Friday, January 23, 2015

Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour


Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour

Today I am sharing with you some of the adorable patterns from the new Girls Bundle Up Sale over at Pattern Revolution.  




Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour

I decided on the Potato Chip Skirt first because I new it would be super fast and a great staple pattern for my little girls wardrobe.  I was right!  Not only is the fit great, but the directions give you options to make it lined or even reversible.  

Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour

I used a pink twill fabric I had in my stash from JoAnn's for the skirt.  I added the piping to the pockets (directions are in the pattern for this as well).  I also decided to add a little bit of machine applique with my new embroidery machine.  Nothing big, just a cute little flower.  

For the shirt, I used the Tinley Tee pattern.  This one isn't in the bundle but you can find it HERE.


Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour

Now for the Phresh Blazer.  This is the most adorable blazer ever.  I love the slim cut of the blazer.  It fits very nicely and has a cute little collar.  Totally love it.




Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour

For the blazer, I used a stretch denim from JoAnn's.  It is great for lost of projects and is perfect for this blazer.


Potato Chip Skirt & Phresh Blazer for Girls Bundle Tour





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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Doctor Who Sewalong


Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

Okay, first I have to preface this entire post with the fact that I am only recently a Doctor Who fan.  I finally took the plunge about 3 or 4 months ago.  In that time, I feel in love the the 10th doctor, enjoyed the 11th doctor, and still haven't decided about doctor 13.  But I really do love the show.  So naturally, when Crafting Con had their January sew-a-long for Doctor Who, I had to join in the fun.

If you aren't familiar with Crafting Con, you might remember a few months back I was part of the November Hunger Games Challenge.  I shared my project on Crafting Con and also a little Effie Skirt Tutorial on the blog.  This was a fun challenge and I wanted to get involved in the other month themes with their sew-a-longs.

Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to create.  I really love the "Pond Family".  I wish the story between the Doctor and River Song had played out more and was a little less confusing to follow.  Because it was an intriguing idea.  And I totally loved that when she needed him all she had to do was leave her call sign "Hello Sweetie".  So that was my starting point.

Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

From there, I found this AMAZING galaxy knit fabric.  I knew I had to use it.  I could totally see the TARDIS zooming around looking for new worlds.  So I made a cute little skirt much like you'd probably see Amelia Pond wearing around.  Don't you think?  I didn't have a particular pattern for this, I just made a yoga waistband and added a gathered skirt.
  Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

For the top, I used our Rival Raglan pattern in our Etsy shop.  I didn't want the top to scream girl, so I went with blue sleeves instead of pink or purple.  The sleeves are 3/4 length and I used my new embroidery machine to add the Hello Sweetie saying.  And to "girl" it up I added the pink bow.  I think this would make a really cute Valentine's Day outfit as well.  

Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

Getting pictures was harder than sewing up the outfit.  As you can see, she is an adventurer.  So really, she should be one of the Doctor's companions.  

Doctor Who Inspired Kids Outfit by GYCT

 This really was a fun little project.  I am so glad I decided to participate!  I had a lot of fun with this project and trying to come up with a cute and functional outfit for my little girl.  What do you think?  



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Little Artist Palette Pattern Review for Betties Swap


Today I am taking a little break from designing and sharing a review of a really fun and great pattern.  This is the Little Artisit Palette Pattern from Swoodson Says .  It is a super fun pattern for your growing little ones.

You might be asking yourself, well why would I need this pattern.  Well, it is such a great pattern for not only playtime but for teaching your little ones their colors and matching.  My baby girl is so curious and I knew this would be perfect for her.


The pattern can be made without the matching pieces.  Meaning, you can choose not to add the velcro and the matching pieces.  I decided to make the puzzle because it is a great way to use playtime as learning time.  Keeping track of the puzzle pieces makes it a little more challenging, but my little girl has really enjoyed pretending and working on matching her colors.


The pattern is fairly easy to follow.  It calls for the use of different colored fleece fabrics.  I actually used felt, because that is what I had on hand.  However, if you plan to wash the palette you'd probably not want to use felt.  Fleece is great because you don't have to add any seam finishes because it doesn't fray.



