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Itch To Stitch Anniversary | Paulina Hack

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

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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!!

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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:

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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

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Straight Stitch Designs’ 1st Anniversary Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Straight Stitch Designs' Anniversary & Giveaway | MadeByJaime

 

The sewing blogosphere is such a fun community to be a part of and I’ve so enjoyed making new friends and getting to know some new independent PDF pattern designers over the last year. One of them is Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs!* Kimberly is the designer of the Bellevue Top & Ballard Top, which I’ve helped in the testing phase, but honestly, I think I own every one of her patterns! Her style is classic with an interesting twist and I’m so happy she’s done well this past year!

Straight Stitch Designs' Bellevue Top | Made By JaimeBallard Top Pattern by Straight Stitch Designs | JaimeSews

This month marks the Straight Stitch Designs’ 1 year anniversary and when Kimberly put the call out for bloggers to help her celebrate, I jumped at the chance! Kimberly has asked us to “Remix the Stitch” – take one of her patterns and put our own twist on it, mash it with another pattern or otherwise have fun with it. It’s a great way to celebrate, I think, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s style!

During the Remix the Stitch Blog Tour, Kimberly will be offering 50% off all of her patterns*, both pdf and paper! She also sells Stitch Kits and they will be marked 40% off. This sale will run from September 7th until September 20th.  No code necessary.

There is also an incredible giveaway including fabrics and PDF patterns, so you want to be sure to come back to enter!

Straight Stitch Designs' Anniversary & Giveaway | MadeByJaimeIt all starts tomorrow and all of the designers are linked up 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

So I’ll see you next Monday for my stop on the blog tour – can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

*All links with an asterisk are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through this link, I earn a percentage of the sale. I appreciate your support!

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The Dance Class Duffle | From A Free Tutorial

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

It’s back to school time and today we’re entering our 4th week of 2nd grade and Pre-K! It has been quite an adjustment for me! Every year I forget how big of a step up it is between the previous grade and the new grade. Every. Year. But I think we’ve fallen into a good groove. I’ve been able to cut out a few Necessary Clutch Wallets orders and have been working on them as I find time. But before I started, I used a Saturday afternoon nap time session to make my daughter a Duffle for her new dance class!

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

This new (to us) class is a combo class with 20 minutes of Tap, 20 minutes of Ballet, then 20 minutes of gymnastics. Of course, this requires at least two pairs of shoes! I looked around at different bag patterns and tutorials, but I landed on this simple Duffle Bag Tutorial by Weekend Designer. My daughter chose this Robert Kaufman Girl Friends print from Quilt Taffy on Etsy. I wanted the bag to have some body so I used some of the baby pink quilted jacket lining I used on her duffle coat last year.

The tutorial provides instructions for just a basic bag, but I knew I wanted to add pockets to separate the shoes and have a spot for a bottle of water.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaimeFor each side I cut a trapezoid the length of the bag on one end and as long as I could fit on the fabric I had left over from cutting the body on the other end. It was very scientific. I made a casing in the longer end and threaded in some elastic. This was the top. I turned the other long edge in 3/8″ and sewed it in place where I felt looked right. Then, I basted the side seams even with the edges of the bag center and continued sewing the bag as usual. One side I sewed down the middle to divide the pocket into two smaller. The other I left the width of the bag.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

You can see there’s plenty of room inside for everything…and eventually those shoes will get bigger. There is also no heating unit in the building where we go to class so in winter, it will need to house all the layers she sheds as she gets warmed up. Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

The duffle bag tutorial includes instructions for adding the D-Ring at each end of the zipper, thought I must admit, I initially left this off. I wasn’t planning to make a long strap for the bag, but I found the D-Rings aid in zipping the bag open and shut so I went back and added them. Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

There is also an outside pocket at one end. To make this I just cut another end piece and cut a few inches off to make it lower and hemmed the top edge.

Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaime

I finished the bag just before she woke up had it on the counter in our hallway, outside her bedroom. She woke up minutes later and came into the living room with a big smile. “I saw my new dance bag you made me!” Dance Class Duffle | MadeByJaimeSo then we were both happy with the result! I’m tempted to make myself a bag, as I’ve also started taking ballet – a long time dream of mine! And brother could use one for his soccer gear…there are 1000 uses!

