Sew Pony Tour {Juliette Dress}


A few weeks ago I was asked to join a group of ladies showing off the Juliette pattern.  This great new pattern was a collaboration between Jill of Kneesocks +Goldilocks and Suz of SewPony. I basically stalk Jill and all her creations on Instagram (I mean, who can make standing in front of a couch in pretty things look so good? I want to be able to do that! Also, I think she’s secretly superwoman), so I was happy to jump on board with this tour.  Suz at Sewpony is kinda new-ish to me, but I’m glad I’m getting to see her work through this tour.  Thanks for having me ladies!!


A little about this dress pattern… The Juliette pattern has both dress and top options.  I have to admit, that the dress versions are my favorite as of now.  Juliette is an A-Line silhouette with many options to choose from.  You can make this with or without sleeves, with the neck ruffle or without, and you can add a faux button placket to the front if you like too!  The back closure has options of a loop and button or bias ties.  Both of these options make this dress perfect for the beginner sewist and a great make for anyone.


I love the collar detail on this dress.  It’s like Jill and Suz have been snooping my Pinterest account and know things that I like.  This ruffle just so dainty and feminine, I love it.  A few tips for the sewist on making your ruffle collar look great… 1.Don’t cheat on the gathering stitches!!  You need to do more than one gathering stitch, and overachievers would probably do three.  It really does make your gathers nice and even.  2. Make your own bias tape.  The pre-made stuff works okay, but making your own is just a different ballgame altogether. (Plus there are pattern pieces for this, so you don’t have to have a bias tape making process.) The results are totally worth the extra few minutes on these points, I promise!


If you haven’t followed me for long, you may not know that I am kinda a floral girl.  I’m wondering if people every get bored with my overuse of florals?  But, it’s spring now and that is a perfect excuse to bust them out, right?! I’ve been saving these florals from Lecien Fabrics for several years I think…  I’m glad I finally cut into them. The blues and pinks are lovely and I just love the floral in the collar!  It gives a nice pop of color to her face.


Sale and Contest Alert!

So, now that you’ve gotten to scope out this dress, I’ve got some good information to share with you!  There is a 10% discount on all Sew Pony Patterns through June 2 with the Code DRESSEDINSEWPONY.  Not only is there a discount, but Suz is also hosting her very first contest featuring her patterns.  It’s a great opportunity to try out a new designer if you haven’t already, or to get a chance to win at some awesome prizes.  All the contest details can be found here.  Read all about the contest and the great prize packages here.

Tour Schedule



I hope you have enjoyed this stop along the tour!  Lately I’ve been having some fun sending people off with a fun photo from our shoots that will leave you smiling.  These are kids doing our modeling, and even though we share all the “good” ones with you I love sharing the “real” ones too.  It shows everyone we are just real people having some real fun.



Coffee + Thread Tour

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Woot Woot! I’m back with a second post for this week!  Today I’m joining in with a plethora of bloggers showing off makes from Coffee + Threads patterns.  There is so much awesome going on with this group of ladies.  Be sure that you catch all the creations.  They are all so different, yet equally awesome and there’s even more to come next week.  Plus, a giant rafflecopter and a 20 % off sale at the bottom of this post.


I have to say that I have a Coffee + Thread pattern I won in a give away a while back, but have never gotten around to sewing it up.  To be honest I wasn’t really familiar with Olga and her designs until recently.  I went searching for some sewists to invite on a tour and came across the Coffee + Thread site.  I sent Olga an invite and then she asked if I would like to hop on this tour too.  So of course, I just had to do that.  I chose to sew up a completely different pattern than the one I have for this tour and went with the Ania Tunic and the Wild and Free Lounge Pants.  My girls have had quite a bit of fancy makes added to their closets lately so I knew I needed to give them something for everyday.


The Ania Tunic can be made in either woven or knit, so I jumped all over the knit option and paired it with the pants for a typical choice for one of my little ladies.  She would say “comfy is my style” and sometimes when I make her things she is sure to tell me, “That is not really my style mom.”  So… here I am making a little lady’s fashion dreams come true.


