Sewing for my guys

Breaking Ground Tour

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Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019 hosted by mahlicadesigns. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

When Melissa of Mahlica Designs posted a call for bloggers for the Breaking Ground Blog Tour, I had to check it out. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but quickly found out. It’s trying something new; a new to you (and me) designer or skill. Breaking ground with a new to me designer sounded like fun! I have plenty of patterns from designers I’ve never tried. It was tough narrowing down the choices.

Thread Theory is a Canadian company that had several men’s patterns that I admired for a long time. I loved the details and style of some of the pants, jackets, and sweaters. I finally bought the Jedediah Pants during a rare sale with the plan to make shorts for my son. Then it sat and sat in my account for several years before I decided I’d better sew them up before Clay graduates and goes off to college! There are no layers (boo hoo), so I traced off his size 30 (the smallest one), cut out the pieces from some red chambray, and got them half sewn. The instructions have you sew flat felled seams on certain parts of the pants. Working with fabric that frayed terribly, I didn’t want to deal with flat felled seams, so I set the whole project aside.

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After a few months, I decided they needed to get finished and off my table. So back I went to the directions. I skipped the flat felled seams in favor of serging and topstitching. That worked out fine. The order of construction is different than any other pants I’ve sewn and I wasn’t happy about the strange (to me) order of things. The inseam and even the outseam was supposed to be sewn and finished before sewing in the zip and fly. That would mean I would have to try keeping all the fabric of the shorts out of the way while maneuvering the fly installation. So, I changed the order to inseam, fly, then outseam; which worked out just fine.

 

The shorts version is supposed to be longer with a roll up cuff hem. Clay is wearing his shorts shorter these days, and the longer legs were too tight to even roll up once, so I trimmed off some fabric and went with a regular hem. The waistband instructions were difficult to follow, I tried sewing as written, but mine was not turning out correctly. I ended up sewing it in a way that made sense to me without any problems. The belt loops were no problems at all.

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In the end, the shorts look pretty good. Unfortunately, they are too tight in the hips and legs for Clay. If any reader has a guy to fit into these, let me know and I will pass them on (US addresses). Waist is 30″, inseam about 7 1/2”.

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Will I use this pattern again? Maybe. Some day I may get the urge to make a pair for my husband.

After this experience, will I sew another pattern from Thread Theory you ask? Well, that depends. I won’t be rushing out to buy another pants pattern, but I wouldn’t mind trying a sweater or jacket. Also, to my surprise, the website has changed drastically since I’ve been on it last; and they now carry patterns of other designers. If you are sewing for your guys, this is the largest selection of mens patterns I’ve seen! Support the Indie designers, small businesses and new companies! You may hear of some new ones if you follow the tour this week.

Oh, and one more thing… Thread Theory has the best tutorial on installing jean rivets that I’ve seen! I started using it years ago when I made my first pair of jeans and is how I found the company.

Enter the raffle below and check out the breaking ground from other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links.

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

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We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

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My Closet

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour

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February is the month of love. What better time to sew something just for me? 😆Who am I kidding? I sew for me all the time, which meant I needed to sew something really special!

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My husband will be retiring this summer from his job as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. He reminded me three weeks ago that the military ball was coming up, so I thought I should make a gown for our last appearance. The ball is similar to prom, but a bit classier. It’s the high school version of a ball, so the only adults are instructors and their wives (not as fun as the real thing, and definitely no alcohol)! The thought of sewing a dress had been in the back of my mind for a few months, but there were other priorities and it didn’t get sewn. The pattern and fabric were already in my stash, so I knew immediately it would be the Crop Dress. My problem was that my fabric is a border print which doesn’t work with a circle skirt. Luckily Suzanne of Winter Wear Designs likes pattern hacks, so I used the top half of the pattern and made a pleated skirt to attach to the waistband.

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The top of the dress is a tank requiring knit fabric. Mine is a metallic with not enough stretch for the bands. I ended up binding, rather than banding the armscyes, but still wasn’t completely happy with how it looked. For the neckline I sewed 1/4” lingerie elastic to the edge, then turning it to the inside and coverstitching. That worked like a charm!

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For the overlay (or crop top) part of the dress, I chose a scalloped edge stretch lace with nice drape that came from Walmart a while back. It was surprisingly easy to work with just using my sewing machine. After trying the 3/4 sleeves and having trouble with the fit being too small on my shoulders, I cut the cap sleeves instead, but slashed and spread the pattern piece to add fullness for more room. The antique looking button came from an estate sale last summer where I bought a storage box full. Isn’t it perfect for my dress?

