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A Pajama Hack using the Emily T-Shirt Pattern

This month’s post is really more of a pattern refashion then it is a hack.  It started with the need for some new shorts to wear around the house and ended with these incredibly cozy pajamas.

Ok so let’s get personal for a moment.  I pretty much live in pajamas.  I come home and change into my sweats right away, but I do also like to look somewhat presentable incase someone stops by.  I think I have accomplished that with this look.  These pajamas are the most comfortable things I’ve worn but if the post man comes to the door I don’t have to pretend I’m not home.

I used a super soft 2-way french terry from LA Finch Fabrics to make the Comfy Cozy Pajama shorts.  The original pattern has a cuff around the leg of the shorts.  I sewed up the low rise shorts without the cuff, leaving the edges raw.  I really like how the raw edges of french terry curl up and decided to use that as part of my look.

I’m sure you know by now how much I love pockets, on everything!!  Lucky for me, the pattern already has pockets so that was an obvious choice.  

I used the Emily T-shirt pattern for this top.  I didn’t have to do much to alter the original pattern.  Normally I sew up a size small but because I was looking for a looser fit I sized up to a medium.  I used a lightweight solid rayon spandex knit from LA Finch Fabrics.  Their knit is so soft!!  After trying the pajamas on, I felt like there was something missing.  The top needed something to help tie everything together.  I cut out a small breast pocket from the french terry scraps I had left.

I love how these turned out!!  I have already worn them twice since I made them earlier this week.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!  I’d love to see how you refashion your Laela Jeyne patterns.

Happy Sewing!

xoxo-Becca

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Tula Hack: Using knit to achieve the perfect look

Hey sewing friends!  It’s Becca again, over at Sunflower Seams.  Today I have a super fun twist on the Tula A-Line dress that I want to share with you.

If you aren’t familiar with Tula, this pattern was written for a light to medium weight woven fabric with a side seam zipper.  You can see all the tester photos here.

Ever since the weather started getting warmer here, I have been dreaming of this dress in knit but kept putting it off.  I really don’t like sewing knits on my sewing machine.  A few weeks ago I finally bought myself a serger (I know I am so far behind in times) and this Tula was the perfect pattern to try it out.

I did a little research before cutting into my gorgeous Boho Fusion fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics and found tons of great resources for using knit fabrics when a pattern calls for a woven fabric.

My current measurements are Bust – 33″, Waist – 27″, Hips – 38″.  Based on these measurements this places me in a size 4 on the chart for bust and waist and a size 8 for the hips.  Luckily, (in this case anyway) I am small chested so I didn’t have to worry about doing any bust adjustments.  Because Tula has a decent amount of ease I sized down two sizes to a 0 and graded out to a 2 at the hips.  I highly suggest making a muslin.  It is a such great way to assess fit.  You may want yours to be more fitted then mine.

I attached the facing per the partially lined instructions, leaving the interfacing off.  Originally I did attach the interfacing but didn’t like how rigid it made the knit feel and decided to remove it.  I also skipped adding the zipper.  The knit provided enough stretch to easily pull the dress over my head without any issues.

It is already in the 80’s here and I was looking for something I could wear all summer long so I cut the mini length.   I added 2″ to the length since the pattern is drafted for a women 5’5″ in height and I am 5’7″.  I didn’t however, take into account that the weight of the knit would pull the dress down a bit and removed those 2″ after trying it on for fit.

I am so happy with the length!  It still looks stylish while allowing me to run around with the kiddos and not have any wardrobe malfunctions.  I call that a win win!

Overall I am very happy with how this Tula turned out.  It is perfect marriage of style and comfort.  I see myself making many more for this hot summer that we are about to have.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you love Tula in knit as much as I do!  I’d love to see your #LJKnitTula

Happy Sewing!

 Becca

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Thank you, Becca! You can find more of Becca on her blog and on Instagram.

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Chloe Hack: Paper Piecing your Chloe Bodice

Hey readers, it’s Becca, from Sunflower Seams, here to share my paper pieced Chloe and some tips and tricks I learned along the way!!

I have wanted to try my hand at paper piecing for some time now but always felt a little intimidated by the small pieces and perfectly matching corners.  I even have several paper piecing patterns that I’ve downloaded and never sewn.  If you search the internet you can find tons of free options for paper piecing patterns, ranging in all experience levels.

My daughter loves butterflies!!  She probably asks me once a week if I will make her a butterfly dress.  Seriously, how can you say no to mama-made requests!?!  She picked out this fun butterfly fabric for me to use but I wanted  something more and that’s when the light bulb went off.  The bodice of Chloe is perfect for embellishing with appliqués so why not a small paper piecing project?

