My Childhood Treasures: Jasmine Dress and Discount Code

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Good morning! Today is the release of the Jasmine Dress by My Childhood Treasures. The Jasmine has a beautifully sloped bodice with cap sleeves, and the option to do a tulle overlay. I had the pleasure of testing this dress back in March, and have been waiting for release day! Dixi also is offering 20% off with the code: JASMINE. Make sure to head on over to her shop that is full of fabulous patterns! 

I first found My Childhood Treasures in December when I was browsing Etsy for a simple Christmas dress pattern. The instructions were super clear and the garment came together so easily. I fell in love with her patterns from then on! Another great thing is that if you don't have a serger (or still can't use one like me) don't fret! Dixi makes all of her patterns for normal sewing machines AND sergers :)

What caught my eye about the Jasmine was the sloped bodice. I can't get enough of it! It is very elegant and clean without being overly dramatic. Since I wanted to showcase the slope in the dress, I knew I wanted some contrasting colors. Both of the main fabrics are woven cotton from Joann's. The pink flower fabric was a little heavier then the grey, so I used that as the main bodice. The grey Kona solid paired perfectly with the pink bodice too!

This vintage blue and white floral makes me swoon every time. The fabric was another of my fab flea market finds :) I really enjoy having a surprise on the inside of a garment. Normally I would just make a muslin lining, but I couldn't resist really highlighting the beauty of the fabric, even if it is as a lining. And those buttons... Big. Yellow. Buttons. Yup, I am loving these! I wanted that pop of color that would make the dress just shine, and I think those buttons did the trick. All of the garment seems to work together, just as I imagined!

Tulle has always intimidated me just a little, but the more I sew with it the more comfortable I become. When I saw that the Jasmine has the tulle option, I knew that I was going to make one with it. Madison doesn't like it when the "itchies" are on her, so I made sure that the tulle I purchased was as soft as possible. Another nice thing about this pattern is that the amount of tulle required is just enough to gather, that way your sewing table isn't over flowing with it. 

I really enjoyed testing this pattern, and can't wait to make a couple more for Madison. You know you have a winning outfit when your child doesn't want to take it off after your photo shoot! Don't forget to use your code JASMINE at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase at My Childhood Treasures!

Happy Sewing!

5 Months & Winner of Gracious Threads Giveaway

Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Monday! Today I get to announce the winner of the Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic Giveaway, and show you Cora's five month outfit. The excitement is overwhelming hehe! I want to thank you all for entering and making my first giveaway ever a fun little success. I appreciate the love you guys! And the winner of the Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic is... Tasha Early! Congrats! The pattern will be emailed to you :)

Cora turned five months old on Friday, and I can't believe June is almost over. I feel like I just posted about her four month outfit last week. She is getting on all fours now and really trying to crawl. I have a feeling she will be crawling before she sits up. Ah!!! We are still nursing too, which is creating even more of a closeness between us. I am so in love with her! Enough with the gushy mom stuff, lets talk about her clothing shall we?

All of her onesies are officially too small, and I really don't want to buy any more of her clothing unless it's absolutely necessary. So what we have here is a simple ensemble of a tank and diaper cover. Easy right? Both of my patterns are from Dana over at MADE. I love Dana's blog, and her tutorials are pretty awesome if you ask me! I will say that I really wish I knew how to use my serger for the bum cover. Making casings on a leg hole is just not fun... the ironing and the whole roundness of it all... ugh. With that said, August will be dedicated to using my serger.

The fabrics I used were seersucker (bum) and knit (top). I liked the texture of the seersucker against the coral knit. You can't really tell in the photos, but the top has a nice slinky sheen to it. I could not tell you exactly what kind of knit it is because I bought it at the flea market a couple months back. The binding is some green knit from Girl Charlee. I royally messed up my bindings by using some gold thread.... WORST IDEA EVER!!!! Oh my gosh I don't recommend this thread by any means lol The bobbin thread kept getting all loose and tangleed, and of course I didn't realize this until I sewed it all the way. It was miserable. I also will use 1/2" double folded bias tape/binding next time too. 1/4" is just a little small for me to work with on knits.  

