Mommy and Me Set

I will go against the grain and say – boys are NOT hard to sew for!

While I would love to sew some frilly pink dresses, I really enjoy sewing for and dressing my boy!

The only thing I find harder, is finding prints that I can make Mommy and Me sets from!

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This neutral Black and White Plaid from Barncat Knit Fabrics was the perfect print for my first attempt at a set!

I used the free Slim Dolman top from Halla Patterns for my shirt (first time sewing it up).

And I used the free Ringer Tee from Brindille & Twig for Little Mister A’s shirt.

To be honest, I picked these patterns largely in part because I already had them cut and assembled in the correct sizes and wanted to cheat that step.

I think they look pretty cute as a set together though!

The fabric is a polyester spandex blend with 4 way stretch. It is niiiiiice and smooth! But was super easy to line up and cut straight – the fabric didn’t shift around on itself!

Haven’t never sewn with fabric quite like this before so my sewing machine and I fought a little bit to get the right flow, but we settled on a short, narrow zigzag stitch and successfully sewed both shirts with relative ease! (And a 1/4″ seam allowance on both to boot!)

If you haven’t heard of Barncat Knit Fabrics before you should go check them out! It is an America group but she was able to ship to me for an okay price AND I wasn’t charged duty when it arrived! (Might just be coincidence) Also, it came way faster than I expected seeing as it had to make it through customs!

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Ladies Bubble Shorts by Mummykins and Me

Phew!

I feel like this has been a very busy blogging week!

It just so happens that two patterns I had tested a few weeks ago were released a day apart on top of other projects that I have more currently be working on!

And now yesterday’s release was the Ladies Bubble Shorts by Mummykins and Me! (affiliate link)

This was to match their Unisex Bubble Shorts pattern that has already been a hit for the last little while.

And what is a bundle without a doll pattern?!

So now you can get all three!

Personally, I hate shorts on myself. But I loved the last Mummykins and Me pattern so much that I had to give these ones a shot and boy am I glad that I did!

The shorts come with three different length options, a binding or cuff option, and bubble or straight leg.

I made a size 3XL with the shortest length, binding, straight leg. I LOVE this length!

Now please forgive the pictures… the only time we had to do them was when Little Mister A was just down right sick and miserable!!!

Despite that, I hope you can tell how awesome these shorts are. I can’t wait to make a few more pairs!

I think I will actually pull the fast, crappy stitches out of my muslin and sew them up proper with a lining because the bad sheet I used actually sewed up really cute! (Not cute enough to show you though, they are see through without a lining in them!)

All the fabric and notions used for my shorts were from my local thrift shop!

I love being able to upcycle, re-purpose, and reuse things that might other wise end up in a landfill somewhere!

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Be sure to check out some other BLOG-SPIRATION of the other lovely testers:

Hooded Tanktop Hack

When I finally received my beautiful CARS fabric from Northern Rose Fabrics (Canadian) in the mail I knew that it had to become a hooded tanktop for my son.

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I even had the perfect matching red stashed away to upcycle for it! (Originally was a cardigan of my moms – this is one way I keep my fabrics costs low)

I didn’t have any off the rack patterns that would fit the bill so I decided to hack the Brindille and Twig free Raglan Hoodie pattern (since I LOVE the hood on it!).

In retrospect, I should have sized down cause while the cotton/lycra is a DREAM to sew with, it is a lot thinner than the sweater material I used last time – duh! Silly mistake on my part!

Seeing as I had never attempted a hack like this I didn’t properly cut the sleeves….

So… happy mistake?

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I could cut a bit more off the sleeves to make it into a true tanktop but the conscious I am getting from people is that it is cute as is (and since I’m lazy I’ll probably just leave it!).

And now that we are coming into some warmer weather, I also had enough fabric left over to try a pair of the harem shorts from Made by Jack’s Mum.

They really look adorable on Little Mister A! (But the British Farm thought they were pants and kept trying to pull the legs down…)

Either way he is bound to get a few more pairs at least!

This CARS fabric and a host of others are available now on preorder at Northern Rose Fabrics until May 21!

Every order this round is also entered into a contest to win 5 free fat halves of this rounds prints!

I love being able to support national, Canadian fabric companies!

Wild Things Hottie Covers by Twig & Tale

I am forever in awe of the Twig & Tale patterns and their ability to turn me back into an adventurous child.

While I have yet to purchase their Traveller Cape pattern, I have been eying it up for quite some time.

Part of me is waiting till I find the perfect fabric to make it with, the other part of me is hoping I can get it on sale (I know, I’m such a mennonite!).

