Posted in New Release - Tester

New Horizon’s (girls) Bayside Romper (Tester Post)

Up next in my week of testing is this adorable Romper.  I have fallen in love with New Horizon’s Portlander Pants and I saw a tester call in the group and knew I would love this one too! It’s perfect for my daughter and I see one in my future too 🙂 Here is a link to the pattern: New Horizon’s Patterns

Terra does a great job of her instructions. She also did many versions during testing, in fact, she would fix things as soon as issues showed up.  I loved testing for her because of this.

This pattern has quite a few options! The options I chose are: short sleeves and the shorts. You can also choose from flutter sleeves or a tank with bands, and different bottoms, such as mini skirt, knee length skirt, maxi skirt, and pants. My next one with be a tank with shorts.

As I said before, Terra’s instructions are AMAZING! She includes drawings instead of fabric pictures, which is great because you can clearly see what is the right/wrong side of the fabric piece you are working with.

I got my fabric from Hobby Lobby and I will NEVER purchase this particular fabric again. It was horrible to work with and curled like crazy. I tried ironing it and that just stretch it out. So I won’t link to the fabric!

Here are the final results. I chose to take these photos at The Cove and Concord Park. It was the perfect backdrop!

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, How To

Hacking the New Horizons Portlanders Shorts

I needed a pair of shorts for my daughter for a photo shoot for a pattern I was testing.  I got the idea to do a lace overlay on the New Horizon’s Portlanders Pants and Shorts.  Click here to purchase the pattern.  They turned out perfect for the photo shoot! Here’s how I did it.

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Step 1: Arrange pages and cut out the shorts line in your size. Make sure you use the layers feature to easily see what you need to cut.  You need to follow the flaired out lines for the shorts (the shorts are wider at the ends then the pants)

Step 2: Using stretch lace, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces. Don’t cut out the band with the lace.

Step 3: Go back to your paper pattern pieces.  Cut off the flaired parts of the shorts.  This will leave you with the pants width (but the shorts length line won’t change)

Step 4: using a solid knit fabric, cut out the mirrored shorts front and back pieces, and this time, cut out the band as well (being sure to cut on the fold.

Step 5: Using only the lace, stitch the pattern as the directions say, stopping when you get to the band.  The only thing I changed was on the lace, I used a 1/4″ seam allowance, instead of the recommended 3/8″ because I wanted the lace to fit over the solid knit. Once you have the lace finished, put it aside. I did NOT hem the lace because it doesn’t fray 🙂

Step 6: Using the solid knit, assemble just the shorts pieces.  Don’t do the band just yet! Use the correct seam allowance of 3/8″. I didn’t hem this pair, but I plan in doing a little hem in the future so the solid is a little shorter than the lace.

Step 7: Flip the lace and solid shorts right sides out. Place the lace shorts over the solid shorts (the wrong side of the lace should be on top of the correct side of the solid). At this point, I stitched the top of the shorts together to baste the lace and solid layers, but this isn’t necessary.

Step 8: LAST STEP! Now add the band as directed. The instructions are perfect for evenly spacing out the bands.

Now enjoy your amazing hacked shorts 🙂

Here is my daughter wearing them in her photo shoot. For the top pattern info and link, check out my blog post I did on it here.

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Posted in New Release - Tester

Annelaine Pattern’s Firecracker Tunic/Dress (Tester Post)

I have been busy testing for the past 2 weeks! I saw a tester call for this dress and knew I would love it for my daughter
This tunic is called The Firecracker Top/Dress by Annelaine Patterns. It can be purchased using this link.  It and all the patterns in her store are 50% off through 7/7/17 using the code FREEDOM2017 😉

This dress only has 7 pieces (front bodice, back bodice and the neck and arm bindings), so it goes together quickly. The longest part (which isn’t difficult) is the arm and neck bindings. During testing, a ruffle option was added, and I LOVE ruffles on my daughter, so of course I added that option! The directions are well written and very easy to follow. I’ll be making another soon! I also just got a cover stitch machine and easily hemmed with it 🙂

One of the cool things about this dress is the fabric. I did a give away of a pair of pants I made and a few days later, I won a box of free fabric in a facebook post. This is one of the fabrics that I won. It’s super soft and perfect for my active daughter. Check out their awesome fabrics here: Sly Fox Fabrics.  I have a hoodie coming up soon that I can’t wait to share, using their amazing fabric. Their fabric is VERY reasonably priced (and no, I have no affiliation with them, I just like their products!)

