I was always intimidated to make a button up shirt when I started sewing a while ago. They just always seemed so daunting. I was pretty sure it would end up in a mess on the floor, and I’d want to never see it again. PDF patterns have totally changed my outlook on this. I feel like I can accomplish just about anything given pictures, videos, and thoughrough instructions. Kelly at Sew a Little Seam makes the best patterns if you love lots of options. I think I could clothe my kids in only Kelly’s patterns and they’d still wear a different looking outfit every day. The new Birch Button up pattern is no exception either.
There’s full or partial placket, 3 different types of pockets and flaps, long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, front tie hem, curved hem, straight hem, collar, collarless….I think I could go on forever. Here is the line drawing to show all of the options that are available to mix and match to customize the perfect shirt. And the sizing goes from 3 months to 16 years, it’s a timeless pattern!
I made my son’s shirt with a more traditional look. I really like the full placket, short sleeve, and pocket. He didn’t have any short sleeve button up shirts, and this fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby is light enough that it’s great for his summer wardrobe.
The pattern is on sale through August 1 for only $4.90 with the code found in Sew a Little Seam’s Facebook group!! Now it’s the fun time for the giveaway! Click below and I’ll be giving away a copy of this great pattern! If you happen to be the winner, and already purchased I’ll refund your purchase 😊
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I love bubble shorts on little girls! I think they are the cutest look. I’m pretty sure I have more than one pattern of bubble shorts in my pattern library. They’re like a weakness for me, and I can’t help but sew them. Well, I sewed another pair for little girl using the Fiona shorts pattern from Honeydew Kisses. I much prefer having a cuff on the bottom though as opposed to just having elastic, like a bloomer. I feel like it gives them a more polished look.
This pair of Fiona shorts was surprisingly fast to sew up. I like the look of the flat front, as they seem more put together. This pattern isn’t lined, and does have pockets. I chose to sew mine without any pockets, mostly because she just doesn’t really use them. The front pattern piece has the pocket cut out already, but the instructions at the back of the pattern explain how to adjust the piece if you don’t want to add pockets. It also comes with suspenders, if you want that look too.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics has some colored chambray, so I grabbed all of the colors she had available. This is the purple chambray from her shop. I found the polka dot fabric in my stash, and I love how they looked together.
This is love! If you’ve never heard of Honeydew Kisses patterns, then you’re missing out. She designs some of the cutest boutique-type patterns out there. Recently, she said she was updating her Eleanor pattern, and I was so excited to be able to make one. The details on this pattern are just so sweet!
It’s such a sweet look, and so cute! The bow back was an update to the pattern, and the original pattern still has the crossover back. The pattern has short, long, flutter, and sleeveless options. There’s also a tunic, dress, and bubble romper option. I sewed up the shorts romper option with the short sleeves and added pockets. You can also add a snap crotch, which is included in the pattern, and a functioning button placket front.
The pattern is currently on sale until Sunday, July 23 for $6.97. I used chambray from Raspberry creek fabrics, and Art Gallery from One Red Blossom.
I love a nice comfy woven pant. Especially as a mom of young kids, I’m all over the place and up and down a lot. I need something that can accommodate running around with my kids, or just going to the store. Having a pair of pants or shorts that I can throw on and know they will be comfortable like my yoga pants, but look more put together, is exactly what I need. Patterns for Pirates has fulfilled my wishes! Meet the Linen Loungers and Little Loungers.
When Judy posted about this pattern, I started looking around for some nice chambray fabric. I got this grey chambray from Cali Fabrics for a great price. I made the bermuda length for my son and me. I did the patch front pockets for mine, and the hidden slat pockets for my son. There’s also back patch pockets with the pattern too. You have the option of doing a woven or a knit waistband, with either waistband having an optional drawstring.
The pattern also comes with several different lengths. There’s are pants, capri, bermuda, and shorts lengths. The shorts can have cuffs, curved hem, and/or button tabs.
Recently when I was in Los Angeles, I picked up several yards of rayon challis. The print above is one that I grabbed while I was there. It worked perfectly for these capri pants with the hidden slat pockets. The pattern will be on sale until Sunday, July 23. There is a bundle with the kid’s and women’s pattern, or you can grab them separately. The final pattern round-up post can be found here. There’s also a blog post about hacks, so check that out too.
You know I always love matching my little girl! Anytime we match, she always points to her and me and makes some sort of comment about how we look the same. It’s so fun, and I know the day will come when she won’t want to, so I’m taking advantage of it now. I’ve been searching for a tulip shorts pattern. When Melissa at Bella Sunshine Designs (BSD) said that she was testing some, I knew that I needed them. These shorts were a fairly quick sew. They aren’t lined, so that saves some time and fabric. There’s a flat front, and elastic back. There are two different lengths, a short and long length. Both my daughter and I are wearing the long length. For the women’s this ends up being about a 5″ inseam for the long length. For the girl’s, her shorts came to about mid-thigh.
