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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

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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.

Cowl Neck Top for a Teen

{Hibernis | Pattern by Sofilantjes}

Want to sew for a teenager?  But don’t know what to sew for a teen girl?  My teenage niece is lovin’ the Hibernis Cowl Neck Top!  It has a flattering fit that looks stylish.  She even said it is her favorite of all the tops I have made her – yes, that makes this Aunt feel really good 🙂

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The Hibernis Cowl Neck Top PDF Pattern is just released by Sofilantjes Patterns.  You can check out all the testers version HERE.  And of course it is offered at a special price HERE – but act fast, it’s a limited offer.

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Sofilantjes provided the test pattern to me, and I stitched up a size 13 for my niece with short sleeves, princess seams, and side pockets.  Because she is tall and thin, I slimmed down the top front and back sides to a size 12, just to keep it fitted on her.  The pattern is supposed to fit slim, and not super bulky around the middle – this stylish feature is consistent throughout the Sofilantjes Patterns.

My niece modeled it for me this morning, and then wore it to school…

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The most unique feature of this new Sofilantjes Pattern is the removable cowl or scarf around the neckline.  It is secured with two buttoned or snapped flaps on the shoulders.

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I used a multi-color zigzag patterned knit for the front and back and cowl, a black knit for the sides and sleeves, and a magenta knit for the side pockets.  The neckband, waistband, and pocket trim is a ribbed black knit.  All fabrics are from Jo-anns.  I used my serger to piece the top together and a double-needle on my sewing machine for top stitching and hemming.

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The Sofilantjes Pattern is for intermediate seamstresses – in my opinion.  While working with knit fabrics is not difficult, the amount of pieces and the placement of the side pockets does take some patience.  But, the pattern instructions will help you make this top for your girlie.  And the Sofilantjes Sew & Show Facebook Group is super helpful if needed.

The Cowl Neck Shirt Pattern comes in sizes 12m to 14.  The pattern contains: Instructions with both pictures and graphics (+ VIDEO LINK!), a summary in writing and a summary in graphics, A4 and leter size trimless pattern pieces and a A0 file.  The instructions are complete and easy to follow.  Yes, I am a Sofilantjes fan-girl – but with good reason, her patterns are very well done.

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www.From-a-Box.com Petit Oiseau Blog Tour

Petit Oiseau Blog Tour

My girl’s newest outfit is quite unique… it is a Filles a Maman pattern with an AWESOME ruffle that stretches from shoulder to wrist across the shirt.  And because ruffles are so awesome, I added the same ruffle piece from the pattern to the pants.  I will admit, I think myself pretty clever to have re-used the awesome ruffle from the pattern on the pants too.

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This is the Petit Oiseau shirt, designed by Filles a Maman, and available HERE (on sale too!).  It is a dolman style shirt in knit fabrics available for sizes 12m-14y.  It can be made in short sleeves or long sleeves.  And with or without the asymmetrical ruffle.  All versions are kinda funky & quite lovely at the same time.  Very modern.

I made the long sleeve version in a heavier gray knit fabric quilted with hearts and the top of the right sleeve and ruffle in a pink knit fabric.  I added 1″ to the shirt length to cover my tall girlie.

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Then I made pants to match… I used my handy leggings pattern but cut at the waistband and pieced another asymmetrical ruffle in there.  It is the same ruffle from the Petit Oiseau shirt pattern but with both ends finished.  I simply started the ruffle a bit off center in the front and wrapped it around.  It must have been meant-to-be because the ruffle length fit perfectly!

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This made up a cozy warm outfit for my daughter… I hope you will enjoy seeing all the versions of the Petit Oiseau on tour this week.

Monday, November 30th:

Call AjaireNeedle and TedPaisley RootsHouse of Estrela

Tuesday December 1st:

Coffee and ThreadMax CaliforniaSew ThriftyConversas de Hermanas

Wednesday December 2nd:

Just Add FabricSprouting JubeJubeThread Riding HoodFrom a Box

Thursday December 3rd:

Rebel and MaliceSew Shelly SewCreate 3.5Made by Sara

Friday December 4th:

A Jennuine LifeLulu & CelesteSew Out of ControlPetit à Petit and Family

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You can buy your Petit Oiseau HERE in the shop at the special price of $6 (USD) for the duration of the tour, from Monday November 30th to Friday December 4th, 2015.

