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Spring Break PJ Party Tour: Day 4

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4

Are you all having a great time following along with the Spring Break PJ Party Tour?!? Have you entered the Daily and Week-Long Giveaways and Sew-a-Long contest?! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter!

Today’s tour stops are so fun, including PJs for moms and kids.

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: Lulu & Celeste

Ula from Lulu & Celeste

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: Sew Starly

Starly from Sew Starly

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: Phat Quarters

Gemia from Phat Quarters (yes again – this time with a tween edition!)

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: Pear Berry Lane

Cassy from Pear Berry Lane

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: Rebel & Malice

Melissa from Rebel & Malice

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4: CreativeCounselor

& last but not least, Katie from Creative Counselor


There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

5 out of 4 PatternsAudrey&TiffanyBlank Slate PatternsCreate Kids CoutureElliedactylEYMMFelicity Sewing PatternsFilles a MamanHandmaiden’s CottageHeidi&FinnKelly J Designs, Laela Jeyne PatternsLove Notions, Once Upon a Sewing MachinePaisley RootsPeek-a-Boo Pattern ShopPollywogglesScientific SeamstressSisboomSofilantjes PatternsSerger Pepper DesignsStitchARTTangled Blossoms DesignWinter Wear DesignsZonen 09

We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:
Fabric Sponsors


Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!

Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

Today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Paisley Roots. You could win both patterns: the All Spice dress and the Saffron Twirl dress! Visit Paisley Roots to see what they have to offer.

Spring Break PJ Tour Day 4 Prize

The giveaway ends March 25th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 26th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Enter to win the Week-Long Giveaway!

This prize is open to anyone who enters through the Rafflecopter widget. Multiple ways to enter! This giveaway will run from March 21st and end March 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen on March 27th. The winner will then have 72 hours to reply to the email before a new winner is picked!

Please note: Bundles, when available, are excluded and cannot be chosen as a prize

2 patterns of choice from Elliedactyl

2 patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns

2 patterns of choice from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

3 PDF patterns of choice from Create Kids Couture

1 pattern of choice from Scientific Seamstress

1 pattern of choice from Love Notions

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Sew Along Grand Prize:

Link up some pyjamas or toys or toy-inspired outfits that you’ve sewn anytime after February 1, 2016 until the link up closes. Link up closes April 3rd, 2016 at 11:55pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random using and notified on April 4th. The winner will then have 72 hours to reply to the email before a new winner is picked! Link up will open as of Monday, March 21st!

Please note: Bundles, when available, are excluded and cannot be chosen as a prize

2 patterns of choice from Sofilantjes

2 patterns of choice from EYMM

1 pattern of choice from Winter Wear Design

2 patterns of choice from 5 Out of 4 Patterns

4 digital patterns of choice from Zonen09

2 children’s patterns of choice from Blank Slate Patterns

Petit Oiseau pattern from Filles a Maman

Ruffled PJ Pattern from Once Upon A Sewing Machine

2 patterns of choice from Heidi&Finn

1 pattern of choice from Sisboom

Entire paper pattern line from Create Kids Couture (11 patterns)

15$ Gift card to Tangled Blossoms Design

———->An InLinkz Link-up<———–

Want to win more prizes? Visit Sprouting JubeJube tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Lulu & Celeste’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 24th)!
Did you miss a stop on the tour? It started Monday! Be sure to click below to see what everyone else has been up to!

Monday, March 21st

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution
Inspinration | Paisley Roots

Tuesday, March 22nd

Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs
Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread

Wednesday, March 23rd

Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli
The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24th

Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane
Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor

Friday, March 25th

Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophieLynn
Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

If you’d like some encouragement sewing up your pattern stash, join us over at Sew Your (Pattern) Stash on Facebook! There are monthly challenges to keep you inspired, but they’re completely optional. Feel free to join us and sew down your own stash checklist!


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Itch To Stitch Anniversary | Paulina Hack

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

Itch to Stitch Birthday Fun

(scroll to the bottom to enter to win!)

