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Poolside Fun in a Towel Coverup

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE so it must be time for a Pool Side Beach Party blog tour hosted by Deb (Sprouting Jube Jube) and Ula (lulu & celeste).  My contribution is a swimsuit coverup made from a beach towel using the ModKid Hailey pattern.

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The beach towel is from Wal-mart and cost less than $5 and was just enough for a size 7 Hailey tunic length.  I pulled bright yellow woven fabric from my stash for the beach cover up ruffle on the bottom.  To finish the neckline and the sleeves, I used 1/2″ store bought binding.  The empire waist is gathered with 1″ elastic sewn down with 3  rows of stitching.

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Because this swim cover up worked up so easy and looks so good, I went back and bought more terry cloth beach towels to sew up a few more coverups for my daughter’s swim friends.  So stayed tuned – more to come!

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And now for the blog tour GOODIES!

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Quilt Block Skirt: May Love for Mom

{Quilt Along at Whimsical Fabric}

This is something new for me… I made Quilt Blocks.  Following the May Quilt Blocks at Whimsical Fabric, I stitched up 5 Heart Quilt Blocks in some Riley Blake fabrics.  Then I pieces the blocks with a blue coordinate to make a border on a simple gathered skirt for my daughter.

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Whimsical Fabric is hosting a Quilt Along this year.  They introduce a new quilt block every month with a complete tutorial to help you make your own blocks.  You can look them up HERE.

For May, the block was a heart to show LOVE for Mom.

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(see more Heart Quilt Blocks in the Whimsical Fabric Facebook Group HERE)

Most often, I sew garments for my kids – usually my 6 year old daughter.  I feel rushed to make all the cute girl patterns out there while she is still willing to wear what I make.  I figure there is time later in my sewing hobby to make for me and to quilt.  So, most of my projects are girlie clothes.  But, after working some heavy hours at my day job over the past few weeks, I wanted a different project that didn’t require me to figure out too much and that I could finish quickly to feel the rush of something done.  The Whimsical Fabric’s Quilt Along was perfect!  (remember, I told you the tutorial tells you exactly what to cut, and how to stitch it… simple)

After I made my 5 quilt blocks, now what???

Well…. I guess I returned to my comfort zone and put them on a quick skirt.

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From-a-Box celebrates Sofilantjes 2 year anniversary!

Sofilantjes 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

Have you been following the anniversary celebration at Sofilantjes?  It’s the designer’s 2nd Anniversary, and it’s been a spectacular blog tour and week of games, pattern discounts (25% off your purchase (bundles excluded) with code CELEBRATE), give aways, & so much inspiration to create.  Her sponsors for the celebration are some of the best in the business – much THANKS to them for making this possible.

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For the blog tour, Anne challenged her bloggers to mash, twist, extend, and transform her patterns.  She told us to use any of her patterns, even several of her patterns at once, to make our most creative garment possible… and we DID deliver!

These are the highlights and my personal FAVEs…

Pockets! Pockets! and more Pockets!

There were extra pockets, cargo pockets, inseam pockets, and kangaroo pockets shared on the tour.

top left to bottom right:

From-a-Box | Adventures of Bubba & Bug | Moonstar | SewSophieLynn | Candice Ayala

 

For me, one of the most UNIQUE transformations for the newest pattern, the Solis Tunic and Dress is Braided Straps… I am trying this trick, for sure!

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Another unique mash up on Sofilantjes Patterns that I have to guess surprised Anne, was the SWIMSUIT made from the Solis pattern and the free Liv Skirt pattern – so much creativity!

 

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And then of course there were gorgeous dresses for the girlies!  with super twirly skirts, longer tunic styles, and even a super sweet peplum skirt.

top left to bottom right:

Bellevi | Pienkel | Inspinration | Jennifer on Sofilantjes

Paired with the most popular Domi pants pattern, there were tutorials to mash up patterns into a ROMPER – yes! a romper.

top to bottom:

BeriBee | Tales of a Tester | Rebel & Malice

And finally, Let’s hear it for the BOYS… (and the ice cream we had for dinner!)

Nononsonsmoms | Lucky Mieke

 

The FINAL Give-away is TODAY… and it is the best!  (think of the finale at a Fireworks Show)… be sure the ENTER to WIN here a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit all of the sponsors… again, Anne gathered the best!

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Pocket Pants in Goats

HAPPY 2 Year ANNIVERSARY Sofilantjes!  It’s been an exciting year full of patterns, tutorials, mash-ups, hacks, and such creativeness!  I am happy to be part of the anniversary blog tour.  To celebrate the anniversary, I pulled my FAVORITE goat fabric and made a capri Domi pants with plenty of pockets for my girl.  I LOVE this fabric!  almost as much as I LOVE the Sofilantjes Domi Pants Pattern.  And then with the extra pockets… ok, yes, that’s enough gushing – let’s get to the good stuff.

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The Domi Pants Pattern come with options for front pockets.  I added back and side pockets to my capri pants.  The side pockets include a velco tab closure.

Here are pictures of the simple steps to add these pockets.

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Before I go on… make sure to join the Sofilantjes Facebook group to learn more about the patterns, interact with the experienced seamstresses, and for the chance to WIN free stuff!

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The matching top is from the Solis Dress Pattern, but only the bodice pieces with an additional 5″ of length to make it into a tank top.  And the cute goat is proudly displayed on the back.

