A Subscription and A Sweater

I think the idea of monthly subscriptions sounds fun. Long ago, I used to get a knitting magazine and it was the highlight of my day when it came in the mail. I’ve started to sign up for makeup subscriptions several times and then realized that it might not make sense for a person that wears makeup, maybe, once a week.

Now a fabric subscription… where have you been all my life?! 🙂  Patterns for Pirates recently started a fabric subscription program. You can find it here: Fabric for Pirates. So far I have recieved boxes for the months of December and January. They come with a coupon code for a pattern (a great deal!) and a swag item. It’s really fun.

For my December box I was able to squeeze 2 tops out of my 2 yards. I made a Hepburn from Patterns for Pirates for myself.

For Little Bits, I was able to make a new pattern that I was testing, also for Patterns for Pirates, called Sweater Weather. This is the crop version with a crew neckline and regular sleeves in a size 6.

I got a few cute Sweater Weathers made while testing. The star print sweater is a tunic length. The neon pink one is top length with turtle neck and gathered sleeve. I don’t know about you but, the gathered sleeves make me melt.

The January box was this super soft leopard print. I was jealous of my girls cute and comfy sweaters, so I made myself a Sweater Weather with gathered sleeves.

Hi, Again

Hi, Again

Hello, friends. It’s been a while. Two years, to be exact. Life’s been busy, as usual, and this site kind of fell off of my radar. But I’m back, at least for a bit. I haven’t stopped creating, though. In fact, I’ve been quite busy sewing, knitting, embroidering, and testing patterns. Wanna see just a few of my favorite makes of the last 2 years? Get ready for a slideshow of some fast growing kids! 🙂

One of the first patterns I tested after my radio silence began was a shirt pattern for Sew A Little Seam. The Brynn is a super option-packed top and I had a fun time sewing up several versions.

I was really happy to be able to help with this one. It’s part of an accessible line of patterns from Rad Patterns and this is the Mokena. It has options that fit different ports, tubes, or medical devices.

One of our favorites from Made for Mermaids was the Kaia. I love how I could use the same pattern to fit each twin’s unique personal style. I can’t always get Twin #2 on board with modeling but she loved her unicorn romper.

My eldest child actually agreed to be my model on this one and, I must say, she’s pretty cool. This is the Woven Jumpsuit by Rad Patterns.

A couple favorites from Patterns for Pirates were the Flutter Wrap and Essential Tank. Also, girlfriend started to feel like a real model after a while. She got quite into it.

The middle child willingly allowed for me to use her as a model but only if she never had to smile. Tweens. Whatcha gonna do? 

Rad Patterns has extended kid’s sizing, which can be hard to find. We love them and think you should check them out. 
Here are the Neighborhood Raglan and  Couch Potato Joggers.

Little Bits got her turn, too. (Remember this kid from the Budget Wardrobe series?! ) For every pose I asked for, we had to take a photo of her unique pose idea. I can easily fill up a memory card on this one.
Here we have Willow from Sew A Little Seam and Pepper from Made for Mermaids.

I even got myself into the mix. It took a lot for me to step out of my comfort zone but I’m glad that I did.
These are the Peg Legs from Patterns for Pirates and Mila Beach Pants from Made for Mermaids.

A Budget Wardrobe: Petal Dress

A Budget Wardrobe: Petal Dress

the top.

Pattern:  Petal Wrap Dress and Tunic from Twig and Tale (Free with code on website)

(The shirt is the 5K Tee that I used in another post. This is the long sleeve version.)

Materials: Wool blanket from thrift store, cotton fabric that was given to me, sew-in snaps

Notes: This was a quick project. It’s fully lined but don’t let that sound intimidating to you. Lining an item is an easy way to get a professional look and, get this, it’s actually easier to sew. 

I love this pattern company. They are based in New Zealand and they have a fun and unique perspective. I own two of their patterns and both give tips on how to use recycled materials to make their garments. 

