Lesley Flutter: On-Trend Creations

Last fall, I sewed up this version of the Lesley Flutter Sleeve and was in love with the free-flowing arms while still having a great fit throughout the torso.

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Today I’ll be sharing a few versions of the Seamingly Smitten Lesley in this season’s on-trend prints as well as tips and tricks for the best Flutter sewing experience!

 

First — meet Lesley in brushed poly elephants. Both brushed poly and elephants are on-trend. Even in summer, with the correct drape, brushed poly feels heavenly (and not too hot). You can see how the sleeves cascade down the body, yet they don’t actually have such a major arm opening. This is a unique feature of the pattern; it is both sewn from the inside and outside (we’ll get more to that below).

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The second way to style the Lesley is with both a solid and a pattern. The top has just one pattern piece for both front and back, allowing you to really play with fabrics! You could style with lace, solid (brushed poly, rayon spandex, bamboo lycra, etc.). Here, I’ve used a trendy stained glass brushed poly and solid mustard brushed poly. The shirt is reversible (just don’t add a tag), so you can wear it loud/printed or soft/solid depending on your mood. It’s also a great way to subdue busy prints.

 

Lastly, here’s our third on-trend Lesley in vertical stripes. The double brushed poly I used had enough stretch either way to really make this work. Additionally, this particular pattern doesn’t require too much stretch. So, although the stretch was best with horizontal stripes, I chose to go vertical!

Tips and Tricks

Hemming the Lesley – A great deal of the Lesley construction is hemming (neckline, full side sleeves, and bottom). The pattern calls for a double-roll method, where you’ll fold under and under once more. This is the cleanest finish, and I’d recommend using a double needle, stretch stitch (like zigzag), or coverstitch to finish your hems on knit garments. Alternatively, you can also serge the full ends and fold under just once if you don’t mind the inside serged edges showing a bit within the flowy sleeve.

 

WARNING: The last step says to sew the garment RIGHT SIDE OUT…and it’s correct!

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After you’ve sewn the complete garment, there is one final step. The instructions say to turn the garment right-side-out and stitch up from the side seam. This is correct and you’re not reading it wrong! It’s very rare in the sewing world to stitch a garment seam from the right side; but this is what creates your beautiful flutter while preventing too wide of a sleeve opening. If you’ve made this mistake already, you’re not alone! I’ve had to grab my seam ripper a time or two 😁

SEW AND SHARE

So there you go! Find your perfect fabric (what speaks to you), and sew your first (or maybe 10th!!) Lesley Flutter Sleeve Top. When you’ve finished, use the hashtag #LesleyFlutter, and be sure to share in the Seamingly Smitten Facebook Group; I want to see what you sewed up!

Flutter Sleeve Collage

 

All on-trend printed fabrics in this post are from Love Adore Knits. The owner of Love Adore passed away, and the Love Adore team is in a short period of transition. They will be back shortly to continue Kimberly’s vision and to serve an amazing sewing community! You can join their Facebook page for updates.

 

 

Blog Tour: Swimwear Edition Featuring Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Marilyn Swimsuit

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Welcome to the Lulu & Celeste + Sprouting Jujube Productions tour: Swimsuit Edition; I’m so happy you’re here! Maybe it means that you’re about ready to dive into swimsuit-making for your kids or even you! Or maybe you’re just here for the prizes 😜 Either way, read on! Today I’ll be featuring the Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, for sizes 3 mos – 12 yrs. Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop graciously provided this pattern for free for the swim edition.

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First–a little background on my daughter. She’s never been on the growth chart–not even in the 1% for kids her age. She’s a tiny little thing who needs a mama’s custom fit. So after last year’s saggy-bottom suits where I could literally see her behind, I thought, “that’s it–it’ll be mama-made from here on out!” So here we are! When browsing patterns, I knew I wanted a one-piece, and I happen to have a soft spot for vintage. When I saw that the Marilyn suit offered a shorts style with easy bands, that sealed the deal!

MARILYN VINTAGE SWIMSUIT

 

Styles/Options

  • View A: Classic One-Piece
  • View B: Classic Tankini
  • View C: Color-Blocked One-Piece
  • View D: Color-Blocked Tankini
  • View E: Ruched One-Piece
  • View F: Ruched Tankini

In addition to a one-piece, the suit also offers a tankini option. I sewed View E: the ruched one-piece.

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I used a heart floral swim fabric from Knitpop and solids from Zenith & Quasar. I adore the view from the side, with the ruched front and solid side-panels:

 

Tips and Tricks

Follow the size chart! My daughter is 3 years old and measures between 3 mos and 6 mos for chest, 3 mos for hips, and close to 2T for height. Although I know to use the charts, I originally made her suit between 6 mos-12 mos width and had to take it back in. SO–if your 3-year-old measures a size 3-month waist, sew it! 😜 That’s the lovely part about custom creations–they work! We just have to look past numbers.

