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Dotty Chambray Tova Top

Dotty Chambray Wiksten Tova top | Made by a happy stitch

So, I made this top a while ago, in the middle of Me Made May…I think.  I realized recently that I completely neglected to blog about it, which is really silly because it’s one of my favorite tops.  And, really, it’s the fabric that makes this top amazing.  It’s another Robert Kaufman chambray with lovely little woven dots.  I’ve seen it popping up lots of places because it is just undeniably perfect fabric.  I picked it up on my visit to Nashville  but I’ve seen it lots of places like here and here(more…)

shorts on the line :: where I conquer shorts

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitch

Guys! I made shorts! I made them for the summer sew along Shorts On The Line hosted by small + friendly and imagine gnats.  I’m so glad I agreed to participate because I’ve been pretty intimidated by all the fitting and fussing when it comes to dressier shorts and pants and this was just the kick in the *shorts* I needed.  Ha, get it?! So punn-y.

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitchPlus, look at some of these details.  Cute buttons! A Waistband! Trim! Pockets! The fabric is a chevron weave chambray from Robert Kaufman. I got it from my favorite fabric boutique of all time Rock Paper Scissors (which is also where I teach my classes fyi).  I love all of the woven chambrays coming out right now. It’s such a wearable, everyday look but still interesting.  On top of that, the quality is fantastic and the weight of the fabric is not too light but not super heavy. It’s exactly the type of fabric that a girl like me longs for. Thanks Robert Kaufman people, if you are listening.

I also added a little something fun, just for me.  The other day at Goodwill I found this mysterious men’s shirt in a typical blue chambray but covered with a fox in dapper clothing and smoking a pipe. For real.  I used just a little of this shirt to line my pockets.   Now, before you protest that I’m not giving the pipe-smoking fox the proper venue in which to truly shine, rest assured, I will give the fox his day. Possibly in some boy’s back to school wear.

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitch

For now, he is hanging with me.  Even if I’m the only one who knows.

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitchThe shorts pattern is from Dixie DIY and is called Movie In The Park Shorts.  I made the medium in this fabric after making a large for my muslin.  Despite my measurements landing me in the Large category (once again, my darn hips mess up all sizing ever), the fit is much better with a medium.  The instructions on this pattern are really clear and surprisingly simple for fitted shorts.  Everything came together really quickly until I reached a screeching HALT at the point when I needed to make 12 buttonholes.  12.  Phew.  Of course, after getting all dramatic about ALL THE WORK, it didn’t actually take that long.  I have an automatic buttonhole maker on my machine with a special foot and everything.  I’m much better at that particular machine function now. It was good practice.

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitchThe top three buttons on both sides are the only functional ones so the shorts are well held-together.  I hand-stitched the buttons on and the look is truly adorable.  Buttons make everything better.

Movie in the Park Shorts from Dixie DIY | made by a happy stitch

The fit is pretty good on these shorts. The waist is a little low but the fit is great in the waist to hip area, which is the hardest part to fit on my shape.   If I make these shorts again I want to figure out how to make them longer because they are pretty short for everyday mom-wear.  I’d love this sailor-esque look in capris. Have you made shorts?  Joining the sew along? Got a good capri pattern? I need intel because I think there will be more pants-making in my future.

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This post is part of the Shorts on the Line sewalong.  Shorts on the Line 2014 is sponsored by: Britex FabricsHawthorne Threadsmiss matatabi, and Soak Wash.  Hosted by imagine gnatssmall + friendly, and Kollabora.

I was given this pattern and asked to participate in the sew along.  My opinions are my own, of course.

kid’s clothes week :: it’s a win! soccer outfits for imaginary worlds

Seriously winning soccer outfits for these boys imaginary team | made by a happy stitch for kid's clothes week

This is my favorite Kid’s Clothes Week project to date. As I mentioned, when I told the boys about the Kid’s Clothes Week theme (kid art) they both got excited to design their own soccer badges.  See, they each have elaborate imaginary worlds that they love to describe in detail.  It was only natural that they would combine their obsessive love of soccer with their imaginary worlds.  They drew so much more than badges, they drew entire soccer outfits.


I’ll admit I was a bit flummoxed by how specific these ideas are and I was really concerned I was going to get something wrong and they would be devastated.  After lots of deliberation, I had THEM draw the actual badges and it worked great.  I gave them multi-colored Sharpies and white fabric and they drew the badges.  It saved me from trying to figure out how to make the badges exactly they way they want them and it got them involved and excited.  A part of the whole project.

