Monday, July 27, 2015

{EYMM Anniversary Blog Tour}

Hey y'all! I am here today celebrating EYMM and her 2 Year Anniversary with a blog tour!!! Her very first pattern released on July 31, 2013 and just two years later she now has 43 paid sewing patterns available. If you don't know much about Kymy and her story, head on over to EYMM and get to know her a little more...I promise you won't regret it!

Today, I am featuring the newly released Capsule Skirt. It is such a fun and super quick pattern taking less than an hour from start to finish. I was fortunate enough to be a tester for both the Women's and Girl's version of the skirt, and Kymy's testing process is so fun. She truly cares about each and every pattern and getting it just right before release.

The Capsule skirt is just a simple half circle skirt, but I feel that it is very flattering on so many body shapes. My favorite part of the pattern is that there are optional hem lines ie: low rise/maternity, regular, additional coverage. These options are perfect for a person like myself because I can choose the low rise option for the front, since I wear the band under my belly and not over it, and extra coverage for the back since I am well endowed back there. By using these two different hem lines, I now have a skirt that actually has an even hemline. No longer will you have a skirt that is long in front and hikes up in the back, just a nice even hem. This option also worked very well for my plus-sized daughter as well because she always wears her skirts below her tummy and has the same problem that I have.

Let's talk about some other options for a sec...POCKETS!!!! I really like to have the pocket option on a skirt, because when you become a mom, let's face it...you're always hanging on to someone's things...am I right?!? These pockets are hidden right in the side seams making it perfect for casual wear. Do you need a little more in terms of modesty? Kymy has designed these so that they work perfectly in combination with her Get Moving Leggings, Capris and Shorts. I am excited to try this option out myself considering that I am constantly chasing my kiddos and sometimes forget about modesty when I am caught up in a 5K race with them ;)



Between the dolly, girls and women's versions, there are over 29 different sizes available, and if you want them all, you can find the bundle here!




I enjoyed sewing the Capsule Skirt for my summer capsule wardrobe (more on that later), but I think that it will work well into fall or any season for that matter. I think that it will really live up to it's name!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and don't forget to stop by and visit all the other bloggers that are featuring EYMM this week. Here is the schedule and all the fun ways to participate!




Join EYMM and 24 fellow bloggers as we celebrate the first 24 months of our pattern shop with a huge sale and giveaway! We will be featuring 8 different patterns for women and girls, as well as having a Manic Monday sale and a huge site-wide sale. There is also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post. Don't wait because you don't see sales like this often from EYMM and it will be over before you know it!

*NOTE* The links below won't show the tour posts until 11am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.

7/27 Connected by a Thread, Pattern Revolution, The Wholesome Mama

7/28 Climbing the Willow, Rebel & Malice, Hibbadoray

7/29 Pretty & Precious Clothing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Call Ajaire

7/30 Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Swoodson Says, Blessed X Five

7/31 Beri Bee Designs, Sewing the Seasons, Sew Outnumbered

8/1 Creative Counselor, Lulu & Celeste, Analog Bytes

8/2 Handcrafted by Red, Boutique Birdie, HattieLu Handmade

8/3 Capture, Craft & Cook, Welcome to Our Crazy World, Create 3.5

 



Not only is there an AMAZING blog tour going on but 1 lucky winner that leaves a comment below between now and 8.3.15 will win a FREE EYMM pattern of their choice!!!! Which one would you pick?

Then hop on over to EYMM to check out the awesome SALE, and an even bigger celebration giveaway with over $1000 in prizes. There will be 40 winners in all.


*note: this post contains affiliate links. I received this pattern for free, but as always, all opinions are my own.*

{Courtney}

Friday, July 17, 2015

{S is for Sewing} Blog Tour


I have been loving sewing for my boys recently! Who ever said that sewing for boys isn't fun is sorely mistaken, so when the Sewing With Boys team had a call for bloggers for their new ebook, I knew that I was game.


First of all, is that graphic not just the cutest ever?!? Just look at those awesome patterns and the details of each laid out for you. When I was trying to decide which patterns to sew up, I really had a hard time deciding...so I decided on all three articles of clothing! I actually tested the Quad Tee before it was even decided that it would be in the ebook, but of course I had to make a few more.






