We had so much fun sharing our versions of the Wendybird dress with you! I loved seeing all the different options and the vision of each of the bloggers come to life! Which was your favorite?
I love the hood add-on and the dolly & me sets! I already have a long list of dresses I want to sew!
On to our winners!
Connected By a Thread: Janet Naumann
Pattern Revolution: Kim Korstjens
Once upon a Sewing Machine: Molli Glowacki
Stitch Upon a Time: Destinee Plagerman
Sewn at Seams: Elizabeth Goertz
All Things Katy: Robynne L
Handcrafted by Red: Stephanie Thomas
Congratulations to our winners! Be sure to watch your e-mail if your name is above! You won a free pattern from Stitch Upon a time!
In case you missed any of the stops on the tour, you can find them below!
Larissa from Connected By a Thread
Rebekah from Pattern Revolution
Rachel Nelson from Once upon a Sewing Machine
Jennifer from Stitch Upon a Time
Tasha from Sewn at Seams
Heather from All Things Katy
Rachel from Handcrafted by Red
I was approached a couple weeks ago about a coordinating a blog tour. This was a new to me designer, as I don’t have a little girl at home anymore (mine is 15). I agreed, knowing that I may not have a model, or that I would be sewing and shipping to friends on the East coast like I usually do! Then in stepped my friends youngest! I knew she would look adorable in this dress! She didn’t disappoint either!
I sewed a size 8 with a 10 length, which fell just above her knees. Since I could print using the layers function, I was able to print out just the 2 sizes I needed to merge for the perfect fir! I put the skirt panel on the opposite side of the directions, because I cut the pieces with my fabric facing down and the pattern pieces facing up, so if you want to have it on the same side as the directions, make sure the fabric and pattern pieces are both facing up (or down)! From printing to hemming, it took me less than an hour to sew both dresses.
13 sizes included: Newborn to size 12.
Individual layers– print only the size you need!
Also included is an A0 file for shop printing!
Four sleeve styles
Two neck options
Three skirt options
Cuff or hem sleeve options
In addition to this adorable knit dress, Jennifer is also working on the doll pattern! It should be releasing soon! I couldn’t help but sew up a matching dress! They look so sweet together!
Be sure to visit all the blogs for the tour!
Jan 24th: Larissa from Connected By a Thread
Jan 25th: Rebekah from Pattern Revolution
Jan 26th: Rachel Nelson from Once upon a Sewing Machine
Jan 27th: Jennifer from Stitch Upon a Time
Jan 28th: Tasha from Sewn at Seams
Jan 29th: Heather from All Things Katy
Jan 30th: Rachel from Handcrafted by Red
You can pick up your copy of the Wendybird Dress for 25% off now through Jan 31st, it is already marked down on the site! Be sure to share your version in the SUAT Facebook group! Comment below with your favorite Stitch Upon a time pattern and one lucky winner from each blog will be announced when the tour wraps up on Jan 31st!
Man! I have been MIA for a while! Life has a funny way of taking over sometimes! But, I think we have settled into our new normal, and it feels so good to get back behind the machines again! If you don’t follow me on Facebook or IG, we moved in September 2016 and added a baby to the mix in January 2017. A preschooler and a newborn (and a teenager) definitely keep me on my toes these days!
Anywho…on to the SEWING!! Jody has been wearing a Four Seasons Cardigan that I made during a tour a few years ago (or maybe is was during testing??) quite frequently these days. She also recently asked me to make her a few more as the weather here in CA has been chilly in the mornings while she is walking to school, and hot and muggy by the time she walks home! Perfect timing for the EYMM Cozy Up to Fall Blog Tour!
Not only did I make her a new sweater, I made her THREE, and all are out of different fabrics for different looks!
The first is a thin sweater knit I have had sitting in my staff for a while now. I love the look of the stripes, but am really bad at fussy cutting to make them line up (i didn’t do too bad this time around!), so the stripes tend to sit on the shelf until requested by a customer or my daughter! She loves that it is super light so she can wear it under a regular jacket and still look “put together”.
