Oct 15, 2014

The Rowan Tee

I recently had the opportunity to test a pattern for Laura of Titchy Threads.  This was my first time working with her and she is great.  And she has some really great patterns, like her Small Fry Skinnies I made a while back.  Those jeans actually still fit Em and they get worn pretty frequently ( you will see them again in the pictures below)! Her newest pattern is a basic tee, the Rowan Tee, with some really fun options.

I made two Rowan tee's.  The first one is just a basic tee.  I picked up this adorable butterfly knit on super clearance at JoAnn's.  It is really soft and pretty thin, I love it for this tee!

The tee's fit is perfect, it is slightly slimmer than some tee's and it looks great on Em.  I also made one for A and the fit is great on him too.  I love patterns that I can use for both my kids!

The shirt pairs perfectly with her Small Fry Skinnies and the shoes I painted gold!

What really sets this tee apart from other basic tee patterns is all the options. This pattern has two pocket options, a chest pocket and a kangaroo pocket, two sleeve lengths, a hood option, optional hem cuffs for the sleeves and waist, and contrast sleeve stripes that you can add just to the shoulders or to the full length of the sleeve.  

On this shirt, I added the chest pocket, full length sleeve stripes and sleeve hem bands.  Em chose the fabrics for this one, both are from Girl Charlee. I think she's got some great fabric pairing instincts, she must get that from her mom ;)

This pattern s a quick easy sew that is really fun to make.  And the end result is awesome!  She wore this shirt the other day and got a ton of compliments from strangers. 

The Rowan tee will be available this week from Titchy Threads.  You will be able to find it in her shop.  

Oct 6, 2014

Superman Costume

Halloween sewing is my very favorite!  And I am so excited to share A's costume with you today!  He gets really into picking out his costume, last year he HAD to be a fireman, and this year he was 100% set on Superman.  I really have a lot of fun putting his costumes together, but the best part is seeing how excited he gets about them!

Superman Costume

I used three patterns from Jocole Patterns to create this look, the Classic Knit Tee, Basic Knit Leggings, and Basic Brief Bottoms (yep…my son is wearing girls leggings and underwear patterns, but don’t tell him because he is three and hates anything for girls!)  

Superman Costume

I am sharing more details on A's costume and a tutorial on making the "S" applique over at Pattern Revolution today.  And I will be sharing a few more details including how I made the belt and cape here soon!

Superman Costume

Superman Costume

Sep 22, 2014

Maisie and Double Dutch

The Cottage Mama is releasing two new patterns, the Double Dutch Cardigan and the Maisie Skirt and leggings and I had the opportunity to test both patterns.  I have tested for Lindsay before, over a year ago when I tested the Maitilda dress and Daphne wrap dress (for a tiny little Em!), Lindsay was actually the first designer I ever tested for! I also tested her free Party Dress pattern earlier this year.  This will be the last Cottage Mama pattern I test, but probably not the last I sew.

The two new patterns include the Double Dutch Cardigan, a sweet little cardigan with elbow patches and an optional ruffle around the neckline and at both sleeves.

And the Maisie, which includes a skirt and ruffled leggings.

I sewed up this set of leggings and a cardigan in view B as well.

In my late night sewing frenzy, I left the ruffle Off this pair of leggings.  I really am a much better sewist in the early morning hours than I am late at night! But I love the pants without the ruffle too.

In addition to the two new patterns, she is also releasing a set of appliques.  I sewed one of them, a little deer, on a tank to match her set.

The three pieces are fun together, but I had a lot of fun mixing and matching them for the photos too.

And those big pockets on the skirt were perfect for stashing candy so Em would stand still for the photos ;)

You can find these two new patterns along with all the other Cottage Mama patterns in her shop.
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