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A Vision to Remember Addy Mae Blog Tour

Switching it up this week ūüôā I love everything about A Vision to Remember patterns! I love the simplicity of them, I love the look of her finished items, and I love the designer behind it all!

This week, we are sharing the Addy Mae Quilt pattern/car seat cover. Here are a few from the designers website (I don’t have any little ones in carriers anymore!)

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I love her color combinations

Below, are some teaser from the posts coming this week, and at the end of the week, I will be posting one I am sewing up myself!

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A Vision to Remember Addy Mae is the perfect gift for all those little babies this winter! Be sure to check out the different blankets this week!

Jan 26- Larissa from Connected by a thread

Jan 27- JaNette from Merri Poppins

Jan 28- Patricia from Sew Far North

Jan 29- Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Jan 30- Jona from Stitches & Spills & Larissa from Connected By a Thread

 

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5 out of 4 Fleece Pullover Blog tour

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This week, I am excited to share with you the 5 out of 4 Fleece pullover! I have started sewing more for my little guy, but have had a hard time picking patterns and prints that reflect his style. Yep, at 2 1/2, he already knows what he likes and has no problem telling us! He loves to dress “just like Daddy!” which means jeans and a tee shirt. I debated sewing one of these for myself, and as soon as I pulled out the tub of fleece, he ran over and grabbed this TMNT fleece and told me “I love this momma!” I knew then that I could make this for him!

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He loves TMNT, and just recently received this chair, so he was thrilled that we took it outside for some pictures!

The pattern comes with layers, which makes printing super easy! There are plenty of option within the pattern as well- pockets, color blocking, and zippered pockets!

I sewed up the children’s version, which covers sizes 2-18. There¬†are separate patterns for both men and ladies available as well. I can’t wait to get some more fleece and make these for the whole family!

I struggled with my zipper a bit, and after talkign with the designer, I am ordering some wonder tape (which she recommends in the pattern) for my next one! I love that she uses a knit facing for the zipper which also covers the zipper, reducing the “itchy” factor for little ones! I followed the size chart for his chest measurement and the fit is spot on. I think next time, I will go up a size for this guy, as this one fits just perfect, and I like to have some growing room!

Be sure to check the logs below all throughout the week as we share our visions for this awesome pattern! Check out the 5 out of 4 Facebook page throughout the week as well, They are heading towards their 1 year anniversary, and I know she has some fun planned!

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You know you want to go buy your copy now!

5 out of 4 Blog tour schedule:

1/10/16: Larissa from Connected by a Thread

1/11/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

1/12/16: Ula from Lulu and Celeste

1/13/16: Tibeca from Sewing by Ti

1/14/16: Melissa from Rebel and Malice

1/15/16: Heather from All things Katy and Patricia from Sew Far North

1/16/16: Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

You can purchase your own copy of any of the 5 out of 4¬†patterns here for 30% using the code “fleeceforall” now through Jan 17th as they celebrate their 1 year anniversary!**

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Leyla Jayne Comfy Cozy PJ’s

One of my goals over the past few months was to expand my sewing to try new designers or designers I had yet to try. I saw a tester call for the Comfy Cozy PJ’s, and had this combo just hit me! I chatted with the designer a bit about what fabrics she was looking for, and decided to add it to my crazy holiday sewing list! I am SO glad I did! Marisa is great! She was quick to respond to any questions/concerns during testing, and made sure everyone knew about any corrections made during testing.

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This pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL

Pattern Features:

‚ÄĘ Traditional 2 Piece Pajama
Set
‚ÄĘ Short Sleeve and 5‚ÄĚ Short
Length or Long Sleeve and
Pant Length
‚ÄĘ 28‚ÄĚ or 30‚ÄĚ inseam
‚ÄĘ Can Be Made With Knit or
Woven Material
‚ÄĘ Great Pattern for Year-
Round Use
‚ÄĘ Layered Pattern
‚ÄĘ No Trim Pages

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This is my favorite style of Pj’s! I love a quick sew, and with the cuffs on the sleeves and pants, these are a quick sew! The pink knit is so comfortable and soft! I used a cotton woven for the cuffs, top of pocket, and the facings. I also used snaps rather than buttons after my machine ate my first top while trying to make button holes!

Of course getting pictures of Pj’s is always difficult, especially since I don’t have a yard, so we tried to be playful with the pictures. My teen said she felt like she was spying on my while I read and drank my coffee!

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I cannot wait to make more of these! Now to clean out the PJ drawer to make room!

So have I convinced you to buy the pattern?

The Comfy Cozy Pajama Sew Along is happening next week on January 11th-15th! Just join the group on Facebook, grab your pattern, and get your fabric ready! Marisa will be posting the steps everyday and answering questions on the group wall so if you’re uneasy about sewing your first pair, don’t be!

So now that I HAVE convinced you, get your pattern here!

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Still not convinced?

You can see more reviews of the pajamas, check out some of the blogs from my fellow testers!

