Knit Fabric Wrap – A – Round Skirt Tutorial

Let’s break up this quiet spell with a tutorial okay? I totally have spring on the mind and am excited for the wardrobe change this season will bring. I have been loving the flowy skirts and dresses that Free People has lately and want to create some pieces based on those. With that in mind, I was super excited when I received an email from Organic Cotton Plus to try out some of their fabric and share about it with you all. I already had a project in mind! I have used fabric with them before, but it was all wovens so I was very happy to play around with some knit fabric.

I picked out three yards of this yummy banana interlock knit. It is 60″ wide so it’s a great size to use for things that need a larger piece of fabric like a maxi dress or skirt. I whipped up this wrap around skirt in no time. It’s easy to put together and since it’s a knit fabric you won’t need to worry about raw edges. Here is what I did to create this look along with some things I learned along the way. As much as I love sharing final products, I also love sharing where I messed up to help others from having to go through the same mistakes.

Materials:
-Knit Fabric of choice
-Measuring Tape
-Scissors
-Pins
-Calculator

This skirt is three main pieces: The waistband, the top skirt (which is a circle skirt), and the bottom skirt(which is just a rectangular piece of fabric). Let’s go over how to do measurements for these pieces first. Please note, I ere on the side of “larger” so things can be cut back if necessary. It’s always better to have it a little too big and make a quick cut than to make something too small.

PLEASE NOTE: You are just plugging in 3 measurements you take (your waist, the length you want the top of the skirt, and the length you want the bottom of the skirt)  into the following equations. Write them down and then use your calculator to get the final measurements. It might help to copy and paste this part and separate it into the three sections to focus better on each one.

-The waistband piece is going to be 7″ wide and the length should be your waist measurement x 3. I had to sew a few pieces together to get this length.

Ex: If your waist is 20″ you would just multiply this by 3. 
So your piece cut out should be 60″ x 7″.

-The top half of the skirt needs to be figured out with a little bit of math because you need a circle. Here goes….
First you need a circumference which will be:

Circumference = (Waist measurement + Waist measurement/3)
Circumference = 36″ + (36″/3)
Circumference = (36″ + 12″)
Circumference = 48″

Then you plug the circumference into this equation to get the Radius.

Radius = Circumference/(2 x pi)

Now, we know the Circumference already and we know that pi is approximately 3.14. So we plug those in to get the following:

 Radius = 48″/(2 x 3.14)
Radius = 48″/6.28
  Radius = 7.6″

Now that is needed for cutting the circle out. To get how big a piece of fabric you need to cut out this circle, you need to do a little more math.
You now need to determine Radius + Length (Length = how long you want it to go; I measured from my waist to my knees)

 Radius + Length = x
7.6″ + 15″ = 22.6″, which I round up to 23″.
Then multiply that by 2
Ex: 23″ x 2 = 46″
I will need a piece of fabric that measures 46″x46″ to cut.

-The bottom skirt piece is a rectangular piece. To determine this measurement you need the circumference of the bottom of the circle skirt. The best way to determine this is using the following equation:

Bottom Circumference = (2 x pi) x (Radius+Length)
The R + Length is the same number as you used from the above equation, 7.6″+15″= 23″ and we know pi is 3.14.
 Bottom Circumference = (2 x 3.14) x (7.6″ + 15″)
      Bottom Circumference = (6.28)x(23″)
     Bottom Circumference = 144.5″

So the piece of fabric needed to be cut is 144.5″ by the length I needed to make it go to my ankles, which was 21″. I actually didn’t have quite enough for this length, but I was able to cut out a piece that measured 120″ by 21″. It worked out because I could stretch the fabric and I had ended up cutting some of the length off from the top part of the skirt anyways (talk about that below). In hindsight, having more fabric would have made it flow better but it’s still good!

