Get Ready for Spring Ellie & Mac Blog Tour

Hey! I have no idea what day of this blog tour we’re on. I think day 18….? WELCOME to day 18 of the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring patterns by Ellie & Mac, and hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Just as an FYI, all Ellie & Mac patterns are 35% off right now. The discount is taken off automatically within the checkout cart – no code necessary. There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway hidden somewhere in this post. Haha. Normally they’re at the end. Not this time. You’ll actually have to read the blog to find it. She is perfection! Today, I’m featuring not one, but two Ellie & Mac patterns. The Sitting Pretty Collar Top pattern and the Be Smart Jumper pattern.Let’s start by discussing the elephant in the room. YES, I overlapped my collar too much. Ugh. I know. You see, I have a tendency to not overlap them enough, or to shift them when I’m sewing. And so I corrected the issue by OVERcorrecting. Ugh! But, as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m not too cool to admit when I’ve made a whoopsies. Don’t do what I did boys and gals, just follow the instructions and go slow when doing that part of the collar and everything will be fine. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the Sitting Pretty! PS – It comes in Women’s sizing too! The pattern has layers! Layers are my favorite thing. I love making all the sizes I don’t need disappear. This beauty can be made with less than a yard of fabric for any of the sizes. It’s sized 12-18months to size 12. You have the option of making the top with banded puff short sleeves or making a banded tank top.I made Danica a size 7 Sitting Pretty, and matched the collar and sleeve bands to her Be Smart Jumper. Her chest places her in a size 6, but her waist, height, and weight place her in a size 7. I’m ok with the top being mildly roomier in the chest. It gives her a bit of wiggle room to add a camisole or trainer underneath.The Be Smart Jumper is an amazingly fast sew. The nice thing about having Danica home when I’m sewing is that I can adjust as I go. I moved the straps in a touch from the suggested placement and played with their length a bit as well. The only tricky part is trying not to catch her (or myself) with a pin when trying things on mid creation. I totally stabbed myself three times!Where did she get those long legs from? Not her 5’4.5″ tall mother, that’s for sure. Since her chest measurement wasn’t a factor for the Be Smart Jumper, Danica fell within a size 7. She’s soooo leggy though, I think I’d add some length next time. It’s darling on her, but I know shorter skirts make her Dad want to send her to a nunnery. We aren’t even Catholic….The Be Smart Jumper can be made in a low waist option or a high waist option. I loved the look of both when going through all the photos included in the pattern listing. I literally flipped a coin to decide which version to do. Low waist it is. Whoops, almost forgot to mention sizing. The pattern has the same size range as the Sitting Pretty: 12-18months to size 12. I am in love with the grey floral fabric that Danica chose for this project. I have no idea what it is other than that it’s textured, I love it, and Danica found it in the bargain area of Fabricland. I want to make all the things with it.My sister has some pretty strong views about this whole outfit, especially the Be Smart Jumper. I guess I’ll be making a whole ton more and convincing Ellie & Mac to make a women’s version in the future. Thanks for swinging by. I so appreciate it. Drop me a comment confessing your undying love for me. Make sure you swing by the other blog stops on the tour:

  1. February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. February 5th: Violets and Jewels
  4. February 6th: Threadistry
  5. February 7th: Mama Can Make it
  6. February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  7. February 9th: Aurora Designs
  8. February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
  9. February 11th: Floral and Flannel
  10. February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
  11. February 13th: Minns Things
  12. February 14th: Our Play Place
  13. February 15th: Tenille’s Thread
  14. February 16th: Seams Like Style
  15. February 17th: Hutsepruts
  16. February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
  17. February 19th: My Sewing Roots
  18. February 20th: Manning The Machine
  19. February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
  20. February 22nd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  21. February 23rd: Sewjourns
  22. February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
  23. February 25th: Fee Bricolo
  24. February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
  25. February 27th: Big Fly Notions
  26. February 28th: Sewing Blue

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Red, White, and Pink Blog Tour (Sewing by Ti – Blog Tours)

Welcome to day 19 of the Red, White, and Pink Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti!Woah now. That’s not red, white, or pink! Don’t worry. This is an old sew. Two years and seven months ago I made this cute little Sew Like My MamaSnapdragon Dress for my oldest daughter. She was just a little over 6 years old then. She’s almost 9 now. At the beginning of the year, I wondered if I could make all of our clothing this year. Danica needed new pjs, and I desperately did not want to print a pattern with a million pages. Actually, if I’m being honest, I didn’t want to print anything with more than five pages. By opting to skip the sleeves, and do the tank version of the Snapdragon, all I had to print was two pages. Two pages. That’s it. Just the front bodice and the back bodice. You can choose to print the skirt and bands, or use the provided measurements. Woohoo for measurements! Thank you, Sew Like My Mama. I could easily turn the Snapdragon dress into a night gown. It’s all about fabric choice. A stripe interlock for the bodice. Cute Tinkerbell flannel for the skirt! Instead of bands around the neckline and armscye, I decided to use some picot lingerie elastic. I’ve been sewing with it a lot this month – making all the undies! So, why not use it here as well?Danica’s chest measures a size 6 in this pattern. She’s between a size 7 and 8 for height. I opted to make her a straight size 7. To make the nightgown a little roomier, and I didn’t mind it being a touch shorter. It is a night gown after all. The girls like to throw in a pose of their own. This is Danica’s pose idea. She was trying to pull off looking tired and ready for bed. I think she did a pretty good job. This tour isn’t over until the end of the month.

Let’s get inspired!
February 1st:Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th:Tenille’s Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
8th: EYMM
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th:Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th:Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th:Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs

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Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

Welcome to the 7th day of the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. First things first! Each of day of this blog tour, the featured pattern(s) will be on sale for THAT DAY ONLY! I’ve sewed up the Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu, and the bundle containing those patterns is on sale today. No coupon code needed, the price is already discounted. Second things second! Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery!

This is what you get when the seven year old asks to pose herself! I love it, so obviously it’s making the blog post.

