15.4.14

Lua Sleep Sack - Pattern Tour

You know those dreamy nights, where sleep is wonderful, and you wake for nothing. Well, hopefully this new pattern will help you with that, or you know, will help your baby sleep, which will then help you sleep! An from Straight Grain has released her newest pattern, the Lua sleep sack


I had the opportunity to test this pattern a few weeks ago and let me tell you, this pattern came at the right time. I had just finished sewing up C's kudzu cargos and was in the middle of sewing his spring jacket. I was a little overwhelmed in a way since I have never sewn so much at one time and decided to put a day aside to spend time on this sleep sack. I don't know why I put a whole day aside, because honestly this took me about an hour to sew up. It was SO satisfying!!!!


For this test I sewed up the 6-12 month (or 1Y) with the two piece front. I opted not to do the piping detail, even though it calls for it along the curve, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I think if I had included the detail it would have been too busy with the fabric I chose. I chose to match this orangey-red solid with the last bit of triangular fabric that I got from #thegreatfabrichdestash off Instagram from Rachel of imagine gnats. I seriously love this fabric, you can see the other projects that I've made with it here and here! If I find the selvage, I will post the details! And finally for the lining I used a solid minty aqua to match.


I have seriously been dying over here to put wood buttons on something....anything! And this turned out to be the perfect project. I find the natural bottoms add a touch of whimsy to the bold colours and print. This is the first time I've sewn a zipper, and that being an invisible zipper to boot, let me tell you I am feeling pretty fearless now. Thanks to An's instructions, and for some crazy reason a dose of confidence on my part, I sewed on this zipper in record time without having to use my seam ripper!


I had the chance to test it on a sweet baby girl over the weekend and let me tell you it was the perfect size, so off to her it's going for the chilly summer nights. I mean, you didn't think I was keeping it for myself did you!? This pattern would also make for a great baby shower gift, in whichever size really. So guess what the next baby shower I go to will have ;)

If you're interested in this pattern (which you should be!!!) An is offering it at a discounted price with the code LUALAUNCH this week only, which gives you a 1$ off the price, so make sure to hop on over there and grab your copy! It's so worth it, I swear :)


Willow & Co - Kudzu Cargos

I'm back today with another Willow & Co sew!! This time I'm showing you the Kudzu Cargos designed by Elisa of Charming Doodle. One of Elisa's patterns that I really love (and want to get my hands on next) is the Knight Hoodie, so make sure to hop on over there after and check that one out too! I love how she's coming out with great boy patterns. Needless to say, I'm pretty darn excited over here. 

So back to the Kudzu Cargos. This pattern includes two different fits, the relaxed fit (which I sewed) and the skinny fit and two different lengths, the pant length (which I sewed) and the shorts length. It also has optional cargo pockets (I included one) and a diagonal leg seam (which I didn't include in this pair). 


First let me say, I have never sewn up a pair of jeans that truly look like a pair of jeans that you would buy at the store! And let me tell you something about these, I LOVE these. I love the details that Elisa has included in this pattern, like the back pocket's diagonal seam and stitching, the way the cargo pocket is put together, among other things!


I sewed up a size 5 for C, and the fit is pretty relaxed. I really like them on him! I think the only difference I'd do next time (which will be included in the pattern I'm pretty sure) is include an elastic at the back of the waistband. I also need to hem them just a tad more, but that's just little details.


For the fabric I used up a a pair of old jeans from the hubs. In all honestly, I actually used two pairs. One for the main pant pieces (legs) and another for the smaller details (pockets and waistband). I probably could have used up just the one pair, but I was worried about the different colouring and fading from where the back pockets were originally, so I just grabbed a second pair to finish these up to be on the safe side.


I love the way the waistband is on these pants (too bad I didn't get a picture….), it has a jean front, with a ribbed knit back. Super comfy! I must say when I got C to try on his new jeans he loved them, he claimed they were really comfortable (that's the goal buddy!! :) ).


Overall I love how this pattern has so many options and becomes really versatile. It will definitely become one of our summer staples, I plan on making a couple of shorts for the boys with this one! And I've definitely got to get the diagonal leg seam on a few pairs. 

Well, that's it for my Willow & Co testing/posting. Make sure to check out Willow & Co's website for more info and details on the collection. The drawings are up on their blog. If you want to see more sneak peeks of the collection, search for #willowandcopatterns on Instagram and you'll see a ton of inspiration. Oh and before I forget, the collection will be released April 22nd…so make sure to keep your eyes open for that! 


14.4.14

Willow & Co - Persimmon Tunic and Clover Shorts

Have you heard?! There's a new pattern collective that's about to become the biggest thing to happen since….well I don't know since when…but it will be! It's Willow and Co and it's ridiculously full of amazing talent and creations! Seriously, keep your eyes out in the coming days/weeks and that's all you're blog reader will be showing. They're releasing their first collection called Wanderlust - A Glamping Collection SS2014 April 22nd! The collective is seriously full of amazing designers! And I'm so excited to have been able to participate in these pattern tests. 

Today I'm going to show you two patterns that I was able to test for Hayley of Welcome to the Mouse House. Hayley is the mastermind behind Mouse House Creations and the ever popular Nora Dress and Tunic. The first pattern I'm going to show you is the Persimmon Dress and Tunic, in the tunic option. This pattern comes with a ton of options. I chose to sew up the simpler of all the options, just the tunic itself, without ruffles or pockets. I also opted for the full lining option (there is a facing only option as well)….btw, how many times do you think I can say the word 'option' in one paragraph?! I counted 5... 


