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Stitch Box Monthly: October

Woo-hoo -- happy mail!!  After opening my mailbox day after day, receiving bills, bills and more bills (and none of them being dollar, I was so happy the day my Stitch Box Monthly showed up!

 If you haven't heard of SBM, it's basically a mystery box of sewing goodies that shows up in your mailbox each month (or however long you have signed up for).  Each box has a theme and the supplies inside revolve around that.  Boxes are $35 including shipping (US pricing), but you can get the boxes as low as $25/month if you prepay for the entire year.  The Stitch Boxes contain at least $40 worth of sewing supplies.  [International shipping also available, see website]

I actually got it just as I was getting ready to head over to my daughter's school and wait (and wait and wait) in the car line.  This little box sat next to me while I waited.  And I wondered what was hiding inside...

What is IN THE BOX?
  • 2 yds of coordinating Moda Simply Style fabric
  • Josephine Dress Pattern by Foo Foo Threads
  • 1 spool of Gutermann thread in matching green
  • 2 green rhinestone buttons
  • Bohin Double Face Tape
  • Omnigrid Glow-Line Tape

I was excited that these fabrics pulled me outside my comfort zone a bit, namely the green.  They are perfect for fall, but will wear well in the spring as well.  It was my 5 year old's turn to get a new outfit so I enlisted her help in which version of the Josephine Dress by Foo Foo Threads I should sew and where each fabric should go.  I was happy to see the Josephine as the chosen pattern.  I had been eyeing this as it's always recommended for a flat-front peasant dress.  With countless options to make it unique, you'll love it too!

Miss 5 decided she wanted short sleeves so she could wear it year-round (smart thinking!) and was adamant that the bodice be green.  Perfect!  The back is shirred and I so happened to have received matching green thread!  I dug through my stash to find a third coordinate for the sash and came up with a very tiny scrap of turquoise and had just enough to squeak out a thin sash.  I added navy ric rac to pull the blue upward and added to navy blue buttons on the bodice.

If you read my last post on Stitch Box Monthly, you'll know I didn't use the Gutermann thread last month... not because I didn't like it.  Quite the opposite.  I didn't want to waste it on the inside seams...LOL  But, I went to town shirring up the back with the included thread and it sews like a dream!

As I was sewing my sash, I got to the last step where I topstitch it all to close the little gap that I had turned it all through... and then the lightbulb went off (or maybe it's on...). Anyway, I headed over to this month's box (yes, I leave it all inside until I use it, otherwise it quickly gets lost in my sewing mess room) and pulled out the Bohin Double Face Tape.  Yup. I taped that sucker shut and quickly got it topstitched without having to remove any pins.

Oh yeah, those two green rhinestone buttons -- I racked my brain on how to use those.  I couldn't sew them on my bodice because my daughter chose the green fabric for the bodice.  I thought about sewing some fabric flowers and adorning the sash, but then I saw my bobby pins.  I stuck a bobby pin through each shank, pulled my daughter's hair into a bun and stuck them in.  Done and done!

The only item I haven't had a chance to use is the Omnigrid Glow-Line Tape.  I know it will come in handy when I sew my larger hems because reading those little lines on your machine is hard. haha

How do you GET THE BOX?!
  • Signing up for Stitch Box Monthly is easy!  
  • Head to to choose a 1, 3, 6. 12 month subscription or choose a recurring subscription every month
  • Add in your shipping info
  • Pay 
  • Wait by your mailbox for your surprises!

Thanks, Stitch Box Monthly --- I had SEW much fun!!

*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. *

REVIEW: The Traveler Cape by Stitchwerx Designs

Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go!

Okay, so I'm pretty sure this song isn't about Little Red Riding Hood, but she is on her way to Grandma's with her basket full of goodies.   Of course, Little Red wouldn't be complete without her signature cape & hood!

Enter the Traveler Cape by Stitchwerx Designs.

The Traveler Cape is so versatile.  It's a dual-layer cape (long and caplet), but can be made with just one layer (as I have done) if desired.  The cape consists of three panels which help keep its shape at the shoulders. The pattern pairs well with S138 Joyce Ann Bonnet too.

I seriously debated having my Little Red Riding Hood wear a bonnet instead of a hood just to show the cuteness!  Alas, I chose adding a hood (not included).  I will sew a Joyce Ann Bonnet soon though!  It's on "the list".

Note: The Traveler Cape does not come with a hood.  I used the hood
from a pattern I currently own - the Soda Pop Polo by Candy Castle Patterns

Pattern Highlights:

  • Sizes 12/18m - 8/10y
  • Dual-layer cape - long and caplet
  • Pattern pieces to print: 15 pages for XS/S, 27 pages for M, L, and XL 
  • Tutorial: 11 pages of thorough instruction with a clear picture each step of the way
  • Charts included: Sizing, Finished Measurements, Yardage, Layout, and Pattern Construction
  • Suitable for a confident beginner

For this cape, I selected a gorgeous 21 wale corduroy by Kaufman and lined it with a black broadcloth.  The corduroy is so soft, just be sure to make sure you cut the corduroy in the proper direction (it should feel soft when you run your hand downward).