Imaginary world soccer badges on this kid-art t-shirt. | Made by  A Happy Stitch

Kid Drawn Soccer BAdges for handmade tees | Made by a happy stitch for Kid's Clothes Week

I gathered all of the fabric at our local Goodwill by purchasing lots of huge t-shirts in each color.  I had a hard time, however, finding the right stripes for little J’s stripy outfit but he was fine with the red/black stripes I did find.  He’s a flexible one, that kid. They also wanted names on the back of the shirts, which I applied using an iron-on transfer.  It was an iron-on from Target and it started to degrade & crack as soon as they put the shirts on.  Super big bummer.  Thankfully, I am the only one who is bothered by it. I usually use an Avery brand iron-on but I was being cheap.  Learned my lesson.

Kid designed soccer outfits for a boys imaginary world | made by a happy stitch for kid's clothes week

The boys are literally wild about their outfits and needed to play soccer IMMEDIATELY when I finished sewing.  They were actually pacing outside of my sewing room, waiting for me to finish.  I felt both like a sewing rock star and a sweatshop worker with a demanding boss.  I didn’t even have time to take a photo before THE BIG IMPORTANT GAME, as you can tell by their dusty, sweaty faces.

Kid designed soccer outfits for a boys imaginary world | made by a happy stitch for kid's clothes weekOh, I almost forgot to tell you about the patterns!  They are the same as with the matching pajamas except I tweaked my random shorts pattern to fit little J better.  Otherwise, the t-shirt for C is self-drafted to fit him and J’s tee is modified from the crossover tee in Growing Up Sew Liberated. Did you make anything for your kids this week? I’m so happy to have made everything on my list.  Now back to regularly-scheduled making for me!


My new favorite :: A Washi Tunic with a Peter Pan collar

Lovely woven and indigo-dyed fabric in a peter pan collar Washi tunic | made by a happy stitch

This is my favorite new top.  It’s a Washi Tunic (from Made by Rae) but this time I drafted my own Peter Pan collar, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

Lovely indigo-dyed, woven fabric Washi tunic with a peter pan collar | made by a happy stitch

I have to start, however, by telling you about this fabric.  Remember way back when, I was in Nashville for SewDown? Well, I got the lovely opportunity while I was there to meet up with two up-until-then online friends, Jenny from The Southern Institute and Helen from Curly Birds.  Both of whom are amazingly talented and incredibly creative women and happen to be even more sparkling in person.  We spent a morning together and it was immediately as if we had known each other forever.  They were both kind enough to drive me to a magnificent fabric shop in Nashville and we all shopped together.  It was in the vast and stunning southern fabric shop that I came across a beautiful indigo-dyed fabric handmade by the hip, local shop Imogene + Willie.  I fell in love immediately and decided to splurge and bring some of it home.  Well, after much deliberation I finally decided it must become a Washi Tunic.

The perfect top! Peter Pan collar Washi tunic with Indigo-dyed woven fabric | made by a happy stitchI used the pattern’s facing pattern as a template for making the simple peter pan collar (and opted not to purchase the extension pack.  Yay for saving money!).  To attach the collar I simply baste stitched the collar to the neck of the top and used bias tape to enclose and finish the neck.  It worked beautifully.  The loose weave of the fabric makes it hard for the collar to lie flat, however, I will definitely add interfacing to the collar next time.  Otherwise, this shirt is a great relaxed, everyday top and I’m super happy with it.

p.s. My friend Jenny, who I mentioned earlier, just turned 40 and is doing an amazing fundraiser to celebrate her birthday milestone.  She’s raising funds for an organization called Enchanted Makeovers that works with battered women’s shelters to transform what can be drab, low-budget spaces into beautiful places charged with transformational power.  It’s pretty great.  It would be super great of you to donate!

p.p.s. It’s Kid’s Clothes Week! I’m signed up this time and the boys have big and terrifyingly specific plans for my sewing this week.  Let’s hope I can live up to it! Are you signed up? It’s not too late!

The All-I-Need-Is-A-Campfire Cardigan

Meridian Cardigan | Pattern by Imagine Gnats made by A Happy Stitch

I’ve started to think of this cardigan as my campfire cardigan.  Not because it has sat next to an actual campfire (not yet, at least) but because it is exactly what I would want to wrap myself in if I did.  I made it a a while ago and it’s so super cozy, comfy…the ultimate in self-love if self-love could exist in a flowy, open-front cardigan.  It’s been too hot to wear it lately but I’m looking forward to a cool evening when this cardigan meets my favorite yoga pants.

