Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MAKE [BELIEVE] - The Explorer Hoodie

Warning! This post is PICTURE HEAVY!

Now for the third installment of my shameless promotion of this awesome collection. The Make [Believe] Collection is only available for a little less than 1 week, so you should get it while you can.

On to more adorable cuteness... BEHOLD THE EXPLORER HOODIE.

I sewed the version with the asymmetrical zipper, using scrap fabrics. It gives off a very 'cool' vibe. If you look closely, you might notice the shirt underneath it as being the previously blogged about See Kate Sew Recess Raglan. Honestly, I had just grabbed a matching shirt from his closet; I didn't realize the coincidence until I was editing the photos later on. Lucky you! You get a double dose of Kate today.

Back to the hoodie. I love it. I only wish it wasn't 100 degrees outside.

I see this pattern as being a Fall staple in my son's closet. It's cute, was quick and easy to sew, and Mr. Man doesn't hate it. Success!

And now I'll leave you with a LOT more pictures.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MAKE [BELIEVE] - The Bookworm Button Up

And now it's time for me to share another pattern in the Pattern Anthology Collection. This is the Bookworm Button Up.

Warning: I may have bribed my child with a popsicle in order to get him to sit still. It totally worked ;)

This is the View A, short sleeved version. I used a mustached quilting cotton from Joanns, and bright green pearl snaps purchased from etsy. The buttons really make the shirt pop.

It's a really well drafted pattern, but there's a HUGE problem that I take issue with. I want View D in MY size. Sadly, it only goes up to a kid's size 8. I might attempt making it bigger to accommodate me.

In some of the pictures, you will see an awesome hat, also sewn by me. It's the Elegance and Elephants Fedora. It's one of this month's patterns. I cheated and posted it early, but it almost makes up for me not sewing anything from last month's patterns. It's made from leftover black felt that I had in the scrap bin.


And now, to begin my vacation. I will resume on Tuesday with the Explorer Hoodie.

Monday, July 14, 2014

MAKE [BELIEVE] - The Adventure Tee

Sorry I've been gone for a while. It was all for a good cause, I promise! For the past couple of weeks, I had the absolute pleasure of pattern testing for the latest Pattern Anthology Collection. It's only available for 2 weeks, so scoop it up while you can. Seriously, go check it out.

The first pattern item I will share with you is the Adventure Tee. There are 4 differnt neckline options, 2 different hem options 9 different sleeve options, and a cool zippered pocket option. SO. MANY. OPTIONS!!

I chose the "regular" neckline option with a button placket and the elbow sleeves (size 3T).

Even better, I only had a little over half a yard of the guitar print left, and was (barely) able to squeeze a shirt out of it. Woo Hoo! I'll leave you with a few more pictures. Stay tuned for more on Wednesday!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pattern Membership - May

This month, I only managed to finish one item, the pattern member exculsive, Stepford dress.

Pretty, right? I thought it looked a little too "stepford-y" when I first saw it, but I've learned my lesson about prejudging patterns. So I purchased the Extravagarden in Bold fabric that I've been coveting for months now. Yay for the lizard dress.

But it was the dress that almost wasn't. Like a good little seamstress, I measured myself to decide what size I needed to cut - small on the top with a medium waist. Then I cut my straight small and got to sewing. I finished a beautiful bodice, simply beautiful.

Then I put it on and... it was way too tight in the waist! I got so excited for the dress (and especially the lizard fabric), that I had cut a STRAIGHT SMALL instead of grading the waist to a medium. I was pretty devastated. I considered going on a diet just to fit in the dress (I intended to wear it to a friend's low key bachelorette party). Breathing is optional, right?

I soon regained my wits and had to let out every seam on that bodice. I sewed the tiniest of tiny seam allowance and voile! Crisis averted!

Now that I can breathe in it, I love this dress. I will probably be making the 'version B," and am currently using this bodice with another skirt.

The dress reminds some of my coworkers of Mrs. Frizzle. I'll take that as a compliment.
Magic Schoolbus anyone?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

The final pattern from the Just Add Jeans Collection, The Daytripper Top. This is another top that I wasn’t too sure about at first. Apparently, when I'm "not too sure" about something, I end up with something amazing. It still rings true.

This is my favorite of the bunch, even if it reminds me of Beetlejuice.

Maybe it's BECAUSE it reminds me of Beetlejuice.

Anyway, I cut a size small in the longer tunic. I love the subtle high-low hem on this. It pairs excellent with jeans or your favorite pair of faux leather leggings and sparkly shoes.

Do you know what else this reminds me of?

Oh Noes!! My Retinas!!!!

It reminds me of the Robin Thicke/ Miley Cyrus performance, but in a good way. Is it even possible to be reminded of THAT in a good way? I think so; as long as I don't sew nude latex hot-pants, I think everyone will be ok.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

School Teacher Top

This pattern is the other reason I purchased the Just add Jeans Collection, the Parisian Top. It looks sophisticated and chic. Just search for this top and you will see all the beautiful and sophisticated versions made by everyone. and yet mine....

makes me look like a school teacher. I look like a very chic school teacher, but a school teacher nonetheless.

I think it's a combination of the peter pan colar with the heavy lace. It seems so strange on me, and yet I think it would look cute on someone else.

The Good: The pattern itself is great. Excellent instructions, exceptional fit, wonderfull construction.

The Bad: My version

The Verdict: I need to redeem myself with another version of this, in much different fabrics.

Oh well, I can't win them all.