Saturday, May 12, 2018

One Thimble No.19 Pinky Promise Purse

Hey all! Some of you may have noticed I'm a little MIA on my blog, yes, it's true, I have a dream job that takes up some of my sewing and blogging time. I'll let you in on the dream job at another time, for now let's just celcbrate Playtime and the 19th issue of One Thimble (affiliate link)! 



This time I've sewn up one project, the Pinky Promise Purse. The original intent was to sew it up for me, but since JubeJube loved it so much I just couldn't say no to her. She loved the size of it and how easy it was to open and close with the magnetic snap.



I changed the length of the strap and removed the swivel hooks for the simple reason that I didn't have enough time to order and receive them on time for sewing up this project and I didn't find any the recommended 1/2" size at my local store.



The layout of the tutorial for this pattern is layout a little different than what I'm used to seeing. The written text is all on the top half of the page and the photographs of the steps is on the bottom half. This makes it a little harder to follow since I'm not used to it, but it doesn't take away from the tutorial. The photos are clear and it is well written. The pattern pieces all fit well together, and printing and assembling the pattern pieces went well.




The fabric is Bird Watcher found at Club Tissus. I instantly knew I needed this fabric for the Pinky Promise Purse. The fabric is so vibrant and colorful!






Now off to make another for Amelia... and since I really do love the size for myself, I might just have to make another for me too!



Here's a sneak peek of what's inside One Thimble No.19, and don't forget to pick up your copy today!



Take a look at the other stops on the tour, so much more to look at a things to make for the kiddos! 

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Until next time,














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Friday, March 16, 2018

Breaking Ground 2018

This year, breaking ground is a little more fun for me. Not only am I using a pattern by a designer I have never used before, I also get to use my birthday present that I got a week early! 



The pattern is the Jukebox Hits by Flosstyle. The pattern is a little more pricey than the average but you know the saying you get what you pay for, well it applies here! This pattern is a fantastic wardrobe builder! You get dresses and tunics and blouses... and a bunch of different options. It's so easy to change the pattern to suit your needs! 



I wasn't sure what fabric I wanted to use or what style I was going with until after March Break vacation. I walked into my sewing room and there it was...this huge box! For me! It was the Brother CV3550! Yay! Happy birthday to ME!
First thing, this pattern was designed for woven fabrics, I used a light weight French Terry with very little stretch. I knew that new cover stitch would be fantastic for this project ... and talk about ground breaking!



I just had to do some fancy stitching and drafted some hip pockets that would be top stitched to the front, then I decided I to add a facing for the rounded hem. For the neckline I used a knit cut on the bias, and then top stiched that to make the style fit.




For the front neckline, I simply cut out a continous lap just to add a little something fun I wasn't sure if I was going to add a snap or button closure and once JubeJube tried it on I liked the way it sit and left it like that. And instead of putting the elastic waist casing on the inside, I put it on the outside and inserted a drawstring. This also helped cover up and secure the top of the hip pockets.

The pattern has so many styles that is was easy to let myself be inspired and just go with it. As you can tell the fit is perfect and all I had to do was fallow the size chart.




If you'd like to try Flosstyle patterns for yourself, join the group, Flosstyle Fair on facebook, get the discount code and get the Ventura Lite raglan tee for FREE!!


This is the last day of the tour... so go back and check out what everyone has made for their Breaking Ground project!




Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day:

 Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist
 Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style
 Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More
 Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura
 Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

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We'd love to see how you're Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you're working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.  Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you'll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.
As always, thanks for stopping by today.


Until next time, 







*Disclaimer: I received the pattern by Flosstyle for the purpose of the tour and review but all ideas and opinions are my own! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PM Patterns Blog Tour

I think you can tell by her face that Amelia loves her new outfit! 




I love trying out new designers, and P&M Patterns is new to me. Karine, the designer at P&M Patterns is based in Europe as has recently had all her patterns, landies' and children's, translated to English. The only thing that has not been changed is the paper format. The paper format available for at home printing is 4A so it doesn't fit standard US sized paper. I got over this hurdle but just popping in some legal sized paper and printing according to instructions. Included is a file so you can also have your patterns printed at your local print shop.




For this look I used Gus and Lollipop.

Gus is designed for a woven fabric but I made it in a knit. I love the drape of a rayon lycra knit. This one is so soft and light weight.



