Make it Maddox!

Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my corner of the Maddox by Blaverry blog tour!  It’s that time of the year when we’re all looking for smart, stylish clothes to sew up for our kids for school.  Maddox by Blaverry was a perfect fit for our back to school sewing!

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of Maddox yet, you can do so here.  A few things about the Maddox pattern:

  • Sizes 2t-16
  • Functioning placket
  • Cargo pockets with flaps
  • Faced shirt-tail hem
  • Layered pattern pieces

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We are in LOVE with the details in the Maddox pattern!  The awesome pockets with flaps are fully functional and can be closed using buttons or snaps.  The functional placket in the front can also be closed using buttons or snaps and uses the simplest placket technique I’ve ever tried!  The finish is beautiful!

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This pattern features a simple technique for adding length to the pattern.  This is accomplished through adding one or more of the graded lines in a piece included into the pattern into the front and back bodice piece.  This is perfect for those of us with those smaller but tall kids!

Sleeve options include:

  • Sleeveless
  • Short
  • Half
  • Long

We opted for the sleeveless version but this pattern works year-round with the included sleeve options and could be paired with leggings and sneakers anytime!

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Another favorite feature of Maddox is the limitless fabric options.  It looked great it solids or in prints.  We loved this simple but classic pink and chartreuse print for Maddox!

We hope you’ll give Maddox a try during your back to school sewing!

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Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour: Winnie goes “back to school”

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Hey everyone!  It’s Cassie from Two Sweet Peas & Me checking in today to to share how I hacked the Winnie Pinnie pattern from Little Lizard King!  Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of the blog tour!  Let me introduce you to Winnie Pinnie . . . This pattern is the perfect summer staple but when you love a pattern so very much, it’s sad to only wear it in one season.  I love the timeless style of Winnie and thought it could be easily modified for cooler weather!  If you haven’t picked up your copy of Winnie Pinnie, be sure and grab it here. Be sure to use coupon code “WPTour” for 20% off!

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A few things about Winnie:

  • Size range from 12 mo – 8 years
  • Top or Dress Length
  • Bias skirt option for dress length
  • The back bodice . . . it’s just super gorgeous!

Now, let me share how I created this “back to school” look utilizing the Winnie Pinnie pattern.  This pinafore sews up beautifully in woven cotton, but it works very well in corduroy as well.  I would also suggest suiting material as a possibility for a heavier woven Winnie.  I picked up this pretty floral corduroy at Hobby Lobby earlier this summer and it was perfectly suited for our cool weather Winnie!

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First, I up-sized the bodice by one size to allow a bit more ease for layering purposes.  I layered with a long-sleeved knit shirt.  The Perfect Ten pattern would also work great as a layering piece.  You can pick up your copy here.   I chose the simple skirt option for this version of Winnie.

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The back of this dress is my super favorite feature!  I mean really, isn’t it just so gorgeous?!

A pair of lacy knee-high socks completed this look.

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And there you have it!  Winnie goes “back to school.”  Paired with her favorite pair of Mary Janes or loafers, Winnie is ready for cool fall weather!

 

Adding belt loops to the Ruchie Romper

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to add belt loops to the Ruchie Romper.  If you haven’t yet purchased the Ruchie pattern you can pick up your copy here.

We are going to start by cutting your desired number of belt loops.  I plan on using 4 belt loops on my Ruchie romper.  First, cut out 4 pieces 2 inches by 4 inches.  Next, we’re going to use the same method used to make the Ruchie straps or bias tape.  Take each of the pieces and fold them in half lengthwise and iron.  Then I fold each side into the center to enclose the edges. Illustration below.

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Next, enclose one of the ends by turning it in by 3/8 inch and then refolding and ironing it again.  Topstitch using a 1/8 inch seam allowance to enclose all the edges.

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Next we need to place our belt loops on the Romper.  For a size 7 romper, I placed each of the front belt loops 5 1/2 inches from the center seam.  For the smaller sizes you may want to decrease that measurement.  For instance, a size three might look better if the belt loops were placed 4 inches from the center seam instead.  Play around with it.  Just make sure to use the same measurements from the center front and center back.

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Once you’ve marked your placement, go ahead and place the belt loops with the raw edges matching the top raw edge of the shorts.

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Baste the belt loop in place using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  The enclosed bottom edge will be turned under 1/2 inch as illustrated below.

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Once you’ve turned the edge under, pin and sew a U around the bottom of the belt loop to secure it to the shorts.  Make sure to backstitch when starting and finishing the U.  Repeat for the remaining belt loops on the front and back.

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You have now attached the belt loops to the Ruchie shorts.  You can proceed with the tutorial as written from this point!

Be sure to stay tuned for the burlap bow belt tutorial!  It’s a great way to accessorize the Ruchie Romper!

 

 

 

Marvelous Marlowe (and the rosettes)!

Sounds like the name of a band . . . but no, it’s the latest pattern from Little Lizard King!  I had the opportunity to test Marlowe and I really can’t say enough how much I adore this pattern.

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Marlowe is unique in a couple of ways.  First, she features beautiful lines with a V-shaped bodice that crosses over in the back.  Next, there are no closures!  What?  No closures?  This is amazing right?  No extra time to make button holes or install zippers or fuss with elastic casings.  Marlowe goes easily on and off over the head.

