Boho Babydoll

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I haven’t announced anywhere BIG or MAIN or EVERYWHERE. But I’ve told all my friends I see IRL, and in groups I frequent. This is another not-major announcement, but it has to do a little with this post, so I’m sharing that I’m pregnant! It has to do with this post, because when I saw this top come up for testing, I was excited to see it might work for a growing belly! I was not sewing much when I was pregnant last time, 4 years ago!! Actually, I was sewing, but mostly baby leggings, and blankets, and fun little kid stuff. I had never made anything for myself from a pattern. I winged it. And not much worked out. Lol!

This is the Boho Babydoll from Patterns for Pirates. It includes high-low top, curved hem top, dress, and maxi lengths, and racerback sleeveless, short, 3/4, 3/4 with ruffles, and long sleeves. There are 2 necklines, crew, and scoop.

It is available in women’s and girls sizes!! I made both. Mine is a curved hem top out of rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The fabric type is really prone to growing, and it did. The drape and flow is so excellent, though! This is top length, but it turned into more of a tunic. I would not add length for my height, next time, if I’m using rayon spandex. However, I don’t mind it at all, it will keep my belly covered longer 🙂 My neckline is the crew style.

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The girls version I made from a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. I LOVE, super love this so much! This dress has been worn tons already, and even been worn to bed. So comfy, she says. I like this style too, of a t-shirt dress, with a little extra interest from the high-low bodice, and curved hem. The girls version has all the same options as the women’s, except, there’s only one neckline height. I can see this working so well for all seasons, a long sleeve top for the winter, or a tank dress or maxi for the summer!

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The patterns are on sale through Tuesday, April 10th, and you can bundle them for more savings!

Plus, there are hacks on the blog, check those out too, to get more inspiration for what you can make with this pattern!

Fabric sources:

Rayon spandex floral: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Window pane jersey: Girl Charlee

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Monaluna

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I got to join my first blog tour for Monaluna fabrics, and I am HOOKED. This is the Journey collection, and I took days to decide which print to use. There are prints available in poplin and lawn. I chose poplin for this dress. This cactus had the right amount of whimsy. Then I took days to decide what pattern to sew. Lol!

This is the Chloe dress from Honeydew Kisses (affiliate links). I didn’t quite do it justice, though. Her design includes gorgeous princess seams, and lots of sleeve options, including an off the shoulder ruffle that I was planning on making, but the solid coordinates I wanted for the extra details were not in in time. I am still smitten with this dress. The fabric sings, and my daughter loves it too.

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The fabric was gorgeous to work with. It is 100% organic cotton. I know this dress will wear well. The quality is amazing.

These photos were fun to take. I’m thankful we’re having a bit of milder weather so I don’t have to get creative with bribes for my kids, or take indoor photos. 🙂 But it was super windy! I think that can be half annoying, and half fun, for more interest in the pictures!

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I only had a scrap left after cutting out this dress, but I wanted to make something else, so I sewed these quick diaper covers from the free Made pattern, and made a little outfit to go with it for a baby shower I’m attending this weekend! So adorable!

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The lap tee is the free pattern (affiliate link) from Patterns for Pirates. I modified to bottom, simply. This is the 0-3 month size. I folded up the bottom 5″ and then measured the width of the bottom edge of the pattern, and cut a ruffle that was 5″ long by twice the width of the tee. I didn’t worry about adding length for seam allowance, since it’s flowy. And I did attach the skirt with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The headband is a free pattern from Coral&co.

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Thank you to Phat Quarters for hosting, and Monaluna for supplying this fabric for the tour! I am so excited about reading all the other posts this week. I hope you will check them out too. And don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Thomas Track Pants

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The newest pattern from Love Notions is another one for the boys! My son is old enough to see everything I make for the girls, and he asks me to sew for him more often. A few weeks ago he asked me to make him some soft pants to wear at home, and he emphatically told me he wanted them to have pockets. Shortly after that, the test came up for these, and I knew it would be perfect for him!

These are the Thomas Track Pants. I kept it simple with my versions, but there is a great color block option included that makes it really fun to mix colors. The pockets are deep, and the waistband is wide and comfy. The sizes included are 2T – 14.

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Since these are track pants, there is also an option for a zipper at the bottom of the side seam, to make it easy to take off without removing your shoes. There is also an option to line the pants. Love Notions does a great job covering all the options you will need, and spells the steps out clearly in the tutorial!

I made my first pair out of orange french terry with almost 0 stretch. The pattern can be made from woven or knit, which makes fabric selection easy, or harder, if more options overwhelms you 🙂 The second pair I made, inseam lengths were added, and so I cut the length I thought his inseam measured, even though it was a length shorter than his height, and they ended up a tiny bit too short. If I would have sewed according to his height, they would have been perfect. I measured his inseam while he was standing on the top bunk bed, with pants on, so I wasn’t very accurate. Don’t be like me. He has a little brother who will happily accept hand me downs, so it’s not a waste.

