Suit Up for Swim

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Hello Summer!  I’m kicking off summer with a functional and real post.  My good bloggy friends Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots and Tami Peterson of Sew Sophie Lynn are hosting a swimwear tour and I thought I would use it as a great excuse to tackle swimwear once again.  I did this one other time before and it wasn’t the greatest success and the pattern was… let’s just say…less than great.  So this time I thought I’d really try to get some good creations.  You should know there are some awesome prizes to be won by sponsors, so be sure to head over to Karly and Tami’s blogs for how to have a chance to win some goodies from the sponsors.
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Well… I’ve finished two of my projects and I would definitely say there is a learning curve to the swimwear creation skill.  I’m a little OCD and Karly could definitely confirm that because I am always sending her pictures of things I’m just not happy with and I think she sometimes laughs at my obsessiveness.  With that said, I’m going to call the suits created in this post my wearable muslins and this is only because I know I can do better personally. So if you are OCD like me… just be gentle and whatever you do… don’t zoom in on the photos. 😜

So, let’s get started on what I’ve sewn up.  I used the Peach Beach Swim Suit from Lil Luxe Collection and the Cosi Swimsuit from Sewpony.  Both of these patterns were provided to my for the purpose of this tour, but please know any opinions are my own.  I also want to include that I sewed these using my serger and sewing machine. I really did need both. I own a coverstitch machine but was just too chicken to bust it out on this project. I was afraid I would cause unrepairable damage and was racing against the clock to get these in before we headed to the beach for a vacation.

I started with the Peach Swimsuit. As many know, I’m a huge fan of the quality of Lil Luxe Collection and this pattern keeps with that level. There are TONs of tips and photos included in this pattern to help you achieve the best product. I found them very helpful.  This pattern includes options for a one piece or a two piece. I love this, it’s like a two for one deal.  Both versions are nicely lined and include the super fun front panel and bow front. When my husband saw the finished product I think he was surprised I could make something that looked so legit. I always love when I get a response like that…then I usually continue by pointing out all the things I need to fix for the next version to bring him back to reality.  We are our own worst critics…amiright?!


The most challenging part to this suit is getting the bow to lay just right. This is where the learning curve part comes in. I didn’t stretch my elastic across the top enough on my first version which gives it a little more wiggle than I would like, but I think my next one will be better.  The pattern includes a lot of support with this.

In terms of fit, this suit gives great coverage and doesn’t ride up the the bum at all. This is a huge deal in my family. No one likes picking their suit out of their butt crack all day long. 😂 I took new measurements before starting both of these suits and chose the size according to the size chart. Both of these worked well.

For the Cosi, I must say… If this is the only pattern you had for girl’s swim, you could be set for life. This pattern is seriously loaded with options out the whazoo.  Check out the listing for the options, I can’t even list them all here. I think this would be a great pattern for a mini mix-and-match swim collection. Several tops and bottoms that are all interchangeable would make summers at my house so simple!  We basically live in swimwear and don’t even have a pool. I know… so weird.

For my Cosi I chose the one piece view with the skirt option and adjustable straps. I almost chickened out on the straps, but I reminded myself that I jumped on this tour for a challenge and decided to go for it. #challengeaccepted.
For this suit I chose the un-lined version and went with just the gusset lining. I mainly wanted to do this to incorporate a new skill. I didn’t mind this design option at all, but I did learn that it should mainly be used for darker fabrics. My coral fabric was maybe not the best choice, but also not inappropriate either. It did make me aware how lighter colored fabrics could show things we don’t want to show.

If I’m being completely real, I’ll share that while making this suit I totally jacked up and sewed the bottom onto the top backwards… Agh!!! Removing serger seams sucks, but I did it. But for real, I’m not even sure how I jacked that up. I feel like that’s as bad as sewing a sleeve on inside out and I haven’t done that in a loooonng time. I thought I was past moments like that.  I guess not.

Are you wondering how the adjustable straps went? They turned out pretty good. My machine wasn’t making friends with the multiple layers of fabric in some places, but overall I love that I did them. It makes the suit potty functional which is a total win in my book.

