Leala Jeyne Summer Collection Pattern Tour!

 Welcome to my stop on the Summer Collection Blog tour for Laela Jeyne Patterns!

Laela Jeyne Patterns  Just released their SUMMER collection!!! And I got to join in on the pattern tour, which was perfect timing because I had just pulled out the summer wear and realized my oldest has outgrown nearly her entire summer wardrobe... So - yay summer collection pattern tour!

From the summer collection I chose the Rosie Skirt. It has a size range of 12M to size 10yrs. The pattern comes in full, half, and quarter circle widths and is made for either knit or woven fabrics. You can make it with a knit waistband or a zipper waistband. The skirts can be made in knee or maxi length.

I made the skirt in half circle and knee length options in woven fabric from SisBoom's fabric line with a knit waistband! I used the knit waistband cutting length from the chart and added it to the woven skirt - because my kids hate zipper waists and I love using fun woven fabric! It wokrs perfectly and is so comfy for the kids and makes it SOOOO fast to sew a woven circle skirt!

I chose to sew up the Emmy shirt to go with the Rosie Skirt which has loads of options and goes from 6m-14yrs! I decorated it with some of my own free motion applique work. Drew a little narwhal up and stitched it on - it adds about 30mins of time and about 125% to the cuteness ! The star fabric is from True North Fabrics.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour as well!

Love Things - Idle Sunshine - Lovely for Life - Neva Couture

Leave me a comment letting me know your favourite way to add some pizzazz to a plain shirt!

Happy Sewing!


Summer Sewing!

The Little Lizard King Phoenix has such unique front bodice details and a v-shaped back which allows it to slip over the head with no closures!!!! AND it stays on the shoulders! With all her playign around at the park it did not slip off her shoulders once!!!!

This top/dress has the option for a square skirt with a circle opening (yay no gathering!) and also for an a-line lightly gathered skirt - which is what I sewed up! The size range is 12m - 12yrs.

I made the top version and paired with the Beaufort shorts (also little lizard king pattern).  This is a pretty quick sew, I finished this top one tired evening in about an hour. and I was not sewing fast.

This pattern is a great quick sew, the bodice is fully lined and features the burrito roll method in the tutorial! (which is a great technique to learn and well explained)

Happy sewing!


Whittling down the list of unsewn patterns

I did a little just for fun sewing recently! I'm tryign to tackle that list of patterns I have but have not sewn (how long is your list? I try to not keep count of mine lol.... but slowly working on it!)

I chose the Penelope Pocket dress because my kid is OBSESSED with Beanie Boos and these pockets are the perfect size to hold beanie boos!

I changed up construction a little bit and did bindings instead of a faced bodice as it is summer and I didn't want extra heat, plus bindings felt a bit faster....

I also used a bit less fabric in the width of the skirt than the pattern calls for - and this works well since the pockets are placed according to the center and not the sides. The pocket construction is quite clever and not hard at all. Just be sure to follow the directions!

I managed to sew this up in an hour and a bit and cutting took about 20minutes. 
For fabric I used a great mid weight cotton lycra fabric from True North Fabrics (the stars are all sold out currently - but keep an eye for new retail!)

Final verdict: I'll be making this pattern again! I look forward to the long sleeve version (in pattern) to make winter dresses for the girls too!


Time for a PATTERN HACK! Making a tank top out of a romper pattern!

Today I want to show you a SUPER simple but SUPER fun pattern hack!

I took the amazing CaliFaye Collection Fenix romper and turned it into a triangle top tank!

If you want to see my version of the Fenix Romper as a romper check out my blog post HERE

This really is a fab casual tank! Spagetti straps and a nice low back so I don;t have to worry about awful tan lines when I want to spend a day in the sun!

The how to on this is sooooooo simple, I made a quick graphic - not based on the fenix romper, just a basic shape, as this pattern hack will work with any tank you want it too!

But really - using the Fenix Romper is a fab idea as I just love the base shape of it for summer wear!

I am thinking I will need a half a dozen more! It is perfect for summer! Breezy and cool in the heat, 

Leave a link to your favourite pattern hack of all time in the comments! I'd love some more ideas!

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