Monday, February 8, 2016

Boho Challenge with Jilly Atlanta's Charlotte

Amelia told me she wanted a shirt, she chose the fabric and sleeve length and I got to choose the pattern. As luck would have it, Jill set up another challenge in her pattern group on facebook, Jilly Atlanta Pattern Group. Make the pattern you want from my shop, make it pretty and make it Boho. And I think, I know that's what I did.

I decided on the new Charlotte pattern with short sleeves, as per Miss Amelia's request.

The embelishment at the front is the show stopper on this blouse. I love the frayed look so I didn't even use a rolled hem on the rows of gathers.

A little bit of cute silliness here...

Now back to this sweet pattern...
Back button closure, different sleeve lengths, dress and blouse lengths and sizes ranging from 2t to 8 years is what you'll get with this pattern, along with step-by-step photos included in the tutorial.

I love how it turned out and I'm so ready to make another for JubeJube seeing that she has now made a request of her own.

Until next time, xx.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nivalis Tunic by Sofilantjes

I haven't been testing very much in the past year, but once in a while I like to change up my routine. AND besides when a pattern comes around that I just can't wait to try my hand at how can I not want to test it!

This is Nivalis, the newest dress/tunic pattern by Sofilantjes*. Its just been released so you can now get it in their shop, and if you act now you can also get it at a special introductory price of only $5.00 for a very limited time (offer ends February 10th, 2016)

I'm just so in love with the style of this collar. There's also a hooded option and a binding option for a more common neckline available with this pattern. Different sleeve lengths have also been added as options along with tunic and dress lengths.

The fabric I used is a cotton double knit that was originally from my aunt's stash and the buttons were from my stash. Its like the fabric jumped out at me and told me that it was time to get sewn up and I heard the squeal of those perfect little buttons that wanted to join in on the fun!

Some fun details about this pattern:

  • Sizes range from 12 months to 14 years.
  • Trimless pages, no more wasting time trimming those pages to tape together.
  • Layered printing so you print only the sizes you want and need.
  • Available in Dutch and English
  • Step-by-step drawings and photos included in the tutorial
  • Detailed fabric requirement chart in both imperial and metric.
  • Measurement charts to ensure the best fit for each body type.
This pattern has also been designed to be easily mashed up with Hibernis, another pattern by Sofilantjes, just imagine what combinations can be made with those two patterns!

I love that JubeJube decided on outdoor photos and enjoyed the magical moment of the light snowfall. 

Until next time, xx.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sew Yourself Some Love 2016

Its no secret, I don't often sew for myself...but for this month I'm trying to do a little more for me. Its not selfish at all. Over the past years my body type has changed...a lot. I used to sew paper patterns for myself, always the same size with the same adjustments no surprises. With PDF patterns and my body type changing I felt it was harder to get a good fit so now that I've seemed to hit these two PDF's out of the park this is actually making me feel really good and embrace my curves.

The first patterns that I sewed up for this post are both from Jocole, the Shoreline Knit Tank and the Basic Briefs. Everyone deserves to have undies that fit, properly! I can't imagine I was still wearing my maternity undies up until now...yes I have a whole new stack of bottoms that I made from fabric that I've been hoarding for what seems to be forever!

I used fold over elastic to trim out the bottoms and the neckline and straps on the cami. For the hem I made a rolled hem with my serger. The fabric is from my stash, a netting that I've had since 2003 (the bill was folded up in the fabric).

Both patterns have a great size range (XS-XXXL), and the bottoms have so many variations...high wiast, hipster, brief, bikini, boyshorts...along with helpful hints on sewing up stretch fabrics. These two patterns are a good place to start to "sew yourself some love". Being comfy in your undies is key to making the rest of your clothing feel great.

So here's one more for you, the Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates. Seriously, why have I not made this one for myself before!

Yes, that's me with an actual smile (see comfy undies that fit make for a happy lady!) BUT I'm also loving this top on me and its so comfortable, and I feel like I can leave the house with this on and not look like, ummmm I just got out of bed. 

