CALL FOR TESTERS!

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7.27.2014














we’re  rolling  out   new  patterns  and  we  need  testers!

What we’re looking for:

Girls PDF patterns tested in sizes 12 months through 9/10

All skill levels welcome to apply!

Must be available to test beginning Wednesday, July 30 with results delivered no later than Sunday, August 3 at 10 pm MST.

Must be available to communicate with designer via email or private Facebook group page during testing dates.

Must be able to provide photographs (don’t need to be professional!) of finished garment by August 3rd deadline. 

Must be able to thoroughly complete and return short survey of questions by August 3rd deadline.

You must agree not to share details of the pattern or the testing process with others (blog, Facebook, Instagram, social media, etc.) before the pattern’s release. You may, however, share your thoughts after you’ve received the finalized pattern (which will be shortly before the pattern’s release). Please keep in mind that if/when you decide to share your opinion that this is a test and will likely be improved upon before releasing the final product. 

What you’ll receive:

Complimentary testing pattern as well as finalized pattern upon release

Upon completion, an exclusive discount code towards any Too Sweets purchase, to be used at any time

designs available:









sew fab sewing: the tulip pinafore

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5.06.2014

Have you purchased your Sew Fab bundle yet? That's 20 patterns for $29.95 - over 80% off their combined retail price. Such an awesome deal for some truly wonderful patterns. Even if you love only five or six of the patterns offered, chances are you're still saving on the retail price. Luckily, there's something for everyone!

This season, my Tulip Pinafore has been included. We're thrilled, as it's one of my best-selling patterns as well as a favorite in our house. Fully lined with a button closure in the back, it's a simple, quick sew that can be worn alone or layered. Make it reversible, even. 


Here, I lengthened the pinafore just a bit, to give it more of a tunic-style. My daughter rarely wears shorts or pants of any kind though, so instead we paired it with a sweet, albeit wrinkled, pink linen skirt. She's happy.


The Tulip Pinafore is available in sizes 12 months to 5 years and normally retails for $5.95. If you purchase the bundle, however, you're only paying a whopping $1.49 for the pattern. Jump for joy!


Remember, the sale ends May 13th. Which means you have only one week to snatch it up before it's gone forever. Don't miss out! Get yours here or click below. 





the spring 2014 sew fab pattern sale is here!

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5.05.2014

This post contains affiliate links.  When you purchase the Sew Fab Bundle through those links I earn a percentage of the sale.  Thank you so much for supporting the Sew Fab Sale!  We all appreciate your business!

The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014

It's the Spring 2014 Sew Fab Pattern Sale!


It's that time of year again… time for the original pattern bundle sale, The Sew Fab Pattern Sale!  I'm so excited to announce this season's pattern bundle to you today.  The excitement has been building over the last few weeks, and today it's finally available.  Nineteen incredibly talented pattern designers, some who are very well known in their field and some who are quickly making a name for themselves, have come together to bring you a great bundle of patterns that will take you through the spring and summer. For one week only, you can have nineteen patterns (plus a fun bonus pattern), chosen specifically for this sale, for only $29.95!  That's over 80% off the retail value of the bundle!  Plus you can enter to win one of two amazing sewing themed giveaways!

For less than $30 you get a library of sewing resources that you can use over and over again.

Buy It Now

If you’ve never sewn with a PDF pattern before, let me tell you how great it is!  After downloading 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 part you've been waiting for… the patterns!

A collection of 19 PDF Patterns from 19 well-known and up and coming designers are instantly accessible to you by PDF download upon purchase of the Sew Fab Pattern Bundle.  Imagine all of the combinations that you can put together with this bundle of patterns, with many transitioning to fall and winter as well!  Here are the patterns that you will receive (click on the links below the collage for more  information about each pattern.):

  Sew Fab Spring 2014 collage

The Laurel Dress or Tunic by Greenstyle Creations, The Satchel Bag by Handmade Therapy, The Lexi Knit Dress and Top by MODKID, The Piko Top by EYMM, The Bowling Shirt from Scientific Seamstress (unisex), The Seraphic Pant by Figgy's (unisex), The Tulip Pinafore by Too Sweets Patterns, The Big Tote Bag by Things for Boys, The Doll and Carrier by Patchwork Posse, Poppy and Pip Penguins by Betz White, Leather Accent Foldover Pouch by LBG Studio, The Norah Dress and Tunic by Mouse House Creations, Crayon Art Folio by Gingercake, The Tennis Skort (12M-12Y) by Heidi & Finn, The Ruffled Bustle Top by Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Long Beach Board Shorts (unisex) by Terra's Treasures, The Cupcake Top (unisex) by Sewing Mama RaeAnna, The Saffron Twirl Dress from Paisley Roots Designs, The Sweet Tea Shorties by Molly Blossom Designs.