That is all! I really liked how the two pieces came together in the end. Cora cooperated quite well during our mini photo shoot too. Great way to end my Monday. Happy Sewing!

Cherry Pie Skirt Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today is day two of the Cherry Pie Skirt blog tour for PiePie Designs, and I am so excited to be a part of it! Lisa worked super hard on the pattern, and I promise you it won't disappoint. This skirt is such a super fun and quick sew, and leaves you feeling very productive at the end! With the high-low design, Cherry Pie can be transformed into any summer staple. Madison is a huge fan of skirts, and I am happy to welcome the Cherry Pie to the family. Hurry and grab you pattern as it is only $5.00 for the next week, then goes up to $7.00. You can purchase the skirt HERE. Onto the first skirt!

This is a woven Cherry Pie made in size two with no modifications. I really like how you can see the hi-low design in this type of fabric. Such a girly touch. Love! The fabric is a cotton that I picked up at Wal-Mart ages ago while going on a light bulb run lol. Isn't it darling? I seem to think so :)

Skirt number two has a couple different modifications. I wanted to make the high-low a little more dramatic, so I graded the back piece from a size 2 to a 3. Very pleased with how it turned out. Though you cant really see how it tapers, it looks really good! I am currently reading Style that Kid by Alida from Alida Makes, and I am so sad I wasn't able to retake any of these photos. Learning soooo much from this e-book that I will have to dedicate a post on restyling some of my recent posts... like this one!

The fabrics in the body of the skirt are both from Girl Charlee. I wanted to add some spunk into this one, and decided to have the front floral and the back stripes. I also made a yoga like waistband which makes for a very happy Madison because nothing will dig into her sides. 

And skirt number 3 has to be my favorite. Probably because it is made from this yummy rayon jersey knit fabric from Wanderlust Fabrics. If you want to read about how much I love Wanderlust, you can click on the link HERE. Back to the skirt!

I have a love/hate relationship with hemming knits. I feel like once I get the hang of my serger, my life might be a lot easier. But until then, I will most likely leave them unfinished when possible. This skirt comes together in under an hour. For real. If you are not hemming the skirt, it comes together so easily. 

And what blog tour wouldn't be complete without another giveaway?? You can enter to win your own copy below :) Thanks again Lisa for letting me be part of this tour. I am so happy for you in releasing this patttern! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wanderlust Fabric: Watercolor Roses Rayon Jersey Knit Lulu Dress

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have been anticipating this post for the last week, and I am so excited that the day has finally arrived! But first, if you haven't entered to win the Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic pattern, you can do so by clicking HERE

The next couple days are going to be dedicated to talking all about the up and coming online fabric store Wanderlust Fabrics. Let me start by saying I fell in love with Wanderlust when I first heard about them a couple months ago. I was browsing their store online and was very impressed with their selection of knits, then was even more smitten when I realized they also carried woven rayon challis. Score! I knew I wanted to order, but also wanted my fabric to be a surprise :) 

I sent over an email and was responded minutes later by Angie. She too loved the whole idea of ordering surprise fabric, and quickly shipped out my package of secret goodies. It came so fast; like in 2 days fast! I was not only pleased with how quick my order came, but also their very reasonable shipping costs. When I opened up my package, I was presented with this gorgeous rayon jersey knit fabric. It is so soft and vibrant; very luscious on the skin too. The flowers had me swooning! I knew I had to showcase this floral fabric...

And what better way to do so with a Lulu dress?!?

For those of you who don't yet know how awesome this pattern by Jess over at Craftiness is not Optional is, you can see my full review HERE. I love the Lulu dress and top pattern! This is hands down my "go-to" for knit fabrics. When you want to showcase a fabric like the watercolor roses from Wanderlust Fabrics without having the design of the dress overpowering, the Lulu does the job. 

From cut to clothing was a little under two hours, which for this busy mom is more than perfect. Sometimes with knits I lose time by having to rip a couple seams because my machine wants to eat the fabric if it's too thin. I can say that this rayon jersey knit was a dream to sew with. It has the perfect consistency that I like to use for knits, and the finished product is gorgeous with such fluidity. 

