Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Little Lizard King- Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, July 26, 2016 0 comments


Good morning, LLKers!! I'm excited to join you on the second day of the Little Lizard King Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour!! While the Winnie Pinnie PDF sewing pattern is perfect just the way it is, I thought it would be fun to add a long, crossover waist sash to the mix.... I love a nicely tied sash and since I live in the South, I'm just going to go along with the Southern saying of, "...the bigger the bow, the closer to heaven...!" ;-P

Join me and I'll show you how I created my fun take on the Winnie Pinnie!

First things first... 

For my Winnie Pinnie, I sewed up a size six, simple skirt (because, seriously- that gorgeous FABRIC....!!!). Speaking of fabric, I used the Art Gallery "Mother's Garden in Rich" from the Lavish collection for the main fabric. Also, I used the full width of fabric for each skirt piece.... because, well, THAT GORGEOUS FABRIC....!! The pretty pink batik lining/bow fabric was found locally at Mary Jo's Cloth Store (Shout out to my sew sisters for helping me find *just* the perfect coordinate during Girl's Day Out! ;). 


Main Bodice Fabric


Bodice Lining

Create the Sashes:

First, I cut out two long strips 4" wide by 44" long (So, basically, selvage to selvage because I like to keep things simple... you're welcome ;-).



4"W x 44"L
(Shown folded in half because it was super hard to photograph such a long piece!)

Wrong sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance, I sewed up the long end of each sash piece. I ended up with two strips of 2" wide by 44" long. Also, I did form a point at the end of each sash.

I turned each sash piece right sides out. Then, I topstitched along both long ends and the pointed short end.


Topstiched Sash piece

Next, I basted the completed sashes to the front main bodice piece, 5/8" above the bottom of the bodice. *Please note that the long tail of the sashes are facing toward the middle of the bodice.*



Basted Sashes 5/8" from the bottom of the bodice piece.

Then, at the step where you complete the sides of the bodice, I made sure that my sash was sandwiched between the front and back bodice sides. From there, I completed the dress as instructed.


Sash Sandwich!

To Tie the Bow:

To create the crossover bow, I first pulled the sashes to the back of my model (while dress was on my model). Next, cross the sashes in the back. 


Cross Sashes in the Back
(Side note- Just look at that pretty, perfectly matching button!)

Then, pull the sashes to the front and tie in a bow. I chose to tie the bow slightly to the side (but you can choose to tie it wherever you like).


Tie a Pretty bow in the Front.

Voila! The Little Lizard King Winnie Pinnie with a crossover sash! Happy Sewing!







Now, go ahead and check out these other talented sew sisters and their Little Lizard King Winnie Pinnie creations!

The Winnie Pinnie Blog Tour Calendar

Monday, July 25th- Kick off post with Little Lizard King (Sale Begins)
Tuesday, July 26th- Heather | All Things Katy | and Megan | The Northern Belle |
Wednesday, July 27th- Melissa | Made by Melli | and Jane |Not Sew Plain Jane |
Thursday, July 28th- Sara | Irish Eyes are Sewing | and Kari | Little Lizard King |
Friday, July 29th- Jennifer | Jelly Lou Creations | and Cassie | Two Sweet Peas and Me |
Saturday, July 30th- Dearly Loved Photography | and Valerie | Elegantine |
Monday, August 1- Raedene | Little Lizard King | (End of Sale)

The Little Lizard King Winnie Pinnie PDF sewing pattern will be on sale until Aug 1st midnight EST. The coupon code for 20% off the Winnie Pinnie is "WPTour." 

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Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Happy 15k Made for Mermaids!!

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, July 13, 2016 0 comments

Mama and Me Made for Mermaids

One of my favorite PDF sewing pattern designers, Made for Mermaids, hit a huge milestone recently... 15K fans in their Facebook Group!!! To celebrate, they are offering not one, but TWO free patterns- Mommy and Me Chloe skirts! Head on over to the Made for Mermaids Facebook Group to grab the code to get the Chloe skirts for free (and a sale on other Made for Mermaids  patterns)!! Woohoo!!

On a personal note, Megan of Made for Mermaids was one of the first designers to give me a chance in pattern testing. At the time that Lil' Miss was big into princesses, I first discovered Made for Mermaids and her line of Everyday Princess Dresses. My very first test for Made for Mermaids was the Aurora dress, back in February 2014. Katy was so itty!! Since then, I have seen Made for Mermaids grow, expand and still excel at PDF sewing patterns! 

A big, wonderful CONGRATULATIONS, Made for Mermaids!!