Rachel from Pookeebub has some awesome and inventive pictures on her blog

Indu from Kaleidothought made some beautiful pajamas with floral and pink fabric

Patricia from Sew Far North wrote about her summer pajama set

Lelaina from Mom U Sew Silly made some flannel PJ’s for her daughter!

Essense from Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug wrote about her shades of blue pair (check out her post on January 8th)

Kimberly from Mama You Can Make It For Me posted about her English Buss pair here!

Even the toddler approved!

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A Vision To Remember Stocking Blog tour!

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If you follow this blog at all, you probably noticed I share a monthly post from A Vision to Remember. I had never sewn a rag quilt before, and once I made one of her patterns, I was hooked! I randomly asked her one day about doing a rag quilt type stocking…she already had a pattern! and she did a step by step blog sew a long!

So of course, I rounded up some sewing friends and now we have a little blog tour for you!

Dec 14: Connected by a thread

Dec 15: crazy crafty haute mama

Dec16: adventures with bubba and bug

Dec 17: merri poppins

Dec 18: all things katy

This is really a quick sew! If you have a rotary cutter and mat, this is a nap time sew (with time to spare, I bet!)

I haven’t washed mine yet, mainly becasue I like to wait until I have a couple towels and at least 2 rag items to wash. I can’t wait to see how fluffy it gets!

I ended up using some mustache flannel that my teen picked out, and she has already claimed this  one! I think I will make one for the toddler with some grinch flannel I have.

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 This would be so cute fussy cut with a fun print!  I just used my rotary cutter and cut strips, had to get it cut before the toddler woke up!

I can’t wait for you to see what the other ladies have sewn up! Be sure to visit them all and let them now what a fabulous job they did!

Happy Sewing!

~~Larissa

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Debut Blog Tour

 

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I am so excited to share this collection with you! Today, I have 3 new designers- Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli.

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Lets jump right in! My sewing days for girls items are limited, and this collection offered me it’s own challenges, as I worked to accommodate her changing shape! When I was approached, I had an idea in my head with the vibrant red and a sophisticated holiday print. When I asked Jody about it, she saw this¬†Matryshoka fabric, she fell in love! It was back to the drawing board!

Let’s start with the tights! These are Abby’s Footed tights from Wolf and Tree. Saskia has created a wonderful pattern! The directions were easy to follow.¬†The¬†Pattern comes in sizes: 0 – 14! It includes layers, ¬†regular and extra wide yoga waistband, elastic¬†waistband, easy sew option, side accents, french seams¬†option, cloth diaper fit, and a quick instructions sheet. She also includes a glossary, which is helpful if you are still learning knits!

These fit wonderfully, and the option to use a thicker 4 knit (I used a Riley Blake Knit) for tights makes  it all the more appealing for the cooler months here in California!

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Next, Lets check out the Blue Ridge Dress from Hello Holli! Holli’s debut pattern is adorable!

The Blue Ridge Dress is a sleeveless dress with a fitted curved bodice, single button back closure, full gathered skirt, two length options, french seams, and uses bias binding and trim. Her unique bodice construction results in a beautifully finished garment inside and out, with no unfinished seams!

The pattern includes sizes 12m-14

I loved the design, but found that with my developing daughter it was not as flattering as I’d hoped; however, I’m excited to experiment with some mods to make it work for her but I definitely had to modify this one for Jody. I modified how I sewed the bodice to avoid using bias for binding it. This was a simple modification:

1. Sew the bodice together at the shoulders and repeated for the lining.

2. Place bodice and lining right sides together and pin along the armscye and neck.

3. Sew along armscye and neck. trim the seam allowance and/or notch along the curves.

4. Place side seams right sides together and sew

5. Turn bodice right side out, pulling bodice through one of the shoulders. Press well and topstitch.

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I gathered the skirt and attached, then tried it on for fit…and we hit a snag…with the shape of her body, the long dress looked very ill fitted and frumpy! ¬†after a few moments of initial panic and brainstorming, I pinned the skirt up to look like a bubble and success! so I measured how far up for an acceptable length and off to the ironing board to measure and pin! I ended up pulling it up 10″ rather than a 2″ hem that the pattern calls for, which gave us the ¬†bubble look and a cute retro length that she loves!

I loved the design, but found that with my developing daughter it was not as flattering as I’d hoped; however, I’m excited to experiment with some mods to make it work for her

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Finally, we have the Fishtail Kimono by Chalk & Notch. Gabriela’s design for this is so fun!¬†The Fishtail Kimono is loose-fitting with a gathered back yoke and dropped hem detail. Sizes included are 18-24 months to 12. I of course had to play with it, and decided to put a pleat in the back rather than gathering, and I love the end result! I also used a rolled hem rather than a traditional hem just for some visual detail on the red. I played with lace, and it just wasn’t what I was looking for!

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We tried it on with the dress, and it didn’t flow as well as we had hoped with the shorter length, but she loves it for over a tee and her jeans! She has requested a couple more of these, and I am excited to play with the pattern some more- a longer length, narrow sleeves, a shorter sleeve with a cuff…I will be sure to share these when they are finally sewn!