For fit on this, I thought it was good. No wedgy issues here either. I did add a tiny bit of height to the top of the suit just for personal preference on coverage up top. I will probably continue to do that. I’m super conservative and even though my models aren’t “developed” I want to promote keeping boobies covered. Call it imprinting. 😂

So, that’s my swim journey thus far this year. I’m sure I will make a few more. I still have some swim fabric I bought but haven’t used yet.  Thanks so much to Karly and Tami for hosting this tour and pushing my skills a bit. Thanks to Jess and Suz for trusting me with your patterns to tackle for this project.

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

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Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour

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It is finally my day to share a creation on the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour!  I was excited to get the invite to join in.  Itch to Stitch (and awesome helpers) along with Stylemaker Fabrics have helped to put together a great tour.  This post does contain affliate links, but as always my opinions are my own.

So far we have seen an array of different looks on the tour.  Some are classy and elegant while others are comfortable yet stylish.  I stitched up the Idyllwild Top and Dress which I love. You can see a short sleeved version I did here on the Itch to Stitch Blog. Idyllwild is a t-shirt pattern that includes so many fun extras.  There are 2 necklines, 7 sleeve options, and 3 length options.  That is a total of 42 different combinations.  I’m a math teacher, so I can confirm that 42 is a correct number and Kennis did a good job on her math when she wrote the listing. 🙂  I used some fabulous French Terry supplied by StyleMakers Fabric.  I love how warm and cozy this dress was in French Terry.  It has a 4 way stretch too!  You can find the fabric HERE. I really hadn’t gotten into the French Terry craze that has hit all the sewing groups I belong to.  I had bought some, but used it for items for my kids so I hadn’t really figured out what the craze is all about. I get it now.

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The only adjustment I did to this dress was to shorten the length.  I did this using the shorten and lengthen lines provided within the pattern. I don’t know about you but I’m short, so basically all my dresses have to be adjusted for a flattering length.  Due to the heavier nature of this fabric I probably could have shortened a tad more, but since it cool here in Indiana I kept it as is.

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I’ve been wanting a tee-shirt dress for a while.  I’ve been talking about it with teacher friends about how comfy they would be for our long days at school, so this was easy to pick for the tour.  I added a scarf for styling for a touch of holiday spirit.  You may also see a belt in a few photos. I’ve recently discovered that belting your scarf give a fun look that is slightly out of the norm of what we usually see with scarves.  Belting it makes me feel like there is a part of me that is fashion forward.

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When I chose this neckline for this dress I opted for the larger neckline. I’ve made both necklines with this pattern now and think they are great.  Sometimes I like a higher neckline for comfort and easy of dealing with children without fear of flashing my goods.  I think the larger neckline works pretty well for this too.  It is still modest, but does allow for you to wear pop on a necklace and look great.

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I’ve sewn up several Itch to Stitch patterns and I must say they are top notch.  I love the clear concise illustrations and how there are detailed measurement charts to help you select exactly what size you need for your perfect fit. Some patterns even include cup size options so you don’t have to do bust adjustments. That is huge!

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Well that raps up my feature for the Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour.  I hope you liked my make and take the time to look over all the patterns offered at Itch to Stitch.  There is a special discount code during the tour. Use code holiday16 for 16% off your entire cart. StyleMakers fabric is offering a great deal too! $5 shipping on all fabric from Style Makers, no code needed. There’s a discount for international shipping as well!

Don’t forget to pop in on the other posts! There are so many lovely creations featuring StyleMakers Fabrics and Itch to Stitch Patterns.

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Chalk and Notch Anniversary and Waterfall Release

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Such an exciting post today! I love getting to be part of the creation process with pattern designers.  Today I’m sharing about a new pattern release from Chalk and Notch as well as celebrating the Chalk and Notch patterns one year anniversary.  Excitement is floating around everywhere with the Waterfall Raglan release and the awesome giveaway is going on is amazing too.  Be sure to read to the bottom to enter the raffle copter.  Your are going to want to have some entries into this one.

