Journey Romper

I’ve been itching to sew a romper for this season! At first, I wasn’t sure that it would flatter my figure, so I kept putting it at the bottom of my sewing to-do list. However, when Mandalynn, from Striped Swallow Designs (affiliate), put out the testing call for this adorable romper, I took the opportunity to finally try one out!

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I think it turned out fantastic! It’s flattering, comfortable, and trendy! I was going for a Fourth of July look with this Poly Rayon Spandex French terry from Knitpop! I used a woven Chambray for the ties, also from Knitpop.

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This is View A of the pattern, it’s the more modest option using the crossover pieces. I made just a few minor fit adjustments to accommodate my full bust. I lengthened the front bodice by 1 1/2 inches, and in this tester, I didn’t add length to the cross back pieces, but I will with the next version I sew. It’s important to only add the length at the side Seam for the crossover piece, otherwise the pattern piece will not match for the ties.

For my second tester, I chose View D. It’s the more modest option using the crossover pieces in the front.

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I made this view with a soft double Brushed Poly in a beautiful olive green from Pretty Posh Prints. I think it was the perfect color to coordinate with my caramel/gold accessories!

I made just a slight change to the front piece again to accommodate my full Bust. Here I added about 1 1/2 inches to the middle of the piece and curved it back to the both the Side Seam and Tie Seam. I liked the way it fit with this adjustment! One design element that I like most are the shorts, because of the ease they almost look like culouttes.

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Overall, it’s difficult to choose a favorite view because I love them both! Both views make it really easy to nurse my little one and keep me cool in the hot summer heat! The pattern includes four views, videos detailing how to assemble the casing and how to tie the wrap, and instructions to help make adjustments to fit your unique shape. Check out all the details and more tester photos on the website over at Striped Swallow Designs (affiliate) and grab the pattern during release and try them both to see which you prefer! Use the code journeyromper to get $3 off until July 12th!

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

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Mini Pals from Heidi & Finn

Hello all!  I’m normally a knit sewist and enjoy making clothes for our little family and friends, but I have something special to share with you from Christine over at Heidi & Finn!  I just finished a test for this adorable Mini Pals Set and I’m in love!  It comes with so many options and you can really personalize it for the special little girl (or boy!) in your life.  I made one for my daughter and she’s loved it!

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When she woke up from her nap after I’d finally finished it, she took it for a ride in her car, sang her a song, and played “dinner time” at her table with dolly!  Kat helped me pick out the fabrics for her dolly and the messenger bag, and she had to have pink hair.  It’s the first doll that she’s really played with and it makes me feel so proud that mommy made it for her!

This set comes with 3 patterns: Mini Pals Doll, Dress Up Set, and Backpack/Messenger Bag.  All three will be bundled for only a limited time during the release of the patterns, so be sure to get yours from Heidi & Finn when it’s bundled!  The Mini Pal doll pattern has 8 hairline options and you can choose to add a bun, ponytail, or pigtails.  The Dress up set comes with patterns for a peasant style dress or blouse, skirt, knit socks, pants/joggers, baseball hat, and a slouchy beanie.  The Backpack/Messenger bag is my favorite part about this set because it has a carrier for the doll!  Kat asked for the carry me messenger bag because she wanted a “purse” for her dolly.  It’s really practical because it holds all the accessories that you make for your dolly!

Here are the options that I sewed up during testing…

  • Carry Me Messenger Bag
  • Peasant Dress
  • Knit Socks
  • Mini Pal with pig tails

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The pattern is easy to follow and it’s suitable for even a beginner!  The instructions are clear and you can sew the entire set with just a sewing machine!  I’m sure as the weather starts to get warmer here in Indiana, Kat will enjoy taking her dolly to the park, today we went out on a walk and she loved having a “purse” like mommy to carry her along with us!

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Get the pattern bundled together now during release for only $14.99CAD (That’s just about $12 USD)! Here’s a link to the pattern!

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

Striped Swallow Mainland Collection

Next up, I had the privilege of testing Striped Swallow’s first mini collection.  The Highlander Dolman and Rhapsody Joggers just released and both are amazing!  It’s a comfy and stylish set.  If you aren’t familiar with Mandalynn’s designs, head over to Striped Swallow to check them out!  She has a very boho chic style to her patterns that I just love!

