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Blog Tour – One Thimble E-zine Issue #12

Can you believe its that time again already??  The newest issue of One Thimble has hit the virtual stands and its amazing! (as if we had any doubts, right?!)


I have a few things i’ve been making from this and i’m going to share one of them today.   I was in a little fender bender this weekend and its slowed my sewing down a little so I do apologize.  Stay tuned for this sweet little number still to come!!


But while you wait, I have been dying to share these pictures of the Thread Faction #111 Dress.  I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sure this is my first Thread Faction pattern and all I can say is WOW!   I really love the simplicity of the #111 dress.  Oh and don’t let the word simplicity fool you though… there is nothing plain about this dress.  I can see endless possibilities to add your own twist or style to it, making it so super special.


Here in the midwest we have hot fall weather pretty frequently, so I moved on from bright summer colors and paired up this gorgeous geometric fox print (from Sweet N Charmed Fabrics) with a drape-y tan slub knit.   We are loving it for back to school and it will be perfect as it cools down too, layered with long sleeves and leggings.


The pattern comes in sizes 2-10 and features a fully lined bodice.  Its a great pattern for intermediate beginners who already have some basic sewing skills.  The skirt is actually gathered with clear elastic which is a great technique to learn if you haven’t tried it before.


Afraid to commit to the whole magazine?  You could always just buy single patterns but lets do some math…. The Thread Faction dress i’ve shared today is $8.00 … the other patterns range from $6-$15 and include everything from accessories to a woman’s skirt.   For $25 you get 10 … yes TEN patterns, plus over 20 articles with tons of tips and tricks of the trade.  No brainer right?!?!    Or you could go ahead and just buy the 3 or so you want and spend $30… your choice! 😉


So go check it out, find some amazing inspiration and come back and share what you loved.   Leave a comment with your favorite pattern for a chance to win a free yard of fabric from my stash!

Also don’t forget to follow along the rest of our tour for more lovely items from this issue!

And just to leave you with one final shot… it wouldn’t be a photo shoot with this crazy girl if we didn’t have at least one wackadoodle pose, haha!
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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)

Want more chances to win? And more gorgeous inspiration? Follow the rest of our tour –

From a Box Paisley RootsPattern Revolution SewSophieLynn
Beri Bee DesignsSprouting Jube JubeCoral and Co.Create 3.5Jennifer for SofilantjesBellevi Vaahtokarkkimonsteri Sew JournersInspinration MoonStar Lucky MieNononsonsmoms Pienkel Tales of a Tester Adventures with Bubba and BugAll things Katy Candice AyalaRebel and MaliceLiesellove

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A New Friend with a New Fabric Collection …  

Does it get any better???

Not long ago I received an email from an online sewing acquaintance, that instantly made my day.  I knew Audrey from my involvement with Top Stitchers (so ready for season 4 by the way!) and I was very familiar with her blog Skirt Fixation  so imagine my excitement when she mentioned she would be in my area coming up and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up?  Um… hello?!  Of course I said yes!!

She is so incredibly sweet and it never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to chat and how quickly an hour goes by when you share a passion for the same things.  Our first get together seemed to fly by and we vowed to get together again soon.

When she reached out to me about helping with some photographs for her current blog tour, I was thrilled.  I got to see a sneak peek at this gorgeous fabric she designed, which was amazing!   I also think we decided on the best setting, it really helped showcase the outfit she made.

Gorgeous right????

I still hesitate to call myself a photographer but I love how these turned out.  Its easy when you have a beautiful subject, seriously her daughter is a pro!

Looking forward to our next get together, hopeful that we can stretch it beyond an hour this time because gosh that just goes by so fast!

In the meantime,  I know i’ll be headed over to pick up some of this gorgeous fabric for an upcoming project so be on the lookout for it soon!

And you don’t want miss her blog tour this week where you can find some more lovely inspiration with the Floral Radiograph line she designed PLUS while you’re there, you can enter her giveaway!!

Duds for Dudes – a tour of all things boy (and our neighborhood)


By now you likely all know my love for Euro fabrics, so when Mabel Madison made a call for boys blog tour, you didn’t have to twist my arm to sign up!   They carry an awesome variety of high quality knits and an especially good section of more boyish prints.  They were also awesome enough to provide the fabric for today’s post, so huge thank you to Emily at Mabel Madison!

I fell in love with these Happy Little Buses by Stenzo and knew they would make the perfect summer shorts.  I had a slightly different plan for the stars (also Stenzo) but things changed, so while this is a little busier than my normal choices for an outfit, its a great match for my busy guy.  And speaking of busy…he is ALWAYS on the move, as evident in our photo shoot, haha!  I thought i’d let him lead the way (since asking him to stand still and smile is out of the question) and he led alright… a tour all around the neighborhood!  LOL!!