To help celebrate some lovely blogger people are joining in with a little tour.  Check out the schedule! I’ve become blogging sisters with so many of these ladies.  It is so fun to support each other through our little adventures.  I love seeing how we all have different takes on patterns and fabric.  It’s amazing how one pattern can look so different in every make.

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Chalk and Notch Tour

Emi – Just Add Fabric | Melissa – Rebel & Malice | Brooke – Idle Sunshine | Nicky – Mix it Make it | Nelleke – gaafmachine | Sylvia – Lily & Woody | Sophie – Moineau & Petit Pois | Monica – Ma, me, mi… mo | Cassy – Pear Berry Lane | Thao – Little Cumquat | Toya – Made by Toya | Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Maria – Fairies, Bubbles & Co. | Indu – Kaleidothought | Julia – trendedero | Eveline – frölein tilia | Catherine – Mespetitstissus

Do you know Gabriela from Chalk and Notch? I’ve “known” her for a little over a year when she participated in a contest that I too joined in on.  I can remember her amazing collection and photos.  I loved the colors, the makes, the accessories that went with the collection.  I could tell she had it together.  I continued to follow her on Instagram and later discovered she was designing.  It’s so fun to see the development of someone’s dream and business and I’ve enjoyed watching Chalk and Notch grow throughout the year.

If you aren’t a member of the Chalk and Notch Facebook group, you must join!  You can see all the upcoming patterns and tester calls.  The group is full of such sweet ladies.  It’s a positive encouraging place.  Join here.

Now for the Waterfall Raglan Release!

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I’ve been sharing my photos all around because I just love this top and I have to say, my little model was working our photo shoot. There were too many cute ones to narrow it down.

The Waterfall Raglan is a relaxed fitting raglan with both top and dress views.  It features a feminine ruffle at the hemline.  There are multiple sleeve lengths and my very favorite thing about this pattern is the larger hem allowance on the sleeves.  I have found that larger seam allowances with knits makes for smooth washing, non-curling hems.  This is something I love!

Get the pattern at the UpCraft Club

Get the pattern at Chalk and Notch

The Waterfall Raglan pairs great with jeans or leggings.  It’s a great everyday top, but can be dressed up easily with some good fabric choice.

The dress version is just as adorable. I haven’t made it yet, but you will see some on this tour, so don’t miss those stops.

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I’ll leave you here With the rafflecopter. Be sure to enter and check out the rest of the stops on the tour.

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One Thimble Issue 12 {A Feature Post}

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Yay! It’s time again for the newest issue of OneThimble! Can you believe we are looking at issue 12?  Each issue, Pattern Revolution hosts a tour to share all about the newest issue.  I’m exciting to be joining in for a second time with the festivities! I’m here to share about two patterns in the latest issue.  First, I hopped on the Melbourne Romper from Jilly Atlanta.  This is a unisex romper, but I only have girls so that means it is for girls at my house. You can see some adorable boy photos in the listing.  I didn’t know what the romper was going to look like when I signed up, but I know Jill has a taste for simplicity and beauty all wrapped into one with every pattern, so no matter what the pattern was I knew I wanted to try it.  For the second pattern, I tackled the Flutterby Kite by Molly and Mama.  This is my very first Molly and Mama make.  This kite is the closest thing I’ve ever come to making a quilt, so I was stepping out on a limb with this pattern.  It is marked for beginners, so why not give it a try? *As often happens, this post does contain affiliate links to help support fabric hoarding. Thanks for the support.

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For the Melbourne Romper I had a vision of trying to put together a romper that represented that simplicity and beauty I mentioned that I love in Jilly Atlanta patterns.  To accomplish this, I used a solid gray cotton with a white lace overlay on the bib. I think the lace adds a bit of fancy to the look without taking it overboard. I think it was a great match.  The fit of the romper was good and I can easily take this romper into fall by layering with a shirt and possibly some tights.  We chose to do the crisscross straps without flutters. We had no issues with bathroom stops and I didn’t even have to help with them. A great feature to this pattern is that there are options for the bottom based on whether you need room for a diaper or not.  That will make a huge difference in fit.  How awesome?!

