Wednesday, July 15, 2015

S is for Sewing Blog Tour

Having 3 boys, I'm always on the look-out for good boy patterns.
When Sewing With Boys was looking for blog tour participants, I eagerly signed up.
There are a good number of extras included, in addition to the four main patterns.
I chose to sew up the Quad Tee and to use the Knight Knee Patch tutorial!
My boys are always wearing through their jeans. As in they have maybe one pair of jeans that do not have a hole. Sad, I know...
But, that has changed--they each have another pair of jeans that does not have a hole.
Instead, they are now some of their favourite because of the fun patches.
The tutorial includes the pieces that you can use, and gives ideas for how to arrange them.
The worst part was getting them sewn onto the pants by machine--it is very hard to maneuver a pant leg on the sewing machine.
I did have to enlarge the pieces by 150% because of the huge holes my sons wear into their jeans.
Some of their jeans it was still too small--but I think those are beyond repair anyway.
Next, I sewed up the Quad Tee for my youngest son.
He is in need of shirts that don't fall off his shoulders and that are slim enough.
I sewed up the size xxs and it fit him very well.
The front went together opposite of the pattern because I had flipped the pattern pieces upside down before cutting to get more mileage out of the fabric. 

He's pretty thrilled with it and the small pocket is a huge hit.
He started looking for a second one for his other hand.
Taking pictures was interesting...if you look closely at the bottom picture, you may see three photo bombers. You'll have to look closely--one is almost impossible to spot.

You can find the S is for Sewing E-book on Etsy.
It is 15% off during the blog tour, so grab it early!
Make sure to hop over and have a look at all the other blog stops:

July 13th
July 14th
July 15th
July 16th
July 17th

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Years Behind in Pictures

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Since I've started sewing, I've neglected an other crafty area--scrapbooking and photo albums!
I am seriously years behind in the kids' and our albums.
Ours ends at the birth of our 2nd child (we have 5 now!) and the kids' all end in 2011 sometime.
I went through all the photos on my computer and put all the ones I need/want printed off into a separate file on a USB stick so I could take them to Walmart.
But, then I received an email from one of my affilates-- Shutterfly!
They are offering 100 free 4x6 prints with the promo code 100FREEPRINTS at checkout, ending the 30th of June.
Something I've never tried, but think would be a really cool idea as well, is the photo books that you can get printed at Shutterfly!
They also have a deal on these--a free 20-standard finish page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book with promo code SUNNYBOOK at checkout!
Plus, on the website they have a 40% off everything sale as well!
Hop on over to Shutterfly and take advantage of these great offers!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Swimsuit--Jalie 3023

My oldest daughter has been growing like a weed and was in high need of a new swimsuit.
I went back to my go-to swimsuit pattern--the Jalie 3023.
I love that this pattern is quite modest--a well covering tankini plus an optional skirt for the bottom.

I sewed up a size 5 which is a smidge big on her yet, but it should last her at least a year then!
The fabric is from a local-ish Fabricland that was leaving--I went with a friend and ended up stocking up on a decent bit of fabric as everything was on major clearance.

Now, we just need to make some time to go to the lake or the pool...

Friday, May 15, 2015

One Thimble Blog Tour--Jukebox Dress

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Welcome to my stop on the One Thimble Blog Tour for Issue 7!
I chose the Jukebox Duet Dress to sew up for my daughter.
My plan was to do the knit version, but she insisted on the woven.

I used some lovely wovens that I bought from Stay Home Fabrics quite some time ago now--they are no longer in stock there.

So...about the dress!
I sewed up a size 5 and added two inches to the length at the shoulder cut line as I wanted the dress past her knees. That was the only modification I made.
The dress closes in the back with a cute little placket on which I sewed three different flower buttons.

Overall, the dress comes together and is finished off very nicely.
 I really like details like the cuffs, tabs, and the bias binding finish on the bottom.
If you don't know how to make your own bias binding, the pattern even gives instructions for that!

And, of course this is one of two versions in this pattern--so you basically have two patterns in one.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Giveaway Day, Prizes, and Sponsors! **CLOSED**

Hi! If you have never visited before, welcome!
If you're a regular reader, thanks for sticking through.
I have some very exciting things happening right now--a contest, fabulous prizes, and a giveaway.
Make sure to finish reading to find the giveaway!
But, first:
Have you heard about the contest we are having over in our Facebook group?!
Find more details about the contest here.
I wanted to share with you what is up for grabs as prizes.
Seriously--over $110 in prizes.
We have some amazing prizes lined up from some equally amazing sponsors!
Up for grabs are:
$25 Shop Credit to Emmaline Bags!
$25 Shop Credit from Canadian National Fabric
A Fat Quarter Bundle from Stay Home Fabrics
$50 Gift Card to the Fat Quarter Shop
Pattern of Choice up to $10 value from Muffin Head Patterns
Pattern of Choice from Sofilantjes
A huge thank-you to these sponsors--you've all blown me away with your generosity!
And, seriously, if you need fabric or patterns or the like--go check these sponsors out.
And, of course, enter the contest so you can win these amazing prizes!!!
Oh, and the giveaway?! Well, to get you started on entering this contest, I'm giving away a four-pack of patterns!
You can win a copy of each of these:

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!
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Make sure to stop by Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Photo Contest!

I am super excited to announce a photo contest!
And, we have some super prizes lined up!
Basically, you sew up one of my patterns in the month of May (it HAS to be sewn in May!) and post a picture of it in the Facebook group, using the hash tag #FHScontest.
The contest will close May 31st at midnight MST.
Winners will be drawn and contacted the first week of June.
There will be a Grand Prize winner.
There will be a 'most-liked' winner.
And, there will be a Random winner.
Prizes are yet to be announced, but already included is a fabric prize, credit to a shop, and free patterns!
More details about the sponsors and prizes will follow!
So...where do you get the patterns?
You can get them either on Craftsy or on Etsy.
As an added bonus--those who leave a review on either Craftsy or Etsy will get a second entry into the Random prize draw!
I'd also love if you could share this contest with others!
Let's get the word out!

Greenstyle's Jillian Tank

I signed up to test a 'secret' pattern from Greenstyle.
Turns out, it's for the Bundle Up that starts the 1st!
The first one is the first tester version.
Angie worked with all of us testers to get the fit just right--it has been adjusted many times and has improved significantly from my picture here!
She made a higher cutting line option for the inner tank, lengthened the inner tank, made the outer tank come together a bit more in the front, added a woven option, added a fold over elastic option, sports bra option, etc.
I love the inner tank as a layering tank--this'll be the one I'll be sewing up to wear under other shirts that show off just a bit too much for my liking.
But, I had a little fun with the inner tank myself.
I added a 16" A-line skirt to the pattern piece to make myself a fitted dress.
I love it. can get this pattern plus a bunch more for a great price in the Women's Bundle Up!

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