Simple Leggings Pattern tour

Simple Legging pattern tour

Welcome, if you are stopping by on the Simple Leggings Pattern tour! As you may know, the fabulous liZ and Elizabeth of Simple Simon have released this girls leggings pattern that fits sizes 2T-14. If you follow this blog at all. then you also know that my gymnast practically lives in leotards and stretch pants, so this was a perfect fit (pun intended)!

Simple Leggings pattern tour

Firstly, let me tell you about how incredibly easy this pattern is….

Simple Leggings pattern tour

SUPER EASY! Like so easy it only has one pattern piece, three seams, one elastic casing, and no hemming necessary! Holy stretch pants, that is my kind of pattern.

Simple Leggings pattern tour

I used a spandex blend that was labeled “active wear”, which was a dreamy match for these. Of course if you wanted a more casual everyday/schoolwear look, there are other options. Simple Leggings would look great in any knit!

Simple Leggings pattern tour

Not only are they really wonderful to wear to the gym, but also paired with “street clothes” such as a t-shirt or dress or shirt and skirt combo, (like most people would wear), too. I know she is going to get a lot of use out of them, and has already requested more! Honestly, they took me about 10 minutes to sew up (it took longer to photograph), so I wouldn’t mind making a whole closet full!

If you want to purchase your own copy, you can do so here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Release of the Grace Tankini

My partner in crime…er um craft over at Project Run and Play (we are the Virtual Assistants), Audrey, just released her second pattern, the Grace Tankini. It just so happened that The Bee needed a new swimsuit, and I was more than happy to sew one up for her.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewn by F&B Creations

Firstly, let me give you the specs on this pattern.

  • So many choices (2 tops and 4 bottoms- plus high and low waistbands). I chose to make the ruched top and plain sporty skirt without pockets. Since there are many different body types out there,  you can choose how to mix and match for your body. I find that flattering swimsuits make all the difference.
  • It is beginner friendly. Audrey gives you lots of resources and tips and tricks for sewing swimwear.
  • It has sizes 0-18. That covers all sorts of bodies!
  • There are options for a shelf bra, inserting cups, power mesh, and inserting boning if you so choose. Or not. Totally your call.
  • It is on sale this week for 25% off here.

One of the things I really liked about this pattern is there are no fiddly little pieces! Each piece is substantial, and easy to sew together. I cannot tell you how often when sewing things with tiny pieces, I forget or lose one of them! Also, this one would be super easy to grade up or down. The lines are clear and easy to distinguish from one another (trust me, not all patterns are like this!).

I chose to attach the swim bottoms to the skirt so they are one piece, but you could also make them separate. I told you. Options!

Look at that side vent! Super cute detail. I love things like that. The pattern walks you right through it. Easy Peasy.

So grab your copy of the Grace Tankini today, and get to customizing a swimsuit for your figure.

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**Although I received a copy of this pattern for free, as always, all opinions are mine all mine.

The Fabric makes the Leo

It is no secret that I am a leotard-making fool, as of late (see here and here)! Well, that hasn’t slowed down much, since the washing mishap (you can read about it here). BTW, when fabric is labeled with “hand wash cold/ line dry“, it is a good idea to follow it. *ends public service announcement* 

Anyhow, after making lots of custom-fitted leotards for my gymnast, I can say that no two fabrics are equal and the fabric makes the leo! Case in point:

the fabric makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

I found myself perusing The Fabric Fairy website one night, and was blown away by how many fantastic lycra/spandex fabrics they carry and the reasonable prices. Serious rabbit hole of choices. Right then and there, I realized with utter clarity that I needed to work with that fish scale fabric as soon as possible, and it needed to be on a leotard.

the fabric makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

AND OH MY GOODNESS I WAS RIGHT

the fabric makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

This fabric is perfect for leos. It sewed up beautifully and has a nice weight to it. Not too thin, which has happened to us a few times with other stores. Thinner fabric will not only be a little tougher to work with because it curls and slips, but it can also be see-through. Ugh. Not the look we are going for. This, on the other hand, is delightful.

