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The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is Back!

Coming soon, for one week only, nineteen pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is the original pattern bundle sale! Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set for the spring and summer seasons! You have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this fall’s bundle, but take a look below to see which designers you’ll find! I think you will be as excited as I am to see some previous favorites as well as several amazing designers that are new to the Sew Fab Sale.

Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

See you right here, bright and early on Monday morning!

That Time I Sewed a Jacket


You totally can’t tell, by the snow that is currently falling from the sky, but we’ve actually had a few nice spring days in the past couple of weeks.  This prompted me to start thinking about maybe, possibly, sewing myself a spring jacket.IMG_6303


It’s a project I’ve wanted to try for a while but put it off for many reasons.  I was sure I would make a major mistake or finish the project and have it not fit properly, both bad news when the project calls for close to 6 yards of fabric in total.IMG_6300

This was not aided by the fact that I used all organic cotton for the project.  Despite my fears I went ahead and bought a pattern and fabric and did it.  And it turned out great.  It fits great, I made no big mistakes, and I’m really happy with the whole process. IMG_6294

I used Amy Butler’s Rainy Days Runabout Jacket  for the pattern.  The pattern calls for laminated cotton but I was going for more of a dress coat then a rain jacket so I used an organic cotton twill from and a cute polka dot organic cotton for the lining.  The weight turned out perfect and the fabric is so nice.
IMG_6289 JacketI only did a couple things different from the pattern.  I attached the belt a little differently and I used wood buttons instead of making my own covered ones.

If I make this jacket again I’ll do it in a another color and add some pockets to the lining.

My only challenge now is to keep the coat clean!

Sewing for Me: Day Tripper

IMG_6284A few weeks ago Pattern Anthology released their Just Add Jeans Collection.  I was immediately drawn to the Day Tripper both for it’s looser style and the options to make it long.  I wear leggings a lot so I love a top that is long.IMG_6310

I bought this feather knit from Girl Charlee a couple of months ago and have made myself a couple of tops out of it now.  This one is my favorite.  I used a cream colored organic rib knit for the rest of the shirt.Daytripper Top IMG_6279 I also made the long sleeve version in another Girl Charlee knit.IMG_6274I plan to make at least one more Day Tripper this spring, in a smaller size.  I opted for a slightly larger fit for these tops but I’m curious to see how it would look a bit smaller.

I’m still hoping to make a couple more of the shirts from the collection but they might have to wait until Fall!


A Frozen Birthday Party

Frozen PartyLast week my little girl turned four.  All year she had been saying she wanted a Batman Birthday Party which is totally great but I’m not going to lie I was secretly hoping at some point she would want a slightly more girly party.  The only girl with three brothers means I plan a whole lot of super hero and other boy related parties.

A couple of weeks before her party though she suddenly wanted a princess party instead.  I jumped all over that and then a couple of days later she saw Frozen for the first time.  This of course changed everything and suddenly I was happily planning a Frozen themed party.

Frozen PartyI didn’t do much in way of actual decorations or making absolutely everything Frozen themed but I did hang up balloons, ribbons, and snowflakes for decorations.  We also had blue punch with frozen blue ice cubes in it as well as a blue cake with a snowflake on top.

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I’m no cake decorating but it tasted good and Ara was thrilled with it.  The kids colored pictures of all the characters from Frozen and they all decorated foam crowns. The girls who came wore princess dresses and near the end they all chased and “froze” each other in the backyard.

The big thing I went all out on this year was making Ara an Elsa dress.  I didn’t copy it exactly as Elsa’s dress in the movie is quite slinky and would be pretty time consuming to make.  I did however grab one of my favorite dress patterns, The Sweetheart Dress by Very Shannon and altered it a bit.  I extended the skirt of it to fall nearly at her ankles and added a sparkly ribbon where the bodice and the skirt met.  Ara’s favorite part is the cape I made.  I found the organza in the clearance Christmas section of the fabric store.  It was about $3 a yard, score!  There was some similar stuff with actual snowflakes on it which would have been amazing but it was green, not light blue.

Frozen PartyIMG_6105   IMG_6106 IMG_6109 Frozen PartyI spent a lot of time on her outfit not really knowing if she would like it or not.  She did not own any princess dresses up to this point and had never asked for one either.  I had no idea how much she would love it.  She wore the whole outfit non stop for three days.  Well worth a couple of evenings behind the sewing machine!

