Month: March 2016

www.From-a-Box.com PJ Party Lab

It’s a PJ Party!

{Pajamas in the Laboratory}

What’s the perfect (and possibly the only) garment to sew for a preteen boy that he will actually wear???  PAJAMAS shorts!  especially pajamas shorts in awesome fabrics.

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For my stop on the Spring Break Pajamas Party Blog Tour, I wanted to sew for my son.  He is 11 years old, and doesn’t get many opportunities to model handmade clothes sewn by his Mom.  The PJ’s party was the perfect opportunity.

But then the Sew Your Stash Challenge for March was added.  The theme this month is ‘Dolls, Plushies, and Toys’.  eek… now what?  How do I make PJs for my preteen son having to do with toys???  AND use fabric and patterns from my stash?  I came up with the pajamas shorts with a science laboratory twist.  And I think if you stretch you imagination with me, I met the challenge 🙂

This is Pajamas in the Laboratory!

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I used my favorite pajamas pants pattern, Simplicity 1605.  I made boys size Large, but only used a 1/4″ seam allowance because he is between the boys and the mens sizes.  Instead of a casing for the elastic, I used my serger to overlock stitch the elastic to the top of the shorts, and then folded over and used my sewing machine with a narrow zigzag.  This makes a nice waistband that doesn’t roll or shift.

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From my stash, I had this Micheal Miller Science Fair fabric collection.  It was planned to be PJ’s or maybe a blanket/quilt or maybe bags someday.  It was always intended to be for my son.  Now I know that I bought it for this Pajamas Party Blog Tour!  It fit the theme of ‘toys’ for an 11 year old boy.  And since growing 2 inches and gaining 8 pounds in the last 3 months, he needed new PJ shorts. I made a pair of shorts from each of the 3 fabrics in my stash, and top stitched in coordinating threads.

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BUT my favorite part of this project, was the photo shoot… creating the scenes of science with his toys was a lot of fun!

This is the molecule fabric, so he works with his microscope and looks up information on his computer.

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This is the chemistry fabric, so he mixes his solutions to make slime, smoke, and bubbling goo, while wearing safety goggles of course.

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This is the physics fabric, so he builds his Legos – and the Newton Apple was a last minute add from his Dad.

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My son’s favorite moment was when Zazzles the cat made the photo shoot too.

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And the best part of this blog tour for YOU, is all the sponsors, discounts, and give-aways!!!  Keep reading below for all the details and the location for prize entries.

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
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Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Sprouting JubeJube to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!

We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:

Fabric Sponsors

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by The Handmaiden’s Cottage. You could win 2 patterns of your choice! Visit The Handmaiden’s Cottage to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 22nd at 11:59pm. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 23rd and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Want to win more prizes? Visit Create 3.5 tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers.

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st

www.From-a-Box.com Easter Dress in Voile

Easter Dresses in Voile

Voile Fabric… wondering what it is?  wondering what to do with it?  wondering if you should try it?  or, maybe, you have tried it, you know what to do with it, and you are wondering what your next project with voile fabric should be.

I am here to share with you my project in voile fabric and to inspire you to make something in voile fabric of your own.

Using voile fabric and a PDF pattern from Whimsical Fabric online store, I made this darling dress for my 6 1/2 year old daughter.

This is her Easter dress.

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The voile fabric is Kladi Under Shadow from the Skopelos collection by Art Gallery – HERE in the Whimsical Fabric store.  The pettiskirt is Pure Elements in Fuschia also from Whimsical Fabric and cotton candy pink netting from my local shop.  The PDF Pattern is the Bateau Garden Dress designed by Winter Wear, yes, also available at Whimsical Fabric.

* the fabric was purchased by me with a discount, and the pattern was provided to me in exchange for the stitch up and the write up *

The BEST part of the project is the super-yummy voile fabric from Whimsical Fabric, and the oh-so-fluffy pettiskirt under the dress designed by Winter Wear Designs.

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So let’s talk about voile fabrics.

I don’t want to disappoint you, but other than the most luxurious, buttery-softest, and most lovely fabric you have ever worked with, sewing with voile is no different than sewing with good quilting cotton.  I suggest using a very sharp microtex needle, and setting your tension to work with lighter weight fabrics – but otherwise, I worked with voile fabric just like I work with other cottons.

The big difference is the wearability!  Just like flannel fabric is super cozy for pajamas or for blankets – voile is so-very comfortable for garments.  Especially for a draping shirt or a flowing skirt, and especially for this Easter Dress for my girl.  The soft circle skirt with the fluffy skirt underneath works perfectly in voile fabric.

