Friday, September 22, 2017

{Forte Top & Dress} from Love Notions

My gracious...this last month has sure been super trying for me. As most of you know, I am in Texas and unfortunately we are located near where all the flooding around the Houston area occurred. Thankfully we were blessed and our home stayed safe and dry...our neighborhood was an island and we couldn't get out for a number of days due to the flooding around us, but I just have to say that we really, truly were SO lucky! During the storm I also suffered with some major dental issues and was unable to see a dentist for quite some time...it was quite miserable, but thankfully because of the flooding my hubby was able to stay home and take care of me and the kiddos!!!! Anywho, it seems as though it's been ages since I have had a chance to sew, but I am SO GLAD that I was able to hop back into the saddle with this new pattern release from Tami at Love Notions!!!!!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

{Bayside/Portlander Skort Hack} New Horizon Patterns

So, I kind of have this problem...I LOVE dresses and skirts, but HATE wearing them. Two words "CHUB RUB". There, I said it! Being a plus-sized gal, I really struggle with my thighs rubbing together making it super uncomfortable to wear skirts and dresses for an extended period of time...and let's face it...it is SO hot right now in Texas so that last thing that I want to do is wear my Spanx. NO THANK YOU!!! So as I tried to figure out a compromise, it kind of slapped me in the face as I thought to just make a skort....DUH...why didn't I think of that sooner!


I came across the Bayside Romper by New Horizon Designs and knew that the skirt portion of the pattern would be absolutely PERFECT to pair also with the Portlander Shorts....at least I hoped that they would pair well together. The first step in my process was to print out the patterns and make any adjustments that I needed for height or rise. I then sized up the patterns and compared them to one another to see how well they matched and of course they both were spot on. I knew at this point that the hack was going to work perfectly!




Using the mini skirt from the Bayside Romper and the shorts cut line from the Portlander Pants, I cut out the main fabric. I used the same fabric for both the skirt and short portion, but feel free to use a coordinate for the skirt if you so choose. For the waist, I used the Portlander Pants waistband and added drawstrings as well. After your pieces are cut, you are ready to assemble. I constructed the Mini Skirt as per the instructions, stopping before it tells you to attach to the bodice...as well as the shorts and stopped before attaching the waistband. Once you have those completed, you will place the shorts inside the skirt and either baste or clip them together.



Follow the instructions from the Portlander Pants to attach the waistband, paying close attention to ensure that both the skirt and short layers are within the seam. AND YOU'RE DONE! How silly easy was that?!?



And would you just take a look at that GORGEOUS floral? I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with Poly/Rayon/Spandex blends because they are so light and airy, yet have great drape and holds it's shape amazingly!!! You can find this fabric and many more like it over at Sly Fox Fabrics!!! This is the "Breezy" print in the color denim.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you again next time!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

{Studio Jumpsuit} from Sew Straight Pattern Co.

ACK!! I am SO super excited to share this gem with you FINALLY!!!! Terri has been super HUSH HUSH with the details of this pattern, but the cat is finally out of the bag, and let me tell you...it's something you are going to want to grab now!!!! The Studio Jumpsuit from Sew Straight & Gather Patterns.


{Hip Hop Tank} Tour

Hello everyone and WELCOME to day one of the Hip Hip Tank Tour! I think it's one of those patterns that is so often forgotten about, but we are here to CHANGE that baby!!! We have a lineup full of inspiration and hacks for you to get you through the last little bit of summer that is left, and stay cool in style.


Monday, June 26, 2017

{Sew Americana} 2017 Tour

Hey y'all, and welcome back to the Sew Americana 2017 edition!!! Fourth of July sure is a holiday that I have really come to enjoy...for not only celebrating, but decorating and sewing for. I just adore gathering with friends, eating good food, shooting off fireworks and just enjoying the community that we have built around us. We have some pretty AMAZING neighbors! I also have met and come to know some pretty amazing sewing and blogging friends in the process as well!!!


If you haven't checked out last years tour, I encourage you to because there was some amazing talent and projects that went down....I created some super easy and fun DIY decor that you can check out {HERE}. I fully expect this year to be just as awesome, of course!


I decided to go with something for myself this year, considering the last patriotic top that I made myself is now a bit faded...and probably overworn...lol. I needed to spice up my wardrobe a little bit, but wasn't too sure which direction to go. I had my fabric planned out WAY before I knew what I wanted to do, but just couldn't decide what to do. That WAS....until I saw this awesome color-blocked tee that Katy made recently! I have color-blocked a few things, but to be honest, don't really think to do it very often. WHY NOT?!? It adds so much interest and detail to garments and can transform those patterns that you seem to make over and over into something completely NEW...ask me how I know?!? Then I knew what I had to do...



