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

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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The Belinda Dress

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews

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

Here are the details:

  The Belinda Dress Fabric Options | JaimeSews

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Why I Love Maggie Mae or My Return To Etsy

I know I was a BABY!!!
I know I was a BABY!!!

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Sewing has been a part of my life since high school when my mom pulled out her old sewing machine, took it to get serviced for me, and gave me free reign to spread fabric all over the dining and living rooms. With my new driver’s license, I drove myself to the only little fabric store I knew about in town and purchased supplies to make summer dresses, quilts and even made it down to the hill to the “big city” (I use that term loosely) fabric store for satin and chiffon I used to make my Junior year homecoming dress. Nothing I made fit perfectly but I was excited by the possibilities that making-it-yourself offered and I was dying to learn more.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to add various skills to my sewing repertoire. I earned my degree in Home Economics/Family & Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Clothing & Textiles. This allowed me to add proper technique to what I had learned through trial & error. I’ve worked for sewing machine companies and learned how to use the many functions of modern machines. I interned in college making costumes for the local ballet and was able to get some valuable feedback from a seamstress far above me in skill & experience. I worked in a quilt shop and learned about accurate cutting, piecing, quilting and long-arm quilting, binding, the use of a walking foot and was able to try my hand at teaching. I’ve worked in a bridal alteration room, where I learned industry techniques to speed up and simplify my sewing. I took apart wedding dresses and put them back together again and got to see how each one was made. In 2008, my son was born and I gained a new interest in baby and children’s sewn-items and opened my etsy shop.

Probably the cute model adds to my inspiration...I'm just sayin'
Probably the cute model adds to my inspiration…I’m just sayin’

However, with these various & wonderful experiences, I wasn’t sure where to land! I couldn’t decide what I loved to sew the most and I felt a little all over the place. What I was making in 2008 didn’t excite me, which is part of the reason why I went inactive for a few years. (Well that, and having children and working full time). 🙂 Now this may be a little dramatic, (although if you know me personally, that’s not too surprising) but all this seemed to change with the making of my first Maggie Mae.

Since I opened my shop in 2008 a wonderful slew of independent pattern designers have rushed in to fill, in my opinion, a huge gap in the sewing industry: Modern, well fitting, attractive and comfortable children’s clothing. Maggie Mae by ShwinDesigns is one example, but any of the patterns from Go To Patterns, Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, Blank Slate Patterns (where I got the Coastal Cargos pattern), See Kate Sew and other smaller designers on Etsy are offering beautiful patterns that fit the bill.

Spooky Maggie Mae
Spooky Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae inspires me because I am not a super frilly girl myself and I like that Maggie Mae communicates a similar style. She’s fun, stylish and practical, easy-going and comfortable, simple and modern. Every cute fabric I see I think immediately – that would make an adorable Maggie Mae. I can see it done in formal wear (think flower girl) in satin and sheers with a more gathered skirt and, of course, keeping the pockets. Maggie Mae can be made in denim & print, solids and florals, festive holiday prints, as a dress and as a tunic. I plan to experiment with long sleeves in the near future & who knows what else will come to mind! But one thing I know, this little pattern excites me – I could make it day and night and pull it off the ironing board every time and adore it’s cuteness.

So if you see my shop filling up with variations of Maggie Mae, now you know why. I absolutely love it and all it’s possibilities. And don’t worry – I’ll try out some other patterns to see if they capture my heart like this one did, but this time around, I’ll only keep making what I really love and hope you love it too.

Maggie Mae Goes Back To School
Maggie Mae Goes Back To School