Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ethan pattern FLIP! By Heather

We are so excited to have Heather on the blog today to show how to do her Ethan FLIP!

Hi! I am Heather from Creative Bug! I mostly create adventures for children through summer camps and birthday parties but I love creating for our family in my spare time too. I sew, I bake, I bead, I pretty much will try anything! Look me up on Facebook and you'll keep up with the latest over here.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial...I have never done anything like this before (altered a pattern or made a sewing tutorial) so I'm sorry if I missed anything please ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer!

Thank you to Jeanine and all the other ladies at Scientific Seamstress and SisBoom for giving me the courage and know-how to make this happen!

Pattern Pieces
Print, cut and tape the following:
  • Shirt Front
  • Shirt Back
  • Back Yoke
  • Top of Sleeve
  • Placket
  • Button Hole Placement Guide

Alter pieces as follows:

Shirt Front
Mark 2.5" from top of collar at the mid point of the shirt front and 1.5" from the sleeve edge. Cut as shown (I do this freehand and use the original collar as a guide).

Shirt Back
-Cut a deep triangle between notches on the back of shirt. Overlap notches and tape. Overlap Back Yoke piece ½" on Shirt Back and tape as shown below.

Line the Back Yoke/Shirt Back piece you made earlier up with the Shirt Front. Use the Shirt Front as a guide to cut the neckline of the Back Yoke.

Cutting Fabric

Cut one Placket from fabric and one from interfacing as directed.

Shirt Front
Measure 3" (size 4), 3.5" (size 6/8) to 4.5" (size 10/12) out from the bottom corner of the shirt front. Mark (photo 1). Line up from tapered spot just under the arm to the mark you just made and mark with disappearing ink to create a flare (as shown in photo 2). Cut top of shirt front, arm and down flare (photo 3).

Slide pattern over to match the corner of the pattern to your mark (Photo 1). Use a straight edge to cut straight across until you get to the curve (photo 2).

Shirt Back
Cut Shirt Back following the pattern for the upper part, match the flare for the side. 

To make the shirt a High-Low Shirt add 3" (size 4-8) to 4" (Size 10/12) to the bottom.

Cut curve on the side to match the corner of the Shirt Front ( I did this free-hand but you might prefer to mark it with disappearing ink first).

We are almost done the tough bits, I promise!

Cut a facing piece for the Shirt Front and one for the Shirt Back. I cut my facing to about 1" below the underarm so it would stay where I wanted it (I hate it when it moves around!)

Fold Sleeve pattern piece in half, use the half with the double notch. I cut my sleeves 3" long (measured from the underarm) for size 10/12 and 2.5"for size 4-8 (photo 1). Place it 2-3" from the fold and cut across from fold to follow the pattern piece. This extra fabric will give you a nice gathered sleeve (photos 2&3). 

Finally! All of your pieces are cut!


Start by following the directions for the Buttonhole Placket Construction and Attachment (I made mine the opposite of the directions so the buttons would be on the girl side).

Press edge of facing in 1/4" then lay over top of first Shirt Front (right sides together) and press to line up edges. Repeat with the other side of the Shirt Front.

Top stitch folded fabric and zigzag the lower edge of the facing to finish it.

Pin facings right sides together on 2 shirt front pieces and 1 shirt back piece and sew along neckline.

Turn all 3 pieces right side out and press along neckline.

Top Stitch to secure pressed part of facing. Zigzag or serge lower part of facing to finish it.

Sew Shirt Front pieces together with Facing pieces from neck to shoulder. Sew Shirt Back piece to facing along neckline and zigzag lower edge of back Facing.  Turn 2 Front Shirt pieces and Back Shirt piece right side out and press. Open Shoulder pieces up and sew Front Shirt Piece to Back Shirt Piece at shoulder seams.

Open front and back at the shoulders and match the facing and shirt shoulder edges together. Sew. Do this to both sides and then fold back and press.

 With wrong sides together Top Stitch along outside edge of Shirt Front and Facing pieces to secure them together. Baste Shirt Front and Back to the Facing along the sleeve edge to hold in place.

Shirt Sleeves

Press both sleeves 1/4" and then 1/2" from the bottom. 

Sew two rows of gathering stitches from notch to notch of both sleeves at 1/8" and 1/4" and gather evenly to match the sleeve edge to the shirt edge. Carefully align the edges pin and sew 1/4" from the edges. Finish with a zig-zag stitch.

Open pressed hem of sleeve and align right sides together from end of sleeve to bottom of shirt as directed.

