Fringe Dress - selfish sewing fun!

I made myself a new dress!!! I bought this pattern the weekend it was released..... but only got around to sewing it last week. oops. I printed it within minutes of buying it  but as tends to happen, things arose that were a higher priority. 

Say hello to the Chalk and Notch Fringe dress ( no affiliate links - and bought the pattern with my own money and the fabric too!)

This dress is perfect for around the year wear - oversized cardi and boots for fall - I'll add tights for winter, and on it's own for warmer weather!

The pattern sewed up in a few hours, and the only changes I made were to how I constructed the ties. Because let's be honest, I don;t have the time or the patience to turn little fabric tubes! So I ironed them like bias tape and then sewed up both sides, tucking in an end!

I absolutely ADORE the hemline !!! and the pockets.... 

I added the ties to the front darts (pattern has that option) so I can adjust ties to tighter fitting dress or looser - depending on how much turkey and stuffing I eat this weekend at Thanksgiving...

Here is a closer up of the front - you can see the super tidy finishing - I love a well faced garment! and a close up of the fabric - it's not just dots! The fabric is a cotton - but a slightly more lightweight than average.. or maybe just a bit more drape... It is comfy though  and wears well.

The day after these pics the husband said to me about how much he really liked the dress I was wearing yesterday... If a dress has enough of an impact to get a compliment (again) the next day - it is a win!

There you have it - my new fall/winter dress! I think I'll sew one up in some Zelda print next for comicon this month! (Which I am hoping to go to!)

Don't be fooled by the smiles in the previous pictures - it was frost on the ground and seeing your breath in the air cold the mornign we took pictures! ... Anyone want to adopt a full grown Canadian out of the cold this winter?

Camden Raglan Pattern

I am in LOOOVE with the HEY JUNE Camden raglan* for girls!!! it is in the juniors line which means it is size 6-16. Basically this is the kids version of the Lane raglan - so it is no shock I love it considering how I feel about my lane! (Read about that HERE!)

As soon as she tried on the top I knew I HAD to make all her shirts in this pattern! the fit is sooo perfect on her! I did the 6 width and 8 length as she is a bit longer than she is wide.

For fabric I used the cranberry mini stars (open now for a preorder) and my penguins from True North Fabrics a canadian custom fabrics group). They are a basic cotton lycra - but a good quality and weight cotton lycra! 

but seriously - this fit is SPOT on!!! The pattern has so many options in it as well I feel like I really can make all her shirts in this pattern and they won't all look the same!

*Affiliate links to Hey June are used in this post - it costs nothing extra to you to use an affiliate link - but I do get a small commission - so if my sewing inspires you please do consider clicking my links :)  HEY JUNE Camden raglan

Back to School Sewing

Hi!!! WELCOME !! This is my stop on the giant back to school blog tour! All about back to school sewing!!! Now, if you read the blog regularly, you've already seen a lot of the back to school sews I've done, but no such things as too many clothes until it is time to do laundry right?

I made 4 patterns:
  1. the Jalie Vanessa Fluid pants
  2. the Filles et Maman Souris top (in tunic length)
  3. the Gracious Threads Raindrop Tee
  4. the Bubby and Me Darcy (in top length)
  5. Sis Boom Sophie Tunic (on sale until oct 5th with 50% of shop sales going to help rebuild Puerto Rico)

My Cheeks literally JUMPS up and down when she gets to wear these pants!! she says "yay comfy pants!!!!" She's not a fan of jeans... 

The fit is a comfy relaxed style (you'll see more of the whole pant at the end of the post) the waistband is elastic 3/4 is ways around. the front is flat for a section which allows for some great stylign and tucking in shirts. Since Cheeks is only 5 and doesn't really get the whole half tuck style I made her the Raindrop Tee because it is naturally hi-lo for a tucked look.

The fly is faux - making it FAST, and still giving the appearance of a nice pant. I used some of my kauffman Chambray in small herringbone for these pants - and I wish I had way more so I could make msyelf a matching pair!! 

The FAB thing about Jalie is that the sizes includes are ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the sizes. Kids to adult!!! It is AMAZING value!!! I did not adjust any fit for the pants - just sewed according to measurments and they are spot on!

The Raindrop Tee by gracious threads is sizes 2-8.  I love the fit - it is loose-ish, but still fitted. I chose to do longer sleeves since where we live back to school also means winter is coming... and it is a LONG winter.

I have to admit, while I am a big fan of the hi-lo hem, my favourite thing about this pattern is the pocket!!! Talk about a GREAT way to use up scraps of fabric and add some punch to a tee!

The raindrop is also prety cute with a pair of tights for play!

The oldest is wering the Souris in tunic length. She is a touch longer than she is wide though so I think I should have added the length from a size up.

I love the unique construction of the Souris! When I first looked at the pattern I was a little intimidated - but following the directions for each step - it went together soooo smoothly and has such a fun finish, very tidy, and a unique pleat detail on the side.

The other top I made to go with the Jalie pants is the Darcy top - which I know, I've probably blogged WAYYYYY too many of already... but I LOVE the side slash hemline with these pants! Also a tucked look without being tucked in!

This is her "mom do I HAVE to do more pictures......" face

and this is her "FINE MOM!!! I'll give you just ONE MORE smile....." picture.

The SisBoom sophie is another GREAT staple! there are a lot of length options and you can do long enough to wear with tights or shirt length or in between!

The facing can go on the outside or the inside - I did the outside here because I think it is fun to have contrast facing and showcase more fabrics!

The sleeves also have multiple length options and I love the side slit detail!

AND SisBoom pattern Co is currently running a SALE! So, lucky you if you are in the market for woven patterns!

