{Laela Jeyne} Plaid and Boots Tour

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Today is the last day of the Laela Jeyne Plaid and Boots tour and the theme is Christmas Lights and Tree fun.  Be sure to read to the end of this post for an amazing giveaway from our sponsors!

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As a kid, some of my favorite memories of Christmas are cutting down our own Christmas tree.  We would drive a few hours into the mountains, pack a picnic and take a family hike to look for the perfect tree.  Once we found the one, my dad would get to work cutting while the rest of us played in the snow, building snowmen and throwing snowballs.  Then we would rush home to decorate our tree and put up the rest of our Christmas decorations.

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It has always been a dream of mine that one day I would share this same tradition with my own family but until now I’ve gone the easy route and just used our artificial tree.  This year I’m using the tour as my motivation to start our new family tradition.  I found a tree farm about an hour away where you can cut your own as well as plant your own (I really like the giving back aspect there), it’s not quite the same as going to the mountains but you make do when you live by the beach.

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I was so excited when I heard Art Gallery would be sponsoring our tour.  Their knit is the softest in town and I just love their designers.  For quite some time I have had the idea of making my son a shirt with the Buck Forest from Bonnie Christine’s Hello Bear line.  That vibrate mustard color is so eye catching.  I already had the new Mouthlike Shadows from Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line on hand and wanted something that would bring them both together nicely.  I love how the Follow Me in Moonlight did just that.

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When I was choosing the kid’s patterns my main priority was their comfort.  I knew they would be running about the farm and I wanted them to do so comfortably .  Since we haven’t hit our cold month yet (although it was a little chilly the day we drove to the farm)  I wasn’t too worried about them staying warm but I am glad I decided on long sleeves for both of them.

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For the little guy’s outfit I used the Emmy’s T-shirt pattern and added a self drafted pocket to the front.  I am currently obsessed with the look and ever since I put our neighbors 10 week old puppy in my pocket the kids have been asking for shirts to do the same!!  The Emmy t-shirt has many options including cowl and hood options,regular or gather sleeve with 3 different sleeve lengths, 4 different optional cuffs, 3 elbow patch shapes, and accent triangle on side seam.

I sewed a hooded long sleeve shirt in the Buck Forest and added oval patches, cuffs and the accent triangles to the side seam using Follow Me for the perfect amount of contrast.

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For my daughter’s outfit I used the Sammy Swing Dress pattern and the  Charlotte Girls Leggings pattern.  This was my first time using both of these patterns and I was so pleased with how quickly they sewed together.  I don’t always get a lot of time to sit down and sew with my two littles running around so when an entire outfit can be made in an hour that is definitely a win for me.

I blended sizes 3 and 5 to get the perfect fit for my very tall and slender little miss.  I used the Mouthlike Shadows for hi-lo hem dress and also added the large pocket to the front using the Follow me like I did for my son’s shirt.

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She took one look at her brothers shirt and asked for a hood like his so I used the hood from the Emmy’s T-shirt pattern and made the look she wanted.  I think she has an eye for style and it turned out rather cute.

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You can purchase any of the patterns for 20% off during the tour with code P&BTOUR20 here.

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Thank you to all the fabulous sponsors especially Art Gallery Fabrics who provided me with the fabric for this tour.

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Don’t forget to stop by and see all of the other beautiful makes these talented ladies did for their stop on the tour!

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

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One Thimble Issue No. 13: BOO Designs The Ultimate Suit

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One of my favorite things about moving to Florida has definitely been being so close to the beach.  You can usually find the kids and I there almost everyday during the summer and long into fall.  There is just something about the sound of the waves and the feel of the sand beneath your toes that heals the soul.

Swimsuits for my little one have been on my list of things to sew since moving.  We wear swimsuits so much I wanted something that will last our long summer season.  The release of One Thimble Issue No. 13  and BOO Designs Ultimate Suit came at the perfect time and of course I couldn’t pass up being a part of the blog tour.

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I am so excited to share my creations for the tour.  The BOO Designs Ultimate Suit is such a versatile suit, designed for gymnastics, dance, swimming or fashion.  It includes is a basic suit, spliced suit with 2 optional binding methods and 2 styles of skirt.

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For my first suit I made the basic suit with a circle skirt.  I found this fun feather print swimwear fabric at The Fabric Fairy.  If you are looking for unique swimwear fabric they have so many to choose from.  A size four only took about 1/4 yards of fabric so I’m really excited I have some left over to make myself a matching suit for next summer.

