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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

———->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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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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NEW Bellevue Top

Bellevue Top | JaimeSews

The week before last, I was heading out of town to tag along with my husband while he attended a conference for work. Just before we left, I saw the tester call for Straight Stitch Design’s new pattern, the Bellevue Top**. I loved it, but my rational self said I had too much on my plate so I packed up and drove to the coast, all the time thinking about Bellevue. A few days later on our way home, we stopped at the Outlets to see if we could find some treasures. I strolled around Anne Taylor and found a few things to try on, including a shirt that resembled the Bellevue. I LOVED it, but I thought it’d be smarter to buy the pattern and make myself several than to buy just one top – you know, give a man a fish vs. teach a man to fish.

Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By Jaime

When I got back, Kimberly was asking for a few more testers, so this time I told my rational self to be quiet and jumped on in*! The Bellevue Top** is a clean-line, raglan sleeve, knit top with a woven shirttail accent at the bottom in sizes 00-24. Options include short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve. Woven accent can be sewn right to the bottom of the knit shirt, or add a knit band with it to get the look of a shirt under a shirt. (Hope that’s not too confusing! Be sure to check out the tester photos for clarification)Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By Jaime

I got the fabric at F&M Fabrics, online at www.thefabricmarket.com. (Check out this blog post for tips on combining knits and wovens!) They had some new floral knits so I chose this mid-weight print and found a coordinating poly georgette on the same aisle! It just feels like spring. Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By Jaime

This pattern comes together SO QUICKLY, it’s such a satisfying afternoon sew! It went through 5 revisions in testing so all the kinks have been worked out and instructions updated to cover the variations. It’s comfortable for every day, but a major upgrade from a plain ol’ t-shirt. This is the Straight Stitch Designs‘ trademark – simplicity with a twist – and I think it fits the busy life perfectly. I already have fabric and am planning for a second. I think i’ll do the band at the bottom this time and maybe lengthen the bodice an inch or two. Stay tuned!

Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By JaimeIn the meantime, why not head on over to Straight Stitch Designs and grab your copy of the Bellevue pattern**?! The pattern is on sale till Friday for $9.60, but will go up to the regular price of $12 after that!

*In exchange for testing the Bellevue pattern, I received a copy of the pattern for free. However, all opinions are my own.
**Affiliate Link – When you click through this link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you so much for your support!

 

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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 www.thefabricmarket.com). 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 thefabricmarket.com. 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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Omni Tempore Blog Tour & Giveaway

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

I’m so excited to be a part of the Omni Tempore Pattern Tour this week, with my post going live tomorrow morning! I had a lot of fun making tops for myself and my kids and have a few pointers for you on using this pattern, designed for knits, with fleece! Can’t wait to show you our versions, but be sure to head over to today’s tour stops to enjoy everyone’s creativity with this versatile pattern!

Monday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 25th
Wednesday, November 26th
Thursday, November 27th
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th

 

And – Oh, Hey! There’s a giveaway too! You could win one of two amazing prize packs! 

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

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Additionally, during this blogtour both Omni Tempore patterns and the Bundle will be on SALE!

And as a bonus, if you buy one or both of the Omni Tempore patterns and win the GIVE AWAY, you get to pick one or two other patterns from the store! (So hold on to you e-mail/ payment receipt just in case!)

So have fun checking everything out and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Seafarer Top

Have you ever organized something, like say, your PDF pattern collection, only to find out you have, oh i don’t know, maybe, well over 100.  Then suffering from shock, and a little embarrassment, you decide you must sew something right away to justify the awesome collection you have sitting there just waiting to be sewn before you ever, in a very long time, buy another one?

Well, suppose something like that happened last week and then suppose the Seafarer Top was one of those patterns…Then suppose your photographer is a 6 year old boy…you might just end up with something like this.

Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

The Seafarer Top is super quick to make and easy to wear. The high neckline makes it practical, but the dolmen sleeve takes it a notch up from your regular t-shirt.  That picture above was straight on, but with a 6 year old photographer, you might also get some pictures with your head cut off…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

Or that make it look as though you’re looking down on the world…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

At any rate, I didn’t do either of the band options or the pocket, so there is more variety available with this pattern that would be fun to experiment with in different fabrics.  I love my new Seafarer Top and hope to sew A LOT MORE from my PDF Pattern stash in the near future. A trip to F&M Fabrics is in order, I think, since most of my hoarded fabric is quilting cottons.

So fess up – how many PDF patterns do you have? Paper patterns more your thing?

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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!

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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!

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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.

UptownDowntownBack

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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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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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