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Puperita and a Spring Crafters Market

Puperita Love | Made By Jaime

Spring is in the air and it’s time to celebrate all the things – sunshine, flowers, that something about the season that makes us all want to get moving/cleaning/creating –  and also, for the purposes of this post, Puperita Patterns!

A few months ago, some lovely blogger friends thought it would be fun to celebrate one of our favorite PDF pattern designers, Annalisa of Puperita Patterns for no other reason than to showcase her wonderful patterns and tell the world how kind and wonderful she is to work with!

(Don’t you just love the creative blogger community!?!)

My first time using a Puperita pattern was for a customer years ago who found my card at the local fabric store. She wanted to surprise a friend who had been through some hard times with a cow-print romper, complete with star (they were in Texas) for her new bundle of joy. The catch was, she had a deadline – a ONE WEEK deadline! I was new to the PDF world but I knew that would be the way to go in such a time crunch. After searching Etsy for romper patterns, I settled on the Teddy’s Romper by Puperita.

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

Sadly, that is the only picture I took! The only cow-print available to me locally was a close-to-real-life cow print. I wish I could have found a more baby-friendly print, but the customer was very happy with it and hopefully the mom she gifted it to was too.

The thing that impressed me most about my first encounter with Puperita Patterns was Annalisa herself! Soon after my purchase, she sent a sweet thank you for purchasing her pattern over Etsy Convo . She was very helpful and kind in her communication. When I finished the cow romper, I sent the above picture to show her what I had made. She promptly asked if it would be OK with me to share on her Facebook Page with a link to my Etsy shop! Who doesn’t love that!? Every purchase I’ve made in her shop brings the same delightful experience. This is much of the reason we all wanted to surprise her today with a tribute to her creativity and to show our appreciation for her as a person.

I love Puperita’s Teddy’s Romper pattern because it is such a classic design – it will never go out of style and I can only imagine it’s super comfy to wear! In just over two weeks I will be a vendor at a local Spring Crafter’s Market (I hope you’ll come see me if you’re in the area! See the Facebook Page here or the Instagram feed here). When I was considering what to make to fill my booth, I returned to the Teddy’s Romper.

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

I have been hoarding this Robert Kaufman Fox & the Houndstooth print since it came out and thought this would be a great chance to use it. I love that the Teddy’s Romper calls for woven fabrics because the design leaves plenty of room for the fabric to shine.

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

The closures are snaps (I used Kam Snaps) so getting the romper off and on is super simple – it is very diaper-change friendly!

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

All the raw edges are enclosed in bias tape, which you can either make or purchase. If you’ve not used pre-made Bias Tape before, you should definitely not be intimidated by it! One side of the tape is folded in ever so slightly more than the other side. As per the instructions in the pattern, you sew the tape on the right side of the fabric, turn it to the back and stitch down from the front. If you put that thinner edge on the outer/right side of the garment, when you flip the bias under to the wrong side, it is just a hair wider so you have no problem catching it underneath even while stitching somewhat blindly on the top side!

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

The other great thing about this pattern in particular is that there is an alternate sleeve to make it a bit more girly!

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

(YES those are heart snaps and I got them at KamSnaps.com!)

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

Aren’t those sleeves adorable?! And the edge is still finished with bias tape so no seams to bother baby.

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

Such a simple, yet lovely detail!

Puperita Teddy's Romper by Jaime Johnson

Another Puperita pattern I recently fell in love with is the Sweet Bee Dress. I found this to-die-for print at QuiltCon in February – it’s from a new-to-me company, Adorn It! (I keep meaning to write a QuiltCon wrap up post!) They started as a scrapbooking company and have added fabrics. I think that’s so smart since many people do both, but if not, the prints can so easily work for paper and fabric.

Puperita Sweet Bee Dress by Jaime Johnson

This is the BEE version of the dress with a wrapped bodice, high waistline and a full skirt.

Puperita Sweet Bee Dress by Jaime Johnson

Puperita Sweet Bee Dress by Jaime Johnson

The Pattern also includes the SWEET version, which features a rounded bodice highlighted with an optional bias or piping, high waistline and a full skirt. But I loved the wrapped bodice so much that I ended up making it in all 6 sizes using this Priory Square Print by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Puperita Sweet Bee Dress by Jaime Johnson

Annalisa puts lots of work and information into her patterns. You’ll find body measurement charts, finished measurements, a pattern diagram (for how to compile the printed pattern), cutting layouts, notions lists, suggested fabrics, and clear instructions with plenty of photographs to show you how it’s done.

