Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sew in Style 2015

Hello you guys!  It is my turn to show off  Mila's Fall wardrobe.  My Fall Line : ).  Today I am participating in the Lil Luxe Sew In Style series.  We were asked to create our own line using mostly Lil Luxe patterns.  I have all Lil Luxe excluding one top.
My line was themed off of Minnesota Winter.  Northern MN winter to be exact.  Well, I am not sure if I accomplished that.  I kept coming across fabrics that I loved.  So, you do see a mix of Fall as well : ).  You can find my inspiration board on Instagram- HERE
I think I will start off with my top.  This is the Alley Cat Romper turned High Low (on accident) top/tunic.  I sewed it up with a soft sweater knit and overlaid the skirt portion with a crinkle chiffon.  I adore it!!!  I also raised the back just a little. 
I had accidently sewn the skirt portion on like this but I love how it turned out.  Instead of gathering the skirt I pleated it.  Pretty ?  I is so hard for me to photograph white.
So what does this top pair with?  Everything's white : ).
Do these shorts look familiar Lil Luxe fans?  Probably not.  They are actually the bottom half of the Rural Romper.  I just added a thick waist band and elastic around the legs.  I had the hopes of a bubble shorts look which I did achieve, I think : )

I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen.  It is so hard to see in the picture but the color is so pretty!!!  I plan to add these shorts to my shop, I love them so much!

Up  next...

Paul Bunyan inspired skirt.  It is so very snuggly soft.  I added a wide waistband again.  I think with the heavier fabric it adds more support.   The skirt was created with the Haute shorts pattern : ) Almoast forgot...that is the crop top flipped around and turned little jacket.  Perfect fit both directions.  I did not add on the second pattern piece and curved the opening.

I also made these with the Haute Shorts PDF

Last combo, and that's it : )
I can not believe she did all this smiling for me : ).  Really my son was standing to the side with a pop and would give her a drink if she smiled : )
Read more about the Sew ’n Style Series ( and visit the contest page with Link up ( where we have contest prizes totaling over $350 from our gracious sponsors.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Top Stitchers

Whooo Hoooo!!!! Guess what ladies, you will be seeing me on Top Stitchers this season.  Of course I am excited about this.  The Top Stitchers team has such amazing talent.  I was so impressed last season the amazing handmade items created.

This season I am up against my arch nemesis Jessica Bustos of Lil Luxe.  Just kidding, we are not nemesis's.  I have been testing Jessica's patterns for awhile now and I would consider her to be a good friend, so I may feel a bit bad when I kick her butt in this competition.  : )   I am totally kidding!  Jessica has won every competition I have seen her compete in, so Yikes!  I hope I can stack up. : )

Our prompt: Bacon Ice cream - You are chef of your own test kitchen. And your goal? Is to find two completely unexpected sewing ingredients that combine to form an explosive feast for the eyes to enjoy.

Fun right, That is if I can be creative : )  We were asked to interview our competitors. Here is how it went...

  • How long you've been sewing? What you most like to sew?
I’ve been sewing since I was about 9 when my mom taught me how to thread her machine.  That summer my siblings and I organized our own kid version of a neighborhood "carnival" with all the kids in our cul de sac. We had everyone bring their pets and created our own version of a "petting zoo," we made up wagon rides and came up with our own games for which I SEWED all the prizes. I made scrunchies, hacky sacks, bean bags, small stuffed animals, and coin purses. It was a lot of sewing for 9 year old!! All the parents were impressed, we had so much fun, I learned a new skill and I’ve been sewing ever since :)  
I like sewing for my girls…dresses, tops, skirts…really I just love sewing anything for them.  It makes me happy to see them in the clothes I make.  The bonus is they actually love the clothes I make them too.

  • When/Why you started blogging? Why did you pick that blog name?
I started blogging almost two years ago when I started Lil Luxe Collection so that I could share all of my creations with everyone.  I picked Lil Luxe Collection because I felt that the name conveyed my design aesthetic….designs are not too old and not too young, designs with just the right amount of flair in the right places, high end styles that you would love to buy in a store but maybe cant afford (like ME) so you make them yourself.

  • What are your crafty/bloggy aspirations?
I’d like to complete my catalog of girls patterns within the next 3-6 months, then I think i’d like to take a stab at women’s patterns.  I’d also like to start building on my website and blog with more tutorials, Lil Luxe pattern hacks and sponsorships with fabric companies or other.  I also really enjoy doing competitions….they really fuel my creative fire :)
  • Which of your past sewing projects best exemplifies your top-stitcher-ness?
I love all the competition pieces I’ve made (The Great Pattern HackIshi Dress) but my favorite is the dress I made for the OTT challenge for Pattern Revolution.  I combined a lot of different materials and used different techniques to create the look.

