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Halloween Magic Dress

[Whimsical Fabric Wacky Wednesday Bundle}

Yes, it’s time to start thinking about Fall, and that means Halloween.  This week’s Wacky Wednesday Bundle at Whimsical Fabric will get you in the spirit for Halloween Magic.

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This week’s bundle is Halloween Magic from Riley Blake stitched up in the Oliver + S Pinwheel Dress.  (offered HERE)  For my almost-7-year -old daughter this is a fun combo.  The pattern offers a slip dress and a tunic.  I made both so we have some layering options.

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I love the swinging skirts that tuck up in the front.  And the bias trim detail – I am a sucker for anytime I can make my own bias trim.  In my world, the more fabric combos you can use the better!  Bias trim is another fabric to use, so YAY!

This is why I LOVE the bundle deals on Wednesdays… a perfect fabric combo!

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The Wacky Wednesday Deal is offered at 12 noon central on the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group.  It is only offered until it sells out which is usually in the first 24 hours.  This bundle includes the 5 fabric prints, and you can buy a Full Yard bundle (5 total yards) or a Half Yard bundle (2.45 total yards).  Of course, multiple bundles will be cut in continuous yardage.

And while you at Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group, look around, make some friends, and find so much inspiration.

Happy Wednesday!  And an early Happy Halloween, I hope yours is full of Halloween Magic.

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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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www.From-a-Box Sofilantjes Goat Pants

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)

From-a-Box celebrates Sofilantjes 2 year anniversary!

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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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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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