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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.

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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

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!!

A New Pattern Designer and A Late Tutorial – The Pocket Full of Posies Skirt


So this was scheduled for yesterday but it never posted… SO here we are again, with a late Tuesday Tutorial.  I am so excited to share this one with you though because its for a brand new pattern from a new designer.  Meet Elliedactyl.  Annelise has been in the sewing world for quite some time and I’ve been lucky enough to work on a few sew-alongs with her in the Backstitch Back Room.  Now she’s venturing off on her own and she has nailed it with this first pattern.


The Pocket Full of Posies is a knit skirt with 2 HUGE side pockets… what girl doesn’t have a million things to carry around with her?  I mean i’m ready for this in my size even!

I wanted to share with you today how you can take some old t-shirts and recycle them to use for the pockets.  This is perfect for a school spirit skirt like i’m showing here, or even a camp shirt, special group or just that tee that you can’t bear to part with from your younger days.  Your possibilities are endless.


The easiest way to get the best use from your shirt is open it up from the back.  This gives you the widest possible piece of fabric and helps eliminate having to piece anything together.   You will want to cut straight up the back, and across both shoulder seams so that it opens up flat like the picture below.

After you have it laid out, you take  your pattern piece and lay it out so that your graphic is centered and cut it out just like you would traditional fabric.


Once your pieces are cut just follow the pattern directions as written for a game stopping skirt!


The Ashley Bundle – Funktional Threads Sew-Up

Hey all!!  So excited to be rounding out our Funktional Threads week with the Ashley Bundle.  Thank you so much for checking out all our stops along the way (if you haven’t yet, i’ve linked them at the bottom)!  And big thank you to Lisa and Larissa for inviting me to join in and share today.


These patterns for the skort and top are listed individually or you can get them as a bundle.  Lets be honest, with the coupon at the bottom, it’s a no brainer to get both, I’m all for maximizing my pattern funds and the bundle is a fabulous deal.


Both patterns include sizes 2-16 so you can cover just about an girl your sewing for.  The skirt has the paneled version that i’m sharing here, in 2 different lengths; this is the longer version so she can have a bit of growing room.   There is also a really sweet petal version or just a basic  circle skirt.


It also includes the shorts to go under so there’s no worry about anyone singing “I see London, I see France…..” haha!! You know where that’s going right??   With a skirt that has this kind of twirl undershorts are a must so how great to have them built in!!


The top includes multiple sleeve variations, 2 neckline variations, the hood, and even 2 different lengths.   Here I used the sleeve piece that is used with the ruffled sleeves but left the ruffles off.  I think it leaves a great little cap sleeve on its own that’s perfect for school!  And really what girl doesn’t love a hood??


With all these options from both patterns, you could easily build a closet full of different combinations!!   I’d love to see what awesomeness you sew up so be sure to share in Funktional Threads Pattern group.  You’ll find tons of inspiration and lots of tips from others!

If you love the fabrics I used here be sure to check out One Red Blossom (the stars and the rainbow stripe)  and MK Designs (the Rainbow Dash).

Join a full week of bloggers sharing their Funktional Threads Creations! Each day, there will be a different blogger featured and they will be sharing their take on one of the great patterns.


**Note: The blog post each day will not be up until their day, but you are encouraged to check out their blog at anytime!**

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Funktional Threads is also having a sale all week. You can get the patterns for 35% off with the code BLOG35 here!

Jennuine Designs Moto Jacket Blog Tour

Hey all!! Thanks for making a visit at our stop on the Jennuine Designs Moto Jacket Tour.

I’m going to start with a secret, this is the first pattern from Jennuine Designs that I’ve had a chance to sew up.  That being said, it definitely won’t be the last!  I am thoroughly impressed by the clarity of the instruction and design plus the construction left me with a beautifully finished garment, both inside and out.

The welt pockets and the finished look of the lining/facing gives this such a professional look. When she was showing off her new jacket to dad he didn’t even believe i’d made it, haha!  Love when that happens!


We talked about the colors and design, and her immediate request when I said I was making a leather jacket was that she wanted it to look like Mal’s from the new Disney Descendents movie.  We comprised and did more of an inspired by look by pulling the purple and green from Mal, but adding our own style.

Let’s be honest, we all have an inner (maybe slightly badass) diva deep down. And while that isn’t always her attitude, this jacket for sure brought it out, haha!

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This was a tour for firsts, since this was also my first time sewing with leather. I chose a gray vegan leather from Girl Charlee that I absolutely love! It’s so soft and was very easy to work with.  My machine and I had a bit of a love-hate relationship using it but overall I’d use it again for sure.


I found a great purple sweater on the 1/2 off rack at Goodwill to use for the arms and collar.   I was able to cut the sleeves straight from the already made sleeves of the sweater so there was minimal finishing needed.  The pattern instructions explain how to complete the sleeves with a few different options depending on if you’re upcycling or not, which was very helpful.

