Sofilantjes Summer Surprise Anniversary Tour - Power Ponies

Thursday, May 28, 2015
After having my third kid sewing has been a slow hobby to return to my life. He has a knack for knowing when I want to do some sewing and immediately needs something. When I saw that Anne was having a blog tour to celebrate her anniversary I had to sign up. I love the Summer Surprise pattern by Sofilantjes. I got to test it when she first came out with it! My daughter wore the dress so much it fell apart...literally.

The Summer Surprise comes in a dress and tunic length. It is available for sizes 6 months to 12 years. It also comes in a regular or slim fit option. It also has a super cute bow back design.

Size 3 regular dress

Of course getting them to have their photos on the same day didn't happen.  Oh well such is life with a 3 and 5 year old.

Size 5 regular fit dress
My oldest is a huge My Little Pony fan, has been for almost 3 years, so I wanted to do something for that. I didn't really want to spend the money on custom done knit fabric in case it never gets worn. My girls have a tendency to ask for me to make them something then never wearing it. So I went onto Hot Topics website and found a men's t shirt to repurpose into a dress. I ordered two 2xl shirts for each of my girls.

They both loved their dresses! I had never used a t shirt to make a dress but have sewn with knits plenty of times. I figured it would be just like that. I was not a fan of sewing with this shirt. Even with that I am thrilled with how they turned out. 

Purple bow with pink trim....was supposed to be a pink bow. Still can't find it.

My oldest really wanted to get into the whole Power Ponies theme so we made her a Rarity cape and eye mask. 

The mask was a little on the big side. 

For the cape I used the pattern that Peek A Boo Patterns offers. Then I just cut out three diamond shapes for the cutie mark. 

And if you are going to be a Power Pony you need to show off your flying skills. 

She was having a fun time! Her sister then informed me that she had really wanted a cape too.

This is an easy and super cute pattern. It is a great summer style, especially here where it gets really hot and humid. 
Since you made it all the way to the end of the post, you get the opportunity to win some awesome stuff!! 

Winner will get:
-5 out of 4, winner's choice 
-Muffin Head Patterns, winner's choice 
-Seaside Notions, winner's choice 
-Audrey & Tiffany, winner's choice 
-Pickle Pudding, winner's choice
-Handmaiden's Cottage, winner's choice
-Koda Baby, winner's choice 
-Sofilantjes, winner's choice

There is also some other fabulous bloggers that took part in the tour. Check them out!

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Baby Boy Nursery

Monday, April 13, 2015
I haven't done a blog in awhile, but I have a very good, and cute, reason for not doing anything. A new baby boy!! Axel arrived on January 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm. He was a big one at 8 pounds 7 oz and 21" long. Having two girls who are very opinionated about what they like and want, I was excited that I could decorate a room however I wanted again. My hubby really got into it this time also. I knew I wanted somewhat of a modern/Scandinavian style too it and didn't take long with the help of pinterest to decide what I actually wanted to do.

Thanks to the math skills of my husband and his need for that kind of thing to be straight, this wall turned out exactly how I imagined. His room isn't huge so it is really hard to get a good shot of the whole wall.

I liked these curtains from Pottery Barn Teen but couldn't justify that kind of money on two panels so I made some. The panels are from Target but I added navy blue ribbon and black out liner to the back.  So instead of spending $178 dollars I spent about $45. I crib I got on our community yard sale site, I believe it is Babyletto. 

The other side of the room also turned out pretty decent. My husband made the bookcase thing and helped with the letter A. We went out to a shop here that specializes in reclaimed local wood, appropriately named Local Wood.  If you happen to live in the VA area and need wood, do yourself a favor and check them out. The polar bears were done by Coco and Mint Studio on Etsy.

Paper mache letter painted silver. 

A handmade gift from a friend. 

Sloth! For no other reason then I thought it was cute. The viking helmet was meant for Axel's newborn photos but his head was to big. 

I haven't made much for him besides these two blankets. The top is the one hour triangle quilt by 
See Kate Sew on Spoonflower. I really want to do one of the hexagon ones she just came out with also.  The second one is just some Michael Miller viking fabric with red minky backing. 

Between him outgrowing clothes and getting hand me downs it was getting messy with piles of clothes. I wanted something to organize it all, so I went online to my favorite place for storage Land of Nod.  Almost all of our kid storage has come from there and it holds up....My kids sit of the baskets, wear them on their heads and run into things, you know normal kid stuff....right??  This one is the I think I canvas mega sorter. One section for consignment, donate and the next size up ones. Since he is growing super fast the clothes get moved a lot. 