First, let’s talk patterns.  Here is the Highlander Dolman.

 

I’d have to say this may be my favorite dolman sleeve top pattern to date.  It’s a little dressy, yet casual and has a nice detail in the back!  You can choose from two back options.  One is a low back (light grey top) and the other is a higher back option (pink and black floral).  You can finish the back with a strap, ties, or the t-back.  I think the tied back is my favorite!  You can also choose an elbow sleeve or long sleeve and there are 2 hem options, the solid tops are done with a straight hem and the floral has the curved hem.

The second part to the collection are these slouchy pocket joggers.  Introducing the Rhapsody Joggers…

 

They are designed to have a relaxed fit at your waist, hips, and thighs and are more fitted at your calves and ankles.  The patterns come in sizes XS-XXL.  The slouchy pockets are my favorite part!  They have a slight dropped crotch look, but if you wear them a little higher on your waist you can decrease the drop crotch.

Now, let’s talk about fabrics!  One of my favorite things about sewing is choosing the perfect fabrics for your project.  For this test I used fabrics from So Sew English, Vinegar and Honey, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

So Sew English was a sponsor for the jogger test and I used this beautiful poly rayon spandex french terry for these joggers and some double brushed poly for my top.  French terry is my FAVORITE of all the knit fabrics that I’ve worked with.  This particular fabric from So Sew English is so soft and luxurious feeling with the perfect drape for these pants!  Check out the current stock of french terry available on their website.  It’s perfect for tops, dresses, and joggers!  The double brushed poly is the same fabric that’s used by the ever so popular Lularoe leggings, so of course it’s super soft and this outfit couldn’t be anymore comfy!

 

For my next look, I used some double brushed poly for the top and the joggers from Vinegar and Honey.  I felt like the double brushed poly was very similar in fit for the joggers as the poly rayon spandex French Terry.  Just as comfy as the first look and don’t you love that lace detail on the back of the top?!  It’s some that I’ve had in my fabric stash for awhile.

 

My last look came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I used a rayon spandex for the top in this beautiful floral.  It’s a lighter weight fabric that will be perfect as we enter warmer weather this year.  I paired it with Diana’s gorgeous cotton spandex french terry in these oatmeal joggers.  This french terry has great stretch and is a heavier weight than the poly rayon spandex french terry.   You can see that the pockets are a bit more structured in this heavier french terry.  It’s necessary to have at least 50% stretch for the fabric used for the jogger pattern because of how it’s fitted in the calves.

 

Well… there you have it!  Both are on sale and you can get them for $14 through February 12th at 11:59CST (no coupon needed).  Now, go get your patterns on sale from Striped Swallow Designs.

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

 

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Knitpop December Sewing Contest

Each month, in Knitpop’s Facebook group, they have a sewing contest.  The husband and wife team are very generous and award the winner a shop credit to buy more fabric.  Enablers!  But, seriously, they have become one of my favorite places to shop for knit fabric.  Check out their website for some gorgeous fabric!

For the month of December, they did a feature contest using one of the double brushed poly prints they carry.  Meet Edith.

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!  It’s sooooo soft and the perfect colors for Christmas!  This print comes in a couple other color ways (the yellow rose is my favorite!).  To enter the contest, you needed to use the fabric to sew up something for yourself and also for a loved one.  It was clear to me that mommy and me coordinated Christmas outfits were in order!

This contest was a bit different than the others because it required the use of a specific fabric and the Grand Prize was especially generous…… a new coverstitch machine (or credit equivalence if you already had one)!  Now, I already own a coverstitch machine, that was so generously given to me from a fellow seamstress (seriously… cried for a week when that happened!), and I LOVE IT!  It took me a couple months to really get used to it and once I mastered it, hemming was no longer something I dreaded and the “to hem” pile stopped growing larger.  It’s elevated my sewing quality to being more professional looking and I love sewing for family and friends, especially as gifts!  Now, since the prize package was extra AMAZING, I wanted to make something with some extra love and details.  So here’s the run down on the patterns I selected to create our looks.

