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Ani-Mazing Skirt: The LADYBUG Invasion

Eeek!!  My house has been invaded by LADYBUGS -- thanks to Cassie of Little Lizard King!

Three new faces {cow, owl, and ladybug} have released today for the the kickoff of the ANI-MAZING Sew Along and they are adorable!  Did I mention these new faces are FREE?  Yaaaaay!

In addition to the free face templates, you can also get the files for the modified eyes (for your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut) that Lisa of Lisa Lisa Designs has been wowing everyone with!  Of course, if your Cameo is still in its box {like mine} or you don't own one, you can cheat and use felt like I did... LOL   Shhhhh...

My skirt is modified from the original pattern.  On the skirt pattern, I eliminated the straps (I was out of my black/white hearts) and added an elastic back (2 channels of 1" elastic).  On the face, I used the new eyes, added a smirk and switched out the sewn antennae for a whimsical version.  I made the antennae removable for easy washing (of the skirt).

Are you joining the Sew Along?!  Which version will you sew?  My oldest NEEDS an owl, but I have some other projects to finish ahead of time.  Whooooo knows if I'll have time to sneak it in ;)

P.S. The adorable ladybug fabric is from Mabel Madison!!

{Happy Birthday} Simple Life Pattern Co.

Eeek!  Simple Life Pattern Co. is turning ONE!  I am so honored to be included on their celebration blog tour.  Katie, Laura, and Ashley (of SLPco) teamed up with Laura (of Punkin Head Threads) and provided me with all the patterns and fabrics.

When I received the invitation, I spent some time browsing Laura's shop, Punkin Head Threads and I seriously wanted it all.  I decided to take a night and sleep on it before I made my selections.  In the middle of the night, I awoke with an idea -- a pretty fantastic idea that inspired my entire look.

Yep, I had a dream about cording.  And I thought it would look awesome as the straps of Bella's Dress and then I thought of Michael Miller's Regatta Borderprint I had swooned over while shopping Punkin Head Threads.  I quickly messaged Laura with my selection, along with a solid red from Art Gallery Fabrics for Braxton's Blazer {coming tomorrow}. Shipping was lightning quick!

The fabrics are amazing quality and of course, wash up (and iron) nicely.  I had zero bleeding and used no color catchers.  I had that much faith in the quality of MMF and AGF!

While my girls were having fun with their "snow days", I was dreaming of summer and crafting away, dreaming I was sailing away on one of these boats.  I adore nautical prints and decor (check out the props in the top photo -- those are my normal decorations in my house :) )

Bella's Dress is so easy to sew up -- you only need to print the bodice!  You can customize the skirt portion {gathered skirt, gathered skirt with ruffle, gathered maxi, gathered maxi with ruffle}.  The Regatta border was the perfect height for knee length for my littlest.  I added a faux sash at the waist for a little extra pop of red.

Braxton's Blazer is releasing tomorrow in the new collection.  It features an open back or a narrow tulip back (as pictured).  It also has 3/4 sleeves (pictured), long sleeves and cuffed long sleeves.  Did I mention it's fully lined so it's reversible?! As I was halfway through sewing it, I ran across some picot-edged bias tape in my sewing room.... and then I got another idea.  I sandwiched the bias tape in between the back layers so just the picot edge showed on the back petals.  It was so worth the seam-ripping!  Luckily the pattern sews up rather quickly so not much time was lost.

Now if you are looking at the above picture and thinking that your eyes must be playing tricks on you, they aren't.  As I was finishing the blazer, I started thinking about the nearly two yards of stripes I had remaining from the top of the Regatta Borderprint.  A single layer of Daphne's Skirt was the perfect pattern to create a trendy skirt that would pair great with the blazer I just finished.  (Note: I added a little height to my waistband in order to feature my stripes how I wanted.)

Of course, if you make a new skirt, you'll need a top to go with it (I'm starting to think I'm in my very own "If You Give A Mouse a Cookie" This is Cami's Tank {coming tomorrow} and will be free for members of SLPco Fan Group on Facebook (please do not share the code outside the group).  How sweet is that?!

Of course, I couldn't let my littlest have all the fun!  My girls are so close in size that they can often share clothes (convenient for me!).  Big Sis joined in on the snow day photo shoot :)

Then we ventured out in the Great Snow of 2016 (that resulted in no school for 3 days) to get a prize and lo and behold, it was nearly 55 degrees (F) outside!  So I ran back in for my camera and managed to snag a couple more of my oldest who didn't want to take off her new outfit.

If you look closely, you'll notice I ruched the sleeve hemline a tad with clear elastic.  (Note: This was possible because I did not line the sleeves as my blazer is lined with the same red and not reversible). Also, note, I made a tiny error on the ruffle -- I misread the directions and stopped it at the shoulder seam instead of continuing around the back of the neck.  I realized as I was sewing my two jacket halves together.  I was not seam-ripping at that point. HAHA  Luckily it ended up being a cute mistake.