I didn't want a plain dresser so I got a plain Ikea dresser and painted it navy blue. I did the same thing to his sisters dresser but hers is teal with overlays on it. The superhero print came from Yellow Heart Art  on Etsy. The plush toys are Bamse og Kylling and a Tivoli guard, all from Denmark.  After taking all the photos and going thru I realized that something was missing from this one. Little hands had removed something. 
Photo taken by Sarah Kaupp

His block letters! I guess they were to tempting to not take. So far I have found the E.  They are from Little Sapling Toys

That is a glimpse into my little mans room. Now to figure out how to make a 3 year old girls room rock n roll.....

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EYMM All Tucked in for the Holidays Blog Tour

Monday, December 8, 2014
EYMM (Everything Your Mamma Made & More) set up a blog tour for the holidays featuring her Riley nightgown and sleep shirt pattern. My daughter loves nightgowns! The Riley is right up her alley. It comes in sizes newborn to size 18 youth, there is long or short sleeve options and is either nightgown length or sleep shirt length. This pattern can last a long time.

My daughter picked out a holiday fabric and promptly said it was Elsa from Frozen. Of course it is.

Disclaimer: The weather has been overcast and cold for the last several days so photos aren't great and I also wrote the wrong day on my calendar, so I didn't have time to plan (I am going to blame that one on the being 8 1/2 months pregnant). 

This pattern is easy and cute. Since she declared it was Elsa from Frozen, she insisted it needed a cape right before I went to take photos. Since it a nightgown and capes aren't meant to sleep in, I cut some fabric out and attached it to the back so it can be taken on and off without any I used safety pins. 

She loves it! She said since it is long she will be able to wear it for a long time. I will take that as a successful item made. 

Then she got silly.

If you are considering getting the pattern, you should. And right now you can use the code SNUGASABUG for 30% off until 12/11/14. The code can also be used on the bundle. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour too! 

Thank you for stopping by! 


Parisian Palazzo Pants - Sew Fab Winter Sale

Friday, December 5, 2014
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of testing the new Parisian Palazzo pants by E-beth Designs.  Testers had to keep it a secret since they are part of the Sew Fab Winter bundle (which is available today!).

These pants are a quick and easy sew. They are also very comfy. I made a medium to accommodate my growing belly, which made the legs really wide on me. I need to slim down the legs and hem them more.  

There are pockets!! Who doesn't love pockets?? 

The recommended fabric for the pants are silk, duponi silk, silk blends, satin, cotton, linens, cotton blends, rayon, or voile 44” wide or wider. Since I am attempting to use fabric I have in my stash and only buying new fabric if necessary (I know you are all thinking when is buying fabric not necessary). I happened to have this voile in my stash. It is Miraleste in Multi from the Palos Verde collection for Cloud 9. I got it at Finch Sewing Studio awhile ago, not sure if they still have any. 

I was hesitant about using this fabric. It isn't my personal style. I am pretty sure I originally got it to make something for my youngest daughter and just never got around to it. I actually like how they turned out. They will be great for the spring/summer. It gets to cold here to wear them in the winter. 

You can pick up this pattern, along with some other patterns by some amazing designers, in the Sew Fab Winter Bundle.  The sale started today 12/5/15 and will go to 12/15/15. During that time you get 10 brand new patterns for only $29.95.  They are all women's patterns too. Check it out! 

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EYMM Kenzie Holiday Party Dress

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
My girls love dresses! Party dresses even more. So when I saw that EYMM (Everything Your Mama Made & More) was doing a blog tour for their Kenzie Party Dress, I signed up.

I asked my daughter what she would like it to look like and all she said was pink. Not having enough of any one pink to make a dress we took a trip to the fabric store so she could pick some out. For only being 3 she is very opinionated. It only took one isle for her to spot a fabric that she just wanted and surprisingly went with a coordinated plaid. Shortest fabric store trip with a toddler ever. Fabric is DS Quilt Collection from Joann's. 

The dress has two skirt options, simple or signature, which is a layered ruffle look. Since it was her dress I let her make the decision, she wanted simple. You can also make it as a high waisted skirt with the same options of simple or signature. You can also get it in sizes Newborn-4T, 5 -18 tween, doll size as an add on or you can get it as a bundle for all sizes. 

The back has a scoop with buttons. I love it! 
Ignore my horrible bow tying skills. 

The dress maybe called a party dress but it held up to running, jumping and climbing. 

The sash attaches to the dress at the sides so it won't move around or become unattached. 

This was pretty much the entire photo shoot. 

Be sure to get a copy to make one. You can use coupon code LITTLELADY for 30% off any Kenzie pattern purchase (also can be used on the bundle) on EYMM website. 