The incredibly sad news is: they sold out of it! I told you. Amazing.

the fabric makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

Sometimes colors on my monitor are a little off when I am ordering fabric, so I always ask if they would guide me to a good match for accent fabric.  I am so glad I did. Originally I chose a different one, and it turns out, it wouldn’t have matched at all. This color matches exactly and is just the small pop it needed.

the fabri makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

My husband thinks I should make myself a pair of pants out of it. I must admit, I am tempted!

the fabri makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

The second fabric I used, which is called Wildflower Saturation, was chosen by Falafel. She loves the colors on the cacti! So happy and colorful.

the fabri makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

This one is slightly more slick, especially on the inside. The 75% stretch makes it a great choice for swimwear. Paired with this accent fabric, it is striking!

the fabri makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

Although Fabric Fairy was kind enough to provide me with this fabric, they have gained a loyal customer. Their fabric is awesome. All opinions are 100% mine.

the fabri makes the leo, and this leo was made with Fabric Fairy fabric

My girl is trying out for two teams this week, and now has some pretty inspiring leos to help her do her best!

More Jalie Leos

Whipped up a few more Jalie leos for my gymnast. Turns out, when the fabric instructions say “Hand wash cold, line dry” they mean it! I was throwing her leotards into the dryer, and yup…they shrank!

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My Falafel choose this screamingly bright fabric that reminds me of stuff we wore in the 80’s, and then proceeded to look like Joan Jett (or maybe Pat Benatar) for all the photos.

Jalie pattern leotard sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Have I gushed enough in the past about this pattern? In case I haven’t, here’s a little more. I love love love this pattern. I custom fit it to my child, and now all of her leos look like, well… they were made for her. The first time I was introduced to Jalie Patterns was for The Bee’s Black Widow costume. Simple and to the point, and really easy to make fit adjustments to.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

It was 40 degrees out and she was wearing only a leo.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did manage to get a smile from her. This other fabric, she has dubbed her “Oil Spill” suit, because you know, it looks like the rainbow found in oil puddles.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The size I made for her is actually a 5, graded to a 7 in the hips. I lengthened the torso, by splitting the pattern in half at the waist, and adding 4 inches. I did have to lower the armholes for these new suits. She is 11, wearing a size 5, so the armholes don’t leave room for her muscles. It was a super easy alteration that I eyeballed.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

These leotards fit great, which means she tugs a whole lot less! They stay in place, and it really makes all the difference.

Jalie Leotard pattern sewn by Falafel and the Bee

If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen this already. A friend gifted us a 12 foot balance beam, and it currently resides in the middle of the living room.

I have only tripped on it twice so far. Cheese Louise.

Rivage Raglan Pajamas

Lately, I have been doing a lot of sewing for my Falafel. For one, it takes a lot less fabric to sew for her, than anyone else in our family. The Bee, though has noticed this, and made a request that I sew her up some pajamas. How could I refuse my almost adult daughter?!Especially when I really love sewing for her too.

In the Blank Slate Patterns Facebook group, I saw a photo of Melissa wearing a shirt made from her Rivage Raglan pattern *affliate link*, and I knew it was perfect for this project!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This is one of the most straightforward, easiest patterns EVER! Like all Blank Slate patterns, this one was spot on with sizing. I didn’t even muslin.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

After seeing the cozy fleece jammies I made for Falafel, my Bee wanted some of her own. It was no problem at all to work with the fleece. I did embellish the pattern just slightly by adding rib knit cuffs (there are only cuffs on the short sleeves option), and because these are pajamas, and I wanted the neckline a little higher,  I sewed on the rib knit neckline a little different. I folded the tube in half width wise and sewed the raw edges to the neckline. Done.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

For the pants portion, I just took a pair of knit pants that fit her, and used them as a pattern.

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

The fleece doesn’t fray, so no hemming required!

Rivage Raglan Pattern review: Making Pajamas

This was the perfect quick project that allowed me to sew something practical for my 17 year old,  while not breaking the bank.

Rivage Raglan pattern review: Making Pajamas

The best part is, she LOVES these. Especially the shirt. She wore it to bed atfer we photographed it, and then to her Archery tournament the next day. She asked me to make her another. THAT right there, is proof it’s a winner.

*Even though I received this pattern for free, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I love sharing wonderful things I find with you.*

Gymnastics Tank Leotard Pattern review

Remember the Jalie leotard I sewed up for my daughter? Well, I sewed up another of Jalie’s patterns. And here’s a little spoiler:

I LOVE IT!!

