Sew Some Pajamas Link Up Party


Hey Friends! I don’t know about you, but my children are in need of pajamas! I keep saying I’m going to get some done as I see my kids running around the house in belly shirts and capris. Mind you, their attire used to be full length.  Are your kids running around the same way?

In an effort to provide motivation to myself and all my bloggy people, I thought a link up party would provide some great motivation to getting some of these jammies sewn up.  Please Link Up any and all of your pajama posts over the next week-ish. (New stuff, not oldies.  We love those but that isn’t motivating you to make new.)  I can’t wait to see all the fun creations. The link up closes on December 14th, so don’t miss out.

My personal goal is to sew up some un-pajamas.  What I mean is that I’m going to patterns that weren’t really meant to be pjs but will be this year.  Mostly I’m doing this because I have a ton of patterns I haven’t used and this will help me to get motivated to make them.  I will probably slip a few quickies from the Alex and Anna winter pajamas because the pants and sleeves have cuffs and I say.. #cuffallthethings

I’ll be sharing my pajama post later this week.  I hope you will stop by and check out my creations!!  Be sure to peak at all the link ups as well!

Everyday Wear with Petite Stitchery


It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the States and I’m joining in on a tours with some lovely ladies to feature Petite Stitchery & Co.  If you don’t know this company that may because it is NEW.  They will mainly be releasing patterns by collection, so be sure to be on the look out as seasons change so you don’t miss anything, you can even sign up for the email list on the homepage!  Also, there is a giveaway at the end of this post, so be sure not to miss out on entering.  I can tell you I have personally had a lot of luck with rafflecopter giveaways.🙂


The theme of this tour is Everyday Wear.  This works great with the Fall 2016 Collection as there are several foundation patterns that work great for daily wear.  My big girl hasn’t really been popping up on the blog much lately, so I thought I would make her a little something that would be a great comfy set yet still have a bit of style.  She is more into the world of Lego Ninjago than prancing around in fancy clothes, so this theme worked great for her.  Of course she was trying to haggle the terms of the photo shoot, but I won because she owes me several from the last payout. She typically drives a hard bargain. (In the picture below she is counting down how many more photos I can take. Bahaha. I took more than three.)


For our outfit we used the Fawn Leggings Pattern and the Sapphire Layering Top.  The Fawn Leggings offer an optional tuxedo stripe or a simple legging option.  Since our top has a lot going on with the plaid, I chose the simple legging with the yoga waistband.  I made the leggings with a double brushed poly that I ordered from during a sale a few months back.  It was not even close to the quality of dbp I’ve ordered from some Facebook groups, but still super soft so I know my big girl would be satisfied.  If you are looking for some quality solid dbp, I’ve had luck with purple seamstress.


The Sapphire Layering top has several options with flutters and sleeve ruffles to create some fun looks to wear alone or as a layering item.  If you recall, I mentioned Peyton isn’t really into the frilly stuff right now, so I went with the basic style of no flutters, no ruffles.  The buffalo plaid is from PHAT QUARTERS.  It’s a cotton/poly blend with not too much stretch, but just enough for a nice t-shirt.  I also used it on a shirt I made for myself here.


I was very pleased with the fit on this top.  The neck band is exactly the width I prefer.  I am not a fan of thick neckbands and typically adjust mine to be smaller when I’m not testing.  I cut the neckband on the bias and lengthened slightly to account for the stretch being slightly less than recommended. After I finished the top, I decided to add a little lace to the the hemline to fancy this up a tad.  I’ve seen some tops hanging in the stores recently with pretty hemlines like this, so I thought I would be a total copy cat and use the idea.  Obviously, it isn’t like this is actually a new concept, so maybe we are all just borrowing the idea from someone long ago. Now that it’s finished I really wish I would have added the lace before hemming with my twin needle.  The finish would have been nicer than the zig zag, but I still think it works. I know for the next go around I suppose.  I wish I had taken before and after shots, because the lace definitely changes the vibe of the top.  What do you think about it?



Thanks to the Petite Stitchery Ladies for thinking of me and having me along.  I’m glad I could join in on the fun.  I hope you have liked my creations.

