E&E Mori Blog Tour

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Usually I enjoy the process of changing up a pattern to make it my own, but between this pattern being so great and the fabrics fitting so well with the delicate style, I kept things as is. The pattern I am referring to is the Mori Dress and Top pattern by Elegance & Elephants.

The sleeve flounces just give the dress a dreamy look.

I'm sure I committed a sewing / fashion faux pas with this one. Both of these fabrics are again from my Aunt's collection. The trouble is that the gingham print is silk while the floral is cotton. I'm sure some may criticize combining the two, but I knew the soft silk would be beautiful on the flounces. And, the colors in the fabrics went so well together. I haven't washed the finished dress yet, so I'm hoping for the best after the fact.

I didn't have enough of the silk for the underside of the flounce, so I lined it with a light voile. Understitching the lining was the only deviation I made from the pattern, so that lining wouldn't peak out.

The Mori Dress and Top is closure free which makes for an easy style to sew and wear. Using ribbons for the ties simplifies sewing even more.

Now that you know this is a great pattern, I can pass on a little discount.  Use coupon code MORITOUR for 10% off your purchase. The code will expire at midnight (PST) on April 30.

Thumbelina With Modkid Emma

Friday, April 15, 2016

Avery recently had a book report, project, and party at school geared toward a fairytale theme. She considered the options available on the school list like Belle and Cinderella, but when she thought of doing something with the walnut bed from Thumbelina for her project, she settled on it. We borrowed three different Thumbelina books from the library all with slightly different illustrations. I was very proud of the way she took notes and carefully wrote out her report.

Since Thumbelina costumes aren't exactly readily available, I had a good excuse to sew something for her party day. She decided that she liked the illustrations from one of the books of Thumbelina in a blue dress with yellow flowers. We pulled the fabrics from my stash, a solid yellow from who knows where, a large blue gingham shirting from my great aunt's collection, and the floral from an old line by Urban Chicks for Moda. 

The Modkid Emma pattern was absolutely perfect with its petal shaping. The lettuce edge hems give the top and skirt an airy feel. I wish I had a close up of the cute blue flower buttons and lime green crochet edge trim, but it didn't happen.

The only adjustment I needed to make for the pattern was to shorten the shoulder straps. With the serged hems, the whole thing came together relatively quickly. I like this as a set, but the top will be adorable with shorts as well.

I finished up the outfit before our spring break trip to Texas in hopes of catching some early bluebonnets. I'm so glad I did!! We found this cute little cluster, and the girls were happy to be surrounded by flowers. There is a law in Texas against picking bluebonnets unless they are on your personal property. Thankfully there were other wildflowers to choose from for our eager gatherers.

Avery wanted 3" cut off the length of the hair, so she was feeling extra pretty the day we took these photos. We've had a lot of trials with this one lately, and it is so good to see joy on her face. I have ended many days emotional spent, but I know God is working on us and for our good. 

Tandy jumped in for a few super sweet flower photos too. 

I love having my favorite girls in my favorite Texas setting! 

Modkid Susie with Ruffles

Friday, April 8, 2016

I know I've said I'm not a huge ruffle person, but I did want to show a fun variation you could do with the Modkid Susie. So, I went ahead and put a ruffle on it. Ha!

This girl dances and sings to her own tune. Literally! She would rather sing you a crazy song about the grass and bugs than about a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.


She brings on the big ole crocodile tears and rubs them away on your sleeve for effect plenty, but for the most part she's such a happy kid. She's the best kind of comic relief on stressful days!

I posted the tutorial for adding ruffles to the Modkid Susie pattern over on the Modkid blog yesterday. I just love stretching a pattern just a little bit further.

Both of these fabrics came from a growing fabric stash I am inheriting from my great Aunt. Each time I go to Texas, my great Uncle has uncovered another box or 5 for me to go through. It's so fun to find a receipt or tag attached to the fabric. She would buy yards and yards of cuts, and the price, according to our current standards, was so low. I only wish I had some inkling as to what she envisioned each piece would be. 

