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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

It's Cozy Time - Rebecca Page's Family Bathrobe Review

I am cold all year round.


Might be sitting in a chilly basement office all day long, might be genetics, it might be my destiny to not live where it's below freezing half of the year.


The Rebecca Page Family Bathrobe is a really versatile robe/housecoat/bathrobe from newborn to unisex adult sizing.


It has several fun options:
- Pockets (YOU NEED POCKETS!)
- Belt
- Hanging Loop







I love that I was able to use both woven AND knits with mine - especially since the 2 metres of fabric I had ran out before I could cut my sleeves.  Comfy DBP (Double Brushed Poly) to the rescue!


My polka dot DBP was from Water Tower Textiles, and the fun Canadian outdoors baby fleece was from Okee Dokee Fabrics.





I really like how the collar drapes - and you can hide the seam either by top stitching on the outside (with seam pressed towards the inside), or add some fun decorative trim. 






It's not fitted, so I just went with my bust measurement, despite my bust and waist/hips with Rebecca Page patterns going from a Medium to X-Large grading typically.


I had no issues sewing it up quickly, and really like length - I took 4" off the length as I'm only 5'-2" and didn't want it too much past my knees. It's designed for a height of 5'-8" - not the typical height design for RP patterns - so do check this before cutting.


It gives me just enough wrap without feeling like I'm in a Snuggie (adult blanket that has arms in it).


I paired my robe with my altered Pippa Pants and my Strappy Cami - a good bedtime combo, if I don't say so myself.







Overall, I love that it's a bundled pack - where one pattern fits all! 


Get your own Bundled Bathrobe pattern here! Or just the Adult version here.

***I sew for the passion, fun, and confidence it gives me. Affiliate links have been used, but I only promote what I believe in and adore ***

Friday, 8 February 2019

My Sewing Room Organization - Keeping the OCD in Check



Every year I tend to do a bit of a reorganization of my craft room.  

This year, my fabric was REALLY bugging me. I had it all stuffed randomly in a dresser, and had no idea what I had.  

And so began 2 weeks of not only reorganizing how I sort my fabric, but also tweaking my other crafty doo-dads along the way. 

This was my computer desk/craft drawer area before. Not TOO disorganized, but it could use some tweaking.



I labeled the drawers so I know what is where, using low grade chalk marker labels, Washi tape, and my Sharpies.  A Glue gun finished it off by holding the not-so-sticky labels onto the drawer fronts.




I have large plastic separated containers within each drawer (all from Ikea), and sorted my sewing and craft items by type. 

For the ribbons, elastics, lace, and bindings, I wrapped them onto binding boards (I have a LOT from a family donation, and they have come in handy for organizing ribbons, etc.) by rainbow colour.  They are sorted by type into the separate compartments for easy access.






 



Onto my closet - which mainly holds crafting (non-sewing) items.

I find these hanging organizers (again, from Ikea) are great not only for clothes, but for organizing craft supplies! 

Before on the left, and after on the right.

Everything is labeled, placed into the compartment or collapsible Ikea drawer boxes, folded, and organized by craft type.

Paint and scrapbook stickers (organized by type in 3 photo boxes - alphabetically, of course) are on the closet floor. I have a lot of craft stuff.



Onto the fabric.


I had fabric in 2 bins, a dresser, in the closet, and behind the big comfy chair.





So I piled up fabric bit by bit...and here's what I did! 





I purchased 200 comic book boards from Amazon, and started folding.

Place the board centered a few inches away from one edge of the fabric piece.

Then fold the top and bottom edges to cover the top and bottom of the board.






Then fold over the small side - either square or like a letter - the letter fold just makes the edges look prettier.

The next step is easier if you pin the corners of the inner fabric (the envelope part) to the top and bottom edge so it stays still while you start to fold.

Keep the top and bottom of the fabric folded to the same length as the fabric, flip the board, tighten the fabric around the board, and continue flipping until you get near the end.

Fold the edge of the end of the fabric (length) as pictured in the second picture, and you will do your final flip.





