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Brand new video sew along class for the Alice

Ever fancied sewing the Alice dress? We’re so excited to now have a full video sew along class series where  you can sew along with us.

 

The Alice - a-line reversible dress pattern & tutorial for beginner sewing

 

Watch below or <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/user/rebeccapage1/”>subscribe here</>:

 

Class 1/5

Class 2/5

Class 3/5

Class 4/5

Class 5/5

 

Happy sewing!

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Our lovely sponsors!

Have you seen our Great Big Sewing Giveaway? We’ve got some amazing sponsors, and this post is all about giving them some love!

On behalf of me & the Mummykins team, a huge thank you to each of our sponsors. You’ve been so generous & we’re super excited to see who wins it all.

Check them out below. There’s a link to each of their stores so you can do some virtual shopping and see what you’d pick if you won!

Enjoy,

Rebecca xoxo

 

Some of my very fav designers have donated patterns for the winner:

Pollywoggles (1 PDF pattern of choice), Izzy & Ivy Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Striped Swallow Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Bobkin Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Peach Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), The Wolf and the Tree (2 PDF patterns of choice), StitchART (1 PDF pattern of choice), Sofilantjes Patterns (2 PDF patterns of choice), Bella Sunshine Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Designs by Call Ajaire (1 PDF pattern of choice), Handmaiden’s Cottage (1 PDF pattern of choice), PUPERITA (1 PDF pattern of choice), Serger Pepper Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), AimerLae & Finn (2 PDF patterns of choice), Titchy Threads (2 PDF patterns of choice),  Sunday Girl Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Tie Dye Diva Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), Goober Pea Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice) and Twig + Tale (1 PDF pattern of choice).

PLUS these gorgeous stores have also donated a fabric gift card each!

Frollein S LLC ($50 USD store credit), BerryPosh Custom Designs ($25 USD store credit), Rumpled Stitching (1 yard of fabric) and Orinoco Designs Custom Knit Fabric ($30 AUS store credit), Raspberry Creek Fabrics ($50 USD store credit) and Meter Rabbit (£100 GBP store credit)!

 

* Fabric prizes are in local currency to the supplier and do not include postage. Each entrant may only enter once, however an additional 10 entries may be earned by sharing your referral link (shown on screen after you’ve entered and emailed to you). An additional 10 entries can be earned per person who enters on your referral link). Winner drawn at random from all entries via the King Sumo app on WordPress. Every entrant will receive a link to download a free copy of the Woven Headband pattern. Winner notified on email and announced in the Mummykins & Me newsletter and Facebook group. By entering you are joining the Mummykins & Me mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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The Great Big Sewing Giveaway

Hey Sewing Mama, I’ve got something really exciting to share with you… The Great Big Sewing Giveaway is here! Sew much awesomeness, and one winner takes it all ️❤️

If you love sewing, then this is the giveaway for you… 59 PDF patterns and a whole heap of fabric! All you have to do is click the button below, enter your details, answer the super easy question and you’re in the draw! Plus after you’ve entered you’ll get a link you can share & get 10 free extra entries for every one person you refer. Yup, you read that right… if you tell a friend and they enter, you get TEN bonus entries… !

 

 

So without further ado, here’s the great big juicy prize you could win…

ONE PERSON WILL WIN:

 

The ENTIRE Mummykins & Me Collection

(that’s 32 patterns!)

(Ladies patterns are sized XXS to 5XL, and childs patterns are sized newborn to 12 years)

27 patterns from some of my very fav designers

Pollywoggles (1 PDF pattern of choice), Izzy & Ivy Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Striped Swallow Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice), Bobkin Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Peach Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), The Wolf and the Tree (2 PDF patterns of choice), StitchART (1 PDF pattern of choice), Sofilantjes Patterns (2 PDF patterns of choice), Bella Sunshine Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Designs by Call Ajaire (1 PDF pattern of choice), Handmaiden’s Cottage (1 PDF pattern of choice), PUPERITA (1 PDF pattern of choice), Serger Pepper Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), AimerLae & Finn (2 PDF patterns of choice), Titchy Threads (2 PDF patterns of choice),  Sunday Girl Designs (2 PDF patterns of choice), Tie Dye Diva Patterns (1 PDF pattern of choice), Goober Pea Designs (1 PDF pattern of choice) and Twig + Tale (1 PDF pattern of choice).

