Summer Fun {Make All The Patterns}

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Summer is officially here!!  We are finally settled in our house and  I have finally made Miss J some summer stuff.  I’m trying to “make all the patterns” I’ve been collecting through the years. Recently, I made the Clover shorts from Mouse House Creations.  The length is great and the fit is just fine for my rapidly growing little lady.  I should have mashed sizes but I’m still learning things. But I love, love, love the pleated front and cuffs.  I made the simple version so these shorts go with everything mama made and hand-me-down!! I also made 2 tops to go with her new shorts.  First one is the Megan’s Wrap Top from SLPC which is perfect to use some of those larger scrap pieces you have been holding on to.  Circle skirts are fun to wear too!!  Look at all of that sass….

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Then I also made the Ayda’s V Back Peplum Top  from SLPC.  I’ve been hoarding this bold stripe fabric for a while but I wasn’t sure what to make with it.  I’ve seen skirts, dresses, and tops galore as it was pretty popular. I really love how this turned out.  So crisp! That white bow sure does POP!! And I think the peplum shape looks really good on her too!!

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I ended up adding lace for the back since I didn’t have quite enough to sew it in one fabric.

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All 3 pieces were so much fun! I can’t wait to make more shorts…we need 1 in every color😉

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Until next time!!!

JaNette

EYMM Dad’s Day Tour

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Make sure to check out all the stops on the EYMM Daddy & Me Blog Tour! (Note: the direct links below won’t work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out their blogs any time!)

June 16

House of EstrelaThe Wholesome Mama

June 17

SewJournersMerri Poppins

June 18

HattieLu HandmadeBlessed x Five

June 19

Pretty and Precious & Adventures With Bubba and Bug

During the tour, all Daddy & Me patterns are on sale!  Use coupon code MINIME on the EYMM site to save 25% on the Parker’s T-Shirt patterns (Boy’s or Men’s or the Bundle) or the Hoodie patterns (His & Hers Hoodie or Zander’s Hoodie or the Bundle) until June 21 at 11:59pm PST.

Hi everyone!!  JaNette here from Merri Poppins!!!!  Thanks for having me on the EYMM Tour🙂  It’s not very often I get to make something for my fellas so I jumped at the chance to sew up something for Father’s Day! I picked Parker’s Vintage T-Shirt from EYMM.  As some of you are aware…I have a ton of patterns. I have several EYMM patterns but haven’t sewn them…yet.  So this was the first time sewing up something from this designer.  I have to admit, I wish I had tried this as my introduction to sewing knits.  THIS WAS PERFECT!!  Everything went together beautifully!!!  I don’t sew knits very often because with wovens…its just well…woven.  I don’t have to guess if I’m picking the right stretch, etc.  With these I picked 2 heavier knits and 1 soft light weight. This is a uni-sex pattern which is also awesome!  I didn’t sew the girls a shirt this time but I will later.

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Patrick opted for pocket, which is so typical of him. I had to go up a size for both of the boys because they measured in between sizes. I could have *almost* got away with using just the men’s pattern for all of them. With the swimming season upon us,  I think Ashton will be in the men’s xxs or xs before summer is out.  Patrick is right there at the end of the sizes too but maybe next year he will be out of the boys.  I’m so glad they have such a large size range!!! James’s shirt is super soft, thin, light weight knit (I’m not sure of the name for it) and was a little harder to handle when I was sewing.

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And speaking of “harder to handle”…why is it so hard for teenage boys to just smile? Thank goodness Patrick still has a happy go lucky attitude about most things.

We had to pull out some serious goofiness to get these grins from Ashton!! They all seem to love the fit.  Everyone says they will wear them again which makes me happy.  Patrick took his off after taking pictures and saved it for school the next day.

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Since this IS about Father’s Day, I do have to say that we are so lucky to have this fella in our lives.  He’s a hard working dad and husband. One that truely loves his kiddos even though they make him crazy.  But that’s what kids do I suppose😉 He’s great at giving great big bear hugs and cooking on the grill. Oh he’s also the cannon ball king. We can’t wait to spend Sunday together doing what he does best……LOVING US!!!

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Ashton, Patrick, James, Jenna and Hailey

Thanks for being such a great Dad to the 4 of them…we love you to pieces!!

Until next time,

JaNette

 

 

What’s On My Table Wednesday?