I decided on the Laundry Day Tee...see...like I said. Yes...the Laundry Day Tee AGAIN!!! Y'all, it seriously is my favorite pattern EVER! I cannot seem to get enough of it. The weather has been pretty darn toasty here, so I have been wanting to make some more tank tops to get through the summer. I ALSO need to make myself some new shorts, so to bypass the shorts-making I decided a dress would be nice. So THERE! I finally had made a decision...Laundry Day Tee Tank Dress...gone color-blocked!!!!!!! AAAAAAND of you haven't heard already, the LDT got an update to better streamline all the options available as well as the sizing and you bet I used it for my dress...so make sure to keep an eye out for the update coming VERY SOON!!!!


The fabrics that I chose are from Sly Fox Fabrics...one of my most favorite shops these days! I love the variety that she has in both knits and wovens, PLUS one of my favorite things that I like is that she goes LIVE in her group on stocking days to show you everything...stretch, color and drape so that you know exactly what to expect when you receive your happy mail! ***Added bonus is that she sends a color-catcher in each box so that you don't have issues when washing your pretties!!!! AMAZING customer service!! Unfortunately the floral I used, SBP Glory, is currently out of stock...but you can still grab the DBP Navy with White Dots and the DBP Navy with White Stripes from her site!



In case you don't know how to color-block a pattern {HERE} is a great tutorial from Love Notions!! Once I had my brain wrapped around how exactly I wanted my dress to look, it was super simple. Because the color-blocking wasn't going to be symmetrical, I printed out a duplicate and taped along the fold line to have a full pattern...drew my line...added my seam allowance...and voila! I just LOVE the length of this dress...nice and casual...and not too flashy...and by flashy I don't mean fancy ;)

Thank you so much for tuning in for a whole new year, and I encourage you to check out all the other totally awesome posts and talent!

Our Amazing "Sew Americana" Tour Lineup:
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Wednesday, June 28:
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Monday, May 29, 2017

{Bluezette} Blog Tour

My oh MY! I cannot BELIEVE that it has already been 2 years since the Bluezette (aff. link) was released by Love Notions. I can still remember it so clearly as it was towards the start of my blog so it was a very memorable time for me!!! And you know what...it's totally cause for a celebration!! All this week you can grab the Bluezette Dress on sale for only $8 and find LOADS of inspiration from many talented bloggers.


{The Fighter Tee} Tour

When I first heard that Kelly from The Handmade Boy was planning to draft a tee with the help of Tami of Love Notions, I was immediately excited. I knew no matter what, it was going to be a huge hit...and I must say that my heart grew even bigger for Kelly. We have been working together for about 2.5 years now and I believe that she is one of the kindest people that  have met in the sewing community. She has such a caring heart and this pattern is definitely something that she has poured her heart into. Being that 100% of the proceeds are going to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital shows you just how much she cares. So many hours out into it...so much thought...and I am so honored to be a part of it!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

{Rhapsody Blouse} from Love Notions

AND NOW....what we have all been waiting for...drum roll please..............the Rhapsody Blouse from Love Notions! The very first woven blouse Tami has released and she has knocked it out of the park!!! I am already imagining SO MANY different tops with this pattern.


If you're anything like me, you will occasionally find a nice woven, but just don't have THE perfect pattern for it so they just sit on your fabric shelf....well go ahead and pull them out ladies because the time has COME!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

{Growing Up Handmade} Tour

Over the years I have been able to pinpoint my style and really get into a groove with my sewing, however when sewing for your Tween, things can be a bit more tricky!!!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

{Olympia Dress} from Love Notions

It's starting to warm up here in Texas...of course. That means it's time for some clothes that are a bit cooler and the newest release from Love Notions, the (affil.) Olympia, is the perfect dress to fit the bill. With 2 skirt options and 5 sleeve options it will actually take you through ALL seasons!!!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

{Love That Look} Love Notions Pattern Mash

I am the guest blogger over at Love Notions today sharing how I was able to successfully mash THREE patterns to create a GORGEOUS Sping "Pin-spired" dress. Head over HERE to see just how I did it!!!!



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

{Boys Can Wear Pink} Part III

I cannot believe that we are back for season THREE of Boys Can Wear Pink! I am so honored to have been a part of each season so far...and the things that I have created for them are STILL being worn by my boys!!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

{Terra Tunic} from Love Notions

Hey y'all...I am back!!!! Goodness, the holidays really took a toll on me this year. As you probably know if you have been reading my blog for a while, we homeschool! This school year we really just hit the books hard and never took much of a break, so once the holidays came I was exhausted. I am so glad to be BACK though and manage to find my SEWJO...WHOOP...and get some work done.