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Right in the middle of my busy season and I can't say no to a Designer Stitch test. The Chelsea Cardi is total love. This will not be the only one I own. With multiple lengths this Cardi is perfect for every Occasion.

Ann amazing designs always leave me feeling as if I have just sewn an expensive one of a kind piece of clothing..The patterns are always easy to follow. Check out all the other Chelsea's and you will see what I mean. They are ALL fabulous!

My Gemma

Designer Stitch has been rocking my world lately! Meet the newest lady in the line up.The Gemma (affiliate link)

Its an amazingly fast and easy sew. With the back twist or front twist option. I have loved everyone I have seen and will be making the front twist option soon.
What really has me excited though is that I have seen a few of the testers whip these up using woven..To be able to use a pattern in knit or woven is a pretty big deal to me.

I would greatly encourage (if you haven't all ready) to join the Designer Stitch Face Book page to see all the other Gemmas. Each and every one is gorgeous.

So Just What is Supplex

You may have heard the term but wonder just what is it? I know I did... So after googling and doing some research this is what I was able to find....

This information was taken from

The Fabric
Supplex fabric was created by scientists at Invista in hopes of combining the comfort of cotton with modern fiber technology. The goal was to create a comfortable long-lasting fabric. Through the use of modern fiber technology, Supplex fabric became a more beneficial fabric than original cotton. Characteristics Cotton has a specific kind of texture and feel to it which Supplex resembles. However, cotton can fade or shrink over time, and it requires ironing since it creases easily. Supplex fabric stays true to size and keeps its shape even after regular wear and use. This fabric is lightweight, flexible and soft. Description Supplex fabric can consist entirely of Supplex nylon, or it can be a combination o…

Bella Sunshine Back To School Blog Tour!

So evidently my oldest monster is ready for preschool...I am not sure how this happened as I am not ready! I blame his mother. She was always in a hurry to grow up..

Whats a Nana to do?? Get her tail into the sewing room and start sewing thats what! He has to have some special nana made clothing for this monumental event! If your monster is around the same age you understand the PJ Mask obsession also. So I started searching.

I found a Pre Order for just the right fabrics through Hissy Fit Fabrics  . Also on FaceBook. I put my order in right away.

Catboy for our oldest and Gecko for his trusty sidekick AKA the mini monster...The tricky part was keeping this a secret..I made the mistake of telling Pop Pop...He is nothing more then a BIG kid himself and could barely contain his excitement.

While I was waiting for the fabric to come in I started the search for the perfect Pattern...So I am pretty vocal about my favorite pattern companies..If you have read my blog before you should know …

Sew Fit Fabrics

OMGeeeeeeeeeeee y'all!

I was chosen to be a part of the tester team for Sew Fit Fabrics.. Custom Athletic fabric and in just the best prints!

First off I was over the moon excited to help in sewing this fabric up. I was in love with the prints the second I saw them.

As soon as they came in I got them in the wash. Thats usually my first test with fabric. You would be amazed at how many fabrics bleed or do not wash up well..These were a dream.

I even threw them in the dryer. They won't ever see the dryer again but I wanted to see how they would do...They were perfect.

So then I picked patterns. As you can see I started with the Wine & Dine print and the first 2 patterns I chose were the 10k Racerback from Pickle Toes. ( Affiliate Link) I love this pattern. The fit is great and its fun..
 The second pattern I chose was the LouLouxe Skirt from Jalie...This is my GO TO pattern for running skirts..The fit is perfection, the instructions are spot on and the resul…


Coming home from Sri Lanka I was ready to take a small break from Sewing.....I thought hahaha..

I actually was so excited to see one of my favorite designers with an open test for the Shakti's! These are truly the best pants ever..I have worn them every day since I made them. I just need to get in the studio and make at least 2 more pair!

