At School and Play {SisBoom Pattern Tour}


Hey friends!! My last Back to School stop is finally here.  I’ve been having so much fun playing will tons of different designer’s patterns and touring along with so many creative bloggers over the last month.  Today I’m a stop along the Sisboom Pattern Co “At School, and At Play” tour.  I’m super exciting to be sharing my first Sisboom make that isn’t a top or dress.


For my project I planned a casual outfit for heading to school.  I used the Sisboom Katie pants pattern.  If you are familiar with the pants you are probably noticing I’ve got pockets that are slightly different from the original pattern.  I did a little hack job on these. I’m kinda a pocket lady and so are my girls.


Hack Debrief

For the pockets I cut my front pant pieces using the low right cut line.  Then totally eyeballed where I thought the front pockets should fall.  I used my rotary cutter and ruler to make the cut.  After that, I used the trimmed piece of the pants as a template to modify the front pocket lining. After that I used fairly common pocket construction.  I placed the front pocket lining right sides together against the front pant front, stitched on the angle I had just cut, flipped, pressed and top-stitched for each pocket.  After that, I placed the back pocket lining right sides against the front pocket lining and sewed around the edges being sure to line up the top and sides of the pocket with the top and sides of the pants.  I then basted the pocket linings to the pants at the top and sides where they overlap.  I constructed the pants per directions until getting to the waistband.  When cutting the waistband I first modified the piece by adding a half inch the the length.  Then I cut two sets instead of just one.  I stitched the waistband pieces on the short ends and then across the top creating an entire waistband rather than just a facing.  This was then attached to the pants like you would attach a binding.  I inserted the elastic and then finished per directions. They turned out beautifully.



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Sisboom Tour

Thanks for Stopping in on the Sis Boom Blog tour!
We are excited to announce that our bloggers EACH have a pattern giveaway on their posts! Everyday something new; so be sure to follow along with this tour!
August 22 Paisley Roots / August 23 Cookies n’ Bees  /  August 24 Tina Sew Tiny  /  August 25 Screeching Dinosaur  /  August 26 PearBerry Lane  /  August 29 Troops To Tots  /  August 30 A Crazy Craft Lady  /  August 31 Glitter in My Coffee  /  September 1 Sunflower Seams  /  September 2 Adventures with Bubba and Bug


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Emmy T-Shirt Pattern {For Boys and Girls}


The Emmy T-Shirt from Laela Jeyne Patterns is a staple pattern for your stash.  This pattern is the children’s verson of the Women’s Emily T-Shirt.  I love the Emily! My favorite top right now is an Emily.  You can see it here from a post I did over the summer.  Just like the Women’s pattern, Emmy is full of options to carry throughout the seasons. *This post contains affiliate links to aid in my fabric hoarding tendencies.

Pattern Details:

Size Range: Childrens 6m-6 and Girls 7-14

Neckline options: Jewel neck, cowl neck, hood

Sleeve options: Regular or Gathered Sleeve cap with three lengths.  This also includes options to create with or without cuffs, but a thumb-hole cuff option. (I’m all about not hemming, so I love these options!)  The Gathered sleeve caps give a feminine touch, while the regular sleeves work great for the boys.

Accent Features: Three elbow patch options, and a triangle accent at the hip, curved hemline

Along with these options for the patterns you get all the features Laela Jeyne offers.

  • Clear, concise instructions with photos and illustrations
  • Fitting adjustments
  • Printing directions
  • No trim page options for US and A4 Paper
  • Fabric Requirements and Layout
  • Tips for sewing with knits!

The Emmy release price is $6.00 with the rest of the shop being 30% off!  You can also bundle Emmy with Emily for $10.50.  That is a pretty awesome deal for such loaded patterns.  This is the last pattern release where the entire shop will be on sale, so be sure to snag anything on your wish list!

If you want to stay up with Laela Jeyne Patterns use these links:

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Facebook Group: Come share your creations!

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I just love this top I stitched up for this post.  I live for fall and there is nothing that screams fall like a cowl neck shirt.  Last year I made the twins some cowl neck shirts and Peyton has been asking for one, so I was happy to oblige.  I made the elbow length here, but have also done a second version with long sleeves and elbow patches.  Those patches are such a fun feature.


I love the curved hemline on this top.  This feature gives it a little more style and bumps it up from just a basic t-shirt pattern.  I was nervous about hemming this, but with a good pressing it came out perfectly.  A twin needle can do great things. (Though I wish I had a cover stitch machine.)

What combinations would you make first?  Next I want to do a hooded version with long sleeves, elbow patches, and the triangle hip accent.  I’ll be sure to share that when I’m done!

