Tiffany & Tot

Bringing love and comfort through sustainable handmade items, while supporting other Canadian small businesses, located in New Brunsick, Canada.


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Tiffany & Tot’s Mission

For some time now I’ve been wanting to focus my business a little more. There are certain elements of my business that I’m really passionate about, and I realized I haven’t really been communicating them consistently! So here’s what’s important to me, and why I’m doing what I do in my small business.

My mission statement, and how I decide what to spend my time and energy on, is:

Bringing love and comfort through sustainable handmade items, while supporting other Canadian small businesses.

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The fabric used is strikeoffs, to help promote Northern Rose Fabrics, a Canadian small business, and it’s quality fabric that washes well and still looks great after numerous washes. The body of the hoodie is the “Bunnyhug” pattern made by Apple Tree Sewing, a Canadian designer, and it’s in grow-with-me sizing which will last through sizes 3T-6.

And whatever reaction you’re having to that mission statement, whether you think it’s too corny or silly or simply naive, yup, that’s me. 🙂

But in case you’re not following my train of thought, here’s what I mean:

Bringing love and comfort
– physical comfort: through comfortable clothing
– emotional comfort: items are sewn with care, and are crafted to suit the individual’s personal needs through sizing, style, colours and prints

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Underwear to suit exactly what a customer wants, made from fabric sourced from Black Rabbit Fabric, a Canadian small business, and it’s high quality fabric which holds up great over numerous washes.

Sustainable handmade items
– high quality fabric that remains vibrant and looks great even after numerous washes
– sewn by me from patterns and fabrics which have been tested for quality
– reusable (rather than disposable) items to cut down on waste
– grow-with-me children’s clothing that lasts much longer than sized items

Supporting other Canadian small businesses
– fabric sourced from Canadian small businesses
– some patterns designed in Canada by Canadian small businesses

 

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The “On the Grow” romper pattern by Canadian designer Apple Tree Sewing, who I regularly do testing for to help make sure the pattern is ready before it’s released. It’s in grow-with-me sizing, lasting across sizes 3T-6, and it’s sewn with custom fabric from Black Rabbit Fabric, a Canadian small business. And these fabrics are tested not just in the wash, but thoroughly by my son, family, and others who have partnered with me to test my products.

For example,
a grow-with-me hoodie (pattern designed in Canada) that will last a baby/child through multiple sizes (ex. 3T-6), and expresses the personal interests of the parents and/or child through prints and colours
comfortable underwear that fits a new mom well with an extra tall waistband to create comfortable compression, and in a cut that suits her well, to help her feel like “her” again
cloth menstrual/incontinence pads or nursing pads that save a person money over time as they are reused, and express the personality of the person using them
underwear (or other items) that helps an individual who is transgender to better express themself, while remaining comfortable and allowing for personal customization
wipeable cloth diapers (pattern designed by me) that can be reused between washes, extending their reusability even further

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A cloth menstrual/incontinence pad, made to suit a customer based on her individual preferences of shape, length, fabric preference, and print, using fabric sourced from The Fabric Snob and Canadian Fluff Supply, both of which are Canadian small businesses. Rather than tossing after one use, it can be reused after washing in the washing machine, saving money and reducing waste.

And that’s that! At this point all my fabric is being sourced from Canadian small businesses (AND it’s high quality), and my diapers and grow-with-me clothing are all created using patterns made by Canadian small businesses.

Bottom line, supporting others, whether other small business owners, or my customers, is really important to me. So if I can help you feel extra cared for by meeting a particular need, or if I can include other Canadian small businesses in the process of meeting that need, then it’s been a very good day. 🙂

(And yes, super corny, that’s me!)

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Tiffany & Tot December NB WAHM Box

Tiffany & Tot Underwear

Tiffany & Tot underwear

I know I know, I need to work on the name, but this way everyone is on the same page, right? 🙂

I decided to do some light research. So I googled:

  • New Brunswick WAHM box
  • Nova Scotia WAHM box
  • Maritime WAHM box
  • Atlantic WAHM box
  • Canada WAHM box
  • WAHM box

I got nothing. Like, actually, I’m not exaggerating, nothing.

Now I’m not saying that a collaborative WAHM box doesn’t exist anywhere in all of Canada, but Google didn’t make it look likely!

I wanted up a monthly underwear box (because seriously, who doesn’t want a super comfy and cute pair of underwear every month made specifically for you – check here for lots of examples and options), but also I know of so many amazing and talented people with their own creative small businesses out there too!

Enter, the Tiffany & Tot December NB WAHM Box.