Madison loves an outfit that is stylish, but most importantly... comfortable. This rayon jersey knit from Wanderlust Fabrics is so comfortable, that she hasn't taken it off. All day. I wouldn't be surprised if she sleeps in it :) So that for us is most definitely a high mark in our book. 

I hope you enjoyed my first garment with the "Watercolor Roses" rayon jersey knit from Wanderlust Fabrics. Stay tuned for more during the week! Until then, I will leave you with a peaceful picture from M :)

Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic Pattern Review + Giveaway by GraciousThreads

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday my dears! So today I have a super fun pattern review for you, plus my first giveaway... EVER! I am so excited to be sharing this great summertime top. I was selected to test the Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic by Jessica over at Gracious Threads, which features a lace covered yoke, cap sleeves, and shoulder buttons for easy dressing. Feel free to head on over to her Etsy shop or Craftsy for purchase details, or you can stick around and enter to win a pattern for yourself below :)

The version I sewed up is the tunic length. Madison loves to wear leggings, so I thought that a tunic would be quite fitting for her. She was so surprised when I brought it to the party we went to Saturday night, that she immediately put it on and began showing it off!

One of the many awesome qualities in the Seashore is the very versatile yoke. Jessica gives you the option to use some lovely eyelet or dress it up a bit with some lace. Since Ryan and I are on the same page about "sewing my stash" and "upcycling" some of my clothes that I haven't worn in over a year, this top was created from things I had already in house. The size shown is a 2, with a 3 length. 

The lace was from a dress that I wore only once on a photo shoot, then shoved to the back of my closet as it was not the perfect fit for me. I loved the look of the dress, but the fit... not so much. It sure was a nice find when I peeked into my closet and saw the dress staring me down. So out came the scissors and I went to town deconstructing it.

I didn't think the lace was going to sew up nice since it was more of a "stretchy" type, but it worked awesome. The body of the dress is made from some tribal-esque quilting cotton from Joann's that I had in my stash. Don't you love when something you've been saving (aka fabric hoarding) for a little while speaks to you? I do! And I can't wait till Summer KCW rolls around because I see one of these in the lineup :) stay tuned for that.

The cap sleeves are my favorite part of the top along with the button closure at the shoulder. I had never done a rolled hem before, and since I still haven't learned to sew on my serger, I was able to attempt one without. It came out better than I expected! We opted for some vintage green buttons to seal the deal. Unfortunately there are only two shown (one on each shoulder) because when we took the photos I hadn't sewed the other two on yet. Sorry guys!  These details are what make a really fun and unique pattern great, and we are loving the Seashore right now!

Thank you Jessica for letting me test and create this gorgeous top with you! Madison loves it and so do I!

To finish off this wonderful Friday, we have a giveaway for you all! Enter the rafflecopter below and enter to win a copy of the Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic for yourself! Happy Sewing :)

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Perfect Petal Purse Pattern

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Good morning! Today I am sharing a cute little bag I got to test called the Perfect Petal Purse by Fenna who creates over at Fabulous Home Sewn. Look at how adorable it is! What little girl doesn't want a flower purse? Madison was thrilled when she woke up to find this waiting for her on my sewing table.

One of my favorite things about this pattern is that it only has two pattern pieces, plus measurements for the strap. Yes, that's right, two! From cut to finish took about an hour. Perfect for creating during a nap time. This would make such a great gift as well as party favors for a quaint little girl get together. 

The Perfect Petal Purse makes for a good scrap buster project too. I wanted to make the purse look like a sunflower, so I rummaged through my big bag of scraps and came across some fun pieces of fabric. The strap was made to look like the stem, and I think it came out pretty well. 

Another fun quality of the purse is that it made me take my time. I realized that I need to work on sewing curves... big time. I think the petal pattern pieces make for a much needed sewing exercise as well. I never would have thought to take time out of my day to sit and do sewing drills. It's awesome. Sewing is just like any other sport or hobby; practice and dedication make for mastering any type of skill. 

If you have a little lady at home and are looking for a fun, simple and rewarding project, then the Perfect Petal Purse Pattern is for you!! You can click on the link HERE to find out more. Thanks for letting me sew this up Fenna. It's a lovely little bag!
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