What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party and Me Sew Crazy Giveaway

Before we get to the link party, I have a fun giveaway to share with you. The lovely Jess from the awesome Me Sew Crazy blog, Sew Set, and Me Sew Crazy Shop is giving away 3 patterns of the winner’s choice in conjunction with the Handmade Halloween series. Awesome right?

She has SO many gorgeous patterns if you sew or know anyone who sews you should hop over and check them out!

To enter just follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below. Lots of ways to enter including just leaving a comment :)

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Also, my Princess Dress Giveaway is still open for a few more days. If you haven’t entered be sure to stop by for a chance to win :) You can get an entry just for commenting.

Your turn, let’s see what you’ve been creating, cooking, eating, wearing, reading, all of it!

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related to this weeks bonus themes: Thanksgiving
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Handmade Halloween: Chidren’s Peter Pan Inspired Costume Tutorial and Free Pattern

Today I’m so excited to have Sarah from Sewing Parts Online sharing her awesome Peter Pan child’s costume tutorial and patter. Thanks so much for being here a part of the Handmade Halloween Series Sarah!

Hey Everyone! Time to channel that inner costumer and get ready for the season of Trick-or-Treating with this Children’s peter pan inspired costume tutorial and free pattern. I thought of this costume while preparing for a brithday/costume party. I wanted something my son could run around in and still be easy to make. ::Cue lightbulb moment:: Peter Pan! The design is based off the 2003 Peter Pan movie because it was simple and I feel it has more of a fantasy vibe. This costume is more suited towards indoor Halloweening, but if you trick-or-treat outside, you could slip on some green tights and a green long sleeve shirt. It will look awesome! I hope you enjoy and Happy Sewing!

I’ve included the pattern for the pants, top, and hat. You can print out the patterns, take them to Kinko’s and enlarged 167% to fit a T3 (the hat doesn’t need to be enlarged). When you are ready to print them, set the printer to print the images at a full page. If you need a larger or smaller size, simple add or subtract a few inches from the side seams and waist. Easy-peaze! br />



1 1/2 yards of Green Cotton Fake Leaves Red Feather Green Thread Universal Needle Scissors Buttonhole Foot Pins Marking Tool Tip: If you have the time, it’s helpful to make a muslin version. Use the muslin version to make size adjustments before cutting out of the good fabric.

Step 1 – The Pattern

Print out the provided patterns. Enlarged the pants an top 167% to fit a size T3. To make the hat pattern, simply line up and tape together.I’m going to demonstrate the construction of the pants and top with small paper pattern pieces just to keep things simple.

Step 2

Double up your fabric and cut out 2 of each pattern piece. Make sure to cut on the grain of the fabric for best results. Once you have all your pieces cut out, finish the raw edges with either a serger or zigzag stitch. If you use the serger, trim off the bare minimum from the seam allowance.

Step 3

With right sides together, match the front inseam to the back inseam. Make sure you’re matching up the right front pant with the right left pant. If your fabric doesn’t have an obvious “wrong side”, it can get all mixed up. To help me know which side is which, I put a small chalk mark on the wrong side of the fabric.

The inseams are label with an “A”. Sew from the top of the inseam down the hem using a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat with other two pieces.

Step 4

Now match up the crotch area of both pant legs and sew a 1/2 inch seam along the u-shape (right sides together). This area is labeled with a ‘B’.

You may want to add an extra line of stitches along the crotch curve for extra security.

Step 5

If you match up the waist area together, you’ll notice it starts to look like pants. Now, we just need to sew the outside leg seams. Match up the outside leg seam of the front and back (labeled ‘C’) right sides together and sew a 1/2 inch seam. You have pants! Whoo Hoo!

Step 6

Take your top pattern pieces and match up them up (right sides together) at the shoulder seam. Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 7

Try to match up the bottom center of the top piece to the center seam of the pants. Pin everything together and sew a 1/2 seam. You will do this to the front and back of the pants. Remember, we are still working on the inside of the costume.

Step 8

With a marking tool, sketch little upside down triangles to the hem of the shorts. You want it to look torn and tattered. Don’t worry about the lines being even. Sew a straight stitch along the line and then cut along the line making sure not to cut and stitches.

Step 9

Clip a variety of leaves off your fake plants and either sew them or hot glue them onto the top of the costume. I started at the shoulder seam and worked my way down the front and back.

Step 10: The Hat

The hat pattern should tape together like so:

First, add your buttonholes where they are marked on the pattern. This should be done on the face side of the left hat piece. So, when you are finished, the feather will be on the left. I suggest using an automatic sliding buttonhole foot, however this can be achieved by zigzag stitching 2 narrow rectangles.

