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Bowtique Emilee: Shop Review and Giveaway!

*In exchange for my review, I was sent the products for free.  I was not compensated
in any other fashion.  All views and thoughts are mine, and mine alone. *

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Flower Trio Headband: Bowtique Emilee

Eeeks!! I am so excited to share my review of the shop, Bowtique Emilee (and great giveaway!) with you today.

If you've spent any time in the sewing -or- boutique world, you know that headbands are the must-have accessory to complete the perfect outfit.  Paying for a custom-made headband can get kind of pricey, but..... have you ever made one?  They are super simple.  Seriously, this was my first "boutique style" headband I've made.  And it certainly won't be my last!

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Butterfly Sequin Bow: Bowtique Emilee

When I first heard I was chosen by Bowtique Emilee for a blog review, I thought of what outfit I'd like it to match.   Of course, I hadn't sewn the outfit yet, but that's what people do right?  They sew entire outfits to match a new headband?!  Oh, wait, it's just me.

Lucky for one of you (who will win!) I couldn't decide which headband I'd like to make so Bowtique Emilee was awesome enough to send BOTH and offered to giveaway supplies to make BOTH!!

How will I choose my selections?!?!

I said above, this was my first time making headbands.  I never really attempted before because, well, I'd seen the prices per flower at Hobby Lobby and the like and my budget was already being spent over in fabric faster than I could sew...haha   So when I went browsing on Bowtique Emilee, my first reaction was "WOW, I love these prices!"  And then I may have carted (and paid for) about 50 items before I messaged the owner back about which selections I'd like for the review.

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Flower Trio Headband: Bowtique Emilee

Seriously, I think I paid around $19ish for 50 pieces (assortment of flowers, sequin bows and elastic) including shipping.  I'm about to place a second order because I realized sometimes I need more than one of the same color.  

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Flower Trio Headband: Bowtique Emilee

The quality is great, the selection is immense (seriously carve out at least an hour or two to browse) and shipping is fast!!  Your selections will come packaged in a clear plastic bag inside of a pretty pink poly mailer.

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Butterfly Sequin Bow: Bowtique Emilee

Here are the details of what I ordered for these two headbands:

This trio of flowers is comprised of (3) 2.5" Shabby Chiffon Flowers ($0.30/ea) and 5/8" Chevron Fold Over Elastic ($0.70/yd)  --- Total cost: $1.60  + shipping

You may also want to check out: Felt Circles to make your bow making even easier. (I missed these the first time around!)

This gorgeous sequined butterfly bow ($0,50/bow) stole my heart from the beginning.  I love the simplicity of it with the matching skinny elastic (1/8")($0.50/yd)  --- Total cost: $1.00 + shipping.

Of course, you only use about half of the yard of elastic per headband which lowers the cost of each headband even more!

Thanks Bowtique Emilee for allowing me to review your shop!! You'll be seeing my name come through your order list again real soon!

Outfit: Serendipity Collection by Sewlosophy Pattern Co.
Barbie Necklace: Paradise Beads Designs
Butterfly Sequin Bow: Bowtique Emilee

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CraftingCon Princess Month: Everyday Jasmine

My daughters LOVE to play dress up.  The Disney Princesses are a family favorite.  In fact, everywhere I turn in my house, there is something princess-y.  My girls have nearly every Princess dress (either handmade or Disney... or gasp, knock-off) but they are rarely worn outside of our palace house.   The handmade ones are far too poofy to safely buckle them into their carseats and the store-bought ones are a weird polyester(?) that is sweltering hot in this weather.  Luckily, Amy & Tasha of Friends Stitched Together, and Maegan & Karen of of Mae&K have an answer for my girls' dreams of dressing up as Princesses OUTSIDE of our house!  As soon as I saw details for CraftingCon, I was hoping I'd be lucky enough to be a contestant!

The premise of CraftingCon is to show of our inner geek (in my case, Princess Geek) while creating a wearable, everyday outfit for our child.  One Princess my girls have nothing of, but absolutely love, is Jasmine.  She doesn't get a lot of shelf space and is often overshadowed by Cinderella, Belle, Snow White and others.

I set out to change that.  I wanted to keep some elements true to Jasmine, such as the billowy pants and gold accents, but make it child-friendly enough that she could slide down a slide, go grocery shopping and PROPERLY be buckled into her carseat.  Of course, I also wanted it be something my 3 yr old could put on completely by herself without any help.

Removable golden bow

To achieve my goals, I used the Hummingbird by Rabbit Rabbit Creations, Serendipity Trousers by Sewlosohpy, and Magic Genie Applique by Frou Frou by Heather Sue (and a whole lot of gold ric rac and bias tape).  You can read my full details (fabric choices and pattern modifications) over at my contest submission for CraftingCon.

