Where’s Perry?

This post originally appeared on Friends Stitched Together in April as part of CraftingCon’s Disney Non-Princess month.

Hello all! It’s Laura from Manning the Machine. Yep, I’m here again. You might have seen me back in June for Harry Potter and January for Doctor Who. I’m back again for Disney month, and have chosen to focus on a show that our whole family likes watching together. That’s right, even the husband and I like it. I had a lot of fun creating my look, and writing the post that will follow this little intro. I’d thought about creating a little video of me singing it to you, but I am sure the ladies of CraftingCon don’t want to lose all their guests. So, I will provide you with this handy little video link, so you can hear the tune, and maybe sing along while you read. Enjoy!


There’s just 30 days of CraftingCon April,
and May comes along just to end it.
So the current problem for this Sewing Mama
is finding a good way to craft it.


Like maybe….
Looking at patterns
And checking out Craftsy
And heading to the fabric store


Discovering that I have enough yardage (Hey!)
Or maybe I should buy some more!


Printing pages
Reading pdfs
And locating my scissors and tape (They’re over here!)


Finding the cutting mat
Cutting the fabric out
This skirt has a really nice drape (Danica!)


As you can see
There’s a whole of stuff to do
Before April ends with May (Come on River!)


So stick with CraftingCon April cause
We’re gonna craft it all!
So stick with CraftingCon April cause
We’re gonna craft it all!
(Kids! I totally rewrote a title sequence!)


Was that fun? Did you like it? Haha!

I actually really did have fun creating this little look for my oldest girl, Danica. I used the Audriella dress pattern by Rose & Lee Designs for her Phineas inspired dress. The Agent P headband and Perry the Platypus hair clip, (that Elle was nice enough to model), are both clippie designs by Frou Frou by Heather Sue.

Don’t want the Phineas and Ferb love to end? Want another song? Here’s my two year old’s favorite Phineas and Ferb related video. Enjoy…… Waahaahaa!

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Women’s Bundle Up Blog Tour – EYMM and LLK

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Are you ready to BUNDLE UP? The current Bundle Up is live and it is all for women!


I had the opportunity to test the Women’s Everyday Essentials by Everything Your Mama Made (EYMM). I would say “that’s me, in the middle of the cover photo.” But, let’s be honest. What I should really be saying is “those are my boobs, smack in the middle of the cover photo.” Ha! I decided to give mine a break from the spotlight – I don’t want them to get an ego or anything – and whip up the pattern for my sister for this blog tour. This made me slightly nervous for two reasons. 1 – I only ever sew for my kiddos and myself. The kiddos are always so easy to please and never notice any sewing boo boos. 2 – Boobs. Sewing for women can be tricky. Fortunately, Kymy is the Boob Queen. I mean that in the best possible way. She understands that fitting for this area can be tricky, and she makes it as painless as possible. If you ever have a boob fitting question, I bet Kymy would have the answer.

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The Everyday Essentials pattern is like a bundle on its own. The pattern includes: half slip in two lengths, sleeping bra, cami, two different length gowns. Lots of options! There are also options when it comes to fitting. The pattern, which is sized XS (over bust 32”) to 5X (over bust 59.75”), offers different cup sizes – small, average, and full. For the front bodice, you have the option to gather under the bust, or omit the gathers and cross the front over more, which provides a bit more modesty. I made myself the sleep bra, or as Jackson might call it, “the easy access to the house white” bra. Everything stays in place during the night, but it’s easy enough he can almost self serve and I can keep sleeping. TMI? Oh well. Now you know. I also made the cami option, which can be seen front and center of the pattern’s cover photo. And finally I made the above the knee length in a sexy black and gold stretch lace. For all of mine, I opted to do the bust gathers. For Sarah, I figured she might want a bit more coverage so that she’d be comfortable wearing it out. I omitted the bust gathers and crossed the front over a bit more. While the Everyday Essentials are meant as more of an undergarment, given the right fabric, the cami makes a cute stand alone top. She loves it. I did take it back from her after photos. I decided that the top should be hemmed, instead of leaving it raw, as it’s just too lightweight. Easy fix.

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My sister is a pear shape. When I told her that I was going to make her The Petal Perfect Skirt by Little Lizard King (LLK), she made a face at me – it wasn’t pretty. She explained that because of her shape she has a hard time finding skirts that fit properly. And then she complained about her hips, and I tuned her out. Ha! Love you, Sarah! She got in to my head a little bit and made me nervous about making her a skirt. Little Lizard King is also a new one for me. It can be a bit nerve wracking to try a new to me designer. Hips and new designer = stress levels rising. Sister freaking about her hips = stress level rising even more.


