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!

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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

Here’s a few more pics:

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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2018 Make 9 Challenge Accepted!

Happy 2018 everyone! If you have been on any form of social media this past week, you may have seen that 2017 was deemed as the worst year ever. Last week, I would have agreed 100%! My family and I have had a rough last couple of months, and that right there was the only thing I could reflect on until my husband reminded me of all the wonderful things that had happened this past year. One of my biggest accomplishments was completed in 2017, and I forgot about it. =(  Seriously! Who forgets something epic? My husband and I graduated with our Bachelors in May, with 3 homeschoolers! Talk about chaos!

So the other day, I heard about the make 9 challenge and I knew it was perfect for me and Sierra! Like me,(and I’m sure you as well) Sierra doesn’t get to sew as much as she would like, especially for herself. We both enjoy challenges, especially if they are able to easily fit in with our busy schedules and if it is something we can easily keep track of each other thru text. She always motivates me to do every idea I share with her. I can hear her now, “Do it!” haha So I wanted to make sure she heard about the challenge.

If you haven’t heard about the #2018makenine, it is a challenge to make 9 things you have always wanted to make. It can be something you have put off because it sounded intimidating, or something that requires you to learn a new sewing technique. Or if you are like me, it’s about making 9 things you have never made before and have had those 9 patterns for at least a year. *Insert face palm*

Here are my #2018makenine:

Greenstyle Creations Green Tee is a shirt I have always wanted to make for myself but, never did because I thought I had enough tee patterns already printed. This past year during recent pattern testing’s I have learned that, just because it looks like another designers tee, does NOT mean it is the same.

P4P Sweetheart Top is a top I started last year and gave up. I attached the front and back, tried it on, and threw it away. I felt too fat. I was about 6/7 months PP and not digging my body. I’m not where I want to be physically but I sure am mentally! Can’t wait to give this another go!

P4P Muscle tank is for the hubster of course! I sadly sew the least amount of stuff for him and I am changing that this year! Our spouses need love too! Hehe

M4M Lea Romper was a pattern I bought when my little was around 6 months but, she was too tiny! She is 19 months and the size of a 9 to 12 month old. lol

Ellie andMac: The Be Trendy halter for myself, the Girls 90’s dress for my little and the Sunshine Romper are all patterns I have wanted to try but never got to it.

SUAT Scrundies and Brazi Bra because I desperately NEED more undergarments in my life. I hear these are insanely comfortable.

Sierra is on board the make 9 train! Whoot! Whoot! Check out her list here! I am so pumped! Let’s rock 2018 with style! I cannot wait to see what you all make. Please feel free to leave me your list in the comments!
Happy New Year!
-Danielle AKA The Seam Ripper.

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Make 9 Challenge 2018

So have you heard of the #2018makenine ? Neither have I. Well I just found out yesterday from Danielle. I thought this was a neat idea. I’m all about making resolutions. I love starting every year with new goals and dreams and it’s just a really exciting time for me. This past year, Danielle and I took our hobby a little further with our blog and testing new patterns. We even got silhouette machines and started adding extra fluff to our crafting. I’ve never sewn so much before and I’m so proud of both of us. We get better and better each time we sew or craft. She is and will probably always be my go to girl when it comes to crafting and I’m sure that wont change anytime soon.

Last year, was also incredibly stressful at times. Hurricane Harvey was something we will never forget. It took a few thunderstorms but I think I’m able to live through one without having flash backs now. I still catch myself standing at the window while it rains watching the water creep up and I start thinking about how close it got that week. That week wasn’t all bad for me though. I was a lucky one. Our house stayed dry and we were all safe. My husband had no choice but to take the week off and we basically just had a staycation. We spent a lot of time together and looking back, it was kind of nice for us. Unfortunately, it was not this way for everyone. Danielle had some loss and so did many friends and family of ours. But our town is doing well and still recovering. But you should have seen how everyone helped each other out. It was amazing.

This year, we have BIG plans though and we are so excited to get started on them. So this #2018makenine challenge is perfect for getting started. We are currently both testing a few patterns that we will be featuring on the blog soon but we want to challenge ourselves to make 9 things that we haven’t tried yet. Something we’ve wanted to do but were too intimidated by or just hadn’t had the time for. So here is mine!

  1. ohhh Lulu’s Chemise– There is just something so lovely about all of her patterns and yet I have yet to try any of them. I want to eventually make EVERYTHING of hers but I’ll settle for this one and panty to match.
  2. Ohhh Lulu’s Lace Panty– Again, her stuff is gorgeous. I can’t wrap my mind around how well her finished items are. Its kind of intimidating to even think about attempting it. BUT that is the point of this right? Anyway, you need to check her stuff out!
  3. P4P Wiggle Dress– this dress is amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. Where am I going to wear it to is a bigger problem for me. lol
  4. P4P Summer Kimono– This is one I really wanted to make a few of last year. But I ended up beginning to test patterns for designers and than I blinked and Thanksgiving was here and Christmas. Time really just got away from me these last few months. But I plan to do a few of these for spring. So wish me luck!
  5. P4P SOS pants– I have an obsession with P4P apparently. I haven’t tried these either. I saw someone on the facebook group with a pair of shorts she made from these and I had a dur moment. I thought these were pants. Why didn’t I think they could be shorts? I live in Texas and I wear shorts all the time.
  6. Ellie & Mac’s Fall in Love Sweater– I have these Victoria Secret long sleeve shirts that I love! So much that they are so faded its sad. This sweater looks just like them and I Hope I can make more!
  7. Greenstyle’s Moxi shorts– Again, I love shorts so these could possibly be love. In addition to our craft resolutions I NEED to get in shape. I use to be a trainer long ago. Before my last 2 kids. I’ve lost it since then. But thankfully I know what I have to do to lose the weight. Cute clothes…that’s what I need. hehe
  8. Greenstyle’s Endurance Bra– Have I told you I want to make my own bras? Yes, I do. And since I need to get my butt in shape I’ll need a sports bra too! Wish me luck on this one because this one scares me. Lol Greenstyle has some amazing patterns though. I was lucky enough to test one. I’m hoping this one is
  9. Greenstyles’s tie back tank– So I need a top that will show off my cute new sports bra no? I think so.

