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Perfect Pattern Parcel 3 :: “Water Bottle” Carrier

Water Bottle Carrier transformed into a BBQ carry-all | made by a happy stitch (Perfect Pattern Parcel 3)

As a part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 blogger showcase, I made this “water bottle” carrier.  It’s summer weather in our part of the world and a great time for refreshing “water” with an al fresco dinner, right?!

Now, you might be asking yourself why I keep air-quoting? And also why the wine glass? Good questions.  It’s because, as you probably noticed, there ain’t no water in my water bottle carrier.  It’s all wine and beer, baby.

water bottle carrier from radian home design | Part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 made by a happy stitch

I will be honest, when I first saw the water bottle carrier as a part of the pattern bundle I wasn’t that into it.  We have a great bag with pockets for pool days and time at the beach and they fit our water bottles just fine.  Then I got thinking about summertime drinks on the patio and BBQ afternoons with ours friends and I realized I NEEDED this happy tote for bringing the drinks, chips and dip from house to house.  Our little suburban town is a happy, wine-soaked place in the summer and this tote has just classed it up big time for me!

Drinks Carrier for Summertime BBQ | Pattern Parcel #3 made by a happy stitch This pattern from Radiant Home Design is really sweet and the result is a sturdy bag. (The blog is a great crafty resource, be sure to check it out.)  I lined mine with fast2fuse heavyweight interfacing so it holds is shape beautifully.  I got confused for some reason when I was assembling the inside dividers and I ended up winging it a little on the interior.

BBQ Summer Carryall based off the Water Bottle Carrier pattern from Radiant Home Design, part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 | made by a happy stitch

The bag is supposed to have six equal divisions instead of four but considering it fits my wine bottles just fine, I am not complaining.  No more clanking around town!

The whole Perfect Patten Parcel #3 is only on sale until June 13th!  There are five official patterns (one bonus pattern if you pay over $28), you get to set your OWN PRICE and allocate some of what you pay to the charity Donorschoose.org.  What is not to love?

Pattern Parcel #3 includes:
Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files
Bonus Pattern: Prefontain Shorts for Women by Made With Moxie

Pattern Parcel #3
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Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, May 30
Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31
Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Sunday, June 1
Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Monday, June 2
Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3
Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin’ and Craftin’ || a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4
Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5
verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon

Friday, June 6
Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, June 7
Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Sunday, June 8
oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9
Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard

Tuesday, June 10
Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11
Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery

Thursday, June 12
la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13
Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

Disclosure: I was given the PPP#3 and asked if I would kindly blog about it but I received no compensation and my opinions and critiques are my own.

Perfect Pattern Parcel 3 :: Jorna Tank

Jorna Tank | From Perfect Pattern Parcel 3 made by a happy stitch

This week, I’m so happy to be involved in the blogger showcase sharing a slew of items I’ve sewn from the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3.

Next up is the Jorna Tank and let me just tell you, I was so excited to see a tank included in the pattern parcel.  You see, I received the patterns a few weeks back so I could have items ready for this showcase and I was right in the middle of Me Made May.  When I signed up to participate in Me Made May I didn’t exactly put it together that I was registered for a 5K in the middle of the month. Hmm…how was I gonna run a 5k in something handmade? This was my problem.

Jorna tank top in bright teal for PPP#3 | made by a happy stitch

Of course a simple tee would have sufficed but when the Jorna tank pattern popped into my in-box, well, PROBLEM SOLVED.  I knew right away I would make the tank for the 5K.  (Um, I really wish you were here because if you were we would drink some wine and mock my expression in the photo above.  I mean, honestly, taking pictures of myself is just so difficult! But that is no excuse for that sour face!) It’s a good thing I have such a happy face in this picture!!

The Jorna Tank helped me run a 5K in handmade! | made by a happy stitch

Yup. It’s the tank in action!!  By the way, by some fluke I came in 8th place for my age group and gender! Can you beleive it!?  It must have been the tank.  I swear.

