Sew All the Valentines <3

Prepare for some pretty adorable fabric.  Vintage Lace fabrics is running their Valentine's Day flash round and everything is so stinkin' cute.  My boys look cute, I feel cute, the leftover scraps littering my floor are cute.  It's all CUTE.  Just be prepared.  Ha! 

I sewed up my boys' goods first: Plaid About You, and a coordinating plaid called Easton,both in cotton Lycra.    

I mean, are they adorable, or what?! 


It's HARD getting a nice picture of a 2 year-old and a 3 year-old together. Thus the "sit next to each other and just look at the field while I take a picture of your back, I don't care what face you're making" picture.  


Both boys' raglans are the Mega Max from Max and Meena.  The pattern has a TON of options (ears, tails, wings, etc.) and is great for everything from Halloween costumes to everyday wear like these raglans.  The little guy hates hoods.  Which was good, because I only had enough fabric to give one kid a hood.  I promise it wasn't me playing favorites when I sew ;) 


Grant was especially loving this fabric-- he thought the mustaches were hilarious, and he ran around making a finger mustache and laughing deviously.  


Annnnd, since baby boy #3 is due at the end of January, of course, I had to make him a little outfit too! I'm going to have the most adorable troupe of Valentines this year! 


Baby's outfit is the Muse playsuit from Stitch Upon a Time.  I love a sleeper with no feet because I'm a little obsessed with babies in moccasins.  I just got done doing a sew along of the Muse, so I actually made EIGHT of these sleepers last week! 


Okay, now on to the selfish sewing for this pregnant mama!  I'm 25 weeks this week, so my bump is more than a little noticeable now.  I've kind of been in denial these past few weeks, but there's really no getting around it anymore, haha.  I got a little bored with all the rouching for maternity shirts, so I decided to play around with some different patterns. 


I'm crazy about this heart fabric-- I had SO many ideas for it!  I ended up going with the Splitsville from George and Ginger.  With the open back, it's REALLY forgiving through the first and second trimesters as your bump grows. I had a tank in this pattern that I wore all summer long, with no mind to my bump.  


This is my pre-pregnancy size, and you can see it's just starting to get too tight now at 25 weeks (see the pulling at the top of the split?).  


I was wondering how this pattern would work backwards now that my belly is getting bigger, so I did make a few changes.  I lowered the neckline of the back, to make it reversible.  I also took a half inch off the fold of the top of the back piece (the black onion skin fabric), so that I wouldn't have a seam down that piece.  

So, worn with a tank backwards, I don't see a reason why this wouldn't fit well through the rest of my pregnancy! I've been wearing Splitsvilles for so long though, that I can't help but feel like I'm wearing a backwards shirt . . . but I know I got a few comments from people that they actually like it better backwards!  Also, this would be a super comfy and easy nursing shirt!


Speaking of nursing, I decided to make my first ever nursing pullover from the remaining cuts of Vintage Lace fabric I received (and seriously, look at how much fabric team VL sent me! They are SO generous with their strikes, and they're honestly among the sweetest people I've gotten to sew for).   This is the Sophia Floral Polka Dots, with a little of the leftover Sophia Hearts for the bands, and some extra black and white striped brushed poly scraps I had laying around.  

Side note: Honestly, I didn't nurse long at all with my first two boys, and I kind of have low expectations for this go around, but in case things go well, I love the idea of having some comfy nursing shirts ready.  Just saying, FED is best, and I have no judgments one way or the other in that mommy war ;) 


And I'm SO happy with how this turned out-- I was a little nervous making the cuts, but I LOVE how it turned out.  Honestly, it looks like a normal shirt from the front!  The side view shows off the nursing modification a little bit better (see the striped fabric on the side of my bust?). 


I used the Slim Fit Raglan from Patterns for Pirates-- looking a little less slim at the moment, haha!  But, the ladies at Vintage Lace were so kind to send me their brushed poly for these prints--  it's super soft and lush (the thickest around, I swear!), and the stretch is SO nice for a growing belly.  

And, here's how that nursing mod works!


Whoa! Talk about easy access!  And it really was simple to execute.  I've looked at quite a few nursing mods, but for a hoodie, I like this one.  I actually started with this Patterns for Pirates post as inspiration. 

You make a second front piece (that's my striped fabric).  I used coordinating fabric, but you could use the same fabric if you wanted it to blend in more.  When considering the cuts I used, remember that you may need to adjust yours based on your height and cup size.  For reference, I'm 5'4", with a D/DD cup, and am wearing a Patterns for Pirates size large.  