I used Art Gallery fabric for out versions. The shorts are on sale until 7/28/17 for $6.50 for the women’s, and $5.50 for the girl’s.
The new Lorelei swimsuit is a simple, but adorable swimsuit. This suit has been in constant rotation in our house. She’s used it several times during our swim lessons and it’s passed the swim test with flying colors. We haven’t had any straps come down, or any wardrobe malfunctions (haha!).
I chose to make the simple suit with the ruffle down the full length. There’s also an option to have it with a side cut out on the wearer’s left. It can also be made without the ruffle. I used Raspberry Creek’s starfish swim fabric for this suit, and just happen to have a coordinating coral solid swim fabric. Simple Life Pattern Company is currently having a sale with 25% with the code SUMMERSALE. Grab this cute new pattern with the sale!
The Everyday Elegance pattern from Patterns for Pirates is getting an update. Previously it didn’t contain layers, or the upper plus sizes. A short sleeve, long sleeve, and tank were added, as well as a dress length. There were several other hacks that were added, like adding bias to the neckline, instead of the collar.
There aren’t any closures to have to deal with, and it’s great for those drapey woven fabrics. The pattern even comes with a belt that can be added to give it a little more detail. I made the 3/4 sleeve length with the sleeve tabs in the tunic length.
The black fabric is a chiffon from a local shop. The floral is one that I found at Joann, and feels almost like a charmuse. If you’ve always wanted to try this pattern, then now is the time. It’s great for dressing up or down, and works for the professional setting too. You can grab the pattern here while it’s on sale until 7/16/17.
Over the last few weeks Made for Mermaids has been really busy with loads of swimsuit testing. There have been 4 swimsuits in testing, and a swim cover-up as well. Last week as testing was winding down, I met up with two other local ladies that were testing the Camila suit as well and we got pictures of our girls all in Camila suits. We had such a fun time while the girls ran around the splash pad, and their camera laden moms were snapping pictures.
I never really had a major need to sew swimwear. I always thought that what I bought fit okay. The problem comes when you have tall and skinny kids. All of the suits that I buy my kids from the stores are always way too wide. They never stay up, or are sagging because they need the length, but never really the width. Having swimsuits that fit my kids has been a game changer! I will never go back to store bought suits again!
The Camila suit from Made from Mermaids offers a flounce that can either be made to go under the arms or off the shoulder. It has a ruched side and can be strapless, or have halter or shoulder ties. Like all of Made for Mermaids patterns, this one goes from 1/2 (approximately 9-12m) to 14 sizes. I got both of my fabrics from Peek-a-boo Fabric Shop.
The Pearl cover-up is a skirt with an attached flounce. These cover-ups are similar to the ones that I’ve seen in the stores lately. They remind me of a mermaid tail when they’re worn. I made mine out of swim knit, but this pattern can be made out of other knits as well. All of the swimsuit patterns are on sale until Monday, July 3 for $7.50 each. You can also bundle all of the girl patterns for $21 getting the Pearl cover-up for FREE! Or bundle all of the patterns, with the mama Camila, for $26. That’s 5 patterns for only about $5 each.
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My daughter is lacking shorts that fit her in her wardrobe this summer. I wanted something that was simple, yet girly too. I also wanted a little longer short for her. I feel as though most of the stuff in the store is a little too short for my taste. When I saw the Metropolitan Pants pattern by New Horizon Designs, I decided to make both of my kids a pair of shorts. I love that I can use the same pattern for both of them.
First off, I knew I wanted to add something to the shorts for my daughter. I decided to first measure her inseam, since the pattern as is seemed a little long for her. Her inseam to her knee was 5″, and I decided to add a 1/2″ ruffle. I cut from the inseam to 4.25″ (removing 2.25″) for her 36″ height. I measured the hemline around the base of the shorts to be 12.5″ and doubled this width to 25″. I then cut two strips 25″ by 1.75″. When I made the shorts, I folded the strip in half to make a band and gathered to fit the bottom hem. Before hemming my son’s shorts, I tried them on and I also decided to shorten his by 2″, as they came past his knees.
For both pairs, I used fabric from Joann. My daughter’s shorts are chambray/linen blend, and my son’s pair is made from twill.
The pattern requires you to do front pockets (unless you want to adjust the pattern), and has optional back welt pockets. They feature a flat front and elastic back. There’s also an optional faux fly, which I did on my son’s shorts. There are three different hem lengths, pants, capris, and shorts. The pattern goes from sizes 0-3 months up to 10. They were a simple sew and only took me a couple of hours for each. Click here to get the pattern.