Happy Sewing!!


Modkid Aubrey {Pattern Release}


Modkid has a new dress pattern releasing! I wasn’t supposed to be hopping on any more tests, but I’m a sucker for anything knit or with pockets and Aubrey has both… so basically I caved.  I’m glad I squeezed this one in because it is a fairly quick sew and I know my girls will get some use from this pattern.

The Aubrey dress pattern has a large size range covering size 2-12.  The dress has a hidden kangaroo pocket, dolman sleeves with three lengths, neck binding and neck band options, along with a design that allows for some creative fabric choice.  It’s a great fit for medium weight knits.


I grabbed and end of bolt box last week from Mama Made and Beautiful and it just so happened to contain some of Patty Young’s Acorn Valley fabrics. Of course I had to use those for what I stitched up, its only right.  Plus, those little foxes are just too cute.  I used a different color way of those cute foxes when I was on the Acorn Valley tour, check that here.


For this newest release use coupon code AUBREY2016 to get 40% off your entire order  in the Modkid Etsy store! That puts every regular priced pattern at $5.99!! That’s pretty awesome if you need to get busy with some back to school/fall sewing.  This coupon code is only good for 24 hours, so don’t delay.


Here is the Modkid Boutique release anouncement for the Aubrey dress pattern.  Its a great  to scope all the tester photos for the new pattern.nnI hope you enjoy all those fun photos.

I leave you with the face that leaves me laughing when I should be scolding…. It’s hard to say no to that! Would you be able to?IMG_0308


Back to School With SLPco {School Pride}


The back to school parties are continuing on today at Pear Berry Lane, and actually, they will be continuing into next week as well.  Today I’m partying with Simple Life Pattern Co. and am so excited to be joining in!  Over the summer I started using SLPco patterns a lot more consistently for a number of reasons.  One is that I started connecting with bloggers and sewists that work within the business and the other is that I was sucked in by the free cami and headband pattern.  I also sewed up a few Bella dresses and my girls just love them.  I feel like with SLPco, if I sew it, they will wear it.


Each day people have shared a school related post that also has a theme.  Today my school make is inspired by school spirit.  Peyton’s school colors are blue, white, and yellow.  I’ve been wanting to make her a school spirit dress for quite a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to force myself to stick to my plan.  Even though we were inspired by school colors, we didn’t go too over the top so that she can wear this outside of school and still feel like it’s appropriate.  The Eagle Applique was vetoed early on.  Total bummer because I already own one.


We used Rayann’s Retro Top and Dress pattern for our make.  This is a perfect school dress pattern because it offers sleeve options.  In the sewing world I often feel trapped by files and files of sleeveless dress patterns.  The sleeved options are sometimes a hard to find feature, especially for wovens.  We aren’t allowed to wear sleeveless, so these cap sleeves are perfect for the hot weather but still meet school dress code.


This is dress has some fun accent features. I love the strips within the skirt, and the buttoned sash is a fun way to cinch in the ease without having to deal with a tie all day at school.  The square neckline is a new-ish feature for us.  It was super simple construction, so I can not complain.


Not only is this tour loaded with a ton of awesomeness to be inspired by, there is also a rafflecopter for you to enter,
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Tour Schedule

August 14th – Simple Life Pattern Company Kick-Off

August 15th – Adventures with Bubba and BugSew E-Notional

August 16th – SewSophieLynnHandcrafted by RED

August 17th – Phat QuartersPear Berry Lane

August 18th – SewJournersSweet Red Poppy

August 19th – Sew and Tell ProjectPaisley Roots

August 20th – Simple Life Pattern Company Tour Wrap-Up


One Thimble Issue 12 {A Feature Post}


Yay! It’s time again for the newest issue of OneThimble! Can you believe we are looking at issue 12?  Each issue, Pattern Revolution hosts a tour to share all about the newest issue.  I’m exciting to be joining in for a second time with the festivities! I’m here to share about two patterns in the latest issue.  First, I hopped on the Melbourne Romper from Jilly Atlanta.  This is a unisex romper, but I only have girls so that means it is for girls at my house. You can see some adorable boy photos in the listing.  I didn’t know what the romper was going to look like when I signed up, but I know Jill has a taste for simplicity and beauty all wrapped into one with every pattern, so no matter what the pattern was I knew I wanted to try it.  For the second pattern, I tackled the Flutterby Kite by Molly and Mama.  This is my very first Molly and Mama make.  This kite is the closest thing I’ve ever come to making a quilt, so I was stepping out on a limb with this pattern.  It is marked for beginners, so why not give it a try? *As often happens, this post does contain affiliate links to help support fabric hoarding. Thanks for the support.


