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.

The Elm Poncho has a few options as you can see in the photo bellow.   I choose fully lined, patch pockets and visor hood.

Can you see my inspiration?  It was the lining fabric.  You can find it here.  I bought the fabric awhile back and felt the super girls were a little large of a print for Mila so its just been sitting on my shelf.  The outer fabric is pleather from Joann Fabrics. I was so nervous to sew with the pleather.  Turns out it was so easy and kinda nice to skip all that ironing!  I just top stitched everything and used a walking foot.   

A raincoat is what I decided to create!

And not just any raincoat, a SUPER MILA raincoat

The raincoat has been sitting in my living room all week just because I like to look at it : ).
I made the emblem with a these letters.  

Funny to say, but we got lucky and it rained!

Mila stayed dry.

Ready for a bunch more photos : )

Thanks for viewing!!!

Star buttons and yellow snaps were also from Joann fabrics.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Testing 1.2.3 the Persimmon Dress

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.

 This dress is the Persimmon dress.  The pattern was designed by Hayley of Mouse House Creations.

I tested most of this before the tutorial was available so my straps are excessively short, but as you can see it is still beautiful!  I used a plum colored linen from Joann Fabrics.  I think the thickness of the fabric really made the top fluff out.  By the way, this is the tunic length not the dress.  

ready for another photo overload : )!

 I Love the pleats on this

I serged the hem and than turned the hem up instead over under and than trimmed the edge so that yes once again I left a raw edge.  I did the same when attaching the ruffles.  You can kinda see it poking out under the white bias tape I added for detail.  It kinda made the dress lay funny but after a wash it looked amazing!

Look at my bossy little lady : ), this is what happens when a little girl has three dotting older brothers!

See what I mean : )

The Persimmon dress and the rest of the collection will be available next Tuesday April 22nd.  You can grab your patterns at

Thanks for reading !

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ballon Top test for Heidi & Finn

It's available! Fine the pattern here at
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!

This pattern is called the Ballon Top.  It is available in sizes 12m-5 years.  The top is knit with a sheer or very light fabric overlay.  

This pattern will be avaiable later today April 15, or tomorrow in Christins Etsy shop

Be ready for a photo overload because I took a bunch!!!  I may have to add a few more once I have time : )

 I used cotton organic voile you can find here.  The pattern suggest using chiffon, silk, tissue knit or Voile for the overlay.  If using some of the much lighter fabrics you can double up the overlay. 

Taking pictures on a day like this day was a little difficult.  It was crazy windy!  But at least it was warm.  That has not been happening very often around here.

You can not really tell from my photos but the back is slightly longer on the overlay, kinda the "high-low" look if that is the correct term : ).

 I plan to make a bunch once my sewing room gets cleaned up from all this testing I have been doing 

Thanks for viewing!

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.

I say brilliant for a reason.  Because yes, the dress is super cute, but the sleeves are created in a way I could have never dreamed of.  And it leaves a very clean finish on the inside.  The finished dress is just so professional.

The dress has a few options.  It's available in the a-line as I have sewn here, a gathered skirt, and a pleated skirt.  The pattern can also be sewn as a dress with a few different dress lengths, or tunic with a button yoke or the cross over yoke like I have done.  Yep, that is a lot of possibilities with this one!  The other testers in the group did some pretty neat stuff with the pattern.

I used Bearinstein Bears fabric my mother in law gave me, and poplin for the green fabric.  I found some of the bear fabric here on Etsy.

It has been freezing outside here in Minnesota, I wish we could of gotten the chance to get outside for a few more pictures!  Ahhh I can't wait for Spring to finally show up : )

The Fawn Lilly Dress and other Willow & Co. Patterns are set to be released Tuesday, April 22nd!

Stop back, because I have three more Willow & Co patterns to show off, plus a new Heidi & Finn top, and a brand new designer's dress pattern that I am sure will be a very big hit!

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.

I used Velcro for a closure.  I was a little too scared to attempt button holes.  I covered up the Velcro stitching with some pretty wooden buttons.  The Velcro, I actually colored red with a fabric marker so that it would not stand out when the jacket was open.  (Whoops, forgot pictures of the Velcro)
 I also made the pin-tuck dress to match the jacket.  I blogged about the pin-tuck dress here.
Did I say how much I love this dress pattern! : )

Both of these patterns are absolutely adorable! Christine from Heidi & Finn is having an awesome deal on the jacket pattern this week, $4.50 in her Craftsy Shop.  Check out all of the other testers sew ups on the Heidi and Finn Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!!!