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{Testing, Testing} ModKid MARA & ModKid PERFECT TEE

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It's no secret that I love sewing skirts.  My daughters love wearing skirts, especially my oldest.  At 8 years old now, she definitely needs to feel cool in my creations for her.  Modkid MARA SKIRT and the PERFECT TEE scored high on the cool factor.   These patterns come in both girls and tweens/teens, covering itty bitty 2t all the way to Girls 18!


The MARA SKIRT is designed for bottom-weight wovens, but I'm happy to report that I used quilting cotton in my test and it holds its shape well.  The pattern pieces are well labeled, complete with notches and everything you need to successfully sew your skirt.  The steps are well organized and are easy to understand with clear computer images.


The back is comprised of 3 panels and the front has 4, along with a fully functioning snap placket (sewn in a very genius way).  The skirt has been slightly slimmed at the side seams since this version was sewn.  Normally I stress about pattern matching across the seams and what not, but the fabric I chose was busy enough that it's not really noticeable.  I have not tried it with a classic geometric repeat to know how easy it would be to match it all up.  I may give it a go and report back in the future.


The PERFECT TEE is a slim-fit tee in both regular and cropped length and either short or long sleeves.  Miss 8 seriously loves crop shirts and I thought it would give the MARA SKIRT an "edgy" vibe.  We paired it with a sleeveless white jean jacket, funky short boots and sunglasses to complete the look.  


The fit has been perfected a bit beyond the version I sewed and I am itching to sew up another.  The pattern contains all the pattern pieces you'll need including the neckband piece.  This is one of my favorite things!  I really love not having to measure out my own neckband.  Another thing that sets this pattern apart from other basic tees is that the sleeves are not cut on the fold.  It helps achieve the perfect fit and live up to it's name.  Much like the MARA pattern, this pattern is easy to follow and professionally created.  The pattern also contains many tips and tricks for sewing with knit fabric.


Modkid was my first real pattern I sewed.  I sewed up the Addison, Doc McStuffin's style for her 4th birthday.  It's also the very first blog post I wrote (looking back, I cringe at what I wrote...lol).  Modkid has a special place in my heart.  I have always gotten great results and her patterns are very professionally written.

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{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble Issue #17

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In exchange for this review, I was provided the full issue.  All opinions, comments and thoughts are all mine.


Oh my squee!!!  Temperatures may be falling here in the Northern hemisphere, but we're gonna party like it's heading into summer because it's ONE THIMBLE time!!  Issue 17 of One Thimble is a fiesta -- packed with fun patterns, inspirational articles and so much more.  After I share the details on what I've created, you can read my review on the whole issue.

 In case you are new to One Thimble, it is a quarterly digital sewing magazine with about 10 or more sewing patterns and several inspirational articles and quick tutorials.  This issue has 14 patterns, including the winners of One Thimble's "Gifts to Sew" Contest.  The cost for everything is $25 AUD (which is $19.15 USD) -- that's just $1.79 AUD per pattern ($1.37 USD)!!  Buy your copy HERE!  If you grab it before Nov 13, you also receive the cutest printable calendar for your sewing space!!


Included Patterns are:

  • Nori Dress (2-12) | Paisley Roots
  • Give Piece a Chance Crop Top & Skirt (2-12) | Duchess & Hare
  • Sol Dress (AUS XS-XL) | Tadah! Patterns
  • Festival Clutch (2 sizes) | Little Moo Designs
  • Big Day Out Jacket (3-12) | Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns
  • Flora Fiesta Embroidery | Molly and Mama
  • Port Shorts (3-12) | Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns
  • Taco Time! 3D Applique | One Thimble Exclusive
  • Posse Cadet Cap & Visor (Toddler to Adult) | Apple + Fig Patterns
  • Teacher's Gift Pack | .one + two.
  • Sewperior Fruit and Vegetable Bags (2 sizes) | Coco-Kalana
  • Fabric Wrap Bracelet (3 sizes) | Pattern Revolution
  • Miss Blossom Bunny Purse | Blooms & Butterflies Doll Studio
  • Blossom Flower Pin Cushion | My China Doll

I always like to try to tie my One Thimble sews together into one cohesive look so I chose to sew the Give Piece a Chance Crop Top & Skirt Set and embellished it with the Flora Fiesta Embroidery and accessorized it with a Fabric Wrap Bracelet.  It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head 💗


The Give Piece a Chance Crop Top and Skirt set is by Duchess & Hare.  It features a cropped, fully lined sleeveless top and a tiered, mid-calf length elastic-waisted skirt.  The top portion of the skirt is a half circle skirt and the lower portion is a gathered rectangle allowing you to mix and match fabrics and even include a border print.  The top is pieced together with optional flounces flanking the center panel.  The center panel is perfect to feature a favorite print or embroidery.  Because it's fully lined, all the seams are neatly tucked inside.

