Blog tours, For Liisa, Määratlemata, Sewing By Ti Blog Tours

Sewing Up Spring Blog tour

If we are thinking about sewing up spring my first thought was florals and this sew is a bit floral 😉 There is floral linen lining.
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I decided to go with Twig + Tale Traveller cape for this blog tour. Getting lighter clothes, more colors and florals is totally spring for me. This beautiful travellers cape is made out of Wool blend outer and Linen lining. Totally warm enough for our cold spring (It is still around 2C outside for us) and such a classic piece of clothing. DD wore it to a grocery store and there were many people who complimented her look 🙂

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How do you sew up spring? Have you ever tried anything from Twig and Tale? If not when you make your first purchase of 10$ or more you can get 5$ off by clicking on this link (Aff link) I get a small fee and you get 5$ off, win-win!

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Blog tours, For Liisa, Määratlemata, Show your Stoff

Show your Stoff – Girls edition

My plan for DD was leggings + batwing top combo. It is comfy, you can use both items with everything and it kinda works with my outfit too. So without further ado I’ll show you the Wiebke leggings (Aff link) and Kitty Batwing top(Aff link). Comfy option for home and around. Kitty batwing top is made with the same Viscose jersey I used for my Juliene and her leggings are basic CoEl. With Kitty I recommend you to choose a one size smaller than usual. This is 92, DD usually wears 92 and this is pretty big on her. I am still happy though, because it will get more use and now it just has rolled up cuffs.

With the photoshoot I decided to go with playing kiddo photos, just because this is what this outfit is made for, playing and lounging. Lounging isn’t something 2yo do often so lets just say playing 🙂

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I still need to show you my Svea pants, but this will happen tomorrow, because yesterday evening I got a new sewing machine so this means I can finally really make them 😉

In this post I also want to thank lovely Zierstoff patterns team for giving me a chance to try some European patterns! 🙂 Also many thanks to Melissa from MahlicaDesigns 

If you would like to try European company too then go and click on the banner below, use the code and get 30% off your purchase trough the month of April! 🙂
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If you would like to show some love for other bloggers from today I’ll put their links below! 🙂
Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Blog tours, Määratlemata, selfish sewing, Show your Stoff

Show your Stoff – Women edition

Show your Stoff is a blog tour to show off our makes of Zierstoff patterns(Aff link). This tour is sponsored by Zierstoff (they gave us the patterns, fabric and sewing is provided by us 🙂 ) . I’ll start by telling you a little bit about Zierstoff. Zierstoff is German pattern and fabric company, ran by four amazing women who all live in Germany with their families. They have both English and German patterns but since I don’t speak German I am talking to you about their English patterns. This blog post should have shown Juliene shirt (Aff link) and Svea pants (Aff link), but since I ran into difficulties with my sewing machine I am hoping to show my Svea pants to you in my next Show your Stoff blog post! 🙂
So how I chose my patterns? I wanted to create some comfy outfits for me and DD( you’ll see her in the next blog post) for summertime. I am still hoping that I’ll get my pants ready but until then you’ll see this beautiful Viscose Jersey top.

Zierstoff patterns are no cut patterns and they have both A4 and Letter sized pattern files. It is recommended to print in color, but I only have black and white printer so this is what I did. I measured exactly in EU36 and this is what I made. I feel like the fit is exactly what it should be! 🙂

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Want to make your own Juliene? Go grab your pattern and use code MahlicaDesigns30 to get 30% off trough April!

Now that you have read my blogpost, go and check other bloggers too to see what they are showing today!
Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Blog tours, For Dolls, For Liisa, Määratlemata, Sewing By Ti Blog Tours

Color me lucky – Pantone spring ’17

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When I was trying to decide, which Pantone 2017 color to pick I had struggles. I wanted to pick Pale Dogwood or Hazelnut for myself, but at the same time thought about fabric I have in my stash. I came to a conclusion that I need to use my pretties from my inventory, so I decided to choose that beautiful green sweat I had. So I decided that greenery will be the color for this tour. Fabric chosen, now onto pattern. I only had 1m of it so something for me wasn’t going to happen, instead I had to choose something for DD. I thought until I saw her new love for her dolly and suddenly an idea came to my mind. What if I make them kinda matching outfits. A joggers and a hat. So there I was, trying to find a pattern for this smaller than usual doll. I remembered that I had Juniper joggers from Striped Swallow Designs and this has both dollie and DD size. Then there was question of hats, Dollies hat is Petite Stitchery & co free beanie in size doll, but since it is getting warmer I wanted something lighter for DD. I remembered that I have the Slouchy Beanie by Heidi & Finn, so hers is this, size 6m-2y.
Long story short – patterns chosen, fabric chosen, time to print and cut. All of the patterns were easy to print and tape (all except Heidi & Finn has layers). I cut them out and started serging. Then came the first problem. Juniper joggers size 2T inseams are different length!
All of the patterns I have gotten for free so total bargain! 😀

