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If you loved my last post about my shiny new Lane Raglan, you'll love today's Friday Fiver pattern from Crafterhours...because you could get the Lane Raglan for just $5 today! Remember how I lamented not wanting to spend the $8.00 on the pattern even though it is incredibly reasonably priced, and I finally broke down? Well, looks like I broke down a few months too early ;) OR - maybe the universe just wanted me to show you and awesome pattern so you could swoon after it and then BAM you get it for $3.00 off!
In short - you get a steal of a deal today! Head over to Hey June to pick up your Lane Raglan and spam me with awesome pics of your final projects!
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This here is a typical case of the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" syndrome. I saw that floral knit and I had to have it. And then I had to have the stripes to go with it. Then I needed a raglan pattern to put it all together. I just couldn't stop. Or, at least, didn't want to...because, THIS:
Pattern: Lane Raglan by Hey June
Fabric: Striped and Floral from Field's Fabric
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
I am diggin how this turned out, in all its autumnal glory. I'd been eyeing the pattern for a while but didn't want to drop the $8.00. Though I'm proud of myself for holding back, I do have to say this is one of the more reasonably priced women's patterns out there. Most kids patterns are $8-10 and women's patterns are usually in the realm of $10-18, so $8 is actually a pretty decent price for something that you can make over and over again. Maybe I was just feeling Dutch and thrifty. Though, Dutch, I am not....so maybe it's Holland wearing off on me!
The Lane Raglan pattern is a win because of its simplicity and incredible ease, especially for those using a serger (though, a small zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine will do just fine). There are just eight pieces total: The bodice and arms are a 4 piece construction, plus two cuffs, a bottom band and a neck band. I had done a raglan top before, but on *quite* a smaller scale :) This top seemed giant in comparison :P Having the experience of sewing raglans for some littles before I sewed one for myself made the project go so much faster.
Wrist cuffs and a bottom band also helped speed the project along by eliminating the need for hemming, but I think next time I will nix the bottom band and self draft a tulip hem for a true "baseball shirt" kind of feel. I prefer a more flowy, shaped hem, and not so much the straight-across edge band look I'm getting here.
I'm still admiring the floral knit, in that lovely shade of chartreuse ;)
In terms of sizing, a lot of the tops that are shown in the shop for the Lane Raglan are really form-fitting, which is all fine and dandy, but it wasn't quite what I was envisioning for this top. I wanted to create a more athletic fit. Luckily, in all my infinite sewing foresight and wisdom (giggles!), I sized up to a medium which helped create that super-comfy, relaxed fit I like to lounge in. So notes for you: if you want a well-fitting top as shown in the shop pictures, cut out your size according to the chart. If you want it roomier like what is shown here, go up a size.
Don't mind the shorts. We had a really random 77 degree fall day - in Michigan! This state can never make up its mind. We love it and we'll take it!
A thank you once again to my sister Mandy for her lovely pictures! For those of you in the Mitten State, enjoy these last few weeks of beautiful colors. It sounds like the snowflakes are coming soon....dun dun dunn. Luckily I've got a shiny new long sleeve tee to combat the cold with!
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Growing up, I was that kid in the back seat of the car who would be given a "we'll be there in 5 minutes, put your shoes on" warning and just could never quite meet the deadline. I assure you, nothing has changed. I've grown up in lots of ways - this is not one of them. Poor little Nater is always waiting outside the car in the cold for his little wife to find her little shoes. Find her phone. Find her keys. Grab her bag. Don't need the bag! Put back the bag. Need wallet! Grab wallet. Are you sure you're ready? I *think* so. One can just never be sure seeing as preparedness is relative...
But I digress. Chances are, you've met a kid who can't keep their shoes on either. And that's why we're going to talk about baby mocs today and how cool they are. My sister & sister-in-law both swear by these little creations. Reasons: #1: they fit around little pudgy feet and aren't confining. #2: the niece & nephew don't rip them off. Think of all the time they save! I bet my mom and husband wish I would make a pair for myself...but again, I digress.
Pattern: Lil' Papoose Moccasins by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop (affiliate links)
Size: Blue 2-tone - 12-18 mos. | Pink 2-tone - 18-24 mos. | Solid pink - 3-6 mos.
Mods: Color blocking via suede overlay
I'm telling you people, if you have a single sewing bone in your body you can make these mocs. Go slow the first time, use a walking foot & a leather needle and you'll be fine. After that, you can just whip them up! And for a $5.00 pattern...so worth it. Naturally, Aunt Ash has cooked up a few, the first being these metalic ones last fall. Making soft sole shoes is really not difficult, but the fringe makes them look all fancy dancy.
*Note - to get rid of the unevenness in the toe, like in the pic above, just roll the seam in between your fingers. We figured this out after the pics were taken (whoops!) and it worked like a charm.
Like the blue? Now let's try pink!
