Cotton Lycra is my BFF

4Did someone say sew all the knits?? I think that is exactly what Project Run and Play said =). Project Run and Play started up a new season and I am sewing along with a couple of the themes. How could I pass up sewing up a knit outfit. They are my favs.

I especially love cotton lycra. It has great stretch and recovery and can be used for just about any knit project. I keep a pretty big stash of cotton lycra all the time and I save my scraps. As long as I stick to similar weight ones (I like 8-10oz) I can mix them up over and over again.

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For this knit outfit I started with the Hibernis Cowl from Sofilantjes. I was in love with this as soon as it came out. It has such awesome lines and  colorblocking options. I hacked it a little by extending the hem band a few inches to turn it into a minidress.

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One of the many cool features of the Hibernis is that the cowl is removable. This is perfect for me because its very late in the cool season for us here in Texas.

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I added some eco felt cutouts to the snap tabs that hold the cowl in place. A star on one side.

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A flower on the other side.

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I made the short sleeve version of the Hibernis and layered it over a tee  so she can still wear the Hibernis when it gets warmer.

For the undershirt I used a Gracious Threads Petra Tee I made last year. My daughter got a lot taller since then. There was still plenty of length because I made it extra long to start but the sleeves were now at some weird place between 3/4 and elbow. I added some extra long cuffs to the sleeve to make it long. I often add cuffs or hem bands to tees to get more wear out of them. Good knits aren’t cheap but the cost per wear ends up totally worth it.

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Warm weather version without the undershirt and cowl makes a happy camper when it’s 80 degrees, like when we took these photos. Don’t feel bad, she got ice cream for this 😛

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I had a pair of Abby’s Footed tights from The Wolf and the Tree I made in November. Growth spurt meant that these are now too small in the inseam so she can’t pull them up all the way. No problem, I just cut off the toes and hemmed the bottom for a brand new pair of leggings!

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I whipped up a little hat with the awesome free beanie pattern from Made for Mermaids. 

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And some coordinating tshirt yarn hair ties.

Pensebrox just did a fantastic tutorial on making tshirt yarn, and  “Are you kidding me ? ” She also knitted it into a fricken tutu. You must see this. 

There are some really amazing knits in this outfit. I love how all the colors and patterns pair together without being too much…. well, not too much for me anyway =)

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And the real fun part is that all of these pieces mix with other items I’ve made. Kid can’t go wrong getting dressed.

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Sunday Lately Week 57 Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

sundaylatelyWelcome to Sunday Lately, a weekly brain dump hosted by the Blogger Tribe. If you have a blog, we’d love to have you join us and Link up! This week’s linkup can be found at Wild+Wanderful!

This weeks themes are Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, and Expecting.

Doing

Doing all my Sunday chores before 7am! I have been getting up at 5am every morning to work out before work. I have been thinking about doing it for a long time. I just can’t work out late at night and cant consistently fit it in anywhere else, but 5AM just sounded crazy. The weird thing is, its fine. I actually wake up more awake than I was before. Its nice to get that workout out of the way. Even though its the same amount of time I dont feel as rushed through our morning routine and I am remembering to do little things that make the evening easier – like taking food out of the freezer. So far, its win!

Today was my free day and I planned to just wake up whenever. Whenever ended up being 5:30 because the dogs were all “Hey! Hey! Hey You! Wake up! Its time to get up!” So I got up, and did all the things. No one else is awake yet. I will reward myself with a nap later.

Appreciating

Chopped Salad

I have never been a big salad eater but in the last year or so I have decided I love chopped salads. This has been my staple for lunch since starting Paleo. I start with Trader Joes Healthy 8 chopped Veggie mix or some Broccoli slaw, and then I add whatever other veggies i have. I add a piece of crumbled uncured bacon (The Ends and Pieces are Cheap at Trader joes). Last week I made caramelized onions and threw them in. They were so good I’m doing that again for this week. I have everything prepped on Sunday so I can just throw them together.  I put some greens in there most of the time. Today I am going to try to get some chopped greens or else chop some myself because I think I’d like more in there if they were chopped. Love how many veggies I can pack in with these and I seem to never get tired because they are easy to switch up.