December we’re going to give it a go! Each box will include a pair of underwear that I’ve made specifically for recipient (based on size, and I’ll ask you a few questions to gauge personal preferences), a piece of jewelry made by Alexandra Torcat Jewelry, and soap made by The Taylored Soap Co. Their items look amazing, and I’m so excited to be partnering with two other New Brunswick WAHMs! (You can read more about each of those creators down below.)

Now for the pricing.

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry – so sweet, and one of her best sellers!

For a pair of low or high rise underwear (not low rise plus) in sizes S-L, the price for all three items including tracked shipping in Canada will be $49 CAD (whereas those three items, separate, would be more than $65!). Each item is discounted and they will all ship together.

And for those low rise plus lovers out there, that is only an additional cost of $2 rather than the normal extra charge of $4.

For sizes XXS-XS, the cost of the box will be $47, and for sizes XL-4X the box will be $53 (both CAD and including tracked shipping).

Additionally, if you’re able to pick up in person in Fredericton, the shipping cost would be taken off, so it would cost $32, $34, or $38 CAD depending on sizing (and not including low rise plus).

How awesome is that?

Ordering and Dates

Ordering will be open from Nov. 8-22nd, I’ll need to be paid by Nov. 22nd AND KNOW PRECISE SIZING, and I’ll be shipping out boxes by Dec. 6th, which according to Canada Post’s website would arrive within 2-7 business days nationally to urban centres (arriving Dec. 8-15th). If you live in a rural area, or would need it earlier than that, please let me know, as we could discuss other possible options.

For December, the “in time for Christmas” boxes will be capped at 15 boxes. If I receive more orders than that, I’ll discuss it with the other makers to see whether it would be possible, but we may not be able to accommodate shipping by Dec. 6th.

If you’ve told me you would like a box, but by Nov. 22nd haven’t paid me and/or have not given me sizing information (if I don’t already have it from a previous order), your order may not ship out by Dec. 6th, and if there were more than 15 people interested with sizing information and payment available, I will bump your order. Now I’ll check in with you first of course before bumping you, but I will need those pieces by Nov. 22nd at the latest.

Christmas Gifts

The Taylored Soap Co.

The Taylored Soap Co. – seriously, their soap looks good enough to eat!

For anyone who has already ordered underwear from me, I already have information about sizing and preferences! If you would be buying for someone and you’re not positive of their size, instead of including the underwear, for Christmas, I could include an IOU underwear certificate in the box with the jewelery and soap, so they could measure themselves and I could mail the underwear after Christmas, however there would be an additional charge for the separate shipping.

Estimating sizing has been done successfully before, however it’s very risky, and if the sizing is off from guessing that would be at your own risk.

And any or all of the items could make great stocking stuffers, whether to the same person, or to different people!

Current Orders

If you’re currently waiting on preorder fabric for a pair of underwear, I would be happy to switch your order to a box for the price difference, however I may not be able to ship out Dec. 6th if I don’t have the fabric in time.

Underwear Options

You can see all the options and examples here, but if you don’t want to make all the decisions, the only information I REALLY need is the size, unless I’ve already made the person underwear before. Specifically:

*Full hip – wherever the person is widest around, maybe around hips, maybe around bum, maybe somewhere in between – this one is absolutely necessary (unless you’re comfortable with guessing and taking full responsibility if the underwear doesn’t fit well). The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.

Low waist/high hip – the measurement approx 3″ below the bellybutton, right around where the hip bones are – this one is helpful, but not strictly necessary. The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.

Besides that, there are a couple options to consider, which you can see examples of here:

  1. Do you want me to make all the decisions (especially if the person has ordered from me before)? If so, ignore the following questions.
  2. Rise – low rise, high rise, or low rise plus? (Low rise plus costs an extra $2 for the box.)
  3. Style – surprise, less coverage, moderate coverage, or more coverage?
  4. Print – surprise, festive, or not festive?

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry

Alexandra Torcat JewelryBeautiful, meaningful and inspiring handmade jewelry.

Alexandra Torcat, in Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, specializes in creating unique handcrafted jewelry made with Freshwater Pearls, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals.

Her designs are all made with 14K Gold filled and Sterling Silver. “Gold Filled” is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another material (brass). It is more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and it is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It can last many years or even decades of frequent wear. It doesn’t flake off, rub off or turn colours. It is nickel free and safe on sensitive skin.

To see her beautiful jewelry, you can check Etsy or Instagram @alexandrat.jewelry

The Taylored Soap Co.

