Heyoo! I’m super excited to be on the Compagnie M Julia Sweater pattern tour! I was SOOO excited when Marte asked me to test this pattern, I actually recently bought a dolman type shirt and LOVE it and was wanting to sew some up for myself. Then BOOM here is this awesome pattern, just dropped into my lap!
I sewed up two shirts in the testing phase, both of which I’m pretty excited about :) The first one I made, I used a nice grey knit I had and wanted to accent it with some amazing stuff I had leftover from another project. (soon to be blogged) I decided to do a faux placket.. Which is offered in the pattern, but of course I deviated and did my own thing because I’m an idiot? lol.. Anyways, it was really easy, I just cut two strips about and inch and half tall and as long as the sleeve tops. I simply cut down the grey part to account for the added fabric in the placket (minus the seam allowance) so I could keep the original sleeve width. Super easy :) I LOVE the look of those stripes down my arms!!
The only problem with the first sweater is that the waist band is a bit too tight, but that was fixed during the pattern testing. I think all the testers felt the waistband needed to have a bit more give ;) It isn’t so tight that it keeps me from wearing it, though! Because of that (and because I’m excited about cozy shirts) I decided to sew up another one for fun. I have 7 yards of this blue stripy fabric that I got in NYC.. I think I may have been swindled (they wouldn’t tell me the price until I spoke with the owner, who was like “OH that is very nice fabric, $24 a yard, but I’ll give it to you for $10 a yard if you buy the whole rest of it” I talked him down to $8 and walked off with a huge heavy load of this stuff. Who knows, maybe it really was $8 a yard and I just walked away with the whole thing for no good reason, lol!)
Anyways, I wanted to play with the stripes so I cut the front at a 45 degree angle so I could make a chevron. Instead of cutting it on the fold, I just added the seam allowance to the center front when cutting. Let me tell you, lining up tiny stripes is NOT EASY!! That is why I decided to just cut the back in one piece with the stripes horizontal, haha!
You know what I love about these sweaters? I mean OTHER than how fast they are to sew up and how awesome having cuffs and waistbands is (NO HEMS, YAY!)… They are SOOO COMFORTABLE! Something about having looseness at the armpits, I feel like if this shirt were gloves, it would be mittens… Does that make sense? Well it does to me! Also, I wore this shirt to Jake’s work Christmas party and the next day, he said “I really liked that shirt you wore last night. Did you make it? It looked great”. So basically my own husband not only noticed it but also complemented it and that is SO amazing because that man doesn’t usually talk about my clothes. Made me feel pretty darn wonderful!
Anyways, this shirt has a bunch of options too, I just made the basic one. There are ways to color block, there can be font pockets and different necklines. I think I’m going to have to sew up the pocket one at some point soon, gotta love cozy sweatshirt pockets.. Go check out the other folks on the pattern tour and see some amazingly creative versions!
Fun photo credit to my awesome mother-in-law, who actually seemed to enjoy taking photos, unlike my photographer husband (HI Jake I love you!) lol!
suck it in! suck it in!
Oh, hey there! It’s been a while! These past few weeks have been pretty rough. Millie got the flu pretty bad, then Quinn got it but thankfully not as bad because we caught it in time to get some Tamiflu, thank goodness. Then this weekend I got mastitis SO EFFING BAD I couldn’t move. It was horrible. I felt like I had the worst flu I’ve ever had only I also had incredible pain to go along with it. FUN! But all of us are FINALLY feeling 100% now so YAY!
I have, however, done some sewing in that time though. I need to find my sanity, somewhere, right?? These pants were sewn before all the sickies set in. I couldn’t take pictures of Millie in them because the fever brought out 3 huge cold sores on her face and she was very embarrassed by them, which made me sad, she kept telling everyone she saw- waiters, grocery check out people, that she had bad sores on her face :(
Back to the pants… These are the Peek a Boo pattern shop’s skinny jeans. I’ve sewn them before and I have other pant patterns, but I really just wanted to whip out a pattern I already had traced out so I could get to the cutting and sewing part instead of the printing, cutting, taping, tracing, cutting etc that comes with PDF patterns!
