Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Favourite Favorite Tee and Skinnies

This is one of my all time favourite outfits so far.
I love the flowy-ness of the top combined with the slimness of the skinny pant. 
Plus, the shoes. 
I picked them up for $5 at the thrift shop.

I used Jocole's Skinny Pants pattern with yoga waistband. 
My fabric has no stretch at all and is a pretty thick/heavy-weight denim so I did have to sew a narrower seam allowance.  
It is from here.

I don't have a picture of it, but I added some fun top stitching to the back pockets and actually sandpapered it a little to make it look a little worn. Just a little. 

The top is Patterns for Pirates' Favorite Tee in a lovely rayon/spandex from Water Tower Textiles. It's available here.
One thing I'd take into consideration next time with this type of fabric is that rayon doesn't have as much recovery as some of the other knits I use so the neckband can be pulled down quite easily by little baby hands. 
But. the top is super comfortable and great for summer as it's so airy and light. 

I did raise the neckline a bit but that was the only mod I made. 
I want to try some more of the options on the Favorite Tee such as the curved hem, and I'd love to make some more in this style as well. 

Patterns Used: 
Jocole's Skinny Pants
Patterns for Pirates' Favorite Tee

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Duchess and Hare Blog Tour

It is sometimes a little 'scary' using fabric for a pattern that comes from a new-to-me designer.
I'm pleased with the results of this one.

I sized up for length as I like my girls' dresses a little longer than a lot of dresses are designed.
They out-grow them slower and it's a little more modest.

Overall I'm happy with how this pattern turned out--I've had a number of adults saying they would wear a dress like this!
The only thing that was new to me on this pattern was the method of sewing the bias trim around the bodice. It is a method that needs to be done with care so you have no raw edges poking out.
But, the end result is pretty sweet!

I love how the lace pops out and breaks up the print.
The pattern has the option to do a solid skirt and one with lace/bias binding trim.
The bodice runs a little wide at the shoulders but my daughter is petite and is on the low end of the size range.

Fabric was a thrift store find a number of years ago.
This was the perfect vintage-esque pattern to use it for.

Be sure to enter to win the giveaway for
5 Duchess and Hare Patterns and a $25 gift certificate to Threads and Stitches Fabric. 

Be sure to stop by the other blogs on this tour to see some more of Duchess and Hare's patterns sewn up!

Monday July 24 Neva Couture Curtiepie
Tuesday July 25 Seams Sew Lo Auschick Sews

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Modest Swimwear! A Blog Tour

I have always hated swimming suits on myself. 
There I said it. 
I dislike how they show most of my body, I dislike how uncomfortable I feel in them.
So....why did I join in on this blog tour?
Because I'm excited to share a modest swimming suit that does not make me feel uncomfortable.

After years of trying different swimming suits--all of them failing in the comfortable-ness (is that even a word?!) department, I decided to make my own.
And, not with an actual swimsuit pattern.
So...that is what I did!
I can now post a picture of myself in a swimsuit on the internet.

Patterns used:
Patterns for Pirate's Layer Me Up Shirt
Fabric is from Marshalls Fabrics in Edmonton.

The Lille I used the sports bra version and then the Layer Me Up is the top shirt. 
For the bottom, I attached both the Leggings and the A-Line Skirt to the yoga waistband. 
I did modify the skirt a little with side panels as the fabric has less stretch than the recommended fabric and it was hard to move in it.
But, I'm thrilled with how it turned out....I can now go swimming in comfort! 

Grand Prize:
Two ways to enter: Enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter, and/or post a swimwear item you’ve sewn on Instagram. Readers can enter more than once on Instagram but must use a different photo/different sewn swim item per entry. (Ie. multiple photos of the same outfit only count as one entry).
Items allowed: swimsuits and swim coverups for the entire family (women, men, children).
To enter on IG: Post your photo and use the hashtag #SwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste and @debzaleski in your post.
Items can only have been sewn since the beginning of June 2017. Closes July 2nd 11:59 pm EDT.

More details here: Instagram Contest

Prize: Phat Quarters $25 (USD) gift card + Boo Designs $100 (AUD) gift card + Sewing by Ti -$20 (USD) gift card + Made by Jack's Mum - swim pdf pattern bundle

And, to win today's giveaway,  5 out of 4 - 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD) gift card enter the rafflecopter below!
Giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST Wednesday night.

Be sure to check out all the other amazing swimsuits that have been sewn for this tour!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Military Messenger Bag: A New Pattern

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I'm a little late in announcing it here, but if you've been following along on Facebook, you may have seen/heard that there is a new pattern out! 
And, what is even more exciting is that it is in One Thimble. 
That's right--right now it is exclusively available from One Thimble--either in Issue 15 or as a stand-alone pattern. 

This is the blurb I came up with about it: 

Inspired by my sons' love of anything military, I designed this bag as a book bag for pre-teens and teenagers. However, depending on your fabric choice, it works great for adults as well, as it includes a longer strap option for adults. Both strap options are adjustable.
The main features include the bellow pockets on the front, highlighted by the grommets. Also, the bag is reinforced by webbing that goes all the way around the sides and bottom to make sure that your creation will withstand the rigors of lugging books and other items. 
There are two options included. Option 1 is an asymmetrical flap with one pocket while Option 2 is a symmetrical flap with two pockets. Or, you can leave the pockets off and applique, embroider, or otherwise decorate the flap--the possibilities are endless!
This pattern includes printable pattern pieces and clear instructions with full color pictures. 
Finished size is approximately: 
Height: 12" Width: 10.75" and Depth 2"

Both my boys LOVE their bags! 
They take their Bibles and notebooks to Church in them, and they look pretty cool in the meantime. 

