MadebyAlisha: First Communion Attire for Boys

I’m sure many of you have seen Eleri’s beautiful series on making her daughter’s First Communion dress from her mother’s wedding gown. If you haven’t, make sure to go check out the series here, here, and here.

My oldest son makes his First Communion in a few short weeks, and I wanted to make him something that he could have as a keepsake of this special sacrament. After thinking through my options (because it’s much harder for me to think of things to make for boys!) I chose to make him a tie from the shawl of my wedding dress. I am so thankful I had my wedding dress preserved after our wedding 10 years ago. I removed my shawl and was able to steam the wrinkles from it before I cut out the tie.

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After cutting out the tie, I realized that I wanted to personalize it somehow. I consulted with Selena from Little Punkin’s Boutique who does custom embroidery. She worked with me to find a chalice design that I liked. Working with her was a pleasure, and her turnaround time was quite fast. I absolutely love the finished embroidery. I also have enough left of my shawl to make ties from my other three boys, and she is going to do the same embroidery on them for me.

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Look at that gorgeous embroidery!

I used the Little Gentleman’s Tie from Peekaboo Pattern Shop to make the tie. This tie comes in sizes from baby to tween as well as including patterns for a regular bow tie, a stacked bow tie, and a regular neck tie! I used the child size to make the tie for my almost 9 year old. I believe the tween size would have worked as well (especially if he needed a tie that he could wear for several years), but since he’ll only wear this once, the child size worked well. The only alterations I made from the pattern was to add 3 inches to the strap length so that I could use a bow tie kit from Joann Fabrics to fasten the band in the back.

 

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As all the patterns from Peekaboo Pattern Shop are, this pattern was easy to follow and a fairly quick sew! My favorite part is that it ties around a neck strap so you just have to tie it once and leave it. Tying ties on my boys is not one of my favorite things so I am glad I only have to do it once.

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I love this photo of him in front of the window depicting the Annunciation at our parish.

I love how my son will forever have a piece of my wedding shawl as a special memento of his First Communion. I wanted to have a special card to put with this tie as a keepsake, so I ended up ordering a custom one from Kathleen over at Kscaswell. Kathleen makes beautiful printable cards customized to your occasion. Here’s the one I’ve chosen for my son’s First Communion.10402396_1720178048267431_4561750336314145552_n

In addition to printable cards, she can create a variety of things that help you bring focus on your faith into your home. I’m impressed with the high quality of the card and am looking forward to my next order from Kathleen. I think this little beauty would look lovely in my family room.

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Thanks for joining me to see how I’m making my oldest’s First Communion special for our family with a heirloom tie. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. Stay tuned next week for some big and exciting news and a new tutorial perfect for summer!

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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.

 

MadebyEleri: A Very Dolman Day

Hey friends!

I’ve been quiet on the blog recently but not this week. THREE patterns that I have been testing over the last few weeks are all releasing today! Have you checked out Alisha’s post on The Sotnos top we tested together?  I sure am glad that I got my daughter’s First Communion dress done early so I could kick back and do some fun and less stressful projects!

Next up on the blog today is the fabulous new women’s Sun Kissed Dolman tee from  The Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.

 

I love everything about this pattern. I tested the women’s size large standard hem version. The only modification I made was my usual addition of an extra 2″ of length at the waist since the pattern is drafted for the standard 5’5″ and I am 5’10.”

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One of the things I love the most about this pattern, is I feel it is flattering from all angles. I have four children and a large bust line. I like my clothes to be fitted but not clingy. I like my necklines to be stylish, but not too revealing. I love the cap/dolman sleeves that hit at just the right spot, so I can be cool but covered.

I want to be able to live in my clothes. I want to wear clothing that makes me feel beautiful but that I don’t constantly feel the urge to suck my tummy in a bit more, pull down my shirt, or pull up the neckline. I know I will live in these this summer as we play at the park, hike, and camp. I have even made one in french terry to use as a swim cover-up!

This shirt is perfect for me, and I cannot wait to share the different colors and one exciting mash-up I made over the next few weeks as life allows!

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Here are my top reasons for declaring this pattern a perennial winner:

  1. Standard Hem and Ruched Options
  2. Maternity add-on available (check out the gorgeous tester photos!)
  3. Only two pattern pieces. Seriously. Print, tape, sew in less than an hour.
  4. The pattern is awesome for super-directional prints or bold prints such as the Art Gallery one I used in my tester photos. I lined up my stripes from the bottom hem.
  5. I can get a size Large standard hem (even with my extra length) in 1 yard of fabric. My Wish List at the Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop has grown extra long as I plan to make several more of these for summer and for layering.
  6. This is a really simple sew. I recommend it to anyone who is new to knits as a great beginner pattern.

 

Make sure you head on over to the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop today to grab your dolman (and some fabric) while the pattern is on sale for $8.50 today (3/10) only!

 

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!

 

(Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.)