Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Knock it Off Blog Tour Day 2

The whole idea behind this tour was to celebrate super moms, or aunts, or anyone who's sewn up a ready to wear designer inspired look to save money, or to put a smile on a child's face or even treat ourselves to a high end look that fits like a glove. 

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I remember going shopping for back to school clothes with a budget and a list of needs and wants. One particular time, in highschool, it was a want for this Mexx skirt I had seen. There was no way my mom would let me spent 3/4 of my budget on a skirt and my aunt being the seamstress said, "Deb, we will make you one, exactly the same"...and she did. Well, I wore that skirt until it was so worn out. That wasn't the only knock off in my closet but its the one I remember most fondly. 

I love using Pinterest (just in case you want to take a peek at my Pinterest boards...click!) as a tool for searching for on-trend styles, looking at ready to wear (RTW) designers and comparing them to patterns that I already have or new patterns that have just been released. I take note on how they need to be slightly changed if they even need to be changed at all. 

First image is from Jennifer of  Kutti Couture (blog), second image is from H&M website

This is a spring/summer skirt from H&M next to the new pattern from Petite Stitchery & Co. All I would have to do is find a navy and white stripe knit fabric and add button tabs at the waistline. I think the copy cat would turn out perfectly, infact as I sit here and write this, I need to run out, get the fabric and make it! So, while I do that, take a look at Melissa of MahlicaDesigns and Emily of the Sew & Tell Project. Take a look at what they made, what designer inspired them and what pattern they use to complete their projects. 

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More fun knock off's are headed your way, we'll be here all week so join us! 

Monday, April 24
Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28

Until next time, xx.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Petite Stitchery & Co. in Pantone 2017

I'm seeing life in solid blocks of color, and the Pantone 2017 colors are such an inspiration. We are so used to making clothes with bold prints, florals, geometric shapes and other seasonal trends, this time we are going solid colors. It gets you thinking about what can be done to add just a little touch of detail. 

I used Pink Yarrow for my project, I had a few other colors from the color palette but in the end I knew JubeJube would have her say and if she doesn't like it, she doesn't wear it. The pattern I used from Petite Stichery & Co. is Laurel. And just an FYI, all patterns for the duration of this mini tour are 20% off! No coupon code needed.

I added a layer of voile with a print to create so interest and the end result is something I has never thought of doing before.

About the pattern: Laurel was designed for knit fabrics, different sleeve options are available with this pattern. The size range is from 2T to 12 years. Two options for necklines (rounded and V-neck).

This is such an easy and comfortable look for this spring. Layering this tunic with leggings or jeans is sure to please just about any child that wants to play in comfort but also wants a little bit of girly style.

Now, go check out what's on the Petite Stichery & Co. Blog...2 more looks are waiting for you! Enjoy!

Until next time, xx.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Breaking Ground Part 2

I'm back on the Breaking Ground Blog tour that Melissa of MahlicaDesigns has put together. 

Today I'm featuring the Halla Slimfit Dolman. Yes I know, nothing ground breaking about a dolman, but the whole point of the tour is to try new designers or new techniques. I opted for a new to me designer. I love a good dolman style top, I've tried many of the different patterns out there like the Asymmetrical Drape by EYMM and the Seafarer by Sew Much Ado. This one is different and its right on trend with the dolman styles that we're seeing in stores, especially when making the long sleeve option. 

Before going any further, go join the Halla Patterns facebook group. There are a bunch of discount codes to allow you to get this pattern (and others) for free!

This pattern even if it wasn't a promotional pattern would be a great staple pattern in anyone's pattern collection and a fantastic piece to have in your wardrobe.

There's a few different options on this pattern, long or short sleeves, armbands for the short sleeves, and also different lengths to create a tunic. The size range is huge! Size 00 to size 26 are all available on this pattern and the layered printing feature is available so you print out only the sizes you need.

I think this pattern with its great fit is so worth the time and effort of printing, cutting and sewing. Go check them out, Halla Patterns!

Need some inspiration to get going on that spring wardrobe, go check out the rest of the bloggers on the Breaking Ground tour!

