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Straight Skirt and Kit and Kaboodle Mash

Wow, the sucess of the straight skirt has blown my mind. I’m loving that you are all loving the free pattern.  Remember to keep posting photos of the ones that you have made up because I LOVE seeing what you all sew, and the gorgeous fabrics you use ( I secretly drool over these as in NZ it is very hard to get nice knits).

The person who sews the most skirts wins a pattern of their choice.who sews the most

Here are a few that have been shared in my group so far.

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Jenny McSweeney (extra length) /Karen Radford / Rebekah Geerlings (cute pabp hack)

But, back to what I was meant to be talking about before I got distracted… Adding shorties under the skirt for added modesty for those girls that well…aren’t so good at being modest! (namly mine!)

What you will need:

  1. Skirt pattern (free with a code in my group)
  2. Kit and Kaboodle pattern (also free with a code from my group)
  3. Scissors
  4. Pencil
  5. Tracing paper (or what ever you like to use)

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Trace out the shorties pattern in the size you need.  then measure 2.5cm (1″) below the yoga waist line and draw another line, cut along this one when cutting the shorties out.

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Sew the shorties  as per the tutorial and when you are up to the waistband, slip them inside the skirt and match up the CB and CF and side seams.  Attach the waistband as per the skirt tutorial.

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So as you see, pretty straight forward, I cant wait to see your K&K/straight skirt mashes!!!

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And while you are here make sure you read the blog post on how you can win a pattern from each of the above designers.

and one more thing, last one I promise,  the below blogs are some awesome reviews and photos of the skirt.

Idlesunshine

ChristaCoDesign

SewSophieLynn

Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley

Curtiepie

Lilliepawillie

Woohoo by Davina

5K celebration and Freebie

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 Wow, I’m so humbled that we have reached 5000 members in the chat and share group, did you know we’ve gained 2000 members in only 1 year, that is amazing.  It’s only onwards and upwards from now, I’m really excited as to what the next year brings.

For a while now I have had a few friends saying that I needed to design a little pencil/straight skirt for my collection and when I saw that the 5000 milestone was coming up I thought what a perfect time to do it.

It doesnt have a fancy name, but true to LKC fashion it has as many options as I could squish into a plain old, boring straight skirt.

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These are the options

2 lengths ~ long (below knee) vs short (above knee)

2 pocket styles

2 waistband styles

2 hem styles

and here is the link 

Also the good news is, that if you join my group, you can get a CODE to purchase this delightful little skirt for FREE.

Also to help celebrate my 5k milestone these lovely, generous designers have donated a pattern each.  Make sure you enter the giveaway link below and show them some love by joining their groups.  One winner will take all!!! Ends 11.59pm 27 April 2017 (NZST)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

New release and hack

Well, I’ve been a bit slack with posting lately, I’ve had a few new releases that I’ve not blogged about, but anyway, I’m going to write about the new little shorts pattern I’ve just released last week.  they are a harem style and have a few different options like length, hem and pockets.

lengthFirst up is the length – they come in long length and a short length – the long length is perfect for a folded up cuff and the short length is perfect for play and easy to move around in.

pocketNext up is the pockets – there are two pocket options, a girly gathered pocket and a traditional pocket ( have no idea what it;s actually called)

cuff-or-hemFinally the hem options – you can add a cuff or hem by folding in toward the wrong side, both are super easy.

Now the HACK I was talking about – my wonderful tester Karen R made so many pairs and had a play around with a little side-tie hack…they were so cute that I got her to write up how to do it so that you can have a go yourself.

 Join my group and download the hack from the files tabkaren-r

These little shorts are so fast to sew up and make great Christmas presents.

And if you want to be in the draw to win this pattern, hop along to SEW by Pattern Pieces blog to have a read about some patterns that make great gifts and to enter her rafflecopter draw.

How to sew a plastic bag holder.

We have an engagement party tomorrow night and being tight on $$ I made the gift.  I decided on something useful, (I know, boring) but really, it is useful, I use mine all the time.

I made an oven mitt, using my pattern that you can purchase here, as well as a plastic bag holder.  I haven’t written up a pattern for this because I’ve been meaning to write up a tutorial on the blog for over a year now.

And here it is.

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What you will need.

  • Main fabric – 1/2 meter or yard
  • Contrast fabric 1/4 meter or yard
  • Elastic 44cm (17 1/4″)
  • Webbing tape or string or  rope (scrap)

Instructions

Cut your pieces

  • Main – Cut 2 (two) 50cm (19 5/8″) wide x 19cm (7 1/2″) high
  • Contrast – Cut 1 (one) 50cm (19 5/8″) wide x 27cm 10 5/8″) high
  • Elastic – Cut 2 (two) 22cm (8 5/8″)
  • Hanger – 15cm (6″) length of webbing or string or rope
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1 ~ Take one of the MAIN pieces and match up the long raw edge  with one of the long raw edges of the CONTRAST.  Sew and finish seam. REPEAT for the other MAIN piece along the bottom of the CONTRAST piece.

 

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Fold in half so that the longer edges meet up. SEW along the long edge. Finish edge.

 

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HEM THE TOP AND BOTTOM EDGES ~ Fold the top edge toward the wrong side 1c, (3/8″) and then a further 2cm ( 3/4″) PIN AND STITCH and leave a gap so you can thread your elastic through.

 

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THREAD YOUR ELASTIC through the casing and secure the two ends together, overlapping 2cm (3/4″) CLOSE UP THE GAP.

 

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ADD A HANGER OF SOME SORT ~ I used a 15cm (6″) length of webbing.

And here is the set together, I think its quite lovely actually, and I think I feel the urge to make myself some more mitts as mine are wearing out and are very thin.

I do hope that if you make one for yourself that you will share a photo of it with me on my facebook group.7

FREE PATTERN {Woollen Vest 12m-6years}

I’m happy to say that my latest pattern has just been released…And its FREE.
Here in New Zealand we have the most  gorgeous woollen blankets available, if you are lucky you can find them second hand for a very decent price.
These blankets can be used for many different things, not just as blankets. and here are some gorgeous handmade items that I just love that have been/and are sold on Felt.
 Whale Hottie Cover / P.J. Case Purple/pink/Aqua tartanToasty Warm Up-cycled Hot Water Bottle Cover..... pure wool vintage blanket
VINTAGE 100% NZ WOOL CUSHION WITH PUKEKO MOTIF
This pattern evolved from the vests I made Brylie and Portia during KCW, hence the size group being 12months-6 years as these are my girls sizes.
 So if you have a blanket lying around that isn’t being used for its “normal” purpose, then hurry up, download the pattern and get sewing.  You will get compliments everywhere you go.  My daughters love their vests and we always get asked where we got them from.  Brylie proudly announces “My mum made it”
 

So, if you make one, I would love to see it, add it to my Flickr group and post in my facebook group or on my page.
Thank you to all my wonderful testers who did an awesome job of testing for me.

Meriel Johnson

 Catherine Stevenson

Shan Morris

Sharon Archer

Fiona Groves

Natalie Lorigan

Jennifer Paxton

Rebecca Hagan