Tuesday, April 26, 2016

{Siren Swim Top & Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms} P4P

Never EVER did I ever imagine that I would post pictures of myself in a bathing suit on the internet...nevermind in a BIKINI (aff. link)! Oh gosh, no....never. But, alas, here I am today doing such a thing and it is not as easy as you would think that it would be.

When I was approached to help in testing this pattern, I was extremely excited! "You must take pictures in the suit" she said. "Not a problem" I said. After making a few muslin's to get the fit just right, I started working on my final version....and then completed the final version. Oye! What next you say? Pictures IN the suit? Geeze, I started sweating bullets, and having heart palpitations. I was so nervous about everything. I felt great in my suit, but so much skin was exposed. And I would have to post these. Yep, I was extremely nervous to say the least. I got out there though and got pictures. I think that it helped that hubby was there taking them. I felt super comfortable and confident with him behind the camera, and I think that it shows through.

Looking at these pictures now, I am so glad that I had this opportunity. I am able to look at these pictures and still feel great, and not look at them and try to find some imperfection that I don't like about my body. Before taking the pictures, I had decided that I would do a little bit of smoothing in Photoshop, however during editing, I was really feeling the vibe of the pictures and decided to embrace it...no Photoshopping here...it's all natural baby ;)

Alright, alright...enough about all that! Let's move on to the nitty gritty. Let's talk about the pattern a little bit!


The Siren Swim Top (aff. link) comes in sizes XXS to 3X and the options are almost endless! Well, not really endless, but there are so many options!!!!! I made the pointed flounce with back flounce, cris-crossed straps. I added elastic into the band for more support and it feels great! The girls are not going anywhere. The solid black Nylon Spandex is from Joanns and the Floral is from Spandex NYC. For my lining I use Joann's Swim Lining material that I LOVE. It gives such great support that is needed here. I also added an extra layer into the straps to hold them up a bit better and it worked out great. I made a size 1X here.


For the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms (aff. link) I chose to make the ruched sides with floral panel in front and solid in the back. I really like the contrast between the two and I am glad that I didn't use the floral in the back. I feel as though the black gives the illusion on a smaller booty (whether or not that is true, who knows). The reason that I chose the ruched sides is to try and smooth-- read hide-- the rolls ;) I think that it did a great job of just that! The waist and waistband are a 1X graded out to a 2X in the hips. I used the same swim lining as I did for the top in the bottoms and it smooths SO well. Instead of using power mesh as an interlining (since I was disappointed in Joann's quality) I used an extra layer of the lining cut 1/4" shorter on each side and it worked perfectly!

If you are hesitant about this suit, I would encourage you to go for it! I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. It looks GREAT on all body shapes and sizes. You can see the album of all the tester photos for the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms HERE or the Siren Swim Top HERE decide for yourself.

So, put on your britches of confidence and do something that you never thought that you would do! You CAN do it, and you CAN feel great!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2016

{Pat Bravo Mini} Tour

Hey y'all! I am doing something a little different today! I was super lucky to have been chosen to participate in Pat Bravo's Mini Quilt tour for her new fabric lines Dare and Essentials II. We were sent a handful of a variety of fabrics to create a mini quilt with, and I am just ecstatic with what I have created.

I purchased the Farm Girl Vintage book about a month ago, which I have had my eye on for over a year, and I was just dying to make SOMETHING from it ever since. I just love the clean design of all her blocks! For my mini quilt, I chose to make her Butter Churn block which features a pinwheel in the center. The construction was very quick, simple and easy to follow. As  I was looking through the book for inspiration, I felt that this block would represent Pat's fabrics very well as to not take away from the beautiful design of the fabrics. I have only ever used Art Gallery knits in the past, so it was a nice surprise to find out that the cotton wovens are JUST as amazingly soft and luxurious as the knits are....and you know just how much I love those knits!

