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!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Carowinds

Posted by Heather at Monday, May 30, 2016 0 comments
So, we decided to do something a little different, this summer... we decided to get get season passes to Carowinds! It only took us almost ten years of living in NC to finally visit the Carolina theme park!

We spent most of the day in Planet Snoopy and Lil' Miss had a blast!! We got to ride lots of rides and the lines were not as long as I had anticipated (being Memorial Day, and all). Katy is already talking about, "...the next time we go...!"


Cookies with Snoopy



Bear Hug for Snoopy


Boat Ride


Daddy/Katy selfie


Mommy/Daddy selfie


 Sally


And, of course, SNOOPY!

I guess you can officially call us "Southern." Hehehe..!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Sofilantjes Patterns!

Posted by Heather at Friday, May 27, 2016 8 comments


Hello and welcome to my stop on the Sofilantjes Patterns 2yr Anniversary Blog Tour. You may remember that I participated in Sofilantjes Patterns First Anniversary Blog Tour, almost exactly a year ago. I am just as excited to celebrate another year of fun, new patterns with Sofilantjes Patterns! Happy Second Anniversary, Sofilantjes Patterns!



Today, I'm going to show you a quick, simple and fun modification to the already-awesome Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater- a ribbon tie back!

First things first, though- Since we are heading into summer here in the US, I sewed up a size small, short sleeve, low back Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater. I used four-way stretch cotton lycra purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics. The ribbon ties were from my personal stash of notions. I shortened the length of the bodice by three whole inches (cut on the provided shorten/lengthen line) to account for my short stature of 5'-0". #shortgirlproblems

**Now, onto the modification....!!**

The first thing I did was sew up the Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater as instructed up to step four.



Next, I cut out two pieces of ribbon, 24" long, each. I angled one edge on each length and heat sealed the edges of the ribbons.



(2x) 24" Long Ribbon

Then, using the pattern-provided markings for the top of the bow, I sewed in the ribbons- one on each side.


Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater- Top of the back bow marking 
(seen in between my thumb and forefinger)

After donning the shirt, I then tied the ribbons into a bow (this, was probably the hardest step as I ended up tying the bow, blind and hubs isn't so handy when it comes to the perfect bow- ha!).





See, wasn't that simple?! A quick, fun and simple modification for the Sofilantjes Patterns Otium Sweater!

Now, no celebration would be complete without some sort of giveaway!! Check out the fun giveaways and prizes, below!


Day 1: 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 25, 12.00 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time) a Rafflecopter giveaway Day 2: 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time) a Rafflecopter giveaway Day 3: 10 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 27 12AM (GMT+1) Amsterdam Time) a Rafflecopter giveaway Day 4: 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 28 12AM (GMT+1) Amsterdam Time) a Rafflecopter giveaway Day 5: 9 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 29 12AM (GMT+1) Amsterdam Time) a Rafflecopter giveaway


And, for more inspiration, please go and check out these other fabulous bloggers and their takes on other Sofilantjes Patterns!

From a Box - Paisley Roots - Pattern Revolution - SewSophieLynn - Beri Bee Designs - Sprouting Jube Jube - Coral and Co. - Create 3.5 - Jennifer for Sofilantjes - Bellevi - Vaahtokarkkimonsteri - Sew Journers - Inspinration - MoonStar - Lucky Mie - Nononsonsmoms - Pienkel - Tales of a Tester - Adventures with Bubba and Bug - All things Katy - Candice Ayala - Rebel and Malice - Liesellove

Happy Second Anniversary, Sofilantjes Patterns! Cheers to many more!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern from Sofilantjes in order to participate in the Sofilantjes Summer Surprise Anniversary tour. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Wolf and the Tree Blog Tour- featuring Going Rogue and Abby's Trailblazing Socks and Ladies Gazelle Leggings

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1 comments


Today, I get to share something fun with you- a PDF sewing pattern for leggings and socks (really- socks!) from a new-to-me designer, The Wolf and the Tree.

