Summer of Soleil Blog Tour

Today I have the honor of being one of the stops for the Soleil Dress pattern from Selvage Designs.

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The Soleil Dress is a sleeveless knit dress with a slightly gathered skirt and large front pockets . The pattern also comes with an option for a fun cutout on the back. The pattern ranges in sizes from 12 months to size 12.

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The pattern is very detailed and easy to follow. Throughout the pattern there are computerized images to further explain each step.

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I followed the pattern except at the skirt part where I decided to alter it and make a more fitted skirt. One of my daughters prefers fitted skirts whereas my other girl loves anything gathered. It’s funny how different they are but I love that this pattern allows to me cater to both their likes with a few changes.

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I used knit fabric purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores and happen to love the simplicity of the dress with these two fabrics together.

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My little girl absolutely loves the dress! I put it on her just to check the length before hemming and she would not take it off. So as you can see the dress is still not hemmed. Usually when my girls fight me over taking an outfit off I just go with it and take it as a compliment…then I grab my camera fast because I know it will not stay clean very long. Good thing I did because two seconds later she was running through the garden.

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If you are looking for that perfect little summer dress then I highly recommend this pattern!

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And if you are the adventurist type of sew-er and want to start drafting your own patterns check out Lauren’s Top Blocks for Knitwear or her Pattern Workshop. I have heard great reviews of both!

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Thanks again Lauren for inviting me to be part of your Summer of Soleil Blog Tour!

Flashback May with Project Run and Play

Today I am over at Project Run and Play as part of their Flashback May series. Head on over here to see what I created.

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Ojai wrap blog tour & giveaway

Justine from Sew Country Chic recently released her first pattern the Ojai Wrap and I have the pleasure of being part of her blog tour today. The Ojai Wrap is a short sleeved shawl collar wrap cardigan with a slight high-low hem. It is one of those patterns that I can see myself making over and over again. As you may know, I am a huge lover of cardigans and cannot leave home without one.

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The Ojai Wrap was a very quick and easy sew. I spent more time piecing the pattern together and cutting out the fabric then actually sewing it. I made this wrap in a size medium but really should have made it in a small. I have a bad habit of making a larger size then I should. I will definitely be altering this one to a smaller size and may even make another one with some sleeves like Monica from Adirondack Inspired did. I pretty much want her Ojai Wrap!

IMG_6346 copyTalk about one super comfy cardigan though! I have worn it around the house non-stop since making it.

Lucky for all of you, Justine is giving away 5 of her Ojai Wrap patterns. Enter below in the Rafflecopter. 

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selfish sewing week {The big tote bag by autumn street patterns}

The last thing I managed to make myself this week was this super cute Big Tote Bag Pattern by Autumn Street Pattern Shop. I pretty much am in love with this bag! How could one not be?!

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This tote bag is super roomy and can carry lots of stuff. And it just happens to be that time of the year when we are carrying lots of stuff. From baseball practices to day trips, we never know where we will end up. I like to be prepared and well packed ahead of time…it just makes my life much easier.

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I did decide to add the center divider pocket and I am so glad I did. I almost didn’t because I was being too stingy with my Joel Dewberry fabric but in the end decided to add it.

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The pattern was so easy to follow and came together very quickly. If you are looking for a new tote bag I highly recommend making one of these!

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I used a quilting cotton for the main fabric and a canvas fabric for the lining. I did add some cotton batting just to give it a little more stability.

IMG_6092Pattern: The Big Tote Bag by Autumn Street Patterns               Fabric: Joel Dewberry from Fabric.com

Selfish sewing week {Julia women’s cardigan by mouse house creations}

Today I am sharing my Julia Women’s Cardigan Pattern by Mouse House Creations.

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Just like every other pattern that I have sewn from Mouse House Creations this pattern is perfection. The fit is exactly how I like to wear my cardigans.

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I used some white sweater knit that I purchased in LA fashion district last year. I paid $1 a yard and so wish I would have purchased more of it. Shockingly, It has become one of  my most favorite fabrics. I have worn this cardigan a lot and the stains just seem to wash right out. Gotta love a fabric like that, especially when your a mom…wearing white!

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What I love most about this pattern is that it comes in three different sleeve lengths and collar options. If Spring ever fully arrives I will be making a few more with short sleeves. One can never have too many cardigans!