I let River pick out the fabric for our matching Mommy & Me Lulus. This fabric is in direct violation of my grey, black, and drab wardrobe choices. I seriously don’t think I can mentally handle how shiny it is. That’s just the honest truth of the matter. Having said that, I did wear it to church on Sunday so that River and I could match, and I did get quite a few compliments on it. Maybe I could learn to accept a little shiny in to my wardrobe. Maybe! I also would have preferred a luscious sweater knit to this spandex concoction, but I did leave the decision up to my girly.

The hemline of the Lulu Dolman might just be my favorite thing. It’s an exaggerated hi-low hemline. I love how much longer it is in the back. Perfect for pairing with leggings. Since it’s a pretty curved hemline, wash away hem tape can be a pretty handy asset for securing that hem down. I’ve done quite a few curved hemlines this year already, so I skipped the hem tape and just pinned that sucker into place. For the Women’s Lulu Dolman, there’s also an option to bind that tricky curved hemline. I opted to just flip the hem up and stitch her down.

Now. I’m not afraid to admit when I’ve made a mistake. First off, the sleeve cuffs of my dolman are about 1/2″ too short. Total cutting error. You know when you fold your fabric in half and you don’t realize there’s a chunk missing out of the bottom half. Yup. Total rookie mistake. I opted to use them and just slice off the chunked off inch, but it did result in slightly shorter sleeve cuffs. I guess after this flub, I could have just done the banded elbow sleeve, or recut my cuffs, buuuuuuuuut…. I’m a wee bit lazy, I suppose. Also, it’s freezing cold out – I’m so not ready to lose my long sleeved tops yet.

Our internet was down for four days during the time that I was sewing for this tour. Thanks, Shaw! The under ground line in to our house cracked and it took four days before an aerial line was installed. I keep my “in use” patterns on my Dropbox, and hadn’t set them to be available offline. I figured, “no big deal, I know how to sew, I’ve made a dolman before, it’ll be fine.” And honestly, for the most part, totally fine. Except for my neckline. I attached it like any other band, right sides together. Not the technique used in the pattern. Ugh! So, my neckline is mildly off. Dang it! It’s not a huge deal, but it would lay flatter if it was done according to the instructions. I blame Shaw!

I found ONE minor mistake while making River’s Lulu Dolman. The order of construction was slightly out – one step had been moved out of order. Why am I pointing out an error with the pattern? Because of Petite Stitchery‘s response. They were gracious about me pointing out the little mistake, thankful I brought it to their attention, corrected it, and let me know the issue had been resolved. All very quickly, might I add. I think it’s important to remember that designers are human too. Mistakes happen. But, it’s how they choose to respond when these errors are pointed out, that really will let you know who this designer is. So, hats off to you, Petite Stitchery, for handling this situation with class.

The tour is nearly over, but here’s a list of the patterns that have been on sale, and will be on sale. Remember that each pattern is only on sale the day of the blog feature.

1. February 6th: Girls Periwinkle

2. February 7th: Girls Clover

3. February 8th: Girls Maize & Girls Lily

4. February 9th: Womens Cassidy

5. February 10th: Womens Lulu

6. February 11th: Girls Adelyn & Mama Adelyn

7. February 12th: Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu

8. February 13th: Girls Aria & Womens Bliss

9. February 14th: Girls Sapphire & Womens Flirt

Please, visit all of the wonderful blog stops on the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! We’d all appreciate it if you dropped a comment on our blogs! Let’s us know you stopped by.

1. February 6th: Seams Sew Lo

2. February 7th: Octaves of Color

3. February 8th: Our Play Place

4. February 9th: My Sewing Roots

5. February 10th: The Petite Sewist

6. February 11th: Aurora Designs

7. February 12th: Manning the Machine

8. February 13th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing

9. February 14th: On Wednesday We Sew

Don’t forget to enter to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery!!

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Swoodson Says – Roly Poly Critters and Sew Desu Ne – Mewnicorn

Welcome to Day 4 of the Best Christmas Toy Sewing Patterns Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. This blog tour is based on the blog post Best Homemade Toys to Make for Christmas Presents, and is sponsored by Phat Quarters and Seamingly Smitten! Stick around to the end for a link to a GIVEAWAY!Today I’m featuring two different sewing pattern: Roly Poly Critters by Swoodson Says and Mewnicorn by Sew Desu Ne.DSC_0154.JPGLet’s talk about the Roly Poly Critters PDF Sewing Pattern by Swoodson Says first. With this pattern you can make four different little creatures: panda, sloth, fox, and raccoon. I opted to make only the sloth and the raccoon. I also opted to do the whites of the eyes with fabric paint instead of cutting them out of fabric. You can see that the sloth’s eyes were touched by a very impatient three year old before they were dry. He just couldn’t wait. He wanted to cuddle and squish that sloth so bad. The finished pattern creates a fun little ball of a critter that is roughly 7″ across and tall. Obviously your choice of fabric and how much stuffing you put in your critter will effect the overall size of your finished product. More on fabric choice in a bit. DSC_0169See those little eye smudges. Ugh, what a guy. He’s so cute, so I had to forgive him. DSC_0180I filled the raccoon more full than I did the sloth, which is why it looks taller in all the photos, and the sloth looks more square and squashed down. The fabric for the sloth was also stretchier than that of the raccoon. Fabric choice will effect your overall look as well. More on fabric choice in a bit, again. I decided to add a little festiveness to the raccoon and added some Christmas Spirit essential oil blend before ladder stitching the raccoon shut. My sister, Sarah, noticed how nicely the raccoon smelt right away. Speaking of ladder stitching, this pattern mentions doing one, but doesn’t show how. I love ladder stitching, and you can find great instructions on how to do it with a quick google search.Photo 2017-12-05, 12 21 27 PM.jpgThis pattern is easy peasy. Very beginner friendly. And Baby Asher approved.Photo 2017-12-10, 12 43 09 PMThe Mewnicorn is a FREE pattern offered by Sew Desu Ne. Choly, the genius behind Sew Desu Ne, rates the pattern a 3/10. I’d agree with her. It is fairly simple, but there are a lot of details to the pattern. As with the Roly Poly Critters, I opted to finish off some of these details with fabric paints – like the whites of the eyes, the mouth, and the paw pads. I also enhanced the horn with some glittery fabric paint. You should have seen me panic when Mewnicorn was missing from my ironing board in the morning after doing this painting. Thankfully she was dry when my three year old boy stole her away. No smudges this time. Photo 2017-12-10, 12 31 49 PMLook at those cute little paw pads!Photo 2017-12-10, 12 34 35 PMThere are a few different facial feature options for the Mewnicorn. As well, the accents of the bangs and tail are optional. Within the PDF, Choly offers a great explanation of how the types of fabric chosen for this project will effect the overall look of the finished product. To summarize, stretch fabrics like fleece and minky will make a more squat, round shape, much like the sloth above. Non-stretch fabrics will look more elongated when stuffed, like the raccoon above. It’s a great explanation in the PDF. See, told you we’d talk about fabric choice again. Photo 2017-12-10, 12 34 20 PMThe Roly Poly Critters PDF Sewing Pattern can be purchased on Swoodson Says’ website, or on Etsy. The FREE Mewnicorn PDF Sewing Pattern can be found on Sew Desu Ne’s website, or on Craftsy. Who will you sew them up for? I made the raccoon and sloth Roly Poly Critters for my nephew, Asher. I’ll have to add the fox and panda to his collection soon. I’ll also have to make a sloth for my boy, as he was pretty broken up about giving it to his cousin. The Mewnicorn was made for my niece, Emily, who had a fever at the time photos were taken and didn’t make it on to the blog. The Mewnicorn was the most fought over item in the house. I’m sure each child absconded with her at one point. Photo 2017-12-07, 11 03 21 AMThanks for stopping by the blog, and don’t forget to stop by the other stops on the tour.