Tour Schedule


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Plaid and Boots Tour



It’s finally my day to share on the Plaid and Boots Tour hosted by Laela Jeyne Patterns.  If you don’t know it, I do a lot of work with Laela Jeyne Patterns, so I am around that group and the page a lot.  If you aren’t familiar with Marisa and her patterns, I hope this tour has encouraged you to give a pattern (or two…or whatever) a shot.  You can try several patterns for free if you join the facebook group.  Details are in the pinned post. You can also use  Code is P&BTOUR20 for 20% off cart during the tour! *This post does contain affiliate links to help support my hobby.

So, let’s get started.  Today’s theme for the tour is Game Night and Bonfires.  A perfect match for my infatuation with all things fall, pumpkin, and autumn colored in the world.  I created two looks for this theme because there are really two types of “bonfire” experiences that I am aware of.  My post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics, so I got some beautiful fabrics to make my creations for this post.


The first bonfire I styled for is the “out in the cow pasture” or “down at the cabin” type.  This includes a gigantic pile of wood where the fire is huge and amazing. Hot dogs and s’mores are had by all.   It’s a laid back, relaxed event with lawn chairs and blankets and so much fun.  For this I sewed up the Emily T-Shirt with the Taylor Leggings.  For my Emily T-shirt I used a lovely panel which was provided by Moon Man Printing. To cover my back side, I did add some length to the Emily at the shorten lengthen line. I’m not at the stage in my life where I wear leggings with my back side actually being visible.  Kudos to you if you are. To complete the Emily and make the Taylor Leggings (a free pattern with the group discount code),  I used the Trade Winds Port by Sharron Hollan for Art Gallery Fabrics. I loved this fabric! The knit is butter soft and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to sew it up.  I then paired it with my Willa vest which I shared about here.  I paired it with my boots and with some comfy canvas shoes so you get get several vibes for these makes.  The boots are probably necessary thought.



The second type of bonfire is what I would call the “city girl bonfire.”  This is the type where someone has an outdoor fireplace, amazing seating, and a great view.  The environment is a little more subtle, yet classy.  My sister has an amazing outdoor seating area with a fireplace that is perfect for this. Which is right here.  I totally stole this photo from her social media, but I feel it was needed.


For a classier look to match the city-girl-bonfire I stitched up the Samantha Swing Dress.  I used the Hi-Lo dress option with long sleeves.  This fabric was also sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics, Survey Ochre by April Rhodes.  I have to say, I love this color in the fall.  It just goes perfectly with my inner self.  It was like my heart was happy to wear something that screamed fall.  The Samantha Swing Dress has a ton of options, including a racer back. I made a racer back tunic here if you want to check that out. Samantha also has girls version with the Sammy.  If you like to do Mommy and Me looks, you may need the bundle.  Sweet Red Poppy made a Sammy that is perfect match to mine for this tour. Too bad we don’t live closer, we could have gotten that on camera. Don’t miss her post!


Again, I paired this with the same Taylor leggings as before.  This dress doesn’t require leggings, but since we are talking about cool weather and bonfires I felt like it was a necessary piece to complete this look.  I also paired this with my canvas shoes as well as a pair of brown leather boots to give you some additional styling ideas.  I really think I like the boots the best!

And styled with the boots here for a bit of a different look….


So, what do you think?  I’ve gotten several complements on my Samantha while wearing it already, so I’m thinking it is working.  I can’t wait to see all the other looks for the theme today!  Don’t miss out on all the seriously awesome giveaways!!!  Catch the details below along with the blogger schedule.

Tour Schedule


Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.


Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama


Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy


Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs


Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

Thanks to all the awesome sponsors for the tour!!!


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One Thimble #13 {One Romper and Danny Donut}


One Thimble #13 is hitting my blog again today! Last week I shared my Orbis pants, which you can read about here. Today I’m sharing my make from the One Romper Pattern from Filles a Maman (FAM) and I used the Danny Donut Applique from Cut Sew Love.


Let’s start with the One Romper pattern.  I was super excited about the possibility of having a hip, urban vibe romper with this newest issue of One Thimble.  This pattern includes a short and a pant romper with short sleeves.  The romper is bathroom accessible with a shoulder closure to be unsnapped for quick breaks.  You may notice that my version doesn’t look like a romper, nor does it have shoulder snaps. If you would like to see a romper on this tour, check out this one from Swoodson Says.  The One Romper pattern also includes a t-shirt option.  Since this is a tour about the patterns, I decided to make the t-shirt version because I hadn’t seen a lot of them out there and you probably should know its an option.  You are welcome.🙂  You should also know that the One Romper does not come with long sleeves when purchased through One Thimble, however, a free long sleeve download is available here. 

