The Dress Up Hoodie

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I had a chance to sew up the Dress Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations. This is such a perfect idea! I’m a last minute kind of person #noshame and this quick sew gives some amazing bang for the amount of time it takes to make!

The hoodie is a basic raglan style hoodie, with optional kangaroo pocket, and then the options are almost endless for what you can create! The pattern includes pieces and tutorials for making a dinosaur, horse, unicorn, rabbit, shark, cat, mouse, deer, bat, butterfly, owl, and bird. But with this base, you can use your imagination to transform it into almost any animal! The hood has options to add ears. There are pattern pieces for a divided sleeve if you want to add something down the arm, the back pattern piece has an optional seam also.

I received this green french terry from Simply by Ti, and knew it was going to be the perfect fabric for this project. I don’t know why I though a green cat was correct, but it was right in my head, and I went with it. My daughter is the crazy cat lady already. And she loves green, so this was perfect. This is cotton spandex french terry, which is my favorite. I love the drape of rayon or poly french terry, but they usually pill so much more easily, and aren’t as durable.

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I left off the whiskers, which you can sew in-between the hood and hood lining, since this was going to be more of an everyday wear, rather than a dress- up piece, and I used a tutorial from another blog to add the thumbhole cuffs. I printed off the cuff for the dress-up hoodie pattern, and cut the thumbhole cuff pattern piece that matched the width of the dress up hoodie cuff. Then I cut the thumbhole cuff in half, adding seam allowance, to sew in the claws, which I just free hand cut from felt. I under stitched just where the claws are, to make sure they stay in place. I think it’s such a fun addition that my daughter loves!

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You can get this pattern for $8.50 on sale through Halloween. Regular price will be $10.50. These really are a quick sew, and my daughter actually wore it for our first trick or treat outing last night!

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Last minute moms can still come through πŸ™‚

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Dress Up Hoodie

Fabric sources:

Mint French terry: Simply by Ti

Hood lining: Jersey from deep in my stash

Pink lining on ears: Cotton lycra from Needle Nook

 

 

Wiggle Dress

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The classic wiggle dress is what you might call a bodycon or pencil dress now, but it’s a classic style with a fun name! Patterns for Pirates has just released the Wiggle Dress, and It. Is. Everything. The options in this pattern are almost endless. I love the boatneck, it’s my preferred neckline, and I don’t see tons of patterns with it. You will feel amazing wearing this!

A stable fabric, liverpool, ponte, scuba, or similar, will work best. You will also want to wear shape wear underneath πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ This is form-fitting by nature, and the extra smoothing will help everyone. I grew up in show choir and theater, where we were hyper sensitive to lumps and bumps showing on stage, and so I’ve been a shape wear proponent for a long time. πŸ™‚ Even though I prefer going through life wearing XXL sweatshirts, and joggers, or running shorts, I love wearing this pattern.

The options include short, half, 3/4, or long sleeves, high or low back, crop, top, above knee, below knee, midi, and floor lengths. Optional zipper, and back kick pleat for the below knee and midi lengths. And I know there are a bunch of hacks already on the P4P blog.

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The bust, waist, and hip lines are marked, so you will know exactly where to adjust for your body. The seam down the center back gives you another easy place to make adjustments. This one fits me well with no adjustments, except for adding 1″ of length for my height. My waist and bust are normally in the same place as on the pattern, and I have to add length below my waist, that was true for this pattern too.

You can get it on sale for $7.50 through November 1st. Since Patterns for Pirates has had their last site-wide sale of the year, this will be the best deal for a while at least! I think it’s a great bargain with all the options included, and for how amazing you will feel while wearing it. It can go from casual in a knee length, elbow sleeve, striped ponte, with sandals or sneakers, to mega-glam in a fancy fabric with the off the shoulder, mermaid maxi length.

Oh, I almost forgot I was going to mention that this does NOT take much fabric! Of course, haha, but it was a nice surprise to be able to sew an adult pattern that isn’t a fabric hog. It’s also a simple and fast sew.Β I have already ordered fabric for my next version. I ❀ everything about this pattern!