Also, if you are interested in the shorts she is wearing, I’ll be doing a blog post on them as well. I’ll link it here when it’s ready 🙂

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Posted in Women's Clothing

My New Horizon’s Outfit

I recently saw a post in the New Horizon’s Facebook page about a hack to modify one of her Key West Tank.  I just knew my stretch lace was perfect for the hack!  I mostly followed the directions in Terra’s blog post: New Horizon’s Blog Post. I modified it a little differently though. There is a shorten/lengthen line on the pattern and I simply measured 2″ below that and cut it there.  I followed the rest of the blog exactly. If I did it again, I would cut at the cut line 🙂 Which I totally plan on doing in the future.  I needed a top to wear with my portlander’s pants.  And I love the results!  These pants are amazing and a must have if you don’t have them. Follow this (affl) link to purchase them: New Horizon’s Patterns.  The tank top is the Key West Tank and it’s a free pattern if you join her Facebook Group.

I put my top on Instagram and Jo-Ann’s liked it and put it on their website 🙂 I used their stretch lace and white knit to create the top.  See photo here: Jo-Ann’s

Here are the results:

 

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Posted in Girl's Clothing, Women's Clothing

New Horizon’s Portlander Pants

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of clothing? It’s easy to do when you are sewing and that means you get to pick the fabric and the pattern 🙂 I recently discovered a new love: The Portlander Pants by New Horizons!

I think my favorite part of these pants are that they have 5 total pieces, and from print to finish, they take less than 1 hour. Now I am SLOW when it comes to sewing, so that’s FAST for me! The material is also a win win. I made mommy and me out of french terry and mine out of double brushed poly, all from So Sew English Fabrics: Link: http://sosewenglishfabrics.com/

I’ll be making pair number 4 tomorrow and pair number 5 on Thursday or Friday. I posted photos on Facebook and in one of my groups, my post had over 150 likes.  They are very in style.  Here is the link to purchase: New Horizons Designs

You won’t regret these pants!

 

 

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Posted in How To

Sewing PDF

Ever wondered how I make my creations?  This blog post will hopefully explain that and maybe even get you to try sewing out for yourself!

Step 1: Find a pattern! I am in a lot of Facebook groups and this is how I find patterns I would like to sew. Patterns range from $4-20.  The pattern I will be talking about today was a bundled set for $14. It included girl’s sizes and women’s sizes.  This pattern is from a company called New Horizons and the pattern is “Portlanders”. Here is the link to purchase: New Horizon’s Designs (affiliated link)

Step 2: Once I purchase the pattern, I have to download and print it. Printing varies with patterns. Sometimes there are no pattern pieces and some companies you may have to print up to 30 pages! For this pattern, I printed about 28 pages.

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Step 3: ASSEMBLY! This step takes me FOREVER!  And every pattern companies does theirs differently, so you have to pay attention! For this pattern, I take one end and match it to a line from a different page.  Then I tape them together.

 

 

 

 

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Step 4: Now I have to cut out my pattern pieces.  The cool thing at PDF is I get all the sizes and then I can just print what I need!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: This is my LEAST favorite part – Cutting the fabric.  Some fabrics are easier to cut than others. Woven fabric doesn’t stretch and it’s general the easiest. Chiffon and silk are HORRIBLE! They move on you. Knit can be difficult.  I am using french terry and it is an easier knit to cut.  See the candle in my photo? Those weigh everything down so nothing moves.

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img_4243Step 6: SEWING! Now I follow what the pattern says.  Most patterns show you a photo of what pieces you are sewing and where to stitch the lines. I can’t photograph that for copyright reasons, but the directions are quite easy to follow. For these pants, I sew up one side of one leg, then the other side of that leg, then repeat on second leg, then attach the waist band. Total time from print to finish is about 1 hour.

 

 

Last Step: ENJOY your work! These ended up as a mommy and me set. We both LOVE our pants!

 

Here is another one I made in a different type of material, Double Brushed Poly. You will find that material also used by a very prominent legging company.  It’s amazing and buttery soft!

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