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The Fern Cardigan by Sew Like My Mom

When you would ask me who was my favorite designer as a person I would answer you Melissa! Why? She is just my kind of person and her testings are always fun. So when she told that she finally has her new pattern ready I was oh so excited! To top it off, this pattern is just pure perfection!
You can choose between short, elbow and long sleeve. Add an optional tie and tadaa, you have the prettiest cardigan!
I chose the long sleeve cardi and made it in 4 width and 2 length + 2 sleeves. Pure perfection and this little girl just refuses to take it off.

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P.S. Today is the last day to get it with discounted price 😉

Look what everyone else is writing about it:
Elsa from La Casa Cactus , Emily from Replicate then Deviate , Valeria from Neva couture , Kimberly from Coralu Handmade , Gina from Penny sew vintage

Määratlemata, pattern testing

The Latona dress by The Eli Monster

I am back from that long blogging hiatus. It has been months full of sickness (and I am not healthy right now either), but I am forcing myself to get stuff done.
I wasn’t feeling like sewing, my sew-jo was absolutely gone, but it luckily came back! It came back for pattern testing. A pattern testing to one of my faves The Eli Monster (Afflink!)
This beautiful dress is made in 3 width and 2 length, I opted the pockets because DD doesn’t use pockets 🙂 I think that this dress is absolutely perfect! Those buttons with the back panel make it look so interesting while it is still one of the fanciest dresses in DD’s wardrobe. I would say that it is perfect for any parties you are attending with your LO 🙂 I am actually hoping that this one will fit her when we have kiddos birthday party 🙂 But if not then it is absolutely perfect reason to make another one 🙂

I made myself a promise that this year I’ll learn new skill each month. January was for buttonholes 🙂 This dress had 14 buttons so learning to make the buttonholes correctly was crucial.

But this little girl, she is a trooper! It was -7C windchill and she just stood still until I took photos!

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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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Coif hood hat by Mother Grimm

I told you yesterday about my love for Scandinavian kids fashion. When there is one thing about Scandinavia everybody knows, it is cold weather. And the fact that Scandinavian kids sleep outside even when it is -10C. So they need some warm gear, am I right? Something that they can’t lose when they do their tantrums at playgrounds. Something that won’t do any harm when they climb on trees. And it needs to be colorful because… autumns and winters in Scandinavia are quite dark. So this is what a solution they have – balaclava! Something that keeps their heads and ears and necks warm, but they can’t take it off. And when you make it in beautiful fabric, it will look nice too, I can guarantee that.

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I had never thought about putting balaclavas on my kids heads – the ones they sell at stores look ridiculous or are just tooooooo pricey. And then I jumped onto Mother Grimm‘s tester call and I thought, why not 🙂 I had suitable fabric at home so I applied and got in 🙂 This is when the fun began. There are many options but I was given a one seam coif hat and a coif hat with cat add-on (this one is still waiting for better weather to take photos of it).

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What is even better about that hat – when you use the one seam or two seam option it is reversible! So when you have outdoors picnic and something goes onto their hat you’ll just reverse it to get back home with clean looking hat 😀

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It is also extremely good hat for baby-wearing  and bike-riding 🙂 And with all those cute add-ons (that are already in the price!) it is a must for everyone that gets at least little bit colder weather 🙂 Make sure to be quick because it has tiered discount 🙂 The faster you are, the cheaper you’ll get it 🙂 Normal price is 8.4£, which is still pretty cheap for that many options!

Discount codes are – tiered – apply to whole shop

Coiflaunch25 – expires midnight ET 19th November  (-25% off)
Coiflaunch20 – expires midnight ET 21st November  (-20%off)
Coiflaunch15 – expires midnight ET 23rd November  (-15%off)

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Janie dress by Mouse House Creations

I am in love with Scandinavian design – Clean lines and patterns, optimal for cold weather. And when I saw the testing call from Mouse House Creations I immediately thought that this dress will be perfect for my Scandi-inspired dress. (And when we talk about Scandi-inspired, I made a FB group for Svandinavia inspired sews for kids)I am talking about Janie Dress and Peplum, I chose to make a regular circle skirt, long sleeves and scoop back out of the fabric I bought from local kids clothing company. Please note that this is one of the previous versions so it is made even better by lovely Hayley.
I do think I’ll write longer about that dress later, when I have made the final version (I am planning, but time isn’t my friend now and I am looking for a perfect Christmas knit so, hopefully 🙂

