Carolyn Pajamas and Cotton + Steel

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I’m back! I’m a little over two weeks postpartum, and feeling really good. I did forget how very little sleep you get with a newborn, and that has been a bit of an adjustment. I’ve been itching to start sewing again over the past few months and I’ve finally found some time to make a few plans. Now, let’s just see if I can find the time to execute them!

On to this post! While I was browsing Cotton and Steel’s newest Rifle Paper Co. Collection, Amalfi, this floral print instantly caught my eye. I pictured a really gorgeous pair of Carolyn Pajamas with white piping, and there was no going back. Since I’ve had a lot of down time in the past few weeks, I thought I would make something a little nicer for when friends and family might stop by to visit the new baby, but I don’t quite feel like putting on real clothes. It’s also been nice to have something a little nicer to wear while I’ve been stuck in the house that feels a little more put together than sweats. (I’m a big believer in getting ready every day, and always feel so much more productive when I do).

I made these pajamas while I was still pregnant, and recruited my younger sister Laura to model the fit for me. I’m really grateful for my two sisters and their willingness to model all my handmade clothes for me while I was too large to even try them on!

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I picked up a paper copy of this pattern from Indiesew. I made a size 6 based off of my bust measurement while at the end of my pregnancy. I would normally go with a size 4, and that’s what my sister should probably be wearing too. BUT I accounted for the fact that I won’t be a size 4 for a few more months (or many) and I hoped these would fit in the hospital (which they didn’t) and after the baby comes. I was able to fit into these about a week postpartum. It’s so hard to know what your body measurements are going to be after having a baby. I do like to wear things more loosely, so I don’t mind the idea of them being a little bit bigger once I get back to my pre-pregnancy size.

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I love the silkiness of this rayon! It’s so soft against the skin, and light and airy to keep you cool at the same time. I chose to go with the short sleeve option for my top; I like this look for spring and summer. I also love that they button down the front which has been great for nursing.

This pattern came together easily. The pattern instructions were clear to understand, and I’m happy with the fit too. I will be adding one more button to my top, the neckline does fall down a little lower than I would like. (My sister has her top slightly pulled back in these photos). I didn’t make any adjustments to this pattern. I used pre-made piping that I purchased at Joann’s.

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I’m totally into the pajama top trend happening right now. I tied my Carolyn Pajama top into a knot in front and paired it with high waisted jeans. I think this totally works for an everyday look. This basically takes secret pajamas to a whole new level: night to day in one shirt! What do you think?

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Thanks for reading along and happy sewing!

Fabric for this post was provided by Cotton + Steel; pattern was provided by Indiesew, but all opinions are my own. 

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Menagerie + La Maison Victor Dolores Skirt

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Is anyone else drooling over the new Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Menagerie Collection!? It’s so good! My favorite print of the whole collection has to be this gorgeous monstera leaf print though. I was instantly drawn to it. This fabric is a cotton rayon lawn blend, and really just the perfect weight. It’s not as shifty as a 100% rayon, but not as thick as a 100% cotton. It has really lovely drape too.

I chose this print for my Dolores Skirt, a pattern out of La Maison Victor’s magazine now translated into an English version! Let me tell you, this magazine is stunning! It’s filled with 8 sewing patterns, instructions and beautiful images of the finished patterns. It’s hard to pick just one! I also like that they included patterns for everyone: babies, kids, women and even men. I’m thrilled to be part of their worldwide tour celebrating the new English Version. If you’re from the United States, you can pick this up at your nearest Barnes and Noble store.

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All of the patterns in the magazine can be found in a center fold out. Everything is very clear and easy to understand. There’s two patterns per page overlapping one another marked in black and red. I used a green marker to outline the size and pattern I needed, and then traced it onto pattern paper. There are two pieces for each skirt piece that need to be taped to together to make the completed skirt front and back.

The instructions were very clear and the skirt came together in one night. I did take off about 1 1/2″ off of my hemline. No other adjustments were made. I really love the look of this skirt and the length is amazing. Midi skirts are having a major moment.

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I find that because I don’t have a lot of shape to my figure (no hips), skirts without a lot of volume aren’t very flattering on me. I love the bit of gathering along the waistline of this pattern to help add a little bit of volume for me. I really love the button front, I chose some wooden buttons from my local Joann Fabric store. I’m excited to wear this skirt into the beginning of fall. I love that I can dress it up for church, or wear it casual for an outing with my kids. It’s super versatile! Go grab a copy of La Maison Victor’s newest issue and sew up a Dolores Skirt for yourself! Happy sewing friends!

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La Maison Victor provided the magazine for this post, and Cotton + Steel provided me the fabric.

Sewabaloo + a giveaway!

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Recently, I met Eluned of Sewabloo, based in the UK. Eluned has designed and created independent sewing patterns for children. You guys! Her patterns are adorable! This particular pattern I used is the Briabaloo. There are three options in this pattern, all very different and adorable. I chose to make the pinafore dress, but quite honestly I went back and forth between all three. I’m also obsessed with her Anibaloo pattern; the fox! Maybe Halloween next year? I can’t wait.

