Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sewing Star Wars Boba Fett and Princess Leia Daddy Daughter Shirts


A few weeks ago, my husband told me that he needed to stop by the dry cleaner to have them hem the sleeves of one of his suit jackets. I sarcastically responded, "That's a good idea. I don't know anyone else who would know how to do that." In the gentlest voice ever, he responded, "Well, that would be like asking Van Gogh to come paint the walls of your house. You wouldn't enjoy that." I looked at him so tenderly and before I could tell him how much I loved him, he added "Well.. .Bob Ross, that would be like asking Bob Ross to paint your house." Haha! Well, I guess that is a compliment because Bob Ross is one happy guy. 

Of course, the next thing out of my mouth was, what can I make you!?! He has been asking for a Boba Fett top for so long, and so I showed him the strike offs that Mandy at Made Whimsy had just received and asked what he thought about them. Well, I guess it goes without saying, but he loved them. 


I also could not resist this Princess Leia panel for my youngest and the thought of doing photos of my husband and her together. She had several toddler moments during our photo session, but I was so excited to capture a few photos of her smile. 

SUAT Artemis Top

The Patterns

I made my husband the Greenstyle Hudson Pullover in his measured size and added 1.5 inches of length to the bottom. I cut the sleeves at 6 inches below the armscye and hemmed them 1 inch. 

Greenstyle Creations Raglan

I made my daughter the Stitched Upon a Time Artemis Top in Size 18 months. I have made this pattern for my older daughter, and she wears her top all the time, so I have had it on my list to make for the baby. Her shoulders aren't quite wide enough for it yet, but I love that she will have plenty of growing room for the summer. Of course, that sweet baby belly fits just fine and is just adorable. 


She was definitely enjoying posing for her photos in between exploring and refusing to be held! 

All of the fabric that I used is cotton lycra. The background has a textured look that is printed on the fabric. I love how soft Made Whimsy cotton lycra is!


Each panel has a matching splatter coordinate. 


Resources
  1. The fabric that I used in this post is available HERE by preorder through April 29th. 
  2. The pattern I used for my husband's shirt can be found HERE.
  3. The pattern I used for my daughter's shirt can be found HERE
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Disclosures: I received this fabric for free to give the designer feedback about it and to share it with you. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything, and I appreciate the support. Any and all opinions expressed are still my own.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pacific Pullover Sew Along - Day 0 - Preparation


Hello Friends! I have been saying for some time now that a Pacific Pullover Sew Along is coming soon. The exciting news that I have for you today is that "coming soon" finally has specific dates! Starting a week from today, April 23rd, I will begin the 5 day journey with you to sew a Pacific Pullover (or two or three or ten!). I am so excited and hope you join me! 


This sew along could not have come at a better time. You may have heard about Spring time in Texas. One day its 75 degrees and perfect for a meal among friends on a restaurant patio. Then, 12 hours later it will turn windy and 40 degrees with rain in the forecast for days. Because of the unpredictable weather this time of year, I find that the Pacific Pullover is the perfect extra layer to keep handy when the ideal temperature begins falling fast. I also like to make the tank version of the pattern for when our weather finally cranks up the heat and we have consistent 100 degree days. 

For today's post, I am going to walk you through what to expect and how you can be ready when the sew along begins next week. 


The Pattern

If you do not own the pattern, you will want to grab your pattern here if you do not already own it. Use coupon code "PacificSAL" to get a 25% off discount on the Pacific Pullover Pattern. The coupon will be valid today through April 23rd.  If you are new to Greenstyle or PDF Patterns in general, read the Greenstyle 101 post on the Greenstyle blog before you print.

If you already own the pattern, it has been updated so you will need to go into your downloads in your Greenstyle account and redownload the pattern. The main pieces that have changed is: the shoulders in the smaller sizes, the kangaroo pocket for the front, and the collar option.  


Options

Make sure you have a plan for which option(s) you want to try during the sew along so you are prepared with the correct supplies. For the front, choose between a kangaroo pocket, princess seam pockets, and no pockets. For the neckline, choose between a neckband, zippered hood, non-zippered hood, or a zippered collar. You can make the top sleeveless with a facing or with bands, or you can choose the two piece sleeved that is hemmed, cuffed, or has thumbhole cuffs. Also, the pullover can be hemmed or banded at the bottom. Whew!