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Want your own Sofilantjes Patterns?  You can WIN patterns during the huge celebration  – visit the Sofilantjes blog HERE to enter.  OR, purchase HERE using discount code CELEBRATE for 25% off all patterns (bundles excluded, expires May 26th)

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Enjoy all the creatively at each of these blogs:
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

NOW for the celebration…

Day 1: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 25, 12.00 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 2: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam time)
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Day 3: 10 patterns to give away. Will run until May 27 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 4: 11 patterns to give away. Will run until May 28 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)  Enter here… a Rafflecopter giveaway
Day 5: 9 patterns to give away. Will run until May 29 12AM (GMT+1)(Amsterdam Time)   Enter here…a Rafflecopter giveaway

And… one last shot of the goat pants since they are so AWESOME!

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Summer Solis Dress

The latest design from Sofilantjes is the Solis Dress, and it is PERFECT for summer weather.  The PDF Pattern makes a knit fabric dress (or tunic) with a racerback tank top.  It is a very unique design!  And it is easy to make if you have experience with knit fabrics – if you dont, then just take your time, and ask for help HERE.

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The skirt can be made with pleats or as a full circle.  Just so you know, the full skirt version makes a super twirl skirt!  It can be a dress or a tunic.  And it has inseam POCKETS.  I think every garment should have pockets!

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The Solis pattern is offered in sizes 12 months to 14 years.

I made a size 6 pleated dress for my girl.  It is very fitted, and fit her perfectly.  I suggest measuring your girl to get the fit right.  And be careful sizing up too much because the cut of this top needs to fit.  As with all Sofilantjes patterns, the measurements are spot on.

Another suggestion is to use knit fabric that is less than 50% stretch – really you should use about 30% stretch.  This is because of the fit and underarm cut.  You dont want this saggy.  So pick a sturdy knit fabric.  I used a tight cotton/spandex flowered knit and a cotton pink knit purchased from Jo-ann.  The pattern has the option of adding clear elastic to the neckline.  I didnt have any, and am not particularly skilled at using clear elastic, so I omitted it.  And since my outer knit fabric had good recovery to it, I didnt need it.

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The pattern meets the typical high quality expected from Sofilantjes – see my other garments HERE, HERE, and HERE.  There are line drawings, printing in layers, clear & concise instructions, measurements and fabric charts, a summary of steps at the end, and TONS of example photos from her testers.

The Solis Pattern is on sale for only 2 days… and make sure you join the Sofilantjes Sew and Show FB group to meet other Sofilantjes fans.

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Little Gypsy Queen Dress for Spring

This dress is ready for Spring Twirling!

I made this dress with a full circle patchwork skirt, gathered neckline, and back bow from the PDF Pattern designed by Handmaiden’s Cottage.  It’s the Little Gypsy Queen pattern.

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The fabric is the Dreamin’ Vintage collection by Art Gallery from Whimsical Fabric online shop.  It was their Wacky Wednesday deal in March… Join the group HERE to get the deals and join the challenges.

The fabric is SO pretty!  I love the blues, yellows, and purples.  Making the dress, I was continually reminded of the beds sheets at my Granny’s house.  Then it made sense.  The fabric collection is a retro print inspired by those bed sheets that I remember.

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The dress pattern features a patchwork skirt that makes a full circle skirt, and that means plenty of twirly fun for girlie.  The waist is wrapped in a band that ties at the back in a sweet bow.  The bodice and gathered neck is made in the prettiest blue fabric of the collection.  The bodice is fully lined in a cotton white fabric and finished at the arms and the waist.   The dress fits comfy with the easy elastic around the top and the adjustable waist.  The bottom of the dress is finished with a narrow hem below the knees.

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Besides making this dress for Whimsical Fabrics Wacky Wednesday challenge, this dress was made as my first ever garment made just for sale.  I joined the Handmaiden’s Cottage Pattern Showcase Sale hosted by Landocolors on their Facebook Page HERE.  The showcase features pattern designs from Handmaiden’s Cottage patterns.  The garments for sale on the Facebook Page range from Women’s Skirts & Aprons to Doll Dresses, and of course includes little girls and big girls Dresses, Tops and Pants.  So many beautiful clothes!  in all the Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns.

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This was my first opportunity to try out selling online, and I am so thankful for the opportunity.   But alas, my dress did not sell.  To be honest, I am disappointed, but not surprised.  However, I feel challenged now, and think I will be looking further into the online market for handmade items.  I want to try it out more.

Here is one last look at my Little Gypsy Queen Dress for Spring…

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Easy Pocket Apron Tutorial

{Bought to you by Whimsical Fabric Tuesday Tutorial}

Need a simple to make apron with customized pockets?  Get your free Tutorial and free Pattern Template HERE.

The apron features a large front pocket that you can make into individual compartments to fit your necessities, like a pen and pencil, notepad, keys, reading glasses, and of course your cell phone.  The apron ties in the back around your waist.

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Using less then 2 yards of fabric from Whimsical Fabric, I designed this Easy Pocket Apron and you can have the free pattern.  The supplies, printable template, and instructions are available to you.

And look at all the fabrics on Whimsical Fabric online shop.  I very much appreciate working with the ladies at this shop.  The fabric quality is high offering designer collections, shipping is FAST, the customer service is supportive and helpful, the fabric prices and shipping costs are good & reasonable (and sometimes spectacular! on sale), and I especially enjoy the activities & challenges on their Facebook group – see HERE, and HERE, and HERE.

And for some instant inspiration for your own Easy Pocket Apron, here are the pocket aprons that I made:

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Fabric: Arrow Flight collection by Michael Miller, available HERE

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Fabric: Country Girls collection by Riley Blake, out of print

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Fabric: Be My Honey collection by Moda, out of print

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