Friday, March 31, 2017

K's Closet Custom and Designer Fabrics--Deep Sea Fishing

This week I got the chance to sew something for Wyatt.

I know what you're thinking.
 "Who is this Wyatt of which you speak?"
Well, he's my 4 year old and he's not featured much on the sewing blog for a couple of reasons: 

1. He's super picky about his clothes (only soft knits)
2. He only likes the color blue
3. He doesn't like his picture being taken

So when I was given the chance to sew something with this amazing custom knit fabric I knew it would meet Wyatt's requirements (blue, soft) but I wasn't sure how'd he do at photos (awesome, btw).

This beautiful fabric is from K's Custom and Designer Fabric and it is the nicest stuff I've felt. It is SO thick and SO soft. As soon as I pulled it out of the package I was in love. The colors and designs are absolutely gorgeous. 

All the cotton lycra from K's Custom and Designer Fabrics is a plush 260 gsm and you can also get each design in a brushed polyester at 220 gsm. So luxurious! I washed my fabric right away and it came out of the dryer looking brand new. 


I decided to make Petitboo's Lightning shirt to showcase the Deep Sea Fishing cotton/lycra. I did the  lightning bolt, sleeve and back in the fabric and it was beautiful to sew. Even my serger and double needles liked it! 

 When Wyatt woke up the next morning he was thrilled. He kept saying "mom made me this shirt" and he wouldn't take it off (after I cut off the size tag I sewed in, of course). He showed everyone. He did pictures like a pro too. He was so excited to have a turn--maybe I should sew for my boys more often? What a grown up boy. 

 I'm so glad to sew something awesome for my boy and I'm so glad I got to experience K's Closet custom fabric!  If you're interested in the many designs, join the facebook group here.  This round of custom pre-orders closes on April 14th so hurry soon!

K's Closet is a boutique store in downtown Hillsborough, South Carolina. They not only sell fabric and sewing supplies, but all sorts of handmade clothing and accessories for the whole family. Proudly made in the USA! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mandy K Designs Blog Tour

From the Archives

I am so excited to participate in this fun blog tour!

Mandy K Designs is hosting a Knock-offs and Costume Hacks blog tour featuring all her patterns!  This is a fun way to see designs in a new light!

When I saw the Dandelion Wishes pattern from Mandy K, it immediately reminded me of gorgeous Fair Isle Sweaters with the round yoke.  

Now, it's been on my life bucket list to learn how to knit for a long time, but so far I've only mastered knitting squares and rectangles.  The complicated Fair Isle pattern (let alone a wearable garment) is a LONG way off.

I thought this pattern with it's round yoke and unique ruching was a great way to have the look without the work (or price tag--have you seen how much those sweaters cost?!).  And in all reality, it doesn't even get cold enough here in Texas to wear a thick, bulky sweater very often, so this knit dress is perfect.

I upcycled a Target Jersey sheet with a heathered look for the body of the tunic and I searched all over for the right fabric for the yoke.  I wanted something that would mimic the designs of the Fair Isle.  I found the perfect thing in the remnant bin at Hancock Fabrics.

 I didn't change the pattern itself except for leaving out the bottom knit panel for a shorter dress.  The ruching is not hard: I did it all while watching Mr. Rogers. It was quite relaxing actually, kind of like knitting?  And the rest of the dress is a breeze to put together.

The curls.  I couldn't resist.

The A-line is adorable and the fit is spot on.  I made it in 18 months because Amelia is just now getting into that size--I wanted plenty of wear in the upcoming months.  It is so comfy and cozy, just like those sweaters.  Maybe this is even better because it's not itchy!

Thank you so much for the chance to "knock-off" a design!
  Mandy K Designs is graciously offering 30% off til October 17 using code MKDblogtour2015. 
 So many possibilities, so many beautiful patterns!  
Check out all the upcoming blogs on the rest of the tour for more great ideas!

I love this on her!  It's just so cute!

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As soon as Giselle saw this dress on Amelia she asked me if I could make one in her size because it would be perfect for her Halloween Costume.  Looks like I'll be whipping up another for a costume hack anyway!
I'll be sure to post that one too!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

The only Paper Pattern I still Sew: Butterick 4432

When I first learned to sew, I only knew paper patterns. I would modify the heck out of those to get the look I wanted, but one that I made over and over (I actually drafted it in larger sizes so I could keep making them) is Butterick 4432. It's so fast to sew and easy to wear. I love it with ruffle pants, ruffle bum bloomers or leggings and shorties. 

