Sew Long Summer Blog Tour

Technically, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox is on September 23. SEPTEMBER 23, MOTHER NATURE! So why is it that I can see my breathe when I’m outside? All my windows are now closed. I’ve added my fluffy duvet to my bed. And oh yes, the weather man is calling for SNOW four days this week. I’m not lying.

SEPTEMBER 23, MOTHER NATURE! AUTUMN EQUINOX NOT WINTER! Ugh! I suppose the name of this blog tour truly is fitting. Welcome to the second day of the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour hosted by MAHLICADESIGNS and sponsored by Simply by Ti Fabrics and DG Patterns. Let’s have some fun! And maybe a smidgen more complaining about the frosty weather.

Let’s talk some tour details first, shall we? Excellent. A nice group of sewing bloggers are going to share with you how we say “Sew Long Summer” and we’ll be asking you to join in with a Social Sew too.

Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.

Share what you’ve been making to say “Sew Long Summer” to be entered into our random prize drawings.

Continental US participants will be entered to win a $20 store credit from Simply by Ti Fabrics.

All other participants will be entered to win a pattern of choice from DG Patterns.

To enter, please tag your sewing project with #SewLongSewcial18 on Instagram or facebook. You can also leave a link in the comments on the mahlicadesigns intro post. Please limit your entries to items you’ve sewn between Sept 10th and Sept 28th 2018. Winners will be notified and announced shortly thereafter.

We can’t wait to see what you’re making.

PHEW! Got all that? Good! Sew, let’s move this blog tour along to the good stuff. See what I did there?

Is he not the cutest thing you’ve seen all day long?! This is my nephew, Lincoln, making his debut on the Manning The Machine blog! Or…. Maybe it’s Harry Potter the early years! You’ll never know!

See. Harry Potter. He’s even got his owl, Hedwig! Tell me he’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen in your whole entire life, I dare you.

He was sooo over having his photo taken.

Alright, you get it. He’s freaking cute. Let’s talk sewing for a smidgen. Did I mention yet that it’s freaking cold out? It is. Gotta keep the cute nephew, (I mean, Harry Potter), warm.

For the Sew Long Summer Blog Tour I reached way deep into my pattern archives, and pulled out one by Kelly J Designs Patterns.

I first made the Sweet Pea Sleep Sack, Jacket, and Vest Pattern four years ago for my Jackman when he was a wee babe. Lincoln is a smidgen older than Jack was then, and since the weather is turning, I felt it was time to revive the pattern.

It’s also a ridiculously quick and easy pattern to make! I struggled through my tremor while sewing and it still only took me 75 minutes from flicking my sewing machine on, to turning my sewing room lights off. BOOYA! Who doesn’t love a quick sew!

The pattern is currently $3.40 CAD in the Etsy shop. You can make this adorable sleep sack with a zipper or snaps! You can also make a jacket and vest with the pattern. I love multi purpose patterns!

I should add a little Harry Potter decal to this sleep sack. Then it would be PERFECTION! What do you think of mini Mr Potter?

The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along this week.

Sept. 10th Sewing A La Carte, Tenille’s Thread, A Custom Clothier, Made for Little Gents, Miss Marah Sewn

Sept. 11th Manning the Machine (that’s me), mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Crafting Fiend

Sept. 12th Auschick Sews, Aurora Design Fabrics, My Heart Will Sew On, Vicky Myers Creations

Sept. 13th Flaxfield Sewing, Sewing with D, Musings of a Seamstress, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Petite Font

Sept. 14th Sewing à la Carte, Sewing by Ti, Stitches by Laura, Sewing with Sarah, My Sewing Roots

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Boys in Summer Blog Tour

Welcome to the final day of the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents.

I’m showing off The Discoverer Tee Unisex Pattern by Ellie&Mac done three different ways. Fabulous Home Sewn also blogged about this top during this tour. You can see her version by clicking here. As you can see, all four, (my three plus her one), are completely different. OH. P.S. All of Ellie&Mac is on sale for 35% off, as of the time of this posting. Save 35% off your entire order, excluding Wacky Wednesday deals.

The pattern consists of five pieces – neckband, sleeve (cut 2), front bodice, back bodice, and bottom bodice (cut 2). With the number of pieces, you can easily play with your fabric choices to make the Discoverer Tee many different ways.

