Schoolboy Vest for Parcel #4

schoolboy vest

I’m so excited to share with you this amazing pattern! I just can’t get over the cuteness!! I chose to sew up the SchoolBoy Vest from Pattern Parcel #4 in a beige stretch cotton. I wanted something that could be dressed up or down, and this fit the bill. The inside is lined in regular cotton (I used some fat quarters for this – perfect!). I almost didn’t do the little belt on the back, and I’m SO GLAD I did! It just gives it such a professional finish!

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

 This vest is paired with some Titchy Threads Skinny Jeans (they’re from Project Run & Play) and just a regular dress shirt and bow tie. I’m serious, this kid is the best-dressed boy I know ;)

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

 This is such a great versatile pattern. You have the option of welt pockets (which I did….because I love welt pockets ;) ), faux welt pockets, and you can even make this as a reversible vest! The instructions are very thorough and this is a fairly quick sew…probably about 2 hours from start to finish!

Check out the Pattern Parcel now to learn more about how it works, and to pick up your favorite patterns….or all of them! 

And because I can….I leave you with a bunch more photos of the cutest boy alive ;)

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

schoolboy vest

Don’t forget to check out the others on the tour!

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, August 22
casa crafty ||Lulu & Celeste ||Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23
Max California ||Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24
little betty sews

Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper ||Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana ||Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts ||Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect ||Modern Handmade ||GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted ||Mae & K ||Mimi’s Mom

Friday, August 29
Pienkel ||Once Upon a Sewing Machine ||Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn ||Gray Skies ||The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches ||Max California ||Oliver’s Fancy ||Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1
a happy stitch ||lady and the gents ||Our Family Four ||Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson ||Things for Boys ||The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four ||Rebekah Sews ||a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line ||la inglesita ||Made by Sara ||Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal ||Gracious Threads ||Sofilantjes ||Max California

Happy Sewing!

*(I received these patterns at no cost to me in exchange for posting about them. But of course, the opinions are entirely my own and as always….if I didn’t LOVE it, I wouldn’t even post about it)

It’s Perfect Pattern Parcel Time!

Pattern Parcel #4
 

OK, for those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, a little about the Perfect Pattern Parcel (from the website):

Pattern Parcel #4 includes:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs
Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns
Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado
Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

AND a bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

Pattern Parcel #4
 

About Pattern Parcel:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.

So what did I pick to sew up for you today?? 

Yes, the BONUS pattern! 

charming doodle knight hoodie

Charming Doodle’s Knight Hoodie is a pattern I’ve had my eyeballs on for a while although this pattern starts at a size 2T, so it’s a tad big on Little E right now. It should fit him nicely through the winter. It’s such a unique twist on a classic pattern!

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charming doodle knight hoodie

I upcycled a size large men’s hoodie for this, and decided to do a contrasting zipper just to add some colour. A few notes on the construction: I would line the hood next time. I just don’t like seeing those seams when the hood is down. Also, I probably would add zipper facings to the front. I feel like those two modifications would make it look a bit more “finished”. 

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 There is quite a bit of topstitching on the garment, so be sure to take your time – that definitely makes the characteristic helmet and armour features stand out! Be sure to check out the others on the tour for lots of amazing inspiration!

charming doodle knight hoodie

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, August 22
casa crafty ||Lulu & Celeste ||Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23
Max California ||Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24
little betty sews

Monday, August 25
Kadiddlehopper ||Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26
La Pantigana ||Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts ||Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27
Make It Perfect ||Modern Handmade ||GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28
Needle and Ted ||Mae & K ||Mimi’s Mom

Friday, August 29
Pienkel ||Once Upon a Sewing Machine ||Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30
FABulous Home Sewn ||Gray Skies ||The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31
Nine Stitches ||Max California ||Oliver’s Fancy ||Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1
a happy stitch ||lady and the gents ||Our Family Four ||Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2
verypurpleperson ||Things for Boys ||The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3
Our Family Four ||Rebekah Sews ||a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4
Sew a Straight Line ||la inglesita ||Made by Sara ||Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5
Knot Sew Normal ||Gracious Threads ||Sofilantjes ||Max California

I’m Fawning Over this Top…

fawn lily

Oh, did I suck you in with my catchy title? Haha!! Not likely. But seriously. This Fawn Lily top may be the most beautiful thing I have ever made (besides my kids, of course ;) ). I’ve been eye-balling this pattern since it first came out in the Glamping collection at Willow & Co., but was trying to curb my PDF pattern addiction. I finally caved and bought it. And since I haven’t seen as many tops as I have dresses, I went with that length. 

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I used chambray for the front, and stretch lace for the back, lined in some white cotton. Then for the top, I used Cubisme Verdigris in the Urban Mod collection by Art Gallery Fabrics on the sleeves, a fat quarter of some wave print I won from PR&P, and a mint green scrap from long ago (I’ve determined I need to sew my stash!) for the front bodice. The back bodice is in the same mint fabric. 

