Thursday, October 22, 2015

{Laundry Day Tee} by Love Notions


Well, the Laundry Day Tee has been out for almost a month now, but people are STILL raving about it! Yes, it is really that awesome, trust me. You can find it on sale for only $4.00 right now, which is an AMAZING deal. If you would like an even better deal ;) , head on over to Love Notions Pattern Support for an extra special coupon code.

The LDT comes in sizes XS-XXXL with both a scoop or v neck option, as well as 3 sleeve lengths and tunic length! About a months ago the weather here in TX was still super hot, so I opted for the short sleeve. However, now it is starting to cool off a little, with highs in the mid 70's to low 80's (yes that is "cooled off" for Texas lol), so I decided I needed a 3/4 length sleeve. I think that is my favorite sleeve length by far, and plan to make a few of these for my Capsule this year. Here is a quick pic of my 3/4 length version.



When I first made the tee, I was worried about the fit, but that is typical for me since my proportions are so different. As usual, with all of Tami's patterns, it fit me great! I did make the tunic length because I have a freakishly long torso, which was a great length for me.



I do want to talk just a minute about fabric choices. You will want a nice drapey knit for this pattern. That is what will make it lay nice and flattering for just about any body shape. If you use something a bit thicker with less drape, it would be wise to take a little off the width of the flair so that it doesn't make you look like you are wearing the tent. If in doubt, always make a muslin.




I am a big advocate for self sewing and dressing yourself with patterns that REALLY fit you! For so many years, I wore clothes that did NOT fit me, but before I started sewing for myself, I had no other choice. It really makes a huge difference in the flattering appearance of my clothing, as well as giving me much more confidence because not only are my clothes flattering, but they also feel great on!

Thank you for stopping by, and if you love the LDT as much as I do, make sure to check out what other patterns that Love Notions has to offer. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

{Courtney}

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

{Fix it All Overalls and Coat} by Momma Quail Patterns

When Amy, from Momma Quail Patterns, released first line drawings for the concept of the Fix it All pattern, I immediately had an idea spark in my head. The main intention/concept for this pattern is for creating costumes, and while everyone around me had this grand ideas of what they were going to create with it, I was over here thinking simplicity. You see, for some reason I got this vision in my head of a jacket that I remember my father wearing every winter when I was a small child. That is what I wanted to recreate.

I turned to google in search of an image of what I remember his jacket looking like and found this one. Now, it has been many years since I have seen his jacket, but this is what I remember it looking like (or fairly close...you get the idea). 

https://wanelo.com/p/20716745/vintage-khaki-barn-coat-denim-chore-jacket-ranch-coat-plaid-lined-jacket

So, now that I had my inspiration, it was time to get to work! I was pretty impressed with the way that it turned out, I must say. It really was almost right on with the inspiration. I was so obsessed with getting the lining just right, that I forgot pockets...ooops!



Ok, so let's talk about the pattern and what is included. First of all, there are quite a few different options in this pattern!!!!
  • Non-pieced Coat
  • Pieced Coat
  • Coveralls
  • Collar
  • Mandarin Collar
  • Hood
  • Button Closure
  • Zippered Closure 


 The FIA comes in a wide range of sizes, including 12 months all the way to 14 years! Your kiddos will be sure to grow with this pattern and have many years of fun and pay with it.

The construction of it was really very easy for the non-pieced version that I sewed up, but depending on the options, can take it to the intermediate skill level. What a great way to test yourself and work your way up to where you feel comfortable. I am really excited to use this to make my boys some "play" outfits...that would make a great Christmas present!!!! It is such a great base for a blank canvas for dreaming up just about anything you want.

The pattern comes with 4 full coloring pages of the pattern for you to sketch out your ideas. Wouldn't it be fun to let your child have creative range on it?!? Oh the possibilities! Amy also gives a tutorial for color blocking so that you can execute this idea flawlessly.

I have just fallen in LOVE with what Katy from Wild and Wanderful put together for her son's Halloween costume, so make sure you head over there to check it out.

http://wildandwanderful.com/blog/2015/10/ezra-costume

I do want to note that I lined our jacket, however the pattern does not include instructions to do so. I took some pictures along the way in hopes of doing a tutorial, but it is going to take me a bit of time. Especially considering I kind of just guessed along the way and used a bit of knowledge I had from other patterns that I have made. That is the beauty of sewing though...you can use so many techniques and mash up patterns to create virtually anything that you want!