For the Melbourne Romper I had a vision of trying to put together a romper that represented that simplicity and beauty I mentioned that I love in Jilly Atlanta patterns.  To accomplish this, I used a solid gray cotton with a white lace overlay on the bib. I think the lace adds a bit of fancy to the look without taking it overboard. I think it was a great match.  The fit of the romper was good and I can easily take this romper into fall by layering with a shirt and possibly some tights.  We chose to do the crisscross straps without flutters. We had no issues with bathroom stops and I didn’t even have to help with them. A great feature to this pattern is that there are options for the bottom based on whether you need room for a diaper or not.  That will make a huge difference in fit.  How awesome?!


I had the most beautiful white buttons picked out for these straps, but when I tested my button hole it wasn’t going to fit within the straps.  Darn the luck!  You can also sew the buttons to the inside on the back to tuck the straps in if you like.  Personally, I like the options of leavingthem out and adding a little something with buttons.


For the kite, I wanted to create something that went with the vibe of the romper for this post, but you could do so much with this pattern in terms of wall decor.  The pattern was easy to follow and when I was finished I feel like I had a glimpse of the quilting world.  I struggled a tiny bit with the corners and probably need some tips for making those look better, but other than that I’m very happy with my final product.


I was so impressed by myself and my awesome quilting of this kite! Seriously, can you see that?! (Fist bump to myself!) Not bad for a  first attempt.  The tail was looking quite awesome as well until we took it out for pictures. It got a little beat up by the model.  What can you say? It’s hard being a kid holding a kite and not taking off with it.  This kite isn’t meant to be a flying toy, rather more of a piece of wall art.  We were getting creative for our photos.


All in all, these were two fairly simple patterns and definitely patterns that can create different looks just by changing up the fabric.

Thanks for stopping in to check out my One Thimble Issue 12 makes! Be sure to check out the rest of the features from the newest issues by following the schedule below!

 One Thimble Issue 12 Tour





421 Myers {Bow Socks}


We are at it again with 421 Myers Designs! Last week it was headbands, before that it was pet collars and bracelets.  Let’s just say Linda Stafford has had some fun and super versatile patterns for accessorizing right from the start.  I really can’t wait to start seeing some of the vintage inspired clothing patterns that she has been hinting around about.


The bow socks are the first pattern that has been released that isn’t free, however, I’m sharing a coupon code to get $2 off this pattern. The coupon code you need for the Etsy shop is 421ABC2.  The pattern price is $5, so with the code you can snag this for $3! Awesome-sauce. Code is good through Nov. 12, 2016. Not only will you get a discount with this code, but I will relieve a small commission for you using my special code. Yay! Win-win.    Here is the link to the pattern.


This bow sock pattern includes a printable bow template, instructions for different looks you can create, and how to position your bow on pre-made socks.  You could also put these on leggings and leg warmers for some other fun looks.  If you are a rock star you could totally sew up your own socks from The Wolf and the Tree Trailblazing sock pattern and then embellish those using this pattern.  I am kinda excited for boot season to see how we can dress up some of our boot looks.


The best part about these bows is that they can be removed from the socks.  This is awesome for two main reasons. First, the bow can be left out of the wash and not get all wrinkled and ugly.  Second, you really only need one pair of socks because the bows can just be switched out.  How awesome it that?!  I’m sure it will make for an awesome craft fair make!  I should probably mention that this pattern includes the need for KAM snaps or another similar tool.  If you don’t have this, it’s a great excuse to purchase.  I love my KAM snaps.  It’s such a great way to bypass button holes when you are in a pinch.

I hope you have enjoyed our little creation! My girl was loving these socks!  Be sure to stop by the shop and grab the pattern.  Don’t forget to use my special code for you discount. 421 Myers Design and use code 421ABC2.




Back to School {Made for Mermaids Style}


It’s back to school time!  Ahh!! Kiss my daytime sewing goodbye, along with trips to the pool and picnics in the park. Fun in the sun is O-V-E-R, over. (Insert multiple tear faced emojis.)  Even though my heart is sad to say goodbye to summer, I know my big girl is so excited to get back to school to see her friends and meet her new teacher.  To help get us motivated for school, we selected some fun fabrics together to make a fun and “techie” back to school outfit, Maid for Mermaid style.  If you are ready to start getting your school clothes put together, Made for Mermaids is having a sale to go along with this back to school tour.  Use code is M4MB2S to get 20% of your patterns.  Woot! You can also check out some tools to help you plan your back to school sewing on the Made for Mermaids Blog. (This post contains affliliate links, because this fabric hoarder needs some spending cash.  Every little bit helps.)