I really love the design of this Tee. The bold lines really make it pop, and it gives you so many options for color-blocking as well. The pattern includes a pocket that is sewn into the front seam, however I chose not to add this option because I wanted a super quick sew that I could use exclusively my serger for. I mean, who doesn't love a quick serger project! I think that it took me 30 min max to sew this up. The sizes range from XXS-L using a chest/waist measurement that I found to be spot on. My little one is wearing an XS (20" chest/waist) and middle one is wearing a S (22" chest/waist). I just LOVE the design of these and definitely will be making it a staple in both of my boy's wardrobes.





Next, I made the Bookworm blazer. The finished result on this is just AMAZING. Can I be honest and say that I impressed myself here? I have never made a blazer/jacket before, so I didn't know what to expect. I will say that I should have chosen a different fabric. I used a denim, and I didn't think that it was super thick, but when you start constructing a kids blazer and using french seams....YIKES. Let's just say that I had to use a hammer to actually sew through a few spots. Hahaha! It took me a good while from start to finish, but the end result is just super cute and my son loves it. That's all that really matters anyway, right? He looks so handsome! It comes in a huge range of sizes including 2-14 years. I would love to try one of these with a much lighter fabric and maybe a lining next time...who knows. I like to test myself because that's what makes it fun.



Lastly, I made the Radical Raglan. Super fun! Love the elements on this and mixing so many different fabrics together! The super heros are woven, the main body is microfiber and the hood lining and front flap are cotton/lycra. Can you tell that he was super excited here? I felt like I was doing fabric oragami when I was assembling the placket, but after a little work I finally got it right. Would you take a look at those pockets! What a great design element using patch pockets on this one. The sides and bottom are sewn into the seams, so it was easy to get the placement just right. I have so many ideas running through my head on ways to hack this one. Anyone else addicted to hacking ::raises my hand:: The sizes included on this are also 2-14, so we will be able to use this pattern over and over. My little guy is wearing the size 5, as I went up one size so that in the fall/winter he can wear a shirt comfortably underneath...he really could care less whether he has a shirt on underneath or not though. Especially since that microfiber is super soft. 


***Disclaimer--this ebook was given to me, but as always, all opinions are my own.***
 
I look forward to sewing up some of the other elements available, including the pencil pouch and milk money zipper pouch before we start homeschooling again...this break is going by way to fast for me.

Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to pick up the ebook for yourself. It is on sale (no coupon necessary) throughout the blog tour. You can find more info about the tour and visit everyone else over at www.SewingWithBoys.com.

{Courtney}

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

{Riptide Reversible Shorties} 5 Out of 4 Patterns...and a lesson in CONFIDENCE!!!






I am always looking to further to sewing skills and test myself to see what I can do. When I had the opportunity to test the Riptide Reversible Shorties, I was a bit skeptical of myself. Not only because I have never sewn with swim material, but I knew that I was going to have to model them for pictures. I went ahead and bit the bullet though.

Let me tell you...actually cutting the spandex was the hardest part of the whole process, not the sewing. It is very slippery, but thankfully there are only a few small pattern pieces to cut, so it could always be worse. Sewing these up was surprisingly a very quick process. There are instructions for optional clear elastic in the legs so that it cups your cheeks and makes you look bootylicious, so I had to take it very slow with that because me and clear elastic don't get along very well. I might try a little swim elastic next time because it's a bit softer and maybe easier to use?!?! One can hope right! Trial and error is something that you just need to get use to when sewing for yourself, and I am learning to enjoy and embrace the process, because having clothes that actually fit you right will make you feel like a million bucks!!!!



Sorry for that little rant. Back to the pattern. The ruching along the side was much easier than expected, with the hardest part being actually trying to mark your guide lines on the fabric. Because I chose black spandex, a water soluble marker wouldn't show and I couldn't find my tailors chalk. In the end I got it all figured out, but that was some more trial and error...my fault, not the pattern's though. These are made to be reversible, but I was very disappointed in Joann's swimwear selection of prints, so I just used black inside and out. Since I didn't need them to be reversible, I cheated and just serged the waistband on instead of how the instructions show you to for a seamless finish.



