Pattern Review | Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan

I had the pleasure of sewing up a few versions of the Rowan Raglan and i’m excited to finally be able to share.  I’m totally a sucker for being able to buy 1 pattern and use it for both kiddos AND have it fit both well.  I’m happy to report that this is one unisex pattern that I will most definitely be using again!

Read all about the multitude of options and get some inspiration from a few of the other reviewers on today’s Pattern Revolution blog.

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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

 (This post does contain affiliate links.  If you love what you see and want to purchase through my links, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!)

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.