Pin the top and bottom, and your folded fabric is done!





 For different sizes of fabric, I either used the entire Comic Book board, cut the board in half once, or cut the half board into half - for 3 different board sizes. 




Look how nice and neat my fabric is now!  SO easy to see what I have and fun fabric no longer gets lost in the shuffle.

It took me about 3 evenings to fold all my fabric. 





Look how nice and organized my drawers are now!

I organized them by size of board (small and medium), colour, and type.  For example, the top drawer started with pink small boards - stretch then woven fabric. Then red small boards - stretch then woven fabric. And so on.





I used my Billy Bookcase, which mainly had my colour organized scraps on it, for the full sized fabric boards - organized by type and colour.


I reduced my scrap boxes to one per colour by a) throwing away scraps that wouldn't even make a band, b) scraps I didn't love, and c) wrapped up larger scraps on the comic boards.

So scrap boxes are now truly for binding sized scraps.

Look how organized it is!




I have some blankets, felt, and comforters (and my upcoming Taylor Trench fabric!) that were also folded onto comic book boards and placed in their own nook due to their bulkiness.



And finally my patterns were organized into magazine holders - el-cheapo at Ikea at 5 for $3.99.  I'm glad I bought 4 packs, as I used them all!

Patterns are organized by type (i.e. Home, Hoodies, Leggings, etc.).

And these are only the patterns I have used. Don't ask about ones waiting in the queue. 









Hopefully you have taken away a tip or two to help inspire you to organize even a small portion of your crafting items.  

An organized craft room makes for a more enjoyable experience doing what we love. 

Until next time!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Sewing Pattern Review: Bella Sunshine is Back with Primrose Panties & Coraline Camisole!

After a new member was introduced to the Bella Sunshine Designs family, Melissa is back in full force pattern designing!  

She has created the most comfortable daily wear panties and layering camisole - for 15-18|" dolls, newborns through teen sizing, and ladies up to 5XL.




The Coraline Camisole is an easy sew - and uses Fold Over Elastic.  The instructions are clear on how to sew the elastic on - it really isn't as scary as you think it is if you have never sewn with it before. 


 

The camisole is a loose, yet curve appealing fit - and doesn't cling onto your skin, hence covering up some lumps and bumps.  

Remember to grade to your size if your bust differs from your hips/waist. It truly does make for the glove fit. 


I used a lightweight Cotton Lycra from Water Tower Textiles for my Camisole



The Primrose Panties are another easy to sew garment - perfect for larger scraps.  You can also colour block scraps together to make a fun pair of panties. 

What do I love most about these panties?

- The gusset has hidden seams - thus no scratching where you don't want uncomfortable feels
- There are several rises - from low to high depending on your preference
- Bands, Elastic, or Fold Over Elastic binding options
- Regular or Boyshort options
- You feel like you aren't wearing panties!  No adjustments required throughout the day - something I haven't found with other panties I have made to date!


The cute organs fabric is from Zenith & Quasar Fabric.  The Unicorns and Panda Fabric are from Okee Dokee Fabrics



 


 


And finally, I whipped up some super scrap busters for Chloe, the 18" Doll.  

She looks super stylish in both her bra and panties set and dress length camisole!

Another easy sew - and the binding is sewn in prior to making those tiny circle seams, so you won't be swearing because you missed fabric in the seam, or sewed up your finger again.  

Dolls really ought not to be naked underneath their clothing, and this is the perfect easy solution!


The Doctor Who Fabric was a special order through Water Tower Textiles, and the Owl Fabric was from Okee Dokee Fabrics.




 

 



Camisole and Panties patterns can be purchased separately, or in several different Bundle packages:


- Newborns to size 12 Girls - Camisole or Panties
- Ladies - Camisole or Panties
- Dolls - Camisole or Panties


- Ladies AND Girls Bundle - Camisole or Panties
- Girls and Doll Bundle - Camisole
- Doll, Girls, AND Ladies Bundle - Camisole


Until next sew!


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