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SewLong Summer Blog Tour: Lauren Shirt and Pirate Pencil Skirt

14355625_10207856316267281_7056113396085708276_n14324452_10103669379216739_5365708588806097386_oI am pleased to announce my participation in the SewLong Summer Blog Tour.  There are many very talented seamstresses on this tour, and I’m proud to be participating in it.  

For the tour, I made two pieces that are transitional. Because it’s still pretty warm here in Wichita, I wanted something I could wear now and wear later. I originally picked out the Gnomes on the Bus fabric from Mabel Madison because I thought it would be cute to wear an outfit made with it to a local brewery with (literally) the best beer I’ve ever had, Hopping Gnome Brewing Company.  That plan changed upon making the outfit for reasons I’ll get to soon. 

I decided to go with the Made for Mermaids Mama Lauren pintuck shirt and the Patterns for Pirates Pirate Pencil Skirt.  (Affiliate Links) I paired the outfit with brown boots I purchased from Maurice’s. It’s one of the few stores, I’ve found, that carry size 12 women’s shoes – though more and more stores are making that move all the time. As it gets colder, I’ll add a pair of tights made with The Wolf and The Tree’s Gazelle Ladies Footed Tights and my trusty red Seamwork Oslo cardigan I made last fall.

P4P Pirate Pencil Skirt

I started with the skirt. This is actually the third Pirate Pencil Skirt I’ve made. It takes less time to sew it than it does to cut it out. I used Stenzo jersey knit. It turned out really great, I think – only it’s a little loose on me. I lost some inches around my waist and hips between cutting this and the shirt and sewing them up.  Let this be a lesson to you! I’m still happy with how it turned out, and it’s bright, and probably a lot louder than most things I normally wear. 

M4M Lauren Shirt

When I was talking with Melissa of Tales of a Tester, she totally sold me on this pattern. It’s cute, it’s an easier sew with just enough details to make it interesting, but not so many that it wouldn’t work with a busy print like the Gnomes on the Bus. The pintucks are all about being able to sew a very straight line and press well. The keyhole binding takes patience (and a good press as well). I wasn’t sure about it until I got the whole neckband on and put it on. Once it was on, and I tucked it in, I was in love. I think it will go great with jeans and it will be nice with leggings and a belt. I kind of felt like I was swimming in it as well, but that’s not a bad thing. 

Photos of my finished garments (keep reading to the end for a giveaway and discount codes.)

Be sure to check out today’s posts from the tour:

Sewing by Ti, Musings of a Seamstress, Tales of a Tester, Almost a hippy, At Margareta’s Haus, Sewing A La Carte, Birds Of A Kettle

Our awesome bloggers 

Sept. 12th Sewing by Ti, Cindy Parrett, Sewing Vortex, Renata Laura, Couturious, Nina Makes

Sept. 13th mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Sept. 14th AppleGreen Cottage, mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Sept. 15th Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and Bug, Wining Wife, The Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari sews

Sept. 16th Sewing by Ti, Musings of a Seamstress, Tales of a Tester, Almost a hippy, At Margareta’s Haus, Sewing A La Carte, Birds Of A Kettle

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Pool Side Beach Party Tour


Do you see this extraordinarily cute little guy here? He wants to help me type up my post tonight. 

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He also thinks that momma should hold him 24/7, and that playing with his vast collection of toys is not nearly as exciting as sitting on my lap and pounding keys. Why am I telling you this at the start of a blog tour post? 

Am I a person filled with excuses? Nope, not so much. But sometimes, the little people in my life have different plans for how my nights go. And this little love? He thinks that I should be his personal seat. Because obviously if I’m staring at something else, it must be interesting. So, when I signed up for the LuLu & Celeste Sprouting Jube Jube Pool Side Beach Party Tour, I felt ambitious. I was going to sew all the things for the whole family. Because, I mean, we all need swimwear for our invisible pool. Plus! Fun! Sew all the things! Never mind that I’m gearing up for the launch of my Smashed Metatoes™ line of kids’ clothes on July 16, or the other obligations I’ve had lately (I still need to head out to get photographs for the baseball outfit I made. I swear, those are coming!) I was going to sew all the things.

(Be sure to read all the way to the end. There is a Rafflecopter giveaway and there are coupon codes! Today’s prizes are:

  • $15 US gift certificate to Gracious Threads
  • 1 pattern of choice* from Handmaiden’s Cottage
  • Four Season’s Cardigan pattern from EYMM

Then, I realized that was insane. I took a deep breath, and I thought “Okay, I already have two swimsuits I love that I made that are not getting use. None of my kids swim. Besides, let’s pretend for a minute that I could go to a pool side beach party with just my husband. What else would I wear to a pool side beach party?” The answer came to me: a sexy fun tank dress that can go on OVER my super cute swimsuits. (All from Peekaboo Patterns: Bahama Mama Blouson Top, Bahama Mama Colorblock Tankini Top, and Bahama Mama Boy Shorts, Affiliate links)

So cute, right? 

2016-06-05 09.40.06And if I’m going to a swim party, you better believe I don’t want to have to keep track of too many clothes. So, I’d totally wear a tank dress. Still cute, fun, fabulous. I used the Essential Tank Pattern from Patterns for Pirates (affiliate link). The pattern has several different lengths and hems you can choose from. I chose to do the dress length version with the racerback arms. I paired the dress with a couple of my favorite handmade beaded necklaces that I’ve had forever and an elastic belt I found at a thrift store a little while back.  

