Girls Bundle Up Blog Tour: Annabelle Dress

Monday, January 26, 2015

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 Have you heard of Pattern Revolution's Bundle Up sale? Today I am on their blog tour and have a super fabulous dress to show you! Bundle Up is all about bringing you the newest patterns from your favorite designers, but with an added twist. The more you bundle, the more you save!!! As most of these patterns are new releases, you are going to be getting great new patterns at an amazing discounted price. Click the link here to head on over and get bundling now! Let's move onto one of the fun patterns included in the bundle, the Annabelle Maxi Dress from Violet Field Threads.  

Let me start by saying, all opinions about this dress are 100% my own. And with that being said,  I LOVE THIS PATTERN! Never have I ever actually sewed a Violet Field Threads pattern before. I have always been intimidated by their designs, and just gazed from a distance. When I picked this as my pattern to sew for Bundle Up, I was immediately drawn to the whimsical yet bohemian feel of the dress. Madison has never owned a maxi style dress, so I couldn't resist sewing something that was out of both our comfort zones. 

The detailing on the bodice is quite beautiful. The Annabelle has the option to add lace, as well as piping. You can also leave off the bodice inset if you prefer, but I thought adding all the bells and whistles would be fitting for the look I was going for. 

I love the chevron design in the skirt. This was another first for me (yes, I feel that I have had lots of sewing firsts while blogging, and I must say, I like it!) and I thought I would be scared by having to match up lines that formed the chevron, but the instructions were perfectly clear, and my lines matched almost perfectly. Deep down I was doing a major happy dance by how nice it all came together! The chevron panels were my favorite part of the pattern for sure. Oh, and lets talk fabric for a sec. How gorgeous are these?! Both prints are by Cotton + Steel, and I was blown away by the quality of the cotton. WOW! That was my first time ordering nice fabric, and it was for sure a treat to sew with. I have links to where I purchased them down towards the bottom. 

And the shoulders?!?! This dress would make the perfect Anna dress from Frozen. I sewed up the size 6, and chose a size based on the measurements in the pattern. All went well, and the fit is great. Madison really likes the feel and fit of the dress too. That is always a plus! The Annabelle dress will be perfect for our Florida weather (most of the time) and I am excited to make more of these.  

Annabelle Dress by Violet Field Threads
Cotton + Steel Coral Arrows and Basic Toy Boat XOXO
 Cute headband tutorial coming soon!

Thanks for having me on the tour ladies!! I had a blast sewing up this dress. Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour that is filled with such amazing and talented ladies! And they are also hosting a competition  and a giveaway with details down below!  There are so many great prizes to be won! Thanks for stopping by :) 

Ashley // Sewing Sober 
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DIY Bundle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's here! Today is the ever waited release of the DIY Bundle. Aren't you just so excited?!? If you are looking to get your feet wet in all things creative, then this is the opportunity for you. With over 70+ e-books ranging from photography to sewing,painting to refurnishing, the DIY Bundle has it all. Let's take a closer look shall we?

Have you recently caught yourself saying "There just aren't enough hours in the day.". I have to admit, it's basically my mantra.  Being a SAHM we get busy!! I mean, I have barely enough time to finish the laundry, sweep the floors, cook dinner... let alone blog and allot myself that much needed creativity time.

But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?
You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.
Topics in the bundle include:
  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!
There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and jump straight into it with confidence!

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.
You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.
Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…
A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!
This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Raspberry Torte

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first 3 months of this year will be all about sewing my stash and upcycling what I can. As I reflected upon 2014, so many things for me have changed when it comes to my "sewing style". In lieu of that, I purchased some fabric in August of 13' that I adored at the time, but still haven't sewn with. Now that I need the space to add more fabric (go figure!), I must sew up what I haven't used.  As I was browsing through my fabric, I stumbled upon this really neat combination of neon and raspberry knit, and knew exactly what I had to make! It reminds of Raspberry Torte from Strawberry Shortcake, and I just love it. 

I chose the sleeveless Alley Cat Romper (affiliate link) by Lil Luxe Collection not only because it is a quick sew, but it uses a fair amount of fabric. Perfect for helping me sew through my stash :) The neon stripe knit was from Girl Charlee back in August of 13', and I am almost positive that it has been long gone. Cora's bodice was upcycled from a slinky dress that I never wore, but it is one of those knits that I do not recommend sewing with if you can avoid it. It was super thin and too stretchy. I'm sure it would be great for the bottoms, but it just didn't work for the bodice on this one. No worries though, I get to sew another one! 

Ballet inspired baby backs and decent stripe matching. I'll take it!

Pattern: Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection
Size: 18mo
Fabric: Striped knit from GC, bodice upcycled 
Modifications: None really, just rolled the bottom cuff up a little

Thanks for reading! OH! And just so you all know, Cora turns one...ONE! on the 20th of this month... so 5 days from today. I can't believe where the time has gone. My little baby is growing up, and way too quickly. She is walking now, has 6 teeth, loves to sing and gives plenty of kisses to her Daddy and sissy. I am in the midst of planning her party, and cannot wait to show you guys how it turns out. 

Happy Sewing!

It comes with sleeves!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hey you guys! Happy New Year!!! I hope you all enjoyed your winter break. We sure did ;) The past three weeks have been filled with family, friends and LOTS of food hehe. Cora has officially started to walk, and it is for sure odd seeing a tiny person roaming the downstairs like she owns the place. My lovely fiance gifted me a DSLR for Christmas, and it came as a major surprise. Let's just say I was very "beastly"/annoying/persistent, and put this poor man through some hell. I surely have some making up to do in the kindness department :) I love you darling! Thanks for putting up with my crap and griping for the past 6 months. I was also able to learn my serger (after having it sit on my desk for almost a year) and let me tell you... why did I procrastinate so long?!? It is such a time saver, and I feel really professional while using it. It makes me want to sew all the bimaa sweaters and alley cat rompers!

Speaking of Alley Cat Romper, do you remember this fabulous floral one I made a while back? Well Jessica of Lil Luxe Collection has revamped the Alley Cat, and it now comes with sleeve options. Right!? Just when you thought this romper couldn't be any more awesome, having the option to add sleeves is perfect.

I used my serger to sew almost the entire Alley Cat together, and I was pretty impressed! Lil Luxe Collection patterns are to the point and very on key. I just love sewing them up! Not too complicated with plenty of illustrations to get you through any questions you might have.

Baby backs!!!! I just love how delicate the ballerina inspired back is. It shows the right amount of skin without being distasteful for a wee one. By the way, it was like 86 degrees on Sunday when I took the photos, and surprisingly enough, Cora wasn't sweating bullets. Another bonus with the Alley Cat (affiliate link) is since it is a dropped crotch, there is more of a "breeze" for these warm winter days. An oxymoron I know, but it's Florida and anything goes here! 

Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection
Feathers on Peony from Girl Charlee for the bodice
Purple Sparkly Knit from Joanns for the pant
Newly added sleeves!

And there you have it! A perfect add on to an awesome pattern. If you like the Alley Cat Romper as much as I do, you can purchase from the link here, and I will receive a little percentage of the sale :) Thanks so much!

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