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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About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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14 Responses to Get Ready for Spring Ellie & Mac Blog Tour

  1. This is so cute!! I love your fabric choices!! I think fabric prints/colors and the types of fabrics a sewer picks can really compliment the pattern (and your choices are stellar, this is lovely).


  2. Blake says:

    Wow love this! And totally agree a woman’s version would be awesome.


  3. That fabric is amazing, and I love that the collar is the same as the skirt! The conversation between you and your sister was so funny, thank you for sharing it!


  4. I’m absolutely crushing on this, just like your sister! The fabric choice is perfection.


  5. Sarah says:

    Please note I meant to say to make a skort version not a short version. Skort because you know, kids always be doing crazy things in the summer and you can always see their underpants🤦🏻‍♀️


  6. Michele Simon says:

    Love it!! Need to make my daughter one:)


  7. Kim Korstjens says:

    I love how you matched the collar to the jumper!


  8. Lisa says:

    Yes. She is Sitting Pretty! Love the waffly texture and print of the jumper and the sparkles in the top! They make a dazzling combination of texture and colors, especially with the matching collar and sleeve band. Great choice combination Mama and Danica! Really lovely outfit on a really lovely young girl! 💕


  9. mysewingroots says:

    You are too funny! I always enjoy reading all of your blog post!! I do think the jumper should be made in woman’s size, although I don’t think I would look as cute as your daughter does! The fabric she chose is so pretty and what a great combo with the shirt and jumper!


  10. Chris says:

    Ahe is darling and dress just as darling. You did a wonderful job!!


  11. Diana Matlock says:

    Love your fabric choice! It looks so cute on her.


  12. Nina jones says:

    Im defiantly gong to sew this up at the weekend


  13. MJ says:

    George and Ginger has the Riot and Rave bundle and the circle skirt Rave version looks a lot like the skirt you made. Super cute!


  14. Rebecca Munoz says:

    Super cute! Love the fabric choices!


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