Thursday, March 31, 2016

{X Factor Tankini} from 5 out of 4

Swim suit season is almost here..well for Texas at least. I am pretty sure this year is going to be a scorcher since we had hardly any winter. I cannot tell you how disappointed in this I am considering I grew up in the north, and I am still not use to the super hot summers. Thankfully I'll be sporting my suit in style!

5 out of 4 Patterns just released their X Factor Bikini & Tankini*, and I must say, I really like it! It has great coverage for us mom's who are still constantly running after the kiddos, which for a bathing suit is a must-have, as well as being very modest.

The X Factor Tankini* comes in sizes XXS to 3XL with a handful of options in the mix as well.

  • Bikini or Bra
  • Straight or Gathered Tankini
  • Maternity Tankini with tied ruche detailing on the side
  • Nursing option for every style
  • Extra bonus additions such as bust ruching and side seam elastic ruching

What I really like about the pattern is that there are multiple cut lines for different cup sizes, giving you even more of a custom fit. Not only that, but there are also directions for adding in soft cups for shaping (I'll update with a pic shortly). I just happened to have a set from an old sports bra laying around, so I attached them to the inside and they work perfectly! I'll have to work on getting them a bit straighter next time, but I think I did pretty good for the first shot. I also love that there are nursing options for each style even though I will not be participating in that anymore {sad mama}.

Honestly, there is not really anything that I dislike about this pattern...well maybe all the binding, but that is just because I can be lazy sometimes ;) Can't we all be?!? From start to finish, including printing and taping, it probably took me about 2 hours to make the tankini...even with all the bindings. Thankfully I invested in a coverstitch machine recently because it really makes finishing the binding SO much easier, AND gives it a super professional look.

The X Factor Tankini* can also be used for a workout tank! I am actually thinking that I will keep this one as a tank and make another for my swimsuit with a few minor adjustments. 5 out of 4 Patterns has quite a few other options as well for swim suits and workout gear. If you have not tried her patterns, I encourage you to give them a shot. You may remember the Riptide Shorties* that I made last year {You can see my post here}. I plan to make another pair for myself this summer because they are incredibly comfortable and flattering for all sizes. and grab your patterns today while they are on sale!!!

***This post may include affiliate links marked with an asterisk.***

{Easter Sweetheart Peplum} from Patterns For Pirates

I know that Easter has passed, but I hope that everyone had a nice day! For me and my daughter, I decided to make coordinating outfits. She is 8 now, so I am not sure how much longer it will be "cool" to dress like mommy!

For my pattern, I chose to make the Sweetheart Dress* and Me Hearties* from Patterns for Pirates. There has been such hype over this pattern, and I really wanted to try it out and see for myself what it was all about.

The Sweetheart Dress* is available in sizes XXS to 3X and the Me Hearties* is available in 3 months to 14 years, with multiple options for each...and we all know I am crazy for options. I really like to stretch my buck, so when there are multiple options for a pattern I really feel you get your money's worth by having the opportunity to make multiple outfits that look totally different...SCORE!!!! Also great for a Capsule Wardrobe on a budget; I'm just saying!

  • 4 sleeve lengths-- Tank, Short, 3/4, Long
  • 3 skirt lengths-- Peplum, Knee, Mini (Sweetheart Only)
  • 3 bodice options-- Colorblocked, Solid, Overlay

Patterns for Pirates is now switching over to layers on her patterns, so piecing it together was easier than ever without all the extra lines to get confused. Sewing these up was also surprisingly quick, even the overlay option that I made for mine. I think that I managed to spend about 3 hours total from printing to completion. I chose the Peplum for both because I have made too many dresses lately, and I honestly rarely wear a dress unless there is some special occasion; lunch with the girls, church, wedding...yep, that's about it.

One thing that I really liked about the pattern is that she gives you the option to print only the cutout for the circle skirt as opposed to printing ALL THOSE PAGES. If you have ever made a circle skirt before, you know what I am talking about. Not only does it use a TON of fabric, but also a ton of paper.

I have never made a Peplum top before, so one word of advice that I feel needs to be mentioned (especially if you are plus size like me). Make yourself a muslin first before you cut into that AWESOME fabric that you have been saving. If your measurements are average, then you may not have a problem, but I found that since my torso is much longer than average it was difficult to figure out exactly where the Peplum skirt should hit on my body. Technically you should muslin everything, but let's face it, we get busy and want to sew NOW...if anyone has an issue with instant gratification it's me ;) In the pattern she actually gives you the measurement for the length between your armpit and natural waist, but due to fabric content as well as but sizes, this can drastically change. I measured mine before cutting and thought that it would hit me at just the right point, but I think that I should have added some length to the bodice instead of just the skirt. Either way, I am happy with the way it turned out...definitely more babydoll-looking than intended Peplum.