So here she is, in her beautiful greenery joggers and Bunny hat, made out of softest summer sweat I have ever touched!
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And I desperately need new camera 😀

Please make sure to visit all the other beautiful bloggers too!

Wednesday, March 1st Sewing By Ti, Hazelnut Handmade

2nd Crafty Like a Rox

3rd Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 6th Tenille’s Thread

7th Harper + Lu

8th Creamer and Chaos

9th Sewingly, Michelle

10th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 13th EYMM

14th Harper + Lu

15th Sprouting Jube Jube

16th Very Blissful

17th Doodle Number 5

Monday, March 20th Ma Moose

21st On Wednesdays We Sew

22nd Robynne and the Bobbin

23rd Crafty Like a Rox

24th Sewing By Ti

Monday, March 27th Rebel and Malice

28th Lulu & Celeste

29th Robynne and the Bobbin

30th Anne-Mari Sews

31st Margarita on the Ross

 

What is your favorite color of the Pantone Spring 2017?

Blog tours, Breaking Ground, Määratlemata, selfish sewing

Breaking ground – Hey June Tallinn sweater

To be honest Adrianna and Hey June isn’t new to me. I have known her and her patterns for almost as long as I have sewn with PDF-patterns (a.k.a almost a year now), but for a long time there was one big problem – my paypal 😀 And then she came out with the Tallinn sweater. If you aren’t familiar with me then you are probably thinking what is so special about that Tallinn sweater. Wait for a second and I’ll tell you 😉
Tallinn is a small capital in Northern Europe, for a country called Estonia. And if you are still wondering, this is the city I was born and still live. So it was natural for me to buy this pattern and make it 🙂
I found out that turtlenecks and cowls aren’t my thing so on my final you can’t see any of them. Instead I used cowl neck cutting line and added binding. My favorite thing is that I didn’t need to add length to sleeves, they were exactly the length I liked and I have long arms!
My dream was to have first photos of this sweater in beautiful streets of Tallinn, but well.. Life got on way, so instead you’ll see that beautiful corner of our apartment 😀 Next Tallinn sweater will be seen on beautiful background 😉
Fabric: Floral FT, ordered from local fabric group
Pattern: Hey June Tallinn Sweater (Aff link)
Price paid: fabric 14€/m, pattern $8.50

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Make sure to check all the other todays bloggers too!
Anne-Mari Sews, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Harper + Lu, Sewing A La Carte, Sprouting Jube Jube, Lulu & Celeste

I want to truly thank lovely Melissa from Mahlica designs for making this tour happen! I wish I would have had more time to work on this tour, but next time I’ll start earlier 🙂

Blog tours, Breaking Ground, Määratlemata, selfish sewing

Breaking Ground – Love Notions Margot peplum

I was so excited when I chose my next project, I had always dreamed about beautifully fitting peplum (I have never owned one!) and because of that chose my longsitting pattern Love Notions Margot peplum. This project was fail. At first – I messed up with my differential so I got lettuce hems (And my sewing machine needs to be serviced so I can’t fix it now.. ). Next thing, it had extremely wide sleeves! I took in 3cm total from each sleeve and they were still wide! Next time I’ll definitely take them in before sewing it together… I chose the easiest version for my peplum (swing skirt), but now feel that I maybe should have chosen pleated skirt. I would have loved long sleeves, but I was tight with fabric. And then I managed to screw up my neckband.
Pattern: Love Notions Margot peplum (Afflink)
Fabric: Stenzo black CL (95%/5%) 220gsm
Price paid: fabric – 16€/m pattern – 5.37$ (bought during sale)

I think that with this pattern it might have been easily my error of sewing.. And fabric choice.. If you have any ideas how I could avoid being so frustrated next time let me know 😉
Feel free to enjoy my latest sewing failure! 😀