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I had the most beautiful white buttons picked out for these straps, but when I tested my button hole it wasn’t going to fit within the straps.  Darn the luck!  You can also sew the buttons to the inside on the back to tuck the straps in if you like.  Personally, I like the options of leavingthem out and adding a little something with buttons.

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For the kite, I wanted to create something that went with the vibe of the romper for this post, but you could do so much with this pattern in terms of wall decor.  The pattern was easy to follow and when I was finished I feel like I had a glimpse of the quilting world.  I struggled a tiny bit with the corners and probably need some tips for making those look better, but other than that I’m very happy with my final product.

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I was so impressed by myself and my awesome quilting of this kite! Seriously, can you see that?! (Fist bump to myself!) Not bad for a  first attempt.  The tail was looking quite awesome as well until we took it out for pictures. It got a little beat up by the model.  What can you say? It’s hard being a kid holding a kite and not taking off with it.  This kite isn’t meant to be a flying toy, rather more of a piece of wall art.  We were getting creative for our photos.

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All in all, these were two fairly simple patterns and definitely patterns that can create different looks just by changing up the fabric.

Thanks for stopping in to check out my One Thimble Issue 12 makes! Be sure to check out the rest of the features from the newest issues by following the schedule below!

 One Thimble Issue 12 Tour

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Pandalicious: by Art Gallery

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Oh my goodness! The Pandalicious Tour is here! I just can’t even believe that I get to sew up some of the Art Gallery Fabrics Pandalicious line by Katerina Roccella for you to see. *This post is sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics, but my opinions and emotions of excitement are my own. I’ve been eyeing this fabric since it first hit the web and I just love it! I’ve put together a sister set for my little ladies to show off some of this awesome line.  Check out my creations, then be sure to read about the multiple giveaways for the tour.

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I stitched up this first outfit with Ni hao Fairies Yu for the top and Panda Patches Blue for the shorts.  If you haven’t put your hands on Art Gallery fabrics you are certainly missing out.  The wovens are so soft and smooth to the touch and sew beautifully!  The Pleat Fold Top from Madeit patterns was a perfect match for the Papillon Shorties from Lil Luxe Collection.  Lil Luxe is also a sponsor for this post and I was so excited to get to stitch up the shorties.

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For outfit number two I used the Hidden Panda Cottonbud.  I love how the little pandas just peak out in this fabric.  It’s a soft and fun design! Perfect for a little person to sport in a romper.  I used the Summer Romper for kids, a FREE pattern from Purl SOHO. This romper was simple and the fit was great. A pattern I will definitely use again.  It is so hot here right now, so cool clothes are a must!

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You can see the whole line here: Pandalicious Line

And check out the Pandalicious Look Book!

Enter the Rafflecopter to win: 

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids Pattern Book & 2 yards Hidden Panda Cottonbud in Knit

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Enter to Win a Lil Luxe Collection Pattern

Winner has been chosen by a random number generator and the winner was comment Number 2, Tami of Sew Sophie Lynn! Yay!

Leave me a comment below about and I’ll be doing a random drawing at the end of the tour from the comments.

Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Round 4

We are coming close to the finish line.  Day 4 of the tour is upon us.  Today may be the biggest day of the tour, so be sure to leave a comment or two for the bloggers so they know you made it to their post.  The sponsor sales will be wrapping up at the end of the week too, so be sure to scroll down and scope those out!  Here is today’s round up.  Enjoy!

 

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Meriel from Create 3.5 has a one hour complete project.  I must say, I am impressed.  I’m loving stitching up summer wear for my girls, so I may need to scope out the patterns she used.

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Crissy from Muse of the Morning has an applique tutorial to share today.  Muse of the Morning is also a sponsor for the tour this week.

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Jess from Gracious Threads is making my ovaries hurt with this adorable photo in his mommy made outfit.  Gracious Threads is a sponsor for the tour too!  Be sure to join her facebook group and become part of the club.

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Eleri is on of the bloggers over at Sew and Tell Project.  She has a sew from Simple Life Company today.  I’m loving the fabric here too!

