Back to School!!

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Back to School!!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blog-o-sphere.  I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube. This is a BIG tour.  There are 30 bloggers.  Lots of prizes. A sew-a-long. Yes, a sew-a-long. Coupon codes and a GRAND PRIZE!!! I mean what else could you possibly want? All of the prize info is at the end of the post.

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I can not believe that my baby boy is starting Kindergarten in 3 weeks.  THREE WEEKS ya’ll.  Facebook shows me his newborn pictures almost everyday.  I remember him being born like it was yesterday, I remember thinking to myself that I have so much time before he was 5. Let alone going to KINDERGARTEN.  Well folks, he was born yesterday and in 3 weeks he’s going to Kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN.

He did preschool and pre-K and I stayed up all night and made him a book bag.  He loved it and told everyone that I made it for him.  He carried that bag for 2 years.  So, I guess being that he’s going to KINDERGARTEN (I’m handling this well.) he needs a new bookbag.

I chose to make the (Not So) Tiny Explorer Backpack by Diedelbug Handmade.  If you visit Erin’s blog there are modifications to turn the Tiny Explorer into the Not So Tiny Explorer. I stuck with what I know.  His Tiny Explorer lasted him for 2 years. Even with all the wet glue that was constantly put in his bag, it lasted.  Maybe it was the glue that kept it together…

Anyway, I like how the Not So Tiny Explorer has the cool cargo pocket and the piping just adds a little extra.  For those of you that know me, you know that I am always proclaiming loudly to anyone that will listen that fabric glue is your friend.  Please, if you don’t have some go get some.  You can even use Elmer’s school glue sticks.  The glue made the piping 100,000 times easier to sew. It looks good, no? In addition to the cargo pocket, one of the modifications is to add height with a contrast panel.

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My son picked out all of his fabric, and he thinks he likes Mario Bros. all on his own.  We’ll just let him think that.  I love how it turned out and he’s ready for KINDERGARTEN (I am not.)

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Be sure to check out all of the other talented bloggers in this tour.  Today’s blogs are:

Filles à MamanSew Happily Ever AfterTales of a Tester5 Out of 4 PatternsThe Crafting FiendLulu & Celeste

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Boxwood Joggers – Sew Like My Mom

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Boxwood Joggers – Sew Like My Mom

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love purchasing 1 pattern that I can use for BOTH of my children.  I love dressing them similarly, be it matching prints, or the same pattern, different fabric.

In jogs the Boxwood Joggers.  I can’t say enough about these pants.  There are 3 lengths, shorts, capri, and long. They come in sizes 12 month allllllll the way up to 16. Size 16 people.  That’s not a small range.  There’s also different fit for boys and girls from size 8 up.  No stone was left unturned on this pattern.

This pattern calls for French Terry or sweatshirt fabric for the main part of the joggers.  Both of mine are French Terry.  My son’s is a mystery French Terry that I purchased at one of the fabric stores in Lancaster, PA.  I bought the bolt, because it was just so soft and I didn’t want it to waste away on the shelf.  My daughter’s is called Zippy Zebras by Verhees and it’s from Mabel Madison.  The Zippy Zebras is so nice.  It’s heavy, but it’s not and it sews up beautifully.

For the pockets and insert I used cotton lycra.  The vertical stripes are also from Verhees and you can get it and the Marvel knit from Mabel Madison also.

You can get the Boxwood Joggers from now until Friday.  The sale prices are $6 for baby/ toddler or teen/tween sizes.  Or you can buy the bundle of sizes for $10.

Need more inspiration? Check out some of these other blogs.

It’s Liesel, Sew Sophie Lynn, Penny Sew Vintage, Miskin Makings, Kreatita, Craftimom, Mumbling Sewist

 

One Thimble Issue 12 – Winter Wear Designs Cozumel Shirt

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One Thimble Issue 12 – Winter Wear Designs Cozumel Shirt

The latest issue of One Thimble* is here.  No, I’m not lying. It’s here and I have an awesome shirt to share with all of you today.  It’s the Cozumel Shirt by Winter Wear Designs.  I am a big fan of Suzanne’s patterns.  Her patterns are stylish, fun to sew up, and don’t make you want to pull your hair out during construction.

