I’m a late adapter to most new styles. I tend to stick to the more classic looks, I’m a tried and true kind of dresser. I also know that sooner or later I usually cave. And so I recently found myself giggling in the realization I was standing in a pair of skinny jeans wearing the peplum top I just made. Two styles I had sworn I was never going to wear….
Hi All! Hope everyone in the US had their fill of turkey, and everyone else had a great weekend! My family spent the weekend in Wisconsin and Donna and I had a chance to sew up the new Go To Pattern’s Belinda Dress.
The Belinda Dress was released today as part of Pattern Revolution’s Designer’s Challenge. If you haven’t been following along yet they it is a series featuring a TON of new pattern releases from various designers(and discount codes). This post includes affiliate links.
I will spare you the details, but we spent more time ripping than sewing this little dress. Which was NOT remotely the fault of the pattern. It is seriously an easy sew. But it turns out when you socialize and sew and have a lot of people and children running around- thing get sewn in backwards, and upside down, and wrong sides together….and so our 30 minute sewing project became a bit more than that.
She votes it was worth it! The dress is a cute knit number with a banded bottom and cuffed sleeve. NO HEMMING! Like Go to Patterns other knit dresses it is great for every day wear. I want to make her 4 more. We used a really soft knit with contrasting band, cuff and pocket ribbing. Check out Andrea’s versions to to see how fun this dress is with a heavier knit or even a sweatshirt material. You can really see the puff sleeve and bubble shape.
My littlest is a happy kid clad in pink. We had a bit of a change of heart right before Halloween and the rather desperate request to be a pink princess. I rolled out to the store to find myself some tulle, shiny fabric, and all other things pretty pink princess.
The dress she had seen and fallen madly in love with was the 5 & 10 Designs. For those who aren’t familiar 5 & 10 Design is a compilation ebook from 5 designers that creates 10 looks from one pattern block.
I had been eyeing up the design book for awhile, this seemed like a good excuse. I was only a bit bummed I had waited until October to buy it since the few looks I was in love with were very summer. However, they just released a free add on long sleeve. And I see some more winter inspiration getting ready to pop up. I believe there will be a black friday deal so be sure to check it out.
This fall has been crazy busy! I have been busy sewing, not blogging a whole lot and training my replacement at my job. I will be retiring at the end of this year and hope to be more active in the blog world when I am not working 12 hours a day away from home. I really have been sewing, its just most of what I have sewn goes right into the kiddos drawers to be worn day in and day out and never get photographed, which I must say is quite gratifying.
During one of my trips to MN in the early fall, we ventured out to get fabric for pj’s for O and M. I thought it would be cool if they chose what they would like. It turns out that did not work too well for M, but O was excited to have some Spider Man PJ’s. We found some flannel at the local Joann’s and off we went.
I have a good easy pattern that I had made up for O before, Simplicity New Look 6090, and knew it would fit him well. I simply sized up . I added a long sleeve to the top since I wanted him to be able to wear them during the transition season. The flannel is medium weight and I knew this would work well through at least November. Then he will need heavy duty footie jammies too. I am holding out for the revised Classic Footie PJ’s from Amy at Peek-a-Boo.
I have spoken before about my love of the library. If you’ve never looked before, it can be a huge sewing resource. When I see a pretty sewing book that tempts me run through my Amazon suggestions I always do a library search first. It is a great way to give a trial run to a sewing or craft book.
Since I almost never actually sew from books up on my shelf, this mostly is an exercise in reminding me to save my 20 bucks for fabric. I am very lucky, I have a large metro library system. If a book is somewhere inside of the 40ish libraries in the system they will send it to my home library. How’s that for service. I have had pretty good luck finding lots of sewing books. If you are in a smaller system, or single library, your options maybe more limited- but I bet you can still find some hidden gems there.
My last trip I picked up a women’s pattern book and a girl’s pattern book. Today I’m going to show you what I made from Simple Modern Sewing.
The layout is that with the 8 basic pattern pieces included you can create the 25 garments in the book. Ranging from tops, pants, skirts, dresses, and jackets. Typically each garment has a base piece- and then the more complicated items build from there.
