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Magnolia Re-release Blog tour

Welcome to Magnolia Re-Release Blog Tour!!!In case you missed it, the Magnolia Fit and Flare Top & Dress has been updated to include size 00-30, have separate layers for every size, and now includes a Layered A0 Print and a Layered Projector file!!!

 When this pattern first released, I was pregnant with my littlest guy and preparing for our big move, so sewing was just not happening then. I always said I would get to it once we got settled. Here we are almost 5 years later, and I finally got it sewn! Not only did I sew it, I made four!

The updated pattern has all the options of the original, PLUS projector file and extended sizes! I haven’t jumped on the projector train quite yet, so I had to tape and cut my pattern out, but it was still a quick process. I had my pattern together and fabric cut out in about 30 minutes! For all 4, I opted for short sleeves as I live in California and it is quickly warming up here! I also chose the basic back vs the color blocked, as I tend to live in tees and jeans and wanted something I would actually wear after pictures. I cut my back on the fold for all of them, which makes this a super quick sew!

Now lets get to the tops! I used 4 different fabrics: a brushed poly, a textured sweater knit, a cotton knit, and a mystery knit (I think it is a poly blend) – all from my stash! This gives a great visual on how different fabrics act with this pattern. All have the same options with the exception of the light pink sweater knit, which is cut on the longer shirt tail length.

As you can see, they all hang a tad different than each other. I wore the navy floral to an event I was at a couple weeks ago, and people could not believe I had sewn it the night before! It is that quick of a sew!

Here is a side view of each top!

I hope this encourages you to sew up this wonderful pattern Don’t wait 5 years like I did! I will be making more of these to wear all summer long! You can get your copy here for only $3 (for a limited time!)
What fabric are you excited to use?

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Happy Sewing!

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Sew Yourself Some Love with Winter Wear Designs

I haven’t had a chance to blog about my makes in while! I’m happy to be returning with another Sew Yourself some Love post!

When Suzanne first showed the sketches for this set, I was pretty sure it wasn’t something I would like to sew or that I would be sharing photos of on my blog/page! But, here we are!
If the past year has taught me anything, it is that I need to take care of ME if I want to be able to take care of everyone else. Easier said and done when we are in the middle of a pandemic with everyone home 24/7. I also homeschool (this is my 8th year!) and run a small business. I really wasn’t taking care of me, so when I looked in the mirror, I only saw the bad (in my eyes), rather then the person I was. I saw the number on the scale, the mom pouch belly, etc…
Then one day, I decided I had enough! I turned my negatives into positives. The mom pouch belly is the result of bring THREE awesome kids into this world. That number on the scale- it shows me how much muscle I am gaining because while it hasn’t changed much, my clothes have…I’m down a while size in both tops and pants! There is positives for every negative thought we see…IF we are willing to look. I decided that I should be proud of myself, so I made not one but two of the new Y-back sets!

I did a two piece top and shorts. Both are a poly type mystery fabric from a mystery box a couple years ago. I started out with a size Large based on my measurements, and ended up having to take it in just a touch along the sides to get the fit I liked…Thankfully, the alterations within the pattern made that easy!

My second one, I decided to try the longer slip. This is again a mystery box fabric….likely another poly blend! Based off of how the first set was, I decided to size down to a medium for my second set. The second round of using the slides went much quicker.

Now, I have two new PJ sets, and my dear loving husband even asked where I bought them…even though I showed them to him multiple times while sewing!

Here are all the details of the new Y-back Sleep Set:
This sleep set is designed for woven fabrics.  With classic lines, these patterns can be sewn up to create simple looks or easily dressed up with lace details.  The delicate Y back can be created with adjustable straps using bra slides or a simple tie back feature.  The Slip features bust darts for shaping.  The Shorts sit just above the high hip (not at the natural waist).  There are two rise options on the shorts:  Low Front or Straight Front.  The Low Front has full coverage in the rear and then angles down to the side seam and curves down in front.  The Straight Front has the same full coverage for the bum, but then does not angle down as much at the side seam and comes straight across the front for fuller front coverage.

Slip Options:

  • Crop, Petite, Regular, or Diagonal Lace Hem Top Options
  • Above Knee Sleep Dress Length

Shorts Options:

  • Regular Hem
  • Lace Hem
  • Triangle Side Inserts
  • Low Front Rise or Straight Front Rise (shorts sit at high hip, not natural waist)

Make sure to get your copy here for yourself for just $6.50!!!!!

Happy Sewing!


