Where you can find my Bookworm Button-up today


I am over at Melly Sews today, sharing the Bookworm Button Up (affiliate link) I made! Believe it or not, we did this photo session 30 minutes before this one. What a contrast, right?

I want to give a shout out to Imagine Gnats (affiliate link) for supplying this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric. It was perfect for this shirt! This is the second time I got fabric from here, and both times there was speedy delivery plus it was such a pleasure to deal with Rachel. She is a lovely woman, and always super helpful!

Now that I gushed all about this, head on over to Melly Sews to see it all in action.

On-our-shelves Sunday: Book Review

This week, I have the privilege of reviewing this book:


The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

by Christine Haynes

This book is a fantastic resource for all levels of sewists! With really clear photographs (which my visual mind needs) and a well-written narrative, it walks you through everything from installing zippers to sewing pintucks and darts.

The book is broken up into different sections: Tools of the trade, Working with patterns, Construction, Shaping a garment, and Finishing touches. Each section is chock-full of information pertaining to the title.

I am thrilled to have this in my sewing library. I know it will be referenced a lot!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine.

Ladies Classic Cape release


I tested the Ladies Classic Cape recently, and the pattern releases today.


The pattern is geared for beginners (or anyone that wants to make a cape, really).

Sizes covering 0-24+ and five different length options
Shrug option
Longer cloak length options for more coverage/warmth
Two different hood and collar options
Can be made reversible!
Layered pattern pieces so you can print only the size you need


The pattern is for wovens, but I decided to use polar fleece for the outer of mine, and it worked just fine. If you decide to make yours with knits, then it probably would be a good idea to use a walking foot, since mine slipped a bit while making this.


I also added a felt feather (not in the pattern).


As you can see, my girl loves it.


I had gotten so many questions about creating a pattern for the Hobbit capes I made for Falafel’s party. THIS would be a fantastic pattern to make one of those (adult sized, of course).


Lisa from Big Little Patterns is offering 25% off if you purchase this pattern today, which would make it $7.50. This will be available until midnight on Friday, the 18th with the code BIGLITTLECAPE.

Not Just a Sunsuit Tour and a Giveaway!


The lovely, Ajaire, of Call Ajaire invited me to be a part of her paneled Sunsuit tour, and of course I said I would! PLUS, the whole point of the tour is to show you how you can adapt this pattern and make it wearable in the Fall and Winter (which is coming rapidly), and you know how I love a challenge!

Honestly, I didn’t have to do much to it. AND what’s more, I made TWO.


First, let me tell you, this is a hefty pattern. There are multiple views to make. Everything from pants, to maxi skirt, to sunsuits! You get a lot of bang for your buck with this one.


I chose to do the paneled sunsuit view for a few reasons. One is that my youngest LOVES overalls and these really fit that bill nicely. The second reason is they are great for doing this:


…which she does all the time. AND they don’t ride up when she does!


No buckles, no closures. Really great fit. I added the patch pocket to the front (not part of the pattern).


Double top stitching and faux piping too! That feather cotton fabric was my birthday present from The Bee. I love it so.


I found the outer heavier fabric (feels like a bottomweight) at Goodwill. I thought it was black when I bought it, but in different light it looks blue. Either way, it works so well for this outfit!


She shoved that entire apple into that pocket…


and thought it was hilarious.


Sometimes it is all too easy.


Anyhow, moving on to the second sunsuit I made.


*BTW; that face is in genuine awe. A plane was flying low over the trees. I told you. Sometimes it is too easy to amuse her.

This one, she requested to have a lower waistline (because she likes her pants to be under her bellybutton) AND be lined in flannel.


Easy. I just didn’t fold up the waistband channel. Instead, I connected the top two layers with the bottom two layers. I also had to sew two lines of stitching for the channel instead of just one. I could have taken a little bit off of the top of the pants, but now she has a little room to grow.


I used that periwinkle fabric from this project and lined them with sock monkey flannel. That trim is from the sewing expo. I had been saving it for something special. I am so glad I used it for these! My girl looks like she walked out of a Jan Brett (*A.L.) book.


Ajaire’s detailed instructions have everything inside looking as pretty as it does on the outside.


*It was 80 degrees outside when we took these. At least I know they are really warm!


I bet they would also make great ski bibs if you had the right material!

Now the fun part for you… Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of 4 copies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ajaire will also be offering the Paneled Sunsuit pattern at a 15% discount during the tour – from August 24th through September 4th. In addition…Anyone that joins the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group will have access to a coupon code for an extra 5% off (so a total of 20% off)!

Be sure to check out the other ladies on tour!

Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini

Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast


Tulip Tote and a Giveaway!

When Sarah (of Blue Susan Makes and co-Author of Just for you *affiliate link*) asked if I would like to sew up her brand new bag pattern, I immediately said YES! Sarah is so fantastic, I just knew her pattern would be too.