Simple Life Pattern Co. is releasing several new patterns tomorrow so don't miss out!!

{Online Shops}

{Patterns featured}

Bella’s Dress | Braxton’s Blazer | Cami’s Tank | Daphne’s Skirt
(releases tomorrow) (releases tomorrow)

{facebook groups}

{Tour Stops}

Kailua Town Dress, Available MEOW!


Oh hello!  Little Lizard King is back a second time this week with another new release!  Kailua Town Dress is a knit/woven combo dress, featuring a curved front bodice, natural hi-low hem and no neck binding (YAY).

Pattern Details:
  • Sizes 12m - Girls' 14
  • Bodice: Knit (lined, eliminating neck banding)
  • Sleeves: Long or Elbow, banded sleeve
  • Skirt: Hi-Low Double Ruffle Bubble or Simple Gathered
  • Pattern Pieces: Layered (Choose the size(s) you need)

If knit has scared you before, this is a great beginner pattern.  The pattern is very easy to follow and has great tips for stabilizing your knit before adding your woven bottom fabric.

I chose to make the elbow length sleeves (my daughter is anti-long sleeve) and the simple gathered skirt.  I love how the curve of  the bodice tugs the skirt slightly upward for a natural hi-low hem.  I added two decorative buttons to draw a bit of the white upward.

I have a few more planned -- it's a great way to use up some knit scraps.

 Cassie (the lovely designer) is sharing a tutorial {Monday} on how to turn it into a top!  It's sooo adorable!  

Oh Deer! Janie Lou is Ready for You!

Cassie, of Little Lizard King has been hard at work -- Janie Lou is the first of two new designs this week.  You are going to love them!

Janie Lou features:
  • Sizes 12m - Girls 12, plus 18" doll
  • Length options: A-line Tunic or Gathered Dress
  • Bodice options: Chevron Inset, Plain Inset, or No Inset
  • 3/4 Length French-Cuffed Sleeves
  • Sash options: Regular, Jumbo, or None
  • Back Bodice: Tabbed Button closure
  • Designed for Woven Fabrics
  • Layered Pattern Pieces -- Print only the sizes you need!

This pattern has so many pretty options, it was hard to decide what to make first.  Before Christmas, I came across the sweetest little deer sketch (redwork) embroidery.  It instantly reminded me of my coveted deer fabric {by Stenzo} remnant.  Because I had a limited amount of deer, I made the tunic length.  For the bodice, I chose the plain inset, allowing me to showcase the embroidery.  I decided to frame the inset with both pink ric rac and red bias tape to help the white inset pop against my white/blue polka-dotted bodice.  In lieu of sashes, I made button tabs to feature my matching red rose shank buttons.  {This option is not in the pattern -- tutorial to come on Not Sew Plain Jane.}

The back features 4 tabbed buttons -- so those of you afraid of buttonholes, this pattern is for you!

At the bottom of the sleeve, you'll find a French cuff.  You may choose to sew a button on just the front side, or sew a button on each side of the cuff to mimic cuff links.  I chose to sew buttons on both sides.

I had a doll-sized planned, but life had other plans for me this week.  When I finish, I will show it off!


What options will you choose first?  Tell me below!


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P.S.  The next release up is Kailua Town -- a knit/woven dress combo  
... And rumor has it several more patterns are headed to testing soon!!

{One Thimble} Issue No. 9

Happy 2nd Birthday, One Thimble!

One Thimble is an online sewing magazine that comes out quarterly, with a price tag of just $25 AUD (that means depending on the day, it's around $18 US ;) ).  In addition to the several patterns each issue contains (generally 6-10), there are many articles on general sewing, mini tutorials on sewing techniques, and how to grow your sewing business.  Each issue also has coupon codes exclusive to OT readers.  Fun, right?!

Win your own copy (details at the very end)

In this issue, you will receive the following 14 PDF patterns/tutorials:
  •  Cross Bow Dress (size 0-8)
  •  Pseudo Smocked Romper (size nb-3)
  •  Ringmaster Top (size 1-10)
  •  Ringmaster Pants (size 1-10)
  •  Timeless Treasure Skirt (size 1-10)
  •  The Carnival Jacket (size 3-12)
  •  Vincent the Victor Free Motion Applique
  •  Trapeze Eloise Free Motion Applique
  •  The Statement Clutch
  •  Good Fortune Headwrap
  •  Festive Felties *
  •  Cheeky Monkey Softie
  •  Vintage Circus Sit Upon
  •  Circus Toss Game

*Requires hand-sewing
In the e-zine you’ll find 27 articles & tutorials, including the following:
  •  How to insert an invisible zipper
  •  How to get perfect points when sewing Half Square Triangles
  •  How to make an I-spy bag
  •  How to make a velcro back bow tie and toy tutu
  •  How to make a Hoop Tent
  •  How to make an insulated lunch bag
  •  How to fussy cut
  •  How to get your Sewjo back
  •  How to photograph flatlays
  •  Trending fabrics and much more

