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The Fighter Tee – creating for a cause

One of my favorite things about the sewing community is how we come together in times of need and for great causes. So needless to say when Kelly from Handmade Boy asked me to test The Fighter Tee pattern I did not hesitate for a second.

Kelly created the pattern to support St Jude’s Children Research Hospital. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the pattern will be donated to the hospital. Her goal is $1000 but I’m sure we can do better than that, right? 🙂

The Fighter Tee pattern has a relaxed fit, perfect for all those fun summer activities. It features cool side and sleeves colorblocking that will allow you to mix and match different prints. Just look how cool is the Backstitch Rock Paper Scissors print with some grey stripes!

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You can make The Fighter Tee with cotton spandex, jersey or even rayon spandex like I did for this cool “pizza shirt” as my little guy calls it.

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For the side and sleeve colorblocking I used this orange stars from Sweet N Charmed Fabric Mail. They went perfectly withe the orange vinyl iron on. Both the “You had me at Pizza”  and the “Nice is the New Cool” digital cut files are from Tread and Grain.

The design of the Fighter Tee allows you to use those custom fabric panels we all love so much! When Danielle from The Fabric Cottage sent me this awesome panels and fabric I knew they will become fighter tees for my boys. Preorder for this gorgeus fabric opens May 25th.

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Want to take The Fighter Tee to the next level? How about adding a hood and some decorative stitching. I use the hood from the Love Notions Vanguard Kit and it worked great. A little reverse coverstitching and boom! A brand you look from the same pattern.

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I hope I convinced you to grab the Fighter Tee now and start making cool shirt for your little ones! And remember…ALL proceeds go to an amazing cause! If you already have the pattern, or you don’t sew or you just want to give a little extra, here is the link to Kelly’s fundraiser for St Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/PeoriaRuns/PeoriaRuns?px=4079006&pg=personal&fr_id=71593

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Check out all the amazing blogs featured in this tour!

The Wholesome Mama – http://www.thewholesomemama.com/2017/05/the-fighter-tee-tour.html

Wild and Wonderful – http://wildandwanderful.com/blog/2017/05/fighter-tee-tour

Doodle Number 5  –  http://wp.me/p4GXIA-1fg

A Jennuine Life    – http://www.ajennuinelife.com/2017/05/pattern-tour-fighter-tee.html

SewSophieLynn    – https://sewsophielynn.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/fighter-tee-by-handmade-boy-blog-tour/

Paisley Roots    – http://www.paisleyroots.com/2017/05/st-jude-fighter-tee.html

Handcrafted by RED    – http://handcraftedbyred.blogspot.com/2017/05/fighter-tee-blog-tour-pattern.html

Ruby Rue Creations  –  http://wp.me/p7JEhP-sr

Free Notion   –  http://www.freenotion.com/blog/2017/5/22/social-sewing-fighter-tee-blog-tour

F&B Creations (Falafel and the Bee)    – http://www.falafelandthebee.com/

Gracious Threads  –  http://wp.me/p51dKe-T3

Sew and Tell Project  –  http://sewandtellproject.com/fightertee/

The Crafting Fiend  –  http://thecraftingfiend.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-fighter-tee-stjudes fundraiser.html

Pattern Revolution   – http://www.patternrevolution.com/blog/fighterteeblogtour

Happy sewing!

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Terra Tunic – a spring/summer staple

On today’s blog I’d like to introduce you to the new Love Notions Terra Tunic . This is Tami’s newest pattern and it includes a variety of options. From hood and crew neck to boat neckline and V neck this tunic pattern has it all…including welt pockets!!

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Not only does it include 6 necklines but it also includes 4 different sleeve length. You may think the tunic is just for fall and winter…nope! Trust me! Once you make your first and you fall in love with the fit you’ll want to sew it all year round. It’s mostly warm in my neck of the woods so this tunic got a lot of use already. It’s the perfect top for a mom on the go!

The short sleeve option is my favorite! It makes the most comfortable yet flattering spring or summer tunic!

