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.
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.
Constance Sweater–Meaningfully Made Collection from Sew a Little Seam
Lazy Days Lounge Pants from Sew Gracious Threads
Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle
Cold Shoulder Top from Seamingly Smitten
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.
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.
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!