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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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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!

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

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

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www.From-a-Box.com Summer Surprise Girls

Summer Surprise Anniversary Tour

{Celebrating Sofilantjes Patterns}

It’s the one year anniversary of the Summer Surprise Top, Tunic, and Dress PDF Pattern by the lovely Anne of Sofilantjes!  Let me say, this is the PDF Pattern that opened so many doors for me.  With this pattern, I learned to sew knits, I sewed for my niece HERE, and I met Anne & Sofilantjes.  This pattern is special to me.  To show it off, I stitched up 5 dresses for my daughter and her friends.  Each dress is a slight variation of the pattern to show off the best features of the dress design and the girl.  (but all dresses have the perfect bow in the back!)

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