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Designing

Outfits – I have been working on a super fun knit outfit for the Project Run and Play sewalong this week. I just have some finishing touches this morning and will do a photoshoot later today. It has probably the most pieces Ive ever put in one outfit. Not exactly patchwork, but close. I can’t wait to share!

Humming

Humming along… Its now a few hours after I started this and I have been humming along on my finishing touches for the look I’m working on so I can share a sneak =)

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Expecting

Expecting a high of 81 degrees F today I just noticed. That sounds lovely for a winter photoshoot :p I think I will have to reward the little with ice cream for helping me out with this.

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Sunday Lately Week 56: Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing, Feeling.

sundaylatelyWelcome to Sunday Lately, a weekly brain dump hosted by the Blogger Tribe. If you have a blog, we’d love to have you join us and Link up! This week’s linkup can be found at Wild+Wanderful!

This weeks themes are Planning, Loving, Reading, Wishing and Feeling.

Planning

Blog posts for February! Sooo many projects. I have a couple of blog tours I’m participating in February. I have two outfits planned for the Project Run and Play Sewalong. I am hoping I can have time and energy to do something for that last two as well but right now I have something for Knit Week and Cosplay Week. I’m really excited about this season because I “know” so many of the participants. Plus love some Michelle and Audrey! I am also excited about the themes this time because they are open offer more participation opportunities for people with boys and babies =) Last but not least Kids Clothes Week is later this month. I plan to whip up some basics for that and some repeats of patterns I am using for posts earlier in the month.

Loving

Valentines day is coming up and I am doing a couple of tours for clothes for myself. I have lost a bit of weight and it’s warming up so I will need some new pieces in my wardrobe. I fell in love with some fabric. Marbled Hearts from Liberty of London. It was wayyyyy out of the price range for any fabric I’ve ever bought for myself but I knew it would be perfect for the post and also my wardrobe. What’s a girl to do? Ask her wonderful husband if he already had a gift in mind for Valentines day and if he would consider sponsoring my blog post. He went for it!  The fabric arrived Friday and I have it washed up. It is just as gorgeous or even more than I expected.

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The hearts look big in this photo. The fabric is hanging on a standard clothes hanger so the hearts are about 1/2 inch wide. This is going to be fab y’all!! Sooooo loving the husband for this one =)

Reading

Recipes! I have been doing Paleo since Jan1. I am doing some prepping over the weekend. This week I made my second batch of homemade mayo. It is so easy (less than a minute to whip up)  I will likely never buy mayo again. I used Avocado oil this time instead of Olive Oil  and it is a game changer. Sooooo good! I am also making up some Tarragon Chicken Salad using the mayo, some Dump Ranch and I’m recreating the Feta Slaw and Caramelized Onions found on the Power Protein Plate at Zoe’s Kitchen.  I cooked up some uncured bacon in the oven this morning to use through the week in salads, greens, and frittatas. The fridge is also loaded with plenty of cooked chicken and fresh chopped veggies. I just have the Ranch left to make as I need a couple of items from the grocery store that I will acquire this afternoon.

Wishing

Wishing for more time. I am going to attempt to change my schedule again to wake up at 5 instead of 6 (I leave for work before 7) so that I can get in some workout, me time, and spend a few minutes getting my head around the day before everyone is up and chaos to get out the door happens.

Feeling

I’m feeling good! I have been eating Paleo for 3 weeks. The biggest change I’ve noticed is that since day 3 I have not had any Arthritis flare ups. This has increased my productivity a lot. I also have more energy and I feel like my brain is back to functioning on all cylinders. Adding in workouts this week so next week I will probably be feeling sore =)

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Bimaa, Where have you been all my life?

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I’ve had the Bimaa pattern forever bit had not sewn it. This was clearly a mistake. I made this mid December and then things got all crazy.

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Christmas happened and then new years and I have been a blogging slacker.

