3months is Sweet with Sewing Mama Raeanna!

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3 months here we come! How time is flying by. A lot is happening as the holidays are nearing! Don’t you just love how everything gets crazier near the holidays? This month we are celebrating with Sewing Mama Raeanna and the Cupcake Top. It is as sweet as the name too! Let’s find out how my little sweetie is doing first.

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Ruthie is a growing girl! She now weighs 10lbs and is 23inches long! Yes, I had my weight and length wrong in the 2mo post, but it is fixed now! She is eating around 3-4oz every 2-3hrs. She gets up once or twice during the night to eat and usually wakes up in the morning with a smile on her face!  She loves eating her hands and sometimes gags herself doing it. Silly girl! She also loves standing on everyone’s lap if they are holding her and they always comment on how strong her legs are!! She got to celebrate her first Thanksgiving too! This mama had a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving!!

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Now it’s time for a cupcake! No not the food, although I’d eat one if I had one. Here is the Cupcake Top. Raeanna does a great job making this top and tutorial. I just love that this sweet top can be made to look girly or boyish. It ranges in sizes 3-6mo to size 6. This knit top is made to be slim fitting with a kangaroo pocket. You can leave the pocket off, but what kid doesn’t like a pocket?RTC_3097 For girls just add ruffles to the pocket, sleeves, and hemline to really girliefy it! Now the pattern calls for all knit but I had a little fun getting ready for Christmas and used some Christmas woven for my pocket and ruffles. My vision worked and Ruth had fun getting ready for Christmas!

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Now if you are impatient to make one for the coming fall, hop on over and buy a copy now. Otherwise don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win The Cupcake Top along with 11 other PDF Patterns!

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Don’t forget to come back tomorrow too to check out the 4mo post!

8/19: 1mo Ladybug Bend’s Sassy Schoolgirl Top

8/20: 2mo Terra’s Treasures Monkey Pants

8/21: 3mo Sewing Mama Raeanna’s Cupcake Top

8/22: 4mo Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans

8/23: 5mo Everything Your Mama Made Riley’s Nightgown and sleepshirt

8/24: 6mo Little Kiwi’s Closet Bella’s Bolero

8/25: 7mo Aila and Frankie’s Honeyflower Dress and Tunic

8/26: 8mo FooFoo Thread’s Lucky Penny Girl’s Knit ruffle Top

8/27: 9mo MuffinHead Pattern’s Sammy Jacket

8/28: 10mo Jennuine Design’s LOL Swing Top

8/29: 11mo Whimsy Couture’s Tulle Ruffle Dress

8/30: 1year! Fairytale Pattern Design’s Arianna Dress

 

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2months and So Stinkin Cute with Terra’s Treasures!

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Two months here we come!! Today we are taking a look at Terra’s Treasures Monkey Pants!! Seriously these are too SKINKIN’ cute (I’m cracking up here by the way, just wait; you will figure it out in a bit)!!!

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Let’s see how Ruth is growing before diving into the pattern though. She is getting bigger and weighing in at 8lbs 3oz and 21inches long. That was how big her oldest brother was when he was born! On her two month birthday she gave mommy the best present ever!  Her first intentional smile!!! She’s working on head control but hates tummy time! She was a Princess for Halloween.  She still gets up in the night to eat but lucky for Mommy goes right back to sleep after. She loves bath time.  She is a tooter too! Ruthie can rival any man in that department. Are you catching on to why I was cracking up?? It will become very clear soon enough.

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Now I have tested for Terra several times and just love all her patterns. She has some awesome pants (my personal favorites are her pants!) and awesome shirt patterns too. . Of course her tutorials walk you through every step so even beginners can sew these up with no problems. Most come in a wide variety of sizes, which is a plus again! The Monkey Pants are more for the little ones though, sizes 0-3mo to 5T. Why you ask? Well just look at that bum!! Somehow I don’t think the bigger kids would want to walk around with a skunk or fox on their rump. Although this bigger kid wouldn’t mind!! Yes these are a relaxed knit pant with a bum panel for diaper room. There are two versions of this pant though. There is one for cloth diapers and one for disposable diapers. You can make these plain, but what’s the fun in that? Included in the pattern are the appliqué templates for the skunk, monkey, fox and penguin. You could get creative on your own and really do any animal your heart desires! Think of all the fun you could have!