Construction for this tee was fairly typical.  If you choose to, you can add the shoulder and sleeve placket from the romper version to spice things up a bit.  My model was between chest sizes for this pattern, so I chose to size up as I made a cool weather top and we are just moving into the cool weather. I think I would have been fine with choosing the smaller size option.  Overall, we really like this top. My shirt is made with french terry and the neckband is a cotton lycra blend.

If you notice, this isn’t just a plain shirt, it has the  cutest little donut fella on it.  Cut, Sew, Love released the Kawaii Appliques which includes the Danny Donut pattern along with a few other applique designs.  I “do-nut” know about you, but we LOVE donuts at our house.  We watch the Krispy Kreme signs all the time to check and see if the red light is on so we can stop in for our free snack. If you aren’t familiar with Krispy Kreme, you should google it.  You can see the entire baking process within the store.  My girls love to watch the donuts being made.



For my Danny I used some embroidery floss to add the face details and free motion applique on my machine to do the outlining.  If you haven’t tried free motion applique, it is a fun way to add a little pzazz to your creations.  Here we made our donut look like our favorite Krispy Kreme, glazed with chocolate icing and sprinkles. This was such a quick applique and the other sets that come within this patterns are so cute too.  There is just something so adorable about food with faces.  I suppose that why Shopkins are so popular.

Now, don’t forget to make some stops along the tour to see all the awesomeness for Issue 13 of One Thimble.

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

I hope you have enjoyed my stop along the One Thimble 13 Blog Tour, Sponsored by Pattern Revolution.  Thanks again for having me!

One Thimble #13 {Orbis Pants}


You know when you have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for that one special day? When that day finally arrives you almost don’t know what to do with yourself because you are so excited you act like a goon instead of an intelligent person… That is probably how I would describe myself with the Orbis Pants and the release of One Thimble #13. *This post does contain affiliate links.


The Orbis Skinny Harems from Sofilantjes for One Thimble are such a fun and hip make.  I tested these quite a long time ago, but to preserve the magic of One Thimble, we had to hold off on all our excitement and sharing until the release.  This was a test of strength and commitment. I am happy to say I made it….Barely!


The Orbis Skinny Harems can be purchased as a stand alone pattern here,  or as part of the One Thimble 13 Issue.  There are a lot of great patterns in this issue.  I’m sewing up two more and showing them off next week as part of the Pattern Revolution Tour.  Be ready for that post. It is going to be a cute one. (Well, aren’t they all really?)  Orbis may or may not be making another appearance there.


Here is the Orbis Scoop

Unisex Skinny Harem

Size 1-14

3/4 or full length

Optional Pocket

Faux Fly

Home Printing and A0 File

Personally I love the over-sized pockets on these pants.  The pocket is a great way to use up your scrap of fabric fabrics that you may not have a lot of.  The construction also provides for some stitching that adds to the detail of the design.


The design is perfect for my sporty girl.  I think she really rocks this pants and the fabric for this pair is quite fun.  I grabbed the geometric print at JoAnn Fabrics right before I was selected to test this pattern.  I think it was a perfect marriage of pattern to fabric.



If you love original creations with style, Sofilantjes is a great designer to check out.  I shared a top creation from this designer in this post.  If you haven’t seen the Hibernis Cowl Shirt pattern, it is awesome.  Definitely a great pattern to add to your collection.  Shop around for some new patterns and come back next week to see a few more makes from the most recent issue of One Thimble.

For more pleasure reading.  You can read other One Thimble Magazine features I’ve written here, here, and here.

From One Thimble 12
One Thimble 11
One Thimble 10

Laela Jeyne Pattern {Sydney Slouchy Raglan}


Marisa has been super busy wrapping up the last patterns for the year over at Laela Jeyne Patterns.  This week the Sydney Slouchy Raglan is on the list of new releases.  You don’t want to miss out on the releases this week, because the Taylor Leggings pattern has also released and it goes perfectly with the Sydney. The legging pattern will be FREE with a coupon code from the facebook group. Be sure to join that now.  *This post does contain affiliate links, however, if you purchase the leggings with the coupon code there isn’t a lot to be made from a free purchase.  You may want to purchase the raglan too.🙂

Sydney Slouchy Raglan Details:



Sydney is a relaxed fitting raglan with so many options.  You can choose from multiple necklines, hemlines, and sleeve options.  You can see several options in the line drawing above.