With right sides together, sew a 1/4 seam around the front and back edges. Then, turn the bottom (rim) up a 1/4 of an inch as a hem.

Turn everything right sides out and you are ready to party it up in Neverland! I hope your little one enjoys being Peter Pan!

Tutorial: Princess Dress Bustle Skirt

Yesterday I posted my giveaway of this dress (you can enter here). But today I want to share how you can make your own, well a step at least. This won’t be a tutorial for beginner sew-ers but if you have questions I’m more than happy to explain any of it. I was considering doing a sew-a-long for the whole dress after my Halloween shop craziness dies down. I’m curious to know if any of you would be interested in that. It would basically consist of a bunch of step by step tutorials where you could make it along with the posts (or bookmark for later) and hopefully have a competed dress by the end.
But for today I’m going to show you how you can easily add a poofy bustle (is there a more appropriate word? I’ll use bustle for now) to any dress that has a bodice part that attaches to the skirt. So if you  have a pattern you love that doesn’t have a bustle you can add one yourself. You’ll just want to make the bustle after you make the bodice and skirt but before you attach the two. It’s so versatile you can make it work with a whole number festive dress-up outfits or costumes from Cinderella to Steam Punk Witches.
You need a big circle for each side. My circles had a 20 inch diameter but for a dress this size I wish that I had used bigger circles. I think 20″ looked great when my nieces were in 3T dresses.
Next you fold the circle in half. If there is a right (pretty) size you want that side to be facing out. Then sew a line of basting stitches around the round side of the half circle.
You want your skirt to be sewn ready to attach to the bodice. Find the center front and center back of the skirt. And pin the bustle to the skirt. In the front you will have the edges of the half circle over lap. The basting stitches should be along the top (probably the waist) of the skirt. If your skirt is already sewn together you’ll do the same for the back as the front. If you’re putting in a zipper or have a back that needs to be finished up the middle just pin each side of the bustle to the edge of the skirt.
Next I gather up the bustle to have it match up with the skirt by pulling the basting threads. Since I always use this technique on a skirt that will be further gathered, I go ahead and gather up the skirt (I use my cheater gathering method) and just go all around catching both the skirt base and the bustle then pin it to the bodice like you would normally do the skirt (make sure the bustle is sandwiched in between) and then you’re done with your princess dress bustle skirt.
It’s definitely more of a tutorial for someone who already has made a two piece dress (or can envision how that would work) but it’s really not that hard. Let me know if you have questions (I’m serious!). And do let me know if you’d be interested in a sew-a-long of this style sometime in the future :)
How to add a princess bustle to any dress. This looks super doable and love the look Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

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Handmade Halloween: Princess Dress Giveaway (closed)


As a part of my Handmade Halloween Series I as well as many of my blogging friends will be sharing some awesome tips for making homemade costumes. I know that not all of you are sewing inclined so I’ve also got a few fun giveaways planned.
Today I’m giving away a duplicate of the princess dress that I made for naughty niece L this year for her birthday. By the way she absolutely loves hers so I think that your little one will love it too. It’s a bit big on L so I think this would fit for a 5-6 year old. The back has my elastic ruching so that makes the fit more flexible and more likely to last longer.
I’d love you to share this with all of your friends. Even if they already have a Halloween plan this would make a great dress up outfit, Christmas present or like was the case for me birthday present.
For those of you who want to make your own, I’ll be sharing my tutorial on how to add that poofy bustle thing to the skirt tomorrow! updated: Princess Dress Bustle Tutorial here.
And just since I have already gotten the question on Instagram (@raegunramblings) – No I will not be selling these. So if you want one enter the giveaway.

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Handmade Halloween Blog Party and Link Party

It’s September so that means that if you want to make Halloween costumes for your family now is the time to get started. I love love love making costumes so I thought we should have a little party. I’ve got some super fun guest posts and giveaways lined up for the next month or so. Many awesome bloggers will be popping by to share their tutorials, tips and tricks for making handmade costumes. I am super excited. Unlike my Hunger Games party it won’t be Halloween every day just a  couple posts a week to help you all get started and keep going!

To kick it off I wanted to start with a link party. So link up any Costume Related Posts. It can be dress up, Halloween, sewing tips, etc. It just has to be something useful to help motivate those of us who are gearing up to make Halloween costumes. Feel free to grab a button to share the fun.

But first I would love to introduce my contributors. Feel free to stop by and say hi.

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Okay help get the creative juices rolling. Let’s see all your Costume Related Posts (no matter how old). It can be dress up, Halloween, sewing tips, etc. It just has to be something useful to help motivate those of us who are gearing up to make Halloween costumes. I will be linking up mine too. This will stay open until after Halloween so I’d love you to also link up whatever you make this year.