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This Bimaa gets worn as soon as it’s clean, every week. Ridiculously cute kittens from Loiseau Fabrics. 

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I really love this pattern. It comes together super quick. The fit is really nice. I’ve had it since the Sewfab pattern sale but I got the updated one recently. There is a cowl and a shawl collar option and the sizing goes up to 12 now. This is good news because I will make these every year for a while, I’m sure. I have made two more of them since. You will see an extra special one I did for a Guest Post  that will come next week and then I made the rainbow one for a friend.

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This Bimaa inspired some lightsabering with some pink princess light up thingamagigg.

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Sunday Lately (Week 55) Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Writing, Scheduling

sundaylatelyWelcome to Sunday Lately, a weekly brain dump hosted by the Blogger Tribe. If you have a blog, we’d love to have you join us and Link up! This week’s linkup can be found at Nicolina.co!

This weeks themes are Completing, Visiting, Repeating, Writing, and Scheduling.

Completing

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Or rather not-completing. My sewing room overhaul is slow going at this point because I have so many projects going on. The goal is to get rid of that big IKEA shelf. Not shown is a smaller bookshelf full of fabric that will replace it. What’s left there is crates of notions and scraps I want to save. It’s the notions that will take most of the time at this point as they are small and you can cram a lot of them in a crate. I have new small clear storage in different colors and chalkboard labels for them. Elastic, buttons, zippers, ribbons. I hope to at least have them labeled and stuff going into them by next week.

Visiting

Planning a big visit home to Arkansas for spring break (mid-march) We will need to board the pets. I am right now looking into potentially sending them to a two week board and train program (doggy boarding school) and have that overlap the trip. I feel like I have failed these dogs from a training perspective.

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Robin is our puppy but she is almost a year old now. We had two dogs for almost 20 years that we lost of old age in the year before we got her. With them we were young and had no small kids when we got them. We went though all the classes. They were trained well. I thought I could take that knowledge and train her at home because we do not have time in schedule for classes. I have not been successful with even getting her to sit. Huge mommy fail. Luckily she is a sweet dog and doesn’t have a lot of behavior problems but we would be able to include her in more things we do outside the home if she had schooling =)

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Jasper is our rescue we got to help with puppy Robin when she was small and hyper and needed a playmate. He’s a couple years old and has had some training. He walks on leash well and follows basic commands. I would mostly send him for a refresher and so Robin won’t be lonely. Love my puppies.

Repeating

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Bimaas! I have been on a bimaa making streak lately. I have had the pattern forever. I love the look but I had not gotten around to making one in the few YEARS I’ve had the pattern.  You will see the one I made for my daughter on the blog tomorrow and I have one for a very special guest post I’m doing next week. The rainbow one above is going out in the mail to my friend’s son. She is an amazing photographer in the St Louis area so if you need photos you should check her out! If we are lucky she will share a modeled pic with her adorable son with us. No pressure Crystal 😛

Writing

I am really loving this Sunday morning blogging. It fits in well with the Sunday morning routine I already had. When my daughter was born I made a deal with my husband that I would get up with her in the mornings on weekend days and let him sleep until 8:30. In exchange, I would get 9-11 to lock myself in our room for two hours. On Saturdays I might sew, or nap, or dye my hair and surf the web. My Sunday routine always starts with reflection and then goes to planning for the week (Schedule, Sewing, Meals, Grocery lists) when I am done we get ready for brunch and then go grocery shopping. Sunday Lately is a great fit for my reflection portion =)

Scheduling

Posts! Like Woah! I took a bit of a break through the holidays. I did some crafting. I made several things I did not blog, Bad Starly! 2016 has started off with a bang though. I have so many projects going on right now! I have been sewing up a storm, photographing, and scheduling posts. There will be a lot more going on here in the coming days, watch this space =)

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Sunday Lately WK 54 Updating, Remembering, Needing, Wearing, Being.