The second one I sewed up is a slinking floral I got in a mystery box from Sincerely Rylee a few months ago. It is so soft! I love the bright color and the larger floral print. This one has a definite 4 way stretch, so Jody loves this one the most! As you can tell by these pictures, she was not thrilled to be modeling. As she is getting older, she really doesn’t want to be in front of the camera as much!
Finally, I decided to step out of the “normal” fabric choices for this pattern and try it in a sweater fleece that I picked up at Joann Fabrics a few years ago. It is cozy and warm, but I think next time, I will made a few adjustments to the arms as she says they are a little tighter than the other two. As soon as I can find it in the boxes (yep, still haven’t unpacked all the sewing stuff yet!), I am going to add lace as a finishing for this one, as the sweater fleece feels like it needs something. She finally gave me a decent shot!
I hope I gave you some ideas on taking a pattern and stepping outside the box to try something new! As an added bonus, I am going to select 1 person from the comments to win a $10 store credit to EYMM! So be sure to leave a comment about your fall sewing!
Make sure to stop by all the amazing stops on the Cozy Up to Fall Tour!! (Keep in mind that the links below won’t work until their scheduled date, but feel free to click through and check out their other blog posts anytime.)
Oct. 3 – Tour Kick-off at EYMM
Oct. 10- Tour Roundup on EYMM
During the tour, all featured patterns are on sale (save even more by buying the youth/adult bundles!) … the Four Seasons Cardigan (both women’s and girl’s), the Piko Top (both women’s and girl’s), and the Leggings Bundle (‘Get Moving’ Leggings for women and Jocelyn’s Leggings for girls). Use coupon code FALL17 to save 30% off these 6 patterns and/or 3 bundles in the EYMM shop, but only until 11:59pm on October 11, 2017.
I have been on a sewing hiatus for about a year now! Sometimes, life just takes over and boy did it! In the last year, we have welcomed our third child, moved to a new city, and bought a house. These put my sewing into boxes for months. Then, I couldn’t find the motivation (or time) to work on unpacking it all with my 4 yr old and a newborn at home. Then, Jody started asking about what new patterns Suzanne was releasing, as she missed testing them (we have tested many of her ladies patterns!). Then Suzanne announced the homecoming tour for this pattern, and I knew Jody would love it! This was the motivation I needed!
As usual, I let her chose her own fabrics. She once again did not disappoint! this fabric fits her perfectly. I spent about an hour one night taping the pattern together and cutting fabric. The following day, it took me about another 45-60 minutes to sew up the dress. She opted for a straight hem, mini length dress, with short sleeves. Thankfully, she is on the shorter side, so it hits a bit more above the knee than mini length on her.
She chose a stretch lace for the yoke, and I did two layers. Next time, I will use a solid for the inner layer, as even with two layers, the lace was still pretty see through. The main fabric is a knit that I had in my stash. I opted for a quick knit neckband. She loves her new dress and even wore it to school yesterday. Random kids would walk by and tell her that they liked her dress, so I am calling this one a win!
We also wanted to see what it looked like on an adult, and our neighbor happened to come over while we were doing pictures. the length is more mini on her for sure!
This pattern has:
It’s that easy!!!!
You can make a top, tunic, or dress. You can hack it, make it in knit, smock it, whatever makes you smile. I can’t wait to see what you all make ;o)
-Save 20% on the Amuse through Sunday May 14th with code: AMUSEME
– Grab the discounted Amuse bundle of 4 yards of fabric for just $24 from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.
We love the Capsule skirt in our house! We made a few when the pattern first came out, but as kids do, she has outgrown them! A blog tour was the perfect excuse to make another!
I let the teenager chose the fabric for this one, and as teenagers do, she went bold and bright!
She loves her new skirt!
A classic, comfortable, and practical knit skirt. This will become a staple in your kiddos wardobe!
