Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Love Notions Origami Tunic Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1 comments

Love Notions- Mommy and Me Origami Tunic/Cardigan

Today, I'm sewing up the Love Notions Origami Tunic in a coordinated Mommy and Me set. Miss Seven (and a half, she'll remind you! ;), still loves to dress similarly and I'm just riding that wave as long as it lasts (it's so fleeting!).


Love Notions Ladies Origami Tunic (as a cardigan)- FRONT

First, let's talk about the Ladies Love Notions Origami Tunic PDF sewing pattern:


Love Notions Ladies Origami Tunic (as a cardigan)- FRONT

-Sized for XS-XXL
-3 sleeve lengths- short, 3/4 and long sleeve
-2 necklines- banded and cowl
-Optional Cardigan version
-2 hems- handkerchief or regular
-No-trim, layered pattern pieces
-Page layout and print page guide
-Sizing, fabric requirement and cutting guide included
-Step-by-step pictures and written instructions


Love Notions Ladies Origami Tunic (as a cardigan)- BACK

I sewed up a size small, non-handkerchief hem, long sleeve Love Notions Origami Tunic cardigan. I did shorten the front and back bodice pattern pieces for my 5'-0" height. I also shortened the sleeves and brought them in 1/2" to fit my arms, better. I love the easy wear-ability and the cascading front of the Love Notions Origami Tunic as a cardigan.  I just wanted to switch things up this time and make a cardi as I transition my wardrobe to fall layering pieces. I've made this pattern before as a regular tunic and I still get lots of wear from it.


Love Notions Ladies Origami Tunic (as a cardigan)- DETAIL

Next, let's discuss the Girl's Love Notions Origami Tunic PDF sewing pattern:


Love Notions Girl's Origami Tunic- FRONT

-Sized for 2T-14y
-4 sleeve lengths- sleeveless, short, 3/4 and long sleeve
-3 necklines- banded, turtleneck and cowl
-2 hems- handkerchief or regular
-Optional contrast hem pattern piece
-Layered pattern pieces
-Page layout and print page guide
-Sizing, fabric requirement and cutting guide included
-Step-by-step pictures and written instruction


Love Notions Girl's Origami Tunic- PORTRAIT

Missy is a dresses and leggings kind of gal- especially as we head into fall. Yet, she still plays hard needs to be able to move when it comes to her clothing. The Love Notions Origami Tunic is the perfect solution- perfect to cover her bum (in leggings), long enough to *almost* be a dress and easy enough to wear while at recess! I sewed her a straight size eight, handkerchief hem, banded neckline, 3/4 sleeves Love Notions Origami Tunic.


Love Notions Girl's Origami Tunic- BACK

I KNOW we'll get lots of wear out of our Love Notions Origami Tunics! Sew much fun to sew AND wear (and coordinate, of course ;-)!


Love Notions- Mommy and Me Origami Tunic/Cardigan


Be sure to check out these other talented bloggers on the tour to see how their take on the Love Notions Origami Tunic

Tours LOVE to have a sale!

So this week only, grab your copy of the women's Origami for $8 or the girl's version for just $6. Sale ends Saturday September 30 at 11:59pm cst.

Stop by and say hi to all the fantastic bloggers joining in!

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***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Love Notions. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Made for Mermaids- 35K Membership Milestone (Plus a special cause!)

Posted by Heather at Sunday, September 10, 2017 0 comments


 One of my favorite pattern designers, Made for Mermaids is celebrating 35k members in their Facebook group! How amazing is that?!! I've been following and testing and sewing with #teammermaid from *almost* the beginning and I've been with them ever since! Congrats, Ladies- quite an accomplishment of quality, stylish patterns that appeal to girls and Mamas of all shapes, sizes, walks of life, from all around the globe! Sew Much Fun!!



Made for MermaidsGirl Cora Culottes- Size 8, above the knee, pockets in rayon spandex

I sewed up both the Girl Cora Culottes and the Mama Cora Culottes. Missy loves the fact that they are easy, breezy and include (optional) POCKETS! I love that I can dress them up for work (paired with a twin set and scarf), or dress them down with a t-shirt and denim jacket. 