The soles and toes are both made from a faux leather material, but I wanted to incorporate some actual leather on these so went hunting at the thrift store...and came outta there victorious with both a blue suede coat and a pink suede coat! Booyah! $4 bucks a piece, and supplying many mocs to come.
Now, this suede was not a very thick and durable leather, so since these two little goobers are either walking or soon-to-be toddling, I put the more durable non-leather on the sole & toe for extra life. A thicker leather will provide the same outcome, but is more expensive and not readily available in craft & fabric stores.
I'm doing math in my head right now (doesn't it sound a lot like kittens crying?) and I seem to be doing pretty well in terms of affordability, and splendidly well in terms of the Cool Factor (priceless). $5 for the pattern. Less than $3 for materials. I've made 4 pairs in total. So far I'm up to $17, and the mocs I've seen sell for $22-45 a piece. My sewing habit is not usually cheap, but moccasins are one area that I consider a definite win for my wallet.
AND - they can come in ALL THE COLORS. IT IS EVERY GIRL'S DREAM. I wouldn't consider myself a girrrrly-girl (though maybe a girly-girl, with less R's and a tomboy streak), but I apparently like shoes. My favorite winter boots are green. You'd think they wouldn't go with anything, but they GO WITH EVERYTHING. So make the mocs. And make them in fun colors. You will surely not be disappointed.
And I leave you with this one tip, should you attempt this beautiful, frugal sewing feat: Wonder Clips. Or binder clips. These are great for holding the material together as you sew (remember: do NOT pin leather or leather-like materials! The holes you make will be permanent). They make the whole process even easier. And I know I've already said this once, but I'll say it again: Booyah.
Thanks again to my sister for her beautiful pictures of Robbie's blue mocs and for blessing this blog with images of everything that is good about Fall. I was not expecting this post to be so long, but oops, guess I had a lot to say! If you try to make your own mocs, let me know, or if you have any questions feel free to comment or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will gladly help if I can!
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Guys, I've conquered the Great Terrible Zipper! It was a case of just trying it to get over my fear, and by golly, the Nike slogan applies here: Just do it. It will all turn out okay. See for yourself:
Pattern: Starboard Jacket by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop (Affiliate links)
Size: 12-18 month
Fabric: Fleece shell with flannel lining, both from my stash
Mods: Eliminated the elastic in the cuffs and hem
This pattern is meant to be a light-weight spring jacket (think windbreaker or raincoat) so it is fully lined and has some nice pockets for putting chilly little hands in. I wanted to create a cozy fall jacket for Robbie and, hoping that it would be roomy enough, decided to try this pattern in combination with gray fleece for the outer shell and some flannel that my sister Annie had gifted to me for the lining. This flannel is special because it is the same fabric she used to back the incredible quilt she gave to Nate & I as a wedding gift. That's what sewing is all about! You get to incorporate meaning and love into things you wear and give.
I just love that peek of flannel in the hood!
I was all worried about the zipper, but it installed SO easily (the directions are clear and youtube videos the best!) In the end, the trickiest part of this pattern for me was catching the lining when sewing the cuffs and hem. I don't know why, but I am terrible at binding, and any time that I rely on top stitching as the main means of catching any additional fabric blindly underneath....that is frustration just waiting to happen for me. It doesn't help that you can't iron fleece because it will likely melt. So I worked at it and ripped and worked at it some more. It's not perfect, but it's functional. (*Note: Do remember though, this pattern wasn't intended for heavy-weight fabrics, so don't let that deter you from trying the pattern. AKA - I brought this upon myself...)
Happy little bug! Pictures are compliments of my sister, Mandy, and they just help ease my nephew-withdrawal ever-so slightly ;) I'm keeping it short and sweet today, as it has been a hectic week around here, but I will leave you with a sneak-peek of the next project I'll share!
'Cause Aunt Ash has to make the whole outfit (duh!) and has been moc-ing up a storm over here in Holland ;)
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Every once in a while I have one of those I'm So Proud of Myself moments. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. The other significant one I can think of would be when I tackled the Avacado Hoodie for myself. Nate would probably argue I have these moments a lot...say, every time I run out of my sewing room and throw a pair of baby pants in his face, or parade around in something new I've made for myself. Hey, you have to celebrate with someone, right?! I get so excited when I finish something really cool and useful, and he loves that I get so happy about it. It's a win-win.
Alright, ya'll...I introduce to you my denim Marigold top (feel free to drum roll in the comfort of your home):
Pattern: Marigold by Melly Sews (Blank Slate Patterns) created for Pattern Anthology's 8 Days A Week collection this Fall
Size: Small. May try a Medium next time instead of making the potential mods below
Options: Long sleeve, High-Low Hem
Mods: None (I'm a modifying scaredy pants). If I were to modify... I would lengthen the bodice a bit and add an inch or so to the sleeves. Or maybe attempt the next size up?