For Kat:

Constance SweaterMeaningfully Made Collection from Sew a Little Seam

Lazy Days Lounge Pants from Sew Gracious Threads

For Mommy:

Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle

Cold Shoulder Top from Seamingly Smitten

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The Constance Sweater is a unisex pattern for sizes 3 months-12 years and it is quickly becoming a wardrobe staple for Kat because I love the little puff sleeve, and I really love the meaningfulness behind the pattern.  The proceeds from the sale of this pattern goes directly to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which is close to the heart of the pattern designer, Kelly.  She explains it best, so be sure to read up on it through the link above!  Kelly was actually twice as generous with this one because it’s only $4!  If you think about it (proceeds go to charity, options GALORE, unisex, price point), there’s really not a single reason to wait any longer before purchasing the pattern!

The Lazy Days Lounge Pants are my favorite little jogger pant for Katherine (She’s also wearing this pant in the floral french terry from this post here).  It comes in sizes 2-12 and is a suitable pattern for boys and girls.  She’s still a little bit skinny for the pattern, so I opted to make the faux drawstring a true one with a casing of it’s own.  The elastic definitely helps keep it up, so it’s truly not necessary, but it could only help ensure her pants wouldn’t fall down.  I plan to swap out the light pink drawstring once Ben is old enough to wear the pants, too!  The only other change I made was to the pocket.  I wanted a slant style so I simply changed one of the pocket pieces and the front leg pattern piece to have the look I was going for.

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The Brassie Joggers are my FAVORITE pants pattern.  It comes in sizes XXS-3XL and can be made with/without bottom cuff, capri/full length, low rise/mid-rise, and for men or women (it’s recommended to size up one from measurements and use the mid-rise option if you’re making them for a man).  I’ve made 3 pairs for myself, and have about 5 more planned!  The first two I made I decided to do a yoga waistband, but for these I did the elastic and drawstring casing that the instructions are written for and I LOVE them even more!  The only change I made to the pattern was to create the same style pocket I did for Kat’s pants.  I just added a pocket piece I traced from the original, then transferred the pocket angle from the front leg pattern piece and cut that away from the pocket piece I had traced.

The Cold Shoulder Top is FREE if you join the Seamingly Smitten’s Facebook group!  It comes in sizes XS-XXXL and has an option for a hi-low hem.  I sized down from my measurements to get a more fitted look on the one I sewed up for my look.

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I had SO much fun sewing up our outfits for this contest and as I’ve been writing up this post it’s given me time to reflect on how thankful I am for my little girl and the journey sewing has taken me along.  It’s truly because of her that I began sewing, but let me start from the beginning…

My mom is a talented seamstress and she used to make clothes, stuffed animals, Halloween costumes, school play costumes, and so much more for us as I was growing up.  She always helped me if I needed jeans hemmed, zippers fixed, and she helped me when I wanted to start making bows for Kat to wear.  She’s even been letting me use her NICE sewing machine the last 2 years!  In the past, I would always ask my mom to do the sewing for me because she knows what she’s doing!  But I decided I wanted to try and do it myself for once and it’s grown into such a passion and “hobby” I guess you could say.

It was about this time 2 years ago that I made my first knit fabric purchase and I haven’t looked back!  It was obvious to my husband that I was serious about sewing, and for my birthday just a few months after it started he got me my serger (most thoughtful and BEST gift EVER!).  It was a game changer when it came to sewing garments for us to wear!  I HIGHLY recommend getting one!  From there I began learning tips and tricks from pattern tutorials, bloggers, and various sewing groups on Facebook.  There is a group for nearly every pattern designer and there are also lots of fabric groups, too!  The ladies I’ve met have inspired me and helped me SO MUCH along the way and I am so grateful and thankful for the inspiration, encouragement, generosity, and support I’ve been given!  These women are amazing and some use their talents to support their family as work at home mom’s (WAHM) and I encourage everyone to purchase the products they sell.  The time, dedication and quality that goes into each item they make is well worth the cost to support these women and their families!

Earlier in the post I mentioned I was gifted a coverstitch machine, this is just one example of generosity I’ve witnessed and been given.  In one of the sewing groups, I asked one day if a coverstitch machine was necessary if I was going to start selling some of the items I was sewing.  One member sent me a message and offered me her machine FOR FREE!  I couldn’t believe it!  I cannot tell you what a tremendous blessing it was to me at that moment in my life.  I am forever grateful for her generosity and it’s inspired me to go forth and give generously whenever I see an opportunity, whether it be offering words of encouragement, my time, helping someone in need, the ways are endless!  As I reflect on this, and many other ways I’ve been blessed this year, I am excited about what is to come in the New Year!