  • Why you want to be part of this series/season?
When I saw the prompts last season I knew I had to be in!  I’ve watched every season of Project Runway and this series has a similarity to it.  I love the how Becca and Audrey have put together the series this season and I’m excited to see everyone’s looks and get started on mine.

  • Where can new fans follow you? Which social media platform are you on the most?
  • Besides sewing, what other hobbies/skills/ interests do you have?
I play the violin.  I’m a bit rusty but I’m practicing again so that I can show my girls how to play when they’re ready. I love to Crochet and I’m planning on learning how to knit this winter too. 
  • What is the most unique material you have ever sewn with?
In college I took a Fashion/Architecture course and made a dress made out a funky mesh that I lined with interfacing to get the look I was going for.  Click on the link to see my process and final Guggenheim inspired dress .

  • What are you most comfortable sewing and what are you afraid of?
I’m most comfortable with woven and knit fabrics but I’m terrified of sewing with silky materials because messing up or having a wrinkled a hem would drive me nuts. 

  • Is there anything challenging that you want to sew?
This is going to sound crazy but one day I’d love to sew a wedding dress for my daughters!  My great aunt sewed my cousins wedding dress from scratch last November and it was so beautiful and meant so much to my cousin…I hope I can give that to my daughters on their special day.

  • What do you think about our prompt? Excited, nervous, afraid, happy?
I’m super excited about the OTT Bacon Ice Cream prompt!!  I already went fabric shopping today :)

  • What other big designers (not pdf designers) do you watch or influence you?

I’m not really a fashion guru…I don’t really follow any fashion designers or buy any brands in particular.  I love watching fashion shows and seeing pictures from New York Fashion week but I mostly just design things that I like.

So there you go : )  Keep watching...we are competing October 20th!  
Follow top stitchers at-  Facebook Group, Facebook Page, and at the Top Stitchers Blog

Want to see my interview?  Find it here
Thanks for Visiting!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Madeit Fold 2 so Cool

First I must start with- please read the end of this post and how to win so cool stuff like fabric and patterns!!!

And hey, maybe a link to the pattern-

I have sure been a slacker when it comes to blog posts haven't I!  It has been awhile.  Not that I have not been sewing.  I have!  Lot's of pattern testing but not so many blog tours!  This post just happens to be A Real Blog Tour!  Madeit is BACK, and with some amazing modern patterns for children.

Madeit's Fold 2 inspiration was origami.  Lots of fabric folds and bold straight lines make these patterns stand out.  I tested 3 of the new patterns.  The balloon dress, the pleat fold top, and the pleat fold skirt.  All three I completely love!

This tour is more of a runway show but I was not getting much love on the runway moves by these girls. : )

1st down the catwalk.  Ms. Mila, wearing the balloon dress...

Nope, not doing the catwalk and not wearing shoes (she currently has a fear that frogs are in her shoes)

This dress can be worn three ways.  Maxi, bubble dress and  as a gathered waist dress.  No, this is not three different dress's, but one dress worn three ways.  It is so comfy and Mila wears it often!

Next up, Ms. P in the pleat fold top and skirt.

Just lovely, right?  I think so!!!  This outfit is one of my favorite things to date that I have created.  It looks complex, but really is so simple.

I used baby cord for the skirt and voile for the top.  I have been hoarding the voile for to long!  Time to bring it out!  Is this not the most perfect top for the fabric or what : )!!!

It is just so pretty : )

On to the next blog for the next runway show!  Thanks for stopping and visiting mine : )

Wait !  Wait ! Wait!!!!  I have a note from Olu for you!  You know one of the fab ladies from Madeit : )  They may just be giving a way some stuff! 

Olu's Note-   Hi Ladies

You already know that we are offering 20% off patterns in our FOLD collection during Fashion Week, but we are also giving away a Madeit pattern a day.

Here's how your readers can win...

all they have to do is correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that I will post on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. (The question will mean they will have to visit your blogs to find out the answer). The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

And this is how they can win a €50 NOSH voucher...

All they have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on day 7 of Fashion Week (Sunday 6 September) letting me know what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for them. I will pick a winner from the comments and the winner will be notified by email the following week.
And I will be doing another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 Nosh voucher. Look out for the prompt.
Alright!  That note was meant for me, I probably should have wrote it in my own words.  But it's a football practice night.  I am running behind, and it kinda sounds cute, right! : ) By the way, I wrote this post a few weeks ago.  I have been maybe driving Olu crazy with my confusion or just lack of reading instructions.  So yes I did post a post last week : ), I have not been quite as neglectful to my blog as I originally stated : )

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Not Just For Summer Paneled Sunsuit

Hi, Hi, Hi, sorry... I am a bit of a stinker when it comes to blog posts lately.  Well at least on my own blog.  I have been pretty busy on Pattern Revolution and hoping to create my own boutique that my blog has really been neglected. I am today, and very excited to be part of the "Not Just A Sunsuit"Tour for Call Ajaire's pattern the Paneled Sunsuit.  The pattern came out this summer and has about a bazillion options.  We are blogging, sharing and posting that this pattern is really not just for summer!  With the right fabric choices the sunsuit can really be fit for all seasons.

