Florence Christmas Blog Tour

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I was asked by Olu of Needle and Ted, and Anna of MadeIt Patterns to partake in a Christmas inspired blog tour/competition based on Anna's newest pattern release, the Florence Blouse. Needless to say I was very taken back when they asked and accepted without hesitation! There are some talented ladies on the tour, so be sure to browse the competition page here and leave a comment for your favorite one! Anna is also holding a competition on her Facebook page that allows you to enter in your Florence till the end of January 2015 to win some of her patterns :) Oh, and there is a coupon code at the end of the post so make sure to scroll!

Here is my "Christmas Inspired Florence". This holiday I determined that I didn't want to dress the girls in your traditional green and red.  Over the years, our family's Christmas party attire has gone from rather extravagant to more laid back and comfortable. Though I will be making the girls dresses, this pretty little get up will be Madison's second outfit. Florida weather still doesn't know what it wants to do so I will have two outfits to accommodate our ever changing tropical climate. 

Ryan was going through his closet a couple weeks ago and tossed out some nice dress shirts that were too big for him. I couldn't let that beautiful fabric go to waste, so I scooped it up and took it to my table. Deconstructing the shirt to create a new vision was so satisfying. I never thought to take a men's dress shirt, rip it all apart, and mark the pattern pieces as followed.  The shirt is made up of some shirting fabric of sorts, but man was it a pain in the rear to press... and it frayed like mad too!! But the color was perfect, so in the end it was a win-win situation. 

The skirt is also upcycled from an old dress of mine that I wore once, and spilled some kind of yellow substance on. I wore it to a Holiday party lol suiting for the post right?! Madison loves this entire outfit. It is rare for her to take to a shirt like this, but considering the high today was 59 and we were outside while doing the shoot, she's taking what she can get :) ** No little girls were frozen in the capturing of this outfit**

The details that Anna puts into her patterns are just amazing. I mean, look at the yoke in the back!? The v shape fits the blouse so well. You could even make the Florence into a jacket with a leather yoke.. say whaaaat!? Yup. And the gathering in areas such as the sleeve make for a nice and feminine finish. Not to mention the gorgeous princess seams in the front. Need I say more? This shirt rocks my socks. 

The Florence Blouse by MadeIt Patterns
Skirt is self drafted

4T, but could have done a 5T too

Upcycled men's dress shirt

Snaps instead of buttons, omitted the bow and put a snap 

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Florence Blouse! This was a fun little challenge for me. It makes me hone in on the skills that I am lacking in while showing new techniques along the way. I am very pleased with MadeIt patterns, and will add their patterns to my growing collection. Olu and Anna, thank you so much for having me on this tour! I had such a great time!

  Enjoy the ending to our post with a photo of M below :) 

Pattern Parcel #7: Barcelona Bag

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Good morning! Today is my stop on Pattern Parcel #7 tour, which is all about handbags. The ladies involved in the tour sewed up some AMAZING creations, and this parcel is most definitely one to purchase. If you do not know about what PPP is, keep reading!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

How Pattern Parcel Works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

I sewed up the Barcelona Bag, and I really like the finished product. *This bag is located on the bottom right of the first photo* I looked through all the patterns included in the parcel, and the Barcelona  was the fit for me! It is a big bag for starters, which means for this mom of two it can hold the right amount of "treasures" as well as baby essentials. OH, and it comes with a WALLET! 2 for 1.

As seen in the parcel photo, the Barcelona is intended for some intense pattern mixing with beautiful, designer quality fabrics. Though I love the pattern as it, I can do without the ruffles and pink most of the time. So instead I went for a color palate of golds, browns and black with patterns that didn't exactly match, but paired nicely together. I also extended the shoulder strap by 3" to sit just right with my body. We all know the purse has to fit perfectly, or then you won't get any use out of it otherwise :)

I don't know about you, but I LOVE the fabrics together. I actually really enjoy this pattern too. There is so much room to make adjustments, add inside pockets, make it smaller... the list goes on. Most definitely a great pattern to hack and use as a base for a completely different bag! Plus, the wallet pattern is simply perfect. I see plenty of Barcelona wallets being made for Christmas :)

That's it for my stop on the tour, but please go check out the rest of the ladies on the tour. You will be completely inspired. Also, if you are interested in purchasing Parcel #7, click on the "Purchase Parcel #7" button at the beginning of the post!

Parcel #7 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro
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