Big butt pants

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I tested the updated version of the big butt pants recently, and, while it’s a great basic, quick sew, comfy wear for your littles, the best part about this particular test was my three year old’s photos. He is always asking me to take pictures of him, and so when I do sew for him, he is eager, and willing to take pictures!

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He needed no direction, and just was a silly little guy for a few minutes!

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These are a great pattern for your knit stash. They have a wide gusset that makes them so comfy to wear. Lots of room for movement. The legs are slim enough to counter the baggier crotch, but not tight or restrictive at all. The tall cuffs give a great option for growing room. You could fold them up halfway, and as they grow fold them down. Mine are just scrunched slightly here.

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Brindille and Twig makes some great patterns for comfy kids wear. I have made so many of every pattern I own from them! The big butt pants come in sizes preemie-6T.

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You can use code ‘bigupdate’ to take $1 off this pattern, or the ice cream pants pattern (through 8/27/18). Or if you previously purchased these patterns, you should have received an email update.

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Thank you for reading ❤

Lotte

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Hi! I have a blog post that I am excited to share. It’s a little belated, but I love this so much, I don’t want it to never make it to the blog. I was able to participate on the inspiration team for a fun challenge with Misusu patterns! I love this company, because the designs are beautiful, and the size range is great! She doesn’t include the large size range in all her patterns, but I believe she will be expanding some of them to the wider size range soon. Plus, there are several really high quality free patterns! I’m talking about a full size range, and detailed designs!

The challenge was to show off the free patterns they have available, and I paired the free pattern I chose with one of their paid patterns, Lotte. Lotte is a top, tunic, or dress pattern, with optional pockets in the skirt, and an optional chest pocket. The neckline is bound, and though the bodice needs to be made from knit, you can bind the neckline with woven or knit binding. I used a package of store-bought bias tape, to make it simple.

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The free pattern I chose is the felt flower design. The template comes in 2 sizes in the tutorial, with directions on scaling it larger or smaller, depending on what you’re putting it on.

The tutorial recommends using wool felt, and I knew I wanted to follow that advice, since the craft store felt pills up and falls apart more easily, and this will go through the wash. I ordered mine from Christmas Keepsakes on Etsy. I bought the 6″x6″ sample pack of 25 colors. You can choose your own colors, and I was able to select a few shades of each color I knew I wanted for this. That way I could  pair them up at home to my liking, plus have extra for the next project! The price was very reasonable, and she shipped quickly!

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I asked my kids to each color a template however they wanted. It really brought fresh ideas to the project. I thought I was going to go with my design, and this would just make them feel like they were involved, but I ended up going with one of my daughter’s designs, changing up one or two colors!

It was a little tedious cutting out all the pieces. I just held the pattern onto the felt with one hand, cutting with the other, while I watched my youngest in the bath. I’m sure there’s a more efficient, easier way to do it, but it was a nice little project, and I just did it, since I couldn’t leave to putter around and find another way 🙂

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Then you just place them on by hand. I followed the template exactly, or you can make your own design.  Pin them in place, and stitch them down on the sewing machine.

I love the finished piece! The only thing I would do differently next time I make this dress, is to use wash away hem tape on the bodice/skirt seam. The skirt is gathered knit, which is slightly more bulky, and the hem ended up wavy because it was hard to sew it neatly. But it’s a beautiful pattern, and I can’t wait to see it on!

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The fabrics are both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The pink is a knit eyelet, and the white is their cotton spandex.

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Check out Misusu patterns here, and join their facebook group here!

Clementine

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I’ve loved Bella Sunshine Designs for a long time now, and they’ve been making and selling knit patterns mostly lately, which I think is what’s most in demand. I know my girls aren’t very excited to wear woven much. So, even though I enjoy sewing with woven, and love the styles that are available, if it’s not an incredibly comfortable design, the woven pieces will sit in the closet forever! My oldest has been needing more dresses lately, and I knew this Sunday Sunshine sale was the push I needed to make her a new one!