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I have joined the awesome group of bloggers in the Blogger Tribe and plan to start doing these Sunday Lately posts regularly. This is good for me as my posts have been a little more sparse lately and limited to completed work. I’d like to get better about sharing other stuff going on.We’d love it if you’d link up with us! You can find the link up for this week here!

This week’s themes are Updating, Remembering, Needing, Wearing, and Being.

Updating

For the past few years I have been storing fabric on a big Ikea Expedit/Kallax (Expedit was recently replaced by Kallax but they are pretty much the same.) I thought it was going to be the perfect solution when I got it but I really hate it’s guts for fabric storage. The biggest problem I have is that it easily gets untidy and then its large and overwhelming. The other problem is the back is open so fabric falls behind it.

rubbermaidI am moving my Stenzo collection and things I have bought to mix with Stenzo to one bookshelf. Everything else I am moving to these cool rubbermaid bins that have windows/doors on the side so you can see and get things out of it! It will be slightly more difficult to pull things out but I think its worth it to keep things from getting out of control. I do not fault Ikea for all of this. The Expedit will get moved to another part of the house where it will be more appreciated.

Remembering

I grew up In Little Rock AR on Cantrell Rd which was close to the Jennings Osborne house with all the Christmas lights. I loved seeing these lights every year during the Holidays. 

The Osborne lights were moved to Disney World Hollywood Studios the same year I moved to Texas. Great Article with photos of the move. I have so badly over the years wanted to see them at Disney though I’ve checked them out via video several times. We have vacationed there  but the timing never lined up when the lights were there. I was finally able to see them in my 2014 trip then this year, they announced it would be the last year!! They are getting rid of them to make way for the new Star Wars and Toy Story Lands.

So Wed night of this week they turned them off for the last time. If you have ever seen the Osborne Festival of Lights at Disney World I am warning you this video is a tear jerker! I cried ugly cries watching it 😛

Thanks to Jennings Osborne and Family for offering me this piece of joy for the entire 40 years of my life. I will never forget.

Needing 

I need to go to the eye doctor. I started having to use the crazy automatic needle threader on my machine because it’s been taking me too many times to get the thread in the hole. I have also started having problems reading the totals on receipts. I’ve always had great vision but literally 2 weeks before my 40th birthday they decided to crap out on me. Soo…. glasses in my near future. At least it will be fun picking out a cool pair 😛

Wearing

It’s finally cold here. I’ve decided these Ikea Duvet Slippers are the best thing ever. They are like having a nice cozy comforter for each foot. They aren’t super supportive so not great for doing a lot of walking around, but soooo awesome for lounging and also sleeping in. Socks sometimes feel too restrictive to me at night. I can start off with them but end up taking them off through the night. These slippers are cozy and not too hot all night long.

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Being

I have started to love the beginning of the year. For us it is a time for planning, upgrading, fixing… Over the past couple of weeks we have donated tons of things we no longer need. My daughter has a new workspace. Desk, Lamp, Storage for Art, homework etc… I am in process of upgrading my craft space. We upgraded our diet.We have a new bedtime routine for our daughter.  I was starting to feel a bit melancholy toward the end of 2015 but with the work we’ve done and are in process of doing and the plans we have I am looking forward to being us in 2016.

I’ve very much enjoyed this brain dump. Thank you for coming along with me. I will try to be a little more brief in the future.

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Katy Perry NYE Blog Party!

3Happy New Year!!!!!! Welcome to our stop on the Katy Perry New Years Eve Blog Party!!!