Ok, so a few details about the tank top.  It’s designed by Jenna Brand and it’s her first pattern.  It can be tank length, jumper or dress.  It’s actually designed to have a good bit of flair around the hips.  I’m not a fan of adding to my considerable hip-age so I altered the pattern to take most of that out.  The straps and neckline are assembled using a lining that slips inside the tank.  You can sort of see it in my ‘sour face’ picture.   I’m not crazy about the lining so when I made it a second time (more on that beauty next week) I did it without lining.  My grand plan is to make a tank dress in black to wear under everything this summer.  I can promise you will see more of this tank!

The whole Perfect Patten Parcel #3 is only on sale until June 13th!  There are five official patterns (one bonus pattern if you pay over $28), you get to set your OWN PRICE and allocate some of what you pay to the charity Donorschoose.org.  What is not to love?

Pattern Parcel #3
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Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, May 30
Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31
Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Sunday, June 1
Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Monday, June 2
Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3
Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin’ and Craftin’ || a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4
Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5
verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon

Friday, June 6
Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, June 7
Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Sunday, June 8
oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9
Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard

Tuesday, June 10
Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11
Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery

Thursday, June 12
la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13
Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

Disclosure: I was given the PPP#3 and asked if I would kindly blog about it but I received no compensation and my opinions and critiques are my own.

Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 :: The Poppy Tunic

Pattern Parcel #3

It’s Perfect Pattern Parcel time again! This parcel of amazing patterns is knocking it out of the park with a whole bundle of amazing women’s patterns and I’m so bloody excited to be involved in the blogger parade and share what I made with all of you! I actually made lots of things and I plan on sharing all week long.  Wahoo! One of the great things about having a bundle of patterns is I find myself inspired to sew things I wouldn’t otherwise make.

But, before I show off what I made, I want to talk a little about PPP#3. Perfect Pattern Parcel supports independent pattern designers.  They also allow customers to name their own price for each Parcel. AND, customers can decide to allocate part of their Parcel price to Donorschoose.org charity, which helps schools and teachers buy educational supplies!  To that end, Pattern Parcel has raised almost $4,500 for charity.  How is that for a trifecta of awesome? So, if you are thinking about investing in a few patterns, this is a great bunch to snap up! This parcel includes 5 patterns and one bonus pattern: Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand Staple Dress by April Rhodes Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files And a Bonus Pattern: At a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 you will be sent the Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. Ok, now that you know all about PPP#3 I’m going to share my Poppy Tunic (were you hoping I made the swimsuit? Yeah, not a chance.) Poppy Tunic from Make it Perfect | part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 made by a happy stitch This adorable, breezy little tunic is a pattern from the Australian folks Make it Perfect.  I normally shy away from baggy clothing but I really like this easy-going tunic.  I made it with some inexpensive striped (!) linen I had on hand, which was paired with an amazing Liberty of London print I’ve had for years. In fact, this was among the first Liberty fabric I ever bought (on a beautiful day at Purl Soho in Manahattan).  It was the first time I cut into my Liberty lawn collection and it wasn’t easy but I’m so glad I did.  At first I was worried that the stripes and floral together were too much but I’m actually so pleased with how they work together.  Plus, I’m really fond of the way that linen wrinkles as you wear it.  For some reason wrinkled linen always looks like vacation or days in the sun to me. The Poppy Tunic in Liberty and Linen | Made by a happy stitch I also like how it fits in a no-fuss fashion and I like the ability to add a bit of detail to the top and bottom.  I messed around with the pattern a little bit. Instead of having a tie-string at the front, I opted for a simple cutout.  I also lined the whole dress because as much as I love linen and its wrinkles I don’t like the feel of it against my skin. Liberty and Linen Poppy Tunic by Make It Perfect | made by a happy stitch from the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 The next time I make this dress I’m going to bring the armhole up a half an inch or so because it is droopy in that area.  It works perfectly with a shirt underneath but it’s a little exposing without one.  (As an aside, the amount of time I spend thinking about my armhole is stupendous! Is this a small breasted woman problem? Anyone know?) This is the kind of dress I will wear on an everyday basis.  It’s casual but still pretty. It allows for ease of movement without looking frumpy. I’m a fan. The whole Perfect Patten Parcel #3 is only on sale until June 13th and there are a parade of bloggers making amazing items to share in case you need convincing.

