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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)

1modify the k&k pattern

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.


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.



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.




Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley



Woohoo by Davina

{Blog Tour} Pimp that Pattern ~ Day 6

Rebekah from Rebekah Sews is another awesome tester of mine.  She started testing when her daughter was only little and she is now over 1.  
And finally we have DIY Crush with their embelished romper.
Now I have some exciting news regarding DIY Crush, Starting from NOW, I’m going to be listing some patterns with them and you can see them HERE.
Pretty exciting don’t you think?

{Blog Tour} Pimp that Pattern ~ Day 3

Welcome to day 3
First up we have Alyssa from Keep Calm and Carrion.  I have to say that Alyssa is one of my favourite testers, she always goes above and beyond what is called for in a tester, making multiple items and a new one if the pattern is adjusted (even if it is only a tiny bit)
Don’t you just love her take on the romper?  I sure do.
The next blogger is Bethany from Sew-not-perfect
What a delightful little sister set this is.

{Blog Tour} Pimp that Pattern ~ Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the tour.
First up today we were going to have Gisela from Petit Gigi Handmade but I have not recieved the photo or blog link  from her, so instead we are going to hear from Kristie from Sew Out of Control.  
Isn’t this retro romper just to die for, and OH THOSE POCKETS!!!

Next up we have Kylie from dribblepotsandtots.  Kylie made not 1 or 2 but 3!!! rompers for her daughter.  Wow now thats dedication.
Make sure you link up with the linky, if you are sewing along, or if you do not have a blog, please share on my fb page and group.

{Blog Tour} Pimp that Pattern ~ Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of the pimp that pattern blog tour.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all the amazing creations made from these two patterns.
And remember you can grab the romper and playsuit for 30% off this week.
Join in and link up with the linky HERE at the bottom of the page to be in to win.
First up we have Gabrielle from 2girls 1orca 1pukeko with her lovely interpretation of the PLAYSUIT.
I’m not really into skulls, but this is so cute.
Isn’t Z just the cutest, I love the lace sleeves.

{PATTERN TOUR} Pimp that pattern – Romper/Playsuit

I’m pleased to announce that our next tour is going to be a PIMP THAT PATTERN blog tour.
The patterns used will be the Flutterby ROMPER and the PLAYSUIT.
So, you ask, what on earth is a Pimp that pattern blog tour?  Well I’ll tell you.
This tour requires the participants to pimp, or change up the pattern, as little or as much as they want.  but the pattern must have at least one thing added/altered/modified etc.
And I’m really looking forward to what all the participants make.  Just look at the awesome line up.
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Annnnnd……this is not just for participants, I’d love for you, my readers to join in too. Make a romper or a playsuit during these tour week, and link up using the linky below and you will be in to win some patterns.
At the end of the tour I will use to choose a winner from those who link up and they will get to choose 2 patterns of their choice from my pattern store!!
And if you don’t have the pattern yet then you’re in luck, they are on special to celebrate the tour.
From NOW until the 8th both the romper and the playsuit will be 30% off in the craftsy shop.

{Pattern Tour} DAY 2 ~ Zander’s Hoodie & Vest by EYMM

I’m delighted to bring DAY 2 of the Everything Your Mama Made ZANDER’S Hoodie Blog Tour.
(NOTE: affiliate codes are used within this post)
I am a great fan of Kymy’s Patterns, and have made them here (Kenzie’s Party Dress), here (Kymy’s Dolman) and here (Asymmetrical Drape Top) and I love that they are geared towards a beginner sewer, or an advanced sewer who wants a really quick project.  
This pattern however, because of the complexity of the pieces, I mean, I looked at all the pieces and wondered “how on earth does this go together” but it did, but because of this, and the zip and a few other techniques, this pattern is geared to an intermediate sewer.

When I saw Zander’s Hoodie come out in the Boy’s Bundle put on by Pattern Revolution I just knew I HAD to get it.  Every now and then a pattern comes out that has an all new look to it, something so different and eye catching that you havn’t seen before…Well Zander’s Hoodie was this for me.

I really struggle to make interesting clothes for Elijah, boys really aren’t nearly as fun to sew for as girls.  They can only wear so many styles of pants and t-shirts/shirts.  
Well that was my opinion before I purchased the Boy’s Bundle, and when I say that Kymy was having a blog tour I jumped at the chance for a ‘kick up the backside’ to actually sew one of the patterns I’d bought instead of “hoarding” it in my dropbox…admit it, you do it too!!
What I love about Zanders Hoodie, is the HUGE hood, and the Asymmetrical Zip.  These give it an amazing, unique look that just draws in the comments from friends and family.  I must say I was very proud to say “I made it” today when Elijah wore it to mainly music.
This pattern is geared for an intermediate level sewer, and while it wasn’t difficult for me it was time consuming.  I started cutting at 6:30pm and finished at 10pm, Granted I was watching a movie and chatting on Facebook with my friend Fiona from The adventures of Captain X and the Gingerbear Princess as I was sewing, so in reality it probably only took me 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Read Fiona’s review of the Zander’s Hoodie here.