Now onto showing you some photos, made outside in the snow! This little trooper didn’t have any complaints! What a model I have at home 🙂

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With me there were some more testers so if you wish to read what others wrote make sure to visit their blogs: CraftiMom by Jennifer, Anna’s heirloom by Amy, Welcome to the Mouse House by Hayley, Jennuine Life by Jenn, The College Seamstress by Elizabeth

Määratlemata, pattern testing, selfish sewing

Pattern testing 14: Cozy toes socks by Peek-a-boo patterns

Pattern name: Cozy toes socks (link!*)

Designer name: Peek-a-boo patterns (link!*)

Price: 7.95$

Size range: 8.5″-12″, slim, regular and plus size calf

Print sizes: no layers and colorcoding, but since it an easy pattern this isn’t something bad. Different calf sizes have different pattern pieces and they are not nested.

Difficulty level: Beginner

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Pattern testing 13: Billie and Willa by Laela Jeyne patterns

Pattern name: Billie vest (for boys and girls *) and Willa vest (for Women *)

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Designer name: Laela Jeyne patterns *

Price: Women’s – 9.95$ , kids – 8$, Bundle*-16$

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Size range: boys 6m-6y, girls 6m-14y and womens XXS-3X, available separately and as a bundle

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Print sizes: A4, US letter, no trim, different line styles and colors, for women’s also A0

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Difficulty level: Intermediate

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I made: Kids 3T and 6T, Women’s M. Please note that kids vests are little bit too big on them as they are currently on their growth spurt and it is pretty much winter here. The only part I was unhappy with was my binding and welt pockets, which means I really need to practice them. I call myself advanced beginner so I am absolutely tad bit under the requirements.
Outer fabric was quilted polyester, inner were different blends. Overall I am really happy with them 🙂 And I am impatiently waiting for other photos from my photographer. So you’ll see more my own and hubby’s photos with our “getting old” DSLR.
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Have you ever made outerwear? If yes, what pattern? What fabrics did you use? I am slowly moving towards all me-made wardrobes and would really love to make some nice jackets for spring 🙂

Disclaimer: All links that are marked with * are affiliates and gain me a small amount of money while it won’t take anything more from you. If you loved what I showed you it would be awesome if you will click on my links and buy trough them as it helps to keep me up with my sewing hobby and helps me to save to buy myself Juki serger 🙂 Thanks in advance!

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Pattern testing 12: Monte Carlo by Mummykins&Me

Pattern name: Monte Carlo Maxi dress (aff link!)

Designer name: Mummykins & me (aff link!)

Price: 6.50$ kids or Ladies (normal price 8.50$), bundle 9.50$ (normal price 12$), discount is valid until October 10th ’16

Size range: Kids NB-12y, Ladies – XXS to 5XL

Print sizes: US Letter A0(copyshop) and A4, different line styles and colors. No trim pages.

Difficulty level: Beginner

I made: 2-3Years.DD’s height: 85.5cm(chart 84-91), chest 54cm(chart 53-56), waist 53(chart 51-53).I made skirt portion less full as I made tunic and I didn’t want that too full(pattern calls to cut 2x22in, I cut 2x 15 3/4″).  When we are talking about her instructions they are more on the “holding hand” side with quick glance page so great for beginners. I think it is great layering piece and I am thinking of making one in red, if I find suitable fabric, for Christmas parties. What I love the most about this pattern is how versatile it is! You can wear it under cardigan or even put long sleeved shirt underneath! Make it in different lengths, add shirring to the back, change straps or make it more poofy. And those who know me, know that I am a sucker at matching outfits, I just can’t help myself and think that this is the cutest thing ever! So on that side, you can make matching mummy and me outfits! 🙂 And make sure to look around at her page because she has many mummy and me bundles 😉

Now to the photos, these are crappy as it is getting colder outside and it is just not possible to take photos of that kind of shirt outside. I am too sad that winter is approaching so fast and this made me realize that I should probably invest in good lighting and photo props..

