Monday, August 17, 2015

Jasper Joggers

When my friend Jess from Gracious Threads put out a tester call for woven joggers, I jumped in.
After all, my boys always need new pants. Seriously.
This son of mine had his Sunday pants and one other pair that did not have holes in them. One.
(And, that's because that pair had been forgotten in my diaper bag as a just-in-case pair...)
In comes the Jasper Joggers.
They are designed for woven and come in sizes 2-12.
I sewed up the size 2 and took a little in at the top of the sides for my skinny three year old, since the size 2 is designed for kiddos in diapers with a bit of extra room in the bum area.

The pattern features faux welt pockets in the back, a faux fly, and real pockets in the front.
They're easy off and on with an elastic waistband, and elastic cuffs.

Perfect for this little man's rough and tumble out-door play.

Gracious Threads is having a 25% off back-to-school sale right now as well. So you can save 25% off the Jasper Joggers and any other pattern you'd like from her shop!
Use the code: BACK2SCHOOL25

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Soccer Shirts!

My older two boys love soccer.
And, they've been begging me for special soccer shirts.
I found this neat soccer knit on a 'store-closing-clearance' at my local Fabricland, and thought it'd be great for soccer shirts.
Never-mind that it's not an athletic type fabric.
For the back and sleeves, I used a cotton/lycra knit from Girl Charlee.
The pattern is the Suburban Tee by Terra's Treasures. (affiliate links)
They're pretty thrilled with their 'soccer' shirts.
Now they can be a team and gang up on their dad.

Monday, August 3, 2015

An Adjusted Maggie Mae

Earlier this summer, I sewed up a dress for my littlest girl.
The Maggie Mae in size 9 months.
I love this pattern.
In the bigger sizes.
With this one, I had some issues--there was absolutely no way my little lady's hands, let alone her arms were going to fit through the arm holes.
But, I managed to salvage this dress by seam ripping the side seams open about 1.5" and folding the seam allowances to the inside, and then top stitching them down.
To keep the seam from tearing open further I stitched across the bottom of this new arm hole.
And, I'm glad I did because I love how this dress looks!
I also sewed up the free Dandelions 'n Dungarees leggings pattern, but cut them as little shorts.
The perfect Sunday outfit.
And, it matches her big sister's outfit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

S is for Sewing Blog Tour

Having 3 boys, I'm always on the look-out for good boy patterns.
When Sewing With Boys was looking for blog tour participants, I eagerly signed up.
There are a good number of extras included, in addition to the four main patterns.
I chose to sew up the Quad Tee and to use the Knight Knee Patch tutorial!
My boys are always wearing through their jeans. As in they have maybe one pair of jeans that do not have a hole. Sad, I know...
But, that has changed--they each have another pair of jeans that does not have a hole.
Instead, they are now some of their favourite because of the fun patches.
The tutorial includes the pieces that you can use, and gives ideas for how to arrange them.
The worst part was getting them sewn onto the pants by machine--it is very hard to maneuver a pant leg on the sewing machine.
I did have to enlarge the pieces by 150% because of the huge holes my sons wear into their jeans.
Some of their jeans it was still too small--but I think those are beyond repair anyway.
Next, I sewed up the Quad Tee for my youngest son.
He is in need of shirts that don't fall off his shoulders and that are slim enough.
I sewed up the size xxs and it fit him very well.
The front went together opposite of the pattern because I had flipped the pattern pieces upside down before cutting to get more mileage out of the fabric. 

He's pretty thrilled with it and the small pocket is a huge hit.
He started looking for a second one for his other hand.
Taking pictures was interesting...if you look closely at the bottom picture, you may see three photo bombers. You'll have to look closely--one is almost impossible to spot.

You can find the S is for Sewing E-book on Etsy.
It is 15% off during the blog tour, so grab it early!
Make sure to hop over and have a look at all the other blog stops:

July 13th
July 14th
July 15th
July 16th
July 17th

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Years Behind in Pictures

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Since I've started sewing, I've neglected an other crafty area--scrapbooking and photo albums!
I am seriously years behind in the kids' and our albums.
Ours ends at the birth of our 2nd child (we have 5 now!) and the kids' all end in 2011 sometime.
I went through all the photos on my computer and put all the ones I need/want printed off into a separate file on a USB stick so I could take them to Walmart.
But, then I received an email from one of my affilates-- Shutterfly!
They are offering 100 free 4x6 prints with the promo code 100FREEPRINTS at checkout, ending the 30th of June.
Something I've never tried, but think would be a really cool idea as well, is the photo books that you can get printed at Shutterfly!
They also have a deal on these--a free 20-standard finish page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book with promo code SUNNYBOOK at checkout!
Plus, on the website they have a 40% off everything sale as well!
Hop on over to Shutterfly and take advantage of these great offers!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Swimsuit--Jalie 3023

My oldest daughter has been growing like a weed and was in high need of a new swimsuit.
I went back to my go-to swimsuit pattern--the Jalie 3023.
I love that this pattern is quite modest--a well covering tankini plus an optional skirt for the bottom.

I sewed up a size 5 which is a smidge big on her yet, but it should last her at least a year then!
The fabric is from a local-ish Fabricland that was leaving--I went with a friend and ended up stocking up on a decent bit of fabric as everything was on major clearance.

Now, we just need to make some time to go to the lake or the pool...

Friday, May 15, 2015

One Thimble Blog Tour--Jukebox Dress

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Welcome to my stop on the One Thimble Blog Tour for Issue 7!
I chose the Jukebox Duet Dress to sew up for my daughter.
My plan was to do the knit version, but she insisted on the woven.

I used some lovely wovens that I bought from Stay Home Fabrics quite some time ago now--they are no longer in stock there.

So...about the dress!
I sewed up a size 5 and added two inches to the length at the shoulder cut line as I wanted the dress past her knees. That was the only modification I made.
The dress closes in the back with a cute little placket on which I sewed three different flower buttons.

Overall, the dress comes together and is finished off very nicely.
 I really like details like the cuffs, tabs, and the bias binding finish on the bottom.
If you don't know how to make your own bias binding, the pattern even gives instructions for that!

And, of course this is one of two versions in this pattern--so you basically have two patterns in one.
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