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari SewsSewing By TiMusings of A SeamstressTenille's ThreadCouturiousEmbrace EverydaySewing A La Carte
Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesignsKaleidothoughtRonda B HandmadeElizabeth Made This Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day SewingAnne-Mari SewsSprouting Jube JubeSewing A La CarteTales of a Tester
Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & CelesteVery BlissfulSprouting Jube JubeRonda B HandmadeAdventures with Bubba and Bug
Friday March 24- Anne-Mari SewsTales of a TesterSewing By TiMusings of A SeamstressHarper + Lu,Sewing A La Carte

Until next time, xx.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sewing Space Revamp

Some of you may remember seeing this blog post about my sewing room. This was way back in November 2013. Well it was time for a face lift. the old space started to feel crowded and unorganized.

The paint color hasn't changed and some of the furniture stayed. I kept Gorm (no longer available) from IKEA (the comparable is Hejne). Those shelving units are perfect for storing fabric and adding project baskets.

This revamp started with a trip to IKEA, who am I kidding, just about every home improvement or remodel starts with a trip there, right? I was just toying with the idea of a dream sewing room and changing out the desk that I had (my old kitchen table, no joke) with a brand new table top, then I saw that Klimpen (table legs with storage) was on liquidation. BUT I didn't buy everthing just then and there. Went home and drew my room on a piece of graph paper to make sure the new desk would fit. So off to IKEA again to buy the table and legs.

Those shelves were all Dan's idea, he said I just had too much stuff not to get shelves in here...Off to IKEA again? ummm yes.

I was pleased as punch when I realized that Antonius was a perfect fit under the desk. This is where I keep my threads, interfacing, velcro and snaps.

I have a small table, counter height, to cut on, but I also use the dining room table when the pattern pieces are just too big.

To the right of that table in back of the door are hooks that I use to hang my assembled patterns. This is the system that works best for me, I've tried keeping them in binders but I just got to the point where I couldn't see what I had.

And well this is the Wall 'O fabric. I'm working on getting my stash undercontrol. The only thing missing in this room I would say is a closet to hide the ugly, like the fabric up on the top self.

Hope you enjoyed the tour! 

Until next time, xx

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Breaking Ground Part 1

J'ai plusieurs premières fois a partager avec vous aujourd'hui!  

Today is all about breaking ground! A lot of first times here...

J'ai débuté mon projet au mois de janvier et pour moi, de prendre de l'avance comme ça c'est toute une première. Je magasinais des patrons sur un site internet que je connaissais pas, Makerist. Il y avait des designers que je connaissais mais j'ai tomber sur le Joline Hoodie de Dreiem et je me suis dis que j'avais trouvé mon projet. Avec ce patron j'ai pu me pratiquer en allemand (une autre première, lol). Les instructions sont en anglais mais les pièces de patron sont uniquement identifiées en allemand. 

For starters, this is a first for me, I got this project going back in January. I was pattern shopping on a website I had never used before, it has many designers, I recognised some designers from the website but a lot of them are new to me. When I saw the Joline Hoodie by Dreiem's that I found on Makerist, I knew it was the project for me. Another first, I got to practice my German (heeheee) the pattern instructions are in English but the pattern pieces are all noted in German (but pretty self explanatory).

Les tailles disponibles dans le patron sont XS à XXXL pour femmes. Je me suis fait l'option hoodie, il y a aussi un option avec un grand col.

The sizes available in this pattern are from XS to XXXL for women. I made it with the hoodie but there is also an option for a cowl type collar. 

Une broderie pour personnalisée le vêtement. Maintenant que ma salle de couture est réaménagé (photos a suivre dans mon prochain billet) c'est beaucoup plus facile de me servir de toutes mes machines et d'aller juste qu'au bout de ma créativité.

I added a machine embroidery to the side of the hood, to make it more personalized. I actually went and fixed up that sewing studio to make it easier to be more productive and creative (photos in my next blog post)...and since we're talking about breaking ground, this was my first completed project in my revamped sewing room. 

J'adore mon nouveau hoodie, vraiment très confortable et la taille était bien indiquée selon le tableau fournie dans le tutoriel. C'est sure que je vais m'en faire d'autres!

I'm loving my new hoodie, the size is spot on according to the measurement chart and its a style I'll for sure be making again! 

Voici un aperçu des participants de la tournée, il y en à tellement a voir et à découvrir! 

Here's a look at the other stops on the tour! So much to discover on this tour, new patterns, new designers! 