Size "Pink", 17" inseam (shortened for my height), no pockets in rayon spandex

As part of the 35k members milestone celebration, Megan G. designed the fun, stylish and easy-to-wear Cora Culottes in both girl's and Mama sizes. Since Megan G. is from Texas, she wanted to use the newest Cora Culottes pattern to help raise awareness and money to support local Texas charities and relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey. So, from now until the end of the month, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Cora Culottes ($3/each) will go towards Texas charities. Once October rolls around, the pattern will be free to members in the Facebook group (with code).



Sew, go ahead, support a great, unifying cause and sew up a cute pair of Cora Culottes while you're at it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sponsored Post- Sewing Ambassadors featuring Michael Miller Fabrics

Posted by Heather at Monday, August 14, 2017 0 comments

Good morning! Thanks to my lovely sponsors, Michael Miller Fabrics and Candice of Sewing Portfolios, I'm here to share my latest make featuring the "In Bloom" fabric line by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Missy loves wearing dresses and skirts (still!)! When tasked with sewing up these yummy Michael Miller Fabrics- Flower Yard, Linger and Thrive- I immediately thought of one of my personal favorite PDF sewing designers, Made for Mermaids. The pictured top is the Made for Mermaids Stacey Top and the bottom is the Made for Mermaids Skipper Skirt (in capri length). I return to these two patterns often, and they are the perfect palette to showcase multiple fabrics/patterns. Plus, as an added bonus- they are school dress code appropriate! #momwin


While the fabric line is titled, "In Bloom," they definitely felt "fall-ish" to me. So, I made both the top and bottoms in 3/4 length- the ideal "in between" for the changing seasons! As with all Michael Miller Fabrics, the colors are vibrant and crisp and perfectly paired within the collection!


Thank you,Candice and Michael Miller Fabrics, for the opportunity to sew up these fun fabrics! Sew much fun!

@sewingportfolios and @michaelmillerfabrics #makingitfun #sewingportfolios #sewingportfoliosambassador

***Disclosure: "I did receive free fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Friday, August 4, 2017

Love Notions Hip Hop Tank Tour

Posted by Heather at Friday, August 04, 2017 0 comments

Good morning! Welcome to my stop (and last day) of the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank Blog Tour. I've been eyeing the Ladies Love Notions Hip Hop Tank for as long as I can remember and the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank Blog Tour was exactly the push I needed to hurry up and make myself my very own Love Notions Hip Hop Tank!I'm sew glad that I did!



First, let's talk about the pattern itself. The Love Notions Hip Hop Tank PDF sewing pattern includes the following features:
-Sized for XS-XXL
-4 views- basic, tulip, button placket and color block
-Tank, sleeveless and cap sleeve options
-No-trim, layered pattern pieces
-Page layout and print page guide
-Sizing, fabric requirement and cutting guide included
-Step-by-step pictures and written instructions



I sewed up a size small, tulip back, cap sleeves Love Notions Hip Hop Tank. I used black cotton lycra for the front, binding and sleeves. I used a rayon challis woven for the floral tulip back. I subtracted 1" (to account for my height) from the front and back bodice pieces using the "lengthen/shorten" line included in the pattern pieces.




I had so much fun sewing up the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank! It really was a quick sew and so fun to wear! With the added cap sleeves, I can even wear my  Love Notions Hip Hop Tank to work. Who said "business casual" had to be boring?! ;-) Speaking of "business casual" I have another  Love Notions Hip Hop Tank planned using one of my husband's old button down work shirts for the back (instructions included in the pattern). There are so many ways to personalize the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank!



Now, how about a fun little giveaway? Yay!



Be sure to check out the other talented bloggers on the tour to see how they personalized their Love Notions Hip Hop Tanks!

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***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Love Notions. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Monday, July 10, 2017

Made For Mermaids- Mama Lea Ella Mash

Posted by Heather at Monday, July 10, 2017 0 comments


Made for Mermaids- Mama Lea/Ella Mash


I'm guest blogging over on the Made for Mermaids blog, today! Join me as I walk you through the steps of mashing two fun Made for Mermaids patterns- the Mama Lea Dress and the Mama Ella Top/Dress. Happy Sewing! :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates- Sew What Do I Wear- Vacation Edition

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, June 13, 2017 0 comments

Hello, lovely readers! Thank you for joining me for my stop on the Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates, "Sew What Do I Wear- Vacation Edition" Blog Tour!

