Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Imagine Jacket || Tester Round Up

Did you guys know it's KCWC (kids clothing week challenge) I LOVE sewing for my kids all the time (obviously) but KCWC is my favorite because everyone of my virtual friends are sewing along with me. It makes sewing for my kids like one big group party. So what are you sewing up? I have quite a few things to show you as I have been busily sewing up a storm but it's a lot of secret projects (shhh) so I thought I would show you the AMAZING jackets that the Pattern Anthology testers made. 


The Imagine Jacket was the pattern I designed as part of the Make [Believe] Collection from Pattern Anthology. Let me tell you I LOVE this jacket. Outerwear is one of my favorite things to design, and wear. (I blame the Minnesotan in me) This jacket was fun to design. I was very influenced by my husbands vintage Members Only jacket. I loved the vibe, the style and over all look of the jacket. I wanted something easy for kids to wear, and easy for me to sew. Since the collection was a unisex collection I also added some feminine details, (like the ruffled sleeve) There are so many ways to mix and match the pattern details and create a really cool one of a kind jacket. Also just using a different type of fabric would create a totally different look and feel. Like a windbreaker style made from ripstop or leather for a bomber style jacket. Just check out all the variety in what the testers made. 

**Also as a small note the pattern was in testing where the sleeves were discovered to be too short and have since been lengthened, so on the jackets below in which the sleeves are too short that has been corrected in the pattern :)**


Style A:

Crystal made this adorable floral jacket proving even the masculine lines work great for a girl. I love the navy contrast.

Hillary made this lovely jacket. I LOVE the red with with blue and the contrast collar is so great!
Shelly made this darling polka dot jacket. It has floral fabric for the pocket details which is to die for!
Johanna made this super cute jacket for her super cute boy. I mean seriously is he not the cutest thing ever? I love the blue color as well.
Nikki made this cozy looking jacket for her son. I love that she lined it with a super soft flannel, it just makes the whole jacket look cozy.
Stacy made this jacket that blew my mind! She did leather contrast for the sleeve front and back and the collar and shoulder detailing which takes the whole jacket to another level. And her son? Yeah he is pretty cool.


Lindsay made this adorable jacket after one her son's great grandfather wore during WWII. How's that for cool? Then she took him for photos with these planes and the whole thing is just amazing!

Amanda made this great jacket. I love how clean and simple the tone on tone jacket looks with the pop of color from the lining.

Style B

Erin made this crazy adorable jacket and I about died when I saw it. I mean come on how cute is this? I love the print and the styling (those adorable sneakers)

Trinh made this darling plaid version for her older daughter, I love the polka dot contrast with the plaid.
She also made this cozy velour one for her younger daughter. I adore both of them and how different they both look just by using different types of fabric.


Jessica made this fun and bright pink jacket. I love that she went with a bold color and a print, so perfectly girly girl.

Allison made this lovely jacket and I love the subtle but bold print. The tone on tone with pop of purple? SO great! Also black is not a usual color for little ones but I LOVE using it.

Nicole made this colorful jacket and I love how she mixed colors with the ribbing and the lining and the fun colorful print of the jacket.

Last but certainly not least…
Maria made this gorgeous jacket in a linen that just sings to my heart. Also I love the little polka dot lining and the pop from the white zipper.

Don't you just love them all?
You can still get yours while its part of the bundle (crazy savings)
Find it HERE

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer in Paris || Adventure Tee


 The lovely and talented Kelly from Sewing in no man's land, has put together a fun little summer series called "Paris When It Sizzles" It's all about sewing for summer inspired by Summertime in Paris. Seeing as I have been following her on instagram and all her stunning adventures while living in Paris I knew I wanted to take a moment to pretend I was there too. So I made Penny an Adventure Tee, and then we set off on a Paris adventure. (in our basement studio) Our first stop on our adventure was the Eiffel Tower. We ohhhed and ahhhhed at how tall and beautiful it was. Penny even snapped a few pictures.
 Our next stop was out to some lavender fields where we stopped and smelled all the lovely lavender. Penny marveled at all the purple beauty.
 We then stopped over the the Arc de Triomphe. Penny loved the large arch way and the unique stone carvings.

