India Travel Sewing: Pattern 1


As we eagerly prepare for our next trip to India, I’ll be sharing a series of posts devoted to the garments we’ll be taking with us!

With winter months heavily upon us, summer clothing for the trip will definitely be needed for my 3 girls…so why not make it fun?!

Let’s start with the first one for my itty bitty: The Sew By Pattern Pieces Sunshine Tee



Design: This tee comes in various sleeve lengths, gentle hi-low, and plain or “sun ray” bodice. I’ve sewn the plain before (and love it) and wanted something extra fancy/fun for our trip to such a beautifully sunny country. I love how the design is already wonderfully thought-out, and I just have to add the fabric combos to make the sun and rays!

Fabric: I used a custom travel fabric and airplane panel from Bitty Bee Fabrics to make our perfect travel getaway outfit. My daughter of course needed her travel books, purse, and sunglasses to go with it!

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How cute is the airplane for the “sunshine?!” I love it!

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She’s so ready!!

Well…almost. She has to brush up a bit on her Tamil first 😉


One top complete… many more to come!!

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Back to School Blog Tour: Kinder Style

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JuJube back-to-school blog tour! I’m grateful to be part of the tour and have chosen some wonderful shops to highlight as part of our preschool and kindergarten wardrobe gear-up!

All designers mentioned in this post donated my choice of patterns for this feature, so a big round of thanks goes to them! Now, let’s check out some of this Kinder (and Pre-Kinder) fashion!

Phat Quarters: Willow

When I selected my patterns, I wanted to highlight both a knit pattern and woven. “Willow” from Gemia of Phat Quarters was my woven of choice. The pattern might not yet appear on her website, but she is working to get them up soon (previously of Petite Stitchery). This gorgeous boho-styled top was just calling for chambray, so I decided to use my daughter’s two favorite colors: green and blue.

Wren Willow Top

I modified the front of the top to exclude the tie. It’s actually one of the most darling features of the top, but my daughter is sometimes picky about ties. So I slightly widened the neckline to ensure it’d fit over her head. In the end, I could have likely left it as-is because she has plenty of room. For the front of the top, I chose “Cool Foliage” chambray by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Wren Willow Top 4

The most striking feature of the Willow is the curved back yoke. I chose soft hand-dyed Shibori fabric from Seamingly Smitten as a modern, stylish accent. This style perfectly compliments my daughter’s free, explorative personality.

Jalie: Drop Pocket Cardigan

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One of the most-used garments in our fall/winter wardrobe are cardigans. It helps with that transition between fall and spring, especially in Michigan. I throw a tank or tee under, and the cardigan is the perfect top layer. When I saw the gorgeous low pockets with the Jalie, the Drop Pocket Cardigan was my pattern of choice; and bonus that Jalie patterns go from girls to women’s! That means mama gets a cardi for bus/school runs.

I used soft French Terry for this piece, floral from Pretty Posh Prints for the main outer, and solid burgundy from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the pocket accent. The cardigan is made by using double front pieces and folding them back to form a pocket; I loved the construction idea and end appearance. This is one of our favorite cardigans to-date.

Phat Quarters: School Bus Fabric
Sew By Pattern Pieces: Sunshine Tunic

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As part of the back-to-school tour, I was eager to use my amazing school bus knit fabric from Phat Quarters. My girls were gaga over it from the moment they saw it.

And although Sew By Pattern Pieces isn’t an official sponsor of the tour, I knew the Sunshine Tunic would be the perfect pattern to use to make this a staple in her Kinder closet. The pattern released only recently, and we have 3 of these tunics already in the closet. It has a beautiful hi-low, fantastic fit through the arms and bodice, and on-point neckline. And it also comes with color-blocking pieces to actually make the shirt look like a sunshine if desired. I might need to do that for my other daughter with the rest of the school bus fabric and mustard stripes!

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I hope you enjoyed a peek into just a TINY bit of my back-to-school sewing. There is a great number of seamstresses taking part in the tour, so be sure to make your way through the list below throughout the week!

Happy new school year!!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters


George & Ginger Swim Sew-Along: Edgy Suit Results #GGSWIM

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George & Ginger Pattern Group just concluded its Swim sew-along utilizing a few key top patterns from Kristi’s collection, and I’m here to show you my results!

I chose the Edgy Top as my top base pattern. I had recently made it with coachella shorts (below) and loved how it felt. I was both comfortable, stylish, and well-supported.

Coachella Shorts and Edgy Tank 1.6

For the sew-along, I chose the Norma Jean Shorties (see discount code below) as my bottom piece for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted a retro look
  2. I recently tried the Norma Jean shorties for underwear, and they are a perfect fit and don’t budge
  3. My grandpa went on a double date with Norma Jean before she became “Marilyn Monroe,” –so it was totally in my cards!

