We’re Moving!

Alright, I did it! You can now head over to thecrazytailor.com and see the brand new look! Actually, I tried to keep it as much the same as I could. You can update your feeds, email notifications, and bloglovin’ stuff over there. Some of those things will automatically switch (bloglovin’ anyway). This site will redirect to the new one for the next year for all that stuff you might have pinned :) Please leave feedback on anything you like/dislike or that is missing!


Big Changes and a Tutorial

*Alright, I did it! You can now head over to thecrazytailor.com and see the brand new look! Actually, I tried to keep it as much the same as I could. You can update your feeds, email notifications, and bloglovin’ stuff over there. Some of those things will automatically switch (bloglovin’ anyway). This site will redirect to the new one for the next year for all that stuff you might have pinned :) Please leave feedback on anything you like/dislike or that is missing!

Have you been checking out the other stops on the Peekaboo Lullaby Tour? There are some great things being sewn up! I left you yesterday with the promise of a quick tutorial for doing a faux layered sleeve. A few of you wanted to know more about the modified back bib for the overalls…I didn’t take any pictures while I did that part, and basically copied the shape of another pair of overalls that I liked the shape of. The straps need to be lengthened a bit for that option usually, since the back bib is a little shorter than the original pattern. Maybe I’ll make another pair when I’m not in a hurry :)

Ok, so back to the faux layered sleeve. I started by cutting out a short sleeve (there’s a cutting line on the pattern piece) and then another piece that is basically the rest of the sleeve if you were doing a long sleeve + one inch added to the top to account for attaching.

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Then, with RST (right sides together) serge or sew the longest straight edges together:

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What you should have now is a long sleeve with a seam in the middle. Press your seam allowance up towards the shoulder. Now looking at the right side of your sleeve, bring/fold the top part of the sleeve down 3/4″ to create a faux hem look and press.

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Using a double needle, stretch stitch or zig-zag, topstitch along the serge allowance that you can see and feel from the top side (3/4″ up from the fold).

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Now you can continue on with the regular assembly of your lap tee/bodysuit…or any other shirt! A super simple way to add some interest to sometimes boring boy clothes :)

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So for the big changes? I’m midway through designing a self-hosted blog! I’m hoping to migrate all of my content from this blog over to my new domain this weekend….but if you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, you’ll know why! I am a total newb when it comes to this website jargon so I’m working my way through it a little at a time! I’ll give you all the details once it’s presentable :) Anyone that has made the switch from a free wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted wordpress.org site with BlueHost, comment and tell me that it’s all going to be OK…..


Peekaboo Lullaby Line Pattern Tour

As you know, I’ve been making quite a few things from the new Lullaby Layette line that recently came out over at Peekaboo Patterns. When Amy contacted me about being in her pattern tour, I was so excited! This is a big deal to a new blogger ;) Of course I said yes!

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I chose to make the overalls and a bodysuit. I made a pair of the overalls during testing, but I used knit. This time I decided to go with a bottom-weight twill instead. Because I can’t leave good enough alone, I made some changes to these. I added front pockets, changed the shape of the top and back patch pockets. Added a flap and snap to the front, and also modified the shape of the back bib on the overalls. I really wanted these to have the look of classic denim farmer overalls. I hope I don’t offend any farmers with that….

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Also, I did double topstitching everywhere (in two different colours because I am determined to use up stuff I already have!). These are really quick otherwise. I chose to use my Kam Snaps instead of buttons. I just ordered a bunch more colours, but had to use dark brown because they haven’t come in the mail yet. I like that they kind of blend in and just the one blue snap stands out.

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DSC_0981These are the 18mos size on my chunky 14 month old. The fit is great, even without using knit. I’m planning on a few pairs of these as shorts for summer!

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DSC_0955I also made a bodysuit using upcycled mens 2XL tshirts. That is the best way to get great knits (for me in Canada anyway. Cheap too!) and I have tons of leftover. You might recognize the orange knit from the Boardwalk Hoodie I reviewed a while back.

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I modified this pattern only to add a faux layered sleeve. Look for a tutorial for that later!

DSC_0935I’m not gonna lie…this is how 75% of my photos look with this little guy! He is always on the move!

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I really love the classic look of these overalls. The bodysuit is such a versatile pattern, and can you believe I didn’t put a deer on it??

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Head over to Peekaboo Pattern Shop‘s blog to see all of the amazing bloggers that will be creating some cute little baby/toddler stuff!

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Enter to win some amazing prizes here (sorry, I can’t show the actual giveaway here because I have a newbie free wordpress blog….be on the lookout for some changes around here! This little blog is going places… :)
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Happy Sewing!
*this post contains affiliate links, but the pattern love and opinions are all my own!

Tulip Tunic by Heidi & Finn

I tested this cute little tunic top for Heidi & Finn and I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

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This pattern is super simple since there aren’t any set-in sleeve to fiddle with. The gathers on the empire waist are perfect for little toddler tummies!

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I added a little bow for interest, and I think that it finished off the cute little look just right!

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This pattern also includes a dress option, which you can see over on the website.

