July 23, 2014

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix with Girl Charlee Fabrics {+ tutorial}

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial 

Good morning everyone!  Today I’m going to show you how to make a couple changes to See Kate Sew’s adorable Pippa Peplum Pattern to make a completely different look. 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

I love the Pippa how it is, but when I was asked by Girl Charlee if I wanted to pick some fabric and a pattern to do a tutorial for them, I jumped at the chance.  Because hello...free fabric.  Yes please!  I order from them frequently because their prices are so good, and they always have some adorable new knits in stock. 

For Ruby’s top I used this peacock feather fabric and this mint fabric

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial 

For Bailey’s top I used this polka dot ponte knit and this horse fabric (the gray is out but that links to the other colors available).  This horse dress is just perfect for her because she is obsessed with horses.  So cute.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

So let’s get started!  Here is the finished product you will get if you follow this tutorial:

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

It can be either a top, a tunic, or lengthen it to be a dress.

First print out the pattern in the size you need.Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Now on the size you want, trace the bodice and then cut off below the arm hole so there is 1/2” left under that.  See the below picture for reference.   Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial  

For Ruby, I used the size 6-12 month bodice.  I also cut the skirt portion of the top the same width around the waist (so the 6-12 month size) but lengthened it down to the 2T for the tunic.  I banded the bottom of the tunic skirt and cut that .  Alternatively you could just lengthen the skirt portion more or less depending on personal preference.

Ruby is small so her measurements fall in the 6-12 month range anyway.  Follow the recommendations on the pattern. 

**Here are the extra things cut.  You do NOT need to cut out the facings or sleeves if you want to make the top/tunic/dress look similar to mine.

FOR SIZE 6-12 MONTH: 

-1.5” x 11” knit ribbing for neckband (cut 1).  You can probably had an inch or so to this and be fine.

-1.5” x 8” knit ribbing for arm bands (cut 2).  You can cut this larger—I liked how it gathered the knit on the tunic so if you don’t want a gathered look cut it longer.

-3” x width of skirt using the pattern piece for the bottom band (cut 2, just like you cut two pieces for the skirt)

FOR SIZE 5:

-1.5” x 16” knit ribbing for neck band

-1.5” x 9” knit ribbing for arm bands (cut 2)

-I didn’t band the size 5, but I lengthened the skirt as long as I thought needed, which in this case was 17”.  I knew I wasn’t going to hem the bottom because I hate hemming knits and avoid it if at all possible these days :)

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

You will basically follow the instructions found in the pattern, but sew the little side seam (this one shown below has a larger side seam and I changed it after sewing the tunic to be a shorter bodice portion to achieve the look I had envisioned).

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Follow the pattern to attach the skirt portion.  Remember you can lengthen the skirt or shorten it to be just how you like it. 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Take the neck band and place right sides together, lining up the short ends.   Sew up the short ends to form a circle.  Fold that in half with wrong sides together so the short end seam is enclosed.  Check out THIS post from Made by Rae for more info on attaching a neckband if it is unclear here.  This way is the same but uses ribbed knit which stretches a lot.  So you will likely just be stretching this ribbed knit more than the way Rae shows in her tutorial.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Now pin around the bodice neck opening, being careful NOT to stretch the bodice.  Pin in place with raw edges lining up all together.  When you pin, it is helpful to fold the band in half and match that to the front and back, with the band seam in the middle of the back.  Then keep halving the remaining neckband and bodice portions.  You will be stretching the neckband to fit.  Again, THIS post may be helpful to you if you have not done this before.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Iron the neckline and topstitch around close to the band.  I lengthen my stitch to 3.5 on my machine.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Now repeat the same thing with the arms.  What I love about the pattern is that it still looks like there are sleeves without actually having sleeves.  As I pointed out above, my arm bands are small, and I love how it gathers the fabric on the arms.  If you don’t want the gathered look then just lengthen the arm band pieces.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

To add the band on the bottom of the tunic, put right sides together and sew each short end to form a tube. 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Fold in half with the wrong sides together, enclosing the raw seams. 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

Attach the band lining up raw edges and sew around.  Press the band so it lays flat with the seam pressed towards the bodice.  I actually pressed mine towards the band just because of the white fabric being to light, so the seam could be seen through the garment.

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial  

You are finished! 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

I made the size 5 the same way, just skipped on the bottom band and lengthened it to be a dress for Bailey. She loves it so much and wore it the rest of the day—which is the true test.  If she doesn’t change out of it right after the photo shoot, then it means it’s comfortable AND cute. 

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial 

I love these girls. :)

Pippa Peplum Pattern Remix Tutorial

I was given the Pippa Peplum pattern from Kate when I did my Penelope Peplum reviewGirl Charlee sent me the fabric for free to make a tutorial with. 


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July 22, 2014

Adventure Tee and Kids Shorts

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

Have you seen the new collection out by the fantastic ladies behind Pattern Anthology?  They just released their latest patterns called Make [Believe]  and I seriously love the details on these patterns.    They are so fun!



The patterns come in sizes 12 months – size 8 and range from a totally quick sewing project up to a more time intensive (but oh, so worth it!) sewing project.  I can’t wait to try the other patterns.  I sewed up the Adventure Tee in no time at all and really love it. 

