Sew-a-bration of Women: shoreline boatneck tunic (take two)

When I’m shopping and I find something like a t-shirt or a cardigan that fits my body and I feel great in, I like to buy more than one. The same thing goes for a handmade wardrobe, which is why this is take two of this gathered tunic.

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The first gathered tunic I made was a modified Shoreline Boatneck (affiliate link) from Blank Slates, and this one is too. (Though the pattern is fantastic without modification, as all Blank Slates Patterns are :)

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Today I’m posting as a part of the Sew-a-bration of Women at the Shaffer Sisters and Call Ajaire. It’s an awesome celebration of sewing for women – no matter your body type or age. Celebrating YOU!

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I’m still carrying a little post-baby love around my middle from my sweet baby number four, and this style of tunic is super flattering and hides that problem area better than some others. If you’re hesitant to sew for yourself because you haven’t lost the last ten pounds or are still nursing or whatever… just think of it as practice. Try out different styles to see what works for you, and the more you try, the better you’ll get.

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This tunic is long enough to wear with leggings (because leggings are not pants, my friends… cover up the booty is all I have to say), and the fabric from Girl Charlee is the perfect weight for summer, even with 3/4 sleeves. And pasty white legs, but you know, it’s spring in Wisconsin, these things happen..

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You can find the full tutorial for this tunic here and can use it to alter any shirt pattern to this style of tunic.

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You can gather it more if you like a fuller skirt, but I love just a little bit – and also, I hate gathering fabric. It’s a good thing I live in a house full of boys. ;)

Check out some more Sew-a-bration inspiration at these other blogs and get excited to sew for yourself!

DIY geometric typography tee [a tutorial]

My friend Stacey at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy asked me to join in on her Fashionable Type series – celebrating all kinds of typography in fashion. I had a few ideas right away, but with the Straight Lines and Angles series still in my head, I decided to go geometric again.

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I was inspired by this amazing typography, and I used some scraps of striped knit to create a similar design.

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I made my T-shirt out of some absolutely delicious Ponte de Roma knit from Girl Charlee, though this could be done on a store-bought tee as well. Here are the super easy steps…

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1. Cut out the letters from knit scraps and iron lightweight interfacing on the back.

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2. Trim any extra interfacing

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3. Pin the letters onto the shirt’s front. If you’re sewing the shirt, do this before you sew the front and back together. I like to pin the corners to keep the letters from shifting around.

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4. Then carefully top-stitch the letters onto the fabric. Go slowly and carefully so they don’t shift out of place. Since knit doesn’t fray, you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges of your letters. A ready-to-wear shirt will be a little bit trickier to maneuver in your machine, but if you go slowly, it should be no problem. :)

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A couple notes about this knit… I LOVE Ponte de Roma knits. They’re quickly becoming my favorite. They sew together gloriously and are super comfortable. My tunic that I made out of stripey Ponte de Roma (also from Girl Charlee) is one of my favorite handmade garments. Plus, how fun is this vibrant orange?!

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Funny side note: I actually made this shirt for my two-year-old. But trying to get a two-year-old to wear something when he doesn’t want to… yeah, that’s not a battle I’m willing to fight. Lucky me, I have another boy waiting in the wings who is more than willing to let me take his photo and just a wee bit taller than the aforementioned toddler.

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This is fun, right? ;)

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Now make sure you pop over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy to see the giveaway for Dead Ringer Designs, which has some sweet t-shirts, and to enter the link party.. and see what kind of typography fun A Jennuine Life for the series today too!

Spring Showers Jacket Tour

This week’s forecast is calling for a LOT of rain. So it’s a good thing that we’re prepared with our new…

Spring Showers Jacket

Spring Showers Jacket, from Elegance & Elephants!

Disclaimer: I’m an affiliate of Elegance & Elegance and this post contains affiliate links

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This pattern is nothing but fantastic. It has everything your kiddo could want in a raincoat (or even just an everyday coat).

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I picked up a tablecloth at Target in the clearance section quite awhile ago. It’s some kind of polyester… not stiff at all, and super wearable. I had in mind to make a jacket out of it, so when Heidi came out with this pattern, I knew it was a meant to be!

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My six-year-old calls it Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors, which is obviously the perfect name. :) The fabric is not 100% waterproof, but I plan to scotch guard it (thanks to Alida’s suggestion). I lined it with red flannel, since we don’t get a lot of rain when it’s super hot out. And it was the only solid color that I had enough of in my stash…

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I love how Heidi even thought to include a way for your little one to hang up their jacket! I used some twill tape, though there’s directions in the pattern for how to make your own.

