Neon Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns – Perfect Pattern Parcel Time!

I’m really excited to be a part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour! I sewed up this (bright!) zippy jacket from Blank Slate Patterns for fall, and I’ll share more details after the jump but I want to make sure you know what Perfect Pattern Parcel is all about, because it’s a neat idea. I received the PPP bundle for free in exchange for posting, but all my opinions are my own.

About Pattern Parcel, in their own words:

“Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised $9,800 towards eliminating educational inequality.”

Pattern Parcel #4 includes:

Pattern Parcel #4

Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs– Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns–Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado–Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads–Jet Pack Bag by Betz White  **Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $26 or greater for Parcel #4 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Knight Hoodie by Charming Doodle.

That is a win win if I’ve ever heard one!

Buy Pattern Parcel #4

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Funky Knit Pants & Colorblocked Tee — Boys Bundle Up Pattern Sale

It’s time for another Pattern Revolution Bundle Up sale! This one runs Aug 22-29 and is held at, featuring 12 versatile patterns that are perfect for fall. The patterns are already discounted, and the more you buy, the more you save. I was lucky enough to sew up two of the bundled patterns: Zee’s Tee by Tie Dye Diva & the Aviator Pants by Winter Wear Designs. I loved the aviators so much I actually sewed two pairs, and made my son a sassy “Messy Hair Don’t Care” shirt (non-bundle pattern) to go with it.

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How to Upcycle a Sweater for a No Sew Winter Cowl DIY

There is an easy way to upcycle a soft wool or cashmere sweater into a simple cowl/hood! I realize it’s still summer in most of the United States, but the end of the season is when I start pulling out the next season’s clothes and sorting out what to donate and what to keep. I actually wrote this post and took the pictures way back in February during a cold snap but by the time I had them edited I was already in a t-shirt and it seemed silly to post. So, enjoy the retrospective of my point & shoot camera, long hair, and fake white trim.

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