For Jackson, I made a version where neckline, front bodice, and back bodice are the same fabric. The Jack Skellington top! He’s Jack. It’s Jack Skellington. It’s fun!

This one has the front and back bodices in one fabric and the remainder of the pieces done in another. Monster trucks! He’s obsessed with monster trucks. “Hey bud, I’m going to sew for you.” “A monster truck shirt?” “Uh, sure. I can make that work.”

This version is Jack’s favourite though. Front and back bodice are one fabric, neckband and sleeves are a second fabric, and bottom bodices are a third fabric.

The Discoverer Tee is a pretty fun pattern! Don’t you think? It’s also REALLY easy to make. Super beginner friendly, in my opinion.

I haven’t taken Jack’s measurements in a while. His old ones from November put him in a size 2T. I opted to make a size 3T for him, and I think it’s pretty darn perfect! The size range for the Discoverer Tee is from 12-18 months to size 14. And while I did make it for my man cub, it is a unisex pattern. Make it for your boys, make it for your girls!

The boy is always so appreciative of the sewing I do for him. He’s also super impatient. He spends most of my sewing time playing in my sewing room, asking me every few minutes if I’m done yet.

My second oldest daughter tried to convince me that the Jack Skellington top is too girly. She even tried it on, with a bit of a struggle. She’s seven, and while small for her age, she’s not a size 3T. What do you think? Too girly?

He’s such a good little model!

Which version is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Boys in Summer Blog Tour: Part of the Sewing Blue Blog Tour series hosted by Made for Little Gents

Looking for more summer boy inspiration? Follow along on the Boys in Summer Blog Tour hosted by Made by Little Gents by clicking through the links below.

Fri. May 4
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Boys in Summer Blog Tour)
Mon. May 7
Elli & Nels in Stitches
Tues. May 8
Our Play Palace | Made by Laura! | Beri Bee Designs
Wed. May 9
Made for Little Gents | Momma Newey’s Makes
Thurs. May 10
Phat Quarters | Dreams & Stitches
Fri. May 11
Stylin’ Stacy | Tenille’s Thread
Mon. May 14
Paisley Roots | Fabulous Home Sewn
Tues. May 15
Seams Like Style | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Wed. May 16
Sewing with D | Auschick Sews | Seams Sew Lo
Thurs. May 17
My Sewing Roots | Sewing à la Carte | Middle River Studio
Fri. May 18
Lunatiek | Needles to Say | Manning The Machine

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5oo4 Summer’s Coming Blog Tour

Welcome to day 3 of the Summer’s Coming Blog Tour by 5 OUT OF 4 PATTERNS! #5oo4Summer

ALSO!!!!! Read to the end for a giveaway! Yay!

I love all of the graphics that were made for this blog tour. Maybe I can just use them to fill my blog post? They’re so colorful and bright and happy. And while summer is coming, and plants are now starting to grow, and trees have buds, the grass is still looking a little drab.

See?! Look at all that brown grass! Repeat after me: “summer is coming, summer is coming, summer is coming.”

I guess you didn’t really swing by to look at the grass though…. That would be a different kind of blog post for a different kind of blog.

Let’s talk about 5oo4’s Resolution Bra and Tank, shall we? First – THE TANK! Two different necklines: regular and lower. I opted for the regular. Solid or contrast tank options. I obviously went for the solid. You can also have a bit of fun with the hemline: straight, curved, or banded. It’s very hard to tell, because stripes, but my Resolution Tank is actually banded. I added a smidgen of length to my tank as well. It drives me crazy when my tops are even 1/4″ too short. When I haven’t made a pattern before, I tend to add length. I’d rather something a bit too long than a smidge too short. BUT, for next time I won’t add that length.

I want to get something right out in the open to start off with. This bra is itchy as HELL!! There’s a gold thread running through the stripes. Oh. My. Gosh! Is it ever obnoxious. These are the things I never think about when picking fabric. Fortunately, I’m a double sports bra kind of girl, so I can wear it as my outer layer, and it isn’t a big deal. I will say that fabric choice does matter depending on how supportive you want your Resolution Bra to be. There’s a whole post about picking supportive fabrics over at 5oo4’s blog.