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The pattern is drafted for medium knits like Ponte or French Terry but if you’re going for a more “flowey” look you can use double brushed poly too. Who doesn’t love a DBP top?

I made this beautiful red crew neck Terra Tunic with DBP from So Sew English and I love the simple yet flattering look. You can’t go wrong with a solid tunic!

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If you’d like a more fitted look, then Cotton Spandex is for you! Isn’t this Art Gallery Aztec absolutely amazing? I paired the top with a Sybil Pencil Skirt but it would works beautifully with Sabrina Slims and the Summer Caye.

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Wear the Terra Tunic with leggings, skinny jeans or pencil skirt or even shorts! Which one will YOU be making first? I hope I convinced you that the tunic is not just for colder weather…now grab the pattern here while it’s on sale and sew your very own!

Alex

Mama Cassie – One dress, many possibilities

I can’t tell you how badly I was counting the days till the Mama Cassie release so I can show off all the styles I made during testing. As many of you know I have been a tester for Made for Mermaids for a while and love every minute of it. So as soon as I saw the pretest pictures of Mama Cassie I knew I HAD make it!

This pattern includes so many options for neckline, sleeves, skirt length that I can guarantee you, you’ll be sewing many, many of them.

This is the cold shoulder look I made with a poly blend fabric I got from Fine Fabrics. The fabric doesn’t have much (if any) vertical stretch so always keep that in mind if you chose a similar material.

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I chose the short sleeve option since Florida weather it’s getting pretty hot already. You may notice that these short sleeves are a bit longer than the rest of my pictures, that’s because they were indeed shorten after this testing round.

I fell in love with the way I felt in this dress so I had to make more. I was dying to try the off the shoulder option too so my next one was the OS option with high low hem. For this dress I used a gorgeous floral cotton spandex from Sweet N Charmed. Their group is great!

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This hi low features the mini skirt option for the front instead of the hi low pattern piece. I used the hi low pattern piece on the back, I just made sure to cut the fold on the longer side instead. I may or may not have done it by accident… 😉 but I surely do love the result!

As if all the options included in the pattern were not enough, the M4M team added extra blog hack that will allow you to create even more looks! Check out the flounce hack available on their blog. Please note that the flounce was lengthen after this test. I love that the M4M girls listed to their testers’ feedback.

For this dress I used double brushed poly from So Sew English. I love how buttery soft this Medallions feels and it goes beautifully with their red solid DBP.

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Isn’t this pattern just spectacular? I mean, look at all the options! Mama Cassie will be on sale for a few days so grab your copy asap. And if you have a little girl to sew from be sure to check out the Cassie pattern or the limited edition bundle.

Happy sewing!!

Beach / pool hooded coverup

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I know it may not look like summer in a lot of places but trust me, it’s coming! So while we wait for the sunny hot days to come lets get ready for all the pool and beach outings and make the kids a hooded towel coverup. I know my kids use them all the time when they go to the pool so I thought why not make them myself with some beautiful custom fabric.

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For the tutorial today I’ll be using some luscious stretch French Terry from Sweet N Charmed Fabric but you can certainly use regular terry too. I do love a pretty French Terry in the summer. It’s pretty absorbent while being thinner than terry and it takes less space in your pool bag too 😉

This coverup will work great for kids size 6-10. You can certainly make it smaller by adjusting the measurements. Let’s start by cutting the fabric. You will need two 25″ by 25″ inches squares and two rectangles 12″ long by 9.5″wide for the hood.

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Take the hood pieces, lay them one on top of the other, wrong sides together and using a French curve cut out the top right corner.

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Take one of the square pieces and find the top center. Make a vertical cut about 3 inched down.

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Take the two squares and place them right sides together. We will now pin the “shoulder” seam. Measure 5″ from the center (where you made the previous slit) on each side and place your first pin or clip. Pin all the way to the sides and sew in place with a 1/2 seam allowance.

Take the hood pieces and sew them right sides together around the curved edge.

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Mark the center back with a pin or a clip.

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Pin (or clip) the hood around the neck opening, matching the center back. Sew or serge it in place.

