Brunch Blouse

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Who loves woven more than knit? I can’t ever decide. Every time I sew woven after I’ve been sewing a lot of knit, I think how wonderful it is, and then when I go back to knit after sewing woven for a while, I am like, why did I ever leave you? Ha. Anyway. I also can’t decide which I prefer to wear. Knit is the most comfortable, but then I put on a woven top like this, and think how it doesn’t cling to anything, and it’s actually pretty much as comfortable as my knits! Now you know a lot about me. #cantcommit #indecisive

So, this is the Brunch Blouse from Patterns for Pirates. It includes tank, cap sleeve, or short sleeve. It’s a dolman sleeve, so #fast and the back includes a seam down the middle for great shape, and easy swayback adjustments. It also includes optional waist ties, a henley placket, and dress lengths, so you really can make almost any look you imagine. There are a few great hacks on the blog for this as well!

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I made this one out of voile, so it’s perfectly light, and comfortable. It’s a little easier to sew than rayon too, which is also one of my top fabrics of choice for apparel woven, so the dart was super easy to sew. This one is the cap sleeve option.

There is a mini version too, the Bitty Brunch Blouse, which I love! Also #alliterationismyfavorite πŸ™‚ The style is so easy to wear, and perfect for all seasons. I think the dolman sleeve wears well under a layering piece like a cardigan. I did not make the final version of the Bitty Brunch Blouse, so I don’t have photos to share.

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Grab the patterns on sale through the weekend, or bundled for even more savings!

Brunch Blouse

Bitty Brunch Blouse

Brunch Blouse Bundle

Fabric sources:

Hobby Lobby

 

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Sweet Bow Dress

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This is another installment in the Summer of Woven from Patterns for Pirates! This one is an update to one of their older patterns, the Sweet Bow Dress. And the mega bow is everything!!! I made 2 versions. One dress length, and one maxi. There is also a top length included, and a small bow, or the mega bow. I did mega, OF course.

This pattern had a few fit issues tweaked, and I am so happy with the fit that they achieved. The blue dress is one of the earlier versions.

This blue version was fun to make because it was another piece of fabric I got from my friend that I shared about a few weeks ago. It’s fun to have fresh fabric in your stash, and I hope it’s fun for my friends to see their fabric having a new life!

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The maxi version was added towards the end of testing, and it is perfect for this style! I used georgette for my skirt, which my daughter loves. She wore this maxi dress to church the Sunday after I made it!

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The pattern will be on sale for the re-release for $7.50. You can find many more photos on larger and smaller sizes in the listing. You will love this! It is a quick sew too, even though I didn’t think it would be. It’s straightforward, and there are only TWO pages to print for all sizes!! #YES

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This sweet dress will is a favorite in my house for sure!!

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Sweet Bow Dress

Fabric sources:

Blue cotton woven: friend’s stash

Gingham bow: vintage from a garage sale

Black floral bodice: woven from Hancock

Georgette: Hobby Lobby

 

 

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

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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!!

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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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