Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baby Peasant Blouse - Tie Dye Diva Pattern Review

I bought this pattern before my daughter was born and I had ever intention of sewing it before she was born but life got in the way...don't you hate it when that happens?!?

The pattern doesn't have a lot of pieces and if you've sewn a peasant blouse before then it's really a piece of cake to sew.  The instructions come with multiple options and to be honest it was a little confusing for me to have to flip back and forth and refer to the different directions.  I opted for the easiest way for me and that was making a casing for the neck and the sleeves and inserting the elastic.  For my next shirt I plan to try using bias tape for the casing.

Next time I think I'm going to make the hem out of a different fabric.  I love the idea of mixing prints or color blocking.

Overall this is a great pattern and definitely a staple for your pattern collection with it's various options and sizes!  I can't wait to sew another one in a print fabric, the options are endless.    

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baby Leggings Pattern Round Up

I just made a massive amount of leggings for the baby.  Things started out slow but once I got going she ended up with 5 new pairs of leggings.

Baby leggings are quick and easy to sew, especially when you cut and sew them all at once.  To decrease sewing time I recommend sewing with fabrics of like colors so you won't have to change your thread.  I switched my thread three times and it added 10-15 minutes to my sewing time (to be fair I was changing two machines, my serger and coverstitch).

Another great thing about baby leggings is that they don't require a lot of fabric.  You can make them using half a yard or a fat quarter.  In fact, I used the left over black fabric from my Plantain shirt to make a pair of leggings.

This post wouldn't be complete without a picture of the baby modeling her new leggings!  My little girl is mobile now, so she definitely needed leggings.  I can't tell you how satisfying it is to see your work worn and loved!

As promised in the post title, here are a few free tutorials/patterns that you can use to make your own baby leggings:

1. ToddAh
2. Make It and Love It
3. Spoonflower Blog
4. I Still Love You
5. Craftiness Is Not Optional

If you want to get fancy with your legging and try more styles, here are more great tutorials:

1. Lil Blue Boo - Hand Stamped Leggings
2. Make It and Love It - Ruffle Bum and Skirt Leggings
3. MADE - Ruched Leggings
4. See Kate Sew - Tutu Leggings
5. See Kate Sew - Baby Jeggings
6. Distractions - Ruffle Hem Leggings

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Simplicity 2292 Pattern Review

Front View
This pattern has quite a few great fall/winter clothes options however I only sewed the pants for my son.  I cut them out in a size 4T and they sat on my sewing table for months, so I'm glad I finally finished them.  It drives me nuts when I look at my sewing table and I see a half finished project or a stack of fabric that I was supposed to make something with...enough of my ranting.  When I made these  pants I left out the D ring on the side, because putting that on my toddler's pants would be a disaster.  I could imagine him attempting to tie anything he can find to that little D ring, so I left it off.
Back View
The instructions are pretty straight forward except for the part about sewing the fly.  I really think pattern companies need to be more descriptive about their patterns.  I wasn't sure if I was sewing a faux fly or a real fly.  There aren't instructions for a button or a zipper and I didn't really feel like leaving a gaping part in the fly area so I just sewed the fly shut and made it a faux fly.  I topstitched the pants with regular thread but you can't tell so I will probably go back and topstitch it with a thicker thread.  Another thing, I wish patterns gave tips on how to sew with particular fabrics.  I own a walking foot and I used it to sew the corduroy, however if I was a novice sewer and tried to sew using a regular sewing foot I would have had a difficult time.
Patch Pocket
Cargo Pocket
I think the pants came out darling and I think my son will love them once he grows into them.  I'm tempted to try sewing the jacket included in this pattern, it's pretty cute and I can make one for each of my littles.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kelly Moore Riva Camera Bag Review & Discount Code

* I am a Kelly Moore affiliate and this post does contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.*

I ordered my Riva bag during the Mother's Day sale last year and I love it!  Riva is the perfect bag for me because it's small and lightweight.  I do love my other Kelly Moore bag, but it's not practical for long days or putting under our compact stroller.

Before I bought my Riva bag I would take our camera on day trips and pray that nothing would happen to it...but now I can stash it in my Riva bag and put it under the stroller (or carry it because it's so light).

