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More Maternity Makes

Sorry Sew Thrifty has become maternity sewing overload lately. But, sewing all these maternity garments has given me a TON of confidence to sew for myself a lot more now. In fact, I’m getting jealous of my maternity wardrobe. So, I’m going to have to step it up once I’m no longer pregnant and sew some awesome things for myself. For today we have a raglan and some more culottes.

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Using FREE Tutorials to Design Your Clothes

Purple Star Henley Cap sleeve, a Free Tutorial Mash-up | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Over the past year I’ve been blogging off and on still trying to figure out just what kind of sewing blog I’d like to portray. (And what I have time for!) In the end, I know I want to encourage other potential sewists out there to start sewing, keep sewing, and finding ways to afford sewing. Today, I used four free tutorials to create a unique look for this shirt. No money was shelled out for patterns and all of these tutorials are easily found online. In fact, I’m completely self-taught and find most of what I need to teach myself online.

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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!
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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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There’s a Surprise at the End of this Post

The blog has been a little quiet lately. And for good reasons. First off, have you ever tried to only sew Ottobre for a month?! (phew) Combined with attacking Kid’s Clothes Week?! (double phew) And then there’s the harsh reality of life that sometimes crashes down on you…and it’s never when you’re ready or able to handle it.  I had a miscarriage last week. God has wrapped me in His loving arms and I am doing wonderfully considering the circumstances. And actually, have started looking more towards others in the past two weeks instead of solely sewing for my kiddos. (But you’ll have to read this whole post to get to that good stuff!)

Today, I get to celebrate an amazing pattern company by showing off my latest creation! The Abilene Skirt by Momma Quail Patterns.

Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

As soon as I bought this fabric (pale pink with gold polka dots!) from Hobby Lobby, I knew I wanted to make River a skirt. And the Abilene Skirt is perfect! I love the front pockets, back pockets, and nice details that make this skirt look very professional. I chose the faux fly and front pockets options. And for the rest, I kept right to the pattern. I didn’t need to lengthen or shorten at all. The skirt is going to be great this fall/winter with some leggings and perfect next spring too. The back has an elastic waistband so these will stretch a bit to last River until next summer for sure. And then Lioness will get it. It’s so fun having two girls in a row!Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

River loves her skirt. What she’s sad about is that I completely FORGOT to bring along her awesome Just Like Papa Briefcase!! And it is awesome. Pink and polka-dotty and full of great compartments for crayons, stickers, princess coloring books, and her fake pink phone that is really one of those water games that you can never win. (Not like I’ve taken over her phone in an attempt to show her how awesome terrible  mama is at that game or anything…..) So, since you don’t get to see her awesome briefcase, I’ll remind you about her brother’s:

Just Like Papa Briefcase | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Just Like Papa Briefcase | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}Just Like Papa Briefcase | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

OK, now back to my girl and the surprise waiting for you at the end of this blog post. I’ve decided to re-open my Etsy shop!! Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}I know girl, I can hardly contain myself too! 

And this scarf is already listed! What I LOVE about my shop is that I don’t keep any of the money. Yes, you read that right. All proceeds go directly toward helping adoptive and missionary families. I had it opened for two years prior to Lioness being born, but took it down to focus more on her and family. Now, I’m wanting to serve others again in this little way. I’m hopeful that I can keep it open while balancing and maintaining my priorities.

Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Abilene Skirt |Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org} Deer Infinity Scarf | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}So, if you’re into supporting adoptive families bring home their babies or missionaries spreading the love of Jesus, check out twelve2 on Etsy or Facebook or Instagram.

I’ll still be popping in over here at Sew Thrifty from time to time, but my heart needs to serve others right now. And sharing with my kids why I sew for others and get them to help out in the process as well.

But before you leave, be sure to check out all the other great sewists and their takes on all the lovely Momma Quail Patterns! And check out the giveaway!

11/16: Willow and Stitch

11/17: Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane

11/18: The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee

11/19: House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says

11/20: Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty

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Pinktastic Secret Star Girl! {Ottobre October and Kid’s Clothes Week Day 1-3}

This girl is a kick and a half. She’s a gymnastic-dancing-super hero-fighting-pinktastic-princess. She loves to nurture her baby dolls (and her baby sister), but has to defend herself from her “evil” big brother. And in between she just wants to dance and wear all things pink. Plus, she’s my middle child and is so easy that she tends to get neglected. But, no more! Pinktastic Secret Star Girl gets all the attention this Kid’s Clothes Week!Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The look began with this crazy pink sweatshirt (Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17). River has been begging me to make her something with this pink sweatshirt fleece knit I snagged for $2/yard last year. And I did need to make her some outwear for some of the chilly evenings we’ve been having. But it’s Mississippi, so it’s still 80 degrees during the day here. (C’mon fall, pleease!!)

Anyway, this simple sweatshirt was perfect. It was easy to whip out and I already had some coordinating white ribbing for the details. Eventually I’d like to put some sort of graphic or words on this sweatshirt to tone the pink down a bit, but for now it’s going to stay plain.Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, the pants.  These pants. Phew. If it weren’t for Kid’s Clothes Week I’m not sure I would have finished these pants. Ottobre patterns are amazing….except when you have no.clue.what.they.are.taking.about! Sigh. I’m not going to let this blog post take me longer than sewing up those pants. So, let’s get to it.