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fawn lily

I originally cut out the pleated skirt for the back, but then decided to gather it, so it ended up with this extra swishiness which I LOVE! I really can’t say enough about this pattern – it’s almost as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside! I must confess, I was a little intimidated by the sleeve construction, but once I got past that, I was so happy I did it with the clean finish!

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Oh, and the little bit of yellow trim poking out of the bodice is corduroy. The skirt is self-drafted (you can see more of it here) and is the PERFECT colour for this top!

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I think it’s safe to say that I will be making plenty more of these….

fawn lily

fawn lily

Happy Sewing!

 

Bundle Up Tour – Aviator Pants

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Have you heard of the Bundle Up sale??? This is all about the boys. I’ve really gotten my feet wet in the whole boy sewing thing since I’ve had Little E. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be very much fun, no ruffles or cute fabric choices. Um, WRONG. And the Bundle Up sale and tour is here to show how much FUN it is to sew for our boys!!

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How does it work? Good question. Here is what you’ll find over on the Bundle Up site:

What makes Bundle UP different from other bundle sales?
We only feature established designers whose patterns and reputation you already know and trust.
We create themed bundles. This way you get more of what you need and none of what you don’t.
We offer new release patterns in a bundle.
The new releases are Bundle UP exclusives for the first few weeks, the individual patterns won’t be in shops until 9/10.
We allow you to Build a Better Bundle. You get to pick and choose which patterns and how many to include in your bundle (minimum of 6 patterns for bundle pricing).
The more you buy, the more you save!

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I chose to sew up some Aviator pants by Winter Wear Designs. What a fun and functional pattern! These are a modern twist on the ole’ sweatpants…no grandpa pants around here! The Aviator Pants are a fashion forward sweatpant (or short) in size 18m-14y. You can choose from slash pockets, 3D cargo pockets, double welt pockets, a contrast lower leg triangle, and optional cuff; and you end up with pants perfect for school or play that even the tweens refuse to take off!

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I added a faux drawstring to the front waist, topstitched the front pockets along the edge to keep them in place, and left off the contrast triangles at the bottom. Other than that, I made them as directed. I made these in a navy french terry with some scrap knit pieces for the contrast pocket lining and double welt pockets (it was just two-way stretch knit, so I was sure to cut my welt pocket pieces with the stretch running vertically to prevent headaches ;) ). I used a dark grey ribbing for the waistband (please excuse the butt shot, but those POCKETS!).

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 We went to the park to get some photos and little boy got DIRTY. I love seeing these clothes get used though, so I don’t  mind a little dirt :) 

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 E is wearing his Aviators with a Grand Slam Raglan Tee in Birch Elk Grove organics. 

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 This pattern is so well-written and has so many clear photos – you can’t go wrong! I didn’t do the cargo pockets, but the photos and explanations that I read were very good. This would be a great pattern to break in your pocket skills – cargo, double welt and slash pockets all on the same garment!

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What are you waiting for? Go put your bundle together and get sewing! But don’t forget to check out the rest of the fun tour stops!

 
 
 
 
 
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*I received this pattern free of charge, but the opinions are all mine – you know I only tell you about the patterns I LOVE!

Zucchini Round-up!

Are you “suffering” from an over-abundance of zucchini? Is your neighbour trying to pawn the stuff off on you? No worries! After my incredible yield last year (we learned the, um, hard way? Don’t plant 8 zucchini plants until you are planning on feeding an army), I learned a few tricks and found a few exceptional recipes and I’m here to share them with you! (and please excuse the cell phone/instagram pics….apparently I didn’t feel the need to document this goodness with the Nikon!)

zucchini recipes

1. My top favorite recipe is this AMAZING Death by Chocolate Zucchini Cake. No one will ever believe there’s zucchini in there….

death by chocolate zucchini cake

2. Also, more chocolate. Irresistible Zucchini Brownies!

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photo by sweethappylife.com

 3. The easiest way to eat up some zucchini is by quartering it lengthwise, throw it in a plastic bag, drizzle some olive oil on it, add a shake of pepper and salt, a little italian seasoning and some parmesan cheese. Then just throw it on the grill with your protein! Flip it once….so delicious! (seen here with beets, carrots and elk steak!)

grilled zucchini

4. My favorite Zucchini Bread! Mom’s Zucchini Bread from All Recipes. Hands down my favorite. 

Zucchini Bread

5. I JUST tried this: add grated zucchini to your burgers! We eat wild meat which is VERY lean, and I never seem to be able to keep my burgers juicy on the grill. Well, enter the zucchini! I added about 3/4 cup grated zucchini to 1 1/2 pounds of ground elk, and those were the best burgers ever! Give it a try ;)

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Near the end of our harvest, I was grasping at straws for a way to preserve the bounty…without doing any more canning or baking! I found this great way to freeze shredded zucchini…

  • wash and dry your zucchini
  • shred it all into a large bowl
  • using a 1 cup measuring scoop, pack the cup
  • invert onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper (they should mostly keep their shape, especially if you packed them well)
  • do this until you’ve finished up the zucchini
  • pop the baking sheet into the freezer

When they are all frozen, put them in some large freezer bags. The next time you’re in the mood for some zucchini bread, take out 2 chunks, thaw (don’t drain that water – I did and found that it made my bread dry!) and use in your recipe! 

