Breeze Top Pattern Tour and a Giveaway!

I keep saying it recently, but it’s true! I’m just floored by all the talent I’ve had the opportunity of meeting doing this whole blogging thing! Another of my amazing blogging friend, Shannon of Little Kids Grow, has released yet another great pattern to her pattern line, Peaches and Peanuts! Be sure to check out the New Release Info!

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It’s the Breeze Top! I’m not sure were the name came from, but I will say it’s a ‘breeze’ to make! Ha! I crack myself up! I love being a pattern tester for Shannon! She’s really got it down with getting the info out and keeping up on questions. Makes our job as testers super simple!

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The pattern has two versions, one for the woven fabric and another for a knit version. I did the woven and think it’s pretty adorable! (as is my guest model, don’t you think?) The top is a bit asymetterical with buttons only on one side. And I love me some asymettric! And you know me, I do snaps, not buttons. But it didn’t change the top any. I love the high top with the added fullness in the body.

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The top is a racer back top, which I love for the girls! There’s a bit of elastic that runs from the side to the racer back connection. We were a bit nervous sewing this pattern for my niece because she doesn’t like tight. And she can sometimes be irritated by fabrics rubbing her skin. I debated my elastic measurements. Do I stick to the pattern directions? Or do I make it a little bit looser? I decided to stick with the pattern and see how it goes…. It worked! It was tight enough to keep the top close to the body without showing anything we didn’t want to show. But it wasn’t tight enough to cause any irritation to her skin! Perfect!

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Then there’s the bottom band. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include the bottom band. But since I was testing, I knew I needed to at least give it a whirl. But first I didn’t. And I sent it home for a test fit. It fit fine, but was obviously a bit short. So I added it on, easy peasy. And now the length is great. It also keeps it from flying up when the kiddos are playing!

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And trust me, it works for playing! And popping bubbles! I took my ‘assistant’ with me for the photo shoot and they had a great time!

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I think it’s a great pattern for the little ladies! It comes in sizes 8 thru 16. I’m hoping for a woman’s version too!  Today is the first day of the blog tour, so be sure to check out the other versions! Including the knit version!

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Shannon is also hosting a great giveaway on her blog! She’s giving away (3) Breeze Top patterns and (3) $25 Gift Certificates to The Ribbon Retreat. And I just ordered from The Ribbon Retreat, and it came super fast! Love!  Anyway, click here for the giveaway!

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And it’s not over yet! Shannon is also offering a discount code at her Etsy shop! The Breeze Top pattern will be 25% off this week with the code “BREEZETOUR” on her Etsy site. (Coupon code expires June 27th at 11:59pm). So just in case you don’t want to wait to see if you win the pattern, be sure to get your own copy!

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The Rose Skirt by Filles a Maman

I’ve been having fun sewing for my nieces! For an only child (me) I sure to have a bunch of nieces! Ok, they technically aren’t, but by love they are! I can’t wait to show you the adorable little Rose Skirt I made for one of my Florida girls!

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I loved this little pattern and it was so easy! I mean like probably an hour easy!

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I though it was cute when I saw it online, but then when I saw the pattern I got a bit scared… The pleats threw fear in my face! But I went ahead and decided to go for it. And boy was I wrong! Um… super simple!

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And it seemed to be super comfy on the little lady as well! The knit I used is super soft on the inside! I forget know where I got the popsiclie fabric, which was also well received. The top and bottom bands were an old shirt.

 

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The pattern has instruction for both with pockets and without. I originally planned for pockets. Here’s the deal. Before we went on vacation I was working away and trying to deny that there was something wrong with my sewing machine. When I finally gave into the truth I stopped sewing. Then I decided to cut all my projects that I wanted to sew and I’d take the fabric with me. So for this one I cut it for without pockets just in case. But I also cut the pockets out too. But I had them the contrast color. Then when I set to putting it together, I didn’t think I’d like the pockets the contrast color so I left them out!