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For Ruth I made the skunk! Now do you understand why I was cracking up earlier??

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For your chance to win this pattern along with all the other patterns you need to head on over to the Rafflecopter to enter!! So just click this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter! Now if you don’t want to wait, which I totally would understand then head on over to Etsy to buy the pattern for disposables or cloth kiddos!

Don’t forget to stop back to continue to watch Ruth grow!!!

8/19: 1mo Ladybug Bend’s Sassy Schoolgirl Top

8/20: 2mo Terra’s Treasures Monkey Pants

8/21: 3mo Sewing Mama Raeanna’s Cupcake Top

8/22: 4mo Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans

8/23: 5mo Everything Your Mama Made Riley’s Nightgown and sleepshirt

8/24: 6mo Little Kiwi’s Closet Bella’s Bolero

8/25: 7mo Aila and Frankie’s Honeyflower Dress and Tunic

8/26: 8mo FooFoo Thread’s Lucky Penny Girl’s Knit ruffle Top

8/27: 9mo MuffinHead Pattern’s Sammy Jacket

8/28: 10mo Jennuine Design’s LOL Swing Top

8/29: 11mo Whimsy Couture’s Tulle Ruffle Dress

8/30: 1year! Fairytale Pattern Design’s Arianna Dress

 

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1mo old and featuring LadyBud Bend!!

Ready for the 1st pattern? I know I am. This pattern was actually the very first pattern I tested that launched my love for testing patterns! Maybe it was because sewing for a girl was so much fun, or maybe because it is such a cute pattern. Either way, it’s a win-win!

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But let’s take a little walk down memory lane first. Ruth was still a wee little thing but growing already! She was still tiny and able to fit in newborn or 0-3mo clothes. Wore newborn diapers. However being small didn’t keep her from adventures! During the first month she went on her first lunch date with mommy and Grammy and saw her first movie (Turbo, which she slept through). She gets hiccups all the time just like when she was in my belly!  She was just a content baby that loved getting love from her family!

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Now it’s time for the pattern! This is the LadyBug Bend Sassy Schoolgirl shirt. I think the name really says it all. A cute little schoolgirl button down shirt with a ton of options. These include optional Peter Pan collar, 4 sleeve lengths (short, long, flutter, and double: flutter + short/long), and a little pocket. One of the best options: the size range!! A huge range of sizes from 0-3months to 12yrs and even an 18″ doll size!! This one will last a long time.

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Taya really did a great job with the tutorial. This was the first button down shirt I ever made and it came out great!! I even got to make two. Double the fun! If you don’t want to wait the whole 2weeks for the giveaway you can buy this pattern HERE!

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Time to start getting your entries in for the giveaway!!! Because I blog on WordPress, unfortunately they aren’t very Rafflecopter friendly. So you will need to follow this link to enter:  a Rafflecopter giveaway.  I know its one extra click…but sooo worth it! The Rafflecopter will be active now till 9/1/14 to give everyone enough time to enter! Good luck!

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Don’t forget to come back for all the dates!!