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If you are like me and have never made a swimsuit before this pattern is perfect for you.  The tutorial is filled with tips and techniques, including different fabric options and seam/hem options to make your suit fit perfectly and look professional.  I love the comprehensive body measurement chart that is included so you can get a truly perfect fit.

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I loved how the instructions are laid out, using illustrations for each step.  I chose not to fully line either of my suits, however there are wonderful instructions in the tutorial for doing just that.

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My daughter was also in need a new leotard for dance, instead of buying a boring black one from the store that wouldn’t last I thought I’d make one with the Ultimate suit.  I used up the last of my favorite Art Gallery Fleet and Flourish knit.  Since she wears a sheer tutu in class I used the basic suit pattern.  She loved it and couldn’t wait to wear it to dance the next day to show her dance teacher.

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I hope you love my makes as much as I loved making them!

Don’t forget to grab the One Thimble magazine before November 14th to receive a bonus gift.

You can also purchase the single pattern here.

Be sure to check out all of these amazingly talented ladies at each stop of the tour!

Tour Schedule

11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn

11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE

11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire

11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura

11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman

11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says

11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane

11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric

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Baby Bear Joggers {Patterns For Pirates}

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The Baby Bear Joggers from Pattern for Pirates has just released this week and I had so much fun testing them for my little guy.  He doesn’t get to reap the benefits of my sewing very often so it’s always exciting when a new pattern comes out that he will like.

The Baby Bear Joggers is written as a unisex pattern.

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 For these pants, I used the Siera Madra Lounge French Terry fabric from LaFinch Fabrics in grey.  This french terry is perfect for these pants, it has just the right amount of stretch and is cozy yet lightweight.  My little man loved running around in them and looked stylish while doing so.

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The Baby Bear Joggers can be made with  an elastic, drawstring or yoga waistband.  There are also two pocket options, slat and patch.

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For my baby bear’s Baby Bear Joggers, I chose the elastic waistband with a patch pocket and rolled cuff.  I love the look of the cuff and it makes finishing the leg so simple.

The patch pockets are so fun, I chose to keep it simple but they can be a fun way to accent an outfit.

I sewed a 3 for my little guy and they fit him perfectly.

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It’s quite a different experience whenever I do a photo shoot with this guy compared to my his big sister.  Most of my pictures are of him running away from me.  It’s nearly impossible to get him to stay still and there is usually candy involved when I do manage.  He always leaves me exhausted but full of laughs from chasing him around trying too capture “just one more picture”.

The Baby Bear Jogger can be purchased here.

You can also purchase the family bundle here and start your holiday sewing!

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Sydney Raglan and Taylor Leggings {Laela Jeyne Patterns}

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This post is sponsored by LaFinch Fabrics.  Josie was so generous to send all of the beautiful fabric you see in this post.

I pretty much live in leggings and slouchy tops as soon as the weather gets below 70, so I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when Laela Jeyne Patterns put out the tester call for exactly that.

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The Taylor Leggings are perfect for any weather with ankle, cropped, and below the knee lengths and they have a tapered waistband for optimal fit.

Not only are these leggings so easy to wear but they sewed up in a breeze due to the one piece leg  with one seam.

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Funny story, I suffer from migraines and during the test I had one that lasted for a few days.  I read the instructions wrong and cut four legs instead of two and sewed them all together.  I hadn’t even realized what went wrong until I tried them on.  Once I did figured out my mistake and unpicked the entire thing, I had no trouble and ended up with 2 pairs of leggings.  Now I have a Christmas gift for one lucky friend!🙂

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The Sydney Slouchy Raglan is my new go to for the cooler weather.  Sydney is a tunic length raglan with a slouchy or swing silhouette fit and can be made v-neck or off the shoulder with a hi-lo hem or round hem.  It offers a relaxed or slouchy sleeve style with 2 lengths, 3/4 or long.  The pattern can be made with an optional hooded cowl.

Like all Laela Jeyne Patterns, The Sydney and Taylor offer no trim pages, layered pattern pieces and finished measurement charts.

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I used this gorgeous Garden Mauve Floral  from LaFinch Fabrics for the leggings and I love how they turned out.  The ponte de roma was such a dream to work with.  The stability of this knit makes it the perfect starting point for someone just exploring knits.  It has a medium weight making these particular legging ideal for the cooler months.  I couldn’t believe how soft and cozy these leggings were, all day I found myself petting my legs.

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For the first look I used a super soft French Terry, Josie personally picked out for me, to make the off the shoulder slouchy style raglan.