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Wiggle Dress

Fabric sources:

Liverpool from Pretty Posh Prints

 

Zahara

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I have been so ecstatic with the styles that have been released lately, and this gorgeous pattern is no exception. This is the Zahara peplum and dress from Sansahash. I love the bodice design, and after going through a couple of versions in testing, I can say the fit is perfection.

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This is another sew I was excited to have done, but not looking forward to actually sewing. Woven bodice, princess seams, slippery fabric, lace, so I can’t use a serger to finish seams, invisible zipper. It all sounds horrible, right? Hahaha! But I had an afternoon, and look what happened again! This was done while working with the girls on math, reading history and science to them, working with my preschooler on his school, cooking supper, etc… And just like that, it was finished, and photographed in one afternoon! (The pictures came after supper, waiting for the good light).

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I love everything Mgeni designs. I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care. Now that I know how easy this is to sew, I might make another version for my oldest. The fancy fabric ideas are swirling.

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My daughter is IN. LOVE. with this dress. She felt like a princess, and told me that she is going to wear this exact outfit when we go see the production of White Christmas in a few weeks. I might have to make her a velvet jacket to go over it.

You can get this on sale for release week! I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Zahara

Fabric sources:

lace and lining from Joann

Summit Peak Hoodie

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I honestly don’t buy many patterns anymore. I am busy enough sewing for testing, or promoting, and have more patterns than I care to count that I have never sewn yet. I need to make more time to sew for fun…

But I had bought some spider web print fabric that was released recently, for Halloween, and at the same time, I bought some red french terry, thinking I would make a Spider-Man inspired hoodie for my four year old. I searched a little bit for a good color-blocked hoodie pattern, considered the ones I already had, and did a little internet research on Spidey hoodies that were already out there, to get some inspiration. And nothing jumped out at me, so I moved on for a bit.

And then (and then, and gentlemen, and then…I’m sorry. Probably nobody will get where that reference is from. Haha!) the Summit Peak Hoodie from New Horizons released. I immediately bought it, and equally as immediately, sewed it up! I loved the style of it. I love that there is zip-up or pullover options. The color blocking was perfect. It works easily for boys and girls, and I hear an adult version is coming!DSC_2215 wm
It is so perfect. I cut this and sewed it in one short afternoon, filled with many interruptions. It’s a simple raglan jacket. There’s nothing complex about it. This is the first zipper I have chosen to do. Meaning, I’ve sewn one when it was assigned in a test or promotion, but I have never picked a pattern with a zipper to do for fun. I’m so happy with how the whole thing turned out!

The size range is amazing, it includes 12-18mo-16. The tutorial is clear, and easy to follow, all necessary markings were included on the pattern pieces, and it was generally an easy, satisfying sew.

I keep old shoe laces and hoodie drawstrings, and found this blue one in my stash. It’s a little long, but I thought the color was appropriate. The pockets are blue too, I thought a smidge of that color would help give the Spidey vibe.

 

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You can’t go wrong with this pattern.

I love sewing for boys, especially this one ❀

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Summit Peak Hoodie

Fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Rushbrook Top

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I was so honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour for the Rushbrook pattern! I have owned Titchy Threads patterns for quite a while now, but have never sewn one. So I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. I bought my first pattern from them because it came highly recommended, and I have heard only more praise in the years since. The Rushbrook top and dress pattern did not disappoint. This is a well drafted and graded pattern with every little thing exactly detailed. The bindings fit perfectly, the notches lined up perfectly, it is a beautiful thing to sew. The inside is finished with french seams, though she gives directions on how to go about skipping them if you prefer a quicker sew. I chose to do the french seams, because when you’re sewing a high quality pattern, it just feels wrong to skimp πŸ™‚

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There are multiple options included. You can choose top or dress length, optional hem facing or hem ruffle, and then you can add sweet, curved patch pockets, or shoulder flutters.

I also used metal snaps for the first time on this project. I love my plastic snaps, but they didn’t feel quite right to me with this fabric+pattern. I picked up a little package from Joann, and used my hammer, and a couple of the kid’s blocks. It was pretty simple. The snaps were a little harder to line up than my usual method I have for plastic snaps, so if anyone has any tips on that, I’d love them!

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The back has a beautiful racerback, one of my favorite tank designs. This will be perfect for spring or summer, but it’s just as cute under a cardigan for fall or winter! I am so happy with this make, and I think my daughter is too. She wore it all day after taking these pictures.

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The fabric is indigo dot chambray from Robert Kaufman. I bought it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics last year, and I think she stocks it, or very similar fabric regularly. I bought a yard of it, just because it was gorgeous, and then the right project never presented itself until now. I was easily able to fit this top on the one yard. This is a size 8, for reference.

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Please check out the other stops on this tour. I’ve seen some fun versions, and go check out the rest of the patterns from Titchy Threads too. Thank you for reading!

Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog Tour

Β 10th – my cozy co / while she was sleeping

11th – Made by Sara / Pear Berry Lane

12th – Buzzmills / Fairies, Bubbles & Co

17th – Sew Many Adventures / it’s Liesel

18th – Spools + Oodles of Fun / S is for Sewing

19th – Giddy Ants / La Folie sewing booth

Sloane

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The Sloane pattern was released a couple years ago from Love Notions, and I’ve owned it for over a year, probably. Have I ever sewn it? Of course not. Ha! #patternhoardingisanart But I was so excited that it was getting an update, with extended sizing, and more options, AND, she created the girls version too! The Sloane pattern has a slightly dropped shoulder, for a perfect sweatshirt look, and two body views, I made View A on both of mine, which has a slightly curved hem. View B is banded at the bottom. The yoke is optional, and can be used with the neckband, or hood. There are also elbow patches, a hood, and a kangaroo pocket that can be used on View B. Tami has been adding a full bust adjustment piece to all of her patterns that she can, and so since she was updating the Sloane, she added a FBA piece to it too! This is SO helpful if you need this. I used to have to make so many adjustments, and while they’re not hard, it was not something I loved doing, since I was adding length too. I just want to cut and sew πŸ™‚

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The girls Sloane has the same options, and my daughter is loving the casual, comfy style! Her shirt was an early version of the pattern, and some ease was removed, and length taken off for the final version.

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My blue one is from a mystery knit form the Wal-Mart $1 section. I love it having large amounts of cheap knit to cut into for trial runs, but I’ve ended up keeping everything in my closet that I’ve made from this fabric! The stretch lace on the yoke was a remnant from my local knit shop.

The grey version is all sweater knit. The grey is from a custom shop that is no longer in business (also an #expertfabrichoarder) and the cheetah is sweater knit from Girl Charlee.

My daughter’s is in a baby french terry from LDG Textiles, and the stretch lace on hers was from So Sew English.

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The patterns are on sale for the (re)release, and you can get them bundled if you want both for an even bigger discount. ❀

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Sloane

Girl’s Sloane

Sloane bundle

 

 

Kourtney+Mama Kourtney

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Knot tees are so popular right now. I love how it’s a play on the half-tucked in look, because I love that look too πŸ™‚ This is a new pattern for a knot tee from Made for Mermaids, and it’s SO simple to make! No extra pieces to cut, you make the knot right from the front bodice pattern piece! Or you can make the top without the knot, which gives you another great basic shirt option. These are perfect for the drapey knits you have in your stash.

I made a long sleeve top for myself, and a tank for my daughter. This probably took me 30 minutes, or less to sew. You want to know something else amazing about this pattern? You have to hem it before you can finish the knot, so there’s no putting it off. Haha! As soon as you’re “finished” sewing, you’re actually finished. πŸ˜›

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Check out the options in the line drawing! The dress is perfectly relaxed at the bottom, so it’s a fun, comfy tee dress, but I love the knot that makes it a little different.

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You can get the Kourtney, and Mama Kourtney patterns on sale individually, or bundled for the best savings! As usual, the bundle option will only be available during release.

I have finally come to the point in my fabric hoarding that I actually can’t remember where a few pieces came from! I believe my stripe was from a mystery box fromLDG Textiles, but I’m not sure. It’s some kind of jersey, maybe some rayon, but not tons of stretch. My daughter’s floral tank was rayon spandex from Vinegar and Honey. ❀ I can’t wait to sew some basic colors to upgrade my momiform this fall!

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Kourtney

Mama Kourtney

Kourtney Bundle (best deal)