Tuesday, September 19, 2017

11th Hour Gear

I made the cutest outfit for my son Emmett recently. And the best part is, he loves it too!

He kept saying this was his "Team Lightning" shirt and he pranced around making fighting moves with special sound effects that only three year olds can truly master. I'll call that a win!

He and I both love how soft the shirt is. Both the fabrics for the shirt and the pants are from So Sew English, in fact they were sold as a bundle together. The lightning fabric is a double brushed poly, hence the softness. The pants are a denim look knit. I'm not sure what the content of the pant fabric is but it's heavy, sturdy yet drapey, and very stretchy, the best of everything! I want more of this magical fabric. 

I used the 11th Hour Gear pattern from New Horizons for both the shirt and the pants. Although this is technically a pattern for pajamas, it makes great basics that can be used for regular wear as well. The shirt is a muscle tee, short sleeved tee, or long sleeved tee, with or without a unique pocket. And there are actually two separate pant patterns also included: a straight leg pair of pants and joggers. There is a lot you can do with this pattern set!

I made a long sleeve top without the pocket, just to make a super basic piece. The lightning fabric speaks for itself. I love how the cuffs are nice and tight because this boy loves chewing on his sleeves and he hasn't tried it with this shirt. 

I also made the joggers, and I love the fit! They are the perfect balance of slouchy and fitted. This might be my go to pattern for quick knit pants for him. He just started preschool and these will be great as he looks put together but can easily move around and play. Emmett loves them too. I know because when I tried to get them back after trying them on for the fit, he said: "No these are my pants now!" I had to wait a whole day before he reluctantly gave them back.

The pants are 3T lengthened to 4T. For the shirt, Emmett measured in between the 3T and 4T. I made the lightning shirt in a 3T (lengthened to a 4) because I didn't want it to be too baggy. I know, I know... I should always make the next size so he can grow into it. But I knew what kind of fit I wanted and was too impatient for him to grow. A quick shirt like this is fast to make and I have more of this fabric so I can always make a 4T later.

He needs a lot of clothes for this coming up winter. I don't think I have any winter clothes that will fit him except for what I just made. So I also made a quick sweater using the same shirt pattern. This time I made a size 4T since this sweater knit doesn't have as much stretch as the brushed poly. 

Isn't he so cute? He did such a great job taking pictures. Look at the baby model:

This sweater knit was from a mystery box from Sincerely Rylee. I had a hard time parting with this gorgeous olive green fabric, but I knew Emmett needed winter clothes more than I did, so I happily made him this sweater. This should be a great basic for him!

Seriously, with the exception of him licking a rock, which I didn't even notice until I was looking through pictures on the computer, this boy did so well at pictures. He earned himself a sucker:

Happy kid
And because I can't disappoint you like that, here is the picture of him licking the rock, that I didn't even notice at the time:

And some more pictures, because I can't get enough of this kid!

Friday, September 15, 2017

P4P Bitty Brunch Blouse

Patterns for Pirates just released two new patterns: the Brunch Blouse* and the Bitty Brunch Blouse*. (Affiliate links*) 

I tested the Bitty Brunch Blouse, which is the girls version, sizes 3 months to 14.

This is a really sweet pattern drafted for woven fabrics. I used a linen blend from Robert Kaufman. The listing says this is a lightweight fabric,  but I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived and discovered it's a nice decent weight. It's pretty sturdy for a linen, and would also make great shorts or pants. I was actually going to use this fabric for shorts for myself, but now summer came and left without me making them. I figured I could afford to use it for another project instead. Maybe I'll make those shorts next summer. Don't hold your breath. 😄

Even though the dress I made is perfect for summer itself, I think it will carry over well into fall and winter. Think of all the cardigans this basic piece will pair with!

There are a lot of options included in the pattern and I went with the tank, chest pocket, dress length,  and back closure with button loop. That made for a super simple, but classic dress. 

Check out the rest of the options in the listing, there are so many! 

My daughter, Kylie, loves it and has asked me to make her more dresses. But she has also requested that I make her some dresses without the requirement that she has to take pictures of them. So the next few dresses I make for her might not ever make it to the blog. She has been into dresses lately, but not into pictures. Thankfully, she liked this dress enough that she agreed to be let me play photographer for a minute. 

And I'm glad she did, isn't she sweet? And looking so grown up lately?

Speaking of growing, this girl only grows up and that makes sewing for her all the more worthwhile. This dress for my nine year old was a size 7/8 blend for width, lowered to a size 10 armscye (I probably should have lowered a touch more for her height) with a size 12 length. And it's perfect! 

*Affiliate links are present in this post. Should you choose to purchase the pattern from the link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own and I do not promote a pattern I do not love. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

My Favorite Things

...Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things...

This month's theme for the Sewing by Ti's blog tour is "My Favorite Things" and before I share, I want to make sure the song is stuck in your head like it is stuck in mine.

...When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, 
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad...

Sorry not sorry. I just can't get the song out of my head.

This was kind of a hard theme for me. I have too many favorite things. My mind was going in a million directions. Should I make a hoodie? A raglan? A maxi dress? Something floral? Or maybe some shorts? I could have easily sewn any of those and explained why it was my favorite. 

