Two in One Pouches

I’m so not following the blogging trends of when you blog about things! Ha!

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I didn’t make too many Christmas presents, but I did make a few… And since it’s almost February, I thought I’d show them! Well, the Alabama Pillow was one… So, next up is the Two In One pouch by Sotak Handmade. I made them at the same time, assembly line style. One was gifted to the kiddo’s teacher, the other for me!

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Years ago at one our SMQG retreats, we had a white elephant and I won one of these! Yay! Then it was stolen from me…. In honest white elephant style… But I will not forget the pain of it being ripped from my hands! Ha!! And now I have my very own, in awesome Cotton and Steel Fabric!

The pattern calls for fusible fleece and I feel like it’s makes it a little too puffy. If I had quilted it, it would probably be fine. So next time I’m thinking about either quilting it or ditching the fleece and just using a heavy interfacing.

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I love the two pockets! But it opens…. And it just seems like wasted space! It needs pockets in here. Or a little mini note holder… Or to stitch together the two sides, so it becomes a middle pocket. So many options! Next time, I’m going to make it more user friendly in the middle.

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It was a pretty quick sew, perfect for a teacher gift! And I’ve enjoyed Finally having my own! I’ll keep you posted on any adjustments I make on the next round!

Stylish Slippers!

I’m still here! I got a little off track with blogging with some things going on in my world that actually put blogging on the back burner. But I’m back!

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And I’m back with a super fun project! I recently got to test my bloggin’ buddy’s, Mel from Filles a Maman, newest pattern for some super warm slippers!  The pattern is awesome since it’s one pattern for the whole family!

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The pattern is intended for both knit and fleece. For mine I used fleece on the outside and knit on the inside. The funny thing was I had this big bag of scraps that I was about to give away, but I had to grab it and pull it back downstairs to get the fleece scraps to make the slippers! See, I just kept saying I don’t need these scraps, but as soon as I go to get rid of them, I need them!  Anyway….

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And I made them for me! I’m glad I did, but Mel asked me to make my size. I still want to make some for the kiddo, too. And maybe even Dad! Maybe even the Grandparents…. So many options!

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The pattern is a very quick sew. I think it took about 1.5 hours, from start to finish! The pattern is very well written and the diagrams make it super easy to follow!

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The bottom calls for the non slip fabric that you put in the foot of pj’s. You can get this at Joann’s, or she tells you a secret of how to make it yourself! Well, I don’t know if it’s really a secret or not… Puffy paint!

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And best of all…. It’s only $5.95 on Craftsy for only a day or so more! So buy it now!

The Mimi for Women!

I sewed something for me again the other day!

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It’s the Mimi for women by Filles a Maman. She sent out a call for testers and I signed up! I loved her little Rose skirt that I made earlier this year, so I wanted to try out the grown up pattern!

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The Mimi top is a pattern that she’s had in her shop for kids for a while, but now she’s releasing it for grown ups! Being on the larger side, I love promoting patterns that go up to my size. And I think this one is flattering even for me!

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The pattern says it’s for confident beginners, and that’s pretty right on. If it wasn’t for the knit part, I think it would be easy for any beginner. Not that sewing with knits is hard, but it can be intimidating to some. Otherwise, easy peasy! I also love that there are options. The pattern also has an option to make it into a dress, but I opted for just the top. And there are also options for the collar, the key hole, the button, the little peter pan like collar and the fringe option.

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Obviously, I went for the key hole with a button collar option. One tester did just the key hole without the button and the top just opens and lays so nice with the contrasting . I think I want to try that next time!

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I didn’t change a thing. I didn’t change the length, nothing. And it fits me perfect! This fabric is technically my muslin, but I love it and have worn it out and about, just like it is!

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I highly recommend the pattern! It’s a creative take on the basic tee. It’s an easy and quick sew. And it’s been pretty right on for all the testers sizes. Go ahead, buy it here!

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

The Breeze Top for Women!

Remember a while back when I made the adorable breeze top for my niece? (If not, check it out!)

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Well, all the testers wanted it for themselves too! So what did Shannon, the designer of all the Peaches and Peanuts patterns, do??? She made it for women! Oh, yea!

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And I love it! It’s such an easy sew! The pattern is designed for knits, but I want to try it in a woven… Some other testers did and it’s still cute! It’s the perfect top for summer! It has the two pieces on the front that I love in the color block look I did it in.

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And the back is a racer back! I love that it has a little something different in the back.

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The pattern is includes sizes XS to 2XL, so it’s sized for everyone’s wardrobe! Like I said it’s an easy sew! The instructions were tested with the girl’s version and now with the women’s pattern, so you know it has to be good.

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And probably one of the best things for you… It’s on sale! Thru Saturday, August 23rd, the pattern is only available directly from Shannon and it only $4.77! WHAT??? $4.77! Seriously, you need to buy it now at that steal!  After the 23rd, the price goes up to $7.95 (which is still very reasonable!) And check out those two adorable ladies on the pattern cover! Yep!

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I’ve worn mine ALOT! Even if the fabric is just a ‘muslin’ knit, it’s comfy and looks nice. So it’s been out and about in the real world!

And don’t forget to get your copy here!

Sew-A-Bration of Womanhood!

I have loved getting to know the ladies over at Shaffer Sisters, so when they asked me to participate in their Sew-a-Bration of Womanhood series I was honored!

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The series is hosted by Shaffer Sisters and Call Ajaire and is all about women taking the time to sew for women, whether it’s making themselves something or something for some another woman, and the struggles that sometimes get in our way.

