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Tuesdays are for Teaching – Kids Sewing Series

Whew! Back on track!  School started last week and I think things are going to get back to normal routines around here, including our weekly date in the studio.  I actually LOVE having her come hang for a few hours and its been really nice to share something i’m so passionate about (and have her actually be interested).

Today she helped me test a pattern i’m working on that i’ll be sharing in the next few days I hope.  This is one that i’m planning to use in a few kids workshops this fall, I can’t wait!!

She was excited to put her newly found cutting skills to work.

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And her lesson on ironing… I always make sure the steam is turned off (and she knows how to double check)  but she’s doing great at keeping her fingers out of the way.

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Now for the fun part!!  She has been BEGGING me to learn about all of the cool stitches her Sparrow has.  There are 197 stitches!!!  This is including the alphabet with capital and lowercase letters, multiple button hole stitches and even an eyelet stitch!  We started off just playing, and trying out different ones so she could learn how to change them.

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Then we read up about how to use the memory so she could spell her name and gave that a practice run.

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She was so amazed at how it worked.  One tip when doing these decorative stitches, it does help to have either a thicker fabric or to use an interfacing.  I noticed the practice runs were a little puckered so we added interfacing to the good piece.

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I also used an erasable marker to make some lines as a guide since she was doing first and last name.  My favorite pens to use for this are FriXion from Pilot, they come off with a quick ironing like magic!

She decided on a flower chain to top stitch her name plaque on and did a great job of pivoting around those corners!

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Finished stitching together her final seams and voila!!

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My little writer has a journal cover.

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Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 2

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When I was given the chance to participate in this amazing tour again this year, I jumped at it.  I had such a good time last year with my little guy and I knew I could do something epic again this year.

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Last year my motivation was a little different, he was a newborn, he was expected to have a closet full of greens and blues and browns.  And while that is fine and well, its nice to have some variety.  There’s no reason little (or big) boys shouldn’t wear whatever they want, pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, blue… none of these colors mean anything about WHO they are.  Pink makes a boy no less of a boy and while there will always be someone to say otherwise, I want my boy to grow up knowing it doesn’t make a difference.

(Hope you don’t mind, i’m sneaking in a flash back… )
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Now that he’s a year older, my opinion is not only on what he wears but what he plays with.  He has an older sister with a million dolls… so YES he’s going to play with them.  He LOVES them, he carries them around, pushes a baby in the stroller and has a great time doing it.  Why shouldn’t he?  Dolls aren’t just for girls, just like pink isn’t either.

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I had the opportunity to test this SWEET pattern from Terra’s Treasures, the Elevation Hoodie (coming this week!!) and I just knew it had to be what I featured today.  When I bought these cute little raccoons I thought they would be red, imagine my surprise to open a package of pink, but hey, even better right?!?!  I got those from Jumping June Textiles, while i’m fairly certain they are sold out, you should check out the other amazing Euro prints she carries.

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He relunctanly gave up his baby when I suggested that there might be pockets on his hoodie.  He’s just learning why pockets are so awesome and how much stuff he can sneak into one.     Gosh when did he get so big???

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I recently  made these pink dragon Max Joggers from Max & Meena and thought they would be perfect to share today too.   You can find the pink Znok dragons at Halla Fabric, if you hurry  I think they are still in stock!!  They pair nicely with his new Wild and Free shirt my friend Julie sent him.  I’d say it suits him to a TEE!  HAHA!!  They are available at her shop Chestnut Street Duds if your interested.

He’s letting me know its too cold to stay out any longer so off we go… the baby back in arms to keep him happy on the walk back.

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Thank you so much for following this AMAZING blog tour.  There are some fabulous ladies with awesome kiddos that have lots to share this week.  If you missed the first few days go back and check them out, then be sure to follow along as we wrap up!   You also don’t want to miss the killer giveaways we have from all the great business that have agreed to sponsor this week for us.   You can ENTER HERE for the giveaway.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary EYMM!!

Join EYMM and 24 fellow bloggers as we celebrate the first 24 months of our pattern shop with a†huge†sale and giveaway!  We will be featuring 8 different patterns for women and girls, as well as having a Manic Monday sale and a huge site-wide sale.  There is also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post. Don’t wait because you don’t see sales like this often from EYMM and it will be over before you know it!

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*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until 11am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.

7/27 Connected by a ThreadPattern RevolutionThe Wholesome Mama
7/28 Climbing the WillowRebel & MaliceHibbadoray
7/29 Pretty & Precious ClothingSprouting Jube JubeCall Ajaire
7/30 Once Upon a Sewing MachineSwoodson SaysBlessed X Five
7/31 Beri Bee DesignsSewing the SeasonsSew Outnumbered
8/1 Creative CounselorLulu & CelesteAnalog Bytes
8/2 Handcrafted by RedBoutique BirdieHattieLu Handmade
8/3 Capture, Craft & CookWelcome to Our Crazy WorldCreate 3.5

Who doesn’t love a reason to party??  We’ve been helping Kymy, of Everything Your Mama Made & More (affiliate link), celebrate the shop’s 2nd Anniversary all week and so far, everyone has had some pretty awesome things to share!  Have you checked them out yet?  If not, i’m sharing all the posts at the end so be sure to head back and take a look, plus there might be some giveaway entries in for you 😉

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Skirt Fabric: Vivid Leilani Spearmint Knit by Riley Blake for Patty Young
I am thrilled that I was invited to sew something up, so I decided to go with a BRAND NEW pattern, the Girls Capsule Skirt.  One of the things I think that really sets EYMM apart is the patterns all have amazing size ranges to accommodate just about anyone you will be sewing for.  This girls skirt starts at newborn and goes up to girls 18, plus as an added bonus has a matching doll skirt for 15″ or 18″ dolls.

