Monday, June 20, 2016

{Sew 20-Real Life Sewing} Tour


I am excited to be participating in Sew 20's very first blog tour because I just LOVE the concept. This months theme: Snapshots of your handmades being worn in everyday life! No staged photos here or special photoshoots...just raw and REAL photos. I weeded through thousands of pictures on my phone from over the last year, and it was so cool to see just how much we really do wear!

We were given a group of questions to answer, which turned out to be very thought-provoking, but in the best way possible!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

{EYMM Daddy & Me} Tour

 

Over the last few years I sure have created quite the wardrobe for myself and the kids, however I think that I have only made one thing for my husband. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure if he really wanted me to make him anything until recently. Out of the blue he asked me "Hey, when are you going to make me something cool too?" I was a little taken back, but extremely excited that he really truly wanted some handmades. Little did he know that I had the perfect opportunity coming up.


Today is Day 1 of EYMM's Daddy and Me Tour and I made the Parker Tee for both hubby and my youngest son. I should have made another for my oldest son as well and gotten all three of my boys in their tees, but I ran out of time. After I made the adult Parker, I told my little guy that I needed to grab his measurements so that I could make him a t-shirt to match daddy and  wish I could have grabbed a pic of the look on his face! It was the sweetest thing...he was so excited to match daddy.


I made a straight 2X for my husband and a 6 for the little guy. I actually found the fabric at Walmart and it is an AMAZINGLY soft cotton spandex, has a great drape to it and is nice lightweight which will be good for this Texas heat. They both fit my guys perfectly and my husband just kept telling me how soft and comfortable it was...SCORE!!!!! I will definitely be making more of these for him.





The Parker Tee comes in a HUGE range of sizes, starting at Newborn all the way to a Men's 6X...WOW!!!! I went ahead and grabbed the bundle and saved a few dollars, but you can grab either the boys or men's sizing if you choose. Options include both long and short sleeves, layered sleeves and either crew or v-neck, and a pocket if desired, making it super versatile. And with the large size range I think I might just be making these for the rest of my life ;) That may be a little extreme, but I certainly could if I wanted to.

Daddy-&-Me-Tour-web

Make sure to check out all the stops on the EYMM Daddy & 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!)

June 16
June 17
June 18
June 19

During the tour, all Daddy & Me patterns are on sale!  Use coupon code MINIME on the EYMM site to save 25% on the Parker's T-Shirt patterns (Boy's or Men's or the Bundle) or the Hoodie patterns (His & Hers Hoodie or Zander's Hoodie or the Bundle) until June 21 at 11:59pm PST.

Monday, June 6, 2016

{Make Laundry, Don't Do Laundry} Tour

***This post contains affiliate links. As with every post, I give my honest opinion. Thank you for supporting my hobby!!!***


I have the hardest time getting laundry done...it is the bane of my existence. I can get it washed no problem, but it is getting it moved over to the dryer, dried, folded and then put away in the proper place that I struggle with. Why is it so hard to do? I ask myself that question constantly, and I have come to the conclusion that if I had a counter in the laundry room, I could immediately pull them out of the dryer and put them away. It sounds like a great idea in my head, but ultimately I am sure that would just result in having a pile of clothes on the counter rather than on the floor of the living room. Who is with me here?


Karly, Jeanine and Cassandra came together to brainstorm the idea for sharing our "laundry day picks" that are quicker to just SEW than it is to do a load of laundry. I would be lying if I said that I have never whipped up a top to wear because I didn't have anything clean.....so this is right up my alley. Follow along all this week for some great inspiration for sewing MORE and doing LESS laundry ;) Who could ask for more?!?


I have a continuously growing wardrobe due to all the pattern testing that I have done over the years, but it has really been a blessing in disguise for me. I now have a LARGE library of patterns to choose from, varying in experience level/construction time, that I can make more laundry with.

While preparing, I took a good look at the patterns that I have as well as what I owned in my closet already. I was able to narrow it down two patterns that are my all-time favorite quick sews...and since it's pretty much already summer here in Texas, I chose my favorite two tanks. The Free Spirit Tank from Patterns for Pirates and the newly released Tidal Tank from Love Notions.

The The Free Spirit Tank came out last summer and I quickly made many of them to add to my wardrobe. I my favorite part is the flared silhouette. I feel that it is flattering to those that have a little extra in the hip area because the fabric just flows right over them without creating too much bulk, but also hiding the mum tum. It comes in four lengths [cropped, shirt, tunic, dress] two backs [full, razorback] and FIVE hemming options [straight, side dipped, high low, hankerchief, curved]. I am tall, so I my favorite option is the full back tunic length...and I have been boring and only done the straight hem so far. Perhaps this summer I will add a few more to my wardrobe!!!





The Tidal Tank was just released last week, but I had the opportunity to help in the testing process. I made a few different versions in testing, but the silhouette stayed the same. I used a cotton lycra for my color-blocked versions and I find them to have more of a fun "sporty" look, however my floral version is a rayon spandex and it is more fluid and drapes better over the body. It comes in three different lengths [shirt, knee length dress, maxi] and princess seams, creating a nice shape. If you choose to do so, the Tidal Tank has a front panel that is great for color-blocking or leave it solid for a totally different look.






I LOVE the options that you are given for both of these patterns. You can create a nice range of looks with either of them, so even if you are like me and make a handful of the same pattern, it will not look like you are wearing the same thing every day.

Check out the rest of those on the tour as well, and make sure to enter the giveaway....and a HUGE thanks to the sponsors!!!

 

I want to thank all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of this tour.
A few of the designers are having sales for the duration of the tour, so here's the codes!

George & Ginger use code MAKELAUNDRY25 for 25% off her patterns
Blaverry use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off her patterns
Stitch Art use code MAKELAUNDRY for 30% off patterns
Paisley Roots use code MAKELAUNDRY for 25% off patterns
These codes are good through June 12th!
Then Laela Jeyne's Emily Womens T-shirt & the Deluxe Charlotte Kids Leggings are on sale through the 11th! No code needed!

I know everyone loves a good giveaway so here's the prize packages: 



And now link up!

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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]
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dlqqg4eqpei8o2v/IloveJesus.studio3?dl=0

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 these....so, 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.

Mommy-&-Me-web


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 well....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!