Linky Thursday

If you’re still needing the perfect party dress, look no further than the Patsy

My favorite part about cold weather is all the layering possibilities. This circle vest is easy to wear and easier to sew. 

Looking for a festive table decoration that shows off your favorite holiday fabrics? This little tree is perfect! Want something similar that comes with a template (instead of drafting your own)? Try this version instead.

Like it or not, fanny packs are making a comeback. Here’s another version to give a try (you’ll need the code found in the Winter Wear Facebook group to get this one for free). 

Make a perfectly fitting skirt based on your measurements just by using this tutorial. 

This Uvita Top makes a great wardrobe staple. 

A lot of pouches have you sewing it up in the way that the top edges are “dented”. This tutorial teaches you how to make one with perfectly crisp corners. 

Hosting a Christmas party and need an apron that makes a statement? This one lights up!

This simple shirt might be too cool to wear now, but it sure will look adorable in the spring (website will probably need to be translated).

This Danish Star ornament is a great way to use of fabric scraps and looks fun to make too!

This laminated toiletries bag is different than most as it has a wrap around zipper. It would make a great holiday gift, too!

Remember those cute Christmas gnomes I shared a few weeks ago? Well now you can make a coordinating quilt block too

Visiting family over the holidays? This weekender bag is an adorable way to pack your clothes. 

Christmas Leggings – Pt. 2

Jalie’s Clara legging

So I may have figured out how to post photos… again. So as a follow up to yesterday’s post, here’s the accompanying picture. Both Clara leggings are currently un-hemmed until I’m ready to put the hems onto the coordinating Astoria as well.

Christmas Leggings

Early on I had mentioned that I wasn’t sewing for Christmas…. then changed my mind, bought fabric, and set to work on several pairs of leggings for my mom. Over the weekend, I finished them up… only to discover my blog writing format changed and now I can’t figure out how to post photos. So…. I’ll have to leave you hanging on how they look until I figure that out later on today. In the mean time, one gift down, one to go!

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With Christmas right around the corner, many independent pattern companies are running sales and freebies. Be sure to check out your favorites to see what they have to offer. In the mean time, here’s a couple of interesting ones for you to check out (FYI most of these require a code that is available in “Pinned” posts on their Facebook pages):

Patterns for Pirates has cut files perfect for pajamas, an infinity scarf with a hidden pocket, and a fun, holiday stocking hat.

Winter Wear Designs has their own cut files as well as a freebie legging pattern (with several design options) and sleeve pack that fits her patterns (there are free shirt patterns available too). 

Along with sales, Peek-a-Boo pattern shop has a quilted potholder tutorial up on their blog.

George & Ginger is doing some giveaways on their Facebook Page including a Singer Heavy Duty machine (ends today) and a copy of three new patterns that will be released soon.

Other non-pattern company freebies include:

Learning how to make a fabulous hoodie.

Change up your room’s decor with a modern floor cloth. (shameless plug)

Sewing up a bum bag\fanny pack.

Enter to win a 5 pattern bundle from DIY Fluffies.

This holly leaf bow tie is the perfect way to look festive at his next holiday party.

Stitch up a fur & fleece infinity scarf (and grab a hot cocoa recipe card too).

These faux fur pompom keychains would make great stocking stuffers. Don’t want a key chain? Make earrings instead.

 

Cutting

Yesterday I spent the entire day putting patterns together and cutting out fabric. Once I was done I realized that I probably had enough material left over to make something else, so why not cut some more?

So, I opted to make a tunic length, fitted Astoria (you can see my previous version here) with a cowl neckline. I went with the gray for the body with the “space dye” for the sides, cuffs, and neck – I’m really hoping these two work together well because they are very different fabric weights and can potentially hang oddly once they’re in the same garment. With that said, let the sewing begin!

Sewing for Christmas

Initially, I told myself that I wasn’t going to make Christmas gifts this year. Then, shopping happened. I realized what my mom needed most this year is just some new, comfy clothes to hang around the house in (most of what she owns is too large for her now, but she refuses to go out and buy anything new). While I purchased a few things, I’ve decided that she could use some leggings.

Joann’s usually has a decent selection of athletic knits, so I wound up picking a few to start with (FYI, check the website and the store prices – I discovered that they are not always the same. In this case, the website had the fabrics 60% off while the store was full price. I wound up going home, ordering online, and picking up the fabric the same day). My intention is to make her a few Clara Leggings and a tunic top or two that goes with them.

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There is a new tutorial up at Fluffmonger and this time, they’re ornaments!

I have a soft spot for gnomes. So, chances are, I’ll probably make at least one of these little Christmas versions. Love the look, but don’t want something that will sit on the shelf? This one is an ornament.

Whip up some cute produce bags, perfect for your next shopping trip (scroll to the bottom of the post for 3 more free projects available, like this great hair wrap).

Need a great teacher gift? Pair this Santa belt coffee wrap up with a gift card.

Get your mantle ready for Santa with these pretty quilted stockings.

Enter to win a large fat quarter bundle of By Hand by Amy Friend.

Don’t miss out on the fringe trend! Learn how to make this fashionable tote. Looking for something similar, but closes so you don’t lose your stuff? Check out this drawstring tutorial instead.

On Christmas Eve we always gift new pajamas. If you’re looking to make pair of your own (for your little one) then be sure to check out this Raglan Shirt and Bottoms pattern.

These are no ordinary in the hoop decorations… they’re adorable ornaments!

Men are usually so hard to sew for, but this Safari Bag would make the perfect present.

Learn how to transform your favorite sweatshirt with cowl neck into a funnel neck vest.

This little gingerbread man ornament is a fun little project for almost any age.

Who said circle skirts have to be made of cotton? This tutorial is made for wool.

Buffalo Plaid Leggings

I’ve been talking about making buffalo plaid leggings for weeks…. and now I finally have them! My original intention was to use Jalie’s Clara for the pattern. However, when I pulled it out, I discovered that I had lost a piece (the section to make the higher, solid waistband) and didn’t have the patience to print off the section I needed so I went with a good staple: Jalie 2920.  Thankfully, these did not turn out looking like pajama bottoms – my fear after cutting the fabric out.

For now I’m pairing it up with my black Mimosa, but I’m on the hunt for something that would have longer sleeves… I’m fairly certain that the Astoria is too much plaid overkill.

Trims

Well, the holiday is over and I am finally emerging from my turkey induced tryptophan coma. So, it’s back in the sewing room this week putting the final touches on a few “top secret projects”. Today’s involves embroidery and some fantastic trims!  Plus, this week you should see a new project up at WeAllSew that I’ve designed as well!

Whew! After all of this, I plan of finally tackling some of those personal projects I’ve been blabbing about for weeks. With the weather finally turning colder, I’m needing a few more winter weather clothes!