One of my favorite pattern designers for children is branching out into women's patterns and I couldn't be more excited! Misusu's Diamond Sweater for women is finally here! The children's version has been one of my favorite patterns for a while now. I love the unique piecing of the front and all of the different options that come with one pattern. So when I saw Elles was planning a women's version, as well as extending the size range for the children's pattern, I knew I wanted to be apart of the tester group!
My latest make is one that I am so proud of and definitely deserves its own blog post. I haven't had the chance to sew on such a grand scale in quite some time and it was so wonderful to break out of my comfort zone and get back to my roots. Many may not know, but I started my sewing journey when I was nine and mainly worked with woven fabrics. It eventually led to me designing and creating my own prom dresses in high school and then branching out into knit fabrics after I had J. So when I saw the call for seamstresses that were interested in creating something over the top and amazing, I knew I wanted to be a part of this journey!!
Woo Hoo! I'm so excited to share the first ever Misusu Patterns FREE'kin Sewing Challenge and blog tour with you all today! I'll share more on how to enter to win a free pattern of your choice, a coupon, as well as contest details below but first I wanted to share my blog tour contribution, complete with a pattern modification I made from Elles' amazing patterns. The best part...two of the patterns I've used are free! If you haven't checked out Misusu yet, you are seriously missing out. Her patterns are modern, fun, and full of unique details that will take your baby and toddler's wardrobe to the next level!
The other day I realized that summer is almost over and J will be starting preschool in under a month! I can't even believe it! As I was perusing his school supply list, I noticed that on it was an art smock. After looking around a little, I realized that I could easily make one of my own! So I went on Pinterest in search of a free pattern and found this great one from The DIY Mommy. In her tutorial, she uses a pre-laminated cotton fabric. I didn't have any on hand and I was wanting to use these amazing art print scraps from Rockerbye Destash instead, so I decided to laminate my own!
To say I'm addicted to applique may be a bit of an understatement. I’m always trying to come up with new ways to apply it to my makes and I'm always on the lookout for new techniques I haven't tried yet. This idea came from a late night sewing session where I had the perfect panel for ”coloring” but I wasn't quite sure how to go about doing it. I tried a few different ways to sew on the appliques, including cutting the individual tiny pieces out and sewing them on but I soon realized that this wasn't going to work, and was much too time-consuming. So I thought about reverse applique and how the same principle could technically be applied here but in the reverse sense. (Hopefully, that makes sense lol. If not, don't worry because I'm going to explain it!)
The first time I tried the Grow Fonder Pattern from Apple Tree Pattern Co., I knew I was hooked! I mean, who wouldn't love the idea of a shirt that can grow with your child over a couple of years!? I know I certainly do! Especially because it seems like J is growing out of all of my favorite handmades way too quickly lately.
One of my sewing resolutions last year was to "master" the zipper in a knit garment. I hadn't had a whole lot of experience with them while using knit fabric, and it definitely showed. So, I decided to do a little research and a lot of testing to figure out how to get that zipper to look perfect every time. Now, there is definitely more than one way to put in the perfect zipper but today, I'm going to share the tips and tricks that I have found to be successful in my own sewing adventures.
Faux fur throws. They are simply gorgeous and make me wish I was sitting around a campfire while on an epic adventure. I've been wanting to make a faux fur backed throw blanket for awhile now, thanks in part to all of the beautiful examples I've seen on Pinterest. I just hadn't quite found the perfect fabric for the top piece. That is until I got the opportunity to sew up this amazing red wilderness and inverted x's minky from Rockerbye Destash Fabric.
Today I want to share with you an awesome new pattern that was just released! Back in October, I was selected to be part of a super secret pattern test for Misusu Patterns for their new Origami Sweater and Dress.
I've been a big fan of Misusu’s patterns for awhile now, so to say I was extremely excited would be an understatement! One of my all-time favorite patterns is the diamond tee. I love the uniqueness of it and how the piecing combines my love of quilting with garment design.
The other day I was perusing the inter-webs searching for a pair of pleather moto leggings when I stumbled upon this pair from Spanx. I immediately knew that these were the ones I had been searching for! That is, until I looked at the price! All I could think was "man, I bet they are amazing" but I just couldn't justify the price when I knew I could make something similar for much, much cheaper!