Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Anniversary Sofilantjes!: Solis Goes Swimming (and Liv too!)

I'm back for Sofilantjes' SECOND Anniversary Tour! (Here's the first anniversary post!) This year is all about having fun with Sofilantjes' patterns and doing some mixing and mashing. The Solis tunic and dress was released very recently, and when I saw the back I knew I had to have it!

Instead of a dress, I decided to turn Solis into a swimming suit. I got some fun polka dot swim fabric from Denver Fabrics, and "pink is my FAVORITE color!" says Natalie. For the past month, anyway.

The transformation was pretty simple! The bodice of the Solis dress is designed to hit right at the waist, but for turning it into a tankini I lengthened it about four inches to sit on the hips.
For the swim bottoms I cut out some quick shorties and attached them to the free! Liv Skirt pattern. Leaving off the pockets made it about the fastest skort ever. The two layers are attached at the waist (basted), then I serged the Liv waistband on, treating the shorts and skirt as one piece.

She's fully covered, but with the comfy skimming fit of Liv she's able to move and play freely in the pool or sprinkler.

The back strap detail of Solis is just lovely, and so easy on a swimming suit. Natalie has a store bought tankini with a halter strap, but it has a small plastic hook at the back, and that pulls at her hair when she takes it off. Solis has no closures - point for this suit!

I made the same size I would use for the dress and skirt on their own, and since this particular swim fabric has surprisingly little stretch, it fits quite snugly, as a swimming suit should. She might not be able to wear it through the summer if she grows more, but little sister is right in line behind her for it!

 Follow along with the Second Anniversary Tour this week for more pattern hacks and mashes!

From a Box - Paisley Roots - Pattern Revolution - SewSophieLynn - Beri Bee Designs - Sprouting Jube Jube - Coral and Co. - Create 3.5 - Jennifer for Sofilantjes - Bellevi - Vaahtokarkkimonsteri - Sew Journers - Inspinration - MoonStar - Lucky Mie - Nononsonsmoms - Pienkel - Tales of a Tester - Adventures with Bubba and Bug - All things Katy - Candice Ayala - Rebel and Malice - Liesellove

Today's giveaway is at the bottom of the post - be sure to visit all the blogs, as there is a daily giveaway AND a scavenger hunt! Thanks to all of these amazing sponsors!!

Happy reading! I hope you have as much fun as Natalie is. And to make sure you do, all Sofilantjes patterns are on sale during the tour - 25% off! Use the code CELEBRATE.

Monday, May 16, 2016

One Thimble: Issue 11

Hi! I'm so glad to be back promoting One Thimble #11!

We recently moved (to a house - with a yard - yay!) and I didn't think I was going to be settled in time for this tour, but things got done faster than expected (thank you, friends!) and so here I am. Or rather, we! Ethan is joining me today, modeling two of the 12! lovely patterns in Issue 11. 

See the little zipper and buttons on that unique collar? And that kangaroo pocket, if you're wondering, goes all the way through - but it's not your average pocket. There are welts! First time for me, putting welts in knit fabric, and they turn out just as stunning (if I say so myself) as woven!

All that perfection is the Upton Sweater from Momma Quail Patterns. You don't want to miss this one. Amy designs primarily for boys, but I've seen some lovely sweaters from this pattern for little misses, too. My oldest loves the zipper - I think we'll put one together for her next! And even with all those details, it comes together ridiculously fast. You'll also be happy to know that the sleeves are not cut on the fold, so if you use fabric that's not so stretchy (like a sweatshirt knit), your little ones will have full comfy range of motion with their arms!


From the creator of the Wild Things (coat, cape, and scarf) come the sweet Wild Things Baby Shoes! Lisa at Big Little Patterns created these stunning little slip-ons, and I couldn't love them more!

There are lots of animals included - like these foxes, as well as a bear, mouse, kitty, bunny, panda, and raccoon. I had so much trouble deciding which one to make, but once I found my sweater fabric I decided on a fox so I could do some orange to coordinate.

The shoes go from 0 up to 18 months - Ethan is 15 months, wearing the largest size, and he just squeaks into them (sob! he's growing!) He's very impressed with his fox feet!

I used lightweight cotton for his, but the pattern is written to be especially useful for upcycling sweaters (wool) or jackets (leather), and the ears are designed to be done with fabrics that don't fray like felt. I did two layers of cotton and did not seal the edges - once these are washed, the edges may fray and look a little furry! The faces are applique and a little hand embroidery - don't let that scare you off either, Lisa explains it all very well.

I love the construction of these little shoes - so quick and simple, and it's so fun to see them suddenly turn out - oop! Shoes! The elastic application made me go "Oooh, THAT'S how that works!"