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Stacey from Beatnik Kids stitched up something for herself.  I spy pockets in this photo!  I don’t know about you, but everyone in my house NEEDS pockets.  I’m loving the fit on this too.

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Joelle is looking perfectly prepped for summer in her outfit that took just over 1 hour to make.  I can’t wait for the day that I am that fast.  This looks so comfy too!

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Maryam from #RandomsByRydz stitched up a top for herself from George & Ginger, but did you know a matching kids pattern is also available from JillyAtlanta?  So you could totally coordinate with your little person.

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.

A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here’s the codes!
George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns

Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns

Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns

Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns

These codes are good through June 12th!

Then Laela Jeyne’s Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here’s the prize packages:

Link-up Prize Package
Prize Package 1
Prize Package 2

 

If you have missed any posts this week, be sure to swing by and check them out.

 

Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Round 3

Can you believe it’s hump day for the tour? We are at the center mark and loving all the creations!

2Kicking of the day today is Karly from Paisley Roots.  She has been an awesome help and had so many good ideas to make this tour great!  Check out her quick sew and while you are at it, check out her sponsor features from last week if you missed those.

13340174_10154263981112803_7460305801504653146_o Linda Rose from Sew Happily Ever After did some sewing for boys.  I’m so glad to see some boy sews for all the boy moms out there.  I wouldn’t know one thing about sewing for boys, but I’m sure it can be just as rewarding as sewing for girls.  Linda is sharing a 30 minute sew! That means I could sew 4 or 5 of these in the time my washer and dryer would cycle through.  That’s pretty awesome.

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Valerie of Élégantine! has nailed it with her sneak.  Why wash when you can have new?  My favorite thing about Valerie’s blog is it is bilingual!  I’m so amazed by this I just have to check it out when I see a new post.

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Fenna from FABulous Home Sewn has stitched up some shorts for us to check out.  I REALLY must know how long these took to create.  It looks like there is a lot of stitching detail and I’m curious as to what the looks like on the clock.  Fenna might just be a stitching master.

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Melissa of Rebel & Malice is sharing her anti-laundry creation.  Another skirt hits the machine.  I’m thinking I should be sewing more skirts and doing less laundry.  Plus, it’s summer and who doesn’t like something nice and breezy to keep you cool?

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Deb of Sprouting JubeJube is bringing in some selfish sewing along with some others. I love the sewists that sew for themselves.  I really should do it more.  Check out her makes and decide if you need to do some selfish sewing too!

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Candice  of  Candice Ayala did an awesome up-cycle in and hour! A perfect idea for a father’s day theme! I’ve got to scope out what pattern she used here!

Enjoy checking out all the blogger posts on the tour and don’t forget to do your own project to link up!

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Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.

A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here’s the codes!George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns

Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns

Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns

Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns

These codes are good through June 12th!

Then Laela Jeyne’s Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here’s the prize packages:

Link-up Prize Package
Prize Package 1
Prize Package 2

Link up your project here!

Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show Day 6

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It is Day 6 of the Pre-Show!!! We made it to the end of the beginning.  I hope you have been enjoying these quick sew pattern features we have been featuring for you.  If this is your first stop visiting the Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show, learn all about it on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5.

Today I’m featuring the Kelsey Dress from Sis Boom.  It’s a super cute little pattern that makes for a fast sew and if you leave off the ruffle option on the bottom, it is even faster. Can you tell this girl is ready for her trip to Disney in a few weeks? Complete with Minnie wallet, she is ready to roll.

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The Kelsey pattern includes a simple dress with cross over bodice. The pattern includes Maxi, Tea Length, and Tunic Lengths, with and without ruffle options.  The skirt is not especially full, so if you are a froo-froo kind of sewist, you may want to add some with to you your skirts when cutting.  I personally like less fluff on tunics because they tend to stay down better and blow up less on breezy days.

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I also stitched up another Kelsey recently.  It really is a quick sew and a perfect top for summer.  To see even more Kelsey examples, join the SisBoom facebook group here.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Pre-Show Stops today!! Karly has a post here featuring Blaverry patterns and Jeanine has a post here.  Monday is when the real tour begins, so be sure you are following us to keep up with all the exciting prizes! See you Monday!!

