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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:

The Make It Perfect Pattern Parade Virtual Catwalk introduces…

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 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 :: “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.

Buy Pattern Parcel #3
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:

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