Baby Fakie Pants Pattern from One Thimble

The first decision that comes to my mind when I see these is cutie patootie pants isn’t “do I sew these pants,” but rather, “what color thread do I use for the topstitching?!”.  I mean, really.  All of that stitching detail just grabs your attention and demands to be swooned over.

Can someone push that fainting couch over here?  THUD!!!

One Thimble Baby Fakie Pants

 

If you haven’t read any of my other posts about patterns from the One Thimble E-zines (here, here, and here), you should know that it’s an amazing collection of PDFs, tips, style articles, and all things fabulous and sewing related, dreamed up by the amazing Jen Kennedy of Ainslee Fox.  The patterns I’ve sewn have been so fun and unique, and I’m always dying to see what’s going the be in the next issue.  You can buy the full E-zine or the individual patterns, but the E-zine is a great deal!

But back to the pants…(see what I did there?)

These are the Baby Fakie Pants from Issue 3.

One Thimble Baby Fakie Pants

Topstitching LIKE A BOSS!!!

Once you get everything cut and the stitching lines traced, this really is a super quick sew.  I did have to adjust the sizing to fit my small fry, and I shortened the length a bit, but he still has some growing room in them.  I used a bottom-weight fabric that feels a little like twill that makes these a great, durable pair of pants.  And did I mention cute, too?

One Thimble Baby Fakie Pants

 

All of this modeling wears a dude out, Mom!

All of this modeling wears a dude out, Mom!

I hope this inspires you to take a look at everything One Thimble has to offer.  I’ve always loved the Aussies and this just seals the deal for me!  It makes me want to hop on a plane and head Down Under!  (But I’ve heard from Megan and Lyn that if I came, I’d have to fill a second suitcase with dresses and fabric from ‘Merica.)  Sign me up, y’all!  This mama needs a vacation!

I received a copy of the One Thimble E-zine to use for this post.  This post contains affiliate links.  I receive a portion of all One Thimble Ezine sales purchased through my unique link.  However, my thoughts are my own and so is that handsome fella in the pics!   

One Thimble Button

So Happy Together- The Blue Ribbon Blog Tour

Raedene from Little Lizard King started talking about a blog tour last month and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of!  I’ve not been a part of a blog tour before and it sounded like so much fun!  I mean, what’s not to love about sewing up a great pattern in gorgeous fabrics and then getting to share it with you all?  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and started planning!

I was given a copy of the Blue Ribbon Pattern, which is anything but your basic knit top and woven skirt.  This pattern has options in SPADES!  You have several options for sleeves (including none!) and then options for tunic and dress lengths, with a band and/or a ruffle!  Whew!  I’m getting tired just listing all of that!  And that might make you think that this is pattern that will take you forever, which is far from the truth!  I was able to put this together in one afternoon, even with several interruptions.  “Can I have a snack?”  “Can I have a drink?”  “Can we watch Frozen?”  “When is dinner?”  “WHAT is dinner?”  You get the idea, right?

Blue Ribbon Dress

The inspiration behind this dress is this amazing fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.  All of the skirt fabrics are from her Color Me Happy line, with the exception of the sash, which is from her Simply Style collection.  Both are great collections and so much fun!  They always make me smile and I love that the fabrics coordinate across the lines.  I was able to pick these up at Among Friends Quilt Shop in Louisville, KY.  I found great coordinating knits for my bodice and my ruffled capris from Mel at The Purple Seamstress on Facebook and the gorgeous jacquard ribbon is by Amy Butler from Fleuriste on Etsy.

Image

I did have to perform a little bit of a pattern hack for this project.  My daughter has a very large head and I always have a hard time getting these mama-made knit items over it.  So after trying several things to try to make this work for her, I finally used the size 4 cutting line for the front of the neck and the size 3 cutting line for the back of the neck.  It was perfect!  No more popping seams!

Image

What else can I say about this uber versatile pattern?  It’s something a beginner can tackle and there are tons of great tips on sewing with knits.  I wonder how many days you could sew this with different combinations and not repeat?  I already have one planned with some Little Mermaid fabric that my daughter has been drooling over.  But for today…we’ll just stick with the seriously drool-worthy V and Co.

Image

This definitely has some twirl!!!

Image

I added a little length to the band between the skirt and the ruffle so I had plenty of room for my yummy ribbon.  I think I need to check into Trim Hoarders Anonymous.  I have a feeling I’d run into many friends there.  You know who you are!!!

Image

I seriously am a sucker for a sash and a pretty bow.  It’s like a present!

Image

I didn’t notice how much of ^^this^^ pose she did until I went to edit my pics and half of them were the exact same.  I think we have a winner.

A Blue Ribbon, in fact!

My review has come to a close…but we’re not done yet!  The fabulous ladies at LLK are doing a GIVEAWAY at each stop of the tour!
I know, I know, it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?  A $35 gift certificate to their shop is up for grabs, so make sure you enter!  I’ll be announcing the winner here and on my Facebook page on May 8th, and LLK will announce it on their page, too!  The Pattern Tour lasts from May 5th-11th, so don’t miss out on some fabulous creations!

