twig and tale upcycle blog tour

For my upcycle challenge I used the totally adorable Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns (referal link - I think it gets you a discount... #justsaying)! 
There is also a rafflecopter and link up for this blog tour - so read to the end of the post!

My job was to upcycle an old 'something or other' into something brand new and exciting! 

The Upcyle Original:
My mom used to work at a bank - which means she had several old suits in her closet that she hates and will never wear again.  I chose this grey suit out oh her pile, the fabric is LOVELY. soft and a good quality suit - which means all those princess seams and darts should hold up well to being cut apart (and I was NOT dissapointed! The interior of this suit - beautifully finished!) 
I also found this soft fuzzy blanket on her donate pile and grabbed that as well!

Pattern: The Pathfinder Vest
I've had my eye on this Twig+Tale pattern since it came out! I looove all the options. Pixie hood, no hood, rounded hood. extended length or regular length, curved back or not,etc. Ther are really so many options you caould make a dozen that all looked like a different pattern used! 
Plus of course in the climate we live in - a good vest gets used 3/4 seasons (which means 9months of the year!)

I choose the pixie hood, regular length but curved drop back. As you can see I used my blazer to do the main upcycle - the pockets are functional!!! The cute princess seams and just that extra bit of character and a bit of dainty to the front too and I just love it! 

A little cold but still smiling to earn her gummy bear for taking blog pictures!

For the closure I went a little off script and I used the button tab placket from the sleeve of the blazer - just cut it off and finished that one end that was open from cutting it off the blazer. The buttons are also from the sleeve button placket.

The pattern sewed up in a preschool morning even with all my little fiddling with button plackets and upcycling cut arounds (preschool is 2hrs) and all I had left to do after preschool was sew on the buttons! I made my 4yr old a straight size 4, as she measures exactly for, and the fit is perfection!

I love the dropped curved back - I think it just looks adorable with skinnyjeans!

The soft white blanket being used on the inside adds a little extra warmth - but not so much she won;lt be able to wear this well into springtime!

I honestly cannot believe how little I upcycle!!!  After making this sew I am now looking at all the old clothes in the closet from a different viewpoint!  I feel like when I began sewing I always was upcycling because I was cheap and didnt want to waste $$ buying fabric on a project that wouldn't turn out - then my sewing improved and I started just using fabric by the meter. I feel like I need to reset that balance! While I was at my mom's I also picked up a twin bedcover made from lovely eyelet fabric... so I do plan to upcycle again in the near future! Upcycling is more than not "wasting" fabric - it is a whole different creative process, and I love it! The challenge and the final product - it all just feels sooooo good! Very satisfying!

Now head on over and pick up this pattern! The  Pathfinder vest pattern from Twig and Tale patterns is a MUST sew!!!! and the size range and directions are FAB! 

The GIVEAWAY + the other tour stops (which you should check out!):

Blog tour overview page: 

Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway


sewing with CATTITUDE!

I have been at it again ... doing some fabric designing with my illusrator playing around! I love when my ideas come to life! The round closes this week though - so if you want to preorder go to True North Fabrics on facebook ASAP.

Not only did I design the fabric - but I got to sew off some of the strike offs! The kids each got a new pair of scrundies (pattern by SUAT)

Cheeks got a LLK perfect 10 and a pair of HOSHpants by emmyloubeedoo patterns

and at this point I was feeling much left out and had only a wee bit of scraps left... but just enough to make myself a pair of boyshorts! (also by SUAT patterns)
What would you sew with "cattitude" ?

Dreamy Drape tops for all!

Wondering where I've been? no... ??? Well you might have been missing out! Just because I don;t blog often doesn't mean I haven't been busy! (check out my IG!!)

BUT!  I did  do some pattern testing this month :O  Totally shocking since I have done exactly zero non work related pattern tests in about 2 years, it seems the break was good for me though and now pattern testing is back to being fun! (Though I am VERY fussy who I test for and what I test!)
Mummykins and me drape top with triangle hem option. sewn by Jeanine Thomlinson

I just LOOOVED the mummykins and me dreamy drape top when she posted looking for testers though and KNEW I'd regret not getting in on this pattern test - and she was so lovely to test for - listens to the testers, comments on photo's and her and admins are so on top of questions and updates. It was a lovely testing expierence!

This top has a couple options. the triangle hemline - which I did for my daughter here (LLK perfect 10 is her matching underneath tee shirt) and the banded bottom - which you will see I choose as the option for ME!

When I signed up to test I signed up for the kids version, by Rebecca very kindly uploaded both files into the test group - so after loving my daughters shirt soooo much I grabbed the women's and made myself a shirt too!

I did the banded version in a french terry and added a few inches in length since I wanted more of a tunic I could wear a little bunched at the bottom with leggings than a shirt with jeans type of deal.

I really could not be more pleased with how this turned out! and my pastel pink shirt and soft grey hat matches my no summer sun skin tone of boring pastey white.

You can get this as a bundle (LINK) or individuallyif you only want to sew for yourself or only a kid.

What are you sewing? Tell me about your last sewing tester!

a HUGE Boxing Day sale with 28 PDF designers coming to you!

Who else loooves boxing day??!!! Here in Canada we celebrate the day (usually with a family gathering - butalso with shopping!!!! (it is like the USA 's black friday!)
To celebrate Boxing Day 2016 I’ve joined together with 28 fabulous PDF designers to bring you a HUGE Boxing Day Sales Event. 
Running all day Boxing Day you can get 30% off your PDF Pattern purchases from these businesses with the code CYA16 The code is the exact same for all the participating designers!

and yes - my little shop is in the sale - StitchART FMA and doll patterns all included!
1 Puddle Lane (no code required – price will be discounted for you at checkout!)
Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns (or for non-dress patterns see the etsy store)
Apple + Fig
Bella Sunshine Designs
Bubby and Me (only PDF patterns)
Designs by Call Ajaire
Emkie Designs
Fabric (only PDF patterns)
Filles a Maman
Felt with Love Designs
Hey There Threads (stand-alone patterns only)
Hugs are fun
Izzy & Ivy Designs
Jennuine Design
Jody’s Crafty Creations
Little Moo Designs
Molly and Mama
Momma Quail Patterns
Muffy Duck Designs
One Thimble (e-zines only)
Peach Patterns
Rosie Petal Patterns
Serger Pepper
Stitch Art
Tadah Patterns (stand-alone patterns only)
Threading Rainbows (no code required – price will be discounted for you!)
Tiger Lily Patterns (stand-alone patterns only)
two pretty poppets (single PDF patterns only)

So by Boxing Day do we mean Boxing Day where you live?
YES, Absolutely! The sale begins 12.01am 26/12/15 in Samoa and continues right through till 11.59pm 26/12/15 in Baker’s Island … it runs for 48 hours to make sure we cover Boxing Day world wide!
So how long till it starts?
Here’s a handy countdown! The Sale will begin and end

… and don’t forget to check out the facebook pages of participating businesses for your chance to win pattern bundles! There’s 4 pattern bundles up for grabs!
What better way to get set for a Sew-tastic 2017 than by picking up patterns at an extra special price!
Happy Sewing

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