Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's Wednesday! Which means we are eeking closer to Halloween. But first, today is all about Dia de los Muertos, or in English, Day of the Dead. One of my blogging friends Melissa from Rebel & Malice launched her first blog tour on Monday, and I am HONORED that she asked if I would like to be a part of it! I have always been fascinated with this holiday, and took the time to really read up and understand the meaning behind it. Melissa said we could create anything that inspires us, so I went with a vintage feel based off a photo of a sugar skull which is pictured below. (image from Google)

Before we get started, another reason as to why I wanted to participate was to remember my stepmother, Sheree, who passed away last October. She was such an inspiration to me, and always told me to do what makes me happy. We always crafted together which is something that hasn't left me, and I'm sure will stay with me till the time I leave this earth. She would be proud of the mother and seamstress I have become today. 

The sweater is an Aster Cardigan from a previous post, which you can read about here. I absolutely love styling little kids, and just couldn't resist using it as a key piece when putting together M's outfit. 

Pardon the "black crayon" smudge on the left collar piece above; Madison had done some crafting earlier and I suppose I didn't clean the table well enough. 

If you haven't guessed which pattern the dress is yet, wait no longer! I used the Debbie's Birthday Dress from Sewpony Vintage, and I forgot just how much I loved this pattern. Though sewing it only once before, this dress comes together with such ease. Suz's instructions are beautiful, and the end result is so satisfying. I forget why I don't sew this pattern more often. Living in Florida, our days are still in the low to mid 80's, so jackets are pretty much only needed in the mornings. Yay!

Though I felt a lot of grief with my stepmom's passing, I know she would not want me being stuck in self pity. I wanted this dress to express how I feel, which in all honesty is blessed to have had the 22 years knowing her as my "Sheree-ree". Colors play a huge role in this holiday, and many of which are reflected upon in the Debbie Dress. The collar is white, which stands for Purity and represents Madison. Yellow in the leaves represent the passing of Sheree. Red for the blood that was shed at her her death, and my favorite, the pink which symbolizes celebration! 

Madison is so full of life and vigor. She lives in the moment, and has such a beautiful outlook on life. When I told her about why I was making the dress, and who it was for, she immediately told me "Mommy, there is no need to be sad! Sheree would want us to be happy, and think of all the good times, like when we went to visit her and Grandpa." Who could possibly say no to that? She knows that God has her grandmother now, and that she doesn't hurt anymore, and that is all I can ask for. Madison then began showing that radiant smile, and my heart melted all over again. 

Today is a day for celebration; a time to remember the ones we have lost in good measures. Death is inevitable, and when we go to meet our maker it shall be a glorious and joyful moment. "There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears". Madison really wanted to take a minute to pray, and I was able to capture this sweet and pure moment below. 

Again, thank you Melissa for having me on this tour with all the other fabulous ladies! Please be sure to check out the rest of the talent on the Day of the Dead Blog Tour and enter the sweet giveaway!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway October 26: Rebel & Malice - Felt With Love Designs
October 27: From a Box - Paisley Roots
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 29: Sewing Sober - Two Novembers
October 30: Handmade Boy - Ginger House Designs
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)

Giveaway sponsors: EYMM  -  E+M Patterns  -  Golden Rippy  - Ginger House Designs

Perfect Pattern Parcel: Sunki Dress

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Parcel #5 is coming to a close on Friday. Noooo! So soon it seems. But not to worry! You still have two days left to purchase the last girls Parcel of the year. If you don't know what Perfect Pattern Parcel is, please see my first post by clicking the link here

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

One of my favorites in Parcel #5 is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. This pattern comes as a bonus if you set your purchase price over $28. Don't forget that this parcel is not only a girls parcel, but the sizing goes all the way from 18mo-16 tween! Parcel #5 is perfect because it will grow with you and your child up until the teens. Plus, the proceeds go to donorschoose.org helping to purchase supplies for the schools in need.

I sewed up the Sunki Dress and love this pattern! It is so fun in many ways. From the pleats in the shoulders to the silhouette and pockets, the Sunki Dress emanates style on any little gal. I can't wait for Cora to get bigger so I can make one for her as well :) 

As I stated above, the details in the dress bring it all together. Top stitching has been a challenge for me, and I find that the more you practice, the better you become. Over the past two weeks I have been doing my fair share of top stitching and I am feeling just a little more confident with every garment I create. 

I will say that the pocket construction threw me for a loop. Figgy's does have a tutorial within the pattern that showed a pictorial of how to, which helped me some. Even though my dress had some puckering (after 3 tries I just settled) I still really like it. This will be another skill I must practice and get better at.

The Sunki dress asks for a zipper to be placed down the middle of the back, which I omitted. I had seen on a couple blogs where the fit of the dress isn't compromised if you left it out, so that is what I did. The back puffs out just a little bit, but Madison didn't seem to mind too much. 

Sunki Dress by Figgy's *included in Parcel #5 as the Bonus Pattern*
Omitted the zipper
Plaid is knit of sorts, but I cannot pin point exactly.  Black is some quilting cotton. Both from Joann's.
Loose, with some room to grown. 

Thank you so much for your support in the Perfect Pattern Parcel! I was honored to be able to sew up a few of the garments, and I am excited to have these patterns for my girls to grow into. If you still haven't purchased Parcel #5, you can click on the "Purchase Parcel #5" button below to grab the final girls Parcel of the year! Don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies on the tour too :)

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

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
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