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Now make sure to check everybody else too that blogged today!
Rainy Day Sewing, Anne-Mari Sews, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Tales of a Tester

Blog tours, Breaking Ground, For Liisa, Määratlemata

Breaking ground – MBJM harem pants

To be honest, I had completely different ideas for this blog tour, but time got onto my way, so here I am with my first sew that “broke ground“. Made By Jack’s Mom Harem pants were my choice for today for many reasons. At first – my sewing machine decided that she needs to be serviced so I only have my serger on hand and needed quick sews I can make with only serger. Secondly, I managed to grab the pattern for free during their big FB group members party. Third reason was the fact that DD needed some new pants because I am trying to potty train her and this means tons of wet pants. To be honest I had previously made her Speedy pants undies (and will continue making them because they are awesome scrap busters while still useful, especially while potty training 😀 There was one thing I disliked about choosing harem pants.. I hate the waste they make.. those small scraps that are too small to make anything awesome. But here I am, breaking ground with making something I wouldn’t usually making. Making clothes of a pattern designer I had never tried making true clothes before. And also, My first pair of fully serged pants! Harem pants are cut on fold and to identical pieces or front and back. When usually this is a big problem, harem pants are roomy on top so this isn’t such a big problem. I actually didn’t read instructions because – harem pants! 😀 I did put the waistband seam on the back so hubby knows which way to put them on. Fabric was chosen by DS.
Fabric: 95%CO 5%EL I think from Stenzo. The color is really hard to photograph but it is beautifully vibrant!
Pattern: Made by Jack’s Mom – Harem Pants (I can only link to Etsy because I live in Europe)
Price paid: for the pattern 0€ (celebration of 7k FB group members), for fabric 16€/m, used around 30cm I think 🙂

Now onto the photos, feel free to enjoy that almost two year old who doesn’t like her photos being taken 😀

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Please go and check out all the other bloggers from today too!
Anne-Mari Sews, Sewing By Ti, Musings of A Seamstress, Tenille’s Thread, Couturious, Embrace Everyday, Sewing A La Carte

Blog tours, Määratlemata, pattern testing, selfish sewing

Ladies Fun tee – Sew by Pattern Pieces

I am delighted to welcome you to Ladies Fun Tee testers roundup tour. Lauren, the designer behind Sew by Pattern Pieces, has been absolutely wonderful to work with. She made sure that during testing we’ll get perfectly fitting tees.

When we are talking about the pattern, this is my new love and I don’t think it will ever go out of my basics collection. Featuring already done SBA and FBA on front pieces. Relaxed and slim fit. Scoop neck, round neck, v-neck. Cap sleeve, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve, short gathered sleeve and long gathered sleeve. Can you already see how many options this one has? If I counted right, it has 36 different looks! And with a size range of EU32-EU52, bust size A-G, you definitely do not want to miss it 🙂

You know the fun part of blog tours, right? I know you are waiting for it! So lets go – a Rafflecopter giveaway HEREMake sure to enter because you’ll have a chance to win the latest copy of One Thimble Magazine and Sew By Pattern Pieces Ladies Fun Tee pattern 🙂 A prize I would love to win because of the One Thimble Magazine (as I obviously already have the Fun tee pattern).

Oh, so you are waiting for photos? Really 😉 Wouldn’t have guessed! The day we took the photos was cold, I mean cold! I ended up with ear infection. Thankfully I am used to this and have some antibiotics just-in-case at home, so it ended quickly 🙂 But the cold isn’t the question, I am just secretly wishing I had all the time Maris with me to take some quick sewing portfolio photos 😀 These photos she took with my crappy camera and they are edited with my crappy editing skills but they still look amazing 🙂

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There is one more part of blog tours 🙂 The other bloggers 🙂

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Don’t miss any of the posts on the Sew by Pattern Pieces Fun Tee Roundup Tour

(Note: the links below will not work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out the rest of their blogs anytime!)