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Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, May 30
Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31
Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Sunday, June 1
Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Monday, June 2
Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3
Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin’ and Craftin’ || a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4
Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5
verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon

Friday, June 6
Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin’ and Craftin’

Saturday, June 7
Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’

Sunday, June 8
oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9
Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard

Tuesday, June 10
Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11
Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery

Thursday, June 12
la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13
Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

Disclosure: I was given the PPP#3 and asked if I would kindly blog about it but I received no compensation and my opinions and critiques are my own.

Sew Fab Pattern Sale – The Cupcake Tops

the cupcake top in size 5T - part of the sew fab pattern bundle

color blocked cupcake tee on the many with many emotions

Yesterday I shared with you this sweet, sweet baby doll and today I’m sharing two cupcakes tops!  Both of them are from the Sew Fab Pattern Sale (affiliate link), devised and run by my wonderful friend Jenny. The Cupcake Top is one of the twenty patterns in the sale and I am so thrilled to have had the chance to stitch some up!

Ah!! How adorable is this guy in his new top? Let me answer that.  So adorable!!

My kids live in knit clothing…they are basically why I (thankfully) forced myself to learn how to sew with knits.  And, this top is making the whole thing worth it.  Look at the cuteness!!  Of course, J can pull some seriously cheesy ‘photo’ faces. Ahem.

cupcake top in teal and blue color blockI loved this shirt so much that I had to make two.  This blue one was my first attempt at a color-block style.  I knew he would love the different sleeves in different colors idea and I was right.  He was crazy about it.  Perhaps, all along I’ve been missing the mark and I need to make more exciting tops for C and J to keep them interested in mama-made items? Something to think about.

He also loves the pocket.

color-blocked cupcake top on J

Super loves the pocket.

The pattern is from Sewing Mama RaeAnna and it is unisex. There are instructions for how to add girly-girl ruffles if that is your thing. I made a size 5T and it fit pretty well, possibly a little baggy but he likes roomy shirts so it works.  Plus, roomy is better than too tight.  The shirt is so beautifully simple.  The pattern pieces for the back and front of the shirt are nearly the same and the arms slope the same front and back.  As a result, putting the shirt together doesn’t get fiddly.  For the blue shirt I used an old jersey knit crib sheet for the deep blue and a bit of teal from my stash for the contrast.

cupcake tee from the Sew Fab Pattern bundlecupcake top in bicycles

This cutie is made with grey knit from my stash and I had just enough scrap (after making this playtime dress) to make the pocket and cuffs with leftover Bike it fabric from Birch Fabrics, I got it here. I just love this fabric and it works so well for girls and boys! 

Cupcake Top from Sew Fab Pattern Bundle, the cutest kangaroo pocket -Made by a happy stitch

Like I said, this is just one of the many, many patterns in the Sew Fab Pattern sale (affiliate link), otherwise known as the mother load of pdf bundle sales.  The sale ends in four days and it won’t happen again.  It’s a pretty great deal, it essentially comes out to little over a $1 per pattern!  I was so excited to be asked to sew up some of these beautiful creations but they all look amazing and purchasing a bundle like this is a great way to build up a collection of patterns.

Here’s a little more official information about the sale:

You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it’s over, it’s over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

Be sure to check out the whole blog tour to see all the patterns in action!

Pattern Tour

sew fab pattern sale – sweet baby doll with a blankie and carrier

baby doll in carrier with mattress and blanket

It’s Sew Fab Pattern Sale week!  This is the mother of the pdf pattern bundle sales (19 patterns and one freebie!) and it’s the original.  I had the great chance to make a few things from this bundle.  First up, I made this cute little baby doll complete with a blankie and a carrier. The rest of what I made will be up tomorrow.

