Straight Lines and Angles Day 4 – Simple Simon and Elegance and Elephants

Well we are cruising right along with the amazingness that these bloggers are bringing for this geometric inspired Straight Lines and Angles series! And today’s guests are no exception.

Heidi from Elegance & Elephants has a sweet, classic style and makes impeccable clothing for her kiddos. She hosts one of my favorite series, Knock it Off, and has a growing pattern shop (affiliate link — and the fedora pattern? amazing.). I’m pretty much always in love with everything Heidi sews. Today she has a fantastic dress to share, so make sure you head over to her blog and see it.

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The ladies at Simple Simon & Co. are, well, pretty much rockstars. They have their own blog, plus they run Project Run and Play (where, you know, I am competing next week!!) and they also run Project Sewn. And they sew gorgeous skirts, dresses, quilts… basically, you name it, they sew it. And today liZ is sharing three skirts that she sewed with this super clever embroidery technique. Head over to Simple Simon to see!

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And the giveaway is still going on if you haven’t entered yet!

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Straight Lines and Angles day 3 – Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Today we have more geometric kid-fashion for you!

If you’ve been a reader here for awhile, you’re probably familiar with my friend Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts.  She’s a fellow boy mama (check out her mega list of boy patterns), a super talented pattern designer, and she has co-hosted the Handmade Gifts for Boys series with me the past two years. I also just love that since Stacey has been living in Europe until recently, she has some fantastic European inspiration integrated into her style!

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Head over to see this rad outfit she created for her son!

And of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

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Straight Lines and Angles – Day 2: Lexi Made and a super easy envelope pillow tutorial

Day two of Straight Lines and Angles means more geometric sewing fun!

Today I’m excited to have Lexi of Lexi Made as part of this series. Lexi is a new blogging friend of mine who is super talented, in both her sewing and photography. I love these ankle zips she made for her daughter’s skinny jeans and hello, these four dresses for herself? So fantastic! Head over to her blog and see the adorable dress she made for her daughter!

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I recently came across some fabric that as soon as I saw it, I knew it needed to be in my hands. I know you’ve been there, right? :) I decided to make some really easy pillow covers with this super fab geometric print, but these covers have a cozy twist.

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It’s backed with sweatshirt fleece!

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Supplies:

  • one square/rectangle of main fabric – the size will depend on the size of your pillow form
  • sweatshirt fleece fabric – you will need a little bit more than your other fabric, but again, the amount will depend on your pillow form
  • sewing machine/serger/sewing notions/etc.

DSC_03641. Cut your fabric square to fit your pillow form, remember to account for seam allowance. Then cut two pieces of sweatshirt fleece – they should be a little more than half the size of your main fabric. (I ended up cutting my fleece a little smaller than in the picture, as you can see in a later step)

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2. Press one of the long sides of the sweatshirt fleece over about 1/3in. and sew a straight stitch. Repeat this with the other piece of sweatshirt fleece. This step isn’t actually necessary with sweatshirt fleece, since it doesn’t fray, it just makes a more “finished” look for your pillow. I made this pillow using the same method and didn’t do this step. I’m pretty sure no one notices but me ;)

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4. Lay one of the fleece pieces on top of the main fabric – right sides together like this.

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5. Lay the other piece right side down, with the stitched seam on the opposite side.

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At this point, I decided that my sweatshirt fleece pieces were too long, and I wanted the seams closer together. I moved them like you see in the above picture and just cut off the extra fabric on the ends.

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6. Pin your fabric in place and sew all around. If you don’t use a serger, make sure you finish your edges if you use a woven fabric for your main fabric, because that will fray.

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Then turn it right side out and enjoy your new cozy pillow!

I can’t decide… living room?

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Or bedroom?

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Did you enter the giveaway yet??