When this blue floral arrived at our doorstep it was immediately claimed as her own and she was begging for something to be made when it arrived.  In fact, she requested that a shirt and the pants both be made from it to be worn together.  I had to explain we weren’t making pajamas (matching top and bottoms would probably throw a PJ vibe) and we settled for the pink with white polka dots as a happy solution to preventing pajamas in public.


I was loving this tunic as I was putting it together.  This top has a swing style look to it, yet it is fitted well in all the right places.  I love the gathered capped sleeve as a bit of detail and feminine touch.  I did add a touch of length to this top in hopes that I would be able to carry it through the summer months and maybe into fall.  As a side note, the best part about the knit version is there isn’t a closure, so if you avoid those like the plague you can still make this pattern.


And how about that giant hair-bow?  When I popped it in she looked in the mirrored and said, “I think maybe it needs to be a little bit bigger.”  I reminded her we don’t live in the big bow south. 😛 Kids are just too funny sometimes.


For the Wild and Free Lounge pants I modified them by combining the front and back pieces to remove the outer side seam.  I don’t mind doing this seam on leggings (actually my go-to legging pattern also has a side seam, but I just wanted to be able to whip these up without worrying about skipped stitches on my coverstitch machine.  It is sometimes finicky when sewing over seams, so eliminate that let me hem first and then do the construction after without any issues.  I hope you don’t hate me now that you know I hemmed before seaming.  I would have hated me a few months ago, but I’ve had a change of heart since my coverstitch machine has arrived.

If you don’t know, The Wild and Free Lounge pant pattern has several view options.  I stitched up the plain view, but if check out all the other bloggers you will see all the shapes and little animal options you can put on the front knees.  They are so cute and I’m sure if you are one of those creative people you could think of even more ideas that you could do with the knee option.


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 Stop By All the Blogs on the Tour!

April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie BurgettApril 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony || With Love By Eva 


Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you loved our Coffee + Thread creation and will join the Facebook group to continue to see all the beautiful makes from Olga’s patterns.



Gnome Matter What! Fabric Tour


I am so excited to be part of the Gnome Matter What! fabric tour!  I have to say I feel like the small blogger on the totem pole of these stops, and I’m so thankful to have been invited.  Check out all these rocking blogs along the tour!  After you scope out this post, don’t miss the raffle copter waaayyyy down at the bottom!

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Ink & Arrow Fabrics is a new to me company.  There is a store locator to help you find fabric stores close to you that carry it.  I was just playing around with the locator and totally discovered a shop I didn’t even know existed just 6 miles from my house.  How does that even happen?! It’s almost too embarrassing to say.  I guess I’ll be checking that out this week sometime.  I’m hoping to attend quilt market next fall so maybe I’ll have my eyes opened to even more of the companies out there that I’m not aware of.  I can’t wait.

Alrighty then, how about we show of some of the Gnome Matter What! line, designed by Alicia Jacobs Dujets.  This line is full of cute little features that remind me of summertime fun in the back yard.  I made looks for the littles to show off these fun designs.


This first look features a floral design, Sketchbook Garden Natural using the Swallowtail Top from Lil Luxe Collection.  It’s such a feminine top and a perfect pattern match for this print.  This is probably my favorite of the line because I am totally a floral girl.  If you follow me, you probably already know that.  I paired this floral with the Square Dot Blender in Charcoal for the flutters and the bloomers.  I used that Tadah Flexi Shorts which is a pattern I hop back to from time to time.


This print features dainty sketched flowers with faint colors of green, purple, coral, and blue. It’s just enough color to keep it simple but not boring.  A nice balance.  The background also features a faint grid print as well.