The glasses are a fashion statement… What do you think?

I was so excited to get an invite to join in on this Back to School Tour with Made for Mermaids.  The sewists on the tour are people I follow to be inspired by, so it is certainly an honor to be sharing along with them.  This tour is going to be loaded with inspiration for both girl and boy back to school creations!

So, let’s get started with what we came up with for our back to school look.  I selected the Evie Pleated Suspender Shorts and the Charlotte Collar Top.  Once these were picked out, we headed to our locally owned fabric shop Let’s Sew to let Peyton pick out some fabric.  We ended up with two fabrics from Robert Kaufman Plug & Play for the quilters cotton used and I had an Art Gallery knit solid in my stash that went great with the color in the shorts, so we stuck with that.  Why buy more fabric when you have Art Gallery that matches? (I can’t believe I just admitted to not buying more fabric when I had a legit excuse.)

The Charlotte top came together great.  Typically I’m not a fan of gathered sleeves.  I’m a bit OCD on getting gathers to look  exactly the same on both arms and that can sometimes be difficult.  I didn’t have trouble with these and I love how the puffed sleeve gives the top a feminine look.  Another feature I liked about this top is the banded sleeve. Personally, I say BAND ALL THE THINGS. I hate hemming knits.  Mostly, I think this is because every time I do I am reminded of how I don’t have a coverstitch machine and that makes me sad.  Do you have an extra coverstitch machine? Feel free to mail me one.🙂  The collar turned out great for this top.  Charlotte actually has several collar options, or you could just leave it off for a simple tee.


For the Evie Shorts, I made a few modifications besides leaving the suspenders off.  The first change was lowering the rise.  I knew Peyton wouldn’t be wearing these at her natural waistline, so I followed the instructions in the pattern so they would sit a bit lower.  Second, I brought up the inseam slightly.  To be honest, now that they are done, I’m not sure I will do that the next time.  They are boarder-line on passing the dress code in length, but what kind of parent would I be if I didn’t push the dress code, right? (Just kidding… kind of.)


I just love that she picked out such a fun fabric. We didn’t go with something flowery or school themed and I still think they look great.  The keyboard collar and the HDMI, Ethernet, etc.  hook-ups in the shorts bring the “techie look” together.  Secretly, I want a pair to wear to Technology Night at my school.




So, this is the beginning of my back to school sewing.  What do you think so far? Have you enjoyed the first few days of the tour?  Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour and don’t forget to take advantage of the sale.  (Hop back up to the top for the coupon code.)

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Tour Schedule


Gotta love those glasses…


Tula A-Line Dress {Laela Jeyne Patterns}


Today *Laela Jeyne Patterns is releasing two new patterns today! The *Tula A-Line Dress and the *Talia Fitted Dress.  Both dresses are loaded with options as you can see in the line drawings. *This post contains affiliate links.  If you decide you need to purchase a pattern and use one of the links in the post you will be supporting my fabric hoarding tendencies.🙂

Tula A-Line Dress and Tunic
Talia Fitted Dress and Tunic

Wow, can you believe all of the options available here? Crazy! The options alone make these patterns super diverse, but simply changing the fabric adds a whole different set of styles you can put together.

Today I’m sharing my Tula A-Line dress in Mini length.  The pattern includes options for partial lining and full lining of the dress.  I chose to do the partial lining and it was such a quick sew. (No zipper in the partially lined dress!) This pattern is made for woven fabrics, but your fabric choice can really change the look of your creation.  I used a rayon here and it has great drape.  It makes for a casual fun dress with this fabric, but I know I could dress this up by swapping out the fabric for something a little fancier.


I did the scoop neck for my Tula and love where it falls.  It is just low enough for my necklaces but not to low that I am worried about flashing everyone when I bend over. The fit under the arm offers good coverage as well.


The mini length in this dress is super sexy.  A perfect date night length.  For school, I plan to make knee length and pair it with a cardigan for some arm coverage.  I think it will be perfect!

The Talia Fitted Dress is also releasing today, but I didn’t sew that one up yet.  It is absolutely lovely and you can check out all the pretties in the Laela Jeyne Pattern Group for more inspiration there.

Grab the Patterns:

Not only are these two new dress patterns on sale, but all other patterns are 30% off as well.  Stock up for back to school sewing, or just stock up to hoard. (I do that.)

Size Range: XXS-3X

No Trim Pages

Options for fully lined or partial lining

Ton of options with tunic and dress lengths

Tula A-Line

Talia Fitted Dress

Bundle the Two


Thanks for stopping in!  What do you think of my make? Does it look like I’m hanging in with what is trending? Let me know what you think.

