Thursday, October 19, 2017

Apple Cardigan

I recently had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Bella Sunshine Designs!


When I saw the preview pictures, I knew I wanted in on the testing--I loved the look of it and my sewing to-do list was almost empty. 
But, I had to make sure I had enough fabric as the fabric requirements weren't the usual 1.5 yards or so for a cardigan but 2 5/8 yards. 
After finding this fabric in my stash, I signed up and soon found out why the fabric requirements were larger than I expected: the cardigan has a half circle skirt which takes up a fair amount. I think I used around 2 yards with stripe matching on a size 6. 


There were a couple adjustments made after the version sewn here (and that version was tested by the stage 3 testers!) The sleeves were slimmed down below the elbows and widened around the biceps. 
As with all the patterns I've sewn from Bella Sunshine Designs the pattern came together very well. 
It was a super easy and quick sew and it's perfect for fall layering! (If you have a fall...I think we skipped it as it was cold and snowing when we took these pictures!)

You can get the pattern here and there is also a girls' version of this pattern which you can get here
The ladies' version is on sale for $6.50 until October 24th, no code needed! After that it'll be $9. 
The girls' version is on sale for $5.50. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Fall Outfit

I've been wanting to sew up a Military Messenger Bag in faux leather for quite sometime now. 
When I got some faux leather in a destash/sale from West Coast Fabric, I knew exactly what it'd be for. 
I had already bought some webbing from a neat little quilt shop in Canmore, AB so I was all set. 
Yet, I was a little intimidated--I knew if I made an error you'd be able to see where I had to seam rip.
So, I put it off. And off. 


Finally, I got up the nerve and just started cutting and then sewing. 
The hardest part was the fact that the faux leather would stick to the presser foot and not move as it was supposed to. 
Some people gave tips, and I ended up taping some masking tape to the bottom of my presser foot to make it more slippery. 
I'm so glad it got finished--I love how it turned out! 


The sweater is also a newer sew.
The fabric is (or shall I say was) an XXL men's shirt from Walmart for $3. 
I did a lot of seam ripping to be able to re-use the neck band, hem and sleeve bands, and was even able to keep the fancy V on the neckline! 
I had to do the 3/4 sleeves as I didn't have enough fabric to get a long raglan sleeve out of a regular sleeved men's shirt. 
The sweater is super comfy and a bit of a step away from a lot of my pinks and florals that I love so much.

Before!
You can read more about the jeans here



Friday, September 29, 2017

Back to School Tour

This post contains affiliate links--they help support my sewing addiction so if you are inspired to buy a pattern because of what you see on my blog, please buy through my links. Thank-you! 


Or, the Not-Back-To-School stop on the tour...
We're not heading back to school as we homeschool, but each fall the kids are in dire need of some new, well fitting, un-torn, un-stained clothes. 
We do often leave the house for swimming lessons, co-ops, and other functions after all. 

So, first up is the Nivalis Dress from Sofilantjes and the Caramel Leggings from Filles a Maman. 


My daughter is thrilled with this outfit! 
I love the style of the Nivalis--I'm a sucker for European style. 
What I love about these is that they are not just plain leggings. 
They actually have design features, and the fit is great.


Next up is the Dax Trousers from Gracious Threads, the Military Messenger Bag from FABulous Home Sewn, and Rascal Raglan from Ottobre 4/2013.


So for this one, the Dax Trousers are such a classic pant style. 
The functioning fly, adjustable waist, and welt pockets make it so you can have play pants with a sturdy denim or you can have Sunday pants with a fancier fabric. 
My son uses the Military Messenger Bag for taking his Bible, pen, notebook, and other 'necessities' to Church. 
It makes a great book bag! 
(You can read more about this pattern and bag here!)


The shirt is a staple in this house. I keep turning back to this pattern for my kids. 
I do put a different cuff on this shirt than is provided in the magazine.
They have you put a cuff on single-layered and then still hem that. I do a folded over cuff so I don't need to hem the sleeves. It makes it a bit of a quicker sew and I prefer the look. 

Be sure to stop by all the other great stops on the tour!
Monday, September 25, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Favourite Favorite Tee and Skinnies

This is one of my all time favourite outfits so far.
I love the flowy-ness of the top combined with the slimness of the skinny pant. 
Plus, the shoes. 
I picked them up for $5 at the thrift shop.


I used Jocole's Skinny Pants pattern with yoga waistband. 
My fabric has no stretch at all and is a pretty thick/heavy-weight denim so I did have to sew a narrower seam allowance.  
It is from Fabric.com--available here.


I don't have a picture of it, but I added some fun top stitching to the back pockets and actually sandpapered it a little to make it look a little worn. Just a little. 


The top is Patterns for Pirates' Favorite Tee in a lovely rayon/spandex from Water Tower Textiles. It's available here.
One thing I'd take into consideration next time with this type of fabric is that rayon doesn't have as much recovery as some of the other knits I use so the neckband can be pulled down quite easily by little baby hands. 
But. the top is super comfortable and great for summer as it's so airy and light. 


