Friday, February 26, 2016

Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour: Isabella's Banded Skirt


Hey ladies! I hope you've been enjoying the BSD Birthday Bash thus far. I know.  I have loved seeing the adorable creations of these talented seamstresses.  I first fell in love with Gabriella's Winter Coat and even though I had at least 5 coat patterns I still bought it!

I didn't realize that this was a hacker series until I had already signed up. I say BSD and went nuts. Truthfully, I'm more of a masher than a hacker. One of my favorite things to do is use a free resource to enhance or expand an existing pattern. I'm going to show you what I mean. Today, i'm sharing a little bit of a throwback style: the paperbag skirt. Isabella's Banded Paperbag Skirt to be exact. Isabella's Banded Skirt is so simple and such a quick sew. It starts at size 12 months for girls and 0 for women's. You can either buy it from the Bella Sunshine Designs website OR you can get it for FREE by signing up for the BSD Newsletter which is full of the latest releases and *gasp* sales! 



Since my daughter, Kiwi, is so petite I always have to mash her sizes. This skirt ended up  being an exact 2t/3t. I used this tutorial for the paper bag measurement at the top and added them to the Isabella's Banded Skirt measurements. I am all about not having to re-thread my serger which has been acting super funky so I used french seams on the band and seam. I also, used the fabric width instead of cutting the two panels as instructed. 


Despite living in Florida it has been unusually chilly here lately. I was hoping for a cute tank and sandals for photos, but I opted not to make my little one sick and we layered, layered, layered. As soon as my daughter was dressed she did a test twirl and giggled, success!   When we got to our location she said let's pretend there's water. I'm pretty sure had there been water she would've been soaked. While I wasn't sure of her look at first, on-lookers assured me of how cute she was and we traipsed merrily along.


I just absolutely adore this little girl. This quick sew got my Kiwi-sewing mojo back and now I'm ready to tackle a few more Bella Sunshine Designs patterns. Good thing they are all on sale this week.



Thanks for joining Kiwi & I today! You can see all of the tour posts linked below. Also be sure to enter the giveaway that ends on the 28th!





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Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour

Featured Bloggers:

Sponsors:

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Prize Number 1:

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Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Patterns of Choice Once Upon A Yard / Sew It Seams Facebook Group - Grab Bag of 7 yards of fabric

Prize Number 2 (Just for the USA):

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Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Pattern of Choice Bethany Lane - 3 Sets of "Cute as a Button" wooden buttons (30 buttons total)

Prize Number 3:

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Bella Sunshine Designs - 2 Patterns of Choice Sofilantjes Patterns - 2 Patterns of Choice Knot Sew Normal - 1 Pattern of Choice Muffin Head Patterns - Any 1 pattern up to $12.00 Itch To Stitch - 1 Pattern of Choice Rachel Rossi - Squared Fashion Wrap Sewing Pattern FABulous Home Sewn - 1 Pattern of choice Seaside Notions - 1 pattern of choice Laela Jeyne Patterns - Pattern of choice (excludes bundles) Pickle Toes Patterns - 1 Pattern of choice.

Enter the giveaway:

Hurry, the giveaway ends on Sunday, February 28th at midnight! a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Celebration Sales:

Mabel Madison - 10% off their website with coupon code BELLABIRTHDAY until February 29th. Sew It Seams - 15% off their website with coupon code BELLASUN until February 29th. And of course, you can get 40% off all Bella Sunshine Designs patterns on our website until February 29th. No coupon code needed! Ready for one more surprise? Check the Bella Sunshine Designs's website on Friday for a new release or two!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Jocole February Love Blog Tour - Pajama Time!



Eeeeeee!!!! I am SUPER excited to be a part of the Jocole February Love Blog Tour for two reasons: 1. Jocole is one of my favorite women's pattern designers and 2. I have really really wanted to make myself some pajamas, like, for years. Jocole patterns are a great base for pajamas because most, if not all, of the patterns can be made in knit. Knit is a super comfy fabric with plenty of stretch  without needing zippers and buttons to get a close fit.  You can see the full list of women's patterns by Jocole here.

I know it's February and effectively cold pretty much everywhere in the country, except south Florida. However, I happen to live in north Florida and it's warm enough most days to justify making a tank and shorts pajama set, plus we just turn on the heat. I used the Ladies Shoreline Knit Tank pattern for the top and modified the Ladies Wide Leg Yoga Pants for the bottom. My dot fabric is from EuroGirls Boutique and the solid is from my local Jo-ann Fabrics store.

