My favourite Oliver and S Pattern

A few things have happened over the past couple of months that prevented me from blogging (and sewing) as I would have liked. I had jaw surgery (I am fine, healing slowly…but at least I can eat solid food again), we took a family vacation (will talk about that in some future posts) and I was writing a post (and sewing) for the Oliver and S blog.   When Rachel asked me to contribute to the “my favorite pattern” series, I was beyond thrilled!  I even sewed 2 more after she asked.

To find out what my favourite pattern is, you’ll have to jump on over to the Oliver and S blog to see. :)

Not Just a Sunsuit Blog Tour: A Hidden Pocket Jumper

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I was so thrilled when Ajaire invited me on her “Not Just a Sunsuit” Blog tour.  Ajaire (of Call Ajaire) released the Paneled Sunsuit pattern earlier this summer.  This pattern has so many options (in fact, I think there are 10 different ways you can sew it).  At first I was going to make the maxi skirt version.  But then I quickly remembered that, although Maya LOVES dresses that “go to the floor”, they aren’t the most practical for my dancing, flipping, biking, running all over the place little girl.  So I decided on the jumper.  And I’m glad I did.

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Maya LOVES dresses.  Usually, the twirlier the better.  Even though I’m not a huge fan of super twirly dresses, I do realize that Maya is 4.  And I’m sure I liked twirly dresses when I was 4 as well.  So when I can, I try my best to make her dresses twirl.  As you can see, this dress is very streamlined (which I love) so you would think that Maya would refuse to wear it.  But she actually LOVES it….for one very big, important reason.  It has HIDDEN POCKETS.

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The truth is, the pockets aren’t really hidden.  They are right there.  But when you use the same fabric as the skirt and CALL them hidden.  They become the most special thing.  And Maya will wear it.

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In fact, she’s worn it several times since I’ve made it for her.  But I only just got photos of her the other day.  She’s even worn it on a pony.

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Since I’m at the tail end of the blog tour, I’m not going to reiterate how well the pattern is laid out or how great the illustrations are or even how thorough the instructions are.  But I will say that I am thrilled with how this jumper turned out.

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One thing I really loved about this pattern is that there are no zips or fasteners.  The straps have elastic in them which makes them scrunch up and there is a casing on the back with elastic.  Makes it pretty easy to put on and take off.

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Maya was being bitten alive by mosquitos.  Poor kid.  She has the worst luck.  They just love her.  Needless to say, she did not enjoy this photoshoot very much.

darn mosquitos

darn mosquitos

I used Art Gallery Solid in Festival Fuschia for the top and for the bodice lining.  The skirt and the front panel as well as the straps is from the Floriography line by Chelsea Andersen for Riley Blake.

This is a straight up size 4 with no adjustments made.  In hindsight I wish I had made her a 5.  It’s a bit short, which I’m okay with it because we are heading into autumn here and she can wear it with leggings and a sweater.  Which brings me to the main point of the “Not JUST a Sunsuit” Blog Tour.  This is NOT just a sunsuit.  It’s an “all weather” suit.

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And what’s even better, is that now you can add long sleeves to your sunsuit with the free add on here.  So it will definitely take you into the cooler weather.

So there you have it!  A super cute, all seasons jumper, with two awesome Hidden pockets.

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Ajaire is giving away four copies of the Paneled Sunsuit pattern, plus she’s offering 15% off the pattern in her shop through September 4th!  For a chance to win your own copy of the pattern, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below!

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Be sure to check out all the awesome versions of the Paneled Sunsuit from the Blog Tour.

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Monday August 24th:Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela

Tuesday August 25th:Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th:Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th:Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Mandmade Martini

Friday August 28th:That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st:Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st:My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd:Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd:The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th:A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

 

The pattern was provided at no charge to me for the purpose of the tour, however all opinions are my own!

Canadian Designer Blog Tour and a Holly Dress

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It’s my turn on the Canadian Designer Blog tour.  When I saw the call for bloggers, I was excited.  Firstly, I love to support indie pattern designers.  Secondly, I really love to support Canadian indie pattern designers.  Before this tour, I had no idea just how many Canadian designers there were.  Thank you so much to Ula of Lulu & Celeste for putting this whole tour together.

