Cat’s Cradle

 

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I have been following the Sewing Portfolios website since it began, and I am eager to share this post about it! The name is self-explanatory. You can create a portfolio of your sewing work, with a profile, photos of your projects, and lots of information about what you sew! There is a detailed form to fill out, and it is completely free! You can also be a business member if you have a fabric or pattern or some other sewing related business, and it is also free! The beauty comes in the opportunity to collaborate. Businesses can search for seamstresses to participate in the projects they are planning. Once you’re in the system, you can join the Facebook group for Sewing Portfolios members. A lot of opportunities are posted there also. That’s where I was able to apply to be a Sewing Portfolios ambassador, and feature this fabric on my blog! There are lots of features you should check out for yourself, but it has been very handy using my Sewing Portfolios link when applying for a tester call. I know all my information is in one place! I would encourage you to sign up if you haven’t. Who knows what opportunities will come from it!

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I was sent some fabric from the new Cat’s Cradle line from Michael Miller. The choice of what to make was completely mine, and I will say I went through about 36249872635 options before I finalized my vision πŸ™‚ #normal But I am in awe of this stunning outfit that is half due to the gorgeous patterns, and half due to the amazing fabric I was working with.

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The fabric quality is top notch, and the prints are crisp and gorgeous. I love that the gold is metallic.

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The top is the new Symi Blouse from Lil Luxe Collection in the white Starbrite print. This pattern is designed for apparel woven, with good drape, or knits. If you cut it out of woven, the front of the blouse will be cut on the bias so that the cowl neck drapes correctly. This fabric was probably not quite perfect for this style, but I am very happy with how it lays anyway. The racerback, and flutters equal all the heart eyes for me. And my daughter loves the knot in the front.

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The star of the show is this Cat’s Cradle print. I made the Gigi Skirt from Mingo & Grace. This pattern comes with a top, so it’s a fantastic deal! I cut the skirt the width of fabric to make it as full as possible, it was just a little more than the pattern called for, so it’s not much different than designed. And when my daughter put her hands in the pockets she said, “these are huge!” Well designed pockets πŸ™‚ I made this skirt from 1 yard, not including the pockets, and had just a tiny scrap left. This is size 10, for reference.

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Making bows is one of my favorite quick projects, and I had a fresh pattern that I wanted to try. Duchess & Hare just shared a free pattern for fabric bows, and it is perfectly sweet! I made this (and the pockets on the skirt) from the navy Night Lights print. It coordinates perfectly with the outfit!

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The results from all three patterns ended in professional, well-fitting garments, and I am happy to recommend all of them! These were all new to me patterns even though I had owned more than one of them for a little while πŸ™‚

I hope you will log into Sewing Portfolios, and set up an account, or update your account with a few more projects. And also check out Michael Miller fabrics, and all of their new lines!

This was an extremely rewarding collaboration for me, and I am so excited to share it with all of you!

I’m also over on the Michael Miller Fabrics blog! Check out my interview and photos there!!

Quinn

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I made the Quinn pattern during testing last year, and it was one of my favorite makes. I ended up loving the style, but as sewing goes, there’s always something new to make, and even favorites get pushed down the list.

Made for Mermaids had a flash back Friday contest a couple of weeks ago to sew the Quinn pattern and share, and all you need to do is offer me a chance at free patterns to make something jump up to the top of my list. Lol! I didn’t win, but the dress I got out of it is worth so much more!

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Story time: My friend messaged me and some other of her friends saying she was purging some of her, and her mom’s fabric, and to come look to see if we wanted any, or it was going to Goodwill shortly. I messaged her back the next day (Friday) saying I could come anytime next week if there was any left. She told me that her other friend had already planned to come pick up whatever was left on Monday, so if I want something, I had to come before then. SO, I left right then. Haha! We had a free afternoon, and she lives on my side of town so it wasn’t time consuming.

I warned the girls that they would not be picking fabric for themselves. Our local fabric store has a scrap bin for the kids, and so they are spoiled thinking they get scraps wherever we go. But when I was done looking, my daughter pulled out this tie dye fabric from a box, with begging in her eyes, and I decided I could get it to make her happy. I would have left this there if she hadn’t asked.

Story time part two: Friday nights are my sew nights. We host company for dinner, and then my husband entertains them (usually playing xbox or brewing beer) and I am left alone in glorious silence. Weekends are full with family time and church, and weekdays are full with kids and house responsibilities, so I make the most of my Friday nights.