I found the sparkly crown at our local dollar store and I made sparkly hair clips (in my shop here!) for her and for the party favors the girls brought home.

Frozen Party

I also made some light blue sparkly playdough as a party favor for all the kids.

I had great plans for more Frozen themed games and such, like my friend Lindy did over at Crafted by Lindy but I just ran out of time.

All in all I had a really fun time planning her party and I have to say that Four has got to be the best age for birthday parties.  I think it’s the first time they really fully understand what it’s all about and the kids are generally a little more calm than say 5, 6, or 7 year olds!

Frozen Party

Kara Tote Sewing Pattern Release

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I finished it! The Kara Tote PDF Sewing Pattern is finished and ready for purchase!  I sent it out to pattern testers on Sunday and a couple of them were so fast at getting back to me I was able to get the pattern up for sale much faster than I had hoped.

2014 02 07_0561_edited-1This is one of my favorite bags.  I’ve been making it for years and it has always been a best seller in my Etsy Shop.

Some of my testers sent in some gorgeous pictures of their Kara Tote.  Erin of Diedelbug Handmade made this amazing bag.

kara tote Kara tote2I love how she switched up the fabric on the straps and handles.

The Kara Tote Sewing Pattern is available for sale in my Etsy Shop as well in my Craftsy Shop.

More Kids Clothes Week Sewing

A few months ago I splurged and bought some Liberty of London Hello Kitty fabric.  Ara is a big Hello Kitty fan and I’ve always wanted to buy some Liberty of London fabric so I figured it was just meant to be.

Hello Kitty DressToday I finally cut into it and sewed up a dress for my girl for this coming Summer.  I might have to find a cardigan and some leggings for her to wear with it though because she has her heart set on wearing it to church this coming Sunday.

Hello Kitty DressI used a simple dress pattern I had and added a strip of ruffled fabric with lace.  I wanted something simple but pretty and I’m happy with the result.  I still have just over one yard left and I’m thinking a tiered skirt for the last of the fabric.

2014 01 31_00152014 01 31_0068_edited-1I also figured it wasn’t Kids Clothes Week without adding another Bimaa to my kids’ collection so Lachlan got himself a new hoodie too.

2014 01 31_0048_edited-1The moose knit is from Girl Charlee.  I bought one of their slightly flawed bundles so I have yards and yards of this stuff.  Both my older boys want a shirt just like Lachlan’s though so I’m confident it will all get used.  The brown knit and ribbed knit were both in my stash.

Moose Bimaa2014 01 31_0047_edited-1 2014 01 31_0050_edited-1 2014 01 31_0076_edited-1My little dude is long and skinny so I made his Bimaa in a 2T.  He has lots of room left in the sleeves and it’s nice and long on him which I love.

Moose BimaaAfter attempting to photograph my kiddos all week indoors I’m seriously looking forward to Spring and being able to get back outside to photograph.

Honeycomb Dress + Fancy Pants Leggings

Yesterday I stitched up three new dresses and a pair of leggings.  I let Ara pick which dress she wanted to keep for herself and she went for the honeycomb print.  That’s my girl.

Blog 062I recently bought a few too many gorgeous prints in lovely organic cotton so I knew I had to get some dresses made.

Blog 0791This dress is my favorite for a couple of reasons.  It slips on and off really easily. It looks great with skinny jeans or leggings underneath or a long sleeve tee on cold days.  It’s also just perfect for a breezy dress in the summer.  The last couple of years my girl has grown up but not out so I love it when a dress works as a tunic style with pants when it starts getting too short.

Blog 088 Blog 106I really love this print too.  The birds are just gorgeous and the colors are perfect.  It’s another really great organic cotton, soft and sturdy with a really smooth feel to it.

Blog 045 Blog 054The last dress I stitched up is from a really pretty vintage print I picked up at a thrift store last week.  I’m guessing it’s a cotton/poly blend.  Really light weight.

Blog 091I also sewed up some solid gray Fancy Pants Leggings by Titchy Threads in an organic cotton jersey.  I’m definitely ordering more of this fabric in other colors.  The quality and feel of it is amazing.  I ordered this one from as well as the bird and honeycomb fabric but it looks like they are all sold out of all three!

I’ve written about the Fancy Pants Leggings before but I’ll say it again that I love this pattern.  This is my third pair I’ve made and I’ll make many more in the future.

