Everyday Elegance

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The Everyday Elegance top was one of the first patterns I knew about from Patterns for Pirates. It is a classic blouse pattern, and I was never excited to try it out, because…woven. Hahaha! I love wearing woven, I just don’t love sewing apparel woven because of the extra steps it takes. However, every time I make something out of woven, I wonder why I was so annoyed by it, because it actually doesn’t take that long, nor is it hard! And then it turns out amazing like this! I am crushing hard on this Everyday Elegance Β dress I made. This is my favorite color to wear, and this rayon fabric flows beautifully. I wore it the next Sunday to church, and since I’m still figuring out the ropes of fitting and sewing for myself, I don’t always wear my makes if I’m not completely confident in them. But I love this so much.

This new version has been updated to include layers, plus sizing, and a few more options. There are lots of hacks posted on the P4P blog to take your pattern even farther.

And best of all, it’s on sale for the re-release. This is kicking off the summer of woven at Patterns for Pirates, and it’s a great beginning! You will love this so much.

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Everyday Elegance

Patterns for Pirates

I wanted to take a trip down memory lane with this huge celebration over at Patterns for Pirates. They’ve reached 50,000 members in their Facebook group, and I am in awe over the community it is! I’ve made quite a few of their patterns, and I thought I’d share πŸ™‚ There is a 30% off sale going on. Use code 50ksale to get the deal. Check out the freebie section too, for some extra good deals πŸ˜‰

And these are jut the modeled ones. I have made lots of Jolly Roger Raglans, and Boxer briefs for my boys that don’t get photographed πŸ™‚

You will love anything you make from P4P. Go take advantage of the sale, and join the celebration!!

Patterns for Pirates

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Favorite Tee

 

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The name says it all πŸ˜‰ The Favorite Tee is a new women’s pattern from Patterns for Pirates! So many times I’m sucked in by a gorgeous, intricate pattern, and some beautiful, floral fabric, that really is gorgeous, but my closet is filled with 100% solids, and basics. That’s what I wear. So this tee pattern is the perfect addition, and I even restrained myself and made it in a cool blue fabric, so this will get so much wear!!

There are options to make this the perfect top for anyone! I made the shirt length, split hem version, it also includes a split hem tunic length, curved hem tunic or dress length, and a banded knot tie hem. Short, 3/4 and long sleeves, and v-neck or scoop neck are also included in the pattern!

I made the girls Fav Tee for my daughter also. This one has most of the same options, except no curved hem tunic length. The size range for this pattern goes from 3mo-14y so it will work forever.

I consider myself a v-neck newbie still. They usually don’t come out perfect the first time. The tutorial was very thorough, and will take you through step by step! I’m excited that this one turned out perfect πŸ™‚

The patterns are on sale, and as usual, there is also a bundle deal which is the best price! Here are some photos of two of the versions I made.

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Favorite Tee

Fav Tee

Favorite Bundle

Fabric source:

light blue mystery knit: Wal-Mart $1 section!

Brown/black print: Friend’s stash

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Heart Breaker Cami

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Another perfect basic, that has fun not-so-basic options is the new Heart Breaker Cami from Patterns for Pirates! This is a girls pattern that comes in sizes 3mo-14. It is a camisole with an optional X in the back. The front has a scoop neckline, with a v-neck in the back. But you really could wear this forwards or backwards πŸ™‚ There are cropped, shirt, and tunic length options. Perfect for layering, or wearing all the hot summer long!

This is a tunic length, with a rayon blend fabric on the front, and cotton lycra on the back. I blended to a wider width for her hips. I love making clothes that fit my kids just right.

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AND THEN, I got baby crazy and made this tiny 3 month size for my niece. I can not wait to see it on her! I used the optional shoulder flutter, of course πŸ™‚ There is also an optional ruffle along the neck. Pictured here with the Brindille and Twig Cuff pants modified into shorts.

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AND THEN, I got a little hack happy, and mashed this cami with a baby harem pants pattern to make this adorable romper, also for my niece. I think this is just so fun, and it was so simple to do! I folded up the shirt pattern 1″, to make it the final, hemmed length, and then put it right at the top of the pants pattern(without the waistband, and cut a gentle curved line from the top to the bottom. I used this tutorial to add a snap placket.

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The even better part, is there’s also a women’s version! The Cross My Heart Cami has the same options, plus a few more. The cropped version is a fun layering piece! There are a few strap options, and if you have inspiration, it would be easy to adjust to make it your own πŸ™‚ The white shirt is a Mama Claire with a double crossover hack, from the Made for Mermaids blog. This is some more of that $1 fabric from Wal-Mart. And I used it up on this project, which means I need to go shopping again πŸ˜‰

The patterns are on sale for $7.50 each, or you can buy the bundle of both patterns for $14.

I whipped up both of those baby versions yesterday, so they’re such quick sews! Check out the listings for lots more photos!

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Heart Breaker Cami

Cross My Heart Cami

Fabric sources:

Pink and black ponte: Girl Charlee

Black floral: Girl Charlee

Mint cotton lycra: NR Fabrics

Bright floral: Girl Charlee

White mystery knit: Wal-Mart

Grey/white stripe cotton lycra: Raspberry Creek

Green floral (romper): So Sew English

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Sew, What Do I Wear?

