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Friday, January 31, 2014

.:Bond Top Pattern Tour:.

Another day, another great pattern to share with you all! Seriously, I know so many talented sewing bloggers and love sharing them with you. Today, I’m on tour for the Bond Top, the new sewing pattern out from Beatnik Kids.

Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

Beatnik Kids is actually my lovely contributor, Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts! Talk about multi-talented, right?

So, let’s talk about this pattern: the Bond Top. First of all, it’s a unisex pattern, which means super awesome because it can be used for girls and boys alike! Any pattern that offers that is super valuable in my book! The pattern calls for a mix of knit and woven fabrics, and I’m totally loving the contrast. Again – pattern mixing!

Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

I loved being able to add the buttons. I thought it was fun to add a subtle pop of color where I had chosen a more neutral print. Buttons are just fun details that make the perfect finishing touches to a garment, and besides that, I really enjoy making buttonholes. Seriously, I do.

Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

The sleeve length is great. I love 3/4 length sleeves on just about anything, and this is no exception. They are a loose fitting sleeve, so still comfortable for your kids to be playing in. The body of the top is a great length as well. I don’t like when my girls are constantly tugging at shirts to stay down, and this provides ample coverage for the playing that we like to do!

Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

The pattern actually has a collar that you add on, but I decided to leave it off. My girls don’t have a lot of experience with polos or button up shirts, so I wasn’t sure if she would like that or not. I had thought to maybe add a ruffle around the neckline, but decided that I liked the modern shape of the top, so I just hemmed around the neckline. I think it’s a pretty cute tunic style shirt!

Bond Top by Beatnik Kids, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

This is a great pattern, and whether you’ve got boys, girls, or both – you will make good use of it!

Right now, Stacey is offering $2 off your purchase of the Bond Top by using the code BONDTOP.

Be sure to check out all of the other stops on the tour to see some fun takes on this fantastic pattern!

Bond Top Tour

Thursday, January 30, 2014

.:Layering for Spring- Domestic Bliss Squared:.


Hi everyone! Jessica here from Domestic Bliss Squared, back to talk about style for Sumo! We missed posting over the holidays but now we're baaaaaaaaa-aaaack!

Today we're going to talk about layering for spring, because both of us here are dying for spring, but it's still cold in Idaho! Like, 28 degrees cold. Ew.

But that hasn't stopped us from busting out some spring clothing a little early! And today we're going to talk about how to layer pieces over your cute spring clothes to make them work right now. Today I (Jessica) and going to share one of Hilary's favorite outfits with you

Hilary loves color, so of course during February she totally rocks the red and pink. She actually rocks the red and pink all year round, but for Valentine's day she wanted to do something cute with her short sleeved red dress, but needed layers to keep herself from freezing to death!


On top of the dress she threw a little leopard print cardigan (that she got from ME!). Because what doesn't leopard go with? She chose neutral black tights and brown boots to compliment the pattern of the cardigan:


Hilary always keeps her accessories very balanced (even though she is the master at crazy color combinations!) so to keep the other parts of her outfit in the same color family, she wore black tights and tan boots that complimented the colors in the pattern of the leopard cardigan.


She also chose a delicate pair of earrings, because something too bold would compete with her cute red dress!

But because she is who she is and her style is always colorful, she added one last element to keep warm; this fabulous vintage orange-red coat. Which on anyone else would not really "go" with the true red of the dress. But somehow, in true Hilary form, it looks amazing. I've never had her eye for pairing colors together, but take note because this works! And it's perfect for Valentine's day!


A huge thanks to the gorgeous Sumo for letting us guest post again this month, we adore her. And if you'd like to check out more of our style post you can always come on over to Domestic Bliss Squared, or follow us here:



~Hilary & Jessica

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

.:Belinda Dress:.

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I’ve been sharing lots of fun patterns with you lately, and I’m doing it again today! This time, I get to share the Belinda Dress pattern from Go To Patterns.

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

The Belinda Dress is a pattern made for knits. It features a knit t-shirt type bodice, with sleeves that gather at the shoulders. Isn’t it stinking adorable?

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

The dress part is a bubble style, and you can make it with or without pockets. We’re clearly digging the pockets around these parts.

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

I love the ribbing around the pockets; it is fun to bring in more of the patterns that way.

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

I made the dresses for my girls out of different types of knit. You can see that the shape holds a bit better with a stiffer knit. But it is super adorable no matter what type of knit you use!

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

As you know, pattern mixing is one of my very favorite things to do, so I always love an opportunity to put some different prints together.

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

Since the dresses are made out of knit, they are super comfortable for my girls to wear. Not only do they look darling, but they are comfortable, too! We paired ours with leggings since it’s cooler outside, but it would look equally darling with a pair of tights as well!

Belinda Dress - Pattern by Go To Patterns, Sewn by SumosSweetStuff.com

The pattern for the Belinda Dress is for sizes 12 months to 14 years, so you’ll easily get a lot of use out of it! Go check it out, as well as all of the other amazing patterns you’ll find at Go To Patterns!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Two Hour Tote (or less!):.

I originally shared this post over at The Ribbon Retreat blog, and I'm excited to bring it to you today!

Can I admit something to you? I had never made a bag before I made this! And I can’t believe that! I loved making it, and can’t wait to make more.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Here’s what you need to make this fabulous lined tote.

- fabric (I used some of the Vintage Verona line from Riley Blake)
- sewing machine/accessories

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Start off by cutting your fabric pieces.

