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Whimsy Couture Hooded Jacket | DIY Crush

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love PDF Patterns. Such instant gratification! Such creativity all at the click of a button! With all the independent pattern designers popping up, women like you and me using their gifts to create lovely designs for us to sew up, it can be hard to keep up on all that’s available! That’s why sites like DIY Crush Marketplace are such a great resource!

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Denise Knapp, of Whimsy Couture Patterns, started the DIY Crush Marketplace with the,  “vision to provide a comprehensive online marketplace for customers and vendors that is fun and easy to navigate.” This site is unique in that they don’t only have a great variety of sewing & quilting patterns, they also have patterns for crochet, knittingcross stitch & embroidery! In order to help me spread the word about DIY Crush, Denise offered to let me try one of her patterns. My daughter and I had fun browsing and ultimately chose the Hooded Jacket.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

The Hooded Jacket, as all the patterns on DIY Crush, came as an instant download (part of that instant gratification I mentioned!). Due to a netflix recommendation, my daughter has recently taken a liking to Julius Jr./Paul Frank, so when we went to F&M Fabrics ( to pick out our supplies for the jacket, their Paul Frank Flannel was an obvious choice. I lined it in red fleece for lightweight & cozy warmth.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

This jacket is a great transitional piece for fall & spring and could be made winter ready with heavier fabrics. Not only that, but it was a super quick sew – I’m talking 1 hour from cutting it’s done! Since it’s already warming where I am, I tried to choose a size that would work for this coming fall.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

I love that the sleeves are super long and meant to be cuffed – that will definitely help this jacket to still be useful in a few months!

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

I also love the over-sized hood, and sis loved pulling it all the way over her face during the photo shoot – always a joker!

When you purchase your patterns through DIY Crush, they are saved in your account so if your computer crashes or you’ve misplaced the saved file, you can always log in and find your purchased downloads there. Also, if you are a pattern designer, you can sign up to be a vendor at DIY Crush with a pretty cool set up! You get your own designer page, are in charge of your own pricing and sales, and are paid right away when one of your patterns sells! For all the information on becoming a vendor, click here.

DIY Crush Marketplace Hooded Jacket | MadeByJaime

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to DIY Crush Marketplace now and see if you don’t find something you can’t live without!

*Fabric and patterns were provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Pretty Pink Princess Dress – In Progress

Every year for Halloween we go all out. Not because we particularly love Halloween, but mostly because it gives us a chance to go all out! What other time of year do the kids get to parade around town pretending to be someone else? And sewing for Halloween definitely is a different change of pace from the cotton I generally choose to work with.

A few months back in June, my son requested a Green Ninjago costume. Here’s a picture of the final product. You can click here to read more about how I made it.


So since he’s still thrilled with this costume, we’re going to use it for Halloween. This leaves me plenty of time to work on my daughter’s Pretty Pretty Pink Princess Dress. I chose the pattern a while ago – The Sugarplum Princess Dress from FooFooThreads.

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I went to our warehouse fabric store and bought two shades of satin. It’s Halloween, after all. What’s Halloween without costume satin? And BOY, was it fun to cut out!?

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Day 2 of cutting...
Day 2 of cutting…

But now that the cutting’s over, I’ve been able to get some sewing done! Here is the bodice before shirring the back.

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If you’ve never shirred with elastic thread in your bobbin, it’s magical. The instructions in the FooFooThreads pattern are wonderful, but if you don’t have the pattern, here’s a great tutorial to check out.

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You literally hand-wind your bobbin with elastic thread and set your machine to it’s longest stitch and proceed to stitch back and forth. The machine does it all for you and the gathering appears before your eyes. It’s pretty amazing.

So now I will move on to the skirt. There is an underskirt made from cotton with ruffles attached to the bottom edge that will hang out below the hem of the overskirt. Then the overskirt has ruffles on the back and each side, so I’ll be pulling gathering threads for a while, but I’ll be sure to show you the finished product when it’s all said and done!

Are you working on a handmade Halloween? I’d love to see what you’ve made or are working up. Leave a link on my facebook page or in the comments below! I would love to follow you on instagram too so let me know if you’re there!

Lastly, have you heard about the $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway to Stitch Stash Diva on the Whimsy Couture Sewing Blog!? That’s right – up for grabs is $100 of free fabric! There are two days left to enter, so be sure to check it out! It would be a great boost for a Handmade Holiday or just some fun sewing for yourself! Have a great week!

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