The Taylored Soap Co

Handmade Soap & Bath Products

Krista Taylor, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been dabbling in natural remedies and herbs since she was in high school, making soaps, liniments and lotions for herself and friends/family as a hobby. She started selling her soap products in 2010, and since then her business has grown to enable her to hire her 16 year old daughter Kaitlyn who creates for the business as well.

All of their products are made in small batches by Krista (Kaitlyn for the bombs) which is why no two products look exactly the same.

Here are some highlights about their products:

  • fragrances are phthalate and paraben free
  • glitter are cosmetic grade, skin safe and biodegradable
  • micas are all vegan and cruelty free
  • only sustainable palm oil is used

To learn more about their fantastic products, you can check Facebook, Etsy, or Instagram @thetayloredsoapco

Tiffany & Tot

T and T name blueBringing love and comfort through sustainable handmade items, while supporting other Canadian small businesses.

In case you forgot my business mission statement (or haven’t seen it before), are you starting to see how this all fits together? 🙂

I’m located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and I don’t just sell underwear either. Wipeable diaper covers, drool bibs, grow with me clothing, cloth pads…and custom orders too where someone will say, “Hey, can you ________?”

You can read all about why I’m doing what I’m doing, as well as a bit more about me.

To see more of my stuff or contact me, you can contact me here, I’m on Facebook and Instagram @tiffanyandtot

Cloth pad sewn by Tiffany and Tot: 5" Flight Liner


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So many options! Cloth pad edition

If you thought the other things I’ve been talking about have too many options, then just wait until you hear about all the options for cloth pads! For general information, check here – this post is about the specific specifics for what I sell!

Bottom line for ordering, I have a few recommendations to get you started so you can try a variety of things without having to individually consider all the options yourself. If you like all the details (like I do), then you’re welcome to read on, but you can easily try cloth pads without reading all the nitty gritty. If you order, I’ll ask you:

  1. Are you looking for a specific absorbency? (If not, I’ll do 3 heavy, because having too much absorbency isn’t a problem, but having too little can be.)
  2. Do you have any lengths or widths in mind? (If not, I have a variety ready to go.)
  3. Do you want to try any shapes in particular? (Again, I have a variety all planned for you.)
  4. Would you like to pick out the fabric yourself from my selection, would you like to give me a general idea of what you like (and I can pick based on that), or do you want me to pick them? (If you want me to pick, I’ll select a variety of colours and types of prints.)

That’s it! If you tell me up front you just want a selection of everything I offer, I can do that too.

Prices are at the bottom, and at this time I offer 10% off for anyone ordering 3 pads or more at the same time.

I also have a secret Facebook group specifically for my customers who are interested in cloth pads. It’s secret for your privacy, so that others won’t see that you’re a part of the group. It’s where I look for testers for anything pad-related that may come up, where I have some additional information for those who might have questions, and it’s where I post if I’m thinking about trying something new to look for interest. If you’d like to be added, just let me know.

style

A Variety Cloth Pad Set sewn by Tiffany and TotDiamond, traditional, straight edges, curvy edges, or novelty shapes! Some find certain styles more comfortable, while others like everything. Personally, I like having a variety. There are a few styles I especially like, but so far I haven’t found any styles uncomfortable. Some of my customers have found specific shapes less for them, but even then isn’t a clear rule as to which are more comfortable than others, which is why I recommend a variety to get started.

length

Tiffany and Tot assorted cloth padsThis one is pretty easy to get your head around, though it does come down to personal preference. Personally, I think of liners as being 5-8″, moderate as about 8-10″, heavy about 9-12″, and overnight/postpartum as 10-18″. (Yup, they really can be that long!)

That said, you absolutely could have a 12″ liner, or a 7″ heavy pad, depending on your own preferences. I suggest starting out with an 8″ pad and a 10-11″ pad, because that will help you know whether you would like smaller or longer as they both fall roughly in the middle.

width

Various Cloth Pad patterns sewn by Tiffany and TotThis has somewhat less variety. I have some patterns that are 2″ wide and some that are 3″ wide, though most are 2.5-2.75″ wide. This is also personal preference, and whichever fits your underwear better. Too narrow for you won’t give you great coverage, but too wide might bunch. I suggest trying a 2.5″ and a 2.75″ wide pad to start, and then go from there, though so far between me and my customers, I haven’t come across any major preferences for width.