I really enjoyed this pattern and I can see it getting so much use over the next few years and my boys grow. You can find it on sale now through Oct. 28th for 20% off (no coupon needed). Leave me a comment below letting me know what YOU would make with this pattern! Have you started making your kids Halloween costumes yet?!?

{Courtney}

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

{DIY Pattern Storage} Filing Cabinet Makeover


I am so excited to share this DIY today! I am all about repurposing old objects into new and exciting things. So, as I have been cleaning out my sewing/craft room recently, I was in search of something that I could use in my room to display some of my vintage sewing supplies on.

I went shopping at a few of my local Goodwill stores to see what I could find. As I turned the corner to the furniture, there I saw it....a rusty old filing cabinet. It was the most beautiful rusty old filing cabinet in my eyes!!!! At that moment I just could not contain my excitement. Not only was I going to make this beauty over and look amazing in my room, BUT I also knew that she would be perfect for housing my huge collection of PDF patterns......eeeeeeeeeeeek....it was perfect!!!! Do you want to know what made me even happier?!?! She only cost me $5.99...whoop!

I literally felt like I had to rush home and immediately get started on this project. It actually took me a few days, but there was no way she was going to sit all alone and unloved in my garage any longer than she had to (like some other projects have)....I am sure you feel me on that one. I wavered a bit over what color to paint her; white or a light turquoise?!? Ultimately I decided on a classic white so that it would match anything in the event that I change things up in the future.

Supplies needed for this project:
  • sandpaper 
  • Rustoleum 2X spray paint (1-2 cans)
  • new hardware
  • drop cloth/newspaper

Before I started I gave her a nice bath with a damp cloth. If you find one that is extremely dirty, you may want to use a small drop of dawn in a bowl of warm water to clean it off.  Next, I took off all of the hardware. Because I purchased from the thrift store, there was not a key to the lock, so I just left it on.


Next, you will want to give her a good sanding. If yours has a good bit of rust on it, take care to sand well in those areas. Mine didn't have but a few spots of rust, so I really was just sanding it to rough it up a little so that the paint would stick better.

After you are done sanding, you'll want to take a damp cloth again and wipe it down to remove all the debris from sanding. Let it dry COMPLETELY before painting. At this point, I used a piece of painters tape to cover the lock since I did not want this painted.


Now shake up that can of spray paint and get to painting. Make sure to do multiple light coats, letting it dry well inbetween. If you get too much paint on there at once, it will drip, and no one wants drips on their beautiful cabinet. I ended up doing about 4 light coats and using a full can of paint for this project. If you are using a darker color, you will probably need a second can. Priming is also a good option if desired. I also did not paint the inside of the drawers, so if you are wanting to do the WHOLE cabinet, you will definitely need at least 2 cans. Ultimately, you want to let her dry well overnight.

To measure for hardware, you will want to measure the space between the holes of the old handles. Mine was 4", so when shopping at the hardware store, you will want to look for handles with the same spacing. I do want to mention that I had to end up buying shorter screws for my handles due to the fact that the metal of the cabinet is super thin, and the hardware is normally meant for wood which is much thicker. I purchased 1/4" machine screws that matched the threads of the new hardware and a few washers. *Tip: take your hardware with you to the hardware store (unless you are smart and do it all in one trip...learn from my mistake and just buy them all at once) so that you can actually fit them and make sure they fit so that you are not making multiple trips.*



Now you can bring her inside and get her all pretty!!! Ever since using PDF patterns, I have stored them neatly folded in file folders, so it was an easy transition into the cabinet. If you currently do not have a storage system, you will need to purchase file folders (not hanging, as they will not fit).



I have been collecting some vintage sewing supplies and such for a while now, and they went perfect on top! On the wall I used an 18" embroidery hoop with a piece of my favorite fabric. I also hung up a "Create" sign that I purchased on clearance at Joann's. It spruces up my space, and at the same time, gives me a great bit of storage as well.




I hope that you enjoyed this DIY project; leave me a comment below if you did! If you decide to create your own, please be sure to share your finished creations on my Facebook page.

