Santa's Helper

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

So today I have a pretty rad Socialite Bubble Dress as part of the Lil Luxe Collection Blog Tour, and I am very excited to be sharing it with you! Remember how I said that I wasn't going to make the girls traditional green and red dresses back in this post? Well I am taking that statement back :)

Before we get into the details of M's Socialite Bubble Dress, this will be my third time sewing this pattern and I can't get enough of it. This is my first time sewing the bubble skirt version, and I am very pleased with the tutorial and outcome. Those princess seams have me swooning too! Ah, everytime lol What I love though is that you can make it full on Christmas crazy or have it be simple and chic. I'm thinking of doing my next one in a black ponte de roma. Wouldn't that be just dreamy!? If you have been thinking about buying the Socialite, you can do so by clicking here (affiliate link) and enter the code "blogtour" for 30% off !

This dress is made of two dresses that I upcycled. There is even enough left over to make Cora her dress too :) I don't know about you, but I really dig the combination of the green and the red with all those crazy polka dots. It screams "Santa's Helper". I am very tempted to make her some elf shoes to wear with them on the big day. Do you think I should?! 

The ballet scoop neck is so elegant on the Socialite Bubble Dress. Madison had the hardest time understanding that it doesn't have a button on the back, and insisted I add one. But when I showed her how easy it was to put on and take off... she was sold. We also love the sleeve options on the pattern. Madison likes the shoulder flounces, and made sure that they were included in her holiday attire.

Socialite Bubble Dress
Green Polkadot quilting cotton 
Red fabric was like faux satin? 

Thanks for stopping by the blog to see what I have created :) There was a reason we did the shoot without shoes lol Cora was napping in their room, and I wasn't about to head up there to retrieve them and possibly wake her up. She cut her four top teeth and has been feeling under the weather, so sleep is a very good thing for her at the moment. But besides that, I hope you enjoyed! If you decided to sew up the Socialite Bubble Dess make sure to tag #socialitebubbledress #lilluxecollection on IG and Twitter!!

Holiday Crop Top Dress from Lil Luxe Collection

Monday, December 8, 2014

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Today is the newest release from Lil Luxe Collection; and again my friends! Another beautiful pattern by Jessica Bustos, the creative brain behind it all. The Reversible Crop Top and Dress is a clever and trendy pattern by this budding and kind designer. Since this is part of her blog tour, she is offering 30% off with the code "blogtour". If you haven't seen all the other fabulous ladies on the tour, you can click here to read the schedule and check them out :)

There are so many fun options in the pattern that I don't know where to begin! I fell in love with this dress from the moment I saw it, then opened up the pattern to see that there are only two main pattern pieces for the crop version. Score!!! Who doesn't like a pattern with few things to cut out?! Another thing I admire is the open and airy back of the crop and dress. The design of it is so functional yet absolutely beautiful. I love!

I have always wanted to sew a paper bag dress, and had this idea about how complicated it must be (silly right?? It is soooo easy!). Jessica designs her patterns to be straightforward and full of useful tips and techniques. The way she makes the arm hole is something I had never seen before. Let me say I was pleasantly surprised and thought "Wow, how smart!". I always love learning new things, so it was very exciting to learn a new technique while sewing up the Crop Top Dress

The "paper bag" effect goes lovely with the simplicity of the blouse. The dress I sewed was version 2 which had a lower seam on the skirt, but she fixed it to where the belt lies just right and the top of the skirt so it doesn't just flop over. Another great thing I like about this dress is how it gives the effect of a "layered" look, which will allow for some fun pattern mixing and styling ideas. Jessica even added a belt tutorial (not shown in my photos). How sweet is that? A rad pattern and a belt tutorial! I'm all in.

Winters in FL are pretty hit or miss, so this time around I went with something that would be accommodating with whatever weather mother nature brings us this season. When we took these photos, the day was simply gorgeous! High of 77 with a breeze; my kind of weather. Madison just LOVED this dress. Right after our photos she went straight on her bike to ride with friends then turned back around to tell me she likes the air that was coming down her back. 

