It’s all just a bit of selfish sewing.

So. I will admit that a majority of the sewing I do is for my kids. I tend to put myself on the back burner a lot. Truthfully, the only time I sew for myself is when I’m testing patterns, and even that is rare. But in the past couple weeks, I’ve been asked to test patterns for myself. I was actually a little anxious, but also excited; SELFISH SEWING! Testing these patterns was a great deal of fun. Overall, I was able to add five new items to my wardrobe; a flowy cardigan, sleeveless pullover, wrap style dress, a denim skirt, and pleated shorts! These are all great wardrobe builders, and now I’m looking forward to the opportunity to test for myself again soon.

(Hoard of pictures and links below. )

ttps://newhorizonsdesigns.com/product/tanacross-cardi/

ttps://greenstylecreations.com/collections/new-releases/products/pacific-pullover-pdf-sewing-pattern-xxs-3xl

ttps://petitestitchery.com/shop/womens-sunflower-dress/

https://www.winterweardesigns.com/collections/womens-patterns/products/staple-skirt-for-women-size-00-24

ttps://sinclairpatterns.com/product/moon-wide-leg-pants-culottes-or-shorts-pdf/

The Mairin Swimsuit by Sew a Little Seam

I mentioned that I’ve been dreaming of warmer weather, and the thought of soaking up some sun next to the pool is one thing my kids are looking forward to. I know summer weather is several months away, but when I saw the testing call for the Mairin swimsuit, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

First off, let me say, if you’re looking to purchase a swimsuit pattern, this is the one to get. The ONLY one you need to get. Seriously. This swimsuit pattern is loaded with so many options, you won’t need another pattern.

My daughter chose the tankini length top with the high waist boy short bottoms. The pattern was very easy to piece together, and sewing was truly a breeze. The pattern tutorial is very thorough, and makes sewing all the different options simple. You can easily make a dozen swimsuits, all different, to last all summer long. I know I’ll be making more for my girls. Go grab a copy of the pattern, you will not be disappointed.

http://www.sewalittleseam.com/product/childrens-mairin-swimsuit-pdf-pattern/

The Jessie by 5 out of 4 Patterns

I’ve been a bit absent lately, but definitely not idle. We have begun dreaming of warmer weather here in Kansas, and warm weather evokes the thought of a spring wardrobe, and nothing screams spring like floral tees. These tees were made as part of testing for 5 out of 5 Patterns new Jessie top, tunic, dress pattern. Yes, you read that correct. One pattern with options for a top, a tunic, and a dress, all with several different sleeve options as well.

I tested size XXS for my teen, and the fit is fantastic. I used a beautiful medium weight cotton lycra for the sleeveless tank version, and changed the positioning of the back straps per my daughter’s request. There is also a version with a high back for those days were you need more coverage. I made the second teewith a light weight jersey knit, and added bands to the sleeves and bottom.

The options are truly endless with this pattern, different fabric types will drape differently, and it has the ability to take over your wardrobe with lots of variety. You don’t want to pass this amazing pattern up. Go grab yourself a copy, and get a start on your spring wardrobe.

https://5outof4.com/product/jessie-top-tunic-and-dress/

The “Penny Knit Classic Leggings” by Sinclair Patterns

Leggings, you either love them or you hate them. As for my daughter? Well, she absolutely loves them. Having to choose between “real pants” and leggings? Leggings is always the win in her book. Their comfortable and can be dressed up, or down, quite easily. Needless to say, when I noticed the testing call for Sinclair’s upcoming leggings pattern, it was a no brainer, I was going to apply to test.

The pattern includes sizes US0- US22 (XXS-XXL), as well as three different heights. (I absolutely love that Sinclair makes its patterns regular/petite/tall, taking out the guess work of adjusting the pattern for height.) The pattern is meant to be made using knit fabrics with 50% stretch, like a good cotton lycra, a good double brushed polyester or athletic knit. There are two length options for this pattern, cropped or full length, as well as two options for the waist band, a classic band or comfort (wide) band.