Hey everyone! I’m back again on the blog with another Pattern Designer celebration! Don’t you love a good celebration?! As you can see, there is a great giveaway  – daily as well as a grand prize so you’ll want to check back with Itch to Stitch* every day of the blog tour, today through October 14th, and scroll to the bottom of this post to enter!

Last year, I enrolled in The Pattern Workshop* class by Lauren Dahl of Baste + Gather. Upon enrollment, I was added to a facebook group with all the other students. It was there I met Kennis of Itch to Stitch Designs and, soon thereafter, tested her first pattern, the Marbella Dress (love this dress!!). Kennis has released 9 additional patterns this year – shorts, tops and dresses – and since I had just finished a dress, I thought a top would be a nice change of pace. Thinking on to my fall wardrobe, I chose to hack the Paulina* pattern.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

The Paulina top is for you, “If you want comfort and style at the same time…Pair it with leggings and boots, skinny jeans and heels, or capri pants and flats…” The original design includes

  • Knit top with woven contrast
  • Comfortable raglan sleeves
  • Relaxed fit cropped bodice
  • Underlay contrast with shirttail hem
  • Peekaboo cut outs below armholes
  • Wide neckline
  • Twelve sizes (00 – 20)

In order to “hack” the pattern, I decided to switch the shirt layers so the knit was underneath and the woven was on top. The woven is a chiffon diamond print I chose from my stash, but I originally bought it at F&M Fabrics, online at You can find it here (at $3.99/yd!) and they also have it in a black and cream here.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

Additionally, I omitted the peekaboo cut outs below armholes. The original Paulina has a very classic style, but I think the swapping of fabrics gives it a sporty element.

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

This top was a quick sew and everything went together perfectly. For personal preference, I will definitely be adding length to my next Paulina, but it is for sure a style I see myself wearing all fall and winter. Cozy but definitely not frumpy, which is great for a busy mom!

Itch To Stitch Anniversary Sale & Giveaway | Paulina Hack | MadeByJaime

Thanks for stopping by! BUT WAIT – did I mention that during the tour, all of the Itch to Stitch Patterns* are on sale!? Get 20% off one pattern (code: 20off), 30% off two patterns (code: 30off), 40% off three or more patterns (code: 40off)!! And why not refill that cup of coffee and check out the other stops on the tour? Don’t forget to keep scrolling to enter the giveaway at the bottom. Best of luck!!

*Any link with an asterisk indicates an affiliate link. If you make a purchase through any of these links, I earn a small commission. Thank you for your support! See more on the Disclosures tab.

Follow these blogs to see their awesome creations from Itch to Stitch patterns:

Scruffy Badger Time | Call Ajaire | Wally and Grace | Sew Wrong | Bella Sunshine Designs
Seaside Notions | Made by Jaime | Sweet Little Chickadee | Inspinration | Friends Stitched Together
Stoney Sews | Just Keep Sewing | My Little Sewing Dreams | Allie J. | Creative Counselor
Love, Lucie | Girls in the Garden | FABulous Home Sewn | Goddess of Sewing | Rebel & Malice
The Telltale Tasha | House of Estrela | Made by Sara | Sew Shelly Sew | Red Knits

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for your chance to win great prizes by these sponsors:

Itch to Stitch First Anniversary Sponsors

The Fabric Store – $100 Gift certificate

Elliott Berman Textiles – Fabric bundle from France & Italy

Craftsy – three online classes of your choice

Girl Charlee Fabrics – $25 Gift certificate

Indie Sew – $25 Gift certificate

UpCraft Club – $25 Gift certificate

Quarto Publishing Group USA – the SHIRTMAKING WORKBOOK by David Page Coffin

The featured designer of the day will give away 2 patterns to a lucky winner:

Baste + Gather

Straight Stitch Designs

Megan Nielsen Patterns

Jamie Christina

Hey June Handmade

Wardrobe by Me

Filles á Maman

Follow Itch to Stitch’s blog closely to win these patterns!