For our second look we just had to get our hands on those cute Gnomes! I’ve thought Gnomes were cute before Gnomeo and Juliet hit the theaters and they got cool. 🙂 I stitched up the Willow Skirt from Violette Field Threads in Lawn Ornaments in Seafoam with the Madelyn Top in Snails in Natural.  You see, I got sucked into that sale a few weeks ago and needed to justify the purchase by actually sewing up those patterns.  I guess I can check that off the list now.  #justified


We topped of the top with the Square Dot Blender in Lilac for the collar.  It was a great way to pull some of that purple from the other prints.


And sometimes I just don’t want to do button holes, so check out those Kam Snaps while you look at these cute little snails.  You can see that this also print features a faint grid paper background as the floral.  The math teacher in me is doing a little happy dance at that design feature.


And before we get to the rafflecopter, we have some fun moments.  We have started getting rather goofy in our shoots lately, so here is a little bit of the craziness we had while wrapping up.





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Don’t forget to swing by the rest of the Gnome Matter What! Tour featuring fun fabrics from Ink & Arrow Fabrics.  Don’t forget to scope out the other Ink & Arrow Lines.  I absolutely love the Zola Line, so I’m going to see if my newly discovered shop has any of that in stock.

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs


Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour


It is finally my day to share a creation on the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour!  I was excited to get the invite to join in.  Itch to Stitch (and awesome helpers) along with Stylemaker Fabrics have helped to put together a great tour.  This post does contain affliate links, but as always my opinions are my own.

So far we have seen an array of different looks on the tour.  Some are classy and elegant while others are comfortable yet stylish.  I stitched up the Idyllwild Top and Dress which I love. You can see a short sleeved version I did here on the Itch to Stitch Blog. Idyllwild is a t-shirt pattern that includes so many fun extras.  There are 2 necklines, 7 sleeve options, and 3 length options.  That is a total of 42 different combinations.  I’m a math teacher, so I can confirm that 42 is a correct number and Kennis did a good job on her math when she wrote the listing. 🙂  I used some fabulous French Terry supplied by StyleMakers Fabric.  I love how warm and cozy this dress was in French Terry.  It has a 4 way stretch too!  You can find the fabric HERE. I really hadn’t gotten into the French Terry craze that has hit all the sewing groups I belong to.  I had bought some, but used it for items for my kids so I hadn’t really figured out what the craze is all about. I get it now.


The only adjustment I did to this dress was to shorten the length.  I did this using the shorten and lengthen lines provided within the pattern. I don’t know about you but I’m short, so basically all my dresses have to be adjusted for a flattering length.  Due to the heavier nature of this fabric I probably could have shortened a tad more, but since it cool here in Indiana I kept it as is.


I’ve been wanting a tee-shirt dress for a while.  I’ve been talking about it with teacher friends about how comfy they would be for our long days at school, so this was easy to pick for the tour.  I added a scarf for styling for a touch of holiday spirit.  You may also see a belt in a few photos. I’ve recently discovered that belting your scarf give a fun look that is slightly out of the norm of what we usually see with scarves.  Belting it makes me feel like there is a part of me that is fashion forward.


When I chose this neckline for this dress I opted for the larger neckline. I’ve made both necklines with this pattern now and think they are great.  Sometimes I like a higher neckline for comfort and easy of dealing with children without fear of flashing my goods.  I think the larger neckline works pretty well for this too.  It is still modest, but does allow for you to wear pop on a necklace and look great.



I’ve sewn up several Itch to Stitch patterns and I must say they are top notch.  I love the clear concise illustrations and how there are detailed measurement charts to help you select exactly what size you need for your perfect fit. Some patterns even include cup size options so you don’t have to do bust adjustments. That is huge!


Well that raps up my feature for the Itch to Stitch Holiday Tour.  I hope you liked my make and take the time to look over all the patterns offered at Itch to Stitch.  There is a special discount code during the tour. Use code holiday16 for 16% off your entire cart. StyleMakers fabric is offering a great deal too! $5 shipping on all fabric from Style Makers, no code needed. There’s a discount for international shipping as well!