Though a note about bunching: While it can be from a pad that’s too wide, it could also be if the wings aren’t well suited for the underwear style you’re wearing, or if the underwear you’re wearing isn’t well suited to cloth pads to begin with. I’ll talk about underwear more at the end.

fabric topper

Flannel (left) and Cotton (right) topped pads

At this time, I only offer quilting cotton and cotton flannel as topper options as a general rule. They’re both natural fibers (100% cotton), and are available in lots of fantastic prints. Flannel absorbs a little quicker and is a bit raised, while quilting cotton isn’t raised and almost feels cooler (though keep in mind that while I like both, I prefer quilting cotton, so others might describe them differently).

But everyone is different. I have also offered athletic wicking jersey and microfleece as toppers in the past. They’re synthetic fabrics (100% polyester), and act like a stay-dry topper. Athletic wicking jersey is flat, and feels more similar to a stay dry topper on a disposable pad, while microfleece is raised (more so than flannel). Personally, I detest microfleece with a fiery passion, and while I don’t hate athletic wicking jersey I don’t love it either. Most of my customers have agreed with me (which is why I don’t offer it anymore), though there have been a few who have liked athletic wicking jersey. If there is enough demand I may look at offering it again in the future, so if you would like it as an option again please let me know.

fabric backer

PUL back of a 10.5″ Front Bleeder pad. (Dinosaurs, because cloth pads can be fun too!)

In the past I have also offered heavy water-resistant fleece as a backer option i, which is a little bulkier, but it isn’t slippery, but at this time I’m only offering PUL as a backer. Some argue over whether it’s technically waterproof or water-resistant, but in my experience with both pads and diapers, it might as well be waterproof. It’s very thin, but some also find it’s a little slippery and that pads can shift around on them. I haven’t experienced this personally, but from what I understand from talking with both customers and from hearing from others who have had trouble, it seems to only happen if underwear doesn’t fit well.

wings

Wings also come in all shapes and sizes!

Wings can look like triangles or ovals, be curvy, straight or a mixture, or can be in novelty shapes themselves. I haven’t found any wing shapes uncomfortable, though some do seem to keep the pad in place better for some people. Wider wings stay put, super narrow not so much, but some find wider wings cause more bunching (likely due to how well they fit underwear).

underwear

all the underwearThis is actually really, really important. If you have underwear that doesn’t fit you well, pads are much more likely to slide around on you. So far I haven’t heard of anyone who has PUL slide around who is wearing them with well fitting underwear, and while that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, well fitting underwear does seem to be the solution.

If you’re experiencing sliding pads, I do sell underwear as well which is EXTREMELY comfortable, and fits great as it’s based on measurements. (This week at the park I actually had a moment where I felt a little bad for the people around me, because I thought they were probably wearing store bought underwear that was uncomfortable, but they might not even realize it because they haven’t tried anything else. I heard people say that before I tried them and thought they sounded ridiculous. I still think it sounds ridiculous, but it’s genuine all the same.) I have a blog post here outlining all the different options for underwear, and there are lots of pictures showing different styles.

But if you’re not in the market for new underwear and your pads are shifting around, you can try wearing a second pair of underwear, which may help. (Put one pair on first with the pad, then put on the second, but the pad should only be around the first pair.)

prices

Tiffany and Tot Cloth Pad Prices

At this time I offer 10% off for anyone ordering 3 pads or more at the same time.

To purchase, or ask questions about products, please contact me.

Underwear sewn by Tiffany and Tot showing the various options available


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So many options! Underwear edition

There are four underwear patterns I have and love, all made by Stitch Upon A Time, and they ALL have options. Everything is available from XS-XXXL, and the brief cut and boxerwear are also available in kids sizing as small as 12 months.

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Brief cut, low rise, standard waistband and leg bands (with colour blocking).

If you want super simple straight forward ordering, that’s probably a brief cut, low rise, standard waistband and leg bands. But if you’re into looking for options? Oh my word, the options!

I’ll split the Scrundlewear, Thondlewear, Bunzies, and Boxerwear pattern options up according to the four questions I would ask if you’re looking for underwear:

  1. How much coverage would you like? (Minimal, medium, or a lot.)
  2. Low rise or high rise?
  3. Do you want a standard waistband, maternity waistband, or an extra wide waistband? (A maternity waistband cuts down below your belly, and an extra wide one can act as more coverage when you bend over, and it can help smooth out love handles.)
  4. Would you like bands for around the legs, or fold over elastic? (Many tend to find bands extra comfortable, but fold over elastic shifts around less – I prefer fold over elastic myself, and find them both comfortable.)

And again, if you want simple, a brief, low rise (or low rise plus), and leg bands is always a good fall back. 🙂

Coverage

In case you’re not sure what I mean, I’m talking about how much of your bum is covered. 🙂

For medium to lots of coverage…

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In the blue plaid is Full Coverage (low rise), Deadpool is the modified boyshort cut (low rise), and Mario is a brief cut (high rise).