8/19: 1mo Ladybug Bend’s Sassy Schoolgirl Top

8/20: 2mo Terra’s Treasures Monkey Pants

8/21: 3mo Sewing Mama Raeanna’s Cupcake Top

8/22: 4mo Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans

8/23: 5mo Everything Your Mama Made Riley’s Nightgown and sleepshirt

8/24: 6mo Little Kiwi’s Closet Bella’s Bolero

8/25: 7mo Aila and Frankie’s Honeyflower Dress and Tunic

8/26: 8mo FooFoo Thread’s Lucky Penny Girl’s Knit ruffle Top

8/27: 9mo MuffinHead Pattern’s Sammy Jacket

8/28: 10mo Jennuine Design’s LOL Swing Top

8/29: 11mo Whimsy Couture’s Tulle Ruffle Dress

8/30: 1year! Fairytale Pattern Design’s Arianna Dress

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1st Birthday Bash and Giveaway!!!

Have you wondered why I have been so quiet lately??? Ready to find out why? Alright, I’ll tell you! As many of you have seen, I test a lot of patterns for my baby girl. I’m sure you have seen her photos on Facebook, Etsy, or even Craftsy too! Well did you know that we have been testing since birth, and that she is almost a year old now? Time is flying!! In just 12 days she will be turning one! So in celebration of her first year of life I am going to take you on a little tour of 12 amazing patterns that we tested for each month of her first year. It was really hard to only pick 12 as I loved every pattern we tested. For my designer friends that I didn’t pick, don’t worry I still love you; it was such a tough choice…

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RTC_0334Now would you like to officially meet the birthday girl?? Let me introduce you! This little girl made quite the entrance. I barely got to the hospital in time. 15 min to spare to be exact, and that is only because my mom made me go in. Good thing too; otherwise she would have been born at home, and I just didn’t have that planned. She was born in the recovery room asOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA there were no labor rooms available! After two pushes I welcomed my daughter Ruth Estrella into this world. She was born at 9:16pm on August 30, weighing in at 6 lbs 13 oz and 19 inches long. I couldn’t have been happier, and neither could her brothers!

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I knew when I found out I was having a girl that I just needed to make a cute coming home outfit for her.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I searched and searched for the perfect outfit, and finally found 2 free patterns that really were just perfect. I came across the blog Mellysews and just fell in love with her Criss Cross Dress and Ruffle Bloomers. They both only come in a 3-6mo size so I did need to down size it in order to fit a newborn. It turned out OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAperfect though! Such an easy sew and so cute. I love the fact you can embellish the dress any way you choose. It is a blank canvas for creativity! As you can see from the photos I also made a headband too. For that I took a ruffle and attached it to elastic. Then I cut out a bunch of flower shapes, stacked them so that the bigger ones where on bottom and smaller ones on the top, sewed a button in the center, and then attached it to the elastic ruffle. It was just perfect for Ruth!!!

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Now even though it may not be your birthday, everyone still deserves a chance to get an unbirthday gift right? Well each designer that I am featuring has generously given that pattern for a giveaway. Yes, I said GIVEAWAY!!! One lucky winner will get ALL 12 patterns. How about that for a little birthday treat? Rafflecopter will start tomorrow in the month 1 post. So get ready for Ruth’s Birthday Bash!!!! With this designer line up you won’t want to miss a post!!

Here is the line up:

8/19: 1mo Ladybug Bend’s Sassy Schoolgirl Top

8/20: 2mo Terra’s Treasures Monkey Pants

8/21: 3mo Sewing Mama Raeanna’s Cupcake Top

8/22: 4mo Titchy Threads Small Fry Skinny Jeans

8/23: 5mo Everything Your Mama Made Riley’s Nightgown and sleepshirt

8/24: 6mo Little Kiwi’s Closet Bella’s Bolero

8/25: 7mo Aila and Frankie’s Honeyflower Dress and Tunic

8/26: 8mo FooFoo Thread’s Lucky Penny Girl’s Knit ruffle Top

8/27: 9mo MuffinHead Pattern’s Sammy Jacket

8/28: 10mo Jennuine Desig’s LOL Swing Top

8/29: 11mo Whimsy Couture’s Tulle Ruffle Dress

8/30: 1year! Fairytale Pattern Design’s Arianna Dress

 

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Blog Tour! Cosi Swimsuit by Sew Pony Vintage!

