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About Maryanna P

Currently sewing my way through life while living on a boat and enjoying every minute.

Panty Patterns Compared Side by Side

Panty patterns compared side by side, because there are more than one out there. Did you know that handmade panties are back in style? Do you know how comfortable they are? My mom once told me that she made all of their underwear back in early 70’s. I don’t think they had as many awesome knit fabrics to choose from back then though.

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Here are all of the pairs I made stacked up from least amount of fabric to most amount of fabric.

Several panty patterns have been released over the last couple of years. After trying several of them from three different pattern companies, I am here to give you my opinion on the ones I sewed up. None were provided to me although I did get them all during sales. The decision was made to write up this post after my most recent undie pattern purchase. I have worn them all multiple times to test how well they stay up and keep their shape throughout the day.

 

The main fabric used was Art Gallery knits from Peek A Boo Fabric Shop. The bands are all cotton lycra solids, also from Peek A Boo Fabric Shop. I kept the fabric consistent so that I could accurately gauge the fit of each style. The only exception was the Thondlewear. Those were cotton lycra solid from Peek A Boo Fabric Shop and custom printed fold over elastic.

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How awesome is that graffiti print fold over elastic?

 

Scrundlewear by Stitch Upon A Time is first up. It is also probably the most widely known women’s underwear pattern in the PDF sewing world. I made my first pair of scrundies last November and they have held up marvelously. Shortly there after I made two more pair. For this experiment, I made one pair of briefs and one pair of boy shorts. This pattern includes both options. It also includes regular and high waist options. I like the cut of the regular scrundies and they fit great. I’m not a fan of the boy shorts version. They feel too bulky. Again, this is my personal opinion. They are great if you are a boy shorts kind of girl. Here is a photo of the briefs and boy shorts side by side.

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Boy shorts on the left and briefs on the right.

Uptown Undies by Peek A Boo Pattern Shop is the next pattern up for review. They have a slightly different cut than the scrundies but still provide great bum coverage. They also have skinnier leg and waist bands. The skinnier bands make them seem less bulky. An added bonus is that this pattern also includes a camisole and there is a maternity and nursing add on for the camisole. I have yet to make the camisole. One of my favorite things about Peek A Boo is that I can purchase fabric and save up my reward points to earn free patterns!

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Uptown Undies have a higher cut on the front of the leg opening.

Quicker Knickers by Little Finch Patterns were next on the list. I love that this pattern is a lower rise! It also contains two versions, hipster and cheeky. Since they are low rise, they also require less fabric. The floral print below was just the right size. I am so glad that I was able to use it for undies instead of just making a headband with it. It was too short for the other, higher rise patterns. The Quicker Knickers are currently on sale for $0.99! That price is hard to beat!

Both versions of quicker knickers compared to the thondlewear. Pink band are cheeky and teal band are hipster

Both versions of quicker knickers compared to the thondlewear. Pink band are cheeky and teal band are hipster

In summary:

Scrudlewear have great coverage, wide bands and come with two styles and regular and high waist band options.

Uptown Undies have a slightly higher leg opening, thinner leg and waist bands and the pattern includes a camisole.

Quicker Knickers are lower cut and require less fabric and also come in two styles of undies.

Thondlewear requires the least amount of fabric (for obvious reasons) and were a quick sew, include instructions for FOE bands or cotton lycra bands and are a great way to practice your FOE skills…but I still prefer the other styles over these.

You can always order a pair through my Etsy shop by clicking here! I currently have two pairs listed and I am working on adding a few more. Send me a convo letting me know if you prefer a different fabric than what I have listed. I also offer any of these styles mentioned above.

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

At what point does sewing become an addiction?

At what point does sewing become an addiction? Is it when you have piles and piles of fabric everywhere but continue to buy more? Is it when you have hundreds of PDF patterns that you haven’t gotten a chance to sew up yet? Could it possibly be when you take a trip and you pack more fabric than clothes?

It’s been a while since I posted. Let me explain…we’ve been traveling for the last six weeks!

Week one was couch surfing in Nashville while we emptied out the storage unit and had a yard sale. I had fabric and notions and books that I hadn’t even seen in over two years! So that all got sold. I keep all of my prettiest fabrics with me 🙂 I did dig through and find some things to keep.

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Exterior pic of the hunting cabin made using rocks and cedar posts from the land.