  1. December 11th: Intro by Seams Sew Lo
  2. December 12th: Stitched by Jennie
  3. December 13th: Sewing Blue
  4. December 14th: Manning the Machine
  5. December 15th: Threadistry
  6. December 18th: Sew Cucio
  7. December 19th: Oak Blue Designs
  8. December 20th: Kathy’s Quilts and More
  9. December 21st: Just Delphine
  10. December 22nd: Sewing by Ti
  11. Decmeber 23rd: Seams Sew Lo

A big shout out to the sponsors of this blog tour, Phat Quarters and Seamingly Smitten, for the awesome giveaway that can be found at the bottom of Seam Sew Lo‘s blog post.


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Seamingly Smitten Mommy & Me Ponchos

Welcome to Day 5 of the Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend with the previous days of this tour. Have you? Well, I’m here to break that lovely, fall backdrop trend. We’re bringing this blog tour to the frozen tundra of Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA! I really shouldn’t complain about “frozen tundra,” it is afterall a whopping 8 degrees today, (that’s roughly 46 for those of you on the Farenheit system). Without further ado…..Enter, the snowy backdrop!


I should also point out that while my title suggests this is a Mommy & Me gig going on, it is in fact Grandma & Me. Thank you ever so much to Grandma Pat for stepping in for this Mama – huzzah to wearing the same size! My kids have been battling the flu one after another, and while my oldest who is in the recovery stages was still willing to do her photos, this Mama couldn’t bear the thought of apply mascara or brushing my hair. Don’t judge. We’ve all been there. No?  Just me? Ooooookie dokie then. Carrying right along.

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Look at this gorgeous girl? It’s been two years since I’ve played around on this blog, (or with my sewing machines on a regular basis for that matter), and she’s grown so much since her last feature. She is rocking the Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho for Girls in a size 8. The girl’s pattern ranges in size 2T-16, and features curved or straight
sides, a cowl neck or cowl neck hood, optional kangaroo pocket and armhole slits! Shhh…. I stole that description straight from the site. Moving on from the plagiarism….

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Danica’s poncho is made of fleece, but the pattern can be made in a wide variety of fabrics from comfy flannel, to double brushed poly, to sweater knits, and more. Obviously keep the stretch, and hand of the fabric in mind when making your selection. That sounds like a public service message. For Danica’s poncho I opted for straight sides instead of the curved. And guess what? I didn’t hem them! Shock, gasp, amazement. It’s fleece. It doesn’t technically need to be hemmed. I hemmed the hood, can I get half a point for that? Other than not hemming, the pattern is followed to the letter. I think the only thing I might do for the next one is line her hood. I’m a sucker for a good lined hood. That’s my own person preference and the pattern certainly wouldn’t be better or worse off for it.

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Pat is rocking MY size XL Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho for Women, which comes in sizes XS-XXXL. That’s right, it’s still mine, I didn’t let her keep it, I’m rude like that. Just because I don’t want my photo taken doesn’t mean I don’t want my poncho. I mean, check out that stripe matching on the pocket. The side seams match spot on too, you just can’t tell from the photos. I don’t want to brag or anything, but, GORGEOUS! I love working with stripes, and the sense of accomplishment when then match up. Speaking of the pocket – I added length to the bottom of mine to line up with the stripes. I also lowered the position of mine. Ladies with bosoms, here’s my tip: either measure from your actual shoulder down to where you want your pocket to start and mark that length on your front piece, or lay the front piece of the poncho on yourself and mark with a pin on the fabric where you want the pocket to start. Whichever method you choose, if you have a bit extra to go over, you might not want to do this. You don’t want the pocket to end up mid bosom. It wouldn’t have been mid bosom, but you get what I’m saying. I also added length to my poncho. There are three different lengths you can choose from – petite, regular, and tall. I opted somewhere past regular but before tall, and only because I let the stripes be my guide on this poncho journey. Like Danica’s poncho I opted not to hem, and went with the straight sides again.

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The patterns come together really quickly. I think the longest part for me was taping the pattern pieces together, and that’s only because I’m super ocd about lining everything up perfectly. The beautiful thing about the pattern pieces is that the pages do NOT need to be trimmed, and they do NOT need to be overlapped. Huzzah! That’s such a win in my books.


The Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho sewing patterns can be purchased separately, or as a Mommy and Me Bundle. Bundling saves you some pennies, so if you know you’ll be sewing for yourself and the mini peeps in your life, go for the bundle. Seamingly Smitten is offering you a way to save quite a few pennies from now until December 17. A 40% off code is being offered for this blog tour, which is not only good for your poncho pattern purchases (yay alliteration), but the entirety of your purchases on the site. Use code: PONCHOTOUR.

seamingly smiten catherin blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo

Don’t forget to check out all of the stops on the Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo:

  1. Monday December 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  2. Tuesday December 5th: Aurora Designs
  3. Wednesday December 6th: Sewjourns
  4. Thursday December 7th: My Sewing Roots
  5. Friday December 8th: Manning the Machine
  6. Friday December 8th: Minns Things


Thank you so much for stopping by. Thank you for having me, Seams Sew Lo. Pop on over to Seamingly Smitten’s facebook group and give a big thank you for the discount code. Besides, you’ll never know when a free pattern, a new pattern, or more discount codes might pop up. Be in the know by joining the group.

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Day Tripper Top – Shwin Designs

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Dolmans! Everywhere I look there are dolmans. It’s not part of my regular tv show rotation, but I love this one Allison Janney wore on Mom. Actually, she rocks a lot of dolmans on that show. Not that I would know, because it isn’t one of the shows I normally watch or anything…. Ok! Fine! It’s a guilty pleasure. Much like toasted coconut cashews are my cheat snack. I’m getting off topic. Focus people. I recently sewed up two different dolman patterns. One was the Day Tripper by Shwin Designs. Let’s have a look at the pattern in the same way I broke down the Parisian by Go To Patterns last time. I’ll share with you my thoughts as well, and let you know the little flubs I made. That’s right, I’m not perfect. I make flubs too. And I’ll put them on display momentarily.
Also, much like my post about the Parisian Top, let’s get the blah blah blah out of the way. Guys… This is totally a copy and paste, because I’m lazy like that. I’m a Brand Ambassador for Go To Patterns. I know, I’m oh so professional with my previous “blah blah blah.” It’s just how I roll, guys! I received this pattern for free, but all thoughts, opinions, and whatnot within this blog are my own. Also, links to Go To Patterns website are affiliate links. Basically, I get a little kickback when you purchase patterns through those links. However, it doesn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t want to use an affiliate link. I totally get it. No hard feelings. Still besties! The links in the first paragraph are non-affliate, just in case you want those. Alright, let’s get in to it!
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PDF Overview
– The Day Tripper Top by Shwin includes a few different options. Short or long sleeve. Both options are banded. I do wish there was a ¾ length sleeve option, but went with the long sleeve. Optional shoulder tabs. I opted to leave them off. It features a slight hi-low banded hem line. It’s very slight, in my opinion. There are three different lengths included – 24, 26, and 28” lengths. I made the 28” length. There is also an optional side seam pocket.
– The sizing for the pattern is women’s XXS (bust 30-31, hips 33-34) to XL (bust 41-44, hips 43-44). The sizing information is included in the pattern listing on Go To Pattern’s website. Handy! I like being able to see a size chart before purchasing a pattern. **I fell within the Medium size range, and that’s the size I made.
– The size chart also includes finished measurements for the bust and hips. Having these measurements can allow for customization of fit, depending on how much ease you want in your final garment. If I were to do it again, depending on the fabric that I use, I might size down to a small. There is a significant amount of ease.
– The pattern is rated as an intermediate skill level, according to the pattern listing.
– The pdf is 33 pages. The first 5 pages include (these aren’t listed in order): the cover page, size chart, fabric requirements and suggestions, tips for working with knits, tips and terms for sewing the pattern, and how to select the perfect size. The next seven pages are the main instructions for the pattern. Then there is a printing guide page, right before the pattern pieces. The pattern pieces take up the last 20 pages.
– As mentioned above, the fabric requirements are listed within the pattern. They’re listed within the size chart. You’ll need 1.5 – 2 yards of knit fabric to make the top. It’s noted that medium weight cotton spandex have the best results. You’ll also need 1/8 yard fusible interfacing and two 1” buttons if you do the shoulder tabs.
– A cutting guide is not included within the pdf.
– Photographs are used throughout the pdf, except for the two diagrams used to illustrate how to select the perfect size. I generally prefer illustrations over photographs, so this is a win for me.
– The actually assembly instructions start on the sixth page.
– The seam allowance is 3/8” and is noted on page 3 as part of the “Tips and Terms for Sewing the Pattern” section. The seam allowance is not noted on the pattern pieces.
– All measurements within the pdf are imperial. Sorry metric users! I’m Canadian and on the metric system and I sew in imperial, so the use of imperial only doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
