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 Craftsy.com: 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 change...my 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!

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Lane 2.0

Just before I was about to cut out my second Lane Raglan, I heard rumors that there was an update coming out.  I waited a week and was able to cut out the new and improved version!  I love the new contoured shoulder and bust areas.

I used some fabric I bought of one of the Facebook destash pages.  This paisley is a soft rayon spandex blend.  The black is a bamboo spandex from my stash.  I cut out a small, but it was too big.  This is probably because rayon blends tend to have a lot of stretch and drape.  I cut the blouse apart at the seamlines and cut it out again, this time as an x-small.  I made a few changes - narrowed in the neckline a bit at the sides, because rayon grows.  I took a 1/2 inch length from the bodice and 1 inch from the sleeves.  I hemmed the sleeves and bodice with my coverstitch machine.

This time I made the curved hemline.  The rayon is not the most forgiving fabric on the body, but it's super super comfortable!  I could wear this blouse to bed it's so soft!

Ugh!  I need to go jeans shopping.  These are clearly too big...just haven't gotten around to it.  I really didn't expect to lose so much weight from getting off sugar.

The Little Zinnia

Let me tell you a story about the teal linen that grew up and became a Zinnia: this linen was born in LA and had hopes of being made into something beautiful.  One August day, I walked into the linen shop and forked over 20 bucks, and the linen was mine. The linen got scrunched in the trunk of my old Buick with all my other fabric and camping crap and rode all the way to its new home in South Carolina.  There it sat patiently, waiting for the day that my sharp Ginghers would cut it into a flowy dirndl.

Well, illness came and went and then I got a job and worked full-time and didn't feel like sewing much.  Until one autumn day, I pulled the linen out of my stash and decided this would be the month that I made a Zinnia.  I cut and sewed and pressed until the the linen started to take shape.  I held it up to my waist to check the fit, and what do you know, the skirt was too small!  I was shocked!  I had measured twice, so how come it was too small? But a few days later, I found out there was a little fishy growing inside me, so the linen got tossed in the UFO pile.

Eighteen months passed and I brought out the skirt again, but this time it fit!  I cut and sewed and pressed a little more and garnished the linen with a button until it became a beautiful Zinnia.  

---and I'm soooo glad that I finally get to wear it!

I wear summer stuff year round in sub-tropical Charleston, so even though it's technically winter here, I'm sure my Zinnia will fit right in.  I searched and searched for the perfect pattern to pair with this chambray-esque linen.  I love Zinnia's perfectly proportioned pleats.

I cut out an 8 waistband then freaked out when I held it up to my waist and it didn't fit around me.  So, I cut out a 12 throughout, which ended up being huge and I had to take it in at the sides and the back.  (I found out later that a lot of reviewers said that the waistband was about 2 inches to small, so now this makes sense.)

This pattern was really easy to whip out.  This pattern in a linen is TO - DIE - FOR!  Love it!  Linen is such a joy to sew with.  It gives you such crisp seams and I love the texture and the old world look to it.

I see more Zinnias in my future!