Adjustments & Modifications:

I happen to be short, petite and have a disproportionate bust so I made a few adjustments to get the fit and style that I wanted. When making the tank I basically needed an XS top portion and small bottom portion, but made a small and then took the sides in a little and cut, tied and stitched the straps together for shorter straps and a little visual interest. Why didn't I just cut my straps to fit what I needed? Because I made a few incorrect assumptions when sewing the pattern and sewed the sides together when I should not have and then one of my straps ended up twisted, ha! I love fixes that I can play off in the name of upping the "cuteness" factor. I also shortened the tank by about 4" and used my scraps to make a matching headband using this tutorial. How cute is it that the original post had the SAME colored headband?!
Not flattering to have someone photograph you while pretending to drink from a mug, but you get the picture.


For the shorts, I used the "lengthen and shorten" line on the pattern to shorten them  before sewing them together and then once I had them sewn with the waistband I cut a little more to suit my tastes. In the original pattern the shorts come out bermuda length, but these are pajama shorts so I went for "college girl" length for comfortable lounging. My favorite part about these shorts is the contrasting yoga waistband. I didn't want a lot of bulk at my waist when napping so I actually cut my original piece to a height in-between the regular and yoga band size. I, also, added about 6" to the width around my waist because I didn't want the band to squeeze me in anyway. Think loose and comfy here. One of the things that I love about knit is that hemming is optional  because it doesn't fray and I opted out on both the shorts and the tank. You call it lazy, I call it economical sewing for pajamas. Just sayin.

My photographer had me cracking up with his "direction". Not pictured.
I was soooo please with how this set turned out that after the photos I "tested" my pajamas by eating a huge plate of food and then taking a nap. No pictures of the eating or napping, sorry.  I am not a champion sewer of knit, but I hope that I sparked an interest in sewing more with knits or making your own pjs. I would love to see if you do!

You can check out all of the previous stops on the tour below. Do you have a favorite?
Feb 8- Larissa from Connected By a Thread
Feb 9- Tibeca from Sewing by Ti
Feb 10- Robin from My Little Lady & Gentleman
Feb 11- Patricia from Sew Far North
Feb 12- Linda from Sew Happily Ever After
Feb 15- Larissa from Connected by a Thread and Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
Feb 16- Amy from Wally and Grace
Feb 17- Melissa fron Rebel & Malice and Sharon from Sweetpea & Pumpkins
Feb 18- Ula from Lulu & Celeste

Feb 19- Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama and Cindy from Cindy Parrett.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter Wear Designs Blog Tour... and a Birthday Bateau Garden Dress



Well, I have a birthday coming up and it's a bit of a big one. I'll be 30 on the 31st! I wanted to make a special dress to wear out to whatever festivities might pop up and purchased the Winter Wear Designs Bateau Dress. Since I have a HUGE problem with deadlines I signed up for the WWD Blog Tour to keep me on track. Then I just had to choose fabric. I purchased this Michael Miller Retro Dot fabric from Classy Fabric a few months ago. If you haven't already you should join her Facebook group. The customer service is great and you get your fabric way before you've forgotten what you've ordered.

Have I ever mentioned that I ADORE black and white? And Polkadots? So, Michael Miller Retro Dots and a Retro style dress? Mmm... sounded perfect to me! Except the fabric was only 44" wide. In trying to make the 44" fabric work for a full circle skirt I took some liberties with my fabric. I added extender pieces on the side courtesy of this tutorial from Skirt Fixation  until I had about a 60x60" square of fabric. Although the fabric isn't directional there was really no way to match the print to my liking so I didn't worry about it. I folded the fabric twice and cut a full circle skirt, yay! I did omit the pettiskirt, but I'm thinking i'll definitely add one next time round and maybe even have some peek out of the bottom.


On the day of the shoot it rained so I got a little creative. Too bad I'm not a 4 year old with adorable rainboots to splash in, but I still had fun!




In eagerness to get out of the weather I neglected to get a better closeup of my lovely fabric.


I had some "user error" fit issues because my sizes are so mixed up and range from a size 2 - 6 but inverted according to the size chart. Also, my bust and cup makes fitted bodices an issue for me each and every time. I'd say this is WWD Bateau Dress: Take 1. The instructions were easy understand and the zipper was a jiffy even without a zipper foot. (I broke my zipper foot the first time I ever used it and learned it to install zippers without it.) I like that the pattern makes professional finishing a simple and automatic part of the pattern. All in all I am loving my dress and can't wait to wear it to dinner next week.


If you've missed any of the previous posts you can see them all here:

Be sure to follow along all week and check out the fabulous bloggers!
1/17/16: Larissa from Connected By A Thread
1/18/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste
1/19/16: Tibeca from Sewing By Ti
1/20/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy & Tameka from Savannah & Co
1/21/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba & Bug & Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama
1/22/16: Cindy from Cindy Parrett & Patricia from Sew Far North
1/23/16: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumkins & Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn
Don't forget to pick up your own copy of the patterns featured this week from Winter Wear Designs and save 20% off any purchase of $5 or more through the 25th of Jan with the code BLOGIT20!
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Thanks for stopping by and feel free to link up in the comments if you happen to sew one up yourself. Ciao!