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Pattern Pieces Overview (pages 14-33)
– The pattern pieces are included at the end of the instructions. No separate files. The pieces start on page 14 and run through the end of the pdf at page 33. That’s 20 pages to print. The print guide is included on page 13.
– There is a 1″ measuring square included on the first pattern page.
– A sizing key is not included within the pattern pieces. You’ll have to refer back to page 2 before selecting and cutting your size.
– The sizing is differentiated by different colored lines, and not a varying dashed/solid lines system.
– The pages are not no-trim pages. You’ll have to trim a side and a top/bottom. OR, if you have a light table, or big window, just use that. That’s what I use.
– Each pattern piece is labelled with the pattern name (The Day Tripper Top), the designer name with logo (Shwin Designs), piece name, cutting directions, fold lines are marked, direction of stretch is marked on all pieces with two exceptions: it is not noted on the pocket piece, and the shoulder tab, both of which make sense to me. The seam allowance is not noted on any of the pattern pieces.
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A few more notes and thoughts
– I’d mentioned in the preamble of this post that I’d share my flubs with you. Well, I’ve made this pattern twice. First I made the sliver, glitter stripe, and then I made the purple sweatshirt. For the glitter stripe, I really was not paying attention to the instructions. Which I’m often guilty of. When it came time for the neckline, I folded my neckband in half, and attached RST to the neckline. Errrr! Wrong! I couldn’t figure out why it looked and laid funny. I figured that I had measured the piece wrong and cut it too big. That might still be a possibility. When I’m cutting stripe fabric I never cut anything on the fold, so I measured the pattern piece, doubled, and cut. Could be a bit of math/measuring error there. BUT, I also ignored the instructions which have the neckband attached as a single layer (not folded in half) right side, to the wrong side of the neckline. Then folded, folded again, and sewn. That’s the quick and dirty explanation. The pdf obviously explains it much more eloquently.
– I also flubbed on my purple sweatshirt and accidentally stretched out the bottom hemline which attaching the hem band. UGH!! It would be perfect if I hadn’t made that rookie mistake. And if the thread I used to sew down my neckband had matched better. Those two things, and it would be perfect.
– The pattern skips about a bit in the instructions, which is mildly annoying. The instructions are only 7 pages long, so it really isn’t that big of a deal, it’s just mildly annoying. For example, at the end of step 1 it mentions to skip to steps 22-24 for the shoulder tab. After that you’ll want to check out what step 2 is, right? Right at the top of step 2, it states that if you are doing pockets to do steps 25-26, and then continue to step 3. I should note that step 1 is for the short sleeve option. If you are doing the long sleeve option, you’ll start on step 8, and do all of the above jumping about again. To be fair, you’ll only jump about if you are including the shoulder tab and pocket options. And it is only 7 pages of instruction total. Aaaaannnnddd. I’m probably being far too picky.
– Melly, of Melly Sews, made a Day Tripper in an awesome floral print as part of the Pattern Anthology Just Add Jeans blog tour. I wish I knew where you lands on the size chart and what size she made. Her top looks like it has less ease in it than mine.
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Would I make it again? Would I make any changes?
Yes, BUT, I think I would size down to the small and see how I like that. As mentioned previously, there is a significant (6-7”) amount of ease built in to the pattern at the bust. By sizing down to the small, there would only be 4-5” of ease throughout my bust. I’d just like to try that, as I feel like it’s a bit too much ease for me as is. I love longer tops, but the 28” cut line might be slightly long for me. I’d try the 24” cut line next time. I’d also try not to flub the neckband and stretch the hemline. I might try a different length as well. This pretty much sums up how I feel about my sewing flubs.
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I’m going to throw some links your way, just so you can stay in the know.
Day Tripper Top (affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (affiliate)
Day Tripper Top (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns Facebook Page
Go To Patterns Group *while the pages are handy to know about sales and stuff, the groups are far more interactive. I prefer groups to pages.
Go To Patterns on Instagram *check out those awesome shirts! I want them all. Feel free to send me a handful.
Andrea Pannell on Pinterest *say goodbye to your afternoon if you click this one.
Go To Patterns on Twitter *I don’t Twitter, or tweet, or twerk, or whatever the cool kids are calling it.
Sign up for the Go To Patterns newsletter *It doesn’t matter to me either way. But, the newsletters do have cool things in them
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Shwin’s website
Shwin’s Facebook Page
Shwin’s Facebook Group
Shwin is having a huge sale at the moment. Today, you can get the diamond dress pattern on sale when you use the code DIAMOND. You can see the diamond that I made within the pattern listing. I’m wearing the orange dress on the bottom row.
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Parisian Top – Go To Patterns

