Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring Blog Hop

                                      Spring Blog Hop With Pickle Toe Patterns




Welcome to Sew into Spring with Pickle Toes Patterns. Join us for 5 days of sewing our patterns as we prep for the transition from winter to spring. We were lucky enough to have 10 bloggers join us sewing up lovely creations and to have Evelyn at Sewierd Fabrics sponsor our bloggers and offer us a store credit for one of our lovely readers. You can find Evelyn on Facebook. At the end of the tour join us for a rafflecopter giveaway featuring a $20 credit from Seweird and a $20 shop credit from us.


When the Blog Hop was brought up I knew I wanted to be a part of it. :) Blog hops are so much fun! You get to see everyones favorite patterns, ideas, and hacks! Pickle Toes puts out some amazing patterns and I truly bounced between a few before I decided on the All Seasons top. All though I didn't want a top! 

Living in Florida now I have discovered why summer dresses are all the rage! I love having a fun little dress to put on when its humid and hot out. At first I thought this would be great for errands and the beach. But when I got this GORGEOUS rayon spandex in from Sewierd I fell in love. This is definitely a dress that could go from errands to a great date night with hubby! 


The one hack that I am the most proud of is the cold shoulder sleeves. It really adds some fun and flirty to this dress, but I also added elastic to the back to make it more fitted. It still is so amazingly comfortable that I want to wear it ALL day long.  I think that the 2 hacks really make this dress unique. The All Seasons pattern is so amazing and fun to use as a base for so many options!







I had a lot of fun planning this all out and sewing it up. PDF patterns have rocked my world, I am constantly bragging to everyone about them. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my contribution to the hop!

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vintage Love

 When I saw the test go up for the Vintage Kate Tea dress I was prepared to beg to be accepted..Seriously beg. I could tell from just the drawing that it was going to be one of my favorite dresses ever.

Y'all I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this dress.The fabric is a very lovely Rayon that I found at Hobby Lobby. I had bought it with no project in mind. It was the perfect fit.

The pattern is one of the most well written patterns I have done.Its really sometimes quite difficult to test. The reason a designer asks for testers is to find any little flaws in the design or instructions..Many times they have been looking at it all too long that they just don't see anything anymore. A set of fresh eyes can be a big help!

With this pattern I felt like a tester failure. I tried to find anything at all that could be a help..Nope..
 The pattern went together sooooooooooo easy! I have sewn for many years but I am still learning. Many times I will get a pattern with a new technique that I haven't
done. Actually it happens a lot. Lol. I am a big chicken with a few things and will avoid them. Lol..This was the BEST hands down hidden zipper I have ever done. I also will say I am a bit in love with how she does her facings.

I will be making this dress again. I have seen so many beautiful versions come from the other testers that now I am DYING to copy a few of them!

Its only on sale for a short time - $8.00 (US) and offers a multi-sized pattern : 
(AU/UK)6 – 26, (US) 2 – 22, (EU) 34 – 54 
Cup Sizes - B, C, D, DD
Suitable for Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Sewing Level.








Thursday, April 5, 2018

Caught up on with the Challenge!

It took me most of the last 2 weeks but I am officially caught up with the 52 Week challenge! 

I honestly had my doubts that it was going to happen! 

The vest actually counted for 2 weeks as I made 2 of them. 
 The pattern was free that I found on the internet. Its not honestly even worth repeating the name. It was poorly written and I had nothing but problems with it..The fabric is from my stash and they both are costumes for the upcoming Star Wars 5k.
The cover up is a pattern from Pattern Emporium called the Calypso Kaftan. The fabric is from a dress that I bought in the Philippines. I loved the fabric but the dress not so much. I am LOVING the kaftan though!

 https://patternemporium.com/products/ladies-calypso-kaftan-pdf-pattern

Pattern is very well written and this is actually #5! They are wonderful to throw on in the summer.









Now the tote is my favorite of all these projects! This is the Take Off Tote from Dog Under My Desk patterns..I WILL be making more of these! There is a really awesome luggage pocket on the back so it will be wonderful to carry though the airports! Just slip it right over the handle of your carry on and wallah! No need to wreck your shoulders with a heavy carry on. The directions were so clear to understand and it went together so easily! This will be with out a doubt a repeat offender!


https://www.dogundermydesk.com/store/patterns/takeoff-tote-pdf-sewing-pattern/

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Busy Life Makes Me Happy

There is SO MUCH going on but yet I can't talk about any of it yet! 