The Coastal Craze Baggies were EXACTLY what i’d envisioned for these shorts.  Knee length but not sloppy, POCKETS and an elastic waist. I’d come across them in the Peek-a-Boo shop before I think, but sometimes I need to have a fabric in mind for me to really decide on a pattern.  I sent a message about wanting to use the pattern and  Amy from Peek-a-Boo was kind enough to send it over for me to feature for today.


As with every PAB pattern i’ve used in the past, the directions were clear and the pieces all went together perfectly.   I’m thrilled with how they fit and we will be using this pattern for ALOT more this season.


The top I decided on is the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates.  Just a simple raglan but fits well and is a super quick sew.

Of course he would be drawn to the drains, anything that should be off limits right?

After following along to all of his “come on mom, your too slow” motions I have to say, this kid is the best.  He’s so curious, and has found lots of things he loves doing, things he giggles a little after he does cause he knows its not ok… like walking the curb 😉



Want more awesome boy inspiration??  Follow along the rest of our Duds for Dudes tour!



Mabel Madison is really thrilled to host a week-long blog tour focused on sewing for BOYS! Every day this week, you’ll have a chance to visit with a few of our friends and see what they have made for their boys. Here are today’s stops:



Spring Break PJ Party – Elliedactyl Jadyn Party PJs

It seems fitting that the Elliedactyl pajama pattern is actually the Jadyn Party Pajamas since they are making an appearance on the Spring Break PJ Party Tour today.

It’s no secret that I love everything Elliedactyl and since I didn’t have time when these were in testing to give them a try I knew they would be my choice for this tour.  And as expected, they didn’t disappoint.


The only downfall is they are so cute you don’t even realize they are pj’s!  This may lead to your child not wanting to take them off and head out into the world in the same clothes they rolled out of bed in, HAHA!


While I had a grand plan for this photo shoot, we know what happens to grand plans when your trying to get out of town on vacation right?  they go out the window!  At least for me, cause really, i’ll be honest, i’m the queen of procrastination.  At least I can admit it right?


I decided what would be even better than a staged shoot at the studio would be if I took them while we were REALLY on spring break!  So excuse my poor lighting and hotel bed, and say hello real life spring break in studio condo with 2 kids…


I’ve been waiting for a chance to get some jammies made for Reid with this awesome fabric from Peek-A-Boo Fabric Shop.  I mean, it really fits him to a T!!  Most days he reminds me a little of the Tasmanian Devil, remember that little cloud of dust tornado?  Yep, thats this kid!  The stars are from TKBPrints and are my go to coordinate for most of his stuff.  They just match everything!  They do have a retail site but things sell out pretty quickly so I suggest following them on Facebook for updates and new orders.



He thought it was pretty funny that he was allowed to jump on the bed. Not a smart momma move. Obviously, he had no interest in stopping. As I was correcting him, he must have thought if he turned around and couldn’t see me anymore, I wouldn’t be able to see him either, WRONG! Still in trouble, little man!


He finally sat down and tried to give me that “but i’m so cute, how could you be mad at me” face. ahhhhhh…. yes I melt every time.


Feel the need to sew up some pj’s of your own now??   Check out all of the stops on the PJ Party tour plus our amazing sponsors for tons of ideas on fabrics and patterns you can use.

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Create 3.5 to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!

Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

Rafflecopter giveaway– ENTER HERE

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Want to win more prizes? Visit Lulu & Celeste tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Sprouting JubeJube’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 22nd)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:

Monday, March 21st

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots

Tuesday, March 22nd

Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread

Wednesday, March 23rd

Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24th

Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor

Friday, March 25th

Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophiLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

Adventures in Quilting – Bloom Quilt Block  10

To those of you that know me, this may seem out of the norm. Or on the other hand you may know that I love a challenge, and trying out new things, so it may not seem so strange.  


Quilting is something that just never really attracted my attention.  I spent ALOT of time at a local quilt shop as I was starting Beri Bee; and if I’m honest I wouldn’t likely be where I am now without the encouragement of the ladies there. That said, even seeing the amazing work from Janet, Alice, Lisa and others there, I never gave it a try.    If your ever in Southern California you’ll have to check out SLO Creative Studio.  Janet moved out west and has a new shop out there. Don’t tell me you went though, it will just make me jealous 😉

Well hell must have frozen over cause here it is! My first ever quilt block!! 

 This is Block 10 from the Bloom Quilt pattern by Lori Holt.  I have been drooling over these Wonderland fabrics so I decided to use them for my block instead but for the most part the pattern is the same.   

The Sew Simple Shapes from Lori Holt made the appliqué so easy!  I just traced onto the Pellon, stitched them to the fabric and turned.  

