Shopping for Sewing Deals?

I have some deals for ya! Are you a Black Friday shopper???? I’m SOOO NOT! Although I am curious about what it’s like out there… But… Not so curious that I’m going to venture out there into the craziness!

Nope I’m staying home and sewing. And if you are too, you’re going to love these deals from some of my favorite pattern designers, Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) and Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)!

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Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) is having a rare sale! (I’ve never seen them on sale before. Have you?) Get 2 Patterns for $10 with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

This code will only work on 2 patterns; if you want more than two you’ll have to check out more than once. For patterns priced more than $7.95, the discount is $5.90 per two patterns. Paper patterns excluded. Sale is good through the end of the day today, Black Friday.

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Remember my Cargo Pants I made? The are from Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link). The kiddo has been wearing them and we get compliments on them every time he wears them! I have a couple more of her patterns that I can’t wait to try!

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And the lovely Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)! This is their biggest sale of the year! You can save 25% on any purchase with the code “Jolly25” or 40% on any purchase of 5 or more patterns with the code “Jolly40”. The sale ends Saturday at midnight on 11/30.

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As you probably have figured out, her Winter PJ pattern (affiliate link) has been my go to pattern for costumes these days! And for Christmas, there will be real pj’s also made from the Winter PJ pattern (affiliate link)!

What pattern are you going to get??? It is going to be a Blank Slate Patterns (affiliate link) or a Peek a Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate link)!? Or both? I say both! Let me know! Maybe we can challenge each other to sew them!

KCW Day 2- Outerspace PJ’s

Yep, more PJ’s!

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These PJ’s, like yesterday’s PJ’s, are also from a pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. These are the Winter PJ’s.

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What do you think about this fabric? I like it. But not really excited about it anymore. At least not like I was when I bought it 3 years ago! Ha! I got it to make my son PJ’s when he was a baby baby! Never happened. Until now, that is!

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The kiddo keeps wearing PJ’s that are too small for him. Mostly in the length. Even his belly pokes out of some! But they are so comfy and he loves them so… But it drives Nannie (my mom) crazy. Even when he does have new PJ’s on, she thinks he needs new ones. So, Nannie, he’s pretty set up with new PJ’s.

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These were totally simple to make. And again, I ignored the 1/2 seam allowance and they fit great. Not too tight and not too baggy. As I was sewing along I realized that the pants looked SUPER long. SO I held off on adding the cuff. Luckily I caught myself before I went on. I ended up cutting off 4.5 inches from the pant pattern before I added the leg cuffs!

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The arms are a little long too, but he’s not having anything to do with the idea of fixing them! So they stay. I almost fixed them anyway, but hey, he keeps growing and the sleeves stay the same…. So why not leave them a little bit long??

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We put them on for the pictures and they never came off. It’s so funny… It’s starting to be like pulling teeth for him to get dressed for me ot take pictures, but once the camera actually comes out… Totally different story… A little comedian he thinks he is!

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He’s sleeping in them tonight!

 

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KCW Day 1- Popsicle PJ’s!

It’s hard for me to call this Kids Clothes Week and not Kids Clothes Week Challenge! I’ll get used to the name change soon!

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This week I’ll be sharing a lot of patterns. I rarely buy patterns, but recently there have been some great deals and some great pattern out there! And I haven’t had a chance to really get into them until now. So, ready? First up is the summer PJ’s pattern by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.

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The pattern was pretty easy. OK, very easy. But I had a few missteps, so what should have maybe taken an hour, took more like three! There is a note in the directions that says to use a 1/2 seam allowance. But honestly, is there really a seam allowance? I don’t think so. So I got hung up on that for a while.

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And then…. My double needle… I had some issues. My machine technically isn’t set up for a double needle, so I kinda rig it to work. And it does for a while, then the threads start to knot and break. And as the top threads are starting to fail then the bobbin does some weird jump thing and the stitching would jump… So don’t look to hard at my stitches up above….

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All this was driving me insane! It was driving me nuts re-threading my machine over and over, so I started wondering a bit about what my machine could really do. After a little manual reading I found out that there was this one stretch stitch that kinda looks like a serger, and it worked great!

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So I finally figured it out. Use this stitch for putting the knits together and the double needle rig for topstitching!

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The shoulders do this weird kinda stand up thing. Which is part of the pattern. And I think it’s part of my adding a 1/2 seam allowance when there really wasn’t meant to be one… (as far as I can tell from the pictures in the pattern).

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Another problem with my seam allowances is that the neck hole got a little small. We got it on, but my son was like, ‘I hope this comes off and I don’t have to wear it forever and ever!’ It came off easier than it went on! Also, the placement of the popsicles on the shorts was a bit of an oversight on my part!

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He loves the popsicles! I thought that they were going to be red, but they ended up being pink, not so BOY-ish,  so hence the boy popsicle PJ’s and not a shirt or something. The fabric is not my most favorite fabric from my Banberry Place order, but….  It’s also super soft on the inside. Almost a little fleecy feeling, so it’s perfect for PJ’s.

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Weekend Whims- Kids Clothes Week!

It’s coming!! Again!! Kids Clothes Week, the Spring Edition!

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Next week! You in? I’m in!

And I have a long list! I wonder how much I can get done!! So here are some things I’m going to make that have already been done by others!

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1. I bought the Surf Collection from Pattern Anthology and one thing on my list for the week is the Coastal Cargo shorts by Blank Slate Patterns for my son.

2. Sew Boy had a great idea of turning a men’s shirt into shorts! Shorts are also on my list….

3. Another project on my list is to make a jumper for a friend’s little guy. But I’m not a cutsie kinda romper gal… I love these overalls by Delia Creates as inspiration!

4. Tees. Even though my son has a drawer full of tees, I’m feeling the need to make more… Not sure why… But I love this tee by Cirque du BeBe using the Flashback Tee pattern.

5. There’s going to be a skirt in my mix! I think I’m using Dana’s simple skirt pattern…

6. In that Surf Collection I mentioned earlier… I also got the Boatneck Tee by Blank Slate Patterns. Love it. The kiddo is getting one of these! I love this striped version by The Train To Crazy.

7. Another men’s shirt reno! Feather’s Flights turned a men’s shirt in to a romper! Cute!

8. Love this short sleeved version of the Flashback Tee pattern by Sewing For Four.

9. And… The kiddo is getting new PJ’s. Love love love these neon ones by LBG Studio using the Winter PJ’s from Peek a Boo Patterns.  I think I’m going to try to do both, the winter and the summer pj’s.

 

OK, a peek into my list! Now what are you making?