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The little lady had a good time in this skirt! We played super heros, went to the beach and made sand cupcakes and even taught her to fish in it! She was pretty good at the whole casting thing!!

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I loved seeing the skirt get worn and enjoyed! Now if we could only all go back to the beach together!

If you have a little girl and want an adorable skirt that is super easy to make… The Rose Skirt is your answer! It’s even adorable just hanging on the hanger! Thanks Mel for letting me try it out!

 

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

Surfer Slacks Redo

KCW is over, but I have one more project that I made! Well, I should say, that I updated!

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This is my last project for KCW and my mending bag is pretty much done!

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About a year ago I made the Surfer Slacks by See Kate Sew. Love the pattern! Aren’t these pants cute?

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They were much cuter when they actually fit! Unlike the pj’s he wanted super long, these he didn’t care that they were about two inches too short.

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But I had to take them away to figure out what to do with them!

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Shorts! Perfect!

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My son loves comfy pants, but, like I’ve said before I have to make cute comfy pants or he’d wear sweat pants every day! And these still fit just fine everywhere except the length, so I hated to put them in the garage sale pile or something like that…

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I just had to throw in this picture because it totally makes me laugh. It looks like he’s trying to escape from my photoshoot!!

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What did you get done for KCW? Everything you were planning on? Anything?

More KCW Mending

Another boring post about my mending progress! Sorry…  I think it took longer to edit the photos then it did to do the mending!

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My son has these pj’s that he loves. No, I didn’t make them…

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But… They are huge! His aunt gave them to him, not last Christmas, but the one before. And they are too big, but he loves them. He has refused to let me make them fit. Unfortunately he looks kinda like a hobo when he wear them. He loves them too big, but he trips over them. and falls.

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So I put my foot down and he finally agreed that we could make them fit a bit better!

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Although I did hem the sleeves a bit shorter then we agreed upon. And of course he noticed!

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The pants needed a bit of a hem too. And they got it!

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Even now that they fit he still loves the pj’s. He can even to his ninja moves without worrying about falling down!

More T’s for KCW

Like I said on Monday, we’re fixing the things in my mending bag this week! I don’t think I’ll be featured on any of the KCW features, but it needs to get done!

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Here’s another one you might remember! About a year ago I made the monster tee! I was so proud of myself for sewing with knits! I loved this shirt. I was kinda rigging my machine to use the double needle and it was a pain! the thread kept getting twisted and breaking….

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Then the hem came out. I threw it in the mending bag and forgot about it!

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But it’s back! And I figured out how to set my machine up properly to do the double needle and it went so smoothly! And the hem is fixed.

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And the kiddo is excited to have him monster shirt back!

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So then I moved on to the taxi shirt! I wish I could find a picture of the kiddo wearing this when they were pj’s. We bought this in NYC about 3 years ago. The pj’s fit then. It was kinda like a onesie with legs.

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It fit, but it was kinda funny, because it was so wide! The legs and the sleeves were the right size for a 2T. But the width wasn’t. It was super wide! And three years later, the sleeves are a bit short for a 5T.

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So I cut off the legs and it still fits! 3 years later! I hemmed the bottom. I was going to take off the sleeves and add red ones, but then decided that since the arms still fit, I just made it a short sleeved t-shirt instead!

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More KCW done. You?

A Sewing Fail Revived!

Do you remember this project?

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It was my Tic Tac Toe game shirt I made for Season 2 of Sew Ready to Play. The Tic Tac Toe game itself was designed by my husband and is totally cool. The game itself wasn’t a fail. It gets played with still. But as a shirt…. Never got worn…. I should have known from that look on the kiddos face, huh?

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So for my first day of Kids Clothes Week, I’m bringing it back as a plain old t-shirt. I didn’t make the shirt. But I did use my seam ripper to remove all the Velcro. So that’s partly sewing right?