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This is the Clementine pattern. It includes:

-Sizes 6 months to girls 12.

-Top, dress, and maxi lengths.

-Sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long sleeves.

-Banded/color blocked skirt in dress and maxi lengths.

-Lined bodice.

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I’ve made the tank version before, but since we’re heading into fall, I knew she would need at least 3/4 sleeves. Maybe this way, she can get away with wearing it a couple of times while it’s still warm!

You can make a tank top for summer, or a long sleeve dress or maxi for winter. This is a great all seasons pattern!

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And it’s a quick sew! Of course, if you make the banded skirt, it will be a few more steps, but still a simple sew. I love the thorough way Melissa designs these patterns. There are separate pieces for the bodice main, and the bodice lining, so the lining will pull to the inside, and never show. Plus, the tutorial has detailed grading and fitting advice, and the instructions are clear! I never regret sewing one of these patterns.

Sunday only you can grab this pattern for $5!! It’s a Sunday Sunshine Sale! Use code SUNSHINESALE or grab the bundle with the women’s pattern included for $10 with code SUNSHINESALEBUNDLE

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Fabric is double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints!

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Driftwood

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After a month of sewing for my girls for Project Run and Play, it was time to sew for my boys who had been patiently waiting. I’ve made a couple of tshirts for them, and my husband, but I immediately signed up for the Driftwood test when it came up! This is a new boys pattern from Love Notions, and it includes crew, henley, and polo options. I made two henley versions in testing, but only have one photographed. The pattern is a pretty simple sew. I made the second one in an evening while my husband was out with one of my girls.

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The pattern includes an optional chest pocket, and short or long sleeves. Sizing is from 2T-14.

This shirt was an upcycle from a polo my husband had just cleaned out of his closet, I harvested the buttons from it too! I love the color, and I loved getting good quality “boy fabric” for free 🙂

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My three year old is about ready to give lessons to his big siblings in taking photos. He loves the camera. And will give the cutest faces and poses!

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The pattern is on sale for 20% off for release, you’ll have to use code HAPPYFOURTH2018 while their site-wide sale is going on, but it will automatically be marked down after that!

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Project Run & Play – Week 4 and re-cap

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I was in fourth place last week, out of four, so it was my last week competing, but since I had already been sewing, I wanted to share what my Week 4 entry would have been! If you go check out the other creations, I mean COLLECTIONS, that are in the final, you will be blown away. I am amazed at the level of thought and detail that went into every one of them! Be sure to vote, and check out the post to link up your own signature look creation. Bonus of this week’s link up is it’s also an audition for the next season of PRP 🙂

When we were given the pre-season credit to Cali Fabrics, I knew I was going to have to make a pretty definitive plan before ordering. I didn’t want to buy, and then change my mind completely, and not use any of it. So I spent quite a while on their website planning all four weeks, and it started with week 4. I found the perfect sweater knit fabric that was the jumping off point for my Week 4 look, and with that, I moved some things around in my plan, patterns, prints, etc… that I was already inspired to use. Then I ordered all of it, with a decent plan in place. The next day, I got an email saying that they were out of stock of the first fabric I chose, and wouldn’t be able to get any more. So all of a sudden, everything changed. Lol! They shipped the rest of the order, and it is all amazing! Their customer service, and quick and personal responses went above and beyond. But I didn’t have that first sweater knit I was planning on.

After another massive internet, and local shops search for a good substitute, I ended up with a knit from my stash that I picked up on a good deal at Joann last year. I love the greyscale, and was saving it for a top for myself, but it was too perfect for this, and letsbehonest, if I haven’t made it yet, it probably won’t be happening any time soon. Good thing I had plenty, because I ended up needing to re-make the top when the first version didn’t fit right. #alwaysmuslin #iwontfollowmyownadvice

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My girls wear casual clothes 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time, it’s as fancy as they can get. There is no middle ground. My oldest loves jeans, and flannel shirts in the winter, and shorts, and any kind of comfy top in the summer. My younger daughter cares a little more about pretty things, and loves to wear dresses often. Usually casual dresses, but she does enjoy being dressed up.

