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 🙂

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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

For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

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

 

For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

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!