Monthly Archives: July 2014

Linky Thursday

You know what’s better than one sundress? Two (in one)! Learn how to make a reversible tunic for your little girl here.

A good excuse to use those wild GirlCharlee prints – easy to wear and sew summer shorts!

Go back to school in style when you carry a pretty covered notebook.

Gearing up for fall sewing can also mean making a new bag. Why not try the Not So Big Messenger – the perfect sized purse for fall.

Have no fear taking your favorite necklaces with you when you go out of town, this eight-pocket traveling jewelry pouch will keep all your baubles from getting tangled.

Learn how to make 4 yards of 1/2″ double fold bias tape from just one fat quarter!

Make yourself the perfect summer skirt in under an hour…. plus it has pockets!

Protect your laptop when you travel with a pretty, padded bag.

If you’ve purchased a pair of yoga pants from VS recently, you probably have noticed a very nice feature – a secret pocket waistband. Learn how to add this to your shortsyoga pants this season.

Create a sexy halter wrap that perfect for the beach or pool – without sewing a stitch!

This aptly named, it can carry just about everything!

Explorer Hoodie

07-hoodie1For the past two days I’ve been showing you the patterns that I made up from the latest Pattern Anthology collection, Make Believe… and today I have a third: The Explorer Hoodie! This jacket sports a front pocket and hood (there’s a ruffled version for the girls), two half-zipper options (angled or straight) with an optional tab. Although the main body of this hoodie should be made in a stretch, the bands of the cuff, hem, and hoodie can be made with a woven for endless options.

Since it’s been an unseasonably chilly summer around here, I thought I would make my Explorer Hoodie in jersey so that Easton can wear it as a long sleeved shirt. I used a white for the main body and hood, a striped cotton (you may recognize the print from my recent Cake Tee) for the pocket, hood band, and cuffs, and a solid, coordinating green for the sleeves. The result? A quick to sew, fun to wear style that’s going to be a “go-to” when school starts in a month!

One suggestion if you opt to use a thin knit such as the jersey that I sewed with, be sure to add a bit of knit interfacing in the area that you plan to insert your zipper. I think you’ll find that you’ll have a much easier time installing your zipper and have more professional results by doing this. Otherwise, I think you’ll find construction of this jacket sews very much like any other shirt and should come together without a hitch!

Since tomorrow is Linky Thursday, I’ll be rounding out the collection with my version of the Imagine Jacket on Friday. In the mean time, be sure to check out how I made up the Adventure Tee and Bookworm Button-up!

Bookworm Button-Up

07-bookwork1Yesterday I shared one of the latest designs from the Pattern Anthology Make Believe Collection, the Adventure Tee. Today, I’d like to show you another one – the Bookworm Button-up!

This is another unisex pattern that has several different design options for pockets, sleeves, and hems. It also has some great features such as a back yoke (perfect for contrast fabrics), button placket, a collar with stand that, when completed, has a professional looking finish on the inside of your garment. Even if you’ve never made a shirt like this before, the instructions and photos were very helpful at guiding you through the construction process. The fit was spot on as well – this design works well stand-alone or with a tee underneath (I’m thinking we need a simple version of the Adventure Tee next time).

07-bookworm2Even though the name says “Bookworm”, I think our finished shirt says anything but! Easton and I collaborated on this one and selected a fun, flame print (I will admit, I buy this material a lot when I am at the store, I’ve found so many uses for this fabric) for the lower pockets, placket, collar, and back yoke giving it a retro rock & roll vibe (or something Guy Fieri might wear). This has easily become his favorite shirt to wear and I see lots of miles coming out of this pattern.

Be sure to check out all the patterns available in this package (along with the fun Make Believe e-book full of patterns and activities you can do with your kids) and then come back tomorrow and see what we sewed up next!

Presenting the Adventure Tee

07-tee1Even though my sewing pace may seem a it slow, I’ve been up to some very fun projects behind the scenes. This morning Pattern Anthology launches their new collection, Make Believe, and I am thrilled to share the patterns that I sewed up to test this grouping!

Today I’m showing you my version of the Adventure Tee. This pattern has lots of options (several sleeve styles, 2 different hemlines, button placket, and a zippered pocket just to name a few) – I chose a design that incorporated a looser fit and higher neckline, placket front, rolled sleeve, and pocket then paired it up with a ‘boy-ish’ stripe and a white jersey for a bit of contrast. Not only did the end result look great, but went together quickly as well… but of course, the true test is how much my son loved the shirt. I can definitely see more of these crossing my sewing table.

For a glance of all the patterns available in Make Believe, be sure to check out the look book below and check back all this week for my version of the collection:

Prices for this group has 3 options: Just the Make Believe Collection is $19.95. Adding the optional (ebook) activity book + collection, $24.95. You can also add the 4 previously released pants pattern to your ebook and collection for only $34.95.

Skinnies Mock-Up #2

07-skinniestestThe second muslin for the Jocole Skinnies went much better…. I could actually get this pair easily over my hips! Going up one size helped tremendously as well as using a material that had a bit of stretch to it as well (ignore the clown stripes).

