Mystery Challenge: The Circus!

I’m in a group on Facebook with some fantastic crafty bloggers, and Stephanie of Swoodson Says came up with an idea to add some interaction to the group by way of a mystery challenge. Each blogger received a partner who would come up with the other bloggers challenge or theme for a post.  My partner is Jessica of Make Me Crafty and today is the day of the big reveal.  Her exact message to me was:

“My mystery challenge for you is–The Circus! Think big top, elephants, lion tamers, trapeze artists, clowns, whatever else comes to mind when you think circus!
Have fuuuun :)
-Jessica”
Let it be known that I am a total kid at heart, so the first thing that came to mind was.

Now I probably have that silly song stuck in your head. Your welcome.

Next thought was ringmaster!

Ringmaster Jacket

photo from ebay

That’s a smoking jacket there, but the only red fabric I have that could pull that off is some lovely wool from Mood, so you know Boogie wasn’t getting that!!!

Then I went to the stash to see if something screamed circus.  I found a piece of knit fabric that had cream and reddish-orange stripes.  A dress that represents the big top maybe?

Red and White Stripes

I really wanted to do Figgy’s Eos for it because it has that a-line shape that gives me that tent feel.  The fabric is unfortunately not a stable knit, so I would have to jump through many rings of fire to get that to work.  Maybe a skater dress? Nah to plain.  Plus Boogie isn’t feeling too well, so an extensive photo shoot to pull off a dress like that for the theme was out of the question.

I thought about making a raglan shirt with the sleeves being made in the big top stripes, and doing some animal style appliqué or fabric painting on the front.  This would be great if I had a baby or toddler, but probably not cool for someone going to middle school in September.  I was seriously at a lost because I was trying to do a garment that was: #1 age appropriate for somebody that is almost 11, and #2 an actual addition to her wardrobe and not something that will just be worn once.

Finally the light bulb went off and I decided to go back to my drawing roots.  Using a stencil, I made her white tiger shoes!

tiger stencilThis is just regular ole printer paper.  Some people use wax paper for stencils I think.

2014-04-13 15.07.21Looks like the tiger is getting acupuncture!  I kept the stencil in place with my fine needles.

TADA!!!

White tiger canvas shoes-http://www.shawntasews.com

White Tiger Canvas Shoes- http:://www.shawntasews.com

Kinda proud of my little craft project since I’m not the craftiest person in the world.  I make clothes, knit, and draw, but you’re not getting Mona Lisa replicas out of buttons or toilet paper roll art out of me.  Boogie is currently coordinating what day she’s going to wear these and with what outfit.  I’ll let you know what she decides ;)

Please click over and check out everyone else’s themes and projects! I am really excited to see what everyone else made.

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Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says

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Essential Greenstyle Wardrobe Blog Tour Day 3!!!

