Tie Dye Diva Potato Chip Shorts

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If you loved the Potato Chip Skirt* from Tie Dye Diva, you will love the new Potato Chip pants and shorts*. I was lucky enough to test these shorts, and they were a big hit with both my 3 year old and my husband!
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Sizes: 12 months to 9/10 years

Pattern Details:
flat front
elastic back
inset pockets
back yoke
decorative flap ‘pockets’
optional half belt and loops for girl’s styles.
Two shorts lengths – short inseam, at-knee Bermuda, and full length pants

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As always, the directions are well written and easy to follow. Step by step pictures show you where to sew, and how it should look! She even includes directions on how to adjust the pattern to achieve the right fit!

I have already made 2 pair for my little guy and have more cut and ready to sew soon!

Look at this pocket detail! You could even add some piping to make it pop even more!

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You can get your copy for only $6 through Tuesday 6/28/16 here*. After that, they will be regular price!

Whimsy Couture Boys shorts

I love when I can find a pattern for boys that will last for my little guy! He is a string bean, so I generally have to blend sizes to get the width and length right. When Denise and I were talking, I mentioned I was looking for shorts patterns for him. She offered up her Boy’s Shorts Pattern for me to sew up and write about. It took me a bit to decide what fabric to use, as nothing was jumping out at me. Finally, I remembered I had some Star Wars fabric in a bin, and I thought my almost 3 yr old would love it!

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It took me 2 full weeks of trying different bribes to get pictures of him in them. These are the simple shorts with no  pockets in a straight size 3T. I think the next pair, I will use the slimming option included to slim the legs just a bit for him.

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Pattern details:

Sizes included: 0-3m- size 8
Fabric choice: quilters cotton, any other lightweight non-stretch material
Sizing chart to cut out your fabric (no full sized templates)
Crotch cutouts
Pocket shapes for all sizes
Belt loops in 2 sizes faux or working
Instructions for a flat front or all around elastic waist

This pattern is created a little different. There are no full sized pattern pieces, you cut out a rectangle and fold it and use a template to cut out the crotch curve and slim the legs (if desired). At first, I was a little skeptical of not having the full pattern to lay out and cut, but once I did it, it was much faster! There was no printing 6-8 pages, taping, etc.. I used my rotary cutter and ruler to cut out my rectangles, and had these ready to sew in about 15 minutes! This will be a great pattern for making multiple pair at a time, as I can lay out 3 or 4 fabrics and cut them all out at once!

The pattern has clear pictures, with easy to follow written steps. If you run into an issue, Denise is available to help. You can find her in her Facebook group or over at DIY-Crush.

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EYMM Frestyle Harems

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I am so excited to be apart of this EYMM blog tour! I will be honest, when I first saw this tour, I was going to pass. Harems are not my style, nor something my kids would wear often. Then it dawned on me! I have a sweet little nephew on the way! These are prefect for diapered bottoms! So, I decided to sew up the  size 0-3 months size.

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When I picked fabrics, I didn’t know if baby would be a boy or a girl yet, so I tried to pick gender neutral prints. I chose to go with knits since I sewed such a tiny size! The zoo print and blue dots are from Whimsical fabrics. I bought some a while back when she had it on clearance. The other two, I got in a fabric swap with a friend. The toothless custom knit, both my kids have items from it, and now my nephew will too!
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These came together really quick, all 4 pair took me about 2 1/2 hours to cut and sew (with distractions).

When it came time to take pictures, I started laying them out and my toddler asked what I was doing. I told him I was making baby pants and asked if I could borrow Kevin (his doll) to model them for me. He let me borrow him, but he was right on the edge of the blanket to make sure nothing happened to his baby (like any good daddy would do!)

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He had to make sure his arm was okay when “Kevin is trying to crawl”

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I guess I need to make Kevin some new pants! He is a 20″ lots o love doll, and I think the newborn size will fit him perfect!

Side note, before you ask, yes, I knit the blanket in the background!

The children’s pattern offers:
3 length options
2 front waistbands
3 hem options
19 children’s sizes, newborn-18 tween.

*BONUS* includes doll pattern that fits most 18″ dolls and can be shortened for 15″ dolls.

The women’s Pattern offers:
2 length options
2 front waistbands
3 hem options
10 women’s sizes, XS-5X

I hope you find someone (or yourself!) to sew some harems for!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Freestyle Harems Blog Tour during the next week. (Note: The links below won’t be live until their scheduled date.)

March 9 – Joelle at EYMM

March 10 – Patricia from Sew Far North

March 11 – Tami from Sew Sophie Lynn

March12 – Kelly from Analog Bytes

March 13 – Lore from Blessed x Five

March 14 – Larissa from Connected by a Thread

March 15 – Aimee from Capture, Craft, and Cook

During the blog tour, you can get the Freestyle Harem Pants on sale! Use code FREESTYLE to save 25% on the women’s* or youth* sizing or on the bundle*, expires at 11:59pm PST on 3/15/2016.

