Cardigan Tour: Which cardi will I sew?

I really wanted to actually sew a cardigan for this tour. I had the hardest time actually finding the right pattern that I wanted though.

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Which I guess was kind of the whole point of this tour.

I did some searching on Old Navy’s website trying to find the style of cardigan that I was looking for. These two were the ones that caught my eye the most.

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Source: Old Navy Canada

I really like the long length of the second cardigan but not sure if that length suits me. I don’t really want to look like a big shapeless blob from the back, but it looks comfy. I also prefer the neckline on the second one. It’s more straight up-and-down, I find the v-neck ones tend to hook on to my chest and just emphasize them more than I want them to be emphasized.

But I do like the first one as well. Especially in that teal, ha and that length. (Teal and aqua are my favourite colours. I made my first cardi in a pretty teal sweater knit).

So after writing that all out, I’ve decided that my ultimate cardigan pattern would have the neckline of the second in the length of the first. With dropped shoulders like the first, although I do like the very slightly dropped shoulder of the second cardigan. 3/4 length sleeves are preferable. Buttons not necessary (I never button up my cardigans).

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Contender #1: Canyon Cardigan by Love Notions
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The version on the bottom right fits the neckline I’m looking for and includes different body styles (a-line, gathered and waterfall). The pocket is a little silly though, it’s kind of high and small but I guess it’s useful for stashing your cellphone and maybe a couple tissues. Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped-shoulder.

Contender #2: The Grandpa Cardi from Patterns for Pirates*
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The length is right. The neckline is good (it’s supposed to be a v-neck but the shawl collar versions look less v-neck, which is a plus for me). Pockets look useable (although a little awkward-looking). Front and back pieces are all one piece (as opposed to the Canyon Cardigan above, meaning it’s a faster sew). Has 3/4 length sleeves but no dropped shoulder.

Contender #3: Cambridge Cardigan from Peek-a-boo Patterns*PAB Cambridge Cardigan

Not really a contender but I included it anyway. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option, and they’re not dropped shoulder either. It’s similar in style to the teal cardigan from Old Navy but it looks to be a lot slimmer fit and a little shorter than I wanted.

Contender #4: Jalie 3248 Drop Pocket CardiganJalie 3248
I really like this one even though it’s not that super similar to the Old Navy cardigans. I like the length and the neckline of this one, and the pockets. The shoulder looks similar to the second Old Navy cardigan though, slightly dropped. It doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves option although that’s probably an easyish mod to do.

Contender #5: Boyfriend Cardigan by Love Notions
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This one is pretty much exactly the second cardigan from Old Navy. It has the dropped shoulders and the length is the same. Again it doesn’t have the 3/4 length sleeves, and I don’t want it quite that long. On some of the testers in the photos on the website the cardigans look really baggy, which I don’t want. Something loose, yes, but baggy, no.

Which one to choose?? Oh decisions, decisions.

The Jalie is on my to-sew list, and has been for awhile, so I will be sewing this one up for sure. But in terms of finding the one that best fits my ‘look’ criteria, I think I have to go with the Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions. Unfortunately I don’t own this one but do own a couple of the other ones I listed so I may sew one of those ones up first, ha. Eventually I will sew my ultimate cardigan. 😉

Cardigan Blog Tour September 26-30
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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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EYMM Tour: The Asymmetrical Drape Top

Asymmetrical Drape Top sewn by Lulu & Celeste

 

Hey I made myself something! It doesn’t happen too often which is why I decided to take part in the EYMM Back to School Tour: Mom’s Edition!

I’ve been so tired though, I’ve had to pick up extra shifts because of coworkers being ill that I’m currently working fulltime hours. Unfortunately though, I still work weekends so I don’t really get to see my oldest too much as my days off fall during the middle of the week. Luckily this is a pretty quick sew so it didn’t take away from spending any time with my girls. I woke up extra early one morning and managed to cut, sew and take pics in under 2 hours.

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Please excuse my “just out of the shower” hair, lol

I sewed up the Asymmetrical Drape top* for this tour. You can either leave all the edges raw, add neck/arm bands, or fold the edges over and hem. Since I was a little short on time I decided to leave the edges raw and see how it went.