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Pattern: The Julia Women’s Pattern by Mouse House Creations

 So have you been sewing for Selfish Sewing Week?

Selfish sewing week {uptown hat by heidi & finn}

This week is Selfish Sewing Week over at Imagine Gnats so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few things that I have made for myself lately.

  I have actually been sewing for myself a lot lately, I just never seem to blog about them. I Guess I am still not a fan of taking pictures of myself.

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I made this cute Uptown Hat Pattern from Heidi and Finn. The moment I saw this hat pattern I knew I had to have it! You see, I love wearing hats but I have a pretty small head which forces me to buy kids hats. As you can imagine, kids hats are not exactly my taste.

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I wanted to keep my hat simple so I used some grey corduroy fabric that I had purchased from Jo-Ann’s.

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The Pattern was so easy to follow and was very detailed. It took me about 2-3 hours from cut to finish and that was mostly due to all the top stitching. But if you ask me, the top stitching is what makes this hat so cute!

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The pattern ranges in sizes from 12 months to 12 years but like I mentioned before, I have a small head and the largest size fits me really well.

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The kids have been begging me for one of their own. I better make them one or I might lose this one!

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Hat Pattern: Uptown Hat Pattern from Heidi and Finn        Fabric: Grey Corduroy from Jo-Ann’s

Will you be sewing for Selfish Sewing Week?

Guest Posting over at Welcome to the Mouse House

I’m over at Welcome to the Mouse House today for Hayley’s Kids Can Sew Series. I am showing a fun little sewing project to do with your kids for Valentines Day. IMG_4669

Teaching kids to sew

A video taken a few weeks ago of my little girl making her first pillow.

Pretty darn cute isn’t she? I think she is on her way to being one good seamstress…then again I am just one proud Momma! As you already know I  have strong passion for sewing and seeing my kids show interest in it is pretty special. My kids are ages 3, 5 & 6 and they really are the perfect age to start learning. My three year old can be a little tough behind the machine at times but she is learning and that is what it’s all about. Heck I am still learning.

Don’t know where to start? Well Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and Jenn from A Jennuine Life have started their own sewing series centered around teaching kids how to sew.

Kids Can Sew by Welcome to the Mouse House
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Tiny Sewists by A Jennuine Life
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I am really looking forward to following along both of these series and hope you will too. Let’s get our kids loving to sew just as much as we do!

One Round Stuffed Chicken

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Pattern: Cute Cotton Creations        Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics

She wanted a sewing machine.

My little girl turned 5 a few weeks ago and for her birthday she requested a sewing machine. As you can imagine my heart just melted! After a little research I decided or more like she decided to go Janome Fast Lane Fuchsia Portable Sewing Machine from Amazon. Pink is her favorite color and this one really caught her eye…and I can see why. Once she picked out the machine she decided that she needed some butterfly stickers to go on it. So I purchased these Colorful Glitter Stickers. I can honestly say it was love at first sight for her. The moment she saw her sewing machine for the first time you knew she loved it! 
IMG_3067 What I am loving most about this machine is that it is small in size and the kids are able to sit and sew all by themselves. They don’t need to sit on my lap nor do I have to push the pedal for them. They are doing it all by themselves. I was a little nervous about their fingers getting too close to the needle but the plastic foot that came with the machine actually has a bit of a lip on the front so it makes it a little harder for their little fingers to get in there. I’m not saying it is impossible to them to get hurt on it, I am just saying it keeps them a little safer then a regular sewing foot. I also purchased the book  Sewing School to go along with the machine. Not that I need anymore ideas, but it is great for the kids to look through and see some ideas on what they can make. Most of the time they cannot decide on just one project. They have sewn with it almost everyday since we bought it. They all are loving it and as you can imagine I am loving every second of it too! The machine works pretty good and I really don’t have any complaints other then the lack of a light. It has jammed up a few times but that is usually when a little 3 year old is behind the pedal. So yes, I would totally buy this machine if I had it to do over again.

IMG_3066My little girls first project was a pillow for her foxy. I may be a little biased but I think she did an amazing job!IMG_3062 She was pretty proud of herself too!IMG_3064Do any of your kids love to sew? Do they have their own machines?