Saturday, November 22, 2014

Aspiring Designer's Challenge Final Giveaway




AD November Challenge

It's been another great Aspiring Designer's Challenge by Betties Basket Sales and Promotions, isn't it?
Lots of new patterns were released, a new giveaway everyday...

what if we do another HUGE one, where one lucky reader can win THE ENTIRE COLLECTION
(and more...)?


Yeah, you heard right!
The ENTIRE November Aspiring Designers Collection which includes the new pattern from EACH of these designers:








Sew Get 2 the point

Striped Swallow Designs

Koda Baby


PLUS, get BONUS patterns from these great designers:

Mandy K designs 


dandelions 'n' dungarees zuzzy patterns
rese and lee
That is a CRAZY total of 19 FREE patterns!!

  • MCM Studio Designs, The Gingersnap Dress and Tunic
  • Striped Swallow Designs, Soho Maxi
  • AimerLae & Finn, Heartthrob Henley
  • Just Bananas Over Soft Toys, Finger Pocket Fish "Net All Three"
  • Golden Rippy, Calrose Skirt
  • Koda Baby, Koda Bustle
  • Swoodson Says, Little Artist Palette
  • Sew Get 2 the Point, Hannah's Give and Take Handbag
  • Sew Pandi, Asymmetrical Skirt
  • FABulous Home Sewn, Zippy Keepers
  • Kelly J Designs, Sweet Pea Sleep Sack, Jacket, and Vest Pattern
  • Serger Pepper Designs, 1 pattern of choice
  • Muffin Head, the "Carol" pattern in the size of choice. 2-8 or 10-16
  • Zuzzy Patterns, 1 pattern of choice
  • GYCT Designs, 1 pattern of choice
  • Mandy K Designs, 1 pattern of choice
  • Dandelions n' Dungarees, 1 pattern of choice
  • Rose & Lee Designs, Grace pattern
  • Sofilantjes, 1 pattern of choice

Enter to win the ENTIRE Collection w/ Bonus Patterns Below

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aspiring Designer's Challenge--Zippy Keepers Pattern!

Yay!
I'm excited to be part of the Aspiring Designer's Challenge.
 
 
 I'm even more excited to introduce my newest pattern--Zippy Keepers Pattern.
 
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/accessory/fhs-zippy-keepers-pattern/118858
 
"A versatile pattern with 2 size options, wristlet option, and 4 different center panel options! You can make an improvisational pleated center, a measured pleat, gathered, or pieced. It is a quick sew--perfect for gifts. Use them as coin purses, make-up pouches, pencil cases, sewing supply cases, personal hygiene pouches, for crochet hooks, etc.! So many possibilities in one pattern."
 
This pattern is great for stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, party favors, etc. as they are quick to sew up!

 
Hop over to the Pattern Revolution blog to see some amazing tester photos!
 
Enter to win a copy of the Zippy Keepers Pattern!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can buy a copy of the Zippy Keepers pattern here!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I had read and seen a couple of these posts--'Around the World Blog Hop.' But, I never really read how they worked. Then, I got an email from Starly of www.sewstarly.com asking me to play along.
It sounded like a fun thing to do, so here goes!

1. What am I working on?


Right now I'm working on making this into a pattern! (It'll release on the 20th, so stay tuned!) 
I'm quite excited about it, especially since there are going to be a good number of options.
I'm also working on sewing up a number of rag blankets and other goodies for a table I rented at a Bazaar in December.

Finished stack

Needs snipping and washing

For the Bazaar, but all are options in the Zippy Keepers Pattern!
 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I'm not 100% sure if it is so much different than what's out there.
I use fabrics that I love--whether they are 'in-style' or not. If I like them, I'll use them!
Tough and durable for the boys, pretty and practical for the girls.
Generally, I don't make one-time outfits--to me that is a waste. They need to be able to wear them--over and over again.

 
Much of my sewing is tailored specifically to my own children's likes--they inspire me with the things they love. 
 