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Straight Lines and Angles Day 1 – Alida Makes and Shwin and Shwin

Today is the first day of the Straight Lines and Angles series! For the next two weeks, bloggers will be sharing their sewing projects, inspired by anything geometric [lines, shapes, etc.] I’m so super excited to share my first two guests, both of whom I am HUGE fans of.

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Shauna of Shwin & Shwin is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Okay, so we’ve never met in person, but we’ve been bloggy friends for awhile, and she is so kind and genuine. And she’s got some mad sewing and designing skills! She’s part of the Pattern Anthology team, plus she has an outstanding collection of patterns in her shop, Shwin Designs [my favorite are the Nowhere Man Pants, in case you're wondering]. Head on over to see the amazing dress she created!

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Alida of Alida Makes is like my fashion icon. She rocked it recently in Project Sewn [these pants she made? ahMAYzing], and she was part of the recent STYLO online kids’ fashion magazine. You’re going to love what she made for her daughter, so pop over and check out her outfit!

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Here are the giveaway details!!

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These four amazing designers and blogging friends have so graciously donated prizes for this series. There are four prizes, which means there will be four winners.

One winner will receive a $30 gift certificate from the Imagine Gnats shop. She sells gorgeous fabric and some really incredible PDF patterns – for women and kids. So whoever wins this will definitely find something wonderful!

One winner will receive a copy of the Triangle Pants pattern from See Kate Sew. When Kate released this pattern, I thought it would fit perfectly with this series, and was so excited when she agreed to be a part of the giveaway. I just love Kate’s patterns, and the design of the Triangle Pants is so unique!

One winner will get to choose between a copy of the Sally Dress or the Sweetheart Dress from Very Shannon. I’ve sewn the Sally Dress before (you can see it here) and it creates a wonderful garment. But you can’t go wrong with either one. :)

One winner will get to choose a PDF pattern from the Sew Like My Mom shop. She has some adorable patterns – for boys and girls. I have her Kudzu overalls pattern and am dying to get a chance to sew it up!

The giveaway will be open through the entire two weeks of the series, and then the winners will be randomly chosen.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

We have more geometric inspired sewing coming tomorrow!

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Alter a shirt pattern to a gathered tunic [a tutorial]

One of the great things about sewing your own clothes is that you can make them how YOU want them to be. Have a great shirt pattern? You can make a tunic from it really easily!

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When Melissa of Blank Slates Patterns offered to send me her Shoreline Boatneck Top and Dress  [affiliate link] pattern, I was super excited. I love her children’s patterns, but I have yet to sew one of her women’s patterns. This pattern has both shirt and dress options… but I’m a girl who likes to have it all ;) so I decided to make it into a tunic.

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You can do this with pretty much any shirt or dress pattern you own [or you can even alter a shirt you have in your closet!], and it doesn’t take much.

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1. You’re going to cut the front and back bodice into two pieces. Firs, cut the top portion, both the front and the back bodice piece – but cut them about where you want the gathering to hit. Measure down from your armpit. The Shoreline Boatneck has a line on the pattern piece to lengthen/shorten, and I cut my bodice piece about an inch lower than that. The front and back bodice pieces should be the same length.

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2. Cut the bottom of the back bodice the same width as the pattern piece, but slightly longer. Measure down from where your gathering will hit down to where you want the tunic to end. [I ended up shortening mine after trying it on.]

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3. Now cut the bottom of the bodice front. You want it to be longer [the same length as you cut the back piece] and wider, to account for the gathers. I made mine about five inches wider, cut on the fold.

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4. Gather that front lower bodice piece you just cut. There are several different ways to gather. In this picture, I stitched a basting stitch and pulled on the bobbin thread to gather it. It’s more “proper” to use two lines of stitching.. but I tend to break the rules. ;)

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5. Gather your lower bodice piece to match the top of the front bodice. You want them to be the same width.