I've got one happy little girl!!  Of course, Jasmine's best pal, Rajah is often seen by her side.  Good thing my neighbor's cat was out and about!

"Butter" seriously showed up randomly at the start of our photoshoot!

Detailing on the Serendipity Trousers

Of course, my 5 year old wants to know where her Jasmine outfit is.... now to make it school dress-code friendly!

I wonder what other Princesses I'll also tackle this fall.

Remember.... go read (and see even more pictures) at CraftingCon -- CLICK HERE

I can't wait to see what the other contestants come up with!

P.S.  Remember my Summer Snow White I made for the CraftingCon Kickoff Blog Tour?  This gets worn ALL.THE.TIME.  Read about it HERE!

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Ellie Inspired "Back-to-School Blog Tour" - School Days Skirt

Welcome, Ellie Inspired fans to the next stop on the 
Back-to-School Blog Tour - Fall 2014!

Today's feature is...  

Wowsers, this summer has flown by!  I cannot believe school is right around the corner and this year is super exciting -- my oldest is heading to Kindergarten!!!  EEEKS!

When Laura of Ellie Inspired invited me on her Back-to-School tour, I knew I'd be choosing a pattern for my 5 year old.  My daughter loves to wear skirts so I chose the School Days Skirt.  This pattern comes in sizes 1-16 and contains two options - ruffled or stripwork.  I chose the ruffled version for my sassy diva. And I just happened to have some fabric laying around in her school colors (Go Cardinals)!!

(PS... after the gazillion photos, there is an awesome giveaway and sale -- don't miss it!)

I added ric rac at the top of the ruffles for added interest
with a black rolled hem for extra pop.

Let's go inside....

the pattern, that is :)

Pattern Highlights
  • Sizes 1-16
  • Two versions are included: Ruffled or Stripwork
  • Optional Playground shorts included
  • Pattern Pieces: 6 printable pages (shorts only); all skirt measurements are in a cutting chart
  • Tutorial: Easy to follow instructions with line drawings
  • Charts included: Fabric Requirements, Sizing, Cutting Measurements, & Fabric Layout Diagram
  • Beginner friendly pattern

Standing proud in front of her new school!!!

The cutting chart is easy to follow.  Skirt construction is a breeze.  The only change I made was I gathered my two ruffle pieces together (as if they were one) rather than separately like the tutorial instructs.

LOVE that the shorts are included in the pattern.
I made these using white knit from Purple Seamstress.

Ummm, yeah -- ^ this is why the shorts included are so supremely awesome!!!   I decided to make my shorts out of knit for extra comfort.  After finishing the skirt, I thought of using the Ellie Inspired Leggings pattern for a tighter fit next time.  *note - I have no idea whether the leggings will work or not- but I will surely try!

My daughter is IN LOVE with her new skirt.  She wore it again today for her Kindergarten Assessment and did a little twirl for the teacher.  LOL 

School Tour -- Outfit (left) is Sweetheart (modified) Top by Little Lizard King
and the Petunia Petal Pants (cropped) by Lilygiggle.  

Of course my 3 year old could not understand why she didn't have a new outfit sooo.... baby girl got a turn in front of the camera.  This girl makes me smile!

Of course, it's slightly large on her :)

So I rolled the waist and untucked her tank top!

I'm not sure if Kindergarten is ready for this sassy diva, but she sure is ready for Kindergarten!!

The Ellie Inspired Back-to-School Collection includes 6 NEW patterns for both boys and girls in sizes 1 - 16, 4 upgraded patterns, 1 accessory pattern, PLUS a FREE tote pattern with every purchase!  The more you buy, the more you SAVE!!

Click HERE to start shopping!!
(Sale ends Friday, Aug 15th 11:59pm, CST)

Laura is donating a 3-pattern pack to one lucky reader!
Good luck!

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Retro Glam Skirt by Little Lizard King: A How-To Guide to Candy Corn-ify It

* Originally aired on Pattern Revolution September 20th 2013 ***

Last year, I posted my test version of the Retro Glam Skirt by Little Lizard King.  I had chosen a Candy Corn theme and the response was overwhelming!  I was going to keep my candy corn sewing process a secret, but I woke up one day feeling generous and decided to share my tutorial with all of you.  I hope you enjoy!

When I first saw the Retro Glam Skirt, I immediately thought the scalloped pieces were perfect for candy corns.  Originally, I thought I'd piece some yellow, orange, and white fabric together horizontally, cut my scallops and call it a day.  But, as I researched candy corns, I realized a couple things, 1.) all the pictures I saw had scalloped edges for each color and 2.) candy corns are not an ombre effect - the orange is in the middle!  Whew, glad I Googled that!