Okay, okay...so I have completed the shorts, tried them on, they fit great, so now what??? Pictures. I stalled for quite a few days getting pics because I was dreading it. I finally just sucked it up one day and had my 7 year old go out to the back yard and take pictures for me. You want to know what the result was? I looked at those pictures and I felt sexy. I immediately felt my confidence rise and felt free for once. I had some swim bottoms that fit great and look fabulous on and it was freeing for me. Like I said earlier, I have always been so self conscious when at the pool, but wearing these I didn't feel that. I don't feel exposed, and I can run around and chase my kiddos and not worry about my suit going anywhere.



I not only learned some new sewing skills with these, but also gained so much confidence...something that I haven't felt in quite a while...especially when wearing a bathingsuit. And now I am sharing these pictures with the world.

You can find the Riptide Reversible Shorties on sale now through Tuesday, July 21st for just $7.95!!! If you are looking for a great top to match them with, her Agility Tank would make a great pairing. I hope to sew one up soon to go with my shorties...and maybe source some nicer spandex online too! *Note: I received this pattern for free in testing, but as always, all views are my own and honest.

Thank you for stopping by and letting me be brutally honest with you and myself <3

{Courtney}

{DJ Pon-3 Inspired Everyday Wear} Crafting Con


I am just OVER THE MOON excited to be competing in Crafting Con this month! The theme is My Little Pony, and my kids are a bit obsessed, so I really had to do it. I let my daughter pick who she wanted to be, which was DJ Pon-3. Not a big character in the show, but she love music and dancing, so it was a great fit. I would love for you to head on over to Crafting Con to check it all out.


{Courtney}

{Homemade Snow Cones} A Week to Beat the Heat



I am really excited to be participating in the Week to Beat the Heat Tour with The Berry Bunch this week. I am not sure where you are living, but here in Texas it is HOT!!! I think that I mention that in every blog post ;) I have been here long enough to know that the heat is not going anywhere either. I am constantly trying to think of things to keep cool around here, cause' let me tell you...if I don't get these kids outside to play I will go a bit stir crazy...am I right?!?

SNOW CONES---cue heavenly music!!!!!!

What kid doesn't love them. I am not about to buy that junk from the store though. Not only is it costly, but who even knows what is in them anymore. We like to make our syrup from scratch from fresh fruit! Yes, there is white sugar in it, but I pick and choose my battles...I know it's way better than anything found in the stores too.

So let's get started!

Pick out a few fruits that you and your kiddos like...cause' you are gonna have one too right? We chose mangos and blueberries. Both I had frozen. We went blueberry picking and ended up with a TON, so we froze them. The mangos we bought in bulk from Bountiful Baskets, pureed them and froze into small baby food-sized containers. No need to thaw since you'll be throwing them into a hot pot in a few. Here are a few ideas for other flavors:
  • cherry
  • blueberry
  • strawberry
  • peach
  • orange
  • blackberry
  • raspberry
  • mango
  • lime*
  • lemon*
 Most of these would be great to mix together as well!


What you will need:
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. granulated sugar 
  • 1 1/2 c. fruit
That's it! Grab a pot, and let's get to work. You will want to peel your fruit's and/or cut into smaller pieces applicable. Put everything into the pot and heat until boiling. Reduce to a simmer for 20-25 minutes. Let cool. Put it into the blender and puree it so it's nice and smooth. If desired, you can strain it with a mesh strainer, but I like to leave the pulp with some of my fruits. *Note: For lemons and limes, use only 1/2 c. of juice as they are obviously tart and not sweet.





For your "snow" you can use your blender if you have one that is strong enough. We have a ninja which works great, but some less powerful may only get you crushed ice, which is fine too! I am sure the kids won't complain.




Fill up a cup with your snow and drizzle your syrup over it. I had to add a little water to thin it out a tad before pouring over the snow. It just depends on the fruit used as to how runny it will be, so just add a little at a time to desired consistency. ENJOY your sweet treat in the slightly cooler heat!!!!









Don't forget to check out all the other stops on the Week to Beat the Heat Tour!