Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Summer of Sewing--Coachella Shorts

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At the beginning of the summer I made a list of my sewing goals.  My idea of a sewing list comes from a group I joined on Facebook that encourages sewists to actually sew the patterns we already own.  Novel idea, right? Mostly I wanted to sew the patterns that were strictly in baby sizes before Amelia grew out of them.

I also had some long-overdue projects for the boys and shorts for the older girls.  I didn't make much of a dent in the list for awhile because I did a cluster of pattern testing and some sewing and altering for other people, but I finally have some clothes to show for this list (to which I will dedicate another post).

One outfit I've had finished for a little while is the Coachella shorts by Striped Swallow Designs.  I saw this pattern when it first came out, but it was the cute designs in my sewing groups that convinced me to buy it and sew them up.  They are very easy to make and the instructions are lovely and organized.  I used a set of fat quarters to make Amelia's little 12 month size, trimmed in cotton lace and a walmart tank that I added a bib applique to complete the outfit.

 They are kind of booty shorts even though they almost come to her knees.  I guess that's what it's like being a baby.  I sewed a pair for Maddie, and she loves them, but they are too short on her giraffe legs.  They're good for pool or pajama wearing and I'm hoping I can figure how to lengthen them and still keep the style.
 I tried getting her picture while Tyler worked on our sprinkler system this morning.  She insisted on her tongue sticking out, that silly goofball.

Then the sprinklers came on and surprised us all.  That was the end of pictures.

This is her yelling that she didn't like getting wet!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pattern Review: Hiekka Skirt by Pienkel

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The Hiekka Skirt by Pienkel
A wonderful brand new pattern designer was in need of testers and when I saw the cute simple style, I signed right up!  Maddie had been wanting to do some modeling for me (and get new clothes!) so I checked sizes and she fit the children's 16. The pattern includes all sizes from 2y-16y.

 We headed to the store and she picked out 2 different fabrics because it's reversible! 2 for 1!

The wrap skirt is super simple to sew up--only 2 pattern pieces.  It would be a great pattern for beginners or teaching kids to sew--all of Maddie's Young Women's group would like to sew these for an activity.

 The original pattern has you make this nifty little opening for the ties.  

 She loved it so much that I sewed up a second one.  This one has shorter ties and a snap to hold it together.  I matched the snap to the fabric (I dare you to find it!) so it can be reversible too.  
 The pattern is very easy to follow, organized, and the printing went together perfectly. It's so fast--you can sew up 2 different looks in less than an hour! 

 It fits Maddie perfectly and she wears hers all the time!
I highly recommend this pattern.  It is so rewarding to sew clothing that fits perfectly and is well-liked.
  This one is a winner!

Get your pattern here: Hiekka skirt  on sale for a limited time!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Summer of Sewing 2015

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I blogged a little bit about my summer sewing list and I'm pleased to report that there's 2 weeks left of summer and my list is completed! So here's my entire list in pictures and reviews:

1. First up is the Lullaby Bubble (bodysuit) from the Oliver + S Lullaby Layette pattern:
O+S patterns are expensive as patterns go, but many feel they are worth it because it's like a sewing lesson and pattern in one.  I bought the Lullaby Layette thinking I'd get lots of use out of it and it was a good value.  But it's only a good deal if you actually sew it.  It only goes up to size 24 months, so I had to get going on it.

I went with the 18 month size, and it's huge on Amelia, so that was kind of a bummer, but I think it will still fit next year.  It took me FOREVER to make this.  It's really not hard, but I wasn't super excited about it and the "lesson" actually made it more complicated for me.  I was trying to follow it step by step exactly and then realized, I know how to do all this, just do it.  So it's done.  Except for the buttons.  Oh, and I added flutter sleeves. Fabric from Joanns.

2. Hello Sunshine Shirt and Capris from Puperita
Another pattern that ends at 2t. I love everything from Puperita even though we always have to size down (always check the designers measurements!).  The capris are so unique with the smocked inset which I admit was a huge pain but looks neat.  The top is adorable and simple (I am a sucker for Peter Pan collars) and I did snaps down the back. I made both the pants and top in 6 months size, but I added a lot of length to the shirt.  It fits perfectly. Fabric from Whimsical Designs and Walmart.

3. Beach Robes from Made
This is one of the oldest patterns in my collection and I finally sewed it.  I made one for Amelia and one for Wyatt since the pattern only goes up to 4t (however, they fit really big and could probably fit Will. 

I made Amelia's out of vintage towels.  I finally found a use for them!! I think it's amazingly adorable and wish I had one for myself.  

 I made Wyatt's out of 2 different towels.  And I sewed the hood on upside down.  It's really easy, just watch for that.  It still works, but I should fix it.  Kids love wearing them after the pool.

4. Coachella Shorts for girls
I already did a post about Amelia's.  I made an adult pair for Maddie. And I made a different pair of shorts for Elle (Too Cute Ruched Shorts from Coles Corner) (not shown)

#5 Baby Shoes

The very last thing on the list that I completed.  And  big flop. Literally.  I tried making these cute peep toes from WinterPeach and the bows came out TOO HUGE (they are tied 3 times in the pics).  Plus they are slippery and don't stay on, so not really practical.  I decided I don't like sewing baby shoes.

#6  Nadia like WDW
Translation: Nadia Dress by CKC in the style of Well-Dressed Wolf (an exclusive childrens' clothing boutique).