 You may notice one tiny difference in mine from the others along the tour,and I apologize, I had to make the rounded leaves versus the more triangle style because of a small mixup with the templates I was sent. I really still love it so no problem  here.  

I even attached all the appliqué by hand! Something else that’s on my list of seeing to avoid… Anything by hand. But, and don’t anyone repeat this, it was kind of relaxing and I may have even enjoyed it a little, haha! 


Now to decide what to do with my lone block… Make more? Or find a project to incorporate this one?

Want to see more inspiration from the Bloom quilt sewalong? Head over to Lori’s page, or visit the Riley Blake blog to see other versions of this block plus the previous blocks from Bloom. 

Boys Can Wear Pink – Season 2

When I was given the chance to participate in this amazing tour again this year, I jumped at it.  I had such a good time last year with my little guy and I knew I could do something epic again this year.


Last year my motivation was a little different, he was a newborn, he was expected to have a closet full of greens and blues and browns.  And while that is fine and well, its nice to have some variety.  There’s no reason little (or big) boys shouldn’t wear whatever they want, pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, blue… none of these colors mean anything about WHO they are.  Pink makes a boy no less of a boy and while there will always be someone to say otherwise, I want my boy to grow up knowing it doesn’t make a difference.

(Hope you don’t mind, i’m sneaking in a flash back… )

Now that he’s a year older, my opinion is not only on what he wears but what he plays with.  He has an older sister with a million dolls… so YES he’s going to play with them.  He LOVES them, he carries them around, pushes a baby in the stroller and has a great time doing it.  Why shouldn’t he?  Dolls aren’t just for girls, just like pink isn’t either.


I had the opportunity to test this SWEET pattern from Terra’s Treasures, the Elevation Hoodie (coming this week!!) and I just knew it had to be what I featured today.  When I bought these cute little raccoons I thought they would be red, imagine my surprise to open a package of pink, but hey, even better right?!?!  I got those from Jumping June Textiles, while i’m fairly certain they are sold out, you should check out the other amazing Euro prints she carries.


He relunctanly gave up his baby when I suggested that there might be pockets on his hoodie.  He’s just learning why pockets are so awesome and how much stuff he can sneak into one.     Gosh when did he get so big???

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I recently  made these pink dragon Max Joggers from Max & Meena and thought they would be perfect to share today too.   You can find the pink Znok dragons at Halla Fabric, if you hurry  I think they are still in stock!!  They pair nicely with his new Wild and Free shirt my friend Julie sent him.  I’d say it suits him to a TEE!  HAHA!!  They are available at her shop Chestnut Street Duds if your interested.

He’s letting me know its too cold to stay out any longer so off we go… the baby back in arms to keep him happy on the walk back.

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Thank you so much for following this AMAZING blog tour.  There are some fabulous ladies with awesome kiddos that have lots to share this week.  If you missed the first few days go back and check them out, then be sure to follow along as we wrap up!   You also don’t want to miss the killer giveaways we have from all the great business that have agreed to sponsor this week for us.   You can ENTER HERE for the giveaway.



Mabel Madison’s Valentines Blog Tour – Kisses for Sale


This girl… i’m telling’ ya, its never a dull moment!  If you’ve followed me at all before, you know i’m not usually one to set up a bunch of props but I thought why not, its Valentines Day right?  So Ry sees the sign that says “kisses 5¢” and her first words are “eeewwwwwww!!! that is so gross, i’m not kissing anyone!”


She thinks for a second and tells me to hold on then comes back with a handful of Hershey Kisses…”there” she says, “now it’s THESE kisses for sale”, totally cracked me up!

Ok, enough about my crazy girl, let’s talk about this gorgeous dress (yes, i’m a tad biased, but it’s pretty sweet right?).  Another thing you may know about me, is that I love sewing with knits, and no, this is not a knit.  Its an amazing poplin from Stenzo that I received from Mabel Madison.  I’ve tried Stenzo poplin before but I really wanted to highlight it this time.  One of my favorite qualities is the crispness that it has versus regular quilting cotton.  It holds pleats beautifully and keeps its shape nicely.  Not to mention the gorgeous, insanely vibrant color!


After much deliberation, I chose the Mara Blouse from Compagnie M (affiliate link).   I used the directions in the pattern to lengthen it to a dress length, although apparently Ry grew and the dress I used to help gauge the new length was too short, haha, oops!  I actually really love the tunic length so good mistake!


Instead of piping around the yoke I went with a decorative lace to give just a little pop of color.   The pattern has 3 different sleeve options to chose from; this is the butterfly sleeve.  I would say it’s similar to a cap sleeve but with a small slit in the middle.