Weeks two and three were spent camping in Texas while the hubby worked on his hunting cabin. Luckily he knows that his wife loves electricity and indoor plumbing. This is the same cabin we worked on in April. It has an awesome pedestal tub that I’ve partly restored. (I’ll finish it on our next trip out there.)

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Commandeering a corner of the hunting cabin for sewing.

I was able to set up a little work station and make a baby gift for a friend! I could only work on little projects due to the lack of table space. Next time I am going to try to pack my cutting and sewing tables and take over a small corner of the cabin! I think this Violet turned out adorable! You should add this pattern to your baby gift arsenal if you sew. So quick and cute! This pattern ranges from size 3 months up to girls size 12 so you will get lots of years of use out of it. I made this one long sleeves since it may still be chilly outside when it fits her.

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What does a baby even put in those tiny little pockets!?!?!

For the last three weeks we have been staying on a ranch in New Mexico. It is gorgeous out here. It is much cooler than southern Florida so it’s a good thing I packed more fabric than clothes because I need to make myself some more long sleeved shirts. I made this Hyde Park Hoodie last weekend after realizing that I hadn’t packed my gray one. The coral has more of a southwest feel anyway.

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Love this Hyde Park Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

This hoodie is the perfect weight for the few cold days that southern Florida gets in the winter.

I’m will be testing a new sewing pattern next week so that will be next week’s post. Meanwhile I am enjoying my current view from the sewing table 🙂

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The current view from the sewing table

Creating before writing

As someone who loves to sew, I have spent more time creating before writing this week so I’m going to show you what I’ve been working on. I am super proud of getting my nieces’ Fourth of July dresses done and mailed out before the holiday this year! This is big because I still have the fabric to make their Christmas pajamas in tact…their Christmas pajamas for 2015.

I absolutely love how their firework dresses turned out. The Little Miss Sunshine Dress by Peek-a-boo was perfect for what I had in mind. This fabric is all from Peek-a-boo as well and it sews like a dream.

I also only ordered one yard of the firework fabric so I had to get creative. This pattern allowed me to get the most out of that one yard of fabric.

Their favorite part is probably going to be the twirlability these dresses have.

Of course I got that necklace that matches perfectly from Tickled Pink Designs since she is my necklace dealer. She always seems to have one to match whatever I am making the girls!

I also got another Little Rascal Romper done. This time I tried the dolman sleeve option for my 2.5 year old niece. I love this orange with pink polka dot fabric.

Now on to today’s project…a shore bag with these gorgeous Art Gallery fabrics! I can’t wait to show you the completed bag next week.

How about if we have a little contest…I am in the process of adding something new to the Etsy shop this afternoon. Something awesome. Something I think you guys will love. If you have read this far, leave me a comment with a guess as to what it might be and I’ll select a winner using random.org for someone to win a $15 shop credit. This amount also happens to be the price of this new item (minus shipping) so you could get one for yourself! I am just waiting for the mailman to deliver the surprise to a friend so I can finally show it off.

Sewing from your stash

Stash. Anyone who sews has a stash. Since moving on to a boat I have started to sew from my stash more. I have all of this beautiful fabric already so I need to make things with it! I had a very productive day yesterday.


After getting caught up on custom orders I was able to work on two new patterns that I had purchased. One of them was released YESTERDAY and I already sewed it up!

I already had the fabrics cut out for some Annex Double Zip Box Pouches. When making one, you might as well make one in each size right? I absolutely love double zip pouches. Sew Sweetness has the Filigree Double Zip Pouch that I love. But I think I like the Annex better! This makes an awesome pouch for pencils and pens, keep your highlighters on the other side. And it has a little carry handle on one end.

 

small pouch with Ticklish by Moda

I did not make any adjustments to the pattern. These are also great for sewing up scraps of fabric. I’m a sucker for scrap packs from Hawthorne Threads and always have to add one to my cart when ordering something else. The large and medium pouches were made using fabrics I got in a scrap pack.

 

large pouch with Skoleope by Art Gallery

 

medium pouch in Nesting Blooms by Art Gallery

 

This pattern was quick and easy. I had the fabric already cut but had them all sewn before lunch yesterday by doing it assembly line style. The small would be perfect for tossing in a backpack for a pencil case. The medium is a little longer but shorter than the large and the large is deeper and taller.


I’m always making my great nieces clothes but yesterday I made something for my great nephew. He just turned one and will soon start noticing if he’s left out on Auntie M Mail Day at their house.

