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04.07.14Calling All Kids: Boys for Girls

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I am excited to be participating in Alida (of Alida Makes) series, Calling All Kids today! If you have hoped over from Alida Makes, welcome to Sewing In No Mans Land! If you are not a regular reader of my blog you may not know that my girls are girly girl girly to the core. Chloe literally sobs when I force her (and it takes some strength) into a pair of pants. Evie only owns one pair of presentable pants (we have lots of jammie pants but those don’t count). So when Alida emailed and explained that this was a sewing series where you create something  cross gender for your cutie. I decided to accept the challenge and make some pants and a henley for Chloe.

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The pants pattern that I used was a hack of the Burda Draw String Pants pattern HERE and the henley is the Hipster Henley from Blank Slate patterns.

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I would LOVE to be able to say that everything went swimmingly and I cranked these bad boys out with out a hiccup, but I have to be honest, this project was a BEAR for me ha! I broke two twin needles sewing the henley… yeah, two. Who even knows on what right?

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The pattern is fantastic, no problems there I just really need to sew knits more. The pants are made from a soft herringbone. All went pretty well with the pants, even when I added little bum pockets, but then I got to adding grommets for the draw strings in the front. Don’t look to close because the left grommet is actually gone back into the waist band ha!

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The little blue sweater was Finn’s and is one of my favorites. I was super excited to have a reason to pull it out of storage. Finn was nice enough to share his fedora since I had made a little leather bow for her and dropped it somewhere en route to our tunnel.

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I hid little hershey kisses in her pocket before I put the pants on her and didn’t tell her about them until half way through the shoot. She was pretty excited when she found them.

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I cannot believe how much she looks like Finn in these pictures… a little too much ha! Her new little bob helped in the boyish factor as well! Even though she demanded to put a dress on as soon as we got home I am still really glad I I got to participate and plan on making the boys some fun pants ASAP. Thank you Alida for having me! Can’t wait to check out all the other fun creations!

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Cheers!
Kelly
 

02.14.14Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you are having a lovely Valentines where ever in the world you happen to be! Chloe and I had a fun lunch downtown with Chris followed by a treat from Lauduree. That about does it for our valentine celebrations ha! We will do a few little things tonight but with the craziness that happens here in Paris on Valentines we are going to be hanging out in our warm, dry house :) I was thinking about the few red items I have sewn over the years and thought I would do a round up for Valentines! I do so love red!

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Hope you have a fabulous Valentines! Lots of love from my bandits here in Paris!

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Cheers!

Kelly

02.03.14Tuileries Dress 18 months- 5T

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It is here!!! After lots of late nights by not only myself but also my wonderful pattern testers the Tuileries Dress pattern is finally done! You can find the pattern HERE on Craftsy where for the next 3 days it will be 3 dollars! After 3 days the price will go up to 8 dollars.

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When I began learning how to grade I knew this, my favorite dress, had to be my first project. It just has it all, pleats, gathers, buttons, pockets and exposed zippers! But with all those fun details it is still an easy and quick project that can be tackled by even the newest of seamstresses.

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One of my most recent version via instagram (@wildwanderings)

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I was lucky to have nearly 20 talented ladies sew up the dress as pattern testers to make sure all the kinks were worked out and to make this as great a pattern as possible. I just have to share some of their darling creations! (names hyperlinked to their blogs where available)

Elizabeth:

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Elizabeth whipped up so many cute versions of this dress it was hard for me to choose but I just loved the combination of the green floral with the bright purple tights! 

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How happy are those pictures? I mean seriously? Bright happy colors on such a gorgeous girl = perfection.

Marian:

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Marian is a sewer after my own heart! Black floral dress, sweater and t-straps shoes? Yes please!!

Teri

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When I saw Teri’s dress I thought for sure it was something from Janie and Jack! She did such a lovely job. And how stunning is that back placket instead of a zipper?!

Lyanna

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I love Lyanna’s look! I mean purple, orange and turquoise? Oh my gosh I die! Plus I am totally envious of her darling gumball necklace!

Marnea

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That cute little smile with a hint of sneaky! Love it!

Risa

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Oh my gosh right? The darling red hair with that gorgeous anchor fabric?!?! Killing me!

Katie

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Floral prints look awesome for this pattern and Katie had kept this one in her stash for a while. I think it is perfect!

Lucy

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I thought the flutter sleeve lucy added was GENIUS! 

Laura

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Isn’t this just totally timeless? And it makes me excited for spring!

Angela

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 Angela told me she was doing some pattern mixing and I think it turned out so fabulous! I love that polka dot strip on the bottom!

Are you sufficiently inspired? I just couldn’t believe how wonderful these testers were! I know you have got some granny floral in your stash just begging to be made into something fabulous! Plus for the first 3 days of a pattern release it will be on sale for $3. After that the price will jump to it’s normal $8. So hop on over HERE to Craftsy and get sewing!!

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Thank you so much to all my pattern testers. I don’t want the lovely ladies who reviewed but didn’t have time to get me pictures to think I don’t appreciate them as well! If you are interested in being a tester check back later this week for the announcement of the next pattern I need tested. This time I will only be taking one for each size, so only 6 people and it will be first come first serve so be sure to sign up for the feed so you can run over right away!

Cheers!

