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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.

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

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

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

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 Moto Pants

M is for Moto Joggers Pattern Tour

It’s my turn to share these comfy track style pants for women on the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern Tour… this pattern is designed by Hatchlings Patterns HERE.

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Modeled her by my oldest daughter… I made the size small for my almost-18 year old daughter.  The fit is perfect for her.  She is a competitive dancer and wears this style of pants often to and from rehearsals, and in hip-hop classes.  These pants are made from a black stretch cotton lycra knit fabric and hot pink lycra knit fabric.  I made the full length pants options with the moto detail at the knee, side pockets, and a full cuff at the ankle.

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For the optional moto knee design, I stitched 4 rows of double needle top-stitching on the top and bottom just to add interesting details.  The pattern instructs to cut the full length of the pants for the back, but I cut wrong, so my pants have the moto knee insert on both the front and back – oops, but i love it when a user error becomes a enhancement.  I think the moto patch in the back looks good too.

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The pattern is easy for beginner seamstresses.  Especially beginners to stretchy fabric sewing.  The design has several options including pockets, cuffs, lengths, and the moto knee design.  It comes in many different sizes from XXSmall to XLarge.  I especially like the elastic installation instructions.  The elastic is sewn directly to the waistband, so no worries about it twisting and turning or adding bulk to your waist line.

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The sewing instructions include complete construction using your serger – YAY, and Thank You!  I purchased my serger machine just a few months after my sewing machine, but really don’t have a lot of experience on it.  I LOVE that the Moto Joggers pattern gave me the opportunity to use my serger.  Additionally, the pattern details instructions for sewing on a regular machine.  I truly appreciate the thorough instructions for both options.

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Visit all of the bloggers sharing their M is for Moto Joggers – like I said, there are so many different looks in this one women’s pants pattern.  The line up for this pattern tour is incredible.

And, the pattern is on sale this week HERE.

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www.From-a-Box.com Day of the Dead Wine Bag

2015 Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour {Sugar Skull Wine Bag}

To celebrate the Day of the Dead this year on the Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour with Rebel & Malice, I stitched up a wine tote with a machine embroidery sugar skull.

Just to remind you of the purpose of Day of the Dead … it is an opportunity to remember your loved ones that have died.  This is not intended to be a ghoulish Halloween occasion, but rather a sweet event to show respect and honor.  I like this depiction of the day from Mexican Sugar Skull the best:

Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it’s a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.

I find the sugar skulls irresistible… the colors are amazing!  I selected an embroidery design from Otketo on Etsy HERE.  The design stitched out on Varnie (my Husqvarna Topaz machine) beautifully!  I am very impressed with her machine embroidery design and will try her other designs!

I made the sugar skull and then attached it to a self-designed wine bag.

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Of course, I attached the golden yellow pom-pom trim cause I LOVE it so much!  and it resembles the marigold flowers that are traditional for Day of the Dead.

This is a wine bag or wine tote with a fold over band to size to a wine bottle and a handle for carrying.  I made box corners in the bottom of the bag to hold it sturdy and standing up.  The outside is a red cotton fabric, and the inside is a black and white chevron canvas print fabric.  I finished the fold over band with pom-pom trim.  And the handle includes interfacing in the center to add a stiffness to the turquoise cotton fabric topstitched in yellow thread.

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The machine embroidery design was stitched separated and then appliquéd onto the outer side of the wine tote.

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LOOK at those colors… i love it!

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The wine bag holds a regular sized bottle of wine… ready to carry to the neighborhood party this weekend.  Or, it could hold a bottle of sparkling wine or a bottle of booze… perfect for gifting to the neighborhood party host & hostess.

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Thank you Melissa for hosting the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) Blog Tour… this is my favorite season of the year!

If you want to see last year’s celebration of Day of the Dead – see HERE and HERE.

I hope you will enjoy all of the creativity to honor those that passed on…

Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies.


Here is the full schedule:

Monday October 26

– <a href=”http://rebelandmalice.blogspot.com/“>Rebel &amp; Malice</a> – <a href=”https://from-a-box.com/“>From a Box</a> – <a href=”http://www.sewsnbows.com/“>Sews n Bows</a></div>

Tuesday October 27 – http://www.callajaire.com/“>Call Ajairehttp://www.hattieluhandmade.com/“>Hattielu Handmadehttp://www.madewithmoxie.com/“>Made With Moxie



Wednesday October 28 – http://www.paisleyroots.com/“>Paisley Rootshttp://madebyamandarose.blogspot.com/“>AmandaRosehttp://phatquartersblog.blogspot.com/“>Phat Quarters



Thursday October 29 – http://www.luluandceleste.com/“>Lulu & Celestehttp://www.calmandcarrion.blogspot.com/“>Calm and Carrionhttp://www.craftyladyabby.com/“>Craft Lady Abby



Friday October 30 – http://whiskem.com/“>Whisk ‘Emhttp://www.wildandwanderful.com/“>Wild & Wanderful http://www.goldenrippy.com/“>Golden Rippy



Saturday October 31 – http://justaddfabric.blogspot.com/“>Just Add Fabrichttp://www.fillesamaman.net/“>Filles a Maman



Sunday November 1 – http://www.houseofestrela.blogspot.com/“>House of Estrela



Monday November 2 – http://rebelandmalice.blogspot.com/“>Rebel & Malice






Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter. There will be a small giveaway for a copy of the DVD “The Book of Life”  and a copy of the book “http://www.amazon.com/Rosita-Conchita…/dp/0982715307“>Rosita y Conchita” by Erich Haeger and Eric Gonzalez. They are not affiliated with this website or giveaway.



