Archives for May 2016
My latest pattern has been a long time in the making, and I am so excited to have it finally ready for publishing!
The Wild Rose Dress & Romper is named after the official flower of my home province: Alberta, Canada. The pattern features 4 views: short romper, long pantsuit, short dress, and long dress. The bodice has optional flutter sleeves.
The top of the dress or romper is sewn from knit fabric. I recommend a very lightweight woven for the bottoms (such as voile, lawn, or challis), but a lightweight knit could be used as well. The flutter sleeves can be sewn out of either the knit or the woven fabric.
The bodice closes with a henley type placket and snaps. The functional placket is necessary for the romper views, but can be simply sewn closed for the dresses. The front opening for the romper means that children can easily take it up and down for dressing, and the snap closures make it easy for little fingers.
As with all my patterns, the Wild Rose Dress & Romper features no trim pages as well as layers so you can only print the sizes you need. The rectangles for the skirt pattern pieces are given as measurements so that you save on paper and time taping.
My daughter is over the moon with the romper (I’ve also sewn her both the dress versions), and loves how it can be dressed up for going out or dressed down for going to the beach.
I love sharing freebies with you all, and I’m excited to share with you my latest: comfortable and casual knit, pull on shorts for a toddler. I’ve included sizes 18 m – 4t. While I drafted them for my little guy, they will work equally well on a girl. The generous rise is designed to accommodate a diaper; you may want to size down if you child is potty trained.
For the free printable pattern, head on over to Fleece Fun.
There is something so satisfying about sewing ‘dressing up’ clothes for little boys. Over the past few weeks, I slowly worked on two Sunday outfits for my little boys, who will be 1 and 3 years old in a month. And excuse the less than stellar photographs…photographing an uncooperative baby and toddler is beyond my skill!
For their shirts I used the Sisboom Ethan. I’ve sewn this shirt up quite a few times now, and I’m always happy how well it goes together.
My toddler is also wearing the Coastal Cargos from Blank Slate. The cargo pockets give it a bit more of a casual look, but they have a proper fly and back welt pockets. A little funny, but I was always scared to do double welt pockets, so up till now I always swapped them out for single welts. Well, I decided to give it a go, and really couldn’t believe how easy they were! I did add a little button loop and button so that they wouldn’t gape open. The instructions are well written and easy to follow.
I really like how the bias tape is done on the outer and inseam so that there are no raw edges showing when the cuffs are rolled up. I just love seeing his little ankles and just need to buy some sandals so that he can wear them like this.
The pattern is split into 2 size ranges (18m-4T and 5-8). The only caveat I would give about this pattern is that the hip measurements for sizes 18m-4t are all the same (just the length of waist elastic is shorter) so if you are sewing for a smaller child who doesn’t wear a diaper you may have to make some alterations.
A quick look at the pattern for size 18 month showed me it would swim on my baby (currently in 12 month pants) so I choose a shorts pattern from Ottobre 3/2012 instead for him. They are cute with the double stitched outer seams and the larger cargo pockets. The pattern as written includes grommets and shock cord through the bottom hems, but the linen, even with interfacing, was too thin to support the grommets so I ended up just cutting them a bit short and doing a regular hem. The fabric for both bottoms is Essex Linen in Taupe, also purchased from Fabric Spot.
Overall, both outfits are full of time consuming details, but I love how sharp both boys look!
Recently, in the Gracious Threads facebook group, we held a sewing room clean up contest. I was quite embarrassed to share mine, because when I am in ‘project mode’ I tend to just create and not worry about cleaning up after myself. My space was such a mess I couldn’t even relax in it anymore so I knew it was time to clean! Quite a few of you joined me, and I’m happy to announce that Carolyn V is winner of the $15 gift certificate to Phat Quarters and $15 to Gracious Threads!
So while my room is clean, here is a peak into where I do all my designing and sewing! If you wanted a Pinterest worthy room, this isn’t it, but it is practical and works for me now. Maybe one day I’ll invest in a more beautiful space 🙂
My sewing space is not a separate room, but rather the back 1/3 of our large rec room. I love how the kids are able to play while still seeing me, but the shelves and baby gate keep them from getting into my things or hurting themselves with the machines. My husband nailed paneling to the back of the Ikea Kallux shelves since my toddler was having a lot of fun pushing through the shelves to the other side!
I have a large Ikea table that I use for my machines. From left to right, I have an Elna 444 coverstitch machine, a Husqvarna Emerald 183 sewing machine, and a Brother 1034D serger. Underneath the table is my old White sewing machine that I got from my parents when I was 12, and a 1970’s Kenmore I got for free that my girls use when I sew. Also on the table are jars with my pens, scissors, tags, ribbon, and zippers. The small bookshelf has all other miscellaneous bits, including my buttons, snaps, grommets, tools, and quilting supplies.
Above my ironing board are 3 thread racks that my talented hubby made me. I made a hanging organizer for the supplies I like to keep on hand, and my rulers hang on the wall as well.
My shorter Kallux shelf holds all my Ottobre magazines, drafting textbooks, other sewing books, as well as interfacings, elastics and other random things in the lower bins.
Like many of you, I have a TON of printed out pdf patterns! I store them all in this filing shelf, sorted alphabetically by designer. I would like to get an actual filing cabinet one day, but this works.
In the corner I have all my woven fabrics in bins: apparel fabrics in the large bins and quilting cottons in the two smaller bins. My large roll of black fleece (a steal on our local buy/sell) and my roll of tracing paper also hang out here.
In the large Ikea Kallux shelf I have all my knits. They are organized by colour for solids and purpose for prints (myself, boy, girl, stripes, swimsuit, fleece, etc). On top of the shelf are all my Ottobre tracings, Jalie patterns, and a few big 4 patterns that I have.
My cutting table is also from Ikea. It was our old dining table and I used bed risers to make it a comfortable height for cutting. My large cutting mats stay on the table all the time. Underneath the table I have my scrapbooking and other paper craft supplies. I rarely use these now, but my girls like to go through it for their crafts.
Thanks for taking a look! As you can see, my space is nothing fancy, but it is very functional and I love spending time there!