Florence with a Festive Twist!

Florence BlouseHave 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!). 

Florence Blouse

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. 

Florence Blouse

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!

Florence Blouse

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…

Florence Blouse

Florence BlouseSo 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!

Florence Blouse

Florence Blouse

Olu is having a bit of a competition over on her blog, so if you’d like to head on over there and leave a comment with your favourite Florence interpretation, that would be dandy!

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Happy Sewing!

*this pattern was provided to me at no charge, but the opinions are entirely my own!

 

 

Helios Dress for One Thimble

Helios Dress

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. 

Helios Dress

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!

Helios Dress

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…

Helios Dress

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. 

 
Saturday 11/15: Handmade Boy
Sunday 11/16: Mimi’s MomRebekah Sews
 

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Happy Sewing!

*I was provided this pattern at no cost, however the opinions are all my own!

Half-Handmade Gift Ideas!

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!

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*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!

Uptown Downtown Cowl Mod!

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. 

uptown downtown dress

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 ;)

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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!

uptown downtown dress

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:

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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!

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 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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Happy Sewing!

*I received this pattern at no charge, but the pattern love and opinions are all my own!

 

Color-Blocked Utensils

Color-Blocked Utensils

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. 

Supplies:

  • 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

Color-Blocked Utensils

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. 

Color-Blocked UtensilsUsing just a bit of paint, brush with the wood grain from the tape up towards the end of the handle. 

Color-Blocked Utensils

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. 

Color-Blocked Utensils

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:

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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!

Color-Blocked Utensils

 

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!

Midtown Messenger Bag

Fun-Sized Midtown Messenger Bag!

Oh yeah. I’ve got another Pattern Parcel for you! This one is all about bags! 

Midtown Messenger Bag

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!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 

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?!

Midtown Messenger Bag

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. 

Midtown Messenger Bag

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!

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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!

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She is a little obsessed with her new bag!

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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. 

Midtown Messenger Bag

Haha. Why do I bother making those dolls any clothes? Or diapers? 

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You can buy your patterns here:

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour here:

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, November 7
Stitched ||
Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8
Made by Sara ||Oliver’s Fancy ||
Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9
from a box ||
Mia’s Creations ||
MOMENTS

Monday, November 10
owen’s olivia ||
While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11
Nutta ||
Radiant Home Studio ||
La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12
Sew Fishsticks ||
Stacy Sews ||
Stitching Insane ||
GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13
Needle and Ted ||
Patchouli Moon Studio ||
Sprouting JubeJube ||
The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14
Casa Crafty ||
A Jennuine Life ||
‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Saturday, November 15
Stitches by Laura ||
Rebekah Sews ||
Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16
Blogs Like A Mother ||
Vicky Myers creations ||
Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17
Shanni Loves ||
So Sew Easy ||
GYCT Designs ||
Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18
The Nosy Pepper ||
Keep Calm and Carrion ||
There & Back ||
Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19
Sew Like My Mom ||
Knot Sew Normal ||
Stacy Sews ||
sewVery

Thursday, November 20
Mimi’s Mom ||
Our Family Four ||
shades of BOLD ||
Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21
Shawnta Sews ||
Lulu & Celeste ||
Amanda Rose ||
Robin’s Fabric Nest ||
House of Pinheiro

Happy Sewing!

*I received this pattern free of charge in exchange for a blog post, but the opinions are always my own!

Ansley Top Pattern Tour

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! 

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blaverry ansley

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!

ansley top

ansley top

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. 

ansley top

ansley top

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:

 
 
November 6th
 
November 7th

 

Keepin’ it real….this is how our photo shoots REALLY look!

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Happy Sewing!

*I received this pattern at no cost for this pattern tour, however all opinions are my own!

Happy Happy (Happy) Feet!

…parenthesis added, you know, to avoid lawsuits and all on the word HAPPY ;)

Happy Feet!

I’ve made up some two-piece footy jammies and my kids are IN LOVE. These are the Happy Feet Pajamas (*affiliate link) that were just released last night over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

Happy Feet

Since J is potty trained, she can’t really wear one-piece footy jammies any more and they were her absolute favourite! She loves these and asks to wear them every night! The top is a raglan style shirt with cuffs and a hem band so…..NO HEMMING! 

