Amuse Boho Homecoming tour

 

I have been on a sewing hiatus for about a year now! Sometimes, life just takes over and boy did it! In the last year, we have welcomed our third child, moved to a new city, and bought a house. These put my sewing into boxes for months. Then, I couldn’t find the motivation (or time) to work on unpacking it all with my 4 yr old and a newborn at home. Then, Jody started asking about what new patterns Suzanne was releasing, as she missed testing them (we have tested many of her ladies patterns!). Then Suzanne announced the homecoming tour for this pattern, and I knew Jody would love it! This was the motivation I needed!

As usual, I let her chose her own fabrics. She once again did not disappoint! this fabric fits her perfectly. I spent about an hour one night taping the pattern together and cutting fabric. The following day, it took me about another 45-60 minutes to sew up the dress. She opted for a straight hem, mini length dress, with short sleeves. Thankfully, she is on the shorter side, so it hits a bit more above the knee than mini length on her.

She chose a stretch lace for the yoke, and I did two layers. Next time, I will use a solid for the inner layer, as even with two layers, the lace was still pretty see through. The main fabric is a knit that I had in my stash. I opted for a quick knit neckband. She loves her new dress and even wore it to school yesterday. Random kids would walk by and tell her that they liked her dress, so I am calling this one a win!

We also wanted to see what it looked like on an adult, and our neighbor happened to come over while we were doing pictures. the length is more mini on her for sure!

This pattern has:

  • Scoop Neck
  • Front Yoke
  • Optional Back Yoke
  • Short Sleeve or 3/4 Sleeve with elastic hem.
  • Dress: Mini, above knee, or knee length with either straight or shirttail hem.
  • Top or Tunic length  with Shirt tail Hem
You can get your pattern here: https://www.winterweardesigns.com/products/amuse-boho-top-and-dress-for-women-size-xs-xxxl
BUT FIRST!! I know you love a competition…
PRIZE:  3 WWD Patterns of Choice and 4 yards of fabric from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.How to enter:
-Sew up and share an Amuse by Friday May 26.
-Use #Amuseme when sharing in the WWDF group so that Suzanne can find your entry.
– Already sewed up an Amuse???  Make a new post and share away with the #amuseme

It’s that easy!!!!
You can make a top, tunic, or dress.  You can hack it, make it in knit, smock it, whatever makes you smile.  I can’t wait to see what you all make ;o)

Don’t Forget:
-Save 20% on the Amuse through Sunday May 14th with code: AMUSEME
– Grab the discounted Amuse bundle of 4 yards of fabric for just $24 from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.

Check out all the stops on the tour:
 Marta Glogger (guest blogger at Winter Wear Designs)

Laela Jeyne Samantha Swing

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 The Samantha Swing Dress is an ultra-stylish and on trend dress or tunic! The Women’s Samantha PDF Pattern comes in hi-lo tunic, regular tunic, hi-lo dress, and regular dress length. It also comes in two styles: Sleeved and Racerback. With the sleeved style, you can make a cap, short, elbow, or long sleeve and you can add a cowl for an awesome cold weather look. The racerback style also comes with pieces to make a built in bra, if desired! Now you won’t have to go searching for the right undergarments! This pattern can be used to make extremely flattering styles for any shape, season, and mood.

Get this pattern with the girls’ Sammy Swing Dress and Tunic for an adorable Mommy and Me look!

Included in the pattern are detailed instructions on getting the best fit for your body! Fit instructions include Full Bust Adjustments, Wide/Narrow Shoulder Adjustments, and blending between sizes.

The pattern also includes:

Clearly written instructions with color photos or technical drawings to illustrate each step.
Fitting adjustment instructions for lengthening and shortening
Detailed information on how to print with layers so you print only the size you need
Detailed fabric layout
Yardage and size charts
Tested pattern pieces for women’s sizes XS-XXL (0-22)
No trim pages for US and A4 paper

The price for the Sammy is $5.95
The price for the Samantha is $6.50
and the bundle price is $11.50
All other single patterns are also 30% off until Sunday 11:59PM EST

Both the teen and I love this dress/tunic pattern!

EYMM Capsule skirt

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We love the Capsule skirt in our house! We made a few when the pattern first came out, but as kids do, she has outgrown them! A blog tour was the perfect excuse to make another!

I let the teenager chose the fabric for this one, and as teenagers do, she went bold and bright!

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She loves her new skirt!

A classic, comfortable, and practical knit skirt. This will become a staple in your kiddos wardobe!

Details:

 -additional hemline option for the back piece

-an optional low rise front option

-side seam pocket

-Knit yoga waistband

 19 sizes for girls from newborn to 18 tween, and 15-18” doll

We had fun taking the pictures for this…until she realized there were bees in the tree next to her..then I got this for every picture….

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yeah, pictures outside during spring are always fun with this bee fearing child!

I know we will have a few more of these made up for this summer, especially since she can sew them herself!