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Here we are again with Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates, bringing you inspiration for what to sew for Valentine’s Day! My husband and I don’t do much to celebrate this holiday, sometimes we’ll go out, but never on the actual day! πŸ˜‰ But my mom always left us gifts on the breakfast table on Valentine’s day, and I loved that little unexpected (even though she did it every year) gift. You’re still kind of coming off of the Christmas high, and at least I wasn’t looking forward to a birthday for several more months, so it always felt special. So I like to do the same thing for my kids. Having children makes things more magical, especially holidays. I love to make this one fun, just like the rest. So we usually bake and decorate sugar cookies, we also usually make lots of cards, and go crazy with the stickers and glitter.

I knew my Valentine’s attire would be casual, since I’m spending the day with my kids. I used Made for Mermaids Mama Ava since it’s the perfect silhouette to be comfy, but with gorgeous fabric, you don’t feel sloppy! I also wore the Peg Legs from Patterns for Pirates. I think these are one of the best beginner projects, and they give you such impressive results! (I was on day 2 of wearing these, so all I can see are the baggy knees, but they really fit so perfectly!)

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And then, because it’s fun, I put on a little more make up, some jeans and heels, and made it the perfect outfit for a casual dinner with my husband. That’s as fancy as we get anyway πŸ™‚

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My fabric for this shirt is double brushed poly, from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the tighter pattern of the floral, sometimes when the floral is more in clumps, you have to worry about pattern placement more, but this one is so gorgeous, and I love the colors! My leggings were double brushed poly from So Sew English.

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I think Valentine’s day is top of my favorite holiday list. I love every happy thing about it! I’m planning what to sew for my kids, and I’ll share that soon.

Please check out the other talented women joining this blog tour! There are some AHHH-MAZING looks. The links are below. ThankΒ  you Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates for your perfect patterns, and this fun blog tour.

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Mama Bear and Baby Bear Joggers

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I can’t even with these. Not that it’s stopped me before, but now I can actually wear pajamas to church/errands/meetings/whatever and actually look like I tried. Haha! These are the new Mama Bear Joggers from Patterns for Pirates, and you’ll want to know also that there are Baby Bear Joggers and Papa Bear Joggers too. Aren’t the names the best!!

Here are the options included in the Mama Bear Joggers:

-shorts or ankle length

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic, or roll up hem

-low rise or mid rise

-sizes XXS-Plus3X

This should cover all your jogger making needs! I’ve made four pairs so far, because they’re perfect! Let me tell you about them. The floral pair is rayon spandex, they’re the softest, lightest ever! I did a yoga waist, slat pockets, and ankle cuffs on this pair. The white/grey pair are brushed poly, and they’re the ones I’ve worn the most. SO comfortable. Totally a huge upgrade from my sweats I normally wear around (and out of 😁) the house. They also have a yoga waist and slat pockets, but I used elastic at the ankle. Then the brown shorts are ponte. I made them with a yoga waist, but no pockets, because I wanted a crazy quick sew!

One of things I love about this pattern is that the thigh and ankle measurements are included, so you can grade to get exactly the fit you want!

Next, I’ll tell you about the Baby Bear Joggers. These are going to be the perfect cozy pants for my kids for fall and winter. And I love that they’re equally perfect for my girls and boys!

Here are the options included in the Baby Bear Joggers:

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets, or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic or roll up hem

-sizes 3m-14

You can buy them on sale individually, or bundled with the Papa Bear Joggers for an even bigger discount!

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Mama Bear Joggers

Baby Bear Joggers

Papa Bear Joggers

Pattern Bundle

Fabric sources:

Floral rayon spandex: Vinegar and Honey

Grey/white brushed poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Brown ponte: Wal-Mart

Mint french terry: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I wanted to add that I’ve been feeling extra thankful for all of you who have purchased through my affiliate links. And for the companies that offer an affiliate program. My fabric for projects like these are funded in part from that. I feel really thankful to have found a place to share my creative passion! ❀ ❀

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Spice Cake

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Spice Cake is the cutest top with the cutest name!! This is the girls version of the Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates.

This is a dolman pattern, which are so quick and easy to sew, and this one has lots of options! You can make short, 3/4 or long sleeves, make regular shirt length, or curved hem length, or banded, with a short or tall band. Plus there are two neck band options.

This pattern comes in sizes 3m0-14.

I made both of these in a light sweater knit which adds to the super cozy feel. Your girls will want to live in them all fall and winter! These floral leggings are the Bonny leggings from Made for Mermaids which whip up so fast!

I started this outfit after bedtime one night, and I don’t have much time after the kids go to bed πŸ™‚ And took these pictures early the next morning. It’s seriously so fast.

Since my sweater knit did not have great recovery, I used clear elastic in the shoulder, neckband and bottom band seams. It’s holding it’s shape really well! I’ve recently been keeping several yards on hand just for things like this.

Don’t miss the release sale pricing! This pattern will be on sale for $7.50 through Sunday 10/9.

Oh, and check out this little photo bomber who wouldn’t stay out of the way. He was a camera hog till I sent him inside, lol!

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Spice Cake

Spice Cake/Pumpkin Spice Dolman bundle

Fabric sources:

I got both of these sweater knits from a destash page, but I know the pink hearts came from LDG Showroom

Floral rayon spandex: Girl Charlee

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