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 Farrah of Mingo & Grace.  


Its a pretty simple dress and a very quick sew but the outcome looks very professional!  She uses a few new techniques in the construction that you may not have tried before.  I kinda love that some PDF patterns teach you something new.  This one did for me : )


The back has a button closure.  See my pretty wooden button.
 I unintentionally almost exclusively use wooden buttons.  I do not know why, there are some pretty cool buttons out there.  I guess maybe its the natural look : ).


I added a little bias tape just above the skirt seam.  I wanted to add two but ran out of bias tape.  I knew Ms P would like something a little fun so I also added three purple heart shaped buttons.  We picked up some very large beads at hobby lobby to match the dress.  Score because they were on clearance for $1.  She loved the necklace almost as much as the dress.


We did a little shell hunting along the river. The girls had a ton of fun!





We tried a little rock skipping too!

This peachy, orangey, coralish colored polka dot dress was for my first round of testing.  Farrah made a few changes so I decided to sew up another.


 So here it is, the final version!  Yes, these pictures are probably a little over edited.  I cant help it though, I think its fun : )  This dress was made out of a suiting fabric from Joann's.  You can not really tell in the photos but the way the skirt ruffle lays is so pretty with this fabric!



Here are a few close ups of the construction : )






So are you wondering how to grab this totally awesome pattern for yourself?  Ok, here is the info-
The Charlie PDF sewing pattern is now available at the Sewing Rabbit's Pattern Member Site
http://members.sewingrabbit.com

On July 15th Charlie will be released in Farrah's blog/store http://www.mingoandgrace.com
But wait, keep scrolling because I have a rafflecopter here.  Can you tell how excited I am about that, it's my first giveaway!


Wait a second, we have a giveaway here!!! Click on the Rafflecopter link bellow!!!  


I loved this pattern so much I had to sew up a third!!! I think I will share it on the 15th when the pattern is available in Farrah's shop.

And I just wanted to say a thank you to Farrah of Mingo & Grace.  I had so much fun testing this dress and it really is so pretty.  It is my favorite dress at the moment in Mila's closet.  And she has a lot of dresses!   I also love making friends with all of the other tester's, and seeing there super awesome creations!  You might see a few out there in the blogging world.  I can make it a little easier for you and share a few links.  PLEASE stop by there blogs because there really were some pretty cute creations, great for inspiration : ) 
http://ourcheznous.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-charlie-dressand-giveaway.html
http://nuttablog.com/2014/07/01/charlie-by-mingograce-giveaway/

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!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Testing 1234 The Ash jumpsuit


Are you ready?  Just one more day left for the big release.  Willow & Co. will be opening there virtual doors Tuesday April 21st.  This here is test # 4 for Willow & Co.  Yes, I was pretty lucky to grab the chance at 4 tests!  I will admit that I did do a little Facebook page stalking : )  Anyways with no further ado, I give you...
The Ash Jumpsuit

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I have been extremely excited to share this one!!!  Ahhh!  I really can not believe how cute this poncho is!!!  I am totally in love.   I just can not believe that I made it.  Yes, if you have read my blog in the past few days; here I am testing again.  And again for the new pattern company Willow & Co.  I had the chance to test four of the patterns that will be released this upcoming Tuesday.  This is my third blog post of the four I will be posting. Two of the patterns were created by Celina of Petit a Patit & Family.  This Poncho included.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Testing 1.2.3 the Persimmon Dress


This pattern is now available on Mouse House Creations shop.  Grap it here at my affiliate link

Wow, I have never done so much blogging in one week.  and I still have three more outfits to write about!  I am not a big fan of the writing part because I feel like I am sounding silly or I just go blank.  Well I don't think you will need to read much because the dress/tunic says it all!

Sorry, I can now see it is a bad idea to edit photos on my laptop. I now see most of my pictures are a little over exposed.  It just makes the dress stand out a little more I guess : )  

Let me start by telling you about the new pattern collaborative named Willow & Co.  It is a group of extra talented designers who have came together to offer you some of the best patterns out there.  This spring they are releasing there first collection named Wanderlust.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ballon Top test for Heidi & Finn



It's available! Fine the pattern here at
https://www.etsy.com/listing/186315257/new-ballon-top-pattern-and-tutorial-12m
If you have read my blog before or look back through my posts you would certainly notice I am a big fan of Heidi & Finn Patterns.  It may have started way back before I had a daughter with my very first PDF pattern purchase, the Perfect Party Dress.  I made the dress for a friends daughter and it was a big hit!  The pattern was sweet, simple, and absolutely beautiful.  I was an immediate fan.  Now days I own just about every Heidi & Finn pattern avaiable.  Christine's patterns never disappoint, and anyone can sew them up.  They are that easy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bear Country


 I recently had the opportunity to test a few of the new patterns coming out for Willow & Co. Four patterns to be exact!  Willow & Co. is a new pattern collaborative that is releasing there first pattern line this spring.  The line is called Wanderlust.  And can I say each and every pattern is adorable and the designers are not just very talented but also sooo kind.  I have had so much fun this last few weeks and am a little sad the testing stage is over.  But GEEZ you should see my sewing room. It is time for a good clean up!



I am starting out with the first of the four patterns I tested. This little pattern is just brilliant, and can I say adorable : ). This is the Fawn Lilly Dress/Blouse by Rebecca of Rock The Stitch.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heidi and Finn Chic Cocktail Swing Coat Test

Wow! That's what I have to say about this jacket!!!  It is adorable. Yes, once again and can I say quite excitedly I had the opportunity to test another Heidi & Finn pattern.  I saw the post that a pattern test would be coming soon for this jacket and I immediately changed the settings on my phone to notification ON so that I would not miss out on the opportunity to test.  Hooray, and it paid off because here I am again showing you photos of one of my new favorite patterns.  
I sewed this one up in red velvet.  The lining is flannel.  Can I tell you that velvet must be the most difficult fabric to sew EVER!  It slipped and slid everywhere.  I read that you should maybe hand stitch before actually machine stitching.  I was not up to that so I just really went slow.