According to the included measurement charts my chest and waist fell into the XL range and my hips in the L range. I decided to sew the large all the way through as normally dolman style tops have lots of extra ease in the top part, and if I sew the size based on the chest measurements there is just way too much fabric through the hip area.

There are two views in this pattern. One has a more fitted torso while the other is looser. I sewed the looser fit, but I find I there’s just too much fabric in the waist/hip area and makes me look a little bulkier than I like so I think I’ll go back and fix that. Since it’s the same pattern piece with an area cut out of it, all I need to do is lay the fitted view piece on top and trim the excess fabric off and resew that seam. [Although I tried the shirt with a pair of skinny pants and I find it looks better with it than with the jeans, so I might leave it be after all].

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I cut my head off in this pic as I was talking when hubby took the pic. He’s a get ‘er done kind of photographer and only takes like two pics and he’s done.

 

I’m also planning on adding the neckband as well, I find the neckline is too open on me. I might also shorten the sleeves slightly and then add the armbands. I have a RTW dolman style top with much shorter sleeves that I think suit me better so I will base the length on that top.

All in all as is it’s a good pattern. It’s a quick sew, and after I do my few tweaks to get it to fit my preferences it will be the perfect top.

Check out the other stops here:

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Sewing by Ti and Sprouting JubeJube and Call Ajaire

September 8
Inspinration and Idlesunshine

September 9
Boutique Birdie and Needles to Say

September 10
Capture, Craft, and Cook and Kelly’s Sewing Creations and Lulu & Celeste

September 11
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and Pretty & Precious and MeMade

September 12
Five Blessings and House of Estrela and Rebel & Malice

September 13
Recap at EYMM

The kids are back in school and parents and caregivers everywhere are excited to catch up after summer break! Use coupon code PARENTSROCK to save 50% off any adult-size patterns for men* and women* now through 11:59pm PST Tuesday 9/13/2016. This offer may NOT be combined with other offers including bundles.

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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: DIY Hair Accessories

Need some cute new hair accessories, for yourself or your kiddo?

I’ve listed 10+ cute free hair accessories patterns and tutorials below. Do you have a favourite that’s not listed? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve separated the list into hair accessories made using felt, fabric (woven and knits) and yarn.

10+ Hair Accessories

Felt:

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Kitty Cat Hair clip by me!

It may involve hand-sewing but it’s pretty small and goes quick! Use scraps of felt and make a whole bunch of these!

Apple tree by Handmade Cuddles

Apple Tree Brooch by Handmade Cuddles

Actually a brooch but could be adapted easily to be a hair accessory. I would add one more backing layer of felt and stitch all around the outside like in my kitty cat clip above and attach the alligator clip like I did for the kitty cat.

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Felt Hair flower from Fiskars

Super simple and quick! Just a few layers of felt; use different colours of felt to make a rainbow of hair flowers!

Fabric:

Double-Sided Fabric Headband

Double-sided Fabric headband by Happy Together by Jess

These would be great to use up scraps of your favourite fabrics. Pictured is the adult size but there is also a kid-sized headband available.

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Knotted headband with T-shirt yarn by Sugar Bee Crafts

Great way to use up some long thin scraps of knit fabric! Another super quick headband.

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Knotted headband pattern by Sugar Bee Crafts

Another cute fabric headband, this one has a cute tie front and elastic in the back to help keep it in place.

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5 headband styles by 421 Myers Designs. You need to join their Facebook group in order to download the pattern free.

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DIY fabric headband by Polka Dot Chair

This one uses a ready-made skinny headband. Showcase your favourite fabrics in another quick headband tutorial.

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Satin Flower headband tutorial by me!

Step by step tutorial on how to create these large satin flowers. They’re not difficult and they’re oh so pretty! Make sure the fabric you use isn’t cotton though, you need a satin or chiffon, something that is not a natural fibre.

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Braided headband by P.S. I Made This

It uses strips of leather, rope and ball chain to make a cute braided headband. Super quick!

Yarn:

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And for my yarn friends, the Criss-Cross cuff and headband crochet pattern by Little Birdie Secrets. I almost hesitate to post this one as it’s obviously best to wear in the Winter and it’s still Summer now. ..but as they say “winter is coming” so might as well be prepared.

BONUS:

Check out the 4 different free headband patterns that Stephanie of Swoodson Says tested out here.

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