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:

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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)!

Campbell Jacket by Goober Pea Designs

Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods!

Or at least it is trying to.

The grass still isn’t green…

The day I got accepted to test the Campbell Jacket pattern for Goober Pea Designs was the same day that my grandmother handed me a bag of cloth from the local MCC thrift store.

Bless her!

Now that my grandparents live in a condo, right around the corner from the thrift shop, every few weeks I get a bag of fabric from her.

I love it!

The thrift store is one of my FAVORITE places to find fabric and cloth items to upcycle!

Back to my story….

In this particular bag, right on top, sat this FANTASTIC umbrella print!

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Immediately, I knew it was becoming my Campbell Jacket!

The cotton was a very, very thin weave, so it needed something warmer on the inside.

My options were a nice off white flannel, or this blue argyle flannel. Since the jacket is fully reversible I didn’t really want Little Mister A to have a WHITE jacket….

Cause lets be honest, it wouldn’t STAY white!

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Argyle for the win!

While the two don’t go together perfectly, I hope you don’t think they clash. I think they turned out cute together.

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(All this make me think of is ‘it’s a rainy day in London town’)

If I can whip something up in an afternoon and the British Farmer likes it then I know I am on the right track (he is my biggest critic!).

The British Farm told me that at first the thought it was a jacket we had been given or bought, then realized I must have made it when he recognized the flannel!

Little Mister A is styling a 3T (due to the girth of his tummy). I actually like the additional length of the body on him, and although the sleeves are long, he will grow into it and I think they are cute rolled up!

The longest part of this pattern was cutting and assembling it!

Am I the only one who feels like they are back in elementary school when they are assembling patterns?!

Unlike the last jacket I sewed, there were very few pieces doing the basic version. It was fast to trace the pattern and cut out the fabric.

In general, the pattern sewed up like a breeze and the only hiccup I had was when I tried to continue on without reading the steps and sewed the reversible sleeves together wrong! In total, it took me an hour and 45min (would have been an hour and a half had I not needed to stitch rip).

This is a nice basic pattern with plenty of different options from zippers to snaps to velcro to trim! You can totally customize it! (Personally I just love snaps, it makes everything so easily reversible!)

I can see myself sewing up a bunch of these for nice, light summer jackets at the lake!

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Kingston Jacket by Mummykins & Me

The Kingston Jacket. (Affiliate link)

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Honestly, I am at a loss for words to describe how much I loved this pattern! But here is a little back story…..

While testing, I had the notion in my head that I could whip this jacket out in one day. EPIC.FAIL!

(Day 2 of Kid’s Clothes Week)

I think in total this jacket took me approximately 12 hours – including printing, taping, cutting, and sewing.

But let me tell you…. IT.WAS.WORTH.IT!

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British Farm Wife in Training – Little Mister A in the Comfy Cowl Hoodie and Kingston Jacket

As I was getting the pattern cut, I debated skipping some of the little extras – the front pockets, the inseam pockets, the back snap pieces. The only reason I did them at the time was because the British Farm told me “Won’t it look too plain without them?!” And while I don’t think it would have, I took his advice.

Oh my goodness – I am so happy I listened to him!

While skipping the details would have made a faster sew, it is the details that have me SWOONING over this pattern!

Just look at those little pops of color!?!?!

The buttons were a source of contention for me at the end – dark grey or red?

In the end, I did the red to go with the Minion UK fabric and I am SO happy I did!

Little Mister A has been wearing this jacket every day since it has been finished.

We have been receiving a pile of compliments, both online and in person, usually followed by a “I can’t believe you made that!”.

(I can’t believe I made it either!)

On of me favorite things about my version of the jacket I made was that all the denim used was from two pairs of upcycled jeans that had been donated to me.

This was my first Mummykins and Me pattern (quickly followed by the adorable Comfy Cowl Hoodie to make a fantastic set for photographs!).

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British Farm Wife in Training – Little Mister A in the Kingston Jacket

I can’t believe how well the pattern is structured. It made learning a new technique, the flat fell seams, a breeze! And the finish from this type of seams is simply unbelievable! I really wish more patterns used it.

Lucky for me, this pattern is also in ladies sizes! Hopefully before spring is over I will find the time to make myself one!

Better go get the pattern for yourself before the sale is over!

(PSSsstttt Go check out the pictures of Little Mister A on the Mummykins and Me website! We won the photo contest for the Boys category! By default it shows girl pictures, just change the drop down to Boys.)

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British Farm Wife in Training – Little Mister A in the Kingston Jacket

Don’t forget to check out some of the other awesome Kingston Jackets that were made during testing:

Day 2 of Kid’s Clothes Week

Phew!

What a day it has been!

I am exhausted, yet I feel like I have accomplished nothing!

My strike off fabric did not come in the mail… again…. So I’ll check back tomorrow….. again….

Instead of spending today sewing up my Hootley Hoodie like planned, I continued to work on my test pattern for Mummykins & Me.

I figured since Little Mister A was shipping off to his grandparents for the day, and I had no other projects to work on that I should be able to get it finished!

I thought wrong.

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I did however, learn how to make flat fell seams! Which are pretty stinking AWESOME! They really give a pattern a nice, finished look to them.

This pattern is stretching my patience. Not at all because it is a bad pattern, but because I am used to sewing FAST things. The only thing that has taken me longer to sew than this has been a quilt!

I already know though that I will be so in love with the results that I will make more! (But maybe not till Little Mister A grows out of this one…)

For the pattern I have upcycled 2 pairs of jeans that were given to me as part of our local Buy Nothing Group Project. If you’ve never heard of the Buy Nothing Project you should check it out, there is likely a group already in your area!

I also used some UK Minion quilting cotton for a little pop of color and cuteness!