I feel like it puts me in top form for a good backyard pool party! All I need is a glass of rosé wine and some delicious canapés (and maybe a pool?), and I’m good to go and get my pool party on! 

Here are some more photos of my fun dress! 

Be sure to scroll down further for coupons and the Rafflecopter giveaway for today’s leg of the tour!

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Also Jennuine Design (one of the prize sponsors) is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON

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Gracious Threads 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Good from July 1st to 8th

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Today’s prizes are:

  • $15 US gift certificate to Gracious Threads
  • 1 pattern of choice* from Handmaiden’s Cottage
  • Four Season’s Cardigan pattern from EYMM
  • *Excludes bundles
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Wear to Where? Fashion & Sewing Tour: Touring Your City

city touringSo there I was, hanging out on Facebook, when I saw this call for participants in an intriguing-sounding blog tour. The fabulous Katy McKinley of Wild & Wanderful and Angelica Ross of Gardening in High Heels came up with the idea to have a series of posts written by sewists and fashion bloggers dedicated to suggestions of outfits to wear to a variety of events and in a variety of situations. Naturally, I *had* to sign up for the tour – even if it meant I’d be modeling clothes a day before I hit 35 weeks pregnant.   Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt

Patterns for Pirates Men's Henley PDFA lot of the sewing I do is for Little Miss or myself, but it’s nice to make something up for the Teenager and for Wining Husband from time to time, too. Actually, my honey-do list for my husband is quite long, and I’d better get on that. Add this shirt to that list – but I have everything ready to go for it! The Patterns for Pirates Men’s Henley T-Shirt pictured to the left is the one I made as a pattern tester for my teenager. If you’ve ever sewn for a teenager, then you know that it’s sometimes quite the adventure.  Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates’ Grandpa Cardi & Cpt. Mack’s Cardis

Who doesn’t love a good cardigan? I know I’m a big fan, and I wear them a lot of the year. When Judy Hale at Patterns for Pirates did a tester call for a cardigan pattern for women and children, I was really excited and had to sign right up. I had some more of the houndstooth fabric left from when I made the Phresh Jeggings, and I figured it would make a great cardigan for my little gal – and – one for myself. This was an easy pattern to stitch up, and the fabric I worked with (from Hancock Fabrics) was amazing. I’ve found myself addicted to their knits, actually. They sew up really nice and feel great. Plus, I’ve found the customer service at our local Hancock Fabrics to be above and beyond what I’ve experienced in the past at fabric store chains. Continue reading

Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up Tee

Long sleeve "Layer Me Up Tee" by Patterns  For Pirates

Long sleeve “Layer Me Up Tee” by Patterns For Pirates

You’re in luck, because today I have two new patterns to introduce you to. The first is the “Layer Me Up Tee” by Patterns for Pirates. It was my first time pattern testing for Judy Hale, and I’m really excited about the two shirts I made during the test. I have plans for 3 more. Yup, you read that right. It was an easy sew (always a really good thing when you have a baby hanging out).  While I tested the pattern, I was under no obligation to post a review. All of my notes are on the tested pattern. 

When putting the PDF pages together, there’s no need to trim – you simply line them up and tape and you’re good to go. There are only a few pieces for this pattern – meaning you can switch them out for the option you’re looking for. 

I stitched up the tank version in the tunic length first using a yellow sweater knit I found at JoAnn’s fabrics and a red glitter knit found in the same place. Yes folks, I did not use thrift store fabric for this one. The reason? I couldn’t decide on which fabric I wanted from my stash. The tank went together easily – until I got to the banding. You see, I chose a knit fabric that wanted to curl instead of stretch when using it for the arm, neck, and waistbands. I made it work, though, and I’m super excited about how it turned out! The fit on the top is great, and it will make a great spring wardrobe addition (and it will work its way into fall rotation due to its easy layering properties). 

I made the long-sleeve version in a slinky knit with the same red fabric banding. I really love this shirt. I also chose to do the tunic length. In the final version of the pattern, a little length was added on the larger sizes (the pattern goes from XXS-XXL and Plus 1x-3x, I made the Plus 2x).  The fit on this one was also great – and it’s super comfy. Again, it’s a really lightweight material. I once again wrestled the banding fabric, but I think it looks amazing and was well-worth it. I’m happy because I have extra of both the block fabric and the sweater knit fabric. I may make an infinity scarf with the leftover red glitter knit. (I want more of it too…I think it would be great for Paprika Patterns’ Jade skirt…which is on my next to sew list). 

I’m really pleased with the results fo this pattern test. These shirts are definitely going to be in regular rotation. I have a few spandex prints that I think might make nice tank versions of this shirt, and I have a black knit with cutout details that would be a great short-sleeve version. Because it stitches up quickly, it’s a great wardrobe builder. I also love that I didn’t have to do any pattern grading to get the fit I got. 

Here are the tank pictures, long sleeve pictures are below.

Here’s the long-sleeve option. 

You can purchase the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up PDF here. This is not an affiliate link. Use code “NEWPATTERN” to receive $2 off through the weekend. 

Come back later today to check out the other pattern test I did last week. 

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