Thursday, February 22, 2018

Get Ready for Spring blog tour

Hi and welcome,

Today is my day on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour with Ellie and Mac. This blog tour is hosted  by Lo at www.seamssewlo.com.  I want to thank Ellie and Mac for sponsoring the tour and for providing me with the pattern used for todays project.




The pattern I chose to make is the Discoverer Tee. This is a very quick sew and goes from 12 month - 14.  I found the instructions to be well written and easy to follow.






My choice of fabrics included DBP Aztec from www.elevatedfashionfabrics.com which is the top half of the bodice in front and back and the sleeves. The red is a cotton spandex that I picked up at a local store called The Cotton Shop www.thecottonshops.com.



I asked my friend if her daughter would be willing to model for me, in exchange for the t shirt. She was more than happy to oblige.



I love this pattern. Through the end of the month, all patterns are 35% off.  You can use my affiliate link and I earn a small commission.  Http://Ellieandmac.com?Aff=183.


I hope you have enjoyed today's blog and I hope you will follow me. I have some great projects that I want to be able to share with you.


Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Do no forget to enter the giveaway below too!  
  1. February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. February 5th: Violets and Jewels
  4. February 6th: Threadistry
  5. February 7th: Mama Can Make it
  6. February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
  7. February 9th: Aurora Designs
  8. February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
  9. February 11th: Floral and Flannel
  10. February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
  11. February 13th: Minns Things
  12. February 14th: Our Play Place
  13. February 15th: Tenille's Thread
  14. February 16th: Seams Like Style
  15. February 17th: Hutsepruts
  16. February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
  17. February 19th: My Sewing Roots
  18. February 20th: Manning the Machine
  19. February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
  20. February 22nd: Kathy's Kwilts and More
  21. February 23rd: Sewjourns
  22. February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
  23. February 25th: Fee Bricolo
  24. February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
  25. February 27th: Big Fly Notions
  26. February 28th: Sewing Blue
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Tilley Dress

I got the great opportunity you be a part of the testing of this fun dress for Linda over at www.themerrychurchmouse.com.  it went through a lot of revisions to get it perfect, but now it is ready.

 My granddaughter loves it. When I gave it to her she was so excited. She asked her mom if she could wear it all day. I think it has become a favorite.


There are no zippers or buttons, so it makes it great for a beginner. And it has great twirl factor which is something that all little girls seem to love.

I need to make a full slip for her to wear under this dress. Just haven't gotten it done yet.

I love the flounce on the sleeves. There are two versions you can do with this dress. 1 is the single skirt that I did and the other one has a double skirt with a ruffle on it. Both versions are very cute.

If you want a dress that is not hard to make, then you need to try this pattern.

Hint on gathering this dress.  I had heard of this before, but with as many things as I have gathered I have never tried it. I took a long length of crochet cotton, size 10, and did a zigzag over it. I lengthened the stitch length and width as far as I could. Then I was able to pull the thread out, and it had gathered for me.

What great tips do you have for sewing?  I would love to hear from you. I would also love for you to follow me. I have more projects coming up that I can't wait to share with you.


Monday, February 19, 2018

One Thimble blog Tour. Issue 18


The Henley by Orange Daisy designs and Footloose leggings by Thread Faction for the One Thimble issue 18 blog tour.

I am so excited to be a part of this tour. Thank you One Thimble and Sarah for hosting this tour.

Both of these were fun to do. I was part of the testing for the Henley by Orange Daisy designs but could not find the pictures I took. Oh well, make a new one, right.

For this one I used Nautical Flag in Yellow cotton  jersey from www.girlcharlee.com.  I had never tried their fabric, but have seen some friends use it so I tried it. I love it.


Now onto the pattern.  I love the Henley. I love having the placket as part of the design elements to this. Jill of www.orangedaisypatterns.com did a great job with this pattern. I have a bit of an issue making the plackets, but that is one thing I will be working on. The pattern is easy to understand and easy to follow.  I can't wait to make more of these. I did forget to lengthen for my long bodied granddaughter. But she loves it.


The footloose leggings.


These are a fun pattern to make. It comes in 2 lengths with the long length having leg warmers attached. I chose to do the capri length. The fabric that I used for these is a cotton spandex that I got from my local www.thecottonshops.com. This fabric was great to use and easy to work with.

When my granddaughter got this outfit, she was extremely excited. She asked if she could wear it the rest of the day.

I love these 2 projects from One Thimble magazine. I need to order a copy, as I have seen lots of great things I would like to make.

Thank you One Thimble for providing the patterns.  So, I would love to hear what you would like to make. Leave a comment, please. And I would love you to follow me, as I have more Posts coming this week and in the next few weeks to share with you.




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Sunday, February 18, 2018

52 week sewing challenge - Week 7 - sew something with hearts

Dear readers,

I am trying to blog more about the things I sew. I am doing a fun challenge this year, the 52 week sewing challenge. Each week we are given a theme that we can accept or decline and go rogue and do our own thing.