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Time Traveller Vest by Ainslee Fox for One Thimble E-zine

I know, I know.  Time Traveller.  My spell check doesn’t like the Aussie spelling either.  But I’m honoring the many differences that are represented in the PDF world and trying to spell it right for the fabulous Ms. Jen, who is the talented designer behind Ainslee Fox and this amazing vest you’re about to see.

So, now that I’ve got that out of the way, when I mention “time traveler” and “vest” in the same sentence, you seriously have to be thinking of Marty McFly and the old town clock tower and crazy Doc Brown, the DeLorian, flux capacitor, and 1.21 gigawatts.  Nevermind the fact that he went back in time 30 years and next year will be the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future.  Mind blown.

Time Traveller Vest collage

Obviously this is not a clock tower, but I thought it was a cool, historical place for a photo shoot.  I’ve always been a history buff, so I really wanted to think about where we did this!  You can read more about the Heigold Facade in Lousiville, Kentucky HERE.

If you remember, in last week’s post, I showed you this sweet little shift dress from Ainslee Fox Designs.  I loved that little dress and I can tell you that this Time Traveller Vest is just as fun and gorgeous, although a little more handsome.

Time Traveller Vest 026L

My son was SO excited when he learned that I was making something just for him!  I made him a vest for Easter last year and he’s pretty much been begging me to make another one ever since.  I went back to my Parson Gray stash again, and this time pulled out my coveted World Tour Linen.  Swoon.  This stuff is amazing and it was beautiful fabric to pair with this pattern.

Time Traveller Vest 096L

This vest has so many fun details.  I got another chance to practice my welt pockets (nailed it!) and also learned a fun new way to add a facing to the front and neck of the vest.  It has a nice, relaxed fit and even has a belt in the back for a more fitted look.  The vest is fully lined and just like with the Twist Shift Dress, the techniques are pure perfection and the results are just gorgeous.

Time Traveller Vest 046L

This is casual enough for jeans, but it would look great with a pair of khakis or even some crisp linen pants for the summer.

Time Traveller Vest 078L

We even got a few broody poses from him.  This guy cracks.me.up.

So now you’re just DYING to know where you can get this vest, right?  You can purchase this vest pattern as a part of the One Thimble E-zine Issue 2, which I highly recommend.  I seriously want to sew ALL THE PATTERNS!  You can also purchase the Time Traveller Vest as a stand alone pattern.  Either way, you are getting an amazing pattern from Ainslee Fox Designs.  I am definitely a new fan!  I think this guy is, too!

Time Traveller Vest 060L

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchases made through my unique link allow me to receive a portion of the One Thimble Ezine sales.  Please buy through my link and help support my fabric addiction! 

One Thimble Button

 

The Elements Collection

Ever since I laid eyes on it, I’ve been a huge fan of Parson Gray‘s fabric. For those of you that don’t know, the genius behind Parson Gray is designer/rocker David Butler. A.K.A. “Mr. Amy Butler.” I had a few pieces in my stash ‘o fabric and I had no idea what I was going to make with it, but I knew I was saving it for something really special. So last fall, when I saw this skirt, I knew it was the inspiration I needed!

Without further ado, here is The Elements Collection

2013-08-22_0007

The Fire and Ice Maxi Dress

 2013-08-22_0018 2013-08-22_00162013-08-22_0015

Earth and Wind Color Blocked Twirl Skirt

2013-08-22_0022 2013-08-22_0021 2013-08-22_0020

 A huge THANK YOU goes out to Rebecca Laurel Photography for the amazing images and super cute model.  Girlfriend is workin’ it!

Dress pattern adapted from Create Kids Couture.

Skirt pattern from Pink Fig Designs.

This collection, as well as other items, are available in my Etsy shop.

Stay up to date with sales, giveaways, and all things Snickerdoodle Stew by liking my Facebook page.

800 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

800 Facebook Fans!  Shut the front door!!!

I’d first like to thank the Academy…wait…wrong speech.

I’d like to thank YOU!  My wonderful peeps that have shared and liked and bought to make this possible!  In return, I’m giving you the opportunity to WIN an amazing prize!

One lucky duck will win their choice of ANY Snickerdoodle Stew skirt in any fabric I currently have in my shop, as well as a custom hair accessory.  That adds up to a $50 value!

You could choose a patchwork skirt…

snickerdoodle stew secret

The birthday skirt…
birdayskirtcollage

The Nativity Matryoska Apron Skirt

nativityskirt

The Romance Skirt

romanceskirt

Lydia’s Super Twirly Skirt (that she even wears to bed!)

super twilry matryoshka nativity skirt 013

Or the Signature Skirt AKA “Death By Ruffles”.

snickerdoodle stew skirt 1

You win, you pick!