Additionally, the suit called for elastic in the chest band and legs, and I omitted both, having sewn an adult suit for me with bands before (sans elastic). I actually prefer less structure in those areas, especially since the bands are so well-fitted.

That’s all! My first little slice of toddler vintage love. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and enter the Rafflecopter from the amazing sponsors! Here is a list of PRIZES and ways to enter.

 

SWIM EDITION FULL TOUR

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Portlanders Pants Girls’ Release + Mommy/Me Bundle

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Just days after I made my Portlander Pants (find my post HERE), New Horizons announced that the girls’ version was coming (Pattern website HERE)! My daughter had just had a meltdown because I hadn’t sewn a matching outfit for us in a while, so voilà–it had to come to fruition!

The Portlander Pants is a year-round pant that is fitted at the top (with yoga style waistband) and flawy toward the ankle. This style is incredibly comfortable and works for both day-wear and feels heavenly for pajamas. My daughter insisted that she needed to wear her new outfit during the day with me and then to bed (I obliged! I mean…comfort).

I used the same monochrome fabric from Love Adore Knits that I used for my pants, and the top is black double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints.

I then needed to try the shorts version of the pants (also included in the pattern). I opted for pockets, yoga waistband, and a faux drawstring instead of a full drawstring; I simply sewed my drawstring together, tied it into a bow, and tacked it on. For the polka dot version shown below, I didn’t even sew the drawstring; instead, I just used the fabric selvage that naturally rolls.

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My polka dot knit is part of Raspberry Creek Fabric‘s CLUB line. I paired with a store-bought tank and a long, vintage necklace for a sweet Euro-style look.

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My final version used the same method (shorts, pockets, faux drawstring), and I used a patterned pocket and drawstring for a fun, modern look.

As you sew up your girls’ and women’s Portlanders this summer, be sure to share your creations on the New Horizons Facebook page.

 

The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress: A Beautiful Silhouette For All Sizes

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When I started seeing the Be Confident dress tester pics start rolling in via Ellie & Mac, I was incredibly impressed at how well the top bodice fit each tester. The amazing top fit paired with the hi-low skirt bottom creates a sweet style you can transform with fabric.

For my creation, I chose the Tamera fabric by Sincerely Rylee and styled it with a felt hat for the boho look I had imagined.

I’ve been really loving monochrome styles lately, so I happily added this one to my collection.

The Ellie & Mac Be Confident Dress/Tunic is 35% off (along with all patterns) in May, so be sure to grab it this month and add it to your collection. You will see the discount automatically in your cart.

Enjoy crafting, and be sure to share your creation in the Ellie and Mac’s Facebook group.

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Men’s Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

There are many hoodie patterns out there, but one always catches my attention: The New Horizons Designs Elevation Hoodie! I watched in awe at all of the amazing Women and Child Elevation Hoodies — and finally the time has come to add our dear men to the list!

Men’s Elevation Hoodie Pattern

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The pattern’s most striking feature is that modern zig-zag design that goes through both the bodice and sleeves. It’s an amazing way to color-block and add a pop of color to our men’s sometimes neutral wardrobes.

The welt pockets are fairly simple to create and produce a polished look; inside is a full kangaroo pocket, great in size to keep hands warm or hold phones, keys, and other gear.

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The hood is a wrap/crossover style, nice and large with a great modern feel.

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The drawstrings for the hoodie are yet another way to add color and add functionality to the hood.

I didn’t before use eyelets, and now I’m wondering why I waited so long; they add such a professional finish. I’m pretty sure I’ll be eyelet-obsessed henceforth!

I used great quality French Terry fabric for my full hoodie, including the drawstrings. The top variegated blue terry is from Urban Rag Trader on Etsy, and the purple and grey is from an end-of-the-season bundle I snagged from NR Fabrics on Facebook. Both have a good stretch and weight.

Here’s the direct link to the Men’s Elevation Hoodie <————-

and Here is the link to the men’s and kids’ bundle <————–

On sale through 3/14/2017.

 

 

The Ficus Cardigan + Sybil Skirt = Peplum Spring

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The women’s Ficus Cardigan from Sew Like My Mom is now live!

After sewing the child version (Fern, shown below), I knew the women’s version would be a perfect spring sew!

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The back of the cardigan is a beautiful peplum; I used a burgundy/wine French Terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for my mama Ficus. The medium weight and soft drape of the fabric was a great combo. for this style:

The pattern is on sale for $8 through Wednesday, February 22nd (normally $10) and is also available in a Mommy/Me Bundle. Find the patterns HERE.