Puperita Patterns has quite a design portfolio too! Whether you’re looking for patterns for your boutique or just something sweet & classic to sew up for gifts, I would definitely recommend starting with Annalisa’s Etsy Shop. And here are a few other people who would agree. Be sure to click on through the other posts to get an idea of all the wonderful Puperita designs!

Emi ~ Just Add Fabric     Jaime ~ Made By Jaime
Janice ~ So-Cal Sewing Mom     Soso ~Moineau & Petit Pois     Ula ~ Lulu & Celeste
Nuala ~ clootie dumplings     Pam ~ Threading My Way     Maria ~ Fairies, Bubbles & Co.
Shelly ~ Sew Shelly Sew     Chari ~ Take time to smell the rose     Helen ~ The DIY Fox
Karly ~ Paisley Roots     Sanae ~ Sanae Ishida     Melissa ~ Rebel & Malice
Janet ~ 7 Pine Design     Jenya ~ While she was sleeping

And I hope to see you April 30th at the Spring Crafter’s Market!

Spring Crafter's Market | Jaime Johnson

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FREE Baby Bib Set Pattern // The Rock-a-bye Bundle by Giggles & Beans

Happy Friday friends! I have an exciting post for you today – a FREE baby pattern bundle from another Pattern Workshop friend, Shelly Morgan of Giggles and Beans!! Keep on reading to get all the details and your FREE download!

Hi Everyone!  I can’t believe that it is finally done, but it is!  I am launching my first pattern and it is FREE!  Yes, FREE!  It is called the Rock-a-bye Bundle  and it is a beginner sewing pattern set that includes two different size bib patterns, a contoured burp cloth pattern, and a pattern for car seat strap covers.   I know that you can find free bib patterns/tutorials  all over the internet, but there are a few things that make this pattern special.  The first is that I have focused on how to sew this fabric using  soft and absorbent Cuddle Minky, although you can use any fabric.  The second and more exciting part is that the pattern is packaged just like a REAL pattern that you would pay for.

FREE Rock-a-Bye Pattern Bundle | JaimeSews

All the details are there: easy to understand illustrations, in depth instructions, fabric requirements, all in an easy to download PDF.    This is all thanks to Lauren Dahl over at Pattern Workshop for giving me the tools that I needed to accomplish the many creations that had been forming in my head.   I had a great time putting this together and learned so much in the process.  I can’t wait to show you my next pattern that I am working on.  But while you wait go on over and check out my new website for my newly formed pattern company So Tweet Patterns!

FREE Rock-a-bye Pattern Bundle | JaimeSews

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Beginner (Baby) Quilt and Ultimate Bib

Happy Monday! This past weekend I attended my cousin’s baby shower. Josh & Natalie are having their first bambino, a boy they’re naming Riley! I love to give handmade gifts, so when their registry revealed a monkey nursery theme, I was super excited to get shopping. I just got my Kam Snaps plier kit and was anxious to try it out, so I knew for sure I would be making the Ultimate Catch-All Bib, a free pattern from Peek A Boo Pattern Shop!

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

I took Amy’s recommendation and and ordered from Laminates on Etsy. She has an amazing selection of laminated cotton and this Monkey print perfectly fit the theme. The Ultimate Catch-All Bib is great because it opens flat to wipe clean, but snaps up to catch all the food that doesn’t quite make it into baby’s mouth.

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

My son and I had a great time figuring out the Kam Snaps (it’s not hard). Mostly we just giggled at how quickly they went in and how cool it was that they worked! Here’s a picture from the back showing the one side snapped and the other side open. I had a bib similar to this one when my kids were bib-wearing age. It was hands-down our favorite bib. I hope Josh & Natalie get great use out of it!

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

The same day I ordered from Laminates, I also found a cotton fat quarter of the same monkey print! Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but gathered I could figure that out later. Well after a trip to the local store to match fabrics, I came home with the goodies to make a Beginner’s Quilt!

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Instructions for making this quilt can be found here. I love how quickly it comes together, but also like the size. It measures 45″ x 60″ so it will last for as long as Riley still loves it (assuming he will).

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Without question, I was in the mood for meandering, so I just stitched a big version of it all over. It’s not perfect, but I love how it turned out.

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

I put an alphabet flannel on the back for warmth and a soft feel. And quite possibly the smallest quilt label ever.

