Monday, January 25, 2016

Montlake Tee // Pattern Testing

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

The Montlake Tee is the newest sewing pattern to come from Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs.

Get your pattern here on sale through Sun, Jan 31st!

Kim has worked so hard to get this pattern just right, and I absolutely love the final version. Just as soon as we're done having all these snow days and the chaos of having the whole family home dies down, I plan to sew up several more because it is just what my closet is lacking!

I sewed up a version before this one in a lightweight tissue knit and haven't got around to hemming it yet so it's still sitting in my sewing area waiting for that double needle. The reason that one lays neglected, is because I couldn't stop picturing this pattern with a few tweaks and in this white sturdy knit that has been patiently waiting in my stash for just. the. right. pattern.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

The Montlake Tee was just that pattern. The marriage of pattern and fabric was perfection and it's my new favorite closet STAPLE.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

I am totally a sucker for a well fitting white tee that can stand completely on it's own or be accessorized endlessly.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

So let's talk more about the pattern! It is drafted with a perfectly scooped neck, fitted at the top and has a swingy shape through the waist and hips. It comes with short, elbow, 3/4 and long sleeve options. How's that for getting just the sleeve length you want!? She also includes a 1" hem allowance for both the sleeves and the bottom which gives it a nice substantial feel. It's something that stands out a bit and gives it a quality look.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

I did make a few changes to the pattern as it is written to get the fit I wanted for this tee. Firstly, I raised the neck scoop by about 1/4" for just a little bit more coverage since my wiggly baby is constantly on my hip and wardrobe malfunctions are a very real thing... :) I loooove the shape of the scoop, it's very flattering without being too open.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

As per usual for me, I had to shorten the pattern, and Kimberly has included these VERY handy shorten/lengthen lines that make this job a snap. I shortened the body by 2 inches and the arms by 3 1/2 inches.

Next, I cut out a size 6 at the top to fit my shoulders, then graded down to a size 2 at the armpit, through the hip.

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

With just those simple mods I have a tee that fits fantastic and makes me feel like a million bucks!

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Even made me bust a few moves (which I DO not have, lol)!

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Let's hang out with a cup of coffee and talk sewing, shall we?? (Actually it's tea with loads of honey because I've completely lost my voice, but that's not as fun... Haha.)

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Handmade Frenzy // Montlake Tee Sewing Pattern Review

Fabric: White Heavy Knit from Joann's - bought in the Red Tag section some time ago
Size Sewn: 6 at shoulders, graded down to a 2 at hips.

Now go grab your copy of the Montlake, ON SALE THROUGH SUNDAY JAN 31ST! and happy sewing!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Lane Raglan // Lace & Stripes

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

The Lane love continues. For this second one, I made a size small, but left the bottom band off and hemmed with side vents. 

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

I love, love, love the fit of this one!

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

I am finding that I need to take in just a just a smidge through the armpit area. Probably about 1/2" through 2 inches on either side of the armpit seam intersection. I think this is due to the fact that it was drafted for a larger bust than what I am blessed with. But just that teensy little tweak and the fit is perfection!

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

I struggled with the decision on whether or not to use the smaller neckband on this one, since the stretch on this fabric is quirky. I wasn't sure if it would recover enough to use the shorter one, but as it turns out it would have been the better choice to go with the smaller one. It's definitely wearable as is, and I really don't mind it, but you can see how it stands up just a little at the top of my shoulders.

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

The fabric is a reversible knit from Joann's. While I love the looks of it, I'm going to be completely honest and say that it is not the most comfortable. Ahem, that means it's scratchy. Boo. Again with the neckband. It's what bothers me the most. I was thinking of sewing a strip of bias to finish it on the back like Lauren did here, but the front is scratchy too, so... Ha. I should probably just take it off and put some soft knit ribbing in. That being said, I will still wear it because it's cute ;) But I definitely won't be making the coordinating raglan with the leftovers for my daughter like I had planned. Unless I line it of course. Which I just might some day, we'll see!

I am telling you all of my neckband woes so you don't have to go through the same thing! ;)

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

Isn't that always a bummer when you make something that LOOKS awesome but it has a quirk that makes you just not love it as much? Ah well. Live and learn! I should have caught it at the store that it was scratchy, and I did think about it, but was jaded by the heart eyes. Lol.

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Lace & Stripes

All in all, I do love it. And I will do something about the neckband seam (because it's too good to just sit in the closet), then it will be more comfy!

And here's a bonus pic for you of my chubba wubba. He's at the cutest baby stage. I can't believe he's going to be 1 in just 2 short months. Sob!