Did you know Wednesday is my favorite day?  No? Now you do!  I was born on a Wednesday, so that makes it special, plus now you got the hump day camel.  What other day has a mascot?!
It’s been an awesome week so far with Stephanie of Swoodson Says and Alyssa of Keep Calm and Carrion.  Hopefully I can keep that momentum going as this is my first blog tour!!!  I also want to extend a big ole howdy to all the new faces to my blog.
Greenstyle Collage
I’m trying to be good and only sew things that will go with something else I already have.  I can get distracted by fabric With the RTW fast and MeMadeMay 14 on the horizon I really need to get my wardrobe in gear.  Greenstyle Creations to the rescue!  I made 5 pieces for the tour that all work together using the colors navy, cream, and grey.  I think navy is becoming my favorite color.  I have no idea when that happened, but now I have a lot of it.
Amy Maxi
First off is this awesome Amy Maxi Skirt.  I’m so glad the maxi trend hasn’t gone anywhere! They are the ultimate in style, coverage, and comfort.  This gorgeous fabric was generously donated by The Fabric Fairy!  Imagine the softest thing you have ever touched in your life…..you got it?  Ok that is what this bamboo/lycra stuff feels like.  You know that part in Despicable Me where Agnes gets the unicorn from the fair and she says ‘He’s so fluffy I’m going to die!” Yeah that’s how I felt.   Ok enough drooling over fabric drool over the matching of my stripes! :)
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The Amy has instructions and guidelines to make a chevron  skirt option as well.  I made mine in a size medium at the waist that gradually went out to an XL.  I could have went down to a small in the waist due to my band not have as much recovery, but its super comfy and will be worn a lot.
I have paired my good friend Amy with a grey Lacy and and cream Centerfield Raglan.  I can probably make those raglans in my sleep now.  I chose a short sleeve as that’s the only sleeve length I haven’t made yet.  You can see my other versions here.   The Lacy is a cute top with lots of options.  Every time I make a shirt my husband says I should make one that has the sides open or a hem sloped like the Lacy so the back doesn’t get jacked up on my booty.  I just look at him most of the time and go on about my business.  I almost modified the Lacy to be a straight hem tank, but I decided since it’s already here let me give him what he likes.  He’s probably just trying to make sure my booty is covered. ;)
I made a little twist and turned the Centerfield Raglan  into a dress.  I added on about 14″ to the bottom of the top which was too much, then I hacked off too much so now it might be a little short.  No worries I can always pair it with some leggings.
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The final piece is the Aspens!  I was a little nervous about these as I am a card carry member of the skinny jeans club.  What do you think?  I slimmed the flare down a little bit because the rest of me isn’t as big as my hips which is the measurement you go by in these.  They really are growing on me especially with heels.
Greenstyle Aspens
There you have it! My new wardrobe pieces that I believe will serve me well.  Tomorrow the supermodel of our group, Becca is up.  Her photography is always fabulous so you guys are in for a treat.  In the meantime, you can enter to win some fabulous prizes!
Thank you to all of the sponsors of the Essential Greenstyle Wardrobe Blog Tour:
And our wonderful bloggers!  Please visit their blogs this week to see their Greenstyle Creations:
April 7, 2014 Swoodson Says
April 8, 2014 Keep Calm and Carrion
 April 9, 2014 Shawnta Sews
April 10, 2014 Becca Duval Photography
April 11, 2014 Blogs Like A Mother

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Pattern Review & Giveaway!: Here Comes the Soleil

“Here comes the sun (du dn du du)
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright

Little darling
Its been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It seems like years since its been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
And I say
Its alright”-George Harrison

My dad was a big Beatles fan.  My mom told me he cried when John Lennon was killed.  I can dig it.  The sun hasn’t been shining much around here yet, but I can feel it on the horizon.  Actually the little weather app on my phone tells me it coming too. ;)

I don’t know about you but I’m sure ready for a bit of sunshine, so I’ve been sewing a little bit of it here and there.  I got the privilege to test Selvage Designs Soleil Dress, a knit dress, which features a cool open back and the one thing most kids can’t be without…pockets!!

Soleil Collage

From the designer:

SOLEIL is a sun-loving, sleeveless, knit dress with contrast ribbing (or stretch knit) around the neck, armholes, back opening and pockets. It features a fun cutout on the back, exposed pockets on the front and a gathered (but not tooo gathered) skirt. A closed-back option is also included for more school-/church-appropriate wear.

SOLEIL comes in sizes 12 months through 12, and the waist is tapered in sizes 5 and up to prevent gaping at the back opening.

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I got the fabric from one of my favorite remnant Etsy shops…don’t go buying up everything and make me regret I shared it with ya!  The jersey is a little on the thin side so the dress has a fully lined bodice front and skirt.  I just cut out lining like I did the main fabric and treated them as one piece as I sewed the dress together.

SAM_0570The show stopper design feature of course is the open back, but there is the option of a closed back.  The pdf itself is very well written and drifted. The Soleil is a layered pdf which is one of my favorite features that I wish all designers would do.  That means if you only want the size 8 you can print it so the size 8 lines are the only ones you see.  Need to blend sizes?  With a click, you can add the 7 or the 10 and have only what you need to grade between sizes.  Lauren’s illustrations are not just pictures taken during construction, but schematic diagrams, like something you would see in the Big 4 patterns except she gives you one for practically every step. I’m the person that always flips to the back of the pattern to see the line drawing first before I judge whether I like a pattern or not so this style of illustration really appealed to me.   Brooklyn has declared this the comfiest dress ever.  I’m sure to see a lot of it this Spring/Summer.