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I saw a post 3 weeks ago asking for bloggers for a boy’s pattern.  I thought to myself,”Go ahead and sign up.”  Big L doesn’t get as many things sewn up for him , but he’s such a willing model (now).  I showed my son and he was ready to go choose his fahvrics (how he says it). So what did we do? We battled a storm to get to Joann’s so he could find a fahvric for his shirt.  Three aisles in, he found this car related fabric that just sung to his soul.  How could I tell him no? So we got his fahvric and got to work.

First, let me just say that I love the pintucks on this shirt.  Why do girls get to have all the fun? Let’s talk pattern specifics.  There are 3 sleeve lengths, 2 collar options, lined or unlined sleeves, sleeve tabs, a back loop and lots of style.  Don’t like buttons? That’s fine. Use snaps.  Suzanne just gets it.  Our boys want to look and feel good too.

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He loves his shirt and I love these pin tucks. He has already decided that he needs at least one more in a different fahvric, because you can’t have 2 of the exact same shirt (His words. Not mine.)

You definitely want to get your copy of this issue.  It is full of amazing patterns.  This pattern in particular is great for back to school.  Do you only see 1 or 2 patterns that you like? That’s cool you can purchase individual patterns in the One Thimble Store.

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Please take a peek at the other blogs during this tour.  So many talented bloggers making great things with the patterns from the latest issue.

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Christmas in July with EYMM

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Christmas in July with EYMM

We are so happy to be a part of EYMM’s Christmas in July Blog tour. When I got home from work today my daughter was on the couch under a blanket laying on the pillows.  All she needed was some hot chocolate.  I thought OH! She’s mentally preparing herself.  My awesome little model was ready to go.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but during the holiday season we have SO MANY events, and not all of them are dress friendly.  Some are very casual.  So I decided to make her a cute top that can be dressed up or down for Christmas events. In walked the Girl’s Piko Top*. The Piko Top has 3 hem options and 3 hem lengths.  I chose the side tail hem and the long sleeves.

The listing said it was a quick sew.  Every time I see that my first thought is “YEAH RIGHT!”.  So color me surprised that it really was a quick sew.

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Picture it Sicily 19…  Sorry, I love The Golden Girls. Picture it, you have yet another Christmas event. Your daughter has nothing to wear to go make cookies and still look festive.  This top will take you literally an hour from cut to sew.

We usually have at least 3 Meet Santa events, she will be in pre-school this year, so there’s the school Christmas Party, there are also Christmas parties with friends and family.  We also go to community holiday events and last but not least the firemen come around dressed as Santa.  As you can see we are in desperate need of casual holiday wear.

She loves her new top and the Art Gallery Bucks scream Christmas. No?  I added an inch to the length and didn’t hem the sleeves.  I’m hoping we don’t have any crazy growth spurts, because this top is too cute. If she does grow out of it… No worries it only takes an hour to make!

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Have you checked out any of the other blogs during this tour? Make sure you do. There are some good things being made.

*This link is an affiliate link.  If you choose to purchase this pattern I get a small percentage of the sale.  Can we say fabric stash fund?

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Don’t miss any of the stops on the EYMM Christmas in July Tour! (Note: the direct links below will not work until their specified date, but feel free to click through and check out other posts on�their blogs at any time.)

July 20 – Capture, Craft, and Cook

July 21 – Needles to Say

July 22 – Tales of a Tester

July 23 – Inspinration and Sewing by Ti

July 24 – Adventures With Bubba and Bug and Blessed x Five

July 25 – Roundup post�at�EYMM

There are only 22 weekends left until Christmas. Start your holiday sewing projects now so you can spend more time with your family during the season! Use code�22WEEKEND to save�22% off ALL�patterns in the EYMM shop�now through 7/25/16 at 11:59pm PST.