Overall, this really is a great little pattern.  Perfect for your toddler or preschooler.  I also love that it doesn't take a lot of fabric.  So you can use up some of your stash.  So take a moment and go check out the Little Artisit Palette Pattern from Swoodson Says .  You won't regret it!




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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monthly Monday Madness Sale - Seaside Summer Top

Today we are excited to announce our fun sale idea for 2015!!!

Introducing 
Monthly Monday Madness!!

Seaside Summer Top by GYCT


We will be picking one pattern each month to put on sale just for you.  We will also be sharing some fun "flips" of each of the patterns so you know what else you can do with the pattern.

This months pattern is the 


Seaside Summer Top by GYCT

Now, let's show you some fun Seaside Summer pattern flip ideas!!

First up, we have my blogger friend Amy from Friends Stitched Together.  She is super talented!  Make sure to go check out her blog!

Seaside Top by GYCT Designs sewn by FriendsStitchedTogether

This is technically a "summer" top, but we're buried under a couple inches of snow in Central Washington right now so I had to get a little creative! My three year old is a skinny little thing and always cold, so I decided to use some Ultra Cuddle fabric from JoAnn's. It works perfectly for this pattern! The first time John tried it on, he did a little happy dance and goes, "It's like wearing my blanket!"

Seaside Top by GYCT Designs sewn by FriendsStitchedTogether

This is actually the second shirt like this that I made him - he wore the first one non-stop for a week and it wasn't picture-ready any more...

Seaside Top by GYCT Designs sewn by FriendsStitchedTogether

On to the pattern itself: The only thing I changed was to add 1/2" to the sleeves since the fabric is so bulky. The length ended up just perfect! The pattern is literally four pieces (and two of those are for the facing) and it took me maybe 45 minutes to sew - it would have taken less, but I had to use extra pins for this fabric. The facing is a super easy way to finish the neckline and the slit gives it a casual caftan vibe. I think it would be cute to add a button at the top to close it for an entirely different look!

Seaside Top by GYCT Designs sewn by FriendsStitchedTogether

I love that the loose fit looks great on boys or girls. This version is comfortable enough for John to sleep in, but it also looks nice enough that he can wear it in public without it looking like I left him in his jammies ;) And apparently, this is the best you can hope for when you ask a three-year-old to lay down and pretend he's sleeping:

Seaside Top by GYCT Designs sewn by FriendsStitchedTogether

Next, check out Jessica's look over at The Berry Bunch.  Her little man wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle inspired top.  Love how she used Voile fabric so soft and perfect for the weather.
Seaside Summer Top by GYCT
She changed the top up a bit of color blocking by some cuffs and a fun band on the bottom.  Make sure to go check out her blog for more.


Seaside Summer Top by GYCT

Finally, I get to share with you my newest Seaside Top.  Now I know the name says "summer" but really, this is the perfect top for all seasons.  You get 3 sleeves and either the top or dress option.  Right now, we are in winter.  So the top I made for my little girl is long sleeve, however, it will work for spring and fall because it is a fairly lightweight fabric. 

Seaside Summer Top from GYCT

I decided to make the top, but I added the sash option from the dress.  This made it into more of a tunic style.  Which I tend to like since my baby girl wears a LOT of leggings this time of year.  (Well, all the time really.)

Seaside Summer Top from GYCT

I used a purple gingham fabric that I purchased and JoAnn's.  It is lightweight but heavy enough to keep her little arms warm during the winter.  This could also be used after swimming at the pool this summer.  Light enough to keep her cool, but warm enough to warm her up after being in the cool pool. 
Seaside Summer Top from GYCT

After seeing all these adorable options, perhaps you'd like to take advantage of our Monthly Monday Madness deal!  For today only, you can grab the Seaside Summer Top and Dress pattern for only $4!  So go grab it quick!!






