May 30, 2017

| Petite Stitchery & Co | An Upcycled Sleeveless Laurel

I am really feeling this Bohemian trend that's been going on for the last few years. I'm not usually one to follow trends, but all the ruffles, hi-low hems and tops that dip on the sides are just so girly that I can't resist wanting to dress my daughter in every new trendy style that comes out. The downside is that my daughter is so small that I'm usually not in love with the fit on most store bought clothing items. So, I started with the  Petite Stitchery Laurel Tunic & Dress Pattern. I then headed to Walmart with my little and we picked out a polka dot shirt ($5) and 3 panda rib knit shirts ($1 each) so all together I spent $8 plus thread to make this cool summery dress. Note: I received the pattern for free in exchange for my honest opinion which I'm giving to you.

May 17, 2017

Phillipa Blouse by Bobkin Designs - One Thimble Issue #15 Blog Tour

Hooray! I'm so excited to have finally purchased  my first issue of One Thimble Sewing Magazine*, but not only that I'm also touring with a host of awesome seamstress bloggers to show you why you NEED this issue. I got to make the Bobkin Designs Phillipa Blouse* and I think I may have impressed myself a little with this one, but first let me tell you a little about the magazine.

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One Thimble Sewing Magazine Issue 15 cover photo

 One Thimble is a digital e-zine that comes out quarterly and makes me drool. Every. Single. Time. As usual, One Thimble drew me in with a stunning dress pattern on the cover, but wait a minute, there's just as many boy patterns! This issue's theme was preppy, hipster and layer-able and the designers blew it out of the park! Seriously, there was some major seasoned talent included. If you're into wardrobe capsules, want to get started on back to school sewing or just like to dress your dapper young man and fashionable little miss well you definitely want to pick up OT Issue 15*. You can see all the contributing designers below.

Ok, now onto this little gem of a blouse. As soon as I saw it I could picture Kiwi dressed like a little Audrey Hepburn: classic colors and clean lines. I imagined pairing it with the Dax Trousers* or Miriam Skirt* with a cute little Pom Pom Beret* and the V neck Cardigan*. Ma Chere! There were so many options for my little fashionista, but since the pattern is labeled Intermediate/Advanced I wanted to make sure that I could actually make the blouse first.

February 01, 2017

Here Comes the Bride: "Couture" Mini Bride Violette Field Threads Haven Dress and Romper

This past August, after 8 years of ups and downs, my daughter's father and I were married. We kept everything simple by only having one attendant a piece and just requested that all (40) guests wear our wedding colors, black or black and white, as we considered them to be our support and help throughout our journey to this point. Our "parents" were allowed to wear gold if they were walking with us. Since we planned the wedding in about 6 weeks I only had time for one handmade item and I knew that I wanted it to be my daughter's ensemble.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Bridal

 My daughter LOVES to dance. At any event or function possible and even when it's not a place to dance she will get down with the get-down. As the miniature bride, I knew that I wanted her to have a dress just a gorgeous as mine, but I also knew that I didn't want to see her pretend break dancing in it and break her neck. Also, if you know anything about a 5 year old and all white, well, let's just say I didn't want all my hard work to be ruined in one day. So, I took to the internet for a solution.

February 26, 2016

Bella Sunshine Designs Birthday Blog Tour: Isabella's Banded Skirt

Hey ladies! I hope you've been enjoying the BSD Birthday Bash thus far. I know.  I have loved seeing the adorable creations of these talented seamstresses.  I first fell in love with Gabriella's Winter Coat and even though I had at least 5 coat patterns I still bought it!

I didn't realize that this was a hacker series until I had already signed up. I say BSD and went nuts. Truthfully, I'm more of a masher than a hacker. One of my favorite things to do is use a free resource to enhance or expand an existing pattern. I'm going to show you what I mean. Today, i'm sharing a little bit of a throwback style: the paperbag skirt. Isabella's Banded Paperbag Skirt to be exact. Isabella's Banded Skirt is so simple and such a quick sew. It starts at size 12 months for girls and 0 for women's. You can either buy it from the Bella Sunshine Designs website OR you can get it for FREE by signing up for the BSD Newsletter which is full of the latest releases and *gasp* sales! 

February 19, 2016

Jocole February Love Blog Tour - Pajama Time!

Eeeeeee!!!! I am SUPER excited to be a part of the Jocole February Love Blog Tour for two reasons: 1. Jocole is one of my favorite women's pattern designers and 2. I have really really wanted to make myself some pajamas, like, for years. Jocole patterns are a great base for pajamas because most, if not all, of the patterns can be made in knit. Knit is a super comfy fabric with plenty of stretch  without needing zippers and buttons to get a close fit.  You can see the full list of women's patterns by Jocole here.