{Courtney}

Monday, October 19, 2015

{Telluride Henley} by Terra's Treasures

It's been a while since I have written a review. It's definitely not for lack of product, that's for sure....whew! I have been super busy with Capsule Wardrobes and testing, I just haven't had the time to write up review for everything. I have a running list though, so I will be working on those over the coming weeks!

I want to start with the most recent release. Terra's Treasures just released her Telluride Top, and in case you haven't jumped on the Henley train you NEED to! #sewallthehenleys


There are quite a few options included in this pattern that will give it such different looks depending on which you sew...making it very versatile. You know that I like my options!

Options:
  • scoop neck
  • henley
  • faux henley
  • hoodie
  • puffed sleeves
  • fitted sleeves
  • short sleeves
  • shirt hem
  • banded hem
  • high low hem
  • tunic length
Sizing (waist, bust hip):
  • XXS-- 25.25", 31", 33.25"
  • XS-- 26.75", 33", 35.25"
  • S-- 28.5", 35.25", 37.5"
  • M-- 30.5", 37.5", 39.5"
  • L-- 34", 40.5", 42.5"
  • XL-- 38.5", 44", 46"
  • XXL-- 39.5", 47.5", 49.5"
  • XXXL-- 43.5", 51.5", 53.5"
Skill level:
  • Intermediate or Adventurous Beginner 
Price:
  • $8.00 on sale ($12.95 regular price)


I chose to make the classic henley in tunic length because I like to live on the edge ;) The placket was actually much easier than I imagined it to be and went together very quickly. I ended up having to just sew the buttons on top over the placket because my machine was giving me fits trying to sew a buttonhole, but hopefully next time will be better. The instructions were very clear and straightforward for construction.

My fabric choice was a bit boring, but again, I will be using it for layering. Originally was going for the long sleeve so that I could wear all winter and layer, but I transcribed the yardage wrong onto my shopping list, so I had to go for the short sleeve. Now I can wear it all year long!!!!


I plan to make at least a few more of these, including a hoodie version, because it just looks like so much fun. The design is so unique! And even the scoop neck would make such an awesome layering tee. Yes, the options...they really make such great patterns that yield so many different looks.

Which option is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you will stay tuned!

{Courtney}

{Sunday Lately} Week 42

A day late and a dollar short...better late than never right?! What have you been up to this week?


This week's themes: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting

Doing: I have a few pattern tests that I have been working on this week. One of them just released [Telluride Henley from Terra's Treasures] and I am really loving how simple that you can go on this one and wear everyday. It is so comfortable that I actually ended wearing it to bed one day.



Appreciating: This week in homeschooling went REALLY well. Homeschooling is one of those things that you really just need to attack day by day. Was yesterday rough? Start today a new, and don't look back on tomorrow. We have had many struggles with schooling, so I am appreciating the fact that we were able to work though it flawlessly this week. What a blessing for mama ;)

Designing: I did a bit of work on our Halloween costumes for this year. Hubby wanted to be Beetlejuice, so we practiced a bit with his makeup this week. There are a few things that I need to tweak, but overall I am really happy with the result. I love playing around with costume makeup! I have still been pondering a bit on the kids costumes and how I am going to tackle them, but I think that I finally have the design plan down. I suppose that I need to work on that this week. The boys will be Ice Mario & Luigi and my daughter will be Ice Princess (not to be confused with Elsa).


Humming: I actually pulled out my old CD's this week and jammed out to some music from high school. It was nice to reminisce a bit about the carefree days, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. I am also loving listening to my favorite country station on Pandora.


Expecting: I have a bit of sewing that I am wanting to get done this week, including some unfinished products for others, testing, and Halloween costumes. Praying for a good sewing week and another great week in school. And, I just had to share what happened to me this week. My sewing buddies would understand. The wheel of my rolling chair popped off because I had SO much thread caught in there that I could no longer roll. HAHA! I pulled out all the threads and popped it back on, but I couldn't believe how much was in there. I really need to clean all the other wheels now!


Don't forget to check out the other Sunday Lately posts and link up if you choose to :) We will see you next week.

Sunday Lately with Katy, Nicole and Meghan.

{Courtney}

Sunday, October 11, 2015

{Sunday Lately} Week 41


Hey guys! How has your week been? Mine was a little off kilter, but we managed to get through it in one piece ;)

This weeks theme: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling

Planning: I have been working really hard to get a pretty solid idea of what my Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe is going to look like. Everything from swatches, fabrics, patterns...the whole shebang! I am getting really stoked about everything that I have so far and the overall look that I will have in the end, I just hope it all pans out as planned....we all know how that goes RIGHT!?!