Aren't they just GORGEOUS? The fabrics that I chose to use in my quilt are actually all from the Essentials II Azur Collection. They just coordinate beautifully together. If I had to choose a favorite it would definitely be the Delicate Femme Azur, which is the floral, because let's face it...those little bitty flowers are just so delicate and beautiful. I can really see myself using it in a variety of projects. The Intertwill Azur comes in a close second because I love the geometric lines of it, and once again I could see myself using it over and over!!! I imagine a gorgeous zipper pouch with some touches of leather and denim....yep...I think that will be happening SOON!

For the first time ever, I decided to hand quilt. Since it was a mini quilt, I wanted to try my hand in it, and boy was that a task! I am not sure that I am such a good hand quilter, but I am sure with a bit more practice I will get better. Tools also make a HUGE difference as I didn't have the correct ones, which made it even more difficult....no thimble and a blunt tip needle...NO THANK YOU! Never ever again...lol. I do really like the look of hand quilting though, so I am very happy with the choice that I made and look forward to working on my skills.

I really appreciate everyone stopping by today, and because I appreciate it so much, I am going to host a giveaway!!!! Since Pat was so kind to send over quite a few fat eights to work with, I only used a handful of them for my mini....so I am going to pass them on to one lucky person! The winner will receive 8-fat eights from the Dare line.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the lineup for this tour, so make sure to come back each day to visit the other blogs!

April 25

April 26

April 27

April 28

April 29

May 2

May 3

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 9

May 10

May 11

May 12

May 13

May 16 
Pat Bravo | Blog Recap

To find out more details about the Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Tour, you can visit Pat's blog for more information! I strongly encourage you to also take a good long look at the GORGEOUS Lookbooks that Pat has created for these collections! Dare | Essentials II

A special thank you to Pat Bravo for allowing me to use her fabrics and for free creative reign on this project! I had a lot of fun coming up with me and trying new things.  

***Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT April 25, 2016 and ends at 12:00am CDT on May 17, 2016. Winner will receive 8 fat eights. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. Winner will be chosen on May 17, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release The Wholesome Mama from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.***

Friday, April 15, 2016

{Padded Camera Pouch} by Michelle Patterns

Join me for Mabel Madison Friday over on their blog for a peek at my latest sew, and then come back here for a little more in depth review!!!!

Did you go??? Don't worry, I'll wait....ok...you back?!

So, now that you have a little background on the Padded Camera Pouch* (affiliate link) let's take a closer look at it, shall we!

The Padded Camera Pouch by Michelle Patterns comes in 4 different sizes [w x h x d]:

  • Small- 4.5" x 3" x 2"
  • Medium- 5" x 3.25" x 2.5"
  • Large- 6" x 3.5" x 3.5"
  • X-Large- 6.75" x 4.25" x 3.5"

This is one thing that I find unique about Michelle's patterns. I really love that most of them come in a range of sizes because not only is it fun to make little coordinating pouches in a variety of sizes, but it really adds to the versatility of the pattern. It takes the guess-work out of trying to make the pattern a little larger to suit your needs.

With that being said, as I was preparing the pattern, I measured my camera and according to the dimensions, it was not going to fit in the x-large pouch...so sad. I did add a little to the height of the pattern, as well as a little to the length so that I could add a bit more depth to it to fit my camera. What did I learn from this??? Apparently my camera would have fit just fine in the x-large pouch...hahaha. It turned out a bit larger that I thought that it would, but I still love it! I now have room for my extra lens and maybe even my speedlight.

Included in the pattern, Michelle gives some great tips for creating a beautiful quality piece that will be sure to last for years to come! Be sure to follow her over on Instagram for some absolutely beautiful inspiration as well as helpful tips. Be sure to peruse through the other patterns that she has to offer as well. All of them are perfect for the beginner sewist!

Thank you for stopping by and keeping up with my sewing adventures!

***This post may include affiliate links marked with an asterisk, however opinions are always my own ;) ***

Monday, April 11, 2016

{Boys Mabel Madison} Tour

Duds for Dudes??? Well, of course! I love sewing for my little guys, and quite honestly I think that I sew for them more often than I do for my daughter.

In the non-sewers world, so many people seem to talk about how there are no cute clothes for boys out there. Thankfully IN the sewing world, there are a TON of totally awesome patterns out there for the little dudes!