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The skirt fabric is a thin knit (maybe stretch crepe) that looks a bit like woven with silver embroidery and a slight vertical stretch. I found it at a thrift store and loved it so much, it had to come home with me! Getting the border print as close to my hem as possible without being too short to hem was a real challenge! I picked out so many stitches and sewed the waistband to the skirt at least 15 times! (Not even kidding)! I kept trimming from the top of the skirt until I’d taken off half of the waistband and about 2 1/2” of skirt. There must be an easier way to do this and I vow to find a tutorial before tackling something like this again! The hem has yet to be done, but I had to get the pictures while I could. (Feeling sick for several days put me way behind in all my sewing). Then too many kinks in this project, had me  finishing at the eleventh hour! The ball is Friday night so I must go hem my gown! See you next time!

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Check out the sale at Winter Wear Designs and sew yourself some love!

SALE: 20% off ALL women’s patterns Monday – Saturday (Feb 25-March 2)
code: SYSL2019   Link to the shop

Don’t miss any of the inspiring stops along the tour:
2/25
Patricia of Sew Far North
2/26
2/27
Meriel of  Ellie and Nels
2/28
Aurelie of Maglice and So (guest posting at WWD)
3/1
Livia of Liviality
Diane of Sewing with D
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The Love Dress

It’s Valentine’s Day, the perfect day for the Love Dress! This dress will be perfect for a special date with my sweetheart (my husband) when he’s back in town. The Love Dress is made with knit with at least 40% stretch, has three sleeve lengths and both front and back darts for a figure flattering comfortable dress.

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My dress is made with French Terry from Hobby Lobby that I bought on clearance after Christmas. It has metallic threads running through the weave and is so pretty! Unfortunately, the settings on my camera were messed up which made my pictures washed out so you probably can’t see the shiny threads. It makes my dress look just a little bit fancy.

The Love Dress is from Sewera Fashion which is a German based company. They apparently do not have stretch recommendations on any patterns so many of us testers used an inappropriate fabric for our muslins. Mine was a stable jersey with minimal stretch. It actually worked pretty good for the main dress, but not for the fitted sleeves. I like it so much that I will eventually finish it as a sleeveless dress for summer. Another thing I am not used to, is that the seam allowances are not included. I really don’t like having to add my own, as it adds quite a bit of time and work to the prep before getting to sew.

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I just love this fit! The Love Dress is on sale for $3.50 until Monday February 18 (German time)! Don’t miss out! Can you see I’m happy with mine?

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My Closet

Sedona the Shirt Tunic Dress

There’s a new pattern out from Designer Stitch called Sedona! It you know Ann and her brand, you know she is a professional and loves trendy styles. That is true for this pattern too, as this style has been seen all over Pinterest and celebrity events. I’m a pretty basic gal though, with no work place to dress up for, so I chose the shirt version of Sedona. The dresses are lovely though so I may have to sew one to wear with skinny pants. I love that it’s a fitted classic style that I can wear anywhere.

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And look at the hidden button placket! You won’t find that anywhere else! Worn here with Alyse Pants.

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This striped shirting has been in my stash for a long time. It is just right for a classic shirt. I like the pretty sleeve tab detail.

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I did the optional back pleat; but will leave it off my next one.

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Sedona comes in four lengths, two sleeve options, pockets, and more! It is on sale for $8.95 for a limited time. Don’t miss out!

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Uvita Add-ons

Happy New Year! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written. I’ve been busy with Christmas sewing and holiday stuff, with no time left to write. With a new year, lots of new fabric (the Black Friday bug bit me a little), and a new pattern test, I’m back!

Simply by Ti is one of the online fabric stores I ordered from. I had ordered some of this Glitter French Terry when Ti first got it in the shop. I bought a yard each of white, grey, navy, and black glitter French Terry. And…I love this stuff!!! I found out that one yard was not enough, so I ordered more! I’ve been doing really well at sewing some solids and basics to go with my wardrobe, and what better way to do that, than with some glitter solids!

If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you already know I absolutely love Itch-to-Stitch patterns! Uvita is a free pattern that I tested when it came out, but somehow ended up sewing only one top. I love the top and had another planned, so when I heard there was going to be add-ons, I had to test! I knew right away that my white glitter French Terry would be perfect for this top and would be a great basic in my wardrobe.

The Uvita Add-on pack has lots of options. I wanted to be able to wear mine with cardigans so I chose the floppy neck and regular cuffs. You could also choose the hood, thumbhole cuffs, bottom band, and two styles of pockets!

With the options I chose, this top sewed up as fast as a t-shirt! It would be a great pattern for beginners, or anyone with little sewing time.