FranceSuzanne is running a series called Flip This Pattern. This month the pattern being flipped is the Hangout Hoodie. (affiliate link) I made a couple of these for the kids in the early fall and thought it might be fun to try flipping it and doing something a little different. I made this version for M and as we are entering the winter I wanted to make it a little warmer so I added a lining and fur to the hood.
I used a medium weight knit for the outside and a lighter weight knit for the lining. Because M is very insistent on wearing pink these days, that is the main color. The lining is my favorite. It has bright green and pink orange and yellow sheep on it. I bought an extra large cut because I knew I would need to make a couple of things from it.
I carry all my stress in my back, and for some reason over the winter the knots and aches tend to multiply. I frequently have a heating pad out, and they are ugly, really ugly. Even if you have a cover chances are that is also really ugly. So I decided to cover my mine.
You may have to adjust this depending on the size of your heating pad and the way your cord is connected.
You will need:
Exterior fabric 37″ W x 16 H
Lining fabric 37″ W x 16 H
Ribbon or fabric for the ties, mine are 15″ long
*My heating pad measures: 16″ W x 12″ H
I’m using an old skirt for my exterior fabric and flannel for my interior. Cut your fabric to the dimension above. If your heating pad is a different size, follow this general guide. Width: Width of heating pad x 2 + the length of your flap. Height: Height of your heating pad + (seam allowance x 2).
The Miss Matilda Dress and Top pattern by Cottage Mama is one I can comfortably say I will make again, and again. I made my first, a top, out of a soft swiss dot. She wore it frequently all summer long. This is my first dress version. My lovely soon-to-be brother-in-law took these great pictures for us.
We’re rolling out a new banner and making some changes over at the blog (hop over and check it out!) It made me realize, bad blogger- I never shared them!
We took the shoes off shortly after this one…and never ever put them back on again.
Bunnies? WHERE ARE THE BUNNIES? If you follow along on Instagram this is the fence I saw they pulled down! I’m kind of bummed about it. We’re pretty much out of outside picture taking time here, so I will put off making new picture plans just yet.
She makes all of my faces. Which cracks me up. She has my eyebrows, in pretty delicate blond form. The dress is darling, and fits true to size. I’m sure I will layer a top and tights under this one so she can keep wearing it a little longer!
Alright speaking of dresses who has their kids’ holiday patterns picked out? Girls or boys? I suppose it’s time! I think M will wear her Bumble Bee (there is still time to enter that giveaway) I’m not sure about O, have you seen THIS take on the new Blank Slate blazer? Tempting!
Thanksgiving is a fun time for us. We have three children in Minnesota and a son in central Wisconsin, which is about a 2 hour drive from here. The Minnesota kids are a good 6 hour drive. I know that is not the end of the world, but with crazy work schedules and school schedules, we don’t all have a chance to be together that often.
Thanksgiving is one of those times. I usually spend Thanksgiving Day prepping food and cleaning and setting up spare bedrooms. The kids all spend Thursday with their in-laws. On Friday morning the caravans begin and by early afternoon they have arrived at the homestead. The grandkids, who also don’t get to see each other that often are running in circles and looking for their favorite toys that they know Gramma will have. We will have our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday and spend the rest of the weekend catching up.
This year I thought it would be fun if the kids had matching turkey shirts. I started with plain black T-shirts. I had a spare that will fit M so that saved me a step. I will make the boys a black flashback tee and go from there. This is a good way to use up small pieces of various prints that you may have thrown in your scrap bucket for who knows what!
Welcome to those of you visiting while you tour with RaeAnna’s very cute Bumblebee dress!
The dress includes two views, a sleeveless dress with ruffling around the neck, and the 3/4 sleeve version that I sewed up. I choose to make a few quick adjustments to match my mood and fabric choices. It’s always nice when a pattern lends itself to easy switch ups!
I switched up the ruffle at the sleeve for a quick cuff. Since the sleeve fits nicely over her arm the button is just sewn on to hold the cuff together, it’s purely decorative. The best kind of button.