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Remix The Stitch: The Capitol Hill Maxi

Hi there! I’m Jaime of MadeByJaime and I’m so glad you’ve stopped by! I’m up today on the Remix The Stitch Anniversary Tour & Giveaway with my twist on Straight Stitch Designs‘ Capitol Hill. Just for reference, here’s Kimberly of Straight Stitch Designs rockin the original version of the Capitol Hill:

Kimberly describes it this way: “CAPITOL HILL is style meets comfort with a scoop neck, double pleat detail at the front and 3 skirt options.  Make the Capitol Hill as either a dress or a tunic with elbow or long sleeves.  You can go for classic with a gathered skirt in both knit and woven or mix it up with a half or full circle skirt.  You can also band the sleeves or just do a simple hem.”

About a week before really thinking through what I was going to do to remix the Capitol Hill, my local fabric store posted this glitter chiffon fabric as a part of their weekly Create This Look. I couldn’t get this fabric out of my mind so when I had a kidless hour, I ran down to F&M Fabrics (online at and picked up 3 yards. You guys…it’s 3.99 A YARD and comes in 3 color ways! I also found a really stable mid-heavyweight knit and got several yards of that for the bodice and underskirt and got to work.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I cut the bodice and waistband first. I had a remnant of a bright pink knit but it was much thinner than the black knit I was using for the bodice and I was concerned it wouldn’t hold up the layers of the skirt I was planning. So I also cut the waistband in the black knit and layered them together as one fabric. I must stop here to say Kimberly has included a short video on how to appropriately fold the front bodice pleats so if the instructions are confusing for you in any way, the video clarifies everything!

Once I tried that on and knew it fit, I moved on to the skirt. Because the knit’s thickness, I was concerned that a half circle skirt would be a little much so I used this tutorial to cut an a-line skirt from it. In this episode of True Sewing Confessions, I must tell you, I did not appropriately account for my hip measurement and it turned out quite snug. At first I liked how it felt – kind of like built-in spanx! But I realized, after getting it all together, that it would start to ride up and affect the drape of the bodice. I fixed it after the fact by opening up the side seams and adding gussets (triangle pieces of fabric) from just above my hip to the hem. This allowed for better movement and overall drape of the dress.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

After cutting the under layer, I used the half circle skirt pattern piece included in the Capitol Hill file to cut the chiffon. I just opened up the chiffon and folded the 3 yards in half and instead of cutting on the hem line included, which is knee length, I just continued cutting to the fabric edge. I used a measuring tape to find out how far beyond the pattern that took me (22.5″ if I remember correctly) and just marked that distance across the entire bottom edge with chalk. I used that as my cutting line and the length was generous enough to have some room to work with, but not wasteful (for reference, I’m 5′ 7″).

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I knew I wanted to do something different with the sleeve to continue to mix it up, but I didn’t have it nailed down at the outset. I briefly thought about making the neckline and/or sleeves from the chiffon, but it quickly went from nod to the 70’s to over-the-top so I used the black knit for the neckline and decided to use the Capitol Hill Sleeve pattern to draft a tulip sleeve.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaimeStraight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I used this tutorial but drew 2″ down from the under arm seam, instead of 1″ as instructed. I also added 1/2″ seam allowance to the bottom edge only after drafting, as the sleeve cap and side seams already included seam allowance.Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

The black is such a strong color, I worried the elbow length or long sleeves would overpower the dress. I absolutely love how the tulip sleeve turned out – I think it adds some subtle femininity in line with the flowy floral.

Straight Stitch Designs' Capitol Hill Remix | MadeByJaime

I hadn’t made the Capitol Hill before so I had fun exploring it’s possibilities and remixing it as I went. The pattern itself offers so many options without remixing, but it is definitely a pattern you can add your own flair and style to.

