Sewing for the Hemispheres: Day Two

Sewing for the Hemispheres: Day Two

Welcome back for more WOMEN"S sewing..... today we are sharing awesome creations from Denita and Lisa. Each are cute, comfortable, and stylish.... and yet perfect for very different seasons.  What are your favorite patterns to transition through the seasons????

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Talking About Fabric...

Talking About Fabric...

So I constantly see posts online to the tune of: 'What exactly is X fabric?', 'What should I order online', 'I just wish I could touch it...'

Well, I am here to give you some insight.  I'm hoping to do more and more of these posts over the next year so that by the end of 2015 if someone asks 'What is X fabric?', you are going to have the answers!

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Jocole Skinnies On Tour

It's no secret that we are HUGE fans of Jocole patterns here at Pattern Revolution. Today we are sharing the Jocole Skinnies again because we just love them so much! If you've never made a Jocole pattern before, be sure to check into the Jocole Facebook group to participate in their upcoming Sew Along and keep tabs on the featured section of the website so you don't miss our favorite day of the week- Wednesday, when one Jocole pattern is half off every week!

 Here's Melissa to tell you more about the Skinny Pants.

Hi, I’m Melissa from Sassy Fras Designs and I’m so excited to be on the Jocole Blog Tour today!

I have thought the Jocole Skinny Pants were the best thing since sliced bread since the first time I laid eyes on them. However, I was very intimidated by them. I loved every version I saw, but I know the seamstresses who had sewn them are also a little bit like Wonder Woman, and my only super power is keeping a household of 5 kids from running (too) wild, so I remained intimidated. With a little encouragement, I jumped into sewing up a pair. Now I just have two problems #1) I need more stretch fabric in a rainbow of colors. #2) Why did I wait so long to try this pattern?!

From start to finish, this pair was done in under 3 hours. No joke. That includes taping pattern, tracing in my size, cutting fabric & sewing. I would have sworn something like this was going to take me days! 

This is my wearable muslin. I did back pockets, but no patch pockets, and was bucking the recommendations & planning on them being wearable all along. It could have gone either direction, but I was lucky (this time!)  The fabric is a teeny bit on the stiff side (it’s a chocolate brown stretch denim that happened to be in my stash) which highlighted areas where any bunching or pulling was occurring, but one quick session of pinning & altering & they’re much better. My next pair will be made with a little more lightweight stretch denim.

The pattern comes in a range of sizes from 00 to 28w, with lots of stops in between and makes it very easy to blend sizes to fit our bodies.

I’m still no Wonder Woman, but these pants absolutely make me feel like Super Girl at least! Ready to take on all that my kids & job throw at me, while looking pretty stylish to boot! And that is the moral of my story – if a mere mortal like me can do this, so can you.

Runway Deconstructed: #ChallengeCreate Nature Entry, Explained

Runway Deconstructed: #ChallengeCreate Nature Entry, Explained

Time to VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! VOTE HERE

*We are the first circle to click in the poll at the bottom of the post (Becca&Suzanne of Pattern Revolution)*

So we were only allowed 5 images and 600 words over at Skirt Fixation - and you can imagine how that was no where near enough for two blabbermouth photographers like Becca and I!!!  We wanted to show off and explain some of our choices in greater detail.

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Runway Deconstructed: Floral Trend

Runway Deconstructed: Floral Trend

Oh-mi-gosh guys. Prepare to have your minds BLOWN. FLORALS are "in" for Spring! I know, right?? Here are a few of our favorite botanical pics from the runway, as reported by Vogue.

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Fifty Dollar Fashion: Week 3

Fifty Dollar Fashion: Week 3

Say what?? We're more than halfway through our series! So much fashion inspiration, so little time! 

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Happy Monday: We've Got A Great Week For YOU!

Happy Monday: We've Got A Great Week For YOU!

This week we are continuing in our Sew Yourself Some Love Series.  Here's a little look at what is coming so that you don't miss out!

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Legging's Winners

Sorry - I should have had this up earlier in the week, but life has a bad habit of getting in the way.  Thank you all for reading the comparative leggings review and for linking up your own legging creations - it is so fun to see what everyone has made for the little loves in their lives.