Happy Feet

The bottoms have feet on them so…NO HEMMING! If you hate hemming knits, these are the jammies for you! I did a Browning Buckmark applique on this pair. It’s the essence of her parent’s hobbies – hunting and sewing!

Happy Feet!

I used this slipper gripper material (she seems to be out of the white currently) and was able to get two pairs of jammies out of one sheet, with a little left over. For E’s jammies, the top is fleece with sweatshirt fleece for the sleeves and bands, and the pants are flannel. I’ve got a bunch of one-yard cuts of flannel that aren’t good for making much anymore (hey! since when did my kids get so big??!), so it’s fun to mix and match them with some warm fleece. 

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If you’re looking for a quick sew, or want to make something that your kids probably won’t want to take off, then snatch up your Happy Feet Pajamas today for 15% off over at Peekaboo Pattern Shop

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Happy Happy (Happy) sewing!

*this post contains affiliate links, but as always, the opinions and pattern love are all my own! I cannot be held responsible for any pdf pattern addiction that may result from you clicking on these links. 

Betty Skirt Tour

Betty Skirt

I kind of love this Betty skirt. It’s made in a sparkly sweater knit which is PERFECT for winter! You’ve seen another version of this skirt that I made for Skirting the Issue, done with the button placket. This specific one is the easiest of them all – no buttons, no placket…just some gathering! I made this almost entirely on my serger (um, hello FAST) and did the yoke a little differently this go around. 

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After putting the elastic in the waist, instead of doing the yoke in two steps, I just attached the gathered skirt to both layers of the yoke. Easy! I had this thing cut and sewn in a total of about an hour. 

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This sparkly knit was a bargain score at Fabricland last fall. I had this tan colour and also an off-white colour that I used here. It almost looks like tweed in the photos, but it’s got a subtle sparkle that’s fun :) What I love most about this pattern is the fit. The yoke makes for a nice slim fit at the waist and hips and then the gathered skirt adds just enough fullness to make it perfect for playing! Making it in knit makes it just that much more play-friendly :)

Betty Skirt

If you’re looking for an easy skirt pattern with some fun optional details, this is the one for you! Snag yours with a special tour discount of 30% off with the code BETTYTOUR at checkout!

betty-skirt-tourDon’t forget to check out these amazing bloggers and see their take on the Betty!

On a side note, I finally received some long-awaited fabric from my Project Run & Play winnings! Ooh, I’ve got some fun stuff planned out for that! Lovely twill and swiss dot….some new knits and new pins! Yes, I am excited about NEW GLASS HEAD PINS! Ha. You’ll be seeing another Downton Duffle (*affiliate link), and some Classic Chinos…and who knows what else!

Another Pair of Overalls

okey dokey overalls

The Okey Dokey Overalls (*affiliate link), Winter Edition! You saw the last pair that I made here, and the overalls jumper here, and I love them so much! But living in Northern Alberta has its cons….shorts weather is long gone. So I decided to do a pair in corduroy, and even better, line them in flannel! 

I really treated the flannel and corduroy as one piece except for the front pockets. I didn’t want them to get too bulky, so instead of making separate pockets, I just sewed the flannel and cord rst along the pocket slash line, flipped it around and topstitched that. Then I finished the curved edge of the main pocket piece, basted it in place at the top and sides of the leg. Then, following the curve of the pocket, I topstitched around, about a 1/4″ in from the edge. This created a nice pocket bag, and reduced the bulk at the same time. Also, I think the topstitched pocket is a nice added touch! It keeps the pockets from riding up too :)

okey dokey overalls

Since I was lining these, instead of going up a size, I just added an inch to the rise. They are SO warm and comfy!

okey dokey overalls

These overalls are not a very difficult sew, but a little time-consuming. Lots of topstitching, but that makes them look so amazing! 

okey dokey overalls

Poor little buddy had fallen and split his lip about a half hour before we took these photos, so this is all I got!

okey dokey overalls

He was still trying to make heads or tails of his swollen lip! It really is amazing how quickly he healed, though! As good as new in two days!

okey dokey overalls

I love that little pop of colour you can see on the cuffs! These have enough growing room in them that they should fit all winter! Pick your copy of the Okey Dokey Overalls here!

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