Secret Garden Dress Blog Tour & Giveaway

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Good morning! Today is the final day of the Secret Garden Dress blog tour, and I am part of the last stop. The Secret Garden Dress was designed by Sprouting JubeJube and E+M Patterns, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Below you will find a line up of all the amazing ladies included in the blog tour, and I will also have a links at the end of the post with a Rafflecopter Giveaway!

The Secret Garden Dress is simply stunning. From its perfectly flowing flounce to the well constructed bodice, this dress has all the makings of a great pattern! I also just adore the V shaped back bodice. I find that it compliments the flounce quite well. We did a size 4 since Madison has grown over the past couple months, and the fit is spot on. I really can't wait to focus on the design of this dress and create something inspiring. The Secret Garden would make a lovely Christmas dress!

Madison was digging her "angel wings" on the back, which was really a designer error on my part. I am actually liking the end feel of the dress. I will say the dress construction is just a little tricky, so I would suggests reading through the tutorial three or four times until you really understand what you are doing. There were some areas where I had a particular hard time with, but after I walked away, grabbed a coffee and gave my mind a rest, I was able to come back with laser focus and get it done!

I hope you enjoyed my version of the Secret Garden Dress! Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter below, as well as check out all the amazing sponsors and ladies on the tour!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blog Hop: "FRANKENpattern Mash Up"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pattern mash up blog hop

There is this super fun trend going around lately, and it's called "pattern mashing". When you mash a pattern, you're taking two patterns or more and "mashing" them together to create a fun and unique outfit or pattern. Sound fun? Well then you're in luck! Today we have a wonderful line up of 11 ladies who did just that, and created some really fun looks. Come see exactly what they mashed, and how they did it! 

  1. Knight Hoodie + Bimaa Sweater by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
  2. Alleycat Daydream Dress by Call Ajaire
  3. Rainbow Princess Dress by Rae Gun Ramblings
  4. Ash Jumpsuit + Vintage Style Flutter Sleeve by Amanda Rose
  5. Burda Harem Pants + McCalls Dress by Lil Bit and Nan
  6. Sugar Plum Princess Dress + Poppy  Dress by Bee Quilted Beauties
  7. Dress #13 + Pants #2 by Sprouting Jube Jube
  8. Katie Fancy Pant + Field Research Pant by Scientific Seamstress
  9. Jumpsuit Mashup by Sew Like My Mom
  10. Lullaby Line Body Suit + Grand Slam Tee by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
  11. Cherry Pie Skirt + Socialite Peplum by Sewing Sober

  12. Happy Mashing :)

    Socialite Peplum and Mash-Up

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Saturday was the release of the newest patterns by Lil Luxe Collection (affiliate link), and I am more than ready to show them to you! I had the amazing pleasure of testing out all three and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. Just when you think Jessica Bustos couldn't get any more creative, she goes above and beyond. Today I decided that I would dedicate my stop on the blog tour to the ever so stylish Socialite Peplum Bubble Dress (affiliate link). I also have a really neat mash-up of the Socialite too, so read till the end!

    The Socialite Peplum is versatile in so many ways. From its sophisticated princess seams, to the scoop necked back, this pattern is an instant classic on every level. This should be in your stash ladies!!!

    For the first look, I wanted to achieve a clean and pristine feel. I mean, look at those lines. How gorgeous are they? Since the options are endless, I went with a solid cotton to set the tone. Paired with some leopard leggings, triangle headband and some glitter shoes, you have a stylish outfit. Madison was so excited to put it on, that she even wore the whole fit to get a pedi with our neighbor ;)

    When in testing, the flounce wasn't fitting quite perfectly, so I created an inverted pleat in the back to gather the remainder of the fabric, and the outcome was spot on!!! It gives the flounce that extra flow to it. If I'm not mistaken, Jessica actually added it to her pattern... EEP!

    Size: 4T
    Inverted pleat in the back to make peplum fit
    Denim colored cotton from Joann's

    Ready for the mash up? Since I described what I loved about the Socialite Peplum earlier in the post, I will let the photos do most of the talking. Don't forget, if you'd like to purchase a copy of the Socialite, you can click here!!! (affiliate link)

    This is the Socialite Peplum Dress with a modified Cherry Pie Skirt from Pie Pie Designs. When I say modified, I used the Cherry Pie pattern as a base to achieve that high-low hem on the skirt. The finished result is really fun and retro.