Monday March 20- Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille's Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte
Tuesday March 21- mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, Ronda B Handmade, Elizabeth Made This Wednesday March 22- Rainy Day Sewing, Anne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Tales of a Tester
Thursday March 23- mahlicadesigns, Lulu & Celeste, Very Blissful, Sprouting Jube Jube, Ronda B Handmade, Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Friday March 24- Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu, Sewing A La Carte

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Color Me Lucky!

Today is about color and color trends but also about Willow by Petite Stitchery &Co

Every year we see color trends, here's a little reason why; Pantone will selects a set of colors that are the trend for that year, and we see those colors everywhere, from home decor to clothing, in crafting supplies like paper and inks. The color of 2017 in Greenery 15-0343, it is said to inspire growth and new life. JubeJube is all set for this years color trend with her new Willow blouse. 

Willow is part of the new Boho collection just released. It was designed as a tunic or dress with different sleeve options.  The back is the show-stopper on this one with its yoke and the possibilities of color blocking. The pattern is available in sizes 2T to 12 years.

I used a light weight cotton voile, light weight wovens are recommended for this blouse.

This is such an easy style to pair with leggings or jeans.

For more information about Petite Stitchery & Co. and fun sharing and inspiration, join their facebook group!

I think I did well on getting the Pantone colors into the project, I see Primrose Yellow, Greenery, a little Lapis and Island, even a splash of Yarrow. 

These are the colors you'll want to consider if you're a color trend follower! 
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Ready to follow along on another great blog tour? We've got inspiration for you every weekday for the entire month of March. I can't wait to see how others are interpreting this color palette.

Wednesday, March 1st Sewing By Ti, Hazelnut Handmade
2nd Crafty Like a Rox
3rd Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 6th Tenille's Thread
7th Harper + Lu
8th Creamer and Chaos
9th Sewingly, Michelle
10th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 13th EYMM
14th Harper + Lu
15th Sprouting Jube Jube
16th Very Blissful
17th Doodle Number 5

Monday, March 20th Ma Moose
21st On Wednesdays We Sew
22nd Robynne and the Bobbin
23rd Crafty Like a Rox
24th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 27th Rebel and Malice
28th Lulu & Celeste
29th Robynne and the Bobbin
30th Anne-Mari Sews
31st Margarita on the Ross

Until next time, xx.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Petitboo End of the Week Recap

This is the end of the tour, but there's still time to take advantage of the 50% off sale on ALL patterns in the Petitboo pattern shop on Etsy! Just use the code "PETITBOO50" at check out!

I just want to do a quick recap of Thrusday's and Friday's sneak peeks. You can also take a look at the rest of the stop on this tour. So much inspiration and fun!

On Thursdy we saw Rebel & Malice, Élégantine! and Sewing by Ti.

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and on Friday, Lulu & Celeste, Little Heart Threads and another post with Sewing by Ti.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All about Petitboo!

So its my turn to post my makes using Petitboo patterns...but first I think it would be fun to back track to when Petitboo was E+M Patterns, just so you know these patterns have been around and they are tried, tested, and true! 

First up, Rose. This was Julia's all time favorite dress and I just had to make another. This dress first appeared on my blog in September 2014. Squeel! Look at her little round face! 

And now, March 2017

This is the Hemlock shirt, it was on the blog back in June 2014...

Here's the most recent one I made.

I made the bottom part of the bodice a longer, and instead of the 15 inches required in width I used 23 inches to be able to make gathers and create a little girly look for this shirt.

And finally, Huckleberry, from March 2014...That cat must have made it into every photoshoot...It kept JubeJube happy at least!

And now, March 2017... Three years later!

I've been hoarding this fabric for some time now, I love it and I thought it would look best as a very comfy looking trouser, its more of a chambray then a denim, so light and airy.

All week long you'll be able to see more fun creations and inspiration with Petitboo patterns...And to top it off, Allison has added a coupon code for her Etsy shop! Enjoy 50% off on ALL patterns with the code "PETITBOO50" at checkout! Code only valid in Etsy and until Friday, March 10th. Oh and FYI you can get a couple of free patterns in the Petitboo Craftsy shop...try them out, you'll love working with these patterns! 

By the way, Melissa at MahlicaDesigns has her post up too... you need to go check out the lightning t-shirt she made! 

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Inspinration * Crafty Like a Rox * Sew and Tell Project