So… there you have it!  THANK YOU Knitpop for this contest and in this season of giving, I hope you’ll bless someone and not take for granted the gifts (both tangible and intangible) you receive from friends, family, and loved ones alike!

Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!

Cassie

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Alexa Cardigan & Belle Bottoms

The Alexa Cardigan and Belle Bottoms have just released from Max and Meena Patterns!  I was lucky enough to be a tester for both these patterns and I love how different they both are from other patterns in my collection.  The ruffles are just the right kind of detail to add a little flair to your girl’s handmade wardrobe.

Here are a couple photos of the cardigan without the hood option (These are version one and there were slight changes made in the later versions.)

 

The bottom ruffle is easier to see in the updated version.  There is also an optional pocket for the cardigan and the pants that I didn’t use during the test.  I used fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy for all the versions that I sewed up!  I used some of Diana’s french terry and cotton jersey spandex for this cardigan.  The floral and polka dot are from her Club Line fabric.

For the second cardigan I sewed up I chose to add the hood and I used some of Diana’s quilted cotton to make it warm and cozy for Kat to wear this winter.  Whenever we’ve been out and about she always gets compliments on her Belle Bottoms and Alexa Cardigan!

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Since I am using the cardigan this winter as Kat’s “car seat approved” jacket I will add a zipper to the front so we can close it.

The double-sided ruffle finishes these patterns nicely!  I hope you’ll check out these patterns and many others from Max and Meena!  She has clear, easy-to-read tutorials that are easy for even the beginner sewist to follow!

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

Tribute Raglan Sweatshirt Test and a chance to WIN this pattern!

Hello!  I’m back with another tested pattern to tell you about.  This one is the Tribute Raglan Sweatshirt from Elliedactyl.  I love sewing items to add to our Fall and Winter wardrobes.  Who doesn’t love a comfy hoodie to keep you warm when the weather cools down?!  Here is baby Ben modeling some of the options that come with the new pattern!

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I used some French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics to make this cozy hoodie for him to wear this Fall.  This is the scuba hood option.  I loved how easy it was to fit over his “baby-sized” head, yet because of the seamless band it fits close to his head to keep his little ears nice a warm.  There is another option for a slouchy scuba hood, which allows for a cowl-like look, and a standard crew-neck option, too!  Here’s baby Ben modeling that option.  I love his silly face in this one!

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He’s wearing the long-sleeved version of the pattern in some brushed poly spandex from Knitpop.  They have some wonderful fabrics at affordable prices and unbelievably fast shipping!  Some other sleeve options for the Tribute include short sleeves or an optional racing striped sleeve.

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The pattern is drafted for a relaxed fit that layers nicely and covers the bum  It’s available in sizes NB-12.  It’s set to release on Friday, 10/28, BUT if you want a chance to WIN the pattern FREE join the pattern group here and comment on the giveaway post!

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

 

Like Father, Like Son

One of the perks of being able to sew your own clothes is making clothes that fit well.  I made up this hoodie for my husband and used his measurements to make sure it fit his long arms and tall, thin frame.  If I was going to sew up a hoodie for him why not sew one up for baby boy, too?!  So here’s how it turned out!

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Awwww!  Don’t they look adorable?!

For my husband’s hoodie I added a kangaroo pocket using the same fabric as the front and back bodice and for baby boy’s I used the contrasting stripe fabric.  The french terry fabric came from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  She stocks some amazing fabric, check it out here.  I used her fabric to make baby boy’s Koro Cardi from Little Kiwi’s closet, too!

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For baby boy’s hoodie I used a pattern from Patterns for Pirates.  She makes great patterns that are PERFECT for beginner sewists.  This is the Jolly Roger Raglan with the Add On Pack for the hood and kangaroo pocket.  Check out her patterns here. (affiliate link)

For my husband’s hoodie I used the Hudson Hooded T-shirt from Greenstyle Creations.  You can check it out here.

Happy Sewing!

Cassie

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