I paired the Ficus with the Love Notions’ incredible Sybil Illusion Skirt with a dropped yoke. The single skirt pattern comes with seven (7) completely different variations! This dropped yoke is my new favorite; the banded top (no closures!) is so comfortable, and the low sing adds the perfect silhouette!

I used the new Acqua Di Rose Boho fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, available at Kutti Couture on Etsy.

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With these gorgeous patterns, I’m well on my way to a fashionable and comfortable spring (and a bold Easter)!

 

Free George & Ginger Bra and Skippies: Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Kristi Fitzpatrick, designer for the George & Ginger Pattern Group always posts jaw-dropping pattern options. Her attention to detail is exquisite; you can check out her edgy/modern/sophisticated (she covers all angles) line HERE (blog) and HERE (Etsy).

Last Valentine’s Day, she offered a super cute “I Heart You” tshirt and boy short set free via her FB group. This year, she generously offered the “Lovesick Bra.”

I combined the Lovesick bra with the “skippies” (cheeky underwear shorts from the “I Heart You” set) for a sweet Valentine’s Day sew. I added a tube of fabric (similar to the bra straps) around the front to create a bow look. It’ll be the perfect simple-yet-sexy set for our Valentine’s Day.

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Fabric is double brushed poly from Knitpop, lined with 10 oz. cotton lycra.

Pattern is FREE to all members of the George & Ginger Pattern Co. Facebook Group (check the Files section)

Snapdragon Knit Dress for Special Occasions and Every Day

The girls’ Snapdragon Dress by Sew Like My Mom is quickly becoming my go-to for dressed-up everyday wear and special occasions. It’s an easy knit dress with beautiful details like gathered sleeves and a gathered skirt; and the sleeve cuffs help create a well-fitting look and helps keep sleeves free (if that’s possible…) of messes.

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I’m such an old soul, so this sweet little old-fashioned style speaks well to my soul. Paired with a little Raspberry Creek CLUB jersey fabric, this dress quickly became my little gal’s favorite.

And when it came time to sew for my third daughter’s FIRST birthday, I went right to the Snapdragon.

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I sized up a little so she could wear it longer, and I’m so glad I did; I don’t think I could part with this beauty any too early! Check out the difference it makes with a little ruffle fabric.

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So elegant!

I can only imagine a sweet little tulle one for Christmas!

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Featured Fabric: Raspberry Creek Fabrics CLUB line and Art Gallery Knit

Featured Pattern: Sew Like My Mom Snapdragon Dress

SALS Ollie Bomber Jacket – A Liberating and Gratifying Sew – Tester Review & SALE Code

If you cannot read the whole review, just hear this: SO gratifying; simple instructions, makes me want to sew a gazillion; feel like a million bucks; wear ours daily because they’re warm, comfy, and stunning; makes me feel like a Proverbs 31 woman–providing for our needs and my family!! Now, let’s get to the details…

The moment I saw the child’s Ollie Bomber jacket by Sew A Little Seam, I just had to snatch it. I bought a plain toddler bomber from Target the year before, and thinking of the endless possibilities with all the gorgeous fabrics out there, I knew I was already in love.

Pattern designer Kelly Ballou kindly created a free size 2T version after making her gorgeous quilted floral version shown here:

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I grabbed the full pattern, though, because I knew I’d need them for all of my little ladies.

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Wise decision. That gorgeous fabric? None other than Pretty Posh Prints.

And then came the Women’s Ollie Bomber Jacket! And it’s on sale for $4.90 (!!!) through October 6, 2016 by joining the Sew A Little Seam Facebook Group and checking the pinned post.

Thank the heavens I got to test this little number because it got me in gear to sew up both patterns; and (wo)man were they MUCH simpler than I would have thought. Kelly’s explanations are crisp and what I was already used to just from sewing garments like tees, dresses, and joggers. The pattern came together so nicely–and for those of you worried that there’s a long shiny object in the middle of the jacket, worry no longer! I have a zipper presser foot and didn’t even use it! I was much more comfortable with my regular foot, and it came together like butter.

In the final steps, turning the jacket right-side out and seeing all of the “pieces” slither out from the inside was like watching birth. It’s a pretty amazing thing.

Did I mention the jackets are reversible? I lined ours (included in the instructions) with cotton lycra from MLCameron Fabrics, so there are no seams on the inside; it’s just gorgeous. I kind of want to eat it.

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My jacket, by the way, was from some soft pique poly lycra (like liverpool) from Fabric.com. I have two more Ollie’s already on my sewing table for my 4-year-old and 1-year-old. Sometimes, a pattern that is so gratifying is a once-in-a-lifetime sew. You dust your hands off and never return to it. This isn’t that one. You’ll probably find a reason to “need” a jacket every year. We know we will…

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