Altering my t-shirt

Remember the t-shirt I stenciled, only it did not fit properly due to it being a men’s t-shirt?

Altering a men's t-shirt to fit a woman's body

Well, I altered it using a t-shirt that fits me as a guide. I took in the shoulders, shortened the sleeves, and added side panels of knit fabric to give me room in the bust.

Altering a men's t-shirt to fit a woman's body

My gal pals over at the Capsule Wardrobe Sewalong Facebook group  helped me problem solve a bit for this one. I didn’t have a ton of fabric to work with, so I was a bit stumped at how to proceed, and what exactly needed to be adjusted. Usually I try to buy shirts that are way too big in order to make alterations easier. This t-shirt was way too big in the shoulders, but not big enough in the chest. Tricky. Very Tricky.

I should have done a FBA (full bust adjustment) because there is still some pulling in the boob area, but I am pretty satisfied with the fit now! It is amazing how much more flattering a shirt can be when it fits in the shoulders.

Have you ever adjusted the fit of a store-bought t-shirt?

Field Research Cargo Shorts giveaway

Remember the cargo pants I started, but they were too small for my girl? Well, I unpicked the one leg I had done because I wasn’t happy with it, and one thing led to another….and now they Field Research Cargo shorts.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

I sewed up a size 7, but they are too tight around the waist/ bum area for my girl, and she typically wears a size 7. So I would say these fit like a size 6.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

The pocket lining and waist band facing is a fantastic kitty print. Gender neutral in my eyes. All the seams are finished with a faux overlock stitch from my Contessa.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

There is a flat front with elastic in the back. There are cargo pockets, and the back ones are fastened with green buttons.

Field Research Cargo Shorts

Now for the fun part! To win these fun shorts, all you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter below. Only for U.S. residents (sorry my international buddies!). The giveaway ends this Sunday.

Good Luck!

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Field Research Cargo pants ready for an adventure

Remember the first pair of cargo pants I made? Well, since those ended up being a muslin, I made another pair of the Field Research Cargo pants, only this time in a size 9/10. And you know what? They are perfect!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I used much crazier fabric this time. I have been working on using just what I have in my stash, if I can, lately. I don’t remember where I got this stretch denim from, but I am in love with it.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My Falafel chose the “coordinating” (I use that word lightly) banana fabric, for the pocket lining and the waistband facing (that only she can see).

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I turned the stretch crazy denim to the other side for all the pockets. And my girl also chose the “Caution” buttons for the back pockets. We have been saving them for the perfect project. She said, and I quote Watch out! That’s my butt!”.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did something a little differently for the bottoms of the pants. I added elastic as per my girl’s request. She didn’t want any critters to be able to crawl up her pant legs while she was on her camping trip. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request. So I happily obliged. I really love how just that small change really enhances the overall look! PS- so do fuzzy striped socks, right?

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

One really fun part of this pattern is the zip off legs! I had never even dreamed I could do this before this pattern. And it wasn’t all that scary once I dove in.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Unziiiiiiiip!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

We only unzipped one, because of course, the temps have dropped again, and it was so cold she had goosebumps on her legs. But you get the idea. They go on and come off really easily!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

These are such cool pants!!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I had her field test them.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

They passed with flying colors.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I am super happy that I made these for my girl. Not a quick sew by any means, but completely worth it. She is one step closer to being ready for the trip. Now if only I were!

Guest Posting at Sew Mama Sew

Triangle pocket tote tutorial

Today you can find me over on the Sew Mama Sew blog, sharing my tutorial for the triangle pocket tote.

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I had a great Mother’s Day. The Bee gave me $16.00 in cash. $1.00 for every year I have been a Mother.

Oh that girl.

My family let me sleep in until 9, which I cannot remember the last time I did. We all went to the garden center for plants. Then on a hike. And my husband made me the most delicious sushi ever for dinner. AND I ate an entire pint of cashew cream caramel chocolate chip ice cream. Myself.