There you have it! My #2018MakeNine list

 

  Check out the Seam Rippers Make nine post!

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RAD patterns Fireside Cardigan: Pinterest hack.

Hey everyone! Can you believe we are almost done with October? Is time flying by or what? But thats ok because we are about to start my favorite month of the year, November! It’s my favorite month. See, thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. Not only do I host thanksgiving every year but I absolutely love cooking the turkey and pumpkin spice cake and pies from scratch. I also look forward to the moment we all eat dessert and strategize our black friday shopping plans. But mostly, my favorite part is the colors! I love the colors of fall. I also love dressing up in semi warm clothes. It’s Texas, it doesnt get that cold. Regardless, we southern girls like our sweaters and boots too. So for us, I guess you can say sweater weather last a little longer than most because we dont ever really need coats. We need layers because it can be 50 degrees in the morning and then 85 by noon. So we own lots of sweaters.

There is this sweater you have probably seen. I originally saw it on Facebook but it’s also saved on my Pinterest. Its a mother daughter sweater ad and I fell in love. I attempted on remaking it and Not to brag but I think my version is far better. But now I have to work on 3 more for my girls!

I started out by finding a sweater pattern similar to the one I needed. RAD patterns had the perfect cardigan. Even the name fireside cardigan sounds lovely. (I’ve been getting this incredible urge to start the fireplace in my living room but I usually wait until November.) Well, the pattern is great! Super easy to make and Ill be making at least a dozen more without this hack but this particular sweater I wanted to try at least once. So let me show you what I did. For this hack you will need everything the pattern says PLUS flannel fabric for the front pieces. They don’t have to stretch. But try to find something that drapes a little and has the same print on both sides.

Lets start by printing the pattern as the instructions explain. If you are using layers just print your size. I personally print out all of them so I can make them in different sizes for gifts or holiday weight gain. Hey! I’m realistic. But this means I have to trace my size with pattern paper.

There are not many alterations to this hack so dont get scared. Just start by following the instructions to get all your pieces cut. We will be adding 2 inches to the neckband depending on how heavy your flannel is. That is the only alteration to the original pattern pieces. If you feel safer just add a couple more inches and you can trim off what you don’t use before hemming.

After you get all the pieces cut you will now cut out 2 front pieces once again but in flannel. * If you dont want the flannel to be longer than the knit than I would cut 1 inch off the bottom of it. Read on to see what I’m talking about.* I chose a flannel from joanns that I love. Its called perfectly plaid acrylic. You will find it with the rest of the flannel but its noticibly softer. The print and color is the same on both sides as well. Its a good idea to find one that is similar on both sides because both sides will be seen.

After your pattern pieces and your flannel pieces have been cut we are going to hem the flannel pieces. I didnt do this and learned it would have been much easier had I thought of it prior. So im going to save you the time. I chose to do a rolled hem because it was easy and I had already changed my serger thread to black for this sweater and I didnt want to rethread my coverstitch to black. I actually love the way it turned out though.

After you hem the flannel pieces we can begin assemply. You will need lots of pins or clips for this project because you need to make sure 3 layers are in place. Just as the instructions explain we begin by stitching the shoulder seams. You will be sewing through 3 layers. The flannel will be on top, followed by the front pannel then the back. Take special care to ensure all fabrics are facing the correct way. Baste stitch if necessary so as your not seaming ripping later. The knit will most likely be a bit longer than the flannel when sewn because it stretches and the flannel will not. We want to make sure that the extra length is towards the neck. We will use that extra length for the neckband. So start your shoulder seam at the arm arm band side.

Your sweater should look like this when flipped right side out.

Next will be the sleeves as the instructions explain, only the front pannel will have an extra layer. Be sure to pin pin PIN!

Remember, I hemmed after which was harder so the picture below has frayed seams. You can also see that the bottom of the flannel is longer than the knit fabric. I believe this can be prevented if you cut an inch from the original pattern piece before hemming. But I do like the way it was a little longer than the sweater knit.

Next, we will be sewing the side seams and arm. This is where you’ll see your sweater come to life! We are sewing through 3 layers on the side of the sweater and just the 2 layers on the arms.

Now the neckband goes on. Only we are NOT attaching it to the flannel. Just the outer part of the sweater. Be sure your neckband has an extra 2 inches because the weight of the flannel will stretch the sweater a bit in the back.

 Finish the sweater by hemming the bottom and sleeves.


That’s It!!

Be sure to get RAD patterns Fireside Sweater while its on sale for $7. That’s it! I can’t wait to make more sweaters.

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