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Finally some selfish sewing {Sew Yourself Some Love Tour}

With the re-launch of my Etsy shop, I haven’t had much time to sew for myself lately. But, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out some amazing women’s patterns and so, here I am sewing myself some love this week!

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

(Disclaimer: I received these two patterns for free, but all opinions are my own)

The main reason I agreed to this blog tour was because I saw that Blank Slate Patterns was on the list of pattern designers to choose. And I have been dying to try the Denver Tunic. I first saw Melissa’s Instagram post on a self-drafted tunic she made nearly a year ago! And yea, I just so happened to be the first to comment that she needed to make it into a pattern for purchase. And then about 50 others followed. So, thanks Melissa for making our dreams come true. 🙂 I was really tempted to purchase the pattern when it came out with the bundle back in the fall, but I try to hold off purchasing because I never know when someone will buy it for me or when I could possible have a chance (like this!) to receive it for a blog tour. All that to say, I would totally buy this pattern! Or strongly hint to someone to get it for me for Valentine’s Day or something….hint hint. (trying to help you ladies out here!)Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I love cowl necks, love pockets and love tunics, so really this was a no brainer for me. I LOVE it! The pattern also comes in a dress variation and you can omit the cowl neck if you want a scoop neck…and I just saw that it comes in short sleeves! WHAT?! Ok, I’ll definitely be making one of these in the spring. Princess seams were something new to me (I really still feel like a beginning sewist), but the pattern pieces fit perfectly and I had no problem with that step. Really the whole thing came together quite quickly and easily. The hardest part was finagling my one yard of amazing Lillestoff knit into a pattern that calls for 2 yards.

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

See those sleeves there? Yea, they look awesome, but it was also a necessity. I only had enough width to make the sleeves down to my elbows, then added the band of charcoal knit, and then had a bit more of the Lillestoff to finish of the smaller bottom section of the sleeves. But, it worked! And I kinda like the contrast in the middle of the sleeve.

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The Lillestoff knit that I chose was one I splurged on and purchased last January (at $26 a yard! gasp). I NEVER spend that much on fabric, but I want to start consuming less and really the best way to do that is to make quality clothes. The way to make quality clothes is to start with quality fabric. Lillestoff does not disappoint. I supplemented with a heather charcoal gray spandex knit from Girl Charlee. Their spandex knit, which tends to be a heavier weight is a great fabric!

I’ve already worn this Denver Tunic 3 times before the photoshoot. So, I know it’s going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

Now, on to the pants. Let me first start by saying: I have never made pants for myself. Ever. Not even PJ pants.  But, I love a good challenge and figured a stretchy knit jegging would be a good place to start.

Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I chose the SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates. I’ve heard great reviews about her patterns, specifically her raglan, so I was excited to finally try out a pattern from her. This pattern has a huge range of sizes and two styles: skinny or straight leg. My measurements lined up with a medium, so I went with that and proceeded with the skinny version of the pattern. Everything was going smoothly until it was time to baste and check for fit. I tried them on and they were really loose. Kept increasing my seam allowance more and more and finally came up with what you see here:
Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

It’s not bad, but still a bit loose. I really wanted to make these pants right and I just couldn’t. So, I’m actually showing you unfinished pants! Ha. They aren’t hemmed and I haven’t even attached the waistband or topstitched them yet. Luckily, the Denver Tunic covers all that up. But, I guess I have chicken legs and birthing hips (I do have 3 kiddos) and I need to continue to refine these pants to make them what I want them to be.

The pattern was great and everything lined up and the instructions were very easy to follow. So, since I’m a newbie at sewing pants, I’ll chalk it up to that and keep going! I do love these pants and cannot wait to finalize them because… green pants!

I actually used the same fabric that is shown on the front of the pattern, but I used the wrong side of the fabric. It’s a stretch denim blue/green, so I thought it would be fun to use the green side. Then I accented the front and back pockets of the pants with the blue side (which you can’t see here). 
Sew Yourself Some Love Tour {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Once I get those pants finished I’ll have one amazing all sewn-by-me outfit! Here are the details on what I used and changes I made.