The dress pattern is a very altered version of a pattern by Too Sweets Patterns.  I don’t see the pattern available for sale anymore but the Pockets are Best Dress looks pretty close to what I altered the original Best Bubble Dress to.

Blog 092I think I’m doing pretty good for the Kids Clothes Week so far but I have a few more projects in mind.

Reversible Zippy Hoodie

Blog 035I finally did it.  I sewed a garment with a zipper in it.  It’s one of those things I’ve been putting off for no real reason other than it was learning a new skill.  I’ve sewn with zippers a ton just never in clothes before and let me tell you, it’s NOT that hard.

Blog 027It helps that I picked a pattern with seriously amazing instructions.  I used the Reversible Zippy Hoodie pattern by Kitschy Coo and I was really impressed.  It was one of those rare times when I sewed something brand new and didn’t stop at some point completely confused.

Blog 028My goal was to make Brayer a really warm hoodie.  I picked an extra thick sherpa fleece from Fabricland and lined it with a cotton jersey I think I got at a thrift store.  The result is a warm hoodie that is warm through the body and the sleeves.  I’m I the only one who gets annoyed when hoodies are lined through the body and not the sleeves?

Blog 033Brayer loves it. I loved sewing it and the end result is a high quality sweater that cost me under $10.  I’m happy.

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Simple Organization for Patterns (and Lego manuals, recipes, and more!)

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I’m a PDF Sewing Pattern junkie. I’ll admit it.  I have way more than I’ll probably ever sew and only half of those are already printed out.Blog 065 The problem with having so many patterns is trying to keep them organized and sorted so I don’t  print them out a second time when I can’t find the original one I printed.Blog 060

On top of all the bought PDF Patterns I have I also have all my own patterns and templates to store so I needed some kind of filing system for them that didn’t take up much space.  I thought about a small filing folder but I didn’t really have a place to put one so I went with the same system I use for printed out recipes I want to keep.Blog 064

Now each of my patterns, my own or bought, have their own sheet protector.  I often print out a copy of a pattern I really like several times and cut it out in the different sizes that my kids are wearing.  All the sizes of one pattern go in the same sheet protector.  Then I organize the patterns into categories with binder dividers and the whole stack goes in one monster binder.

I love that I can flip through my binder and visually see each of the patterns.  If it’s not obvious to me which pattern it is I write the name of it on with a sharpie on the plastic sleeve.Blog 061I think it’s time I stop buying new patterns. Or I could just get a second binder.

I use this same system for recipes and recently I put it to use for Lego instruction manuals.  My kids love looking through their old manuals to find something new to build but they kept loosing pages and entire manuals.  Now each kit has it’s own sleeve for all the manuals that came with it.  Most kits only have one manual but some of the bigger Lego sets they’ve gotten have had several.

Blog 068The best part about this is that the kids can flip through the pages and find the manual they want without taking each one out.

Blog 069 Blog 071 Thankfully the Lego manuals still fit in one small binder.

You can get sheet protectors at most office supply stores and department stores.  I bought mine at Costco.

Are there other things you can think of to organize this way?  My next thought was for organizing seed packets…

Fancy Pants – Mustache Style

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September 2013 324It’s almost November so I figured it was a good time to cut into the mustache fabric I got from Girl Charlee.  I also thought it was a great chance to use that fabric on a pair of Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads! September 2013 322The Fancy Pants Leggings are part of the Sew Fab Sale that is happening for a just a few more days. September 2013 314 Fancy Pants LeggingsI had been eyeing up this pattern for a while.  I’ve sewn several different legging patterns in the past, some bought and some I just drafted myself but I can confidently say this pattern is my favorite.

September 2013 345I can’t decide if my favorite part is the extra panel on the bum, or the fact that you can make them without any elastic on the waist.  The extra panel is amazing, especially for those cloth diapered bottoms.  Not having to put in an elastic makes the whole project faster and easier than most pants patterns. September 2013 335 September 2013 369I’m a big fan of leggings on babies both because they are super comfy for them and because they work so great with my Baby Booties. Finding leggings that aren’t completely girly however can be seriously difficult.  I think I’ll make Lachlan’s from now on. September 2013 362 September 2013 373Next up I plan to sew a pair of these in Ara’s size and maybe some for the boys in some thermal knit for long john’s!

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