Ok, it’s all about the sales this weekend! The American Black Friday tradition is slowly creeping into Canada, hopefully minus the craziness…but I wouldn’t know – I’m not too keen on waking up that early. But if you are addicted to pdf patterns like I am, then you’re in luck! Shop from home in your jammies if you like! The Peekaboo sale (affiliate link) goes until December 1st, and Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) is having a great sale as well – starting today! This is how it will work:
Um, yes, 50% OFF 5 PATTERNS! That’s some serious savings! And so, I’ve got some inspiration for you (especially if you snagged some of the flannel on sale at Joanns )
This is a new take on an old classic – the sleep shirt! Or nightgown. Whatever floats your boat…er, bed?
J giving me her best “I’m-so-sleepy” face
So I only used the top pattern for this pattern hack. I had bought a TON of flannel (in 1-yard cuts) on sale when I was home visiting in the states last year, and now that I’m looking at it all, I realize that my baby girl is too big to fit into 1 yard of anything! I was out of luck to make matching pants for the shirt, so after trying my best to squeak things out of a yard, I gave up and decided to modify the top into a long sleepshirt, or nightgown.
I started by lengthening the back bodice piece by 8 inches. This amount will vary depending on how long you would like it, and what size you are making. You will notice that the back side seam angles out a bit. That’s good! (if you’re making this in a larger size, you may want to take a hip measurement and be sure that there is enough ease throughout the hips in the sleep shirt. If not, angle your side seam out from the armhole even a bit more)
Then I used a bowl (about 4 inches in diameter) to round off the new bottom corner that we just created.
Now on the front bodice piece there is no angle at the side, so you’ll want to add that onto the pattern, add your length (8″) and the rounded corner. The front and the back should be mirror images from the arm hole down to the hem. Make a mark 2″ up from where your rounded edge stops (as shown in the below photo). This will be your guide for the side slits.
Cut out your front and back pieces (on the fold!) and transfer your 2″ side slit marks to the fabric.
Time to make the exposed hem facing! I drafted a facing that was roughly 3 inches tall and then curved it up until it was at least 2 inches above the side slit mark you made on your pattern piece.
Cut two of these on the fold.
Transfer the 2″ side slit mark to the facing as well.
Instead of using the bias finish at the neck (which you can totally do) I decided to do an exposed facing there as well. I started by taping my front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulder seam, overlapping to account for the 1/2″ seam allowance on both pieces. Then I traced around the neck line, adding a 1/4″ to the front edge of the facing (for turning under later), and was sure to mark the back of the facing on the fold.
Using a pencil, mark at close intervals, 2 1/2″ from the neckline, all around from front to back.
Then using a french curve (if available) or just eyeballing it, connect the dots to make a smooth line from the front to the back. It should look like this (note the extra 1/4″ added to the front facing, and the back is marked to be cut on the fold. Cut one of these on the fold. Add your shoulder seam and back fold markings (which I forgot to add to my facing pattern! Don’t be like me!) to allow you to line it up easily on your neckline.
From here, you’ll continue with the normal garment construction: front placket (I chose to do mine in the back, because I have a PJ houdini!), shoulder seams, set in the sleeves. THEN, when you come to the side seams (please finish these edges first before this next step – serge or zigzag), you’ll sew from the sleeve to the underam, down the side until you reach your mark on the fabric. Be sure to backstitch, and then do the same on the other side.
Then take your hem facing, and right sides together, sew from the top to the 2″ mark you made (don’t forget to backstitch!) Do this on both sides.
Now you’re going to open up your facing and lay it RIGHT side down to the inside or WRONG side of your hem, lining up your 2″ marks and pin. It may look a little awkward, but it will all turn out ok
Sew one side at a time, from the 2″ mark on your facing (which is right were your stitching ends from the previous steps) around the bottom and back up to the 2″ mark on the other side.
Repeat on the other side. Clip into the seam allowance at the 2″ mark (but don’t clip through your stitching!) and turn the facing to the outside of the shirt and press. Now you’ll press a 1/4″-1/2″ (whatever you’re comfortable with) under all around the top of the facing, pin in place and topstitch.
