Tawsha

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I just shared something I made with this pink knit eyelet, and I sewed with it again for another project! I ordered 3 yards, when I bought it, I had these two projects in mind, and I think I have enough for something else small. I love its much! It’s a little washed out in these photos, for reference. This pattern is the girls Tawsha pattern from New Horizons. My oldest needs dresses so badly. Everything she puts on from last year, or even earlier this year is too short! And so I’ve been trying to build up her fall/winter wardrobe. But I’m a little worried even these won’t last long, because she’s growing so fast!

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This dress has quite a few options, including a fun open back detail, and a shoulder accent that I want to try next. I kept it pretty simple with this version. I did not anticipate it looking like a nightgown when I imagined it in this fabric, but as I was sewing, I was a little worried. We decided if we style it right, it will look just fine! Since it is eyelet, I cut two of the front and back dress pieces. I lined just the main portions, not the sleeves, or the ruffle. I sewed with the main and lining as one piece, instead of letting the lining be separate, as I would have preferred, so there’s no chance of the lining riding up because of static, or anything.

I also modified the sleeves to be 3/4 length. The pattern includes short or long sleeves. I knew she would want to wear it right away, and it will still be pretty warm for a while. She can wear a sweater with it if she needs to when it’s colder.

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She loves it, and chose the boots and necklace to wear with it for these pictures. I love getting photos of my girls as they’re growing. I look at pictures from just 1 or 2 years ago, and I am shocked how quickly they are growing. ❤

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I think I say this every time, but I am so happy about the size range for New Horizons patterns. They go from 12-18months-16. I know I will be able to use these for a while longer with my kids, and I love the options that affords!

Fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabric

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Big butt pants

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I tested the updated version of the big butt pants recently, and, while it’s a great basic, quick sew, comfy wear for your littles, the best part about this particular test was my three year old’s photos. He is always asking me to take pictures of him, and so when I do sew for him, he is eager, and willing to take pictures!

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He needed no direction, and just was a silly little guy for a few minutes!

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These are a great pattern for your knit stash. They have a wide gusset that makes them so comfy to wear. Lots of room for movement. The legs are slim enough to counter the baggier crotch, but not tight or restrictive at all. The tall cuffs give a great option for growing room. You could fold them up halfway, and as they grow fold them down. Mine are just scrunched slightly here.

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Brindille and Twig makes some great patterns for comfy kids wear. I have made so many of every pattern I own from them! The big butt pants come in sizes preemie-6T.

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You can use code ‘bigupdate’ to take $1 off this pattern, or the ice cream pants pattern (through 8/27/18). Or if you previously purchased these patterns, you should have received an email update.

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Thank you for reading ❤

Lotte

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Hi! I have a blog post that I am excited to share. It’s a little belated, but I love this so much, I don’t want it to never make it to the blog. I was able to participate on the inspiration team for a fun challenge with Misusu patterns! I love this company, because the designs are beautiful, and the size range is great! She doesn’t include the large size range in all her patterns, but I believe she will be expanding some of them to the wider size range soon. Plus, there are several really high quality free patterns! I’m talking about a full size range, and detailed designs!

The challenge was to show off the free patterns they have available, and I paired the free pattern I chose with one of their paid patterns, Lotte. Lotte is a top, tunic, or dress pattern, with optional pockets in the skirt, and an optional chest pocket. The neckline is bound, and though the bodice needs to be made from knit, you can bind the neckline with woven or knit binding. I used a package of store-bought bias tape, to make it simple.

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The free pattern I chose is the felt flower design. The template comes in 2 sizes in the tutorial, with directions on scaling it larger or smaller, depending on what you’re putting it on.

The tutorial recommends using wool felt, and I knew I wanted to follow that advice, since the craft store felt pills up and falls apart more easily, and this will go through the wash. I ordered mine from Christmas Keepsakes on Etsy. I bought the 6″x6″ sample pack of 25 colors. You can choose your own colors, and I was able to select a few shades of each color I knew I wanted for this. That way I could  pair them up at home to my liking, plus have extra for the next project! The price was very reasonable, and she shipped quickly!

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I asked my kids to each color a template however they wanted. It really brought fresh ideas to the project. I thought I was going to go with my design, and this would just make them feel like they were involved, but I ended up going with one of my daughter’s designs, changing up one or two colors!

