One Thimble 14 Tour

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It’s One Thimble time- wahoo!!! Best time of the year, amiright?!!

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I love to join in the One Thimble blog tours and this time I’m excited to bring you a full review of the magazine.  Not only is it packed full of gorgeous patterns for the whole family but it’s also a great resource for any sewist.  The articles this month are so informative and the pictures are pure eye candy.  I learned a couple new tips and tricks including how to fabric cover my KAM snaps that I obsessively add to everything!

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The first pattern I sewed up is the lovely Trillium Tunic from Petite Stitchery.  It’s full of options- tunic or maxi dress lengths, three sleeve choices and a plain or pieced bodice.

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I love the little details with this top.  The ruched 3/4 sleeve, the slightly gathered tunic skirt, the button placket, and pieced bodice all make for a beautiful shirt.

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I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA for the main and some Art Gallery denim and a bit of lace.  The bodice is the perfect place to use those scraps you’ve been hoarding!

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The subtle high-low hem is just too pretty!

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The Trillium is such a classic Sophie top and little sis looks totally cool in her Thread Faction #113 overalls.

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Glancing through the magazine I loved the look of this pattern but wasn’t sure it would suit my kids.  I was tempted to make them for my little guy until I had a vision for this look.  I knew it would be perfect for my fun-lovin’, comfort seeking girly.  She was overjoyed when she tried them on!

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I used an incredibly soft french terry (from LA too) and some lace for the straps to girly it up a bit.  I’m on a camo kick lately and bought a boatload of this fabric so everyone in the fam may end up with a little bit in their wardrobes!

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I love how quickly these came together.  I think they were done in under an hour from printing to sewing on the buttons- including the ridiculous amount of time it took to pick buttons!

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I love that it’s a fun unisex pattern and comes in sizes 2-10.  I think a little toddler belly would be adorable in these!

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My lone back shot…

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There are so many other great bloggers joining in to share the OT love!  Make sure to check out all their fabulous projects and pick up your copy!
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Make It Mine Tour

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan from Chalk and Notch is such a fantastic pattern.   Every time another one shows up in my feed I fall in love again.  I’m thrilled to be joining in the Make It Mine Tour and sharing my Date Night look with you guys.  Make sure to read to the end for your chance at some fantastic prizes!

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I ordered this gorgeous stretch velvet from LA Finch Fabrics ages ago with the intention of sewing up this dress for the holidays.  A bit late for Christmas but I think Valentine’s Day will be a little sweeter in this cute lil’ number!

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I love me a good twirl dress!!  I made an easy alteration to the pattern and shortened the ruffle a few inches to make the dress hit right at my knees.  I wanted something a little flirty and fun.

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I threw on a denim jacket and I’m ready for our dinner and a movie date night!  Is it super sad that I’m looking forward to a family date to see the new Lego Batman movie this weekend?  We all loved the original Lego movie and this one looks to be just as hilarious!  Throw in a trip to the pizza joint and I’m one happy mama!  So romantic 😉

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Total side note- I just picked up my new glasses and I’m in love!  Not with the fact that I have to wear them but with being able to really see again!  It’s like the world is in HD and I didn’t know what I was missing out on.  This growing older thing is the pits but at least I’ve got my handsome hubby along for the ride!

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Now for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Stylish Fabrics head over to Chalk and Notch to link up your Waterfalls!  Check out the #makeitminetour on social media for tons of cute inspiration.   Thanks for joining me!

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Boys Can Wear Pink

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I jump at any chance I get to sew for my boys.  I’ve enjoyed following the  Boys Can Wear Pink Tour from Handmade Boy the past two years so I’m really excited to be joining in this year!  Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post too!  Lots of awesome goodies coming your way.

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This little guy was focusing on colors in preschool and was supposed to dress in the appropriate color each day.  It was another perfect excuse to sew up some pink!

My boys are very picky and I don’t sew for them much because of it.  This guy had to pick out the fabric and every detail of the hoodie.  There’s a reason you don’t see him on the blog more even if he does look darn cute when it’s all said and done.  He definitely turned on the model charm for this quick shoot!

