Fenix Romper (loads of pics with a few styling ideas!)


I signed up for a test! Meet the NEW Fenix Romper from the Cali Faye Collection (link at bottom of post)


So, I'm a 5'5" rectangle shaped lady and I ADORE this style and shape on my self.


I did the easy option for the straps and just used velvet ribbon for the straps - but thre is an otion for bra like straps with adjustments things.


I love how it can be styled wth the jean jacket for a bit dressier - I wore it styled with the striped long cardi for school pick up - casual but still cute! and I love the pockets and wearing it plain with the pocket option I find gives it such a perfectly draped shape on my body! I love this one more than the one I bought in store last summer.


and it is a romper - so totally practical too for chasing kidlets and windy days! (and cute with bralettes peeking out!)









Now, if my blog is quiet for a bit - please excuse me because I will be making a couple more of these in many different fabrics... This pattern works for woven fabric (with a nice drape) and for knit fabrics! You really can't go wrong.... 


PICK UP THE ROMPER HERE (affilaite link)


ALSO From now until 4/23, 11:59pm PT  enjoy 30% off your entire purchase with the coupon code NEWRELEASE.  

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LLK Monet pattern and an Easter freebie!






I did a pattern test!!! In winter months I usually just sign up to test for womens wear because I can handle forcing myself to pose outside for pics... but this was soooooooooo cute - and it is almost spring weather ... and it can be a top OR a dress as per the pattern... so I signed up to test somethign for the girls! 



I am in love with the princess seams and the peplum top is only slightly gathered so it doesnt get too poofy when wearing! This is also a fairly quick sew - looks way more complex than it actually is.


 For the back I did snaps as Cheek's hair gets all tangled around buttons.
 

I also happened to decide to start Easter sewing ... Cheek's new easter dress is sooo cute! and that bunny free motion applique - it is FREE! Check out the StitchART facebook group (linked below) and it is in the files section!


and in case you needed to smile today - Cheek's always has at least one pic that makes a person smile in a photo session!


Join the group to find the bunny (and other) free patterns for free motion applique!

StitchART facebook page

StitchART facebook GROUP

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Sis Boom Tommy Boxers - in KNIT! with a knit waistband!


Did you know Tommy boxers by SisBoom can be made in knit ??? Because they CAN!!!!! You can do as per pattern exactly... or you can do what I did and add a knit waistband. which is basically where you want it to sit on your waist and take off an inch or 2 times twice the width you want (I did 4 inches wide for a 2inch waistband finished). Just serge it (or use the lightening bolt stitch on your sewing machine) on by pinning at the quarter points and stretching  to fit and sewing! Easy peasy! and sooooooooo comfy!


PLUS the Tommy's are great for using panels with the solid one piece pattern back! 




I paired the shorts with the FREE Blanc tee found in the blank slate sewing patterns group - I love how quick it sews and I used a fat half to make a size small :)


Perfectly comfy and cute jammie/lounge set! Done in under 2hrs!

The fabric is from True North Fabrics !! Preorder is open TODAY!

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Sis Boom Angie - Hack-a-thon Tutorial and RoundUP!




The super fun SisBoom Angie hack-a-thon week is officially over ... sadly. 
BUT I thought I'd do a final fare thee well and round up post with one more quick and very easy hack!


To lower the back neckline I put my front bodice piece on top of the back and traced the neckline to the back. You can use any of the 3 neckline heights or make up your own. I used the lowe neckline so I could get a nice open back for my mini dress - living where I do my skin needs the sun when it can get it!





To get my skirt this full I actually used WOF (width of fabric) times 2 ! I looove a nice full skirt on a mini dress length! Now I'm just waiting for the snow to melt!


Here are the other stops and hacks on the blog tour! So many fun ideas for you to try!
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KNIT skinny overalls from Wolf and Tree Patterns



My oldest has been asking me for SKINNY leg overalls for a while now! And who knew that such a pattern would be so hard to find?!

So when Wolf and Tree posted a tester call for skinny overalls I just HAD to sign up!

The good news is that it is LOADED with options, and a quick sew! and stylish enough for the older fussier kids to proudly wear to school!



For a short time this pattern, loaded with options is available for $5.95, no coupon code needed!
Shortie shorts, long shorts, capris, pants, peplum, short skirt, medium skirt, long skirt, two necklines, two bodice widths, knee patches, suspenders, pockets, cloth diaper fit..
On sale from now until Friday!


I want to say that the owner of Wolf and Tree took the time to listen to feedback and update the pattern several times to get just the right fit for all the differnt sizes in the pattern! I love being a part of a test where the designer cares so much about their pattern that they take the time to get it RIGHT!