My summer plans include a big family cruise to the Caribbean! Grandparents, sisters, borthers, cousins and nieces and nephews- Woohoo! That means that I need a wardrobe full of fun, summery clothing to wear poolside, formal dinners, port excursions and more! Plus, Missy need some fun cruise wear, too!

Let's "dive" right into what I sewed up for the tour/cruise! (pun, intended ;-)

First, I sewed up the Made for MermaidsMama Lea Dolman Top. The Mama Lea Dolman pattern is one of my favorites! If you remember, I sewed up a maxi version in red for my stop on the Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates, "Sew What Do I Wear- Valentine's Edition" Blog Tour back in February. I really like the Mama Lea Dolman pattern, can you tell?? This versatile, flattering pattern uses minimal fabric, has no set-in sleeves (thus, no extra pattern piece to print and assemble) and is a breeze to sew up. Speaking of fabric, I used this fun "anchor" fabric from Birch Fabrics, purchased online from Punkin Head Threads. I sewed up a size "pink," top version modified slightly for my height (5'-0"). Tell me this top doesn't scream, "CRUISE!"?!


Made for Mermaids- Mama Lea Dolman Top and 
Patterns for Pirates- Cross Your Heart Cami

Next, to jazz up my Made for MermaidsMama Lea Dolman Top, I sewed up a Cross Your Heart Cami by Patterns for Pirates. This was my first time sewing up the Cross Your Hear Cropped Cami. While I love most Patterns for Pirates patterns, this particular pattern intimidated me because of ALL.THAT.DARN.KNIT.BINDING!! If you sew, you know what I'm talking about! ;) However, once I started sewing and following through the tutorial, I had nothing to fear- designer Judy holds your hand and walks you through each step with pictures, tips and "how-to." For reference, I sewed up a size small, b cup, high front X, low back X (not shown) cropped cami. I have to say, the fit is spot-on- snug in all the right places, flattering in all the rest! The navy cotton lycra fabric was purchased online from my favorite source to get solid-colored knits, Purpleseamstress Fabrics.


Made for Mermaids- Mama Lea Dolman Top and 
Patterns for Pirates- Cross Your Heart Cami- DETAIL

Now, as an avid cruiser, I know that there will be some formal nights on my upcoming cruise- two to be exact. I sewed up this Mama Isabel during testing awhile back but it's always been a touch too low to wear without a cami for my comfort level. Patterns for PiratesCross Your Heart Cami to the rescue! It's just perfect for keeping things modest, yet fun! So, whether you dress up the Patterns for Pirates Cross Your Heart Cami for formal night, or dress it down for day wear, you simply can't go wrong!


Made for Mermaids- Mama Isabel Wrap Dress and 
Patterns for Pirates- Cross Your Heart Cami



Made for Mermaids- Mama Isabel Wrap Dress and 
Patterns for Pirates- Cross Your Heart Cami- DETAIL

Now onto Missy's cruise wardrobe....!

First, I sewed up this fun, summery Made for Mermaids Sommer Dress. This is a size seven, knit empire bodice, woven skirt dress length with the following modifications- a) Instead of fixed straps, I just lengthened the single strap option and tied them in the back, halter style (or, as Missy refers to it as, "Neck Tie."). b) I subtracted and inch and half from the bottom hem of the dress length and added a small one inch ruffle. 


Made for Mermaids- Sommer Dress (modified halter ties)

I want to take a moment to talk about the skirt fabric for this dress. My parents recently moved/retired and through the course of their packing/unpacking, my mother came across a tropical batik print sarong that she had gotten on one of her own travels to the Caribbean. Thinking that I could create something out of the rectangle of fabric, she mailed the fabric to me. I, in turn, thought it would be fun to make something to wear on our family cruise (so my mother could see my new creation out of her old sarong). Mission, accomplished! ;)