*Refer to the above diagram I drew due to the sun never being out when I sewed so I could get good pictures ;)

1. Go ahead and cut the square piece out using the measurements you determined for the top part of the skirt (ex: 46″ by 46″).
2. Fold fabric square in half.
3. Fold fabric in half again the opposite way. You will have two “folds” of fabric and two sides that do not have folds.
4. Mark for your first cut from the corner where the two fold sides meet. This will be at the waist. Mark your 1/4″ circle to cut with chalk. The line should be the same length (the radius) from the corner all the way across.
The second cut you make will be made at the radius + length point from the corner edge. Use chalk to mark this line for easy cutting.
Cut skirt piece out after marking.
5. Open your now “donut” shape fabric piece. Cut down one side to open it. Wrap the waist part (the smaller circle) around your waist and make sure it doesn’t over wrap. You want it to wrap around your waist with one side coming to one side of front waist and the other overlapping going to the other side of the waist. If it is too big, trim some fabric off to your liking. I had to trim about 4 inches off on each side for my preference. It added to much fabric to the underneath side that wrapped under.
6.  Right sides facing, sew the bottom skirt piece to the bottom of the top skirt piece.

7. Fold skirt in half, wrong sides facing. From top, cut downward at an angle similar to image above.

Now find the middle of the waistband and the middle of the skirt top. Pin together at that spot, right sides facing. Pin the rest of the skirt top to the waistband and sew together.
Fold the waistband in half towards the inside of the skirt. The waistband edge should cover the seam. Pin in place and sew. Wrap skirt around waist so that the ends of the skirt are at opposite sides of the waist. The side tie that is underneath will need to wrap around your back to the other side for tying. You might have to play with it a bit to get it not to be too bunchy. Then tie on that side. Trim the tie to your liking at this point and you are all done! This is a skirt you can wear anywhere, but would also be an easy beach coverup piece as well.
It might take a little math to determine this, but it’s worth it! If you want to make it even easier to create, I suggest just making the whole thing a circle skirt. Just change the length for the top skirt piece to go as long as you want it to twitter, google plus, and facebook

and then sew on the waistband. That would be super easy! Thanks again to Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can also find them on

Happy sewing!
-Jess

The Praire Rose Pattern Tour

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

It’s my turn to share some outfits I made for the Prairie Rose Set Pattern Tour. Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest created an adorable set of patterns consisting of a top, pants, dress, and skirt. She gave the outfits she made a vintage feel and I wanted to do that but was having a hard time finding the right type of fabric. So I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and determined to pick fabric from there. I hate dragging miss E around, so I try to be as concise as possible when shopping.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I found the pretty pink aztec print first. Then to coordinate a bit, I used a lightweight stretchy “jean” like polka dot fabric and a breezy aqua fabric. I was nervous about sewing with that breezy fabric, but it went really well. I just made sure to take my time.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

I ended up making pants and a top for miss E. I left out the elastic waist and arms because it just looked so pretty all flowy like that. The pants are just fabulous. I want to use this fabric to make some pants for myself, although no ruffles for me! haha

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns
Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

Miss J has become a little more picky about her clothes as she has gotten older. She still likes things I make, but likes pieces that are more simple. So I went with the skirt for her. The fabric is a bit thin, so I added a half lining underneath. It fits well and is just her style.

Praire Rose Set Sewing Patterns

You can see more specifics about the pattern here and it can be purchased here. It’s a good addition to have and can also be a good foundation pattern to add your own additions too. Thanks Anneliese for creating the pattern. It’s been fun sewing up some new clothes for my girls.
-Jess

Penelope Peplum Tour: One for Each of Us Girls

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

Last week was a fun and new experience for me. I was able to go away on a short little trip for a very special event! It was nice to have a small break from routine and be in such a creative and inspiring atmosphere. I just finished going through all my photos last night, so I’m planning to blog all about that tomorrow. Today, I’m sharing a Penelope Peplum knit top (for women) and two Pippa Peplum knit tops (for the little ones) I made using this fabulous pattern by See Kate Sew PS: There is also a circle skirt add on for the women’s pattern to make it into a dress here.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I have always adored Kate’s patterns, so I was more than happy to sew some of these up. I went knit fabric shopping online at Girl Charlee for my fabrics. Miss J picked out the pig fabric. She’s still on her animal/farm kick and I love it. I can’t wait for the day I can get her some real animals to take care of. I picked out the foxes for miss E because she really likes that “what does the fox say” song, like most little ones. What is it about that song? lol.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I picked this vintage inspired fabric. Typical me, right? The shirt pattern has three different sleeve options: cap, bicep, or half sleeve. I did the bicep length. I also used the circle skirt add on for the bottom and sliced it up a bit so the back bottom fabric peeked around the front. I think that striped fabric was from a recent GC purchase as well, but don’t remember. It was in my stash. I kept the top with the same and just angled the sides when cutting to get this look. I also added a small fabric strip around the neckline inbetween the outer fabric and interfacing piece.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I am happy with the fit and how the look turned out. I like how she suggests to use elastic thread where you sew on the bottom. It helps it have better stretch for when putting it on. I didn’t use it on mine, but I did for the girls. I wanted to see the difference. The next time I make one for me again I will try the elastic thread. I have a dress in mind with some lovely black stretchy lace in my stash.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together
Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

