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.

 

MadebyAlisha – What I Wore Sunday – March 13

I’m linking up with Rosie today for my first What I Wore Sunday post! I’ve been following this link up for quite a while, and I’m so glad Rosie brought it back!

For those of you new to The Show and Tell Project Blog, we are a group of 4 friends who share our love of sewing and creating as well as our faith. Our What I Wore Sunday posts will feature items we’ve made. Welcome!

My oldest three and I went to Mass at our cathedral today. My husband did music ministry at Mass last night so he stayed home with the 2 year old. I wore my henley top from Patterns for Pirates, which I used turquoise cotton lycra from Peekaboo Pattern Shop for. I also made my skirt. I used the swing version of the Sybil Skirt from Love Notions. This skirt pattern is awesome with multiple variations. You could make a whole closet full of skirts that looked different!

Here are my three oldest who came with me. I’m still working on sewing them some spring apparel so nothing they wore today was made by me. Hopefully next week!


Thanks for joining us! Make sure to head back over to Rosie’s and check out the other What I Wore Sunday contributors!

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!

 

Sew Yourself Some Love 2016 – Rediscovering my love of sewing!

Hello everyone! Alisha here today. I’m linking up with Pattern Revolution’s Sew Yourself Some Love link up! I’m loving reading all the blog posts and finding some new patterns I’ve never seen before.

I’m squeezing in right under the wire with this blog post as the link up ends tonight. If I had planned my month better, I would have been outside taking pictures on Saturday when it was 70 above. Instead I headed out today when it was 20. BRRR! If I look like I’m shivering in this first set of pictures, that’s why.

I learned how to sew when I was just a little girl from my grandma. Through the years, I’ve still loved it, but I never made the time to sew. In the past year, I’ve made some wonderful new friends who have pushed me to rediscover my love of sewing. I love the feeling of wearing something I made or seeing my boys pull a shirt or pants I made them out of their closet to wear.

I am in love with Patterns for Pirates. I have loved every single one of their patterns that I’ve sewn from kids to adults. They recently released the Slim Fit Raglan, and it is a new staple in my closet. The fit is spot on, and I love the different hem options and sleeve lengths it comes with. I used Raspberry Creek Fabrics Club line for this shirt, and it is unbelievably soft. I grab it first as soon as it comes out of the laundry! I used the 3/4 sleeves with a band and cut the shirt on the hemmed line but still added the band. I have a bit of a long torso, and this length is my favorite!

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See…I look freezing! We sprinted inside right after this picture.

Before Patterns for Pirates released their Slim Fit Raglan, I whipped up this lace overlay raglan. I used their Women’s Raglan pattern, but since I wasn’t a fan of the boxier fit, I modified it. I used the curve of the Henley pattern on the bodice with the sleeves of the raglan. It was an easy mod as all I did was lay the Henley piece on top and line up the underam mark. Then I traced the sides and cut my raglan piece to the new dimension.

 

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I used dark coral cotton lycra from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop and stretch lace I found at Joann Fabrics. I cut the cotton lycra and lace panels separately. To assemble the shirt, I basted the lace onto the front and back panels within the seam allowance. After that, assembly was easy! It adds a dressy look to what originally was a plain cotton lycra shirt.DSCN6543

I’ve really enjoyed getting back to my love of sewing! With quality patterns from Patterns for Pirates and wonderful material from Raspberry Creek and Peek a Boo Pattern Shop, it’s easy to sew clothes that I love to wear. Here’s to another year of sewing ourselves some love!

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!

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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!

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