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{Blog Tour} Gnome Matter What! by Ink & Arrow Fabrics

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs | Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine
Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane | Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates
Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution | Monday, April 10- That's Sew Kari
Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

I couldn't resist the chance of "hanging with my gnomies" (aka my blogging friends) and knocking out my girls' Easter dresses in one fell swoop with the Gnome Matter What! {Blog Tour}.  

This fabric line features whimsical gnomes, snails and other lawn ornaments. It also incorporates gorgeous sketched blooms and soft spring colors of lilac, peach, seafoam, cream, and gray.  It was hard to narrow down my fabric choices, but in the end, I chose to feature Set Vines in Lilac and Sketchbook Garden in Natural.

After I selected my fabrics, I turned to Little Lizard King to find two patterns to best showcase the prints.  Immediately, the Bloom Collection, LLK's newest releases, caught my eye.  This collection features 3 dresses, each named after a famous garden.  Since I only have the two girls, I enlisted their help in choosing the patterns.

My oldest daughter chose the Versailles Dress, which also comes in maxi length.  We both thought that the Set Vines in Lilac was a perfect match of "sweet" for this pattern.  I *almost* made it maxi length, but I am hoping to squeeze in a doll version of this before Easter so I wanted to save the leftovers. 

Gah! I am SO in 💜 this gorgeous back detailing of the Versailles Dress by Little Lizard King. The ruffles create a dainty and delicate look which shows off the softness of the fabric. In the pattern, I followed the sizing chart and instructions for grading the pattern down to match my daughter's petite waist. I love how it fits her perfectly!

My youngest daughter was drawn to the Monet Dress -- "but no ruffles, Mommy". The Monet dress features a pieced bodice, so I used the Set Vines in Lilac as the contrasting side panels and used the Sketchbook Garden in Natural as the main print for the dress. At 6 years old, she has become uber picky about what she wears. This dress recieved all the smiles!!

The back detailing mimics the front bodice. This dress is really easy to put together and fast (especially without the ruffles).

Gnome Matter What! is such a fun line of fabric. It is so pretty in person and sews up beautifully. My girls definitely love their Easter dresses and I'm thankful they are finished with days to

Featured Fabric: Gnome Matter What!

Featured Patterns: Monet Dress | Versailles Dress 

Ink & Arrow Fabrics

Alicia Jacobs Dujets (Designer)

Thank you Ink & Arrow Fabrics for these gorgeous fabrics.  
To Jessica of Izzy & Ivy, thank you for having me along on the blog tour!

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{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble E-zine: Issue #14

Hello, One Thimble fans 💖 I am so happy to be back on tour with One Thimble -- I had to sit out last issue because I was moving... Issue 14 is AMAZING... my list of must sew patterns is long!

In case you are new to One Thimble, here are some key details:

  • It's an electronic magazine.  Download it on your computer, tablet, phone, grab your favorite beverage and persuse at your lesiure.  I like to sit with a fresh cup of coffee and read in one sitting (if my girls allow 😜).  I like to see all the pattern details before I pick my projects so I can mentally start prepping.
  • It has an average of 10-12 patterns per issue that are exclusive to the release of One Thimble.  Generally, a couple of the articles included have a tutorial to make a little something as well (bonus patterns as I call it!)
  • It's $25 AUD (which is really like $19 and change  in USD)
  • The early bird really does get the worm.... order TODAY and get the early bird bonus!

Included in this issue:

  • #113 Thread Faction Romper (size 2-10)
  • Amuse Boho Dress and Tunic (ladies size xs-xxxl)
  • Justin Drop Crotch Pants (size 2-16)
  • Timber! Quilt (baby or twin size)
  • Trillium Dress and Tunic (size 2T-12)
  • Lala Skirt (size 1-10)
  • Thyme Vest (size 2-12)
  • Loli Dress & Top (size 2-10)
  • Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape (handsewn)
  • Wild Things Hottie Cover (3 options)

plus 27 articles -- including 6 mini tutorials, exclusive coupon codes, etc.

I am in awe of all that Jen packed into just one issue.  As I mentioned above, my "to-sew" list is long and because I thought it'd be a good idea to sign up for a blog tour the day after my daughter's birthday, my sewing time was cut short and some planned projects didn't get made.... but totally will!

On my NEED stat list (and is totally dictated by the styles my girls love) is the Lala Skirt, Thyme Vest, and the Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape.

My other WANTS are the Amuse Boho Dress, a {Panda} Wild Things Hottie Cover (even though we don't own a hot water bottle.... LOL), the Wolf Masks, and the Lion & Cub Softie. 