It was fun to imagine even for a moment that we were on a grand adventure. But before long we were back to real life.
 As for the outfit. I thought about Paris, and summer time and I knew I had to do stripes. I know it's kind of cliche but the french do really seem to have a thing for stripes, and who can blame them? Stripes are wonderful. I decided to go with an anchor which is not totally french inspired but I love nautical things and I did it in gold to bring a little Paris bling. (the anchor was cut using my silhouette machine and gold flocked iron on transfer material)
 The shirt is the Adventure Tee from the Make [Believe] collection from Pattern Anthology. I really love the way it turned out. I did the high neckline, hi-low hem option, with front neck placket and cap sleeve. There are so many different options with this tee (for boys and girls) it was honestly hard decide exactly what style I wanted to go with.
 I went with light blue and cream stripes for the front and navy and cream stripes for the back. It was from an old shirt that was done that way, but I also really like the way it breaks things up and adds some interest. I paired it with a pair of chambray bloomers because you can't go wrong with bloomers and for babies I love using them as shorts, show off those cute little baby legs. Threw on a few red accents to seal the deal like the red rain boots and red bow headband. I feel like we could be walking out on the streets of Paris tomorrow. (wouldn't that be a dream)

Top || Adventure Tee Pattern || Make [believe] collection || On sale for a limited time
Bloomers || Old Navy
Boots || Old Navy
Headband || Just something I whipped up

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bookworm Button Up || How to Sew with Chiffon

 Have you checked out the Make [Believe] Collection from Pattern Anthology yet? Granted I am one of the designers so quite possibly bias… but I LOVE this collection. I love all the pieces I have made my kids and plan on making them again and again.

 One of my favorites from the collection has to be this top. As soon as I saw the Bookworm Button Up I just knew I HAD to make it in chiffon. I just love the drape of chiffon and the light and airy look.
 The pattern has TONS of options for you to make it perfect for girls or boys. I went with the girls version with the deep pleated back and hi-low hem, and bow sleeve, however I used the boys pockets.
I paired the top with a simple tank and skinny jeans. I love the look of the top, the bright colors make my heart swing.
 I was nervous sewing the top the whole time, so afraid that chiffon would totally mess it up… but you know what? It turned out amazing. It wasn't even bad sewing with the chiffon. So I put together some tips on working with chiffon that really helped.
 If you are not familiar with chiffon, it's a sheer light weight fabric with soft drape and no stretch. With a little help you can use chiffon for any pattern that calls for woven fabrics.

 1. Spray starch. I used heavy starch because I wanted to take the light and slippery chiffon and make it stiff. So I sprayed the fabric and then pressed, then I cut the pattern pieces out and sprayed and pressed again. Doing this made the fabric stiff almost like paper and it was way easier to sew with and deal with. Then when you are done sewing you just get the shirt wet and the starch washes away.

2. Use pins. Lots and lots of pins. Even though the pieces were nice and stiff and the fabric was easier to deal, I still pinned everything securely in place before sewing. Especially the pockets and collar pieces since I needed those to be specifically placed.

3. Iron. Heat that baby up. (always test the heat on the chiffon first) Pressing well really helped, especially since everything was starched it held a press very well.

 Few notes: I assumed that I should use interfacing, one the pattern calls for it and 2 chiffon is really thin so the structure would be good. Wrong. I added it first and then I realized that chiffon being sheer meant that you could see the interfacing, and I didn't like that. So I skipped it. Then it came time for the button holes. I used tear away stabilizer (like the stuff they use for embroidery projects) I ironed it on in a strip down the button placket. It was handy because I could draw the button hole markings on to the tear away, then I added the buttons and removed all the extra. Bam stabilized button holes that were super easy to sew. I did the same for the buttons so they would't pull the chiffon apart.

*** Edited to add***
I also did french seams for all the seams because I was lazy and didn't want to change out the thread on my serger but again you would see if it was serged in white thread since chiffon is sheer. So I went with french seams. The bookworm button up pattern I used included 1/2" seam allowance so doing french seams were easy without having to alter the pattern I just did 1/4" and 1/4" seam allowances. For most patterns you will have to increase the seam allowance when doing french seams so you have enough seam allowance to sew.