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My favorite feature of this great pattern is the beautiful lines of the bodice which are easily highlighted by a favorite trim . . . or in this case a few rosettes.  I just couldn’t commit to a trim so I added some removable and exchangeable rosettes to the bodice.

Here is how I easily added rosettes to the bodice!  First, I had to find some that complimented this gorgeous Art Gallery Chalk Paint fabric.  I ended up finding these in the hair accessory section at Walmart.  I had to tear them off the clips but I thought they were the perfect match for our Marlowe!

Next, I cut out three small round pieces of Velcro.  Like this!IMG_5032-1

Then I sewed glued one side of the Velcro to each rosette with hot glue and sewed the other side of the Velcro to the dress like this . . .

And Viola!  A bodice accent that draws attention to one of the best features of this top/dress and can be easily exchanged!

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If you’d like to pick up your copy of Marlowe you can do so here!

The Easiest Fancy Hairstyle . . . Ever!

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Recently I attended the VFT Spring Retreat in Spring Hill, TN at the Violette Field Threads studio.  During the retreat we sewed up two dresses, Mila and Paige.  I was photographing our Mila (link here) yesterday and needed a quick yet fancy hairstyle for Hadley.  This one is super easy and looks like you put alot of time and effort into it!

First you need a headband . . . it really works with any type of headband with elastic.  I’ve actually found several cute ones at Walmart and also at Icing recently.  We start out parting the hair in the desired place and putting the headband on like so . . . FullSizeRender-7

Starting from this point I’ve uploaded a quick video tutorial . . .here.

Here are some pictures of what it looks like completed . . . easy peasy right?

So there is our brief tutorial on an easy, yet elegant hairstyle!  Enjoy!

 

 

The #toptester Challenge

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Hadley and I are always up for a good challenge and as I’ve mentioned before we LOVE testing patterns.  Last week Made for Mermaids posted the details of an upcoming contest which was designed to help participants understand the pattern testing process as well as a bit of competition by completing each task well and completely.  If you are interested in reading more about the challenge here is a link to the Made for Mermaids Top Tester Challenge Blog Post.

The first step was deciding which pattern to use.  We own several Made for Mermaids patterns but as we looked at all the options we fell in love with Isla from the new dreamy collection.  The link to the pattern is here.  Isla is DREAMY.  Simple bodice design with limitless options for adding lace, embroidery or other trims to jazz it up a little!

Now that we had picked Isla, we had to pick fabric.  This was the hardest step for us!  We narrowed it down to two of our favorite Art Gallery designs.IMG_4932

We decided on the first one.  A favorite of our from the Fleet and Flourish collection.

Next we began assembling the dress and deciding on trims.  We opted for a simple lace trim across the top of the bodice and a contrasting piping along the bottom V curve!

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When we were finished, we added a bit of matching lace to the bottom of the dress as well.

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The straps we made out of the same contrasting material as the piping because . . . well because we liked the way it looked and in our mind contrasting pieces should come in threes (2 straps and the piping).

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After the dress was assembled we took fit pictures.  This is an integral part of the testing process because it ensures that the final pattern fits the specifications given and allows the tester to make small adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.  The fit feedback is of utmost importance to the designer.

You will notice that this wasn’t my final strap placement.  Again, as I mentioned above, the fit pictures allow for small adjustments so in these pictures my straps are simply pinned in place.

Another piece of the challenge was the proofreading challenge.  In this part of the challenge we were given a sample pattern to read through and identify spelling and grammar errors as well as omissions within the instructions.

We wanted to style this dress really well since it was a contest.  We thought it would be fun to highlight some of the the blue in the dress with our coordinating pieces.  Together, Hadley and I selected blue moccasin sandals and a floppy hat.  We added a bit of contrasting fabric around the trim of the floppy hat for an extra punch of color.  I also asked my local florist and friend Amber to put together some flowers that would coordinate well with the dress.  If you want to read about the blue chair we used in our photos, the link is here.

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Finally our favorite part . . . the final photos!  We love photographing the dresses we make almost as much as we enjoy making them!  I think I have a particularly cute model and she does a lot of testing with me so in general she is accustomed to taking final photos.

Here are a few from our final shoot:

 

Overall, we had a great time participating in the #toptester challenge!

 

The Blue Chair

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One thing that Hadley and I love to do is test patterns.  In fact, sewing up new patterns and taking photos for pattern testing is one of our favorite pastimes.  I often feel as though I can easily get stuck in a rut with my photography using the same places, same props and same poses over and over again.  I really wanted a new prop for an upcoming photo shoot and in my mind I was envisioning a vintage style turquoise chair.

Enter this beauty . . .

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My dad found this old chair in the barn out at the farm and though well loved it seemed perfect for my vision!

My friend Rachael (who is a bit more adept with power tools than myself) helped me out!  First we sanded down the chair.  There were several layers of old paint.  Some of it was quite crackled and distressed looking which was perfect.  Other areas needed more sanding to prevent splinters.  There were a few stray nails that we pulled out for safety’s sake!  We used a power sander on the seat to make sure it was nice and smooth and sanding sponges on the rest of the chair.

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After we took a damp rag and wiped off the saw dust we started with the fun part . . . PAINT!  The best part of this project was nothing about it needed to be perfect.  That was great because we had a couple of three year old’s helping out also!

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We let some of the old yellow pain on the dowels peek though for a more vintage and weathered look.  One light layer of paint dried quickly and my chair was ready for photos just a few hours later!

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