Adding the hood was rather easy.  The hood I selected (from the Soda Pop Polo - Candy Castle Patterns) also had a collar stand.  So I simply added the hood to the collar stand from The Traveler Cape using the instructions from the polo pattern, then picked back up with the cape instructions for attaching the collar stand to the main cape.

You think that Big Bad Wolf scares me?
Puh-lease!!  He hasn't seen my tantrums!

My 3 year old daughter is all set for Halloween festivities thanks to the Traveler Cape from Stitchwerx Designs.

You say you want a SALE??

Save 25% off every pattern at Stitchwerx Designs
with the code SEWKARI at checkout.

But, hurry because this sale expires
Thursday 10/16/14 11:00pm (EST)

Because the coupon is good for all of your pattern purchases, here are some of my other Stitchwerx Designs favorites!!

Bentley Harness, Rosemary & Thyme Pants
Essential Leggings and Lane Raglan

Psst.... want to take a peek at what's under the cape?

Modified Georgia Vintage by The Cottage Mama

SHOP REVIEW: Paradise Beads Designs

*In exchange for pictures, I was sent the necklace for free.  I was not compensated
in any other fashion, nor required to write a review.  All views and thoughts are mine, and mine alone. *

OH. MY. WORD.   This necklace!

A few months ago, I met Kristen - owner of Paradise Beads Designs - a fun boutique full of one-of-a-kind chunky bead necklaces.

How did I meet Kristen?

I had the pleasure of sewing an item for a customer - Kristen.  After she received the item, we had a lovely chat.  Over the course of our conversation, she mentioned owning Paradise Beads Designs and if I were interested in doing some boutique photographs on my daughter [for her shop], she'd send a necklace my way.  Ummmm, yeah!!!

Shortly after that, THIS necklace from Paradise Beads Designs popped into my newsfeed.  It was perfect and actually inspired my daughter's entire outfit!!

Made-to-match(M2M) chunky necklaces are extremely popular right now -- and I can see why!

I have a little, teensy confession.  This is actually the first chunky necklace my girls have ever worn.   Why?  Honestly, I just didn't know much about them or where the best place to buy them or even whether my girls would be gentle enough to not break them.  Until now...

I'm in love with the clasp on this necklace!  (Note: clasps will vary from necklace to necklace and can even be made magnetic or stretch)

Here's an upclose shot of the Barbie silhouette adorned with rhinestones - so pretty!

As you can see, my littles are smitten with their new necklace... and will have to get used to sharing it!

Most necklaces run between $15 -20 plus shipping.  Paradise Beads Designs often has ready to ship items (from Disney to holiday to light up pendants) or you can put in a special request!  

A quote from Kristen -- " I double wire my necklaces, and honor my work so if one ever breaks the customer can send it and I will repair/ship back with no charge."

** Special Offer **

Enjoy FREE** shipping at Paradise Beads Designs
if you mention That'-Sew-Kari sent you :)

*offer valid through 11/03/14
(**US residents only)

To order, visit Paradise Beads Designs on Facebook
and contact her via message.

REVIEW: Sew Groovy by Ola Jane Patterns

NOW available in sizes 6m - Girls' 14

WHOA -- things just got a little bit GROOVIER at Ola Jane Patterns! Sew Groovy just got UPsized!!!  Outta sight, right?

Now, I'm no child of the 60s, but there's nothing wrong with channeling your inner hippie.

Yes, Sew Groovy is a peasant dress, but it's way more boss (that's 60's slang for fantastic) than your run-of-the-mill peasant dress pattern.  For starters, there are actual pattern pieces rather than the traditional rectangle cuts.   The pattern pieces are a-line shaped so this means it's more slim fitting on top, but still a great canvas for gorgeous border prints as I've showcased here.

There are THREE sleeve lengths included in this pattern -- I've sewn the short-sleeve and 3/4-length sleeves.  You can check out Kara's version of the long sleeves over at Pattern Revolution.

Fabric: Kanvas Bohemian Rhapsody Metallic Bohemian Border Medallion
Azure/Teal by Benartex

The size range starts at 6m and extends all the way to a girl's 14.  On my little lady here (age 3), I sewed the size 3 in the black/red combo.  For the blue dress, I cut the size 3, but extended the length to a size 4.  I actually prefer the length of the size 3, but my daughter grew nearly 2 inches this summer so I wanted to ensure that my 'fall' dress will fit her all the way through.

Fabric: Black, White & Currant 5 Double Border Stripe Black
by Henry Glass & Co.

Did you know that this entire dress can be sewn with French seams?  It makes the inside so neat and tidy!  Sandra, owner of Ola Jane, includes French seams in all of her patterns (when applicable) and also gives instructions on how to straighten your fabric properly.   Her patterns are truly lessons. The first time I used one of her patterns, the depth of instruction really impressed me.

