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Greenstyle Creations: The Chelsea Pants Blog Tour

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Two for one special here guys! Sierra and I both were fortunate to test for Greenstyle Creations’ newest pattern, the Chelsea pants! Thats not all! We are also participating in the Chelsea Pants Blog Tour! Keep reading for the give away! The Chelsea pants are a fitted pair with a big flare. Its Fall Y’all, this means we need to get workingon our fall wardrobe and these pants are just in time. These pants are insanely comfortable and yet they can be casual, dressy, fun and wild.

Sierra was born in the late 80’s and myself in the early 90’s so, back in our day bell bottoms were a thing of the past and it was about the flare(which is a smaller bell bottom) and then bootcut! Haha. Now I’m a short chick, a whole 5 nothing and, Sierra isn’t much taller 😜 but if you ask me, with the guidance from Greenstyles designer Angelyn, we rocked them!5logo

(Check out that cute baby, even she wants a pair!)

For this pattern, you will need a “stable” knit. Think Ponte, Scuba, Stretch Denim etc. Fabric that has AT LEAST 25%, 2 way stretch for most knit fabrics and 35% for stretch denim or other stretch woven fabrics. For Sierra, This was the first using stretch denim. This was my first time with Ponte.

Sierra here guys! So you guys need a pair of Chelsea pants in denim. Seriously the most comfortable jeans I have now. I Love that the designers show you how to get the perfect fit. They do this by adjusting that flare to YOUR height. If you plan on wearing heels you may want to add that to your height. As you can tell they are a little short for these wedges but they are perfect for flats. 

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There are 3 different rise options for the waistband. That’s right,3! During testing, I tried all 3. Hehehe. My favorite is the mid rise. I found it the most comfortable rise. There is also the optional back pockets, they have a unique and flattering shape to them too. I have never sewn a pair of pants like these and now I’m hooked! I definitely recommend you use a muslin to get the perfect fit and for you. This way you don’t waste all your pretties.

Would you like to win a pair of the Chelsea pants (or another Greenstyle pattern, if you’ve already purchased the Chelsea’s) for FREE? How about some awesome stretch denim from Aurora Fabrics to complete the package? Enter the giveaway below, and check out all the other bloggers on the tour!
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Chelsea Pants Blog Tour

Monday, October 9, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017

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Happy sewing!

-Seam Ripper aka Danielle

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Huckleberry Kid Hoodie

Hey everyone, Danielle the “Seam Ripper” here! Something very excited happened to me! I was recently given the opportunity to test for Peek-a-boo Patterns. I tested the Huckleberry Hoodie pattern, which I will get into more soon.. but what makes this so so so so exciting is the fact that this was my first time to ever test! Actually with this pattern, I had a lot more “firsts” than I expected. It has been one of my goals (to test) since I started using PDF patterns about two years ago. Absolutely epic!

Okay, now that I may be done squealing, let’s talk about the pattern. The kid’s hoodie fits sizes 3 months to size 12! I love it when patterns have multiple sizes, getting the best bang for your buck from a pattern you already dig! I suggest reading thru it all a time or two, just to familiarize yourself with it. There are also layers! Which means you can print only the size you want to use!

Anywhoo, this pattern’s fit size is determined by the chest size. This pattern is a semi-fitted pattern. It is fitted in the chest and loose on the belly, with a wide crossover hood.

For this pattern, you will need:

Main Fabric: sweatshirt fleece, French terry, velour, fleece, etc. with at least 25% stretch

•Accent Fabric (hood lining, pockets, band & cuffs): interlock, jersey, cotton lycra, french terry, etc.

•1/4″ twill tape

•1 large button

•Small scrap of leather or faux leather for pocket accents

•1 yards piping (optional)

•Scrap of fusible interfacing for reinforcing pockets (optional)

I used French terry for my main fabric and cotton lycra for my hood lining. I chose not to add pockets because, I just envisioned it without. See this main fabric I used, this lovely Mauve French Terry was purchased for me but I gave it to my baby girl. I got it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

To cut my fabric, I used my Rotary Cutter as well as my handy dandy Gingher Scissors. This pattern includes cuffs and a waistband, those 3 pieces alone scream for my rotary cutter. I can cut longer straight lines with a rotary cutter. Just like any other clothing pattern, there are small notches ( you know those random looking triangles that you thing you can live without but actually cant because they play an important role in pattern piecing. Ya.. once upon a time I thought I could skip them too. Lesson learned!) I find it much easier to cut those areas with my scissors. Having both cutting tools is NOT a must. It is all about personal preference and if you haven’t found your groove yet, you will. Below you will see a pic of my notch before I busted out the scissors.

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In addition to testing for the first time, I have never (in my 7 years of machine sewing) used any type of piping or twill tape. Honestly, I had never heard of twill tape before this testing. I was not able to obtain twill tape so, I used a piece of extra piping I had. You could easily use cording or a small piece of elastic as well. I found this pattern easy to follow, if you have made a shirt or hoodie before, it is a similar concept. The piping is super easy to sew, just make sure you have the front and back piping laying the same direction. However, I do know the welt pockets can look very intimidating, they do to me too. Read about them once, breathe, then read it again. Power thru, you got this!

 

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Piping has been added to the front and back

Example of my cut piping:

 

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Cut piping for button holder instead of twill tape

The piping seemed a little snug on my front and back pieces however, this pattern was made for it, and it all worked out just fine.
My thoughts when dressing my model:

So my model is almost 16 months old but, she is small. My little bit has always been on the smaller size. Seriously! Her waist lines up perfectly for a 9 month old! Lol She measured on spot (chest size) for the 12 month size, as I expected. Fit is important but more importantly, fit in the neck/head/hood area is what I focus on as well. My kiddos freak out if something is snug going on. I did not make an altercation to my pattern and it fit great! She has room to grow from Fall to Winter. It was very easy to get on. The button is not only a cute embellishment but, it also helped open up the crossover hood as well. I was really impressed by how easy it was to put on over m baby’s head. Many babies rightfully get scared when hoodies are going over there head but, the ease was very cautious of that and went on in a flash!

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