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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Canaan's Incredible Blazer Blog Tour: With Welcome to the Mouse House

Canaan's Incredible Blazer Blog Tour:  With Welcome to the Mouse House

Today we close our our pattern tour with Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House.  While her daughter might be one of the most recognizable faces of the sewing blog land, it was Hayley's sewing for her son that first caught my attention when she was competing in Project Run and Play (go check out all the details in the linked post!!!) .  He is such a handsome young man and Hayley seems to have the perfect balance between style and function when she sews for him.  She has recently launched her own pattern company, Mouse House Creations, and I hope 2014 will bring some new boy's patterns to the market from this talented seamstress and designer!

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Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern Tour: With Winter Wonderings...

Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern Tour: With Winter Wonderings...

OK-this is a little weird introducing myself, but  here goes!   Hi,I am Suzanne and when I am not introducing you to cool content here on Pattern Revolution, you can find me over an my home blog of Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, & Whatnot where I blog about the crazy life of my '3 under 3' and all the cool things I make for them.  I am a self confessed jacket LOV-AH,and while I have made numerous jackets and blazers for my kiddos - I simply could not turn this one down!

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Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern Tour: With Boy,Oh Boy, Oh Boy

Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern Tour:  With Boy,Oh Boy, Oh Boy

Happy Wednesday!   Today on our tour of My Little Plumbcake's Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern, we are stopping by to visit with the one and only Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts.  As her name might imply, she is something of a genius when it comes to all things BOY in sewing and crafting... seriously check out her blog to see all the details of her creation, so much fun!  Don't forget to enter to win your very own copy of the pattern,and come back tomorrow to see more fun variations on this pattern!

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Canaan's Incredible Blazer Tour:With Feather's Flights

Canaan's Incredible Blazer Tour:With Feather's Flights

Are you having fun on our journey around the blog-o-sphere???  Today we are headed over to visit the incredibly talented Heather of Feather's Flights.  I just love when people take a pattern and put their own unique spin on it - especially when it is a spin you yourself considered doing - thanks for proving how cute it looks Heather!!!! Make sure you head over to Feather's Flights to see all of her pictures and what she did to make this pattern uniquely perfect for her son.   Oh, and don't forget to enter below to win your own copy of this INCREDIBLE pattern!

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Canaan's Incredible Blazer Tour: With Max California

Canaan's Incredible Blazer Tour: With Max California

Today we make our first stop over with the amazingly talented Ari of Max California.  Head over to her blog to check out her full post and amazing pictures!   And don't forget to enter below to win your own copy of the My Little Plumcake Canaan's Incredible Blazer Pattern!!!

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Making your pants adjustable with button hole elastic

My Little Plumcake is a Pattern Revolution Blog Sponsor. This pattern was provided to me for free for use in this tutorial. Want to win a free copy for yourself? Enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

Whenever I (gasp!!!) buy store bought clothes for my kids, I always make sure to get pants with buttonhole elastic, especially for my oldest boy since the hand me downs go to little brother who is not shaped quite the same.  I've recently sewed a couple patterns that included buttonhole elastic in the waistband (Retro Glam Skirt and Otto Pants). I decided that I'll probably use it in most every pants pattern I sew from now on to make sure I can get the perfect fit throughout the life of the garment, no matter who is wearing it. As long as I'm doing it, I might as well show you how too, right?

First, there are a couple things to consider with the pants you are going to modify- do the pants have a flat front or is entire waistband elasticized? Do the pants have a separate waistband piece or is the top of the pants turned down to make a casing?

Today I'm working with the Jack and Jill Pattern from My Little Plumcake. They have a flat front and do not have a separate waistband, but if your pattern is different, I'll give you some tips at the end so you can still make the modifications. By the way, this pattern is designed to be fitted through the waist and butt and flare towards the bottom, but my kids both needed more booty room so I sized up. 

First, assemble the pant fronts and backs as directed in the pattern. Do not sew the inseam or side seams yet. Now it's time to mark your buttonholes.


The pattern directs you to turn the waistband under 1/2" and then another 1" to create your casing. You want your buttonholes to end up on the inside of the waistband centered on the casing, so you measure 5/8 down from the top of the pants, and measure 1" in from the side seam on each side. Mark your buttonholes.


Turn your pants piece over and transfer your marks on the back side, then apply 2 small pieces of iron on interfacing over each buttonhole mark.  


Turn your pants back over and make your buttonholes using your sewing machine.  


Don't forget to open your buttonholes with your seam ripper now! It's hard to do it once the casing has been sewn down!  Continue now with the pants construction according to the pattern directions. When your pants are together, make the casing as directed.


Instead of stopping, sew all the way around the casing.  


Add your buttons! 


Using a safety pin, feed the buttonhole elastic through the buttonhole, into the back side casing, and back out the other buttonhole.


Try the pants on your little one, adjust the elastic as needed, and secure with the buttons.  How easy was that???


So, a few things to keep in mind... All patterns are different. If you are using a different pattern that does not have a separate waistband, remember to check how much the casing is turned under (if at all). This measurement determines your buttonhole placement, and you're going to want to add 1/8" to that # and that is how far you measure down from the top of the pants to begin your buttonhole mark.

 If your pants have a separate waistband, you will need to center the buttonholes on the inside of the waistband piece using the same methods.

If your pants do not have a flat front and are elasticized all the way around, you only need one buttonhole. Insert the elastic, pull it through the casing so that the end of the elastic is right next to the button hole, place the button on the fabric directly on top of the end of the elastic and sew it down, securing both the button on the outside and the elastic on the inside. Pull the other end of the elastic the rest of the way through the casing and out the button hole and secure with button.

I hope you found this helpful, Happy Sewing! Now, Enter to win a copy of this pattern for yourself!