Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sweet Tee ~ Patterns for Pirates

I made the Sweet Tee by Patterns for Pirates out of this sweet Art Gallery Knit.  This may look like a summery top but it's perfect for a Carolina fall! I brought up the sleeve edge and the neckline a 1/4".  I really like that the armband can be flipped up.

This top was a super easy sew, especially with the help of my coverstitch for finishing the bodice edge.  You'll definitely see a few more from me this fall.

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The Sunshine Dress ~ Patterns for Pirates

I made another Patterns for Pirates pattern up a few weeks ago, it's the Sunshine Dress.  (Feel free to order yours with my affiliate link, no pressure.)  I love the crossover bodice so I decided to do a bunch of alterations to make it work for me.  It did not come with sleeves so I had to add those.  I bought the Boundless Knit Dress, too, just so I could use the sleeves from it.  That was dumb because the armscye was different and the sleeve still required some drafting that I could have done all on my own without the pattern if I hadn't been afraid to cut into my pretty pattern without a TNT sized sleeve pattern.  So I really wish they had produced the pattern with a sleeve option - but I had looked around and couldn't find what I wanted elsewhere so I decided to perform a 'mash up' as they say it, to the Sunshine Dress.

I did a 1/2" small bust adjustment and cut out a small up top and graded out to a large in the waist.  I also added a modesty panel behind the bodice.

I used a lightweight poly/lycra knit that I bought off a destash FB page a couple months ago.  The pattern was not completely on-grain.  This drove me a bit crazy as I couldn't decide how to cut the pattern out.  The lovely FB ladies in the P4P group said to cut the pattern on-print (and subsequently a little off-grain) so my print would line up pretty (for the most part).

I thought my fabric had 50% stretch, but I might have been stretching it a little bit... ha ha - get it?  I'm thinking it probably has 40-45% stretch.  I adjusted the seam allowances to about 3/8" so I'd have a little more room to play with and it worked beautifully.  I was too lazy to unpick the neckband and attach a longer one because I think it looks fine and only I can tell it's too short.  I'm still debating on if I should cut out a larger size for my next dress (Art Gallery Knit) or leave it the same.  There is some pulling at the side seams where the gathers attach and it ends up looking a bit stretched there.  I may try putting elastic there next time to help with that.

I used the strapless bodice from the Boundless to fashion my own modesty panel.  It was way to low for my liking, so I added like 1 1/2" inches to the height.  The black jersey I used was an ever-so-stretchy bamboo/rayon/lycra.  I took out a bunch of width in the center but it still gapes if I move. :(

I'm satisfied with this dress.  The fabric was inexpensive and it was a good experiment.  I'm not loving the polyester content yet - today's high was 92 degrees - but I'm sure once fall rolls around I will be wearing it more.  One nice plus, is it is super comfy and I've even worn it to bed!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peg Legs ~ Patterns for Pirates

Let me start off by saying I was extremely skeptical of this pattern.  I thought maybe all the hype was just a fluke or a trend of sorts.  But the evidence is clear: this the best looking pair of handmade leggings ever to to be had on my legs!  The pattern is Peg Legs by Patterns for Pirates.  I decided it was high time I had some more workout clothing and this is, hopefully, my first pair of many.

Sorry - no hubs available for pics today.

I participate in a 'mom group' of sorts, called Hike it Baby.  The purpose of Hike it Baby is to get families outside, enjoying nature in hikes and urban strolls.  (P.S. - this group is nationwide.  You should totally check it out!)  It saved my sanity this summer!  I require more adult interact than a lot of moms and am happiest when I get out of the house daily.  I love getting out in nature but I detest the summer heat in Charleston, so HiB was my motivator to get out and brave the heat.

Wearing a workout outfit more than once before laundry day is a total no-go, so I'm grateful for these new capris in Brushed Poly from Zenith and Quasar (which I purchased on the swap page).  I normally hate poly/spandex, but this has wicking properties and is soft and comfortable.

I lengthened the top of the front rise by 3/4" and shortened the capris by about 1 1/2".  I pulled my shirt up so you can see just where it falls on me.  I sewed everything at a 1/4" seam allowance.  I'm super pleased with where the waistband falls and it's the perfect size and I AM IN LOVE, guys!!  Join their Facebook page and you will find the amazing promotion going on with these Peg Legs that I can't talk about here.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Playgroup Romper ~ by Fresh Stitch Patterns

I recently pattern tested the Playgroup Romper by Fresh Stitch Patterns, which was released today, yay!  It is also on sale, this week only, for $5.50 USD.  Big thanks to Kylie, for letting me test your pattern!  I really enjoyed being a part of the process and having the motivation to finish my project on time.

The pattern is sized very well.  I love how quick and easy it came together.  If you're looking for an easy baby to toddler pattern that is cute and polished and is such an easy sew you will *actually finish it*....look no further! 