Tandy doesn't have any clue about the He loves me, He loves me not poem, but I can't help of thinking of it every time I see this photo.

And, then the goofy side was out again. Making me smile, and I'm so thankful for smiles.

Modkid Susie, A Pattern by Me

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This year has already been full of some sewing thrills for me, and today, I get to announce another one. MY FIRST PATTERN!! After drafting a couple of pieces during Project Run and Play, I worked with Patty Young of Modkid to issue this Modkid Susie pattern. I am so grateful Patty has given me this opportunity!! 

You might recognize the first version of these slant pocket shorts from the All That Glitters week of Project Run and Play. This whole ensemble will be a perfect summer staple!!

The high / low halter top features a shirttail style back providing coverage and room for embellishment. The eyelet fabric made an extra feminine touch.

Patty gave me naming rights for the pattern as well. I chose Susie for my first pattern in honor of my Aunt Susan. While we never sewed together, we often enjoyed crafting together during her much too short life. I learned to sew on her machine that was passed down to me, so it just seemed fitting.

I took the opportunity to add a little trim embellishment for Avery's version.

I'm hoping you love the pocket detail just as much as I do!!

And, of course, that shirttail hem.

The Modkid Susie Pattern will be on sale for the first 24 hours. Be sure to grab it now to sew up all summer long!!

Spring Break Pajama Party Tour

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PAJAMA PARTY TIME!! What a fun idea for a blog tour! How could I not join in! This particular blog tour is party of the Sew Your Stash group, so the challenge was to use patterns you already have on hand to create pajamas for you, a child, or even a toy. There is even something for you, so be sure to stick around to the end!

It seems I prefer to sew pajamas from non-pajama patterns. You can find a previous flannel nightgown here and another flannel set here. I've also done the opposite, and made an everyday top from a pajama pattern. Call me a rebel. This is my first summer pajama set.

For this set, I experimented with the Modkid Tandy tunic. The pattern is intended for knit fabrics. During pattern testing I made a completely woven version without success. This time, I went with a knit yoke and woven body. Success!! The knit is a Robert Kaufman Laguna knit, and the woven fabrics are the Sarah Jane Studio Out to Sea collection.

Tandy's favorite color is hot pink just like her lovey. She is quite attached to rubbing her lovey under her nose while smelling it. I'm attached to this memory we will have of her youth. Tandy was  looking through some of my buttons as I worked on part of this top, and she sweetly asked me to use the hearts on her pajamas. How could I resist?!?


The shorts are simple, but still maintain some unique character. They have a wide leg more like  culottes and a paper bag style waistband. The pattern came from this Japanese pattern book I purchased in NYC at Kinokuniya.
Now, here's how you can get in on the fun!!
There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Lulu & Celeste to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!

We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:

Fabric Sponsors

Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!

PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!

Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

And now for today’s giveaway!

Today’s prize is sponsored by Audrey & Tiffany and Kelly J Designs. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Audrey & Tiffany and Kelly J Designs to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 24th at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 25th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Want to win more prizes? Visit Made By Jaime tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday's giveaway! Go to Create 3.5's post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 23rd)!

Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:
Monday, March 21st

Tuesday, March 22nd

Wednesday, March 23rd

Thursday, March 24th

Friday, March 25th

Hey June Camden Raglan

Friday, March 11, 2016

I just wanted to pop in to let you know that the Hey June Camden Raglan released yesterday!! You already know that I love the pattern since I used it twice during Project Run and Play, here and here. Today, I thought I would show you the pattern as it was intended.

The design is meant to be slim fitting which I love for my long and lean girl. Avery fit in the size 6 range, but I added 1/2" to the length of the shirt pieces and sleeve pieces. The juniors pattern comes in sizes 6 all the way to 16. Pattern options include 3/4 length sleeves, long hemmed sleeves, long sleeves with extra wide wristbands, a banded hem, a kangaroo pocket, a hood, and sporty sleeve stripes! 

The neckline goes in perfectly smooth. I appreciate the notches Adrianna provides for just the right placement.