 

I found this pattern for a 5″ butterfly from Lilly Ella.  When you download her file there are three different butterflies you can choose from.  This one only had 6 sections instead of 8 like the other two so I felt it might be a little easier for a first timer like myself.

If you have never paper pieced before I suggest printing the pattern on card-stock for more stability.  This will help your paper not to tear in case you need to rip the stitches and try again.  Cutting your fabric pieces 1/2-1″ larger then the entire block ensures there is enough overlap for your seam allowance.  I marked each fabric block with the corresponding number on the pattern so I didn’t get confused with it’s placement.  It also helps to shorten your stitch length to 1.0 or 1.3.  This will make it easier to pull away the paper from your block later.

The 5″ square worked well for this 5T bodice, however you may need to use smaller pattern for smaller sizes.  This is really just personal preference.  After my paper piecing was completed, I added interfacing to the block and sewed four large strips to each side.  Then I cut bodice and completed the pattern per instructions.

I’m not sure why it too me so long to try paper piecing.  Paper piecing doesn’t have to be just for quilts.  It was such a fun project and added so much detail to the Chloe.  Next time I may try adding it some to the skirt as well.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope my piecing project tips were helpful and inspired you to try something outside of the box! Thanks for taking a peek!!  Xoxo. Becca.

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It’s Our 2nd Anniversary!

Wow! It’s been an exciting two years! For those of you who are new to Laela Jeyne Patterns, I’ve been busy designing for girls’ and women’s patterns since December of 2014. And recently, I’ve added children’s and men’s styles to the catalog as well! It all started with the Jemma dress and tunic (that is now retired) and our latest pattern is the men’s William Vest. I’ve come a long way in my understanding of designing clothing for real bodies and developing my brand!

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We’ve added a bunch of awesome ladies to the team to help out with the Facebook group and social media advertising. I have to give a huge shout out to Indu, Kim, Liesel, Elizabeth, and especially Cassy! Thank you for all your help!!

In this next year, we hope to bring you several top quality patterns from myself and couple of the ladies on the team!

So to thank all of my customers–past, present, and future (I hope!)– I’m having a huge sale and giveaway to commemorate the anniversary!

Sale Information:

You can get all single patterns for 25% off from 2/8/17 to 2/13/17 (EST) AND you can get an additional 10% off anything using the coupon code found in the pinned post of the Laela Jeyne Patterns Facebook Group

Giveaway Information:

We had A TON of awesome fabric companies and designers pitch in to make this an amazing event. I am blown away by the support that the sewing community has for each other!

So without further ado, here are the prizes!!

(please note: if the designer or company uses their Facebook group as means of entry, the contestant must be a member of the group to qualify for the entry)

The Grand Prize winner will receive

5 patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns (no bundles)

2 patterns of choice from A Sparkly Baby

2 patterns of choice (excludes bundles) from Bella Sunshine Designs

Any pattern (excludes bundles) from Bishy Barnababes

2 patterns of choice from Chalk and Notch

Two patterns of choice from Coffee + Thread

1 pattern of choice Designer Stitch

1 PDF pattern of choice from Designs by Call Ajaire

$25 gift certificate to Ellie and Mac

One single pattern of choice (no bundles) from EYMM

1 free PDF, no restrictions from Goober Pea Designs

1 pattern from Halla Patterns

Pattern of choice (pattern bundles excluded) from Handmaiden’s Cottage

Choice of three single PDF patterns from Jennuine Design

$30 Gift certificate to Style Maker Fabrics

2 Yards of Knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

$50 Gift Card from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

$50 Gift Card from Knitpop

AND 1 Panel and 2 Coordinating yards of fabric from Fabric Stache!

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The 2nd Prize Winner will receive

3 single patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns

3 pdf sewing patterns – winner’s choice from LBG STUDIO

1 pattern of choice from LittleKiwisCloset

1 free pattern from Made by Jack’s Mum

1 free pattern from Max & Meena Patterns

Any two patterns of choice from Mummykins and Me

2 individual patterns of choice (no bundles) from New Horizons

$20 shop credit from Patterns for Pirates

Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns

1 pattern of choice from Pollywoggles

Pattern of choice from PUPERITA

1 pattern of choice from Serger Pepper Designs

2 patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co

$40 La Finch Fabrics Gift certificate

AND $50 Gift Certificate to Sincerely Rylee Fabrics

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AND the 3rd Prize Winner will receive

2 single Patterns of choice from Laela Jeyne Patterns

2 patterns of choice from Striped Swallow Designs

2 PDF patterns of choice from Sunday Girl Designs

1 free pattern of winner’s choosing from The Eli Monster

1 pattern of choice from The Wolf and the Tree

1 PDF pattern of choice from Tie Dye Diva Patterns

A $30 voucher for Titchy Threads shop

Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale

Any one pattern from Foofoo Threads Sewing Patterns

2 single patterns of choice from Duck Butt Designs

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A HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported Laela Jeyne Patterns these past two years! I hope to continue to make great patterns for women, men, and children for years to come!

