Saturday, November 28, 2015

craftingcon - my mini wonder woman

I have a mini Wonder Woman in my house!  She's got the attitude for sure ;)  Head over to CraftingCon and check out my post with all the details.

Jacket - Metallic denim from Joann's
Leggings - Upcycled legging fabric
Shirt - See this post
Shoes - Target

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

gracious threads: a new look blog tour

Jess from Gracious Threads is celebrating a New Look for her blog, and I get to celebrate too (who doesn't love a good party!) by creating a new look from two of her patterns - the Raindrop Tee and the Lazy Days Lounge Pants!

If you want to pick up your own copy of any of the Gracious Threads patterns, head over to the store and enter the code "ANEWLOOK" at checkout to get 40% off!

The first pattern I chose (yes, I did receive them for free for being part of the blog tour!) was the Raindrop tee.  The pattern (if sewn as is, which you know I never do) is a 3/4 sleeve fited tee with a scoop neck and a high-low hem.  I kept the scoop neck, the hem line, and the cute little pocket, but I made some major changes to the overall shape!  I started by going up one size from Mae's normal size 4 since I didn't want the top overly fitted.  Then I used the slash and spread method to add about 10" of width to both the front and the back pattern pieces.  I was going for a swing style, and I wanted the width added to the entire top, not just the side seams.  Finally, I added a cuff to the sleeves to make it a true long sleeve top because, you know, Michigan and cold weather, blah, blah, blah ;) I'm pretty sure you've heard it from me plenty of times before!

The second pattern is the Lazy Days Lounge Pants.  I was going for more of a cuffed skinny jogger look since the swing top already has so much volume, so I made a couple of slight changes.  I started with the size 4 this time, and I narrowed the leg from the hip down.  I also used a narrower cuff on the leg and replaced the elastic waist with a yoga waistband made from rib knit.  You'll just have to take my word for it about the waistband since black velour is quite possibly the worst fabric to photograph, so I didn't get any decent pictures of the pants by themselves.  I also omitted the pockets and the drawstring because, well, I'm lazy.  Mae doesn't care about the drawstring, and nobody can see it under the top anyway.  And, as for the pockets, I'm sure she would love them, but she doesn't realize it was even an option, so I should be safe from the wrath of the toddler ;)  Which, by the way, would have been a way better name for the Star Trek movie.  Khan couldn't hold a candle to an angry toddler!

Red knit - Ponte from Joann's
Black velour - cotton velour from Nature's Fabrics

Be sure to check out the rest of the posts from the New Look tour:

Monday, November 16, 2015

japanese sewing week - mae's star top

Welcome to the first Japanese sewing week!  Hopefully it's the first of many, because Japanese sewing patterns are probably my favorite patterns, and I really enjoy seeing what everyone makes. To get all the tour details, head over to this post on the Made by Sara blog.

I really had a hard time getting a decent picture of this top and a decent picture of Mae at the same time!  It was windy, and she wasn't too happy about having her picture taken.  Although she was enjoying taking pictures, and I'm sure there are a few interesting pictures of me on her camera right now.  Along with many, many blurry pictures of the ground and the side of the house since she took most of them while spinning in circles :)

If you scroll down to the end of this post, you can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own Japanese sewing books.  And even if you don't win, I highly recommend trying a Japanese sewing book.  They are where I look first to find every day (non special occasion) sewing patterns!

This top is pattern R from this book.  I've made it two times before (here and here) in the size 90, but this time I had to trace the size 110.  And I probably should have traced the size 120 sleeves, since they are barely long enough and I really want it to last throughout our long Michigan winter.  I don't normally re-use patterns, but I honestly love this one, and I'm sure I'll trace all the sizes right until Mae outgrows them!

My favorite part of the top is the placket.  The pattern calls for buttons, but my sewing machine is all wonky right now, and button holes are a no go.  So snaps it is!  Fortunately, since I used to make cloth diapers, I have quite a variety of snap colors to choose from. And since this top looks quite boyish due to being made in Mae's favorite color blue, I opted to add bright coral snaps for a little girly touch.

I like this picture of Mae even though she has a bit of a weird expression.  The truth is she sucks her two middle fingers on her left hand, which has given her a bit of an overbite.  Although I don't look forward to paying for braces some day, this is who she is today, so I can't help but love the picture!

On the other hand, these pictures aren't quite as cute ;)  I'm so glad I have a digital camera and don't have to pay to develop film!

Star print - cotton/spandex jegging materials from Megaroos Designs on Facebook
Snaps -
Pants - upcycled (will blog about later)

There is a giveaway running along with this tour thanks to the amazing sponsors! There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers.

Each winner will win one of the following prizes:
 - One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

pattern testing - chalk & notch fishtail kimono

Last month, I tested a new pattern designer's debut pattern - The Chalk & Notch Fishtail Kimono.  First, I have to say that I truly enjoyed testing for Gabriela!  I rarely test patterns any more because I simply can't find enough time in my day.  But this pattern appealed to me, so I decided on a whim to apply, and I'm glad I did.  It's a simple, yet satisfying sew.

Doesn't Mae look totally thrilled to be taking these pictures :)  Her obvious lack of enthusiasm for taking pictures lately puts a real damper on the whole blogging experience!  In fact, that, along with other real life things, has resulted in very few blog posts lately, with probably even fewer going forward.  Something has to give, and I've decided that thing is the blog. Anyway, more about that later - for now, back to the pattern!

I sewed the XS (size 2/3) based on the finished garment measurements, but I used a narrower hem so the sleeves and bottom would be slightly longer.  This was sewn from the tester version, and there were some minor changes to the final pattern, including the option for a faced hem and a version with front closures.  I plan to sew another one using the final pattern, hopefully in the near future.  I think it would be adorable in a glittery sweater knit for the holidays!  Too bad it doesn't come in my size ;)

Sweatshirt knit from Joann's