Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Made for Mermaids Back To School Blog Tour

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Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

Good-bye, July! Hello August! It's hard to believe, but Missy only has one more month of summer lovin' and then it's BACK TO SCHOOL as a big, smart THIRD GRADER!! It's crazy how fast this summer flew by!

Missy's had a growth spurt, this summer- she now wears the same size shoe as I do...!!! So, I needed to make some fun, durable play clothes for school. The Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, paired with the Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top, make the perfect everyday school outfit! 


Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

For a point of reference, both garments are a size ten. The Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings are shorties length sewn out of cotton lycra from one of my favorite online fabric shops, Purpleseamstress Fabrics. The Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top is the curved hem tunic length, half sleeve, out of mystery knit bought at Hancock Fabrics (eons, ago). Instead of knit binding on the Paige Piko Top, I used 1/2" picot elastic from Pretty Posh Prints.

Both patterns are easy to sew, comfy to wear and they are in regular rotation on my sewing machine. Plus, did I mention that BOTH patterns are FREE?!?! Yay!!


Made for Mermaids Bonny Leggings, & Made for Mermaids Paige Piko Top

Now, to tackle that darn school supply list....!! ;-P
While you're perusing the school supplies at Wal-Mart, go ahead and check out these other talented bloggers/sewists and their Made for Mermaids Back to School makes!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Love Notions Summer Lace Tour

Posted by Heather at Thursday, July 12, 2018 0 comments

 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Love Notions Summer Lace Tour!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Summer is the PERFECT time to add a little lace to your me-made wardrobe! Lace is light, airy and adds a touch of femininity. I love using lace as an accent, overlay or trim!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

I chose to sew up the Love Notions Rockford Raglan. For a point of reference, I sewed up a size Small, standard bust (this pattern also includes pattern PIECES for full bust), tunic length, 3/4 sleeve Love Notions Rockford Raglan. I did NOT adjust for my height (5'-0") because I wanted to wear it as a fun, casual tunic. I used rayon spandex for the body of the  Love Notions Rockford Raglan and PRINTED lace cotton lycra for the sleeves. I also added 1 1/4" stretch lace trim to the bottom hem of the tunic. Sew fun!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

I really like sewing raglan style tops/dresses because they don't have set-in sleeves and I tend to find them faster to sew up. So, as a result, I've sewn up lots and lots of raglan patterns for myself and my daughter throughout the years (including  Love Notions girl's version, the Wrigley Raglan, seen here). What really stood out about the  Love Notions Rockford Raglan is the curve where the sleeves and front/back meet- it's perfectly curved to fit and flatter a woman's silhouette. I LOVE the fit and drape of the Love Notions Rockford Raglan. It's fitted at the bust and drapes nicely everywhere else.


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

The "lacy" sleeves of my Love Notions Rockford Raglan dress up an otherwise casual tunic and would even pass the strictest of dress codes. I could wear this tunic to work, to girl's night out, or a relaxing weekend at home- I love a multi-tasking wardrobe piece! Sew much fun joining the Love Notions Summer Lace Tour!


 Love Notions Rockford Raglan

Now, go ahead and check out the other talented Love Notions Summer Lace Tour stops- lots of fun tips and tricks to show you how to add lace to your favorite Love Notions pattern.


 


lace tour
   


***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Love Notions. The opinions expressed here are my own."***
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jalie Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)

Last, but not least, introducing Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)! Diane Swimsuit (3893) features a keyhole back cut-out, modest one piece bathing suit coverage and an optional sash. And, as is true with all Jalie Sewing Patterns, the Diane Swimsuit (3893) includes sizes toddler 2 up to women's size 22. That's a lot of bang for your buck!


 Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893) FRONT

I sewed up a size "N", no sash, Diane Swimsuit (3893) for my daughter. I did NOT make any modifications and the fit was PERFECTION! Straps stay in place, backside is covered- no tugging and pulling, here! *Side Note- Missy has worn this suit to swim team practice multiple times already and it definitely passes the lap swimming test!*


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Diane Swimsuit (3893)

I cannot wait to make a Diane Swimsuit (3893) for me!


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

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) Review

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Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880)

Meet Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880), another great pattern from the latest collection of patterns from Jalie Sewing Patterns. This simple Dolman-style top features a flattering V neckline and ingenious inner facing that hides bra straps and keeps wardrobe malfunctions at bay. Perfection!


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) NECKLINE

I sewed up a size T top without any modifications. Because Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880), does not have any set-in sleeves, sewing this up was a breeze. The simple inner facing creates a clean neckline and eliminates the need for neckbands and/or hemming. The style of this top is slightly loose without being baggy.



Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880) DETAIL

I especially love how the inner facing conveniently hides bra straps and eliminates any wardrobe malfunctions! This top definitely suits my style and is so easy wear!


Jalie Sewing Patterns- Bobbie, The Magic V Neck (3880)

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

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886)

Next up in the latest collect of Jalie Sewing Patterns- The Julia Underwear (3886). This time, I sewed up a set of matching Julia panties and bralette for Missy. 

The Julia Underwear (3886) does require the use of foldover elastic (FOE) to finish the edges of the panties and create the straps for the bralette. This can be a bit fiddly but it's totally doable- take it from me (aka, FOE-adverse ;-)! Slow and steady is the name of the game when it comes to sewing with FOE.

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Julia Underwear (3886) BACK

Step-by-step instructions with accompanying illustrated steps make sewing up The Julia Underwear (3886) set clear and simple. Because of Jalie Sewing Patterns wide range of sizes, I was able to use a combination of sizes in order to create the perfect fit for my daughter. As I've found to be true with all Jalie Sewing Patterns, the fit and sizing is perfection!

The Julia Underwear (3886) is a great scrapbuster project and good staple wardrobe pattern.

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

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Mimosa T-shirt (3890) Review

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 12, 2018 0 comments
 
Jalie Sewing Patterns- Mimosa T-shirt (3890)

When it comes to sewing patterns, I would consider Jalie Sewing Patterns one of the gold standards. All Jalie Sewing Patterns are thoroughly tested and professionally graded. I've sewn LOTS of sewing patterns and trust me, Jalie Sewing Patterns is one of the best! :-)

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Mimosa T-shirt (3890)- Short self-tie sleeves

As part of their latest collection of patterns, Jalie Sewing Patterns just released a new top, the Mimosa T-shirt (#3890). The Mimosa T-shirt (#3890) features three different views- (A) short sleeve, roll-up sleeves with breast pocket, (B) long sleeve with flounce or (C) short self-tie sleeve. As with all all Jalie Sewing Patterns, sizes kids (F) through adult (GG) are included in the Mimosa T-shirt (#3890) PDF Sewing Pattern.

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Mimosa T-shirt (3890)- Curved side hem

I sewed up a size U, view (C) short self-tie sleeve Mimosa T-shirt (#3890). I used rayon spandex for the body of the shirt and cotton lycra for the neckband. Step-by-step instructions with accompanying line drawings make assembling and sewing this pattern a breeze. Plus, the Mimosa T-shirt (#3890) includes LAYERS (*cue the hallelujah chorus!)- that means you just print the size you need- no squiggly lines to match up and less to print. Anybody remember the dizzying array of lines of older Jalie Sewing Patterns...I sure do! Woohoo!

Jalie Sewing Patterns- Mimosa T-shirt (3890)

I love the little details of this pattern. The curved, split side seams and the short self-tie sleeves are such fun,feminine twists on the traditional "T-shirt"! I also love the fact that I can easily make Mommy and Me matching sets from just one pattern! The Mimosa T-shirt (#3890) is sure to be a wardrobe staple!

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sponsored Post- Sly Fox Fabrics- Double Brushed Poly - Reverie in Navy

Posted by Heather at Sunday, June 10, 2018 0 comments

Love Notions- Willow Dress

Just look at this GORGEOUS "Reverie in Navy" double brushed poly fabric from the always fabulous Sly Fox Fabrics!! The colors are so vibrant and bright and the fabric is so soft and smooth.
"Reverie in Navy" from Sly Fox Fabrics was the perfect fabric to sew into a Love Notions- Willow Dress.


Love Notions- Willow Dress

"Reverie in Navy" from Sly Fox Fabrics features a pretty navy background with a toss of hot pink, sky blue, green and ivory flowers. With no obvious repeat or direction, "Reverie in Navy" from Sly Fox Fabrics is easy to piece and cut.



Love Notions- Willow Dress

Confession- I've owned the Love Notions- Willow Dress PDF sewing pattern for awhile now-we're talking years! However, it wasn't until I received "Reverie in Navy" from Sly Fox Fabrics that I finally sewed it up! For a point of reference, I sewed up a size small, flutter sleeves, gathered side, dress length Love Notions- Willow Dress. "Reverie in Navy" from Sly Fox Fabrics is just that perfect! ;)

Love Notions- Willow Dress

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***Disclosure: "I did receive free fabrics from Sly Fox Fabrics. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

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