Wednesday, September 30, 2015

{Back to School Capsule Tour}

Ok, so if you have been following my blog for a bit you know about this capsule! I have so many emotions running through me right now. Exhaustion, relief, accomplishment...exhaustion....seriously though, I could probably sleep for a few days. This has been in the works for months, but for one reason or another, I was unable to really get a good grip on the sewing aspect of it until the last two weeks, of which I have been a sewing fool. With all of that being said, I really has a blast with this capsule. I pushed my creativity and skills to the max and have learned SO much that I feel the next one will be so much easier....and yes, there WILL be another. 

In total, I made 10 pieces. I had a handful more that I planned to do, but ran out of time and resources. By the time the weather starts cooling off here in Texas however (hopefully just another month or so), I plan to get those finished up. 

Let's talk about resources for a minute here. Part of my stress with this project was that the budget just didn't allow for much wiggle room to purchase a lot of fabric, so I felt like I was a bit limited to what I COULD do. Here is where I pushed the creativity....I ended up upcycling a few pieces. Yes, I went shopping in my closet and found a few pieces that no longer fit, were out of style and knew I would never wear again, or were torn/damaged. Check out this upcycle!!!

I also upcycled the Kudzu Cargo's from a pair of my old pants, but I forgot to get a pic of those in progress. As for the rest of the capsule, so much of it I was able to pull from my stash and still coordinate with the colors that I chose. In total I probably only spent about $50 in new fabric on this project....that is a win for me. Not only saving money, but actually USING what I own. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to shop, but sometimes that is just not possible.

Alright, let's get down to the nitty gritty. I will lay out for you each piece that his capsule wardrobe consists of.

For the tops I made:

Designer:: Patterns for Pirates

Pattern:: Harvey 'V' Neck
Designer:: OUSM Designs

Pattern:: Jolly Roger Raglan
Designer:: Patterns for Pirates

Pattern:: Lumberjack Shirt
Designer:: Patterns for Pirates

For layering pieces I made:

Pattern:: Hawthorn Zip Sweatshirt
Designer:: Titchy Threads

For the pants I made:

Pattern:: Metropolitan Pants
Designer:: Terra's Treasures

Pattern:: Cpt. Comfort Pants
Designer:: Patterns for Pirates

Pattern:: Kudzu Cargos
Designer:: Willow & Co.

Pattern:: Metropolitan Pants
Designer:: Terra's Treasures

Last, but not least, for accessories I made:

Pattern:: Slouchy Beanie
Designer:: Imagine Gnats

Because we homeschool, I was not too worried about shoes at this point, but these are some that I have been eyeing and go really well with his capsule! I normally get my shoes from Zappos because the returns are easy, free and the selection is amazing.

Converse :: Chuck Taylor All Stars in Navy

See Kai Run :: Jesse in Grey

Even though I don't have a ton of pieces for his capsule, there are SO many outfit combos that can be made from these few items. I let him pick out a few outfits, and this is what he came up with! I love every single one, but if I had to pick, I would say it would be the orange Metropolitan Pants and the Lumberjack shirt together....they look so sharp!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and make sure to visit everyone else that has posted along on the tour. I am sad to see this end, but I know that there will be SO may more adventures in sewing ahead for us all!

Titchy Threads Patterns: Paisley Roots - Knot Sew Normal - Handmade Boy
End of Tour & Giveaway: Rebel & Malice

Would you like a chance to win some goodies????

 Time For School Capsule Giveaway


Saturday, September 26, 2015

{EYMM Hoodie Tour} His & Hers Hoodie


Hey guys! I am excited to be here on my SECOND EYMM blog tour. This tour is all about Hoodies, since fall and hoodie weather is quickly approaching us. I was in desperate need of a new hoodie/light jacket to wear for fall/winter, so I used the His & Hers Hoodie.

Let's talk about the pattern for a moment and go over a few details. EYMM has the His & Hers Hoodie & Hooded Vest available for adults and the Zander Hoodie & Hooded Vest for children.

Zander Hoodie & Hooded Vest:
  • Infants: 0-3m, 3-6m & 6-12m
  • Toddlers: 12-24m & 2/3
  • Youth: 4/5, 6/7 & 8/10
  • Tween: 12/14 & 16/18
  • Skill level: intermediate 
  • 13 pages of directions
  • 34 professional digitized pages that you assemble to make the full sizes pieces

His & Hers Hoodie & Hooded Vest:
  • Womens: XS-5X
  • Mens: XS-5XL
  • Skill level: intermediate
  • 16 pages of directions including 2 pages at the end with more detailed directions for attaching the lining to the main outer shell
  • 119 professional digitized pages that you assemble to make the full sizes pieces

When I was looking for fabric, I thought that I would just use a sweatshirt fleece from Joann's, but when I got there I found this AMAZING Brushed Poly Cotton Spandex blend. I know that has a bit more stretch than what was intended for this pattern, however it seemed to be nice and sturdy making it great for a jacket and ended up being super easy to work with. It also had the nice soft fleece on the wrong side of it. Since I was using such a nice fabric to construct the outer shell, I figured that I would splurge and use my Art Gallery Curiosities knit in Splenderiferous Warm for the inner core.