Tunic

Total cost: $28.13 (fabric, thread)

Pattern: Denver Tunic by Blank Slate Patterns

Fabric: Dreamy Plants by Lillestoff ($26/yd) and Charcoal Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee ($6.50/yd)

Alterations made: Added the appropriate length amount to the original pattern because of my neck->waist measurement (Melissa breaks this down for you in the pattern). Then I added another 3 inches to the bottom of the pattern. Essentially, I made a Medium with an XXXL length. Then decreased 2 inches from the height of the hem band.

Pants

Total cost: $9.92 (fabric, thread, elastic)

Pattern: SOS Knit Pants by Patterns for Pirates

Fabric: Stretch Denim Blue/Green Spandex Knit from Girl Charlee ($6.50/yd) (looks like it’s out of stock, but here it is in blue/orange. And how fun would orange pants be?!)

Alterations made: Took in a lot from the width of the pants. But, still making alterations to complete this look!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my new look, now be sure to check out the rest of the ladies throughout the next two weeks.

 Sew Yourself Some Love
Join us through the whole blog tour and don’t miss a day!!!
Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

Radical Raglans – The Launch of Something New

This blog’s been a little sparse lately, but it’s not because I haven’t been sewing. I’ve actually been sewing more…and organizing a big photoshoot and launching a new product line in my Etsy shop! And today I get to reveal it to you all. I am SO excited!! (and my kids are too)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

I’ve been posting sneak peaks on my Etsy shop’s Instagram account and even had a sneak peak sale. But today, TODAY, the Radical Raglans are now available for purchase in my shop. So go check ’em out!  Here are my kiddos sporting their custom-requested shirts.Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(let’s all cry like Lioness. waaaaah!)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(just needed Daddy. All is right in my world now)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

If you love this look and don’t want to make one yourself, let me make one for ya! Use coupon code RADICAL in my shop until Sunday, January 31st for 20% off any Radical Raglan. (A little background on my shop: twelve2 is the name of the shop and it stands for Romans 12:2, which calls us to not be conformed to this world, but transform our minds to the will of God. For me, that means donating all the proceeds of every purchase to adoptive and missionary families. Currently, I’m raising money for a Nicaraguan missionary family to help them buy a used SUV and supporting several US adoptive families.)

If you’re a fellow sewist, and want to make it yourself, here are the details:

Pattern: Nap-time Creations FREE raglan pattern

Fabrics: Body is upcycled from old t-shirts, sleeves are various fabrics from Girl Charlee (aff link)

Graphic: Custom-built graphic from a friend’s text painting (but you could use any fun font) and various shapes. I used my Cricut Explore to cut iron-on vinyl and then adhered that to my shirt.

 

So, whatcha waiting for?! Go run and get you one…or make you one!

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

More Pink, More Stars! {Plus a HUGE Giveaway}

Well the Etsy shop has been opened and is going strong! But, I’ve still gotta clothe my kiddos…and make Christmas presents…and sew all the things my hubby has asked me to sew.  Ok, ok, one thing at a time. First – my River! She still needs quite a few long sleeve shirts for this fall/winter. Although I’m realizing the value in few options for her. I love that when we look in her drawer she has three shirts to choose from. It makes getting dressed a whole lot easier. Can you relate?

Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}But, back to clothing my daughter. Today, I get to show off my new creation – the Petit Oiseau top, a pattern by Filles à Maman.
(I was given this pattern, but all opinions are my own)
Naturally I went with stars. And River has been begging for a shirt with this pink stripe fabric. I used it last to make her Gumnut Dress, and she can’t wear that much now that it’s chilly. So, she had to have something else with this pink.

Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

First, let me comment on the pattern. It is so fun and simple! I told my husband it would take me an hour from start to finish, and then we could watch the Hobbit. So, I went to work and got it done! I chose the look without the flounce to keep things simple and picked a different fabric for the upper arm section. I also liked some of the looks that had a different back fabric, so there’s lots of space to play around with fabric combinations. Plus, you can make this short or long sleeve. And it’s a dolman style top, so no sleeves!

Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Don’t give me that look River, you know you love the pink stripes. Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I used a size 4, and she’s still in between 3/4T in other clothes I’ve made her. This one is a bit larger, but I like that it hangs loosely on her. I love that it’s a bit long too. I’m always making clothes longer for my entire family and this one I didn’t have to, so yay!
Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}
Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Petit Oiseau by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Since I only had to use a strip of the stars, this shirt cost me less than $5. The original pink stripe was $7/yard and I used about 1/2 yard. The stars totaled less than $1, making this a $3.50 shirt! Can’t get much better than that.

Now, who is ready to win this pattern and so MUCH MORE?!

Sponsors-Petit Oiseau Blog tour

Now the details on sponsors and the prizes!

Note that there will be only one winner and the winner gets a total of 21 patterns.

Jennuine designs (1 pattern of choice)- Petit à Petit Patterns (1 pattern of choice)- Paisley Roots (Safron dress and All spice patterns)- Jalie (1 pattern of choice)- Sofilantjes (1 pattern of choice)- Call Ajaire (1 pattern of choice)- Knot Sew Normal (1 pattern of choice)- Momma Quail Patterns (1 pattern of choice)- Duck Butt Designs (1 pattern of choice)- The Wolf and the Tree (1 pattern of choice)- Laela Jeyne Patterns (1 pattern of choice)- Kelly J Patterns (1 pattern of choice)- Golden Rippy (1 pattern of choice)- Dandelions ‘n’ Dungarees (1 pattern of choice)- FABulous Home sewn (1 pattern of choice)- Bishy Barnababes -(1 pattern of choice) Filles à Maman (3 patterns of choice).

Don’t miss a post:

Monday, November 30th: Call AjaireNeedle and TedPaisley RootsHouse of Estrela
Tuesday December 1st: Coffee and ThreadSew ThriftyConversas de Hermanas
Wednesday December 2nd: Just Add FabricSprouting JubeJubeThread Riding HoodFrom a Box
Thursday December 3rd: Rebel and MaliceSew Shelly SewCreate 3.5Made by Sara
Friday December 4th: A Jennuine LifeSew Out of ControlPetit à Petit and Family

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A new top for me {Ottobre October AND Selfish Sewing Week}!

Ever heard of Ottobre?! I quickly became a big fan after I saw all the awesome things you can sew up with their patterns. I dropped BIG hints to my man, sending him links, telling him how awesome our kids’ clothes will be, and basically saying I didn’t want anything else for Christmas. Well, it worked! He bought me a subscription for a whole year! And I loved it. Every quarter I would squeal with excitement when Ottobre came in the mail and drool over the magazine (and perhaps Instagram them every. single. time.).  And this past Christmas he surprised me by including the women’s magazine to my subscription (yea, my hubby is the best). I’m getting somewhere with all this, don’t worry.

So, I drool over them, Instagram them (is Instagram a verb now?), and glance through them time and time again, but hardly ever sew up their patterns! This month, that’s going to change. Big time.

I’m challenging myself to only sew Ottobre patterns for the whole month of October. Today I’ll start with one for myself (and this may be the only I get to sew for myself…)

Ottobre October | Selfish Sewing Week| Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

After birthing 3 kids and nursing all of them, my body just ain’t the same. And all my shirts are way too short. I’ve played with the idea of adding a band to all of them, but that just won’t look right. So, instead, I’m slowly making myself a shirt here and there.  This one is my first Ottobre pattern for me! And I’m pretty satisfied with it.Ottobre October | Selfish Sewing Week| Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I love the cap sleeves, although the white fabric doesn’t stretch much, so they are a bit tight. But I’m happy with the overall look and length. I also love this navy/green stripe fabric, but again, there’s not much stretch. When I’m done nursing I know I’ll truly be in love with this top, but it’s a bit hard to feed my baby in it right now. Ottobre October | Selfish Sewing Week| Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