    Since the Socialite is pieced together in some great places, it makes for the perfect opportunity to let your creativity run free and do some color blocking. This was my first time really experimenting with color and lines, and I can't wait to do it again, even with another pattern. :)

    This dress  made such a great first day of fall dress for Madison! Today was "yellow" day at school, and I was sooo close to letting her wear it, but I didn't want to risk getting stains on it quite yet!

    Thank you all for reading/looking till the end :) I had such a fun time testing these patterns out for Jessica. She is truly great at designing little girls clothing, and I want to send her all of the love I can. If you love this pattern just as much as I do, please click on one of the affiliate links above to purchase! Tomorrow we have a roundup of great mash-ups hosted by Andrea from Andrea's Notebook, so stay tuned! Have a blessed Thursday night ya'll!

    Perfect Pattern Parcel #5

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Good morning my friends! Friday was the launch of Perfect Pattern Parcel #5, and I was beyond thrilled when Jill asked if I would be interested in promoting the release! I without a doubt said YES! This bundle is geared towards all the girls out there, but the kicker is that the patterns are sized from 18m-12yrs. Say what?! When you purchase Parcel #5, not only are your proceeds going towards a great cause, but you will get 5 (or 6 with the bonus) patterns that can grow with your daughter or loved one from toddler to teen. Don't know what the Perfect Pattern Parcel is? Let us bring you up to speed then!

    Pattern Parcel #5: 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. Together we've raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need!!!

    Parcel #5 includes:
    Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-boo Patterns
    Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
    Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
    Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
    Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman

    Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

    Bonus Pattern:

    Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven! Double the bonus! The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. This is awesome sauce

    Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

    The first pattern I sewed up in Parcel #5 were the Everyday Yoga Pant by Greenstyle. What a QUICK sew. When I say quick, I mean this took less than 1 hour from cut to clothing. That is insanely fast!

    For those of you who know a little bit about miss Madison, she is not a fan of jeans... whatsoever. She will have absolutely nothing to do with them lol These yoga pants are a great alternative to that problem! Normally she lives in skirts and shorts, so naturally I was a little hesitant to sew these up for her in fear of rejection. As you can see by the progression of photos below, Madison LOVED her yoga pants!!!

    The main fabric is a beautiful ITY mint and white dotted jersey knit from Denver Fabrics. This was my first time sewing with this type of knit before, and it was gorgeous. I have 5 other prints in this style of knit and cannot wait to make Madison and her friend a couple more pairs of these yogis. The waistband was upcycled from a grey maternity shirt. It worked out perfectly since the band doesn't require much fabric at all!

    Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle. 
    Lengthened the pants to size S. 
    ITY Mint Green/White Dot Jersey Knit from Denver Fabrics
    Grey Knit  (upcycled)

    I hope you enjoyed the first of many posts that are coming during the week. My next day on the PPP tour will be Wednesday, October 1st, so be sure to come back and see what else I have created for you.  Check out the rest of the amazing ladies on the tour to be inspired, and don't forget to purchase Parcel #5 before time runs out!

    Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

    Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

    Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

    Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

    Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

    Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

    Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

    Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

    Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

    Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

    Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

    Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

    Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

    Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

    Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

    Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara

    25 & 6 Months Round Up

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Today is a special day here at Sewing Sober! Six months ago (to the day) I decided that I wanted to create a sewing blog. Little did I know how much joy blogging my creations with you would bring not only to myself, but the people around me. It has opened my eyes in "sew" many ways. There is so much meaning behind Sewing Sober, but that post will have to wait till a later date. I also turned 25 on Monday, WHOOP WHOOP! Still can't believe I am a quarter of a century old :) There are many things I wish to accomplish before the big three-oh comes around, so lets hope I can put those dreams into motion. With all this goodness being said, I wanted to share my most viewed posts over the last six months, and bring the newcomer up to speed on what has transpired!

    One of the first posts created was The Knight Hoodie from Charming Doodle. And to put it out there, this was my second time sewing a zipper lol. Jess from The Sewing Rabbit has a wonderful program where you can become a pattern member, and for $10 a month you will receive three patterns in your inbox. It is such an awesome deal! If you would like to read more about her program please click here.