And of course, there is a GIVEAWAY sponsored by some favorite designers!  Visit the Filles a Maman blog to enter (HERE).

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www.From-a-Box.com ADVTee Pattern Tour

ADVTee Pattern Tour

{Pattern by Sofilantjes… Tour hosted by Sprouting Jube Jube}

This is an ADVTee shirt for my 6 year old daughter.  The pattern is new from Sofilantjes Patterns.  And naturally, I paired the t-shirt with a Liv skirt – a FREE pattern from Sofilantjes.  And keep reading for a discount offer…

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The pattern released last month and I was eager to stitch one up for my girlie.  All of Anne’s patterns are really good!  The pattern pieces are simple to cut, include direction of stretch, print as layers, and line up perfectly.  The instructions are clearly written with plenty of drawings.  And my fave, a summary of steps at the end of the pattern for when this pattern is added to your regular rotation.

The shirt is knit fabrics with a ribbed neckband.  All of the fabrics are from my local Joann’s store.  The pattern can be made in a couple of different options with either long or short sleeves.  I choose to make elbow length sleeves because these are the most suitable length for a kindergartener – warmer than short sleeves but still short enough to stay out of paint and lunch 🙂

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The pattern comes in sizes 12 months to 14 years – huge range of sizes!  and it is unisex to be sewn for boys or girls.

The shirt is a comfy knit t-shirt with flat v-neck or a crossover v-neck.  I made the crossover v-neck with velcro tabs to hold the yoke in place.  And there is even a little pocket that you can choose to put on the front of the t-shirt.

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To make a complete outfit, I made a matching Liv skirt with the round front pockets and yoga style waist band.  Like most current pattern designers, Anne offers a FREE pattern so you can try out her designs.  Then, once you see how her patterns are written and see how her designs stitch together, you will look forward to getting her other patterns.  While I have worked with Sofilantjes Patterns for a couple of years now – see HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE – and continue to look forward to her new patterns, I hope you will try out the ADVTee Pattern or any of her others.

For the Pattern Tour, Anne is offering a 20% off discount with the code “CELEBRATE”… Bundles are excluded from this promotion and the code will be valid from November 30th to December 6th.  You can shop HERE.

Many bloggers are here this week to introduce you to the new ADVTee Pattern.  All of the sneak peeks so far have been amazing!  I hope you will enjoying seeing all of the versions.

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www.From-a-Box.com A New Look Blog Tour: School Spirit Wear Refashion

School Spirit Wear Refashion

{A New Look Blog Tour hosted by Gracious Threads}

How exciting?!  One of my favorite pattern designers & bloggers is celebrating her NEW LOOK with a Blog Tour!  To help Jess at Gracious Threads celebrate, I created a New Look of my own by refashioning a school spirit t-shirt into a twirly dress for my daughter.  I used the Gracious Threads Petra Pattern – which happens to be on sale this week HERE, use code: ANEWLOOK – and a too small, hand me down, t-shirt given to us by my friend Kristin.  My kindergartener loves her custom designed spirit wear!  She is ready to show it off at school tomorrow.

But first, I will show off my school spirit wear refashion to you…

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I am going to show the resulting new look today, and then on Thursday I am going to show you HOW TO CREATE A NEW LOOK by refashioning a spirit t-shirt.  I made sure to take pictures while building this dress to show you how easy it is to adapt a favorite pattern to reuse and repurpose a t-shirt.   Simply by blocking the t-shirt design, the good part of the t-shirt gets reused as the focal point in the new garment.

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The Petra Pattern from Gracious Threads has a shirt option and the twirly dress option.  I have made the shirt before HERE – and I love the design because of the slightly gathered sleeves.  For the dress option, the bodice is cut at empire waist and attached to a 6 panel skirt.  The skirt is designed to end at the knee, but for this refashioned t-shirt, I wanted it to end much shorter to be worn with leggings – kindergarteners need to wear clothes for ready for play.

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And to prove how twirly the Petra Dress Pattern by Gracious Threads turns out, my daughter tested on the playground.