** Use code SBPPAffiliate001 at Sew by Pattern Pieces for 10% off your total order (including the Norma Jean Shorties)!

After mashing the Edgy Top + Norma Jean Shorties, I got my perfect-coverage retro-styled swimsuit, with strawberry polka dot swim fabric from Love Adore Knits:

Edgy Swimsuit

But….trying something for the first time is never (or hardly ever…) without complications. To mash the pieces, I simply took the Norma Jean shorts off of the fold, drawing out the full front and back pieces. I figured out the extra length that I wanted (with room to add gathered sides) and drew out 3 pieces: 1 front swimsuit with Edgy top and Norma Jean shorties’ bottom front, 1 back with mirror image of Edgy top and Norma Jean shorties’ bottom back, and the gusset piece.

I attached lining to the full front and back pieces using a baste stitch, and I added a Bandeau/shelf-bra with built-in cups using This Tutorial that I created earlier for the Edgy Top. I attached the gusset piece and lining using the Norma Jean underwear tutorial.

**My complications arose from two factors: 1. I graded the bottom of the Edgy top in to about size xxxxs to match the tops of my bottoms. I should have graded out just slightly to allow more room for my body to fit through the suit. My fix? Triple Stitch all seams so they won’t pop as I wiggle through! 😀 2. I originally fully gathered my sides. As I serged my suit together, my gathers mostly fell out, leaving me a very long suit. My fix? Put on the very long suit!…it naturally gathers on the body since the bottoms fit so well! Thank God…or I probably would have cried if I couldn’t wear my new suit.

Here are some more pictures we grabbed this morning. This will definitely be my most-worn suit this coming summer!

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Summer Wear: Maxi Dresses, Coachella Shorts, Pleated Dresses, and Sleep Sets

I’ve been slower to post than usual because I’ve been gearing up to showcase FOUR new styles that are hot on my summer wear list for 2017!

Let’s start off with that classic date-night, evening beach strolling dress: the maxi!

1. Pattern for Pirates Sunshine Dress

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The cross-over version of the maxi dress has been in my Pinterest inspiration catalogs, but I hadn’t found the right pattern until this year. With a strapless, halter, and cross-over tank options, the pattern allows you to create several dresses with different looks.

Aside being maxi length (on my “top-sew” list), the cross-over dress also has gathered sides and a a modest cross-over that is both flattering and functional.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. On date nights
  2. Evening strolls at the beach
  3. Anytime I want to feel a bit “fancy” and on our visits to India

Featured “Sunshine Dress” Pattern HERE / Featured brushed poly Fabric from “Pretty Posh Prints” HERE

2. Striped Swallow Designs’ Coachella Shorts + George & Ginger’s Edgy Tank

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If I’m not in dresses, I’m likely in skirts or shorts in the summer. Store-bought shorts, though, don’t compliment my body; they either have too short of an inseam for my 5’7.5” height, are too baggy in the crotch, or sit too low at the back. Needless to say, shorts were on my sewing list, and the Coachella Shorts pattern from Striped Swallow Designs was hands-down my fav.!

I paired it with the Edgy Top by George & Ginger and added cups to the top so that I wouldn’t need to wear a bra. (You can find the tutorial on how to add cups here.)

For the coachella shorts, I used a soft chambray with black pom trim The pom trim was through AliExpress. I’m not sure where I grabbed my chambray, but I’ve purchased soft chambray in the past from Phat Quarters, and I know that Punkin Head Threads has some too.

The pattern includes both loose and fitted styles with various inseams, and finding your fit is something you’ll want to think about before cutting. I sewed the looser style with a 4” inseam (for my height) with a mid rise. I measured XS but S in the waist, so I used the XS pattern and cut the elastic the length of the S (the waistband piece is large enough already).

For the Edgy Tank, I used CLUB line stripes from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the quality of the CLUB line; it’s a cotton spandex with great weight, stretch, and recovery. The Edgy Tank is a very quick sew; I love the style (it could, of course, be “edgy” or even quite classy), and the pattern includes a flounce that can drape across the front for an additional look.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. During my daily summer routine
  2. To events like art + craft fairs
  3. On the beach (outfit as shown) and as swimwear (the tank, with swim fabric)

Find the Coachella Short Pattern HERE

Find the Edgy Tank Pattern HERE

3. Made for Mermaids Mama Joy

I’m definitely a dress wearer. If I had my choice, I’d wear a dress pretty much every day; after all, dresses are one piece (easy!), help me feel put-together, and are comfortable. There are so many styles of dresses, though, for every personality. One that speaks my language is the Mama Joy from Made for Mermaids.

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I knew that the first version I’d sew of this dress would be in French Terry. This particular floral terry is from Love Adore Knits. It’s soft, and I wanted to combine comfort with class.

