Monday, November 30, 2015

ADVTee Blog Tour for Sofilantjes Day 1

I'm so glad to be hosting the ADVTee tour for Sofilantjes*. Today you'll be able to link to From-a-Box by Stacey and the Wholesome Mama by Courtney to see what they've created with the ADVTee pattern, here's a sneak peek...

The Wholesome Mama
I know I can't wait to go take a look a what they've made! Before going to check them out, here's a look at Amelia in her comfy loungewear. 
You'll also want to keep in mind that you can get 20% your purchase (blundles excluded since they already reflect a discounted price) by using the code "CELEBRATE" at checkout in the Sofilantjes pattern shop*.

 I paired her top with the Domi sweat pants, these two patterns were a perfect match in style!

Some features of these patterns are:
  • Layered printing, print only the sizes you need or want to save on ink.
  • Size range from 12 month to 14 years, so you can really get a lot of use out of these great patterns.
  • 3/8" seam allowances included.
  • Tech drawings with easy to follow step-by-step instructions on assembly.
  • Size charts and fabric requirement charts included.
  • Designed for knit fabrics. 

See what I mean...perfect for lounging around! She acutally didn't want to change after her mini shoot so I go a couple of extra shots of her in her natural habitat, heeeeheee.

Don't miss any of the stops on this tour, there's a great line up and you'll be sure to be inspired!

Until next time, xx.

Call Ajaire - Straight Grain - Nononsonsmoms

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Bobbi & Sami by Blaverry

A little while ago when I posted the Back to School Capsule Wardrobe I showed a bit of a  sneak peek of Bobbi Boyfriend jeans by Blaverry. They are now available along with Sami raglan top (and Fallon moto leggings that I haven't yet been able to photograph on JubeJube).

As usually Christie had hit the mark by adding so many fun details to a simple raglan top. Extra long sleeves to create ruching, color blocking and side vents are just some of the features of this design along with a huge size range (2t -16years) to cover toodler to tweens in the family.

The jeans also have the same wide range of sizes available in the pattern. You can also expect to find the layering feature in every pattern so you print only the size you want or need.

Again you can expect to find so much detail in the jeans including the penny pocket.

The fit is perfect and the instructions so easy to follow. I may never buy another pair of ready to wear jeans for the girls again.

Its took some convincing for JubeJube to get in front of the camera, when she's not in school she's much too busy taking it easy but we had so much fun because she was really in the mood for a shoot and she just couldn't wait to weat her new top to school.

Stay tuned for a few more new patterns by Blaverry in the coming weeks...I can tell you there are at least 3 more patterns (2 tops and 1 bottom) because I did help test them...but there may be more.

Until next time, xx.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Stocking - Contest and Giveaway!

So its starting to feel a little more like Christmas. First, the blog post about Morton Elf is trending again and second, I've been making stockings!

Lynn over at The Handmaiden's Cottage has a fantastic Patchwork Stocking pattern and she's offering it for FREE for all those who sign up for the newsletter.

We also want to see all those fantastic creations! Join the Handmaiden's Cottage Pattern Group and post the stocking you've made using #PatchworkStocking for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle valued at over $100.00. The winner will be selected at random on December 11th, 2015.

There are a few options for this patchwork stocking pattern, here are the ones I made.

I mixed up fabrics but stayed with a very basic color palatte, I even mixed up the styles a little to use the basic design and then the more intricate patchwork. Adding details in the top stitching is also a good way to fancy it up without spending a lot of money on trim. For the basic stocking layout I used grosgrain ribbon and a blanket stitch (that I have on my sewing machine). You could also use ric rac instead of grosgrain. I like to try and use what I have on hand.

There's just so much you can do with this pattern!

I really can't wait to see everyone's stocking! So remember, sign up for the newsletter here to get your pattern for FREE, post your stocking to the group here using #PatchworkStocking and you'll have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle! Fun, right!

Until next time, xx.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Wear to Where: Office Attire

This is one of the sewing portions of the Wear to Where Series put together by Katy and Angelica. Go read how this all came about here

Nothing says office attire to me more than the classic pinstripe and crisp white shirt. Its simple and classic and so many ways to dress it up with accessories.

The first idea that came to mind is lawyers...suits, paralegal, Rachel Zane..

Meghan Markle (AKA Rachel Zane in Suits)
So this is the kind of look I had in mind. Very corporate, no?

This is how it turned out...the skirt is a paper pattern from Simplicity, tried tested and true, it has never let me down...only now looking at the size I made the last time and the one I made this time...YIKES! I love the thick waist band and the invisible side zipper on this skirt.

The shirt is the Button Up Shirt by Winter Wear Design...will for sure be needing to size down next time and adjust it to my shape. I added mother of pearl buttons down the front.

The red shoes for a splash of color, and my favorite chunky necklace to complete the look.