I found the perfect funky floral fabric at Hobby Lobby that inspired the whole look and used a small white dot on yellow to feature the Flora Fiesta Embroidery, making it pop in contrast.  I also added faux piping in lieu of the flounces.  I used matching embroidery floss from Hobby Lobby for the embroidery.  For the skirt, I used a solid black cotton.  I added the tie at the waist, partly for visual appeal, but also so my daughter can tell where the front of the skirt is!


The back of the top features the same paneling as the front and closes with buttons.


The Flora Fiesta Embroidery by Molly and Mama is my favorite thing!!  I have always wanted to try my hand at this and I decided this would be the issue that I would go for it.  I'm not going to lie, this took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r  to embroider.  I took my little bag to carline, my girls' choir practice, pretty much everywhere I went.  I sat up late several nights stitching after my girls went to bed.   IT WAS ALL SOOOOO WORTH IT!  If you have never tried it, please make it a goal to give it a go.  I am hooked!

I went a bit nontraditional and outlined the embroidery in a black thread.  Then I went back and filled in with color.   I think the outlining ties the look together with both the fabric on the side panels and the black and white stripe faux piping.


I thought the Fabric Wrap Bracelet by Sarah of Pattern Revolution would be the perfect accessory for my daughter's outfit.  There was one tiny problem.... the Fabric Wrap Bracelet comes in women's sizing.  I simply sized down the length (and slightly on the width for the ring I found) for my daughter and it worked!   I could probably take about a 1/2" off the length, but this just gives her room to grow. 😉  This was a SUPER quick sew so plan on making lots... ha!!


It was a blustery 45-degree day here so I will be packing this outfit away for a few months, but I know my 8 year old will be wearing it the moment the weather warms back up.

There are so many more fun patterns that I cannot wait to get to.  The Miss Blossom Bunny Purse is definitely at the top of the list.  As soon as I figure out Easter dress fabric, I will sew each of my girls one to coordinate.  The Nori Dress will also be sewn as it gets closer to next summer because that dress is so fun and I love the funky vibes it exudes.  I am also excited about the Big Day Out Denim Jacket because my daughter had one .... until she lost it.  Although, she's probably outgrown it by now, but man, I loved using that jacket to coordinate with outfits I had sewn.  What patterns are at the top of your list?!

I love that One Thimble is more than just a group of patterns.  The layout and photography is so inspiring.  Each time I am blown away by the talent behind the scenes.  I don't know how everyone else reads OT, but this issue, I was inspired to grab some guacamole and tortilla chips instead of my usual coffee.  

The articles included are a range of helpful to inspiring to fun little add-on projects.  They are divided into 4 categories: 

Regular Columns:  Here you will find Trending Fabrics, the latest in the Stitches in Time story, Details about the Next Issue, Coupons & Discounts, etc.   My favorite article in this section is Stitches in Time  I cannot wait to see what happens next!  The awesome thing is, I can go back to my previous issues and refresh my memory on the story thus far.  I found myself nodding right along with this installment because it really happens in our online sewing community.

Special Features: I really enjoyed reading 10 Tip for Faster Sewing.  I am like the world's slowest seamstress (hence the many nights embroidering a seemingly small area) so this article has inspired me to implement some of the included tips.  There may be hope!  I also liked Sew Giving - Tiyamike Sewing.  Jo is so inspiring and the gift she is teaching these women is immeasurable.  Definitely a must read.   The Handmade Christmas article brought back memories from my teenage years where my sister and I would pick a Christmas craft to make for gifts.  I still have many of the creations we each made.  In a world that has become so materialistic, I think it would be nice to gift from the heart rather than the wallet.

Techniques & Tutes:  There is a super awesome tutorial for a Fringe necklace which I totally would have made if I hadn't embroidered the crop top.  It looks fairly easy and quick!  There are also tips on working with trims and denim (both very useful in this issue).  

Handmade Business: I loved the article on IG Stories.  I haven't really tried IG stories, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing...LOL  But, I now have a better understanding on how they are useful.  I totally agreed with  the article on the Value of Word of Mouth.  It is super important.  I am intrigued by the podcasts article.  Am I the only one still living under a rock, having never listened to a podcast?? Please tell me I am not the only one.  LOL

I know I have said this literally every single One Thimble, but this issue does not disappoint!!  There are so many goodies and inspiring articles that I simply cannot list them all.  

