Summer Lists

Hello Everyone!

Summer is almost here! Can you believe it? I can’t! I feel like time is just flying way too fast for me to keep up! As you know, we are a homeschool family. I would love to share some ideas with you. We did this last year and it worked out so well. We usually do nothing all summer long and I really hate that! I wanted to make sure my kids have summers they will always remember. It is very important to me. So last year we made a summer bucket list. We didn’t actually check off everything on the list. We would have but Harvey hit before our summer was over. School was back in session for everyone else but we started a little later because we had a beach house vacation planned. That was totally ruined by Harvey and we missed a couple of items on our list because of it. No worries because we were able to reschedule for spring a few weeks ago and it was fabulous!

 

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Now summer is around the corner! We actually don’t take summer off from school. We instead try to take a couple weeks off and then just add a few extra weeks off during the whole year. So it is school all year round for us. Which is fine because my daughter has a hard time remembering some of the stuff we learn with more than 2 weeks off at a time.

Back to the bucket list…

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So we made our list last summer which was a little different than what I have here because we actually added a trip to Austin and made it more specific for our area. We did thing we would normally never do and we had so many great memories and pictures of it all. I actually meant to get an album made from that summer because we just had so many things to put in it. I highly recommend you try to make a bucket list for you and your family. You wont regret it. Even if you don’t finish the whole list, it is a reminder for you to put on the fridge and spend some extra time with your babies. They are only babies once after all. Believe me when I say that your kids wont let you forget either with it hanging on the fridge.

Just take out a sheet of paper and write a list out with the family before summer starts. Let everyone play a part and come up with some ideas. EVEN DAD! Make this a family list. I am sharing mine with you today. Feel free to use it or get some ideas from it. I will attach the downloadable pdf file for you. There is also a blank one as well.

I also tried this handy checklist idea I found on pinterest. It was basically a list of things your kids have to do before they can play with electronics or watch tv. It worked out so well for us. My kids ended up staying outside way more than the list asked, unless it was miserably hot out there. We used that time to complete some of our bucket list too.

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I really hope you guys have a great summer and I hope this helps you make it a great one!

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Annelaine Firecracker

Hello Everyone

Its Day 7 of Me Made May! I hope everyone is getting the chance to sew all the things! I had this gorgeous Rayon knit floral from Pretty Posh Fabrics that I had no idea what to do with. That’s what I do. I buy fabric that I love without purpose until it reveals it’s purpose on it’s own time. Fabric is magical in that way.  This magical wonder, decided it wanted to wrap it’s lovely self around my kids. So this weekend I decided to make new outfits for all 3 of my girls. They all got a little something different but all using the SAME pattern. Let’s talk about the Firecracker dress from Annelaine patterns.

I LOVE THIS PATTERN!

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This dress is so easy to make. I made the short dress and the romper yesterday and the maxi length on Saturday. All within about 3 hours total. They got easier of course after the first one. The Firecracker dress comes with Maxi length, above knee length, and tunic length. You can also purchase the Romper add on pattern. Which I highly recommend. It’s super cute and even has a snap option for the adorable little diaper wearers. If you cloth diaper, go up a size though. Trust me.

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The cross back makes this dress very unique to my pattern collection. I don’t have another maxi dress pattern like it. I’m hoping Jennifer releases a firecracker dress for Mom soon! WINK WINK. 

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Jennifer at Annelaine patterns is an incredibly talented designer and I’m so excited to try out some of her newer patterns coming out. Also check out my Sunshine Dress Post and Tammy Dress post. All from Annelaine.

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Sly Fox Fabrics #MeMadeMay Contest

Hey Everyone!

I cant believe it’s May already! I’ve been really busy the last few weeks. We went on an amazing spring break vacation. We had a beach house for the week in Galveston with friends and family and it was so much fun. We went crab hunting at night and swam all day. We had lots of great food and amazing company. I wish I could go back and live it again.

Unfortunately we are back to our regular routine which isn’t all that bad. I’ve been working on some great stuff lately. Swimsuits, shorts, I have some dresses cut up. I will hopefully get some posts on individual pieces soon. I did however share on Instagram.

But let’s talk about May! There are some great contests going on for ME MADE MAY! So exciting! Pattern companies AND fabric companies are giving away tons of stuff all month long! I cant wait to see what everyone makes!

Sly Fox Fabrics is just one of the fabric companies doing giveaways this month but I want to talk about them because I was given the incredible opportunity to be a seamstress for them.

My first assignment was this gorgeous single brushed poly Reminisce.

