Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sloane Blog Tour

My oldest daughter, Kylie, started off this Fall with barely any clothes for the cold weather. I sound like a broken record by now, but it is hard to find this girl clothes that fit! I try to make her as many clothes as I can, but with four kids with lots of activities, I am limited in time. I'm sure most people can relate. 

Enter the Sloane Sweater by Love Notions. It's a quick pattern with great results! There are a lot of options included in the pattern, but if you stick with the most basic ones, you can whip out a sweater in no time at all! 

Thanks to recently testing this pattern, and this blog tour, I was able to make Kylie four cozy shirts to kick off her Winter wardrobe. 

I can't pick a favorite and neither can she. In fact, she was driving me crazy trying to pick one to wear for school yesterday.

But before I show off her new sweaters, let's go over the pattern real quick. I love that it is drafted with sweater knits in mind. It's not the only fabric you can use, by far, but I do love sweater knits!

There are two views, both are perfectly slouchy but view A does have some shaping where view B is a straight boxy cut.

View A has a slight curved hem, and view B is finished with a band. Both have long sleeves finished with a cuff and a slight drop shoulder. 

Options include: kangaroo pocket (view B), hood or neckband, yoke, elbow patches. A thumbhole cuff is another option featured on the Love Notions blog.

First up, here is view A, no options with a neckband.

I have been holding on to this sweater knit from Joann for a couple years now. Funny story... when I bought it I envisioned a cute slightly slouchy sweater, but didn't have a pattern in mind. I had the Sloane pattern for women. I actually helped test it and it's what started my love affair with Love Notions patterns. I thought if only LN would put out the same pattern in girls' sizes, it would be perfect. I'm so glad I held on to this fabric, it was worth the wait!

Kylie and I both especially love that the heart of the fabric fits perfectly on the cuffs:

The slight curved hem is flattering and easy to sew since it's not a very dramatic curve. The back is also slightly longer, but only very slightly. 

This will be a great sweater for Kylie this Winter!

Can you spot the IKEA sign and building in the background. I didn't notice it when taking pictures, oops! But it makes me smile, we love IKEA!

Next up is view B, also with a neckband and without any options, with a sweater knit from Sincerely Riley. 

I love this one so much. It's effortlessly chic and cozy. I did lengthen the band a little bit because her hip measurements put her in a bigger size than her chest measurement and I didn't want it to be tight on her hips. The band isn't tight to begin with, but I added just over an inch which made it almost a 1:1 ratio. Besides adjusting for her height, which I do with anything I make for her, I didn't make any other adjustments. 

I love the fit of the cuffs, they are tight enough to hold the sleeve at the wrist but aren't too tight to be uncomfortable. 

View of the neckband and the slight drop sleeves. 

I couldn't leave this picture out! We had a fun photoshoot! 

This third one is view A, also no options and with a neckband. I didn't use a sweater knit for this one, it's some type of polyester knit from a mystery box from Pretty Posh Prints. 

I made this "sweater" during pattern testing. She has worn it on a weekly basis since then. I also made myself one during testing, since the women's pattern was tested again for an updated release at the same time. I'll have to share my versions a different day! The only thing I will share now is that I used a brushed polyester knit which turned out great for this pattern.

Finally the fourth one is view B, with the yoke and hood. I used a Liverpool fabric which was in the same mystery box as the previous one. Actually make that the previous two because mine was from the same box. Pretty Posh Prints has the best mystery boxes!

I almost decided not to share this version because I made it very early in testing and the pattern has been tweaked since then. But Kylie has worn this more times than I can count since I tested this, so I felt like it was worth sharing. Just keep in mind this one is not the final pattern which was released. The changes were all small, but I can't even remember what they were at this point. Love Notions pays huge attention to detail during the testing process so I just know small tweaks here and there were made. 

The optional yoke is a fun touch! 

The yoke wraps around to the front:

Congratulations if you made it though all of those pictures! I think that is a record for my blog posts. 