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I know my biggest struggle in sewing for myself is myself! My weight has become a huge struggle for me over the last few years, so making something for my self and getting behind the camera or in front of a mirror isn’t something I get very ecited about! But I signed up to do this and I didn’t want to break my commitment.

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One of the questions the ladies asked was, ‘What has been the biggest challenge with this project? And how did you over come it.’ My biggest challenge is taking the time for myself. I guess in a way all my sewing and blogging and photography is taking time for myself in that it’s all doing things I love. But I rarely make anything for me. Mostly because those darn mirrors…. For 2 years now I’ve been saying that I am going to take more time and sew for myself. And I haven’t done it. That is until I was asked to participate in this event! And how did I overcome it? I just did it! I had a deadline for someone else, and I just did it! Stop and do it!

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Not long ago I won a giveaway from Sew, Mama, Sew for two sewing books. Both were about making clothes for yourself without patterns. One of the books was DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection. At first I thought it was kinda silly stuff. But then I started really looking at it and it’s AWESOME! I love it! SO the book has about 10 or so designs. But then each design is detailed a bit different in 6 or so different collections. Basically it gives you a bunch of different ideas of how to detail the basic design to what you want. I made the goddess dress which is 2 rectangles. That’s it!

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It’s a bit shorter than I planned. So I won’t be wearing it to work or anything. But it’s perfect for the beach or a day in the sun! The top part is a bit too narrow, so I want to redo that and make it a bit wider so it’s more comfortable for me to wear without worrying if any body parts are hanging free!!

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But I did it! Finally after all these years of saying I’m going to sew clothes for myself, I finally made me something! And not even that. I made myself something. And I let my picture be taken wearing it. And I posted it. If I can do it, you can do it!

What have you been wanting to make for yourself? I’d love to know! And be sure to check out what everyone is making!

Weekend Whims- Cute Women’s Clothing from the Blogosphere!

Big news here! I did something last week that I have wanted to do since high school. I kept blowing it off as no big deal. That is until Thursday morning, the morning before my scheduled surgery, I woke up freakin’ out. A nervous Nellie I was FOR SURE! I wasn’t questioning what I was doing, but all of a sudden it hit me that what I was doing wasn’t just a little nothing thing to ignore! I had a breast reduction! I’ve wanted and needed it for a long time. I’m sitting here writing this between naps from my pain medications! The surgery went well, but like with any surgery, there’s the painful healing time….

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I’m so excited to not have to deal with the pains of the big boobs. I soooo don’t understand wanting big boobs.. They just hurt! And they don’t make too many cute clothes for those of us that do have them. This year, one of my goals was to make more of my own clothes so that I didn’t dress so blah. But now I had this and am so excited to be able to have my pick of patterns that will look cute!!!

These are some I’ve had my eye on….

1. This easy peasy shirt from Lemon Squeezy Home via Sewing In No Man’s Land is really cute! I had it pinned thinking would be good for the before boobs, but it’s going to look really cute for the after boobs!

2. I just found this pattern for the Amelia Dress on Sew Mama Sew today. Very cute and it would never have fit me before!

3. I think this Front Tie Spring Dress by Make It Love It is totally cute! And before it probably wouldn’t have fit me since I wore the size 5T pattern she has it in, but like she says it could be for kids or adults!

4. I want to try again with the Wiksten Tank. You might remember that I tried it before and wasn’t real excited about it… I don’t think I ever wore it again after those pictures…. I’m excited again!

5. And who doesn’t love the Washi Dress by Made By Rae??? Before I knew there was no way to get the girls in that dress. But now I can try this one too!

6. I’ve been wanting to try out these t-shirt patterns from Sewing the Littleheart Collection.

7. And this dress is cute, too. The One Hour Elastic Dress via Make! I just can’t believe that I might be able to wear a sleeveless dress again… Wow!

I still some work to do on the ‘ole figure, but just knowing that I will have more options this summer is helping pull me through the recovery process. OK, now to take another nap…..

Something for Me… The Wiksten Tank

I’m not sure, but I have ever posted a project that I’ve done for myself??? I don’t sew for myself very often, so I’m thinking I might not have….  Have you seen the Wiksten Tank? I mentioned it before in my Weekend Whims for the Summer.

This week I’m going to show you the three projects I made while sitting on the front porch of our nice old beach house! I just love sitting out there with the sewing machine and the sound of the waves crashing! Actually a lot of the time it’s dark out when I’m out there making things and the water is still and it’s quiet. Quiet, except for the occasional fish jumping. Love it! Anyway….

So, I made myself a little something! I like it, but want to try again. I used an old sheet, so it’s super soft, but kinda thin… I also want to make the front a little longer on my next one…

The Wiksten pattern is super easy! If only I had measured to make sure I was cutting it large enough (yes, I’m a large gal, hence the reason not many photos of me on the blog….). I’m not very specific when I sew, so I just kinda eye-balled it…. In hindsight, I should have measured…. It ended up a little tight around the ‘ladies’. My husband suggested putting a slit in the back, so I figured out a way to do it and it looks pretty nice I think. But I also think it’s a little odd looking… Obviously, I have mixed feelings about how the back turned out!

The other little problem I had with the pattern was I think it might have printed a little small. The instructions say not to scale it when you print and I didn’t. But I think it might have been a little smaller than it was supposed to be. I cut the binding strips, but they were a little too narrow for the 3/8″ hem the instructions called for. Oh, well. It will worked fine with a narrower hem!

And me… I guess I could have smiled, huh???

And check out the flickr group for the tank and see how cute it is!

 

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