Coffee + Thread Blog 2017 Blog Tour

Monday, April 3, 2017

Good morning everyone! It feels like it has been ages since I have participated in a blog tour - I am hoping it is a bit like riding a bike. 😉

I was very excited to be asked to join in on this tour. I love the sweet vintage style of Olga's patterns and Joni needed a few new outfits for the coming spring/summer months as she has outgrown of a lot of things in her closet.

The first outfit I sewed up was the Mulberry Tunic.

I added a touch to the length so she could wear as a dress or a tunic. 

The other changes I made were adding a peter pan collar and gathering the sleeves. The collar is actually taken from the Eleena Dress with a slight modification to the opening to fit the bodice of the Mulberry!
Since I knew Joni would want to pair a belt with her tunic, I added belt loops so she doesn't have to worry about the belt slipping up or down when wearing. I think I will also make her a narrow fabric belt later on so she has more wearing options.

I love the shirttail hem detail in the pattern!

I had originally intended on modifying one of Olga's dress patterns to make a cardigan but did not have any fabric to coordinate with this floral. I did however have some perfectly coordinating yarn so I knitted up this little cardigan to keep her warm and cozy throughout the spring months. 

I made the second outfit using the Ania Tunic and Wild & Free Pants patterns. 

This entire outfit makes me ridiculously happy, it just screams spring! And Lord knows after this winter, we could all use a bit of spring! 😉 Added bonus, it is also 4th of July appropriate so I totally killed two birds with one stone without even planning it. haha.

I shortened the tunic by a couple inches for more of a top length. 

A while back, I saw someone who did ties in lieu of a button on their Ania (thank you to whoever it was who inspired me....I wish I remembered so I could link you!) and really loved how it looked. Usually I try to avoid buttons at the neckline due to Joni's fine hair getting easily snagged so this was the perfect solution to that. 

 For the jeggings, I modified the back panel to incorporate a yoke and added back pockets.

The front was modified by adding faux front pockets and fly. I had wanted to keep the same elastic waistband from the pattern but realized after the fact that I didn't make my front pockets quite deep enough to do that. I ended up removing some height and adding a separate waistband. I really love how these turned out and Joni loves how comfortable they are compared to the normal jeans that she wears! YAY!

I am including Joni's measurements and sizes sewn for reference. I feel like the patterns were very true to size. I did size down on the Mulberry Tunic as I wanted a more slim fitting shirtdress.

Chest - 22.5"
Waist - 20"
Hips - 22"

Sizes sewn:
Ania Tunic - 4
Wild & Free Pants - 4
Mulberry Tunic - 3

Olga has graciously provided a discount of 20% off all patterns in her shop for the duration of the tour (April 3rd - April 14th)! Code: coffeeandthreadtour

Be sure to check out all of the incredibly talented bloggers who are taking part in the tour! And don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win some seriously sweet prizes. 

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April 14

Thank you SO much for having me on your tour Olga! I loved sewing up your patterns and my daughter is thrilled with her new outfits. ❤️

Marian Martin Vintage Dress Pattern #9052

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good morning!

One of the things I have done for a while now is keep a list of the special vintage patterns I have came across online. I search a couple times a week on Etsy, Ebay and a couple FB pages for these patterns. Apparently the few I have on my list must be somewhat rare because it took me a while to come across this Marian Martin pattern. I saw it pop up on Etsy and hesitated for a minute because it was a size 10 but ended up purchasing anyways with the intent of grading down to the 4 that I needed.

The grading process wasn't too difficult. I used the measurement difference between sizes to figure out how much I needed to remove from the pattern pieces. After adjusting the pattern pieces, I then made a muslin. The fit from the first muslin was pretty great but the sleeves were a little too "batwing-ish" for my liking and so made a second muslin with the excess removed from the sleeve region.

The pattern itself was beautifully written. I loved all of the old school sewing "tips" she provided in her tutorial.
Joni absolutely adored the dress! #momwin
The only thing that probably would have made the dress better in her eyes is if it was blue. She was all about pink/purple/yellow for the last few years but suddenly woke up one morning and it was BLUE. ALL THINGS BLUE. 🙄
Back to the dress, I have it shown on a 2T mannequin so it looks a little big. But you get the idea. 
I added piping to the top and bottom of the waistband seam.
The buttons are from Joanns. Originally, I wanted to find a deep plum color but none I found looked quite as nice as the light tortoise ones.
The trim along the bottom is vintage lace I had in my stash. I am not sure where it came from but it really complimented this color nicely and added a special touch. The pattern directions call for a 3" hem allowance. I am a HUGE fan of a wide hem but due to the amount of fabric I had on hand, I had to use a 2" hem instead.
 Aren't those bodice darts lovely?! There is just something about darts that makes me happy.
One of the changes I made to the original pattern construction was to fully line the bodice. Aside from being faster than applying bias around all edges, I love the look of a fully lined bodice on the inside.
This is the second dress I have made using this pattern. The other can be seen on my IG account. I really can't rave enough about this pattern....I have a feeling I will be making a ton of these every summer until Joni outgrows it.

OH, and I just found that MM must have made "Mommy & Me" patterns because I found the identical MM dress pattern sized for adults! The listing was sold, so I will be putting that one on my "wish list". ;)

Until next time,

Thyme Vest Pattern by Paisley Roots - One Thimble Magazine 14

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hello-hello everyone!

New year, new blog for this girl. 🎉 I let my old blog expire at the beginning of last year for many reasons. I honestly wasn't sure that I even wanted to have a blog again but realized this past year that I miss having one quite a bit! So here we are....

Let's talk about the new Thyme Vest pattern by Paisley Roots - available in the One Thimble 14 Magazine. I love how it turned out and am really excited for spring to hurry up and get here so my little girl can wear it!

The fabrics I used were all from Joann's. They had several color options at my store, I am anxious to make a trip to town again to get some of the navy!

I ended up sourcing the zippers on Etsy. I ordered #567 & #566. All of the hardware came from Joann's as well. They have these cute little kits specifically for Anorak Jackets/Vests.

I made two changes to the pattern. The first was adding the flap pockets - I love flap pockets and thought they would look cute with this style vest. Karly (the designer) will be adding a tutorial for these pockets on her blog to achieve this look as well! The second change was to omit the pocket lining. I finished all edges by serger, folding under the top as you would normally do with a pocket and then topstitching. I did this primarily so the lining would not be visible along the folded pocket edges. Due to the drastic contrast in the color of my lining and main fabric, I felt it would show much more than if my fabrics were of similar colors. :)

I layered this vest with the Mingo & Grace Crop Top. I modified by sizing down for use with Ponte and omitting all back closures. I then added a peplum bottom. Although Joni isn't the biggest fan of black, she really loved this top and asked for a second. Of course, she keeps pointing to a knit floral I am hoarding for myself....back away from my floral child!

The back features a sweet curved hem.

Sizing was very accurate to the size chart.

Size sewn: 3T/1" added to length.
Stats: 22.5" chest, 20" waist, 22" hips, height 47".

All-in-all, I love this pattern and will most definitely be making it for many years to come. <3


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