 
 
 
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Part of the reason I create is because it's relaxing.
When the kids are in bed, instead of turning on a TV, I start creating--my sewing machine gets used almost daily, and if it's not being used, I'm scheming either on paper or in my head what my next project will be.
And, I write about it to share and inspire others.
I know that I love to see what other people make--I only wish sometimes I could hold the items in my hands, inspect the seams, and see how it's put together...I love learning new techniques, and want to be able to pass on these techniques and ideas to others. 
 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Generally, I make clothing for the kids when they need it, or if I've signed up to pattern test.
For myself as well. I really, really dislike shopping for clothes. Seriously.
So, when I can make my own wardrobe at home with fabric (which I really, really like shopping for), it makes things so much easier.
I often buy fabric thinking, 'this will make a nice top/dress for me.' Or 'this is perfect for my daughter.' Or 'the boys would absolutely love this fabric!'
I then find a pattern or make a pattern to fit the picture that is in my head and sometimes sketched onto paper.



And, now, I pass the baton onto Mel from Filles a Maman and Karly from Paisley Roots.
On the 17th, hop over to their blogs and see what they're working on!
 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ladies Perfect Pattern Parcel--Julia Cardigan

When I saw the patterns in the Ladies Pattern Parcel, I was super excited!
I had been eyeing the Hudson Pants for quite some time--they'll be perfect for the cold, cold winters we have. I'll be a little more ready for the -35/-40 degree Celsius weather we have up here.
The Bronte Top was also on my list to sew when I saw it--a perfect layering top!
And, then the Julia. I already had the Julia but I love it, and had fabric put away to make one.
 
 
Since I didn't have time to sew up all of the ones I wanted, I sewed up the one I had the fabric for, and which had been on my to-sew list for a while--the Julia!
The white knit is from the thrift shop, and I knew it'd be perfect to winterize some of my dresses.

 
I chose to layer it over this dress for the pictures, but I have a number of other dresses it would work with as well (here and here.)
The cardigan I made has 3/4 length sleeves, and I love that length!
It's comfy, and makes a sleeveless dress a LOT warmer.

 
Now, I just need a coat.
Ha! I was quite cold taking these pictures--it's about 4 degrees Celsius out here and windy!
 Brrrr...

 
 Make sure to hop over and get your parcel!
It's a great deal, with some very fun patterns included.
 
Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #6 includes: 

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose
BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt.  The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Go-To Leggings

To make my daughter's Sunday dress winter appropriate, we needed some leggings.
 
 
Of course, I turn to the Go-To Leggings, (affiliate link) which I always turn to.
I used some of the Riley Blake knits I had left over from the Greenstyle Blog Tour.
I had just enough to squeeze out a shortened pair of size 5 leggings.
1/2 yard is not quite tall enough.
 
 
But, they work great for in her boots, and they're super soft!
So, another KCW finish.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skinnies and a Bimaa

It's KCW and I wasn't really planning on sewing along, but thought I'd pop in with a couple things!
My oldest son needed a Sunday outfit for fall and winter. 
 
 
I used the Bimaa for the top, and let him pick which collar option he wanted.
I used a ponte de roma knit for the main (from Girl Charlee (referral link)) and a knit from Fabricland for the collar and cuffs.
 

For the jeans, I used Peek-a-Boo's Skinny Jeans (affiliate link) in a nice denim from Canadian National Fabric. 

 
I sized up, thinking he'd need it with a non-stretch fabric.
I shouldn't have--it's a little saggy in the butt.
But, they'll be warmer than his linen pants for the upcoming winter, so we're all good. 

 
As a side note--I lost my camera cord during this last picture, and I could NOT find it in the leaves.
I enlisted all the kids and told them they'd get $2 if they found it.
My oldest found it and was quite pleased to add $2 to his piggy bank.
I was quite pleased to have my camera cord back (and I reminded myself to CLOSE THE CAMERA BAG!!!) Ha!
 



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