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If you think sewing a swimsuit is scary, please raise your hand! I would have put two hands up originally myself. I never liked the idea of sewing with slippery fabric. I just figured it would be too hard and I would end up super frustrated. Well when a testing opportunity arrived I was rather curious to try one. So I signed up for Sew Pony’s Cosi Swimsuit tester group. Luckily I was picked! I was so excited and nervous to start my very first swimsuit. Kind of like jumping feet first into the deep end. I was certainly in for a surprise at just how easy it was!

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Yes I may dress her very girly but this girl still knows how to get dirty and still look so stinkin cute!

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This really is an easy pattern to follow because of the clear step by step instructions. I think my first swimsuit was a great success. The only thing I would do differently next time is to use a double needle on the hems like suggested in the tutorial. I only did one line of sewing and that just made it roll a bit.

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Ready to try your hand at it? I promise it really isn’t that scary!! You can purchase a copy here for 15% off using the code COSITOUR15 for the length of the tour. So that means you have till July 18th to take advantage of this sale.

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And a big THANK YOU to Suzanne for giving me the opportunity to conquer my fear of sewing a swimsuit!

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Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing swimsuits on the tour!

Soaring High with the Offbeat Oxford Tour by Terra’s Treasures!!!

Who’s ready for another blog tour??? I know I am! This time I am showing you a great pattern by Terra’s Treasures called the Offbeat Oxford. I have tested a ton for Terra and I think I own almost all of her patterns now! One thing I love, besides the innovative style, is the range of sizes she provides. Of course, she has a couple of patterns that are geared to mostly younger kids, but then there are the ones for all ages; yes, those are my favorites. I love patterns that will last a while! My oldest especially loves it.
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For a 6yr old he is big! Built tall and solid, which often gets him weird looks by strangers when he acts his age in public. Most think he is 9! Everyone who doesn’t know him is always surprised when they find out he is 6! So obviously he is in a bigger size; size 12 in RTW to be exact. Because of this he is often neglected when it comes to sewing. After all there aren’t as many patterns out there for his size as there are for his little brother and sister. But this pattern ranges from 12m to a size 14!! YAY!
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Now awhile back when she first posted that she was working on a boys button down shirt I will be honest and say that I may have rolled my eyes and muttered, RTC_7397“Great, how many button down shirt patterns does the market really need?” I really don’t know why I doubted her though! After I saw the sneak peek I was hooked. It wasn’t a boring button down!! Nope,  it is a rather cool stylin’ shirt that any boy (or girl) would be proud to wear. The front button placket doesn’t go straight down the center as all button downs do. This one features a curved button placket which RTC_7393gives it a fresh modern look. The back also features a yoke as well, which gives you or your little one the ability to play with more fabric placement. So add the wavy pocket, and short or long sleeve options and you have a pattern that will last for awhile no matter the season. Did I mention that she also shows you how to do a felled seam on the sleeves to achieve a professional look? Yeah, it’s pretty cool.
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Since I have known about this pattern I have been holding onto this plane fabric waiting for the release or tester call. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate in the testing due to other commitments, but I jumped right in for the tour! This shirt is a width of a 14 with the length of a 10. The fit is great. Not too big. Not too small. He even has some growing room. After he put it on he said, “This is really nice! You are such a great sewer mom. Thank you!” Yes, he already knows how to sweet talk! LOL. My little guy is already asking for one too. I have it all cut out but unfortunately didn’t have time to sew it up. I was going to include the front pocket, reversing the fronts for a different feel, and put a little appliqué on the yoke. I will post photos of that one on my Facebook page though. So if you want to see, go like my page so you won’t miss it when its done!
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Love that gap smile!  He just lost his third tooth…proud mom…had to share!
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Right now, if you want your own copy, just head on over to the Terra’s Treasure’s website where it is already 25% off, or check out Etsy to purchase and use code PATTERNTOUR for a 25% discount. You will definitely want to look at all her patterns though, as just one is never enough! You could always win a copy though!  Check out a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win!  Don’t forget to keep a lookout for all the other stops on the blog tour too. I can’t wait to see what everyone else creates!

