Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 | The September Tunic & Dress



I am over-the-moon excited to be a part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #2. I'm a huge fan of pattern bundles for many reasons: they're an affordable way to discover new patterns, they showcase and help support independent designers, and they usually offer loads of inspiration. What I love most about the PPP though is, in addition to the reasons above, you also get to name your price (what?!) AND donate to charity at the same time. Seriously, so awesome. And I'm feeling so honored to have my September Tunic & Dress featured amongst such amazingly talented designers. Pinch me!

And if these reasons aren't convincing enough, there's this:

And if that STILL doesn't convince you, look! IT'S A FREE PRINTABLE.

The bundle is only available for a limited time, so check out the PPP site and get yours today:

the girliest thing i've ever done for my daughters, and that's okay



Over the last couple of weeks I seem to have fallen down a frilly, embellished, ruffled, sequined rabbit-hole of sorts. I don't know what's come over me. But can I admit that I'm having so much fun? And obvs the girls dig it. Today I sewed these two dresses, inspired by the ever so lovely Tutu du Monde.  

I made these out of some cream knit, cream tulle, ivory voile, and silver foe. They are super comfy despite their frilliness, they came together surprisingly fast, and the thing I loved most was how forgiving the materials and stitching were. The neckline of A's is a little wonky, so I'll be sure to skip the added foe next time around. 

So, it looks like I've full-blown caved into the world of tutus and frill. More to come soon! 

best undies ever



Don't forget! The Sew Fab Sale, which includes my Best Harem Pants pattern, ends this Tuesday, October 8th at 8 am EST! Thank you for supporting the Sew Fab designers!

You mean you don't sew your kid's underwear? Why would you, when you can buy a 5 pack for $8, right? So right! Store bought undies are definitely easier, and honestly, before last week, sewing my kid's underwear never even crossed my mind. But then I got my hands on this fabulous pattern and it changed my mind completely. 

Let me tell you, these were so easy and came out so perfect. I found the thing I like most about sewing your own underwear is the ability to choose your own fabrics. The underwear we buy from the store is often ill-fitting and not the softest. By sewing your own, you're able to adjust the fit (because no one in there right mind is going to alter store bought undies) and use whichever materials you like. For these I used the softest knit I could find, played with the fit a bit, and oooh boy are they good. They all fit a little differently, which I'm cool with cause the kid still loves them. So much that I'm kind of wanting to sew some for myself! I just can't get over how soft they are. 

This awesome pattern is part of the Sew Fab Bundle sale, which ends tomorrow at 8 am EST. If you haven't already purchased yours, do so before it's over! Cause once it's over, it's over. And 26 patterns at $1.15 each is just too good a deal to pass up. Buy yours here. 

fairy dress



Don't forget! The Sew Fab Sale, which includes my Best Harem Pants pattern, ends this Tuesday, October 8th! I'll be posting more items I've sewn using this fantastic bundle Monday and Tuesday. Thank you for supporting the Sew Fab designers!

I've mentioned this here before, but my daughters have a thing for tutus and frilly skirts. They love them. This mama on the other hand...let's just say I wish there were more 'tasteful' tutu options available on the market. (I'm looking at you, electric pink and orange tutu with glitter and ribbons galore.) 

Inspired by a dress I saw here a while back (which previously inspired me to sew this skirt), I haphazardly threw this 'fairy' dress together using some cream AMH voile, cream tulle, and silver FOE. Sewing with tulle is exhausting, am I right? But I loved the way this turned out, so much that I made a skirt, too. And I bought more tulle to make more dresses! Crazy-pants.  

I failed to get a decent photo of the back, but it's a simple cross of the straps. Something that makes for easy multiple wardrobe changes throughout the day. The tee is the same I posted about with the leopard skirts below. This thing is so soft she wants to live in it. I never want to buy a scratchy $4 kids tee again.

So tell me. Do you have girls that prefer the tutu look? How do you handle it? I should say, they do have their couple of over-the-top skirts they love wearing, and yes, they much prefer them over their mama-made skirts. But I'm trying! ;)

leopard skirts / new shirts



I recently cleaned out my closet, and since then I've been on somewhat of a recycling spree with my sewing. Normally the unwanted items would get thrown into the donate pile, but after reading this book, I've started viewing our clothing habits a little differently. It's a good read if you sew or are interested in handmade clothing.

Anyway, inspired by this beauty, I made the girls leopard skirts out of this weird, totally impractical sweatshirt-sleeveless-top-thing that I wore only once. I barely had enough fabric for both skirts, and the finishing is different on each, but hey! They love them and that's all that matters in the end. The shirts were self-drafted and sewn using this incredibly soft cream-colored knit. These will be perfect for layering this season.