Loving: Getting my house in order is always a constant struggle for me. For the past 2 years it seems as though I have been de-cluttering my house and trying to get it to the state that I want. I know that I need to have patience with this, as I have young children and I cannot set my expectations too high. I have however, been able to get my craft/sewing room looking quite nice if I must say so myself. I went thrifting this week and found a filing cabinet that I gave a makeover, but I don't want to go too far into that because I have a post all about it coming this week! Until then, here is a sneak peek.


Reading: I am not one that reads too much, honestly. I just never make time for myself, but I do enjoy to read sewing blogs though! Does that count? The only physical books that I have read recently are Squanto for my daughters homeschooling and the American Girl Kaya book series for her book club that she is in, which just so happens to go along with the time period that we are studying in school.

Wishing: Do I need to pick just ONE wish? I wish that our camping trip was not a month away. I have been dying to go camping for years! We have not been since the kids were born, but I think that they are finally at the age where it can actually be enjoyable...at least one can hope right!?! Like I mentioned above, I went thrifting this week, and was excited to find a few great deals on some camping supplies! Now to just wait for the week after Halloween so we can put it to use.



Feeling: I always have the feels....I am a feelings kind of person (in case you don't know me too well). This week, my biggest "feeling" I would have to say would be missing my parents. They only live an hour away, but I am very family oriented, and I miss them so much. I want to be able to see them everyday and I am so very thankful to actually have that sort of relationship with my parents <3 Aren't they the cutest? Yes, they have chickens, and they love them very much ;)


What have YOU been up to this week?

Make sure to stop by and link up your Sunday Lately and see what everyone else has been up to!

Sunday Lately with Katy, Nicole and Meghan.






Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my special project coming this week.

{Courtney}

Sunday, October 4, 2015

{Sunday Lately} Week 40

Hey guys! So, a super sweet and talented sewing buddy of mine, Katy, has a blog series that she a few others started a while back. Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup where you just post about what you have been up to that week. They even give you a theme for each week...SCORE!!!! I have really been loving to read everyone's posts for a while now, and finally decided to jump in as well.


Sunday Lately with Katy, Nicole and Meghan.

Today's theme is Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Applauding, Scheduling.

 Completing. If you frequent my blog, you know that I have been working on a HUGE project. I finally completed my son's Time {for school} Wardrobe Capsule, and let me tell you...that was a huge sigh of relief. I really enjoyed the process, but was also glad to be done. Also, my son was really excited to finally get to actually wear his clothes!



Visiting. On Thursday we visited Nana and Pop-Pop's house. They are going out of town and while they are gone, we are going to take care of their chickens! The kids love to play with the chickens and are such great helpers, so we are really looking forward to staying out there for a few days. I ended up taking some of our school out there to work on as well. They live more out in the country, so at night you can see a TON of stars! 

Repeating. Over the past few weeks, I have been really struggling with the mundane routine of life. Wake up. Eat breakfast. Do school. Eat lunch. Daily chores. Sew. Eat dinner. Bedtime. Nothing too exciting...which can be good or bad depending. The kiddos are all so strong-willed, so they seem to always be fighting. AND THEN....you find them like this and your heart melts. It kind of makes it all worth it, right?!?

 
A photo posted by Courtney Zadik (@wholesomemama) on

Applauding. Two words. Button. Holes. Those of you that sew, I am sure know what I am talking about. They sure can be a pain, but gosh...the end result is just beautiful. Every now and then my machine decides to stop too soon and not finish completely, so I have to go back and free hand to fill it in. I really applauded myself on this project! It is not the quickest sew, but the extra time that it takes you makes it all worth it. I mean look at that stylin' shirt! This is the Lumberjack Shirt from Patterns for Pirates that I made for my son's capsule.



Scheduling. It was a new month, so my planner got a bit more love! I have been so lax lately with using it, but October is just a super busy month, so I knew that is something that NEEDED to happen. And check out that pouch. OOH LA LA!!!! It was a pattern that I tested for and it is just AMAZING!!! Rabbit Rabbit Creations, Planner Pouch. I will have a review up for it soon!


Thanks so much for stopping by, and I will see you around next week!!!

{Courtney}