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My Little Country Princess…Little Kiwi Blog Tour!

 

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I’m so excited to be a part of Little Kiwi’s first blog tour. I just love Little Kiwi’s patterns and have tested so many. They are always fashion forward, unique, and fun. I think my little girl has grown up wearing several Little Kiwi outfits. I have even won a contest with the Estrella’s Apron Top and the Sweet n’ Sassy Bubble Shorts patterns! You can see the post here. So when Lydia announced she was doing a tour of her new pattern the Scalloped Princess Dress I almost didn’t participate. Not because I didn’t have the time or the desire but because this dress only comes in sizes 12mo-9yrs. This isn’t because infants can’t wear this dress, but because this dress is more for the older girls to fulfill their princess dreams.

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Yes, this dress is just perfect for making any little girl her favorite princess. Don’t let this limit you to only making princess dresses though. This dress pattern is perfect for making a formal gown for special occasions, a cute summer dress, or really anything your little girl can dream up! You may be asking at this point, “How can one pattern do so much?” This pattern is full of options!!! You ready for them all???

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Here they are:
4 Necklines
2 Bodice Styles
3 skirt styles (below knee, high-low and long)
3 Hem styles

Yup, you read that right!! Like I said, this pattern is only limited by your imagination. Because there is a bodice lining, button hole, and a scalloped edge option; this dress is classified as an advanced beginner pattern. Don’t worry though, as Lydia does a great job with taking you step by step through each option in order to make your princess the dress of her dreams!RTC_6838

Did you see the back? Just as dreamy as the front in my opinion. It closes with one or more buttons depending on size. I love the scoop in the back as it adds a little dreaminess. There is also a gusset on either side which adds that last special touch!

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It’s time to tell you all about my dress! Now even though my little princess is 10 mo old, she is still in RTW (ready-to-wear) 3-6mo or 6-9mo. She is a petite little girl. So in order to create this dress for her I had to down-size the pattern. This actually isn’t hard to do. You measure the average distance between each size and use that measurement to draw a smaller size from the smallest size in the pattern. Clear as mud?? So my dress is about a 6-9 mo size.

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I like to add a little something of my own just because it’s fun to see what else you can do with a pattern beyond the instructions. At 10 mo old my baby girl is all over the place getting into everything! Not walking yet, but she crawls lightning fast!RTC_6909 I love dresses on her but it is harder for her to crawl in them because they get caught under her and she gets sooo frustrated. I love dresses on her because she is my only girl and I love dressing her like one. So I wanted to pull the front up a bit and give her some ease to crawl in. I accomplished this by sewing two pieces of elastic into the skirt to give it that ruching effect. It also gave it a more hi-lo effect as well. Double win! For the elastic, I made the elastic length half the length of the skirt in order for it to be pulled up enough. This worked well and she was able to crawl around just fine!

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Has your little girl been begging you for a princess dress? Maybe just a dress up dress? Or perhaps you just want to sew her up a summer dress? Here is your pattern to make one of these options or all of them!  Pattern is $2 off during the tour too! Make sure you check out all the stops on the blog tour for more inspiration! Also don’t forget to enter the giveaway too! You never know, your wish for this pattern may come true!

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Embellish is for BOYS!

I am part of the Emblish Is For Boys series on Gracious Threads! This week I was challenged to use zippers and/or hardware to embelish a boys tshirt! Here is my post for her blog:

First off a huge THANK YOU to Jess for inviting me on this awesome series and for giving me a little push out of my comfort zone. Now let’s start the introductions. My name is Rebekah from RebekahSews. I am excited to say that I recently started a Facebook page too! If you have seen my work around you have most likely seen my baby girl modeling most items. Sprinkled here or there are my two crazy yet imaginative boys. Let’s face it; it is harder to sew for boys. Fewer patterns, less frills, and some would say less fun. Not so! There is plenty of fun for boys, especially if you get a little creative. I am loving all the ideas since this series started.

