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

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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!
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 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
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break PJ Party Tour: Day 2

Hi there! We're continuing the Biggest PJ Party Ever today with 6 more amazing bloggers! Make sure you stop and check out each of their creations and their stories! Click the links beneath their photo to be taken to their post, and show them some love for their hard work and beautiful PJs!













Along with the weekly giveaway below, there is a daily giveaway at the bottom of today's post, as well as a link up for you to add your PJ Party creations for more chances to win!



There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour! Thank you, thank you!sponsorspjtour 

  We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors

Mabel 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!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd 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 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen. a Rafflecopter giveaway This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Want to win more prizes? Visit Lulu & Celeste 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 Sprouting JubeJube's post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 22nd)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:
Monday, March 21st
Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots
Tuesday, March 22nd

Wednesday, March 23rd

Thursday, March 24th

Friday, March 25th

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

For The Love of Legends: Spirit of a Unicorn

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters

Joining the Love of Legends tour today with my daughter's (current) favorite mythological creature - the Unicorn!


I remember as a child listening to Roger Whittaker sing "The Unicorn" (a song depicting Noah's Ark and the failure to collect the unicorn, thus explaining why there are none to be seen today). The idea of such a magical being sparks imagination and story telling, and it's no wonder children love them.

I hadn't thought about unicorns for a long time, and I'd certainly never tried to study them much. In searching for some inspiration, I came across this website, which goes into explaining the sign of the unicorn - I've never heard of primal astrology, and I read the description with some amusement.


Unicorns are "outgoing, energetic, smart, and unique...they can also be self-centered, attention-starved, restless, and excessively eccentric."

I think that describes Nat to a T. (To be fair to her, most of their "negative" qualities describe a lot of small children - lol!)


"(Unicorn)s are my spirit animal"


Artwork modified from drawingnow.com, font "Unicorn" from dafont.com
Pastel rainbow knit fabric from stash
Tunic pattern FREE Color Up Tunic by Winter Wear Designs

Follow the tour participants by clicking the links here:


And be sure to check out our giveaway sponsors and enter below!

Prize Package 1: Phat Quarters: $20 Gift Card Momma Quail Patterns: 1 Pattern of Choice* Bella Sunshine Designs: 1 Pattern of Choice* Handmade Escapade: 3 Digital Downloads of Choice Sewing Mamma RaeAnna: 1 Pattern of Choice* XO Jessica: 1 Custom Shirt Knot Sew Normal: 1 Pattern of choice*

Prize Package 2: Phat Quarters: Legendary Pattern with 3 piece FQ Bundle One Thimble: 1 Magazine Issue Modern Yardage: Paul Bunyan FQ Love Notions: 1 Pattern of Choice* Beatnik Kids: 1 Pattern of Choice* Swoodson Says: 1 Pattern of Choice* GYCT: 1 Pattern of Choice* Call Ajaire: 1 Pattern of choice* Skirt Fixation: 2 Yards of Fabric
*Excludes bundles


We will draw a random link-up to win an issue of One Thimble Magazine!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mackinaw Coat

You guys.


I made this. It's awesome.


The Mackinaw Coat by DbCA (Designs by Call Ajaire) is truly a labor of love, time consuming and awe inspiring. The bound buttonholes are (though not perfect) a masterpiece - these were my second attempt, when the "aha!" moment came and I finally understood how they worked!


I love a pattern that teaches new skills, and this pattern is full of them. Bagging the lining, not to mention how the whole thing is constructed (the Hobbes Hooded Jacket by Momma Quail Patterns uses the same technique. It's amazing!) It's going to make you feel like a sewing superstar when you're done.

And if you're one of those pro people who can sew a bagged lining and bound buttonholes in your sleep, then all the more reason that you need the Mackinaw - you'll have a cute new coat for your little love in no time! ;)


I love that once again, I've been able to make something so adorable AND functional. Seeing my kids wearing things I've made and looking good in them is indescribable - I love it!!