Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Mini post about a super cute Jacket


I Love IT!  I know I say that all the time, but its true all the time : )  This is the most recent test I have done for Heidi & Finn- The Girly Cardigan Jacket.  As you can see I did the Jacket. 
I used a velvet type fabric from Joann's.  I found it in the children's wear section.  I just went back and bought a bunch more.  It's just so pretty and does well with this jacket pattern.  The jacket can be done in knit as well as woven fabrics.  It can also have a ruffle or with pleats like I have done.  Oh yes, and although I did not choose the reversible option, there is one : )

We did two quick little photo shoots with this one.  Not because I could not get a cute picture but becuase I forgot to change the poor girls diaper before I left and we forgot to bring a bag.  Silly me : ).  Well the heavy diaper sagged down the shorts and I wanted to show those off too.  I made them as well of course : ).  Here is my super saggy pants shirt hanging out picture.  Oh I am kinda sad about that because everything else about this picture I love!  It was taken at an old train station in town turned office building.  Isn't that sad!  I would so love to see what it was like.  The outside is still very pretty.  Well most of it anyway.
Geez when are we going to get all that fall color.  It's still kinda green here!  Here are a few more pictures!

and those super cute shorts to match!  They are  The Clover Shorts (affiliate)

Thanks Again for visiting!
I love this one!  It looks like she is waving goodbye to someone leaving on the train : )





Around the World Blog Hop

Oh man!  Can you believe it : )  I am posting about something other than testing sewing patterns!  I am kinda surprised myself!  To be honest I am extremely very excited to be part of this blog hop.  I was invited to participate by Lyn at Sew Out Of Control.  We met on Facebook and she is really the reason I started blogging in the first place.  I will explain that a little more later : ).  By the way I am completely flattered by the wonderful things Lyn had said.  I have to say I feel the same way about her work.  The rain coat she created had so much detail.  I am just not sure if I could have made something so perfect!  If you would like to work your way back please let me know if you find the beginning : ).  

So what is this hop all about?  It's about getting to know each other, seeing what we love to create from bloggers around the world.  I was given a few questions to answer.  The same same questions as the blog hop bloggers before me.  And than I will pass the blogging torch on to the next creative mind. 

How about I get started.

Question 1-  What am I working on now?

I just now completed a test for Heidi & Finn.  The pattern was for a jacket/cardigan depending on the fabric you use.  I went with a jacket.
It turned out adorable!  I wish I could show off a good picture of the shorts as well.  They are Mouse House Creations  (affiliate) Clover shorts.  I purchased the pattern just for the use with tights.  I can't wait to make a pair in wool or that flannel shirting at Joann's.  I am going to be doing a whole separate post about this outfit later today HOPEFULLY!  Ahhhh is that not the cutest though : ).  Now that this is complete I plan to create a flip for the Flip this Pattern series at Frances Suzane.   It is the Brownie Goose Hattie dress.  I LOVE BG! : )  That aught to be a bumper sticker!  I have made a ton of BG patterns but not since Mila has been born.  So I am not really sure if I want to flip it.  We will see I guess.  After that I plan to move mu very wonderful entire bedroom sewing space to the very small laundry room with no windows : (.  I have to, My daughter needs her own room and not to have to share with all my daycare girls.  It's such a mess every day.  My sewing room is too.  Maybe a smaller space will force me to stay organized!  I am also trying to learn a little more about my camera, and editing photos.  I have found that I really love to take pictures and I would love to learn all the techniques I can.  At the moment I am working on the focusing functions. 

Question 2- How Does my work Differ from others of it’s Genre?

This is kinda really hard to do now days.  I definitely take inspiration from others not only the super expensive designer children's wear I see on Pinterest but others creations I see on Facebook and blog posts and the amazing Japanese sewing pattern books I find on Ebay .  I really try hard to use different fabrics.  I honestly spend way too much time walking around the fabric store trying to find an original fabric.  I also love to use raw edges.  That is sometimes a bit different I think.  The photo bellow is a pattern I found in a Japanese pattern book (turned English)  The pattern smallest size was for 4.  I am pretty proud that I turned it to a size 1 : ).  Oh and I guess I lied above because those are BG Lola Bell Pants on her.

Question 3- Why Do I Write/Create what I Do?