But I didn't make any of those things. 

Instead, I chose to share one of my daughter's favorite dresses. 

This is Eve, modeling her giraffe print dress. 

This girl is obsessed with giraffes. Her dream in life is to travel to Africa and see giraffes in the wild. She would specifically love to go to Kenya, but seeing them in their natural habitat in another country would also amaze her. 

So when I saw a giraffe print remnant on Knitpop, I snatched it up right away. It's actually swim fabric, but I sewed a dress instead of swimwear as she wanted something she could wear to school. 

In keeping with the theme of this post, I used a Love Notions* pattern, which is easily one of "my favorite things." I always have great success with this pattern company. (affiliate link)

This specific pattern is the Prisma (affiliate link), and I already blogged about it once here. There are so many ways to mix and match the options to get multiple different looks, but the drop waisted swing is my favorite. It's so easy, but adds so much life to a simple dress pattern. 

And naturally, it's great for twirling.

So there you have it, a dress that is a mix of favorite things and my daughter's favorite thing.

She loves it and so do I.

As part of this blog tour, we were asked to share about our favorite sewing tool(s). I recently bought some sewing clips from Amazon. I didn't have high expectations, but I wanted to try them. These were much cheaper than other clips I have seen, so let's just say my expectations were really low. 

However, I love them! They are so much easier than pins! I don't use pins nearly as much as I used to because they slow me down, but I have been reaching for these clips all the time ever since I got them. They are much faster than the pins and they seem to hold everything in place better. I'm sold!

Here are the ones I bought: Amazon link. I haven't tried any others to compare, full disclosure, but I'm impressed with them. I bought them for around $10 so I think that the sales price is misleading because it always is that price, just FYI. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the blogs during the blog tour! It's fun to see everyone's "favorite things!"

Tuesday, August 1st: IntroTenille's Thread
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
11th: EYMM
12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley

Monday, July 31, 2017

Love Notions Cadence Dress

It should come at no surprise by now that I love a good maxi dress. When I saw a sneak peek of the Cadence*, the newest pattern by Love Notions, I was immediately sold. Like all Love Notions patterns, this one is packed with options, but it was that maxi that caught my eye!

During testing, I sewed up a tank maxi with a drawstring waist. I seriously love this!

It's hard to see my drawstring because I made my own using the same fabric as my dress. I love how cohesive it is, but it doesn't show up well in pictures.

The pattern is drafted for woven fabrics and I used a rayon challis from Joann. You could use knit fabric, but sizing down is recommended. One of the testers did end up using knit and it turned out to be a beautiful dress!

This may be the lazy in me talking (ok, I will admit this IS the lazy in me talking) but I love that this dress has no closures. No buttons or zippers? Yes, please.

The dress does have some shaping, with darts and a seamed back. These were actually my first darts, which made me a little nervous, but they were easy peasy. There are also great instructions for adjusting the dart location should you need to customize this. I'm always impressed with Love Notions fitting instructions and this was no exception.

I could go on and on about my new dress (like I could share with you how I recently wore it on a 9+ hour car trip and how comfortable I was the whole time, or how cute I felt wearing it while taking all four kids to the park, or... but I digress, sorry.) Instead of babbling about how much I love wearing my new dress, I'll share the details of the pattern, they really are impressive:

- Neckline (and armscye for tank version) is finished with an interfaced facing. The seam allowance is understitched, leaving a clean finish without top-stitching. I'm very impressed with how nice it all lays.

- Traditional scoop neckline or notch neckline is included.

- Three lengths: shirt, knee-length dress, and maxi. The shirt and maxi both include side vents.

- Five sleeve lengths: tank, short, 3/4, flare, and bishop. Sleeves are asymmetrical (not cut on the fold.)

- Shift style shape. Bust darts and seamed back both add shaping. Optional casing with either drawstring or elastic can add more shaping if desired.

- Bust, waist, hip lines marked on pattern. I appreciate this for both blending sizes and for adding or taking away length.

- Standard and full bust pieces both included. Not that I even have to make a full bust adjustment, but I know this will be appreciated by others. :)

-  Pattern includes layers and no-trim pages.

Did you notice all the options? This means you can make a tank top and a maxi dress with long bishop sleeves and a bunch of combinations in between.

I have been on the hunt for a woven tank pattern for a while, and that will be the next thing I make with this pattern. What's amazing is how many basic woven tank patterns are out there at a similar price point but how much more you get with the Cadence pattern.

My summer has gone by a lot faster than I anticipated and I haven't had as much time to sew as I would have hoped. I really had planned to make some woven tank tops, but summer...

At least I can enjoy what's left of it in this dress...

The Cadence is on sale through Saturday. You can purchase it here*. Or just check out the link to admire all the other tester pics and check out how many different variations there are with this one pattern! 

*Affiliate links are present in this post. Should you chose to purchase this pattern after clicking on the link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps fund my passion for sewing, so I appreciate it. All thoughts are my own and I do not promote a pattern I do not love.