WDW came out with this adorable baby dress (called Aunt Heart): 
It's so sweet.
Luckily the Nadia pattern is a really close match (I actually like the higher coverage in front with the Nadia).  My skirt is a darker gray, but I really love love love this dress.  It came out so cute.

I realized I rarely sew with solid colors. I have hardly anything in my stash.  I need to change that.

#7 Elephant shorts

Clearance fabric + boy who loves elephants + free shorts pattern =

#8 Geranium FQs
I bought 2 sets of fat quarters at Tuesday Morning (did  you know they have fabric?!) and I've been wanting to make something for Amelia out of them.  So I made a top from the Geranium pattern (my favorite of all time) I used the cap sleeves for the first time and I'm in love.  Bad picture, but it's super cute.  I'm going to make some leggings to wear underneath for fall.  

#9 Diaper Covers
Confession--I haven't been cloth diapering lately.  I just cannot get them clean with the washer+texas water and I've gotten lazy.  So, then you need diaper covers.  
Another excellent free pattern by MADE. Size 6 months fits her perfectly. 

#10 Space Boy and Robot
A big boy in the house has wanted these for years.  I was waiting for the pdf pattern to come out (which it did over a year ago) and then of course, moving happened.  Finally got these cute guys made.  Just a week after his birthday.  He's happy now.  

This is one of those things that looks oh-so-easy and should only take 30 minutes, but it's not.  I had to make up my own directions (the gathers just didn't work for me so I did a pleat) and modify the inside construction and even though it's supposed to be size 12-18 months it seemed small on my tiny girl.  The design is cute but I think I'll modify it even more before I do it again.  I didn't even hem it. 

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That completes my original list, but of course things got added to it! Including:

#12 Towel Cover up for Elle

Don't look close--I sewed it minutes before leaving for the pool.

#13 4th of July Outfit
Blogged about HERE.

#14 Blessing outfit for my friend Dafni's little boy.

(Deciding bow tie fabric)
I need some pictures of that cute guy in his outfit!

Phew!  Just writing this post has been exhausting! It doesn't even include all the things I've sewn for testing, mending, or other stuff for the girls or me!  It feels awesome to have the list done-- I'm amazed at all I got sewn and I am so glad to have used some of the many patterns I own.  It's been the summer of sewing that's for sure.  I've definitly let some things go (the house) while I sewed, but it was a fun experiment.  I think I'll make a list for Fall/Christmas and see what I can get done from that now!

Elle added the kimono herself, so that doesn't count!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pattern Review: Schooner Tee and Dress

 I love cute + practical so when I saw the line drawing of this pattern it was love at first sight. 
❤  ❤  ❤
Our new summer staple.

This pattern has so many things going for it:

  • Knit--fast and comfy
  • Flutter sleeves--I'm such a sucker for these, girly and fun
  • Dress option--make it a whole outfit!
  • High/low hem option--we love our options
  • Lettuce hem/regular hem--change it up
  • Pockets--every kid's favorite
  • Huge size range--newborn to 12

Then add in the super unique construction method (the flutter is built-in) and this is the fastest sew ever. 

This is the kind of summer outfit we live in.  

But the sleeve is so sweet that I'm going to sew up a bunch to go under jumpers and pinnies. 

Amelia loved these pink argyle owls on this Euro knit I'd been saving from Mabel Madison.  

I added a pair of Air Balloon shorts from Puperita in hot pink to finish this outfit, but this top would look awesome with anything: jeans, shorts, leggings, tights, layered. You name it. It's a classic.   

I also whipped one out in plain pink (everything pink around here!) but I didn't do photos of that one. Yet.
 I will. 
It's still so cute!

This was a fun test to sew up.
  Jennuine Design is a reputable, well-drafted and professional company. This was my first experience with their patterns, but not my last!

★        ★       ★

The Schooner Tee and Dress is on sale for $5 (regularly $8) until Sunday April 9th  and to celebrate the release, everything else in the shop is 25% off using coupon code SCHOONERRELEASE.
 Super deal!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pattern Review: DYYNI Skirt by Pienkel

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My favorite designer from a tiny island released another great skirt pattern!  This is the DYYNI skirt with so many options!  I went the simpler route and did single layer skirts for my girls. But the options include single layer, double layer, double layer with gathered ruched detail, pockets, and 2 different types of waistbands.
 Maddie's has an elastic waist and Elle's has a yoga band waist (which she said was the most comfortable thing ever).  Both my girls look great in these.  Perfect for younger girls (starts at size 2, so Amelia will soon be able to wear one too!) and goes all the way to size 16y.  So many possibilities!

 For Maddie we went with a romantic boho look with the rose colored skirt and gold accessories.  Note the side seam pockets.  Love.
 She wore it to church and of course got lots of compliments.  I love the modest midi length. She says it's trendy.  I'm glad.

And here's Giselle's. We went with a fancy black and gold dot fabric.  The skirt has 6 gores making for expert twirling.  Giselle tried it out and admitted it's fun to twirl.  I figured she was too old for that.  
 I don't know if you can tell very well, but the bottom is trimmed with bias tape for a smooth professional finish.  You can either leave it exposed or flipped in for even more design options.

 The inside finishes are very nice, making the inside just as lovely as the outside.  

I highly recommend this skirt.  The printing and cutting is easy, the pattern instructions are excellent and the results are, as you can see, beautiful!

For a limited time the DYYNI skirt is on sale, so get yours now!

Here's the Etsy Shop Link and the discount code is DYYNILAUNCH25.