Fabric

You will need to have a knit fabric with at least 50% stretch both horizontally and vertically. Great choices for this pattern are athletic and performance fabrics such as Athletic Brushed Polyester (ABP), Yoga Knits, Supplex, and mesh. Powerstretch Fleece, Scuba, Ponte, and French Terry (usually the ones with lycra added) are also great choices if they have the required stretch. The key to any fabric you select is that it has the right stretch for this pattern.  

On my dark navy blue pullover, I used a Fleece Backed Under Armour Lycra Fabric from Simply by Ti, and it was very easy to work with and made a cozy pullover. On my grey pullover, I used a Polartec Powerstretch Fleece Knit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy. It was much more stable and thicker and was bulkier at the hems. It is my warmest pullover yet, and I am so glad to have a thicker weight one for the extra cold days. 



On my pink/grey tank, I used light weight athletic brushed poly from Zenith and Quasar. This tank will be perfect for sweaty work outs and for 100 degree days. My black and white cropped pullover is supplex that I purchased from the Dallas Fabric District. It is a lighter weight supplex and will work when the temps aren't quite so cold. 

The weight of the fabric you choose will make a great impact on how warm or lightweight your pullover is. The thickest pullover that I made is the Powerstretch fleece (grey) pullover. The fleece backed Under Armour pullover is also warm, but is not nearly as thick of a fabric, which made it a little easier to work with and have a bit more drape when wearing. I also noticed it was more comfortable when going from indoors to outdoors, while the grey one has been perfect for outdoors on a chilly day. 

If you use ABP, the lightweight ones will be great for a tank, and the heavier weight ones would work better for a pullover with sleeves and a hood or collar. 

I also notice that I like fabrics that are warm to the touch. Some athletic knits are colder feeling fabrics to me. If I want a pullover to stay warm and cozy in, I like fabric descriptions like brushed, fleece, and supplex. The colder, lighter feeling fabrics and meshes make excellent tanks (or hooded tanks!). 


Supplies
  1. Coordinating thread. I prefer polyester thread. I use Gutermann Mara Thread for my regular sewing machine. I use Maxi Lock Thread for my Serger.
  2. Fusible Woven Interfacing. You need fusible woven interfacing for any of the zipper options. You also need fusible woven interfacing for the grommets if you do the hood option. I use this one from Joann. 
  3. Fusible Knit Interfacing. You need a knit interfacing if you are doing the facings on the tank. If you do not have knit interfacing, you can use a band on the armholes instead of the facings. I use this knit interfacing from Joann. It also comes in black
  4. Stretch needle. I use Schmetz 75/11. If you do not have a coverstitch machine to hem or topstitch, you can alternatively use a stretch stitch with your stretch needle or you can get a Twin Needle. I use this twin needle on my regular machine. 
  5. 7, 8, or 9 inch closed bottom (non separating) zipper. You can buy a zipper longer than this, and I will show you how to cut it to your desired length. If you are nursing, get an 11 inch zipper (or longer if you want to cut it down). I order my zippers from here
  6. 1/4 inch grommets (usually called eyelets) and an eyelet press to install them. I used one like this one
  7. Wonder Tape. I use this one
  8. If you are doing the collar option, you need twill tape or woven trim or a soft ribbon (because it will be against your neck). I got my twill tape from Hobby Lobby in the ribbon section. They carry it at many craft stores. 
  9. Iron, Ironing Board, Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter, Pins and/or Wonder Clips, Washable Fabric Markers or Chalk, and a Sewing Machine and/or Serger. 
How is This Going to Work?
Every day I will post the steps for that day on my blog with videos for those who want the extra help or to watch me sew. I will make a post in the Greenstyle Facebook group with a link to that blogpost. I would love for you to comment on that Facebook post with your progress and ask all the questions that you have. On the last day of the Sew Along (Saturday, April 27th), I will make a post in the Greenstyle Facebook group where you can comment with your finished garment from the Pacific Pullover pattern.

I will select one winner at random to win a free Greenstyle pattern, a $25 shop credit to the Fabric Fairy, and a $20 shop credit to Simply by Ti!!

Are you excited to get started!? Don't forget to grab your pattern (use code "PacificSAL") and join the Greenstyle Facebook group. I can't wait to sew with you and see what you make!


Thanks for reading today! I hope I have inspired you! Please let me know if you have any questions or anything was not clear. 

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Disclosures: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything, and I appreciate the support. Any and all opinions expressed are still my own.


Side Note: I am wearing my latest pair of Greenstyle Inspire Tights and my 15 month old is wearing a new pair of Greenstyle Stride Tights out of ABP from The Styled Magnolia! Some people stopped me while we were taking photos to let me know that our leggings matched. I thought, "hmmm.. I think I know that! Thanks friendly stranger! Haha!"