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This Quinn contest came up that Friday, and I had nothing else pressing to sew, so I cut out and finished most of it that night. The next morning, I threaded elastic, gathered and attached the skirt, and that was all finished before 8 that Saturday morning, which is also my favorite photo time, so we popped outside to snap these photos. My daughter chose the maxi version of this pattern, and she loves the dress so much. I love it so much because she chose the fabric, and the pattern options.

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Sewing feeds my creative soul. My girls still love wearing hand made. I love that it is mutually beneficial and enjoyable for all of us!

The Quinn pattern comes highly recommended by my daughter and me!

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Quinn

Fabric sources:

Friend’s stash πŸ™‚

 

 

Josephine

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This gorgeous dress pattern was featured in the One Thimble e-zine, issue 15, and it was on the cover!

I want to quickly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the One Thimble issues I have purchased, and am impressed at the quality, and substantialness of the articles, and tutorials included, on top of receiving around 10 full pdf patterns. The price is $25 AUD, which currently makes it quite a bit cheaper if you’re in the US, and even if you only want a handful of patterns in the issue, it’s still a great deal when you break it down to price per pattern!

Ok, so the reason I’m posting about this dress now, is the Issue 16 is almost here, and so the Josephine pattern has gone home to Bella Sunshine Designs! Melissa from BSD designed this dress for One Thimble, and it is now available for purchase individually, on her site!

This is a drop waist top or dress, with cap sleeves, and princess seaming on the bodice. The back is finished with a zipper. Three lengths are included, top length, vintage dress, and knee length dress. The inside is as beautiful as the outside with all seams enclosed, INCLUDING the cap sleeve seams, and the zipper! I made this in one afternoon in spite of the fact that it’s not a quick and dirty sew, and that included making decisions about fabric and trim. πŸ™‚

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It comes in sizes 6mo-12. I think this is a gorgeous style for so many ages. My daughters do not love wearing the woven things I make them all that much, so while I was smitten with this design, I was afraid I was doing a lot of work for nothing, but since I made this a few months ago, I can safely say it has been in frequent rotation, and when she first saw it, she gasped, and told me she loved it!

The best part is that it’s on sale right now for only $5.50!! I think that’s a great deal for a pattern of this quality!

If you love it, go pick it up, and sew a gorgeous dress this week!

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Josephine

Fabric sources:

All mystery woven and trims from a hand-me-down stash

Nina+Mama Nina

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The new swing raglan is here from Made for Mermaids! this is a top, tunic, or high-low dress, and is so quick to sew, and easy to wear. The girls version is Nina, and the women’s version is the Mama Nina. I made a few for my girls, and only one for me, but it’s already been in heavy rotation. I may or may not have pulled it out of the laundry TWO times because I couldn’t wait until I washed it, TWO different times. Haha. And sorry if you saw me in person.

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I made mine out of double brushed poly, my daughter’s pink one from single brushed poly, and her orange one says it’s 100% cotton, but there’s more drape, I think than 100% cotton would have. So it’s a bit of a mystery!

I did make one top for my daughter, but I haven’t taken photos of it yet. The rest of my sews were the high-low dress. I think it’s my favorite option! You can make it work for so many occasions, depending on your fabric, and styling choices, and you’ll feel like you’re wearing pajamas!

The dress version is a bit of a fabric hog. I got my dress out of a 2 yard cut, sleeves and neckband too, but I had to cut carefully. My daughter wears an 8 chest/12 length, and I got her dress out of a 1 yard cut, however, I had to cut the back in 2 pieces! That works fine for solids, or non-directional prints. I didn’t do that on my pattern, just for reference.

The girl’s and women’s Nina patterns are onside for $7 each, or you can get the limited time bundle of both patterns for $10! I highly encourage that option πŸ™‚

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Nina

Mama Nina

Bundle (best deal)

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Pink brushed poly: So Sew English

Orange dots: LDG Textiles

 

 

Tara+ Mama Tara

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This new twist top is the awesomest!! I love the Tara and Mama Tara patterns from Made for Mermaids. This is a relaxed fit tee, with a FUN twist! The side (either one, you choose) will have a twist, and it is so fun to play with, with stripe prints, or solids.

I love that it has a relaxed fit. Not too baggy, but super comfortable. The sleeve options are fun too! There is a twist short sleeve included in the pattern, and you can check out the Made for Mermaids blog to find hacks on how to make your other sleeve lengths have that fun split and twist too πŸ™‚ The other sleeve lengths include short, 3/4, or long.

