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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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Spring Break PJ Party – MadeByJaime

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

Hey all – I back today on the Spring Break PJ Party tour, this time to share my handmade PJ’s!

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

I made PJs for myself using an oldie in my pattern stash and a newer addition to my pattern stash.

We’ve been planning this tour for a while, so when I was getting ready to attend QuiltCon2016 and saw that Girl Charlee would be there with their BOLT fabrics, I immediately made plans to purchase fabrics from them for the PJ Tour. Their BOLT line is only available to fabric retailers, a list of which you can find here, so I was excited to be able to see and feel them in person. They are incredibly soft, lightweight and drapy, not to mention they’re preshrunk so you can skip the washing and get right to cutting! I knew they’d make amazing pajamas.

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

It’s starting to warm up where I live so I decided to use the Casual Lady by Go-To Patterns to make a nightgown in the pink quatrafoil. This is a pattern I’ve had in my stash since I first discovered PDF patterns. I was drawn to its simplicity and classic style.

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The pattern uses facing to finish the neckline. It reaches from the shoulders down to about halfway down the armscye, laying across your chest. I didn’t personally enjoy the feeling of the extra fabric so after the dress was all finished, I cut it away. Since knit fabrics don’t unravel, I just cut it close to the stitching on the inside around each armscye and the neckline leaving the finished edge.

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

I graded between a smaller size on the top and a larger on the bottom, but I think if I were to make it as a dress again, I would use just a single size as there’s a little extra around the hips. But it will be WONDERFUL as a nightgown for spring and fall.

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The second piece I made was the Portlander Pants by Terra’s Treasures.

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

Since these only just came out a few months ago, this is the newer pattern in my stash, but I’m so happy I made the purchase. I have a pair of pants similar to these that are my standard winter PJ pants, but I could definitely use a few more pairs – and in happier prints. My original pair is black. So I grabbed this floral from the BOLT booth at QuiltCon and they really are much more cheery than my old black pair.

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

I had the pink rib knit in my stash already so I used that for the waistband.

Spring Break PJ Tour | MadeByJaime

I did not opt to include elastic or a draw string and they are comfy and easy to wear. You can be sure next fall I will be making another pair or two. I used one size on the pants based on my hip measurement.

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If you’re looking to make PJs for yourself, these are great patterns to try out!

Now on to the fun part!

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
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Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Sprouting JubeJube to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!

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!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Felicity Sewing Patterns and StitchART. You could win 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) from Felicity Sewing Patterns and 2 patterns of choice (excluding bundles) from StitchART. Visit Felicity Sewing Patterns and StitchART to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 26th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 27th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

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Want to win more prizes? You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Made By Jaime’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 25th)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

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

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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

AND DON’T FORGET THE PRIZES!

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
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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 Random.org 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

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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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Birkin Flares – Now Available!

Baste+Gather Birkin Flares | MadeByJaime

If you’ve seen the #birkinflares all over instagram and have been anticipating their release, let me happily inform you that THAT DAY HAS COME!

Baste+Gather Birkin Flares | MadeByJaime

Lauren at Baste+Gather has crafted a wonderful & unique jeans pattern that are flattering and enjoyable to make. I applied to be a tester a few weeks back and was so bummed to miss first cut. However, two weeks ago I got called back for the second round of testing! Let me tell you about the pattern details so you can bail after that if you want. Then I’ll tell you how testing went and what adjustments I made to get them to fit me just right.

From the pattern description, the Birkin Flares are, “Inspired by 1970s fashion icon Jane Birkin, the Birkin flares are a high-waisted, flare-leg, classic jean. These jeans feature a universally flattering high waist (but not too high) with classic five-pocket styling, a curved yoke and a straight-cut waistband. The Birkin Flares are equally perfect with your comfiest tee or a flowy, silk blouse, and the inseam can be adjusted in multiple ways to lengthen/shorten or create a deeper hem. In waist sizes 24-35, the sizing closely mimics that found in ready-to-wear, designer jeans.

Use code ‘birkinrelease’ for $2 off the pattern now through Sunday, December 13th! Also everything else in her shop is 50% off so go grab all the patterns.

The Birkin Flares pattern calls for a denim with at least 2% spandex/lycra/elastane and I was over the moon to find that TheFabricMarket.com has just such a denim for $3.99/yd! This was good since I grabbed several yards anticipating making a practice garment for fit and then the final version.

