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Pattern Test: Women’s Raglan from Patterns for Pirates

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I had a chance to test the Women’s Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates, (affiliate link) which is another fun, comfortable women’s top. I do usually sew for kids, but it is nice once in a while to make something for myself.

This pattern has a ton of options, and is a great basic staple. I made it in less than an hour, start to finish. It has short, long and 3/4 sleeve options, hemmed or banded and even has elbow patch and neckline-V options too. It is incredibly comfortable and the pattern is easy to follow. I can’t wait to make more of these!

Definitely a versatile pattern and you can get it on sale this week through Craftsy.

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I was given a copy of this pattern to test, but was not compensated otherwise for this post. Opinions are my own.

Pattern Test · Projects

Pattern Test: Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie

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I had a chance to test a new pattern for myself last week, and I love it! It’s the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Hampton Hoodie  (affiliate link) and it is the grown-up version of the Hangout Hoodie, which is what I used for the Superhero inspired hoodies I made last month. It was easy to make and is super comfy. I used knit I picked up specifically for this project, but I would love to make one in heavier sweatshirt fleece for winter. It’s a quick sew and looks great.

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We snapped a few pictures before my husband rushed off to work on a particularly cold and blustery day last week. It 40 degrees cooler that day than the day before, so the hooodie was definitely nice to have.

My only issue was with the hood, it seemed big and kind of has this Jedi-master gapingness thing going on (some might be just the wind that day.) but I understand the pattern had a couple revisions, one of which corrected some feedback about the hood. Honestly, though, I think it is really great with or without the gaping hood, it will definitely be a staple of my winter wardrobe.

I was given a free copy of the pattern for testing, and was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Projects

A Very Special T-Shirt Refashion

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I loved the BundleUP Boys pattern bundle so much. I had a great time previewing the Field Pants and Lumberjack shirt, but I got so many great new boy patterns I wanted to try them out ASAP. The next one I did was an upcycle, a re-imagining if you will, of a couple adult sized t-shirts I have had for 2 years.

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These t-shrits were event tees from a memorial fundraiser a couple years ago in honor of my father, who was a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty when I was 11. My mom and brother were at the memorial event and sent our whole family t-shirts, unfortunately the smallest size available (It was a motorcycle ride, there weren’t many kid participants) was adult medium. I had them tucked away in a closet but it will be a while before my 4-year-olds are wearing adult medium.

I found this amazingly adorable police fabric, which was über expensive and imported from Europe. I only bought half a meter and decided to make it work. I used the Zee’s Tee pattern from TieDyeDiva, (Affiliate Link) which was in the bundle, but is now available individually. The pattern has very good directions for up-cycling, and has options for long and short sleeve, color block or yoke tees as well as standard t-shirt style.

The t-shirts I used have my Dad’s name on the back and a small chest logo. For these shirts I decided to swap their location, I thought my boys would like to see their Grandpa’s name on the front. The logo of the ride I added to the back yoke. I was able to squeeze out both these shirts from my half meter of the Euro-knit fabric and still have a scrap large enough left to make one for my nephew if I can get another shirt. The sleeves I used a jersey bed sheet I got at a thrift store for $1. It is a nice heather blue and I was able to use the finished hem for the sleeves. I did add a new ribbed neckline and learned how to use the twin needle to finish the hem and neckline. (Thanks to the tutorial from TieDyeDiva!)

I made the size 5 for my almost-5-year-olds and it is a perfect fit. I will definitely add this to my go-to pattern pile, it was so quick and easy, and now that I get the twin needle thing I feel like I would whip one up in no time! My boys both love their shirts, and I love that they can wear them now and don’t have to wait a decade to fit into them.

 

 

 

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Space Robot Henley

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Next up, another favorite from Peekaboo Pattern Shop, the Boardwalk Henley (Affiliate Link.) This was another print I found (and loved) from Spoonflower, but in order to stretch my one yard of custom printed fabric, I mixed in some solids and some clearance-rack stripes. Both the blue and orange were scraps I had that coordinated perfectly, and the stripes I used in the sleeves were on clearance for $2/yard. This was definitely a learning experience. I attempted to use the twin needle to hem it, but failed, and my buttonholes are terrible (I have since learned my machine has a special setting for knit buttonholes.) 

My kids don’t care, though, they love their robot space rocket shirts. This pattern has an option for a hood or collar, and can be made into a shirt or a dress. Next time I might use snaps instead of buttons, but I love this style shirt and will definitely be making more of these.

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Space Robot Henley | Just-Joshin.com

Projects · Theme Week

Back to School: Knights of the Fingerpainting Table Raglan Hoodies

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Next up in the Back-to-school wardrobe are these lightweight hoodies, made with adorable knights fabric I had printed from Spoonflower.com. I used the Scientific Seamstress All the Rage Raglan pattern, (affiliate link) which I have had forever but haven’t made for a couple years. It is a super-easy pattern to make and turns out so cute. I have been sewing with knit fabric more lately and finding cute boy-themed knits has become quite a challenge. I have found a couple online sites that offer small-run custom printing, I am looking forward to creating more cute, comfy shirts for these two from those. This print was ordered from Spoonflower, it isn’t my design, but the nice thing about Spoonflower is you can have a design printed on as little as a quarter yard of fabric. I have designed and ordered my own fabrics for projects, though this time I bought two different designs from other people. This knight fabric was too cute to pass up, especially when I could get two shirts from one yard when paired with a solid jersey knit. 

The raglan pattern has lots of options for customization, short and long sleeves, faux layered sleeves, hood or collar. I think the hooded look in grey goes with the knight look pretty well, and of course I do love hoods on the boys. I can see making a bunch of these without the hoods as PJ tops for winter.

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

These will be great for layering as the weather changes, and the hood is so cute. They are great out of lightweight jersey knit, but I have also used this pattern for fleece which made great sweatshirts.

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

This is what you get when you request, “Your bravest knight face.”

Back to School Knight Raglan Hoodies | Just-Joshin.com

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