I'm pretty sure Avery is laughing at something her sister is doing here. I love when they find delight in each other, since there are so many instances when they seem to feel the opposite.

Here is a final goofy photo where you can tell her pants are way too big, but it is the only photo showing the nice curved hem detail. 

I have the ladies Lane Raglan, so I guess it is about time I sewed one up. I'm hoping Adrianna creates a raglan pattern for the little ones next! The pattern is on sale until Sunday for $6.50!!

Modkid Kendall Skirt

Thursday, March 3, 2016

In the midst of Project Run and Play, I did a little pattern testing for Modkid. I think it is safe to say that the new Modkid Kendall Twirly Skirt is the skirt of every little girl's dreams, at least every little girls that loves to twirl to the point of dizziness. Both of my girls fit into that category!

With 12 large gores and 12 small gores, the pattern is like putting together a puzzle that fits just right. Those small gores give the skirt some body when standing still.

Then, they peek out with any movement and really give this skirt some twirl factor. Lightweight fabrics are suggested for the pattern, so I went with some poplin fabrics I had been saving from Mabel Madison. Working with poplins is just like working with quilting cottons, but the fabric is lighter weight, crisp, and wrinkles less. Great for apparel! 

Patty made this version with her shirting weight Sanctuary fabrics. 

Clearly Avery is in love!

Today, I'm sharing this simplified version over on the Modkid Blog. By eliminating the small gores of the pattern, you can sew up an even faster version that still retains some of the fun and twirl. So, think of the pattern as two in one!! Patty also includes instructions for lengthening and shortening the skirt to achieve an even larger variety of looks. Wouldn't this be fun as a maxi skirt?!?

This springtime fabric mix is from a Riley Blake fat quarter set of Chatsworth by Emily Taylor.

Project Run and Play: Wrap Up

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

EEEKKK! My hope for the Project Run and Play competition was just to make it past the first week. I am simply amazed to find myself at second place in the entire competition. This has been an amazing journey! I gave my very best effort, and enjoyed the process even in the stressful moments of sewing something then rejecting it. I thought it might be fun to look back on each week and include one or two of many, many outtake photos. 


Nothing But Knit: Not only did I make it through the first week, but I won it!! I felt like I was finally able to play with the big boys! 

Avery thought climbing the columns or trying to pretend she was Samson was more fun than photos. Which, of course, it is.

Cosplay: Cosplay had me so conflicted. Starting with 'what in the world is cosplay?', and ending with costum-ey or not costum-ey enough? 

The girls really got into this photo shoot! Ok, look serious for a minute. Nailed it!!

All That Glitters: The pressure was really on to stay on top of my game by week three. The competitors were amazing!! Trying new techniques and materials keeps this process so exciting.

My turn to pose, Mom!

How about this one!?!

Signature Style: Pattern drafting, what?!? Having something tangible from our closets was the only way I could pull this off, but I'm excited to know that inspiration can come together for a new creation. 

Apparently the flamingo/amputated leg look was a trend for this photo shoot. 

And, the classic, "Mom, she's touching me."

I cannot conclude without sharing my grateful heart. May God get all the glory for any creative talent I possess. This is a gift to me, and I am blessed to share it with you.

As I've said before, these girls get so much of the credit for our success. From fittings to photo shoots, they kept a great attitude. My husband was such a cheerleader along the way. He was so generous with spending solo time with the kiddos to give me extra sewing time. When he could make them, his antics during photo shoots kept smiles coming too. My mom is the best sounding board when it comes to writing up the text, and my sister contributed week three's title. My parents had a visit scheduled well before we knew about the contest, and they took the kids to Memphis for a night to give us a date night and me extra time to create. Many thanks for the group effort!

I'm so grateful for the awesome support, from votes to emails of encouragement.Watching people who do not sew rally around this creative effort just enhanced the experience. 

Finally, thank you to the amazing competitors, along with Liz and Elizabeth who host PRP, for pushing me to try new things. You made me stretch myself and achieve new goals. Thank you for being so talented and all around awesome!! 

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