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

This week is a busy week, but I hope to work on my Peek A Boo Pattern Shop Swap outfits (Here’s the post from last year’s swap). This year, I’ll be sewing for a boy and girl in Hawaii and she’s sewing for my two! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out and will be sure to share!

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The Tinley Tee

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday! I got in a nap even, so you know mine was good!

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

I had a great time last week pattern testing The Tinley Tee for Chelsea of GYCTDesigns! This is a sweet little t-shirt pattern pattern with so many sleeve and hem options, you’ll never need another t-shirt pattern!

TinleyTeeOptions GYCT Designs

I was assigned to test the long sleeve, banded hem version and I was so excited it was a t-shirt since I had found this great knit at F&M Fabrics a few weeks back with no real plans for how to use it. It was just meant to be! This pattern is a one hour project, cutting to finish. It is such a quick satisfying project and you don’t need a serger – I made this version all on my regular home sewing machine.

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

To see the tester photos with all options and sizes, visit GYCT Designs’ blog post about the Tinley Tee Release. The Tinley Tee comes in sizes 12 months to 12 years and is released TODAY in the GYCT Designs Etsy shop or on Craftsy. Two days only, today and tomorrow, you can grab the pattern for $5.95. After that it goes up to $7.95 so be sure to grab it while it’s on sale!

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Vintage Airplane Baby Shower

This past Saturday I was thrilled to work with my mom-&-sister-in-law to celebrate my newest nephew with a Vintage Airplane Baby Shower! We had an intimate group, yummy food and fun decorations from a combination of items on hand, Hobby Lobby and Etsy. Here are a few photos…

My mother in law, Patti had these great vintage suit cases. In the entry one suit case held the favors, white-chocolate covered jumbo pretzels made by sis-in-law Katie. The red plane was from Hobby Lobby and we had a great time working with Jessica of InBetweeNEverthing, who designed and customized the invitation for us. We had the globe and the cards just in front of it are these great FREE printables Katie found online at Pottery Barn Kids – we used what they deem the food label cards as advice cards.

Airplane Baby Shower | JaimeSews

On the food table, we put more vintage suitcases. Patti created the suitcase tags to hang on them – they were so cute!

Airplane Baby Shower | JaimeSews

We also set out my inflatable globe (fancy!) with another plane from Hobby Lobby.

Airplane Baby Shower | JaimeSews

We made a blue punch using this recipe (roughly) and added ice cream clouds & a new airplane bath toy. I also got these water bottle labels and a sign set on Etsy from PaperPatchINK  (both not pictured).

Airplane Baby Shower | JaimeSews

And Patti used her mad skills to make the cake. As always, it was adorable!

Airplane Baby Shower | JaimeSews

I know some of you may have seen my fabric picture on Instagram/Facebook…

Vintage Airplane Shower | JaimeSews

If you can believe it, I didn’t snap a picture of the finished product!! But I made a boppy cover using this pattern I had on hand and also a set of Car Seat Strap Covers (Tutorial here). Sadly, I also didn’t get too many pictures of us enjoying the party, but I did catch a few.

The Guest of Honor and the cousins.

Family

Aunt Becky & Mikayla

Family

Katie

Family

I am so glad I wasn’t the only photographer – I’ll have to catch up with the family later to swap photos since mine are so scarce! But all in all it was a fun time and lots of joy. Congratulations Megan & Brian and we can’t wait to meet this sweet baby boy!

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The Lorelei Dress

Kids Clothes Week starts TODAY! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see what I’m up to this week and I’d love to see your KCW creations too!

I am so thrilled to have connected with pattern designer Elizabeth Shepherd of E-Beth Designs. When she put out the call for testers for The Lorelei Dress, I was thrilled to be accepted! Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

The Lorelei is perfect for Easter and will last you all summer. It is a fitted dress with a yolk an empire waist and an optional sash that makes into a wonderfully large bow.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

The dress is fully lined and has a row of gathered netting/tulle sewn into the skirt lining that gives it some body & movement for a retro feel. There is a zipper in this dress and some hand sewing on the yolk facing, so if you’re ready to take the next step in your sewing, this would be a great choice.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

It’s  just a classic, beautiful design that can be made fancier with satin and lace, or for every day in cottons & eyelet. Be sure to check out the E-Beth Designs blog post featuring all the tester dresses to see this design made up in other fabrics and styles.Lorelei Dress Pattern by E-Beth Designs | JaimeSews

Click here to see the doll version of The Lorelei Dress pattern and a sneak peak of the Women’s dress in the works at the bottom of the post!