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Now that Little Mister A is in bed I am going to get off the computer and back to the sewing machine! I really want to finish this TONIGHT!

 

 

Kleefeld Honey Festival

When I think of it, I like to pop into local thrifts stores.

Heck – sometimes I make a day of it!

I’m pretty sure we called it an MCC marathon last time when my friend and I hit up the three MCC stores that are within a 20minute radius of my house.

A couple months ago when I was there I found an adult size small volunteer shirt for the Kleefeld Honey Festival (our towns annual summer festival).

Right away my head starting spinning on how I could make it toddler sized for my son to wear this summer!

I let the shirt sit in my “upcycle” heap for a few weeks before I dove in.

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Since there were some stains on the shirt I couldn’t get a full panel out of it so the Roller Coaster Tee from Duck Butt Designs was perfect for the color blocking. (Can you tell that I LOVE this pattern?!) And in the end I still had to cover a few stains with some “patches”.

The black fabric was also from an upcycled t-shirt bought on the same MCC trip. I haven’t figured out how I want to use that panel yet – so stay tuned!

Since Kleefeld is the Land of Milk and Honey, it was only fitting to used some gorgeous milk bottle cotton that I recently picked up…… somewhere online! (I blame mommy brain) And added a cute little milk bottle applique on the back! The Cream knit and Wink Orange fabric were both from the Fabric Snob when they were having their boxing day sales.

I am so over the moon thrilled with how this shirt came out!

It is totally what I had envisioned in my head!

It is a 2T size, so it will definitely fit Little Mister A this summer, and maybe even next summer if I am lucky!

I will be sure to get some pictures on him at the festival this summer and do another post but I just couldn’t wait to share this cuteness!!

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P.S. Adding the cotton to the front panel of the RCT was a breeze! It definitely works better than using the cotton for the top/back panel like I did a few weeks ago!

No-fuss Grocery Bag

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag Tutorial by BritishFarmWifeInTraining

Plastic bags have a place in my house.

I have a bag holder FULL. OF. THEM.

They make great garbage bags, throw away lunch bags, etc. But I hate using them in the grocery store. They can hold enough and always feel like they shall break.

Enters stage left: reusable bags!

A few years ago I bought three for $2 a piece. Since then, they have been put through the wringer and only one survives to tell the tale… I have tried buying others, but have never found any that compare to those first three.

Enters stage right: my sewing machine!

When I got my sewing machine, 2 years ago, I bought some trial and error fabric at the MCC thrift store (still my favorite place to buy fabric). Some of it felt like my shopping bags! (A woven, polyester of sorts)

Enter center stage: an idea to make my own shopping bags!

Those bags are still going strong after two years. Now I was asked to make a few more as a gift! Of course, I couldn’t find my self drafted pattern anywhere so it was back to the drawing board.

Just remember, this is a no fuss pattern.

Its a bag.

Your groceries go into it.

Your parcels aren’t going to complain if you alter the size, shape, or choose not to finish your seams!

(I won’t tell anyone either!)

Here is the new pattern I came up with: (sorry no PDF – yet)

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No- Fuss Grocery Bag Pattern

Grab a piece of parchment paper, news paper, or something else of the like. Draw a rectangle 10(width)x15(height)”. Add another rectangle to the top, 10×2″. From the top of the first rectangle, make a mark 2″ in and 10″ height. Draw a curve up. (Mark this side of the pattern to be cut on a fold). At the top of the curve, draw a straight line 2.5″ across. Then create another curve down to the top of the second rectangle that was drawn (it is nice to “flatten” the curve out for the last 3″ so it is touching the second rectangle top).

Materials:

  • Pattern
  • Approx 1 yard fabric (Polyester is what I use, but any woven should be suitable)
  • Typical sewing supplies (machine, thread, scissors, etc)
  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance (or so)
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The photo-bombing toddler

To assemble:

One color – Cut out two pieces of the pattern on the fold

Two colors (color blocked) – Cut the pattern in half an inch or two below the handle. Cut out two rectangles on the fold (for the bottom), cut out two of the top in a contrasting color/pattern on the fold.

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag

If color blocking…. Take one top and one bottom piece. Match up with the right sides of the fabric together. Stitch together. Repeat with other two pieces. Finish seams with a zigzag stitch or serger. Fold seam up and top stitch in place (optional).

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag

Match both pieces of the bag, right sides together. Start on one side of the rectangle (under the curve) and stitch along the side, bottom, and up the other side. Finished seams with a zigzag stitch or serger.

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag

Match up tops of handles. Stitch across the top of each handle. Finish seams with zigzag stitch or serger.

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag

Now, (if you aren’t lazy like me) you can use bias tape to finish off the handles/tops of the bags. Or, (if you ARE lazy like me) you can create a rolled hem around the edge as you go and stitch into place.

(Optional) Mark 3″ in on each side of the bottom of the bag. Folder each corner inwards the 3″. Stitch into place. (This makes the sides on the bag fold inward)

Lastly, the BEST thing about these bags is that they fold up teeny tiny to fit into your purse. So to make the bag holder…. (I have not perfected this part so if someone can think of a better way to sew it please let me know!)

Cut a piece of fabric 13″x6″. Finish the seams (zigzag stitch, serge, rolled hem, sheer, or just leave them be!).

Mark the center of the length on both side. Fold the top down 0.5″ past the center mark and pin in place (wrong side of fabric facing out). Fold the bottom up 0.5″ past the center mark and pin in place. (The fabrics will over lap). Stitch down both sides to create a pocket.

With pocket still folded with fabric wrong side out, stitch pocket to the inside of the bags top seam.

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No-Fuss Reusable Grocery Bag

Then fold it all up and you are done!