This is my first pattern from Compagnie M and I was very impressed.  I am generally hesitant to try out a new pattern for a feature but I figured I was stepping outside my normal fabric box, why not the pattern too.  Marte was kind enough to provide me a free copy of the pattern to use for this project.  I would say its best for an advanced beginner/intermediate level sewist just because of the pleats and piping.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow, making this sophisticated top a great step up from a basic beginner pattern.


Want to see more amazing poplin creations?? Follow along the Mabel Madison Valentines Tour!  and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win a $10 giftcard!!  (link below)

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Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of inspiration!

Handmade Boy | Friends Stitched Together | Beri Bee Designs | The Kisses Co
Handcrafted by RED | create3.5 | Pattern Revolution
Free Notion | Mabel Madison

Are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? Join the fun on Instagram with hashtag ‪#‎mabelmadisonmakers‬. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $10 Mabel Madison Gift Card. It’s the perfect way to be a ‪#‎mabelmadisonmaker‬!
Enter here for a chance to win!!

The Statement Clutch – One Thimble Issue No. 9

Happy Monday!!  Welcome to my little stop on the One Thimble Tour.

Today we’re celebrating Issue No. 9  PLUS One Thimble’s 2nd Birthday!!  So excited for Jen and the team at OT.

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If you haven’t checked out this fabulous E-zine yet, you have seriously missed 8 amazing issues and 100’s of patterns.   In the past i’ve been lucky enough to review the full magazine, but this time (with a crazy home life) I decided to just preview one pattern.  Don’t worry, I’m picking up my own copy too because there are some crazy cute things that I’m dying to sew up this issue.  Want to win your own FREE copy??  Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!!

This issue I decided to check out The Statement Clutch from Two Pretty Poppets because honestly, a girl can never have too many bags, and i’m in the midst of deciding on teacher gifts for the holidays.  Hello…. this is PERFECT!


The pattern comes in 3 sizes, what you see here is the small.


This is the perfect size for a bag to keep in my bigger purse for those quick trips, or for just a day out by myself.  Can you tell we are hitting winter in the midwest… I can’t leave home without nose wipes, haha!

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Now for those looking at this lovely lace overlay saying, “That had to have taken so much time” you’re wrong!  I even admit, I was thinking that as I looked at fabric options, thinking what could I use so I didn’t need to add the overlay, lol!   I decided to go with it though and the extra 2 minutes that it took (yes, thats really all it was)  to freehand quilt some crazy waves (cause really who has time to make a neat even pattern??) was totally worth it.  It gives it such a gorgeous finish.

There is also a recommendation of when to attach your tag if your putting one on, but rather than the back as suggested, I went with a smaller tag in the side seam.  Mostly I wanted to use these cute tiny tags I got recently.


This is also great for those fabrics that you are down to your last 1/2 yard or fat quarter scrap.  I went with these awesome Spotted Owls from Alexander Henry, and Elegant Ovals from Art Gallery.  Both of which have been in my stash for years waiting for just the right project.

Ok, so I know I promised we were giving away a free copy of Issue No 9… here is your chance!!


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Be sure to check out the other stops on this Issue’s tour for lots of inspiration!

** This post does contain affiliate links.  Thank you for your all your support to let me continue to provide free and honest reviews as well as lots of awesome tutorials and information (not to mention doing something I truely love!)

Jocole Fall Blog Tour – Mix & Match Cowl Neck Tunic

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Happy Saturday!!  I’m excited to finally be sharing my fab new tunic from the Jocole Mix & Match line.  I know a few may have been expecting me earlier in the week but Sharon from Sweet Pea and Pumkins was kind enough to trade days.  With moving into the studio the last few weeks have been INSANE!!

So i’ve been a little skeptical about how these mix & match patterns went but I will say now that I’ve made my first one, I can see these patterns becoming staples in my self-care sewing.


I’ve been in a leggings mood lately so immediately knew a tunic length would be on my list.  Then since our midwest fall has been anywhere from 50-80 degrees daily, 3/4 length sleeves seemed like a great compromise for most any weather.   And to change things up a little a cowl neck- I don’t have much in that style AND I’ve never made one either.

So to recap I used the following Mix & Match:

Classic Sleeves
Classy Cowlneck Bodice
Radiant A-Line Bottom


I love the length, it has the perfect coverage for leggings and I could even change it up with skinny jeans since its not TOO long.

Oh and hubby must have thought it was pretty good too since I got my favorite compliment ever… “You MADE it?  I figured you went shopping”  Hearing that he can’t tell the difference between store bought and me-made items is like music to my ears 🙂 haha!


Go check out all the options available in the mix & match series and start planning your next project!  The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Even better!! Want a chance to enter for a FREE Jocole Pattern of your choice??  Be sure to enter HERE!

Also be sure to visit the other stops on the Fall Blog Tour for more Jocole inspiration!