After reflecting on all this, I just might make myself something else this month. Perhaps something a bit more nursing-friendly and stretchy. We’ll see…Ottobre October | Selfish Sewing Week| Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Ottobre October Top Cost | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern:
Ottobre 2/2015, #17 Jersey Top

Fabric:
Navy/Mint strip from Girl Charlee
White is selvage scraps from a Girl Charlee chevron fabric

If you’re up for a challenge, join me! You don’t have to only sew Ottobre patterns all month, but if you do sew one, let me know! I’ll be over on Instagram with #OttobreOctober and #OttobreOctubre. Or email me with your looks at sew.thrifty.blog[at]gmail.com or link up in the comments.

I look forward to see what you make!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Boy

I know, I know, my brother’s wedding was months ago, and you’ve probably forgotten that I even posted about my dress and my daughter’s outfit.  But we’re gearing up for another wedding this weekend, so I figured I had better get to posting about my son’s outfit before that wedding passes us by!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

My brother’s wedding was this past summer and I knew for several months that I wanted to sew all the outfits for my family for the event. And, why not upcycle and use free patterns for everything too, right? Well, I was able to accomplish most of that. The pattern for my dress was free, the fabric for River’s dress and headband were free. Plus I found a dress that worked perfectly for Lioness, so I didn’t have to sew anything for her. But today, I’m focusing on Carpenter. We don’t get dressed up much at all, so this wedding was the perfect excuse for me to go crazy sewing something fancy for him. My son’s outfit turned out to be the best use of free patterns and upcycled materials.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew ThriftyThe original shirt was my husband’s favorite shirt, but the collar was coming apart and just wasn’t ok for him to wear to work anymore. He hated to give it up, so I snuck it away years ago in hopes of using it for a refashion one day. And today is the day! For the vest, I thrifted a pair of dress pants. The original intent was to find a jacket, but the pattern I used didn’t fit the jackets I found, so I decided on pants. And, I found these for 50% off – only $2! I tried to keep the original welted pockets, but they were slightly too big, so I had to sew my own. You can see here how the cuffs from the original shirt were used for my son’s shirt. I loved that I didn’t have to sew all that. And the buttons were reused as well! I did have to improvise on the collar, since I couldn’t re-use that section and I was running out of fabric. Luckily I had some spare white cotton that I used to line the inside of the collar, since that section wouldn’t really get seen anyway and the outside of the collar came from the back of the original shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The vest came together nicely, even though I wasn’t able to use any of the original pockets from the pants. I lined it with a khaki cotton someone had given me from their stash. Then I accented it with orange buttons. Yes, I went with orange.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The tie was made from a free pattern as well, along with scraps of fabric that was given to me. And his pants and shoes were given to me by a friend. His whole outfit came to a whopping $7, since I include the price of thread, buttons, and the clasp for the tie. Not too bad for a fancy wedding outfit. I might be able to afford to dress him up more often.Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty{so, how do you get a girl to like you?}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

{ok, Mama, enough with all this wedding stuff, where’s the cake?!}

Here’s the breakdown:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

Dress Shirt:
Pattern: Fishsticks Designs’ Everyday Camp Shirt (with length added)
Fabric: Upcycled men’s dress shirt + scrap of white cotton

Vest:
Pattern: MellySews’ free Holiday Vest (FREE)
Fabric: Upcycled pants and gifted khaki cotton for lining

Tie:
Pattern: Delia Creates’ Lil Mister Bow Tie (FREE)
Fabric: Blue and Green cotton from JoAnns (name unknown)
Light green cotton gifted from a friend

The other wedding looks:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Mama
Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

Madeit Fashion Show Week

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Carpenter is taking kid’s fashion by storm this week. Literally. He’s lightning from head to toe. It all started with his recent love of lightning bolts, a challenge, and some rockin’ creative time.  (I do my best work jamming out to David Crowder or needtobreathe; anyone else a Christian rock fan?)

