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The Shaffer Sisters asked me to join this year’s Sew-a-bration, and I’m so glad I said, “yes”.

Like many busy moms, I tend to put “Shannon things” at the bottom of my priority list, and even when I indulge myself from time to time, I still have to battle the guilt that comes along with it. Not a lot of guilt, just enough for me to wonder if I could have used my time more wisely. Crazy, huh?

Despite those feelings,  I was determined to do something for myself because I needed it. I was especially moved by this post  and knew I wanted to take part. As far as my wardrobe was concerned, I didn’t necessarily need a new dress. The baby is still small, so I spend most of my time in jeans and a t-shirt. But I *wanted* a new dress to get me out of my *everyday* mindset — something that would require me to put some thought into my appearance. Pretty things have a tendency to do that.

 

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My dilemma: Between the needs of my 4-month-old, freelancing and designing new patterns, not to mention keeping the day to day activities of my family in check, I knew I’d only have time to sew in 5-15 minute increments and that I wouldn’t have time to try the dress on for fit while sewing. With my work schedule, I’d also just have 2 days to fit it all in. I could have put this off for another time, but If I put if off, I’d probably never get to it.

Solution: I set up two spaces to complete the project. In my sewing room I got my dress form sized and ready for draping and the ironing board prepped for ironing. I then set up a second space in my bedroom (where the baby naps) with my laptop, scissors, and seam rippers.  For 2 days I’d drape, sew, iron, cut seam allowances and rip out seams between those two spaces in between cooking, playing outside with the kids, keeping the baby entertained, answering emails, and just, . . .well. . .life. Thankfully, the set up worked. :)

I chose draping for this project because I didn’t have time to draft a flat pattern. This was a *sloppy* drape for sure. The darts could have been more even and the armholes lower. It’s also a bit too tight across the bust area, but that’s because I didn’t adjust my dress form properly.

Below are pics from when I started the project. I knew I wanted to do something fun with the neckline, so once I draped the basic bodice, I got out my tailor’s chalk and began playing around with different shapes. Good thing the chalk washes out. :) Since the dress was kind of plain, I also added a nice open back for interest. I chose an exposed white zipper for the closure.

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This project was a HUGE CHALLENGE because of the time constraints, but I needed the creative outlet.Even if it wasn’t a warm and fuzzy or relaxing experience, it was all worth it.
I’m sharing all of this background information with you to let you know that while life can be super crazy sometimes (and those seasons come and go), it’s still important for us to do things for ourselves from time to time.
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Thank you for having me Shaffer Sisters. It’s nice having something special on my sewing table that’s just for me.

 

Keep doin’ what you love!

 

Shannon

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Look of the Week (LOTW)

Can I tell you how excited I am to finally be able to sew something for my 13-year-old that fits? He usually sizes out of all of the awesome boy patterns because he wears a size 14 now. When I saw Fishsticks Designs‘ new patterns for boys, I was hooked! If you aren’t familiar with Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs, you have to check out her site. She’s amazing! (As a person and as a pattern designer :))

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So, here’s why I love the Downtown V-Neck shirt.

* This is the perfect year round V-Neck. (Long and short-sleeve options)

* It’s super easy to sew. Lots of pics for the visual learners and great descriptions. I’d never created a V- neckline before, so I was a little scissor shy. Thankfully, the instructions were very easy to follow.

* It’s so stinkin’ cute! I love the “raw” edges on the pocket and hem that curls up when you wash the shirt. It gives the shirt an edgy look that I think looks great on boys.

* Fantastic size range: 12months to 14 years. Now I can dress all of my boys JUST ALIKE. Ha! Ha! (They may not like that as much as I would :))

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Also, a big “WOW” to Riley Blake Fabrics. This was my first time using their line and their stretch cotton/spandex jersey was so super soft and easy to work with. I’ll be going back for sure.

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THE GIVEAWAY

Bonnie has been kind enough to offer one of our readers a Downtown V-Neck pattern (You can see for yourself how super easy it is to make.). As always, I try to make the giveaway easy. This giveaway will offer up to two entries. Answering the question below will give you one entry, and since I’m trying to build up my Facebook page, just send a “like” my way and you’ll get a second entry. If you’ve already “liked me” (you’re so sweet), you’ll still get an extra entry. The giveaway will be open for one week. A winner will be randomly selected on next Friday, August 30th.

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(** Total entries include FACEBOOK entries which are not visible in the comment section below.)

ONE MORE THING!

