Monday, July 18, 2016

Acorn Valley Fabric Tiered Knit Dresses

Acorn Valley is a new fabric collection by Patty Young for Riley Blake Designs. The fabric comes in three substrates: flannel, knit, and double gauze. I'm on a #simplesummersewing roll lately so I chose two coordinating prints from the knit category. The fabric is light weight (my favorite) and great quality. Its perfect for tees, skirts, and leggings, ergo its perfect for summer sewing.

The Acorn Valley Collection lends itsef to print mixing. Rather than mixing the prints on one garment, I decided to use two prints in a coordinating mini capsule wardrobe. Both the top and the dress are made from the same self-drafted tank pattern. These simple knit garments, make great summer play clothes. 

Pattern: Self-drafted from a basic tank
Fabric: Acorn Valley Bloom Dot Red in Knit

Pattern: Self-drafted from a basic tank 
Fabric: Acorn Valley Flutter Multi in Knit


Now for the goodies!

Coupon code AcornValley2016 gets 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store. Valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST.

Monday 7/11: Riley Blake & Modkid
Friday 7/22: Ameroonie Designs

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Passing Showers Tee Tester Inspiration

Now that the Passing Showers Tee knitting pattern has been out in the wild for a few days, I'd like to share some pattern tester highlights. It's fun to see how other people use the exact same design in different ways. Maria used a really beautiful variegated yarn for her version. Amy used color blocked stripes for her adorable boy version. I'm excited to see these little changes to an idea that's been in my head for months, and thrilled to see the versatility others are finding in this design. Here are a few more pics for Passing Showers Tee inspiration!
By Theresa
On Instagram: teawithjamandbread
On Ravelry: Theresa-anne

By Annri.  
On Ravelry budaknits
On Instagram: woolnest.

 By Jill.
On Instagram: dandy stitch

By Kara. 
On Instagram: knitsandsews.
On Ravelry: knitsandsews.

A big fat thank you to all of the testers! I love to see the sweaters you've made, and appreciate the time you took to give this pattern extra polish!


You can get your copy of the Passing Showers Tee Knitting Pattern on:

Monday, July 11, 2016

NEW! Passing Showers Tee Knitting Pattern

The Passing Showers Tee is the newest pattern from SweetKM. It is inspired by a quick summer down pour, on a hot summer day. Its the sort of top you can throw on as you leave the beach, or when the chill of the evening brings an end to a day in the sun.

I love a summer sweater, possibly because they are easy to wear, definitely because they are easy to knit. The Passing Showers Tee has evolved from earlier SweetKM designs that I have made repeatedly for my daughter over the years. It is a relaxed cotton blend pullover with decorative ribbing at the hem and shoulders, dolman sleeves, boat neck, and split hem. Summer knitting should be fast and light, the sort of thing you can pick up for a road trip, or a day by the lake. The very simple construction makes this the perfect take-along project for a road trip, the beach, or a baseball game. It uses a relatively small amount of yarn, making it a great showcase for a special fiber.
This sample is knit with the delicious O-Wool Balance in Opal. This yarn has a low resiliancy which is perfect for the decorative ribbing, and a subtle texture that matches the relaxed styling of the sweater. The wool and cotton blend, and beautiful color palette make it ideal for summer garments.

Check out the #passingshowerstee on Instagram to see yarn inspiration for tester sweaters.
Construction: Knit flat in one piece with a neck opening in the middle. Joined at side seams.
Skills: Knit, purl, yarn over.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in 4in (10cm) in stockinette after blocking. Be sure to make a gauge swatch for the best fit.
Needles: US size 7 / 4.5mm straight needles or size needed to achieve gauge.
Yarn: O-Wool Balance Worsted (50% merino wool 50% cotton, 130yds/50g hank) 2(3, 3, 4, 5) hanks or 250(305, 370, 457, 540)yds comparable worsted weight yarn.
Notions: Tapestry needle
Size: 2T(3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10)child
Finished Chest: 24(26 ½, 29, 30 ½, 32 ½)in/  61(67.5, 73.5, 77.5, 82.5)cm
To Fit Chest Measuring: 21(23, 25, 26 ½, 28)in / 53(58.5, 63.5, 67, 71)cm
Finished Length (front): 12 ½ (13 ¾, 15 ¼, 16 ¼, 18 ¼)in/  32(35.5, 39, 41, 46.5)cm

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Friday, July 8, 2016

16 Kid's Simple Summer Sewing Patterns For July

How is the Simple Summer Sewing going? Ive already sewn a few things for myself, now to catch up on the kids. They are both in desperate need of shorts and tees. Most everything I made last year is now scandalously short. Note to self: add length!

Here are a few of the patterns I have my eye on for summer sewing.

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Reversible Baby Bib by Miestaflet for Fabricworm
Bluebell Sun Bonnet from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop

You can find lots of other great simple kids projects on the Simple Summer Sewing Pinterest board now.  Check out #simplesummersewing on Instagram for even more inspiration. Dont forget to follow @petitapetitblog and @kristi_sweetkm on Instagram for a chance to win our fantastic prize pack. Prize details are on Petit a Petit + Family.

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