These are just two of twelve patterns available! Along with the Upton Sweater, the Marty Hoodie (shown below on the cover) is another wonderful outerwear pattern with tons of options. For women, there's a hooded vest. Also featured are two dress patterns, some amazing pants with unique side details, a baby quilt, toys (a soft ball and felt puzzle), and even decor for both home and clothing - cross stitch and free motion applique patterns in fun animal themes!

The articles inside, as always, are informative and helpful for both hobbyists and home business owners. My personal favorite was an article (by Ari Green of Max California) on sewing for boys and finding inspiration for fun, fashionable looks. Sewing for girls is so varied and exciting, and when Ethan was born I had a bit of a mental block - how to get past shirts and shorts? But with the help of great patterns (nothing boring about what he's modeled today!) and inspiration from magazines like One Thimble, boy sewing can be just as fun as girl sewing! The tutorial on making a wild urban "Zayn jacket" (inspired by Zayn Malik) is amazing, and so inspiring to mix prints and patches!

This issue is also full of tips for upcycling clothing (an amazing article by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com is full of inspiring ideas) and freezer paper stenciling - one of my favorite embellishment ideas, especially since I don't have a Silhouette or anything like that! Anyone can do it, with simple household items.

Also interesting to me were the pieces about bag hardware. I'm a clothing sewist first and foremost, though I do quilt here and there. But I have (and am accumulating more) bag patterns that I just love, and I'm always on the lookout for ideas to make bags less intimidating to me. Having thorough articles explaining these "foreign concepts" to me is so helpful, and makes me feel like (someday) I can expand my skills to bags and wallets so I'm not relying on storebought.

One Thimble is available now from the website, and these patterns (and more!!) are tucked inside! Pick up your copy today, if you haven't already!

Be sure to check out the schedule for the tour below for more in depth looks at the patterns available in this issue, as well as all the other amazing content!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Earth Day Blog Hop: Shirts Into Skirts

When I first started sewing, I was into baby blankets and accessories, so upcycling didn't cross my mind much. Buying new fabrics was too much fun!

Fast forward a few years and a few kids later. Buying new fabrics is still fun - but upcycling has become almost a necessity, to keep me from filling up landfills with discarded clothing and keep my kids in play clothes that I don't mind so much if they destroy them. (Like most toddlers/preschoolers, they can be hard on their clothing!)

Just measure the length you want the skirt to be (plus the waistband - elastic size + 1/4" or so).
Custom fit elastic by wrapping it gently around child's waist, then subtract 2 inches.
One of the best upcycles is cutting up old t-shirts to make little skirts for my girls. It's really instant gratification sewing - using the existing hem on the t-shirt makes it twice as fast as any other skirt, and all you have to do is make a casing, pop in some elastic, and you're done! I can vary the length of the skirt by how much of the t-shirt I cut off, and the tops are great for saving for shirt sleeves, doll clothes, or knit scraps for stuffing pillows or stuffed toys!

I like to use a long zigzag for my knits when I sew. The tape shows how wide I'm
measuring the waistband for 3/4" elastic.
With a pair of Summer Shorties (free pattern alert!) or some simple leggings, these quick and simple skirts are perfect for any weather or activity!

Sew a channel from the right side, using your fingers to
find the edge of the fabric.
Make sure your elastic doesn't twist in the channel! Layer it
one side over the other so it will lie flat!

Sewing an "x box" is the best way to make sure your elastic never pops apart
in the waistband! Use a slightly longer straight stitch, and make sure you backstitch the ends!
Check out all the stops on the Earth Day Blog hop round up:
April 19: Seam of My Pants
April 20: EYMM - Create 3.5

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mabel Madison's Duds for Dudes!

I'm so excited to be on the Duds for Dudes blog tour for Mabel Madison!

Here's the thing: I've been hoarding this fabric for almost a year. I bought it last May, thought about what to do with it...and then a week ago finally decided.

Actually, I'd decided on overalls some time ago. But as is common in my universe, one thing after another got in the way. When a spot opened for the Duds for Dudes tour, I decided it might be the kick I needed to use this Pit Stop corduroy! And I'm sooo glad I did.

I sewed up Peekaboo Pattern Shop's Okey Dokey Overalls, opting to leave off the front pocket and hardware and use simple pink snaps instead, and I lined the back pockets with solid pink instead of hemming them. I like this pattern for its simplicity and classic look, as well as speed and ease of construction.

It's a fine wale, so it's easy to maneuver through the machine - unlike some clunkier corduroys I've used, this Stenzo doesn't bunch and catch in the machine. It glides through as easily as the quilting cotton I used for the facings and pockets. I didn't even change to a bigger needle!
 Soft and light, it's perfect for spring weather - not too heavy, but warm enough to keep out Wyoming wind.

Despite the lightness, it's strong, so I don't have to worry about Ethan getting dirty and roughing it in the rocks! He had a blast running around the playground and throwing sand, and was comfy and stylish too!

