Monday, November 30, 2015

{ADVTee} by Sofilantjes


Have you seen the ADVTee (affiliate link) by Sofilantjes yet? It was released earlier this month, and it is just adorable! What drew me to this pattern, was the two different neck options. Option A is a simple V neck, and option B has a contrasting yoke with snaps (for kiddos with those big noggins). I just love the added bit of detail that option B gives, so I had to showcase that here today.


There are just so many options that you can utilize with this shirt. Great for using up scraps! Hoarding some of your favorite knit??? The yoke on option B takes just a measly scrap of fabric, but it is what makes this tee stand out from above the rest. I LOVE colorblocking options. Shoot. I think that it would be fun to use a different fabric for each piece...overkill??? I will definitely have to try it.


As many options as there are for this tee, I decided to go fairly simple for this look. I was going for a glorified pj look ;) How did I do? Each year I make each of my kids a pair of pj's for Christmas, so when I signed up for this tour, I figured that it would be a great opportunity to get started on them. I have been hoarding this Christmas knit from Riley Blake Fabrics for a few months now (why do Christmas fabrics have to be released so early in the year) in search of the perfect pj pattern to showcase. I just loved how well this pattern worked with it! I also paired Sofilantjes Domi Sweatpants with the tee for a complete look. The two tie together so well!


Even though I used these patterns for pajamas, they are perfect for an everyday outfit as well! I cannot wait to make more of these for my son. The tee is a slimmer fit in the chest, and my younger son is on the thinner side, so it fits him very well. The ADVTee is available in sizes 12 months to 14 years, so you can get a lot of use out of it over the years.


Alrighty, well how about a discount?!? You can't say no to that! Anne is offering a 20% discount from November 30th to December 6th with code "CELEBRATE".

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers on the tour!


Call Ajaire - Straight Grain - Nononsonsmoms

***The patterns used in this post were given to me for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Affiliate links used in post***

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

{Women's Bateau Garden Dress} by Winter Wear Designs + fitting tips




Oh MY! I just had to share the Women's Bateau Garden Dress with y'all! Would you just take a look at it....here, let me give you a little virtual twirl...




Ugh, it is just beautiful! The bodice features princess seams to fit your curves in all the right places, a waistband hitting you at the smallest point of your waist, and the option of a pleated circle skirt (pictured) or rectangle pleated skirt. Although I am not normally a fan of super high necklines, this boatneck is just gorgeous with the scoop back neck, and hits at just the right spot. Available in sizes 00-24.


Optionally, there are instructions included in the pattern to make a pettiskirt for a more full look (um...how fun is that). Now, I must be honest for a minute here. The pattern gives instructions for an invisible zipper to be installed along one side under the arm, however the fabric that I chose for this, had just the slightest amount of stretch (like 2%), so I was able to pull it over my head without a zipper. I know...CHEATER, cheater, pumpkin eater....sure...give me a pumpkin pie anyday and I will eat it ;)


Ok, another honest moment here. Rarely do I make muslins when sewing clothes for myself. Mostly in part that I know my shape and where I typically need to add or take away room when altering a pattern. This has come in the last year of sewing and really learning how to fit MY body! Now, two things that I ABSOLUTELY do recommend making muslins of are jeans/woven pants (did you ever see my Real Deal Jeans, also by Winter Wear Designs?!?) as well as woven dresses/tops...pretty much anything woven since there is no give...knits are a bit more forgiving. This one was by no means a compromise. The muslin was super quick to sew up though, so after doing so, I just slipped it on, grabbed my clips and figured out where it need to be taken in at. The process takes a bit longer, but in the end it is totally worth it because you have a garment that fits YOU perfectly...and that is the best feeling in the WORLD...trust me.

To learn a little more about how to fit yourself properly, here are a few tips:

Try the garment on and mark where and take not of how much the seams need to be taken in. I had someone to help me with this step since it can be tricky to do, especially on a back seam. The largest part that I needed to take in, was under my bust. By pinching it in to where the finished garment should fit, you will get an idea of how much to take it in. (ps. sorry for the big butt shot)



After measuring, I did a quick basting stitch to take it in and tried it back on to see if these alterations would be sufficient. If they are not, take it in a little at a time until you get the fit where you want it....remember PATIENCE!



In my case, I need to take each seam in by 1/2" on the front of the bodice. I took my pattern piece, made a mark 1/2" in on the bottom and a dot at the apex where I needed to stop. As I drew a line up to the apex, I mimicked the curve of the piece as much as possible by tapering in. ***NOTE: When measuring how much to take in the seams, DO NOT take into account the existing seam allowance that you have already sewn.***



Repeat with your front side piece.



Repeat for your back seams if needed.




So, there you have it...some quick tips/tutorial of how to fit yourself. This same process is used when fitting jeans as well. Just a little time and patience is all that it takes.



Now, head on over to Winter Wear Designs, and grab your Women's Bateau Garden dress while it is on sale!!! 25% off making it only $7.50, now through Cyber Monday!

Please let me know if you have any more questions about fitting and I will try my best to answer them.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

{Gracious Threads} A New Look + Jasper Joggers

If you haven't noticed yet, Jessica from Gracious Threads has a whole new look going on! She redesigned her site, as well as patterns, and opened up a new ecommerce store. I must say, it looks AMAZING! I really love the design work there...so make sure to go check it out and let her know what you think. To celebrate, she arranged a blog tour, showing off her patterns, AND she is offering 40% off, so go grab you some.


I chose to sew up the Jasper Joggers! These are a slim fitting jogger pant that you can use woven fabric with. I did choose to go up a size for my little guy for a more relaxed fit. They have front pockets as well as faux welt pockets in back. Available in size 2T-12.