The fun doesn't have to end here though. Check out all of the other bloggers on the tour, there is a lot of fun inspiration for the Sloane Sweater for both girls and women!

And if you want to check out the actual pattern, you can view them here*:
*Affiliate links. Should you purchase a pattern after clicking on the link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only promote patterns I love!

Love Notions Blog Tour
November 6 - November 10:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Monster Mash

It's my turn today on the Monster Mash blog tour hosted by Sewing by Ti. This blog tour is all about Halloween costumes or mash-ups of patterns, however you want to interpret "Monster Mash."

The only problem? I still haven't sewn our Halloween costumes this year. 

It's been a crazy busy month, which was true for the last two Octobers as well. The last two years I have not sewn our Halloween costumes, but I really thought I would get around to it this year. Early even. Ha, what was I thinking? 

We have had birthdays, school plays, theater class productions, soccer games, an out of town wedding, other family events, even a beloved pet passing away... Not to mention, we love going to the Halloween events at Worlds of Fun, our local theme park. We have gone every weekend in October, sometimes more than once! Kylie has even discovered the fun of haunted houses this year, which are present at Worlds of Fun in October, and it's been a blast taking her. We were worried she wouldn't be old enough to go, but she has really loved them.

So here I am, with Halloween right around the corner and no costumes made. Eve and Kylie, our oldest two, have store bought costumes, but I still need to make costumes for the younger two. Emmett, three years old, wants to be Link from Zelda. Mabel, two years old, is set on being a baby bear. And I have to make them. It's not that those costumes don't exist in the store, it's just that the prices are more than I want to pay. 

Since I don't have costumes from this year to show you yet, I will show instead costumes from 2014, which was the last year I made costumes. I have not blogged about these before, so it works out well. I still hope to make a Link and a baby bear costume for this year, so check back after the weekend to see them!

In the meantime, I bring you... Ariel, Belle, and a sumo wrestler. Just three costumes because Mabel wasn't born yet. 

Kylie went as Ariel.

To make the Ariel costume, I used the Alex & Anna PJ pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop for the top. I used a nude colored interlock and purple sequined dot fabric, both from Joann. I simply cut out the purple fabric in a sweetheart cropped shape and sewed it unto the front piece of the shirt and finished the shirt as normal.

Tip: When sewing the sequin dot fabric, the glue from the sequins can gum up your needle. To prevent this from happening, place wax paper over the fabric/seam while you sew and tear it away when you are done. If you have small pieces of wax paper stuck in the seam, use tweezers to get it out. It will save you a lot of trouble. 

For the skirt, I used green interlock from Joann and this tutorial from Girl Inspired. Super Easy!

The red wig was from Amazon, I don't have the link of this exact one. I remember it wasn't too expensive. It held up well for Halloween, but after a few months I was tired of cutting red hairs out of the vacuum cleaner and finding them all over the house so I get rid of it. But the wig was perfect for what we needed it for!

The best thing about blogging about these outfits long after the fact, is the chance to look at pictures I haven't seen in a while.

I found this one and it cracked me up. This was Kylie just acting like the Little Mermaid, I'm sure. She's our child who is in theater, in case you can't tell. 

And I found this sequence of pictures. I don't remember this happening, or why I continued to take pictures as Kylie was losing her wig. So funny. 

Next up, Eve was Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.

For Eve's costume, I used this free pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. It only comes in one size and it fit Eve well at 5 years old, maybe even a little big, but perfect for a costume. She ended up wearing several layers under this dress as it was frigid on Halloween this year. 

For sizing reference, she is very petite. She has caught up some in the last few years, but as a kindergartner, she was especially small for her age. 

I used cheap satin type fabric, tulle, and a premade flower, all from Joann. I remember this dress going together quickly. I liked how the skirt gathers were sewn with elastic. 

Lastly. little baby Emmett was a sumo wrestler. 

