Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fresh Start Blog Tour

It's that time of year where we're thinking about getting a fresh start on our habits, new wardrobes, and trying new things. Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we're getting a Fresh Start with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway)

I have to admit--I was pretty nervous to sew up the 
DG Patterns is a new to me designer and there were not a lot of examples elsewhere of the Sarah Dress sewn up, but I had been eyeing it for awhile because I loved the center pleat detail, so when I had the opportunity to sew it up I signed up. 
Then I had second thoughts as I was about to cut my fabric--I even messaged the organizer of the tour to express my concerns!
But, I'm so glad I did sew it--it turned out to fit very well.

I did make a couple of mods. I lowered the neckline by about an inch and instead of just turning the neck and sleeve under and topstitching, I bound them. Partly to bring the neck and sleeve openings in nicely to avoid any possible gaping. Also, the blue fabric is soft on the inside but it's 'itchy' on the outside and I didn't want to turn that in towards the inside. 

I also added a little bit of length for the short dress version. I added an inch to the bodice and an inch to the skirt part. I wanted a dress that hit around the knees--not too far above. 

Would I recommend this pattern? 
Yes! With the mods I made I love how it turned out. There are also other options included in the pattern such as a pleated top and a long dress as well as a basic top, short, and long dress. 
There are also four different sleeve options. 
I chose the pleated short dress and sleeveless.

I'm quite excited about this dress and am looking forward to an opportunity to wear it out.

You can save 50% off any purchase at DG Patterns using the code FRESHSTART50 during the tour. 

Be sure to stop by all the other bloggers on this blog tour! 

Southern Belle Fabrics is generously sponsoring the Fresh Start Tour. During the tour use code: DGBLOGTOUR to save 20% in the shop.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tao Raglan for Men

I have a new favourite t-shirt pattern for men.
I had the privilege of testing this pattern and was impressed by the quality of the drafting and how well the pieces fit together. 
Plus, the final result is well worth the amount of fabric needed for men's clothing. 

The pattern comes in short, regular, and tall and it is a multi-sized pattern so all the tall sizes are nested. As are the short and regular--each in a separate file. This makes blending sizes easy. 
(This is a newer feature for Sinclair patterns, so if you were turned off by the individual sizing in the past, do check this one out!)
There is a regular length and a tucked in length, long and short sleeves. 
I chose to make the regular, tucked in length with short sleeves. 

The fabric used is a lighter weight, drapey athletic jersey for the body and another unknown content fabric--both of which I got off a destash. 

This pattern will be getting more use--I think it'll be my go-to for shirts for my husband. 
Get it on sale for $6.99 until January 18th 2018. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year, New Sew Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the New Sews for the New Year blog tour! 
One of my boys has been finally outgrowing his clothes so when he was complaining that all his sweaters were too small, I knew he was next on my list. 

Though it's not a new pattern, I chose to start off with the Dress-Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations.  I love the fit of this hoodie and the style of the front of the hood--perfect for some fun grommet details that I've been wanting to try! 

Since the grommet details aren't included in the pattern (neither is the drawstring), I'll provide a little info on how I did it. 
I ironed the squares on with Heat 'n Bond, stitched them on, and then ironed some sturdy interfacing to the back part. Next, I punched the holes in and added the grommets. 
The drawstring is about 1.25" wide strip of fabric that has curled in on itself--great for making it match well. 

After asking him if he wanted anything on the front, he asked for one of his favourite animals--an elephant, so that was appliqued on. 
He is thrilled as am I. 
A first time for me doing a hoodie that I had to insert the grommets on my own, and also a first time sewing from yardage of jogging fleece. I usually just cut up old sweaters and re-use the details. (I've done another as well but neglected blogging about it.)  

Be sure to stop by the other stops on the blog tour--it continues all month long! 

Monday, January 1st: Introduction- Sewing by Ti
3rd FABulous Home Sewn *** You are here.

Sunday, January 7th: Minn's Things

Sunday, January 14th: Sew Like a Sloth
19th Ma Moose

Sunday January 21st: Flaxfield Sewing

Sunday January 28th: Sew Haute Blog

Friday, December 8, 2017

Comfy Winter Boutique Blog Tour

Who thought I'd sew myself socks?!
I've been wanting to try out some of the sock patterns from The Wolf and Tree before so when the opportunity to do a blog tour came up, I knew I wanted to join.
I chose to sew up the Ladies Knock-Out Socks.

They're the perfect length for wearing in boots and they're great for when you want to keep your legs warm in the cold winters here! 
I chose to upcycle a turtleneck sweater I found at the thrift shop--I love a good upcycle. 
The neck part of the sweater became the optional heels and the rest is made of the body with a small part used from the sleeves for the bands.

When I saw the sweater, I knew that some of my vintage lace would be a perfect match to add that special touch. Who doesn't love a bit of lace peeking out over the top of boots?
The pattern has an optional top of toe seam as well as at the end of the toes, so I chose the top of the toe seam. 
I did have to slim the toe and front of foot part down a little from the pattern but otherwise, there are no modifications made. 
I do think with my fabric choice that I'd put elastic in the band next time or make the bands tighter. This fabric has a lot of stretch so they do start coming down after a bit of wear. If they were made with a fabric with better recovery they'd stay up better. 

Overall, I'm quite happy with the pattern and the socks. 
With the option of 2 way or 4 way stretch there are so many fabrics you can use.
Plus, there are a lot of options on how to finish the top to make them fit your style. 

All patterns in the shop are on sale until the end of the blog tour, so be sure to stock up on all the $5 and under patterns! 