Oh, I had so much fun making this sweet little baby doll.  I have a little friend who is about to become a big brother and I’ve been wanting to make him his own baby.  We bought C a doll around the time J was born and even though he mostly body-slammed it (gotta love 2-year-olds!) he did appreciate having a baby to care for of his own. So, I was so excited when I got the chance to use this pattern.

baby doll in carrier-pattern from patchwork posse

The pattern is from Patchwork Posse and it comes with the doll, a mattress, the carrier and a blanket.  I modified a few things here and there but most prominently I didn’t embroidery the facial features as it calls for in the pattern, I actually drew them with a fabric marker and used blush (real-life makeup type of blush) to make pink cheeks.  I’m not that talented at embroidery so I got freaked out that I was going to ruin the doll if I tried. Turns out, I really like how the drawn face looks.  So sweet and sleepy. Don’t you think?  Plus, it took me all of two minutes! So easy!

baby doll in carrier pattern by patchwork posse-sewn by a happy stitch

The doll, mattress and doll carrier fabric is a Sarah Jane fabric I’ve been hoarding and the geometric print is Denyse Schmidt, I think, from Jo-Ann.  I was aiming for a boy-friendly look without getting super in-your-face about it. I wanted to keep it sweet.  The blankie is made with the same Denyse Schmidt and a super soft red stripe woven fabric I got at a fantastic yard sale.  I also used an amazing 100% organic flannel for parts of the bed carrier. I also opted for some of my scrumptious twill tape in place of using fabric to make the carrier straps.

baby doll with carrier and blanket-pattern from Patchwork Posse sewn by a happy stitch

The pattern also includes the option of adding hair (using yarn) but I like the bald baby idea & I love how all of these elements came together.  I don’t get to make many super sweet things like this so I really enjoyed making this and admiring it after the fact.  The pattern itself provides lots of opportunities to mix and match.  It could be loud and crazy with lots of different fabric choices or gentle and sweet. I find that kind of flexibility means I make something more than once.  I like that. I’m sure I will make more of these for other little people in my world.

sweet baby doll in carrier with blanket _Sew Fab Pattern Sale_ Made by a happy stitch

It all comes together pretty easily.  The pattern doesn’t always indicate the seam allowance (I used my standard 3/8″) so I’d say it’s aimed at sewists with some experience but it isn’t complicated. In fact, the most annoying part of pdf patterns, which is, of course, the piecing together of the pattern bit by bit (ugh!!) is eliminated for this pattern because everything is either cut in a square or fits on one sheet of paper.  Simple!

Baby Doll in Carrier_Sew Fab Pattern Sale made by a happy stitch

As I mentioned, this pattern is part of the Sew Fab Pattern sale (affiliate link), which is a whole bundle of patterns on sale just until May 13th and at a super discount.  It’s a pretty great deal considering each pattern comes to a little over a dollar each.  I was delighted to be given a few of the patterns to sew with, but all the options look amazing.  To top it off, there is a good mix of patterns…a little bit of kid clothing, a few softies, some women’s clothing, fun bags.  It’s like a great starter kit for new sewists but it would expand anyone’s collection.  The best part of it being all pdf patterns is you only print what you are going to use, no waste!

Just as a funny aside, I finished the doll one evening while the boys were sleeping and the next morning I told J, “Hey, I made a baby last night, do you wanna see it?”  He marches after me and when he saw the baby doll he said, “Aw man! That’s not a real one!”  Ha! I guess I should have chosen my words more carefully but seriously, is that how he thinks it works!! Yowzers.

Here’s a little more official information about the sale:
You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it’s over, it’s over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.

Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

To follow the whole tour of bloggers participating in Sew Fab, check out all of these amazing folks:

Pattern Tour

 