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Ok, here’s the deal. This is my sewing room. Piles ‘o projects! See the shelves of fabric? See all the piles in front of the shelves of fabric? That’s all projects in the works. I’m really trying to finish all these projects this year. One thing that isn’t in the picture is a bag of projects that needed mending. So my first night of KCW was spent planning and going through my mending bag to see what I needed to fix. A couple of things just went away.

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And then there were these two sweaters… Both had holes in them at some seams. So no knitting involved, just two quick stitches. The one on the bottom has been in the bag for over a year and it took a whole 2 minutes to fix… Why do I do this??? Wait so long for a 5 minute project??? I don’t know!

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And then I found the orange striped t-shirt!

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I saw that it was actually a 4T. Not so sure why I had my2 year old wearing it back then, but it still fits. Maybe not for long, the sleeves are getting a bit short. but Hey for the rest of spring, my son has a new shirt and it’s so soft. He wouldn’t take it off!

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So day one of KCW, I did some planning and mending and reviving a failed project. It might not be new from scratch, but it’s Kids Clothes!

Did you make anything?

The Eared Earflap Hat! a tutorial

Bringing another tutorial home today! Things are crazy here! I’ve missed sharing with you this week! I’ll be back to normal soon, I hope! But while I’m doing too much at once, why don’t you make a fun hat!!

EarFlapHat-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI was competing in Project Run and Play and got behind in other things. If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos!

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It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! All you need is two pieces of fleece (or you could use just one color too) and cutting tools! And you can download the pattern here.

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Step 2: Cut out the pieces. You’ll need 2 of each color/print for the main pieces and the little ears. And a 3 inch strip about 15″ long (you’ll trim this later, so it doesn’t need to be exact!)

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Step 3: Cut the slit in the outside fabric. You can do it on the inside pieces, but I’ve found with fleece that it doesn’t really need the darts on the inside.

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Step 4: Make your ears. Sew the ears together and then turn right side out.

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Step 5: Place the ears in the hat.

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Step 6: Sew it together! First sew the ear slit closed. Then sew the middle 3″ slit between the two side pieces. And sew the middle strip and side pieces of the inside pieces together too.

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Step 7: Trim the excess of the middle piece off. I trim it in a slight curve between the two sides.

Step 8: Put the inside and outside together, one inside the other, with right sides facing.

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Step 9: Sew along the side edge. You do need to leave a hole, about 2 inches.

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Step 10: Optional, but you can trim the curved pieces. With fleece it’s not quite as critical, but if you were sewing it with a different fabric, this really helps to get the fabric to lay flat. Since the fleece kinda stretches around, it’s not as critical.

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Step 11: Pull through the hole.

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Step 12: Hand sew the hole.

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And you’ve got a hat! Pretty easy! It would also be fun to recycle a sweater for this project!

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And what about in green?? Do you see it? A frog hat? hehehe!

Go HAWKS!!!

And the last day of Kids Clothes Week!

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This whoel city has been Seahawks crazy this week! So to get a shirt, it was either super expensive or a lot of lines… So I found a little green tee, but it was kinda big!

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Before….

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But I got it for 3 bucks, took it home and took it in!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been a bit of quilting obsessed and haven’t been sewing for the kiddo much. So this project is a quick and easy one! Just taking in the shirt and printing a seahawk logo on an iron on and…

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GOOOOO HAWKS!!!!

 

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The ‘Eared’ Earflap Hat Tutorial at Go To Sew!

For the last year, typically every second Friday you can find me over at Go To Sew with a fun and typically pretty quick and easy tutorial! This month I was way behind with the whole holiday thing and Project Run and Play starting up! So here I am with my Go To Sew tutorial, just a tad bit late this month!

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If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos! It made a more ‘fluffy’ apearance in my Project Run and Play Arctic Wolf Outfit!

It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! Be sure to head over to Go To Sew for the tutorial!

 

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The Good, the bad and the ugly- Project Run and Play Week 2

First, off, thank you thank you thank you to everyone that voted for me last week. Unfortunately, I was the one to be voted off the island first! The competition was fierce! Fantastic ladies with amazing outfits! And the competition was fierce on an emotional level for me, which surprised me. But that doesn’t mean I’m not playing along still! So let’s get right to it!