I’m wearing my Liana Jeans that are blogged here. Itch to Stitch Love Sewing with Friends

I really wish I could have captured the glitter in my pictures!

Since this top was so quick to make, I cut another from this floral spandex. It’s way out of my comfort zone since I rarely wear florals, so I. hope I get some wear from it. What do you think?

It goes great with my Sequoia Cargos! They are on the blog here.

All of the add-ons are only $4 on sale until Thursday January 24, 2019. Get yours now by following this link! Hmmm, what should I choose for my next Uvita?

Gifts

I’m Sew Thankful

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It’s a Thankful time of year with Thanksgiving right around the corner. It’s my husband’s favorite holiday, and the perfect time to have a Sew Thankful blog tour. Thank you Sewing by Ti for hosting this blog tour!

It’s easy to be grateful for the family, friends, and things I have, and I’ve so much to be thankful for. For this tour though, I will write about being thankful I can sew. I have the equipment, supplies, skills, space, and time to do the thing I love most – sew. I’m very grateful for my mom who taught me as a little girl. I had my own mini machine that I used to sew doll clothes. Over the years, my craftiness has come in handy and saved money (say what?), by sewing things myself.

It seems I was never afraid to try anything, starting out with woven fabric and making clown costumes and men’s zip up shorts when I was 20. I made bridesmaid gowns for a couple of weddings, my own wedding dress, a roman shade, a pieced duvet cover, Christening gowns for my children, and recovered a worn out sofa. I’ve sewn every kind of clothing, stuffed toys, various bags, and quilts. I sewed soft reversible waterproof bibs when my daughter drooled through everything, blankets, bedding, costumes, and other things as they grew older. My son thought I could make anything and would often request things. He’s 17 now, and has two items he’s requested recently that are on my list. I love that he will wear clothing I sew! Right now, I have the stool for the drum set from my son’s high school band that needs to be recovered. I’m grateful to have the skills to sew a new leather seat cover for them.

In the last several years, I’ve discovered PDF patterns and I’m grateful to be a tester for several designers. My skills have improved immensely over the years, and I’m thankful I can sew well fitting pants. Several years ago, when my sister kept encouraging me to open an Etsy shop, I started TwoChicklets, named for my two chicklets (children). It started off with some baby items – bibs, cuddle blankies, hats, burp cloths, until introducing other things I felt like sewing. I’ve changed the items over the years to what is selling well, which is an odd collection to be sure. All the different animal towels are my own designs, hand drawn to make the patterns. They are quite popular, especially the adult size! My husband is very supportive of my hobby and I’m grateful I can make a little to help out (at least with buying more supplies) Haha.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Come visit the other bloggers on the tour by clicking on the links below!

Week of November 6th:

6: Sewing By Ti, 7: That’s Sew Lily, 8: Elli and Nels, 9: Jot Designs

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:
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Holiday Wear PJs

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Here we are with a Winter Wear Designs blog tour. Thank you Suzanne for giving me the push I need to get things sewn. I’m excited to see the pjs and holiday formal wear that everyone has sewn for the tour!

Yes, I do need new winter pjs. Yes, I live in Arizona where it’s hot most of the year. But…it does get cold enough for long sleeve, long pant pjs, at least for a few months! Our home is kept pretty cool in the winter (usually somewhere around 69 degrees F). That means I get to wear all my winter clothes, long robe, etc. So I need the pjs for wearing around the house in the evenings. And what could be better than glitter snowflakes in our mild winter!

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This cute snow globe glitter snowflakes print has been in my stash since my 21 year old daughter was little. This is one of those fabrics that was “too good to use”. You know the ones, the favorites that you are scared to cut into for fear of ruining it. I’m here to say, “Just use it; it’s only fabric”! Don’t be like me wearing a print that my daughter should have worn a long time ago!

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I used the Refined Raglan for the top and Aviator Pants for the bottoms. I’ve sewn both a couple of times before. You can see my Aviator joggers in this blog post but I didn’t write about my Raglans.

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Somehow, even though I’ve made this top before, I still managed to cut the wrong size. My top is a size or two bigger than I usually make in Winter Wear Designs but that’s OK since it’s pjs and they are comfortable!

Isn’t it interesting to see patterns used in a way different than intended? Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour for all kinds of holiday inspiration!

Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts!!!
11/19
11/20
Livia of Liviality
11/21
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
11/22
11/23

 

Baby Things

Boys in Pajamas with Peek-a-Boo Patterns

 

Boys in Pajamas: Blog Tour sponsored by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Hosted by Made for Little Gents

What a fun blog tour hosted by Made for Little Gents https://www.madeforlittlegents.com, and sponsored by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com! Thank you, thank you, both so much! Unfortunately, my 17 year old son doesn’t fit into Peek-a-Boo patterns but we have a little grandson I can sew pjs for!