I was super surprised at the fit of my trial pair. I had made jeans a few years before – before I was blogging what I made – and I ended up giving them away because even though the fit was ok, they just looked like home made jeans. It could have been due to the denim I used or that my techniques weren’t where they needed to be at the time, but when I put on my first pair of Birkins, I was more than pleased!

<center>Real life, folks. Messy entry way and all!</center>
Real life, folks. Messy entry way and all!

At this point I took a little detour. It can best be summed up here:

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I made some alterations to the pattern, but I went a little too far and instead of being happy with just a full thigh adjustment, started making other random adjustments to try to get the fit just perfect. I cut my second pair and quickly entered into step 3 above. Then spiraled into step 4. The tester group was awesome in bringing me back to reality! The online sewing community is  so great! So I scrapped version 2, went back to the original pattern and just did the full thigh adjustment and got myself quickly through step 5, 6, &7. I’m so happy with my 3rd version!

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Baste+Gather Birkin Flares | MadeByJaime

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the higher waisted jean at first. They do reach up to my belly button, but I wore them after the photo shoot for the rest of the day and something funny happened. They became more and more comfortable! Like jeans always do, they started to shape to my body and I began to love them more and more. I wore them the next day and I plan to wear them often in the future.

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A fun consensus in the tester group was how nicely the Birkin Flares pattern accentuates ones back side. Now everyone can deal with that! This is a jean pattern you definitely will want in your pattern stash and rumor is Lauren’s working on a skinny version too! Don’t wait – go grab the Birkin Flares now – $2 off with code ‘birkinrelease’ and 50% off the entire shop through 11:59 pm Sunday, December 13th!

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M is for Moto Joggers by Hatchling Patterns

You guys!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited to share this pattern with you and be a part of the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern Tour!

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

As you may know, I’ve made wedding dresses. I’ve made quilts. I’ve made kids clothes. I’ve made wallets. I’ve made stuffed toys. But I rarely make or even buy lounge wear. However, the M is for Moto Joggers Pattern*, the first women’s pattern from Hatchlings Patterns, has changed all that for me. This style has been around for a little bit and I’m not usually the type to jump on every new trend, but I’m definitely sold on this style even if it is a little late in the game. I’ve made three versions taking advantage of several of the pattern’s options so I hope you’ll stick with me through the whole post to see how versatile this pattern is!

The first version I made is a size large, full length, no pockets, original waistline. My measurements fell in between medium and large so I felt it was safe to start with Large and take in if need be. I wanted to make the simplest version first to see what I had to work with. I got the fabric, a soft, stretchy, warm, mid-weight knit, at F&M Fabrics locally. For those of you not in the area, they are online at www.thefabricmarket.com. This fabric is interesting on both sides so I made the main part in the stripe and the cuffs in the grey sweater look on the reverse side. These pants are SOOOOOOooooo comfy.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

I felt like these were the “loungiest” version I made and the waistline is very generous. Hatchlings Pattern describes the pattern like this: “The pattern is designed to sit 2 inches below the natural waist, with extra room across the hips, a very slightly dropped crotch and skinny/tapered legs.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

They are roomy and comfy and I definitely see myself on Saturday morning with my coffee and iPad loungin’ on the porch (after soccer season, of course).

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The second version I made in size medium in the capri or under-knee length. This fabric is also from F&M Fabrics/TheFabricMarket.com, but its a super soft, lighter-weight charcoal knit. Out of personal preference, I lowered the waistline 3.75 inches so it sits more on my low waist/hips.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

These are PERFECT for workouts and I fully intend to wear them to ballet class if it should ever cool down here in CA. Hopefully you can see where the waistband hits me here.

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

This version is loose in the right places, stretchy where you need it and the cuffs will keep the pant leg in place even with active movement. I want to wear these all the days….

M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

For my third version, I wanted to use the back side of the version 1 fabric for the whole garment. Since it’s more of a solid, I thought it would be a great chance to add the moto detailing. I also really regretted not putting the pockets in my first version. So Version 3 is size medium, lowered waistline with pockets and quilted knee. I was cruising Pinterest for how to style my new moto joggers and was inspired by this look

Inspiration Photo (source)

So I grabbed what I could to try and replicate it from my closet.