I have been testing for 2 pattern designers and until they are released its lips zipped! Thats hard for me as I am so excited about both of these patterns! 1 is a really awesome flared shirt from Pickle Toes Patterns. That description doesn't even do it justice. I LOVE THIS TOP...

The second test is this AMAZING and feminine vintage Tea dress..It is so unbelievably beautiful.The pattern designer is Designer Stitch. It is with out a doubt one of my most favorite dresses ever. If you know me that says a lot. I have a small addiction to White House Black Market, but this dress is better then any I have bought from them.

 I can't wait to share them both.

In the meantime I am trying to keep up and in fact catch up on my 52 week challenge. I have 1 week to catch up and I have that project on the table right now..

The project below was this last weeks challenge sew something from felt. So for an upcoming costume for the Star Wars Darkside race weekend at Walt Disney World I made my little storm torpor masks from felt.

I will be sharing more of the costume as Week 13 is sew from a pattern you own but have never used. I got a pattern a couple weeks back and hadn't used it yet :)....


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bella Sunshine Designs Clementine Dress

In the sewing world there are a lot of Myths. One is that you should never combine stretch knits with wovens...Well the Clementine proves that myth to be false!
I was so excited to be chosen as a tester for this dress. The moment I saw it I knew it would become a staple in my closet. I mean how much better can it get! I can use all my favorite knits and the world is open to use a woven with or with out bands for the skirt!

There are 3 different sleeve lengths along with lengths to take it from a maxi to a sassy little shirt. It is LOVE with this pattern. I have a few more planned out. 

The instructions were on point and so very easy to follow. Bella Sunshine designs will definitely be a one of my go to designers.  Its on sale through the end of tomorrow. It would be sad to miss this pattern....


https://bellasunshinedesigns.com/product/clementine-maxi-dress-top-ladies/?affiliates=BeccaFl

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Home Sweet Home

 What a busy last 2 weeks! Our friends showed up and we headed out to our cruise on the Norwegian Sky. It was just a short little cruise. All of 3 nights
but SO MUCH fun! Its one we will do again.

The first stop was a private island called Great Stirrup Cay. This island was so amazing with all food and drink included. The water was so blue and oh so warm!

The second stop was Nassau Bahamas. After Great Stirrup Cay we were left slightly disappointed. We didn't want to go to Atlantis so we toured through the city and then found a little beach a short cab ride away.


 The water was still quite beautiful and warm but the beach was not as clean and there was definitely no people watching.

So after swimming a bit and laying on the beach we headed back to town. We were all hungry so we made a pit stop for Nachos at Senior Froggys.

They were really very good and the portions were huge! But paying 7$ plus for a beer was a little hard to do..

I am thinking the next time we do this cruise we

 probably will just hang around the town and go back and forth to the ship to eat. It was so easy to get on and off...

The first part of our 2 week vacation was totally amazing and I am so glad we were able to celebrate our anniversaries together.

 

 I am VERY behind on my 52 week challenge though. I was able to complete week 7 right before the cruise..I went rogue on that week. It was supposed to be sew something with hearts..Well one of my Bff's was really wanting a new dress for the cruise...So a day or 2 before we left we ran to the fabric store and picked her fabric up for a Wiggle...Pattern by Patterns For Pirates.
http://www.patternsforpirates.com/product/wiggle-dress/
She looks amazing in it doesn't she! So now I have 2 more weeks to catch up!

Friday, February 9, 2018

This will be it

At least for 2 weeks...#week6challenge....

I am SAD about it also. I have been getting so much done...But my house is going to experience a surge of guests tomorrow evening and it isn't going to let up until I am home from the Princess Half Marathon weekend in 2 weeks...

There will be no time to sew..Next weekend we will be on a little cruise and then running running running....So for my week 6 challenge of sewing something red or pink. I made a tie!

Pattern is by Vanilla Joy
http://www.vanillajoy.com/free-printable-original-boys-neck-tie-pdf-pattern.html

I did slim it width wise and lengthened it. But Nerd Minnie is ready to run the half!

See you in 2 weeks when I get home to catch up on the challenge!

Spring Blog Hop

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