Browse Month: August 2015

The Ashley Bundle – Funktional Threads Sew-Up

Hey all!!  So excited to be rounding out our Funktional Threads week with the Ashley Bundle.  Thank you so much for checking out all our stops along the way (if you haven’t yet, i’ve linked them at the bottom)!  And big thank you to Lisa and Larissa for inviting me to join in and share today.

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These patterns for the skort and top are listed individually or you can get them as a bundle.  Lets be honest, with the coupon at the bottom, it’s a no brainer to get both, I’m all for maximizing my pattern funds and the bundle is a fabulous deal.

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Both patterns include sizes 2-16 so you can cover just about an girl your sewing for.  The skirt has the paneled version that i’m sharing here, in 2 different lengths; this is the longer version so she can have a bit of growing room.   There is also a really sweet petal version or just a basic  circle skirt.

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It also includes the shorts to go under so there’s no worry about anyone singing “I see London, I see France…..” haha!! You know where that’s going right??   With a skirt that has this kind of twirl undershorts are a must so how great to have them built in!!

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The top includes multiple sleeve variations, 2 neckline variations, the hood, and even 2 different lengths.   Here I used the sleeve piece that is used with the ruffled sleeves but left the ruffles off.  I think it leaves a great little cap sleeve on its own that’s perfect for school!  And really what girl doesn’t love a hood??

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With all these options from both patterns, you could easily build a closet full of different combinations!!   I’d love to see what awesomeness you sew up so be sure to share in Funktional Threads Pattern group.  You’ll find tons of inspiration and lots of tips from others!

If you love the fabrics I used here be sure to check out One Red Blossom (the stars and the rainbow stripe)  and MK Designs (the Rainbow Dash).

Join a full week of bloggers sharing their Funktional Threads Creations! Each day, there will be a different blogger featured and they will be sharing their take on one of the great patterns.

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**Note: The blog post each day will not be up until their day, but you are encouraged to check out their blog at anytime!**

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Funktional Threads is also having a sale all week. You can get the patterns for 35% off with the code BLOG35 here!

Jennuine Designs Moto Jacket Blog Tour

Hey all!! Thanks for making a visit at our stop on the Jennuine Designs Moto Jacket Tour.


I’m going to start with a secret, this is the first pattern from Jennuine Designs that I’ve had a chance to sew up.  That being said, it definitely won’t be the last!  I am thoroughly impressed by the clarity of the instruction and design plus the construction left me with a beautifully finished garment, both inside and out.

The welt pockets and the finished look of the lining/facing gives this such a professional look. When she was showing off her new jacket to dad he didn’t even believe i’d made it, haha!  Love when that happens!

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We talked about the colors and design, and her immediate request when I said I was making a leather jacket was that she wanted it to look like Mal’s from the new Disney Descendents movie.  We comprised and did more of an inspired by look by pulling the purple and green from Mal, but adding our own style.

Let’s be honest, we all have an inner (maybe slightly badass) diva deep down. And while that isn’t always her attitude, this jacket for sure brought it out, haha!

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This was a tour for firsts, since this was also my first time sewing with leather. I chose a gray vegan leather from Girl Charlee that I absolutely love! It’s so soft and was very easy to work with.  My machine and I had a bit of a love-hate relationship using it but overall I’d use it again for sure.

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I found a great purple sweater on the 1/2 off rack at Goodwill to use for the arms and collar.   I was able to cut the sleeves straight from the already made sleeves of the sweater so there was minimal finishing needed.  The pattern instructions explain how to complete the sleeves with a few different options depending on if you’re upcycling or not, which was very helpful.

For the lining I went with a Stenzo poplin from Mabel Madison.  I love how the colors in the lining pull everything together when it’s peaking out.IMG_6281

Thanks again for letting us share!  Want to try out your own Moto Jacket? or one of the other awesome patterns from Jennifer?  You can use code MotoTour for 25% sitewide at Jennuine Designs through 8/21.  There is also a great giveway going on that you won’t want to miss – check out the daily blog to enter – http://www.ajennuinelife.com/

Be sure to check out all the other awesome stops I’ve shared below, and dont forget to enter

Moto Jacket Tester Tour (1)

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Lay
ma me mi mo
Beri Bee Designs
From a Box
Friends Stitched Together
Sew Not Perfect
Climbing the Willow
Sew Shelly Sew
The College Seamstress
Rebel and Malice
Sew Cool for the Tween Scene
Gingerbear
PenSeb&Rox
Just Add Fabric
Call Ajaire
Create3.5
Project Destash
Milk Monster
Momma Miss
Castelinhos
All Things Katy

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Riley Blake Back to School Blog Tour – Headed Back in Style!!


Now that the rest of the country is finally catching up with us crazies in the midwest (considering we have been back in school since the beginning of August) its time to talk back to school fashion
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We are all about comfort and style around our house and anything knit is generally a huge hit. Pairing the versatile new Coquette Dress and Tunic pattern from Winter Wear Designs, simple leggings from Brindle and Twig and this gorgeous new fabric from Riley Blake’s Four Corners Collection, we  have a definite winner!!

From the new Four Corners Line I used the Teal Main print mixed with the Circles in Coral for the tunic.  Then went with the simple Gray Triangles for the leggings.  This print is so fun and vibrant and definitely met the very selective opinion of my 2nd grader, she even called it ‘cool’.


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The new Coquette pattern is simply awesome! I remember talking with Suzanne about a store bought dress that we had that was similar and I told her if she ever had an idea to make something similar it would for sure make its way into our closet and she delivered a wonderfully drafted pattern with easy to follow directions.  It has an amazing size range from 1-14 so we won’t have to stop making these anytime soon.  It comes in 3 lengths, has directions on adding a double layer back so you could do a layer of lace, with or without the little accents at the shoulders and 2 different bodice options.  I chose to make the the blousey option with the tunic length skirt.