What I love about the sports bra! Right up there! Different length cut lines on the sports bra pattern piece. Because going over an A cup isn’t going to need as much length as going over a DD cup. YES! Thank you!

Things I love about the Resolutions that I made: check that stripe matching! BOOM! Things I dislike about the Resolutions that I made: I took the lazy way out and bonded with FOE! Ugh. It just doesn’t lay as nice as binding. I should just take the FOE off and put a proper binding on. Wouldn’t you agree?

Sizing is XXS-3XL. You can check out the size chart above. And unless you’re matching stripes, adding length, or whatnot, you’ll be able to make the tank in 1yd of fabric or less! That’s always a win!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Use the code SUMMERSCOMING (doesn’t have to be in caps) for 30% off sitewide at 5oo4. Share all your fabulous 5oo4 makes in their Facebook group using the #5oo4Summer hashtag.

And since you’re already clicking on all the things….. Check out the rest of the schedule?

5 out of 4 Patterns Summer’s Coming Blog Tour Schedule

May 7- The Sassy morning Seamripper | Just Delphine

May 8- Sewing Novice | Octaves of Color

May 9- Manning the Machine(you’re here) | Sweet Mama Sharon

May 10- Sew Sew Ilse | That’s Sew Lily

May 11- Wonderfully Handmade |The Sassy Seamripper

I almost forgot!!! Giveaway!! Leave me a comment – what are you looking forward to this summer? I’ll use random.org to grab a winner on May 12 at 9am MST. You’ll win a pattern of your choice from 5oo4. Boom! There ya go!

WINNER CHOSEN!

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Spring Into Color (Sewing by Ti – Blog Tours)

Welcome to another Sewing by Ti Blog Tour. SPRING INTO COLOR! This months’ theme is the Pantone Spring 2018 color chart.

I don’t believe in color trends. I think you should wear whatever color you like. Says the girl with the purple hair! So, while my makes for this blog tour might not fit with the trendy colors of the season, my boy doesn’t seem to mind.

My boy is going for surgery this spring. He’ll be staying overnight at the hospital, so I’ve been working on making him little items to make his hospital stay more comfortable. In my previous post I made up two modified versions of the Play Away pattern by Flosstyle. Something to keep him occupied during recovery.

For this blog post, I’m sharing a couple more makes for his hospital visit. These are more to keep him comfortable as opposed to occupied.

My friend, Robin, brought me this awesome dinosaur bone flanelette fabric. Jackson claimed it as his own and asked for a pillow made out of it. I had two different sized square pillow forms kicking around, so I whipped him up two envelope style cases for them. Obviously, he needed his name embroidered on one.

Who doesn’t love an envelope style pillow cover?

I followed Treasurie – My Childhood Treasure‘s tutorial on how to make a quick 10 minute envelope pillow cover. Quick. Simple. Easy. Actually 10 minutes. I think embroidering his name took longer than sewing the actual cover.

I also have some cute little Peekaboo Love Monsters ready to head to the children’s hospital with Jackson too. He’s named them both Spitfire. I think one might be Daddy Spitfire, but he mostly just uses the name for both of them.

These little Peekaboo Love Monsters are NOT a sewing pattern. They’re done completely on an embroidery machine. Well, except for hand stitching the hole that’s left for stuffing these little guys. The ITH design is by the amazing A Creative Medley. And guess what?!

Peekaboo means, they’re kind of envelope style too! BOOM! The little one was done on a 4×4 hoop, and the bigger one was made on a 6×10 hoop. If you make to sell, charge a million dollars for the 4×4 guy. They’re so cute but the turning is a bit of a pain.

Oooooh. My brain just processed that I have a big and a little pillow, and a big and a little Peekaboo Love Monster. PATTERNS! I love finding patterns. Don’t you?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Leave me a comment. Hmmm, what kind of comment should you leave me today…. Let me know your favorite color from the Pantone Spring 2018 color chart OR let me know what else I should make for Jack’s hospital visit. Thanks again!

Need more inspiration?

Be sure to stop by the rest of the bloggers participating in this month’s tour!