The Wolf and the Tree Comfy Winter Boutique Blog Tour
Stitched by Jennie 
Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
Rikipedia Wear
The Wolf and Tree

The Sewing Scientist
Elli and Nels in Stitches

Kate Will Knit
Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Fabulous Home Sewn

Rebel and Malice
Blooming Skies

Lulu and Celeste

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Blog Tour

I am not a winter person.
At all.
Up here in Alberta the weather gets cold. And it is a long winter often starting in October and ending with a final burst of snowfall or frost on the May long weekend. We don't plant gardens until after the May long weekend for that reason, though the weather can be decent for two months before that weekend.
But, I do love the coziness of having Christmas decorations up and all the yummy baking.
Add in cozy blankets, warm drinks, books, and friends and I'm all set.
It is a 'gezellig' time of year!

When I finally decided on how I wanted to sew up the Nancy Raglan from 5 Out Of 4, I decided to add long sleeves to combat the cold. 

I color blocked the sleeves to give a bit of a layered look and then tied the black back in with the neckband. 
The sleeves are the extra long length so I can warm up my hands as well. 

 The raglan is sewn up as the tunic length because I love long shirts. 

One of our traditions is to fry Oliebollen for New Years! 
It is a Dutch treat that I grew up with--I remember helping my mom fry Oliebollen in the shop every year. Our neighbours would come over and we'd have pails of batter to fry.
They were always the best straight out of the fryer after they cooled enough to bite into. 
But, they're delicious for days after with a bit of icing sugar sprinkled over them or a pile to dip them in as you eat it. 
You can even freeze them and reheat them in the microwave. 
This is the recipe I've started to use--it's not the same as my mom's as she used the boxes from the Dutch store...
I like the ease of that but I don't get out to the Dutch store often enough. 
So I searched and searched and finally found a recipe which I've tweaked a little and translated. 

  • 150 gr. Currants
  • 200 gr. Raisins
  • 200 gr. Apples cut into small chunks
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice (or juice from 2 lemons) 
  • 80 gr. butter, softened
  • 1 litre milk, scalded and cooled to luke-warm

  • 1 kg flour
  • 80 gr. yeast (about 8 tsp)
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Icing sugar for dipping! 
  1. Soak raisins and currants in hot water for a couple of hours. 
  2. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apple chunks to keep them from turning brown. 
  3. Place raisins, currants, and apples in a bowl. 
  4. Let the yeast 'soften' in the warm milk.
  5. Put the flour in a large bowl (it will need to have room to rise!) and make a dip in the middle. 
  6. Add the eggs and the butter. Mix well. 
  7. Add the sugar. 
  8. Now, slowly add the milk/yeast mixture, stirring as you add.
  9. Make sure there are no clumps in the dough. None. 
  10. Add the raisin/currant/apple mixture.
  11. Now, add just a dash of lemon juice. Mix.
  12. Add the salt and mix again. 
  13. Let it rise in a warm place with a tea towel covering it until it is risen 1/3 or so--about 45 minutes.  
  14. Now, comes the fun part! Deep frying them. Heat the oil in your deep fryer and take a scoop (about an ice cream scoop at a time) of the dough and drop it in the oil. Fry and flip halfway through until it is a nice golden brown color. 
  15. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place them in a paper towel-lined bowl. 
  16. To serve, serve warm with icing sugar to dip or sprinkled over. Delicious! 

(Recipe is modified and translated from this Dutch recipe!) 

Giveaway *CLOSED*
For a chance to win a pattern of choice from 5 Out Of 4, leave a comment letting me know your favourite holiday tradition! 
**Please leave an email address to contact in case you win!** 
***WINNER: CarrieAnn13***

Be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour to see what they sewed up out of 5 Out Of 4 patterns and for more favourite recipes, and giveaways!

Blog Tour Schedule
December 3 - Pattern Revolution
December 7 - Turtle Birdies

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Anegada Boat Neck

It's always neat to try out new-to-me pattern designers. 
And, to test a pattern for them is a lot of fun as well as you get to know the amount of work that is put into their patterns. 
One such shop is halfmoon ATELIER.

The Anegada Boat Neck is a simple pattern in a way but there are some neat details that set it apart.
It has 2 views. I chose to do view B which includes a neckband and pleats. 

The longest part of sewing this pattern is forming the pleats--the rest is a quick and easy sew and the neckband cut on the bias provides some stability to the boat neck, preventing it from stretching out too far. 

The fit was spot on for me.
And, depending on fabric choice, you can change up the look significantly.
Plus, with a view A which does not include a neckband but instead folds the bodice back a little at the neck to reveal some of the wrong side of the fabric and a waistband and sleeve cuffs, you have even more options! 

You can buy the pattern here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sharks, Hoodies, and a New Pattern

I've been doing a lot of testing lately it seems! 
One of my favourites is the Dress Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations.

This hoodie has so many options.
A basic raglan hoodie and a variety of pattern pieces that you can use to dress up your hoodie. 

Line drawings of pattern pieces included!

I chose to do my final test as a shark for my youngest. 
The hoodie comes together very easily and quickly. 

I used a freezer paper stencil to paint the eyes on the hood and the words 'FEED ME' on the front.

To stabilize the fin, I added some fusible fleece on both pieces before sewing them right sides together.
Another tester came up with the idea to put the teeth on the lining of the hood and I love how that turned out. It's not as costume-y and more of a wear-every-day style which is my style. 

The neat thing about this pattern is that you can use the pattern pieces included and use your creativity to come up with all sorts of creatures/ideas. 
Each hoodie can be made as you want. 
I can see the deer ears being used to make a cow, some have made a fox, angry bird, etc.
 So many ideas!

In the meantime, I need to go feed this hungry little shark! 

You can buy the pattern here for $8.50 for a limited time. (Regular price is $10.50.)
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