The tutorial really enables you to create a very professional looking garment that anyone would think that you purchased it, except that it is so awesome and different it just couldn’t come from a shop!!!
This whole hoodie, apart from the sleeves are lined and fully lined.  If you were doing a vest, or lining the sleeves it would all be fully lined.
This pattern comes in two size ranges.
~ The children’s/tween’s sizes which is 3months to 18 tween 
~ Adult sizes  which is soon to be released. (this is available for pre-order now, sizes XS-5X) 

Use the coupon code HOODIESROCK on the EYMM website to receive 25% off your order.

I made the size 4/5 for Elijah and it is a little big on him, especially in the arm length, but because of this, I know that he will get heaps of wear out of it and he likes his hands “to be warm” anyway so, if the kid likes it, don’t change it!!!  I may however, make the cuffs a wee bit tighter on the next one.

For Elijah I used black sweat-shirting from Spotlight, and a woven space print for the lining from and a bright lime green zip.  The zip just makes the hoodie and in my opinion NEEDS to be a different colour to the main.
I made sure that the stretch of the woven (which is only a little) went with the stretch lines marked on the pattern and there is plenty of room and give in the size 4/5 I made Elijah.
The only problem I had, well, wasn’t really a problem, I just had to stop and think and use lots of pins, was when I was attaching the sleeves, the woven lining meant that there wasn’t as much give in the arm holes meaning there were a few little pin tucks in the top of the sleeves.  but they were really slight that they don’t need to be worried about.
I used the instructions from Kymy’s reverse applique pack , it really works great with this hoodie.
I strongly suggest that you add the applique BEFORE you do any of the joining together.
I made my own applique shape of a space shuttle.  
Get it here.

The look on Elijah’s face was well worth the late night that went into this hoodie. 

Its been pouring with rain these last few days so I have had to resign myself to the fact that all my photos had to be inside, boy it was hard to get this little man to co-operate, I had plenty of bloopers and funny faces to sift through to get some good ones to show you.

Make sure you follow the Everything Your Mama Made Facebook page or group to get notifications about each DAY of this tour, I just know they are going to be amazing.  

{Pattern Tour} Peek-a-boo Patterns ~ Lullaby Line

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I’ve been very lucky to be part of the Lullaby Line Pattern tour happening over at Peek-a-Boo Patterns Shop 
I chose to make the Bodysuit + hat, and a footed sleepsack.

  I did the size 3months for my wee nephew Ezra and used the 2 knot hat as I think it is more boyish than the other styles.
I used the cutest little moustache, quality, cotton knit that I think is perfect for the cute little baby that Ezra is.
The bodysuit came together so quickly, I was actually surprised at how fast it sewed up.  The most time consuming part was the pinning of the binding and the topstitching (which I made a bit of a hash of!)  But hey, no one is looking at the stitching when its on a little cutie like this now are they?

Ezra is roughly 2 1/2 months old here, this 3m size looks nice and snug on him, (the 3m is designed to fit 8-12lbs) and my sister thinks he is around about 6kg (13lbs) AND he is also wearing a bulky cloth nappy.  He would, therefore have a lot more room in the 6m size.
Also my sister said that the hat is already too small for him, and left a mark around his head :-( 

For the sleepsack, I chose to do a footed one for Portia who is 19months.  I made the 12-24months size.  I thought it would be HUGE on her as she is a petite 19month old who wears store bought 9-12month clothing.  However it fits perfectly, YES it is long, but it doesn’t drag on the floor, the cuffs keep it just at her ankles alowing her to walk safely around the house in the morning.
I was also not sure how much she would wear at the moment because I made it out of polarfleece and it is rather hot  in Tauranga right now.  BUT she has worn it for the last few day sleeps and night sleeps and she hasn’t overheated. so YIPPEEE. (this was also perfect timing as her other sleepsack had just bitten the dust).
I love the feet option so they can walk around in it.
Now who doesnt love a sleeping baby?
Cute little tooties.
Portia loves that her feet are out and comments “ooh toes” every time I put it on her :-)
I love the freedom she has while wearing this sleepsack, and the peace of mind I have knowing she will be warm.

She wasn’t very pleased about being woken up this day as I had to go get Brylie from school.

Thank you Amy from Peek-a-boo patterns for yet another awesome set of patterns.

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