Don’t forget, Kimberly is offering 50% off all Straight Stitch Designs patterns* (PDF and paper) and 40% off her Stitch Kits now through September 20th and you can see it all here*. See all the other Remix the Stitch styles here:

Tuesday, September 8th
Meg Cookin’ and Craftin’ | Jennifer Ginger Peach Studio

Wednesday, September 9th
Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Thursday, September 10th
Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado

Friday, September 11th
Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It

Saturday, September 12th
Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap

Monday, September 14th
Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara

Tuesday, September 15th
Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

Wednesday, September 16th
Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift

Thursday, September 17th
Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says

Friday, September 18th
Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

And now for the Giveaway! Here’s a reminder of the lovely prize package being offered (To enter, see the rafflecopter widget below)

Straight Stitch Designs' Anniversary & Giveaway | MadeByJaime

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*Any links with an asterisk indicate an affiliate link. If you make a purchase through that link, I earn a small percentage. Thank you for your support! I also was given a pattern by Straight Stitch Designs as a thank you for participating in this bloggy celebration. Please see my *Disclosure tab above for details. 

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FREE PDF Quilt Tutorial | Gracious Threads Guest Post

Free PDF Beginner's Quilt Tutorial | MadeByJaime

Hi All & Happy Friday!

I’m so excited to be a part of the Gracious Threads Baby Shower today! I finally got my act together and wrote up the Beginner’s Quilt Pattern into a FREE downloadable PDF with a Quilting 101 section, photos to illustrate steps and instructions for sandwiching, turning & tying!

Free PDF Beginner's Quilt Tutorial | MadeByJaime

There is also a GIVEAWAY associated with the Baby Shower so head on over to Gracious Threads to get your copy and see all the other free tutorials available so far!

MadeByJaime at the Graciuos Threads Baby Shower!

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Otium Top Pattern by Sofilantjes | Tour & Giveaway!

Hey! It’s Friday!!! Seems like a good day for a Pattern Tour!

Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews

I had so much fun on the last Sofilantjes pattern tour, I’m back – this time with the Otium Top! Like the Omni Tempore, this pattern is available for adults and kids. It is a relaxed fit shirt with sleeve cuffs & waistband with neckline, sleeve & shirt front variations!
Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSewsI have a serious lack of long sleeve options in my wardrobe so I grabbed this purple sweater knit at F&M Fabrics. (You can find them online at The Otium Sweater Pattern has a wider neckline so I chose a size small on top and tapered out to the medium toward the bottom. It is quite roomy and I would probably size down even more the next time around. This version is really comfortable, however, so I have no complaints! 
Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
I really loved the scoop back option so that was definitely a design feature I wanted to include. There are even pattern pieces and instructions for adding a bow, as shown in kids version in the tour graphic above! Sleeve variations include short, 3/4 and long. You can also change the look entirely by making the diagonal pocket version – be sure to check out the other tour stops linked up below to see all the amazing options included in this pattern!
Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSewsMonday, January 26th
Tuesday, January 27th
Wednesday, January 28th
Mie KatoentjeLulu & CelesteRebel & MaliceWork, Pray, Sew
Thursday, January 29th
Sew StarlyThe Berry BunchSprouting JubeJubeMllikepoinen
Friday, January 30th
Rebekah SewsGloria June –  Sew Out of ControlJaime Sews
This pattern sews ups super quickly! The instructions are very thorough with tips for choosing & sewing knits, help with choosing the correct size, suggested stitches, a printing guide based on the style options you pick, a finished measurements chart & help with common alterations. A great value!!Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews

To celebrate this amazing blogtour the Otium Girls and Otium Sweater* are on sale for 20% off and the BUNDLE is 30% off. But that is not all…… We also get to give away 12 patterns from some amazing designers:

•Otium Bundle by Soflantjes (both the girls’ and women’s sizes)
•2 patterns of choice by Filles a Maman
•1 pattern of choice by Ginger House Designs
•1 pattern of choice by Straight Grain
•1 pattern of choice by Golden Rippy
•1 pattern of choice by MCM Studio Designs
•1 pattern of choice by Mouse House Creations
•1 pattern of choice by MandyK Designs
•1 pattern of choice by FABulous Home Sewn
•1 pattern of choice by E+M Patterns
•1 pattern of choice by My Little Plumcake

That’s a total of 12 patterns for one lucky reader! And if you bought the Otium patterns during this SALE and WIN the Give Away, you get to choose other pattern(s) from their shop* :-)

OtiumGiveawayGraphicTo win the patterns enter the raffle copter below. Good luck!

