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?


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!