I accepted week 7's challenge which was to sew something with hearts. I have had this knit fabric in my stash for quite a while. What a perfect time to use it. I made this t shirt, from the pickle toes patterns Taylor Tee pattern. This is a fun pattern to make. The color blocking is so fun to do.


 The heart fabric came from the now closed Hancock fabrics. I have a habit of finding fabric that I like and buying it without a project in mind.   The pink fabric came from the flatfold table at my local Nuttals Bernina. 

This tee shirt is for my newest granddaughter. I figured she needed some cute little outfits. I made it in newborn size, but am thinking of another one in a 3 month size.

This is another of the Taylor Tee that I made for my granddaughter. 



So, why do I sew instead of buy?  Quite frankly I enjoy it. It is not always less expensive, but I know what the quality really is. It is enjoyable for me to sew. I can also use the fabrics that I like. I can customize the fit. Have you ever bought a clothing item and wish it fit better? Either you need a longer length or you wish it fit your figure just a bit better?  That is what I can do when I sew.  I can also personalize the patterns a bit more.

This year, you will see me blogging a lot more of my makes. Yes, I still quilt and I will blog about both clothing and quilts that I make. I enjoy what I do, and I hope that I can inspire you in some way.

Want your own copy of the Taylor Tee?  You can get it as a pdf download fromWww.pickletoespatterns.com.  you can get it in babies, kids 2 -16, and ladies.  I would love if you would use my affiliate link http://pickletoespatterns.com?aff=71. It just gives me a small commission.

I would love to hear from you as to what you like to sew or what kind of craft you like to do.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sewing by Ti - red, white and pink blog tour

Today is my turn on the Sewing by Ti, Red, White and pink blog hop.   I decided it would be fun to do some doll clothes. A great idea for a little girl in your life for Valentine's day.

I got in touch with my friend Erin over at www.averylanesewing.com and was able to get some patterns from her. I have some of her patterns and thought I would see what was new.




I choose to make this Lindsey skirt and tee shirt. So, I got a skirt all done and realized this was to be red, white and pink. Oh no!!!!!!!




So, I got another one cut out and a top.




There were supposed to be more, but due to me not being a planner kind of person, they did not get done. However, I can tell you that these are very easy patterns, the instructions are well written, and they do sew up fast. 

Erin has a lot of variety on her website, and she even has a book for helping children learn to sew doll clothes. That would be an awesome Valentine's gift for a budding seamstress, wouldn't it.

I have her e-book, Doll Days, and I will be doing a review on it. I will be making more outfits from her patterns, and will share even more doll clothes. I am not sure what day I will do this, I have some other things going on. However, I will do a post in a few days sharing all the things I have coming up. So, please follow me, so I can hopefully inspire you.   And yes, beginning now, I am going to start being a planner kind of person.

Please check out these bloggers all month long to get inspired. I know there will be lots of fun things.

Let's get inspired!
February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th: Tenille's Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
8th: EYMM
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Lately - feeling, dancing, praising

Today is my day to co-host Sunday Lately. The theme for today is Feeling, dancing, and praising. Sunday Lately is a fun group of bloggers sharing their things they love to do.  It is hosted by www.wildandwanderful.com/blo/2018/02/sunday-lately162

Feeling: today I am feeling grateful. Grateful for the ability I have to sew and quilt, and be able to do things for my family. I also use my sewing ability in my job. I am a professional seamstress. I work for a place that I sew trade show and event displays. So, if you are watching the Superbowl today, you will see things that I had a hand in making. Any of the graphics that you see around columns, behind announcers, and such are things I have had a hand in. Likewise if you sell Lularoe or some of the other network marketing groups, more than likely I have worked on those things. I absolutely love it. I am also feeling joy. Joy in the fact that I have an awesome family. A family that enjoys the things I make for them. So, here are a few things I have made.

A t-shirt for the youngest grandson.






Dancing:  I am not a dancer, but I do enjoy getting up and moving to some of my favorite country songs. One of those is the Brooks and Dunns classic "Boot Scootin' Boogie".  I do have a daughter who dances, she enjoys doing Ballroom with her husband.  She did Ballet and Jazz while growing up. I have two granddaughters who really enjoy dancing. 








Praising:  my children for being good parents. My oldest granddaughter just took 4th place at a spelling bee. It was with some other homeschooled kids and it was her first time. I am proud of my children and their spouses. 

As I wrote this post, I can't help but feel thankful for all that I have.   I have lots more posts coming up, both sewing and quilting related. I hope you will follow me  because there will also be tips along the way. 

What has you Feeling, Dancing and praising today? What kinds of things would you like to see on my blog?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Island Batik blog hop the four seasons

Isn't this fabric gorgeous?




This is the Sunflower Seranade collection. My season is summer, and I had a tough time deciding what to do.  I have always loved the churn dash. I found this pattern by Quilt District and I am doing a review on, which will be posted next week.






I have some of the blocks done, and I will get at least the top done by next week. Can't guarantee the date, though.


I have enjoyed this past year as an ambassador. I will not be doing it this year, as there are other things I want to do, and working full time, I can't do it all.

I am doing a giveaway for both posts. You will get some wonderful Batik fabrics. To enter you must be in the U.S. and just leave a comment below.