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.
The Samantha Swing Dress is an ultra-stylish and on trend dress or tunic! The Women’s Samantha PDF Pattern comes in hi-lo tunic, regular tunic, hi-lo dress, and regular dress length. It also comes in two styles: Sleeved and Racerback. With the sleeved style, you can make a cap, short, elbow, or long sleeve and you can add a cowl for an awesome cold weather look. The racerback style also comes with pieces to make a built in bra, if desired! Now you won’t have to go searching for the right undergarments! This pattern can be used to make extremely flattering styles for any shape, season, and mood.
Get this pattern with the girls’ Sammy Swing Dress and Tunic for an adorable Mommy and Me look!
Included in the pattern are detailed instructions on getting the best fit for your body! Fit instructions include Full Bust Adjustments, Wide/Narrow Shoulder Adjustments, and blending between sizes.
The pattern also includes:
Clearly written instructions with color photos or technical drawings to illustrate each step.
Fitting adjustment instructions for lengthening and shortening
Detailed information on how to print with layers so you print only the size you need
Detailed fabric layout
Yardage and size charts
Tested pattern pieces for women’s sizes XS-XXL (0-22)
No trim pages for US and A4 paper
The price for the Sammy is $5.95
The price for the Samantha is $6.50
and the bundle price is $11.50
All other single patterns are also 30% off until Sunday 11:59PM EST
Both the teen and I love this dress/tunic pattern!
Before I found A Vision to Remember, I thought that rag quilts were the only option for that sewing. I also thought it could only be done with flannel! Boy was I wrong! I have made a purse and now an apron! I am already thinking about other things I can make..a pillow? towels? doll blankets? Really, the possibilities!
Bobbie asked if she could send me fabric for this project, and she picked a gorgeous line! I love this so much! It was perfect for Valentines day! We had originally planned this tour in February but once we started sewing them, decided the pattern needed some updating. Bobbi was great and quickly took the advice of the bloggers and made the changes needed to bring the pattern up to date. Now we get to share it with you!
Isn’t this fabric so pretty??? Something about pink and black together! Once cut, this pattern is so quick to come together! The front is all quilting cottons and the back is a lovely cream flannel.
The pattern has a line drawing at the end, and I used it to label my fabrics/pieces before hand to ensure I would get the look I was going for!
I’m going to be wrapping this up for a gift, so I opted to only do flat shots and not wash it (in case the recipient has sensitivities or allergies!)
I will be making more of these and playing with this pattern some more! I want to make the toddler an art smock and the teen one for art/science/messy projects!
I can only imagine how lovely this will look once it is washed!
Be sure to hit all the stops this week!
3/1: Larissa from Connected by a Thread
3/2: JaNette from Merri Poppins
3/2: Patricia from Sew Far North
3/3: Melissa from Rebel & Malice
3/3: Ula from Lulu & Celeste
3/4: Denita from HattieLu Handmade
3/4: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
If you haven’t figured it out, I love bag making! I also love Whimsical Fabric! Every other Wednesday, Danielle puts a bundle of fabrics on sale in her group for a special price. I have been purchasing mine ahead of time. We have had a blast picking out patterns and brainstorming what can be done with these bundles.
Today’s bundle is Art Gallery Fabrics Geometric Bliss in the Turquoise Angle colorway. It’s by Jenni Baker of In Color Order.
Isn’t it just gorgeous??
For this bundle, I decided to make a Donna from Swoon. I love her construction and the ease of using her patterns. Of course Danielle challenged me to make a matching pearl to go with it. I accepted and killed it!
Both these patterns were easy to put together. Let’s talk about pearl for a moment.
this is one of those patterns that you see and think, “there is no way I can sew a wallet!” Let me tell you, the hardest part of it was folding the card slots the right way!” Once that was done, it sewed up pretty quick! I love the entire thing! It has a removable bifold, a zipper pocket for change, and is thin enough to slip into a purse easily!
Donna was a pretty straight forward bag, a slip pocket on the outside, a zipper pocket on the inside and a drop in lining. I still struggle with the drop on linings, but I am slowly getting better! I love the front pocket with the piping detail!
We posted a sneak peek yesterday in the Whimsical Fabric group, and it has sparked a lot of questions about my logo and my labels. My logo was designed by a friend from an idea in my head, but my labels I bought from a company on Etsy called Mountain Street Arts. Pam was wonderful to work with, and the turnaround was super fast! If you message her, be sure to let her know you came over from the CBAT blog!
I love the mint green on the inside!
card slots..probably the toughest part of the wallet!
Just a reminder, the Wacky Wednesday Deal starts at 12 pm CST (10 am PST) and is good only until it sells out (and I know this one will!) so be sure to head over there and snag yous quick!