It was a little tedious cutting out all the pieces. I just held the pattern onto the felt with one hand, cutting with the other, while I watched my youngest in the bath. I’m sure there’s a more efficient, easier way to do it, but it was a nice little project, and I just did it, since I couldn’t leave to putter around and find another way 🙂

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Then you just place them on by hand. I followed the template exactly, or you can make your own design.  Pin them in place, and stitch them down on the sewing machine.

I love the finished piece! The only thing I would do differently next time I make this dress, is to use wash away hem tape on the bodice/skirt seam. The skirt is gathered knit, which is slightly more bulky, and the hem ended up wavy because it was hard to sew it neatly. But it’s a beautiful pattern, and I can’t wait to see it on!

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The fabrics are both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The pink is a knit eyelet, and the white is their cotton spandex.

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Check out Misusu patterns here, and join their facebook group here!

Back to School with Bella Sunshine Designs

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I’ve shared a Bella Sunshine Designs Clementine dress recently, but I’m back with another one, because it’s just what I needed for my oldest! I’m sharing a couple of patterns I made for the Back to School blog tour, with BSD. I love that I can sew for my girls, to fit their styles and sizes, and I’m so excited to keep it up as they grow. I hope having well fitting designs that are flattering will help them navigate their childhood with one less thing to worry about. My girls are 8 and 10, and going into the 3rd and 5th grades this fall. WHAT?!? Every year, I tell myself I don’t feel old enough to have kids this old. But I know I look it, even if I don’t feel it. Ha!

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The patterns I used are the Maggie pattern, which includes top, tunic, and dress length, two necklines, and three sleeve lengths. Sometimes I feel like I don’t need another “basic” pattern, but I love that I can trust the measurements from Bella Sunshine Designs, and I know it will fit exactly as it says it will. This especially starts to matter when you’re making dress length, and don’t want the hips to end up too tight! This is the dress length, with the higher neckline option. I love a good basic t-shirt dress, and stripes make it so classic!

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For my older daughter, I sewed a Clementine top. This one is slightly modified. The pattern is designed with a fully lined bodice, but I decided to skip the lining and add a neckband. I did not make any alterations to the neckline, since I knew it had a decent scoop. I just calculated the neckband by feel.

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Both fabrics are double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. This is not a sponsored post, but I won their weekly giveaway a few weeks ago, and received several 1 yard cuts from their new releases. I made both of these from some of the fabrics that I won in that giveaway!

Bella Sunshine Designs always makes me happy with their deep hems, and carefully thought out tutorials. You won’t go wrong with anything you make from them!

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Maggie

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Fabric: double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics

Sale info: Bonus, there’s a BTS sale going on right now! It starts today and ends next Sunday at midnight EST. All girls patterns are $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles will be $12. No coupon code will be needed. Check out all the patterns here.

Here’s the full line up, be sure to check them out as they post each day!

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Baby clothes!

Last time I had a baby was almost 4 years ago, and I wasn’t fully immersed in the world of pdf pattern sewing. I made several pairs of baby leggings and harem pants, and lots of blankets, carseat covers, etc… but I still had lots of clothes from my other son, who was just 2 years older, so I didn’t really need a lot, I just was sewing for the joy of it.

Now I’m due with baby #5, and boy #3, and I did not save anything as we outgrew it this time. I only kept the things that I loved, and were still in great condition. We have been given so many gifts and hand me downs, which I will never complain about, but sometimes, when clothes make you happy, seeing your kids in things you don’t love isn’t the most fabulous feeling. Also, I’d learned after saving most of the girls clothes “just in case” that it wasn’t the smartest plan. I eventually got rid of all the little girl clothes when we had 2 boys in a row, and I realized that IF that stuff got used again, it was going to be at least 10 years old, and possibly older, since some of it was already bought or given to us used.

I love sewing children’s clothes, and baby clothes might be even better. They don’t use much fabric, they’re generally faster to sew, it’s all comfy, and every fabric print is so much cuter on small garments! I have been whipping up some things for this one, and I know I can sew when he’s here, depending on what size he needs, but I want to get a good head start, so I don’t feel overwhelmed with it if I’m not able to sew as much as I want. I’ll list all the patterns I used in each photo.