For more One Thimble inspiration, visit the other blog tour stops!

{BLOG TOUR} This & That by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics


Woo-hoo!!  It's FINALLY fall here in the Carolinas.  I am thrilled to join the blog tour for Jill Finley's newest fabric line for Penny Rose Fabrics, "This & That".  It is the perfect palette to kick off my fall sewing.  The main print in this collection is full of gorgeous blooms in vibrant reds, yellows, pinks and greens on either a red, black or white background.  The coordinating prints in the collection compliment each other perfectly.



I selected three prints: This Main White, This Graphic Yellow, and This Script Red and chose to sew my daughter a Roanoke Dress by Little Lizard King and then I added a "little bit of this"and a "little bit of that".  I think with a simple change of the shoes, my daughter can also carry this dress on into the spring.


The Roanoke Dress features a gorgeous split bodice design, but I saw this remnant of wide lace in my sewing stash and loved how it contrasted against the cheery yellow bodice.  


I omitted the pintucks in the skirt in favor of adding my new favorite pockets, the Emory Pockets (free in the Izzy & Ivy Design group on Facebook).  I thought the pop of red from the This Script Red was the right amount of accent.  I lined the pockets with the This Graphic Yellow.


This Script fabric is full of two items that often are paired together.  It's fun reading all the pairs.


Obligatory back picture 😜  My daughter has taken so many pictures over the past few years, she knows all the angles I need to shoot.  LOL   It takes more time to get ready for photos than it actually takes to capture them.  I really would have loved to have taken her to a local park with a little walking path, but photo shoot day was packed with the School Book Fair and a Soccer Banquet that a trip across town to the park could not be squeezed in.  Luckily, our street is lined with some gorgeous fall trees.


With those fall trees come fallen leaves!!!  She had an absolute blast gathering leaves and tossing them into the air.  She absolutely loves her new dress. When I finished sewing it, she gasped and said how beautiful it was.  She looks absolutely radiant in her pictures which is the true test of how much she loves it.

For more "This & That" inspiration, including some gorgeous quilts, be sure to visit these other stops on the tour:

Nov 8th  Ameroonie Designs
Nov 9th  Debby Brown Quilts
Nov 10th That's-Sew-Kari

Thank you Penny Rose Fabrics for these gorgeous fabrics!!!

{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble Issue #16

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In exchange for this review, I was provided the full issue.  All opinions, comments and thoughts are all mine.

beep. beep.  It's TOUR TIME!!

Woo-hoo, the calendar is flying by and it has once again rolled around to yet another fabulous One Thimble release! I have to tell you, as much as I have adored the past issues... this issue is my all-time fave.  If I could have skipped sleep for a week, I would have - just to have been able to sew ALL. THE. PATTERNS.

This sea-inspired issue is jam-packed with 11 patterns and 26 sewing articles. You can't help but get inspired as you explore the contents.  Amongst the patterns, not only will you find clothes perfect for a day at sea, you'll also find a mermaid skirt, a mermaid sleeping bag, and a mermaid or merman Free Motion Applique -- all the makings for a trip into the sea of imagination a reality.

In case you are new to One Thimble, it is a digital sewing magazine with about 10 or more sewing patterns and several inspirational articles or tutorials.  Some of the articles are helpful if you are looking to grow your handmade business while others contain a fun tutorial such as the felt sea creature masks.  The cost for everything is $25 AUD (which is $19.76 USD) -- that's just $2.27 AUD per pattern ($1.79 USD)!!  Buy your copy HERE!

Here's a peek at the contents of this issue!

Included patterns are: 
(Row 1) * Triton Tank (1-12), unisex * Scuttle Shorts (3-12), unisex * Pearlie Dress & Peplum Top (1-12)
(Row 2) * Melody Mermaid Tail (3-8) * Mermaid Pocket Doll & Shell (handsewn) * Makana Mermaid Skirt (2-10)
(Row 3) * High Tide Trousers (nb-12), unisex * Meg is a Mermaid (Free Motion Applique) * Hally Casual Dress (1-12)
(Row 4) * Miss Olivia Dress (Ladies 2-16 US/ 6-20 AU) * Murray is a Merman (Free Motion Applique) 

Aren't they dreamy??? I already have the patterns printed and fabrics picked for the High Tide Trousers along with another set of Scuttle Shorts, Pearlie Dress and Triton Tank.  I also have fabrics picked out for a Makana Mermaid Skirt, Hally Casual Dress, and Meg is a Mermaid.  This is my short list 😜 The Mermaid Pocket Doll may be the perfect project for car line which will soon be back on the afternoon schedule -- I think it will look so cute peeking from the pocket of the Scuttle Shorts!

