Monday, March 13, 2017

Rowan Tee

Hello there!  Long time no see.:)  It's hard to believe that it has been an entire year since I last posted here.  What have I been up to?  Well, I've been working a lot more and any free time has been taken up with my oldest daughter's college search.  She decided last spring that she wanted to continue running in college. Spring of junior year is a bit late to start the recruit process but we jumped in and did our best.  Over the last year, K applied to 11 schools, went on 6 overnight recruit visits (2 D2 and 4 D3 schools), and was accepted at all 11. She's turned down over half of the schools but we're still waiting to hear back about school scholarships that she applied/competed for before she makes a final decision.  It's a nerve wracking process!

Amidst all the college stress, I was asked to pattern test the Rowan Bodysuit and Tee from Megan Nielsen.  It was a great distraction and bonus, I got back behind the sewing machine!

Forgive my goofy posing and facial expressions...I'm out of practice!
From the Rowan pattern description:  "The ultimate wardrobe builder fitted tee and bodysuit. Pattern features figure hugging close fit, three neckline options, three sleeve lengths and tee or bodysuit versions."  I sewed up a long sleeve tee with the v neckline in a size medium using a forest green cotton lycra blend.

I have nothing but good things to say about the pattern!  It took no time at all to sew which is a definite plus to me these days.  I chose not to sew the bodysuit option but the instructions for doing so were very straight forward.  Sewing v necklines are not my strong suit but I had no problems doing this one.

The fitted tee is a great wardrobe staple.  My favorite item to pair it with is a denim a-line skirt and tall boots.  I've also worn it with skinny jeans, layering a long cardigan over the tee. Megan Nielsen also released the Flint pants/shorts pattern that works perfectly with the Rowan tee.

I've worn my Rowan tee many, many times.The fitted tee filled a hole in my wardrobe that I didn't even know I had.;)  

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Animal Print for the New Year

I am way behind schedule for this post but in the end I think it worked out best.  Back in October I was asked to pick a fabric from Organic Cotton Plus* for my semi-annual blog post. I dithered for a bit and wound up asking my little girls to pick out a fabric. They chose the Waverine Interlock which is an animal print. Between finding a coordinating rib knit (I ordered the White Fine Rib) and then the holidays, sewing was put on the back burner until after we returned home from Wisconsin.

How did it work out for the best? Well, January is Jungle January at Pretty Grievances and these clothes will fit right in.:) 

BK is wearing a Kitschy Coo Skater Dress. I took the size 7/8 that I had traced off and added a little width and length to it as she wanted a looser fit. Every time BK asks me to sew her a dress she states that it needs to be fitted up top and then flare out and it has to be comfortable.  That is why the Skater Dress is my go to pattern for her.  It's perfect for church, playing in the backyard, or whatever mischief my youngest gets in to (which is A LOT).

I had enough leftover fabric to make MG a top until I made a big little cutting mistake. Uh oh. Since I had promised a top, I was going to make a top even if that meant substituting another fabric for one of the pieces.  


MG is wearing an Ottobre Design top from the Fall 2015 issue. "Rosy Grey" sweatshirt (#30) in a size 128 width with 140 length. For future reference, I found the neckline ribbing to be a little too long and the hem band a bit short. It's a hard to see but I finished all the seams with the mock coverstitch stitch on my sewing machine in blue thread.

I'm having a tiny bit of regret regarding my choice of using the White Fine Rib for the back. My reasoning was that I wanted the wearer to be able to look down and see the Waverine Print. But when I handed the top to MG, she assumed that the white was the front.Too late to do anything about it now but if I run in to a similar situation, I'll put the solid on the front.

As far as the fabrics, I was a little concerned about the how the waverine design would hold up since it's printed on top of the interlock. So far, it still looks like new and it's been through the wash multiple times. I'll post an update at the end of winter to let you know how it's doing. I love the white fine rib. It's so soft! The recovery is okay. I will definitely be using it again to make tops out of.  