Lets start with why do I create.  Completely Honest, I have no idea why I do this.  I am somewhat obsessed.  It's often cheaper to just buy an outfit, and it sure takes allot less time, but I love it!!!! I could spend days and days sewing!  I wish I would have discovered this along time ago.  I may have made a career out of it.  For now it is more of a hobby.  I do sell some clothing in my Etsy shop, but most of all I like to create one of a kind outfits for my little girl.  My mom did sew clothes for me when I was younger.  I bet somewhere out there is a photo of me in my mom created floral MC Hammer pants : ).  I am sure part of my sewing obsession started way back then.  Even though I was very embarrassed to wear those pants.  Sorry Mom : )
The second part of that question is why do I write.  My very first post was for the Frances Suzanne series Flip This Pattern.  After that post I realized what an amazing community the online sewing world is : ).  I have made friends who are just as obsessed about there hobby as I am. It's sure nice to know I am not the only one : ).  I think these people (Lyn, and a few others) are the reason I have continued to blog.  Ok, and I guess I kinda like the comments and wonderful feedback : ).  I know I overuse that smiley face!  I am also starting to Love photography and blogging is really the only way I can think of to showcase that.

How Does my Writing/Creating Process Work?

Well I over think everything.  When writing I am always completely worried about sounding like a weirdo!  I hope I do not.  I do the writing part just off the top of my head.  I do not organize my thoughts.  I just start typing.  I am also very aware of my horrid spelling and punctuation.  I am sorry.  When I was in high school I had no idea blogging would be part of my future and I guess I should have listened more in English class.  Or maybe just showed up more often : ).  My grandmother use to return my letters I would write her with corrections!  Ha, I wish I still had one to share!  My creating process is just as scatter brained.  I usually walk the fabric store for 1.5 hours.  I than take it home and end up just using something in my fabric stash.  I do kinda have a hard time be creative when I just start making something.  I guess that's why I like testing patterns.  That way I am given a direction and can focus all my creativity on fabric and little extra's.  I am hoping to kinda step back from the testing a little bit and create some of the clothing patterns I have had for so long but never sewn.  I may do a little more blogging about that!

So now I am to pass along the virtual blogging torch to someone who inspires me.  I am sending you to Ines at lafoliesewingbooth.  She makes such sweet little outfits for her girls!  And I just love the cute Birthday cakes she created for her daughter : ).  We have tested a few (probably allot) of patterns together.  And I think she is located all the way over there in Portugal.  Look for her post next week.  And thanks for reading my blabber : )

  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lily Giggle Sew Along That Fab Jujuebe Dress Day 3 Ruffles and maybe a bow


Once again this post does contain affiliate links to Lily Giggle Pattern Shop

First off, if you happen to find this post months, years, or more from now and you are wondering where to find this super very cute fab Jujube dress pattern I will

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lil Luxe Dressathon for a few Fall Dresses

I am an affiliate of the Lil Luxe Collection.  This post contains affiliate links : )

Find the pattern to these two cute dresses HERE  And make sure to grab it at a discount!  25% huge percent off with the code Dressathon  This will expire soon (sorry I am not sure on the exact date)

We are getting a little closer to a complete Fall wardrobe in Mila's closet.  All of this testing I have been doing is well needed.  Summer clothes are on the

Friday, September 19, 2014

Showcase Flip Swing Coat to Dress and a little more


I like to put the link to the pattern on the top so its easy for you to find.  But you can also grab it at the bottom of my post.  Go Grab your pattern at Sewlosophy and get 15% off all of her patterns just use the code-SHOWCASE.  Now on to my post : )

When I received an ever so secret email a few months back from Frances Suzanne I pretty much just about screamed with excitement!  You can ask my boys, its true!  I was really very very excited to be part of the September Showcase,  My very first blog post ever began because of Frances Suzanne.  If it were not for the Flip this Pattern series I do not think I would have ever started blogging in the first place.  So thank you Frances Suzanne for starting this super fun series and

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All In One Pattern in the All You Need Jammies by Heidi & Finn

Some times its hard to find the link so I will put it here : ) Etsy shop link to Heidi & Finn
Oh my gosh I am in love once again!  This is the most amazing pattern and I promise a must have for girls and boys.   The pattern is out Today and pretty much includes a pattern for everything you need to make not only pajamas but an entire knit wardrobe!