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I just adore the hood. The visor is awesome. It keeps the rain – or sun! – out of their eyes. I would love to make a fall coat, without the visor, using a different fabric.

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And just because I can’t help but share… epic pattern matching!

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The pockets are so great – they are nice and big. You could easily snap or button them down if you want too.

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We’re big fans of pockets. :)

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This jacket is SO comfy. Perfect for running and playing. He seriously wears it around the house, he loves it so much! A stiffer material might be different, of course, but I love how Heidi designs with real kids in mind.

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Real, giggly, playful kids. :)

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The Spring Showers Jacket pattern is available for sizes 2-12, and is perfect for girls or boys! You can see this and all of the Elegance & Elephants patterns here.

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You can get your pattern for $1 off with the code TOUR. Make sure you check out all the other Spring Showers Jackets on the tour – there are so many great boy and girl versions!

5 Earth Friendly Sewing Projects

Happy Earth Day!

I’ll admit it… I’m a pretty crunchy mama. This is probably not surprising to you if you hang around my blog enough ;) I don’t like to be wasteful, and I don’t like to throw my money away on things that I’m just going to throw away. That is one of the things I love about sewing – using the resources around me and doing my best not to add more waste to the world. So I’m a fan of Earth Day, celebrating how we can be kind to our Earth and our future generations.

So I thought I’d highlight five of my favorite Earth-friendly sewing projects… a little upcycling, a little re-using… just what the Earth and I both love. ;)

5 Earth Friendly Sewing Projects

Sew your baby some prefold cloth diapers

How to make your own Prefold Diapers

Re-size a men’s button-up shirt for a kid

Re-size a men's button-up shirt for a kid

Sew a simple tote bag that you can re-use over and over

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Sew reusable baby wipes and burp cloths (or just wipes for kids who make messes of all.the.things)

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Sew a skirt from a vintage sheet (and add some doily pockets!)

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Happy Earth-friendly sewing, friends!

15 Quick Easter Sewing Tutorials

Easter is just about here, but there is still time to sew something fabulous. Whether you need a basket, decorations, or something for you or the littles to wear to church, it’s not too late! I’ve gathered 15 quick Easter sewing tutorials that you can whip up in the next couple days.

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Ruffled Tulle Easter Card from See Kate Sew

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Egg T-Shirts from Crafterhourscrafterhours+easter+egg+shirt+3

Fabric Easter Eggs from Peek-a-boo Patterns

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Sweet Floppy Bunny (free pattern) from The Sewing Loft

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Fabric Carrots from Craftiness is not Optional

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Soft-soled Baby Shoes (free pattern) from If Only They Would Nap

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Make Your Own Petticoat from Sew Fearless

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Easter Basket from Melly Sews

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 Ruffle-y JCrew-y Dress from KoJo Designs

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Little Lamb Pillows from Purl Soho

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Men’s Bow Tie (free pattern) from Sew Like My Mom

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Easter Basket Lining from Delia Creates

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10 Minute Tie from Shwin & Shwin

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The 90 Minute Dress from Simple Simon & Co

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Baby Cardigan Onesie from Feathers Flights

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Happy last-minute sewing! :)

Turtle Kudzu Coveralls

Recntly, some blogging friends and I decided it would be fun to surprise our friend Melissa from Sew Like My Mom with a pattern tour, because we think she’s super awesome and her patterns are crazy fab. Also, surprises are really fun. :)

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I absolutely love sewing overalls for my boys - because really, how cute is a little boy in overalls?! I’ve made them with sweaters, knit fabric, corduroy, and mushrooms. When Melissa came out with her Kudzu Coveralls (and dress) pattern, I died with cuteness.

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First of all, Melissa is a pattern writing genius. This pattern requires printing only a few pages, and the way she puts the pieces together is really something you have to see for yourself.

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The Kudzu can be sewn as overalls or as a dress, and has ridiculously cute appliqué options. And it is SO fast. We all know how much I love really fast sewing projects. ;)

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My little guy is a year, but he’s small, so I wasn’t sure how the 12-18mo size would work. I ended up taking it in a bit on the sides and adding two snap settings. It’s still a little bit big, but still wearable for now, and perfect for growing into this summer.