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A little self-care sewing going on in my house this week; in the form of the Parisian Top by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns. I needed a break from the madness that is Halloween costume sewing. Seriously, guys, my 3 year old wants to be Gruff the Neverbeast. How am I suppose to do that? My brain needed a break.
Before we get in to this post too much, a little blah blah blah first. I’m a Brand Ambassador for Go To Patterns. I know, I’m oh so professional with my previous “blah blah blah.” It’s just how I roll, guys! I received this pattern for free, but all thoughts, opinions, and whatnot within this blog are my own. Also, links to Go To Patterns website are affiliate links. Basically, I get a little kickback when you purchase patterns through those links. However, it doesn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t want to use an affiliate link. I totally get it. No hard feelings. Still besties! The links in the first paragraph are non-affliate, just in case you want those. Most important thing I want you to take away from this blog post – #audreycatburn. I’m joking. But, it might be my new favourite hashtag ever! It’s all over my instagram at the moment. Alright, let’s get in to it!
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PDF Overview
– The sizing for the pattern is women’s XXXS (bust28-29, waist 22, hips 28-30) to XL (bust42-44, waist 38, hips up to 48). The sizing information is included in the pattern listing on Go To Pattern’s website. Handy! I like being able to see a size chart before purchasing a pattern. **I fell within the Medium size range, and that’s the size I made.
– The pattern is rated as an intermediate skill level.
– The pdf is 39 pages. Pages 13-16 are the main instructions for the pattern. Pages 17-39 (that’s 23 pages) are the pattern pieces. The first 12 pages include (these aren’t listed in order): the cover page, index page, measuring chart and information (including a diagram), fabric requirements and suggestions, fabric cutting guide, design ideas to get those creative juices flowing, simple full bust adjustment, how to lengthen the bodice (*note that I lengthened mine 3″), printing and pattern assembly, and tips for working with knit fabric including information on stretch percentage and recovery.
– As mentioned above, the fabric requirements are listed within the pattern. They’re listed as 2 yards of knit fabric with at least 25% stretch. A suggestion of fabrics is included. 1/4 yard of knit interfacing is listed as an option. No. Not an option. Get some. Use it! Your collar will thank you. Woven fabric can be used for the collar.
– There is a cutting guide included. I really appreciate a cutting guide that doesn’t have the top of my front bodice one way, and the top of my back bodice another way. I like my fabric to all run in one direction, even if that fabric is a solid print. I feel like there is a difference, like my one piece is cut upside down. I approve of this cutting guide.
– Illustrations are used throughout the pdf. There is a photo on the cover page, as well as the index page. I generally prefer illustrations over photographs, so this is a win for me.
– The actually assembly instructions start on Page 13. Right at the top of this page the seam allowance is noted, as are the definitions of RST (right sides together), WST (wrong sides together), and what the shading for the illustrations mean.
– All measurements within the pdf are imperial. Sorry metric users! I’m Canadian and on the metric system and I sew in imperial, so the use of imperial only doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
– Andrea provides her email address at the end of the tutorial, should you need any further assistance!
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Pattern Pieces Overview (pages 17-39)
– The pattern pieces are included at the end of the instructions. No separate files. The pieces start on page 17 and run through the end of the pdf at page 39. That’s 23 pages to print.
– There is a 1″ measuring square included on every single page! Handy!
– The pattern pieces are broken up in to sections. A – front bodice, and neckline – 6 pages. B – back bodice – 6 pages. C – sleeve – 6 pages. D – collar – 2 pages. E – sleeve band – 1 page. F – hem band – 2 pages.
– Since the pattern pieces are broken down in to sections, it makes taping/gluing easier. You’re not trying to tape all 23 pages in one shot. You can break them up in to little groups. I think this makes user errors less likely, and the accuracy of taping a little better.
– There is a sizing key chart in every section. That’s 6 key charts!
– The sizing is differentiated by varying dashed/solid lines. The sizes are not colored. All lines are within a gray scale.
– The pages are not no-trim pages. You’ll have to trim a side and a top/bottom. OR, if you have a light table, or big window, just use that. That’s what I use.
– The front and back of the sleeve are labelled. There is a notch at the front sleeve, as well as a coordinating notch on the front bodice armscye.
– There are marks on the sleeve to note where the gathering threads will go.
– There is a note to mark the center of the front bodice on your fabric. Do it. It will come in handy when you want have to position your collar.
– Each pattern piece is labelled with the pattern name (Parisian), the designer name (by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns), piece name, cutting directions, the seam allowance is noted, fold lines are marked, direction of stretch is marked on all pieces with two exceptions: it is not noted on the collar piece, which makes sense because a woven can me used, and it is not noted on the neckline trim piece, which I think is an oversight.
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A few more notes and thoughts
– Step 1 (page 13) has a little tip to stay stitch the neckline. Don’t skip this. Do it. You’re going to be man handling the neckline a lot, do the stay stitching so nothing stretches out. For me, I like to stay stitch directionally. I start at the shoulder seam and then go to the center front and stop. I start again at the other shoulder seam and stitch to the center front again. Then I repeat for the backside. It’s the way I was taught. It’s ingrained inside me.
– Step 2 (page 13) mentions that the easiest way to gather the sleeves is to run one row of gathering stitches. Do two. It is easier to do one. It looks nicer to do two. It does mention this as well. You could even do three if you really wanted.
– It isn’t mentioned in the pattern, but I understitched my collar within step 8 (page 15). I think it makes the collar sit a little nicer, and you can’t see any of the stitching from the topside, so it doesn’t ruin the look.
– The pattern comes with a 3/4 length sleeve only. I would love long and short sleeve options.
– The top is finished with bands on the sleeves and hem. Love hem bands! Band all the things!
– I added 3″ of length to my top. I just love longer length tops – it’s a body awareness thing for me. I don’t think adding length is necessary though.
– My sleeves really are banded. The pictures don’t show them well. I always push my 3/4 length sleeves up to right above my elbow. The sleeves come down just past my elbow when they’re not pushed up. Where the sleeve and band meet hits right at the bottom of my elbow, if that helps give an idea of how long the sleeve actually is.
– The collar piece is a cut on the fold piece. Because my fabric is directional, and I didn’t want #audreycatburn to be upside down, I cut my collar pieces out as two pieces. If you are going to do this too, don’t forget to add a 3/8″ seam allowance, or your collar will be too short. I still cut my interfacing as one piece on the fold, and attached it once I had my collar sides joined.
Julia Bobbins made the Parisian a few times as part of Pattern Anthology’s Just Add Jeans blog tour. Don’t know who Julia Bobbins is? For shame! Get thee hence to her blog!! Anyway. In her post she says “I made the top in a small size as I likes my stuff nice and fitted.” The statement makes me think she successfully sized down. It isn’t meant to be an overly fitted top. Mine does look looser than hers. If you’d like a more fitted top, I’d say you could easily go down a size and be just fine.
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Would I make it again? Yes. Delia, of Delia Creates, made one for the Pattern Anthology Just Add Jeans blog tour. She used a stripe fabric that I’m fairly certain I have. Or, it’s close at least. I love her’s, and might just make one similar to it. Different collar. I’m not a total copy cat. Would I make any changes? I’d keep the length that I added. Again, that’s a me and the level of comfort with my body thing. I’d maybe be brave and try a smaller size, just to see how I like it. But if we are being honest, making a size M instead of my normal XL made me nervous enough as it was. Other than that, or anything mentioned previously, no. I think it’s a fairly solid pattern as is.
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I’m going to throw some links your way, just so you can stay in the know.
Parisian Top (affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (affiliate)
Parisian Top (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns Facebook Page
Go To Patterns Group *while the pages are handy to know about sales and stuff, the groups are far more interactive. I prefer groups to pages.
Go To Patterns on Instagram *check out those awesome shirts! I want them all. Feel free to send me a handful.
Andrea Pannell on Pinterest *say goodbye to your afternoon if you click this one.
Go To Patterns on Twitter *I don’t Twitter, or tweet, or twerk, or whatever the cool kids are calling it.
Sign up for the Go To Patterns newsletter *It doesn’t matter to me either way. But, the newsletters do have cool things in them. I signed up today (shh, I was neglectful with my sign up), and the special offer included in my newsletter is the Belinda Dress ($9) and Go To Leggings for Girls ($10) for $8 bundled together! That’s more than 50% savings. So, sign up for the newsletter.
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Benylin and Sewing: A Cautionary Tale

