Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #4: Boys // Gingham Maxwell Top

Another Perfect Pattern Parcel is available and it is All About Boys!! I absolutely love sewing for both my kids and I get excited when there are fun boy patterns available. And this parcel definitely has some amazing patterns!
Pattern Parcel #4
Pattern Parcel #4 includes:

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs

Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns

Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado

Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
Jet Pack Bag by Betz White

So many great patterns, right? I've made the Schoolboy vest and can attest to just how wonderful that pattern is. I'm excited to make the Zippy Jacket and a Jet Pack Bag for Miette! I'm focusing on the Maxwell Top for this post but I also wanted to mention his adorable herringbone jeans. 

I wrote all about my love of the Small Fry Skinnies in this post. Bottom line...the pattern is amazing and I have some awesome green denim fabric just waiting to made into another pair for H!
For this parcel, I sewed up the Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs and earlier this year I sewed these Small Fry Skinny Jeans--I keep squeezing Henri into them because I love them so much but I have to admit that they are officially too small so I need to sew him a new pair ASAP!
Now, let's talk about this adorable gingham top!

Fabric and Design:  I can't get over how cute he looks in a little button down! I was looking through my stash and stumbled across this vintage green gingham fabric and knew it would be perfect. I cut the back yoke and pocket on the bias to add a little contrast. And I love the vintage and slightly western feel it has.

And with the gingham I just had to use pearl snaps. Luckily there are three layers on the front (shirt front, interfacing and facing) so it was plenty thick for the snaps. Everything was going so well until I put the last snap on backwards! I was able to take it off and fix it, thank goodness! Since the print is a little busy I kept all the embellishments to a minimum. The Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs is a military-inspired top so there are lots of fun options to make this very unique. 

Size: Henri is wearing size 2 so that is what I made. I should have added a bit to the length so he can wear it a little longer but it is perfect for right now. It isn't a slim fitting shirt but I would rather have it loose that too tight.

Construction: This is my second time making a button down shirt and the construction was completely different than the shirt I made for my husband. It went together fairly easily but I recommend that you definitely read through the instructions completely before you begin. There are a few steps that can be confusing and its better to visualize the step before actually sewing it together--could save you a lot of seam ripping! She links to a few tutorials to help with button holes and the collar--that is so nice to have if you get stuck.

Tips: There are a few things that are assumed (how to finish your seams) and some things that aren't very specific (how far apart to place the buttons, how much to overlap the fronts) but if you are familiar with these things then it shouldn't be too difficult. I tried the shirt on Henri to see how much overlap I wanted for the front buttons and I spaced my buttons 2" apart.
When I went to put this shirt on H, he said "no, no shirt". Well, for good reason. Before I sewed the pocket I wanted to make sure of the positioning. So I pinned it down and tried it on him. He just so happened to grab the pocket and a pin pricked him. So from then on he kept telling me "no like shirt, owie". Poor guy! I hope he isn't traumatized everytime he wears it!

So, check out all the other amazing things (dates and links at the bottom of this post) being sewn from the parcel and read below to find out a bit more about Perfect Pattern Parcel!

 Buy Pattern Parcel #4

  Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle. This pattern is a unique and fun spin on the traditional hoodie. Thorough instructions and pictures help you create an amazing and memorable hoodie that will inspire creativity in your little one.

About Pattern Parcel:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality. 

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver's Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dotty Chambray Dress

Hello! I'm so excited about my guest post, over at ImagineGnats, today. I've wanted to make this dress for awhile and I finally had the confidence (and perfect fabric) to make it happen. Visit here and learn more about my very first self-drafted project!

Here's the dress that inspired the one I made! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Desert Rose // A perfect summer dress

I've been waiting a few months to share these dresses with you. I was fortunate to test this amazing pattern that was just released by CailaMade! It's the Desert Rose Dress and Tunic. I've already made three versions and they are definitely Miette's most worn dresses for the summer.
My first version is my favorite. I mean how could it not be? Green Swiss dot combined with a vintage fabric? So cute. And I think I'll be designing this fabric on Spoonflower soon so I can have more of it! I just barely had enough for this dress.
The bodice is fully lined and opens in the front which makes it so easy for M to dress herself. She can twirl in this dress and she can also go hiking or dance around. I'm telling you, perfect for every occasion.

The green version that Miette's friend is wearing is an earlier version of the pattern and it ended up being too big for M. So her friend got a new dress and of course they had to wear them together!

For the second dress, I let Miette chose a fabric from my stash. And she was adamat that the top fabric matched the bottom. No contrasting fabric for this girl! And of course I had to add pockets. This is the dress that she reaches for every day. Not even kidding. And I'm happy to see her wear it every time!
Which dress is your favorite?

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vintage Pinafore // Simplicity 7197

I am very slowly sewing through my vintage patterns. I have quite a few girls dresses that are size 4 (vintage patterns come one size to an envelope) and I want to make them for M before she grows out of this size!
This pinafore is adorable! It can be worn over a shirt or in its own. It is a perfect dress for summer and a great transition to fall with layers. 
The floral fabric on the bodice is from a vintage sheet and the pink linen and stripe fabric are also vintage. I love finding fabric at estate sales! Oh, and how cute are these saltwater sandals? I also found them at an estate sale, brand new, for $1! I was so excited.
The bodice has a full facing as does the waistband. The pattern called for some hand stitching for these pieces but I chose to use the machine. It was much quicker. It buttons up the back and there's an option for ties on the sides. M was dissapointment that the buttons were green but I'm trying to sew with only my stash and use what I have on-hand. Luckily she forgot about the green buttons after she put it on.
The only change I made was to lengthen the skirt. Shorter skirts were definitely the style in the 50s, 60s and 70s and while I think it's adorable, I just like her skirts to be at least at her knees. 
She loves it but did ask me why the sleeves were so big! I love those big, ruffled sleeves. And I love the square neck too. I think I'm going to try to figure out how to add an additional piece to the bodice, for more coverage on the sides. 
I can't wait to sew from another of my vintage patterns. It is so fun!

I sewed a dress, for myself, from a 70's pattern and let's just say that it kind of looks like a muu-muu! But more on that another time.


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