For the neck facing construction, it’s very similar to the bias instructions. You’ll pin your facing at the neck opening, RIGHT side down to the inside or WRONG side of the bodice. Sew around with a 1/2″ seam allowance. You should have a 1/4″ overhand on each side of your placket.
Clip your curves and flip it to the front. Give it a good press, and then fold the front side of the facing under so it matches the placket, and turn the raw edges of the facing under a 1/4″-1/2″ (whatever you’re comfortable with) all around and press. Pin.
Topstitch around the bottom of the facing, and then go up the front on the placket edge and then around the neck. You’ll notice that my button placket it at the back instead of the front…that’s to prevent my little jammie houdini from escaping!
Add your buttonholes (or snaps!) and you’re done!
A fun little sleep shirt for the littles in your life!
Happy Sewing and Sweet Dreams!
Well, if this cute little munchkin in an adorable little Downton Duffle coat (affiliate link) doesn’t get you excited about a pdf pattern sale, then I don’t know what will! Today through December 1 you can save 20% on all Peekaboo Patterns with the code “jingle20″ and 30% off 5 or more patterns with the code “jingle30″ at checkout!
I made up this Downton Duffle in a Velveteen Twill from lowpricefabric.com (doesn’t seem to be in stock right now). It’s such a gorgeous green, and the leather is a hide I got from my mom. I used Thinsulate for my interlining for the first time, and it seems to be warm enough so far, but we haven’t hit -40c yet!
The jacket is lined with a poly/cotten blend in a navy and white stripe and instead of doing leather for the shoulder patches, I just did self-fabric patches. I really like the look of this – similar to a wool coat in this classic design, but with the ease of sewing twill.
The sleeves were finished in a traditional tailored style (similar to the bagged method, but I do it differently – tutorial soon!). Haha, he was getting frustrated at not being able to do up his toggles
What are you waiting for? Head on over to Peekaboo Pattern Shop to fill your cart while the sale lasts!!
Have you been checking out the amazing blog tour that Olu from Needle and Ted is hosting? She rounded up a bunch of bloggers to sew up the Florence Blouse by MadeIt Patterns, but to give it our own festive twist! So far, the results have been absolutely stunning.
I’m here with my take on a classic pattern – a slightly fitted, princess-seamed blouse. What better way to make it festive than to play up the princess side, eh? I used a gray and white striped shirting for my Florence blouse (yes, the same stuff I used on this bag!).
And, as you can see, I added some big bows! The blouse has the options of a beautiful waterfall ruffle down the front (which I was thisclose to doing) and a bow tie finish. I was going to just extend the collar stand to form the bow ties, but then I couldn’t make up my mind between the navy and pale blue, so I just made them separate ties. Also, I thought I had a brilliant idea of just adding snaps to the ties to snap right into the top snap on the blouse (What? I used snaps. Like I’d use buttons.) and then it would be a cinch to change them out! Well, that was a fail. So these are pinned on. I might have to rethink and tweak the snap-on idea though, because I think I could make it work.
This blouse has a classic forward shoulder seam and a back yoke, but with a v shape, which I LOVE. I chose to run my fabric opposite of the suggested grainline on the yoke to give it a bit of contrast. I also made my cuffs a little narrower and closed them with….snaps…aren’t you glad I didn’t say buttons? Haha! I’m beginning to think of knock-knock jokes about snaps now! Olu, I’m on a roll!
I love how the pale blue (a lovely Kona Solid) makes this outfit look so wintery! It’s full-fledged winter here right now, but I wasn’t about to subject J to that yucky stuff, so we had to bring the sparkle of winter inside! The skirt is self-drafted (polka-dot tulle from Ikea and a knit waistband) and then I made a little sparkly belt to tie it all together. My first thought when I saw the Florence pattern was to make it into a dress, but then I thought it might get more use this winter as a separate. The dressy skirt and blouse is festive, but can be dressed down without a problem…I’m thinking that fur vest…
So there you go! A festive outfit that will be wearable all winter…and probably into spring! Anna from MadeIt Patterns is offering you a 20% off ALL of her patterns (found here) with the code “Tour20″ until Saturday the 20th at 7pm EST. If you happen to whip up a Florence in time for Christmas, post it over on the MadeIt Patterns Facebook page by the end of January 2015 for a chance to win a pattern of your choice!