Here's a quick recap of the pattern highlights:

  • Sizes 6m - girl's 14
  • 3 sleeve lengths included (short, 3/4, and long)
  • A-line shape -- no boxy rectangle dresses
  • Instructions for French seams and straightening your fabric
  • Charts included: Size chart, Finished length chart, elastic cutting chart, yardage chart, and fabric layout guides for both border fabrics and non-border fabric.
  • Clear, easy-to-follow instructions with pictures at each step

Wait, don't flee the scene yet... there's some far out news to share!

Can you guess?!

Did somebody say SALE?

You can pick up Sew Groovy for just $5 now through Sunday at 11:59pm EST!  Purchase your pattern HERE.

*If you previously own the original Sew Groovy, please email your receipt (to Ola Jane, not me!) to receive the updated sizing FREE  (formerly Foot Loose & Fancy Free)

Sign up for the newsletter HERE and join the Facebook group HERE to stay in-the-know on all things Ola Jane!

Bye for now!!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #5 - Mimi Top

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Hi there!! I am happy to be a part of the Perfect Pattern Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens Edition.  This is my first time on tour with the PPP and it's been a great experience.  I love that the profits are headed to help classrooms in need - every little bit counts in shaping the future of tomorrow.

Parcel #5: Girls and Tweens includes: 

Lily Knit Blazer by Peek-a-Boo Patterns
Everyday Yoga Pant for Girls by Greenstyle
Asymmetrical Drape Top by EYMM
Playhouse Dress by Fishstick Designs
Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman

BONUS PATTERN: Sunki Dress by Figgy’s

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #5 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Sunki Dress by Figgy's. Fun pockets, a stylish silhouette, plus make it in knit or woven. Double bonus! The pattern includes both size runs, so you get 18 months through a 16 tween sizing. This is awesome sauce!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $11,000 for classrooms in need!

Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

When I first opened my email, I noticed that every single pattern was new to me - which made it hard to choose which one I'd sew first. In the end, I went with the Mimi Dress and Shirt by Filles a Maman -- which was the perfect shirt to pair with her skirt for school pictures tomorrow!

The Mimi pattern comes in sizes 12m - girls 14 (chest sizes: 19.5" - 31.5").  This is a pattern designed for knit fabrics. You can choose to make a dress or top!  Some of the unique details include keyhole notch at the neckline and the curved hem.  Facings make finishing the seams a breeze.

My 3 year old's chest measures 19" so I trusted the included sizing chart and made her the size 12-18m.  I knew I pairing it with a skirt so I didn't mind if it ended up being a bit snug, but as you can see, it's perfectly comfortable.  I decided to use the size 12-18m sleeves as well because I wanted them to be more like 3/4-length sleeves.  I could probably hem them up a bit higher to get a true 3/4-length sleeve.

Shown here with the Peek-a-Boo Skirt by Little Lizard King
Fabric is from Stitch Box Monthly

I tucked the Mimi Top in here to show the versatility.  I like the curved hem, but I like that it looks great tucked in as well! 

Since this pattern's hems are finished with facings, you don't need to worry about having your neckbands at the proper length or whether or not you've selected a lycra blend material.  The pattern has you topstitch the facing, as shown in the picture above.  I intentionally left the stitching off of the front (although I will try it on my next version) as well as the bottom hem.  Instead, I tacked those facings down at the side seams only.

The cool thing about this pattern is that it comes in both French and English instructions - which can be a mini French lesson if you desire.  The tutorial and pictures are extremely easy to follow and the pattern is printable in layers -- I love that more and more designers are offering this option!   The only part that I found to be tricky is understitching around the keyhole cutout.

My only regret is not having more time to try the rest of these patterns!  The Lily Knit Blazer was next on my "to-do wish list", but I simply ran out of time.

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Pattern Parcel #5: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Want to see more patterns in action?  There are many fellow bloggers eager to share - click on their links below.
Parcel #5 Inspiration Tour Schedule:
Friday, September 19 Pienkel || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, September 20 Sew Busy Lizzy || The Life Of A Compulsive Crafter

Sunday, September 21 Keep Calm and Carrion || Felt With Love Designs

Monday, September 22 Radiant Home Studio || Sewing Sober

Tuesday, September 23 Sew Fishsticks || La Pantigana || Amanda Rose

Wednesday,September 24 Shawnta Sews || Sprouting JubeJube || Knot Sew Normal

Thursday, September 25 Make It Perfect || Mimi's Mom || Climbing the Willow

Friday, September 26 Needle and Ted || Our Family Four

Saturday, September 27 Froo & Boo

Sunday, September 28 Stitches by Laura || Vicky Myers creations

Monday, September 29 Cookin' and Craftin' || The Crazy Tailor

Tuesday, September 30 mama says sew || FABulous Home Sewn || The Inspired Wren

Wednesday, October 1 lady and the gents || That's-Sew-Kari || Sewing Sober

Thursday,October 2 Gracious Threads || Blogs Like A Mother || SewsNBows

Friday, October 3 sew chibi || Lulu & Celeste || Made by Sara
Thanks Perfect Pattern Parcel for letting me join in the fun!!

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