I went all out and did the elastic casing inside the seam this time, unlike last time.. Those first pants were way too big on her and kept falling off, oops! But the good thing is the old ones fit now! The silly part is that means I didn’t have to bother with the elastic this time!! OH WELL! Anyways, sewing this pattern again made me remember what an annoying time I had with the waistband.. I think there is just a bit too much ease.. it is kind of hard to make it fit to the pants.. Other than that, though, I do like the fit of them.
I had a fun time sewing a simple little design on the back pockets. To be honest, I had a good time doing all the top stitching. I’m angry at myself because I didn’t really pay attention when I took the picture of the front detail. It totally did not come out, when the button on the front is one of my favorite things of these pants! It is an old antique gold button with red in the middle that I picked up from Uncommon Objects, here in Austin. As a matter of fact, even with the hearts on these pants, Millie wasn’t really excited about them until she saw that button! So the whole reason she is into these is completely lost in this blog post. lol!
That material, by the way, was 7/8 of a yard in the remnant bin at Joanne’s. Hello 50% off! YAY! I know it looks like just polka dots, but it is actually little white hearts on a nice stretch denim. Oh, and that little sweater she is wearing is the Figgy’s Celestial Pullover I sewed up for her last year. Hooray for it still fitting!!
During that fabric shop hop last week, as I was about to walk out of The Cloth Pocket, I saw this ridiculously amazing golden fabric. I knew I could not leave without it.
This fabric spoke to me. It was not simply gold fabric wrapped around a bolt. Much like Michelangelo and the statue of David, this fabric was already leggings. I just had to carve them out.
Seriously, I haven’t been this excited about a sewing project in a while! I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE looking at her in these pants. I used the go to leggings pattern that I’ve been holding on to for a while now. I have NO IDEA why I haven’t sewn leggings before. They are SO fast and SO easy and SO satisfying.
I wouldn’t have styled her this way in this little outfit, but sometimes what Millie says goes in fashion and I can’t and won’t argue, as long as she is happy to oblige me in some fun pictures. Even she knew the outfit was a bit silly. “These shoes probably don’t match, right Mommy?” “Nope, not at all. You want to change them?” “Nope!!”
I made the size 5 and lengthened them to a 6. I didn’t want to deal with elastic so I just made a tighter band with the gold. When I make them again, I’m going to heighten the rise in the back. Apparently having a butt that easily pops out your pants is something that runs in our family :/
Anyways, I sewed these up SUPER fast the morning before we left to go to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Jake was like “Are you serious?? NO you cannot sew right now!” I was like “I’m almost done I swear! You will be glad I made these!!” He was both shocked at how quickly they were sewn and extremely happy to see Millie run about in these awesome pants…. Which, incidentally, really DO make you into a rock star. I mean seriously. Just LOOK at this little thing, she climbed ALL THE WAY UP to the top of the rock climbing wall, Merida princess dress, gold leggings and all :)
Even though I already had gotten the Bimaa sweater last year, I caved and bought it again (with more sizes and apparently the pattern was perfected) during the friday fiver from sew mama sew a couple weeks ago. So glad I did! I really do love this pattern and I love how I can use it for both kids with the different neckline options.
This fabric was bought at Joanne’s and I swear it was SO WEIRD TO WORK WITH. When I bought it, I didn’t really realize that the stripes were vertical. When I was laying it out to cut it I was so confused. The stripes were vertical and I was a little upset about having a vertical striped sweater for Millie… but then I realized the grain line was the stretchiest… what? So I decided to just cut it horizontally. It took some creativity on my part to get this squeaked into 1 yard that way, but I persevered! I sewed up the size 5 on this 5 year old girl, making zero alterations. I just love how fitted this little sweater is. I will also add, I sewed up the 5 last year too and even though my other version had way slippier fabric, I think this really was drafted better.
As weird as it was, this really is a neat knit, lots of texture and I like it. Last week Millie declared that the weather was colder than she had EVER felt it. That is when I decided to sew this up for her, to be nice and cozy for the bitter cold weather. You know, the bitter cold 29 degree temps that we have here. Trust me. I am from a colder climate, I am aware of how fortunate we are to have lows in the 20’s. These are the season’s highs for lots of people. However, we live in Texas and weather can be fickle. It was in the 70’s today, but poor Millie has a fever and so she was FREEZING. Other than that she seemed to be happy and feeling well, so I took the opportunity of her being home from school to take some photos :) Good thing I had sewn her a sweater! She was more than happy to model this today :)
I tried to get her to give me little genuine smiles when taking pictures. I asked her to imagine that I had just given her a puppy or a pony to get some surprised smiles.. But then I was like “or would you rather just have a lollipop?” She said “A LOLLIPOP!!” and proceeded to pretend to shove one in her mouth. Thank goodness for easy things making my little love happy! No furry lives needed to make my little angel ecstatic, haha!