I had nothing to worry about! Crisis averted. Obviously the designer understood that we are all shaped differently, and took this in to account. The sizing for LLK Petal Perfect skirt ranges from 0 (waist 26 1/8” hips 34”) to 20 (waist 40.5”, hips 50”). HOWEVER, you can select one size for your waistband and another for you skirt options. Oh gosh. I love a pattern that is customizable in a no brainer way. My sister’s waist is 27” which puts her in a size 2 for her waistband, according to the chart. She has 39” hips, or maybe 38” hips. You know when you write a number down, and the scribble another number on top? Well. I don’t know if I had originally written 39” down, and written over with 38,” or the other way around. I decided to err on the side of safe and go with 39” which put her in a size 8/M for her skirt, according to the chart. Looking at it, I’ll size her down to a 6/S for next time. She agrees. Better safe than sorry. Sarah asked for a taller waistband for the skirt. Fortunately, the designer included a suggested measurement for the taller waistband – no maths involved!


Late the day of our photo shoot, she sent me a text. “Picked my outfit for tomorrow. Make me a million more skirts. I love it!” She was rocking her Petal Perfect skirt. Fear of a new designer – overcome! Fear of “big” hips in skirts – overcome! Fear of sewing for others – a little less fear than before. Two patterns that make fitting easy – win! Two pieces of clothing sewn up in less than three hours (that’s fast for this dawdler) – awesome!


Check out some of the other bloggers on the tour. If you are a plus sized gal, and would like to see how the Everyday Essentials look on a fellow plus size gal, head on over to The Wholesome Mama. I love the version Courtney made. She is also rocking the Real Deal Jeans by Winter Wear Designs. Darcie, of Mimi’s Mom, blogged about The Petal Perfect skirt as well. She used mint green stretch vegan leather for her skirt. FUN!


The Women’s Everyday Essentials by EYMM and The Petal Perfect Skirt by LLK are available from May 1 – 8, as part of the BUNDLE UP SALE.


OH! I also tested the Jillian by Greenstyle. I made Sarah throw on my testers super quick. These are early phase testers for my much fluffier frame. I mostly just wanted to show off her awesome arms. She’s getting married in September and has been putting a lot of work in to them. “Welcome to the gun show.”

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Bundle Up! Jam Jam Sleepwear by Love Notions

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Pattern Revolution’s Bundle Up! Sale is happening once again, and this time it is all for girls! A little disclosure, right up front. I was given the following pattern for free as part of the blog tour. That’s a pretty standard exchange. However, all opinions, and adorable children, within this blog post are mine! Now let’s get in to it.

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I really like Love Notions. I’ve made a few Love Notions patterns for myself, and while I have a handful of the children’s patterns in my collection, this is my first time sewing a Love Notions children’s pattern. The Jam Jam Sleepwear Collection doesn’t disappoint. Just look how adorable it is!

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The Jam Jam Sleepwear Collection is for girls sized 2T-14. It has two options for bottoms – capris or shorts. Both have the sweetest curved ruffle hem, and you can add a faux drawstring to the waist if you’d like. I did find the capris to be a bit long for my personal liking. I also didn’t have any of my girls at home when I made them (yay for sleepovers with the cousins), so I didn’t alter the length at all. BUT, included within the pattern is a chart that contains inseam measurements (not including ruffle) for the shorts and capris. Had my girls been home, I would have been able to measure their inseams, and shortened as needed. Thank you, Tami, for adding these measurements, they’re so handy to have. It kind of all worked out though. I had originally made this little set with River, who just turned 4 last week, in mind. My 2 year old, Elle, has the same body measurements as River – although River is a touch taller. The capris work as perfect little pants for Elle. I just noticed her boots are on the wrong feet…. Oh well, she put them on herself. Yay for independence.

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My absolute favorite part of this pattern is the top, which features cute cap sleeves, fun shirt tail hem, and the best part – the yoke! All the dresses my late Bobo (Grandma) made for herself had yokes, with the body of the dress gathered to the yoke. And what does this top have? An adorable yoke with the front and back pieces gathered to it. Ah! It makes me think of my dear Bobo – the person who inspired me to sew. I just love it! Oh! OH! The other awesome part about the yoke – PERFECT stash buster. It takes hardly any fabric. I have tons of little pieces of knit laying about. The piece I used for this little set was basically big enough for the yoke and the little faux drawstring, which I had to shorten a bit to use this fabric.