*this pattern was provided to me at no charge, but the opinions are entirely my own!
I had the chance to test a pattern that is in the One Thimble e-zine released on the 14th. This is the Helios Dress by Golden Rippy. It is a tent dress – a style that I was not familiar with, but if you like a more billowy silhouette, then this is for you! It’s definitely got some possibilities when it comes to mixing and matching fabrics! There’s a zipper in the back for easy dressing and the style makes it a comfy dress for playing in.
I chose to go with some solid color-blocking to mimic a sunrise. I had to color-block the back of the dress as well (not part of the pattern) because I was working with fat quarters for my different colours. It was a simple mod, just cut your pattern piece apart where you want, add seam allowances back onto both pieces, and then cut out and sew them together!
J calls it her sunshine dress, and I couldn’t agree more! I think the fit will be much better on her next summer (since right now it is WINTER here!). One Thimble is full of summertime patterns (it’s based in Australia and it’s summer there!) so if you’re one to plan ahead, snag a copy of this now! Although there are enough non-clothing patterns in there to keep you busy until summer…
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers that are sewing up other fun things from the magazine! You can find them below and then also enter to win some a copy of the magazine.
*I was provided this pattern at no cost, however the opinions are all my own!
I’m posting over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop with a fun little applique tutorial! Grab your free template here* and head over for the details! Pair these up with some color-blocked utensils, and it’s a quick gift for the chef in your life!
*this is an affiliate link, and it’s free for you to download, but if you do sign up for a craftsy account, I make a little bit of change to keep this blog going! Thanks!
You guys. You know I love Terri and her patterns. Well, here’s another reason to love her MORE. Actually, there’s at least five more reasons. But this one is my favorite. The Cool Cowl! Terri added some free add-on mods to the Uptown Downtown Dress, so I’m kicking off this pattern tour with two of the add-ons: the long sleeves and the cowl.
J has been asking for a scarf for a while now, but she’s also just learned to tie knots, so I knew that wasn’t going to be a great combo. Enter the cowl. It’s the look and coziness of a scarf, but safer
Also, when you pair this dress with a coat or vest, just pull the cowl up a bit and it’s a functional scarf! Husband says that this is his favorite dress I’ve made yet for J…it’s just so flattering and classic!
I also did the long-sleeve mod, but because I’m lazy, I did a contrast band instead of hemming them. I considered doing the same to the hem, but habits got the better of me!
J was hamming it up for the camera this time:
Oh, did I mention that these are all FREE add-ons if you already own the Uptown Downtown dress? Yes. Head on over to Sew Straight & Gather to read all about the rest of the mods!
I used a grey ponte knit from lowpricefabric.com and the cowl is a Stenzo from *cough, cough, I can’t remember…maybe l’oiseau?…
Don’t forget to check out the rest of these amazing bloggers sewing up some more beautiful dresses!
You can use the coupon code UPTOWNEXPANSION25 for 25% off the patterns in Terri’s shop (good all week!) and you can enter to win your own copy of the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern here:
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*I received this pattern at no charge, but the pattern love and opinions are all my own!
I’m posting this to coincide with a fun little tutorial that will be up on Monday over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop’s blog. So many things going on in the next few weeks, so my days were limited for when I could post this!
This is not a new concept, but this is my take on it, and I’ll give you a few pointers to make sure your utensils turn out cute, and kitchen-worthy.
- wooden or bamboo serving/cooking utensils. I used bamboo and I love how smooth it is! Also, I grabbed this at the dollar store, so you can’t really beat $1.50!
- Multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I used Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Paint (*affiliate link – read more in my policies tab) in satin and pearl, and it has survived hand-washing, and is non-toxic, so it’s a perfect fit for this type of craft!
- Craft Paint brush
- Painter’s tape
Decide where you want your first color to end. Use some tape to tape all around, really pressing hard with your nail to seal the edges.
You can use a smaller brush to get the inside of the hole. Then once you’re happy with the coverage, carefully remove the tape, being sure not to smudge anything. Do this while the paint is still wet to avoid a rough edge.
Let it dry with the painted handle not touching anything, maybe on a shelf.
