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BLOG TOUR | Cozy Up To Fall – EYMM Piko Top & Get Moving Leggings 

Fall… Oh how i missed you!!  As much as i love sewing dresses and cute skirts, there is just something about sweaters and leggings that makes my heart skip a beat!  Its been unseasonably warm around here so its taking a little longer than normal to get in the swing of all sewing BUT a good blog tour will always do the trick!  Have you been following along with the other amazing outfits that have been shared this week?  It’s been super inspiring, which means my list is now about a mile long, haha!


This gorgeous sweater knit came in a grey mystery box from Sincerely Rylee fabrics last year.  I’ve been sitting on it for awhile and this seemed like the perfect time to pull it out.  The Piko Top has 3 hem options and 3 sleeve lengths.  For this version I went with the hi-lo hem and 3/4 length sleeves.

After I was finished hemming, I gathered some wide black lace and attached it just by zig zagging it along the my original hem.  Here’s a little secret, this is the PERFECT way to add a little extra length to both handmade and store-bought items.  It made the front length exactly where I would want to wear with leggings.


Speaking of those fabulous leggings, they are the Get Moving Leggings made in a double brushed poly from So Sew English.  Now, I know there are a million legging patterns out there, and I definitely own my share of most of them but I will say the fit of these was spot on.  When you measure for this pattern, it has you check your calf and thigh measurements in addition to waist/hip.  This made it really easy to grade the legs slimmer since my legs are about 2 sizes different than my hips/waist.   With 3 different waist styles and multiple lengths (shorts/capris/full length) and with or without a gusset, this leggings pattern is a one stop shop!


Want to win a $20 EYMM gift card??? To enter for a chance just drop a comment sharing what pattern you would like to add to your fall wardrobe. I will be drawing for our prize at the end of the tour (10/11)

Make sure to stop by all the amazing stops on the Cozy Up to Fall Tour!! (Keep in mind that the links below won’t work until their scheduled date, but feel free to click through and check out their other blog posts anytime.)

Oct. 3 – Tour Kick-off at EYMM

Oct. 4 – Capture, Craft, and Cook and Boutique Birdie

Oct. 5 – Sprouting JubeJube and EYMM

Oct. 6 – Pretty and Precious and House of Estrela

Oct. 7 – Analog Bytes and Connected By A Thread

Oct. 8 – Adventures With Bubba and Bug and With Love in Every Stitch and Beri Bee Designs

Oct. 9 – Five Blessings and Lulu & Celeste and Creative Counselor

Oct. 10- Tour Roundup on EYMM

During the tour, all featured patterns are on sale (save even more by buying the youth/adult bundles!) … the Four Seasons Cardigan (both women’s and girl’s), the Piko Top (both women’s and girl’s), and the Leggings Bundle (‘Get Moving’ Leggings for women and Jocelyn’s Leggings for girls). Use coupon code FALL17 to save 30% off these 6 patterns and/or 3 bundles in the EYMM shop, but only until 11:59pm on October 11, 2017.

Psssstt…. the post above does contain affilliate links.  I would greatly appreciate that, if you enjoyed my post, and you decide to purchase from any of the companies I’ve shared that you do so through my links.  Every little bit helps keep the site running <3

Hip Hop Tank Blog Tour – My Geeky Side

I have had the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank pattern for well over a year and i’m embarrassed to say before now, i’d never made one! I know right?!?   Jumping on this blog tour seemed like a great reason to dust it off and get to making.


Ok, so we all have that deep dark secret right??  No, it’s not a dirty one, just one that i don’t think everyone knows about me.  I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan!!  EEK!   So marrying two of my favorite things, sewing and fandom seemed like a perfect idea.  This map fabric from Backstitch Fabrics was hiding on my shelf waiting for the perfect project and I think this was it!


While the pattern has amazing options on its own, I really wanted to add a little twist of my own and decided to make the back in 2 pieces rather than the standard tulip bottom.  For the back I used this gorgeous black and white knit that I was lucky enough to pick up from Quilt Market.   Its from the new Blake Cotton Jersey collection by Carolyn Friedlander that should be hitting shops this month!


