Runway Skirt Pattern

Sorry it has been quiet between posts, lately. LOTS going on behind the scenes, though. Today I get to share just one of them with you. My fellow VA (virtual assistant for those who don’t know) over at Project Run and Play just released her very first pattern called the Runway Skirt. What’s more is my Bee got to be on the cover (along with two other beautiful ladies)!

Runway Skirt Pattern review

Woot woot!

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

This pattern starts at size 00 and goes up to 24. How nice is that?! It has a vintage flair and comes in a three lengths. And LOOK AT THOSE GODETS! Seriously love the flair. Since the main fabric is knit, it really fits just about all body types.

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

You can check out Audrey’s post here, with all the details.

The Runway Skirt Pattern review

Right now, you can find it over on Upcraft Club (you know I love them) and this week only it is 20% off! Just in time to whip one up for Thanksgiving.

What are you waiting for??!! Head on over!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Singer Curtain book review

On our shelves this week, is a book for me!

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

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sewing custom curtains, shades, and top treatments

by Susan Woodcock

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I was sent a copy of this book to review (as always my opinions are mine, mine, mine), and I just had to give a project a try! Our kitchen window has been naked for years now, because I just couldn’t decide what to put on it. True story. I really love lots of light, especially being out here in the PNW where light is a hot commodity. I also like privacy. So what to do?

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I had purchased this fabric a while ago, with no purpose in mind. When I saw the curtain design in the book, I thought it would be perfect. I had the white piping in my stash (as I always try to have, because you never know when you will need white piping- amIright?).

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I never would have thought to add the curve at the bottom, and I love it. It lets in the perfect amount of light. This book has oh so many more designs and ideas in it that can help a beginner to an advanced sewist make some beautiful window treatments. It is a great resource to have in my sewing library.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

Love Notions Spectacular

Welcome to this stop on the Love Notions Spectacular tour!

When Kelly from Handmade Boy asked me to join, I jumped on it. For one reason, Kelly is awesome, but the other reason is I wanted a chance to sew up the li’l LDT pattern for my daughter’s Halloween costume.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Since she had her hair cut short, my Falafel has been listing different costumes that she would like to be. Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service (affiliate link) was on top of her list. And really, why wouldn’t she be? We are constantly telling her she looks like she fell out of a Miyasaki film.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Although I am new to Love Notions patterns, I took a leap and dove right in. I didn’t even do a muslin! I sewed it up based on her measurements which turned out to be a size 7 and it fits her perfectly. The only changes I made were to raise the neckline up (to look more like Kiki’s dress), and made sleeves 3/4 length. Both things were quick and incredibly easy to do. There are so many options with this pattern! AND it goes up to girls size 16!! That is going to take this petite nut a long way.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

A friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of this dreamy thick organic black knit awhile ago. It is super soft and has lovely movement. I didn’t even have to hem the sleeves or bottom.

Perfect for flying!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

That bow was done on the fly (pun intended), without a pattern. I seriously just threw it together, and thankfully it worked! Similar to this bow tie tutorial, only bigger. Like over-the-top bigger. And because the headband is knit, there is no need for hook and loop closures. To make it stand on it’s own, I fused iron-on batting to the red knit fabric.

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Of course, after I made her this, she decided she wants to be a cat, and wear this one as a regular everyday dress….which (witch-ha!) is fine by me!

Love Notions Spectacular: Kiki's Delvery Service Costume using the Li'l LDT pattern

Thank you so much for including me on tour!

Now for some fun! If you hop on over to the Love Notions blog every day this week, you will find a different game to play for a chance to win some pretty great stuff. This is what is going on today.

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Love Notions would like to thank all of the amazing bloggers on the tour. Please be sure to stop by and see what awesomeness was created! And don’t forget to check out the guest bloggers participating each day on the Love Notions Blog!

 
 

Welcome to the Twig and Tale Blog tour

Welcome if you are coming over from the new (formerly known as Big Little) Twig + Tale site! And welcome back to all those who have been here before!

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I am in love with this name. I think it perfectly represents the fairytale kind of magic that these patterns have the potential for.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I had the pleasure of sewing up a Wild Things cape for my cat-loving girl.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

Using fur for the outer, and two different beautiful Art Gallery fabrics for the lining, it is one cozy cape.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

My Falafel chose Cheshire feathers pastry fabric by Wonderland for the main lining, and her reasoning was that cats would eat birds, so the feathers would be in the belly. I just thought it was pretty with the soft colors and metallic flecks, not to mention that feathers are one of my favorite things. Really it is a win/win. She gets to pretend she has a belly full of birds, and I get to look at something lovely.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I chose this pale pink fabric called Rosewater Tears by Wonderland for the ears and lining the hood. The color picks up the same color in the feather fabric, to tie it all together.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The only change I made to the pattern (albeit a weird one) was the tail placement. I sewed it in the middle of the cape as per the request of my persnickety 10 year old. I really wanted her to get lots of wear out of this, so I encouraged any input she had. She is never short on opinions, this one.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

And you know what? She has worn it every day since I photographed it, and has asked to wear it for Halloween. I call that a raging success!

