Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale!!

Hey all – I hope you had a great day yesterday with family & friends and that the joy and gratitude remain throughout the season! I wanted to let you know about a sale I’m running today through midnight (PST) Cyber Monday  in BOTH my shops!

JaimeSews Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!

So head on over to www.jaimesews.etsy.com or www.jjssupply.etsy.com and please share & tell a friend!

It’s November!

In Central CA, it’s not uncommon for October and November to stride by without so much as a hint of fall – you know, cloudy days, rain, cold…? It’s been known to be 75 degrees and sunny on Thanksgiving! But my facebook feed was full of local friends gleefully welcoming the storm we had Friday night and the rain it brought with it. In our Valley, rain is desperately needed, not only to clear the air but to alleviate, even minutely, the drought we’re in. Thankfully the storm held off until trick-or-treating was done and we were all home in bed!

I know I showed you my daughter’s Super Girl Costume last time, but I was able to snap a few pictures of the two of us together as well as an updated picture of my husband in his home-sewn Anakin costume!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

We went to a party at a friend’s house and had a great time. Miss E convinced me to don my cowgirl boots with my costume too – she wanted to match. Even without the vinyl boot covers and cuffs, I think everyone knew we were super girls. 🙂  And the kids were already wearing their costumes the next day and the day after, so we will get a lot of play out of these before they grow out of them.  (For details on the Super Girl costumes, click here). A big thanks to F&M Fabrics for their great selection of Satin and Tulle!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

The boys chose a Star Wars theme. Mr. T really wanted to be a Clone Trooper so my husband defaulted to his Anakin costume I made years ago before we had kids. There are details on the Anakin costume in my guest post at the Star Wars Wife blog!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

We had a great time and hope you did too!

Currently I’m working on some quilts I hope to show you in the next few weeks. One I have finished, and the other is in progress – just finished 4 rows yesterday!

Airplane Quilt | JaimeSews

After that I have some projects to finish for a few blog tours the end of November/beginning of December and a few things I’ve been wanting to sew for me, if I can fit them in. The holidays are upon us and this cool weather is just what I need to get me in the mood for some holiday sewing.

What are you working on?!

Halloween 2014

I have been working on Halloween Costumes all month and was so excited to finish this past Friday, just in time for our local Boo at the Zoo. This year my son broke my sewing heart when he asked for a store-bought costume instead of a handmade costume like we always do. To his credit, he didn’t actually dismiss a handmade costume. He just asked to be a clone trooper and that is definitely a territory I’m not willing to venture into the handmade way. But I had a ton of fun making Miss E’s Super Girl Costume and it kept me plenty busy! We used McCall’s 7001.

Because I’ve always found the Big pattern company patterns to be wide and short, I started off with a muslin. I cut her bodice size from some unbleached cotton and sewed it up without closures to test for fit. As I suspected, it was too wide, so I pinched out some vertical tucks in the pattern to adjust for the width and went to work on the real dress.

Super Girl Costume | JaimeSews

I got absolutely everything I needed from F&M Fabrics locally – but you can shop at their online shop from wherever you are! They have a great selection of satin and tulle, not to mention vinyl, notions & thread and the best prices around. You should see the vinyl boot covers and cuffs I made – the ones I stayed up late Friday night to finish so we could go to Boo at the Zoo…? Yeah, she wouldn’t wear them. She just got these cowgirl boots and won’t take them off or have them covered, so Super Cow Girl it is!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

Boo at the Zoo is lots of fun! Besides the animals, there are lots of games and a playground.

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

My little storm trooper proved to be great protection against the scary dinosaurs on the train ride!

I made the costume just as instructed, except for the removable cape. The instructions asked me to make 3 thread eyes on the top of each shoulder seam. Then I needed to sew three hooks on the cape. I a) didn’t want to do that and b) wasn’t sure how it’d hold up. I briefly considered velcro, but was concerned it would get caught up on the tulle skirt in the wash. Then it occurred to me – KAM SNAPS!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

So that’s what we did! And it worked perfectly.