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The Professional Tote 2.0

If you’re local, and you follow F&M Fabrics on Facebook, you saw them post a few weeks back some beautiful Italian Faux Leather that recently came in. This one in particular caught my eye and I thought it’d make a great Professional Tote (pattern here).

Professional Tote | JaimeSews

I first made The Professional Tote a decade ago when I worked at a quilt shop. It goes together pretty quickly and has lots of useful pockets. Starting on the outside front, there is a pocket just behind that chrome colored accent you can slide papers into. Then for a little more security, there’s the zipper pocket just below. Both are the width of the center portion of the bag between the straps.
Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The back has a big pocket across the entire width.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

With a magnetic closure.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Then there’s the wonderful side pockets ideal for holding beverages.Professional Tote | JaimeSews

The top has a big zipper…Professional Tote | JaimeSews

Which opens to pockets galore on the inside – pen pockets, a d-ring for your keys, a large center zipper pocket, along with a line of pockets on the other side. (sorry for the blurry pic cause the inside really is amazing!)Professional Tote | JaimeSews

This bag would be great for many uses. If it looks familiar to you, you may remember I made this same pattern from laminates for my daughter’s diaper bag (You can get a little bit better look at the inside pockets here).

Professional Tote Diaper Bag | Jaime Johnson

I highly recommend The Professional Tote pattern as, you can see, it’s something I make over and over again. It is not specifically intended to be used as a diaper bag, but I think it makes a great gift for a new mom! Using the new Italian Faux Leathers at F&M Fabrics will help you achieve a more purse-like look for a diaper bag. You could also use their utility fabrics to make it more masculine. The bag measures 18″Wide x 15″ Tall x 5″ Deep.

F&M Fabrics is located at 2954 Niles St, Bakersfield CA. Give them a call at (661) 873-9566.

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The Belinda Dress

I am so excited to partner with my friend Michelle Kaufman of Photography By Michelle to test out a little product photography. The first two pictures below are her work.

I know Spring is upon most of us and most of you are looking forward to sunshine and flipflops, but as a California girl myself who never really got a winter this year, I wouldn’t mind some colder days to cozy up in something like this Belinda Dress from Go To Patterns (BTW, Andrea Pannell, in case you’re reading, every time my daughter wears this dress, everyone wishes this pattern came in adult sizes!!)

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews
Photo by Photography by Michelle http://on.fb.me/OaFs64

The Belinda Dress is a bubble dress pattern designed for knits and works wonderfully with this sweatshirt knit I got from GirlCharlee.com. With no closures, it goes together quickly and can be made with or without the front pocket. You could even make it with a knit on top and a woven on the bottom.

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews
Photo by Photography by Michelle http://on.fb.me/OaFs64

The puff sleeves are adorable and my daughter LOVES the huge pocket – she proudly announces it’s presence to everyone who comments on her dress.

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews

If you have not worked with knits before, I think a sweatshirt knit is great starting point. They not super stretchy and the thicker texture makes it easier to work with, as opposed to a slippery jersey knit. Also it is so rewarding to work with ribbing. Just stretch it to fit the length of the fabric it’s being applied to, sew, turn up and top stitch and you have a very easy, yet professional finish.

Here are the details:

  The Belinda Dress Fabric Options | JaimeSews

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Boys Pattern Sale – Perfect for Easter!

 

All the new patterns in the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Spring Line have been revealed so Thrifty Thursday is back! And this is one you will really want to take advantage of if you have little boys to dress for Easter!!
PAB Patterns It's A Boy SaleIsn’t that amazing!? It’s everything you need to sew up a shirt, suit and tie for your little man! Every pattern comes in sizes 3 months to size 12!  I plan to grab the Classic Oxford myself! Here are the links for each of the patterns {affiliates}

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DIY Nursing Cover

I love to give handmade gifts so when I heard a friend’s daughter was having a baby boy and decorating in a nautical theme, I started my search for fabric. After ordering something that ended up being out of stock, I picked up this nautical panel expecting to make a simple quilt. When I talked to my friend, it was evident that the baby had received more than enough blankets, afghans and quilts from her showers so my friend requested a nursing cover instead.

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I have made them before but I always like to check a pattern or tutorial to refresh my memory. Here’ a link to the tutorial I found via Pinterest. Makes a great 1 hour project!