The articles that struck me the most "Mastering the Art of Mindful Sewing", "Stress Free Invisible Zippers", "Interview with Candice Ayala" and "Represent: The Secrets for Success with Brand Reps".  I have been practicing mindful sewing before I even knew there was a term. HA!  I hate to admit this, but I have yet to try installing an invisible zip, despite owning both patterns using them and the actual zips.

I could go on and on, but I have to get to what I've sewn!!

First up, I sewed the Trillium Tunic & Maxi by Petite Stitchery & Co. in Maxi length.  I rarely take the opportunity to sew my daughters maxi dresses, but I had bought this particular fabric with a maxi in mind and it's total love.  This pattern covers sizes 2-12 and features a colorblocked bodice (optional), tunic version (no gathering) and a maxi version.  I think it would also look adorable as a dress length too.  

I originally was not going to do a colorblocked bodice, but when I decided to use mini stripes for my bodice, it became a MUST -- thank you mindful sewing for reminding me to take my time and enjoy the {creative} process.

Despite it being the middle of February... we've had a taste of warmth and we are ready for summer!!  This was my first pattern by Petite Stitchery and it came together beautifully!  I did find it slightly tricky to blend sizes with the colorblocked bodice, but I did figure it out.  To be fair, though, I was blending a size 3 width with a 6 height.  (She'll grow someday, right?! She's almost 8 😆)

Keeping summer on my mind, I had to try my first Bobkin pattern (shame on me, I know) so I grabbed Loli and found some fabric with the same vibe as my Trillium. Unfortunately, it turned cold again (the nerve.... lol) before I was done sewing, so we turned indoor for pictures.

The Loli Top and Dress by Bobkin is a sweet summer top and dress with shoulder ties (criss-cross or plain) and covers sizes 2-10.  The unique curved bodice adds charm and is perfect to add in a coordinating print or funky buttons. The back comes with two options, button closure or elastic.

I had hoped for enough of this fabric for a dress length, but I could only fit the top out of the yardage I had in my stash.  It will be perfect with shorts at the park this summer!  I lined my bodice with my striped fabric and when I ironed the seams, I intentionally let the lining pop out a bit for added detail.

The back is just so sweet.  Summer seriously cannot come fast enough.

My favorite thing about this pattern is she had a pattern piece for EVERYTHING!!!  I also loved that she had the intended finished length marked on the ties' pattern pieces.  She also provides two methods for sewing -- depending on your preference.  

Whew! I'm exhausted -- after some much needed sleep, I'll be sewing up a Lala Skirt!!  What will you sew first?

P.S. Don't sign up for a blog tour the day after your kids birthday 😜

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Lulu and Celeste

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{BLOG TOUR} "GET THE LOOK" Kits with SLPco & Art Gallery Fabrics

Eeek!!  I am so excited to be included on the GET THE LOOK Fabric Kits {blog tour} with Simple Life Pattern Co. and Art Gallery Fabrics!  Simple Life Pattern Co has teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics to offer you sewing kits that include the fabric and the pattern!  All you need to do is order and sew!  

When Katie invited me to participate and to design a custom look to offer, I knew I had to use my signature colors.  Black and white prints make my heart flutter.

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The Lagom fabric line stole my heart from the moment I saw it, but I hadn't had a chance to sew any (SHOCKING!)  I chose Etern Soot for Emilya's Skinny Pants -- I ❤ a patterned pant and these skinny pants are so quick!  The pants will take you year-round as they include bermuda shorts, capri and full length options.  There are also cargo pockets or (as I have chosen) traditional pockets.

For the top, I selected Adelyn's Scoop Back Top (& Dress) in a solid black.  If you haven't sewn with AGF knits, they are a fantastic weight, extremely soft and wash really nicely.  Caviar is a nice, deep black.  I enlisted my 7 year old to choose the Adelyn options -- she chose short sleeve, modest scoop back with a circle skirt for maximum twirlability.  She decided to leave off the bow that ties across the back.  

While I love the bow, the simplicity of the scoop back is the perfect pairing for her bold pants.

I had so much fun creating these kits -- I hope you love them!  The patterns I chose are a couple of my favorites (and super quick too!)  Art Gallery Fabrics have never disappointed me -- they are superior quality fabrics and a dream to sew up!  When I finished sewing, I have to admit, I had outfit envy -- I need this outfit (and booties) in my life!  Until then, I will live vicariously through my daughter -- HA!

OOPS -- did I mention the kits are 35% off?!  
PLUS - everyone that purchases a #SLPcoGetTheLook kit 
will get an exclusive 35% off coupon that can be 
used toward your next pattern order! 
(Discount automatically taken off in cart.  Valid through Dec 6th).  
Do not delay!!!


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Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour and the kits they've created!