Don't forget, you have less than a week to get your Fall Sew Fab e-pattern Bundle !

the sally dress



So after resorting to bribery (of the chocolate chip variety), my girls finally let me photograph them in some clothes I've recently made. Below is the Sally Dress by Very Shannon, which is included in this fall's amazing Sew Fab bundle. If you haven't picked yours up yet, do! The patterns are beautiful and so versatile. And as part of the bundle, this pattern comes out to a whopping $1.15. Seriously, so great.

I cut into one of my neglected blouses for this polka-dot number, which didn't provide me with quite enough fabric as needed. So I improvised a bit: left off the sleeves I originally wanted, shortened and decreased the width of the skirt, and attached the pockets a little differently than instructed. The fabric is super comfy, but really slinky and was kind of a pain to work with. But the pattern itself was awesome. The instructions are incredibly clear, the layout clean and uncluttered, and the finished dress fits well and is absolutely darling. I plan on pairing this with an undershirt and tights while it's cold, and if it still fits in the spring, well, I think it will transition just wonderfully.  I think someone agrees!

Remember, the Sew Fab sale ends 10/8! Come back tomorrow to see what other goodies I've been sewing. 

Sew Fab Sale is here!



I am so excited to announce today's launch of the Sew Fab e-pattern sale! Included you'll find my harem pants pattern, along with 25 other beautiful patterns by 25 wonderfully talented designers. So purchase your bundle today, then hang around here with me this week to see what I've sewn using this amazing bundle. And as always, happy sewing!

This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links, I earn a percentage of the sale. Thank you for supporting the Sew Fab Sale! 



Welcome to the Fall and Winter 2013

Sew Fab e-pattern Sale Event!

Last February was the first ever Sew Fab e-pattern Sale and it was so successful and was so well received that Jenny Yarbrough of The Southern Institute, the creator and administrator of the sale, decided to have more!  This sale is bigger and better than the first, with plenty of patterns to get you through the fall and winter (if you live on this side of the hemisphere), and a few warm weather patterns thrown in for those of you who live on the other side of the world.  You'll also find more gender neutral patterns for those of you who are sewing for boys.  And what about you?  Of course there are a few women's patterns thrown in for some selfish sewing too! Over the past several weeks a lot of behind the scenes planning has taken place to bring you this newest bundle of ePatterns from many of the top established and up and coming online sewing pattern designers.  The result is a bundle of 26 PDF sewing patterns that you're going to love! For one week only, twenty-six pattern designers have come together to bring you 26 of their best PDF patterns, valued together at well over $2oo.oofor the incredible price of $29.95!!!  That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!  Plus you can enter to win a dream of a giveaway with several prize packages from some of your favorite online fabric shops!
For less than $30.00 you will have a library of resources that you can use over and over again.
The designers that have joined this sale are experts in their craft.  Each designer has contributed one of their favorite patterns to create a bundle that is sure to please!  Whether you are sewing for your own family or making gifts for others, these are patterns that you will love to use.
If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading your pattern instructions and your pattern, you will print out the pattern itself, creating pattern tiles, if you will.  Simply tape the tiles together to create the full pattern!  At that point you can cut out the size that you need and pin the paper pattern directly to your fabric, or you can trace the pattern size that you need onto sewing paper or tracing paper and cut it out, saving the paper pattern for later when you need to sew another size.  Pdf patterns are so convenient because you can print them out as many times as you need!

Now for the good stuff... the PATTERNS!

26 amazing ePatterns from 26 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle.  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the images for more  information about each pattern.):
Reversible Zippy Hoodie from Kitschy Coo, Ananda Pants from CHOPSTIX, The Sally Dress from Very Shannon, Best Harem Pants from Too Sweets , Notebook Slipcover from Gingercake, Junebug Dress from Craftiness Is Not Optional, Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, Skinny Jeans from peek-a-boo, Pajama Eaters from Sew Fearless, Ruffle Dress from Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Go To Cape for Women, Sadie Grace Nightgown from Seamingly Smitten, Vintage V-Neck from Blank Slate Patterns, Zermatt Bow Swing Coat from See Kate Sew, Tumble Tee from imaginegnats, Nituna Jacket from Figgy's, Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June, Gathers and Giggles Quilt from Sew Much Ado, Billy Car Play Mat and Roll Up from Handmade Therapy, Bimaa Sweater from LouBee Clothing, Candy Carousel Dress from Molly Blossom, Convertible Clutch from LBG Studio , Infinity Sweater from One Girl Circus, Undies Pattern from From the Red Kitchen, Owl Backpack from The Sewing Loft, Ethan Shirt from the Scientific Seamstress This Sew Fab e-Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from September 30th at 8 a.m. EST through October 8th at 8 a.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds.
You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 26 PDF sewing patterns from 26 of the best designers out there!