This next Sydney was made using Monterey Weekender Burnout Sweater Knit.  I thought it might be a little too much for the entire raglan so I used the wrong side of the fabric for the bodice front and back.  I absolutely love how this sweater knit has two completely different looks.

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The Taylor leggings will be free to all Laela Jeyne Pattern Group members on Facebook for a limited time!

You can purchase the Sydney Slouchy Raglan here. (currently on sale for an introductory price of $6.50!

I’d love to hear from you, leave me a comment and let me know which look is your favorite!

Happy Sewing!

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The Gypsy Dress {Designer Stitch}

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Today is the release of The Gypsy dress by Designer Stitch.  This was my first time testing for Ann, the designer of Designer Stitch, and it was such a delight.  Ann is on point  with her amazing designs and on trend patterns.

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This pattern, like all Designer Stitch patterns, is drafted with professional CAD software.  Her instructions are straight forward and easy to follow, leaving you with a beautiful garment as your end result.  Her patterns come complete with multi size measurement chart and print at home and AO Copy Shop pattern pieces for your personal preference.

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The Gypsy can be made into a top, tunic, high/low tulip or maxi with side slits.  There are also two necklines to choose from, the cross-over v-neck or a more modest round neck.

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When I saw the tester call, I immediately had a vision I could not get out of my head.

For my Gypsy, I chose the rounded neck with a high/low tulip skirt.  I used this beautiful plum sateen bed sheet my sister in law mailed me from Spain.  When she first sent the sheets, my intentions were to use them as muslin but the color was so rich and beautiful it had to be seen.

I sewed a 2 for the bodice and blended to a 3 for the waist.  I normally need to add a few inches for my height but I was very happy with where the length of the skirt fell so I left it alone.

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I am absolutely in love with how this Gypsy turned out, everything I had envisioned.

The pattern is available now for the sale price of $8.00 using coupon code PDFLOVE30.  You can find the Gypsy dress pattern here.

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Pediatric Cancer Tour Wrap Up

I’m back today as we wrap up the tour and begin our much anticipated auction tomorrow, October 27th.  Please, if you haven’t already done so, join our Facebook group.  We have so many great items up for auction.  We set a goal of donating $500 to the American Childhood Cancer Organization and with the help of our bloggers, who have done an amazing job spreading the word, and YOUR help I believe we can reach that goal!!

Here are a few of the items I’ve made of the auction.  We have so many more posted on our page.

accoThis past week has stirred up many memories for me and this auction couldn’t have come at a better time.

Remember my cousin I mentioned in the last post?  He was diagnosed with DIPG, a form of brain cancer, at four years old.  He fought a hard battle for three months.  I only met him once but he was such a sweet, loving boy and that spirit lives on with all of us.  When my cousins lost their son I wasn’t sure how to help being that we lived so far away from but when Shawna came to me with this idea, I knew instantly I could honor my cousin by helping her cause.

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I’d want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has helped support us in reaching this goal.  It may not seem like much  but a cure starts with awareness and I hope if nothing more, we have spread the awareness of this disease so no family has to loss a child.

Tour Schedule

Blog Tour for “Go Gold©” Auction
Benefiting the American Childhood Cancer Organization


19th The Adventures of Bubba and Bug and Troops To Tots Giveaway is 5 copies of “Wild Things” by Molly Goodall

Giveaway is 6 month subscription to Seamwork Magazine
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to PhatQuarters and pattern stash
Giveaway is $50 gift certificate to Pattern Review
Giveaway is $20 gift certificate to UpCraft Club
Giveaway is the book “Building Block Dress” by Lisel Gibson of Oliver & S.
GO GOLD® is the registered trademark of the American Childhood Cancer Organization

The Duchess by {Jilly Atlanta}

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The Duchess Dress is releasing Thursday and it is another stunning pattern by Jilly Atlanta.

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The Duchess is going to make your little one feel like royalty with the perfect points, stunning pleats, and beautiful back detail.  There are optional side bows as well.  My daughter wanted to help design this dress and opted for no bows.

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The pattern has full detailed instructions, as well as pictures and a wonderful YouTube tutorial to make steps a little easier.  I love Jill’s patterns and how much attention to detail she puts in all of them.  Whether you new to sewing or a seasoned seamstress, you will easily be able to follow her patterns.

You will also find these great features:

Sizes range from 2T-12

Layered Pattern Pieces

Finished Measurement Chart and Child Measurement Chart

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I chose this Hello My Deer fabric by Camelot for the dress.  I wanted a non-traditional holiday dress for my pink loving little lady.

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Starting Thursday, Jill is having a 24 hour release sale and the pattern will be $5.

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