Now, here are some of my Chloe skirts that I sewed up during testing....!


Made for Mermaids Mama Chloe Skirt


Made for Mermaids Mama Chloe Skirt


Made for Mermaids Chloe Skirt


#mamachloe
#chloepattern #madeformermaids

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

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Whimsical Fabric- Tutorial Tuesday

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, July 05, 2016 0 comments

I'm blogging over at Whimsical Fabric, today. Come join me as I share a fun, quick, PATRIOTIC sew using Whimsical Fabric blanks and ruffled ric-rac! Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- End of Year Kindergarten Class Party Photo Booth

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, June 29, 2016 0 comments

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ballet Recital- A Retrospective

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, June 15, 2016 0 comments

Friday, June 10, 2016

Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog Tour- Featuring George and Ginger Co.

Posted by Heather at Friday, June 10, 2016 4 comments


While I don't necessarily enjoy housework, I don't usually mind doing it. Everything ends up neat and orderly in the end.... perfect for my type A, OCD self. However, there is one chore that my whole family will agree that we all dislike... laundry!!! We all hate the whole process- washing, drying, folding and putting away...!! It is most definitely a chore!

So, when I had the opportunity to join the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, I was like, "Sign me up!" I'd much rather sew up something new to wear than do the laundry! Hee, hee!

For the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, I did a bit of sewing just for me. I made two tops from a new-to-me PDF pattern designer, George and Ginger Co. I made the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top and the Sweater Set.

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First, lets talk about the George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF pattern.

-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set is sized for XXS-2X.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set is based off the average 5'-6" tall woman.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set includes two different options- Accent sweater or Caftan Sweater. These are two totally different looks included in the same pattern- I like when a pattern can multitask!
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern features layer pattern pieces. This means that you can print only the size that you need/want.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step shaded diagrams and written instructions.
-The George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing guide, glossary of terms, finished size chart, stretch guide, fabric yardage chart, cutting chart and pattern piece layout diagram.


I sewed up a size 8 George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set, view Accent sweater. Because summer temps are definitely upon us here in the Carolinas, I shortened the sleeves to be 3/4 length (not the included long sleeve). I used 4 way stretch cotton lycra from my stash (originally purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics) for the main part of the sweater and remnants of some border print eyelet left over from another project. I  took 1" out of the middle of the bodice piece to account for my height (5'-0"). Also, after sewing everything up, I found the bottom hem to be a bit too voluminous. So, I tapered the bottom 1/2" on both sides.



I have to say that the George and Ginger Co. Sweater Set was a breeze to sew up- definitely shorter than a wash/dry cycle of laundry! Ha!
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Next, I sewed up the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top. Out of the two, this one was my personal favorite! The fit is flattering and fun to wear! While I had some operator errors sewing this one up (no fault of the pattern!), I still found the instructions easy to read and follow.

-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is sized for XXS-2X.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is based off the average 5'-6" tall woman.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern includes three sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 and long.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern includes optional back ties.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top PDF sewing pattern features layer pattern pieces. This means that you can print only the size that you need/want.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top  PDF sewing pattern features step-by-step shaded diagrams and written instructions.
-The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top  PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing guide, glossary of terms, finished size chart, stretch guide, fabric yardage chart, cutting chart and pattern piece layout diagram.



I sewed up a size 8 -The George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top, short sleeve, no back ties. I used some lightweight jersey knit from my stash for the body of the top and 4 way cotton lycra purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics for the neck band. I made no modifications to the pattern and sewed as instructed.



I love how the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top is form-fitting without being too revealing. Since I didn't modify the pattern to account for height, I believe that my version may hit a touch lower (below the seat), than the intended pattern. However, I personally prefer a longer top and found it to be more flattering (and elongating!) this way. I know I'll be wearing the George and Ginger Co. Simply Ruched Top, often!


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Now, onto some fun! As part of the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour, you can enter below to win several prize packs. A chance at free patterns and free fabric- I'm there!


Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.
A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes! George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns These codes are good through June 12th! Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed! I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages:
Link-up Prize Package
Prize Package 1
Prize Package 2
   
After you are done entering the giveaway, go ahead and check out all of the other talented bloggers participating in the Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry Blog tour!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Last Day of Kindergarten!

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, June 08, 2016 0 comments

Whew! We made it!! Our little Kindergartner has flourished and bloomed, this year! She's reading like a pro, now, and her handwriting has improved! She's made friends and she's learned to work with others. We could not have asked for a better teacher to introduce her to reading and a lifelong love of learning!

Now, it's time for summer fun!! Woohoo!
 

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