Day 1 Tuesday 22nd – MeMade

Day 2 Wednesday 23rd – Anne-Mari Sews and Sewing by Ti

Day 3 Thursday 24th – By Breenah and Kiwi Crafty Chemist

Day 4 Friday 25th – Kutti Couture

Make sure to read all their posts too! Take part of a Rafflecopter giveaway and tell me, what are your basic patterns you are coming back constantly? 🙂
If I am telling you a secret I already have 2 tees cut out and ready to be sewn as soon as I get some me-time 😉

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A special note from Sew by Pattern Pieces….Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and Black Friday everyone! We are celebrating at this special time with a SALE. Use the code “HOLIDAY25” for 25% off your entire purchase, 25th – 29th November, 2016. Thank you for your custom through out the year. Visit the store HERE

 

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Fall outfit for kids: SewLongSummer Blog tour

Sew Long Summer in Estonia is for me like saying goodbye to summer – and that happens fast here. Currently summer is giving away it’s position (Thank you summer! It was fun!) and temperatures keep dropping. Although today it is pretty warm the “old wives summer” is ending and we need to focus on fall.

When you live in northern part of the temperate climate zone autumn means jackets, coveralls, hats and scarves. And since our climate is what it is I don’t want to take my time to make a jacket for kids that might get only couple of wears. They have different kinds of jackets and because of that some of them may only get worn once or twice. For example – when I think of Liisa’s autumn jackets she has one jean and one faux leather jacket, a woollen coat, two lighter jackets,  one rubber jacket, one padded jacket and one windfleece jacket. See what I am talking about? 🙂 On the worst weather days I take my beloved Polarn o. Pyret jackets and coveralls. And since these are so good… I just don’t see why I should make one by myself. This is why I couldn’t focus my Sew Long Summer post for making a coat or jacket.sls-2_1

I have had problems how to make great outfits with outerwear, I think I have come to a solution by now! I just use awesome scarves, hats and pants! So when I started to think about an outfit for that post I took a quite vintage jean jacket (by Polarn o. Pyret, I think it shows perfectly how good quality these clothes are, worn by at least 5 kids and still looking excellent!) and looked how to make it more girly. Since I just fell in love by applique (Thanks Melissa!) I started with a simple heart on the back. It still looked a bit plain. I then found my laces (Whenever I see beautiful lace I buy it, it doesn’t matter I don’t usually use them) and one of them looked perfect on the bottom of the jean jacket. When that was in place it still looked plain on the front so I added little detail above pocket.

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Next part of the outfit was pants – which ones look good and are comfy? Slim but not leggings, has pockets, comfy waist.. Do you know what I am trying to say? 🙂 I love SLMM (Sew like my mom) and needless to say, Boxwood joggers were my choice. Especially since these were already cut out. On a side note, these are a testing version and original pattern is tad bit wider and waistband is slightly different.

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Jacket – check, pants – check. What else? A scarf – this is the part where I cheated and went to my bag full of buffs (yes, I have a bag which is full of new buffs) and found one that looked good. Now onto hat – at first I thought about headband but quickly realized – in Estonia hat gets more worn. I went for a slightly different look than usual so I used Heidi and Finn free slouchy beanie pattern. On a regular time it is tad bit too slouchy for my liking but it matches the look I am going for.

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Shirt – although it won’t be seen a lot I was at first thinking about Pistachio tee (SLMM again), but I quickly reminded myself – you need to rest too! Then I went with applique and H&M shirt – perfect! 🙂

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So here is the outfit – autumn outfit with a summery feel. All those stars remind me falling stars of August. Light blue is such a summery color. Lace on that jean jacket gives that extra summer look. Sew Long Summer! See you next year! 🙂

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But when we talk about these photos.. This is what you get when you procrastinate! Someone had really late nap so we ended up taking photos too late, which ended up at ISO800! oops! So when I’ll have some more time we’ll make new ones with better quality and I’ll show you these too!

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Want to see what others wrote today? Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and Bug, Wining Wife, The Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte

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Now be sure to take part of the Giveaway! Enter the giveaway here: (link!)

Have you already bought your new patterns with discounts? Grab while coupon codes are still valid!
Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns Code: zierstoffpatterns20 Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns 25% off patterns Code: SewLongSummer Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor 50% off patterns Code: SEWLONG Ends 9/17/16

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That’s it for today but I’ll be back with my favorites of the tour tomorrow! 🙂

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Transitioning from summer to fall : SewLongSummer Blog tour

Long time no see – friends, I was caught by a series of infections, so blogging and sewing was not in my plans at that time, but here comes the help of blog tours. Let me introduce you to Sew Long Summer Blog tour – a tour of bloggers who sew. I am pretty sure I am the only one who focuses on kids, but be sure to check the others out too, I added links to the bottom of the blog post.