6. Sew the two front pieces together, then sew the two back pieces together.

7. Continue to follow the rest of the pattern instructions to complete your tunic!

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This mint green and cream striped Ponte de Roma fabric from Girl Charlee is amazing. I may or may not have snuggled with it after it arrived, it’s that soft. Don’t judge… you’ll do it too. It drapes really well and has a great weight. It has pretty quickly become one of my favorite knits to work with, I think.

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One of the things I love about Melissa’s patterns is her sleeves. They’re always perfect! I also added pockets to the tunic – because everything is better with pockets.

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Now excuse me while I go fill my entire wardrobe with Ponte de Roma tunics… :)

This post is sponsored by Girl Charlee, who provided the fabric for this tutorial. [Thanks, Girl Charlee!] All opinions are my own.

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Straight Lines and Angles – a geometric sewing series!

Well, I know I said I would share my exciting news with you yesterday, but life with four kids can be a little… unpredictable. ;) But it was worth waiting even another day, because starting next week I’m hosting a series that I’m super excited about!

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This series is called Straight Lines and Angles and is all about sewing inspired by the geometric trend. I asked a bunch of bloggers [that are ah-MAY-zing] to join up and share something inspired by shapes, lines, etc. I’m can’t even tell you how geeked out I am that so many of them said yes!

So for two weeks, from March 17th – 28th, I’ll be blasting you with some fabulous inspiration. Prepare yourself, friends. Maybe make a geometric pinterest board. Oh hey, I already did!

Take a look at who’s coming over to play….

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I know, right??! So good.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there will be a giveaway! I’ll share the details later, but here’s a little teaser…

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Yay!! It’s going to be so fun! :) Happy sewing, friends!

Parisian Top — Pattern Anthology

Another collection has just come out from Pattern Anthology! I’ve posted before about Pattern Anthology, but if you’ve never heard of it, I’ll explain.

Four amazing and wonderful pattern designers have gotten together to collaborate on a collection. They each design one or more patterns and they release them together for a limited time at a discount. Then each of the PDF patterns are available at full price on their own sites. I’ve sewn patterns from each of these designers, and they’re always fantastic. Click here to see a video about the designers. They’re super fun. :)

This is one of my favorite looks I’ve sewn, from the last collection.

I tested the Parisian Top from Go To Patterns [affiliate link], which is one of the four patterns available in this Pattern Anthology “Just Add Jeans” collection – this time, all the patterns are for women!

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Confession: this is my first Peter Pan collar, that I’ve either sewn or worn. I’ve never been sure I could pull it off, but I like it! The top is super comfy and really easy to sew together. There were a few pattern adjustments made after I sewed this top, since this was a test version. But I already loved the test version, so the small adjustments will make it even more awesome! :)

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I’ve raved about the Casual Lady [also from GTP], which has been a staple in my wardrobe, and I’m super excited to add this one too. You can see the whole Just Add Jeans collection at Pattern Anthology. It’s available at a 40% discount for the next two weeks, so you should totally scoop it up. [and by the way, I'm not an affiliate of Pattern Anthology. I just love all of these pattern designers and think you would too!]

Tomorrow I’m announcing something super awesome that’s coming up next week! I am so excited and kind of forgot to tell you all about it sooner :) so, what’s one more day?? It’s worth the wait ;)

Fabric is from Girl Charlee

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this pattern in exchange for testing it and providing my honest feedback. All opinions are my own.

10 Signs You’re a Sewing Mama…

Are you a sewing mama? If at least seven out of ten of these apply to you, I think your answer is yes!

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1. Your kids learned their colors by sorting through your button collection.

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2. Baby’s first word was fabric.

3. You regularly forget to keep the family in clean socks, but you have no problem remembering to wash the fabric.

4.Your kids ask “Are these for fabric or paper?” before using a pair of scissors.

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5. You can’t make it to the fabric store, so you dig through your husband’s closet for shirts to use instead.

6. The baby practices his pincer grasp by picking up teeny tiny threads off the carpet.

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7. You get regular exercise….someecards.com - I don't often do sprints, but when I do, it's because I hear my two-year-old at my sewing machine.

