Monday, September 8, 2014

Getting Ready for Winter...

I'm definitely NOT looking forward to winter...I prefer to stick around 25 degrees (Celsius) or warmer...that's ideal.
I love my summers--walking around bare foot, the green grass, the beautiful flowers, the awesome thunder storms, not having to bundle 5 kids up to go outside.
I'm definitely a summer person.
 But, we've been thrown into winter--September 8 and we have our first layer of snow. Bah!
When Mel from Filles a Maman put out a second tester call for her accessory patterns, I knew I had to be in on it. (I hadn't signed up for the first just because I had waaay too much stuff on my plate for the end of August.)
These three patterns are once again done so well!
And, I feel stylish wearing these accessories.

The sizing on all of them are for babies all the way to adult so you can make them for the whole family!
I knew I wanted to make them for myself first--I know exactly what would happen if I didn't: I'd make them for the kids and then run out of time to make them for myself.
Nope, not going to happen.
I used a ponte knit from Girl Charlee (referral link) and I only had to use a yard to make all three accessories.
Mel made a great video to accompany the Beanie pattern--it helps so much in figuring out how to twist it, especially if you are a visual learner!
The patterns come in a bundle for $8.95 or separately for $6 each.
So, hop on over and get yours so you can be ready for winter!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Joyce Ann Bonnet

I recently was able to test a super cute cap and bonnet pattern by Stitchwerx.
I sewed up the XXS view A on my 2 month old in a quilting cotton.

The outer fabric is from the thrift shop while the lining is from Connecting Threads.

And, the ties--those beautiful, lovely, lacey ties! I have no idea where I originally got them--I think they were tied on a gift or something and I hoarded them away, but they were meant for this project, I think!

Ha, no--she's not sitting by herself yet--I'm holding her!

This pattern has 3 views--two for the summer, one for the winter and sizes galore--from preemie/nb all the way up to adult!
I plan on sewing up new bonnets for the girls next summer, and if you see me walking around with one--don't be too surprised.

It reminds me of Laura Ingalls from the books, 'Little House on the Prairie.' I loved those books as a child and still do!

So, make sure to hop over to Stitchwerx and get your copy of this great pattern!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dress for a Wedding--Fail brother-in-law got married recently and I wanted to make myself a dress for the wedding.
I'm still nursing my baby, and I had bought a too-large dress shirt from the thrift shop thinking I could convert it into a dress.
I had this vision, using the Ladies Caroline from the Mouse House. (affiliate links)  
So, a couple of days before the wedding, after all my other 'must-get-done's' were done, I set to work.
And, the day before the wedding, I got it done.

I tried it on, and my husband says, 'hmm....looks a little frumpy.'
So, I wore a different dress to the wedding--one I've worn to most of our sibling's weddings--one that was a little more elegant.

And, this dress has been delegated as the 'working-at-home-in-the-garden-or-in-the-kitchen' dress.
I still love it.
I can nurse in it, I feel somewhat dressed up at home.
And, I don't feel frumpy--just dressed for work! ha!
Oh, and the Mouse House has a 20% off sale all patterns in her shop right now--just not the bundled Carolyn. Go check it out and use the code SHOWCASE20 .  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Sale!

If you've been eyeing a pattern in my shop, now is the time to get one!
They are 20% off (prices reduced to reflect the price) from the 1st to the 5th of September!
(only in the Craftsy Shop)
Pirate's Treasure Wallet Pattern
Perfect Petal Purse Pattern
Castle Applique Pattern
Hop on over to pick one up!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Aspiring Designers Challenge Final Giveaway

Have you been following the amazing Aspiring Designer's Challenge?
There are some super talented designers out there!
And, I'm excited to be able to contribute a pattern of choice to the final giveaway!!!
Scroll down to see what you can win and how.

"Thank You" to all those who have been following along with the Aspiring Designers August Challenge at the Betties Basket Sales and Promotions.  We love our new and experienced Indie Designers alike.  So today we would like to give one lucky winner the entire August Aspiring Designers Collection!!

That is right, the ENTIRE August Aspiring Designers Collection which includes the pattern from EACH of these designers:






PLUS, get BONUS patterns from these great designers:




That is a total of 20 FREE patterns!!
1.  Jester Hat from Kelly J Designs
2.  Cherry Blossom Dress from Mandy K Designs
3.  Ziggy Top from Madeit
4.  New Pattern from Azurerocket Designs Studio
5.  Mimi for Women from Filles a Maman
6.  Omni Tempore Boys Shirt from Sofilantjes
7.  Fiona Shorts from Honeydew Kisses Patterns
8.  Raglan Top from GYCT Designs
9.   Henday Zip Up Hoodie from Gracious Threads
10.  April Showers Raincoat from Ruby & Jack
11.  Mary Top from Rose and Lee
12.  Teeny Kini from Dandelion 'n' Dungarees
13.  Everyday Tank:  Top and Dress from Serger Pepper
14.  Pattern of Choice from GYCT Designs
15.  Playtime Pocket Pants from AimerLae and Finn
16.  Pattern of Choice from Mo's Bowtique
17.  Pattern of Choice from Terra's Treasures
18.  Pattern of Choice from FABulous Home Sewn
19.  Carol, Choice of size 2-8 or 10-16 from Muffin Heads
20.  Pattern of Choice from The Sewing Geek