March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro
2nd: Tenille’s Thread
5th: Confessions of the Pink Obsessed
6th: Sewn By Lone
7th: Sewing By Ti, Stylin Stacy
8th: EYMM
9th: Stitched by Jennie
10th: Elli and Nels
11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
12th: Very Blissful
13th: My Heart Will Sew On
14th: Sewing Blue
15th: Seams Like Style
16th: Kate Will Knit
17th: Twinado Alley
18th: Mermaids Den
19th: My Sewing Roots
20th: Our Play Palace
21st: Kathys Kwilts and More
22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin
23rd: Oak Blue Designs
24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
25th: Flaxfield Sewing
26th: Seams Sew Lo
27th: Ma Moose
28th: Back 40 Life
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Manning the Machine
31st: Mermaids Den

EDIT!

OMG, the bones glow in the freaking dark! I had no idea!!!!!

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Breaking Ground Blog Tour

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves.

I normally like to bring out the actual camera for blog tours, and not use my iPhone, however, our life has been running around between the children’s hospital, and blood work, and getting prescriptions, and doctor appointments that the iPhone was really the only way to go right now. So, this is my formal apology for the pretty basic photos. And if we’re being honest, the sewing this week was pretty basic too. I didn’t realize my life would be going from one appointment to the next this past little while. Ok. Now that we’ve established all that…. On with the show.

How am I breaking ground this blog tour? I am trying out a new to me designer – Flosstyle. I’ve sewn up two MODIFIED versions of their Play Away pattern! Please note that I received this pattern compliments of Flosstyle.

I was originally only going to sew up one of the four versions – Discover – for my nephew, but Jackson saw it and asked if I’d make him something too. I showed him the four different versions – Drive, Discover, Dolly, Draw – and of course he had to have Drive. His own little race track to tote around?! Heck yes!

Do not look at my poopy stitching. I do NOT love sewing on vinyl! Maybe I need a Teflon foot, because my roller foot was NOT having it!

Discover is a cute little version of the pattern. It makes me think of a little touch and feel book. The one side has three little circles with different fabric textures in each one. I choose minky, a sequins fabric, and ribbing. Soft, scratchy, and bumpy. There’s also a little section of different textured ribbons and elastics. The fabric behind that portion is swim, to add another textured element into the mix – slippery.

The other side of Discover is pretty freaking awesome. Now, it’s suppose to be filled with either poly pellets or beads, but while mucking about in my sewing room I found this gold confetti and thought it would be fun to add to the discovery window. Note, it totally looks cool, but now the jingle bell in there is all clogged and doesn’t jingle. Meh, you live and learn. There’s all sorts of surprises hidden in the discovery window. What can you see? I see a little buggy boo’s face. I see the jungle bell. I see a the lion button. And a I see an alphabet bead. Don’t worry if you don’t see them all. I have an unfair advantage.

I mentioned above that I did modify the Flosstyle Play Away. I also started off this blog tour mentioning that I’ve been to a zillion appointments. Ok. Well, the one supply I didn’t have on hand was a separating zipper in the right length. I COULD NOT go out again. Too frazzled. Too much anxiety. Too emotionally worn out from appointments. It wasn’t happening. It would have ended with me crying my eyes out either at a red light on the way to the fabric store or in the middle of the notions aisle once I’d arrived. Or both. Nope nope nope. I opted to skip the zipper and do an elastic and button closure on both versions of the Play Away that I made.

I whipped the Drive version up for Jackson the night before we headed back to the children’s hospital. Here is where I admit my screw ups. Since I knew I wasn’t doing a zipper I just sandwiched the inner portion, vinyl, and shell together, without first attaching the vinyl to the inner portion first. And now my finished product looks a bit sloppy, in my opinion. The flannel used for the inner and shell have a bit of give and movement, whereas the vinyl doesn’t. Stitching the vinyl to the inner first would have eliminated some of the wrinkling that is happening now in the inner layer. Again, live and learn. But a freaking obnoxious outcome that I could have EASILY avoided. Gah!

There’s four different inners for the Play Away – Drive, Discover, Dolly, Draw. There’s also four different shells – Flat pocket, pouch pocket, plain pocket, just straps. For Discover, I did just straps. For Drive, I did pouch pocket. I think Jackson and I discovered that you can squeeze six hot wheels into one pouch pocket, but it’s better to divide them up between the two.

We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2018 across social media.

Better yet, join the Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests facebook group to sew along with the Breaking Ground theme for the entire month of March. In the group you’ll find support and encouragement for your projects and fun themed challenges.