Enter the giveaway! You could win a $50 EYMM gift certificate, the Stitchbox Monthly November box, a $25 EYMM gift certificate or a Little Lady sheet of Jamberry Junior nail wraps. 
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Everyday Tank by SergerPepper

When I was contacted by SergerPepper about being part of a blog tour I couldn't pass up being a  part of a wonderful group of women showing off their versions of the Everday Tank pattern. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew it would be one that both my girls would love. I decided to make one for my oldest and knew the fabric I was going to use immediately.

The Everday Tank comes in sizes 3-14 years. Can be done as a tank, midi dress or a maxi dress. The pattern is a quick and easy sew and with several options it can be used many, many times. There is also optional pockets to add.

I made the tank version and added 3/4 sleeves. We live in Northern VA and it is getting chilly so doing sleeveless didn't seem to make sense right now. I went with the 3/4 sleeves since she tends to push up long sleeves.

She was a little annoyed that it wasn't a dress at first but once she put it on she changed her mind. 

I used Happy Horse as the main fabric that I got from L'oiseau Fabric and a navy blue stripe as the accent panels. It has been sitting in my stash for a while so I can't remember where it came from. 

Action side shot

She really likes this top. She said it was comfy and cozy. There is plenty of room for movement and easily goes over her head. 

She said since there were carousel horses on her top she was going to pretend she was at one. 

I will definitely be making more of these. Especially come summer time. You can get your copy of the Everyday Tank on SergerPeppers etsy site or the website. If you use code BLOGTOUR40 you can get 40% off until 11/9/14.  

You can also try and win a copy of the pattern. If you buy the pattern and end up winning it you can either pick another pattern or get a $10 credit for a future purchase. 
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Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour too. 

Monday, 3rd

Veronica @ Sew Very†- Karly @ Paisley Roots†-

Tuesday, 4th

Scary/Al @ Shaffer Sisters†- Amy @ Sews N Bows†- Melissa @ Rebel and Malice
Deanna @ Sew Mc Cool†- Lisa @ Cucicucicoo
Wednesday, 5th
Terra @ Mama Says Sew††- Nichole @ Bluebird and the Boy†- Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
Sara @ Made By Sara†- Annemieke @ Sofilantjes

Thursday, 6th

Bethany @ Two Novembers†- Joy @ xoxo Grandma†- Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Friday, 7th

Becka @ Probably Crafting††- Nienke @ Pienkel†- Renee @ Two Many
Shelly @ Coral and Co.†- Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee

Saturday, 8th

- Bethany @ Wildflower Child Create†- Jennifer @ Diary of a MadMama†- Sabra @ Sew a Straight Line
Daniela @ On The Cutting Floor†- Suzanne @ Winter Wonderings

Sunday, 9th

Magda @ House of Estrela†- Shino @ Nutta†- Jonie @ Knot Sew Normal - Kara @ Sweeter Than It Seams

Thank you for stopping by! 


Betty Skirt from Shaffer Sisters

Monday, October 27, 2014
A while ago I had the privilege of testing new sizes added to the Shaffer Sisters Betty skirt pattern. This skirt is great! It has several options to choose from like regular gather, large pleats, small pleats and gathered with placket. The skirt is sized from newborn to 6x! So it will last you for many years. I discovered while making this skirt that my girls hate anything that fits at the natural waist. Luckily there is an option to alter the yoke to make it so it will fit where they would like it to sit. Another option that I am big fan of is you can either print out pattern pieces or if you don't want to use paper you can use the cutting chart to cut out your pieces.

We had our fall field trip to Ticonderoga Farm today and since she actually agreed to wear the skirt without bribery, I knew it would be a great chance to get some good pictures.....well sometimes that doesn't actually happen. For some reason I didn't factor in the amount of running she would do. I am going to blame baby brain for that.

She also wouldn't leave her shirt tucked in

Little miss picked this fabric at Finch Sewing Studio months ago (and by months I mean at least 6). 

I did the smaller yoke so it would sit lower. I probably could have left a little bit more on so there was more of one. She really likes it so it is a win in my book. 

Wish I had noticed how off my gathers are. 

We are in the phase of starting to want to dress ourselves so dressing for photos doesn't always work. I will take whatever doesn't cause an extreme meltdown right now. 

Happiness about pumpkins until she changed her mind and threw it on the ground, kicking it, them making the declaration that she didn't want one anymore. The rapid emotions of an almost 3 year is amazing. 

That looks sums it up

The skirt has enough give so it can still be easily played in. She ran around and played with her sister the whole time and it never got in the way. 
Tether ball anyone?

Of course the Frozen rain boots are a must everyday, even when it isn't raining or wet. 

If you need a skirt with several options and has a large size range check out the Betty skirt pattern, you can use code BETTYTOUR for 30% off until November 16, 2014. 

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