I began by embroidering three pink stars throughout the pants (can you spot them all?). Then I began the process of piecing everything together. I fell in love with all the top stitching details and was really on a roll. Day 2 of Kid’s Clothes Week was spent finalizing the pants, but I sewed one of the zippers on upside down, had to redo it all, and then it got late. I was so close.  Day 3 came and I spent my hour literally just trying to figure out the waistband and what the directions meant. So, I pushed forward and finished the pants in a second hour. I really wanted to get these done so I could make something else this week! And then I was so nervous that they wouldn’t fit her, that the material wasn’t stretchy enough, that she’d be able to wear them for one time and out grow them, or that she wouldn’t even like them. Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

But, much to my surprise all my worries vanished that next morning. She was overly delighted to put them on (I didn’t even ask her!), they fit like a glove, and the material is perfect. She didn’t want to take them off and eagerly let me do a photoshoot right then. Rock it girl!
Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The boots cover up the zippers, but I wasn’t about to make her change out of them since she was pumped about letting me take her picture. Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Eventually I did convince her to let me see those zippers. Eeps, I love them!Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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Pinktastic Sweatshirt and Secret Star Pants {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Plus, this whole look cost just over $10! The boots were hand-me-downs (thanks sis-in-law!).
Pinktastic Sweatshirt Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Secret Star Pants Cost {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Sweatshirt:

Pattern: Ottobre 6/2014, Heather Sweatshirt #17
Fabric: Pink sweatshirt knit on clearance at Hancock Fabrics ($2/yd)

Pants:

Pattern: Ottobre 4/2014, Jump Rope Jeans #25
Fabric: Star Denim on clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics ($3/yd)

Star Man Pants {Ottobre October}

So, I started a challenge to sew only Ottobre patterns this month and then fell off the face of the blog-o-sphere. Darn cold snap that made my entire family sick. But, I’m back and sewing up a storm now. So, hopefully there will be more fun Ottobre-inspiration around here and I hope to see yours as well. Plus, there’s a Portuguese Blog Tour starting on October 15, so you’ll have to check that out as well (once I get some links, I’ll be sure to share those here!).

Side note: It’s this man’s 5th birthday today!  Happy Birthday Carpenter!! I’ll probably be a tad bit more emotional over on Instagram at some point today…

Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Yea, it’s my birthday! Now, where are my Legos?}

If you’ve been around my blog at all, you know that I’m a tad obsessed with stars. But, in fact, I really don’t sew up my star fabric because I’m nervous that I’m not using it on just the right project. Well, hopefully I’ll get over that fear. I’m taking baby steps today. I have some amazing star sweatshirt fabric that I really wanted to use for these pants, but yea, didn’t want to cut them up.

Instead, I used a small bit of green star jersey knit that I scored at a L’Oiseau presale (you can find out about their presales from their Facebook page) in combination with a less expensive solid sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee.

Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I love the way they turned out and do plan on cutting into the star sweatshirt to make Carpenter another pair of these. He loves them!Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I added the green stars for the pockets and the he, even though the hem called for ribbing. It looks way cooler with stars.
Star Man Pants - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And yes, this photoshoot was on my back deck with his PJ top on and no shoes. It’s been a week, ok? 🙂 But, really, does Carpenter ever wear shoes? They’ll just slow him down.

Star Man Pants Cost - Ottobre October {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern:
Ottobre 6/2014, #11 Star Man Sweatpants

Fabric:
Gray sweatshirt from Girl Charlee
Green stars jersey knit from L’Ouiseau

And don’t forget to share your Ottobre October looks on Instagram! Use the hashtags #OttobreOctober and #OttobreOctubre. Or email me with your looks at sew.thrifty.blog[at]gmail.com or link up in the comments.

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

Another birthday…another pillow!

It’s starting to be a tradition for me to make my nieces pillows for their birthday. Ok, not really. I’ve only made one other pillow, but indulge me for a minute while I show off my latest creation. This one for my 4-year-old, My Little Pony-loving niece.

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It’s…..Sparkle! Not to be confused with Twilight Sparkle (who has wings and is really my niece’s favorite pony. Oops!)  It’s a little late to add the wings now.  She’s already received her gift. Maybe next time I’ll pay better attention to her favorite character’s exact name.My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

I had so much fun conjuring this one up. I didn’t use a pattern (because who has a pattern for a My Little Pony pillow?!), just enlarged the image I found online and printed it on four pieces of paper. Then outlined and cut out the pony shape. I decided to connect the piece between the front and back legs to make it more of a pillow and less of a plush toy (hence the white fabric on the front to separate the legs).

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Since I used a Target jersey sheet for the body, I had to reinforce it with stabilizer. Well…I didn’t have regular stabilizer, so I appliqued the whole thing to an old white t-shirt using this iron-on adhesive*. It might not have been the cheapest decision, but it was thriftier than going out and buying something else at that moment.
My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}For the eye, I appliqued a scrap of white t-shirt and painted on the black, purple, and pink features. I also painted the black eyelashes with fabric paint*.

My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

The star was painted on too. I simply mixed red and white to make pink. And my kids got a lesson in color mixing at the same time. 😉My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

One of my favorite parts of Sparkle is her HAIR! I was planning on using yarn, but I didn’t have any in the colors of her hair. So, I got to use my old faithful – t-shirts. A friend gave me bags of old t-shirts in every color, so I found the perfect shade of pink and already had the navy and purple cotton/spandex fabric from Girl Charlee*. In retrospect, I could have used t-shirts for all of her hair, but I do like the extra bit of spandex to make the hair curl up a bit more. All you have to do is pull the fabric, and it curls up and makes perfect pony hair.  My Little Pony Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown: (Much cheaper than store-bought, and it was all-USA made! Of course, it took forever, but it’s what I love to do, so I’m fine with that.)My Little Pony Pillow Cost | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

And check out the Shopkins pillow I made earlier this year:

Zappy Microwave Shopkins Pillow | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}