I love the pops of pink in this colorway, but there's also a green version here.

Mabel Madison is really thrilled to host a week-long blog tour focused on sewing for BOYS! Every day this week, you'll have a chance to visit with a few of our friends and see what they have made for their boys.
Here are today's stops!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour: Day 5

Hey! I'm on the Capsule Skirt blog tour today for Everything Your Mama Made (and More!) sharing a rare sighting - me, sewing for ME! I stepped out of my clothing comfort zone, and I couldn't be happier with the result! Plus, the color is perfect for the spring that seems to finally have arrived!

The Capsule Skirt is a fast (even printing/taping a pattern that goes up 5x - the pages are no trim and go together very quickly!) easy pattern to sew up, and takes a refreshingly small amount of fabric, even for my 2x. I found a 2-ish yard remnant of some hot pink polyester at the thrift store - polyester isn't normally my fabric of choice, but this has wonderful drape! - and I believe I have enough left over for a matching skirt for my oldest daughter, if she decides she wants it.

I rarely wear skirts, partly because in the Wyoming wind they're a hazard ;) but really I'm just a jeans-and-tee shirt girl. But this skirt is just as easy and comfy to style as a pair of jeans - it can be dressed up, sure, but I could throw this on with a tee (and probably a pair of shorts under, heehee) and be perfectly happy all summer!

I cut the 2x waistband (though my measurements put me closer to a 4x for the waist) out of black cotton lycra, in the yoga width. Here's a terrible "selfie" I managed, but it shows that pulled up, it makes a wonderful "control top" for early-mid pregnancy. There are also maternity cut line options for wearing under a baby belly included on the pattern, which I'll definitely be utilizing later on this summer!!

I'm not normally one to sew for myself (or model for a camera), but this skirt is so effortless that I didn't mind at all. I put the whole thing together with my serger, and from start to finish, pattern included, it took me less than half an hour! You can't beat that, and it's encouraged me to put aside that teeny bit of time to make something for ME! I especially love how this skirt can be made in almost any fabric, so it's easy to make for special occasions or for running around with the kids. Versatility is very important in a mom's wardrobe, and the Capsule Skirt has all kinds of it.

The length is perfect - when the wind isn't blowing it up, it hits just around the knee, which is the ideal comfort length for me. There's just enough flowiness to the lines of the pattern while still maintaining a feeling of coverage - plus there is an option to cut a longer back piece! Kymy really thinks about all the possibilities for comfort with her patterns, and for someone like me who doesn't step outside a certain "clothing comfort level" often, that's so important.

Let's sum up - three cut line options (regular, long, maternity). Pockets? If you wish! Two waistband options. Fit and comfort and style - all perfected. Fabrics? Almost anything you can think of! Occasions? Anywhere, anytime.

Make sure to check out all the other stops on the EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour. (Note: The links won't be live until the day they're scheduled, but feel free to click through and check out other blog posts any time.)

Wednesday, April 6
Thursday, April 7
Friday, April 8
Saturday, April 9
Sunday, April 10
Monday, April 11

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the pattern while it's on sale!  Use coupon code PERFECTSKIRT to save 25% on the Women's Capsule Skirt, Girl's Capsule Skirt, or Capsule Skirt Bundle until April 12 at 11:59pm PST.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Break PJ Party!: A Sugar Plum for Sugarplum

Hi again! I'm back today with my own PJ Party sewing for the tour!

I used the Sugar Plum Nightgown from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, because my daughter has a RTW nightgown in the same style that she loves, and because of the name - her doll (from the talented Lani at The Plush Plum) is named Sugarplum!

This tour is coinciding with the monthly theme of the Sew Your (Pattern) Stash group on Facebook I co-admin - toys/dolls/plushies. By sewing "dolly&me" jammies, I managed to squeak in my monthly challenge under the wire as well!

I had a yard of this Lakehouse "Cotton Candy" print fabric (get it - candy...sugarplums? ;) ) and with some coordinating lavender I managed to just squeak out her size 5 and the included dolly pattern! It's a little big on Sugarplum but she doesn't seem to mind.

It was a good day for an indoor photo session - this week it's been rainy and snowy in Wyoming! Perfect for snuggling up with a cozy favorite blanket, a loved dolly, a good book, and new PJs!

I've had so much fun preparing for, hosting, and joining up on this tour. Truly the Biggest PJ Party Ever, and I hope you're enjoying all the posts!

We'll just consider these outtakes.

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour! Show our wonderful sponsors some love!
 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:
  Fabric SponsorsMabel 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!

Thank you also to the generosity of these shop owners!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Audrey & Tiffany and Kelly J Designs. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Audrey & Tiffany and Kelly J Designs to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 24th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 25th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen. a Rafflecopter 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 my 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