I think I’ll be sewing some more of these for both kids this winter.. They are so fast and easy! Quinny still fits in his old one too so that is awesome! Now I just need to find a Bimaa for grown ups :)
Woohoo! I’m pretty excited to be on the Compagnie M Lotta Skirt tour! When Marte selected me to be a tester for her skirt, I was over the moon! I loved being a part of the Mara action tour and was excited to work with her. I just love the gathers and the cute pocket detail with the buttons.
I have to admit, I had this fabric hoarded for quite a while. It is a walk in the woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabrics. Apparently it is out of print since I was holding on to it for so long! I was SUPER excited when I bought it but could never figure out what to sew with it. Nothing seamed right or perfect enough.. Until the Lotta skirt! I knew I was taking a risk cutting into this while the pattern was still at its testing stage, but having sewn Compagnie M before, I kind of knew Marte was very detail oriented and wouldn’t really have to worry about any weirdness in the pattern pieces. And thank goodness my faith panned out because this skirt fits Millie PERFECTLY!!
I wanted to keep things simple and have the main fabric be the eye catcher, so I just used a red quilting cotton for the pockets and light blue buttons so they could accent the birds and mushrooms. The pattern gives the option of adding button hole elastic in the back waistband so you could sew a size up and have it last a bit longer. I sewed a size 4 for Millie, she fit within those measurements and I definitely did not need to do that elastic in the back! Seriously, this fits her beyond perfect. I did add 2 inches to the hem, though since she is pretty darn tall. It closes with an invisible zipper (which, I admit, I need a little more practice with) so it is very clean and professional looking.
Millie saw this skirt when it was *almost* finished and was like “Is this for ME?? I LOVE IT!!” That made me really excited since she is usually more of a dress person than a skirt person. She has already worn it 3 times in the couple weeks or so that it’s been sewn, which says a lot since she wears a uniform to school!
As for the construction of the skirt, everything went pretty smoothly. Marte gives a really good way to do even gathers in the instructions, which was kind of like DUH! I don’t know why I never thought to sew them that way!! I always just gather everything and hope for the best.. This method was WAY more geared for perfection :) Everything lined up exactly as it should and everything is explained thoroughly.
Another REALLY awesome thing about this skirt? It comes in women’s sizes too!! After seeing some of the ladies versions on the tour I definitely plan on sewing one up for myself too!! And right now the Lotta Dress is 10% off with coupon codes.. The one for girls (size 1-10) is lotta-girls-10 and the one for women’s (sizes 12-14 yo and 34-46) is lotta-women-teens-10.
SO last week I bought the Perfect Pattern Parcel because apparently I’m TOTALLY susceptible to mass marketing, LOL. But seriously, this bundle was all women’s patterns and since I’ve been totally enjoying sewing for myself, I thought it would be fun to get this, even though I’m more into fitted bodice dresses than sweatpants and potato sack dresses…
ANyways, I probably should have just purchased the individual patterns that appealed to me, it would have been cheaper.. But at least my money went to a good cause :) Either way, I AM super excited about my new Julia cardigan :D
It was really hard for me to sew it up because the weather was still SO HOT and it just felt weird to sew something that was actually making me sweat in the process because of its warmth. The actual construction was SOOO EASY!!!! NO HEMS! Man I love not having to deal with hem nonsense! I made the size L, following my upper bust measurements. I have quickly discovered that when I sew using my actual bust measurement, garments end up being GIGANTIC.