Nov 28th Caroline Hulse -- Sew Caroline   |  Kim Coffin – Sweet Red Poppy 
Nov 29th Kari Steiger – That’s Sew Kari  (that's me!)
Nov 30th Dana Willard – Made Everyday   |  Tami Peterson --  Sew Sophie Lynn 
Dec 1st Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roost    |    Delia Randal – Delia Create’s 

{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble E-zine ~ Issue #12 ~

Wahoo!!  It's time for another issue of One Thimble -- the most creative and inspiring sewing e-zine.  Issue 12 is now upon us and I cannot wait to share what's inside.  Let's have a look at the cover!  Isn't it gorgeous?!

This issue's theme is watercolour and the pictures are amazing and so inspiring.  Inside, you will find 10 PDF sewing patterns ($103 AUD value), and 25 tutorials/interviews/articles!  WOW!  At just $25 AUD ($19.12 USD), this is a steal.

Patterns included:
(Patterns in bold were sewn for my review)
  • #111 thread faction dress   (size 2-10) 
  • Azure Party Dress (size 2-12)
  • Brook Blossom Skirt (size 00-20 LADIES sizing)
  • Calla Lily Crop Top   (size 2T -12)
  • Cozumel Shirt (size 1-14)
  • Darling Daisy Girl’s Bag
  • Flutterby kite
  • Melbourne Romper (size 3months to 4T)
  • Girls Brook Blossom Skirt (size 2-20 GIRLS sizing)
  • Oswald, Pond & Williams Bow tie

The great thing about One Thimble is you get an entire magazine at your fingertips for a variety of tips, tutorial and inspiration for growing in your craft.  I always brew a fresh cup of coffee and sit down with my tablet to read through it.  Reading all the pattern instructions helps me figure out which patterns are at the top of my sew-list.   It definitely gets my creative juices flowing!  Plus, I always learn something new!

Among the 25 bonus articles, the articles that stood out to me were:
  • How to make fabric from scraps  -- this blew my mind!
  • Freestyle stitching -- this will be great to pass the time in car line for school ;)
  • Make a hair accessory holder --my girls need these for their rooms!
  • Sewing tips for specialty fabrics such as knit, leathers, etc.
  • DIY Water + Colour Tee -- I need to paint myself some fabric! So pretty
The sewing patterns I cannot wait to sew next are the Flutterby Kite for my girls' rooms, Azure Party Dresses for Daddy/Daughter dances this year and the Brook Blossom Skirt for ME in my IKEA funky fabric find!  

Calla Lily Crop Top | Moku Shorts {Issue #5}
I am super excited to share what I chose to showcase!  First up is the Calla Lily Crop Top by Jennuine Design.  This fun top has a few options (gathered or pleated shoulder, cap sleeves, unlined, bottom flounce)  I chose to sew plain shoulders, sleeveless, and lined it so it would be completely reversible!  I am IN LOVE (and have total wardrobe envy of my 7 year old HA!)

I chose a striking black/white geometric print fabric for the main (Hancock's liquidation find) and a solid black for the reverse.  The Moku Shorts (One Thimble, Issue 5) were sewn in a hot pink Kona cotton and modified to have pockets.

The back features two placket styles -- hidden or visible.  I chose to make my placket visible on the main side, but it's hidden when my daughter wears the reverse side!  Because I used Kam snaps, it makes it even easier to wear on the reverse side.  P.S. The way the placket is sewn is genius -- don't doubt the instructions!  It really does work out!

Calla Lily Crop Top (Reversed) | Schatje Skirt {Eli Monster}

This simple sew makes a big statement!  Plus, making it reversible doubles your daughter's wardrobe possibilities at half the time.  It would be perfect for any capsule wardrobe planners.  Add a simple tank top and it's school appropriate!

Next, I sewed the #111 Thread Faction Dress by Thread Faction.  This is an all knit dress with a curved bodice and a-line skirt.  The bodice is lined, eliminating the need for any neck/arm bands.  The dress comes together super easily and in a way you'd never expect!

I chose a solid blue cotton lycra blend (from Walmart) and paired it with a houndstooth jersey cotton I spied on Amazon earlier this year!  I am  all about style on a budget!

The back features a slight racerback.  The instructions are well written, with easy to follow size blending information.  I was lucky enough that my daughter's measurements were the exact sizes she blended in the tutorial!  

So what do you think?!  What patterns are you most excited about from Issue 12?

Looking for more One Thimble Issue 12 inspiration?  Be sure to visit the rest of the tour stops!

*** This post contains affiliate links.  By purchasing through my link, I receive a small compensation.  This issue was sent to me complimentary in exchange for my review.  All thoughts are mine -- no compensation given for this review.

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