It was such a joy to sew up this pattern! It's too bad you can't tell here, but each side panel is pleated from the top down a couple of inches. It's a really nice detail. The fabric I chose to use for this was Pick A Bunch by Nancy Mims for Mod Green Pod by Robert Kaufman. You can still find some here. I grabbed mine at my local Fabricland about a year or so ago. I used a coordinating cotton for the centre panel and opted for a pop of colour for the straps, which I am really happy to have gone with!


I was a bit nervous to have picked such a contrasting colour with the blue, but I think that's why it winds up working so well. When you have something in mind you just have to go for it right!?


I sewed A a 3T and the fit is bang on! It will fit her good through the summer, and thanks to the way the pieces pleat at the top there's lots of movement space once you get down past the arms. This top will make a great summer wardrobe staple.


A herself is quite happy about the top too. No fussing or complaints about having to try it on, which is a real bonus these days since I have to almost force her to get in to any new clothes to see how they fit. I will definitely be making a dress version of this for the summer. Maybe in some linen or double gauze?! Hmmm….endless possibilities!


The next pattern I'm going to show you is the Clover Shorts. And I think this is one of the patterns I was most excited about when I saw the pattern previews on Willow & Co's blog! Seriously.cute.shorts! I love how these are such a classic style, you know you'll be able to dress them up or dress them down.


The options for these shorts include a waist ruffle which is so darn cute. I'm bummed that I didn't do it on these ones, but I'll be making another pair for sure just for that reason. It also has belt loops and sash details, which you don't see on mine, since I really do like the clean look of these ones. The fabric I used is a dark grey chambray that I got at The Workroom the last time I got a chance to visit it when I was in Toronto. They don't seem to have the same one anymore, but here's a similar option here.


I sewed up the 5T for the shorts…and even though the bum may look a bit big in this picture, the fit is, again, perfect! She really likes these as well, which is good, since she's getting pickier (or so it seems) with her clothes…and again, did you notice!? No pink in any of these items…have we possibly outgrown the days of only pink... time will tell! Not that there's anything wrong with pink, but I'm all for a fun 'girly' wardrobe that includes colours that aren't just your typical 'girl' colours :)

Well that's it for these pieces, but make sure to check back tomorrow to see what else I sewed from  Willow & Co's Wanderlust collection.



10.4.14

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 - Celestial Tee and Hosh Pants

I was lucky enough to get invited on the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour for their second launch…and can I say how excited I am over here!? Little old me on a blog tour for PPP…yea, can't get much more exciting then that! I'm sure by now that most of you have heard of Perfect Pattern Parcel, where you can purchase a small bundle of curated patterns, support a great cause (children's education) and support indie designers. Their first launch included patterns for women, and they were to die for! And their second launch was made for the girl…and I am so excited with the patterns put together (mostly because they're all patterns that are on my to-sew list).



So let me tell you what I sewed up for PPP! Because I have some serious sewing behind the scenes going on (all will be revealed next week!!) I opted for the 'easier' patterns…i.e. ones I already had fabric on hand for, and ones that didn't require buttons/zippers/etc.



My first choice, I knew, was going to be the Celestial Tee by Figgy's. Now what fabric!? I've been hoarding this Michael Miller print for the past year or two not knowing what to make out of it. It's the Mod Tulip in yellow/orange from the Heaven and Helsinki collection by Patty Young. I wish I could find some more details online for you but it seems that there's nothing :(. And when I couldn't find much for knits in my stash, and my reluctance to purchase anything new, I knew I'd be using it…and I'm so glad that I did, who knew it would turn out so nice (I'm kind of jealous that I don't have my own!).



The top itself was such a quick sew (took me just under an hour to sew up) and I can't tell you how happy I am with the results from the pattern itself, plus the bonus is that you don't have to sew in the arms…how much easier can you get? Sew in the hems and add a bit of topstitching and voila, you're done!




Next up were the Hosh Pants by Lou Bee Clothing. For these, I had luckily grabbed some khaki stretch denim, I think that's what it is, to sew up a pair of shorts for A a few weeks ago, and I had just enough to make the pants! Bonus is that it goes perfect for the look I was hoping for with the Celestial tee.




These pants sewed up really quickly as well. They took me just about an hour to make. Plus did you know that the Hosh Pants have a button elastic waist?! I didn't and I am more then impressed by it, since I find I have to always tighten the elastics a bit more then the pattern suggests for their size.



One more pattern that I've had the chance to sew up (in the past) which is available with the Pattern Parcel is the Hanami Dress/Top by Straight Grain. I had sewn a top version for A last summer, which I was absolutely impressed with, since she's grown a bit over the winter I'll have to be making some new ones for this summer again. You can see my version here. The other two patterns included in the Parcel are the September Tunic And Dress by Too Sweets! Patterns and the Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations, plus, if you spend over a certain amount, you get to unlock (and receive) the bonus pattern, the Prefontaine Shorts by Made with Moxie.

So tell me that this isn't a steal of a deal?!? Don't forget to make sure to head on over to Perfect Pattern Parcel to grab your parcel! ;)


And last but not least, make sure to check out the rest of the lovely ladies that are participating in the blog tour and see what they've made with these great patterns!