For the lining I went with a Stenzo poplin from Mabel Madison.  I love how the colors in the lining pull everything together when it’s peaking out.IMG_6281

Thanks again for letting us share!  Want to try out your own Moto Jacket? or one of the other awesome patterns from Jennifer?  You can use code MotoTour for 25% sitewide at Jennuine Designs through 8/21.  There is also a great giveway going on that you won’t want to miss – check out the daily blog to enter –

Be sure to check out all the other awesome stops I’ve shared below, and dont forget to enter

Moto Jacket Tester Tour (1)

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Beri Bee Designs
From a Box
Friends Stitched Together
Sew Not Perfect
Climbing the Willow
Sew Shelly Sew
The College Seamstress
Rebel and Malice
Sew Cool for the Tween Scene
Just Add Fabric
Call Ajaire
Project Destash
Milk Monster
Momma Miss
All Things Katy

 (This post does contain affiliate links.  If you love what you see and want to purchase through my links, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!)

Tomorrow I will have a 2nd grader…

Sigh… time flies way too fast!!  Not only our summer, which seems like it was over as quick as it started, but that my little girl (who would die if she heard me call her that) is starting 2nd grade tomorrow.

This month I have SO many fun projects to share with you, I have a few really cool blog tours coming up that i’m super excited about.  And I have lots of back to school sewing to work on.
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One of my R’s favorite things is skirts that twirl… in almost any photo shoot we do, you will likely see a spinning shot.  Mostly because that is the true measure of whether or not an item i’ve made can pass the “i’ll wear it again” test that she’s come up with.  They also have to be soft and comfy.


I recently participated in a scrap swap with some friends over at Pattern Revolution and whipped up this skirt with one of the packages I received.  I shared my woven scrap dress on the blog there last week and now here is my knit item.  EVERY piece of this was from the scraps that Sarah sent me, and even better, it meets all of R’s criteria, haha!


I just took a basic circle skirt pattern and instead of cutting on the folds like it directs, I cut 4 separate pieces, then cut each of those in half.  Stitched them all together and added a yoga waistband.  This is a super quick and really cute way to use up scraps you might have hanging around.

What are some of your favorite scrap projects?? Feel free to share some links, i’m always looking for something to do with the totes full that I accumulate 🙂

Introducing the Hipster Twister from Little Lizard King

Now, I know you all have probably noticed i’m a big fan of Little Lizard King.  I think Liz and her crew are pretty awesome and have some really fabulous patterns.  This new one is no different!  Raedene had mentioned to me a few months ago that she was working on something pretty awesome and that when it came time for testing I was definitely going to have to give it a try and whew! she was right!!


When testing started I played it pretty safe and went with the regular woven skirt (one of 3 options for this pattern) and was thrilled with the outcome.  It had great twirl for just being a gathered skirt, and the top fit like a dream!!  Super quick to come together too so I thought, why not one more.  (plus I had some panels just staring at me waiting to be used)


Second time around, I went with the stripwork skirt version.  Those panels I mentioned, were bought just for this.  We talked about possibly using panels with it when Raedene mentioned it before so I thought it might be a good idea if I had a few on hand for when it was ready.  The Knit Panel Konnektion is definitely my go-to for panels when I’m looking and I had remembered this series of Equestria Girls that had been shared and knew that would be the way to go.


I did have to adjust the size of the panels just a bit to be sure I got the most of each pony included but it worked wonderfully.  I didn’t alter the top edge of the pattern piece, so things still fit together nicely, I just extended it a little wider as it comes to the bottom.  (when you get your pattern this should make sense, if not please email me and i’ll be happy to walk you through it).

I paired it with this gorgeous Rainbow Pony fabric from MK Designs and a few others that have been in my stash for awhile.  Thrilled with this outcome!  While I loved the first version I did, the stripwork one blew me away.  We will definitely be putting together a few more combinations of this one in the future.

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Lets see what gorgeous options you come up with!!  It will be available at a special introductory price at with the code “Hipster” at checkout.


Tutorial: The Twisted Headband

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Fabric headbands are such a trend right now.  One thing I wanted to do was make something that used elastic instead of just knit to really make something that would span a larger size group for each one.  I am actually able to wear the same size as my 7 year old if I wanted to share (or if she would share I should say, haha!)

Big thank you to Hallå Fabrics for providing the fabric for this tutorial.  I originally designed the tutorial for their chat page and i’m happy to be sharing it here also.  I highly recommend you check out their page, this and other great free tutorials are listed there (plus lots of gorgeous Euro fabrics!!)

Cut out your 3 pieces using this following cutting guide. These are just suggested sizes and you can always adjust the length of the elastic if you find they aren’t working for your child or yourself.

Fold in half right sides together and stitch along the long side.  Then turn right side out making 3 tubes.

We are not cutting the elastic yet. Feed one side through the smallest tube and stitch at the end to secure.

Push the fabric to one side and now measure your elastic and cut using the following guide- Elastic Chart- DO NOT CUT YET
NB-4 — 4″
5 -10 — 6″
11+ — 7″

Stitch at the opposite end to secure. It should look like the last picture.

Line up the seam so that it goes down the center of each of the 2 larger tubes. Lay one out with the seam up and the other across with the seam DOWN.

Fold the bottom one over so the short ends meet and lay the gathered piece in the center with the seam UP.  Wrap the wider tube around the elastic.