 

PLUS 6 fabric gift cards from these gorgeous stores

Frollein S LLC ($50 USD store credit), BerryPosh Custom Designs ($25 USD store credit), Rumpled Stitching (1 yard of fabric) and Orinoco Designs Custom Knit Fabric ($30 AUS store credit), Raspberry Creek Fabrics ($50 USD store credit) and Meter Rabbit (£100 GBP store credit)!

Wow. Just wow ❤️

Yay! I can’t wait to see what the winner sews with all this gorgeousness ❤️ Good luck!

Rebecca xoxo

* Fabric prizes are in local currency to the supplier and do not include postage. Each entrant may only enter once, however an additional 10 entries may be earned by sharing your referral link (shown on screen after you’ve entered and emailed to you). An additional 10 entries can be earned per person who enters on your referral link). Winner drawn at random from all entries via the King Sumo app on WordPress. Every entrant will receive a link to download a free copy of the Woven Headband pattern. Winner notified on email and announced in the Mummykins & Me newsletter and Facebook group. By entering you are joining the Mummykins & Me mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time.

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Fabric for your Paris Party Dress

Here’s some fabric inspiration for your Paris Party Dress…. because you know… you never have enough fabric!

To help tempt you in your purchases, fabric requirements are at the bottom of the post. You need knit for the top, and a mid-weight woven for the skirt. Your stash can thank me later 😉

Have fun!

Rebecca & The Mummykins Team xoxo

PS… You can get your free Paris Party Dress from here. The $6.50 add-on from here.


Paris Party Dress – Top

Knit, or if you get the add-on you can do stretch lace


Valentines isn’t far off & this cotton jersey from Frollein S has my heart <3 http://www.frollein-s.com/organic-cotton-jersey-vintage-rose-old-rose.html

And it comes in turquoise too, yes please! – http://www.frollein-s.com/organic-cotton-jersey-vintage-roses-turquoise.html

You’ve got to be fast to snag exclusive custom knits from https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCDFabrics but oh they’re worth it. I can just see this cotton lycra with a pale pink woven skirt <3 Yes please! – http://hyenacart.com/BCD/6444/category/59/Round-8-Waltpaper-Retail

I’ve adore the stretch lace overlay option in the add-on. From Raspberry Creek Fabrics, this is totally fabric-temptation-tastic – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/292797909/black-large-floral-vine-stretch-lace-1

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Need I say more? Punkin Head Threads – http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/girl-charlee-bolt-knits-modern-reflections-feathers/

And….. gold sparkles! http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/girl-charlee-bolt-knits-jolly-holiday-gold-sparkle-dots/

I also loooove the knits at Rumpled Stitching and Orinoco Designs. They’re both custom knit groups which  means you’ve got to watch upcoming order rounds and grab them while they’re available!


Paris Party Dress – Skirt

Woven. Can be pleated all the way around with a zip, or if you get the add-on too it can have an elastic waist

I LOVE this print. It’s cotton so I recommend using this with the lining option in the add-on. Gorgeous – http://www.frollein-s.com/woven-cottons/woven-cotton-paradise-flowers-white-1945762888.html

This is an Indigo Blue Double Gauze Chambray. Beautiful – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/457867478/indigo-blue-double-gauze-chambray-double

I can so see this one from Hawthorne Threads as the print for the front of the skirt, with a plain black, pink or teal back <3 http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/hawthorne_threads/autumn_fawn/golden_slumbers_in_harvest

I’m a sucker for a pretty print and this totally has me! http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/hawthorne_threads/fawn_silhouette/fawn_silhouette_in_shell

A skirt out of this? Yes please! It’s cotton so again I would line it using the add-on. Can just see it with a white lining and white netting…. maybe even with the ribbon hem add-on option too! http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/art-gallery-wonderland-enchanted-leaves-air/

Can you tell I’m into florals and border prints right now? Ahhhhh http://www.punkinheadthreads.com/product/michael-miller-bed-of-roses-cabbage-rose-border-print-coral/


 

So what other fabrics are you thinking of? Let us know in the comments below!