 

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Crafters For Courage Auction Goes Live TODAY!

Crafters for Courage | MadeByJaime

Today is the day – in just a little while, Crafters For Courage will start their Instagram Sale of over 100 donated handmade items! Have you heard of Crafters for Courage or Courage Worldwide?

Courage Worldwide seeks to provide a home for children rescued from sex trafficking, a safe place for them to start on the road to healing. Click here or watch this short 2 minute video to learn more:

Crafters for Courage is one way you can help! If you create handmade goods, you can donate them to the Crafters for Courage Auction, which takes place a few times a year. Any money made from the sales go to support Courage Houses and Courage Worldwide!Crafters for Courage | MadeByJaime

I’ve offered up my Cassette Tape Maggie Mae – winner will choose from size 3T-6. Crafters for Courage | MadeByJaime

My Chrome & Neutral Tote will also be up for auction, along with over 100 other handmade items! So if you’re on instagram, head on over and follow Crafters for Courage and bid on some great handmade items. And if you’re a crafter, watch out for the next donation call. It’s a great way to craft for good!
Crafters for Courage | MadeByJaime

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The Necessary Clutch Wallet

Necessary Clutch Wallet | JaimeSews

Hey Friends! It’s Monday again and I can’t wait to show you one of my favorite projects of recent!

But first, I want to make sure you’ve checked out the Ultimate DIY Bundle* – over 76 eBooks and eCourses covering topics like Crafty Business, Photography, Digital Scrapbooking, Holiday Crafting, Home & Garden, Home Decor, Art Journaling, Writing & Sewing (including several patterns from well-known PDF Pattern Designers!). There are also incredible bonuses included like a free Craftsy Class, Gift Certificates, & Free Magazine downloads from Where Women Create & Greencraft Magazine. An amazing value at $34.95 and available only through today! Click through* to see all the details!

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Ultimate DIY Bundle | JaimeSews

There are a few patterns that are blowing up my instagram feed & showing up in my facebook groups and the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags is one of them. I decided to make one up for my sister for Christmas. Now, my sister is 4 1/2 years younger than me and so I tried to find a fun & fashionable fabric combination to match her young, hip self. 😉 Necessary Clutch Wallet | JaimeSews

The Necessary Clutch wallet in it’s original instructions walk you through this lovely turn lock application, which you can purchase from their website here. You could use a magnet or a tongue lock, but I just absolutely adore the professionalism added by the turn lock. The locks from Emmaline Bags are unique in that they are attached with tiny screws so it’s worth ordering from her in Canada. The shipping is so reasonable and very quick!
Necessary Clutch Wallet | JaimeSews

The glory of the Necessary Clutch Wallet is the inside. There are two sets of 6 card slots, a zipper pocket and an additional divider in the center. Not to mention, behind each credit card slot section is an open pocket for your check book or cash or fabric store coupons. There are instructions for adding a D-ring and wristlet strap for times when you want everything from your wallet but don’t want to schlep around your whole purse. I love that it’s removable so you can use it or not.
Necessary Clutch Wallet | JaimeSews

After making one for my sister, I just had to make one for myself. I previously carried two wallets, one for my personal finances and another for my business finances so the idea that they could co-exist in one glorious wallet was exciting. I chose to cut into my Cotton+Steel for this one and I used the nickel turn lock.

Necessary Clutch Wallet | JaimeSews

After making my first wallet, I joined the NCW Addicts facebook group. This is a great group to join for support and to share your creations, but they’ve also compiled several add-on tutorials in the files for adding things like a double zipper pocket, a back zipper, a photo ID slot and much  more! I chose a few of those additions when making mine.
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I’ve been using this wallet for a few weeks now and I have to say it is as great as I hoped. My business cards fit all on one side and my personal cards on the other. I can carry both check books behind the cards, save receipts and loyalty cards and it doesn’t feel cluttered or overwhelming. It is very versatile and exactly fits my needs. The Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern comes as a paper pattern or a PDF, and you can get your purse locks and interfacing kits all at the same place. My sister in law has already given me fabric for me to make her one – I see many more NCWs in my future.