Kelly

12.21.1312 Skirts of Christmas// Shwin & Shwin

Today is the 10th day of 12 Skirts of Christmas and we have the amazingly talented Shauna from tje dynamic duo of Shwin & Shwin.
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Shauna is a talented pattern maker and the driving force behind the super successful Shwin Designs. 
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I love their patterns because of their great versatility.
Lucilleshop1 Part of the reason I love sewing is to do my own thing and give clothing my own twist. I feel like with the patterns from Shwin Designs I have room to do that PLUS the added ease of sewing with a pattern.
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Plus how ridiculously adorable are her cuties? And there are lots of boy patterns, something I think the sewing world needs big time. Today she is sharing a GORGEOUS holiday skirt. I have a personal weakness for the fabric she chose as I used it previously for my bustled up dress. I must admit though that it is a lot cuter in mini size :)

 I am beyond thrilled to be part of the 12 days of skirts again. Why? Because I love skirts! They are so easy to make and a great project for a beginner since you are literally wrapping some fabric around yourself and calling it good right? Skirts are fun and flirty and so cute on little girls.

For Penny celebrating her first “real Christmas” I say real since last year she was 4 whole days old and slept through the whole thing, I made her a very simple basic skirt. You could follow this tutorial (with free pattern)  I made basically the same skirt only it’s not reversible and the skirt part is more full. I also added a big bow just for fun.

I like to make baby skirts a little long, and they start by wearing them up super high (like arm pits) then as they grow taller I just move it down until its at the waist this way they get almost 2 years wear out of one skirt.

I used silk taffeta for the skirt and I love how full and fancy it looks while still being easy for a baby to wear.  Simple skirts are sometimes the best skirts.

Thanks Kelly for having me as part of the 12 days of skirts! I love seeing all the lovely skirts!

Thank you so much Shauna! Penny is just darling and the skirt is fantastic! I love the added fullness! Hop on over toe Shwin & Shwin for more tutorials and inspiration or if you need some last minute gifts for family and friends who sew and aren’t close buy a digital pattern from Shwin Designs would be a perfect gift!
Cheers!
Kelly

12.17.1312 Skirts of Christmas// Melly Sews

Today is the Sixth day of 12 Skirts of Christmas! Today we have the fabulously talented Melissa from Melly Sews.

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Melissa is the genius pattern creator behind Blank Slate Patterns.

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I have personally sewn several Blank Slate patterns and absolutely love them! (most recently to make Evie’s Christmas jammies seen HERE).

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She also teaches a digital pattern grading class that is at the top of my Christmas wish list (come on santa!)

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Of course with patterns and classes like these you can expect intricate precision sewing from Melissa and thats exactly what you get!
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Hello Sewing in No Man’s Land readers! I’m Melissa, and I blog at Melly Sews. I am THRILLED to be part of the 12 Skirts of Christmas this year.

When I first started thinking about what kind of skirt I wanted to make, I knew a few things. I wanted it to be feminine and romantic, and I wanted it to be my skirt for church on Christmas.

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This skirt is actually a refashion of my tulle skirt that I sewed for Sewvivor, which I have a full tutorial for here. I hadn’t really worn that skirt much since I made it. It was just a little too full and a little too big in the waist for me to be comfortable.

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So I cut the waistband and button band out of the skirt, and then cut some of the fullness out, making the waist smaller at the same time (I measured the waist to determine how much to cut out). Then I sewed the skirt back together, installing an invisible zipper along the seam line.

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The tulle was also a little bridal on its own, which was another reason I hadn’t worn it. So I kept thinking about what to do to make it less, so, and finally I hit on the idea of appliqueing it.

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The appliques are actually cut out of my refashioned Cutwork Dress – another garment that hasn’t been worn lately, because I broke the zipper last time I wore it and hadn’t put a new one in. Rather than put in a new zipper, I just decided to cut up the dress and use the flowers as embellishment. I cut them off into shapes following the lines of the original applique. Honestly, it probably would have taken less time to just put a new zipper in the dress.

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But…I loooooove the way the new skirt turned out! I added a navy satin waist band that I cut off the original Cutwork Dress. I couldn’t decide whether to put the appliques on the final layer of tulle or under it, so after a highly scientific Facebook survey, I decided to go with the majority and put them under. To applique them on, I stuck pieces of Pellon Stick N Washaway under the tulle, then pinned the satin flowers to the top. The stabilizer kept the tulle from stretching while I added the appliques, and gave me something substantial to sew into. I spent an hour at my machine doing an applique zig-zag stitch around the edges of all the flower pieces, then threw the whole thing in the wash. I love that part of the Pellon Stick n Washaway – when I pulled my skirt out all signs of stabilizer were g.o.n.e.

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I am so glad I went with the majority and put the tulle over – the top layer of tulle really softens the look of the appliques and gives it the perfect touch of romance in my opinion.

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Thanks so much for having me, Kelly. I hope those of you reading drop by and say hi to get the full skirt tutorial, or find me on one of the various social media.

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Thank you so much Melissa! Isn’t that skirt amazing! I totally love the tulle over lay and she is so right it softens and completes the whole look! Be sure to hope over to Melly Sews and Blank Slate patterns so you can add a zillion patterns to your christmas sewing list!

Cheers!

Kelly