Monday, February 15, 2016

Bundle Up Women's: Sew Yourself Some Love!

It's Bundle Up time again!  This time, we got to sew ourselves some love, which in my sewing room, I don't sew for myself nearly enough!

I had been seeing so many women posting their "Knot Your Average" tops and loved the look, so I knew I wanted to make one for myself.  I looked around for something to pair it with and came across the Blank Slate Oceanside Pants.  They looked so comfy, I couldn't resist the chance to make a pair!

I have never really gotten along with sewing knits, so I'm on a mission to work with knits more.  This top was a great opportunity for me to spread my knit wings.  I used some of the Art Gallery knit that I had in my stash.  They're from different lines, but I liked how they looked together.

One of my favorite things about this pattern is that it has the option to make it breastfeeding friendly.  It also includes the instructions to make it into a maternity top/dress.

The Oceanside Pants are a wide leg, loose fit pant with a drawstring waist.  I made mine out of a medium weight denim fabric.

Since they are a loose fit, I could probably go down a size or two on them and have a better fit than I got with this first pair, but they are still comfortable in the size I made them.  The pattern goes by hip size because of the drawstring waist.

Come summertime here in Texas, I'll be making some more in the shorts version!  They are quick and easy to make, so whipping up more will be pretty fast.

I'm really happy with the two patterns I choose for this tour and I feel great that I was able to make myself some new clothes!  Bitty Bee usually gets all of the goodies from the sewing room.

Do you get to sew yourself some love?  It's a pretty great feeling.

Join us through the whole blog tour and don't miss a day!!!

Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 2     Feather's Flights
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 11   Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

Sunday, February 14, 2016

One Thimble Issue 10 Review

It's back!!!  One Thimble Issue 10 is now available and packed with some great patterns!

I chose a couple cute patterns for Bitty Bee, and I plan on making a few things for Gamer, too.

First, I tried the Jolie Skirt from FAM.  This was my first FAM pattern to make and I was very pleased.  The skirt has two options, either a pleated front or a flat front.  I made the flat front skirt out of some pretty Batik fabric I had gotten at Quilt Market.

I love that the pattern included an actual pattern piece for not only the skirt pieces, but also for the waistband, instead of just measurements.  To me, having pattern pieces for everything just makes cutting out so much easier.

The skirt was very simple to put together and took less than an hour from start to finish.  Bitty Bee wants to make more of them, and this is a pattern that she can easily make on her own (with supervision, of course).

I wanted her to have a shirt to match her new skirt.  I bought a plain t-shirt from the store and used the applique files from the Swoodson Says Adventure Flags (also in this issue) to show our creative side.  Freezer paper and fabric paint, plus some rhinetones, and she has an awesome custom shirt that perfectly describes her attitude.

I also made the Willow Dress from Bubby & Me for her.  For someone who has sewn her whole life, I don't have much experience with knit and I'm trying to change that.

I left the sleeve ruffles off when making this dress, Bitty Bee is starting to dislike them on her clothing.  Without the ruffle, the pattern opens up to possible color blocking with some contrast.  For this one, I kept it all the same.

Again, this pattern includes actual pattern pieces for all of the pieces, which makes cutting the fabric so much easier.

I also plan on adding some length to the bodice and making her some t-shirts with this pattern.

Issue 10 is full of great patterns, articles, and sewing advice.  Go pick up your copy today
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