For my fabric, I fell in LOVE with this Turquoise with Roses Liverpool from KnitPop with the pop of Coral Rose Lace added.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my creations with you! If you would like to see some other Easter finds, please feel free to follow along on the Easter Tour with us!

3/28/16: Larissa from Connected By A Thread 

3/28/16: Linda from Sew Happily Ever After 

3/28/16: Amy from Wally and Grace  

3/29/16: Cindy from  Cindy Parrett 

3/30/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste 

3/30/16: Fenna from FABulous Home Sewn 

3/31/16: Courtney from the WHOLESOME mama 

4/1/16: Patricia from Sew Far North 

4/1/16: Tibeca from Sewing By Ti   

***I was given these patterns in exchange for my review, but rest assured, I will always give you my honest opinion. This post may also include affiliate links marked with an asterisk.***

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

{Fleur Dress} from Winter Wear Designs

I just finished testing the Fleur Dress a few days ago! It is available now from Winter Wear Designs, and I am so impressed with this one.

The Fleur Dress is by far one of the most unique dresses that I have ever made. The skirt features a technique that I have never seen before, and it was so fun learning something new....I seem to be striving for new these days. I'll have to chat about that another day though. It has pleating as well as a "flange" that creates a sort of handkerchief hem. Available in 3 lengths; Vintage length is perfect to wear with shorts, Tunic which is great for leggings or skinny jeans, or Regular length which is the one that I made.

Not only is the skirt one that is unique, but the back is super cute and fun as well. It features a scoop back with button closure as well as an opening below the closure where the skirt is gathered with elastic (pardon my lack of proper terminology). This feature is what really caught my eye on this pattern. I knew that it was going to be perfect for the hot Texas summers here, and it is made with cotton wovens. I recently was introduced to a new quilt shop in town, so I have been dying to use some of those AMAZING prints!!!

The bodice has a scoop neck with options to add some "frills" down the center for extra girly factor. Have a super girly girl??? Add the flutter sleeves for even more frill factor!!!! I chose however to leave off the flutters since I was going for more of a vintage look. The fabric that I used screamed vintage to me, and from the very start, I had a good idea what direction I wanted to go in.

I am super happy with how it turned out, but even more so I am so excited to have a beautiful dress that my daughter looks and feels great in. She has decided to extend her sizing to a 16 again, so I am one super happy mama! PS: I am working on a special project for plus sized children, so if you are interested, stay tuned for that!!!

You can grab the Fleur Dress on sale through today for only $7.50 (25% off)! Also on sale you can find the TDS Bloomers for only $4....which would be great to pair with either length of the dress.

Monday, March 21, 2016

{Spring Break PJ Party} Tour

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Today I am one of the first stops on the Spring Break PJ Party Tour being hosted my Deb over at Sprouting Jube Jube. When I saw the opportunity, I jumped at it because I was in NEED of some new PJ's SOOOOOOOO bad.

The only requirement for this tour was to sew up a pattern that you already owned. It didn't have to be a designated pajama pattern, however I actually did have a pattern that I immediately thought of and had been DYING to sew up for quite a while. I decided on the Parisian Night Pajamas from Winter Wear Designs.

I bought the Parisian Nights PJ's after downloading the free Parisian Night PJ pants that are available exclusively through the Winter Wear Designs Fun Facebook Group. I just knew after seeing those that I MUST have the top and shorts to go with them!!!!! So, of course I had to purchase the set.

Let me tell you, these are so incredibly comfortable. I used the Cottagely Posey and the Threaded Shreds Mamey from Art Gallery that I purchased from Mabel Madison. The Art Gallery knits are just amazingly soft and buttery, they are just PERFECT for pajamas. The colors on the Cottagely Posey are so vivid and bright that the swatches you see online do NOT give it justice. I will definitely be purchasing a bit more to make myself a top that I can wear out and show it off and not keep it contained to my own house in my PJ's ;)

The Parisian Nights Pajamas are available in sizes XS to XXL. I made the XXL for myself and they are plenty roomy. If you are trying to decide which size to make for yourself, I would definitely size down if you are between or right on the end of the sizing chart. I love that the yoke can be made out of lace for a slightly more sexy version if you desire to, or you can even use lace elastic for the waistband instead of a knit band if you choose.