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Want to win your own copy of the Soleil Dress pattern? Of course you do!!!  About as unlucky as I am at winning stuff? Have no fear a coupon is here! From now until Sunday, April 11 at 11:59 use code soleilrelease2 for $2 off the Soleil Dress Pattern.
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Perfect Pattern Parcel #2: A Tale of 2 H’s

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 is here!

What’s Perfect Pattern Parcel? In a nutshell 5 indie designers bundle 5 of their patterns and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. Here’s the kicker: you set the price!  I purchased Parcel #1 that included many well-known women patterns.  This time it’s all sugar and spice and everything nice to sew a pretty spring wardrobe for your little girl.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight GrainHosh Pants by LoubeeClothingCelestial Tee by Figgy’sSeptember Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns,and Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations. BONUS Pattern!!! Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie

I decided to make up Hosh and Hanami for fresh Spring outfit.  Hosh and Hanami

The weather has been very Spring like as in rainy and cloudy :) Sorry for the not so great pictures, but hey the rain turns the grass back green and helps the flowers bud.  So why not help the process along than with some sunshine bright floral pants?  The fabric is a stretch peach skin twill that I’ve had in the stash a while.  What’s so great about the Hosh pattern is that it only has the inseam, so it lends itself perfect for crazy prints that would be a beast to line up.  I’ve actually had it in my collection for a while, but a bigger size has been added just in time for PPP#2.  Now it goes up to size six!  I know what your thinking….Boogie is almost 11.  That’s why we sew my dear!  I slashed and spread the living day lights out of this pattern, but it was all worth it.

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Hanami is a sweet little pattern with many options.  I made the peplum style top with tulip flutter sleeves out of a white eyelet.

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While I was fine tuning the fitting I remembered that I had not put a tag in it.  ”Don’t!” Boogie shirked.  I asked her why and she said “No one will believe my that you made it if it has a tag in it!”  She knows all the right things to say. :)
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Here is some more info about Pattern Parcel:

About Parcel #2:
Sugar, spice, and everything nice, Pattern Parcel #2 includes sewing patterns for a little girl’s essential spring wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if your style is traditional or more modern. Each of these patterns can be sewn up to suit your tastes.
 
About PPP:
Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker driven by data analytics , and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children’s education.
 
Choose your price:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we’re going to allow them to show their support for independent designers in naming their own price for each Parcel.
 
Support Indie Designers:
Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they’re thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.
 
About Donors Choose:
Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education.
 
Introducing… the BONUS pattern:
Choose a price of $24 or greater for Parcel #2 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Prefontaine Shorts for Kids by Made with Moxie. These shorts are designed to fit like 1970′s running shorts. They’ve got a retro trim, loads of pockets, and are so comfortable you children won’t want to take them off.
Don’t forget the patterns are only available in this bundle for two weeks, so get yours from now to April 18th!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

Want more inspiration? Check out these fabulous bloggers over the next few weeks to see what lovely makes pop up from the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2.

P comme PlimplimCailaMade,While she was sleepingYoSaMistitched togetherSew Like My MomMarina Bebelexi.madesewVeryCall AjaireI Married SupermanGirl like the seaStitchedCompagnie MBuzzmillsfloating worldfake it while you make itSewing Mama RaeAnnaOur Chez NousNeurosesGaloreBehind the HedgerowNeedle and TedKadiddlehopper2 little hooligansMax-California.comSiestas & SewingSo Cal Sewing Momlauren dahlgang à NatFrancesSuzanneRadiant Home StudioModern HandmadeA Jennuine LifeIt’s Always Autumnlea & larsI Seam StressedSo, Zo… What do you know?Andrea’s NotebookSteph SkardalNutta!SewponyMade With Moxieimagine gnatsInder Loves Folk ArtPienkel

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DIY Bow-Back Leggings Tutorial

DIY Bow Back Leggings

Bows!