  • Sixes XXS-3X
  • V-neck, Off the shoulder, or hooded cowl
  • Two sleeve types.  Slouchy sleeve and relaxed sleeve with three lengths for each.
  • Hi-Lo Slouchy Silhouette, Rounded Hem Slouchy Silhouette, and a separate Swing Silhouette
  • Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Layered Printing with Printing Guide
  • No Trim Pages
  • Letter and A4 printing options



For my Sydney I chose the Hi-Low Slouchy Silhouette with 3/4 length Sleeves.  I love the fabric I chose for this make!  I just think it screams fall.  The plaid is Girl Charlee Bolt that I got from Phat Quarters.  Bless Gemia’s little heart.  I won this fabric in a contest Phat Quarters sponsored and a week later I won AGAIN in a completely unrelated contest.  I do have to say, Phat Quarters carries some great fabrics and they have great service too.  The shop is definitely worth checking out. Thanks again for the goodies.🙂  The solid for the sleeves came from the ever fabulous Mel of Purple Seamstress and her solid cotton lycra collection.  Best solids for the best price.  That’s the truth.  You are missing out if you haven’t cashed out on some of those.

Anyway…  Let’s talk about that free pattern. The Taylor leggings go great with Sydney, however so many testers paired their raglan with the leggings, I decided to mix it up and pair with some skinny jeans and don’t have mine pictured here.  I’m sharing the line drawing so you can see the options.  These leggings are only going to be FREE through the end of this year. (with the code from the facebook group) Get them now so you don’t miss out! Marisa’s goal was to design a great fitting legging.  If you try these please leave a review on the site to help others know what they are getting!

Taylor Leggings Details

  • Sixes XXS-3X
  • Contoured Waistband Leggings
  • Maternity Waist Instructions included
  • Three Length options
  • Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Layered Printing with Printing Guide
  • No Trim Pages
  • Letter and A4 printing options




Chalk and Notch Anniversary and Waterfall Release


Such an exciting post today! I love getting to be part of the creation process with pattern designers.  Today I’m sharing about a new pattern release from Chalk and Notch as well as celebrating the Chalk and Notch patterns one year anniversary.  Excitement is floating around everywhere with the Waterfall Raglan release and the awesome giveaway is going on is amazing too.  Be sure to read to the bottom to enter the raffle copter.  Your are going to want to have some entries into this one.

To help celebrate some lovely blogger people are joining in with a little tour.  Check out the schedule! I’ve become blogging sisters with so many of these ladies.  It is so fun to support each other through our little adventures.  I love seeing how we all have different takes on patterns and fabric.  It’s amazing how one pattern can look so different in every make.


Chalk and Notch Tour

Emi – Just Add Fabric | Melissa – Rebel & Malice | Brooke – Idle Sunshine | Nicky – Mix it Make it | Nelleke – gaafmachine | Sylvia – Lily & Woody | Sophie – Moineau & Petit Pois | Monica – Ma, me, mi… mo | Cassy – Pear Berry Lane | Thao – Little Cumquat | Toya – Made by Toya | Tami – Sew Sophie Lynn | Maria – Fairies, Bubbles & Co. | Indu – Kaleidothought | Julia – trendedero | Eveline – frölein tilia | Catherine – Mespetitstissus

Do you know Gabriela from Chalk and Notch? I’ve “known” her for a little over a year when she participated in a contest that I too joined in on.  I can remember her amazing collection and photos.  I loved the colors, the makes, the accessories that went with the collection.  I could tell she had it together.  I continued to follow her on Instagram and later discovered she was designing.  It’s so fun to see the development of someone’s dream and business and I’ve enjoyed watching Chalk and Notch grow throughout the year.

If you aren’t a member of the Chalk and Notch Facebook group, you must join!  You can see all the upcoming patterns and tester calls.  The group is full of such sweet ladies.  It’s a positive encouraging place.  Join here.

Now for the Waterfall Raglan Release!


I’ve been sharing my photos all around because I just love this top and I have to say, my little model was working our photo shoot. There were too many cute ones to narrow it down.

The Waterfall Raglan is a relaxed fitting raglan with both top and dress views.  It features a feminine ruffle at the hemline.  There are multiple sleeve lengths and my very favorite thing about this pattern is the larger hem allowance on the sleeves.  I have found that larger seam allowances with knits makes for smooth washing, non-curling hems.  This is something I love!