And entering is easy peasy!  I’m using Rafflecopter and you can tweet and share and blab all over town about this giveaway!  You have 7 days (12 noon December 1st to midnight December 7th, EST) and then I pick!  The only 2 mandatory entries are that you answer the question “What is your favorite item from Snickerdoodle Stew” on the Rafflecopter entry AND be a fan on Facebook.  Everything else is just for bonus entries!

Enter on the link below!  Good luck!  And may the odds be ever in your favor!  🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What is Snickerdoodle Stew?

I’m sure you all are dying to know why in the world I would call this “Snickerdoodle Stew!”  Are we talking dessert?  Or soup?  Or what?!

When I was little, I had this crazy, silk screened t-shirt that I LOVED to wear.  I don’t remember much about the exact details, other than it was lime green, it had some colorful squiggles on it and it said “snickerdoodle.”  

I’ve always loved snickerdoodle cookies, too.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe it’s rolling them into little balls and then into cinnamon and sugar and having them come out of the oven in perfectly round, crisp cookies.  Or maybe it’s the fact that my husband would eat them by the dozen.  In fact, the last time I made them for him to take to work to share, I got a marriage proposal from one of his coworkers.  Needless to say, they are one of my favorite cookies to make AND eat.

The “Stew” part was easy.  My last name is Stewart.  I’ve always liked decorating and making things, so before my husband came into the picture, we used to joke that all I had to do was marry a man named “Stewart” and I’d be halfway on my way to Martha.  I just don’t look that good in stripes.  Maybe chevrons. 😉

So, when I was coming up with a name for my designs, it seemed like everything I thought of had been taken.  Then I came up with this combination, and it clicked!  I even designed a “signature” skirt, that I felt reflected the warm, cinnamon and sugar tones that you’d find in my favorite cookie.  My plan is to design other garments with the same colorways, but until then, I leave you with my sweet girl, Lydia, and the Snickerdoodle Stew Ruffled Skirt.

Image

Pattern Testing

My favorite patterns to use these days are the gorgeous, boutique creations of Tiffany and Shannon at Create Kids Couture.  The outfits are beautiful, the instructions and pictures are easy to follow, and each time I make one, Lydia gets lots of “oohs” and “aahs.”

When they are ready to test out a pattern, they put out an all call on Facebook and I always seem to miss out!  I’m just not quick enough!  But last week, all of my stalking patient waiting paid off.  I was selected to test the pattern for Rosanna’s Corset Peasant dress!

I had a hard time choosing fabrics, but once I did, the pattern came together beautifully, if I do say so myself.  Lydia was a good sport to model it for me before church Sunday morning.  It was just after 8 a.m. and it was already 80-something degrees!

Image

Hamming it up for the camera.

Image

Front

Image

Back

I already have another fabric combination lined up for another version of this, only with longer, 3/4 sleeves for the fall.  It will be black and cream toile with ticking stripe and flowered accent fabrics.  I can’t wait!

Sneak Peek: Lydia’s First Modeling Gig

Yesterday we were blessed with some amazing, sunny weather here in Louisville!  We got the opportunity to meet with local photographer Amber from Foxtree Photography and show off some Snickerdoodle Stew fashions!  Lydia was a little shy at first (and sleepy!), but eventually she figured out that SHE was the star and gave us a little sass.

This is just a sneak peek…more to come!

Jingle Bell Frock

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photos by Foxtree Photography

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Jump, Jive and Jingle Jumper

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photo by Foxtree Photography

Photos by Foxtree Photography

There’s still time for a few Christmas orders!  Email me at snickerdoodlestew(at)gmail(dot)com and we’ll talk!

All designs, pictures and all other things fabulous (or not) are the intellectual and creative property of Snickerdoodle Stew and Jessica Stewart, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use pictures or content without consent…and a little link love.

Snickerdoodle Stew 2011

Sneak Peek: Jump, Jive and Jingle

Just look what you can do with an old pair of overalls!

Front pocket detail

Back detail

Skirt

Ruffles!

Jingle Bell Clip

All designs, pictures and all other things fabulous (or not) are the intellectual and creative property of Snickerdoodle Stew and Jessica Stewart, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use pictures or content without consent…and a little link love.

Snickerdoodle Stew 2011

Sneak Peek- Dot the Halls

I’ve been a busy bee in preparation for my first photo shoot on Saturday!  I can’t wait to show you the full pics…and with professional photos!  Enjoy!

Dot the Halls- tiered skirt

Dot the Halls- bodice and sleeve

Holly and Berry Clip

Miss L, modeling the Holly and Berry Clip on an elastic headband

I’m also proud to say my first order for the clip and headband is about ready to mail to a sweet Miss Addie in Florissant, MO!

All designs, pictures and all other things fabulous (or not) are the intellectual and creative property of Snickerdoodle Stew and Jessica Stewart, unless otherwise stated.  Please do not use pictures or content without consent…and a little link love.

Snickerdoodle Stew 2011