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You can grab the pattern on sale during release week, for $7. The sale will go through Monday, February 5th. This will be a hit for all ages, I think! My son has already washed and worn these multiple days.

You also get to see my son pre and post haircut. Haha! He hates getting his hair cut, so we wait as long as possible, and it gets pretty shaggy 🙂

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Fabric sources:

Orange French terry: Hancock flat fold table (still sad they’re gone)

Green micro fleece: Joann

Riviera Raglan

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I recently applied to join the promotional team at New Horizons, and was excited to be accepted! I’ve made several of their patterns, and I really love the style and quality of her designs. Most I’ve made have been for personal use, not testing, so since I wasn’t required to take good photos, I didn’t 🙂 But I have loved this company for a long time!

The first pattern I chose was the Riviera raglan. I almost didn’t because, raglan. Everyone has a raglan pattern, or 546736 in their pattern stash. But even though I own several raglan patterns too, I have a few favorites for different reasons, and I thought this would be another great option to try, since the amount of options are CRAZY in this thing!

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Well, I saw an inspiration image, and decided I needed to go and add another option to this pattern. Ha! It’s the simplest thing, though, so I took a couple of pictures to show you what I did. My inspiration was a dress length raglan, with lace short sleeves, so I wanted to use the tunic length of this pattern, and extend it down to dress length.

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After cutting out the tunic length of the pattern, I held it up to me, to see how much length to add. I decided to add 6″ and I am 5’7″ for reference. To cut it out, I placed the pattern on my fabric, and cut around the bottom hem, and up the side, just to the bottom band cut line marking. Then I scooted the pattern up 6″ and cut the  rest of the pattern out, cutting straight down to finish the side cut. Do the same thing for the front and back pieces, and you’re done!

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This fabric is rayon spandex from Simply by Ti. I love her prices and selection. You will have to check her out for all your basics, and more! She regularly has fun fabrics, sparkles, tie dye, fun prints, etc… and lots of different bases, on top of having excellent quality french terry, cotton Lycra, and rayon spandex solids.

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Fabric sources:

Black rayon spandex: Simply by Ti

Black lace: Joann

Ida Dress

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Hi! I think this might be my first post of the year. I’ve been sewing more slowly, trying to take a break from the holiday pace where I was sewing through all the Christmas gifts I had to make like mad. But I have been sewing. My goal this year is to stay more true to my style. To be careful with my time, to sew things that I know we will wear, or want. I signed up for this blog tour for DG Patterns a while ago. I am newer to her patterns, so this is the first one I’ve sewn. I had a hard time choosing a pattern, since I love her style, and a lot of her designs were calling my name! In the end, I was able to narrow it down to knit, since I don’t have a lot of scenarios to wear woven in my life. Something simple to sew, and simple to wear, and then to top off all that simplicity, I made it in heather grey french terry from Simply by Ti Fabrics. Can’t get any more “me” than that, and I am happy to be sewing something I’ll wear, instead of worrying about how well the fabric will photograph or “sell” the clothes.

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I did have to make a few adjustments to the pattern for me. After taping and cutting the pattern, I held it up to my body, the real, technical way of seeing how something will fit, 😉 and determined that I was going to want a lot more length to wear this. Based on how it hit, I decided to add 3″ mid-torso, and cut and sewed a quick muslin. After trying that on, I thought I would be more comfortable with another inch, so for this version, I added the same 3″, and then added another inch in the neck/arm section. I think it feels great now!

This is a good style to wear on it’s own, or layered with skinny jeans or leggings. I should have taken my own advice and tried that! It’s going to work fine for summer, or for winter as a layering piece. My photos were taken in single digit weather, with my kids as bundled up photographers, so we didn’t go crazy with style changes. But I hope you can see some ideas! I don’t have many photos because I was COLD, and my neck was scrunched into nothing in most of the pics. Ha!

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DG Patterns is having a 50% off sale during the blog tour! It would be a great time to check out a pattern or two to see what you think! Use code FRESHSTART50 at DG Patterns.

Welcome to the Fresh Start Tour

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It’s that time of year where we’re thinking about getting a fresh start on our habits, new wardrobes, and trying new things. Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we’re getting a Fresh Start with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway)
DG Patterns is offering a 50% discount during the tour to help you get some fresh patterns. .
Your Fresh Start Tour bloggers are:

Monday: Sew Cucio, Flax Field Sewing, Fee Bricolo, mahlicadesigns, Sewjourns

Tuesday: Create Whimsy, Frullemieke, Hutsepruts, A Custom Clothier

Wednesday: House of Estrela, FABulous Home Sewn, Sprouting Jube Jube

Thursday: Very Blissful, Stitches by Laura, Auschick Sews, it’s Liesel

Friday: Kathy’s Kwilts and More, Stitched by Jennie, Sewsewilse, Our Play Place

Southern Belle Fabrics is generously sponsoring the Fresh Start Tour. During the tour use code: DGBLOGTOUR to save 20% in the shop.