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The best part about this is how quick it is to sew. You can make this a fun summer top, with a light rayon spandex, and short twist sleeves, or a perfectly cozy winter sweater, using french terry, and adding cuffs to the sleeves and bottom hem (hack on the Made for Mermaids blog as well). Or just leave your french terry version raw at all the edges!

Get this while it’s on sale, and you can have new tops for you and the little ones you sew for by this weekend!

I made mine out of a solid black rayon spandex. I knew I would get the most use out of a solid color, since that’s my comfort zone, and I love that the side twist detail makes it more exciting than a plain tee.

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My daughter’s is also rayon spandex, and she has the fun sleeve option on hers. Both of my fabrics came from a de-stash page, so I don’t know the original sources.

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Don’t miss the best prices, and the Mama and me bundle for even more savings.

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Also, look at how much my girls love pictures. Hahahahahahaha! And my four year old made his debut as my photographer for these mommy and me pictures ❀ The purple version in these has the cuff hacks that will be on the M4M blog. You can find details, and more photos there.

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Tara

Mama Tara

Bundle (best deal)

Fabric sources:

purple sweater knit: Wal-Mart

 

 

Tess Tulip Shorts

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I’m happy to be able to show off the new Tulip shorts from Bella Sunshine Designs! Their patterns are top notch, and I am not just saying that. Whenever I have a woven pattern from them, and I grade it between sizes to match my girls measurements, the pieces always, amazingly match up exactly when I’m sewing. Even with the possibility of my grading error, cutting the pattern out error, or fabric cutting error, it always matches up exactly, which is a beautiful thing, especially for wovens.

I know this will be a hit, because this style of short is so trendy right now! This pattern comes in sizes 6mo-12, and has short, or a longer inseam. This is the shorter version. There are optional inseam pockets as well. She also just released the Tess Tulip shorts for women, so you can twin with your mini me!!

These are on sale for release. And they sew up quickly. You can get crazy with your trims and piping, for some super fun shorts. But you will not want to miss the sale price, so you can get to sewing!!

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Tess Tulip Shorts (girls)

Tess Tulip Shorts (women)

Fabric sources:

Orange floral quilter’s cotton: Hancock

Linen Loungers+Little Loungers

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These new woven pants are the latest patterns from Patterns for Pirates! The women’s version are the Linen Loungers, and there is a unisex version for children called the Little Loungers πŸ™‚ I only made shorts versions of both of these patterns, though, because, HOT.

There are so many options, as usual, and you can also pick your favorite finishes, since they include the “quick and dirty” methods, and the more neat methods. Personally, I go for quick, because I just want to sew more more more!

This comes in short, bermuda, capri, and pant lengths. The shorts options include a cuffed hem, or a curved hem. There are 2 front pocket options, or leave them off. And a back patch pocket.

I love the comfort of these. They call for a fabric with some drape, but the shorts versions can be made with something more stable. The yoga waistband version whips up SO quickly, and then I also made one with an elastic waist, and they were pretty much just as quick! My daughters also got some shorts, I haven’t photographed all of them yet!

You can check out the listing to see photos of them on all kinds of amazing women! And they will be on sale during the release πŸ™‚

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My fun printed shorts are made from rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I added 1 yard of this to my order sometime last fall, and it was sitting around waiting for the right project until now. This was a one yard wonder, because I carefully cut out these shorts, with just a tiny scrap of that yard to spare πŸ™‚ These are the cuffed hem shorts, I left the cuff down, instead of tacking it up, because the fabric wouldn’t stay up very well, and to keep the inseam a little longer. I made a tiny change to the pocket installation. The pattern has you bind the edge of the pocket, but I just sewed it to the front shorts, turned it over and topstitched. Easy hack.

The black shirt here is a short sleeve Sweet Tee. I have a hard time nailing myself down, but it might be my favorite P4P top pattern ever. So fast, and I feel like it’s so flattering and comfortable.

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The green shorts are an upcycle from another homemade garment handed down to me from a friend, so I really have no clue what the fabric content is. It is a lightweight woven, and I was afraid it might even be too sheer for these, but it’s completely fine on.

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These can be a year round staple! I am personally excited to have some comfy printed shorts, and my daughter is excited to match with mommy!

Linen Loungers

Little Loungers

Lounger Bundle (best deal)

 

Fabric sources:

Yoga waistband cotton lycra: Needle Nook Fabrics

Striped drawstring: Club jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Green shorts: mystery woven

Floral rayon challis: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Black sweater knit (Sweet Tee): Wal-Mart