The Vespa Bag! Bang! It’s Selfish Sewing Week

The Vespa Bag (Olivia Pattern from Chris W Designs) _ a happy stitchYesterday marked the start of Selfish Sewing Week hosted by Imagine Gnats (Make for yourself! All week!) and I was so excited to be asked to participate as a featured maker. I got to choose a pattern from the collection of giveaway patterns and I picked the Olivia bag pattern from Chris W Designs.  I am so dorkishly happy with my new bag! Oh man, look at this crazy bag. Vespas! Teal! Stripes! It’s pure love. The Vespa Bag The pattern includes all manner of crazy pockets and places for keeping all the stuff organized…and I mean all the stuff.  I’m not joking, the pattern includes two exposed pockets on the outside, two different zipper pockets, side-of-the-bag pockets & patch pockets on the inside.  I seriously paired this puppy down.  I love pockets but living near New York City has taught me to avoid any and all pockets on the outside of a bag (mostly because things fall out of outside pockets and get lost in the melee)  so I skipped them with the exception of one zippered pocket.  Plus, I really wanted to show off this fantastic vespa print and pockets would have only interrupted the amazingness going on with all of those teal blue vespas and berry stripes (the fabric is from Echino, I got it at my favorite fabric shop Rock Paper Scissors). I mean, how much do we love the Echino fabric? With vespas? I couldn’t stop myself from buying this!  Oh Echino, what you do to me! Vespa Bag - SSWI played around with lots of details.  The fabric itself has the great panel of stripes and I tried to line them up as well as possible.  It was harder than it looks to get that zipper placket as close as I did!  I kept the handle stripes and zipper placket stripes on the same side.  I wanted to have stripes on both sides of the bag but to do that my vespas would have been upside down so the back of the bag doesn’t have stripes on it. The VEspa BAg Inside the bag is also wild, with bits of leftover Kokka designed by Ellen Lucket Baker of The Long Thread. Inside of The Vespa Bag _ a happy stitch I used bit of leather for the strap attachments and I like how it looks..just a bit of neutral in the sea of bright colors.  Can you spot the wee bit of Echino selvedge there at the end of the strap?  Even their selvedge is so fantastic I had to use it. The Vespa Bag with leather handle strapsThis week is filling up with all kinds of crazy already with upcoming travel plans, a birthday and tons of classes to prepare for. So, I’m really going to have to squeeze in my selfish sewing but my hope is to finish a wall quilt.  Don’t you know that the walls of my home, outside of my studio, have all kinds of artwork but none of my own?  How silly is that?  This week I’m working on a quilt to change that.  It’s going up on the wall for everyone to see.  Guess I will have selfish sewing to thank for that courageous act. *beam* Be sure to check out all of the other amazing sewists joining in with Selfish Sewing Week: milkybeer · Behind the Hedgerow · jm_subrn · Sew What, Sherlock? Lladybird · sew Amy sew · the Brodrick Design Studio · adirondack inspired The Crooked Banana · Sewbon · Idle Fancy · girl like the sea oona aloona · Lauren Dahl · verypurpleperson · la inglesita Groovybaby…and mama · Buzzmills · La Pantigana · sew a straight line Dandelion Drift · JustMeJay · B Yazoo · Disaster In A Dress the quirky peach · Fishsticks Designs · Seamstress Erin · a happy stitch Casa Crafty · Sarah Jane Sews · YoSaMi · Call Ajaire · miss matatabi And, do not forget to enter the giveaway Rafflecopter giveaway  If you are sewing along with Selfish Sewing Week be sure to share what you are making on Kollabura, and use the hashtags #selfishsewing, #ssw or #selfishsewingweek.  Have fun!  Sewing for yourself isn’t really selfish, of course, but it’s a great excuse to just own it, take a week and indulge in making something that makes you happy.

Lua Sleep Sack

Prepare yourself for some serious cuteness.  Honestly, hold onto your ovaries ladies because scrumptious baby cheeks, huge baby eyes and tiny little hands in an adorable sleep sack are about to come barreling straight at you!

The Lua Sleep Sack in Cloud9 Flannel (from a happy stitch)

All of this cuteness is courtesy of Ana from StraightGrain and her amazing new Lua Sleep Sack pattern.

Lua Sleep Sack pattern

I was thrilled when Ana asked me to pattern test for her (me along with 39 other people…this is one well-tested pattern) because two friends of mine had babies recently and I hadn’t really done much for them.  Plus, I love all of the Straight Grain patterns but never have the chance to use them as they are for girl clothing.  Straight Grain does have an adorable (& free!) baby/toddler bean bag pattern that I’ve been eager to try out.

Of course, two babies meant I had to pull together two sleep sacks, which I thought was going to be a big job.  It turned out to be no big deal because the pattern comes together so easily.

