Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Phee Swim Week 2018- Featuring patterns from Cole's Corner and Creations and Treasurie

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, May 16, 2018 0 comments

Summertime, here we come!! Missy is all set to hit the pool in her new swimwear using Phee Fabrics Heathered Hot Pink Circular Knit and Leopard Print nylon spandex!


The fabrics from Phee Fabrics were PERFECT for sewing up a Cole's Corner and Creations Bow-a-licious bathing suit and Treasurie Kimono (cover-up). I love the fun bow feature of the Cole's Corner and Creations Bow-a-licious bathing suit! Now, technically, the Treasurie Kimono is meant for wovens but it translated perfectly using the Phee Fabrics Leopard Print nylon spandex (no mods, or, sizing up is necessary).


The Phee Fabrics Heathered Hot Pink Circular Knit and Leopard Print nylon spandex fabrics were easy to work with and both are antimicrobial and moisture-wicking (aka- exactly what you need in swimwear). The fabrics are soft and cool to the touch. The Phee Fabrics Heathered Hot Pink Circular Knit and Leopard Print nylon spandex wash up perfectly, as well! We've already worn- and washed- this suit and cover-up a couple times and they STILL look just as bright and vibrant as the day we took these pictures!


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sponsored Post- Sly Fox Fabrics- Twilight's Kiss in PIum

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, April 24, 2018 0 comments

I love a pretty floral french terry fabric and the "Twilight's Kiss in Plum" from Sly Fox Fabrics is GORGEOUS!! It's soft to the touch, easy to work with and so cozy!



When I first saw this fabric, I just *knew* that it needed to become a Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan. For a point of reference, this is a size small, long sleeve, shawl collar, side vent Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan (with modifications for my 5'-0" height ;).



The "Twilight's Kiss in Plum" from Sly Fox Fabrics is so pretty in person! I didn't have any trouble washing it up and I had zero issues with color bleeding (thanks for the included color catcher, Sly Fox Fabrics!). The french terry side of the fabric is soft- this is a baby french terry, by the way- and there were no pulls and the fabric was tightly woven. I was really impressed with the quality of the fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics. It was nice and thick with even repeats.



Plus, did you know that  Sly Fox Fabrics has a monthly drawing to win a serger? Hop on over to the Sly Fox Fabrics website for more details. Sew much fun sewing up this gorgeous "Twilight's Kiss in Plum" from Sly Fox Fabrics!



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

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Sewing Pattern Testing- Patterns for Pirates- Boho Babydoll pattern

Posted by Heather at Friday, April 06, 2018 0 comments

Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

Hello, Readers! Today, I'm here to share a recent sewing pattern test, the Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress. This is a fun dress to sew AND wear!

First, let's talk about the Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress pattern. This pattern is written for sizes 3m-14y. It includes multiple sleeve lengths and hemlines. The pattern pieces are layered and trimless (save a tree by printing only the pages you need/want- yay!). Step-by-step pictures accompany written instructions. Size chart, finished measurements and fabric requirements are all included in the pattern.


Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

I sewed up a size 10w/8l mash, high/low, maxi-length, ruffle sleeves Boho Babydoll Dress. Aqua cotton lycra bodice fabric is from the Purpleseamstress Fabrics. Tropical print skirt fabric is a very thin jersey knit from a Sincerely Rylee mystery box. *Note* When doing the maxi version, I found it best to use a thinner knit material for the skirt because it can weigh down the bodice. The Boho Babydoll Dress went through several iterations throughout the testing process (that's what testing is all about!), but I think the ladies behind Patterns for Pirates got it JUST right in the end. :-) (Note, my pictures may differ slightly from the final pattern because of this).

The curved empire waist on the Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress is flattering on my daughter and she LOOOVES the maxi-length! The ruffled sleeves are a fun feature and they aren't so long that they interfere with regular eight-year-old play ;-P. 



Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and grab your copy of the Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress! Plus, there's even a matching Ladies version...! #mommyandme ;-)

P.S. I just had to add the following picture (tester version)- action shot! ;-P


Patterns for Pirates Boho Babydoll Dress

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

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Stitch Upon a Time- Wendybird Dress Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Monday, January 29, 2018 6 comments


Hello, Lovely Readers! Welcome to my stop on the Stitch Upon a TimeWendybird Dress Blog Tour! Today, I'll be showing you my version of the Stitch Upon a TimeWendybird Dress!





The Stitch Upon a TimeWendybird Dress is a stylish, yet comfortable knit dress sized for NB all the way to size 12! It features four sleeve lengths, two necklines, three skirt options and various finishing methods. For a point of reference, I sewed up a size 10, round neck, 3/4 sleeves with cuffs, gathered front skirt Wendybird Dress. This beautiful, springy cotton lycra fabric from Purpleseamstress Fabrics is perfect for the Stitch Upon a TimeWendybird Dress!



I have to admit that this was my first Stitch Upon a Time PDF sewing pattern. I'm not really sure what took me so long to jump on the Stitch Upon a Time bandwagon! With it's easy-to-follow instructions, step-by-step written instructions and accompanying photographs, sewing was a breeze! I was able to complete this dress in about an hour! The simple a-line dress profile is flattering and the front gathered/pleated skirt feature is so unique!



And, let's not forget Dolly! Any dress that comes with a matching dolly pattern is a HUGE WIN in my daughter's book! Dolly's dress includes the same features as my daughter's dress- they have to be twinsies, after all! ;-)




Be sure to visit all the blogs for the tour! 

Jan 24th: Larissa from Connected By a Thread 
Jan 25th: Rebekah from Pattern Revolution 
Jan 26th: Rachel Nelson from Once upon a Sewing Machine 
Jan 27th: Jennifer from Stitch Upon a Time 
Jan 28th: Tasha from Sewn at Seams 
Jan 29th: Heather from All Things Katy 
Jan 30th: Rachel from Handcrafted by Red 

You can pick up your copy of the Wendybird Dress for 25% off now through Jan 31st, it is already marked down on the site! Be sure to share your version in the SUAT Facebook group! Comment below with your favorite Stitch Upon a time pattern and one lucky winner from each blog will be announced when the tour wraps up on Jan 31st!



Now, how about a fun giveaway?! Enter below for your chance to win a pattern of your choice from Stitch Upon a Time! Winner will be selected by Feb. 1, 2018.

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***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern(s) in order to participate in this blog tour for Stitch Upon A Time. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Love Notions Handmade Holiday Tour- Dolly Laundry Day Tee

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, December 05, 2017 3 comments

The holidays are upon us and it's full steam ahead with gift giving AND MAKING! My seven (and three quarters, as she so proudly adds) daughter LOVES her American Girl doll, Samantha! I joke that Sam is the fourth member of our little family because she joins us on vacations, holidays and life in general. ;) That being said, I typically end up sewing up something for Samantha to "unwrap" Christmas morning. Hahaha!


Two whole years ago, I tested the Love Notions Girl's Li'l LDT and loved it! Fast forward to today and that dress is now a top! Thanks to some begging suggestions, Tami (the talent and brains behind Love Notions) was kind enough to draft out a Dolly version of the Laundry Day Tee. YAYAYAY!!! Oh, and did I mention that it's a FREE pattern on the website?! #merrychristmas!)I had just enough matching fabric in my stash to make a dolly version of the Laundry Day Tee. #Twinks


Missy is going to LOVE matching her doll! The Love Notions Dolly Laundry Day Tee is the perfect, quick knit pattern to use up large fabric scraps AND gift to all the special little girls on your Christmas list! It's so simple to sew up that I think I'll be able whip up a couple more matching Love Notions Dolly Laundry Day Tees in time for Christmas morning!


Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!