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Free Summer Peplum Top Hack

Voila! A Pretty Party Peplum Top

Love thisWe’ve just seen the most awesome peplum top hack that Leanne Miller of Millie’s Place Handmade did to the Pretty Party Dress… she’s turned it from a fully lined party dress to an unlined peplum top for summer. Love love love <3 Not only is it totally adorbs but she’s put up a tutorial showing step-by-step what she did so you can try it too.

What you’ll need:

  1. The Pretty Party Dress pattern (kids sizes newborn to 12 years, and ladies sizes XXS to 5XL). They’re available here on the website… but if you want the coupon code to get them both free, you’ll need to join our Facebook group (coupon code in the pinned post at the top).
  2. Leanne’s blog post tutorial – https://milliesplacehandmade.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/a-little-tweek-of-a-unique-bodice/.

Leanne you are awesome. Thank you! I’m totally going to be trying it. Who else is going to give it a try?!

 

Leanne's Pretty Party Dress
Leanne’s Pretty Party Dress
Voila! A Pretty Party Peplum Top
Voila! A Pretty Party Peplum Top

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Get inspired for 2016 SewingHappy New Year from everyone at Mummykins & Me!

Hope you had a lovely holiday period… filled with love, laughter, yummy food, great company and lots of sewing time 😉

Huge thank you to everyone who downloaded the ladies & child’s free Pretty Party Dress pattern back in December. You’ve made the most beautiful dresses and it’s been so much fun seeing your photos in front of Xmas trees, with family and at New Year parties.

(If you’ve not got your free Party Dress patterns yet, it’s still free for members of our Facebook group. Join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mummykinsandme and then get the coupon code from the pinned post).

And on that note, who wants some 2016 sewing inspirations? I asked on our Facebook group what you’ve been sewing recently with Mummykins & Me patterns and here’s what you’ve been up to…! (hover your mouse over the picture to see who made it and what pattern it is)

Pretty Party Dresses by Glenda Morrow  Olivia Top by Samantha Jerrett  Mummy & me Pretty Party Dresses by Thérèse St-Arnaud  Easy Peasy Skirt by Glenda Morrow  Olivia top by Samantha Jerrett  Easy Peasy Skirt and Knotted Headband by Linette Torres  Olivia Top by Bec Munro  Matching Pretty Party Dresses by Thérèse St-Arnaud   Teatime Romper by Valerie Dufort  Pretty Party Dress by Leanne Miller   Olivia Top by Valerie Dufort  Pretty Party Dress by Thérèse St-Arnaud  Teatime Romper by Valerie Dufort  The Olivia Top by Sheri Oliveira   Pretty Party Dress by Meg Lane Grant   Olivia Top by Valerie Dufort Pretty Party Dress by Anita Prins Gorlitz  Emily Dress by Michelle Schuh Pretty Party Dress by Kelsey Dana Melillo  Pretty Party Dresses by Valerie Dufort  Olivia Top by Glenda Morrow  Pretty Party Dress by Glenda Morrow  Olivia Top by Linette Torres

Featured patterns – The Olivia, The Teatime Romper, Ladies Pretty Party Dress, Child’s Pretty Party Dress and The Emily.

Huge thank you to Leanne, Sheri, Anita, Therese, Kelsey, Meg, Bec, Samantha, Linette, Valerie, Michelle, and Glenda for sharing their lovely creations with us!