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Winter Wear Designs Amuse Boho Reblog

I do participate in affiliate programs, so if you click a link in my post, I may receive a small percentage of the sales! These help cover my costs for materials and the occasional cup of coffee!

I am re-sharing some of my favorite makes this week! This was the Amuse Boho top and Dress. I need to make her a new one as she has outgrown this one already!

I have been on a sewing hiatus for about a year now! Sometimes, life just takes over and boy did it! In the last year, we have welcomed our third child, moved to a new city, and bought a house. These put my sewing into boxes for months. Then, I couldn’t find the motivation (or time) to work on unpacking it all with my 4 yr old and a newborn at home. Then, Jody started asking about what new patterns Suzanne was releasing, as she missed testing them (we have tested many of her ladies patterns!). Then Suzanne announced the homecoming tour for this pattern, and I knew Jody would love it! This was the motivation I needed!

As usual, I let her chose her own fabrics. She once again did not disappoint! this fabric fits her perfectly. I spent about an hour one night taping the pattern together and cutting fabric. The following day, it took me about another 45-60 minutes to sew up the dress. She opted for a straight hem, mini length dress, with short sleeves. Thankfully, she is on the shorter side, so it hits a bit more above the knee than mini length on her.

She chose a stretch lace for the yoke, and I did two layers. Next time, I will use a solid for the inner layer, as even with two layers, the lace was still pretty see through. The main fabric is a knit that I had in my stash. I opted for a quick knit neckband. She loves her new dress and even wore it to school yesterday. Random kids would walk by and tell her that they liked her dress, so I am calling this one a win!

We also wanted to see what it looked like on an adult, and our neighbor happened to come over while we were doing pictures. the length is more mini on her for sure!

This pattern has:

  • Scoop Neck
  • Front Yoke
  • Optional Back Yoke
  • Short Sleeve or 3/4 Sleeve with elastic hem.
  • Dress: Mini, above knee, or knee length with either straight or shirttail hem.
  • Top or Tunic length  with Shirt tail Hem
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Poolside Blog Tour with Winter Wear Designs

Everyone knows how much my teen loves Winter Wear Designs *patterns! Whenever she realizes that she needs any clothes, she always asks me before anything else “Mom, does Suzanne have a pattern for ______?” If the answer is no, she either sketches up a pic of what she wants and shares it with Suzanne and myself, or we look at patterns that can be modified to fit the bill.

A few years ago, we were at a fabric store (hancock’s, I think) and she picked out this fabric with the purpose of a swim cover up. I of course have lagged and never made it! I had yet to find a pattern that I was in love with. When Suzanne announced the poolside tour, I knew it was time to redeem myself and make her that cover up! We looked through patterns, chatted with Suzanne, and still nothing was really exciting me. Then we were at Great America (theme park/water park nearby) last week and it dawned on me as she was wearing her swimsuit top under a tee. They require a shirt over swimsuits for all the rides (water or not), but nobody likes to walk around in a wet tee!


I printed, cut, and sewed the tidewater tee* in less than an hour! She loves it and it is perfect for over her bikini top! It also makes her dad happy that she is covered! I did size up for a looser fit (at least I thought I did, she has asked for more tidewaters that she can wear to school in the fall and this fit is pretty dang good on her! Also, because the fabric is a lacy/open weave, I only cut one back yoke.


And of course, no photo shoot is complete with this one if she doesn’t get a few goofy poses in!


Don’t forget to hit all the stops on the tour to see what they sewed up for at the pool!


Before you do though….

Have you entered to win the GRAND PRIZE giveaway sponsored by Boho Fabrics???  The entry is super simple over in the WWD Face Book Group, so head HERE and enter to win patterns from me and a $50 gift card from Boho Fabrics!!!

Pull up a lounge chair and a cold drink, and don’t miss a single stop on the Poolside Blog Tour:

Jackie Burney for Winter Wear Designs*
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Diane of Sewing With D
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North
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Top it Off Blog Tour

Here we are! Back for another Winter Wear Designs* Blog tour! One of the events that Suzanne is doing this year is revamping older patterns to include new features-like layers that have become more of an industry standard-and update the covers. With each one, she is having a blog tour! What does that mean for someone like me that already owns every single pattern? I get to sew them up again! Except in this case, I had not made one of the La Croix before, mainly because when it came out, I didn’t think it would be flattering on me. When this tour started, I figured that I would sew one up for Jody, like I usually do since the girl can wear anything and make it look good!