In the Mama Joy pattern, we create the pleats, baste them into place, combine the skirt and bodice, and then take out the baste stitches. The pleats should, then, begin up where the skirt and bodice meet. To create a slender/softer look, I stitched my pleat lines in (rather than basting) and left them in. The pleats begin lower, and I also like how they drape.

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You can find the Mama Joy dress pattern HERE

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. To church, the farmer’s market, and other local functions
  2. Summer family gatherings
  3. For work presentations (I sometimes travel and train instructors)

3. The Sew by Pattern Pieces Norma Jean Shorties + the Key West Crop Tank Sleep Set

Underwear has been on my to-sew list for years–but not just any underwear–WELL-fitted underwear. One of my favorite summer sleep sets came from two designers: the Norma Jean Shorties from Sew by Pattern Pieces (see discount code below) and the Key West Tank from New Horizons Designs.

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Because these are sleep sets, I will just share one modeled pic, but wow–the fit could not be better. These don’t hug in the wrong spots and they don’t move around, sag, or fall down. I will be living in these sweet sets.

The Key West Tank by New Horizons comes in a slim or swing style; I chose the cropped version of the swing style to pair with my shorties.

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For a 10% discount on the Norma Jean shorties for my blog readers, use code SBPPAffiliate001 on the Sew by Pattern Pieces Etsy website HERE

Also, join the New Horizons Facebook group to get a code on the Key West tank. You can then add the tank to your cart at New Horizon HERE and it will be FREE.

The floral French terry fabric (very soft) is from Knitpop.

I’m most looking forward to wearing this style:

  1. To sleep during warm summer months (set as shown)
  2. Around the house (crop top)
  3. As swim bottoms (bottoms, with swim fabric)


I hope you’ve found a few styles to inspire your summer wardrobe! Happy sewing!


Spring Floral and Free Pattern: English Tea Party Dress


I had a vision for this dress as soon as I saw the gorgeous English roses from Love Adore Fabrics. It just had to be my “English rose tea party dress.” Even in the snow.

I used my twirly Sew by Pattern Pieces Fun Tee and Glamour Swirl Skirt mash-up that I blogged about HERE. The Glamour Swirl skirt is FREE to members of the Sew By Pattern Pieces Sewing Circle on Facebook. I combined it with the top of the Ladies Fun Tee (a MUST-have for every pattern collection; she includes several bust sizes that offer a fabulous fit) with the gathered cap sleeve.


I love how feminine the gathering is; a perfect spring delight!


Tea (and twirls) anyone???

Holiday Dresses + Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Petite Stitchery & Co.


Pinks and reds, full plumes in the heart of winter; these sweet details paired with dark chocolate and giggling children remind me of Valentine’s Day.

In December, Knitpop  held a special sewing contest with this gorgeous fabric they named “Edith.” The rule was that we needed to sew something for us (the sewist) and someone we loved. A little game/contest turned into a magical affair with me and my eldest (all of 4 years).


We took the opportunity to twirl…


…to catch snowflakes….

to let loose and just celebrate love.

And love is the biggest piece. Regardless of what we sew. But since we all need a little inspiration, here you go. My dress is a combination of Sew By Pattern Pieces “Ladies Fun Tee” and “Glamour Swirl Skirt.” I’ve blogged about it here. My daughter’s dress is part of Petite Stitchery’s incredible line that mixes boho on-point trends with practicality. It’s one of my new favorite lines and one that I jump in line to test for each time there’s a new release. This is the Mistletoe Dress, which was our go-to for Christmas and is on my list for Valentine’s Day, Easter…. you get the gist.

The dress comes with options to give two very distinct looks. Can you believe this is the same dress?

There are very different looks for both ruffled-bottom woven (with optional faux sash) and tutu style skirt.

I also sewed the Baby Sparrow for my youngest daughter; so all three were in Petite Stitchery for Christmas.


And owner/creator Ashley Hermann is not letting up anytime soon. She has a whole new line in the midst of release! Be sure to join her FB group for Petite Stitchery & Co. HERE.

Fun Tee Blog Tour and Dress Hack

Welcome to the final stop on the Fun Tee Tester Round Up blog tour! Be sure to check out the other incredible insights; you can find the blog links at the bottom of the post.

Earlier in November, I posted my initial reaction to the Ladies Fun Tee by Sew by Pattern Pieces. You can find that post here.

Today, as part of the Ladies Fun Tee Blog Tour, I’d like to recap the fit options that I tested, share an incredible DRESS hack with you, and fill you in on a giveaway to win:

  1. The Ladies Fun Tee with A-E bust adjustments, and
  2. A copy of the latest One Thimble magazine (258 pages plus PDF patterns!)

