Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Modinari (aka, "Chalk Art")

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Grumps McGert....

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Sewing Pattern Review- Gracie by BLAVERRY

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This month's Blaverry sew is the Gracie dress. This fun all-knit dress is perfect for my own Katy GRACE!


Gracie by Blaverry- front

The Gracie by Blaverry features, "...raglan style sleeves, front kangaroo pocket, flounce hem, wrapped neck binding, raglan style sleeves, front kangaroo pocket, flounce hem, wrapped neck binding..."

Here are some of the basics of the Gracie by Blaverry :
-Gracie by Blaverry is written for sizes 2-16.
-Gracie by Blaverry is written for KNIT fabrics. That means that you can serge and go! (aka, FAST! I finished my dress- mistake and all- in under two hours from cut to finish.)
-Gracie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern includes shaded, step-by-step diagrams and instructions.
-Gracie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing chart and fabric cutting diagram. Measurements in the sizing and fabric chart are given in both imperial and metric.
-Gracie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern includes layered pattern pieces. This means that you only have to print the size that you need/want. Save a tree, less ink, less lines to confuse- Win!


Gracie by Blaverry- front

I sewed up a straight size six. All fabric was from my personal stash. The black was cotton lycra from Purpleseamstress Fabrics and the zebra print was found on the flat fold table at my local Hancock Fabrics. The zebra print is some unknown type of not-so-very stretchy, kind of course knit fabric.



Gracie by Blaverry- Pocket and flounce detail

The one modification to the dress that I made was the kangaroo pocket. Instead of cutting out one pocket piece, adding interfacing and folding over the seam allowance, I just cut two pocket pieces- one from the zebra print and one from the black cotton lycra. Then, I sewed the pocket pieces RST, flipped and then sewed onto the dress front as instructed. I did this for two reasons 1) The zebra print was kind of see-through and thin. I was afraid it wouldn't hold up to the constant stress of a front pocket. I figured the cotton lycra backing would give the pocket sturdiness and make it less see-through. 2) I know how I sew and I was afraid that by just folding over the edge for the pocket seam allowance that it wouldn't look even and neat. By sewing the two pocket pieces together RST, all the messy, potentially uneven sewing would be on the inside. (That little gem is my gift to you- you're welcome;-).

Other than the pocket mod, I sewed the dress as instructed and it came together super fast! I was able to cut and finish in under two hours. That's even WITH the rookie mistake of sewing the wrong side of the sleeve to the front piece and having to un-pick serged seams (ugh!).


Gracie by Blaverry- back

At first, I wasn't sure how flattering this style dress would be on my daughter- the front and back pieces are pretty straight and not so curvy. However, once Lil' Miss put on her Gracie by Blaverry, I really liked it! The all-knit construction of the Gracie by Blaverry make this dress easy to sew and comfy to wear! Simple lines and easy styling make the Gracie by Blaverry another great addition to your PDF sewing library!


To connect with BLAVERRY, be sure to check out the following:

Also, when you get a chance to sew up the Gracie by Blaverry, be sure to tag it #blaverry and #blaverryGracie on all your social media!

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mabel Madison- Fun Fridays; Featuring My Childhood Treasures and Made for Mermaids

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I'm blogging over at Mabel Madison, today... come on over and join me! Today, I'm talking about some of my personal favorite PDF sewing pattern designers, My Childhood Treasures and Made for Mermaids. :-)


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Easter Egg Hunt Shenanigans

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sewing Pattern Review- Vivie by BLAVERRY

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I'm back again to review the Vivie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern. This fun dress pattern only "looks" difficult to sew- it's really not! Just a little time and you've got a great "shirt dress."

The Vivie by Blaverry features, "...shirt style, contrast front button placket, collar and collar stand... optional pockets and bodice darts..."
Here are the basics of the Vivie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern:
-The Vivie by Blaverry is sized for 2t-16. That's a nice, big size range! Also, because of the bodice darts and classic styling, this pattern is sure to appeal to a wide range of ages and body types.
-The Vivie by Blaverry is written for WOVEN cotton fabrics.
-The Vivie by Blaverry is a sleeveless dress pattern that hits mid-thigh.
-The Vivie by Blaverry includes pattern pieces for optional pockets.
-The Vivie by Blaverry features a contrast front button placket where either buttons or snaps can be used.
-The Vivie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern includes shaded, step-by-step diagrams and instructions.
-The Vivie by Blaverry PDF sewing pattern includes a sizing chart and fabric cutting diagram. Measurements in the sizing and fabric chart are given in both imperial and metric.