I tested the size US 0 (XXS), petite, full length, with classic waist band. For fabric, I used a heathered double brush polyester, as it is my daughter’s favorite material for leggings. As is with my other Sinclair patterns, the fit was spot on, and no alterations were needed. My daughter claims that they are her most comfortable pair, and the fact that she’s asked for more is proof enough for me!

Want the pattern for yourself? Here’s the link! https://sinclairpatterns.com/product/penny-leggings-pdf-sewing-pattern/

Sunday Cardigan by Greenstyle Creations. 

I recently had the opportunity to test a  lovely cardigan pattern for Greenstyle Creations. It had been awhile since I’ve done any pattern testing for myself, being pregnant and all, but I decided I’d give it a go.

One of the many reasons that I love Greenstyle Creations patterns, is for their ease of assembly. The no-trim pages fit together flawlessly, and makes piecing the pattern together very quick. The layering also allows you to pick, and print, as little or as many sizes as you wish. I’m a huge fan of the layers option, it truly helps save ink. 

Ok. Back to the actual pattern itself.

The Sunday Cardigan by Greenstyle has several options for customization. You can make it a duster length, mid-knee length, long sleeves, sleeveless, with or without a hood, with or without pockets, and there’s even an option for lace-up cuffs. Seriously! Did you catch that? Lace-up cuffs! I already have my teen daughter begging for one with lace-up cuffs. The huge variety of fabrics that you can use to make this cardigan, will truly make it a staple in your wardrobe. 

Now, to talk about the version I made for myself. I chose the mid-knee length, as I’m not a personal fan of the duster length on my 5′ frame. (That doesn’t mean that you can’t rock a duster length on your petite frame, make whatever you fancy.) I also opted out of pockets, I know, I know, boring right? But a hood, I could not resist, and let me tell you, this hood is the perfect size. I used a light sweater fabric I purchased from Joann Fabric and Craft Store. I won’t lie, the fabric was difficult to sew with, but the end product is truly gorgeous. I really love how this cardigan turned out. And best of all? It works wonderfully for my last few weeks of pregnancy, and will be just as wonderful post pregnancy as well. I think I may try one in french terry next. 

Truthfully, any style you choose, you can’t go wrong with this cardigan. It’s a rather quick sew, I promise you won’t be disappointed. So, go, now! Click the link below, and get your copy of the Sunday Cardigan by Greenstyle. Go! 

https://greenstylecreations.com/products/sunday-cardigan-pdf-sewing-patten-xxs-3xl

Alexis Knit Hoodie Dress by Sinclair Patterns.

My youngest daughter loves to wear dresses, but a lot of her dresses don’t work well for the cold winters here in Kansas. Truthfully, she lives in hoodies half the year. So, when I came across a testing call for this hoodie dress; it was like the skies parted, beams of sun came shining down, and angelic voices declared, “This is it! Yeah! This is it!”. I knew I needed to help get this pattern release ready. I just had to test! 

I was very fortunate to be picked to test this beautiful hoodie dress. Printing, assembling the pattern, and cutting my fabric pieces was truly the most time consuming part of the entire process. Oh, no! Not because it was really difficult, it was actually rather easy. But sewing the dress was truly a breeze! The detailed instructions, and the picture tutorial makes this pattern a real easy sew! I literally finished in less than 2 hours, start to finish. With all the fabric possibilities, you can truly customize this dress to suite any occasion. 

https://sinclairpatterns.com/product/alexis-relaxed-fit-hoodie-dress-pdf-sewing-pattern

I used a medium weight fleece for my daughter’s dress. It’s oh so nice, slouchy, and oh so warm! Oh, and did I mention the pockets?! The pockets are amazing! I’m certain I have many others to sew in the near future.

The Chelsea Pants by Greenstyle Creations 

I’ll admit, I’ve always been weary of sewing pants. Not leggings pants, or yoga pants, or even the many infant pant patterns I’ve sewn in the past; but REAL pants. You know, the ones that I’m talking about. But when the opportunity arose, where I could test this new pant pattern, I dove right in. The process and results were perfect, and my daughter agrees! 

For my version, I used this beautiful floral disco scuba from Sly Fox Fabrics.