I really love the look of them, and my son has not wanted to take them off. I used a lightweight corduroy on this pair, but they would look great in so many different fabrics...even knits. I am thinking they would make some totally awesome PJ's in flannel! I will add that to my list ;)







Thank you so much for stopping by, and don't forget to go visit the other bloggers and their takes on the patterns as well.


 


And, how about a giveaway?!? Leave me a comment below letting me know either what patterns you got in the sale, or which are your favorite!

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{Courtney} 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

{Pajama Party Pants} by Peek a Boo Patterns

Peek a Boo patterns just released the (affiliate link) Pajama Party Pants....and guess what? They are FREE!!! Say what?!? These are absolutely perfect for making your kiddos matching Christmas PJ's like I do...or non-matching too.


All of my children are desperately needing some new PJ's. How do they outgrow them so quickly? Well, these are a crazy quick sew. I believe they took me about 15 minutes from start to finish....no joke. They will make great gifts as well!




In order to get the pattern for FREE, head on over to the Peek a Boo Pattern Shop Group to get the code. Make sure to post your creations in the group after you sew them up!

{Courtney}

{Sybil Skirt} by Love Notions + a tutorial

Hello there! If this is the first time that you have stopped by my blog, welcome! I am so over the moon excited to share with you today about Love Notions new release, the Sybil Skirt (affiliate link). SOOOO much work went into this pattern, and I know that it was a labor of love for Tami.


The extra time and energy that went into the testing of this really shows, in my opinon. As usual, there are many, many options included in this pattern. Available in both midi and knee length the  styles that are included in the pattern are:
  • Pencil
  • A-Line
  • Drop Yoke
  • Asymmetrical Wrap
  • Gored
  • Swing
  • Box-Pleated
Available in sizes XS-XXXL, the other options included are pockets, and my FAVORITE option...the CONTROL TOP!!!! Being a plus size mama, I definitely can use a little "control" every now and then....more often then not I am sure. I chose to test the pencil skirt, much to my own surprise, it just really spoke to me. I know that I have said it a few times recently, but I am really enjoying stepping out of my comfort zone a bit more when it comes to my clothes.




Art Gallery so graciously sponsored the Sybil Skirt, and I decided to use the Morse Dot Knit in Sun designed by Katrina Roccella. Mustards are so trendy this year, and I have really enjoyed wearing the color. You can find more inspiration for Art Gallery Fabrics HERE. The quality of Art Gallery knits are like none other...so buttery soft and extremely comfortable to wear. As I was planning my skirt out, I did start to wonder if I needed a slip to wear underneath. The knits are not thin by any means, however, they don't have the thickness of a Ponte either. That is when I had the idea to just extend the control top from the skirt, down about 3/4 of the length of the skirt. This was THE perfect combo!!!




Because a pencil skirt is meant to hug your curves, it widens at the hips and then tapers in a tad at the bottom. As we create the...let's call it the "control slip", we are going to mimic these curves. Start by taking your control top pattern piece, and we will use it to create a new pattern piece. I like to use freezer paper for tracing patterns, but feel free to use whatever you are comfortable with. Place it on your paper and trace the top and sides, leaving the bottom open. Take you pattern piece away now, and we are going to freehand the rest...don't worry, you can do it!





See how I mimicked the curve of the actual skirt piece?!? Easy peasy! Now you can cut it out of your control fabric of choice, and sew it up as instructed. This control slip will now work with any of the styles the Sybil Skirt has to offer. I really loved how I felt while wearing it...definitely controlled and toned. It was very smoothing as well, which is a HUGE plus for a woman of any size. I used a dancewear spandex from Joann's that worked great for me! Tami also wrote up a whole post about her endeavors in control fabric, and you can find that HERE!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you for stopping by!

{Courtney}

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{Calvin Cargos} Momma Quail Pattern Tour

I can't stay away from pattern tours. They are just too much fun to stay away! When Momma Quail announced her's I knew that I definitely had to sign up. I have just about all of her patterns, including the Calvin Cargos that I will be talking about today.


Momma Quail is a fairly new designer, but she has definitely proved to be one of my favorites...especially for my boys. Her designs are so unique and the detail in her instructions are just impeccable!

When I read through the instructions for the Calvin Cargos, I will say that I was a bit intimidated at first. Putting together the pattern and cutting out all the pieces was a bit intimidating too...so many pieces. Remember how I said her designs were unique though? THIS is what makes her designs different. Once I sat down and read through the instructions a few more times and got a really good feel for what I was doing, I was able to calm down a bit and start planning them.

Originally I was going to make them a solid color, but I was trying to use up some extra scraps of fabric that I had a plethora of. I ran out of one color, so I continued on with another. Let me tell you. Seeing the finished result, I am SO GLAD that I did so. They turned out so AWESOME, that I am definitely going to be making a few more pair for both of my boys! If you are not scared to step out of your comfort zone, this is a great project for using up some larger scraps. How much fun would it be to color block them even more than I did?!? Lots of options.



I think that these pants are so versatile as well. You can go big or go home, like I did, or you can do a simple pair without all the pockets. Either way, I just adore the detailing on these. So many little pockets that are perfect for the little ones...what little kid doesn't stuff their pockets with little trinkets? Yep, these are perfect.



Amy has graciously given an amazing discount for her patterns for the length of this tour. Use the coupon code "MQPATTERNTOUR" for 30% off in the Etsy shop through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma  Quail Pattern sale in November - don't wait til Black Friday!

There is also a giveaway with three people winning one pattern of choice each.

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Thanks for checking in with me, and I will see you soon!

{Courtney}