Discount code expires Jan 21st 2018 11:59PM CST

Southern Belle Fabrics is also offering a fabric giveaway. Enter below to win a MFRB Mystery Box valued at $60+.

Giveaway includes shipping to US and Canada (up to $45 in free shipping)

 

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Giveaway winner will be announced through social media on or about January 20th.

Free Patterns Fall/Winter 2017/18

There are hundreds of free patterns out there! I have my lists, and I own tons of them. For many, you have to join the facebook group either to download it from their files, or to get the code to download it from their website, others are just free to newsletter subscribers, some others are free just to download from the respective website, so be aware there may be some small hoops to jump through. I still will include any on my list that you don’t have to put any money out for 🙂

This list will be for the newly released free patterns. It’s going to be a huge task to list all the free ones available, so I’m going to focus on rounding up the most recent ones. Hopefully this will be helpful for you.

I will also add that most free patterns are free forever, but sometimes a designer will put it out as a freebie for a certain amount of time, and then it will go into their shop as a paid pattern. So don’t wait too long, if it’s something you think you will sew at some point. I will be updating this post quite a bit, so check back!

Fluffmonger: Free sewing pattern for Doodles the Deer stuffie. This is free to download in this tutorial.

George and Ginger: The Sincerely Sawyer sweater is a new free pattern in sizes Tween 12 – 5X. You have to join George and Ginger pattern group, and the Sincerely Rylee fabric group to find the two halves of the codes to be able to download this one for free.

Made for Mermaids: They will have 12 freebies this December, as they have done for the last couple of years also. These patterns are always free to download on their website in the Freebies section. You can check here to see what all is available.

Misusu: Olli lined pants in sizes 62 – 98 |  0-3m – 2-3y. This one is free to download on the Misusu website.

Patterns for Pirates: They have several freebies on their website, and have added a few new ones in December in years past. This year there are going to be some new ones too. You can find them in the Freebies section of their website.

Rebecca Page: Portia dress is free in the knee length, knit version, in sizes newborn – 12 years, 18″ dolly, and womens XXS – 5XL. You can download it here. You can also purchase the full version which includes many more options.

Stitch Upon a Time: Wonderland Cap in sizes 0-6mo – Adult. You can get it free if you are a newsletter subscriber. Sign up here.

Striped Swallow Designs: Wonderland Hooded Scarf in sizes 2T – 14. You can get the code to download it for free in the pinned post in their Facebook group.

Winter Wear Designs: Cross Hem tee for women in sizes 00 – 24. You can get the code to download it for free in their Facebook group.

WWD also has a new boys underwear pattern in sizes 1 – 10. You have to join 2 groups to find two halves of the code, and put them together to get it for free. The groups are the WWD group, and the Fabric Anthropology Jr. Seamstress sew along group.

 

Acorn Vest

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My girls have a fur vest they fight over, and it is fun to wear, so I don’t blame them. When this pattern came up for testing, I knew I wanted to make View A, so I could make their own fur vests! This is the Acorn pattern from Love Notions. It includes 3 views. This is View A, an open front vest, meant for thicker fabrics, faux furs, etc… Views B and C have a separating zipper closure up the front, optional hood or collar, and View B includes patch pockets, View C includes princess seams with pockets in the seam.

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Sizes range from 2T-16. I love that the upper end of Love Notions sizes goes to 16. My oldest is already in 12 for length, and that’s only 2 sizes away from growing out of girls sizing! It gets me as far as possible until I have to jump to making her women’s sizes.

For a fun treat, there is a doll version included as well! I very rarely make my girls doll clothes, because it’s not my favorite. But I knew I could handle a vest. It’s unlined since that would be really tricky to do in this tiny size, so it’s so quick to sew, with just the shoulder seams, and side seams.

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I was trying to decide how to style my daughter’s vest for pictures, and made a lil LDT for her. I found this black and white print remnant at Joann, and squeezed as long of a dress as I could out of it. I love both of these pieces, as they will be so versatile with other outfits all winter!

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You can get the Acorn vest on sale. There will not be any black Friday sale at Love Notions, so don’t wait for that 🙂 And there’s also a women’s version, called the Oakley vest, or you can buy them in a bundle for bigger savings.

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Fabric sources:

Fur, and dress fabric both from Joann