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When Jess first asked me to be apart of this week I think I may have asked her a couple of times if there was any other theme dates available until I finally decided it was time to just take the plunge and work with zippers and hardware. I don’t work with zippers…period. I think I may have installed one once upon a time. Honestly I don’t remember. Perhaps I blocked it out? So now I needed to add a zipper to a shirt for a boy. What was I possibly going to do?? As I was changing out my boys winter to summer wardrobes I came across a too small Superman shirt. That finally started the wheels turning. I don’t know about you but there is always a little thrill when Clark Kent opens his shirt to reveal Superman underneath. Now what if I could give that to my boys? They would love it! So this shirt was created. I used the Lane Raglan pattern by Stitchwerx Designs for my base t-shirt and went from there.

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Besides the zipper across the center there are two snaps at the top and bottom. Those are pure decoration (and also hiding my not so great cutting when I cut the area for the zipper! Who else loves happy accidents?) Then on either side of the zipper are two more snaps. These are functional as you will see in the photos further down. Now for the big reveal!!!!

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I think he was pretty happy with that. When I first showed him the shirt, his response was, “This is awesome!!! Can I keep it?” I think he may have asked several more times while I was taking photos.

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I love it when just something as simple as a shirt sends them on imaginative adventures. He is flying if you couldn’t tell!

 

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Now back to the snaps. When the zipper is open to reveal Superman it needed a way to stay open in order to really see the full effect. That is where the snaps come in to play. They snap together and viola! Here is my little Superman!

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As you can see there is a little color blocking going on as well. That is mostly because I didn’t feel like doing hems. I shortened the pattern in the arms and body in order to add the hems from another shirt to give that color blocking effect! This made it fun in the back too!

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My oldest has already asked if he could have one too! I was going to make him one for this post as well, but because I am a super horrible procrastinator I wasn’t able to get it done in time. That will happen sometime this summer as I would love to put a tutorial out. This way every little boy can have their own superhero reveal!
Make sure you check out her blog to see all the other wonderful creations in this series and enter the giveaway!

 

Baby Suite for Sweet Babies!

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If you have been following my new RebekahSews Facebook page you would have seen sneak peeks of a very cool pattern suite that was released yesterday! I am very excited about this one!  Could you tell?  Stitchwerx Designs introduced us all to the Ainsley & Aiden Baby Suite. This suite is a set of 4 patterns, but in my opinion it feels like much more. When I think of Stitchwerx I think of thoroughness. Kim always takes the time to point the seamstress in the right direction before even sewing. In these patterns you will find a glossary of terms, tips for sewing with knits, a quick faux cover stitch tutorial, and even links to places to buy knits. The suite ranges from beginner level to intermediate level and comes in sizes Preemie-12m. Now those with bigger babies don’t feel left out. Kim is working on these in bigger sizes too, no dates as of yet though.

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I got to test all the patterns and, well, I think the photos speak for themselves. I will tell you a bit about each though! First up we have the Tiddly Wink Toppers. With this pattern you can create a slouchy or square knit beanie. It’s totally reversible too! It is very easy and quick so you can easily make a bunch at once making your baby the envy of all the other bare headed wee ones!

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Next up we have the Comfy Caterpillar Pants. These are an amazingly easy and fast sew. They are a confident beginner level pattern as working with knits is a bit harder than wovens. These feature a no elastic waistband and cuffed or non-cuffed pants. Really so cute!

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Thirdly we have the Bitty Beetle pattern. Now this one you are really getting three patterns in one as it includes the bodysuit, tee, and gown! There are three sleeve options as well: short, long, or extra long with mitten. I just love the lap neckline as it is so much easier for dressing. I think this one is my favorite out of the bunch!!

