Category: Sewing

New Mommy and Me Pattern Release

You guys, I have some exciting news!!  Sew Caroline and Simple Life Pattern Company have teamed up to offer a collection of mommy and me patterns!  Sew Caroline has taken some of SLPCo’s favorite patterns and made them for mommy, while SLPCo took some of Sew Caroline‘s favorite patterns to make them in kid sizes!  How exciting is that?

I was lucky to test Tammy’s Tulip Shorts for this collaboration and I’m excited to show them to you!  These are going to be so great for hot summer days!  And I can’t wait to make some matching pairs for my girls!

Aren’t these so cute?  They can be made with medium weight cotton fabrics or knits, so you can have a lot of fun with these shorts!

I had a lot of fun picking out fabric for these test pairs.  i couldn’t decide!   Which is how I ended up with 3 pairs of shorts!  And they’re such a quick sew, especially if you use premade bias tape as I did with these pairs.  My favorite pair, though?

Pineapples!  I was super excited to find this pineapple fabric in the novelty cottons.  I’ve already worn this pair twice!  (which is a lot considering we haven’t had many “shorts weather” days so far)

Here’s a detail shot of that cute bias trim.  You can have a lot of fun with the trim, by using decorative trim like pom poms or lace.  Or make your own bias trim out of a coordinating fabric.

Also included in the collection is the Magnolia Shorts, which I’ve previously shared with you.  I’m super excited about sewing up some of the girls version of the Magnolia Shorts, particularly for my girly girl who always wants to wear skirts and dresses, but needs the modesty of shorts.  

But really you must go check out the whole collection!  There are so many mommy and me options to choose from!  I’m excited to get sewing!!!

 

 

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Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates

It snowed yesterday.  It is still winter after all.  But I’m dreaming of warmer weather.  We’ve gotten a sneak of it here and there.  It makes it so much harder to deal with the super frigid days!  I’ve been thinking about summer wardrobes for the girls and I have a new favorite summer pattern!  The Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates is going to be a big player for us this summer!  It’s a quick sew, doesn’t take much fabric, and comes with lots of options.  And it’s cute!!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesPumpkin loves her new Heart Breaker Camis!  She’s wanted to wear them every day. 

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesShe especially loves this one with the ruffle on the front.  She’s worn it twice already.  Once on an unseasonably warm day and the other on a cooler day with a cardigan.

The front of the cami has a scoop neck, the back has a subtle V.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThough the shirt can be worn either way!  You can put the v in the front, too!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesAnd more options!  There’s also a flutter option!  We sure do love ruffles around here.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesHow cute is that little flutter on the shoulder?  I love it!

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also a shirt option, a tunic length option or cropped length option.  Pumpkin in wearing a tunic length cami with flutters and Cupcake is wearing a shirt length with ruffle.  I love these!  Green polka dot and green floral fabric are both Girl Charlee.

Heart Breaker Cami by Patterns for PiratesThere is also the option for cross straps on the back or you can use two fronts or two backs to change up the look.  So many options in this one little pattern!  For an even faster sew you can use fold over elastic for the binding and straps! 

This is such a great basic pattern to have in your stash.  Worn on it’s own or as a layering piece this cami is super cute and comfortable for active kids!  And if you’re a little jealous of this cuteness on the girls you can get it for yourself, too, with the Cross my Heart Cami!  (Yeah, I totally bought that one for myself…)

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Sutton Top and Dress from Made for Mermaids

Made for Mermaids is releasing a new pattern today!!  The Sutton Top and Dress is an adorable top or dress made from woven fabric, with beautiful details and a twirly skirt!  I had so much fun testing this pattern and it was fun to sew with a woven for a change.  Pumpkin was super excited to get two new dresses and a new top.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingOh, and a pair of Olivia Pantaloons to go with her new top.  Look how cute she is!  And how cute her outfit it!  She flipped out over this outfit and immediately had to wear it.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingShe loves circle skirts and this top and dress has just that.  Very high twirl factor. 

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingThe front of the top has buttons down the front and the back has a scoop neckline.  There are two sleeve options.  The sleeveless option, above.  Or an elbow length option.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingAnd the elbow sleeves have this sweet tie detail. 

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingPumpkin loves the bows the ties make.  And the twirl factor.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingThe princess seams on the bodice give you an opportunity to have a little fun.  You can add some trim or piping like I did in the sleeveless version, or you can do a little color blocking like I did with the dress.