I would do it all again. Especially the ice cream.

The best part of all was sitting with my girls and chatting.

I feel loved.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day, and feel loved, too.

Upcycling pillowcases into a bag for the bag

As I mentioned yesterday, our little girl is about to embark on a camping trip with her class. One of the requirements is she needs to be able to roll up her sleeping bag and put it in a carrying sack all on her own. Well, the one we have came in a bag three times too small for it (I have no idea why they do that), so I decided to make her a much bigger bag for the bag, upcycling  pillowcases.

Sleeping Bag Carrying Sack made from upcycling pillowcases

I first cut the bottom off a pillowcase and made it into a cycinder. Then, I took a second pillowcase and cut a large circle for the bottom. I don’t use math here (even though I probably should), but instead, cut it super large, and trimmed off what I didn’t need after it was sewn to the cylinder.

Sleeping Bag Carrying Sack made from upcycling pillowcases

I used the second pillowcase to create a simple strap.

Sleeping Bag Carrying Sack made from upcycling pillowcases

I sewed a casing for the drawstring at the top.

Sleeping Bag Carrying Sack made from upcycling pillowcases

Super simple and super quick to make. And after the pants, I needed something satisfying to whip up quickly. I made this in less than an hour from start to finish. There is plenty of room to also stuff her pillow. Which, incidentally is a throw pillow from our couch (she wanted a smaller pillow to take), that I also made a simple pillowcase for right after I made this (photos for another day).

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So tell me, what have YOU made today?

Prepping and Making and Bracing

Oh my goodness, people. Our youngest is about to go on her class camping trip, and for the first time, our baby will be away from home. Out there in the world. Away. And I have to admit, I am a little nervous about it. So when I get nervous, what do I do? I make stuff. I am prepping and making and bracing myself for yet another milestone. Another instance where I let go just a little bit, let her grow, and see her thrive. The extra hard part is adding in the complexities of having allergies and asthma and not being able to be there to manage it all. After having conversations with all those involved, I now need to keep my hands busy.

I decided to make her a pair of tough cargo pants (using the Scientific Seamstress Field Research Cargo pants pattern), and it didn’t even cross my mind that they could possibly be too small, so I stitched and top stitched and added details, and when they were almost complete, I THEN tried them on her. Well, they are too small. BUT, the silver lining is, since this was a new pattern (to me), and there are many things I have not yet tried, I used this pair for practice.

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Normally I would not share an unfinished project with you, but I really like this one.

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I mean, look at that stitching!

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I had never sewn cargo pockets like these before. That actually took some practice. Now, I have them down. Also, the legs zip off, and I had never done that before, either.  I am thinking of this pair of pants like one of those dolls that toddlers practice their buttoning, tying, and zippering skills. Or in the sewing world, we would call this my muslin. Although I think it is even more than just a muslin. It is a skill-builder. Tomorrow, I start the “real”pair. Wish me luck!

What do you do when you are nervous about something?

Melanie Knit dress review

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

The Melanie Knit Dress by Modkid

When Courtney asked me to sew up one of the awesome Modkid patterns, I didn’t hesitate to choose this fun knit dress. It is a PDF pattern that covers sizes 2T- 10. I sewed up a 7 for my girl, and it fits perfectly as a tunic.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

My very active girl absolutely requires clothing that she can move in, and being a tween, she prefers them to also be stylish. This pattern fits both those bills nicely.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

The only changes I made to this fun and simple pattern, was I added another small pocket on one side, and a strap with two loops on the other. Falafel loves pockets, so I thought it would be fun to add few more. You know… so I can pick more rocks out of the washing machine.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

I also added bias tape to the neckline instead of hemming. The great thing about this pattern is getting to choose how to finish the seams. It is very flexible that way.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Let’s talk about that fabric! Those are Patty Young exclusive knits for Riley Blake Designs and they are like buttah! When I work with knits, I like using quality fabric. It makes all the difference. And these here are quality, baby! I also know that my child will not wear through these so easily, and I love that.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Not like she doesn’t try, though.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Like all Modid patterns, my most favorite part is being able to print and assemble each pattern piece as a freestanding piece, instead of taping all of the them together into a massive sheet. It is the little things, really. They all fit on my kitchen island counter, where I cut out all my patterns. Makes things so much more pleasant.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

It only took me one day to sew up (and would have been even quicker if I didn’t sew, and then do a faux overlock stitch on every seam). It honestly took longer to take the photos.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Hmmmmm. I wonder why?

