Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sponsored Post by Riley Blake Fabric- Simple Life Pattern Co.- Blog Tour

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Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Blog Tour





Hello and welcome to my stop on the Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Blog Tour! I'm sewing up a fun, summery Mommy and Me set of Tammy Tulip shorts for myself and my Lil' Miss.



The Tammy Tulip Shorts is one of the first collaborations between Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline. Simple Life Pattern Co. drafted and designed the girl's pattern and Sew Caroline drafted and designed the women's patterns. I have sewn patterns from both companies and loved them! So, a Mommy and Me collaboration between the two was definitely my cup of tea!


For a point of reference, I sewed up a size seven girl's Tammy Tulip Shorts and a women's small/graded to medium waist Tammy Tulip Shorts. Riley Blake Designs was gracious enough to supply the fabric (from the "Gingham Girls" collection) that I used for both shorts. Thank you so much Riley Blake Designs!







Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- SIDE





Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- BACK



Here's the 411 on the Tammy Tulip Shorts:
-Includes sizes 2t-12
-Includes ruffle -OR- tulip hem options
-REVERSIBLE! (My favorite!)
-Charts for size, finished length, fabric requirements, cutting and pattern layout are all included in the tutorial..
-Includes layered pattern pieces- i.e., print only the size that you need.
-Tutorial includes color photographs for each step.

The women's Tammy Tulip Shorts include the following:
-Sized for XS-XXL
-Trim -OR- Bias tape hem option
-Charts for sizing and fabric requirements are included in the tutorial.
-Layered pattern pieces- i.e. print only the size that you need.
-Tutorial includes step-by-step LINE drawings/diagrams.








Simple Life Pattern Co. Tammy Ruffle Shorts- REVERSIBLE



My favorite part about the girl's version of the Tammy Tulip Shorts is the fact that it's reversible. I love anything that is reversible- it's like two outfits for the price of one! Plus, inside and outside are nice and neat- makes the shorts feel very polished.





 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- FRONT



For the women's version of the Tammy Tulip Shorts, I modified the pattern slightly by adding a comfy cotton lycra waistband (opposed to the included encased elastic waistband). While I graded out the waist to a medium, the pattern has plenty of ease built in and I would have been fine with a small. The 3.5" inseam was plenty long enough on my short stature (I'm 5'-0" tall) and I didn't think they were "too short" at all.







 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- WAISTBAND






 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- SIDE






 Sew Caroline- Tammy Tulip Shorts- BACK



The Tammy Tulip Shorts are a fun, summery wardrobe staple! My seven year old loves to "match" me and I'll do it as long as she'll allow. Sew much fun! :)



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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee *St. Jude's Hospital Fundraiser*

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One of my sew sisters, Kelly, is running in the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital marathon. As part of of her fundraising, she designed the Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee pattern. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern will go toward St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. That's right, 100%!! I love when creativity, passion and good will all come together for something awesome- this is something that I can 100% support!





I was able to test Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee and it was so much fun! Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee is a relaxed fit tee featuring fun accent panels on the body and sleeves. It is sized for 2-12 and it's just perfect for both boys and girls! During the course of testing, I sewed up two Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee and both shirts have gotten lots of wear already! 


Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee- Accent Side Panel

Handmade Boy's The Fighter Tee is the perfect shirt for running, playing and having fun!





Go, FIGHT, WIN!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- My kind of Clorox Wipes

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pattern Revolution Review Team

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The secret is out- I've been asked to join the review team over at Pattern Revolution! I'm honored and excited to be included in this diverse group of talented ladies from all over the world as we sew through various patterns, journeys, and, of course, all the pretty fabrics! So many pretty fabrics!

My first review, the "Be Fearless Dress" by Ellie and Mac is up on the Pattern Revolution blog- check it out!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Made for Mermaids- Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine's Edition

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Happy February! I'm happy to be one of your stops on the Made for Mermaids Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine's Edition.

Valentine's Day in the Jones household tends to get overshadowed and pushed to the wayside because of our daughter's birthday four days later. She's going to be seven, this year. SEVEN! How is that even possible- didn't we just bring her home from the hospital....? What a smart, funny little lady she is becoming nowadays.... LOVE her!... but I digress... ;)


Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress

This year, Hubs has already planned a nice dinner out for all of us to enjoy the weekend BEFORE Valentine's Day (because, let's be honest- how is it even possible to celebrate Valentine's day ON Valentine's day when it falls in the middle of the week- like it does this year- and there is school and work and homework to contend with??).


Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress

We are going to the Melting Pot; a family favorite! In regards to attire, dining at the Melting Pot means two thing for me;

1) It has to either have no sleeves or sleeves that are not loose and flow-y. Flow-y sleeves + open flame + melted chocolate = disaster! (not to mention fire hazard!;)

2) It has to be easy to wear.... I.E. Elastic waistband... because of COURSE I'm going to indulge in that extra chocolate dipped brownie bite! ;)

Of course, I want to look cute, too..... After all, it is Valentine's Day, am I right...?!

Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress

Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolmen Top/Dress to the rescue! It's quick to sew, fun to wear, has an elastic waistband... LOVE! However, I added my own little twist to the Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress.... I made the already-awesome Mama Lea Dolam Dress in maxi-length!


Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress

Since red is the color of the season, I chose to use a super-soft, red double brushed poly fabric that I've been hoarding saving for just the right dress.... the Mama Lea Dolman Dress! I originally purchased the fabric from So Sew English Fabrics.


Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress

To make the Mama Lea pattern maxi-length, I made the following simple modifications;
-I took the dress length skirt pattern piece and measured from the bottom of the pattern piece to the floor. Then, I added 1/2" for a seam allowance.
-Next, I added 1 1/2" to each side of the new bottom hem (to allow for walking and movement) and graded accordingly from the waist down.


Made for Mermaids Mama Lea Dolman Dress- BACK

After that, I went ahead and sewed up the Mama Lea Dolman Dress as instructed. Easy Peasy and I'm ready go go! Now, please pass the fondue! Happy Valentine's day! :-)





***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Made for Mermaids. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Sewing #YearInReview2016

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sewing Pattern Review- Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns- Out and About Dress

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Waaa-aaay back in August, Caroline H. (the brains and beauty behind Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns) asked me to review one of her PDF sewing patterns on All Things Katy! I chose the Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress

Then, life got in the way... you know, just your run of the mill start of school (for Lil' Miss), full time work (for me), sprained ankle and X-rays (for Hubs) and an incident with a deer vs. car (for Hubs) that resulted in the purchase of a new car... you know, just normal, ordinary stuff called LIFE... ;-P

I purchased this lovely red, sparkly ponte roma from JoAnn's (also) back in August when I was visiting my out-of-state aunt. I just KNEW I had to have a Christmas dress out of it! The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress was the perfect PDF sewing pattern to bring my me-made Christmas dress vision to life!



Let's start with some Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress pattern basics:

-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress includes two hemlines (knee and maxi) and two sleeve lengths (elbow and long).
-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress includes a pattern piece for optional in-seam pockets.
-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress is written for KNIT fabrics (something with a stretch).
-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress includes a pattern sizing, finished garment and yardage requirement charts.
-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress includes step-by-step photographs and written instructions.
-The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress pattern pieces are nested (but not layered) and pages must be trimmed before assembling.

I sewed up a size medium, knee-length, elbow length sleeves, no pockets dress. Because of my *ahem* short stature (5'-0"), I made the following alterations to the pattern pieces before cutting out fabric and sewing:
-I subtracted 1/2" length from the top of the skirt pattern piece.
-I subtracted 2" length from the bottom hem of the skirt piece.
-I subtracted 1" length from the bodice, 2" up from the waist.
*Neckband, cuff and elbow length sleeves were cut as directed in the pattern.*
*I was told that The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress is drafted for an average 5'-6" tall woman.


The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress came together quickly and easily. The pattern pieces lined up perfectly- there was no "fudging" to make things fit. The notches in the sleeve pattern piece were really helpful in constructing the bodice. Plus, the sleeve of The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress is an actual pattern piece- with a different back and front- not just a pattern piece cut out on the fold. This helps create an overall, better fit. The pictures were clear and complimented the written instructions. I never hesitated or wondered how to proceed while sewing up the The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress. It took me less than three hours to sew up The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress (from printing to final try-on).



The scoop neckline of The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress is just right- not too low, and not too high... Just riiiiiight for any holiday event from office Christmas party, date night or Christmas Eve church service.



I LOVE that the elbow length sleeves are finished with a cuffed hem!! For some reason, it's just so much easier to just sew on a cuff instead of folding up, pressing and sewing. Plus, the cuffed hem adds a nice design element- it's the perfect opportunity to add a complimentary fabric, a button accent, etc.



I took out a total of 3 1/2" of length from the pattern pieces. I've always been told to take out 1/2" for every inch you are shorter than the pattern is written for (The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress was drafted for the average 5'-6" tall woman). In retrospect, I realize that I could have stood to take out even more length in both the bodice and the skirt. Even with my alterations, the waist seam (where the bodice and skirt met) still hit me at a funny height (hence, the belt ;-P). The skirt hit just below the knee caps. Also, the sleeves hit me more like 3/4 long sleeves (than elbow) and personally, I prefer them this length.

I love how versatile The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress PDF sewing pattern can be. Dress it up with fancy fabrics. Or, dress it down with casual jersey knit. With  multiple sleeve and hem lengths, you could potentially sew multiple variations of the same dress for all seasons of the year- love that!

In conclusion, The Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dress was a fast, simple sew that resulted in a fun, festive dress. I love the different options included in the pattern and I appreciate how well everything went together. I know I'll be sewing up more Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns Out and About Dresses!

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***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Sew Caroline Sewing Patterns . The opinions expressed here are my own."***
 

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