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Total Cost of Outfit: $3

A Budget Wardrobe: Cloud 9 Tee and Ollie Pants

A Budget Wardrobe: Cloud 9 Tee and Ollie Pants

the top.

Pattern: Cloud 9 Tee by Striped Swallow Designs (Free with code from Facebook group)

Materials: Polyester/spandex found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a yard. I used under a yard.

Notes: Here is, yet again, a dolman style shirt with sleeve and bodice all one piece. What makes it long sleeves is the rectangular piece that is sewn onto the short sleeve. This is a great first pattern for someone who wants to make a long sleeve shirt.

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Pattern: Ollie Summer Shorts and Pants by Misusu Patterns (Free from the files in their Facebook group)

Materials: cotton fabric found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2 a yard, accent fabric that was given to me, elastic

(Here’s a tip: Tell people you are sewing! Lots of people have a fabric stash that they don’t want and don’t know what to do with. Some of my favorite projects came from fabric that was given to me.)

Notes: I absolutely love this pattern! It is so different and fun. And the pockets are huge! If you want to sew woven fabric right though, it takes time. These took me just under an hour. For every seam I sewed it, serged it to keep from fraying, and then top stitched. You could definitely skip some of those steps but your finish product will not look as nice.

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Total Cost of Outfit: $5

A Budget Wardrobe: Magnolia and Bummies

A Budget Wardrobe: Magnolia and Bummies

The top
Pattern: Magnolia Top and Dress by Stitch Upon a Time
Materials: Knit skirt that had lost it’s elastic from thrift store, $3.50
Notes: This is a cute and simple dress with options to give it more details. If you join the Stitch Upon a Time Facebook group there is a file that includes the drawstring waistband, cuffed sleeves, and a curved hem. The only thing I used from the extra pack here is the drawstring. This is another pattern that does not have separate sleeve pieces but is all-in-one. It’s known as dolman style.

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The bottoms
Pattern: Bummies by Brindille & Twig
Materials: Leftover fabric from another project
Notes: Every girl needs a good pair of shorts to go under their dresses. These are kind of a shorts/bloomers hybrid.

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The hat
Pattern: Beanie by Made for Mermaids
Materials: Scraps from an old sweater of mine that I used for another project
Notes: A super fast project

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Total Cost of Outfit: $3.50

A Budget Wardrobe: Ringer Tee and Little Wanderer

A Budget Wardrobe: Ringer Tee and Little Wanderer

The top
Pattern: Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig
Materials: old sweater from my closet
Notes: If you do not like hemming, this is the pattern for you. It uses bands for the sleeves and the bottom. I did not have enough fabric to make a solid back, so I just seamed it down the middle. I’m going to guess that if I had not pointed it out, you wouldn’t have noticed. 🙂 Many store-bought shirts have this as a design feature so just go with it! No one has to know you didn’t do it on purpose. I also took advantage of the ribbing on the original sweater for the waistband and sleeves.
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The bottoms
Pattern: Little Wanderer by Thread + Grain
Materials: Knit dress with holes in it from the thrift store, $4.50
Notes: This skirt is a simple half-circle skirt with a high/low hem. It is super easy and even comes with optional pockets. I’ve made a few of these and I don’t always hem it. Knit fabrics can be left raw and won’t fray.
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Total Cost of Outfit: $4.50

A Budget Wardrobe: 5K Tee and Romperall

A Budget Wardrobe: 5K Tee and Romperall

The top
Pattern: 5K Tee by Elliedactyl (pattern is free with a code once you join their Facebook Group)
Materials: Camisole from Walmart, $1, leftover fabric from a black skirt from the thrift store
Notes: I love this pattern for repurposing. It uses a technic called color-blocking, which allows you to use scraps and unusually shaped cuts of fabric. This pattern used a neckband, which is pretty common in knit tops. Just sew slow and pin often. This top is great because it can be used for boys and girls. Boys often get left out of the sewing pattern game. 🙁

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The bottoms
Pattern: Romperalls by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (pattern is free after joining Facebook group or their newsletter)
Materials: thrift store knit skirt, $3.25, snaps
Notes: This is a harem style pant with a partial lining. The leg seams are super easy. I’m giving this on 3 thimbles simply because of the snaps. This is also a great unisex pattern.