Let’s start with the challenge. Just a few months ago, I wrote that you should invest in patterns that stand the test of time.  So when Olu challenged  asked me to participate in Madeit Fashion Week featuring their new pattern collection FOLD|2 inspired by origami, I was excited, but really didn’t think my mind could be changed about trendy patterns. Are they really worth the cost?  Let me tell you ….. they are! And I can honestly say that this outfit (mainly the pants) is one of which I am most proud. I will make these patterns again (reason #5 of when to purchase a pattern), plus the patterns cover a wide range of sizes (reason #2), they are unisex (reason #1), they provide excellent photos and instructions (#4), it’s definitely something I couldn’t figure out on my own (#7), and if you purchase this week, they will be on sale (#8)!

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Say wha? My mom actually likes trendy patterns now?}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{You better believe it!}

The look all started with the shirt. I selected Madeit Pattern’s Kite Fold Tee because it was relaxed and fun. Carpenter and I went up to my sewing room, and I let him rummage through my stash.  (I had originally bought the lightning bolt fabric with the intention of making something for him, but he quickly dismissed it. So I had resigned myself to using it for me.) But, he saw it and immediately thought of Lightning McQueen (we had just let him watch Cars for the first time) and begged me to make him a “Lightning McQueen shirt.” All right dude, you can have your fabric back, I guess.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

After selecting the lightning fabric (purchased from Girl Charlee), I paired up some navy scraps that I had lying around and added the yellow. The yellow knit was given to me by a friend, the gray from a Target sheet, and the other pieces were scraps, so the whole shirt cost less than $2!

This is such a fun shirt, and you really can use up some scraps, or cut up some old t-shirts and piece them together. The pattern gives recommendations for piecing four different fabrics together, but you could use different fabrics for each pattern piece or use fewer than the recommended amount for a totally different look.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, onto the pants, and my rockin’ creative time. I started with the Book Fold Trousers because, how cool is that fly?! Carpenter wanted red lightning pants, so I had to make sure these pants lived up to his expectations. First, I had to find the right fabric. I don’t typically have a lot of woven fabric lying around, and I definitely didn’t have any red pants that could be upcycled. So, I had to (gasp) buy new fabric. Luckily it was on sale. For the pocket linings, I was able to upcycle an old dress shirt, and included some star fabric for the hem (because…stars!).

Originally, I had thought to make a big lightning bolt on the back pocket of the pants, until I went back and looked and saw that the pockets were hidden! So, the challenge was on (again). Then I started sewing and brainstorming. Everything ended up happening while I was piecing and sewing the pants together. I threw in a lightning bolt on one of the front pockets, hid one on the inside of the back pockets, top stitched in white (even when it didn’t call for top stitching), and widened the belt loops so I could sew on some more lightning bolts.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The end result….a pair of pants unique for Carpenter and just what he wanted! He got excited as I showed him all the bolts, especially the hidden one.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

AND, these pants mark the first time I’ve ever: successfully installed snaps, sewn on belt loops, used button hole elastic and altered a pattern the first time I sewed it. So, yea, I am PUMPED about these pants. Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

There’s the real Carpenter! He’s not a high fashion kid at all, but he plays it really well. Thanks dude for being so awesomely inspiring and loving what I make for you!

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Book Fold Trousers by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Love these patterns as much as I do?

Check out how you can win your own Madeit pattern this week:

Correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that will be posted on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

Or maybe you would like some free fabric?

Here’s how you can win €50 NOSH voucher:

All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on Sunday September 6 about what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you.  A random winner will be selected from the comments.

And there will be another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 NOSH voucher. 

And let me know how I did on the origami challenge! Ok, ok, I use the term origami loosely, but it was fun to throw in a few props to the photoshoot.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Even if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any of the patterns in the Fold collection by using the code MFW20.

Check out the rest of the fashion here:

 Monday 31 August

Kid Approved | Girl Like the Sea | Huisje Boompje Boefjes | Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy | Pienkel | East and EdenChi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki | In a manner of Sewing | Glitter + Wit | Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

Thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow | Fliegfederfrei | Fairies and Bubbles Co | Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom | Sansahash | Miss Castelinhos | Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya | My Cosy Co Paisley Roots | Diorella | Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted | Climbing the Willow | Swoodson says

Upcycled: Raglan for Boys

Do you ever realize how many free or event-related shirts you amass over the years? Today’s tutorial will show you  how to make use of those shirts for your kids.

