Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mint Stripe Lane Raglan // Sewing For Women


Hi friends! 

Popping in again to show you another Lane Raglan I made recently. This was another one of the coordinating pieces for Aiden's big birthday bash. Yep. Seriously. We all coordinated that day. Crazy mom over here. Lol.


I'm still trying to find the perfect sizing on this pattern for me. I keep using different fabrics each time so that makes it more difficult. Ha! This one is the updated version (which I LOVE, btw). I made it in a straight medium, but because of the drapey-ness of the rayon spandex that I used, I ended up taking it in under the arms and through the bust again. I also didn't shorten this one any, just cut it straight across at the band line and then hemmed rather than adding the band. It's really quite perfect I think.

I have another version made after this and I made the top part in a small, which I think I should have done with this one as well. The neck on this is plenty big and I need to keep adjusting so my bra straps don't show. It does seem to be a bit better though now that I've run it through the wash. I've found that can magically fix some issues! 


I do really love this pattern in rayon spandex! And 3/4 sleeves forever have my heart. If I could wear them all year round I totally would. Our summer months do get too hot for that though, bummer!


You can see a little bit in the photo above that the side seam wants to twist to the front. This annoys the ba-geebies out of me. Yes. That's totally a word.

The fabric comes from fabric.com and was super budget friendly. And sometimes that means not the greatest quality. Hehe. The fabric has held up well to quite a few washes already, but the stripes were not exactly on grain and I didn't realize it when cutting it out. But it was either stripes not matching or a twisting side seam. I think the twisting side seam is probably preferable to me because I don't think anyone else would ever notice. Except now you know because I told ya'!


Either way. I all around love this shirt and it's in constant rotation these glorious spring days!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Selfish Sewing Week // Denim Selene Skirt

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Hi all!
Today I'm over at the Imagine Gnats blog sharing my stretch denim version of the just released skirt pattern from Colette Patterns.

It's the first of my makes for Selfish Sewing week. If you want to follow along in real time with what I'm up to this week, hop over to Instagram ;)

And don't forget to check out the whole post with all the details on how to modify this pattern to make it in a stretch fabric. (Spoiler alert: It's super easy!)

Colette Selene Skirt // Selfish Sewing Week

Happy Selfish Sewing Week!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easter Eleena Dress // Sewing For Girls

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

This year's Easter dress was brought to Miss O by, the Eleena Dress and THIS gorgeous fabric that I was ever so fortunate enough to win in a giveaway from Brooklyn Pattern Company!

I couldn't believe my luck, especially since I just on a whim decided to enter because I saw Erin's dress and thought it was gorgeous. I wasn't completely sure what I would do if I won, but as soon as I opened the package I new it was destined to be an Easter dress for Olivia.

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I paired it with a chambray from Joann Fabrics. It is from the Famous Maker line. It's a really nice weight and great to work with and I'm a huge fan of the color. I bought the chambray with intentions of making coordinating shorts for the boys, but this was all dreamed up the week of Easter. Oops. So instead it became the inside of the pleat and a bow that I made as an accent for the dress. It is pretty perfect, I think! The boys will be getting those shorts, yet. And they will all go to church coordinating someday, heh! :)

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

All right, more about this lovely, lovely dress!! I kept trying to decide from patterns I already had, which one to use for the Easter dress, and trust me, I have plenty to choose from that would have been great. But I just could NOT get the Eleena Dress out of my head! The simple design was just too perfect to showcase the fabric, and I really wanted to let it speak. So the Eleena Dress it had to be!

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

That teeny pop of chambray set it off perfectly and highlighted the fabric. Going in to the dress making process, I knew I also absolutely had to add that bow. The bow was unashamedly copied from Creative Needle and Thread's version. I would say that dress is what tipped me over the edge with the Eleena Dress. All the heart eyes!!