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I adore everything about this pattern. It’s super comfy and gives you the perfect opportunity to use those adorable woven fabrics that you can’t really use once your kids get older. ;)

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And you know I was right, how can you resist this overall-clad baby?!

The Kudzu is not the only pattern from Sew Like My Mom, so pop over to visit these other blogs to see some more amazingness from the Sew Like My Mom Surprise Pattern Tour! :)

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Rae Gun Ramblings
Andrea’s Notebook
Lemon Squeezy Home
Sew Very
If Only They Would Nap
Living With Punks
Craftiness Is Not Optional
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Straight Lines and Angles … wrapping it up!

Did you miss any of the geometric inspired projects from the past two weeks? Straight Lines and Angles The amazing bloggers that joined me for this series gave us incredible polygonal eye candy. :) I love love LOVED everything about this series! It was so fun, and now my brain is seeing shapes and lines and angles everywhere… I might be doing lots more geometric inspired sewing!straight lines and angles wrap-up 2

 Lexi Made // Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy If Only They Would Nap // Caila Made // Alida Makes Simple Simon & Co // Sew Fearless

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Sew a Straight Line // Shwin & Shwin Elegance & Elephants // If Only They Would Nap

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Thank you, friends, for joining in the fun! And thank you to my amazing giveaway sponsors:

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Make sure you check out Imagine Gnats, See Kate Sew, Very Shannon, and Sew Like My Mom‘s shops! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway — the winners have all been emailed, and I am waiting to hear from them (so check your email, just in case you are Rachel, Joyce, Alissa, or Nancy!)

For more geometric inspiration, check out my Pinterest board!

 

Straight Lines and Angles Day 10 – Sew a Straight Line and Caila Made

The past two weeks have been outstanding! The Straight Lines and Angles series has been so amazing – the bloggers that have been sharing their geometric inspired projects have really brought it. I’m so thankful to each of them for being a part of this! We’re wrapping it up this week with two more fabulous bloggers!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line is the Queen of Jeans. Which you will understand when you check out the jeans-sewing month she has been co-hosting. I love her girl sewing, but you know that I love that she has three boys she sews for. Her winter wonderland looks are some of my favorites. Head over to her blog to see the awesome pants she made for her son.

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Caila of Caila Made has a fresh style that I think really screams Californian… probably because she lives there. (And I’m totally jealous of her weather! :) She makes everything from clutches to adorable dresses. And you need to check out this fab boy’s shirt tutorial. Now pop on over to her blog to see this lovely hexie clip!

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The giveaway is ending tonight, so make sure you enter if you haven’t yet!

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Straight Lines and Angles Day 9 – Max California and Sew Like My Mom

Today is the last day of voting for my Project Run and Play “sharp as a shark” look! If you haven’t voted, would you take a second and vote for me here?

I can’t tell you how rad today’s guests are. If you don’t know Max California, well you need to. She has crazy awesome style, and I love how fun her clothes are! Plus, she’s a Project Run and Play winner, so I obviously need to take notes. I absolutely LOVE the look she came up with for her daughter. Head over to her blog and check it out.

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Melissa at Sew Like My Mom and I live practically the same life… she has four kids that are almost the same ages as mine. So basically she understands my crazy. But she does it all while being an amazing pattern designer. She sews the cutest garments for her daughters and her son. Plus, she’s hilarious. Check out the aDORable dress she made over on her blog.

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Make sure you enter the giveaway and vote for my shark look ;)

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Straight Lines and Angles Day 8 – Kitschy Coo and RaeGun Ramblings

Thank you so much to everyone who had so many kind things to say about my Project Run and Play look yesterday! And to everyone who voted! It means so much to me. And it’s not too late if you haven’t voted yet :) Go here to vote for my shark look!

Our first guest for Straight Lines and Angles today is pretty much is the wonder woman of knit sewing. (If you didn’t click on that link, you need to. Seriously. Do it.) Amanda from Kitschy Coo is an outstanding pattern designer and sells some of the coolest knit prints you’ve ever seen. And when you head over to her blog to see the dress she made for her daughter, you’ll see the crazy talent I’m talking about here!

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The next guest today is Marissa of Raegun Ramblings, who is a new mama to a ridiculously adorable baby boy! She sews fabulous outfits for her nieces (and now her little man too!), sells the coolest baby clothes and costumes and things in her shop, and is the go-to source for new reading material! I just love the sweet outfit she made for her son – head over to her blog to check it out (because, BABY CHEEKS!)

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and vote for me at Project Run and Play!