Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Little Heart Skinnies & A Red Greenpoint

Hang on a minute.

Almost done.

There. Ta-da!

What do you think? You likey the new digs?

These delicious little goodies are more products of the wonderful patterns in the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle (affiliate link) that's available this week. For $29.95 you get 26 awesome patterns that you'll use again and again. Because, really, who doesn't need a pair of heart skinnies? (I know I do.)

The Greenpoint Cardigan pattern (reg price $12.00) was unbelievably quick. The instructions were super straightforward and easy to follow and the result was, well, you can see for yourself. It's a winner.

Also, I would like to recognize this momentous occasion. I received my sewing machine as a wedding gift from my parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle nearly 6 years ago now, thanks to this cardigan... (drum roll please...)

I have finally figured out how to sew buttonholes on my machine! (Hold for applause.) Okay, so actually it was shamefully easy, but it required me to actually pull out the manual and read it. So, duh, of course I put that off for 6 years. But now that I've mastered buttonholes on my machine, the buttonhole foot and I are old friends and I see many more tidy little buttonholes in my future. Still, after avoiding it like the plague for 6 years, I feel inclined to pay tribute to the pattern that finally motivated me enough to pull out my manual and actually do it. Boo-yah. It's that good. I hope it's not too strong to say that you need it (affiliate link), because, let's face it, you do.

And because I feel it is my duty to show you the back of everything, here's the back. I feel like the collar is hanging a little wide on the hanger in this picture, but it's not that wide, really, because it hangs nicer when it's on. Cute little vintage hangers can only get you so far, really.

And here's a bit of a closer look at the sleeve cuffs and waistband. Don't they look nice and polished?

Oh, and for those of you who are curious, I sewed up this little Greenpoint Cardigan in a size 6. Olivia is actually just starting to wear 5T, so I expected this to be too big on her, but I'm happy to report that it fits her loosely, but well. There's plenty of room to grow, that's for sure, but it doesn't look awkward or baggy on her in the mean time, so we'll be able to get a lot of use out of this little sweater.

What's that? It looks suspiciously like the same fabric her chicken pants are made of? Why yes, you clever thing, you. That's because it is. As it turned out, this fabric was perfect for both. Boo-yah. And while we're on the topic of red sweater knit and this cardigan and Halloween costumes (what? you didn't know we were on that topic? well we are.), I just have to say that I think this would make the perfect old timey letterman's jacket/sweater. Don't you think? If you're going 50's this year, perhaps you'll have to give it a try. Just sayin'.

And the jeans. Oh the jeans! Don't you just love these little skinnies? They're made from the Skinny Jeans pattern (reg price $7.95) in this sweet heart denim from Jo-Ann's. This pair is a size 5T and they fit Olivia perfectly.

The pattern features real, fully-lined pockets, a faux fly front, functional belt loops, and an elastic waistband at the back. And, for the record, I'm a big fan of the way that elastic goes in at the back. Just had to throw that out there.

I considered splurging and buying a real "jeans" button, but in the end I didn't feel like forking over the $$. I was regretting my scrupulousness right up until I found this pretty wooden button in my stash. And then I knew it was destiny. Don't you love when notions finally land on just the right piece? I do.

The back also has pockets, of course. The bad news is that the sweet little heart detail on the pockets was not part of the pattern. The good news is that it's really easy to do. All I did was free-hand the design with a white chalk pencil and then sewed right over it.

And while we're on the topic of finishing touches, would you like to know the secret to really legit-looking jeans? It's jeans thread. Look for it at the fabric store. It's thicker than regular thread, so be sure you only use it as the top thread (just use a color that matches your jeans for your bobbin thread). It's one of those things that seems so small and insignificant, but, in the end, it's really the detail that sells the jeans as looking like "real" store-bought jeans.

The fit all around is perfect on her. Perhaps just a tiny bit long, which means, of course, that she'll be able to wear them longer. Win-win.

Okay, the end.

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No really. You need it. :)
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lindzandrob said...

I am in love with those jeans!!! I want some or myself! Good work. I bought the pattern bundle yesterday. Can't wait to try sewing some of them!

Unknown said...

I just ordered this pack yesterday. I'm starting with the skinny jeans because Amy has a sew-along later this month.

This is my first time reading your blog and I literally LOL'd. Super fun to read. Thanks!

Kathy Haynie said...

If you and Bryan need help paying off his student loans, I'm pretty sure you could hire Olivia out as a model. She's better than the kids in the catalogs. And her clothes are classier, too. Nice work!

Unknown said...

Could you leave the info for the sew along? I'd love to do it.

hey june said...

DUUUUUUUDDDDEEEE!!!! This is by far my favorite outfit to come out of the bundle so far!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those jeans!! You must be so proud :) And obvs the cardigan is pretty amazing too ;) I made one with piping in the sleeve seams to kind of give off the letterman vibe too. I hope someone goes full-on letterman though. Probably it should be me... (confession: i own a pair of heart print skinnies. So I can be twinners with your 4 yr old.)

Laura said...

The heart topstitching on the back pocket is so good! I love this whole outfit - I really wish we could get more fun denim over in England.

Katie Lewis said...

Erin, I just checked her site and it looks like she's starting the sew along for it on Oct. 14. Here's her blog address:

Hope that helps! :)

Katie Lewis said...

Oops! The above comment was for Adrienne. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Kate :) I will have to check it out.

Unknown said...

Cutest outfit in the history of clothes right here. :D

Very Shannon said...

ohhhh...i love this outfit! so awesome! those jeans are absolute perfection!

Lacey said...

The jeans seriously look totally professional, nice work! And, just so you know, you have successfully sold me on the pattern bundle, all your hard work has paid off :)