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One more awesome feature about the pattern as a whole, which bears mentioning – the layer function. Who is the genius that thought of the layer function? You sir, or madam, deserve a round of applause! I love any way to save ink! Tami has also included a handy little print chart, which you can quickly refer to, and print only the pages you need. THANK YOU! I love the layer. I love the print chart. I love saving ink. I love having as few pages to print as possible. There’s a lot of love going on in this paragraph. Let’s get on to something not so lovey-dovey. Kindergartener harassment! I’m not joking.

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The cute ruffled bottoms. The adorable little top. They all combine to make a perfectly sweet loungewear set. UNFORTUNATELY – I only made one set and I have three girls, as previously mentioned. FORTUNATELY – two of those girls are the same size, so they can share. UNFORTUNATELY -I wasn’t smart enough to make one for my kindergartener first, and she is the most vocal one out of all of them when it comes to being missed. It is kindergartener harassment central up in here. “Mom, I don’t even have any jammies. Not any. None. I have nothing to sleep in.” Time to go through my knit scrap bin and find the perfect little piece for that adorable little yoke for that stubborn, not like here Mom at all, lovely kindergartener!

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OH! If you still aren’t convinced, check out the blog post the Shaffer Sisters did as part of the tour. They figured out all of the math for the bundle. Go see how it all adds up. Also, click on the images below. One will take you to the tour schedule, so you can check out the rest of the blogs. One will take you to a GIVEAWAY! And one will take you directly to the sale site. Bam! Links everywhere, yo! I might have drank a cherry Dr Pepper while writing this…. Sorry for the overly hyper tone! And the excessive use of the exclamation mark. It’s my favorite punctuation, followed closely by the comma. Now, go Bundle UP! Hurry. The sale ends February 2nd.





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Doctor Who CraftingCon – Break Down

CraftingCon‘s theme this month is Doctor Who – and I’m a competitor! Huzzah! I was remiss in mentioning what patterns and designs I used in that post. So, here’s a break down. Prepare yourself for link overload! Everything linked should take you somewhere different – facebook pages, designer website, craftsy, you name it, I tried to link it. Please note that most patterns were altered – normally adding or subtracting length to various parts of the pattern. Keep that in mind! Most of the pictures are in progress shots, you can even see where I hadn’t yet removed some stabilizer, head on over to CraftingCon to check out the final version.

OTIUMCyberman and Bow(tie)s Are Cool shirts
For these two shirts I used Sofilantjes (<–facebook page link) Otium Girls pattern. I used the plain version of the pattern for the cyberman shirt, and the bow back version for the 11th Doctor “bowties are cool” shirt. You can find the pattern on Sofilantjes website. Sofilantjes (<–facebook group link)also offers a women’s version of this pattern.
Cyberman design
For the cyberman applique on the shirt, I actually used Gracefully Geeky‘s Cyberman Mask. I skipped a few steps of the stitch out to make it work, but I think it turned out rather nicely. Gracefully Geeky (<–facebook page link) also offers a variety of other Doctor Who themed masksDalek, 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor, K-9, you can also buy them all as a bundle. Gracefully Geeky (<–facebook group link)has plenty more Doctor Who themed goodies – there’s also finger puppets. That’s right, finger puppets. These designs are all to be used with an embroidery machine.
Bow hair clip
The bow clip that I made to go with the “bowties are cool” shirt is another one for the machine embroidery crowd. I used one of Bobbin For Appliques (<–facebook page link) felt bow designs to make it. It’s a pretty straightforward quick little make. Bobbin For Appliques (<–facebook group link) has a ton of cool embroidery machine designs – see: WINGS!

SLEEPYKIWISAre You My Mummy and Gallifreyn I Love You shirts
Both of these shirts that I made for Jackson were done using the top from LittleKiwisCloset‘s (<–facebook page link) Sleepy Kiwis Nightwear pattern.  I think this pattern might have been the only one I didn’t alter in anyway. Maybe… Oh! I was one of LittleKiwisCloset‘s (<–facebook group link) testers for this pattern, so I actually used the tester pattern pieces since they were handy in my sewing room still.
Are You My Mummy design
This is another machine embroidery design. This time from Applique Geek (<–facebook page link). Are You My Mummy is not the only Doctor Who inspired design offered by Applique Geek (<–facebook group link). There is also the….
Gallifreyan I Love You design
I Love You in Gallifreyan design. This design comes with two different versions. An applique version and a bean stitch version, which is what I used on Jack’s shirt.

