Jul 28, 2014

Elisa Swimsuit top

It has been chaos around here...we finished building our house and Firday was moving day! We are swimming in boxes! We are busy unpacking and trying to clean up our old house to get it ready for our renters. I got my sewing machine unpacked and all set up, but I think it will be several days before I find any time to sew, so in the mean time, I am sharing a project I finsihed before our big move.

I tackled a new challenge last week and made a swimsuit for Em!  I used the new Elisa top by Filles a Maman and the Jocole basic briefs Jocole basicbrief pattern for the bottoms (you can see my full review of the top over at Pattern Revolution). It was surprisingly easy to make, and so so cute!


I used some swim knit I got from GirlCharlee (you can find it here).   It is a nice thick Nylon Spandex and it was pretty easy to sew with.  I bought in a lot of slightly flawed fabrics, some of the dots are smudged, but they were easy enough to cut around. 

We do a ton of swimming and have a beach vacation planned for next month so I know this suit is going to get a ton of use this summer. Once I get my sewing machine fired up again I have two more swim knits I bought in the same lot and I can't wait to sew a couple more suits!

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!

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