Spring is coming!…..Right?

Every other Wednesday, Danielle from Whimsical Fabrics puts a bundle of fabrics on sale in her group for a special price. I have been purchasing mine ahead of time. We have had a blast picking out patterns and brainstorming what can be done with these bundles. This weeks is Summer celebration by Riley Blake. It just screams spring and summer!

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For this bundle, after brainstorming, we thought it would make a beautiful Sofia Beach bag from Swoon….so I ordered the 1 1/2 yards it would take, thinking fully that that would be what it would become. When the fabric arrived, the teen said  she wanted a skirt out of it. I brushed her off and printed out my bag pattern. As I was putting my pattern together to cut it out, she came over and again told me that she really wanted a skirt out of it and that I could use 2 of the prints for shorts for her brother.  She rarely ever asks me to sew her something out of a specific fabric, and usually, if I tell her the fabric is earmarked for something, she ends the discussion there. What is a momma to do? I made her a skirt of course!

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I used the Tie Dye Diva Patterns Chocolate Chip Skirt. I made the reversible option with the yellow scales on the reversed side. She was thrilled when she walked out to see the finished product!

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I didn’t adjust the length at all, since she prefers a longer skirt, and the way she has been growing, it will be above her knees by summer! There is also a kids version called the Potato Chip Skirt

Sizes included: XS through XXXL
It’s designed to be an easy and quick sew with a flat front, elastic back, and inset pockets.
Unlined, lined, or reversible options.
Pockets with piping and the ability to show a contrast fabric.
Flat front and gathered back.
Recommended sewing experience: A quick sew with no gathering needed – a great first ‘self sewing’ project! Beginner/Advanced Beginner.

For the toddler’s shorts, I used another Tie Dy Diva pattern! The Way Cool Shorts were perfect for some cotton shorts to kick off sewing for warmer weather! I actually made him 2 pair, and already planning more! Next time, I will add the cargo pockets or some side seam pockets as he definitely asked about where his pockets were to store his flowers and rocks!

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Sizes  2T, 3T, 4T, 6 and 8
Optional cargo pockets
Faux fly in front
Elastic waist

You can pick up your fabric bundle today in the Whimsical Fabric & Me Group on Facebook! Sale goes live at 12 noon CST (1 pm EST, 10 am PST). Bundles are while supplies last! Last bundle (see my creations here) sold out in just 15 minutes!

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Winter Wear Designs: The V Neck Vest

When I really got back into sewing and discovered PDF patterns, I quickly caught the testing bug! I love testing patterns and helping designers work out all the kinks! As life became busier and I started working for designers, I stopped testing, I just couldn’t make the time commitment and I really don’t like turning stuff in late! Lately, I have been getting back into testing groups, and Winter Wear Designs is one of my favorite designers to test for. I love her approach to testing and how she actually listens to what the testers say and suggest. I also LOVE that she is working on getting more BOY patterns out into pattern land! you can see more of the items I have made from this designer here.

The test we just finished up is for the boys V Neck Vest. It is on sale through Tuesday 2/2/16 for only $4!! Be sure to pick yours up! Of course, it will also look super cute on all those girls as well!

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Isn’t he just so cute??

 

Details:

Size: 1-14 (a size 1 is equivalent to 18 months)

V neck
banded arm holes
banded hem or a regular turned hem

Fabric choices:

upcycling
raw yardage of sweater knits
thick knit fabrics

This is definitely a nap time project! A few of the testers times ourselves and the average was ~33 min from start to finish!

My toddler loves his and keeps asking for his “soft shirt”

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Details about mine- The blue is a size 2 width with a 4 length and banded bottom. This was my first run of the pattern, and even though he fit in the 2 measurements, it was a little snug, so if you are in between measurements, I would size up. The red, is a straight size 3 with banded bottom. the fit was spot on! I can see is having a few more of these in the coming weeks! and defintely something cute for Easter!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy while it is on sale!

Addy Mae wrap up

Last week, I shared pics of the Addy Mae blankets from the A Vision to Remember blog tour with you. I hope you enjoyed the blankets and the posts all week. Each one was unique in its own way. I love that about sewing- even when you are all using the same pattern, they all come out different!

While everyone else was busy sharing their blankets with you, I was busy at the machine sewing up my own blanket! I am in love with this one! I don’t know if I will list it for sale, gift it as a baby gift, or keep it for myself!

*The fabric and pattern for this quilt were provided to me by Bobbi, the designer behind A Vision to Remember, the opinions and fabric placement are all mine though*

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I love that these blankets are quick to come together! One of the reasons I don’t quilt is that I know that once I got the top made, it would sit there waiting forever for batting and a backing , then the quilting and binding! These, I am sewing them all together at once!

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The downside? my washer and dryer didn’t do a very good job of gathering the lint from the ragging! I think I am going to designate an old towel and some wool dryer balls just for rag quilts!  This one will take another spin this week to get the rag quilt look to come out a bit more!