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern

 What I am posting about today is the wearable muslin. As with the other pattern, I knew I would have to make some adjustments to the length. My daughter seems to have a really long torso. Only I didn’t know how much until I sewed it up.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

She measured a size 5 in the chest, and a size 7 in her hips and waist, so I graded it out as I traced the pattern. When she put it on, she couldn’t stand up straight because it wasn’t long enough, so instead of trashing it, I cut the leo in half at the waist, and added a 4 inch panel! It now fits her perfectly.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

I then went back to my copy of the traced pattern, and made adjustments, so next time it will be one whole piece. Although, I do like the way the band looks, too.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Pattern details: This one is a bit different than the Lillie pattern. The one big change that my daighter is in love with, is the binding instead of elastic around the arms and the neckline. I must say that I also like that part. It adds a pop of color, and it is a smooth fit.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern comes in 22 sizes which span from girls to women- obviously full of awesome right there. It is available in PDF or paper, like all of Jalie patterns. It also comes with applique pattern pieces that I am going to use for the next leo I make.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

Since this is a sport that my girl is passionate about, and she will be doing it 5 times a week, I am beyond thrilled that I can custom make her beautiful leos for her workouts that not only look great, but fit her like, well… they were made for her.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

This pattern is a keeper. It is simple and customizable and it was super easy to make fit adjustments if you have someone who needs them.

Jalie Gymnastics Tank Leotard pattern review

*Although Jalie provided me with this pattern, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine. I really love sharing the wonderful products I find, with all of you.

Jalie pattern review

Happy New Year!

I have been waiting to share this Jalie pattern review with you, until it was nice enough outside to photograph it. Finally, I gave up, and set up my indoor lights. Twice. You’ll notice two different hair cuts and colors (hair chalk).

Jalie Lillie gymnastics leotard pattern

Firstly, let me start by saying I love Jalie patterns. I also used one to make The Bee’s Black Widow costume and it was just as easy to use as this one. I will also say that my Falafel is…um let’s say, particular. And when I sewed up the pattern as it was written, she said it had “too many seams” on the inside. (????) So I merged two of the pattern pieces together, and instead of three stripes, there is only one on each side.

The other thing is, she has a very long torso and quite the backside, apparently. To compensate, I lengthened the crotch, and widened the back bottom.

On this first one, I forgot to bring down the leg opening in the front, though, and consequetly it is cut a little high.

 

For the second one, I remembered, and it fits better. Although, I think I accidentally used the wrong sized front piece (I tried two different ones), because the pattern isn’t actually supposed to bunch like that.

The thing about leos (as my gymnast calls them), even in RTW (ready to wear, or store-bought), is they all fit differently! I can never just pick her out one in her size, and have it fit in the arms and length and crotch area. Some are tighter, some are looser, even when dealing with the same size in the same brand. When I think about it, though, this seems logical. There are so many different shaped gymnasts, and the fit of the leotard has to be almost customized for each one, because they need it to stay in place when doing their routines.

I was on a mission to get hers as close to perfect for her individual body as possible. The Lillie pattern, made it easy to customize. I love Jalie patterns’ simplicity, and straightforward directions. Super comprehensive. AND not a whole lot to print. I really love that. They also offer paper patterns (opposed to PDF), if you don’t want to print at all!

The thing that took the longest was cutting out the pieces. Sewing it goes incredibly fast. You can whip one of these out in a focused hour. If you get one of those. Ha!

I was also on a mission because these suckers are expensive! Much more cost effective to make them.

There is a long-sleeved option included in the pattern, that I cannot wait to give a try, too!

Have YOU made leotards?

*Even though I was provided the pattern for review, as always, all my opinions are mine, mine, mine. I enjoy sharing the terrific finds I find with you.

Ginseng Dress made with Cali Fabrics

Ginseng Dress sewn by Falafel and the Bee for Cali Fabrics

Today I am Guest Posting over at the Cali & co blog, sharing the amazing new Holiday dress I made for The Bee.

Ginseng Dress sewn by Falafel and the Bee for Cali Fabrics

I used the Ginseng Dress Pattern by Sew Chic Pattern Company (which she generously supplied for this post). I had seen one that Laura made on her FB page, and fell instantly in love. This dress has a classic vinatge-50’s housewife-cocktail party vibe to it, which fits my (almost) 17 year old daughter’s personality and style. That pattern paired with fabric from Cali Fabrics make my heart swoon.