They’re cute, instant girly, but not over the top like ruffles can be.  In one of the Facebook sewing groups I’m apart of, a member asked for someone to design a pattern for leggings with bows in the back to mimic some she saw in a shop.  The request got my wheels turning, and I figured out one way you can make your own bow back leggings.
First thing you need is a trusty leggings pattern. The easiest way to do this is to get a pattern that has separate front and backs like Figgy’s Sunki. You can make yourself a free pattern by copying a pair of RTW leggings as Mimi G demonstrates, or there are a few free patterns on Craftsy. Most commercial legging patterns and that youtube tutorial are one piece that combines the front and back. This is great for matching patterns and designs, but we are going to need to do some surgery to add the bows.

Establish the middle of your pattern and draw a line from top to bottom dividing it in two halves. Cut along the line.Dividing Pattern Collage

Add your seam allowances to both sides. You want to go with at least 3/8″ to make sure you catch all the layers. Mine are 1/2″ here.

Choose a stretchy fabric. Some fabrics become sheer when stretched, so make sure your fabric has a good amount of opacity. The stripe I’m using today comes from the Doodles line at Joanns, but it is no longer available.  Cut your two backs and two fronts with your fabric right sides together.  Grain line is always important, but the more pieces you have the more you want to make sure all your pieces are on the straight of grain.  You don’t want twisty legs!

Now determine the size of your bow. Measure across the bottom of the back pattern piece where you are going to place the bow. This will be the width of your bow. Mine is 4.5″. How tall you want your bow will be up to you. Make sure to include seam allowances.  So 3″ for the bow + 1/2″ for seam allowance (1/4 for each side) for example. The bow middle is 2″x2″. I think that is a good reference point for most bows. Smaller than that and it will be a little difficult to turn right side out, but the stretch of the material will help. Cut out two bow pieces and two middle pieces.

Fold the long sides right side together. Press and sew. Do the same for the bow middle pieces. Turn the bow right side out and place the seam in the middle. Press.

Do the same to the middle pieces, but you also need to fold them right sides together(the seam line will be facing you)and stitch the short ends together. Turn right side out.

Pinch the bow together like a fan and pull the middle piece onto the bow. A bodkin is very helpful for this.

Making A Bow Collage

TADA you have a bow! Do it all again for the other one. :)

Now figure out your bow placement by determining how far up the leg you want the bow to be plus the hem. Mine is 2″.

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Pin the bow in place and sew your front and back together, so it looks like the original pattern piece before we got scissor happy. Do the same for the other piece.
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At this point, you can follow the directions of the original pattern. They usually have you sew both front and back rises together, next the inseam, and finally attach your elastic. Turn them inside out and admire how cute they are!

Bow Leggings Completed

Now don’t be a dunce like me and think you put the bows on wrong if one of them flips to the front. In fact flip them over to the front sometimes. You might love them even more that way! ;)

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Have any questions? Please feel free to ask.  If you decide to bow-a-fy some leggings, please come back and share!

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Casual Cool: Greenstyle Centerfield Raglan

greenstyle, centerfield raglan, raglan

 

Haaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!

When’s the last time you’ve seen my mug around these parts with something that I’ve made for ME?!  I’ve managed to be a good girl on the RTW fast front so fair, and have not bought a single thing for myself.  I may have substituted clothes buying with makeup, but even that has not been so bad.  I was really needing to add some basics to my wardrobe, so I was elated when I got to test the Centerfield Raglan.  Raglan style shirts are all over the  place and a wardrobe staple in my opinion.  There are a few raglan style patterns out there, but I double dog dare you to find one that gives you all the options that the Greenstyle Centerfield Raglan gives you.

  • Regular neckline
  • Scoop neckline * both of mine are scoop neck
  • Long Sleeves (three different cut lines for the long)
  • Cuffs for the long sleeve versions
  • 3/4 sleeve
  • Short sleeve
  • Ruched sleeves
  • Oval and Heart elbow patch shapes
  • Straight hemline *straight on both pictured here
  • Curved hemline
  • Side ruching

Plus sizes xxs to 3xl all on one pattern.  I made the large for both shirts based on my measurements and the fit was spot on with no adjustments.  If you’re looking for a raglan style tee to make your own this is the one to get in my opinion.