-additional hemline option for the back piece
-an optional low rise front option
-side seam pocket
-Knit yoga waistband
19 sizes for girls from newborn to 18 tween, and 15-18” doll
We had fun taking the pictures for this…until she realized there were bees in the tree next to her..then I got this for every picture….
yeah, pictures outside during spring are always fun with this bee fearing child!
I know we will have a few more of these made up for this summer, especially since she can sew them herself!
Make sure to check out all the other stops on the EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour.
(Note: The links won’t be live until the day they’re scheduled, but feel free to click through and check out other blog posts any time.)
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the pattern while it’s on sale!
Use coupon code PERFECTSKIRT to save 25% on the Women’s Capsule Skirt, Girl’s Capsule Skirt, or Capsule Skirt Bundle until April 12 at 11:59pm PST.
We had such a laid back Easter, we stayed in our PJ’s all day! It was nice to have a relaxed holiday, where we didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything on anyone’s schedule but our own! This also meant that didn’t sew anything for my kids this year! I did sew up a dress for my friend’s little girl though! We went fabric shopping back in January, and I let Miss B pick some fancy fabric for a dress. I waited for the right pattern to come to me and was really getting stuck on what dress to make, as I have been using the bateau from Winter Wear Designs, but knew she already had at least 2 of them! Then Jessica from Izzy & Ivy posted about her sew a long for the Emory dress! Perfect!
The pattern is designed for cotton woven, so I had to make a few adjustments like leaving the adorable pockets off the skirt! They are super cute, but wouldnt have looked right with the pattern of the skirt! The second thing I did was line the skirt with the same fabric from the bodice.
I also did a much narrower hem for the bottom of the skirts, this was more of a personal preference as I don’t like a wider hem on this fabric. The sleeves are a super cute gathered band, and in the satin fabric, I love the way the light bounces off of it! For the back, I needed two buttons. I didn’t have any in my stash that would match this dress, so I opted to make my own covered buttons. they came out so sweet and are the perfect touch to finish this dress!
A word of advice if you attempt this type of dress, I would take a few inched off the width of the skirt, and put a heavy duty needle in your machine for attaching the skirt to the bodice, I broke 4 needles before it dawned on me to use a heavy duty one!
I have been told that Miss B loves her new dress and even tried to wear it to some Easter festivities on Sat (mom was saving it for Easter Sunday!). I love sewing for her becasue no matter what I make her, she always wants to wear it!
I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Check out what some of my favorite bloggers sewed up for the holiday!
3/28/16: Larissa from Connected By A Thread
3/28/16: Linda from Sew Happily Ever After
3/28/16: Amy from Wally and Grace
3/29/16: Cindy from Cindy Parrett
3/30/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste
3/30/16: Fenna from FABulous Home Sewn
3/31/16: Courtney from the WHOLESOME mama
4/1/16: Patricia from Sew Far North
4/1/16: Tibeca from Sewing By Ti
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When I saw this tour, I had all these big plans to sew PJ’s for everyone in the house. Then the husband said he wouldn’t be in pictures. So I decided to just sew for the kids.
Picking a pattern for the teen was easy! She fell in love with my Comfy Cozy Pj’s from Laela Jeyne*. You can read more about the pair I sewed myself during the testing in this post. For hers, I chose the shorts and short sleeves since spring is on its way. I have had both flannels in my stash for a while, with the plan to make the toddler a Star Wars rag quilt. She decided she really liked the combo though, so I went with it. She has worn them to bed twice this week already and keeps telling me she loves them and that they are the best PJ’s ever. I only modified them to have snaps rather than buttons since I didn’t have any buttons that would match!
For the toddler, I knew I would make him some sort of cotton pants, but I really wanted to push myself to use one of the (many) patterns I own but have never sewn. I ended up choosing the Tie Dye Diva Snazzy Pants. I should have sewn a size up for him, the 3T was a little short in the rise for him. He is not too fond of his new pants, so trying to get pictures proved near impossible. A few M&M’s and he gives me a little bit of a smile. I paired his pants with a RTW thermal since we took pictures outside. Over all, the pattern was super quick to sew, and it went together really quick!
Of course, they can never take a nice picture together, but they really do love each other!