Meridian Cardigan | Pattern by Imagine Gnats made by A Happy Stitch

The pattern is from the genius brain of Rachael at Imagine Gnats, it’s her Meridian Cardigan and it comes as a women’s pattern as well as a girl’s pattern.  Rachael gave the pattern to me to thank me for supporting her indiegogo campaign in which she raised enough money to create paper patterns.  Pretty great, huh!?

I used soft, scrumptious & amazing knit from the heaven & helsinki line that Michael Miller came out with a while ago and seems to have now disappeared.  It’s a real shame because this stuff is pillow-soft and such nice quality.  I made this shirt with knits from the same line.  This cardigan is not my sexiest creation ever but it is pretty dang functional and sometimes cozy and cuddled-up are sexy, right?

Meridian Cardigan | Pattern from IMagine Gnats made by A Happy Stitch

Frolicking Fawns T-Shirt

Sweet Fawn 3/4 length tee, a Modified Plantain Tee from deer & doe | sewn by A Happy Stitch

Remember back when I used to be apologetic about always making clothes for myself?  Ha! That ship has sailed.  There is just no end to the things I want to make for myself and I’m not even resisting it anymore.  (Although I am hoping to participate in the upcoming Kid’s Clothes Week and get in a few things for the boys).  I’ve been stitching up lots of tops for myself these days and this sweet fawn fabric from Girl Charlee was calling my name so I modified a Plantain tee pattern (free!) from deer and doe to make this simple top.

Fawn printed tee, a modified Plantain Tee from Deer & Doe | Sewn by A Happy Stitch

My modifications were minor and less effective than I would have liked them to be.  I attempted to add a bit of poof to the shoulders by spreading out the sleeve pattern a little but I just didn’t go far enough and the effect isn’t exactly spectacular. I also added a sleeve cuff. I also removed some of the flair in the stomach to waist area. Nothing big.  This pattern is a great fit for me so I don’t need to do much.

Modified Plantain Tee in a super cute Fawn Print | Sewn by A Happy StitchIt’s a sweet little top and I’ve worn it many times.  I’ll be honest with you, much as I love this top I was a bit disappointed in the fabric. It doesn’t have much stretch and has a stiff hand.  The amount of stretch was clearly stated on the website, to be fair, I should have realized it.  At the same time, I still expected more softness. I feel like the top pulls and puckers in places it shouldn’t because it’s got so little stretch and is stiff.  I am beginning to think that knit fabrics are one of those things I should really purchase only when I can feel them for myself.  The quality varies so much.  I still love this top, I just wanted to love it more.  Ya know?

Honey Blouse and a Coastal Breeze Dress :: Make it Perfect Pattern Parade

Coastal Dress | Pattern from Make It Perfect made by a happy stitch

I was so happy when Toni asked me to be a part of her Pattern Parade.  Toni, if you don’t already know, is the Australian genius behind Make It Perfect patterns.  She’s a girl after my own heart in so many ways.  Not only are her patterns geared toward relaxed and comfy clothing for the whole family but also she writes her patterns with beginning sewers in mind.   I do exactly the same thing with my small sampling of patterns because beginners like a nice accomplishment every once in a while too.

Toni was also nice enough to surprise me with two patterns. I was having such a hard time deciding what I wanted to make, she just went ahead and shipped me both! I know! How awesome is that?  Oh my, that was an amazing mail day.  So, I made both The Honey Blouse and the Coastal Breeze dress.

The Coastal Breeze dress is so super comfortable.  I have already worn it twice to the pool.

Coastal Breeze Dress | Pattern by Make It Perfect made by a happy stitchIt’s a simple slip-over design with just a waistband, no sleeves to put in.  The fabric is from the fabulous Rock Paper Scissors and it’s a pepper colored knit from Robert Kaufman’s laguna stretch jersey knits.  It’s beautifully soft, doesn’t seem to pill up.  It’s positively delicious.  As I purchase more and more knit fabric I’m starting to really value a good, quality-made knit fabric and the laguna knits all fit in that category.

Coastal Breeze Dress from Make it Perfect | made by a happy stitch

My only complaint about the dress is that the fit is so relaxed it’s a bit baggy, particularly in the chest area, *ahem*.  Like I said, however, it’s perfect for a pool day and really this summer we are living for pool days and outdoor lunches so it is a perfect ‘real life’ dress. The pattern itself is pretty straightforward.  As I mentioned, Toni makes her patterns so they are easy to use for beginners.  That being said, I didn’t strictly follow the pattern, I really only referenced her pattern instructions.  Once I had the pieces cut out it was just simpler for me to start sewing and I didn’t need to check and double check what to do next.