Pattern: Lane Raglan
Size Sewn: Small (My measurement's for reference: (35,28,37) 5'3"
Modifications: 1/2" taken in through arm pit seam. Bottom hem band left off, and hemmed with side vents.
Fabric: Reversible knit from Joann's

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lane Raglan // The Start of an Obsession

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

The Lane Raglan. It has a huge and faithful following. I'm now firmly in line with the masses to sing it's praises! And for good reason. It's comfy, CUTE!, a quick sew, great fitting, a wardrobe must-have, easy enough for a beginner, cute, who doesn't love a raglan??, suitable for many different stretch fabrics, the pattern includes several different options and there are lots of hack tutorials available if you search, oh, and cute.

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

Yep, I love it. I made it on Tuesday and have worn it for at least part of the day for the past 3 days. It's that good!

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

This being the first one I made, and I fell in between the size small & medium, I decided to err on the side of caution and make the medium. Both of the fabrics I used are a rayon spandex from Joann's and both are very stretchy and have vertical stretch as well. Because of that, I could have easily sized down and been fine. I made the straight medium and it ended up really slouchy, which isn't all bad, but I wanted it a bit more fitted in the bust and arms. I took in an inch through each arm down the whole length and through the bust, then tapered back to the medium in the waist and hips. I'm all heart eyes about the fit now. Because of the arm being more fitted than the pattern and I didn't size down the cuff, I have this super long sleeve with a loose, but just right, cuff and because of the sleeve being more fitted it stays put and is soooo comfy.

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

I also ended up shortening the shirt by 4 inches. I think the vertical stretch played a factor in why it was so long, but I also am only 5'3" and have a pretty short torso, so I normally have to adjust accordingly anyway.

Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

I have so many more versions concocted in my head and the next one is all cut out and ready to sew. I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more around here soon!
Lane Raglan Sewing Pattern // Made in Rayon Spandex

Thanks for stopping by!!

Pattern: Lane Raglan
Size: Medium - adjusted through arms and bust - shortened hem, 4 inches
Fabric: Rayon Spandex (from Joann's)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Merry Modkid Blog Tour // Dakota

Modkid Dakota & DIY Faux Fur Vest

Hello, and welcome, Modkid readers! When I was invited to participate in this tour, I couldn't say no. Because, holiday sewing!! Honestly, I always have grand intentions to sew holiday looks for my kids and myself but rarely actually accomplish it... So what better way to get something done, then to agree to a deadline!? Ha.

Modkid Dakota & DIY Faux Fur Vest

Ok, so on to what I did actually sew! I chose the Dakota pattern and lengthened it into a dreamy flannely comfy dress. I've had this look in my head for a little while, so I was so excited to finally cross it off the list.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Knight Hoodie // Knight Costume

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

What little boy doesn't want to be a knight?? For mine though, I think it was more about the sword and shield than the actual costume, haha. 

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

He did put in a request for a "jacket with a zipper", and I had been meaning to sew one of these hoodies for quite a while. So I delivered. Almost, anyway. If you're following on Instagram you'll already know what I mean. (You're not following on IG!? Go here and fix that! ;))

Sewing // Knight Hoodie & Costume

Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy DIY Gumball Machine Costume

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

Hi all! Popping in for a minute today to share this costume I just finished up for my girlie. 

Let me start by saying, this idea was not original to me. I found it here, and thought it was so adorable that I had to upsize it for my 4 year old!

This is a super easy diy, with minimal sewing if you buy a premade hat as well, which would make it quick enough you could finish it up yet tonight!

Supplies needed:
Red Shirt
Black Pants
Fitted hood/hat (or the All In One Hooded Scarf pattern)
Fabric Glue
Black & Gray Felt
Sewing Machine (optional)

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Momiform MAKEover // Summer to Fall Transition Pieces

Momiform MAKEover - Scout Tee & Southport Dress

Hi Momiform Makeover readers!! I'm so happy you stopped by today and can't wait to gab about the things I made! :)

As a stay-at-home-mom to 3 young kids, it seems my momiform can always use improvement. During my pregnancy and directly after the birth of my third, something clicked for me. I realized that the level of my mood and motivation had a direct link to the way I was dressed and to the level of cray-cray, aka, messes in my house. Having struggled with some baby blues during the first year of my second child's life, I knew I had to make an effort in order for that not to happen again with my third (who is now 6 months old).

A few simple things that I now do on a daily basis have vastly helped to improve my mood and especially my productivity.
#1 - which ties heavily into this post - is to GET DRESSED. It doesn't matter too much what, just not. those. pajamas. But I still get more done and feel more motivated in non-yoga pants.
#2 - Make the bed. Seriously. It blows my mind how much better I feel when I walk into my room during the day and see my bed made.
#3 - Clean the kitchen every night before going to bed. It is like a breath of fresh air to walk into a clean kitchen at 6am.