So I’ve been a tad MIA.  I know…I know.

BUT we bought a house (HUGE STEP)!!!  Annnnd I have my very own sewing space!!!!  I could not be happier.  But more on that later……

Sooooooo before our move, I was asked to make a lace dress for a sweet friend’s daughter.  A 1st Communion Dress to be exact.  I have never made one before but her sweet mama guided me as to lengths and such.  She found something she liked and I tried to recreate something similar.

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I used the Gabrielle-Fae pdf pattern.  I’ve made that one a few times now.  So I modified it a tad to get the overlay just right. It really turned out so sweet and Miss E. got to wear it a couple of times!  Hopefully my stitching will last so it can be an heirloom dress for her to hand down to her future generations.  I love that the scalloped lace hem was so perfect on the sleeves.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell online exactly what size is going to look right in comparison to the person wearing it.  But it lined up perfectly there🙂

She is absolutely darling!  Thanks for letting me make this for your special day!

 

Until Next time,

JaNette

AVTR Houndstooth Rag Quilt Blog Tour

 

Hello there!!! It’s only been a couple of weeks since my last quilt post but I’ve been at it again!  This time it was quite interesting🙂

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This is the Houndstooth Rag quilt from A Vision To Remember.  Bobbie was kind enough to mail out my favorite color (purple) from her fabric shop.  The print is called Briar Rose and it’s so lovely!  The darker purple is from my own stash and the light pink is a cotton solid from Riley Blake. You can find both of those in her Etsy shop.  Just follow the links! My purple didn’t quite match, but this quilt is for me….and the more purple the happier I am🙂

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I didn’t have quite enough of the pink to make up the second fabric…so I improvised with the darker purple.  It was actually easier than it looks!  I cut everything out and made my blocks.  Then I unpicked the ones that needed 3 fabrics, resewed with the correct color (pink or purple) and viola!

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I would love to see each of the houndstooth as a different color!  I think it would be a really cool rainbow quilt. For the boarder, I didn’t follow any directions.  I made it up as I went…kinda in a log cabin style.  There is a border option in the directions, though.

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I thought I would need extreme hand holding from my quilting friends to make this, but I didn’t!  So if you are looking to try something different give this one a go.  It looks more intimidating than it actually was.  I will warn you…..there is a TON of cutting.  I hear there are special scissors for rag quilts.  I do not own those so…. yes, I cut all of this with regular scissors.  But I will be looking to invest in those special ones!  I watched almost 2 movies to get it all cut.  Try it!!!  I would love to see what you make!!

Until next time,

JaNette

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Be sure to check out all the amazing blankets on tour this week!

3/21/16: Larissa from Connected By a Thread

3/22/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

3/22/16: Bethany from Sew Not Perfect

3/23/16: Rebecca from Finn’s Door

3/24/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/24/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/25/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy

Garden Party in Voile

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Voile is probably my most favorite fabric to work with.  I accidentally purchased some when I first started out sewing years ago (which was a happy mistake!) and nothing has topped it since.  It looks like cotton woven but it’s kinda silky feeling and very light weight.  My daughter absolutely loves to wear things made from voile. Miss J picked this print out for her birthday dress which I purchased from Whimsical Fabric and it’s called Table Flowers in Cheer .

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The pattern I picked to sew is  Garden Party by Oliver & S  and it’s also available at Whimsical Fabric.  I thought the drape that the voile provides, would look nice on the gathered bodice of this pattern.  Because the fabric is light weight,  it did make gathering very easy. I always use a fresh needle when working with anything light weight.  We don’t want to ruin any pretty fabric! Especially since voile is a tad more expensive than regular cotton woven.  It is 54″ wide, so you can possibly make a few things from a yard depending on what it is and still get your money’s worth.

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This was my first Oliver & S sew and it definitely has nice finishing  touches that I haven’t sewn in a while.  Sewing the bias tape around the arms was a tad harder than normal for me. The fabric was slippery being that I only pinned it in place.  I’ll have to find a better method if I sew this one in voile again.

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You can also make this with a second fabric for the bands on the bodice if you don’t like it in all one fabric. Most of the time I choose a two fabric option so I thought I would change it up this time :)  I left the length long on her because she likes her dresses like that.  I think just above the knee, however, would be super cute! There was also an option for short sleeves that I will try next time. I’m sure she will ask for another one of these as she didn’t want to take it off. But then again, voile feels cozy on the skin so I can’t say I blame her!

