Indigo dress pattern from petitboo patterns sewn by Lulu & Celeste

Petitboo Rebranding Tour

Today I’m sharing with you the Indigo dress by petitboo patterns that I sewed up. The designer, Allison is not new to the pattern designing world but has in fact been designing patterns under the petitboo brand for a while now and recently decided to make it easier on herself by merging E+M Patterns with the petitboo brand.

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One Thimble Tour: Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape

I’m excited to show you the felt playmat I’ve sewn up. It’s called the Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape and it’s designed by Alicia of Felt with Love Designs. It’s a project that’s part of the One Thimble Issue 14. I cannot resist the felt projects!

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Back to School Tour Recap

Hey there! Did you think that I forgot to announce the prize winners for the Back to School Tour? Of course not. Life got slightly hectic so it took awhile before I was able to put this post together. Here is the recap of the Back to School tour. Check it out to see if you missed any stops along the way.

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First off many thanks to all the bloggers and sponsors for taking part in our tour! We ♥ you lots!

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Sew Long Summer Tour: Coasters

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I had such a hard time trying to come up with a project for this tour. Originally I was planning either a top for me or something for Silly Bean, but I needed a change from sewing clothing and wanted a quick project to share. The weather is starting to getting cooler so this is the perfect time to whip up some coasters.

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Melissa of Mahlica Designs is the fantastic host of this tour. The great thing about this one is that there a few new-to-me bloggers taking part. I love finding new blogs! There are also discounts and a giveaway. For details on those scroll to the bottom. But first check out the rest of the pics of my cute little coasters.

I love the colour combination of these coasters. They’re so bright and cheery.

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The colours work for fall and will be nice on dreary winter mornings. To make these I used two layers of wool-blend felt and one layer of quilting-weight cotton.

The other great thing is that these are a great way to make use of scraps of your favourite fabrics!

They’re super simple to make but I hope to have a tutorial up next week with more photos.

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I just love wool-blend felt. The colours are so pretty and they’re so soft. For this set I made two in yellow and two in orange.

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A quick project to make for yourself or to give to a tea or coffee (or hot chocolate!) drinking friend. I usually make a set of 4 coordinating ones, stack them then tie with a ribbon. Combine it with a package of tea or coffee and you would also have a great teacher gift!

For more coasters I’ve made, check out my tutorial for a maple leaf shaped coaster.

Check out the other stops today on the tour here:

Lulu & Celeste – Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets – Adventures With Bubba and Bug – Wining Wife – The Pumpkin Room – Sewing A La Carte – Anne-Mari Sews

 

For the full list of bloggers taking part, check them out below:

Sept. 12th Sewing by Ti, Cindy Parrett, Sewing Vortex, Renata Laura, Couturious, Nina Makes

Sept. 13th mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Sept. 14th AppleGreen Cottage, mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Sept. 15th Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and Bug, Wining Wife, The Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari sews

Sept. 16th Sewing by Ti, Musings of a Seamstress, Tales of a Tester, Almost a hippy, At Margareta’s Haus, Sewing A La Carte, Birds Of A Kettle

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Maple Skirt by Gracious Threads… Hacked!

So I decided to do something I pretty much never do. I hacked a pattern!

Normally if I make any changes to a pattern I’m sewing it’s pretty minor. Maybe do a little colour blocking, something like that.

But for the Maple Skirt Tour, Jess of Gracious Threads was encouraging us to do a hack if we wanted so I figured I’d do something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

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I’ll say it right off the bat, I messed up my buttonholes. I needed to shift the buttons down a little because the third button would have been right on the line where the two fabrics join, and then I thought I measured well, but apparently I went all buttonhole happy and didn’t keep distances the same.

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It’s a fairly simple hack. I basically cut the skirt pattern pieces at about the third mark. Then measured along the bottom cut edge of each piece (the front and back); took that measurement and multiplied it by 3 to make the new width measurements. The length was the length of the bottom 2/3’s of the skirt pieces plus seam allowance. Probably doesn’t make much sense, I’ll try to get a picture of what I mean. For the back gathered piece I had to cut out two pieces to get the width I wanted.

For the jeans top part of the skirt I actually upcycled an old pair of my husbands’ jeans. Since I made a size 3 I still have quite a bit of jeans left to work with.

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The belt loops are the actual belt loops from the jeans. For the back piece I cut from close to the bottom of one leg and centered the fold line of the pattern piece on the side seam of the jeans.

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I was actually quite impressed that my sewing machine managed to sew through all the those layers! It had tiny fits trying to sew over the belt loops on the seams but otherwise it survived! Yay!

Even though I messed up on the buttonholes, I’m still quite happy with it. The topstitching with the jeans thread really helps I think. Both my girls like the skirt. Luckily SillyBean is super skinny so she can fit into it. She can wear it over leggings, it will look so cute.

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It was a fun hack. Next time though when I cut the bottom part off the skirt I’ll add the curve of the original hemline to the top part of the skirt pattern piece (the jeans part). Maybe then it won’t hike up so much in the back like in the pic below.

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I have plans to sew up an original version soon. I just need to clear up a few other projects on my sewing table first!

Check out the other stops on the Maple Skirt Sewalong Tour by clicking the pic below!!

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I hope you enjoyed my hack!

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Back to School Tour Day 6

Back to School Day 6: More outfits and totes!

The last day of the Back to School tour. The week went super fast! (Probably didn’t help that I was working 3 of the 6 days of the tour!)

We have lots more back to school sewing inspiration for you today! And giveaways! Scroll to the bottom of the post to find out all the giveaway info, but before you do be sure to stop by all the bloggers’ posts.

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

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