It’s a navy blue and copper red color and went great with my hair 😂. Ever since I went Red I find myself constantly trying to match it. Hopefully that need goes away soon or I’ll have to switch colors. It’s a fabulous boho style fabric and I still have a bit left so I’m hopefully going to find something else to make with it.

While being a seamstress for them is great the contest is even better! Sly Fox will be giving away a $20 Sly Fox Fabrics gift cards every day! And, if you participate all week, they will be giving away a $75 SFF gift card every Saturday. Thats not all though! If you participate the entire month, they will be giving away YOUR CHOICE of a serger, coverstitch, or vinyl machine. All you have to do is post a selfie of your Me Made Clothes ANYWHERE, just add the hashtags #MMMaySFF from 5/1/18 and going through 5/31/18. But be sure to check out Sly Fox Fabrics Instagram and Facebook groupfor official rules and details.

I have 2 projects planned this month using Sly Fox Fabrics and I cant wait to get started! I could use a new machine!

Good luck!!!

DIBY Walker Shorts Release

Spring is here and in Texas we wear shorts in spring, summer and fall (well I do anyway.) This means I need a lot of shorts. I’ve manage to drop a few pounds since New Years which means I fit into some of my old shorts again. Woohoo!!! However, that doesn’t stop me from wanting to try to make my own this year. I’ve come a long way this past year in my sewing so this incredibly exciting to me. I have been sewing for a few years but I don’t think I’ve ever thought about making my own jean shorts. Complete with button and zipper. Guys it is so very possible to do this and the Do It Better Yourself Club made it so easy. I have to say that after this pattern I just can’t believe how helpful they are in so many different ways. Just check their site out and sign up for their newsletter. It’s fantastic!

Back to the shorts. So the pattern itself is so incredibly detailed. I’m talking like video tutorial links, great tips and tricks and great photo steps. When I signed up to test these shorts I didn’t think my shorts would look this good. I’m still in shock! Just look at them!

The pattern also has options for Bermuda shorts and low waist. I chose high waist because it just hides more baby evidence. I learned how to apply a jean button. I also destroyed maybe 4 of them. I’m honestly not even sure the one that stayed is on all the way because that was hard. But it works so far. The zipper tutorial is so amazing. There is actually a link on the pattern to a video where they show you step by step how to create a RTW jean zipper fly. I honestly don’t know if I could have done this without those fantastic add-ons from this company.

Now the instructions for the pattern not only has links for assembly but also fantastic tutorial videos that show you how to grade your patterns to make them fit you perfectly. Also how to create designs on your jean pockets. These tutorials are so great that you can use what you learn on all your favorite patterns. So you don’t miss out on the tutorials subscribe to their YouTube channel! You wont regret it!

What I Love

  • The pattern is easy to follow, complete with video and picture tutorials.
  • The pattern comes with a variety of options to choose from. Create a different style with each pair you make.
  • Stretch denim. I don’t know about you but for me stretch denim is very important. I love having extra room for eating.
  • High waist option. After 3 babies I could use and appreciate that extra coverage.
  • Custom fit. GRADE the pattern! The tutorial in the pattern instructions is fabulous and helps you create a custom pair of shorts that fit you perfectly.

Pattern and Supplies

  • Lengths: Short (4-inch inseam), Mid Length (6.5-inch inseam) and Bermuda (above the knee)
  • Rise: Mid Rise or High Rise
  • Additional Options: Coin pocket and Belt Loops
  • Imperial and metric measurements
  • No trim pages
  • Layers on all pattern files
  • Community sewing support in The DIBY Club Facebook

My Suggestions

I’ve noticed some people have had some concerns and questions about this pattern so I’m going to address a couple here.

The shorts I made are shortened and hemmed rather than rolled. I like shorter shorts for some reason and the length offered was not to my liking. I was easily able to shorten it to length I prefer and hemmed them the way I liked best. So in other words even if you don’t like the options provided it can easily be modified. DIBY are always willing to help you with this as well. But the pattern itself is perfect to teach you how to get started making jeans. Something most of of us never considered. So is it worth it? Yes!

Another concern I’ve read is that the “high waist” option doesnt really look high waisted. I can definitly confirm that the high waist option is not as high as most of my other jean shorts I own. I prefer them to just cover my belly button. This makes my waist appear smaller than it actually is which is why I like them. So for me this will be something I’m hoping I can alter for my next pair. As you can see in the picture above, my belly button is not covered. I’m hoping that the DIBY club will be showing us how we can adjust the crotch length to give it more height. And if I figure it out before hand, Ill be happy to share my findings.

