terry YOU SHOULD! ¬†It’s very easy to sew with, has a towel (loop) type texture to the wrong side, and it comes in a variety of weights. ¬†I made pants in a lightweight and capris in a heavyweight french terry (FT).

When sewing up the pants in size 3 I decided to use this lightweight hearts FT which has a lot of stretch. ¬†I found it at JoAnn’s in the kids fabric section. ¬†This FT is perfect for fall, when it’s not really too cold out, at least here where we live.

Boxwood Joggers

As with any Sew Like My Mom pattern, the instructions and pattern are very clear and easy to follow. ¬†I still seemed to struggle with the points on those adorable pockets though! ¬†After putting together the first pants up to the pocket part, I decided to pull out some of my heavier FT and try again. ¬†This time I was able to get the pockets more to my liking, but still, it took me a few tries, even when using up the entire 3/8″ seam allowance. ¬†I think it’s because I’m serging at a strange angle maybe, who knows, everyone else got perfect points though. ¬†Many of the other testers mentioned that they did the pointed pockets with their sewing machine first to ensure proper points, then serged. ¬†Haha! ¬†Do what they did, not meūüėČ

Boxwood Joggers

I did topstitch the pant’s pockets and side seams though to make sure everything stayed put after pressing. ¬†I just used a ball point needle and a longer stitch on my sewing machine for that. ¬†My girl decided she wanted the hearts on the pockets to be upside down. ¬†She’s full of opinions now!

Boxwood Joggers

I tried both versions on my girl before adding the cuffs, and she loved the hearts version! ¬†It fit perfectly. ¬†Then I tried the striped version and she¬†flipped out! ¬†I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned her sensory issues before, but she’s got them. ¬†She’s outgrown most of the clothing ones, but the feeling of the towel texture against her legs with this heavier FT was just too much for her. ¬†I couldn’t get them past her calves…

Boxwood Joggers

I finished up the pants pretty quickly, and we just love them! ¬†They fit her perfectly, maybe too perfectly, but there’s some stretch here so she’ll have a little room to grow. ¬†Geez, don’t look at those dirty feet though! ¬†Goodness, my girls run around everywhere without shoes…take after their mama!

Boxwood Joggers

As for the striped version, we decided to make them a capris, hoping that this would alleviate the feeling of the FT on her calves. ¬†They were more comfortable and she was able to put them on for pics, but they didn’t have enough stretch for the pattern. ¬†I’ll be putting these away for little sis!

Boxwood Joggers

I do love the way they look with the stripes and hearts thoughūüôā

I know I’ll be getting more FT and making some for myself as well! ¬†I can squeeze myself into a size 14 or 16 I think, or at least I’m gonna try!!!

Boxwood Joggers

She wore her pants out the other day when we were at Tilden Park, and they really don’t look like handmade pants at all. ¬†The lines the pockets give these pants are just perfect, and the fit is spot on. ¬†We had several compliments on them too, so I’ll take that as a win!

Boxwood Joggers

The Boxwood Joggers pattern was just released today too, and they’re on sale. Woohoo! ¬†I believe they’re $10 for the bundle (all sizes) or $6 for each pattern (sizes 12 months-8years or 6-16 years). ¬†If you can fit into the larger teen sizes, then get the bundle, because let me tell you, these are super cute pants, and you’ll want some after watching your cute little girls running around in them. ¬†Heehee!

Who else likes being matchy matchy?

Skola Dresses

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Since we’ve been preparing our big girl for kindergarten, I’ve been feeling a little like my girls are growing up much quicker than I like. ¬†I’ve been spending lots of time just hanging out and playing with them, hence the crickets, but of course I’ve been sewing the whole time! ¬†You know it, it’s like an addiction and nothing can stop me, much to my family’s chagrinūüėČ

On that note, I saw that Elegance & Elephants was testing her new back to school pattern, the Skola Dress and Top.  I love nothing more than a sweet collar, combine that with knit fabrics and I had to test it!

I absolutely love the options that come with this pattern too. ¬†There’s 3 dress options, a top, 3 sleeve options, 2 collars, and a combination that’s seriously endless in sizes 6 months to 8 years. ¬†I mean to try just about all of the options eventually!

Skola Dresses

I tested a size 12 months for my little one, and I was quickly able to sew up 3 versions. ¬†My first dress was Version A in a Shopkins fabric with the rounded collar. ¬†Don’t let the collars scare you, she uses a facing to enclose them, so it’s really easy to put together.

Skola Dresses

One thing to make sure of when sewing this is to use a knit interfacing for your collar. ¬†I used Pellon Ek-130, and don’t be afraid to stretch the collar a little to fit (it seems weird because of the interfacing, but the interfacing does stretch).

Skola Dresses

The Shopkins version seemed a little short, so I added 2″ to my next version. ¬†I added this at the narrowest part of the pattern. ¬†I used some muslin knit fabric to test out the length, and I decided to omit the collar in this version to make it quicker. ¬†I really love the shape of this dress version!