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I made one other small change to the pattern. Instead of using the invisible zipper that the pattern calls for, I modified it so that I could use this regular zip that was in my stash. The color was too good not to show off! To do this, I simply eliminated the center back seam allowance and cut the back of the dress on the fold and then proceeded with putting in an exposed zipper. Here is a really good tutorial for installing an exposed zipper!

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I made the dress in a size 3 with size 4 length, according to her measurments. The fit is absolutely spot on! As are all of Olga's patterns that I've had the chance to sew up.

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

I love the sweet A-line shape and those sleeves are perfection.

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

Eleena Dress for Easter // Sewing For Girls

As it turned out, the weather was a bit too chilly for shorts anyway, so we just coordinated them all and attempted at a sweet kiddo picture. 2 out of 3 looking at the camera and all almost smiling isn't too bad! 


Thanks for stopping by!

Sewing Deets:
Pattern: Eleena Dress
Size Sewn: Size 3 with 4 length
Options used: No collar, short sleeves, contrast pleat
Changes made: Exposed zipper, added bow to center front above pleat opening
Fabric: Contours by P&B Textiles, Chambray by Famous Maker from Joann Fabrics

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing for girls

For the baby's first birthday party, I had the crazy notion that we ALL should have new handmade clothes to wear! Well except for my husband... I need to change the none at all lack of sewing for him.

I managed to complete 6 items of clothing for the party, with a 7th needing only a hem and a buttonhole. 

Today Miss Olivia is showing off her new clothes, of which she was quite proud!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

I actually bought the fabric for both of these pieces over a year ago, thinking they would be perfect together and even with these patterns in mind! How often does that happen?? They are both from Hobby Lobby.

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

The shorts are my go-to pattern for her, the Clover Shorts (affiliate link) by Mouse House Creations, from the original Willow & Co collection. I even got to test them way back when. They are so good and my affection for them has certainly not changed!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

For this pair, I went with a size 3 in width and made the rise and length in a size 5. I was feeling, generous, I guess... Because I'm pretty sure I could have got away with a size 3 rise and all would have been well.

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

Either way, they are still completely adorable and I can't wait for our warm weather to return for good so we can wear this pair out!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

I also made an adjustment of which I really am quite proud, but failed to take ANY pictures of with this pair. I made the waistband adjustable. So I'm really hoping we can get at least 2 years out of this pair! We shall see. And perhaps some day I'll do a post on how to make any waistband adjustable, the way I did it, because there are a bunch of posts out there already. Perhaps.

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

I can never resist a good contrasting lining. Especially if it involves stripes!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

The shirt is the Skipper Top pattern by Sew Much Ado. I also tested this one when Miss O was just itty bitty! For this version I made a straight size 4, and doubled the length of the sleeve cuff so it would be elbow length. I love the result of this very small and easy mod!

Skipper Top & Clover Shorts // Sewing For Girls

So there you have it! A "wild-ish" (feathers - ahem) themed outfit to go with the theme of the birthday party.

She looked adorable and got it sufficiently filthy in the sand so it was a win! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Overview:
Shorts:
Pattern: Clover Shorts
Size Sewn: 3 width, 5 length and rise. Made waistband adjustable, no changes made to pattern.
Fabric: Cotton twill from Hobby Lobby (old)
Shirt:
Pattern: Skipper Top
Size Sewn: 4, only change, doubled length of sleeve cuff.
Fabric: Cotton lycra from Hobby Lobby (old, but they still have similar)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Crazy 8






Thursday, March 17, 2016

A ONE And WILD Birthday Party and Some FUN News!!

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

My baby is ONE!!! 

I'm really not sure how to feel about my third and probably last baby turning a year old. I'm happy and sad. But mostly happy. I'm not terribly sad to see the sleepless nights fewer and farther between, and I'm LOVING watching his little personality blossom and those first words, and we still have the first steps to look forward to. This is a fantastic place to be. Both baby and toddler. My favorite.