In the end, this pattern is fantastic. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to test it. The pattern Sale starts today and if you sign up for the DIBY club newsletter you can get an additional 15% off your first purchase!

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Annelaine Sunshine Dress

Hey Everyone! Spring is officially here and Easter is just around the corner. If you sew up your daughters special occasion dresses like me, then you are probably working on those gorgeous Easter dresses.

I was tagging along on Annelaine’s Sew-A-Long on Facebook and I’m seeing so many great dresses. You should really check it out. I look forward to doing more sew-a-longs with Annelaine Patterns and they have a lot of great patterns scheduled to release! Let’s talk about their newest pattern though, the Sunshine dress.

This dress Is gorgeous and so very simple to make. I finished it in a couple hours but it looks far more complex than it really is. People will be shocked when you tell them you made it. The pattern is perfect for every little girl, even the older girls. It has a very modest bodice up front and made my oldest look younger than she normally does, which I love. It’s nice having my oldest baby looking younger because she is growing way too fast.

The dress has a couple different options and so far all the ones I’ve seen are just adorable. The back bodice is gorgeous and my favorite part of the dress. It really makes it unique. The buttons can give it a special touch, especially if you’re like me and hoard all the buttons.

I’ve sewn sizes 8, 2T and 12 months and each one fit perfectly with no alterations needed. I do love a pattern that requires no altering. I will say you should definitely mark your button placement while the dress is on though. I tend to think I can do things like that by eye and it’s definitely not the case. So don’t skip that.

Anyway, I’m excited to get started on my own easter dress now and getting some family pictures done for Easter. What patterns are you using for Easter dresses? Let me know in the comments!

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Momma & Me Lulu Dolman Edition

As we all are gearing up for Valentine’s day (did you see Sierra’s Kimono post? Va-Va-Voom) I took a mini detour to step out of my comfort zone and sew up fabric I never EVER wear. FLORALS! I sometimes feel like I’m the only sewist in the world who doesn’t dig florals. There are many floral fabrics that I find pretty but I know I’d never wear them until, I saw Knitpop’s Double brushed poly w/Velvet Roses. I had been craving something different than my usually solids and this DBP was just what I envisioned. Petite Stitchery & Co have the cutest non-batwing style Dolman and today I want to show you my Lulus!

I actually tested the baby version and loved it so much I had to buy the woman’s. Plus I’ll take any chance I get to match my baby girl. Baby Girl and I are wearing Purple Hacci Sweater from Purple Seamstress Fabric. Perfect fabric for a cozy and soft sweater.

The Lulu dolman comes in Women’s, baby’s, and girl’s sizes. You can purchase all 3 sizes in one bundle or you can buy each size individually or even just in baby/girl bundle. Each pattern comes with Elbow and long sleeve options. I really love the fit on the both of us, and its such a quick sew! It truly makes a perfect sweater or tee!

Are you a Boy mom? Or a Mom to both? I have two older boys who I occasionally sew for. So in a couple of weeks, I’ll be taking a spin on matching with my boys! Sound off if you are like me and find it hard to Momma & Me matchy-match with your boys! Please feel free to tell me how you’ve matched with the little man in your life and leave me ideas you’ve got.

May your bobbin always be full,                                                                                             Danielle the Seam Ripper

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Kimonos!

Let me start by telling you if you don’t have the Pattern for Pirates Kimono pattern yet, go get it. I owned it for a year before I actually sewed it up. BIG MISTAKE! I decided to sew it up when I made the Made for Mermaids new bra and panties that was released. (Don’t worry, it will have it’s own special post.) While I was waiting for my lace to arrive, I went ahead and made the kimono. It was so simple and fast that I totally kicked myself in the arse for not making it sooner. Luckily for me, Darcey from Sincerily Rylee is doing a contest using one of her mystery boxes. I had everything I needed for the kimono.

It was love.

Seriously, this morning I put it on ever so gracefully after waking up. It was as if my bird friends would be appearing within the moment singing me a song as I gracefully walked to the bathroom to brush my teeth. I felt fancy as fμ€£!

Who would have thought a simple piece of clothing would instantly turn you from wicked step mother to cinderella. Just like that!

As I dance and sang my way to the kitchen, even my little spawn noticed how fancy I was. My oldest ever so kindly asked me why I was in such a great mood. “I apologize my dear child for ruining your morning with my lovely presence.” Damn! I can’t even be in a good mood without being criticized. Never mind that.

I found myself heating a pot of water with my tea pot on the actual stove rather than my microwave 10 times. I even pulled out my fancy dishes for myself while the kids ate off of a napkin. Thats what they get for asking questions.