The Brief cut is your best bet for medium coverage. It’s right around the middle, pretty standard.

There is the Boyshort cut for more coverage and a different feel (as the legs cut across parallel to the floor rather than curving up). Full Coverage has lots of coverage (it does have more coverage than the Boyshort in the back, while cutting up in the front like a brief), or Boxerwear for a boxer brief fit (available in a men’s or women’s fit).

I find the Boyshort cut isn’t quite as boyshorty as I like, and I’ve had some customers say the same thing, while others find the original fit perfect. I’ve adapted the pattern slightly for those looking for the little bit of extra length on the legs, so that they do stay parallel to the ground, and it’s this version featured in pictures. I’ve added 1-1.5″ down the outer edge of the legs depending on the person, and how much extra length they want.

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Mens no fly (low rise), mens with a fly (low rise), and womens (high rise), all shorter legs.

I will warn you, in my opinion, especially when they’re not being worn, Full Coverage is the granniest of granny panties. It’s also AMAZINGLY comfortable. Seriously, the most comfortable version I’ve tried, and they’re all super comfy.

Boxerwear fits like a slim short or boxer briefs, it has a shorter or longer leg option (a difference of about 2″).

They’re super comfy, and in the mens cut can be sewn with or without a fly, whatever floats your boat.

Decorative touches can also be added to boxerwear, for example, the blue plaid pair has ruching in the back, shown below (near the end).

Less coverage

The cuts from left to right are Booty, Super Booty and Thondlewear.

And for minimal coverage…

There is, in order of most coverage to least coverage (using pattern names), Booty, Super Booty, and Thondlewear.

Booty hits between Super Booty and Brief, Super Booty has an identical front and back, and the Thondlewear pattern is a thong.

And as with all patterns, all options are fair game, from rise to waistband to legs to decorative touches.

To be perfectly honest, I was really surprised by how comfortable these options were (and that does include the thondlewear). Even though I’m absolutely in love with the boyshorts cut, I would still happily make more minimal coverage for myself.

I was most shocked by the thondlewear. I haven’t worn a thong in months, and it was STILL really comfortable, and barely felt like I was wearing anything at all! (Really actually. Which is NOT what I was expecting given that it’s a thong.)

So if you’re on the fence, you might be surprised by how much you actually like them.

Rise and Waistband

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From left to right, there is High Rise, Low Rise Plus, Low Rise, and on the bottom is the Maternity Rise.

Here we have low rise, low rise plus, or high. Personally, I don’t find the low rise to be super low, but I do find the high rise to be quite high.

The standard waistband is comfortable and works well with low or high rise, but I’m in love with the extra wide waistband, and I really think you’ll love it too! I call it low rise plus.

Low rise plus is an extra wide waistband that has a double layer of fabric around your upper hips and waist, which is extra comfortable, helps smooth everything out, and keeps you from wondering if you’re covered when you bend over.

Plus, because it’s combined with a low rise, if you do bend over or stretch and it can be seen above your pants, the band can just look like you have a camisole tucked in and won’t automatically look like underwear. (Unless maybe if you’re wearing ultra low rise pants.)

The maternity rise cuts down lower in the front into a v so it sits comfortably under your belly, and can be applied to any cut of underwear. It’s still comfortable even if you’re not pregnant, so they wouldn’t be useless after the baby is born. If you’ve had a c section however, it will likely hit at the same spot as your scar, or at least it does for me. So in the even of a section I’d personally stay away from maternity rise for a while, depending on what is most comfortable for you.

Leg Bands or Fold Over Elastic (FOE)

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Both pairs are modified Boyshorts (with extra length down the sides of the legs), Low Rise Plus, on the left the legs are done with FOE and on the right with bands. (The other difference is on the right there is ruching in the back which makes it sit a little different, explored below.)

For the underwear patterns, these can have bands or fold over elastic around the legs. I really like both, though I’ll choose either over the other depending on a couple factors.

I most reach for bands when I want ultra comfort (because I can’t feel the bands in place at all), or when I’m wearing something looser or thicker like jeans. Bands show a little more of an underwear line than fold over elastic, and then can shift slightly as you wear them.

For me, this in minimal, and only for underwear that is medium to lots of coverage – Booty, Super Booty and Thondlewear don’t shift at all with bands. I also have some customers who rave about the bands for any amount of coverage and who don’t experience any shifting at all, so everyone is different.