The Mini Tulip Tote is a sweet little bag that closes with two magnetic snaps, meant to be carried on your lower arm, but I made mine with the longer strap option so it can be carried on the shoulder too.


Don’t let it’s size fool you, though. This bag is super roomy inside! I was actually surprised by it.


The sides are rounded because of the ruching and the boxed corner bottom so you can fit quite a bit in this little bag. And it has two pockets inside. You know I LOVE pockets!


The best part about it, though is that it is super sturdy and can stand up on its own! It helps that I used this lightweight denim for my outer fabric and fusible quilt batting inside. I LOVE how it came out.


Now here comes the fun part for YOU. Sarah is generously offering a copy of her PDF pattern to ONE lucky winner!

All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me the contents of your purse. Seriously. I want to know what YOU carry around!

I will let Random.org choose the winner on Friday.

*Giveaway ended*

And if you cannot wait until then to get your copy, you can purchase one in the Blue Susan Etsy Shop.

Good Luck!

*Oh and BTW: I received a copy of this pattern from Sarah for free, but as always all opinions are mine mine mine. She did not ask me to gush. I did that all on my own.

The Boho Trouser pattern test

Recently, I tested a pattern for Heidi from Elegance & Elephants.


The Boho Trouser (and shorts) pattern!


Firstly, Heidi’s patterns are beautiful to look at. Seriously. I even showed it to my husband and said “Look at how pretty!”. Her photos are really well done, and each one is very informative. I am such a visual gal, so I require photos that help me for each step. This one does not disappoint.


I learned a few new techniques from this pattern, as well. The pockets go together in a way that is new to me. I have also never used bartacks before! And how cool is that elastic waistband??!! When I learn something from a pattern, I consider it to be well worth having.


I happened to have this sparkly striped weird fabric (really no idea what it is) in my stash. It appears to have some kind of metallic thread in it, and reminds me of Richard Simmons. Of course, my girl loves them.


There is a pants option that I cannot wait to try, too. For now, these will be a great wardrobe addition for the Summer (if it ever warms up again!).

What do you look for in a pattern?

Testing the Timmy Top

I recently tested a fun pattern for a friend of mine, Amy of Friends Stitched Together, and Crafting con, and now….Mama Quail Patterns! And now I get to share it with you.


The Timmy Top!


This pattern is not a quick sew, but it has so many fun little details, and the yokes go together in a really unique (to me) way. I always say that if I learn a new method or technique from a pattern, it’s a good one.


I let Falafel choose the fabric for this shirt, from my stash. Who knew that paperclips and foxes went so well together?


I sewed up a size 6 for my petite nut and it fit perfectly.


There are so many variations you can make of this shirt. Really your imagination is the limit! Even though it technically is for boys, as you can see, it works for girls too. BTW: I want to turn those pocket flaps into eyes so badly. Maybe the next one.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of this pattern, it is 30% off right now using the coupon code: TIMMYTOP  here.

Kitchen Linen Challenge

Sew Mama Sew is hosting a Kitchen Linens challenge given to a few sewists by Spoonflower. I was one of the lucky 6 people chosen to participate!

I had to choose 2 different fabrics to use for my kitchen project. Most of you know Spoonflower for being a great place to design your own fabric, but they also have fabric from individual designers that you can purchase. Let me tell you, putting the words “Kitchen” into the search brought up so many fabrics my head was spinning. SO many fabulous choices. It took a while to narrow it down.

As I was browsing the selection, I came across this cookie print (and if you know me, you know I LOVE food fabric) and it hit me…


I searched for milk themed fabrics and fell in love with this retro milk bottle print. And a beautiful match was made.


I decided to do 2 different types of oven mitts. The one in the photo above was made by tracing one that we already have.


For the other, I followed a tutorial (loosely) by Miss Mary Sewing Classes. I actually winged the shape, and top stitched (and she didn’t), but the idea is the same. There is a liner and Insul-Bright (*affiliate link*) in each one to make them heat resistant.


Something about the combination of the cookies and milk theme, and that retro fabric makes me think of a classic Vintage housewife a la Lucille Ball.




*BTW: That apron was my Mom’s and I wore it my High School production of Bye-Bye Birdie when I played Mrs. Macafee (about about 25 years ago-yikes!). Now my oldest is wearing it.


There you go! As simple as, well…cookies and milk.


It was hard to restrain herself from eating these until the end.





Be sure to check out the other challengers’ posts this week!

Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs: http://www.rebeccamaedesigns.com/

Trina from Will Cook for Shoes: http://www.willcookforshoes.ca/

Daisy from Ants to Sugar: http://antstosugar.com

Alicia from Two Kids and a Blog: http://twokidsandablog.com

Mary from See Mary Quilt: http://www.seemaryquilt.com/