Then, I saw a picture of a shirt on a Facebook post in a fabric group and inspiration hit! After that, I knew it was going to be a shirt for me! As I started debating fabrics, I had to stray a bit away from the recommended fabrics in the pattern to get the look I was going for. I ended up choosing a gorgeous slinky teal sweater knit that I received in my last knit mystery box from Boho Fabrics. Then, I had to make some modifications to the construction….ALWAYS FUN!

First, I didn’t gather the sides, as I needed a flat bottom to attach a band. Yep, I used the band from the Banded Tee * and put a band around the bottom. I cut my band at 8″ rather than the 7″ to make it a bit wider, then I added a couple inches to the width as the La Croix is a bit wider than the Banded tee. I opted for a sleeveless top, that will work under one of the many cardigans that I have or need to make for this summer. I followed the pattern for all the construction, until hemming the bottom, then I added my band, same as I would on the banded tee. I made sure I had enough band to stretch to fit to pull in the bottom for a flowy bottom on my shirt.

*denoted affiliate links. If you use these links to purchase from Winter Wear Designs, I receive a small commission on the order. I only share links to products I have tried and loved, so never fear that I am just trying to sell you something! I do not see any of your personal information.


Now…On to the pictures!


A HUGE thank you to Simply By Ti Fabrics for sponsoring this blog tour and providing the fabric prize for the blog tour. Speaking of fabric prize…Do you want to win $20 GC from Simply By Ti Fabrics and 2 patterns of choice from WWD???? Be sure to jump over to the Winter Wear Designs Fun group  and enter to win! Be sure to share your creations as well!


Happy Sewing!

Check out all the Stops on the Blog Tour:

Jessica of Jot Designs USA
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
Patricia of Sew Far North
Livia of Liviality
Mari of MNW Sews
Lisa Dawson guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
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Bring on the Blouse (and the self love)!

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The ‘Bring on the Blouse Blog Tour’ is a celebration of the Omega* and Classic Shell Patterns*.  These are both patterns designed for woven apparel fabrics and they are divine in rayon blends and other drapey woven fabrications.  So strap in because this week will be filled with inspiration for both patterns.  Don’t own these beauties???  Save 20% and grab the Omega* for just $7.95 this week during the tour.  And get the Classic Shell* for just $5!!!
I have been sewing consistently for quite a few years now, and for myself for the past 3 or 4 years. I started out with simple things like skirts. Mostly things that didn’t need too many alterations to fit okay. Then I started making dresses and tops, not because I planned on wearing them often, but because it was what was being tested by my favorite designers, or they needed a review for a new pattern. I love the designs, they just weren’t practical for my daily life. They were also ill fitting because I didn’t know HOW to tailor them to MY body. They were wearable, cute, and exactly what the pattern told me to make. Where did they end up? They all went to hang in the “handmade” section of my closet. I couldn’t toss or donate because “I made that!” I even moved then from out apartment to our new house, and lovely rehung them in my closet. All the while, knowing that I would likely never wear most of it.
Then, Suzanne and I started talking patterns…A LOT! During these talks, we realized we both had a lot in our closets that just wasn’t practical to our daily lives. This gave me the push to clear out my stuff. It also made my sewing mission this year to sew items that I not only love, but that are tailor fit for me! Enter Winter Wear Designs Wardrobe Essentials Collection! The Classic Shell was one of the first releases in this awesome collection!
It is made for woven apparel fabrics, but I didn’t have any in my gigantic stash of fabrics that was love-so I couldn’t sew one…or could I?!?!
YES! I made a few alterations and made one out of knit! it is so comfortable and I know it will be worn a lot! I used a waffle knit that I received in a mystery box from Sincerely Riley. I added a fun trim to the hem for a little pop.
The only alterations I did to this one were to size down and a narrow shoulder adjustment (directions are in the patterns!). I chose to size down in the knit, just because I knew I would want more negative ease than the woven and that the knit would likely stretch a but while wearing.
On to my other two tops! I made both a woven and a knit Omega. The woven was again from a mystery box from Sincerely Riley. I made it towards the end of last year, but it never got blogged or really shared much, as the holiday season took over! It is a well loved shirt in my rotation of “wear every week” shirts! I didn’t make any alterations to the woven version, but the next ones will have the narrow shoulder adjustment for a more tailored fit.
For the knit, I did a lace overlay on the front yoke, along with a narrow shoulder adjustment. This Art Gallery fabric, that I have been hoarding, was bought from Whimsical fabrics a couple years ago!  After sewing it, I put it on and had these weird “wings” in the armpit area. I ended up turning it right side out and pinning it to fit how I wanted, then took it back to the sewing machine and tool off a triangle of fabric starting at the sleeve seam and tapering down into the side seam. It fits so much better!
So, do you sew a tailored wardrobe or do you just “sew to sew”? I am working hard to make sure that I check my measurements every month (I take new ones for the kids, why not myself?), learning about more personal alterations, learning how I like my clothes to fit, and learning to SEW myself some Self Love. I hope this inspires you to sew clothes that you love and that fit you well, whether you need s FBA/SBA, narrow shoulder adjustment, or just need to lengthen or shorten something to fit YOU!
To kick your sewing off right, Boho Fabrics has teamed up with me to give away an awesome prize bundle.  We’ve got a mystery bundle of fabric from Boho paired up with two sets of the Classic Shell and Omega patterns (one for you and one for a friend – because it is always more fun to share the love!)  This prize is open to everyone!!!!  International entrants will need to pay shipping for fabric.
Happy Sewing!
Check out each stop on the tour:
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Wendybird Dress Blog tour- Stitch Upon a Time

