Jul 22, 2014

Offbeat Oxford by Terra's Treasures

Hey guys! Today I get to share a fun BOY pattern over at Pattern Revolution!  I got to sew up the new Offbeat Oxford by Terra’s Treasures, it is a great pattern and a fun spin on the oxford shirt.

I paired A's new shirt with some Ranger shorts, one of my favorite boy patterns that you can see here and here.

Head over to Pattern Revolution today to get all the details in my review!

Jul 17, 2014

Explorer Hoodie Pattern Anthology

Today I have one more pattern to share with your from the Pattern Anthology Make Believe collection that I had the opportunity to test (you can catch the other 2 tops I sewed up HERE and HERE).  

This is the Explorer Hoodie, it is a super cute, pullover hoodie that can be made with knit, or a combo of knit and woven fabrics.

The hoodie has an option for a straight zipper like A's hoodie has, or a cool angled zipper.  There are also options for a ruffle on the hood and a little button tab over the zip.  You can check out all the options on Pattern Anthologies site.

I used a Ponte de Roma knit for A's hoodie and, oh man, I love it.  I bought the fabric at Girl Charlee (you can find it here). I got it in a lot of slightly flawed cuts, the flaw was a tiny little line running down the fabric parallel to the selvage, but it was easy enough to cut around.  The Ponte de Roma is a great fabric choice for this pattern, it has enough weight to give the top good structure but it is still a lightweight hoodie.  And it feels like it would be really comfortable to wear, I want on in my size!

Like with the other 2 patterns I tested, this one has really great instructions that are easy to follow and clear illustrations.  It took me about an hour and a half to sew and has already gotten a lot of wear.  We took it on our trip to Washington, it was great for layering on cool mornings.  

Pattern Anthology has all four Make Believe collection patterns listed in a bundle on their site for a great price right now.  Or you can bundle the four top patterns with four pants patterns for an even better deal.  Go check it out!

Jul 16, 2014

Pattern Anthology Bookworm Button Up

Today I am sharing another pattern from Pattern Anthology’s newest collection, the Make Believe collection!  (In case you missed it, I shared the first oneyesterday, the Imagine Jacket

This is the Bookworm Button up, a collared, button up oxford shirt with fun pocket details.

I love this look on my boy, but you should head over andcheck out the girl looks for this pattern.  I HAVE to make view D for Em this fall!  Those bows and overlapping back detail, yep, she needs that!


I cut one of my husbands old shirts to make A's shirt. I managed to get all the pieces out of a men's large shirt except for the yok lining (but I think I could have squeezed that piece in somewhere too if I had planned better) He thinks it is just the coolest that he is wearing his daddy’s shirt :) 

I sewed up the short sleeve version, the sleeves are a bit short on mine but they were lengthened for the final pattern.  It has an option for long sleeves too, with a cute button tab on the side, or that really sweet bow detail for the girls.

If you have never made a button up shirt with a collar and collar stand before, this is a great pattern to try.  The instructions are excellent and Melissa walks you through every step making the collar assembly a breeze.

Make sure you check out the other three great patterns released in the Make Believe collection!

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