(**EDIT** Since writing this post back while testing the Hottie Cover pattern I HAVE purchased the Traveller Cape pattern and I even found the perfect fabric for it!)

In the mean time, I drool over their patterns and imagine Little Mister A wearing all things Twig & Tale and going on grand adventures through the fields at the farm.

(Side note: he IS fully 100% walking on his own so this adventurous state is about to become the new reality!)

One day, while I was drooling over patterns, I came across a tester call! (Clearly my favorite thing to do these days is to test patterns)

And in enters my latest love affair – the Hottie covers!

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Aren’t they just to DIE.FOR?!

So far I have only made the fox (not due to desire to make more, just my project list is too long at the moment)…. But I have seen dozens of other cute covers made by my fellow testers!

The possibilities are just endless!

And they are the perfect size to use upcycled fabric! (All fabric (minus the red) used was thrift store finds)

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It is a shame so few people (in Canada) still use hot water bottles.

Who am I going to make all the cute covers for?!?!

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Now, if you are wondering why I had to keep this CUTE pattern hush hush from back when there was still snow on the ground it is because three versions – the Panda, Kitty, and Owl – were featured in One Thimble Issue 14 (affiliate link). You can also find the individual pattern here (affiliate link).

On the Twig & Tale website, you will be able to purchase ALL of the animal Hottie Cover options together – Kitty, Fox, Bear, Owl, Panda, Fawn and Raccoon! If you already purchased from One Thimble you will be able to get the other 4 animals at a discounted price (just contact the T&T admin with a copy of your receipt)!

Dax Trousers by Gracious Threads

I am so excited to share this pattern with all of you! It was a huge accomplishment for me and the wait for it to be released has been KILLING.ME!

Now… look out!!

Here comes another pattern I just finished testing!

(Can you tell that this has become a new hobby of mine?)

If anyone is wondering HOW to become a pattern tester, this is what I did: join every sewing group on Facebook that you can possibly think of (this is also a massive ENABLER cause it makes you want to buy ALL.THE.PATTERNS)! Over time, I started seeing designers putting out testing calls. One by one, I started applying, and over the short span of a few months I have already tested for: Thread Riding Hood, Blank Slate Patterns, Twig & Tale, Goober Pea Pattern Designs and now Gracious Threads!

The compensation for testing is always slightly different but at the very least you get a free pattern out of the deal! So if you are looking for a way unique way to build your pattern collection this could be it!

You also get to  meet some awesome, helpful designers along the way!

Testing patterns has really started to stretch my abilities.

Prior to this pattern I would have considered myself an adventurous intermediate, but while I tackled this pattern I sure felt like a beginner!

This pattern is not for the faint of heart, beginner seamstress (unless you are like me who likes to pick a pattern and dive in head first – throw caution to the wind!). It is actually labeled as an intermediate/advanced pattern which I would agree with!

New skills that I had to attempt for this pattern:

  • Sewing pockets
  • Sewing welt pockets
  • Adding a zipper fly

If you have never added a zipper fly before, there is a great tutorial here at Liana Jeans Sew Along. (I only messed mine up once, I was very proud!)

The welt pockets on the other hand… lets just say I should have practiced them a few times before sewing them on my pants. Please don’t look at them too closely! (Everyone has to start somewhere, right?!)

Oh but my pockets turned out great! I think next time it would be fun to make the back piece of the pocket in a contrasting color for a nice little POP!

Over all I am extremely happy with how my pants turned out and OH.SO.PROUD that I was able to pull them off!

I will definitely be making more in the future and add the cuff option to make them easily folded up! The good news is Little Mister A just fits into the smallest size of this patterns (size 2) so I can continue to make it for years to come (up to size 12!).

And I always love have a couple good WOVEN patterns to use!

Thinking about the next pair in a cute quilting cotton cause…. why not?!?!

Fun fact about these pants: after the testing period was over we found out the pattern was being showcased in the One Thimble Magazine! (affiliate link) Head on over to get your copy of the magazine or just the individual pattern!! Available starting on May 12!

Side note: they DO fit over Little Mister A’s cloth diapers, but the rise it a little low because of all the junk in his trunk (a very common problem for him and pants). They would fit better over disposables (which we rarely use) but as long as I put him in a onesie the low rise at the back isn’t an issue!

(The first original round of pictures was taken way back when it was snowy out. Now that it is finally spring we were able to get a couple action shots outside too!)

P.S. All the fabric for these pants was purchased from my local thrift shop! I even got the zipper for a whopping $0.10!!

A good upcycle just makes my heart sing! (And my wallet!)