I go for fold over elastic when I’m wearing snugger pants and want to hide an underwear line, or when I’m wearing a pad (because bands can create some bulk if a pad has to go around the underwear as well as the bands). Also, if the fold over elastic will sit under your bum (boyshorts or full coverage), it can create some, erm, definition lets say, under your bum.

I’ve heard some say they find the bands more comfortable, however I find both options quite comfortable, and FOE may be my personal favourite (though I’ve been falling back in love with bands again since trying them more). That said, I’m not super sensitive to tags and seams in clothing, so if you are quite sensitive in that way, bands are probably your best bet.

Keep in mind though, everyone is different, and my own personal preferences may or may not match yours. 🙂

Decorative or functional “bits/perks”

Warning – this section might make some people uncomfortable. But we’re talking about underwear, panties, or skivvies, if you will, so keep that in mind, and follow your heart in reading or not, whatever floats your boat.

decorative-touches.jpgSo the tamest one is a bit of colour blocking on the front. Pretty simple, but it can snazz things up a bit. Similarly, a strip of fabric or lace could be added along that line to add a bit of something something. Or you could have a faux drawstring, but the drawstring would probably be visible under snug clothing, so it might be better saved for bathing suits or sleep shorts, etc. I’m also a big fan of a faux fly.

Another option is a strip of thin ruching elastic that goes up the back. This makes your cheeks look more, umm, defined? from each other (while not becoming floss). This is one way to jazz up underwear, especially the full coverage underwear, and feel awesome about yourself. Finally, it keeps everything extra snug, which holds pads extra close, particularly overnight. It’s also still just as comfortable as underwear without ruching (at least in my opinion).

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On the bottom is the dart shown on the boxerwear pattern, and above it’s applied to an underwear pattern.

The final one I’m going to mention is about gender and underwear, and fair warning, I’m going to say the “p” and “v” words. The underwear patterns were all designed for the proud owners of vaginas. Not having a penis myself, I can’t speak to how easily one would fit into underwear that didn’t have it in mind, so maybe it’s not something that needs to be accommodated. But I’ve spent some time looking at the two boxerwear patterns, and by looking at the little dart (I mean, generous and manly dart) on the men’s boxerwear pattern, I’ve figured out how to add it to the patterns designed for vaginas.

I’m also open to custom situations, so if you’re looking to suit a specific need, I’ve honestly probably seen it mentioned in one of the millions of sewing groups I’m in, even if it’s super personal or involving sexy times. At any rate, I’m happy to talk with you honestly about whether it’s something I think I can accommodate, and if I don’t think I can sew it well, I’ll tell you. 🙂

Any comments or questions? You can let me know in the comments below, or use the contact form, which also includes my Facebook and Instagram information.


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How to fold Grow With Me cuffs and bands

In the pattern for the Bunny Bottoms by Apple Tree Sewing, the last page is just a little magical, and shows a very trim way to fold the leg cuffs on the pants.

Now that said, seriously, whatever floats you and/or your kid’s boat. Most days, my son’s cuffs are all the way stretched out and he specifically says “Don’t roll them Mommy!” (Which is why most of these pictures aren’t modeled!)

And on most of the remaining days, I quickly fold them up once, as far as I need to for them to stay above his feet (which is less and less every single day!). Usually I can finish this before he starts squirming because he feels ticklish. Or, if I’ve already had my coffee and actually think before I dress him, I fold them this way BEFORE putting them on him, and they stay in place.

A look at cuffs rolled up the fancy trim way while they're being worn.

Proof my son cooperates from time to time

But on a couple of rare occasions, he has been very patient, and somehow not felt tickled, and let me roll them the fancy trim way! Now unfortunately, the fancy trim way can’t be done in advance – their hands or feet will push out all your hard work.

To fold the fancy trim way (and while it’s not specifically mentioned in the pattern, I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term for this fold…), first fold the cuff inside, so that the edge of the cuff is touching their skin, and is at least as far as the cuff seam. Then, roll up the cuff once (the standard way) on the outside, making sure that you don’t roll it up too far. (I’ve wracked my brain for how to describe it, but if you hit it, you’ll know!) VoilĂ ! A trim, fancy cuff! (For argument’s sake, on the left as “normal roll” is what happens when you roll it up once to the seam where the cuffs meet the pants, then up again, which is what is a “normal” roll in my head, whatever that means.)

Rolling Grow With Me cuffs or bands in the fancy trim way (that looks nice and is quite trim).