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As for care of voile fabric- there are no special considerations.  I prewashed the fabric and lost little yardage due to shrinkage (remember, this is from Art Gallery, so it’s the good stuff).  I used my usual DRY & HOT setting on the iron.  I sprayed water for pressing and setting the seams.  At completion, I used Best Press spray.  After sewing, I washed and dried this dress, pressed it, and this is how it looks… pretty good, yes?!

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My daughter’s Easter dress is made from the Bateau Garden Dress PDF Pattern designed by Winter Wear Designs.  It is the scoop back dress cut at the size 7 vintage length with the tulle pettiskirt.  The pettiskirt is gathered tightly under the waist of the dress to add some poof.  Because the voile fabrics are softer and thiner than other cottons, the gathers make up beautifully!  Honestly, I think these are some of my most perfect gathers simply because the fabric is so supple.  The neckline is understitched and the circle skirt is hemmed with the 3/8″ bias made from the fuschia solid fabric.  The bodice is completely lined, and the skirt seams are finished with a serger.

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Again, back to the fabrics… as I said these are Art Gallery fabrics and they are some of the very best on the market (imo)… Art Gallery doesn’t disappoint in the fabric prints, colors, quality, and styles.  And as you know, I shop Whimsical Fabric online store because of their selection, customer service, fair prices, and super-quick shipping — Go shopping HERE.

The team at Whimsical Fabric is engaging, supportive, and helpful – and their Facebook Group is always busy and exciting with contests, prizes, special deals, and friendly connections — Join the group HERE.

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There are other seamstresses sharing their projects in voile fabrics – please visit them, leave a nice comment, and start planning your own projects with voile fabrics!

3/14: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/15: Denita from Hattielu Handmade
3/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/17: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins
3/18: Stacey from From a Box

You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.

3/14

A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

{For the Love of Legends Blog Tour, hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters}
For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters

Read along for the blog lineup & prize package give-aways… enjoy!

Featuring the Jezebelle apron PDF pattern designed by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns to share the famous legend of A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.

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The legend has many interpretations.  The most famous is the Irish story of Leprechauns leaving pots of gold at the end of rainbows.  Or something about fairies leaving the gold to be guarded by Leprechauns.  And sometimes there is an old farmer and his wife involved in the myth.  I think the point of the legend is mostly the same… Because a rainbow is a circle arcing across the sky, and you can only see a portion of it, the end of the rainbow does not really exist, so the pot of gold is never attainable – meaning that you can keep following that rainbow looking the reward of a pot of gold, but you will not get there to find it.  (geez, that sounds kinda pathetic now that I type it out…)

Let’s try another interpretation… Some versions of the A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow legend take a spiritual theme.  Such as, if you chase a rainbow only expecting to find a pot of gold at the end, you will be disappointed.  In other words, enjoy the journey.  I guess if you are traveling a rainbow, that’s a reward already.

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Because it is St. Patrick’s Day this week, I chose the A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow legend to contribute to the For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters.

For the pot of gold, I needed a gold fabric pocket. I re-purposed a dance costume to get the gold fabric. The rainbow needed to arc across the garment to end in the pot of gold, or the pocket in this case.  I pulled one of my favorite patterns for adapting a theme to a wearable garment.  It’s a flirty apron pattern called the Jezebelle Apron by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns.  (I featured the same apron for The Day of the Dead Celebration HERE and again HERE)

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The apron pattern is completely reversible, although that is not needed for my adaption today.  The pocket is gathered and rounded, and looks perfectly like a pot of gold.

The rainbow, however, was a bit of a struggle.  The apron bodice is fitted with princess seams to make it so flirty.  My vision was to have a quarter of the rainbow arc across the right side into the pocket on the left side skirt.  Getting the curved shape of the arc across the fitted bodice was challenging to say the least.  This project spent many nights in time out when I just couldn’t look at anymore. — ever have a project that just needs to sit in the corner until you can work with it again.  Finally, I found this rainbow ribbon in my collection, and borrowing a ‘mannequin with boobs’ from my friend, I was able to achieve the arc that I wanted.  Then I just stitched 5 rows of ribbon following the arc with gold metallic top stitching, and I had my rainbow!

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And I have to say, I am very happy with the results!  I managed to represent a favorite legend in a wearable garment! Not to sound too trite or too cheesy – I followed the rainbow long enough and found a pot of gold.

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Thank you to the ladies at CraftingCon and Phat Quarters for another FUN and Challenging  blog tour.

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
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The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
3/15
Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
3/16
Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
3/17
The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
3/18
PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson Says•Friends Stitched Together

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