Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Modified jumprope tutorial.

I know I have mentioned Oliver + S before. I saw this shirt on Flickr and fell in love. 

Lily and I decided she needed one as well. Here are my mods. 
Trace front and back pieces. 

I decided since I wasn't doing the elastic I didn't want the A line look. I measures from the arm pit to the center line, mind is 9 1/8 so I drew a line 9 1/8 away from the center fold or cut line on both front and back. 

The back piece will now be cute on the fold. 

Now let's create the button bands. First measure 1 inch from the center fold line. Draw a line the length of the top. 

Do the same 3/8" from the line just drawn. 

The front will no longer be cut on the fold. Now we cut 2 pieces. 

Press the front under 3/8 on both sides. 

Also press 1 inch to the wrong side. 

I like to use interfacing in my facings and button bands so cut 2, 1" pieces the length on the front and press as shown. 

Sew shoulder seams 

We are going to use 1/2" single fold bias tape for the neck and arms. 

Apply per manufacturers instructions 

Top stitch your button bands down. 

Fold up 1/2" and an additional 1/2" and hem. 

Evenly space buttons and button holes. 

Wear on the first day of school with a ckc retro headband and modified holly trousers. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have questions feel free to ask. 

Have a great one

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An oldie revisited

Action Fingers


I first worked these fingerless gloves up for my two little girls to match some leg warmers that I had made, and they love them. I quickly decided I need various sizes and started making them for a bazaar. Everyone fell in love with them, so I decided to share them with you!. 

These are available in toddler, kiddie, youth, adult and XLarge. 

They will fit almost anyone. The fingerless gloves are worked from the top down for a customized length, and in the round so there is absolutely NO seaming involved. The possibilities for these are endless, I am providing you with a quick easy version in stockinette stitch. When making your own pair experiment with ribbing or color work.


Skill Level: Beginer



 small amount of a worsted wieght yarn ( I used vannas choice)

size 7 needles (DPN or circular)

 stitch marker

 yarn needle.


Gauge: 4SPI, or 16 stitches in 4 inches. row gauge doesnt matter since we are working to a measurement.



Toddler, Kiddie, Youth, Adult, XLarge, Mens


Stitch Guide:

2X2 ribbing = K2, P2 * around to end

Stockinette stitch = in the round it is knitting all stitches

BO = bind off

CO = Cast on


 Pattern is written for the smallest size with all larger sizes in parenthesis.


CO 24(24, 28, 32, 36, 40)

Evenly distribute the stitches between which ever type of needles you decide to use, whether it be DPN or on long circular for working in the round. Place a marker to mark the begining of each round.

Work 2x2 ribbing by alternating knitting 2 stitches and purling 2 stitches all the way around. Continue the ribbing for a total of 5 rows. * If you would prefer a tighter rib I encourage you to go down one or two needle sizes to achieve this.

We are now switching to stockinette stitch by just knitting all the stitches.( If you would like a tighter glove then continue with the ribbing. ) Continue in stockinette stitch untill entire piece measures 1 (1.5, 2, 2.75, 2.75, 3.5) inches

Thumb hole : knit 2 stitches, BO 3 ( 3, 4, 4, 5, 6) using Jennys Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Knit the remainder of the stitches to the end.

Knit 2 stitches, CO 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) using a backwards loop cast on, knit to end.

Continue working in stockinette stitch until gloves measure 3.25 (4.25, 5.25, 6.25, 6.25, 7.25)" work  5 rows of 2x2 ribbing and BO using a stretchy bind off.

I have done these in bulky and a size 8 needle in ribbing with an 3spi. For a youth I co 20. :) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Any and all recent sewing

Oliver and S Hide and seek dress
Rabbit Rabbit, humming bird

Ottobre button down and Fishsticks mud splasher shorts with cargo pocket

Create kids Couture Hadley

Elsa INspired dress mash up

SOS 14 Nelle #1

Let me introduce you to my new friend. Her name is Nelle. She is the reason behind PatternSOS14.  See I had bought her and come to find out she was already in my dropbox....

Nelle is a super cute Brownie Goose pattern that I purchased from Etsy, right Here.  She goes from 6-12m up to a 6/7.

It is a cute little pattern. Her instructions are clean, clean and cohesive. I did sew this  a little differently than the directions for my own preference and no fault of the pattern designer. Sometimes we just prefer things to be done a certain way.

Nelle was inspired by a dress I saw at The Children's Place a few weeks ago that didn't come in either of the girls sizes. I took a picture and kept it for safe keeping.. I spotted the Nelle a few weeks ago again and knew it would be perfect for Lily.

Unfortunately it only goes up to a size 6/7, but lucky for me she is skinny so I just added length to the skirt ( I did try the bodice on her before attaching the skirt) and neck elastic.  Aside from the steps I changed I did a rolled hem on the top of the skirt and sewed it on top of the bodice instead of with right sides together.

If of course needed a belt. I picked this up at Joann Fabrics, I cut it to her length, and sewed little squares of vinyl to the ends and added some snaps for closure.

I am still debating if it needs something to cover the snaps or if I should just let it be.

It came out just as I had hoped if not better. I love it and recommend giving Nelle a shot, it really is a cute pattern.

This picture is from a reading celebration day at the end of the school year. Avry has on a RabbitRabbit Humming Bird dress, Jack an Ottobre button down and Mud Slide pants from Fishsticks and Lily the Nelle.
THanks Kristen

SOS14 Garden Party Dress

I already love Oliver and S and have for a while now. When they released 2 new dresses I had to scoop them both up. First one I sewed up was the Garden Party dress. It has so many options it feels like, short sleeve or sleeve less, tunic/top or dress.

Lisel at O&S has amazing instructions. She might be one of my favorite in terms of instructions. The finished garment looks professional and complete.

I knew I wanted to make this one for Avry, something about it called out to her. I happened to have a yellow floral fabric with matching plaid that would look divine on her. I also wanted short sleeves, something she could wear in summer yet still have some shoulder coverage. Poor girl is just like her mama and she burns if there is a forecast for sun. 

I did add a little bit of length to this, I ended up making her a 5 I think with a 7 length.

I used her tutorial for making a thread chain. Since I do know how to crochet I did crochet mine with a crochet hook.

I see many more of these in the future..

Have a great day,
Kristen :)

Double Blogging

Apparently I have been double blogging. I will be continuing with just this blog. Here is the link to the other if you wanted to read. http://deweysredplus2.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Pattern Flip

Lets do a little pattern flipping! Over at France Suzanne there is a little Flip This Pattern contest going on.
The pattern chosen is the Ethan from SisBoom.

If you haven't sewn a SisBoom Pattern, you should definitely try one, her patterns are very, very detailed.


Have a great day!