Sofilantjes 2nd Anniversary Celebration Round Up

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If you have been following along all week you have read some really great posts.

There were pockets, There were, dresses, there were rompers, you could even go for a swim and then cover up! So many great hacks and mash-ups.

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Thank you to all of the bloggers that participated and brought me coffee.

From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynnBeri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

A very special thank you to all of the fabric and pattern shops that sponsored SO MANY great prizes this week.  I have found many great new shops this week. Have you?

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Duck Butt Designs Designs by Call Ajaire 5 out of 4 PatternsItch to StitchBella SunshineStraight Grain Stoffenfeest Sew by Pattern Pieces Droomstoffen Coffee + Thread New HorizonsSew Happily Ever AfterPienkel A Sparkly BabyMCM Studio DesignsJoy FitsKlijntje.beSerger Pepper Designs Pickle Toes Patterns FABulous Home SewnAudrey & TiffanyElliedactyl Seaside NotionsPhat QuartersRock the StitchSecond Star Fabriccas & nina pink zeppelin fabrics E+M Patterns Laela Jeyne PatternsBWD FabricsThink MarieLanaLottaPollywoggles – Sew Straight and GatherSugar Ink FabricThe Fabric Candy Shoppe

Last but certainly not least.  Thank you to Anne for trusting me to help raise her baby!

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Sofilantjes is 2!

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Sofilantjes is 2!

I promised another blog post this week and here it is!!!

This week we are celebrating Sofilantjes‘ 2 year  Anniversary with this awesome blog tour. I have been working with Anne now since January as her Virtual Assistant, but I have been testing for her since the Omni Tempore (for those of you counting that’s almost 2 years).  This blog tour is a little different for me.  I have also been working behind the scenes. Putting everything together has been a lot of work, but I am enjoying seeing everything come to light.

I hope you are all enjoying the different pattern hacks, mash-ups, and all of the awesome prizes.  Our prize sponsors have been amazing.  Read all the way to the end for the rafflecopter to win some great patterns.  I hope you have been reading along all week, learning some new tricks, and winning some prizes.  We are also playing games and giving away prizes in our Facebook group Sofilantjes Sew and Show.  Here is my contribution. I hope you try it out.  Before I start I want to mention that throughout the post there are some affiliate links.  I get a small percentage of each sale to feed my fabric addiction.  The struggle is real.

For those of you that know me you know that I LOVE a good romper/one piece. For those that don’t know me let me tell you a little about myself.  I LOVE a good romper/one piece.  I hate having to look for the matching shirt or pants. Separates are ANNOYING, but that’s just me. The end of last year I made Miss Diva an Otium Domi Romper.  We love it.  Since that one is for the cooler months.  She needs something for summer.

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Cute right??

When I was talking to Anne about what I would make I knew instantly that I was going to use the Solis bodice and the Domi Shorts. So let’s get started, shall we?

First make your Solis bodice exactly as stated in the instructions. When you’re done put it to the side.

Next start on your Domis.  I did the rounded pocket.  It’s my favorite.  The only change I made with the pocket was instead of a 3/8″ s.a. I used 1/4″ so the ribbing was wider.

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Continue following the instructions through to step 12.  When you get to 12 stop. Here is where I started making changes.

The next thing you need to do is lay your Domi shorts out right side down.  I hemmed them at this point.  I used wash away wonder tape to hold the fabric in place while I sewed it down.  Next you sew the front and back rises.

We’re almost done! Now lay your shorts in front of you with the crotch up.  Now it’s time to prep the fabric for your snaps.  I need more coffee and a donut.  Your need a 3/8″ wide scrap piece of interfacing to apply to the crotch seam allowance. Once the interfacing is applied sew the crotch pieces down and add your snaps.

I used chalk to mark my placement. Hopefully, you can see it in the pictures, because I can barely see it and I TOOK them soooo…

Now that the tedious chore of adding snaps is done we need to attach the waistband.  Follow the instructions up to actually attaching the waistband.  Instead of using the 3/8″ s.a. like the instructions state you want to use 1/4″ s.a. to attach the waistband to the pants.