I sewed up a size six Vivie by Blaverry. I did NOT sew in the pockets- much to my daughter's dismay. Also, I ended up using buttons for the front placket because I'm still not that great using my KAM snap press. I purchased the pink chevron on clearance from Hobby Lobby, last year. I received the green accent fabric when I went to my recent Stitchin' Savannah Sewing Retreat, last month. The green heart buttons were bought on clearance at Hancock Fabrics and the pink sparkly heart button was from my button stash.



The Vivie by Blaverry came together quickly. Honestly, the front button placket took me as much time as it took me to sew up the rest of the dress. The directions and diagrams are clear and easy to follow. I was a little hesitant when I read through the collar/collar stand part in the instructions, but once I sewed through it, it all made sense.




Vivie by Blaverry- Button Detail

I love classic the Vivie by Blaverry pattern is. The Vivie by Blaverry is one of those patterns that will be sure to stand the test of time- I won't be tired of it in a couple of years. The Vivie by Blaverry has good coverage- it wasn't too short on my 46" tall six year old and the arm holes weren't gaping. Also, I'd like to note that the collar wasn't too tight around the neck. I'm always concerned that button up garments are too tight and will feel constrictive on my daughter. That was not the case with the Vivie by Blaverry- it was just right!

Overall, the Vivie by Blaverry is another #win, in my book! Easy to sew, easy to wear!

To connect with BLAVERRY, be sure to check out the following:
Web: http://blaverry.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blaverry/?fref=ts


Also, when you get a chance to sew up the Vivie by BLAVERRY, be sure to tag it #blaverry and #blaverryVivie on all your social media!




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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sponsored Post by Moms Meet- GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids

Posted by Heather at Monday, March 07, 2016 0 comments
**Disclaimer-I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.**


I first came across Gaia Herbs a couple of years ago when I was researching the benefits of Elderberry and the immune system. Our whole family takes a daily elderberry to help support our immune systems, With work, school and play- it's important that we take every precaution to stay healthy!

So, when I was asked to review Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness for Kids with Moms Meet, I was a willing participant.

As a Mom, I really appreciate that Gaia Herbs can be responsibly sourced. I like that I know exactly what goes into each of their products.

Here is a little more about Gaia Herbs, from their website; "Gaia Herbs cultivates health and well-being by stewarding sustainable relationships between plants and people. They offer more than 200 liquid extracts, functional powders, teas, and patented Liquid Phyto-Caps™, each formulated to do what’s best for your body—and for nature. Gaia Herbs uses only organic methods on their farms, and that same organic approach continues through manufacturing. Part of their seed-to-shelf commitment is the industry’s only traceability platform, MeetYourHerbs®. This dedication to purity, integrity & potency ensures the safety and efficacy of their products. Take control of your own well-being and experience the Gaia Herbs difference."

Just the Facts
• Gaia Herbs has a line of herbal formulas just for children—GaiaKids®. Formulated by pediatric naturopath, Dr. Mary Bove, this line consists of 10 alcohol-free herbal formulas that deliver herbal support with kid friendly tastes.
• GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids provides herbal support for the respiratory system and promotes healthy mucous membranes.*
• Recommended for kids ages 2 to 15, GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids has a great taste that comes from organic honey, lemon, and flavorful essential oils.
• Parents can trust the purity of organic herbs used in GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids, such as Plantain and Grindelia, that are used traditionally in Europe for promoting respiratory health and naturally processed to ensure high concentration and absorption.
• GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup is a great tasting all-natural syrup, made from Certified Organic Black Elderberries and added Acacia honey, that can be taken by children daily or on occasion to support their immune systems.*
• Honey offers tasty and soothing support for the upper respiratory system, and the formula contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.
• GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids and GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup retails for $19.99 for 3 fl oz.

While I didn't notice significant results and/or benefits to the GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness for Kids, I will continue to use the GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup.

Connect with GaiaKids:
Web- www.meetyourherbs.com 
Facebook- facebook.com/gaiaherbs 
Instagram- instagram.com/gaiaherbs
 

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