Breaking Ground Tour 2019

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019.
This year I joined over 25 bloggers from around the world to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to us, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way we want to push ourselves. (Read on for Giveaway info)

I was so happy when I found out about Breaking Ground Tour!

The concept itself is all about sharing… The goal is to share the small business love. So, part of my post will talk about why I chose a particular designer and specific pattern to try and why it is breaking ground for me.

It wasn’t very hard for me to choose a new pattern to sew. I had been awarded with a couple of patterns when Pickle Toes Patterns had their 10K celebration and one of the companies was completely new to me: Serger Pepper

At the time I chose the playproof dungaree skirt and thought of sewing it for my two girls. The older one has been nagging me to sew a skirt just like this, so… but then my husband asked “Hey, it’s Martim’s birthday next Saturday. Are you sewing something for the kid?”… Ups!!!… Forgot about that… Hmm… no time to sew everything… can’t really sew a skirt for a little guy… maybe some pants…

And then I started to really look at the Playproof skirt…

It features a flat front with back elastic waistband (which is awesome for kids not to have that feeling of being tight. They can moove freely), heart-shaped patch pockets (my little girl will love these), three bib pocket options (hidden, patch and kangaroo) and  three optional patch shapes in two sizes.

The pattern itself has only 12 pages to print and tape (hurray!)… Instructions are clear and straight to the point with drawings guiding you all through the sewing process. The more I read and looked at the pattern, the more I thought “This is so hackable…”

Yeah… You guessed… Instead of adding a skirt to the dungarees, I added pants!!

The more I thought about it, the more it fascinated me. Not only I was breaking ground with a new pattern from a new (to me) pattern designer, as I was also going to hack it!!… And I love hacking patterns!
I followed the original instructions from the Playproof Dungarees skirt in everything, but instead of adding the skirt, I added pants. At this point I was pretty happy with what I was doing… so I had to make it harder, right? LOL
Since it was for a kid still wearing diapers, I thought it would be better to make the inner part of the pants with snaps closure. Not very hard, just had to keep in mind that I needed some extra centimeters to turn seam allowances inside and to reenforce them so that the snaps wouldn’t rip off fabric (I used corduroy since it’s still a bit cold here).
It came out pretty well. Don’t you think?

And do you know what??? After all this, I went back to Serger Pepper site and saw they already have the pattern for Playproof Dungarees pants. So you don’t need to go to all the work I did. Well… and neather did I… 
No affiliate links here, just good will. Go on and have a look at Serger Pepper

Irene Valle (the designer behind Serger Pepper) also has a few free patterns, tutorials and great sewing tips. She is also a lovely lady that is always willing to give you a hand. Look her up in her Facebook group.

The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!


We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

As for me… Next stop: Playproof Dungaree skirt for my girls!! I owe them that much!

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