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To complete the refashion, I used Riley Blake knit fabric in red on the blocked bodice and skirt panels.  I used a black and white striped fabric from my stash closet – origins unknown.  The striped fabric is a super stretchy 4 way stretch material, so I was able to use the stripes both vertical on the sleeves and horizontal on the back.  I stitched most of the dress on my serger.  The top-stitching around the sleeve hem and the neck binding was stitched on my sewing machine with a double needle.  The dress hem was stitched on my serger with a rolled hem.

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There are plenty more NEW LOOKS this week to celebrate with Jess at Gracious Threads.  I hope you will visit the other blogs that are participating, and shop the new Gracious Threads site HERE – remember to use the discount code ANEWLOOK all week.

Us bloggers LOVE to know that you are looking and reading and enjoying what we share – please leave us a comment 🙂

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 After* Lulu 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

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www.From-a-Box.com Sew n' Style: Birthday Style

Sew n’ Style: Birthday Style

When I sew, I love collections!  I love themes!  I love to make coordinates!  And I love for my girlie to be involved.  The Sew n’Style Series by Lil Luxe offers all of these loves for me.

This mini collection is to celebrate my daughter’s 6th birthday.  The collection includes her school day outfit, her party dress, and her pajamas – all from Lil Luxe patterns.  That is a complete day of outfits… a very special day of very special outfits created by me and my youngest daughter.

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(and so I don’t forget to tell you… you can create your own mini collection and link it up with  #sewNstyleluxeseries for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  see all the details HERE)

After planning and sketching the outfits for her birthday, my daughter and I liked the Art Gallery Recollection fabric collection best, accented with gold (like a queen), and coordinated with a cheetah spotted fabric for pants.  She wanted a tiara and gold ribbons to look extra royal for her special day.  She wanted pink, but not baby pink – since she was turning 6!  I think we came up with a lovely style for her day….. It’s her Birthday Style!

First, her school day outfit for her birthday—-

This is the Rouche & Division Top pattern in Flowered Engrams Ornate voile fabric from Art Gallery’s Recollections fabric collection.  The neck and sleeves are finished with gold metallic ricrac and a raspberry cotton binding.  I slimmed the flared sides of the top by about 2 inches to take out some of the fullness.  The elbow length sleeves are rouched, and the neck line is a slight boatneck per the pattern.  These are my two favorite features of the pattern.

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The pants are the Slim Trousers pattern in a spotted stretch denim accented with metallic gold ricrac on the pockets and metallic gold zippers at the ankles.

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Matched with gold shoes and gold hair ribbon, my girl is ready for her special day at school.  She received a special birthday welcome from her classmates, heard her name on the morning announcements, and got to show off in her new stylish outfit.

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Next, her party dress for dinner with the family —-

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This is the Charming Tee & Dress pattern in an off-white spandex stretch knit fabric and Remembrose Doilies print fabric, and featuring a pretty white lace to coordinate with the doilies in the print fabric.  The back of the dress is cut out in the pattern.  I choose the enclose the circle with the white lace, as well as cover the front bodice in white lace.  The sleeves are cut to elbow length with gathered lace, same as the bottom hem of the dress, which is with gathered lace.

Paired with a gold tiara and flowery sandals, she was lovely for her birthday dinner.

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And finally, her birthday pajamas —-

After a long day of celebrating becoming 6 years old, my daughter was slept cozy in her birthday pajamas.  This is from the Alley Cat Romper pattern, but made into pajamas.  The fabric is a raspberry knit matched to the Bullion Fronds Carnation knit fabric, again from Art Gallery.  Since this was to be pajamas, I cut the back bodice to be full coverage (without the scoop) and added buttons on a placket.  The pajamas are nice & cozy and nice & roomy for my birthday girl.

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There’s more on tour with the Sew n’Style Series… and remember to link up your own!

Week 1 (8/18-8/20) – Sewing SoberBonnie & LottieSweeter than Cupcakes

Week 2 (8/25-8/27) – Hello HolliMade by Amanda RoseThat’s Sew Kari

Week 3 (9/1-9/3) – Create three point fiveProject DestashSkirtfixation

Week 4 (9/8-9/10) –  Lisa Lisa DesignsWhiskemFrom a Box

Week 5 (9/15-9-16) – Call AjaireSprouting JubeJubePaisley RootsMax California

Week 6 (9/22-9/24) – Beri bee designsLulu and CelesteKimmie Sew CrazyMade by Sara

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