Thursday, June 9, 2016

Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Tour: a tunic and bloomers in less time than a load of laundry!

 When I heard about the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Tour, I knew it was perfect for me! I do have a husband who is perfectly willing to wash and dry clothes, but he won't fold them - my least favorite part! More often than not, the clean clothes end up sitting downstairs in baskets until I get sick of looking at them - I'd much rather be sewing new ones!

So - the idea here was for me to take a "fresh sew" - something I'd never sewn before - and time myself, to see if I could get it done in LESS time than it takes me to do a full load of laundry! Now, my washing machine is old, and crazy fast - like less than 20 minutes to wash. The dryer, however, takes about 45 minutes, so with (reasonable!) folding time (about 10-15 minutes per load, depending on the size and how much I have to put away myself), I figured I had about an hour and 15 minutes, give or take...

I chose Modkid's Tandy Tunic, and since I didn't want to do the dress length, I figured I'd better add Winter Wear Designs' Tout de Suite Bloomers to the list for a full outfit! I finished both with time to spare, earning myself this:


The tunic took the bulk of my time - about forty minutes. The style is similar to a raglan, with a separate yoke, and gathered all the way around - so a good chunk of time was just me fiddling with the gathers (and they're still not perfect! Lol.) I love the style - the little fluttery sleeves, that gorgeous crossover front! The yoke is lined, so I used the metallic stripes on the outside of the front and the softer solid gray on the inside for her comfort (the metallic threads make it a little scratchy!)

The bloomers were FAST - I did View A, which is a basic elastic waist and hems. I did everything on my serger, which cut down my time enormously - all but the topstitching on the waist and hems. I even did a fast stretch-and-serge technique on the elastics rather than making casings - that probably cuts elastic application time in half. I think the sewing time spent was only about 20 minutes, and since I took 15-20 minutes putting the patterns together and cutting fabric, that filled my time! Not bad for new-to-me patterns! :)

I didn't finish the sleeves or hem on the tunic, either - the fabric I used is so soft and drapey, I didn't really feel it was necessary! The end result we both love - a sweet summery outfit with a sophisticated color palette. I found the perfect finishing touch, the gold button, in a button jar that belonged to my grandmother.

The metallic stripes were in the remnant bin at Joann Fabrics, one of their clearance fabrics - the gray jersey I had lying in my stash and I'm really not sure where it came from!

Thanks for reading - keep going for some awesome giveaways, a link up to share your own Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry creations, info on all the amazing prizes, and a tour schedule!

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.

A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes!

George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns
  Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns
  Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns
  Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns

 These codes are good through June 12th! Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

 I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages:

Prize Package 1:

1 Pattern of Choice from each of the following:

Patterns for PiratesBrownie GooseMuse of the MorningCall AjaireStitch ArtThe Wolf and The Tree

2 Patterns from each:

Paisley RootsHey June

3 Patterns from EYMM

Prize Package 2:

1 Pattern of Choice from the following:

2 Patterns from Paisley Roots

or right here: An InLinkz Link-up

Link-up Prize Package
Link Up Prize

Here's the full tour schedule for more laundry-avoiding inspiration!


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thread Faction SS2016 Collection Tour: Romper Hack

Well, I'm here showing off Hatchlings' new face - Thread Faction! Along with the new face is a new collection of children's clothing - SS2016 - all easy, summery, beachy pieces with a casual aesthetic and comfortable fit.

I fell in love instantly with the cropped sweater (#105) - something like this is so versatile, no matter what the season. Here in Windy Wyoming, even the sunniest days can turn chilly in an instant!

Today I'm showing off a pattern hack - I used the racerback pattern (#104), and mashed it with the romper (#110) to create a cute little racerback romper! The end result is sporty, with a playsuit look. I added a couple of snaps at one shoulder so that Natalie would be able to get in and out of it easily. She says it's perfect for gymnastics (and acting out "I'm A Little Teapot", evidently.)

I used a lightweight jersey from Girl Charlee for the romper (LOVE this print ;) ) and an airy loose sweater knit for the crop sweater - I don't remember where I got it from! The thrift store in town, I think. I have found some real fabric treasures there.

Speaking of fabric, there are some wonderful sponsors for this tour! Offering prizes of fabric money well as some amazing discounts! Check in HERE to find all the details and enter the big giveaway! (And read to the end of this post - there might be another!)
Here is the schedule for the rest of tour. There are tons of pattern hacks and summer sewing inspiration promised, so make sure you check them all out!

Still with me? Good! Here's another giveaway for you. Liz has given permission to give away ONE pattern from the SS2016 Collection - your choice! Enter using the Rafflecopter below!

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 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!