Ginseng Dress made by Falafel and the Bee using Cali Fabrics

On to the details.

Firstly, all the Sew Chic patterns are paper patterns (opposed to PDF patterns you print yourself), so they mail them right to you. It comes with a handy booklet of instructions, and all the pattern pieces. The sizes go from 2 up to 18, and there are two different views you can sew. I chose “view A” with a collar. It has a side zipper, which gives it such a neat look.

Ginseng Dress made by Falafel and the Bee using Cali Fabrics

I picked out this amazingly buttery beautiful Gold on Gold Damask Stretch Twill for the main fabric, because it has nice drape, and enough structure to make the skirt portion of the dress flare. When hemming circle skirts, I find if the fabric has a little stretch it makes it much easier to get a neat and even hem. I asked Ron over at Cali Fabrics to help me chose the accent fabric, and he picked this Champagne Midweight Bridal Satin. It matches perfectly.

Ginseng Dress sewn by Falafel and the Bee with Cali Fabrics

My sewing machine was being tempermental, and not gathering the fabric as it was required, so the only change I made to this was folding the sash, accordian style. I do like the effect, though. Now that I have sewn it up once, I may make myself one! This pattern is so flattering and classic, especially in this fabric.

Ginseng Dress sewn by Falafel and the Bee with Cali Fabrics

If you would like to see more photos, click on over and check out my post on the Cali & Co blog.

 *Disclaimer: Although I was provided the pattern and the fabric for free, as always my opinions are mine mine mine. I enjoy showing you the brilliant products I discover.

Runway Skirt Pattern

Sorry it has been quiet between posts, lately. LOTS going on behind the scenes, though. Today I get to share just one of them with you. My fellow VA (virtual assistant for those who don’t know) over at Project Run and Play just released her very first pattern called the Runway Skirt. What’s more is my Bee got to be on the cover (along with two other beautiful ladies)!

Runway Skirt Pattern review

Woot woot!

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

This pattern starts at size 00 and goes up to 24. How nice is that?! It has a vintage flair and comes in a three lengths. And LOOK AT THOSE GODETS! Seriously love the flair. Since the main fabric is knit, it really fits just about all body types.

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

You can check out Audrey’s post here, with all the details.

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

Right now, you can find it over on Upcraft Club (you know I love them) and this week only it is 20% off! Just in time to whip one up for Thanksgiving.

What are you waiting for??!! Head on over!

Love Notions Spectacular

Welcome to this stop on the Love Notions Spectacular tour!

When Kelly from Handmade Boy asked me to join, I jumped on it. For one reason, Kelly is awesome, but the other reason is I wanted a chance to sew up the li’l LDT pattern for my daughter’s Halloween costume.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Since she had her hair cut short, my Falafel has been listing different costumes that she would like to be. Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service (affiliate link) was on top of her list. And really, why wouldn’t she be? We are constantly telling her she looks like she fell out of a Miyasaki film.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Although I am new to Love Notions patterns, I took a leap and dove right in. I didn’t even do a muslin! I sewed it up based on her measurements which turned out to be a size 7 and it fits her perfectly. The only changes I made were to raise the neckline up (to look more like Kiki’s dress), and made sleeves 3/4 length. Both things were quick and incredibly easy to do. There are so many options with this pattern! AND it goes up to girls size 16!! That is going to take this petite nut a long way.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

A friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of this dreamy thick organic black knit awhile ago. It is super soft and has lovely movement. I didn’t even have to hem the sleeves or bottom.

Perfect for flying!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

That bow was done on the fly (pun intended), without a pattern. I seriously just threw it together, and thankfully it worked! Similar to this bow tie tutorial, only bigger. Like over-the-top bigger. And because the headband is knit, there is no need for hook and loop closures. To make it stand on it’s own, I fused iron-on batting to the red knit fabric.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Of course, after I made her this, she decided she wants to be a cat, and wear this one as a regular everyday dress….which (witch-ha!) is fine by me!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Thank you so much for including me on tour!

Now for some fun! If you hop on over to the Love Notions blog every day this week, you will find a different game to play for a chance to win some pretty great stuff. This is what is going on today.

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Love Notions would like to thank all of the amazing bloggers on the tour. Please be sure to stop by and see what awesomeness was created! And don’t forget to check out the guest bloggers participating each day on the Love Notions Blog!