TheGood-Main-ImFeelinCraftyIt’s Movie Week at Project Run and Play! And I chose to make a cowboy look based on Clint Eastwood’s character in The Good The Bad and The Ugly!

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We were headed to Palm Springs before Christmas, so I wanted to do an outfit that would work with the awesome Mid Century Modern architecture. But I just couldn’t figure out which movie to use. I was stuck. Then my husband suggested a western movie. Then somehow I found this movie. It’s not a kid’s movie by any means. But I know one kid that had a great time acting like a very serious cowboy…. I won’t name any names!

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This is where I should probably warn you that this post is very heavy on the photos. It was super hard to edit them down. Changing from an in city photoshoot idea to the desert photoshoot was a great idea! We had such a fun time!

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For the shirt I started with my new online ‘BFF’s’ pattern, the ‘Jack and Jill Colorblock Shirt.’ Since I had just made it the week before I made this one, it was fresh on my mind. I changed it out to be a slimmer fit on the kiddo and changed the pocket to a more traditional pocket. The biggest change I made was the sleeve cuffs.

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For the sleeves, I taught myself how to do a traditional dress shirt cuff. I just happened to have a men’s shirt that I could cut apart. SO I did that and added it into this shirt. It’s probably a good thing I am not ‘competing’ anymore, because I didn’t get a great shot of this detail. I was so proud of it, too! So I’m not sure how it slipped my mind to photograph this detail… ergh…

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I love the vest! For these pictures I left the vest, just like in the movie with just a leather tie holding it together, but I’ll add a closure detail so it’s easier to put on and off! While I was designing and gathering fabric I bought a couple of different ‘leather like’ fabrics, but they just weren’t right….

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Then I remembered this old coat I had that I’d been saving to make a vest for the kiddo! Hello!!! So that’s what I did!

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I cut it up and used the inside for the outside, then sewed on a Sherpa fabric on the inside. The coat didn’t actually have any large pieces, so I had to then use smaller pieces and piece them together, which ended up looking pretty good. In the movie the vest is a bit more pieced together, but I did want it to be something the kiddo could wear, I liked it better this way, so….

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The jeans were fun (I like making the kiddo pants), but I really loved the fun belt details! I used the same coat leather and a little leather paint to change the color and texture a bit. The gun belt and holster were a lot of fun, especially after we decided to use a banana for a gun! I have to say I laughed a lot while I was making this outfit!

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And the poncho! I had sent some pictures to my family without the poncho and they all said the outfit was cute and looked like a cowboy, but it wasn’t Clint Eastwood in The Good The Bad and The Ugly without the poncho! And I said, oh… I have the poncho!

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Yep, I have the poncho! The funny thing is, if you google the movie you get tons of pictures of Clint in the poncho, but it looks brown. So I had brown felt. Then I watched the movie while I was sewing and realized the poncho is really green. And my husband agreed, that I couldn’t make it brown! So at the last minute, I sent my husband down to the local fabric shop that doesn’t have a lot of selection in felt by the yard. And luckily, they had it! Yea! Then I proceeded to embroider the pattern.

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We had such a fun time photographing this outfit on location at Joshua Tree National Park! The kiddo slipped right into character. He was soooooo acting just like a cowboy the whole time!

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But I did get a few smiles and a ‘silly’ break!

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Have you seen the movie? I kinda figured not many people had, btu then I found out that it’s a pretty famous movie. But just in case you haven’t seen it, I thought I’d share some pictures I took of it of some of the details I was studying while I was watching the movie! And the main image you see everywhere if you google it, with what looks like a brown poncho….. And I’ll admit it here. I totally have a movie star crush on the young Clint… Yep. I do. Seriously.

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I only did The Good guy!

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Here’s to another week of Project Run and Play! I hope you enjoyed my photo filled post!! And I hope you agree that my kiddo did a pretty good Clint Eastwood impersonation!

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