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Sweet Innocence Christmas Dress

Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed your time with Family & Friends – we’ve had a full week of celebrations!

Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

A couple months back, Annastasia,  the designer at My Treasured Heirlooms, announced she was in the process of updating her Sweet Innocence Dress and she was looking for a few seamstresses to sew it up and help spread the word! I instantly fell in love with the look of this pattern. It’s so classically girly and feminine and I thought it’d make a great Christmas Dress. It was a little cool the day we took pictures so DD insisted on wearing leggings underneath and turns out…while she has some great handmade clothes…she’s lacking in the dress shoes department so boots were the closest acceptable footwear available. HA! We’ll just pretend it’s purposeful and call it “Country Christmas” Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

When I walked into F&M Fabrics (online at www.thefabricmarket.com), they had just gotten these Christmas prints in and I was immediately drawn to them. This cotton has a little bit of polyester in it so it’s easy to work with, but has a great drape and a soft feel (not to mention less wrinkling).  A few weeks later when I was actually ready to get to work on this pattern and needed a fabric for the underdress, I was directed to their poly cotton solids. Again I love the benefits of this blend for garments – easy to work with but not as stiff as quilting cottons. Thefabricmarket.com has a great selection of colors at a great price – see them all here.
Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

The Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern includes patterns for 3 dresses, 2 under dresses, and pants in 2 styles and comes in sizes 2 to 10. The updated version offers 4 different sleeve lengths! I chose view A with the cross over front and I just love it. The fullness of the skirt and the ruffle gets me every time – so precious.  This would make a great Easter Dress or Birthday Dress too and with all the options, no one dress would ever have to be the same! I hope you’ll check out the Sweet Innocence pattern, as well as the rest of My Treasured Heirlooms‘ shop!

Have a Happy New Year!Sweet Innocence Dress Pattern by MyTreasuredHeirlooms | JameSews

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Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale!!

Hey all – I hope you had a great day yesterday with family & friends and that the joy and gratitude remain throughout the season! I wanted to let you know about a sale I’m running today through midnight (PST) Cyber Monday  in BOTH my shops!

JaimeSews Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!

So head on over to www.jaimesews.etsy.com or www.jjssupply.etsy.com and please share & tell a friend!

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It’s November!

DIY Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

In Central CA, it’s not uncommon for October and November to stride by without so much as a hint of fall – you know, cloudy days, rain, cold…? It’s been known to be 75 degrees and sunny on Thanksgiving! But my facebook feed was full of local friends gleefully welcoming the storm we had Friday night and the rain it brought with it. In our Valley, rain is desperately needed, not only to clear the air but to alleviate, even minutely, the drought we’re in. Thankfully the storm held off until trick-or-treating was done and we were all home in bed!

I know I showed you my daughter’s Super Girl Costume last time, but I was able to snap a few pictures of the two of us together as well as an updated picture of my husband in his home-sewn Anakin costume!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

We went to a party at a friend’s house and had a great time. Miss E convinced me to don my cowgirl boots with my costume too – she wanted to match. Even without the vinyl boot covers and cuffs, I think everyone knew we were super girls. 🙂  And the kids were already wearing their costumes the next day and the day after, so we will get a lot of play out of these before they grow out of them.  (For details on the Super Girl costumes, click here). A big thanks to F&M Fabrics for their great selection of Satin and Tulle!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

The boys chose a Star Wars theme. Mr. T really wanted to be a Clone Trooper so my husband defaulted to his Anakin costume I made years ago before we had kids. There are details on the Anakin costume in my guest post at the Star Wars Wife blog!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

We had a great time and hope you did too!

Currently I’m working on some quilts I hope to show you in the next few weeks. One I have finished, and the other is in progress – just finished 4 rows yesterday!

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

After that I have some projects to finish for a few blog tours the end of November/beginning of December and a few things I’ve been wanting to sew for me, if I can fit them in. The holidays are upon us and this cool weather is just what I need to get me in the mood for some holiday sewing.

What are you working on?!

