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Perfect Pattern Parcel #2! April 07 2014, 1 Comment

 

I am so honored to be a part of Perfect Pattern Parcel #2!  I love pattern bundles but a pattern bundle that involves charity that's even better!!


 

A little about PPP 2

Pattern Parcel #2 includes sewing patterns for a little girl's essential spring wardrobe. It doesn't matter if your style is traditional or more modern. Each of these patterns can be sewn up to suit your tastes. Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker driven by data analytics, and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children's education.


Choose your price: Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we’re going to allow them to show their support for independent designers in naming their own price for each Parcel. Support Indie Designers: Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they're thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.

Donors Choose: Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education. Introducing... the BONUS pattern: Choose a price of $24 or greater for Parcel #2 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Prefontaine Shorts for Kids by Made with Moxie. These shorts are designed to fit like 1970's running shorts. They've got a retro trim, loads of pockets, and are so comfortable you children won't want to take them off.

 

 

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

 

Pattern Designers:

 

Check out all the bloggers stitching up some gorgeous threads for PPP2!! (WOW)

 

Thank you Rachel & Jill for including me in such great company!

 

Happy Sewing-  Shelly

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seraphic pant November 26 2013, 0 Comments

having a sweet nature

 

Maybe it's because I'm forty or maybe I'm just really smart, but I love my knit pants.  They are cozy enough to wear curled up on the couch with my husband yet stylish enough to  go out to dinner. Designing a pant that kids would love but mom's loved making I knew that meant comfort and style.  

The Seraphic Pants have fun details like center topstitched seams down the front and back of the leg panels, roomy pockets, faux fly and elastic waistband.  I also like the slight drop in the center seam that adds a touch of modern without the dramatic harem pant look.  These pants pair beautifully with any of the new Winter '13 patterns and are the perfect staple for your child's wardrobe!  

 

 

 Shelly

 


conquering a zip fly May 15 2012, 5 Comments

Good news!  It's easier than you think, I promise!

 I've inserted a lot of zippers in my time but for the last 6 years they have mostly been the closed seam, invisible centered or exposed zipper applications.  Daniela's Banyan pant design called for just a slight overlapped zipper, which is the more modern look.  I love photos & illustrations because I'm a "visual" type of gal and lucky for me when we were writing instructions for this pattern Daniela sent over photos (yay) to help make sure we were clearly guiding our sewists. Now that the patterns have been released I thought what better way to make sure everyone has enough visual aids then to share these great photos with you!  So, here you go:

Once you have interfaced the fly flap, sewn the center seam beginning 1/2" below the fly flap and baste stitched from the bottom of the flap to the waist hem. Press the fly flap open and change the presser foot to the zipper foot on the machine.

STEP 1

If you have sewn most of the Figgy's patterns by now then you know that my most favorite notion is Wondertape.  You really can't beat it (if you think you can then please leave us a comment we love new knowledge) especially when installing a zipper.  I place the Wondertape along the right side of the zipper tape close to the edge (not the teeth).  This double sided tape will hold the zipper in place while you sew and you don't have to worry with pins.  With the zipper unzipped, align the right side of the zipper top edge with the waist hem and the zipper teeth with the basted seam line.  Stitch the tape in place.  Be sure that only the fly flap is resting on the sewing plate and not the pants and fly.  Remember to backstitch!

STEP 2

Close the zipper.  Turn the pants upside down, align the opposite zipper tape to the opposite fly flap.  Again, make sure only the fly flap is resting on the sewing plate and not the pants. Stitch the zipper in place.

STEP 3

Change back to the regular machine presser foot and turn the pants so the right side is facing up.  With most pants you can simply feel the curve of the fly flap from the right side with your finger.  Using a chalk or fabric pen mark this curve from the waist to the center seam.  Change the stitch length to 2.5 - 3.0 for a nice looking topstitch.    If your machine has a nice topstitch try using a contrasting thread.  After top stitching along the marking remove the baste stitches and unzip the zipper.

STEP 4

A fly extension will keep the zipper from rubbing your little one's skin and it gives a nice professional touch.  With the right sides facing, fold the extension in half lengthwise and press flat.  Stitch a crescent shape along the bottom raw edge.  Trim the seam and turn right side out.  Using a point turner  smooth the seam and press flat once again.  Finish the long raw edges by using a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears.

STEP 5

Align the finished edge of the extension with the fly flap edge behind the zipper.  Edgestitch through all of the layers from the right side of the pants.

All done! Not so bad was it?

Here is a look at the finished zipper after the waistband is sewn in place.  Nice!

 

 Thank you Daniela for providing these photos and we all hope you're having an amazing time visiting family in Germany (lucky girl)!