And the Winners are.... (chosen by 'cause no one could pick from all the cuteness!)

One Pattern from Peek-a-boo Patterns

#5 Coles Corner and Creations Sally Leggings (how AWESOME for holloween)

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One Pattern from Lily Giggle

#19 Baby Fish Designs Petal Pants and Ruffle Leggings comparison (love seeing the doll sizes too!)


One Pattern from Jocole

#32  Trisha of Night Owl with her Ruffle Leggings


Congratulations ladies, make sure you e-mail us with your contact information so that you can claim your prize!!! 

Comparative Review: Leggings

*I was provided with a complimentary copy of each pattern for the purpose of this review - I was in no other way compensated, and the thoughts held herein are completely my own.

Welcome to the first (in what I hope will be a LONG line) of Comparative Reviews.  We all know that there is nothing very little new under the sun in fashion.  Often we see similar lines or patterns coming out from a variety of designers, and sometimes we wonder why?  If I have one pattern, would I ever possibly want another similar one?  Well maybe you will, and maybe you wont; but I am here today to say that while these patterns may follow a similar trend, idea, or article of clothing - they are vastly different from one another!
Today we are looking at leggings - I picked leggings because a) they are easy to sew, b)they are a necessity in my daughter's wardrobe for fall/winter/spring, and c) getting the right legging for your child is IMPORTANT!  By looking at these patterns side by side you may be able to better gauge the perfect pattern to add to your collection!

Today we are looking at:
The Lollipop Leggings by Peek-a-boo Patterns (affiliate link)
The Ruffle Leggings by Jocole

*All three patterns were made in a straight size 2 with no alterations to fit

Click HERE to see the full sized Chart

I'm going to be honest - I love all three of these!  My daughter now has 6 pairs of leggings that she will be able to wear with different outfits all throughout fall and winter.  Lets take a closer look at the fit.

The Bum:
Now in general, no one wants a saggy bum!  But is is also important for children to not have wedgies or to have their bums hanging out. 
All three of these patterns have modesty covered, but my chunky monkey with a bubble butt  will most often wear her Lollipop leggings with a tunic top or dress.  They hug the body and have the least fullness in the bum - these will be perfect for those skinnie minnies out there who's leggings are always sagging or baggy.

The Petal Pants have a bit more rear coverage, so she could wear them with a swing top or tunic top.  They are still a fitted legging, but not as curve hugging as the Lollipop.

The Ruffled legging have the highest rise and the fullest bum - perfect for diapers, cloth diapers, and bubble booties the world around.  These fit more in the relaxed range when it comes to leggings (they still fit to the body, they just have a bit more wiggle room).  The higher rise ensure that your derriere will be fully covered and makes these leggings an easy match with T shirts or tops that hit at the hip.

The Additional Features:
Peek-a-boo has gone out of their way to make something for everyone with their added features.  I did one plain pair and one with ruffles, but I am thinking the plain pair may just need a button tab!  The skirt feature also makes this a more versatile pattern and one that is playground appropriate.  I love my girl in skirts... but hate having to find a diaper cover to match each one... the Lollipop Leggings give the option for a skort, sk-apris, or sk-ants (hmmm not sure those made up names work ;op).

The Petunia Petal Pants are all about the Petal - I mean that is what makes them so dang adorable, RIGHT!  The pattern comes with a long and short petal - which means that you can overlay them for the double petal or use just one.  I love how you can get completely different looks by using all one fabric or using contrasting fabric.  She also includes instructions for what you need to do to get the right look with no petals - so these can easily become a basic pair of leggings too.  And did you know that this will soon be available in women's sizes! *My hubs has dubbed these her 'Storm Trooper' pants... um, I guess that means he likes them ;o)
**My second pair are black with a single ruffle, and somehow they just missed the cue for getting photographed ;op

The Ruffle Leggings are obviously all about ruffles.  The ruffles are sewn into the side seam - which I love, just make sure you stitch them on straight so that they will match up.  You can do 0-3 ruffles because the leggings are hemmed separately from the ruffles.  Jodi even shows an optional neat trick using clear elastic... I didn't have any, but I plan on buying some for the next dozen pair I plan on making.  There is also a very cool tutorial here on the blog for doing EXTREME RUFFLES.  What girl wouldn't want extreme fun!

