9.25.2014

Comfy Coral Cowl // Lane Raglan

 
 Can you say it three times fast?  Comfy coral cowl?
Fall is in full swing and it's time to get out the warm and comfy.  I recently tried on a cowl-neck sweatshirt that I really liked, but only came in gray and black.  I'm a girl that loves colors and thought, I bet I can make this.
 I used the Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June as my starting point. My pattern is cut out as an extra small, but for this I added a little width and length for a looser fit.
 I also tried to angle the hem from the back to front.  The goal was a fit that would cover my bum.  It's a personal preference, but I pretty much will only wear leggings if my bum is covered.  Mission accomplished here.
 The fabric I used is a sort of micro fleece.  It's super soft and stretchy, but wasn't easy to sew with.  The cut edges curled quite a bit and made it difficult to sew the bottom band and neck.  Overall, I think it's cute and it's definitely comfortable.  Now I'm on the hunt for a better fabric for my next one.  I'm thinking french terry.  Any suggestions?

9.13.2014

Make It Perfect's BIG JOEY // Pattern Testing


 If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might know that I absolutely love pattern testing for people.  So, when Toni from Make It Perfect offered up the Big Joey pattern with a bit of a short turnaround time, I didn't hesitate. 
  This cute little tunic/dress is right up my alley.  The pattern is for knits, which I love to work with and my daughter loves to wear.  The pockets add a nice detail to front and a nice little spot to stash acorns or chilly hands.
 
The thing I love most about this dress/pattern is that the style works pretty much year round.
 I can see myself making many more of these, especially since it came together rather quickly.
 You can find this and other great patterns HERE.  I may have to try the grownup version of this for myself.

This pattern was provided to me for free for.  I am not being compensated for this post and all the opinions expressed are my own.

9.04.2014

Back To School Boys Necktie

 I can't believe I haven't had a post up since mid-August.  The end of the summer was a little crazy with last minute vacations and getting the kids ready for back to school.  My son is starting Kindergarten this year and our town has them start a week after the big kids.  So, there's been quite a bit of mommy at home time.
 I wanted to make the little guy something special for his first day and came across this Tie Tutorial from Fishsticks Designs.

These adorable ties are so easy to make.  The tutorial has instructions for a velcro neck-strap which is what I made.  I ended up making my neck-strap narrower and longer than the instructions indicated.
This guy was so cute and excited for his first day.  When he got home he told me that a teacher asked him if he was the principal.  He was pretty excited about that!  I'm thinking maybe the Star Wars tie for Monday.  
Which is your favorite?