I am crazy excited to share this! Welcome to everyone on the Baste+Gather Momiform tour. This has been such a fun tour to be a part of and I'm ready to kick off my leg of the adventure. Be sure to stick around allllll the way to the bottom, because they're an AMAZING amount of giveaways happening and I'd be sad for you to miss out.
Before I show you what I've made, allow me to introduce myself to those of you who are new here. My name is Katy and I am a 30-year old wife and momma from Wheeling, WV. I run a small, handmade business out of our home :: Handmade Escapade. And although I make and sell other things, the main focus and income of my sales comes from graphic tees.
Selling graphic tees means that I make myself a new tee all the time. To test it, to model it, simply because I want one....whatever the reason, my closet is full of them. That. And ripped up jeans. I love them. And I'm not going to stop loving them. They're comfy. They're relaxed. I can work in my one-woman sweat shop in them. It works for me!
HOWEVER, I am aware that there are time where my loud shirts and holey jeans aren't completely appropriate. We are very active in the community and attend a lot of happenings. Louis' school often has parent events. And sometimes I need to be a little more dress-casual than I am in my everyday life.
Enter my version of the Momiform MAKEover.
The top, I adore. Who doesn't love a good dolman? It's extra slouchy because of the sweater knit, so I made sure to make the neckband in a pretty solid rayon/spandex black knit to keep it together a little better at the top. The rest of it is super droopy and comfortable and I love that it's got the peek-a-boo open weave to it...so I could wear a different colored cami underneath and pair it to whatever I'm wearing that day.
The pants are in a stretch denim that I love/hate. Mostly hate. Kinda love. They're cute pretty much the first hour I wear them, and then they get all stretched and baggy in the knees. Which is super annoying when you're photographing them...but it doesn't really matter much when you're just simply wearing them to wear them.
I used the SOS Knit pants pattern, but sized up two full sizes because the denim only has a 10% stretch. I might have gotten away with grading the hips out to the larger sizes and keeping the knees/calves maybe only one extra size (due to the bag and sag that keeps happening) but they work for me. You learn and you try again, right? Most of my learning is that I don't love this fabric and maybe need to seek out a higher quality denim.
The final piece of this look, that I am obsessively crushing on, is this new fold-over clutch of mine. I'd make out with it if I could. Is that weird? That's weird.
But really. It's super cute. I have been living out of the BIGGEST BAG EVER for five years now. Since I became a Momma, I've had a giant purse that carries all the things. For pretty much my entire family, husband included. It's convenient. It's giant. And it comes with me everywhere. But sometimes, Momma goes out on a date with Daddy and she wants something more portable and less of a battering-ram. This clutch nails it for me. All the heart eyes, guys.
I know, I know. TWO pairs of SOS Pants? Yes, two pairs!! This just goes to show that you don't need a million patterns in your arsenal to make a functional wardrobe. You just need ones that are staple items that can be reused a million times.
I like the SOS pants, rather than a pair of leggings, because they can be pulled off as being "real" pants but are still stretch pants. They are pretty much like wearing a pair of jammies around. Dressed up stretchy pants? Yes please.
The top is one of my favorites I've made so far. Figure flattering, comfortable, trendy, PLAID. It's all of the best things rolled into one fun package. I did it a little differently than what they have here, but Judy created a small how-to on how to mash the FST and LMU together to create a flowy top with sleeves HERE.
One of the reasons why I agreed to this tour is that I love the idea behind it. Women need to band together and support one another more often. This has been a very amazing, supportive group of women to sew alongside of and I'm happy to have joined in.
Feeling frumpy? Lost weight and don't have anything to wear that fits? Wishing you would get yourselves out of the sweatpants you've worn a hole into? Needing new work clothes? Wanting to find new clothes to fit your post-baby bodies? This tour has got you covered!
So go ahead, Mommas of the world. Sew yourself up some easy, cute, comfortable clothes. Feel better about yourselves. Celebrate your bodies. And show the world just how damn gorgeous you are.
(And then snap a selfie while you're at it. You know you want to.)