LAST STEP!!!!! Push the elastic down in your waistband. Quarter mark your Domis and do the same on the Solis bodice.  Now match your quarters marks.  Using a 1/4″ s.a. attach the Solis bodice to your Domi shorts using your favorite method.  You may add a drawstring at this point or tie a piece of twill tape and sew it down to look like a functioning drawstring.

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YOU. ARE. FINISHED!!!!!!

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I hope you enjoyed my quick tutorial. Until May 29th you can go purchase your Solis Tunic and Dress, Domi Sweats and any other pattern (excluding bundles) that you would like for 25% off using code CELEBRATE.  Please make sure you visit the other blogs and see what they have made for you.

From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynnBeri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

 

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P.S. I LOVE a good outtake.  Here they are. Enjoy them. My daughter is such a ham.

She’s asking me about the train passing by and then she’s more interested in the drawstring and her pockets than she is taking pictures and I have no idea what’s happening in that 1st picture.

Gracious Threads – Wild Rose Dress and Romper

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Well helllloooo. So we meet again. I decided to dust the blog off and write a couple of posts this week.

Last week I was a pinch hitter (Excuse the baseball term. My son is playing t-ball this year.) for Jessica at Gracious Threads. She needed a few people to sew up her latest pattern on short notice. I had a laundry list AND a full plate, so why not add 1 more thing, am I right?? So I tore through my fabric stash looking for the perfect combination of knit and woven fabrics. Not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT. I found them.

I sewed up the dress version. There are many options: dress length, maxi dress, shorts and pants romper. I chose the dress length. It was a fast sew and I loved the results. My son loved it too. He kept telling his sister how cute her dress was.

I know at this point you are wondering where in the world you can get yours. Well you have your choice of sites Gracious Threads direct site or Etsy.  It’s on sale for $5.00 until Tuesday.  Don’t hesitate. It’s worth every penny. Or you could just try to win a copy from me!

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Mash it Up!

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This was a guest post that I did on Sofilantjes Patterns blog.

Thanks for having me, Anne.  I hope I don’t embarrass myself.  Hi everybody! My name is Melissa and I blog over at Tales of a Tester.  I have 2 beautiful, rambunctious children.  I love sewing for them.  I have been sewing for 3.5 years and I really wish I hadn’t waited so long to learn.  It’s my everyday stress reliever. Although those that sew know sewing can be just as stressful.  I may or may not have stressed myself out by making silly mistakes, but that’s neither here nor there. So let’s get started shall we?

I will be showing you how to mash patterns together to make something new.  I chose the Domi Sweats and the Otium Girls.  I have wanted to mash the Otium or Summer Surprise Top with another designer’s pattern for awhile.  Then Anne made the Domi sweats pattern (which I tested) and I was hooked like most others.  So I decided to make a romper with the 2 patterns.  This is how I did it.  I made the 18months.  There are probably easier/better ways to mash these 2 patterns together, but this way works for me.  There are 2 ways the romper can be accomplished.*  I am going to show you how to make it for our babies that are still in diapers.

The pattern calls for 1.25″ elastic for the waist you will need 1″ instead. After cutting the pattern out you’ll want to add a strip of interfacing  (3/8″ wide x length of pants you’re making) to the crotch and down the inner leg of all 4 pants pieces.

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Follow the instructions until you complete sewing the front legs and back legs together. I’ll wait…  Are you finished? Good.   Now stop.  Open up one leg and lay it flat, right side up.  Place the other leg right side down and sew the crotch together. Now fold over the interfacing and press (I used fabric glue here instead of pins after I pressed). Sew it down on both legs.  It should look like this.

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Baste the legs closed at the ankle and add the cuff.  I then put the snaps on. I did the snap in the center of the crotch first. Then worked my way up from the ankle. Now you should have pants without the waistband.

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Prep the waistband following the instructions. I’ll wait again.  Just let me know when you get back… Back? Good.  Attach the waistband to the pants and make sure you are very precise with your seam allowance. Push the elastic down in the waistband and set the pants aside.