I’ll leave you with this gem :)

giant zucchini

Happy Baking!

Okey Dokey Overalls!

okey Dokey overalls

Are those not the cutest little overalls EVER?? I was lucky to be a tester for this fabulous pattern, the Okey Dokey Overalls (*affiliate link) from the Peekaboo Pattern Shop, and let me tell you, every line of topstitching on these is absolutely worth it!

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 This is not a overly quick pattern…the topstitching makes it a bit of a longer sew, but totally doable for an advanced beginner/intermediate seamstress (just don’t rush!). I used a medium-weight Japanese cotton print for these, and they are absolutely perfect for summer. I have some ochre corduroy that I’ll be making a winter pair from (and maybe even with a flannel lining – soooo warm!).

The details are amazing – classic 5 pocket styling, buttons at the side waist for easier dressing, hammer-in buttons! The pattern comes with all of the details and instructions for selecting the correct hardware for your size. 

okey dokey overalls

okey dokey overalls

There are options for long pants and shorts, and you know I’ll probably be hacking these into a jumper! You can grab your copy of the Okey Dokey Overalls here and save 15% through the end of the day today (08/21)! Hurry and snag yours now! 

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*this post contains affiliate links, but the pattern love and opinions are all my own!

 

Adding a Snap Placket to a Raglan Tee

Snap Placket for  Raglan Tutorial

I don’t know about you, but my babies have big heads. And mommy-made shirts need just a little more stretch for dressing than my fabric/serger combo can provide. Enter the snap placket! You could use this basic construction on a regular shirt with shoulder seams, just by adjusting the length of the placket. 

Here I’m going to be using the Grand Slam Raglan by Peekaboo Patterns (*affiliate links). This is one of my most often used patterns, but for my little boy, the neck opening is just a tad on the small side (this isn’t a pattern problem, merely a head to body size ratio that is “off” on the smaller sized little people….once they catch up to their head size, things all work nicely :) ) The snap placket means no fighting with your toddler to yank that shirt over their head!

I’m using some beautiful Birch Organics Elk Grove (similar to this) from l’oiseau Fabrics (*affiliate link) it is so SO soft!

Let’s get started! You’ll need a scrap of woven fabric that matches your shirt, a scrap of fusible interfacing, and some matching thread, pins, sewing machine, etc. 

*Please note, these measurement are to create a placket that will nicely fit #20 Kam Snaps. If you are using considerably larger or smaller snaps, you may need to do some fiddling with the measurements :)

Start by cutting two rectangles in your matching fabric: 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″. Cut your interfacing into two 3/4″ x 4″ pieces and iron on to your rectangles about 1/2″ in from one long edge.

interfacing

 Next up, sew the sleeve seams front and back except for the front left side (from the wearer’s perspective). Do NOT sew up your side seams/arm seams yet!! Add your neck binding starting at one open edge to the other open edge (oh, and don’t be like me and forget to topstitch your neck until after the whole shirt is done. Oops! Do it now!) Are you wondering about that little triangle of green that isn’t in the original pattern? I just cut a little triangle, fused it on, and did a decorative stitch over top. Do this before adding your neck binding. 

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 Take your larger rectangle (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) and pin Right Sides Together (RST) to the front raw edge of your shirt (the elk pattern here) with the piece extended 1/4″ above the neck binding. Fold the bottom of your piece up 1/4″. Sew 1/2″ from the edge (the seam allowance for this shirt pattern). 

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Press your seam allowance open.

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Next, fold your other long edge under 1/2″ Wrong Sides Together (WST) and press. Then bring that fold over to the seam you just made previously. Pin in place and press. 

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 Stitch across the top of the placket piece at 1/4″. Trim your excess. 

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 Turn the placket right side out, and poke your corner out so it’s nice and square. Press. Then turn to the back and pin your turned-under seam allowance in place. It should automatically tuck under nicely because of your folding. 

snap placket

 Topstitch along the open edge and the bottom. Looking at the front now, this is how the bottom part of your placket should look:

snap placket

 Onto the top! With RST, pin your smaller piece (1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″) to the sleeve portion (the green fabric here) of the shirt, extending and folding over a 1/4″ allowance up over the neck binding and then folding up a 1/4″ allowance on the bottom, WST. (please ignore the fact that I forgot to fold up my bottom bit in this photo….you’ll see it in the next step!)

