Ooh, a Blog Hop!

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I was asked by Terri over at Sew Straight & Gather to be a part of this blog hop. I don’t know what it is about the term blog hop that immediately makes me think of Flubber….anyways, moving on…

So the goal of this blog hop is to help my readers learn more about me, the person behind this blog! You may even find a few new blogs to follow as a result (you can read Terri’s post here, and from there go back a few weeks!). There are four questions that I’m going to attempt to answer:

1. Why do I write? Well….I’m not a very interesting writer. I guess I’d have to confess that the only reason I write is because not everyone wants to just look at photos. You know I always have an overabundance of those! I love reading funny blogs. This is not one of them ;)

2. What am I working on? Besides sewing something? Well, I have an old victorian couch in my basement that is waiting for a makeover. I’ve got about 1/4 of the million staples pulled out, and once the rest are done, I can get to the FUN part – reupholstering! Also, I have unfinished board and batten in our master bedroom, two kids rooms that are still not decorated (after living in this house for almost 3 years!) and a basement that is in desperate need of organization. Maybe that’s why I like to sew so much…It’s something that I actually FINISH!

3. How does it differ from others of it’s genre? I think this question is directed to how my blog (and not my unfinished projects) is different from others in it’s genre. Um….I post the most photos? Haha. Really though, I’m such a new blogger, not even a year yet, so I feel like I’m still figuring out WHAT my genre is. I mean, I know I sew, and I take pictures. But lots of sewing bloggers do that. I’d really like to take the Pattern Workshop soon and start learning how to put my ideas down on paper! So I’m undecided on this question. Sorry. Told you I was a bad writer. 

4. How does my writing process work? I always take my photos first, then I upload them all. I start writing and add photos as I write. I don’t make an outline, write drafts or anything a good writer would do. I just type, and make sure everything is spelled correctly, preview it once and then hit publish! I apologize if this was the most boring blog hop post you’ve read in a while, but that’s who I am! Not a very exciting person…and I hoard fabric. 

You’ll find Kelly from Handmade Boy posting her answers to these questions next week, so be sure to head over there and read up! I can guarantee you it will be much more interesting! And her boy clothes – AMAZING. 

Shandiin Top: Fall Edition

Shandiin Top

Aaargh! Shiver me timbers! Literally, brr! Shiver! We had a cold snap here bringing a little snow (BOOOO!) so I decided to change up this summer-look top and show you some layers!

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Have you been following along with Frances Suzanne’s Flip this Pattern this month? It’s a twist on the usual contest, and instead they are showcasing patterns from indie designers – those with 5 patterns or less. It’s a great way to find some new favorites! And there is a linky party that could provide you with hours of inspiration here.

This is the Shandiin Tunic & Top by LouBee Clothing. It’s a cute little summertime tank top with such a unique back! However, since we’re nearing winter here in Northern Alberta, I knew I needed to make this work for our chilly temps. 

Shandiin Top

Shandiin Top

I used a thrifted navy and white stripe for the main fabric, with a contrasting yellow for the back top bodice. It’s a light enough piece that it layers well over a t-shirt, and later over some long-sleeved shirts. I made a few modifications to the pattern. I took out a bit of the angle at the sides of the top. My fabric is not overly soft and I was worried it would stick out too much. 

I also added a little ruffle to the front, before finishing up with the bias tape. Simple, and a fun way to add some color to the front!

shandiin top

shandiin top

 This little top went together so quickly! There are lots of options too, top or tunic length, buttons or not, explanation of the different ways of attaching the back accent piece to get different looks! The instructions are well-written with clear pictures. You can get 20% off all LouBee Clothing patterns until September 20 with the code SHOWCASE20

OR enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a few chances to win a BUNCH of amazing stuff!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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This was her “no more photos” move :)

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My budding little photographer!

Happy Sewing!

Ps. My blog hop post will be posting tomorrow…come back then to find out more about me!

CraftingCon: Stylin’ Snow White

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Way back a loooong time ago I mentioned something about CraftingCon. Well, it’s here! And I’m a competitor for the Princess month! Don’t worry, it’s nothing that you need to vote on, but I hope you’ll check out the other competitors over at Friends Stitched Together. If you’re looking for some inspiration, head on over to Mae & K for some fun tutorials too!

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I used the Fawn Lily dress as the basis for my Snow White look. It has such amazing color-blocking possibilities, that I knew it was the perfect pattern to get the look I was going for. Now, I hadn’t really thought through the coloring of a Snow White dress. As I’m sure you’ve probably noticed, J doesn’t wear a lot of primary colors. I just can’t do it! So when I was trying to come up with ideas for this contest, I just couldn’t get past the colors of the “usual” Snow White dress. Also, after shopping my stash, I realized that I didn’t have those colors anyways! So this is what I came up with:

CraftingCon: Snow White

Blue chambray for the sleeves, a polka dot cotton for the bodice, and yellow crepe for the skirt. I’ve used all of those fabrics in past projects so I definitely made good on my stash!

I made a little head band that matched the red trim on the dress. The trim was an easy mod, and I love it!

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J loved the dress! It’s a very subtle nod to the original Snow White dress…she was the first Official Disney Princess- did you know that? I love that it hints of Snow White but is definitely NOT a costume!

CraftingCon: Snow White

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We got lots of funny photos because of the apple, of course :)

CraftingCon: Snow White

This was a fun little challenge that got me out of my sewing comfort zone! I’d say J got right into it too!

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Happy Sewing!

Schoolboy Vest for Parcel #4

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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. 

fawn lily

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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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 ;)

zucchini harvest 2013

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!

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