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan and Add-on pack for this cute hoodie.  I did the cross-over hood option.  The Jolly Roger is my go-to for this boy.  I love the fit and the add-on options make it so much fun.  I used my favorite french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the main and a remnant of athletic fabric from Hobby Lobby for the hood.  He was very specific and if it was going to be pink it better be neon!

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My new Silhouette machine I got for Christmas has been getting a workout lately.  I love, love, love it!  It’s so fun being able to really personalize our clothes.  I love when my kids come up with an idea or saying and just like that we can slap it on a tee!  I’m an 80’s kid and this ‘Stay Rad’ just fit with this sweatshirt.  It was a simple design to make and really makes this top, like, totally wicked dude!

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I’m sorry my kid is so much cooler than me.  I’m pretty darn lucky I get to hang out with this stud everyday.  He’s such a sweetheart and mama’s boy that I think my heart will break when I send him off to school everyday this fall.  It’s so much fun having a little buddy to hang out with!

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Ready for the good stuff?!  The prize pack for today includes:

Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes

Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale

Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns

Pattern of choice from stitchART

Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly

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Love Notions Terra Tunic

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If you could only take one top pattern with you to a deserted island then I have the pattern for you- the Terra Tunic (affl. link) from Love Notions!  It has so many options that it’s really all you’ll ever need!

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I did just two of the neckline options but there are 6, yes 6!, different choices.  I did the scoop neck and v-neck hood options but there are also v-neck, boat neck, funnel, and asymmetrical collar.  There are also four different sleeve lengths making this a true all seasons pattern.

I love that fabric choice plays such a role in this pattern.  You can use almost any fabric weight for different looks.  I used fabric from So Sew English for these two tops.  The hoodie is a brushed sweater knit and the tee is a double brushed poly.  Two completely different looks from the same pattern!

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I love the elbow patch option too!  Such a fun detail on the long sleeve versions.

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This will become my go-to tee pattern.  I love how fitted it is up top and then gently skims the waist.  It’s exactly what I look for in a top! (I’m just realizing I should have edited out my goose bumps!  This is what outdoor pics in 20 degrees will do to ya’!)

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And those side vents are another detail that just takes this pattern to the next level.

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I’ve had this sweater knit from Cali Fabrics in my stash for far too long.  I knew I wanted to make a cropped sweater with it but couldn’t find the right pattern.  The Terra was perfect for it!

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I eeked this out of one yard and just made it work.  I did 3/4 sleeves and the scoop neckline.  I omitted the side vents and folded my pattern piece at the hip line (I love all the reference lines given in the pattern!  It makes these little adjustments so easy!).  I did a simple one inch hem and had my sweater done in no time!

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I’ve been under the weather this past week and missing my sewing machine.  This top was just what I needed to get me back into things.  I may head back to bed after this post goes up though- a girl can only do so much!  Life is hard when mom is sick- ain’t nobody got time for that!

Have you grabbed your copy yet?  I can’t wait to see what version you sew up first!

 

Sew What Do I Wear Valentines Edition

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Valentine’s is fast approaching and this mama needed something new to wear.  The Made for Mermaids/Patterns for Pirates ‘Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine’s Edition’ was just the push I needed to hit my sewing machine.   You know me- it needs to be stylish AND comfortable for me to wear it, even for a night out.  Enter…bum, bum, bum… a ROMPER!!  Holy smokes, people!  Where has this gloriousness been all my life?!

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I knew I wanted a pretty flowy floral and this rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric was absolutely perfect for Valentine’s!  It has the perfect drape and sewed up so beautifully.  It’s lightweight enough that I think I can wear this through the summer too!  And a little secret- it was about 20 degrees when we took these pics so I layered some fleece lined leggings underneath and it’s so loose you can’t even tell.  Here, here to an all seasons outfit!!

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I only made a couple of changes to make it suit my preferences.  I did an elbow length sleeve (of course) and did a 3-inch binding band around the bodice as suggested in the pattern to offer a little more coverage.  I’ve got no cleavage to show off so a little cami underneath kept me nice and modest 😉

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Funny story- I told my husband I had to make a romper this weekend and he said, “Oh nice.  For Payton?”  I was like, “No, for me.  What do you think?”  No response…  Probably a good call because I could tell exactly what he was thinking and it wasn’t a good thing, haha!  I came up a bit later in it and he actually said, “Wow!  That looks really nice!”  In husband talk that’s a HUGE compliment!  He never notices my makes and after 16 years doesn’t really care about my appearance (huge blessing since I wear tees and joggers 90% of the time!). I’m calling this outfit a win in the “How to impress the Hubby” category.