This post originally appeared Crafting Con for the My Little Pony theme on July 10,2015

Hi, I’m Laura from Manning The Machine. Back again. Sick of me yet? You might remember me from Disney (Non-Princess), Doctor Who, and Harry Potter. Now I can add My Little Pony (MLP) to my CraftingCon score card. While this guest post is suppose to be about my MLP inspired crafting, and it will be, it might as well be renamed “Benylin and Sewing: A Cautionary Tale.”

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I signed up for MLP month with plenty of time to hash out my plans for this month’s make. I actually didn’t even need to think about what I wanted to create. Cutie Mark Crusaders (CMC) capes! I have three girls, “we are three little ponies…” It just made sense to me to make the girls some CMC capes. Maybe make some cute accessories – like a red Apple Bloom worthy hair bow. Unfortunately, I ended up with time for only one cape. Because… Life! When I finally had a chance to sew my capes, I had the worst cold, and was in a Benylin induced haze.

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Let’s just say I don’t really do well with any sort of “fix ya up” medication. Baby Tylenol makes me feel stoned. It’s for babies, guys, come on! When they gave me the little blue pills before my wisdom teeth removal, I was hallucinating about blue and yellow bears on roller coasters. I lost a week in my time line thanks to the post-op Tylenol. Do you understand what I’m saying? My deadline had suddenly arrived, and I was hopped up on Benylin.

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Firstly, I have never cut myself on my rotary cutter before. I’m sure we’ve all heard the tales of people slicing finger tips off with them. I often shake my head as to how this happens. Now I know. These people are rotary cutting in a cloud of Benylin. That must be it! Thankfully it wasn’t my fingertip, just a huge slice down my thumb nail. But still… Ouch!


Next, pinning the cape together. Oooh, why is this edge not matching up? That’s ok, I’ll just pin it how it does line up and trim the excess off. What? No! I should have stopped here, and double checked everything. Benylin Laura also decided to serge all the way around the cape. Yeah. I can’t do little curves on my serger at the best of times. Unless you are some sort of wizard who can serge those little curves flawlessly, just follow the instructions.


Don’t even look at my topstitching. It’s the worst. I did however have enough mental smarts to not bother stitching around the appliqué. I should go back and do it once I’m better. If I had done it in the moment it would have been a hot mess. Also, I burnt myself on the iron while putting the appliqué on. That was my breaking point.

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For the cape I used EYMM’s My Little Super Hero Set. Do not judge the pattern based on my hot mess of a cape. I’ll make this pattern again when I’m no longer sick, post it on my blog, and you’ll see the difference. My hot mess of a cape is entirely because of the Benylin fog and not the pattern. The designer, Kymm, is awesome and knows what she’s doing. She’s also the Boob Queen. Seriously, if you ever have a bust fitting related question, I am sure Kymm would know the answer.


For the appliqué, I found a CMC emblem on google, and blew it up until it was roughly the same size as the appliqué pieces from the EYMM pattern. I traced it right from my computer screen. Very carefully. Very lightly. No pixels were harmed in the tracing process. I split the emblem in to three parts – pony, background, outline – and put each on some lite Heat N Bond. Have you noticed that my emblem is actually a mirror image of what it should be? I forgot to reverse my image while tracing it out on the Heat N Bond.


Lesson learned: Benylin and sewing don’t mix! My cape is a hot mess! But Elle loves it anyway.


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Mandy K Designs – Knock off & Costume Hacks Blog Tour

I’ll admit that shortly after signing up for this blog tour, I was completely uninspired. Why did I pick The Princess Party Dress?! Why?? Our house already looks like the princess aisle of Toys R Us threw up all over it. Did I really need to add to the princess-fairy-unicorn-pink-purple tornado that is our current existence? I sat my girls down and asked them what they wanted to be for Halloween. River, my 4.5 year old, “A fairy! A butterfly, princess, fairy!” Greaaaaaat! Elle, my nearly 3 year old, “Tinker Bell and a Neverbeast” “So, Tinker Bell?” “No! A Neverbeast. Gruff. I be Gruff!!” Wow! Creative! Unexpected! Doesn’t work with a princess dress pattern. Moving on. “Danica, what do you want to be?” Brace yourselves for the princess response from the 6 year old. “A vampire. I want to be dark and scary. With teeth. And blood.” THAT, I can get behind!
Isn’t she terrifying?! Oh my goodness, Danica perfectly captured the look I was going for in these photos! Wait. Wait, wait, wait! Or…. In the words of The Doctor “Shut up! Shut up, shut up, shuttity up…up…up!” More pictures, and then we’ll carry on.
Ah! I just love them all so much! Normally doing a photo shoot with Danica is so much work. There’s a lot of “please, please smile, Danica, please.” And convincing her to do the poses that I need. Not this time. She was perfect. A natural, terrifying, little demon! As previously mentioned, I used Mandy K Designs Princess Party Dress to make this Halloween costume. If you check out the pattern link, you’ll notice a few minor changes. Let’s break it down!
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The original Princess Party Dress features a bodice and skirt with that triangle piece. Very princess worthy. Step 1, chuck the skirt curve piece away. It didn’t work with the look I wanted to capture. Step 2, toss the upper and lower front bodice pieces away too! I decided the original curved lines on the front of the bodice also weren’t working for my edgy little vampire. Just a little too princessy. I also tossed the upper and lower back bodices pieces away too. I used the back lining piece for both my main and lining fabric. Step 3, since I nixed the skirt curve, I also needed to nix it from the bodice. Fold the triangle of the front bodice piece (actually it’s the front bodice lining piece) up, so that there’s a nice straight edge there. Step 4, trace the bodice so that it is one full piece. Step 5, slash it! Now there’s left and right bodice pieces, instead of the original upper and lower pieces. Step 6, add seam allowances along the slash. Don’t accidentally add them to the bottom, like I did on my right bodice piece. Step 7, cut fabric, sew, follow the pattern directions, blah, blah, blah. Step 8, admire your work! Any of that make sense?
Oh wait…. There’s more. My skirt is way fuller than the one the pattern suggests. For started, I only followed the length measurement. My width is a bit more, making the full width of my skirt a little more that 3.5 times the width of the bodice. It is A LOT of skirt to gather. Here are my gathering tips! Divide your skirt in to eighths. Run two lines of gathering stitches along each section. Yes, two. For even nicer gathers, be bold and do three. So, start with long thread tails, do a line for one eighth section, stop, leave long thread tails, go back to the start of that section, and run another line about 1/4 inch away from the first line. Do that for each of the eight sections. It’s tedious. Very, very, very tedious! But, I promise that when you go to gather the skirt to the bodice, it will be less frustrating, and the end result will be so lovely. One more suggestion. To keep all those long thread tails in check, knot them. I knot mine before I even start a line. Just tie the top and bobbin thread end together. Do a line. Snip. Tie the end that are attached to my skirt. Tie the ends left at the machine. And then I tie the two lines together. Check the above picture, you can kind of see what I mean. Or maybe it just looks like a mess of thread?? Like I said, tedious. Tedious to the point of obnoxious. But the end result is worth it. My skirt is also different, because instead of cutting one front and one back for the skirt, I cut 8 pieces, 4 fronts, 4 backs. I have a layer of the red satin that matches the bodice. That’s more of a burgundy, isn’t it? No matter. I have two layer of black netting. And then I have the black and gold overlay. Lots of width to my skirt. Lots of layers. Makes for one giant skirt! Love it!
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She had a whole backstory for herself during these photos. Her name is Sienna, and this is the place that her mother is buried… Oooook.
That was her Dad’s photo idea. You should see the first one.
Ok. Back to blog tour business. Today is the last day of the blog tour. You can check out all the participating blogs at their links below. Head on over to Mandy K Designs website, if you’d like to make your own vampire worthy costume, or a princess dress, or a Christmas tree, or Cleopatra, or you just want to add to your pattern library in generally. Use the code MKDblogtour2015 for 30% off your purchase. The code is valid through October 11th.