I was approached a couple weeks ago about a coordinating a blog tour. This was a new to me designer, as I don’t have a little girl at home anymore (mine is 15). I agreed, knowing that I may not have a model, or that I would be sewing and shipping to friends on the East coast like I usually do! Then in stepped my friends youngest! I knew she would look adorable in this dress! She didn’t disappoint either!

The Wendybird Dress by Stitch Upon a Time is an adorable knit dress with a fun panel option for some extra twirl! The girls will love to twirl in it!


I sewed a size 8 with a 10 length, which fell just above her knees. Since I could print using the layers function, I was able to print out just the 2 sizes I needed to merge for the perfect fir! I put the skirt panel on the opposite side of the directions, because I cut the pieces with my fabric facing down and the pattern pieces facing up, so if you want to have it on the same side as the directions, make sure the fabric and pattern pieces are both facing up (or down)! From printing to hemming, it took me less than an hour to sew both dresses.

Pattern Details:

13 sizes included: Newborn to size 12.
Individual layers– print only the size you need!
Also included is an A0 file for shop printing!
Four sleeve styles
Two neck options
Three skirt options
Cuff or hem sleeve options


In addition to this adorable knit dress, Jennifer is also working on the doll pattern! It should be releasing soon! I couldn’t help but sew up a matching dress! They look so sweet together!

Be sure to visit all the blogs for the tour!

Jan 24th: Larissa from Connected By a Thread
Jan 25th: Rebekah from Pattern Revolution
Jan 26th: Rachel Nelson from Once upon a Sewing Machine
Jan 27th: Jennifer from Stitch Upon a Time
Jan 28th: Tasha from Sewn at Seams
Jan 29th: Heather from All Things Katy
Jan 30th: Rachel from Handcrafted by Red

You can pick up your copy of the Wendybird Dress for 25% off now through Jan 31st, it is already marked down on the site! Be sure to share your version in the SUAT Facebook group! Comment below with your favorite Stitch Upon a time pattern and one lucky winner from each blog will be announced when the tour wraps up on Jan 31st!

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Cozy Up to Fall with EYMM!

Man! I have been MIA for a while! Life has a funny way of taking over sometimes! But, I think we have settled into our new normal, and it feels so good to get back behind the machines again! If you don’t follow me on Facebook or IG, we moved in September 2016 and added a baby to the mix in January 2017. A preschooler and a newborn (and a teenager) definitely keep me on my toes these days!


Anywho…on to the SEWING!! Jody has been wearing a Four Seasons Cardigan that I made during a tour a few years ago (or maybe is was during testing??) quite frequently these days. She also recently asked me to make her a few more as the weather here in CA has been chilly in the mornings while she is walking to school, and hot and muggy by the time she walks home! Perfect timing for the EYMM Cozy Up to Fall Blog Tour!

Not only did I make her a new sweater, I made her THREE, and all are out of different fabrics for different looks!

The first is a thin sweater knit I have had sitting in my staff for a while now. I love the look of the stripes, but am really bad at fussy cutting to make them line up (i didn’t do too bad this time around!), so the stripes tend to sit on the shelf until requested by a customer or my daughter! She loves that it is super light so she can wear it under a regular jacket and still look “put together”.

The second one I sewed up is a slinking floral I got in a mystery box from Sincerely Rylee a few months ago. It is so soft! I love the bright color and the larger floral print. This one has a definite 4 way stretch, so Jody loves this one the most! As you can tell by these pictures, she was not thrilled to be modeling. As she is getting older, she really doesn’t want to be in front of the camera as much!