Quick bullet points on the second front piece:

  • This piece is shorter than the real front piece-- I cut mine at 6.5 inches from the armpit.
  • It is also narrower.  I took 1/2 inch off the fold (so 1 inch total narrower).  This is so it's a little tighter and stays closer to my body. 
  • I banded the bottom raw edge.  I used a piece that was 2 inches by (width of front piece minus 1 inch).
  • While folded, I cut that deep 'V' in the middle.  The bottom of the V is 2 inches from the raw edge of the undershirt.  I left 1.75 inches of the neckline on each side.  

Once I basted my two front pieces, right sides together, here's what it looks like from the wrong side:


And, here's what it looks like from the front! 

You can see that before I basted the pieces together, I cut the swoops on each side.  I left 4 inches on the top of the front armsyce, and extended the swoop down to 6.5 inches below the armpit.  


You could turn and top stitch the raw edge on the scoop, but I chose to band it, and top stitch the seam allowance.  


Once the two pieces are basted together, proceed like normal for the rest of the pattern instructions!  

I didn't have enough fabric to make this into a hoodie, but I still wanted the feel of a hoodie, so I cut this funnel collar instead.  Basically, it's two pieces (a front [the polka dots] and a lining [the stripes]), that are each 10 inches by 100% of your neck opening (mine was 28.5 inches) plus seam allowance.  It's my favorite easy cheat when I'm low on hood fabric.  


This family will be ready to rock it with our newest addition, come Valentine's Day!  

If you want in on these pretties from Vintage Lace (check out all their other prints running this round too!), join their facebook group, or order on their website.  



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Peglegs Hack: Keyhole Bows

I'm so excited to be sharing this hack with you . . . because this will be my first official blog post! I have a lot of content created, but haven't yet felt ready to hit that big ole PUBLISH button and make this site live. After the excitement and comments over some pictures I shared on Patterns for Pirates Facebook page today, I decided it would be easiest to share my hack on here. Not to mention, it would be the perfect push I needed to start publishing my blog posts and utilizing this site the way I intended. So here we go! 

Yesterday afternoon, I got this beautiful blue mesh strike off in the mail from RP Custom Fabrics. For those of you who don't purchase custom print fabrics, strike-offs are the small amounts of yardage that custom groups have printed before putting in their big order-- to test quality, check scale of the design, and have seamstresses sew up to use as an example and advertise the fabric. RP was the first group to invite me to be on their strike-off team, so they are near and dear to my heart.  They have a whole round of gorgeous-colored mesh prints available for preorder right now (join their facebook page or order here)! 

I knew I wanted to make leggings out of this fabric--because how perfect is this mesh design for leggings?! Peglegs from Patterns for Pirates are my go-to for leggings (get your FREE copy by joining their Facebook page for the coupon code and buying the pattern on their website).  I wanted to do a little something different though. I looked at some pricey work out leggings and found a lot of fun options. When I settled on the keyhole/bow, I cut out my Pegleg pieces as usual, per the instructions (don't forget to mirror!). A couple things to keep in mind as we go through the next few pictures:

  • The bottom 1.5 inches are cut off of my pattern pieces, because I'm a shorty. Keep in mind your pieces are a little longer than mine. 
  • I took all these pictures after the fact! I didn't realize so many people would as how I did it, or I would have taken pictures as I went along!
  • This was my first attempt at this-- it isn't perfect, but it's a good starting point if you want to try something similar :)

First, I folded each leg in half and made a cutout on the fold at the bottom of each leg. See the black dome-topped shape at the bottom? That's what the cutout looked like. Mine was about 7.5 inches high. 

Next, I made a second piece to line the bottom of each leg. Obviously, I didn't want to line the entire leg, but I did want the keyhole to be lined so that that edge would be finished, plus I wanted the tails to done so that the wrong side of the fabric wasn't showing. So, each piece was about 1.5 inches higher than the top of that dome cut out. See the red? That's the shape of each cut out. 

Next, I placed each lining piece on top of the leg pieces, right sides together and sewed them together (both the outsides and the dome-shaped inside) This strike off was double brushed poly, so I used wooly nylon in my loopers. Then I followed the rest of the directions for "normal" Pegelegs. Here's what the inside looks like (I would have finished the raw edge of my lining piece, had I known this was going to work out) and what the leg looks like when it's not knotted: 

When you put them on, make sure your lining is tucked nice and straight so it doesn't show. Double knot the ties so they look like little bows, and off you go! I wore them all last night with out having to adjust them, retie them, or tug and pull them down. Next time, I may play around a little with the shape or the length, but I love how they turned out like bows! Thanks for checking out my FIRST blog post! I'll be at it for real now that I've gotten over this first hurdle, haha! Join my facebook page to keep up with all the crafty-goodness! <3/Molly