12471562_10102745563595419_4933343744173050938_oHead over to Sewing Stadium to check out the details and enter the awesome giveaway!11-2I have to admit that I signed up for this tour without really knowing much about Katy Perry. The tour was the brainchild of Melissa from  Rebel and Malice. What I did know is that she is that Katy Perry has worn some of the most amazing outfits. There is so much inspiration to  choose from, and I wanted to play!6One reoccurring theme in her looks is food. Food on clothes, food as accessories. Since I was sewing for a 5 year old I thought that was the best jumping off point.I had this yummy Donut Digital Print from Loiseau Fabrics that would make the perfect party dress!!14Since the print is large i needed a fairly simple silhouette so I would not have to chop up the donuts. I went with a dress that has become a new favorite of mine, The Heidi and Finn Cocoon Dress. I love the shape of this dress, so cute. Its quick to make up as well. I have done them in both knit and woven.11I paired the dress with the Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings in Stenzo Royal Mini Dots from Mabel Madison. 13This project has been a blast to put together and the combing through Katy Perry outfits on Pinterest has given me tons of inspiration for future projects. Thanks to Melissa for coming up with this idea and to Becca Duval for generously hosting the tour on Sewing Stadium. Make sure to hop over to Beccas post on Sewing Stadium and enter the giveaway, there are some super cool prized up for grabs.

The party doesn’t end here! Check out this amazing lineup of bloggers that are celebrating the New Year in full Katy Perry style:

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Blog Host: Becca at Sewing Stadium

Cassie at Lily Shine Boutique

Miranda at Inspinration

Starly at Sew Starly

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Ajaire at Call Ajaire

Candice at Candice Ayala

Shelly at Sew Shelly Sew

Jeanine at The Crafting Fiend

Audrey at Skirt Fixation

 

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Holiday Debut Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Welcome to our stop on the Holiday Debut Blog tour! We are celebrating the end to the debut year for three exciting new designers Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli.

There are three featured patterns for this tour. The Blue Ridge Dress from Hello Holli, Abby Footed Tights from The Wolf and the Tree and The Fishtail Kimono from Chalk and Notch. All three patterns are on sale during the tour for 20% off when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY. Make sure to read to the end to enter the huge giveaway with a prize package value over $300!

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I decided to sew up all three patterns for the tour. I wanted to do a casual holiday look made up of pieces I could easily mix into other outfits.

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First up, the Fishtail Kimono from Chalk and Notch. I sewed this in a super soft double sided print I found at Joann’s last year. It’s a two way knit with pin dots on one side and stripes on the other. I modified the pattern slightly by adding cuffs to show off the stripes. I did not measure my addition properly so it made the sleeves a little long but the cuffs are really easy to flip up. 13 12

The Kimono inspired some spontaneous dancing around the backyard. It’s still pretty warm here in Texas but this is the perfect light layer to add over any outfit during the holiday season.

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Next up was Abby’s Footed Tights from The Wolf and the Tree in stars from BWD Fabrics. I am sooooo tickled over this pattern. I have been waiting on a good tights pattern for YEARS! I can make these up in about 15 minutes. They are even easier than leggings because there are no hems involved. She can now wear comfy tights all winter and I don’t have to worry about matching socks, or finding socks that the puppy stole.

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I also made up the Blue Ridge Dress from Hello Holli. I just love the curved bodice on this dress. The flat piping under the bodice highlights that curve beautifully. I pulled out one of my favorite Poplin prints for this dress. Stenzo Netherlands Roses in Grey. It’s a past season print I got from Loiseau fabrics.  

I made the bias tape using a Stenzo star print from Mabel Madison. If you follow me you know that I have quite the Stenzo obsession. One of my favorite things about Stenzo is how their prints and colors all work so well together, even between different years and seasons.

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The back is finished with a button loop. I added a pretty purple button.

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I made a size 5 dress but used 6 for length. This was very easy to do by printing the size 5 and 6 using the layers option. In the end I decided to shorten the dress back up because I wanted to make sure the cute tights would show between the dress and boots.

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We had such a blast with this tour and my daughter is in love with her new clothes. I loved learning about these awesome new designers. 3 great patterns and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next!

Use the use the coupon code HOLIDAY for 20% off The Blue Ridge Dress from Hello Holli, Abby Footed Tights from The Wolf and the Tree and The Fishtail Kimono from Chalk and Notch.