Be sure to check out all of theother super talented bloggers and sewists on the Love Notions Handmade Holiday tour!



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Friday, November 10, 2017

Love Notions Sloane Sweater Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Friday, November 10, 2017 1 comments

Love Notions- Mommy and Me Sloane Sweater

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Love Notions Sloane Sweater Blog Tour! For my stop on the tour, I sewed up matching Sloane sweaters for my mini and I! Now that it's finally feeling like fall, we are comfy, cozy in our french terry Sloane sweaters!


Love Notions- Mommy and Me Sloane Sweater

I sewed up a size small Ladies Sloane sweater for myself and a size 8 girl's Sloane sweater for Missy. Both versions feature shirt-tail hems and a contrast back yoke, cuffs and neckband in brushed poly. Missy's Love Notions Sloane Sweater is a straight size eight with no modifications. However, because I am petite, I did shorten the sleeves by 1 1/2" and the bodice by 1/2".

Hubs managed to get some good pictures of me in my Love Notions Sloane Sweater. We did not, however, manage to get good pictures of just Missy in her version because... well... kids. KIDS.MOVE.ALOT.AND.IT.WAS.STARTING.TO.RAIN. Ya'  know how it goes... hahahaha!


Love Notions- Ladies Sloane Sweater- FRONT/BACK


Love Notions- Ladies Sloane Sweater- SHIRT-TAIL HEM

The only difference between our two shirts is the fact that Missy's Sloane sweater includes the fun thumbhole cuffs found here. She's been all about thumbholes, lately, so it was the perfect addition to her wardrobe!


Love Notions- Girl's Sloane Sweater w/ Thumbholes add-on

I've sewn lots of Love Notions patterns over the years, and I'm sure that I will sew up many, many more. However, I'm always amazed and pleased that Tami, the creative brains behind the brand, is able to anticipate exactly where in a pattern that I may need a little extra hand-holding. For example, when sewing up the Sloane Sweater contrast yoke, quartering the neckline in order to attach the neckband can be a bit tricky. Have no fear, though, there are are perfectly placed notches in the pattern to guide you (when I was cutting out the fabric I didn't even realize how important those little notches would be come, later! Thank you! :).

I love that the Love Notions Sloane Sweater can be sewn up for all aspects of life- work, play, vacation, holiday. Plus, the Love Notions Sloane Sweater looks just as good on a seven year old as it does an (almost) 37 year old... ;-) Comfy to wear, fun to sew!


Love Notions- Mommy and Me Sloane Sweater



Be sure to check out the other talented bloggers on the Love Notions Sloane Sweater tour!

Friday: Sew and Tell Project, Sewing curves, Princesse et trĂ©sors, All Things Katy!


***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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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates- Sew What Do I Wear- Professional Edition

Posted by Heather at Thursday, October 26, 2017 1 comments

Hello, lovely Mermaids and Pirates! Thanks so much for joining me for my stop on the "Sew What Do I Wear- Professional Edition!" 


As a working Mama AND a sewing Mama, I need to make sure that my selfish sews are not only stylish and fun but professional, as well. I work in a large corporate setting with a very strict dress code. We're talking suit jackets and ties for the men and not-too-short-not-too-low dresses/tops for women. The Made for Mermaids Mama Kourtney Knot Top and the Pirates for Pirates (free for Facebook members) Pirate Pencil Skirt are PERFECT for business wear!


The Made for Mermaids Mama Kourtney Knot Top has the right amount of fun and flair thanks to the knot feature. Yet, it still adheres to dress code with the multiple sleeve options and the hip length hemline.  And, nothing screams professional businesswear like a nicely tailored (Pirates for Pirates Pirate) pencil skirt (in the appropriate length).


It's so much fun to be able to sew for myself in all settings- date night, casual and work!


Now, go ahead and check out all of the other talented bloggers showing off their own M4M and P4P Professional wear!


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

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