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sofilantjes Advena Top and Dress + Keeping Motherhood Memories


When I was pregnant with my first baby 11 years ago, I somehow could not believe that I was pregnant. When my sweet baby was born, I looked at her for the first time and thought "It really happened?! Pinch me! How is this true?!" I was soooo unprepared for the days that followed!!

Today's blogpost will be all about my current motherhood musings and AHA moments, memories I don't want to forget, and the latest pattern by Sofilantjes.  Thanks for stopping by!


Do you ever have moments in your life that you dream of, long for, and just can't wait to happen? Then, when they do happen, it feels so surreal that you almost can't take it all in and feel so unprepared? No, just me? I think motherhood (despite my longing for it) caught me by surprise. It finally took until my fifth child for somethings to click for me. 


Keeping Memories

One of the things that clicked recently is "Take photos, write it down, and record the moments you can't seem to take in because you will NOT remember it all!" 

I did not have a smart phone when my first daughter was born and was absolutely clueless as to how to work my camera. I didn't keep baby books and thought often "How would I ever forget XYZ adorable thing she just did?!" Sadly, one moment has toppled on the next, and I don't remember everything I wished I did. Oh, how I wished I could tell my younger self to take a million photos and write it all down!! 

I have had an Instagram account for my sewing for years, and a few weeks ago, I finally started a personal Instagram account to document my kids. Why did I not do this before?! It's an account just for me to put a caption with a photo that shows up on Timehop every year for me to have and for the kids to have when they are older and want their memories. I don't use that account to follow people or interact like I do on my sewing account. It is really a space for me to have memories. Do you have a better way that you collect memories with photos???? I would love to hear about it if you do. 


The Advena Top and Dress Pattern by Sofilantjes

Now, let's get into SEWING... I love when I get the opportunity to pattern test for my kids because then I get to make something fun for them and take them out for photos!

I recently got to test the Advena by Sofilantjes. I made my oldest a short sleeved shirt, and I made the youngest a short sleeved dress. The pattern comes with three neckline options, three sleeve lengths, and the option for a top, tunic, or dress. I made my oldest daughter's top with the View C neckline, which has just one lapped shoulder. I made my youngest the neckline with both lapped shoulders so it makes getting her dressed easier. The other neckline option in the pattern is a basic round neckline. 


When I asked my oldest which fabric she wanted, she immediately picked out my hoarded, precious Made Whimsy fabric. She was pretty excited that I used this fabric for her and also wanted to show me how great she is at handstands. 


This is 10. I am loving 10. She is incredibly brilliant. She loves to help and can run the house just as well as I can. She is great at math and is pretty determined to learn anything she sets her heart to. She is also the photographer behind a lot of my blogposts. She makes the best chocolate chip cookies all from recipes she finds on her iPad and even brought me milk and freshly baked cookies on Saturday while I had lost track of time in my sewing room. She always asks if I need tea when she is making herself some and loves to join me for a great chat with a cup of tea. Her hugs are warm and so full of love. I pray that I can continue to raise this strong girl with wisdom and grace. When she was a defiant 2 year old, I wished I could have looked into the future to see this girl. 


Now, the baby.... She is 15 months and has taken the toddler stage by storm. I got her dress out of a 12 inch piece of fabric!! I used the same navy cotton lycra from Made Whimsy on her side panels as I had for my daughters, and I love how it pulls both of their tops together. 


When I was getting dressed this morning, this cutie pie found a cup of tea and poured it all over the carpet next to my night stand. Then, she found my contact case and some toothpaste and walked down the hall to my sewing room. In my sewing room, she dumped out the trash and was throwing fabric about wildly. Somehow I still made it through today (thank you JESUS!) She makes all the kids laugh and loves to show off where her eyes, nose, and belly button are. She also loves to sing. 



Pattern Thoughts

I love the side panel on this pattern. It really helps to break up the dress and gives the older girls a slimmer view if they still have a bit of a baby belly. 

I love that this pattern has a wide size range. I made my youngest the 12 month size and my oldest daughter size 11. I love Sofilantjes drafting. I can always trust it and don't have to size up to make sure I don't waste good fabric.  

I will definitely be making this pattern again!!


  
I was amazed at just how many photos I got of her front in this photo session because most toddlers give you lots of photos of their backs as they run away....


Since I only had a 12 inch scrap for her dress, I had to get a front, back, 2 sleeves, and 2 skirt parts out of that entire strip. I had no way to pattern match and just had to go with how things were cut. I still can't believe that the pattern matched up pretty well on the back!!