Quick notes on my accessories. The cape is from Meg McElwee’s book Growing Up Sew Liberated. Instead of adding the hood, I cut the collar the width of the neck opening, by 5 or 6 inches tall. I can’t remember which and it is tucked away in the bedroom of a sleeping vampire right now, so I can’t check. I curved the short edges of this piece inward, starting 3/8 inch (seam allowance) from one long edge. I made mine out of felt, so there was no need for sewing anything right sides together and turning. Except for when I attached the collar to the cape, because I wanted that seam hidden. The collar is five layers, to help it stand up – two red, fusible felt, two black. It would have been fine without the fusible layer in the middle.
The “bat” wings are actually dragon wings from Bobbin for Appliques. There are bat wings, but I loved the look of the dragon wings the best. These were done in a 4×4 hoop. Next time, I’ll make them bigger. If you have an embroidery machine, check out Bobbin For Appliques!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my hack of Mandy K’s Princess Party Dress. Thank you Deb and Amanda for having me along on the blog tour. But mostly, thanks for letting me bombard you with pictures. Here’s a handful more, just because I love them all!
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Alright. Alright. I’m done. There’s more over on my instagram if you want to check those ones out too.

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EYMM Hoodie Blog Tour

BAM! I made a hoodie for myself. Check it out!!
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How awesome is it?? So freaking awesome, that’s how awesome. I found this fabric at a for charity sale that happens right around my birthday. Fabric is donated and priced at $1 per meter. This fabric was $2! TWO DOLLARS! Holla! I love it. I’ve been waiting to turn it in to a hoodie for myself ever since I got my hands on it in April. The EYMM Hoodie Blog Tour was the perfect opportunity to bump this project up to the top of my sewing list. Cheers to selfcare (or selfish, however you want to look at it) sewing!

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I used a zipper that was a little longer than I actually needed. When you reach the zipper construction portion of the instructions there is a link to Threads Magazine’s tips to shorten a zipper. I had a plastic zipper, and the article mentions using “nippers” to remove the excess zipper teeth. My initial thoughts: “Who the heck has these “nippers” just laying about? Crazy people, that’s probably who.” And off I wandered to my husband’s man cave beside my sewing room, doubtful that I’d find what I’d need.

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Yeah. Count my husband as one of the crazy ones. Just a few “nippers” laying about.

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During the sewing process, I posted a few photos on my personal Facebook and Instagram. When I posted the final hoodie someone asked if I was a baby carrying Mom. Truth be told, only occasionally. With four little kids, I probably should baby wear a lot more than I do. The question did get me thinking… How does the Asymmetrical Hoodie stand up to baby wearing?

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Not too shabby, actually. The fit of the hoodie isn’t form fitting, as it is meant to be a unisex garment. My chest measurement puts me in a women’s large (or D, since the pattern uses a letter sizing system). There’s enough room, and enough stretch in my fabrics, for me to wear my 13 month old, Jackson, in my Ergo carrier. However, it is a snug fit, so if you’re planning on making the hoodie or vest with the purpose of baby wearing, I would maybe go up one size.


I love it. There are a few things I’d switch up for next time though. Thumbholes! I need them! I’d make cuffs with thumbholes next time. Also, it can be pretty freaking cold here, even in the fall. I might line the sleeves next time, just for the added warmth factor. Other than that, there isn’t anything I’d change.


A few quick details about EYMM‘s His & Her’s Asymmetrical Hoodie & Hooded Vest:
SIZING: Womens: XS-5X (A-J), Mens: XS-5XL (C-K)
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
16 pages of directions including 2 pages at the end with more detailed directions for attaching the lining to the main outer shell. (Those extra two pages are super handy!!)
119* professional digitized pages that you assemble to make the full sizes pieces. (* Note: Actually, a few quick notes. I counted the pattern pages as 121, not 119, so there’s that. For sizes A-F, you’ll only need to print 52 pages. For sizes G-K you’ll print 69 pages. The layer function is also available on the pattern to help you have on ink.)
And although I haven’t sewn it up yet, here’s a few details on EYMM‘s Zander’s Hoodie & Hooded Vest:
SIZING: 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 to Advanced
13 pages of directions 34 professional digitized pages that you assemble to make the full sizes pieces. (The additional two pages from the His Her’s with the more detailed directions for attaching the lining are also included. Again, super handy pages!)

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Want to WIN a copy of either EYMM‘s His & Her’s Asymmetrical Hoodie & Hooded Vest, or Zander’s Hoodie & Hooded Vest pattern? Just leave a comment! I’ll pick a winner using at the end of the blog tour.


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.


Blessed X Five and Capture, Craft, and Cook


The Wholesome Mama and EYMM


Rebel & Malice and Manning the Machine


Welcome to Our Crazy World and Connected by a Thread


Pretty & Precious Clothing and Boutique Birdie

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.

What is this face? Seriously!


UPDATE: Winner!

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