     For those of you who don't know, I am in love with the designs that Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House brings to the table. I applied to test her Persimmon Dress (affiliate link) from the Willow & Co. collection, and have been hooked with her patterns ever since. You can read more about this Persimmon Dress here.

    Another post that received lots of love was my Simple Chevron and Leather Bracelet Tutorial. I love the look of leather and embroidery floss together. Something about the textures just speak to me. If you'd like to read more about the tutorial, please click here!

    Have you guys heard of Wanderlust Fabrics? They are a super cool online fabric shop that has a wonderful selection of knits that you won't find anywhere else. In this post, I had teamed up with them to showcase one of their beautiful rayon jersey knits, and created the Watercolor Roses Rayon Knit Jersey Lulu Dress.

    Jenn from A Jennuine Life had released her LOL Swing Top pattern (affiliate link), and I had the pleasure of testing this cute top out. Her designs are simple and practical, and the girls couldn't get enough of their tops :)

    The Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection (affiliate link) has to be another one of those "oh my gosh how awesome is that" patterns. Jessica has created such a versatile and hip collection for little girls, that I am so honored to be a part of her testing crew. Come check out more of her designs here (affiliate link). This is Madison in her "Cat Lady Romper" as she calls it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today! The end of September is filled with alot of sewing surprises, and I cannot wait to share them with you. I will be busy sewing away until the debut, and hope this round up holds you over until then :) Thank you for being readers of Sewing Sober! I strive to make good quality garments for my little girls and to stay true to myself as a mom, partner and daughter of God. If you want to get a behind the scenes look of what goes on in our everyday life, please follow us on Instagram @SewingSober. Thanks again ya'll! Looking forward to the next 6 months!

    Polkadot Aster & Seersucker Clovers

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Ok so onto entry number two! What we have here is the Aster Cardigan and the Clover Shorts. This was my first time sewing up the Aster Cardigan by Vanessa of LBG Studio, and I can say it will most deff not be the last! Living in Florida, the weather is super humid with rain guaranteed almost 75% during the spring/summer, so jackets are needed; especially when going from outdoors to indoors, the temperature is super drastic. Madison gets cold frequently, and she kept it when we got home from taking the photos. The size I sewed up was a 4, and the fit was magical. 

    The fabric used was this super, yummy ponte de roma from Girl Charlee. I have never sewn with this type of fabric before, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING. Where has this type of knit been all my life??? Seriously you guys. If you're the beginner and still hesitant about using knit, I recommend a ponte of sorts because it's super stable yet has a good amount of stretch. LOVE! Kudos GC, you didn't let me down. 

    Oh, and the other thing I tried for the first time... sewing on my buttons with my sewing machine. Score! Not the most perfectly even buttons ever, but this saved me so much time. I'm not even kidding you. I would say it cut my button time down by 30 minutes. I even used them on the Clover Shorts too!

    If the Clover Shorts (affiliate link) were the only PDF I was asked to sew forever, I would not be bummed whatsoever! These shorts are perfect in every way. Not to mention the construction time on them is under an hour; great for doing during nap. Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House is a pattern genius, and I am so blessed to have been able to help test this pattern out. The fabric used to sew the clovers was the remainder of my seersucker. I am so sad it's gone! I really thought the seersucker would pair gorgeously with the polka dotted aster. I think it worked, do you? Please leave a comment down below if you agree :) If you want to see more pairs of Clover Shorts, you can click here and here

    Also, don't mind that puff in the back... I had to use one of my shirts to wear under the cardi as we do not have a single white tank in her size lol I should probably sew one! And of course, the great natural posing comes AFTER we shoot :( But I couldn't resist adding this into the mix!

    Thank you guys for taking the time to look at my late night postings! I had a blast creating stuff for the girls this weekend. The house was one hot mess though... fabric and buttons and patterns and kiddos running, crying, nursing. But it was truly wonderful. I take life too seriously sometimes, and really need to just take things "One day at a time", sometimes it's one hour at a time even. I am very blessed to have the life I do today, and it wouldn't be possible without the good Lord above. Sleep well my friends!
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