Don’t forget to pop in on the other posts! There are so many lovely creations featuring StyleMakers Fabrics and Itch to Stitch Patterns.


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!

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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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Ellie Dolman Cardi from Elliedactyl


I’m joining with with some fun ladies to share my favorite style of Cardi for the Cardigan Tour.  Thanks to Tibeca Yao for letting me hop in on the fun.  My favorite style of cardigan is a drapey, comfy layering cardi. I have a TON of drapey cardis! In truth, I should tell you most are store bought and in the color grey or beige.  Just for fun I went through my closet and counted… I have TEN in gray or beige cardis that I found in my closet.  I’m  obviously the earth-tone girl in the family.  I really stretched my personality a lot by sewing up my Raspberry Creek florals for myself..


For the tour I wanted to sew up my own cardi to share and I tossed in some color just for the fun of it. I had narrowed down my list to a few patterns and decided to splurge and go with the Ladies Ellie Dolman Cardi from Elliedactyl, a designer I hadn’t sewn up before.  Notice I said I hadn’t sewn before… I’ve bought several patterns from her… just hoarded them. Are you guilty of doing that too?  Annelise was happy to sponsor my post by offering a coupon code for the duration of the tour for you and a pattern of choice for a rafflecopter giveaway.  Be sure to enter the rafflecopter below and grab a few items with the coupon!!  The coupon code is CardiTour and will be a cart total coupon of 20% off your entire purchase through the end of the event.

Pattern Features:

Dolman Sleeve with short/long sleeve options with cuffs

Relaxed Fit

Two neckline options.

Pockets/No Pocket Options

No Closures

Layered Printing

Photo Tutorial plus Quick Sew Directions for experienced sewists


Fit Review

Personally, I love a Dolman style anything.  If you are anti-batwing, this cardi can still work for you as I didn’t feel this has huge wings that can sometimes come with a dolman style top.  I was happy with the fit through the shoulders and the more fitted sleeve through the arm.  I used my measurements to determine my size.  The sizes within the pattern aren’t listed as XS-XXL, but rather with words that evoke power.  This really does require you to use your own measurements to make something for your individual body.  I like this feature.

My version includes long sleeves, pockets, and the tapered neckband.  I found the cuffs/arm length could have been shortened for myself, but I would say that would not be typical for most people.  I have short limbs in general. I love that the sleeves are finished with cuffs for both the short and long sleeves as I always prefer to add a cuff when possible.  It may be that I’m too lazy to hem or still just annoyed that I don’t have a cover stitch machine.


Overall, I’m very happy with this cardigan.  I’ll probably be making several others and be spending a lot of time in them as the weather continues to cool here.  This cardigan can definitely be printed, taped, and sewn in under two hours. So quick and comfy too!

Be sure to check out all the other stops along the Cardigan Tour.  There are a lot of new patterns and go-patterns being featured.



Cardigan Blog Tour September 26-30
Wednesday 28 Doodle Number 5


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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





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…


Pandalicious: by Art Gallery


Oh my goodness! The Pandalicious Tour is here! I just can’t even believe that I get to sew up some of the Art Gallery Fabrics Pandalicious line by Katerina Roccella for you to see. *This post is sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics, but my opinions and emotions of excitement are my own. I’ve been eyeing this fabric since it first hit the web and I just love it! I’ve put together a sister set for my little ladies to show off some of this awesome line.  Check out my creations, then be sure to read about the multiple giveaways for the tour.



I stitched up this first outfit with Ni hao Fairies Yu for the top and Panda Patches Blue for the shorts.  If you haven’t put your hands on Art Gallery fabrics you are certainly missing out.  The wovens are so soft and smooth to the touch and sew beautifully!  The Pleat Fold Top from Madeit patterns was a perfect match for the Papillon Shorties from Lil Luxe Collection.  Lil Luxe is also a sponsor for this post and I was so excited to get to stitch up the shorties.