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I think it’s so fun how this style can go from lounge to workout to every-day! This pattern has many more length options and I love, love, love the waistband construction – just align the elastic with the pants top edge, serge in place, fold down and stretch-&-sew a few rows. No extra waistband piece, not threading the elastic through a tube. After making my first pair, the second pair was done in an hour, cut to wear. And while the more trendy styling is fun, we all know this picture below will be me most every weekend from now until spring!M is for Moto Joggers Blog Tour | MadeByJaime

The M is for Moto pattern* is currently on sale for $9 AUD which is around $6.50 USD and it will be at that price for the duration of the tour! If you have not jumped on the jogger bandwagon, now is the time to join the rest of us in this comfy goodness! And be sure to stop by to see all the other versions on the tour:

October 26th
Paisley Roots, Sew Not Perfect

October 27th
Create 3.5, Miss Castelinhos, Fa Sew La

October 28th
Whisk ‘Em, Nap Time Creations, Made By Sara

October 29th
Friends Stitched Together, From A Box, Made By Jaime

October 30th
Max CaliforniaHouse Of EstrelaMade By Amanda Rose

October 31st
Rebel and Malice, Ma, Me, Mi… Mo 

 

*Any link marked with an asterisk is an affiliate link. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I will earn a small commission. Thank you for your support!

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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 TheFabricMarket.com. 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

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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 TheFabricMarket.com) 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.

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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

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Ajaire Call Ajaire | Heidi Handmade Frenzy | Stacey Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

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Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado

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Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It

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Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap

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Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara

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Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House

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Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift

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Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston

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Women’s Tanks and Shorts Review at ThePatternExam.com

Women's Tanks and Shorts Pattern Review MadeByJaime | ThePatternExam.com

Hi all! I’m back up on ThePatternExam.com this month. July’s all about Women’s Tank Tops and Shorts – come check it out!

All the fabrics came from my local store, F&M Fabrics.  You can find them online at TheFabricMarket.com.Women's Tanks and Shorts Pattern Review MadeByJaime | ThePatternExam.com

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Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

There is something wonderful about sewing for another seamstress. There’s such a joyful delight at the thing made and great appreciation for being the recipient. As people who sew for others, putting our heart and soul into the making, it is rare we receive something handmade ourselves, so props to whoever came up with this marvelous thing called a “swap”.
Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaimeI recently shared with you my Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap and last Christmas, my Modern Quilt Friendship Group Mini Quilt Swap, but this time the local MQ(f)G decided to do a Divided Basket Swap. This pattern by Noodlehead is so fun, you’ll be trying to figure out who else needs one and what else you can store in one for each room of your house!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

My swap partner requested Day Sail fabrics in Navy and Red, but I couldn’t help but add in some Aqua Shuffle from the Riley Blake fabrics I had on hand. I used it on the divider and on the handle.

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I used a combination of pellon 808 and fusible fleece. It was pretty sturdy, but one of the women made hers with stoft and stable and I loved the feel of it. I really need to try that sometime soon! The front had a pocket, trimmed with the same fabric as the lining. I divided it in two by sewing a straight line down the middle. The back is all sailboats.

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I also made this little *extra* from a FREE Heather Bailey Pattern – The Square Deal pin cushion. They’re so cute – my daughter immediately put it to her head like a pillow, hugging it with her eyes closed. 🙂

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

I requested Cotton + Steel fabrics from my partner and was so happy that she used some prints I don’t own! She made the handles entirely from fabric, which is also an option in the Noodlehead pattern. I love this little basket and can’t decide whether to put it in my bedroom or in my sewing space!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

The other advantage in participating in a swap, especially locally, with other seamstresses, is you get to enjoy their creativity. The first time through a project, I stick pretty close to the directions. After that, I feel like I can veer off from the path, after I know the ins and outs of said path. But check out these pieced baskets! (It is a quilt group, after all) It didn’t even cross my mind to add quilty elements, but it’s definitely something I will look to add in the future!

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaime

Noodlehead Divided Basket Swap | MadeByJaimeOn this half dresden basket, Pam used double sided fusible interfacing so after sewing in her lining, she ironed on the inside as best she could to fuse it to the other side of the interfacing used on the exterior. It was super firm, which I really loved.

I can’t wait to make more of these and play with the interfacing a bit. I think this will be my new go-to gift for baby showers. I know quilts are special, but babies receive lots of blankets and burp cloths. They grow out of clothes WAY too quickly for the time put into handmade items, but in the right fabrics, these baskets could be in their rooms for years. And lets face it, even if they’re only useful during the diaper stage, anything that helps during the diaper stage is greatly appreciated!