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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For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

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!

For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

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 😉

Blog tours, For Liisa, Määratlemata, SewLongSummer

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! 🙂

Blog tours, Määratlemata, SewLongSummer

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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Määratlemata, Sunday lately

Sunday lately – Week 1

blogger tribe sunday latelySunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe (which is being fearlessly lead by Angelica, Meaghan, Nicole, and Katy). We e-hang out every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the last week of life in our own worlds. We’d love if you could join us!


Planning 
fall capsule wardrobe for everyone. I would love to include as much me-made items I can but since I have some orders coming in I need to plan better 🙂 I am also planning a Sew Long Summer Blog tour posts 🙂

Crappy night-time phone photo for the win!

Loving the life that I have! Being able to participate in my kids life every day every time, sewing, cooking, best Hubby. What can a girl want more.
Reading blogs and pattern instructions 😜

Wishing I had more time for sewing and that someone would gift me tons of FT. I mean, sewing is fun, but it is also time consuming and if you want variety of fabric it costs money, in Estonia lots of money 😪

Feeling a tad bit tired but happy. This summer has been wonderful, full of memories and time with kids. Many firsts, positive and negative, but overall I am happy to be where I am. 


Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup presented by the Blogger Tribe.Next week’s themes: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, Expecting.

For Liisa, Free Patterns, Määratlemata

Free pattern Wednesday (on Thursday) – Knot headband

I promised to talk to you about that knot headband yesterday, but time just flew. So this time we’ll make free pattern Wednesday on Thursday.

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Pattern name: 
Knot Bow Headband (link!)

Designer name: Coral & co. (link!)

Price: Free

Size range: newborn to 2T

Print sizes: letter sized, different color and line style sizes

Difficulty level: beginner

I made: 2T, since Little Miss Fashionistas head is on bigger side. I used cotton-lycra knit (same as on Boxwood pants pockets). Pattern was easy, went together quickly and I am sure to make much more of these!

For Liisa, Määratlemata, pattern testing

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