First up, The Wolf and the Tree Gazelle Leggings. This PDF sewing pattern includes the following features;

"-A PDF sewing pattern with instructions that include photos and illustrations.
-Footed tights, leggings, capris, biker shorts, shortie shorts.
-Yoga waistband and cuff bands.
-4 rise options (including maternity).
-2 way and 4 way pattern.
-Material requires only 30% stretch.
-Sizes 0-32W.
-The size chart is given in metric and imperial measurements."

I sewed up a size 10 waist graded to size 2 hips, petite inseam leggings. I used swim knit that I had in my stash. I did the yoga waistband option with medium rise. With the help of the pattern's instructions, I was able to get a pretty good fit. Next time, I may lower the front and back rise (I felt like the leggings came up a bit high on my belly).

I love that you "hem" the leggings with bands (ie, no folding and hemming). I did add 3/4" elastic (cut the to the same width as the yoga waistband) to the waist- it just helps the leggings stay up while I move.

Another thing that I really appreciate about the The Wolf and the Tree Gazelle Leggings pattern is the fact that it comes with a petite inseam. The petite inseam was PERFECT for my 5'-0" height. The leggings weren't too long and they fit well over my large calves.

The main thing that intrigued me about this pattern is the fact that it allows me to sew my own footed tights. (For the sake of this blog tour, I was asked to sew up the leggings). How fun is that?! Stretch lace, here I come!



Next up, The Wolf and the Tree Adult Going Rogue Socks. This PDF sewing pattern includes the following features;

"-Simple Socks
-Elastic Cuff
-Cuff Band
-Trim Cuff for Cuff Band
-Bobby Socks
-Trim Top Cuff for Cuff Band
-Easy Leg Warmers with Side Snaps
-French Seam Option
-Optional Heel
-Quick Instructions Sheet
-Women's Sizes 0-32W, Men's Shoe Sizes 8-17 "

I sewed up a size 4 mini crew sock using scraps of 4-way cotton lycra from my stash. Sizes are broken down pretty incrementally and I love that- it allows for a great, tailored fit. *Caution- don't go by your normal shoe size- take the time to read the pattern and actually measure your foot.*Seriously- this pattern took longer to print and cut than it did to sew! So fast- I love a quick sew!!

Last, but not least, I sewed up the The Wolf and the Tree Girl Abby's Trailblazing Socks. This PDF sewing pattern includes the following features;

"-Simple Socks
-Elastic Cuff
-Cuff Band
-Trim Cuff for Cuff Band
-Bobby Socks
-Easy Legwarmers
-Hip Legwarmers
-French Seam Option
-Quick Instructions Sheet
-Children Sizes 0-14"

I sewed up a size 5t mini crew sock using scraps of 4-way cotton lycra from my stash. Once again, this was a super fast sew! Next time, I'll do the bobby sock version because Lil' Miss loves her lace-trimmed socks (just like Fancy Nancy;).

I chose to sew up these patterns because I never thought about being able to sew up my own socks and/or tights. I love a good challenge and learning something new. I would consider all of the patterns that I reviewed above beginner friendly. All of the patterns are VERY detailed and contain a lot of instructions on how to get the perfect fit. It may seem wordy at first, but if you actually read it and follow along, you'll get a made-for-you fit.

Overall, I was very happy with my end results for the The Wolf and the Tree Gazelle LeggingsGoing Rogue Socks and Girl Abby's Trailblazing Socks. Great fit, detailed tutorial, well-graded pattern pieces and so different from what I normally sew... I really can't ask for more! :-)

You can get your own copy of the patterns HERE or HERE. You can use the code 'YellowRibbon' to save 25% through Friday May 27. 2016. Be sure to check out the other blogs this week for as no two have sewn the same item!
5/23/2016 Amy Carter http://wallyandgrace.blogspot.com
5/24/2016 Patricia www.sewfarnorth.wordpress.com
5/25/2016 Heather Tinkey Jones http://allthingskaty.blogspot.com/
5/26/2016 Essence Adventureswithbubbaandbug.wordpress.com
5/27/2016 Michelle http://littleheartthreads.blogspot.ca/
5/28/2016 Kelly www.handmadeboyblog.com
5/28/2016 Larissa www.connectedbyathread.wordpress.com

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Maggie Cow

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, May 18, 2016 0 comments

 

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