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Halloween 2014

I have been working on Halloween Costumes all month and was so excited to finish this past Friday, just in time for our local Boo at the Zoo. This year my son broke my sewing heart when he asked for a store-bought costume instead of a handmade costume like we always do. To his credit, he didn’t actually dismiss a handmade costume. He just asked to be a clone trooper and that is definitely a territory I’m not willing to venture into the handmade way. But I had a ton of fun making Miss E’s Super Girl Costume and it kept me plenty busy! We used McCall’s 7001.

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Because I’ve always found the Big pattern company patterns to be wide and short, I started off with a muslin. I cut her bodice size from some unbleached cotton and sewed it up without closures to test for fit. As I suspected, it was too wide, so I pinched out some vertical tucks in the pattern to adjust for the width and went to work on the real dress.

Super Girl Costume | JaimeSews

I got absolutely everything I needed from F&M Fabrics locally – but you can shop at their online shop from wherever you are! They have a great selection of satin and tulle, not to mention vinyl, notions & thread and the best prices around. You should see the vinyl boot covers and cuffs I made – the ones I stayed up late Friday night to finish so we could go to Boo at the Zoo…? Yeah, she wouldn’t wear them. She just got these cowgirl boots and won’t take them off or have them covered, so Super Cow Girl it is!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

Boo at the Zoo is lots of fun! Besides the animals, there are lots of games and a playground.

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

My little storm trooper proved to be great protection against the scary dinosaurs on the train ride!

I made the costume just as instructed, except for the removable cape. The instructions asked me to make 3 thread eyes on the top of each shoulder seam. Then I needed to sew three hooks on the cape. I a) didn’t want to do that and b) wasn’t sure how it’d hold up. I briefly considered velcro, but was concerned it would get caught up on the tulle skirt in the wash. Then it occurred to me – KAM SNAPS!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

So that’s what we did! And it worked perfectly.

Super Girl | JaimeSews

Those of you who follow my Instagram feed might be wondering where my matching costume is? Well for now, it’s all laid out in our bedroom until Friday Night. I wish I were better at Photoshop to make it look as epic as it feels every time I pass it – like a super hero displays their uniform in that glass structure…? It’s going to be fun. Watch that IG feed for the costume in action. 🙂

Super Mom | JaimeSews

There were a lot of components to these costumes this year – dress, shorts, cuffs, belt, cape, boot covers – the pattern even has pieces for a mask or star appliques on the skirt and it could easily be made into bat girl or any super hero for that matter. I love making costumes as you can choose fabrics that hold up or are more comfortable. For exacmple, I was able to line the satin bodice in cotton. I would love to see your costumes this year!! Please leave me pics or links in the comments below. Until next year, Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

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Handmade Easter

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As a little girl I always got a new spring dress to wear on Easter Sunday and it’s a tradition I just can’t shake. The past few years, I haven’t been able to get a new outfit for Easter for whatever reason, but this year I was determined to not only make something for the kids, but to make something for me too. You’ve seen sneak peaks on instagram and facebook if you follow me there, but I wanted to do a round up here with all the details.

I posted a while back about pattern testing the Lorelei dress from E-Beth Designs. I had another dress/fabric picked out for her, but since so many people commented that this one would make a good Easter dress, I went with it!

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

The fabric was an Alexander Henry I got at JoAnn’s, along with the matching Kona Cotton solid. You can get the Lorelei pattern here.

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

For my son, I used the Classic Oxford Pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop {affiliate}.

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Mr. T picked out the fabric and buttons at F&M Fabrics himself (now online as thefabricmarket.com) and we were pleasantly surprised that he almost matched his cousins exactly!

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Then…at the last minute, I was able to pull a dress together for myself! I got my fabric from F&M Fabrics in the same shopping trip as my son. I had taken another dress pattern to the store but when I saw this fabric, I really loved it and decided it didn’t fit the dress pattern that I originally had in mind.

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

I ended up using this free multi-sized pattern (did you hear that, FREE) by Honigdesign. It’s called the Garden Party Dress. You’ll want to click here to see the original versions. I altered the neckline and made it sleeveless, but the original pattern has some great features and it’s a dress you can make in different fabrics and sleeve lengths to wear year round! Believe me, you will want to have it in every color!

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

It was a wonderful day with an outside service at church, time with family and yummy food. I hope your day was just as great! I’d love to see your handmade Easter outfits too – feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you made!

Happy Easter 2014 | JaimeSews