Due to the nature of the giveaway, the book and DVD will only be available to residents of the United States and Canada. There will be a separate giveaway for any digital items such as PDF patterns or gift cards.  


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


www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

A Tween Jacket for Fall

{Moto Jacket… Pattern by Jennuine Designs}

Today I want to share the Moto Jacket pattern with y’all modeled by my beautiful niece.

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This jacket stitched up so easy and turned out super nice.  I am very proud of this garment.  I will admit that I was intimidated to build a jacket.  It seemed challenging to me with the differing fabric weights, the zipper, and lining up the outer and inner layers.  But, it was simple following Jenn’s pattern.  I had no problems at all.  Her construction and diagrams in the pattern are easy to understand.  The pattern pieces cut out nicely and fit together perfectly.

This makes a jacket for the cooler weather for Fall or Autumn, and can be a Back to School sewing item.

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For the Blog Tour, Jenn is hosting a giveaway on her blog HERE… and the pattern is offered at a 25% discount using code “MOTOTOUR” HERE……. but first, read on.

I made the size 12 for my 13 year old niece.  It fit ok when worn as a top over a tank top.  In this style and due to the slim fit on her, this will not be a jacket to keep warm, but rather a jacket to keep her looking good.  The pattern comes in sizes 2T to 12 and best of all, it is unisex!  So boys and girls can enjoy a Moto Jacket.

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I want to tell you that the pattern instructions are some of the best I have worked with.  The zipper instructions made installing a breeze.  Even the welt pockets, which can be scary, pieced together easily.  Jenn’s diagrams are detailed to help the garment come together.  For example, look at this graphic from the pattern… look at the top alignment, and the zipper placement.  It shows EXACTLY how to piece the fabrics and zipper together.  very impressive, IMO.

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www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

The body of the jacket can be made from all types of fabrics including leather, suede, vinyl, or home decor.  I used a heavy canvas for the body in turquoise from Jo-ann Fabrics.  The lining is a quilting fabric from Patty Young.  The pattern calls for a knit fabric on the sleeves and collar – even re-purposing a sweater would work good.  For my niece’s jacket, I used a houndstooth heavy knit on the sleeves, and black ribbing for the collar and pocket welts.

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The zipper is metal.  My husband now knows how to shorten a metal zipper.  It took him about 10 minutes to do this for me.  He said it was simple, especially with the instructions added to the pattern.

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www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

The Blog Tour continues with many awesome jackets in some creative fabrics.

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www.From-a-Box.com A Tween Jacket for Back to School

www.From-a-Box.com Peasant Dress in 3 Ways

Peasant Dress in 3 Ways

Why not stitch up a favorite pattern in multiple styles?  Most patterns offer so many options to create different looks.  Change the length of the sleeves, lengthen or shorten the dress or top, make up shorts or pants, or even capris, add color blocking with fabrics, try various fabric weights – oh so many options from 1 pattern.

This month, Bethany of Sew-Not-Perfect blog, challenged us to use 1 pattern in 3 ways.  My answer to the challenge is a simple peasant dress in 3 ways.  I used the Portrait Peasant pattern by Scientific Seamstress.  After you check out my 1 Pattern in 3 Ways, you can join the challenge at the Link Up party HERE.  And like any good blog tour, there is a give away HERE.

Presenting, my Peasant Dresses… leave a comment to tell me which one is your fave.

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First, a peasant dress with TONS of ruffles… I love ruffles!  This is the Rhumba Style from the Portrait Peasant pattern by Scientific Seamstress with ‘elbow’ sleeves and an extra wide ruffle on the cuff to match the dress ruffles.  I included the ruffles around the neckline as well.

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Next is a traditional style peasant dress using FABULOUS coordinating fabrics.  This one is my girlie’s favorite of the 3 ways.

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And last is my favorite.  Here I made a peasant top but color blocked a band at the bottom in the red plaid.  I LOVE everything about this outfit!  the fabric colors!  the peasant style!  the matching plaid shorts!  just everything…

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Need more inspiration?  Check out the full blog tour at the following links – ENJOY!


July 14      Sew Starly
July 17      From-a-box
July 21      create 3.5
July 24      Rebel & Malice
July 28      Sew-Not-Perfect
July 31      Lulu & Celeste
Aug 04      Bee Quilted Beauties
Aug 07      Hattilu Handmade

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