A Wyld Stallyn!!

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So I've been doing some pattern testing for the upcoming (sooooon!) Haven Acres Mini collection by Jennuine Design. It's my first time pattern testing and it's been very cool to see how the whole process works. The collection is equine inspired, with leggings similar to riding pants, a loose woven blouse, and a to die for pony eared hat. I love me some Cotton and Steel, (evidence here, here, and here) and I had this Mustang print earmarked for a skirt for Charly but I just couldn't resist pairing it with the dressage leggings. Double bonus- Caroline is suddenly really in to horses the last couple of weeks!

Enter, the Wyld Stallyn top and leggings. So named for my little horse lover, a Wyld Stallyn in her own right, who wouldn't stand still for a moment and doesn't respond to bribery like Charly does. I think this is what I get for bragging about my photography yesterday, haha! I literally took over 200 pictures of her gallivanting about the back yard today and these were the best I got, and it took some delicate editing to get them this way :)

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I'll be sharing more about the Haven Acres Mini Collection next week for the blog tour after the pattern is released, but I couldn't help but share this today since the leggings were my Kid's Clothes Week project today. The blouse was done last week, so maybe that's cheating a little, but they're a package deal, ya know!?

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I stepped outside my color comfort zone a bit on these. Pink doesn't make it in to my sewing rotation much, let alone such a bubble gummy pink, and if I'm being honest I'm still not sure the red and pink combo was a good idea. It's a little in your face for my liking. At the very least they'll be great for Valentine's day, right?

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So, a few details

Pattern: Dressage Leggings by Jennuine Design

Size: 18-24m, extra rise option

What I loved:

  • that cut is just so cute!
  • great for mixing prints (I'll have to share some funky tester versions I did with prints!)
  • generous bum coverage- that's a ginormous cloth diaper under those leggings
  • great fit

What I changed:

  • lengthened the 18-24m size to 2t length for my tall 20 month old

What I'll change next time:

  • nothing! the fit on these is fantastic!

Fabric and Notions:

  • red jersey knit from JoAnn
  • pink performance knit from Joann
  • woven elastic (the kind for pajamas and underpants- it's softer than the knit kind)

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And the top-

Pattern: Haven Acres Blouse by Jennuine Design

Size: 2t

What I loved:

  • Easy on and off design
  • no closures means easy sewing

What I changed:

  • no changes to this blouse!

What I'll change next time:

  • I'll likely lengthen next time since my daughter is fairly tall and the elastic tends to ride up
  • I'll use flat elastic rather than cord elastic in the sleeves because the cord elastic is a bit tricky to sew together

Fabric and Notions:

And that's WYLD STALLYN!!!!!

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I'm living in Hudsons.

I'm just barely sneaking in another make for Parcel #6  (here's the first) before the tour ends and this parcel is gone forever! (don't know what I'm talking about? Check out their site to learn more about how awesome Perfect Pattern Parcel is) I've been dying to make some Hudson pants since before I even got the pattern but I've been supa supa busy sewing many other things. In the past couple of months I've sewn 2 wedding dresses, 2 Halloween costumes, 20 drawstring bags, and two makes for separate Pattern Parcel blog tours. That's all I can think of, but for some reason I feel like there was something else... Oh and I had a photography retreat, a trip to Utah (2 weeks!), my sister came to visit, and I'm training for a marathon. Way too many good things to even deserve, but it meant those Hudson pants went on the back burner.

Anyhow, I've been wanting some Hudson pants because I basically live in yoga pants these days and mine are all stretched out from maternity/postpartum wear. And yes my baby is 18 months old already. I know. Buy some clothes that fit already, right? But I made time! And I sewed them up in literally one evening, which is nearly unheard of for me. I've worn them every day since I finished them 2 days ago, and I don't plan on stopping. I guess I'll probably need another pair ;)

So the pattern- I printed the large format version at the copy shop because NO TAPING MAKES ME HAPPY so that expedited the process quite a bit. I literally started tracing my pattern at 8:30 and put the final touches on them at 11:15. Boo to the yah.

I'm short on pictures this time because we were all a little hangry and dinner needed to be made. Also, anyone have recommendations for a camera remote? My marriage will thank you.

Behold, my Hudsons.

Pout pout fish photo bomb!

This is pretty accurate- no fancy photo shoot for these. I'm lounging in them, reading books, really spending much too much time on the computer in them. #momlife.

The details:

Things I loved...

  • the fit! I sewed a size 6, no changes, and I love the fit.
  • fast sew! record speed for me, I tell ya.
  • the waistband! The finish of it looks pretty pro.
Things I changed...
  • nada. not one thing.
Things I'll change next time...
  • I'd love to try a cropped version
  • use a heavier fabric to make them feel less pajama like
Notions & Fabric...
  • Charcoal reversible rayon jersey blend, from JoAnns. It is DIVINE. So soft. So supple. The waistband and pocket detail show the opposite side of the fabric.
  • Dollar store shoe lace for a waist tie
There she be. They may not look like much- not flashy or fancy- but these babies are in heavy rotation which makes this project an absolute WIN.
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