My Little Gentleman – Suit Jacket Testing

In the last few weeks I have had a flurry of testing opportunities. I love having a chance to work with different designers and offer my proofreading and sewing skills. Testing for Amy of Peek a Boo patterns is always a pleasure and this occasion was no exception. Amy was revamping her Little Gentleman Suit Jacket and I was able to sew up a 2t during the test.
I used a piece of suiting that I had purchased at a thrift store. Sadly, I didn’t have enough to make the matching vest but Amy has patterns for all 3 pieces so your little gentleman can be prepared for the most formal of occasions. Her directions and photos talk you through the complicated steps like attaching the lining to the outer layer at the cuffs and how to sew the vent in the back. I love how that touch makes it look just like an adult jacket.

I am also kind of excited that this pattern gives me an excuse to buy a tailor’s ham. I need to find one somewhere because pressing those shoulders is impossible without one! Most of all, I am so happy that he loves it and he will be looking quite dapper for Easter this year!


Tally Pleated Skirt and Shorts Testing

We are home from our wonderful Disney vacation but I fell into a bit of a sewing slump. After all there are hundreds and hundreds of vacation photos to look through. And the laundry… let’s not talk about the laundry that was piled to the ceiling! Fortunately, I was tempted back to my machine when I saw a quick turn around testing call from Chelsea of GYCT. I have tested for her before for the Tinley Tee and for the Rival raglan that I sadly never got blogged! It is always a great experience. She is always there for questions and her patterns are a lot of fun to sew.

This time, she was looking for testers for her new pleated skirt. My daughter had a blast looking through my fabrics and buttons. I have learned that letting her be part of the planning process leads to more pink but also to a skirt she is likely to enjoy wearing! We settled on a very thin corduroy I had purchased as a remnant and some shiny butterfly buttons that I bought at a thrift store. We trimmed with some additional pink polka dots.
I love how it ended up and more importantly, so does she!
The flat front looks so nice.
And the button tabs give a great place to add some contrast fabric or cute buttons. They could definitely be left off for a more streamlined look though.
The Tally Pleated skirt is a fun pattern and I can imagine cute versions for every season! The pattern has clear directions to make pleats that look really professional. It also comes with a shorts version. The shorts are another great option keeping the cute style of the skirt but adding some modesty for all the active little girls out there. The pattern will be released on Monday February 16th and you can get yours here: Click here to visit GYCT Designs. Rumor has it this and all GYCT patterns will be on sale to celebrate the launch of the new GYCT website.

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Christmas pj’s

I had to squeeze in one more PJ post now that I have gotten to the Christmas pictures. How cute are these two little people in their matching pj’s.
This makes me want to put them in matching clothes ALL THE TIME. Since Annabelle rarely agrees to clothes that aren’t pink and purple, I will have to settle for enjoying it when I can. For anyone interested in the sewing details. The flannel is from Joann’s and the red knit is from a t-shirt I sacrificed to the cause. For the patterns, Emmett is in another pair of Happy Feet pj’s and Annabelle is in a Sugar Plum night gown . Both of these are from Peek a boo patterns.

Bottoms Up Pants

Also in November I did some testing for Jess of If Only They Would Nap. This was her first pattern and testing for her was a joy! The Bottoms Up pants are designed to be a simple to sew pants pattern with extra room to cover the fluffy rear of a cloth diapered baby or toddler. The pattern fit great and the directions were awesome. I used a large pair of corduroy pants for the main fabric and a novelty robot fabric to make fun pockets.
Love how this picture!
This picture shows just how happy pockets make kids!
The pattern fit great and I couldn’t stop with one.

Here is my second pair. On this pair I serged wrong sides together then top stitched the seam allowance down on the side seams. The fabric is sweatshirt material fused with microfleece and I wanted it to be super soft inside. I love how it turned out. My husband keeps trying to figure how I can make a pair in his size. I should have bought more of that material when I found it at the warehouse sale!
Turns out I couldn’t stop there. Fortunately, Emmett needed pants.
Here he is wearing the brown cords on Thanksgiving.