Much like Kelly Moore's other camera bags, this one is a fairly weatherproof.  I wouldn't recommend taking it out in a huge downpour, but it will keep out a few water drops or snow.  Also the back side of the bag has a zippered compartment for storing money, your ID and extra memory cards.  The most difficult decision I had to make was selecting the color!

In honor of Valentine's Day, Kelly Moore is offering $30 off camera bags.   From now until February 14, 2014 use discount code: BEMINE to receive the savings! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Woodsie Baby Leggings


My little girl is rapidly outgrowing her legging so I decided to make her a few pairs that won't squeeze her like the store bought ones (I didn't photograph the other pair, sorry!).  I used an old pattern for the leggings and I added a little flair at the ends to make these legging look a little more girly.  I really love the fabric (bought at Girl Charlee's) but the colors are dark (grey-green and brown) and not very girly.

To make the bottom piece I just cut out a strip of fabric twice as long as the bottom width and 3 inches tall.  I used a gathering stitch and gathered the fabric evenly and used my serger to attach it to the leggings bottom before I sewed the side seam.  I believe I used a 5/8" seam allowance because the ruffle was a little too long for my liking.  After I attached the ruffle, I pinned and serged my sides together.  It was a quick and easy modification that makes these legging look a bit more feminine.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gretchen Cardigan - Pattern Review

*I am a Craftsy affiliate and this post does contain an affiliate link, however all opinions are my own.*


*Sorry this is an old post that I meant to publish in November...eeek!  I am so behind.*

The moment I saw this pattern I knew I had to buy it because it was too cute to resist.  I do admit that I was a little hesitant at first because I like quick projects and this pattern looked like it might take a while to sew, however I am pleased to report that the Gretchen cardigan came together quicker than I expected.

The instructions are very easy to follow and you can sew this cardigan without a serger....or if you have one, you can definitely use it.  I made this cardigan using jersey interlock from my stash and I made the cuffs out of matching rib knit (both fabrics were from JoAnn's).

Before I use my serger on knits, I baste my seams with my regular sewing machine.  I use a walking foot and I sew with the longest stitch length my machine has on it to make my basting stitch.  I learned this technique in the craftsy class I keep talking about (Sewing with Knits).  I tried to sew the ruffles using a zig zag stitch however I had some problems sewing zig zag with the walking foot.  I seriously don't know what I'm doing wrong...I tried playing with the stitch width and length and the machine didn't change the stitch.  I decided it was best not to ruin my work and to just use my coverstitch machine and call it a day.

When making this cardigan, I didn't follow every instruction in this pattern.  I decided not to make this a button up cardigan and I used rib knit for the binding.  I almost didn't have enough rib knit to make the binding so I kinda winged it and it worked!  I think the cardigan compliments the dress I made for little HB.  Next time I make use pattern I might try mixing prints like in the pattern pictures.  :)  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Every Little Thing Dress - Pattern Review

I enjoy making gifts for people, it's my way of showing that I care and it gives me an excuse to be creative.  I've made a few things for HB over the years (here, here and here) and it gives me joy to see her wear my creations (and know that someone else likes my work!).  This year I didn't know what I was going to make for her so I looked over some patterns I've had sitting in my stash and I decided to use the Every Little Thing Top/Dress pattern by Shwin Designs (I actually had this pattern pinned before I knew I was having a little girl so I knew I had to buy it when I found out baby #2 was going to be a girl).

The pattern is a great staple and it's very versatile so it's an excellent choice for your pattern stash.  The one thing I did not like about the pattern is that the instructions assume that you have sewing experience and that you know about things like pressing your seams and adding interfacing to the buttonhole area.  I know that adding interfacing depends on the type of fabric you use, however a novice sewer might not have this knowledge and it could cause problems for them.  For my dress I didn't need interfacing because the fabric I used was a bottom-weight fabric.  

I followed most of the directions when making this dress, except I topstitched the bow and I left a seam on the bottom band and just serged the ends instead of making it more like a binding.  By serging the band on the dress, there wasn't much of a need for me to add the topstitching above the band.  I also left out the pockets on my version.

I definitely plan on making more dresses and tops using this pattern, it's a quick sew and I love the endless possibilities.

I also made a cardigan to go with the dress, but I'll talk about the cardigan in another post!