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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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!


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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!


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


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


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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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Greenstyle Creations: The Chelsea Pants Blog Tour


Two for one special here guys! Sierra and I both were fortunate to test for Greenstyle Creations’ newest pattern, the Chelsea pants! Thats not all! We are also participating in the Chelsea Pants Blog Tour! Keep reading for the give away! The Chelsea pants are a fitted pair with a big flare. Its Fall Y’all, this means we need to get workingon our fall wardrobe and these pants are just in time. These pants are insanely comfortable and yet they can be casual, dressy, fun and wild.

Sierra was born in the late 80’s and myself in the early 90’s so, back in our day bell bottoms were a thing of the past and it was about the flare(which is a smaller bell bottom) and then bootcut! Haha. Now I’m a short chick, a whole 5 nothing and, Sierra isn’t much taller 😜 but if you ask me, with the guidance from Greenstyles designer Angelyn, we rocked them!5logo

(Check out that cute baby, even she wants a pair!)

For this pattern, you will need a “stable” knit. Think Ponte, Scuba, Stretch Denim etc. Fabric that has AT LEAST 25%, 2 way stretch for most knit fabrics and 35% for stretch denim or other stretch woven fabrics. For Sierra, This was the first using stretch denim. This was my first time with Ponte.

Sierra here guys! So you guys need a pair of Chelsea pants in denim. Seriously the most comfortable jeans I have now. I Love that the designers show you how to get the perfect fit. They do this by adjusting that flare to YOUR height. If you plan on wearing heels you may want to add that to your height. As you can tell they are a little short for these wedges but they are perfect for flats. 


There are 3 different rise options for the waistband. That’s right,3! During testing, I tried all 3. Hehehe. My favorite is the mid rise. I found it the most comfortable rise. There is also the optional back pockets, they have a unique and flattering shape to them too. I have never sewn a pair of pants like these and now I’m hooked! I definitely recommend you use a muslin to get the perfect fit and for you. This way you don’t waste all your pretties.

Would you like to win a pair of the Chelsea pants (or another Greenstyle pattern, if you’ve already purchased the Chelsea’s) for FREE? How about some awesome stretch denim from Aurora Fabrics to complete the package? Enter the giveaway below, and check out all the other bloggers on the tour!
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Happy sewing!

-Seam Ripper aka Danielle

Huckleberry Kid Hoodie

Hey everyone, Danielle the “Seam Ripper” here! Something very excited happened to me! I was recently given the opportunity to test for Peek-a-boo Patterns. I tested the Huckleberry Hoodie pattern, which I will get into more soon.. but what makes this so so so so exciting is the fact that this was my first time to ever test! Actually with this pattern, I had a lot more “firsts” than I expected. It has been one of my goals (to test) since I started using PDF patterns about two years ago. Absolutely epic!

Okay, now that I may be done squealing, let’s talk about the pattern. The kid’s hoodie fits sizes 3 months to size 12! I love it when patterns have multiple sizes, getting the best bang for your buck from a pattern you already dig! I suggest reading thru it all a time or two, just to familiarize yourself with it. There are also layers! Which means you can print only the size you want to use!

Anywhoo, this pattern’s fit size is determined by the chest size. This pattern is a semi-fitted pattern. It is fitted in the chest and loose on the belly, with a wide crossover hood.

For this pattern, you will need:

Main Fabric: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, velour, fleece, etc. with at least 25% stretch

•Accent Fabric (hood lining, pockets, band & cuffs): interlock, jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, etc.

•1/4″ twill tape

•1 large button

•Small scrap of leather or faux leather for pocket accents

•1 yards piping (optional)

•Scrap of fusible interfacing for reinforcing pockets (optional)

I used French terry for my main fabric and cotton lycra for my hood lining. I chose not to add pockets because, I just envisioned it without. See this main fabric I used, this lovely Mauve French Terry was purchased for me but I gave it to my baby girl. I got it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

To cut my fabric, I used my Rotary Cutter as well as my handy dandy Gingher Scissors. This pattern includes cuffs and a waistband, those 3 pieces alone scream for my rotary cutter. I can cut longer straight lines with a rotary cutter. Just like any other clothing pattern, there are small notches ( you know those random looking triangles that you thing you can live without but actually cant because they play an important role in pattern piecing. Ya.. once upon a time I thought I could skip them too. Lesson learned!) I find it much easier to cut those areas with my scissors. Having both cutting tools is NOT a must. It is all about personal preference and if you haven’t found your groove yet, you will. Below you will see a pic of my notch before I busted out the scissors.



In addition to testing for the first time, I have never (in my 7 years of machine sewing) used any type of piping or twill tape. Honestly, I had never heard of twill tape before this testing. I was not able to obtain twill tape so, I used a piece of extra piping I had. You could easily use cording or a small piece of elastic as well. I found this pattern easy to follow, if you have made a shirt or hoodie before, it is a similar concept. The piping is super easy to sew, just make sure you have the front and back piping laying the same direction. However, I do know the welt pockets can look very intimidating, they do to me too. Read about them once, breathe, then read it again. Power thru, you got this!



Piping has been added to the front and back

Example of my cut piping:



Cut piping for button holder instead of twill tape

The piping seemed a little snug on my front and back pieces however, this pattern was made for it, and it all worked out just fine.
My thoughts when dressing my model:

So my model is almost 16 months old but, she is small. My little bit has always been on the smaller size. Seriously! Her waist lines up perfectly for a 9 month old! Lol She measured on spot (chest size) for the 12 month size, as I expected. Fit is important but more importantly, fit in the neck/head/hood area is what I focus on as well. My kiddos freak out if something is snug going on. I did not make an altercation to my pattern and it fit great! She has room to grow from Fall to Winter. It was very easy to get on. The button is not only a cute embellishment but, it also helped open up the crossover hood as well. I was really impressed by how easy it was to put on over m baby’s head. Many babies rightfully get scared when hoodies are going over there head but, the ease was very cautious of that and went on in a flash!



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