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 issues.....ie 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! 

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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

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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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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Friday, October 24, 2014
Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family who have passed away. The celebration happens on October 31st, November 1st and 2nd. If you want more in-depth info you can check out websites like Celebrate Day of the Dead or National Geographic.

I have also loved sugar skulls, which are very colorful skulls made of sugar that are given as gifts to the living and the dead. They are never morbid or creepy (or shouldn't be). The sugar skulls should be happy and vibrant.

When Melissa from Rebel and Malice posted she wanted to do a Day of the Dead blog tour, I jumped on board. My first idea was to make a onesie for baby #3 to wear after he arrives. I have a sugar skull stencil already so it just seemed to want to be done.

I was incorrect...It didn't want to be stenciled onto a onesie.

Or at least the black didn't want to be. 

So scratch that design....I found a free printable one from Hello Little Home and used it for an iron on. 

Still not really what I had envisioned,  I scratched the whole idea together. 

Let's move onto something else shall we. I do use the same stencil I attempted to use on the onesie as a paper design for my etsy shop. 

The design was inspired by some friends who got married on Halloween who painted their faces for Day of the Dead as part of their attire.  He also happens to be amazing tattoo artist who did a sugar skull on my arm. 
Photo taken by the fabulous Sarah Kaupp.

There are a lot of items that can be purchased that have the Day of the Dead theme to them. Here are some of my favorites: 
Pretty In Ink Jewelry has a lot of different dogs and designs with the theme. I personally have the Bulldog print and necklace. 

Paper Source has these Sugar Skull cookie cutters by Fred if you want to attempt your own. They also have a variety of other items like calendars, glasses and paper goods. 

And one of my favorite fabrics for Day of the Dead is Bonehead by Michael Miller. 

A great place to find items for Day of the Dead is Etsy. You will be able to find unique pieces and  you would be supporting fellow crafters. 

Thank you Melissa for setting up a blog tour. Be sure to check out the other blogs set up to be apart of  the tour and sign up to win the giveaway! 

October 27: From a Box - Paisley Roots
October 28: Crafty Lady Abby
October 29: Sewing Sober - Two Novembers
October 30: Handmade Boy - Ginger House Designs
October 31: Call Ajaire
November 1: Lulu & Celeste
November 2: Rebel & Malice (Last day to enter giveaway!)

Giveaway sponsors: EYMM  -  E+M Patterns  -  Golden Rippy  - Ginger House Designs

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Kitschy Coo Skater Dress for Halloween

Monday, October 20, 2014
My girls LOVE Halloween! I get asked on a daily basis when Halloween is and that the morning of I need to make sure I tell them that Halloween is that day. The oldest has spent time practicing trick or treating and wanted to decorate before October even started. So when I saw Halloween knit fabric I knew I would make them dresses and the Kitschy Coo girls skater dress just seemed to make sense.

Over the weekend we went to go get some pumpkins to carve. Luckily they both wore the dresses I made! Not normal....they like to magically not like what I make them when I plan on photos.
Who likes Halloween?? "We do!"

Can you see the excitement?  Fabric for the dress on left was from Eurogirlsboutique.com (it doesn't appear they have it in stock anymore). Fabric for the dress on the right was from Simplifi Fabric by Lillestoff. Had small heart attack cutting into the Lillestoff fabric, praying that she would actually wear it. I am sure anyone who has ever bought expensive fabric knows the feeling I am talking about. 
Picking a pumpkin can be hard work

Everyone found one. Mine is the smallest one. Less to scoop out and carve. 

They also offered exotic pumpkins and other colors to check out. 

What do you mean I have to share the wagon??

Helping daddy with the wagon. 

I love the skater dress pattern by Kitschy Coo! It comes in sizes 18m/2t to 7/8years. You can make it with long, short or sleeveless. I actually got my copy thru my Pattern Membership by Sewing Rabbit (mesewcrazy.com). If you don't already have the membership or haven't heard of it you should check it out. You get 3 patterns a month for $10 dollars.  Sign up here for membership. 

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