Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hi there! I'm over at The Ribbon Retreat today sharing a tutorial for a super, quick infinity scarf. They're perfect for dressing up a light weight Spring sweater (I swear we're going to get there some day). If you've got a fabric stash to whittle down or are in need of a quick friend oo teacher gift, this project is perfect. Hop on over to see more!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
When Eliza of Charming Doodle asked if I wanted to be a part of her Knight Hoodie pattern tour, I was like "Huh? Say what? Are you kidding? I don't know anyone around here that likes knights." And then I promptly laughed myself silly because OF COURSE, I wanted to sew this pattern. I mean, seriously. Who wouldn't want a hooded sweatshirt that turns you into a knight?
This digital sewing pattern has everything one needs for a serious knight wannabe. Head armor- check. Shoulder armor- check. Elbow armor- check! Once it's sewn, youre' ready to defend your castle.
Since this guy turns 5 over the weekend and we just happen to be having a knight birthday party (of course), this hoodie is doing double duty as a birthday present. This guy is especially sensitive to how clothing feels, so I let him go ahead and choose the fabrics and was sure to sew the hood facings in a nice soft, jersey knit from Girl Charlee.
As you can see, he went for the black and gold knight. We pulled a bit of medium weight black knit out of the stash (some type of blend?) and some gold pleather left over from this project. The pleather was much easier to work with than I thought it would be and he loves how it shines just like real armor would. We choose to leave the optional buttons off. They're a super cool feature of this pattern but this guy has a habit of loosing buttons in the blink of an eye so . . . we went without.
The pattern comes in sizes 2T-10 and Eliza is working on tween and adult sizes as we speak. The pattern prints and tapes together perfectly and the directions are clear and easy to follow. Everything needed in a great pattern.
I even love how this size 5 version looks unzipped though I doubt we'll see it this way very often. Knights must always be prepared for an attack. The middle guy is so, so, so, so, so excited about this hoodie. So for now it may be a permanent fixture in his wardrobe. As you can probably see, it goes perfectly with the "I knocked my face into the back of my uncle's head while we were wrestling" face he's got going on.
Which, of course, hasn't slowed him down one bit. Whether he's defending against his enemies with a sword or his fits, he certainly looks the part.
I'm so glad we could be apart of the Knight Hoodie Pattern Tour. Follow along at Charming Doodle to see more of the tour. Click here to get more details and buy the pattern. The pattern normally sells for $12 but if you can use code BoyOhBoy today to receive $2 dollars off the pattern.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I know it doesn't feel like it lately, but Spring is coming soon. I have complete faith that t-shirt season is coming to replace "tank top, under t-shirt, under sweater, under scarf, under jacket" season. That's what I think and I'm holding to it. With that in mind, I'm getting myself ready to bulk up my Spring wardrobe which means lots of new t-shirts for me. Cause that's basically my daily uniform. Here are my top 6 picks for bulking up your t-shirt wardrobe.
Lane Raglan- recently released by Hey June. A fitted raglan pattern whose proceeds go toward charity. Can't beat sewing up a great pattern and knowing it also does good for those in need.
Penelope Peplum- Super cute and flattering peplum pattern. This baby sews up quick looks great in a variety of print and solid knits. Click here to see my latest version. Also comes with an additional dress add on.
Rose T-Shirt (affiliate link) A more relax fit t-shirt for those who want a comfortable t-shirt with interesting details and several sleeve length options. This is a good pattern for those just starting out with knits.
Casual Lady (affiliate link) If you follow along here you know this is one of my favorite patterns. The facings and cap sleeves create a t-shirt pattern that sews up quickly and the shape is great for showing off those womenly curves without worrying about t-shirt cling or stomach exposure. Aka: this is great for women who are chasing children all day. This pattern also come with a dress length option. Click here, here, or here to see the one's I've sewn.
Seafarer Top (affiliate link) If you're looking for options this is the pattern for you. Two sleeve options, two neckline options, two hem options plus instructions for pockets or lace.
The Bess Top This pattern is perfect for a variety of shapes and has options for a high-low hem that comes in both dress and tunic lengths that include options for in-seam pockets. The wrap around sleeves and pleated yoke provide opportunities for customization.
There you have it. My top 6 picks for Spring time selfish sewing. Because the good weather is coming soon and you need to have something to wear with those spring time skirts!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Happy by Mingo and Grace, Mumford and Sons by Lauren Dahl, 90's Grunge by Sew A Straight Line, The Read To Me Pillow by Make It Handmade, Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Melly Sews, Counting Stars by If Only They Would Nap, Waterloo by Nest Full Of Eggs, Best Day of My Life by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts, Shark Fighter by Max California, My Name is Jonas by Rock the Stitch, River Runs Through It Soundtrack by Kid Approved, Beatlemania by Sew Like My Mom
Now on to the giveaway. We've put together a nice little package from our very generous sponsors. One lucky winner will win:
$30 Gift Certificate from Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory
$30 Gift Certificate from Zipit Zippers
1 Winner's Choice pattern from Blank Slate Patterns
1 Copy of The Bond Top Pattern from Beatnik Kids
This giveaway will end on Sunday, February 23rd. To enter, leave a comment below telling us which Sew In Tune outfit was your favorite this year. Good luck!