421 Myers Design {Free Headband Patterns}



Several weeks ago I tested a girl’s bracelet and a pet collar for 421 Myers Design.  Linda Stafford, the designer, is beginning her own business in the PDF world and I always love helping new designers get their patterns up and running.  When Linda asked me to test I was happy to join her on her adventure.

This go around I tested a Mommy and Me Wired headband set.  I haven’t played with I wired headband before this and honestly wasn’t sure how to style it.  Oh my goodness, you can do so much with it.  I searched “how to style a wired headband” and found all sorts of fun options. I twisted our headbands at the top three different ways.  You can check them out below.



I hope the fabric is catching your eyes as well as the headbands.  It’s Art Gallery Emmy Grace and I’ve been in love with this particular design for quite some time.  My fabric was donated to me just for this post by Christine Ousley of Threads and Stitches Fabric.  Not only does she carry new designer fabrics, she also has some fun trims you can check out too!

Threads and Stitches:

You can join the Facebook Fabric Group Here

You can scope out the new website Here

You should like the page on facebook Here


Have you noticed the girls are swapping out in these photos? They are so sneaky sneaky.🙂

Not only is the wired headband pattern releasing today, so are a ton of other headband options! Here are all the options you will find in the 421 Myers Headband Patterns:

  • Wired Headband
  • Knot Headband
  • Elastic with Tied Bow Headband
  • No Slip Headband

Headbands are a great accessory for any outfit and an awesome way to kill those scrap bins that are piling up.  I don’t know about you, but my scrap bin is growing at an exponential rate.


So, how do you get these awesome free patterns?  Just join the 421 Myers Design Studio Facebook group and check out the pinned post.  Download the files you want and then get to work.  Be sure to post your makes in the group and on Instagram.  Tag them #421Myers so everyone can find them easily!



Small Town, Big Fun


We don’t necessarily live in a small town, but when Tami of SewSophieLynn mentioned doing a Small Town link up I immediately thought I would hit the county fair and link up all the excitement of seeing all the animals.  That didn’t end up happening as the date didn’t match up for the linkup.  Our big fair is actually next week.  Instead, we took a last minute trip to our “local” theme park Holiday World with my mom and step-father.  It is actually located about 45 minutes from us, but we hit it every year and have grabbed season passes a few years to make a summer full of fun and excitement.  Holiday World is great fun because tickets include access to the ever-so-awesome water park.  We basically do the dry rides until we are hungry for lunch, grab a bite to eat, and then head to the water until we are out of energy or too sunburned to continue.

Yap, this is as close as we get to everyone posing.  First Ride of the Day.

As I’m sure you understand, my theme park photos look like it was 100 degrees outside and no one cooperated to take photos. It really was 100 degrees! I also just brought my point and shoot because I’m too scared to take my good camera theme parking and there is just too much excitement to worry about canvas quality photos.

Just the twins wore clothes made by me.  I didn’t sew up anything new because these sets are at the top of their favorites list.  They are sporting their Laela Jeyne Deluxe Charlotte Leggings (Aff*) and the Simple Life Pattern Co. Free Cami Pattern. Join the SLPco facebook group for the free code. This would have been a great post for the #realliferealsewing tour that happened a few weeks back, because this was definitely real life.


Holiday World is exactly what the name implies.  Each section of the park has a holiday theme.  Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, etc.  Very fun in a cheesy sort of way.  We love to eat in Thanksgiving and have dumplings and dressing for lunch.  We had to stop on our way to lunch for a photo op.  The park is known well for its wooden roller-coasters as well as several other attractions. You can scope it out here.

After the water park, we headed for ice-cream and a few more last minute rides before calling it a day. I don’t have any water photos because water and cameras just don’t mix.  Plus, there girls are wearing RTW swimsuits… so that doesn’t really go with the point of this little link up.


Those cones worked out way better than I expected considering their ginormous size.🙂 We enjoyed our ice-cream and Peyton met up with a friend from school to chat with too.  That is one thing about Holiday World, we always run into people we know.  It gives it a small town feel for sure.  Plus, the park is known for having the friendliest employees and it is totally true.





Sometimes waiting in line is so hard, but it is so cute to watch as a parent.  There were definitely some teachable moments with this as we went throughout the day. Aren’t those little bums so cute in those leggings though?



And at the end of the day, there just isn’t enough energy left for one more event.  I call that a great day.  I hoped you enjoyed a little bit of our fun.  Thanks to my mom for treating us to a fun filled day!

Check out the other link ups sharing about their small town summer fun below.


Sew & Tell Project

Made By Melli

Paisley Roots