We all need basics in our wardrobe and if you're looking around for a pattern to fill that need for a basic raglan tee, go with this one. has so many options included, different sleeve lengths, variations on the bottom hem and different lengths, even tunic length. Sizes range from XXS to XXXL. Features like no trim pages and layering to print only the sizes you want are including in this pattern. 

Sewing up these patterns has really been a way to do something to help me feel great about myself and like the way I look. When you feel great it shows in everything you do, and how you project yourself.

Go on, go sew yourself some love, ya know you want to!

Join us through the whole blog tour and don't miss a day!!!

Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 2     Feather's Flights
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting JubeJube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 11   Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

Until next time, xx.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fun Wardrobe Basics: Socks

You know when you go shopping at one of those high-end stores and they whole fun outfit including the matching socks is out on display and it makes you want to buy the whole kit and caboodle. Yup, that's me. I've always wanted to add the matching socks to outfits I've made the girls and insted settle for plain neutral that wont stick out like a sore thumb.

I've found the answer thanks to The Wolf and the Tree patterns. Well no, actually Saskia has found the answer for me by creating a sock pattern! This is the Abby Trailblazing sock pattern and can be found in their Etsy shop.

I have to admit that I was just a bit worried that the girls would complain of discomfort with the seam, but no, not at all. Infact when JubeJube put on the first pair she exclaimed how comfortable they were and wanted to wear them to school.

I made the knee high option and for the first pair I used cuff method and sewed them up using only my regular sewing machine to see how that would work out. The sock itself is a rayon blend and the cuff is a cotton lycra blend. Love the results and love that with Saskia's instructions are so clear on how to create these socks with just a plain machine.

I figured that if I'm going to try this pattern our properly I should also use the fold over hem option with the elastic.

I also decided to use my serger for these, just to see how that would work out...I may never buy another pair of cute socks again, I'll be able to make them without wondering if the pattern will work out.

Sizing is also very easy to figure out...measure your child's inseam and foot length and done! The chart is very clear. AND the layering feature is available on this pattern too so you only print the sizes you need and want. The size range on this pattern is from 0 to 14 (a total of 17 sizes!). Along with the knee high socks you also get the higher over the knee sock option, bobby and crew sock length, baby legs and leg warmers. If you don't want to be printing out all those style there's a fun little printing guide to only print out the styles you want to sew up.

By the way, The Wolf and the Tree just released the Going Rogue Sock pattern, adult sizes! I may just have to make some for ME now!

Just so you know, I did get this pattern for free for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own!

Until next time, xx

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fun Wardrobe Basics: Undies

I've been contemplating sewing up undies for the girls for some time now, but then I get to the big box store, pick out a bunch that seem reasonably priced, buy them thinking I've saved myself time and energy, wash them a couple of times....and they fall apart! Yup, not really the way I want to spend money. 

Instead, this time, got cute fabrics from my stash, had the girls choose their favorites and something a lot more fun than boring big box store basics came out of it. 

The pattern is from Little Kiwi's Closet (I got the pattern for free for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own). The fabrics are all from my stash, and so much fun to mix and match to create colorful undies for Amelia and JubeJube. I made sure that the main part was 100% cotton jersey knit and that the bindings where a cotton lycra blend for good recovery after being stretched out.

The first thing I did was read all the instructions...They're very complete, clear and easy to follow with step-by-step photos included in the tutorial. I measured the girls, and lucky for me, they have the same meaurement around the hip area. I cut out the recommended size according to the chart...and we had a winner! The fit was perfect with full bum coverage. The girls flat out refused to be photographed in their undies so you'll have to take my word for it. I've been telling them not to show off their undies and well I guess they got it, now if only they would listen to me when tell them to clean up their toys.

The size range for this pattern is 12 months to about 13 years old, but again use the measurement chart and you really can't go wrong to find a good fit for your child. Also included in the pattern is doll size undies. I have a feeling that the girls will be asking me to make some dolly wardrobe essentials to match their own.