PS… Keep an eye out on our blog next week, our awesome new guest blogger will be posting the most adorable felt animal mask tutorial. I’ve tried it and my kids LOVE them. No sewing involved (unless you want to top stitch afterwards). Fab project for relaxing with in the evenings when the little ones are in bed … or if you’re feeling brave you could try it with them! Can’t wait.

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New perfect top pattern for fall & winter

Very exciting news… the all-new Olivia top pattern is now LIVE!

Totally updated and now with LONG sleeve version as well as the original short sleeve. Perfect for winter & fall. Layer-tastic. Plus it’s perfect for knit or cotton/woven fabric.

The pattern is on sale for a half price $3.50 (usually $7) until 10th October fromhttp://rebecca-page.com/product/girls-peasant-top-sewing-pattern/. Grab it now.

Here’s a taster of some of the GORGEOUS tester photos. They really did rock it. More to come over the next few days on our Facebook group.

Olivia short sleeve  Olivia short sleeve  Olivia long sleeve

Olivia long sleeve  Olivia short sleeve

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Amy and Gracie sewing pattern release – Tunic version

NEW VERSION – I’m so excited to let you know the all new Amy and Gracie patterns are now available!!

Lots and lots of edits later they are both digital (not hand-drawn) with more ease in the neck and arm holes and a super cute shorter tunic length. PLUS you now get ALL the sizes in one pattern.

** Limited time only – get them for $4 each **

AMY (bias edged tunic) – http://rebecca-page.com/product/quick-and-easy-pdf-pattern-reversible-cross-over-dress/
GRACIE (lace edged tunic) – http://rebecca-page.com/product/reversible-cross-over-dress-sewing-pattern/

I know I shouldn’t have favourites but I’m so in love with the Amy in particular! Check out these beautiful tester shots

PS… If you get the Amy, make sure to also download my free Bias Tape tutorial so you can get that gorgeous self-covered bias look.

Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding  Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding  Amy Cross over dress  Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding  Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding  Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding   Amy cross over open back dress with bias binding  Quick and easy PDF pattern
“Fav bit is the bias trim encasing all seams, makes for a neat product” – Aimee Domio, www.facebook.com/thelittlemaster

“This would be a cute pattern for fall layering, super versatile since it is reversible” – Anna Bruyer

“Very well written pattern, beginners would have no problem following. Buy it!” – Jennifer Ray, www.facebook.com/southernpridesewing

“Quick, easy sew with a cute outcome” – Kelly Ballou, www.facebook.com/sewalittleseam

“It is a quick pattern that is simple and great for beginners but leaves a lot of room to add embellishments for the advances seamstress” – Krystal Shearer

“I think its gorgeous, timeless design. Great for appliques in my opinion and layering for colder weather” – Lenka, https://www.facebook.com/tutubugabudhabi

“I love the finished pattern. But I really enjoy the simplicity of the pattern and instructions” – Irene Cottrell, www.facebook.com/lorettamaedesigns

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How to make DIY Bias Binding / Bias Tape

How to make your own DIY Bias Binding

Ever wanted to learn how to make DIY bias binding (also called bias tape)? It’s incredibly useful for professional finishes on such a variety of clothing, especially kids clothing! Well here’s a step by step guide…

Bias binding - download

 

First off… TERMINOLOGY

“Bias Binding” vs “Bias Tape” – These are the same thing, however in some parts of the world people call it bias binding (eg UK & NZ), whereas in other parts of the world people call it bias tape (eg USA and parts of Europe). I grew up in NZ and live in the UK so from here on I’ll refer to it as bias binding.

Single fold bias binding – Single-fold bias binding is strips of fabric which are cut on the bias, with each raw edge folded in toward the center (wrong sides together) and pressed.

Single fold bias binding has lots of uses. For example you’ll often find it on professionally stitched garments to cover up raw edges on the inside of armholes and waistbands.