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Another secret- It totally feels like I’m wearing my pj’s, maybe even better!  It’s so comfortable that I really could wear it everyday.   I’m thinking that throwing a long cardi over it will be perfect for dressing it down a bit.  Oh, or a denim jacket!  Can I get away with wearing my Chucks with it?  We’ll see… I feel like this has opened up a whole new world for me!  Now I know why my girls are so obsessed with rompers!

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Ready to get your mind blown with even more date night inspiration?!!  I sure am!

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Tallinn Sweater from Hey June

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Every time Adrianna at Hey June releases a new pattern I swear there’s a choir of sewing angels singing the Hallelujah chorus and even though I can’t sing a note on key I’m smack dab in the middle of them all.  The Tallinn Sweater is no different!

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Like many of the other testers, I had given up on wearing a turtleneck years ago.  They were always tight, itchy and totally uncomfortable.  This sweater has totally redeemed turtlenecks for me!

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Diana found this gorgeous, soft sweater knit on our fabric shopping trip and graciously split her spoils with us.  It was just meant for this cute pattern.

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I absolutely love how quick this sweater comes together.  It’s all finished with bands so you can whip one up in no time at all.

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There are two neck finishes- the turtleneck and a looser cowl option.  I have some chunky sweater knit from LA just begging to be made into a cowl version.

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So have you grabbed your copy yet?  It comes in sizes XS-2XL and is perfect for all those cold, gloomy winter days.  It’s on sale for a limited time so head on over now.  I can’t wait to hear you joining in our Hallelujah chorus!

Watcha Wearin January Kids Style

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As I was contemplating my second post for the Watcha Wearing January tour I knew I wanted to do it for kids clothes.  My closet is probably only about half handmade but my girls are close to 90% (I’ve yet to make jeans for them since I can pick them up for ten bucks and pj’s are about half rtw since they are just too darn cute!).  You guys see plenty of cute styled pics like the one above but I wanted to give you guys a glimpse into our reality.

I’d like to share what actually gets worn in our day to day.  I never really know what will be a favorite and what will sit on the hanger.  I always try to involve my kids when I sew and let them pick out fabrics and patterns and sometimes we hit the jackpot.  For pattern tests I usually ask which girl likes the pattern the most.  They have such different personalities that I’m getting pretty good at sewing for their own styles.  My boys are all about the comfort and I know I can’t go wrong with comfy pants, raglans, and hoodies.

A glimpse into our laundry baskets this week will find:

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This velvet Andromeda Top has been worn at least once a week since I made it.  She has a matching one for her doll that is too cute too!

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The Butterfly Cardigan is a new addition and both girls wear it whenever possible.  It’s just such a cozy layering piece!

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The Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) from Love Notions is another top that this one wears constantly.  I really need to make her a few more.  I just love the yoke detail and all the fun options it has.

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This outfit of a Jolly Roger Raglan and Boxwood Joggers is his absolute favorite.  It’s comfy, warm and in his favorite colors so of course it’s worn as soon as it’s clean.

For a real dose of reality I grabbed pics of my kids if they happened to be in mama made this week.  They were usually taken after school or right after they woke up so they are lookin’ good!

Our Sunday looks:

You can find pretty pics and details on these here, here, and here.

After church casual:

Boxwood Joggers and a poncho I knit way before I even had a daughter (this is one of those things that kills me that she loves!).

School looks:

We have a super old Skipper Top, Baby bear joggers, Jolly Roger Raglan with cowl, Blair Top, and Hatteras Hoodie with Mini Hudson Pants.

It was fun to reflect on sewing for my kids and what makes something actually get worn.  What are your go-to patterns for your kids?  Anything that surprised you that they’ve fallen in love with?

Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour this week:

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Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday

Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu

Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs

Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox

Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful

Make sure you head over to Sewing by Ti to enter two HUGE giveaways!