MadeByEleri: Another Dolman Day

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So last week, I was finally able to share pictures of my Sun Kissed Tee by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop in a gorgeous Art Gallery knit. If you scroll through the blog, you can see that I’m a HUGE fan of PAB. I have sewn over 100 garments made with PAB patterns in the last 22 months.

There are a few reasons for that volume of sewing (not that I have to justify sewing excessively to my readers, I imagine).

  1. Kids grow and I have four of them. I constantly have a good reason to sew.
  2. No one in our house fits “perfectly” into anything ready to wear. This varies in how extreme a difficulty it is from person to person in our household. Those most in need of my sewing are my handsome husband and my oldest daughters. My oldest daughters are the recipients of most of my sewing projects. It is easier and less time-consuming and usually less expensive for me to sew their clothes than play “catch and release” shopping with every major catalog company.
  3. I have found that I have favorite PDF pattern designers that design on trend patterns that fit well, and are relatively quick to make. I usually look at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop first when I am looking for fun knit staples for my kids. I also get most of my fabric from their fabric store as it is difficult to shop for fabric with four children in tow (plus I have to drive a long ways – and I think my family prefers groceries over craft supplies).

Today, I am excited to share the Little Miss Sunshine Tee and dress. As I was wrapping up testing the women’s shirt, I was able to do a quick test of the girls’ shirt so I could take some mother/daughter pictures. My tall nine-year-old daughter is modeling the size 10 dolman tee with a bit of extra length to accommodate her height. Even though I had been thrilled with the speed at which I could assemble a Sun Kissed tee, I was still surprised at how quick my daughter’s dolman came together. Less than 45 minutes from taping pattern pieces, cutting, serging, and coverstitching.

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I also want to take a moment to share some sewing growth I experienced making these tops (and other dolmans you’ll see very soon). I confess that I have aways been a bit scared of my serger. I only used it to finish the edges of wovens and knits that I’d already pieced on my trusty Brother HC1850. I decided that since the seams were so easy and quick, and I had just had my Pfaff Hobby Lock 794 serviced, I would be brave and piece with my serger. This easy top is the perfect “first serger” project for anyone with a new serger or anyone who, like me, struggles with being scared to piece with my serger.

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If you are looking for a quick and flattering tee for every day wear, the Sun Kissed tee and the Little Miss Sunshine tee is the perfect wardrobe builder for every day of the week – for her and for me.

This post contains some affiliate links. Affiliate links support my hobby and this site. I received a free copy of the pattern in exchange for testing. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own.

 

My Favorite Project To Date…

Hello everyone! Alisha here. Today I’m sharing my favorite project I’ve made to date. In December, my oldest son’s teacher and her husband were blessed to adopt a newborn baby girl. We were all surprised and elated by the news! I knew I wanted to make something for the new baby from her class. After thinking, I realized a handprint quilt would be a perfect gift.

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After deciding on my project, I sketched out the quilt design and calculated my fabric needs. I decided on a simple block design with sashing between the blocks. There were 21 students in his class so in order to make a square quilt, I needed 3 more blocks. Another teacher’s mother does machine embroidery. She made me 3 squares with baby’s name, baby’s birth stats, and a Bible verse I felt was fitting. The verse I chose was “For this child, I have prayed” from 1 Samuel 1:27. alisha quilt 2

After I finished the baby quilt, I realized I had enough material left to make something else. On Eleri’s recommendation, I made a Gracie romper from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. It was a beautiful addition to the quilt, and I hope the sweet little girl can wear and enjoy it this summer!

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I delivered the quilt to my son’s teacher today. It was wonderful to share this gift of love with his teacher and celebrate the beautiful new life in her family!

Introducing the Piper and Pipsqueak Pencil Skirts from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop!

Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop has done it again! The Piper and Pipsqueak Pencil Skirts are adorable Mommy and Me skirts.  You cannot go wrong with an classic knit pencil skirt! These will surely become a staple in your wardrobe. The patterns are on sale (15% off!) today only for release day at Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. Add both to your cart and save an extra $2 with the code “PENCIL”.

Pipsqueak Pencil Skirt

Sizes 3 months -12 years

Enclosed Elastic, Exposed Elastic, and Yoga Waistband

High or Low Rise

Piper Pencil Skirt

Sizes XXS-XXXL

Enclosed Elastic, Exposed Elastic, and Yoga Waistband

High or Low Rise

Above Knee and Below Knee Length

You can see the variety of options in each skirt. You could make a whole wardrobe full of pencil skirts and no two would look the same! Depending on your fabric choice, these could easily be dressed up or down.

I tested the Piper Skirt in the low rise, yoga waistband option that fell above my knees. I used a houndstooth knit I found at Joann’s, and I love the versatility of this classic shape!3-DSCN6527.JPGBoth the Piper and Pipsqueak are fast and easy sews! I whipped mine up in under thirty minutes including cutting and hemming!

Genie sewed the Piper skirt up for her tween daughter in the high rise yoga version. I love the sweater fleece she chose! 12646631_10153295401961373_4652744428567130123_o.jpg

Neither Genie or I tested the Pipsqueak version, but the women who sewed for their children made adorable skirts! Make sure to head on over to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop and get your copies of the Piper and Pipsqueak Pencil Skirts today while they are on sale!

 

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Got Snow? Try the Wonderland Mittens from Stitch Upon a Time!

Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present for teachers or grandmas or anyone? I thought of sewing mittens for my boys’ teachers because here in North Dakota, recess duty can get quite cold during the long winters! I sewed up 7 pairs of the new Wonderland Mittens from Stitch Upon a Time in just one evening. Before you read this post, go download the pattern because it’s FREE!

Pink Mittens

I started by cutting out all my fleece pieces. Make sure you cut 4 outsides and 4 lining pieces plus 2 cuffs for each set of mittens. I didn’t do this the first time! Here’s all my pieces for the mittens laid out. My boys each picked out the fleece for each of their teachers so there’s a rainbow of colors!

Mittens

This pattern was a quick and easy sew. After piecing the mittens together, I trimmed the seam allowances. I used my serger to sew the mittens together, but my serger and 4 layers of fleece didn’t agree well. I ended up using the stretch stitch on my machine to attach the cuffs, and it worked great!

 

Gray Mittens

This was a well-written and easy to follow pattern. There are 11 sizes in the pattern, fitting hands from 4″ to 9″ in length. I made the 8″ size for my sets. My hands measured 7.5″, and I followed the directions to size up one size for fleece.

My only modifications I will make next time is to buy a few more inches of fleece. My mittens called for 1/3 yard (12 inches), but I will buy 1/2 yard next time so I have more room to cut the cuffs out. I had to use some fleece from my stash and mixed and matched the cuffs. I also will make the cuffs 1 1/2″ longer so the cuffs are a bit longer on the wrist. My personal preference is for longer gloves.

Overall, this is a great last minute stash buster project for Christmas presents! We packaged ours with a box of hot chocolate. Have a Merry Christmas!

Mitten Packaging