My Project Run and Play buddy (and winner!) Max-California is on the Fishsticks Designs blog tour today, too. She made the cutest shorts for her little one. Stop by and say, “Hi”.

There is so much sewing going on this spring and summer! Here’s another great opportunity to stretch those sewing skills (and even make something for yourself :) )

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Susan and Adrianna from Crafter Hours Blog are hosting another fun Skirt Week. They have great sponsors, wonderful prizes, Flickr groups and lots more. You have until June 7th to get your  entry in. Click on the picture above or here for more information.

I’ll be there with bells on!

Shannon

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Hi everyone! I’m hanging out with the lovely Shaffer Sisters today for some “mommy sewing”. Woo!!! Stop by and say, “Hi!”.

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Hi All!

So, my second announcement is that I’ve started my own PDF pattern  line. Well, it’s not exactly a line, yet, but I’m getting there. :)

Beginning this May, I will offer a monthly newsletter to LKG subscribers. The newsletter is free, of course. It’s a way for me to share my new pattern releases and special discounts with my readers first before they are released to the public. I’ll also be offering free e-patterns with my newsletter that I will not be offering on my blog. I’ll continue to add to my tutorial page on the site, but FREE patterns will be for newsletter subscribers only. You guys are such a special group. It’s only fitting that I give you the inside scoop for hangin’ out with me.

So, here’s where I’ll need your help. I will offer a free pattern with next months newsletter. Remember this hat from Project Run & Play?

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I’ve drafted the pattern in sizes Small-Medium-Large, but before I add it as a download for the newsletter next month, I need for some of you lovely, talented sewers to check it out for me. It fits YOUTH HEAD SIZES 20″-22″.Layla Pattern Cover

 

This hat sews up fairly quickly (less than an hour probably). I’m looking for all experience levels, including beginner. This will give me an idea of  what skill level to assign the  pattern.

I will need your pattern results by next Tuesday, May 7th. If you are interested,  just leave a comment below. Include your skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) and the size you’d like to make. (PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL, so I can send the pattern to you) You may also email me if you’d prefer at littlekidsgrow@gmail.com.

I need a limited number of pattern testers in each size. If I am unable to use you for this pattern, I will be more than happy to add you to my pattern tester list for future reference.

(Pattern tester instructions will be included with the PDF download)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

Shannon

Happy Thursday everyone!

So, I made a summer dress just for me. Can you believe it? I sure can’t. I’m over at Train to Crazy today talking about it. Please join me.

Shannon

 

 

 

Hi friends! I hope your Christmas was filled with lots of love, good food, and happy memories.

Now that we’ve slowed down (well, sort of), I wanted to tie up a few loose ends.

Below you’ll find the supplemental information for the Girly Girl  mini-tute that I shared here: http://littlekidsgrow.com/tutorial-tuesdays-the-girly-girl-hoodie/. Feel free to ask me any questions.

Drafting the Hood

There are many ways to draft a hood from simply tracing an existing garment to the more technical side of taking full measurements. I’d like to think of my solution as a “happy medium”.

For this hood you’ll only need 3 measurements: Hood Depth, Hood Height, and Hoodie Neckline Measurement. Here’s how to get those pesky measurements done:

Hood Depth:
From profile: Measure from forehead to desired depth of hood. If you have lots of hair to fit under your hood, make sure you take that into consideration (I added a couple of inches of “just in case” room). Add preferred seam allowance to final measurement.

Hood Height:
From Profile: Starting at 1.5” above crown, measure vertically to hoodie neckline. Add seam allowance to final measurement.

Hoodie Neckline:

Measure the full hoodie neckline. Take 1/2 of the total and add your seam allowance.

Using tailor’s chalk or any temporary marking, draw your hood shape directly onto your fabric (or permanently on pattern paper) using the sample diagram in the mini tutorial.

Tips: I started the opening of the hood at the existing hemline of the t-shirt to avoid having to hem the hood. If you choose the same, make sure both the front and back hemlines of the shirt are lined up. Pin the hemlines together and smooth out the fabric before cutting out your hood.

Adding Ruffles to Pocket:

Tips: When adding ruffles to your pocket, make sure that your ruffles overlap. Pin the ruffles on both sides of the pocket. Sew down both sides of the pocket to secure. Starting with your top ruffle, place a pin in the middle of the ruffle and then sew down the center of each ruffle to attach securely.

Tip: Once attached, press ruffles flat.

Tip: When attaching pocket to shirt (at top and bottom of pocket only), lift up your ruffle, and attach underneath.

That’s it! If I missed anything, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon

 

 

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