Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Legends Top Pattern test for Sew Straight and Gather

The Legends top and dress pattern from Sew Straight and Gather releases today!
Get yours for only $5 (CAD) until Friday, February 19, 2016.
It's available for Ladies or Girls or both!

Please take a minute to check out all the awesome tester photos. We had a bought of sickness and then crappy cold weather that made getting outside for decent photos impossible so forgive the photo quality. We tried.
The Girls sleeveless was the version I was assigned to test. 
Fabric is from the Doodles line at JoAnns (ages ago).

This is an intermediate level pattern but it comes together quickly and is a lot of fun to sew!  It's rated at an intermediate level because of the super clean seam finishes. This top is as pretty inside as it is outside which is something the Bug really appreciates with her aversion to itchy seams. She says this top is super soft and comfy to wear.

The sleek, stand up collar looks really modern and the v-neck is a lot of fun.  This top is super versatile. The pattern comes with several sleeve options (sleeveless, short sleeved and long sleeved) and it has an optional skirted top as well as two dress options. 
It also has a broad size range, from 2 to 14 years, which you know I love.
I made a second version of the Girls Legend top (and a third, yet to be photographed) because the Bug loved the first one and it's such a fun versatile pattern.  This option has a more sporty look to it because of the fabric choice (I have no idea where this one came from).  The Bug loves to look "sporty" even though she wouldn't be caught dead playing team sports. (Darn anxiety)

I love that this top looks as good on the littles as it does on the bigger girls. Now that the Bug is officially a tween (ACK!) it is more challenging to find things to sew that she will like. This top fits the bill perfectly. She feels very grown up in it and I think she looks grown up while still looking appropriate for her age.
I also tested the Ladies version of the Legends top. I was hesitant because I've only recently started sewing for myself and this top is a bit more fitted than anything I've made to date. 

I love Terri's patterns though. Her Uptown Downtown Dress is one I've made over and over and always get compliments on. 

I love the unique neckline and stand up collar of the Legend so I threw my hat in the ring to test.  In the end, I'm glad I did.

I'm so super awkward in photographs. My poor husband and daughter.

The top, despite the weird modeling, is a winner. It's super comfortable and it's dressy enough to wear to work.  You'll see a bit of pulling under the arms in my photos. The pattern has been tweeked in the final version to eliminate some of that.  The fabric is a nice thick ponte that I got at Fabric Mart online. I really like Fabric Mart for their more "grown up" knits. Our JoAnn's is super lame in that department.

This pattern is highly recommended.

Get your Legend Pattern today!  It's only $5 (CAD) until Friday, February 19, 2016.
It's available for Ladies or Girls or both!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Gifts

I'm resurrecting this one from the archives! Christmas gifts from 2014! Wow.
Freezer paper stenciling is the bomb.
I personalized the aprons for a couple of grill masters on my shopping list. I'm always surprised by the crisp detail of the freezer paper stencil.  We packed these with Mook, Oink, Cluck and Swish homemade rubs.
I had a little too much fun making small things for my sweet sassy niece.  This peasant top is great because the fit is so generous. It starts out as a dress and as she grows it will go to a tunic and then a cute little top.
This top is the Hazelwood Hoodie from Love Notions made in a knit from Joanns.
The leggings are the Go To Leggings pattern from Go To Patterns. It's my favorite legging pattern. They just fit right every time. The pattern has a great range of sizes and tons of options.
This might be one of my favorite gifts I've made. My nephews love to go fishing so I made the littlest a fishing game.  Each fish is a sandwich of fabric and batting with a strong magnet inside.  The fishing pole has a magnet on the end of the line.

I made this by looking at several different blogs and combining their ideas and advice.
This little vest was a free pattern from Love Notions, The Dashing Vest.
The vest was upcycled from his uncle's polo shirt (see photo). They don't get much cuter. He calls it his fishing vest.

The best thing is, most of the gifts are still being enjoyed a year later. Handmade gifts are the best.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Jammies

This year's Christmas jammies were made from blue penguin flannel from Joann Fabrics.  The Bug didn't want a button down traditional flannel top so I stitched up a quick Nessie top (by CINO) and appliqued some of the penguins on the front.
 I'm having a bit of a love affair with this Nessie top pattern and I'm bummed it only goes up to size 8!! I've made the Bug several warm fleece tops for winter using this pattern. It's such a nice, simple, classic shape and it goes together so quickly and easily.
These pants are generously sized and should fit for a while.
The pattern is from Peek a Boo patterns, the Pajama Party Pants.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rondje top

 This is the Rondje top from the Eli Monster.
 It's a very simple off the shoulder cardigan.
In it's simplest form it's a circle of fleece with sleeves.  The edges are left raw since fleece doesn't fray. It fastens in front with a button or two.
 It was such a quick thing to sew that I made a few. This one with the patterned fleece I used fold over elastic to encase the raw edge.
 It's a cute sweater but I decided I liked the raw edge better.
 I made this one with a lining. I think this is my favorite way but it takes twice the fabric and a bit more time.
 We like the huge button.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reislust Top Pattern Test

I did this pattern test in the fall. 
It's the Reislust top from the Eli Monster made from a cute owl flannel I found at Joanns.
The top has a bit of a boat neck, 3/4 sleeves and a slight A line.
The back has a unique cross over design.
The shoulders overlap and fasten with buttons or snaps.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nightie Night

We've got one from the archives here...
I made this nightgown for the Bug quite a while ago.
I made up the pattern from a handful of other patterns I had on hand.
The fabric is a super soft, light weight knit.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Driehoek Dress test for the Eli Monster

I don't usually take pattern tests so close together but the opportunity to test the Driehoek Dress by the Eli Monster popped up just as I was finishing the last test and I couldn't pass up the chance.
The Driehoek is a short and swingy dress with a fun, unique bodice shape.
I picked out this fun black and white rose print from my stash of vintage fabrics. I really love the way it works with this design.
The bodice is fully lined so there are no itchy seams up there.
I knew the black and white would be a real stretch for the Bug so I made the bow pink. I do like the way it really "pops".
This dress is so fun and fluid. It hits just above the knee. We added leggings underneath, making it more of a tunic. The leggings were basically to cover up the eight neon band aids covering all of the mosquito bites on her legs. Those things are terrible this year.
I love the fit of the bodice. It's just right. Again, I made the size 6 bodice with size 7 dress length and it was spot on. I love when there is no gap under the arms.
The back closure is an invisible zipper. I used a hot pink one to match the bow... but I did a better job of actually making it invisible this time.
I had her dance around quite a bit to make sure we didn't have any wardrobe malfunctions with the top but the fit is so good, it stayed put.
The Driehoek Dress is available from the Eli Monster at a reduced price through this Sunday. It's recommended for an intermediate sewing level (which I think is pretty accurate) and comes in size 6 month to 12.  If you are a sucker for unique designs like I am, this is a great pattern to add to your collection.