Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{The Pattern Exam} Coming Soon...


I am so excited to announce that I will be participating in a really fun project come March!


EXAMS?!?! You know how long it has been since I have taken an exam? Years....this is going to be fun though. No studying required!!!!!

Here are all the bloggers that we have participating...this is going to be HUGE!


Stay tuned. More info coming soon!

{Courtney}

{Little Photographer Camera} by Swoodson Says

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to work with Stephanie over at Swoodson Says, testing her newest pattern, Little Photographer Camera.


I will be honest and say, I am not the best at making plush toys....there, I said it! I have made a few things in the past and really struggled with the construction, but when I was given the opportunity to test this, I figured that I would give it another shot. I mean, just look how cute these are! Any kid would have a blast playing and pretending with this camera.

{About the Pattern}
  • Finished camera measures about 5.5” tall x 8” wide.
  • PERFECT scrap buster-- I used scraps ONLY for this project!
  • Endless fabric options.
  • Neck or wrist strap option.
  • VERY detailed photographs and instructions making constructions a breeze even for the beginner sewists.
  • One of my favorite touches is the vinyl pocket on the back to personalize and add your own photo!




This softie would be great for kids of all ages and a great (last minute) birthday gift-- am I the only one that forgets to buy presents for their kids friends birthday parties?!?  So...dig out that box of scraps and plan away!

While you are checking out the pattern, go look at all of Stephanie's amazing tutorials and other patterns that she offers. She really does some amazing work, and perfect for the creative minds of our little ones!

My next project of hers is definitely going to be the Serger Cover for my new Brother 1034D...because we all need a pretty cover for our machines right?!?!

{Courtney}

Monday, February 9, 2015

{I Heart You Dress} by Rose & Lee Designs


I finally get to share!!!!!! Remember that project that I was working on last week for Kids Clothes Week that I couldn't share just yet? This is it...look at this beautiful dress. Just in time for Valentine's Day <3

I had the pleasure of testing the I Heart You dress by Rose & Lee Design. This pattern is ONE OF A KIND. I really stepped out of my comfort zone on this one.

{About the Pattern}
  • This has a GINORMOUS size range-- 2-16!!!! Wow...my daughter will be able to grow into this one!
  • Multiple options-- inset heart or applique on bodice, with or without ruffles. Bias or ruffle hem.
  • Intermediate skill level-- none of the steps were very hard at all, it was a very detailed pattern though...it took me about 5-6 hours of construction if I had to guess.
  • Easy to read instructions with very clear pictures.
  • Layered pattern printing-- love this option.
  • Fully lined bodice.







 I really like the bodice. The inset heart is just so unique, and the cris-cross on the back with the button closure really makes this dress amazing!!! It has a pretty full skirt too....you can't forget about the twirl factor ;)

I chose to make the ruffle hem. My daughter loves all the ruffles and fluff, so I knew that she would appreciate it! I was a bit nervous about all the gathering that I would have to do though, so I cheated a bit. I used my ruffler foot and was able to set it so that it gathered it perfectly. It probably saved me 30 minutes to an hour...whoohoo...and it looks perfect (without all the stress).



Right now you can get the I Heart You dress for 15% off using the code iheartyou or save 20% off two patterns using code iheartyou2.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Courtney}

Thursday, February 5, 2015

{Kids Clothes Week} Day 2 &3

I have been adamantly working well over one hour each day for my kiddos and Kids Clothing Week. Days 2 & 3 I worked on a special pattern in testing, so I cannot show you just yet, but just look at that mess that I made! LOVING the fabric for this dress...I cannot wait to share SOON!



What have you been working on this week? I would love to see. Share in the comments below.

{Courtney}

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

{Kids Clothes Week} Day 1


Yesterday was the start of Kids Clothes Week! It is a site that has multiple challenges each year (each a different theme) and the objective of these challenges are to sew for one hour each day. You don't have to complete a project....you don't even have to be sewing the whole time. Just sit down, figure out what pattern that you want to sew, print and tape patterns...simply PLAN your sewing projects.

I just love sewing for my kids, so this was a really easy challenge for me. The theme this time is UPCYCLED. Well, I have a ton of old clothing sitting in a pile that has been screaming at me to use so it was perfect.