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop released the cutest quickest romper yesterday. The Lil’ Rascal Romper. It has two sleeve options. Dolman sleeve, which I think is adorable for girls, and tank top! It also comes with shorts or pants length options and using fold over elastic or cotton lycra for the neck and arm bands.


I made Jameson the tank version in shorts length. I wish they lived closer so I could see it on him sooner! No snaps, Velcro or any other kind of closure. Slip on and off through the neck hole. The pattern testers all said that diaper changes and potty breaks were a breeze because of the easy on and off.
Now off to work on some cute summer outfits for the nieces with some awesome flip flop fabric, find it here, and I also had some necklaces made to match this fabric for them since they love their necklaces from Tickled Pink Designs. Here’s a little sneak peek at that fabric 💜. This necklace is named “Toes in the Sand.” I don’t see it listed on her website yet but you can always message her through her Facebook Page! My nieces wear one of her necklaces every day and LOVE them.


Happy Friday! Feel free to comment with your favorite scrap busting projects! I could always use more! My goal is to see through at least two of the tubs of fabric before the end of the year. So I better get to sewing.

 

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Ultimate Baby Shower MUST SEW List

Ever have a block when trying to decide what to make for your friend who is expecting? I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite items to make for just such an occasion! Below is my Ultimate Baby Shower Must Sew List!

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This gem showed up in my news feed yesterday. She’s been wearing that body suit for three months now!

Every new mom puts the 30 pack of white onsies on the registry…but wouldn’t a custom body suit be cuter? Also, scrolling through Facebook and seeing pictures of that new little one wearing something you made…it is one of the best feelings.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Another day, another custom outfit by Marvelous Auntie M for this sweetheart.

Peek A Boo Pattern Shop is my go to source for sewing all things baby! Her patterns are easy to follow and beginner friendly if you are new to sewing with knits.

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This is probably my most favorite and special thing that I’ve made. It truly was the Best Day Ever when my friend Amber adopted this precious baby boy.

Here is my list of must sew items for that new baby:

  1. Lullaby Line Body Suit. Need I say more. Custom onsies mean no more embarrassing “she’s wearing the same outfit” moments.
  2. Lullaby Line Baby Gown. So quick to sew up and so sweet with the optional fold over mitts.
  3. Lullaby Line Hat.
  4. Lullaby Line Mitts. Use scraps from your Lullaby Line Gown to whip up a matching hat and mitts! Keep those little faces scratch free!
  5. Lullaby Line Kimono Kid top. This adorable top makes for easy on and off with the diagonal snap front.
  6. Does It All Diaper Bag. The name says it all. This bag features TEN pockets! A pocket for everything!
  7. Does It All Diaper Clutch. Just order a little bit extra fabric and make one to match the diaper bag! This is a changing pad that also has a pocket for diapers and wipes.
  8. Tinkle Tee Pees are a free pattern from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop with a tutorial here. Must have for the new #boymom.
  9. Bandana Drool Bibs. Another free pattern and tutorial from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop.
  10. Maxaloones by Max and Meena. Grow with me pants = clothes that fit longer! Size one fits 6 months up to 3 years! Easily add a skirt for a girlier look.
  11. Aragon bag by Sew Sweetness. This bag makes a great diaper bag.
  12. Filigree Double Zip Pouch also by Sew Sweetness. You can line this with PUL and it’s waterproof! Makes a great quick change bag keeping diapers/wipes on one side and a clean change of clothes in the other.
  13. Maggie’s Stay On Booties by Beautiful Pie Shop. No more worrying about losing socks or baby having cold feet!

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14. Custom burp rags. Because spit happens.

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15. Quilts and blankets because you can never have too many blankets! I currently have 6 quilts handy at all times.

Here are some more sweet photos that made me smile when they showed up in my newsfeed:

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Sweet little guy in his grow with me pants. Another special outfit for his first time meeting family and friends after arriving home.

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

Two years later and she still uses her quilt that I made!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

I made this little guy a rag quilt that just so happened to match his nursery!

Little ladies man!

Little ladies man!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Faux chenille blankets are perfect for sitting on at the park!

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Cuddled up in the winter time in his favorite blanket.

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

Almost two years later and she still loves her faux chenille blanket I made!

If you need a fabric source for knit fabric, check out Peek A Boo Fabric Shop! They have great quality solids, Art Gallery, Riley Blake, Birch Organics, custom fabric and more!

And if you don’t sew yet…you can always message me for a custom listing!