Rolling cuffs the “fancy trim” way

This is great for cuffs around the wrists or ankles, for any grow with me patterns that feature cuffs. (Truth be told, for me personally, the fancy trim way is reserved just for pictures, because my kid is on the ticklish side of things and likes to do things himself, which I encourage. But I think it looks fantastic.)

Rolling the waistband on grow with me pantsFor the waistband, on grow with me pants they’re often longer to accommodate kids at the upper limit of sizing. So far I always fold my son’s waistband down, even when he’s at the upper sizing, but every kid is different. So if you like leaving it up, or if your kid is super styling and likes to dress themself and pull the waistband all the way up, go for it! Whatever floats your boat and creates the least amount of stress.

And on grow with me shirts, I find the waistband usually tucks itself under the shirt just from putting it on. It can sit hidden up there, or be pulled down, whichever you prefer.

Bottom line, whatever gets the job done! But it doesn’t hurt to have something fancy up your sleeve! (BAHA! I just actually laughed out loud. Yep, I’m pretty much the coolest.)

Bunny Bottoms with Peek-a-boo Pockets sewn by Tiffany and Tot: 3T-6 Pants


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So many options! Bunny Bottoms edition

wp-image--374654270.As either shorts or pants, these are adorable AND grow with your kid! The sizing is 3-12 months, 12 months-3 years, and 3 years to 6 years, plus they’re designed by Apple Tree Sewing, a Canadian pattern company! (I’ll try to tame down the exclamation marks – I’m a total Apple Tree Sewing fangirl, and you can find her facebook group here.)

The Bunny Bottoms can be made with or without pockets (and there are 3 different pocket options btw), pants or shorts (and there are 3 different takes on the shorts), and a partridge in a pear tree (aka. an optional faux drawstring).

wp-image--257397578.Side note: This basically means it’s easy to justify owning a gazillion pairs, as if I needed a reason!

They all have lots of room for a cloth diaper, and my son always picks his Bunny Bottoms before he picks any other pants, so I’m pretty sure they’re extra comfy.

While my son wears them just about everyday, my favourite use for them is in the diaper bag – no more worrying about whether he’s outgrown what’s in there! To see how they compare to some other grow with me pants options, take a look at this post, and for help on how to fold the cuffs, check here.

Pockets

We have peek-a-boo pockets, the kangaroo pocket, slit pockets, or no pockets at all. They’re all fully functional, though they do have different strengths. Bottom line, I’d go with whichever you like the look of best.

Peek-a-boo Pockets

wp-image--272635283.These are super cute and can be a way to use up a very small amount of fabric (just in case there is hardly any of your favourite print left). The pocket fabric peeks out the sides a bit, so you do see it (or at least you would if my business card wasn’t in the way in this picture!).

This pocket style shows stitching where the pocket attaches to the pants, so if you don’t like seeing stitching, the slit pocket may be a better option for you.

I think this style is my personal favourite, but I like them all. They’re sewn in similar to how I’ve seen pockets sewn on yoga pants.

Kangaroo Pocket

wp-image--1756115713.This has a very similar look to the peek-a-boo pockets, the difference being it’s connected through the middle like a kangaroo pocket on a hoodie. If the same fabric is used for the pants and the pockets, the only visual difference would be the stitching. In the peek-a-boo pockets, there is stitching following where the pocket attaches to the pants up through almost the middle. With the kangaroo pocket, the stitching is across the bottom of the pocket.

The kangaroo pocket is a great way to show off two different fabrics, or to show contrasting fabrics as shown above. And if the item is for an older baby or toddler, they may have fun sneaking there hand in one side and out through the other – at least this is a game my son likes to play!

Slit Pockets

wp-image--733087453.These pockets are inset in a different way, with less stitching to the pants. They are slightly bulkier than the other two options (because there are two layers of fabric making up the pocket rather than just one), but there’s lots of room in the Bunny Bottoms anyway, so they don’t look bulky when they’re worn.

There is still a little peeking going on with the pocket fabric (if you use a contrasting fabric), but not quite as much as the other two. These are sewn in like most jeans front pockets are attached.

Shorts vs. Shorts vs. Shorts vs. Pants

The shorts have two different band options (they can be snugger or looser), and the legs can also be hemmed if you prefer that over bands. The pants have long cuffs on the legs that can be folded up or down to accommodate the kid’s height.

Shorts – Cuffed (Looser or Tighter)

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The cuffed shorts are super cute. The looser ones allow the shorts to hang a bit, but it depends on how chunky the legs are. The tighter cuffs would be more snug to the legs.