And a little side note..Miss Danielle doesn’t know this yet, but she loves this set so much, it is being sent to her today 😉
If you have been sewing a while, you are probably familiar with Jocole. I love her patterns! The Derby Jacket was the first pattern I bought (a couple years ago!), during her weekly sale. That was the beginning of the end! I was hooked! Now, I own every pattern of hers, and have made numerous over the years! Now, I get to share some of my favorite bloggers with you this week, and they are sharing some of their favorite Jocole patterns!
Whether you are looking for ladies patterns or girls, there is something for you! I love the Endless dress and add-ons!
I used lace on the hem of this one!
I used this dress for a tutorial over on Pattern Revolution to replace the buttons with a zipper!
The Yoga A-Line Skirt is a staple for me for summer (I have 4 in my closet right now and plans for more this summer!
I used scraps to sew the 6 Panel skirt– Twice! Once in Cotton wovens and once with knits!
I have a pair of skinny’s ready to be sewn this week (maybe I’ll share them at the beginning of next week?)
For now, let me share some previews of the patterns coming up this week!
Be sure to check out all of the blogs on this tour! Which pattern is your favorite so far?
Feb 8- Larissa from Connected By a Thread
Feb 9- Tibeca from Sewing by Ti
Feb 10- Robin from My Little Lady & Gentleman
Feb 11- Patricia from Sew Far North
Feb 12- Linda from Sew Happily Ever After
Feb 16- Amy from Wally and Grace
One of my goals over the past few months was to expand my sewing to try new designers or designers I had yet to try. I saw a tester call for the Comfy Cozy PJ’s, and had this combo just hit me! I chatted with the designer a bit about what fabrics she was looking for, and decided to add it to my crazy holiday sewing list! I am SO glad I did! Marisa is great! She was quick to respond to any questions/concerns during testing, and made sure everyone knew about any corrections made during testing.
This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL
• Traditional 2 Piece Pajama
• Short Sleeve and 5” Short
Length or Long Sleeve and
• 28” or 30” inseam
• Can Be Made With Knit or
• Great Pattern for Year-
• Layered Pattern
• No Trim Pages
This is my favorite style of Pj’s! I love a quick sew, and with the cuffs on the sleeves and pants, these are a quick sew! The pink knit is so comfortable and soft! I used a cotton woven for the cuffs, top of pocket, and the facings. I also used snaps rather than buttons after my machine ate my first top while trying to make button holes!
Of course getting pictures of Pj’s is always difficult, especially since I don’t have a yard, so we tried to be playful with the pictures. My teen said she felt like she was spying on my while I read and drank my coffee!
I cannot wait to make more of these! Now to clean out the PJ drawer to make room!
So have I convinced you to buy the pattern?
The Comfy Cozy Pajama Sew Along is happening next week on January 11th-15th! Just join the group on Facebook, grab your pattern, and get your fabric ready! Marisa will be posting the steps everyday and answering questions on the group wall so if you’re uneasy about sewing your first pair, don’t be!
So now that I HAVE convinced you, get your pattern here!
Still not convinced?
You can see more reviews of the pajamas, check out some of the blogs from my fellow testers!
Rachel from Pookeebub has some awesome and inventive pictures on her blog
Indu from Kaleidothought made some beautiful pajamas with floral and pink fabric
Lelaina from Mom U Sew Silly made some flannel PJ’s for her daughter!
Essense from Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug wrote about her shades of blue pair (check out her post on January 8th)
Kimberly from Mama You Can Make It For Me posted about her English Buss pair here!
Even the toddler approved!
When the opportunity came about to sew this dress, I was drawn to push myself with new fabric types and new skills. I had never sewn pique or viole before and I had never put in a side zipper that was invisible! One of my goals this year was to push my sewing to new levels, and this dress definitely pushed me. I am in love with it though!
For the pink one, it is pique in raspberry with a floral voile lining. The pattern has a non lined version as well, but the voile is so nice, it is worth the extra effort to sew the full lining! I did a straight 8 for the pink, as that’s where my measurements put me, but felt it was a little tight in the hips. When Danielle put out a call for someone to sew a second one in corduroy, I saw it as another opportunity to improve on this pattern. The navy corduroy is the long sleeve, no collar version, and I ended up grading the pattern out from an 8 at the bust to a 10 in the hips. It fit perfect! I have recieved nothing but compliments and questions about where I bought these dresses when I have worn them out! This is the perfect opportunity to sew yourself a holiday dress and not be fretting about what you will wear!
Please join Whimsical Fabric for the Liesl+Co Bistro Dress Sew-Along.
• The sew-along consists of 4 daily lessons.
• Lots of awesome prizes will be given away to participants.
• You can purchase your fabric kit and/or patterns Sew A long Kits
• Use the coupon code: LGSEW28* to save 15% through November 9th.
• Too see past sew-alongs and get a feel for what the lessons will be like, please visit the sew-along blog here.
Lesson 1 – Monday – November 9
Lesson 2 – Tuesday – November 10
Lesson 3 – Wednesday – November 11
Lesson 4 – Thursday – November 12