Browse Month: May 2016

Happy 2nd Anniversary Sofilantjes!!

I’m thrilled to be helping celebrate Sofilantjes’ 2nd Anniversary!  Anne is an amazing designer and her patterns are so well loved in our house.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be on her testing team for several patterns and I’m always in awe of her unique ideas.

It’s always a huge plus for me when I can use the same patterns for both kids.  I have a horrible  wonderful pattern buying habit and I suppose being able to reduce a few here or there is probably helpful, haha!  Even better, is when you can (with a little experience) throw a few patterns together to get something completely new!

The Summer Surprise Top has been on my list to try for awhile now.  It has a sweet back bow and little pleat in the front that takes just a simple tee/tank and bumps it up a notch.

The Domi Sweats are in my tried and true stack of bottom patterns.  We love the rounded pockets (although Miss Thang said she didn’t want pockets this time) and since they come in shorts or pants they are perfect year round.

To combine the two I started with the Skinny Top version and lowered the bow by about an inch in the back.  I wanted to make sure it was easy enough to slide up and down over the shoulders, but not too easy.  Then I added a few rows of shirring along the bottom of the top.

I made the pants per the pattern, only shortening them a little to an in between shorts/capri length.  Instead of adding the waistband I just attached the pants directly to the top.  Voila!

Can you tell she loved it??  With just a few days left of 2nd grade she says her outfits have to be just right and I was informed this one makes the cut! Go mom!! haha!   (side note… I cannot believe my baby will be in imagesrd grade!!)

As she gets older cutesy fabrics just don’t fly around here for anything but pj’s.  For this one Halla Fabricss sent me this gorgeous blue chevron from Znok, isn’t it amazing?  And the gray Stenzo solid from Mabel Madison was a perfect match!

Want to try mashing up a few on your own? With code CELEBRATE you can take 25% off all Sofilantjes patterns (bundles excl.) through May 29th.

We have some fabulous sponsors with amazing gifts for those of you following along!!  For today, Day 2, we have 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time)

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One Thimble Issue 11 – The Marty Hoodie Meets Hood Creatures

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What a perfect combination to release in the new issue of One Thimble!  We are such hoodie fans at my house that when I got a preview of Issue 11, I knew exactly what I wanted to sew up and try out.


The Marty Hoodie from Ainslee Fox is great!  It can be either tunic or dress length and has 2 pocket choices.

I chose the patch pockets but there is a kangaroo pocket as well that you can check out on Rachel’s review on Pattern Revolution.


These cute little trolls were in a scrap pack I picked up from Dark Matter Fabrics and there was just enough to highlight them with a coordinating french terry.

Since we are just moving into summer here I decided to make it short sleeve.  This isn’t an option on the pattern but is a very easy modification that you can make on your own.


StitchART released an adorable set of creatures plus a few extras like these glasses that I picked.  I can’t wait to try the others on something for Reid, they are right up his wild-side alley!

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These templates can be added to ANY hoodie, made or store bought.  They only require a few simple things to get started.  Most importantly you will want to be sure you have a free motion or darning foot for your machine, it should look something like this-

This lets the fabric move freely and you can control where the stitches go, rather than being fed through normally.
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