My style is simple, easy, comfortable, quality, with attention to detail in design. Proportions are important, and I like things to fit well. I did struggle a little in this competition with feeling like I needed to add difficulty, just to keep myself in the running, but generally erred on the side of sewing the things I knew we would love to wear, properly, and well. I’m so happy with everything I made, and the clothes have been in regular rotation with my girls already!

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This has been one of the best sewing experiences I’ve had. I was excited when Audrey asked me to join this season, and I have really enjoyed getting to know the other designers better. I’ve known “of” all of them, and had interactions with a few in the past, but now I feel like I have forged some new connections, and that is so rewarding!

I got into sewing again several years ago, just to fuel my passion for fashion, and since I am cheap, I mostly made my own patterns, having NO CLUE what I was doing. I saw a pdf pattern on Pinterest, and when I went to check it out, and saw it was $5, I was shocked anyone would pay that for a digital pattern. Lol! I followed fashion and sewing blogs religiously, and through one of them joined the Girl Charlee knit fix facebook group, to enter a giveaway for free fabric. I ended up not winning that giveaway, but won a later one in that same group, and with that free fabric, I was hooked on sewing with knit fabric. I was still doing my own thing, and purchased one or two pdf patterns that I had seen someone else sew. Jalie, and LouBee patterns were my first purchases, I think. Jalie was a good trial by fire. Lol! But I always tell people wondering if they can sew with Jalie instructions as a beginner, that it was one of my first pdf patterns, and if I could do it, they can too! Someone in that group recommended the PDF Patterns Sales and Promotions group on Facebook to me, and that was pretty much the end of it then! My eyes were opened to the wonderful world of pdf patterns, and I have learned almost everything I know from sewing with them!

The black dress is completely self-drafted, from an inspiration image I found. You should have seen my sleeve piece. Lol! I had never sewn a sleeve, or seen what the pattern piece should look like!

This yellow tunic was my first attempt at using a pdf pattern to make what I wanted. There were quite a few modifications to it!

I signed up to test a pattern from Heidi and Finn, and that was my first pattern test. After that, they came pretty quickly and easily. I loved getting to sew with a deadline, forcing me out of my indecision, and getting the pattern in return. Over the last few years, my experiences have blossomed into promoting for several companies, promoting for fabric companies, moderating and admining for pattern and fabric groups, and generally spending all my time doing the thing I love.

In the ways that those things have been a huge help, and growth for me, it’s also been a way I’ve let my creativity die a little. When testing, you have to follow the pattern EXACTLY. You have to make the size you measure, follow their tutorial, not make modifications, etc… which I think is very important, but by keeping busy with testing, I grew out of the habit of making what I imagined. Which is how my sewing journey really began. In sewing for Project Run and Play, you CAN’T sew a pattern straight from the package. You have to use it as a jumping off point for your own design. I was able to make all the design, proportion, fit, construction, and ease modifications I wanted to, and it was so rewarding, and refreshing. I enjoyed every bit of sewing I did for this competition, even all the muslins, and pieces I changed my mind about and didn’t use. It was all joyful.

I know I talked a long time about myself, and not the clothes, but I wanted to re-cap my experience, for myself, and for anyone who might be thinking of joining the next season!

The patterns I used this time were the Sunny Day shorts from Oliver+S. I shortened them quite a bit, graded them out added height to the back rise, and pieced the front to add the slant pockets I drafted. I added a faux drawstring to the waistband as well. This is some glorious chambray from Cali Fabrics. These shorts have been worn a few times now, and this fabric wears really well. It doesn’t wrinkle up all short like some cottons do.

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The top is a mash between the neckline of Blaverry’s Star, with my own modifications to the body and sleeves, and the hem band from Blaverry’s Sami top. I made this boxier and shorter than intended, and added cuffs to the sleeves.