Skola Dresses

This one seriously only took about 30 minutes, including cutting fabric, and of course getting interrupted every 5 seconds.

Skola Dresses

This one is her favorite actually! ¬†She loves how fun the fabric is, plus it’s soft. ¬†One thing I noticed though is because it’s white, I can see the facing through the dress. ¬†I do really love this extra length though, so I made my next dress.

Skola Dresses

I decided to try out the pointed collar on Version A with the extra 2″ in length. ¬†After making a couple of them, this one went together very quickly. ¬†I want to mention that since my girl has a rather large head, I had to tug the collared versions pretty good to get them over it. ¬†She wasn’t a fan, but she got over it quickly.

Skola Dresses

This is a great pattern to use up scraps. ¬†All of my collars were made from scrap fabric, and each dress was made from leftover fabric. ¬†I’m sure my big girl will need more fabric for hers though. At this point she’s wondering why she doesn’t have any!

I’m very excited to make the drop-waisted A line skirt version for her with 3/4 length sleeves. ¬†That’s what she really wants for her first day of school. ¬†I’m going to make her lots of them though since this is one quick sew!

Go ahead and grab your own copy of the¬†Skola Dress and Top, and you can see the other testers’ pics too for more inspiration. ¬†Also, if you join E & E Patterns Facebook Group, there’s a 20% off coupon code that expires August 10th!

 

Summer Swimwear Tour 2016 – Classic Maillot Tankini Hack

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I’m over the moon to be part of this year’s Summer Swimwear Tour, especially as a new swimsuit sewist! ¬†I’m surrounded by some amazing and creative ladies in this blog tour, one of which told me sewing swimsuits would be addicting. ¬†Guess what, it so is! ¬†Everywhere I look I see lovely swimsuit patterns, rash guards, swim shorts, and I just want to sew them all!

I was excited to see this blog tour and discover what everyone else is making too. ¬†Sometimes I’ll overlook a pattern until I see someone’s version that makes me just¬†have to have it! ¬†So I guess I’m just looking for an excuse to expand my pattern library really. ¬†Well let me tell you that between Gracious Threads Swim and Surf Shorts, Designs by Call Ajaire‘s Classic Maillot Swimsuit and Tankini, and The Wolf and the Tree‘s Just Keep Swimming rashguard,¬†you will be seeing some great swimwear inspiration to drool over and tempt you!

Sewing Swimsuits

If you know me, you know I can’t just leave a pattern alone once it’s gotten under my skin. ¬†I’ve¬†got to tinker with it. ¬†With the¬†Classic Maillot pattern being my first swimsuit sew ever (this cute blue one above that you can read about here), I of course had to go back and mess with it. ¬†It means I love it! ¬†Seriously though, why would I do that when there are already eight views that come with it? ¬†Probably because I’m crazy, but also because I feel comfortable with this pattern.

Sewing Swimsuits

The instructions are very clear and easy to understand, and it fits my girl so well, as you can see with this cute version of views E and G, so with a pattern as firm as this one, it’s very easy to personalize it.

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Plus, I was already making these cute little bottoms with a free skirt pattern (coming Friday! so join Designs by Call Ajaire’s Facebook group to stay informed), so I might as well make a tankini to go with it! ¬†Amirite?!

Summer Swimwear Tour

The tankini was originally just going to be a simple hacked tankini of View A, where I removed the front seams. ¬†I did this by taping the front and back pattern pieces together overlapping seam allowance, cut at the top shoulder and added seam allowance to the front and back pieces, then I redrew the front neckline. ¬†You can see these changes in yellow post-in note above. ¬†The blue arrow points to the original part of the back strap, now part of the front. ¬†To calculate the elastic I would need for my neckline, I measured the neckline at 26″, so I cut my elastic to 23″. ¬†I didn’t want it to be that much smaller than the neckline fabric.

Summer Swimwear Tour

I also cut the bodice pattern at the “lengthen or shorten line” for both the front and back pieces. ¬†I didn’t want to finish the hem since I didn’t finish the hem for the skirt, and I like consistency, so if you want to finish your hem, don’t forget to add the seam allowance.

Back Tie Seam

I knew the shoulder straps would probably not stay up on my girl’s shoulders because her shoulders are narrow (and it also wouldn’t have the benefit of the entire suit to help pull down on the straps), so I decided to use the upper back overlay pieces that come with the pattern, and instead of putting them at the sides, I put them inside the back neckline. ¬†I did this by following the instructions up to adding the elastic to the back neckline for View A, and I layered the straps on top of the main fabric in a spot I thought looked good.

Summer Swimwear Tour

I didn’t stretch the elastic around the front or back curves while sewing, most of the stretch is at the straight part of the straps. ¬†This helps keep the curves laying flat¬†after topstitching. ¬†I also cut the lining an inch shorter than the outer bodice to keep it hidden.

Summer Swimwear Tour

I’m really happy with my little tankini hack! ¬†I feel like this pattern just keeps on giving.