For those late summer sews (and shoppings for non-sewist), there is always that feeling you shouldn’t do/buy them because kids will outgrow or they might not be “in” next year. So what can you do? I tend to buy/sew stuff that can be transitioned into fall too. Think dresses that can be layered, short-sleeved shirts where you can put on jackets, etc. I’ll show you my transitioning pieces although for us they are mostly for the end of summer because it gets kinda cold and wet here 🙂

I love different cardigans, pullovers, jackets and hoodies for layering. One of my favourites is Elliedactyl Thatcher pullover. I love that it is unisex (as a mother of a boy and a girl, believe me, it is important), has pocket (who doesn’t like pockets for keeping hands warm?) and different sleeve options. You can make it thinner (with cotton-lycra) and thicker (with French terry or Sweatshirt fleece) for different weather conditions. It looks good with tad bit fancier clothes but can also be worn with sweatpants, harems and joggers.
Mummykins & Me have the perfect bundle for mom and kids with their Comfy cowl hoodie and if you aren’t as afraid as I am you would love the Amsterdam All-Weather jacket, again as a bundle for mom and kids.
For girls at age 2T-16y I also love Blaverry’s Decklyn jacket. It looks so classical and stylish yet has that edgy feel in it.
Jumping in puddles is what every kid likes – for that purposes there is Puddle Jumper Rain Coat by Peek-a-boo.

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When we are talking about pants I am now into all those comfy jogger-type of pants. I think I don’t need to tell you that I love Sew Like My Mom and her recent pant patterns – Boxwood joggers for kids (12M-16Y) and Redwood joggers for womens(XS-3XL). She worked hard perfecting them and I know that at the end of testing everybody was happy 🙂 Before finding Sew Like My Mom – my first love (and pattern purchase) was Elliedactyl Zane joggers(NB-12Y), they are a fun unisex pattern, especially good to use with your scraps or those expensive customs, because you can use it only on a small part of your pants.
Legging-wise my one and only favorite is SLMM Peony(12M-8Y). They have fun details and are easy to make. I have eyed Blaverry Ellis leggings too, just need to make that final push to myself.

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For myself, I am also a skirts person. I love my skirts and nothing comes between me and them in fall too. So this is where sister companies Made for mermaids and Patterns for Pirates come into action. First of them has an a-line skirt pattern called Chloe for mama and girls (multiple lengths, including maxi which is excellent for colder weather) and second one is the well known Pirate Pencil skirt, my beloved pencil skirt pattern.

Shirts are the part of clothes I hate to sew. I feel discouraged by necklines and feel like my kids ruin them too fast. This is the part of their wardrobes that is mostly store-bought. But still, there are some patterns that I like and can give my recommendation for. When you are looking for an excellent unisex t-shirt pattern; I’ll go for SLMM Pistaschio (yes, she again!) as she has so many options including peplum, flutters and even front pocket. For simpler color-blocking there is Elliedactyl 5k which is free when you join her FB group. I still haven’t found that one raglan I would love.

Now to the favorite part of mine – the dresses! I do think that no girl can have too many dresses and dresses are an awesome option for fall layering! There is always opportunity to wear summer dresses with long sleeves underneath – just like my favorite combo of The Eli Monster Dadaisme dress. With thick tights you can layer any dress, my favorite – Blaverry Thea, it has twirling factor and looks amazing when layered. And just like skirts, maxi-dresses are your big friends too; find your favorite or lengthen some dress you already love. I have had good results with SLMM Dogwood and Blaverry Thea.

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When we are talking about scarfs and hats; my favorites for kids are cowls and beanies. I have not yet tried but am planning on trying Zierstoff loop scarf and for kids the Tina also looks awesome and safe! My go-to right now is a buff scarf from Ottobre – the only pattern from there I use again and again. I have made so many buff’s that I can’t count them. A good beanie pattern I think comes with trial and error  and I have kinda perfected mine for both of my kids – just until they’ll grow their big noggings again.

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So now that you are familiar with all my favorite patterns for fall let me know yours too!

Be sure to check out the others that posted today too:
mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte

Want to have a chance to win a pattern of your choice from On the cutting floor? Enter to the Rafflecopter giveaway here: link! (Link will open in new tab)

Do you feel like sewing long summer? Grab some patterns while they have special discounts!
Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns Code: zierstoffpatterns20 Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns 25% off patterns Code: SewLongSummer Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor 50% off patterns Code: SEWLONG Ends 9/17/16

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