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Sammy Hack: Adding Kangaroo Pockets

 

Today Becca from Sunflower Seams is showing us how to hack our Emmy and Sammy patterns to include a kangaroo pocket!

Hi there! I’m excited to be back with another fun hack for you.

Some of you may remember the Sammy Swing Dress with a kangaroo pocket I made my daughter for the Plaid and Boots Blog Tour back in November. She loved it so much!! It was worn frequently until recently when she sprouted up 4” in what seems like overnight and it’s now more of a tunic. The school she attends won’t allow the girls to wear pants, so it looks like it is time for me to make another. Since it is already too hot for long sleeves I cut out a 4T with short sleeves and lengthened to 5T.

Materials Needed:

Sammy Swing Dress PDF Pattern

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Emmy Children’s T-shirt PDF Pattern

Free Kangaroo Pocket PDF Pattern…Download HERE (Also compatible with the Emmy T-shirt!)

General Supplies: Sewing Machine, Scissors, Iron, Coordinating Thread

Step 1: Cut all your pattern pieces out. You should have 1 front bodice, 1 back bodice, 2 pocket pieces, and 2 mirrored sets of the hoodie.

Step 2: Lay your main pocket and lining right sides together. Sew around the entire pocket, leaving a 2” opening at the bottom. To reduce bulk, clip all curves and corners.

Step 3: Pull the pocket through the bottom opening. Press your pocket so it is nice and flat.

Step 4: Place the pocket in the center of the front bodice. For the 4T, I measured down from the center of the neckline 8.5” but you may need to play around with the placing depending on your sizing and preference. Attach by edgestitching the top, sides and bottom of the pocket.

Step 5: Continue the dress construction per the pattern instructions until you get to the neck binding. Here you will follow the Emmy pattern instructions for attaching the hood.

 

Well that is how it’s done. I hope the little lady in your life loves my twist to the already adorable Samantha Swing Dress.

 

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Plaid and Boots Tour: Wrap-Up

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Friday was the last day of the Plaid and Boots Tour! Did you enjoy seeing all the holiday Laela Jeyne Patterns makes? I really did! I got some great inspiration from all of the ladies and not just for the holidays, but for cool weather styling!

I have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone involved with the tour! Our bloggers were absolutely amazing and delivered big time! And a special thanks to the Laela Jeyne admin team, especially Cassy for co-organizing the tour! Words can’t express how grateful I am for you and your input!

Also, a HUGE thank you goes out to our sponsors! The winners of the tour are really getting some amazing prizes! Thank you thank you thank you to Art Gallery Fabrics and Michael Miller for sponsoring the majority of the blog posts. We are extremely grateful for the chance to use quality fabrics on our makes. Thank you to Knitpop, Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and Moon Man Printing for sponsoring the giveaways as well!

I hope everyone had a great time following the tour and I appreciate your interest in the company! Stay tuned for exciting new patterns, giveaways, and events in 2017! And be sure to check out our amazing Black Friday sale starting on Thanksgiving day!

And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for! The winners!

Robin E. won the GRAND PRIZE! Yay for her!!!

Michelle O. won the 2nd prize! And Jill S. won the 3rd prize! You will all be hearing from each company about redeeming and receiving your prizes. Thanks to everyone that entered!

I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and a happy New Year! I will be taking some much needed vacation time from testing and I can’t wait to come back refreshed and ready for 2017!

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Plaid and Boots Tour Day Five

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It’s the final day of the tour!  Today’s theme was tree trimming and Christmas lights.  I don’t know about you, but I just love when the holiday season is in the air.  Christmas music all around, warm cuddly clothes, and great food will always make everything better.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the 20% off coupon before its over. Use code P&BTOUR20 for your purchase.

To kick of today, Elizabeth from Olive Ashby has created some beautiful pieces from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I just can not wait to see this Vest!

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Becca from Sunflower Seams is up next.  She’s sewn up something for each of her kids. I’m so excited to read about her trip to the tree farm.  I know it was a long drive, so I’m hoping to see how the adventure went.