I made a size 6 according to the chart measurement, I had no need to go down a size due to the fact that I was using a knit. I changed the construciton just a bit since most of assembly was done with the serger. For the sleeves, instead of a flat assembly, I sewed up the side seams first then put in the sleeve as an inset sleeve.

The bow at the back is simple and elegant.



Other details on this top include gathers at the front shoulder seam, the waistband and the sleeve tabs.




About this sweet skirt...

This skirt has an adjustable elastic waistband at the back and the front lays flat. I didn't want to change any of the details of the hip pocket, they have been designed to perfection!




I shortened the main fabric of the skirt by about an inch so that I could lengthen the contrast band. I just love this fabric and I wanted to see a little more of it on the skirt.



Sizes for Gus and Lollipop range from 2 year to 12 years. The files that you get with your purchase include the tutorial with your choice of French or English, a list of required materials with size charts, home print file for 4A paper (I used legal size and it worked great) and a file for print shop.

Now the question is; will I make these patterns again.... you can bet on it. Both these patterns are really well put together, the tutorial is easy to understand with clear step-by-step drawings, and they are loaded with fun style! I'm even thinking I need to make Gus in my size!



More fun patterns and inspiration to check out! And don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a P&M pattern!



Pm-Patterns Blog Tour
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Until next time,














*Disclaimer: I received the patterns for free for the purpose of the tour and full review but all opinions and ideas are my own!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

GYCT Spring Dress Blog Tour

What happens when I let Amelia choose one of three fabrics... She insists she needs all three of them for one dress. Thank goodness they were all white with a navy print!



I showed Amelia the listing photo of the Rival Raglan by GYCT. She got very excited at the prospect of having a new spring dress that was comfy and that would replace another dress that she grew out of.

Amelia actually had a plan and she knew what she wanted so I took full advantage. She was quite clear she wanted the sleeves to have stipes and the skirt to have polka-dots. I added the striped band at the bottom of the skirt to balance out all those prints and in the end she loves it and that's all that really matters!




First, I'm so happy to say that sizing is spot on when you follow the size chart! And it's a really quick sew, almost all done with the serger and used a twin needle for hems. You get all the different sleeve lengths in this pattern from long to short and everything in between! The only thing I may have done different from the instructions is adding the clear elastic at the waist in the seam allowance so that everything stays nice and straight and the waistline doesn't get stretched out from wear. 




Also, there are two cut lines, one for the t-shirt and one for the dress to add the skirt. I left it t-shirt length since it did give a couple of extra inches to the bodice of the dress. I wanted the dress to have a little bit of a drop waist to it. Amelia really loves that style and I didn't want to disappoint.


I used a cotton lycra blend from my local Fabricville.We love this blend, it's so easy to wash and really comfortable to wear!




More fun styles are on the way with the GYCT Spring Dress Tour, don't be shy go take a look at the other stops! And don't for get to enter the giveaway!





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Until next time, xx.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Journey by Monaluna

I can't believe I get to do a third post with Monaluna Organic Fabrics! The new Journey collection is just so lovely to work with ... come see! 




I love that every time I get my hands on some Monaluna Organic fabrics I'm inspired to go out of my comfort zone to make something that I don't normally make. I've admired Swoon Patterns (affiliate link) for years, purchased several of their patterns, made a Betty Bowler once but then never got around to making another...until now! I thought the Donna Vintage bag would be the perfect canvas to show case the Skull & Roses print. 




With a little fussy cutting I managed to center the bigger skulls and highlight them. I made my own piping with the Birdseed in blue print. 





Finally for the inside I used Arrows for the lining. Its a beautiful coral, its acutally a pitty that its hiding inside! 




With all the fabulous prints in the Journey collection it was really hard to choose! 



A huge thank you to Jennifer of Monaluna for supplying us with these wonderful fabrics! You'll want to check out the other stops on the tour today starting with Gemia, our hostess with the mostess, over at Phat Quarters




*  Phat Quarters  *  Crafting in the Rain  *  Handmade Boy  *  Sprouting JubeJube  *
 Wild & Wanderful  *  Kari for Pattern Revolution  *  Sew Sophie Lynn 
*  It's Liesel  *  Swoodson Says   *  Lulu & Celeste  *

One more thing, we have a giveaway for this tour thanks to our friends at Itch to Stitch, Grammies Dolls, Bella Sunshine, SisBoom, Little Moo Designs, Izzy & Ivy Designs, The Cloth Parcel, Jalie, Designs by Call Ajaire and Love Notions. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink - Season 4

I've been aching to make a shirt for Sebas, my oldest. I've also been wanting to take photos of him, he hates the camera. Well I think I was able to have get my cake and eat it too. And to top it off, I got to sew from my fabric stash and use vintage buttons. What could be better... Oh yeah, he likes his pink shirt and he looks fabulous in it! 




Let's start by talking about the pattern. I used Burda 7045, a paper pattern. I've come to trust sizing with their patterns, after all I've been using Burda for so many years. The fit tends to be European, on the slim side, just what I needed. I used the style with front and back darts and the sport collar.


The fabric, funny enough has been in my stash for a couple of years. It was originally to make myself a shirt. So glad that didn't happen because this color just looks so great on Sebas. The fabric is a wonderful polyester with cotton bengaline, so its easy to care for. And I mentioned vintage buttons... I got them from a shop in Montreal when I was playing tourist with a friend visiting from BC. Most expensive buttons I've EVER put on a shirt, but they are just amazing... you can see them on my instagram post here!




So now, JubeJube and Amelia have been talking, since the beginning of the week, about Pink T-Shirt Day at school. The day that teachers and staff at school talk about being a friend and not the bully. And yes even the boys wear pink. So you can imagine how happy they were to see their big brother wear pink. We need to remove gender association to colors. We need to stop saying pink is for girls and blue is for boys. It's funny how other colors don't get that gender association... yellow, orange, green...




So there you have it, a pink shirt, with vintage buttons for my son.




Take a look at the other stops on this fourth edition of Boys Can Wear Pink. So many fun project!




Monday, February 19, 2018

One Thimble No.18 - Full Review

I can never get enough of One Thimble! There's always a surprise waiting for us inside and this time in Issue No.18 (affiliate link) is no different.

One huge surprise for me is the Origami top, I'm wishing it came in my size! I haven't sewn it up yet, but just looking at the photographs in the magazine you can bet it's right up there on my list of want-to-make projects. I did however make the Ladies' Ballerina tie top by The Wolf and the Tree and the Linnden Tote by Annie Zorzo.




First thing about this pattern by The Wolf and the Tree, actually it should be true for any pattern, not just this pattern ... take your measurements and follow the chart. Don't let the size you come up with scare you if its bigger than what you would usually make because in the end it's only a number. The important thing is that it fits you the way you want and that you're comfortable wearing it. Sizing on this pattern in on point when following the size chart! 





The fabric was purchased in a little shop, just a 20 minute drive away, and there's always something to discover in this shop at a really great price! I can't be sure of the composition but there's probably some polyester, rayon and spandex. I can tell you that it's soft and cozy and I made sure I had at least 25% stretch to this lovely knit. I could have easily used a cotton lycra blend and it would have been as cozy. 


For the ties I decided against making them lined simply due to the fact that I was afraid the ties would be too heavy and add extra bulk where I didn't need it. 

And I seem to be noticing a trend here, I may like grey fabric just a little too much. The last three tops I made myself are grey, oh well! 


I also made the Linnden Tote. The fabric is from my stash, I've had it for a few years. It's a heavier upholstery fabric. This bag was meant to have leather, cork or vinyl accents, and straps but I didn't have leather to work with and I don't have a sewing machine strong enough for it either. I figured I should try it with all fabric to give others the inspiration to make without the leather accents if they so desired. 



The only thing I really regret not doing is putting interfacing in my straps. About the design; the tote is big enough, the bottom meausres 17.5 inches by 6 inches. It was designed without a lining but there is an interior  zipper pocket, perfect for a cell phone and small wallet. I think its the perfect shopping companion. I do wish there was an option to include a way to snap the bag at the top opening, and I think I'll put that on my next Linnden that I make. 


More things to sew! I have to make sure that JubeJube and Amelia don't get to see these photos because you know they'll ask me to make every single pattern! One of their favorite things is to dress up and well, dress up ballerina style and pretending to be a ballerina do go hand in hand and  there's nothing wrong with that but I can hear JubeJubes now,  "No Amelia, jeté not plié" and this before 7am!  



Besides all the patterns available in One Thimble No.18 you need to check out the articles... Some of you might know I love just about everything vintage, my favorite are vintage sewing machines. Bec Wood in her article, Not Made in China, tells us about her vintage love. 

Follow the rest of the tour for more sewing inspiration from One Thimble! 


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Until next time,