Resources
  • The Advena Top and Dress Pattern can be found HERE. It is on sale right now for release and is also available in Dutch and French. Also, it is available in only baby sizes. 
  • The floral for my daughter's top is cotton lycra from Made Whimsy
  • The fabric for my youngest daughter's dress is from Jumping June Textiles.
  • The solid navy cotton lycra on both girls' side panels is from Made Whimsy

Thanks for reading today! I hope I have inspired you! You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on Pinterest. You may also follow my blog with Bloglovin.


Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything, and I appreciate the support. Any and all opinions expressed are still my own.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Greenstyle Muscle Up Tank - a Quick Sewing Pattern for my Husband and Myself!!


During the heat of the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in college, I joined my roommate and several friend's late one night for karaoke at a local bar. His girlfriend invited one of her coworkers to join as well. Little did I know ... but that night my life completely changed. That night, I met Mr. Aguilar. 


We seemed to not be able to do without each other and agreed about most things.... well, except vegetables and running. I convinced him that his disdain for vegetables had nothing to do with the vegetables themselves. Rather, he just didn't like how they were prepared. He gave the vegetables (and me!) a chance, and we have now been together almost 17 years (and married over 12). 

I can now report to you that I can get this man to eat almost any vegetable, except peas. We also have 5 kids together. I really like peas and still can't convince him on that one.


Now let's get to the exciting sewing related stuff that I want to talk to you about today! Greenstyle has released a tank top pattern that (as with all Greenstyle patterns) I am kind of obsessed with. The new Muscle Up Tank pattern works for both of us!! Let me say that again.. I used the same pattern for both of us!


Sizing. The Muscle Up Tank pattern covers chest sizes 27 inches up to 60 inches. I made the XS for me and made Mr. Aguilar the Large. I based both of our sizes off of our chest and waist and did not grade or adjust. I am not exceptionally full in the booty at the moment, so if you are, then you may want to grade out your hips. The pattern instructs for you to grade the hips out if your hip measures larger than your chest. Mine is 2 inches larger, but I still left it as is and did not grade. I LOVE the way mine fits. 

He is almost 6 foot tall, and I am barely 2 inches over 5 feet. I took 2 inches off at the hemline before hemming mine and added 1.5 inches to his.


Pattern Options. The pattern has the option of bands or binding to finish the arms and neckline. I used bands on the tanks I made. The pattern also has an optional pocket and hood. I made the hooded version because I just couldn't resist. The hood is a three-piece hood that is perfect for a nice contrast in the middle. It also made my stripe matching game not so hard. 


The armholes are low on me and really easy to breastfeed in. I just move the armhole to the side and have quick, fuss free nursing access. I am also wearing my go to nursing bra underneath - the Power Sports bra. It has the perfect fit on me for exercise and is still comfortable to lounge in or wear around all day. I haven't blogged about the one I am wearing in this photo but will soon!


The pattern includes a lengthen/shorten line in the chest so you can make your armscye as modest or immodest as you prefer. I noticed my husband's armholes land at a more modest location on him since he is more blessed in the height department than me. The second lengthen/shorten line is at the hem, which is what I used on my adjustments. 


I used a hacci sweater knit from Made Whimsy for my tank. Look at how those stripes lined up!! I had a one yard cut of this fabric and was excited to be able to get my tank and hood out of it!


I used a double brushed polyester cactus print from Knitpop on one of my husband's tanks. 


I used my favorite black cotton lycra from Made Whimsy on his other tank. 


Resources
  • The Muscle Up Tank Top Pattern can be found HERE. It is on sale for release through Sunday April 14th. 
  • The striped Hacci Sweater knit that I used for my tank is on sale at Made Whimsy for $5/yard.
  • The double brushed polyester cactus fabric that I used on one of Mr. Aguilar's tanks came from Knitpop.
  • The black cotton lycra on his other tank is from Made Whimsy
  • I have blogged about the Power Sports Bra pattern that I am wearing underneath my tank here and here.
  • My tights are the Greenstyle Stride tights in the budget Supplex from Zenith and Quasar. I have also blogged about that pattern here and here
Thanks for reading today! I hope I have inspired you! You may follow me on Instagram or receive updates by liking my page on Facebook. If you want to take a look into the things that inspire me, you can follow me on Pinterest. You may also follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. This does not cost you anything, and I appreciate the support. Any and all opinions expressed are still my own.



I think Mr. Aguilar had more fun skipping rocks than standing still for photos with me!