I did change the top slightly, and whoops, this picture above is the back! I did not get one of the front.  I guess I just love my little bow : ).  I used some pretty crocheted lace as a trim and a blue floral.  I hope the linen still gives it a fall feel because the floral is pretty summery. : )

Ok, yes, I still went with the shorts option because I think shorts are the cutest thing to layer for Fall/Winter. I used a completely gorgeous Esexx Linen by Robert Kaufman.  I love it!  I also loved how this pattern curves.  I have never seen a shorts pattern quite like the paneled sunsuit version.  The curve makes a slight bubble look.  

My silly daughter has been a bit of a scardey cat latley.  She seems to be afraid of everything.  But not of cicadas apparently! : )  She would not leave the poor bug alone!

Even went as far as kissing him : )

Oh Mila! Please do not kiss the bug!

100% the the fabrics, lace trim and right down to the buttons are are from my friend and bestest Etsy fabric seller Christine!  You can find her here
Shoes are from The Children's Place

During the Tour the Paneled Sunsuit is on sale and 15% off, no code needed.  You can grab an extra 5% off by joining the Call Ajaire Facebook group here!  It is really a great pattern with so many options!  Keep following the tour.  I bet you will be seeing some pretty amazing stuff : )

Hey and maybe win it, HERE!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Mandmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast
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Friday, June 19, 2015

My poor little blog, so neglected

I have been doing a shiesty job with my blog lately.  We are busy here...Baseball, sun, summer...everything wonderful!  I do really love summer : ).  Although busy, I have still been up to a bit of sewing and photographing, I just have not been sharing here as much as I would like to.  If you would like to see my sewing on a more current timeframe you may want to follow me on instagram.  I do a little better job keeping up with posts when I can use my phone.  So I thought I should share a bit at what I have been working on.  A few months back I was invited or more auditioned for the Pattern Revolution team.  I made it!  And have been doing a little bit of posting over there.

This one is Phoebe's Drop Waist Dress.  Reviewed here

And Rayann's Retro, reviewed here

Did you know I LOVE BG patterns! : )  I had the chance to review the Tilly top by Brownie Goose.  You can find the review here

How about a mash up!  This one was for Pattern Revolution as well.  I mashed up the Trendsetter & Gypsy Rose.  This was my outcome but I really love what some of the other ladies did.  Check it out here and you can grab both patterns here

I just sewed up and took pictures of this camera bag for Pattern Revolution.  I completely love the pattern even though it took me for ever to create!  It was soooo worth the time and money invested. The pattern is by Swoon and is the Camille Pattern.  Find the review HERE.

Most recently I had the chance to sew up one of the new Violet Field Threads patterns.  This is now maybe my favorite skirt ever.  Find the review HERE and the pattern HERE

I have also been up to a bit of testing for of course Lil Luxe, but also Winter Wear Designs.  These shorts are so fast and really comfy.  Here is a link to the pattern. Check it out.  These shorts have a whole bunch of options!

I tested this skirt for an update.  It is a Lil Luxe pattern, the Haute Shorts.  I love it and the photo of course does not do justice!!!  Find the pattern here

 Here is a New Release by Lil Luxe The Rural Romper

Yes again, Lil Luxe!  This is amazing adorable little crop jacket.  The Lakeshore Crop, find it HERE

My husband and I have also been busy with our Etsy shop.  I do not think I have really shared much about our shop.  You can find a link way above titled "Shop".  I always intend to list more handmade clothes but I just have such little time.  Here are a few handmade items you can find in there.  We have been so very busy with the woodworking stuff.!

