Friday, May 15, 2015

One Thimble Blog Tour--Jukebox Dress

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Welcome to my stop on the One Thimble Blog Tour for Issue 7!
I chose the Jukebox Duet Dress to sew up for my daughter.
My plan was to do the knit version, but she insisted on the woven.

I used some lovely wovens that I bought from Stay Home Fabrics quite some time ago now--they are no longer in stock there.

So...about the dress!
I sewed up a size 5 and added two inches to the length at the shoulder cut line as I wanted the dress past her knees. That was the only modification I made.
The dress closes in the back with a cute little placket on which I sewed three different flower buttons.

Overall, the dress comes together and is finished off very nicely.
 I really like details like the cuffs, tabs, and the bias binding finish on the bottom.
If you don't know how to make your own bias binding, the pattern even gives instructions for that!

And, of course this is one of two versions in this pattern--so you basically have two patterns in one.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giveaway Day, Prizes, and Sponsors! **CLOSED**

Hi! If you have never visited before, welcome!
If you're a regular reader, thanks for sticking through.
I have some very exciting things happening right now--a contest, fabulous prizes, and a giveaway.
Make sure to finish reading to find the giveaway!
But, first:
Have you heard about the contest we are having over in our Facebook group?!
Find more details about the contest here.
I wanted to share with you what is up for grabs as prizes.
Seriously--over $110 in prizes.
We have some amazing prizes lined up from some equally amazing sponsors!
Up for grabs are:
$25 Shop Credit to Emmaline Bags!
$25 Shop Credit from Canadian National Fabric
A Fat Quarter Bundle from Stay Home Fabrics
$50 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop
Pattern of Choice up to $10 value from Muffin Head Patterns
Pattern of Choice from Sofilantjes
A huge thank-you to these sponsors--you've all blown me away with your generosity!
And, seriously, if you need fabric or patterns or the like--go check these sponsors out.
And, of course, enter the contest so you can win these amazing prizes!!!
Oh, and the giveaway?! Well, to get you started on entering this contest, I'm giving away a four-pack of patterns!
You can win a copy of each of these:

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!
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Make sure to stop by Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Photo Contest!

I am super excited to announce a photo contest!
And, we have some super prizes lined up!
Basically, you sew up one of my patterns in the month of May (it HAS to be sewn in May!) and post a picture of it in the Facebook group, using the hash tag #FHScontest.
The contest will close May 31st at midnight MST.
Winners will be drawn and contacted the first week of June.
There will be a Grand Prize winner.
There will be a 'most-liked' winner.
And, there will be a Random winner.
Prizes are yet to be announced, but already included is a fabric prize, credit to a shop, and free patterns!
More details about the sponsors and prizes will follow!
So...where do you get the patterns?
You can get them either on Craftsy or on Etsy.
As an added bonus--those who leave a review on either Craftsy or Etsy will get a second entry into the Random prize draw!
I'd also love if you could share this contest with others!
Let's get the word out!

Greenstyle's Jillian Tank

I signed up to test a 'secret' pattern from Greenstyle.
Turns out, it's for the Bundle Up that starts the 1st!
The first one is the first tester version.
Angie worked with all of us testers to get the fit just right--it has been adjusted many times and has improved significantly from my picture here!
She made a higher cutting line option for the inner tank, lengthened the inner tank, made the outer tank come together a bit more in the front, added a woven option, added a fold over elastic option, sports bra option, etc.
I love the inner tank as a layering tank--this'll be the one I'll be sewing up to wear under other shirts that show off just a bit too much for my liking.
But, I had a little fun with the inner tank myself.
I added a 16" A-line skirt to the pattern piece to make myself a fitted dress.
I love it. can get this pattern plus a bunch more for a great price in the Women's Bundle Up!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Upcycled Hoodie

I had recently gone through my kids' wardrobes and handed down the clothes that no longer fit certain children, threw out the raggedy, stained clothing, and stored others.
In the process, I realized that my oldest son had only one sweater left.
And, he wasn't impressed by that fact.
My husband I had gone through my husband's clothes some time ago and had saved some clothes that I thought could be upcycled.
A grey sweater was one of them.

Now, to find the perfect pattern to turn my husband's large sweater into a sweater small enough for a seven year old.
I found something that I could use as a jump-off pattern in one of my Ottobre magazines--pattern #40, issue 4/2013.
The only problem was that he wanted the hoodie all in the same color.
And the pattern pieces would not fit.

So, instead of using the hood for the pattern, I carefully seam ripped the hood off the original and re-used it as it was.
It had to be eased into the neckline as it was a bit larger than the neckline.
The pocket was also not in the pattern so I drafted my own for that as well.
(The pattern has in-seam pockets.)

He loves it.
It's comfy especially with the super-sized hood!
And, it turned out to be relatively stylish other than the mark you can see where I took the front pocket off the original.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

KCW Day 6--Lazy Days Lounge Pants

Day 6.
In a bid to get some variety in his wardrobe, I made my 3rd son a pair of sweats out of one of my husband's old sweaters.
Actually--out of the sleeves, waistband, and hood. The rest is still salvageable for another project!
I sewed up Gracious Thread's Lazy Days Lounge Pants in a size 2. 
It's perfect for the weather we're having today--snow.
The inside of the pockets is a thin knit from one of my old tanks.
I wish I had put that on the front inside part of the pocket, not the back, but I learned a lesson for next time!

Even the drawstring is taken from the old hoodie!
 I love a good upcycle.
The waistband from the hoodie became the cuffs and waistband on this.
They are a little narrower than the pattern pieces, but my son didn't need the full width anyway!

And, that's it for KCW for me--I'm taking Day 7 off!

Friday, April 24, 2015

KCW Day 5--Tree Climber Trousers

 Next up--the Tree Climber Trousers from Go-To Patterns (affiliate link) for my 3 year old son!

This little man is just that--little. I made the size 18 months with 2" added to the length.
To make it not sound so bad, I tagged them with a size 2 tag.
The only other modification is that I left off the back flap for the pockets.

The fabric is a denim-like fabric from our local Fabricland that I bought about a year ago.
I also used it for my diaper bag.
He's pretty happy about the pants and I'm pretty happy he has some pants that fit him again.
All of his were getting too short but he definitely could still wear them for width.
I have at least one more pair of pants planned for him--possibly two.

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