I can't wait to try the skirted shorts versions for summer wear! (c'mon summer.... The Canadian prairies are killing me on this whole weather thing...)

For under the overalls - the little lizard king 's perfect ten pattern (always) As you all kow I sew this pattern anytime my kids need a tee of any kind.


Dino fabric found HERE for retail! 

OR if you want to FREE MOTION APPLIQUE click HERE!

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Pattern Hack for the Sisboom Kelsey pattern


Changing the front neckline up to a single scoop piece is seriously such a simple hack - it barely even counts as such! BUT, I just love the look of it! and it makes the sewing a bit quicker as well, and some days I just want to save 10 minutes! 

*you can do a single piece and keep the v-neck with this tutorial as well*

To do this hack you first trace out the front piece one direction - and then flip and trace the other direction. lining up the sides as per the pattern sewing directions. This will give you a solid front piece - cut 2, an outer and a lining.


If you want to change the shape of the front to have a scoop - you just simple fold in half and cut the scoop (folding in half is so it is the same on both sides)


ta-da! Is that not sooo easy ? 



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twig and tale upcycle blog tour


For my upcycle challenge I used the totally adorable Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns (referal link - I think it gets you a discount... #justsaying)! 
There is also a rafflecopter and link up for this blog tour - so read to the end of the post!

My job was to upcycle an old 'something or other' into something brand new and exciting! 

The Upcyle Original:
My mom used to work at a bank - which means she had several old suits in her closet that she hates and will never wear again.  I chose this grey suit out oh her pile, the fabric is LOVELY. soft and a good quality suit - which means all those princess seams and darts should hold up well to being cut apart (and I was NOT dissapointed! The interior of this suit - beautifully finished!) 
I also found this soft fuzzy blanket on her donate pile and grabbed that as well!


Pattern: The Pathfinder Vest
I've had my eye on this Twig+Tale pattern since it came out! I looove all the options. Pixie hood, no hood, rounded hood. extended length or regular length, curved back or not,etc. Ther are really so many options you caould make a dozen that all looked like a different pattern used! 
Plus of course in the climate we live in - a good vest gets used 3/4 seasons (which means 9months of the year!)

I choose the pixie hood, regular length but curved drop back. As you can see I used my blazer to do the main upcycle - the pockets are functional!!! The cute princess seams and just that extra bit of character and a bit of dainty to the front too and I just love it! 

A little cold but still smiling to earn her gummy bear for taking blog pictures!

For the closure I went a little off script and I used the button tab placket from the sleeve of the blazer - just cut it off and finished that one end that was open from cutting it off the blazer. The buttons are also from the sleeve button placket.


The pattern sewed up in a preschool morning even with all my little fiddling with button plackets and upcycling cut arounds (preschool is 2hrs) and all I had left to do after preschool was sew on the buttons! I made my 4yr old a straight size 4, as she measures exactly for, and the fit is perfection!


I love the dropped curved back - I think it just looks adorable with skinnyjeans!


The soft white blanket being used on the inside adds a little extra warmth - but not so much she won;lt be able to wear this well into springtime!



Conclusion:
I honestly cannot believe how little I upcycle!!!  After making this sew I am now looking at all the old clothes in the closet from a different viewpoint!  I feel like when I began sewing I always was upcycling because I was cheap and didnt want to waste $$ buying fabric on a project that wouldn't turn out - then my sewing improved and I started just using fabric by the meter. I feel like I need to reset that balance! While I was at my mom's I also picked up a twin bedcover made from lovely eyelet fabric... so I do plan to upcycle again in the near future! Upcycling is more than not "wasting" fabric - it is a whole different creative process, and I love it! The challenge and the final product - it all just feels sooooo good! Very satisfying!

Now head on over and pick up this pattern! The  Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns is a MUST sew!!!! and the size range and directions are FAB! 


The GIVEAWAY + the other tour stops (which you should check out!):


Blog tour overview page: http://www.twigandtale.com/blogs/twig-and-tale-blog/upcycle-blog-tour-it-is-all-in-the-details 

Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway


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sewing with CATTITUDE!


I have been at it again ... doing some fabric designing with my illusrator playing around! I love when my ideas come to life! The round closes this week though - so if you want to preorder go to True North Fabrics on facebook ASAP.


Not only did I design the fabric - but I got to sew off some of the strike offs! The kids each got a new pair of scrundies (pattern by SUAT)


Cheeks got a LLK perfect 10 and a pair of HOSHpants by emmyloubeedoo patterns

and at this point I was feeling much left out and had only a wee bit of scraps left... but just enough to make myself a pair of boyshorts! (also by SUAT patterns)
What would you sew with "cattitude" ?
#gowomen
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