During testing, I opted for the fitted bodice and ruffled sleeve, both short and long sleeve. Since the long sleeve top has two connected arm pieces with ruffles at both top and bottom of the upper arm piece, the two sleeve lengths have distinct looks. The shorter sleeve is more of a puffed sleeve many are used to, and the long sleeve has a Renaissance vibe; I adore both.

The Fun Tee comes with in bust sizes A-E with different front patterns for each cup size. This is a very unique element that designers traditionally do not share. However, Lauren Wernli, the designer, seeks to educate sewing enthusiasts on creating the best fit; and she does an excellent job of breaking it down and helping us find the proper bust size. Her article on creating both Full Bust Adjustments (FBA) and Small Bust Adjustments (SBA) was featured in Issue 13 of One Thimble Magazine, which you can enter to WIN at the end of this post!

The fit, through the bodice and arms, are spot on–and the tee has traditional round-, V-, and scoop-neck options. I tested the scoop neck, and it lays nicely (no bulging or wrinkling) and dips to a modest point (which I prefer). To see fits for a variety of bust adjustments (sounds funny…but you get it!), be sure to check out the tester blog tour links at the bottom of my post.

Now…for even more fun! When you find a perfect tee…one that you really love…and then you find a FREE circle skirt pattern (see the Facebook group; it includes pockets if desired!)… you just have to combine them into a dress! So here you have it, the Ladies Fun Tee + Glamour Swirl Skirt!


To get the look, I simply cut the Fun Tee pattern right at the “shorten/lengthen” line. That was an ideal bodice mark, and I used between “knee length” and “cocktail length” on the skirt since I usually have to lengthen for my height (5’7.5”). The result is dreamy and so fun! And do you see…I used the gathered long sleeve…?! It’s a little hard to see with this beautiful floral print, but I notice the details, and I love them! Fabric lovers? It’s double brushed poly; and I loved it so much that I grabbed some from So Sew English and Knitpop. I believe Love Adore carried it too.


And the twirl…

So, I know you want your hands on this little beauty! Now it’s time for the GIVEAWAY!! Remember…you can win both the Ladies Fun Tee AND the latest issue of One Thimble, which includes incredible tutorials and PDFs alongside Lauren Wernli’s article on FBA and SBA. So enter, share, and jump over to the Sew by Pattern Pieces Facebook group to grab the FREE Glamour Swirl Skirt (for both ladies and children).

Rafflecopter (November 21st – 26th AEST time zone):


Don’t miss any of the posts on the Sew by Pattern Pieces Fun Tee Roundup Tour

(Note: the links below will not work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out the rest of their blogs anytime!)

Day 1 Tuesday 22nd – MeMade

Day 2 Wednesday 23rd – Anne-Mari Sews and Sewing by Ti

Day 3 Thursday 24th – By Breenah and Kiwi Crafty Chemist

Day 4 Friday 25th – Kutti Couture


And there’s more!! Sew by Pattern Pieces is having a Thanksgiving Cyber Monday SALE, so you can snag the Fun Tee pattern even if you don’t win! Good luck, and happy sewing!

Ladies Fun Tee with Bust Adjustments: Shaping Women’s Wear

Lauren Werneli from Sew By Pattern Pieces is shaping the way we think about patterns by educating the sewing community about the impact of creating bust adjustments in any pattern–whether Full Bust Adjustments or Small Bust Adjustments. In her new pattern, the Ladies Fun Tee, Lauren not only provides information about bust adjustments, but she provides the actual pattern pieces for various cup sizes to make our sewing lives a bit more dandy during these upcoming holiday months.

The Ladies Tee comes as a fitted or relaxed fit tee (short and long) or gathered sleeve. The sleeves are gathered at both the top and bottom, giving it a bit of a Renaissance flair that I adore.

During testing, I chose to sew both gathered sleeve styles (because who doesn’t need a bit more ruffle in their lives??)

Short Gathered Sleeve, Fitted Bodice

The puff is subtle and elegant. In the version shown here, I created the fitted bodice for a nice top to wear under skirts and high-waisted pants. I have already paired it with jeans and cardigans for fall. I can tell this will be a staple in my wardrobe.


The long-sleeve version has two connected pieces in order to create that Renaissance look. It’s sweet and charming and can easily be classed up or worn for casual wear.

Long Gathered Sleeve, Fitted Bodice


Not shown is the relaxed fit and the regular (non-gathered) sleeves; there are so many options with the Fun Tee!

HERE is where to go to get the pattern. If you join the Sew By Pattern Pieces Sewing Circle on Facebook, there is a link for a release discount through November 18, 2016!

Lauren’s issue about Fitted Bust Adjustment and Small Bust Adjustment was also featured in Issue 13 of One Thimble out of Australia. Thanks, Lauren, for educating our sewing community to help us shape our clothing for our bodies–rather than confine our bodies to the clothing!


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