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The first one uses some striped cotton jersey mix that I’ve had in the stash since November 2012.  I love Etsy for the records it keeps!  I can’t place were I got the brown from but they match perfectly together.

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Was a back shot necessary? No. But it shows how perfectly I matched up those strips on the sleeve seams! :)

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The second shirt has a little more flexibility by keeping the options simple.  It is made out of a slubbed jersey that is more on the slinky side in feel, but not a lot of stretch.   I used the remnant as a head wrap to jazz up my overall look a little.

I’m going to put all my cards on the table here and let you know I am afraid of my serger. It seems like a sewing Greek god.  A temperamental beast of a machine with the power to ruin your sewing and make it ten times better.  In the past,  I have sewn then serge because I am afraid of messing up the seam allowances, and serging off important bits because the fabric wasn’t completely in the clear.  Most of my makes look like this:

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Good ole dependable straight sewn seams with serged edges.  That makes for extra steps and time that is not necessary for simple knit shirts, especially with secure 4 thread overlock capabilities.  I’m proud to say that both of these shirts were completely put together with the serger.  Doing them completely on the serger  I’d say these shirts took maybe an hour each.  The most time-consuming part is fabric choice and what options you are going to use.  In actuality,  my serger is awesome and still tries to do what I want it to do even when I do stupid stuff like thread it wrong.  So I’m going to ride this wave of good feelings and try to do more with my serger than just making my edges pretty.

Got any sewing fears you have recently conquered?  Do any unnecessary steps for the sake of avoiding disaster?

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Sewing For Teens: The Parisian

When did I get a teenager?

About 12:46 yesterday afternoon to be exact.

The big 13!

I’m not stressed at all that 3 years from now, she could be driving, and in almost 6 years off to college.

Nope. Not stressed at all.

What is cool though is that she still lets me sew for her, which until recently I had no idea she would. She doesn’t make requests like the little one does, so with that quietness comes a little bit of neglect. I neglected to ask since she didn’t ask, and assumed she wouldn’t care for something handmade. The standard teenager uniform of t-shirt and jeans is what I thought she wanted. I asked can use her as a mannequin from time to time because it seems smaller sizes are hard for designers to find during the testing phase. At about 5’6, she fits most xs-s measurements. She just shrugged her shoulders in typical teenager fashion.

Recently I got to test the Parisian top in her size.  It is apart of Pattern Anthology’s Just Add Jeans Collection.  Pattern Anthology is a design collaboration between; Shauna WightmanKate BlocherMelissa Mora and Andrea Pannell. Together they create cohesive pattern collections that they offer at a deep discount for a two week period.  Usually the patterns are for the kiddies, but this time it’s all about ladies.

pattern anthology, Parisian

The Parisian features a peter pan collar and gathered 3/4 length sleeves.  The main body is sized for knits, but you can get fancy and make the collar out of a woven fabric.  I can definitely see a cute lace collar, or the opportunity to use some cool quilters cotton prints that would not be suitable for an entire outfit.  I choose to keep it simple with only a contrasting collar, but you could opt for a different knit fabric on the hem band and sleeve cuffs.  I believe fabric choice is the #1 deal breaker with whether or not a teen is going to go for your make.  I showed her the pattern and told her to pick the fabric.  I think she made a good choice.

pattern anthology, parisian top

I was so surprised when she came out for me to take her to school the next day wearing the shirt!  Honestly I don’t know  why I was surprised.  It looks cute on her, so why wouldn’t she want to wear it?  This collection is made for her really.  Nice, simple, stylish tops with different design options to pair nicely with your favorite jeans.  You can now get the ParisianWild Flower TopDay Tripper and the City Girl Frock & Top together for $29.95 for the next 2 weeks.  That’s almost $7.50 a top which is a steal in the pdf pattern world.  I can see a Wild Flower or a City Girl Frock in Maddie’s not to distant future.

