Thursday, April 11, 2019

Boy's Triple Play for girls

Summer is coming quickly! I am so excited! Having the children home all day, sleeping in and going to bed late, hanging out, BBQ's and ice cream, shorts and tank tops!

Confession, I don't wear shorts or tank tops, but my kids do! And they do it so well!

Especially Kaylie! This child has yet to ever have a sunburn, so she really likes tank tops because she is cool and comfy and doesn't have to worry about red burns or peeling shoulders. Lucky girl...

This racer back top is one I made for her last year that is still getting a lot of love! It's the Pickle Toes Patterns Triple Play Tank. Its pretty much the only tank top pattern you will ever need! It goes from size 2 to size 22!! Big kid sizes are always so nice to have! It's a straight side cut, so perfect for boys! I graded Kaylie's waist in according to her measurements and gave her more feminine curves. Check out this blog about the ones I made for my boys!

The back is solid, but the front is color blocked! There is a solid front option as well. But, I love a good color block that I don't have to figure out myself! And it's a great way to use up scraps! I had this adorable chunk of DBP that Kay had been desperate for me to use for a shirt for her, but DBP is super warm in the summer, so I used it for the center panel and it is perfect! The tank looks adorable but isn't hot and sweaty and I used almost every single bit of my scrap! Win/win!

There is also this adorable pocket on the front! And it comes in two different shapes! Yeah, pretty much the only tank you are ever going to need

So, to round this all up, lets look at the options:
          3 back tank options (vest, athletic and racer back)
          2 front options (solid and color blocked)
          3 pocket styles (square, pentagon and none)
          Bands or binding

Yeah, pretty much the only tank you are going to need for your kids will be the Triple Play. And the best part, there is a Men's Triple Play so that even your big "kids" can match! 

Do you like to dress like your children occasionally? Maybe just for special occasions? What is your favorites of all time?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Eunoia LOI

It is no real surprise that I am a great lover of all PDF patterns that I can get my hands on! 😂😂😂 My collection of patterns is immense! But I have very few woven patterns. Woven has always seemed to scary to me. They fray! And you have to double fold all their hems! And you HAVE to IRON them!! That HAVE is what scares me! I don't like to press, I don't like my iron. I use it, but I don't like it

And then there was this contest. And I won!! It was just a random drawing contest, but I still won!

I won two patterns from Eunoia Design Group! Yay!! I needed more patterns! I always need more patterns! 

Yes! That shirt that Kaylie is wearing, that's the pattern I won! I was allowed to pick the patterns I wanted and because I sew for Kaylie most, I let her pick the patterns she wanted. She chose the LOI Top and I love it!! It's super pretty!! But it's made entirely out of woven!! Woven! Yes, I was terrified to sew up, but it's pretty and its a PDF pattern, so I was very happy to add it to my collection!

Not long after I downloaded this beautiful pattern Dhee from The Fab Clique announced that she would have some beautiful woven fabrics stocking in her shoppe!! Could I pass up the chance to sew this amazing light blue Flamingo Fun Bubble Crepe into this gorgeous Eunoia LOI?

Absolutely not!!

So, I did it! It took me 4 days to beat my anxiety, but I did it! And I cannot even believe how GORGEOUS this top is! And guess what! It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be! Sure, I had to use my iron, but that's why I have an iron. I even used the iron to fold over my hems twice. Yep, I had to change my needles over to universal ones, but that's not hard. I used my serger to do rolled hems on the flounces.

Speaking of flounces, how pretty are they? Kaylie wanted them to be edged in black and I wasn't sure what I thought of it, but I love the way the black makes the flounces stand out. It almost makes me wish I had had a black invisible zipper for the back. Oh, the invisible zipper instructions in this pattern are wonderful!! They even show how to use a regular zipper foot to install an invisible zipper! I did't even know that was possible!

The end results were just stunning! And Kaylie was so happy! And a happy girl makes for some very pretty pictures!

And just so you know, the second pattern I won was the LOI Cardigan. I haven't made it yet, but it is on my list! Do you have patterns that have been on your list for a long time without having been made? Or do you have a crazy huge pattern collection that you will never get to sew all of? Yeah, I am really the second! Haha!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Having High Hopes

I am a rule follower. I just am. You tell me something and say it's a rule, I just automatically find myself doing exactly what I'm told. I don't always love this about myself, but it's just who I am and I've learned to live with it.

I have also learned that there are some rules that have work-a-rounds. Should you flat out break rules? Absolutely not! But if you know what you're doing, you can make changes that may seem to follow and yet at the same time completely break the rules.

Yes, I am that kind of sneaky!

Take this top, for example. It's brand new over at Ellie and Mac. And, yes, I tested it! I love testing for Lindsey and making such amazing things! The testing process is a fascinating one! To see a pattern go from a really good basic idea and turn into something nearly perfect is extraordinary!

Lindsey knocked it out of the park again this time! There aren't a whole lot of options to the High Hopes Dolman , but the off the shoulder option is so beautiful! But with this pattern, fabric choice is going to bring a whole lot of variety. I used a pretty striped sweater knit and the striped do some very fun things with this style of shirt. Some people used lace to make a fun layered look, other people used rayon spandex to get that gorgeous drape! One person even used a glorious silk and a knit material for the bands and cuffs!

Speaking of breaking the rules by using a fabric that doesn't meet the stretch requirements. See these beautiful faux leather from Mily Mae cuffs and band? Yeah, they don't even come close to meeting the stretch requirements for bands and cuffs. But, knowing how much stretch I had and how much I needed, I adjusted the length of the band and cuffs so that they would still be snug but not overly tight and used those to make the bands and cuffs!

The result couldn't have been more perfect!! I am so pleased with how this turned out!

I felt so pretty wearing this top! The faux leather made up a good part of that! I am so thrilled with the results of my rule breaking! What rules have you broken that turned out having beautiful results?