I had the most enjoyable morning, drinking coffee and reading all the articles and perusing the patterns.  The included articles include a wide range -- from photographing your creations {sans model} to finding your missing SewJo to troubleshooting Free Motion Applique (FMA).  I was pleased to see some of the articles included mini patterns/tutorials so really you get 5 bonus patterns!
Last tour, I loved reading Gemia's (from Phat Quarters) Teaching Kids to Sew article and loved that she shared her daughters' personal experiences with showing at the 4H show this issue.  I will admit, her article made me tear up, which was unexpected, but her article tugged at my heart.
Timeless Treasure Skirt by Little Lizard King

When I looked at the available patterns, I knew I'd start with the Timeless Treasure Skirt my friend Cassie designed {for Little Lizard King}.  This skirt covers sizes 12m - 10 and is really easy to customize to your daughter's measurements.  For example, my 4 year old has a 12m waist, but is the height of a normal 4 year old.  I simply followed size 4 for her height on the chart, but used the size 12m width for all of the pieces.  

***Important -- I recommend looking at the finished length chart and double checking that the length is correct for your child.  This skirt is intended to have 6 ruffles and fall just above the knee.  As you can count, I have 5 ruffles as I forgot to double check the length measurement in my rush to begin so my 6th ruffle is hiding.  Also, seam allowance is super critical to follow as an 1/8 of an inch off on each spacer/ruffle could mean a big difference at the end ***

The pattern calls for a decorative zipper, but I didn't have one on hand and didn't have time to run out and buy one.  Instead, I modified the back opening to have finished sides so I could place my zipper below.  

The fabrics I chose were inspired by the headband that I made my oldest 3 years ago for Halloween.  Luckily, I had a yard of the Little Stars Poplin from Mabel Madison in red that fit my theme perfectly.  I paired it with a solid black mystery polyester twill.

This pattern is easy to follow, but definitely time consuming, especially if you don't have a ruffler foot.  I hand-gathered all of the ruffles so while they aren't perfectly gathered, they are gathered with lots of love (and possibly a few choice words...LOL)

Trapeze Eloise Free Motion Applique by Ric-Rac & Retro

I wasn't sure I would work up the courage to try Trapeze Eloise by Ric-Rac & Retro.  I'm sure we've all seen Free-Motion Applique (FMA) as it's gained popularity in recent months.  I first saw it in Issue 7 with her Down the Rabbit Hole FMA.  At the time though, the machine I was sewing on didn't have the ability to drop the feed dogs.  However, over the summer, I upgraded!

In case you didn't know, I have extreme OCD/perfectionist tendencies with my sewing so the idea of "sketching" around the outline with my machine gave me anxiety.  WHAT IF I MESS UP?!!  ACK!

That's the joy of FMA, though.   Each creation is perfectly imperfect and no two will ever be alike.

I don't know if this was meant to be a quick pattern, but I made sure I spent hours creating my little flying trapeze artist!

I loved that the designer included the finished size of this as well as the finished sizes for printing at smaller percentages (< 100%).  My Eloise is printed at the original size.

Good Fortune Head Wrap by Rosie Petal

As my deadline was approaching (and golden hour for pictures), I quickly opened to the page where the Good Fortune Head Wrap by Rosie Petal was located, found my needed measurements -- I made the size 3-5 in narrow width -- and got to work.

This is seriously the quickest sew EVER!  It took me longer to read the instructions. HA!

Of course, these are just 3 of the included patterns!  You get 11 more patterns, plus all the articles -- what are you most excited about?

Get your copy of One Thimble Issue 9 today!
{You won't regret it!} 

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{Sew Coordinated} November 2015: Part Two

Remember Monday when I said I was waiting on the rain to stop so I could photograph my final outfit for November's Sew Coordinated Sewing Kit?  It finally stopped raining!

For my final outfit, I immediately thought of two of Simple Life Pattern Co's newest releases.  Ruby's Ruffle A-line Dress and Penny's Pencil & Flounce Skirt pair perfectly together as many testers have previously shown.   

For this outfit, I used the remaining two fabrics, Meadow Song in Gold and Primrose in Olive.  If you hadn't noticed, the Ruby normally has a ruffled front with buttons, but I just had to feature the gorgeous florals/greenery on Meadow Song.  In order to do so, I merely used the back bodice for the front and then vice versa for the back.  I eliminated the ruffle and just chose a simple overlap with a solitary rose button.

For the Penny Skirt, I chose the Pencil Skirt option and left Ruby untucked.  I felt the Primrose made a great accent for the Meadow Song and wanted that to be the focal point.  Both pieces were made from the half yard of each fabric.

I just love these new fall outfits ...

and so do they!

In case you missed the news in Monday's post, Sew Coordinated will be taking a break.  I know I have enjoyed the past few months previewing the boxes and finding the perfect patterns to showcase the pretty things Breanne picks out.

x Fingers crossed x she's able to resume in the future.

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