Lua Sleep Sack in Fanfare flannel (from a happy stitch)

As luck would have it, one of the babies fell asleep right away.  Those silly unpredictable babies missing out on their modeling opportunities!  So, I had lots of time to get pictures of the sleep sacks on this lovely lady.  Look at how adorably snuggly this sleep sack is (and, yes, the baby too)!

lua sleep sack in flannel (made by melissa q. from a happy stitch)This pattern is fantastic.  It comes with the option to add piping and a contrast color at the top.  I added piping to both sleep sacks because I love piping and think it made the sleep sacks instantly more ’boutique’ looking.   It has a side, invisible zipper and buttons at the top.  I was a bit nervous about the buttons, to be honest, but Ana’s pattern instructions include the most thorough and thoughtful way to securely attach buttons.  In fact, she cautions against using snaps in case they come loose.  I’ve never had a problem with loose snaps but apparently Ana has.  Long story short, these buttons aren’t going anywhere as they are secured three different times in the most secure method I’ve seen!  Most importantly, this sleep sack comes together easily, more easily than I expected and I learned a lot from making it.  I love when that happens.

I made the second sleep sack in this lovely gold and mint chevron from Michael Miller Fabrics.  Aren’t you impressed with how well my chevrons lined up around that piping?! I was pumping my fist in the air after that success, let me tell you.

As you can see, modeling is hard work and my model started to fall asleep.

Going…

lua sleep sack in mint chevron (Made by a happy stitch)Going…

lua sleep sack in mint and gold chevron (made by a happy stitch)

Gone.

lua sleep sack in mint and gold chevron (Made by *a happy stitch*) Yup.  She totally FELL ASLEEP in the SLEEP SACK.  I cannot guarantee that result every time but it was pretty fortuitous, don’t you think?

And, right about the time she nodded off, this guy woke up bright and lively as ever!  Hello little man!  Meet the camera. 🙂

lua sleep sack in cloud9 flannel (made by Melissa Q. of a happy stitch)

The pattern is for sale in Ana’s shop for only $6 but if you use the code: LUALAUNCH you get $1 off.

At $6 this pattern is a bargain but at $5 it’s a steal.  Especially if you have any babies in your world, I plan on making lots of these for baby showers and new baby gifts.  It’s perfect and a faster gift than a baby quilt.

p.s. Yes! I’m back from Sew Down Nashville and I have so much to share with you.  Just haven’t fully gathered all of my thoughts yet.

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Another Wiksten Tova Dress

wiksten tova made by a happy stitchI cannot stop making clothing for myself. It’s taken over my life, guys.  Every waking moment is spent dreaming about my current project.  I am not exaggerating.  I open my eyes in the morning and think about things like fitting sleeves in armholes and how to attach bias binding.  It’s insane. I love it.

When I showed a student of mine my first Wiksten Tova dress she commented, “I love this dress. I could make seven of these for a whole week’s worth.”  And just like that I entertained just that idea.  A whole week of Tovas!  I’m not there yet but this is my second Wiksten Tova dress and it’s a wonderful lightweight voile fabric & fully lined, once again. wiksten tova made by a happy stitch

The fabric is from Mood in NYC. It had no designer or fabric manufacturer information on it.  It’s lightweight and breezy & that is about as much as I know.

By the way, I feel like Mood Fabrics has this almost mythical-like reputation but in real-life it is kind of insane.  Fabric stacked on fabric in a dusty window-less space.  Sometimes you have to get on your knees on the crappy carpeted floor just to SEE the fabric.  There are banged-up file cabinets just laying around the place. It’s all part of the charm but I get overwhelmed in a matter of minutes when I’m there. Just so you know.

wiksten tova in lightweight fabric by a happy stitch

The cuffs and front bib area have a contrasting fabric, also from Mood with no identifying information.  It’s a sweet, lightweight, subtle fabric.  If you follow me on instragram you know that I accidentally washed these two fabrics together and the contrast fabric is a bit pinker as a result.  Doh! Such a rookie mistake.  I was so frustrated but everyone reassured me that it looked ok & I do like the end result.

The Wiksten Tova in lightweight fabric - made by A Happy Stitch

Once again I am impressed with the fit and shape of this Wiksten.  Making it a second time it came together so quickly.  My only concern is that with such lightweight, drapy fabric it’s a little short and I’d be nervous wearing it without leggings or jeans in case of an outfit mishap.  Other than that, I’m thrilled to have another everyday dress in my ever-expanding handmade closet.

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