 

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

A collar for Winnie

This past Saturday we rescued the sweetest dog from a nearby animal shelter. All she needed was a bath, a hair cut, some love and of course a pretty new leash and collar so I thought I would take this chance to do a leash and dog collar tutorial. I used some scraps left over from another project using Moda Ticklish which I think was perfect for this pretty little set.

Let’s start with the leash. All you need are the following:

2 yards of 1″ cotton webbing – you can find this in the notions aisle or there may also be some additional colors by the ribbon by the yard. That is where I found mine at Joann’s.

3″ x WOF strip of quilting cotton

1″ x 72″ SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) – this is a great way to use up scraps!

2.25 yards of 1/8″ ribbon (this is helpful when turning the skinny fabric tubes)

1″ swivel clip

Matching thread

Elmers school glue

Fray Check

Wonder Clips

  1. Cut your 3″ strip of fabric in to two 1.5″ strips and sew them together at one short end to make one long strip. Center your SF101 and fuse it to the fabric. This would also be a good time to apply Fray Check to the ends of your webbing to help keep them from coming unraveled. IMG_2551
  2. Sew the 1/8″ ribbon strip to the center of your long fabric strip with a tackdown stitch at the top then fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. You may find it helpful to use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip together as you sew making sure that the ribbon stays out of the seam allowance.IMG_2530
  3. After you have sewn down the length of the fabric strip you need to turn the tube right side out. This is where the thin ribbon helps. Push the top (the end on which the ribbon is sewn) inside and pull on the ribbon to help turn the tube right side out. This may seem tricky at first but I’ve found the skinny ribbon method to be the best one for me. Check out this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew for a photo step by step of this method.
  4. Once you’ve turned your tube right side out, apply fray check to the ends and press it well with the seam going down the center then glue baste it to the webbing. Put your cotton webbing on your ironing board and grab your Elmer’s school glue. Put a thin line of glue going down the middle of the webbing and put your fabric tube right side up on the webbing. Doing a small section at a time, set the glue by ironing the fabric to the webbing. Make sure your webbing is cotton! Polyester webbing will melt and gunk up your iron! Use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip in place while you finish glue basting.IMG_2556IMG_2554
  5. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the fabric to the webbing.IMG_2557
  6. Get your swivel clip and slip the webbing through the opening folding it up 1.5″. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the edge of the webbing down then make a box stitch for reinforcement.IMG_2571
  7. Fold the other end of the webbing over 11 inches towards the wrong side and use a zig zag stitch to hold in place then a box stitch for reinforcement to create the handle.IMG_2572

Now for the collar. The following will make a 5/8″ wide collar that will fit up to a 20 pound dog. You will need to adjust your measurements if making a collar for a larger dog.IMG_2540

Strip of fabric 1.75″ wide by 21.5″ long. (to make a wider collar just take your desired width, multiply that times 2 and add 1/2″ for your seam allowance so a 1″ collar would need a strip of fabric 2.5″ wide)

2 strips of SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) 1.75″ by 21.5″

Old collar for the hardware or you can purchase dog collar hardware kits on Etsy. I used an old collar so I don’t have a shop I can recommend for the hardware.

Wonder Clips

1 yard 1/8″ wide ribbon for turning the fabric tube

Matching thread

  1. Fuse the two layers of SF101 to your fabric strip.
  2. Find the center of the fabric strip and sew the ribbon to one short end.IMG_2545
  3. Fold the fabric lengthwise with right sides together and sew down the side using 1/4″ seam allowance making sure the ribbon does not get caught in your stitching.
  4. Turn the fabric strip right side out and press with the seam going down the center.
  5. Top stitch down both long sides using a longer stitch length (I used a 3.5 length).
  6. Time to put it all together. This part can get tricky so having an old collar to look at helps to make sure you get the buckles, adjuster, d-ring and such all in the right place. I took pictures of the collar I disassembled to reference back to while putting the new one together. I used a piece of the ribbon to get the path that I needed to take when assembling.IMG_2528IMG_2527

 

Now strap that collar around your dogs neck, attach the leash and take that puppy for a walk to test it out and show off their awesome handmade collar and leash! I’m pretty sure Winnie loves that all of her accessories match now. Even the poop bag dispenser that I had already made. *Confession, I may have chosen the fabric for the leash and collar because it matched the poop bag dispenser but I think it turned out gorgeous.

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Happy place

We have been camping in Texas this past week getting ready for a family reunion. I was mowing the yard around the cabin and I realized that I’m happy living on a boat but I would be just as happy living on a ranch. I guess that means I’m happy.