The construction on these were very quick...the shorts literally took me about 15 minutes, IF that. The bindings are what took me the most time to construct, but even those were not tedious or anything. I really like the gathers along the yoke on the tank too. Nice and flattering for pajamas as well as comfortable and flowy for sleeping.

Thank you for stopping by on this tour!!! Make sure to visit the other stops and come back each day...and enter the giveaway because there is some good stuff up for grabs!!!!

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!


Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Sprouting JubeJube to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!

We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!

Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by The Handmaiden’s Cottage. You could win 2 patterns of your choice! Visit The Handmaiden’s Cottage to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 22nd at 11:59pm. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 7 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 23rd and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

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Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st
Tuesday, March 22nd
Wednesday, March 23rd
Thursday, March 24th
Friday, March 25th

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

{For the Love of Legends} Tour

Being that I just Finished testing the Tutu Twirl Tunic from Winter Wear Designs, it was still fresh on my mind going into this project. I felt the urge to use it for my look on the For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by Phat Quarters and Crafting Con and it made the perfect canvas.

When I signed up for this tour I panicked, as I usually do, wondering what I had just gotten myself into. I didn't know anything about legends...or did I?!? When I started to do a little research, I quickly realized that I knew plenty about legends. Have you ever heard of Sasquatch, The Abominable Snowman, Yeti, Mermaid, Loch Ness Monster, Dragon, Gargoyle, Pixie....the list goes on and on!

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Immediately my first thought was Mermaid. I had a really fun idea to create a free motion applique Mermaid....I even sketched it out along with a few other things, but then I changed my mind. I had thought of THE perfect legend for us, the Unicorn. A Unicorn is so majestic and beautiful and seems to just glide through the sky and float among the clouds...well at least my unicorn does ;) The fun part about legends really, is that you can make it whatever you want, right???

So let me tell you a little story about why I chose the Unicorn. I am not sure if you can really tell in most of my pictures, but my beautiful little girl was born with a birthmark on her forehead. Thankfully she has never been teased for it, but if someone asks her about it she tends to get a little sensitive. One day she was feeling down because someone had pointed it out, so I was trying to cheer her up a bit. I made up our own story about it and pretended that she was really supposed to be a unicorn, but that her horn just never grew so she had the birthmark on her forehead instead. She absolutely LOVED it and it put the brightest smile on her face. So, now when anyone asks her about it she tells them that is where her horn was supposed to be. Of course the story has evolved a little bit over the years due to her super creative imagination, but that's fine by me!

I was shopping at my local quilt shop recently and they had quite a large selection of really nice quilting cottons. They just so happened to have some Heather Ross Far Far Away Unicorn in purple tucked in there, so I snagged a little bit for our project. Since I had just made the Tutu Twirl Tunic, I knew that it would work just great for the look we wanted to accomplish. I ended up extending the skirt to make it full length and was left with the perfect canvas for our saying "Be a Unicorn in a field of horses". Isn't that just the perfect quote?!? I used Siser HTV in Confetti Glitter for the quote, and Mustard knit from Girl Charlee for the tank. And just to add a little flair, I made a matching headband for her using THIS tutorial from Violette Field Threads.

My daughter is in LOVE with it and I am so excited to share our Unicorn look for this tour. Make sure that you follow along and enter to win all those fun goodies!!!!

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters 





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Friday, March 11, 2016

{Tutu Twirl Tunic} from Winter Wear Designs

Does your daughter like to twirl? I know mine does! What is it about about twirling that makes you feel so free...without a care in the world? Perhaps I should twirl more often!!!!!

Suzanne from Winter Wear Designs just released a new top for the girls called the Tutu Twirl Tunic today, and it is a super fun and quick sew.

The Tutu Twirl Tunic is a relaxed fit tunic with a t-shirt hem that hits at mid hip, and the fully gathered skirt hitting at mid thigh. The tunic comes in sizes 1-16 with options for a tank, short or 3/4 length sleeves and of course the tutu is my favorite part! What I love is that you can use just about any fabric for the the tutu...whether you have the perfect lightweight woven you have been hoarding, a nice tulle or even some lace. The main bodice however, requires knit and I just love mixing knits and wovens together. Something about the texture really catches my eye, and the end result is just stunning.

With your purchase, not only will you get the pattern for the tunic, but Suzanne has also graciously included FIVE cut files in the pattern. Great for using Heat Transfer Vinyl or even a freezer paper stencil, the tunic makes such a beautiful canvas for showing off your favorite cut files or applique!

On sale for $7, you can make the Tutu Twirl Tunic for your little twirler today!!!