This was my second version:

I used a Joel Dewberry print leftover from Serenity's baby quilt.  The aqua print is from Joann's.  I used a little aqua pom-pom trim.  I added some pintucks because the bodice was rather plain and it needed something to balance out the loud floral print.  This second romper is made in the 9-12 month size and I think it will be perfect for growing into.

Now that she's walking, it's getting increasingly difficult to photograph Serenity.  This little lady has her own agenda.  You've got to be really quick with that button!

I don't think my husband will ever stop complaining about taking pictures for my blog.  Oh, the sighing.  He silently concedes to one more picture but his eyes say, "Why does this woman need so many pictures of the SAME thing?" But then, look! The little lady flashes us a smile with her eyes and a sweet grin and he is in love!  Maybe he won't give me such a hard time next time, lol.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Birthday PJs *cute baby warning*

My baby has transformed from little fishy to infant, baby and now toddler! She recently turned 1 year old.  We have loved having a baby this past year.  She has brought so much joy to our family!

To celebrate, I made her this pair of pajamas.  I guess they could work for every day clothes - maybe - but I'm a little pink-phobic so I like to reserve the all-pink outfits for night wear.

I used 2 FREE patterns that I found on A Raglan Tee for 18 months to 10 years old by Nap Time Creations and 18 month Toddler Leggings Pattern by Renee Sherwood.

I, of course, made alterations to these patterns...'cause that's what I do.  I wanted the raglan to be more feminine, so I redrew the sleeve seam line and made the sleeve more slender and skinnier.  I dropped the neckline in the front and back.  I used a 1 1/2" strip of ribbing (from a womens' thrift store tee - great place to find ribbing, by the way) instead of a 2" strip.  The neckband is done at 85% of the neckline.  The sleeves ended up being too small - oops! Even if the fit isn't great the outfit is still cute.

I cut the seam allowance on the leggings down to 1/4" because I think it's just too much work and waste to cut off later.  I made a full seat and full gut adjustment and added a little length to the top of the waist bc my baby is in cloth diapers and her fluff butt needs room!  I love, love the fit on the pants!

Kids knit clothes come together so quickly and I love these Art Gallery knits.  The Orni Incandescence print called to me every time I went to the store so I, like a bug to the light zapper, bought a yard and a half.  Gulp! And then it sat in my stash and I had no idea what to do with it because it is so loud.  Pajamas, folks.  It wanted to be made into pajamas, because it's at night that we show our wildest side!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Scoop Neck T-Shirt with an Invisible Neckband

I'm not really sure what to call the neckband thingy, but I ended up finding Made by Rae's tutorial that explained how to make the neckline I wanted.

This pattern is based off of Craftsy's Sewing with Knits class.  I made a striped knit t-shirt from this pattern a few years ago.  The fabric is a Joann's poly/cotton knit with minimal stretch, only 25-30%.  The fabric is a little see-through, so I lined the front bodice with very thin jersey fabric I bought in the LA Fabric District.  So glad it finally came in handy!  I also used that fabric for the neckband, 85% of the length of the neckline circumference.  The neckline is gapey.  Next time I'll try 80% length on the neckband.

I drafted a new neckline lower, for summer, and left a 1/4" seam allowance.  My neckband was 1" wide and I topstitched 3/8" from the edge.  I think it fits well, and I'm pleased with it.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Envelope Tee with Peplum

I made this top for my 9 month old last month.  She is SUCH a wiggles!  It is very hard to snap a photo of her sitting still.  The pattern I used was a free one, Small Dreamfactory 'Envelope neck long sleeve' pattern.

I took the pattern, hacked off the long sleeves and added a peplum.  The fabric I used was a remnant from an AG knit I used to make a nursing shirt with last summer.  I had the hardest time finding navy rib knit, so I took a tip from a lady online and bought a large thrift store shirt and cut it up.  I got the best of both worlds - being able to shop in person for my fabric and having a wide range of fabric (or t-shirts) to choose from.

For the peplum, I took the width of the shirt and nearly doubled it.  I serged with thin clear elastic in the seam that connected the peplum to the shirt.  This is a must!

I love the way it turned out, but I am noticing that she is already outgrowing the shirt in the tummy.  I might consider using rib knit for the body of the garment next time because it allows for more belly room.  My little girl seems to be taking a page out of my book as her narrow shoulders are the last thing to outgrow her shirts.  Maybe that will husband's family is known for their broad shoulders.

This little lady is getting to be so much fun! She loves to gab, chews on everything, crawls like a mad woman, and is a pro at taking toys from the dog.  Today she almost took a dive when she stood up in her high chair and tried to reach for the kitchen island. (Now we know the chair buckle is a necessity!)

I have a slight Art Gallery knit addiction. Their knits are soft and scrumptious!