Back to School Sewing!

What's up you ask? Back to school season... All the 15C paper packs make my heart happy. I love buying new pencils and crayons and all the gluesticks.... Though as you know I use gluesticks a LOT when I sew .... and all that cheap tape. Makes a sewist's heart sing. But what strikes fear? Sewing the perfect back to school first day outfit that captures a bit of your kids personality but still looks cute, but not sooooo simple that reads sign me up for sewing felt costumes.

Welcome to my stop on the blog back to school tour! PS - CONTEST and etc at end of post and some AMAZING sale codes!

Today I am showcasing the brand NEW from Little Lizard King Double Scoop dress on my youngest, Cheeks. She is sooo excited to finally be (almost) 4 and heading off to preschool this fall! She loves anything to do with horses and Sheriff Callie.

I absolutely adore the scallop collar option on this pattern, and the scallop pockets are perfect for recess treasures! The pattern has options for all the sleeve lengths (or none) and scallop or plain waistband, plain or no collar as well. 

Of course my little goof had to have a Sheriff Callie dress, so waistband skipped because she didnt want Sheriff Callie or Deputey Peck to get blocked. The dress buttons in the back, but I don't anticiate her havign to take it off during the school day, so that is no bother. I did snaps on the back of mine.... I know I know... snaps look cheap etc etc.... BUT they also do not tangle hair like buttons do! 

For the second outfit, my oldest, the 1st grader! She LOOOVES Minecraft!!! So I interfaced a knit panel (so it would act like a woven) and pieced together fabric to cut out a Sisboom Tobago!

 I added the Sisboom Sophie sleeves - which fit perfectly with just a teensy buit of gathering along the top middle. I also added a elastic casing at the waist and a lightly gathered skirt bottom with strip of fabric and pocket because what 1st grader doesn't want a nice big front pocket?

and now she is all ready to go! Her pocket can fit a notebook and has a narrow pocket sewn in for pencils to go with. The dress is perfect for play and showing off her pretty green eyes and fun gaming personality!

What will you be sewing for back to school?

Wednesday’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from StitchART (The Crafting Fiend) and 1 PDF pattern from 5 Out Of 4 Patterns *excludes bundles Runs from August 24 12:00 am EDT until August 25th at 11:59pm EDT.

Check out the rest of today's stops on the tour:

Designs by Call Ajaire: Get  20% off in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
E+M Patterns: Save 50% with the code backtoschool on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid until August 27th at 11:59pm PST.
MODKID: Get 25% off  your entire purchase in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
Love Notions: Get 20% off all kids patterns with the code loveschool. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
Sew Happily Ever After: Get the Nana’s totes pattern at 50% off with the code BACK2SCHOOL2016. Code good through August 31st.
Laela Jeyne Patterns: 30% off Any Single Pattern, No Code needed. From August 25-29th, 2016.
StitchART: 20% off with the code back2school in their Etsy shop. Valid from Aug 22nd – 28th, 2016.
SisBoom: 40% off with code BACK2SCHOOL valid Aug 22-Sept4th
Gracious Threads: Buy 3 patterns and save 15% off the purchase price! Use code SAVE15ON3. No expiry
The Eli Monster: Save 20% with the code yayforfall. Code valid until August 29th, 2016.
Filles à Maman: Get 25% off with the code BTS2016. Can be used on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid from August 24th through August 28th midnight EDT.
Whimsy Couture: Get 50% off, no code needed! End August 31st, 2016.
5 Out of 4 Patterns: Save 20% with code BTS2016. Valid from August 22nd-28th midnight EDT. Cannot be used on fabric.
Snuggle My Baby Patterns: Save 25% with code BTS2016. Valid until August 31st, 2016.

Check out the other bloggers on the tour all week long!

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me Moon Star

Sometimes I sew just for fun!

The skirt fabric is from the upcoming Hotel Fredriksted line by Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom and it is all gorgeous - as always!

The dress is a way plain version of the upcoming (Aug 22nd) Little Lizard King double scoop dress - which has soooo many options I really didn't showcase here - but you will see more on Wednesday on the blog!

Cheeks is soooooooooooooooo excited to be big enough to ride horses one day and dreams of being a cowgirl! So I had her draw a picture of a cowgirl that I free motioned to the front of the dress along with her "when I grow up... ___" statement.

2 items in 1.5hrs!

This morning I sewed up 2 new items - in 1.5 hours! YAY!!!! Anyone else looove the fast sews in sumemr? I totally tend to stick to them!

First up is the blank tee from Blank Slate Patterns - I added a hi-lo hemline and sleeves to it.

The fabric is from True North fabrics - lace hearts - a little tone on tone neutral action is sooo perfect for my fall capsule!

The pants are my favourite lounge pants pattern - Halla lounge pants! Seriously great pattern and sooo comfy! 

I did these in FRENCH TERRY!!!! I adore french terry and lounge pants with pockets and knit waistband - AMAZING! 

Agian the fabric is from True North Fabrics - totally worth the buy!


Pandalicious Tour!!! (GIVEAWAY too!)

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be on the Pandalicious tour!!!!! I love the fun prints, the bit of whimsy the fabrics have, and of course we all know I ADORE Art Gallery fabrics - they have amazing drape and buttery soft feels!

For this tour I made the SisBoom Tobago and the Scientific Seamstress Perfectly Preppy! (you can enter to win a copy of each by  leaving a comment on this post - and an extra entry for following me on Instagram)

The skirt is made from PandaGarden Naptime and I made the Tobago top with the Zhu in Mist fabric and free motion appliqued a little of the Pandagarden Naptime scrap to decorate the shirt. (I'll link some resources at the end of the post if you are interested in learning more about free motion applique)

These 2 articles combine for a lot of different looks! 

 Skirt and top pair together.

Skirt with a RTW plain top tucked in

Top with RTW skinny jeans (or shorts would work too)

The skirt is maxi length on cheeks and paired with a RTW shirt (pattern includes length options)

I did add a strip of fabric to the skirt width and a pocket which was not in the pattern - but oh so easy to do, and kids NEED a place to store their summer finds!

Each stop of the tour is hosting their own unique giveaway that relates to what they chose to sew - so be sure to check out all the stops!

You can see the whole line here: Pandalicious Line
And check out the Pandalicious Look Book!

ALSO there is a big giveaway for a book and fabric!!!!

Enter the Rafflecopter to win: 
Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids Pattern Book & 2 yards Hidden Panda Cottonbud in Knit
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to win a copy of each pattern I used (the SisBoom Tobago and the Scientific Seamstress Perfectly Preppy) by:

  •  leaving a comment on this post (any comment will do - but if you need ideas let me know your favourite fabric in the line or how you would the tank/skirt or who you would sew these patterns for.... )
  •  An extra entry for following me on Instagram - just comment that you follow on IG and leave your username :)
Be sure to leave me a way to contact you in case you win in your comment/s!

I'll pick a winner on the 27th - if I can;t find the contact info for said winner I'll pick another straight aways. 

Free Motion Applique Resources:
A GREAT tutorial
A video on setting up your machine
A video of free motion applique
a group for free motion applique (my group)


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