Made for Mermaids- Sommer Dress (modified halter ties)- DETAIL

Made for Mermaids- Sommer Dress (modified halter ties)- BACK

Last but not least, here is my final sew for the blog tour- another Made for Mermaids Sommer Top (bathing suit hack) and Bonny Shorties. Both items are size seven. This Sommer Top is empire waist, sewn in swim fabric, double straps, bodice ruffle. I modified as follows- a) I lengthened the back bodice piece to hit my daughter at high hip. b) I but the front top skirt to be 1.5x the width of the bottom bodice width (resulting in a slightly gathered front skirt) c) I cut two bodice ruffles- one of which was 1/2" shorter than the pattern-specified height d) I added swim elastic to all straps and where the bodice and skirt meet. All spf 50 fabric was purchased from Peek-A-Boo Pattern shop, last year. Girlfriend is ready for to CRUISE!



Made for Mermaids- Sommer Top (bathing suit hack) and Bonny Shorties

Made for Mermaids- Sommer Top (bathing suit hack)- DETAIL

Made for Mermaids- Sommer Top (bathing suit hack) and Bonny Shorties- BACK

Made for Mermaids- Sommer Top (bathing suit hack)- DETAIL

I still plan to add a couple more items to our cruise wardrobe, but this definitely helped me get a jump start! After all of the sewing included in this blog post alone, I think I deserve a vacation..... say, how about a nice, CRUISE vacation....? ! ;-) Bon Voyage!


***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Made for Mermaids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

****This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale.****

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Made for Mermaids- Mommy and Me- Sommer Dresses

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, May 23, 2017 0 comments

Made for Mermaids- Mommy and Me Sommer Dresses

I'm over on the Pattern Revolution blog reviewing the Made for Mermaids Mama Sommer Dress. Love a fun, summer maxi!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sponsored Post by Riley Blake Fabric- Simple Life Pattern Co.- Blog Tour

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, May 17, 2017 0 comments





Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Blog Tour





Hello and welcome to my stop on the Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Blog Tour! I'm sewing up a fun, summery Mommy and Me set of Tammy Tulip shorts for myself and my Lil' Miss.



The Tammy Tulip Shorts is one of the first collaborations between Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline. Simple Life Pattern Co. drafted and designed the girl's pattern and Sew Caroline drafted and designed the women's patterns. I have sewn patterns from both companies and loved them! So, a Mommy and Me collaboration between the two was definitely my cup of tea!


For a point of reference, I sewed up a size seven girl's Tammy Tulip Shorts and a women's small/graded to medium waist Tammy Tulip Shorts. Riley Blake Designs was gracious enough to supply the fabric (from the "Gingham Girls" collection) that I used for both shorts. Thank you so much Riley Blake Designs!







Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- SIDE





Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- BACK



Here's the 411 on the Tammy Tulip Shorts:
-Includes sizes 2t-12
-Includes ruffle -OR- tulip hem options
-REVERSIBLE! (My favorite!)
-Charts for size, finished length, fabric requirements, cutting and pattern layout are all included in the tutorial..
-Includes layered pattern pieces- i.e., print only the size that you need.
-Tutorial includes color photographs for each step.

The women's Tammy Tulip Shorts include the following:
-Sized for XS-XXL
-Trim -OR- Bias tape hem option
-Charts for sizing and fabric requirements are included in the tutorial.
-Layered pattern pieces- i.e. print only the size that you need.
-Tutorial includes step-by-step LINE drawings/diagrams.








Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- REVERSIBLE



My favorite part about the girl's version of the Tammy Tulip Shorts is the fact that it's reversible. I love anything that is reversible- it's like two outfits for the price of one! Plus, inside and outside are nice and neat- makes the shorts feel very polished.





 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- FRONT



For the women's version of the Tammy Tulip Shorts, I modified the pattern slightly by adding a comfy cotton lycra waistband (opposed to the included encased elastic waistband). While I graded out the waist to a medium, the pattern has plenty of ease built in and I would have been fine with a small. The 3.5" inseam was plenty long enough on my short stature (I'm 5'-0" tall) and I didn't think they were "too short" at all.







 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- WAISTBAND






 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- SIDE






 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- BACK



The Tammy Tulip Shorts are a fun, summery wardrobe staple! My seven year old loves to "match" me and I'll do it as long as she'll allow. Sew much fun! :)



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