Top stitch sleeve 3/8" from the bottom edge leaving a small gap to put the elastic in.

Top stitch 1/8" from the collar edge going from one edge of the shirt front to the other. Top Stitch a second time to create the casing 3/8" from the first line of stitching starting and finishing 1/2" from the button hole and button plackets so you can feed the elastic through later.

Measure desired length of 1/4" elastic and feed through sleeve bottoms and collar of shirt.

Finish shirt as directed.

Measure desired waist size (I measured their waist +1 for comfort) and cut 2" wide elastic or create a casing to feed elastic through to create the waist of the shirt. Mark the elastic at the 1/2 and 1/4 points and line those up with the shirt at your desired spot - I like to put the elastic between the 4th and 5th button holes.

Stretch elastic and pin! This is tricky to do on your own! My son took the picture, sorry about that!

Zigzag the elastic to the shirt on both short ends. Stretch and sew the elastic to the shirt along each long side.

Just one more avoid gaping (from the elastic) I stitched the placket to the button side of the shirt between the 2 buttons.

 Phew! You are done!

Here it is! This shirt (and the 3 below) are being shipped later this week so no model photos for you. Sorry!

Thanks for joining me on this journey...I know it wasn't a short one! The Creative Princess loves her Ethan Flip so much! I'm sure she'll be asking for more of fact, I am thinking about making one for me!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Get ready to BUNDLE!!!!!!! (Bundle UP is LIVE!)

The BundleUP sale is finally here!!!!! If you have been waiting for the Field Research Pants you can get them there until the 29th ! They will be in our shop for individual sale on September 10th.

There are so many great patterns in this bundle deal, and you get to pick the number of patterns and which ones you want as well! 

•$4.50 each for 6-7 ($27-31.50 total)
•$4.25 each for 8-9 ($34-38.25 total)
•$4.00 each for 10 or more ($40- $48 total)

ALSO start sewing the bundle patterns up for your chance to win!!!! Anyone interested in a $200 CASH prize? Totally awesome, am I right? and there is a prize drawn randomely through Rafflecopter in case you just don;t have time to sew right away. 

What will you be sewing first?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We have a NEW pattern coming out for BOYS (and it looks great on girls too)

We are super excited to show you our latest pattern hitting the shops soon! 

The Field Research Pants!

Whether a budding botanist, emerging entomologist, or rising geologist, your young explorer will need a pair of pants that will go from field to stream in any season. The Field Research Pants can be super simple (pants 101), or highly complex (senior thesis) depending on the desired options. 
The basic pants are composed of separate front and back pieces. The waistband is finished with a facing, and is elasticized in the back. Multiple cutting lines are provide so the waistband can sit at the natural waistline or a bit lower. The cargos can be made as knee length shorts, or in a range of pant lengths. 

Optional design features include:
  • Mock fly
  • Belt loops
  • Hip pockets
  • Back pockets
  • Side pockets

Just like science, the Field Research Pants are for boys AND girls alike! With a size range of 3-4 to 13-14, you can fit many important developmental stages

From August 22, 2014 - August 29th, 2014 this pattern will be available exclusively in the Bundle UP Boys sale over at

In September (and onward) the pants pattern will be in our Etsy shop.

We had so many great testers with these pants and all the options were made. Here are their photo's!

Jeanne's son in the shorts option 

Holly sewed up a fall pair in the full length pant option, no zip off. 

Darcie did the shorts version  

Kelly did all the options, all the pockets and the zip off legs! 

Lore did all the pocket option in shorts length

Tera made her son the basic pant option with the pockets! 

And now, here are the girly versions!!!

I made Berry 2 pairs in home decor weight florals, basic pants but all the pockets!

Jenny made her daughter a shorts pair 

And our Cathy made a shorts pair for her daughter in basic quilters cotton. They look light and comfy for summer to me!

To stay up to date with all our happenings and latest chit chat please feel welcome to join our facebook group  Welcome to the Lab! or our fanpage 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Win it before you can buy it! Boys BundleUP

We are so excited to be in another Bundle UP sale and with a brand NEW pattern!!!! 

Here is a little sneak peek from our Tester Kelly at Handmade Boy!

I'm sure you've seen by now the 12 fabulous NEW designs coming in the Bundle UP Boy's Sale. The Bundle Up designers listened well to boy mamas and their requests for fashionable patterns with lots of options. Have you seen the patterns yet??? The Bundle UP boy patterns will be available for sale next week HERE, but until then you have the opportunity to win them before you can buy them. Sweet! Enter at the bottom of this post.

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