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Thursday, January 15, 2015

DIY Grocery Bag Organizer for TBT

Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
Today I wanted to share a fun throwback post from several years ago.  If you are anything like me, you save all your grocery bags from the store.  You probably have like a million.  Well, today you are in luck.  We are sharing our Grocery Bag Organizer Tutorial from a few years back.  You're going to love it!!


Materials Needed:
Hand Towel
1/2" elastic
9" of Ribbon
Thread
Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
First, cut the tag off, this way it doesn't get in the way or get pulled out when you are removing trash bags.
Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT
Next, cut your elastic about 4-5 inches SHORTER than the width of your towel.  Make sure you are measuring on the short side of your towel.

Grocery Bag Holder Tutorial by GYCT

Sew and backstitch the elastic to the towel.


Then pull the elastic tight as you sew. This will pull the ends of the towel in.

The base of your towel should be bunched up just like the picture 
below. 



Repeat adding the elastic to the opposite side of the towel.



With right sides together, pin the 2 long sides of the towel together.




Then sew from the top to the bottom. Make sure to backstitch or you'll be sorry because your thread will begin to pull and your stitches will come out from all the pulling as you get your trash bags out.

Attach a ribbon to the elastic on one side of the towel. Then sew the ribbon to the towel.

Voila! You now have a clean and easy way to store your grocery bags.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial

DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT

If you have little girls in your life, you for sure know that they all love the movie Frozen.  My 2 year old is no different.  So for Christmas, Santa decided she needed an Anna dress.  He contacted me directly and I got working.  Lucky for you, he asked me to share the tutorial for all my sewing friends.

I know there are probably a million of these Princess Anna dress tutorials out there.  But honestly, I just couldn't help myself.  This one should be fairly simple as all you need is your favorite Peasant Dress Pattern.  (I personally love THIS one.)  Now let's get started!

Materials Needed:
Green, Black and olive green fabric
Elastic

Step 1
Cut out your bodice front back and sleeves.  The front and back should be in black.  The sleeves in green.  
DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT

Step 2
Using your Wonder Under, print and cut out the applique pattern for Anna's Coronation dress.  Follow the chart on the applique to know what colors to cut in each shape.  For the best method of applying applique, see this post.  If you feel like you need to make the applique smaller or larger you can always print the applique at 110% or 90% to change sizes.

DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT

Step 3
Apply the applique onto the front of your cut out main bodice piece.  Stitch around the edges of the applique to ensure they stay in place.


DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT




Step 4
Sew the sleeves to the bodice front and back.  Next apply your elastic according to the directions on your pattern.  I added elastic to the neck edge and the hem of the sleeves.


DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT

Step 5
Now for the skirt.  First, measure your bodice around the waist.  You'll want your finished, pleated skirt to be the same width.  The length of the skirt should be the same as what is on your pattern.

So how do you decide on the size of your strips?  

Finished Waist Measurement / 6 strips = Width of Strips

22.5 / 6 = 3.75"

Now add .75" for seam allowances

= 4.5" Strips  
Remember you are adding pleats that will touch at the center.  So all your strips, green and olive green, will be the same size.

You'll want to cut out strips of fabric, green and olive green, that are the correct length mentioned on your pattern and the width you calculated above.  You'll want 6-7 of each color.  Stitch together one green and one olive.  Continue until they are all stitched together in a row.  Stitch the last two together to make the skirt of the dress.  

Press the bottom edge of the skirt up 1/4 inch and then again 1" and stitch a hem.


DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial by GYCT


Step 6
Pleat the olive colored strip to the center of the green strip.  Pleat the opposite olive strip to meet the other strip.  They will meet in the middlePin each of the pleats in place and press.  Repeat with each strip.


DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial

Step 7
Pin the skirt to the bodice top.  If you have to adjust your pleats so that the skirt fits to the bodice, do that now.  Stitch the skirt to the bodice top and press.


DIY Anna Coronation Dress Tutorial

Congratulations!! You just made yourself a little Anna Dress.  Super simple and you can really use whatever peasant dress pattern you have available.  Don't forget to share your creations in our GYCT Designs Facebook Group.



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