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Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

Monday, Dec 7th: Willow & Stitch | East & Eden | In a manner of sewing | Climbing the Willow
Tuesday, Dec 8th: Kaleidothought | Feathers Flights | Connected by a Thread | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, Dec 9th: Rebel & Malice | Free Notion | The Whole Sh-Bang | House of Estrela
Thursday, Dec 10th: Candice Ayala | Cindy Parrett | Hi and Hello | Made by Toya
Friday, Dec 11th: Just Add Fabric | Conversas de Hermanas | Glitter+Wit | Sew Starly
Saturday, Dec 12th: Paisley Roots | Petit a Petit + family | Life With Zeke | Made by Sara

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A New Look with Gracious Threads

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Welcome to my stop on the Gracious Threads A New Look Blog Tour! Gracious Threads has changed the look of her website, including a new storefront. You can now buy patterns right from her shop! To celebrate she has asked a few of us bloggers to sew a “New Look” using Gracious Threads patterns. She is also having a huge sale! 40% off all patterns using coupon code “ANEWLOOK” at www.graciousthreads.ca. Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour at the bottom of this post!

I was provided the Eclair Blouse Pattern for the tour. Opinions expressed are my own. 

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I started to do a Christmas look, but that wouldn’t be very new for me haha. It was also feeling just a bit early for Christmas, especially considering we still have green grass and leaves on trees around these parts.

Instead I decided to try a post apocalyptic inspired look. I took inspiration from some of the modern fashion interpretations of post apocalyptic. The hard angles of the over-vest, the drapey knits, Color ( I didn’t do completely monochrome because I was sewing for a 5 year old, but let’s be real, this is low color for Starly) . Everything except the dots and the pant cuffs are up-cycled.

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For the shirt I cut up an old ill fitting shirt of mine and made a Raindrop Tee. The knit here is super stretchy. I love how it hangs and drapes. The fabric is “Oil washed’ I am not sure what that means but it has darkness running throughout. I used both sides for different pieces of the shirt and intentionally left the old pocket on the inside. I had to add a center front seam to the tee to fit my fabric. I also used the side seams from my shirt for outside seams of the sleeves for hers.

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The pants are Lazy Days Lounge Pants. These were made from the same ill fitting tee in a different color. I wasn’t sure how these would turn out in a drapey knit but I really like them! I reverse cover-stitched around the pocket in some rainbow thread.

Both the Raindrop Tee and Lazy Days Lounge pants have been recently revised. The patterns didn’t changed but she updated them to use layers and no-trim pages. I am so happy that she did this as these are two of my favorite patterns and now I can print them out in the size I need and tape them up all in just a few minutes. I’m so appreciative when designers take into account print/tape time.

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I wanted to do something fun with the Eclair Blouse. She had mentioned this made a great layering piece. It would look awesome under a hoodie or cardigan, but I had the idea that it would make a super cool over-vest in a heavy fabric. This was made from an old pair of jeans I had that were too worn to wear. I cut the pieces using the inside seam of the jeans as the fold. This left me a nice seam that I could split for the zipper insertion.

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I did all of the seams as flat felled seams. I just love how they look on denim plus they add opportunity for more stitching. They are very easy to do and do not take much more time than a regular seam.

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The dots are eco felt and I used random stitches on them. I loved the colors on these.I intend that this vest will go over a lot of outfits we already have. I also added a rhinestone zipper. In my post apocalyptic world there is bling!

This project was so much fun! I went out of my comfort zone a bit, tried some new fabrics and techniques, and ended up with a “New Look”

I am a long time fan of Gracious Threads. I have sewn most of her patterns and I keep re-printing in every size, such a joy to sew!

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Make sure to check out the new Gracious Threads site and pick up a few patterns at 40% off.

 

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Nov 16 – Handmade Boy * From A Box * Inspinration * Blessed X 5

Nov 17 – Sew Starly * Sewing by Ti * Climbing the Willow * Kopy Kat Kidz

Nov 18 – Rebel and Malice * Willow and Stitch * Tales of a Tester

Nov 19 – Sew Happily Ever After* Lulu and Celeste * Sew Sophie Lynn

Nov 20 – Handcrafted by Red * Just Add Fabric * Made by Sara

Nov 21 – Create Three Point Five * Lacasa Cactus * The Wholesome Mama

 

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