For miss E’s, I added a doily to the neck. I had one just the perfect size and cut it in half. I tacked it in place before sewing on the inner facing just like I did on mine with the fabric. I did the cap sleeve style on this one.

Penelope Peplum Top sewn by Happy Together

I had to add a little something to miss J’s too, so we made a little pocket for it. I would recommend this pattern for a quick and easy sew with a polished look.
Thank you Kate for letting me try the patterns out! You are a rock star :)
-Jess

12 Skirts of Christmas: The Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

This little skirt has been an idea in my head for a while. I was browsing fabric at Hancock Fabrics and spotted this little peg doll print fabric (designer is Heather Ross). I was super excited that they were carrying some of her fabric and I just thought it was so fun and whimsical. I bought some with no project idea, but then it came to me. To make a little skirt with a house on it for peg dolls. I couldn’t find the clothespin looking like peg dolls like on the skirt, but I found some that work for my miss E. Then, I received an email from the so very talented Kelly of Sewing in No Man’s Land inviting me to join in a 12 Skirts of Christmas series. I knew this skirt would be the perfect thing to do for it!

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

It was so much fun to see my little girl discover the little dolls in the skirt. She was just excited about getting a new skirt at first. She has hit a stage where she likes to spin with a skirt on and say she’s a “barina” aka ballerina. It’s so cute. It will be interesting if she takes to it. Miss J had no interest in that kind of stuff at all.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

You can use any fabric you want to make the skirt and for the house, you just need some type of non-fraying material. I used felt, but originally had wanted to use some type of leather. I just didn’t have time to go around looking until I found some I liked. I had tried wool felt, but the kind I had was just too thick for what I wanted. If you want to embroider some on the house, you will need thread and an embroidery needle for that. And of course, 1″ elastic for the waist. So get your sewing machine, scissors, ruler, pins, a safety pin, and iron ready to go too.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Here is how I came up with the measurements to use for a size 3. If you are making one for a gift, the Children’s Place sizing guide is great for measurements. Just use the waist measurement they give and the skirt length as your guide. They only offer the waist measurements for ages 3 and up, but for smaller sizes I would just go one inch down for each size down until at the size you need.

Size 3 from sizing chart: 
Waist measurement= 21″
Skirt length (at the knee)= 9.5″

Cut two pieces for waistband:
No matter what size, the width should be 4″. This makes it big enough to create the casing for the elastic.
For the length, simply add 10″ to waist measurement and divide by 2. This will be the length needed. Ex: (21″ + 10″)/2= 15.5″.
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 4″ x 15.5″

Cut two pieces for main skirt piece:
For the width, just use the skirt length measurement giving on the chart.
For the length, you want it to be a few inches less than double the length of the waistband piece. I say less than a few inches, because many times when I do double it exactly I find it too thick when gathered up.
Ex: 15.5″ x 2 = 31″ and then 31″ – 5″ = 28″
So I cut two pieces of fabric measuring 28″ x 9.5″

Optional: Cut two pieces for bottom of skirt:
This would be the same length as the previous skirt piece, just not as wide.
I cut two pieces of 28″ x 3″

Cut one piece of 1″ elastic:
Waist measurement – 2″ = total needed
Ex: 21″ – 2″ = 19″ of one inch elastic

*Remember to pay attention to any pattern that is on the fabric. You want it facing the correct way.
*Use the measurements you create to determine the yardage you need to make a skirt.
*I use a 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