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I hope you enjoyed what I made and will check out the other ideas as well!!!!

Until next time,

JaNette

Be sure to check out all the posts this week! So many different uses for Voile!

3/14: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/15: Denita from Hattielu Handmade
3/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/17: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumpkins
3/18: Stacey from From a Box

You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.

AVTR Blog Tour {Rag Apron Pattern}

Hi everyone!!!! It’s kinda been a little crazy around here lately but I have managed to make my 3rd A Vision To Remember rag style item!!! I’m so excited that I am finally getting the hang of it.  Today I am sharing the Women’s Rag Apron by AVTR made from one of my favorite fabric lines….Lost & Found Love by Riley Blake.  Bobbie was kind enough to send me some from her stash to make this.

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I didn’t exactly know what I wanted the finished apron to look like when I started, except for where to use the heart fabrics.  From working with this fabric before, I knew I wanted to spotlight them again!  Included in the pattern there is a layout you can print out and label if you wanted to.  I probably will do something like that next time.  I’ve kinda been just winging it with the others.

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I have *finally* clipped the edges enough so that it frays!!! I definitely needed to take smaller snips than I had been. Bobbie sent me this video of her making a rag quilt and it helped to see someone else going through the process. I learn best when I have a step by step demo.  Check it out here.

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I do a ton of baking and it would make sense for me to wear this and whip up some MerriPoppins Signature cupcakes, right? Only I have a really small kitchen, bad lighting, and Miss H is much more photogenic than I, so we had to take these outside.  Which makes me sad because it would have been perfect for my most recent order…..

I also made a couple minor changes.  Instead of a frayed ruffle, I did hem mine by serging it then turning it over 1/4 inch.  I also shortened my scalloped trim on accident.  The kids interrupted me and before I realized it, I had lined it up at the wrong spot and I already started cutting. Ooops!  So know that yours will be a little longer than mine.  It still hits Miss H at a decent length, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much if you make the same mistake.

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I also cut some extra long satin ribbon for the ties.  I made them longer so I could tie in the front or back. All in all though, I think it turned out really cute!  It’s sweet and sassy!  I love the fabric combo and how everything went together since I didn’t plan every piece of fabric.  This would make a cute gift for a wedding shower, birthday gift for someone who likes to bake, or maybe as a housewarming gift.  There are some free tutorials to make hanging towels or oven mitts that you could coordinate a set.  Just leave me a comment and I can send you the links.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my version!!!!  Check back later to see what else I’m cooking up!!!

AVTR Apron Blog Tour:

 

3/1/16: Larissa from CBAT

3/2/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/2/16: Patricia from Sew Far North

3/3/16: Melissa from Rebel & Malice

3/3/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste

3/4/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/4/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
Until next time….

JaNette

 

What’s on my table Wednesday?

Hey friends!  Yes, I know I missed 2 Wednesdays…sorry about that.  Mr. Merri had to go out of town and then I came down with some crud that I’m sure my kiddos gave to me. But here we are today🙂

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Yep!  You’re correct!  It’s Rapunzel!  Evidently we are in full Rapunzel mode because this has been the most requested in the past week from my Etsy shop.

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Jenna was so little then and it really wasn’t THAT long ago! Not quite 2 years ago! These kids sure do grow fast.  I will also be sharing some pictures of Miss H for a blog tour that is coming up soon.  I’ll have to dig back into the archives and see just how much they have all grown up before our eyes..LOL

I’ve also been trying to tame those scraps…..AGAIN!  That is almost a full time job taming the bags and bags of scraps.

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This particular scrap buster is from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff and this is a Bloomin’ Quilt-As-You-Go panel.  My first attempt was ok.  It doesn’t look quite as bloomin’ as her example but I’ll keep at it🙂  I have waaaaay tooooo maaaaany scraaaaaps so I’m sure a few less than perfect will be just fine.  I used the scraps you might have seen in some of my creations over time…..

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So after I get a few of those made in between orders, I’ll have a new project to sew up!  I’m not sure what it will be as of yet so if YOU have any ideas I would be happy to hear them🙂

Until next time,

JaNette