Both my kids are seriously pleased with all their back to school mom-made clothes and the handmade stuff gets picked more often than the storebought stuff - which I am calling a totally handmade win!

Please do leave me a comment! (and say hi to a few other tour participants! Everyone loves comments on their hard work!)

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I Drink and I Sew Things!

This weekend I took the time to sew - for ME!!! I made this hoodie and a dress (which will be a later blog post). It was amazing. I left a lot of the "momming" to the husband (he did dishes and snacks and spent time with kids) and I sat at my machine listen to some classic rock in my headphones and sewed! AMAZING! I had fun, I feel re-energized, and I love my new fall/winter clothes!

Now, let's talk Annika, the latest ModKid pattern. It comes in 2 size ranges - younger kids (2t- 8/9) and then teen/tween (10-18). The teen tween goes up to a size 18 though - which is like a ladies small in the measures. So yay!!! That means I get to sew this up for ME!

I made my hoody up in french terry, because I wanted somethign cozy for the long winter ahead. I made ZERO adjustments or changes to the size 18teen pattern. Though if I want a more fitted version then I might do the 16 for shoulder width and keep the 18 in length.

It has a few options to it, you can skip the hood and have a plain lapped shoulder instead and you can add a shirt tail hemline and thumbhole cuffs. I used the regular cuffs option as I get annoyed when I wear thumbhole cuffs because I tend to forget I'm wearing them and this means a wet sleeve when I wash my hands. 

This lapped hood though - it is SOOOOOO cozy!!! Perfect for fall and winter wear!

I think this would of course look fab with skinny jeans, but I thought I'd take pics styled as I will normally do - mom style! Fleece lined leggings (thanks Costco!) paired with my converse. Ready for kid chasing  going for walks, baking, sewing, and picking kids up from school!

I love that the back band is longer than the front - so it is just that just long enough length to wear with leggings! The pattern sewed up pretty quick as well, nothing too complex, as long as you are comfortable with knits, and the tutorial has lots of tips for stabilization. 

The vinyl was sent to me by my friend Becca, from If you love women's sewing and are interested in GREAT fitting and styling advice and tips and tricks - head overe there!

If you were going to vinyl a shirt - what saying would you put on it?

Sewing for Kindergarten

 I'm not quite sure how it happened... but my BABY is in Kindergarten this year!!! She is SOOOOOO excited about it and loving it sooo much!

Her first day when she got home she says to me,  "Mom, I listened to my teacher ALLLLLLLLLLL day - and I even did the boring work!! ALLL the boring work even!"

and that was Kindergarten, day 1 folks...

"See mom, these boots don't have good enough grip for spinning"
So, we sew a fun new dress for fall kindergarten weather! She, of course, has LOADS of dresses... but not very many fall dresses. and she LOVES wearing dresses! 

Fabric is Michael Miller Peacock Pavillion
I did a button front with ruffles on both sides of the front (Cheeks was pretty insistent it needed ruffles), a faux tie, elastic in the waistline for a nice fitted ish look to suit the faux tie and a full gathered skirt. I also did a little elastic in the sleeve hems, so they can easily be pushed up and stay up for class work.

"Look I'm a T-rex!"
 I have to admit I REALLY enjoy that our kindergarten program in town is only 2 days a week (and every other week a 3rd day). So we still get some days together, and she gets used to full days of school (preschool here is only 2 half days a week) and in grade 1 begins full day every day.

I'd love to be able to tell you about the pattern.... but I made it up!
Sorry..... But I have blocks. and I feel like I don't make up patterns as much anymore as I used to and I was missing the challenge and putting a little more creativity into my sewing. 

This is a pretty straight forward sew though, so I'm sure you can figure it out too and use your favourite button front dress and add a faux tie and ruffles if you want to re -create the look.

This is her "It's TOOOOO chilly outside, please can we go inside now" face
I remember one of my first makes for her, teeny tiny little baby hats .. and now she's in Kindergarten!

You can all be proud of me though, I didn't cry on her first day of kindergarten!!! but I felt weird and off center alllll day until I picked the kids up from school lol.

How did you do on your child's first day of Kindergarten?

WEDNESDAY:  Handcrafted by RED


The ESTEEM dress! A lot of pics and pattern details!

This post is ALLLL about the new Cali Faye ESTEEM dress

Which, BTW,  is on SALE!!! You can get 30% off your entire purchase until Sept 10, 11:59pm EST with the coupon code NEWRELEASE.  (and yep that is an affiliate link :)  I do try an semi support my sewing and blogging habit... so if this post inspires you to buy the pattern - I'd be much appreciated if you used my affiliate link to do so <3) 

ok, now, let's talk the pattern! First off - The reason I jumped to test this is a LOVE a good openness/cut out to a summer dress and I LOVE princess seams!  

The pattern comes in 00-16 size range - which covers a full bust measure of 31"-43".
The dress includes pockets!! yay!!! 

The bias bound waistline adds stability and a pretty contrast finish if you want some contrast! 

I sewed up this dress in good quality quilters cotton, Jennifer Paganelli Sunny Isles by Freespirit.

I'm pretty sure the question will be asked, "how do you wear a bra with this???" My answer- I don't. They are the devil's contrraptions anyways in my humble opinion. BUT since the dress is empire waistband and lined bodice it would not be hard to add sewn in cups to the bodice at all! Or if you like torture you can try those sticky bras... 

I sewed this dress up in about 3hours, everything is quite straight forward and put together without any surprises. I do love the unique crossover back giving princess seams construction and it really is a fun thing to sew!

To buy the dress pattern head on over to the Cali Faye Collection shop! and don't forget to use the coupon code listed at the start of the post if you are in the timefram to do so!

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