  
I think my favorite piece is the nightgown!  Its comfy and adorable and doubles as a comfy knit dress. The pattern has long, mid and short sleeve lengths with or

Friday, August 22, 2014

Year of the American Girl Giveaway


While browsing Google Plus (which by the way, completely confuses me, but seems fun) a few weeks ago I happened to run across a contributor request for a huge giveaway.  I guess it intrigued me because I entered even though I did not have an American Girl doll nor have I ever made American Girl Doll clothing. My thoughts were that it would be pretty easy.  The clothes are so tiny I thought I could sew the dress up pretty quick.  Well I was kinda wrong because I think the tiny dress took just as long as a big girl dress but it was pretty fun : ), and I will certainly be making more!

The giveaway is really kinda amazing and really kinda huge!  The lucky winner will receive an 18"doll outfit for every occasion that happens within a year.  My entry of course is

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lil Luxe Collections Alley Cat Romper

I am an affiliate of The Lil Luxe Collection, this post does contain affiliate links
I thought I would be taking a little break from testing.  I have been hoping to sew up a fall wardrobe for Mila and finally tackle some of those patterns I have been hording.  Maybe even

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lily Giggle is Back On

I am an affiliate of Lilly Giggle, this post does contain affiliate links to their shop : )

OMGosh!!!Can you believe this fantastic news!  Yes I know I can be a little silly but I am genuinely very excited about the return of Lily Giggle Sewing patterns.  I became a big fan many years ago when I first saw the Zinna Dress in a photo on Brownie Goose's Blog (by the way she is another fabulous designer).  I purchased the pattern immediatly and I actually did sew it up immediatly!  I than began purchasing more and more of the patterns.  When I heard the news LilyGiggle would be closing shop I was genuinely sad, sad like when Guns n' Roses split up  and. But hey they are back.  Not the original GNR, but Lily Giggle!  And they are not just back but back with a vengeance.  Meaning she has a bunch of new patterns and some revamped old patterns.  Anyways, If I would have just started with the photos than I would have had you with that : )

Lets start with the skirt!
Warning...My skirt was at testing stage.  There were a

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Another Jennuinely adorable pattern by Jennuine Designs

I am an affiliate of Jennuine Designs.  All links to her store in this post are Affiliate links

Oh man she does it again!  Yep, another adorable pattern for little girls and let me tell you this one is versatile as much as it is adorable! Back in I think April I had the opportunity to test Jenn's first ever clothing pattern -The Matinee Dress (Click here to see my Matinee test).  I was so in love with the Matinee

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hip Hop Harem Pants


Here I am again with another pattern test.  Testing seems to be the only thing I blog about lately, but to be honest testing is the only sewing I have been doing.  I love to test new patterns.  The deadline keeps me on task, making new friends around the world, and the designers are always so nice (Lydia the designer at Kiwis Closest was sooo nice) !  But I think the reason I love testing the most is that you get to see all of these wonderful takes on one pattern.   Today I think I will share ONE of my take : ) Hehe I have another I plan to share later.


I used interlock knit for Mila's harem pants.  I had won the fabric on Facebook from Banberry Place I think

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Charlie


 

Can you believe the adorableness of this one?  I was so lucky to have the opportunity to test this new dress pattern by

Saturday, June 28, 2014

From mom's old clothes to babys new clothes

 Pre-pregnancy I was three sizes smaller.  I always gain tons of weight with each baby, but I had always lost it after baby, and lost it quick!  Baby 4...no such luck.  I am almost one year out and I may have actually gained a few pounds.  It's a little depressing but the baby is so worth it : ).   My closet is now filled to the roof with my pre-pregnancy clothes and my new and larger after pregnancy clothes.  I decided to clean it out a bit.  I still have hopes to fit in those clothes some day, so I did not get rid of it all.  A few items I really did not like were packed for the thrift shop.  Luckily I am not the quickest at dropping my stuff off because the bag full of clothes has been sitting in another closet for about a month.  I say luckily because Project Run and Play week 3 just happens to be repurposing week.  I dug through the bag and found an old sweater and turtleneck tee shirt both from Old Navy.  They have both seen lots of use but the fabric was still in great shape.  I did take a picture of the sweater with my phone but for some not very smart reason I deleted it.  Luckly I had two sweaters.  The off white sweater was almost the same as this purple one.  Just off white and the collar was

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A JENUINELY AMAZINGLY COMPLETELY AWESOME PATTERN

I am an affiliate of Jennuine Designs.  This post does contain affiliate links

Am I here...On a real blogging tour...Why yes I am!  How fun for me!  Well actually it makes me a little nervous because the sewing is a whole lot of fun, but when it gets to writing about it...I feel a little silly.  I am never sure if I am making any since or sounding like a silly person.  So I really hope I do not sound soo silly because this is a pattern I really want to make some since about!