I was in such a fancy mood that I decided to sit on the couch and pretend that my animal friends were cleaning up after breakfast. Didn’t work. But the few minutes I sat there doing nothing but enjoying my tea made me calm and cool and not a crazy momma.

So here is my point. Every woman needs to own a kimono! Whether you buy it or make it or have an amazing friend to make it for you, you need one. For those days that you just need a pick me up, wrap that kimono around your butt and be fancy AF. It’s like magic.

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The Flirt Dress

Hello February and hello fellow crafters! I’m so ready for this month because, I have my fingers crossed in hopes of warmer temperatures! Texas is insane right now and I am not built for the cold! I’m really hoping Mr. Ground Hog does NOT see his shadow. Another fab thing about February is, it is Crafty Momma Sierra’s birthday month! Let’s all wish the Sierra a Happy (early) Birthday!🎁🎈🎉🎈

We also can’t forget that February means Valentine’s Day aka world wide Date Day. So crafters..are you ready for your valentine? Have you planned your outfit yet? In my home Valentine’s Day gets the boot! Lol BUT that’s because Valentine’s Day is also my daddy’s birthday and we spend it celebrating with him. So while I don’t have my outfit specifically for Valentine’s day, I do have one ready to go for date night! Ahh date night, what is that exactly again? Kid free? Say whaaaat?? For those of you who will be rocking the night, how about the perfect dress? Petite Stitchery & Co has just what you need and it’s called The Flirt! 😉

The Flirt dress can be fitted or flowy. It comes in 3 different dress lengths (mini, knee and maxi) as well as 4 (short, half, 3/4, long) sleeve lengths! Here you can see all the lovely ladies rocking the different options, as well as purchase the pattern. 😉 It’s on sale until Monday Feb. 5!

Fabric requirements for the fitted skirt are structured fabric with at least 50% stretch(4-way). I used Ponte. You want something with good recovery like, stretch leather, liverpool and even cotton lycra would work. For the flowy skirt, any knit fabric will do. For the top, you will need 4-way stretch of at least 30%. I used double brushed poly. For this dress, I shopped at Knitpop. They are currently having a killer sale until Feb. 4th at 11:59pm. Note: You do need 1/4 elastic for this pattern. I wanted to point that out because not everyone has that small of a size on hand but, this time I actually did! lol

What I love: I sewed up the fitted mini with the 3/4 sleeve length. It’s love! I feel sexy and classy but most importantly, I feel comfortable! I don’t feel like a sardine in a can! The top is loose in all the right places, while the skirt hugs where it needs to be! 😉 After 3 kids this is pretty handy, as I’m out of practice and will be focusing on walking in heels. Haha

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Are you into the fitted or the flowy? Or both? Let me know in the comments section below, I would LOVE to hear from you! I hope you all have a great February and happy sewing!

-Danielle aka The Seam Ripper

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Baby Juliet

Hey Crafters! I feel like I blinked twice and its almost February, please tell me I am not the only one? Before I start mapping out what my kids are wearing for Valentine’s day, I just want to gush about my MOST FAVORITE thing I have ever sewed for daughter. The Juliet from Petite Stitchery & Co is the pattern who stole my semi-girly heart and ran away with it. IMG_4308

A little background on me:
I have three kids, two boys and one girl. My baby is my little girl. I am one of those chicks that tries to look girly but, I am so bad at being a girl it is pretty comical. Seriously, I am the grown woman in Sephora asking the saleswoman where to find the powder that goes on after liquid foundation so, I can add my blush and the bronzer I hardly use. NO JOKE you guys, that happened and that was my second time looking for it because the first time I was too embarrassed to asked and just grabbed some powder I thought was the same thing. It wasn’t. lol So when I had my daughter I freaked (still do) because I can’t throw super cute outfits together, style hair to save my life, or much less paint my face like I know what I am doing. Thankfully not only is sewing my therapy (holla!) but, it has helped me branch out and create pretty things.