1. Take one bottom skirt piece and pin it to the bottom of a main skirt piece, right sides facing. Sew together. Repeat with other bottom and main skirt piece.
2. Finish the raw edges with a serger or a v-stitch/zig zag stitch. Push the seam up and sew right above seam on the main skirt fabric piece to hold in place.
3. Baste the top of each skirt piece across the top. Gather each side by pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread. Gather it until it is the same length as the waistband piece. Knot loose threads on each end and even out the gathers.
4. Place a waistband piece on top of gathered skirt, right sides facing, and pin in place.
5. Sew together and trim off extra fabric. Repeat for other side of skirt.
6. Place the now two skirt pieces together , right sides facing, matching up the seams. Pin and sew down each side. Finish raw edges with serger or v-stitch/zig zag stitch.
6b. (Not shown) With skirt still wrong side out, turn bottom up around 1/4″ and iron.  Turn up about 1/4″ again and iron. Sew around to create the hem.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

7. With skirt wrong side still facing out, fold down waistband 1/2″ and iron.
8. Then fold down waistband so that it goes past the top seam a little bit. The waistband needs to be able to fit the 1″ elastic in it, so don’t put the waistband fold too far down. Sew very close to the bottom edge of the waistband, leaving a 4″ opening when sewing for the elastic to go in.
9. Top stitch very close to the edge of the top of the waistband all the way around. This will help keep elastic from twisting and moving as much.
10. Place a safety pin on end of elastic. Push it in opening and pull all the way through.
11. Once through, sew two ends of elastic together. It’s best to overlap them no more than an inch and use a zig zag stitch.
12. Push elastic into casing and sew opening shut.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

To help keep elastic in place even more, turn skirt right side out and sew elastic in place at one of the side seams. You can do both, but make sure to even out the elastic before sewing on the other side. You don’t want the skirt to look lopsided.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Use wooden dolls of your choice to create sizing for a house. I just made sure it was wide enough for them to fit and tall enough so it could have windows. I sewed the roof on the skirt first. Then I top stitched across the top of the house piece and around the windows for extra stability. I also added a some embroidery. And lastly sewed the house part so it went overlapped the roof a little bit.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Paint dolls if you like. We kept it simple. One was painted after miss E and one after miss J.

Peg Doll Skirt Tutorial

Thank you so much Kelly for hosting this fun series! Don’t forget to follow along and see what all the other creative bloggers share. There are many great sewers on the list ;) Happy sewing everyone!
-Jess

Great Gifts from OshKosh and a $50 Giftcard Giveaway!!! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
Girls: shirt/skirt/jeggings/shoes Boys: shirt/pants/shoes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the holidays! When you’re searching for great gifts, OshKosh B’gosh is your destination this holiday season! And guess what? Here is one last chance to win a giftcard to OshKosh B’gosh to buy some gifts before Christmas gets here! Yay!!!! This is the third giveaway sponsored by OshKosh over the past three months and it’s been such fun being able to give you all a chance to win. Today I’m going to share a few of my favorite gift ideas from them and then share the details on how to enter to win the giftcard. Above, I have shared a some of my favorite clothing pieces for girls and boys. You can pick from  kids denim jeans and OKBG original kids tees to dressier outfits to pajamas. Kids grow so fast they can always use some new clothes! Here is a recap from the other posts where the girls are wearing other favorites we picked out from OshKosh:

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OshKosh B'gosh Fort in a bag diy
Woodland Creature Photobooth

I have ordered graphic tees, jeans, shoes, jackets, and winter accessories for my girls from their online store and we have loved it all. I loved shopping online because I could take my time and do some sales hunting along with some regular purchases. They are always having special offers and coupons and even offer free shipping a lot. Everything has also shipped really fast too. I know sometimes it seems to take a long time to receive orders from big companies, but they have done a good job getting it out quickly to us. But, you can also shop in the actual stores as well. Find a location nearest you here.

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If you are looking for smaller gifts to stick in a stocking, they have a lot of fun and cute accesories too. Miss E loves her socks and miss J is loving her hats and mittens. I love it when my girls can have an accessory that also plays along with their imagination. Now, let’s get to how to enter to win a $50 giftcard to OshKosh so you can do some shopping! It’s simple. Simply leave a comment answering the following question:

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. 
Congratulations to Jaime!

After you have done that, you can also enter a few extra ways. Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. 

Please make sure that there is a way to contact you in case you win. Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly chosen on December 12, 2013.

 “Like” OshKosh B’gosh on Facebook, follow @OshKoshBgosh on Twitter, and follow them on Instagram and Pinterest for outfitting ideas, vintage ads, deals and special events! 

Also, to have a chance to win even more, like OshKosh on Facebook and enter the Countdown to Christmas Sweepstakes for your chance to win a gift card valued up to $1,000. Hurry, the sweepstakes lasts from 12/6 – 12/18.

Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the OshKosh B’gosh Holiday Network.  As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

Pattern Anthology Remix: The Amaryllis Dress

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

See Kate Sew, Melly Sews, The Train to Crazy, and Shwin & Shwin are at it again with another round of Pattern Anthology Patterns. The one currently available are out just in time for the colder weather. You can see them all here.

http://patternanthology.com/

I had the fun opportunity to do a pattern remix on the Amaryllis Dress. It’s such a pretty dress and an easy sew as well, no zippers or button holes! It’s actually not even connected on the sides, as it wraps around creating a fuller effect. The sash holds it in place and there are loops to keep the sash in place.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I did a few things different for this remix. I made it shorter first of all, so it would be more of a top than a dress. Miss E is very busy and always climbing so pants and shirts are a better idea for her at this age. I also added a bigger simple curved sleeve. It has a small capped sleeve in the pattern already though. I cut out the middle and added a pleated piece to make a tuxedo look and finished that off with a bow I made from some sequin ribbon I had in my stash.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I wanted the “lining” to show at the bottom, so I didn’t sew the lining and the top layer together like in the pattern. To finish off the edges of the fancy fabrics, I just used a curving stitch to add some pretty detail and let the edges be raw. You all know how I like things like that :) And lastly I used a gold rick rack trim for the tie instead of fabric.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

I also used the rick rack as the button loop on the back and a vintage gold button. The fabrics all came from the cheap fabric section at Hancock’s fabrics. Nothing was over $4 a yard. I had originally wanted to make the whole things from the gold polka dot fabric, but when I went back to buy more I couldn’t find it. Sad face. At least I had some I had bought.

The Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland Tour: The Amaryllis Dress Remix

Miss E loves her “pretty dress” (her words) and it makes me smile to see her as excited about things I make as I remember miss J being at this age. I can’t wait to make some clothing from the other patterns now!
-Jess

Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl Dresses

Guess what? I’m almost done with all the wedding pics! After going through hundreds of them, it feels good to be on the last few left to edit. So you know there will be wedding sharing coming up…let’s begin with the flower girl dresses I made.

Flower Girl Dresses

Miss J and another lovely little girl were the flower girls. My sister-in-law asked me to make dresses and of course I wanted to and said yes. In fact, miss J has been a flower girl four times and I have either made or greatly altered each dress. What a fun memory!

Flower Girl Dresses

I was sent some dresses that the bride liked and went to town. I used Butterick 3351 for the dress base. I did change it so the straps would tie in the back though, because I wasn’t going to be able to have the other little girl try it on prior to the wedding (we had to go to Virginia for the festivities).

Flower Girl Dresses

I also made the side front edges a bit more curved. I made rosettes from ribbon and added some white leaves from the craft store to them. I put a dab of glue over the wire on the back of them to make them not sharp. In hindsight, I should have just ripped the wires off, but by the time I had my “duh” moment, I was getting close to being done with hand sewing them on the dresses.

Flower Girl Dresses

I added a yellow ribbon with a rosette flower ribbon/leaf for the waist. It matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly! It’s fun to do a project that I don’t normally do often. Miss J had a bunch of fun and they were beautiful flower girls.
-Jess

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix My Way

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Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

Kate of See Kate Sew has been having a wonderful series full of ruffles on her blog lately. You know, lots of tutorials with things that have ruffles, giveaways, guest bloggers, etc. For part of the series, she created a one size apron free for seekatesew newsletter subscribers or for sale in her shop (see details here). And she’s having a sew-a-long for it! She sent the pattern to a few of us bloggers to mix it up some. This is what I made.

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

I started with this lovely fabric I had bought at Ikea. It’s a bit on the heavier side (think tablecloth like), but I kind of like that for an apron. I strategically cut it so the stripes would be where I wanted them. I also used the edge of the fabric that was “sealed” for the ruffle so I would not have to fold it in half since the fabric was thick. And, instead of having fabric straps around the neck, I cut off a purse strap from a purse I bought at a thrift store (see pic below).

I also used this purse to create a pocket for the front. I like the extra texture it adds to the apron.

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

I appliqued these gorgeous flowers on from a vintage curtain panel I have been hoarding for years.