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My daughter’s pink dress was from the Hally pattern from Ainslee Fox. I purchased One Thimble issue 16 just for this pattern, but like we all know about me, hadn’t sewn it yet. Ha! I made quite a few modifications to it, but it was a perfect starting point. I wish I would have shortened the dress, and lengthened the ruffle, but I second guessed myself, and didn’t do it. I still love it, the rayon challis print is perfectly drapey and cool, and I loved sewing with it! This was also from Cali Fabrics. I think the first rayon challis I ever used was really cheap/discount, and I was also trying to use it on a pattern with pin tucks, so I almost swore off that substrate forever. Thankfully it hasn’t been as tricky since then, but I still think of it as a difficult fabric to work with.

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I had this camo fabric from Cali Fabrics also that wasn’t going to work, when my plans underwent upheaval, but I wanted to use it somehow, and also knew my outfits needed something more. I thought about sewing an outfit for one of my boys, and had great inspiration for it, but decided that the other one would feel left out if he was the only one not involved, and I didn’t think I could come up with two more amazing outfits, so I didn’t go that route. Instead I used it for the drawstring in her shorts, and made a fabric necklace! It’s just a tube of fabric, with beads pushed inside, and contrasting embroidery thread tying them off from each other. It’s a perfectly simple statement necklace. My younger daughter also got a fabric necklace. I used a piece of wire, bent in the curved shape I wanted it to hang in, and an old broken necklace of mine for the chain. I cut a strip of woven twill on the bias, so it wouldn’t fray, because I wanted to leave the edges raw, and pleated it irregularly onto the wire.

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Thanks for reading, and for all your support for me on this adventure! You guys always pushed me through high in the voting portion of the score, and I felt so thankful to be part of a supportive community of family, friends, and fellow seamstresses, sewers? sewists?? Please support Project Run and Play with your votes, and follow them for future seasons too. I know it’s going to be amazing every time!

Streak, Stroke, Stripe! Project Run & Play – Week 3

I can’t believe I’m here to share week 3! Thank you for your help getting me to this round! This is the final round before the Signature Look, and three designers will get to share theirs. The theme for this week was Streak, Stroke, Stripe. I know there will be a lot of good designs to see this week, and don’t forget, you can be sewing along to win prizes too! Link up at Project Run & Play your best stripe look!

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This week, I had another long time pin that inspired one of my pieces. This maxi wrap skirt is something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, but in the rhythm of life, I don’t get/take time to make the things that I really want to. I started shopping for the perfect fabric as soon as I knew the theme for this week, and you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to find, but finding the right scale of stripes, in the right substrate took me all over the internet, and in local stores too. I should have gone to Raspberry Creek Fabrics first. They’re one of my favorite online shops, and they have the most amazing selection of knits and woven for apparel purposes! I bought all 5 yards of this pin stripe rayon challis they listed as in stock. My first plan was to create a full dress out of this fabric, but the inspiration never quite came together in my mind.

For the skirt, I used the Made for Mermaids Isabel wrap dress pattern. This is designed for knit, and it is a dress, not a skirt pattern, but I knew the tulip cut option of the skirt would be perfect. I measured the length I wanted for my daughter, minus the amount of ruffle I wanted, and re-drew the curve. For the ruffles, I added 2 layers, and made them longest at the back, gradually getting shorter around the front. These were a small bit of labor, as I had to piece together the width of fabric, so I eyeballed the slope of ruffles, and cut them with scissors as they lay in all their glorious length across my living room. Rayon challis is notoriously shifty, so it was a little bit of a fussy task. But this fabric is surprisingly less shifty than other rayon challises I’ve used, so I was very happy working with it. I enclosed the top of the skirt in-between the layers of the waistband, leaving some extra length on the outside end for one tie, and added the second tie in the side seam of the other side of the waistband of the skirt. There is a button sewn into the inside layer of the waistband to secure it closed before it’s tied. My daughter LOVES this skirt, and was begging to wear it to her VBS program the night after it was finished!