For the body of the tote, you’ll need to cut two pieces of your outside fabric, as well as two pieces of your lining fabric. That equals four pieces total at 18” x 21.5”.

Cut two pocket pieces at 8” x 11”.

Cut four strap pieces at 2.5” x 10”.

Let’s start with the pocket. Put the two pieces together with right sides facing in, and sew along the sides and bottom.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Clip the corners (watch your seams!) and turn the pocket right side out. Press.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Tuck in the raw edges along the top about 1/4” and press. Sew 1-2 straight lines across the top to secure the fabric.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Take one of your main fabric pieces, and pin the pocket in place where you would like it.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Sew the pocket to the main fabric piece right along the edge. Leave the top open!

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Place the two main fabric pieces together with right sides facing in. Sew again along the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.

I used this tutorial from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar for boxing the corners before I turned it right side out.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Repeat this process for the two lining pieces, except leave a 3”-4” opening along the bottom.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Set your bag pieces aside. Take two of the strap pieces, place them right sides facing together, and sew them together along the long edges. Leave the short edges open.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Turn the strap right side out, press, and top stitch along each long edge.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Repeat with the other two strap pieces.

Pin the strap in place on the front of the main bag where you would like it.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Repeat with the remaining strap on the back side of the main bag. Make sure the straps are pinned in the same place!

Take the main bag, and place it inside the lining with the right sides facing together. Line up the side seams, and pin around the top.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Sew all along the top edge, making sure to get those straps sewn in. I used a 1/4” seam allowance.

Pull the bag through the opening you left in the lining. Once the bag is pulled through, tuck in the edges of the opening and sew it up.

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

Iron along the top edge of the bag, and press the lining into the main part of the bag, and you are done!

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

This tote took me under two hours to make – and that was with cutting and everything. It’s a simple bag, and comes together quickly!

Look at that lovely lining. Perfect bag for trips to the library! Or maybe even for holding my books and sunscreen while I’m at the beach in Hawaii next week. (You can be jealous, I won’t hold it against you).

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing

It’s a fun way to mix some different patterns together, too, which is one of my favorite things!

Two Hour Tote (or less!) by SumosSweetStuff.com #sewing


Sunday, January 26, 2014

.:Block Party:.

BlockParty

It's time for another Block Party but before I get to that I want to introduce our new co-hosts! Polly from Pieces by Polly and Beth from Hungry Happenings. Thank you to all of you who submitted your names there were so many great options it was hard to pick. This sadly is Summer's last week as co-host so make sure to stop by Sumo's Sweet Stuff to give her some love.

Block Party Link Party


Rae Gun guest posting picture

I, Marissa, am so excited to be your host this week. I've in full "get ready for baby mode" with just about 1 month left until my due date. So crazy right? So I've been baby crafting up a storm. Check out my DIY Moby baby carrier (so easy, there really is no need to pay the big bucks to get a name brand one) and my maternity version of the Bess shirt.

Great ideas to use up fabric scraps

I have also been busily cleaning house. Trying to get rid of extra stuff (you may have caught my destash on Instagram) and make room for the little guy. Part of that is getting my fabric collection under control. So today I'm sharing some awesome projects to do with fabric scraps that you all have linked up!

Great DIY projects and recipes


 And also be sure to check out some of these fabulous tutorials and recipes from our hosts! Now it’s time to link up all that great stuff! Be sure to read over the guidelines…
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

.:Pippa & Penelope Peplums:.

Having talented blogging friends is pretty great. Especially when it means you get to sew up cute things for yourself and your kids. I was so excited to try out some of the latest patterns from See Kate Sew – the Penelope Peplum and the Pippa Peplum. Aren’t the names to die for?

Penelope Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

The Penelope is for the ladies. Now, I don’t often sew for myself. But I am pretty sure I’m going to be more now, because I really love this pattern! I used a sweater knit, and while it was squirrely to work with, I really love how the top turned out. You can’t tell in the photos, but the gray stripes have a sparkle in them. I wasn’t sure that I had the right body type to get away with a peplum top, but I actually feel like it is pretty flattering. It is a fun style of shirt, but also hides some of that stubborn belly area from having kiddos. I made a matching head wrap, but I don’t know how I feel about it. Too much?

Penelope Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

This pattern is great. It comes with different sleeve length options, and there is also an add on pattern so that you can change it into a dress if you like! I say it all the time, but I just love it when a pattern has versatility! The facing in the neckline is lined, which I think helps with keeping the shape of the neckline; especially with the type of knit that I used. I also used elastic thread to attach the skirt to the top, and I think that helps with getting the top on and off so that you don’t have to worry about any broken threads.

Penelope Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Now, the Pippa is for the little ladies, and I had a great time sewing up these coordinating peplums for my girls.

Pippa Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

The construction of the tops is the same, so I was able to whip all of these up in no time. My girls love anything that even slightly resembles a dress, so they were thrilled to have the skirt part on these tops.

My poor Remi girl was not feeling well the day we took pictures, but she was a trooper! Doesn’t she look so beautiful in the navy with her reddish hair? It’s one of my very favorite combos.

Pippa Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

And of course, Reece can pose the day away. She loves taking pictures, and is a pro at it by now with all of the blogging pictures I make her do!

Pippa Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Harper is starting to catch on to the posing as well.

Pippa Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew; Sewn by Sumo's Sweet Stuff

These are both fantastic patterns, and you can bet that they are going to be seeing a whole lot more use in our house. I think I might have to try a dress next, what do you think?

Be sure to check out all of the other Penelope Peplums over at See Kate Sew!