Alpine Trousers+Summit Peak

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When we pulled out the winter clothes to switch out the summer clothes recently, my son was pretty upset that his favorite orange hoodie was too small, and I had passed it on to his little brother. There may have been tears, and he tried to put it on to show me he could still wear it, but I made a bargain that I would sew him a new orange hoodie with a motorcycle on it (like his old one) if he would let his brother have it.

I knew I had to deliver on this one, since it was replacing a favorite. I’ve made the Summit Peak hoodie from New Horizons before, but last time, it was the zip up version. This one is the hooded sweatshirt version. I was going to make it all orange, to match his last one, but then after seeing some inspirational color blocked versions, I decided to do that instead.


The vinyl design is from the Silhouette Design store. The orange sweatshirt fleece was from my local shop, Faithful Remnants. My FAVORITE place! You can’t beat the prices, and she always has fun new things. The other fabrics were all from my stash.

The pants are the Alpine Shorts and Trousers, also from New Horizons Designs. She does some amazing designs for boys, and the detail on the legs here is so unique! It would be fun to color block these, but I just used some black denim, from Wal-Mart, with some light grey denim faux piping to accentuate the seams.


These are a comfortable fit pant. Not baggy, but not slim. It’s a good balance for my son, who likes “flowy pants” and me, who prefers slimmer ones. He’s very comfortable in them.

They have side and back pockets, and an optional faux fly, but they’re a pull up pant or short. A really straightforward sew!


My son loves this whole outfit. I love the size range of the patterns, too, so I can keep making these for him for a LONG time.

Alpine Trousers

Summit Peak Hoodie


Black Friday Sales! Patterns and Fabric

It’s that time of year again. Sale time! I will be updating my annual list throughout the next couple of weeks as I find more sales. They will be organized by discount percentage, and alphabetically within each category. I will use my affiliate links when I have them, it provides me with a small percentage of the purchase, with no increase in cost to you. It helps me afford to buy patterns and fabric to keep creating things I love! I will note affiliate links with an asterisk.


It’s a sparse start for now, but will be growing 🙂


50% off:

Rad Patterns: 50% off site-wide with code “BF2018” now through cyber Monday (11/26)!

40% off:

*A Sparkly Baby: Save 40% off the entire store until Nov 27th!

*Bella Sunshine Designs: 40% off all patterns now through Cyber Monday, no code needed!

Little Lizard King: 40% off on all patterns, including new releases, now through Nov 26th. Use code GIVETHANKS at checkout.

See Kate Sew: 40% off all patterns with code BF2018

30% off:

Made By Jack’s Mum: 30% off all pdf sewing patterns with code HOHOHO until Thursday.

Made for Mermaids: 35% off now through Nov 19th! Use code MERRY35 at checkout.

*Sew a Little Seam: 30% off with code THANKS18 now through Nov 25th. Excludes Constance patterns.

*Simple Life Patterns: 30% off with code FallintoSLPCo through Nov 19. Excludes new release, Betty.

Sofiona Designs: 30% off all patterns through Nov 25th. No code needed!

Toby K Patterns: 33% off patterns Nov 19th-Nov 26th.

20% off:


10% off:




Punkin Head Threads

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Simply By Ti

*Sincerely Rylee: Daily deals every day, now through Cyber Monday.

Sly Fox Fabrics: Now through Nov 18th, 15-50% off select fabrics, $6.99 flat shipping. Link goes directly to sale fabrics.

Red velvet Adelyn

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Holidays are here! I’m joining on the Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday blog tour, and the creations have all been STUNNING! I am getting ahead of myself, but I hope you’ll remember to go check them all out, the links are at the end of the post.

Harts Fabric sponsored my post again this year, and I was able to select this gorgeous floral velvet fabric from them. One thing Harts does really well, is special occasion fabric. I had no shortage of options, it was harder to narrow it down, and gain direct inspiration, but after choosing a few options, I asked my daughter, and she chose this one. It was the first one I had saved, so it was the right choice. Their customer service is amazing. I ordered the yardage I needed, and then the next morning, my phone rang, I picked it up, and it said, “Hart’s Fabric,” so I answered, (you know I would have let it go to voicemail if the name hadn’t popped up) and they let me know they were 3/4 of a yard short of my order. We worked out the details, and they changed the amount I had been charged, and she said it was shipping out that day. Sure enough, I got it in the mail VERY shortly! Excellent customer service! I also forgot to take a picture, but the fabric comes packaged and wrapped up beautifully. It’s a nice touch.


Since the fabric is so “extra,” I knew the pattern didn’t need to be loud. I used Adelyn, which I also used last year on the SLPCo Holiday blog tour, but this one is completely different! The silhouette is simple, and classic, and just what I wanted.

I made a few changes to the pattern. The biggest is the double circle skirt. I have never made one of these, surprisingly, since I love a good twirl, but I thought a red velvet holiday dress was the right place for it. Instead of one circle skirt, cut two. Then cut each of those on one of the folds, all the way from top to bottom. Sew those two pieces together at both seams, and then you’ll have your skirt. Sew two gathering stitches around the top edge, and gather it to fit you bodice. BAM. The twirliest.


To kick it up another notch, and since the velvet was a little heavy, and hung straighter than I wanted, I added horsehair braid to the hem. I’ve never used it before, but picked up a box for 90 or 95% off when the JoAnn in our local mall was closing to re-locate. I figured it was a fun notion to have on hand. I didn’t look up directions, I just winged it, and turns out I didn’t apply it quite correctly, but the result is just fine! It gives the hem a little more stiffness, and improves the silhouette to match my vision more closely.


The other change I made was the sleeves. In the Adelyn pattern, the top of the sleeve is gathered to create a little puff at the shoulder. My eight year old is NOT a fan, and she made it clear last time I sewed a pattern with a puff sleeve. She also doesn’t like ruffles anywhere, and even gives me the side-eye when she sees me sewing gathering stitches to attach a gathered skirt. So, I copied the armscye and top of a sleeve from another knit bodice, and used that instead.


I know she’ll wear this dress out, and probably long past the holidays. I am in love with it, and really loved being in the company of all the talented women that are sharing in this tour. Here’s the schedule:


November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6 – Wonderfully HandmadeAmmon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

GIVEAWAY: You made it to the best part!!! Enter at the link below for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Harts and $50 shop credit to SLPco. Giveaway will run November 5th-November 19th at midnight CST.

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SALE: Actually, maybe this is the best part!! Simple Life Pattern Company is having a site-wide sale, these don’t come along very often, so stock up on all the beautiful patterns you have been eyeing! Sale ends November 19th at midnight, CST. (excludes the new pattern-Betty)

Take 30% off with code: FallintoSLPco