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On to the Otium.  I wanted the top to fall at my daughter’s belly button, so I shortened the the front and back bodices by 3 inches.  I suggest you make a muslin of the bodice for this step. So you can figure out how much you want to take off.  If you are going to make the diagonal pocket you also need to adjust that piece.

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Follow the instructions for construction and I’ll wait… again. I have plenty of shows on my DVR to keep me busy while I wait.

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Done? Good. We are now in the home stretch!! Now you are going to attach the top to the pants.  Remember pushing the elastic down? That’s to make sure it’s out of the way.  Instead of a 3/8″ seam allowance we will use a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the top wrong side out and mark the centers of the waistband and the bottom of the top.  Match quarter marks and make sure the front of your top and the front of your pants match (don’t ask me why I say this…). Stretch the waistband to fit as you sew with 1/4″ s.a.

ALL DONE!

We love it.  I am a big fan of one piece outfits.  I don’t have to look for matching pieces or figure out outfits in the wee hours of the morning when I have to dress her so we can take her brother to school.  It’s also Daddy approved.  Gotta make those diaper changes easy.



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*Alternatively, if you do not want to do snaps along the legs you can do snaps down the back or down the front of the top.  You would cut 2 of either the front or the back and add 3/8″ seam allowance down the middle.  Interface the top like you did the pants.  As far as the collar you will fold it in half lengthwise and round the short ends.  Match the raw edge of the short end to the corners and sew the collar to the neckline.  Finish the neckline and press.  Baste the bottom of the top together and with 1/4″ s.a. attach the top to the pants.

Check out the other guest posts.

December 21: Sewing with knits Shani Sews
Januari 8: Sewing on the perfect binding Droomstoffen
Januari 14: How to make your on bias tapeBoevenbende
Febuari 1: French seams Winingwife
Feburari 14: Handstitching the right waySprouting Jube Jube
March 7: Buttons/buttonholes Maryall Made
March 14: How to alter a patternDeka Wear

Thanks for hanging out with me. Until next time!

Melissa

 

A New Look: Gracious Threads Blog Tour

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A New Look: Gracious Threads Blog Tour

Oh my! It has been a long time hasn’t it? We’ve had an interesting and stressful summer and beginning of fall. Hopefully, we are on the down swing around here. I signed up to participate in a blog tour for Gracious Threads.  Jess has revamped her patterns and gave her website a new look.  So to celebrate she decided to have some bloggers sew a “new look” with one or more of her patterns.

At first I couldn’t figure out what I was going to do.  How was I going to make these joggers look “new”.  I had some black jean and decided to start there.  After watching my son crawl around on his knees EVERYWHERE I decided these joggers needed some knee patches.  My son is HARD on his jeans.  ALL of the knees on his pants are 4 shades lighter than the rest.  I have been holding onto some Lightning McQueen fabric for him and I thought LMQ patches are just what these joggers need.  Lightning McQueen JoggersMy son loves them.  Anything, that has Lightning McQueen on them is better than candy to this kid.  He’s obsessed.  He may or may not have demanded that he wear these to school.  I’m happy to oblige.  I love that he loves everything I make him.

These joggers are a new favorite simply because they are a nap time sew.  Any pattern that takes a nap time and looks like it took a long time to sew is a favorite of mine.  Check him out in his joggers and leave a comment to win your own pattern.

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There is also a BIG SALE going on.  So if you don’t win your Jasper Joggers from me you can pick up your own here for 40% off with the code “ANEWLOOK”. #stillwinning

Check out some of the other awesome bloggers below and show them some love.