So, armed with the knowledge that each color was scalloped, I began forming a plan.  I could "deconstruct" the pattern piece into my 3 pieces and sew the fabrics with a curved seam, also known as a Princess Seam.  The thing is, though, you can't just cut the pattern piece into 3 and make it work.  There are these pesky important things called seam allowances that need to be accounted for in order for your candy corns to match up to your original scalloped pattern piece.  (By the way, I probably should have gotten permission during my pattern test to do this, but I didn't think about it (or tell a single soul about my plans) until I was finished -- oops!)

Okay, let's get into the nitty-gritty:

1) Print your pattern pieces, MEASURE your test square (seriously, don't skip this step on ANY pattern you print!!!), and cut your size out.  Set the triangle piece aside for now.  We'll be working with just the scalloped pattern piece.

2) How you'd like your candy corn divided is purely personal preference, but the orange (middle) is normally the largest/tallest of the 3 colors.  (I won't be showing the entire pattern piece in this tutorial - just what you need to see.)  

3) Draw curved lines (matching the curve of the bottom of the pattern piece) where you'd like your seam lines to be.  (They are the solid lines in the picture) 

Solid line = intended seam line
4) Determine what you'd like your seam allowance to be.  I'm using a 1/2" seam allowance, but it's purely preference.  Using the width of your SA, draw another set of curved lines (might be helpful to use dashes) ABOVE and BELOW the two curved lines you've drawn originally.  You should now have 2 sets of 3 curved lines.

Add seam allowance to both sides

5) Grab a sheet of blank paper.  We'll start with tracing out the yellow portion (the bottom piece).  Trace along the outside edge of the bottom.  The top line of the bottom set of curves you've drawn will be the top of the yellow pattern piece.  

6) The orange piece (middle piece) will use the bottom line of the bottom set of curves you've drawn and the top line of the upper set of curves.

7) The white piece (top piece) will use the bottom line of the upper set of curves.
The scallop - deconstructed

8) Cut out your pattern pieces and cut them out of your fabric.  I recommend cutting just one set first to make sure you're happy with the ratios you've chosen.

9) Fold each piece in half and iron in a small crease.  This will aid in making sure the middles match up!

Fold in half and press crease.

 Right sides together, pin the middle of the orange bottom to the middle top of the yellow.  You'll see the curves run the opposite direction.
Match up the middle creases
 Starting from the middle, ease your way to one side, matching the edges and pinning as you go.  Repeat with the other side.
Ease the curves together, pin well.

Reverse side

 Now take the white piece and match the bottom of it up with the top curve of the orange piece, right sides together.  (I used Kona cotton and I don't even know if there is a right side, but just make sure your seams will be on the same side...LOL).  Ease the white along the curve of the orange as you did with the yellow.   
Make sure seams will be on the same side!

10) Sew along the curves, slowly, so you can smooth out any potential puckers, using your pre-determined SA.  (If you are using a serger, I recommend disengaging your knife!)  Finish your edges however you'd like.

11) Iron your seam allowances downward (this will allow the seams to lay flat without clipping any curves).  Topstitch the seams in place.  
Iron seams downward after finishing edges

Topstitch along the curved seams

12) Trim any slight overages on the sides.  Place original pattern piece on top to make sure no mistakes were made in the construction of the candy corns.  Repeat process for remaining 9 candy corns.  Sew pattern according to directions.
Trim overage!

Important:  In order for your candy corn seams to line up across all 10 panels of the skirt, very precise cutting and sewing is recommended.  This is not a quick, pump-out-the-skirt-in-an-hour process, but it is a process that yields great results! 


Bundle UP: Women's Edition -- Parisian Nights Pjs

Parisian Nights Pjs
Pattern by Winter Wear Designs

Hi there!!  I'm reviewing yet another pattern available in the Bundle UP Promotion by Pattern Revolution.   Up today is a free pattern with the purchase of your bundle -- and who doesn't love FREE?  

The Parisian Nights Pjs by Winter Wear Designs is a cute and comfy summer pj set designed for knit fabrics.  I, however, got curious and wanted to see if I could add some woven into the mix.  I'm happy to report that, at least for me, the answer is YES!!

The houndstooth fabric is woven (and a score from Walmart at a mere $0.87/yd).  The red is knit and a 3-way stretch from Purple Seamstress Fabrics.  The black binding is upcycled from a cotton/lycra blend tank top from Walmart.

Sizes range from XS - XXL

The fit is very relaxed.  I did take up the rise of the shorts slightly, but maybe I'm just not used to wearing shorts quite so breezy?  I am on the lowest edge of sizing as well as super short so that probably played a role as well.  

Final thoughts:  These pjs went together rather quickly.  Instructions are thorough with lots of pictures to guide you along the way.  I think they turned out really cute and I can safely check the mail while still wearing my pjs :)

And, yes.... I am posing in my front yard in my new pjs... LOL

The Bundle UP promotion has you covered... day and night!!
Build a better bundle and build yourself a new wardrobe.
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