Peek A Book Clothing Swap and Kids Clothes Week Wrap Up

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This past weekend was my daughter’s 3rd birthday. She chose a princess theme and wore the dress I made her for Halloween last year.

Foo Foo Threads Princess Dress | JaimeSews

It’s pretty beat up by now so I was glad it made it through the birthday. I’ll just have to make another one a little bigger for dress up this year! :) (Maybe in cotton, just sayin’…satin is a mess to work with!)

So you know it was Kids Clothes Week last week and that I had some swap items due. I was being top secret to make it fun for my swap buddy, but the items were delivered Saturday so the coast should be clear! If you’ve not participated in a crafty swap before, it’s so much fun! This particular swap was through the Peek A Boo Pattern Shop facebook page, organized so that we were matched equally (as best they could). So our swap partner had a boy and a girl that I got to sew for and she sewed for my boy and girl!

Our swap partner lives in Hawaii so they had no need of winter clothes and were looking for something other than Hawaiian print. I made her DD the Savannah Pleated Party Dress in this bright, happy Alexander Henry Fabric I had in my stash. I got the Grosgrain Ribbon at Hobby Lobby for the belt.

Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

I chose the cap sleeve and pleated front options, but the pattern offers sleeveless and plain front options too! I just love the classic feel of the pleats. Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

Since I got my Kam Snaps pliers, I’ve been Kam Snap Happy so I used pink snaps up the back.Savannah Pleated Party Dress | JaimeSews

For the boy, I made another Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt, this time in a bright Teal and Red plaid I got at F&M Fabrics.

Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

I instantly loved this plaid and had fun placing the yoke and the front pocket on the bias.Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

I love how the buttons I found really bring out the dark blue stripe.
Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

For bottoms I chose the Castaway Cargos for their style and comfortable knit waistband. I also found this red twill at F&M Fabrics and even though it’s not the darker red predominate in the shirt plaid, it matches well with the lighter shade and coordinates without being matchy-matchy. There are front pockets…Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

…& of course, cargo pockets. I made them with the extension so they’re nice and full, but to simplify, you can do a flat pocket with no extension. Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

There is also an option for a back welt pocket.Castaway Cargos | JaimeSews

Last Thursday I shipped them off to Hawaii and can’t wait to hear back how everything fits!
Classic Oxford Button Up Shirt | JaimeSews

We received our swap items from Hawaii a couple weeks ago, but I don’t have pictures yet so stay tuned! The kids really love the items they got and beg me to wear them every day, but they are for fall/winter and it was 104 this weekend! I really recommend a swap if you’re interested. It’s fun to get to know other sewers and the kids really enjoyed receiving handmade gifts in the mail!

Have a great week!

Kid’s Clothes Week Summer 2014

It’s that time again! Kid’s Clothes Week! And this session’s theme is Kid Art. Are you participating?

Kid's Clothes Week

I have Peek A Boo Patterns Clothing Swap items due this week so I will be working on Kids Clothes in that way. Someday I’ll get ahead of things enough to join in on the theme, but I love how relaxed and encouraging the Kids Clothes Week community is. They’re happy if you’re there just to watch and gain inspiration, to partially participate or if you go all out and plan for the theme.

Because my swap partner would prefer to keep her items a secret and she follows my facebook page, I’ll be posting my progress only on my Instagram feed, so be sure to follow me there – I’d love to follow back. And check out the hashtags #kcw, #kidsclothesweek, #kidsclothingweek (and I’m sure there’s more) around the social media outlets to see what everyone’s up to!

See you back here next week!

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Beginner (Baby) Quilt and Ultimate Bib

Happy Monday! This past weekend I attended my cousin’s baby shower. Josh & Natalie are having their first bambino, a boy they’re naming Riley! I love to give handmade gifts, so when their registry revealed a monkey nursery theme, I was super excited to get shopping. I just got my Kam Snaps plier kit and was anxious to try it out, so I knew for sure I would be making the Ultimate Catch-All Bib, a free pattern from Peek A Boo Pattern Shop!

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

I took Amy’s recommendation and and ordered from Laminates on Etsy. She has an amazing selection of laminated cotton and this Monkey print perfectly fit the theme. The Ultimate Catch-All Bib is great because it opens flat to wipe clean, but snaps up to catch all the food that doesn’t quite make it into baby’s mouth.

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

My son and I had a great time figuring out the Kam Snaps (it’s not hard). Mostly we just giggled at how quickly they went in and how cool it was that they worked! Here’s a picture from the back showing the one side snapped and the other side open. I had a bib similar to this one when my kids were bib-wearing age. It was hands-down our favorite bib. I hope Josh & Natalie get great use out of it!

PAB Ultimate Baby Bib | JaimeSews

The same day I ordered from Laminates, I also found a cotton fat quarter of the same monkey print! Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but gathered I could figure that out later. Well after a trip to the local store to match fabrics, I came home with the goodies to make a Beginner’s Quilt!

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Instructions for making this quilt can be found here. I love how quickly it comes together, but also like the size. It measures 45″ x 60″ so it will last for as long as Riley still loves it (assuming he will).