Stitch 1/4″ from the edge, going back and forth about 5-6 times to secure. Go slowly so this doesn’t shift.  Trim the end to about 1/8″ seam allowance.

Now lay the short ends together for the other side and follow the same steps to enclose the other end.

After both ends are wrapped and secured you can pull the sides up to cover the unfinished end.

As you can see this method leaves a nicely finished product with no ugly closing or having to do any hand stitching (which I despise if you didnt know! )

If you prefer to have something with a bit thinner band at the base you can also modify it to only use fold over elastic as in the next few pictures.  You would follow the exact same instructions as above.  I did also make this one a bit narrower so I cut it at 3.5″ x 14″ instead of 4.5″ as directed originally.  The beauty of this is after the first few you can definitely adapt to make it fit the way you like best.

For the thinner elastic, I found it stayed a bit neater if I closed off raw edge after pulling it through.  You can see those stitches in the last picture.

Day 4 of our Homegrown Tank Sew Along – Beyond the Pattern


I hope you’ve been sewing with us this week!!  Now that you have the basic construction down, let’s look at an easy modification.  Adding a fabric panel to the front of the skirt.  (If you weren’t following the sewalong be sure to check out this tutorial first –

Lets get started… Measure the width of your panel. Subtract that from the provided width of your skirt piece. So for my size 4, the skirt was 48″ I reduced it to 34″ because my panel is 14″.


With right sides together stitch the side of the panel to each short end of your skirt piece so that its fully connected making a tube.


Line up the seams from the panel and mark the ends (this is your center front and center back)


Line up those clips/pins and then mark the ends again so that its split into 4 quarters. We want to be sure that the panel is centered in the front. I do this BEFORE I gather to ensure i’m marking evenly. I would normally mark with pins so that when I gather I can leave the marks there.


I prefer to have the panel less gathered than the rest of the skirt so its more visible. The easiest way to do this is gather the skirt and panel separately.  So I start gathering at one edge of the panel and go around to the other edge and stop. Then run gathering stitches across the top of the panel.


Now mark your bodice into quarters also. The side seams should match up and then mark the centers.


I’m missing the next picture so I apologize but as you clip/pin your skirt to the bodice as you would in the regular pattern, take note to also be sure your panel edges are equal distance from each side seam. I usually clip/pin this one more time in that spot to be sure it stays even. Now attach the skirt and your finished!!


Thank you so much for sewing along with us!! I had a blast and I love seeing all the awesome finished dresses!!  Be sure to enter your photos into the albums to be included in the Backstitch giveaway AND enter below for a giveaway from me!!


Little Lizard King – Homegrown Tank Dress/ Blue Ribbon Dress Mashup!! (and tutorial)

With summer fast approaching my daughter asked me to make a few dresses for her with strappy tanks, easy enough right?  Well, the catch is that she also wanted ONLY knit used and there hasn’t been a pattern released that was what she wanted so I decided to mashup a few to make it just right.  I’m sharing with everyone today since it seems this style has been a trend lately, and what little girl doesn’t want a new dress??


So I mentioned this was using a few Little Lizard King patterns, the Homegrown Tank and the Blue Ribbon, you can find both here.

This is pretty simple – let’s start with the bodice.  Your going to chose your size and follow the pattern directions as they are for the tank portion.

For the sash, you’ll move to the Blue Ribbon pattern and use the same size you cut out for the bodice and use the measurements for the KNIT sash.   You will sew the short ends, right side together to make a tube, then fold wrong sides together and press.  You should end up with a sash that is about an inch less than the width of your bodice.  (EDIT – I added a little clarification on the sash HERE)


For the knit skirt, lets go back to the Homegrown Tank pattern.  We’re going to use the same length that is indicated but for the width of each piece, take the width of your finished bodice (just laid flat) and multiple 2.5.  (for example a size 7 is 13″ so i’ll be cutting 2 pieces 32.5″ long)  NOTE: This will not change on the larger sizes, you will still only cut 2 pieces.

ALSO because knit is so much wider than a woven its very possible to cut this piece as ONE on the fold, which is what I normally do.  Just be sure to make a mark or pin at the fold for when you gather and attach.

Make a tube with your skirt piece(s) (so down one side seam if you cut on the fold, 2 if you didn’t) and then gather the skirt.  I love using elastic in my bobbin when I gather for this.  I like that it preserves the stretch at the waist without having to pull out your gathering stitch PLUS it gives it a nice recovery.


Take your sash and line up your side seams with the side seams on the skirt (or with the mark you made if you only have 1 side seam).  Turn the tank inside out and put the gathered skirt inside the tank with right sides together, sandwiching the sash between the bodice and skirt.   I personally prefer to do it this way so that while I serge the gathers are facing up.  This lets me keep an eye on them so they don’t bunch up funny anywhere while i’m attaching.


Attach the skirt to the bodice then turn right side out and VIOLA!

Little Lizard King was nice enough to provide BOTH patterns for me to give away to one lucky reader!!  Enter below!

Check out the followup to this post here – with quick modification to really make your dress stand out –


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Patterns were altered and this tutorial published with permission from Little Lizard King.