The pattern went very smooth without too many issues other than attaching the shell to the outer. Kymm has added an extra 2 pages of tutorials at the end of the pattern to walk you through the process though, making it a bit easier. Imagine her there holding your hand through the process! I just love the unique touch that the asymmetrical zipper gives it as well as the little bit of the lining that peeks through when zipped. The hood is nice and large, making it very easy to add a hat during the super cold days if desired.

I embraced the opportunity to work with zippers (not one of my strong points) and gain a bit more knowledge little by little so that they are NOT so intimidating. I have one tip for getting the zipper to line up correctly. After you have attached one side of the zipper, zip it up all the way and mark the unsewn zipper tape at both the pocket where it needs to line up, as well as the very top where it should end and go into the fabric. Trust me when I say that this will making lining everything up SUPER easy.

Would you like to *WIN* a copy of either pattern? Leave me a comment below letting me know which pattern you would like to win and why? At the end of the tour I will use to choose a winner.


Make sure to visit the other stops on the tour to see more versions and hoodie inspiration! Many are giving away a copy of the pattern! (Psst ... check out the awesome savings listed after the tour links!)
*NOTE* The links below won't show the tour posts until 7am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.
Hop over to the EYMM shop and use code FALLHOODIES2015 to save 50% on either hoodie pattern! Coupon is good for Zander's Hoodie & Hooded Vest (newborn-18tween) or His & Hers Hoodie & Hooded Vest (adult XS-5XL) and expires 11:59pm PST on Sept. 29.
*NOTE* These two patterns are INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED sewing level, as they include zipper installation and some unique assembly techniques.

Once again, thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave me a comment below to win!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

{Fall Pattern Showcase}

When Becca of Free Notion posted about a Fall Pattern Showcase, I knew that I just had to participate...well, I am a little obsessed with blog tours too, but that's neither here nor there! You say "fall" and I am all over it. It is my favorite season and the time of the year that I get to start wearing boots, scarves, sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte...need I say more? Since I am in TX, fall and winter seriously mesh together into one season, with probably won't actually be here for another month or so, but it's so worth the wait.

Moving right along. When think of what a wardrobe staple would be for fall layering, I think of an over-sized sweater or cardigan that goes with everything...actually I would rather just wear a hoodie, but those are not always so attractive. In picking my pattern, I decided to step out of the box a little bit and find something that would also go with many outfits, but wasn't so easy, and decided on the Summer Kimono from Patterns for Pirates. Summer you say? This baby is not just for summer y'all!

I can really see the Summer Kimono being paired with so many things. I wish that I could have shown it paired with a few different outfits, but I don't have too many pieces for my capsule sewn up yet, so I will leave it to your imagination and will post an update those later on. I chose to pair it with a tee underneath and some skinny jeans with a skinny belt under my bust to give it a little more shape. I just LOVE this look...belts..who knew that they were for more than just belt loops!?! Anyone...anyone...Bueller???

Anywho, I am really loving this Kimono and think that I might just have to make a few more (or at least one exclusively for sleeping). I totally have worn it to bed the past few nights because it is so comfy and flowy...and comfy.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and make sure that you follow along with the Fall Pattern Showcase each week!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

{Back to School Capsule} The One with the Progress

So, my progress on my son's Back to School capsule wardrobe has been super slow. We started homeschooling last Monday, so between prepping for that and now teaching, life has been super busy. I hoped by now that I would have most everything completed, but that is not the case...I WILL get there though! Ok, ok...I will be totally honest and say that I have barely even gotten ANYTHING completed...2 items. Yes that is it :( I am so intimidated by creating a whole wardrobe...for real (remember my first post). I am working through my fears though and trying not to look at the whole picture, but instead just take it one piece at a time. That is all that one can do when they have any sort of fear right?!?

Enough about my fears....let's talk about fabrics for a bit. When I decided to make my son a back to school wardrobe, I was worried about the cost honestly (and I do think that is where a lot of my worries come from) and how I would be able to put everything together in a cost effective way. I went window shopping at various online fabric shops to find a good palette of fabrics and create a color scheme that would work well for my son (you can see that palette/swatches here). However, in order to save some money, I also went shopping in my husbands closet. MUAHAHAHA!!!! Actually, he recently went through his clothes and got rid of a ton of items that he doesn't wear anymore or that don't I went shopping through those clothes to upcycle and I am so excited that so many of them fit into the mix.

A few fabric shops that I have made purchases at are Phat Quarters ran by my sewing buddy Gemia as well as Purple Seamstress Fabrics, and Peek A Boo Patterns. Being a SAHM myself, I always love to support other SAHM's and their businesses first before I visit the larger retailers. I have always been treated so well, and the customer service is always just OVER THE TOP! It gives me warm fuzzies inside :) AAAAAND, if you like to save money (who doesn't) Phat Quarters just happens to be having a SALE on all of their KNIT fabrics all month long to make room for fall collections coming soon. No coupon is necessary.

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Even though I am still nervous about this whole project, I AM very excited to see how it all comes together. The Back to School Capsule Tour has already begun, so you can catch up on that over at Rebel and Malice and enter all of the fun giveaways. Thank you so much for stopping by and holding my hand through this process!