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 Sew at 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim your seam allowances.

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 Press open. 

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Now you want to line up the sleeve and shoulder portions of the shirt RST, and stitch from the armpit JUST to where the placket begins.  

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 When you turn the shirt right side out you should see this:

snap placket

 Fold the long side of the top placket piece under 1/2″ and press, and then turn the full placket under WST to enclose the seam allowance and pin. 

snap placket

Mark with chalk or a disappearing marker (or wing it!) at the 3/4″ mark for a topstitching line. Make sure that you are catching the placket underneath (you could sew from the bottom, to be sure, but I like to do all of my topstitching from the top!) Be sure to mark where the top placket piece ends, so you don’t sew past it. Do NOT pivot and sew the short part!

snap placket.

 Topstitch along that line. Then arrange the placket in the closed position (how it will be with snaps) and sew up the short end, as directed here, through ALL layers. 

snap placket

Please, don’t try to do the topstitching all in one step. You need to make sure that the seam allowances are all laying flat and the ends of the plackets are caught in your stitching. So do the long side first. Then do the short side :)

Add your snaps, and you’re done!

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snap placket

 

snap placket

 Happy Sewing!

 *this post contains affiliate links, but the pattern love and opinions are all my own!

 

Zucchini Coconut Cookies

Zucchini Coconut  Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I know….zucchini and cookie shouldn’t be in the same sentence together, but really, these aren’t bad at all! I was a little skeptical, and almost went with a tried and true zucchini bread, but my daughter wanted to make cookies….and I had zucchini. 

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip cookies

The recipe I used was from Two Peas and their Pod, and I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, except to bake them a little longer. I like cookies that have a little crunch. Baking them longer did help for the first day, but once they were in a container for 24 hours, they went soft again. So beware, if you don’t like soft cookies, this isn’t the recipe for you :)

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I imagine these would be great with some dried fruit thrown in, or some nuts!

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Zucchini cookies made with coconut oil, coconut, and chocolate chips. The best way to use up your garden zucchini!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  5. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 cup shredded zucchini
  10. 2 cups old fashioned oats
  11. 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  12. 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut oil and sugars, mix until smooth.
  5. Add egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the shredded zucchini. Mix until combined.
  6. Slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, coconut, and chocolate chips.
  7. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or cookies are slightly golden around the edges and set.
  9. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Notes
  1. I did bake mine until there were quite golden on top...I was hoping to get a little crunch out of them - and I did (for the first day, then they went soft again :)
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Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern Tour

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I’m so excited to be sharing with you my version of the Uptown/Downtown dress – my bloggy friend Terri’s first pdf pattern!! I’ve been watching her grow her talents, and really stretch herself and I’m so proud of my fellow Albertan! Head over to her newly redesigned blog, Sew Straight & Gather to catch up on what she’s been doing lately. 

This is such a classic pattern that you can easily modify and get creative with to suit your needs. I’ve seen Terri make it in a dressy fabric and with a lace overlay, and then others on the tour have done a fun print for a more casual look! 

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I pulled out my knits and knew that I wanted to incorporate some of this Oh Deer! Stenzo knit in somehow. 

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So for my modifications, I decided to use the front and back facing pieces as my bodice pattern instead, so I could do some piecework and make a chevron bodice. I added seam allowance to where the fold would be to account for it not being cut on the fold. I used this easy-peasy way of making sure my bodice lines matched up. I probably should have tried harder on the sides seams, but oh well…it’s the front you really see ;)

I then used the actual dress pattern and marked where the facing ended (which is at a slightly empire waist line), added seam allowances and cut the skirt part off. Then I added these funny patch pockets. I drafted the shape, then cut out the hand opening, and serged on some red knit binding. I then pinned them on and just topstitched them with a weird decorative stitch. SInce it’s knit, they won’t fray. Now that it’s all done, I think a kangaroo pocket would be really cute!

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I then serged my skirts to the corresponding bodice piece, and then zipped down the sides. I also finished the neckline and sleeves with the red knit binding. It’s a bit New York Yankees-looking but the Oh Deer! fabric helps as does the chevron bodice. Bad fabric planning on my part! The striped knit had only a 2-way stretch, so as much as I would have rather had the stripes horizontal, they kinda had to be vertical. 

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 What on earth??! She models too many clothes…..

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uptwn/downtown dress

I broke my double needle (AGAIN) just as I went to hem the dress. Ha. I’m not sure why my machine’s default position is far left. Or why I always forget to move it. 

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This is such a comfy dress, J loved it!

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Haha, she was done with photos :)

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Go grab your copy of the pattern here and then get 30% off with the code “uptowndowntowntour” until August 16th!

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