Let me know, how you feel about matching outfits? Do you like them or hate them? And if you love them share me your treasures, a.k.a. patternmakers who make matching patterns 😉

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Sew Like My Mom : Boxwood Joggers

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Pattern name: 
Boxwood joggers (12m-8y, 6y-16y, bundle)

Designer name: Sew Like My Mom (link!)

Price: price is discounted trough Friday, get each size group for 6$ or bundled together for 11$

Size range: sizes 12m – 16y (in two batches 12m-8y and 6y-16y, you can buy each batch separately or buy them bundled)

Print sizes: print size: US Letter, PDF is colored, layered and has different line styles for different sizes.

Difficulty level: Beginner 🙂

Fabric recommendations: French terry, sweatshirt fleece etc. You can use cotton-lycra too, but you should then look at recovery and stretch! 🙂 At least 20% of stretch is needed!

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I tested: 
Size 24m/2T. Although little miss Fashionista is tad bit short for 24M this pattern is designed the way that you can make bigger number and wear them longer! 🙂 And as a mum of kids who have growth spurts so that they can grow out of one number by one night, I love patterns like this.
You know what else is excellent? This pattern is unisex! Meaning you can make them both boys and girls, for boys over 6 years the pattern slightly changes but you can still get joggers for your daughter and son by buying the same pattern.
Featuring short, capri and long length these are perfect for every season. One of my friends already ordered some shorts and capris and long pants for their vacation 😀
One more thing I always love about Melissa’s pattern is the way that her patterns are designed – they are made the way you can use really small amount of fabric! And those pockets, cuffs and waistband are great for scrap 😉 We all have those odd strips or triangles that need their home in some garment! 🙂
During the testing period I love how Melissa listens to everyone. She changed bigger boys patterns to make some room for them. She highered the back rise and lowered the front rise for baby sizes. As babies usually are chubbier she added some width to their leg pieces. She is working hard to get all her patterns perfect!

And now, if you are wishing that these should come in your size… Then there are some exciting news for you! Melissa is working on her very first women’s pattern and this is the same joggers for adults! Yay for matching outfits!

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Boxwood joggers featuring Pizza-slice pockets

For an outfit I paired Boxwood joggers with matching knot headband (I’ll share the link tomorrow in my Free Pattern Wednesday) and different shirts. For the finals I put on her a white tee from H&M, faux leather jacket from Lindex and cute espadrilles also from H&M. I think these would look awesome with some white or mint leather imitation sneakers also! 🙂  I am planning on making her a Pistachio tee but this week was crazy featuring three different testings! 🙂

I am absolutely not happy with these photos.. Well, I know there will be more Boxwoods in our life so they’ll get better represented 😉

What others wrote:
Amber from Miskin Makings
Tania from Kreatita
Tami from SewSophieLynn
Jennifer from Craftimom
Liesel from It’s Liesel
Gina from Penny sew Vintage
Melissa from Tales of a Tester
Amber from Mumbling Sewist

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The Eli Monster: Dadaïsme dress

Pattern name: Dadaïsme dress (link!)

Designer name: The Eli Monster (link!)

Price: during release sale the price is 7$, afterwards it will be 9$

Size range: 12m-12y

Print sizes: letter sized, layered with different lines and colours. Pattern is nested for easy grading.

Difficulty level: advanced beginner

I tested: size 3 width with size 2 length. I officially named that dress to be my “bad luck dress” everything that could go wrong, went wrong. First, the fabric, that I had planned using didn’t arrive on time. After that, I made some really silly mistakes, forgot that I needed button (so I removed one from a garment that I was hoping to sell 😀 Storebought, what was small already for little miss Fashionista), the weather was horrible etc. So I cried, pulled myself together and finished that dress. And then, it was love from first sight! It seems that little miss Fashionista loves it too. She even picked her own accessories and modeled that dress for me.What a cute little girl I have at home! 🙂
Also, I feel that this dress is different and looks kinda couture, Pleats on sides make dress body fuller, but in the chest area it is quite fitted. For us it was excellent for layering also as it had big enough armscye’s to put long sleeved shirt underneath. Depending on fabric choises it can be really fancy, or less formal, either way it will look awesome!

See what others wrote:
Carrie from Sewing For Peanuts