RIVALRAGLANHello, Sweetie shirt
For this shirt I used GYCT‘s (<–facebook page link) Rival Raglan pattern. This was my first time sewing up this pattern by GYCT (<–facebook group link). It’s part of my New Year’s Resolution to use pattern already in my collection.  One pattern down, a million more to go!
Hello, Sweetie design
This is another of design by Applique Geek. I did alter the Hello, Sweetie design slightly, by opting to not stitch out the high heel. I don’t know if you can really tell, but I used red metallic thread for this design.

SEENA Allons-y!, Bad Wolf, and Adipose shirts
These shirts were all done using Gracious Threads (<–facebook page link) Seena Dolman Top. Also a first time make with this pattern. That’s 2 patterns down, a million -1 to go! This is also the first time I’ve made one of Gracious Threads (<–facebook group link) patterns, which is really too bad since she is a local to me designer. There is also a women’s version of this pattern available.
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This design brings my Applique Geek design count up to four! I should have used a different colored thread for the words on the shirt. Next time.
Bad Wolf design
Matte fabric paint and a sponge brush. I was trying to go for a spray painted look. I don’t really think I succeed, but I don’t think I would have gotten a better effect with machine embroidery either.
Adipose design
The adipose design on Elle’s shirt is another of Gracefully Geeky‘s. It’s actually the adipose feltie design. I also made Elle a stuffed adipose, who she lovingly calls Baby Adi. The stuffy is also done with an embroidery machine, and is another of Gracefully Geeky’s. It comes in a few different sizes, Elle’s is the smallest. You can find more adipose in Gracefully Geeky‘s Doctor Who finger puppet set and busy bag set.

They aren’t the center of focus for my CraftingCon entry, but I did make each of my girls leggings to go with their shirts. The pattern I used is by Jennuine Designs (<–facebook page link), and is currently in testing. There are two different styles being offered in this pattern – basic and dressage (think equestrian riding pants). The ones pictured above aren’t the ones I made for my entry, but they show off the two different styles better. You’ll have to stalk Jennuine Designs (<–facebook group link) for the pattern release.

PHEW! Lots of links for you!!!

And here’s just a few more since I linked everyone else up on Facebook.
CraftingCon group
CraftingCon page
Friends Stitched Together
Mae and K

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Origami Tunic


Yeah self-care sewing! I’m actually on a self-care sewing roll. I’ve made four patterns for myself, and have a fifth taped together. This week is an anomaly – I never sew for myself.


I had the opportunity to test the Origami Tunic & Cardigan for Ladies by Love Notions.


I LOVE IT!!! Tami is excellent to test for. I think the pattern went through at least five revisions because Tami wanted to get it perfect before it went out.


Just as a heads up, I opted to cuff my sleeves. It isn’t in the pattern. I just wanted them to match my neckline.


The Pattern: On Love Notion’s website
Sizes: XS (30-33″ bust) to XXL (46-48″ bust)
Options: Tunic or cardigan. Short, 3/4, or long sleeve. Banded or cowl neckline. Handkerchief or straight hemline.
Skill level: Confident beginner
Facebook: Love Notions fan page. Love Notions group.
SALE: For a limited time, the pattern is marked down to $7 from $8.95.
Other: Head to Love Notion’s website and sign up for the newsletter. You’ll receive a free pattern (The Dashing Vest), and find out about sales first. Now’s a good time to sign up with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on the horizon.

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Peekaboo Pockets!!

I had the opportunity to test again for Little Kiwi’s Closet. I believe this is my third test for Lydia. I’ve previously tested the Beachcomber Pinny and the Street Smart Sweatshirt Collection. This time around I helped test the Peekaboopocket Mix & Match Outerwear Top.


IMG_6013.JPG I did not force her to shovel snow.

I whipped up the hooded pullover version for Danica with a reach through pocket. Yes, whipped. It’s super fast. I made Danica a size 4, according to the size chart. I accidentally stretched the sweater when attaching the hem band. You can see. Silly mistake.


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Next, I was avoiding going to the store to get a zipper for Elle’s, so I whipped up another hooded pullover. I made this one out of an old hoodie of mine. Instead of using the patterns hood, I used the sweaters existing hood. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough ribbing in the sweater to bind the armholes, so I had to turn them under. This one has the small pockets. I made the size 4 again. But River claimed it as her own. She’s a waif of a thing, and is actually in an 18 month according to the size chart. It’s big on her, but she loves it, so she can keep it.


