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 http://www.littlelizardking.com with the code “Hipster” at checkout.

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Tutorial: The Twisted Headband

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Fabric headbands are such a trend right now.  One thing I wanted to do was make something that used elastic instead of just knit to really make something that would span a larger size group for each one.  I am actually able to wear the same size as my 7 year old if I wanted to share (or if she would share I should say, haha!)

Big thank you to Hallå Fabrics for providing the fabric for this tutorial.  I originally designed the tutorial for their chat page and i’m happy to be sharing it here also.  I highly recommend you check out their page, this and other great free tutorials are listed there (plus lots of gorgeous Euro fabrics!!)

  
Cut out your 3 pieces using this following cutting guide. These are just suggested sizes and you can always adjust the length of the elastic if you find they aren’t working for your child or yourself.

Fold in half right sides together and stitch along the long side.  Then turn right side out making 3 tubes.

We are not cutting the elastic yet. Feed one side through the smallest tube and stitch at the end to secure.

Push the fabric to one side and now measure your elastic and cut using the following guide- Elastic Chart- DO NOT CUT YET
NB-4 — 4″
5 -10 — 6″
11+ — 7″

Stitch at the opposite end to secure. It should look like the last picture.

Line up the seam so that it goes down the center of each of the 2 larger tubes. Lay one out with the seam up and the other across with the seam DOWN.

Fold the bottom one over so the short ends meet and lay the gathered piece in the center with the seam UP.  Wrap the wider tube around the elastic.

Stitch 1/4″ from the edge, going back and forth about 5-6 times to secure. Go slowly so this doesn’t shift.  Trim the end to about 1/8″ seam allowance.

Now lay the short ends together for the other side and follow the same steps to enclose the other end.

After both ends are wrapped and secured you can pull the sides up to cover the unfinished end.

As you can see this method leaves a nicely finished product with no ugly closing or having to do any hand stitching (which I despise if you didnt know! )

If you prefer to have something with a bit thinner band at the base you can also modify it to only use fold over elastic as in the next few pictures.  You would follow the exact same instructions as above.  I did also make this one a bit narrower so I cut it at 3.5″ x 14″ instead of 4.5″ as directed originally.  The beauty of this is after the first few you can definitely adapt to make it fit the way you like best.

For the thinner elastic, I found it stayed a bit neater if I closed off raw edge after pulling it through.  You can see those stitches in the last picture.

Road Trip Anyone???

While I know a lot of you are actually out and about traveling this summer the only Road Trip I’m getting is this sweet little number from Little Lizard King that was just released.  Say hello to the Road Trip Racerback.

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I could tell you how much I love this pattern, how it comes in a top, tunic, dress and maxi length.  How there is a cool stripwork version of the maxi that is great for stash-busting, or how you could add adorable little flutters to the arms but even better than all those is how much my kiddo loves it!  She definitely has opinions about what’s “cool” and what she will wear that we buy from the store, but when I MAKE her clothes, i’m have an even higher bar to meet.  It has to look like it came from a store… yep, I knew the day would come when she would shy away from mom-made stuff but if I can find a way to make it last just awhile longer i’ll do what it takes.IMG_4086

The pattern on its own was awesome, as I finished it up and shared she uttered those magic words “that looks like it came from the store!”  WIN!!  I also know how much she loves pockets so I told her I had just a few last things to add and her reaction was even better after this little modification.
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You can use this tutorial for adding pockets to just about anything else but I think it gives a fun little feature on the Road Trip Racerback, don’t you agree?

First you can download my template here.  This is what I used on a size 7 so you may need to scale it down just a bit or make it a tad larger depending on the size you are making.

Cut your pieces out and stitch along the dart line.

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Take your binding strip and lay it right sides together with the pocket, attach the binding, stitching 3/8″ in from the top edge of the pocket.   You will need to stretch the binding just slightly to make it fit.  This will help it from stretching out and ending up a wavy pocket.

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Press the binding up and over, encasing the top edge of the pocket.  Top stitch on from the front along the lower edge of the binding.  Flip the pocket over and trim off your excess.

Press all edges in approx 1/4″ and mark the middle at the top of the pocket.

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For the tunic I measured 2″ from the finished edge for my placement.  This can vary on your preference or what length you are making.  Be careful to line up the dart and the top middle marker with the side seam of the skirt.

Stitch from one top of the pocket around the bottom to the other side about 1/8″ from the edge.  Voila!

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Pockets are a GREAT way to use up smaller scraps since it takes so little fabric.  You can do one or 2, you could move them more to the middle if you would like so they are on the front.  You can really get creative with them.

I’d love to see your projects from this!  Share on instagram with the tag #beribeetutorials or add a link to a finished project in my comments 🙂

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