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Not including printing the pattern, or cutting it out (I never tend to do this all in one sitting) this top probably went together in about 30 minutes. Maybe less. The worst part was having to use my sewing machine to do a baste line for my gathers! Haha! I love my serger! Head over to Heidi & Finn to see a tester round-up!

 

 

 


Pattern Release: Boardwalk Hoodie/Henley

This great new pattern, the Boardwalk Hoodie and Henley from Peekaboo Patterns was JUST released today! I was privileged to be a tester for this cute little shirt, and I know you’re going to love it! There are just so many options with this: hoodie, henley, shirt, dress….also, it’s a great stash buster! I used up different t-shirts to make this one:

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The pattern calls for buttons or snaps….my Kam Snaps are probably my most favorite new thing I have bought in the last little while! I’ve used them for bibs, shirts, dresses, overalls…..

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I added elbow patches to this (just grabbed the template from the Downton Duffle coat) because I’m on an elbow patch kick lately. Also, they’re more than decorative on a little boy who still army crawls most of the time!

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In case you’re wondering, E is wearing the Classic Chinos from Peekaboo. I’ve made him two pairs, and I need to plan out some shorts for summer! This is a great basic pattern that can be dressed up or down.

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The fit on the hoodie is similar to a shirt. It is a loose fit as a single layer. If you sized up you could use it as a sweatshirt/layering piece. I sewed this whole garment almost entirely on my serger so it goes together really quickly! And if you’re using snaps instead of buttons, well then… :)

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Get the Boardwalk Hoodie and Henley pattern for 15% off TODAY only! Use the code “boardwalk15” when you checkout.

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Lullaby Line SleepSack pattern review

I was happy to be a tester for the new Lullaby Line sleepsack from Peekaboo Pattern Shop.

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I’ve used one of these for both of my children, and the one we had was just about worn out! Not to mention it was a pretty girly hand-me-down for my little boy :) I’m very happy with this pattern. It went together SO quickly – about 45 minutes! I’ll be making a lighter one for spring/summer, that’s for sure.

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I made mine out of cuddle fleece and the arms and neck are finished in knit. The zipper is installed upside down to facilitate easy diaper changes (more important in younger babies :) ) and, in my opinion, to keep little fingers from figuring out how to escape!

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Keep your eyes peeled for some more pattern reviews from the Lullaby Line – they’re coming! And if you have babies…you should have this pattern pack! All of the essentials are in there!

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E says, “Go buy it now!” ;)

Also, on a totally unrelated note, you can vote for my entry over at Compagnie M’s blog. Just head on over and click the little heart to vote! Thanks!


Project Run & Play: Signature Style

*I’ve entered this look into a little contest over at Compagnie M’s blog. You can vote for me here. I’d appreciate it a whole bunch! Just click the little heart symbol!

This is it – the last week of Project Run & Play! I have enjoyed it immensely, although I haven’t done this much sewing since my tailor shop days! I love that I have cranked out some useful and versatile garments. This final week was all about our personal, signature style. As I was thinking through what I like and wear, and what I dress my kids in, I came up with this: classic, practical, with a little trendy mixed in.

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I like to take classic pieces/patterns and make them my own. I rarely use a pattern as-is. Also, I like to upcycle other things to make new things :) This is how most of this look started out:

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I started with the coat. I used up every available inch from that polka dot skirt! In fact, I had to patch one pocket together because I just couldn’t squeak out a whole 5″ x 5″ square! I used the Downton Duffle pattern from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, but modified it to include a rounded yoke with gathering in the front and a pleat in the back.

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I made some piping and added that to the yoke and pocket flaps.

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The lining is made from another skirt that I love! I knew it would be perfect since plaid is classic. I quilted the lining to a mid-weight felt interlining.

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The hood is lined with a super cozy fleece. The sleeves were finished with a traditional lined-sleeve hem. 

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Next I made a dress. I decided to go with a classic drop-waist style. I used the Mara blouse but lengthened it about 8 inches. Also, I combined the round yoke to make a one piece bodice. I used the continuous placket tutorial by Melly Sews to add the button placket. I didn’t like any of the buttons that I had, so I went with Kam Snaps instead. I LOVE the colour it adds!!! Then I made a casing and threaded a ribbon through to cinch it in at the waist.

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I drafted a peter pan collar too :) I’m noticing that chambray is hard to photograph….it shows up as so many shades of blue!

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….and then the bag. Last night I decided she needed something else to tie it all together. Also, she’s been such a trooper putting up with so many photos for me! I thought I’d whip up a little messenger-style bag. Well, “whip up” turned into three hours….anyway, it turned out cute, and she loves it :) It’s leather lined in a woven.

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I did a reverse applique for the initial on the front, and added a fun little vintage zipper too!

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I think this outfit brings together everything I like: classic silhouettes, timeless fabric and versatile colours! Here are a BUNCH of outfit pictures.

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She was digging for her rockets….gotta love a good bribe :) I hope you’ve enjoyed this past month as much as I have! Check out all the sewalong entries here!

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