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

So to sum up, this is a fun, easy, stylish, comfy pattern, that I will be sewing more of.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Do you like sewing with knits?

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PS- Although I was provided with the pattern and the fabric, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine!

 

Musical Magrath Dress

A friend of ours runs a non-profit program for kids, teaching them music (regardless of income), called Kids in Concert. She asked me if I would donate a sewn garment to their auction, and of course I said yes! I came up with a musical Magrath dress just for the occassion.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I had Falafel model it, of course.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I used the Magrath dress pattern like I used for her Mermaid dress, only this time I used musical note fabric along with a black bedsheet. And I whipped up a mustard colored denim belt to add a pop of color.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I love this pattern. I wanted it to look a bit more special than the average dress, and I think it does!

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I hope it brings in some much needed money for this fantastic program.

Musical Magrath dress pattern by Sew Much Ado, sewn by Falafel and the Bee

What have you sewn lately?

Birthday Dress Wish

Our friend turned 11 this weekend, and the one thing she had was a birthday dress wish from me. Although my plate has been full to the brim, I have babysat this girl since she was 4. She is most definitely like family. And when she saw my Falafel’s Alice in Wonderland dress a few months ago, she has asked me for one ever since! How could I refuse that?!

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I did this one slightly different than the original, starting with the fabric (that my Falafel is modeling before we gave it to the birthday girl). I knew our friend would like a silky light purple instead of the blue gauze.

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The ruffles are a little wider on this one. I have no idea why. I think I just got a little carried away. Ha! I did still use the Noelle Party dress by the Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop *affiliate link*, only this time I made a size 10 (which is slightly too big for my girl, but perfect for the Birthday girl) and cut it up into different panels. I always start with this bodice pattern because I like how it fits.

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I also added puffy sleeves with elastic because I didn’t have her upper arm measurement.

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We gave it to her, and she LOVED it. I can’t wait to see it on her.

Amaryllis dress

Today I am bringing home the Amaryllis dress I posted about over at Melly Sews for Blank Slate Patterns(affiliate links).

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Can I just tell you, I LOVE THIS PATTERN??!!

Of all the Blank Slate patterns I have sewn up, it is my favorite. And that is saying something. You can see others I have sewn here, here, here, here, and here. And that is not even all of them!

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Firstly, it is reversible!! Essentially, this means two dresses in one. How awesome is that?!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

BTW: please excuse my daughter’s pinky finger. It was broken, but we unwrapped it for the photos, and it just stuck out like that.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The fabric I used is from the Birch Organics Mod Basics 3 collection. The Navy is called Firefly Dots Dusk, and the mustard colored one is called Wink Marigold. Dreamy fabric to go with this dreamy pattern.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The pattern goes from18m-size 8. I hope one day Melissa will make this in MY size. But for now, you can make one for your little girl to twirl in. And twirl she will! The dress has great twirl-ability.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The back closes with a button, so no zips to install or even buttonholes!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The whole dress goes on like a secured wrap dress. There really is no danger of being exposed. This one has you covered.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The only difficult thing is choosing which side to wear.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The one time consuming (but completely worth it) component to this pattern is hemming the circle skirt portion of the dress. I just followed the instructions, and went slowly. It came out beautifully. No wrinkles or anything! I was impressed.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did not deviate from this pattern because there wasn’t anything I would do differently!

Thank you, Melissa. I cannot wait to sew up another.