Do you love Peek-a-Boo patterns? Are you interested in winning shop credit? Read to the end and enter the giveaway!

I chose Alex and Anna Winter PJs for our grandson. (The pattern was given to me for the blog tour, but all opinions are my own.) It’s the first time I tried a Peek-a-Boo pattern and really enjoyed the experience. The directions are clear and concise. This pj pattern is an easy to sew pattern with no buttons, zippers, or snaps, making it great for beginners, and pretty quick to sew. And…it has a huge range of sizes; I’ll be using it for years to come! It took me longer to decide on fabric than it did to sew them!  All fabric is from my stash and I have no idea where it’s from anymore.

By the way, Peek-a-Boo has pajama patterns in many styles to suit your taste. Some and super cute so it was difficult choosing one. I chose this one because I thought it would be easy to fit.

Abel lives on the other side of this great country of ours, so there are no pictures of him in his new pjs. He measures in size 18 months but I know how quickly babies grow, so made the 2T instead. I wanted to be sure they will still fit when they get to him in the mail.

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The deer slippers I’m sewing for Abel to go with his pjs didn’t quite get done. If you come back, you’ll see them in a future blog post. They are looking very cute!

IMG_1133IMG_1130There are plenty of cute boy smiles and expressions on the tour, so click on the links below so you don’t miss out!

We’re all sewing up Peek-a-boo Pattern’s pajamas, and there are sew many to choose from! See some new ideas every day by following along with the tour below:

Fri. Nov. 2
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. Nov 5
Our Play Palace
Tues. Nov 6
Made for Little Gents
Wed. Nov 7
Phat Quarters Fabric
Thurs. Nov 8
Family of Makers
Fri. Nov 9
Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewing Novice
Mon. Nov 12
My Sewing Roots | Momma Newey’s Makes
Tues. Nov 13
Manning the Machine | Custom Made by Laura
Wed. Nov 14
Sewing with D
Thurs. Nov 15
Seams Like Style | Ronda B. Handmade
Fri. Nov 16
Dreams and Stitches | Fils & Draps

Ready for the giveaway to Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop? Here you go! Good luck!
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Quilts

My Monsters

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Sewing my Ti blog tours are back after taking a break to birth a precious baby boy! When Ti of Simply by Ti announced she was back with a Monster tour, I knew immediately what I would sew. It just so happened that I purchased the Quilt as you go monster  class by Wendy Gratz from Craftsy several months ago during a sale. It is perfect for a monster blog tour, don’t you think? Especially since our youngest is 17 and not into Halloween costumes anymore.

Wendy Gratz is an excellent and fun teacher with a great personality! I am thoroughly enjoying the two classes I have of hers. You can be as creative as you like making monsters since there is no right or wrong way. My plan is to make a baby sized quilt with 9 monsters. The others will have to wait for some other time.

 

Quilting the sashing and the back of a row where you can see the quilting. The seams are pressed open because of the thickness of the batting.

This quilt took a lot longer than I thought with all the decisions – colors, monster details, fabric choices, and making sure it all looked balanced. I bought fat quarters similar to this from JoAnn’s The background and sashing were found in my stash with the sashing also from JoAnn’s. It was a similar fabric roll to this one. My little quilt didn’t get the backing or binding yet because I have to leave town; but at least the top is done for the Monster blog tour!

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I’m excited about my little monsters and don’t know if I will be able to part with this quilt. Good thing it wasn’t sewn for anyone in particular!

Here are some close-ups:

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Do you recognize this guy? He’s Gumby’s twin. 😄

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Be sure to check out the other posts with the links below. You just might see some inspiration!
Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

 

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Sew All the Cardigans

Yes, here I am with another cardigan pattern. I love the fit of all my Itch-to-Stitch patterns; as you can probably tell by how many posts are dedicated to ITS patterns!                  Aveiro Cardigan is the sister to Lisbon Cardigan which I have three of and wear often. Of course, I needed to sew Aveiro!

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Mine are both sweater knit. I think the black might have been bought at Walmart a couple years ago and the coral is from JoAnn’s.

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After resisting this coral knit during several trips to JoAnn’s, I ended up buying it after completing my Sequoias and writing about it here: It’s Time to Stitch with Itch-to-Stitch.

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I love cardigans and wear them a lot. In fact, these are packed in my suitcase for a trip to Michigan!IMG_0993