Also for the hem I simply rolled and pressed it twice, and then stitch in place. The starch helped keep it all smooth and pressed and it was really a lot easier than I thought.
Everything else went together really well. The collar areas took a little extra time since I went slowly so it would look nice when done, but it worked. I did sew the bow sleeve in place a bit more than the pattern instructs so that they would stay in place even through washing.
Do you feel ready to take on chiffon? Chanting "It's only fabric" also seemed to help. :)

Top || Bookworm Button Up || Pattern Anthology
Pants || Gap
Shoes || Old Navy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Make {Believe} || Pattern Anthology Collection

Hey Guys! Happy Monday! If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen some cryptic hints being dropped lately, (don't you hate that ha!) Well it all comes to an end today because it's here!

Pattern Anthology is releasing a new collection! We have been hard at work on this one and LOVE the result. I am not going to go into too many details today since I will be gushing over and over again for the next 2 weeks but, here are the quick details.


The Make {Believe} collection includes 4 all new unisex patterns
1 Jacket
1 Hoodie
1 Tee Shirt
1 Button Up

There are 3 ways to buy the Collection:

Package 1:



Package 2:



Package 3:



I know I know it's too much! Check out the look book below for more pattern inspiration, and hop on over to Pattern Anthology to grab up your patterns!
Share them on Instagram using the hashtag #makebelievepatterns or #patternanthology We would love to have you sew along with us! Also next week starts KCWC so it's perfect timing for the best sew a long ever!



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sweet Tea Tunic || Free PDF Pattern



Summer time is the best time. You want to be outside all the time soaking up the sun and summer sewing projects can be done in 30 min so it doesn't even get in your way. Because let's face it, as much as I love summer and being outside I would likely die if I didn't sew :)

 For this tunic I designed my own fabric! It was so thrilling really. Since it was my first time ever designing fabric and I wasn't sure about colors or fabric I went simple with the design. I love stripes and if it were up to me I would have a fabric line with every color of stripe and in every style under the sun. It would be all stripes all the time. For this one I did a water color stripe. It turned out so heavenly it's almost like it was ti-dyed but cooler and more modern. I used Spoonflower, and I printed it on the voile. Which is nice and sheer and light weight for summer, but be warned it is sheer, like see right through it.
 The design for the top is just a quick and easy slip over the head and go tunic. That was perfect for the fabric. I even have a free pattern for you. In roughly a size 5/6

Get the pattern HERE
You will need:
1 yard of fabric
about 20" of single fold bias tape (store bought or hand made)

3/8" Seam allowance included

**As a reminder free patterns offered on this blog have NOT been tested beyond me sewing up one so there may be flaws or errors, which may or may not be corrected :)**

 To start sew one front and one back yoke piece right sides together at the shoulders. The repeat with the other yoke pieces for the lining.
 Run a basting stitch along the curve of the front and back skirt pieces. Then pull to gather loosely.
 With right sides together sew one skirt piece to the front yoke along the bottom curved edge. The skirt piece with come to the points that were marked on the pattern piece. Then repeat with the back piece. Press the seams toward the yoke piece.
 With right sides together place the main yoke and yoke lining pieces together then sew along the neckline. Clip notches in the curve.
 Fold lining to the back by pressing it through the neckline. Then fold the bottom edge of the lining under by 3/8" top stitch along the folded edge to secure.
 Back view of what the lining will look like so far.
 Take your single fold bias tape, or as I used a 2" wide strip cut on the bias, and sew right sides together from the underarm to underarm. Then press out flat.
Repeat with other side.
 With right sides together sew the front and back together at the side seam sewing through the bias strip.
Repeat with other side.
Finish these seams as they are the only exposed seams.

 Fold the raw edge of the bias in half toward the underarm. Then fold the whole thing in towards the back so the bias tape is along the inside. Sew along the folded edge to secure. Repeat with other side.


Hem the bottom by turning it under by 1/4" and then again by 1/2" and sew in place along the folded edge.

That's it. Easy right.
 The low dipping back makes it easy to get on and off but still keeps the front neckline from being too low.
 I just love how easy it was to make and how easy it is for her to wear. And even though the fabric was sheer, it has enough body in the skirt and the yoke is lined so it is still plenty modest for a little girl.

Tunic || Free Pattern
Fabric || Designed by Me || Printed by Spoonflower
Shorts || Target
Sandals || Old Navy
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