Get the pattern at the UpCraft Club

Get the pattern at Chalk and Notch

The Waterfall Raglan pairs great with jeans or leggings.  It’s a great everyday top, but can be dressed up easily with some good fabric choice.

The dress version is just as adorable. I haven’t made it yet, but you will see some on this tour, so don’t miss those stops.


I’ll leave you here With the rafflecopter. Be sure to enter and check out the rest of the stops on the tour.

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Lil Luxe Collection {Papillon Shorties}


Okay… So a while back I was on a short sewing spree and sewed up about 5 or 6 versions of the Papillon Shorties from the Lil Luxe Collection.  I hadn’t posted about it because I really just sewed them for fun because I was loving the pattern.  I thought I should go ahead and write up a little something because they are just too cute not to document.


If you don’t know this pattern, it features a scolloped flat front waistband with elastic back waistband.  Knife pleats and front pockets added to the scolloped front make this pair of shorts such a great make.  You can add trim to the scallops to spice up this make which is a fun feature that really makes the scallops pop.

I also used this pattern for my Art Gallery Blog tour.  You can read about that here.  Here is a little sneak for you.


Here are a few more of my makes from the pattern.



I’ve started some hacking of this pattern too. Here is the skirt version I stitched up using the waistband and a gathered skirt.  Super quick sew and LOVE that waistband.  My newest hack is going to be a wide leg pant version!  I’ve been dreaming about this hack and it will be coming soon.  I know it will be a perfect match for the Calabria Top.  That’s all for now.  If you are moving into warmer weather, you should probably check out this pattern.  It is a total keeper!!


Laela Jeyne Patterns {Willa Vest Release}


Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than to sew up a vest for the changing of the seasons?! If you don’t know me, I’m one of those Pumpkin Spice fall girls. The ones that everyone keeps wishing would stop celebrating the fabulous perfection that is fall.  I live in vests from the beginning of fall all through winter.  My boss typically makes fun of my “life preserver” as school, but I don’t care.  My classroom is very cold and I love the extra layer of my vests. If you are like me, the Willa Vest from Laela Jeyne Patterns may be a great choice for you. #sewallthevests *This post contains affiliate links because a girl’s gotta have some spending cash for fabric.


The Willa Vest is the very first vest I’ve ever sewn for myself.  In truth, it is the first outwear I’ve ever sewn for me or my girls.  It turned out quite well for my first attempt.  I’ve also never sewn with the quilted nylon or anything similar to it before.  I would suggest using your walking foot for the entire project as I believe it saved my project on several occasions.

Pattern Details

Sizes: XXS-3X

Willa Price: Regular- $9.95 Release Price-$6.50

Willa and Billie Bundle (Mommy and Kids Vest): Regular- $16.oo Release-$10.00

Vest Features: Lined Vest with Princess Seams, Optional Welt Pocket, Optional Removable Hood, Reversible with two way zipper.

Detailed directions on customizing the fit so it is perfect for you!

No Trim Pages for US and A4

Step-by-step directions with illustrations

Layered Printing


The Welt and Princess Seams

Now, let’s address your fear of the welt pocket.  I have to say I pushed for the welt pocket on this pattern.  Welt pockets are like sex.  Kinda scary at first, but after you do it… it’s not so bad.  Now that you are laughing, I promise that you will not think twice about a welt pocket again after trying one.  The directions in the pattern are very clear and even if you need additional support, it will be worth it in the end.  Don’t let fear rob you of the finer things in life.

I had never sewn princess seams until this pattern.  I do love how they flatter the figure and am now noticing several items I have in my closet with princess seams that I never noticed before.  Isn’t that funny.  I suppose it is like cars.  You don’t realize how many of a make and model are on the road until you are driving it, then you see it everywhere.  Also, you are immediately friends with those people driving that same make and model. I think I feel the same way about my newly discovered princess seamed pieces.

Bias Binding

The Willa Vest uses bias binding to finish the bottom edge, collar, and  armscye.  I usually make my own bias tape when I’m doing a project, but when shopping for a zipper I discovered the most awesome thing… Fleece Double Fold Bias Binding!!! Did you even know that they make that? I totally didn’t and it was a perfect match for my fleece lined vest.  It was wonderful to work with and I would definitely recommend it for this vest.  I total time saver and looks great!  It’s the simple joys in life that keep us going.  This was totally one of those moments.



I think I’ve shared with you the important things about this vest on its release.  Be sure to let me know if you have any further questions!  Happy Sewing!