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Without question, I was in the mood for meandering, so I just stitched a big version of it all over. It’s not perfect, but I love how it turned out.

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

I put an alphabet flannel on the back for warmth and a soft feel. And quite possibly the smallest quilt label ever.

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

This week is a busy week, but I hope to work on my Peek A Boo Pattern Shop Swap outfits (Here’s the post from last year’s swap). This year, I’ll be sewing for a boy and girl in Hawaii and she’s sewing for my two! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out and will be sure to share!

Coachella Shorts

I’m so excited to share with you the inaugural pattern from Striped Swallow Designs!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

I was chosen to test this pattern and it will be ready for release very soon so be sure to like their facebook page so you can be one of the first to know! The Coachella Shorts are low-rise girls shorts with a fun piecing detail that works well with all kinds of trim. You could use pom pom trim, lace, bias tape – anything really – to spruce them up and make them truly one of a kind each time you make them!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

I chose a soft chambray from F&M Fabrics and a giant pink rick rack I had on hand from Pick Your Plum.

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

The back fits well and with no pockets, you can construct these shorts in a flash!

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

The 1″ wide waistband is secure and comfortable. As soon as my DD woke up from her nap and put them on, I couldn’t get them off of her! She absolutely loved them. I definitely see more Coachella shorts this summer and with sizes 12 months through size 12 included, they just may be a staple summer pattern for years to come.

Striped Swallow Designs Coachella Shorts | JaimeSews

Be sure to check out Striped Swallow Designs’ Website and Facebook Page. Then check out the other tester versions of the Coachella Shorts below!

Run Jump Hop Skip Pattern Tour

Today’s post is a stop on the Stitch It Now’s Run Jump Hop Skip Pattern Tour! Thanks for stopping by!

For those of you who are here for the first time, Welcome! My name is Jaime, known around social media outlets as JaimeSews. I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old, have a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and have worked in quilt shops, in a bridal alterations room, and now from home. I have two kiddos, a daughter about to turn 3 and a 6 year old son. I sell handmade children’s clothes and quilts at and I recently opened a fabric & notions shop at I’m in the Central Valley of sunny California, a proud resident of the city of Bakersfield (Ever heard of Buck Owens? Merle Haggard? Also, our farms feed people around the world!) and I am always sewing something!

Bakersfield, CA

I recently signed up for Lauren Dahl’s online Pattern Workshop course (affiliate) to learn to make PDF patterns from my own designs. With the purchase of this course, you gain membership into a PRICELESS facebook group where you get to rub elbows with aspiring, new, and established pattern designers.  Deb Cameron of Stitch it Now is a part of this group and I was super impressed with her first pattern design, the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants. When she put out the testing call, I jumped at the opportunity!! It is so fun to work with new pattern designers, be a part of the pattern process, to help a designer work out the kinks before the pattern goes up for sale, and earn a free pattern in the process! (I received this pattern for free, but of course, the opinions are all my own).

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

Deb started Stitch It Now , offering pre-cut projects complete with instructions and all necessary notions, after becoming a mom of two within 12 months! She (understandably) found it difficult to get to the fabric store, and if she did get away for a bit, inevitably there was something forgotten that was, of course, critical to finishing her project. This inspired her to help other moms who may be in a similar stage of life by offering the Pre-Cut packs with everything you need in one stop! Genius!

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

Now on to the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants Pattern. Deb designed this pattern to have a snug fit below the natural waist, relaxing into the hip and leg to allow for plenty of movement without the short or pants falling down. They feature pockets on front and back with a flat front waistband and an elastic waistband in back. I was leery of this style at first, as I’ve tried to sew the flat front pant before with less than desirable results, but Deb’s version really does fit and stay in place! The faux fly means no fuss when potty training while still looking grown-up, and it’s sized from 1-10 (size 1 & 2 leave plenty of room for diapers).

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

After a little discussion with Deb about my son’s measurements, we decided I should test the size 5. Tyler is 6 and a half years old, but his waist and hip measurement landed in the size 5 of Deb’s size chart. Deb is in Australia so the measurements correspond with Australian sizing, but this is a typical situation I face when comparing my son’s measurements to pattern size charts. I usually just make the 6 anyway, but I’m glad Deb convinced me to try the 5. It ended up being just perfect.

Stitch It Now's Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern | JaimeSews

I love the slim fit on the waist of the shorts, while they remain long and roomy in the leg. I’ve talked a lot about my son in this post, but this is pattern is great for girls and boys (just check out the other tester’s shorts linked at the bottom of this post). There is a shortening line marked on the pattern since shortening the leg makes them a little more girly. You will be pleasantly surprised to find an extremely detailed and well thought-out instructions in this pattern. Deb has recovered swimmingly from what my friends and I call “Pregnancy Brain” (and then later “Mommy Brain”), if she ever suffered from either at all! The 23 pages of set up and instruction will bring confidence to even a beginner seamstress. One of my favorite features is the Tick & Flick Overview Sheet. This is a one-sheet summary of the sewing steps so that, in my case, once I’ve sewn it once following the steps word for word, I can use this Tick & Flick sheet the next time round just as a little reminder. And I love that we can make shorts now, then use the very same pattern to make pants in the fall. It’s an outstanding value!

Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern Screenshot | JaimeSews

You can win the Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts/Pants Pattern for yourself! (or the pattern and a fabric gift card, or the pattern and your choice of either boy or girl inspired Japanese Echino fabrics.) HOW, you may ask? Why head on over to Stitch It Now’s Pattern Release Post and be sure to read to the bottom! Also, be sure to check out the other stops on the Pattern Tour, linked below.

UPDATE From Deb: ‘Due to family reasons, I have aborted the Run Jump Hop Skip Tour and the Stitch it Now Blog will be on extended leave.  I will still make the prize draw on Saturday, 5 July and send the prizes to the random winners.  I do apologise for this interruption.  Happy Sewing.’

Stitch It Now Run Jump Hop Skip Shorts Pattern |JaimeSews


UFOs and My Next Project

Happy Monday Morning! I’ve been a little MIA on facebook/instagram since the Zulily event! It was such a huge push to get everything ready, then finalized & shipped out that I’ve kind of been enjoying a much needed break from such intense sewing! Naturally my house got somewhat out of order and I’ve been feeling the urge to do some spring cleaning. I also realized since we made my son’s loft bed this past winter, I hadn’t done much to finish his room! So I’ve been busy tearing up the house, clearing things out and moving furniture around. I’m still not done, but I’ve made great progress and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the same mood strain, I’ve been finishing up some UFOs (UnFinished Objects)! I just finished up a pattern test, which I’ll be sharing with you next week, but in order to meet the deadline I had to leave some things half done. One was a second pair of the Camo Cargo Shorts (Way Cool Shorts) for my son.

TDD Way Cool Shorts | JaimeSews

Yes, now he will be able to go all summer in Camo – any 6 year old boy’s dream, right?! I also did two quick t-shirt to v-neck alterations for a friend. You can see the tutorial here.

And finally, I made my son’s sewing bag so he has a place to store all his supplies for lessons this summer. This is a pattern I got from the Sewing Rabbit Pattern Membership. It comes in three sizes so I made the largest to make sure there was room for scissors and whatever supplies might be added as time goes on. I used the fabric left over from his Downton Duffle Coat made last November so it has a very sophisticated look, perfect for a little gentleman.

Sewing Rabbit Zipper Toiletry Tote | JaimeSews

So what’s next?! I have FOUR Anna’s on the docket. Have you heard of the Anna pattern? You won’t be surprised to find out it’s the adult version of the Maggie Mae, or at least Maggie Mae inspired. You can see it here. Everyone who has ever seen the Maggie Mae comments, “Oh I wish that came in my size!” so it’s very exciting. Two will be in dress form for my mom and then I plan to make two tops for me, one casual version in knit and one dressier version in some silky wovens, both from F&M Fabrics.

So I’ll see you on facebook and instagram to show my progress. It’s felt good to clear out some space, both mental and physical, and I look forward to charging forward into new projects. Please feel free to share some links in the comments to let me know what you’re working on!


JaimeSews on Zulilly

Hi Friends, I have some fun news to share with you today. Several weeks back I was contacted via Etsy convo by someone saying she was a buyer for Zulilly. I had a mixture of reactions – initially I let out an audible and gleeful, “HA!” Then the rational side of me rushed in and said, ‘Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…a buyer for Zulilly…is this a scam?!” But indeed, it was not a scam, and truly she is a buyer for!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

Tarah and I spoke on the phone the next day and she mentioned she was interested in the Maggie Mae. Of course I was thrilled since Maggie Mae is my absolute most favorite design. I contacted Shauna from ShwinDesigns to double-triple check it was OK to use her pattern for the Zulilly event and she was very gracious and encouraging. Then I looked at my fabric and thought the Geekly Chic Fabrics from Riley Blake Designs would make adorable Maggie Maes so I got to work!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

I had picked up some of this chambray from F&M Fabrics just a few weeks before and thought it would work well with the Yellow Glasses. I also got my buttons there. All the dresses had to be made before the event was scheduled so I was in production for about 2 weeks making 33 tunics – 30 to sell and 3 as samples to mail to them for photography.


JaimeSews on Zulilly

Samples were in the mail 2 weeks ago and I got word last week that the Maggie Maes would be included in today’s Trend Talk City Kids’ Boutique!

JaimeSews on Zulilly

Zulilly is a great place to get a super deal on your favorite brands. And you’ll want to grab these Maggie Mae’s through them since they are almost 50% off retail!! Anything that remains will be listed in my Etsy shop for full retail price.

So I would love it if you would help me spread the word!

And if you’re a boutique owner interested in working with Zulilly, you can apply right here. The people at Zulilly were great to work with and they are interested in helping small boutique owners grow – so check it out – it may be a good opportunity for you too!