Busy Sewing!

Some weeks it’s hard to find time to sew. This wasn’t one of those weeks for me. Although my week was still plenty busy with running around and regular routine, the urge to sew this past week was strong :).

First up…a little dress. I was looking through my patterns debating whether or not to make something for myself and instead I opted for sewing a gift. This dress is a size 3 from New Look 6854. I tacked some ribbon bows to the shoulders for added interest.

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The fabric was from the line Good Neighbors by Crazy Mom Quilts. I loved how soft and cute this fabric was!

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Next up… nursing pads. I intended to give these as a gift to my pregnant friend, but didn’t have a cute bag to put them when we got together to go maternity shopping (my intention was to make a cute drawstring bag for them…great for throwing them in the laundry as well).

I traced around a CD to get the round shape, sewed darts in each piece, and serged around the edges. I have 3 layers of flannel (for absorption) and 1 layer of fleece (a great water repellent).

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I used up quite a few of my flannel scraps for these nursing pads. It feels great to get rid of some of my scrap pile and know they’re going to be useful at the same time!

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Finally…a top for myself. I rarely sew clothing for myself. I don’t know…I may be hooked! I had this fabric for a while in my cupboard and I’m glad now that I used it up! It’s a super soft pointe de roma (a thick knit fabric which was super easy to sew with) and it makes this tshirt so comfortable! I used the breezy top pattern found at It’s Always Autumn. I modified it slightly by making it more narrow and lengthened it by 5 inches and added ruching to the sides for added interest. This top is super roomy on me and oh so comfy!

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I struggled at first with the double needle on my machine, but when the kiddos were in bed and the house was quiet, I managed to conquer the technique. I’m really happy with how the hem and sleeves turned out. The neckline was probably the nicest neck to date that I’ve made. So, overall a success!

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Until next time,

Rachel

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Oliver + S Bucket Hat Pattern Review- With a Crazy Twist!

With the warmer weather here, I’m a little behind on summer clothes for our boys. This season has definitely sneaked up on me! So, I’ve been eyeing some patterns to get me through the transition from long pants and sleeves to shorts and t-shirts. With this summery season upon us, the sun’s rays are something I need to keep an eye on especially with fair-skinned little boys. So, that led me to the Oliver+S reversible hat.

I had the pattern printed and went to grab my fabric choices. With three boys, I usually have quite a stash of boyish prints and solids ready for the next project. My only problem is that after a while that stash begins to diminish (while the girly prints seem to be growing for some reason- maybe time for me to stop buying all those irresistibly cute flowers and bows for a while :)). Anyways, I had a huge pile of small scraps from recent projects for the boys which I decided were taking up too much space and needed to go!

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I decided to make some fabric from all my scraps and give it a crazy quilt look. Never crazy quilted? It’s loads of fun and very therapeutic, in my opinion. It’s also a break-the-rules kind of quilting where you don’t need to measure (or you can…if that’s your thing!) and you can just sit and mindlessly sew. Don’t know how? I’ll try my best to explain…and if you would rather watch a video to get the concept, Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company does a really great job of it here  (I love watching these videos and how down-to- earth normal Jenny is!).

(Just a note- I skipped the interfacing that the pattern called for because I had extra weight due to the crazy quilting.)

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1. Cut your pattern pieces out of scrap fabric (this will be your background fabric). Cut around the pattern pieces with an extra 1/2 inch.
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2. Cut your first piece of scrap fabric and lay on the background fabric. I cut mine roughly and made it 5 sided.
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3. Grab another scrap piece of fabric and lay it on one of the 5 sides. Pin in place if desired.
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4. With a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch a straight line along the 2 scraps of fabric.
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5. Flip over the 2nd piece of fabric and press.
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6. Grab a third scrap of fabric and repeat numbers 4 & 5.
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7. Repeat all the way around the first piece of fabric until your pattern piece is covered.
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8. Trim extra bits of fabric in your seam allowances when needed to reduce bulk.
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9. This is the finished pattern piece waiting to be trimmed up.
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10. Trim your fabric by pinning your paper pattern on top and trimming the excess.
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11. When all of your pattern pieces are crazy quilted, finish the hat following the directions provided.

And here’s the end result :

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Pattern Review:

Sewability: I thought this pattern was well put together! I’m definitely planning on making more hats for the boys in the very near future. I love that it’s a quick project that can be done while the kiddos are sleeping.

Skill level: I would recommend this pattern for those with a little sewing background. That being said, it’s a very easy project for adventurous beginners. Plus, Oliver+S has a great forum on their site if any questions arise while in the middle of sewing their patterns. For example, I was thinking that I wanted to add straps to the next hat I sew and there were some helpful hints on their site on how to do just that!

Overall review: Great pattern! I’m definitely recommending this one for any and all that are interested! Great pattern to see what Oliver+S has to offer.

Price:FREE! You can’t beat that!