I did raise the neckline a bit but that was the only mod I made. 
I want to try some more of the options on the Favorite Tee such as the curved hem, and I'd love to make some more in this style as well. 

Patterns Used: 
Jocole's Skinny Pants
Patterns for Pirates' Favorite Tee




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Duchess and Hare Blog Tour


It is sometimes a little 'scary' using fabric for a pattern that comes from a new-to-me designer.
I'm pleased with the results of this one.


I sized up for length as I like my girls' dresses a little longer than a lot of dresses are designed.
They out-grow them slower and it's a little more modest.


Overall I'm happy with how this pattern turned out--I've had a number of adults saying they would wear a dress like this!
The only thing that was new to me on this pattern was the method of sewing the bias trim around the bodice. It is a method that needs to be done with care so you have no raw edges poking out.
But, the end result is pretty sweet!


I love how the lace pops out and breaks up the print.
The pattern has the option to do a solid skirt and one with lace/bias binding trim.
The bodice runs a little wide at the shoulders but my daughter is petite and is on the low end of the size range.


Fabric was a thrift store find a number of years ago.
This was the perfect vintage-esque pattern to use it for.


Be sure to enter to win the giveaway for
5 Duchess and Hare Patterns and a $25 gift certificate to Threads and Stitches Fabric. 

Be sure to stop by the other blogs on this tour to see some more of Duchess and Hare's patterns sewn up!

Monday July 24 Neva Couture Curtiepie
Tuesday July 25 Seams Sew Lo Auschick Sews

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Modest Swimwear! A Blog Tour


I have always hated swimming suits on myself. 
There I said it. 
I dislike how they show most of my body, I dislike how uncomfortable I feel in them.
So....why did I join in on this blog tour?
Because I'm excited to share a modest swimming suit that does not make me feel uncomfortable.


After years of trying different swimming suits--all of them failing in the comfortable-ness (is that even a word?!) department, I decided to make my own.
And, not with an actual swimsuit pattern.
So...that is what I did!
I can now post a picture of myself in a swimsuit on the internet.


Patterns used:
Patterns for Pirate's Layer Me Up Shirt
Fabric is from Marshalls Fabrics in Edmonton.


The Lille I used the sports bra version and then the Layer Me Up is the top shirt. 
For the bottom, I attached both the Leggings and the A-Line Skirt to the yoga waistband. 
I did modify the skirt a little with side panels as the fabric has less stretch than the recommended fabric and it was hard to move in it.
But, I'm thrilled with how it turned out....I can now go swimming in comfort! 


Grand Prize:
Two ways to enter: Enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter, and/or post a swimwear item you’ve sewn on Instagram. Readers can enter more than once on Instagram but must use a different photo/different sewn swim item per entry. (Ie. multiple photos of the same outfit only count as one entry).
Items allowed: swimsuits and swim coverups for the entire family (women, men, children).
To enter on IG: Post your photo and use the hashtag #SwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste and @debzaleski in your post.
Items can only have been sewn since the beginning of June 2017. Closes July 2nd 11:59 pm EDT.

More details here: Instagram Contest

Prize: Phat Quarters $25 (USD) gift card + Boo Designs $100 (AUD) gift card + Sewing by Ti -$20 (USD) gift card + Made by Jack's Mum - swim pdf pattern bundle

And, to win today's giveaway,  5 out of 4 - 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD) gift card enter the rafflecopter below!
Giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST Wednesday night.

Be sure to check out all the other amazing swimsuits that have been sewn for this tour!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Military Messenger Bag: A New Pattern

(This post contains affiliate links!)


I'm a little late in announcing it here, but if you've been following along on Facebook, you may have seen/heard that there is a new pattern out! 
And, what is even more exciting is that it is in One Thimble. 
That's right--right now it is exclusively available from One Thimble--either in Issue 15 or as a stand-alone pattern. 


This is the blurb I came up with about it: 

Inspired by my sons' love of anything military, I designed this bag as a book bag for pre-teens and teenagers. However, depending on your fabric choice, it works great for adults as well, as it includes a longer strap option for adults. Both strap options are adjustable.
The main features include the bellow pockets on the front, highlighted by the grommets. Also, the bag is reinforced by webbing that goes all the way around the sides and bottom to make sure that your creation will withstand the rigors of lugging books and other items. 
There are two options included. Option 1 is an asymmetrical flap with one pocket while Option 2 is a symmetrical flap with two pockets. Or, you can leave the pockets off and applique, embroider, or otherwise decorate the flap--the possibilities are endless!
This pattern includes printable pattern pieces and clear instructions with full color pictures. 
Finished size is approximately: 
Height: 12" Width: 10.75" and Depth 2"


Both my boys LOVE their bags! 
They take their Bibles and notebooks to Church in them, and they look pretty cool in the meantime. 


Fabrics used are a brown denim from Canadian National Fabric, and the rest are a camo twill type fabric and two quilting cottons from my stash. 
Hardware is from Emmaline Bags and the webbing from Cleaners Supply. 

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