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

Monday March 12

mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads,The Sewing Scientist

Tuesday March 13

Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday March 14 

Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Thursday March 15 

Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday March 16

Lulu & Celeste, Tenille’s Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy’s Kwilts and More

To make the tour even more fun, our Breaking Ground blog team member, Gail is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop Flosstyle to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!

As always, thanks for stopping by today.

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The Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour

Day 11 of the Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! On today’s blog: How not to have a panic attack because you feel awkward doing your blog photo shoot in Ikea. HINT: The trick is to have an amazing model. Thanks, Robin.I know what you’re thinking. Why go to Ikea for a photo shoot if it’s going to cause you anxiety? Because my kitchen is ugly! Truth. It has pink counter tops. Enough said. Can we go down a little rabbit hole together? Does that sound like fun? Don’t worry, it’s not an anxiety catastrophizing rabbit hole. It’s a “Laura loves patterns” rabbit hole. So. The fabric I used has the provincial flowers of Canada on it. The the Pacific Dogwood is the provincial flower of British Columbia. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria. This apron pattern is called The Victoria Apron. I made the apron out of provincial flowers of Canada fabric. And so on and so forth. Did you enjoy that rabbit hole?The Victoria Apron pattern by Handmaiden’s Cottage offers four sizes: XS (bust 32-33″, waist 25-26″) to L (bust 39-49″, waist 32-34″). I fall outside those measurements, and although I could have made the apron for myself anyways, it’s always nice to have a friend take on the model role. I much prefer sitting at the sewing machine and standing behind the camera. The pattern can be made in one of two lengths: 37″ and 42″. For myself, clocking in at 5′ 4 3/8″ I would have gone for the 37″ length. However, Robin is significantly taller than I am, so I went with the 42″ length for her. I really like how it turned out, as far as length goes. The one thing that is going to drive me bonkers about my finished product is the pockets. This is not a reflection on the pattern or the instructions. This is all me. As mentioned above, Robin is taller than I am, so I tried to guess where she would need her pockets. It’s driving me crazy that they aren’t at a better length for her. Robin is going to find me in her kitchen one day ripping the pockets off and replacing them. The pattern offers some great tips on how to get a more personalized fitting apron. Had I been sewing for myself, these tips would have been the bomb. They’re great little adjustments. And I could have used them for this apron, but I highly doubt Robin wanted to come over and hang out while I burnt the midnight oil sewing. The Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour is nearly over. Hey, have you noticed this ISN’T an Easter dress? And the blog tour is an Easter DRESS blog tour?! Sneaky! The tour ends tomorrow. And so does the 30% off discount code to Handmaiden’s Cottage. Use the code EasterTour2018 for 30% off the Etsy store and website. Down below there’s a rafflecopter giveaway – $50 store credit to Handmaiden’s Cottage. Please visit all of the Easter Sewing Pattern Inspirations on the Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!

March 1st: Seams Sew Lo

March 2nd: Miinoma Studio

March 3rd: Momma You Can Make It

March 4th: Kate Will Knit

March 5th:  Kathy’s Kwilts and More

March 6th: Granma Texas Sews

March 7th: Our Play Place

March 8th: Aurora Designs

March 9th: Frullemieke

March 10th: My Sewing Roots

March 11th: Manning the Machine

March 12th: Seams Sew Lo (Round Up)

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it. Drop me a comment below and tell me which of Canada’s provincial flowers is your favorite, and what fabric you would use to make your own Victoria Apron.

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GYCT Designs Spring Dress Blog Tour

Bonjour. Bienvenue. It’s Day 3 of the GYCT Designs Spring Dress Tour sponsored by Sunshine Rae Fabric! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. There’s a giveaway at the end of this blog post. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a $20 shop credit from Sunshine Rae Fabrics and two patterns from GYCT!

Apparently spring is coming. I know. Hard to believe with the snow fall warning we had over the weekend. But, the calendar says it is right around the corner. It’s time to bust out the spring dress patterns. Maybe that will encourage the snow to melt faster.