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I wanted to play with pattern mixing in this outfit, so I chose a larger scale stripe for the shirt. I also wanted to use an assortment of fabric types, scales of prints, etc… to show variety and interest within the theme. This is a knit I picked up at Joann, for a different project, but I decided it would go well with this outfit! I used the Jalie pattern, Bobbie, for the base of this one. Bobbie is a dolman sleeve pattern. The modifications I made were widening and scooping out the v-neckline, shortening, and widening the body of the pattern, and adding ruffles on the sleeves. The facing is a full tank facing that ends mid torso, so it’s comfortable to wear. I love this outfit together. It has an easy vibe, and it’s flowy for cool comfort in the summer!

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For the other outfit, I wanted to use a more abstract stripe, I guess this would be more in the streak or stroke realm. I love this olive stripe print from Cali Fabrics so much! I have never shopped there before, but they sponsored this competition, and generously sent credit to the designers to use for the season! This is an ITY, which makes it cool to wear in the summer too. This dress started from the Havanna pattern from Cali Faye Collection. I’ve owned this one since it was released. I am obsessed with the style. But true to my procrastinating form, I’ve never sewn it. It is a blouse pattern designed for woven, but I wanted to make this from knit, so I made a muslin, and then a few modifications. I added length to make it a dress, drew a completely new back bodice piece, modified the crossover portion in the front to eliminate the need for a button, and added pockets! I also curved in the sides so the heavier knit wouldn’t be overwhelming. I played with the pattern placement on this, though I was slightly limited, as I used all of the 2 yard piece I had. But I was able to flip pieces in different directions to make the most of it, and match all the stripes! This is such a simple style, but it still makes a statement. I want to make one for every day of the week for my daughter this summer!

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We headed downtown on a warm (hot) night for photos. I knew the neutral colors in the clothes would need a background that would let them shine. This parking garage is not in regular use, and while it was too windy for us to get good shots with the city in the background on the top level, we were able to get our photos on the ground level. The hair and styling were fun for this one. I tried to add subtle stripes wherever I could, without making it look cuckoo! Then we headed home to beat the 100 degree heat with slushes. I’m thankful for my girls who are such good sports, and are all in with me in this competition. They were on board before I began, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them! Thank you for reading. You can check out all the other entries over at Project Run and Play, and vote for your favorite!!

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GO VOTE!

Jalie Bobbie

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This is my second of the 14 new patterns from Jalie that I sewed! This one is called Bobbie, and is a dolman sleeve top, with a tank facing. The V-neck is so easy to sew, because it’s finished with a facing, and the design is SO genius! The tank facing is a cropped under layer that fits close to your body, so it’s modest, and comfortable! It’s also a super quick sew. This one is designed for knit fabrics.

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I was going to sew this for myself, but way back when the design first came out, and I signed up, my pregnant belly was a lot smaller. When I finally got the pattern, I decided I could show it off better on my daughter, so you truly see the intended fit 🙂 But that’s the nice thing about Jalie. Most include all sizes, from little girl to women’s plus sizes!!!

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My daughter has owned these for a few weeks now, and they have been in heavy rotation. I love that you can have fun with the facing fabric, for a little extra pop of color, or you can go basic, to keep it understated.

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The striped fabric was a jersey from Girl Charlee that I’d had on my shelf for quite a while. And we decided on a bright pink double brushed poly for the facing on this.

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The fun pink graffiti print is an ITY from Simply By Ti fabrics! She has three color ways of this print, and I let my daughter hop online and choose her favorite for this. I love including their opinion in things I sew, and I know this top will get worn! The facing on this one is  black cotton lycra I had stashed from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Go check out all 14 new patterns from Jalie, and don’t forget you can use a promo code when you buy 3! That’s what I always do 🙂