This pattern has 2 different size blankets, but you can add more rows or columns to it to make any size blanket you want! It also includes measurements and directions on how to make it a car seat blanket/cover.

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Hopefully this past week inspired you to make your own project with this pattern, and this is easily a 2 nap project- cutting takes a while, then making the “cakes” and laying out your pattern. Sewing is quick once you have it together!

Here are the quilts from the tour along with mine:

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Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and I will pick a random comment to win a free pattern from A Vision to Remember!!

If you want to go back and read the posts from the week, check them out below.

A Vision to Remember Addy Mae is the perfect gift for all those little babies this winter! Be sure to check out the different blankets this week!

Jan 26- Larissa from Connected by a thread

Jan 27- JaNette from Merri Poppins

Jan 28- Patricia from Sew Far North

Jan 29- Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Jan 30- Jona from Stitches & Spills

A Vision to Remember Addy Mae Blog Tour

Switching it up this week 🙂 I love everything about A Vision to Remember patterns! I love the simplicity of them, I love the look of her finished items, and I love the designer behind it all!

This week, we are sharing the Addy Mae Quilt pattern/car seat cover. Here are a few from the designers website (I don’t have any little ones in carriers anymore!)

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I love her color combinations

Below, are some teaser from the posts coming this week, and at the end of the week, I will be posting one I am sewing up myself!

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A Vision to Remember Addy Mae is the perfect gift for all those little babies this winter! Be sure to check out the different blankets this week!

Jan 26- Larissa from Connected by a thread

Jan 27- JaNette from Merri Poppins

Jan 28- Patricia from Sew Far North

Jan 29- Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Jan 30- Jona from Stitches & Spills & Larissa from Connected By a Thread

 

5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog tour

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This week, I am excited to share with you the 5 out of 4 Fleece pullover! I have started sewing more for my little guy, but have had a hard time picking patterns and prints that reflect his style. Yep, at 2 1/2, he already knows what he likes and has no problem telling us! He loves to dress “just like Daddy!” which means jeans and a tee shirt. I debated sewing one of these for myself, and as soon as I pulled out the tub of fleece, he ran over and grabbed this TMNT fleece and told me “I love this momma!” I knew then that I could make this for him!

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He loves TMNT, and just recently received this chair, so he was thrilled that we took it outside for some pictures!

The pattern comes with layers, which makes printing super easy! There are plenty of option within the pattern as well- pockets, color blocking, and zippered pockets!

I sewed up the children’s version, which covers sizes 2-18. There are separate patterns for both men and ladies available as well. I can’t wait to get some more fleece and make these for the whole family!

I struggled with my zipper a bit, and after talkign with the designer, I am ordering some wonder tape (which she recommends in the pattern) for my next one! I love that she uses a knit facing for the zipper which also covers the zipper, reducing the “itchy” factor for little ones! I followed the size chart for his chest measurement and the fit is spot on. I think next time, I will go up a size for this guy, as this one fits just perfect, and I like to have some growing room!

Be sure to check the logs below all throughout the week as we share our visions for this awesome pattern! Check out the 5 out of 4 Facebook page throughout the week as well, They are heading towards their 1 year anniversary, and I know she has some fun planned!

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You know you want to go buy your copy now!

5 out of 4 Blog tour schedule:

1/10/16: Larissa from Connected by a Thread

1/11/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

1/12/16: Ula from Lulu and Celeste

1/13/16: Tibeca from Sewing by Ti

1/14/16: Melissa from Rebel and Malice

1/15/16: Heather from All things Katy and Patricia from Sew Far North

1/16/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

You can purchase your own copy of any of the 5 out of 4 patterns here for 30% using the code “fleeceforall” now through Jan 17th as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary!**

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Funktional Threads Blog Tour

Join a full week of bloggers sharing their Funktional Threads Creations! Each day, there will be a different blogger featured and they will be sharing their take on one of the great patterns.

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**Note: The blog post each day will not be up until their day, but you are encouraged to check out their blog at anytime!**

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Funktional Threads is also having a sale all week. You can get the patterns for 35% off with the code BLOG35 here!

When I set out to work on this tour, I figured I would be sewing a dress or a skirt for my daughter. She is almost 13, so I always ask her opinion on things now..go figure, the one dress she loved and really wanted, she is just out of the size range! I didn’t have time to upsize it for her in time, so I decided to make my 2 yr old a Jackson Raglan.

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I traded fabric with a sewing friend back in July and in my bag was this awesome toothless knit. My daughter used some to make a dress for herself, but I had plenty left over! I paired it with a solid green for some color.

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As you can clearly see, he loves the hood! He kept pulling it over his eyes and asking “Where I go?”

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I made him the size 1/2 based on his measurements and it was a perfect fit!

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I will be sourcing some more awesome boy knits to make him some more!

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Be sure to check out Sweet Pea & Pumpkins tomorrow for her take on the Grace Dress! (I have seen pics and it is so cute!)

Larissa