Summer Swimwear Tour

And it does, just you see Friday!

Summer Swimwear Tour

She also loves it because it’s girly and fun to shake her booty in!

Summer Swimwear Tour

So, have I convinced you to sew swimwear yet?

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes. ¬†And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!

 

Prizes include:
Р1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
Р1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
Р1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:

 

The Darling Daisy Dress

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Lemonade, chlorine, and simple summer dresses, all the things that remind me of summertime as a girl. ¬†The Darling Daisy dress by Sew Like My Mom is one of those casual summer dresses that¬†takes me back to when I didn’t have a care in the world, where the twirl of my dress was something of importance, and whether or not I could comfortably fit my swimsuit underneath it!

I must be honest folks, when I saw all of the line drawings for this dress (there are 5), I couldn’t picture how cute each one would be (I actually thought how different could each version look?), but then I saw all of the testers’ dresses, and I don’t know which one I like best! ¬†This pattern really lets you mix and match fabrics, and they all look so sweet and lovely.

Darling Daisy Dress

On that note, I had to break out my Cotton + Steel Mustangs by Melody Miller for this one.  I selected version C (actually, my 2-year-old selected version C) in a size 2, and I paired my mustang fabric with some hot pink cotton linen.

Darling Daisy Dress

Now I won’t lie, the gathers, oh my the gathers, but really worth it (pay attention to how many pieces to cut for each tier!). ¬†I’m surprisingly happy with the way this dress turned out! ¬†It’s actually one of my favorites now, and people have stopped to comment on how much they like it too.

Darling Daisy Dress

The construction and assembly is very simple, just pay attention to the instructions as she provides lots of detail and description for every step.

Darling Daisy Dress

I made the mistake of mixing up the front and the back when I was attaching the bodice to the first skirt tier, but really, you can’t even tell! ¬†The neckline is the only place you might tell, as I closed up the elastic opening at the front (I even opened it up and shortened the elastic, and re-sewed, but you’d never know).

Darling Daisy Dress

I love this dress, and I have another one in the works for big sissy.  She is experiencing extreme jealousy at the moment!

Some details about the Darling Daisy dress pattern: ¬†there are 5 versions including a maxi length, available in two size selections, 3 mos-8 years and 9-16 years. ¬†It’s actually a NEW updated version of her previous Darling Daisy dress pattern, all done-up in the style of her current patterns. ¬†This dress really will not disappoint!

In other happenings, my little ones had their hair trimmed over the weekend. ¬†My older one wanted bangs again so she could be matchy with her sister. ¬†Well, little sis has been practicing her scissors skills, and decided to make a little change to her bangs¬†(uh hmmm, making them disappear), maybe to look different? ¬†Anyway, she’s very proud of her little hairstyle now, which can be seen above in the quite successful combover! ¬†What do you think?

Hummingbird Romper

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I’m in the process of clearing off my sewing table…it’s covered in patterns and fabric that have been cut out, but not sewn together. ¬†The Hummingbird Romper by Rabbit Rabbit Creation is one such pattern, but not anymore!

Hummingbird Romper

I’m so glad I finished this one too, because it’s sooooo cute! ¬†I made a size 2 with no alterations, although I figured it would be big in the bottoms. ¬†I used a fat quarter for the bodice and straps, and I decided not to embellish it with lace or trim. ¬†I love the colors and the sweet bird on the front.

Hummingbird Romper

The bottom is seersucker, a fabric I love during the summer. ¬†It’s lightweight, you can’t see through it, and no ironing! ¬†Plus, she looks so cute with these “fluffy” bottoms, I just want to squeeze her whenever I see her running around in them! ¬†I’m going to try a size down for the bottoms next time, but I do love how these ones look on her.

Hummingbird Romper

If you sew and are on Pinterest, then I’m sure you’ve seen the tutorial for the “better” enclosed waist seam by Glitter+Wit. ¬†I did read over her tutorial, but this first time I went with the pattern’s instructions. ¬†I think I’ll definitely try out the tutorial next time. ¬†It definitely was a pain having the elastic inserted so early in construction, as you have to stretch while sewing the bodice to the bottoms. ¬†The stretching wasn’t really the issue while sewing, but pinning the gathered bottoms while stretching the bodice wasn’t fun, especially with such a tiny seam allowance below the elastic casing. ¬†What a pain!

Hummingbird Romper

I was concerned about the straps falling down while she wore it, but no problems there at all. ¬†It fits her very well and stays put. ¬†The only downside, as with any romper that doesn’t snap at the crotch, is I have to pull the whole thing down for potty time. ¬†The pattern does provide for a snap crotch, but I really don’t like those.

Hummingbird Romper

Oh my goodness! ¬†Those puffy bottoms! ¬†I love them! ¬†I’m smiling right now just looking at themūüôā ¬†She looks like she should be in some kind of carnival!

Soooo, let’s talk about how behind I am on OAL16…Are you making any progress? ¬†I don’t think I’m going to finish in time, but I don’t think anyone is really surprised about that!