Maple Skirt by Gracious Threads… Hacked!

So I decided to do something I pretty much never do. I hacked a pattern!

Normally if I make any changes to a pattern I’m sewing it’s pretty minor. Maybe do a little colour blocking, something like that.

But for the Maple Skirt Tour, Jess of Gracious Threads was encouraging us to do a hack if we wanted so I figured I’d do something that was a little bit out of my comfort zone.



I’ll say it right off the bat, I messed up my buttonholes. I needed to shift the buttons down a little because the third button would have been right on the line where the two fabrics join, and then I thought I measured well, but apparently I went all buttonhole happy and didn’t keep distances the same.


It’s a fairly simple hack. I basically cut the skirt pattern pieces at about the third mark. Then measured along the bottom cut edge of each piece (the front and back); took that measurement and multiplied it by 3 to make the new width measurements. The length was the length of the bottom 2/3’s of the skirt pieces plus seam allowance. Probably doesn’t make much sense, I’ll try to get a picture of what I mean. For the back gathered piece I had to cut out two pieces to get the width I wanted.

For the jeans top part of the skirt I actually upcycled an old pair of my husbands’ jeans. Since I made a size 3 I still have quite a bit of jeans left to work with.


The belt loops are the actual belt loops from the jeans. For the back piece I cut from close to the bottom of one leg and centered the fold line of the pattern piece on the side seam of the jeans.


I was actually quite impressed that my sewing machine managed to sew through all the those layers! It had tiny fits trying to sew over the belt loops on the seams but otherwise it survived! Yay!

Even though I messed up on the buttonholes, I’m still quite happy with it. The topstitching with the jeans thread really helps I think. Both my girls like the skirt. Luckily SillyBean is super skinny so she can fit into it. She can wear it over leggings, it will look so cute.


It was a fun hack. Next time though when I cut the bottom part off the skirt I’ll add the curve of the original hemline to the top part of the skirt pattern piece (the jeans part). Maybe then it won’t hike up so much in the back like in the pic below.


I have plans to sew up an original version soon. I just need to clear up a few other projects on my sewing table first!

Check out the other stops on the Maple Skirt Sewalong Tour by clicking the pic below!!


I hope you enjoyed my hack!

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Swimwear Tour: Swim and Surf Shorts

Swim and Surf Shorts sewn by Lulu & Celeste

I’m super excited to have been invited to take part in the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by Ajaire, Jess and Saskia. I don’t own too many swimwear patterns so it was fun to be able to choose a new pattern to try out. I had already purchased the women’s version of the Swim and Surf shorts pattern by Gracious Threads and decided to make the girl’s version for Silly Bean.

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Canadian Pattern Designer blog tour: What I’ve Made

Ok, so originally my goal was to make one pattern from each of the designers on the tour. But then hubby lost his job and I needed to work full-time for a few months so I barely had a chance to sew (especially since on my days off, Miss V would be sooooo clingy). I went back to working part-time at the beginning of June so I’ve had a bit more free time, but working on this tour took up a lot of my me time so I didn’t have a chance to sew too much.

I did however, manage to sew up the Starfish shorts from Gracious Threads.


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Canadian Pattern Designer blog tour Week 1 Review (and Winners!)

Well, technically only one winner has been posted so far. I’ll be getting in contact with the winner of the Jalie pattern today and once I hear back then that winner will be announced as well.

The winner’s list (linked here!) will be updated within a few days of each winner being chosen. Go to the bottom of the page to see the list.

The first week of the tour we saw patterns from Gracious Threads:


Lazy Day Lounge PantsStarfish ShortsHenday Hoodie

Did you miss the interview? Read it here

and Jalie Patterns:

jalie collage

Men’s ShirtMulti Sport Skort – Tankini/Skirtini

Read the interview here if you missed it!

This week we’ll be featuring Thread Theory and Audrey & Tiffany! Can’t wait!!

Also, just one day left to take advantage of the coupon code CANADATOUR to get 15% off your purchase of Gracious Threads patterns! So if there was something you were eyeing, don’t delay!

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Canadian Pattern Designer Tour: Gracious Threads Day Three

While the Canadian Pattern Designer Tour is continuing on until the end of the month, unfortunately it’s the last day of the Gracious Threads mini tour.

Today we have Crystal of STITCHED by Crystal sharing the Starfish shorts.


(Crystal always has such beautiful photos!) Click the picture or this link to read the full post and see the rest of her pictures!

Did you miss the other stops on the Gracious Threads mini tour? Follow the links below to check them out:

Creative Bug – The Wholesome Mama


Tomorrow I will be featuring Jalie Patterns and along with a new interview comes a new giveaway! Want to see who else is being featured, check out the full schedule here.

BUT if you haven’t already go enter the giveaway from Gracious Threads, today is the last day!

And don’t forget! You have until the end of the month to enter the sew along and link up a blog post for your chance to win the Grand Prize. More details can be found here.

Canadian Pattern Designer Tour: Gracious Threads day two

It’s Day Two of the Gracious Threads mini tour!

We have another boy’s look today this time from Courtney of The Wholesome Mama. I’m so excited that there will be lots of boys getting cute outfits sewn for them this month!


I just love the orange and black, especially like the peek of orange in the pockets. So fun! Click on the pic or go here to read the full post!

The other stops on the Gracious Threads mini tour can be found here:

June 1: Creative Bug – June 3: stitched by crystal


Don’t forget to enter the giveaways! Go here to enter the giveaway from Gracious Threads to win your choice of any one PDF pattern and read the interview (details for the giveaway can also be found in Courtney’s post). And go here to upload your link for a chance to win the Grand Prize, and also enter to win the Second Prize (and to see the full tour schedule).