So to get us started, here is a peek at what my momiform has looked like this summer, I am only 6 months postpartum, my clothes still don't fit exactly like they should, so it's not great by any means. BUT. It's not workout shorts and tees ;) I didn't want to spend a ton of money for my changing body this summer, so my everyday wardrobe consisted of Old Navy shorts and Target tees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sewing For Kindergarten // Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

I have a kindergartner!! If you follow me on Instagram you may have heard plenty about this fact already, lol. He's excited and to my surprise, I am too! 

And since I have a kindergartner, I had a fantastic excuse to sew a bit for my oldest, whom I hadn't sewed for in quite a while! And to give me just the motivation I needed, I of course said YES! when asked if I'd like to participate in Mie of Sewing Like Mad's Sewing for Kindergarten Series

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

The participants in the series are asked a few fun questions - here are my answers!

Is this your first time sending a child to Kindergarten?


In fact, he's never been to any type of preschool before this, we did lessons at home up to this point, so the 8:30 - 3:45 (when he comes off the bus) is definitely an adjustment for him. His birthday is 8 days before the age cut off, so based on my husband's and my instincts, plus advice from teacher friends we decided not to send him until the year he turned 6. So this year he headed off to his first day of school having just turned 6 a couple of days before. So far, I feel the decision has been a great one, he is super ready to learn, and being a, all BOY all the time, the extra year has helped him be able to sit still for longer periods of time. He still has a hard time with that at some points but what kindergarten boy doesn't!

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Do you feel like crying or celebrating?


I feel like I should feel like crying, but he's SO ready for it, and needed that structure that I had a hard time giving him at home. He's happy, so I'm happy!! Plus I still have 2 other little munchkins at home to distract me. Aaaannnd. It feels like a teeny bit of a vacation to run errands with only two again. Ha.

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

And what about your child?


He's never mentioned any bit of negative feeling about going to school, he's loving it! From what I can gather, his favorite thing to do is go to the library. Because I'm pretty sure the librarian is his favorite.

Sewing for Kindergarten - Banyan Tee & Sketchbook Shorts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

I always start out my posts the same way. "I'm so excited!!" But the truth is... I'm so excited!!!! Today I am excited to be part of this fun tour!

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Funny story, one day I hopped over to the Straight Stitch Designs shop and was perusing, thinking... I really need to buy some of these patterns, these look like some great staples to have. Being in the super distracted mommy stage that I'm in, I narrowed it down to 2 patterns and then left my cart, never to return, for at least 4 days. All the while, I was still mulling it in my head, thinking I need to figure out which one I wanted to try first. 

Well, a few days later, I got an email out of the blue from Kimberly, asking if I wanted to "Remix the Stitch". Of course I didn't have to think twice!!

So here's my remix. The Ravenna top.

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

Remix The Stitch // Ravenna Top Sewing Pattern

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swim Swim Swimsuits

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

This summer we got the kiddos a little/big pool. So of course there is daily swimming, which requires suits. And more suits. So what's a sewing mama to do?? 

Navy. Stripes. Green.
What more could you ask for!?

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Matchy, but not.

The baby glows. No sun for that sweet baby skin!!

Monaco Swim Trunks, Tutu Cute Swimsuit

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Soleil Dress // Numérot Trois

It was a sad, sad day when I realized O had very much outgrown the two Soleil's I made for her last summer. They were easily her most worn mama-made's. 

Of course I had to make her a new one!

But, details.

I changed this one up with details! I color blocked a 3" strip at the hem, and used the same solid mint for the back bodice, but overlay-ed it with a stretch lace. The front side of the pockets are also solid mint, but that's a fun detail, just because, sewing magic.

Welcome // Baby

 Things have been quiet around this space in the last 10 months...

Not so much in every day life though. Our little family grew by one huge blessing that came in the form of this tiny little bundle.

I have always thought children were huge blessings and could not have been more grateful for the first two we were given. Or so I thought. Until I experienced the loss of not one, but two, no matter how early on, they were my babies. 

And now to have been blessed with this third little miracle. My heart explodes with gratefulness. He has been prayed for harder than I have ever prayed for anything in my life. It seemed that every step of my pregnancy with him, God asked yet again, do you trust me? The answer was always yes. Even when it was so hard and I wanted to be afraid. 

We are all so completely in love.

And he rewards us daily with his squishy, delicious goodness, happiest of smiles and laughs.

And I can't have a post without some sewing talk...

I haven't stopped sewing!! It hasn't been as frequent but there is still sewing going on! And now that we are emerging from the newborn fog, I hope to visit here a bit more frequently. In fact, I may even break the rules and post twice today. The next one with a sewing project!

It's good to be here again. I've missed it.