He might need a few more pairs of pants to match the shirts I am currently working on for our Disney trip. Guess what pattern I will be reaching for? Want the pattern? You can find it here.
Have you ever started with a new pattern and not been able to stop?

Catching up! The PJ post

Happy New Year! I am going to try and write a few posts to catch up on some of my sewing that I never shared back during the end of 2014.
Way back in November and December I did a bunch of PJ sewing. I got the Happy Feet sewing pattern from Peek a boo patterns which solved a big problem at our house. As the weather got cooler, we discovered that my 2 year old was not willing to wear 1 piece pjs. He also wouldn’t keep socks on at night and this was leading to me being woken often late at night by a chilly little boy.
Lots of sewing pj’s led to some very silly night time photo shoots.

Here is a pair made from some thrifted adult pjs.
This pair is flannel with upcycled t shirt knit for arms and the tops of the feet.
These were made with ABC knit fabric I bought forever ago at a thrift store and fleece cut from a snuggy of all things. I don’t recommend the reusing the fleece. It has not held up well to washing.

Looks like those happy feet really made him happy!

These were made from a knit remnant and some thrifted pjs. This was while they still had feet. Turns out my daughter hates sleeping in footy pj’s so the feet were removed after a few wears. Since the knit won’t fray, it was a simple chop. She loves them now.

I also made some Christmas pj’s. I hope I got pictures of them. Will have to look and see what I can find. Will be back soon with more to share! Thanks for reading.

Zippy Keepers pattern testing

In my latest series of pattern testing adventures, I got a chance to test a fun little pattern from Fenna of FABulous Home Sewn. The Zippy Keepers gives a step by step tutorial for making 2 sizes of zippered pouches with a whole bunch of decorative options. Fenna asked me to make the small version with the improvisational pleated center. I love the fabric ends on the zipper and the tiny size is great for reusing zippers I have pulled out of upcycled projects. The scale makes it perfect for using up small pieces of treasured (hoarded) fabrics.
Here is the one I whipped up.
I love the teeny size. It is perfect for a change purse. For the photo I put some wonder clips in it because they were handy.

There are also options for a pieced center and I can imagine it would be very cute with piping too! I think my kids might find some in cartoon fabric in their stockings on Christmas morning. The pattern is out today on Craftsy here. Pick one up and get started on that Christmas list today.

Plum Princess Purse and Gloves testing

Last week I had the pleasure of testing the Plum Princess Purse and Gloves pattern for Angela of ZuzzyPatterns.  This was one of those quick sews that makes you feel so proud when you are done.  I was skeptical starting, thinking there was no way my gloves would turn out but I followed her simple directions and ended up with this!


I couldn’t believe it either! I can’t take complete credit.  My fabulous model also picked great fabric for the gloves. It is from a thrift store shirt, I first used to line a super hero cape last Christmas.  I don’t have many scraps left now but I am saving them because this stretchy red with stars is fabulous.  I still have the wonderful star buttons looking for a good home.  The fabric lead us outside for  a super hero photo shoot.   At first when I told her to be a super hero she said, “What?”


After some coaching she got into it.  Here she is using her super hero powers:

to climb the walls


to fly


and to battle the bad guys.


I have to admit, being able to sew these up made me feel like a sewing super hero.  Angela wrote a very clear and beginner friendly pattern.  It really does sew up quickly.  I have already made a second pair in a fuzzy knit that sort of makes me think of cookie monster.


You can find this pattern here on Etsy and for only 6 dollars you get the pattern for the gloves and a sweet little dress up purse.  This would be great for sewing up a quick Christmas gift for all of the little super heros (or princesses) on your list.  I can tell you that the purse is also a quick and fun sew but I can’t show my pictures of it quite yet!

What have you done lately with your super powers?

PS. I linked up with Sew + Show at StraightGrain!