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Otium Pattern Tour by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews* I was given this pattern in exchange for participating in the blog tour, but all opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links indicated with an *. When you click through the link and make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thank you for your support!


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Omni Family Tour – JaimeSews

Omni Tempore Tops Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Today’s The Day!! It’s my turn to share with you my version of the Omni Tempore pattern for both kids and adults! I’m Jaime, found on twitter, facebook and instagram as JaimeSews. I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old, earned a bachelors degree in Home Economics, worked selling sewing machines, in a quilt shop and later in a bridal shop & now sew from my home. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
I’ve been busy making up some fall/winter staples for me and the kids with the Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes and I have TWO techniques to share with you!


  • How to adjust for using a not-so-stretchy knit with a pattern designed for knits and
  • How to create basic machine appliques to make your Omni Tempore your own!

BUT – You should know – there is a sale on The Omni Tempore pattern bundle all this week during the tour AND there’s a giveaway! (And if you so happen to purchase the pattern and then win it, you will be refunded so be sure to keep your receipt/email!)

Prize Pack #1

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofliantjes

Bustle Skirt Pattern by Koda Baby Boutique

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Serger Pepper

1 Pattern of choice by E+M Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Striped Swallow Designs

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

Prize Pack #2

1.5 merers of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes

Grace Pattern by Rose & Lee Designs

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Madeit Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

So be sure to read/scroll to the end of the post to enter!

Let’s get started!

All three of us got our fabric from F&M Fabrics locally, found online at They have the best prices hands down and a huge selection. As we walked down the aisle lined with the knits, the kids saw/felt/hugged/laid their heads down on this super fuzzy, exquisitely soft fleece.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
If you’ve ever been shopping with your kids at the fabric store, you know it can be a challenge to focus. Well, we all fell in love with how unbelievably soft the fabric was that I completely disregarded that the pattern calls for knits.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Now Fleece is technically a knit, but 1) it’s bulky and 2) it’s not that stretchy. So I had to improvise. First (in order of discovery), I had to cut the collar lining from a much thinner knit in order to reduce bulk. I also ended up cutting about 1/2″ off the neckline all the way around to widen it enough for their little heads to fit through.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
After I got the collar attached, I realized there would also need to be some more room in the body and sleeve to compensate for the lack of stretch. I took the same knit I lined the collar with and made a gusset all the way down from the wrist to the shirt hem. I really loved how this added a pop of color to each top!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This particular problem could also be solved by choosing a size or two up. The Omni Tempore pattern has unlimited options, including different sleeve lengths, sleeve/waistline ribbing or regular hem, kangaroo pocket, collar or hood! I let the kids each pick out their own style features and since they chose the collar I thought it’d be fun to choose the hood for myself.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
What I love about the hood is that it also looks like the cowl neckline the kids have, so especially in the fabric I chose, it still looks dressy. But…it DOES have a hood!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This knit I found at F&M Fabrics is a super soft, sheer knit, great for fall & part of winter here in CA.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Regarding the Omni Tempore pattern, it was a super quick sew! Even with all the options, I found it easy to make three different variations without consulting the instructions much after making just one. The instructions were clear and the pattern pieces all fit together without a hitch. It was a thoroughly enjoyable sew!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
So let’s get on to how to add the applique!
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
First you need to gather all your supplies:
  1. Scissors
  2. A pencil/pen
  3. Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
  4. Fabric to applique
  5. Your applique design. I just found the images I wanted to use on the interwebs and printed them out.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Trace the applique design onto the paper side of your Wonder-Under.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Rough cut around the applique design you just traced onto your Wonder-Under and place it on the wrong side of your applique fabric. Press a few seconds to tack in place.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Allow it all to cool completely. Cut out the traced design.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Peel off the backing of your applique, making sure the webbing is attached to your fabric.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Place on your shirt where you want it to be…
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Then fuse in place using a damp pressing cloth (or fat quarter sized muslin/cotton scrap) until the press cloth is dry. (See also the directions that come with your Wonder-Under). Stitch in place with a zig zag stitch.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
The Omni Tempore is a great pattern for the whole family that doesn’t have to look matchy-matchy, but could if that’s what you’re going for! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter to win one of the amazing prize packs!