Even though I hadn’t attached the waistband in this photo, the most noticeable issue with this pair is the gaposis in the back – it will need a pretty substantial dart to fix this issue. The legs are also not quite as skinny as I would like, so I think I’ll try taking in 1/4″ on each leg to start with and go from there. The third, and not surprising finding: I am a petite sizing. I went ahead and cut the regular length and wound up tucking in several inches in the photo to get them to the correct length.

Linky Thursday

Keep the sun out of your eyes and look fashionable doing it with this fun, floppy fedora (now try to say that 10 times real fast).

In a little over a month, kids will be heading back to school, get ready for them to start in style with a fun little backpack. Pair it up with a cute little pencil case and you’ve got yourself a great set!

Need something for yourself to carry? How about this fold over messenger? It has the same vibe as today’s Sew4Home Tutorial: The Fold Over Purse.

You may have noticed that Christmas has arrived in stores. Get a jump start on your holiday sewing with an Anthropology inspired deer pillow.

Transform a long sleeve shirt into an adorable retro Halterneck Top.

I know that this is labeled as an ‘organizer basket’, but it looks like a cute little tote to me. This would definitely make a great gift for the crafter in you life.

Have an upcoming vacation? Make sure you can identify your luggage. Make a pretty, personalized luggage tag!

It seems like summer brings lots of scrapes and cuts. Never leave home unprepared when you carry around this portable first-aid kit.

I love pouches, but don’t always remember what I’ve stored on them. These vinyl versions aren’t just cute, you always know what’s inside!

This may be one of the cutest quilt blocks I’ve seen – Undies! Pair it up with this bra template and you’ve got a spicy little quilt!

And The Winner Is…

Did you win a copy of the book, Craft It Now? Be sure to check this post to see if you were the winner! Didn’t win this time? No worries, we’ll have another giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, what’s on your sewing machine? I’m gearing up to make a second pair of Skinny Pants…. although I have to admit, all the Comino Cap TopDresses that are popping up makes me want to give this pattern a try (I also want some of that awesome sprinkle jersey fabric, too)!



Skinny Pants

07-skinnies1I was very excited to get started on my Jocole Skinny Pants, but like any pant pattern, you need to make a muslin…. The photo on the the left shows you why…. YIKES those are some tight pants!

I will say there is absolutely no stretch to the material I used for this muslin, but I’m not sure that would help. I believe it’s time to go back to the drawing board on this one and retrace the next size up to see what I get. I also think I’ll try a bit longer length (this is the 18″ ‘clam digger’ size) and go with the capri style.

I’m really hoping that I get the kinks worked out on this pattern – it seems like a pattern that is very comfortable to wear and sews up very quickly!

McCall Pullover

07-mccallI hope everyone had a fantastic, long, holiday weekend! We filled ours with lots of food and fireworks – and surprisingly, rest! It was very relaxing, although somewhat unproductive in the sewing department. I did, however, get started on McCall 6702.

I’ve had plans to sew this particular pattern up since last fall, but never got around to sewing it until now. I was really attracted to the detailing in the back and was really excited to see it come together. I used a beautiful stretch shirting from Gorgeous Fabrics and it’s behaved very well (although it wrinkles like mad).

All I have left to do is attach the collar and finish the sleeves then I can wear this one out! Now I need to get to work on the Jocole Skinny Pants – I think this would make a fabulous ensemble!

Linky Thursday

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the book, Craft It Now!

Pretty hardware and a great bag shape make up Sew Sweetness’ latest bag pattern, the Brookfield.

Pretty sequin fabric doesn’t just have to be reserved for night time. Elle Apparel shows you how to make a sparkly pencil skirt that’s perfect for day wear, too.

Sewing up a pretty faux wrap tulip skirt couldn’t be any easier.

Let’s face it, so many boy patterns are so ‘generic’. This herringbone short tutorial is anything but!

Remember Mary Poppins’ bag – the one that was so big everything fit inside? The Expanding Nautical bag reminds me of hers (because everything you need fits inside)… and it’s perfect for the beach or pool!

Not only does this maxi dress have a flattering halter style neckline (note: the pattern is for a size M only), but it’s a woven too – perfect for those who don’t like sewing knits!

Love those zipper tape roses, but hate all the hand sewing. Learn how to use your sewing machine to make these pretty accents! Looking for a little something different to use up those zippers? How about this funky zippered bracelet?

I’m a sucker for macaroons. Not only are these pretty to look at, but they’re calorie free.

Is it hot where you’re at yet (we’re experiencing quite the cool summer – it was only 78 yesterday… in July!)? If so, you’ll definitely want to whip up one of these fun summer tanks (size small only).

The Gathered Summer skirt has 3 layers of fabric and an elastic waistband – pretty and comfortable!

You don’t need fancy hardware to make up this bag. In fact, skip the cording and you might have all the materials you need on hand to make this one up!