   
 Being happy with what you have is a great feeling. I haven’t been able to do any sewing but I do have some English paper piecing I can work on if I want.

Oskar dog loves it out here too. He’s been chasing cows and socializing with everyone and getting lots of treats hobbling around on his three legs. He just wasn’t thrilled with the blue bonnet photo shoot. But when in Texas in the spring one must get photos in the blue bonnets.

  
We even have an antique pedestal tub and a real toilet in the bathroom. This is going to be a fancy rustic hunting cabin and I can’t wait to spend some more time out here.

   

Hot dogs for dinner

We have been having hot dogs for dinner a lot more recently and it has been great! We have been living in Islamorada for the last five weeks. Living in the keys is so much more conducive to getting outside and being active than other cities we have lived in. This area is just so beautiful! Our marina is full of friendly people and we have been brushing up on our corn hole skills in the evenings.

  
Down here Lance gets off work at 3pm so there is still enough daylight left for us to get out and explore. I have come to the realization that experiences are so much more important than having a well rounded dinner every night. That picture up above looking down in to the water…no filter, the water is that gorgeous shade of blue/green. The sunset photo below…no filter, just beautiful sunsets as we cruised back in to the marina.

  
One day last week he wanted to go fishing when he got home from work. I didn’t have any meat thawed out or figured out what I was going to fix yet so I decided to join him. The weather was beautiful and the water was beautiful and the fish were biting. We caught tons of Mutton Snapper and Yellow Tail Snapper. Almost a fish with every cast. Then we had a couple of manatees come say hello everyone when we were tying up the fishing boat. I really do heart manatees after seeing them up close as often as we do down here.

  
It is 100% fine that I didn’t have dinner figured out that night. Know why? We caught our dinner and took it to Ocean View for the “you catch it, we cook it” special. It is the first time I’ve ever caught my own dinner. It is also the first time I really enjoyed a fish dinner (fried of course)! 

  
One of the things that living down here has made me realize is that these experiences and these memories that we are making are better than a fancy dinner every night. They are better than adulting 24/7. So take some time to just enjoy your environment and have hot dogs for dinner. Not every meal has to be square. And read more! I’m happy that I’m able to sit on the back of the boat and enjoy a good book.

Raffle winner!

Remember how I told you about my friend Courtney taking Christmas to an orphanage in Uganda this year and anyone who sent in donations of toys was entered in to a raffle for a custom made Marvelous Auntie M item?

  
I also sent over some handmade goodies for the little ones.

  
All of these children are under the age of 5 and so grateful for everything they received.

  
The winner is Randi C!

And if you want to see the video of the kids reaction on Christmas morning, you can find that here

Congrats Randi and thank you for helping make this Christmas special for these little ones!

I don’t do resolutions…

This time of year people are always asking “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” I can honestly say that I have never made a New Year’s resolution. What I have done though is set goals.

Just because the calendar year changes doesn’t mean you have to make any major life changes. I think people should always try to be better and do better, not just the first few weeks of January.

Last January I decided that I wanted to get in shape so I started running…slowly and short distances at first but now I can run 4 miles and I’m in better shape than when I was in college. The Couch to 5K app is a great way to ease in to a running routine. Then I added a Jillian Michaels kickboxing DVD that I could do at home. And I even have enough room on the boat to continue doing that workout also.

Another goal for this year is to get better at this whole blog thing. That was a goal for last year too and I did better than I had the year before but there is plenty of room for improvement. And I think I’ve figured out how I’m going to stay motivated for that one!

Goal 1: post at least once a week

Goal 2: sew at least one new bag a month from one of the awesome bag books that I have but haven’t had time to do yet. Have you seen Julie and Julia? We watched that movie again last night and that gave me this idea to help keep me motivated. I managed to squeak out a new wallet for myself just before the new year and I am loving it! This is the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Patterns.

   
   
Goal 3: have more fun. We are spending the next three months in the Florida Keys. Our welcoming committee was about 10 dolphins swimming alongside the boat at sunset after we crossed under the U.S. 1 bridge.

Goal 4: make more quilts! I love quilts and want to make more of them. I’ve already finished one quilt top for the year so I’d say that goal is off to a pretty good start.

  
^^^^^ proof that I’ve got goal four started already with s finished jelly roll race quilt top! This one is for me…but Oskar thinks it is for him

So Happy New Year everyone! Don’t make resolutions that are unrealistic. Just set smaller goals for yourself that are more manageable then celebrate when you accomplish them.