I guess I should prepare myself for prom dresses too.

Maybe we still have a little time :)

It’s good to know that while she may be getting older she’s still my sweet girl.

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Camo In Miniature

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One camo jacket finished, but not MY camo jacket.  Presenting the Desmond Jacket by Shwin Designs! Back in October when I made this jacket for Boogie a few family members that were due soon put in request.  Of course I had to top myself since these were gifts.  A simple pea coat just wouldn’t do.  I had wanted them to be baby shower gifts and I had more than enough time, but lo and behold baby #1 is already 4 months and baby #2 will be 2 months in a couple of weeks.  Obviously I needed to get baby #1′s done before it becomes dress up clothing for his big sister’s dolls.

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There are some cute little details on the Desmond.  It’s fully lined,  has welt pockets, a back yoke, and cuff tabs.  The camo fabric was purchased  last year when I first got the notion to make the jacket from Joanns.  Yup even though I had the camo fabric already in the stash I couldn’t risk not having a enough for whatever I wanted to make for me.:)  I lined it with flannel and hope it was a good decision.  I was thinking it would be nice for softness sake, but probably batiste would have been just as good without any fear of piling.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
With the over sized Lapel, back yoke, and hand warming pockets, this fully lined blazer styled jacket has subtle details that makes this jacket stand out. Since it is fully lined it can be made suitable for cooler weather or made from lightweight materials for everyday wear. A simple switch in the direction the jacket buttons and the style can be made for a boy or girl.
Pattern Sizing:
12-18 months to 10. I made the 12-18 months
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I love the little details like the welt pockets and back yoke.
Dislikes: I wish button placement was marked on the pattern.
Fabric Used:
Camo cotton twill.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the cuff tabs.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, and Yes
Conclusion:
Very cute little jacket with nice details. I would definitely make it again if the parents want another when he out grows this one. Very nice PDF pattern with clear pictures and instructions.

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The People Have Spoken!

Butterick 5926 it is!  I am going to do the short version with long sleeves.  Looks like March is going to be busy busy with jackets.  I’ve scanned the net and PR but only came up  with 2 reviews and couple of blog posts.  Seems like the collar and shoulder width are two points to focus on for a good fit.

My camo is Ziggi is progressing.  I have finally used the good wax tracing paper from A Fashionable Stitch.  Looks like the blue, white, and yellow are the only colors available at the moment.

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That’s just one of 8 sections cut out to give you an idea of the size.  Definitely worth the $10.  I also have the roll of chalk paper but that can be brushed away fairly easily.  Hopefully Monday I will have a muslin to show and possibly final fabric cut out.

I’ve also been working on my outdoor photography a bit.

KIMBO Can you believe he is only 5 months old?

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Filles à Maman’s Agathe & Théo Slouchy Pants

Recently I had the privilege of testing some adorable slouchy knit pants for Melanie of Filles à Maman, a new designer from Canada.

Filles a Maman Agathe & Theo Slouchy pants

This is a PDF pattern with very detailed photos for each step.  The pattern includes sizes from 12m to 14 years, which is an awesome size range.  It is geared for knit fabrics and Melanie gives you tips on picking the right one.  I used a thick knit that didn’t have a lot of stretch and rib knit for the cuffs and waistband.  I only had a remnant piece of this cool tribal print so I had to cut each piece out individually.  It took a little bit longer but made pattern matching much easier.

Agathe & Theo Pants

Besides the comfort that only a knit pant can bring you, Brook’s favorite feature is the nice roomy pockets.

Agathe & Theo pants modeled

My favorite feature is how fast these come together. :)  These took me two hours from tapping together the pdf to finish.  I had only wanted her to try them on in the morning and then we would do a nice photo shoot in the afternoon, but she had to wear them to school that day she loved them so much.

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Right now through the 28th you can get the Agathe & Théo Slouchy Pants for $7 in Melanie’s Etsy shop or if your feeling lucky,  Pattern Revolution currently has one up for grabs.

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