Fabrics used are a brown denim from Canadian National Fabric, and the rest are a camo twill type fabric and two quilting cottons from my stash. 
Hardware is from Emmaline Bags and the webbing from Cleaners Supply. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Vintage Dresdens

Quite some time ago, I bought a Dresden ruler with the hopes of one day using it.
That day finally came after a friend gave me a stack of vintage fabric.

I wanted to showcase the pretty florals but was afraid to piece a complete quilt out of them as they are vintage and not as strong as they once were. 
So, I pulled out the Dresden ruler and gave it a go.
It was so easy to make them! 

Instead of making 3 whole Dresden 'stars' I made one and two halves that I finished off by turning the raw edges in by 1/4" and then just stitching them on that way. 

The base fabric is yarn-dyed Essex linen and then the backing is also some vintage fabric as is the binding. I really like how the polka dot fabric cut on the bias made for such a fun pattern on the binding. Unintentional but a great surprise!

I will admit--the quilting is not perfect on here. 
The section where the lines curve--that happened while I was going into labour. 
I was sewing during contractions, trying to finish up before deciding whether or not to head into the hospital.
(I did end up going in and sure enough, by 4 the next morning our 6th child was born!)
I ended up binding it 3 weeks later--eager to get it off my desk and onto the table where it now adds a vintage touch to the living room.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

My Handmade World--Book Review

After proofreading and testing Sew Snappy  (the English version of Zo Geknipt), I was thrilled when Meteoor Books contacted me again to test and proofread My Handmade World.

I had no idea what pattern I would be sent and was super excited to be sent the cute Hedgehog Doorstop! 

It's a relatively easy sew--I would say intermediate or adventurous beginner as you need to be comfortable sewing faux leather, sewing curves, working with poly-fill, and hand sewing. 

I was pretty thrilled when I got the actual book in the mail so I could review it--it is gorgeous!
The photography is superb and the projects look like so much fun. 

Here is a picture of the Table of Contents.
There are some really cute projects that would be perfect for gift-giving! 

This is on my 'want-to-sew' list. 
Maybe I'll get to it for a baby gift...

And, because I always like to see what the inside and back of a book looks like, here is a picture of an example of instruction photos: 

And, the back cover:

It is available for pre-order from Amazon! 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More of Caroline

If you haven't noticed yet, I absolutely love to sew up the Caroline Party Dress as baby gifts. 
It's a quick, easy to sew pattern and so easy to modify as well. 

I made some little mods on this one. 
I added the strip of pink as a layer between the bodice and the skirt and then also added the pink at the bottom to tie it all in. 
(The real reason was not quite enough of the floral fabric to make the right length, but I love how it turned out!) 
Again, because it's for a baby, I added easy to close snaps on the back instead of an invisible zipper. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Elsa Times Two

Last time I mentioned how my boys love Star Wars.
My girls are a little late to the Frozen party but they've joined.
My oldest daughter chose this Elsa fabric from and when I was sent extra because it was the end of the bolt, I was able to squeeze two dresses out of it! 

I chose to use the Maggie Mae Dress pattern by Shwin and Shwin. 
It is still one of my favourite quick dresses for older girls. I like the curve in the bodice and the color blocking opportunities! 

The pink fabric was a bonus from someone on a destash site--I had ordered a number of prints from her and she threw in this extra. I love how it adds the pop of color.
And, my girls were thrilled to match in their Elsa dresses! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Star Wars!

My boys all love Star Wars. 
They make light sabers out of any stick they find, they dress up as Darth Vader or Storm Troopers, and they conquer each other with the 'force pinch.' 

When they saw that there was such a thing as Star Wars fabric there were many requests for some.
It is hard to find in Canada so when I found some on, I asked friends of ours to pick it up for me in the US to save on shipping. 
The boys each picked their own fabric and chose whether to have a t-shirt type shirt or a button-up. 
My youngest wasn't too picky--he was happy with a woven-front raglan.

My oldest wanted patches on his arms to showcase the fabric even more. 
And, my second wanted a button-up. 

The patterns I used were the Rascal Raglan from Ottobre 4/2013 modified to not have sleeve cuffs (I know, I could have made the oldest's a little longer in the sleeves, but I can always add the cuffs yet), and the Offbeat Oxford from New Horizons. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Show Your Stoff Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Show Your Stoff Blog Tour! 
I'm excited to be sharing what I sewed up from the Zierstoff Sewing Patterns.
This is a new to me pattern shop, and it's always fun to try a new designer--especially a European one. 
These patterns are all translated from German. 
One thing that is different than other patterns I've tried is with taping these together. 
You have to tape the pages overlapping. 
I'm not sure I like it as much as overlapping as it's harder to fold the master copy of the pattern. 
But, that is a minor--the pieces all fit nicely together and the end result fits nicely. 

I chose the Nicki Capris.
They come in two versions--knit and woven. 
I made the woven version with woven cuffs and waistband. 

The fun thing is that they actually fit under my 35 week pregnant belly! 
I'd only recommend these for maternity if you don't mind wearing your pants under your belly rather than over. Or if you generally can--I know every woman has a different pregnant belly.

I'm really looking forward to Spring and Summer when I can actually wear these outside. 
They are very comfy and I'm sure the knit ones would be even more so just because of the softness of a knit fabric. 

Make sure to check out all the other stops on the Show Your Stoff Blog Tour! 

Monday April 10- 
 Tuesday April 11- 
 Wednesday April 12-
Saturday April 15- 
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