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Make sure to check out all the other stops on the EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour.
(Note: The links won’t be live until the day they’re scheduled, but feel free to click through and check out other blog posts any time.)

Wednesday, April 6
Connected by a Thread, Sugarplum Cuties, The Wholesome Mama

Thursday, April 7
Sew Far North, Lulu & Celeste, Pattern Revolution

Friday, April 8
SewSophieLynn, Welcome to our Crazy World, EYMM

Saturday, April 9
handcrafted by RED, Pretty and Precious, Capture, Craft, and Cook

Sunday, April 10
create3.5, Sewing the Seasons, HattieLu Handmade

Monday, April 11
Creative Counselor, Rebel & Malice, Blessed x 5

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the pattern while it’s on sale!
Use coupon code PERFECTSKIRT to save 25% on the Women’s Capsule Skirt, Girl’s Capsule Skirt, or Capsule Skirt Bundle until April 12 at 11:59pm PST.

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.

Jocole Love Tour

If you have been sewing a while, you are probably familiar with Jocole. I love her patterns! The Derby Jacket was the first pattern I bought (a couple years ago!), during her weekly sale. That was the beginning of the end! I was hooked! Now, I own every pattern of hers, and have made numerous over the years! Now, I get to share some of my favorite bloggers with you this week, and they are sharing some of their favorite Jocole patterns!

Whether you are looking for ladies patterns or girls, there is something for you! I love the Endless dress and add-ons!

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I used lace on the hem of this one!

I used this dress for a tutorial over on Pattern Revolution to replace the buttons with a zipper!

The Yoga A-Line Skirt is a staple for me for summer (I have 4 in my closet right now and plans for more this summer!

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I used scraps to sew the 6 Panel skirt– Twice! Once in Cotton wovens and once with knits!

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I have a pair of skinny’s ready to be sewn this week (maybe I’ll share them at the beginning of next week?)

For now, let me share some previews of the patterns coming up this week!

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Be sure to check out all of the blogs on this tour! Which pattern is your favorite so far?

Feb 8- Larissa from Connected By a Thread

Feb 9- Tibeca from Sewing by Ti

Feb 10- Robin from My Little Lady & Gentleman

Feb 11- Patricia from Sew Far North

Feb 12- Linda from Sew Happily Ever After

Feb 15- Larissa from Connected by a Thread and Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

Feb 16- Amy from Wally and Grace

Feb 17- Melissa fron Rebel & Malice and Sharon from Sweetpea & Pumpkins

Feb 18- Ula from Lulu & Celeste

Feb 19- Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama and Cindy from Cindy Parrett.com

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!

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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**This link contains an affiliate link.

 

Leyla Jayne Comfy Cozy PJ’s

One of my goals over the past few months was to expand my sewing to try new designers or designers I had yet to try. I saw a tester call for the Comfy Cozy PJ’s, and had this combo just hit me! I chatted with the designer a bit about what fabrics she was looking for, and decided to add it to my crazy holiday sewing list! I am SO glad I did! Marisa is great! She was quick to respond to any questions/concerns during testing, and made sure everyone knew about any corrections made during testing.

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This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL

Pattern Features:

• Traditional 2 Piece Pajama
Set
• Short Sleeve and 5” Short
Length or Long Sleeve and
Pant Length
• 28” or 30” inseam
• Can Be Made With Knit or
Woven Material
• Great Pattern for Year-
Round Use
• Layered Pattern
• No Trim Pages

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This is my favorite style of Pj’s! I love a quick sew, and with the cuffs on the sleeves and pants, these are a quick sew! The pink knit is so comfortable and soft! I used a cotton woven for the cuffs, top of pocket, and the facings. I also used snaps rather than buttons after my machine ate my first top while trying to make button holes!

Of course getting pictures of Pj’s is always difficult, especially since I don’t have a yard, so we tried to be playful with the pictures. My teen said she felt like she was spying on my while I read and drank my coffee!

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I cannot wait to make more of these! Now to clean out the PJ drawer to make room!

So have I convinced you to buy the pattern?

The Comfy Cozy Pajama Sew Along is happening next week on January 11th-15th! Just join the group on Facebook, grab your pattern, and get your fabric ready! Marisa will be posting the steps everyday and answering questions on the group wall so if you’re uneasy about sewing your first pair, don’t be!

So now that I HAVE convinced you, get your pattern here!

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Still not convinced?

You can see more reviews of the pajamas, check out some of the blogs from my fellow testers!

Rachel from Pookeebub has some awesome and inventive pictures on her blog

Indu from Kaleidothought made some beautiful pajamas with floral and pink fabric

Patricia from Sew Far North wrote about her summer pajama set

Lelaina from Mom U Sew Silly made some flannel PJ’s for her daughter!

Essense from Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug wrote about her shades of blue pair (check out her post on January 8th)

Kimberly from Mama You Can Make It For Me posted about her English Buss pair here!

Even the toddler approved!

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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