For outfit number two I used the Hidden Panda Cottonbud.  I love how the little pandas just peak out in this fabric.  It’s a soft and fun design! Perfect for a little person to sport in a romper.  I used the Summer Romper for kids, a FREE pattern from Purl SOHO. This romper was simple and the fit was great. A pattern I will definitely use again.  It is so hot here right now, so cool clothes are a must!




You can see the whole line here: Pandalicious Line

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Pool Side Beach Party


It’s time for some summer fun! I just love the idea summer, and sun, and all things hot… and you should too! (You are a parent of small people if you just read that in an Olaf voice.) I love that I get to spend most of my summer off with the girls while we are out of school.  We spend time at the pool, splash park, the blow up pool in the back yard, and make an occasional trip to the ever-so-awesome Holiday World.  There is a lot of fun in the sun, so this tour was a great fit for us.  Thanks to Ula at Lulu & Celeste and Deb from Sprouting JubeJube for hosting the Pool Side Beach Party and letting me join in!  The tour has a great line-up of bloggers with a lot of diverse projects to share about.

Lulu & Celeste * 5 out of 4 * The Wholesome Mama * Sew Happily Ever After * BLAVERRY *  From a Box * Élégantine! * Wining Wife * Phat Quarters * Handmade Boy * Sew Sophie Lynn * Sprouting JubeJube * MCB Créations * Gracious Threads * Sew and Tell Project * Pear Berry Lane * Creative Counselor * Inspinration * Golden Rippy * Mahlica Designs * Filles à Maman *  Call Ajaire  * Cindy Parrett  * Adventures with Bubba and Bug  *  Paisley Roots *

Now, I’m not what I would call a swim suit maker, but have have made one once (last year), and it turned out decently for my first go around.  However, I didn’t tackle the task this year because I got some great deals on RTW suits and I had other projects in mind.  I needed a task for this project and Jess from Gracious Threads generously provided me with the Swim & Surf Short pattern for the tour.  How awesome?!  I’d been eyeing this pattern since its testing call, so I was super pumped to get the opportunity.  Gracious Threads also has a coupon code for during the tour, so check that out below.


I made these shorts by up-cycling swim trunks I bought at Walmart this season for $5!!  I was able to cut TWO size three shorts with extras left over.  I bought a second pair for the coordinating binding and to make my oldest a pair too.  I could definitely get 4 pairs of shorts out of the two I bought, so totally worth the money especially if you are impatient and don’t want to wait for shipping. Another perk to upcycling is getting a drawstring that can be reused too!  I cut the drawstring in the shorts down to size and stitched it back together at the center.  This gave me pretty finished ends on my drawstring which I love! It makes them look even more legit.


If you aren’t familiar with this pattern, there are options for making them with and without swim bottoms attached inside as well as options for two different lengths. The swim bottom option is great for my little one in these shorts because she has NO BUTT!  Basically, she wears a size three, but a 24 month swim bottom falls off because there is no meat in the back to hold them up. This is not an exaggeration, Crack Kills People!!!  These shorts are a great way for us to cover her bum while swimming.


And, what’s a trip to the splash park without stopping for a water enema? Right?! Everyone’s gotta get one.



I confess, I didn’t make these suits, but I can’t leave anyone out.  Here are the other two running around in the water too.  We just love the summer!  I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into what our summer days look like.  Now, be sure to check out the codes below and enter the rafflecopter for some great giveaways!

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Modkid  (use the code POOLSIDE2016 for 25% of at checkout until July 2nd)
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Lulu & Celeste * 5 out of 4 * The Wholesome Mama * Sew Happily Ever After * BLAVERRY *  From a Box * Élégantine! * Wining Wife * Phat Quarters * Handmade Boy * Sew Sophie Lynn * Sprouting JubeJube * MCB Créations * Gracious Threads * Sew and Tell Project * Pear Berry Lane * Creative Counselor * Inspinration * Golden Rippy * Mahlica Designs * Filles à Maman *  Call Ajaire  * Cindy Parrett  * Adventures with Bubba and Bug  *  Paisley Roots *