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Nov 16 – Handmade Boy * From A Box * Inspinration * Blessed X 5

Nov 17 – Sew Starly * Sewing by Ti * Climbing the Willow * Kopy Kat Kidz

Nov 18 – Rebel and Malice * Willow and Stitch * Tales of a Tester

Nov 19 – Sew Happily Ever AfterLulu and Celeste * Sew Sophie Lynn

Nov 20 – Handcrafted by Red * Just Add Fabric * Made by Sara

Nov 21 – Create Three Point Five * Lacasa Cactus * The Wholesome Mama

Dive into Swimsuits: Taking the Lakehouse to the Shore

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Dive into Swimsuits: Taking the Lakehouse to the Shore

I am so excited to be a part of my first blog tour!!!!! Cole’s Creations is one of my favorite pattern shops.  I test for Nicole regularly and I am a big fan (I’m also a fan of her mom! Hi Miss Beth!).  Her directions are very clear and concise.  She makes “scary” fabrics a lot less scary.   Cole’s Creations has 3 swimsuits (All 4 OneBow-a-liciousThe Lakehouse).  I decided to do The Lakehouse (sizes 1/2-16!!) for this blog tour and as my 2nd swimsuit.  Nicole is a swimwear/leotard FANATIC.   She lives and breathes swimsuits and leotards. Me? Not so much.  I just purchased one for Darling Diva last month and it sat in the bag until a couple of days ago.  Why make one when I can buy one? Right? WRONG!! I couldn’t decide where I wanted to go with this blog post, and then I remembered the forgotten suit.  So we’re going to touch on the fit for a little bit.  The purchased suit is very cute, but since I’ve tried it on her I see some of the pitfalls of buying vs. making your own.

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She’s sad because the fit stinks😦

Glancing at it you might think it fits fine.  Taking a closer look you can see it does not fit her snugly.  The suit gaps under her arms, the front hangs precariously low and it’s baggy.  I feel like she might have a wardrobe malfunction à la Janet Jackson.  We don’t want or need that.  Come around to the back and you see her diaper.  Not just the leg ruffles, but you can start to see some of the actual diaper itself.  It’s also baggy down her back.  The fit is just not good all around.  Now don’t get me wrong it’s a cute suit, but now that I’ve made a couple I have higher standards. We took a trip as a family to Joann’s and started digging in the swimsuit fabrics.  I saw these and immediately thought mermaid. 20150530_113137 Got my fabrics home and got to work.  I realized right away this was a very slinky choice that I made.  It slips everywhere and was actually quite annoying to cut out.  When it came time to actually construct the swimsuit, pinning it was getting on my nerves.  Then I remembered I had fabric glue!   Sing with me…  HAAAAAL-LE-LU-JAH!!!

GO GET THIS RIGHT NOW!!

GO GET ONE RIGHT NOW!!

I glued the pieces together and ignored the pins for most of the suit construction.  If you do not have fabric glue you need to get some.  It will save you heartache and sanity. GO NOW! I’ll wait. Are you back? Good, let’s continue.  These slinky fabrics move and shift and the glue keeps them right in place.  No worrying that the serger will shift your fabric.  If you are like me and like to use your regular machine, get a walking foot.  Between the walking foot and glue the suit came together beautifully and quickly. The fit of The Lakehouse was great.  During construction I shortened the leg elastics by 1/2″ and I probably could have done a full inch.  You can see it’s not baggy, there is no gapping under her arms, and no diaper showing.  It just fits her better all around.

MA! Look at all of those store bought suits.

MA! Look at all of those store bought suits.

Front2 Front BackSquat Once I had my mermaid suit completed we took it to the shore (the shore is NJ for beach) to test it out.  Well you can see for yourself.  It’s a great pattern and you can do so much with it.  You can make it as sweet or as sassy as you want.  The Lakehouse lasted the day at the beach.  She looked very comfortable and she wasn’t tugging at it at all.  Now, the hats I put on her she couldn’t rip them off of her head fast enough. Water ANIMATION copy I really enjoyed making this swimsuit.  Like I said previously, Nicole makes the scary things less scary.  You just need to get the knit fear out of your head and do it.  I don’t want to sound like a crazy fan girl, but I am what I am.  If you have not tried one of her patterns (or her baby sisters’ patterns Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates) you seriously should.  You won’t be disappointed.

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