I know it's February and effectively cold pretty much everywhere in the country, except south Florida. However, I happen to live in north Florida and it's warm enough most days to justify making a tank and shorts pajama set, plus we just turn on the heat. I used the Ladies Shoreline Knit Tank pattern for the top and modified the Ladies Wide Leg Yoga Pants for the bottom. My dot fabric is from EuroGirls Boutique and the solid is from my local Jo-ann Fabrics store.

January 21, 2016

Winter Wear Designs Blog Tour... and a Birthday Bateau Garden Dress

Well, I have a birthday coming up and it's a bit of a big one. I'll be 30 on the 31st! I wanted to make a special dress to wear out to whatever festivities might pop up and purchased the Winter Wear Designs Bateau Dress. Since I have a HUGE problem with deadlines I signed up for the WWD Blog Tour to keep me on track. Then I just had to choose fabric. I purchased this Michael Miller Retro Dot fabric from Classy Fabric a few months ago. If you haven't already you should join her Facebook group. The customer service is great and you get your fabric way before you've forgotten what you've ordered.

Have I ever mentioned that I ADORE black and white? And Polkadots? So, Michael Miller Retro Dots and a Retro style dress? Mmm... sounded perfect to me! Except the fabric was only 44" wide. In trying to make the 44" fabric work for a full circle skirt I took some liberties with my fabric. I added extender pieces on the side courtesy of this tutorial from Skirt Fixation  until I had about a 60x60" square of fabric. Although the fabric isn't directional there was really no way to match the print to my liking so I didn't worry about it. I folded the fabric twice and cut a full circle skirt, yay! I did omit the pettiskirt, but I'm thinking i'll definitely add one next time round and maybe even have some peek out of the bottom.

On the day of the shoot it rained so I got a little creative. Too bad I'm not a 4 year old with adorable rainboots to splash in, but I still had fun!

In eagerness to get out of the weather I neglected to get a better closeup of my lovely fabric.

I had some "user error" fit issues because my sizes are so mixed up and range from a size 2 - 6 but inverted according to the size chart. Also, my bust and cup makes fitted bodices an issue for me each and every time. I'd say this is WWD Bateau Dress: Take 1. The instructions were easy understand and the zipper was a jiffy even without a zipper foot. (I broke my zipper foot the first time I ever used it and learned it to install zippers without it.) I like that the pattern makes professional finishing a simple and automatic part of the pattern. All in all I am loving my dress and can't wait to wear it to dinner next week.

If you've missed any of the previous posts you can see them all here:

Be sure to follow along all week and check out the fabulous bloggers!
1/17/16: Larissa from Connected By A Thread
1/18/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste
1/19/16: Tibeca from Sewing By Ti
1/20/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy & Tameka from Savannah & Co
1/21/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba & Bug & Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama
1/22/16: Cindy from Cindy Parrett & Patricia from Sew Far North
1/23/16: Sharon from Sweet Pea & Pumkins & Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn
Don't forget to pick up your own copy of the patterns featured this week from Winter Wear Designs and save 20% off any purchase of $5 or more through the 25th of Jan with the code BLOGIT20!

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to link up in the comments if you happen to sew one up yourself. Ciao!

December 15, 2015

Day 2 - A Vision to Remember Stocking Blog Tour

Hi! I'm the second stop on the stocking blog tour for A Vision to Remember. This pattern is for a Rag Quilt Stocking. Now, I have never made a rag anything or a quilt anything so this was definitely a learning experience. Apparently, I can't follow directions either, but I finished (fairly quickly I might add) and I think it turned out pretty cute.I used some Christmas fabric that was going on year 2 in my stash and added some fun pink. I think it brightens up the whole stocking. Mine is as raggish as I'd like,but the more you wash them the more raggedy they get.

My stocking is a bit skinnier because I was too lazy ahem busy to print the pattern so I free-handed one. This was pretty simple and one of the most no-fuss"fussy" projects. If you've got some holiday coordinates or even scraps that you've been hoarding for a while this is a great project for those! You can see the instructions and grab the stocking pattern right here on the blog.

You can follow along each day and be sure to go back and check out Day 1!
Day 4: Merri Poppins
Day 5: All Things Katy

This would be fun to make with your kids.Just have them pick out their own fabrics.
If you happen to make one comeback and link it in the comments.