children, sewing

Sew Fab Bundle Summer Tour & GIVEAWAY

Summer Bundle Blog Tour

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Do you enjoy trying out new indie pattern designers AND scoring their patterns at a fabulous discount? About twice a year, Sew Fab creates a bundle of patterns so that you can do exactly that! This bundle includes 12 patterns from 7 popular designers, with everything you need to create a back-to-school wardrobe for kids, and a couple of options for adults too. With patterns for pants, dresses, hats, leggings, shorts, tops, skirts, jackets AND a fun blanket, as well as a mix of knit and woven options, there’s really something for everyone!


The Sew Fab Summer 2019 Bundle is available for a limited time for just $26.95, a savings of over 75% – making each pattern around $2.25!!! Total steal!!

When I was asked to sew two patterns from the latest collection, I really had a hard time deciding what to pick! I was particularly excited to see Duchess & Hare, Jennuine Design, and Goober Pea on the list (the collection designers also include Cucicucicu Patterns, The Eli Monster, Golden Rippy, and Tie Dye Diva) – and all with patterns that I didn’t yet own.


In the end I opted for the Duchess and Hare Gibson Girl and Round Robin since I had loved these ones since I first saw the tester call come out earlier this year.

Duchess & Hare Gibson Girl

Duchess & Hare Gibson Girl Blouse/Dress

The Gibson Girl is a lovely, feminine blouse and dress for girls size 9M – 10Y. It’s designed for lightweight wovens and is of intermediate difficulty (3/5). My absolute favorite feature of this blouse is the fabric I chose: my grandma passed away from Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer) a few years before my eldest daughter was born and left behind a huge fabric stash (that I got to raid!). This vintage cotton is from that collection – I think she would be so happy to see it used in this way! ❤

I found these super cute buttons *years* ago in a fabric store in Lancaster PA that has since closed down.

I kept making mistakes with this one UGH, but got there in the end. Bernadette (the designer) was very gracious, quickly coming to my rescue when I got stuck trying to work out why the back and front shoulder seams didn’t align. If you also discover this, you must ease the back into the front (the instructions say to gather the back shoulder, and I guess I must have been tired because I thought this meant gather like, “collect”. No really. I have been sewing over 20 years. LOL.).


And here’s my favorite way to ease the shoulder and sleeves! Rather than doing two rows of basting stitches and pulling to gather, simply do a single row of stitching but with your finger holding the fabric against the back of the presser foot as it feeds through. (I will plan to take a video because it’s hard to visualize!). This usually provides just enough gathering for setting in a sleeve or any area that needs just a little bit of easing.


If you print out multiple sizes at once, double check which dot you mark for the slit on the sleeve. I marked the wrong one and as a result, ended up with my slit being a lot longer than it should have been.


Duchess & Hare Round Robin

Duchess & Hare Round Robin Skirt/Pinafore

I paired the Gibson Girl with the Round Robin. This is a circle skirt with optional straps. For this one I picked Simply By Ti’s Stretch Poplin in Teal (which was supposed to be used for a dress for me… but she still has more, so I will just have to buy some more!!). I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this fabric combination! The bright blue in the skirt works so perfectly with the colors in the blouse.

Oh, and a thing about poplin: as far as cottons go, it is decently wrinkle resistant, so it’s great for all day wear!


I initially planned to do just the skirt, but after deciding that it would be sad to have a pattern for a skirt with cute straps but not make the straps…. I made the straps too. My plan was to make these traps removable with KAM snaps, but I found this was a bit of a fail as the snaps tended to peek out from the waistband of the skirt. Sooo… I painstakingly removed them and stitched the darned things on. The straps are not sewn down at the back – they’re left loose so you can thread them through the belt straps and tie in a bow.





See all the closeups of patterns in this bundle AND enter to win a mystery surprise sewing gift! For every $50 in sales, Sew Fab will add more goodies to the pot! Head over to the Sew Fab blog to enter the Rafflecopter!

Buy the Bundle!

This is a limited time bundle, available until August 26, 2019! At $26.95, this is such a great deal for 12 sewing patterns from 7 different designers! Click here to get the Bundle.

More Inspiration!

Summer Bundle Blog Tour (1)Check out the rest of the bloggers this week:

August 16 – Flaxfield Sewing
August 17 – Stitched By Jennie
August 18 – The Bear and Pea Atelier
August 19 – Auschick Sews
August 20 – Jot Designs
August 21 – Golden Rippy
August 23 – Kitty Makes It
August 24 – Golden Rippy
August 25 – Sharon Sews


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