The leggings from Brindille & Twig are a very basic 2 piece legging, they are for sure one of my go to patterns.  They have VERY easy to follow directions and would be great for any beginner with knits.

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How would you like to win a FREE copy of the Coquette Pattern???  Just leave a comment with and tell me what Riley Blake knit you would make your Coquette with (check them out HERE) and I will randomly chose a winner on 9/5 at the end of our Tour.

Want to follow along on the rest of the tour??  Be sure to check out these other awesome blogs coming up! BackToSchoolBlog-01
8/17 – Riley Blake Designs
8/18 – Beri Bee Designs
8/19 – Simple Simon & Co.
8/20 – Quiltscapes
8/21 – Jina Barney Designz
8/24 – Fishsticks Designs
8/25 – Riley Blake Designs
8/26 – The Crafting Chicks
8/27 – Violette Field Threads
8/28 – Riley Blake Designs
8/31 – Modkid Boutique
9/1 – Izzy & Ivy
9/2 – Sugar Bee Crafts
9/3 – Tie Dye Diva
9/4 – Riley Blake Designs

A Glimpse into One Thimble e-zine Issue 8 – The Fedora

What is the One Thimble E-zine  you ask?  It is the most amazing magazine, filled with patterns, tutorials and articles.  And its a phenomenal value, at $25 you will get 12, yes TWELVE patterns (including this lovely Fedora) plus all the fabulous articles that have some great tips and information.

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This girl LOVES hats!  I had originally printed this out thinking it would be for my little man but when she saw what I was working on she put in her special request.  And lets be honest, as she gets older and wants less and less mom-made stuff, I will never say no when she asks (well, within reason maybe… haha!)

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The Fedora from Fat Red Bird Designs is truly awesome!  It was a VERY quick sew, with simple, easy to follow directions.  Its also available in youth and adult sizes so one pattern covers everyone in the family.  (yes, that means little guy is still getting one soon!)

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I’ll be honest, even I can make a mistake and i’m ALWAYS the first to point them out (when really most people never notice) but this one I want to share since I want to be sure you know you’re finished hat should look a tad different. Notice that seam down the middle of the front?  oops!!  That was supposed to be on the side.  I didn’t notice until I was almost finished and really had reached a point of no return, SO I went with it as is.  She still loves it and that’s what matters right?

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I did want to add a band but since its reversible I didn’t really want any stitch marks, and I didn’t think to add anything before I finished so here’s a quick tip.  I took some coordinating fold over elastic, cut it about 1″ shorter than the perimeter of the hat and stitched it together making a circle.  I used it matte side up and put it around.  Its got just enough tension to not go anywhere, but not enough to make it pucker or cinch in.  AND now I have the perfect place to clip on a flower (such as these gorgeous felt wool ones also listed in this issue)

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Now how about a giveaway???  Want a chance to win Issue 8 FREE! (or a refund if you’ve already purchased)  Click here ENTER!! 

Be sure to follow along on the rest of our tour to see some of the other items in this issue.

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One of my favorite sewing tools…

I have several things I use regularly that make my sewing life easier but this is one that has so many uses, I honestly don’t think I could live without it… Wonder Tape

  
While I was working on one of several projects I have to share over the next few weeks I realized just how much I rely on it.  Here’s a little preview at something I have to share later this week plus a quick lesson in how to use it for zippers.  Anyone that knows me, knows I am NOT a fan of zippers so anything that makes them easier is a big win for me!

This leather was a bit on the slippery side so it really was a lifesaver.  I just applied a strip of Wonder Tape to the very edge of the zipper then laid it down on the right side of my pattern piece then sew as directed.

  This especially comes in handy when you are installing a zipper between 2 layers of fabric (or leather in this case).  I just used the Wonder Tape on each side of the zipper and carefully attached each pattern piece.  This means no basting to one piece first, and everything stayed perfectly in place.

  
It also works great to hold buttons in place before stitching them down, keeping straps from shifting before attaching to a bodice and really anything else you could imagine wanting to have a little sticking power when you might not be able (or want) to pin or clip.  It totally deserves its name!

  
Anyone want to take a guess at what i’m working on? You’ll have to be sure to check back next week to see it in action!

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Tomorrow I will have a 2nd grader…

Sigh… time flies way too fast!!  Not only our summer, which seems like it was over as quick as it started, but that my little girl (who would die if she heard me call her that) is starting 2nd grade tomorrow.

This month I have SO many fun projects to share with you, I have a few really cool blog tours coming up that i’m super excited about.  And I have lots of back to school sewing to work on.
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One of my R’s favorite things is skirts that twirl… in almost any photo shoot we do, you will likely see a spinning shot.  Mostly because that is the true measure of whether or not an item i’ve made can pass the “i’ll wear it again” test that she’s come up with.  They also have to be soft and comfy.

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I recently participated in a scrap swap with some friends over at Pattern Revolution and whipped up this skirt with one of the packages I received.  I shared my woven scrap dress on the blog there last week and now here is my knit item.  EVERY piece of this was from the scraps that Sarah sent me, and even better, it meets all of R’s criteria, haha!

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I just took a basic circle skirt pattern and instead of cutting on the folds like it directs, I cut 4 separate pieces, then cut each of those in half.  Stitched them all together and added a yoga waistband.  This is a super quick and really cute way to use up scraps you might have hanging around.

What are some of your favorite scrap projects?? Feel free to share some links, i’m always looking for something to do with the totes full that I accumulate 🙂