This is our American Girl Doll furniture.  The white set below was custom made for one creative lady!  Find her blog here.  For real!  I want her doll house for Mila.  It is amazing

We have also scored some really gorgeous 100+ year old barn wood from a farm in Southern Minnesota.  Bathroom fixtures has been are best seller to date!  LINK

Last but not least, look at this very cute girl on a very cute custom bed! <3
Yes, it comes in toddler, doll, and photo prop size : )  Find all of these here plus a bunch more : )

My intentions are to keep up with my blog a little more.  Maybe even a series or something : )  So please stop back and thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dressage Leggings for a little running girl And Frances Suzanne's Flip This Pattern

Just about this time last year I tested the LOL Swing top.  See that original post here.  Along with the LOL Swing top I had created those grey pants, shown above.  We have the cutest little worn out runner toddlers here, don't we : ).   Well I had

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Liebster Award for MEEE : )

I am so very excited to have been awarded the Liebster Award.  I was awarded the award by Grandma XOXO whom happens to be one of my favorite bloggers!  I believe I found XOXO grandma first as a fellow competitor of Project Run and Play  and have always followed her since via Google +.  Did you know Google plus also has a whole community of sewing enthusiast?  It's almost a whole new world of online sewing friends.  This post has taken me way way way too long to complete.  Urg, we, I, have been sooo busy and life is slowly starting to slow down.   I am finally ready to post this post. : )!!!

If you are not familiar with the Liebster award I can fill you in quick.  The award is kinda about recognizing some of the smaller blogs.  You must have less than 200 followers to qualify.  I have 1 : ) on google.  So I would sure love some more love : ).  The blogger awarded the award is just asked to answer some simple questions about our selves.  So here we go.

1.  Do you have a favorite thing to sew? 

For Sure : ) !  I love to make girls clothes.  I think probably jackets would be my very favorite.  Strangely I have only sewn a few.  But girls clothes is what I sew 95% of the time.
I just created that one as a test for Lil Luxe!  Love It!!!: )

That little number was a Amelie & Henry Pattern.

2.  What got you into sewing, and what keeps you going with it? And 3.  Who do you sew for the most?

I had sewn a little bit when my first son (and before that a little) was born but kinda gave up, lost interest.  He is 13 almost 14 now.  Somewhere along the way like 6 years ago I came across this book.

And for real, I was amazed!  I must have read the book 15 times and starred at the pictures a thousand times more. I loved it and started to sew again and sell my girls clothes on ETSY.  Well, making the same thing over and over and over and not charging enough for my time tired me out.  Can you believe I sold this skirt for $35 in the beginning!  I made each of those embroidery design too (on a machine) Oh my gosh I was crazy!!!  Eventually the price went way up.  But I was still tired out and kinda stepped back from selling on Etsy.
I now sew primarily for my daughter and share my photos on FacebookInstagram, and right here on my Blog.  I have big thoughts of getting back to sewing and selling what I create, but lets see if I follow through.  

4.  What project has been your biggest splurge?

Hmmm, that is a hard one.  I would have to say my daughters room.  I purchased allot of Moda fabrics.  I made sheets, a quilt, a bed skirt, and changing pad cover.  I then made a few outfits with the left over scraps.  This is not the best image!  It looked a whole lot cuter in person : ).

5.  As a blogger/seamstress what is something that you struggle with?
Time! Time! Time!  Oh wait, I should be saying SPELLING, PUNCTUATION, GRAMMAR Yikes, its embarrassing.  But I love to share so I just am gonna have to put my self out there and hope nobody notices (although I am sure most do).  Back to the time problem...Urg, I think about sewing much more than I actually sew or blog.  I also have a hard time focusing and completing a project.  I work a little better under pressure and short deadlines I think. 

6.  What was the first thing you remember sewing?

My mom had sewn a lot for me when I was little.  I remember making barbie clothes with her scraps and a needle and thread.  As an adult I think I started with pajama pants for my boys. Wowza they lasted along time to.  Most pairs made it through all three boys : ).

7.  What is your guilty pleasure?
I bet I can answer that for most of us seamstress, quilters, etc...  Fabric!  I have way to much!.  I also maybe have bought a few more PDF patterns than I need. : ).  Oh but the examples are always so pretty!!!  I am hoping to make a camera lens's a guilty pleasure.  But they are kinda spendy.

8.  How did your blog get its name? 
mmmm, I really do not like my blog name.  But I feel it is a little late to change it.  I was trying to think of something original and catchy.  Well, Kimmie Sew Crazy is not so original I later learned.   But it works I guess : ).

9.  Is sewing a hobby for you, or something more?

Way more!  Sewing has became my passion.  I know that it will be a very important part of my life forever.  I hope someday I am able to find a way to make sewing part of my career. 
10.  What is the best book you read in the last year? 

By day I am a daycare provider, so children's books are my main read.  My very favorite books are Mercer Mayer books.  I adore every one of them and the children do too! Oh I can not leave out "We Are Going On A Bear Hunt".  That may be the very best book ever written.  It has always been the most favorite of every child I have cared for.  The trick is to read it with lots of emotion : )!

Now it is time to pass on the torch to a few of my favorite bloggers!

Thank you so much for stopping