Last obnoxious frame, promise! For this blog tour I sewed up the Poinsettia Party Dress pattern for my Elle Belle. I had originally picked out some teal raw silk to make the dress. The final result would have been a much more formal look. My good friend, Robin, stopped by with a bag of fabric and it screamed spring to me. I was a little worried that the fabrics would be too crazy together and waffles back and forth between the orange and green being bodice or top skirt. But, I think the final result is the perfect blend of crazy and happy. And that says Elle Belle to me. And of course spring too. The Poinsettia can be made with a knee or mid-calf length skirt. It can be made sleeveless or with gathered short sleeves, or long sleeves. I think you can tell which options I went with fairly easily. Alright. Time for the sewing confessions. I confess that I accidentally folded the bow piece the wrong way. I honestly think it just made it wider as opposed to taller. And that’s totally cool.

Speaking of the bow…. I confess that it is on the “wrong” side. All the photos and the instructions have the bow on the side with the short end of the top skirt. It just didn’t look right to me. I tried. I was just going to put it on the “right” side, and follow the instructions. But the bow wanted to be on the “wrong” side. Sometimes, you have to use the pattern as a jumping off point and let the fabric guide you. It’s getting a little too voodoo, let your spirit fabric guide you, up in here.

Gosh, I love the florals and butterflies of this fabric. Guess what else I have to confess? I confess that I did NOT line the bodice. SHOCK! GASP! CLUTCH MY PEARLS! It’s true. I didn’t. Seams don’t bother me. They don’t bother her. I figured I’d throw caution to the wind and see what happened if I didn’t line it. I’ll tell you what happened at the end.

What else? I know there were a few more things I played around with. I cut the front skirt and top skirt pieces almost the full width of the fabric instead of the listed width. I also pleated my skirts instead of gathering. Oh man. I thought I was so smart doing that. I have a tremor in my hand, (and I suspect early onset arthritis), and after chipping away at ice and hard packed snow all afternoon, my tremor was crazy obnoxious! In all my brilliance, I decided that pulling gathering threads would hurt too much, and pleats would be easier. I am a moron! There is so much pinning with pleats! But, I loooooove a cute pleat! Worth it!

I went with snaps instead of buttons. ONLY BECAUSE my machine was being fussy and I had to pick out one buttonhole, and my hand wanted to secede from the rest of me. Snaps seemed the better option than risk unpicking an ugly buttonhole. I will go on the record to say that I do prefer the look of buttons to snaps though. Fortunately these snaps had cute dragonflies on them that I felt matched the whole dress.

This was her pose choice. She’s a ham bone for sure.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Don’t forget to check out all the other stops along the tour. Three things to take notes of. 1: There’s a giveaway. Enter it. 2: Use code SPRINGTOUR and get 15% off your entire GYCT Designs purchase. 3: When you sew barefoot, you’ll eventually step on a pin. That’s all from me for today. Thanks again.

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Oh. Did I say that was the end. Yeah. No. Don’t you want to know what happens when you combine: an unlined bodice + snaps + a five year old that can’t undo the snaps on her own.

She ripped it right off. I am gutted. I don’t even know what to do.

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Get Ready for Spring Ellie & Mac Blog Tour

