Friday, November 21, 2014

Sewing Pattern Testing- Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Top

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Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top

Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top

I had the recent pleasure of testing Felicity Sewing Patterns' newest PDF sewing pattern, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top/Headband. Now, the fun thing about the PDF sewing community is that it it worldwide. With the international exposure, PDF designers come from all over- including Stephanie, the brains and talent behind Felicity Sewing Patterns, all the way from Australia!

So, while we, here in the US are shivering with the recent polar vortex, Aussies are shedding their layers and welcoming the summer sun! Perfect for the warmer months, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are the perfect patterns for active girls.

Here's the highlights of the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top PDF Sewing Patterns:
-Both patterns fit sizes 2-14. I should note, though, that they both skip size 5 (my daughter's current size).
-The Suzie Skort features fitted knit shorts with two skirt options- wrap or flared, flippy.I tested the flippy option, with an inseam pocket on both sides. Skorts are the best way to dress active little girls as the run and jump and play (while still keeping them modest).
-The Suzie Top with matching headband helps creature the perfect, coordinated outfit.

Pertaining the the tutorial and pattern pieces themselves, here are my thoughts:
-The one word that I would use to describe the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns (or, any Felicity Sewing Pattern), is "Straight-forward." Stephanie's style is clear and direct. Each step has it's own box and line. Very clear. Love that in a pattern!
-Due to the multiple pattern pieces for the flippy skirt, there are many color/pattern combinations to be made. I love when a pattern can be expressed in a variety of ways.
-I made my own bias tape (first time!) for the neck and arm binding in the Suzie top. Because of this, though, I feel like I fiddled a little too much- thus, stretching out-with the knit fabric. Complete operator error and no fault of the patterns. Next time, though, I'd probably either use pre-made bias tape and/or use a narrower seam allowance (to allow for more material to fold over the raw, knit edges).
-Lil' Miss loved the matching headband that came with the Suzie Top pattern. It's a great way to use up scraps of fabric!
-What I love most about this pattern, though, is the fact that my daughter LIVES in skorts in the summer and this is the perfect staple for my sewing library.

The Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are great summer staple sewing patterns for anybody sewing for a young girl. I know that I will be making more of these, once the spring and summer come around!

Thank you, Stephanie, for allowing me the opportunity to test the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns for you! I had sew much fun!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Felicity Sewing Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- Shocked!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress Sew-Along

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This past week, I took part in the Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress Sew-along! I didn't lead the sew-along, this time. Instead, I just sewed along with the others and enjoyed the ride! (So much talent displayed in the sew-along by other sewists!)

Here's my finished dress- and Katy's Christmas dress (Love killing two birds with one stone)!!

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress- Sweetheart Neckline and Ruffle Sleeves Detail

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress- Buton Back Detail

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress
Sew much fun! ;-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- "Wishing and Hoping..."

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel 2014/15- "Dress Up Your Nuggets"

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As part of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel 2014/15 (Yes, it's really a "thing" and yes, I'm SOOO excited to be apart of it!! YAY!), we were recently tasked with creating semi-homemade ways to "Dress Up CFA Nuggets."

So, without further ado, I present to you, General Moo's Chicken (AKA, General Tso's Chicken)!

General Moo's Chicken

General Moo's Chicken Ingredients
General Moo's Chicken
Serves 6

-36 Chick-Fil-A Nuggets (I bought 3x 12 count nuggets)
-1 1/2 Cups General Tso's Sauce + More for Dipping (I "cheated" and used pre-made, Iron Chef brand sauce. However, you could easily make your own using a recipe such as this).
-1 bag Frozen Broccoli
-2  cups White Rice, cooked
-1 Tbl. Diced Garlic
-2 Tbl. Vegetable Oil
-Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

-If not already cooked, go ahead and cook the rice according to package directions and/or put in the rice cooker. 
-Steam broccoli. 
-Coat the bottom of a large skillet with the oil. 
-Add diced garlic and cook until fragrant. 
-Add the Chick-Fil-A Nuggets. Cook until warm. 

My Lil' Nugget adding the CFA Nuggets!

-Add already steamed broccoli. 
-Lastly, pour the General Tso's sauce over the nuggets and broccoli. 

Time to get SAUCY!

-Season and spice, as desired. Serve over hot rice and enjoy!

"EAT MOR CHIKEN" Cow agrees, "Eat Mor Gneral Moo's Chicken!"

-By the way, Chick-Fil-A Polynesian Sauce is perfect for dipping spring rolls and egg rolls into (just sayin'..... ;-)

Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel 2014/15- "Dress Up Your Nuggets"

Cousins- Then and Now

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Katy and Maggie- July 2014

Katy and Maggie, November 7, 2014

Always Warm in the Sunshine State!

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"Mommy and I went to FL, this past weekend."

"Mommy went to #WowSummit 2014 and I got to spend time with Grandma and Pop-Pop Tinkey!"

"I helped Pop pick pickles (AKA, cucumbers) for the Society of St. Andrew."

"Auntie Hope and cousin- or, "cugina," in Italian- Maggie were also visiting Grandma and Pop-Pop's house. I got to smoosh her a lot. So did Mommy."

"At the end of our trip, I also got to "help" cugina Christa pick out my flower girl dress for her wedding. I LOVE dressing up fancy!"

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