Monday, August 24, 2015

{La Bella Donna Dolmon} by Love Notions

It has been way too long since I have done a review on a pattern....ahhhhh....I really need to catch up I think. Well, today I will go ahead and start with the newest pattern, which actually released today! La Bella Donna Dolmon from Love Notions. This pattern is going to be absolutely PERFECT for fall and on into Winter...heck, all year round.

One of my favorite features that it includes is the cowl...OMG the cowl! I don't know what it is about a cowl, but I love it and it just SCREAMS Fall to me. What about you? Also included in the pattern is a hooded option or facing for the neckline. Two different lengths including tunic, which will be great for skinnies or leggings with some boots. I am dying to get into my boots...especially since it is still about 100 degrees here in Texas...booooo. The last set of options include short sleeve, 3/4, or long. I am loving the cuffs on the 3/4 and long sleeves. They are so comfortable and nice added detail to the pattern.

I know that I always say this, but the options that Tami includes in her patterns are just exceptional. You really get a ton of BANG for your buck! With 2 lengths, 3 finishing options for the neckline and 3 sleeve lengths, and sizes XS to XXXL there really are so many possibilities for this pattern. I have an idea for winter with this pattern, and I will be sure to share when I make it!

Oh...did I mention that La Bella Donna ALSO comes in Girls sizes? Yes, you heard that correctly! Girls sizes 2T-16 is also available.

Head on over to her site and grab La Bella Donna Dolmon for women of La Bella Donna Dolmon for girls today!Use code 'labella' for 20% off through Saturday 8/30/2015.

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free in testing, but all views are and always will be my own. Post may contain affiliate links.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 3, 2015

{Back to School Capsule} The One with the Planning

I cannot believe that I am doing I really doing this...yes, I am doing this. Melissa over at Rebel & Malice recently approached me asking if I would like to be a part of her Time for School Capsule Blog Tour & Sewalong. As overwhelming as it seemed, I just couldn't resist. Call me crazy!!!!

What is a capsule wardrobe you ask? Well, let's ask Wikipedia.

So....yes, I will be creating a WHOLE WARDROBE for my child. I figured with three kiddos, I would be a good idea to just start with one child for now as to not overwhelm myself even though I am a bit overwhelmed as it is with just the one child. My middle guy has outgrown most of his wardrobe, so I decided to start with him (plus, my younger son will get his hand-me-downs in the coming years).

I started out sitting down with just a notepad and jotting down what patterns that I had that would make good capsule items.

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Thankfully I had quite a few already, so there wasn't too much cost involved there...yay! I have picked up a few within the last week or so that just happened to be on sale, and I knew would make a great addition to the capsule. So, for the patterns (and there is a chance that some of this will change and evolve over time) I have:

Metropolitan Pants by Terra's Treasures
Kudzu Cargo Pants by Willow & Co.
Cpt. Comfort Pants by Pattern for Pirates
Moto Maxx Pants by Love Notions
Coastal Craze Baggies by Peek a Boo Patterns

Harvey V Neck by OUSM Designs
Lumberjack Shirt by Patterns for Pirates
Jolly Roger Raglan by Patterns for Pirates
Quad Tee by Addie K Designs
Moto Maxx Top by Love Notions

Hawthorn Zip Up by Titchy Threads
Bookworm Blazer by Stitch Blue Designs
Dashing Vest by Love Notions
High Five Hoodie Peek a Boo Patterns
Great Outdoors Vest by Peek a Boo Patterns

I managed to get a swatch/color palette organized and I HOPE that I can manage all or most of this, but once again, it might evolve over time...and that is OKAY!!!!

Some of my fabric swatches for my #backtoschoolcapsule #isew #sewingmama #sewingwithkids #fabric

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Fabrics are from:
Hawthorne Threads
Girl Charlee
Purple Seamstress

And that is about as far as I have gotten so far. I am excited to get the ball rolling and see where this journey takes me!

Are you going to be participating or following along? Link up down below so I can come and visit and follow along with your progress!

To find out more information about the blog tour, please follow along over at Rebel & Malice for weekly updates, how to get started, and MUCH MORE!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.