Hey! I have no idea what day of this blog tour we’re on. I think day 18….? WELCOME to day 18 of the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring patterns by Ellie & Mac, and hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Just as an FYI, all Ellie & Mac patterns are 35% off right now. The discount is taken off automatically within the checkout cart – no code necessary. There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway hidden somewhere in this post. Haha. Normally they’re at the end. Not this time. You’ll actually have to read the blog to find it. She is perfection! Today, I’m featuring not one, but two Ellie & Mac patterns. The Sitting Pretty Collar Top pattern and the Be Smart Jumper pattern.Let’s start by discussing the elephant in the room. YES, I overlapped my collar too much. Ugh. I know. You see, I have a tendency to not overlap them enough, or to shift them when I’m sewing. And so I corrected the issue by OVERcorrecting. Ugh! But, as I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I’m not too cool to admit when I’ve made a whoopsies. Don’t do what I did boys and gals, just follow the instructions and go slow when doing that part of the collar and everything will be fine. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the Sitting Pretty! PS – It comes in Women’s sizing too! The pattern has layers! Layers are my favorite thing. I love making all the sizes I don’t need disappear. This beauty can be made with less than a yard of fabric for any of the sizes. It’s sized 12-18months to size 12. You have the option of making the top with banded puff short sleeves or making a banded tank top.I made Danica a size 7 Sitting Pretty, and matched the collar and sleeve bands to her Be Smart Jumper. Her chest places her in a size 6, but her waist, height, and weight place her in a size 7. I’m ok with the top being mildly roomier in the chest. It gives her a bit of wiggle room to add a camisole or trainer underneath.The Be Smart Jumper is an amazingly fast sew. The nice thing about having Danica home when I’m sewing is that I can adjust as I go. I moved the straps in a touch from the suggested placement and played with their length a bit as well. The only tricky part is trying not to catch her (or myself) with a pin when trying things on mid creation. I totally stabbed myself three times!Where did she get those long legs from? Not her 5’4.5″ tall mother, that’s for sure. Since her chest measurement wasn’t a factor for the Be Smart Jumper, Danica fell within a size 7. She’s soooo leggy though, I think I’d add some length next time. It’s darling on her, but I know shorter skirts make her Dad want to send her to a nunnery. We aren’t even Catholic….The Be Smart Jumper can be made in a low waist option or a high waist option. I loved the look of both when going through all the photos included in the pattern listing. I literally flipped a coin to decide which version to do. Low waist it is. Whoops, almost forgot to mention sizing. The pattern has the same size range as the Sitting Pretty: 12-18months to size 12. I am in love with the grey floral fabric that Danica chose for this project. I have no idea what it is other than that it’s textured, I love it, and Danica found it in the bargain area of Fabricland. I want to make all the things with it.My sister has some pretty strong views about this whole outfit, especially the Be Smart Jumper. I guess I’ll be making a whole ton more and convincing Ellie & Mac to make a women’s version in the future. Thanks for swinging by. I so appreciate it. Drop me a comment confessing your undying love for me. Make sure you swing by the other blog stops on the tour:

  1. February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. February 5th: Violets and Jewels
  4. February 6th: Threadistry
  5. February 7th: Mama Can Make it
  6. February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  7. February 9th: Aurora Designs
  8. February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
  9. February 11th: Floral and Flannel
  10. February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
  11. February 13th: Minns Things
  12. February 14th: Our Play Place
  13. February 15th: Tenille’s Thread
  14. February 16th: Seams Like Style
  15. February 17th: Hutsepruts
  16. February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
  17. February 19th: My Sewing Roots
  18. February 20th: Manning The Machine
  19. February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
  20. February 22nd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  21. February 23rd: Sewjourns
  22. February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
  23. February 25th: Fee Bricolo
  24. February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
  25. February 27th: Big Fly Notions
  26. February 28th: Sewing Blue

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Red, White, and Pink Blog Tour (Sewing by Ti – Blog Tours)

Welcome to day 19 of the Red, White, and Pink Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti!Woah now. That’s not red, white, or pink! Don’t worry. This is an old sew. Two years and seven months ago I made this cute little Sew Like My MamaSnapdragon Dress for my oldest daughter. She was just a little over 6 years old then. She’s almost 9 now. At the beginning of the year, I wondered if I could make all of our clothing this year. Danica needed new pjs, and I desperately did not want to print a pattern with a million pages. Actually, if I’m being honest, I didn’t want to print anything with more than five pages. By opting to skip the sleeves, and do the tank version of the Snapdragon, all I had to print was two pages. Two pages. That’s it. Just the front bodice and the back bodice. You can choose to print the skirt and bands, or use the provided measurements. Woohoo for measurements! Thank you, Sew Like My Mama. I could easily turn the Snapdragon dress into a night gown. It’s all about fabric choice. A stripe interlock for the bodice. Cute Tinkerbell flannel for the skirt! Instead of bands around the neckline and armscye, I decided to use some picot lingerie elastic. I’ve been sewing with it a lot this month – making all the undies! So, why not use it here as well?Danica’s chest measures a size 6 in this pattern. She’s between a size 7 and 8 for height. I opted to make her a straight size 7. To make the nightgown a little roomier, and I didn’t mind it being a touch shorter. It is a night gown after all. The girls like to throw in a pose of their own. This is Danica’s pose idea. She was trying to pull off looking tired and ready for bed. I think she did a pretty good job. This tour isn’t over until the end of the month.