One of my favorite things about this pattern is there’s a similar girl’s version. You can buy the bundle here.  I love patterns that I can duplicate for my daughter, and I’m certain this is a style she would really like!


IF you want to see a few versions in the girls style be sure to check out the other stops on the tour, there’s some REALLY cute girls versions sewn up!

July 31 Sew Shelly Sew   Wholesome Mama   Kainara Stitches

August 1 Stitches by Laura   MeMade   Very Blissful

August 2 Handcrafted by RED   Sprouting Jube Jube   Sewn at Seams

August 3 Sewing Curves   Beri Bee Designs   Phat Quarters

August 3 Ruby Rue Creations,   Sew and Tell Project   All Things Katy

Want a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Love Notions??  Enter HERE!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share!

** Please note there are affiliate links in the above post.

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!


Happy 2nd Anniversary EYMM!!

Join EYMM and 24 fellow bloggers as we celebrate the first 24 months of our pattern shop with a†huge†sale and giveaway!  We will be featuring 8 different patterns for women and girls, as well as having a Manic Monday sale and a huge site-wide sale.  There is also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post. Don’t wait because you don’t see sales like this often from EYMM and it will be over before you know it!


*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until 11am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.

7/27 Connected by a ThreadPattern RevolutionThe Wholesome Mama
7/28 Climbing the WillowRebel & MaliceHibbadoray
7/29 Pretty & Precious ClothingSprouting Jube JubeCall Ajaire
7/30 Once Upon a Sewing MachineSwoodson SaysBlessed X Five
7/31 Beri Bee DesignsSewing the SeasonsSew Outnumbered
8/1 Creative CounselorLulu & CelesteAnalog Bytes
8/2 Handcrafted by RedBoutique BirdieHattieLu Handmade
8/3 Capture, Craft & CookWelcome to Our Crazy WorldCreate 3.5

Who doesn’t love a reason to party??  We’ve been helping Kymy, of Everything Your Mama Made & More (affiliate link), celebrate the shop’s 2nd Anniversary all week and so far, everyone has had some pretty awesome things to share!  Have you checked them out yet?  If not, i’m sharing all the posts at the end so be sure to head back and take a look, plus there might be some giveaway entries in for you 😉


Skirt Fabric: Vivid Leilani Spearmint Knit by Riley Blake for Patty Young
I am thrilled that I was invited to sew something up, so I decided to go with a BRAND NEW pattern, the Girls Capsule Skirt.  One of the things I think that really sets EYMM apart is the patterns all have amazing size ranges to accommodate just about anyone you will be sewing for.  This girls skirt starts at newborn and goes up to girls 18, plus as an added bonus has a matching doll skirt for 15″ or 18″ dolls.

We really love yoga waists around here so this pattern will for sure be a go-to.  It meets all 3 of my 3 major criteria, amazingly quick to make, knit (it has to be comfy), and a yoga waist.  It even has pockets which is usually a request from my daughter.


As you can see we are still in comfy/play summer mode here but it could easily be dressed up a bit, making it very versatile.Untitled-1

AND as if all that wasn’t enough, you can even make matching mommy & me skirts since there is a women pattern as well.  We didn’t match (and she’s not very interested in us doing that anymore) but the version for women is every bit as easy and fabulous as the girls!

Top Fabric: Field of Crosses by Riki Prints on Facebook

Now for our virtual goodie bags (what’s a party without one right??)  How about we start with a coupon for 43% off the WHOLE store!?  Yep, that’s right just, you can save 43% off your purchase at EYMM (affiliate link) with the coupon code EYMM.  This makes many of the Mommy & Me bundles up to 68% off.  This is good now through 11:59pm PST on Monday 8/3/15.


Not only is there an AMAZING blog tour going on but 1 lucky winner that leaves a comment below between now and 8.3.15 will win a FREE EYMM pattern of their choice!!!! †Which one would you pick?


Then hop on over to EYMM to check out the†awesome SALE, and an even bigger celebration giveaway with over $1000 in prizes. †There will be 40 winners in all.