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We will now create a hood band. If you use stretch French Terry like I have you can certainly use the same fabric for the band. If you used regular terry which does not have stretch, I recommend you make the band with either a cotton spandex or a cotton rib knit. You can use polyester blends too but they lack absorbancy. If you changed the measurements in the tutorial you will need to measure the hood opening to determine the band length. If you used my measurements you will need to cut a piece of band 28″x 2″ .

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Stitch the ends, RST to create a loop. Fold in half length wide and press it. Devide the loop in 4 equal part and place a pin (or a clip) to mark the parts.

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Pin the band around the hood opening.

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Sew in place and top stitch around the edge.

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All we have left to do is hem the raw edge. You can either fold it 1/2 inch, press it and cover stitch it. Or if you prefer you can fold it 1/4″, press it, then again fold  1/4″ and press. Stitch in place.

I love a curved hem so I took it up a notch and cut the corners out using my french curve. I cover stitched it in place using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Always press and steam your hems to remove any waviness that may have occurred while stitching.

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Tadah! You just made your custom beach/pool hooded coverup that’s bound to be the talk of the pool party 😉 Easy peasy, right? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Post you finished pics in the comments too or tag me on Facebook! I’d love to see what you create!

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Special thanks to Adrienne and Luke of Sweet N Charmed for the beautiful fabric. Be sure to join their group to keep up to date with all the new arrivals.

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Backstitch GC

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Here it is, folks! The much anticipated Backstitch Gift Card is here. In true Backstitch fashion we made the gift of giving even more fun. You can purchase your card here  ( pdf envelope backstitchchristmasgc ) and start sharing the fabric love right away.

Check out our fun envelope template that comes with it! You can now give your loved ones a cute gift card that will show them how much you understand and support their love of fabric!  🙂 We all know what I’m asking Santa for this Christmas….

By the way, the Vault round opens tomorrow and is packed with amazing fabric options. I’m also starting the Elevation Hoodie Sew Along in the Backstitch Back Room so join us for some fun sewing, prizes and a discount coupon for the New Horizons Elevenation patterns.

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Happy Shopping, Backstitchers!

Sew…what do I wear to the party?

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The day old question that we ask ourselves all the time…what do I wear? With the upcoming holidays fast approaching I feel like I have been asking myself this question even more. So when I first saw the Made for Mermaids Mama Lea pattern I knew right away that I will be using it for my party dress. In my blog today I’ll show you how I achieved this look using the Mama Lea and some minor modifications.

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Start by printing the pattern and cutting your fabric. Choosing the fabric has to be the hardest part of the whole process, am I right? I went for a poly blend with a lace print that I got from Fine Fabrics in Atlanta. I also found this amazing crochet lace applique that I will be using for the back of the dress.

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Now take the back piece of the bodice, lay it on the table with the right side up. Place your applique on it, matching the center, wrong side of the applique (yes, there is a wrong side) to the right side of the back bodice. Pin in place then sew it on. You will need to sew slowly so you don’t move the applique on the fabric.

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Once you’ve stitched the applique on, take your scissors and cut about 1/2″ around the applique. You will now press the 1/2″ edge toward the bodice, WST. Stitch the edge in place as shown in the pictures below. Press it again to remove any possible waviness that may have occurred while stitching.

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Your new back bodice is now finished.

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All you have to do now is sew the dress according to the pattern instructions. Tadah! You just made yourself a gorgeous, one of a kind party dress that is not only beautiful but extremely comfortable!

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Let me know in the comments if you like the dress and if you have any questions. Happy sewing!

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First blog post

Welcome to My Creative Room. I am so excited to have you all join my new blogging journey. I will be showing you patterns I use in action, beautiful fabrics and sewing/crafting tips. I love making pattern mash ups and mods so be ready to see a lot of them.

I’m a mom of two boys so you’ll see lots and lots of boy outfits and fabrics featured in this blog. We love to wear hand made so our closets are full of clothes made with love.

Please comment with any tips and tricks you’d like me to show you and I’ll be happy to include it in future posts.

Happy sewing!

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Tessa dress with Babes of Geeks Pink Lumberjack fabric.