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Don’t you just love the versatility this suite has to offer?? I know I do. You can purchase the suite on Etsy at the special bundle sale price of $18.75! That’s less than $5 per pattern! This special price is good till Friday June 20th. Now if you are feeling lucky Stitchwerx is doing a giveaway as well! Head on over to Kim’s blog to enter to win some great prizes! Also make sure you take a look at all the other bloggers on this tour. You will certainly get your daily dose of cuteness from them!!!

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Wednesday June 11

Pattern Revolution

Mama Says Sew

The Berry Bunch

Begin With B

 

Thursday, June 12

Rebekah Sews  (You’re already here!!)

Lulu & Celeste

Gloria June

 

Friday, June 13

Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Feather’s Flights

Pattern Nut

 

Monday, June 16

Golden Rippy

Playground Pixie Designs

Friends Stitched Together

The Life of Jennifer Dawn

 

Tuesday June 17

Stitch and Bake

Shaffer Sisters

The Life of a Compulsive Crafter

 

 

 

Bitty Beetle Review!

 

 

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You may have heard about a cute baby suite of patterns releasing tomorrow. If you haven’t then I will give you the lo-down! Stitchwerx Designs is releasing the Ainsley & Aiden Suite tomorrow that consists of 4 patterns (but feels like more) ranging in sizes preemie-12M. Now when the Sew and Tell group on Facebook asked me to do a little review, how could I say no? I tested all the patterns in the suite but today we are going to take a closer look at the Bitty Beetle pattern!

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The Bitty Beetle is bursting with options. This is a lap shoulder neckline top, but not just a top. Included are the patterns for a tee, bodysuit, and gown! See what I mean when it seems like more than just 1 pattern? First let me tell you about the detail Kim puts into her patterns. Firstly the pattern pieces are digitally drawn and nested, which helps save on paper. My favorite feature is the cutting chart right on the pattern pieces! No need to keep looking at the computer while cutting!

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The actual tutorial doesn’t start till page 17. Why, might you ask? Well from the beginning she walks you through every step to help you prepare before you start sewing. There is the normal fabric layouts and cutting charts, but there is also much more! She goes over several mitten options (yes you can put mittens on these!) so you can pick the best for your needs. There is also a review on binding with different ways to sew it in place. There is glossary for different terms, hints for sewing knits, and even websites to buy knits. Now at the end of the tutorial is another quick tutorial on how to do a faux coverstitch. This turned out to be pretty handy for me as I was able to sew my first faux coverstitch on this project using a twin needle!

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Once you start sewing, the instructions and photos take you step by step to create your beautiful garment! This is classed as an intermediate pattern because binding can be tricky. However, a confident beginner could do this too!

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For this review I chose to do just the gown. I really love gowns for my little one to sleep in during the spring and summer! They are roomy and keep her warm even with the fan going especially since she doesn’t keep a blanket on! I know from experience that finding store bought gowns for bigger babies can be tricky. Wanting short sleeves as well is almost impossible. No need to search anymore as I can create my own! This is a pretty fast sew too which is a plus. I think the longest part was getting thread together for the faux coverstitch since I needed two to match. LOL. The way the body of the pattern is cut gives ample room for moving too. The knit I used for this one has very little stretch. Now you should use knit with ample stretch per the pattern but this has been hanging out for awhile and I wanted to see if it worked. It did and turned out cute. The length is great for keeping my little one covered, and the elastic at the bottom is not too tight or loose but just perfect for a very active 9mo old.

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This pattern, with the others in the suite, isn’t releasing until Wednesday. Pattern Revolution, however, is hosting a giveaway to win the patterns before they are released! You have till the rest of today to enter. So head on over there enter. Don’t forget to like Stitchwerx Designs and my Facebook page for more entries though!  And don’t forget to come back on Thursday to see more goodies that I have sewn using these patterns!

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