Click Here To Enter —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don’t forget to head on over to the other stops on the tour!

Monday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 25th
Wednesday, November 26th
Thursday, November 27th
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th
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Uptown/Downtown Dress

Welcome to one of three stop on today’s Sew Straight Patterns Blog Tour! We are celebrating of the release of The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to learn how you can enter the giveaway AND get 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Pattern now through August 16th!


If you follow my facebook or instagram feed, you saw I posted a picture of my serger admitting that it was time to use it to it’s full potential. Well here’s what I made with it!


The Uptown/Downtown dress, available in sizes 2T – size 10! Isn’t it adorable? I made the entire dress on my serger using a 5-thread safety stitch and the cover stitch, but the good news is, you don’t need a serger to make this adorable knit dress! UptownDowntownSide

The Uptown/Downtown dress goes together in a flash and makes a comfy and adorable back-to-school and every-day dress. You can make it sleeveless, with cap sleeves (shown here) or with half sleeves.


Elise’s measurements fell under the 2T size in the chart so that’s exactly what I made with no alterations. She loved the dress immediately and didn’t want to take it off. She just had to wear it to church the next day!UptownDowntownSideSmile

All the pattern pieces wen’t together perfectly! I chose the binding method, but there are also instructions for using a lining for sheerer knits or just for warmth. Overall I’d say it was a win and a pattern we’ll make over and over!UptownDowntownG

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Straight Stitch Pattern Company to see the rest of today’s tour stops!

Now for the giveaway details!

Sew Straight Patterns Tour & Giveaway | JaimeSews

One lucky person will win:

So click below to be whisked away to the Rafflecopter widget and enter away (now through August 11th)!!

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AND – if you don’t win, don’t worry. Terri Lin has set up coupon code uptowndowntowntour to use for 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern now through August 16th!


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Sew Straight Patterns Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I’ve “met” another great new pattern designer you all need to know about! Her inaugural pattern is a staple you’ll want to sew up again and again! Allow me to introduce to you Terri Lin of Sew Straight Patterns who has just released the Uptown/Downtown Dress! AND You’ll get to see all the variations this week in the Uptown/Downtown Blog Tour! I’ll reveal my version on Thursday, but you’ll want to check in to the Sew Straight & Gather blog each day to see all the other versions of this great dress!  

Not only will you be inspired, you can enter to win an amazing prize bundle!!! One lucky person will win:

So click below to be whisked away to the Rafflecopter widget and enter away now through August 11th and be sure to visit the Straight Stitch Pattern Company to see each day’s tour stops!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sew Straight Patterns Tour & Giveaway | JaimeSews

AND – if you don’t win, don’t worry. Terri Lin has set up coupon code uptowndowntowntour to use for 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern now through August 16th!

See you Thursday!

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Run Jump Hop Skip Pattern Tour

Today’s post is a stop on the Stitch It Now’s Run Jump Hop Skip Pattern Tour! Thanks for stopping by!