Once it’s completely dry (give it 24hrs), you can add another color. This time, you’ll need two pieces of tape, applied the same way:
Using a small amount of paint, brush with the grain all around. Remove the tape once you’re satisfied with the coverage. Let it dry and you’re done!
Sneak peek up there of what will be over at the Peekaboo Pattern Shop blog on Monday (along with a free downloadable template!).
Happy Painting…and sewing!
Oh yeah. I’ve got another Pattern Parcel for you! This one is all about bags!
You probably already know how this works, but here’s a summary: head on over to Pattern Parcel to name your price on the five patterns. If you choose a price of $32 or greater, then you also get the bonus pattern! This is the last Parcel of the year, and it’s a great one if you plan on making some gifts in the near future!
I decided to make a fun-sized Midtown Messenger Bag for J. She loves bags, and I thought this would be a great one for bringing to church. I remember having special book bags for my church stuff – why not a cute little bag like this?!
I scaled the pattern to 85%, and it’s perfect! I had to do a little figuring for some of the non-pattern pieces, but it’s a really great size for her. A few mods I made:
- I used one piece for the front flap (instead of the decorative stripes). I just used the flap lining as my pattern.
- I left off the padded tablet pocket, so the inside is just one large space. It’s easier for J to use that way.
- I (obviously) used snaps instead of the suggested closures. I had them, and they’re easy
- I added swivel snap hooks to make the strap removable, because it’s actually quite a fun little bag to carry by the handle!
- Instead of leaving an opening for turning at the front center of the bag (as suggested), I chose to turn my bag through an opening I left in the lining. I always prefer to have that on the inside when possible.
I used shirting for the main exterior with a soft leather on the bottom and for the handle. The front flap and the inside lining are fat quarters I won from Project Run & Play (speaking of which, recognize that jacket? She’s almost outgrown it! ) The fabric is the Pine Woods Littlest line, and it’s simply adorable!
I’m not going to lie, cutting this thing out was TEDIOUS. There are so many pieces and so many layers. It probably took me as long to sew it up as it did to cut it out! Also, I would have loved some photos to guide me in which parts were what. If you love illustrations more than photos, this pattern is for you! Also, I totally messed up my zipper. Ha….clothes are definitely faster and easier than bags!
This thing handles all of the basics: pencils, Bible, chapstick, hair bow, dolly….and more!
She is a little obsessed with her new bag!
I think it turned out so cute! There are three outside pockets to use for papers and little things, a zipper to keep the stuff inside…even the creepy naked dolly.
Haha. Why do I bother making those dolls any clothes? Or diapers?
You can buy your patterns here:
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour here:
*I received this pattern free of charge in exchange for a blog post, but the opinions are always my own!
I’m back again with a new pattern to review! This is one stop on the Blaverry Ansley Top/Dress tour, so be sure to check out the other bloggers!
This pattern comes with a ton of options (you can check them out here). I did the hi-low hem (I LOVE this style!) and cropped it a bit, a peter pan collar and 3/4 length sleeves with a modified band to finish them off. I also turned it into a cardi, since it’s nearly winter here! I used a beautiful ponte knit (the sugggested fabrics are wovens, but I like to live on the edge ) and a swiss dot for the collar. Of course I did snaps. Why not? Olu from Needle and Ted says I’m the queen of snaps…I’ll take it!
There are a few things to note about this pattern; pdf LAYERS! I love this new feature that designers seem to be using more and more often! It’s so nice to be able to print just the size I need. The hi-low hem fit together so nicely and with a beautiful curve. There are some things I might change (and I do believe they will probably be changed on the pattern as well) – I would interface the button facings. I used snaps and those need interfacing, but so do buttonholes, for longevity. You might consider interfacing the collar as well, especially if your fabric is quite lightweight. This pattern is generous for sizing - I sewed up a size 3, but probably could have done a 2…although I DID do mine in knit, ponte is fairly stable.
All in all, this will be an excellent addition to J’s winter wardrobe! You can pick up your copy of the Ansley top with a 10% discount with the code “ILOVEBLAVERRY10″ at checkout!
Here’s the rest of the tour:
Keepin’ it real….this is how our photo shoots REALLY look!
*I received this pattern at no cost for this pattern tour, however all opinions are my own!