I decided on the Holly Dress by Audrey and Tiffany.  It was the partial circle skirt that sold me on it.  The twirlier the better, and my daughter is a sucker for twirl.  I must admit, I also prefer a circle skirt to a gathered skirt.  There’s something about the clean look of it and also NO massive amounts of gathers!  Don’t get me wrong, I also love a gathered skirt.  But it’s a nice change not to.

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I made this in a size 4 with the gathering option instead of the pin tucks.  I love both looks, but I haven’t made a dress with a gathered bodice before, and I wanted to give it a go.

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This is my first time sewing an Audrey and Tiffany pattern.  I’m always willing to try a new designer and I’m glad I did.  I’m a sucker for under stitching.  I much prefer it to topstitching.  I’ll often substitute it for topstitching in a pattern to prevent the lining from peeking over the top.  But I love it even more when a pattern actually tells you to under stitch; which this one did.

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Another thing I loved about this pattern.  The button placket on the back.  It was probably the part I had the most trouble with.  The photos really helped me muddle my way through it.  It may have been my first time doing a placket like this and I think it turned out really well.  I was worried at first, when I was trying to line up the contrast band at the back.  I’m not always perfect, but in this case, both sides lined up pretty much bang on.

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I picked up some really sweet buttons that I think suit the fabric.  I really like the button loops at the back instead of button holes.  I think it makes the dress that much more special.  I really love the elegance and simplicity of the entire dress…but I especially love the back!

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We decided to take the kids to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa.  We try to go every year.  There is so much that goes on in Ottawa every year and we really don’t take advantage of everything that is available to us.  What I didn’t realize is that we went on the last weekend of the festival.  So the tulips were pretty much dead.  It didn’t bother the kids at all.  They still had a blast.   If you’re ever in Ottawa in May, it’s a great time.  Especially if the tulips are actually in bloom.

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

Who needs tulips when you have dandelions?

And what would be a day at a festival without a ginormous bag of popcorn and ice cream?!

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Now for the fun bits.  From June 11th to 15th only, Audrey and Tiffany are offering 25% off their patterns with the coupon code OHCANADA.

Also, you can enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win the Holly and Secret Garden pdf dress patterns.


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There are so many bloggers taking part in this tour.

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And also so many sponsors.

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Head on over to Lulu and Celeste to sew along and enter to win some amazing prize packages.

 

MCM Studio Designs Blog Tour and a Giveaway

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When I saw the call put out by Linda of MCM Studio Designs looking for bloggers to sew one of her patterns and then write about it, I jumped at the chance.  This is the first time I’ve sewn one of her patterns and I am happy that I did.  It’s also my first blog tour, so please bear with me.

I chose to make the Gingersnap dress and tunic.  I live in Canada and winter seems to be never ending this year so it was the 3/4 length sleeves that called to me.  There are so many woven dress patterns out there that are either sleeveless or have short sleeves, so when I find one that has longer sleeves, I get excited.

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This pattern is labelled as a “beginner” pattern.  It was a one evening sew.  Since I work full time, the only chance I get to sew is after my kiddos are asleep for the night.  Anything I can get finished in an evening or two gets two thumbs up in my books.  Not only did I get this finished in a few hours (from printing, taping, tracing, cutting and sewing), but I really like the way it is finished on the inside.  It isn’t lined, but it does have a really neat facing along the upper bodice.

Another thing I really liked about the pattern was the way the sleeves and bodice are in one pattern piece.  No easing sleeves into an armscye!  I really don’t mind adding sleeves, but it was really nice to not have to this time.  That’s just one more thing that makes this dress unique in my books.  I really like the “kimono”-like look that this creates.  The closure at the back is a simple button and loop.

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As much as my daughter loves twirling and ruffles, I prefer a simpler look sometimes (well, most times) and I really like the simple a-line style of this dress.  It allows the fabric selection to be front and centre.  I’ve had this fabric from Joann’s for over a year and this was the perfect dress to use it.

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The front skirt features a single pleat that is very subtle but adds a bit of depth to the dress and it draws your attention down from the curved bodice. I just love a curved bodice.  Yes, it’s a bit trickier to sew to the skirt since you are sewing opposite curves together, but the finished look is beautiful.

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Onto the giveaway.  Linda, of MCM Studio Designs, will be giving away a total of 5 patterns at the end of the blog tour, which runs from April 13-17.  All you have to do to enter, is to comment on this post on my blog, as well as on the MCM blog.  Easy peasy.  And while you’re at it, take a peek at what everyone else has made.

Happy Sewing!

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