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingWouldn’t this make an adorable Easter dress?  I got this floral poplin fabric from Girl Charlee and think it’s just perfect for spring!

Sutton Top and Dress #sewingDid I mention the twirl factor?

 

Pumpkin really loves the Sutton Top and Dress!  I made her a third one (adorable red, pink and black floral dress), but she was a little under the weather.  And the weather has been very uncooperative (so much rain………….) so we haven’t been able to take photos of it.  But of course she had to wear it as soon as I finished it as well. 

If you are looking for some sweetness I would recommend you pick up this pattern, especially while it’s on sale (through Sunday 3/5).

 

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Tutorial: Adding Decorative Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt

I’ve been having some fun in the sewing studio, which means you get a tutorial today!  You know I love to use my serger for construction of knit garments, but it can be used for more than that!  So I’m going to show you how I used my serger to add decorative flatlocking to the seams of a raglan shirt!  Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ve seen raglan shirts with this decorative stitching on the seams, right?  It’s such a fun detail and when I decided to make this striped raglan I knew some flatlocking details would be perfect!

So you want to start by sewing your sleeves to the bodice of your shirt.  You don’t want to sew the side seams, yet.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ll need to set your serger up for flatlocking.  On my machine I need to switch to my blind hem foot, disengage the blade, lower the tension on my left needle, remove my right needle, keep the normal tension on the upper looper and increase the tension on the lower looper.  You may also want to increase your stitch length.

Once your machine is all set you’ll fold your seam, wrong sides together.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialSerge along this seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialGive yourself nice long tails on either end, so you have a little wiggle room when you flatten out your seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYour seam will look like the picture above.  Then you just need to give your pieces a little tug and smooth the seam out.  It helps to smooth it both on the front and back.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialAnd that’s all there is to it!  You can do this on your seams, the triangle patch, neckband and cuffs if you have them! 

I added a triangle patch and I love the little detail. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialIf you want another look you can flatlock with right sides together and you’ll get the ladders on the outside. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialHere’s the backside of my triangle to show you what that would look like.  Once you’ve flatlocked your triangle and sleeve seems you can finish sewing up your shirt.  And then totally impress your husband when you wear your shirt with the decorative flatlock stitches! 

That same hubby who was impressed with my shirt also suggested I try making some videos, so here’s a flatlocking video for you if you want to see some sewing in action.

 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialPattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan

Fabric: Girl Charlee

 

 

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Butterfly Cardigan

A few weeks ago Patterns for Pirates released the Cocoon Cardigan and I bought it right away!  I had the perfect sweater knit for it.  I’ll have to show it to you sometime! But for now I want to show you the Butterfly Cardigan, which is the girls version of the Cocoon Cardigan.  I loved testing this pattern! It is such a quick sew! I sewed up 4 Butterfly Cardigans and one Cocoon Cardigan during testing.  First up is this super cute cropped length cardigan in a beautiful mustard sweater knit from Knitpop.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesI used this sweater knit for a Mama Ava for myself and had just a bit left over.  Of course I couldn’t just sew her a cardigan with no shirt to coordinate with it, so I used this amazing double brushed poly to sew a Talor Tank to wear with it.  She just loves this outfit! She told me it makes her feel like a grown up.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesIt does make her look more grown up.  Or that could be the adult teeth making her look grown up………

Not to leave the little one out I also whipped up these two cardigans in the tunic length with long sleeves.  More appropriate for winter.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesFor these I used a rayon spandex blend from Girl Charlee.  I’ve had this heart fabric for a while (received in a KnitFix bag) and wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I just love these cardigans!  Pumpkin loves it, too.  She has worn it twice already!  I think it’s the pockets.  She loves pockets. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesYep, she was pretty excited about pockets.

Lastly I made a mommy and me set for Cupcake and I with a remnant of sweater knit from Joann’s.

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesThese are both tunic length with 3/4 sleeves.  I also did a short band on all of these, but a tall band is also an option. 

Butterfly Cardigan #patternsforpiratesWe wore these out the other day and we were so cute.  She has her 100th day of school coming up and she wants to wear this cardigan to school that day when she dresses up like she’s 100 years old.  So, apparently I made her an old lady sweater! Ha! 

Seriously, though, this is such a cute cardigan and it’s such a wardrobe staple!  I want to make about a million more and put one on the girls every day! 

Pick up the Butterfly Cardigan or the Cocoon and Butterfly bundle through Monday the 23rd while they’re on sale!  No coupon code needed!

 

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