FREE Rowan tee from Misusu

Footed pants from Made by Me patterns

Rolled hem romper from Brindille &Twig

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FREE beanie from Delia Creates

Raglan tee from Brindille&Twig

FREE bummies from Brindille&Twig

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Rolled hem rompers from Brindille&Twig (3rd one I modified to add cuffs)

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Raglan tee from Brindille&Twig

Footed pants from Made by Me patterns (modified to add elastic waist)

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FREE Wee Lap tee from Patterns for Pirates

FREE bummies from Brindille&Twig

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Patterns: 

Most of these don’t have affiliate programs, but if you haven’t made a purchase from Brindille&Twig before, my link here will give you a 15% discount on your first purchase, and I will earn points toward my next purchase!

Patterns for Pirates

Brindille&Twig

Made by Me

Misusu

Delia Creates

Fabric sources:

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Girl Charlee

LDG Textiles

Love Adore knits

 

Back to School with Made for Mermaids!

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I am joining this BTS blog tour to show off some of the millions of patterns Made for Mermaids has to offer! Well, maybe not millions, but if you put all the options from all of the patterns together, it probably equals a million! I love M4M patterns, and my girls do too. I’ve been sewing them for a few years now, so have accumulated most of them. The hard part was choosing what to sew!

We home school, so there isn’t any dress code we have to adhere to, but I knew this would be a good chance to sew something “nice/casual” that will work for times we need to dress up a bit. These will work great as separates too, paired with other pieces!

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This is the Skipper skirt, with built in shorties, in cotton lycra, and the Kourtney knot top, 3/4 length sleeves, in top length, in rayon spandex. Both fabrics are from the Simply by Ti shop!

Skipper is one of my favorite styles. I’ve loved this style of skirt on my girls since they were tiny, and I love that now I can sew it for them in their sizes! It’s designed for knit or woven, and there are optional built in leggings you can add in any length. I always add them, because my girls wear shorts under skirts or dresses anyway, so this is one less step for them.

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I knew we needed a top that wasn’t too flowy to go with the skirt, so I chose Kourtney. I did not add length for her height, since I knew I was sewing in rayon spandex, and since I didn’t want it to hang too long over this skirt. It fits exactly how I hoped! So, this is one size down from her height, in length. I chose this rayon spandex to sew something for myself, but I’ve been less and less eager to sew for myself and photograph it as my belly grows, and was super excited to see how great it looked with the orange cotton lycra I’ve been sitting on for a while!

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Check out the rest of the blogs on the tour, the schedule is posted below! Thanks for reading!

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Skipper

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Fabric: Simply by Ti

Clementine

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I’ve loved Bella Sunshine Designs for a long time now, and they’ve been making and selling knit patterns mostly lately, which I think is what’s most in demand. I know my girls aren’t very excited to wear woven much. So, even though I enjoy sewing with woven, and love the styles that are available, if it’s not an incredibly comfortable design, the woven pieces will sit in the closet forever! My oldest has been needing more dresses lately, and I knew this Sunday Sunshine sale was the push I needed to make her a new one!

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This is the Clementine pattern. It includes:

-Sizes 6 months to girls 12.

-Top, dress, and maxi lengths.

-Sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long sleeves.

-Banded/color blocked skirt in dress and maxi lengths.

-Lined bodice.

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I’ve made the tank version before, but since we’re heading into fall, I knew she would need at least 3/4 sleeves. Maybe this way, she can get away with wearing it a couple of times while it’s still warm!

You can make a tank top for summer, or a long sleeve dress or maxi for winter. This is a great all seasons pattern!

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And it’s a quick sew! Of course, if you make the banded skirt, it will be a few more steps, but still a simple sew. I love the thorough way Melissa designs these patterns. There are separate pieces for the bodice main, and the bodice lining, so the lining will pull to the inside, and never show. Plus, the tutorial has detailed grading and fitting advice, and the instructions are clear! I never regret sewing one of these patterns.

Sunday only you can grab this pattern for $5!! It’s a Sunday Sunshine Sale! Use code SUNSHINESALE or grab the bundle with the women’s pattern included for $10 with code SUNSHINESALEBUNDLE

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Fabric is double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints!

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