For those of you who are here for the first time, Welcome! My name is Jaime, known around social media outlets as JaimeSews. I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old, have a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and have worked in quilt shops, in a bridal alterations room, and now from home. I have two kiddos, a daughter about to turn 3 and a 6 year old son. I sell handmade children’s clothes and quilts at and I recently opened a fabric & notions shop at I’m in the Central Valley of sunny California, a proud resident of the city of Bakersfield (Ever heard of Buck Owens? Merle Haggard? Also, our farms feed people around the world!) and I am always sewing something!

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I recently signed up for Lauren Dahl’s online Pattern Workshop course (affiliate) to learn to make PDF patterns from my own designs. With the purchase of this course, you gain membership into a PRICELESS facebook group where you get to rub elbows with aspiring, new, and established pattern designers.  Deb Cameron of Stitch it Now is a part of this group and I was super impressed with her first pattern design, the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants. When she put out the testing call, I jumped at the opportunity!! It is so fun to work with new pattern designers, be a part of the pattern process, to help a designer work out the kinks before the pattern goes up for sale, and earn a free pattern in the process! (I received this pattern for free, but of course, the opinions are all my own).

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

Deb started Stitch It Now , offering pre-cut projects complete with instructions and all necessary notions, after becoming a mom of two within 12 months! She (understandably) found it difficult to get to the fabric store, and if she did get away for a bit, inevitably there was something forgotten that was, of course, critical to finishing her project. This inspired her to help other moms who may be in a similar stage of life by offering the Pre-Cut packs with everything you need in one stop! Genius!

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

Now on to the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants Pattern. Deb designed this pattern to have a snug fit below the natural waist, relaxing into the hip and leg to allow for plenty of movement without the short or pants falling down. They feature pockets on front and back with a flat front waistband and an elastic waistband in back. I was leery of this style at first, as I’ve tried to sew the flat front pant before with less than desirable results, but Deb’s version really does fit and stay in place! The faux fly means no fuss when potty training while still looking grown-up, and it’s sized from 1-10 (size 1 & 2 leave plenty of room for diapers).

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

After a little discussion with Deb about my son’s measurements, we decided I should test the size 5. Tyler is 6 and a half years old, but his waist and hip measurement landed in the size 5 of Deb’s size chart. Deb is in Australia so the measurements correspond with Australian sizing, but this is a typical situation I face when comparing my son’s measurements to pattern size charts. I usually just make the 6 anyway, but I’m glad Deb convinced me to try the 5. It ended up being just perfect.

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

I love the slim fit on the waist of the shorts, while they remain long and roomy in the leg. I’ve talked a lot about my son in this post, but this is pattern is great for girls and boys (just check out the other tester’s shorts linked at the bottom of this post). There is a shortening line marked on the pattern since shortening the leg makes them a little more girly. You will be pleasantly surprised to find an extremely detailed and well thought-out instructions in this pattern. Deb has recovered swimmingly from what my friends and I call “Pregnancy Brain” (and then later “Mommy Brain”), if she ever suffered from either at all! The 23 pages of set up and instruction will bring confidence to even a beginner seamstress. One of my favorite features is the Tick & Flick Overview Sheet. This is a one-sheet summary of the sewing steps so that, in my case, once I’ve sewn it once following the steps word for word, I can use this Tick & Flick sheet the next time round just as a little reminder. And I love that we can make shorts now, then use the very same pattern to make pants in the fall. It’s an outstanding value!

Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern Screenshot | JaimeSews

You can win the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants Pattern for yourself! (or the pattern and a fabric gift card, or the pattern and your choice of either boy or girl inspired Japanese Echino fabrics.) HOW, you may ask? Why head on over to Stitch It Now’s Pattern Release Post and be sure to read to the bottom! Also, be sure to check out the other stops on the Pattern Tour, linked below.

UPDATE From Deb: ‘Due to family reasons, I have aborted the Run Jump Hop Skip Tour and the Stitch it Now Blog will be on extended leave.  I will still make the prize draw on Saturday, 5 July and send the prizes to the random winners.  I do apologise for this interruption.  Happy Sewing.’

Stitch It Now Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern |JaimeSews


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