REMEMBER: Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the two separate Rafflecopters! 50+ winners will be selected! Get 10% off your fabric order from now through October 1 at Michael Levine/LowPriceFabric.com with code: Makeover10
Get 20% off your pattern order now through October 1 at UpCraft Club with code: MOMIFORM Are you MAKE-ing over your Momiform? Join the fun on Instagram with hashtag #momiformmakeover
Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of momiform inspiration!
Reyna Lay Designs | Call Ajaire | Golden Rippy | Love Notions Sew Not Perfect | Scientific Seamstress | Rebel & Malice Creative Counselor | Mabey She Made It | If Only They Would Nap | Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts Shaffer Sisters | FABulous Home Sewn | Fa Sew La | Baste + Gather Lulu & Celeste | Swoodson Says | Phat Quarters | Hey June | Stitch Upon a Time Climbing the Willow | Everything Your Mama Made & More | Näh-Connection | 110 Creations A Jennuine Life | Straight Stitch Designs | Sew Straight & Gather | KZJO'STUDIO Wild & Wanderful | Mae & K | Handmade Frenzy | HattieLu Handmade
Special thanks to these major sponsors who generously donated the following items for the giveaway:
(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)
Janome - One Skyline S5 Sewing Machine* Indiesew - Four $50 gift certificates (four separate winners) Michael Levine / Low Price Fabric - Four $25 gift certificates (four separate winners) and 10% discount for readers through October 1 - code: Makeover10 UpCraft Club - Two $25 gift certificates (two separate winners) and 20% discount on patterns through October 1 - code: MOMIFORM
And the following pattern designers who graciously provided patterns for the series participants and/or contributed the following items for the giveaway:
Grainline Studio - Two patterns of your choice True Bias - Hudson Pants & Southport Dress patterns Colette -Two patterns of your choice Closet Case Files -Two patterns of your choice Sew Much Ado -Two patterns of your choice Sew Straight & Gather - Three patterns of your choice Golden Rippy - Two patterns of your choice 110 Creations: A Sewist's Notebook Patterns for Pirates - Two patterns of your choice Itch to Stitch - Two patterns of your choice Mouse House Creations - Two patterns of your choice Hey June Handmade -Two patterns of your choice Peekaboo Pattern Shop - Three patterns of your choice Go-to Patterns - One women's pattern of your choice GreenStyleCreations -Two patterns of your choice Puperita - One pattern of your choice Sofilantjes - Two patterns of your choice Charlotte Kan - One pattern of your choice So Sew Easy - Two patterns or one bundle of your choice OUSM Designs - Women's Thumbs-Up Tee pattern E-Beth Designs - Two patterns of your choice Muffin Head Patterns - Any pattern of your choice up to $10 GrayDay Patterns - Sandpoint Top or Athena Top pattern (your choice) Scientific Seamstress - One pattern of your choice Stitch Upon a Time - $20 gift card 5 out of 4 - Two patterns of your choice Frianki Patterns - Two patterns of your choice KZ Jo Studio - Two patterns of your choice Straight Stitch Designs - Full collection of patterns Sewing Patterns by Aivilo Charlotte - Two patterns of your choice Striped Swallow Designs - Two patterns of your choice Rose and Lee Designs - Two patterns of your choice Sewing Geek Patterns - One pattern of your choice Filles a Maman - One pattern of your choice Bella Sunshine Designs - One pattern of your choice Liola Designs - One pattern of your choice Cali Faye Collection - One pattern of your choice Tinman Patterns - Orbit Skirt pattern Felicity Sewing Patterns - Two patterns of your choice Winter Wear Designs - Two patterns of your choice Ellie Inspired - Three patterns of your choice Love Notions - One pattern of your choice a Sparkly Baby - Two patterns of your choice Terra's Treasures Designs - Two patterns of your choice
*Janome giveaway winner must be located in U.S.A. and is therefore on a separate Rafflecopter below. Machine must be picked up at a local dealer; it cannot be shipped.
This second Rafflecopter includes all the other sponsor items since they can be awarded internationally! You must enter both Rafflecopters in order to be entered to win both the sewing machine and the rest of the giveaway items. All patterns awarded will be in PDF format. Enjoy!