I haven't been this dressed up in about 6 years now.  This whole experience reminded me of when I actually left the house for work as a manager in women's wear. Do I miss it...not sure, some days I do.

This last one I just had to throw in there, it made me laugh and I figured why deprive you of a good chuckle, ha!

Until next time, xx.

Be sure to head over to Wild+Wanderful or Gardening in High Heels to check out the other brilliant bloggers, sewists and stylistas on the tour, as well as be able to link up your own looks and show us what you would Wear to Where!
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Finishing Up Lily by Frocks & Frolics

This is the final day of the Sew-a-Long featuring the Lily Dress and Tunic pattern by Frock & Frolics. Join the Frocks & Frolics Sewing Circle on facebook to stay up to date on up coming events and new pattern releases.

If you made this pattern to have an opening you'll want to add your button loop before stitching your back outer shell to your lining. 

I made my Lily as plain as can be, but adding lace to the hem or some button or floral embelishments at the top of the pleats can be so fun! I knew my fabric already had a lot going on and I didn't want to make it too busy but thinking of the summer when I'll make this pattern using a plain linen adding a little something as simple as a lace hem will make it go from plain to wow!

Thanks to Marina of Froks & Frolics for having me! JubeJube loves her new tunic (her smile doesn't lie) and it was a pleasure to sew up!
You can get your copy in their Etsy shop along with so many other fun patterns. Not to worry if you're new to sewing, you can use the step-by-step videos that Marina has set up here.

Until next time, xx.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lily by Frocks & Frolics Sew-a-Long Day 3

Welcome to Day 3! Don't forget to post your progress in the Frocks & Frolics Sewing Circle on facebook.
Today we're going to overcast the raw edges of the lower bodice lining (front and back) and also the center back of the lining and the main or outer shell of the garment. You can do this by using a zigzag stitch on your regular machine or your serger. We're also working on creating those pretty box pleats on the front of the garment. 

I like to have my pleats perfectly pressed all the way down to the hem and I'm going to tell you how to acheive that without spending so much time with a ruler or gauge at the ironing board.

  1. Stith your pleats as indicated in the tutorial.
  2. Change your stitch length to the longest and baste the rest of the pleat all the way down to the unfinished hem. (you may be able to see that long basting stitch in the above image).
  3. Press using steam to make sure those pleats stay in place.
  4. Just before your ready to stitch your hem, remove those basting stitches. They should come out very easily just by pulling on the bobbin thread, just make sure you haven't cut the tails of your threads.

Once your pleats are done, you can go ahead and stitch those shoulder seams on the main and lining.

Make your way back here tomorrow to see more of this project.

Until next time, xx.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lily by Frocks & Frolics Sew-a-Long Day 2

We're starting day 2 of the Lily sew-a-long, be sure to join us in the sewing group on facebook for more fun and sharing! You've selected the size and options you'll be using to make your Lily, and you're just about ready to cut into that fabric...

This is a little check list I like to go through before I start cutting my fabric:

  • Make sure my pieces are all on the straight grain of the fabric.
  • If I'm using a directional fabric, make sure everything is right side would be a shame if my characters were all on their heads and upside down.
  • Make sure that all my pattern pieces fit on to the fabric and that I didn't forget any pattern pieces.
  • As much as possible I have my prints line up, like stripes or big flowers (take a look at this post here on how I get my prints to line up)
Once all your pieces are cut out you need to transfer the markings from the paper pieces to the wrong side of the fabric:
  • Center front of bodice at the neckline
  • Box pleat markings
  • Center front of lining ar the neckline
  • Markings at center back if you're making the version with button closure at the back.
All these markings will help you make beautiful box pleats and  sew your pieces together so they match up as perfectly as they can.

Now a days a lot of us use fabric pens (most a water soluble), some will use tailors chalk. I still go old school and mark my patterns using needle and thread especially when there's a lot of details like pleats and darts. 

Come back tomorrow when we start to sew! I have a few more tips and tricks to share too! If you haven't started its not to late to join in on the fun, grab your pattern at a discount in the Etsy shop using the code "LILYROCKS" for 25% at checkout.

Until next time, xx.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lily by Frocks & Frolics Sew-a-Long Day 1

I'm so excited to be hosting this sew-a-long for Marina of Frocks & Frolics! For this event you can follow along on my blog or join the facebook group, this will also allow you to stay up to date with new releases and sales. 

Its not too late to sew along with us, grab your pattern here, on Etsy and be sure to use the code "LILYROCKS" at checkout for 25% off.

Today we're getting together everything we need for the project:

  • Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Notions (button, thread)
Before starting to sew I like to make sure I have everything I need since I often sew in the evening when the stores are closed. 

There are several options in this pattern like the neckline and length. I chose to make the tunic with the button closure at the back and the closed box pleats.

Come back tomorrow, I'll be sharing some fun facts about how I was taught to sew.

Until next time, xx.