Hopefully, you are ready to sew up some PJ’s for yourself or your kids! Be sure to comment with what patterns you want to use and enter the giveaways below!
Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Create 3.5 to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!
Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!
PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!
Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!
Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.
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Time for another A Vision to Remember Pattern!! This time, we are using the Houndstooth Quilt pattern. I absolutely love this finished quilt!
Whenever I see a houndstooth print or pattern, I think of the old Atari game Space invaders. Something about it makes me think of that game!
Bobbi (the designer) was so kind to send me the fabric for this quilt. I am always up to sew whatever the designer wants to see, so when she asked if black and red were okay to send, I said sure! It is not my usual choice of pastels or neutral colors, but I love the contrast of the red and black!
the red flannel has a bit of a marbled look to it, which was hard to capture in the pictures. My two year old has already tried to lay claim to this blanket, even though it will go in my shop this week!
Even the back looks awesome!
Lets talk pattern details:
Finished quilt: 46″ x 46″ (that is with the optional border added)
Easy to follow step by step directions with pictures and diagrams to help those that are a bit more visual.
a final layout diagram is included to help with placing the pieces in the correct order to achieve the houndtooth print.
Honestly, the sewing of the pattern was quick. cutting and prepping everything took the longest for me. Of course clipping all the seams takes a while as well. this one has been through the wash once, but once it is washed a few more times, the rag quilt effect will be much better. I am already thinking up the next color combinations for my next houndstooth quilt!
What colors do you want to see? Leave me a comment and I might just make one (or three!)
Be sure to check out all the amazing blankets on tour this week!
Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers and their quilts on tour this week!
I’m so excited to be the first stop on the Whimsical Fabric Voile tour! I have just recently started playing with voile and venturing to use it for garments. I think what held me back so long was I really didn’t know what voile was! It is really hard to tell from a picture and a description what something feels like or what it sews like. a simple search turned up this: Voile is a soft, sheer fabric, usually made of 100% cotton or cotton blends including linen or polyester.
Doesn’t really tell you much right? Well, let me tell you about it! It is silky soft, perfect for tops that don’t need a knit. I have seen some awesome dresses for little girls, and I bet it would make a wonderful maxi skirt (ohh…might have to use the coupon to get some to try that!). For this project, I picked a beautiful light blue with flowers (found HERE). I also picked Winter Wear Designs Button up as my pattern (found HERE).
This sewed up so nice! I modified the pattern just a little. I used a smaller seam allowance as I was between sizes. I also turned my sleeves under 1/4″ and hemmed than that way rather than using bias tape (personal preference). I haven’t decided if I want to put buttons on this one or leave it this way to wear over my tank tops this summer!
Long sleeve with tab
Long sleeve with cuff and placket
3/4 sleeve plain
3/4 sleeve with tab
Front pockets with optional pocket flaps
Directions for sewing the shirt with french seams for really sheer fabrics
Ok, back to the voile! This was the 3rd shirt I have sewn in voile for myself, and I are starting to wish all my shirts were this soft! The fabric has a beautiful drape. My first thought was it would make a beautiful infinity scarf, but I never wear scarves! It sews very nice with a universal needle. My last shirt, I forgot that I had a microtex needle in my machine, and it kept snagging and pulling the fabric. If that happens when you start sewing yours, check your needle! I really flew through the machine like butter! If you find your machine wants to eat the fabric, try putting some tissue paper under it.
Things we all want to know:
Fabric width: 54″
Fabric washes beautifully but tends to wrinkle easily. This was the only downside I found, as I never iron things, but with this fabric, I need to iron it before I can wear it!
I also made the Gallery tunic by liesl+Co (found HERE). This is one of my favorites to wear! I will share more about this top on Saturday!
I hope I have inspired you to pick up some voile and give it a try!
Be sure to check out all the posts this week! So many different uses for Voile!
You can shop voile fabrics on the Whimsical Fabric website and be sure to use VOILE for 10% off your voile order! Coupon expires Thursday, March 24th at midnight CST.