My New Favorite Hoodie:: TAMI Revolution by New Horizons

I don't know if it's the snow and the cold, or the fact that my third trimester has me yearning to be all cozy and comfy, but I've been sewing hoodies nonstop for a month now!  And my pattern of choice has been the TAMI Revolution from New Horizons Designs

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This is a pattern that I've been wish-listing since it was released . . . but I kept saying to myself, "how many hoodie patterns can one girl own?" Self-control would kick in, and I wouldn't buy it.  But after months of trying to find the perfect double hood pair up, I couldn't take it any longer, and I bought the pattern.  And I have no regrets. Ha! 

I love all three hoods that come with the pattern and the fit has been perfect.  The zipper addition and instructions were just what I needed-- I mean, how cute it that detail?! 

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This one is my newest TAMI-- a combination of quilted knit from Jo-Ann's, and this super plush floral brushed poly from Vintage Lace (on preorder now!).  I actually didn't have enough for the inner hood, so for this one, I did the outer hood paired with a funnel collar.  

The first TAMI I made (also using fabric from Vintage Lace and Jo-Ann's!) used the outer and inner hood, both unlined as per the directions: 

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You can read more about that one here. This is actually the only one I sized up on!  All the other TAMIs you see here were made in my pre-pregnancy size.  I think it'll be a perfect fit once baby gets here.  

My second-ever TAMI was a pin-spired piece using brushed French Terry from SR Harris Fabric warehouse.  It is mega cozy!  Brickyard Buffalo had a similar hoodie for sale, but I love this one so much more, haha. This is the standard hood. 

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Okay, okay, I have just one more to share!  This one is from that same quilted knit from Jo-Ann's (I can't stop buying it, and I've noticed no one else can either!).  I did the zipper on one side, per the pattern directions.  I did line the inner crossover hood (scraps left over from my favorite brushed poly ever, from Pretty Posh).  It's sooo stinkin' warm; it's my go-to when I'm freezing cold (which is often up here in Wisconsin!).  

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Real-life mom pic right there ;) What do you think of my new glasses?! I just got them from Zenni (highly recommended-- I got two pairs WITH perscription lenses for $30!).  I wanted a big, dorky pair, and I think I nailed it with these, haha! 

Annnnyway, back the hoodies!

Sarah from Sewing with Sarah blogged on the New Horizon page about a nursing friendly hack!  So, of course I had to give it a try (and I love the results). The hack adds a modesty panel and a fully functional zipper on each side of the raglan sleeve.  I extended my zippers further into the armpit for optimal comfort and ease when nursing. 

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Mike keeps asking me why I'm making all these nursing hoodies . . . he remembers how well nursing went the first two times (i.e. not well, haha).  But, I'll be prepared! And if nothing else, I'll wear the heck out of them for those first few weeks! 

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I do think I'll be able to nurse while only zipping down one side at a time, but I know other mommas have said that this is one of their less-favorite nursing-friendly styles, because they usually need to fully unzip both sides to have access.

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Thirty-three weeks, friends! I'm going to be ready, haha. 

Thanks for checking out the TAMI Revolution with me! I don't think I've ever shown off FOUR sew-ups a pattern before--now you know I mean it when I say that I love it ;) 

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The Wiggle Dress: P4P Pattern Release

There's been a lot of hype in Patterns for Pirates about this hot, curve-hugging little number.  And for good reason!  This is the perfect pattern for to use for professional wear, date night, or when an extra-fancy event finds itself on your calendar (I'm still waiting for my invite, haha).  

Personally, I was super excited about the Wiggle Dress  because I knew it would be super easy to hack it into some gorgeous maternity wear-- and I was right!  Just add their Layer Me Up maternity add-on (Kelly Bailey went over using the add-on with other patterns on the P4P blog), or your own favorite ruching hack (I shared mine here). 

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The first one I made was from this gorgeous Liverpool from Sincerely Rylee.  Above the knee, 3/4 sleeves, low scoop back.  Stable knits like Liverpool are perfect for this pattern, because otherwise you'll have every lump and bump showing.  And there was really only one bump that I wanted to highlight, haha.  

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You can see the side ruching here! I integrated the Layer Me Up maternity add-on into the pattern, which alters the front piece only, adding both length and width to your midsection. 

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My husband and I are sneaking away for a weekend up north this weekend and I'm so excited to pack this one for our official date night.  I'm also thinking it will look super cute for holiday parties this year! 

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For my second version, I knew I had to go glam and take this opportunity to do some maternity pictures! 

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This is the off-the-shoulder version, with long sleeves, and full length skirt.  I used the stretch velvet from Jo-Ann's, which is super easy to find at a super good price (like less than $5 a yard).  I also just got in on a preorder of stretch velvet from Sincerely Rylee though, because she had way more fun colors! 

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Honestly, I'll have nowhere to ever wear this dress, haha.  But I knew I wanted one for these sweet bump pictures.  Pattern testing win!  Because I would have basically no pictures of this bump if it weren't for pattern testing, haha.  I was only bummed about them because I was having issues with my camera that day, which left me with 90% of them sadly blurry.  Lesson learned.   

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There is a sway back adjustment built in to hug your backside  . . . make sure you mirror that back piece, or you're going to be really sad.  Especially if you're making a full-length dress.  Not saying that I know from experience or anything . . . 

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And yes, that was legitimate wind blowing my hair like a movie star-- Ha!  This little wooded nook is right off of Lake Superior, and it was windy that day! 

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Are you in love with it yet!?

You can buy your copy of the Wiggle Dress here.  Or, if you're not convinced yet, check out all of the options here, and the P4P list of easy hacks here!

If you're interested in the Layer Me Up, and the add-on, this is an actual Layer Me Up I made, using the add-on:

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xoxo! Molly

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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?! 

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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.  

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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 ;) 

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

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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! 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.  

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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?).  

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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!

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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 ;) 

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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?). 

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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!

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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:

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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.  

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

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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.  
 

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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.  

xoxo,

Molly

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Strawberry Love

I can't resist showing off the projects I made with my strike off fabric from Smoogie Fabric and Design!  More often than not, the strike off fabrics I receive are a little more fun than fabrics I would usually buy for myself-- they're not the run-of-the-mill florals and plaids that I usually purchase.  But that's the fun thing about custom knit fabrics-- you can't typically find these kind of prints any where else!  

This week, I was sent this awesome fabric that was printed to look like a strawberry! I had signed up to make a baby gown with the fabric. Have you seen the mermaid baby gowns? Most baby gowns have elastic at the bottom (easy to slide up to do diaper changes, but still keep baby warm and cuddly), but the mermaid gowns knot at the bottom to make a tail. I wanted to use that concept to make a strawberry!  So I got a little creative and added a piece to the bottom of my baby gown pattern.  I used the gown from the Lullaby Line at Peek-a-Boo Patterns and then drafted an extra piece to use as my strawberry leaves. 

Here's what it looked like in the end-- adorable, right?! If only I had access to a baby small enough to model it! 

I was only expecting a fat half of this fabric, but I was surprised to get a full yard! Since I had extra, I decided to make something else out of it. I was planning a Brazi and Bunzi set, but then inspiration took hold! Remember the new Edgy Top from George and Ginger that I talked about? It was PERFECT for making a strawberry top! I used green cotton lycra for the flounce, and the strawberry fabric as my base to make my own strawberry top. I had to piece the back together, since I was basically working with a slightly over-sized fat half, but the flounce covers it well.  

I think the outcome is absolutely adorable! I'm ready for summer and my yearly trip to the strawberry patch-- or maybe a strawberry festival?! 

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

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