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Easy Peasy Rag Quilt by A Vision To Remember Blog Tour

I have fallen in love with the rag quilts that Bobbie from A Vision To Remember creates! With each new pattern I try, I am getting better at visualizing the final product!

Today, I have her Easy Peasy Rag Quilt for day one of the Blog tour.

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, I decided to get a jump start on holiday items for my shop. The directions tell you the quantity of each piece and the measurements for the 3 pieces. ¬†I was able to get it all cut out during my son’s “quiet time”. I did the sewing over 2 days, sitting maybe an hour each day. the pattern also includes the directions to make a car seat canopy!

I did  take her advice and pick up (ok, ordered from amazon) a pair of the heritage scissors that she recommends in the pattern. It was worth the investment if you plan on making a few of these!

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I chose a cute Gingerbread print with a coordinating red and green solid. I bought 2 yards of each color and had about 8 inches of the print and the red left over and only used 1 yard of the green.

Before I even finished this one, my 2 yr old told me it looked like a blanket for him..guess I better get to work on his for Christmas!

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It is even pretty on the backside!

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I hope you will follow along on this tour and be sure to visit each day!

You can get 25% off the pattern using easypeasyblogtour coupon code Here

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A Vision to Remember Wrap up & Winners!

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I had so much fun with this tour! I made some new sewing Friends and enjoyed getting to know them!

I hope you were inspired by these lovely bags to try one yourself or one of the other patterns from A Vision to Remember. I have a list of ones I am going to make next!

Now for the fun stuff! The winners!

Barb Goodman Selvage- 1 free pattern from A Vision to Remember

Jona Lourenco- 2 yards of fabric and a free pattern from A Vision to Remember

Jona was a rock star and commented on all the blogs in the tour!

Be on the lookout for an email ladies!

Be sure to keep check back often for new patterns (I have seen some of the new ones coming soon!)

I just heard there is a sale coming! 50% off all patterns this Labor Day weekend . Plus a destash sale going on as well that includes fabric and quilts! Be sure to check out her Etsy shop!

Until next time!

Larissa

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Funktional Threads Blog Tour

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.

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**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!

When I set out to work on this tour, I figured I would be sewing a dress or a skirt for my daughter. She is almost 13, so I always ask her opinion on things now..go figure, the one dress she loved and really wanted, she is just out of the size range! I didn’t have time to upsize it for her in time, so I decided to make my 2 yr old a Jackson Raglan.

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I traded fabric with a sewing friend back in July and in my bag was this awesome toothless knit. My daughter used some to make a dress for herself, but I had plenty left over! I paired it with a solid green for some color.

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As you can clearly see, he loves the hood! He kept pulling it over his eyes and asking “Where I go?”

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I made him the size 1/2 based on his measurements and it was a perfect fit!

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I will be sourcing some more awesome boy knits to make him some more!

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Be sure to check out Sweet Pea & Pumpkins tomorrow for her take on the Grace Dress! (I have seen pics and it is so cute!)

Larissa

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Lexi-Lou by A Vision to Remember Blog Tour

Join seven seamstresses as we sew up the New Lexi-Lou bag from A Vision to Remember. There will be one or two bloggers each day, be sure to visit them all as no two bags are the same!

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*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until their day of the tour, but you are encouraged to click through and check their blogs out.

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Be sure to leave a comment each day to be entered to win a free pattern. Each blogger will be choosing one comment from their blog to receive a free pattern from A Vision to remember.

Also, the Lexi-Lou Pattern has been discounted 25% this week! Get yours now on Craftsy or Etsy!

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When I first saw this purse, I was enthralled! It was not like most bags I see or that I sew. I had not made a rag quilt in a few years, and immediately knew what fabrics I would chose, regardless of what my twelve yr old said!

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I love how big this bag is! I can easily carry my usual items- my wallet, phone, keys, and tissues- along with a carry case of baby wipes and a spare set of clothes for my 2 yr old! At 15″ wide at the base, 11″ tall, and 4 1/2″ deep, this bag is perfect for everyday activities! It would be perfect done in pastels for a dance bag or in a fun print to tote toys¬†or activities to and from the car when traveling!

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The pattern is easy to follow, with only 1 pattern piece and then measurements for cutting everything else out, it makes my printer happy!

The options for this bag are pretty great too! It includes two outside ‘quilt as you go’ pockets, a large inside pocket (or divider) and a smaller inside pocket. You can leave¬†off or add more pockets if you wish. The pattern calls for stiff interfacing (if desired) to give the bag body. I opted to leave it out, as I made mine out of flannel and wanted the soft floppy hobo bag feel/look to mine. The top of the bag closes with a zipper, and the pattern includes directions for a regular zipper along with an exposed zipper!

I have already had my daughter ask for a bag of her own, and I imagine I will get a few more requests as I am out and about with my new bag!

I own a few of her patterns now, and sewed up a striped rag quilt for a baby gift I am working on. I love the simplicity of this one!

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What fabrics would you pick for a bag? or go check out A Vision to Remember and tell me what pattern you would make!

Happy Sewing!

Larissa