I also made a Honey Blouse in voile.

Honey Blouse | Pattern from Make It Perfect made by a happy stitch For this blouse I pulled out some fabrics that I adore. The main blouse is a voile I purchased ages ago at Mood Fabrics in NYC on a trip with a bloggy friend and the trim was a gift from a sewing friend, it’s an amazing Liberty print.  Wearing this blouse makes me think about those two people, which is a lovely added bonus.

Honey Blouse from Make It Perfect | Made by A Happy Stitch

I like the way these two fabrics work together. At first I was nervous about putting them together.  The colors work well together but I have a habit of playing it safe and opting for a plain “wearable” print.  I am so glad I went for something more fun.

Honey Blouse | Pattern by Make It Perfect made by A Happy Stitch

I don’t know why but these two patterns look so perfect next to each other.  And, the collar has a rolled band effect that works so well with that flower print.  In truth, I really would have shied away from putting these two fabrics together if I hadn’t been so encouraged by commenters over the past year.  You guys are the best, I really love all your comments! I am convinced that everyone in blogland is having a lot more fun with prints and fabric than the made-to-wear shops realize.

Honey Blouse from Make It Perfect | Made by A Happy Stitch

The pattern is pretty straightforward and again, it’s pretty simple.  That said, it involves a lot of gathering stitches which take some time.  If you follow me on Instragram you will know I started putting a different colored thread in the bobbin so it got easier to find the threads to pull for gathering.  I guess you undertake enough gathering stitches and you learn a new trick.  I also strayed from the pattern a little when I added the contrasting cuffs and the waistband.  The pattern keeps it really simple by having you fold a band of fabric in half, lining up the raw edges and stitching that together. I wanted to be able to completely cover up the raw edges of the fabric so I folded them over in the following way:

Applying Cuff without raw edges | a happy stitch

It’s not rocket science but it does takes a little more time.  It’s the kind of detail that is worth it to me. I like how it looks.  I love this blouse and it fits in the category of “blouse I will wear on a girl’s night out” or a laid back date night. I even love the bow-tie at the waist.  I’m really not a bow type of girl but this slouchy, easy going bow looks great and makes for a great fit.

Honey Blouse | Pattern from Make It Perfect Made by a happy stitch

I’m so thrilled Toni involved me in the Pattern Parade.  This is probably obvious but, full disclosure, I was given the patterns and asked to blog about them.  I agreed because I like Toni’s patterns and, as always, my opinion about the patterns is all mine. Thanks!

Be sure to peruse all of the lovely bloggers stitching up amazing Make It Perfect Patterns:

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Perfect Pattern Parcel 3 :: Prefontaine Shorts as Pajamas

Prefontaine Shorts as super comfry pajamas with a matching tank top | made by a happy stitch

I didn’t exactly intend for these Prefontaine shorts to become pajamas (pattern is included in the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3, on sale until June 13).  At first, I thought it would be funny to have running shorts with a cute pink trim.  I’m not an exceptionally cute-sy kind of person but a flash of pink worked so well on my pillow that I was inspired to try it on shorts.  As soon I tried the shorts on, however, I realized they had to be pajamas.  They are just far too comfortable and lounge-y to spend their life in a workout capacity.  They were begging to be pi’s.

So, I obliged.

Prefontain Shorts PJ's paired with matching breezy tee |Made by a happy stitch

I, of course, had to make an equally lounge-y  top to match.  For whatever reason, I have a whole bunch of this pink Liberty Lifestyle fabric, which meant I was able to make the top to match.  It makes pretty cute trim, doesn’t it? The top is a self-drafted pattern that I made with the assistance of the lovely book Made by Hand by Lena Corwin (affiliate link).  In the book Jenny Gordy of Wiksten fame lays out how to make this easy top (and dress).  It was a cinch.

Also, ugh…can you see that welt on my leg?  Once every summer I get a crazy poison ivy reaction.  I don’t even have to be exposed, all it takes is the wind carrying the poison ivy oil and it gets into my blood stream.  My whole body freaks out.  Right now I have poison ivy welts on my forehead, stomach, knees, thighs, chest, arms, cheek.  Everywhere.  It’s torture.

Pink Liberty fabric as binding on these adorable pajama shorts | Pattern is Prefontaine made by a happy stitch

On a cheerier note! 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  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.

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