I teamed up with Mabel Madison for the Dudes for Duds Blog tour showcasing some of their fabric for our look. They have a whole section to shop just for the boys. Let me tell you, I had a fun time shopping over there...so many amazing options for the boys! As I looked around on their site, I pulled together a few prints and created a "mood-board" of sorts to gather my ideas together, and here is what I came up with.

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When I received my fabrics in the mail it was LOVE! Oh the blues just coordinated perfectly, and the foxes are so buttery soft. I really am impressed with the quality of the Stenzo knits....it just doesn't compare to anything that I have ever ordered before and definitely not your typical flimsy jersey. Great weight, vibrant colors, and they wash up beautifully! I do want to mention that the twill that I received had some dye issues when I washed it up, but Emily was kind enough to replace it for me in a jiffy, however her magic carpet wasn't working so I was unable to get the pants that I had planned to sew up ready in time for this post. I will make sure to post on those as I get them completed!

The pattern that I chose for my son's top is the Harvey V-Neck! I tested this pattern last year, and it is just one of the fun tees that I can see myself coming back to over and over for it's versatility. It has been a few months since I have used this pattern, so I figured that it was a great opportunity to pull it out again. I had to reprint because my big guy had gone up 2 sizes since last year! Oh gosh how he has grown. I think that he will fit into this one for quite a bit now though. I have the most fun playing with colors and putting together fabrics that you wouldn't normally think to coordinate and this pattern is great for doing just that with the color-blocking options that it has. My son just loves the foxes, so of course I had to showcase those on the main tee!

Ok, and now since I couldn't stop taking pics of my handsome fella, here is a photobomb for ya!!!!

I highly recommend that you head on over and check out the other stops along the way this week! Such fun inspiration for great quality fabrics!!!! Thank you for stopping by :)

Mabel Madison is really thrilled to host a week-long blog tour focused on sewing for BOYS! Every day this week, you'll have a chance to visit with a few of our friends and see what they have made for their boys. Here are today's stops:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

{EYMM Capsule Skirt} Tour

Last year I had the opportunity to test the Capsule Skirt from EYMM. It is such a simple skirt, but makes an awesome addition to any wardrobe.

The Capsule Skirt comes in a wide array of sizes including:

  • Women's: XS-5X (including maternity option)
  • Girl's: Newborn-18 (plus doll)

I have a few of these in my wardrobe at the moment, including THIS one that I wrote about last year, and my daughter also has a few. I wanted to do something a little different this time around though, so I decided to make the Capsule Skirt into a skort for my daughter using the Jocelyn's Leggings (shorts version) underneath. These two are the perfect combination for those little girls that are active and on the go.

The construction of the skort was incredibly easy! I believe that it took me MAYBE 30 minutes to make from start to finish which was probably the best use of time for me considering my daughter seems to always be in need of clothes. I think that she is harder on them than both of my boys are! Let's face it; there are many times that we just want a project that is super cut and dry and you can whip out quickly, and this one is definitely it. I would definitely recommend this pattern to beginners as a great starter project for trying out knits. Being that it is a yoga waistband, attaching it is such a breeze and there is no need for elastic. 

I love that there is also an option for pockets. Whether you are making the Women's or Girls version, the pockets are so useful to have at times. I tend to not add them to my daughter's since she doesn't care either way, but I definitely add them to my own. One other feature that I really love is that the pattern gives optional cut lines for those who are well endowed in the rump region, like myself. It adds a little length to the skirt so that it hangs evenly all the way around. How clever is that?!


Make sure to check out all the other stops on the EYMM Capsule Skirt Tour. (Note: The links won't be live until the day they're scheduled, but feel free to click through and check out other blog posts any time.)

Wednesday, April 6

Thursday, April 7

Friday, April 8

Saturday, April 9

Sunday, April 10

Monday, April 11

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the pattern while it's on sale! Use coupon code PERFECTSKIRT to save 25% on the Women's Capsule Skirt, Girl's Capsule Skirt, or Capsule Skirt Bundle until April 12 at 11:59pm PST.