My youngest has a Mermaid/Under the Sea inspired room so I am hoping to add in the Melody Mermaid Tail for her bed as a surprise!  I love that it includes how to make the scallops.

Before I get to my thoughts on the full issue, I am dying to share more about the patterns I sewed!

The personality is strong in this one... 😜
First up is the Triton Tank and Scuttle Shorts, both by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns.  Somehow I think these may be my first sews of hers though -- now I have to go back to past issues and catch up!

Both of these patterns are unisex and are easy sews for knit fabrics.


The Scuttle Shorts come in two lengths (Shorty & Jamaica) -- I chose the Shorty, with the optional pockets, but chose not to colorblock them.  I sewed them in a mint cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress.  My next pair will be a French Terry, which is recommended in the pattern.

After I finished sewing them -- highly recommend trimming the back of the pockets before hemming to reduce bulk, by the way -- I added an Iron-On Fish with my new Cricut Explore Air 2 (use code AUGUSTAIR for 10% off the Air or Air 2).  Pearl Taylor included 4 sea-inspired templates for your cutting machine (pg 122).  I love that you can change the size to fit your project, although after trying to weed this, a BrightPad is officially on the Christmas wishlist! And if you are new to iron on vinyl (or HTV), learn the basics on pages 119-121!



This picture shows off the relaxed fit of the Triton Tank - which makes it a great unisex piece.  It's drafted for a lightweight knit with drape (read all about drape on page 64) so I sewed it up in a lightweight jersey Lycra blend.  I ordered it ages ago and didn't pay attention to the weight of the knit so it sat waiting for the perfect project.


Last but not least is the Pearlie Dress & Peplum Top by Peach Patterns -- also new to me!  I first fell in love with this dress when a fellow OT Tour blogger shared her sneak.  I knew I had to sneak it in.  I originally wanted to sew it as a Peplum to pair with white twill High Tide Trousers for my youngest -- like a mini capsule of her 4 pieces, but my oldest was feeling left out so I made it in her preferred style -- the dress.


It includes 3 pockets, square, pointed or rounded.  I chose the square and then added the Whale Iron-On by Pearl Taylor (pg 122).  I added the pocket earlier in the sewing process (before attaching the skirt portion). I also love that this pattern has a slim fit and normal fit bodice.  I still had to mix sizes (3 width and 6 length) but she shows detailed pics on how to blend.  There are also two neck binding sizes. I went with narrow to try it out.  I really like it, but found the 1/4" SA on the binding to be hard to follow. (I'm used to 3/8" - 1/2")


I just love the simplicity of it along with the curved hems.


My girls LOVE their new outfits and wore them to Target right after pictures.  They also had fun taking pics together and had a few ideas on how to pose. 


I love that One Thimble is more than just a group of patterns.  The layout and photography is top-notch.  Each time I am blown away by the talent behind the scenes.  I don't know how everyone else reads OT, but I *may* have sneaked up to my computer with a fresh cup of coffee to read through this issue while my girls were watching their favorite episodes of Liv & Maddie on Netflix. Shhh....

The articles included are a range of helpful to inspiring to fun little add-on projects.  They are divided into 4 categories: 

Regular Columns:  Here you will find Trending Fabrics, the latest in the Stitches in Time story, Details about the Next Issue, Coupons & Discounts, etc.    I am really enjoying the story and looking forward to what happens next!

Special Features: All about that Drape and Understanding HTV are two really helpful articles.  I need to print out the Drape article to have as a handy guide when I am out shopping.  Project KIN was a really neat article to read too -- and a great way to get involved.  I am thinking I could involve my two girls in the process and in turn, teach them about giving to those in need.

Techniques & Tutes:  Here I learned what a Croquis is -- there's even a little printout to make your own!  Do the Mash was really helpful in making sure I blend sizing properly for my slim girls. I also loved the HTV templates and used 2 above.  My girls will love the Aquarian Felt Masks too.  Plus, there's several more included tutorials.

Handmade Business: This group of articles includes the follow up to IG Analytics, Creating your Brand, Profitability Worksheet, and How to Keep Your Cool as a Small Business Owner to name a few.  While reading the IG Analytics article, I was able to pull up IG on my phone and learn how to navigate through the analytics portion and learn when my ideal posting time is.

Whew!!  Like I said, this edition is AMAZING and is a must-have.  

Be sure to check out all of the other tour stops for more amazing inspiration!