Well I was VERY happy to have already sewn it on Friday when a cold front blew in and we saw lows in the 40s. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in the cold weather department. Not only is it super warm but it is also super cozy! I got this awesome textured fabric from Joanne’s. I decided to line around it with a SUPER soft black knit that I had and I’m SO glad I did. the awesome textured stuff is pretty itchy so I’m very happy to have the black part be the only thing that touches the sensitive skin of my neck. I also like the dimension it adds to the look of the sweater :)
I guess getting this was pretty cool because I already have my Bronte shirt cut out and ready to sew and even though I already mentioned that I’m not a sweat pant kind of girl, the weather IS getting colder and I could use some house pants and that pant pattern could fit the bill :) The bonus dress seems a little old marmy to me with the little modest flap over the cleavage.. I think if I can figure out how to get rid of that the dress will be a cute one, especially for the fall. My high school self is sitting here amazed at my lack of modesty and need for cleavage. All my friends used to make fun of me because I dressed like a school teacher when I was 15 and always hid my curves.. I guess in my 30’s I’m ready to be TOTALLY okay with my larger than average chest and I have no issues flaunting that shizznit. :D
I just realized that the last few posts have featured Quinn. What a lucky boy to get so many outfits!! Well here he is again because he is the ONLY person in my family who I made an outfit for. Millie kept going back and forth with what she wanted to be and they were all outfits we already had (YESSSS!!!! Lazy mom for the win!!) I also think I deserve an award for being one of the 4 moms this Halloween who doesn’t have a daughter dressed up as Anna or Elsa, woohoo!
ANYways, back to Quinn’s hilarious outfit. Jake and I decided a long time ago that he would be an old timey strong man. I finally sewed it yesterday. haha! It seriously took NO time. Gotta love that fast and dirty Halloween sewing!! No hems!! I drafted out this thing, cut and sewed it in under 30 minutes. I think the thing that took the longest was tucking the serger threads in so they wouldn’t unravel.
This morning, I took two styrofoam balls, stuck them onto a black pencil and spray painted them black. I also spray painted my hands and part of one of my rings in the process… then dripped black spray paint on my garage floor.. then somehow Quinn stepped in some and left little black foot prints all over the kitchen…WHOOPS! Thankfully I got it off my kitchen floor and mostly off my hands… No comment on the other surfaces…
Sorry about the extra eyeliner on his face, he somehow found it and opened it while I was getting ready to take the pictures and I couldn’t wipe it off, lol.. But there he is! My sweet little strong man!! The only problem is that today, for the first time this year, a crazy cold front blew in and it will be too cold for Quinny to wear so little!!! This is totally reminding me of my childhood in New Jersey where I had awesome costumes but then I had to cover them up with a coat to go trick or treating :( I might just do some insane last minute skin tone shirt sewing this afternoon. That would be hilarious and probably necessary!
I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween!!!
When Jake and I were talking about having a second kid, we were throwing around some names that we could potentially use. He decided that since I had suggested Millie’s name, it was now his “turn” to name our baby and he was obsessed with naming our future child Atom. He thought it was awesome and epic and hilarious since when you say it out loud it sounds like Adam, but it would really be Atom and maybe he could grow up to be a scientist or something amazing along those lines. These were Jake’s thoughts.
So when we DID get pregnant, he was like “YES!! If it is a boy we will name him Atom!!”
I, of course, said HELL TO THE NO. That is silly and insane.
Jake never let up. He actually was trying to drill into my brain “Atom Danger” so that Danger could be his middle name, just like that saying. I thought that was just WAY too silly. Turns out more than 9 months later, Atom seemed more familiar to my brain than crazy, and I actually agreed to let it be his middle name. I was 4 days past my due date when we decided over dinner that this baby’s name was to be Quinn Atom. I went into labor the next day. I guess he liked his name and was ready to come into this world!
So anyways, I bought this fabric a few months ago and I knew I NEEDED it to make some pajamas for this boy. It really couldn’t get more perfect than little atoms floating around :) For some reason I held on to this fabric for a while before sewing it. I guess I had a particular pattern in my head by then realized I didn’t actually have enough yardage for that so I was just waiting for the right thing to pop into my mind.
I honestly wasn’t sure if the combination of the woven with the knit was going to work, but it TOTALLY does and that makes me SO happy!! The knit I used was some awesome SUPER soft stuff that I bought from Joanne’s and I used some white ribbing for the neck. I’m honestly surprised at how easy this was to sew together. I was also a little worried about sewing the woven pocket onto the knit shirt, but I had zero issues. Must have been that awesome Pfaff built in walking foot action :) I’ve sewn these pants like 10 times, perhaps more. They are SO easy and fast and wonderful, seriously. This Kwik Sew pattern was incidentally the FIRST sewing pattern I ever made, so I do have a little soft spot for it!