New this year is the Sew Fab Pattern Tour!  Some of our favorite sewing bloggers will be sharing their versions of the Sew Fab patterns on their blogs this week, so be sure to check in with them throughout the week of the sale to see how versatile these patterns are!  Here are the stops on the pattern tour…

  Sew Fab Pattern Tour Graphic

This Sew Fab Pattern Bundle is only available for one week and will never be available again!  You can purchase the bundle from May 5th at 8 a.m. EST through May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST and there will be no late sales offered.  Due to the nature of the sale there are no refunds. The pattern bundle expires six months from the end of the sale, so please download and save your patterns upon receiving them.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to purchase a ready made collection of 20 PDF sewing patterns from 19 of the best designers out there!

Buy It Now  

And now for the always exciting Sew Fab Giveaway!

This spring there are two prize packages up for grabs, and both will inspire you in your sewing!  I’m so excited about these giveaways!  Can’t buy the pattern bundle?  It’s okay… purchase is not required to enter.  There are lots of chances to win and each entry applies to both of the giveaway packages.  Just use the Rafflecopter widget below the prize descriptions to enter as many times as you want, no purchase necessary.

Prize Package #1 includes...

Sew Fab giveaway Prize

The Lane Raglan Pattern from Hey June, an organic fat quarter bundle of the yet unreleased Everyday Party Collection by Emily Isabella, from Fabricworm, The Washi Dress Pattern from Made by Rae, a $50 gift certificate to The Delhi Store, a free class from Craftsy.com, a fun gift package from Sew You Studio, a custom made Geranium Dress from Nest Creations, a Sew Happy print from Pen+Paint, and a $15 gift certificate to GYCT Designs!

Prize package #2 includes...

Sew Fab Giveaway Prize #2

The #ISEW necklace from Hello Cheeseburger, created especially for the Sew Fab giveaway, a collection of vintage buttons and 20% off your purchase at Anna Mia Clothing, the Playdate Bag pattern from Fishsticks Designs, The Kensington Dress and Tee Pattern from Hey June Handmade, a $30 gift certificate to Casa Crafty, a $40 gift certificate to Girl Charlee, 3 yards of laminate fabric from Anne Kelle, The Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Crim, a "Happiness is Handmade" print from Pen+Paint! a Rafflecopter giveaway Sign up for the Sew Fab Newsletter to get the latest Sew Fab News!  Winners will be announced in the newsletter as well as upcoming sales and other news pertaining to the Sew Fab Sale and the world of PDF patterns.

The Sew Fab Spring Pattern Sale!

Sew much inspiration, right at your fingertips...

only $29.95!

 

Get your bundle now!

Buy It Now

**For answers concerning sale terms and customer service questions, please see the FAQ page.

Coming soon! The Sew Fab Pattern Sale!

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5.02.2014

Friends, I contributed to this bundle last fall and all I can say is it was so great. The patterns are incredible, you absolutely can't beat the price, and seeing different samples sewn was icing on the cake.  I am so excited to be participating again this season. Read below, then come back Monday to see the patterns and buy your own. xo
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Coming soon, for one week only, nineteen pattern designers will be joining together to combine their best PDF sewing patterns and selling them to you for the incredible price of $29.95! That’s over 80% off of the combined retail value!


  The Sew Fab Pattern Sale Spring 2014



The Sew Fab Pattern Sale is the original pattern bundle sale! Grab the bundle when it goes on sale next week and you’ll be all set for the spring and summer seasons! You have to wait until next week to see which patterns are included in this spring’s bundle, but take a look below to see which designers you'll find!

I think you will be as excited as I am to see some previous favorites as well as several amazing designers that are new to the Sew Fab Sale. Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy's Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Terra's Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.

See you right here, bright and early on Monday morning!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2 | The September Tunic & Dress

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4.08.2014


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

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10.15.2013


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

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10.07.2013

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!
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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

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10.05.2013

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!
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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

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10.03.2013




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

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10.02.2013


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. 

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