Seriously. I had been waiting for the right time to cut into it and it seemed that this was the time. I’m so happy to see them in use!

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

I widened the waist ties a bit, so when I sewed them in place I made a pleat to bring it in. I also decided to tie them by wrapping them around to the front. I would have made the straps longer for this, but I ran out of fabric. And it works good, although I would have preferred a little more length for this.

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix
Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix
Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix
Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

I’m so pleased with my new apron. It was nice to make myself something this time. And it’s totally me 100%! It took me less than an hour to make and would be a great idea for a present. I think I’m going to make one for a house warming gift next for my friend. And even though it is one size, you could easily alter it smaller or larger for whatever is needed. Happy sewing!
-Jess

Ruffled Apron Pattern Remix

A Foxy Top

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We are home from our super fun visit to Virginia. It was so good. I am sad to not be there, but a part of me is also happy to be back home and getting back into regular life. I can’t wait to share pics from the wedding! I have to say that I really admire all of you who do wedding photography. Before we left, I did finish up this little top for miss E.

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My friend Delia sent me over this eBook/pattern that she helped create. It’s the five and ten designs “Volume One” eBook. Basically, five amazing seamstresses created a simple pattern and each made two designs using that basic pattern. They share how to make the changes they did and everything. It’s really quite fabulous and a genius idea.

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You can see all 10 looks here in the lookbook. It’s a great way to learn about altering patterns and a great deal since it’s 10 different looks. I made look #2 and am smitten with it. I used this fox fabric and it’s coordinating fabric that I had in my stash.

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I am going to add on one more ruffle at the bottom to lengthen it for miss E, but isn’t it just darling? I even learned a new trick on hiding those raw edges from this eBook. I have been seeing others creations from this all over instagram and it’s awesome to see all the variations. It is inspiring creativity. Great job ladies! I know your future volumes will be awesome as well :)
-Jess

OshKosh B’gosh Sponsored Back to School Party and Giveaway Winner Announced

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are My own. I share it like it is. Please see below for additional disclosure.
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
Along with the giveaway c/o OshKosh B’gosh, we also had a back to school party with a bunch of stuff they sent us. The girls and I were so excited about this. Especially miss J. She got to have a bunch of her friends all in one place at once! But before we get into the party details I wanted to say congratulations to Carolsue who won the giveaway!!! Yay!!! Enjoy :)

 OshKosh B’gosh sent me a big ole box full of party goodies to get the planning started. There were canvas lunch bags, canvas totes, crayons, fabric markers, coloring pages, rulers, chalkboard, chalk, and even some giftcards to share with MY friends. I wanted the party to have a school theme (of course), so I got some black posterboard to write on with chalk for a chalkboard look. I made some paper airplanes to hang above the food table too. I prepared the inside for the food part and the outside for the crafting area.

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

Thankfully, we have a few folding tables that we were able to add outside for all the kids. They each had a spot with their tote and lunch bag to color on. Mason jars with greenery from the yard and flowers from the store lined the middle of the tables. Vintage linens were hung up around the edges to help keep the hot Louisiana sun out. It was still crazy hot though. So if you see a kid not looking too thrilled in a pic, it’s not that they weren’t having fun. The heat was, well, hot. They all loved their projects and their mommas have told me they are still using them :)

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
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OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party          OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party          OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

Miss J wore her “Art Class is My Favorite” shirt c/o OshKosh for the party. We love their tees for sure. So original and one of a kind. The graphic tees are made with 100% cotton and are really great for layering and transitioning from warm to cold weather. And the layered look is super cute I think ;)
You can dress little ones for success in OshKosh original tees for only $7 and $8 online and in-stores (find a location here). Each original tee design is hand-drawn and created by OshKosh designers. They come in a variety of colors and fun styles. 
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
And, while on the subject of clothing, don’t forget the $10/$12 doorbuster jeans that you can get online and in stores!!!! Check out their denim shop here.

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

After they were done crafting, we went inside to eat yummy food and let them play. The table in the pics just had the non refrigerated food on it, but it was attacked by hungry youngens when everything was set out and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a picture of it then :)

OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party

A big thank you to OshKosh B’gosh for sponsoring this party and giveaway. My friends (Amy of Butterfly Angels Quilting, Dorothy, and Ashley) say thank you as well for their special gift! 
OshKosh B'gosh Back to School party 

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OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote Back to School Denim. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.