I used a Riley Blake Navy Feather Knit from Peek A Boo fabrics, and they are so comfy yet dressy. If you haven't ever checked out Peek A Boo you really should. So many fun fabrics and they run some pretty great sales also...

But back to the Shakti's. I don't think its a secret I am a Designer Stitch groupie. I have honestly loved every thing I have ever tested.
 The version I chose were the Yoga waistband and Ruched sides. There are so many other options to chose from though. Including an add on that hasn't released yet..You DONT want to miss this!
Getting good photos was definitely a struggle this time. Florida has entered Rainy …

I can FINALLY Share!

So I am VERY excited over this skirt that just released today! I have been having the hardest time not sharing it sooner.  This is the Carmen skirt from Designer Stitch . If I haven't said it before I absolutely love everything this designer comes up with. She is also the same designer I tested the Kate Vintage Tea Dress for.

I knew within a second after she released the test that I was going to be making more then one! I have made 2 and have a 3rd almost completed. That one will be part of a special costume for Dapper Day at Walt Disney this coming fall.

My first Carmen I made was the toile to make sure the fit was good before I cut out the final. I thought I will just run to walmart for a cheap fabric. Well I did get a cheap fabric but I am IN LOVE with the final outcome! The fabric I used is a Decorator weight cotton. After I got it all cut out someone in the test group mentioned how cute it would be with a double ruffle. I just happened to have a light cotton pink gingham that …

In The Line Up

One of the other dresses I have made for Sri Lanka is the Kendra From Alice and Ann ...I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw the pattern release. I knew without a doubt it was getting made. The second I saw it go on sale I snapped it up! Then I waited for a good sale at Joanns for fabric..The fabric I wanted was not cheap.

What you can't really see in the photo is the detail on the white. It has 3-d flowers with little crystal detail in the center..I didn't need much of it but I still wanted to make this dress affordable. I am determined to prove to myself that I can make clothing as stylish as what I would buy for so much less...Not only that but the fit will be perfect for me!
The steel grey is a suiting fabric that I found..I didn't pay much attention to types of fabric as I knew this dress was going to be dry clean only.

The only modification/hack I have made was to band the bottom of the dress..One of the others I saw made had done that and I thought it was …

Pickle Toes Has Done It Again!

I can finally post about one of the awesome tests I have been doing! The 10K Racerback Tank/Dress from Pickle Toes Patterns

Y'all this is one of the most comfortable tank dresses I have ever put on! I can't remember where I purchased the material but I do know its a really good Scuba Knit. I had been hoarding it awhile and it was perfect for this tank!

There is also a wider back option if you don't like the Racerback style. I love the look of it though so that was my choice.

I also chose the Mini length..But well I do also have 2 others I have made in the shirt length..I did say I loved the fit!

But here is the BEST news that was just announced on the Facebook page tonight! Y'all this is BIG! Kellie decided to make some last minute changes to the pattern. First off they added colored size lines. Second is NO TRIM PAGES!!! This is Pickle Toes Patterns first ever trimless pattern! UMMMMM Let me tell you as a pattern tester this is like MAJOR love...... 

She  also added new…

My favorite pattern mash up!

So I am not usually a lover of pattern mashing. I love to create but to mash patterns together just boggles my mind. I have a hard time envisioning the final product.

I went through about 2 weeks of worry over this one!

Initially I saw the fabric posted on FaceBook. Someone was advertising the fabric aptly named Pulpo. I was so fascinated but I procrastinated and lost out. It sold out.

Over a couple of months though I could NOT get it out of my head! I finally couldn't take it anymore as I had to have it! So I begged...Seriously in every destash group and even on RP Custom fabrics Facebook page. Much to my delight someone took pity on me (or they just wanted to shut me up) and sold me a bit of their stash! Enough to make a skirt.

Thats when the worry started hahahah..I was not about to waste even an inch. The fabric came in what they call a round. So that means the pattern was on all the edges with the black only being in the middle..That pretty much cinched the skirt. It would h…