This post is the second of my versions of  the Raglan Shirt Pattern by Nap-Time Creations.  You can view my girl’s version of the raglan here.

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

Upcycled Boy Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Both the gray and lime fabrics came from shirts with over-sized graphics. These are very common with shirts you can receive for donating money, company shirts, or team shirts. Some of these shirts are sentimental, but others are just filling up your closet…or your trash pile. Now, there’s something you can do with them!

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

This shirt was a friend’s that she and her whole family had worn in support of March for Babies. An awesome cause, but she didn’t need 5 of these matching shirts past the day of the walk. She kindly packed up this one and many others and delivered them free to my house. Free fabric! Free delivery! I have the best friends.

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

Because the graphic on the back was so large, I could only use this shirt for the front in the size I needed. There was still some leftover on the back that I’ll use for other small projects.Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

As you can see above, I folded my t-shirt and lined up the bottom of the pattern to the bottom of the shirt. Since I didn’t have to bother with hemming the shirt, I could have slid the pattern piece down to account for not hemming. However, I like longer shirts (makes them last longer on my constantly-growing kiddos), so I kept the pattern piece as pictured above to gain an extra inch or so. Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

For the sleeve, I did slide the pattern piece off the edge of the t-shirt’s original sleeve. I wanted a short-sleeve shirt and nothing longer than that.

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

I did the same cutting process for the back of the shirt and cut off the neckband of this gray shirt to use for my final raglan.

Also, since I used the original hem of the shirts, when I serged my shirt together, I ended up with a tail of additional thread. (This will also happen if you’re using a sewing machine, although if you back stitch your seams should stay put.) When using a serger, I use this method to keep my thread tails from coming apart:

Finishing Serger Hems {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

 

And now the shirt is completely done and ready to be worn!Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And I know you saw those awesome shorts up there! Don’t worry, those will be coming next week.

Here’s the breakdown:

Upcycled Boy's Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Check out what Feather’s Flights is up to today with her peasant style tunic!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

Have you upcycled any garments for your kids? Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram so we can see all the awesomeness you are creating! Or share a link in the comments.

Upcycled: Raglan for Girls

Have you ever held on to something for 20 years and then found the perfect moment to do something with it? No? Just me? OK, well, today is the day!

Welcome back to another day of thrifty sewing for your kids! Have you been following along here and at Feather’s Flights? If not, be sure to go back and see why we upcycle, tips for shopping thrift storeshow to get the most out of one item, and my first featured project – a colorblocked muscle tee. 

Now, onto today! I’ll be sharing two projects from the same FREE pattern – the Raglan Shirt Pattern by Nap-Time Creations.  This pattern is a unisex pattern offered for a wide range of sizes: 18 mos – 6T. Ladies first!

Upcycled Girl Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

As I was going through my closet and my huge pile of clothes to be upcycled, I ran across just about every color…except pink. I just have never worn pink. But to my 3-year old, pink is her world. And because  I focus so much on making clothes for Carpenter,  I wanted to make something special just for her that she would cherish. Finally, in the depths of my storage, I came across this youth XL t-shirt I bought when I was 10! I still remember my youth and the love for chipmunks, and obviously I couldn’t bear to get rid of this shirt.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Since I really was focused on saving the graphic and not the hem (like here), I made sure the graphic was centered before I cut. Graphics can be hard to save in some shirts since adult shirts have graphics that can be quite large. Be sure to measure the graphic or the pattern before purchasing any thrift store graphic tees.