The Pinafore dress of the Briabaloo pattern was easy to put together. There’s a lot of pieces, which makes it quite fun to piece together. I had to be a little more patient with myself as I read through the steps, as it is with any new pattern. Lots of pieces, lots of steps. Confession time, buttonholes are not my forte. I don’t often make projects with buttons, so I was excited to refresh my buttonhole abilities. No major issues there, except somehow my second button ended up being a little farther down then desired, and the very bottom button probably shouldn’t be there… but I’m glad it’s there for closure purposes. All in all, it was good practice for an up coming project I have planned. Archer shirt anyone? The back of this dress is so sweet: gathers and a little tie so the dress fits just right when worn. I really love this pattern.

I asked Eluned to tell us a little bit about herself and her company Sewabaloo. She said “I’ve always sewn, but love to sew for my girls because clothes look so much better on them than they do on me, and it’s an extension of my love for them.  I’m always making dress up outfits for schools (World Book Day, United Nations Day, Dress like a garden animal party – we get them all!) and making them toys and dresses at any excuse.  I learnt to draft my own patterns through patterns to fit myself, but I hardly ever have the time to sew for myself any more, especially since I started Sewabaloo.

In terms of my pattern design – movement, comfort, growth and playability are at the top of my priority list, and minimal fussy ironing.  Frills and flounces can look very sweet, but they’re an absolute pig to iron and to keep looking nice.  I want to make clothes that my girls can climb trees in.  An unisex pattern is in development so sewers for boys should join my mailing list too, to be the first to see it when it comes out!”. 

You can find the Sewabaloo mailing list here. Also, I feel like we Americans are missing out on some pretty great school theme days. I mean… dress like a garden animal day/party!? Maybe I need to move to the UK…

The fabric I used is Whirlwind Orchid by Cotton + Steel. My thoughts? Cotton + steel always and forever. I purchased it at Pine Needles at Gardner Village. If you are in the SLC area, check out this shop! The little chambray shirt worn underneath this dress is from Target.

Eluned was kind enough to agree to a giveaway! You can enter to win one pdf pattern of your choice on my instagram account: @thesaraproject_

The Giveaway closes Monday October 19, 2015. Winner will be announced on original post.

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Thank you again to Eluned for this fun opportunity. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

You can find everything Sewabaloo at sewabaloo.com!

Citronille Challenge: Susanne

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I am so excited to have been chosen to participate in the Citronille Challenge sponsored by Sew Mama Sew + Fiddlehead Artisan Supply!

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply sells these beautiful french patterns, designed by Astrid de Larocque- Latour. You can find patterns for babies, boys, girls and women. The patterns are simple enough, and very charming. Most of these patterns found on Fiddlehead Artisan Supply’s website (and in store) have been translated from French to English by Fiddlehead themselves. This particular pattern (Susanne) was translated by Astrid. I did have to read over the directions a few times to understand what the correct steps were, some were a little backward, but I figured it out very easily. The fabric I used for this dress is Clothesline Floral in Periwinkle by Cotton + Steel.

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Abby of Fiddlehead explains how they came across these beautiful patterns:

“My story around how I am carrying these patterns is that I saw these patterns quite a few years ago, and really loved their style. What sweet children’s patterns! And while I like a slimmer look than many of the adult patterns, there were some that I really wanted to make – but, they were all in French…. I read around on some blogs and found that many people were purchasing the patterns in French from Citronille, and then either just trying to put them together based on the pattern pieces and the diagrams in the pattern, or trying to use Google Translator. So, I decided to try out carrying the few that she had translated into English herself, and when we got a positive response on them, we started making the translations so that we could offer a lot more of her styles.
 
When we were translating, we made an effort to only translate and not to add to the directions. (they aren’t our patterns, so we can’t really rewrite them!) The way I see her work, is that she loves to design, and comes up with lots of super sweet designs. (she has over 200 pattern designs at this point, many in multiple sizes!)”.
 
I am so happy with this adorable dress, and my two year old loved modeling it for me (which is a good sign). It looks like a very comfortable dress for a toddler to wear. How cute will this be in the fall with tights and a sweater!? And good news- this dress comes in women’s sizing as well! 😉
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Her faces kill me ^^
I was picked to participate in this challenge with eleven other bloggers. Take a look at what they made to be inspired by other Citronille patterns because…. Yes, there’s a giveaway going on at Sew Mama Sew!
You can find my fellow blogger friends and their Citronille challenge projects here, now through Sept. 25th:
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood
Tenille Brien of Tenille’s Thread
Maris Olsen of Sew Maris
Ari Green of Max California
Marisa of thirtynine
Sara Johansen of the Sara project
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Diane Reafsnyder of Gator Bunny
Jessica Wright of Willow & Stitch
Sara Homer of Now Try This
Kelly Donovan of Craftree
Thank you Sew Mama Sew + Fiddlehead Artisan Supply for giving me this opportunity! I see more Citronille patterns in my future!