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One of the things I do each morning is read through a few of my favorite sewing blogs. Working from home can get lonely and reading the blogs is a way to connect and I usually find some wonderful inspiration. A few months ago while reading my Bloglovin list I noticed a call for pattern testers from The Mother Huddle! Destri was launching a new pattern company – Sewlosophy Pattern Co. and wanted testers. I knew her readership was big and getting picked wasn’t very likely so you can imagine my excitement when I got the e-mail letting me know I was in!
As part of the pattern testing process, I received a free copy of the pattern for the swing coat and the beret. I received no other compensation and all opinions in this post are 100% mine. With that said I have nothing but praise for this collection. Destri thought of every detail. I often think ahead when I am sewing and no sooner than I would start to wonder about something Destri was answering it.
I made the swing coat and beret in a size 8 for my niece. The coat was a little bit small for her but that is because she had grown since the last time I measured her, I forget how quickly they grow. Despite it being a little short in the arms my niece loved it, so much that I am making her one in a size 10 right now!
The instructions were easy to follow and very detailed. My favorite part though has got to be the videos! That’s right videos are included to walk you through making each piece. The videos make such a difference even if you have been sewing for years.
The swing coat with a reversible design features sweet gathered raglan sleeves, a button closure at the yokes, and a 3/4 length cuffed sleeve adding to the relaxed style of the swing coat. You can use a hook & eye closure or a faux button technique included in the tutorial too. This style has so many possibilities to suit your little one’s personal style you’ll be sewing it over and over!
The beret is a quick project with the sweetest results. Fully lined with a hidden elastic casing in the back, the hat can be worn reversible making it great for coordinating with different ensembles.
If you have a little girl that you sew for this set is a must! Right now you can use the code SEW10 for 10% all purchases until Monday June 2. So if they buy the bundle it will be 40% off. Want something even sweeter than that? How about the chance to win the complete set? Yep, Destri gave me a set to give-away on the blog!
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For the last month or so my husband has been having a problem with the snaps on the leather vest he wears while riding his motorcycle. In windy conditions, the vest was often forced open because the inner spring inside the snap was no longer secure. Can you imagine riding down the road with a piece of leather flapping behind you, not enjoyable?!
We considered a few different options including just replacing the vest but finally settled on replacing the snaps. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to remove the old snaps but considering dry cleaner charges $25 per snap I figured we should give it shot! Not to mention the fact that Scott’s vest is full of patches and most have meaning behind them. We knew we could remove the patches but once you do they don’t look right when placed on another item. The other reason was his vest is worn in and comfortable, something that doesn’t happen overnight with leather.
Deciding On Style
The first thing we had to do was locate the buttons. He has buffalo nickel buttons and he wanted to keep the same style. Luckily, they were available on Amazon! We also had to purchase a punch set tool and anvil.
This video will show you how to to remove the old snap and then how to replace it with new ones. The steps are the same regardless of the snap style or what you are putting them on. If you are replacing them on light weight fabric you may find it easier to use the Dritz Heavy Duty Snap Fastener Plier Kit.
If you are unable to view the embedded video, you can click here to watch
Was replacing them the right choice? Well, the buttons were $3 each, we needed 4 and the punch tool and anvil were $6. For $18 dollars plus tax, we were able to purchase everything needed, compare that to around $120-$200 for a new vest. It only took about 20 minutes for all 4 snaps and we learned something new. Oh, and Scott got to keep his broken in vest so yeah I would say it was worth it.
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