Double fold bias binding – Double-fold bias binding is single fold bias binding that has been folded in half along its centreline.

Most of my patterns that use bias binding call for double fold bias binding.

My favourite use for double fold bias binding in children’s clothing is around any edge of the garment. For example around a hem or around an armhole. It’s fold goes over the raw edge of the garment so it’s totally enclosed once you stitch it on.

 

Let’s get going… CONSTRUCTION

STEP 1 – Cutting out

 1.1 1. 1 Wash & iron your fabric. Then lay the fabric so the raw edges are horizontal, and the selvedge is vertical.TIP – the raw edges are the edges that will fray if you pick at them. The selvedge edge is the one that won’t fray. It often looks a bit different and sometimes has writing or markings on it. You’ll see in the top right corner of this photo the selvedge for this fabric has the fabric companies logo on it.
 1.2 1.2 Fold the selvedge edge down to meet the raw edge so it forms a diagonal fold.
 1.3 1.3 Using a ruler, measure how wide you want the strip and cut it out.When you buy bias binding in stores or online, the width is usually talked about as if it was single fold bias binding. So 1 inch wide bias binding would be 1 inch if it was single fold, or ½ inch if it’s double fold.When you’re cutting out, measure double the finished width you want.EG

– for 1 inch wide single bias binding (or ½ inch wide double fold) cut your strip 2 inches wide.

– for 1 ½ inch wide single bias binding (or ¾ inch wide double fold) cut your strip 3 inches wide.

 

 1.4 1.4 Unfold the strip and check you’ve cut your strip the right width.If you are happy with the length of your strip of bias binding, move step 3.1.If you want a longer piece then continue on to step 1.5. 

1.5a(photo a – keep fabric flat)

1.5b(photo b – cutting lines)

1.5 Next use the strip you have just cut as a template for more.Keep your fabric flat (photo a) and lay the strip you’ve just cut on the fabric directly next to the diagonal edge and cut again.Keep moving the strip along and cut as many more as you need. See photo b for how you keep cutting more strips next to each other.

 

STEP 2 – Stitching several strips together

2.1c(photo c – before the cut) 

2.1d(photo d – after the cut)

 

2.1 Fold the bottom edge of each of your strips on a 45 degree angle and cut.See photo c for before, and photo d for after the 45 degree cut.
 2.2 2.2 Fold the top edge of each of your strips down at a 45 degree angle and cut.The top edges should now be cut exactly opposite to the bottom edges.
 2.3 2.3 Place one strip right side up vertically. Place another strip right side down horizontally. Make sure the pointy edges stick out slightly over the sides like in the photo (by approx ¼ inch each). Pin together.
 2.4 2.4 Stitch along the straight edge approx ¼ inch from the edge. Your stitching should run from the join of two strips of fabric on one side, to the join on the other side.
 2.5 2.5 Open the strips out and press the seam allowance to one side. Your strips should now be in a long straight line.If the two strips don’t align in one long straight strip of fabric, close the fabric back up how it was in step 2.4, cut the seam allowance off, realign your fabric and stitch it again.
 2.6 2.6 Snip the raw edge off that’s sticking out at the bottom of the diagonal.

 

 

STEP 3 – Pressing

 

 3.1 3.1 With wrong sides together, fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
 3.2 3.2 Open the strip back out. Then fold each of the raw edges in to meet the centre fold that you just pressed in step 3.1. Press your new folds.For Single Fold Bias Binding – Press across the whole strip so you press out the fold you made in 3.1. You’ll be left with just the folds you made in this step. It’s now finished.For Double Fold Bias Binding – Continue on to step 3.3
 3.3 3.3 Fold the bias binding in half again down the centreline you made in step 3.1. Press. Your double fold bias binding is now finished.

 

 

 

All done!

Finished DIY bias binding

Congratulations, your bias binding is finished and ready to use! Enjoy.

 

How to make your own DIY Bias Binding

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