Enter to win the ENTIRE Collection w/ Bonus Patterns Below

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Boy's Perfect Pattern Parcel--Small Fry Skinny Jeans

When I was invited to join in on the Perfect Pattern Parcel tour, I was thrilled!
And, it couldn't have come at a better time--my oldest had worn a hole in his Sunday pants...again.
In comes the Titchy Thread's Small Fry Skinny Jeans.
I was a little rebellious and sewed them up in a nice linen.
It worked out great, and he loves them!
The detailing on the pants are amazing--flat-felled seams, lots and lots of top stitching, a coin pocket, belt loops, adjustable waist (a must-have on any and all pants sewn for my kids!), etc.

And, he can even play soccer in them after Church with his friends. Perfect!
Make sure to go and get this great bunch of patterns--you make your own price!
It has a value of around $48 or so dollars plus, if you pay over $26, you unlock the bonus pattern which bumps up the value to over $60.
More than a 50% discount!
So, hop on over and get your parcel!
Pattern Parcel #4

Buy Pattern Parcel #4
If you choose a price greater than $26, you get the Knight Hoodie Pattern free!
Pattern Parcel #4

 Make sure to stop by all the other amazing bloggers on the tour!
Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, August 22 casa crafty || Lulu & Celeste || Keep Calm and Carrion

Saturday, August 23 Max California || Amanda Rose

Sunday, August 24 little betty sews

Monday, August 25 Kadiddlehopper || Radiant Home Studio

Tuesday, August 26 La Pantigana || Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts || Friends Stitched Together

Wednesday, August 27 Make It Perfect || Modern Handmade || GYCT Designs

Thursday, August 28 Needle and Ted || Mae & K || Mimi's Mom

Friday, August 29 Pienkel || Once Upon a Sewing Machine || Friends Stitched Together

Saturday, August 30 FABulous Home Sewn || Gray Skies || The Crazy Tailor

Sunday, August 31 Nine Stitches || Max California || Oliver's Fancy || Friends Stitched Together

Monday, September 1 a happy stitch || lady and the gents || Our Family Four || Swoodson Says

Tuesday, September 2 verypurpleperson || Things for Boys || The Crazy Tailor

Wednesday, September 3 Our Family Four || Rebekah Sews || a happy stitch

Thursday, September 4 Sew a Straight Line || la inglesita || Made by Sara || Knot Sew Normal

Friday, September 5 Knot Sew Normal || Gracious Threads || Sofilantjes || Max California


Friday, August 29, 2014

Boys Bundle Up--Greenstyle Pullover and Brownie Goose Britches

There's a new bundle up sale over at Pattern Revolution!
And, I had the opportunity to sew up a couple of the patterns before the bundle hit the web!
Because my August was so busy, I chose two of what I thought would be the quicker was a really hard choice--I'm definitely planning on buying the rest--they all look amazing!
I chose the Brownie Goose's Butler Britches and Greenstyle's Shawl Collar Pullover.
Here is my second son, inspecting the great cuffs on the Butler Britches.
They're a great pair of pants to highlight a favourite fabric.
Plus, the line of the pant is not too baggy, it's actually quite slim around the upper legs.
This is what I get when I ask him to smile.
He is such a goof--I love it!

The Britches have two options for the back pockets--a regular pocket with a triangle flap or an asymmetrical flap. I *had* to choose the asymmetrical--such a fun pop of different!

And, the Shawl Collar Pull-over is a quick, fun sew as well.
I did the more laid back version with no button or shoulder tabs.
As a person who does not really like hemming, the cuffs and waist band were great features.
Here, I told him to point at the sign...
Which he did, and then....

He started to climb....

And, I had to tell him that he'd wreck his clothes before he even had a chance to wear them to Church! (The plan is for this to be his winter outfit for Church.)
He loves climbing up trees or anything for that matter.
And, these clothes are comfy enough to do that!

Fabrics I used are:
Butler Britches: a lovely grey suiting material that is oh-so-soft but I have no idea what it's made of--I got a couple yards from a friend. And, the cuffs and pocket fabric are an organic cotton from cloud9.
Shawl Collar Pull-Over: two spandex cotton knits from Girl Charlee (referral link). Black White Ethnic Diamond and Turquoise Blue.
This outfit looks so comfy--and my son says it is as well.
I love that he can look stylish yet comfy at the same time!
Make sure to take a look at all the other stops on the tour.
And, don't forget to go get your bundle!

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