*Disclosure: Organic Cotton Plus sent me the Waverine Print in exchange for a blog post. I purchased the White Fine Rib. I am a part of their affiliate program but also a happy customer or I wouldn't be doing these posts!:)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Shorts

 The younger girls had a real problem finding shorts that fit and were a style they liked this year.  I had searched all our usual kids' clothing stores but we had no luck.  The shorts they do have are starting to become quite worn out.  Luckily, Ottobre Design had a pattern that I thought might work.

pattern:  Ottobre Design 03/2014, #34 'Minnie Mouse' shorts
size: 128, added about 1/2" to the length
fabric:  cotton twill in stone from Organic Cotton Plus, leftover from my shorts here

Both MG and I are happy with how they turned out.  The only qualms I have is that they are a bit short and the seat of the shorts is a little baggy on MG.  I ended up serging and turning up the hems to preserve as much length as I could.  Next time, I'll add an inch so that I can do a double fold hem.  As for the baggy butt, it's just the way things fit on her.  If she wasn't going to outgrow the shorts in 6 months, I'd see about doing an adjustment. 

Summer meant next to no sewing for me between work, taking kids to practice, and taking kids to their summer jobs.  I spent more hours in the car than anything else this summer.  Though I was able to spend several mornings at the beach each week since my son's cross country practice is held at a state park across the street from the ocean.  So there were a few perks to being the taxi driver!
School has started now and even though I am still working, I'm going to do my best to squeeze a little sewing in. I've missed it!  Now the question is, do I go ahead and trace off BK's size to make a pair or move on to fall sewing?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Run, Jump, Throw

My little girls are following in big sister's footsteps and are exploring the world of Track & Field.  Two of K's high school coaches run a track club during the summer for kids 5-18 years of age.  Practices are held 3 nights a week and it's been very hot here.  The girls had several athletic t-shirts but 100 degree weather really calls for tank tops.  

crafterhours teal run
fabric:  Performance Fabric from Jo-ann Fabrics
size:  5-6 for M and 7-8 for B
modifications:  lowered armholes, shortened length

crafterhours teal

crafterhours purple jump

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Butterfly Blouse + Skirt

pattern:  Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse + Skirt
size:  7, the skirt was cut at an 8 length
fabric:  Lily Pond woven cotton* and White cotton interlock, both from Organic Cotton Plus
mods:  eliminated the peplum from the Butterfly
*I received the Lily Pond fabric for free from Organic Cotton Plus in exchange for a honest review.  However, I purchased the white interlock.  I've been very happy with all the fabric (rib knit, twill, jersey) OCP has sent me over the past 18 months.  I hadn't actually purchased from them and when I needed some white knit, it was time to put my money where my mouth is.  Spoiler:  I'm very happy with the fabric I bought!

It's been awhile since I've bought a pattern right after it was released.  But I really liked the Butterfly blouse and the fact that it could be sewn out of a knit or a woven fabric.  MG likes simple, unfussy clothes so I eliminated the peplum.  I took the peplum pattern piece and taped it to the front and back bodices, overlapping the 1/2" seam allowances.  I also folded out the extra width of the front peplum pattern piece. 

Knit tops are what my little girls prefer to wear.  I usually use cotton/lycra knit as that seems to be the easiest to find but I prefer the weight of a good interlock.  The interlock from Organic Cotton Plus doesn't disappoint! I'll be ordering more to use for some selfish sewing.;)

I used cotton voile (OCP included a scrap at my request with the Lily Pond print) for the keyhole facing and the bias binding at the neckline.  I love the keyhole opening in the back!  Some of my favorite tops from Gymboree have that same detail.  I used elastic instead of a thread loop to hold the opening closed.

Like so many others have said, the Butterfly skirt sews up really quick.  The pleats in the front add a little interest to an otherwise simple skirt.  MG likes that the front waistband is flat.  

It's a great pattern to use a fun print.  I love the whimsy of the lily pad print.  The fabric looked familiar to me but I couldn't quite place it.  Then it dawned on's part of Rae Hoekstra's Lotus Pond fabric line.  I did a quick search online and it looks like Organic Cotton Plus has the fabric for $1 less than other retailers.  They also have a few other prints from the Lotus Pond fabric line. The fabric is a little lighter weight than your typical quilting cotton...perfect for a summer skirt.

As you can see, MG is very pleased with her new outfit!