When checking to see if your desired graphic will work for your pattern, be sure to account for seam allowances. In the case of this raglan pattern, I had to make sure the neckline, sleeve seam, and side seam all were at least 3/8″ (1cm) away from my graphic. And they were! If this is not the case for your upcycled garment, try color blocking to keep your desired graphic.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Once you have your graphic ready, either pull the back of the shirt away from your cutting area or cut down the sides of the shirt. Then fold the front of the shirt and line up your pattern piece as indicated. Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I always use a rotary cutter and weights, but if you use scissors, simply pin your pattern piece on and cut.Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Done! The graphic looks slightly off-centered, but it’s pretty close. I doubt my 3 year old will care. 🙂Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The black sleeves are from a friend’s old shirt that I want to be able to use the logo for a future project. The neckband ribbing is from another black shirt (the first one had gray ribbing for the collar)

I was able to save the hem on the black shirt by using the existing hem to cut new sleeves. I started by folding the shirt and then lining up my pattern piece to the hem.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Since this shirt is for my girl, I wanted the sleeves a bit shorter than what was recommended. You can see below that I just slid the pattern down off the original shirt. Then I cut around the pattern piece there.Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

For the second sleeve, I cut around my first sleeve piece (to make sure the lengths of the sleeves were equal).Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Lastly, I cut out the neckband from another black shirt to use for the raglan neckband. You can choose to rip out the seams of a neckline, but that’s what too much work for me! I just cut as close as possible to the seam; the new neckband will be slightly smaller than the original, but for kid’s clothes it looks fine.

Then I followed the directions from the original pattern, and River has a pink shirt to call her own!

Upcycled Chipmunk Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Chipmunk Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:ChipmunkRaglanTimeCost.jpg

And be sure to hop on over to Feather’s Flights to see her peasant style dress!Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

So….have you raided your closets yet to sew something up for your kiddos?! Feather’s Flights and I would love to see what you are sewing! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram for your chance to be featured.

Upcycled: Colorblocked Muscle Tee

Today I’m going to share with you my first of many projects! I will be transforming two adult tees into a tank for my son – all for less than 25 cents.

But first, have you seen what upcycling can save you? And how you can get the most out of your material?
Colorblocked Muscle Tee {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

Using Fishsticks Designs’ free Tank pattern, I mashed up two adult shirts to make this fun new one! The stumbling block I came across was that the graphic I wanted to keep from the original shirt was too close to the edge of the tank’s pattern piece. If I had cut up the original shirt, I would have sewed the graphic right into the seams, losing the look I was aiming for. Color blocking to the rescue! If you’ve ever had this same problem, read on to see how you can keep those fun (maybe even sentimental?) graphics from shirts past….

I snagged this long sleeve maroon shirt from my husband’s wardrobe long ago knowing Carpenter would love it one day. (Don’t worry, my husband gave me full permission!) And, today is the day!  I showed him the graphic on the back and he said, “Bam! Cars!” He is not one to shy away from crashing, smashing, and all sorts of collisions; this shirt fits him well. 🙂

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

You can see below that if I used only this maroon shirt, I would have cut right along the side of the graphic from the back of the shirt. And, I couldn’t move the pattern piece up, since there’s no more shirt to move to!

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Luckily, I had a matching shirt in my stash of clothes to upcycle (it might just be larger than my fabric stash, but who’s counting?). So, I decided the best solution was to color-block the two shirts. Instead of making a new pattern piece or printing off another one, I simply folded down the piece, making sure the pattern matched up on the fold (this will ensure that the angle is at 90 degrees, and your pattern pieces will be perfectly horizontal).

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}(This is the top half of the pattern piece used for my yellow shirt)

You’ll then have the other part of the pattern to be used for the maroon/graphic part of the shirt:Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

First, I took the top part of the pattern piece and laid it on my yellow shirt to be upcycled. You can see the pin on the right – that is marking the fold in my pattern piece. I will add a seam allowance of approximately 3/8″ (or 1 cm) below that pin.

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The top of my tank all cut out – the pin still in place, marking the original pattern piece, and you can see where I added seam allowance all along the bottom. (I repeated this step for the front pattern piece of my tank.)

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Next, I prepared the bottom sections of my tank. (I’m showing you the front piece, but I did the same process for the back of the tank as well.) Using the bottom piece of my pattern, I placed it on top of my original shirt, making sure it did not cover up the details I was trying to save. I marked around the pattern piece with chalk to double check my work.