8. Your family is used to eating with piles of fabric and patterns around the kitchen table.

9. Your kids think it’s normal to stop mid-play to have a fitting.

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10. Your kids get more excited to point out the fabric store when you’re in the car than a fast food play place.

So what’s your score? What’s your sign that you’re a sewing mama? Leave it in the comments. :)

Upcycled Small Fry Skinny Jeans

If you haven’t heard of the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern from Titchy Threads, I’m super excited to introduce you. Friends, I have found a new favorite pattern!

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Since this is a skinny jeans pattern, your fabric needs to have some stretch. As I was looking through my stash, I remembered a pair of stretch corduroys I used to wear that don’t fit anymore. They’re officially reborn as these fabulous pants!

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I was so incredibly impressed with this pattern. It’s filled with details to give your pants a really professional look.

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Flat felled seams, inset pockets (or front patch pockets), back yoke and pockets, belt loops… and the pattern includes detailed photos and instructions to walk you through every step.

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Since my fabric was brown and the orange topstitching didn’t stand out quite as much as I had hoped on the corduroy, I added a yellow button to make the pants a bit more fun. :)

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Since I was upcycling, I used a lot of existing elements – I re-used the back pockets (just made them a bit smaller), the hem of the pants (you can see they’re a little worn), and the waistband and belt loops.

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Even though these are a skinny jeans pattern, they’re super comfortable for little ones. I’m pretty sure my four-year-old would have slept in them.

But the absolute best part of the pattern for me…..

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I finally conquered a zipper fly!!! I’ve been afraid to try this. I’ve chickened out so many times, but I knew I had to bite the bullet, to make these pants look really well done. Plus, I declared this year the year of risky sewing. If you’ve never sewn a zipper fly before, I’d encourage you to just try it. [Though the pattern also gives instructions for a half fly if you don't want to use a zipper] I found it really helpful to look at more than one tutorial. The instructions in this pattern are perfectly clear and you would have no problem doing it with that alone, but I found it easier to see a couple of ways to do it and different wordings. Sometimes that’s what it takes for it to click in my brain. ;)

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Win for me, win for him!

The Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern is discounted 20% off through March 20th with the code TOUR20 … and you can see lots of inspiration throughout the rest of the pattern tour, which is just beginning!

 

Disclosure: I was given this pattern in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own, and my opinion is that this pattern is super fab. ;)

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The project that took a year to finish… or actually an afternoon.

Over a year ago, I posted about my ridiculously brown and boring living room. Complete with this gem of a photo:

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I was full-on nesting and preparing for baby number four to enter our lives. Then I realized I was nine months pregnant and a mom to three other little kids and sewing curtains just didn’t sound like fun. Well, that baby is now 11months old, and….. I just now made those curtains.

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Honestly, sewing curtains is still not fun to me. It’s kind of boring sewing… lots of pressing and sewing in a straight line for.e.ver. But the result is totally worth it, because my room is at least not totally brown anymore. An afternoon very well-spent!

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I also bought that lampshade to try and un-brown the room. It only helped a little. I’d love to paint the walls and slipcover our couches [did you see what Jodi did to the exact.same.chair? gorgeous!], but I don’t think I have the patience to make them.

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I was getting to the point where I hated walking into our living room. The curtains were making me angry. Now my curtains make me happy. Which is so much better. :)

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So, lesson learned: don’t wait a year to finish a project that you know is going to change how you feel about your home. Especially if it’s the place you spend 90% of your time. Okay 95%.

Oh and hey…. did you see this announcement?? Um, hold me. I’m nervously excited – and I’m up against some seriously talented ladies. I’ll be showing some sneaky peeks over on Instagram when I have them, so I’d love it if you’d follow me over there and give me some words of encouragement [or, you know, give me something to read while I'm frantically sewing late into the night....]