We really love yoga waists around here so this pattern will for sure be a go-to.  It meets all 3 of my 3 major criteria, amazingly quick to make, knit (it has to be comfy), and a yoga waist.  It even has pockets which is usually a request from my daughter.

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As you can see we are still in comfy/play summer mode here but it could easily be dressed up a bit, making it very versatile.Untitled-1

AND as if all that wasn’t enough, you can even make matching mommy & me skirts since there is a women pattern as well.  We didn’t match (and she’s not very interested in us doing that anymore) but the version for women is every bit as easy and fabulous as the girls!

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Top Fabric: Field of Crosses by Riki Prints on Facebook

Now for our virtual goodie bags (what’s a party without one right??)  How about we start with a coupon for 43% off the WHOLE store!?  Yep, that’s right just, you can save 43% off your purchase at EYMM (affiliate link) with the coupon code EYMM.  This makes many of the Mommy & Me bundles up to 68% off.  This is good now through 11:59pm PST on Monday 8/3/15.

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Not only is there an AMAZING blog tour going on but 1 lucky winner that leaves a comment below between now and 8.3.15 will win a FREE EYMM pattern of their choice!!!! †Which one would you pick?

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Then hop on over to EYMM to check out the†awesome SALE, and an even bigger celebration giveaway with over $1000 in prizes. †There will be 40 winners in all.

Introducing the Hipster Twister from Little Lizard King

Now, I know you all have probably noticed i’m a big fan of Little Lizard King.  I think Liz and her crew are pretty awesome and have some really fabulous patterns.  This new one is no different!  Raedene had mentioned to me a few months ago that she was working on something pretty awesome and that when it came time for testing I was definitely going to have to give it a try and whew! she was right!!

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When testing started I played it pretty safe and went with the regular woven skirt (one of 3 options for this pattern) and was thrilled with the outcome.  It had great twirl for just being a gathered skirt, and the top fit like a dream!!  Super quick to come together too so I thought, why not one more.  (plus I had some panels just staring at me waiting to be used)

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Second time around, I went with the stripwork skirt version.  Those panels I mentioned, were bought just for this.  We talked about possibly using panels with it when Raedene mentioned it before so I thought it might be a good idea if I had a few on hand for when it was ready.  The Knit Panel Konnektion is definitely my go-to for panels when I’m looking and I had remembered this series of Equestria Girls that had been shared and knew that would be the way to go.

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I did have to adjust the size of the panels just a bit to be sure I got the most of each pony included but it worked wonderfully.  I didn’t alter the top edge of the pattern piece, so things still fit together nicely, I just extended it a little wider as it comes to the bottom.  (when you get your pattern this should make sense, if not please email me and i’ll be happy to walk you through it).

I paired it with this gorgeous Rainbow Pony fabric from MK Designs and a few others that have been in my stash for awhile.  Thrilled with this outcome!  While I loved the first version I did, the stripwork one blew me away.  We will definitely be putting together a few more combinations of this one in the future.

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Lets see what gorgeous options you come up with!!  It will be available at a special introductory price at www.littlelizardking.com with the code “Hipster” at checkout.

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Perfect 10 Blog Tour

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One of the best ways that I make time to sew for my own kiddos is pattern testing and/or reviewing.  Miss R has needed some new shirts so I was really excited to help Cassie at Little Lizard King test her newest pattern.  I was even more excited when she suggested I join in the blog tour to share one of my tiny changes in a tutorial.

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This is the 4th shirt i’ve made since I started testing this pattern few weeks ago, we loved it that much!!  And there are so many variations to mix and match (10 to be exact), you could make it a hundred times and it wouldn’t look the same.  For this one she picked this sweet floral print from Riley Blake.  I’ve had the large floral for awhile now but the tiny little coordinate just showed up in a scrap swap with some girls from Pattern Revolution.  (that might be a little hint at an upcoming post over there 😉 )

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She loves the little heart pocket, can you tell??

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My personal preference on 3/4 sleeves is a wider band at the hem.  I love the bolder look there and its a nice way to accent a different fabric.  So i’m going to share a few steps to make that little adjustment.

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You can really make this any width you want but for the size 6, the pattern calls for 1.75″ x 7.5″ for a normal arm band, I just adjusted that to 4.5″.

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And now you’re all set to go back to the pattern and attach to the sleeve as directed.

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Here’s there rest of the Perfect 10 tour – be sure to follow along, there’s more tips and tricks coming up!

The Perfect Ten Knit Top Blog Tour

Friday, February 13th: Kickoff release with Little Lizard King, special tutorial by JAB Creations

Saturday, February 14th: The Cutest Babe on the Block with Harper Creek Boutique

Sunday, February 15th: Sweet and Stylish with Beri Bee Designs

Monday, February 16th: Oh Sew Chic with Daydream Believers

Tuesday, February 17th: Puppy Love with Stitched by Crystal

Wednesday, February 18th: A Knit Panel and Flutter Tutorial by Chasing Mermaids

Thursday, February 19th: A Colorblocking Tutorial by That’s Sew Kari

Friday, February 20th: Sassy Style with Blink: Life & Clothing and a Tour Wrap up with Lily Shine Boutique