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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:

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Tuesday December 1st:

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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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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 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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www.From-a-Box.com Baby & Big Sister Gift

Gifts for New Baby and Big Sister

My lovely new friend just became a grandmother again.  Her new granddaughter was born on the last day of our sewing class at Sassy Southern Sewing School (read about the sewing school HERE and HERE).  I wanted to thank her for teaching a wonderful class at the sewing school, and to congratulate her for her new grandbaby.  My go-to baby gift is Baby Mitts & Caps.  The tutorial is available HERE.  The mitts and caps sew up really quick.

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There is also a new big sister in my friend’s family.  When gifting for a new baby, I like to include the big sister or brother too – no reason to leave them out, especially when the perfect little girl gift is a Summer Surprise Dress.  The dress sews up super quick and can be made to coordinate with the Baby Mitts & Caps.

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Both patterns use knit fabrics.  The blue floral jersey knit fabric was bought from Mabel Madison.  This fabric is amazing to work with and it washes up softer every time while still keeping the bright colors.  It is Pink Rosette in Blue made by Verhees.

The dress is the Summer Surprise Pattern by Sofilantjes.  This is a pattern that I have made very often – to see my other versions, look HERE and HERE.

The Baby Mitts Tutorial is featured HERE.  And the Baby Caps Tutorial is featured HERE.

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I think the little dress and the little mitts & caps are perfect for the girls.

And don’t you think handmade gifts are most special? I do.

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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!

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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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Children’s Pants from EM Patterns

{a Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour}

It’s warm weather here and kids need shorts.  I used the Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour as an opportunity to stitch up some new shorts.  These are the Children’s Pants No. 2 (cut off into shorts) from E+M Patterns.  One pair is for my 5 year old daughter, and the other pair for her 7 year old friend.  This way, I could make shorts for a girl and for a boy using the same pattern just by changing up the pockets.

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