Super Girl | JaimeSews

Those of you who follow my Instagram feed might be wondering where my matching costume is? Well for now, it’s all laid out in our bedroom until Friday Night. I wish I were better at Photoshop to make it look as epic as it feels every time I pass it – like a super hero displays their uniform in that glass structure…? It’s going to be fun. Watch that IG feed for the costume in action. 🙂

Super Mom | JaimeSews

There were a lot of components to these costumes this year – dress, shorts, cuffs, belt, cape, boot covers – the pattern even has pieces for a mask or star appliques on the skirt and it could easily be made into bat girl or any super hero for that matter. I love making costumes as you can choose fabrics that hold up or are more comfortable. For exacmple, I was able to line the satin bodice in cotton. I would love to see your costumes this year!! Please leave me pics or links in the comments below. Until next year, Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

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Handmade Easter

For those who celebrate, I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! As a little girl I always got a new spring dress to wear on Easter Sunday and it’s a tradition I just can’t shake. The past few years, I haven’t been able to get a new outfit for Easter for whatever reason, but this year I was determined to not only make something for the kids, but to make something for me too. You’ve seen sneak peaks on instagram and facebook if you follow me there, but I wanted to do a round up here with all the details.

I posted a while back about pattern testing the Lorelei dress from E-Beth Designs. I had another dress/fabric picked out for her, but since so many people commented that this one would make a good Easter dress, I went with it!

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

The fabric was an Alexander Henry I got at JoAnn’s, along with the matching Kona Cotton solid. You can get the Lorelei pattern here.

Lorelei Dress | JaimeSews

For my son, I used the Classic Oxford Pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop {affiliate}.

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Mr. T picked out the fabric and buttons at F&M Fabrics himself (now online as thefabricmarket.com) and we were pleasantly surprised that he almost matched his cousins exactly!

Classic Oxford | JaimeSews

Then…at the last minute, I was able to pull a dress together for myself! I got my fabric from F&M Fabrics in the same shopping trip as my son. I had taken another dress pattern to the store but when I saw this fabric, I really loved it and decided it didn’t fit the dress pattern that I originally had in mind.

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

I ended up using this free multi-sized pattern (did you hear that, FREE) by Honigdesign. It’s called the Garden Party Dress. You’ll want to click here to see the original versions. I altered the neckline and made it sleeveless, but the original pattern has some great features and it’s a dress you can make in different fabrics and sleeve lengths to wear year round! Believe me, you will want to have it in every color!

Garden Party Dress | JaimeSews

It was a wonderful day with an outside service at church, time with family and yummy food. I hope your day was just as great! I’d love to see your handmade Easter outfits too – feel free to leave me a comment to let me know what you made!

Happy Easter 2014 | JaimeSews

Boys Pattern Sale – Perfect for Easter!

 

All the new patterns in the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Spring Line have been revealed so Thrifty Thursday is back! And this is one you will really want to take advantage of if you have little boys to dress for Easter!!
PAB Patterns It's A Boy SaleIsn’t that amazing!? It’s everything you need to sew up a shirt, suit and tie for your little man! Every pattern comes in sizes 3 months to size 12!  I plan to grab the Classic Oxford myself! Here are the links for each of the patterns {affiliates}

Maggie Mae Goes To The Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend, Grammy & Papa took us all to the pumpkin patch! We had a great time riding the train, navigating the corn maze, taking the hayride out to the patch to pick our pumpkins, watching the dog and hog races and more! In California’s central valley, it’s still pretty warm in October so it was the perfect occasion to slip my girl in her Spooky Maggie Mae for some memorable pics.

Making Funny Faces

Making Funny Faces

In the Corn Maze

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The Spooky Maggie Mae can also be worn over a long sleeved shirt if it’s cold where you are. Celebrate the season in style in sizes 6/9 months, 12-18 months and 4T in the shop.