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Looks good!

You’ll want to add the seam allowance to the top of this section of the shirt (as you’ll be sewing this piece and the top piece together). I, however, didn’t have any space to add a seam allowance, so I simply added some extra length to account for what I needed.

Now I have my main pieces cut out:

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}To complete the colorblocking, simply zig-zag stitch (width = .5, length = 2.5-3) or serge the top and bottom pieces to each other. Do this for both the front and back pieces. Then, you’ll have the front and back pieces just like in the original pattern.

For the neckband and armband, I love to use the ribbing from the original shirts. Since I have two shirts, there’s plenty of ribbing for both the armband and neckband. I like to cut as close as possible to the seam to get the ribbing off the neckline of the original shirt. You can save a little more fabric by seam ripping these necklines out, but, whew, it’s a job! Trust me, I’ve done it. It’s a whole lot simpler to just cut out, even if you do end up with a slightly skinnier piece of ribbing.Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Colorblock Tank {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

From here, I followed the directions from the original pattern. Now my son has an awesome, unique, pocket tank. Thanks so much Bonnie for an awesome FREE tank pattern! Be sure to go check out the Tank pattern, available in sizes 12m-14!Colorblock Muscle Tee {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org{Colorblock Muscle Tee {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:

Colorblocked Muscle Tee {Sew Thrifty | ww.sewthrifty.org}

And be sure to hop on over to Feather’s Flights to see her cap sleeve cardigan and cap sleeve tee!
Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Have you upcycled any garments for your kids? Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram so we can see all the awesomeness you are creating! Or share a link in the comments.

The Bimaa: Spring Edition Hacks

SpringBimaa copyI LOVE the Bimaa. Love might be an understatement, actually. I tell everyone to buy it and am constantly sewing one up.

But, it’s spring (here in the US, and in Mississippi it’s practically summer already) and River needs some quick tops.  So, I thought I would play around with the Bimaa pattern. I know she’s in a 4T in that pattern, so I can cut a whole bunch without having to check fit.

I’ve already turned the Bimaa into a dress and loved the result. So, here goes for some tops.

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First up: Shortened sleeves and thin neckband.

I kept the main shirt the same, including the waistband with a contrasting fabric. I shortened the sleeves by using a shirt River already had as a template. Then, I added the sleeve cuffs and a thin neckline band. I wanted to use the shawl version of the neckline, but I knew it just wouldn’t last much in this heat we get for 5 months out of the year.

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I can’t believe someone GAVE me that yellow fabric, and it matches perfectly! The elephant knit is from JoAnn’s, their Doodle collection (picked it up while it was 50% off). They had monkeys and lions too; I was very tempted to get all of them, but I refrained. You know, trying to be thrifty and all. 🙂

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{Look mama, I’m an elephant!}

And the breakdown:
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Next up: Slight cowl neckline, shortened and hemmed sleeves.

For this version, I kept the front and back pieces and waistband the same and altered the sleeves and neckline again.  This time I made the neckline a semi-cowl by cutting a strip about 4″ wide by the length I needed to go around the neckline. Also, I hemmed the sleeves instead of using a band.

One of the things I love about the Bimaa is how it’s finished – you don’t have to hem anything! But for some reason, I wanted to hem these sleeves. Why oh why? I like the way it came out, but it made me not want to make another one with a sleeve hem. I like quick projects, and this one was quick until I had to hem, switch to a double needle, etc. I just wasn’t wanting to do that on this project. Also, since I made the neckline a bit thicker, it hangs down a little too much. If I use this neckline again, I’m going to add about an inch to the middle of the front pattern piece.

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I love this knit deer fabric; this is my second deer Bimaa made for her. The previous one was on a different colorway. Both deer color fabrics are from Girl Charlee*.

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Spring Bimma Hack | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}
And the breakdown:
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So, there you have it: the Bimaa for Spring!

Do you love the Bimaa as much as I do!? I’d love to see your versions, hacked, or not.

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