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

I made up the size 5, and it’s a little short in the front.  I should have just went with a size 6.  This is my error, however, because I didn’t go off the measurements on the pattern.  But no worries, because that just allowed me to skip the hemming of the shirt, which is always a good thing.

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

There are many, many different options in each of these patterns!  It is so fun to look through the PHOTO GALLERY of all the things people have sewn.  Looking through the gallery is what really got me excited for the patterns.   

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

Bailey is so funny with her modeling skills.  I love that she doesn’t even look at the camera half the time anymore—I pretty much tell her when to do that and the rest is all her.  She really likes the shirt—anything knit in her book is a win. 

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

The little cap sleeves are my favorite of this shirt.  Or maybe the high low hem.  So cute.  But don’t let the girly shirt fool you!  Each pattern is totally unisex, and it is because of the many options given. 

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

I modified the KIDS SHORTS pattern a bit to make them scalloped.  I’m not completely sold on how they turned out, but they are a work in progress.  I took tutorial pictures on how to modify the pattern, but I think until I perfect them a bit, I will hold off for now. 

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts

Overall, I am happy with this outfit and happy to have completed day 2 of the KCWC

Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts  Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts    Adventure Tee and MADE Kids Shorts 
Make sure to check out the other pattern bundles going on with the Pattern Anthology sale!  They have also released an ebook that you can purchase for just $5.00 more (Package B), or you can purchase Package C which include 4 pants patterns.  And don’t forget, these patterns are only available together for the discounted price for 2 weeks, and they released the bundle July 14!  So hurry and get your discounted patterns before you have to pay full price.  Seriously, it is such a good deal! 

I was given the Pattern Anthology patterns for free in exchange for this post, however all opinions are mine. Dana gifted me the Kids Shorts pattern and they were a fun sew.  Again, if I get the scallops to my liking I will perhaps have a tutorial for them in the future.

 

ADVENTURE TEE REVIEW

Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems.  The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get confused during the process at all.  I feel like a beginner could easily tackle this project.

Sizing/Fit
I made Bailey the size 5 as I normally do with sewing patterns, but I should have sized up.  I didn’t hem the bottom because it would have made the top super short. 

Modifications to Pattern
I stuck with the pattern as is. 

Fabric
I used a $1.00 clearance walmart shirt for the purple—it is a slinky knit but sewed up fine.  The polka dot knit is ponte de roma from Girl Charlee.

How Long it Took to Sew
These numbers I can never be sure if they are accurate, but my guess is from start to finish, including cutting, it probably took an hour.

Things I Might Change Next Time
Lengthen it and size up.  Although I love the fit of the rest so I would probably make the same size with a large size hem line (possibly the size 7 actually).

Wearability
Bailey wore it the rest of the day and the slept in it that night, so I’d say it was very comfortable.

Overall Impression
I love the shirt and all the options.  I definitely recommend it!


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July 21, 2014

Sun Bonnet for Ruby: pattern review

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Are you sewing for KCW?   I’m hoping to do some sewing this challenge so we’ll see how the week goes.  That’s always the trick, right?  Especially with the kids home.  But I’m totally counting this hat towards KCW ;). 

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

After researching sun bonnet patterns for a bit one night (both free and PDF files to purchase), I decided I quite loved the look of THIS little bonnet in the etsy shop Little Betty.   Isn’t it so cute!?  Not so over the top, still great coverage for the head and face, but allows her to see past the brim.
 
Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

I am going to go into a bit more details on my pattern reviews, covering certain topics that I think are important to address.  I hope this helps you in your decisions with pattern buying!  Ruby was pretty entertained...

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

...until she realized she had something on her head.  Then she was pretty mad.  :)

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home} Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems.  The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get confused during the process at all.  I feel like a beginner could easily tackle this project.

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Sizing/Fit
I made Ruby the 6-12 months and I’m really happy I did.  She’s small and it still has room to grow.  She’s 13 months old but fit mostly 6 month clothing so I knew sizing down was best. 

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Modifications to Pattern
Apart from skipping the last bit of topstitching on the brim, I stuck with the pattern as is.

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Fabric
I used a Riley Blake fabric I won in Project Sewn, with a little bit of polka dot fabric from Joann for just under the brim.  The tie is made from single fold bias tape that I folded in half and sewed.  Using cotton provided a breathable, lightweight choice for the bonnet.  I was afraid it wouldn’t keep it’s shape well but it really does, especially since the brim has interfacing.  The only drawback is that it wrinkles more easily than other fabric choices might.

How Long it Took to Sew
These numbers I can never be sure if they are accurate, but my guess is from start to finish, including cutting, it probably took an hour.

Things I Might Change Next Time
I might try a different type of fabric that won’t wrinkle as easy.

Wearability
Well, if Ruby would keep it on rather than crying to get it off, then I think the wearability is just perfect with this sweet bonnet!

Overall Impression
I love this bonnet!  I think it is adorable and I might make one more.  I love that it doesn’t have a super wide brim so that she can still see well with it as is. 

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

Ruby however, is not impressed.  Which makes me a bit bummed but maybe once in the water she will forget about it.  Because I will continue to try and make her wear it :).  

Sun Bonnet Pattern Review {lemon squeezy home}

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