My fabric of choice for DAY ONE was an old pair of pants and work shirt that my husband has been holding onto from an old job. I knew that this fabric would be perfect for my rough & tumble boys!

We live in Texas, and unfortunately I know that it is only a matter of time before the temperature starts warming up, so I chose to go with some shorts. I searched for something a little more unique, yet simple because I have two boys and really needed a quick sew to bulk up their wardrobes. When I stumbled upon the Long Beach Board Shorts by Terra's Treasures, I knew that it would be perfect!


Look at that patch!!!! I thought that it would be a perfect addition to the superhero fabric because of the "injury free" part...lol. It doesn't take much to please me.


Got my pattern cut out of the upcycled pants, patch detached and I'm ready to go!






Are those not some of the cutest shorts?!? I think it took me a total of an hour and a half from cut to finish.

Ok, so let's talk...

{About the pattern}
  • HUGE size range-- 3-6 months to 14!!!!
  • Unique piping detail.
  • Quick and easy construction.
  • Unisex-- optional shorter length for girls.
  • Clear and detailed instructions.
  • Great beginner patter-- super simple!
My overall thoughts are that this is a staple pattern. It's really so quick and easy, I can see myself using it over and over. I think that it would make great swim trunks! I did choose not to do the piping detail as shown in the pattern because I was wanting to use things from my stash and not go out and buy anything new. I would imagine that the piping would add a little more difficulty to this pattern, but like I did, you always have the option to leave it off...they still look great without it.






So, what do ya say? Are you going to try out this pattern. Have you made it before? Share your thoughts and link to your creations in the comments. Don't forget to go check out Kids Clothes Week and sew something up for your own kiddos....and come back tomorrow for a peek at what I am work on for Day Two!!!!!


{Courtney}

Monday, February 2, 2015

{Boys CAN Wear Pink} Part I


Recently a blog friend of mine, Kelly from Handmade Boy, came up with an amazing idea! For the month of February, there is going to be a blog series centered around gender stereotyping that our culture has instilled upon us....the fact that Boys cannot wear pink--Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. I encourage you to go check out her post from yesterday detailing where this "myth" originated.


Everyday this month, there is going to be a different blogger sharing some of their creations that they have made--PINK and all--for their boys!You can find all of the links HERE!



Today, I wanted to share the Mulberry Tunic by Willow and Co. that I made for my boys. I adore how they turned out.  All of the small details really MAKE this pattern and I was lucky enough to find a nice flannel shirting with some fair amount of pink in it. I loved that it had the grey accent in it as well...I think that it gives it a good balance!





I really enjoyed sewing this pattern. It took me a good while to make them, but like I said before, the details really make this shirt stand out. I like the button tabs on the short sleeve option, but my FAVORITE has to be the hood and pocket options...boys really love those things right?!?! Mine love to stick their little cars and trains in their pockets to carry around (among other things)...you never know what you will find in a little boy's pocket ;)


I have always tried my best to not gender stereotype with my kids (my hubby is a different story), so when I told the boys that we were going to pick out some pink fabric for a special project, it was no big deal. They absolutely adore the finished product too...they didn't want to take them off! SCORE!!!!

Ok fellow sewers, who wants a special surprise?!? For the month of February, a super cute online fabric shop, Mabel Madison, is offering 15% off your total purchase using code PINKBOYS at checkout. WHOOP!!! If you haven't already, you can join the Sew for Boys Facebook group for TONS of daily inspiration for your boys.AAAAAAND, you can enter to win some AMAZING prizes thanks to some AMAZING sponsors.

The prize package includes:
One yard of Stenzo Pit Stop Poplin in pink from Mabel Madison
$25 gift certificate, plus a surprise fat quarter from Phat Quarter Shop
One yard of solid cotton/lycra & one yard of coordinating fabric from Purple Seamstress
One pattern of choice from Paisley Roots
$20 store credit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
One pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates
One pattern of choice from Mouse House Creations
Bottoms Up Pants Pattern from If Only They Would Nap
One Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads


So, let's chat...do YOU let your boys wear pink? What are your views? Leave me a comment...better yet, head over to my Facebook page and post a picture of your boy/s wearing pink! I would love to see your handsome fellas.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for Part II of {Boys CAN Wear Pink}.

{Courtney}