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Next, I made Elle a zippered, collared, kangaroo pocket, size 18 month. The pink fabric was the devil. It kept shedding while I was working with it. The zipper isn’t hard at all, and actually isn’t why I was avoiding going to the store. I just don’t like taking four kids to the fabric store. Even more so when it is snowy out. I swear my pockets were lined up. My machine had a major meltdown hissy fit, and I think in all the chaos of rearranging my desk to use my back up machine, that the pockets for shifted about.

The Pattern: Craftsy. Etsy.
Sizes: newborn to 12
Options: Reach through, small, and kangaroo pockets. Snaps, zipper, or pullover. Hood or collar. Sleeves or sleeveless vest.
Other: Pattern is fully illustrated! 31 of tutorial, 28 pages of pattern.
Skill level: Confident beginner
Facebook: Fan Page. Group.
SALE: For the next 24 hours the price has been marked down 20% on Craftsy.

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I really wish at least one of my children was a ginger so I could have come up with some witty commentary here. P.S there’s a giveaway link at the end of this post.

About a month ago I had the opportunity to test the Gingersnap Dress and Tunic pattern by MCM Studio Designs. The dress is a loose fitting, kimono style A-line, with 3/4 length sleeves. The size range is 2T-6. This is Linda’s second pattern, and I think it’s one people will like. It’s also a part of Pattern Revolutions Aspiring Designer Series. Let me break down the awesomeness for you.


The size chart provides measurements for weight, chest, and height. Also included are instructions on how to measure your child’s height and chest. Elle falls within the size 2 range for all measurements except her chest, which is only about 1/2″ smaller than the one listed for size 2. River is tiny for a nearly four year old. She falls within the size 2 range as well, except for her height which puts her in a size 3. Fortunately, there is also a chart with finished measurements, which includes number for chest, tunic length and dress length. That’s a helpful chart to have when you have a skinny, tall daughter.

IMG_3340.JPG This is the exact same dress on River.

I tested the size 2, and decided to try it on all the girls. As I previously mentioned, River is taller than the size 2 range. As you can see in the picture, it’s obviously short on her. But, if I was making this dress for River, I could have looked at the finished measurements chart and known that a size 3 length and a size 2 width would have been best for her. That chart is handy for customizing your fit.

IMG_3460.JPG Yup. Same dress on Danica too.

Linda provides clear printing and assembly instructions. She includes a layout guide for taping together the pages. She even lists what page the test square is on. I love it when designers do that. I don’t like printing all my pages just to find they’re off, or having to browse through all the pages to find the right one to print first. It’s a helpful thing to note.

A note on pattern test squares. Let’s say you print your pattern out and the 1″ square is actually measuring 7/8″ instead. You might think, “oh it’s only 1/8″ off, that’s not a big deal.” Yes. Yes it is. Your inch is short 1/8″ which means every inch is short that much. So, if you have a piece that is suppose to be 10″ wide. Every inch of that 10″ is short that much. Which makes for a 1 1/4″ difference between what you should have and what you’ve printed. Your 10″ is now down to 8 3/4″ which is going to cause some fit issue. ALWAYS check your test square, and make sure it is right.


Let’s break down the above screen shot of the pattern. A few different methods on finishing seams are mentioned, with a reference to the blog for tutorials on these techniques. I believe the link is clickable, but I find most don’t work when mobile. And, I confess to being lame and not trying to click on it while I was on my computer. Seam allowance is clearly noted. Excellent. I hate searching for that. There’s a clear guide for what is the right side and wrong side of the fabric. You see this in commercial paper patterns. I think it’s something handy to include when line drawings are used in patterns. I’m leaning more and more towards line drawings lately. That’s the next thing I was going to mention. The pattern is done with line drawings.


One more screenshot I want to show you. I think the writing and technique is really intelligent. Thank you for telling me which way to press my seams. Hell, thank you for remembering to tell me to press my seams in the first place. I’ve noticed that pressing seams is hardly mentioned in a lot of patterns. I always do it. It’s force of habit. It’s how I was taught. I don’t need it in the instructions, but it should be there. Not shown in this screen shot, but mentioned throughout is the direction to press your seams – she evens says which way to press if you are using a serger! Because you can’t press serged seams open. I don’t know if I’ve seen a pattern mention which direction to press your serged seams. At least, another example isn’t coming to mind at the moment.