And now for The Sew Fab Giveaways!

I'm so excited about these giveaways!  Can’t buy the pattern bundle?  It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter.  Each of these prizes will inspire you in your sewing as well as keep you stocked with what you need for your upcoming projects.  There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to all of the giveaway packages.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.  
#1: $50 Gift Card to Fat Quarter Shop
The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly who began her shop as a side business, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer.  You'll still find the same level of service at Fat Quarter Shop, along with an extensive selection of high quality fabrics at great prices.
#2: $50 Gift Card to Girl Charlee Fabrics
Girl Charlee Fabrics is your retail and wholesale source for unique knits fabrics at the best price.  Browse their wide selection of fabrics and specially select knit specific sewing patterns from independent designers.
#3: $50 Gift Card to Modern Yardage
Modern Yardage has a curated team of talented designers who design fabric exclusively for them. They print your fabric on-demand and offer their prints in small, medium, and large scale and as many as 10 different color options.  Designs  are printed in the standard 44" width on 58" wide, pre washed, 100% cotton quilting weight fabric, and they use the 12" margin to print features about their designers, free projects and patterns for you, and other fun goodies!
#4: $50 Gift Card to Michael Levine, Inc.
Located in the heart of the Los Angeles garment and fashion district, Michael Levine, Inc. is one of the Largest fabric retailers and wholesalers in the nation. With two retail outlets and a super stocked warehouse, Michael Levine, Inc. is the place to buy fabric. 
#5: $50 from Finch Sewing Studio
Finch Sewing Studio provides a curated selection of modern fabrics and cool tools. Our classes are offered in our physical shop in Loudoun County, VA. We offer fun, on-trend classes for beginner and experienced sewists alike. We teach the skills and provide the materials to make beautiful, handmade goods.
#6: $50 Gift certificate from Fabricworm

Fabricworm offers a selection of fresh, modern fabrics that you'll love, including organic fabrics and japanese import fabrics.  You'll find children's fabrics, fabric bundles, quilt kits, and free sewing patterns when you visit Fabricworm's shop.  Come by and search their great selection today!
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The Sew Fab e-Pattern Sale!

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only $29.95!

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  *Patterns included in the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle are intended for personal use only.  The selling of patterns without designer's permission is prohibited and punishable by law.  Please contact individual designers for licensing requirements if you desire to create and sell clothing from patterns that have been purchased through this sale. **For answers concerning sale terms and customer service questions, please see the FAQ page.  

fairy skirt / wonky shirt



If you've ever sewn with knit material, you know what it's like to find the perfect knit. The knit that's smooth like butter, has just the right amount of stretch, a nice weight, and doesn't lose in a boxing match against your needle. The knit. You know. 

Well, this is not that knit. I sewed through my stash of the knit a few weeks ago and have yet to find a suitable replacement. For this tee, I used an old skirt of mine for the bodice and some jersey slub-ish scraps for the sleeves. I drafted it too long, which fortunately will make it nice over leggings in the fall, and the neckline is crap. Why do necklines hate me? I ruched the sleeves a bit, but I'm not sure you can tell them apart from the wrinkles. I debated adding a pocket. 

I really need to stop sewing so late at night.

The skirt is one of my new favorites. My oldest won't wear pants or shorts of any kind. Maybe on a good day with some bribery, but 99% of the time it's dresses and skirts. We probably have a dozen tutus and boy am I over them. Inspired by this glorious skirt, a no frills "tutu" was born.  And she loves it! Success.

I'm really trying to sew as much as possible lately, just to keep my mojo going. As wonderful as it would be not having sewing bits cover my kitchen table 24/7, taking long breaks doesn't do me any good. You feel me?

blouse g / skirt r



A couple nights ago I finally opened my Happy Homemade Vol. 2 I ordered a few weeks back. Using some light pink linen and navy printed cotton I found at Jo-Ann's on sale, I began stitching up blouse 'g' and skirt 'r'.

I probably should have sized up for the blouse, but it will fit until end of summer, which is fine. It came together quickly with a little reference from the book, which was perfect for my tired brain. I can't get over the silhouette! And that back detail? Just perfect. 

The skirt is as simple as it gets. It first hit below the knee on my petite girl, so I did have to bring it up a few inches, which should have been obvious when I was first cutting the pattern. Ah well, it was an easy enough fix. 

Do you enjoy sewing with Japanese patterns? This outfit was so simple with wonderful results, so I'm eager to give more of the patterns a go. 

I Love You, Babe



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