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

For his birthday party, I went with a loosely "wild" theme. Throw a few teepees, arrows, a woodland animal together and we have ourselves a party!
(The adorable little fox hanging out in the background is made my lovely friend April. She made him as a baby gift when Aiden was born, he's still a favorite and much loved friend, April!)

ONE And WILD Birthday Party // Handmade Frenzy

If you would like to see where most of the inspiration came from, you can check out my Pinterest board.

Next came the cake smash! This was actually his second cake, he got to smash one on his actual birthday and I set up a little photo shoot (with my new lens!!) with that one.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Aztec Montlake Tee // Sewing For Women

Aztec Montlake Tee // Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

I am FINALLY getting around to posting this Aztec Montlake tee I made way back in the beginning of February. Actually I started it in January. Yikes!

But it seems to be a rule of thumb that the things that get worn or used the most are the ones I never (or almost never) get around to blogging!

I must change that.

Aztec Montlake Tee // Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Friday, March 4, 2016

French Terry Nessie Top // Sewing for Girls

French Terry Nessie Top: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

I made this fun little Nessie Top Sweatshirt for my little valentine back in February.  

This shirt came about because when you let fabrics linger in your stash, they eventually become friends and start hanging out together. At least that's how my fabrics like to socialize. Oh, yours too? ;)

French Terry Nessie Top: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Slings // A New Pattern Release

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

I met Terri of Blue House Joys a little while ago on IG, as most IG friends go, I don't remember exactly how it happened, haha. Terri makes amazing items that she sells in her shop to create the coziest reading nooks you can imagine!

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

Just this week, she released a pdf pattern for her book slings, so that if you're sewing savvy you can make your own, all the mathematical work already done for you!

Book Slings // PDF Pattern Review by: Handmade Frenzy

Monday, February 22, 2016

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing by Handmade Frenzy

This week I pattern tested again for Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs. And this, just like the Montlake, is another good one ya'll! This is the Wedgewood Skirt.

Wedgewood Skirt // Pattern Testing by Handmade Frenzy

I have been loving the pleated high waisted skirts I've been seeing on Pinterest and was so excited to see that a pattern was coming out that exactly fit my needs (ok, wants...)!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern

The Magrath Dress & Tunic is here!! Can you tell we are excited!?

It's no secret that Abby's patterns are some of my very favorites. I've had the pleasure of testing several of them and it's always a wonderful experience working with her. So I was completely thrilled to be able to test her newest pattern as well!

The Magrath Dress & Tunic comes in two lengths, dress and tunic (OBviously ;)), lined bodice, 3 sleeve lengths and 3 views. Sweetheart yoke and curved back piecing, or choose whether to keep the back or front solid. The back features an exposed zipper, which you can match to your fabric or contrast for a pop of color!

There are so many options for mixing and matching your favorite fabrics with this pattern. I really want to copy all of Abby's versions! You can see a few of them here in the pattern listing and even more on her blog.

Ok, so let's dive into the details of the dress I made for my little lady!

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern

Floral & Stripe // Magrath Dress & Tunic Pattern

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lane Raglan Sweatshirt


Today is all about COMFY. 

I spotted this embossed double knit and knew I had to have it for a raglan sweatshirt. I paired it with gray french terry from Joann's. 

My inspiration was this shirt that I found on Pinterest, it's on my Sewing For Me board. I was originally going to add the straps and snaps to allow for rolled up cuffs, but the main fabric was a little stiffer and heavier than what I anticipated so I knew when wearing this the weather was going to be cold and I wasn't going to be rolling up my sleeves and keeping them there so I eliminated that detail. Just gives me an excuse to make another one in a lighter weight fabric, right!? :)


Since I wanted a longer, roomier shirt this time around, I used the Lane Raglan pattern and cut a small at the top, graded to a medium at the hips. I also didn't remove any length and this allows for bum coverage over leggings. (If you're short like me, that is!) The ultimate comfort food as clothing go. :)

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

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