He wore cloth diapers that were solid colored and he had just started toddling around. I thought it would be great if he could wear nothing but one of his red cloth diapers and we could say he was a sumo wrestler and call it a day. But it was too cold for that. 

I used the leftover nude colored interlock from Kylie's costume to sew the Classic Footed Pajamas from Peek-a-Boo pattern shop. Then I cut out a red fleece diaper using one of his cloth diapers as a guide. I used velcro on the tabs to keep the "diaper" on him. 

Unfortunately, it was way too cold for him to trick or treat this year. We took him to a few houses and then I brought him home while Jason took Kylie and Eve trick or treating some more. They had to wear a lot of layers and their winter coats, and even then they came home early. It was not a great year for trick or treating. 

Don't forget to check back in a few days to see if I was able to make Emmett and Mabel their costumes this year! 

Thankfully the other bloggers in this blog tour have knocked it out of the park! Go check out what they have made and forget all about my faux pas.

October 1st: Sewing By Ti Intro
Monday, October 2nd: Sewing Blue
3rd: That's Sew Lily
4th: Hazelnut Handmade
5th: Seams Sew Lo
6th: Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 9th: That's Sew Amy
10th: Stitched By Jennie
11th: Hazelnut Handmade
12th: Seams Sew Lo
Friday the 13th!: Crafty Like a Rox

Sunday, October 15th: Mermaids Den
16th: Very Blissful
17th: Robynne and the Bobbin
18th: Sewing By Ti
19th: Octaves of Color
20th: Tenille's Thread

Tuesday, October 24th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
25th: My Heart Will Sew On
26th: Ma Moose Handmade *** You are here.
27th: EYMM
28th: Mermaid Mama Designs
29th: The Fairy Dust Bin

Monday, October 30th: Doctora Botones
Happy Halloween, October 31st: Sew Like a Sloth

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sew What Do I Wear - Professional Edition

I'm blogging today as part of the "Sew What Do I Wear - Professional Edition" blog tour hosted by Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates. 

There are affiliate links in the post, indicated by *. Should you purchase a pattern after clicking on the affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

Now first of all, I am a stay at home mom. I wear what I want without worrying if something is professional enough. Some of the clothes I wear might fall in this category, but not always. I could have easily sewn myself professional wear and it would have gotten some use here and there. But I choose to sew for my youngest sister instead. 

My baby sister is a teacher and yesterday was her birthday. I still needed to get her a gift, she loves when I sew for her, and since this is her first year teaching, she needs more professional clothes. This blog tour was fate!


My sister... let's call her Kelly*... loves wearing dresses. I made her the Brunch Blouse dress from Patterns for Pirates*, in a woven polyester from the "silky prints" section of Joann. 

(*Names have not been changed.)

This is the women's version of the dress I recently made for Kylie, which I blogged about here

The main differences between the girls and the women's version is that the latter includes bust darts and there is no need for a closure. Of course, if you sew the henley version, you are essentially sewing a closure, but it's not needed. 

I sewed the dolman version, no sleeve cuffs, dress length, no pocket, no henley placket. Basically as basic as it gets! It's a fast sew, but with the curved hem, scoop neck, shaping with bust darts and a shaped seam back, it's a flattering shape. It's definitely an instant gratification sew. With the other options included in the pattern, you could easily add more details for a different look. 

In addition to the dress, I sewed a cardigan for Kelly. We all know that it can get chilly whether your are working in a classroom or an office and a great cardigan that goes with everything is essential. 

I used the Carefree Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates and some oatmeal colored french terry.

The cardigan is slouchy and drapey and just what Kelly wanted!

This rayon blend french terry was a lot thinner than other french terry I have used in the past. It was surprisingly see through, and I couldn't use it for another project I had in mind when I purchased it. Thankfully, that's not as big of a deal with an open front cardigan meant for layering. And the rayon gives it a lot of drape, so it worked well for this project. But I think I will stick to ordering heavier weighted french terry fabrics in the future.

Thankfully, Kelly loves it and will be able to use it with lots of other outfits at work. 