 I got rid of most my paper pattern collection but I knew I'd never get rid of this one; it was a classic. Yet I couldn't find it anywhere! I gave up my hunt and figured I accidentally gave it away until I found some traced out pieces tucked away and sure enough--I had the complete pattern!

 I instantly whipped it up in this light, almost seersucker fabric that I picked up at the fabric warehouse district for next to nothing and then made some shorties out of a walmart tank top (I love when their cotton/spandex tanks are $1.68) and we've got a cute summer outfit ready to go!

I'm glad to have this pattern back in my collection. 
There will be many more of these, I can assure you. 

And here's my original models from years ago:

 This outfit was my favorite!

 But the bows. 

 And why didn't I tie a nice sash here?!
And Amelia gets a turn in this one. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pattern Review: Clara Dress

From the Archives

I finally got a chance to sew up the Violette Field Threads Clara. Or rather, Baby Clara. This is size 12-18m and it fits perfectly.  Maybe a bit too perfectly since it's going to get chilly around here and I'll have to layer it. I used some of the nice Walmart fabric you can find around, and it's really nice--as nice as anything from Joanns or Hancock.  The Clara is a gorgeous pattern and I've seen so many amazingly beautiful designs around.  I'll definitely make some more, but maybe not so tiny.  Those bodice ruffles are kind of a pain. 

I also got a new lens for my camera.  My kit lens only autofocuses when it feels like it which is super inconvenient. I wouldn't mind manual focus if I'm doing still life, but toddlers are another story.  I've been wanting to try out a 50mm for years now so I took the plunge.  I'm still trying to figure it out, really, but I love these pictures of Amelia.  I'm sorry my blog has just become Amelia Oversharing.

 There was an airplane up there. 

This is one of her main faces. Apparently I make one similar and this is her version. 

 Practicing the princess wave.
Another Classic face.
 Oh man I love this girl.
And this is how excited she gets when Maddie comes home from a run.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Baby DYNNI Skirt by Pienkel--Free Pattern

The sweetest pattern company, Pienkel, has made the cutest baby version of her fabulous DYNNI  skirt.  Of course we tested it out and I overdid the cute photos.  
But seriously, I can't help it.

The baby skirt, offered in sizes 6/9m, 9/12m, and 12/18m has all the options of the original: single layer, double layer, ruched layer, knit yoga waist, woven gathered waist.  

 Even pockets.

 Amelia just loves her skirt and it's perfectly sweet for upcoming Valentine's Day.
My older girls still wear their skirts all the time and love them. 

And the best news?  It's FREE.  Just subscribe to the Pienkel newsletter and you will be sewing up your own adorable baby skirt in no time.
Want to see more? Check out these other blog posts featuring the Free DYNNI baby skirt:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pattern Review: Women's Dyyni Skirt by Pienkel

I'm being brave and posting pictures of myself here!

Remember the adorable Dyyni skirts I sewed up for my baby girl and big girls?  Well, now we can all wear our Dyyni skirts!
My friend Nienke came out with the women's version. It's a really cute skirt with either elastic or yoga style waist.  It's very light and summery. 

I made the largest size the pattern includes and I could have gone down 1 or maybe 2 sizes (I have a disproportionately large waist to my hips thanks to making 5 babies) because the skirt
 was a little too full around my hips and waist. 

I used one of my vintage sheets because the cotton/poly blend has a nice drape. I love the vintage feel of the design though. It's a circle skirt formed with 6 panels. There are also the options to do a top layer and even a top layer with a pulled-up gather.  The skirt hem is done with bias tape which makes a lovely finish. 

To celebrate the release of the Women's Dyyni Skirt, there will be a discount, using code DYYNILADIESLAUNCH, you will get a storewide discount of 50% (so that works on the other two patterns and on the bundles!) valid from Friday until Wednesday. 

That's a super deal because the other skirts are cute as well!

Go get it and sew up a whole bunch of skirts for summer!

Photo creds: Maddie