Finally, I decided to step out of the “normal” fabric choices for this pattern and try it in a sweater fleece that I picked up at Joann Fabrics a few years ago. It is cozy and warm, but I think next time, I will made a few adjustments to the arms as she says they are a little tighter than the other two. As soon as I can find it in the boxes (yep, still haven’t unpacked all the sewing stuff yet!), I am going to add lace as a finishing for this one, as the sweater fleece feels like it needs something. She finally gave me a decent shot!

I hope I gave you some ideas on taking a pattern and stepping outside the box to try something new! As an added bonus, I am going to select 1 person from the comments to win a $10 store credit to EYMM! So be sure to leave a comment about your fall sewing!

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.


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Wacky Wednesday July 27

Every other Wednesday, Danielle from Whimsical Fabrics puts a bundle of fabrics on sale in her group for a special price. I have been purchasing mine ahead of time. We have had a blast picking out patterns and brainstorming what can be done with these bundles. This weeks bundle is titled Le Vie Boheme. Look how awesome this line is!


As life here has been extremely busy the past couple weeks, I haven’t had a chance to sew up my projects with my bundle, but I am going to share the cut projects with you, as it is really impressive how many items I was able to get cut out of it!


Yep, that is SIX projects cut out of a 1 yard bundle. As I was going through my patterns, I was trying to find something that I hadn’t sewn before, a designer I hadn’t featured before, and that the fabric would work with. I ended up opening my Avilo Charlotte folder and remembering I had a lot of her patterns from a sale a while back. Let’s look a bit closer at what all is there!

On the top left corner is the zipper coin purse. This is one of those quick projects, that once you make one, you are going to want one to match every bag you sew!


To the right of the coin purse, I have the Wristlet/clutch/minipurse which is perfect for those times you don’t need to bring the kitchen sink with you!


Below these two, I have the scoop tote. I think this is the bag that I am most excited to sew up. I love the red and navy prints together and the unique look of the bag.


On the right is the Curvy Trio. This is a great pattern, 3 different bags in one pattern. I have cut one of each out, and will have a fun coordinating set once all the sewing is done!


I hope your summer as been calmer than mine and you will have time to sew up your projects quick!

If you haven’t shopped the Wacky Wednesday deal before, here is how it works: At 12 noon CST (1 pm EST, 10 AM PST), Danielle will post the fabric for today’s deal.

You will receive each of these 5 fabrics in your bundle.
If you would like multiple bundles the fabric is still on the bolt and will be cut in continuous yardage.

• FULL YARD Bundle (5 total yards)
• HALF YARD Bundle (2.5 total yards)

Be sure to be in the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group so you don’t miss out! These deals are usually good for 24 hours, but have been selling out quick lately!

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Wacky Wednesday 5/25

Every other Wednesday, Danielle from Whimsical Fabrics puts a bundle of fabrics on sale in her group for a special price. I have been purchasing mine ahead of time. We have had a blast picking out patterns and brainstorming what can be done with these bundles. This weeks bundle is titled Geometric Bliss. You can see what I made with the other colorway HERE.


The first item I made with this fabric is a Reese Party Dress by Modkid. I shipped it off to one of my best friends for her little girl. She took some wonderful pictures of her little girl in it. You can read more about the dress pattern and see more pics on the Pattern Revolution blog.


The second Item I made with this week’s bundle is this adorable Sunny Day Suit by Whimsy Couture. She just released this pattern and it is on sale for $5 through the 26th of May. You can get your pattern here. This is a fairly quick sew, it took me about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, this includes multiple 3 yr old interruptions.

This one is a size Newborn, and it is to tiny it wouldn’t fit on my infant mannequin! I tried putting it on my toddler’s 20″ doll, but the proportion are completely wrong on the doll for the straps.

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Here are all the pattern details:

Sizes: Newborn though a girls size 6. Pattern can be made for boys as well, but recommended for 2t and under.

Multiple strap options (Snaps are NOT included as an option, but I don’t like putting buttons on infant and toddler items)

A snap tape tutorial is included.

 2 pages to print.

Clear pictures and directions making this a fairly quick sew.



If you haven’t shopped the Wacky Wednesday deal before, here is how it works: At 12 noon CST (1 pm EST, 10 AM PST), Danielle will post the fabric for today’s deal.

You will receive each of these 5 fabrics in your bundle.
If you would like multiple bundles the fabric is still on the bolt and will be cut in continuous yardage.

• FULL YARD Bundle (5 total yards)
• HALF YARD Bundle (2.5 total yards)

Be sure to be in the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group so you don’t miss out! These deals are usually good for 24 hours, but have been selling out quick lately!