                                           Back to the pattern already Danielle geez:
Juliet stole my heart simply by its beauty and its versatility. It also makes me fan girl at the thought of my daughter taking ballet which, is something I always wanted to dabble in but never did. Not only did Juliet give me visions of dance classes but, you can definitely use Juliet to create a leotard for your gymnast, a one piece for your swimmer or use her as a bodysuit. * Make sure your fabric is a four-way stretch knit with at least 50% recovery. Think of material like Spandex, Cotton/Lycra Knit, Swim, DBP, Stretch Velvet, etc. Tulle, Fusible Interfacing & Lining fabric (cotton/poly blends, silk etc.) if making the banded tutu.*

                                                                    Juliet herself:
The Bells:
• 4 sleeve lengths- sleeveless, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve
• Regular or set-in sleeves
• elastic or leg bands
The Whistles:
• flutter sleeve
• a bow across the upper back bodice
• banded tutu skirt

This pattern is designed without snaps but, that does not mean you cannot modify yours. Bodysuits are meant to be a little snug so try not to get your heart racing if you have to shimmy it up.My daughter measures tiny in every aspect but her belly. Her belly is the reason I say shimmy it up! lol I graded out at her waist (so easy with the pattern’s layer options) and back in for her height however, pay close attention to your little’s trunk girth measurement and you’ll do just fine! IMG_4329

Juliet made my little one feel like a million dollars. She twirled so much that I had a hard time photographing her. Lol Make sure and join the Petite Stitchery & Co  fb group, there are a lot of wonderful and helpful people in the group, as well as myself and Sierra!

PS. You can find the Girls version on there site too! Happy Sewing!

-Danielle

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Tammy Dress

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is holding up to their new years resolutions! So far I’ve been doing pretty good. I started happy planning and that seems to keep me on a decent schedule. I’ll do a post that soon to show you how happy planning changes lives! Well more like creates an unhealthy sticker obsession hehe. So anyway, one of my resolutions is to stay as active as possible on this blog. So to do this I need to keep on crafting right? Well I decided testing patterns for various pattern designers is what I will be doing more often. This will help me provide some excellent pattern recommendations for my lovely readers as well as, keep me active in sewing.  It also make me take more pictures of my kids because I usually test for them. Two resolutions in one!

So without further ado, my first pattern of the year is the Tammy Dress from Annelaine Patterns. I was given the opportunity to try her pattern out and guys, It’s awesome! I can’t tell you how easy it was from cut to sew! I made 6 and a doll dress. My girls are in love with it and your girls will love it too I promise!

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What I love about this pattern

  • Many options for different looks including, Peplum and tunic lengths, circle and gathered skirt, cuffed sleeves, Sleeve tabs, multiple back strap options. The possibilities are amazing with just ONE pattern.
  • It’s incredibly easy! I’m talking like the easiest pattern I’ve used for a dress this cute! It took me a little less than 2 hours to print, tape, cut, and sew the 9month, size 2 and the doll dress. While teaching a lesson to my homeschooler. If you’re a beginner than this is one you need!
  • A0 formats- If you haven’t used A0 than you probably wont understand. But I started using A0 a few months ago and I’m officially in love with them. A0 is a file you can have printed at a copy shop and they give you the full size print. So this means I have about 50 large rolls of patterns in my sewing room. Still working on an organizations solution for that so if you have any ideas that would be great! But seriously, I hate taping patterns together. I now make it a point to only buy patterns with this option.
  • Layered PDF. For those of you who Don’t print A0, layers are incredibly useful and saves a lot of time. This allows you to only print the size you need!
  • Neck band markers! OMGOSH! I never knew how easy a neckband could be if they had shoulder markings. I got a perfect neckband EVERY TIME!
  • Did I mention its easy? Because it is and with three girls I have to sew for I need easy in my life. IMG_9187

Pattern & Supplies

  • US Letter, A4 and A0 Formats
  • Layered PDF
  • Detail Photo Tutorial
  • Grading Guide (if your model falls between sizes)
  • Size Range 9m – 20 (Girls), Doll 15″ and 18
  • Lined or Unlined Bodice
  • You will need knit fabric for the bodice.
  • scissors/rotary cutter & mat
  • sewing machine
  • Thread
  • embellishments if desired
  • pins or clips

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From cut to sew

  • There is no sleeve to attach in this pattern. There is only top bodice and skirt. Be sure that you cut correctly if you have directional pattern fabric. Ask me how I know.
  • Sew the shoulder seams
  • This part is not in the directions but I folded the sleeves and clipped them together front facing each other and then sewed the side and arm sleeves together. I just personally find this easier.
  • Add the neckband. I personally clip the shoulder seam markers than the center and then in between each clip to hold in it place.
  • you will then add your choice of back straps
  • top stitch and hem.

That’s it!

I know you’ll love this pattern and I would love to see how you’re dresses come out! Be sure to buy the pattern while its on sale for 40% off from now until January 20th on the Annelaine Pattern site. That’s not all! Join the Annelaine Pattern Facebook group to get an additional 20% off coupon.

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