Shown to the side is the looser cuff, size 3 years to 6 years, on a 3T or 4T sized kid with legs that are pretty much average, maybe slightly skinny, and you can see that there’s some room between the cuffs and his legs. Also, the difference in length between the looser and tighter cuff is about an inch.

Shorts – Hemmed

SONY DSC Hemmed is pretty cute too, where the shorts fall straight down the legs. They also work out to be a little shorter than a pair with bands (because they don’t have the extra length of the cuffs). Shown here is size 3 years to 6 years, on my 3-4T sized kid.

Personally, I feel hemmed is better suited to stiffer fabrics than fabrics that have lots of drape (and would float around a bit more), but it depends on the look you’re going for. If you’re unsure or have any questions, please let me know – I’d love to talk with you about it.

Pants

wp-image--2106052176Ahhh, the pants (my favourite). Shown to the side is size 3-6 years on both my 3 or 4T sized little monster, and my friend’s 6 or 7 sized kid. On the left you can see the cuffs are almost all the way rolled up on my son, but they’re still long enough on the right for the 6 or 7 sized kid too.

Even though my son is at the lower end of sizing, the bottom cuffs are just snug enough that they will pretty much stay above his feet when my son refuses to let me roll up the cuffs *cough cough* I mean, when he likes to do things himself and insert his independence… so they don’t quickly slide over his heels. (It will slowly happen over time, but not quickly, and that’s with him at the lower end of the size.) And you can see from the picture that they’re still comfortable for kids at the larger end of sizing.

For help with how to roll up the cuffs, check here.

Faux Drawstring

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This is a little detail that looks great, and has won me over (even though I was a little hesitant at first for some reason I can’t remember anymore). Since trying a drawstring now I need a drawstring on everything, which is why there’s a drawstring in just about all my pictures! It’s a faux drawstring, so just for show, but I’ve found my son likes trying to to tie it up, so it might buy you a couple minutes to make a coffee too! 🙂


So what are your favourite options for the Bunny Bottoms? I think mine are the peek-a-boo pockets on pants, but my son seems to like the slit pockets on shorts the best. I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments below, or you can tell me here!

 

Tiffany and Tot assorted cloth pads


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Cloth Pad General Information

A Variety Cloth Pad Set sewn by Tiffany and Tot

I seriously feel like I could go on for days and days about how amazing cloth pads are, but I won’t. If you’d like to hear me ramble some more, please contact me – I’d love to chat about them! The short version, though…

Benefits and Downsides

I honestly feel the downsides are minimal and are virtually insignificant compared to the benefits, but everyone is different. Cloth pads do cost more up front than disposables, but they save TONS of money over time. My smaller (but workable) stash paid for itself in less than 4 months, and I am factoring in full price.

Another consideration is laundry, as they will be something else that needs to be washed, however they can be easily washed with other laundry (and there are details in the washing section below).

For benefits, they’re cheaper, can be customized to suit you perfectly, can be washed with other clothes (so very little extra work cleaning), they’re really comfy and adorable or trendy or whatever look you’re going for. And these are just the superficial benefits off the top of my head. I didn’t even go into environmental benefits, or how some people (myself included) are actually allergic to disposable menstrual products, but don’t even realize it because it’s the only method they’ve ever known.

Prepping new pads

A Variety Pack of cloth pads sewn by Tiffany and Tot

If they’re made with bamboo (and all mine are), they should be washed approx. 5 times before they will reach max. absorbency. If they’re used before they’re fully prepped then they won’t absorb as quickly or effectively, but they will still function (you’ll just need to change them a bit sooner). For prepping, they can be washed with normal loads you’re already doing.

If you’re impatient (like I am) and want to use them right away, I would definitely recommend washing once as this will partially prep them, then just keep an extra close eye on when they need to be changed.

Washing

This depends on your washer, detergent, water, and personal biology. I’d start by washing normally with regular laundry and see how it goes. If this isn’t quite enough, you could try a heavier wash cycle, or a quick prewash with a small amount of detergent before adding your other laundry. Staining can be avoided by rinsing immediately, and/or washing frequently (within 48 hours), but they will come clean even if you don’t rinse and wait a few days. Hot water is a toss up. Some people find it cleans more effectively, but it also tends to set stains. Definitely avoid fabric softeners like the plague though as they can negatively affect absorbency.


Various Cloth Pad patterns sewn by Tiffany and TotIf you have any questions at all, whether about my pads or reusable menstrual products in general, please don’t hesitate to let me know because I’m happy to answer what I can, whether in the comments below, or more privately – you can find all my contact info here. This isn’t a topic we tend to talk about easily, so if you’d rather not talk publicly, believe me, I completely understand.