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The things I appreciate about this pattern are all in the unique details.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

I had never made button loops the way this pattern suggests before, and have vowed to never do it another way. They came out so proffessional looking and neat. AND they hold the cape closed incredibly well. No gaps, or movement.

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

The pocket detail was the other thing that struck me as uncommon and special. Look at those tiny claws peeking out. Such a fun addition. I made mine out of cotton, and lined them, so they would hold up to many washings (which I know this will get because my girl plays hard).

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

What if you child doesn’t like cats? No problem. Animals included are: Fox, Unicorn, Lion, Bear, Bunny, Dino, Mouse, Giraffe, Zebra, Horse, Donkey, Ladybird, Panda and Puppy.  AND by modifying the pattern pieces you can make almost any animal you can think of!

Twig+Tale blog tour : Wild Things Cape Pattern

Big thank you to Twig + Tale for having me as part of the tour, and to Art Gallery Fabrics for providing the fabulous fabric to do so.

But that isn’t all….

What would a Blog Tour be without a giveaway?!

Art Gallery Fabrics is kindly sponsoring 2 yards of Art Gallery fabric of your choice. To make the prize extra sweet, we are also adding a collection of 5 Twig + Tale patterns of your choice.
International entries are very welcome. Our bloggers come from every corner of the world to celebrate the global nature of Twig +Tale too.
Enter using the rafflecopter below.
(The winning entry will be checked to ensure all criteria are met).
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AND as a bonus, there is something FREE for you, if you already have the Wild Things cape pattern:

Click Here to Download Free Wild Things Dragon Add-on

Be sure to check out the bloggers on this tour!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour and Giveaway

Welcome to this stop on the Acorn Valley Blog Tour!

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Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

I chose to sew up another Melanie Knit Dress,for this tour, only this time I made the neckline differently, and lengthened the dress for my girl to grow into. The fabric is Acorn Valley Main in Cream knit, and Acorn Valley Bloom Dot Teal in knit. It is so soft and lovely to work with.

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

And those foxes?! So cute. Can you spot the squirrels?

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

I sewed the pattern as it was written (except for the lengthening). It is such a quick fun sew, and in this fabric, is extremely comfy!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

It is so cozy, I bet she could even use it for a nightgown!

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

Here is that Star Hair I showed you the other day! I think it goes with this adorable fabric, beautifully.

Acorn Valley Blog Tour with Modkid patterns

Now for the fun part! To enter for a chance to win a box of 1 yard cuts of AV flannels, use the rafflecopter below.

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AcornValley2016 gets 25% off your entire purchase in the Modkid Etsy Store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/modkid). Valid July 11th through July 22nd at midnight EST.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on tour!

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Mason Jar Nation book review AND a Giveaway winner

On our shelves this week is a book we reviewed!

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Mason Jar Nation

*affiliate link*

by Joann Moser

I had the pleasure of reviewing this interesting craft book. Firstly, I love mason jars. We actually use all different sizes of these as our drinking glasses, already. I find their weight and texture to be perfect for all our beverage needs. Plus, I really don’t like drinking out of plastic.

The book begins with a history of mason jars and their evolution. It then covers different techniques to alter them (cutting the glass, and punching holes in the lids, etc). Then it has 50 projects using the jars.

Mason jar Nation book review

I have only tried this one, so far, but it is such a great idea!

Mason jar Nation book review

You glue a super strong magnet to the lid, and use it to organize your small metal tools (such as pins, paperclips, etc). You can use the inside to hold anything you want, as well. If they aren’t metal, it works much better .

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It works for any size jar you have, too!

Mason jar Nation book review

I can’t wait to try out some of the other projects, including making a bird feeder!

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::Even though I received a copy of this book to review, as always, all opinions are mine mine mine::

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Also, I am happy to announce the winner of the Field Research Cargo shorts chosen by the random number generator is:

Maria Sews

Congratulations, Maria! I will be emailing you today. A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I wish I had a pair to give each of you.

Field Research Cargo pants ready for an adventure

Remember the first pair of cargo pants I made? Well, since those ended up being a muslin, I made another pair of the Field Research Cargo pants, only this time in a size 9/10. And you know what? They are perfect!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I used much crazier fabric this time. I have been working on using just what I have in my stash, if I can, lately. I don’t remember where I got this stretch denim from, but I am in love with it.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

My Falafel chose the “coordinating” (I use that word lightly) banana fabric, for the pocket lining and the waistband facing (that only she can see).

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I turned the stretch crazy denim to the other side for all the pockets. And my girl also chose the “Caution” buttons for the back pockets. We have been saving them for the perfect project. She said, and I quote Watch out! That’s my butt!”.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did something a little differently for the bottoms of the pants. I added elastic as per my girl’s request. She didn’t want any critters to be able to crawl up her pant legs while she was on her camping trip. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request. So I happily obliged. I really love how just that small change really enhances the overall look! PS- so do fuzzy striped socks, right?