Blog Tour Kickoff
Pattern Revolution

8/11/2017
Sewing with Sarah
GAAF Machine

8/12/2017
Call Ajaire
Happy Okapi
Idle Sunshine

8/13/2017
Pear Berry Lane
Candice Ayala
Needles to Say

8/14/2017
House of Estrela
That's-Sew-Kari
Made by Sara

8/15/2017
Little Cumquat
Beri Bee Designs
Once Upon a Sewing Machine

8/16/2017
Sprouting JubeJube
Sew Haute Blog
Lily Shine Creates

8/17/2017
Lulu & Celeste
Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Curtiepie

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{Blog Tour} Coming Up Roses by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics



Oh. my. squee!! 

I am so excited to be a part of the Coming Up Roses {Blog Tour} with Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics.  The moment I saw this collection, Coming Up Roses, I fell in love.  This collection is simply stunning.  A mixture of roses, paisley, stripes, hexis, bees, buds, and vines, each print comes in 3 colorways making it easy to mix and match.



If you know me at all, even a little bit, you know stripes have my heart.  I love, love, love stripes and I love matching them even more!  Once I saw these Roses Stripe Blue, I knew I would sew the Amsterdam by Little Lizard King.  It comes with an option for a pieced chevron bodice, including a fool-proof method of cutting your stripes to perfectly match every single time.


For the straps, I chose the Roses Bees Blue to draw a bit more blue upward.  These little bees are adorable!  You can also see in this picture a pop of red peeking out.  I lined the bodice in Roses Hexis Red and carefully ironed a bit of the lining to show to mimic piping (without all the work!).


 These roses, though!!!  They are bold. They are beautiful and I am just smitten.  To pair with the blue stripes, I chose the Roses Main Red.  I love how the blue stripes compliment the red roses and help pick up the blue accents in the roses as well.


I also carried the Roses Bees Blue downward with the addition of pockets because... well, pockets are always a fantastic choice!  I turned to the Emory Dress by Izzy & Ivy Designs and snagged its pockets!  (Hint: Join Izzy & Ivy Designs Fan Group on Facebook and find the pocket template free in the files section!)  I lined them with the Roses Hexis Red that I used to line the bodice for just a hint of red at the pockets.






Be sure to check in with the rest of the tour stops!!

July 6:  A Bright Corner
July 13: Auribuzz
July 20:   Ameroonie Designs
July 27:  Beri Bee Designs
Aug 3:  That's-Sew-Kari

{BLOG TOUR} EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics


Exactly 3 months away.

Eek!! The countdown is ON for Halloween -- can you believe it's just around the corner?!  I am so excited to share my wicked little witch and her sidekick for the EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. {Blog Tour}.

Eek.Boo.Shriek. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics is such a fun collection for Halloween.  It's a mixture of skeletons, skulls, and all things Halloween.  It has purple, orange, and black colorways and also includes 3 doll witch panels (each colorway) that have the pattern pieces pre-printed on the fabric, along with the pattern directions.  


Isn't this the cutest little witch?! The pattern even includes a little witch hat.  As soon as I saw this as one of the fabric selections, I was sold.  Of course, my daughter would want a matching dress, right?


Easy peasy!! I simply grabbed the individual prints and turned to the Janie Lou Pattern by Little Lizard King.  With a little sleeve modification, a bit of hand-applique and a smidgen of ribbon, I recreated the 18" Doll panel in big girl size 😊


The front bodice of Janie Lou has an inset which made embellishing the Shriek Dot Orange with ribbon extremely easy.  In lieu of the buckle, I added just a straight piece of ribbon.  (And because I forgot about the sash and buckle... LOL)


I also switched out the button loops on the back bodice for actual button holes, mainly due to preference... and because my machine is a wizard at buttonholes so they aren't scary at all.



To add the Shriek Dot Black to the bottom of the skirt, I simply folded the width of the fabric until it was about a quarter of the original width.  Then I freehand cut jagged edges into it.  I used my first cut as a template for the back skirt. Then I pinned in place on the Shriek Damask Orange and stitched close to the edge to secure.  I opted to not use any Heat N' Bond to affix it because I think a little bit of frayed edges after washing will add a little dimension to the costume.


My daughter cannot wait to go trick-or-treating with her best girl, Grace.  She has even requested I sew Grace a Halloween bag to collect candy. HA!

Have you started sewing for Halloween yet?!  
I'm now one down, one to go 💀

Check out the rest of the Eek.Boo.Shriek Blog Tour!

July 31 That'-Sew-Kari
August 4 She Quilts A Lot

Happy {Early} Halloween!!

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