Let’s get inspired!
February 1st:Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th:Tenille’s Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
8th: EYMM
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th:Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th:Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th:Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs

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Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour

Welcome to the 7th day of the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. First things first! Each of day of this blog tour, the featured pattern(s) will be on sale for THAT DAY ONLY! I’ve sewed up the Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu, and the bundle containing those patterns is on sale today. No coupon code needed, the price is already discounted. Second things second! Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery!

This is what you get when the seven year old asks to pose herself! I love it, so obviously it’s making the blog post.

I let River pick out the fabric for our matching Mommy & Me Lulus. This fabric is in direct violation of my grey, black, and drab wardrobe choices. I seriously don’t think I can mentally handle how shiny it is. That’s just the honest truth of the matter. Having said that, I did wear it to church on Sunday so that River and I could match, and I did get quite a few compliments on it. Maybe I could learn to accept a little shiny in to my wardrobe. Maybe! I also would have preferred a luscious sweater knit to this spandex concoction, but I did leave the decision up to my girly.

The hemline of the Lulu Dolman might just be my favorite thing. It’s an exaggerated hi-low hemline. I love how much longer it is in the back. Perfect for pairing with leggings. Since it’s a pretty curved hemline, wash away hem tape can be a pretty handy asset for securing that hem down. I’ve done quite a few curved hemlines this year already, so I skipped the hem tape and just pinned that sucker into place. For the Women’s Lulu Dolman, there’s also an option to bind that tricky curved hemline. I opted to just flip the hem up and stitch her down.

Now. I’m not afraid to admit when I’ve made a mistake. First off, the sleeve cuffs of my dolman are about 1/2″ too short. Total cutting error. You know when you fold your fabric in half and you don’t realize there’s a chunk missing out of the bottom half. Yup. Total rookie mistake. I opted to use them and just slice off the chunked off inch, but it did result in slightly shorter sleeve cuffs. I guess after this flub, I could have just done the banded elbow sleeve, or recut my cuffs, buuuuuuuuut…. I’m a wee bit lazy, I suppose. Also, it’s freezing cold out – I’m so not ready to lose my long sleeved tops yet.

Our internet was down for four days during the time that I was sewing for this tour. Thanks, Shaw! The under ground line in to our house cracked and it took four days before an aerial line was installed. I keep my “in use” patterns on my Dropbox, and hadn’t set them to be available offline. I figured, “no big deal, I know how to sew, I’ve made a dolman before, it’ll be fine.” And honestly, for the most part, totally fine. Except for my neckline. I attached it like any other band, right sides together. Not the technique used in the pattern. Ugh! So, my neckline is mildly off. Dang it! It’s not a huge deal, but it would lay flatter if it was done according to the instructions. I blame Shaw!

I found ONE minor mistake while making River’s Lulu Dolman. The order of construction was slightly out – one step had been moved out of order. Why am I pointing out an error with the pattern? Because of Petite Stitchery‘s response. They were gracious about me pointing out the little mistake, thankful I brought it to their attention, corrected it, and let me know the issue had been resolved. All very quickly, might I add. I think it’s important to remember that designers are human too. Mistakes happen. But, it’s how they choose to respond when these errors are pointed out, that really will let you know who this designer is. So, hats off to you, Petite Stitchery, for handling this situation with class.

The tour is nearly over, but here’s a list of the patterns that have been on sale, and will be on sale. Remember that each pattern is only on sale the day of the blog feature.

1. February 6th: Girls Periwinkle

2. February 7th: Girls Clover

3. February 8th: Girls Maize & Girls Lily

4. February 9th: Womens Cassidy

5. February 10th: Womens Lulu

6. February 11th: Girls Adelyn & Mama Adelyn

7. February 12th: Girls Lulu & Womens Lulu

8. February 13th: Girls Aria & Womens Bliss

9. February 14th: Girls Sapphire & Womens Flirt

Please, visit all of the wonderful blog stops on the Petite Stitchery Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! We’d all appreciate it if you dropped a comment on our blogs! Let’s us know you stopped by.

1. February 6th: Seams Sew Lo

2. February 7th: Octaves of Color

3. February 8th: Our Play Place

4. February 9th: My Sewing Roots

5. February 10th: The Petite Sewist

6. February 11th: Aurora Designs

7. February 12th: Manning the Machine

8. February 13th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing

9. February 14th: On Wednesday We Sew

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