For you Imperial users, you’re in luck, measurements in all charts, and thought the pattern are done in imperials for you. For those of you on the Metric system (like myself* here in Canada), you’re in luck too, because everything is in metric as well. Awesome!

*While I do live in Canada, and we are on the Metric system, when I sew, I’m all Imperial.

Like I said, I think people are going to like this pattern, it’s really well thought out with clear instructions. It’s on sale through Sunday, November 16 for only $4! You can also enter today’s giveaway over on Pattern Revolution for your chance to win a copy.

Ready for a million links? Let’s do this thing!

You can find the pattern on Etsy, Craftsy, DIY Crush, and MCM Studio Designs shop. Remember, it’s on sale for $4 right now.

Head on over to Facebook and like MCM Studio Designs. You can also like Pattern Revolution and DIY Crush while you’re at it. And join Pattern Revolution’s group.

Go and check out Linda’s blog, The Merry Church Mouse.

Phew. Lots of links, but we made it through. Go grab your copy, and keep an eye out for things to come from MCM Studio Designs. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.



While this dress was made for Elle, I haven’t done much sewing for River lately. I think she was feeling a bit left out. She was the best little model and styles herself. Yup. Boots. Little purse. Ponytail. All her styling. She picked the purse because the button on it matches the one on the dress.

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Iceblink and Helios

I tested two different patterns for Golden Rippy at the same time about a month ago.





The Iceblink is designed for woven fabrics. It features short sleeves with bow epaulettes, hi-low hemline, exposed zipper (or partially exposed), and a loose fit in the waist and hips.


You can find the Iceblink on Craftsy, and on Golden Rippy’s website.




The Helios is part of One Thimble‘s fifth edition, which releases on November 14.

You can like Golden Rippy’s fan page, and join the sewing group on Facebook. You can also like One Thimble on Facebook.

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Guys, I’m just lame at blogging when I’m caught up sewing. Sewing is way more fun than blogging.

Speaking of sewing…. When am I not speaking of sewing? Speaking of sewing. Do you know how many pattern tests I’ve done this year? I’m finishing 43, in the process of 44, and 45 is starting up in a day or two. Think I can squish five more into this year? And get Christmas sewing done? We’ll see. It’s my own little goal.

And speaking of pattern testing. Here’s one I tests about a month ago for Made By Jack’s Mum. If you’ve seen the Harry Potter footed pjs I made for Jackson, this is the same designer. The Eclipse T-Shirt and Dress is the first pattern I tested for Sarah of MBJM.


Unfortunately, I don’t really have many pictures of Jackson in it. Because, I hate it. Not the pattern. I hate the colour combination I used. I liked it when I was cutting the fabric out. I hated it as soon as it was put together.

The pattern is just fine though. And loaded with options. There are three different necklines – round (like above), envelope (see below), and hooded. There’s three different sleeve options – long, short, and gathered (think: puffy sleeve). There’s also a shirt length and a dress length.


The envelope top is actually the same top included in the Starry Night Pjs. Except the envelope top has a few different options in the Starry Night pattern that are not included in the Eclipse pattern. Like the cuffed sleeves, and banded hem. The size range is also larger for the Eclipse than the Starry Night – ranging from preemie to age 8, instead of age 4.


Pattern: Made by Jack’s Mum(MBJM) – Eclipse T-Shirt and Dress. Etsy. Craftsy. MBJM’s website.
Sizes: Prem./Small Newborn – Age 8
Options: Round, envelope, hooded neckline. Long, short, gathered sleeve. Top or dress length.
Facebook: Fan Page. Group. Group for potential pattern testers.

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You’re A Wizard, Jackson.


Bam! Check that adorable baby out!!



This is what I was working on in this post. You can find the awesome stencil, by Heidi Schulz, here.





He’s so cute. I can’t even stand it.

Pattern: Made by Jack’s Mum (MBJM) – Starry Night PJs
Sizes: Prem./Small Newborn – Age 4
Options: Two different pant fit options (fluffy fit for cloth diapers, and trim fit for disposables/undies). Instructions for putting elastic all the way around the ankle, just at the back, or no elastic at all.
Facebook: Fan Page. Group. Group for potential pattern testers.
DISCOUNT CODE: toinfinity for 30% off ALL of MBJM’s patterns on etsy. Good until end of day on Sunday. But Sarah is in a different time zone than I am, so it’s end of her day. Which I think is the beginning of my Sunday?

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