Unlike me, Kelly is great at accessorizing. She also paired the dress with a bright pink scarf for a different look. I would have never thought of that. Probably because I never think about accessories! 

But even without the scarf or the cardigan, this dress works well on it's own. And it's still appropriate for a teacher. Kelly said she wore the dress to work last week and received a lot of compliments. 

For good measure, I asked Kelly to give me her best teacher face and this is the look she gave me:

But I don't think that's really it, she couldn't keep a straight face. 

I hope you enjoyed my take on sewing for professional wear! There is a lot of great inspiration in the blog tour, don't forget to check the Made for Mermaids blog to see the links posted every day this week!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Love Notions Origami

Today I am blogging as part of the Love Notions Origami blog tour. 

Included in the tour is great inspiration for both the women's and girl's patterns, a pattern sale, and even a giveaway! Details for all three are at the end of the post, you don't want to miss it!

(Affiliate links are present in this post, indicated by *. Should you use the link to purchase a pattern, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own and I don't promote a pattern I don't love.)

I have still been hanging on to fleeting summer dreams of sewing more sundresses, shorts, and tank tops. I am not one happy to see colder weather approaching. Participating in this tour was the push to motivate me to start sewing fall and winter clothing. 

It also helped that I had recently received this gorgeous plaid sweater knit in a mystery box from Pretty Posh Prints. With plans for an origami tunic and a soft and cozy sweater knit in hand, I was ready to embrace fall sewing.

The Origami doesn't have to be a cold weather only pattern, there are several sleeve lengths which make this a pattern you can use year round. But with the optional handkerchief hemline, tunic length, and cardigan included in the pattern, it just screams fall and winter to me. 

I made the tunic with the regular hem, adding one inch in length. I am 5'7" and the pattern is drafted for a height of 5'5". I also added the hood from the La Bella Donna pattern*. The neckline was adjusted to match the neckline of the LBD, which is much higher than the scoop neck from the Origami. Please note however, that the back of the LBD is a little bit lower, and you will want to adjust that as well if you are copying this look. 

I seriously love this! When I tried it on, I instantly thought "I could go for a pumpkin spice latte right about now."

And I don't even like pumpkin spice! That's how much the fall vibes were rubbing off on me. Origami Tunic by Love Notions for the win! 

I think I'll stick with my normal caramel cappuccino though.

The handkerchief option of this pattern is what makes the origami really stand out. But I also love the version I made, the standard hem, as a great basic. This is the perfect tunic for me. Not too fitted, not too loose, and an overall flattering shape. 

The cardigan can either be made with the handkerchief or standard hem, making this a versatile pattern.

I might have picked the most boring options, but it was exactly what I wanted when I first saw this fabric. I'll be using this pattern to make a few more basic tunics to fill my closet. 

High hood due to using the hood and neckline of the La Bella Donna. I love it, but if high necklines aren't your thing, this would also look great using any other pattern with a hood. 
There also great inspiration for the girls version as well in the blog tour! I have used that pattern as well, but I didn't for this tour. I actually tested both the women's and girl's Origami patterns several years ago and have made the girls' version several times since then. 

I couldn't resist sharing this sweet photo of my Eve from when I originally tested this pattern. She was so little!


Picture from the original girls' pattern test. My little baby!

I hope you enjoyed my take on this pattern! The fun isn't over yet... I know I also promised you a sale, a giveaway, and even more inspiration...

First up, the giveaway...

Up for grabs: $50 Love Notions* shop credit, Mystery box of fabric from Sly Fox (value $62.40), and $25 store credit to Simply by Ti. You can enter through the rafflecopter link below. A big thank you to the tour sponsors!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tours LOVE to have a sale!

So this week only, grab your copy of the women's Origami for $8* or the girl's version for just $6*. Sale ends Saturday September 30 at 11:59pm cst.

For more inspiration, stop by and say hi to all the fantastic bloggers joining in!

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