This was such a fun little photo shoot. Quinn was being ADORABLE and running in circles around the bed then falling over backwards and then cracking up. My plan was to take a sweet picture of him sleeping wearing this, but like a ding dong I gave him both black beans and vanilla yogurt and he got it all over the outfit so I had to change him before bed :)
So there we have it. Quinny’s middle name is Atom and I’m kind of okay with it. Even though when he got his social security card in the mail it looked SO ridiculous written on a legal document, ha! OH boy, I hope he appreciates it when he grows up!
Remember how I said I had all the pieces cut out for a shirt I was planning on making for Quinn? Well I FINALLY went to Joanne’s and bought a TON of interfacing (that way I wouldn’t have this problem again). I won’t mention the other fabric I bought that was totally unnecessary lol. Anyways, I was finally able to finish my little project. Man UFO’s bother me, I just knew those cut up shirt pieces were upstairs mocking me, I had to make it and fast! lol :)
I know, I know. This is my 4th time sewing up the O+S Sketchbook shirt. My other ones are here here and here. There is something just SO GOOD about the way Quinny looks in them!! He looks like a total party boy ready to have a great time, all he needs is a baby (virgin) margarita lol! This time I sewed up a size 2 and didn’t alter anything about it. I usually shorten the sleeves but this time I really wanted it to be big and flowy. I also wanted to make sure he would still fit into it after a while :)
I’ve now sewn this so many times that I really don’t need the directions anymore. I’ll be honest though. Collared shirts aren’t my FAVORITE items to sew. They are so darn fiddly and for some reason I’m super lazy and like shortcuts. You’d think it was the hand sewing on the collar that puts me off, but you’d be wrong! I actually enjoy that part. Oddly enough, it is as simple as having to use interfacing. Working with interfacing is SO annoying, lol! It isn’t like it is hard or anything, it is just an extra step that I don’t fully enjoy. I DO, however, enjoy the HECK out of looking at Quinn when he is wearing them :D
I got this fabric from Chic Fabrics in NYC. I actually saw it there 2 trips ago and regretted NOT buying it, so when I went back I was desperately searching for it! I finally found it WAY behind hundreds of other bolts and made the owner get it for me, he was joking around about being annoyed at having to get it for me. The bolt was totally dusty back there and gross but I DON’T CARE! I love this fabric!! He actually claimed to have remembered my sister and me from the previous time, which I don’t know if I believe, but maybe we are super memorable? Who knows! Anyways, the super amazing part of this fabric? It is a mixture of cotton and silk, it is SO SUPER SOFT and it was only $5 a yard!!! I’m so angry at myself for not snatching some for myself! I don’t know what I would make with it, but it is SOOOO SOFT you don’t understand, I would like to live in the feeling of this fabric. I guess just making Quinn wear it all the time and then holding him is the closest I’ll get. I’ll take the extra snuggles though :)
I DO wish I had paid a little attention to the pattern when cutting it out. I kind of hate how the two front pieces are identical. The pocket throws that off a little, but certainly not enough. Hopefully I’m the only one who notices things like that.
I got these cute pearly yellow buttons at Joanne’s. Yes. I went to Joanne’s TWICE for this darn shirt. I wanted to use some color that would pop out in a coordinating way.. Turns out I’m actually almost done with my crazy button stash I had because I had nothing on hand at home that went well with the shirt. Looks like I need to peruse Ebay for some more.
Yeah, I know these pics are kind of grainy. We couldn’t find the camera charger anywhere, then Jake took the camera itself to work. So I was left with my phone to take pics. Then I didn’t even bother to edit them. Whatevers, you get what you get from me! I’m just happy to be finding time to sew and blog at all!
The night I finished this, the kids were in bed and Jake was still at work and I was like HMM I still have time for more sewing!! So I actually whipped something ELSE up that night before passing out! I’ll take some pics of that and blog about it later this week :) PEOPLE. The sewing bug has officially bit me again! I was feeling a bit uninspired, pretty much since summer due to a lack of time, but I’ve been super excited about it again! I have a ton of projects just waiting for me and I can’t wait! Now that the kids are falling asleep earlier I can actually work after they go to bed, something I’ve never been able to do! So exciting!
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Gosh, this little noodle is handsome!