 (https://www.slyfoxfabrics.com/product-page/techno-scuba-monet-in-livid

I’ll admit I was pretty nervous, but I charged full speed ahead. The pattern itself was extremely easy to assemble, and with the detailed instructions, it was even easier to sew. These fit my daughter perfectly. I don’t know why I was so afraid of pants. 

https://greenstylecreations.com/products/chelsea-pants-pdf-sewing-pattern-xxs-3xl

Since sewing these up, I’ve cut 2 more out. I’m certain this is the “gateway” pants pattern, because I’m actually thinking of attempting jeans next. *gasp! 

I’m back! 

Yep, I’ve truly been MIA lately. I started this blog, and apparently disappeared off the face of the planet. I do promise that I have been some what productive. I’ve sewn a few items for my children, and even tested a few patterns for some amazing pattern designers. I’d like to share a few with you all. 

First up, I had the opportunity to test the new Slumber Sack by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. This pattern is very versatile, as it can be made with a wide variety of fabrics. You can use fleece for the cold winter months, and a nice light cotton knit for the cool summer months. (I personally used a medium weight rib knit for the ones I made, perfect for the Kansas fall.)

http://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/slumber-sack/

Come back and see me tomorrow, and I’ll tell you all about these amazing pants I tested on my daughter. They are totally retro! Happy sewing!

Looking forward. 

A new week is around the corner, and with it comes many new opportunities. New this week, my daughter Loralei will be showing us how to make an easy, yet glamorous pillow case. I will also show you how to hack your tank pattern, into a nursing tank. Yay for easy nursing! 

Tutorial: Adding Snaps to the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Happy Feet Pajama Top.

Everyone loves a cute raglan style tee, but I personally think they can be difficult to get on a squirming baby. Snaps are my saving grace, and I’ll show you how to add snaps to your raglan tee. I’m using Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Happy Feet Pajamas as the pattern for my raglan tee, but you can use any raglan tee pattern you have on hand. (You can click the link below to purchase the Happy Feet Pajama  pattern.)

http://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/happy-feet-pajamas

I’ve printed and cut my pattern pieces in size newborn. I’m only using the bodice and sleeve pieces for this tutorial. The picture below shows my pattern pieces, front bodice, back bodice, two sleeve pieces, binding for the neck, cuffs for the sleeves, band for the shirt bottom and matching plastic snaps.

The first thing to do is to sew your sleeves to the bodice pieces, right sides facing, using a 1/2″ seam allowance, (1) BUT we are not going to sew the left sleeve to the front bodice. This is where we’ll add our snaps in a later step. I topstitched my seams, you can skip that step if you like. (2) Quater and mark the neck binding and the neckline of raglan. Starting at the edge of the front bodice, match up the points, ending at the edge of the unsewn sleeve. Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam towards the body and topstitch if desired. (3) Measure 1/2″ from the edge of the front bodice and the edge of the sleeve, you will trim this off. (4) Measure the length of your newly trimmed front bodice and sleeve. (Mine measured at a hair under 5″.)

 (5) Cut 2 strips of matching fabric 3/4″ longer than your measurement from step (4) by 1.5″ wide. Cut 2 pieces of interfacing, the length of your measurement in step (4) by 1″ wide. (6) Apply your interfacing to the wrong side of your strips, beginning at one edge. (You’ll be left with 3/4″ of the fabric strip without interfacing.) With right sides together, sew 1/2″ from the uninterfaced edge, (7) then trim your seam allowance. (8) Starting at the edge of the neck band, line up the raw edge of your strip with the raw edge of your front bodice. Repeat with the second fabric strip and the raw edge of the sleeve. You’ll sew this with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press  your seams and topstitch. 

(9) Overlap your front and sleeve, matching up the top and bottom and tack down with your preference of stitch. I personally like to track with a box/”x” as shown. (10) With right sides together, sew up your side seams and attach arm cuffs and bottom band pattern directions. Turn right side out and press.

(11) Measure and mark placement for your snaps, (12) I only added 2 to mine since its a size newborn, for the larger sizes you may want to do 3 snaps. 

Sit back and admire your work!

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. 

Until next time, happy sewing!