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Behold! My first foray in photo backdrops. Just ignore the wrinkles. 🙂

The hat
Pattern: Free Slouchy Beanie by Patterns for Pirates
Materials: Leftover fabric from top and bottoms
Notes: A super quick sew, just about anyone can make. Again, my middle girls (ages 7-10) have all made one.

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Total Cost of Outfit: about $5

A Budget Wardrobe: Flutter Sleeve Top and Joggers

A Budget Wardrobe: Flutter Sleeve Top and Joggers

The top
Pattern: Paige Piko Top, Tunic & Dress by Made for Mermaids
Materials: Knit fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby, $2
Notes: This top’s body and sleeves are all one piece. (The flutters are optional.) If armhole seams intimidate you, this is a great pattern for you. They have a women’s version that is free as well. Mine ended up being a little short, so I added the band at the bottom. That is not original to the pattern. Make sure you check your model’s measurements before you cut. 🙂
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Pattern: Girl’s Yoggers by Petite Stitchery
Materials: Knit skirt from the thrift store, $3
Notes: Simple joggers are actually much easier than you think. If you opt to leave off the pockets, they are no more than 8 seams. And no hemming! I wasn’t over the moon thrilled with the fit of these. The rise in the back was a little low for her. But for a free pattern, I’d still say give it a try. This pattern also has a free women’s version.
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The headband
Pattern: Knot Headbands by Girl. Inspired.
Materials: Scraps from top and pants
Notes: So easy!! All of my middle girls have made these. Even if your seams aren’t perfect it still looks cute.
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Total Cost of Outfit: $5

A Budget Wardrobe: Peasant Top and Leggings

A Budget Wardrobe: Peasant Top and Leggings

Here we start our little journey on making a wardrobe on a budget. There’s not much I love more than sewing custom clothing for my kids. The unique items and the custom fit don’t even compare to store-bought. But if I am completely honest with myself, it is often more expensive than just buying them clothes at Target. Between the patterns and the fabric, the price can really add up. It can be a deterrent for many people who would like to sew. So I gave myself a challenge. I am creating an entire fall wardrobe for one of my girls using only free patterns and repurposed thrift store items or clearance fabrics. The goal is to make each entire outfit for $5 or less. Each item will get a ranking: 1-4 thimbles for level of difficulty and 1-4 clocks for time involvement. Without further ado, here is the first outfit!
First, let’s talk about the top. Pattern: Peasant Dress Pattern by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Materials: Cotton fabric from thrift store for $1, small amount of elastic Notes: If you can press a straight fold and sew a straight line, you can make this top. Woven fabrics are a great start for nervous beginners.
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And the bottoms. Pattern: Bonny Leggings from Made for Mermaids Materials: polyester/spandex found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a yard. I used half a yard. Notes: This is one of my most used patterns.
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Total Cost of Outfit: $3

Last fall, Clair (then 9 years old), made a whole bunch of these leggings and sold them at a kids only craft fair. She even made a poster, showing all the different occasions you could wear them. Here she is modeling them as dance shorts.
Girls’ Movement Collection

Girls’ Movement Collection

When I saw that Striped Swallow Designs was calling for people to test their dance collection patterns I was all in. We have 5 dancers in our house, including myself. 🙂 We have a huge box in our house for leotards and tights and yet it seems like we never have enough.
This collection includes 2 leotard styles, a top, and 6 svg cut files. They can be bought individually or as a set. I only tested one of the leos and the top. I used one of the cut files to put vinyl on a pre-made (gasp) bag that I then stole for myself. The girls love them and I see many more in our future. I have plans for a velvet one next for the 3 year old.

You can grab yours here: Girls’ Movement Collection