Navy quilting cotton and some Red Orange plaid that was super soft and light

I have fallen in love with Lil Luxe Collection and all of Jessica's creations. I know when I purchase a pattern by her that it will be of the best quality and filled with a great tutorial. This dress came together in good time and has such a professional outcome. This might be my first dress, but for sure not my last!! Imagine the possibilities for spring and summer :) The Reversible Crop Top and Dress is another great pattern to have in your collection! Don't forget, if you want to purchase you can click on the link here, and use the code "blogtour" for a 30% off discount!!

Happy Sewing!

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 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

Polkadot Peek A Boo Hoodie by Lil Luxe Collection

Monday, November 17, 2014

Today we are talking about the newest pattern from Lil Luxe Collection, the Peek A Boo Hoodie (affiliate link), which was released on Friday by the ever-so-talented-and-kind Jessica Bustos! Before I get into the details of this great UNISEX hoodie, let me say just how wonderful Jessica is. Not only does she design modern and stylish children's clothing, she is also a compassionate and understanding woman. Jessica really takes the time to build a personal relationship with her testers, and make sure everything is going as smooth as possible when tweaking her works of art. I am honored to be able to work alongside her and the group of lovely ladies! Let us move onto the hoodie now :) 

*** This is the only good photo taken of Madison, as she was NOT feeling any of the shoots (3) over the past couple days. So my apologies!***

"Your fashion kid will be warm and stylish in their Peek A Boo Hoodie!  The Peek A Boo name comes from unique details in the sweater: the hidden kangaroo pocket, the overlapped neckline where you can see little bits of the inside lining and the thumb holes that will keep hands half hidden.  The trendy tunic length of this hoodie will pair beautifully with leggings and boots for your fashionista or use the waist length as a cozy everyday hoodie for your boy or girl." -Jessica Bustos 

Jessica had made her description of the Peek A Boo Hoodie so perfect, that I couldn't resist letting her tell us all the amazing details of her newest release! From the wrapped hood to the hidden kangaroo pockets and thumb holes, this pattern will become fall and winter staples for years to come. And did I say that it takes an insanely fast time to sew? Once the pieces are cut, you can easily finish this hoodie in a nap time. Awesome right?

Another great thing I love about Lil Luxe Collection is how Jessica pays such close attention to detail. The installation of the kangaroo pocket seems pretty complex from the first read-through, but she includes a wonderful pictorial that takes you corner by corner for a professional finish. And who doesn't like thumb holes?!?


If you are teetering on the thought of purchasing a Lil Luxe Collection pattern, I would take a risk on a beautiful pattern created by Jessica. I have tested 3 other of her patterns, which you can read about here and here, and let me tell you, you will not be disappointed! Click on the affiliate link above to purchase or peruse. 

Peek A Boo Hoodie by Lil Luxe Collection


Sweater Interlock from Joann's

None, it's perfect :)

Ansley by Blaverry Pattern Tour

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Are you ready for another pattern review?! Today is all about the Ansley pattern, one of the newest from Blaverry.  But before we begin, be sure to stop by the other amazing bloggers on the tour for some Ansley inspiration, and take advantage of the coupon code "ILOVEBLAVERRY10".

If you are wanting a pattern with endless options, then the Ansley is the one for you. Christie includes 72 pages of options to be precise, but they are tiled AND layered, so this means no wasted paper! Perfect huh? You can go super simple like I did in the tunic for Cora, or go all out with the hi-low hem, peter pan collar and gorgeous sleeve cuffs. 

I haven't sewn many patterns where the front opens rather than the back, but it adds a really nice touch to the top. Since the pattern requires buttons, I opted for snaps because of Cora's age and eagerness to put things in her mouth... all the time!

We sewed up a size 12 mo, but could have gotten away with the 6 mo. If the Ansley is meant to be more lose fitting, then the size we sewed works great! Cora was super comfortable in it, and that is all that matters :)

Ansely by Blaverry
Smaller bias tape for neck binding; Snaps instead of buttons
Lose and flowy
Quilting Cotton from Joann's

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