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And finally we are wrapping up with Valerie from Elegantine.  I am dying to see the details on this Willa Vest she has made.  It looks so elegant and holiday ready. If you don’t follow Valerie she always makes classy things.  The quilting is looking amazing.  I just love how all the Willa Vests on this tour have had completely different looks.

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If you haven’t visited all the stops on the tour, we definitely hope you will! We have been so impressed by the bloggers and all their great creations.  I know I’ve been inspired by these talented ladies.  Below is the Tour Schedule, but don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter too!

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

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Plaid and Boots Tour: Day Four

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It’s day four the Plaid and Boots Tour! Have you been enjoying everyone’s beautiful makes? Today is Game Night and Bonfire day! I know football is HUGE all over the country so you’ll want to make sure you have the perfect outfit for the game and bonfire afterwards, right?

Today Cassy from Pear Berry Lane is showing off her Samantha Swing dress and a few other combos! Check them out here!

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We also have Karly from Paisley Roots showing off her Billie vest and Emmy T-shirt for her little son!

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Next is Leslie from Threadbare Garments showing off her beautiful Willa and Samantha combo! Perfect for game night!

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And finally, Sarah from Lace and Pine is showing off her Billie Vest and Emmy T-shirt combo!

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I also have a few makes to share that have nothing to do with Game night but everything to do with fall!

I made myself an Emily T-shirt with Moon Man Printing‘s awesome sewing panel! The sleeves and back were made from navy rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This panel is so comfortable and really is colorfast! I will definitely be wearing this t-shirt all the time.

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I also made my girls their Thanksgiving outfits with some Michael Miller Sarah Jane knit and jegging knit for the skirts. I used the Emmy T-shirt pattern with gathered long sleeves and cut it around the waist, then added a simple gathered skirt for the bottom. I really love them and think they’re especially cute and comfortable for Thanksgiving.

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I hope you’re enjoying the Plaid and Boots Tour! Tomorrow is the last day of the tour so be sure to enter the giveaway and check out the rest of the looks!

Below is the schedule with all of the links!

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

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Plaid and Boots Tour: Day 3

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Can you believe we are on day 3 of the tour?  I can’t believe all the wonderful creations we have seen and how different they all have been.  We really do have some great bloggers on this tour.  Before we talk about today’s features, be sure to take advantage of the sale and enter the giveaway at the bottom of one of the tour posts.  The prize packs are amazing!

Okay, We have covered date night and Thanksgiving themes.  How about Black Friday Shopping?  Do you do the crazy black Friday shopping?  You know, the kind where you get up at 2:00 in the morning to wait in line for the most popular electronic device of the season? Personally, I like to spend my black Friday donating my money to pattern designers during all those awesome sales.  For today, the bloggers are sharing their Black Friday Shopping attire.  Be sure to show them some comment love, that is always so fun.

To kick off the day, NiniandAsh is definitely getting into the shopping spirit.  Kim made items for both her kids, so be sure to check them out.  We haven’t seen any makes for kids yet on the tour.niniandash

Up next is Sew and Tell Project.  This blog is comprised of multiple sewists, but Eleri is the one sewing along with us. Eleri is sharing a mommy and me make with some of my favorite Art Gallery fabric.  I’m curious is she is planning to take her kids out for Black Friday shopping or if she plans to stay in and shop online.

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Finally, the last stop for the day is Sweet Red Poppy.  I’m dying over what Kim has make for her shopping events.  Don’t miss out on this one, your going to want to see it.

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Well, that wraps up day 3!  What do you think tomorrow will be.  I bet you will never guess the theme! Seriously, you wont guess it.  Stop by tomorrow to see what it is all about.

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

 

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Plaid and Boots Tour: Day Two

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It’s day two of the Plaid and Boots Tour and I hope you enjoyed seeing inspiration for Date night outfits yesterday! Today we’re showing inspiration for Thanksgiving outfits. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If you do, is it a formal affair or informal?

My family is pretty informal… Jeans and nice sweaters seem to be the usual outfit. So for you informal look, get inspired by Sew Pinspired and her beautiful Emily t-shirt! She has a few other looks sewn up so be sure to check it out!

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Next up we have Tami from Sew Sophie Lynn with her comfy looking Thanksgiving outfits. Be sure to check out her after Thanksgiving dinner outfit for when you’ve overdone it a little on the turkey! I know I probably will be!

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And lastly, Courtney from Wholesome Mama is bringing her dressy casual and casual Thanksgiving styles that she looks beautiful in!

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Don’t forget to check out the great giveaway for this tour on the ladies’ blog! Below are our sponsors

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And here’s the schedule for the week! Be sure to check out each of these posts for tons of outfit inspiration using Laela Jeyne Patterns!

 

 

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine