Saturday, May 28, 2016

{BBQ Style} Wear to Where?

I am back with another addition of Wear to Where? This time I created a look for wearing to a BBQ. Now, I know that I have mentioned it before, but my hubby has grown to become quite the barbecue'r over the past few years, so we are quite schooled on BBQing. What's his secret ingredient you ask.....well, if you asked him, he would tell you "the secret to barbecuing is a well marinated cook" ;) Needless to say, when the smoker is goin', the beer is a flowin'.

With my look this time, I wanted to create something that expressed our love for the barley! I am currently falling back in love with my Silhouette machine, so I was really wanting to create a simple graphic tee. So, with that I chose the Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates (affiliate link). It is an amazingly quick sew, and even after cutting the vinyl and ironing it on the shirt still only took me about an hour to make.

For the main tee, I used some incredibly soft and light cotton spandex from LA Finch Fabrics. I also had some beautiful floral jersey spandex on hand from Pretty Posh Prints on Facebook that I used for the sleeves to give it a pop of color and am just dying with the way that it turned out. I am also super lucky to have a new and AMAZING vinyl shop located fairly close to my house called CS Designs & Supplies that has an incredible selection to choose from.

If you have been following my blog for the last year, you might just recognize the pants that I am wearing! They are the Real Deal Jeans from Winter Wear Designs that I made for myself last spring in the Women's Bundle Blog Tour, and I just really felt that they needed re-blogging. That and they matched the green in my top absolutely perfect and the fabric is a stretch twill from Joann's which works perfect for these. I remember sewing these up last year and what a labor of love they were, and how the fit of them was absolutely perfect for my body. It was about that time that I really saw how blessed that I was to be able to make clothing that actually FITS my body. It was a revelation for me!

I feel so comfortable in my look that I created for attending a BBQ...what patterns would YOU choose for creating yourself a look? Be sure to stop by and see what the other blogger along the tour have created! We had such an awesome lineup this season, and I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone has come up with. The talent never ceases to amaze me.

AAAAAAAND, a little surprise for you!!! I wanted to share the love, so I have the cut file FREE to download for personal use. [Click on the picture below to download]

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Friday, May 6, 2016

{EYMM Mommy & Me} Tour

I just love participating in Kymy's tours because her patterns are so quick and easy to sew, and the finished product always fits just right as well as being very comfortable! So, if you are like me and always wait until the last minute to sew something up, the Calla Lily Skirt (affiliate link) is  a great pattern to reach for. I think that I probably spent about 3 hours total making BOTH of, you still have time for Mother's Day!!!! My daughter still likes to match me so I wanted something that would coordinate well, however not be too matchy and I am very happy with the end results.

My measurements are waist 44" and hips 54" so that put me in the 3X. According to the unfinished measurements on the chart, I made the decision to cut the waistband a few inches shorter than recommended so that it would fit more snug and I am glad that I did. The fabric that I used was a rayon jersey blend from La Finch Fabrics so it was fairly thin and sits a bit looser on my waist. I just LOVE the fabric though. It is incredibly soft to the touch and the drape on it looks fab...especially with this pattern! La Finch's fabric are all high quality knits from high end manufacturers at a discount and I have yet to be disappointed by anything that I have purchased from them.

For my daughter, her measurements are 33.5" waist and 36" hips so I made an 18. Even though she is much shorter than the height measurement for that size, I left the length as is because she has been wanting a longer skirt. I think that it turned out great and she has not wanted to take it off the past few days...which is always a WIN! I knew that I HAD to add the shorts to the pattern since she is pretty active and still learning how to be a lady ;) BEST OPTION EVER!!!!! When I can add shorts directly into a pattern and not have to search for something to go underneath, it makes me a happy camper. I told her before she put it on that it had a surprise in them, which made her giggle...she loves the shorts option too. The fabric that I used is a rayon spandex that I was able to snag from the Pretty Posh Prints group on Facebook. It is a nice thickness but has great drape making it perfect for this skirt.

I am definitely adding this one to the list of favorite skirts and think that I might just have to make a few more for summer ad add shorts to mine as well!

Pattern EYMM Calla Lily Skirt

Price  $9.95 ($16.95 bundle)

Size Womens XS-5X & Girls NB-18 Tween

Difficulty Confident Beginner

Fabric Rayon blends recommended or those with good drape and recovery

Fit Good. Waistbands seemed to be a bit large for both sizes, but that can also depend on fabric choice as well

Modifications Shortened waistband

Pros Extremely quick construction; multiple hemming options; flattering fit

Cons Notches would be helpful along the front so one knows exactly how much to overlap each piece. Tutorial instructs to overlap according to length in chart.


Make sure to check out all the stops on the EYMM Mommy & Me Blog Tour! (Note: the direct links below won't work until their scheduled day, but feel free to click through and check out their blogs any time!)

May 6

May 7

May 8

May 9

During the tour, all Mommy & Me Bundles are on sale! Use coupon code MOMMYANDME2016 on the EYMM site to save 25% on any Women and Youth Size Pattern Bundles until May 10 at 11:59pm PST (note: build your own bundles are excluded from this sale).

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern free of charge for participating in this tour.  As always I give my honest opinions.*

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

{Summer Caye Pants} from Love Notions

I have been busy, busy all last week working on the latest pattern from Love Notions! I just love that Tami has now expanded into making bottoms with the Sabrina Slims being her very first pants pattern, and now available are the new Summer Caye Pants which are available for both Women and Girls. I am always so surprised how Tami's taste for design seem to match my style so of course these are going to be a staple in my summer wardrobe.

***I recently became a member of Love Notions Promo Group after testing for her for more than a year, and I couldn't be more happy with my decision since I just adore all of her patterns. I receive commission for helping test, photography and promote new patterns, and promise to use any type of commission to bring you more inspiration and reviews! This post also contains affiliate links, but will ALWAYS give my honest opinion as I always have.***

If you are at all familiar with Love Notions Patterns, you know that they always come with a multitude of options as well as very clear instructions in the tutorial and any links to help with sizing and fabric options. As usual, she didn't disappoint here at all. The Summer Caye Pants have 4 different length options, including 6" & 9" shorts (4" & 6" for girls), capris and pants with the option for both wide leg or palazzo width. During testing I made both the wide leg and palazzo widths, but for the shorts length option, I definitely prefer the palazzo width (and I believe that is what Tami also recommends  for the pattern as well). In addition to the varying width and length options for these, there are also multiple hemming options including a gorgeous tulip hem, split, cuff and standard hem. I mean, could they really get any better? There are so many different directions that you can go with these, and I am excited to fill my wardrobe with them, as well as my daughter's!!!

I am really loving the waistband and the fit of it as well. Featuring a flat front waist with elastic casing only along the backside, they are very comfortable to wear and give them a very clean and classy look. One thing that I did learn while sewing these is to make sure that you use a softer fabric for the inside of the waistband. I used Liverpool from Knitpop for the peach/coral floral pair of mine and it is definitely not a soft fabric on the 'right' side of the fabric. If I use Liverpool again, I will either use a different fabric or flip the inner piece to the wrong side which is much softer to the touch. Although Liverpool is not listed as a recommended fabric for this pattern, I found it to have a more structured look which worked great for the "wide leg" option as opposed to the palazzo width for me.I also made a pair out of stretch Chambray from Mabel Madison which are super soft and comfy, and a pair of Aztec Linen/Rayon Blend from Joanns (ps. sorry for the wrinkly photos...apparently they wrinkled faster than I thought they would). Linen is definitely my top fabric pick for these!

Pockets...of course shorts need some sort of pockets, right?!? The construction for the front pockets are very unique...nothing like I have ever seen before, but totally awesome! The way that they are constructed create a panel across the whole front, which are great for helping to hide the mum tum ;) as well as being totally functional!

The Summer Caye Pants come in Women's sizes 0-28, and for the Girls sizes 2T-16 & 8P-16P. I am super excited to have the 'Plus' option available for the girls version. My daughter has always had a hard time finding bottoms that fit her correctly and are comfortable for her to wear, which is why she tends to live in leggings of some sort. Thanks to Tami now, she has so many options that will actually fit her. While in testing I made her a pair out of Chambray, and when she tried them on she was ecstatic and shouted "I am wearing jeans!!!! And they don't strangle me!!!" Ugh, my heart melted! I SO know the struggle of finally having clothes that fit you well and feel great. She is wearing the 14P with her measurements being 33.5" waist and 36" hips. As for myself, I made a 26 in the waist and graded out to a 28 in the hips which worked great for my hourglass figure. My measurements are 44" waist and 55" hips and the fit was spot on for me!

I just love the fit of these on my body, and will definitely be making more of them in the very near future for myself and my daughter. Right now you can get them on sale through 5/6. You can grab the Ladies or Girls, or if you need both you can grab the bundle for even more of a sweet deal! You can also see Tami's recent blog post regarding fabric options for the Summer Caye Pants!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Siren Swim Top & Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms} P4P

Never EVER did I ever imagine that I would post pictures of myself in a bathing suit on the internet...nevermind in a BIKINI (aff. link)! Oh gosh, no....never. But, alas, here I am today doing such a thing and it is not as easy as you would think that it would be.

When I was approached to help in testing this pattern, I was extremely excited! "You must take pictures in the suit" she said. "Not a problem" I said. After making a few muslin's to get the fit just right, I started working on my final version....and then completed the final version. Oye! What next you say? Pictures IN the suit? Geeze, I started sweating bullets, and having heart palpitations. I was so nervous about everything. I felt great in my suit, but so much skin was exposed. And I would have to post these. Yep, I was extremely nervous to say the least. I got out there though and got pictures. I think that it helped that hubby was there taking them. I felt super comfortable and confident with him behind the camera, and I think that it shows through.

Looking at these pictures now, I am so glad that I had this opportunity. I am able to look at these pictures and still feel great, and not look at them and try to find some imperfection that I don't like about my body. Before taking the pictures, I had decided that I would do a little bit of smoothing in Photoshop, however during editing, I was really feeling the vibe of the pictures and decided to embrace Photoshopping's all natural baby ;)

Alright, alright...enough about all that! Let's move on to the nitty gritty. Let's talk about the pattern a little bit!

The Siren Swim Top (aff. link) comes in sizes XXS to 3X and the options are almost endless! Well, not really endless, but there are so many options!!!!! I made the pointed flounce with back flounce, cris-crossed straps. I added elastic into the band for more support and it feels great! The girls are not going anywhere. The solid black Nylon Spandex is from Joanns and the Floral is from Spandex NYC. For my lining I use Joann's Swim Lining material that I LOVE. It gives such great support that is needed here. I also added an extra layer into the straps to hold them up a bit better and it worked out great. I made a size 1X here.

For the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms (aff. link) I chose to make the ruched sides with floral panel in front and solid in the back. I really like the contrast between the two and I am glad that I didn't use the floral in the back. I feel as though the black gives the illusion on a smaller booty (whether or not that is true, who knows). The reason that I chose the ruched sides is to try and smooth-- read hide-- the rolls ;) I think that it did a great job of just that! The waist and waistband are a 1X graded out to a 2X in the hips. I used the same swim lining as I did for the top in the bottoms and it smooths SO well. Instead of using power mesh as an interlining (since I was disappointed in Joann's quality) I used an extra layer of the lining cut 1/4" shorter on each side and it worked perfectly!

If you are hesitant about this suit, I would encourage you to go for it! I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. It looks GREAT on all body shapes and sizes. You can see the album of all the tester photos for the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms HERE or the Siren Swim Top HERE decide for yourself.

So, put on your britches of confidence and do something that you never thought that you would do! You CAN do it, and you CAN feel great!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

{Pat Bravo Mini} Tour

Hey y'all! I am doing something a little different today! I was super lucky to have been chosen to participate in Pat Bravo's Mini Quilt tour for her new fabric lines Dare and Essentials II. We were sent a handful of a variety of fabrics to create a mini quilt with, and I am just ecstatic with what I have created.

I purchased the Farm Girl Vintage book about a month ago, which I have had my eye on for over a year, and I was just dying to make SOMETHING from it ever since. I just love the clean design of all her blocks! For my mini quilt, I chose to make her Butter Churn block which features a pinwheel in the center. The construction was very quick, simple and easy to follow. As  I was looking through the book for inspiration, I felt that this block would represent Pat's fabrics very well as to not take away from the beautiful design of the fabrics. I have only ever used Art Gallery knits in the past, so it was a nice surprise to find out that the cotton wovens are JUST as amazingly soft and luxurious as the knits are....and you know just how much I love those knits!

Aren't they just GORGEOUS? The fabrics that I chose to use in my quilt are actually all from the Essentials II Azur Collection. They just coordinate beautifully together. If I had to choose a favorite it would definitely be the Delicate Femme Azur, which is the floral, because let's face it...those little bitty flowers are just so delicate and beautiful. I can really see myself using it in a variety of projects. The Intertwill Azur comes in a close second because I love the geometric lines of it, and once again I could see myself using it over and over!!! I imagine a gorgeous zipper pouch with some touches of leather and denim....yep...I think that will be happening SOON!

For the first time ever, I decided to hand quilt. Since it was a mini quilt, I wanted to try my hand in it, and boy was that a task! I am not sure that I am such a good hand quilter, but I am sure with a bit more practice I will get better. Tools also make a HUGE difference as I didn't have the correct ones, which made it even more thimble and a blunt tip needle...NO THANK YOU! Never ever I do really like the look of hand quilting though, so I am very happy with the choice that I made and look forward to working on my skills.

I really appreciate everyone stopping by today, and because I appreciate it so much, I am going to host a giveaway!!!! Since Pat was so kind to send over quite a few fat eights to work with, I only used a handful of them for my I am going to pass them on to one lucky person! The winner will receive 8-fat eights from the Dare line.

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Here is the lineup for this tour, so make sure to come back each day to visit the other blogs!

April 25

April 26

April 27

April 28

April 29

May 2

May 3

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 9

May 10

May 11

May 12

May 13

May 16 
Pat Bravo | Blog Recap

To find out more details about the Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Tour, you can visit Pat's blog for more information! I strongly encourage you to also take a good long look at the GORGEOUS Lookbooks that Pat has created for these collections! Dare | Essentials II

A special thank you to Pat Bravo for allowing me to use her fabrics and for free creative reign on this project! I had a lot of fun coming up with me and trying new things.  

***Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT April 25, 2016 and ends at 12:00am CDT on May 17, 2016. Winner will receive 8 fat eights. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. Winner will be chosen on May 17, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release The Wholesome Mama from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.***