I know you're over there feeling so proud of me right now, too, ya know, so I'm in good company. 'Cause - I made a shirt! With a placket! And real buttons with real button holes! And a yoke! And cuffs! And top stitching! And I can wear it in public!
I talked to my grandpa on the phone yesterday, and he said, Ash, where'd you learn to do all this stuff? Good question, Birthday Boy (Happy birthday, Grandpa!) I'd have to attribute my growing skill set to just diving into new patterns, learning new techniques from pattern instructions, and when all else fails, going to the internets for helpful advice and videos from the fine host of sewists who care to log their adventures. And for that, I am so thankful!
The Marigold top and dress is a brand new pattern that Melissa of Melly Sews just released as part of Pattern Anthology's 8 Days a Week collection. As of today it is now in her Blank Slate Patterns shop. I really appreciate her thorough directions in this pattern and the fine details, like top stitching and the stand-up collar, that gives me the opportunity to create something professional looking.
This was my first ever working placket and I am thrilled with out it turned out. I used my walking foot to keep that stitching nice and even and straight, and practiced a few button holes while watching some videos to get that done right the first time. The cuffs have buttons too (Oy!) so that was a fun touch. How do you like the gold against that dark denim? Pretty cool effect, I'd say.
The Marigold pattern has a few different options to choose from which makes it a pattern you can use all year round. There are three different hems (Straight, High-Low, and Dress length) as well as doing long sleeves or cap sleeves. I've heard internet murmurings of people contemplating sleeveless versions as well...I'm going to keep a look out for those!
Like I said: SO PROUD. I managed to knock this out in a day on Saturday: taping the pattern together, cutting it out, and sewing it up. For me it was a long day, but worth it. What do you think? Any suggestions of fabric for my next version? Maybe a colored chambray or a voile for spring (Ha! Like how the minute fall hits I'm thinking about Spring? Just giving myself a manageable lead time ;)) So many options, so little sewing time...
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Excuse these shadowy iPhone pictures, but just wanted to share a new pattern I tried out recently! Below are the LouBee Hosh Pants in a pink corduroy and just in time for fall. This is a great slim fit pant that is meant for stretch wovens. It has a 2 piece construction for the pants, meaning you can do some really fun patterned fabrics because there aren't any outside leg seams and they're relatively easy to cook up.
I have been hoarding this pattern for about a year now (zoinks!) It starts at a 12 mos. size and for the first cold-weather season I had no one in a 12 month size or bigger to make them for! So this year was the year. This pattern has a few unique touches and a I learned a couple new techniques with it as well, which I will talk about today.
Pattern: Hosh Pants by LouBee Clothing
Size: 12-24 mos.
Fabric: pink corduroy with a nice stretch. Found it it my stash so I have no idea where it's from!
Mods: Added 2-1/2" to the length to fit a long-legged skinny 18 month old this fall.
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
First of all, the directions are written with 5/8" seam allowances. On most of the patterns I use, granted they are for knits, but they usually have a 1/4" or 3/8" seam allowance which is perfect for zipping along the blade of my serger. This is actually the first time I stitched the seams with my regular sewing machine at a 5/8" seam allowance, and then afterwards finished my raw edges. This allows you to finish your raw edges with whatever method you like best, including serging or using pinking shears. So this information might not be ground-breaking, but for someone who usually sews up knit baby leggings and rarely uses wovens, this was a new experience for me. It does create a really professional looking seam.
In addition to the simple 2-piece pant leg construction that I mentioned above, the most unique part of this pattern is the waist band, for 2 reasons:
1) I love how the front waist band is dropped and the seam is curved a bit, to fit around rolly tummies, but still has a nice high rise in the back. I haven't seen many patterns that take this much care in regard to waistband fit for baby and toddler sizes.
And, my favorite part....
2) The Buttonhole Elastic! I've never used this method for a waistband before, so this was also a new experience for me. Using button-hole elastic in the back waistband creates that nice scrunched back waist piece and makes it adjustable as the wearer grows around the middle.
The construction of the waistband in its entirety was a whole new experience for me as well. There are four different pieces, and each is attached a bit differently to accommodate the buttonhole elastic. Overall, I really enjoyed this project. I had to pay attention to the directions closely because it wasn't a construction method I was familiar with, but I think my focus paid off! I already have another one of these cut out in a stretch denim.
Ahh the finishing touches...I love my custom clothing tags from IkaPrint on Etsy! (The woven size tags I get from SeanLabels, which is on Etsy, too!) I get more compliments on these tags. Definitely worth it.
Back to the Hosh - these make great pantelones for fall time! And they are perfect for tucking into boots. Eventually I will need to find some wacky patterned fabrics to try out, maybe for the Spring. I already have my eye on this stretch sateen....What do you think? I think I want some for me :)!
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