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Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show 3

It’s Wednesday, and day 3 of the Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show where we are featuring some patterns from designers that are sponsoring the tour next week!  Be sure to check out Day 1, and Day 2 if you missed them. 🙂

Today I’m featuring some quick sews from Modkid.  Modkid recently release the Laguna Summer Shirts Collection and the Perfect Leggings patterns, so I thought I would show those off.  I tested both of these, but decided to sew up different options because both of these patterns have quite a lot to choose from.  Check out my first post about them here.

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The Laguna Shirts Collection has 4 Different Views.  The options are fun yet still simple. If you haven’t sewn a Modkid pattern before, they have a way of making things seem less complicated.  It is like they have basic pieces that come together with style in the end. Totally worth trying.  For today, I did View A with the single layer sleeve option.  I wanted to keep it simple so we can mix and match with some of our other clothes.

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If you love the Laguna Summer Tops Collection, Modkid is also hosting a sewalong next week! That means you can enter a Laguna top for the sewalong prizes and for the Laundry tour! Boom, two for one!  Get all the details for the sew along here .  Coupon code LAGUNASAL2016 gets you 25% off your entire order in the Modkid Etsy store. That’s ANYTHING you buy in the shop not just the Laguna pattern!! The coupon code expires on Wednesday, June 8th at midnight EST. Don’t miss it!

For the Perfect Leggings I used the simple shorts, again to make them flexible with our other items, but this patterns has so much more to offer.  Rouched sides with a faux button placket and Mini-Ruffles at the hemline are two other options available.  This pattern also features no outer side seam.  I know this is a huge plus for some of us.

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The shorts are a great length! Not too long and not too short, just right. I am definitely going to try the faux placket next.  Will you try out a Modkid pattern for the link up?  Be sure to check out all the patterns Patty Young offers in the shop!

I hope you liked my little feature, but don’t forget that Karly and Jeanine also have designer features today too!  Check out Karly’s adorable shorts with some great fabric here.  Check out Jeanine’s post here.

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Make Laundry Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show 2

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It is Day 2 of the Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry Pre-Show.  If you didn’t get all the details, read yesterday’s post here.  Today, I’m featuring a George & Ginger pattern for my post.  Kristi is what I would call the queen of Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry.  Every day she shares her new creations for us to ooo-and-ahhhh over and I am always wondering how on earth she ever finds time to wash all the things she is sewing up.  Finally I asked her about it and she said, “I don’t do laundry.” Immediately, I knew we could be friends!

I own several George and Ginger patterns and Kristi offers an extensive selection of free patterns.  Seriously, I think she has more free patterns (that people actually use) than any other designer.  Join the George & Ginger Facebook Group for the free patterns.  The struggle was hard to decide what to feature for the pre-tour.  Finally, I decided a hack for the Splitsville top was in order.  I tested the Splitsville top along with the Fancy Back Collection and shared about them here.

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For my Splitsville, I removed the split.  I cut the back piece on the fold (and then put a pleat in the back to account for what would have been seam allowance if two back pieces.  How awesome it that?! I think this could be a great mod for very light knits too. Printing to hemming… I finished this in just under one hour! Woot woot! I even had to search for my tape before I could tape the pattern together.  Did you know G&G uses no-trim pages?! That definitely helps to speed up the time.

 

Here is another bit of awesomeness… If you have been wanting to pick up a George & Ginger pattern and haven’t yet, Kristi is offering a discount for people who are following along with the the tour. Next week will be the time to grab that pattern you’ve been wanting if you want to take advantage of that discount.  Afterwards, go sew it up so you can link it to the tour and be entered in for some awesome prizes!

What about the other Pre-Tour Features for today?! Karly and Jeanine both have something for you to see as well.  Check out Karly’s post here, and Jeanine’s post here.

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Karly did some fun stitching here!
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Jeanine has some cute short to talk about today!

Be sure to be planning what you are going to sew-up for the link up! I can’t wait to reveal all the awesome prizes on Monday!

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