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

One really fun part of this pattern is the zip off legs! I had never even dreamed I could do this before this pattern. And it wasn’t all that scary once I dove in.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Unziiiiiiiip!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

We only unzipped one, because of course, the temps have dropped again, and it was so cold she had goosebumps on her legs. But you get the idea. They go on and come off really easily!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

These are such cool pants!!

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I had her field test them.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

They passed with flying colors.

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

Field Research Cargo Pants with zip off legs. Pattern by Scientific Seamtress, and sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I am super happy that I made these for my girl. Not a quick sew by any means, but completely worth it. She is one step closer to being ready for the trip. Now if only I were!

Melanie Knit dress review

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

The Melanie Knit Dress by Modkid

When Courtney asked me to sew up one of the awesome Modkid patterns, I didn’t hesitate to choose this fun knit dress. It is a PDF pattern that covers sizes 2T- 10. I sewed up a 7 for my girl, and it fits perfectly as a tunic.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

My very active girl absolutely requires clothing that she can move in, and being a tween, she prefers them to also be stylish. This pattern fits both those bills nicely.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

The only changes I made to this fun and simple pattern, was I added another small pocket on one side, and a strap with two loops on the other. Falafel loves pockets, so I thought it would be fun to add few more. You know… so I can pick more rocks out of the washing machine.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

I also added bias tape to the neckline instead of hemming. The great thing about this pattern is getting to choose how to finish the seams. It is very flexible that way.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Let’s talk about that fabric! Those are Patty Young exclusive knits for Riley Blake Designs and they are like buttah! When I work with knits, I like using quality fabric. It makes all the difference. And these here are quality, baby! I also know that my child will not wear through these so easily, and I love that.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Not like she doesn’t try, though.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Like all Modid patterns, my most favorite part is being able to print and assemble each pattern piece as a freestanding piece, instead of taping all of the them together into a massive sheet. It is the little things, really. They all fit on my kitchen island counter, where I cut out all my patterns. Makes things so much more pleasant.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

It only took me one day to sew up (and would have been even quicker if I didn’t sew, and then do a faux overlock stitch on every seam). It honestly took longer to take the photos.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Hmmmmm. I wonder why?

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

So to sum up, this is a fun, easy, stylish, comfy pattern, that I will be sewing more of.

Melanie Knit Dress pattern review by Falafel and the Bee

Do you like sewing with knits?

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PS- Although I was provided with the pattern and the fabric, as always, all opinions are mine, mine, mine!

 

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Craft Book Review

On our shelves this week is a craft book review!

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Paper + Tape: Craft & Create

by Marisa Edghill

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This book is full of paper crafts, and most use washi tape. My Falafel happened to go on a washi tape binge last week, and used up all four rolls I had, so we improvised. I got out the blue painter’s tape (I have no idea why we have an entire roll of this since I never tape when I paint- ha!) and some card stock, and we made one of our favorite projects from the book.

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Paper Pyramid Pouches

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She made this orange one all by herself.

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Using the recommended materials (origami paper and washi tape) make them much cuter, but I think ours are just as sweet. And I love that they still worked, even though we used what we had.

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There are so many projects in this book! Everything from Paper Puppets to Washi Tape and Paper Beads. My 10 year old was so into this one, even though the crafts are geared toward adults. We did the pouch project together, and once we did one, she made a whole army of them on her own. Luckily, she stuffed them and gave them as gifts.

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If you like working with paper, this book is a fun addition to any paper craft library.

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::Even though I received this book to review, as always all my opinions are mine, mine, mine::

Amaryllis dress

Today I am bringing home the Amaryllis dress I posted about over at Melly Sews for Blank Slate Patterns(affiliate links).

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Can I just tell you, I LOVE THIS PATTERN??!!

Of all the Blank Slate patterns I have sewn up, it is my favorite. And that is saying something. You can see others I have sewn here, here, here, here, and here. And that is not even all of them!

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Firstly, it is reversible!! Essentially, this means two dresses in one. How awesome is that?!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

BTW: please excuse my daughter’s pinky finger. It was broken, but we unwrapped it for the photos, and it just stuck out like that.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The fabric I used is from the Birch Organics Mod Basics 3 collection. The Navy is called Firefly Dots Dusk, and the mustard colored one is called Wink Marigold. Dreamy fabric to go with this dreamy pattern.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The pattern goes from18m-size 8. I hope one day Melissa will make this in MY size. But for now, you can make one for your little girl to twirl in. And twirl she will! The dress has great twirl-ability.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The back closes with a button, so no zips to install or even buttonholes!

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The whole dress goes on like a secured wrap dress. There really is no danger of being exposed. This one has you covered.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The only difficult thing is choosing which side to wear.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

The one time consuming (but completely worth it) component to this pattern is hemming the circle skirt portion of the dress. I just followed the instructions, and went slowly. It came out beautifully. No wrinkles or anything! I was impressed.

Amaryllis Dress by Blank Slate Patterns sewn by Falafel and the Bee

I did not deviate from this pattern because there wasn’t anything I would do differently!

Thank you, Melissa. I cannot wait to sew up another.