The Bottom Line:
You really can't go wrong with any of these.  So take a moment and think about your child, think about what you want the leggings to go with, and if all else fails close your eyes and blindly point at the screen; but no matter what - RUN and go get a legging pattern so you can get to sewing!!!!

Make sure to go LINK UP your leggings HERE for a chance to win a free pattern from one of these three designers.

Gorgeous Pattern Mashup by Snickerdoodle Stew

I am a child of the 80’s.  I had my Cabbage Patch Preemie, my Strawberry Shortcake decorated room and, of course, copious amounts of Barbies.  I did make clothes for my dolls with the sewing knowledge I learned from candlewicking embroidery with my mom, but I think the thing that prepared me most for life as a boutique owner would have to be Fashion Plates.  You could mix and match tops and bottoms and fun prints to make your very own creations!   Who would have thought 30 years later that you can use the same(ish) techniques to mash up PDF patterns to come up with new combinations?

Today’s post is going to be a quick breakdown of the mash up.  If you’re brand new to PDFspeak, a mash up is taking two patterns (or more!) and switching the pieces around to make a new look.  You can swap a halter bodice for a peasant top or a romper bottom for a skirt.  It’s a great way to stretch the PDFs you have and also breathe life into your sewing if you just can’t find that perfect look you’re going for.  It’s also great for adding coverage to a garment for modesty or seasonal needs.  The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination...or your Paypal funds and Dropbox storage!

I was given the opportunity to mash two great patterns.  I have wanted to try the Happy Herringbone pattern from Jocole for some time and I was looking for just the right time to add it to my shop.  While I love the design, I really wanted a bodice that would put this unique dress over the top.  I went in search of a pattern with a bodice that mimicked the “V” shape of the skirt, and landed on the Allison Dress from FooFoo Threads Patterns.  The best part about these two patterns is that they are from two designers with two totally different looks


Foo Foo Threads "Allison" dress bodice

Foo Foo Threads "Allison" dress bodice

Jocole's "Happy Herringbone" dress skirt

Jocole's "Happy Herringbone" dress skirt

The end result is this beautiful dress. 


The lines on the bodice are simple and classic, but they literally direct your eyes to the magnificent piecework featured on the skirt.


I’m here today to give you a beginner’s guide to mashing up patterns.  It’s really not hard, but it does take a little time and thought.  In the end, it’s definitely worth it!  These are general guidelines, meant for beginners, and not set in stone rules.  I’m sure there are people that would do things differently than I would, but here are my tips for you if you are just getting your toes wet!

Keep things simple and swap piece for piece.   If one of your patterns has longer bodice, look for another pattern with a long bodice.   Same thing with short bodices.  When you get a little more comfortable with it, you can do some math, but sticking with this in the beginning will keep you from having the skirt portion too short or too long.

Use patterns you are already comfortable with sewing.  This will save you time and headache and allow for a pleasant mash up experience.  This will also prevent you from ruing the day you let me talk you into doing this!

Just like anything else that has to do with sewing, once you start, you WILL get addicted.  You will go to bed at night planning out your next mash and look for the next moment you have to squeeze it in.  Again…just a heads up!

Most of all, have fun.  These are definitely a challenge, but very doable for an enthusiastic beginner.  If you really want to do one and can’t choose between patterns, have a sewing friend pick them out for you!

And just in case you wondered what the dress would look like if you totally swapped the pieces and sewed up the parts that didn't get invited to the party, here’s the bodice from Happy Herringbone and the skirt from the Allison Dress.


The gorgeous fabric used in this mash up was from the Urban Mod line from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Photos were taken, dodging rain, by the talented Rebecca of Prima Luce Photography in Charlestown, Indiana.


Ready to start mashing patterns?

The Happy Herringbone pattern by Jocole is on SALE today and tomorrow only HERE for 50% off.

And Foo Foo Threads patterns offers this great deal daily HEREbuy 2 get 1 free, buy 3 get 2 free, buy 4 get 3 free, and buy 5 get 5 free!

How about the chance to add a few more to your collection? Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a 5 pattern pack of patterns from Jocole and Foo Foo Threads!!!

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