My favorite pair, and Amelia's favorites too, are the ones I played around with fabric placement and got the penguin at center front.

I'll be reviewing wardrobe essentials all week. Come back to see what other fun wardrobe basics you'll have fun making!

Until next time, xx

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cali Blouse - Jilly Atlanta

You know when a project is handed to you, and its the kick in the butt that you need for the first sewing project of the year...yup Jill, of Jilly Atlanta (link to facebook group)  did that to me, and I would imagine for a lot of others too. Jill proposed to her group members to try any one of her patterns in her Etsy shop, sew it up within the time frame given and she would refund everyone who followed through on the challenge. So yes I did get the pattern for free, but only because I did follow through and sewed it up. All opinions about this PDF pattern are my own.

So I picked the Cali blouse to sew up. JubeJube picked the fabric, she wanted blue and when I showed her 3 or 4 fabrics she jumped on the feathers and I couldn't have made her change her mind even if I wanted to. This fabric is Petit Plume from Camelot fabrics. You do see Amelia here in the photos (the joy of having two girls the same size) only because JubeJube is in school, but JubeJube does love her new blouse. Now to get it off Amelia, I guess I'll be needing to make another.

So many little details to the blouse, like the elastic casing at the uppper part of the long sleeve, the button loops, the curve of the yoke at the front and back and the detailed instructions for French seams.

This is what you get with the purchase of the Cali PDF pattern:

  • sizes 2t-6 years
  • 1/2" seam allowances included
  • Step-by-step photos included with the tutorial
  • Detailed charts in metric and imperial measurements for yardage requirements and body measurements.
  • 80 plus pages of instructions and pattern pieces (in 3 different PDF files)
  • Designed for a woven fabric, but I'm sure it can be made in a knit.
  • Great cutomer service, I got an email a day later from Jill asking me if everything was ok and not to be shy if I had any questions in regards to construction of the pattern.
  • So many different sleeve options and dress or blouse length.
I think the only down side is the fact that it only goes to a size 6. 

So we don't need to mess around with this one, I say its a keeper! I'll for sure be making it again!

And this face, well she's a keeper too, don't you agree!

Until next time, xx.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

2015 in Review

I'm starting off by wishing everyone a wonderful 2016! Thanks for coming back time and time again to see what I've created. I thought it would be fun to start off the new year by looking back at some of my favorite projects from last year. I have so many I enjoyed making and also photographing that it was a bit hard to select only a few.

The biggest project that I had to sew up for Julia last year was her back to school wardrobe. The Back to School Capsule has a total of 14 pieces and was fun to try and make everything work together as a collection for mixing and matching. A little sad that a lot of the pieces don't fit anymore, but its to be expected. 

One of my favorite shoots was the one with the featuring the Block Party pattern by Mandy K Design. This day was magical with its sudden rain storm en route to destination and clearing up as we got to the park. 

Moving on to celebrations...Last year Sofilantjes celebrated their fist year of pattern designing and I use her very first pattern , Summer Surprise, to create a fun look for both Amelia and JubeJube. 

We also celebrated Canadian Designers and I discovered Victory Patterns and sewed up soemthing pretty for me! 

We also had our sweet little Julia AKA JubeJube turn 6 while we were on a little vacation. 

I had made JubeJube the Peggy Swimcap by Filles a Maman and the Waikiki Swimsuit by Peek-a-Boo patterns. It will be safe to say that I,ll have to make a new one for this summer.

My favorite pattern hack from last year was adding pockets to E+M Patterns No.19 Dress. This little dress ended up being JubeJube's favorite summer dress.

The last few months I have done a lot with PDF patterns by The Handmaiden's Cottage*, they have become some of my favorite. Just love the vintage style of these patterns. 

Elizabether & sweet!

...and Lucy. Both these patterns stole my heart! 

This was my year...Feel free to comment with some of your favorite projects of 2015. 

Until next time, xx. 

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