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

 

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)

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