Mommy and Me: Pierside Pencil Skirt by New Horizons Designs

Mommy and Me: Pierside Pencil Skirt by New Horizons Designs

How cute is it when Mommy and daughter can match!  This pencil skirt sewn by Heidi is the Pierside Pencil Skirt by New Horizons.  This pattern is flattering for both mommy and daughter and has several optional lengths and features like pockets and a drawstring waist.  

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One Thimble Issue 16-Preview and Blog Tour

One Thimble Issue 16-Preview and Blog Tour

We are sharing a look inside of One Thimble Issue 16.  This magazine is full of amazing sews and projects! Flow along all week with the blog tour and enter to win a copy of the full edition!

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Kids CAN Sew with the Penelope Pillowcase Dress by Treasurie-My Childhood Treasures

Whether your child has grown up around people who sew or is a child interested in sewing a fashion, there are many children looking for quality projects to begin their sewing journey.  We, of course, love sharing the love of sewing and creating with everyone but children are a articular area of interest because we want to pass the love to the next generation.  Unfortunatley we have found that many "kids sewing" projects are either simple projects that require minimal actual sewing, or have them sewing things they won't really use.  Today, we are looking at a pattern that is simple enough for a beginner, but also a project that uses basic sewing (and sewing machine) skills and one that your child would actually want to make for themselves to wear! Jackie and her daughter made this adorable pillowcase dress from My Childhood Treasures and it was a perfect beginner project for them to complete together. Best part? It's FREE so you can start them off sewing with a low cost project.  Check out their experience below and follow along for more Kids CAN Sew posts!

Hey y’all!  I don’t know what it’s like in your homes, but in mine, we always have something going on after school during the school year.  I look forward to summer as much and my kids do because it’s an opportunity for all of us to slow down and sleep in….uhm, I mean relax.  Miss 9 has been asking for sewing lessons pretty consistently, and this summer has provided the perfect opportunity to accommodate  her.  We started with pillowcases for charity, and have since graduated to sewing clothing.  So when we were asked if she wanted to sew the My Childhood Treasures Pillowcase Dress, she was enthusiastic.  As I recall, her response was, “YES! YES!! YEEEESSSSSS!!!!!”

I printed off the pattern and trimmed the pages for her, but she put the pieces together herself pretty quickly.  She wrestled with the tape some, but she did a good job with her rectangular jigsaw puzzle.  We compared her measurements to the size chart in the tutorial and decided she wanted to cut a size 8 with a size 10 length.  We discussed the importance of cutting a straight line, and she got to her task.  Then I let her do her absolute favorite part - shop the stash for the fabric she wanted to use.  Who am I kidding, it’s my favorite part too!!  She chose a sweet bicycle print I picked up from Hobby Lobby, laid it out, then pinned and cut her fabric.  

The tutorial for the Penelope Pillowcase Dress is online, and includes a video, which we thought was really helpful.  While Miss 9 reads everything she can lay her hands and eyes on, sometimes keeping her attention can be difficult.  But the video with its clean crisp colors and visual instructions captivated her.  When I would ask her later what the seam allowances were or how much to fold and press for the hems, she was able to tell me.  

Then we got to work.  She stitched her side seams.  They were a little wiggly, but all in all they were pretty good seams for a beginner.  I sewed the bias tape for the underarrms, then we pressed the top and bottom hems.  She stitched them, being careful to keep the seams straight and not sew any wrinkles in.  We chose to use ribbon for the straps rather than the pattern piece because she was losing momentum, so she learned how to use the bodkin to thread the ribbon through the top.  And now she has a pretty dress and is looking forward to compliments so she can say the refrain of seamstresses around the world, “Thanks!  I made it!”

 

 

 

Summer Selfie Sewing: Cold Shoulder Tunic by Ellie and Mac, Palazzos by Patterns for Pirates and 3245 by Jalie featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Summer Selfie Sewing: Cold Shoulder Tunic by Ellie and Mac, Palazzos by Patterns for Pirates and 3245 by Jalie featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Our final installment of the Summer Selfie series features patterns by Ellie and Mac, Jalie and Patterns for Pirates as well as more amazing fabric by Girl Charlee.  Rebekah sews the fabulous cold shoulder tunic while Chris sewed the super fun P4P palazzo shorts and Jalie 3245.  

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Summer Selfie Sewing: Made for Mermaids Vivienne Dress and the Green Tee and Amy skirt by Greenstyle Creations featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Summer Selfie Sewing: Made for Mermaids Vivienne Dress and the Green Tee and Amy skirt by Greenstyle Creations featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Today Jessica sews the Vivienne dress by Made for Mermaids using some amazing floral striped fabric from our sponsor Girl Charlee.  Laura opted to sew the Green Tee and the Amy Skirt by GreenStyle Creations which she chose to sew in some fabulous knits with roses and elephants from our sponsor.  

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Summer Selfie Sewing: Mama Lea by Made for Mermaids and the Open Back Pullover by Greenstyle Creations sponsored by Girl Charlee fabrics

Summer Selfie Sewing: Mama Lea by Made for Mermaids and the Open Back Pullover by Greenstyle Creations sponsored by Girl Charlee fabrics

Day three of our summer Selfie sewing series sponsored by Girl Charlee fabrics.  Today Heidi sews up a fabulous romper by Made for Mermaids and Maryanna sews up a trendy open back hoodie by Greenstyle Creations.  

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Summer Selfie Sewing: Take the Plunge Maxi by Patterns for Pirates and the Helene Cardigan by Jalie featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Summer Selfie Sewing: Take the Plunge Maxi by Patterns for Pirates and the Helene Cardigan by Jalie featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Day two of our week long feature Summer SELFie sewing sponsored  by Girl Charlee Fabric.  Today Tasha sewed the Take the Plunge Maxi Dress hack by Patterns for Pirates while Brooke sewed the Helene cardigan by Jalie.  

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Summer Selfie Sewing: Boho Breeze Romper by Winter Wear Designs and The Roadtrip Body Suit and Heat Wave Hot Pants by George and Ginger featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Summer Selfie Sewing:  Boho Breeze Romper by Winter Wear Designs and The Roadtrip Body Suit and Heat Wave Hot Pants by George and Ginger featuring fabric by Girl Charlee

Today we are introducing our week long Selfie Sewing feature which is being sponsored by Girl Charlee Fabrics.  Rebecca sewed herself a Boho Breeze romper by Winter Wear Designs and Weatherly sewed herself the Roadtrip bodysuit and Heatwave Hot Pants by George and Ginger.  Both outfits are sewn with fabric from Girl Charlee.  

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